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Central medical units not following MCI norms

In its recently revised guidelines, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has enhanced the upper age limit for appointment to senior residentship from 33 to 40 years. Some doctors have, however, pointed out that some Central and autonomous medical institutions have still not implemented these guidelines.In a letter written to the Health Minister on December 25, 2017, the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA), an umbrella body of resident doctors, pointed out that the guidelines have been implemented in Delhi government institutions but the not in Institutions such as AIIMS and PGI, Chandigarh.”Implementation of the 40 year age criteria for senior residents will help in filling up the posts lying vacant in our medical institutions. In addition to this, various state governments have rural service bonds after MBBS and some have service bonds after post-graduation as well. Many doctors are well above the age of 33 years when they complete the compulsory posting. Bringing uniformity in age criteria for SRs will help in solving the problem of shortage of doctors in the country,” stated the letter signed by FORDA president Dr Vivek Chouksey.

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Centre has asked states to regulate remuneration given to nurses, Lok Sabha told

The Centre has asked all states to regulate the issue of remuneration given to nurses working in private medical institutions.Union Health Minister J P Nadda said in Lok Sabha that several advisories have been sent to all chief ministers to do the needful for providing better salaries to the nurses working in private hospitals and nursing homes.”Private institutions cannot remain unregulated” and for that the state governments, if necessary, should bring a legislation so that “this sector can be regulated,” he said.The minister said the government has received representation from the All India Government Nurses Federation demanding revision in pay and allowances against the 7th central pay commission’s report.”The government has examined their demands along with the demands of other associations. The government accepted the Commission’s recommendations on minimum pay, fitment factor, index of rationalisation, pay matrices and general recommendations on pay without any material alteration,” he said.Also readWe will ensure doctors get a safe work environment: JP NaddaNadda said the recommendation on allowances was referred to an empowered committee, comprising the finance secretary, secretary (expenditure) as chairman and secretaries of ministries of home, defence, health, personnel, posts and chairman Railway Board as members for further consideration.

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Retired govt servants to help docs in reducing patient load

With an aim to meet the acute shortage of doctors in various state government hospitals, the Delhi government has decided to engage retired government services for the various posts in the hospital. The move is aimed at bringing down the existing burden from the hospital.A letter by department of health family welfare has directed all medical superintendents to designate a nodal officer in their respective hospitals for receiving the applications for the post.”These officers will help in handling the posts in medical/paramedical/nursing and other administrative posts. The vacant posts will be identified by the medical institutions and thereafter these will be filled by the officers,” said a senior official from the health department.The latest CAG report had also highlighted the problem of shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in the government-run institutes. “There was limited availability of medicines and equipments in 17 states, while 428 equipment (ultrasound, X-ray, ECG, cardiac monitors, auto-analyser, incinerator, OT equipment, blood storage unit etc.) costing Rs30.39 crore were lying idle/unutilised due to non-availability of doctors and trained manpower to operate the equipment, lack of adequate space for their installation. In 13 states at least 67 Public Health Centres were functioning without any doctor,” the CAG report pointed out.At Maulana Azad Medical College, 80 per cent seats for pre-clinical posts in post-graduation courses are vacant. However, the resident doctors are not too happy with the decision.”If they will hire the retired officers, what will happen to the young doctors who are looking for a job,” said Dr Vivek Chouksey, president, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA).”The government needs to have a recruitment policy that ensures all courses get adequate applicants who graduate as doctors in various departments,” says Dean Dr Siddharth Ramji.India has seven doctors for every 10,000 people, half the global average, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Data from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) shows the country needs more than 50,000 critical care specialists, but has just 8,350.The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is responsible for the recruitment of regular doctors at hospitals run by both the Delhi government as well as the Centre. Hospitals themselves hire ad-hoc and contractual doctors. Experts say the UPSC’s recruitment process is tedious. From advertisements about vacancies to final interviews, the commission spends years to hire a doctor, they say.

Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital’s resident doctor assaulted by patient’s attendant

In another case of an attack on doctors by patient’s attendants in a government hospital, the resident doctors at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML) were allegedly abused by the family members of a patient on Saturday, after his planned surgery was postponed by them just before the schedule.A senior resident doctor at the RML hospital confirmed that the surgery was postponed because the patient was stable and another critical patient needed to be operated immediately. The doctor also confirmed that the patient was counseled for this delay but despite that, a mob entered the hospital ward and abused the doctors.”If the guards and the bouncers had not intervened, the doctors would have faced physical assault too,” he added.The hospital authorities called the police but by that time the mob of about 20-30 people had already left the hospital. A case in this regard has been filed by the hospital at the North Avenue Police Station. “An FIR has been lodged and investigations are underway. Nobody has been arrested yet,” said a senior police official.Cases of verbal and physical assault against doctors have become common in hospitals. In another case in November, a resident doctor was physically assaulted by a patient and her attendant, after which the Federation of Resident Doctor’s Association (FORDA), which includes over 20,000 doctors, had announced an indefinite state-wise strike to demand better security for doctors at all the government hospitals.The strike, which would have seen a closure of all out-patient departments to demand more guards at the hospitals, was cancelled later after FORDA received an assurance from the Principal Health Secretary that their demands were being looked into.

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Govt decision to revoke hospital licence irresponsible: FORDA

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

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SEWA co-op fed to expand into unconventional domains

As the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) cooperative federation celebrates its silver jubilee it is also gearing up to take on new challenges and help the women’s co-operative initiative gain inroads into what is till now considered unconventional jobs for women.Speaking about the challenges, Chairman, Mirai Chatterjee said that the federation’s vision was to scale up and support co-operatives to achieve financial sustainability. “We need to look into employment opportunties beyond the conventional ones like maids and cooks for our members. We need to look at BPO services, women drivers and security guards etc to provide employment ot our members through the co-operative model,” said Chatterjee. SEWA is a national unit of 1.5 million informal workers in 14 states.They later set up various cooperatives, the first SEWA-promoted production cooperative was started in 1977.They also set up the Gujarat State Women’s SEWA Cooperative Federation Limited (Federation) in 1992 with an aim to provide economic empowerment and full employment to its members.The federation now provides training programmes, help develop business plans for its members, assist in audits for various co-operatives, marketing products or services of member cooperatives etc. Elaben Bhatt, Founder of SEWA and Cooperative Federation said that the three primary services-finance, health and education – should be provided locally in a financially and environmentally sustainable manner, led by women.
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NID-designed jute bags to aid carry Amul milk packets

Carrying Amul products home, mainly cold milk packets in our routine life will not be a pain anymore. The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, in a major project to promote Jute industry, has designed take away bags using jute for Amul parlours across the country.The take away bags designed by Shanvi Gupta, a masters programme student of NID under the guidance of professor Shimul Mehta Vyas, principal designer, Lifestyle and Accesories Design were launched by RS Sodhi, Managing Director, Gujarat Co-Operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), Amul on Thursday at NID campus.This project was a part of a major initiative at Innovation Centre for Natural Fibre at NID under which a unique collection of jute shopping and carry bags were designed in collaboration with jute industry under sponsorship from National Jute Board, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.Before commencing on the design, Shanvi underwent a research to understand consumer behaviour and requirement. Posted for few hours outside Amul parlours every day, Shanvi documented buying patterns and difficulties faced by people in carrying cold milk packets and several other products. She said, “People in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar either carried it on their two wheeler or their hands. So keeping the durability of the handle in mind, we designed bags for morning milk cabins, delivery boys and consumers who directly buy from the Amul parlours.”Speaking further about it, Sodhi said, “We had to keep many things like the bags should be user friendly, need based, addresses our aim of banning plastic, thermal insulation, etc. We sell 42 lakh milk packets in Ahmedabad, crore in Gujarat and 2.6 crore packets in India every day. We are happy with the designs given to us by NID. Now we have few challenges including affordability. We do not want to give it for free but promote people using Jute bags.”We are starting the project from Ahmedabad and in two weeks, these bags will be available at Amul parlours,” he added.
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Gujarat elections 2017: SC federation releases ‘Dalit Manifesto’

After discussing their issues in a democratic way, Gujarat Scheduled Caste Federation (GSCF) released Dalit manifesto on Tuesday evening. The manifesto, suggesting reforms of the community, was released by five sanitation female workers at Bhuvaldi village.GSFC is a federation of more than 30 organisations working for Dalit welfare in the state. They formed a federation on November 19 to draft the manifesto.”This manifesto is collective efforts of what we had discussed and think are core issues for the community. We believe in harmony and we don’t want to divide any community. But it is equally true that we want upliftment of Dalit community, enough of suffering,” said Jayesh Solanki, member of GSCD.”The manifesto was released by five women who are sanitation workers which is symbolically significant. There are 26 points we have highlighted in the manifesto which includes free education for Dalits in government as well as private institutions,” added Solanki.They have asked for a separate settlement to fulfil the dream project of Babasaheb Ambedkar. There is also a provision of 33% and 50% of reservation for women, the similar provision we want for SC/ST women.The Dalits organisations across Gujarat want the government to recall all the cases filed against Dalits during different agitations took place during atrocities.”We want a strong law which secures jobs for SC/ST in co-operative sectors and in private sectors. Also, we want to abolish the mentioning of any religion and sub-caste in school leaving certificates and there should mention of only SC/ST only,” remarked Solanki.
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Girls made to clean toilets in Tamil Nadu govt school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new controversy has erupted over a government school in Thiruvallur district where girl students were forced to clean toilets. The event came days after four girl students committed suicide in Vellore after being scolded by teachers for poor performance.A video of a weeping girl student cleaning the toilets with a piece of cloth was widely circulated via WhatsApp. In the video, a girl student in uniform scrubbing a toilet floor can be heard asking another girl to fetch some water and pour it on the floor.After the suicide of four girl students on Friday, this is the third incident of teachers allegedly abusing the students that has come to light.The toilet-cleaning incident happened at the RM Jain Government Girls Higher Secondary School which has over 1,000 students. “The headmistress of the school has forced girls to clean the toilets with bare hands. If the students refuse to clean, they were asked to kneel down and were hit on the head. Most of the students were under severe stress because of the humiliation meted out to them by the headmistress,” N Dinesh, Thiruvallur district secretary of Students Federation of India who had complained to the district collector in this regard.The chief educational officer of the Thiruvallur district told DNA that his officials conducted an enquiry on the complaint and forwarded the report to the higher authorities to initiate action against the school. “We spoke to the girl students who appeared in the video. They told us that HM asked them to clean the toilets,” the official said.

Doctors Association announces strike after patient assaults medic in govt hosp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after a doctor was physically assaulted by a patient and her attendant, at the Delhi government’s Maharishi Valmiki Hospital, the Federation of Resident Doctor’s Association, FORDA, has announced an indefinite state wise strike to ask for better security for doctors at government hospitals.”We have lost count of the number of similar incidents against doctors at their workplaces. Anyone can walk inside and beat-up a doctor these days,” says Dr. Vivek Chouksey, President, FORDA Federation of Resident Doctor’s Association, that works for the welfare of resident doctors all over India.”All the state and central hospital have decided to support our friends from Maharishi Valmiki Hospital and to put forth the more important issue in front of authorities,” he added.An estimated 20,000 doctors from the city will go on indefinite strike from Thursday onwards. All out-patient departments will remain closed to the public to demand better security and give more guards at the hospital.Doctors at the Maharishi Valmiki Hospital went on an indefinite strike on Sunday after a woman patient and her attendant physically assaulted a doctor on duty. Doctors allege that there are several JJ colonies near the Pooth Kurd situated hospital and the patients come in drunk sometimes. Hospital Medical Superintendent, Beena Khurana, called this an “assault against doctors” and registered a case against the accused.”There was just an individual FIR registered, no Institutional FIR was registered by the hospital which shows the lack of concern,” added Chouksey.”Every day resident doctors have to bear the wrath of aggressive attendants. We are outraged and anguished by this act of violence against resident doctors and support their indefinite strike to express our outrage and condemnation of this act,”stated the letter was written by FORDA to the Health Minister.INDEFINITE STRIKEAn estimated 20,000 doctors from the city will go on indefinite strike from Thursday onwards. All out-patient departments will remain closed to the public to demand better security and give more guards at the hospital.

Maharashtra: sugarcane farmers’ agitation turn violent as they press for higher price

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ongoing agitation launched by farmers to press for higher sugarcane price is becoming violent in the sugarcane growing areas of Maharashtra.The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) led by MP Raju Shetti, who recently broke his alliance with BJP in the state, has threatened to further step up the stir from November 22 if the state government and the millers did not take a pro-active stand for a dialogue to arrive at an amicable solution.The agitation has hampered transportation of sugarcane to the mills in various districts including Solapur, Ahmednagar, Sangli, Hingoli, Parbhani as the agitators have hit the roads and at some places allegedly put vehicles on fire. In last two days, the farmers marched towards the Lokmangal sugar factory in Solapur district connected to the state cooperation minister Subhash Deshmukh and shouted slogans and held rasta rook impacting its operations.Since the commencement of the current crushing season, 137 mills comprising 76 cooperative and 61 private are in operation. As on date, these mills have crushed 4.8 million tonnes of cane to produce 2.8 million of sugar. The state has estimated sugar production of 7.4 million tonnes after crushing 6.5 million tonnes of cane by the end of current crushing season 2017-18. However, the millers have feared that production may adversely impact if the agitation continues for a long.Farmers, by and large, are not happy with the fair and remunerative price (FRP) of Rs 2,300 to Rs 2,500 per ton announced for the state depending on the sugar recovery. FRP varies from region to region.Farmers are pressing for payment of Rs 3000 to Rs 3,500 per ton. In the sugarcane rich Kolhapur district, where the state revenue minister Chandrakant Patil took initiative for talks, the millers have orally agreed to pay Rs 100 per ton over and above FRP of Rs 3,100 per ton and another Rs 100 per ton in next two months. However, the similar deal has yet to be reached between millers and farmers in other districts.Millers have cited falling sugar prices as a major factor for making any commitment to the farmers. An officer from the cooperation department told DNA, “The sugar prices are falling. They are now in the range of Rs 3,400 to Rs 3,420 per quintal against Rs 3,500 to Rs 3,600 per quintal a month ago. Most of the cooperative sugar mills have hinted that their financial position will become weak if they have agreed to the farmers’ demand. Besides, it will also be difficult to make payment to cane growers within 15 days.’’ He informed that the department is alive with the situation and making all efforts to break the stalemate.Sanjeev Babar, former managing director of the Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories in Maharashtra, which is a representative body of over 200 factories, said the millers work out their revenue from sale of sugar after taking into account prevailing sugar prices. ‘’During the present trend of falling prices, the millers will find it difficult to pay a higher price to cane growers. In such a delicate situation, the Government of India needs to either reduce or completely waive the 20% duty imposed on the export of both raw and white sugar. This will help millers to earn some additional revenue which can be used for the payment to cane growers,’’ he noted.

Will consider constitutional status for residents’ bodies

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

India’s football legend Bhaichung Bhutia offers to train Majid Khan who returned home from Lashkar-e-Taiba

India’s football legend Bhaichung Bhutia has offered to train Majid Khan who returned home from Lashkar-e-Taiba, barely days after he had joined the terror outfit.After hearing pleas of a wailing mother and passionate appeal from his father, the 22-year-old Khan walked into an Army camp in the middle of the night and surrendered before the security forces.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>The former Indian Football Captain has written to the Jammu and Kashmir Football Federation offering training to Majid at Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in New Delhi.”I felt concerned reading this news and hence I have spoken to J&K Football Association President to Reach out to him and convey my offer that he can train with @BBFSchools in Delhi which will give him an opportunity at becoming a pro footballer,” Bhutia said in a tweet.He also added that he hopes Majid will accept his offer.The school also tweeted saying they “will love to have Majid train” with them.”I was very sad to read reports of Majid joining a terrorist organisation. Football has provided solace to many over the years and I feel he requires a platform to play the ‘Beautiful game, again’,” reported ANI quoting Bhutia, the sole Indian Player to have played over 100 International matches stated.”I want him to train under my Coaches and then we can decide where he stands as a player. I believe he deserves an opportunity and hence, felt best to open the doors for him,” he added.Meanwhile, the Army officer feels that Khan’s return could turn into a test case for those who want to leave militancy and join the mainstream.Khan, who is the only son of his parents, was allowed to meet his mother and father for a few hours separately after which he was kept at a room with all the amenities required for a student.His surrender was seen as a whiff of fresh air in tense South Kashmir which has witnessed large-scale recruitment of local youths by militants in the past. Unofficial estimates have put the figure of such youths at nearly 150 since July 2016.Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also termed the return of Khan as “good development” and expressed hope that he would resume his normal life soon. Comments 20Next storyPoes Garden raids ‘betrayal to Amma’s soul,’ an attempt to destroy our family, alleges TTV Dhinakaran

Traders, SMEs demand more relief in GST rates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre’s slew of measures to provide much-needed relief to GST payers has evoked mixed reactions. Some bodies representing traders and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) said the steps are quite inadequate to stay afloat, especially during the faltering growth and demanded more relief. However, the Maharashtra Finance Minister, Sudhir Mungantiwar, who is also the member of GST Council, said the government’s move will help remove difficulties faced especially by SMEs and traders in filing statements.They were reacting to the Centre’s decision to make composition scheme simpler for businesses with turnover up to Rs 1 crore, slash tax rates for 27 items, allow smaller businesses with turnover up to Rs 1.50 crore to pay tax and file returns quarterly instead of monthly.Mungantiwar said, ”Taxable person is the most important stakeholder in the taxation ecosystem. A simple tax compliance system will certainly yield more tax revenue for the Centre as well as the state.” He also reminded that in his letter, dated October 3, to the GST Council Secretary Hasmukh Adhia he had urged that taxable persons having an annual turnover of less than Rs 1.5 crore be permitted to submit sales and purchase statements on quarterly basis and the simple return filing form 3B and payment for these dealers be on monthly basis.Further, the Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association welcomed the Centre’s announcement allowing traders of Rs 1.50 crore turnover to file returns on a quarterly basis and threshold for composition scheme increased to Rs 1 crore. However, the Federation said there was hardly any cut in GST rates to bring down the prices of consumer products.Federation president Viren Shah told DNA, “There are 88,000 items under GST and the slab of only 27 items have been reduced. GST reduction was required especially for all those items which are under the 18 to 28 per cent tax slab and those items should be brought down to 3 to 12 per cent bracket. If this is not done, then the festival season will be dull for traders.” He asserted that the Centre needs to give further relief especially when small traders are facing stiff competition from online players.On the other hand, the SME Chamber of India said that it was expecting more relief for smaller and medium enterprises especially from manufacturing sectors. The Chamber founder & president Chandrakant Salunkhe said, “We have already sent an appeal to the finance minister to reduce the rate of various industrial and consumable products, which are very useful and important to boost the industrial growth. The present GST rates are also impacting the rural entrepreneurs. Many companies and retail units are finding it difficult to continue their operations.”Salunkhe added that SMEs have also been struggling in the banking and finance sector and are facing hurdles to get trade receivables from large corporate and government PSUs.Still expectingThe SME Chamber of India said that it was expecting more relief for smaller & medium enterprises especially from manufacturing sectors Centre has decided to make composition scheme simpler for businesses with turnover up to Rs 1 crore, slash tax rates for 27 items et al

Govt aims to strengthen co-op sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that state government would strengthen cooperative sector in the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said that his government would amend the law to once again provide the funding for training in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Federation.He was speaking at the centenary celebrations of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Federation at Birla Matoshri auditorium. Stating that his government was taking all the steps to strengthen the cooperative sector, Fadnavis said that government is giving pushing to have a cultured cooperative sector is aiming at providing employment to youth in the state and strengthening various cooperative bodies in the rural parts of the state. Minister Deshmukh said that cooperatives should not depend on government support and subsidies or financial aid but should become contributory and transparent.

More trouble for Prakash Raj after case registered against actor for criticising PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian film actor Prakash Raj has landed himself in a legal mess over his controversial remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A case has been registered against the 52-year-old star on a complaint filed by a lawyer.The case will be heard in a Lucknow Court on October 7 this year.Criticising Modi for his silence on the murder of senior Kannada editor and activist Gauri Lankesh, Raj on Sunday said it was “disappointing” to see the PM follow those celebrating Lankesh’s murder on social media.”Gauri’s killers have not been caught yet. But what is more disappointing is people celebrating her murder over social media spreading hatred,” Raj said at the 11th state meet of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) held in Bengaluru.”Some of these people who celebrated her (Gauri’s) murder are followed by our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) on Twitter. We have a PM who shuts his eyes to this,” he said.Immediately hitting out at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Raj said, “When you look at the kind of statements he (Adityanath) makes, you don’t understand whether he’s a Chief Minister or a priest.”Clarifying Raj’s statement, Muneer Katipalla, the state president of DYFI told IANS here: “It was only a satirical comment that Prakash Raj made referring to how Adityanath was trying to act like a Chief Minister.”Raj, a popular actor in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil film industries, has won five National Film Awards for his movies.

Prabodh Patel is new president of FIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prabodh Patel, chairman of Ankleshwar-based Kangaroo Group of Companies is the new president of Federation of Industries Association (FIA), the apex body for over 100 industrial estates. Patel replaced Jagdish Ramani from Surat and will be at the helm of affairs from 2017 to 2019. He defeated rival Mohan Nair from Vadodara by 21-15 votes during the elections held on Tuesday. FIA sources told DNA that of the electorate of 37 representatives from different zones, one vote was cancelled and Patel won by a margin of six votes. He has bagged the top post at a time of a severe slowdown.

MBMC issues bills after due date, penalise residents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) is forcing lakhs of residents to pay property tax penalty along with interest for its own inefficiency. The civic body has distributed property tax bills to its residents after the due date and is now asking them to cough up interest and penalty for delayed payment.The property tax bills distributed to the residents mention the bill date of May-June, the due date for which is August end. But they have been distributed the same only a week ago, which is well after the payment due date.”Despite this being their fault, the civic body is indulging in an unfair practice by asking residents to pay 2% interest as well as penalty for delayed payment,” said Mukhtar Khan, Mira Road resident.”MBMC should have waived off their penalty and interest even before residents start raising objections. There are several property owners who have paid penalty, for such cases, civic authorities should adjust the amount in next year’s property tax bill along with 2% interest,” said Advocate Kishore Samant of Democratic Youth Federation of India, the youth wing of CPIM.An MBMC official said that despite repeated reminders to the concerned authorities, bills were generated and printed after several months.Clarifying their stand on the subject, Assistant Municipal Commissioner Swati Deshpande said, “There is an error from our end, we would want people to pay their property tax bills along with penalty and interest. Those who have objections may also give an application so that the same can be put up with higher authorities.”Despite repeated attempts, MBMC Commissioner Naresh Gite did not respond.

DNA Exclusive: Govt may reduce annual GST filings by one third

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Facing increasing resistance from taxpayers, the Centre is considering cutting the number of GST statements to be filed from 36 in a year by a third, to only 12. Currently, GST payers must file three statements for each month (GSTR 1, GSTR 2 and GSTR 3), in addition to an annual statement.”Two proposals are under active consideration —one is filing of three statements for a quarter while another is filing of three statements on a bi-monthly basis. In addition to this, taxpayer will file an annual statment. This is expected to provide relief to the tax payers,” a member of the GST council, said on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing deliberations.This member added that states’ opinions on the matter are being sought, and a decision is expected in the GST Council meeting of October 6.Ajit Joshi, a leading Mumbai-based chartered accountant, said businesses are spending a lot of their productive time, energies and money in the GST compliance due to failing servers, software compatibility issues and lack of clarity from the government.”GST Council may extend filing of return to bi-monthly. Further, IT experts can confirm that there is no real requirement of filing the different statements for input output and all can be clubbed in a single form,” he said.The Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association president Viren Shah said the government needs to rework the GST slabs to a 3-12 per cent range. The government should also introduce six GST statements, which will release blocked funds.The trigger for the government’s move is representations made by various business and trade bodies, as well as by state units to BJP national president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the recently concluded party executive meeting.The government collected Rs 90,669 crore in GST for August, slightly lower than the Rs 94,063 crore collected in July. The August collections are also lower than the Rs 91,000 crore per month expected to reach the Centre and states. However, only 55 per cent of assessees paid taxes for August, compared to 64 per cent for July.The government had earlier extended the last dates for filing GSTR 1, 2 and 3 returns for July to October 10, 31 and November 10, respectively, following technical glitches at Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), the company that manages the GST IT infrastructure.

‘Corruption in recruitments at Safdarjung Hosp’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 500 resident doctors have applied for the over 200 vacant posts of senior resident doctors as advertised by the Safdarjung Hospital administration but the rise in number of candidates is not the main problem. The Resident Doctors’ Association has alleged that there was corruption in the recruitment of doctors.Opposing the manner of selection, FORDA, Federation of Resident Doctors Association, that works for the welfare of resident doctors all over India, and AIIMS’ Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) have condemned the corruption. AIIMS RDA has also written to Prime Minister Modi requesting him to call for a CBI inquiry to look into the matter.“The process of recruitment was made in a way that it benefitted only a particular group of individuals. The interview was held without any written examination. This clearly violates the instructions given by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,” stated the letter to the PM.FORDA also alleged that the administration violated the 40-year age limit, set by the health ministry for recruitment of senior residents, by reducing it to 33 years.Safdarjung Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr. A K Rai, however, denied the allegations. He said that the written examination is not mandatory and there are no set guidelines for the recruitment process.

To protest fuel prices, group holds ‘funeral procession for motorcycle’ in Jamshedpur

Updated: Sep 19, 2017, 11:17 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a novel way to protest against price hike of petrol and diesel, a funeral procession of motorbike was organised by an organisation in Jamshedpur on TuesdayClaiming that the motorbike died an unnatural death to lack of fuel supply, a group of people under the banner of All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) took out the funeral procession at Kalimati Road in Sakchi.The protesters carried a motorbike covered with a shroud and wreaths and performed various other rituals of a funeral.”Our motorbikes died owing to malnutrition due to lack of fuel supply. So we decided to take out motorbike funeral procession to register our protest against the rise in the prices of petrol and diesel,” AISSF East India president Satnam Singh Gambhir said.People are unable to bear the cost of petrol prices following the recent hike, he said.

BJP’s co-op plan to counter Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP National President Amit Shah urged workers in the cooperative sector to propagate BJP’s achievements and question Congress on what it had done for Gujarat. Shah was addressing ‘Sahkaar Sammelan’, a gathering of co-operative sector leaders, in Ahmedabad on Monday.“What right does Congress have to seek details of what BJP has done for the state? You ask them what they have done for the state so far. The responsibility is yours now. If people of Gujarat ask, we will give them all the details,” Shah said to a gathering of close to 2,700 representations of the sector.Shah said that the party will win at least 150 seats in the upcoming elections to the state Legislative Assembly to be held later in the year.“Any state where elections have been held after 2014, Congress has lost. Now they are dreaming of coming to power in Gujarat,” he said.As part of leveraging the cooperative sector for campaigning for the polls, a list of achievements will be sent to co-operative leaders at the district, taluka and grassroot levels. “Shankarbhai (Shankar Choudhary, Minister of State in Gujarat government) will send you the details,” said Shah.Those present at the gathering include Dileep Sanghani, chairman of National Federation of Urban Cooperative Banks; Jyotindra Mehta, chairman of Gujarat Urban Cooperative Banks Federation, Jethabhai Patel, Chairman of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ramsinh Parmar, chairman of Kheda District Cooperative Milk Producers Union, popularly known as Amul Dairy, former deputy chief minister of state Narhari Amin, as well as representatives from Sugar Cooperatives in South Gujarat and APMCs.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that 90 per cent of leaders in the cooperative sector were with the BJP. State BJP president Jitu Vaghani said that the sector had a network from the state level to the grass level and it would be used to influence voters to counter the Congress campaign.HELP FOR FARMERSShah said that Prime Minister Modi had approved Rs923 crore as part of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. The funds will be disbursed soon

As JNUSU office bearers take oath, meet its president Geeta Kumari, an army officer’s daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newly elected JNUSU president Geeta Kumari took oath on Monday along with her team of office bearers.A second-year MPhil student from the school of social sciences, the 24-year-old Geeta took admission at the university in 2011. She is a resident of Panipat, Haryana, and attended army schools in Allahabad and Guwahati.Geeta’s mother, Susheela Devi, is a housewife, while her father, Narendra Singh, is a junior commissioned officer (JCO) in the ordinance department of the Indian Army and posted in Jodhpur.According to a report in Firstpost (Hindi), Geeta said that while her parents worry for her safety, they support her involvement in campus politics.Earlier, the newly-elected office bearers of the JNU Students’ Union took oath on Monday, a day after a Left alliance swept the four central panel posts.The ABVP came second in all four posts, pushing the BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association) to third.The ceremony, in which all the 31 councillors also took oath, was attended by a large section of supporters of the Left-Unity alliance comprising the All India Students Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic Students Federation (DSF).New JNUSU President Geeta Kumari, Vice President Simone Zoya Khan, General Secretary Duggirala Srikrishna and Joint Secretary Shubhanshu Singh will take out a “Unity March” in the campus tonight.With PTI Inputs

Left-Unity celebrates JNU win second year in a row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the Left-Unity alliance made a clean sweep in the Jawaharlal University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls on Saturday, the winning candidates spent their Sunday celebrating the win. Despite a close fight with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA), the Left-Unity won the seats with a big margin.Geeta Kumari and Simone Zoya Khan of the All India Students’ Association (AISA) were elected as the President and the Vice-President, respectively. Duggirala Srikrishna of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) bagged the Secretary’s post and Shubanshu Singh of the Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) was elected as the Joint Secretary.Geeta secured 1,506 of the total 4,620 votes polled, defeating ABVP’s Nidhi Tripathi. Khan got 1,876 votes, defeating ABVP’s Durgesh Kumar. Srikrishna received 2,082 votes, defeating his ABVP competitor, Nikunj Makwana.The AISA-SFI alliance had won the polls last year as well. “Students have once again trusted the Left to fight for their rights. Students know what is the need of the hour and I am glad that they have voted accordingly,” Khan said.BAPSA, which performed well this year, had finished third last year. Its presidential candidate Shabana Ali secured 935 votes. “We aim to have an Ambedkarite discourse and not just win seats. We will work towards strengthening our stand, even if we are not a part of the union,” Ali said.

JNUSU prez debate: Fiery candidate steals the show

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of student union polls, the Jawaharlal Nehru University organised the much awaited presidential debate late on Wednesday night, with a differently abled independent candidate Md Farooq Alam outshining others with his satirical attacks, doted with one-liners on all student political groups for doing “petty” politics at campus.At around 9:30 pm, the entire stretch to Jhelum lawns from Ganga dhabha was flooded with students as they were heading to hear what all the presidential candidates had to say. Amid the thrilling sound of dhaflis and tambourine, conch shell was also played each and every time a candidate delivered some catchy one liner.Seven candidates are competing for the top post of the JNU Student Union (JNUSU) for which polls are scheduled on Friday. Alam’s turn, however, came after three candidates but he left audience in fits of laughter as he ripped apart all left, right and Ambedkarites. “Five years back when I joined JNU, left showed me a dream of azaadi. But, when I actually started speaking about it, I was told not to expect to turn that dream into a reality,” Alam said.He also lambasted Ambedkarite student group Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) and RSS-affiliated ABVP. “BAPSA played ‘Shakuni mama’ in JNUSU movement throughout the year and the ABVP has taken a charge to issue certificated of ‘nationalism’ at the campus,” Alam said, with supporters cutting across all political groups gave him standing applause.Among the major issues raised in the debate that went on till 1 am, was missing student Najeeb Ahmed, seat cut in research courses, fund cuts in central university’s and the rise of “saffron forces” across the country. Geeta Kumari, the presidential candidates of the left alliance– All India Students Association (AISA), Students Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic Students Federation (DSF) — and BAPSA attacked ABVP for indulging in violence in Najeeb issue.Amid slogan, taken from a bollywood movie ‘Naam Shabana’, BAPSA’s Shabana Ali traded guns at the left alliance for indulging in “castiest” politics. Presidential candidate of AISF, which is a part of alliance, CPI leader D Raja’s daughter Aparajitha Raja raised issues of Tamil Nadu farmers, Chattisgarh adivasis and murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Court warns advocate: Don’t mix Ramjas, JNU incidents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi Court on Tuesday warned an advocate, who sought the lodging of an FIR alleging “anti-national sloganeering” at the Ramjas College in February, against mixing this incident with the JNU case in which sedition charges were slapped against some students.”These are two different cases. Do not mix JNU matter with the DU case,” the court said.The court’s remarks were aimed at advocate Vivek Garg, who sought a direction to the police to supply him a copy of the chargesheet filed in the JNU matter.Garg submitted before the court that he needed the JNU chargesheet “as it is not available on the internet. We need a copy of the FIR also to argue in this case.”The present case going on in the court is related to a complaint filed by Garg seeking lodging of an FIR against those who allegedly raised anti-national slogans at Delhi University’s Ramjas College on February 21 and 22.Garg has alleged in his plea that the slogans were raised at the college by members of students groups — All India Students Association (AISA) and Students’ Federation of India (SFI).The court has posted the matter for September 14.Earlier, the court had on August 29 observed that sedition charges cannot be pressed on the basis of an unauthenticated and unreliable video, after it was shown a footage of alleged “anti-national” sloganeering held on February 21 this year at the Ramjas College here.‘NEED JNU CHARGESHEET’Advocate Vivek Garg sought a direction to the police to supply him a copy of the chargesheet filed in the JNU matter. Garg submitted before the court that he needed the JNU chargesheet “as it is not available on the internet. We need a copy of the FIR also to argue in this case.”

JNU has stooped to caste politics, rue freshers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For Shashank Singh, a first-year MA student at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the present political environment is nothing even close to what he had expected to witness on the “liberal” campus. The 22-year-old Political Science student was surprised to see that instead of political ideologies and agendas, students have been talking in terms of “caste”.The battle lines for this year’s JNU Student Union (JNUSU) elections were drawn on Wednesday, when the election committee announced the candidates’ names. This time, however, the narrative was completely different. Giving the traditional Left-Right political rhetoric a miss, the student leaders were found engaging in caste and identity politics.”I did not expect that student leaders will engage in petty caste and identity politics on one of the most liberal campuses in the country. I thought that student politics here was about ideas and struggle for legitimate causes,” Singh rued.He is not alone. Several hundreds of students are confused as the three Left groups — All India Students Association (AISA), Students Federation of India (SFI), and Democratic Students Federation (DSF) — which had joined hands to beat the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) are instead engaging in spats with Ambedkarite organisation Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA).The polls in the university are scheduled for Friday.BAPSA, which had emerged as a contender just last year, has been slamming the former AISA-SFI-led student union, stating that its members were “Savarnas” (upper caste), who were “suppressing” the real “anti-brahminical” struggle on the campus.BAPSA’s Presidential candidate Shabana Ali said: “How can one differentiate identity from politics when it is responsible for the discrimination against and oppression of those coming from the marginalised sections of the society? It is important for the oppressed to raise their issues themselves rather than letting the privileged students speak for them.”Calling it “petty” politics, however, former JNUSU Joint Secretary Tabrez Hasan said: “The BAPSA members have been ridiculing the union members for having surnames such as ‘Pandey’ and ‘Chakraborty’. They called former JNUSU leaders Kanhaiya Kumar and Shehla Rashid privileged. The kind of identity politics that they are now doing on the campus is highly condemnable.”Earlier, BAPSA members were at loggerheads with the JNUSU during the movement for missing student Najeeb Ahmed. “We were betrayed by the JNUSU during Najeeb movement as they had nothing concrete to bring him justice,” Ali said.Meanwhile, many students are of the opinion that the leaders should let these issues be and think about more pressing matters related to the campus.

Pilots guild file plea against DGCA ruling on 1-yr notice period

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Air India. The notice was in reaction to a plea that challenged the DGCA’s decision which stated that senior pilots have to serve a one year notice period before quitting or shifting to another airline.The court has sought a response of the Centre, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the airline, on the petition by Indian Pilots Guild, who represent senior Air India pilots who operate wide-body aircraft.The DGCA rules were announced on August 16 where it stated that a one-year notice period would have to be served by commanders and six months by co-pilots before they join another airline.During the hearing, central government standing counsel Gaurang Kanth, who also appeared for the DGCA, said it had the powers to issue such directives.Informing the court about the acute shortage of pilots, Kanth also said that it takes eight to nine months to train one and the government has to ensure that an airline runs smoothly. To this, the court responded that nowadays, airlines run smoothly as they have their own management .The next date of hearing on October 16.The issue of pilots serving one year as notice period has been brewing for some time. Earlier in May, various domestic airlines, under the banner of the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), mooted the proposal, urging the DGCA to make it one year arguing they put in a lot of time and effort on training pilots.However, various domestic pilot bodies had opposed the proposal on the ground that it was “exploitative” as a longer notice period would mean airlines could act in as “vindictive” manner towards those quitting.

DUSU elections: Unions log on to social media

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the DUSU elections on September 12, various student outfits are making the most of social media applications and platforms in order to garner support and make their campaigns more effective. “We are going to use Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram extensively. It is the only solution to reach out to a larger audience in a short period of time,” Saket Bahuguna, the National Media Convener of the ABVP said. RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) plans to benefit from social media by making the students aware about their achievements.The Congress-affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI) is taking its message to the audience with #TakeBackDU. “Social media has become entirely money-driven… to make one’s presence felt in the name of promotion. We do not have that kind of money, so we advise our activists in various colleges to share the work as much as possible. We use WhatsApp as a tool to reach every individual,” said Prashant Mukherjee, president of the CPI-M’s Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Delhi unit.With the hashtag #DUofmyDreams, SFI is trying to promote its “extensive” groundwork.The All India Students Association (AISA) national president Sucheta De said, “We are uploading every activity on our Facebook page. We will also reach out through WhatsApp.”

Shiv Sena equates Jain monk with Zakir Naik, BJP furious

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena went all out in its attack against Jain monk Naypadmasagar Maharajsaheb for calling on the community to vote for the BJP in the Mira-Bhayander civic polls, and likened him to controversial tele-evangelist Zakir Naik.The Sena also criticised the leader for aggressively promoting vegetarianism.”Do not defame the state and create fissures in society. Otherwise, selfish and fundamentalist people like you will have to quit the country like Zakir Naik did,” warned Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP and Sanjay Raut, executive editor of Saamana, the Sena mouthpiece.The Sena warned the state of retribution if it failed to take action.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC), part of Mumbai’s extended suburbs. It trounced the Sena to emerge as the single-largest party.Raut attributed the victory to “muni (priest) and money” but added that the Sena was taking a position against “an individual and not a community.” The party will file a petition with the election commission against this.All India Jain Minorities Federation national President Lalit Gandhi condemned Raut and sought an apology. National General Secretary Sandeep Bhandari said that political parties took up the issue of slaughter houses during Paryushan Parv, 2016 and the Jain community was annoyed then. He added that Jains were peace-loving and had never aligned themselves with any political force.President of Mumbai’s BJP unit Ashish Shelar said that Raut and the Sena should introspect on the defeat and not threaten religious leaders. He said that the Sena’s statements were a result of “depression” from the loss.

Soon, bakery items to get costlier by 10-15 per cent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soon most bakery items will get costlier as bakers in the state are contemplating hiking prices of their products. They claim that the materials used for making most bakery products have become costlier after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is levied on them. Also, many bakery items that were exempt from taxes earlier, have been subjected to tax resulting in higher cost for the end consumers, they say.According to industry sources, products like cookies, cream rolls, pastries, and cakes, which carried 5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) are now charged 18 per cent GST, which means that the end consumer will have to pay more. While bread continues to be exempted, pizza base and toast have been charged 5 per cent GST.Ingredients like improver (used to enhance the longitivity of the product) and yeast, used in making bread, now carry 18 per cent GST, which will force a price hike in bread. “As bread have been exempted from GST, we will not be able to get the Input Tax Credit (ITC) on the raw materials. We have represented our case to the GST Council. If taxes are not reduced, we will be forced to hike the prices. We are awaiting a response from the government,” said Mohammad Hussain Shaikh, partner of Italian Bakery in Ahmedabad and president of The Gujarat State Bakers’ Federation. He foresees a hike of about 10-15 per cent in next few days.Another bone of contention is the VAT that still continues on petroleum items. Bakers use diesel and natural gas as fuel. There is a feeling in a segment that bakers will not get ITC on the fuel used. “This will be a big setback for the industry, particularly for the smaller players as margin are not very huge in the sector. There is no option but to raise prices,” said Atul Vekariya, president of Surat Bakers Association, which has over 75 bakeries as members. Surat has over 400 bakeries.”Many items that were not taxed earlier are now being taxed. For example tax on khari biscuit has risen to 18 per cent from 5 per cent. So about 10 per cent price hike is likely. We will take stock of the situation and decide accordingly,” said Narendra Somani, founder and chairman of Bhagwati Banquets and Hotels Ltd, which operates TGB bakeries.However, Axat Vyas, a tax practitioner feels that as a matter of principle, the costs in GST should come down and bakers should consult tax advisors to rework their costing which will give them a better idea of costs.

Govt. will not hold back media under any circumstances-Nepal PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that his government will not hold back media under any circumstances. Debua made these remarks at the 25th general assembly of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in Kathmandu on Sunday. He said his government is committed to help the media sector. ?I think it is hard to run media sector as there are lots of publications in the country,? Kathmandu Post quoted PM Deuba, as saying. Asserting that the media has played an instrumental role for democracy and republic, Dueba said the media can ensure stability in democracy by suggesting, warning and criticising the political parties. He suggested the media and political parties to move together and take the country towards the path of prosperity. The event was also attended by Information and Communications Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet and FNJ Chairman Mahendra Bista.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After nearly a year’s delay, wait is over for JNU’s gender panel elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The elections for Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) gender panel — Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), that deals with complaints of sexual harassment, will finally be held in the latter half of September, after facing a delay of more than a year.Elections for the two posts of student representatives in GSCASH are conducted in April every year. The polls, however, could not be held in 2016 following the sedition row leading to arrests of three students and a spate of controversies on the campus. The student union members and the administration have been at loggerheads since then over the delay in conducting polls.”It is unfortunate that elections for one of the most crucial bodies on campus were delayed by more than a year due to the tussle between the administration and the students following the February 9 incident,” JNUSU president Mohit Pandey said.”We held several meetings with the administration and it has been decided that the polls for the post of students representatives of GSCASH will be conducted after the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) election in the latter half of September,” he added.The panel will have four student-elected representatives from this year as per the new guidelines issued by the GSCASH, “It will help the panel reach out to more students across the University and address their issues more effectively,” said Geeta Kumari, a student representative of the panel.Kumari, a member of left-affiliate All India Students’Association (AISA) along with Aishwarya Adhikari from the Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) were elected as its students’ representatives in 2015. “I have been working as the only student representative for the last one year as Adhikari had passed out from the University in 2016,” she said.The panel, which has been working as an autonomous body since 1999, plays a crucial role as the university received more sexual harassment complaints in comparison to any other institute in Delhi in the last few years. “The figure has been high because we provide a better platform to students to speak out,” Kumari said.Meanwhile, a section of JNU teachers and students question the timing of announcement of the election. “Student bodies discuss GSCASH only ahead of JNUSU elections. Otherwise nobody talks about it,” said a second year research scholar.

Over 1.1 crore Indian affected due to foods in ‘serious’ humanitarian crisis: Red Cross

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A “serious” humanitarian crisis is unfolding across South Asia where “devastating” monsoon floods have affected more than 16 million people, including over 11 million in India, the Red Cross said on Friday. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), over 16 million people have been affected by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh with more than 400 deaths in the three countries. “This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods,” said Martin Faller, Deputy Regional Director for Asia Pacific IFRC.”Millions of people across Nepal, Bangladesh and India face severe food shortages and disease caused by polluted flood waters,” Faller said. In India over 11 million people are affected by floods in four states across the north of the country. India’s meteorological department is forecasting more heavy rain for the region in the coming days, the IFRC said in a report. Around 74 more deaths were reported yesterday from the deluge-battered areas of Bihar, Assam and West Bengal, taking the figure of flood casualties to 119 in Bihar.Flood levels have already reached record highs in Bangladesh. Flooding of major rivers such as the Jamuna has surpassed levels set in 1988 the deadliest floods the country has ever faced, it said. “More than one third of Bangladesh and Nepal have been flooded and we fear the humanitarian crisis will get worse in the days and weeks ahead,” Faller said. I n Nepal, many areas remain cut off after the most recent destructive floods and landslides, on August 11 and 12.”This tragic flooding in Nepal has claimed at least 128 lives and 33 people are still missing,” said Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Secretary General, Nepal Red Cross Society. In Bangladesh, floods are likely to get much worse as swollen rivers from India pour into the low-lying and densely populated areas in the north and centre of the country. Over 3.9 million people have been affected by the rising flood waters, the report said. Volunteers from Indian Red Cross and Bangladesh Red Crescent are working non-stop alongside local authorities to help their communities be safe and prepare for worsening floods, it said.IFRC released just over 320,000 Swiss Francs (USD 330,000) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) in late July to support the immediate needs of 25,000 of the worst affected people in eastern India over three months, it added. Geneva-based IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian network, comprising 190 member National Societies that work to save lives and promote dignity around the world.

NASDAQ commemorates India’s Independence Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NASDAQ has commemorated India’s Independence Day with India’s Consul General Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty ringing the opening bell at the stock market in the Times Square here. NASDAQ Vice President Joe Brantuk said 2017 marks the eighth year in a row that NASDAQ has commemorated India’s Independence Day with the bell-ringing ceremony at its site in the heart of Times Square. Chakravorty, who assumed charge as India’s Consul General in New York this month, rang the opening bell yesterday, joined by prominent members of the Indian-American community. Brantuk said NASDAQ has a continuing presence in India “which is on its way to becoming a global powerhouse.” Before ringing the ceremonial bell, Chakravorty said India is a bright spot of growth and stability in the global economy and is predicted to remain so in the long run. “India-US relationship is a strong partnership that touches all areas of human endeavor,” he said as he underscored the strong bilateral relations between the democratic nations. Marking the country’s independence day on August 15, the iconic Empire State Building was also lit up in the tri- colours of the Indian flag. Flag-hoisting ceremonies and commemorative events were held at the Indian Consulate as well as at the country’s Permanent Mission to the UN. Several India-day parades were held across the tri-state area marking the independence day, with the flagship ‘India Day Parade’ organised by the Federation of Indian Association New York, New Jersey, Connecticut to be held on August 20 in the heart of Manhattan. Actors Rana Daggubati and Tamannah Bhatia of ‘Baahubali’ fame will be the guest of honours on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt clears 30K affordable houses for urban poor on private land

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first-of-its kind of affordable housing project on private land, the government on Monday approved construction of 30,000 affordable houses for the urban poor in Maharashtra’s Sholapur under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) programme, along with a central assistance of Rs 450 crore.The decision was taken by an inter-ministerial central sanctioning and monitoring committee (CSMC), chaired by the secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Durga Shanker Mishra after talks with the Maharashtra Government, which is providing an assistance of Rs 300 crore.According to senior officials, the Raynagar Cooperative Housing Federation of Sholapur had submitted a proposal to the state government to construct 30,000 affordable houses for its members, most of who work in the textile and beedi sector, as well as other urban poor at a cost of Rs 1,811 crore. All the beneficiaries have been linked by Aadhaar.The Federation will implement an agency of the programme. It also owns 189 hectares of land for building the houses.While the cost of each dwelling unit will be Rs 6.03 lakh, each house it wwill be sold at Rs 3.53 lakh. The State Level Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (SLSMC), set up under PMAY (Urban) will oversee implementation of the project.Construction of 2.84 lakh affordable houses for urban poor under PMAY(Urban) was also approved on Monday. The total cost of these houses to be built in six states is Rs 16,407 crore for which central assistance of Rs 4,272 crore has been approved.While 2.25 lakh houses have been sanctioned for Andhra Pradesh, 23,322 houses have been approved for Uttar Pradesh. A total of 15,374 houses have been approved for Tamil Nadu, 10,392 for Manipur, 9,767 for Assam and 703 for Meghalaya.

Saddened by demise of ex- ISRO chief UR Rao PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed grief over the demise of former the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman and space scientist UR Rao, who passed away on Monday after suffering from heart ailments. Prime Minster Modi took to Twitter and asserted that Professor Rao?s contribution to India’s space programme will never be forgotten ?Saddened by demise of renowned scientist, Professor UR Rao. His remarkable contribution to India’s space programme will never be forgotten,? said PM Modi. The Congress party also condoled Professor Rao?s demise Padma Vibhushan award winner Professor Rao died in the wee hours at his residence in Bengaluru. He was 85. Reportedly, Professor Rao breathed his last at about 2.30am. Professor Rao, served as ISRO Chairman for 10 years during 1984-1994, after taking the reigns from Satish Sharma. Among other positions that professor Rao has held, he is remembered for his tenure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also made to the prestigious International Aeronautical Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame last year during the closing ceremony of IAF Congress 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico. From Aryabhatta to the Mars Orbiter Mission, Professor Rao has continued to work with the space agency on several of its projects. Professor Rao was born in Adampur village in Udupi and has continuously been associated with India’s space programme working with people like late MGK Menon, Satish Dhawan and Vikram Sarabhai. Despite that he wrote several books on subjects related to space research, Professor Rao published over 350 scientific and technical papers covering wide range of topics including cosmic rays, interplanetary physics, high energy astronomy, space applications and satellite and rocket technology.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Telcos understated revenues, JioPhone TV cable plans, Arjun Kapoor talks about uncle Anil, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Six telecom majors understated revenues over a period of 5 years: CAGThis was done through accounting adjustments for commission or discount paid to their distributors, promotional schemes such as free talk time, and discounts to post-paid subscribers and on roaming services. Read more here2. Fake Chinese spares used for indigenised Bofors guns: CBI FIRChina-made parts camouflaged as ‘Made in Germany’ found their way to the production line of indigenised Bofors guns used by the army, prompting the CBI to file a case against a Delhi-based company. Read more here3. JioPhone TV cable, another disruption in the makingAfter shaking up the Indian telecommunications space with affordable 4G services under brand Jio, Reliance Industries’ chairman Mukesh Ambani is probably working on another disruption in the cable television, direct-to-home (DTH), and the overall broadcasting space in the years to come. Read more here4. State associations can’t escape responsibilities, says India asst coach Shanmugam VenkateshIndian football’s roadmap to achieving success is still unclear, but India’s assistant coach Shanmugam Venkatesh believes that bashing the All India Football Federation (AIFF) will not lead to a solution. Read more here5. Anil chachu and I are like brothers: Arjun KapoorArjun Kapoor on his equation with his uncle and Mubarakan co-star. Read more here

Cow killers get stricter punishment than errant drivers: Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court drew a unique analogy over enhancement of punishment in road accident death cases, observing that an errant driver gets a maximum jail term of two years while a cow killer’s sentence ranges from five to 14 years. “Sentence for killing cow is five or seven or 14 years in different states but in case of death of a human being caused by rash or negligent driving (section 304A of IPC), sentence prescribed in law is only two years,” Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar said. The court has also sought intervention from the executive to change the colonial penal law for enhancing the jail term in road accident cases leading to death. The judge referred to the statistics of such cases as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) and said there was a need to have a relook at the law. “Deaths due to road accidents in the country have increased by 5.1 per cent during 2015 over 2014. 53 cases of road accidents took place every one hour during 2015, wherein 17 persons were killed. “Most of the road accidents were due to overspeeding, accounting for 43.7 per cent of total accidents which caused 60,969 deaths and 2.12 lakh persons injured,” the judge said. Referring to the data of Geneva-based International Road Federation, the judge said that India accounted for the highest number of road deaths in the world. “At present, India accounts for 10 per cent of global road accidents with more than 1.46 lakh fatalities annually, the highest in the world,” the judgement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mizo parties ask PM not to finalise Naga framework accord

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Major political parties, NGOs and students associations in Mizoram have asked the prime minister not to finalise the Naga Framework Agreement without solving the political problems of the Mizos living in the hill areas of Manipur. A press statement issued here today by the Mizo Students Federation said that a memorandum, signed by presidents of all the political parties, NGOs and student bodies, was submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday. A copy of the memorandum was also given to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and R N Ravi, the interlocutor for Naga peace talks. The memorandum urged the Centre not to finalise the Naga Framework Agreement without solving the political problems of the Mizos living in the hill areas of Manipur. “The ongoing peace talks between the Centre and the NSCN (I-M) is most likely to have effect on the Mizo people residing in Manipur adjoining Mizoram,” it said. It said that if special autonomy is given to the Naga- inhabited areas in Manipur, such autonomy should also be accorded to the Mizos in that state. If the Naga-inhabited areas in Manipur are amalgamated with ‘Nagalim’ (greater Nagaland) by provisions of the Naga Agreement as demanded by the NSCN, the Mizo inhabited areas in Manipur should also be amalgamated with Mizoram, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Women’s organisations demand 50% reservation in LS, assemblies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A women’s collective, comprising more than 1,600 organisations, today pitched for the passage of the “long pending” Women’s Reservation Bill in the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament which commences on July 17. With the slogan “Ab 33 per cent nahi 50 per cent”, the National Alliance for Women’s Reservation Bill has demanded 50 per cent reservation for women in the the Lok Sabha and state assemblies instead of 33 per cent. “The Prime Minister had congratulated African countries for women’s majority in their parliament. But when it came to his country, he never said a single word about this Bill,” general secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women, Annie Raja, said. “This is the time to act so that women are able to contest maximum number of seats in the next election,” she said. In India, women hold a mere 12 per cent of the seats in Parliament and nine per cent in state assemblies, Director of Centre for Social Research, Ranjana Kumari, said. “Unless there are more women in politics, their concerns cannot be addressed effectively,” she said. Director of the Joint Women’s Programme, Jyotsna Chatterjee, said that the BJP had “committed” support to the women’s reservation bill in its 2014 election manifesto, and now it was time for the party to stand by it. “It is high time to prove what they had declared in their election manifesto. The government says ‘beti bachao beti padhao’, but what about her political rights,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mizo parties ask PMO not to finalise Naga framework accord

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Major political parties, NGOs and students associations in Mizoram have asked the prime minister not to finalise the Naga Framework Agreement without solving the political problems of the Mizos living in the hill areas of Manipur. A press statement issued here today by the Mizo Students Federation said that the memorandum, signed by presidents of all the political parties, NGOs and student bodies, was submitted to the Prime Minister’s office yesterday. A copy of the memorandum was also given to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and R N Ravi, the interlocutor for Naga peace talks. The memorandum urged the Centre not to finalise the Naga Framework Agreement without solving the political problems of the Mizos living in the hill areas of Manipur. “The ongoing peace talks between the Centre and the NSCN (I-M) is most likely to have effect on the Mizo people residing in Manipur adjoining Mizoram,” it said. It said that if special autonomy is given to the Naga- inhabited areas in Manipur, such autonomy should also be accorded to the Mizos in that state. If the Naga-inhabited areas in Manipur are amalgamated with ‘Nagalim’ (greater Nagaland) by provisions of the Naga Agreement as demanded by the NSCN, the Mizo inhabited areas in Manipur should also be amalgamated with Mizoram, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

The Regreen Chennai- A movement for reviving green cover of the

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> city inaugurated today New Delhi India, July 7 (ANI-NewsVoir): THE REGREEN CHENNAI, an intense movement for reviving green cover of the city was inaugurated today (July 7, 2017). THE REGREEN CHENNAI is systematically planned initiative to strengthen and escalate the ongoing many efforts to enhance the green cover of Chennai, specifically in the background of green cover loss caused by cyclone Vardah. Invisioned by Fr. Jegath Gaspar Raj on behalf of EARTHSMILES Trust, the initiative is to be jointly orchestrated by more than 20 civil society organizations which include Rotary International, CREDAI, Y?s Men International, EXNORA, Federation of Tamil Nadu Farmers Associations, Vanagam, Osai, Madras Social Service Society, Inthinai, Chennai Trekking Club, Good News TV, Brand Avatar, Classic Hymms, Tamil Chamber of Commerce, News Media Association of India, Catalyst PR, YMCA and Confederation of Tamil Agriculture Commerce Industry and Services. ?We will be planting one lakh of well grown saplings, not less than 4.5 feet size, before the monsoon this year. However, THE REGREEN CHENNAI project will inspire, encourage, facilitate and support like-minded NGO groups and individuals to plant as many number as possible to reach a target of five lakh over a period of five years. Only in locations where small dense forest making is possible we will use small saplings and seed balls. We will also be simultaneously making efforts to enhance the suburban Chennai?s green cover by focusing on 100 villages. However, no time limit has been fixed for this component,? said Fr. Jegath Gaspar Raj. Native species of trees which have endurance to natural disasters and drought, namely Pungai Maram, Poovarasu, Vembu, Naaval, Naagalingam, Panai Maram, Maa Maram, Nelli Maram are to be planted. THE REGREEN CHENNAI is envisioned as people?s participatory movement involving widest possible stake holders. To this effect, plans have been devised to organize 100 seminars in colleges and schools across the city, conduct three small marathons and a grand finale marathon and other awareness programmes. ?In the process we will also be creating massive awareness about urban disaster risks and ways to be prepared for them, creating a pool of technology and information-enabled disaster volunteers in multiple locations, and bring in personal attitude changes that in the long run will critically contribute to urban disaster risk reduction,? he added. ?As we upkeep our home, we need to help our neighborhood have healthy environment. Plants and trees are the unique elements of our planet and primary producers of food. To support our healthy and peaceful living on the earth, people need to come together and support initiatives like this,? opined Fr. Jegath Gaspar Raj. (ANI-NewsVoir) Ends KS NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pb CM asks agents to not overcharge farmers in the state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today asked the commission agents to not overcharge the farmers in the state and weed out those who charged exorbitant interest rates on crop loans. The commission agents in Punjab and Haryana, also known as ‘aartiyas’, give loans to farmers while mortgaging their land or property. Since the government has no control over them, they sometimes charge unreasonable rate of interest. Addressing a meeting of aartiyas, under the umbrella of the Federation of Aartiyas Association of Punjab, Amarinder made it clear that the interests of the farmers would be protected at all costs. “It is our bounden duty to safeguard the interests of the farming community, and the state government has already taken a lead by announcing a debt waiver of Rs 1500 crore in the first phase,” said Amarinder. He asked the delegation members to identify those “unscrupulous elements” in the aartiya community who were fleecing the farmers by charging higher rate of interest than their mutually agreed 1.5 per cent per month (18 per cent per annum). “Such elements must be thrown out of the community as a deterrent against such activity in the future”, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai dockyard marks seven decades of ties with Russia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, under the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, celebrated seven decades of India-Russia Diplomatic Relations at an event here. The officiating Consul General of the Russian Federation in Mumbai, Sergey Kotlyar was the chief guest on the occasion. Among the eminent speakers at the event held yesterday were Rear Admiral R Vishwanathan, Cmde Swaminathan, Prof Emeritus (MU) Hidadhubli and D R Nasibullin from the consulate, an MDL release said. Cmde Rakesh Anand, CMD, MDL, in his welcome address spoke on the very long association with Russia in the field of defence manufacture. The event also had a cultural show with dances from the different states of India as well as Russian folk dances and ballet and was attended by a large number of guests from Russia, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shop owners unhappy, blame it on lack of clarity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jatin Vora bought a few kitchen items from the steel market near Kalbadevi. He was, however, not sure whether he ended up paying more or less than usual because of the introduction of GST.”I needed it now, so I had to purchase it. I did not have a choice,” said Vora among the few customers in the steel market near Kalbadevi who purchased the items without any bill.On Saturday, the steel market which has a high footfall and heavy traffic on normal days saw little or no business with little crowding. Wholesalers and retailers blamed the government for lack of clarity and said that the market situation is likely to remain the same for a week or so.”There is no format provided by the government for sale bill and we do not know how much tax is to be levied. If a buyer comes, we will sell but not sure of the tax that we will charge,” said Sachin Shah, owner of Shah Poonamchand Roopchand that does wholesale business in utensils and other steel items.”There is no challan book, bill book or any clarity on the tax that I will put. The tax has been implemented but without preparation. There is no pricing to respective commodity codes either,” said Lalit Kumar of Rajasthan Metals.While the steel market association did not comment on the issue, a shop owner who was asked why traders did not seek clarity from government earlier, he said, “People have sought clarity, but we want to wait for a few days to see how things work out.”The Steel Users Federation of India (SUFI), a body of steel manufacturers, brokers among others welcomed the move.Pointing fingersOn Saturday, the steel market which has a high footfall and heavy traffic on normal days saw little or no business They blamed the government for lack of clarity and said that the situation may remain the same for a week

Opposing GST, traders’ body calls shutdown of Kashmir tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) today called for general strike in the valley tomorrow against the proposed implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the state. “We are against this new law in which they talk about one India, one tax. We will not allow the implementation of this new law, even if we have to sacrifice our lives. We will not allow the erosion of our special status. We are giving a call for Kashmir bandh tomorrow,” KTMF president Muhammad Yasin Khan said here. He said the business community in the valley is ready to face any losses on account of non-implementation of GST, but they would not allow implementation of the new tax regime in the state in its present form. We will not allow any amendments to the special status of J-K. We are ready to face any losses due to non-implementation of the new tax regime. People in Chenab valley and Pir Panchal are with us and they will also observe the bandh,” he said. Khan said KTMF would hold a sit-in protest at city centre Lal Chowk here tomorrow and appealed the traders in other districts to protest the proposed implementation of the new tax regime in its present form.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Left-leaning student bodies criticise choice of Kovind as prez

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of various left-leaning student organisations today criticised the choice of Ram Nath Kovind as NDA’s presidential candidate, claiming that it was a tactic of the BJP to garner Dalit votes and mitigate the anger of the community. SFI national general secretary Vikram Singh claimed it was the first time a candidate’s Dalit tag was pitched. “Instead of choosing a candidate based on his credentials, the BJP has pitched his caste. It is just a move to attract votes and also to mitigate the anger of Dalits amid atrocities against them,” Singh claimed. The BJP yesterday named Kovind, the former Bihar governor, as the ruling NDA’s candidate for the July 17 presidential election. JNUSU president Mohit Kumar Pandey said selecting a Dalit for heading a state would not serve a purpose if he did not address the issue of caste atrocities. “The president should not become a rubber stamp of a particular ideology as we see in most of cases of governors. They should speak in favor of rights and oppose the wrongs,” he said. Pratim Ghosal, a student activist belonging to the Democratic Students Federation, also alleged that it was a tactic of the BJP to reduce the effect of atrocities it had committed against Dalits. “On one hand, there are crimes against Dalits like against Rohit (Vemula) and victims of cow vigilantes, on the other, there are inaugurations of roads and libraries in the name of B R Ambedkar,” Ghosal said, adding that nothing was going to change if a Dalit was chosen as a presidential candidate. Kovind continues to be a part of brahmanical political party, he alleged. Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) general secretary Narendra Kumar alleged the BJP was trying to polarise the Dalit community. “There is a difference between Dalit leaders and leaders of Dalits. Kovind is a Dalit leader but not a leader of Dalits, as he associates with ideology of the BJP and the RSS,” Kumar said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CM writes to Naidu seeking postponement of evacuation of GPRA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu seeking a postponement of the evacuation of the General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) colony in Sarojini Nagar till the flats at Kidwai Nagar were ready. The AAP supremo said he had received representations from the Joint Federation of Residents’ Welfare Associations of Sarojini Nagar, seeking a postponement of the evacuation. He added that though the Directorate of Estates had evacuated five government colonies — at Kidwai Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Mohammadpur and Sriniwaspuri — new flats for government employees were yet to come up. A large number of these residents had shifted to Sarojini Nagar from these colonies and within a couple of years, they were again being asked to vacate the flats, said Kejriwal. “Further, notices are being issued at this stage, which would adversely affect the education of the children as they would not get admission in schools,” he wrote in the letter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lebanese activists want Zakir Naik banned from country

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is wanted in India on terror charges, is facing opposition from activists in Lebanon who have launched a campaign to ban his entry after a local cleric invited him to deliver a lecture. Calling Naik’s views “extremist” and “inflammatory”, the Lebanese activists say his presence is not conducive to the “harmony of a multicultural country like Lebanon”, according to The New Arab. “Zakir Naik is an extremist preacher known to spread hate speech that attacks non-Muslims and moderate Muslims alike, and he has been banned from entering many countries,” Khaled Merheb, a lawyer and human rights activist, was quoted as saying by the news portal. Sheikh Hassan Katerji, head of Lebanon’s little known Salafi group Islamic Federation Society, posted on Facebook from Saudi Arabia that Naik’s visit would take place “soon”, once adequate preparations were made. “Good news! Praise be to Allah, the preacher Zakir Naik has agreed to come to Lebanon when I visited him this morning,” he posted on his Facebook on June 11. “Tomorrow I will, God willing, begin contacts with the authorities to guarantee his safe entry and residence,” Katerji later posted on Facebook. A petition was launched soon thereafter via the Avaaz platform, appealing for people to support a ban on Naik’s entry to the Mediterranean country. Activists behind the campaign are also threatening legal action. “Naik’s visit is dangerous on many levels,” said Merheb, the Lebanese lawyer. “It encourages extremism, creates tension between different religious communities in Lebanon and may inspire jihadis.” His views may be in violation of Lebanese laws regarding sectarian incitement, the lawyer added. The controversial preacher is accused of spreading hatred by his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering several crores of rupees over the years. Naik had fled from India on July 1, 2016 after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches on waging jehad. He is being probed in India for terror and money laundering charges. He had fled from India immediately after an investigation against him was initiated. Naik denies all the charges. His present place of stay is unknown and it is believed that he has been shuttling between the UAE, Saudi Arabia, African and Southeast Asian countries. India has already banned his NGO – Islamic Research Foundation – and taken his TV channel Peace TV off air.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fair price dealers stage protest, seek better cuts, facilities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scores of Fair Price Shop owners today staged a demonstration outside the collectorate here to demand improved commission and facilities in order to ensure “corruption-free” distribution of ration. The demonstration was held under the aegis of All India Fair Price Shop Dealers’ Federation, New Delhi for seeking enhancement of commission, which it termed is “paltry” in Uttar Pradesh. While referring to the system of Fair Price Shops in Tamil Nadu, they said the government of the south Indian state provides education facility to the children of shop keepers, besides salary and other perks. A memorandum was handed over to the district magistrate which was addressed to the prime minister and the UP chief minister, the federation officials said. Federation president Rajendra Tyagi said if the government wants corruption-free distribution of ration then facilities must be provided like that in Tamil Nadu, where the government gives a salary of clerical grade to the shopkeeper, and that to the assistant at par with class-IV employee, besides bearing expenses like rent of shop and electricity bill. “In case such facilities are provided, every shopkeeper will work honestly with transparency,” he said. Tyagi asked the dealers not to procure ration for distribution in the month of July, saying, “Till the moment our demands are not fulfilled, we will not work.” District Magistrate Ministhy S assured the dealers that their memorandum will be forwarded to he prime minister and the chief minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala: Brennen College magazine depicts people having sex during National Anthem, principal says ‘nothing wrong’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A college magazine published by a pro-CPI(M) students’ union of a government college at nearby Thalassery has courted controversy for allegedly containing objectionable contents with sexual overtones and insulting the national flag and anthem.The magazine contains a caricature allegedly depicting a man and a woman in a compromising position in a theatre when the national anthem is being played. The drawing of the national flag is also seen in the background.The magazine, ‘Pellet’, was brought out by the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) activists as part of the 125 year celebrations of Brennen College, the alma mater of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
ALSO READ Kerala: Brennen College magazine depicts people having sex during National Anthem, BJP cries foulThe Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students’ wing of the BJP, was quick to demand action against those responsible for the publication of the magazine.However, when contacted, college principal Murlidas told PTI that there was nothing wrong with the magazine, adding that certain drawings in it could cause a misunderstanding, “if viewed from a narrow-minded perspective”.”There is nothing wrong with the magazine. If viewed from a narrow-minded perspective, it could cause a misunderstanding. We are trying to convince the students about it,” he said.Meanwhile, the SFI maintained that it was not their aim to show disrespect to the national anthem or the national flag, adding that they only wanted to point out the “extreme nationalism” of the Sangh Parivar which “forced” the people to stand up when the national anthem was played in cinema halls.However, the staff council of the college, which met here, decided to remove two pages from the magazine which contained the controversial matter.The controversy comes on the heels of SFI workers setting the chair of the principal of Maharajas College in Kochi ablaze and preparing a symbolic graveyard as a farewell gift for the Victoria College principal at Palakkad, who retired last year.The BJP demanded an apology from the SFI for “insulting the national anthem” and said the magazine should be withdrawn immediately.BJP general secretary K Surendran told reporters that not only the Left students’ outfit, but the college staff council as well as the principal were responsible for the incident.

No fall in beef exports from legal abattoirs: Badal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is no dip in beef exports from legally approved abattoirs in India, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said today. The recent crackdown on illegal slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh is in line with the Supreme Court order to curb environment pollution and protect people’s health, she added. India is the largest exporter of buffalo meat and the country shipped nearly USD 4 billion worth meat in 2016-17. In April, beef exports fell by 7.62 per cent to USD 257.06 million, as per the official data. “As far as I know, the export (of beef) takes place from legal places as quality and standards have to be maintained. I doubt whether illegal slaughter houses were exporting. To say that in the last two months, exports have come down it is incorrect,” Badal told reporters on the sidelines of an event. The government is taking strict action against illegal abattoirs because the Supreme Court had ordered shut down of these slaughter houses due to environment and health hazard. “Many governments had turned a blind eye (illegal abattoirs) due to political reasons,” the minister said. However, the Modi-government is taking steps to implement the apex court order to protect environment and health of people, she added. In March, the UP government had acted against unauthorised abattoirs in the state, forcing the industry to go on strike in March. In May, the central government banned cattle trade in animal markets for slaughter. According to the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), the cattle trade ban would impact meat exports in the coming months. “There is a need to do necessary changes to address supply side constraints,” FIEO Director-General Ajay Sahay had said recently.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NDTV searches: Journalists claim Emergency-like situation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several senior journalists today came together to protest against an “Emergency-like situation” which they alleged was due to “attempts to muzzle the voices” of media with NDTV founder Prannoy Roy demanding that issues involving his channel be resolved in time-bound manner. The protest, which saw some senior journalists like Kuldeep Nayyar, Arun Shourie, H K Dua and S Nihal Singh in attendance at the lawns of the Press Club of India here, came days after the CBI conducted searches at the residence of Roy here and three other locations for allegedly causing losses to a private bank. The NDTV had described the actions as a “witch-hunt” based on “same old” false accusations. Former Union minister and veteran journalist Shourie alleged that the government has been controlling the media through two major instruments — one by “offering bribe” through advertisements and the other by “subterranean spreading of fear”. “Now they are using the third instrument, which is overt pressure and they have made NDTV an example of that. I believe this will intensify in the coming months,” he said. Shourie alleged that the government would in future not only resort to managing but also suppressing the voices of dissent. “If you (journalists) think that if you give prominence to articles of some of the ministers in newspapers or give them air time, they will help you in crisis. “In fact, when the assault comes on you, none of them will help,” Shourie said. He said the present government is run by “two and half men”, without elaborating whom he referred to. “There is no minister here. The government is of two- and-a-half men,” he alleged. “Instead of buying peace with concession, I would urge non cooperation…just boycott their (government’s) press conferences, deny them that,” Shourie said. Eminent jurist Fali S Nariman said no one is immune to being prosecuted from criminal offence. “But the manner and circumstances and the so-called justification of the CBI raids give me reason to believe that all this is definitely an unjustified attack on press and media,” he said. “We are meeting here to stop future deligitimisatioon of the media,” he said, adding similar attempts to muzzle the voices of media were made by the Indira Gandhi government. Veteran journalist Kuldeep Nayyar urged journalists to rise to the occasion in this battle for independent media. “We cannot and should not allow anybody to muzzle the voice of media. We are facing more or less the same situation as in the Emergency,” he said. Addressing the gathering, Roy said, “I commit here today that we will answer all the charges openly and transparently. What all I ask is to please make it a time-bound process.” Members of the Press Club of India, the Federation of Press Clubs of India, Delhi Union of Journalists, the Press Association, the Foreign Correspondents Club, the Indian Women’s Press Corps and the Editors Guild of India were also present.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Government’s plan B ready to beef up supply of agri goods

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Activist turned minister of state for agriculture and marketing Sadabhau Khot said the state government is quite open for a dialogue with the agitating farmers especially on the contentious issue of farm loan waiver. In an interview with Sanjay Jog, Khot explains government’s strategyHow the farmers strike has taken toll on the supply of milk, fruits and vegetables in Mumbai and other cities?It is true that the arrival of these commodities have been reduced in Mumbai and other cities. In case of Mumbai against the daily arrival of 49,000 quintal of vegetables only 65% has come, in Pune 50% of the 31,000 quintal, Kalyan 50% of 7,500 quintal, in Panvel 1,300 quintal against daily arrival of 1,600 quintal, in Nagpur 15,510 quintal against 19,777 quintal. Similar situation prevailed in Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and Ahmednagar. However, farmers are selling vegetables locally.As per the marketing department data, wholesale markets and market committees are closed in some districts.As far as milk supply to Mumbai is concerned so far it has not been impacted. The government has put in place plan B for an uninterrupted supply including supply from the neighbouring states. The government will deploy additional security personnel and see that the stern action will be taken against those prohibiting the movement of vehicles and putting a roadblock on the supply of these commodities.The state run Marketing Federation has come out with a toll free non 18002330244 to address problems faced farmers in the transportation of fruits, vegetables and milk.The agitating farmers are stepping up their stir and stuck to their demand for total loan waiver. What is your take?I have been associated with the farmers movement since 1986 and I am quite well aware of the issued faced by them. The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has been quite positive and held talks twice with the representatives of farmers. Fadnavis has been repeatedly saying that the government is working on a strategy for loan waiver considering its impact on the state finances. The idea is to bring those farmers who are currently out of institutional credit line but at the same time provide relief to the farmers who have been repaying the loan regularly. However, such decision cannot be taken in an haste.Fadnavis and I have already appealed to the agitating farmers. They should come and discuss at the earliest.CM has hinted that Congress-NCP are keen to foment violence by supporting the farmers strike. What is your comment?The opposition Congress and NCP are interested to foment violence and disturb the government in a bid to gain political mileage. The issues faced by the farmers were present when they ruled Maharashtra for 15 years and it is not the creation of BJP led government. However, the government will make every effort to provide relief to the farmers.Is government considering invoking the provisions of Essential Commodities Act?Right now there is no such a proposal. However, the government will take necessary legal action against those indulging in speculative trading and hoarding and also those creating hurdles in the transportation of agriculture goods.

Energy cooperation in focus,India and Russia vow to widen scope of bilateral ties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India and Russia on Thursday reiterated their commitment to take their strategic partnership forward and to continue to widen the scope of bilateral cooperation by launching large-scale initiatives in different spheres. Sharing their vision for the 21st century through a joint declaration signed here this evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin both said that the two countries would look for ways to ?enhance and enrich our bilateral agenda so as to make it more result-oriented.? Focusing on enhancing cooperation in the energy sector, the St. Petersburg Declaration said, ?The economies of India and Russia complement each other in the energy sector. We will strive to build an ?Energy Bridge? between our states and expand bilateral relations in all areas of energy cooperation, including nuclear, hydrocarbon, hydel and renewable energy sources and in improving energy efficiency.? The declaration added,?India and Russia note that wider use of natural gas, an economically efficient and environmentally friendly fuel, which has become an integral part of the global energy market, is highly significant for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and will assist in fulfilling the provisions of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as well as achieving sustainable economic growth.? ?Cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy has emerged as one of the hallmarks of the strategic partnership between the two countries, contributing to India?s energy security and energizing broader scientific and technological cooperation. With concerted efforts on both sides, there has been a series of steady and demonstrable achievements in our civil nuclear partnership, including advancing nuclear power projects at the Kudankulam site and transforming it into one of India?s largest energy hubs.? ?We welcome the conclusion of the General Framework Agreement and Credit Protocol for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. We will work towards the implementation of the strategic vision for strengthening cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy signed between the two countries on December 11, 2014. The future of Indian-Russian cooperation holds great promise across a wide spectrum covering nuclear power, nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear science and technology.? ?The growing partnership in the nuclear power sector between India and Russia has opened opportunities for developing advanced nuclear manufacturing capabilities in India in line with Government of India?s ?Make in India? initiative. India and Russia commit themselves to earnestly implement the ?Programme of Action for Localization in India? signed on 24 December 2015, and to encourage their nuclear industries to engage closely and foster concrete collaborations.? The declaration further stated, ?We are interested in launching joint projects on exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Arctic shelf of the Russian Federation. We will develop joint strategies to harness the potential for mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of deep sea exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources, poly-metallic nodules, and other marine resources utilizing strengths in the field of maritime research and training to develop mutually beneficial cooperation.? It added, ?We welcome cooperation among energy companies of both states in modernizing the existing power stations and building new ones in the territory of India. We will endeavour to develop joint projects in each other?s countries through sharing of technologies, experience of working in different terrains and climatic conditions, and use of energy efficient technologies for creation and propagation of cleaner, climate friendly and affordable energy resources.?(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre dubs Kannur incident as ‘politically motivated’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday blatantly castigated the Congress Party in wake of one of its youth wing leader slaughtering a calf in public view and dubbed the incident as politically motivated and provocative. Prasad asserted that his party at the Centre does not want to suppress food habits but the barbaric incident was an unfortunate and shameful event. ?I condemn the act of the Congress leader who slaughtered a calf in public view. This was a shameful and provocative act. We do not want to suppress anybody?s food habit. But this was an incident intended towards political gains. This is very unfortunate,? said Prasad. The Kannur Police yesterday registered a case against district president of Youth Congress and other Congress workers under Section 120 (A) of the Kerala Police Act, for slaughtering calf in public view. The police filed the case on the basis of a video where the president of Youth Congress, Rigil Pookkutty and other Youth Congress workers could be seen slaughtering the calf. The incident comes amid hue and cry over Centre’s new rule prohibiting sale of animals for slaughter or religious sacrifice at livestock markets and animal fairs. The Students’ Federation of India (SFI) earlier staged a protest in Kerala against the ban by eating beef outside University College, Trivandrum.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Key accused in RSS worker’s killing taken into custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A key accused in the killing of an RSS worker here was taken into custody today, police said. K Anoop (34), a member of the left-leaning Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), was nabbed near the bus stand here this morning, police said. So far, five persons have been held in connection with the killing of Choorakad Biju, allegedly by leftist activists at Payyanur town in Kannur district on May 12. The district has witnessed a series of clashes between the ruling CPI(M) and RSS for the last one year. Biju was an accused in the killing of CPI(M) activist C V Dhanraj in 2016.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Capable of being more than ‘security guards’- Ex-Servicemen Federation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With an objective to serve the nation even after their retirement from the defence, the federation of ex – serviceman association in Tamil Nadu has come up with a campaign to highlight their skills and talents. Ex- Air Force officer and chairman of federation of Indian ex-serviceman association Shivrajan told ANI, ?The awareness campaign includes cleaning water bodies across the state and spreading the message of patriotism among the younger generation which is reducing among the minds of young people, and create discipline in Tamil Nadu police department.” The federation chairman also expressed concern that over 2 lakh retired ex-serviceman who possessed enough knowledge and skill are now forced to work as security guards even at the age of 45. Asserting that their skill, talents and training provide during their service days remain unutilised, Shivarajan urged the state government to make use of such jawans and officer to work in police departments or other disciplinary services.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)