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Supreme Court’s decision helps drop case pendency

Supreme Court’s decision to hold Lok Adalat in every two months has immensely helped in reducing pending court cases. In 2017, five Lok Adalats were organised in which a number of cases resolved are more than cases disposed of by all courts in the state in last five years.The current year will be remembered for quick disposal of pending cases in the courts. The Lok Adalats were organised in February, April, July, September and December. On a call given by RALSA executive chairman Justice KS Jhaveri, even sitting judges of high court also heard matters in Lok Adalat. The move resulted in the clearing of 2.57 lakh cases in which awards to the tune of Rs 944 crore were passed.Apart from Lok Adalats, district legal service authorities have also contributed in a major way to reduce cases pendency. Cases were resolved in a speedy way in lower courts in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Tonk, Ajmer, Udaipur, Alwar and Kota. In Jaipur alone, five Lok Adalats decided 40,000 cases and passed awards of Rs 126 crore. Justice KS Jhaveri, who has taken a keen interest had also put in efforts in a big way, which have now begun to show results.

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Jammu and Kashmir: Cases against 5,000 stone pelters to be withdrawn

A committee set up by the Jammu and Kashmir government has recommended the withdrawal of cases against 5,000 youths, accused of pelting stones on security forces, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the government of Jammu and Kashmir has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the state director general of police to review the cases registered against the youths and examine the legal aspects of withdrawal or closure of such cases which are not heinous in nature.”The committee has recommended 850 cases involving 4,961 (one-time offenders) persons/youths subject to certain terms and condition to the state government,” he said, replying to a written question.The move came after Home Minister Rajnath Singh requested Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to do the needful to withdraw cases against those who were accused of pelting stones for the first time.

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Vector-borne disease season ends, but 45 cases reported last week

The season for vector-borne diseases has come to an end, with a municipal report on Monday saying that only 45 dengue cases were reported last week, taking the total number of people affected by the disease this year in the national capital to 9,214.The numbers of malaria and chikungunya cases recorded this year, till December 16, stood at 1,140 and 933 respectively, the report said. The total number of people affected by dengue in Delhi this year, till December 9, was 9,169.Of the 9,214 dengue cases this year, 4,704 patients were from Delhi, while 4,510 had come to the city from other states for treatment, the report said. Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between mid-July and November-end but this period may stretch up to mid-December.This year, however, the disease had spread much earlier. The mosquito-borne tropical disease had claimed its first victim in the city this year on August 1, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndromes at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH).Three more deaths were reported in October by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates the data for the entire city.The civic body, however, is yet to acknowledge two fatalities due to dengue at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital and the death of a boy at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital.

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Gujarat fifth in crime against SC/ST: Data

According to the data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday, Gujarat ranks fifth in crime rate against those belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) category in 2016. While Madhya Pradesh topped the list, Rajasthan, Goa, Bihar and Gujarat followed closely.The data states 40,801 cases were lodged under (Prevention of Atrocities) Act across the country in 2016. Out of which 1,322 cases were lodged with Gujarat police. The number of such cases shot up in Gujarat as compared to the last two years. It was 1,010 cases in Gujarat in 2015 and 1,094 cases in 2014.Out of the 1,322 cases that were lodged in Gujarat, 32 cases were related to murder, 35 cases of attempt to murder, 64 cases causing grievously hurt, 75 cases of assault on Schedule Caste women, 36 cases of sexual harassment, 57 cases of kidnapping and abduction, 70 cases of rape, 99 cases of rioting, 16 cases of robbery, 11 cases of arson, 688 cases of other IPC crimes and 165 cases related to other incidents, the data said.TOTAL ATROCITY CASES IN INDIA2016- 40,8012015- 38,6702014 – 40,401RANK OF STATES BASED ON RATE OF CRIME IN 2016Madhya Pradesh – 3,294 casesRajasthan- 6,735 casesGoa-13 casesBihar- 7,886 casesGujarat- 1,322 cases(Crime rate is the number of incidents per 1,00,000 of the population.)
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Mehbooba Mufti orders withdrawal of cases against 4,327 stone-pelters

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today ordered the withdrawal of cases of stone-pelting against 4,327 young men.This follows the recommendation of a high-powered committee headed by Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid, which submitted its report to her today, an official spokesman said.”Today’s decision marks the revival of process of withdrawal of cases started by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti last year immediately after taking over,” he said.Mufti had initiated a process of review of cases against youths from 2008 to 2014 and in the first instance 104 cases involving 634 locals were withdrawn within two months of her assuming power, the official said.The process got disrupted due to the continued violence and unrest for later part of the last year, he added. Mufti ordered the withdrawal of cases of stone-pelting against 4,327 men in 744 cases, he said.”With this, the total number of cases withdrawn so far on the directions of the chief minister has gone to 848 and the persons benefiting out of these withdrawals stands at 4,957,” the spokesman said.The chief minister, it may be recalled, had committed the withdrawal of cases against youths found not involved in heinous crimes.Mufti had recently directed review of cases from 2015 till date and decision on the same would be taken on the receipt of report by the high-powered committee, the spokesman said.The withdrawal of cases against these youths was a major demand from various sections of the society in the state.”The chief minister described today’s decision as a ray of hope for these young boys and their families terming it as an opportunity for them to rebuild their lives,” he said.She hoped that the decision would help in creating a “positive and conciliatory atmosphere in the state where the youth would be able to build their lives in a more constructive and positive way”.
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Stone pelting: J&K CM orders review of cases against youth for 2015-2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today directed a panel to review cases against youth facing charges of in stone-pelting in the2015-2017 period, and furnish recommendations in ten days.Mufti had yesterday announced the beginning of the process of withdrawal of cases against youths accused of first-time involvement. The decision was taken considering the suggestion of the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma, an official spokesperson said. “In a decision of immense significance, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today ordered the review of cases against the youth for the period 2015-2017 (till date) by an already constituted committee and furnishing of its recommendations within 10 days,” the spokesman said.The panel tasked with reviewing cases against youth for the 2008-2014 period has been asked to review the cases for 2015-2017 cases as well, according to a government order. Soon after assuming the office of chief minister in April, 2016, Mufti had set in motion a process to review cases against youth from 2008 to 2014 which, however, was disrupted due to the continued violence and unrest in the later part of the year. The chief minister described today’s decision as a ray of hope for “these young boys and their families”. She hoped the decision would help in creating a positive and conciliatory atmosphere in the state.Mufti yesterday announced withdrawal of cases against youths accused of being involved in stone-pelting for the first time. She said this confidence building measure reaffirmed the Centre’s commitment to creating an atmosphere for sustained dialogue. “It gives me immense satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against first-time offenders involved in stone pelting. My government had initiated the process in May last year but it was stalled due to the unrest,” she posted on Twitter last night.It is encouraging that the interlocutor has started on a positive note, she said adding that Sharma’s recommendations were being taken seriously by both the central and state governments. Taking the suggestion of Sharma forward, over 4,500 cases against youths involved in stone pelting for the first time will be dropped in a bid to win hearts, officials had said earlier. Sharma, who visited the Valley earlier this month, was flooded with requests from various individuals and groups for withdrawal of cases against first-timers booked by the police for stone pelting.Over 11,500 cases were registered against stone pelters since July last year when unrest broke out in Kashmir following the gunning down of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in an encounter, officials had said.Out of these, over 4,500 cases were registered against youths indulging in stone pelting for the first time, they said.

BMC spent Rs 100cr in SC, 73% cases pending

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The rising number of cases of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) at various courts can be gauged by the fact that the civic body has already spent over Rs100 crore in the last four years to pay fees and other charges for Supreme Court (SC) cases. But, only 27 per cent of the cases involving the BMC in the last four years have been disposed of. Many of the cases disposed of were settled mutually.As per the figures available from the BMC’s account department, the legal department has spent around Rs 105.21 crore from 2013-14 to 2016-17 for SC cases. However, in every fiscal, the legal department could ensure disposal of only around 24 per cent to 30 per cent cases.Because of inefficiency and lack of efforts, the number of cases in the SC continues to be over 150. In the beginning of April 2016, 179 cases were pending, and 53 new cases were lodged, taking the total to 232 cases in that fiscal.However, the legal team of the BMC could have disposed of 63 cases that fiscal with 29.74 per cent success. In the beginning of April 2017, the BMC had 163 cases pending.According to sources, senior civic officials are now looking after each and every case minutely to check unnecessary expenses. “Senior officials also found that legal team deputed even six senior lawyers for a single case and spent lakh of rupees for a single hearing,” said the source, adding that even the legal department deputed three lawyers in cases where the civic body was a third party.Shockingly, the situation is worse in High Court cases where the civic body could ensure 6.46 per cent cases were disposed of from April 2016 to March 2017.OTHER COURTSOnly 6.46 per cent High Court cases​ were disposed of​ from April 2016 to March 2017 The situation is not encouraging in cases pending at City Civil court where of the 15,997 cases, the legal department could have solved 10.16 per cent cases.

Will talk with Hurriyat in J&K: Dineshwar Sharma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ending the suspense on the matter, Centre’s Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma said on Wednesday that he would try his best to talk to the separatist Hurriyat Conference. “I will try my best,” Sharma said, when asked whether he will walk the extra mile by speaking to the Hurriyat. He, however, did not elaborate the contours of the possible reachout.The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, has already ruled out talks with the Centre’s interlocutor, terming it an “exercise in futility”.Meanwhile, on the third day of his Mission Kashmir, Sharma drove to the residence of National Conference (NC) working president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah, to hold talks with him.”I met many people. The meeting was very good. I wish that peace returns to Kashmir soon,” he said.On Sunday, Omar’s father and NC president Farooq Abdullah had thrown a spanner in the works, saying he had no expectation from the process and renewed the party’s demand for autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir.”Dineshwar Sharma and I met at my residence in Srinagar this morning. We discussed the prevailing situation in the state, also steps that can be taken to make his visits to the state more meaningful,” Omar tweeted.Later, the former CM told the media that Sharma had sent a message, expressing a desire to come. “I hope he will act upon the suggestion I put forward about widening the talks process. Sitting in a guest house and waiting for people to come and meet him won’t work,” he said.Omar also defended his father over his remarks about the process. “He (Farooq) has not said anything wrong, given the fact that the Centre has poured water on our expectations. The Prime Minister issued a statement that talking about internal autonomy is akin to talking about azadi,” he saidSharma later held talks CPI(M) state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, People’s Democratic Front leader Hakim Mohammad Yaseen, and Democratic Party Nationalist president Ghulam Hassan Mir.”The problem needs a lasting solution, which is possible only through a serious, credible, and meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders. Unfortunately, serious efforts have not been made to address this sensitive issue, so far,” the leaders said.The trio further demanded that the PM should assure the people that Article 370 and Article 35-A will be safeguarded.”Cases of political leaders detained in various jails within and outside J&K should be reviewed for their release. Cases of detainees under the PSA should be reviewed at the earliest and steps taken for their release. Cases against the youth pertaining to the present unrest should be withdrawn. Undue harassment of the youth should be stopped forthwith,” they said.

622 cases of vector-borne diseases reported in 2 weeks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a poor health record that has been plaguing the state very recently, the administration on Monday revealed 622 cases of vector-borne diseases have come up over last two weeks.According to experts, the number of the cases is very high considering the high temperature in the state, which has crossed even 40 degree Celsius. Generally, the vectors are stronger during the monsoon or immediately after the season. The health department of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), which released the city’s health report on Monday, said around 425 cases of malaria were reported in first two weeks of October. Last year, this number had risen to 884 during the same period. Cases of falciparum are 128 and that of dengue is 64 this year. Also, another five cases of Chikungunya were reported with AMC last week.Also, 431 cases of waterborne diseases have been reported. Out of 209 gastroenteritis cases, there were around 111 patients suffering from typhoid and the rest from jaundice.

AMC appoints 7 assistant directors to improve sanitation level in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday, municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar announced the appointment of seven assistant directors of solid waste management for each zone in the city. The appointees will be directly looking into sanitation matters. Ever since the announcement of the Swachhta ranking for the city by the Ministry of Urban Development, Ahmedabad’s ranking has not improved. In 2015, the city stood at 14, which it retained in 2016.Other cities from the state witnessed drastic improvement. The appointment can also be seen as an ease of burden from the deputy health officers, who were till date looking into sanitation. But according to sources, while taking rounds of the city, the civic chief has found many irregularities in the sanitation level.The new appointees will also be checking food joints, which were believed to be the spot of direct corruption for health officials. “Most officials took bribes from food joints. Only few units have been raided and samples for laboratory were collected to save many malpractices,” said a source at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).Meanwhile, post heavy rains, there was an epidemic kind of situation prevailing in the city. Cases of viral fever, malaria and swine flu were reported on a large scale. This was also considered a failure of effective working. “Health officials were hardly looking in to the health aspects of the city. They were mostly engaged in issuing different food licenses and fixing contracts for the garbage collection,” added the source.Kumar has made this appointment for effective implementation of sanitation program. “During one of his rounds at night, the commissioner found people in food joints throwing garbage on the street in front of him. This is a failure of the deputy health officer who is responsible for the sanitation,” added the source.

October to remain compliance heavy for bizmen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Businessmen and tax practitioners will be busy filing returns in October. At least 10 returns pertaining to GST, IT, PF and ESI need to be filed during the month. The extension of deadline for many of the GST returns for previous months because of network bottlenecks and some quarterly returns have all fallen together.”We are engaged only in filing returns. After fighting on one front, we begin a fight on another,” said Axat Vyas, a tax practitioner.Tax expert Monish Bhalla said that the situation has come up because of spillover of returns which were supposed to be filed in previous months. “Because of network bottlenecks and inability of businessmen to tune in into the new system, the deadlines for filing of returns for the previous months were extended. You have to make up for all the delay. If these returns were filed as per the schedule, this situation would not have arisen,” Bhalla told DNA.What is more, the due date for filing of GSTR-3B for September is October 20, which is New Year Day in Gujarat and with Diwali days beginning from October 16, there would be a rush for filing of returns on festive occasions, something that local businessmen will not like.In addition to monthly returns, quarterly returns for other compliance are also scheduled in October, which has complicated the matter.During a recent visit by a high powered central team of revenue officers to Gujarat in the previous week, leading business bodies had suggested that monthly filing of GST returns should be replaced by quarterly or six-monthly filing of returns, till the GST Network is streamlined.DATE FOR RETURNS7: TDS/TCS Challan10: GSTR-1 for July15: TCS Return for Income Tax15: ESI & PF18: Quarterly Return for Composition Dealers20: GSTR3B for September31: TDS Return for Income Tax31: Income Tax Audit Cases31: GSTR-2 for the month of July31: TRAN-1

62 dengue cases in 4 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city has recorded 62 dengue cases over the last four days, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) health department. The city recorded 164 dengue cases till September 5, and three patients — including two children – 1.5-year-old from Dharavi, 9-year-old from Juhu and a 34-year-old man from Bandra — succumbed to the infection, the department said.Around 102 cases were reported till September 11, the civic authority said. The cases of dengue rise sharply every year, especially after the monsoon. The maximum number of cases are in September, October, and November.The data also reveals that there has been 34 cases and two deaths due to leptospirosis registered in the city. Between September 1 to 15, over 1,659 people were admitted to civic-run hospitals. According to civic body authority, various surveys were carried out after the heavy August 29 flood.

Dengue on a rise, 110 cases reported in a week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The municipal corporations of Delhi reported at least 110 fresh cases of dengue in the last week, till August 26, taking the total count of affected people in the National Capital Region (NCR) to 945 — 435 in Delhi and 510 in the neighbouring states.The total number of cases of malaria and chikungunya, reported till August 26, were 61 and 28 respectively, higher than last week.Doctors and authorities have expressed concern that the number of cases will rise in the months of September and October. In Delhi, the maximum number of dengue cases were reported from south Delhi — 31 cases in the last one week and 95 in the entire year. The north and east Delhi civic bodies reported 14 and 6 cases in the last week, respectively.”Dengue is on a rise. We are getting cases on a regular basis. We have been receiving an equal number of swine flu cases as well,” Dr S P Byotra, Head of Medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said.”September and October are the dreaded months, but even in August, we received 3-4 cases a day, making it at least 25 cases a week,” he added.

Health survey reveals alarming rise in hypertension cases in Capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cases of hypertension in Delhi have increased from 3,22,510 in 2015 to 3,61,443 in 2016, a recent survey has revealed. More people also reported about cases of diarrhoea in the same period. The survey was conducted by Praja Foundation across the national capital with a total sample size of 24,301 households.As per the report, the cases of diarrhoea and hypertension have increased in the Capital from 2015 to 2016. Diarrhoea cases have increased from 5,64,416 in 2015 to 6,22,480 in 2016. Similarly, the cases of hypertension have increased from 3,22,510 in 2015 to 3,61,443 in 2016.”The data was procured under the RTI act 2005. These statistics indicate that people did raise a red flag on certain issues but the authorities did not pay any heed to them,” said Milind Mhaske, project director of Praja Foundation.The reports also highlights shortage of staff in the municipal corporation dispensaries and Delhi government hospitals. According to the information, the MCD has a high shortage of staff with 40 per cent posts vacant in medical and 45 per cent posts vacant in para-medical positions.Similarly, even the state government hospitals have 68 per cent posts vacant in academic positions and 41 per cent in the administrative posts.”There is a need to have a centralised and holistic health management information system for all the health service providers for better policy decisions. The hotspots of various diseases needs to be focused on while formulating and developing strategies to cope with them,” said Anjali Srivastava, assistant manager at Praja Foundation.As many as 30 fresh cases of dengue were reported in Delhi last week, taking the total number of people affected by the vector-borne disease to 180. Also, the total number of cases of malaria and chikungunya, reported by July 22, was 230 and 195, respectively.The report revealed that the Rohini zone of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) had the highest number of 8,599 cases for dengue in the last three years. The area even reported the highest number of cases of tuberculosis.

Swine flu on the rise: Delhi sees over 300 cases since January

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Delhi is struggling hard to deal with the dengue and chikungunya menace, the rise in the cases of swine flu has put the entire nation on a red alert.As many as 320 cases of the H1N1 virus have been reported from the national capital as per the data provided by the Delhi government on Tuesday.”Two people have died due to the deadly virus in the capital,” said a senior government official.Symptoms include fever, cough, nasal secretion, fatigue, headache, body ache and sore throat. Frequent hand-washing and avoiding crowded places are among the precautions one should take to avoid catching the infection.The standard treatment for H1N1 is Tamiflu, which should be taken only on prescription. There are three categories of the virus — A, B and C. While the first two are considered stable, the C category is dangerous. It requires ventilator support immediately.As per the government data, 12,500 cases have been reported so far from the entire nation.Maharashtra is the worst affected with 284 deaths followed by Gujarat (75), Kerala (63) and Rajasthan (59), government data shows.”The number of cases will go up in the coming days. Generally, the cases of swine flu arrive in Delhi in the month of September. This year, we have the cases of vector-borne diseases combined with the H1NI virus. It is a deadly combination,” said Dr SP Byotra, Department of Internal Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram hospital.In 2009, when H1N1 was spreading fast in many countries around the world, the World Health Organisation called it a pandemic. Since then, people have continued to get sick from swine flu across the world, including in India, but the cyclical nature of the virus means that every few years there is a spurt in cases and deaths.

Speak up | Steps towards women safety show positive results: Delhi Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Post Decmber 16 gangrape, women security in Delhi has always been under scanner. If Delhi Police’s statistics are to be believed, it shows that there are been decline in rape cases up to June 15, this year.The data up to June 15 this year, suggests that 930 cases of rape were registered while molestation cases went up to 1,537. However, if compared, the numbers are lesser than recorded last year within the same period.Last year, till June 15, 1,018 cases of rape were recorded with 2,020 cases of molestations. Delhi Police claims to have forced a decline in cases of crime against women be it rape, molestation, dowry deaths or cruelty by husband and in-laws. However, the cases of kidnapping have seen a sharp rise from 1,609 reported last year to 1,690 this year.The trend also shows decline in cases of abduction of women which dipped from 251 in 2016 to 141 this year. Cases of dowry deaths also declined from 76 to 62 this year, the data reads.Senior police officers claim that the dip in crime against women has been achieved through special drives and focus on targeting the miscreants who indulge in such crimes. “A woman friendly approach and deployment of women officers has also helped in letting the woman step forward to report such crimes, which earlier went unreported,” said Jitendra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police.CCTV INSTALLATIONTaking steps to ensure safety of women in Delhi, the Delhi Cabinet in June had approved the installation of CCTV cameras in more than 6,000 Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses from the Nirbhaya fund at an estimated cost of Rs 140 crore. The move aimed to ensure safety of women in the state-run buses.
The Delhi Transport Department has submitted a proposal to authorise the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) call tenders and sign the agreement for installation of CCTV cameras in 6350 DTC and cluster buses. The project will be funded by the Center’s Ministry of Women and Child Development. HIMMAT APPThe app can be downloaded from play store and is free of cost
User needs to register in app after downloading from store to get registration key(OTP)
The app has a SOS button, which, if pressed in time of distress, the users location is transmitted to Delhi Police control room ​Whenever a women is assaulted or attacked it is we (women) who are questioned for leaving the home alone or travelling late. Why men are not questioned punished for the heinous crime they do. It is easy to point fingers at women but I feel even men be taught how to behave when women are around. —Kasish Nigam, studentI feel that safety of women’s onus lies on the government. They need to take steps that help curb crime against them. Also, I feel it is not just Delhi where women feel unsafe or are raped, all across India men misbhave with women, which show that we need to teach them (boys) how to respect each person’s space and give proper gender lessons.—Priyanka Mukherjee, media professional​I don’t feel safe travelling in post 8pm in Delhi. I cannot party around in Delhi, NCR regions till I don’t have a male companion to tag along with. I am sure that If I am alone anyone can abduct me or harm me. During the December 16 rape case, the victim was accompanied by a male friend still she was attack, I feel that people have no fear to police, which is why the crime against women is always on rise. —Sonal Gupta, professionalWomen safety is not up to the mark in the Capital city. Even though police says CCTVs are installed I feel that the legal course is unfair on the victim. Many a times we hear that the accused is set free as his crime can’t be proved. Also self defence classes must be held every month in government run organisation and private firms should nsure women related cases are held with utmost urgency.—Dibyendu Chaudhury, studentWomen safety is a tricky topic. I feel we women have to be self sufficient to tackle safety issues. On the other hand we should tackle this issue at the root cause and sensitise men to not objectify women.—Akriti Kumar, studentEXPERT SPEAKSafety of women has been Delhi Police’s top priority, and we have worked hard to bring down the crime rate against women. This has been possible following a number of initiatives which also include introduction of mobile applications like Himmat. Further we have also strengthened our helpline 1096, where people can register complaint against stalkers. We have also conducted self-defence classes to schoolchildren.Madhur Verma, DCP CrimeIt’s sad that Delhi is one of the most unsafe cities for women. Even though I head the Delhi Commission for Women, I fear going out late in the night, and even if I have to, my family is extremely worried till I return home safe. It is a long road till the city will be considered to be safe for women, till then we have to live with is rude fact. But we can’t sit over the issue, all the authorities involved have to take serious steps.Swati Maliwal – DCW chief

HC issues directions to district courts for speedy justice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To ensure speedy justice and better utilisation of limited resources, the Delhi High Court has directed district courts to allocate work as per a judicial officer’s expertise, dispose of cases within realistic timelines and not give more than three adjournments. The administrative directions were issued by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal to ensure proper implementation of civil procedure code provisions related to adjournments, timelines as well as electronic filing of cases and service of summonses. The high court has said that the rule of three adjournments and imposition of compensatory costs has to be followed strictly. This assumes significance as in June this year a government-appointed panel had said that the rule of maximum of three adjournments per case was not being followed in over 50 per cent of the matters being heard by the courts, leading to a rising pendency of cases. The high court, in its circular issued through the registrar general, has also said that for electronic service of summons, a person who wishes to avail this option will have to file an affidavit stating that the recipient’s email is correct to the best of his knowledge. The circular also directs the district court judges to “ensure that each and every case is being heard effectively and disposed of as early as possible”, but “within realistic timelines”. The acting chief justice has also told the district judges to allocate work by taking into consideration the field of expertise of the judicial officer so as to ensure “optimum utilisation of limited resources”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Case filed against Gurung, wife for Darjeeling violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been lodged against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung and his wife Asha for their alleged involvement in violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes in Darjeeling hills on the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state. “We have lodged a case (against Gurung and his wife) and the investigation is on. There were allegation that they were involved in the violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes on Saturday,” a senior police official said. Reacting to the police case against Gurung and his wife, a senior GJM leader charged that the police were implicating them in false cases. “Three of our supporters were killed and they are filing cases against us. Cases should be lodged against the police and state administration for violating human rights and killing,” the GJM leader said. GJM, which was spearheading an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state and observing an indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills, claimed that three of its supporters were killed during clashes with police on Saturday. However, the police confirmed only one death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swine flu loses steam as number of cases recede

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the change in weather, the swine flu virus that is highly active in the state for last four months, appeared to slow down, hence providing a much-needed relief to public and health department as well. With the decreasing number of reported cases of people tested positive for the H1N1 virus in June, officials at the health department are expecting that the number of positive cases will go as minimum as zero by the next month.According to the daily status report of influenza A (H1N1) in the state, only 20 people have been found positive for swine flu including 2 reported deaths during first 19 days of June month so far. A number of positive cases dropped drastically during last 10 days as 14 out of these 20 positive cases are reported before June 8.In June so far, 65 suspects were tested for influenza A (H1N1), out of which, only 6 have been tested positive and 59 are tested negative. In the capital Jaipur, where almost half of the total cases of across the state are reported, only 3 people tested positive for swine flu out of 26 total samples tested in June.“Till the date last year, more than 20 deaths and around 120 positive cases were reported,” Dr Aditya Atrey, Director, Rural Health said. “Along with the change in weather, it could be attributed to the active and passive surveillance by the health department that resulted in early diagnosis and treatment of vulnerable public and also immunity development in the community that decreased the number of positive cases,” he added.It is worth to mention that until last month, the H1N1 virus has put health department to be on its toes as 177 deaths, maximum in a month this year, occurred due to Swine flu in the state. Despite the hot conditions, 148 deaths were reported in April and 39 deaths were reported in March month.THE CASES SO FARIn June so far, 65 suspects were tested for influenza A (H1N1), out of which, only 6 have been tested positive and 59 are tested negative. In the capital Jaipur, where almost half of the total cases of across the state are reported, only 3 people tested positive for swine flu out of 26 total samples tested in June. It is worth to mention that until last month, the H1N1 virus has put health department to be on its toes as 177 deaths in state.

7 drug peddlers arrested with poppy, cannabis, heroin in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven suspected drug peddlers were arrested and 31 kg of poppy, cannabis and heroin was allegedly seized from them in four separate incidents in Jammu, the police said today. A police party intercepted a truck coming from Rajouri to Jammu in Bakshinagar area of the city last evening and seized 22.5 kg of poppy, police officials said. Two persons have been arrested and the truck has been impounded, they said. In another incident, a police team seized nine kg of poppy from a tempo which was on its way to Jammu from Kashmir, they said. One passenger was arrested. A police party today stopped one two-wheeler coming from Miran Sahib towards Satwari at Gadhigarh in the city. Five gm of heroine was seized from its driver following which a case was registered. A police party acting on a specific information conducted a surprise check at Mishriwala in outskirts of the city and intercepted a car coming from Jammu, they said. During a search of the three passengers, 270 gm of cannabis was seized. Cases have been registered in all the incidents and further investigations are underway to ascertain the source and destination of the drug, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sudden rains may lead to a spike in disease rate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The unexpected thunderstorm in the blistering Delhi on Sunday might have brought a smile to many a faces, for medical experts, it has brought nothing but worry. Doctors in the city are of the opinion that the sudden rainfall will increase the humidity level in the Capital, spiking the rate of incidence of vector-borne diseases, such as dengue and chikungunya.Meanwhile, maximum temperature in Delhi was recorded as 29.4 degrees Celsius on Monday.As per the weekly report prepared by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), a total of 38 dengue and 92 chikungunya cases have been reported from the national Capital in this year, so far.According to experts, the number of cases are expected to rise substantially in the coming few days.”Waterlogging leads to bacterial and viral growth. The stagnant water also provides an easy breeding ground to mosquitoes and other disease carriers. Cases with early stage symptoms, such as fever, are already being reported in our OPD. Besides, there is a spike in gastro infections as well,” Dr Rajesh Bhudhiraja, Internal Medicine, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, said.Hospitals and clinics in the city are also witnessing a sudden spurt in the number of cases with symptoms such as cold, cough, high-grade fever, sore throat, headache, etc — all common symptoms of viral infection.On May 13, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had issued special directions to the civic and the government officials to deal with the mosquito menace in the Capital. The government had also directed all hospitals under it to increase the number of beds by up to 20 per cent. A call centre has also been set up, where people can get information about the availability of beds in a particular hospital. In addition, the government has decided to ban sale of the brufen group of medicines during the dengue or chikungunya season.Similarly, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal, on April 29, had directed the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital to keep beds ready for dengue and chikungunya patients, in the event of an outbreak of vector-borne diseases in the city. During the discussion, medical superintendents of various hospitals had apprised the L-G about the problems they faced.

Lalu says ‘no comment’ on SC order in fodder scam case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD president Lalu Prasad today refused to make any comment on the Supreme Court order asking him to face separate trials in each of the cases related to the multi-crore fodder scam in which he is an accused. “My lawyers will speak on the issue,” he said in reply to a question by reporters. “Koi comment nahi (No comment),” Lalu quipped. It is for the first time that the RJD supremo has broken his silence on the apex court order two days ago asking him to face separate trials in each of the cases related to the multi-crore fodder scam in which he is an accused. The gates of his wife Rabri Devi’s official residence, 10, Circular Road, had remained shut for reporters for the past two days to avoid uncomfortable questions on the fodder scam in the wake of the SC order. The RJD supremo received a setback when the apex court on Monday held that Prasad has to face separate trials in each of the cases in which he is an accused in the multi-crore fodder scam and if found guilty, he may be punished separately. Of the 64 cases arising from the scam, Yadav has been named as accused in six cases and he has already been convicted in one of the case involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.70 crore from Chaibasa treasury between 1994-1995. At present, Prasad is out on bail after his conviction in one of the six fodder scam cases. In reply to another question on allegations of EVM tampering, Prasad said RJD national spokesman Manoj Jha will represent the party at an all-party meeting convened by the Election Commission on May 12 to discuss the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Niti Aayog for sweeping judicial reforms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Niti Aayog has made a few suggestions that need to be immediately implemented in the next three years to bring about much needed critical reforms in the Indian judicial system.The planning commission, in its new avatar, has referred to suggestions made by the 255th Law Commission report which has suggested sweeping reforms in the Civil Code of Procedure and the Criminal Code of Procedure to acknowledge the changing times and to expand the scope of forensic science evidence to recognise its strength in the criminal justice delivery system.The Niti Aayog has also suggested introducing a ‘judicial performance index’ to check delay in trial and address the issue of pendency of cases. According to its draft three-year action agenda (for 2017-18 to 2019-20), India ranks 172 out of 190 in the area of enforcing contracts in the World Bank’s ease of doing business report 2017 with an average time of nearly four years required for enforcement.Since 2000, 81.8 per cent of the cases have taken more than five years to be disposed of, while, 57 per cent took more than 10 years in district and lower courts. In four higher courts where sufficient data was available, 87 per cent cases took 10-15 years to be disposed of, and only 5 per cent of the cases were cleared in less than five years. Comparatively, in the US, median time from filing to disposal took 7-8 months for criminal and civil cases respectively (in 2015).IN LABOUR SECTORNiti Aayog has pressed for ‘substantive’ reforms in labour laws to take the country out of the current low-productivity and low-wage jobs situation.
It said that unifying the existing large number of labour laws into four codes without reforming them will serve little purpose.

Azan complaint may be valid: AIMPLB official

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) official said on Saturday that if the sound of azan disturbs someone, his complaint should be given attention.”Islam prohibits causing inconvenience to anyone. One should look into the complaint the singer had made because of the disturbance caused to him by azaan and, if it is found to be true, remedial steps should be taken,” Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, Vice-President, AIMPLB, told DNA on the sidelines of a seminar he had come to attend in Kolkata. He also said that the singer had specified that his problem was not with the azan per se, but rather with the loudspeakers. “It can be the loudspeakers of a masjid or a temple as well. We should not unnecessarily make an issue out of the statement,” he said.Umari was in Kolkata for a discussion on the issue of triple talaq. He said that a lot of misconception is being spread about triple talaq and it is being made to look as if the entire population of Muslim women is in distress. “Cases of talaq or divorce among Muslim couples is negligible in percentage and the one-off cases are being highlighted in the media to make it look as if the practice is rampant. In reality, it is an attempt by politicians to shift focus from other important issues plaguing the Muslim community, such as unemployment, lack of education and social security,” Umari said.

Have devised mechanism to deal with arrears of cases: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today said it has devised a “mechanism” to deal in a phased manner the issue of arrears of cases which have been a concern for the judiciary by bracketing them under various categories. “There is a manner of dealing with the arrears of cases. We are doing it. There cannot be a date fixed for your matter. It will derail the manner in which we are doing it,” a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud told a lawyer who had mentioned his matter for early hearing. “We are taking group matters phase-wise, like we have taken bail and anticipatory bail matters first. Then we have taken accident claims matters and now we will move to other issues,” it said. The remarks by the apex court assumes significance as on April 2 during the sesquicentennial celebrations marking 150 years of the Allahabad High Court, CJI Khehar had raised the issue of pendency of cases in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Justice Khehar had said it was a matter of concern in all courts including the Supreme Court and had said that he was taking steps to reduce the burden on the judiciary. Modi, who had also addressed the gathering, had assured the CJI that the government will make all efforts to back his resolve to reduce burden on the judiciary and pendency of cases. During the hearing today when the advocate said that the apex court should at least fix a date for hearing of his matter, the bench declined it. “Sorry, we cannot fix a date for your matter now. It will certainly come up for hearing but not like this. There is a mechanism and we are dealing with the arrears as per it. You cannot get it (your case) listed like this,” the bench told the lawyer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC declines to quash cases against bizman Anbunathan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madras High Court Bench here today refused to quash cases filed against Karur-based businessman C P Anbunathan for allegedly using a fake ambulance for carrying cash meant for voters during the assembly elections in May last year. Justice P N Prakash, who refused to quash the cases as prayed by petitioner Anbunathan, directed the police to investigate and file the chargesheet within six months. He also ordered the Income tax department to file a counter regarding the seizure of Rs 4.77 crore from the house of Anbunathan and adjourned the matter to April 19. Cases were registered by the police on April 23 last for cheating, counterfeiting marks used by the government servant and for offences punishable under provisions of the Emblem and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1950. Officials had also seized money counting machines and cash to the tune of Rs 10.33 lakh. Besides, the income tax officials found Rs 4.77 crore in his house. Tahsildhar of Manmangalam A Ambayiranathan lodged a complaint with police seeking to register the case against Anbunathan for keeping unaccounted cash for bribing voters against the election rules. Anbunathan sought to quash the case on the ground that the ambulance did not belong to him and the Income Tax officials found that he had paid the tax for Rs 4.77 crore and gave back the money. He claimed the tahsildhar had no jurisdiction to file the complaint regarding the Income tax officers finding Rs 4.77 crore in his house. There was no material to prove that the money seized from the ambulance belonged to him, he contended. The election officials took drastic step including postponing the election following complaints about distribution of money in Aravakurichi Assembly constituency in Karur district and subsequently seized the ambulance carrying the money.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CAG said in 56 per cent of the cases, approval of the

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>competent authority was not obtained for the actual number of trees cut by the Project Proponents (PPs) while groundwater was used without permission in 19 per cent of the cases. “The annual environmental audit report was not submitted by PPs to State Pollution Control Boards in 19 per cent of the cases and in seven per cent of such cases construction or operations was commenced before grant of EC,” it observed. The CAG found absence of preparation and maintenance of action plan for conservation of flora and fauna in 57 per cent of the cases. Construction of rainwater harvesting structures was not done in 29 per cent of the cases while shortfall in relief and rehabilitation measures for people affected by projects was observed in 22 per cent of the cases, it found.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

598 new CBI posts sanctioned to expedite Vyapam, chit fund scams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> To expedite the investigation of cases like VYAPAM and the chit fund (PONZI) scam, the Union Government has increased number of staff by sanctioning 598 new posts for Central Bureau of Investigation. This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister?s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Harivansh in the Rajya Sabha today. There are 1081 Regular Cases and 75 Preliminary Enquiries were pending for investigation / inquiry by CBI as on 31.12.2016 as per information received from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Dr. Singh said. The Government, based on assessment of the proposals for creation of posts received from CBI, decided to increase the number of staff. Dr. Singh also said, ?Central Government has also taken various steps to strengthen Central Bureau of Investigation so as to reduce pendency of cases?. The Union Government has sanctioned additional 92 Special Courts for CBI out of which 88 have become operational and has approved the appointment of 66 Public Prosecutors for CBI. The Government has also approved extension in deputation tenure of 31 Public Prosecutors on contract basis, he said. Dr. Singh informed that ?A plan outlay of Rs. 309.52 crore has been allocated for implementation of various schemes viz Modernization of training centers in CBI, CBI e-governance, comprehensive modernization of CBI branches and offices and Construction of CBI office buildings at various cities for CBI over 12th Five Year Plan period?.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Graft cases filed against 12 teachers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police cases have been filed against 12 head teachers of 11 primary schools of Hailakandi distrIct in Assam for allegedly indulging in corruption, said a government release today. The cases have been registered in different police stations in the district at the directive of Additional Deputy Commissioner in charge of Education F R Laskar, the release said. It has been found by Laskar that though funds have been withdrawn for construction of toilets and kitchen in the primary schools under Sarba Siksha Abhiyan, they either remained incomplete or failed to take off, it said. Cases have been filed against head teachers of 410 Bowerthal LPS, Kashinagar MES, Nitainagar Girls LPS, 629 Jhalnacherra LPS, 977 Paschim Durgapur LPS, 551 Dholai Hindi LPS, Uttar Damcherra VLP, Mulukchand Telicherra LPS, Fatima Rosul VLP, 496 Dosekar Khasia Punjee LPS and 743 Chandranath LPS. District Deputy Commissioner Moloy Bora has declared a zero tolerance policy against graft and many teachers had been placed under suspension in the recent past, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Supreme Court has 60,938 cases pending, facing shortage of eight judges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court, which is eight short of the sanctioned strength of 31 judges, is reeling under pendency of over 60,500 cases, even as several steps are being taken to deal with the backlog of matters.The ‘Indian Judiciary Annual Report 2015-2016’ issued by the Supreme Court shows that as on September 30, 2016, a total of 60,938 cases, including 50,205 civil and 10,733 criminal, are pending. In the period between January 1 and September 30 last year, 45,415 civil and 13,973 criminal cases were filed in the apex court which disposed of a total of 57,722 cases in nine months. The data said that as on January 1 last year, a total of 59,272 cases were pending in the Supreme Court, of which there were 48,181 civil matters and 11,091 criminal cases.Thus, there has been a rise of little less than three per cent in pendency in the 2016 compared to 2015. In 2015, a total of 78,444 matters were filed in the apex court which had disposed 82,092 cases, including previous ones. Giving details of the steps taken by the Supreme Court in clearing the backlog and pendency of cases, the 298-page report said for the first time, two five-judge constitution benches were constituted to hear matters on Mondays and Fridays post lunch every week.”10 constitution bench matters eventually came to be decided till August 30, 2016. This exercise has been conducted for the first time in this court,” the report said, adding, “six special benches were constituted on miscellaneous days i.e. Mondays and Fridays for deciding important matters post lunch. Hundred in total were the three-judge bench matters disposed of between January and August 2016”. It said that a “special drive” was initiated to hear after-notice matters “which had literally clogged the entire system” and about 5,000 after-notice matters had accumulated and were decided. The report also said that two special benches were set up to hear bail matters, besides one special tax bench which sat post lunch on Mondays and Fridays. It said about 104 bail matters and 112 tax cases were disposed of by August 30, 2016.As per the report, steps were also taken to expedite the disposal of old cases and special benches were constituted for hearing regular matters during the summer vacation from May 16, 2016 to June 28, 2016. “It resulted in 301 old regular matters being listed before the vacation bench and out of them a total of 123 were disposed of. About 250 miscellaneous hearing matters were also decided during this period. As such, about 370 cases came to be disposed of during the summer vacation itself,” it said. For the first time, special benches were constituted during the winter vacations in the apex court to deal with the huge pendency of cases.Besides these, special dedicated benches were set up to dispose of old criminal appeals, taxation matters and commercial matters. “To save the precious time of the court, a novel and effective mechanism was conceptualised and started, whereby remarks relating to incomplete matters were highlighted in the cause-list itself, which certainly helped the court to dispose of incomplete matters expeditiously,” the report said, adding, “despite heavy institution of cases, the court has been able to arrest the arrears successfully”.The report also gave data of cases instituted and disposed along with number of pending cases since 1950 when the apex court came into existence. In the first year of its inception in 1950, a total of 1,215 cases were filed in the Supreme Court which disposed of 525 matters during that year. The apex court has also emphasised on digitisation of court records and all civil appeals pertaining to the period up to 2002 have completely been scanned and are available on the Supreme Court’s internal network. “A total of one crore five lakh pages have been digitised which are available just a click away. A process to enhance the output of digitised paper to one lakh per day is under way,” the report said.

Delhi Police arrests notorious criminal Yogender Sharma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested notorious criminal Yogender Sharma of Billa Gang, who was wanted in a number of cases related to robbery and attempt to murder.The police also recovered sophisticated pistol .765 mm along with 6 live cartridges from Sharma.Sharma was a wanted in three cases of attempt to murder and a robbery case.It is also known that he intended to eliminate rival Dabbu and Bittu in order to create dominance in the Trans Yamuna area.

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