A 30-year-old trainee IAS officer allegedly drowned in the swimming pool of the Foreign Service Institute in south Delhi’s Munirka on Monday night. Ashish Dahiya, native of Sonipat’s Kharkhoda district, was attending a party at the institute with other young civic service officers. His lifeless body was found in the pool around midnight.Alcohol at partyWhile Mr. Dahiya’s family members claim that he had jumped into the pool to save a woman officer, the police say it is unclear at the moment whether he jumped in or was already in the pool.The police said they received a call at Vasant Vihar police station from Fortis Hospital early Tuesday stating that the 2016-batch IAS officer was declared brought dead at 12.50 a.m.Based on the initial statements given by eye-witnesses, the party started around 8 p.m. and they were consuming alcohol. “Evidence collected from the spot suggests that the revellers were consuming alcohol. However, whether Mr. Dahiya was drunk or not, will be clarified in the post mortem report,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chinmoy Biswal.Already in the poolAs the night progressed and many of the officers left to go home, a few of the revellers decided to go into the pool.The small group of officers were enjoying themselves when they heard a woman yell for help. A few of the men jumped into the pool to save the woman, who is also an officer. A senior police officer said that after she was rescued, the woman told the men that Mr. Dahiya was with her at the time and asked: “Where is Ashish?”The officer’s friends then dove back into the pool and fished out Mr. Dhaiya’s body. They called the station medical officer, Dr. Pramyesh Basall, who tried to revive him with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) but failed after which he was taken to Fortis Hospital where he was declared brought dead.‘No lifeguard?’Whether there was a life guard present near the pool is unclear, said a senior police officer privy to the case. “We are not aware of any such presence. Also, it’s unclear whether they were allowed to go near the pool at the time,” he said. Mr. Dahiya is survived by his wife Pragya Dixit.
Embattled Commonwealth Games OC chief Suresh Kalmadi is likely to appear before CBI on Wednesday for questioning in connection with the agency’s probe into alleged financial irregularities in the conduct of the mega sporting event.Official sources said that Kalmadi has been asked to come to the CBI office for questioning and he has informed the investigating agency he would make his appearance on Wednesday.The chief of the Games’ Organising Committee is likely to be quizzed on a number of issues regarding the Games including alleged bungling in Queen’s Baton Relay.CBI officials had yesterday visited the Games OC office here and questioned some officials. Besides they had seized certain documents related to QBR and other contracts with various firms.The sources said Kalmadi will also be asked questioned about certain contracts given to foreign firms for carrying out overlays work for the games in October last.The CBI had late last month contacted Kalmadi over phone asking him to appear before it for questioning but the OC chief had said he will be available only after January three.Kalmadi had earlier in the day said he has not yet heard from the CBI about possible date of his questioning.”I am yet to hear from the CBI. As and when I am informed, I will be available. I am extending full cooperation to all investigating agencies,” Kalmadi told PTI.The sleuths have grilled Kalmadi’s three key aides in connection with the scam. Sources said Manoj Bhori, political advisor to OC head, P K Srivastava and A K Sinha, both assistants to Kalmadi, were also called in for interrogation.advertisementThe CBI had earlier conducted raids at the residences of Kalmadi, OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, R K Sacheti, who is Joint Director General of the OC, and Sangeeta Welingkar, member of the Games Image and Look Group.The agency has so far filed three FIRs in connection with the alleged financial irregularities.While one case is related to a Rs 107-crore deal struck with a Swiss score keeping firm, the CBI had registered two other FIRs in connection with the contract given to AM Films for the Baton Relay ceremonies by the OC in London.The CBI has decided to approach the Sports Ministry to seek removal of Kalmadi and Bhanot from their posts citing failure of certain junior OC officials to cooperate with it which, it claimed, was hampering the probe.With PTI inputs
Highlights 169: India Today Conclave 2011 comes to a close.#Highlights 168: Palin says there are a lot of gals out there who would make good presidential candidates.#Highlights 167: Palin does not know whether she will fight for US Prez post in 2012.#Highlights 166: Palin on Indo-US ties: We have got to be linked in so many respects.#Highlights 165: Palin’s role models? asks Purie. Palin says she ‘believed in Reagan’s policies’, praises Lincoln.#Highlights 164: Palin on media: You need boldness to set the record straight.#Highlights 163: Palin’s military concerns: US needs to be vigilant as to what China is doing.#Highlights 162: Aroon Purie asks for Palin’s views on Libya. Palin: We can support no-fly zone.#Highlights 161: Palin: We are thankful for free trade we are engaged in.#Highlights 160: Palin: What America can show the world is what is possible…Yes, may we be free! Thank you & God bless you!#Highlights 159: Palin: Friends, our two democracies understand the struggle for freedom.#Highlights 158: Palin: America has long been famous for our rags-to-riches stories. Now India is, too.#Highlights 157: Palin: The ‘Changing Balance of Power’ throughout the world today is driven by the empowerment of the individual.#Highlights 156: Palin: I admire India’s tradition of strong women leaders – at home & abroad.#Highlights 155: Palin: Indian entrepreneurs are investing in the US, even as US businesses expand here.#Highlights 154: Palin: The relationship between our countries could shape the course of the next century.#Highlights 153: Palin: America’s demise has been predicted before. It didn’t happen then, it won’t happen now.# Highlights 152: Palin: Today we speak of India as a “dynamic & vibrant economy”.# Highlights 151: Palin: Our need for energy independence is only one of the strategic challenges we face today.# Highlights 150: Palin: Push for ‘green’ at the expense of ‘conventional, reliable’ sources is not a credible energy policy or economic policy.#Highlights 149: Palin: I’ve seen firsthand how energy development, job creation & national security are inextricably linked.#Highlights 148: Palin: As governor of my state, my goal was to clean up corruption and develop our rich natural resources.#Highlights 147: Palin: Optimism & respect for individual liberty shaped both my political beliefs & my vision for my country.#Highlights 146: Palin: When I had the honour of meeting your PM, I expressed my admiration for India’s rich culture.#Highlights 145: Sarah Palin: My country was discovered in the age of exploration.#Highlights 144: Sarah Palin: I appreciate getting to see some of your magnificent city.#Highlights 143: Aroon Purie, Editor in Chief, India Today: Sarah Palin has 1.5 million followers on facebook.#Highlights 142: Aroon Purie, Editor in Chief, India Today, introduces Sarah Palin.#Highlights 141: Sarah Palin, first female governor of Alaska (2006-2009), 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential nominee and author to speak.#Highlights 140: Next session: My vision of America.#Highlights 139: Niall Ferguson: India is an astonishing story.#Highlights 138: Niall Ferguson: ‘Empire’ was not the original thing the Western powers did after 15th century. It was least original.#Highlights 137: Niall Ferguson: In work ethic, the US has become like Europeans.#Highlights 136: Niall Ferguson: The US is on a completely unsustainable financial trajectory right now.#Highlights 135: Niall Ferguson: US suffers recesses in public finance.#Highlights 134: Niall Ferguson: America’s fiscal deficit stands at 10% of the GDP.#Highlights 133: Niall Ferguson: The US has ADDS (Attention Deficit Disorder Syndrome).#Highlights 132: Niall Ferguson on US decline: I love the US and want its success.#Highlights 131: Niall Ferguson on US decline: After Iraq, Aghanistan situation is worse.#Highlights 130: Niall Ferguson: America not good at being an empire.#Highlights 129: M.J. Akbar: No emperor had created as secure a kingdom as Mughals.#Highlights 128: Next speaker: Niall Ferguson, British historian.#Highlights 127: M.J. Akbar, Editorial Director, India Today, chairs the session on American decline: Myth and reality.#Highlights 126: Arun Shourie to audience: You have the legitimacy for structural change.#Highlights 125: Arun Shourie: Utopian idea of state funding of polls won’t do.#Highlights 124: Arun Shourie: Day-to-day hearing, change in the rule of evidence and incarceration can curb corruption.#Highlights 123: Arun Shourie: Everybody is blaming others. No one recognises one’s own responsibility.#Highlights 122: Arun Shourie: Today no one is talking of reforms. Does anyone speak?#Highlights 121: Arun Shourie: Countervailing powers are interlinked. Radia has just lifted the lid. Everybody is in touch with everybody.#Highlights 120: Arun Shourie: In the US you act only through institutions, unlike India.#Highlights 119: Arun Shourie: Everybody has the power to block things, nobody has the power to push things.#Highlights 118: Arun Shourie, journalist, author and former Union minister for disinvestment & telecom starts his speech.#Highlights 117: K.P. Singh praises judiciary, says we need fast-track courts to punish those, who siphon away public money.#Highlights 116: K.P. Singh: In Indian context, both politics and business have a clearly defined role.#Highlights 115: K.P. Singh: With checks and balances, politics and business can help the cause of the common man.#Highlights 114: K.P. Singh: If politics and business called an odd couple, it will be a sure recipe for disaster.#Highlights 113: K.P. Singh, DLF Ltd chairman: Development is possible only if politics and business function in harmony.#Highlights 112: Rajeev Chandrasekhar: Decline of govt institutions and conflict of interests need to be addressed.#Highlights 111: Rajeev Chandrasekhar: It’s the quid pro quo that creates problems.#Highlights 110: Rajeev Chandrasekhar: There is some shadiness about the relation between business & politics.#Highlights 109: Rajeev Chandrasekhar: Business is prime catalyst for change.#Highlights 108: Rajeev Chandrasekhar: The state and govt will always be a huge animal in the room.#Highlights 107: Rajeev Chandrasekhar, entrepreneur and RS MP: This debate is critical to change India.#Highlights 106: Sandeep Bamzai, Sr Editor, Headlines Today, chairs The Business Roundtable.#Highlights 105: Next session to start: Politics and business: the odd couple.#Highlights 104: Md Azharuddin at Q&A: People in India’s villages can’t say what GDP is.#Highlights 103: Vijender Singh: Proper preparation and planning a must to win Olympic medals.#Highlights 102: Boxer Vijender Singh: Why cricket? What about other sports. We must give them their due.#Highlights 101: Sonakshi: The ruling party and Opposition must stop putting each other down and try to work together.#Highlights 100: Actor Sonakshi Sinha: Everything Western is not cool. Originality is cool.#Highlights 99: Actor Sonakshi Sinha: I imagine an India, where education is a necessity, not an option, especially for girls.#Highlights 98: Actor Sonakshi Sinha: Girls are an asset.#Highlights 97: Actor Sonakshi Sinha: I am talking to you as an Indian girl, not as an actor.#Highlights 96: Anurag Thakur: Unless we fulfil the basic needs of the common man, we cannot realise the idea of India.#Highlights 95: Anurag Thakur: The biggest stakeholders, our youth, should be involved in policy making.#Highlights 94: Anurag Thakur: If we can’t talk of inclusive growth, we would be shying away from the truth.# Highlights 93: Anurag Thakur: My India has come a long way. Our growth annoys many. But growth hasn’t benefited the common man?# Highlights 92: Imtiaz Ali: If you try to sway young people, they will say it doesn’t make sense.# Highlights 91: Imtiaz Ali: People are thinking today. There is no pushing of hypocritical ideas any more.# Highlights 90: Sanjiv Bajaj’s message to youth: Integrity of thought, pursuit of excellence and fearless in behaviour.# Highlights 89: Sanjiv Bajaj: Corruption is a way of life. Only honesty can earn us our due place.# Highlights 88: Taseer: If we have to say something to the world, we need high ideas and real imagination.#Highlights 87: Taseer: There are no shortcuts in life.#Highlights 86: Taseer: Literature cannot begin in a vaccum, takes inspiration from somewhere, from the past.#Highlights 85: Aatish Taseer starts his speech.#Highlights 84: Rahul Kanwal starts introducing ‘young achievers’.#Highlights 83: Speakers: Imtiaz Ali, director, Sonakshi Sinha, actor, Boxer Vijender Singh and author Aatish Taseer.#Highlights 82: Speakers: Anurag Thakur, MP, Lok Sabha, youth chief, BJP and Sanjiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj FinServ Ltd#Highlights 81: Rahul Kanwal, Executive Editor, Headlines Today, to chair next session: Ideas: My India, Our future.#Highlights 80: Sir Lee: It is the decentralised nature of the web that appeals to people.#Highlights 79: Sir Lee on who should control Internet: Lee I can’t tell the answer.#Highlights 78: Sir Lee on who should control Internet: I can’t tell the answer.#Highlights 77: The Web Foundation is doing a lot of things to empower people: Sir Lee#Highlights 76: Wikipedia started as a utopian paradise: Sir Lee# Highlights 75: No one should control Internet: Sir Lee#Highlights 74: When Google can use our data to sell ads, why can’t governments do the same to solve our problems: Josh Klein#Highlights 73: The governments should share information online with people: Josh Klein#Highlights 72: Internet anonymity is a key issue that needs to be tackled: Josh Klein#Highlights 71: There are many governments quietly trying to control the Internet: Sir Lee#Highlights 70: There are many exciting things happening online: Sir Lee#Highlights 69: I wanted data online: Sir Tim Berners Lee#Highlights 68: Internet will play an important role in the formation of a new government in Egypt: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 67: Internet empowers people: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 66: Internet is playing a key role in Egypt: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 65: We wanted the government to communicate with us online: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 64: There is no mainstream media. People are the media now: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 63: After so many years, I feel that I got my dignity back: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 62: Credit goes to the youth who contributed immensely in creating the web page on Egypt revolution: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 61: We appealed people to start the Egypt agitation on Facebook: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 60: Egypt revolution was like Wikipedia, where everyone contributed: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 59: Kalli Purie, Chief Creative Officer, India Today Group, chairs The Digital Debate.#Highlights 58: Greer: Women have to fight men on the one side, women in their society on the other. That’s life.# Highlights 57: Kalli asks: Harshest judgement on women comes from other women. Greer: Evey woman knows her hardest critic is her mother.#Highlights 56: Fatima Bhutto at Q & A: No one is romanticising the veil. It is pretty hard to romanticise the veil.#Highlights 55: Fatima Bhutto: Banning burqa in France does’t make bikini-wearers any safer.#Highlights 54: Fatima Bhutto: Burqa and bikini can co-exist, but problem is in understanding.#Highlights 53: Greer: I cannot countenance persecution of people who wear bikini or burqa. Burqa and bikini can co-exist.#Highlights 52: Greer: We need co-existence. Penetrative culture penetrates every aspect of our lives.#Highlights 51: Greer: 99% women look dreadful in bikini. But burqa can’t give them big bottoms either.#Highlights 50: Greer: It is extraordinary to say burqa liberates.#Highlights 49: Greer: If you wear burqa, it is your life.#Highlights 48: Greer: If you wear burqa, because someone has forced it on you, then you need to negotiate.#Highlights 47: Greer: It is the jealous men, who want to keep women’s body a secret.#Highlights 46: Kalli Purie introduces speakers feminist writer Germaine Greer and writer & activist Fatima Bhutto.#Highlights 45: Kalli Purie: Clash of titans – bikini vs burqa.#Highlights 44: The gender debate follows: Kalli Purie, Chief Creative Officer, India Today Group, to chair.#Highlights 43: Kashmir debate seemed endless as expected.#Highlights 42: Arif quotes Kalhan, says ‘Kashmir is a region that takes delight in resurrection’.#Highlights 41: Geelani: We denounce terror in all forms.#Highlights 40: Farooq at Q&A: Division is not acceptable for me & my party. Enough is enough.#Highlights 39: Geelani: We need to address the issues in Kashmir, which is the bone of contention between India & Pak.#Highlights 38: Geelani: Lakhs of Muslims have been killed in Jammu & Kashmir since 1947.#Highlights 37: Geelani: As a human being, you should understand the sufferings of the people of Kashmir, where there are seven lakh forces.#Highlights 36: Geelani: Kashmir dispute is all about broken promises.#Highlights 35: Geelani: I represent the sentiments of majority in Jammu and Kashmir.#Highlights 34: Geelani: I want you to hear of our pain & sufferings.#Highlights 33: Arif: Quran justifies armed action only when someone is expelled from his/her home because of his/her faith.#Highlights 32: Arif Mohd Khan: Muslims from India face humiliation in Pakistan.#Highlights 31: Arif Mohd Khan: Those who were called refugee are leading the mainstream in India today.#Highlights 30: Arif Mohd Khan: ‘Freedom’ word is always there in Geelani’s speech.#Highlights 29: Kashmir debate: Farooq against plebiscite.#Highlights 28: Kashmir also belongs to Buddhists, Hindus: Abdullah.#Highlights 27: We can accept everything, but not division: Abdullah.#Highlights 26: The only way out of Indo-Pak conflict is dialogue: Abdullah.#Highlights 25: India is ready to hear and do everything which will stabilise the nation: Abdullah.#Highlights 24: Geelani deserves to be heard: Joshi.#Highlights 23: Manoj Joshi begins Kashmir debate. Dr Farooq Abdullah is among three speakers.#Highlights 22: The India Today Conclave: Day 2 proceedings begin.#Highlights 21: Arif Mohammad Khan has authored Text and Context, a 2010 bestseller. The volume contains two pieces on Kashmir#Highlights 20: Syed Ali Shah Geelani set for Kashmir debate.#Highlights 19: Manoj Joshi, Dy Editor, Mail Today is set to chair Kashmir debate.#Highlights 18: Day 2 proceedings of the India Today Conclave 2011 are due to start shortly.#Highlights 17: The Conclave will end with a gala dinner with Sarah Palin as the chief guest.#Highlights 16: The first female Governor of Alaska (2006-2009) and 2008 Republican V-P nominee will speak on what she thinks of America.#Highlights 15: Sarah Palin will deliver the Dinner Keynote Address on ‘My Vision of America’.# Highlights 14: An address by noted British historian Niall Ferguson on ‘American decline: Myth and reality’ to follow.#Highlights 13: Speakers: RS MP and entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrasekhar, ex-Union minister Arun Shourie and DLF chairman K.P. Singh.# Highlights 12: The roundtable discussion on politics and business follows.# Highlights 11: Gen Next speakers: Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali and author Aatish Taseer.# Highlights 10: Gen Next speakers: Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur and Bajaj FinServ Ltd MD Sanjiv Bajaj.#Highlights 9: Speakers: Actor Sonakshi Sinha and Olmpic medallist boxer Vijender Singh.#Highlights 8: After lunch, there will be a youth workshop on ‘Ideas: My India, Our future’.#Highlights 7: Speakers: World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners Lee, serial hacker Josh Klein, Egypt revolution hero Wael Ghonim.# Highlights 6: The Digital Debate (‘Information: Revolution or revelation’) follows.#Highlights 5: Gender debate speakers are: Feminist writer Germaine Greer and Pakistani writer and activist Fatima Bhutto.#Highlights 4: The Kashmir session will be followed by the Gender Dialogue (‘Can the burqa co-exist with the bikini?’).#Highlights 3: Speakers: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Former Union Minister Arif Mohammad Khan.#Highlights 2: The Day 2 proceedings begin with a debate on Kashmir.#Highlights 1: Day 2 proceedings of the India Today Conclave 2011 will start at 10 am.#advertisementadvertisementadvertisement