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Connectivity drags down Digital India in rural areas

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has completely failed to even kick off the Digital India programme and will be unable to do so till March, 2019, as there is no mobile or internet connectivity in many rural parts of the country.Digital India, a flagship programme of the government of India with a vision to transform the country into a digitally empowered society, is one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects.The ministry cannot start the programme as it doesn’t have basic infrastructure or platform in place. It is dependent on the Department of Telecommunication and its initiative Bharat Net, a high-speed digital highway connecting all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats of the country. Bharat Net, expected to be the world’s largest rural broadband connectivity project using optical fibre, is estimated to be completed by March, 2019.For instance, e-Panchayat project, one of the Mission Mode Projects under the Digital India Programme, is yet to be properly started.Under the project, core common software applications had been developed to address various aspects of Panchayat functioning, including budgeting, planning, accounting, monitoring, social audit, and delivery of citizen services.But all this is of no use as “there is no network connectivity in major rural areas of the country.” A ministry note stated: “The ministry would take effective and expeditious steps to increase the connectivity coverage so that the e-Panchayat is enabled in every village.”For strengthening of Panchayats and gram sabhas, the ministry needs to reach out to multiple and diverse groups, especially the rural populace, and media and publicity play a very important and crucial role in creating awareness. Due to zero internet or mobile connectivity, however, they are unable to do anything.The ministry has prepared various audio-visual programmes, documentaries, and mobile applications, but all these serve no purpose till there is no connectivity. “The elected representatives are not aware of their rights and privileges. This has become a major hurdle in effective delivery of citizen services,” the note stated.Furthermore, the ministry has also been unable to start a scheme to provide ATM services in Panchayat bhawans. To kick it off, an inter-ministerial committee has already been constituted. But again, the connectivity problem remains. Another problem is the lack of basic infrastructure. Of the 2.5 lakh gram Panchayats, nearly 46,000 do not have their own building.

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Remembering Mahamana, Pt Madan Mohan Malviya.

A revered figure of the Indian Freedom struggle, Madan Mohan Malviya is remembered for his numerous contribution in development of modern India. Yet among all the aspects of his majestic personality, it is for his seamless will to ‘serve the country’ that he is remembered most by followers. It was indeed a reflection of this spirit to serve the country that a staunch believer and founder of Banaras Hindu University at Varanasi, Malviya was not in favour of being cremated at the city. On being questioned for his reservation towards being cremated at Varanasi, a holy city being cremated where is considered a fortune among Hindu believers, Malviya answered “Cremated at Varanasi, a man is supposed to attain Moksha, freedom from cycle of death and reincarnation, but I aspire to take another birth to further serve the country”.This was level of his selfless dedication and servitude for the motherland, it is for the same that government of India bestowed on him with honour of Bharat Ratna and the public adored him with title of “Mahamana”. During his entire life, he contributed to establishment of several institutions in addition to Banaras Hindu University, that at time of its foundation in 1916 was the largest residential university at Asia. Among the other institutions to have bloomed under his patronage included Banaras Engineering College and Scouting at India. These institute over the years have further carried on his legacy and produced several gems to serve the country.However, this prized son of India was born in a humble family at a holy city of Prayag on December 25, 1861. His family did not had a political legacy but an academic background that reflected in his personality throughout his life. Even as a youth in colonial India, Malviya was drawn towards the independence movement, his idea for reconstruction of India was par beyond independence from British suppression. His vision was for a society free from bondages such as untouchability and caste divide. He also held immense concern for the environment and even as he paved way of development of institutes of science and engineering, he also initiated movement for safeguarding the holy river Ganga from pollution.As a grateful country remembers him on his 157th birth anniversary, the importance of his works is further reflected as nearly seven decades after Independence the Indian government has went assertive on Clean Ganga mission and Education is being emerged as a major tool for development of India’s huge population in a human resource for the country.

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BJP leaders credit Mumbai AC train run to PM Narendra Modi’s ‘visionary mantra of vikas’

BJP leaders from the city on Monday attributed the inaugural run of the city’s first air-conditioned suburban service to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “visionary mantra of vikas”, calling it “vikas” in the “true sense”.”This is vikas (progress) in the true sense which is now underway and we are travelling in this grand train. It is a result of Modiji’s vision which lays emphasis on speedy execution of mass transportation projects. It’s a dream come true for Mumbaikars,” Vinod Tawde, senior BJP leader and minister in the Maharashtra government said.Tawde was present at the flagging off along with other BJP leaders such as MPs Kirit Somaiya and Gopal Shetty, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar and MLC Praveen Darekar.Shelar termed the development as “historical” and credited it to Modi’s mantra of governance which is committed to providing comfort to commuters.”This train is a bonanza to travellers and we hope such trains play a crucial role in minimising the number of cars on the roads and help solve traffic problems,” Shelar said.BJP MP Kirit Somaiya called it a historical day and said that credit went to PM Modi for getting the train on track after a wait of ten years.”In the coming 10 years, all rakes on the suburban system will have at least one air-conditioned coach,” he said.However ally and Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant rejected such talk and said that the credit of the train went to railway officials.He said, “The credit goes to railway officers and I have already congratulated them yesterday. Earlier, we stood like a pillar behind the BJP government, but they forget sometime.”Jubilant passengers and supporters of the BJP present at the occasion shouted slogans of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” with many attributing the choice of date as an ode to former PM and Bharat Ratna awardee Atal Bihari Vajpayee who is celebrating his 93rd birthday today.

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PM Modi meets students from Jammu and Kashmir; discusses girl education, Swachh Bharat

A group of 30 school girls from Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Saturday.The students are currently on a tour to various parts of the country, as part of the Indian Army’s Operation Sadbhavna.In the meeting, Prime Minister Modi interacted with the students on various issues such as their dreams and aspirations, girls’ education and Swachh Bharat.During the meeting, the girls posed various questions to the Prime Minister, to which he explained the various steps being taken for girls’ education. He further explained the various spin-off benefits, including on health and tourism that can accrue through the Swachh Bharat Mission.Prime Minister Modi also explained the students about the benefits of concentration-improving Yoga.He further appreciated the increasing number of youths from Jammu and Kashmir making it to the civil services and showing great potential in sports.The Prime Minister asserted that India has a bright future, and the children and youths of Jammu and Kashmir have a lot to contribute to the nation.

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‘Silenced’ in Rajya Sabha, Sachin Tendulkar uses Facebook to spread message

A day after Sachin Tendulkar was not allowed to speak in the Parliament, the cricket legend took to social media to convey his message. With the Rajya Sabha being adjourned for the second successive day on Friday, he took to Facebook to talk about the importance of sports and fitness in daily life.On Thursday Congress leaders raised a ruckus and did not allow the nominated Member of Parliament to speak in the House. Tendulkar, in his maiden speech on the floor of the Upper House on Thursday, had moved a Short Discussion Motion on the future of sports in India and right to play. Rajya Sabha proceedings were once again disrupted by protesting Congress members on Friday. Also readStumped! Amid uproar, Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar fails to make debut speech in Parliament Sachin then posted a video saying India needed a proper plan and structure in place to become a sporting nation.”It is my endeavour to transform India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream. Always remember, dreams do come true! Jai Hind,” he wrote with the video. Here is what Sachin Tendulkar said:On Thursday, As Tendulkar stood up to begin the discussion, Congress MPs created a ruckus demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apology for insinuating that his predecessor Manmohan Singh was colluding with Pakistan.Tendulkar, a Bharat Ratna winner, remained standing for 10 minutes, tight-lipped, as Opposition members raised slogans, ignoring Chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s calls to come to order.Naidu reminded them that the nation was watching the uproar they were causing in the Rajya Sabha and called on them to let Tendulkar speak. But unruly Congress MPs paid no heed to his requests.”We’re discussing about sports and you don’t have the sporting spirit,” Naidu scolded, before ordering the live telecast of House proceedings to be cut off.

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State departments should make Rajasthan ODF: CM Vasundhara Raje

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje presided over the 7th Raj Vikas Meeting on Thursday and reviewed the progress of various schemes across the state. She also directed officials to work on war path to include Rajasthan cities in top 50 cleanliest cities of the country. “The government is working to make Rajasthan an ODF State by March,18. The State departments should make ODF State as well as bring its cities in the Top-50 cleanest cities. The initiative under Swacch Bharat Abhiyan has picked up massively in the state,” said a statement quoting Raje as saying. Through video conferencing, the collectors informed the CM of the progress of works in their respective districts during the meeting. Raje, meanwhile, directed Principal Secretary, LSG Manjit Singh and Panchayati Raj Secretary, Naveen Mahajan to monitor the progress of ODF in various districts and form special units and cells to speed up work. She expressed satisfaction and voiced appreciation on the swift action on issues discussed in the previous meetings. Raje stated that the impressive growth and progress of projects under the Centre and State’s flagship schemes is an indication that Rajasthan is on the path to becoming a model state and the officials should continue to work with dedication. She said the state of Rajasthan has shown improvement in various indicators and now time has come for re-engineering current systems to simplify lengthy processes that often become a hindrance to investment and growth.

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Std V boy youngest innovator at event by Somaiya college

A Std V student is the youngest innovator will be showcasing his creation at the Somaiya riidl’s Maker Mela in January 2018.Arman Gupta has made a remote-controlled cleaning and mopping machine on his own.The three-day Research Innovation Incubation Design Lab at Somaiya Vidyavihar will see innovators from across the country.Gupta said, “Once I spilled juice on the floor and got scared that my mother would scold me. At that time I thought why not make a cleaning machine that will work on remote control. I love making robots and have made small toys with different devices. I have even participated in one of the exhibition in Kolkata where I was selected among best five innovators.”Arman said he started researching on the material to make a cleaning machine. “My problem was that my younger brother who is six used to break my work.”To encourage her son, Arman’s found that Somaiya campus has a incubation lab. “She took membership for me there and I started visiting it after my school hours. There no one use to disturb me and I got a chance to explore things.”The cleaning and mopping machine Gupta made dries the surface simultaneously. It has detachable sponges for its maintenance. The machine can clean the surface and dry it as well. His invention can also a play role in the government’s Swachh Bharat campaign, Gupta to DNA.“After school hours I use to be at riddl from 3pm till 6pm. When I had holiday on Saturday, I used to be there for the entire day. Science and maths are my favourite subjects and so is robotics. When I started making this machine I was encouraged to participate in Maker Mela. Right now, I have made a very basic machine. I want to make it more presentable. I started making this machine in November and completed it in three to four weeks.”This is the third year of riddl’s annual three-day showcase of innovation, creativity and technology. The one of its kind initiative Maker Mela invited applications from innovators across India out of which 100 have been selected to present their ideas. This year’s makers participating are from the age of ten years to seventy years; backgrounds are ranging from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, homesteaders, garage tinkerers and even commercial exhibitors.

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Assembly Elections 2017: Poll results expose hollowness of Gujarat model of development, says Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said the outcome of the Gujarat Assembly election had exposed the hollowness of the “model of development” in that state.”It (Gujarat development model) is a fraud on the people and aimed at misleading the voters,” Yadav said in an official statement here.He said the BJP was expecting 150 seats but the results have proved that the people of that state did not endorse the Gujarat model of development though the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi went all out to ensure the party’s success.The SP had fielded candidates from five Assembly seats in Gujarat, all of whom lost the polls.The party chief said the Congress should take all secular parties along to usher in change in the 2019 Lok Sabha election as regional parties and regional issues would have a role to play in the next general elections.”The BJP speaks of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’ but when we try to give justice to all sections of the society, the same BJP calls it appeasement,” Yadav said.”We can build a strong Bharat only by taking all the people and sections along,” said the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, adding that the country could not progress when farmers were distressed and the youth was unemployed.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: In model state Gujarat, this village doesn’t have toilets

If there is one campaign that has been the dearest to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s heart, it’s Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan, and that is precisely the campaign that has failed in the Dalit basti Rohitvas in Vadnagar town of Mehsana district.While the rest of the town boasts good roads, huge railway station, a medical college, a polytechnic among other amenities, Rohitvas that has a population of 2,000 with about 350 households, lacks latrines. As a result, men and women must resort to open defecation.A Zee 24×7 team which was visiting the basti met 58-year-old Bhikhiben Parmar who was headed to the fields. That is where most women in the basti relieve themselves early in the morning. When asked why she had not submitted an application to the city council, Bhikhiben said she did so more than thrice, but officials never paid any attention.Bhikhiben is not alone. Alkhiben Parmar, too, has the same complaint. Shekharbhai and Naina Shrimali have a toilet built, but it is in such a bad shape that they can’t use it. The city council, which is expected to reimburse the expenditure, has not done so.Jasodaben Parmar’s story is no different. She spent her own money to build the toilet, but the council has not paid her, despite running from pillar to post. A public latrine was constructed, but it remains locked as the council has not recruited staff to clean it.

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No option but to build Ram Mandir, says RSS leader

Even as the Supreme Court begins final hearing in the land dispute case of Ram Janmabhoomi–Babri Masjid, the second-in-command in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Bhaiyyaji Joshi on Thursday declared that there was no option left but to construct Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.Joshi was speaking at the launch function of a book Ashok Singhal — Staunch and Perseverant Exponent of Hindutva on the life of firebrand Hindutva proponent and former international president of VHP and crusader of Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi Movement, late Ashok Singhal.Amid thunderous claps of saffron-clad audience in Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, Joshi said, “The Bhavya Divyata (divine intervention) of formation of a government that will uphold both niti (policy) and dharma (religion) happened in front of him (Singhal). Now there is no option left other than to construct Ram Mandir.”Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who was present as the chief guest of the event, too showered praises on late Ashok Singhal for his role in propagating the Ram Janmabhoomi issue across the world. Naidu said the book will serve as a useful guide for people who believe in Hindutva and those who want to know the way forward.The VP added that the Supreme Court had made clear in 1995 that Hindutva is a way of life, but people still talk about it as a narrow religious concept.Blurring the difference between Hindu and Hindutva, Naidu said, “Hindu is a dharma, a culture, a tradition in existence since the Adikal and the time of Vedas, and whether you call it Hindutva, Bharatiyata or Indianness…it is there and it believes in Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam (world is one family), Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava (equality of the destination of the paths of all religion) and Sarva Jana Sukhana Bahavantu (let all people be happy).”Known for his tongue in cheek remarks, Naidu said it is an unfortunate that some people still feel reluctant in calling themselves a Hindu but than say so because of political reasons. He said he would not elaborate because he is on a constitutional position.Swami Satyamitranand Giriji of Bharat Mata Mandir, Haridwar remembered Ashok Singhal as the chief motivator of Kar Seva (that culminated into the destruction of Babri Masjid).
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Hindus should have at least four children till UCC is implemented: Swami Govindadev Giriji Maharaj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A senior Hindu seer on Saturday said Hindus must bear at least four children till the Uniform Civil Code is implemented to check “demographic imbalance”.Swami Govindadev Giriji Maharaj of Bharat Mata Mandir in Haridwar said the two-child policy should not be restricted to Hindus alone, noting that India had lost those territories wherever Hindu population reduced, resulting in demographic imbalance.He was speaking to reporters on the second day of the three-day Dharma Sansad organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, in the temple town of Udupi of coastal Karnataka.
ALSO READ Now, Shankaracharya Vasudevanand says Hindus must produce 10 kidsThe Swami said the government was insisting on a maximum of two children, but till the time the Uniform Civil Code is implemented, Hindus should have at least four children. India lost many of its territories wherever Hindu population reduces, he said.”We have seen that India lost those territories wherever Hindu population reduced, resulting in demographic imbalance.
ALSO READ India’s population at 127,42,39,769; set to overtake China by 2050The two-child policy should not be restricted to Hindus alone.”On cow-vigilantism, the seer said some criminals were settling personal scores under the guise of ‘Gau Rakshaks’.”Gau Rakshaks are peace loving people. They have been defamed by some vested interests. Some criminals are settling scores under the guise of Gau Rakshaks,” said Giriji Maharaj.The mega religious event is being attended by over 2,000 Hindu seers, matt heads and VHP leaders from all over the country.

Find solutions to stubble woes, says NGT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the Centre and the state governments of Delhi and neighbouring states to come up with “workable solutions” to curb burning of crop residue, including using the paddy straw as fuel in power plants. The Tribunal directed the Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, to chair a meeting on the issue.It also asked the Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Managing Director of the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited and senior officials of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) to participate in this meeting, which will be held on November 28.The NGT bench, headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, passed these directions while hearing a contempt plea filed by environmental activist Vikrant Tongad on the issue of stubble burning.During the meeting, the bench ordered the officials to deliberate on a host of issues and submit their recommendations by December 6. It also said that it shall be deliberated if, “every state should or should not be directed to establish its own pelletisation plant for agriculture residue to make it fit for utilisation as fuel in the thermal power plants run by the NTPC.”Further, the officials would have to deliberate on incentives that could be provided to farmers and recommend ways to transport the crop residue to the plants.In response, the NTPC informed the Tribunal that at six thermal power plants located in north India, the demand for crop residue in pellet form is 8,000-15,000 metric tonnes per day.”This demand shall form a very small (5-10 per) percentage of the total coal that is being used by the NTPC,” the NGT bench observed.THE BENCH SAIDThe bench also directed each state to submit to the Secretary, Agriculture Ministry, a list of all existing and proposed thermal power plants or biomass-based energy plants.

Manipur: President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates The Sangai festival

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the biggest annual tourism festival of Manipur ? The Sangai Festival ? Hapta Kangjeibung in Imphal on Tuesday.Soon after his arrival at the festival venue, the president cut the ceremonial ribbon to mark the opening of the festival in the presence of hordes of dignitaries.Speaking at the opening ceremony held at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre, the President said, “The festival is the perfect showcase of cultural diversity of Manipur comprising its various communities and beautiful social fabric.””Manipur is India’s window to South East Asia and a key player in Union Government’s Act East Policy. As a result, there is a concentrated effort to quickly develop connectivity projects,” the President added.”In this regard, the most prominent development is the construction of India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway. In addition, an air cargo terminal is being planned at Imphal airport,” he further stated.First Lady Savita Kovind, Governor Najma Heptulla, Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) K. Alphons, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Nagaland Chief Minister T.R.Zeliang also graced the function as guests of honor while Chief Minister N. Biren was the functional president.The 10-day Sangai Festival is an effort to showcase the rich culture and traditions besides promoting state’s handloom and handicrafts.Informing that the NDA government has given thrust to tourism sector, Alphons said, “Rs. 169 crore has been sanctioned for development of tourism in the North East region so far.”Speaking at the occasion, Biren said the northeastern states could work together on the idea of a pan North East Tourism Circuit.”The state government would approach the Union Tourism Ministry with some projects including overall tourism development of Loktak area, cable car projects and development of wellness centres and strengthening of tourism infrastructure in the hills of the State,” he said.The most unique feature in this edition of the festival is the showcase of culture, art forms, cuisine, handloom and handicrafts of partner States of Madhya Pradesh and Nagaland under ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’.The inauguration ceremony that was held on November 21 ended with mesmerizing cultural presentations that were showcased before the crowd.The 10-day festival will end on November 30.

Voters ready for other side of the coin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Once known as a BJP bastion, Dariyapur was won by Gyasuddin Shaikh for the Congress in 2012. The area was ruled by the BJP through Bharat Barot for 25 years. After delimitation in 2012, the area now has more than 50,000 Muslim voters, who play a decisive role in the victory margin.Shaikh won in 2012 with the support of Muslim voters, but has failed keep up with his responsibilities. Voters are unhappy and most of them are ready to show him the door if Congress repeat their candidate. Nothing, they say, has been done for development or infrastructure. The local MLA has not turned up in the constituency in the last five years. Now, Shaikh is meeting people but locals have not been giving him very positive vibes.Congress may stick with Gyasuddin Shaikh as he remained loyal to the party even when there were allegations of horse trading during the Rajya Sabha elections.At present, the voters have revolted against him and so have the other party workers.Polluted water because of old drainage lines is a major issue in this area. The locals have complained about this many times but to no avail.According to Bharat Barot, the area has seen major development over the years. “With the support of funds from the BJP government, the area has seen growth in infrastructure. There is a BRTS, many gardens and schools here. Development has been done keeping all classes and communities in mind,” Barot said.”The area has illegal constructions and slaughter houses. A major chunk of the population stays in slums and suffer from many health issues. The problem with polluted water, floating sewage water and traffic persists,” added Barot.On the other hand, Congress leader and MLA Gyasuddin Shaikh claimed that the BJP is making false allegations on development as they want the constituency by hook or by crook. “BJP’s B team – Jan Vikalp and AAP —are working hard to fight against me. AAP is looking for a Muslim candidate for this constituency. Some people were offered millions to contest from AAP. The allegations over development are baseless,” he said.For 2017, election there 175 polling booths in this constituency.MAJOR AREASDariapurShahpurDARIAPURPopulation: Over 2.5 lakhVoters: 184089Male: 95257Female: 88830Others: 2CASTE-WISE BREAK-UP OF VOTERSMuslim: 68,000SC: 35,000Patel: 9,000Vania: 7,000others: 15,000(all figures are approx)VOTER TURNOUT IN LAST ELECTION2012- 68.47%WHO WON IN 2012Gyasuddin Shaikh (60,967 ) INCKEY ISSUESILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONILLEGAL SLAUGHTER HOUSESPOLLUTED WATERDRAINAGESLUMLIKELY CANDIDATESBharat Barot – BJPGyasuddin Shaikh– INCLEADERS SAYGyasuddin Shaikh, MLA, INCBJP has strategically divided votes of the Congress to ensure a win. Interestingly, in September we came across cases of around 6,800 Muslim voters, whose names were deleted from the voting list. They want to defeat me at any cost. But people know that I have stood by them and have worked for them.Bharat Barot, BJPIn last five years, illegal activities have been flourishing. He constituency is a den for illegal constructions, illegal slaughter houses and poverty. There are issues of polluted water and poor health. This area has major slum pockets, which too need some development. When BJP was in power, we gave them schools, gardens, roads, streetlights etc. But the Congress MLA has hardly taken any developmental measures.WHAT VOTERS HAVE TO SAYPraksh Soni, businessmanNarrow and small slums are the biggest concern in this area. People need a revamp in terms of basic necessities. Pollution is yet another issue and here is hardly any greenery here. There are government schools but they don’t provide quality education. Politicians at the local level are working, but MLAs are hardly seen here.Zil Shah, social media workerThis area has a mixed population, with a majority of Muslims. We can say that this part of Ahmedabad is unique in terms of heritage monuments and modern infrastructure. It is very old compared to others and some drainage lines need to be changed as this leads to problems with waterRaju Momin, former councillorCongress had a chance to develop the area. But Gyasuddin Shaikh listened only to some people. He has focused on a few Muslims only and has neglected overall change. We don’t want to see him again as MLA. We have made requests at higher levels for the same.Rajesh Brahmbhatt, social workerI have been living here for a long time and I am aware of the issues. Sadly, our MLA has missed many things during his tenure. There are issues with drainage and there is no permanent solution for it. The MLA has never tried to find a concrete solution.Manoj DabhiHardly any development has happened. We don’t need a complete face-lift but there needs to be a balance. Due to BRTS, the area is facing major traffic congestion. There was no need for an exclusive corridor for transportation. Also, there is no greenery, and so during summer, this area turns into an urban island.

Will consider constitutional status for residents’ bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hardeep Singh Puri, minister of state (independent charge) of housing and urban affairs, Government of India, on Sunday said his ministry will consider the demand to give ‘Constitutional Status’ to resident welfare associations in the city and look into their demands of giving them funds. Puri also said that it was a good idea to consider municipal bonds to raise funds for the rejuvenation of Mumbai’s urban setup.”Municipal bonds have already been tried out in some places. Urban rejuvenation can be done this way. I will certainly ask my ministry to study other demands,” said Puri, who was in the city for the two-day 5th National Conference of Residents Welfare Associations, Mumbai held in Ghatkopar.”We raised four demands — constitutional status to residents welfare associations, the minister becoming patron of residents welfare association, residents committees getting preface budget and municipal bonds,” said Ramesh Prabhu, general secretary of the committee that organised the conference.”Municipal bonds can be given by the corporation to raise some funds,” said R Dhavalagi, national president, United Welfare Federation of chartered accountants who had attended the meet.”As per 14th finance commission, the government sets aside a budget for municipalities. 80 per cent is given as the main component to municipalities and 20 per cent as performance bonus. We have demanded the 20 percent be given to us so that we can help in Swachh Bharat and other such missions,” claimed Col TP Tyagi, convenor of the conference.

AMC to wash flyovers and bridges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the growing controversy, which according to many is aimed to tarnish the civic body’s image ahead of the assembly elections, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has come up with a fresh idea. It is planning to wash all bridges and flyovers across the city.The controversy of putting cross marks on some houses and walls of societies in Paldi area by Solid Waste Management (SWM) department of the civic body was aimed to put the AMC on the back foot, according to many.However, the AMC’s fresh move is believed to dilute the controversy.The incident of putting marks for identification of the door-to-door waste collection has tarnished AMC’s image, in which many have sniffed a political vendetta.To control the damage, the SWM on Wednesday has decided to wash all bridges and flyovers in the city. This is going to happen for the first time. The AMC will use treated water for the project.”This is a new initiative to keep the city clean. The flyovers are getting swept daily. But they never wash it. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative by us to wash the bridges. We are going to wash 50 flyovers in the city,” said Harshad Solanki, director of SWM department, AMC.It is to be noted that once AMC’s former chief D Thara had also announced to wash city roads once in every week with treated water. The project never started.The civic body is using treated sewage for watering gardens and green patches. The initiative also shows an innovative method of civic body, which may get some points for evaluation of Swachh City Sarvekshan under Swachh Bharat Mission.

Income-Tax conducts major raids on Kota stone firms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Income Tax officials on Wednesday morning raided around 12 establishments and residences of three mining industrialists in Kota and Jhalawar districts. At the time of filing this report the raids were continuing and a large amount of undeclared income and assets are likely to be unearthed. The three mining establishments are Banas Kota Stones and mines group, Goodwill Stones and mines group and Golden Stones and mines group. The partners of the three industrialists, their relatives are being quizzed by the IT teams. More than 100 IT personnel from Jaipur, Udaipur, Tonk and Sawai Madhopur have been involved in the raids.According to Bharat Singh, SHO at Sukait police station, at some places the IT team even faced protests and resistance. In Sukait town of Kota district family members and supporters of one protested against the raids. However, the police presence brought the situation under control.IT teams during raids in Mahaveernagar, Indira Vihar and Inderprasth industrial area and residences on Chambal Garden road of Kota have seized many incriminating documents.

Defeat false paid campaign by resorting to the truth; don’t disrespect PM office: Rahul tells Congress’ IT cell in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday while addressing a Congress meeting in Ambaji in north Gujarat told district and taluka-level leaders to defeat false and paid campaigns by showing people the truth.”Britain was a super power in past century. It had a very strong army. It had all the resources to its disposal. But they were defeated by Gandhiji, Sardar Patel and the Congress party using the truth. Similarly, BJP is using paid agencies to influence the masses. You just follow the truth. BJP will be defeated, I assure you,” Gandhi told a gathering of close to 1,500 volunteers of IT Cell, responsible for the party’s social media campaign in Gujarat.According to volunteers present at the meeting, a team of over 100 members have been formed in all the talukas of Gujarat. It is this team, that is responsible for the ‘Vikas Gandi Thayo Chhe’ (development has gone crazy) and ‘Mara hara chhetri gaya’ (They fooled us) campaign that has gone viral on social media in Gujarat.Replying to a question by a volunteer that why have you not reacted to the malicious campaign by BJP damaging your image, Gandhi said that, “My reality will not change by propaganda. It is like Lord Shiva (who drank poison for the welfare of masses).”He called upon the volunteers to stay away from damaging the honour of the post of Prime Minister. “We will bring out their falsehood. They have been disturbed by our campaign. But we will maintain the dignity of the post of Prime Minister,” said Gandhi.GPCC President Bharat sinh Solanki said that while Congress IT Cell cannot match BJP’s expenses on taking professional agencies in social and traditional media and so they have to match by hard work, imagination and efficiency.

Congress yet to decide on Hardik Patel seats

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress top brass, while finalising names of around 80 candidates for the Gujarat Assembly polls on Friday, kept most of Patel dominated seats out of the ambit of the decision as no final word is yet out on its arrangement with Patidar leader Hardik Patel.There were some issues with regard to candidates on four seats seats and hence, they were not finalised, sources said. The names that were deliberated were single names on the Assembly seats and which came before the CEC after deliberations and scrutiny at the level of the screening committee and below. The party had also got independent feedback about the candidates.Emerging after the meeting, Gujarat Congress chief Bharat Singh Solanki said that the first list of party candidates will be declared on November 16. A source in the party said the Congress would like the BJP to declare its candidates first as a section in the party believes that given the complex web of social arithmetic at play in Gujarat polls this time, such a strategy will help it name its candidates take on the BJP candidates.Congress is trying do a balancing act between its old Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi and Muslim (KHAM) with its newly-cultivated association with Patels, who have under Hardik Patel’s leader protested against the BJP government in the state over the issue of reservation for them.Hardik Patel has asked for a categorical response from Congress on Patidar reservation issue.

Army chief pitches for Bharat Ratna to Field Marshal Cariappa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today pitched for conferring the country’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna on independent India’s first army chief, Field Marshal General K M Cariappa.”The time has also come to recommend Field Marshal Cariappa for the award of Bharat Ratna. If others can get it, I see no reason why he should not, a deserving personality for the same. We will shortly address the issue on priority,” he said.Gen Rawat’s comments came in response to a request by Col K C Subbayya from The Field Marshal Cariappa General Thimayya (FMCGT) forum about recommending the Bharat Ratna to Cariappa, who hails from Kodagu district in Karnataka.Rawat unveiled the statues of Cariappa and General K S Thimayya, also a former Army chief who hailed from Kodagu district in Karnataka, at a function at the Cauvery College at Gonikoppal, Kodagu district.Terming Kodagu (formerly Coorg) as a ‘land of warriors’, Rawat said he is proud, privileged and humbled for having got the opportunity to unveil the memorial in memory of Field Marshal Cariappa and General K S Thimayya.Kodagu continues to serve the nation with a large number of officers and men serving the Army, he said and voiced hope that “there will be more Chiefs in the future who will rise from this great land”.Cariappa was the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army and was conferred the rank of Field Marshal on April 28, 1986.He was also a recipient of the prestigious order of the British Empire (OBE) for his role in the Burma campaign against the Japanese during the Second World War.Cariappa also led the Indian forces on the Western Front during the Indo-Pak War of 1947.He held the five-star rank of field marshal, the highest honour in the Indian Army, which Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw is the only other officer to have held.Cariappa, whose military career spanned over three decades, retired from the Army in 1953 and later served as the High Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand till 1956.He died in Bengaluru in 1993 at the age of 94.

Army Chief pushes for Bharat Ratna for Field Marshal General K M Cariappa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today pitched for conferring the country’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna on independent India’s first army chief, Field Marshal General K M Cariappa.”The time has also come to recommend Field Marshal Cariappa for the award of Bharat Ratna. If others can get it, I see no reason why he should not, a deserving personality for the same. We will shortly address the issue on priority,” he said.Gen Rawat’s comments came in response to a request by Col K C Subbayya from The Field Marshal Cariappa General Thimayya (FMCGT) forum about recommending the Bharat Ratna to Cariappa, who hails from Kodagu district in Karnataka.Rawat unveiled the statues of Cariappa and General K S Thimayya, also a former Army chief who hailed from Kodagu district in Karnataka, at a function at the Cauvery College at Gonikoppal, Kodagu district.Terming Kodagu (formerly Coorg) as a ‘land of warriors’, Rawat said he is proud, privileged and humbled for having got the opportunity to unveil the memorial in memory of Field Marshal Cariappa and General K S Thimayya.Kodagu continues to serve the nation with a large number of officers and men serving the Army, he said and voiced hope that “there will be more Chiefs in the future who will rise from this great land”.Cariappa was the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army and was conferred the rank of Field Marshal on April 28, 1986.He was also a recipient of the prestigious order of the British Empire (OBE) for his role in the Burma campaign against the Japanese during the Second World War.Cariappa also led the Indian forces on the Western Front during the Indo-Pak War of 1947.He held the five-star rank of field marshal, the highest honour in the Indian Army, which Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw is the only other officer to have held.Cariappa, whose military career spanned over three decades, retired from the Army in 1953 and later served as the High Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand till 1956.He died in Bengaluru in 1993 at the age of 94.

32 dead in Unchahar blast, enquiry report in a month: NTPC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death toll in NTPC’s Unchahar plant accident has climbed to 32, making it the country’s worst industrial disaster in eight years, while the company said today that investigations will be completed by an enquiry panel within a month.The accident is the worst since the 2009 collapse of a power-plant chimney under construction at Bharat Aluminium Co s Korba project, which killed 45 people.The NTPC management set up an enquiry to investigate the blast on November 1, when a boiler at 500 MW Unit-6 blew up and injured around 80 people.”Around 80 people were affected due to this accident. 32 succumbed to injuries and 48 are under treatment,” NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Gurdeep Singh told reporters here.As many as 12 seriously injured persons, including two with over 80 per cent burns, were air lifted and admitted to Safdarjung and Apollo hospitals in Delhi, he said.All possible measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the families of the affected people in close coordination with the district administration, he added.Asked about the reasons for the blast, Singh said: “Enquiry will reveal whether it was human error, violation of safety norm or others. If I will tell you the reason then it would impose my view on the committee which will give its report in one month.”The panel is headed by an NTPC Executive Director SK Roy and includes two general managers.Terming the boiler plant blast as “the rarest kind of incident”, Singh said that people maintaining the unit were the most experienced.NTPC followed the laid down procedure to operationalise the plant and even the commissioning of the Unit-6 was delayed by six month, he said.The commercial date of operation was April this year as the company had achieved full load of plant (running at full capacity) in March itself, he added.The plant was declared commercially operational on September 30, 2017.Singh said external agencies, as per the procedure, were involved in the commissioning of the plant and NTPC has asked BHEL officials to visit the plant.BHEL had designed, manufactured, supplied and commissioned the 500 MW Unit-6 at the plant.On the issue of whether safety audits would be conducted on other plants of the NTPC after this accident, Singh said that it is a continuous process and the enquiry results will be a guide to maintenance of the plants.Asked when NTPC can make the Unit-6 operational again, he said that it will take nearly three to six months to put the unit back on track.

Uttar Pradesh NTPC blast: Workers had warned officials in advance about a possible disaster

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Did the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) commission the new 500 MW Unit no 6 at its Unchahaar Thermal Power Plant in a hurry without ensuring and testing safety and security measures? The answer seems to be in the affirmative if one goes by the startling revelations made by the plant engineers and workers.The explosion at NTPC’s Unchahaar Thermal Power is being being termed as the biggest industrial disaster in the history of power plants in India. So far, over 30 workers have died and the toll is likely to increase further. Over 100 workers have sustained severe burn injuries.A General Manager level NTPC official confided to DNA that the newly-commissioned Unit no 6 was still under trial. “It takes about 6 months to one year before a new unit is fully operational. During this period, engineers check each and every process and mechanism to ensure that the unit is functioning up to its installed capacity as per the safety norms,” he said.
ALSO READ NTPC boiler blast: PM Narendra Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for kin of deceased The Unit no 6 was set up by engineers of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). It was commissioned three months ago and was producing only 200 MW power against its installed capacity of 500 MW. This clearly suggests that the dry run of the newly-commissioned unit was still on and safety and security measures were still under testing.A worker from Jharkhand who survived the lava-like ash inferno as he went out to buy a pack of chewing tobacco, claimed that workers had complained to the head of the boiler that something was choking the boiler and steam pipes. After getting red signals, workers claim to have also submitted a written complaint requesting to shut the unit and attend to the problem urgently.“We had made a written complaint about four days ago, but no efforts were made to rectify and clean the pipes and check the boiler,” said Ram Kishun (name changed).The NTPC GM also suggested that the explosion seems to have occurred due to ‘clinker formation’. Power engineers claimed that clinker formation is a serious problem in boilers of thermal power plants. The process to remove clinkers from steam pipes and hopper of boilers is very tedious and results in severe outage which may lead to explosion if corrective steps are not initiated.“Prima facie it seems that clinker formation choked the boiler in Unit no 6 while steam continued to be pushed into the boiler without realizing that hopper of boiler is already choked. The result was severe volcano-like ash explosion,” pointed the GM.The explosion was so deafening that people within four-km radius could hear the sound. The volcano-like eruption turned the ash into lava and anyone who came under it suffered instant death or sustained serious burn injuries.Another worker, who jumped from the first floor to save his life after the blast, alleged that engineers opened the choked boiler gate in panic without following the routine drill of informing all workers present there. “Despite being told in advance about the problem, their panic-reaction led to several deaths of innocent workers,” he sobbed.Whatever are the real causes behind this major industrial disaster will be known only after the inquiry is completed, but human error, use of sub-standard material in construction of the new unit and ignoring safety and security measures seem to be reasons behind the loss of many lives.

At ‘Run for unity’ event attended by PM Modi, Rajnath Singh, littered venue mocks Swachh Bharat Mission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Litter left lying around by those who came to attend the ‘Run for Unity’ event at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi, mocks the Swachh Bharat Mission which happens to be close to the heart of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Prime Minister on Tuesday flagged off ‘Run For Unity’ in Delhi on the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This event was attended by President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu. The Run for Unity also saw the participation of a large number of people, including sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari.But after the Prime Minister and other dignitaries left the venue, litter could be seen lying all over the place. Empty water bottles, leaflets, and flyers having pictures of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel were lying strewn everywhere and even on road. Now, this raises the question about the arrangements made to keep the venue clean after the event. The fact that Prime Minister, Home Minister and other senior dignitaries attended the event makes the matters even worse. Very little effort seems to have been made to keep the place clean after the event. This raises the question about the seriousness with which Swachh Bharat Mission is being pursued. If this the level of cleanliness after such mega-events, it’s easy to imagine the situation when no one is watching. The birth anniversary of Sardar Patel is being celebrated across the country as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day).The central government observes October 31 all over the country as a day of a special occasion to foster and reinforce the government’s dedication to preserve and strengthen unity, integrity, and security of the nation by celebrating it as a ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.Several union ministers, senior officials, and others also participated in the event.

Shamelessly they are lending their voice for Kashmir’s azadi: Watch PM Modi slam P Chidambaram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a stinging attack on the Congress on the Kashmir issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused it of “shamelessly” taking a U-turn and lending its voice for “Kashmir’s azadi”, a language spoken by Pakistan.Modi’s sharp comments came a day after senior Congress leader P Chidambaram pitched for greater autonomy for the restive Jammu and Kashmir yet again.He told BJP workers here that his government would not compromise with the country’s unity and integrity.”All of a sudden, those who were in power till yesterday have taken a U-turn. Shamelessly, they are making a statement and are lending their voice for Kashmir’s azadi,” Modi said.
ALSO READ PM Modi lashes out at P Chidambaram’s Kashmir remark, says shameless Congress insulting jawansWithout taking Chidambaram’s name, the prime minister said, “I’m surprised that those who were in power at the Centre, those who were responsible for the country’s internal security and national security (are saying this).” Modi said the country had no hope or expectations from the Congress.Noting that Sardar Patel took important decisions for the country’s unity, he said thousands of jawans have sacrificed their lives for Kashmir.”The country’s soldiers have sacrificed their lives every moment for the sake of security of the motherland and innocent citizens of Kashmir.”I want to ask the people of Bengaluru, can the country benefit from such people who are playing politics on the sacrifice of our soldiers…? They don’t have any shame in saying this. The Congress party will have to give an answer for this (Chidambaram’s) statement…,” he said.Modi said, “Those brave hearts who have sacrificed their lives, mothers who have lost their sons for the country…that mother is asking the question, that sister who has lost her brother is asking the question and the child who has lost his father is asking the question.”But, he said, the Congress was “shamelessly using such language that is used by the separatists on Kashmir’s land.(They are) using the language that is spoken by Pakistan.” Underlining that this was the land of Sardar Patel, he said, “We will not compromise with the country’s unity and integrity and we will not allow it happen.” Chidambaram had told reporters in Rajkot in poll-bound Gujarat yesterday, “The demand in the Kashmir Valley is to respect the letter and spirit of Article 370, that means they want greater autonomy. My interactions in J&K led me to the conclusion that when they ask for azadi, mostly, I am not saying all… the overwhelming majority, they want autonomy.” “Yes, I do,” Chidambaram said when he was asked if he still thinks that Jammu and Kashmir should be given greater autonomy.Chidambaram had in July 2016 advocated greater autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, saying India should restore the “grand bargain” under which Kashmir had acceded by granting a large degree of autonomy to it.He had warned that otherwise the country will have to pay a “heavy price”.The Congress, however, has sought to distance itself from the remarks of Chidambaram on Kashmir, saying the “opinion of an individual is not necessarily the opinion of the party”.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and “will always remain so unquestionably.”Reacting sharply, the BJP yesterday said it was not surprising to see Chidambaram make such comments given his leader supported those who gave slogan of “Bharat tere tukde honge”, an apparent reference to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi backing those who protested the arrest of student leader Kanhaiya Kumar in the JNU row.Kumar, then the JNUSU president, and a few others were arrested on the charge of sedition after anti-national slogans were allegedly raised at an event on the campus in February last year to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.”Shocking that PC bats for separatists & ‘azadi’ but then not surprising given that their leader supported ‘Bharat tere tukde honge’ naara!” Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani had tweeted.”Shameful given that PC spoke in Gujarat, the birthplace of Sardar Patel ; a man who dedicated his life for the unity & prosperity of India,” she added.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had accused the Congress of encouraging separatism in J&K and said Chidambaram’s statement “hurt” India’s national interest which was a serious issue.”Whether this statement which has come from a prominent leader of the Congress party is the party’s official stand or not? I think the party should immediately clarify that,” he had said in Mumbai.

Murder probe against cops in ‘Zero dark 30’ Sanchore case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Government was not yet out of the dispute in the Anandpal encounter and now questions are being raised about the encounter of a criminal by the Telangana police in Sanchor. A day after a suspected criminal died in an encounter with Andhra Pradesh police in Rajasthan’s Jalore district, 3 cases were registered on Saturday.Suspect Bheem Singh was wanted in a case of dacoity. A case was lodged by Andhra Pradesh police against Singh and his associate Bharat, who also suffered from several injuries during the gun battle, charging them with an attempt to murder.Another case was filed by Bharat’s family against Andhra police for murder and attempt to murder. The third case has been registered by the family of Shanti Devi, who was allegedly run over by Singh’s car when he was being chased by police.Jasaram Bose, the additional superintendent of police (Jalore), said: “The accused in the case of an accident will be decided only after investigation. Both the bodies of Devi and Singh have been sent for post-mortem.”The family of Bhim Singh did not take the dead body until this afternoon. On receiving this information, MP Dev Ji Patel reached the house of the deceased and after his explanation, the post-mortem was done and the dead body was handed over to the family. It is worth mentioning that after the Anandpal encounter, the Rajput community was angry with the government and now after another encounter, the Rajput community has started to mobilise again.

Hindustan is country of Hindus but it doesn’t exclude others: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said ‘Hindustan’ is a country of Hindus, but it does not mean that it does not belong to “others”.Addressing a gathering of college-going RSS volunteers in Indore, Bhagwat also said the government alone cannot bring development, and that it needs changes in the society.”Whose country is Germany?…It’s a country of Germans, Britain is a country of Britishers, America is a country of Americans, and in the same way, Hindustan is a country of Hindus. It does not mean that Hindustan is not the country of other people,” Bhagwat said.”The term Hindu covers all those who are the sons of Bharat Mata, descendants of Indian ancestors and who live in accordance with the Indian culture,” the RSS chief said.No one leader or party can make the country great but it needs a change and we will have to prepare the society for it, he said.”In ancient times, people used to look to God for development, but in ‘Kalyuga’ people look to the government…But the fact is, the government can go only as far as the society goes,” Bhagwat said.”The society is the father of the government. The government can serve the society, but it cannot bring changes in the society. When the society brings changes in itself, this change reflects in the government and the system,” the RSS chief said.To make India powerful, prosperous and “vishwa guru”, the countrymen will have to rid their hearts of the thought of “discrimination on any grounds”, he added.

India-China border: Govt wants temperature-controlled posts for ITBP jawans

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government is looking into a proposal for 50 temperature-controlled posts along the India-China border for ITBP jawans who guard the Himalayan heights in sub-zero temperatures, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Tuesday.Addressing personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, established on this day 56 years ago to guard India’s borders with China, the home minister announced a slew of other measures to boost the capabilities of the force.These include the construction of 25 border roads in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.There are 176 border posts along the India-China border, from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh.According to Singh, the government is considering using technology to maintain a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in the proposed new posts. These will be located in high-altitude areas where ITBP jawans have to bear the brunt of snow blizzards and sub-zero temperatures.”We are committed to enhancing your operational and infrastructure capabilities. Recently, we got a proposal to build 50 new border posts for the force and we are working on it,” the home minister said.The setting up of more posts is aimed at ensuring that they are not abandoned during extreme snow and cold.The government is also considering special lightweight winter clothing for troops deployed above 9,000 feet and an enhanced fleet of snow scooters to patrol the high-altitude areas of the 3,488-km Sino-Indian frontier.The force guards the border in altitudes ranging from 9,000 feet to 18,700 feet in the Western, Middle and Eastern sectors of the Indo-China Border.Singh said he is not satisfied with housing and infrastructure facilities and is “seriously” working to improve these areas.The minister said 35 old border posts in very high- altitude areas are being upgraded as “composite” units.”We are working to enhance road, mobile and satellite connectivity in the border areas for the ITBP,” he said.The minister asked ITBP troops to ensure and build good relations with border dwellers as they are “strategic assets” of the country and important stakeholders in keeping the borders safe.Singh lauded the ITBP for introducing Mandarin during basic training of its troops. This was done so they can converse with the Chinese Army during face-offs.He also asked ITBP officers to take the responsibility of at least one family of those killed in the line of duty.The ministry is working to help jawans who have suffered 50 per cent disability during operations through the Bharat Ke Veer benevolent fund, he said.ITBP Director General (DG) R K Pachnanda said the force has been nominated as the “nodal agency” for obtaining and channelising satellite communication for all border-guarding forces in the country.He said the home ministry has also approved the ITBP’s proposal to hire helicopters for high-altitude border posts.The paramilitary is enhancing its intelligence set-up, Pachnanda added.

Haven’t met Rahul Gandhi yet, will meet him on his next trip to Gujarat: Hardik Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel said that he hadn’t met Rahul Gandhi yet, but that when he would, he would tell the ‘whole country about it’.Patel wrote on Twitter: “I haven’t met Rahul Gandhi but when I do meet him, I will tell the entire country. I will meet him on his next trip to Gujarat. Bharat Mata Ki Jai.”Earlier, the young leader was quoted as saying that he would back Congress to defeat the BJP.However, it wasn’t just a plain statement. At a rally north Gujarat’s Mandal, Patel reportedly said that to defeat ‘mahachor’ BJP, he may have to support ‘chor’ Congress.Though he admitted that he was at the same Ahmedabad hotel where Rahul Gandhi was staying, but he denied that he met the Congress vice president.The 24-year-old who is still not eligible to contest elections is being seen as a popular young leader after his successful patidar stir.
ALSO READ Ashok Gehlot says IB searched Gujarat hotel where he met Hardik, Jignesh; alleges ‘surveillance’ on BJP’s ordersThe speculation about Hardik’s secret meeting with Rahul started doing the rounds after the Patel community leader claimed that he would not be able to meet the Gandhi scion on Monday morning as he would be at a public function in Mandal town. He reportedly showed up at the hotel around 4 pm yesterday and later went to Mandal around 7.30 pm to address a meeting there.

50 new ITBP posts along China border, troops to learn Chinese: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government is considering building 50 more ITBP posts along the India-China border and using technology to ensure a round-the-year temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in all its high-altitude bases, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.Addressing jawans and officers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) during its 56th Raising Day celebrations here, Singh announced a slew of measures to bolster its capabilities.These include construction of 25 border roads in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh; special lightweight winter clothing for troops deployed above 9,000 feet and an enhanced fleet of snow scooters to patrol the high-altitude areas of the 3,488-km-long Sino-Indian frontier.”We are committed to enhancing your operational and infrastructure capabilities. Recently, we got a proposal to build 50 new border posts for the force and we are working on it,” the home minister said.There are 176 border posts along the India-China border at present.He said the government is considering using technology to ensure a temperature of at least 20 degrees Celsius is maintained in all high-altitude ITBP posts that bear the brunt of snow blizzards and sub zero climate.A senior officer said the move is aimed at ensuring that forward border posts are not abandoned during extreme snow and cold.”We have created a model border post in Ladakh where a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius can be maintained. We will create more such BoPs in Sikkim and the eastern sector of this border,” he said.Singh said he was not satisfied with housing and infrastructure facilities available with the 1962-raised force and he was “seriously” working to improve these areas.The minister said 35 old border posts of the force in very high-altitude areas are being upgraded as “composite” units.”We are working to enhance road, mobile and satellite connectivity in the border areas for the ITBP,” he said.The minister asked ITBP troops to ensure and build good relations with border dwellers as they are “strategic assets” of the country and important stakeholders in keeping the borders safe.Keeping in mind the frequent face-offs between the Indian and Chinese troops, ITBP personnel are now learning Chinese during their basic training, he said.Lauding the force, Singh asked ITBP officers to take responsibility for at least one family of personnel killed in the line of duty.The ministry is also working to help jawans who have suffered 50 percent disability during operations through the Bharat Ka Veer benevolent fund, he said.ITBP Director General (DG) R K Pachnanda said the force has been nominated as the “nodal agency” for obtaining and channelising satellite communication for all border-guarding forces in the country.He said the home ministry has also approved the ITBP’s proposal to hire helicopters for high-altitude border posts.The paramilitary was also enhancing its intelligence setup, he added.

Railways to ‘review’ garbage situation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Western Railway (WR) will be conducting a ‘review’ of the garbage which has collected outside the Divisional Railway Manager’s (DRM) office at Mumbai Central. Several complaints have been made regarding the collected garbage. The railways, which claimed to be adhering to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, is now on a back foot.The WR DRM’s office, which is located near the coach center at Mumbai Central, witnesses the dumping of garbage from long distance trains which halt at the terminus for maintenance. This is not collected for several days leading to a stench.”The stench and filth is unbearable and many of our colleagues are falling sick due to the garbage which has been dumped outside the offices. It is not collected for weeks which piles up leading to diseases. Several complaints have been made but we continue to face the problems,” said a WR employee on the condition of anonymity.The frequency at which the garbage is collecting at the spot is now resulting in piles on the road leading to the DRM office and its adjoining offices. “We have been asked to keep our offices and surroundings clean but the DRM office itself has garbage outside its building. The Railways should come up with a solution to resolve the issues,” said the official.Ravindra Bhakar, Spokesperson, WR, said, “We are conducting a review of the garbage which has collected outside the DRM office and we will clear it as soon as possible.”

Demonetization resulted in decline in terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The demonetization has resulted in a sharp reduction in insurgent and terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir where stone throwers were no longer active in the last 8-10 months, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.He made the remarks while refuting the impression that transformational initiatives like ‘Swachh Bharat’, GST and demonetization have not resulted in any changes on the ground. The finance minister said following the demonetization, there has been sharp reduction in insurgent and terror activities in states like Jammu & Kashmir and Chhattisgarh.The terror funding itself has gotten squeezed, Jaitley said in a keynote address via video conference – to the Berkeley India Conference yesterday ahead of his visit to the US to interact with the corporate world and attend the annual meeting of IMF and World Bank in Washington DC. “You are having terrorist incidents (now), but the fact that you were finding 5,000-10,000 stone throwers being provided with money by the terrorist organisations, why is it that in the last 8-10 months it has not happened?” he asked.In a surprise announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in November last year announced scrapping of old notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, in a bid to clamp down on black money, fake currency menace, terror funding and corruption.

Supreme Court appoints amicus curiae in Bapu assassination case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has appointed senior advocate and former additional solicitor general Amrender Sharan as an amicus curiae on a petition seeking a reinvestigation in the Mahatma Gandhi assassination.Initially, the court was inclined to dismiss the petition saying “nothing can be done in law”. However, after briefly hearing the matter, a bench comprising Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao appointed Sharan to assist the court on this issue. The court wanted to know “whether it is wise and legal to reopen” this case.The court reminded the petitioner Dr Pankaj Phadnis, a Mumbai-based researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat, on the law of limitation before posting the matter for further hearing on October 30.The petition seeks the reopening of the probe on the assassination on several grounds, including the ‘possibility’ of involvement of more people in the murder. The petition submitted that a probe in the case may reveal what could be one of the biggest cover-ups in history. Phadnis contended that the apex court never got the opportunity to examine the Gandhi assassination case, as convicts were hanged before it came into existence.

Madhya Pradesh: Cop commits suicide in police station after spat over ‘Swachh Bharat’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 55-year-old head constable committed suicide on the premises of Roun police station in this district, allegedly after a spat with his senior officer over cleaning up the place under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on Monday, the police said on Tuesday.”Ramkumar Shukla killed himself by consuming some poisonous substance after he and police inspector SS Gaur had an altercation over cleaning the police station on Gandhi Jayanti under the SBA,” superintendent of police Anil Singh Kushwah told PTI.Shukla was initially rushed to the district hospital and then to Gwalior, where he died last night.Meanwhile, the head constable’s family members held a protest with his body near the City Kotwali police station demanding that Gaur and Kushwah be booked for murder.The SP said he had already ordered a probe into the suicide and that Gaur has been “line attached” (taken off the field duty).Shukla’s family members alleged that the SP failed to act even though the head constable called him up and sought his intervention.”In a bid to calm him (Shukla) down, I told him over phone to join the duty in police line if he was not adjusting with the inspector. What wrong did I do?” he asked.However, the deceased head constable’s son Vikas alleged that Gaur had beaten up his father who was unwell, which he said prompted him to consume poison.Further investigation is on.​

Fighting terror can wait, but not cleanliness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For a change, the battle hardened security forces replaced their guns with brooms on Monday to realise Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of clean India.From Dal Lake to the famed winter resort of Gulmarg, security forces joined the nation in ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ under the Swachh Bharat campaign.Troops of Indian Army embarked on cleanliness drive in the famed resort of Gulmarg in coordination with locals and service providers including ponywalls and others.”Under Swachh Bharat Mission, we created awareness and launched many programmes involving schools and local people. Painting and poster competitions were held in schools. Gujar Bakerwal dhok (nomads’ homes) competition was held. We also held programmes in coordination with Pony Owners Association and Hotel Owners Association in Gulmarg,” said Major General RP Kalita, General Officer Commanding 19 Infantry Division.Continuing with the commitment of serving the public, the CRPF organised a cleanliness drive under the Swachh Bharat Mission in which all the Battalions of the Srinagar sector participated.”It was ensured that the local public and the schoolchildren also participate in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan so that awareness is generated and the message is spread amongst the general public to help the civic bodies in keeping the city clean and beautiful,” said Rajesh Yadav, CRPF spokesman for Kashmir.’Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign was launched by CRPF from September 15 to October 2, during which special emphasis was given on the cleanliness and beautification of the camps and the surrounding areas.On the last day of campaign, the Srinagar Sector CRPF led by IGP Ravideep Singh Sahi carried out a special cleanliness drive along the Dal Lake on the Boulevard and the Shankaracharya Hill. Around 500 officers and jawans from all the units of the sector participated.Addressing the troops Sahi emphasized the CRPF men to help the local public in the best possible manner.Jammu and Kashmir Police also completed the campaign across the valley on Monday. The drive was conducted in every district of the valley, in which all the officers and officials participated and cleaned their premises and adjacent areas with commitment and devotion. The drive was held in Anantnag, Ganderbal, Shopian, Budgam, Bandipora, Kulgam and other districts of the valley.

India remembers ‘Father of Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi, PM Modi pays tribute at Rajghat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India remembers Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary on Monday.President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to ‘Bapu’ at Rajghat in the national capital in morning.PM Modi took to Twitter and said, “I bow to beloved Bapu.”Other leaders also said that Mahtama Gandhi continues to inspire India.The Prime Minister will also review the progress of his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India mission) on its third anniversary on Monday.It is believed that this mega drive has increased sanitation scenario from 39% to 67.5%.Government officials say with this rate, they will be able to declare 10 states free of open defecation by March 2018.The mission was launched on October 2, 2014, to eradicate open defecation by 2019, by constructing 12 million toilets in the country at an estimated cost of Rs 1.96 lakh crore.The national campaign, covers 4,041 statutory cities and towns. Its predecessors were the ‘Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan’ and ;Total Sanitation Campaign’. But they didn’t evolve into a full-fledged campaign with a mass following.

Vajpayee taken off Lucknow city electoral rolls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The name of ailing BJP patriarch and former Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee was struck off from the electoral rolls for the forthcoming Lucknow municipal polls in November with no protests from the BJP.Vajpayee wasa registered with serial number 1054 in the voters’ list of Babu Benarsi Das ward. The Bharat Ratna last cast his vote in Lok Sabha polls in 2004, when he was in good health, and in municipal polls in 2000.State Election Commission authorities claimed that his name was removed from the revised list as he hadn’t participated in the polling process for more than the past decade.Municipal authorities claimed that the former Prime Minister was not living at his residence, 92/98-1 Bansmandi, which is registered in municipal records for decades now. His residence now houses the Kisan Sangh office.“Voters’ list is revised before every polls and his name is being struck off due to this reason,” said a municipal officer.BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadu Pathak said that they would request municipal authorities to incorporate his name in the list as he still has the right to vote.Vajpayee had gradually retired from active politics after 2004 Lok Sabha polls. He fell seriously ill and is now confined to bed. The Bharat Ratna was bestowed upon him while he was bed-ridden at his Delhi residence.ROLL CALLState EC said former PM’s name was removed as he hadn’t participated in polls for over 10 yrs
Civic authorities said he hadn’t been living at his registered address in city for decades now

Two nabbed for killing businessman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The North West district police have arrested two people involved in a robbery and murder case of a businessman from Ashoka Park area of Bharat Nagar.According to police, the accused, identified as Sanjay, 24 and Dalip Singh, 31, residents of Azadpur and Shakti Nagar respectively, were arrested along with two others who robbed and murdered Sanjeev Gajwani, 42, a merchant of threads of hosiery at Shastri Nagar, last month outside his house.”According to eyewitnesses, of the two bikes used in the crime, one was a white colour Yamaha R15. Details of the bike were obtained from the Transport Authority office after which we managed to trace the location and arrest the duo,” said Milind Dumbere, Deputy Commissioner Of Police, North West district.According to a police officer, the two accused revealed the names of their associates in the crime, Rajesh and Ravi Dedha, residents of Kaithal and Ghaziabad, who are still absconding. It was revealed that since Dalip used to work in Shastri Nagar he was aware that Gajwani used to carry heavy cash on weekends. The accused revealed that on August 22, they chased the businessman from his workplace, snatched his bag and fired at the Gajwani’s throat when he tried to chase them.

Siachen: Indian Army takes Swachch Bharat mission to world’s highest battlefield

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda of Swachh Bharat, the Indian army carried out the cleanliness drive at Siachen, the highest battlefield in the world.Siachen is a place where everything is ferried from the hinterland. It is a logistics challenge to move all types of waste out of the glacier so that these do not become environmental hazard.Army continues to take steps to ensure hygiene at the highest battle field, the Defence Ministry said.”The prime motive of the drive is to maintain ecological balance of Siachen glacier. Since the launch of the campaign in October 2014, Siachen troops have removed and sent back more than 63 tonnes of garbage to the base,” the Ministry added. A huge amount of garbage has been brought back through man-pack loads, porters, ponies and sometimes returning helicopters. These loads of garbage include packing material, barrels and perishables.The garbage are buried in deep trenches dug mechanically in areas on arrival of the trash to disposal areas, which are not on run of the rivers and where landmass is not fragile.

DMRC celebrates 3rd year of Swachh Bharat Mission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has scheduled a fortnight of activities to commemorate the third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission launched by the centre in October, 2014. The campaign ‘Swachhata Hi Sewa’, which started on September 17 and will continue till October 2, aims at promoting cleanliness in and around Metro premises as well as reinforcing the message of cleanliness among public.On the first day of its launch, on Sunday, all the DMRC/CISF/contractual staff on duty at all Metro stations, depots, construction sites and residential colonies of Delhi Metro took the Swachh Bharat pledge. The day was observed as ‘Seva Diwas’ where a shramdaan was observed by Dr Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC, and other senior officials near Metro Enclave, Pushp Vihar, simultaneously followed by staff at all Metro stations.From September 18 to September 23, the DMRC will undertake extensive cleaning at all its premises, removal of posters, debris, damaged items etc. from Metro properties, viaducts, station areas and counsel public to abstain from defacing Metro property. A series of nukkad nataks will also be organised at major Metro stations spanning all of Delhi-NCR.September 24 will be observed at Samagra Swachhata Divas where DMRC officials at all stations and construction sites will liaison with concerned civic authorities like MCD, NDMC, GDA, NOIDA, MCG, MCF etc. and carry out intensive cleaning, removal of encroachments and beggars/vendors etc. in and around Metro premises. The following day, jingles and messages will be played at all Metro stations through Public Announcement and Display system besides screening short audio-visual films at select Metro stations.Metro clean-upFrom September 18 to September 23, the DMRC will undertake extensive cleaning at all its premises, removal of posters, debris, damaged items etc. from Metro properties, viaducts, station areas and counsel public to abstain from defacing Metro property

Open defecation free families save nearly Rs 50,000 per year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Open defecation free families save up to Rs 50,000 per year by averting medical costs, reveals a study released by the UNICEF on Monday. The study, conducted across 10,000 rural households across 12 states, found a cost-benefit ratio of 430 per cent on an average.”This means that in terms of cost-benefit ratio, considering in one hand the expenditures of the households and of the government, and financial savings induced by improved sanitation on the other, an investment of Rs 1 led to a saving of Rs 4.3,” said Nicolas Osbert, Chief, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), UNICEF, India.Osbert further said that the UNICEF, which is working in 15 states under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), has found that behavioural changes have yielded positive results. “With the support of UNICEF and other partners, sanitation armies are being raised and their capacities for community mobilisation are being built. This is a crucial shift from hardware engineering to social engineering to tackle the open defecation issue, and we must make sure that this reaches every corner of the country,” said Osbert.Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, said that under SBM, 2.4 lakh households in 200 districts across five states have already been declared open defecation free. “In addition to that, over 1.5 lakh villages have listed themselves in the Village Swachhta Index, which looks at solid and liquid waste management. An independent survey conducted by the Quality Council of India has found that household toilet usage stands at 91 per cent,” said Iyer.

Defence forces follow Modi’s vision for ‘Swachh’ Bharat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping in mind Prime Minister Modi’s vision, Indian Army is also taking part in the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ by keeping their surroundings, even in remote areas, clean and help in environmental conservation. Events like ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’, ‘Cleanliness Drives’, ‘Run for clean environment’, are becoming a regular feature by the Army to bring in the awareness. All the schools run by the Army are focusing on cleanliness other than tree plantation.All the military stations and cantonments have been working with the Cantonment Boards to arrive at a cleanliness mechanism. Huge cantonments like Delhi, Lucknow, Ambala, Pathankot, Kolkata, and others, can easily be nominated as the cleanest areas of the country. Biodegradable toilets, neat cubicle toilets have been established in almost all such stations and cantonments. Efforts are on to ensure that there is no open defecation in any of the cantonments of Indian Army. Cantonment boards have also acquired necessary equipment and additional manpower to clean their boards.On September 17, ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’ rally was also flagged off at the Military Station in Pithoragarh which was attended by the Officers, JCOs, and Jawans of all the units present at the Station. During the event, all ranks took a pledge to keep their unit, cantonment, and surroundings clean and spread the message of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan everywhere. This was also the opening ceremony for the two-week long Swachhta mission to clean the remotest of military occupied areas by the units, keeping Prime Minister’s vision in mind.“Shramdaan’ and clean the area in and around the place one works, is intrinsic to the character and routine activities of Indian Army personnel. Daily cleanliness drive is carried out by serving personnel on almost daily basis. The families and children join men in tree plantation, hygiene and sanitation awareness camps and cleanliness drives. Roll calls, Sainik Sammelans, and briefings during everyday routine find this aspect being highlighted,” said an official.Also, Rajendra Singh, Director General Indian Coast Guard, along with Manoj Tiwari, Member of Parliament, NGO Dkrrish Hanu and with a team of officers, sailor, civilian staff and their family members, visited the banks of river Yamuna to spread the message- Swachhta hi Sewa hai. While DGICG visited the Yamuna in Delhi, all his Regional Commanders of East coast, West coast and Andaman & Nicobar islands were also engaged in cleaning of beaches of their respective area of operations along the 7516 km long coastline of India for Swachh Sagar Abhiyan.Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, flagged off 11 ‘Swachhta’ and garbage collection vehicles at Delhi Cantonment while Admiral S Lanba started a Swachh Bharat cleanliness drive near his residence in Chanakyapuri in the Naval residential complex.

Officials stumped when Raje asks names of 5 govt flagship schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje got a shock of her life when she found that her party officials were unaware of the government schemes. Not even any five of the flagship schemes were on their fingertips. These schemes and benefits associated with them are ostensibly the vehicles the government is relying heavily on to win any voters. Reacting on the ignorance of the party Morcha heads, Raje questioned how the party would win the next elections if the party officials and representatives at the ground level are unaware of the flagship and welfare schemes of the government. CM Raje held a long meeting on Thursday with officials, Mandal and Morcha heads that continued for over five hours and concluded at 12.25 am at night. Besides the seven Morcha Jila presidents heads, 21 Mandal’s presidents, 24 district officials of the party, district party president Mahipat Singh Hada, Kota– Bundi MP Om Birla, local MLA Ashok Dogera, Bundi district minister in charge Srichand Kriplani, Babu Lal Verma and former party president were present in the meeting. Raje while taking feedback on the developmental works and implementation of government’s schemes, asked the Mandal presidents to count any five of the state government’s welfare schemes including the flagships ones and the BJP Mandal presidents failed to do so. ‘The Mandal presidents could not count the names of any five of the state government’s schemes,’ said a party official who was present in the meeting on condition of anonymity. The CM expressed surprise and questioned how the party would win the next elections in such a scenario, the party official added. Moreover, the district party officials expressed dissatisfaction over slowness and inactivity regarding Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the district and claimed that Bundi city has only in papers secured name by grabbing 171th position in the list of 434 cities surveyed by union ministry of urban development and said ground reality is totally different.CM Raje on receiving feedback on works being carried out by Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project (RUIDP) in the urban areas, expressed displeasure and said RUIDP works have spoiled and destroyed the cities in the state and assured to find out other options to fix the problems.little progressMoreover, the district party officials expressed dissatisfaction over slowness and inactivity regarding Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the district. CM Raje on receiving feedback on works being carried out and expressed displeasure & assured help.

Bullet-proof vests, vehicles for J&K cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Saluting the bravery and sacrifices of security forces in country’s war against terror, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the forces are working hard to bring about peace and make Kashmir once again the paradise on earth.Singh also announced a slew of facilities including, the trauma centre, bullet-proof vehicles, bullet-proof vests for Jammu and Kashmir policemen and promised to consider helicopter services for CRPF men deployed in Jammu and Kashmir and Rs one crore relief to martyrs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).”It is an irony that some terrorists, who only believe in terrorism, talk of jihad and say they will get Janat (paradise). Don’t they know that Jammu and Kashmir police, CRPF and army want to make Kashmir ‘jannat’ again by taking its people along. India’s ‘jannat’ is Kashmir.We need everyone’s cooperation to make this place a ‘jannat’ again”, Singh said while addressing policemen in the Anantnag district of south Kashmir.Union Home Minister, on the second day of his ‘Mission Kashmir,’ visited Anantnag where he met Jammu and Kashmir policemen and CRPF jawans of the 90th battalion.Singh paid rich tributes to the policemen and CRPF jawans who laid down their lives in the line of duty. He also paid floral tributes to constable Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir who was killed in militant firing on police party at Anantnag on Saturday. Singh also paid homage to assistant sub inspector Abdul Rashid Shah who was killed when he was regulating traffic in Mehndi Kadal, Anantnag, on August 28.”India bows before your bravery. We are proud of you. Courage cannot be purchased from any market. You are born with unassailable and unmatched courage. It is by your sheer grit and bravery that you are fighting terrorism,” said Singh.The Union Home Minister said the government has been trying to provide the best facilities to security forces who work in difficult circumstances. “We have been trying to provide you the best of the facilities. The DGP has talked about a trauma centre and we have approved it. We want every police station to have bullet-proof vehicles and have issued directions for the same,” he said.Singh said funds have been sanctioned for bullet-proof jackets for the police force. “Our jawans should get bullet-proof jackets. Funds have been released for upgrading police stations as well. I salute you because you have been fighting for the security of Kashmir and Kashmiriyat,” he said.The minister also said they have launched ‘Bharat Ka Veer’ to support the families of martyrs. “We have launched ‘Bharat Ka Veer’ to support the families of our martyrs. The nation is supporting the courage of our security forces. It is my aim to provide at least Rs one crore to the families of our martyrs from CAPFs”, he tweeted laterLater, he flew back to Srinagar where he met delegations of various political parties including ruling PDP and main opposition National Conference, Congress, BJP, Sajad Lone-led People’s Conference and Independent MLA from Langate Sheikh Abdul Rashid, besides others.Former chief minister Omar Abdullah-led National Conference delegation registered party’s concerns and disappointments over the Centre’s ambiguity in defending the State’s Special Status in the Supreme Court with respect to Article 35-A.The NC delegation also sought a sustained and open-ended political engagement with stakeholders in Kashmir irrespective of their ideology and urged New Delhi and Islamabad to make sincere and sustained efforts towards resumption of a comprehensive dialogue on all outstanding issues including that of Kashmir.

We knew this was going to happen one day, say locals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as rescue operations were underway at Ghazipur where two people died due to the landfill site caving in, residents of East Delhi and nearby Kaushambi say they were not surprised.Despite repeated reminders to the municipal corporation and a petition, residents living in the eastern part of the Capital and Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, rue that the landfill site had been working way past its original deadline and no concrete steps had been taken to shift the same.Talking to DNA, BS Vohra, social activist who has been following the matter since the garbage dump started growing disproportionately, said, “It is a man-made disaster which has happened because of sheer negligence of civic body officials. The engineers and others at site let the mounds grow into tall storeys. This was to happen.”He further added that the site pollutes the water and air around the area making it a health hazard. “Repeated reminders to East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) have only yielded hollow assurances but nothing has been done on the ground. The government must fix responsibility,” Vohra stated. His views were shared by Bharat Sharma, a resident of Kaushambi. “We breathe polluted air and going by the height this site has been attaining, we feared the worst always and it happened today.”Earlier on, RWAs in Kaushambi had moved the National Green Tribunal against the stench, groundwater contamination and hazardous emissions from the oldest landfill in the Capital. The matter on waste management is still pending in the NGT.The Ghazipur landfill was established in 1984 and comes under the jurisdiction of EDMC.

Uniting on platter: Rajasthan food festival in New Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a foodie reunion of cultures from east and west of India as Rajasthan Food Festival commenced at Assam Bhavan, New Delhi. The food festival being organised at the state guest house of Assam government was inaugurated by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday during her Delhi tour. The festival is being organised under the “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” scheme of Modi government to enhance interaction between people from diverse cultures of India. “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat Abhiyan is a milestone for PM Narendra Modi’s vision for a united and stronger new India,” Raje said on social media after inaugurating the Food Festival.

Juvenile kills son in front of mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 16-year-old boy was killed in front of his mother by another juvenile in northwest Delhi’s Bharat Nagar area on Thursday. Police have apprehended the juvenile and also arrested a man who they say had instigated the juvenile to kill the boy.The deceased was identified as Shahrukh.According to the police, they received information from authorities at the Hindu Rao Hospital that a boy had died of fatal injuries. When the police arrived there the deceased’s mother Shakeela, who claimed to be an eyewitness to her child’s death, told them in a statement that she was at her house when around 11:45 am when a boy came rushing to her house and informed her that her son and a boy from the locality were quarrelling near the railway lines.”When she rushed to the spot, she found that her son had been forced to the ground and another juvenile was thrashing him. Another man, identified later as Dinesh Chegi, was instigating the juvenile to kill the boy. Seeing the lady and following Dinesh’s instigation, the youth took a broken bottle and cut Shahrukh’s neck. As the woman cried for help, the duo ran away,” said a senior police officer.When the woman rushed her son to hospital, he was declared dead. Police said that based on the woman’s statement, a case of murder has been registered at Bharat Nagar police station.Following investigations and local intelligence, police said their team soon arrested Dinesh Chegi for instigating the youth to commit murder. The juvenile who allegedly killed Shahrukh was also apprehended.”The body has been sent for post-mortem and the matter is being probed,” said DCP (Northwest) Milind Dumbre.

New Delhi Municipal Council in soup again, this time over The Lalit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the Le Meridien fiasco, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is once again in the line of fire because of another five-star hotel in Lutyens’ Delhi, The Lalit. In a letter sent to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) earlier this month, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the civic body’s Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) to submit a report regarding the delay in the revision of license fee of the hotel, and whether there was a revenue loss to the NDMC on this account.The NDMC revised the license fee of two five-star hotels in April this year, three years after the expiry of the first term. According to the license deed under the NDMC Act, the civic body is required to renew the license fee every 33 years. In case of The Lalit and Le Meridien, this period of 33 years expired in March, 2014.The letter, dated August 4, a copy of which is with DNA, read that the civic body must refer to the ministry’s letter, directing to “furnish information concerning delay in processing enhancement of license fee of the Bharat Hotel Limited (The Lalit)”.In the letter, the ministry has asked the civic body to “fix responsibility on officials who did not process the file, in time, to revise the license fee and the details of the officials responsible on whom action has been initiated”.The Home Ministry, under which the NDMC functions, has also asked the corporation to mention in the report why there was an enormous delay in revising the license fee, after the expiry of its first term.It also stated that the civic body must assess whether there was revenue loss during this period, and if so, the approximate amount of the loss.The ministry further pulled up the civic body for not paying heed to its previous letters and for not providing the requisite information till the issuance of this letter.The NDMC had scrapped Le Meridien’s license in March this year for not paying dues amounting to nearly Rs 520 crore.

BJP and Congress fight it out with viral poll slogans

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the Assembly polls, Congress has come up with a new slogan, ‘Congress Aave Che’ which means “Congress is coming”. To counter this, BJP’s ‘Gujarat ma to Bhajap j Chale’ — only BJP can work in Gujarat — has become popular on social media.The Congress’s campaign saw a great following in the recent past and BJP’s latest campaign is to counter that. However, Gujarat BJP says that this is not their official campaign as the party will launch its official campaign in mid-September or October.Gujarat BJP’s spokesperson Bharat Pandya said, “This campaign has been prepared by a group of businessmen in Gujarat who support BJP.”It is a campaign based on GIF images going viral on several social media platforms since Sunday morning. The campaign covers issues such as Narmada Dam construction and water supply.

Defence preparedness itself our best defence: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said owing to its geographical location, India had to always remain prepared to defend itself as “it is our best defence”.”It is a harsh reality in today’s world that India, due to its geographical location, has to remain prepared. Our defence preparedness itself is our best defence,” he said here. Jaitley added that even though the entire country had confidence in the armed forces, which represented some of the best traditions anywhere in the world, “as part of our preparedness, we obviously need to equip our forces with all the support system they require”.The Union minister was here to attend an event marking the handing over of a long range surface-to-air missile to the Indian Navy.On the occasion, Jaitley said Indians were now capable of offering services to other developed economies at a cheaper price. “There is hardly any country in the developed world, where the presence of Indian minds is not visible, be it in the field of medicine, science or technology. And therefore, not only do we have a large human resource pool, we have surplus resources which serve other countries too,” he added.The defence minister said India’s resources, compared to other economies in the world, were available at a very competitive price. “That being a reality, over the last few decades we have seen some of the best companies — be it pharmaceutical or IT — shifting their research and development bases to India,” he added. Jaitley also took part in a number of programmes, including the ground-breaking ceremony of the second phase of facility creation at the Bharat Dynamics Limited’s (BDL) Ibrahimpatnam unit and inauguration of the ASTRA weapon system production at the BDL’s Bhanur unit.

Right to Privacy: India’s constitutional culture is based on the protection of human rights, says SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three judges of the Supreme Court in separate judgements today said the issue of right to privacy goes to the very heart of liberty and freedom which have huge repercussions for the democratic republic called ‘Bharat’ whose constitutional culture is based on protection of human rights.While Justice R F Nariman said the importance of this matter is such that whichever way it is decided, it will have huge repercussions for the democratic republic that we call ‘Bharat’, Justice S A Bobde said this reference has been made to them to answer questions that would go to the very heart of the liberty and freedom protected by the Constitution.Justice D Y Chandrachud said the issue reaches out to the foundation of a constitutional culture based on protection of human rights and enables the Supreme Court to revisit the basic principles on which the Constitution has been founded and their consequences for a way of life it seeks to protect.
ALSO READ Right to privacy: Amit Shah slams Congress for showing ‘false show of jubilation and vindication’ over SC verdict Justice Nariman, in his separate verdict, said, “Our judgments expressly recognize that the Constitution governs the lives of 125 crore citizens of this country and must be interpreted to respond to the changing needs of society at different points in time.”Justice Bobde also said the issue has arisen in the context of a constitutional challenge to the Aadhaar project, which aims to build a database of personal identity and biometric information covering every Indian that is the world’s largest endeavour of its kind.
ALSO READ Right to privacy: LGBT community cheers after SC adds a touch of rainbow in judgmentJustice Nariman held it was clear that the right to privacy is an inalienable human right which inheres in every person by virtue of the fact that he or she is a human being.”This reference is answered by stating that the inalienable fundamental right to privacy resides in Article 21 and other fundamental freedoms contained in Part III of the Constitution,” he said.The judge, however, said right to privacy is not an absolute right and is subject to reasonable regulations made by the state to protect legitimate state or public interest.He said when it comes to restrictions on this right, the drill of various articles to which the right relates must be scrupulously followed.”In the ultimate analysis, the balancing act that is to be carried out between individual, societal and State interests must be left to the training and expertise of the judicial mind,” he said.The judge rejected the arguments of the Centre and Maharashtra government that the right to privacy is so vague and amorphous a concept that it cannot be held to be a fundamental right.He said that mere absence of a definition which would encompass the many contours of the right to privacy need not deter the court from recognizing privacy interests when it sees them.The judge said the concept has travelled far from mere right to be let alone to recognition of a large number of privacy interests.He said it now extended to protecting an individual’s interests in making vital personal choices such as the right to abort a foetus, rights of same sex couples- including the right to marry, rights as to procreation, contraception, general family relationships, child rearing, education, data protection, etc.The court said it is too late now to assume that a fundamental right must be traceable to express language in Part III of the Constitution.Describing right to privacy as a fundamental right in Indian context, the judge said it would cover at least three aspects including “privacy that involves the person when there is some invasion by the State of a person’s rights relatable to his physical body, such as the right to move freely.”The other two aspects are, “Informational privacy which does not deal with a person’s body but deals with a person’s mind, and therefore recognises that an individual may have control over the dissemination of material that is personal to him. Unauthorised use of such information may, therefore lead to infringement of this right.”The privacy of choice, which protects an individual’s autonomy over fundamental personal choices,” he said.Justice Nariman rejected the Centre’s argument that in a developing country where millions of people are denied the basic necessities of life and do not even have shelter, food, clothing or jobs, no claim to a right to privacy as a fundamental right could be made.”A large number of poor people that Attorney General K K Venugopal talks about are persons who in today’s completely different and changed world have cell phones, and would come forward to press the fundamental right of privacy, both against the government and private individuals.”We see no antipathy whatsoever between the rich and the poor in this context,” he said.The judge further said it seems that this argument was made through the prism of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, by which the Aadhaar card is the means to see that various beneficial schemes of the government filter down to persons for whom such schemes are intended.”This 9-judge bench has not been constituted to look into the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act, but it has been constituted to consider a much larger question, namely, that the right of privacy would be found, inter alia, in article 21 in both ‘life’ and ‘personal liberty’ by rich and poor alike primarily against state action. This argument again does not impress us and is rejected,” he said.

Combination of development, good governance essential for welfare of citizens-PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Interacting with a group of over 70 Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries of the Government of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the combination of development and good governance is essential for the welfare and satisfaction of citizens. The prime minister, who attended the first of five such interactions on Wednesday, asserted that good governance should be a priority for the officers. He even emphasised the need for all wings of the government to work in harmony, and synchronisation, to achieve the best possible results. He said all officers must keep the poor and the ordinary citizens in their minds while taking decisions. The Prime Minister told the government officials that the world is looking to India with positive expectations and the entire world feels that a successful India is vital for a global balance. ?There is a strong undercurrent for excellence from the common citizens of India. Youth from humble backgrounds, with very limited resources are achieving the best positions in competitive exams and sports,? he said and asked the officers to work to promote this spontaneous upsurge of talent, recalling the spirit and energy that they themselves would have possessed in the first three years of their service. Prime Minister Modi said this was a unique opportunity for the officers to deliver their utmost for the benefit of the nation. He emphasised on the importance of breaking silos, and efficient internal communication between various departments of the Government and underlined the necessity of speed and efficiency in decision making. ?An honest decision making with a good intention will always be encouraged by the Union Government,? he said. He also asked the officers to focus their attention on the 100 most backward districts of India, so that they can be brought up to the national average-level, on various development parameters. During the interaction, the officers also shared their experiences on subjects such as a digital and smart governance, administrative procedures and accountability, transparency, doubling of farmers’ income, skill development, Swachh Bharat, consumer rights, environment protection, and building of New India by 2022.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kailash Satyarthi announces ‘Bharat Yatra’ on child sexual abuse and trafficking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi is embarking on a historic ‘Bharat Yatra’ to spearhead the fight against child trafficking and child sexual abuse across the country. Announcing the Bharat Yatra with the parents of the survivors, Satyarthi said, ?I declare a war on child sexual abuse and trafficking. Today I am announcing Bharat Yatra, the biggest movement in history to make India safe again for children. I refuse to accept that the innocence, smiles and freedom of our children can keep getting stripped and raped. These are not ordinary crimes. This is a moral epidemic haunting our nation.? ?This yatra is the manifestation of my belief in ?Surakshit Bachpan-Surakshit Bharat?. The yatra will pass through 22 states covering 15,000 Kms and union territories over 35 days. The yatra will flag off from Kanyakumari on the 11th of September from the Vivekanand Memorial, commemorating the anniversary of the great leader?s address at Chicago in 1893. Guwahati will lead the yatra from the eastern part of the country, while Srinagar will flag off the northern stretch. The culmination of the Yatra will be in the national capital on 15th of October,? said Satyarthi. Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace prize (2014) for his continuous campaign, efforts and struggle for the rights of children, across the globe for the past 36 years. He has led the historic Global March Against Child Labour in 1998 that prompted the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to pass international conventions against the worst form of child labour, in addition to the Shiksha Yatra in 2001, after which the Right to Education was included as a fundamental right in the Constitution of India. Bharat Yatra is the launch of the three-year campaign against child rape and child sexual abuse which is aimed at increasing awareness and reporting of the cases, strengthening intuitional response including medical health and compensations, ensuring protection for victims and witnesses during trials and increasing convictions of child sexual abuse in a time bound manner. The campaign is expected to reach one crore stakeholders of the country. The curtain raiser to this march in Delhi saw the launch of the video for the Bharat Yatra, which highlighted the appeal of children across the country to unite and fight for their freedom, safety and security. The launch also saw families of victims of trafficking and abuse who narrated the emotional and physical trauma they had to endure because of the misdeeds of a few. The families pledged their support hoping that it would bring about the revolution; the country needs to sustain its fight against the exploitation of children.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Women activists hail SC verdict, say it endorses gender justice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women’s rights activists welcomed the historic Supreme Court judgement on triple talaq, but said the onus was now on legislators to follow through with effective legislation on the issue.Reacting to the apex court order, Noorjehan Safia Niaz, convenor of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan and one of the petitioners in the Triple Talaq case, said, “What we have understood from the initial reports that have come is that three out of five judges have declared triple talaq as unconstitutional. This is what we were expecting. Now the ball is in the Parliament’s court. We have always wanted codification of law. It is a wonderful judgement.”Zakia Soman, co-founder of Bharat Muslim Mahila Andolan and a petitioner said, “It is a welcome judgement. We wanted justice from the court, and they have given us that in banning triple talaq and calling for legislation. The legislation has to be based on the Quranic injunction and comply with the constitutional principles. This is perfectly possible. We are confident it will uphold gender justice. No one believed triple talaq would be banned. But today it has become history.”Director of women’s rights organisation, Majlis, Flavia Agnes said the issue was always one that would have to be ultimately dealt with by the legislature. “Everybody said pass a law, but media created a hype. Everybody seemed to be taking everybody to court, when it is the legislature’s domain. The issue cannot be one of community women against the community. It needs to be discussed with people from the Board and all people affected. This should be a community-based reform. Right now there is legislative vacuum because triple talaq is not legally valid, but women have been divorced,” Agnes said.Mumtaz Shaikh, convenor of ‘Right to Pee’ and member of Committee of Resource Organisation, which works for women empowerment and grass root leadership, said, “The Supreme Court judgement should be welcomed by all. Women have got justice. Now it has to be seen how they react to this. Law should be there in such a case but all people should be consulted before making a law and not just those who feel triple talaq is right and as per Quran. But the law should not remain limited to this subject. There are other issues too that concern women, such as education, access to basic amenities, and polygamy. They too should be looked into.”(With inputs from agencies)

Realise the New India vision by 2022, work in mission mode: PM Modi to chief ministers of BJP states

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked chief ministers of BJP-ruled states to work in “mission mode” to realise the vision of a “New India” by 2022 as he pushed for speedy implementation of pro-poor schemes and boosting transparency in goverment schemes.Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will review works of the party-run state governments every three months in this regard, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh told reporters after the meeting.”Modi and Shah guided us to work in a mission mode to realise the vision of a ‘New India’ by 2022. The means to double farmers’ income and implementing pro-poor schemes with the help of digital transcations were also discussed,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said.The meeting was attended by 12 BJP chief ministers and six deputy chief ministers.Modi and Shah referred to the stalling of a bill, which seeks to accord constitutional status on OBC commission, by the Congress in the Rajya Sabha during the recent monsoon session.”It has exposed the anti-OBC and anti-poor face of the Congress,” Adityanath said, adding the BJP leaders decided to run a campaign against the oppositon parties in the coming months on this.The prime minister also pitched for digital transactions through use of BHIM App in welfare schemes to eliminate corruption and also called for executing various schemes to double the income of farmers by 2022, Adityanath told reporters.The BJP governments were also asked to sign MoUs with other states, including those run by non-BJP parties, to strengthen cultural exchanges, he added.Such exchanges will lead to ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (One India great India)’, Adityanath said.

PM asks BJP CMs to work for ‘New India’ in ‘mission mode’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked chief ministers of BJP-ruled states to work in “mission mode” to realise the vision of a “New India” by 2022 as he pushed for speedy implementation of pro-poor schemes and boosting transparency in goverment schemes. Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will review works of the party-run state governments every three months in this regard, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh told reporters after the meeting. “Modi and Shah guided us to work in a mission mode to realise the vision of a ‘New India’ by 2022. The means to double farmers’ income and implementing pro-poor schemes with the help of digital transcations were also discussed,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said. The meeting was attended by 12 BJP chief ministers and six deputy chief ministers. Modi and Shah referred to the stalling of a bill, which seeks to accord constitutional status on OBC commission, by the Congress in the Rajya Sabha during the recent monsoon session. “It has exposed the anti-OBC and anti-poor face of the Congress,” Adityanath said, adding the BJP leaders decided to run a campaign against the oppositon parties in the coming months on this. The prime minister also pitched for digital transactions through use of BHIM App in welfare schemes to eliminate corruption and also called for executing various schemes to double the income of farmers by 2022, Adityanath told reporters. The BJP governments were also asked to sign MoUs with other states, including those run by non-BJP parties, to strengthen cultural exchanges, he added. Such exchanges will lead to ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (One India great India)’, Adityanath said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not even 1 Raj district among top 100 of Swachh list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite the state government’s efforts to make Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) successful, the plans seem to be going wayward. Even after three years of implementation of the mission, no district from Rajasthan could make it to the top 100 districts in the SMB (Rural) ranking. The failure of this dismal performance can be attributed to the laxity on the part of officials. Given the present standing in the national rankings, the target to achieve 100 per cent cleanliness before the deadline of 2019 set by the prime minister seems a distant dream.To encourage states and districts to improve sanitation, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) ranks all districts in India based on parameters of performance, sustainability and transparency. Hanumangarh, with the top ranking in the state, is at number 105 in the national rankings. Interestingly, Jaipur, the state capital, is not even in top 300. Jhalawar, the home district of the state chief minister, ranked 296.PM Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on October 2, 2014. The mission laid a roadmap for improving the level of sanitation and cleanliness in the country with a vision to create a ‘Swachh Bharat’ by 2019. Ministers of the state government, on many occasion, have claimed that the target will be achieved by 2018 in the state.Chittorgarh, that stands second in the state’s ranking, found itself languishing at the 158th position while Karauli, which stands last in the state, is placed at the 652nd position among 681 districts in the country.Rankings of districts such as Ajmer, Kota and Udaipur are no better and they are standing at 214, 286 and 443 ranks respectively. It is striking that Rajasthan remained on top in toilet construction under the mission for last two consecutive financial years. The SBM district ranking raises a serious question over why and how the planning and implementation failed to show results in the overall cleanliness spectrum.SCORE CARDThe performance of districts is being evaluated based on key parameters with data available on MIS. The key indicators include performance, sustainability and transparency. Importantly, the districts have failed to score under the transparency parameter. Even six districts of the state, those are declared completely open defecation-free (ODF), are very low in the rank sheet.

12 houses collapse at Jharia mines fire area, 2 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 12 houses collapsed and two women got trapped in rubble after a portion of land subsided in Koiribandh Basti in Jharia mines fire area today, officials said. Two women identified as Rakha Devi and Bhagwatiya Devi got trapped in rubble after the houses collapsed due to subsidence of land, an official said. A rescue team of Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) reached the spot immediately and rescued them, the official said. They were at the BCCL Central Hospital and were out f danger, he said. The Deputy Commissioner of Dhanbad, A Dodde and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Manoj Ratan Chothe along with other police and administrative officials reached the spot and monitored the rescue operation. The DC told media persons that the area has already been declared as a danger zone due to the underground mines fire.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Youth allegedly burnt to death by family of ‘lover’: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man who succumbed to his burn injuries at a hospital, alleged in his dying declaration that he was kidnapped, beaten badly and then set on fire by his “lover’s” family even as they claimed that he set himself ablaze outside their house here, police said today. Amir Malik alias Vicky (34), who sustained over 80 per cent burns, succumbed to his injuries last night at Jalandhar hospital, police said. Malik, who belonged to a nearby Samrai village, was deported from Australia one-and-a-half-months ago and had an affair with a girl, police said. In his statement given to magistrate, he had claimed that he was kidnapped and bundled into a car by the four members of the girls’ family, blindfolded, beaten badly at an undisclosed place and then set ablaze, said Satnampura SHO Bharat Masih. The SHO said that a case under IPC Section 302 (punishment for murder) was registered against Sandeep, Saket, Jassi and Gurminder Singh. However, girl’s uncle Rajesh Kumar alleged that since they were opposed to their relationship, Malik wielding a sharp-edged weapon and a bottle of petrol in his hands, yesterday came on his bike and allegedly barged into their house and threatened to immolate himself in case the girl was not allowed to go with him, police said. As the girl’s family informed the police, Malik allegedly set himself ablaze in front of their house. Kumar said that they tried to douse the fire but the youth had sustained serious burn injuries by that time. Malik was rushed to local civil hospital from where he was referred to Jalandhar as his condition was critical, police said. Police said that on a complaint of Kumar, a case was registered against Malik under sections 452 (house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or restraint), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of IPC. Earlier also, he was booked under these and other relevant Sections of IPC for attacking Sanket David, girl’s brother- in-law, at Chaheru village on August 3, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dhiren Rawani shot dead by nephew

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prominent businessman and chairman of the Rainbow group Dhiren Rawani was shot dead by his nephew at Bhowra near here, police said today. A senior police officer said Rawani was shot dead by his nephew Kunal Rawani near his parent’s house at Bhowra about 30 km from here last night. Rawani, who lived in Dhanbad had gone his parents house for celebrating Mansa Puja. He was talking with his neighbours when Kunal Rawani came on a bike and pumped two bullets on him. He was immediately rushed to Central Hospital of Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) Dhanbad where doctors declared him dead, the police said. Rainbow Group has a chain of business in different states including Jharkhand, Bihar and Bengal. Beside real estate, Rainbow Group has hotels in many places. Kunal after killing Dhiren Rawani tried to escape from spot but local people caught him and thrashed him badly, the police said. He was rescued by police in a critical condition and taken to Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) where doctors declared him brought dead. Kunal is the son of Dhiren Rawani’s cousin Shankar Rawani. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dhanbad, Manoj Ratan Chothe said Dhiren Rawani was killed by his cousin’s son. Property dispute is said to be reason behind murder. However, police are investigating the matter from all angles, the officer added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)