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Of trunk call & divine intervention

In this crucial year, BJP’s state leadership will also like to keep close to its traditional lines more so when the Opposition Congress has earned some amount of respect in the Gujarat assembly elections. When we speak of Gujarat polls, the recent visits of political stalwarts to Somnath Temple had created a ripple which is so very vivid still in our minds. A healthy relation between those in power and a mahant reflects peace in society. While the party will try to ensure that its popularity remains intact, blessings of the mahant from the Lord’s house will remain as an icing for a better tomorrow. And in Rajasthan, for any auspicious and momentous event, political parties, irrespective of the colour, industrialists and the aam aadmi seek the blessings of Moti Dungri and the Mahant.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByAvanindra Mishra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Monday 1 January 2018 4:52 ISTMust readExplosion after fire in Jodhpur hotelNight riders who believe serving people is the best way to ring in New Year<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>This is time for a major TRUNK CALL. It’s ballot time and whatever be the colour, caste or creed… divine blessings are the most sought after thing as the state readies for a KURUKSHETRA by the end of this year. And in Jaipur when we speak of such issues, blessings of the chief priest of Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple is the ultimate, one can think of.2018 begins with the implementation of the model code of conduct in three districts and will witness bypolls on two parliamentary and one assembly constituency in January itself. The BJP has a task ahead to keep its traditional ‘saffron’ vote bank intact and counter any anti-incumbency within party ranks.In this crucial year, BJP’s state leadership will also like to keep close to its traditional lines more so when the Opposition Congress has earned some amount of respect in the Gujarat assembly elections. When we speak of Gujarat polls, the recent visits of political stalwarts to Somnath Temple had created a ripple which is so very vivid still in our minds. A healthy relation between those in power and a mahant reflects peace in society. While the party will try to ensure that its popularity remains intact, blessings of the mahant from the Lord’s house will remain as an icing for a better tomorrow. And in Rajasthan, for any auspicious and momentous event, political parties, irrespective of the colour, industrialists and the aam aadmi seek the blessings of Moti Dungri and the Mahant.

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RUIDP rushes to complete phase two

The Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project (RUIDP) is expected to ink loan agreement with Asian Development Bank for the Rs 4500 crore fourth phase, the second phase of the project is still lagging behind deadline.The second phase planned to ensure development of urban infrastructure at 15 towns of the state with a cost of Rs 1762 crore was expected to be completed by December 2016. An year past the deadline as the officials attempt to ‘financially’ close the project, work related to STP at Bharatpur and sewerage at Jaisalmer are still pending. “The works related to phase two will be completed by June 2018,” urban development minister Shrichand Kriplani said after a department meeting. The second phase including 109 work packages had completed 22 of these in initial 11 months. However, work delayed on rest for various reasons including public agitation and non performing contractors. In November 2015, four contractor firms were debarred by RUIDP for poor performance, yet the project works continued to delay. As of now with work expenditure of nearly Rs 1700 crore the RUIDP claims to have achieved 96 per cent of its target. Meanwhile, the third phase of the project has commenced from 2014 and is expected to be completed by December 2019. Of the 13 cities covered under the phase work orders of Rs 3300 crore have been issued in 11 cities. At the recent meeting the urban development minister has also asked the officials to ensure that contracts for sewerage works in the remaining two cities of Kota and Mount Abu should be finalised soon. DNA was the first to report on the proposed fourth phase of the project in its July 18 edition. The phase will cover 39 cities including 10 heritage cities.

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WOE-MAN! Official apathy stares at Jansunwai of the distressed

A platform for the distressed women, the public hearing (Jansunwai ) of Rajasthan Women Commission was set to witness tales of exploitation. However, absence of senior administrative and police officials also narrated of the administrative apathy towards these women. Even those present at the hearing displayed inadequate understanding of the issues. This inconsiderate attitude of the departments even discomforted the woman commission chairperson, Suman Sharma, who warned to complain against their behaviour. “The senior officials, who arrived late, said they were pre-occupied with other official duties. However, the public hearing is also important and their presence is vital for immediate action on the issues,” Suman Sharma said. District collector and deputy commissioner of police joined the hearing. However, as the hearing proceeded, more instances of administration’s apathy towards the exploitation victim came to light. An elderly woman, appeared at the hearing seeking ‘maintenance’ of her daily needs by her family members. Estranged from the family, the woman was unable to find any relief from the police and other officials. Considering her plea, the women commission issued necessary directions to the administrative officials. Another was a rape victim, that narrated of her hardships to get case registered against the accused. However, her troubles did not seem to end despite his arrest as he continues to threaten her from the prison. “He posted objectionable photos of me on social media, that the police has been unable to get withdrawn despite my several complaints. On the other hand, he calls me from the prison and threatens of dire consequences,” the rape victim pleaded ahead of the officials. The women commission which assured the victim of security, has also decided to write to director general jail in this regard. “This is a serious issue and even if it’s not for the first time that use of mobile phones in prison gets exposed,” said a woman commission official.

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Rajasthan govt puts 14,000 shell cos under scanner

Struck off by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, thousands of shell companies registered in Rajasthan have now come under the state government scanner. The state industries department has on Thursday written to all district collectors and several departments to identify assets of these companies in the next 15 days.”More than 14,000 companies registered in Rajasthan are among the 2,24,734 listed as suspicious by the central ministry. The industry department is a nodal agency that has now initiated action against these at the state-level,” said Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Rajasthan industries minister.To be struck off, these companies have been dormant for nearly two years or have registered suspicious transactions since demonetization.After the central ministry action, which had extended restrictions on their bank accounts, the responsibility to prevent sale of their immovable properties and other assets is to be ensured by respective state government.Industry department of the state, as nodal agency, has now written to departments of transport, revenue, tourism and other concerned departments to ensure that no vehicle, land or asset gets disposed.In addition to the companies registered at state, such companies based in other states could also have held assets in Rajasthan.”However, the state agencies have to remain aware of the dubious operations of many of these companies. Also the department is yet to decide on action against the operation of ‘suspicious board directors’ of these companies,” he said.The central ministry, while cancelling registration of these companies, also disqualified over three lakh board directors for irregularities in financial statements.On the radarTo be struck off, these companies have been dormant for nearly two years or have registered suspicious transactions since demonetisation

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Lakshmi Villas to re-live its hotel glory

After being out-of-business for several months, the Lakshmi Villas is headed for a comeback in hotel industry. A public property for now, the Lakshmi Villas will once again be lost in private hands in the process.”It has been decided that the Lakshmi Villas will be auctioned for being developed in hotel, a good hotel,” said Urban Development, minister Shrichand Kriplani after a meeting at the department on Wednesday.The one time motor garage of erstwhile rulers of Jaipur, the building located in heart of Central Park had stood as a heritage hotel for decades till few months back, when the Jaipur Development Authority took its possession following orders of Supreme Court. A royal stable adjoining Lakshmi Villas that in due time developed as Kanak Bhawan was also taken possession of by JDA.The six bighas of land under the hotel and another 1.5 bighas of land of adjoining Kanak Bhawan were considered to be assimilated in the Central Park and were not to be used for commercial purpose again. However, on Wednesday at a meeting the Urban Development Department decided to hand it over in private hands for being pushed in hotel industry again.It has also been decided that the Kanak Bhawan will be used a JDA guest house. Even as the Central Park and common public is to lose its claim over these, the department upheld their environmental relevance.”We acknowledge that these properties are also important for the city in respect to environment and we will ensure that the environment will be conserved at these,” said the minister.The development Authority has acquired possession of these after a long legal battle that lasted for almost 44 years. It was finally earlier this year that Supreme Court cleared all objections on JDA possession of the land.It was in 1973 that 322 bighas of land was acquired at the Rambagh Complex by the Urban Improvement Trust (UIT). The Lakshmi Villas spread over six bighas and Kanak Bhawan on another 1.5 bighas were also part of the acquired pocket. These at the time were in possession of erstwhile maharaj Bhawani Singh who sold it off in 1986.A LOOK BACKThe one-time motor garage of erstwhile rulers of Jaipur, the building located in heart of Central Park had stood as a heritage hotel for decades till a few months back, when the Jaipur Development Authority took its possession following orders of Supreme Court. A royal stable adjoining Lakshmi Villas that in due time developed as Kanak Bhawan was also taken possession of by JDA. The six bighas of land under the hotel and another 1.5 bighas of land of adjoining Kanak Bhawan were considered to be assimilated in the Central Park and were not to be used for commercial purpose again.

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Rajasthan High Court allows Raj govt to tackle doctors’ strike

Evoking restriction on arrest of agitating doctors, the Rajasthan High Court on Monday extended a free hand to the state government for tackling the strike of government doctors. The court has previously ordered a hold on the arrest while instructing them to resume duties. However, the previous orders were revoked at a special hearing called on public holiday of Christmas in consideration of an instant petition moved in public interest. “The strike of doctors is illegal,” held the court in its order on Monday. “The state authorities would be entitled to proceed ahead in accordance with law, which obviously would mean that since RESMA has been invoked, the striking doctors can be apprehended.” State health department had submitted at the court that 50 per cent of the in-service doctors have been boycotting duty following the strike. It was prompt to issue a 24-hour notice to the doctors to return to work in light of the court orders. Doctors at Rajasthan have been on strike since December 16 following transfer of office bearers of All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors. The doctors body held it suppression and violation of a previous agreement between doctors and the state health department. However, as thousands of doctors refrained from duty and private hospitals warned to keep services suspended for a day, the strike had pose to put public health at risk. In consideration of the possibility of a total health shutdown, advocate Abhinav Sharma moved a petition ahead of chief justice of Rajasthan Pradeep Nandrajog requesting immediate intervention.

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Doctors strike: Rajasthan HC to open today

Despite being a winter vacation, Rajasthan High Court will open on public holiday of Christmas for the hearing of ongoing government doctors strike. It is probably for the first time that the high court will open on a public holiday during winter vacation. The issue is, however, concerned to public health and large and same was pleaded before the court by advocate Abhinav Sharma.The lawyer submitted to the court that the government doctors have not returned to work despite court orders and now the private doctors too have warned to keep services suspended for a day in support of them. This has created a major concern for public health as patients needing medical assistance will be devoid of due treatment.”It’s just due to whims of a doctor leader that is responsible for the suffering of patients at state, this should not be allowed and I have requested the court regarding the same,” Abhinav Sharma said to DNA.Chief justice of Rajasthan High Court, Pradeep Nandrajog in consideration of the appeal has constituted a special bench that would hear Abhinav Sharma’s plea on Christmas morning this Monday. Even as the court will discuss out merit’s of the plea, the court has already shown its consideration to the gravity of the situation.Nearly 80 per cent of the government doctors at Rajasthan have been boycotting work for over a week following differences with the health department. Implementation of Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) has also been unable to bring doctors back on duty. Meanwhile, the doctors association have been blaming the health minister for backing out of the agreement reached after the previous agitation.Abhinav Sharma, meanwhile, also claimed that government doctors willing to return to work are being threatened by the leader of the agitation and claimed to produce evidence of the same at court during the hearing on Monday.

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Also, a minister of state (independent charge) at Modi government, Sinha presented the plan of putting India’s telecommunication on fast track. “India has lagged behind in implementation of 2G and 3G telecom technology, however, we will be among the foremost nations to adopt 5G technology in 2020,” he said.
The minister on the occasion informed the gathering on funds of ‘Rs 145 crore being allocated to IIT at Chennai for development of 5 generation technology’. In his plans for digital rise the minister ensured trust on the state promoted telecommunication company BSNL. He said that BSNL has proved its relevance by providing network support during crucial times of ‘demonitization’ and ‘GST implementation’ and expressed confidence of BSNL gaining furthermore popularity as mobile phone service provider with dedicated efforts of its employees.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByAvanindra Mishra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Sunday 24 December 2017 4:31 ISTMust readAnti-Salman Khan protests hit Rajasthan over Valmiki remarkManoj Sinha rides bullet train at Digital speed to create New India<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Minister of state for Railways was quick to react when asked about the high-speed bullet train. Though he is the crucial man behind implementation of PM Modi’s flagship hi-speed Mumbai-Ahmedabad train project, he is still searching for an appropriate ‘Desi’ nomenclature for the ambitious project. “As of now it is known as hi-speed train and we are looking for an Indian name for the same,” he answered with pun when asked about ‘bullet train’ in India at ‘New India 2017’ Conclave of Zee Hindustan. It is, however, not just the name that the minister wishes to be indigenous about. The ambitious project is being developed with technical and financial help from Japan. “The loan from Japan is indeed a help considering the 0.01 per cent interest and payback period of 50 years. We are working in direction of developing the technology within the country,” said Sinha. The minister also stressed on the efforts of the present government in improving the existing train networks. Also, the local impact on Rajasthan stating that the railways have allocated projects of Rs 3400 crore for the state this year multiple times more than Rs 700-800 crores being allocated annually by previous government. On fast trackAlso, a minister of state (independent charge) at Modi government, Sinha presented the plan of putting India’s telecommunication on fast track. “India has lagged behind in implementation of 2G and 3G telecom technology, however, we will be among the foremost nations to adopt 5G technology in 2020,” he said. The minister on the occasion informed the gathering on funds of ‘Rs 145 crore being allocated to IIT at Chennai for development of 5 generation technology’. In his plans for digital rise the minister ensured trust on the state promoted telecommunication company BSNL. He said that BSNL has proved its relevance by providing network support during crucial times of ‘demonitization’ and ‘GST implementation’ and expressed confidence of BSNL gaining furthermore popularity as mobile phone service provider with dedicated efforts of its employees.

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BSNL booster dose for Digital India; `499 pack

To boost Digital India and challenge the competitors, BSNL unveiled a handset and prepaid connection bundle for just Rs 499. Communication minister Manoj Sinha launched the scheme at New India Conclave 2017 of Zee Media in Jaipur on Saturday. It plans to tap the market in rural areas.“This will surely go a long way in providing mobile phone and services to rural population at a very economical rate,” said Sinha, stating that it will help in fulfilling PM Modi’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’.The event presented by BSNL focused on creating a new India through digital technology with PM Narendra Modi’s slogan of ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’. BSNL will launch the bundled package just before the New Year to outmatch offers of its competitors and increase its customer base considerably over next six months. The package comes with a Detel brand handset and added talktime of Rs 103.“We plan to sell 5 lakh such handsets over the next six months, the annual recharge of Rs 499 will keep the connection alive, “ said CMD BSNL Anupam Shrivastav while discussing the expected targets with DNA. BSNL, lagging behind the competitors, has been putting extra efforts, plans increase its market share from 8.35 per cent in March 2016 to 9.03 per cent in October 2017. At the conclave, Anupam Shrivastav also hinted at the possibility of BSNL rolling out its VoLTE 4 G connections soon. While the minister assured the gathering that India will introduce 5G services by 2020.

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When Hindustan stands Digi-tall, Zeeshan se…

In today’s parlance we don’t start with A to Z. Instead we start from D to Zee. Literally. Where D stands for Digital India and Zee is the medium to spread this message.Future of India is being written in digital cryptography. The country is home to second largest population of cell phone users and this connectivity has emerged as the new tool bridging geographical and social divide. As the Modi government advances the Digital India campaign to tap the potential of cell phone connectivity, ‘New India 2017’ conclave of Zee Hindustan held in Jaipur, explored the scenario and possibilities of progress ahead.“This conclave is a platform to invite ideas and present them ahead of policy-makers,” said CEO Zee Hindustan Jagdeesh Chandra while welcoming an elite gathering of delegate and audience.As the hosts, briefed on concept of the conclave chief guest on the occasion MoS, Communications (independent charge) Manoj Sinha presented the vision of government in the direction.“It’s 75th year of August Kranti in which our freedom fighters resolved for Independence of India, this year we resolve to make India a country that the great freedom fighters had envisaged,” said the minister.He expressed delight that the tele-density in the country has increased from less than 2 per cent when BJP government came to power under leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to 75 per cent today. He mentioned the initiatives taken by the Modi government and assured that in future tele infrastructure will boost development of the country. The conclave was presented by India’s state owned telecommunication company BSNL and participated by policy-makers, experts and industry representatives from state and outside. BSNL CMD, Anupam Shrivastava discussing the rise and downs of the company explained BSNL’s contribution in connecting India, especially the rural and remote to mainstream Digital revolution. “We have overcome the infrastructure shortcomings that the company faced a few years earlier and improved our ranking among top 4 service providers of the country,” said Shrivastava. “We are advancing towards introducing our 4G Volte services soon and continue on plan to connect panchayats with optical fibre,” he added.Speaking at the conclave eminent businessman, CMD of Kent RO systems Mahesh Gupta stressed on the scope of telecom services and its penetration in life of common man, “Mobile phone is today among necessities of a common man. As an industry dealing in water purification we find the telecom technology integrating in RO and other appliances to provide better services to people,” said Mahesh Gupta.Also among the dignitaries and policy-makers present on the occasion were also BJP state president Ashok Parnami, UDH minister Shrichand Kriplani, Agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini, Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra, Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoti and other senior officials and industrialists.

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New India 2017: Government boosts telecom sector

For India, home to second largest population of cell phone users, connectivity and digitalisation is an important tool. As the Centre advances on its Digital India campaign to tap the potential of cell phone connectivity, ‘New India 2017’ conclave of Zee Hindustan held in Jaipur explored the scenario and possibilities of progress ahead.Chief guest on the occasion, Minister of State for Communications (independent charge) Manoj Sinha presented the vision of the government in the direction.”This is the 75th year of August Kranti, where our freedom fighters resolved for Independence. We resolve to turn India into the country that the great freedom fighters envisaged,” he said.He expressed delight at the increase in India’s communication density — from less than 2 per cent when BJP government came to power, to 75 per cent today. He mentioned initiatives taken by the present Modi government at the Centre and assured that tele infrastructure in the future will boost the development of the country.The conclave was presented by India’s state owned telecommunication company BSNL, and policy makers, experts and industry representatives from state and outside took part in it. BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava discussed the ups and downs of the company in connecting India, especially the rural and remote areas to the mainstream digital revolution.”We have overcome the infrastructure shortcomings that the company faced a few years earlier, and improved our ranking among the top four service providers of the country,” said Shrivastava. “We our advancing towards introducing our 4G Volte services soon and continue on plan to connect panchayats with optical fibre,” he added.Speaking at the conclave eminent businessman, CMD of Kent RO systems Mahesh Gupta stressed on the scope of telecom services, “The mobile phone is a necessity. As an industry dealing in water purification, we find the telecom sector providing better services to people with us,” said Mahesh Gupta.BJP state president Ashok Parnami, UDH minister Rajasthan Shrichand Kriplani, Agriculture minister of Rajasthan, Prabhulal Saini, MP Jaipur Ramcharan Bohra, Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoti and other senior officials and industrialists were present.” The BJP government holds development of the telecommunication sector as its priority,” said Ashok Parnami.

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CM Vasundhara Raje visit saves threatened Shekhawati havelis

Defending traditional facade of Shekhawati havelis will be a joint responsibility of the district administration, local bodies and police. The plight of these havelis being threatened by mischief of notorious elements and ignorance of civic authorities caught notice of chief minister Vasundhara Raje during her Jansamwad (public dialogue) at Fatehpur town of Sikar district on Saturday. The CM immediately issued orders to the Jaipur division commissioner and police range IG to ensure conservation of these traditional buildings that have gained global fame for their architecture.These buildings of Shekhawati stand evidence of the glorious history of the land, however, at Fatehpur town a few of these are in danger due to recent civic issue of water logging. Seepage has been damaging walls and weakening foundations of the havelis. The chief minister during the public dialogue ordered the district collector and local body officials to resolve the issue, while instructions were also made to principal secretary, local self-governance to develop a detailed project report for ensuring conservation of heritage appearance of these havelis.Chief minister Raje at the Jansamwad met representatives from various community members of the area. These public dialogues held in series in cities across the state have become feedback and grievance redressal platform enabling local community representatives to have their voice heard at the highest podium of governance in the state. At Fatehpur too, the CM Jansamwad had immediate resolution for several long pending issues. Social securityCM on her visit also flagged of Annapurna mobile kitchen vans to deliver quality food at affordable price. She here also assured members of villages on forest land to have the proposal of land diversion processed soon. The chief minister talking of improvement in education services told the gathering that the results of government schools have improved by two per cent in Sikar.

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Udaipur: Peace & net get a chance to log in

Few groups had previously claimed that on Thursday, the demonstration was in support of the Rajsamand hate crime accused, Shambhulal while others held it to be against the anti social slogans. Even as the exact cause and those to be behind the notorious social media messages are still to be identified, police and administration have sought to levy ban on mobile internet and imposition of Section 144 to keep the situations under control. The prohibitory orders were though called off as city remains peaceful since Thursday evening clash. ”
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Having A Ball

Even before they have taken to the field to ply their trade, the women athletes of para-volleyball have stamped their victory against the taboos they have been fighting since long. These fearless women have touched down in the city to play interstate sitting para-volleyball federation cup that will commence on December 16 at SMS Stadium. To everyone’s awe, these women have defeated physical challenges as well as social stigma to rise above self pity in an attempt to become the first to represent the nation at the International Paralympic games 2018. It is for the first time that a women’s team will be playing at the national level tournament. “Shy of exposing themselves and the challenges that came along kept many girls away from taking up para sports,” said H Chandrashekar, president Paralympic Volleyball Federation of India (PVFI). “It has been for a decade that we at the federation have been trying to build a national women’s team. This task will thankfully get accomplished this year,” he added. The federation has recently added a trained 8 women’s team across the country, six of these will play their first national level tournament in Jaipur over next couple of days. “We have held demo games in several states to set an example and motivate more girls to take up sports,” said a member of a women’s team. The teams from Telengana, Kerala, Bihar, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan will participate in the tournament supported by BMVSS (Jaipur Foot) organisation. These girls are motivated to play at Paralympic 2018.Moreover, sitting volleyball is a regular paralympic event since 1980s. Played with a lower net and smaller court, this game requires players to be seated at a particular position. In India, the sport has been officially been recognised for over a decade. Its for the first time that such national level tournament of the game is being held in Jaipur.Dissolving disparityIn course of deciding the winners’ award, the organisers were faced with the gender disparity. An initial proposal regarding the award money had differences in awards for men and women achievers. This, however, came to notice of the tournament’s local partner BVMSS and it was resolved. “Sports dissolve differences and thus it is only right that we should not discriminate on the basis of gender while awarding the achievement,” said Deependra Mehta, secretary BMVSS. The federation admitted that it was due to fund concern that the difference was proposed, but was delighted that it got noticed on time.Raj’s tryst with the sportThe game has been catching up among able-bodied athletes of Rajasthan. The state has delivered couple of national and international level players, like Kaptan Singh and Papu Singh. The men’s team had emerged as a runner-up in the last National Para-Volleyball tournament and had qualified in the quarter-finals the previous year. The state got its first women’s team registered in beginning of this year.Jaipur Foot to the rescue of playersThe Paralympic tournament organisers have to face the challenge of attracting big and fancy sponsors and that is why it often lacks proper facilities. The Sitting Volleyball Cup in Jaipur though has found support from the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayta Samiti (BMVSS). “Our aim is to help in rehabilitation of people challenged by physical disabilities,” said Dr DR Mehta, chairperson of BMVSS. Also, it was BMVSS that volunteered to be a sponsor. Introduced to the game by an para volleyball player from Rajasthan, the BMVSS chairman was impressed with the enthusiasm of the players. Moreover, 12 men and 6 women teams will take part in the event. This year the winners will also be given a cash award. Journey of Indian Sitting VolleyballIt was in 2006 that the PVFI came in formal existence and since has been able to develop associations in 15 states. The PVFI team have participated in Asia Cup held by Para Volleyball Asian Oceania. Participated in Para Volleyball World Cup at Cambodia 2008, 2009 & 2011 Took part in Para Volleyball World C’ship 2010-11 in USA Won silver medal in Beach Volleyball 2011 held at Germany.

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Opposition has no facts & figures: Ashok Parnami

The state BJP president Ashok Parnami came down on the opposition’s criticism of the BJP government with tabled figures of the governments achievement over the past four years. Addressing the media on the evening of Vasundhara Raje led government in state, the BJP president also had on his disposal tally of the awards and initiatives held by the present government.“The opposition has been making baseless allegations, they do not have facts and figures on their side. Its on these figures that credibility of statements stands,” said Parnami. “Raje government’s works have been acclaimed across the country and have received several prestigious awards including CM Raje being awarded as ‘Digital leader of the Year’ in 2016-17,” Parnami asserted.In a comparative statement of performance he showed that under the present government’s four year tenure till October of this year the electricity production has increased by 6938.21 MW where the increase in the previous government’s five year tenure was 3953.89 MW. There were 22.67 lakh new electricity connections so far been issued by the government which is over 3 lakh more than those issued by previous government. The electricity subsidy of Rs 25011.89 crore extended by the government is more than 8 times of the subsidy provided by the previous government. The balance sheet of over a dozen departments presented by Parnami not only held the Raje government ahead on its flagship schemes and focus sectors of water, road and power, it also showed of the government to have excelled the former in schemes such as MNREGA.

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Legends remember the legend of ML Mehta

The third M L Mehta memorial Oration was the perfect occasion to relive the glorious past of Rajasthan bureaucracy. Senior bureaucrats of yester years who contributed in shaping the state of today all congregated to remember the architect of progressive Rajasthan – former chief secretary ML Mehta. Star-officers of past Anil Kumar, Arun Kumar, Narendra Sisodiya Inderjeet Khanna, C S Rajan and Krishna Bhatnagar to name a few descended at Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration (RIPA) to relive the bonding they had shared during their hey days. Few existing senior bureaucrats were also seen exchanging notes and seeking tips from their seniors at the Officers Training School.The atmosphere got even more charged up when Election Commissioner Sunil Arora displayed his oratory skills to connect the importance of interpersonal skills of bureaucrats with the development of the state. He remembered his relationship with M L Mehta, with whom he worked closely during Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s government.“I was secretary to CM and he was the chief secretary. I can’t forget efficient working style and learnings I had. Mehta’s relationship with Bhairon Singhji was unmatched. Both of them had true respect for each other and they both used to think about reaching the last mile while implementing any policy,” he said.Former secretary to Vice president of India Anil Kumar, who chaired the oration said that Mehta was an institution in himself. He said that Mehta more than a senior, remained a trainer. The role of trainer was more apparent for Mehta than holding any other prestigious offices during his illustrious career.“It was all because of that instinct even after superannuation Mehta continued to work for promotion of the latent talent within the society,” he said.Director general of RIPA Gurjot Kaur, M L Mehta’s son and daughter Sunil Mehta and Rashmi Jain also remembered Mehta and his life. Before start of the programme, DNA Editor Jagdeesh Chandra welcomed Sunil Arora. Meanwhile, Arora, speaking for the first time in his new role of Election Commissioner, said that the country can progress only when policies are made and implemented keeping in mind the needs of middle class. He said that statistics stand witness to growth of the country, yet, socio economic disparities continue to remain challenge for governance and policy makers of the country.“It is only appropriate for us to, every once in a while, step back from our localised trials and tribulations and asks what is going to define India for the medium term ?” he asked.As he held that the country indeed has evolved in a ‘regional’, if not a global giant with a treasure trove of statistics including GDP growth, investment levels, foreign exchange reserves, number of billionaires, number of unicorn start-ups, improvement in health and literacy parameters of now vs three decades back conveniently validating the idea. He expressed concern on lost focus and empathy for the much larger middle class.“For India to peak; its human capital should be nurtured and harnessed much more. This, implies taking a fresh holistic outlook aiming not just to improve statistics but also qualitative aspects of development, A good starting framework to target this problem would be to look at income inequality,” he implied.In its support, he quoted the latest annual Global Wealth Report of Credit Suisse, which states that ‘while wealth has been rising in India, not everyone has shared in this growth’. This has resulted in 92 per cent of adult population with wealth below Rs 6.5 lakh while 0.5 per cent population has net worth of Rs 65 lakh.Arora, 1980 batch Rajasthan cadre officer had contributed his bit in the development of new Rajasthan. In his career spanning over 35 years, he held important posts irrespective of parties in government. His style of working has left many followers in current bureaucracy of the state.
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Industry dept close to meeting promised no. of jobs

The state government had set an ambitious target to generate 15 lakh new job opportunities in state when they were elected to power. Celebrating the fourth year of the Raje government, the industry department claims to be close on target with 11.82 lakh jobs created in private industries.Industries minster of Rajasthan addressing the media in advance of state government’s 4th anniversary claimed that in addition to investment made by industrial heavyweights, there are 2,23,431 medium, small and micro industries registered in the state. These with investment of 31,257 crore rupees have created over 11 lakh job opportunities.However, the industry department did not have any mechanism to recall the number of those industries to have closed during the period.“There is no model that takes in consideration number of the industries to have gone close,” Industries minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat was unable to answer questions on the same.“However, we are aware that it happens to many of those unable to compete with market and technology changes and have various programs to assist the small industries that find changes more difficult to adapt,” he added on a positive note.The minister stood firm on the employment claims and said more will be added in coming year as the state is now the ‘top preferences of investors from nation and abroad’.He also mentioned the steps taken to assist the investors through ease of doing business and placing 69 services of 13 departments online. He happen to mention that 19,800 youth have also been granted loan of 795 crore through RFC for establishment of their own business.
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Did police pick gun before lathi? 25 instances of police firing in Raj

It might sound surprising, however, as per the latest data of National Crime Record Bureau there are more number of occasions when firing was resorted to by the police in Rajasthan over lathi charge, in the year 2016. The state with 25 instances of police firing was at number three across the country while there were only 2 instances in which lathi charge was reported. Also, in both the instances of lathi charge, it was only the policemen to have received injuries.However, Rajasthan police were not the only one to do so, state police of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Odisha also reported more instances of police firing than lathi charge. Also in exception to states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and UP, it was mostly the policemen that received injuries in lathi-charge. Against 4,702 policemen reported to be injured during Lathi Charge across 29 states, there were 735 civilians injured, however, it claimed 34 civilian lives and only one police men had died in these.Sources at police department explain the contradiction on the fact that not all instances where police use ‘mild force’ to disburse crowd or containing violent mob get registered as ‘Lathi Charge’. However, this exercise might have helped to keep the record of local police station clean but raises doubts on the sanctity of the data at large.POLICE CLEARS AIRGiving the explanation, sources at police department said that not all instances where police use ‘mild force’ to disburse crowd or containing violent mob get registered as ‘Lathi Charge’.
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Doctors day out: Rajasthan medics protest, treat patients in tents

Even with most doctors feeling the heat over the High court order and recent transfers, some “rebels” left their offices to set up tents outside to treat the needy.In a prolonged confrontation with the health department, the in-service government doctors were out to muster public support ahead of a warning to the government. The doctors at many districts avoided going to hospitals and carried out their duties underneath trees, camps and even benches under the open sun. This was a common sight at many public health centers, community health centers and district hospitals.”We have issued the government a notice of 72 hours to act upon the consensus reached after the recent stir, the government’s adamant attitude is forcing us towards another movement,” said Dr Nasreen Bharti, patron of an in-service doctors association in Rajasthan.The doctors though have decided to keep health services uninterrupted, however, put the onus on state government for keeping up the truce. “We are committed to treat the patients, however, if forced to further intensify the agitation, it will be due to inconsideration of the state government,” said Dr Durga Shankar Saini, general secretary of All Rajasthan In Service Doctors Union.Health minister Kalicharan Saraf, meanwhile, claimed that efforts were in process for implementation of the doctors’ demand agreed upon at the consensus with state government. Jaipur, did not see much of a stir.Around 10,000 doctors employed at state health department went on mass leave in the first week of November. The stir severely impacted public health services across the state and ended after seven days following a consensus between the doctors and health minister Kalicharan Saraf. However, as many of the doctors to have led the agitation got transferred, the doctors are back on agitation path.
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Don’t treat people as files, CM Vasundhara Raje warns officials

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje, while expressing anguish over officials over the attitude of entangling work in red tapism, said that ‘people should not be treated as ‘files’. She made the statement while chairing sixth review meeting of Raj Vikas over video conference on Wednesday.She was displeased over a case from Pratapgarh in which an applicant for land deed allotment was made to make rounds of several government offices for eight months.“If an application is not in accordance with the norms, the applicant should be informed of the same. A person should not be forced to make rounds of offices like a file folder,” she instructed the officials.In a similar case from Udaipur where a complaint related to RTE was kept pending for considerable period of time, the chief minister ordered the district collector to initiate action against officials concerned. She not only instructed the officials to ensure that public grievances are addressed in time but also instructed school education secretary to establish a mechanism to deal with such complaints.At the review meeting, time management came up for discussion on several occasions. The chief minister where on one hand stressed the need for getting work done on time, she also emphasised on cutting down the duration where ever possible.As the CM at the review proceeded to take stock of progress of work of various departments and districts.The district collectors and senior administrative officials were instructed to hasten work on construction of hostels in various districts and ensuring time bound delivery of benefits of flagship schemes to the people.She also informed the district collectors that the ranking of districts will be maintained each month in context of implementation of government’s flagship schemes.She also instructed the officials to ensure that farmers get the compensation under crop insurance scheme on time.INSTRUCTIONSChief Minister Vasundhara Raje informed the district collectors that the ranking of districts will be maintained each month in context of implementation of government’s flagship schemes. She further instructed the officials to ensure that farmers get the compensation under crop insurance scheme on time.
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Horns of ‘delay’mma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>City mayor Ashok Lahoti on Tuesday suspended four officials in animal husbandry department while two officers on deputation were relieved to their respective unit. A committee has also been constituted to evaluate all cases of attack by stray animals that have occurred during past six months, including the recent incident in which an Argentine tourist was killed by a stray bull on Friday.The committee is to submit its report in 15 days, however, it exposes laxity that gains consciousness after a tragedy has taken place. The harm has been done and the image of the city has been blotted and it is now that the system has awaken to get things in order.“It’s not that we wait for accidents,” said defencive Mayor Lahoti. “We are continuously taking measures to avoid such instances and whenever a situation arrives more efforts are made to tackle the issue,” he says.It is not for the first time that the civic authorities have sprung into action after a tragedy. A couple of months ago a youth swept away along with his car at an open drain near Kartarpura in the city. The incident revealed several loopholes and even lack of coordination between various concerned agencies. After he passed away, the authorities got the fencing done at the bridge.Moreover, the blast at a transformer in Shahpura that killed nearly two dozen people is another example of the procrastinating attitude. According to locals, they had reported the department of issues with the transformer several times, yet it was not repaired. The authorities after the incident appointed a team and initiated work to avoid future occurrences of the same. Negligence on part of administration is visible everyday on roads as people indulge in violation of traffic rules. It is rampant outside schools and by vehicles deployed for transportation of school students. The issue was heard at the high court and orders have been released accordingly.Death of a school student after being run down by a crane, jolted the entire city and it was at that time that the authorities issued directives and did not follow up to fix the problem to avoid future accidents.HOW SAFE ARE WE?WAKING UP TO THE HARSH REALITYDiscom woke up to the reality of transformers after Shahpura incident, where a transformer blast killed about 14 people. “A committee has been formed which consists of senior-most directors of all three discoms.They will give suggestions, if any, in regard to the purchase of the transformers or if any special safety requirements need to be implemented. The divisional commissioner is taking care of the enquiry registered for this. Meanwhile, the technical points have been referred to MNIT, and an in-house technical team is also looking into the matter,” said Shreemat Pandey, chairman, discoms.FOR SAFER TRANSPORT: ABIDE BY THE RULESThe Rajasthan State Legal Service Authority in September this year issued directions for vehicles deployed for transportation of school students.All buses employed by schools for transportation of students must have a global position system installed and it must be in working condition.
The vehicles used for carrying students, may it be auto-rickshaw, car or bus must be painted yellow and must have “Bal Vahini” (On School Duty) printed on it along with detail and contact number of the related school.
Such vehicle must have adequate protection to prevent children from falling off and its gate must remain shut during transit on road.
That these vehicles can not carrying children 1.5 times their approved passenger capacity and in case of the student being 12 year or above he must be counted as an full passenger.
The speed limit of these vehicles has been set not to exceed 40 km/hr and the school authorities, local police and transportation department must have the vehicle registered as a “Bal Vahini” with complete details of its driver and conductors.
The schools have also been made responsible to designate a special location at its campus to provision safe boarding.

Subramanian Swamy for ‘re-writing’ history in ‘Sanskrit’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maverick BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Monday gave a new definition of geographical Hindu, spreading from ‘Hi’ of Himalaya in north and south extending till ocean (Sindhu sanskrit term for Sea). Mentioning foreign invasion and religious conversions of locals, he said: “This country (extending from Himalaya to Indian Ocean in South) belongs to Hindus and descendants of those to have converted from Hindus.”Swamy was in Jaipur on Monday for a panel a discussion on Unity and Division. The BJP leader in his address though portrayed a broader picture of the term more frequently used for collective religious majority population of India, he also pushed for RSS ideology of ‘united sub-continent of India’.In support of his argument, he also cited few genetic studies. “Genetic studies have proven that people of all communities and region of India had common forefathers. They might have been divided in different regions or converted to other religions. The theory of Aryan invasion is thus also discarded as a colonial propaganda,” said Swamy.He even reflected the plans and probably of his party’s ideology, of “rewriting history” with the ‘right version’. “We need to write a book for correct history, that, however, is going to take time,” he said.Discarding any division within country, he proposed “Sanskrit” replacing the foreign ‘English’ as official language over next 50 years. Sanskrit, he said,is the root of all local languages and the constitution of India holds it as reference for Hindi as government language.His Ideas though were in contrary to many on the dais, senior journalist Raghavan Jagganath also a member on the panel, held that Hindu was as “collective term for people living on east of Sindhu river”.Another speaker Tarek Fatah who participated in the debate live via internet, happened to cite the failure of ‘Hindustan’ to protect its ‘sections’. “We are not born in Arabs, but in the Indian sub-continent. Our forefathers may had been Hindus. However, the ‘Hindustan’ government failed to protect ‘Baloch’ people from invasion of Pakistan,” Fatah said. The Baloch activist questioned the relevance of idea of united Indian sub-continent without conservation of local interest.Ram Temple work by next yearSwamy assured that work for the “Ram Temple” will start by Diwali next year. The Rajya Sabha MP claimed of evidences of an old temple being discovered at the site and sections of Muslim communities too extending support for the temple. A hearing on the issue is scheduled at Allahabad high court in December.

The Jaipur Dialogues: What comes first, Nation or Nationalism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s mystic character reflected on the second session of “The Jaipur Dialogues” that commenced on Saturday with sessions on “Religion” and “Nationalism”.The two sentimental issues have influence politics of the subcontinent since ever and have further gain importance amid a recent political scenario of the country and even as the organiser’s of the dialogue claimed the event to be ‘non-political’ the discussions kept circumstancing around politics.The three-day dialogue, in its second edition this year, commenced with an interaction of contradictory views. The speakers though refrained to undermine contradictory arguments with suffixes of ‘ultra-national’ and ‘anti-national’, they held rather a definite opinion on the issues.“Its nationalism that engenders nations and not the other way round,” said Sushil Pandit, an activist working for rights of Pandits exiled from Kashmir due to terrorism. With an apparent list of speakers considered to be of the ‘right’ ideology, it also had speakers from the liberal side including senior journalists Shekhar Gupta & Alok Mehta. They were, however, not unease among the gathering.“Fine argumentative afternoon,” Shekhar Gupta reacted on social media after the session on Nationalism. “Who would you argue if not with those who disagree with you ?” he added further.

Pvt varsity student dies, kin smell rat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A student of a private management university in Jaipur died under suspicious conditions on Saturday. The deceased Stanley from Kerala was a final year MBA student. He was admitted to a private hospital for some time. Even as the university authorities said the student died of a “heart attack”, relatives smelt a rat. They alleged that he was brutally beaten up. A case has been registered at Chandwaji police station.It is being reported that the deceased was assaulted by students of a separate department at the university a couple of days back. He had received head injuries and developed a clot which was being treated at the hospital. The authorities, meanwhile, maintained silence over the issue as investigations were on.

Ghanshyam Tiwari case rests on central leadership

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Announcing to pitch candidates at all 200 seats of state in upcoming assembly elections, BJP MLA from Sanganer constituency Ghanshyam Tiwari left a window open for reconciliation by postponing the declaration of the name of the ‘new party’. Tiwari has yet not resigned from BJP and the party leadership at state too is horns of a dilemma on the issue. The party-state leadership has shrugged off a decision on it for the central leadership. “Its democratic right of an individual to decide on contesting the election,” BJP state president Ashok Parnami said in response to media queries on Tiwari issue on Wednesday. “In process of my duty as a party state president, I have to inform the central leadership on all such issues and not just in case of Tiwari, So has been done in case of his recent comments,” said Parnami. “Tiwari has responded to the committee and it’s now it’s on them to take an action,” Parnami said. A senior leader, Tiwari has been associated with BJP since its inception in Rajasthan. Even as he has been sidelined at party politics, the state leaders do not intend to gain him on sympathy points and thus is not in the mood to decide on him in haste. However, as Tiwari has declared to announce the name of his party by ‘Makar Sankranti’ falling in January a decision will have to be reached before the date. New frontAnnouncing to pitch candidates at all 200 seats Tiwari left a window open for reconciliation by postponing the declaration of the name of the ‘new party’.

Waste water and pay Rs 10K penalty, proposes draft bill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Water supply and sewerage system of Jaipur will soon be under an autonomous board. A draft of the bill for constitution of the Jaipur Supply and Sewerage Board (JSSB) bill has been prepared by Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project (RUIDP). The draft proposes cash and imprisonment penalties for those guilty of waste or misuse of water.“In case of a first offence, fine may extend to the specified amount (Rs 10,000 for misuse of water) or simple imprisonment which may extend to a period of one month or both” proposes the draft bill.Those who continue ‘wasting water’ despite first conviction, will thereafter, be liable for a penalty of Rs 1,000 for each day. Similar penalties have also been proposed for violations such as tampering of water supply and sewerage lines.In case where violation of the act occurs at a property with different occupier and owner, both will be jointly liable. In issues where damage has been caused to the board’s property those responsible will also have to bear the repair cost.The proposed board will hold jurisdiction on management of all water and sewerage facilities at Jaipur urban area. The related assets and staff deployed at management of these with local bodies like JDA, JMC, RIICO and others will be duly transferred to the board according to proposed process.Water charges may rise: Along with improving quality of water supply, a core objective of the board will be to make the system self-reliable. Presently, the government is able to recover only 30 per cent of the operation and maintenance cost of water supply system. Even as the government will initially assist the board to fill the viability gap over the years it will have to become self reliant and thus may levy more charges on users.Waste connections must: No new construction or reconstruction of building will be allowed at any property in distance of 35 meter from sewer under the JSSB without due drain or sewer facility developed to satisfaction of the board. Such a drain to carry waste and filth from the building must be duly connected to a board sewer. However, no power has been defined for the board to prohibit a construction in violation of the norm.IN DNA FIRSTThe proposed JSSB bill is under policy reforms agreed by the state government for implementation of sewerage and water supply improvement projects with loan assistance of Asian Development Bank. Similar boards will are also recommended at several other cities under the project, ADB is expected to provide loan of 500 million USD (Rs 32.7 crore) for the works.

Ninder Bender: Stir Bulldozed?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Situation at Ninder turned tense on Saturday morning after confrontation between locals and police officials during evacuation drive by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA). The authority officers had reached to evacuate encroachments on ‘Mandir Mafi’ area when the situation heated up. The JDA drive continued despite protest by the local farmers. According to enforcement officers, it was the locals who first resorted to stone pelting on JDA team and attempts were made to quell them by using ‘mild force’. They denied of any locals being injured during the process. “The evacuation drive was held on ‘Mandir Mafi’ area which is a public property and the farmers have earlier agreed for JDA to take possession of the public land,” a JDA officer said. It was exactly a week ago that JDA has initiated work on re-survey of the area following an agreement with farmers agitating against land acquisition. The farmers at the time of consensus had agreed to allow JDA to resume work at the public land in the area. However, after the incident on Saturday, the farmers claimed that the drive was against the spirit of the agreement. “This is a willful attempt to off-track the survey process. The JDA officials went on offensive and assaulted women and children during the drive. We are being forced to hold agitation,” said Nagendra Singh Shekhawat, leader of the agitating farmers. The authority officers though denied the allegations. “The locals as a strategy kept women members in front when they began pelting stones on the JDA team. We have identified few such elements who have triggered the incident and legal action will be taken against them accordingly,” says Rahul Jain, SP JDA enforcement squad. Apparently, the Ninder area is staring into another farmer agitation. Meetings continued till late night between the farmer groups to decide on future action plan. Though many of them were of the opinion to let the survey work commence irrespective of the Saturday’s incident. STIR CALENDAR2010 Notification for land acquisition released by JDA2013 Acquisition process completed paper.Sept 15, 2017 JDA issues evacuation notices to Ninder residents. Sept 17 JDA takes possession of nearly 20 bighas of land at NinderSept 18 Farmers go on agitation, turn the land under JDA possession as protest site. Sept 24 Farmers dump vegetables on road, spill milk at highway to mark their protest. October 1 The farmers decide to go on a Zamin Samadi SatyagrahOctober 3 Talks initiated between agitating farmers and governmentOctober 5 Consensus is reached on various issues October 8 Talks fail on issue of allowing JDA to initiate possession drive. October 29 Women holding fire torches rally at Sikar highway, warn of intense agitation. October 30 Talks reach consensus on intervention of UDH minister. November 3 JDA returns to Ninder, re-survey commences with mutual consent.

FRICTION & FICTION: Keeping Padmavati ‘alive’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticism and curiosity adumbrates arrival of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati. Plotted in backdrop of a martyred queen of Chittorgarh, Padmini, the movie has been caught in allegations of distorting historical facts.Several sections of society have out against the film, the most vehement protest came from erstwhile royal families. The protest voices were joined by tour guides who demonstrated at Amber palace courtyard in Jaipur against the movie on Saturday afternoon while BJP MLA and member of former Jaipur royal family, Diya Kumari launched a “signature campaign” urging the film producer to have the movie reviewed by a forum of historians before the release.Meanwhile, other erstwhile royals too have released statements. Gaj Singh of Jodhpur royal family even demanded change in name of characters. Objections also have floated over the possible glorification of “Khiji” as those who revere Padmani see him as a cruel invader, the Shahpura former royal family member Devayush Singh warned at a press conference.However, amid the protest noises, the film producers also gained some support as a female member of Bundi erstwhile rulers urged the protesting section to ‘let the movie release’ before jumping to any conclusion.Also, Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena president Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi today reached Chittorgarh to participate in a protest march against film Padmavati. He said that the central government should ban the film or be ready to face the consequences.FLICK FRACASl In this case, the issue is more to do with mass entertainment than accurate historical portrayal & the producers should admit as such and desist from using historical names and admit to historical fiction based upon a particular period of history—Gaj Singh, from erstwhile ruler of Jodhpur.l We will take the signature campaign against the movie to all divisions of state. The movie director should sit across the table and have the movie reviewed by a forum of historians before release.—MLA Diya Kumari while launching a signature campaign at Jaipur.l Maharani Padmavati remains a revered historical figure and her presentation should be based on facts. Glorification of invader Khilji will be a disrespect to the entire nation—Devayush Singh, member of former Shahpura royal family.Sanjay Leela Bhansali has assured us that there is nothing demeaning in the movie. Let it release, if there is something objectionable we will protest—Mayuri Singh of Bundi, former royal family.l Our business suffers when shooting takes place at historical monuments, but we are even more gravely hurt when these movies distort the facts. This creates a false presumption for the masses and even when we narrate them the true sequence of events they are unable to shrug off the perception created by movies.—Madan Singh Rajpura, president, Jaipur Tourist Guide AssociationBreaking Member of erstwhile royal family of Udaipur — Mewar, Vishvaraj Singh, on Saturday send an email to PM Modi requesting him to stop the release of the Bhasali flim. “… At no time have the film makers approached my family to verify the facts,” he wrote.

Will he won’t he? Tiwari down to the T

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With just a year to go for the assembly elections, Delhi has started getting ‘political tourists’ from Jaipur. Among them most are those who don’t gel with state leadership and are doubtful of their candidature. They look to go for that ‘last ditch effort’ before turning rebel. For BJP, containing Ghanshyam Tiwari will be a challenge as the senior legislative from Sanganer constituency has been openly defying the state leadership. Even as political pundits rule out possibility of a thriving third front in current political scenario, dissent of Tiwari has attracted leaders of either parties – Congress and BJP – who are relegated to the fringe. Few others including some independents and leaders from NPP and BSP are also keeping a tight vigil on political development. “We had extended full support to him (Tiwari) and are still eager to support him on issues of public concern. He has to decide the future of his movement,” Lalsot MLA and leader of National People Party, Kirodi Lal Meena told DNA. Neglected within BJP, Tiwari had launched a social front Deen Dayal Vahini last year. It has been since then that he has been toying with the idea of floating a new party. However, as election time closes, pressure is also mounting on him to disclose his cards. “Wait for a day,” Tiwari delayed answer till public meeting on questions of a new party. His public meet at Ramleela grounds is all set to counter the BJP government’s development claims with findings of his “loksangrah abhiyan” held by the Vahini across state over the last year.It has been on several occasions that Tiwari has publicly spoken against the BJP government. The differences have even reached central leadership but there has been no action.

Kumar Vishwas clicks on ‘Right side’ of Padmavati issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With over 1 million views on Youtube and 1.7 on Facebook, a nine month old video of poet turned politician Kumar Vishwas continues to celebrate the “Padmavati Saga” in a poetic narration. Shared and downloaded through various other social media platforms, the viral video is claimed to have crossed a 10 million reach and continues to garner more clicks each day.Shot on mobile phone cameras in a room, the 20-minute video not only contrasts the ‘controversial’ bollywood periodical Padmavati in presentation, but apparently also in content. It, however, in its approach also contradicts those protesting on streets against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie.“The right wing groups trying to instigate the issue are apparently not well educated on the issue themselves, no vague presentation of any historic figure or fact can damage its sanctity as long we remember and remind our generations of the facts,” said Dr Vishwas to DNA. He though denies to comment on the movie and related controversy.According to him, the video was shot by some of his associates while he was narrating to them the relevance of Rani Padmani’s sacrifice in history of India. It was later put on web to further propagate the true story among masses.“With over 10 million views of the video, we have been able to achieve some success in the direction. As it is also the duty of people like us to keep the facts alive,he adds.Devoid of glamour, the video gains on the eloquent narration of the contemporary incidents by poet Narendra Mishr in his composition “Gora-Badal”, passionately recited by Dr Vishwas. Amazingly a version of the poem is also available online in the voice of Narendra Mishr, however, it has gained more fame in the one narrated by Kumar Vishwas.The poem is about valour of two generals of‘Mewar’ state who sacrificed themselves for the honour of their motherland and queen Padmani also termed as Padmavati, in several narrations of the historical tale.WANT MOREMany of those to have admired the recital of the “Gora Badal” poem by Kumar Vishwas are now insisting him for such narration of tales related to other heroic historical figures of India. “People have requested me to produce series on other historical figuers like Maharana Pratap, Panna Dhai, Shivaji Maharaj, Jeeja Mata and I am considering to initiate work in the direction,” he shared with DNA. However, occupied with political duties as an Aam Aadmi Party leader, he finds himself short of time.

kisan ‘jam’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The second divisional session of Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) concluded in Udaipur on Thursday. Over the past three days the GRAM venue was reduced into a global village with people from over 125 countries participating in the event. Spread over 8,500 square metres of area, gram pavilion had separate divisions for ‘everything farming’ like display of innovations, smart farm techniques and discussions on issues related to modern farming. Jointly organised by Government of Rajasthan and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries, the meet also attracted many local investors and farm based machinery companies. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje had provisioned for three-divisional level gram events during the recent budget. These events have been inspired from the success of GRAM 2016 held at the state capital Jaipur. The first of these was held at Kota earlier this year and the last is scheduled in Jodhpur in January 2018. These events are designed as a step in direction of realising prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision to double farmers income by 2022. At GRAM the concept is to raise farmer income by adaptation of innovations and technological advancements at farms. Even as the GRAM Udaipur registered participation of local investors and memorandum of understanding (MoUs) for 18 projects worth Rs487 crores were signed during the event, a need for further requirement of infrastructure support was also felt. In the concluding session, MLA from Rajsamand constituency of Udaipur and cabinet minister at state government, Kiran Maheshwari also insisted for the same. “Udaipur has excelled in rose production, extraction of rose oil can help them draw higher returns as it sells for high price and has huge demand overseas,” said Kiran Maheshwari. “The technique is, however, expensive and thus many farmers cannot adopt it. Solutions must be sought to provision for the industry to develop in the area,” she added.Trickle down effect Increasing farm income will have a direct impact on financial and social empowerment of large number of rural women working at farms. Thousands of these women farmers also visited the Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) to learn about modern techniques, specialised farming and support extended by state government. ‘Missing our horses’Three horses at Udaipur division were recently diagnosed with Glanders disease. Thus the beloved animal was prohibited entry at the GRAM and instead real size cut-outs of horses were seen erected at a stall in the section of animal husbandry. At the stall was also a banner that read out “We are missing our horses”. Go colloquial A contrast between policy makers and beneficiaries became evident during an open discussion between farmers and government officers held at GRAM. Also present during the discussion, agriculture minister of Rajasthan Prabhu Lal Saini asked the officials to address the farmer gathering in local dialect and terms easy to understand by farmers. An ATM for seeds An automatic transaction machine for seeds of variety of produces was also on display at the exhibition pavilion. The machine installed at stall of National Seeds Corporation limited had on its dispense list new and quality seeds of onion, cauliflower, carrots, corn etc. Interested farmers could get the seeds with minimal price of Rs 10 and accordingly. Govt goes agro on agriRs 55,000 cr of interest free farm loan distributed in 3.5 years.Rs 20,000 cr of interest free loan estimated to be distributed in next 1.5 yearsRs 6 Lakh insurance cover on farm loan to be soon increased to Rs10 lakh Rs 20 L incentive for farmers aspiring to become entrepreneur.Rs 100 cr dedicated fund for milk producers.

Sensors to monitor Tonk road traffic pattern

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Electronic sensors will be installed across a stretch of Tonk Road over the next month to monitor pattern of traffic commutation in the city. The data recorded by the sensors will be monitored by a joint team of Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) and Adelaide city of South Australia for designing a ‘smart’ traffic management solutions for Jaipur. These sensors to be installed between Rambagh and Gopalpura crossroad will register the blue-tooth devices, including mobile phones and car audio systems passing through the road to provide a real-time data of pedestrian and motorised vehicle movement.This will be the first of pilot project being implemented at Jaipur in association with the cooperation of Adelaide, which is among the top smart cities of the world and has recently entered an understanding with JDA to support smart city initiatives at Jaipur.A decision on the pilot project was taken at a meeting between JDA officials and representatives from the city of Adelaide held at Jaipur on Wednesday. At the meeting, it was decided that the work of sensor installation will be carried out by technicians from the Australian city in cooperation with local authorities.“City of Adelaide has to install blue tooth devices at various junctions that interact with blue-tooth device passing through the area. This data is processed through an analytical engine and is further useful in suggesting alternate routes,” a JDA official briefed on details of the project that has been in implementation at Adelaide for five years.It was during a recent visit to Adelaide that Jaipur development commissioner, Vaibhav Galariya has signed a MoU with Adelaide city administration for knowledge sharing for smart city projects. Blue-tooth habitsIn contrast with Adelaide, at Jaipur, only a fraction of vehicles have blue-tooth devices installed while many people keep the blue-tooth closed on mobile phones to save on battery. These devices will not be registered by the sensors and thus will impact the quality of data.

Scholarship for children of police staff is best gift: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dream of a former police director general, Dharam Pal Gupta for contributing to his department has materialized in a scholarship program for the children of policemen at state duty. The scholarship shall now help children of police officers and staff to realise their dream of education from institutes at the United States.The family of the former police officer has provisioned for Rs 51 crore for the scholarship scheme through the Dharam Pal Gupta foundation. Unveiling the scholarship scheme at a ceremony held at Rajasthan Police Academy (RPA), chief minister hailed education as the ‘best’ gift.“A person gifted with knowledge is able to overcome all hurdles, it is the best gift for any child. The scholarship is a step in the direction,” said chief minister Vasundhara Raje thanking the philanthropist family on behalf of state police.Late Dharam Pal Gupta was born in Alwar district of the state and retired as DGP in June 1984. However, his affection for the department did not retire and his sentiment has been materialised by his son Pradeep Yohanne Gupta and daughter in law Linda Haynes Gupta in form of a scholarship to be funded from the linked investment of the Rs 51 crore fund.Also present at the ceremony, director general of Rajasthan police, Ajit Singh Shekhawat held it as a milestone in extending quality education for wards of police staff. “Children from police families will be selected by the foundation through a procedure after they had cleared their 10th standard examination,” said DGP Ajit Singh.The scholarship will be extended on basis of merit and not on need base and will cover all expenses, academic and boarding. A board of the foundation that also includes a couple of police officers from the state will decide on the applications. As per the founder director of the foundation, Pradeep Yohanne Gupta has spent all family savings to fund his education at the USA. These financial hardships faced by his father inspired him for the scholarship program.

Moving with times: Urban bodies take to single window clearance of applications

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The civic and urban bodies of state are gradually advancing towards single window clearance of applications. Still in initial stages the departments have begun accepting online applications for several process such as building plan approval, lease transfer, change of land use etc. Residents can apply for these through the state government single window clearance system on which presently 6 modules of urban development department and five of local self governance are available. More modules are scheduled to be added to the list over the next few weeks. “As of now 5 modules have been activated while another 12 are on its final stages, by end of the year we will be able to deliver 22 services through the online process,” Manjit Singh, principal secretary for local self governance said to DNA. The urban development department has recently initiated accepting online applications for building plan approval, the Local Self Governance department has been on a pilot for the same at all seven division headquarters and two local bodies at the state. The results are, however, indicating of a slow progress and only few hundred applications have been received online so-far. “There are few hiccups, including lack of awareness among public to reluctance in the government staff,” admits a senior urban development officer. “Yet these are just temporary glitches and will be overcome soon, till than the applications will be accepted offline aswell,” he added. The digital step though assures to make the process, transparent and time bound. The residents can now check for the exact amount of taxes and other fees applicable for them while the process like building plan approval will have to be completed within 30 days, those to be taken under fast track process will be issued the approval in one day. The applicants will be able to proceed with the construction after deposition of due charges and applicable taxes if any.EXPANSION ON ANVILMore modules are scheduled to be added to the list over the next few weeks. As of now 5 modules have been activated while another 12 are on its final stages, by end of the year we will be able to deliver 22 services through the online process.

Mayor ‘gets it Right’ as groups hail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of several right wing groups joined chorus with mayor Ashok Lahoti at the recital of Vande Matram at Jaipur Municipal Corporation on Wednesday evening. Holding the Tricolour and raising slogans these had arrived at the municipal corporation headquarters to commemorate the saffron party mayor for his recent ‘nationalistic’ dictate.It is on orders of mayor Ashok Lahoti, that from Tuesday work at JMC offices commences with recital of National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana and concludes with singing National Song, Vande Matram. His order has arrived as a delight for the right wing groups and they registered their support in person by joining in tunes at JMC on Wednesday evening.However, as they decked him with garlands and flowers, mayor Ashok Lahoti said it was not an objective of his decision. “No, I am not looking for political mileage on the issue, it was just meant to promote nationalistic sentiment,” Lahoti told DNA surrounded amid the supporters greeting him over the decision.“I have stepped out of the JMC building to accept their greetings as I do not wish their celebrations to create a political fuss at the corporation,” he added. The issue though has already attracted a lot of political attention, much also due to his ‘go to Pakistan’ jibe for those reluctant to recite “Vande Matram”. “I have been misquoted by those seeking to build controversy out of nothing, it was meant to answer a specific question and was not to target any specific group or community,” Lahoti clarifies.

CASH 22 JMC vs JDA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Talking of Smart City, the municipal corporation and development authority at Jaipur are busy outsmarting each other. Development of city remains at collateral as the two civic bodies indulge in a long drawn discussion on pending dues.The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has rolled out huge outstanding against the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) pertaining to several transactions. An outstanding of more than Rs 1,350 crore make JDA the biggest defaulter at municipal audit books.According to the municipal corporation a part of the amount is relatively new while part of it has piled over past several decades.“The JDA is liable to pay JMC a percentage in royalty on all revenue generated from auction of property within the urban areas. However, this has never been paid by JDA and the total due amount under this head stands to Rs 536 crore,” says mayor Ashok Lahoti. “In addition the authority has also transferred over 700 colonies to JMC this year and is liable to pay JMC for development works at these,” he adds.An impact of these unpaid dues on JMC performance can be assessed from the fact that the outstanding is nearly equal to total annual revenue receipt of the corporation. Amazingly the issue continues despite BJP being in power, both, at state government and municipal corporation.The present mayor has raised the issue at various levels and even written to the urban development minister nearly six months ago. Progress in the direction, however, has been negligible.“A meeting presided by the urban development minister decided upon the issue being solved by mutual discussions between the two bodies, if the JMC wants they must take initiative for the talks being held,” a senior officer at Urban Development Department, puts the ball in JMC’s court.The municipal corporation though refutes the charge. “It has been decided that JDA will pay Rs 70 crore to JMC against the fire cess collected from developers, despite orders from the urban development minister, JDA continues to delay the payment,” says a JMC official.There also exist differences in log books of the two sides, the JDA claims to have spent a couple of hundred crores in development works on behalf of JMC, this also is unacceptable to the latter. The corporation denies to have issued any consent for these claimed expenses made by JDA. “Our audit department has rejected the accounts submitted by JDA, we have now asked them to come up with a detailed balance sheet for the same,” says a JMC officer.The last meeting between the JDA and JMC was held more than a month ago and since the talks have been on hold.Liability BytesThe JDA is collecting Rs 100 per sq meter as fire cess on buildings taller than 15ft and not paying it to JMCThe JMC is entitled to receive 15 per cent revenue from auction of government properties in the urban limits of Jaipur. Bulk of colonies transferred by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) this year. zone wise…

KNOT NOW: Ninder stir may end today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After standing in the pits for nearly a month, farmers at Ninder area convinced the government to conduct a re-survey and agree to allow the Jaipur Development Authority to proceed with works at the area. The consensus was reached following talks held between representatives of agitating farmers and urban development minister held on Monday afternoon.The farmers had been agitating against acquisition of land by the JDA for a mega residential scheme proposed on nearly 1,350 bighas at Ninder. The agitation is expected to end soon after the government assures them in writing. The government letter is expected to arrive on Tuesday.According to the agitating farmers, the government has agreed to their five-point demand, including a detailed re-survey of the area. The farmers are optimistic that the new survey held in accordance to their suggestion will be able to present the ground situation and will entitle them for a better compensation.”The survey held by JDA before acquiring the land had several lacuna, many of the farms were marked as barren land while hamlets were shown as vacant land, the new survey will also take in account these aspects,” said Nagendra Singh Shekhawat, leader of agitating farmers.However, the farmers are still apprehensive as a previous agreement with the government had got stuck at administrative process. They thus insist for a written assurance.The JDA had issued a notification for acquisition of the land in year 2010 and the process was completed on paper by mid of year 2013. The farmers have agitated against the decision at the time and the issue had went in abeyance till recent when JDA initiated drive to take possession of the acquired land. The farmers protesting against it had went on Zameen Samadhi Satyagrah from even of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2nd and the protest has continued to intensify since.A marriage ceremony at protest siteThe protest site at Ninder will witness a wedding on Tuesday. Daughter of a family residing at Khujurwali Dhani of the area is scheduled to marry a youth from Govindhgarh city on Tuesday. However, the family was drawn to agitation as their house and property came under acquisition. As the family was committed not to vacate the Satyagrah it was decided that the marriage would be held at the protest site and other farmers too decided to contribute their share. Even as a consensus is reached between the agitating farmers, there is little time left for the bride’s family to change venue and hence the wedding will be held as planed earlier. As the Satyagrah at Ninder continued over the past month, the agitated farmers celebrated all the festivals from Dusshera to Diwali at the protest site and even the marriages in families of agitating farmers were scheduled at the location.

Vasundhara Raje takes quantum leap in E-ra with cow APP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PEHLE APP* Transparency in audit matters.* Gather more people who are willing to work for cow protection* Better understanding of the Hingonia centreTaking a quantum leap in digitising India and showcasing Primie Minister Narendra Modi’s digital vision, the tradition of cow conservation took an ‘E’ SHIFT at Rajasthan after Higonia Goshala got its own APP. The “Krishna Balaram Goshala” launched by chief minister Vasundhara Raje on the festival of Gopasthami is one such effort that complements the digital-India campaign and extends more people and opportunity to be part of cow service at the Hingoania cow rehabilitation centre.”It will be provided to those willing to work for cow welfare and be directly associated with the Act,” said chief minister Vasundhara Raje. It would enable people to register for contribution in terms of kind, money and volunteer service.The APP available on play store, however, is not limited to seek donations for cows’ sake and also provides an opportunity to monitor the activities at the centre. The APP offers options to register as a service volunteer, take stock of the cattle figures and their health condition and even to help make the center self sustaining by purchasing its products.There are many more features that the users get through the APP, however, its basic service remains to provide those aspiring to work for cow welfare an opportunity to contribute their bit. It is not just convenient, but more convincing and transparent aswell.The Hingoni cow rehabilitation centre of Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) had undergone a complete makeover in the past 12 months after death of hundreds of cows exposed grave negligence of the management. After the tragedy, the management of the centre was handed over to a non-government organisation as a pilot, initially, for six months and was extended for another six months later.The results were promising and thus a special purpose non-profit organisation has been constituted for management of the Goushala. The APP now adds to it by extending millions to contribute their share in keeping alive the pious tradition.

Vasundhara Raje loses true friend, ally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP strongman Digamber Singh passed away on Friday morning after a prolonged illness. He was 66. The news of his death came as a rude shock for the party and CM Vasundhara Raje. Among the trustworthy allies of Raje, Singh was health minister during her previous tenure and was presently entrusted with the responsibility of 20-point programme vice-chairman, equivallent to the rank of a cabinet minister.Singh, who was admitted to a private hospital in Jaipur on October 18, was suffering from swine flu. However, he had recovered from the flu bout but a prolonged case of cancer and history of hypertension resulted in several medical complications and eventually the end came due to multiple organ failure.He was cremated later in the evening in his native district of Bharatpur amid a huge gathering of supporters and senior BJP leaders. Political leaders across party and state borders condoled his death. Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a wreath. CM Raje visisted the beraved family at the hospital and later at their paternal home inBharatpur.A prominent Jat face for the party, trustworthy of CM Raje, Digamber Singh graduated as doctor from government medical college of Jodhpur and was known as ‘doctor saab’ among his supporters. It was more because that despite being a politician, he never distanced himself from medical practice. “He was always a doctor at heart,” remembers a former school time friend, Dr LC Sharma.Born on October 1, 1951 at a village in Bharatpur distrct, Digamber Singh was a brilliant student, also fond of music and singing. A person who never missed a chance to sing on stage during his college days. He never displayed political aspirants during his college days and was practicing as a doctor till his forties when a sequence of events inspired him to take up politics as a cause.In politics too, he displayed brilliance and within a decade of stepping into the arena, he got elected from Deeg-Kumher assembly constituency and was appointed as the health minister. His tenure as a health minister is known for relatively less friction between health department and doctors. He will also be remembered for getting passed the bill to ensure safety of medical practitioners at hospitals. He consecutively won the seat in next election despite the anti-incumbency wave in state. He still continued to practice and was seen treating senior party leader Ghanshyam Tiwari while he developed complication during an assembly session. He even went to treat patients outside SMS hospital while the resident doctors were on strike during the tenure of Ashok Gehlot. His friend Dr. Sharma was superintendent of SMS hospital at that time. Dr Singh was, however, humble enough to leave the protest on plea of a former friend. However, he lost the election in 2013 and treatment of cancer kept him away from the state politics until Raje appointed him vice chairman of TPP in 2015.

CM’s olive branch breaks ice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The concluding day of the ninth session of 14th legislative Assembly commenced amid protest of opposition MLAs, who had been staging sit-in in the House since Tuesday on demand of loan waiver for farmers. Unconvinced with the governments reply, the Opposition continued its demonstration within the House even after the the session was adjourned sine die by the Speaker on Thursday. However, an initiative from the chief minister broke the ice and had the protest ended. It was after the ‘informal’ talks with the chief minister that the Opposition MLAs decided to forward a 5-point demand letter to the Governor, seeking his intervention on loan waiver for farmers and other demands. Despite intermittent disturbance of the protesting Opposition MLAs, the government was able to have the Bill for extending reservation for Gurjars and four other castes passed. However, as a little embarrassment couple of MLAs of the ruling side too expressed their reservation on the Bill.The concluding day of the session commenced with protest of Opposition MLAs who had been camping at the house througout the night. The proceedings commenced with question on loan waiver of farmers and purchase of produce on minimum support price raised by independent MLA Subhash Mehariya. Two of the opposition MLAs Shankuntla Rawat and Mewaram Jain did not stand up to ask the questions that were listed and the question hour proceeded.The speaker though did not granted permission for adjournment motions moved by Heeralal Darangi, Manoj Kumar and Hanuman Beniwal. However, Heeralal Darangi and Hanuman Beniwal were granted two minutes each to speak on the issues raised by them related to difficulties in ST caste certificate and murder of Prahlad Jat respectively. During the day, 11 members were granted to read out on the point of information. While out of 26 questions received through slips, four were granted permission.

Move to fix slow pace of Beti Gaurav Udhyan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The urban development department has appointed nodal officers to monitor development of theme gardens, Beti Gaurav Udhyan, proposed to celebrate achievements of neighbourhood girls. These theme gardens have been on slow track of progress due to administrative apathy and the work on 18 such proposed parks has been limited to selection of land. The appointment of these nodal officers is an exercise to establish accountability. “Despite instructions released by government time and again, the work on these gardens has not been up to expectations. Thus to establish coordination between state government, local civic bodies and government adviser, these nodal officers are being appointed,” said a senior UDH officer. It was in December last year that the state government had officially launched the programme. However, till now expression of interest has only been invited by Mt Abu urban improvement trust. In several cities, the work for acquiring land for these projects is still to be completed. Progress has been slow despite keen interest of the chief minister. “In many cities work has been initiated by the local bodies. The completion of these projects will not only up hail the cause of saving the girl child, but will also provide a platform for the local girls to showcase their talent,” says government advisor for these gardens, Devendra Agarwal. These gardens will compliment the “save girl child” campaign and promote girl empowerment by commemorating the achievements of local girls. Along with features such as botanical park, children play field, flower zones, each of these, spread over five acres of land will have a photo gallery of the girls of local provenance to have gained recognition in fields of sports, culture, academics and other arenas. Options are also being sought to develop them on public-private partnership mode, permitting a quarter of the space to be used for developing commercial activities.Admin apathyThese theme gardens have been on slow track of progress due to administrative apathy and work of 18 parks has been limited to selection of land. The appointment of nodal officers is an exercise to establish accountability.

HOUSE THAT: Opp all set for post-D dhamaka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Outnumbered within Assembly house, the Opposition Congress will be looking to grab public attention outside Vidhan Sabha during the Assembly session beginning on Monday. The Congress MLAs are set to enter the Assembly premises waving placards against the government policies. Their focus and main point of target would be the proposed CrPC amendments to shield government employees.“Today the issue is in focus of national media and is being discussed across the country as a sign of the government’s dictatorial attitude. We will protest the same outside and inside the house,” a senior congress leader said revealing the party’s plan.During late evening discussion between selected party leaders, leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi and state party president Sachin Pilot, the action plan to be followed by the Congress during the session was discussed.Accordingly the Congress MLAs are to gather at the residence of party MLA Girraj Malinga on Monday morning and they will subsequently march to Assembly premises with placards in hand. A formal meeting of the opposition MLAs is scheduled to take place after the assembly gets adjourned on first day of this session.Over the next coming days, issues such as loan waiver for farmers and law and order are also expected to be raised by the Opposition at the house.“Our party has been demanding complete farm loan waiver. The issue will be raised on the floor by us with more zeal. Also, the law and order situation is on ventilator with several incidents of gruesome crimes happened recently. This is also on of the prime issues to take on the government,” said leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi.Since the last assembly session, the state has witnessed major demonstrations on issues of farm loan waiver and law and order situation.The Congress too had taken lead in supporting the protesting voices against the government across the state. As the state gears up for Assembly elections scheduled by the end of next year, the Opposition is leaving no opportunity to cash in on brewing anti-incumbency.The party vice president Rahul Gandhi too has held rallies in Rajasthan during the period, while the state party president Sachin Pilot has recently completed his 100km Kisan Nyay Yatra across Hadauti region gathering support among the agrarian communities. The assembly session has provided them another opportunity to corner the government.BILLS TO BE TABLEDA Bill giving reservation to five communities including Gurjars as the Most Backward Nomadic (MBN) will be tabled in the monsoon session. 5% reservation will be given to them. This five percent cap will be raised additionally as a separate class apart from existing 21 percent reservation being given to Other Backward Class (OBC).
Bill on Code of Criminal Procedure (Rajasthan amendments) 2017 which shields public servant and judge from a probe for six months will also be tabled. Also, under this Bill the journalists would be barred from reporting on accusations till the sanction to proceed with the probe is obtained from the state government. There is a provision of 2 years of imprisonment for those who will report names of the accused.
A heated debate between the Opposition and the ruling party on farmers’ loan waiver is expected. The state government has formed a committee to look into the demands related to the loan waiver and recently, the committee held its first meeting too. On the other side, the Congress party state head Sachin Pilot and other leaders took out a 100 km rally in Haduati region in support of farmers’ cause demanding complete loan waiver.
The monsoon session beginning from Monday is expected to run for nearly three days. On the first day the obituaries to the leaders who died recently will be given and there will be no question hour. Also, six bills will be introduced on the same day. In the following days the Bills will be debated, amended and passed.

Solar power must for big buildings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The sunny state of Rajasthan tends to tilt the clear skies in its favour, charging urban development with solar power.The unified building bylaws implemented in the state make harnessing solar power an essential component for large mansions and public spaces.The bylaws have also attempted to address the issue of water scarcity by making water recycling mandatory at all development projects.The bylaws applicable across the state also grant five per cent additional construction area for ‘green buildings.’Now, hospitals, hotels, hostels, lodges, community centres and even residential buildings proposed on plots of more than 500 square metres will be required to make provision for solar infrastructure to light up public spaces and corridors. “Such measures have been adopted in several countries, we too need to move in the direction. It might come as an additional expense but is much needed,” says Divya Pandya, promoter of a private architect firm.The developer’s too have welcomed the decision as necessary for sustainable development.“This though raises cost of construction that is sometime seen as a burden by end buyer, however, as now government makes them mandatory everyone will have to abide by the same,” says Anurag Sharma, president CREDAI,Rajasthan.The bylaws make it necessary to have a tree planted on the project for every 80 square metre of the area. There are also provisions for solid waste management and rain water harvesting.‘TYPE DESIGNS’ TO REMAIN INTACTEven as projects approved before the implementation of the unified building bylaws will be permitted to continue with the pre-approved designs, the clause for keeping ‘type design’ intact is expected to concern thousands of properties developed by housing board. The new bylaws prohibit any change in the pattern of properties developed on ‘type design,’ which includes most of housing board houses.
“No development can be permitted at housing board colonies in deviation from the design approved at the time of allotment of the property,” additional chief secretary urban development, Mukesh Sharma told DNA on phone.
However, the ground situation contradicts claims of the department. Most colonies developed by housing board and later transferred to local bodies have underwent rampant illegal construction. At many places the local bodies have also approved building plans that were different from the building design originally approved by the housing board. RECYCLING ‘NON SEWAGE’ WATERThe building bylaws though make it essential for providing a sewage water plant on all projects to be developed on area of more than 10,000 square metres, a separate facility for treating non sewage waste water will be required on projects of size more than 5,000 square metres.
The provision insists that waste water from kitchen and bathrooms should get treated separately and used for purposes such as gardening and flushing the waste.This will require development of settling tank, disinfecting the water with chlorine or iodine and thereafter filtering it with filters using activated charcoal, cellulose or ceramic cartridges. In the process, the waste water of kitchen and bathroom shall not be allowed to be contaminated with water from urinals. However, the projects that have a sewage treatment plant can treat all the waste water at the plant and use it for gardening and similar purpose. PARKING FACILITY, CONCERN FOR DEVELOPERSNew building bylaws tend to take note of the increasing vehicle numbers and associated parking issues. The bylaws provision for one ECU per 75 square metre of developed commercial space while at institutional areas, the parking shall be ECU per 50 square metre.
“This will require developing lot more parking space than required, also will make the projects unnecessarily costly,” says a developer. “It would be more justified if the parking for commercial spaces could be adjusted to somewhere around one ECU per 115 square metre,” he suggests.
As per the bylaws, one ECU per 115 square metre is required at residential buildings, hostels, cultural and educational institute buildings. While for amusement park the criteria is relaxed to an ECU per 500 square metre. The cinema halls and theaters will have to provision an ECU per 10 seats while at stadium there must be one ECU per 20 seats.

CM Vasundhara Raje ‘lifts’ development prospects for Dholpur.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A recently approved lift irrigation project for eastern Rajasthan will pave way for new development corridors for Dholpur. Aspirations of early implementation of the ambitious project were kindled at public hearing held by chief minister Vasundhara Raje in the district on Friday. “Work on the Rs 852 crore Dholpur lift irrigation project is expected to commence by end of this year. The project will bring new wave of prosperity for the entire district,” said the chief minister.On completion the project, it is expected to irrigate more than 13,000 hectares of land. However, at the public hearing the chief minister also assured of many more development works to commence soon in the district. “The foundation stone for Rs 100 crore district hospital will be laid by December, 50 bighas of land has already been allotted for the purpose,” the CM said.At the public hearing held on next day of Diwali, large number of local citizens turned up to greet the chief minister on the festive occasion and express their gratitude for the development works being held in the area. The chief minister in return further assured them of her commitment to betterment of all sections.The chief minister said that efforts are being made by the government to ensure that all eligible applicants under the DDUGJY are sanctioned electricity connections by end of June, 2018. She also highlighted the progress achieved in development of road and electricity infrastructure over the past four years of her government. As she instructed the officials to provide immediate solution to the issues brought to her notice at the public hearing, she also invoked the party workers to act as a link between government and the public. She asked the party workers to inform common people about the development works initiated by BJP government at state.

Will Gopalpura Bypass meet D-deadline?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The eviction of encroachments from Gopalpura Bypass on Saturday has brought Jaipur Development Authority’s (JDA) drive near to completion. The task to broaden the road to 160 feet width before Diwali though poses a challenge for the authority as debris of the demolished structures still lying along the roadsides.“We have cleared all encroachments from the road width at Zone 4 and at Zone 5 few structures remain that on the side lane due to standing stay orders,” said Rahul Jain, SP enforcement at JDA.The drive commenced from September 20 and was initially scheduled to be completed within a week. However, as the drive advanced the time limit also got extended. As of now debris of the demolished buildings piling on either side of the road continues to remain a challenge in leveling and road laying on the vacated width of the bypass.“Road laying work has commenced at the bypass near Tonk Road and it will gradually proceed towards Gurjar ki Thadi over next few days,” said a JDA official. “It is though uncertain if the task could be accomplished before Diwali,” he added.During initial days of the drive the bypass was closed for general public and traffic was diverted to other routes.These illegal encroachments had popped up upon the road width over past couple of decades much due to negligence of the responsible authorities. Despite increase in traffic these encroachments have continued to grow creating bottlenecks at several places.It was only after a recent high court order that the authority decided to vacate the area.However while doing so, the JDA officials also courted controversy. While there were few instances of conflict between the authorities and illegal occupants, at few places those who held legal land deeds were removed forcibly by the authority.

Vasudhara Raje assures Rajasthan a brighter Diwali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scarcity of coal supplies will not be allowed to dampen the Diwali spirit. Chief minister Vasudhara Raje has ordered officials to purchase electricity irrespective of cost calculations. The chief minister though also appealed to people to help reduce undue wastage of electricity.A drop in coal supply at national level has created challenge for power generations across the country and has also impacted the electricity production at state. The resultant load shredding has been a cause of public concern that got addressed by the chief minister.”I share the concern of state residents relating to scarcity of electricity, especially during festival of light people should not struggle for power,” said the chief minister addressing a “Mukhymantri Jansamvad” on her visit to Kekri in Ajmer district.The Jansamwad remains a platform for general public to connect with the chief minister. The event held at Kekri on Saturday also is being seen as a boost for the party ahead of the parliamentary by-elections due in Ajmer constituency. The public connect program was also accompanied with several assurance of development for these areas.”Our government is not limited to making announcement but also bring them under implementation,” said the CM. “It’s our approach of inclusive development that has helped us understand the complexities faced at ground level and has earned trust of people from all sections and communities,” she added.This support was also reflected by representatives of various communities to meet the chief minister during her visit. Her convoy on its way from helipad to the public meeting venue at Kerkri was received with overwhelming welcome by locals at more than a dozen places. Representatives of Rajput and Ravna Rajput communities met her separately to assure support of their communities.At the Jansamwad, the chief minister also invoked people towards the cause of girl child and environment conservation. The CM asked people to come forth and plant trees to celebrate being parent of a girl child.Nasirabad four wards de-notifiedThe efforts of chief minister have finally paid as relief for nearly 36000 residents of four wards in Nasirabad. These wards till now falling under the army cantonment will soon be de-notified. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has recently approved the process following the letters written by chief minister requesting action in this direction. These wards so far included in the army cantonment limits were devoid of development schemes of the local urban bodies.Funds assured for CHC at Sarwad.Chief minister sanctioned release of Rs 5.25 crore for development of Community Health Center (CHC) building at Sarwad. The local representatives of the area met the CM with the demand which was immediately addressed by her. The CHC in the area is presently operational from its old building despite new land sanctioned for its development.Second phase of Annapurna KitchenSecond phase of the chief minister’s flagship community kitchen program, Annapurna Rasoi will be launched on Monday. Raje is expected to officially launch the second phase at a ceremony scheduled at Vijayalakshmi Park in Ajmer. The scheme to provide affordable food through mobile kitchen vans is presently operational in 12 cities and is expected to extend to all cities by end of this year. In the second phase, 500 more mobile kitchen vans will be put.

Digi-tall: Raj Assembly to accept motion online

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From the forthcoming session, members of the state legislative assembly will be able to move a motion or question at the Assembly without being physically present at the House. Rajasthan Assembly became the first in country to offer such an online service to its members as speaker of the house, Kailash Meghwal officially launched it from his laptop on Friday. The services will not only facilitate the members but will also help reduce paperwork.”The MLAs will be able to move their proposals at the Assembly even when travelling. The state Assembly already had provisions for MLAs to register their questions online,” deputy speaker of the house, Rao Rajendra Singh told DNA. It will not just be limited to posting the question or proposal at the Assembly, the new service designed by National Information Center (NIC) will also ensure that it reaches the concerned department and the due reply will also be made available online. “The MLAs through their log-in(s) will be able to move the motions. This will ensure transparency and time-bound accountability,” said an official at the assembly.The ninth session of the 14th legislative Assembly of Rajasthan is scheduled to start from October 23. During the session, special help desk will also be set up at the House to further empower the members over the process. The Opposition MLAs expressed support to the move. “It’s indeed a good move on part of the Assembly administration, even if a member is at his constituency for some work, he will be able to participate at the House proceedings online,” said Ramesh Meena, an Opposition party MLA. The time duration and other aspects related to these motions and proposals will be in accordance to the already existing rules of the state assembly.DIGI SCOPEThe last session of the current Assembly which concluded in April, 2017 registered 13 caught attention motions while 149 adjournment motions were denied permission to be presented at the House. There were 248 point of information raised under Section 295, of these only 106 got read at Assembly while other were considered as read. In addition 84 issues requiring immediate attention were allowed. All these can now be served through the new online service.

Wife’s illicit relation lead to gruesome Alwar family killing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Investigations at the Alwar family murder mystery unfolded another sanguinary tale of illicit relations culling blood ties, as police arrested a woman of the victim’s family along with three of her associates on Saturday.The accused have hacked five members of a family to death while they were sleeping at their house at Shivaji Park area of the city on late Monday night. The incident came to light next morning creating sensation across the state.According to the police, the accused woman Santosh had extramarital relations with another arrested accused Hanuman Prasad. Woman’s husband Banwari Lal and elder son Mohit had become an obstacle in this illicit relationship and to have them murdered, the accused duo connived with the other two accused, Kapil and Deepak.However, while executing their heinous plot on Monday night, they also murdered two other sons of Banwari Lal and his nephew. “The murder was planned by Santosh and Hanuman while the other accused associated as they were offered money,” said Alwar SP, Rahul Prakash.All the four accused are now under police arrest and investigations have revealed horrific details of the fateful night. On Monday evening, as a routine, the family went to sleep after having dinner, the male members slept in a room on the ground floor while the women members slept upstairs. Little did they knew that Santosh had intoxicated their meal, once all were fast asleep she signalled her associates and helped them enter the house.They killed all five members one after the other, slitting and stabbing with knives and daggers. “While these three were killing her husband and sons, Santosh stood at the staircase witnessing the entire incident,” said a police officer.It was only in the morning that she raised an alarm, with a fake story. She had told the police that it was only in the morning that she came downstairs and found the family murdered. She had even pretended to fall unconscious and was rushed to the hospital. However, the drama failed to impress the police as after three days of investigations, finally, all the accused are arrested for their deeds.

Relaxation for gas godowns and warehouses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Urban Development Department has relaxed the norms for warehousing and LPG godowns in urban areas. In a recent decision, the department has relaxed the minimum space required for warehousing projects from 1500 square meter to 500 square meter. The space criteria for go-downs of LPG cylinders has also been reduced from 1000 square meters to 500 square meter.Relaxation has also been extended on the road width on which such activities can be permitted. Previously, the minimum road width on which warehousing activities could be approved was 24 meters, this has been reduced to 18 meters.However, those seeking to establish such projects will also require the due clearances from other concerned departments. “Warehousing of several products can be effectively done in space much less than 1500 meters, thus to promote the warehousing facilities the decision has been taken,” said a senior UDH officer.

RIICO offers sops for green building projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) has announced incentives for green building projects located in its industrial areas. An additional floor area ratio of five per cent will be permitted to the green buildings, while the industry operating from green buildings will also be eligible for a token benefit upto Rs 2 lakh on long term loans availed from RIICO. The announcement was made by additional chief secretary, industries and chairman RIICO, Rajeeva Swarup at a session of the Green Building Congress going on in Jaipur.15th edition of the Congress, an annual event of Indian Green Building Council, promoted by Confederation of Indian Industries is being hosted in Jaipur with the state government and RIICO as co-hosts. It was formally inaugurated by Industry minister on Thursday morning, with assurance of state government’s support to the cause. “Government of Rajasthan is committed to facilitate sustainable development of the state. The government has introduced a slew of measures and it is encouraging to see that the state has already 83 projects registered by IGBC with footprint of 103 million sq ft,” said the Industries minister Rajasthan, Rajpal Singh Shekhawat. Also present at the inaugural ceremony, Forest and Environment minister of Rajasthan, Gajendra Singh Khimsar added to the notion.” Government of Rajasthan is glad to offer all possible support to IGBC in making India a global leader in green buildings,” he said. The additional FAR and token benefit upto Rs 2 lakh will also be available to existing industries willing to make the required changes and undergo green building certification,” said ACS Rajeeva Swarup.OTHER BENEFITSThe Floor Area Ratio (FAR) benefit, however, will only be available to projects spread on area of more than 5,000 square metre. Many experts at the Green Building Congress expressed that the space criteria could be reduced to include more small industries among the beneficiaries.

After a communally tense weekend, peace dawns in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police has arrested two persons accused of firing at a religious procession at Pratapgarh late Saturday night, the incident escalated in a communal clash that left over a dozen people injured. Tension prevailed in the district through Sunday as local organisations invoked a shut-down in protest. Incidents of communal violence and arson were also reported from districts of Bhilwara and Chittorgarh late night on Sunday, these were, however, contained in time. On Monday, Pratapgarh limped to normalcy amid heavy deployment of police personnel and restraining orders were imposed.”The district has remain peaceful since the violence on Saturday night. We have arrested two accused in connection with the firing while further investiagtions are being held,” said IG Udaipur Range, Anand Kumar Srivastava, who has rushed to Pratapgarh following the unfortunate clash.Police have held the incident to be ‘spontaneous’ in nature and have denied it being ‘politically motivated’.Even as police have for now been able to restore peace, it’s now evident that it was failure on part of the administration that led to the incident.”A confrontation had earlier occurred between members of the two communities over the issue of mike levels,” a police officer said about the events that unfolded in Talai area of Pratapgarh on Saturday evening.It was, however, nearly two hours after the police mediation that three notorious elements on a bike fired upon the religious procession of the other community. This triggered stone-pelting and violence. While three persons were injured in firing, another dozen got hurt in the violence that followed.By Sunday morning the incident of Talai had flared religious sentiments across the district and local outfits called for a district wide market shut-down.Locals alleged that inaction on part of police had been boosting the morale of anti-social elements and despite several complaints, efforts have not been made to seize the illegal weapons.The incidents of violence have once again reflected the rising intolerance levels among communities and politicians also tried to take advantage of the issue. However, the debate on mike levels at religious ceremonies that caused the tension once again got sidelined while the political clamor overwhelmed the happenings.Issue sidelinedThe debate on mike levels at religious ceremonies that caused the tension again got sidelined while the political clamour overwhelmed the happenings

Sitharaman visits forward bases in Raj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday visited the field firing range in Khetolai area in Pokhran and met senior Army officers stationed there.This was her second visit to Rajasthan after she took charge of the defence ministry earlier this month, becoming the first full-time woman defence minister of the country.At display were the capabilities of ingeniously developed battle tank Arjun MK-2 during a field exercise by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at the firing range.Earlier, Sitharaman visited the forward airbase at Uttarlai Barmer, which was her first field visit after being appointed defence minister. In less than a month of her appointment, Sitharaman has visited a number of armed force bases across the country and held discussions with senior officials, something that is also seen as a confidence building exercise among the ground troops.Even as her official schedule of Saturday remained restricted to visiting the DRDO exercise, she is also reported to have visited a defence lab and held discussions with officers stationed at the local bases. Her presence and meeting with the Army officials is expected to further boost morals of troops deployed in the bordering areas.However, unlike her last visit, the Defence minister on Saturday evening returned to Delhi without making a public or press appearance. She arrived at Jaisalmer in morning from a special flight and was received by senior officers of the Army and the Air Force, and flew to Jodhpur from Pakhran to take a flight back to the national capital.

‘Rapist’ Falaahari Baba will be on prison diet for 15 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Known as ‘Falaahari baba’ due to his fruit-only diet, the godman accused of rape, will be on a prison diet for the next 15 days at Alwar in Rajasthan. A local court has sent him to 15-day judicial custody after the Alwar police arrested him from a private hospital in the city. Kaushalendra Prapannachari, that’s his official name, was admitted to the hospital shortly after a rape case was registered against him at Billaspur, Chattisgarh on September 20.Police did not demanded custody for him, sending him instead to judicial custody. They had allegedly already interrogated him at the hospital.A 21-year-old law student from Billaspur has accused the self-styled godman of raping her at his Divy Dham Ashram in Alwar on August 7, 2017. Her family has long revered Prapannachari and the girl had reportedly gone to the ashram to make a donation when the incident occurred.She allegedly received death threats from the Falaahari baba’s politically influential acquaintances and only found the courage to report the incident following the conviction of Dera Saccha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim, in a rape case.The local police has advanced cautiously in the case and monitored his progress in the hospital while investigative teams collected evidence from his ashram. Help of technical experts is being sough to recover data from the CCTV recorder seized from the ashram.The student has arrived at Alwar accompanied by a team of Billaspur police and submitted her statements to the local investigating officer as the case is now being handled by Aravali Vihar Police Station.On Saturday, the police arrested Falaahari baba and took him to a government hospital for a medical checkup. He was later presented at a magistrate court, that sent him to judicial custody.

Contempt notice against Raj home secretary, CBI director and others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan High Court has issued a contempt notice against senior officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Rajasthan home department on Friday for failing to respond on a precious order to have an in-custody death being investigated by the central bureau.A contempt petition has subsequently been filed by relatives of the deceased and the court sought justification from the officials for non compliance of its previous orders.Those to have been issued notices include the director of CBI, the superintendent of CBI at Rajasthan, the principal secretary of home in the Rajasthan government, former DGP Manoj Bhatt and SP Sikar. The court has sought an explanation in three weeks.The case is related to the death of Balkesh Meena at Neem Ka Thana police station in April, 2017. Relatives of the deceased alleged that the police had kept Balkesh captive and had beaten him for three days before officially showing his arrest on April 10. “It was only after Balkesh was seriously injured and had to be admitted at a hospital that police showed his arrest, however, he unfortunately died due to injuries,” said Poonam Chand Bhandari, advocate of the petitioner.As the case is related to alleged torture and murder by officials of state police, relatives of the deceased had sought intervention of the court to have the case being investigated by the CBI. “It was on May 16 that the court ordered a CBI investigation into the case; the CBI director was to register a case and SP Sikar was to transfer the case files,” advocate Bhandari added.However, neither the central bureau nor the officials at state home and police department complied with the orders. A legal notice was sent to them on July 20 from the petitioner, which also went unconsidered, after which the petitioner moved a case of contempt of court.

Medical teachers defend doc after patient’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a patient operated upon at a private hospital by a government medical college professor, the state medical teachers association demanded a ‘proper investigation and action’ while terming it a ‘minor’ incident. “Most medical teachers are dedicated and honest, it’s not justified to form an opinion on such minor incidents. Instead, we should analyse why such incidents occur?” the Rajasthan Medical College Teachers Association (RMCTA) stated in an official response. The association has demanded implementation of Nirmal Jain committee report which recommends for establishing a system to allow government surgeons to operate at private hospitals after their due duty hours at government service. “Such practice has been permitted in several states, and as doctors of medicine are allowed to see private patients, there must be a system for surgeons as well,” Dr Dhananjai Agarwal, secretary RMCTA, said.In the recent incident, a patient from Bharatpur district died after a mouth surgery at a private hospital. Relatives of the deceased alleged negligence and registered a case at the local police station against the doctor and the hospital.

Now, telecom infra an essential component of township planning

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telecommunication services are now being considered among other basic necessities like water and electricity. In a recent development, the Rajasthan government has included telecom infrastructure development as integral to township planning. “Looking to future needs, provision of Telecom infrastructure is essential component of township schemes,” states a recent urban development and housing department order in this regard. “It is mandatory to keep provision for telecom towers and lay underground cables at all township schemes as part of internal development by developer and all development bodies,” if further adds. The developers now will have to keep provisions for development of telecom infrastructure along with water, electricity and other basic amenities as specified in township and group housing policies of the state. The recent orders will provide for the facilities to telecommunication services presently not covered under the state policy for telecom infrastructure. “The mobile towers will be developed along the road side, where there is a right of way.The recent order though do not specify the number of towers in a planned area, it calls for provision to run underground ducts along road for cable connecting to the towers,” said a senior town planner. Details of the telecom infrastructure required will depend on the type of township and the recent order will help reduce issues faced during the process. The decision, some feel might be more in the interest of the telecom companies. “The decision might have been prompted following request of telecom companies,” a town planning expert said.

ABVP triumphs in varsities’ polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Results for students’ union elections were declared at universities and affiliated colleges across the state. It had been for the first time that the results have been declared within a week of the universities going to polls, as for the institutes of Udaipur region the polling and result declaration took place on the same day. Polling for the student union elections were held across the state on August 28, the process was postponed at Udaipur in consideration of prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit.The day of ballot counting largely remains peaceful across the state with a few exceptions. At evening police had to resort to use of light force at Sukhadia University as hundreds of jubilant students attempted to enter the university campus after the victory of their candidate.The process of ballot counting commenced at universities across the state soon as voting ended at colleges of Udaipur region around 1 pm. As results kept flowing till late night, the student wing ideologically associated with ruling BJP had secured the post of president at six universities of the state. The student wing of Congress – National Students Union of India (NSUI) – had won seats of president at two universities, while independents proved their mettle at the prestigious seat of student union president at Rajasthan University and MDS University, Ajmer. The ABVP despite with ideological ties with ruling party was at a slight advantage on Apex seats, however, the Vidhyarthi Parishad officials claimed of sweeping support at affiliated colleges.“We had contested elections at 10 universities and 180 affiliated colleges, out of which we won president seats at six universities and 145 colleges,” claimed Naresh Paliwal, state office secretary of ABVP. “Overall our 470 candidates have emerged victorious in the results,” he added. As for the regional trends, NSUI clean swept elections at JNVU of Jodhpur. Here it was also an individual victory for the president elect, Kanta Gwala who was disqualified from contesting the elections by a recent government circular and had been able to contest after interim relief extended by the high court. At MDS University, Ajmer the independent candidate won the president’s seat with a margin of 213 votes, while at Rajasthan University it was a defeat for ABVP as its rebel Pawan Yadav won as president.

‘Aapka Aadhaar’ dumped near Alwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thousands of original identity and official documents were found dumped at thickets near Thanagazi, Alwar, of which, hundreds were Aadhaar cards and more than 2,000 other documents were related to banking and insurance. All these documents are related to residents of Sanganer area of Jaipur, nearly 120 kilometers away from the site of recovery. Interestingly, sources claim that the documents, now seized by the local police, are supposed to be undelivered mail. A case has been registered under the Indian Postal Act.”As of now we have registered a case against unknown person under the Indian Postal Act,” Police Superintendent, Alwar Rahul Prakash said. “Investigations are still in early stage and possibilities of a foul play can not be denied,” he added.Misuse of these documents could have lead to major problems for their original bearers. It is also a clear violation of the bearers’ privacy, which the apex court recently upheld as a Fundamental Right. However, sources said that it could have been a lethargic official at post to have put personal data of so many people at risk.”Many of the documents were still in sealed envelops carrying stamp of Sanganer post office and the stamps are dated somewhere eight months ago,” said a source.DNA was able to speak to one such affected person in Sanganer. “We had applied for the Aadhar card at a local e-mitra (digital kiosk) nearly a year ago, but never received the original card,” the man whose daughter’s Aadhaar card was among one of the cards found near Thanagazi told DNA.They. however, never complained about non delivery of the card and acquired a copy over the internet. “We thought that such a delay was common as many people in the neighbourhood hadn’t received their Aadhaar cards,” he added.

Court disciplines Tonk collector for defiance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An indifferent reply at contempt proceedings got the Tonk district collector caught up at the Jaipur bench of Rajasthan high court. Displeased with the response of the senior administrator, the court ordered him to remain seated in the court throughout the day. However, the court let him go after he after he apologised.Tonk collector Sube Singh Yadav had appeared before the court on Friday in response to a contempt case. Despite previous orders of the court, the Tonk district administration had not removed encroachments from Palai panchayat area. At the contempt hearing on Friday, the collector reportedly said that the task assigned was not his responsibility and told the court that removing encroachments was a responsibility of panchayat. This argument was not well received by the court. Apparently, the bureaucrat was not accustomed to the decorum and to have him disciplined the court asked him to wait on the premises throughout the day. “He was there sitting in the section for litigants for nearly four hours before the court accepted his apology and permitted him to leave,” said a witness to the collector’s ordeal. The defiance of district administration was obvious in the case, as it was on a petition of the Palai panchayat Sarpanch against encroachment on panchayat land that the high court on February 14, 2017, had ordered for clearing the land. The court had ordered the district administration to comply with the petitioner’s request or explain its limitation in a 15-day period. However, the district administration took no notice of the orders and even when the matter moved to contempt proceedings they skipped the hearing of August 21, 2017. It was on the day that the court had summoned the officers on bailable warrants of Rs 25,000 for the next hearing that took place on Friday.

RERA breathes new life in dormant JDA schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) has given a new spell of life to residential and development schemes that had lost interest of development authorities over span of time. The officers at the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) are raking up files in search of the schemes that continue to occupy valuable land and have zero allotment. “We are currently preparing a list of the schemes that for any reason have not seen even a single allotment, such schemes need to be registered under RERA,” Jaipur development commissioner Vaibhav Galariya told DNA.All schemes under development need to be registered under RERA, even for government bodies. The registration of schemes is not a challenge but it’s the condition to provide a fixed time for development and delivery that has called for a review of the schemes lying in abeyance. The JDA reportedly has so far eight such schemes under its review.“These schemes will require to be updated in accordance with the present rate and demand and accordingly will be registered with RERA,” said the JDC.Among the schemes to be revived under the scheme is also the only Farm House scheme launched by JDA in 2006. Planned at Jamwaramgarh area, the scheme had plots for resorts, swimming pool, yoga and recreation and 25 farm houses. The scheme is now back on track.“It’s an old scheme and had farm houses plots of up to 5000 square metre, the details will now have to be updated and will soon be registered at RERA,” informed a JDA officer.Once listed in RERA, it will be difficult for the development authority to back off from the proposed development dates even if the schemes fail to attract investors. However, the RERA compulsion has definitiely made the authorities review their non-performing assets.

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