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OP Singh to be UP police chief

Indian Police Service officer Om Prakash Singh is all set to become the Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh. He will succeed incumbent Sulkhan Singh, whose tenure ends on Sunday. Om Prakash Singh is presently posted as Director General of Central Industrial Security Force, which guards important industrial and nuclear installations, civil airports and metro, and has joined the force on September 26, 2016.Singh, a 1983-batch officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, who was serving as the Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), before being appointed to head the 1.48 lakh-strong force.Singh has held several positions of responsibility in UP and at the Centre. As chief of police at Lakhimpur Kheri, a Terai district bordering Nepal, he developed key competency of turnaround strategies to deal terrorism and successfully stamped out terrorist activities in 1992-93. As chief of police at Lucknow, he had then settled of long-standing Shia-Sunni disputes over religious processions, for which he was honoured by UP government in 1998.As Director General of National Disaster Response Force, he handled successfully major disasters like Jammu and Kashmir floods, Nepal earthquake, Cyclone Hudhud and Chennai Urban floods and meticulously galvanised his response teams to carry out rescue operations saving lives of thousands of distressed and marooned victims.During Nepal earthquake in 2015, Singh coordinated, oversaw and fast-tracked rescue and relief operations. The role of NDRF was highly applauded by Nepal government and United Nations.During his tenure, CISF became the first Central Armed Police Force to get Quality Excellence Award (2017) for Best Airport Security at World Quality Congress.He has been awarded with Indian Police Medal for Gallantry, Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Services and Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Services.While working in NDRF, he was given Distinguished Leadership Award for Disaster Resilience.

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Glanders disease: 7 horses culled & buried

Six days after the confirmation of Glanders disease in seven equines in west Delhi, all infected animals were culled by giving injections and then buried at an open ground near the Sanjay Gandhi Animal Hospital on Wednesday.The horses had been in confinement since the confirmation of the disease and the entire west district was declared a ‘controlled’ area for the next three months, i.e. all animal movement to and from the district has been banned.”We gave high doses of anesthesia to the animals to put them to sleep. They were brought down peacefully and buried, following all necessary procedure. The affected animals in this case act as carriers and need to be culled,” said Dr Jitender Kumar Gaur, Director, Animal Husbandry, Delhi government.”The glanders bacteria, Burkholderia mallei, is a non-spore forming bacteria. So, burying the animals will not affect the soil or the people later on,” he added.With only a month to Republic Day, all horses in the city, including those belonging to the military, President’s guard, and police, are being tested for Glanders. Till Wednesday, samples from over 800 horses had been collected. There are nearly 3,000 horses in the city and all will be surveyed in the next nine days. All samples are being sent to the National Research Centre on Equines in Hisar, the only certified Government Laboratory for Glanders testing in the country.Glanders is a life-threatening equine disease that affects both the animal and its owner. Till date, it is known to have taken over 200 lives.

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Karnataka: Over 3,500 farmers committed suicide in five years, says state report

As many as 3,515 farmers in Karnataka committed suicide between April 2013 and November 2017, out of which 2,525 were due to drought and farm failure, statistics provided by the State Agriculture Department said.”3,515 farmers were reported to have committed suicide from April 2013 to November 2017, and from April 2008 to April 2012, as many as 1,125 farmers were reported to have committed suicide,” it said.Out of the 3,515 suicide cases reported, agriculture department accepted 2,525 cases which were due to drought and crop failure, the data said.From April 2015 to April 2017, as many as 2,514 suicide cases were reported, of which 1,929 cases were accepted, it added.From April 2017 to November 2017, when the state received sufficient rainfall, as many as 624 suicide cases were reported. Of these, 416 cases were accepted, it said.Agriculture Director B Y Srinivas told PTI that as many as 112 suicide cases were pending for the want of ratification by a state government panel since 2013.”There are 105 pending cases this year till November, and seven cases the previous year,” he said.The highest number of suicides (1,483) were reported during 2015-16 and lowest (106) during 2013-14, Srinivas said.”Sugarcane growers top the list of suicides, followed by cotton and paddy cultivators,” he said.The government has taken relief measures asking banks not to force farmers to repay their dues and turn their short and medium-term crop loans into long-term loans with waiver of interest, he added.?Agriculture Officer Kumaraswamy said the government has registered cases against private money lenders, who give loans at exorbitant interest rates, ranging from 30 to 40 per cent.”As many as 1,332 cases have been registered against money lenders, of which 585 have been arrested in last three years,” he said.The government has also hiked compensation from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh to families of farmers who committed suicide.Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had in 2015 made the announcement before a public rally in Ranebennur taluk.

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Pakistan denies Indian troops crossed LoC, summons envoy for ‘ceasefire violations’

Pakistan today summoned India’s acting deputy high commissioner to protest “unprovoked” firing by the Indian Army that killed its three soldiers along the LoC.The Foreign Office in a statement rejected reports that the Indian Army commandos crossed the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir and smashed a post. “The false claims by India about the alleged cross LoC adventures are a figment of their imagination and counter- productive for peace and tranquillity on the LoC,” it said. “The Indian actions got a befitting response from the Pakistani side and their guns were silenced,” it claimedThe Foreign Office spokesman said Director General (SA & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned India’s acting deputy high commissioner and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian forces in the Rakhchikri sector.He claimed that the firing “provided a cover for the planting of IEDs by non-state actors”, resulting in the death of three soldiers. Faisal urged the Indian side to “respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC.”Also readIndian Army crosses LOC to retaliate, kills three Pak soldiers The Indian Army sources in New Delhi earlier said a “small group” of ‘Ghatak’ commandos carried out a tactical level selective targeting of the Pakistani post around 200-300 metres across the LoC last evening in which three Pakistani soldiers were killed and one was injured. The operation is seen as avenging the killing of four Indian Army personnel by a Border Action Team of the Pakistan Army in Keri sector Rajouri district three days ago.

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TISS cancels talk on caste politics and cow vigilantism

An event organised by a group of students at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) on Friday — where lawyer and politician Prakash Ambedkar and activist Teesta Setalvad were to speak – was not granted permission by the administration citing over-scheduling. However, students say the cancellation was linked to current political scenario.The program ‘Contemporary Politics of Hatred: Cow Vigilantism, Caste Atrocities and Islamophobia’ was organised by the Students of TISS in resistance (STIR), a collective that was formed to protest the killing of Mohammed Afrazul in Rajasthan.On Friday morning, STIR announced on its Facebook page that the programme stands cancelled as the administration has not granted permission. “The administration has stated that the reason for cancellation is the scheduling of multiple programs on the same day… We believe that the reasons for cancellation are linked to the current political scenario where those critical of the government are being denied spaces to engage with larger public! In these times when the attacks on various marginalized sections are at a peak, it is very unfortunate that TISS has taken a step back from letting the students discuss and understand the political developments around us” read the post. Dr S Parasuraman, Director, TISS said “The students approached us only two days before the event. There are already three events organised within the campus on the same day and around the same time and we could not grant permission”.

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Airtel Payments Bank MD and CEO Shashi Arora resigns

Airtel Payments Bank Managing Director and CEO Shashi Arora has resigned in the wake of the firm’s eKYC licence suspension by Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI.”Shashi has decided to move on to pursue opportunities outside of Airtel. We wish Shashi the very best for his future endeavours,” the company said in a statement.Arora has been working with Airtel in senior leadership roles since 2006. He was appointed MD and CEO of Airtel Payments Bank on June 1, 2016.”He has been an asset for Airtel and over the years has contributed to the company s growth story. Having led the operations in key telecom circles followed by building a strong DTH business, he has laid the foundation for Airtel’s payments bank operations,” the statement said.The Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) had barred Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based verification of customers using the eKYC process.The action was taken following allegations that Bharti Airtel was using the Aadhaar-eKYC based SIM verification process to open payments bank accounts of its subscribers without their ‘informed consent’.UIDAI on Thursday allowed Bharti Airtel to use Aadhaar for re-verification of its mobile customers till January 10 with stiff riders after it returned Rs 138-crore LPG subsidy remitted to the unsolicited payments bank accounts.It, however, maintained that Airtel Payments Bank eKYC licence will remain suspended till final enquiry and audit report.

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2G scam verdict: Verdict raises questions on 122 cancelled licences

Even as a trial court failed to find a scam in the 2G spectrum allocation case on Thursday, the Supreme Court had five years ago cancelled 122 telecom licences and spectrum allocated to 11 companies on or after January 10, 2008 by former telecom minister A Raja.Declaring the allocation illegal, the top court had then taken over the investigation and the prosecution of the case, monitoring it for five-long years now.In 2011, a bench of Justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly held that spectrum was a natural resource and “are vested with the government as a matter of trust in the name of the people of India, and it is the solemn duty of the state to protect the national interest, and natural resources must always be used in the interests of the country and not private interests.”Trial court’s verdict throws the spotlight back on the top court’s decision to cancel the licenses. If there is no scam, then what happens to the licenses that were canceled on the assumption of a scam?Furthermore, the trial court has punctured holes in the CBI’s case calling it a “well choreographed chargesheet.” Special Judge OP Saini ruled that he had “absolutely no hesitation in holding that prosecution has miserably failed to prove any charge against any accused”.Special judge OP Saini’s acquitted all the accused in the case based on the inability of the prosecuting agencies to prove the charges, despite the fact that the top court had maintained on no less than three occasions, that it was keeping an eagle eye on the probe.”We are, prima facie, satisfied that the allegations contained in the writ petition and the affidavits filed before this Court, which are supported not only by the documents produced by them, but also the report of the Central Vigilance Commission, which was forwarded to the Director, CBI, on October 12, 2009 and the findings recorded by the CAG in the Performance Audit Report, need a thorough and impartial investigation,” the Supreme Court had recorded in its order.The top court had also backed Comptroller Audit General (CAG) Vinod Rai’s work as the “most important officer under the Constitution of India and his duty, being the guardian of the public purse, is to see that not a farthing of it is spent without the authority of Parliament”.

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JNU rolls back de-linking of integrated MPhil-PhD course

In a notice issued by the Director of Admissions, the University administration said, “All the terms and conditions related to the admission into Mphil/PhD programmes of JNU for the academic session 2018-19 will be as per the prospectus, 2018-19. In other words, those candidates who applied for the MPhil PhD programme will be considered for the integrated programme and not MPhil alone.On December 12, students who had applied for the integrated MPhil/PhD programme at the JNU discovered that the administration has decided to scrap the integrated course and their admission to be considered in MPhil programme only. The declaration was made in admit cards provided to students for the entrance exams, scheduled from December 23-27.JNU has an integrated MPhil/PhD programme, which meant students are expected to sit for an entrance exam at the MPhil stage. The admit cards released to the students had said,”The candidates who have applied for MPhil/PhD programme for the academic year in 2018-19 will be considered for MPhil programme only. The MPhil programme will be a terminal degree programme as per the decision taken in the 144th Academic Council meeting held on December 1.”

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Shooting time: State may throw open monuments to film makers

In order to encourage movie producers to come and shoot in the state, the government may allow film shooting free of charge in the monuments of the state.Though no decision is taken on this yet, the government has made a committee of various officials of department of archaeology and museums to review the rates of shooting in monuments and if found feasible the decision regarding this may be taken.Sources informed that the committee will be reviewing the current rates as they have not been revised since long. Based on the report of the committee which will be received in a week’s time. A final decision will be taken on whether making movie shooting at monuments can be made free.The present review may also be seen as a step to keep the movie producers happy and encouraged to shoot in Rajasthan.While it is being claimed that Padmavati issue has nothing to do with the present review, but the timing of making a review of shooting rates at monuments is being taken in some quarters as an indication of pacifying the movie producers. Moreover, the committee will also decide the rate for pre wedding shootings at monuments.Currently there is no pre decided rate for such thing and every time a proposal of pre wedding shoot at monument comes, rate is decided based on case to case, informed the sources. The basic idea is to increase the number of movie makers shooting at monuments.It may be recalled that several parts of controversial movie Padmavati were shot in Jaipur. Director Sanjay Bhansali faced opposition and was even roughed up which created controversy. Apart from Padmavati, movies like Salman Khan starrer Veer, Aishwarya Rai’s Jodha Akbar etc in recent years have been shot in Amber and other monuments of Jaipur and Rajasthan.Pre wedding shootsThe timing of making a review of shooting rates at monuments is being taken in some quarters as an indication of pacifying the movie producers.The committee will also decide the rate for pre wedding shootings at monuments. Currently there is no pre decided rate for such thing and every time a proposal of pre wedding shoot at monument comes, rate is decided based on case to case.

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Rajasthan to give financial aid to mums, pregnant women

Given that many women do not visit Anganwadi centres for antenatal check-ups for fear of losing on a day's wage, the government rolled out the PMMVY scheme. "We see that financial loss matters more to them compared to health, So there was a need to compensate their financial loss in order to motivate them to visit Anganwadi or health centres," Manoj Jain, Additional Director (Nutrition) at Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) said.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByAmit Bhatt <!–end of artlbotbor–>Friday 15 December 2017 2:40 ISTMust readSec 144 imposed at Udaipur, net, social media muzzledNGC gears up: Solar energy of ‘Thar’ to illuminate Gujarat & Punjab<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Rajasthan Women and Child Development Department has rolled out the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) under which all pregnant women and lactating mothers in the state will get financial aid during their first pregnancy.Beneficiaries will get Rs 5,000 in three instalments — first during the early registration of pregnancy, second after six months on at least one antenatal check-up, and the last one during the first cycle of the child’s immunisation.Given that many women do not visit Anganwadi centres for antenatal check-ups for fear of losing on a day’s wage, the government rolled out the PMMVY scheme. “We see that financial loss matters more to them compared to health, So there was a need to compensate their financial loss in order to motivate them to visit Anganwadi or health centres,” Manoj Jain, Additional Director (Nutrition) at Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) said.

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Taj Mahal once again in controversy after video of ‘Shiv aarti’ at site surfaces

Taj Mahal witnessed high drama on Wednesday when two men worshiping Hindu God, Shiv, inside the Mughal monument. A video, showing one of the two men reading Shiv Aarti inside the tomb, while another filming him using a cell phone was leaked on Wednesday. Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force that guards the monument has sought a report on the incident.According to the sources in the force, the video appeared on Wednesday and was apparently filmed on Tuesday evening. Soon as the visitors reported that two men had kept some ‘pooja articles’ on the marble floor near the graves and were seen doing Shiv Aarti, officials intervened and the CISF deployed at Taj Mahal was also informed.”The Director General of Central Industrial Security Force has sought a report on this. The Deputy Commandant deployed at Taj Mahal has been asked to submit a report related to the incident to the DG office, to the District Magistrate and concerned Superintendent of Police. Primary probe has revealed that the video was filmed on Tuesday evening and the matter is being looked into,” a senior officer told DNA.However, the officers also said that cell phones are allowed inside the monument and the two men were not carrying anything suspicious for which they could be stopped at the entrance. “Soon after the incident was reported required measures were taken,” the officer added.The Taj had off late been into repeated controversies, one of them sparked recently when the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department had released a booklet on UP Tourism, featuring most of the state’s heritage and cultural sites leaving Taj Mahal. A few months before this Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a remark that attracted criticism and controversy, had reportedly said that Taj Mahal did not reflect Indian culture.

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Nephrology congress begins in city today

The Indian Society of Nephrology (ISN) is organising the 48th Annual Congress of the Indian Society of Nephrology (ISNCON 2017) from December 14 to 17. The conference will have a comprehensive discussion on the latest developments and trends in the field of nephrology, dialysis, and transplant.Statistics indicate that 1 in 10 persons in the general population is estimated to have some form of chronic kidney disorder (CKD). Nearly 175,000 new people have kidney failure every year in India and require dialysis or kidney transplant.Dr Sanjeev Gulati, nephrologist, Fortis Hospital, Vasant Kunj, said certain other kidney disorders, such as glomerulonephritis (which is the third most common kind of kidney disorder), polycystic kidney disease, and lupus, can cause damage to kidneys’ filtering units and also affect the body’s immune system adversely. “ISNCON 2017 will surely prove to be a good platform to learn, interact, and support educational and research activity in the field of clinical nephrology. This conference will have international and national stalwart nephrologists and experienced speakers to further enrich our knowledge,” he said.Speaking further, ISNCON Organising Secretary Dr Shyam Bihari Bansal, Associate Director, Nephrology, Kidney and Urology Institute Medanta, said: “CKD causes 2.39 per cent of all deaths due to non-communicable diseases. It is the ninth most probable cause of deaths, as per 2016 statistics. The two most common causes of chronic kidney diseases are diabetes and hypertension.”NOT IN GOOD HEALTHStatistics say 1 in 10 persons is estimated to have some form of chronic kidney disorder (CKD). Nearly 1,75,000 new people have kidney failure every year and require dialysis or transplant.

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Maharashtra to use drones for mapping 71 villages along Mumbai Pune Expressway

In order to carry out survey and map 71 villages along the 94-km-long Mumbai Pune Expressway, unmanned aerial system (UAS) known as drones will be used by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). The MSRDC has already roped in a consultant who will prepare a development plan and chalk out future development potential of the 71 villages along the Expressway. Kiran Kurundkar, Joint Managing Director, MSRDC, said, “We have already appointed consultant who has started his work for preparing development plan for the villages along Expressway. We are using drones to conduct survey as it helps in mapping particular areas accordingly.”The project is a part of the MSRDC being appointed as Special Planning Authority (SPA) for areas two kilometre south-west from Mumbai-Pune Expressway and Mumbai-Pune Old Highway (NH-4).The plans after having prepared a development plan is to have MSRDC will look after the development of large of land parcels along the Expressway by acquiring plots from locals or villagers.The Maharashtra government had in March 2016 notified MSRDC SPA for the 71 villages. Of the 71 villages, majority of them are located in Khalapur and Panvel.

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Global Partnership Summit: Growing market has positive impact on private equity

Cross border mergers and acquisitions can be an important tool for fostering global partnerships aided by private equity. In a discussion titled ‘Role of Private Equity in Empowerment of Financial Institutions’ at the Global Partnership Summit being held in New Delhi leading players and experts from the industry talked about the expansion of the sector and the impact it has on global economics and partnerships.Global Partnership Summit is an India-Japan initiative to build alliances in various fields making way for closer cooperation between the two Asian countries.The panel included; George Molakal, an Oxford and Harvard Business School alumnus who is the CEO of Alcor Fund, Sachin Seth, Partner EY LLP, Dr E Sankara Rao, Managing Director and CEO, IFCI, Syed Zafar Islam, BJP Spokesperson who has been associated with the finance sector in the past, Boris Tsimerinov, Managing Director Semper and Capital and US based Mudit Dawar, Founder and CEO, Access.George Molakal gave the example of Coke to explain how cross border acquisitions can take place saying the soft drink giant started in US in 1904 and expanded to Canada and Mexico later has a huge presence across the world.He added that private equity can aid such acquisitions by targeting global customers.The discussion revolved around the impact of private equity in India. “In the last 10 years things have changed in India financially opening up the growth sector and private equity has come up in a big way,” said Rao.Sachin Seth said that the growth of India is happening a fast pace and it’s a win-win situation for financial institutions and private equity firms. “This is creating a robust financial eco system in the counrty.”He pointed out that many of the government schemes like Aadhar are helping since people since people are comfortable lending knowing they are strong mechanisms to detect fraud.Zafar Islam was of the opinion that India offers a lot more opportunities for private equity investments.”This ensures an alternate fund and ensure banks can run smoothly. Private equity creates an alternate capital for risk taking ability.”MORE OPPOTUNITIESZafar Islam was of the opinion that India offers a lot more opportunities for private equity investments. “This ensures an alternate fund and ensure banks can run smoothly. Private equity creates an alternate capital for risk taking ability.”

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Global Partnership Summit: Payments banks will not impact older models

New age technology companies such as PayTm provide huge opportunities for traditional banking sector and will not create a disruption in the segment.The old traditional banks especially public sector have not been able to use data analytics to understand their customer and do their profiling. For instance for a person who comes to a PSU bank for a home loan of Rs 50 lakh and another one for a home loan of Rs 5 crore, the treatment meted out to them is the same, Deepak Chatterjee, CEO, IIFCL said at a session in the Global Partnership Summit in the capital.Companies such as PayTm can’t be challengers to banks as banks can evolve and change and do anything but vice versa is not possible, i.e payment companies won’t be able to do functions of banks, he said.The panellists in the session were discussing whether bank is the right architecture as a financial institution or not. Many were of the opinion that in the next 15-20 years, banks will cease to exist as most operations would move online but few expressed views that banks will adopt new technologies and adapt to the change brought in by innovations and new technologies.Ram Thothadri, Managing Director, Centricus said technology has different meanings for different people. Banks have played an important role in nation building.PR Jaishankar, Chief General Manager, IIFCL said banks need to reinvent themselves and there is need for segmentation. Retail segment in the banking sector is facing challenge of disruption of technology.Explaining how traditional banking has changed over the years, Chatterjee said in 70s, banks used to maintain ledgers to keep record of all transactions. But now, it has shifted to a paperless banking now. Similarly, they will now embrace new technologies and move ahead.The competition by new technology firms will act as enablers as human mind/intelligence can’t be replaced with machines. Experts also said cheque writing also needs to disappear. But for lower strata of society, banks will still play an important role as many still love to deal with cash.

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Crammed planes a global norm; experts say focus on etiquette

Following the alleged molestation of a minor actor on a Delhi-Mumbai Vistara flight, the question of crammed seating in flights has come to the fore. In the age of budget carriers, globally flights have increasingly reduced the ‘seat pitch’ or the distance between seat rows to accommodate more seats to book profit. However, experts opine that although there is a minor difference between seat pitch from airline to airline all Indian carriers adhere to global standards of flight seating and reduced seat space is not only an Indian norm.” It is not a seat space issue. An airline like Vistara has a decent seat space. It is as per universal order.” said Jitendra Bhargava, Former Executive Director, Air India.The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), a global body that looks into issues of flight safety, also has no regulations for seat pitch, passenger space or seating room as it is the airline that determines seating along with the aircraft manufacturer and the aircraft’s certificating authority. CASA only looks into the tested strength of seats to ensure that seat types, including the seat belts, meet international standards.Bhargava thinks that the recent issues of sexual harassment on flights are more of a conduct issue and less of an ergonomic concern. ” You cannot put your feet on another person’s seat. What we need is a lesson in flight etiquette. Earlier the aviation industry was elitist. Now everyone is flying.” said Bhargava.Flyer’s Rights an American NGO in a passenger safety hearing recently argued, that the average seat width has reduced from around 18.5 inches in the early 2000s to 17 inches in the early to mid 2010s. The “seat pitch” it added has gone from an average of 35 inches to as low as 28 inches in some carriers in its submission.”It is a global trend. Low cost carriers want to fly more passengers. They reduce the seat pitch and increase the number of seats to increase their revenues. ” said Sudhakar Reddy, Founder, Air Passenger Association of India.AWARENESS MUSTWith carriers putting more passengers in planes than before, discord among flyers are likely to become frequent Experts stress the need for increasing awareness of flying etiquette among users

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Jammu and Kashmir | 3 terrorists gunned down in Handwara encounter, ‘raining whole night,’ tweets DGP

Three terrorists were gunned down in a joint operation by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara on Monday.Giving out the details of the encounter, Jammu and Kashmir’ Director General of Police, SP Vaid tweeted that, “In Unisoo, Handwara all the three terrorists apparently Pakistanis have been neutralised.”He also said that the anti-terror operation was carried out by the joint team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF.Lauding the valour of the men involved in the encounter, Vaid also said that ‘It has been raining whole night & boys were out there in the cold (sic).’Apart from the three terrorists, a civilian woman has also been killed in the encounter. ” Bodies of three terrorists killed in the operation and three weapons recovered. No other operations in the area”, th army spokesman said clarified.The clarification came in the wake of the update tweeted by news agency ANI that in a separate operation, two terrorists were killed and one captured alive in Baramulla’s Bomai area.However, the army has clarified that there was just one operation in Handwara and three terrorists have been killed in the encounter. This year, the security forces have killed more than 200 terrorists in various operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Asthmatics rejoice as Capital gets first pollen count station

Delhi has got its first pollen count station to monitor the levels of airborne grass pollen. The station inaugurated at Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute will benefit people with asthma and other respiratory ailments, as they can check the forecast and take preventive measures, like taking anti-histamines or staying indoors and minimising the health risk.”Pollution apart, airborne pollen also has a major impact on our respiratory system. While much efforts towards raising awareness and education on impact of pollution on health are being made, effects of pollen on health of patients with respiratory disorders are not given its due importance, although it is affecting a significant number of patients. Having a pollen count station can be crucial for such patients, who would be able to check the pollen count status in the vicinity and take necessary steps to avoid exposure,” said Dr Raj Kumar, Director (Acting), Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute.A recent study found that 30 per cent of the population reportedly suffers from one or the other allergic ailment and the majority is not even aware what exactly worsens their condition and how to avoid it.According to the study, the maximum and minimum pollen count recorded in past years was in the month of September (4,805 pollens) and December (1,973 pollens), respectively. The pollen concentration starts increasing in the months of September, October, and November (282.65, 275.73, and 245.44 pollens/m3 /month) and starts declining December onward.Experts say that for patients with respiratory problems and asthmatics, the pollen count would be an indispensable resource to help manage their symptoms and take precautionary measures. Many studies have also found that not only vehicular and industrial emissions, but pollen grains, fungal spores, dust mites, insect debris, and animal epithelial are also major contributors to allergies, breathing problems and respiratory disorders.

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Two arrested for circulating SMS to kill Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Two persons have been arrested in connection with circulating a text message, offering to kill Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, said state police on Friday.Talking to ANI, Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Mukesh Sahay said, “Two men were arrested from Hajo in connection with an SMS being circulated to kill Minister Himanta Bisa Sarma. The investigation is on to know the motive behind this.”Meanwhile, Sarma claimed that the accused were Congress workers.”The two were Congress workers when I was in Congress and were still there when I joined BJP. I do not know how these two got the number. I do not have anything to comment on it. Police will see to it,” he told the reporters. Sarma is minister for health, tourism and education in Assam.As per the reports, the accused have sent messages stating that they were ready to bomb Sarma during any of the public meetings and demanded Rs 5 crore for the job.The SMSes were reportedly sent to many politicians including former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, former state forest minister Rockybul Hussain, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Ripun Bora and many others.

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University of Mumbai Law academy not functioning well: Parents

Parents of several students studying under the University of Mumbai’s Law Academy have written to the varsity officials, state government and the office of the Prime Minister raising concerns over the poor functioning of the academy.In the letter, parents have raised concerns like lack of a permanent Director and teaching staff, poor condition of classrooms, lack of a designated library and the absence of a separate Board of Studies.”The university is charging Rs 50,000 annually. Despite this, some of the basic requirements are not provided such as a library as prescribed by the Bar Council. The institute has no permanent director at the moment and is running on an ad-hoc basis. Despite several requests, neither the university nor the state government officials are looking into the issue. We are now forced to do a gherao-and-fast-unto-death if we get no response,” said Bhushan Virkar, a parent.Dr Devanand Shinde, acting V-C, MU, said the varsity is trying to resolve the issue. “We have taken a few good decisions in this regard which will be communicated soon,” he said.
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CBI chargesheets IRB Infra chairman, others

IRB Infrastructure Developers’ Chairman and Managing Director Virendra Mhaiskar and others along with its subsidiary Aryan Infrastructure Investments Pvt Ltd (AIIPL) have been chargesheeted by the CBI in an alleged land scam, forcing the company’s share price to tank on Thursday.An anomaly in the land deal along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway was exposed in 2009 by the slain Right to Information activist Satish Shetty. In January 2010, the Pune-based activist was stabbed to death in Talegaon off Mumbai-Pune Expressway, months after the scam was unearthed. CBI is yet to file a chargesheet on the activist’s murder.As per the CBI chargesheet filed with Pune Sessions Court, there is involvement of AIIPL, Virendra Mhaiskar (then Director of AIIPL) for having issued Power of Attorney, in favour of then Project Head Deepak D Gadgil (Retired – Head Realty, Airport and Hospitality of the Company, then Project Head) and the company along with certain other persons.”…the CBI has filed a charge sheet today with the Sessions Court, Pune in the matter of an alleged illegal purchase of government land in village Pimploli and nearby, Taluka Maval, District Pune by AIIPL), a subsidiary of IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited,” read company’s filing with BSE on late Wednesday evening.Soon after the trading session began on Thursday, IRB Infrastructure Developers share prices fell to an intra-day low of Rs 194.70 per share, which is over 6% drop only to recover later during the day to end at 2.29% lesser at Rs 205.20 per unit.A discharge application will be filed by the company soon.”Based on a preliminary review of the charge sheet, it appears that the charge sheet focuses on an alleged conspiracy to attempt to cheat for acquiring certain land parcels belonging to the government/MSRDC. We deny any allegations made against Mhaiskar, Gadgil, AIIPL and the Company in this matter and will seek appropriate remedies under law. The Company and its management are responsible citizens and have fully complied with the law of the land,” the company clarified.In an analyst call, Mhaiskar termed the charges as frivolous. “We have received charge sheet copy and we firmly believe that no offence can and has been made out against us in the same. We strongly believe that it is a very frivolous charge sheet, as we see it and as we read it. The charges that have been made are conspiracy and attempt to cheat and not even a cheating case,” said Mhaiskar.When analysts asked him about possibility of another chargesheet by CBI against the company’s, he replied, that closure report on murder was filed earlier, but he is unaware about the status if the investigation is still underway or not. “Had there been an involvement in the murder case, that chargesheet should have been filed first as that’s a much grave case,” he remarked.Explaining the land deal, the company added that AIIPL began acquiring land parcels from 2007 onwards an acquired approximately 1,200 acres of land parcels. In early 2009, AIIPL observed that around 5% of the total land parcels owned by it were, in fact, owned by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation. AIIPL on its own accord proceeded to cancel agreements to sell, for these land parcels The amount attributable to these 5% of land parcels, pertaining to which the charge sheet has been filed, is Rs 6 crore only.This amount of Rs 6 crore was returned to the Mumbai-based highway developer.BLOOD IN PASTAn anomaly in a land deal along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway was exposed in 2009 by slain RTI activist Satish Shetty. In January 2010, Shetty was stabbed to death in Talegaon.
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Stall fined Rs1k for selling cigarettes at exhibition

The Delhi State Tobacco Control Society conducted an awareness cum enforcement drive at the International Arogya 2017 Exhibition on Tuesday. It also issued a fine of Rs 1,000 to a stall which was selling cigarettes claiming it to be herbal in nature.”The counter had not displayed the mandatory display board mentioning that sale of cigarettes and other tobacco is prohibited to minors below the age of 18 years. A fine of Rs 1,000 was issued but they refused to pay the challan and refused to sign and accept the challan as well. The matter was brought to the notice of the organiser of the exhibition-FICCI,” said Dr SK Arora, Additional Director (Health), Delhi government.The stall owners refused to submit the relevant papers as well as the samples for the analysis. According to the officials, the case will be filed with the court under section 4 & 5 of COTPA for the necessary action.”It is worth mentioning that even if these are herbal but tar is produced and Carbon monoxide & other toxic gases are also released which are harmful. Second hand smoking with harmful effects does occur, therefore it needs regulation,” said Dr Arora.The Tobacco Control Cell on Monday issued the notice to the cricket association on December 2 for violating provisions under section five of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), which prohibits direct and indirect advertisements of tobacco products. It also sought to know why appropriate punitive action would not be initiated against the directors and office bearers of the DDCA as per the provisions under COTPA.According to the notice, any wrong communication and promotion on the part of celebrities, especially cricket stars, will have disastrous impact on the society including youngsters. The Health Department had in 2016 written to Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Govinda, Arbaaz Khan and Sunny Leone along with Ajay Devgn, urging them not to endorse pan masala products as they contain areca nuts, a potential cancer causing agent.The Delhi government has also asked actors to join its campaign.
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Maharashtra: Key appointments at various universities not made, norms ignored

Nearly eight months after the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016 came into force, appointments to some of the key posts at various universities in the state are still in a limbo. This could have serious implication on the career of the students as there is no one, in most of the cases, to address their concerns and issues. As per the act, every university needs to have four Deans to ensure that each stream like Arts, Commerce, Science, and management is adequately represented. However, the state government has failed to make way for the appointments long after the implementation of the act as a result of which several universities including the University of Mumbai is running with ad hoc Deans. Apart from this, the government is also yet to streamline the appointments of various directors of centres and subcentres at the University level. With the ad hoc appointments, some of the key decisions at these centres are being hauled leading to delays in the various processes like examinations, results etc. Sanjay Vairal, an ex-Senate member at the University said that the delay in making some of the key appointments would be dangerous for students. “in the absence of permanent Deans, those with merely few years of experience who have been appointed on an ad hoc basis would take all the key decisions with respect to academics, which isn’t a good sign” added Vairal. Currently, the university is functioning with temporary governing bodies including the Academic and the management council as permanent appointments to these bodies are yet to be made as per the new act. Sachin Pawar, President, Student Law Council said that the government should ensure that all the key appointments are made with immediate effect. ” Currently the VC, Pro VC, Registrar, Director Examinations are all in charge officials. With students facing so many issues, there is no redressal mechanism with this” he added.
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DDCA gets showcause notice by tobacco society

The Delhi government on Monday issued a showcause notice to the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) for allegedly promoting tobacco and pan masala brands in the ongoing cricket test match between India and Sri Lanka. The third test cricket match in the ongoing series between India and Sri Lanka is being played here.The Delhi State Tobacco Control Cell has issued the notice to the cricket association on December 2 for violating provisions under Section 5 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), which prohibits direct and indirect advertisements of tobacco products.”You are strictly instructed to immediately stop this brand promotion of tobacco and pan masala from the cricket ground and also to show cause why a punitive action will not be initiated against Directors/Office Bearers of the DDCA as per the provisions under Section 5 and Section 22 of COTPA, 2003,”Dr SK Arora, Additional Director (Health) said in the notice. It also sought to know why appropriate punitive action would not be initiated against the directors and office bearers of the DDCA as per the provisions under the COTPA.”It is further informed that cricket stars also come under the category of celebrity and are role models for the younger generation. Hence, they cannot promote tobacco and pan masala which only leads to disease, disability and death,” he said.According to the notice, any wrong communication and promotion on the part of celebrities, especially cricket stars, will have a disastrous impact on the society, including youngsters.
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Forward plaints of harassment to police, Delhi High court directs schools

The Delhi High court on Monday expressed displeasure over the way a city-based school has handled the sexual harassment complaints, and thereby directed its authorities to forward all complaints to the police for a thorough probe. “The manner in which the school authorities have handled the number of sexual harassment complaints … really shocks our conscience,” a bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Deepa Sharma said.The court has said that instead of forwarding such complaints to the appropriate authorities for legal action, the school authorities “felt satisfied by issuing show-cause notice calling upon the explanation probably preparing to take disciplinary action against the appellant.””The attitude of the school authorities encourages the wrongdoers and discourages the Samaritans and the brave girls who take the courage to make complaints to the school authorities,” the bench said. It is an incumbent duty of all to build a protective net around the children who have suffered any physical or emotional abuse, the court said.The court’s observation came while hearing an appeal filed by Anirudh Kumar Pandey, who was employed as a music teacher at Modern Public School, Delhi. Pandey was accused of outraging the modesty of the girl students and misbehaving with lady teachers. Pandey resigned following a show-cause notice from the school authorities. However, he knocked the court’s door, stating that resignation was withdrawn by him before it was admitted by the Director of Education. He also contended that the resignation was not voluntary and was extracted from him through coercion and duress.The court held that it was an incumbent duty of all to build a protective net around children who have suffered any physical or emotional abuse. “We direct the school authorities to forward all complaints received by them relating to sexual harassment of the young girls to the police so that necessary action can be taken on those complaints,” the court said, adding that even though a lot of time has elapsed, “the offence still stare stark at out face”.COURT ORDERThe court said that instead of forwarding complaints to appropriate authorities, the school “felt satisfied by issuing show-cause notice calling upon the explanation probably preparing to take disciplinary action against the appellant.” It was an incumbent duty of all to build a protective net around children who have suffered any physical or emotional abuse, the court said.
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Prithvi Theatre- A Lasting legacy

I still recall when I visited Prithvi Theatre for the first time. I sensed that I was entering the Mecca of Mumbai Theatre. The posters and pictures of old productions were mesmerising. When I was glancing around, suddenly a man in a white Kurta entered the space with his caretaker. I was surprised to see it was none other than Shashi Kapoorsaab— my mother’s favourite hero and the founder of Prithvi, who found this place with his wife Jennifer. I never met him personally but visited Prithvi and performed there many a times. Performing at the venue is an honour for any upcoming actor.Shashisaab build this place as a tribute to his father. With no such place to perform in the Mumbai suburbs, Prithvi is an inspirational venue. The theatre is designed such that you always perform in close proximity to the audience.This itself is enough to give goosebumps to the performer. The place is a niche avenue for quality national and international experimental theatre performances. Mumbai is the city of films and Bollywood where theatre is many a times seen as a stepping stone for entering films.However, Prithvi is more than just that. It is a cherished venue for performances related to poetry, language, children theatre and many more activities that keeps Prithviraj Kapoor’s legacy alive. The theatre fraternity truly owes a lot to Shashisaab and will be indebted to him for this.—Rasika Agashe ( The writer is Founder of Being Foundation and a Theatre Actor- Director)
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After brief respite, Delhi again turns breathless

A thick blanket of haze enveloped the National Capital on Sunday and the Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded “very poor” levels.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said pollution levels have spiked due to calm conditions, marked by low wind speed and moisture. As per IMD standards, “very poor” levels mean people may suffer from respiratory illness on prolonged exposure. On further dip in air quality, the AQI shows “severe” and “emergency” levels.Millions began choking on foul air in the first week of November, forcing closure of schools, ban on entry of trucks and construction activities in Delhi.After a brief respite, the situation is back to square one. The city government issued a health advisory, urging people to avoid smoking and go in for carpooling, among other things, to combat the situation.AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria had compared the November situation in the city to the killer Great Smog of London in 1952. “Around 25,000 to 30,000 people may lose their lives in Delhi-NCR due to diseases exacerbated by pollution,” he had said.The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) also attributed the rise in air pollution levels to the incursion of moisture in the air. Pollution monitoring and forecasting agency SAFAR predicted that concentration of PM2.5, more harmful owing to its extremely tiny size, and PM10 may rise over the weekend.Skymet, however, has predicted light rain during that time, which will lead the pollution levels to reduce. “Rain will help in settling down the pollution present in the air. After this, winds are very likely to pick up pace leading to further dispersal of pollution,” Skymet said.
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Bihar: NIA arrests suspected LeT terrorist in Gopalganj

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) associate from Gopalganj.”The NIA has arrested Bedar Bakht (Dhannu Raja), a suspected LeT associate from Gopalganj. He is found linked to terrorist Shaikh Abdul Naeem who was arrested in Lucknow in November last year. Bakht says he is a worker of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI). We will verify this from the political party,” said SK Singhal, Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Patna.However, the NSUI Bihar state president refused to have any connection with the arrested suspect.Also readNIA arrests student leader for LeT links in Bihar”I have never met him and neither is he a part of NSUI,” Chunnu Singh, NSUI Bihar state president said.Bakht’s father, Feroze Alam, questioned the NIA action and said that his son had no involvement in any illegal activities.Also readCrime control: Bihar gives cops the stick, stop salaries of 70 SHOsThe arrest led to an alert issued by Gopalganj Police to all police stations in the district bordering Uttar Pradesh.The station house officers (SHOs) were asked to increase patrolling and keep an eye on all suspected individuals in their areas.
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Maharashtra cops to be imparted forensic training

To minimise chances of criminal cases falling apart due to compromised or improperly collected forensic evidence, the Maharashtra Home department is training police personnel in the scientific protocols of collecting these samples.This, officials said, will help take cases like rape, murder and sexual assault to their logical end based on forensic testing. They pointed to how instances of improper collection of samples from the crime scene led to investigations and outcomes being affected.”We have trained three batches comprising of 25 cops each so far with the fourth expected to be completed in December. We have selected constables with masters or bachelors degrees in science with two to four people being selected from each district. These constables will be trained in conducting basic tests and collection of forensic samples,” said an official from the state Home department.SP Yadav, Director General of Police (Legal and Technical), said the constables would be posted on the 45 mobile forensic vans which have been deployed in all districts for testing and forensic evidence collection.”We are recruiting permanent staff for these posts after which these constables can be posted in police stations where these skills will be useful in criminal investigations,” explained an official from the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories (DFSL).The 20-day residential training for the police is being held at the state-level forensic science laboratory in Mumbai.”At times, blood-stained clothes are sent for DNA testing without drying them. This leads to fungal or bacterial growth on these wet clothes and affects the outcomes of the DNA analysis. We are instructing them to dry these clothes in the sun and fold them properly before sending them for testing,” he said.DFSL sources said they would also train more policemen and also medical and veterinary officers in these skills and techniques. “There are times when we have been sent viscera samples instead of blood samples in cases where deaths have occurred due to an overdose of anesthesia. This training will acquaint them with the samples to be sent for testing in different cases,” said an official.TIPS BEING IMPARTEDBlood-stained clothes should be dried before sending them for DNA analysis. Fungal growth on wet clothes may affect the testing results.Clothes with semen and blood in cases like rape or murder should be packed separately.The teeth and femur bone of unknown dead bodies must be preserved for DNA evidence.
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Kashmiri pandit’s sweet gesture: Candies for Eid procession

There was a ray of hope for people in troubled south Kashmir on Friday, as it saw Kashmiryat (pluralistic cuslture) in full bloom. A Kashmiri pandit and his wife greeted the a procession of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (the Prophet’s birthday) by distributing candies to the Muslims as a token of love.Vimal and Shushma Tickoo surprised the procession that lined up on the route. Carrying a bag full of candies, the couple distributed toffees to pedestrians a a mark of respect.”We are greeting them on the auspicious occasion. We are welcoming them. We do it every year”, said Vimal.Hailing from Mattan area of Anantnag, the couple came out to greet the procession in a traditional style. “They (Muslims) too join us when we celebrate our festivals. We have brotherhood in our area. There has been no problem in Mattan. They are our well wishers”, said Shushma.The couple’s gesture stole the hearts of local Muslims. Young Muslims came forward to click selfies with the couple.Even the video of the gesture has gone viral on social networking sites. The Director General of Police, Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, retweeted the video of the couple distributing candies to the people during the Milad procession.Figures released by Kashmir Pandit Sangrash Simiti (KPSS), the apex body of non-migrant pandits, reveals that 677 Kashmiri pandits have been killed by the militants since 1990. The figures include mass massacres at different places. However, the state government figures reveal that only 219 Kashmiri pandits were killed in the state since 1989.Official figures reveal that around 41,117 migrant families from Kashmir are registered in Jammu and 21,000 others in Delhi and other states. Of them, 37,128 are Hindus, 2,246 Muslims and 1,758 Sikhs.Thousands marched through South Kashmir’s Anantnag to celebrate the birthday of the last messenger of Allah. The south Kashmir district has been the epicentre of last year’s unrest in the Valley.
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Cyclone Ockhi kills 14, many feared trapped at sea; PM Modi assures all help

Cyclone Ockhi barrelled into the Lakshwadeep islands on Saturday after drenching the neighbouring states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, claiming so far around 14 lives with many fishermen still feared trapped at sea.Authorities including the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Coast Guard and Indian Navy have rescued about 223 fishermen and evacuated thousands of people from cyclone hit areas, officials said, as they continued their operations on Saturday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, assuring him of support operations including necessary funds, according to local media.Ockhi is expected to travel north towards Mumbai and Gujarat in the next 48 hours, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director S. Sudevan in Trivandrum, though it is likely to lose intensity.”The intensity of the wind may come down and the cyclone could change into depression,” Sudevan said adding fishermen have been warned not go to the sea for the next few days as waves are likely to be 3-5 metres (12-15 feet) high.
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Om Prakash Galhotra takes over as new DGP

Ajit Singh, one of the illustrious police officers, ended his career on a high note when he retired on Thursday as the Director General of Police (DGP) after more than three decades of exemplary service.On the last day November, he handed over the reins of the state police to OP Galhotra who took over as the new DGP.Om Prakash Galhotra, 58, till yesterday was serving as the additional director general (ADG) of the armed battalions. Taking over the reins on Thursday evening, Galhotra was given the baton by his predecessor Ajit Singh. Notably, Galhotra was given a promotion on Thursday and made Director General from ADG.Interestingly, Galhotra also started his career from the same place where Ajit Singh had started – Kota. Apart from ASP Kota, Galhotra has served as SP Dholpur, Chittor, Bharatpur, Jodhpur and had a stint in the CBI as SP and later as Deputy Inspector General.Galhotra was later promoted to the rank of Inspector general wherein he served as IG Jaipur-I range and later as IG Jaipur – II range. He has also served as IG railways and as joint director CBI. As additional director general he was posted as director of the Rajasthan Police Academy and later of the armed battalion. It is from this position that the man had been promoted to the director general rank and made the DGP.About Singh: Known for his simple and straight forward approach towards any situation, Singh had mastery on police works. He has been instrumental in several achievement by state police during his illustrious career spanning three and a half decades. It was on 3rd April 1984 when he started his career as additional SP, Kota. For the next seven months he gained experience of police work as he served as a trainee and was moved further to the PHQ for additional training. It was in January 1985 when he got his first posting as CO of Rajgarh.Singh held several positions in 35 years of serving like SP of CID (Security) Kota Zone, Sirohi, CID, Jhalawar, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur (Rural), Jodhpur, Jaipur (City).Though Singh had established himself as a hard working and thorough police officer, it was his experience gained in his early life while serving as SP Sawai Madhopur which prepared him for future roles. His stance on dacoits and successes in nabbing dacoits of the Chambal area made him a legend with the locals.Later on in the Anti Corruption Bureau, Singh not only took major steps against high-placed officials but also paved way for future ACB officials to easily emulate the same as he left behind a robust infrastructure and work ethics.Officers still swear by Singh’s work for ACB and claim it was his work that gave the bureau its “teeth and claw”.About GalhotraStarted career from Kota Apart from ASP Kota, Galhotra has served as SP Dholpur, Chittor, Bharatpur, Jodhpur and had a stint in the CBI as SP and later as Deputy Inspector General later promoted to the rank of Inspector general wherein he served as IG Jaipur-I range and later as IG Jaipur – II range. He has also served as IG railways and as joint director CBI
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DNA SPECIAL: Power tussle between Lok Nayak Hospital, MAMC

The Delhi government’s biggest medical institute—Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and Lok Nayak Hospital are in a power tussle as few of the department heads have refused to cooperate with the medical director (MD) of the hospital.According to the sources, in the last few months, regular confrontational incidents have taken place between the MD and few professors, with both writing letters to each other, marking the secretary and even Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.In one such letter, a departmental head wrote to the director,”The memorandum is without jurisdiction as MD Lok Nayak Hospital is not competent enough to issue such memorandums. It is beyond his jurisdiction to issue such a notice to Director Professor and head of the department who is under direct administrative control of Dean MAMC.”The MD had issued a memorandum as the department head and his colleagues failed to turn up for a meeting.MAMC Dean had issued a circular last week asking all the professors to extend their support to the MD to ensure smooth functioning of the hospital.”There are few HODs who have issues with MD. But even then, they must cooperate with him as he is the administrative head. I had been receiving such communications, and therefore, I decided to issue a circular to make things clear,” said Dr Sidharth Ramji, dean, MAMC.Dr JC Passey was appointed MD of Lok Nayak Hospital by the AAP government. The government had, last year, bifurcated the administrative systems of the Delhi hospitals.”All the doctors are doing their clinical practice in the hospitals. If anyone is spending 99 per cent of time here, how can they refuse to participate in the work? We are trying our best to sort out issues and work for the hospital upliftment,” Dr Passey told DNA.UNCONSTITUTIONALHospital sources said that the appointment of the MD was unconstitutional.”There is no document to substantiate this post. Neither the L-G, nor the Centre had given an approval for this post. We are following our head– dean of the college,” said a senior doctor.
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5 militants killed in two separate encounters in Kashmir

Five militants were killed in two separate encounters in Kashmir Valley on Thursday, security forces said. While four terrorists were killed in a gunfight in Budgam district, another was killed in Baramulla area. A para commando of the Indian Army was also injured.Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that four terrorists were killed in a gunfight with security forces at Budgam’s Fultipora village.Another gunfight erupted in north Kashmir Sagipora village of Sopore area in Baramulla where the police said one militant was killed while a para commando of the army was injured.”The operation against militants in Sagipora village is still on,” police said.Also readJammu and Kashmir: Four terrorists killed by security forces in BudgamFollowing specific information about the presence of militants at Futlipora, the security forces had surrounded the village in Pakherpora area of Budgam district in the morning.”As the security forces closed in on the hiding militants, the security forces were fired upon triggering the encounter,” a police officer said.A teenager, identified as Sinar Ahmad, 15, was injured when a mob clashed with the army in Pakherpora Chowk. He was shifted to a hospital in Srinagar.Meanwhile, authorities today said that the government forces, in 2017, have killed more than 200 militants in the state including around 82 locals, which is highest in the past decade. “Today by the collective effort of J&K police, Indian Army, CAPF and people of Kashmir have lead to neutralization of more than 200 terrorists in the year of 2017 alone. This marks a huge landmark for establishing peace and stability in the state of J&K and our country,” Director General of J&K police S P Vaid tweeted.
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Hyderabad Metro Rail opens to public; passengers elated

The Hyderabad Metro Rail opened for public today with the passengers describing their first-time travel by it as a “convenient, comfortable and awesome experience”.The metro rail commenced its operations between Miyapur and Nagole, having a total distance of 30 kms and 24 stations, the concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, said in a statement.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the first phase of the 72-km elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project at the Miyapur station.After launching the 30-km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole, Modi took a ride on the train on its inaugural run.Also readWatch: PM Modi inaugurates Hyderabad Metro, takes first rideThe trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm initially which would be rescheduled to 5:30 am to 11 pm depending on the traffic and demand, Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao earlier said.A mobile app named ‘T Savari’ for metro passengers was launched by Modi, who was also given a power-point presentation on the project at Miyapur station.The L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd has fixed a minimum of Rs 10 for a distance of up to two kilometres and the maximum fare is Rs 60 for a distance of more than 26 kms.An elderly couple, who took the ride, said they were very excited to travel in the metro for the first time and hoped that the cleanliness will be maintained at the stations with cooperation from public.A woman software professional said, “It is amazing. It will help us in avoiding the traffic snarls and in saving travel time. It is very a convenient mode of transport and a comfortable ride.”Also read3 lakh passengers ditched Metro after fare hike: RTIA city-based businessman said it normally took him 45 minutes to travel between Miyapur and Ameerpet by other modes of transport, but now with metro he reached his destination in barely 20 minutes. “It’s an awesome experience,” he said.The passengers also congratulated the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL), and the Telangana and Central governments for providing them with them metro rail.”Every project has its own share of challenges and Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited has had its fair share, but despite all those we have built a world-class, consumer- friendly metro service that will be a benchmark for other metro rails in the country,” L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Shivanand Nimbargi said.”This is the biggest public private partnership (PPP) in the world and we are proud to be a part of such an initiative,” he said.The Hyderabad Metro Rail project is the first ‘transit-oriented development’ (TOD) project that will exploit the real estate and earn revenue by leasing out commercial and office spaces inside and outside the metro stations across the city, an official statement said.The rapid transit project has been planned with two components – stations along the elevated metro rail system and TOD branded ‘Hyderabad Next’.Depending on the city’s appetite, ‘Hyderabad Next’ will be developed with various assets like office and retail spaces, hospitality, healthcare, and mixed use facilities, the statement said.As many as 546 security personnel from private security service agencies will man the metro stations on the Miyapur-Nagole stretch, and they will be working under three uniformed police officials per station in each shift, it added.PTI
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Technology helping women entrepreneurs tremendously: Ivanka Trump

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The United States President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump on Wednesday said technology held an immense potential in the present scenario to help women entrepreneurs grow in both – their personal and professional lives.”Technology offers a tremendous opportunity to women entrepreneurs, and we are seeing that in terms of the explosive global and domestic growth,” Ivanka Trump said, while addressing the plenary session on the topic “We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training” at the 8th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), in Hyderabad.She also said that technology had helped reduce barriers and was empowering and enabling women to become more flexible. ALSO READ GES 2017: India falls in love with Ivanka Trump”Technology is a great driver of entrepreneurship because a lot of women are leaving and saying this doesn’t work for me. It is emboldening them to go out on their own. It is reducing barriers to starting new businesses, and creating flexibility around schedule,” Ivanka Trump maintained.She also lauded the efforts made by women and women entrepreneurs to manage both their personal and professional lives, concluding that the way ahead required a fundamental change.”One of the reasons we are seeing an explosion of women’s entrepreneurship is because traditional workplaces often haven’t worked for us. We are disproportionately providing unpaid care, while also needing to support our families financially,” the 36-year-old businesswoman remarked. ALSO READ You inspire us: Ivanka Trump hails the journey of India”These cultural, social, work institutions were not set up with the assumption that there would be two parents in the workforce. So we just have to fundamentally change things. It is starting to happen in the corporate world,” she concluded.Also present at the session were state cabinet minister for IT E&C KT Rama Rao; ICICI Bank, Managing Director and CEO, Chanda Kochhar; Cherie Blaire and Karen Quintos.

Karnataka whistleblower cop D Roopa sued by her ex-boss for defamation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka’s whistleblower police officer D Roopa is in trouble. She has been sued for Rs 20-crore defamation by her former boss HN Sathyanarayana Rao for allegedly levelling ‘baseless allegations’ whcih led to the VK Sasikala controversy, reports NDTV. Roopa came into limelight when he blew the lid over how VK Sasikala is enjoying perks of normal life while being confined in Bengaluru jail. In her report, Roopa had said that Sasikala even had her own kitchen inside the prison. Five prison cells were specially reserved for Sasikala, alleged Roopa At that point of time, Roopa was acting as Director General of Police (Prisons). Post massive political ruckus following this report, both Roopa and her boss Rao were shunted out of Bengaluru prison. The state government also ordered a high level probe in this incident. Rao, who retired as Director General of Police recently was asked to go on leave following this massive controversy. Now, he is looking to hit back on Roopa for ‘damaging’ his reputation.

Negative growth in the luxury housing segment: Knight Frank

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The declining trend that engulfed luxury home prices across key Indian metros earlier this year has further intensified amid a global pattern of weakening prices revealed the Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index Q3 2017.The index that tracks the movement in luxury residential prices across 41 international cities, every quarter, rose by 4.2% in the year to September 2017. However, at least 19 of these cities saw a decline in annual growth.While Delhi (-3.1%) and Bengaluru (-0.8%) recorded sharper negative growth, prices for luxury homes in Mumbai saw a marginal increase of 0.6% between September 2016 and September 2017, albeit on a declining trend.Reflecting on the dismal performances all the three metros featured on the price index slid from their positions in the previous quarter. Delhi saw the biggest drop in rankings as it slipped from the 31st to the 36th position.Dr. Samantak Das, Chief Economist and National Director – Research, said, “Prime residential markets have been under immense pressure particularly since the event of demonetisation. While the move had an adverse impact on the overall residential market, luxury homes sales were worst hit. The quintessential wealthy investors known to take interests in such projects are missing courtesy better returns from other investment avenues. Among the top three cities in India the growth in price in this genre has been slowly tapering. While Mumbai maintained positive growth, albeit at an abysmally low rate, Delhi and Bengaluru witnessed negative growth. We foresee the trend to continue for at least 8- 12 months in this end-user driven market.”Guangzhou continued to top the index with a staggering 36.3% price surge in luxury homes but the overall narrative for China was of a slower growth. While the annual prime price growth in Shanghai slipped from 19.7% last quarter to 14.9%, the rate of price growth decline in Beijing nearly halved from 15% to 7.2%, courtesy government enforced cooling measures.However, the Asia Pacific dominated the ten rankings, with Seoul (11.2%), Sydney (11.0%) and Melbourne (10.4%) joining Guangzhou and Shanghai.Among luxury residential properties in Europe, Madrid, Paris and Berlin recorded robust growth. But other key markets such as Zurich, Vienna, Geneva and London ended the 12-month period witnessing a sharp price decline.

Best homage to martyrs is to never let a 26/11 happen again: Devendra Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said the greatest homage to those who sacrificed their lives during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai would be to learn lessons from what happened on that day and not letting it occur again.He was speaking at ’26/11: Stories of Strength- A unique memorial’ held at the iconic Gateway of India here.”I think, there won’t be any greater homage to our martyrs than learning lessons from what had happened and not letting it happen again,” Fadnavis said.”I think, if all of us come together and become the eyes and ears of the forces, we will surely beat them. We will prevent any such tragedy in future,” the chief minister said.Today is the ninth anniversary of the gory attack, carried out by 10 terrorists from Pakistan over three days, that left 166 people dead, including 18 police officers and two NSG commandos.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Hafiz Saeed’s release shows Pakistan not serious about bringing perpetrators to justiceOn the preparations and enhancement of security measures, Fadnavis said, “I feel Mumbai has changed now. We have third eye-CCTV network, ‘Sagar Kavach’, joint-exercise with Navy, elite ‘Force One’ on the lines of NSG and bullet resistant jackets among others. We have technical intelligence, with state and Centre working together.””I think, we still require a resolve from the people. They should be the eyes and ears of our (security) forces, our police,” Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio, said. “The forces we are fighting have no principles and no state of laws. They are enemies of humanity. They want to create an atmosphere of fear.”They are bombing all parts of the globe, ramming vehicles in public places, they are firing in theatres, all they want to tell humanity is that we can win, we can terrorise you,” he said.Anant Goenka, Executive Director, the Indian Express Group, said, “The attack on parliament and 26/11 are the two events that have shaped the way modern India thinks of terrorism and violence.”
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: P Chidambaram didn’t allow us to question Central officers, says ex-Union Home Secretary”As a group that has been documenting a changing India for over 80 years, we recognised that we have rarely ever heard from those directly affected the survivors of 26/11.”From our interviews, we have been touched, inspired and awe struck at the courage, the positivity, the maturity and realised that there are many inspiring stories that needed to be told, and it’s our role as a responsible news media group, to give voice to these remarkable individuals,” Goenka said.

SC rules stringent bail provision in PMLA unconstitutional

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a stringent provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), deeming it unconstitutional. SC bench led by Justice Nariman deemed section 45 of the act as unconstitutional, reports ANI. The Modi government had strongly defended the provision dealing with stringent bail conditions, saying it is an effective tool to curb the menace of black money. According to News 18, the apex court accepted the contention of petitioners that this provision is bad in law, as it adheres to the principle of ‘jail is rule and bail an exception’. In essence, SC has set aside all orders in which bail was denied using the stringent provision and those case have to be heard afresh. Here’s what the section 45 in PMLA is45. Offences to be cognizable and non-bailable.—(1) 1Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), no person accused of an offence punishable for a term of imprisonment of more than three years under Part A of the Schedule shall be released on bail or on his own bond unless—(i) the Public Prosecutor has been given an opportunity to oppose the application for such release; and(ii) where the Public Prosecutor opposes the application, the court is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that he is not guilty of such offence and that he is not likely to commit any offence while on bail: Provided that a person who is under the age of sixteen years or is a woman or is sick or infirm, may be released on bail, if the special court so directs: Provided further that the Special Court shall not take cognizance of any offence punishable under section 4 except upon a complaint in writing made by—(i) the Director; or(ii) any officer of the Central Government or State Government authorised in writing in this behalf by the Central Government by a general or a special order made in this behalf by that Government.28 (1A) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974), or any other provision of this Act, no police officer shall investigate into an offence under this Act unless specifically authorised, by the Central Government by a general or special order, and, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.(2) The limitation on granting of bail specified in 29 *** sub-section (1) is in addition to the limitations under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974) or any other law for the time being in force on granting of bail.

Cabinet approves proposal to harvest bamboo on private lands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’s (MoEF&CC) proposed amendments in the Indian Forest Act (IFA), 1927, that will allow bamboo grown on non-forest areas to be felled and transported without permits, sources said. MoEF&CC has received various representations to free bamboo on private lands from the permit process, but experts said that this move may be open to misuse as it does not involve Gram Sabhas in the permit process.The amendment of the Act’s Section 2(7) effectively means that bamboo will be no longer considered a tree in non-forest areas, as it is currently defined, thus exempting its harvest without permissions. Sources said that the decision was taken to push for bamboo plantation on private lands and ease regulatory restrictions on inter-state movement of bamboo.Bamboo grown on forest areas though, will continue to be covered under the ambit of Forest Conservation Act, 1980, thus requiring felling and transit permissions.The proposed amendment to ease bamboo harvesting on private land has been pushed ahead even as the the entire Indian Forest Act itself is being overhauled. Last year, MoEF&CC had set up an expert panel to rework the Act and sources privy to developments said that the process is in the drafting stage.The amendments also comes in the backdrop of letters that MoEF&CC wrote to states, urging them to free bamboo grown on private lands from the regulatory regime. In May this year, Director General of Forest Siddhanta Das, wrote one such letter, pointing out that states can exempt bamboo on non-forest areas using Section 41 of the IFA.”Many states have raised the issue that since bamboo is defined as a tree, it attracts the provisions of the felling and transit regulations of respective states and hence bamboo needs to be excluded from the definition of tree…I would like to reiterate once again to exempt all bamboo growing on non-forest area from transit regime using powers granted to states,” Das said. DNA has reviewed a copy of this letter.Das had also mentioned in this letter that the ministry had received suggestions from many quarters seeking exemption of felling and transit permits for bamboo grown on private lands. Das and Environment Secretary CK Mishra were not available for comment.Delhi-based environmental lawyer Sanjay Upadhyay said that this amendment leaves open scope for misuse. “Do we have the mechanism to identify whether the bamboo is from forest or non-forest areas. It is regressive step in the sense that is liable to be misused if Gram Sabhas are not made the nodal body for providing adequate safeguards to protect the resource.”

Woman screams at KJ Alphons at Imphal Airport over delayed flight, Union Minister keeps his cool

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman doctor shouted at Union Minister KJ Alphons after her flight got delayed on Wednesday.She became furious when her flight got delayed because of VVIP arrival schedule as she had to attend to a critical patient in Imphal, according to ANI.The angry woman doctor can be seen shouting in the video and asking KJ Alphons to give in writing that her flights will not be delayed further.Kannanthanam can be seen telling her that he would give it in writing.Later talking about the incident, Alphons said: “I don’t think there is any controversy at all. I saw this lady in distress & I went up to talk to her, she said she has to attend a funeral in Patna, I told her that there is a protocol when President is landing no flight can take off.”On the issue, Airport Director of Imphal said, “Yesterday no scheduled flight was diverted or cancelled. But, 3 scheduled flights were delayed by around 2 hrs due to President of India’s flight movement. We heard that 1 passenger who was travelling from Imphal to Patna argued with Union Minister KJ Alphons.”Meanwhile, Dr Nirala who had shouted at KJ Alphons at Imphal Airport said: “I was waiting and crying so I approached the Minister (KJ Alphons), thinking a Minister can do everything. Sabki apni life hai, sabka apna time hai. Kisi ek liye aisa nahi karna chahye. (Everyone has a life, every has time. This shouldn’t be done for one person.) This (VVIP culture) should be stopped.Earlier, as many as 13 flights were diverted out of Delhi and many were delayed due to a VIP movement. Many were left stranded as nearly 90 domestic flights, arriving at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, were either delayed or diverted due to the VIP movement.

Jet flight in emergency landing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight with 111 passengers on-board made an emergency landing at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) on Tuesday evening after the pilot spotted fire in its cargo hold.The flight that departed from Udaipur had 111 passengers on board. However, around 6.31, the pilot signaled the Air Traffic Control (ATC) for an emergency landing. The ATC immediately gave the aircraft permission to land and finally the flight landed at 6.50 pm. Fire emergency services at the airport along with emergency team immediately rushed to the landing area and all passengers, including the crew, were disembarked by 7:05 pm.Confirming the same, Manoj Gangal, Director, SVPI said, “As soon as the pilot signaled the ATC for emergency landing of aircraft that departed from Udaipur, we had kept our team ready. Since our priority were passengers, as soon as the aircraft landed, it was parked at a remote parking so as to not interfere with other movement at the airport. All on board were evacuated and disembarkation was completed at 7:05 pm.”

Traffic police under stress, they need sensitisation training

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Commission for Woman (MSCW) will be approaching the Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) for discussions on the sensitisation programmes to be conducted for policemen in the state.Against the backdrop of the recent incident in Malad, wherein a car was towed away by the traffic police while a woman was breastfeeding her 7-month-old child inside it, the MSCW is going to have discussions on the sensitisation and training programmes planned for the policemen in the meeting with DGP Satish Mathur.The Mumbai traffic police department is preparing to deal with the Malad incident-like situations in the future and brainstorming on what measures could be taken to ensure that traffic policemen on the road do not behave in a callous manner with citizens, especially women.After the incident in Malad, though instructions were given to all the traffic senior police officers to brief their staff on how to behave with citizens and how to deal with women and minors, the Commission believes that not only in Mumbai but the sensitisation programme is needed for all policemen across the state.”The police needs to be sensitised on a regular basis, in past meetings with DGP too we had discussed this issue. Now after this incident of Malad, we will be again requesting the Maharashtra DG to start the programme. The police should be sensitive while interacting with women and minors. To conduct the training and sensitisation programmes, the commission will extend its support. The policemen in the state are under tremendous pressure and stress, hence they are in need of such sessions,” said the Commission’s Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar.A monthly board meeting is conducted by the Commission wherein several issues related to women and minors are discussed. Mathur is also a member of the commission.After the incident at Malad, the Commission had taken the cognisance and had sent a letter to traffic police asking to send them a report on what action has been taken against the policemen and what had triggered the argument.While the police said that if needed, experts would be roped in to impart training to traffic policemen. It would be a regular training session.’Personnel to be age, gender sensitised’Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar talks about the sensitisation programmes planned for personnel from Mumbai’s traffic police department.What efforts are being taken for the sensitisation of traffic policemen?We were already conducting training programmes for all the policemen in the department. Continuing with that, we will gradually add more important aspects.What will the programme focus on?The policemen will be taught how to interact professionally with citizens and tackle difficult situations. They will also be given gender and age sensitisation training. A standard operating procedure will be set up to deal with conflict situations.Are any more efforts being made to reduce human intervention in traffic policing?Efforts are being taken to reduce human intervention. We have already taken many initiatives.

Post more women personnel, smile more: Flyers to CISF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From requesting their armed men to frisk with a smile, to increasing the number of women officers at airports to making efforts at reducing the waiting time at security hold area and making lost and found services better — the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been flooded with suggestions following a recent survey that the force conducted at eight major airports.The CISF claimed that 95.58 per cent of more than 3 lakh passengers rated their services as very satisfactory but the time-consuming security mandates remained a major concern for the flyers.The survey was conducted at Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, and Delhi from October 1-30. Senior officers said the survey was aimed at getting feedback directly from the passengers about the quality of services being rendered by the CISF and to assess the performance of the Airport Security Group personnel.Passengers were asked to grade their experiences on a scale of 5 (excellent/very good/good/average/unsatisfactory) on four parameters — feeling of being safe, waiting time during security inspection, thoroughness of security inspection and the courtesy with attitude to help.CISF Director General OP Singh said 3.30 lakh forms were filled by passengers during the survey. “As many as 81.72 per cent passengers graded the performance of CISF as excellent, 13.86 per cent graded it as very good, 3.48 per cent good, 0.75 per cent average and 0.19 per cent rated it unsatisfactory. Thus, 95.58 per cent of 330,152 passengers rated CISF as excellent or very good on all four parameters, while only 0.94 per cent of all passengers rated it average or unsatisfactory. This rating has been given on only one or two parameters, such as waiting time in security inspection, and courtesy and attitude to help,” the DG said.Singh also said the force has received interesting suggestions, including asking the armed men to smile while frisking and being polite. Also, it was suggested, largely by women, that the airport needed to have more women personnel to frisk women flyers.Some passengers also asked the CISF to make efforts to reduce the waiting time during security checks at the SHA, which at present is nearly 90 seconds. Singh said efforts are being made in this direction and all feedback is being considered.

Shocking: Third year BMS paper of Mumbai University leaked on Whatsapp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A third year Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) paper under the University of Mumbai was reportedly doing the rounds on Whatsapp minutes before the examination on Wednesday. The paper -‘Service Marketing’ which was scheduled at 11 am on Wednesday was reportedly doing the rounds on the messaging platform half an hour before the exam. “Some questions were doing the rounds on Whatsapp before the exam began on Wednesday. However, some students realised that the questions were exactly the same after they got the original papers” said a coaching class owner on the condition of anonymity. Students said that the paper was doing the rounds on some of the college groups before the exam began. “Some of my friends did share a few questions on the group but none of us knew that there was a leak” said a student from a suburban college. DNA could not independently verify the claims made by some students. While the reporter tried contacting Arjun Ghatule, Director, Board of Examinations and Evaluation, he did not respond to calls and messages. A senior university official said that they were getting several enquiries regarding the issue since Wednesday evening. “No such incident has been reported as per my knowledge. But people have been asking if such a leak has happened” said the official.

Gujarat High Court order on DGP appointment likely on Wednesday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court on Monday allowed petitioner former IPS officer Rahul Sharma to join Election Commission of India (EC) as respondent in the petition seeking appointment of a regular Director General of Police (DGP).The first division bench of chief justice R Subhash Reddy and justice Vipul Pancholi had kept its order reserve for Monday, on Friday as submission of both the parties had concluded.Before the bench passes the order on Monday, it observed that the advocate general has submitted, that at present the entire police force is directly reporting to the EC and so the state would have to seek EC nod before promoting or transferring any police officer.Then, Sharma’s advocate IH Syed pleaded to permit to join EC as respondent, which was allowed and the matter kept for further hearing on Wednesday.In last hearing, petitioner’s advocate Syed citing the model code of conduct guidelines submitted that it is very clear that without EC’s permission, the state government cannot appoint or transfer any officer. But, in the said guidelines, it is nowhere mentioned that the state can’t discharge its obligatory duty towards the state and society.Sharma had moved a PIL alleging that since 2016, the state government is avoiding appointment a regular DGP and continues in-charge DGP. According to the petitioner, an in-charge DGP for long demoralises the police force. There is all possibility of political party in power influencing the in-charge officer, which is less possible if there is a regular DGP, it had stated.His further contention was that regular DGP builds confidence of force for policing. For safety and security of the society and the state too, a regular DGP is a must. Its state’s obligation to appoint regular DGP from the three senior most IPS officers, who can serve in the office for minimum two years from the date of taking over the charge, the petition had stated.

Alwar lynching: 2 detained; minister says not ‘enough manpower ‘ to prevent every incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have detained two men in connection with the killing of 35-year-old Umar Khan by alleged cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.Reacting to the incident, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said on Monday that the state did not have enough manpower everywhere to “control” every situation well in time.Khan’s body was found near railway tracks in Ramgarh on November 11, with his family members and activists alleging that he was shot dead by cow vigilantes when he was ferrying cattle in a vehicle the day before.The incident, which came months after the lynching of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar, has triggered an outrage.Kataria said that strict action would be taken against the culprits irrespective of their religion.”We don’t have so much manpower to enable us to control every situation at all places, even before an incident is reported,” he said.According to Alwar Superintendent of Police (SP) Rahul Prakash, two people have been detained and are being interrogated.An FIR has been registered at the Govindgarh police station under IPC sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) against unidentified people, based on a complaint lodged by Khan’s family members.Khan’s family members have demanded immediate arrest of the accused, and compensation.They met Director General of Police Ajit Singh with their demands.They refused consent to autopsy of the body till the culprits were arrested.He was brought to the SMS Hospital in Jaipur from Alwar on Sunday.Hospital superintendent D S Meena said that a medical board was constituted for the post-mortem, but it could not be conducted as the family members did not turn up.Social worker Maulana Haneef claimed yesterday that Khan, along with two others, was ferrying cattle in a vehicle when unidentified men opened fire at them. Khan died on the spot, while another suffered bullet injuries.In April this year, 55-year-old Pehlu Khan was lynched by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar while he was transporting cattle.The incident comes ahead of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s scheduled visit to Alwar. Raje has been visiting various areas under the Alwar Lok Sabha constituency which is gearing up for a bypoll, necessitated following the death of sitting BJP MP Mahant Chandnath.

Grind chakki, sweep floors to stay fit: Rajasthan education dept’s health advice to women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women should do household chores such as making lassi, grinding chakki, sweeping floors to remain fit. These are the health guidelines issued by a magazine released by the Rajasthan Education Department, Hindustan Times reported.The November edition of ‘Shivara’ carries an article suggesting various ways to stay healthy. While walking, running and cycling are included, the suggestions also include household chores to stay fit.Among the other suggestions, the magazine says that one should eat half a portion when they are hungry. The other half, the magazine says, should be divided equally by drinking water and breathing clean air. Social media has gone up in arms to criticize the magazine for suggesting women could do household chores to stay fit. Some said that the publication was of a government led by a woman – Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje – did not seem to have helped its judgment.Admitting the error, Nathmal Didel, Director of Secondary Education and the magazine’s chief editor, told Hindustan Times that including the domestic activities should not have been mentioned in the magazine as exclusively for women. He, however, added that writer of the guidelines was influenced by how things had traditionally occurred in society and said there was no intention of discrimination behind the guidelines.

11 Rajasthan doctors arrested for ignoring state govt’s warning to end strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eleven agitating doctors have been arrested from seven districts till this morning under the Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) as the deadlock between medical practitioners and the state government entered its sixth day on Saturday, police said here.The doctors were arrested from Tonk, Jaipur, Kota, Swai Madhopur, Bharatpur, Jhalawar and Banswara districts, ADG (Law and Order) NRK Reddy said.The arrests came after the deadline set by the government for the medical practitioners to resume work expired on Friday evening.Reddy said 43 doctors returned to work to avoid arrest.Meanwhile, the state’s medical and health department issued a notice ton Saturday to agitating doctors stating that the strike was against the high court order asking them to resume work by Friday.One of the major demands of the doctors is of higher pay scale and promotions.Asked about the issue, Director of Public Health Dr V K Mathur said, “We are trying to reach an amicable solution through talks.”Most doctors on strike remained unavailable for comment.The All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors Association president, Dr Ajay Chaudhary, and the Jaipur Association of Resident Doctors president, Dr Ravi Jhakar, could not be reached.Health minister Kalicharan Saraf on Friday held Dr Chaudhary responsible for the strike. “Dr Chaudhary seems to have some personal interest… he is trying to create hurdles in breaking the deadlock. He is being guided by someone,” the minister alleged.He said several rounds of talks were held with the agitating doctors, who proceeded on a mass casual leave in support of their 33-point demand on Monday, but “the talks failed due to their adamant attitude”.

Yogi Adityanath sets up commission to double UP farmers’ income by 2022

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of doubling income of farmers by 2022 in Uttar Pradseh, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has constituted a Farmers’ Welfare Commission which will suggest ways and means to the achieve the target in the state.The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be the Chairman of the newly-constituted Commission while the State Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Sahi and Niti Ayog member Prof Ramesh Chandra will be its Vice-Presidents. The Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar and the Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) RP Singh will be its members.The Deputy director Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) will also be the member of the Commission. International Rice Research Centre, Phillipines India Representative Dr US Singh, Managing Director, International Crops Research Institure for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Hyderabad, Giri Institute’s Prof Surendra Kumar, ICAR former MD DR Mangla Rai, ex-Director Dr R.B. Singh have been nominated as invited members of the commission.Besides, Mahindra and Mahindra and ITC have been included as corporate members of the newly-formed commission. Progressive and award-winning farmers from different districts of the state have been made representatives of farmers.A notification for setting up the commission was issued by the Yogi Adityanath government late Friday night. “The commission aims at suggesting economical and alternative sources of farming in addition to transform the traditional farming with latest advancement in the field of agriculture for increasing the income of farmers in the state,” stated RP Singh, the APC.The commission would strive to work for increasing production of farmers with low investment and make available better storage facility with cold chain so that their produce do not rot due to lack of these facilities and farmers get better pricing.About 35 to 40 per cent produce of farmers in Uttar Pradesh, particularly vegetables, is perished in the field due to lack of cold chain, proper storage and transportation facilities. It is one of the main reasons why farmers end up incurring huge losses.The commission would also mull over having tie-ups with big food chains to have a direct tie-up with farmers for buying their produce from their field to save their transportation cost and increase their profit margins.The state government may adopt Centre’s model Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act to free farmers from the clutches of middlemen in ‘mandis’ who make more profit than the producer. The existing APMC Act prohibits farmers to sell their produce directly to buyers. They can sell their produce only in mandis where they fall prey to these middlemen.The Chief Minister has already sought help from the Remote Sensing Applications Centre (RSAC) in Lucknow to provide satellite data for floods, heavy rains and drought for advance planning to minimize the effect of natural calamities.The Commission will start functioning by this month end and would come out with its suggestions by January 2018. “It’s a big challenge but the way commission has been constituted, we are sure to achieve Prime Minister’s target of doubling farmers income by 2022,” claimed RP Singh, the PAC.

Mumbai: Starting 2018, forest officials to ban vehicles from SGNP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forest department officials facing fire from environmentalists, nature lovers and officials from the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, are working towards banning entry into Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).The officials are now awaiting a go-ahead so that they can begin work on a parking area outside the park’s premises.The final hurdle in the path of the parking lot was cleared this month after BMC gave a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the proposal that will see a construction of a parking area to accommodate 300 cars just outside SGNP, in place of an existing garden.“Our proposal was lying with BMC for over a year now but it has been finally cleared and we have now submitted it for a final approval so that we can start the construction work by November end and complete it by early 2018. Once the parking area is ready all the vehicles will be parked outside and not allowed to enter the gate,” said Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) and Director of SGNP, Anwar Ahmed.“We are sure that by early 2018 SGNP will indeed be ‘car free’, visitors coming to SGNP can take a tour using electric buses, which will be run by MTDC that will be used inside the park. This will not only reduce pollution, but will also add to reducing congestion in the park premises,” a forest official told DNA. Sources in the Forest department said that due to the delay in getting permission for constructing the parking area where even these electric buses would be parked as well as bay would be created for charging them even the MTDC officials who had signed an MOU in 2015 to run these buses were losing patience. Meanwhile, nature lovers who have been long demanding SGNP be made free of private vehicles said that they hope that the project isn’t further delayed. “The project has been delayed by over two years now and several animals are being killed due to speeding vehicles inside the park. As per information under RTI we found out that four large mammals were killed between January to June this year and hence we want to ensure that forest department ensures that the parking lot is built as quickly as possible so that all private vehicles can be banned from entering,” said Gopal Jhaveri, a nature lover and member of morning walkers club in SGNP.

I-T aids continue for third day at Namadhu MGR, Jaya TV offices

Updated: Nov 11, 2017, 11:15 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax (I-T) department raid continued for the third day in 40 locations related to Tamil Newspaper Namadhu MGR and Jaya TV offices on Saturday, in connection with an alleged tax evasion matter.The raid was also conducted at residences of Managing Director Vivek Jayaraman and his sister Krishna Priya Vivek.On November 9, the I-T department conducted raids at All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Karnataka in-charge V Pugazhendi’s residence at Damlur locality of Bengaluru.He is a supporter of former AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala.Raids were conducted at Jaya TV office, Dr Namadhu MGR in Chennai and other premises belonging to the family members of Sasikala and her supporters.These raids were conducted after media reports of alleged tax evasion surfaced

Cabinet clears national agency for conducting entrance exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Cabinet on Friday approved the creation of a single testing agency — National Testing Agency (NTA) — for conducting entrance examinations for higher education.NTA has been created to relieve the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from the burden of conducting a number of examinations, including National Eligibility Test (NET). The move, however, was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during this year’s budget.”NTA will initially conduct those entrance examinations that are currently being conducted by CBSE. Other examinations will be taken up gradually after NTA is fully geared up,” a statement from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) said.Such entrance examinations will be conducted online at least twice-a-year, thereby giving adequate opportunity to candidates to bring out their best, the statement added.The government will also establish training centres at district and sub-district level to train students from rural areas in taking online exams.HRD Ministry will appoint an eminent educationist to chair NTA while the government will appoint the CEO who will also be the Director General. NTA will have a Board of Governors comprising members from other institutions. The Director General will be assisted by 9 verticals headed by academicians/ experts.Expense & AimGovernment will give Rs 25 crore grant to NTA to start its operations. NTA is set to benefit about 40 lakh students appearing in various entrance examinations.

BSF-Pak Rangers to resume Commandant-level talks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers have decided to resume the Commandant-level talks between the two border guarding forces that had been abandoned for the last one year.The decision was taken during the Director General level talks of the two forces held in Delhi from November 8-10.The decision to resume talks is aimed at helping the civilian population living near the border areas that often suffers due to the hostility between two countries.Major General Muhammad Saeed, Director General, Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) led a 19-member Pakistani delegation to India. The 23-member Indian delegation was led by Sharma, DG BSF. Both the delegations also had representatives from respective home & foreign ministries along with officers from narcotics control & survey departments.The Indian side firmly and strongly took up specific issues of concern including incidents of unprovoked cross border firing, smuggling of narcotics, infiltration attempts, tunneling and defence construction activities.”The need for timely exchange of information, at the field level with increased frequency of field commanders level meetings, simultaneous coordinated patrolling etc. were also discussed,” the BSF said in a statement.The issue of inadvertent crossing over by the border population and ways to facilitate their return on both the sides was also discussed. It was agreed upon in deliberations that utmost caution and care should be exercised in dealing with the civilians.It was mutually agreed to hold the next round of talks in Pakistan. “The talks ended with both sides agreeing on constant endeavor to maintain peaceful and tranquil borders,” BSF said.The delegation from Pakistan that was expected to stay back in India till Sunday and also visit Agra cut short their plan.

Mask sales surge by 60% due to smog

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the smog ensuring Delhi’s air quality is falling to alarming levels, pharmacies and retail mask dealers are doing roaring business in masks and air purifiers. In fact, pharmacies across various parts of the city, sales have gone up by sixty percent over the last few days alone.After last year’s pollution rise, some pharmacies confirmed that they had stocked up on masks way before Diwali, but due to the cracker ban, sales remained low. But they said sales have just picked up since Wednesday, so much so that some pharmacies are even selling their last year’s stock.”I sold over 180 masks on Wednesday, which is a big number considering mine is a small shop in a residential area,” said Sanjay Kapoor, a chemist in West Delhi.Though all kinds of masks are available, doctors suggest the N95 are the most effective in Delhi’s pollution as they can stop the PM 2.5 as well. Costing anywhere between Rs 300 and 2,000, these masks are the highest in demand and many pharmacists say that they are running out of stock.Surgical masks too are available for anywhere between Rs 20 and 300, but doctors they are not suitable in high pollution areas.”In the last one year, sales of masks have gone up even on normal days, but int he last three days, I have sold masks worth Rs. 95,000 both in retail and wholesale. I believe masks worth several lakh have been sold in Delhi this week. Online sales have gone up too, as some of my customers bought masks online as well,” says Suresh Verma, a mask wholesaler from Laxmi Nagar.Meanwhile, over 2,000 free masks were distributed to security personnel at metro stations and Airport, but these free masks are surgical masks and not very effective in pollution control.However, doctors cautioned that all masks would save Delhiites from pollution. “We all need to understand that N95 masks and air purifiers, whose sale has increased in the last few days due to pollution, may not provide full-time protection, and are not completely effective,” said Dr Randeep Guleria, Medical Director and leading pulmonologist, AIIMSWHICH MASKS TO OPT FORSingle layer masks made of cotton are not very effective in filtering out minute particles. The triple-layered masks may help a bit and cost between Rs 50 and 100. The best ones are N95, which control PPM 2.5 and the cost starts from Rs 100

Schools continue classes, parents in a fix

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the Delhi government ordered all primary schools to shut down due to severe pollution, parents of children studying at the branches of DAV Public school were in a fix since they did not receive any notification about classes being suspended on Wednesday.Hassled parents waited for an email or SMS from the school until Tuesday night. “I had to send my seven-year-old son to school as no notification was issued by the authority until Wednesday morning,” said a parent of a Class II student at DAV Public School, Jasola Vihar.Several parents also raised the issue with Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on social networking sites. “Even after the government’s order, DAV Public school, Janakpuri remained open on Wednesday. I’m concerned about my child’s health. Plz do something,” tweeted a parent of a nursery student. There are around 30 branches of DAV school across the city.When contacted the Jasola Vihar Branch, officials claimed that they could not suspend the classes as they did not receive any notice from DAV’s management committee. “We can’t make any announcement until we receive instructions from the head office. Also, there were exams in some classes and we can’t re-schedule them at this short level,” the official said.However, officials at DAV primary school, Daryaganj, claimed that only a handful of students turned up in primary classes. “The strength of students in primary classes was very less. We did not conduct normal classes. Only indoor activities were organised for students,” an official said.According to Dr Nisha Peshin, Director of Public Schools, DAV, the head office had received the orders late on Tuesday.

300 flights, 25 trains delayed as smog hits visibility

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Poor visibility disrupted operations at Delhi’s airport as about 300 flight arrivals and departures were delayed, and affected the running of about 24 trains.The situation at the airport became worse because one of the three runways is shut for maintenance. Because of VIP movements, many arrivals and departures were rescheduled, causing further chaos at the airport already reeling under an acute manpower shortage.As air quality worsened drastically in Delhi-NCR, CISF Director General OP Singh directed distribution of masks to the force’s personnel deployed across the city. About 8,000 masks were distributed.Many flyers from Delhi took to social media on Tuesday and narrated their ordeal, after they were left stranded at the airport. Airlines, however, replying to the passengers’ queries, claimed Air Traffic Control (ATC) slowdown was a major reason for flight disruptions.Airport operator DIAL had earlier said that its runway 29-11 would remain shut for three days, during November 7-10, because of maintenance work. This, officials said, added to the slowdown of air traffic.Officials have planned to undertake several measures to ensure passenger convenience. Deployment of additional traffic marshals for smooth taxi flow, adequate lighting in car parking areas and increased airport patrol vehicles fitted with radio sets and beacons are some of the measures that will be taken.Meanwhile, about 25 trains arrived late in Delhi because of poor visibility. Neeraj Sharma, chief PRO, Northern Railways, said that departures were taken care of but arrivals were hit. He said that the Railways has geared up for fog and additional arrangements will soon be put in place to reduce passenger.The health impacts may be experienced even during light physical activity..

Mum realty sees clean-up after Demonetization

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While demonetization may not have been good news for the real estate industry in Mumbai in terms of sales, transparency did become the new buzz word, and a year on, a greater number of realtors insist on ‘all white’ payments. Industry insiders, however, reveal that circulation of black money continues in the property business. Realtors continue to accept bookings with part payment in the form of cash, and cash changes hands in resale property deals too.Meanwhile, the sluggishness in the real estate market persists a year after momentum in the sector came to a grinding halt. Along with demonetization, however, the contributing factors for this are RERA and GST. While the real estate industry was trying to recover from the impact of demonetization, two more policy decision impacted the industry – the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 and the Goods and Services Tax Act.Builders are critical about the impact of demonetization. “In the past one year, our sector has witnessed a sea change as far as regulatory policies are concerned,” said Rahul Shah, CEO of Sumer Group. “The real estate industry was already under tremendous pressure, and demonetization just added to the woes. Prices have remained stagnant with little demand from buyers and investors in anticipation of a price drop or discount from developers. This period also saw a significant rise in incremental costs owing to subdued demand.”Experts feel that the next 12 to 18 months are likely to be the ‘under observation’ period for the sector. They advise industry stakeholders to use the period to reorient businesses in line with the new changes.”Time and again, back-to-back policy regulations reinforced a slowdown in an already sluggish market,” said Shishir Baijal, chairman and managing Director of Knight Frank India. “The residential sector in particular has been affected the worst. New projects dried up, home sales slipped to newer lows, and piles of unsold stock at stacked up”Small time developers feel the pinch more than organized and big developers. A developer operating in the suburbs said, “Profit margin has come down to 12 to 15 per cent. Sources of cash dried up and the the real estate market runs heavily on it. Also, buyers are expecting prices to come down, and hence are not investing. Small developers are getting into joint ventures with big developers as most of us were dependent on direct money coming from home buyers. Many have even exited the market.”Sources say that post-demonetization, the cheque-to-cash ratio has reduced, but builders have been either asking for or accepting cash at a reduced percentage – earlier, developers asked for cash payments of around 40% to 45%, it now at 25%.At times, it is the buyer who wants to dispose off their own cash-in-hand and requests the realty company to take part payment in cash. As is the norm, the deal value is under-reported in the sale agreement or sale deed when there are cash transactions, so that black money remains in circulation.”Corruption has not stopped within government offices or with local political leaders,” said an industry player. “We are still asked for ‘gifts’ to move our project file ahead and secure mandatory clearances.” In order to meet this demand, developers rely on black money from customers. If they do not honour the demand, clearances get stuck and local political leaders too raise hurdles.

Provide adequate security to students from Bihar, Nitish Kumar tells Manipur CM over NIT attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday telephoned his Manipur counterpart N Biren Singh to express concern over reported assault on students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Imphal, many of whom hailed from the state.Kumar urged the Manipur CM to put a check on such incidents and ensure adequate security to students hailing from Bihar, an official release said here.The Chief Minister also asked his senior officers to coordinate with their counterparts in Manipur and look into the matter following which Director General of Police P K Thakur and Principal Secretary (Home) Amir Subhani spoke to their counterparts in the north-eastern state, the release added.Several students, many of them from Bihar, were reportedly injured yesterday when some locals barged into the NIT campus and beat them up.A report from Imphal said that heated arguments had taken place during a football match between locals and hostellers on Sunday last. In the wake of it some locals barged into campus yesterday and thrashed students, many of them from Bihar.The students have alleged that when the police was called, they sided with the locals and beat them up with batons and also took some of them into custody. ​

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