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Night riders who believe serving people is the best way to ring in New Year

While on one hand majority of the world welcomes the coming year with family, friends and loved ones at a nightclub or around bonfire, there are several professionals who take pride in doing their duties and derive satisfaction from that.Not fighting their way in serpentine queues, workoholics and passionate professionals speak to DNA to share their idea of a perfect New Year celebration. Officials from the traffic control room, who will be round-the-clock available for the safety checks across the city, consider it to be a privilege to be at service.“We are all connected with a thread of responsibility. When the senior officers are also present round the clock, we believe it is our duty to support them. If we can be at service for the public even once in a year, we consider it as an achievement,” said traffic control room in-charge.Even the city-based doctors take pride in being on duty and helping those in need.“I feel privileged that I am in a position to serve the people, specially after 12 O’clock. Several cases of head injuries come in and also, there are cases of young individuals who are under the influence of alcohol and rash driving. They need immediate attention. Serving them is the most satisfactory moment,” said Dr Amit Kulshrestha, senior consultant, SMS Hospital.Then there are chefs and hotel management who enjoy serving guests with food and drinks of their choice to ensure people have a good experience while they ring in New Year. “Being a chef, I am always passionate about serving food. This passion keeps us motivated.We celebrate our new year on the second day. I have not celebrated new years with my family for about 14 years,” said Piyush Mathur, chef at a city-based cafe.A city-based bartender Rameshwar Darzee said,“After the party, I narrate the way new year was celebrated at the club to my wife. That is our way of enjoyment. I like to welcome the year with my team.”

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Victims of Bipolar disorder are also human beings: Shreevatsa Nevatia

Q. How was the experience of writing the book on the disorder given that you yourself is afflicted from it?I think if someone is not a writer, and then he writes a book about bipolarity, that is brave. For someone who has always wanted to write, writing this book, was, more than courageous, it was cathartic. I felt much better after having written about my experiences. I felt I could make sense of it. One thing I have learnt is that the more you talk about things, the more you try and give it a guise of a story, the more are people able to participate in your narrative.Q. Do you think it is important to talk about the disorder?I don’t think people who want to keep it private, should be forced to make it public. I am blessed with a support system, a social circle, that allows me to talk about my condition and not judge me for it. There might be people who are bipolar, who do not want to talk about it because their support system might not encourage them to do so. One must keep in mind that not everyone has a luxury to talk. I am blessed to have a support system.Q. What are the ways in which they can be helped?More than coming out, it would help if you talk about it and see if you can find a kind and patient hear. If you find one such person, sometimes that might just be enough for you to come out of whatever it is that you might be suffering from. A medical or a therapeutic help is something that you should seek.Q. What can be done to understand a person suffering from the disorder?I would quite simply say, create spaces so that people can talk and you can listen. People who are bipolar, or afflicted with any kind of mental disorder, all they require is, their narratives and stories to be given some validity. Don’t just dismiss them as mad or as strange. Try to see whether you are able to detect, from what they say, a certain amount of logic. Like everyone else, they can also teach you that life can be lived. They are as human as anyone else.Coming to terms:Taking about the most difficult part of the book to write, Shreevatsa Nevatia said, “It was talking about my child sexual abuse that was most difficult.”“That was certainly hard because I have never stopped to think about to or give it some form. However, having written about it, I felt I had drawn a line. It does not bother me as much any more. It doesn’t define me,” he added.KNOW THE AUTHORShreevatsa Nevatia is the editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveller India. The book, How To Travel Light, maps Nevatia’s journey as he deals with mania and depression. Progressing through his life, as a victim of child abuse Nevatia was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007. The book is an insight into the mind of a maniac and gives the reader an insight into the life of the one suffering from the mental illness and yet coming out to the world as a fighter.“I would not want to be a manic again, but I am certainly not embarrassed about my mania now,” Nevatia said.

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Talkathon on doctors’ strike continues

Plight of hapless patients extend for another day as government doctors spent Tuesday in talks. Three ministers of the government and several rounds of talks could not convince the agitating doctors till late evening. The talks are scheduled to be resumed at Zanana Hospital at 11am on Wednesday.Meanwhile earlier the government declared a deadline for doctors to join duty by Tuesday midnight though showed signs of avoiding arrest for some more time as talks apparently were heading towards consensus. However, the issue of withdrawal of transfer orders of doctor leaders remains an issue of contention. “I request all doctors to finish the strike and resume their duties as soon as possible. This is to ensure that patients are not affected by the issue. I also urge them to leave the decision on chief minister Vasundhara Raje, and I request the government to give back the assignments and duties to the doctors,” Kilak told media.Even as some doctors evading the association call responded on duty during the day, many continued with the strike. Earlier in the day, the first meeting took place early in the morning at PWD minister, Yunus Khan’s residence. This was followed by a second round of meeting which involved BJP state president Ashok Parnami, Rajasthan health minister Kali Charan Saraf, in addition to Khan.The third round took place late in the evening at state minister Ajay Kilak’s residence. This meeting was attended by Medical state minister, Banshidhar Bajiya, Saraf, Khan, and Dr Lakshman Ola, vice-president, All Rajasthan in Service Doctor Association. The final meeting happened at Parnami’s residence.Ola confirmed resuming of services on Wednesday, if the government promises no arrests. Parnami also agreed for reconciliation and assured complete cooperation towards the doctors.Notably, Rajasthan high court, on Monday, had given orders which allowed the state government to take decisions as it deems fit, in case the doctors do not show up for duties in next 24hrs.According to officials from the health department, there are about 7,000 doctors providing services in the state. Out of these, about 2,000 were already on duties, irrespective of strike, and abut 1,500 are expected to join by Wednesday morning.

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Decked up for 25

Festive spirit was palpable in the city as children and adults alike hit the pavement under the warm and pleasant winter sun to celebrate Christmas in their own unique ways. The energetic lot was busy exploring the decked up malls, eating out exotic lucheons and dinner and participating in charity events among other things. People from various religious backgrounds were spotted at several city-based Churches on December 24 to attend the mid-night mass. The Christian Missionary schools of the city like St Xavier’s, St Sophia, St Edmund’s and St Anslem’s were heavily decked up as a part of the celebrations.“We wait for this day all year long. Apart from attending the celebrations, we also get a chance to meet our old friends,” said an attendee at the mid-night mass held at St Xavier’s School.Decorations in mallsIn addition to this, various city-based malls were seen with beautiful Christmas decore that included huge Christmas trees, lights and balloon decorations. Certain brands also organised various games and activities to attract customers. “We have a Santa Claus and several other cartoon characters of kids’ interest. The winter dresses are also on 50 per cent discount,” said Ram Chaudhary, managing team, World Trade Park.Gaurav Tower also organised a 10-day carnival. A parade of 70 artists dressed as various cartoon characters and super heroes was also taken out as a part of the carnival. The decore at the venue involves a 60-feet tall Christmas tree, which is one of the biggest in the city.“I am blessed as well as excited to have organised such a concept. The response is mind blowing with about 50,000 foot falls. We plan to go bigger next year,” said Gaurav Bardiya, director, Bardiya Group.Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti celebratedThe city also celebrated the auspicious Sikh festival, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, which happened to fall on December 25 this year. This day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh.City-based Gurudwaras organised huge langar on his 351st birth anniversary on Sunday. “We remember his good deeds on this day. We also pray for love, peace and harmony within our societies and families as a part of celebration,” said Amajeet Kaur, divisional railway manager, Kota.

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Mend the urban & rural divide: Anil Jain

Experts from various industries asserted the necessity to take steps towards bridging the gap between the urban and the rural through digital mediums during the Zee Rising New India Conclave. Anil Jain, chief general manager, BSNL, informed that about 4,84,000 villages are connected through mobile services across India.“There is a need to connect the rural and urban areas through voice and data. Introducing data facilities will open the residents of rural areas to the world. They will be able to move forward towards innovation with technology. Proper connectivity will allow the overall development,” Jain said.Adding to the discussion, BB Dave, chief postmaster general, Indian Postal Services said that Digital India is incomplete without financial inclusion.“Several financial institutions are not as easily available in rural areas as in urban. The reach of the Indian Postal Services is unparalleled. Financial institutions need to be strengthened. Government has already started bank reforms as a step towards the same,” Dave said.However, education and healthcare as the most neglected areas for development and need utmost attention, said Rahul Kashyap, country manager, communications, Smile Foundation.Edu in shambles“The current status of education in our country is in shambles. Gap in education system should be bridged. Why should children in 70% of India not be given an opportunity to compete with the rest 30%,” Kashyap said.

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Cell-ing point

Jaipur city is in the race to become one of the leading cities for smartphone sales as at this point it is ranked 4th in Tier II cities across the country by a popular data analysis website. Moreover, Pink City has risen from 5th position in second quarter of 2017-18.In addition to this, the city is also ranked 9th across India in the third quarter of the year, which is a rank higher than the previous quarter. City-based smartphone distributors believe that Jaipur has witnessed year after year growth of 30 per cent in sale of smartphones.“Jaipur is one of the fastest growing city in terms of smartphone sales. On an average, there is a sale of around 3,000 phones per day in Jaipur alone. Phones under price range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 are being preferred the most,” said Samveg Arora, a Jaipur-based distributor.According to researches by GfK and Counterpoint, Samsung has acquired a major share in the city’s offline smartphone market with 33 per cent. This is followed by Xiaomi at 18 per cent and Vivo at 17 per cent.“Jaipur is amongst the leading 10 smartphone markets in India growing by 47.2 per cent quarter on quarter in Q3 2017. This spike can be primarily attributed to multiple online festivals and sales by e-tailers expanding big into non metro cities by building upon a strong logistics network. Xiaomi and Samsung are the leading vendors. With online heavy vendors getting aggressive offline, retail will continue to dominate in Jaipur in the coming quarters,” said Himanshu Jain, market analyst, International Data Corporation India.On the other hand, the market for purchase of second-hand smartphones has also witnessed a jump in the city.“Jaipur serves as one of the major market for sale of used smartphones that are being procured in Delhi NCR. We aim to bring trust and transparency within this highly unorganised trade. We will see buyback of used mobiles becoming a growth driver and enabler of sale of new ones, rather than just being an additional good-to-have feature,” said Prateek Goel, founder, InstaCash. InstaCash is a recently-launched mobile application that allows the user to sell old smartphones in few minutes.Goel further informed that average purchase price of a phone in Jaipur is cheaper at Rs 5,500 as compared to Delhi at Rs. 6,500.City-based technology enthusiasts have started harbouring trust over used smartphones and now understand the benefit of ‘better product at cheaper cost’. This has led to increase in demand, informed Jitendra Pal, Delhi-based secondhand phone dealer who supplies in Rajasthan.

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Reel-ing under Padmavati row, Santa season may usher in good luck!

Picture abhi baki hain…mere dost. Tiger Zinda Hain is expected to roar and set the cash registers ringing. After several weeks of slumped business in theatres due to Padmavati ban, film exhibitors and distributors have a sole hope on the upcoming Salman-starrer at a estimated cost of Rs 175-crore flick along with Akshay-starrer 45-crore Padman!The total business in December was expected to be more than Rs 500 crore with movies like Padmavati and Tiger Zinda Hai combined. Fukrey Returns has balanced things out a bit. The industry now has high expectations from Tiger…, said Ansh Rathore, a city-based film director who has worked on several Bollywood hits.“After Golmaal Again in October, there has not been any Bollywood blockbuster. There were hopes from Padmavati but it has not been released by censor yet. Two months later, our hopes only hang on Tiger Zinda Hai now,” said Sunil Bansal, film distributor, Yash Raj Films.The Bhansali productions film was expected to generate huge revenue for both exhibitors as well as the distributors, but has only resulted in disbalanced accounts.“This is the worst quarter in last five years for both distributors and exhibitors. Exhibitors are in a very bad shape. This is because the regular expenditures are fixed, whether the film is released or not,” said Kamal Mukut, film exhibitor, Mukutwalas.“About 50 per cent of the revenue is given to the exhibitor. I think Padmavati was expected to be around Rs 250 crore movie. About Rs 125 crore was expected by exhibitors across the country. The entire balance sheet of the quarter has been disturbed because the movie was not released,” he added.Furthermore, the exhibitors had to continue with the existing films and several lower budget films that were due to be released, during the three-week void. However, it did not result in a break-even.“The revenue loss from one film cannot be recovered from another film. Each film has a particular balance sheet. Existing movies had to be continued for few more weeks as a result. I was expecting a revenue of Rs 50 lakh through Padmavati in December. However, I have only earned Rs 7 lakh till now,” Mukut informed.Even local film exhibitors have not been spared from the overall brunt. They are also skeptical about releasing Padmavati in Jaipur due to continuous rukus created by Rajput Karni Sena.“We are in a great loss. We are experiencing a loss to the tune of Rs 7 to Rs 8 lakh per week from the beginning of December. We do not expect a break even of the loss that has already been incurred,” said an official from Raj Mandir Cinema.“The revenue loss from one film cannot be recovered from another film. Each film has a particular balance sheet. Existing movies had to be continued for few more weeks as a result. I was expecting a revenue of Rs 50 lakh through Padmavati in December. However, I have only earned Rs 7 lakh till now,” Kamal Mukut, film exhibitor, Mukutwalas said.ACTION!Movies running:Fukrey Returns- 3.5/5 *Firangi – 2/5*Monsoon Shootout – 3/5*Upcoming blockbusters-Tiger Zinda Hai – budget: Rs 175 crorePadman – budget: Rs 45 crore

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MPAT phase-II: After 2 yrs, University of Rajasthan accepts application

The University of Rajasthan has started taking applications for MPAT phase II, the entrance exam for PhD and M.Phil students. This has happened after two years when the last exam was conducted. Students were enrolled in the university for the course in 2015 when entrance for MPAT phase II was conducted.Deepak Bhatnagar, co-ordinator, MPAT 2017, informed that the overall number of seats available for PhD aspirants have gone down due to several reasons. One reason for the same is the reduction in the total number of seats by University Grants Commission.“The UGC has reduced the number of students that a guide can take. Assistant and associate professors can take only four and six students respectively, where earlier they could take eight students each,” Bhatnagar said. “Teachers are slowly retiring in our university and there are no new appointments, this is also affecting the overall number of seats,” he added.However, he informed that the university has asked the various government and private colleges to associate with it as a ‘research centre’. “I am hopeful that more seats can be introduced in the next session,” Bhatnagar said.AspirationsPhD aspirants have taken the step positively, though half-heartedly as all departments have not shown availability of seats. “History, Political Science, and Sanskrit do not have seats for PhD. The first two subjects are in a critical condition as it has a lot of students waiting to get into the course, but, there are no guides. In addition to that, there are certain teachers in the university who have not completed their documentation, hence, they cannot become guides,” said Suman Kumari, research student president. “Furthermore, certain teachers in the Chemistry department have the capability to become guides, but, the university is now allowing them,” she said.

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Transformers pose a new threat

Despite the fatal Shahpura accident, electricity transformers continue to infest threat to public safety, mostly due to un-certified equipments. Those using such transformers are government electricity distribution companies as well.Notably, the government had earlier this year made it mandatory for distribution transformers to be ISI certified, however, no such compulsion rests on current transformers.Experts consider these uncertified transformers as threat to public safety. “Current transformers should be ISI marked. A sub standard current transformer can blast easily if the voltage goes higher than what can be handled. Anyone standing nearby will be brutally burnt due to the blast. Moreover, the sub standard product can also burn the meter if it is overloaded,” said Harish Jain, owner, Roshan Marketing, distributor of transformers from last 34 years.However, Bureau of Indian Standards believes that LT Current Transformers s are not hazardous enough to be made mandatory for ISI marking.“Current transformers are not very hazardous as compared to the distribution transformers. The actual load of electricity supply is on distribution transformers. I have not come across any CT blast. There is an ISI mark for the same but is not compulsory,” said RB Srivastava, deputy director, Jaipur BIS.It is to be noted that Rajasthan State Electricity Board had issued a notification in 1997, which has not been updated since then, which “advised”acceptance of ISI marked CTs only for private consumption. “Nobody even remembers this notification and it is completely violated when CTs are purchased from the market,” Jain explained.Furthermore, even the latest tender released by Discom does not mention anything about certification of the product for government use.“If there is a standard created by BIS for any product, that is automatically made mandatory for application on all tenders,” said Naveen Arora, technical director, Jaipur Discom.The certificationBIS certification was mandated for distribution transformers in January 2017. Transformers set up by Discom across the state were mostly set up before the date, hence are un-certified and are of sub standard quality. Rajasthan Discoms have no plans of replacing the transformers even after experiencing several blasts and loss of life in past few months.

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Jaipur: Walk the talk

Technology and social enthusiasts of the city exchanged ideas and innovations at the Tedx Talk in Jaipur on Saturday.The event, which focused on the theme ‘Beyond’ saw nine speakers from various walks of life including technology, medicine and socio-lego who are making efforts to bring a change in the current social norms and resolve basic problems of humanity.The opening session, titled ‘Reimagining Hope’ was all about efforts being made to make the world a little more tolerant and re-installing humanity. The speakers shared their insights about ways in which a beam of hope can be re-generated when skills are nurtured with compassion.The following session, titled ‘Truth or Dare’ focused on the several realities in the society that need attention. The speakers also talked about the ideas being curated and the steps being taken to curb several challenges using the latest technology.The final session of the event, ‘Brave New World’, highlighted the creative and innovative ways in which several environmental and social issues are being catered. The speakers showcased the techniques that can be used to help the world adapt to change and accept the nature.“TEDxJaipur aims to go BEYOND the ordinary and become a place for people to discover real truth and understanding and believe that ideas are for everyone. We want people to walk into an unseen sphere of inventions, challeng phenomenon, mind boggling ideas & persuasive arguments,” said Ajit Sharma, curator, Tedx Jaipur. The backdrop of the Tedx Jaipur stage was designed by students of Pearl Academy Jaipur.SPEAKERS:A Kashmir-based sports coach, Dar talked about the need to stop stereotyping Kashmiris as terrorist. “My own people did not accept me because I played taekwando. I gave a world champion to my country in 2016 with my 8-year-old student who beat USA. Now students from other states like sharing dining tables with my students.”—Faizal Ali Dar Afreen Rehman is the one who challenged triple talaq in Supreme Court. “Revolution only happens when action is taken. We can only see the change if we raise a voice. We need to know about our laws and rights. My fight has not ended yet. Only a verdict has come, the law is yet to be made. I am hoping for the best.”—Afreen RehmanFounder of Alt News talked about the urgent need to address the issue of fake news. “We need to ask ourselves why we often forward things that are not true. There is some amount of fake news in mainstream media. It is affecting our electoral choices & is polarising society. It is affecting the credibility of mainstream media.”—Prateek SinhaA cancer specialist, Rao has built an economic voice prosthetics and aims to break the noise of the silence. “When silence is forced on someone, it becomes a noise. Cancer patients whose voice boxes are removed are suddenly left without the voice. Aum converts food pipe into a voice box. Poor man deserves the best, they don’t deserve the cheapest.”—Vishal Rao

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My first prototype could detect 57% but the latest tech can boast of 93% accuracy: Harshvadhan Zala

A kid can make a huge difference! The impossible task needs to be picked first, if the aim is to change the world, said Harshvadhan Zala, a 15-year-old technology expert, who is now developing drones which detect landmines for the CRPF with 93 per cent accuracy.“World needs 37% accuracy to detect landlines. My first prototype could detect 57% but the latest technology can detect 93% accuracy. I want to serve my nation and work with the Indian army,” Zala said while talking at Tedx Jaipur on Saturday.“I want to see a world without landmines. My first aim was to to remove human interference in detecting land mines and detect them in all kinds of environment,” he added.He then explained that his biggest challenge was not the technical aspect but arranging for finance.“I used my practical knowledge and ideas in the final year projects of engineer friends. I used to collected fee to fund my project,” he said.While narrating his journey he explained that he first built a prototype of a drone, then developed a technology that could detect metallic landmines from a certain height.“However, my drone did not support the tracking technology. I then started working on a drone prototype which was compatible with my detector. I used customised 3D-printed drone which allowed me to attach the technology,” he explained.While talking about the latest development, Zala said that he is now working with CRPF to develop technology that will not only detect landmines but will destroy them.“I have accepted the third challenge of destroying the landmines after detecting them without human interference. The drone will drop a detonator from a certain height which is controlled from the ground room,” Zala explained.He further said that The biggest moment in his journey was when the Director General of CRPF visited Ahemdabad to see his project.

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Land abandoned after mining

Land mining near Bhamod Gram Panchayat has led farmers to abandon their cultivation due to a shortage of water. This was revealed in a recent study conducted by 30 research scholars during a short course organised by Institute of Development Studies.According to the research, the land mining has led to depletion of the groundwater level and the water shortage in the village.As a result, small farmers have abandoned their cultivation as there was no money to bring water through the pipeline from faraway places. Hence, a major chunk of the cultivable and fertile land in the village is left uncultivated for a long time.Farmers reportedly remain idle throughout the year as there is no other alternative employment opportunities in the village.In the field survey, 74 per cent farmers reported that farming is not profitable for them as a source of livelihood. The next best alternative is to depend on cattle rearing as 43 per cent of farmers reported. However, cattle rearing is also not considered as a feasible solution as the optimum price is not levied in the market.In addition to this, the saline water has left the farmers with many diseases such as joint pain and kidney diseases. The villages do not have government dispensaries and veterinary hospitals.

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Padmavati, Babri issues are attempts to divide India: Professor Ram Puniyani

Padmavati row, Babri Masjid issue and incident at Rajsamand are attempts to divide India, and are a reflection of a deep-rooted patriarchy, said Professor Ram Puniyani, former engineer and human rights activist. He said this while speaking at a public lecture organised by Budget Analysis Rajasthan Centre and Action Aid India, Jaipur.“The Padmavati issue indicates two things — one is how British succeeded in dividing. Second, I think, this is also a reflection of deep set patriarchy which is increasing with divisiveness. The politics in the name of religion – Christian fundamentalism, Taliban, or Hindu Fundamentalism – all based on extreme patriarchy. In this extreme form, it is more like ‘our women and their women’, as if they are the owners of the women. Inter-religious marriages are looked down. Bajirao Mastani was also released, nobody opposed that,” Puniyani said.“Karni Sena feels it is their government everywhere, so they can go on a rampage. They feel their hooliganism will not be punished. Karni Sena is not a very thought out project. It is a fall-out project of Hindu nationalism,” he added.On the Rajsamand incident, the award-winning speaker on communal harmony, said violence comes out of hatred which is manufactured in the society while love is a natural phenomenon.“This hate is a part of a political ideology, which wants to divide the society, and wants to make a nation of people belonging to one religion. This is counter-productive for our development,” Puniyani said.While speaking about the Babri Masjid issue which marked completion of 25 years recently, he said that it should not be given further flair up. Whatever is decided by the Supreme Court should be followed. SC should also consider that rather than temple or mosque, something socially useful could be developed.“We need to come back to the values of Hindu Bhakti saints and Sufi saints. We need to uphold Ganga-Jamni Tehzeeb, the values of freedom movement, and in the principles of Indian constitution which believe in Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” Puniyani explained.

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21 posts still vacant in many tribunals, councils

As many as 21 vacancies in various councils and tribunals of Rajasthan continue to remain unfilled since past two years despite Rajasthan high court’s directions.Various departments had filled their vacancies after a sou moto cognisance was started by the court in 2015. However, certain political postings, including the post of the chairman of Rajasthan Public Servant Council has not been filled till now.Rajasthan Kisan Ayog under the Agriculture Department as total nine positions sanctioned and all of them are vacant till now.In addition to this, two out of three positions continue to remain empty in the waqf tribunal. In the latest hearing on Monday, the court verbally directed advocate general NM Lodha to provide an explanation regarding vacant posts and what steps are being taken by the government for the same.“The court has asked the reason for these vacancies. It is of the view that the time taken to fill it could be around one or two months, and not years.The Human Rights commission did not have a chairman for five years, and now two members are not there for years. Even Waqf tribunal doesn’t have members from years. You can’t say it is an ongoing process,” said Prateek Kasliwal, amicus curiae of the case.“It was only after the court had taken the cognizance that most of these departments had started filling their posts,” Kasliwal added. While explained the reason behind the cognisance, Kasliwal said that the court has taken cognisance as these tribunals and commissions have been created to ease out the work, and for proper administration and adjudication of the dispute.“However, if the vacancies remain unfilled, the burden is shifted to the courts.There is no proper administration of the justice for which these tribunals were formed,” Kasliwal said. It is to be noted that Sharma was appointed for a short period of three months in July 2017.

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Gen VK Singh says he came into politics by accident

Minister of State of External Affairs Gen VK Singh on Saturday said that he got into politics by accident. While speaking at a convocation ceremony at the IIS University, he said: “I got into politics by accident. It was never planned,.When I retired, I decided that I’ll work for the society. I started interacting with the youth while working with a farming company because I firmly believe that it is the youth who are going to change the nation. In this process, a wild thought came that I must bring back Anna Hazare to the same pedestal that he was in 2012. I launched a small organisation called Jantantra Morcha and requested Anna Hazare to become its patron. After 4-5 months everyone was tired. We took a break and that is the time he decided he will launch agitation,” Gen Singh said.“Once Lokpal bill was cleared, I told him that I had to move. However, I had got into trouble because during my campaign I had been talking about the need to induct fresh blood in the political system, and the only question they asked me was why I wouldn’t join one myself. So I decided to see as to which political party I should join. Being an independent, I needed very large financial backup. I joined BJP about a month prior to the elections,” he added.While talking about Hafiz Saaed becoming a political leader in the neighbouring country, Singh said that Pakistan can choose what it wants to be.“It depends on Pakistan whether it wants the country to be a terrorist or wants to take it forward as a peaceful nation. We shouldn’t worry about them,” Singh said.Singh also spoke about Indians going to other countries for employment and said that they are safe as long as they go through registered agents.“We have a complete record of Indian expats via registered agents. We are aware of who is going where, under which employer, and for which job. The issue is with those who do not transfer through registered agents,” he informed.However, while speaking about USA increasing the laws for working Visa for Indians, he said that nothing will happen until the law is passed.“The US has just said that they will issue stringent laws and guidelines for working visa for Indians.. Nothing will happen until it is passed by the Congress,” Singh said.

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Empowering specially-abled with varsity dedicated to them

Rajasthan will soon have a university solely dedicated to the specially-abled, informed Arun Chaturvedi, minister, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Rajasthan.“Rajasthan will be the first state to have a university for the specially-abled. The university will formulate special courses for them so as to make their lives better. It will also enhance the concept of education,” Chaturvedi said.He also informed that the department is planning to work on the skill development of the specially-abled as well as those living in the department-run hostels. Students will be trained in skills required by the industries.“I have not received a draft for this as yet. This initiative, however, works on a student’s capacity building and skill development. Any child who leaves the hostel after the age of 18 years, will be able to gain skills of his choice and take his life forward with it,” Chaturvedi said.AchievementsWhile talking about the achievements of the department in last four years, the minister stated that three things have been in focus- pension, scholarships and hostels.Pensions, he informed, has been doubled from Rs500 to Rs1000 for pensioners upto the age of 70 and from Rs750 to Rs1500 for those above 70 years. Also, various checks have been implemented for transferring of scholarship to the right candidate. All scholarships are now transferred online into the bank accounts of the candidate.
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Social organisations urge PM Modi to ban ‘Padmavati’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several political leaders and social organisations dismissed the Supreme Court order and requested the prime minister to take the matter, of banning Padmavati, in hand. Lokendra Singh Kalvi, patron of Rajput Karni Sena, on Tuesday, made a public appeal to prime minister Narendra Modi to take the ball in his court now. He claimed that the decision of the Apex court loses importance when the prime minister takes charge.“I request Prime Minister to take the issue in his hand now. Narendra Modi had also banned the released of Jodha Akhbar in Gujarat and Rajasthan when he was the state’s chief minister. He can now ban Padmavati nationally,” Kalvi said. He then informed that the central government has the power to ban the film under section 6 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. He further informed that he is taking steps to assure that the film is banned internationally. “Kalvi will also be visiting England in next three days as the censor board of has passed the film. Several organisations of NRIs, which are functioning against the distortion of history, have been approached. He will be visited the US of America post that,” informed Mahipal Singh Makarana, president, Rajput Karni Sena.The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, took strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices against the film “Padmavati”, saying the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Censor Board. A bench headed by Chief Justice dismissed the fresh petition that had sought an order to restrain the producers of the movie from releasing it abroad.

Get rid of road rage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Let’s make it a point that the departed souls aren’t remembered for such gruesome ends. Let the end be better, let the end be meaningful. The end is a destiny, but some of it can be changed by us! DNA pledges to make the city a safer place for pedestrians, motorists and bikers.Government of Rajasthan will be celebrating the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) on November 19. The theme of the day, as is decided by the UN General Assembly, is ‘2020 Target: reduce road fatalities AND serious injuries by 50%’. This theme is based on Pillar 1 of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action – Road Safety Management.Officials from transport department, police, Sardar Patel Police University’s Center for Road Safety, education department will be paying tribute at Shastri Nagar-based Science Park on Sunday, informed Nidhi Singh, deputy commissioner of road safety cell of transport department.In addition to this, organisations including NCC, NSS, Scout Guides, along with several NGOs, and media representatives working in this area will also be a part of the event. People who have lost their lives in the road accidents, families of people killed and those who have suffered accidents will also mark their presence.According to the official data released by the central government, age profile of road accident victims for the calendar year 2016 reveals that the youth between age group of 18 – 35 years accounted for 46.3% (69,851 persons) and age group of 18-45 accounted for a share of 68.6% (1,03,409 persons) in the total road accident fatalities.‘Observation of this day provides an opportunity to draw the public’s attention to road traffic crashes, their consequences and costs, and the measures which can be taken to prevent them. The day also provides an opportunity to remind governments and society of their responsibility to make roads safer,’ UN says.DEADLY DIGITSJune 2016Total accidents 12251Injury 13053Death 5432June 2017Total accidents 11408Injury 11601Death 5322ROAD CRASH BEHEMOTHMost Suseptible:15-49 yrsRoad injuries is one of the top four leading causes of death and health loss among persons of age group 15-49 years.Rising No.On an average, 1317 accidents and 413 accident deaths took place on Indian roads every day, in 2016.Uncertain RoadsThe National Highways constitute about 2 per cent of the total road network of India, but they accounted for 29.6 per cent of total road accidents and 34.5 per cent of total number of persons killed.Vehicle VengeanceAmong the vehicle categories, two wheelers accounted for the highest share in total number of road accidents (33.8 per cent) in 2016, followed by cars, jeeps and taxis (23.6 per cent), trucks, tempos, tractors and other articulated vehicles (21.0 per cent), Buses (7.8 per cent), auto-rickshaws (6.5 per cent) and other motor vehicles (2.8 per cent).Design By: Uttam Kumar SainVOICE OF RAJASTHANOur vehicles are nothing but multi-ton death machines, and should be treated like the same. Everyone knows that road accident is a major cause of death in the developed world with over 1.4 lakh deaths last year just in India. However, we still carelessly use our phones while driving.Rahil Sheikh, educatorRoad accidents are very unfortunate. Most of these accidents can be prevented. However, the losses have to be borne by the loved ones, due to carelessness of some. such sudden losses hurt the most since they are least expected.Nidhi Verma, bakerCitizens have to understand the importance of following traffic rules, and, police alone cannot be held responsible for poor traffic management. More number of emergency health facilities along the highways can also help reducing the number of deaths.Aditya Poonia, IIT graduateWrite to us at: [email protected]

Rajput Karni Sena threatens Deepika Padukone over ‘Padmavati’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protests continue to rage in Rajasthan over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati. Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) on Wednesday gave a call for Bharat Bandh on December 1. Karni Sena has been protesting against the film demanding a nationwide ban on its release. Ministers and erstwhile royals are also adding voice to the protest.RKS patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday flayed actor Deepika Padukone for her outburst against the protests. Kalvi said, “Deepika is like a daughter. She should exercise restrain.”Mahipal Makrana, RKS president, issued a veiled threat to the Bollywood actor saying, “Rajputs do not raise hand on women, but even Lakshman had cut off Surpanakha’s nose.” Kalvi said that he could not assure that there would be no further violence. This came from the patron a day after members of Rajput Karni Sena vandalized a cinema hall in Kota for showing the trailer of Padmavati.Dharohan Bachao Samiti — a Hindu organisation — burnt director Bhansali’s effigy and warned him of dire consequences if the film is released with historically incorrect content.Chairperson of the Rajasthan State Women’s Commission, Suman Sharma and minister of higher education Kiran Maheshwari have also opposed the film. Sharma has written a letter to Central Board of Film Certification chairperson Prasoon Joshi asking him to preview the film and give the report to the body. Maheshwari said Padmavati is a symbol of pride and her historical significance should not be misrepresented at any cost.In a major development scion of the erstwhile Udaipur (Mewar) royal family, Lakshyaraj Singh has issued a video and questioned the logic of creating an entertainment film on Padmavati, an issue that his family, as descendants, holds in very pious light.He called for unified efforts to urge the Government of India to form a strict law that prevents the distortion of history, culture, and stops hurting emotions in the name of entertainment.Singh said that the erstwhile royals of Mewar boycott all efforts to play with the dignity of his ancestors. The angst that has arisen in various segments should be used as means to unify all.He questioned the responsibility of the director Bhansali and the dignity that the artist should’ve maintained while portraying the characters of the film.The video comes at a time when protest against Padmavati has spread across the nation and the silence of the descendants of Padmavati (Padmini) was under scanner. Singh, in the video message, says that he did not believe in opposition through irresponsible statements and violence.Meanwhile the eight persons arrested for vandalizing the cinema hall at Kota have been remanded to judicial custody till November 19.

Padmavati protests intensify in Rajasthan, outfits threaten strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protests against the Deepika-starrer Padmavati are steadily growing in scale across Rajasthan. Various state-based community organisations, political leaders, legislators are beefing up their demand for a ban on the Bhansali movie. The demand for the formation of a panel to preview the movie before release is also gaining momentum, with threats range from bandhs to protests.Rajput outfit Karni Sena has called for a Rajasthan Bandh on November 30 while the Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha will hold a protest rally at Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.The protests have started to turn violent as Karni Sena on Tuesday vandalised a cinema hall in Kota and warned the cinema hall administration to not release the film. Eight persons were arrested in this connection. Salumbar town of Udaipur district remained shut down due to a bandh.Residents of Chittorgarh, where the story of Padmavati is based, have started a protest at the foot of the fort. They have threatened that it will be closed down from November 17 if the ban is not carried out.Acharya Dharmendra, of the Ramjanm Bhumi-Mukti Andolan, on Tuesday demanded that history should not be distorted and stressed on the need for a ‘Community based Censor Board’ to clear films and TV serials with historical background. “I am in touch with great saints of the country and we are planning to organise a committee which will develop ‘Community Censor Board’ to analyse films based on history and religion, and will hold them back if it is found offensive,” he said.Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Tuesday reiterated that no one would be allowed to the law in their hands.Chief minister Vasundhara Raje faces pressure from within her flock as two MLAs of BJP, Gyan Dev Ahuja, MLA from Alwar of Ramgarh Constituency, and Shaitan Singh Rathore, MLA from Jaisalmer, have written to her and in no uncertain terms demanded that the film be banned.Even as the release date for the film comes closer, the state government has no plan of action to contain the tension.

Australia keen on exchange of info, ideas with Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South Australia’s minister of trade and industry Martin Hamilton-Smith believes that Rajasthan is a doorway to India for exchange of information and ideas, in the same ways as the former is a doorway to Australia.“We don’t aim to set up economic zones in our sister state. Our approach is different. Our approach is to help with water, arts, and otherwise, where we can with education. It is to be helpful, to cooperate, to exchange information and idea, rather than setting up for economic zones,” Smith told DNA.“Like any other relationship, you get out of what you’ve put into it. We’ve put a lot into our relationship, and I think Rajasthan has too. But where we go from here, is up to the two states. When we want to build a relationship, we both have to contribute,” he added.He then explained that various MoUs have been signed with the Government of Rajasthan to continue the relationship.“We are building relationship on water and cooperation on water excellence and water science. We’ve opened a joint centre of excellence. We will now have experts coming from Adelaide and South Australia to India, and vice versa, and we share information and ideas. This is very important for farmers, for households, for clean water, and very important for tackling drought,” Smith said.It is to be noted that University of Adelaide currently seeking crowd funding of AUD$30,000 to fund a pilot project to develop solutions for enabling access to fresh drinking water in villages within Rajasthan.“The focus is on purification of water in the aquifer, or that has been spoilt. The focus is also on understanding the science of water so that we can have more safe portable water. India has 16 per cent of the world’s people, and only four per cent of the world’s water. In case of droughts India’s water resources will become particularly stressed. That will ruin lot of farmers,” Smith said.Resource-fullSouth Australian-based water treatment company, Hydro-dis – partnering with Malaviya National Institute of Technology to install pilot plant in one of MNIT student accommodation buildings which will enable performance testing.“South Australia has strong credentials in water management, and we’re actively looking to partner with Indian companies to help address the matter,” he said.

RU lacks criteria to list itself in ’20 world class govt varsities’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan University does not figure in the list of universities eligible for ‘20 world class government universities’ to be established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.The university is ranked 79th across the country by the ministry.The basic criteria for ranking involves strength of class, teacher-student ratio, placements offered, the amount of funding received and used by the university, research and papers submitted by students, and qualification of faculty, among other points including infrastructure.Rajasthan University does not have a central placement cell at present. The placements are done at the departmental level by the management of the respective departments.“The ideal required teacher-student ratio is 10:1, while in Rajasthan University it is 60:1. Also the placements, which are formally done at many of the universities, is done informally here. In addition to this, the funding received by the institution is not even close to being enough,” said professor AK Nagawat, dean, Department of Physics.He added that there is no government university in the state that closely matches the standards of being a world-class university. “The only college, I think, is worth getting the stature is BITS Pilani, which is a private college,” Nagawat said.It is to be noted that the ministry will be developing 20 world class private universities, in addition to the government ones. The each of the selected establishment will receive a financial support equivalent to 50 to 75 per cent of Rs 1,000 crore in a period of five years from the government. Rest of the amount will be pooled-in by the university itself.

Me Indian, not going to Pakistan, says Sachin Pilot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress state president, Sachin Pilot, while addressing students at Maharani’s College, said that he belongs to India and will not go to Pakistan.This came as a response to city mayor Ashok Lahoti’s comment that those who have an objection on singing the National Anthem can go to the neighbouring country.“I do not need a certificate from anyone to declare myself a nationalist. This is my country and I am ready to give my blood for it. They say those who are not voting for a particular party can go to Pakistan. Those who are not singing National Anthem and the National Song can also go to Pakistan. I will not go to Pakistan. I will stay here,” Pilot said.He added that these talks are made to distract general public from the main issue.“The issue is that Moong Daal is being sold ar Rs 150 per kg. The issue is that there are no jobs, and that 14 people have died due to a transformer blast,” pilot said.On the transformer blast incident, Pilot said that when parties get a majority win, they do not get the liberty to do as they please.“The line of answerability needs to be formed. If someone somwhere is in trouble, or there is an accident, someone has to be answerable for the same,” Pilot asserted.Pilot further said that the draconian Criminal Law ordinance introduced by the state government is killing the idea of democracy.“The government has made laws to secure its own future. The issue is not related to one party, it is related to democratic forces. The ideology is against the constitution. It doesn’t matter who the chief minister is and which party is ruling. It is beyond party lines,” Pilot said.On the popular slogan raised by the ruling party that states India needs to be ‘Congress Mukt’, Pilot said that there are differences in objectives and ideologies but there is no enmity.“We are not enemies with each other. There is no space in politics for that. If issues are handled with healthy debate and discussions, then it will be bring development to the nation. Why do they want to throw us out? We are also citizens of India and even we want to make some contributions,” Pilot said.He ended by motivating the youth to develop skills in order to compete with the world and vote for the right candidate.COMPROMISESPilot, while addressing the media, said that a political party becomes strong by not compromising on the objectives, and BJP has always been compromising for selfish reasons.“They promised not to compromise in case of Kashmir but ended up collaborating with PDP. They play politics for winning the elections but never stand up to the promises. BJP gives membership through missed call, and the authenticity of the same is visible to all. A political party does not become strong by propoganda,” Pilot said.

Court ‘decisions’ to go online from Nov 1

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The “cause list” and the “decisions” of hearings in district courts will be available online at Revenue Court Management System (RCMS) portal from November 1, 2017.District collector Siddharth Mahajan, while addressing a meeting with revenue officers on Wednesday, directed them to ensure optimum arrangements for the online system. He also asked them to remain prepared with the required updates so that the portal is up to date.In addition to this, Mahajan asked the sub-divisional magistrates to complete the remaining work, in the rural and municipal areas of the district, related to making Jaipur district ‘ODF’ (open defecation free), as quickly as possible. At the same time, the sub-divisional officers were asked to take necessary action about the collection, transport and disposal, of solid waste under solid waste management programme. According to reports, Chaksu, Dudu, and Jamwa Ramgarh need most attention on the same.The collector, while reviewing the outstanding cases of accounts under Tehsildars, asked the officers to form a team and handle the same in a time bound manner. The SDMs were also instructed in respect of outstanding revenue collections, random verification of pensioners, and shift of state pensioners to national pensioners. They were also asked to send a report regarding exceptional cases. Issues like agriculture input subsidy payment, outstanding cases of Sampark helpline, map digitisation, land convergence, route and encroachment, along with cases related to accounts and court branches, and national highway authorities problems were also discussed.Mahajan also took a report from the sub-divisional officers about the preparation of certification camps starting on Friday, October 27, under the second phase of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Special Salvation Campaign. The officials have been instructed to make proper arrangements so that each specially-abled can be benefited.

Unutilized funds await e-signatures

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Funds allotted to sub-divisional officers of Jaipur district to purchase computers, printers, furniture, and for work stations, in June this year, remain unused since past four months.One of the major reasons given by the officials for the unused amount is the unavailability of digital signatures required to get the tenders approved on the e-portal.According to the reports, as much as Rs 50,000 per sub division was allotted for purchasing computers and printers. In addition to this, Rs. 20,000 was allotted to purchase furniture and Rs 11 lakh was allotted to make necessary purchases for work stations. One of the officers stated that any tender above Rs 10 lakh needs to be approved on e-tender which cannot be sanctioned without a digital signature. The officer further said that a request for the e-signature has not been sanctioned by the Jaipur headquarters since past two weeks. The amount sanctioned for work stations can be used to purchase coolers, fire equipment, fans, and other necessities.Notably, only Shahpura has utilised Rs 50,000 to purchase a computer till now.ULTIMATUM GIVENDistrict collector Siddharth Mahajan has given an ultimatum to utilise the sanctioned amount by the end of November, else it will be pulled back.

When perseverance is the success mantra…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The thought of fulling mother’s dreams was enough to keep Aditya Poonia motivated to clear the RAS examination with flying colours in the first attempt. Poonia, who has secured 66th position in the 2016 examination, lost his mother due to cancer, right after his graduation from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He had just begun preparing for RPSC examinations, as it was his mother, Suman Poonia’s dream to see him serving in the police department.“My mother and I never left each other’s side when she was alive. It was her dream to make me a public servant, particularly in the police. She always pictured my bringing smile on people’s faces,” Poonia explained.Despite being emotionally unstable, however, Poonia made sure to support his father after his mother’s demise, while preparing for the exam for about a year and a half. The civil engineer now wants to be a support for those who aim to clear the examination like him but are financially weak, while solving big crimes.“I want to utilise my spare time to teach those who want to clear the competitive examinations but are economically backward. For this, I might join some coaching classes and give free lectures,” Poonia said. While talking about his success mantra, Poonia explained that the only thing that kept him going, even after negligible sentimental backing, was perseverance.“I slowly learnt to enjoy my solitude while working hard. I want to spread the message that being alone is not a bad thing. And hard work always pays off, specially in the long run,” Poonia said. While talking about his aim to improve conditions of the police department, Poonia said that he wants to break the ice between the Police and the general public.TO SUPPORT WEAKPoonia made sure to support his father after his mother’s demise, while preparing for the exam. The civil engineer now wants to be a support for those who aim to clear the examination but are financially weak.

Lone samaritan out to save kid beggars

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi-based engineer Ashish Sharma gave up his plum job and turned into a crusader on a mission to end child begging. He took it upon himself to undertake rehabilitation of a nine-year-old boy along with eight more such kids who was drugged to beg.The incident took place two years back. It was a watershed moment that motivated him to start a project named Unmukt India, in which he is walking 17,000 kilometres across the country to request the police and public administration to rehabilitate such children.Like many other city-based NGOs working on child labour, he too believes in not taking pity on child beggars as it would help reduce or remove the exploitation of the young and innocent. “The money given to the beggars is all used by the Mafia gangs. There are small organisations and nexus who professionally train these children on how to beg. If they are hungry, Punjab has so many Gurudwaras, so ideally there should have be beggars in Punjab,” Sharma said. He is in the city as a part of Unmukt India project.According to statistics collected by Abhyudaya Foundation, a city-based NGO working on child labour, Jaipur currently has 12,800 child beggars who need to be rehabilitated.Manan Chaturvedi, chairperson, Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (RSCPCR), added that there is a need to catch those who are giving alms as well as those who are taking it, in order to removing child begging from the country.“We think ourselves to be great by giving money to the beggars as we link it to the religion. There is a need to counsel both the parties. When nobody will give anything to these children, from whom will the uninformed parents and mafia take,” Manan said.Sumit Chaturvedi, founder, Abhyudaya Foundation, informed that he tried speaking to child beggars in Jaipur but was dismissed by a couple of men.“They told me I am not allowed to talk anything nonsense with these children. They asked me to go away,” Chaturvedi said.He then went to Jaipur Police Commissioner, Sanjay Agarwal, with a project of rehabilitation of the child beggars but was asked to make a call on 100. Traffic police also needs to co-operate as child helplines cannot do everything, explained Bhupendra Kaur, team member, 1098 child helpline.REHAB CENTRES ON THE ANVILDepartment of Social Justice and empowerment of Rajasthan has decided to open rehabilitation centres in Jaipur and Rajsamand for children below 18 years who have been begging for survival. Various NGOs have been invited to take the initiative to manage the centres.The department had also introduced Rajasthan Rehabilitation of Beggars or Indigent Act in 2012.lying along the roadsides. ​EKLA CHOLO RE: Ashish Sharma, who is on a mission to make India beggar-free, poses at DNA office.

Pink City turns deaf ear to noise pollution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The noise pollution in the city has reached to such an alarming proportion that even so called silent zones have higher decibel level. Much of the blame rests on city residents who are flouting laws for their own convenience. Come Diwali and defaulters use the occasion as a license to explode ear jarring crackers thus contributing to the noise pollution.According to the latest statistics released by Rajasthan Pollution Control Board, silence areas which need to have less than 50 decibel noise, go as high as 67.7 decibel on a regular day. It rises up to 72 decibel, which is 24 per cent higher than the maximum prescribed limit. The silence areas include SDM Hospital and Civil Lines.It is to be noted that the overall situation of noise pollution in the city is turning poorer day by day. The residential areas of the city like Gandhi Nagar and Jawahar Nagar experience noise level of about 18 per cent higher than the maximum limit of 55 decibel during a normal day. The level goes up at 47.27 per cent during Diwali.“There is a considerable increase in the number of patients suffering from head ache and migraine. Noise pollution, not directly, but indirectly becomes a cause of various health issues like fatigue and lack of sleep. Patients cannot focus for a considerable period, there is no inner peace, and frustration tolerance goes down,” said Dr Akhilesh Jain, head, Department of Psychiatry, ESI hospital.

Lost cinema: Revisiting the decline of Rajasthani cinema

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A documentary on the issue of deterioration of Rajasthani Cinema titled Lost Cinema: Rajasthani Cinema, wins the Best Script title at the Educational Video Competition organised by Consortium for Educational Communication, a centre under University Grants Commission of India, in Himachal Pradesh.The documentary was created by Priyadarshini Choudhary, a journalism student who hails from Tonk district and is a former student of a Jaipur-based private university. Choudhary was given Rs 25,000 along with a trophy as an award by Acharya Devvrat, Governor, Himachal Pradesh at the state university.”My film mainly talks about how Rajasthani cinema flourished as an industry at a point of time, especially during the 90s. The artists who worked during the era are now setting a benchmark in Bollywood as well. But scenarios have changed now. I have described the reasons for its decline,” Choudhary said.One of the major reason for the slump shown in the film is the lack of budget and inability of the state government to provide appropriate support for the industry to flourish. This is also shown in comparison to the support given by other states of the country to the regional cinema.”The other reasons include lack of ideas and proper scripting, mainly because artists are not working as seriously as they should in this field. Similar issues have been showcased in the film,” Choudhary added.Choudhary is aiming to pursue a doctorate in Journalism and Mass Communication and wants to pursue her career in documentary and film making.The competition had 43 entries from across the country, which was judged by a jury panel and entries were filtered at various levels. Lost Cinema was the only entry from Rajasthan which was selected for review.

Activist Manhas asks people to lend helping hand to martyrs’ kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Giving adequate attention to the families of martyrs should be promoted as a social cause for they need equal amount of care and support as anyone else who has lost a loved one,” said Vikas Manhas, member of Desh Group, who has been visiting families of martyrs from past 17 years.During the opening ceremony of Synergy’17, a two-day event organised by St Xavier’s College, Jaipur, Manhas said that one cannot imagine hardships the brave soldiers face on the borders and when they return home on annual leave- for a month- half of it goes in attending to work which gets accumulated during their absence.“So as a small tribute to their service, we must help ease their work. Like if you find a soldier standing at the end of a queue, we can allow him to reach the counter first to save his time,” he said.He explained that this is a very niche segment which requires attention.“Whenever you think of doing something for the society, this is a very niche segment, but they also need you. The segment is so vast and scattered that everywhere you’ll find them,” he added.There are many organisations and societies which work for under privileged, setting up of libraries, environment, women, old age, but I have not come across anyone who thinks that these families of martyrs also exist in the society and need care and moral support.“They don’t need any financial help, but they need someone because there is a lot to say and no one to listen to them,” he explained.He narrated a small story while giving an example of what youngsters in Jaipur can do so as to contribute to this cause. We have a small memorial where captain Amit Bhardwaj was cremated. Since the time his body was retrieved, in 1999, everyday his father, after getting up in the morning would go to that place and clean it.He would do stuff like putting flowers. Why can’t Jaipur as a society take the initiative of cleaning it? Can’t you spare one day in the morning to go and clean such memorials, Manhas asked.Synergy 2017 is the sixth edition of the annual Economics Fest organised by the Department of Economics on ‘Forerunners of Change: From awareness to action.’

Festival of Education to spur new ideas and innovations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first-ever Festival of Education in Rajasthan is all set to take place at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day festival, initiated by Government of Rajasthan along with GEMS Education, has national as well as international speakers and guests, who will be giving an insight into developments required in the schools along with pointers on the future of education.A fair like this was overdue in the state. The education system in Rajasthan is currently lagging behind in plenty and requires updates in many aspects. The literacy rate of the state, according to census 2011, is 66.11 per cent, much lower than national rate at 74.04 per cent.The main objective of the festival is to explore new possibilities of improving the education system by facilitating exchange of knowledge. Students of government-run colleges will be giving demonstrations of new experiments, models, and presentations.Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, will be the guest of honour at the festival.The event is divided into three experience halls- Fundamental, Elemental and Experimental. Elemental Hall has been further divided into five substances – Earth, Water, Wind, Fire and Aether.The first day is filled with lots of knowledge as well as entertainment. The important sessions to look out for include Radical Unschooling- Future of Education, and, How to improve Govt Schools. School students will also be seen performing group dance on ‘Antarag’.Prakash JavadekarPrakash Javadekar, union minister of Human Resource Development, India, will be giving the inaugural address at 11:30am on Saturday at Fundamental Hall. Javadekar has recently been lauded for rolling back the no-detention policy under the Right to Education.Vasundhara RajeChief minister Raje will be giving an inaugural address on Day 1 but attendees who want to get up close and personal with the minister can visit Earth in Elemental Hall at 12 afternoon on Day 2. Raje has been the curator of remarkable schemes like Bhamasha and Jal Swavalamban. Shabana AzmiThose who want to get up close and personal with Shabana Azmi can spot her at Earth in Elemental Hall at 4:40 PM. Daughter of poet Kaifi Azmi, Shabana is the alumna of Film and Television Institute of India of Pune and has over 120 Hindi and Bengali films to her merit. Shankar MahadevanShankar Mahadevan is a composer and playback singer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composing trio team for many Indian films. He is a four-time winner of the National Award. He is up for getting personal at 2 pm at Earth in Elemental Hall.Akshay KumarBollywood star Akshay Kumar will be seen giving an inspirational talk and getting personal with the attendees at 5:30pm at Earth in Elemental Hall. In a career spanning more than 25 years, Kumar has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films and has won several awards.CSR portal for schoolsCM Vasundhara Raje will inaugurate the CSR portal “Knowledge Resolution” and “Chief Minister Vidyadaan Fund” for strengthening of state schools during the inaugural function of Festival of Education. Through this, all corporate, donor and voluntary organisations will be able to collaborate for the development of state’s schools under Corporate Social Responsibility, that too online. They will also be eligible for deduction under section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

Biometric attendance blues at RU

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Months after installation, the biometric attendance system meant for employees at the University of Rajasthan is still going through teething problems. Separate manual attendance registers are being maintained by the colleges, as well as the departments as a back up.“The biometric system contains a SIM card, which needs to be recharged every month. If the money is not deposited, the data gets saved in the machine, which has limited space. After some time, the date stops getting saved,” said a source, who had helped set up the system.The source further added that it is difficult for some teachers to register their attendance through biometric system due to age factor or because of a cut marks on their finger.A request for setting up an eye-based system has been made to the administration but it has not yet been materialised.“Sometimes it takes five to six attempts to punch in or out. It is easier with the manual registers,” explained a teacher from the Maharani’s College.It is also to be noted that teachers are also apprehensive regarding the new system and consider it as a burden.“Biometric systems are best for places which have a single entry-exit system. My department has multiple exits. I come in the morning at 10am, punch in my attendance and leave. I then comeback in the afternoon to punch out. I believe the manual register is the only authentic verification of attendance,” said a faculty from the commerce department.Teachers from physics department added that faculties used to come on time feeling morally responsible but now they have been converted into machines by adding the biometric system.“Sometimes a teacher is stuck in an emergency but has to somehow come and punch in on time, which often becomes difficult,” a teacher explained.WHY MANUAL?Manual registers can be signed by the teachers any time and mentioning arrival and departure time is not required. While the biometric system contains a SIM card, which needs to be recharged every month. If the money is not deposited, the data gets saved in the machine, which has limited space.

Varsity to focus on training and skills which have a global appeal: Dr Lalit K Panwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr Lalit K Panwar, while taking charge as the vice chancellor of the Government Skill University (RISU) run by government of Rajasthan, said that he will be focusing on skill training based on the demand by various manufacturers and industrial houses.“We will do demand-driven skill training here. We will ask all manufacturers and industrial houses about the kind of manpower that is required by them. We will then design the courses according to the different kind of manpower required by different industries. So that, skilled students get employment immediately,” he added.“We will give certificate, degrees, as well as diplomas, based on the curriculum opted by the student. The certifications will be on technical ITIs, polytechnics, and many more skills,” Panwar said. While talking about the kind of skills to be focused on, Panwar said, he will be focusing on skills with a global appeal.“We will apply thrust on new fields like solar energy, wind energy, and latest technique including non conventional energy. I will also focus on skills and trainings which have a global appeal. Whether is it IT, ITES, or related fields like nano-technology, solar or wind-based,” Panwar said.Adding to it, he also promised availability of quality employers for the skill-trained students.“I would like to commit that we are open to negotiate, talk, and sign MoU with global players, whether MNC or our national players. I will start with the top 10, like Infosys, HCL, and Genpact. I know most of them. Only thing is that I have to renew my contacts,” he said. He added that he has trained students to work in private organisations while working as the secretary of Employment and Training, government of Rajasthan.“Platforms required by the private training providers and industries which demand skill, are already with us. I will take the benefit of that experience to improve this,” Panwar added.

Jaipur cafés hiring differently-abled as chefs and waiters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cafes run wholly and solely by people with disabilities are now becoming a trend in Pink City. These restaurants have unique and interesting ways in which the customers can interact with the special employees.A franchise from Nathdwara, Thadiwala, which hires only hearing and speech impaired female employees, has started its outlet in Vaishali Nagar.Every employee, including the chef and the cashier, are physically challenged here.“We have set up light bulbs on the tables which are connected to our kitchen. So, whenever a customer takes a table or is ready to order, he can just press a button and the staff will come. A notebook is then given to the customer for writing the order from the menu,” said Neha Parikh, co-owner, Thadiwala.This apart, some other hotels too are open to hire and train hearing and speech impaired people. Red Fox, for example, has a policy of hiring 20 per cent of their staff as physically challenged.“We have 18-20 employees in Jaipur who cannot hear and speak. They are trained to work in various departments like housekeeping and food and drinks,” said Vivek Kumar, general manager, Red Fox.Similarly Vitthal’s Kitchen, a cafe near Lakshmi Mandir, has six serving employees who are speech and hearing impaired. The restaurant has code numbers written opposite the food names in the menu.The customer is given a note book where they have to mention the code number along with the quantity.“As far as the interaction between each other is concerned, they themselves taught us the sign language when they joined us,” said Ashish Sharma, owner, Vitthal’s Kitchen.However, these employees do not get proper career and salary growth as the regular employees, working with them, rues Kamlesh, a translator at Poddar Institute of Deaf and Dumb.“In restaurants, sometimes the customers underestimate the skills of these special people. Often in hotels, they get mistreated by their peer due to their disability. Some are even blamed for theft by the co-workers. This often degrades their confidence,” says Kamlesh.

High cut-off makes RBSE students outscore CBSE

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The cut-off lists for 2017-18 admissions in University of Rajasthan reveal that students from the Central Board of Secondary Education have secured negligible seats in various courses for all the three streams — science, commerce and arts. According to the first list, none of the students from CBSE got admission in the college for pass course in arts despite scoring high percentile. Out of the 4,000 students who have applied in the college, only 361 students have completed their higher education in CBSE. The highest scorer from CBSE who applied in the college had secured 94.6 per cent.“All the students who made it to the list are from Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education. This is happening because of the percentile format that was introduced four years back. This year, there had been talks about removing this format but the guidelines were not formed. The only way out is by having an entrance examination for undergraduate courses,” said Amita Sharma, principal, University Rajasthan College.The second list for BA Honors at Rajasthan College has 22 per cent students from CBSE. Maharani College has also faced a similar situation where about 430 CBSE students applied for BA pass course out of which only two made it to the list.“There is a discrepancy in the merit lists by the boards. However, students should get equal opportunities for which certain rationalisation is required. The university should conduct an entrance exam, or there should be a quota system,” said Alpana Kateja, principal, Maharani College.Also, as CBSE students are getting lesser admissions in RU, the number of applications is also decreasing gradually. For instance, in Maharani College, as many as 11,677 students from RBSE applied for admissions, but only 3,718 students from CBSE attempted. “Students have started realising that it will get difficult for them to get admissions in RU, so they look for other options,” Sharma said.Only 10 per cent students from CBSE board have got admission for B.Com Honors in Commerce College. Students who applied for B.Sc pass course in Maharaja College also experienced a similar fate, informed Kailash Agrawal, principal of the college.PERCENTILE FORMATAll the students who made it to the list are from Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education. This is happening because of the percentile format that was introduced four years back. This year, there had been talks about removing this format but the guidelines were not formed. The only way out is by having an entrance examination for undergraduate courses.

Issues galore in RU admission form submission process

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The long procedure of registration, document verification, and payment has created chaos among the students taking admission in various colleges under the University of Rajasthan.Despite having online provisions for registrations and payment, the selected students will have to visit the campus to submit their original documents along with passport size photographs.“The students are confused about the documents that have to be submitted. Also, few things mentioned online do not match with the details that are to be filled in the offline form creating more mess,” said Poonam Kumari, a campaigner at Maharani College.The website does not provide the list of documents and the number of photographs required by the candidate to carry for the form that is to be filled offline.“The anti-ragging form, which is to be downloaded from the website requires three passport-size photographs with it and this is not mentioned online. I reached with only two photographs due to which my form was not accepted. It is difficult to travel and come everyday,” said Saumya Sharma, a student applying for B.com pass course.According to the procedure, the students register for admissions online before the cut-off list is out. After that, the selected students have to visit the campus and submit the documents along with the anti-ragging form.A code is generated with which the student can log in online and make the payment. The colleges are not accepting cash or demand drafts so the payments have to be made online.Some students also faced problems while registering online due to technical glitches and they had to pay multiple times for the same form.“I tried to fill the form and pay for it online. The fee for the form is Rs100. But due to some technical glitch, I did not receive the log in id and password. I had to fill the same form for five times before I finally got one. This way, I ended up paying Rs500 for it,” said Annie Bhagchandani, a student.NOT THAT SIMPLEDespite having online provisions for registrations and payment, the selected students will have to visit the campus to submit their original documents along with passport size photographs
According to a student, the anti-ragging form, which is to be downloaded from the website requires three passport-size photographs with it and this is not mentioned online. I reached with only two photographs due to which my form was not accepted. It is difficult to travel and come everyday

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