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Delhi Nursery admissions: Jamia students to help EWS families

Even as the nursery admission process for the Economically Weaker Section and Disadvantaged (EWS/DG) category is yet to begin across the Capital, few students of Jamia Millia Islamia have decided to help such families in completing their online submission process.The Engineering Department of the university has joined hands with an NGO Mission Taleem to serve help the needy families.”We had approached the university to seek their help in helping such people who have no idea about the online admission process. The department has assured us of providing every possible help in filling as many forms as possible,” said Ekramul Haque, national convener of the NGO.”We will try to reach every nook and corner of Delhi, where poor and needy people reside, and fill their forms at their homes with the help of these students,” he added.The Delhi government had switched to a centralised online admission process for the EWS category in 2015, after receiving repeated complaints of discrimination from the parents. However, the parents of the EWS kids face many hardships in the online procedure as most of them do not have access to the internet. The official data also shows a considerable decline in the number of nursery admissions in the EWS/DG category in the last three sessions.

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Delhi: 13 trains cancelled as fog engulfs region; air quality dips to ‘very poor’

The cold wave continues to intensify in the national capital, with a blanket of fog engulfing the region, leading to disruption of normal life.Furthermore, the air quality index at Lodhi Road was recorded at a ‘very poor’ level – with PM 2.5 and PM 10.As many as 36 trains have been delayed, 13 cancelled and two rescheduled due to poor visibility and other operational conditions.The Meteorological Department has predicted a maximum temperature of 25 degree Celsius, with lows of 8 degrees and a moderate fog.A similar situation was witnessed in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow city, with a thick layer of fog and poor visibility.

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Lakshmi Villas to re-live its hotel glory

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

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Telecom dept directs ISPs to block 4,694 URLs containing child sexual abuse content

The Telecom Department (DoT) has directed internet service providers (ISPs) to block 4,694 URLs that contained material related to child sexual abuse, Parliament was informed today.Besides, instructions for blocking 1,791 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) including Facebook pages and YouTube videos have been issued by the DoT to ISPs in 2016 and 2017 (till November 30), Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.”DoT has directed ISPs to block the list of 4,694 URLs of child sexual abuse material as provided by Central Bureau of Investigation,” Sinha said.Also, a total of 2,133 URLs were blocked in order to comply with the directions of various courts in 2016 and 2017 (till November 30), he added.Sinha said ISPs implement blocking of internet websites/ URLs by using suitable technology.”However, at present, technically it is not feasible to block specific items or content contained in a particular URL/webpage,” he noted.In response to a separate query, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Alphons Kannanthanam said a total of 587, 964, and 1,329 URLs of social media websites/specific webpages were blocked in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (up to November 30), respectively.”Further, a total of 632, 100 and 83 URLs of social media websites/web pages were blocked in compliance with the directions of the competent courts of India in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (up to November 30), respectively,” Kannanthanam said.The government does not regulate content appearing on social networking sites, Kannanthanam said adding that law enforcement and security agencies make searches on the Internet on specific case-to-case basis or as appropriate.”As per the data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 2,423 persons in 2014, and 3,137 persons in 2015 were arrested under combined sections of 66 and 66A of IT Act,” he said.Kannanthanam said there have been attempts from time to time to penetrate systems/devices of cyber networks operating in government and its personnel.”These attacks have been observed to be originating from the cyberspace of a number of countries including China and Pakistan,” he said.Citing data from Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the minister said 44,679, 49,455, 50,362, and 40,054 cyber security incidents were observed during 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (till November), respectively.The types of cyber security incidents include phishing, scanning/probing, website intrusions and defacements, virus/malicious code, ransomware, denial of service attack etc, Kannanthanam added.CERT-In issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats/vulnerabilities and counter measures to protect computers on regular basis.Kannanthanam said 15 drills have so far been conducted by CERT-In to assess cyber security preparedness of organisations. About 148 organisations from different states and sectors such as finance, defence, power, telecom, transport, energy, space, IT/ITeS etc participated in these drills.A 24/7 security monitoring centre including NIC-CERT is also in place at NIC (National Informatics Centre) for detecting and responding to security incidents, he said.

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Injured soldiers get new lease of life through prosthetics

In an unfortunate accident, where a high explosive bomb blasted prematurely during a field firing exercise its splinter went directly into the eye socket of Colonel (Rtd) Yashpal Jagia leaving him blind in the left eye way back in 1983. But now after 34 years, Col Jagia finally received an eye prosthesis at the Army Dental Centre in Delhi, known to carry out such processes.”The Armed Forces did not have customised eye prosthesis back then and the ones that were there did not match either the colour/size or shape of the other half of the organ,” said Col. Jagia. “I am glad that my left eye looks as good as the other eye now,” he added.Col Jagia is not the only one. This year alone, 67 new prosthesis which includes new artificial eyes, nose, ears and even skull bones were given to soldiers at this Centre.A total 265 Maxillofacial Prosthesis, rehabilitation of patients with defects or disabilities developed due to trauma or present by birth, have been performed in the last five years in the Prosthodontics Department of the Dental Centre. Out of total 50 Prosthodontists in the Military Services, the five specialists are at the Delhi Centre alone.”The cases we receive, directly from the conflict areas, are challenging where lives have been compromised. Prosthodontists work with various other departments from ENT, Psych, Plastics, to improve the quality of lives of our soldiers,” said Lt Col (Dr) Viswambaran Mandamparambil, Head of Department, Prosthodontics.”As a doctor, it moves me when these smart, young officers suddenly become handicapped,” he added.Artificial materials like Silicone, Acrylics, and Metals like Cobalt-Chromium are being used to provide the Prosthetic rehabilitation. The Centre has been receiving tertiary cases from all across the country, as no other Dental Centre provides this kind of prosthetics elsewhere. For instance, AFMC (Armed Forces Medical College), Pune, does not make prosthetic eyes and ears at their Centre; and they along with the AFIDS (Airforce Institute of Dental Sciences) and CMDC (Command Military Dental Centres) all refer their cases here.”Apart from the improved quality of life, we are also always working on giving a better experience. We are now working on digitalising the complete procedure and will be the first ones to do so. We will be using 3D scanning and printers for this process,” says Brigadier (Dr) Subrata Roy, Commandant, Army Dental Centre (Research and Referral).265 PARTS IN 5 YRSA total 265 Maxillofacial Prosthesis, rehabilitation of patients with defects or disabilities developed due to trauma or present by birth, have been performed in the last five years in the Prosthodontics Department of the Dental Centre Out of total 50 Prosthodontists in the Military Services, the five specialists are currently at this Delhi facility alone

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Rajasthan fails to safeguard sloth bears

The Rajasthan government is reportedly not doing enough to save the sloth bears in the state.In 2005, the Sariska Tiger Reserve near Alwar saw a tragedy with all the tigers in the park lost to poaching. It was shocking because it was not before several months had passed that the forest department and the state government took notice of the situation. Although tigers were then trans-located into the reserve – of which a good numbers are surviving today – but a decade since the debacle, another blunder is about to take place, this time due to the apathy of the forest department.Due to the lethargic attitude of the department, the chance to revive a species long extinct in the area has now been lost. The species being talked about is the sloth bear, which was once abundant in the entire Aravalli range.In March 2013, a lone bear had strayed into a village near Malarna forest check post under Rajgarh forest of Sariska tiger Reserve. The six-year-old bear had come from Bharatpur. It was rescued and relocated in Kalighati forest area and the animal marked its territory in the park. It roamed around Kankwari, Tehla, Kalighati, Slopka region till Pandupol forest in the park covering a huge area. With this, hopes to revive the species were ignited. But four years since the bear was brought to Sariska, there is no representation of the species in the area. Whats more, the bear has not been sighted by forest officials for nearly a year.”There were no signs of the bear in the last year. We have not come across any carcass. We do not know if the animal was poached or has gone out of the area or has died a natural death” a highly placed official in the department said.Thought was given to the possiblity of reviving the species and plans were also made. However, the department took too long to formulate as in 2015 the final report for reintroduction was completed and tabled. “A factual report, along with a Sloth Bear Reintroduction Project, was forwarded to the forest department in May 2013 year regarding bringing a female bear to the park. It was, however, not put up before the Wildlife Board for consideration,” a forest official told DNA.More red tapeism followed in the state government and the final nod was received in 2017 from NTCA. “There was a glitch, however. The department could not just lift any female bear but the ones that had strayed out of the forest and towards city or village and was healthy to undertake such a journey could only be shifted,” sources said.Officials in the knowhow claim that there have been several incidences over the years particularly in Sirohi district wherein sloth bears have ventured out of the forest areas.But officials claim that the animal might have moved out of area. “Although it has not been sighted for a long time, we think the bear might have gone out of the area and towards Jamwa Ramgarh. It is a free ranging animal and might have gone anywhere” said Balaji Kari, DFO Sariska.Interestingly, reports of a bear in Jamwa Ramgarh have not been received over the past several months.

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8% of GDP is spent on govt salaries

India spends a whopping Rs 10.18 trillion on the emoluments of government employees, both at the centre and in states, a staggering 8.15% of the country’s GDP.Taken against the backdrop of spending on education, health and defence, the figures show a large chunk of government budget goes into the salaries, pensions and allowances of government employees, leaving a trickle for social sector and development activities.A note submitted by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to a parliamentary panel highlighted the fact that out of the total GDP of India amounting to 124.88 trillion, Rs 10.18 trillion is spent on paying salaries, etc.The Committee on Estimates chaired by veteran BJP leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, while reviewing the performance of all India services, found that a huge expenditure was met on wages, besides the expenditure on building infrastructure like offices and houses for bureaucracy, rather on delivery.The panel had actually asked the government to furnish details of total expenditure incurred on Indian Administrative Service (IAS) , Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers posted at the Centre and in states and its share in the GDP. But the government while circumventing the request submitted an overall data related to all government employees without specifying services.The government in its presentation stated that there was no study at hand to suggest expenditures incurred on officers belonging to superior services. Taking exception to the fact that there was mechanism to find out the expenditure and its share in the GDP, the panel agreed that bureaucracy was fully committed to citizens and reflects hopes and aspirations, but said it should be held accountable for accomplishments, when it is being paid from the exchequer.According to figures, the salaries of 10 million central government employees account for 12.6% of the central government’s total expenditure. The government recently accepted the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, doubling the minimum starting salary from the current Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000 per month. The Commission’s recommendations added an extra 0.7% burden on the GDP and a yearly burden of 102,000 crore.The government also admitted that payment of salaries, wages and other allowances to government employees is the main element of Gross value added (GVA) — the total output and measure of the value of goods and services.

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Jammu and Kashmir: A police station of the women, by the women, for the women

Gender-sensitive policing is the new mantra of the Mehbooba Mufti government to combat the rising crimes against women in the restive Jammu and Kashmir.Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet has accorded sanction for the creation of four new Women Police Stations with the strength of 208 cops in the state. Two each police stations will be established in Kashmir valley and Jammu division.Militancy prone district of Pulwama and border district of Kupwara will house the new women police stations in the valley while Kathua and Doda districts of Jammu have been selected in the Jammu division. Cabinet has also accorded sanction, to the creation of 208 posts, which includes four Inspectors, four Sub Inspectors, eight Assistant Sub Inspectors, 24 Head Constables, 136 Constables and 32 posts of Followers. Each police station will have the strength of 52 personnel.“The Home Department will separately notify the jurisdiction of these four Women Police Stations in consultation with the Police Headquarters”, said an official spokesman.Presently, there are six Women Police Stations– one each in districts of Jammu, Rajouri, Udhampur, Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla –functioning in the state.Also readJammu and Kashmir | Education gets mega boost, 16 new colleges, 400 upgraded govt schools to come up next yearJammu and Kashmir has one of the lowest numbers of women cops in the police force. Figures reveal only 3.12 percent of force comprising 2252 women personnel are working in the Jammu and Kashmir police department.Police figures reveal that 2,920 cases of crime against women were reported in 2016. These include 805 cases of kidnapping, 275 cases of rape, 157 cases of eve-teasing and 1,233 cases of molestation in 2016.Also readJammu and Kashmir: Cases against 5,000 stone pelters to be withdrawnOfficial figures reveal that the Jammu and Kashmir State Commission of Women (SCW) has received 3000 complaints of domestic violence and the harassment at the work place in the last three to four years in the restive state.Waking up to the rising incidence of violence against women, SCW has started one-stop-crisis-center to help the women in distress at their doorsteps.SCW has opened an exclusive phone line where women in distress can call or text or even WhatsApp to lodge a complaint. Officials of the SCW can immediately reach out to the women and help her to redress their grievances

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GST, RIICO dominate pre-budget meet

The issues and suggestions related to GST, newly introduced e-way bill and pending issues of VAT dominated the pre-budget meeting between the department of finance and various industrial representatives held recently.Sources informed that the industrial representatives spoke about the difficulties in execution of GST while the issues related to RIICO were also raised during the meeting. Apart from these two issues, topics related to e-way bill, mandi tax, stamp duty were also discussed and they gave the suggestions related to these issues.Additional chief secretary(finance) D B Gupta, who chaired the meeting, assured the representatives that the suggestions would be looked into while making the budget . The issues which the business representatives raised related to GST and the suggestions will be forwarded to the GST council. In the meeting, the officials of finance, commercial tax , RIICO, stamps and registration, labour etc who were present were asked to take up the problems raised by the industrialist s.The meeting was a part of the series of meetings which the department of finance has been taking with various sections of business and society for their inputs in budget.The current round of meeting started from Wednesday and will end on Friday with a meeting of various associations giving their suggestions. The meeting was also attended by multiplex’s association, cinema association apart from regular business organsiations.This year’s budget will be the first budget after the implementation of GST in which VAT, entertainment tax etc were subsumed which formed a major part of the state’s revenue. Meanwhile, people can also give their suggestions on budget to the department of finance. This can be done through logging onto the link provided on the website of department of finance.Budget after gstThe industrial representatives spoke about the difficulties in execution of GST while the issues related to RIICO were also raised during the meeting. Apart from these two issues, topics related to e-way bill, mandi tax, stamp duty were also discussed and they gave the suggestions related to these issues. This year’s budget will be the first budget after the implementation of GST in which VAT, entertainment tax etc were subsumed which formed a major part of the state’s revenue.

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Rajasthan minister’s sons accused of assault

Two sons of a Rajasthan minister, along with others, allegedly abducted and thrashed a man in Alwar district, police said on Thursday.The incident occurred last evening when Surendra Bhadana and Hitesh Bhadana, sons of General Administration Department (GAD) minister Hem Singh Bhadana, along with 10 others, allegedly abducted one Tej Singh Yadav and thrashed him, they said.”Yadav was admitted to a local hospital for treatment. He said 12 persons, including Surendra and Hitesh, abducted and thrashed him,” Vinod Samaria, SHO of the Shivaji park police station, said.”Reasons behind the incident are not clear yet,” he said, adding that the investigation is underway.No arrest have been made so far, Samaria said.The minister could not be approached for his comments.

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Build a durable, long-lasting court edifice: Bombay High Court to PWD

The five-storey Mazgaon court building was inaugurated in 1997, by then Chief Minister Manohar Joshi and Chief Justice, High court, M B Shah.

There were 13 courts in the Mazgaon building covering several police stations such as Pydhonie, Dongri, JJ Marg, Nagpada, Agripada and Kalachowki.

In 2013, it was declared dangerous. Since then the court has been functioning from the Sewree sessions court.

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Environment minister takes stock of E-Waste management compliance

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Tuesday took stock of the compliance with E-Waste Management Rules in the city. The rules had come into effect from October 1, last year.The minister, in the meeting, directed officials of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to ensure that there is no dismantling and recycling of the E-Waste.The electronic waste includes waste from electronic items, including discarded mobile phones, refrigerators, computers, television sets and electronic entertainment devices.As per these rules, every producer of the electrical and electronic equipment can apply for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for handling and managing the E-Waste.EPR is an authorisation given by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for collecting and managing the E-Waste. This authorisation is given for five years and for obtaining an EPR, a producer is required to submit a detailed plan for the collection of the E-Waste, mode of collection, details of collection points and agency responsible for such collection.The DPCC officers informed the minister that till date the CPCB has given EPR authorisation to 47 producers from Delhi. The environment minister also reviewed the working of Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Management Rules, 2016.”The new Rules are aimed to check indiscriminate disposal of C&D waste and enabling the channelization of such waste for re-use and recycling. The purpose is also to promote public’s participation in the scientific management of this category of waste. This waste could be used for composting, high calorific waste could be used for producing energy; steel and concrete could be re-used as well. A policy for C&D Waste Management Rules is under preparation with Urban Development Department of Delhi Government. The role of the DPCC will be to ensure that facilities which are granted authorization for C&D Waste processing, comply with various environmental laws and prescribed norms in this regard.”

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3 years on, no third gender students in Delhi University’s regular classes

When the Delhi University (DU) decided to add the third gender category in its admission forms for undergraduate courses in 2015, the move was hailed by everyone, especially the transgender students. Three academic sessions down the line, however, not even a single student has enrolled in regular colleges under the category across the university.According to the University’s Department of Adult, Continuing Education, and Extension, no third-gender applicants have joined regular colleges in undergraduate courses as of now. The department had recently written to all colleges to seek related information.The university, however, witnessed a five-fold increase in the number of applications (83) received under the third-gender category, as compared to last year’s 15. “Every year, we receive applications from third gender students, but no one joins regular college. Most prefer DU’s School of Open Learning (SOL)” said Professor Rajesh, a faculty member at the Department.As per a recent research conducted by students on the issue, even if some third gender students study at regular colleges, they are not comfortable revealing their identity. “We came to know that some transgender students attend regular classes but they chose not to take admission under the third gender category,” said Aslam, a PhD scholar.When DNA contacted several third gender students pursuing education through distance learning, humiliation and hesitation emerged as the main reasons behind not opting for regular education. “It’s very difficult for us to attend regular classes. Neither students nor teachers are sensitive about our issues and problems,” said Rehana, 27, a transgender who recently completed her BA (programme) from SOL.Talking about her experience during the weekly SOL classes, she said: “I left attending classes there after facing lewd comments from students. Several other transgender students were also there, but none of them attended classes,” said Rehana, who is now planning to pursue masters from distance learning.Officials at the university, however, claimed that they have a “healthy” atmosphere for such students at their campuses. “We regularly organise interactive sessions to encourage more third gender students to join mainstream education. But more sensitisation is required. We need to take collective responsibility to bridge this gap,” said Anju Srivastava, principal of the Hindu College.Students, however, claimed that the university’s policy regarding name change was yet another hurdle for the third gender students. “I have been requesting the varsity to change my name in my marksheet and certificate for the last three years but to no avail. They say it needs to be changed in school,” said Akansha, a third-year BA (prog) student at SOL. “I became aware of my identity after I finished school,” she added.Recently, a transgender student had moved the Delhi High Court, challenging the DU and the CBSE over their policies on name change. According to the CBSE policy, her lawyer explained, a student has to change his/her name before the results are declared by the board.Experts, however, said an inclusive atmosphere was needed to bring these students to the mainstream right from the school level. “We need to bring attitudinal changes among these students and other stake holders from the very start. It can’t be done at graduation level,” said Professor Rajesh, who has also submitted a report on the issues of transgenders in education and employment to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.THE DISCOMFORTAs per a recent research conducted by students, even if some third gender students study at regular colleges, they are not comfortable revealing their identity. Officials claim that they have a “healthy” atmosphere at their campuses

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Tourism goes tech-savvy: Book your tickets to 32 heritage sites online

In coming days, booking a ticket for visiting monuments or museums in the state will become totally online and IT-enabled. Department of archaeology and museums is working on a scheme in which the private partner will be roped in to provide this service in PPP mode. While in Jaipur online ticketing is being done at several other places, however, this facility will cover more areas. Sources informed that, attempt is being made to set up a state of art Web-based and onsite Integrated, Interactive, end to end, IT-enabled System integrated with payment gateway to provide an easy, transparent and secure avenue for visitors to procure tickets for visiting the monuments and museums through web-based, mobile application and Point of Sale (POS) counters as well as on-site presence is being worked out.Currently, 32 state monuments and museums have been selected under this project. At present, the Department has manual ticketing system at these monuments & museums with no or minimal IT/ technology interventions except the online ticketing system for monuments in Jaipur which has been initiated recently. The visitors can log onto the website of the department of archaeology and museums to book the tickets online for monuments in Jaipur currently.To enrich the experience of tourists, streamlines the processes, increase efficiency & of services this new initiative is being planned informed the sources. If this system, works well, then in coming times the facility travel insurance, FORX services etc may also be offered from to the visitors. GOING DIGITALTo visit the famous cellular jail in Andaman, you can book the tickets online sitting in Jaipur. One has to provide the details of Aadhar card, the name of group leader and few other details. There is no waiting manually at the ticket counter. Similarly, 10 monuments in Jaipur are offering online tickets.

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Not enough done for safety of women: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Five years after the December 16 gang rape incident, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that not enough has been done for the security of women. The national AAP convener, however, said that his government is all set to install CCTV surveillance cameras across the city to ensure that the city has enough eyes.The AAP government, before coming to power in 2015, had promised better security for women in the Capital and was the on top of the agenda in the party’s manifesto.”A few years ago, on this day, the Nirbhaya incident took place. I don’t think we have taken any bold steps towards bolstering the security of women. It is a matter of concern for all of us and we should not indulge in blaming each other.However, I am happy that the Public Works Department (PWD) has taken a solid step in this direction. The tenders for installing CCTV cameras have been opened. Soon, we will have CCTV cameras across the city,” said Kejriwal on the sidelines of the inauguration of a flyover loop in Mukundpur.

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Staff crunch ups pollution woes

Delhiites may be suffering from pollution but what’s surprising to note is that there are only 19 pollution inspectors doubling up as RTI, vigilance and Motor Vehicle (MV) inspectors to check the over 971 Pollution Under Control (PUC) test centres across the city which cater to over one crore registered vehicles. Officials say the Delhi government has not made any new recruitments for these posts in almost a decade.Despite the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government, strongly coming out against the recent pollution problems in the Capital, calling the city a “gas chamber” they also have not done much to fill these posts so far.Pollution inspectors are the need of the hour especially in Delhi where vehicular pollution counts for 20 per cent of the city’s toxic air. But so far in Delhi government’s transport department, out of the 38 sanctioned posts of Pollution Level Test Inspectors (PLTIs), only 19 have been filled. The number of filled posts has remained the same for years while the levels of pollution have risen alarmingly in the city.”These inspectors tasked with monitoring PUC fitness centres that are certified to check emission content of vehicles have been doubling up as officers in the RTI cell, vigilance and other administrative wings due to the overall staff crunch in the department. This has affected the monitoring of quality levels badly,” said a senior officer.Meanwhile, sources reveal that the transport department overall has 1,465 sanctioned posts of which only 494 are filled. This means that 940 posts are vacant. Besides, pollution inspectors, officials said, public services such as the issuance of driving licenses (DL) among others are getting affected as there are only 12 MV inspectors against the sanctioned 44 posts. MV inspectors get the driving tests done.However, only last month after the National Green Tribunal has asked the department to upload PUC reports annually on the website, the government has moved a file for fresh recruitments to the Lieutenant Governor.”The department has sent a proposal to fill these posts besides some others last year to the government. It has now been sent to the LG,” he said.The cadre of PLTIs was created in 1987. Till some years ago the number of sanctioned posts for them was 50, however, it was reduced later when a new post of pollution control officer (PCO) was created for these officers to be promoted to the next level.Besides, the officer said there is a scope for creation of posts for the new wings that have come up in the recent years such as IT, Road Safety and Victim Impact Report cells. The existing staff only doubles up for these wings as well affecting the overall working of the department.An audit report of the PUC centres and monitoring levels done by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) submitted in the Supreme Court earlier this year found that most of the pollution checking centres did not have upgraded technology or trained staff to get the correct readings.Besides, it also found that the rejection rate for vehicles is less, as PUC norms in the region are weak.

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India happiness minister sought as murder suspect in Madhya Pradesh

The man charged with the wellbeing of India’s Madhya Pradesh state has been missing since Tuesday.

Makeshift Gangotri Bridge linking Uttarkashi to China border collapses

The lone bridge linking Uttarkashi to the China border collapsed today, disconnecting dozens of villages and causing inconvenience to daily commuters, especially school-going children and teachers.The makeshift Gangotri bridge collapsed around 6 am when two trucks were crossing it, Uttarkashi District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan said. No one was hurt in the incident, he said.According to rules, only one truck can pass through the bridge at a time, he said. A magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and the Public Works Department (PWD) have been asked to open an alternate route as soon as possible.Daily commuters who used the bridge, especially school- going children and teachers, have been inconvenienced by its sudden collapse, he said. A number of vehicles are stranded on either side of the bridge with no alternate route available at the moment, he said.

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Nationwide raids on 9 Bitcoin exchanges

Multiple teams of tax sleuths Wednesday, investigating virtual currency Bitcoin’s investors and transactions, conducted raids at nine cryptocurrency exchanges in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kochi, Hapur and Gurugram.The raids come a month after the Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre and its agencies, including SEBI, Income Tax Department, RBI and ED to apprise it about their stand on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and how to regulate them.Beginning early morning, team of IT officials stormed 12 premises of prominent virtual currency exchanges, including Zebpay and Unocoin.Sources told DNA, “We are collecting the name of investors and their transaction details. The survey under Section 133A of the Income Tax Act, is being conducted for gathering evidence for establishing the identity of investors and traders, transactions undertaken by them, identity of other parties, bank accounts used, among others.”Bitcoin, though illegal in India, has jumped about 16-fold this year as investors continue to flock to this cryptocurrency as a safe investment option.”Even though virtual currencies do not have legal status in India, cryptocurrency exchanges have been adding over 3,500 users a day and now have reached 8 lakh downloads, said a source privy to the matter.DNA had first reported last month how cryptocurrencies were replacing the cash component in the real estate.Also, several real estate brokers, who have left the sector, are now luring investors to invest in Bitcoins, promising them returns of more than 300 per cent in just three months.Recently, the RBI issued an advisory, telling investors to beware of investing in cryptocurencies.However, despite the RBI refusal to give regulatory clearances, many leading Indian Bitcoin exchanges like Zebpay and Unocoin offers crypto coin trade, possiblly through online banking.The Finance Ministry had also constituted an Inter-Disciplinary Committee to review virtual currency both in India and globally and suggest measures to monitor these currencies.About the raidsThough illegal in India, Bitcoin has grown about 16-fold in 2016 Cryptocurrency exchanges have been adding over 3,500 users per day Nine cryptocurrency exchanges were raided, beginning early morning

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Govt decision to revoke hospital licence irresponsible: FORDA

The Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) on Tuesday has condemned the government’s decision to cancel the license of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh. The doctors’ body has issued a statement opposing the government’s move. “We condemned such a haphazard and irresponsible action of the government. Without going into the details of the matter they have straightaway cancelled the license of the hospital, just to please the citizen. By doing this they are just not setting up a wrong example but also misleading the society against a noble profession,” said Dr Vivek Chouksey, president, FORDA. The Delhi government on Friday has cancelled the license of the hospital in a case of gross medical negligence. As per the instructions, the hospital can now not admit any new patients nor can operate the Out Patient Department (OPD). Those availing treatment in the hospital will be entertained till the time they are not properly cured.The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) on Saturday termed the Delhi government’s move to cancel the license of Max Super Specialty hospital in Shalimar Bagh as “irrational and autocratic”. The doctors’ body said that the government should have waited for the report of the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) on the issue which is expected in a few days. It said it will give a call for a strike if needed and will appeal to the government to revoke the licence cancellation decision.

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After quad; India, Australia hold first meet on strategic, defence ties

India and Australia today reviewed all aspects of bilateral ties with a focus on strategic and defence relations during their first ‘2+2 dialogue’ and agreed that a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific is in the long- term interests of all countries in the region.Significantly, the inaugural Indo-Aus dialogue comes barely a month after the two countries along with the US and Japan, discussed cooperation amid evolving security scenario in the Indo-Pacific region where China has been aggressively expanding its military presence. While India already has a ‘2+2 dialogue’ with Japan, it has also agreed to start a two-by-two ministerial dialogue to enhance “peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region”.The Indian side was led by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra while the Australian side was headed by Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Frances Adamson, and Secretary of Department of Defence Greg Moriarty.”All aspects of bilateral relations with a focus on strategic and defence relations between the two countries were reviewed… Both sides agreed that a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large,” a press release from the external affairs ministry said. It said India and Australia share warm bilateral relations based on shared democratic values and pluralism and there is a growing convergence of strategic perspectives between the two countries.Also readChina reacts cautiously over possible US quadrilateral with India, Japan, Australia Last month, officials from India, Japan, the US and Australia held consultations on the sidelines of the India- ASEAN meet and discussed issues of common interest in the Indo-Pacific region with a focus on cooperation based on converging vision and values for promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in the area. After the quadrilateral, the MEA said, “they agreed that a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large. The officials also exchanged views on addressing common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region as well as on enhancing connectivity.”Adamson is also meeting Secretary (East) and Secretary (ER) in the MEA, the release said. Apart from attending the dialogue, Moriarty also met Chief of Staff Committee and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and visited Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre here.

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21 posts still vacant in many tribunals, councils

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

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UP CM Yogi Adityanath to trim 94 government depts to 37

Not satisfied with the performance of the state bureaucracy, the Yogi government is mulling over drastic administrative reforms in Uttar Pradesh by allowing merger of 94 government departments into 37 to bring in efficiency, coordination and effective implementation of government schemes in the state.A proposal, drafted by Additional Chief Secretary (Planning) Sanjiv Sharan, is ready and will be submitted to the government shortly for perusal and Cabinet approval. “The merger will gear up the administrative machinery and make it more accountable for effective delivery,” Sharan told mediapersons.During their visit to the state last month, officials of the Niti Aayog had also suggested downsizing of the state machinery by merging different government departments for effective functioning and greater convergence. The draft proposes to merge important government departments like health, agriculture, cooperative, administration, cane development, Public Works Department, estate and transport to streamline their functioning and better coordination.“At present, there are three to four departments for one sector which hampers the administrative functioning due to lack of coordination between them. If they are brought under one department, it will certainly help implement government schemes more effectively,” said a senior officer involved in the drafting the proposals.A few senior bureaucrats are, however, against the government’s move fearing it may affect the work allocation to the ministers and IAS officers. They suggest that the government should not drastically bring down their numbers but allow merger of only those departments which have less or no work. Small’s beautifulUP has 94 government departments, highest among all states in India. The draft proposes to merge these 94 departments to 37.Niti Aayog had also suggested downsizing of the state machinery by merging different government departments.

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Brief spell of rain brings relief to pollution-hit Capital

The pollution-hit Capital heaved a sigh of relief on Monday after a light rainfall graced the city in the evening. The drizzle started around 5 pm and as much as 2 mm rainfall was received till 8.30 pm, officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.The air quality, however, remained ‘very poor’, with an AQI score of 366 during the evening. Scientists at the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said the rain was likely to continue on Tuesday as well, with which the air quality might improve from poor to moderate in the coming few days. In fact, it is not expected to end up in the ‘severe’ category till December-end.”The rain is likely to continue on Tuesday and will help in washing down of pollutants hanging in the air. The AQI in the city is expected to range from moderate to poor in the coming fortnight,” said Dipankar Saha, chief of air laboratory, CPCB. The temperature is also expected to come down with the downpour, he added.The maximum and minimum temperatures on Monday were recorded at 24.2 degrees Celsius and 8.2 degrees Celsius, respectively.”So far, winter has not set properly in Delhi. It is expected to set in by December 15-16. At present, the pressure in the atmosphere is low, which will pick up after winter sets in and a cold wave from the Himalayas comes in. Air from this region is clean and will help improve the air quality in the Capital as well. In the next 20 days at least, it will not touch the ‘severe’ category,” Saha said.After a brief respite on December 6 and 7, which were tagged as ‘good air days’ in the month, pollution levels spiked once again on Friday, with the AQI shooting up to 390 units. The permissible standards for PM 2.5 — the most prominent pollutant in the city — are 60 units (measured in microgram per cubic meters).Meanwhile, the air quality in the NCR towns of Ghaziabad and Noida, which are industrial hubs, continued to remain in ‘severe’ category at 463 and 408 units, respectively.Last week, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had asked the Lieutenant-Governor in a meeting to tell the Delhi government to start patrolling of small industrial units using cheap fuels, which leads to pollution.The Delhi Technological University (DTU) surrounded by Narela, Bawana, and Badli in outer Delhi has been witnessing massive pollution levels. The air quality index (AQI) readings of these two areas is always found to be high.

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Partha Roy Burman abduction case: Quantum of punishment to be pronounced today

The quantum of punishment for the abduction of Kolkata’s Khadim Shoes boss Partha Roy Burman will be pronounced on Monday. On December 8, Alipore Court held eight of them guilty in the abduction case. They are – Jalaluddin Mollah, Muzammil Sk, Md Ishad alias Dilshad, Tarique Mehmood, Noor Md, Arshad alias Aslam, Akhter and Mizanur Rahman.Of the eight convicted, three are Pakistan citizens. The second round of hearing in the case had been completed on November 27.In the first phase which was completed in 2009, five had been held guilty including Aftab Ansari. All had been sentenced to life. Later officials of West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) conducted raids in various parts of the country and arrested eight more accused and the second phase of the hearing was started. The case had been delayed owing to various reasons because of which the Supreme Court ordered its quick expedition after which it was taken up by a special court of Alipore Central Jail. Justice Arun Kiran Bandopadhyay had been hearing the case for about a month. In the second phase, there were 68 witnesses. All the accused were made to hear the statements of the witnesses and then the hearing of both sides continued.On July 25, 2001, Burman was on his way to the Bantala Leather Complex when he was abducted from Tiljala area in south Kolkata. Abductors demanded a ransom of Rs 20 crore and later it was negotiated to Rs 5 crore. Later, on August 3 that year, Burman was released and he returned to his family. On June 7, 2005 a charge sheet was filed.The investigation began and later the case was handed over to the CID.

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Visually-impaired girl tops Masters in Arts History course

In a commendable feat, 23-year-old Payal Bhattad, a visually impaired student at the University of Mumbai topped Masters in Arts (MA) in history this year.Bhattad, who hails from Deoli, a small village in Vidarbha has scored an overall 78% in her final MA exams, topping the batch of over 90 students at the university. Sources said she might be the first student from any university department to achieve this feat.”I was confident of getting a very good score in the exams and always hoped to top. This is like a dream come true” said an elated Payal. She is now pursuing a BEd at the Xaviers Institute of Education in Churchgate and wants to take up teaching.Payal, who has been visually impaired from birth did her early schooling from Amravati and later landed in Mumbai after passing her class X. She completed her BA in History from Wilson College and topped the college at the final exams with 84%. She later went on to do her MA in History at the University of Mumbai. A national swimmer, a good writer and a poet, she has been an all-rounder with several accolades in her credit.Despite being a bright student throughout topping the exams did not come easy. “I am not someone who can study with the help of audio notes. For me, the whole learning process would involve several stages- downloading PDF copies of reference books, reading them with a screen reader, type it in my computer and then putting it in braille for reference. After all this, I would prepare my own answers,”added Payal.Manjiri Kamat, head, Department of History said that it was indeed a proud moment for to see Payal excelling at the subject with her sheer dedication. “Payal has been an extremely sincere and confident student from the first day.She has never let her impairment come in the way of her learning and has never expected any concessions from anyone. For a student who is visually impaired, excelling in this manner is a very commendable feat” added Kamat.

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BMC to connect LBS Marg & Bhandup station

To avoid another Elphinstone Road railway station-like incident, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to connect Bhandup railway station (West) with LBS Road by constructing a missing link. The construction of a 300-m missing link will give a second exit on the western side of the station.The proposed road will have a direct connectivity to platform number 1 of the station from LBS road.”The proposed road will ease the pressure from the existing road and mitigate any possibility of Elphinstone Road-like stampede,” said an official from the Road Department.The proposed road is expected to be 13-metre wide and will connect the MVR Shinde road near Jayesh Industrial Estate which is also adjacent to the station.”After Elphinstone Road accident, the BMC has swung into action and working on all such missing links that can give a better connectivity to the station. We have identified a number of missing links in every railway stations to give a better access to the station. The proposal will soon be tabled in the general body of BMC to get approval,” said the official.

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De-addiction centres to counter Udta Kashmir phenomenon

Alarmed by the rising incidence of drug abuse, Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to establish de-addiction centres in all district Hospitals across the state to counter the Udta Kashmir phenomenon.“The government will establish drug de-addiction centres in each district hospital of the state in next two months”, said Bali Bhagat¸ Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Health and Medical Education.This follows the alarming increase in the incidents of drug smuggling and addiction cases in the valley. Strife-torn Kashmir is emerging as a hub of the contraband drugs with smugglers exploiting the law and order problem to carry out the nefarious trade. More than 10000 drug abusers have been treated in police de-addiction centre alone since 2008.“Civil society to contribute to saving the youth from this menace and asked them to form Mohalla Committees to monitor and report the cases of drug abuse”, said Bhagat.Health minister also directed assistant Drug Controller to conduct inspections of supply records of the chemists to keep a check on the drug abuse. SSPs have also been asked to take stringent action against habitual offenders under NDPS Act.Official figures reveal that police have seized 64 kilograms of charas, 7.5 kilograms of charas powder, 194 kilograms of bhang and bhang dust, 925 kilograms of fukki, 915 kilogram of poppy straw and 3.75 kilogram of brown sugar in different parts of the valley in 2016. If it was not enough, police seized 26457 intoxicating capsules 10553 intoxicating tablets and 12983 bottles intoxicating syrup in 2016. Around 312 persons were arrested in 2016 of whom 202 were prosecuted and 26 others were booked under Public Safety Act (PSA), under which a person can be jailed without trial and bail up to two years. Similarly in 2015 police had registered 375 cases and arrested 442 people and 13 others have been booked under PSA.Figures released by Excise Department of Jammu and Kashmir have revealed shocking details about the drug cultivation in the trouble-torn valley. Poppy crop spread over 2863 kanals (20 kanals form one hectare) of land was destroyed this year so far. Last year poppy crop spread over 2873 kanals of land was destroyed by the Excise Department.In summer this year Bhang spread over 1475 kanals of land has been destroyed in Kashmir valley. Last year the crop over 180 kanals of land was destroyed by the Excise Department.

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Cyclone Ockhi: Impact has not affected crops in Tamil Nadu, Kerala

The impact of cyclone Ockhi on crops so far has not been significant in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and other coastal areas, Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak said today.However, the coastal states/UTs have been asked to assess the damage and send a detailed report to the centre. The extent of damage would be known after the assessment, he said.”The damage on crops has been slightly, not much. The cyclone has fizzled out by the time it reached Gujarat. We are still assessing the damage,” Pattanayak told PTI.There has not been significant impact on crops in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and parts of Maharashtra. “However, we have alerted them to send a detailed report,” he said.Last week, cyclone Ockhi battered the coastal areas of the southern states, flooding farmland and damaging houses.Also readCyclone Ockhi effect: Veggies and foodgrains to see a price 10-15% hike for next week in MumbaiThe cyclone storm brought heavy rains and some areas suffered extensive crop damage due to strong wind that uprooted coconut trees and other plantation crops.According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ockhi has weakened into a deep depression early this morning and lay centred over west-central part of Bay of Bengal near Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.Also readCyclone Ockhi: DMK Prez MK Stalin urges Nirmala Sitharaman to find out number of fishermen missing”It is likely to maintain intensity of deep depression for about 12 hours and weaken gradually into a depression during subsequent 12 hours,” it said in a statement.IMD said it is very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts around December 9 morning as a depression, it added.

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Centre introduces ‘Challenge Method’ for introducing new Kendriya Vidyalayas

The central government has introduced “Challenge Method” for opening up of new Kendriya Vidyalayas. A Committee under the chairmanship of Secretary Education will be formed which will examine the proposals received by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for opening up of new KVs.Challenge Method would mean those interested in opening new KVs will have to bid for it and the committee will examine the proposal. So far, it was only KVS that would approve opening up of new schools, but with the Challenge Method, a bidding process will be done and approval will come from the committee. There are around 1,125 KVs in the country, and these schools are directly under the HRD Ministry.Official notification regarding this was released by the Department of School Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development on December 4. “In Pursuance of the guidelines issued by the Cabinet Secretariat for selection of sites/locations for projects/institutions/schemes through “Challenge Method”, it has been decided to constitute a Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary for examination of the proposals received by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for opening of new KVs.”Also readIn a first, HRD ministry to rank over 1,000 Kendriya VidyalayasThe committee will examine proposals which have been prime facie found to be fulfilling the norms of KVS for opening of new schools and make recommendations thereon having regard to the guidelines issued by Cabinet Secretariat for selection through “Challenge Method” and submit its recommendations for placing before the Board of Governors and process further for EPC/CCEA approvals.The committee will consist of Secretary Education, members of NITI Ayog and members of KVS.
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In Chembur, again, a falling tree kills woman

On Thursday, a 45-year-old woman lost her life after a gulmohar tree fell on her in Chembur. Sharda Sahdev Godeshwar was sitting on a bench when the incident occurred, and she was rushed to Shatabdi Hospital but was declared dead before admission. The Govandi police have registered a case of accidental death.Less than five month ago, again in Chembur, 57-year-old Kanchan Nath died after a coconut tree fell on her on 22 July. Nath, a former anchor with Doordarshan, was out for a morning walk when the mishap occurred.Godeshwar, a resident of Gautam Nagar in Chembur, was a maid and was on her way to work. “Few locals saw her sitting on a bench in the garden with her earphones on,” said police sub-inspector Anil Shelke of Govandi police station.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) denied receiving any complaints about the tree, and assistant commissioner of M West ward Harshad Kale said it was found to be in perfect condition during the last tree survey conducted before the monsoons.He blamed the fungus caused by excess underground water. “The roots of the tree did not penetrate deep as water from a nearby well had seeped in. This led to its fall,” Kale said. He added that there is provision of compensation of Rs 1 lakh for such incidents, however the Gardens Department is the final deciding authority on it.The 45-year-old was a single parent and is survived by her three children who are now being taken care of by neighbours. Sangeeta Iyer, one of her employers at Soares Road, said, “Sharda was very helpful and never left any work incomplete. She had been with us for two years.”
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Committed for best facilities within limited resources: Kalicharan Saraf

At the time when health department is facing criticism over the infant deaths and poor health facilities across the state, state health minister, Kalicharan Saraf admitted that the department is facing scarcity of resources.Saraf was addressing a press conference to share department’s achievements during 4 years of BJP government in the state. “Yes, department does not have the necessary resources to cater such a large number of population, but government is committed to provide best medical facilities to its people within the limited resources,”said Saraf.Saraf told that the Bhamashah Health Insurance Scheme has been proven a boon for public. He informed that the scheme started from December 13, 2015, benefited 16 lakh patients and 17.73 lakh claims amounting to more than Rs 974 crore through the scheme has been carried out.Saraf also informed that the health department is going to soon recruit 1,300 doctors, 120 dentists, 1,800 pharmacists, 1,534 lab assistants, 1,867 ANMs and 175 eye assistants.On the occasion, he also released the leaflet and documentary film of the achievements of the Department of Health and Medicine.He said that through the effective implementation of Bhamashah Health Insurance Scheme, Adarsh Primary Health Center Scheme, Integrated Ambulance Life Support Service, Mothers Milk Bank, free medicines and various innovative schemes related to Maternal and Child health care, all sections of society are being benefited.TO RECRUIT SOONSaraf informed that Bhamashah Health Insurance Scheme that started from December 13, 2015, has proven a boon for public. The health minister also informed that the department is going to soon recruit 1,300 doctors, 120 dentists, 1,800 pharmacists, 1,534 lab assistants, 1,867 ANMs and 175 eye assistants.
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Bhamashah Scheme: MoU signed for two years

This time, 311 new treatment packages have been added to the scheme. Jain said that a premium of Rs1263 per family per year will be paid by the government. And, the state government will pay a sum of Rs 1263 crores in the form of premium every year.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Thursday 7 December 2017 3:59 ISTMust readPresident Standards conferred on three armoured regimentsPunters bet big on Cong in Gujarat<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>For the Bhamashah Health Insurance Scheme, MoU for the next two years has been signed between the Medical and Health Department and the New India Assurance Company on Wednesday. The CEO of the State Health Insurance Agency, Naveen Jain and the Regional Manager of New India Assurance Company, signed the contract.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>This time, 311 new treatment packages have been added to the scheme. Jain said that a premium of Rs1263 per family per year will be paid by the government. And, the state government will pay a sum of Rs 1263 crores in the form of premium every year.
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Ockhi to fizzle out in sea, won’t affect Surat

Even as news comes that the Ockhi cyclonic system has weakened and is most likely to fizzle out in the sea itself before crossing near Surat, the Gujarat government has been prepapared for the consequences of it hitting the coast of Surat. “Rapid improvement in weather is likely from tomorrow,” said Dr Jayanta Sarkar, director of India Meteorological Department.The cyclonic system was stationed 390 km away from Surat in the south-west direction on Tuesday evening. It was estimated to reach Surat district’s coast and could cause a deep depression, after which the intensity of the cyclone would decrease.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Chief Secretary Dr JN Singh had already left for Surat to watch over the situation. The givernment had also taken measures to safeguard agricultural produce such as cotton and groundnut stored at state warehouses. Signal 3 was been issued at all ports and all operations have been suspended. All vessels and ships were anchored and exploitation of oil at offshore stations were also stopped.On Tuesday, Singh held a meeting regarding preparations for rescue and relief work. He also gave directions to the district administration through video conference. “Winds can blow at a speed of 60-80 km per hour and parts of the state will receive rainfall,” state revenue secretary Pankaj Kumar said.”Around 7,000 salt pan workers from Bharuch have been shifted to safer places while 900 families from 29 villages in Surat district also have been relocated. Around 13,000 boats that went fishing have returned; only 1,000 are stilll at sea and we are trying to trace them. Of the remaining boats, 700 are from Dwarka, and the rest from Mangrol and Jafrabad ports,” he added.The election commission has also been supervising how to deal with the situation once Ockhi hits. Polls are to be held in south Gujarat and Saurashtra on 9 December – places where Ockhi’s intensity is likely to remain highest in the state. The state has deputed six National Disaster Response Force and two State Disaster Response Force teams for the relief and rescue work. The Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard has also been co-ordinating with the government. More than 13 lakh awareness text messages have been released by the government.Chief electoral officer in Gujarat, BB Swain said, “The cyclone will have no effect over the poll schedule but we have been taking extra care. We have directed all district collectors to make the EVMs under safe locations and polling booths have been equipped with the rain proof shades. We have also ensured transportation of polling staff and polling equipments, including EVMs, in closed vehicles to avoid damage. We are in constant touch with the meteorological department and have been given to understand that intensity of cyclone is likely to be lowest on polling day.”
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Centre stopped releasing minority funds for Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, speaking at an event organised by the Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department of the state government, said that the Centre did not want to release funds for minority welfare.”The Centre had stopped funding projects but they have especially done it for projects relating to development of minorities. Perhaps they don’t want me to work for the minority here. What they don’t understand that minority doesn’t comprise Muslims only. It has Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs and others as well,” Mamata said.She said that those sitting in Delhi wont be able to dictate who she would talk to and what she would do. “You will sit in Delhi and tell me that I should talk to Ram and not Rahim or Felix or Satnam and you think I will listen to such instructions? Have you brought me up and fed me? We are proud of everyone here. I want to warn people of a handful who are going around with money to befriend you and to create a Hindu-Muslim divide resulting in a riot. Don’t pay heed to these people,” she said.Hitting out at the Centre she said that a country’s leader is such who would take everyone along with him irrespective of their religion. “Those who are trying to divide the country they are only leader for the love of the chair. I am a Hindu myself and Hinduism doesn’t ask to divide people on that basis of their religion. I will not allow that in Bengal as long as I am here. Those who want to divide the people are not Hindu themselves. They have a destructive attitude,” she added.Replying to the allegations levelled by BJP MP and Union minister Babul Supriyo on Monday regarding the misappropriation of funds to the state by the Centre she said that it was part of the state’s money itself which the Centre was paying. “I have heard some persons saying that the Centre was giving so much money to Bengal. As if it was their ‘zamindari’. The Centre takes away Rs 40,000 crore in terms of different taxes and gives in return Rs 15000 to 20000 crore. If they stop taking taxes from us we would have been self-sufficient. We don’t need any alms from them,” Mamata lashed out.Referring to the alleged sexual assault on the four-year-old student of GD Birla Centre for Education she said for a few teachers the entire teacher community should not be blamed and taking a dig at Roopa Ganguly who visited the school on Monday said that outsiders should not take advantage of the situation. “Teachers are our pride, guardians and guides. For one or two individuals, the entire community should not be blamed. Offenders should be isolated,” she added.‘Don’t blame all’Referring to the alleged sexual assault on the four-year-old student of GD Birla Centre for Education she said for a few teachers the entire teacher community should not be blamed
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Beed residents crowd-fund for constable’s sex-change surgery

Residents of Beed have come together to crowd fund for Beed constable Lalita Salve’s sex reassignment surgery (SRS). According to Salve’s relatives, they are yet to receive the medical test report from the hospital but the residents of Beed have already started pouring help for her.In order to reduce her financial burden for the SRS operation she is aiming to undergo, the community members, relatives, neighbors, and local political workers have came forward to help her financially.Arjun Ujgire, uncle of Salve, said, “We don’t know what will be the cost of the surgery but as per our knowledge it will be in lakhs of rupees. Approximately Rs 40,000-50,000 cash has been crowd-funded so far without the family asking for any financial help from anybody.”While Salve underwent medical test on Monday, the medical reports were submitted to the dean of JJ Hospital on Tuesday which will later be forwarded to the state’s home department. Doctors at JJ Hospital opine that she should undergo a corrective surgery.Salve’s ultrasound revealed absence of ovaries, fallopian tube, breasts and mammary glands. Dr Ashok Anand, head of Gynecology Department at JJ Hospital, said, “She had undergone a test earlier in 2016. Genetically she was a male but she was behaving like a female. If she wants to be a male, there is no harm in it.”“We are happy to see the support from Beed residents. The operation will be done in Mumbai and preferably at the state government’s JJ Hospital,” said Salve’s uncle.
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Cyclone Ockhi: Mumbai records highest December rainfall in a decade

While Mumbaikars saw the city being lashed by moderate to heavy rains across the city as well as adjoining areas, officials from Indian Meteorological Department's (IMD) predicted moderate to heavy rains along with squally winds to continue throughout Tuesday too.

In fact, in the last 24 hours starting from 8 am on Monday to 8 am on Tuesday, Colaba observatory recorded a total rain of 22.6mm while the Santacruz observatory recorded a total of 22.0 mm. “This is a record for the last 10 years in December and the highest ever rain recorded in Mumbai in December was 31.4mm in December 1967,” said an IMD official.

The official added that the city will be covered by dark clouds and can expect moderate rainfall all across along with heavy rainfall at few locations along with wind that can range from 50 to 60 kilometers per hours.
“This is likely to continue till Wednesday morning after which the weather will become normal again as the cyclone is likely to weaken,” said the official.
Meanwhile, the IMD has asked fishermen not to venture in the sea and even asked Mumbaikars to avoid going near the sea including some of the popular tourist sites as the beaches or seafronts citing that the sea will be rough and heavy wave activity will be experienced.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByVirat A Singh <!–end of artlbotbor–>Tuesday 5 December 2017 11:10 ISTMust readSingapore Airlines flight ‘mistakes’ Juhu airport as CSAICome to Byculla and attack hawkers: AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan dares Raj Thackeray<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The effects of Cyclone Ockhi closing in on near Mumbai not only saw temperatures taking a dip but also the city recording the highest rainfall for the month of December in the last decade.While Mumbaikars saw the city being lashed by moderate to heavy rains across the city as well as adjoining areas, officials from Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) predicted moderate to heavy rains along with squally winds to continue throughout Tuesday too. In fact, in the last 24 hours starting from 8 am on Monday to 8 am on Tuesday, Colaba observatory recorded a total rain of 22.6mm while the Santacruz observatory recorded a total of 22.0 mm. “This is a record for the last 10 years in December and the highest ever rain recorded in Mumbai in December was 31.4mm in December 1967,” said an IMD official. The official added that the city will be covered by dark clouds and can expect moderate rainfall all across along with heavy rainfall at few locations along with wind that can range from 50 to 60 kilometers per hours. “This is likely to continue till Wednesday morning after which the weather will become normal again as the cyclone is likely to weaken,” said the official. Meanwhile, the IMD has asked fishermen not to venture in the sea and even asked Mumbaikars to avoid going near the sea including some of the popular tourist sites as the beaches or seafronts citing that the sea will be rough and heavy wave activity will be experienced.
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More than 13K crore due from Centre: Mamata Banerjee

With panchayat elections at sight early next year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Monday an additional fund of Rs 12,000 crore for rural infrastructural development. The funds will be used primarily for improvement of roads in the rural areas, to be undertaken by the state Public Works Department, and for initiation of drinking water projects to be executed by the state Public Health Engineering department.At a close-door meeting of the state secretariat at Nabanna, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took stock of the completion of work undertaken by different departments. “We have decided that an additional Rs 12,000 crore would be used for rural development. We have seen that much of funds often lying unused with different departments every year. We will ask for reports on unused funds from different departments on December 15 every year and dedicate 25 per cent of such funds for the development of rural roads and drinking water facilities in the rural areas of the state,” she said.She said that a committee under the district magistrate would identify the unused funds. The committee would also monitor the usage of the fund and progress of work.Mamata also alleged that the Centre was yet to release Rs 13,714.32 crore as on November 25, 2017 under various developmental projects. “Despite the legacy of loan which we have to repay and the Centre stopping funds, we have not stopped any of the welfare projects and relief in the state,” she said, citing the example that the Centre had not provided any relief during the flood but still the state had paid Rs 185 crore to farmers for crop loss. She said the state also allotted Rs 280 crore to provide pension for about 2.5 lakh people who were deprived of the benefits after the new socio-economic census by the Centre.Mamata announced that from January 2, 2018, there will be e-office in every government department. “The Centre only talks about digitisation. We had been doing this for a long time now. We already have e-tender and with e-office in place there will be more transparency, accountability and credibility,” she said.Referring to the problems which Sri Lankan cricketers faced in New Delhi on Sunday owing to pollution, Mamata said, “Delhi should control pollution. I am saying this because I am ashamed of it. It was an international game and international players were playing with masks on.”
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Empowering specially-abled with varsity dedicated to them

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

With nursery admissions for 2018-19 round the corner, parents in the national Capital are gearing up for the rigorous procedure. Those, who could not get their wards enrolled last year, are in a fix after the Delhi High Court recently upheld the upper age limit of four years as prescribed by the AAP government for admissions into nursery classes.“After upper-age for nursery being fixed to 4 yrs by March 31, 2018, parents who could not get a nursery seat for their wards are in panic mode as their wards are exceeding the age bar. We are receiving hundreds of queries every day,” said Sumit Vohra, founder, admissionsnursery.com, an online portal for all nursery admission related queries.The admission schedule for over 1,700 recognised private unaided schools, which offer approximately 1.25 lakh seats in nursery every year, is expected to be issued in the coming week. Until last year, no upper age limit was set up by the government.“My son will turn exactly 4 years 1 month and 20 days old on March 31, 2018. I have no clue if we will be able to enroll him in nursery this year,” said Ritika Kumar, a parent, who missed a seat last year. Similarly, another parent, who has been seeking a nursery seat for her daughter, said, “Fixing upper age limit will be a disaster as it will end up depriving thousands of children from taking admission into nursery.”However, the Delhi government’s Department of Education (DoE) issued guidelines applicable for admission into nursery, KG and class I, but there are very few vacancies available in schools in the latter two.“There are very few vacancies in KG in schools across the city and also admission in them are dependent on the vacancies available. Most importantly, few schools, mostly minority schools have KG as entry level option and half of their seats are reserved, leaving even lesser options for general category students,” Vohra said. AGE AGENDAThe admission schedule for over 1,700 recognised private unaided schools, which offer approximately 1.25 lakh seats in nursery every year, is expected to be issued in the coming week. Until last year, no upper age limit was set up by the government.
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Holiday for all schools in Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar on Tuesday: Vinod Tawde

In wake of Cyclone Ockhi, as a precautionary measure, the state government has decided to declare holiday for all the schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts.Minister Vinod Tawde has tweeted that this precautionary holiday is being declared for the safety of the students due to serious weather predictions owing to cyclone Ockhi by the IMD.He wrote: “Precautionary holiday declared on 5/12/17 for schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts for the safety of the students due to the serious weather predictions on #CycloneOckhi #MumbaiRains.”India’s Metrological Department said light rains are likely to occur over north Konkan and Goa including Mumbai tonight. Several districts in Gujarat will also receive “light rains with increased intensity”, the weather forecaster said, adding, that sea conditions will become rough over north Maharashtra and Gujarat coast.The IMD has warned fishermen in the Maharashtra and Gujarat area not to venture into the sea. India’s defence forces are continuing efforts to airlift fishermen in the area who have been caught in the cyclone.India has deployed ten Naval ships and eight aircrafts to assist in rescue and relief effort. The cyclone has claimed 14 lives in Kerala and Tamil Nadu with several fishermen still missing.
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Even as Cyclone Ockhi weakens, Kerala CM calls on Centre to declare it ‘national calamity’

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to ask the Centre to declare the Ockhi cyclone as a ‘national calamity’.Vijayan took to his Twitter handle on Saturday to inform about the same and further wrote that the chief secretary has been entrusted to prepare the memorandum in this regard.“KERALA govt has decided to ask the Union government to declare the Ockhi cyclone a national calamity. The Chief Secretary has been entrusted to prepare the memorandum in this regard. #CycloneOckhi (sic),” he tweeted.The Indian Coast Guard stated that the cyclone Ockhi, which has originated from Kanyakumari on November 29, has moved towards Lakshadweep islands and has intensified into ‘severe cyclonic storm’ with wind reaching up to speed of 60 to 70 km.”The cyclone has wrecked havoc on South Kerala with severe damage to coastal areas and has endangered lives of fishermen operating at sea,” the Coast Guard informed in a statement.Also readCyclone Ockhi: 531 fishermen rescued says Kerala CM; cyclone to move towards Mumbai in 48 hoursEarlier in the day, India Meteorological Department claimed that cyclone Ockhi would intensify in the next 36 hours and move Northwest in the next three to four days.Cyclone Ockhi has lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Saturday with torrential rainfall and gusty winds.Also readCyclone Ockhi kills 14, many feared trapped at sea; PM Modi assures all help Seven people, five in Trivandrum and one each in Kollam and Kasaragod districts, have died till now.Meanwhile, the IMD said that the cyclone is likely to weaken from Sunday. “The very severe cyclonic storm Ockhi over Lakshadweep area and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea further moved northwestwards with a speed of 15 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of December 2, 2017 over southeast Arabian Sea near Latitude 11.1’ N and Longitude 69.7’ E, about 330 km west of Amini Divi. The system is very likely to weaken gradually from today the December 3, 2017 morning,” said IMD.
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GES 2017: In phone call with PM Modi, Donald Trump expresses ‘satisfaction’ over entrepreneurship summit

US President Donald Trump spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone on Friday and the two leaders “expressed satisfaction” over the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017, the White House said today. The GES 2017 was co-hosted by India and the United States in Hyderabad late last month. Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who is also a senior advisor to the President, had led the US delegation at the three-day event. Her participation in the annual summit was announced during Modi’s visit to the White House in June.“The leaders expressed satisfaction with the recent Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), co-hosted by the United States and India, which brought together entrepreneurs and investors from around the world, including 38 US states, the District of Colombia, and Puerto Rico,” the White House said in a brief readout of the call.This year’s summit, with the theme “Women, First Priority for All”, focused on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.PM Modi had attended the inauguration of the summit with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman on November 28.About 1,500 delegates including entrepreneurs, investors and eco-system supporters from 150 nations participated in the event, more than half of them women.Also readGES 2017: India falls in love with Ivanka TrumpOn Thursday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters that the summit was “a tremendous success when we bring in 1500 entrepreneurs from around the world”.“For all of our progress, gender divides on access to technology, nutrition, and health, preventing women, their families, and their communities from reaching their full potential,” Nauert said.(With agencies)
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Capital may soon follow London model to unclog roads

The national Capital may soon follow the London model of levying congestion charges in a bid to unclog the city roads. The move was suggested at a review meeting held by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal where he asked the Traffic Police to carry out a study to explore the feasibility of introducing the congestion charge for driving on designated roads.Baijal held a meeting with the Traffic Police, Public Works Department (PWD) and experts from the Central Road and Research Institute (CRRI). The meeting also explored the possibility of introducing one-way traffic on few roads.”Delhi Traffic Police will get a study conducted on Delhi roads where congestion charge can be levied or one-way traffic system can be implemented,” said a senior traffic police officer.A number of key roads remain congested despite alternative routes being available in the Capital.”Congestion charge on such roads will ease traffic and prompt people to use alternative routes, the officer said. An electronic system, like the ones in London and Singapore, will be launched for smooth implementation of the charge if it is found feasible,” the officer added.Besides, the LG also reviewed measures for decongestion of traffic on Capital’s lifeline – Ring Road – between north Delhi’s Salimgarh bypass and Majnu Ka Tila. The stretch witnesses hour-long jams on a daily basis becoming a hassle for commuters. The LG also asked the government and the police to update commuters about the real-time traffic situation through radio, apps and social media.The stretch of the Ring Road from Shanti Van to Chandgi Ram Akhara measuring 4.7 km has a heavy volume of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The stretch has a number of bottlenecks leading to traffic snarls near Old Hanuman Temple, Yamuna Bazar, ISBT Kashmere Gate and opposite the Monastery Market.Some of the short-term measures suggested by the experts, include installation of lane-based traffic signal at Y-intersection behind Red Fort; establishing a traffic signal on the merging point of Kela Ghat Road, which will have the police manually man the traffic merging from Shahdara flyover loop. Besides, entry/exit of pedestrians would be made directly from the ISBT by extending foot-over-bridge (FOB) and removal of garbage containers placed on the Ring Road near Hanuman Temple.
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Declared dead by Delhi hospital, infant lives

In a shocking incident of medical negligence and apathy in the Capital, doctors at a premier hospital declared a pair of prematurely born twins dead and handed them over to the parents, while one of them was still alive. The incident was reported from the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh on Thursday.The family has alleged that the babies were declared dead after they expressed their inability to pay the exorbitant fee for their treatment.The matter came to light after the father of the children, Ashish Kumar, who was on his way to the cremation ground, noticed that one of the polybags handed over by the doctors was moving. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. A few minutes ago, I was crying over the death of my babies and suddenly I saw one of them alive. He had been wrapped in a polybag for more than 10 minutes and we were about to cremate him,” Kumar said.Union Health Minister JP Nadda directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which the has ordered a probe and sought a preliminary report within three days.”Sought a report on shocking criminal negligence by Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh and directed the Department to conduct an inquiry into this unacceptable act,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted. The government has asked the hospital to submit a preliminary report within 72 hours and a final report within a week. The hospital has also initiated an inquiry in the matter and the doctor concerned is being questioned.Meanwhile, babies’ grandfather Praveen Malik said: “The hospital authorities stated that our child needed to be put on the ventilator as his condition was deteriorating. The cost for his treatment, as suggested by the hospital, is Rs 45 lakh.””We couldn’t afford the treatment and we decided to take our baby to another hospital. Two hours after we asked the hospital to discharge our baby, we were suddenly called and informed that our second child has also passed away,” Malik added.”It has been brought to our attention that a 22-week newborn baby, who was reported to be on life support, was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30 morning. The other baby was stillborn. We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident. We have initiated a detailed inquiry, pending which, the doctor concerned has been asked to proceed on a leave immediately. We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support,” the hospital said in a statement.A case has been registered under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).This is the third such incident in the last one month. Earlier, the family of a seven-year-old girl had alleged that the Fortis hospital in Gurugram charged them over a lakh per day for 15 days and failed to save their daughter.
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Great job Ivanka: Donald Trump praises his daughter for promoting women entrepreneurs at GES 2017

US President Donald Trump has applauded his daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump’s “great work” in promoting women entrepreneurs during her visit to India.Ivanka is currently in India leading a high-profile US delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad being co-hosted by the two countries.This is not the first time Ivanka is visiting India. But yes, this is her first visit to India as a senior presidential advisor.”Great work Ivanka,” Trump said in a late-night tweet as he retweeted State Department which said that Ivanka’s comments on US efforts to fuel entrepreneurship so that Americans can turn their dreams into incredible legacies.US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also praised 36-year-old Ivanka.”Thrilled to see” Ivanka Trump “in India promoting female entrepreneurs. At home that means improving workforce development and cutting government red tape,” Haley said in a tweet yesterday.Haley is the highest ranking Indian-American in the Trump administration. She is also the first ever Indian American serving in the Cabinet of any presidential administration.”Globally it means creating an environment where women- across the world-have access to the capital & mentorship they need to succeed,” Haley said.In recent weeks, Haley said that she was planning to visit India this year but could not go because of her other pressing engagement, but hopes to travel soon.The State Department Spokesperson, Heather Nauert, also praised Ivanka for her accomplishments in Hyderabad.”We are certainly proud of what she’s been able to accomplish, and I can think of no better representative for the US Government to talk about women’s entrepreneurship than her,” she told reporters at a news conference.The GES is the preeminent annual entrepreneurship gathering that convenes emerging entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters from around the world, she said.”And we are excited about the focus that this year’s GES puts on the US-India bilateral relationship,” Nauert said.GES 2017 participants will empower innovators and entrepreneurs, particularly women, to utilise new skills and resources to achieve success through plenaries, workshops, and a pitch competition, she asserted.This is the eighth annual GES and the first time the GES has taken place in South Asia, she said, adding that it reflects the region’s strong entrepreneurial-ship achievements and future as well as the rapid growth of the US-India Strategic Partnership.
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Ex-AAP leader Yogendra Yadav says party kept double accounts, dodged tax authorities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav today attacked the AAP over the IT notice issued to it, alleging that the Kejriwal-led party kept double accounts, concealed information and dodged tax authorities.Yadav, however, noted that the notice was also a political vendatta against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).”Of course its vendetta. But a party that took on the entire political system should have known better. IT notice on solid grounds: AAP kept double accounts, concealed info from public and dodged tax authorities. Exposes AAP hypocrisy on financial probity and transparency,” Yadav tweeted.The Income Tax Department has charged the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with taking “hawala entries” worth Rs 2 crore from a Delhi-based operative and revoked the tax exemption given to it for being a political party, for the assessment year 2015- 16. The taxman, according to the penalty notice, has alleged that the Kejriwal-led party in power in Delhi “incorrectly disclosed the hawala money as voluntary donations”. The department slapped these charges on AAP in its assessment order issued to the party last week and determined the total taxable income of AAP at Rs 68.44 crore with a corresponding income tax of Rs 30.67 crore for AY 2015-16.
ALSO READ AAP served IT notice of Rs 30 crores, Kejriwal calls it ‘political vendetta’ Reacting to the notice Kejriwal had termed it as the “height of political vendetta”. Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, former AAP leaders, had questioned the funding of the AAP before they were ousted from the party in April 2015.

Jammu and Kashmir: Leisure trips not exciting anymore, agriculture-tourism to boost tourist footfalls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fledgling tourism sector in Jammu and Kashmir has suffered huge losses post-Burhan Wani killing that sparked unrest in the valley. Curfews, hartals, stone pelting, and encounters have shaken the confidence of the tourists who have given Kashmir a miss after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8 last year. Now, Jammu and Kashmir government is all set to introduce the Agriculture-tourism to showcase exotic agricultural products and increase the footfalls of the tourists in the restive valley.Under this ambitious plan, Gulgam Kupwara will be transformed as a model village for honey production. This area has a clean atmosphere and will be introduced to the world as new Agri-Tourism destination. Similarly, three areas have been identified as vegetable initiative clusters, which will be linked directly to the vegetable corridor of the country. More than 70 hectares in Pattan, Sopore, and Baramulla will be upgraded and every best technology will be provided to them so that the benefit is directly harvested by the farmers. Exotic saffron is another attraction that is seen as eye-catcher and can help in boosting the tourist footfalls“Every district is blessed with unique products. Like Gurez is blessed with ‘zeera’ (cumin), Kupwara with honey, Baramulla has a potential of producing exotic vegetables; Ganderbal has potential growth for potato, in addition to other basic varieties and so on”, said Sandeep Kumar Nayak, Principal Secretary to Government, Agriculture Production Department, Jammu and Kashmir. This brings a ray of hope to tourism sector here which has suffered a lot in the recent past. Official figures reveal that the tourism sector suffered a loss of Rs 3000 crore due to the unrest in 2016. Post Burhan Wani unrest has cost the hotel industry Rs 1100 crore. Official data revealed that around three lakh tourists had visited Kashmir between July 2015 and September 2015. The footfalls of tourist, however, were reduced to a trickle in the corresponding period of 2016 because of the post Burhan Wani killing unrest. Data revealed that this year around 7.9 lakh tourists visited Kashmir this year. They include over 2.6 lakh Amarnath pilgrims who visited the cave shrine this year. Last year 11.27 lakh tourists visit Kashmir most of them before July 8 when Burhan Wani was killed. “We need to come out of the local market. Let us focus on national and international markets. Foreign markets need assured supply line. May be three years after, we can. But Indian market is waiting for us. Quality vegetable of this state is better than others. So that our production should increase multiple times”, said Nayak.

DNA Impact: Collector demolishes slums in Cuffe Parade

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, the City Collector’s anti-encroachment department demolished the alleged illegal slums in Cuffe Parade. The slums which had come up beside the Bayview Marina Garden were demolished completely amidst heavy police protection. The residents have applauded the action taken by the Collector.DNA has been repeatedly highlighting the issue of illegal slums and encroachments which have come up in the Cuffe Parade area.The Cuffe Parade Residents Association (CPRA) had also complained to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Revenue Department about the encroachments near Bayview Marina Garden. They further stated that the four plots — 106,107,108 and 109 — on Block IV of Backbay Reclamation have been termed as green zone and belongs to the City Collector.Padmakar Nandekar, Secretary General, CPRA, said, “We have been consistently complaining to the state government about the encroachments on the government land and near the garden. The anti-encroachment department of the city Collector conducted the drive to demolish the illegal structures and have given relief to the Cuffe Parade residents.””We are waiting for the government to take a firm stand and demolish the illegal structures which have come up on the four government plots in the Backbay Reclamation area,” said Nandekar.A senior official from City Collectorate said, “So far we have demolished five structures.’

Didn’t anticipate what I was doing was legally wrong: Traffic cop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Traffic constable Shashank Rane, who was suspended after he got a car towed in which a woman was breastfeeding her seven-month-old child in Malad, has told his department that he did not anticipate that towing a vehicle with a woman and child inside “was legally or morally not a correct thing to do”. The department has made it clear that Rane’s suspension was just interim action, and that he could be liable for departmental action. Two other local police constables are being quizzed in the case.”Prima-facie, the constable was at fault by towing vehicle with a woman inside. He tried to do whatever he could before towing. However, towing of vehicles with woman inside could not be justified by any stretch of the imagination,” said a police officer, who is privy to the inquiry.The officer added, “Constable’s anticipation on what he was doing went wrong. His justification was that he did not anticipate that it would go this way. He did not know what else to do at that time. As per the constable, he did not anticipate what he was doing was legally not correct and just thought to take the woman to the police station.”Senior officers within the department feel that the woman should have been proceeded against legally but not by towing the vehicle. “The constable should have called a police inspector from the chowky or should have called female staff and taken immediate action. The vehicle could not have been towed with the lady.”As per sources in the department, the report in the matter which is being a Deputy Commissioner of Police-rank officer is likely to be submitted within a week’s time. “There were so many people at the spot when the incident happened. The report will comprise their statements as to what they had witnessed were. The responsibility of the other two constables, too, have to be fixed. We have also reached out to the woman involved,” the source said.Asked about what more action the suspended cop could face, the officer said, “Speaking technically, suspension is not a punishment; it’s an interim action. A departmental decision is yet to be taken. It would not be appropriate to comment on the punishment before the report is given. We are planning to issue a circular on how to ensure these things are not repeated again in future,” said the source.

Maha mulls bill to regulate unethical practices in hosps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid rising complaints of overcharging by private hospitals, the government is mulling a legislation to put in place a mechanism for the regulation of clinical establishments across the state. A draft prepared by the Congress-NCP government, which faced strong opposition from the medical practitioners especially from the private sector, will be taken as the basis for the proposed bill. The bill would have a number of proposals with regard to action against clinical establishments in the event of danger to the safety of patients, and if they fail to display treatment rates and maintain necessary records.An officer from the public health department told DNA: “The previous government had planned to bring in a legislation in this regard but could not o so. The department will prepare a fresh draft and circulate for suggestions and objections from all stake holders.”He informed that the department is flooded with complaints almost on a daily basis about overcharging by private hospitals. However, in view of lack of any legislation no action is initiated. The officer informed that the West Bengal has already enacted a law in this regard while Karnataka has drafted a bill to regulate the cost of treatment, besides curbing unethical practices.Suresh Shetty, former minister of public health, confirmed that the previous Congress-NCP government had prepared a draft bill but it could not be tabled in the legislature. “There has to be some mechanism to control the private health sector. It is a known fact that the Centre and states cannot afford to provide health services to everybody due to paucity of funds. The private sector plays an important role. At the same time, some competent authority and regulatory body will be needed to monitor the functioning of clinical establishments,” he noted.

BMC to link PAPs with Aadhaar to prevent repeated encroachment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to put an end to the oft-seen practice of people encroaching on civic land and claiming rehabilitation again and again, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now decided to ask Project Affected Persons (PAPs) to submit their Aadhar details while getting rehabilitation benefits from the BMC either in terms of monetary or homes.The BMC believes that this will prevent PAPs from encroaching on another plot to get rehabilitation package again after they are cleared out from an area, as details of people who have already availed of rehabilitation will be available in its database.The BMC observed that PAPs tenements were lying vacant despite PAPs being allotted homes there. “We found that several families shift to other areas, and start encroaching on another civic land to get rehabilitation benefits, while PAPs tenements are lying vacant or given to others’,” said an official from the Estates Department of BMC.At present, the BMC has a number of projects and these can be developed by removing encroachments. “There are around 16,500 encroachments along the Tansa pipeline alone which we have to clear following the High Court order,” said the official. He added that many of them were already given homes in Mahul in Chembur and other areas, but we fear that would shift other areas, and start encroaching another civic land.By using Aadhaar system, the BMC will take biometric details of the family and will ensure in future that the family does not get any rehabilitation again.”We often find difficult to clear an encroachment as we have to face protest both from who encroaches the land and people support with vested interest like politicians,” said the official. In many cases, it was found that political parties do not want PAPs to be shifted in other places even they are given homes as they will lose their vote banks. “The Aadhaar- based system will put an end to such ill practice of political parties,” added the official.

Rains returns to Mumbai, likely to remain cloudy for three days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as several parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan and adjoining areas woke up surprised to find- slight to heavy drizzle, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said that it was a result of two weather systems and the weather was likely to remain cloudy and there were chances of isolated rains.KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that the prevalent weather was due to two weather systems. “There is a cyclonic circulation over north Karnataka and there is also a trough of low mean sea level running from Maldives area to southeast Arabian Sea off north Karnataka coast, which we forecasted will cause isolated rains in Konkan, Goa and Madhya Maharashtra and few other areas till November 22,” he said adding that on Monday there were rains reported from various parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Ambernath and even Pune.According to IMD officials, Mumbai is likely to experience drizzle and cloudy weather on Monday as per forecast while various other parts of Maharashtra will see such rains and cloudy weather for next three days.Speaking about minimum temperatures dropping in Mumbai to 18.5 degree Celsius on Sunday, Hosalikar said that winter has not set in Mumbai and there are chances that the minimum temperature will see a rise.Meanwhile, social media was flooded with posts about early morning rains some questioning sudden rains and posting videos and pictures from their area.

Hawk flies in from Pak with ‘object’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A hawk fitted with a small “device” was spotted and captured near Sriganganagar town. This has sent shock ripples across the area. The device attached to the bird appears to be some sort of a transmitter. The authorities are planning to conduct an X-ray of it to ensure if any more smaller devices have been implanted into it.The hawk was spotted and captured in village 1V near Sriganganagar town when farmers working in the fields saw the hawk preying on a smaller bird. “The farmers noticed a shiny object attached to the bird. The Kesrisinghpura police was immediately informed,” said Ved Prakash lakhotiya, Station House Officer, Kesrisinghpura police station.Meanwhile, the information was shared with senior officials anmd other security agencies.“The device was removed and sent for investigation. An FSL investigation will reveal if any spying activities were being carried out. There are falconry games organised on the other side of border in which the hawk that goes farthest wins. There is a possibility of the device being used to keep track of the bird. However, an FSL report would clearly reveal nature of the device” the SHO informed.The bird was handed over to the Forest Department at Sriganganagar. There are plans to take the hawk to Bikaner. “We want to ensure that no chips or similar smaller devices are embedded inside the bird and for this an X-ray/scan is a must. Such an X-ray machine for veterinary purposes is available at Veterinary college at Bikaner and the bird will be sent there,” Lakhotiya said.

Encroachers take over heritage mosques, bar visitors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Qasai Wala Gumbad, the only Tughlaq-era mosque with a hemispherical dome, on Muradabad Pahadi in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar is a heavily encroached heritage structure. It is a unique construction mainly because two mosques – one a Tughlaq-era mosque and other a Lodi-era mosque – stand adjacent to each other .Deep inside a park, few meters away from the Vasant Vihar Club, exist the two mosques. A huge gate, guarded by young kids, and a long pavement takes one towards the two marvelous white structures. One of these mosques is now used as a madrasah, known as Abdul Mannan Academy, where over 100 kids stay and study.The two beautiful structures are encroached and nobody is allowed inside the main gate, except on Thursdays when people visit the Dargah, which is just next to the two mosques. Few people visit Dargah of Syed Murad Ali Baba Shah here on Thursdays for prayers. There is very limited access to the mosques as the structures are under the control of a religious organisation, that does not allow outsiders here, not even students’ parents.When DNA visited the heritage structures, several questions were asked at the gate and the reporter was strictly asked to not take any pictures and leave within five minutes.”We do not even let in parents of over 100 madrasah students. The Archaeological Department is eyeing our mosque and a case is going on. This is our land,”says Mohammad Feroze, caretaker of one of the structures.Because of the encroachment, many Delhiites, even the historians, and locals living in the area are unaware of one of the Capitals’s beautiful heritage.”I have always been fascinated with these two mosques and visited on a Thursday when many local women go to the dargah. But the caretakers inside recognised me as an outsider with my camera, and asked me to leave that very moment,”said Vikramjit Singh Rooprai, Heritage activist.”These structures have so much potential due to their dual history and location, the government should do something about opening them to the public,”he adds.Inside the premises exists Delhi’s largest Baoli, or step-well, which has been taken over by the mosque authorities. Visits to either the mosque or the step-well are prohibited. The step-well is crumbling, struggling to retain its identity due to the neglect.”Also, these structures are under the flight path i.e. close to a runway and planes pass over these mosques, an area like this should be accessible to security and police, if it is not to the public,” adds Rooprai.

Parliamentary panel to look into airlines’ treatment of flyers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of a huge row over manhandling of a passenger by IndiGo Airlines last month, a Parliamentary committee will be examining the issue of “behaviour of airline personnel towards passengers” on Monday.The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee of Transport, Tourism and Culture headed by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien has called the Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation, along with representatives of Airports Authority of India, Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, on Monday.The panel has also asked public carrier Air India and private airlines, including Indigo, to appear before it and explain their views on the matter. Representatives from Jet Airways, Spicejet, Go Air, Vistara and Air Asia will also appear. The panel has sought their views on passenger amenities and behaviour of airline personnel towards passengers.The panel is expected to examine the issue comprehensively. The 31-member panel has 21 MPs.An internal inquiry report by IndiGo, after the incident in October, had said it was actually the “whistleblower”, who circulated the video, who was to be blamed for the incident.After the Indigo incident, public carrier Air India had come out with a hilarious photo, saying “we raise our hands only to say Namaste”, taking an apparent dig at the private airline.Even lawmakers have been found to be on the wrong side of the fence a number of times. Last year, there was a huge row when five airlines — Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and GoAir — put a ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad after he admitted to having bashed up an elderly AI employee.The issue had led to a huge political controversy. Sena had sided with Gaikwad, who ultimately wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minister A Gajapati Raju, expressing regret but offering no apology.

Power supply to Rani Laxmi Bai memorial in PM Modi’s constituency snapped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Power connection to the memorial of Rani Laxmi Bai at her birth place in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary Varanasi has been discontinued. The memorial is lying unkempt without power for over a week now.The memorial caretaker H.P. Gaur said that the power department had snapped the electricity connection a week ago. “When we protested then they said who will come and visit the memorial at night,” alleged Gaur.Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi was one of the prominent warriors of 1857 mutiny. The UP Tourism department had constructed a memorial at her birth place in Kashi and the same was handed over to the Varanasi Nagar Nigam for upkeep and maintenance.When the caretaker approached the SDM of the power Department Saurabh Pathak to restore electricity, the SDM justified disconnection. “The power supply was being run illegally at the memorial so it was disconnected. The department cannot allow power supply without connection as per state government orders. We have told the caretaker to take a proper connection only then the supply will be restored,” said Pathak on disconnection.Under the integrated power development scheme in the Prime Minister’s constituency Varanasi, the power department is laying cables underground. “We are restoring power connections after verification of papers and ensuring that power metres are installed at the connection point,” said the SDM.“Despite the caretaker informing the Nagar Nigam authorities about snapping of power connection, no one has taken up the issue with the power department,” alleged Ram Yash, a social worker.The social worker further alleged that they had taken up the issue with the Varanasi Commissioner and the District Magistrate but no efforts were made to restore power supply. “The memorial was well illuminated and many a people used to visit it during night. But for the past one week the memorial is under the darkness and there is no one to take up the issue,” rued the social worker.

Rain helps but air quality remains ‘poor’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The air quality in the Capital improved on Saturday, after overnight rain in some parts of Delhi, moving it from ‘very poor’ to ‘poor’ category as the concentation of Particulate matter (PM) decreased.An official of the India Meteorological Department said the city recorded one mm rainfall in the 24 hours till 8:30 am on Saturday.The Central Pollution Control Board on Saturday recorded the pollutant particulate matter or PM2.5 at 288 at 10 am on Saturday, as compared to 299 at 7 pm on Friday.According to the experts, the situation will improve in the coming days.SAFAR records 24-hour rolling averages of PM10 and PM 2.5, and uses this data to estimate the air quality index (AQI). PM 10 and PM 2.5 are ultra-fine particles, which are the dominant pollutants in Delhi. The acceptable levels of PM10 and PM 2.5 are 100µg/m3 and 60µg/m3 respectively.The larger particulate matter, measured by PM10, docked at 199 µg/m3 on Saturday morning while PM2.5, which measures very poor and more dangerous particulate matter, hovered around 130 µg/m3.The Safdarjung observatory recorded 1 mm rainfall.

10 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy near Neduntheevu

Updated: Nov 17, 2017, 02:32 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten Tamil Nadu fishermen were on Friday arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy when they were allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu in the island nation waters, a fisheries department official said.The fishermen from Thideer Kuppam village in Nagapattinam district were held on charges of poaching fish near Neduntheevu, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Gangadharan said.They were taken to Kangesanthurai along with their boat.They have been lodged in the naval camp and would be produced in a court, he said.Yesterday, 10 fishermen from Akkarapettai in the same district were arrested when they were fishing in Neduntheevu.On November 7, four fishermen from Pudukottai district were arrested by the Lankan naval personnel.

Indian student shot dead by robbers at grocery store in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A 21-year-old Indian student has been shot dead allegedly by four armed robbers, including an Indian-origin man, at a grocery store in the US state of California, according to a media report.Dharampreet Singh Jasser was on duty at a grocery store next to a gas station in Fresno city in California on Tuesday night when four armed robbers, including an Indian-origin man, barged in to loot the store, local daily Fresnobee reported.Jasser reportedly hid behind the cash counter but was shot by one of the four robbers while they were leaving the service station after looting cash and goods, the report said.The incident was reported to the police yesterday when a customer who had stopped by to buy some goods, discovered Jasser’s body on the floor.Commenting on the incident, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said she has received a detailed report on the “unfortunate death” of Jasper.”It was a case of armed robbery of a gas station in which the robbers shot at Dharampreet who was working there. The police have arrested a suspect of Indian origin,” she tweeted.”We are following up further investigation by the police and will extend all help to the family of the deceased,” the minister said.Originally from Punjab, Jasser was a student of accounting and had gone to the US around three years ago on a student visa.Police have arrested 22-year-old Indian-origin Athwal, who is believed to be one of the four suspects who looted the gas station and fired multiple shots one of which hit Jasser.Police said a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy saw media coverage of the incident on Tuesday and recognised some similarities between the suspects from the incident and Athwal, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office said.Madera Sheriff’s detectives were contacted and determined Athwal is the likely suspect in the shooting.A warrant has been obtained for the suspect and he will be transferred to the Madera Department of Corrections, the report said.Athwal has been charged with murder and robbery.”Dharampreet was a completely innocent victim, just doing his job, when he was senselessly killed during this robbery,” Madera Sheriff Jay Varney said.Detectives continue to search for other suspects and any further information related to this case, the Sheriff’s Office said. PTI UZM

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