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Kamala Mills Fire: Hookah bars may fizzle out after new BMC rules

After a devastating fire in Kamala Mills compound killed 14 and injured several others, hookah parlours may now get a new set of rules and regulations. The state government has been considering laying down stricter rules for establishments serving hookah to its customers. The fire is said to have been caused by one of the burning coals used in a hookah. The new set of rules will include licensing of such establishments and an age bar on patrons that they can serve.“Though the Supreme Court had struck down a ban on hookah parlours, we are looking at regulating them… the question is what kind of regulation is feasible. We are planning to amend the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003. This will regulate the sale and advertisements of tobacco products (including hookah) for the state with the consent of the Centre,” said a senior home department official, adding that they had recently held discussions in this regard.The BMC had imposed a ban on hookah parlours in 2011 in restaurants where smoking otherwise was permitted. This was challenged in the SC which struck it down in 2014.“We can, however, regulate these hookah parlours by laying down a set of rules on the minimum age of their patrons (after concerns that even those who were under-age had access to hookahs), the amount of nicotine used and the number of people to be accommodated in an establishment,” said another official from the department.A senior official said that as of now, these hookah parlours lacked separate licensing or regulatory mechanism. “There is a thin line as on today… Some sort of regulation for hookahs is necessary. You need permissions to start restaurants and even a shop act registration for a xerox centre but no special license for a hookah bar. There must be some system to give licenses and regulate them,” the official admitted, stating that these hookah bars, which were proliferating in Mumbai and also in areas like Pune, fell in a legal twilight zone.“These hookah bars invariably serve liquor,” he said, adding that minors also accessed these spaces leading to public health, and law-and-order concerns.Meanwhile, a senior state excise official said that 1 Above and Mojo Bistro were serving liquor outside the area for which they had been given a license. “They were serving alcohol outside the designated area for which they had a permit room license. The service area had been extended to the terrace where liquor was served. This is a violation,” the official claimed.A home department official said a private member bill seeking to ban hookah bars had also been moved in the state legislature during the recent winter session at Nagpur.State excise commissioner Dr Ashwini Joshi had cracked down on one-day liquor party permits in restaurants as these temporary club licenses, which are meant for functions, were used by rooftop restaurants and eateries to serve liquor across the year.

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KEDL organises meet to dispose doubts on smart meters

Amid rising protest against the installation of smart meters in Kota city, Kota Electricity Distribution Limited (KEDL) on Sunday evening organised a consumer meet on the benefits of Smart Meter. KEDL team comprising of technical experts, through a PowerPoint Presentation, explained how a consumer gets all the information about his power consumption easily on his mobile or laptop after installing a Smart Meter.The consumers can also keep a track of the electricity savings as this information is available in every 15 minutes of power consumption. With the smart meter, a meter reader is also not required to take the readings at the consumer’s residence. Furthermore, there is absolutely no possibility of error in bill reading due to human negligence.The experts also informed the consumer does not have to bother to file a complaint if power is shut down as the Smart Meter automatically updates the information at the company’s command station.Meanwhile, the locals in the city have been protesting against the installation of smart meters in the city alleging the smart meters records high reading of power consumption. Locals in various areas of the city have formed separate ‘Sangarsh Samitis’ to fight against the installation of smart meters.‘Smart meters are the machine of robbery and the government has given a free hand to the private company to loot the public’, told Brajesh Vijayvergya, spokesperson of a protesting group against smart meters. The smart meter runs fast and records very reading but the private company is covering this fact and highlighting only the technical benefits of the smart meters, he said. Brajesh Vijay also pointed out that the smart meters are being installed only in those localities where the consumers pay bills regularly while it has left the localities developed on encroachment areas where people do not pay any electric bills.The public is forced for installation of smart meters and it is unfortunate that no public representative is coming up for public support, told OP Saxena, a resident of Dadabari area. ‘Smart meter is a tool to open loot from the public in the name of consumption’, he said adding the power company and the government should first ensure payment from the consumers as a large number of power consumers still do not pay bills in encroachment localities. Protest by local residentsThe locals in the city have been protesting against the installation of smart meters alleging the they records high reading of consumption. Locals in various areas have formed separate ‘Sangarsh Samitis’ to fight against the installation of smart meters. ‘Smart meters are the machine of robbery and the government has given a free hand to the private company to loot the public’, told Brajesh Vijayvergya, spokesperson of a protesting group against smart meters.

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Ration scam: CM orders action against DSO

In a Jhunjhunu village even the dead are regularly coming to ration shop to collect their supplies under Food Security Scheme. This may sound odd but chief minister Vasundhara Raje was informed that the corruption in Aduka village has reached to such level, a fuming Raje immediately asked officials to charge sheet the district supply officer (DSO) Subhash Choudhary. Few rural folks who came to attend the ‘CM Jan Sanwad’ Programme on Friday in Gudagaur Ji (Jhunjunu) exposed the level of corruption prevailing in supply of Public Distribution System (PDS) in front of the CM. They alleged that their village Sarpanch, Mohanlal Sharma, who happens to be ration dealer also, took supply of rations in the name of the people who are dead.When the same issue was conveyed to DSO Choudhary, he ignored it and did not take action against the dealer. Raje, after verifying the complaint, directed officials to slap charge sheet on the DSO and take action against those involved in this scam. At Jan Sanwad programme, the CM assured the people that the government will take strict action against the higher officials if their subordinate fail to redress grievances at their level. “The higher officials need to act against the subordinates if they fail to address grievances of common man. We will also take action against the higher officials if the grievances remain unaddressed at lower lever,” said Raje, directing the officials to file compliance report on the grievances received in the programme so far by Saturday morning. Raje, meanwhile, showered sops on Jhunjunu district. She claimed that her government will lay road network in entire district with a budget of Rs 910 crore. To ensure quality material be used for making roads, experts from BITS Pilani under third party inspection will test the material also. Sops for the day Adequate drinking water supply to Udaipurwati in next fortnight Laying of sewerage lines in Mawandiya and Dalmiya villagesSenior secondary schools in Chidawa, PilaniStreet light in entire Pilani in a month Launched Annapurna Van in Udaipurwati. PHED engineer on apoA PHED engineer was kept APO (awaiting for posting order) on direction of CM Raje as he failed to supply water to a mosque in Jhunjhunu for Vaju (practice of washing feet and hands) which Muslims do prior to Namaz. The devotees several times complained to the engineer Rajendra Kumar Agnihotri for poor supply of water. On Friday when people registered their grievances in CM Jan Sanwad Programme, Raje acted immediately and ordered his APO.
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MSEDCL clarifies, says no wrongdoing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after DNA reported that the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) had launched an inquiry into rules flouted in providing electricity connections to 1,128 flats in a residential complex in Virar West, including two flats in the name of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar’s wife Anjali, MSEDCL has said no irregularities were observed by MSEDCL while releasing power to the project.The story quoted Arun Papadkar, Superintendent Engineer of Vasai Circle confirming that he had conducted an inspection at VIVA Kingston Crown and that the power sub-station from which electricity was being drawn for the flats was only meant for water supply and electricity supply for elevators.However, on Friday, MSEDCL issued a clarification that Papadkar had been misquoted, and that he had not admitted there were any irregularities when contacted by DNA.”Mr Papadkar has emphatically stated that the MSEDCL observed all legal formalities while supplying power to the project VIVA Kingston Crown. He also clarified that a substation (4 DTCs) was not only meant for water supply and elevator but also for all residential and commercial consumers in the said area,” the clarification states.”Hence, no irregularities have been observed by the MSEDCL while releasing power to the project in question. The connections have been given to the rightful flat owners of the said project as per the existing rules and regulations of the MSEDCL. Two connections issued in the name of Mrs Anjali Sachin Tendulkar in the said project to Flat no C-203 and C-204 are also legal. We all know that Mrs Anjali Tendulkar is wife of the very icon of the sports world, celebrity and Rajya Sabha MP Mr Sachin Tendulkar. No questions should arise when Mrs Tendulkar has been issued power connections in a rightful manner,” it added.

Six tigers electrocuted in Maharashtra in 1 year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is a new danger lurking for Maharashtra’s tigers—that of death by electrocution. Between November 2016 to November 2017, the state lost six tigers due to poaching by electrocution.This includes Srinivas, who was electrocuted to death in Nagbhid range in April. In 2017, Maharashtra lost 15 tigers to various causes, of which five deaths are due to electrocution.”Patches around farms are electrified to kill herbivores, but it leads to the deaths of carnivores like tigers and also human beings,” said a senior forest department official. Sometimes, tigers are killed along with the herbivores when the two are electrocuted during the chase.He added that many put on electrified wires deliberately for poaching. “If these agriculturists want to protect their crops, they can use solar fencing as it has been done in the villages in a 2,500 hectare area around the Tadoba Andhari tiger reserve,” the official said.”The major problem is 11KV lines, which are illegally hooked. The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MahaVitaran) should launch underground cabling and insulation of networks in these areas and also shift these poles to the main roads to prevent them from being tapped,” he noted.Dr Anish Andheria, President, Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) said that it was a grave situation as electrocution was killing more animals than organised poaching. “We got to know about tigers as two of them were even radio collared think about the numbers of leopards, wolves and other mammals killed due to electrocution and never reported,” he said.History speaksIn 2016, India lost 98 tigers — the highest since 2010. Of these Maharashtra accounted for 15 mortalities.In 2015, the deaths stood at 12, up from seven in 2014 and 10 in 2013.

Gujarat elections 2017: BJP fields Ram Vilas Paswan for its ‘Dalit outreach’ to take on Jignesh Mevani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Congress getting support of prominent Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani in the upcoming Gujarat elections, the BJP has decided to up its game and field Union Minister and influential national Dalit leader Ram Vilas Paswan for its campaign.The Union Minister of Food and Public Distribution, Consumer Affairs and the founder of Lok Janshakti Party was, however, not part of BJP’s mega campaign during the UP Assembly polls earlier this year.But this time around, not only will Paswan campaign for the BJP, he is seen as the answer for Mevani. The minister will have a packed schedule in Gujarat.Paswan will be addressing a press conference at BJP Media Centre at Sola in Ahmedabad on Saturday and will also participate in BJP’s door to door round programme as part of Gujarat Gaurav Sampark Abhiyan.He will also address a public meeting in Danilimda assembly seat, where Dalits constitute 20 per cent of total votes.Besides, the BJP has also roped in its own Dalit leaders. Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh and Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal, MP from Bikaner in Rajasthan are already camping there.Besides, Lok Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh’s Kaushambi Vinod Kumar Sonkar is also in Gujarat. He was last year appointed as National President of BJP’s SC Morcha ahead of UP Assembly elections last year.All the three leaders are prominent Dalit leaders of BJP in their respective states.The tour programme of Paswan, has come at time when Mevani, who has led Dalit agitations across the state against the incumbent BJP government, has now announced that he will ask his supporters not to vote for BJP and met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over a week ago.Paswan had strongly been defending the Narendra Modi government’s track record vis s vis Dalit upliftment and backed the government categorically even after the Una Dalit bashing incident, insulating BJP from it and saying that no government in independent India has done as much for Dalits as the Modi government. He also had said that it was PM Modi, who gave Dalit icon BR Ambedkar his real due.The media-savvy Paswan is addressing the press from key Gujarat city Ahmedabad, where Mevani resides and had organised a ‘Dalit Asmita Yatra’ from Ahmedabad to Una in August last year after the attack on some Dalits in Una by alleged cow vigilantes in July 2016.There are 13 seats reserved for Dalits in Gujarat and they comprise of 7 per cent of total electorates in the state.

Chennai floods: Following electrocution of two girls, HC orders Rs 10 lakh compensation each to next of kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court on Saturday took a serious view of the electrocution of two minor girls after they stepped on a live wire submerged in rain water and directed the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation each to next of kin.”Keeping live wires open smacks of criminal negligence. The respondents shall ensure that all naked wires in the city are sealed and that adequate steps are taken to ensure that such incidents do not take place in future,” the court said.The bench headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, took suo motu notice of the incident after a mention was made by Advocate George Williams yesterday.Additional Advocate General Manishankar submitted that already Rs two lakh each were paid to the bereaved families while Advocate Williams sought a compensation of Rs 25 lakh.The negligence on the part of TANGEDCO to maintain the electricity supply boxes and wires in a good condition had scattered the dreams of their parents to make them engineers or doctors, Williams told the bench.After hearing their submissions, the bench said Rs 10 lakh shall be paid to the respective families within seven days after deducting the amount of Rs 2 lakh which was already paid.The two girls were electrocuted when they stepped on a live wire submerged in water while playing at Kondungaiyur area in the city on November 1.

O Panneerselvam meets PM Modi, denies having political discussion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today and put forward various demands concerning the state, including continuous supply of coal to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation.The meeting comes at a time when the ruling party of Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK, stands divided and its symbol dispute is pending with the Election Commission. Panneerselvam, who recently joined hands with the faction led by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami, denied having any discussion on the political development in the state with the prime minister. In August, after maintaining silence about his meetings with the prime minister for a long time, he had admitted that he had discussed internal issues of the party with Modi.Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Panneerselvam said, “One of important demands were allocation of coal for TANGEDCO for the entire year as the company was facing shortage. I have also submitted a memorandum with various other demands.” He also said the prime minister gave a patient hearing on the steps taken by the state government to check spread of dengue.”PM has been apprised about the steps taken by the government and he has ordered a central government’s medical team to visit the state to assess the situation,” he said. Asked if they would consider a reconciliation with rival faction leader TTV Dhinakaran, Panneerselvam said a party worker had to earn the top positions in the party by working hard.

No more lights out this Diwali for locals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 4.2 million electricity consumers in Greater Mumbai will not face load-shedding during Diwali and in the coming month’s, thanks to the islanding system and adequate power supply being planned by the distribution companies including Tata Power Distribution, Reliance Infrastructure and BrihanMUmbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).The uninterrupted power supply will be a big relief for Mumbaikars especially when the state distribution utility Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MahaVitaran) is forced daily to shed load for three to 10 hours in different parts of the state following a dip in generation due to inadequate coal supply.Mumbai’s daily demand of 3,200 MW is mainly met by three distribution companies. Tata Power runs its Trombay plant on an imported coal and therefore does not rely on Coal India or other domestic suppliers. Tata Power generation supplies power to Tata Power Distribution with a consumer base of over 4 lakh.In case of Reliance Infrastructure, it has tied up about 60 per cent imported coal and the balance 40 per cent from domestic suppliers for its 500 MW plant at Dahanu. However, Reliance Infrastructure’s arm Vidarbha Industries Power Limited with 500 MW receives coal from Coal India and through E auction. These two companies supply power to Reliance Infrastructure distribution with a consumer base of over 2.4 million.This apart, Reliance Infrastructure distribution and Tata Power distribution draw a total of 700 MW from outside. BEST, which is not a generator, draws 800 MW power from Tata Power and supplies to 9 lakh consumers in the island city. Reliance Energy spokesperson said, “Despite coal shortage and high power demand during the peak season of October, we have been able to effectively mitigate the problem by optimising our Dahanu power plant operations to ensure continuity of power supply to our customers.”An officer at the energy department told DNA, “The islanding system was designed to intentionally isolate Mumbai’s network during widespread external grid disturbance, enabling supply to continue for essential category consumers, avoiding a tripping of thermal generators and quick restoration. The city won’t witness load shedding,” he said.CITY’S ELECTRICITY NEEDSMumbai’s daily demand of 3,200 MW is mainly met by three distribution companies
The uninterrupted power supply will be a big relief for Mumbaikars
The state distribution utility, MahaVitaran, is forced daily to shed load for three to 10 hours following a dip in electricity generation due to inadequate coal supply.

New guidelines for social audit to boost Food Security Scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to check foodgrain pilferage from PDS shops and ensure delivery of the benefits food security, the Government on Monday came out with detailed guidelines for social audit of the central scheme. A ministry official told DNA that in order to ensure transparency in the implementation of the PDS, the central and the state Act, the state government shall make available all records to the general public.The department for consumer affairs, food and public distribution held three meetings through video conferencing with officials of all states. On July 27, August 17 and August 31st this year pertaining to various aspects of grievance redressal mechanism and transparency related to the implementation of the various provisions of the National Food Security Act.During the meetings, most of the states felt that the since under NFSA, the main issue is timely distribution of foodgrains to eligible households as per the norms of the Act with regard to monthly entitlements and applicable prices, there was no need to go for as detailed and cost intensive social audit as is being done in case of the flagship rural job scheme MGNREGA. They were of the view that a simpler social audit process can be evolved for NFSA.Accordingly, the Department of Food and Public Distribution has come out with a new set of guidelines, which draw heavily from the rules on social audit of the government of Chhattisgarh that ensure participation of local bodies in audit of all the documents of the fair price shops, twice in a year.A ministry official said that the new guidelines also prescribe that in addition of the audit of fair price shops, the process of social audit should also include eliciting views, grievances and suggestions from the public on key parameters related to their functioning.The new guidelines have a provision for making making public reports of the social audit and action taken there one. It also mandates placing the same on the PDS portal.As per the guidelines all records related to allotment, storage and distribution of ration commodities under Public Distribution System, at Fair Price Shops will be placed at Gram Sabhas, which will be held on August 15 and January 26 every year. After audit of documents at Gram Sabha, the report along with the recommendation shall be submitted to block level vigilance committee.After examination by block level vigilance committee, the recommendation will be forwarded to district level vigilance committee for further action.Equal distributionDepartment for consumer affairs, food and public distribution met officials of all states. Department of Food and Public Distribution has sets rules to ensure participation of local bodies twice a year.

Remote-aided meter hacks put Maha discom on alert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the manipulation of petrol pumps to dispense lesser fuel than what is paid for is making ripples, the state power distribution utility has detected the use of Chinese-made and locally assembled remotes to manipulate meter readings.Though the Aurangabad police claimed to have busted an electricity meter tampering racket in a joint operation, senior Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (Mahavitaran) officials fear similar methods may be employed across the state to steal power. The modus operandi is employed largely by those availing low-tension power supply, like domestic consumers.The utility will lodge police cases in other areas where such malpractices have been detected.These remotes can manipulate meters by stopping or slowing them down to show lesser readings. Thus, consumers can use power without being billed.MahaVitaran sources said they seized a remote during an anti-power theft drive in early July. Subsequent raids with the police blew the lid off the racket. They admitted that though such remotes were detected earlier, these organized manipulations had been caught at a mass level for the first time.”This type of racket is in every city,” admitted Omprakash Bakoria, Joint Managing Director, MahaVitaran, adding FIRs would be lodged in cities like Dhule, where similar remotes were found. “If calculated over the years, it is a huge amount,” he admitted.Bakoria noted some consumers were consistently found to have used zero units of power or between zero to 30 units per month. He admitted that these decentralized rackets may have been on for around five to six years.The 18 remotes seized in Aurangabad were Chinese-made, locally assembled and were used for high-end infra-red (IR) meters.Inspector Madhukar Sawant of the Aurangabad crime branch said they had arrested 11 people, including consumers for power theft and were on the lookout for more. The alleged mastermind, an electrician Kishor Raikwar, has been arrested.Officials said Raikwar would purchase remotes for as low as Rs 250 and sell them to consumers for amounts varying from Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000.Mahavitaran official said the unravelling of the supply chain could reveal more cases.DCP Deepali Dhate-Ghadge said they had lodged six FIRs and sought data of consumers who had used under 30 units over the last six to seven months and the Mahavitaran’s spot visit to panchanamas. The accused admitted that the meter readings were being manipulated since 2014-15.”(It is) quite possible,” said Ghadge when asked if the racket operated outside Aurangabad.”High-frequency remotes can be used to disrupt meters or a parent circuit can be installed in meters to control it via remote,” said a MahaVitaran official part of the raids.Suresh Ganeshkar, chief engineer, Aurangabad zone, said 20,091 consumers had been found to with zero billing (no electricity use) in Aurangabad and Jalna last month, including 7,016 from Aurangabad city. However, this could also be because of the houses being shut or faulty meters. The number of consumers using between one to 30 units is 1.51 lakh, including 17,856 in Aurangabad city, which is “more serious.”The MahaVitaran has distribution losses of 14.75% in 2016-17. A significant portion of these losses come from power pilferage. It has a consumer base of 2.5 crore, including 1.70 crore residential users.

Maha discom recovers its step, ranks 9th, Gujarat tops again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra government-owned power distribution company Mahavitaran has been ranked 9th by the Power Ministry in its latest annual rankings (2016-2017) among 41 state distribution utilities in India. Gujarat, Uttarakhand, and Karnataka bagged the top three positions again. The rating parameters cover operations, finances, regulations and reform of the discoms. Maharashtra earned an A grade, which corresponds to a 65-80 per cent score. Three state utilities from Karnataka, one from Himachal Pradesh and one from Andhra Pradesh also earned Grade A.While the latest ranking is an improvement for Mahavitaran, which ranked 14th for its performance in 2015-16, it’s yet to catch up to its 2014-15 performance when it was placed 6th. Unlike most other states, Maharashtra has only one state-run power distribution company. Distribution losses, outstanding dues, and rising debts are key concerns for the state discom, cites the rankings report by the Power Finance Corporation of India, which comes under the Ministry of Power.Recovery of dues from agriculture and public sector utilities are less than 20 per cent and 40 per cent respectively, affecting the company’s revenue.DNA had earlier reported on the bad shape of the company facing revenue losses worth over Rs 60,000 crore.

Aadhaar-linked issues to be decided by constitution bench: Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today said that all the issues arising out of Aadhaar should be finally decided by its constitution bench. A three-judge bench, headed by Justice J Chelameswar, asked the parties to urge the Chief Justice to set up a constitution bench to decide the issues relating to Aadhaar. “We suggest both of you (petitioners and the Centre) to request Chief Justice to constitute a larger bench so that these matters can be decided finally,” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha, said.Attorney General K K Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan, who is representing the petitioners, said they would mention the matter before the Chief Justice and request him to set up a constitution bench to hear the matters relating to Aadhaar. A vacation bench of the apex court had on June 27 refused to pass an interim order against the Centre’s notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes, with the government assuring it that no one would be deprived for want of this identification.The court had observed that no interim order could be passed merely on the “apprehension” raised by the petitioners that somebody might be deprived of the benefits under the various social welfare schemes due to the lack of Aadhaar, especially when no such affected person has come before it. The apex court was hearing three separate petitions challenging government’s notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes.Earlier, the apex court had passed a slew of orders asking the government and its agencies not to make Aadhaar mandatory for extending benefits of their welfare schemes. The apex court, however, had allowed the Centre to seek Aadhaar card voluntarily from citizens for extending benefits of schemes like LPG subsidy, Jan Dhan scheme and Public Distribution System.

SC refuses interim order agst Centre’s notification on Aadhaar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today refused to pass any interim order against the Centre’s notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes. A vacation bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha said that no interim order can be passed at this stage on the “mere apprehension” of petitioners that government may deprive people from availing benefits of various social welfare schemes due to lack of Aadhaar. The bench referred to the June 9 judgement passed by the apex court in which it had upheld the validity of an Income Tax Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and filing of tax returns, but had put a partial stay on its implementation till a Constitution bench addressed the issue of right to privacy. The bench said, “In view of the observations made in the judgement in Para 90 of the case… decided on June 9, no further observation is required.” During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench that the Centre has extended the June 30 deadline to September 30 for those who do not have Aadhaar and are availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes. Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for petitioners, told the court that the Centre should be directed not to deprive any person of the benefits of social welfare schemes which he/she is enjoying now due to lack of Aadhaar. “No interim order can be passed in mandamus on mere apprehensions. You have to wait for one week. If somebody is deprived (of the benefits) you can point out the same to this court,” the bench told Divan and posted the matter for further hearing on July 7. The apex court was hearing three separate petitions challenging government’s notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes. The Centre had on June 9 told the apex court that around 95.10 per cent of the entire population has voluntarily registered for Aadhaar and apprehension of “large-scale exclusion” of citizens from government benefits due to lack of unique number was “misplaced” and “unfounded”. The government, in its counter affidavit filed in response to several petitions opposing the scheme, had quoted a World Bank 2016 report, which said if Aadhaar was applied to all social programmes and welfare distribution, it would save the government USD 11 billion annually. The Centre had said that in 2014-16, the government’s savings through Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme on account of Aadhaar was Rs 49,560 crore. It had said though the notification requires people to enroll for Aadhaar by June 30, those who are unable to get themselves enrolled due to lack of facilities, can give their contact details and would be registered later. The UIDAI had said when Aadhaar has been adopted by several authorities in pursuant to directions by the apex court and as per legislative amendments by the Parliament, the court ought not to entertain applications seeking interim stay of notifications passed in pursuance to the Aadhaar Act 2016, as it would stall and interfere with the governance. The Centre had on May 19, refused to extend the June 30 deadline for making Aadhaar mandatory for availing social scheme benefits. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had said “there is no question” of extending it and added that the idea behind making Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes was that the benefit should not go to “ghosts” as was noticed in schemes like the public distribution system (PDS). Earlier, the apex court had passed a slew of orders asking the government and its agencies not to make Aadhaar mandatory for extending benefits of their welfare schemes. The apex court, however, had allowed the Centre to seek Aadhaar card voluntarily from citizens fro extending benefits of schemes like LPG subsidy, Jan Dhan scheme and Public Distribution System etc.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

100 days: Yogi govt counts its pluses, opp the minuses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yogi Adityanath today completed 100 days in office as Uttar Pradesh chief minister but it was a low-key anniversary with no big event to showcase the achievements of the government. The BJP government, which assumed office on March 18 after bagging 325 of the 403 Assembly seats along with its allies, faces major challenges, some of the biggest being raising funds for the farm loan-waiver and law and order issues, including communal clashes. The loan-waiver, a pre-poll promise of the BJP, has the finance department burning the proverbial midnight oil as it tries to offload the sudden fiscal burden of nearly Rs 36,369 crore. This, coupled with Rs 34,000 crore for the implementation of the seventh pay commission recommendations, has put an additional burden of Rs 70,000 crore on the state’s coffers, an official said. There are other challenges too. Like arranging funds for mega projects like the Purvanchal e-way. The government has also admitted it could manage to make just 63 per cent of the state’s roads pothole free by the June 15 deadline set by the chief minister. Distribution of free laptops among students, mentioned in the BJP manifesto, is another unfinished promise. The scheme was inaugurated on March 19 but there is no launch date yet. The 45-year-old saffron clad chief minister and his cabinet colleagues have already sought more time saying they inherited a “jungle raj” from the SP government and it would take them some time to set things in order. As the state government was busy preparing a 100-day achievement document, opposition parties stepped up their attack. State Congress spokesperson Dwijendra Tripathi ridiculed the ruling party for making promises that it could not meet. “Two months of the Adityanath government have not sent out any strong message on any of the issues which were part of BJP’s campaign — improved law-and-order situation and better administration,” he said. BSP chief Mayawati alleged that the Dalits, the OBCs as well as forward castes, including Brahmins, have been facing “atrocities” in the state in an apparent attempt to associate Adityanath and his government with Kshatriyas only. As head of the Gorakhnath Peeth, Adityanath has often associated himself with Kshatriya symbols. He is often seen surrounded by mostly Kshatriyas and has supported Thakur leaders of other parties too. In 2013, he came out in support of Kunda MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya who was accused of conspiring to kill a deputy superintendent of police. Not known to take the frequent barbs directed at him lying down, former chief minister and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav recently took on the Yogi government, saying, “I never knew officers wielded brooms so well. Now the question is how much filth have they cleared so far?” He said the deadline to make state roads pothole-free by June 15 remained a “pipe dream”. Asked about the Yogi government’s decision to probe the Expressway and river front projects launched during the SP rule, Akhilesh said, “Will this government do any work…or will it only conduct probes? This government should try to do better work than us.” Refuting criticism on law and order, state cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma said, “A special cell will be constituted in the CM’s office for crime-monitoring, which will be done personally by the CM.” “SP leaders, who have carried criminals and rapists with them in their cars, should introspect,” he added. Since taking office on March 19, the Adityanath government has recommended CBI probes into several projects of the previous regime led by Akhilesh Yadav, leaving the SP fuming. “The government has become an inquiry committee. It is resorting to such tactics to smokescreen its failures…It smacks of politics of vendetta,” SP chief spokesperson Rajendra Chowdhury told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra to float tenders in July for 500 MW solar park

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra, with the present solar installed capacity of 406 MW, has undertaken capacity addition of 2,500 MW by 2022 through public private partnership (PPP) and engineering procurement construction (EPC) basis.The state-run Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MahaGenco) will invite tender in July for the development of solar park with 500 MW capacity at Dondaicha in Dhule district. The proposed solar park will be set up in an association with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) based on PPP.MahaGenco has already acquired 500 hectares of land and worked out water supply scheme for the solar park. The developer from the private sector will set up the project, operate it and supply nearly 20% power to the state run Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MahaVitaran) and the balance 80% to buyers from the open market.Besides, MahaGenco, in phases, will float tenders to add 1,000 to 1,500 MW on PPP basis for solarisation of agricultural feeder by constructing solar project of 2 MW to 50 MW capacity across the state. The government will provide land and make available evacuation facility. The objective is to supply uninterrupted power generated from these solar projects to farmers on the field during the day.A MahaGenco officer told DNA, “So far, the company has received lowest bid from Sangam Advisors for 2 MW solar photo voltaic project for power supply to agricultural feeder at Ralegansiddhi in Ahmednagar district at Rs 2.94 per unit. This apart, the Sangam Advisors has turned out to be a lowest bidder at Rs 2.97 per unit for the 2 MW solar photo voltaic project for power supply to agricultural feeder at Kolambi in Yavatmal district.”The official added that MahaGenco will put in place necessary infrastructure while MahaVitaran, which is a state run distribution company, will be engaged in the distribution of power. Further, the MahaGenco plans to add 500 MW by roping in EPC contractor.MahaGenco’s capacity addition coincides with other states are currently engaged in adding 12,000 MW plus solar capacity. Some of the states include Karnataka (2,855 MW), Telangana (2,009 MW0, Madhya Pradesh (1,422 MW), Andhra Pradesh (1,048 MW), Jharkhad (1,101 MW) and Uttar Pradesh (621 MW).

Centre working for welfare of differently-abled people: Gehlot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot today said the Centre is working for the welfare of differently-abled people and providing them support to make them self-reliant. The Union minister of social justice and empowerment said the government is providing the a loan on four per cent interest rate to differently-abled people to encourage them in entrepreneurship. Aid and support are being provided to differently-abled people so that they can lead their life with ease, he said while addressing an empowerment camp at Nagaur. Gehlot said the government has held 5,225 camps in the last three years and helped 6.50 lakh differently-abled people by providing them various aid and equipment. Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution C R Chaudhary, Rajasthan transport minister Yunus Khan and others were also present on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC puts on hold construction of urinal near transformer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Construction of a public urinal near a power transformer in Sultanpuri here was today stopped by the Delhi High Court which said it would put the life of users under “extreme danger”. “The agency will have to maintain status quo with regard to the construction of a public urinal,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Navin Chawla said. It also issued a notice to Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, which supplies electricity in the area, and sought their reply by May 25. The court also asked the authorities to submit their proposed plan and observed “you are directly putting the life of users under extreme danger”. Earlier the bench had termed the decision as “incredible” and had asked the authorities “how can you do this?” “Don’t you have experts, who can assist you. Is there any building bye-law or not for the city,” the bench had asked. A residents welfare association (RWA) of Sultanpuri here moved the court seeking direction to the authorities to restrain them from constructing a public urinal in the close proximity of the power transformer in the locality. The petitioner has claimed that the transformer can be extremely dangerous for users of the urinal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Country’s first womb transplant surgery today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of 24 medical professionals are going to be part of India’s first womb transplant procedure at Pune’s Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI) on Thursday. A 24-year-old from Maharashtra, who was born without a uterus, will receive her mother’s uterus.On Wednesday, doctors participated in a mock drill on cadavers to ensure the final procedure is executed with military precision.Besides concerns of the high risk of rejection of the organ following the surgery, doctors also had another worry. “We have a four-hour load shedding every Thursday. We had to approach the MSEB (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd) for uninterrupted electric supply during the procedure,” said Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, Medical Director, GCLI.The two-stage surgery will begin at 9 am and last for eight hours. “Surgeons will extract the uterus from the mother in a four-hour surgery. For the next hour, doctors will clean it with a special solution,” said Dr Puntambekar.The uterus will be removed laparoscopically from the donor, who is win her 40s, with a keyhole technique. A minimal access procedure pioneered by Dr Puntambekar, it’s known globally as the Pune Technique.“In the second stage of the procedure, the uterus will be transplanted into the recipient. She has been married for three years, and has never menstruated,” Dr Puntambekar said.On May 19, the hospital will perform a similar procedure on a 25-year-old from Gujarat.Both procedures will be done pro bono, while the next four surgeries wwill be performed at a subsidised cost of Rs 1.5 lakh. Four patients have already been shortlisted for these surgeries to take place in the coming months.A team from the Sassoon Hospital in Pune verified that the donor and the recipient were related as per the rules of the state. The State’s Directorate of Health Services has granted Galaxy hospital a five-year licence to perform uterine transplants.Doctors said that while the donor will be able to take food orally 24 hours after the procedure, the recipient can go back to a solid diet two days after the surgery.A year later, depending on the health of the recipient, she will undergo in vitro fertilisation (IVF) process to conceive.TEAM ON BOARDTeam includes 12 surgeons plus psychiatrist, nephrologist, cardiologist, intensivists, anesthesiologist and nurses
No one will leave the operation theatre during the surgery for risk of infection

SC to hear plea against making Aadhaar mandatory for schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on May 17 a plea challenging various notifications of the Centre to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing benefits of government schemes. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, which is currently hearing a batch of petitions challenging the practice of triple talaq, agreed to the contention of senior advocate Shyam Divan that the Aadhaar matter is very important and needed to be heard on an urgent basis. “Despite the order of this court that Aadhaar will be voluntary and not mandatory, the government has been coming out with a series of notifications making it mandatory to avail benefits of schemes like scholarships, Right to Food and mid-day meal in schools,” Divan, appearing for Shanta Sinha, former chairperson of National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), one of the petitioners in the Aadhaar matter, said. He said let a two-judge bench hear the applications against making Aadhaar mandatory for various schemes. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Centre, vehemently contested the submission saying even interim orders in Aadhaar matter have been passed by a five-judge bench and hence it would not be appropriate to list the plea before a two-judge bench. The Solicitor General also said that the petitioner has not informed the court that after passing of various orders by the Supreme Court making Aadhaar voluntary, the central government has come out with a new legislation. Several petitions, challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar are pending in the apex court and would be heard by a five-judge constitution bench, which is yet to be set up by the CJI. Earlier, the Supreme Court had passed a slew of orders asking the government and its agencies not to make Aadhaar mandatory for extending benefits of their welfare schemes. The apex court, however, had allowed the Centre to seek Aadhaar card voluntarily from citizens fro extending benefits of schemes like LPG subsidy, Jan Dhan scheme and Public Distribution System etc.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

From July, people can get ration from any PDS depot in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Come July 1, consumers will be able to get ration from any Public Distribution System (PDS) depot in any part of Haryana, the state government said here today. This would be made possible by the Fair Price System (FPS) automation, which has already been successfully launched in six districts, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Hisar, Bhiwani and Panchkula from May 1. The consumers in these districts can draw their ration from any depot, Haryana’s Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Karan Dev Kamboj said. He presided over a meeting of FPS automation with senior officers of the department today. FPS automation has been initiated to bring transparency in the PDS and prevent corruption at ration depots, he said. “Under this system, all ration cards would be linked with Aadhaar and the consumers would be able to get his ration from any depot in any part of the state. “Not only this, the consumers would also get SMS alerts in Hindi on their registered mobile numbers. They would be able to get information related to transportation of grains and their arrival at depots through SMS while sitting at home,” he said. Kamboj said since the PDS system was connected to people living below the poverty line, the state government was making serious efforts to provide the poor the benefit of the scheme. The pilot project of this system was initiated in Ambala in April which yielded good results. Later, it was implemented in five districts from May, he said. In order to prevent corruption, the state government has made the entire system online due to which, 1.9 lakh fake beneficiaries were found in the pension department and four lakh fake admissions were detected in the education department, he said. “Not only this, four lakh were found taking advantage of both gas and kerosene subsidy. The detection of pilferage has helped the state save crores of rupees. Similarly, now as PDS system would be made online and all poor would be provided with the benefit of ration by linking their ration cards with Aadhaar card,” he said. Kamboj said the FPS automation system was being implemented in the state on the pattern of ‘Meri Marzi’ scheme of Chhattisgarh, where a team was sent from Haryana to evaluate the scheme. The state government is also implementing silos system for storage of grains under which, not even a single grain would be damaged, he said. It has also been decided to store 9.5 metric tonnes in the silos out of which, 3 lakh metric tonnes would be stored by the Food Corporation and the remaining would be stored in godowns of other agencies, Kamboj added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LPG connections under Ujjwala scheme beat target in Amethi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Distribution of LPG connection to the poor people under the central government’s Ujjwala scheme here has exceeded the target, officials said today. The target for Amethi for three years was 1.21 lakh and for year 2016-17 it was only 40,440 but the gas agencies concerned distributed 63,294 connections to the poor, said S Hussain, the district nodal officer for the scheme. Union cabinet minister Smriti Irani, who had unsuccessfully contested from Amethi Lok Sabha seat in 2014, has been regularly monitoring the status of development works in the district under different schemes of the Centre. Also, Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan was present here during the inaugural ceremony of the Ujjwala scheme for distribution of LPG to the poor.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Malls, multiplexes in Karnataka raided over complaints of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raids were conducted at malls and multipluxes at various locations in Karnataka by state officials today in a crackdown against overcharging of mineral water, Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader said. The raids were conducted following spate of complaints from consumers about overpricing of mineral water, he said adding action would also be taken against excess pricing of eatables. “Our legal metrology officials raided malls and multiplexes at 178 locations across the state, including Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Belagavi, Kalaburgi, Mangaluru and Mysuru districts for selling mineral water above the MRP to consumers,” Khader told reporters here tonight. Under the provisions of the amended Legal Metrology Packaged Commodities Rules (PCR), overpricing of mineral water was a violation of the law. The rules as amended in 2016 by the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution provided for a penalty of Rs 2000 for first time violation and six months imprisonment for second violation, Prasad said. As many as 39 teams of officials registered 46 cases against establishments for charging Rs 30 for a one litre water bottle priced at Rs 20, Khader said. “The raids were conducted by 39 teams following numerous complaints from consumers across the state to the department that they were forced to pay 150 per cent more than the MRP for a litre of mineral water,” the Minister said. Most mumber of cases were registered in Belagavi (17) and Kalburgi (15) districts, and the least was in Mysuru (two) district, Legal Metrology Controller P R Shiva Prasad said. Moreover, Karnataka has urged the central government to include bottled or mineral water under essential commodities’ list to protect consumers from being exploited by unscrupulous sellers, Khader said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Misappropriation case filed against senior officials of NDCC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>City police have registered a misappropriation case against the chief executive officer (CEO) and manager of the Nashik District Central Cooperative Bank (NDCC) on a complaint filed by MSEDC. The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDC) filed the case last evening at Mumbai-naka police station. The MSEDC in its complaint stated that the bank failed to transfer Rs 33.22 crore collected from consumers towards electricity bill for the period March 3 to 24, 2017 to the power utility’s account, Mangalsingh Suryavanshi, incharge of Mumbai-naka police station said. NDCC bank through its various branches in the city has been authorised to collect power bills of MSEDC. The bank, which is going through a severe financial stress after the demonetisation in November last year, had allegedly utilised the amount for other reasons, said the official.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre asks states to display foodgrain subsidy at PDS shops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indignant about States taking credit over foodgrain subsidy, Minister of Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday said that the entire Public Distribution System (PDS) foodgrain subsidy is being borne by the central government. Paswan also directed the States to display information on Central and State subsidies for foodgrains under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) on boards outside Fair Price Shops for public information and awareness.”It is unfortunate that most states are taking credit for this even though the entire PDS food grain subsidy is borne by the central government. More public awareness is required on this issue. For instance, in ‘Bihar, the poor’ think that Nitish Kumar is giving food grains at Rs 2-3 per kg. People were not aware that the Centre was providing it,” said Paswan. “We have asked the states to prominently display the subsidy details on a board at all ration shops for public awareness,” he said.The Food and Public Distribution Department of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution issued a letter earlier this month saying that the information on the cost of wheat and rice to the central government and the price at which these are sold under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) should be given in tabular form. It further said that there should be separate columns for subsidy given by the central as well as the state governments.”Except for one or two states like Tamil Nadu that are further subsidising the food grains and selling them free of cost, others are not shelling out anything from their pocket. The Centre bears a subsidy of Rs 22.09 per kg of wheat and Rs 29.64 on rice,” Paswan said.Last year also Paswan had asked states not to take credit for supplying food grains to masses pointing out the previous UP government led by Akhilesh Yadav had no contribution in food grain subsidy.Wheat and rice are sold through PDS shops, also known as fair price or ration shops, at a highly-subsidised rate as per the Food Security Law. For 2017-18, the Centre spent Rs 24.09 per kg on wheat and Rs 32.64 on rice. Under the NFSA, wheat is sold at Rs 2 and rice at Rs 3 per kg.

Restaurants cannot decide how much service charge is to be paid, says govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of Food & Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday tweeted that the centre had approved guidelines on service charge.Currently, several restaurants in the country levy a mandatory service charge of 10%, which is addded to the total.In a series of tweets, Paswan said, “As per guidelines Service Charge is totally voluntary and not mandatory now. Hotels/Restaurants should not decide how much Service Charge is to be paid by the customer &it should be left to the discretion of customer. Guidelines are being sent to states for necessary action at their ends.In January, the government said that restaurants billing ‘service charges’ in addition to taxes is optional and the consumer has discretion to pay ‘service charge’ or not.

In a first, MCD poll booths to be ‘tobacco-free’ zones

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first in the country, the Delhi State Election Commission has declared all the 13,234 polling booths ‘tobacco free’ ahead of the MCD polls, to be held this Sunday. The move comes after Delhi government’s Health Department approached the State Election Commissioner urging him to declare all the polling stations as ‘tobacco free zones’ rather than just declaring them as ‘smoke-free’ as it used to be in earlier elections. In a letter to Commissioner S K Srivastava, Additional Director (Health) Dr S K Arora noted that since chew-able tobacco, a leading cause of oral cancer, is already banned in Delhi, the polling booths should be declared ‘tobacco free’. The decision should be taken in larger public health interest, he stressed. The Commission has now sought cooperation of the Commissioners of all three civic bodies – South, North and East municipal corporation — to create ‘tobacco free’ poll booths for the MCD polls and display multi-colour banners at each location indicating the same. “It is an excellent opportunity to sensitise nearly 1.33 crore adults on a single day as they will come to cast their vote at the polling booths,” Dr Arora said. He said 90 per cent of oral cancers, 40 per cent of all cancers and 30 per cent of tuberculosis cases occur because of tobacco habits. Also, 20 per cent cases of diabetes, hypertension, heart attack and brain stroke are also linked to tobacco consumption, he added. The Health department will also provide signages/banners to be displayed at the entry gate of each polling booth. The banners will have content to educate people about the ill effects of tobacco consumption including smoking. The objective is also to make public aware that polling booths being a public place, the use and sale of all kinds of tobacco is prohibited, he said. Besides, teams of health departments will also supervise and monitor to ensure that there are no violations of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the Election Commission had asked the state election authorities to implement the no- smoke policy in accordance with the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Doctor not found at duty during surprise check, notice issued

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>District authorities here today issued a show cause notice to a government doctor for allegedly skipping duty without permission, officials said. The action was taken after a surprise check at at Vrindaban hospital here yesterday by the Additional District Magistrate. “Dr Pramod was supposed to remain on emergency duty but he was absent for over one hour,” ADM Ravindra Kumar said, adding a show cause notice has been issued to the erring doctor. Kumar said while the bed sheets at the 100-bedded hospital were found dirty, the wards were also unclean and emanating foul smell. “Irregularity has been detected in the distribution of medicines as well,” he said. “Medicines, though were being distributed, the daily consumption register for the same, was not being maintained,” Kumar added. According to the ADM, a seven-day “ultimatum” has been served on hospital superintendent Dr S K Majumdar for fixing the shortcomings.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After Supreme Court’s order, 50 Delhi liquor outlets to go dry, 65 to be sealed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 50 pubs, restaurants and hotels, located within 500 metres of highways in Delhi, will not be able to serve liquor from today.Also, 65 vends will be sealed following the Supreme Court order that no liquor shops, pubs, hotels and bars serving alcohol will be permitted within 500 metres of highways in the country from April 1, government sources said.A senior excise department official said several teams have been formed to ensure that outlets – pubs, restaurants and hotels – most of them on NH-8, stop serving liquor.Some of the major restaurants and hotels located in Aerocity near the IGI Airport will be affected by the ruling.The SC has directed that no liquor shop shall be visible and directly accessible from the highways nor it should be situated within 500 metres of the outer edge of the national or state highway or of the service lane.
ALSO READ Supreme Court order brings little cheer for booze shops on highways As per the top court’s order, licences of existing liquor shops on national and state highways will not be renewed after March 31.The SC bench had expressed displeasure over the alleged inaction by various states in removing liquor shops along the roads which give rise to drunken driving and consequential fatalities.In its order on December 15 last year, the SC had noted, “The expressways witnessed 4,208 accident cases, 4,229 injured and 1,802 deaths. Figures are also available of the distribution of road accidents by causes during 2014. 1.38 lakh persons were injured in road accidents involving dangerous or careless driving and 42,127 deaths occurred.” “Injuries caused in accidents due to over-speeding stood at 1.81 lakh while there were 48,654 deaths. 7,307 accident cases involving driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol were registered resulting in 7,398 injuries and 2,591 deaths,” it had noted.

After SC order, 50 Delhi liquor outlets to go dry, 65 to be

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 50 pubs, restaurants and hotels, located within 500 metres of highways in Delhi, will not be able to serve liquor tomorrow onwards. Also, 65 vends will be sealed following the Supreme Court order that no liquor shops, pubs, hotels and bars serving alcohol will be permitted within 500 metres of highways in the country from April 1, government sources said. A senior excise department official said several teams have been formed to ensure that outlets – pubs, restaurants and hotels – most of them on NH-8, stop serving liquor. Some of the major restaurants and hotels located in Aerocity near the IGI Airport will be affected by the ruling. Officials said strict action will be taken against violators. The SC has directed that no liquor shop shall be visible and directly accessible from the highways nor it should be situated within 500 metres of the outer edge of the national or state highway or of the service lane. As per the top court’s order, licences of existing liquor shops on national and state highways will not be renewed after March 31. The SC bench had expressed displeasure over the alleged inaction by various states in removing liquor shops along the roads which give rise to drunken driving and consequential fatalities. In its order on December 15 last year, the SC had noted, “The expressways witnessed 4,208 accident cases, 4,229 injured and 1,802 deaths. Figures are also available of the distribution of road accidents by causes during 2014. 1.38 lakh persons were injured in road accidents involving dangerous or careless driving and 42,127 deaths occurred.” “Injuries caused in accidents due to over-speeding stood at 1.81 lakh while there were 48,654 deaths. 7,307 accident cases involving driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol were registered resulting in 7,398 injuries and 2,591 deaths,” it had noted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tami Nadu may become another Punjab due to easy tobacco access: Madras High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alarmed that “Tamil Nadu may become another Punjab one day” due to easy availability of tobacco products to young students, the Madras High Court today asked authorities to conduct preventive raids to check the malady.”If this situation is allowed to continue, one day Tamil Nadu might become another Punjab,” observed Justice N Kirubakaran while passing orders on a plea detailing the malady of the shopkeepers selling tobacco products to students and people smoking in public places.On petitioner T C Sharath’s plea, the bench also directed the officials of Union health ministry, the state’s Health and Welfare Department, the director general of Tamil Nadu police and Chennai police commissioner to form squads to conduct surprise raids at shops within 100 yards of the educational institutions.The bench asked the authorities to seize tobacco products as per Section 14 of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution Act, 2003). The court also asked Additional Government Pleader Sanjay Gandhi and Additional Advocate General Venkatramani to furnish details of the raids conducted by the state and the Central authorities each month and results of such raids periodically.It slated the matter for further hearing on March 21. The court had ordered the authorities last June to book people, smoking in public places under section 21 of the Act and file a report before it. Referring to various authoritative surveys, it had said these showed that as young as 13 to 14-year-old school going students in Chennai have been using tobacco.

Other IDs to be accepted for getting benefits of schemes: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre today clarified that no one will be deprived of the benefits of subsidy schemes for the want of Aadhaar number and other identity proofs will be accepted. The move comes after various opposition parties objected to the HRD Ministry’s announcement of making Aadhaar mandatory for receiving scholarships and benefits under the mid-day meal scheme. “No one will be deprived of benefits for lack of Aadhaar. Till Aadhaar number is assigned to any individual, the benefit will continue to be given based on alternate means of identification,” an official statement said. “In case of Mid Day Meal scheme and under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, schools and anganwadis have been asked to collect Aadhaar number of the beneficiaries and in case a child does not have Aadhaar, the functionaries will be required to provide enrollment facilities and till then the benefits will continue,” it said. The government asserted that the total savings in some schemes after plugging of leakages due to want of Aadhaar number in the last two and a half years amount to more than Rs 49,000 crore. Aadhaar has become an important tool of transformation, good governance and empowerment of people, it said. “Considering the usefulness of Aadhaar, the government has recently issued orders to use it in several welfare schemes. While these orders require beneficiaries to give their Aadhaar number, it has also been ensured that no one is deprived of the benefits for want of it,” the release said. “During the last two and half years, Aadhaar has helped in direct delivery of benefits to crores of people through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in schemes such as LPG subsidy under Pahal, Scholarships, MNREGA, and Pensions. “In the Public Distribution System, Aadhaar is ensuring that food grains are received only by genuine beneficiaries and are not diverted by any middle man or unscrupulous elements,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Krishna district collector to address Festival of Innovations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Krishna district collector Babu A has earned the honour to address the ‘Festival of Innovations-2017’ to be held on March 6 in Rashtrapati Bhavan. The National Innovation Foundation invited Babu A to give a keynote address at the festival. The collector has successfully implemented Aadhar enabled welfare schemes for the poor, a release issued by the district public relations officer said here today. Babu A has received national level award from Prime Minister for successful implementation of Aadhar enabled Public Distribution System in Krishna district, it said. The Collector will share his experience of successfully implementing various government schemes using IT based services and digital payments at the event.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: 11,000 gram panchayats connected digitally through BharatNet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soon, electricity poles will not just bring power to villages, but also connect them digitally.Maharashtra government has come up with an initiative, wherein electric poles will be used to provide internet connectivity to remote villages in the state to bridge the digital divide.Under this plan, 27920 gram panchayats in the state will be connected with optical fibre cable (OFC) of the capacity 100 MBPS by 2018-end. The project undertaken under Bharat Net initiative of the Digital India program, will connect schools, hospitals and veterinary centres, ensuring a major thrust for electronic access to these services.“Earlier, this fibre had to be taken to these villages only through the underground route. However, considering geographical problems it would be difficult to do so through rivers and mountains. Hence, we decided to usepoles of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MahaVitaran) for hybrid, last-mile connectivity,” Vijay Kumar Gautam, principal secretary of the state Information Technology (IT) department told DNA.Maharashtra has around 1.80 crore electricity poles and the IT department has started geo-tagging them. “The Government of India has revised guidelines for the second phase and adopted a liberal format… now, we will use all methods including underground, overhead and satellite to provide connectivity,” said Gautam, adding that costs were also expected to come down to Rs 4,200 crore due to a change in these rules.Gautam said around 11,000 gram panchayats were covered already, and they intend to connect 14,500 village councils by May-end.He added that the Centre wanted the project to be executed in a “linear topology” mode where the connectivity is provided in a sequential chain. Though the technology is cheaper to implement, in case the cable is snapped at one point, connectivity to other gram panchayats would also be affected.Gautam said that hence the project would be executed in “mesh-ring topology” to make it self-sustaining for projects like e-health and e-education. “The costs are around 15 to 20% higher, but the network is reliable and will allow sustainable communication… the state government will bear this extra cost,” said Gautam, adding that this would allow the state government to monetise the network by allowing the setup of rural BPOs and supply chain management.Nagpur has become the first digital district in India with all 776 gram panchayats being connected via fibre.About Bharat Net Initiative:The Bharat Net initiative of Digital India program aims at connecting all gram panchayats in the country to a high speed digital highway using optical fibre, making it one of the largest rural broadband connectivity projects.The connectivity will also allow villagers to access government to citizen (G2C) services, e-health, e-education and e-agriculture facilities and allow youth to upgrade their skills using this broadband highway.The network can be used for creation of last mile delivery agents for e-commerce portals, rural BPOs, warehouses and supply chain management systems by private players. This will allow heavy capex sectors to come to villages.

Big fat weddings in Kashmir Valley told to go on a crash diet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wedding planners will be a worried lot, as the big fat Indian wedding has been forced to crash diet in Jammu and Kashmir. The move ordered by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in a bid to ‘control wastage’ at both government and private functions, will see the ostentatious Kashmiri wedding literally cut down to size.The CM has ordered a mandatory restriction on the dishes to be served and on the number of guests invited. The government has also banned the use of loudspeakers and fire-crackers in government or social functions as well. Any violation will invoke criminal action under the relevant sections of the CrPC. Explaining the details of the directive, Chaudhary Zulfkar Ali, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) said, “The number of guests to be invited on marriage of a daughter (barat), marriage of son and small functions like engagements should be restricted to a maximum of 500, 400 and 100 respectively.”He added, “The number of non-vegetarian/vegetarian dishes to be served should be restricted to a maximum of seven each.”It is not as if the Kashmiri wedding has not had its share of problems in the past. Long curfews, shutdowns and disturbances had already hurt ostentatious wedding functions which are replete with multi-course mutton cuisine –Wazwan — served to hundreds of guests.This is not the first time that such an order has been issued by the state government. In 1974, the then government of Syed Mir Qasim had issued a similar order, restricting dishes to five to be served to 25 guests. This order was, however, struck down by the court. Justice G N Gowhar — the judge who had then struck down the order — told DNA that the order lacked application of mind.“Kashmir’s traditional cuisine is based on the premise that each part of sheep, including viscera have to be utilised to prepare different dishes. By restricting dishes to five would mean, to throw the rest of meat into the dustbin.Therefore, instead of controlling the wastage, the move will lead to more wastage,” said the judge, who is now a leading author and a political activist.A similar attempt was made in 2004, at the fag end of the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Government. But the J&K High Court set the order aside, after complaints of police high-handedness rose. Locals alleged that the police would raid marriage functions and arrest the groom, their families and guests, and would only let them go after their palms had been greased.This time around though, the state government seems to be in no mood to relent. Zulfkar asked people to ensure there is no wastage of food and any surplus food should be provided to deserving people and old age homes after properly preserving and packing them. Incidentally, a complete ban has also been imposed on sending dry fruits and sweet packets with invitation card by any person even to relatives, friends, guests, invitees etc.The minister said such move has been taken keeping the larger public interest in mind. Elaborating, he said that about 58 per cent people were food insecure as per the National Nutritional Survey of 2001, and curbing food wastage at weddings was one way to tackle it.

Sonowal meets Paswan on Public Distribution System in Assam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today discussed several issues related to various aspects of Public Distribution System of the state with Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan at New Delhi. Issues related to subsidy on sugar through PDS shops, supply of rice at subsidised rats in tea gardens, wheat allotment at subsidised rate and decentralised paddy procurement from farmers by the state government were discussed in the meeting, an official release said. Assam Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia and other top officials of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Department of state were present in the meeting. The Chief Minister said all steps would be taken to resolve the discussed issues, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Authorities roll up sleeves to save tigers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the recent episodes of two tiger deaths due to poaching via electrocution within two months in Maharashtra, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has swung into action to implement a comprehensive set of preventive measures.DNA had reported the deaths of two tigers and three leopards within the first fortnight of 2017. Of these, deaths of the leopards and a tigress (at Khapa) were linked to poaching.On Tuesday, NTCA officials, led by Inspector General Debabrata Swain, met officials from the forest department, police, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MahaVitaran), and wildlife activists.A senior forest official said measures were discussed to control poaching, electrocution, and wildlife trade and monitoring the movement of certain nomadic communities, which are said to be involved in illegal hunting. “While tiger populations have risen, mortalities too have increased. Natural deaths are not a concern, but unnatural deaths, especially those due to electrocution and poisoning are,” the official said.“What makes these deaths more serious is that they have occurred in agriculture dominated areas. Lack of proper corridors may force tigers to disperse areas with human presence where threats of poisoning and electrocution remain,” the official said.Vulnerable areas will be mapped and joint patrolling will be undertaken by forest and the MahaVitaran staff. Height of electricity poles will be increased to prevent hooking (using a hook and wire to tap into the power supply). These poles will be shifted from forest and agricultural areas wherever possible.Water holes will be monitored and the water will be tested to detect poisoning. “Water bodies will be developed in forests during the summers to prevent animal movement towards human areas,” the official said. Also, Solar power fencing would prevent crop depredation by animals. The threat of these losses forced farmers to electrify their fences at times, the official said.“We will form a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to deal with these cases. Insulated cables and underground installations will prevent electrocutions by overhead wires. Awareness and capacity building will be conducted for forest staff and an automatic SMS and call-based system will generate alerts about illegal line tripping, which occurs when an animal is electrocuted,” he added.Kundan Hate, honorary wildlife warden, Nagpur, who was present at the meeting, said joint patrolling by MahaVitaran linemen and forest officials had revealed live wires before animals were harmed.Police patils in villages would be asked to keep a record of people who stayed there overnight to monitor the movement of nomadic communities who are said to be involved in poaching.

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