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Most govt buildings in Gurugram don’t have fire safety document

It may seem surprising but most government buildings in Gurugram, including the mini-secretariat, do not have a fire no-objection certificate (NOC). Keeping in mind the recent tragedy at Mumbai’s Kamala mills, which claimed 14 lives, those who have still not procured their fire NOCs need to beware.In a reply to an RTI application, it was revealed that of the 18 government buildings in Gurugram, only two had fire NOCs. The list includes not just the secretariat but also the office of the commissioner of police, civil hospitals, new court complex, and all the government schools and colleges. These institutions see a footballs of hundreds or even thousands of people and without a fire NOC, people are certainly at a risk.The authorities, who are completely aware of the prevailing situation, seem to be hardly bothered. In a recently conducted mock drill in connection with response in disaster situations, it was suggested to the authorities concerned to procure fire NOCs.Speaking to DNA, Vinay Pratap, DC Gurugram, said: “During preparations for the Earthquake Mega Mock Drill on December 21, we did a fire safety audit of the government buildings and realised that a few buildings did not have the fire NOC. We have asked the senior fire safety officer to conduct fire safety audit of all buildings, including mini-secretariat, within three months.”DEFAULTERS’ LISTMini secretariat Office of police commissioner New court complex Administrator, HUDA office, Sector 14 CRPF complex, Kadarpur Divisional commissioner District prisons, Bhondsi PWD guesthouse, Civil Lines Railway station Bus stand Old Panchayat Bhawan District Social Welfare office Government college All government schools MDI university Offices of the superintending engineer, DHBVN

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Envoy in Pakistan didn’t know Hafiz Saeed, says Palestine’s ambassador in India

Palestine on Friday called back its Ambassador in Pakistan after he was seen in the company of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed. “We are supporting India in its fight against terrorism and because of that my government decided to directly call our Ambassador to go back home and not to be a Palestine ambassador to Pakistan anymore,” Palestinian Ambassador to India Adnan Abu Al Haija told ANI.His statement has come after a photograph of Palestine’s Pakistan envoy Waleed Abu Ali sharing a platform with Saeed, who is designated as a global terrorist by the United Nations, at a rally in Rawalpindi is doing the rounds on the social media. “Our Ambassador does not know this person. When he starts speaking, he asks who is this person? Our Ambassador’s speech was after him, he made his speech and left. For us, even with that, it is not accepted and a decision has been taken,” he clarified. Saeed is accused of masterminding the Mumbai 26/11 attacks that claimed 166 lives.Also readEnvoy in Hafiz Saeed’s rally: Palestine issues ‘regret’, recalls himSpeaking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the country, Haija said, “Mr Modi is a great guest to Palestine, we welcome him there. I hope soon he will visit Palestine, waiting for his visit,”Earlier today, Palestine expressed deep regret after India took up the matter with its authorities. “Palestine has conveyed deep regrets over the incident and assured the Government of India that they are taking serious cognizance of their ambassador’s presence at this event,” said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement. The Government of India has strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that the Palestinian Ambassador in Pakistan’s association with terrorist Saeed is “unacceptable”, it added.The MEA has conveyed the concerns to Haija as well as to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in Ramallah, State of Palestine. Palestine has also assured India that it will deal with this matter appropriately. “It was also conveyed that Palestine highly values its relationship with India and stands with us in the war against terrorism, and will not engage with those who commit acts of terror against India,” the MEA said.Saeed carries a bounty of 10 million USD (approx. Rs 66 crore) and continues to exercise a lot of influence in religious circles. He has recently been released from house arrest after a Pakistani court cited lack of evidence against him in the Mumbai attack case. India has protested against Pakistan time and again for ‘harbouring a terrorist’ like Saeed.

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Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
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Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
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Tiger from Bor tiger reserve killed in road accident

A young dominant male tiger from Bor Tiger Reserve became the latest casualty of ‘killer highways’ after it was found dead after being knocked down by a vehicle around 7.30pm on Friday, on the Nagpur-Amravati Highway stretch around 40 kilometers away from Nagpur.While the forest department claimed that as per primary investigations the tiger seems to be T2 but the confirmation would only be given after a detailed study of the stripes pattern during the post-mortem. However, wildlife experts and photographers confirmed that the tiger was T2 who was also famously nicknamed as Bajirao and several photographers had clicked his image.Digamber Chable a wildlife lover claimed that the tiger was hit by a vehicle on a dark patch near Bazaargaon area and it seems that it died immediately. “It was a young tiger and it’s sad that Maharashtra is losing tigers who are in their prime to road accidents,” he said.Also readAssam Shocker: Five elephants mowed down by train Dr Anish Andheria, President, Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) who has been one of the strongest voice demanding proper mitigation measures near wildlife corridor took to social media stating, “T2 (called Bajirao) was the most dominant male tiger of Bor, holding a huge territory that extended all the way to Kalmeshwar, a forest patch over 30 km from Bor. He shuttled between the two forests, unaware that the road that he crossed often will take his life.” He also said that the NH6 cuts vital corridor between Bor and Melghat and despite repeated appeals by conservationists no mitigation structures were built on not only this but also most of our killer roads. Wildlife experts have been calling for the need to build elevated roads near wildlife corridors. “We only wake up when a Tiger or Elephant is dead after being hit by a vehicle or Train but one should understand that over 90% of roadkills are never reported. No one accounts for the smaller mammals and reptiles that die traumatic deaths after coming under speeding vehicles,” said a wildlife conservationist adding that wildlife lovers and experts now need to show their force to the Government and demand that first no road be built through an important wildlife corridor and if there was no other option it be allowed only after proper scientific mitigation measures are adopted.As per Tigernet- the official database of the National Tiger Conservation Authority a total of 17 tiger mortality has been reported in the year 2017 making this the 18 death in Maharashtra.

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Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
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Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
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MLA to resign over Rajasthan doctors’ strike

Even as the Rajasthan government heaved a sigh of relief as the 12-day doctors’ strike finally ended on Wednesday, former minister of state for health and current independent MLA from Navalgarh, Rajkumar Sharma has announced that he will on Friday resign from the legislative Assembly as protest against the government’s handling of the strike. The BJP has termed Sharma’s action a ‘publicity stunt’.Sharma says he is protesting the government’s inaction in ending the doctors’ strike. Speaking to DNA, Sharma said, “The government and the health minister are responsible for the second round of the strike and subsequent deaths of the poor patients. What was the need for the minister to issue statements to antagonize the doctors and arbitarily transfer them? There were strikes even when we were in government, but we never abused the doctors,” he said.On Friday, Sharma plans to meet the assembly speaker to submit his resignation. “I will urge the speaker to seek permission from the Governor to call an assembly session for this issue. I will also ask that an FIR be registered against those responsible,” he added.However, dismissing his move, health minister Kalicharan Saraf said, “This is a publicity stunt. He wants to attract attention. Were there no doctors’ strikes during their government’s tenure? We ended the strike in 12 days; they took 14.”

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Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
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“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
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Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
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No proposal to reconsider Air India privatisation, govt informs Lok Sabha

There is no proposal to reconsider the decision to privatise Air India, which has an outstanding debt of Rs 51,890 crore, the government informed Parliament today. To revive the loss-making national carrier, the government is working on the modalities for its strategic disinvestment.To a question in the Lok Sabha on whether the government proposes to reconsider its decision to sell out the debt- ridden Air India and its auxiliary companies, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha replied in the negative.The total outstanding loans of Air India as on September 30, 2017 stand at Rs 51,890 crore as per provisional figures cited by Sinha. Of this, aircraft loans account for Rs 18,364 crore and working capital loans are at Rs 33,526 crore.In 2016-17, the airline had a net loss of Rs 3,643 crore, while operating profit rose to Rs 215 crore, the provisional figures showed.Also readAir India’s domestic, global ops to be sold together, says Jayant SinhaThe government also informed Parliament that there had been a ban on direct recruitment in Air India for non- operational categories of employees and that the total number of regular employees of Air India as on November, 2017, is approximately 14,006 down from approximately 32,600 at the time of its merger in August 2007.On June 28 this year, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its in-principle approval for strategic disinvestment of Air India and its five subsidiaries.Also readIndiGo, several other private airlines interested in buying Air India: Jayant SinhaAn Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is working on the modalities.

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“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
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Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars
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Congress Foundation Day | Constitution under threat, it’s our duty to defend it, says Rahul Gandhi

In yet another stinging attack against the Narendra Modi government, Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said that, ‘ the BJP operates on the basic idea that lies can be used for political benefit and it is the difference between us and them.’Addressing the party members on the 133rd Foundation Day of the Congress at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday, Gandhi said that his party may suffer or lose elections but would not give up truth.He also attacked the government over the Constitution row. “The Constitution, the foundation of our country is under threat, it is under attack directly, statements are being made by senior members of BJP and it is under attack surreptitiously from the back and its our duty, duty of Congress party and every single Indian to defend it,’ Gandhi said.Keeping up the ante against the government, Gandhi said, ‘What is happening today in or country is a web of deceit, The BJP operates on the basic idea that lies can be used for political benefit and it is the difference between us and them, we might not do well, we might even lose but we will not give up the truth.”He also highlighted the Congress’s “glorious” history, claiming the central idea of the party was truth and “we will continue to fight for it”.

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Triple Talaq Bill to be tabled in Parliament today

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, which seeks to criminalise the practice of triple talaq, is expected to be tabled in the Parliament by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday.The draft Bill says, “any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal”.There is also a provision of imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years and fine for violators. The draft Bill also envisages entitling divorcee Muslim women for maintenance.Also readDidn’t consult Muslim bodies before drafting triple talaq bill: PP ChaudharyIt also has a provision for the divorcee Muslim women to have the custody of their minor children. The offences under the purview of this bill will be cognizable and non-bailable.The Bill shall extend to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir.Also readUttar Pradesh: Man gives Triple Talaq to wife for waking up late Meanwhile, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which is against the tabling of the Bill, requested the Central Government to withdraw and withhold the triple talaq bill.”The AIMPLB urges the Central Government to not table the Bill in the Parliament,” said AIMPLB’s Sajjad Nomani after attending an emergency meeting organised by the Board in Lucknow.Also readGrowing cases of triple talaq questions Muslim Board opposition to BillThe AIMPLB spokesperson further accused the Centre of not following the laid procedure in drafting the Bill.”No procedure was followed in drafting this bill; neither was any stakeholder consulted,” said Nomani.AIMPLB even claimed that the Bill was against women and children, and if implemented, it would destroy many families.Earlier in August, in a historic judgment the Supreme Court had ruled that the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims is “void”, “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.

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Usually cordial on Twitter, Sushma Swaraj blocks Cong MP

Twitter-savvy External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has blocked one of her fellow parliamentarians and Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab Partap Singh Bajwa on the social media platform.Bajwa told DNA that Swaraj, otherwise open to helping people who reach out to her on Twitter, had done so as he had been asking her difficult question in the Parliament to nail the Centre’s “lie” on the 39 Indians who had gone missing in Iraq after they were kidnapped by Islamic State and who are considered ‘not dead’ by the external affairs ministry.”This is not the way one of the most senior minister of the government ought to behave. It is our right to ask her questions and it is her duty to respond. I was not even aware of this development. A few days ago, I tried tweeting to the PM and her regarding the plight of Sikhs in the Hangu district of Pakistani Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa where they are being forced to convert. To my surprise, I saw that she had blocked me on Twitter,” Bajwa said.”I decided to tweet about it today (Wednesday) because in the intervening days, the Parliament was not working. I follow not her, but the external affairs minister. If she blocks an MP, then it is completely insensitive.”Bajwa also accused the government of trying to hide the truth. “For the past two or three sessions, I have been grappling with her to come clean. The eyewitness is from our Gurdaspur and he told us that all of them had been shot dead in the desert. Swaraj had said that the witness was misleading the government. She has repeatedly said the government will get them back, later claiming that they were all alive and have been tied up as bonded labour in Mosul, but this was repudiated by the Iraqi premier,” said Bajwa.”I believe that she was initially misled. She realised that a false stand had been put up in the Parliament, but now they are not ready to change their stand.”

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Week-long impasse ends after meeting

More than a week-long impasse in the Parliament on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s insinuating remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh finally ended on Wednesday with Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley clarifying that the PM Modi in his speeches “neither questioned nor meant to question the commitment to this nation of either Dr Manmohan Singh, or Hamid Ansari.”The breakthrough came after the BJP relented to Congress’ demand in a backdoor meeting between Jaitley and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad. Congress, too, agreed that it would accept the clarification by Jaitley on behalf of the PM Modi.The Rajya Sabha met at 2 pm after getting adjourned twice in the pre-lunch session on the issue of minister of state for skill development Ananth Kumar Hegde’s alleged remarks against the Constitution.Azad said there was no question of party succumbing to any pressure and decided to accept the clarification from Jaitley on behalf of the PM because it did not want the impasse to continue as they wanted to pin the government on several issues.Referring to the removal of bindi, mangalsutra and changing of clothes of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife at the behest of Pakistani authorities an insult to 1.3 billion Indians, Azad said, “As Indians we strongly protest and want to show our displeasure on the floor of the House.”As per the understanding the clarification was to happen right in the morning with the start of proceedings but the House got disrupted with other opposition parties demanding discussion on Minister of State for Skill Development, Ananth Kumar Hegde’s controversial remarks against the Constitution. Not to lose out, Congress too entered the arena demanding resignation of Hegde both as minister and MP.”If he does not believe in the Indian Constitution, he has no right to be a Member of Parliament or Minister,” Azad said.Sukhendu Sekhar Ray of TMC asked Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to give ruling if “a person, holding the post of Minister, has right to denounce Preamble in public and can he continue as a minister in the Government?”CALMING EFFECTBreakthrough came after the BJP relented to Congress’ demand in a backdoor meeting between Jaitley and Ghulam Nabi Azad. Jaitley also clarified that PM Modi in his speeches ‘neither questioned nor meant to question Dr Singh’s commitment to nation’

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Nobody has right to use government land as burial ground: Delhi HC

No one has the right to indiscriminately use any open land, especially one that belongs to the government, as a burial ground, the Delhi High Court has held.The ruling by a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar came on a PIL challenging a sub- divisional magistrate’s order questioning use of a government land in Uttam Nagar in west Delhi as a burial ground.The magistrate had issued notice to an Uttam Nagar-based NGO asking it how it came to be in possession of the government land and how it was using it as a burial ground.The court noted that the petitioner NGO, Kabristan Intzamia Association, had started using the government land on the basis of a statement made by an MLA and “no legal right is either pointed out or made out with respect to the subject land”.It held that the sub-divisional magistrate, Dwarka, passed the August 1, 2017 order, which was under challenge, after considering all the matters and there was “no illegality” in the decision.The bench also said that all the parties have to abide by the magistrate’s decision and directed the local authorities to take strict action for violation of the order.”No person has any right to use any open land, especially government land, indiscriminately as a burial ground,” the court said and dismissed the NGO’s plea.

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Govt school students to get coaching in sports academies

The Delhi government said on Tuesday that students of government schools will now be able to get free coaching in their favourite sport by academies and clubs which, in turn, will use the institute’s playgrounds for private coaching after school hours and during holidays.The initiative is aimed at providing opportunities to government school students in sports coaching and ensure optimum usage of playgrounds.”They will be free to charge fees as per their own rates from the outsiders taking private coaching. However, 50% of them have to be government school students from the national capital,” Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.The AAP government had last year decided to rent out playgrounds of 77 schools run by it to be used by sports associations and clubs to organise events after school hours.”The scheme was launched on a pilot basis and now we have decided to take it forward. The academies which will be using the playgrounds will have to give free coaching to the students of the particular school,” said Sisodia.For the pilot scheme, proposals had come for 50-60 schools. From these 18 academies did a good job in 27 schools giving a new lease of life to sports activities, he said.Sisodia added that the scheme will benefit those living in upscale areas, as the number of playgrounds in these posh neighbourhoods is less. “If there is an academy that is only for girls, they can meet the government officials to appoint a woman coach for them,”he saidEarlier 15 games were included under the scheme, in the new initiative training will be imparted for 31 sports, including badminton, basketball, boxing, chess, football, hockey, judo, kabaddi, volleyboll, wrestling and baseball among others.”We will start the process of inviting applications from sports academies and clubs for the purpose,” Sisodia added.

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Gurjars, 4 other communities to get 1% reservation in NBC category

Thousands of unemployed youths can look forward to getting a government job now. Thanks to a timely and wise decision by Vasundhara Raje government of granting one per cent separate reservation to Gurjars and four other communities in Most Backward Class (MBC) category. Gurjar community may be skeptical about the move but it has paved way to fill up 72,000 posts in the government; the recruitment process for which was stuck because of reservation tangle.For last two years, 72,000 posts in 13 different categories and departments could not be filled because of OBC reservation act. Among them 55,000 posts were those for which notification had been issued. In fact, the government had to extend application deadline five times for level 2 of REET teachers’ recruitment 2016, whereas second grade teachers’ recruitment result was not declared for six months.The recruitment process was stalled only because of reservation issue but now everything is clear as Raje government has made a provision by which Gurjars and four other communities will enjoy one per cent separate reservation in MBC and continue to receive OBC reservation benefits as well.Though, the Gurjar community is still not convinced and threatening to launch stir once again.Notably, the SBC reservation got stuck in the court. The state government had to cancel it. After that, Raje government brought OBC bill to give 5 per cent reservation to Gurjars but before a notification could be issued the matter reached court.Since the overall reservation limit went up to 54%, Supreme Court quashed the bill reiterating its stand that reservation cannot go beyond the cap of 50%. The government discussed the matter with Gurjars and tried to convince them to agree to accept MBC but they refused.However, the government released notification of MBC. Now, the unemployed are eagerly waiting for opening up of the recruitment process.Social justice and empowerment minister, Arun Chaturvedi hailed the decision claiming that MBC will restart stalled recruitment process at speedy level.State president of Berojgar Ekikrat Mahasangh, Upen Yadav, however, demanded that the government should not lose time to restart recruitment process at the same time appointments in old recruitments should be given immediately to fulfill its promise.But, Gurjar leader, Himmat Singh alleged cheating. “The government has duped us. The one percent reservation was available even during the Gehlot government. Instead of keeping youths unemployed, the government could have given this benefit earlier. Our agitation is for 5 per cent reservation will continue. We will oppose the government in upcoming by polls and in assembly elections,” he said.

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After 2 year delay, Panchyat polls in J&K in Feb

Ending the long wait and suspense, Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to hold the panchayat elections from February 15, in the strife-torn state.The decision to hold the panchayat polls after a gap of two years was made in the cabinet meeting chaired by J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti a few days ago.Mehbooba, on Monday, drove to Raj Bhavan to inform Governor NN Vohra about the dates for the panchayat elections. “During their half hour meeting, the Chief Minister informed the Governor about several important matters with regard to which the Cabinet had taken decisions a few days ago. She also informed about her Government’s decision to commence the panchayat polls from February 15, 2018,” said an official spokesman.The Governor, the official spokesman said, reiterated his concern about the vital importance of ensuring prompt redressal of public grievances and for the entire administrative system to function in a truly transparent and accountable manner, to promote public welfare.Seen as one of the biggest achievements of the Omar Abdullah government, the panchayat elections were last held in 2011, after a 33 year hiatus in Jammu and Kashmir.More than 80 per cent people had defied the terrorists and cast their votes in the panchayat elections in 2011. More than 33,000 panchayat representatives were elected in the 2011 polls.The panchayat elections were due last year, but due to the post-Burhan Wani killing unrest, they got postponed indefinitely.Last month, Vohra had set the ball rolling for holding the elections in the winter of 2017-18.Since the Assembly was not in session, Vohra had promulgated the ordinance, so that no time is lost in commencing preparations for the conduct of the pending elections.Considering the time-frame for the forthcoming elections, the Governor issued the J&K Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, to empower the State Chief Electoral Officer to determine and delimit Halqa (block) panchayats and conduct panchayat polls.

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BJP leader bats for those who were martyred in 1857 war of independence

A BJP Lok Sabha member has urged the Centre to identify those who fought for the country’s Independence since 1857, and give their family members monetary and other government benefits.Sharad Tripathi, an MP from Uttar Pradesh, said many of those who fought against the British rule in 1857, recognised by many as the country’s first war of Independence, are not known much among the masses.”I believe that India’s fight for Independence began in 1857 leading to the freedom in 1947. The government should do a study and recognise such heroes as martyrs. Their family members should be given benefits,” he told PTI.Earlier this year in Parliament, Tripathi had demanded that a martyrs gate be built in the national capital in the honour of freedom fighters who laid down their lives between 1857 and 1947.A list containing the names of such freedom fighters should be released by the government as currently, there is no such authentic record, he said.While the names of Indian soldiers who fought the World War-II were inscribed by the British on the India Gate, there is no such commemoration for the Indians who died for the country’s freedom from 1857 to 1947, he had said.

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Rescue centre for beached mammals awaits State’s nod

Maharashtra Mangrove Cell has written to the State Government to allot them a suitable piece of land near either Juhu or Versova beach for setting up Mumbai’s first rescue and medical aid center for turtles and other marine mammals found stranded on the beaches of Mumbai.Prashant Deshmukh, Range Forest Officer (RFO), Mangrove Cell said that as a majority of stranding of marine mammals happen on the Western coast it was decided to build a fully equipped marine rescue center in Mumbai where these mammals can be treated and released back in the sea.”We began scouting for a 1200 square meter plot and found two suitable locations at Juhu beach itself – one near the Shivaji statue and another near the garden close to the main entrance. We have also found a piece of land near Versova beach close to the Versova police beat chowky,” he said adding that the land at Versova belongs to Mumbai Maritime Board and they have even written to them for allotting the land. Juhu remains the first preference, though.Deshmukh shared that they have been regularly following it up with both the authorities and are hopeful that the land will be allotted by either January or early February. “Once we get the land it will only take a month for us to set up the centre,” he said.Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) Mangrove Cell, N Vasudevan said, “The centre will have four tanks that can accommodate injured turtles and even a dolphin if required. There will be separate holding tanks especially for turtles and they can even be tested for their swimming abilities before releasing them in the sea in the bigger tanks. The center will also feature a fully equipped operation theatre with important equipments like X-ray machines and other facilities for carrying out treatment of injured marine mammals.”

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Mend the urban & rural divide: Anil Jain

Experts from various industries asserted the necessity to take steps towards bridging the gap between the urban and the rural through digital mediums during the Zee Rising New India Conclave. Anil Jain, chief general manager, BSNL, informed that about 4,84,000 villages are connected through mobile services across India.“There is a need to connect the rural and urban areas through voice and data. Introducing data facilities will open the residents of rural areas to the world. They will be able to move forward towards innovation with technology. Proper connectivity will allow the overall development,” Jain said.Adding to the discussion, BB Dave, chief postmaster general, Indian Postal Services said that Digital India is incomplete without financial inclusion.“Several financial institutions are not as easily available in rural areas as in urban. The reach of the Indian Postal Services is unparalleled. Financial institutions need to be strengthened. Government has already started bank reforms as a step towards the same,” Dave said.However, education and healthcare as the most neglected areas for development and need utmost attention, said Rahul Kashyap, country manager, communications, Smile Foundation.Edu in shambles“The current status of education in our country is in shambles. Gap in education system should be bridged. Why should children in 70% of India not be given an opportunity to compete with the rest 30%,” Kashyap said.

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Yogi Adityanath ignores ‘Noida jinx’, visits city to oversee preparations ahead of PM’s visit

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ignored the long standing ‘Noida Jinx’ by visiting the most advanced city in the state, which is also part of the NCR region, on Saturday.Before leaving for the ‘jinxed’ city, the Chief Minister stated that he and his government do not believe in ‘superstition’. “My government is here to serve the people of the state than to believe in such superstitions. I would continue to work for the development of state even if I have to lose my chair,” said Yogi Adityanath.The Chief Minister visited Noida to oversee preparations and review security and other arrangements for the launch of the much-publicized Magenta Metro Line from Botanical Garden in Noida to Kalkaji. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the new Metro train on Sunday, to celebrate the birthday of the ailing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.Also readYogi Adityanath to break ‘Noida jinx’, will meet PM Modi on Dec 25 Jinx and superstition surrounding Noida began in 1988 when ex-Chef Minister late Veer Bahadur Singh visited Noida and lost his chair and elections. In 1989, the former Chief Minister Narain Dutt Tiwari too lost his government after visiting Noida in the wake of controversial shilanyas near the disputed site in Ayodhya.Kalyan Singh was the third victim of the ‘Noida jinx’ when he too lost his government in 1993 assembly polls after visiting Noida. The BSP withdrew support from the Mulayam government in 1995 after he visited the ‘jinxed city’.Since then the superstition went deep in the minds of all subsequent Chief Ministers and they were wary and scared of visiting Noida for the fear of losing their governments. Be it Rajnath Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav, or next generation politician Akhilesh Yadav, they all stayed away from Noida due to the jinx attached to it.Mayawati was the only exception when she had dared to break the jinx by visiting Noida in 2011 to inaugurate Dr Ambedkar Memorial Park. But she too lost assembly polls in 2012 within a year. Though Akhilesh had promised to visit but he refrained from visiting Noida during his tenure as the Chief Minister launching all related projects from his official residence 5, Kalidas Marg.When the 45-year-old BJP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was reminded of the ‘Noida Jinx’, officials confided that he laughed over it saying that his government’s priority was development of the state than to pay and heed to any superstition related to Noida. He said that he will break the jinx.On Saturday, he kept his promise and landed at Noida by a chopper around 3 pm. From there he straight away drove to the Millennium City where Sunday’s flag off ceremony of Magenta Metro line is to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Former Uttar Pradesh governor Banwari Lal Joshi dies, aged 82

Former Uttar Pradesh governor Banwari Lal Joshi passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today due to septic shock following an infection of the valves, hospital sources said. He was 82.The former police officer, who served as governor of several states, was admitted to hospital about 20 days ago.”He died today evening at the cardio critical care unit of AIIMS. He got his valves replaced around 10 years back. The valves had got infected because of which he was admitted. He died to septic shock,” a source at the hospital saidJoshi’s entire family was by his side in his last moments.Joshi was Governor of t Uttar Pradesh from 2009 to 24 June 2014. He was previously Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi from 2004 to 2007, Governor of Meghalaya in 2007, and Governor of Uttarakhand from October 2007 to July 2009.Born in a small Rajasthan village of Choti Kathu of Nagour district, Joshi began his career in 1957 with the state police service in Rajasthan and moved to the Government of India in 1962.Sepsis is a life threatening condition which occurs as a result of an infection. Septic shock is a condition when there is significant drop in blood pressure that can lead to respiratory or heart failure, stroke, failure of other organs, and death.With Agency inputs

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Muzaffarnagar: Woman gets 7 years imprisonment for helping in friend’s rape 14 years ago

A fast track court here has sentenced a woman to seven years imprisonment for helping a man and his wife in the rape of her friend 14 years ago.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>Judge Ashok Kumar yesterday held that Rita Kumari helped Ugar Sain and his wife in the rape of a 22-year-old girl at Titawi village in the district on June 3, 2003.Ugar Sain and his wife were convicted in 2006, the government lawyer said.Rita Kumari, a friend of the survivor, was found guilty under IPC section 210 B (criminal conspiracy). The court also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on her.

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Shed ‘raaj-hatth’, clarify remarks against Manmohan: Congress to PM Modi

The Congress today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shed his “raaj-hatth” (stubborness) and clarify in Parliament his ‘conspiracy with Pakistan’ remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh to end the stalemate and enable a discussion on issues such as the Rafale deal.With no end in sight to the current impasse on the issue, the proceedings in Parliament continued to be disrupted.Congress leader Anand Sharma held the “obduracy” of the prime minister and the attitude of the government as being responsible for the impasse in Parliament, that continued with a washout of the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha for a fourth day today.He also accused the government of wanting to continue the standoff so that issues of critical concern to the people are not taken up.Sharma alleged that the government does not want the opposition to raise issues of acts of “commission and omission” and the wrong decisions of the prime minister.He said that the government does not want that it is exposed on the floor of the House on issues such as the Rafale scam which the opposition wants to discuss.”It is the responsibility of the PM to clear doubts regarding his accusations. It is his duty to restore the dignity of the office and in the interest of parliamentary democracy that this deadlock comes to an end,” Sharma told reporters.”We urge the prime minister to shed his ‘raaj-hatth’ (stubbordness) and clarify his remarks against Singh and Ansari, which he made to win Gujarat polls,” Sharma said.The stalemate, he said, continues primarily because of the attitude of the government and obduracy of the prime pinister, who refuses to register the seriousness of the situation resulting from his “baseless and unwarranted aspersions” for electoral gains.He said, as one who is occupying the constitutional office, it is the duty of the prime minister to restore the dignity of the office of the institution.Whatever is said in politics, never before a prime minister has pointed any finger of suspicion on the commitment to the country of former prime ministers or former vice presidents or even the former Army chief.”It is in national interest, in interest of parliamentary democracy that this deadlock is brought to an end.”It is unfortunate that prime minister has still not apologised for his ill-thought accusations against the former PM Manmohan Singh who was PM for 10 years and dedicated his life for this country,” he said.Sharma, however, said it is being conveyed by government that the prime minister is not willing to take back his words.He “disappointed” the opposition today when it was his day for the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, the Congress leader said.Sharma said the opposition also wants to raise other issues concerning the economy and job losses.The Indian economy has suffered losses due to some “wreckless” decisions of the prime minister, he alleged.

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Govt to achieve target of 100 GW of solar power by 2022, says RK Singh

The government is confident of achieving the target of 100 Giga Watt (GW) of solar power capacity by 2022, Power Minister R K Singh said on Thursday.As against the target of installing 100 GW of solar power capacity as on December 15, a capacity of 16,676 MW has been installed with another 6,500 MW capacity under installation, he said in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.The trajectory of bidding of the rest of solar power capacity has been finalised as 20,000 MW in 2017-18, 30,000 MW in 2018-19 and 30,000 MW in 2019-20.”The government is confident of achieving the target of 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2022,” Singh said.Since the country does not have enough manufacturing capacity at present for solar cells and modules to meet the full demand, “both imported and indigenous solar sells and modules are being utilised for achieving the targets,” he said.

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Former India minister Raja acquitted of telecoms fraud

Government auditors had said the scandal cost the country about $40bn (£29.9bn).

Kerala: Top cop suspended for criticising state over law and order, handling of Cyclone Ockhi

The CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala today suspended DGP Jacob Thomas, the senior-most IPS officer in the state cadre, from service for his anti-government remarks.Thomas, who was serving as the director of the Institute of Management in Government (IMG), for the last seven months was earlier removed from the position of the chief of vigilance and anti-corruption bureau by the ruling party.According to official sources, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had directed suspension of the officer under the relevant sections of All India Service Rules as some of his recent remarks had shown the state government in poor light.Recently during a seminar on International Anti- Corruption Day, Thomas had lashed out at the state government alleging that there was total breakdown of law and order situation in the state.He also accused the government of not “properly handling” the cyclone Ockhi situation.Stating that all “corrupt forces” were united in the state and were in positions of power, the official said that there was a conscious attempt to silence those who stood against corruption.However, reacting on his suspension order, Thomas said he had only talked about corruption on the Anti-Corruption Day and that he cannot be silenced with this action.”There has been a general trend worldwide to silence people when they talk about corruption. But, I am not prepared to remain silent,” he told reporters here.”I am still swimming with big sharks. In this context, it is normal to face such action. But I will continue to swim,” he added.Jacob Thomas was already facing disciplinary action for penning his bare-all autobiography “Sravukalkkoppam Neenthumpol” (Swimming Along With Sharks), which he wrote without seeking any permission from the prior government.Though a three-member panel had recommended to initiate criminal proceedings against the officer, the government had later decided to limit it to disciplinary action only for penning the book.Known for his strong stand against corruption, the IPS officer had earned the ruling CPI(M)’s ire after he registered a vigilance case against the then industries minister E P Jayarajan over charges of nepotism following which he had to resign from the cabinet.Chief secretary, K M Abraham and Additional chief secretary, Tom Jose had lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister against Thomas after the vigilance department conducted raids on their residences over alleged disproportionate assets.

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No relief for Max hospital yet, matter further shifted for hearing on January 9

The commissioner has not given any relief to the hospital so far, hence the hospital’s services will remain disrupted until further orders.“The commissioner heard the arguments made by the hospital and the government. After hearing both the version, the matter has been again listed for January 9. The final decision will be taken on the same day only,” Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services (DGHS), Delhi government, who was present in the hearing.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned.After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.The authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order.“Following the due process of law, we have filed an appeal with the appropriate authority against cancellation of registration of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. Earlier, we had also requested Delhi Government to review their decision and restore the registration. This decision has caused significant inconvenience to thousands of patients and local residents and this is further compounded by unavailability of suitable alternatives for their medical needs in the vicinity,” the hospital had said in its statement.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues.The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on a monthly basis treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD, attends to over 1,600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in inpatient wards.

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Environment minister takes stock of E-Waste management compliance

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

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No life insurance for leopard rescuers

The leopard rescue team from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) has been effectively managing increasing human-animal conflict situations including rescuing leopards that enter human-dominated habitat. However, the team faces one of the biggest challenges —absence of insurance despite several assurances by the Forest department.Case in point is the recent incident when a leopard had to be rescued in the Sher-e-Punjab area in Andheri east. The Thane rescue team was the first to reach the site. The leopard was tranquilised by the leopard rescue team from SGNP, which was on its way back from Chalisgaon where it had helped capture a leopard suspected of killing seven people.Both the leopard rescue teams have eight to ten members. Most of these members work on a contract basis called forest labourers (van majoor). While the forest officers are covered under the Government Insurance Scheme (GIS) the contract labourers who earn less than Rs 10,000 a month as wages have no insurance nor any benefits in case of an injury or death during rescue operations.”We do not let our work suffer and rush for any leopard rescue. We ensure that neither any human nor the leopard is harmed during a conflict situation. It feels sad that even the forest department doesn’t think about the work we do and the risk we take. Despite several assurances we are still awaiting the insurance scheme promised to us, which could help us or our families in case of an eventuality,” said a member from the rescue team who is on a contract basis.According to Pawan Sharma, honorary wildlife warden of Thane, a dialogue with a few insurance companies and agents was initiated five months back, and they were ready to provide insurance cover.

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Maharashtra shops can run round the clock; bars and liquor shops excluded

The state government on Tuesday issued notification about amended shop and establishment act which would free almost 34 lakh out of 35 lakh shops and establishments in the state from Licence Raj. There are 35 lakh shops and establishments in the state out of which 22 lakh do not have any employee while there are 12 lakh shops with employees less than ten employees. The amendments makes it mandatory to avail this licence for only those shops and establishments which have more than 10 employees. Minister for Labor Sambhaji Nilangekar-Patil told that the notification also enables the shops and establishments to run their businesses round the clock in three shifts and Government expects that it would provide additional employment to 35 lakh persons in addition to present 35 lakh persons.The minister told that the act is coming in to force from today. Shops hotels, restaurants, theatres, architects, banking and financial consultants, offices of the construction companies, grocers and various other establishments in almost all the sectors of society are covered under this notification. Box itemMinister informed that the establishment having restaurants and bar together as well as liquor shops, beer bars are excluded from this notification. These establishments would not be able to avail these benefits.

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Will take up at highest level in Pak govt reports of forceful conversion of Sikhs, assures Sushma Swaraj

India will take up at the highest level in the Pakistan government reports of Sikhs being forced to convert to Islam by a government official in Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.Her reaction came after leading Pakistan daily The Express Tribune published a news story about the Sikh community raising serious concerns after being forced to convert to Islam by the government official in Hangu district of K-P.”We will take this up at the highest level with the Government of Pakistan,” Swaraj tweeted while tagging the Indian High Commission in the report. According to the news report, the community has lodged a complaint with Deputy Commissioner Hangu Shahid Mehmood, claiming that Assistant Commissioner Tehsil Tall Yaqoob Khan was allegedly forcing Sikhs to convert to Islam.Replying to a separate tweet regarding a man in Punjab trying to get body of his son, who was reportedly shot dead in Manila, Swaraj said the government was seized of the case. “Indian Embassy in Manila is pursuing this with the Police. The mortal remains will be sent from Manila on 21st December,” she tweeted.Also readPakistan Army’s first Sikh officer gets married; top officials say respect rights of religious minoritiesShe was replying to a tweet, “No bigger pain for an old man than the news of the death of his son but his pain intensifies when he is unable to see even his dead body. Requesting Sushma Swaraj Ji to help family of Harpreet Singh (shot dead in Manila) from village Wander Jatana to bring youth’s body back to Punjab.”

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Coaching class owners oppose proposed regulation bill

Coaching class owners from across the state have opposed the recent draft provisions of the Maharashtra Private Coaching Class Regulation Bill, 2018 which the government plans to table in the assembly soon.On Sunday, DNA had reported about the draft bill as per which the state government committee shall fix and regulate fees of coaching classes. Some other provisions in the bill state that the classes would have to part with 5 per cent of their total income to the government and keep seats reserved for underprivileged children.The Maharashtra Class Owners Association (MCOA), the biggest body of class owners in the state, will submit a representation to the government on Tuesday opposing the draft bill. “Classes are already paying 18 per cent GST and income tax to the state. Asking for more money in the absence of any support is unjust,” said Sachin Karnavat, President, MCOA.Narendra Bambwani, former president, MCOA said, “Coaching classes run on competitive markets and students’ needs. At the most, the government should monitor their quality.”Jagdish Walavalkar, a coaching class owner and member of the committee that prepared the draft bill, said that the government has not incorporated some of the key suggestions made by the committee. “We had proposed setting up a council which would have class owners, parents and government representatives instead of a complete state body. This was not included. We shall add a rejoinder to the draft with all such suggestions,” he added.OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE DRAFT BILLState government will govern the coaching classes, fix and regulate their fees. Classes will accept fees only via cheque. Classes will have to appoint ‘capable teachers’ instead of merely relying on educational qualifications. Only classes that have five or less than five students can be considered as home tuition. Class owners to reserve 5 per cent seats for poor students.

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Development without discrimination govt’s only agenda: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to minority communities

To establish direct dialogue with the minorities, the Union minority ministry on Sunday held a “Progress Panchayat” at Kishangarh Bas in Alwar, Rajasthan. The initiative was launched in 2016 from Mewat in Haryana so that policies could be trimmed according to their needs and delivery of schemes could be ensured to encourage their mainstreaming.Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Modi Government was “determined to development without any discrimination” and that “we have ensured that all sections of the society including Minorities are becoming an equal partner of development process”.Addressing the panchayat, Naqvi said that by defeating those people who wanted to disrupt the process of development, the government was following the path of “empowerment without appeasement” and “development with dignity” so that the “light of development” reached all the needy sections.Attacking the previous Congress regimes, Naqvi said the blockade of “loot lobby” from “power corridors” had ensured that each and every penny of the government money was being utilised for the welfare of the needy. “Some people are unable to digest the atmosphere of trust and development created by the Modi Government. These people are trying to disturb the atmosphere of development through their negative agenda. But, the Modi Government will not allow any destructive agenda to dominate our development agenda.”Naqvi said his ministry’s schemes such as “Hunar Haat”, “Seekho aur Kamao”, “Nai Manzil”, “Gharib Nawaz Skill Development Scheme”, “Nai Roushni” have proved to be an important step towards the skill development of minorities. In the past three years, these schemes have succeeded in providing job opportunities to more than 50 lakh people from minority communities.

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Licence cancellation: City govt officials, Max to meet tomorrow

The Delhi government will have its first meeting with the Max hospital authorities on Tuesday, after the hospital’s license was cancelled over medical negligence charges. The hospital authorities had appealed to the government and other authorities on Wednesday to reconsider their decision.The hospital representatives will be making their case to the finance commissioner, who will take a final call regarding the matter. The Department of Finance will submit its recommendation to the Department of Health for further consideration.”The government will once again hear their side of the story. The hospital has approached us and we do not want to do anything against the public. We will strictly monitor the reasons, and if there is any scope, we may reconsider the cancellation order,” a senior Delhi government official said.The Delhi government on Friday cancelled the license of the hospital branch in connection with a case of gross medical negligence. A preliminary report by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government on Tuesday had found the Max guilty of not following norms in dealing with a pair of newborns.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.”In compliance of the cancellation order, planned procedures, including 171 chemotherapies, 63 surgeries, and 241 dialysis sessions had to be cancelled, rescheduled or transferred,” the hospital statement read.The Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, on a monthly basis, attends to nearly 14,000 patients in the OPD, over 1,600 emergency patients, and an additional 3,000 in the inpatient wards.

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CM Palaniswami visits ailing Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary in hospital

Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan has been admitted to a hospital here and Chief Minister K Palaniswami today met her and enquired about her health. <!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>Palaniswami today visited the Apollo Hospital, where 58-year old Vaidyanathan had been admitted for some illness and evaluation, and enquired about her health. A photograph released here by the government showed Palaniswami giving the chief secretary a bouquet in the hospital. It said the Chief Minister enquired about her health.

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RML resident doctors ‘abused’, threatened by mob after patient’s surgery postponed

Resident doctors of the government-run Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi were allegedly abused by relatives of a patient after his scheduled surgery was postponed by the institution at the last minute.The hospital has filed a complaint with the North Avenue police station following the ruckus on Saturday.”An FIR has been lodged and investigations are underway. Nobody has been arrested yet,” a senior police official said.A senior resident doctor said the planned surgery of the patient was postponed as he was stable and another patient, who was in serious condition, had to be operated immediately.The doctor said “we counselled the patient”.”(But) a mob of 20-30 people gathered in the ward and abused the resident doctors present there and they also threatened them. Had the guards and the bouncers not intervened, the doctors would have been badly beaten.”By the time the police reached the hospital, the people gathered there had dispersed.

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Bhagavad Gita Research Institute to be set up in Mathura

A research institute for the study of the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ will be soon set up by the Uttar Pradesh government in this temple town, a minister said.The Gita Research Institute has been proposed by the Yogi Adityanath government, Minister for Religious works and culture Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary said.”For research on Gayan (singing), Vadan (the art of music) and Nratya (dance) of the Krishna age, the government is setting up the institute,” the minister said.Speaking at the 144th anniversary celebration of the Government Museum, Mathura, the minister said no language in the world was as sweet as Brij Bhasha and no art was as gifted as the art of Mathura.Unfortunately, no efforts were made to promote these, he said.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Counting to be held at 37 centres in Gujarat

The Election Commission has set up 37 counting centres across the state for counting of votes for the 2017 Assembly elections, senior officials said. The fate of 1,828 candidates, who contested from the 182 seats in the two-phase elections, would be known within hours of beginning of the counting at 8 am on Monday.Voting for 89 seats that went to polls in the first phase of the Assembly elections took place on December 9, while 93 seats went to polls in the second phase on December 14.The over 50,000 Electronic Voting Machines and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units used for polling have been kept in strongrooms across several places.Officials said that three counting centres have been set up in Ahmedabad, and two each in Surat and Anand, while the remaining 31 districts have one each.In Ahmedabad, counting of votes for Ghatlodia, Vejalpur, Vatva, Ellisbridge, Naranpura, Amraiwadi, Maninagar and Sabarmati seats will take place at LD Engineering College. Counting of votes for Naroda, Thakkarbapa Nagar, Bapunagar, Dariapur, Jamalpur-Khadia, Danilimda (SC) and Asarwa (SC) seats will take place at Gujarat College Campus, while those of Viramgam, Sanand, Nikol, Daskroi, Dholka and Dhandhuka will be at Government Polytechnic.Counting of votes for Dehgam, Gandhinagar South, Gandhinagar North, Mansa and Kalol seats will take place at Government Commerce and Arts College in Sector 15, Gandhinagar.

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46 years on, families look for missing heroes through social media

When the entire nation was busy celebrating the 46th Vijay Diwas to mark the victory of 1971 war, the mood at the home of Sepoy Jagdish Lal in Kathua was sombre.It was 46 years ago that Jagdish Lal of 2-Mahar regiment went missing while fighting the Pakistani army at the Dhaka Theatre.Sepoy Lal had chosen the battlefield despite pressing needs at home in the best traditions of the army. He had left behind two minor daughters and a five-month pregnant wife, Rano Devi.Forty six years have passed; Sepoy Lal’s family believes that he is languishing in a Pakistani jail after being taken as prisoner of war. Lal is among the six soldiers of Jammu division who went missing in 1971 and their families are not giving up the fight for their return .Enter 2017; the families are now taking the battle to cyber space using social media to prod the government to bring back their dear ones from Pakistan. From Twitter battle to online petitions, the families are using social media to the hilt to force the government to act.Leading the social media campaign for the missing war heroes is Bansi Lal Raja, the son-in-law of Sepoy Lal. “I have two Twitter accounts and I more than 2,000 followers. Whenever I tweet anything about the missing soldiers, it is instantly being retweeted. From 10 to 300 my tweets are retweeted. I request everyone but no one in the government is responding”, said Raja.Raja rues the apathy shown to the missing war heroes by the governments. “If you see my Twitter handle, you will find pictures of the leaders, who are now in power protesting along with us for justice”, he said.Subadar Assa Singh of 5-Sikh regiment of Jammu had gone missing while fighting gallantly against the Pakistani forces in 1971 war in the Chamb sector of Jammu region.For the last 46 years, Subaidar Singh’s 79 year old wife Nirmal Kaur has been fighting a quiet battle to bring her husband and other war heroes’ home from Pakistan. She even went to Pakistan along with the family members of other missing soldiers but with no success.”My mother is living with only hope that her husband will come home one day. We had high hopes from the government that they will bring back our dear ones. We are now posting our pleas on Twitter but there is no response”, said Harcharan Singh, son of Subadar Assa Singh.General Officer Commanding (GOC) White Knight Corps, Lt Gen Saranjit Singh, laid wreath at Ashwamedh Shaurya Sthal War Memorial at Nagrota to honour the valiant martyrs of Indian Army.Speaking on the occasion, the GOC said Indian Army has always stood tall and met all the challenges faced by the nation in an exemplary manner, coming out victorious each and every time. He also exhorted the valiant troops of Indian Army to be “Ever Ready” to face any future challenges that the adversary may pose, with grit, determination and valour.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad says he ‘denied permission’ to Facebook’s Free Basics

Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said he had denied permission to Facebook’s Free Basics platform when he was handling portfolio of the communications ministry.”Right to access of internet cannot be denied. Therefore, I said earlier when Facebook came to India with Free Basics when I examined it, (and) I was handling communications department then, I found it will be free only when you enter from my gate. India does not believe in one gate and I did not give them permission for that,” Prasad said while speaking at the Digital India Summit.He said it is for the USA to decide their stand on net neutrality but “Our stand from day one is very clear – right of non-discriminatory access to internet is not negotiable”.The sector regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), had issued a regulation in February 2016 on discriminatory pricing over internet access which led to ban of platforms like Free Basics and Airtel Zero.TRAI ruled against discriminatory pricing for different data platforms or content and said operators cannot enter into pacts with internet companies to subsidise access to some websites.As per ruling, the companies violating the rules will be fined Rs 50,000 per day for the duration of contravention, subject to a maximum of Rs 50 lakh.Facebook was offering free internet access to some websites that were available on its Free Basics platform.Following debate over net neutrality, Prasad as the telecom minister had set up a panel of officers from the Department of Telecom (DoT) to examine the matter and come up with recommendations.Prasad had then said the government would take a holistic view on net neutrality after the DoT panel and TRAI finalise their recommendations.The DoT panel too had recommended bar on platforms like Free Basics as it will act as gatekeeper to the internet.Last month, TRAI finalised its recommendations on net neutrality in which it prohibited internet service providers from making any discrimination in traffic while providing web access by either blocking or throttling some apps, websites and services or by offering fast lanes to others.”I believe internet is one of the finest creation of mankind and must be available for all. If internet is a global platform it must have link with local,” Prasad said.The DoT has to now take call on TRAI recommendations over net neutrality.He said the government is making efforts to make India a US $1 trillion digital economy in coming 5 years which include IT, IT enabled services, shared economy etc.The IT minister further said the government recently provided “duty shield” to electronic and mobile sectors to promote domestic manufacturing.Prasad said there were two companies that were making mobile phones in the country when he took over as IT and communications minister.”I am happy to announce today, India today is home to 108 mobile factories in the last three years,” he said.Prasad said the government has also decided to bear the charges on transactions up to Rs 2,000 made through debit cards, BHIM UPI or Aadhaar-enabled payment systems to promote digital transactions.

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Haryana NOC for IG canal repair: Nitin Gadkari

Injecting a boosting dose in Rajasthan’s infrastructure and irrigation works, the Union minister for road transport and water resources, Nitin Gadkari laid foundation stone of ambitious Parwan Irrigation water project. He also announced the completion of Jaipur’s Ring Road project in record deadline of one year and commence civil works on Greenfield Express highway between Jaipur and Delhi, soon.“Whatever commitments I make, I fulfill,” said Gadkari as a chief guest addressing a function in Baran which was presided by the chief minister, Vasundhara Raje. Fetching water from Yamuna River to Rajasthan, restoration of Indira Gandhi Canal and uses of ethanol as a fuel for farmers were also proclaimed by the minister from the stage.He emphasised that he is working on schemes contentiously to supply water to the desert state and increase earnings of the farmers.“At the time of the partition, six rivers were divided between India and Pakistan equally. However, three rivers which India had, flow into Pakistan. I have directed my officials to draft a plan to turn their water to our states. In continuance of this, water from Yamuna will be brought to Rajasthan. Also we are working to bring Narmada river water here,” said Gadkari adding that in future land of farmers will not be acquired for canal projects and underground pipeline will be laid to supply water for irrigation.“Rajasthan will soon get NOC (no objection certificate) from Haryana Government to repair IG canal. I had dialogue with CM Manohar Lal Khattar,” spoke Gadkari, laying stress that he is working on schemes contentiously to supply water to the desert state and increase earnings of the farmers.Gadkari, who also got portfolio of water resources in latest cabinet reshuffle, also unfolded his plan to increase earning of farmers with his pet project of alternate cheaper fuel. “I am working for a plan in which ethanol could be used as a fuel by the farmers. This fuel is much cheaper than petrol and diesel. I will table the scheme next week in the parliament. Rajasthan needs to make a policy in this context too.”Green highway express project envisaged to connect Delhi and Jaipur is in limboand land required for it is still pending. Gadkari referred this and promised that land acquisition for the project will commence next month and soon it will be a reality. “And also, Jaipur ring road project will be completed in one year,” Gadkari promised to the gathering assembled at Baran.

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BJP MLA wants probe into Mumbadevi temple’s finances

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Colaba Raj Purohit has called upon the State Charity Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into Mumbadevi temple’s income and expenditure of last five years, the use of funds and violations, if any, of the Indian Trusts Act.Purohit, who had made an oral representation to the Charity Commissioner, will make a written submission soon demanding an inquiry into the functioning of the temple’s administration. The Mumbadevi temple, which was built in 1675, is an important landmark in south Mumbai as it is dedicated to Mumbadevi. “I will soon send a detailed communication to the Charity Commissioner demanding an investigation into the functioning of the temple’s administration in general. I will also seek papers with regards to the minutes of the temple trust and a probe into the use of funds and the services provided to devotees,” Purohit told DNA, adding that the Charity Commissioner should initiate action against the temple if the probe reveals irregularities.This comes after Purohit said that he had received complaints of the absence of facilities for devotees at the temple.When contacted, Mumbadevi temple manager Hemant Jadhav declined to comment citing that he has yet to receive communication from the government.Purohit’s demand comes just two days after the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the government will bring in a new legislation for the appointment of a trustee by the government at Mumbadevi temple along the lines of Pandharpur and Siddhivinayak temples. Fadnavis also assured that the government would bring in the system at Mumbadevi temple so that devotees are provided with all necessary facilities.

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NHAI incentivises its officials to implement Bharatmala Project

Taking a cue from the private sector wherein performing employees are rewarded, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) too has offered incentives to implement ‘Bharatmala’ project to stick to the given timeline.“In order to expedite implementation of the Bharatmala Pariyojna, the project launched by the Government of India with prime focus on optimising efficiency of the movement of goods and people across the country, NHAI has decided to start an incentive scheme for its officials,” read NHAI’s statement released on Friday.As per the plans, the incentive scheme will not only help in achieving the project as per the schedule but may also help in completing project implementation before the deadline.There would be cash rewards apart from certificate of appreciation and trophies.In October the Union Cabinet had approved Road Building Program over the next five years wherein a capital expenditure of Rs 6.92 lakh crore will be incurred for 83,677 kms of road. This Road Building Program includes India’s biggest highway development project – Bharatmala.Under the Bharatmala Project, Rs 5.35 lakh crore will be spent to have 34,800 kms of roads. There would be Economic Corridors (9,000-kms), Inter Corridor and Feeder Route (6,000-kms), National Corridors Efficiency Improvement (5,000-kms), Border Roads and International Connectivity (2,000-kms), Coastal Roads and Port Connectivity (2,000-kms), Greenfield Expressways (800-kms), Balance National Highways Development Project works (10,000-kms), etc.In the first phase of Bharatmala Project, 2,000-kms of Coastal Roads and Port Connectivity will be constructed starting 2018.

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Mumbai: Government, Opposition at loggerheads over Shiv Jayanti at state assembly

The state assembly witnessed uproars with members from both Opposition and the Treasury benches rushing to the Well of the House when a BJP MLA raised the issue of birth date of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It was BJP MLA Suresh Halwankar who raised the issue soon after the question hour. Raising the issue through point of propriety, Halwankar said that despite the fact that Shivaji Maharaj is revered to every person of Maharashtra, his birth anniversary is celebrated on two different days. Halwankar said that state Government should decide it for once and all by appointing a committee of expert historians so that birth anniversary is celebrated on a single day through out the state. Soon Halwankar raised the issue, NCP MLA Jitendra Avhad and Veerendra Jagtap objected to it and rushed to the Well of the House. Ajit Pawar, Dilip Walase-Patil and leader of Opposition in state assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil also rose from their seats and Vikhe-Patil demanded removal of Halwankar’s remarks from the proceedings of the House.It was senior MLA Yogesh Sagar who was in the Chair but soon after pandemonium, Speaker Haribhau Bagade took charge and maintained that Halwankar’s remarks would not be removed from the proceedings. Avhad and Nitesh Rane said that the state would not tolerate any insult to Shivaji Maharaj and Halwankar was trying to create yet another controversy. Walse-Patil and Vikhe-Patil said that raising such issues would result in fomenting communal tension. MLAs from both the sides rushed to the Well of the House and started giving slogans. Members were in the Well of the House for almost 15 minutes and House could not transact any business during this time. It was Ajit Pawar who made a brief speech and said that Halwankar has expressed his views and Speaker has made it clear that every member has right to express his opinion, he has done it. Pawar said, `every year Chief Minister of the state pays his tribute to Shivaji Maharaj on February 19’th, the birth anniversary which was decided by an expert’s committee appointed by Government. If Halwankar has any issue, he can talk to Chief Minister since Halwankar is a BJP member. But I appeal everyone not to raise issues which would lead to controversy.’Speaking to media persons outside state assembly Halwankar alleged that committee was appointed during the tenure of Chief Minister Manohar Joshi but Congress-NCP Government which came to power started celebrating Shiv Jayanti on February 19’th. He said that there was no consensus among the historians on the issue of accurate birth date of Shivaji Maharaj and there are people who celebrate birth anniversary on April 8’th since they believe that birth date of Shivaji Maharaj falls on April 8’th, 1627. Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu made it clear that Shiv Sena would continue to celebrate Shiv Jayanti on his birth date as per Hindu calendar.

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Will complete full term with Sena support: Maha BJP plays down Aaditya Thackeray’s words

Ridiculing Shiv Sena next generation leader and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray’s statement that Shiv Sena would quit the Maharashtra government next year and would come to power on its own, senior Minister and BJP leader Chandrakant Patil said that the government will complete its five-year term. Currently BJP-Sena alliance is running government in the state. Patil also said that Sena will continue to be their alliance partner till the end of the term. Addressing a public meeting at Ahmednagar on Thursday, Aaditya Thackeray had said that next year Sena would pull out of the Fadnavis government and come to power on its own. Aaditya had said, `The exact timing of pulling out of government would be decided by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.’ Speaking to media persons outside Vidhan Bhavan, Patil said, `What I know is Shiv Sena would not pull out of government for five years.’ After much insistence on answering about the speculation that Narayan Rane will become minister by year-end, Patil said, ‘Yes, it will happen.’ Patil also said that post-Gujarat election results, he and CM Fadnavis will go to Delhi to discuss details about state cabinet expansion.

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Mumbai: BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar raises Asiatic Society Central Library building roof leakage issue

The roof leakage of Asiatic Library would be done away with permanently since state Government has decided to seal the issue forever.BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar had raised the issue of water leakage leading to damage of hundreds of books in Central Library Asiatic Society. While raising the issue through a starred question Bhatkhalkar asked whether there would be any action against the contractor who undertook maintenance work of the roof last year after leakage. He also demanded blacklisting the contractor for repeated leakage of the roof. PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil informed the House that there was leakage five years ago and the repair work was carried out then. He informed that last year there was roof leakage but since any repair contract can not be guaranteed for more than five years, it was not possible to take action against the contractor. Ashish Shelar pointed out that the Asiatic Library is a construction of British Era and the lowest step of the Library is at sea level and the British construction ensured that water should not enter from below during high tide and heavy rains. Shelar criticised Government saying, “British ensured that water would not come in from steps and that is the reason our Government is allowing the water inside the library from the roof.”Bhatkhalkar asked how was it possible to have leakage again this year if the contractor had repaired it last year. He also questioned as to who was responsible for faulty tender which did not ensured maintenance after repair. Chandrakant Patil informed that he would take action against the contractor and hold a meeting soon after the winter session to sort out all the issues pertaining to repair and maintenance of Asiatic library for ever.

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Big Q on sarkari schemes raises brows

One may find controversy in everything if the intent is inquisitive. And that is what happened on Thursday after questions regarding various plans of the Centre and the state government were asked to students in an examination regarding “Samajopyogi Yojnain”(Social beneficiary Schemes).This question paper was meant for the half-yearly examinations which is currently underway in government schools across the state. Fifteen out of 17 questions were related to the plans of the Central and State Government in the paper.Questions related to the Modi government’s flagship scheme Swachh Bharat Mission, Make in India, Prime Minister Skill Development Scheme were asked. Similarly, the state government’s flagship scheme were also included in the question of Chief Minister’s Jal Swavalamban Scheme and Bhamashah Yojana. In this paper, only questions related to the plans of Modi and the Raje government were put forth. The paper did not include questions related to any scheme of the UPA government and the Ashok Gehlot government. After the examination, the question paper was posted on social media for the usual banters and barbs.Congress stood in opposition to this paper. Expressing concern over the move of the Education Department, Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, President of Jaipur District Congress Committee, said, “There is no achievement of the State Government. Education is being politicised. This is how the government wants the students to ‘know’ about the current schemes.”Congress, he said, will take every possible step against this “Bhajpaikarn” of education.Several teahcers who spoke on condition of anonymity also condemned such a move but could not come out in the open due to occupational hazards.It may be noted that this question paper was made available to the DNA by one such teahcer.“The name of the subject itself is social schemes. Hence the questions of the Central and State Government schemes were included in it. This will enable students to get an overview of the schemes when they study about it and hence be capable of utilising the same to their own benefits,” Daya Shankar, District Education Officer(Secondary), Bikaner. Tough nut to crack?This question paper was meant for the half-yearly examinations which is currently underway in government schools across the state. Fifteen out of 17 questions were related to the plans of the Central and State Government. The state government’s flagship scheme were also included in the question paper.

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Aadhaar linking mandatory: SC reserves order for tomorrow

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its interim order for tomorrow on pleas seeking a stay on the government’s decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various welfare schemes.A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the final hearing on the petitions challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself would commence from January 17 next year.The central government had yesterday attempted to convince the court not to interfere with its deadlines, promising to extend it for another three months till 31 March 2018 for those who do not have Aadhaar.Earlier on October 25, the Supreme court had said that the deadline for compulsory linking of Aadhaar to receive benefits of government schemes has been extended till March 31, 2018 for those who do not have the 12-digit unique biometric identification number.Earlier the court had tagged 22 cases to be heard by a smaller bench.The cases challenge several aspects of Aadhaar, including the use of data collected under the unique identification programme.As of now, the 12-digit Aadhaar number is compulsory to be linked to bank accounts, PAN cards, government services and cell phone services.

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Opposition has no facts & figures: Ashok Parnami

The state BJP president Ashok Parnami came down on the opposition’s criticism of the BJP government with tabled figures of the governments achievement over the past four years. Addressing the media on the evening of Vasundhara Raje led government in state, the BJP president also had on his disposal tally of the awards and initiatives held by the present government.“The opposition has been making baseless allegations, they do not have facts and figures on their side. Its on these figures that credibility of statements stands,” said Parnami. “Raje government’s works have been acclaimed across the country and have received several prestigious awards including CM Raje being awarded as ‘Digital leader of the Year’ in 2016-17,” Parnami asserted.In a comparative statement of performance he showed that under the present government’s four year tenure till October of this year the electricity production has increased by 6938.21 MW where the increase in the previous government’s five year tenure was 3953.89 MW. There were 22.67 lakh new electricity connections so far been issued by the government which is over 3 lakh more than those issued by previous government. The electricity subsidy of Rs 25011.89 crore extended by the government is more than 8 times of the subsidy provided by the previous government. The balance sheet of over a dozen departments presented by Parnami not only held the Raje government ahead on its flagship schemes and focus sectors of water, road and power, it also showed of the government to have excelled the former in schemes such as MNREGA.

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Vasundhara Raje finds a ‘stone edge’ at Jhunjhunu rally

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje appeared to be in poll mode as she shot off a volley of announcements at the state level programme held at Jhunjhunu on the 4th anniversary of her government. As her government entered the final year of its tenure, Raje went all out to woo farmers, soldiers and youth and showered sops all around.She inaugurated projects and laid foundation stones for development works worth Rs 2227 crores for Jhunjhunu alone. Which reflected on her priority regarding this district of the Shekhawati area that has only two BJP MLAs out of seven.Raje flayed the opposition for pushing Rajasthan backward when it was in government for almost 50 years.The chief minister’s speech exhaustively focused on farmers, who are a sizeable population in this district.“From January 1, 2018 farmers in Rajasthan will get loan at only 5.5 per cent from cooperative banks, instead of the current 6.7 percent. Also, I announce raising accident insurance of farmers from to Rs10 lakh from the present Rs6 lakh now,” announced Raje. She claimed that her government has given Rs58210 crores worth of loans without interest to farmers for crops. Which she said is a record.Incidentally the farmers’ agitation that compelled the Rajasthan government to form a body to look into their demand of loan waiver is Sikar, adjacent to Jhunjhunu.program held on Wednesday. Alluring youths, Raje has increased age criteria to 40 years from 35 for the applicants applying for government direct recruitment through competition. She has promised to recruit 1.4 lakh youths in rest one of her tenure, claiming that her government gave 1.7 lakh government jobs so far.The ceremony also marked with major announcements related to healthcare for public at large, particularly patients coming for treatment to hospitals and centers. She has announced that angiography of hearts patients would be free at government hospitals and also no fee will be charged for treatment of road accidents victims for the first 48 hours of their arrival at government and private hospitals.Apart from making announcements, Raje also launched an aggressive attack on Congress of neglecting development and pushing the state backward. “What we have done in 5 years the Congress failed to do in 50 years of rule since the Independence. The previous government failed on the development agenda as it lacked will power. And, it is the habit of the Congress that it neither works nor allows others to do so,” Raje said.Referring to the Kumbahram Canal project, CM alleged that Congress used it to play politics “We have brought water through the canal in 4 years which Congress failed to do. We have spent Rs172 crores to supply water through it to Malsisar from Taranagar. Also our government is developing 25 km roads per day,” said Raje.The CM claimed that her government never discriminated when it comes to development. “The BJP represents only two out of the seven seats of Jhunjhunu yet we have allocated Rs5400 crores equally among all constituencies over the past 4 years. In contrast the previous Congress government gave only Rs2500 crores to the district in five years.”On this occasion Raje inaugurated and laid foundation stone of projects worth Rs2237 crore in Jhunjhunu district alone. She also announced that a sports university would be set up in Jhunjunu on the line of Patiala and also Rs184 would be spent to develop a Military school.The chief minister announced 6 new roads including 17 kilometer long Mawanda-Nizampur road via Mehada, widening-strengthening upto 7 Km of Jhunjunu -Mandrela road at Rs150 crores. Apart from this, 94.7 kilometers long four lane road will be developed from Sikar-Jhunjhunu,Chidawa to Haryana border which estimates Rs401.47 crores. In the presence of Raje, more than 40 leaders, including Congress netas and Pradhan Gajadhar Dhaka joined BJP in Jhunjhunu on Wednesday.Major announcements1. For the direct recruitment of general category to various services in the state, the maximum age limit will be 40 years from 35.2. 1.40 lakh government jobs will be provided to youths.3. First 48-hour free medical treatment for injured persons in private and government hospitals in road accidents.4. Angiography will be done free in government hospitals.5. From January 1, 2018, loans from farmers from the cooperative land development banks will be available only 5.5 percent interest rate.6. In the Accident Insurance Scheme, the insurance benefit from 6 lakh will be increased to Rs 10 lakh for farmers from April 1, 2018.7. About Rs1300 crores will be spent on drinking water projects in Udaipurwati (rural and urban) and Buhana, Chidawa and Surajgarh areas of Jhunjhunu.8. 200 Prime Minister’s Pharmaceutical Centers will be opened for generic medicines through cooperatives.9. 1000 new sub-medical centers and 100 veterinary hospitals will be opened in the state. 47 centers will be opened in Jhunjhunu district. 10. Medical Equipment with a budget of Rs25 crores will be purchased for SMS Medical college and its hospitals.11. Schools and Gaurav Paths will be named after martyrs.12. Government job will be given to one person in the family of martyrs who sacrificed their life after Independence. HighlightShe inaugurated projects and laid foundation stones for development works worth Rs2227 crores for Jhunjhunu alone. Which reflected on her priority regarding this district of the Shekhawati area that has only two BJP MLAs out of seven

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Congress spews venom on Vasundhara Raje rantings

200 kms away from the capital Jaipur, when chief minister Vasundhara Raje was celebrating 4th anniversary of her government in Jhunjhunu and counting achievements of BJP government amid much fanfare, the opposition Congress was busy spewing venom against her rule and pressing its countdown button in Jaipur. Congress state President Sachin Pilot accused government of corruption and said that BJP has pushed the state back bringing anarchy in the system.“There is no sign of law and order and governance in the state. If at all the government is doing anything honesty, that is corruption deeds,” said Pilot.He said that the countdown of Raje government has begun and public will teach a strong lesson to BJP in the next elections.“Right from youth to women to farmers, every section of the society is suffering. The government has failed on all the fronts,” he said.Going a step ahead, leader of opposition in assembly Rameshwar Dudi termed BJP government as one of the biggest ‘political crash’ in the history of Rajasthan. He issued a ‘Black Box’ of Raje’s misrule and said that the box is a collections of failures of Raje government.“Black Box in an aeroplane contains the data to determine the cause of air crash. Likewise this Black Box has the causes of all the failures of BJP government,” he said. He said that he had 52 questions covering more than 250 issues for CM which she must answer to public. He said 52 questions will lead BJP to fall like pack of 52 cards. “Four years back, BJP had come to power making 611 poll promises. Unfortunately they have not been able to fulfill even 40% of them. BJP had been an utter failure and now chief minister has only few months left,” he said.He questioned BJP about the promised it made regarding farmers loan waiver and asked why government is silent on suicides of farmers in the state. He asked government why the inter state water treaty is not being implemented and why renovation of Indira Gandhi Canal has not taken place?Dudi said that there is a visible public anger against BJP. Government employees are staging demonstrations, farmers are agitating, policemen are going on strike, Physically challenged are challenging the government and youth are stiil waiting for 15 lakh job opportunities which BJP had promised. Showing law and order in poor light, Dudi said that there has been rise in atrocities against women and dalit and the state has witnessed communal violence in last 4 years.“More than 70,000 newly born babies died for the want of proper medical facilities. Thousands of schools have been closed without reason and BJP government stalled mega projects which started during last Congress government like Jaipur Metro, Barmer Refinery, Banswara Rail project or Kota’s Parwan Irrigation Project with malicious intent,” he said.Taking a dig at Raje government, Dudi said that the government topped in corruption.“There was 45,000 crore mines scam, several thousand crore of PHED scam and several other scams that gagged the development. The government failed miserably in bring big ticket investment to the state despite spending crores of rupees on summit like Resurgent Rajasthan.As the government enters into the election year, BJP state president Ashok Parnami is also seen sprucing up the organisation. He is getting ready to answer accusations and allegations levelled by Congress on ground zero. Parnami, a close confidante of Raje, has a task cut out to manage the grassroots and dispel the image Congress is trying to weave for the ruling party.

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Bank NPAs biggest scam during UPA regime: PM Narendra Modi

On the eve of the second and final phase of polling in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly defended his government’s economic policies — including GST — and launched a scathing attack on the previous UPA regime, saying rising bank NPAs were the biggest scam of its time.Modi alleged that banks were pressured to give loans worth thousands of crores of rupees to select industrialists, in a scam bigger than 2G, coal and Commonwealth Games. “The biggest scam of UPA government is related to business in banks. In a way, the hard-earned money of people was looted through industrialists,” he said. He also assured people that their bank deposits are safe, amid worries over a “bail-in” provision in the proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill that actually “seeks to strengthen the banking system.”Speaking at a FICCI event on Wednesday, he said the objective behind GST was not to increase revenue but to connect traders with the formal system. BJP has been grappling with traders’ protesters in Gujarat over the new tax rolled out in July.The PM said it was the demand of Indian industries that GST should be implemented, and urged the trade body to spread awareness about the key economic reform.”Measures like GST do not get a solid footing all of a sudden. We are trying to change a system which has been there for 70 years. Our effort is that maximum traders register,” he said.”This was not brought because the government had to earn more tax. The more formal the system becomes, the more benefit will accrue to the poor. Traders will have more ease and they will be able get bank credit more easily,” the PM said. GST will reduce logistics costs, thereby enhancing competitiveness of businesses, he said.The PM said the hopes and aspirations of people are to rid the country of internal problems like corruption, and black money. Political parties and industry chambers should keep in mind the country’s requirements and feelings of people, and work accordingly, the PM said.Attacking “those who are making much noise on NPAs nowadays”, the PM said that this is the “biggest liability” handed over to this government by the “economists” in the previous regime.The PM made repeated references to the work done by his government. He said that 87 important reforms in key sectors, including defence, finance and food processing, have been taken up in the last three years. He said that fuel inflation has dropped in rural areas after more than 3 crore women were given free cooking gas connections under the Ujjwala scheme, while over Rs 4 lakh crore guarantee-less loans were given to about 9.75 lakh youth for business, leading to 3 crore new entrepreneurs being created since the launch of the Mudra scheme.He rued that rumours are being spread about the FRDI Bill, while the government is working to protect the interests of account holders.

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Devotees cheer govt’s decision to take over Mumbadevi temple

Its a good news for the devotees of the Mumbadevi, as the Mumbadevi temple is soon likely to get facilities like extended temple premises, food stalls, parking space, better sanitary facilities among others, following the government’s decision to appoint a trustee after making a legislation.“The temple has a great historical importance for the Mumbai city, however, the trust maintaining the temple is not serving the Mumbadevi devotees properly,” alleged local MLA Raj Purohit.Purohit since last two years has been saying that the Mumbadevi temple trust is corrupt, mismanaged and does not give required facilities to the thousands of devotees who visit the temple daily. Following the demand that the trustees now will be appointed by the state government.Speaking to DNA MLA Purohit said, “It is not only the appointment of a trustee by the government, but there is a big piece of land costing Rs 5000 crore next to the temple. The state government will acquire the plot and build facilities like bhakt niwas, parking space, a restaurant, tea stalls and better sanitary facilities will be provided”.However, manager of Mumbadevi temple, Hemant Jadhav said, “There is no communication to us till now. When the government will approach us, then only I can comment on why they want to appoint another trustee”.Rajhans Tapke, general secretary of Koli Mahasangh said, “We are very happy that government is acquiring the temple trust. It is a historic decision. Mumbadevi is our patron deity and has a lot of importance for Mumbai. However, we want that the government should hand over the trust to us (Koli Mahasangh) and we will maintain the temple and preserve its historical importance”.Kalpana Mate a regular devotee of Mumbadevi said, “Yes, we have to stand in a queue. If we get more toilets, tea stalls and space to sit on the premises after offering prayers will be nice. The temple is in a very congested area”.

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Winter Session of Parliament: Govt convenes all-party meet tomorrow

The government has convened an all-party meeting tomorrow, ahead of the winter session of Parliament where the opposition is likely to raise the issue of a delay in calling the session.The parliamentary affairs ministry has sent out invites to the leaders of major political parties that have representatives in both Houses of Parliament for the meet.The winter session will be held from December 15 to January 5. There would be a total of 14 working days.Last year, the session began on 16 November and ended on 16 December, with 22 sittings.The opposition has claimed that the ruling BJP delayed the session fearing that it would raise various issues ahead of the Gujarat assembly polls government.The government has, however, maintained that there were precedents of session dates being changed in view of elections.Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will also host a dinner for the leaders of all parties tomorrow.Two ordinances on insolvency code and amendment to the Forest Act have to be approved by Parliament in the winter session.

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India, Bangladesh gear up to celebrate Vijay Diwas

India and Pakistan are gearing up to celebrate Vijay Diwas, which is commemorated every year to mark the victory of both the countries over Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.In order to keep alive the spirit of War of Liberation of 1971 an arrangement of reciprocal visits by Muktijodhas and War Veterans was institutionalised in 2005. A delegation of Muktijodhas along with their spouses or companions is invited by the Government of India to participate in the Vijay Diwas celebrations that are held at Fort Williams, Kolkata.The Government of Bangladesh also invites Indian war veterans along with their spouses or companions to participate in the Victory Day celebrations. Also readKargil Vijay Diwas: In memory of the martyrsMore than 300 Muktijodhas from Bangladesh and 150 Indian war veterans have participated in these celebrations. This initiative was further extended to include serving officers so as to pass on the spirit to the current generation. This year a delegation of 30 Muktijodhas and six serving Bangladesh Armed Forces officers, along with their companions will participate in the Vijay Diwas celebrations in Kolkata from December 14-18, 2017. The delegation is led by Mosharraf Hossain, Minister of Housing and Public Works and has three Members of Parliament, one Prosecutor Additional attorney general of ICT, retired officers from Bangladesh Armed Forces, diplomats, senior bureaucrats and prominent personalities from the civil society.The delegation will participate in a large number of ceremonial functions and receptions being held in their honour as also get an opportunity to interact with Indian veterans of the War. They will also visit ‘Jorashanko’ (Thakurbari), the family house of Shri Rabindranath Tagore and other historical places.Twenty-seven Indian War veterans and four serving officers, accompanied by their companions will arrive in Dhaka on December 14, 2017 to participate in the Victory day celebrations. The Indian delegation is led by Lt Gen (retired) Jai Bhagwan Singh Yadava. He was awarded with the gallantry award Vir Chakra in the 1971 war for his acts of gallantry in the battle of BOGRA.The delegation will participate in the Victory day functions and also call on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force and Principal Staff Officer, Armed Forces Division.They will also get opportunities to interact with Muktijodhas during separate receptions being hosted by the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, War Course Foundation of Bangladesh, Dhaka club and the High Commission of India. The delegation will also pay homage to Father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu Memorial museum as also visit some of the battle sites of Liberation war.

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Sachin Pilot ‘ticks off’ Raje govt on fourth anniversary

A day before Raje government 4 years anniversary, the Congress on Tuesday unveiled a ‘digital countdown billboard’ at the party headquarters and expressed confidence in registering a victory in the assembly polls. The Congress party leaders also staged a protest at the district headquarters against the government’s celebration and called it a waste of public money.Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot in a press conference unveiled the clock and also released a book detailing fulfillment of claims and budget announcements made by the BJP so far under the rule.“It is immoral for the BJP government to celebrate the anniversary by spending public money. If it wants to celebrate, it should use party fund. The party leaders have protested against the misrule of the government which has been a complete failure to meet the promises committed by the party,” Pilot said at press conference held at party headquarters.Accusing the saffron party-led government of increasing rate of crimes, keeping farmers waiting for loan waiver, the death of thousand cows due to corruption, bulldozing temples in Jaipur and cheating the government employees in the name of 7th pay commission, Pilot made a scathing attack. The leader also took on Raje government for privatization of education and health institutions terming the decision bad for the commoners. “To set political scores, the government privatized education and health institution. It reduced the budget allocations for both sectors and even the poor, budget was not allocated to the department in time which resulted in the death of 32,000 newborns per year in Rajasthan.The pilot also accused the Raje government of corruption. He blamed that be it mines scam, LED scam, sand mining, giving contracts to NGOs under MJSY Scheme, BJP government was mired in corruption. “One 9W LED bulb was purchased at Rs 972 which is available at Rs 100 in the market, only 9 per cent of MoUs done in Resurgent Rajasthan realised on the ground, government schools were shut, free medicines availability has reduced, subsidy on agriculture support equipment was reduced.”

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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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India pushes for trade, diplomacy with Nigeria

In another move to counter the growing footprint of Chinese trade interests in West African countries, the Modi government has offered Nigeria to take advantage of technology, know-how and imports from India in the agricultural sector as also from the line of credit that India had extended.Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday made the offer to his Nigerian counterpart Audu Ogbeh who is on a visit to India.”India will be only too happy to share its experience and expertise in any area of agriculture that Nigeria may identify,” the minister told Ogbeh while appreciating Nigeria’s new initiatives such as the ‘Green Alternative’ initiative which is a roadmap to make Nigeria self-sufficient in agriculture and a major exporter of agricultural products.”For the last few years, India has been the largest trading partner of Nigeria and Nigeria is India’s largest trading partner in Africa. There is tremendous potential for further expanding this volume. Nigeria may consider importing fresh grapes, pepper, wheat, maize, rice and cotton,” Singh told his counterpart.Singh conveyed his appreciation to the Nigerian agriculture minister for encouraging Indian companies to explore the opportunities in Nigerian agricultural sector both as investors as well as providers of agri-services, agricultural machinery and technological assistance.”India and Nigeria enjoy warm and friendly relations. The two nations are large developing countries with multi-religious, multi-ethnic societies. We share values such as democracy, pluralist tolerant societies, respect for human rights and rule of law. India would be glad to contribute to Nigerian Government’s priorities in the field of agriculture and allied sectors,” Singh added.Chinese presence in West Africa, including Nigeria which is the most significant country in the military alliance called Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has been on the rise not only in terms of bilateral trade, but soft infrastructure loans to the region.Meanwhile, in 2015 India had announced concessional loans of US $10 billion to African countries. Singh urged the Nigerian minister to take advantage of this concessional loan in the form of Lines of Credits (LoC) and training programmes for agriculture and allied sectors which India was offering. Recently Indian had increased training slots under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme from 200 to 310 annually to Nigeria, which also include short-term training programmes in agriculture and allied sectors.

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All you need to know about Jisha rape and murder case

Days before Kerala was to vote for a new government in 2016, a 30-year-old Dalit law student was found murdered at her home. Later, it was revealed that she was sexually assaulted before being brutally murdered on April 28 in Perumbavoor. As the incident took place just 18 days before the voting for the Assembly elections (voting took place on May 16), it took a political colour as Opposition demanded quick arrest of those behind the crime. However, the first arrest was made only a month after the incident when the Kerala Police, under the new LDF government of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, nabbed a a migrant worker from Assam. Also readJisha rape-murder case: Kerala court convicts migrant labourer, to pronounce quantum of sentence tomorrowHere is all you need to know about the rape and murder of the law student:1- Jisha, a 30-year-old law student from Perumbavoor, was found dead at her home on April 28, 2016.Also readVoice demanding justice for Jisha grows stronger in city2- She was a student at the Government Law College, Ernakulam.3- The woman, who hailed from a poor family, was brutally assaulted using sharp-edged weapons before being murdered at her house.Also readOutrage in Hisar as 5-yr-old Dalit raped, brutalised with stick, killed4- The body was found in mutilated condition. Forensics concluded that the body injuries showed violence and possible torture.5- The accused, Mohammed Ameerul Islam, fled Perumbavoor soon after committing the crime and was arrested from Kancheepuram in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, 50 days after the gruesome incident.6- The UDF government led by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy came under severe attack from the Opposition during the elections. 7- The Congress-led UDF regime was attacked for ‘tardy’ progress in the probe and ‘failure’ to nab culprits.8- LDF government, after assuming power on May 25 last year, changed the investigation team and entrusted the probe to senior woman IPS officer ADGP B Sandhya in its first cabinet meeting itself.9- Finger prints of over 5,000 people were examined by the SIT personnel who went through over 20 lakh telephonic conversations before reaching the accused.10- A blood stained footwear found from a canal near the victim’s house was one of the key evidence in identifying the culprit.

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UP CM Yogi Adityanath to trim 94 government depts to 37

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

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Western Railway move can promote solar energy in Mumbai: Experts

Even as experts on solar power cheered the move by Western Railways of going for solar rooftops by setting up solar panels on top of the platform sheds, they also said that this move could also end up becoming the biggest promotion for solar rooftops in Mumbai.”The solar rooftops at Lower Parel station are being viewed by lakhs of commuters daily and it will atleast provoke them to think or get more information about solar energy. Infact we would suggest that every station going for solar rooftop should display information on benefits of solar power,” said a senior official working with Government of India to promote solar rooftops.Infact officials as well as environmentalists who have been promoting solar energy said that despite so much awareness and having the facility of Net-metering’ ,which enables to send the unused or excess electricity generated by solar plant back into the grid of the energy supply and even earn credits still there was not much demand for solar rooftops and only very limited buildings or societies were coming forward.”There will have to be a policy making it mandatory for a building or a commercial space of a particular area and depending on their electricity usage pattern to compulsorily have solar rooftop installed and only then the rise in solar rooftops will see an increase,” said another solar expert working with a solar energy provider firm.Infact environmentalist Rishi Aggarwal who has been promoting solar rooftops said that it was strange that while Mumbaikars actively speak about reducing carbon footprints and search for means of reducing their electricity consumption yet there was not a sharp rise as expected in solar rooftops in the city. “BMC or the The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) needs to study what was the factor that was stopping people from going for solar rooftopsA study initiated in 2015 to assess the solar rooftop potential of Greater Mumbai had shown that Mumbai has a potential of generating 1720 megawatt (MW) of solar energy across rooftops including residences, educational institutions, government buildings and industry. Infact one of the key highlights of the study was that it provided a ready database of the solar capacity that can be generated on rooftops to BMC or any other Government organisation. The study listed out structures with good rooftop potential and it includes hospitals, commercial buildings, Government offices, railway stations and even industries. The rooftop solar generation was also presented wardwise.Unfortunately experts claim that BMC and government offices themselves are yet to go for solar rooftops despite being obligated to do so and those who have already done it were not bothered promoting it amongst those visiting these offices.WHAT IS NET-METERING:Under net-metering, customers who generate their own electricity using solar power can send the unused or excess electricity generated by their solar plant, back into the grid of the energy supply provider and even get compensated for it. However the compensation is not directally monetary but the energy provider simply reduces the units of power send to the grid, which helps reduce the energy costs. Net-metering was approved by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) in 2016

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2 days after cancelling of license, Max hospital docs in dark

The future of nearly 2,000 employees and hundreds of patients in the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh hangs in balance after the Delhi government ordered cancellation of its license two days ago. The employees have still not received any communication from the hospital on what will happen next.”There is no communication from the hospital on what will happen to our job. We are in dark. We cannot apply anywhere else as we have been associated to the incident,” a senior doctor said.The Delhi government on Friday cancelled the license of the hospital branch in connection with a case of gross medical negligence. As per instructions, the hospital can now not admit any new patients nor operate the Out Patient Department (OPD). Those availing treatment from the hospital will be entertained till the time they are cured.Patients admitted in the hospital have also expressed concern over the decision. “There is uncertainty on the issue. We have been coming here for the treatment of my father, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The treatment requires follow-ups with a team of doctors. How will that continue?” rued Shubhi Arora, a resident of Shalimar Bagh.The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) on Saturday termed the Delhi government’s move to cancel the license of the super specialty hospital as “irrational and autocratic”. The doctors’ body said the government should have waited for the Delhi Medical Council’s (DMC) report 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 its decision.Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, said on Sunday that the government has high respect for doctors but it would not hesitate to take strong action against any private hospital found erring.”We want private hospitals. We are not against them. But in case of criminal negligence or in cases of openly looting the patients, the government will not remain silent,” he said while speaking at a public function organised in Mundka.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who opposed the cancellation of the hospital’s licence, also came under attack by Kejriwal, who called the decision a conscience call. “It was shameful that Manoj Tiwari and BJP stood with the Max hospital after the government cancelled its license. It is sad that instead of standing for the interest of the people, BJP and Tiwari stood with the hospital,” he said.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to Delhi government on Tuesday had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with the newborns. The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the death of the child, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.POINT-COUNTERPOINTDMA terms Delhi government’s move to cancel Max’s license irrational and autocratic. Cm Arvind Kejriwal says government will not hesitate to take strong action against any private hospital found erring. Preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to Delhi government finds hospital guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms.

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Poor benefited from gas connections, not Ambanis, Adanis and Tatas: PM Modi hits back at Congress

On Sunday, PM Modi looked to take the fight back to Congress as he hit back against their jibe that he worked only for rich industrialists.Speaking in Vadodara, he called the city special saying he would never the forget the way he got support in 2014. He said the 2017 Gujarat elections was a battle between ‘development agenda’ of BJP and ‘destructive politics’ of Congress. He claimed that the law-and-order situation under Congress was bad in Gujarat, and that BJP had given importance to Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana.He targeted the Congress leaders for meeting the Chinese leaders during the Doklam standoff, as he said, “When our soldiers were fighting in Doklam, Congress leaders were meeting the Chinese Ambassador. When asked why, he said – to get a sense of what is happening in Doklam. Now, you tell me – in such times should we trust our authorities more or the Chinese.” Also readWatch | Gujarat Election 2017: Rahul Gandhi greeted with chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ during his temple visitBrushing aside allegations that his government was for the rich he, said: “My Government is for the poor. I can’t understand the lies Congress keeps saying. When we build a state of the art bus terminus for Vadodara, do we do it because Mukesh Ambani, Tata or Birla uses it? No. We make this to serve the poor. Our lives are devoted to serving the poor.”He added: “During demonetisation the nation stood with me. They embraced short term pain for long term gain. Congress leaders got worried because everything that they accumulated has gone. We give gas connections…are Ambanis, Adanis and Tatas the beneficiaries’ No, the poor are. Congress should stop their lies and focus on development issues. When the Government of India is building toilets, we are not building them for the rich. We are doing this for the poor.”Also readGujarat Election 2017: Congress took ‘supari’ to lose polls, BJP will win, says former CM Shankarsinh VaghelaHe went on to say: “I will never allow anything wrong to happen in this nation. Important to safeguard the rights of the poor and middle class.”Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took a dig at the Congress Party by saying that there are some people in Delhi, whose sole Mission is ‘Parivar Bachao.’Also readYou are pained by ‘abuses’ but silent on Afrazul’s killing: Owaisi questions PM’s silence‘There are some people in Delhi whose sole Mission is ‘Parivar Bachao’, ‘Rahul Bachao’. These are the same people who, in an hour of voting yesterday, started saying the EVMs are hacked thanks to bluetooths! Some logic this is,’ the Prime Minster said while addressing a public gathering at Kaalol in Gujarat.Yesterday, Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia complained of bluetooth connection in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in Gujarat’s Porbandar.Modhwadia had alleged that Porbandar’s Sharda Mandir booth number 145, 146 and 147 voting machines were connected to other devices through bluetooth.Continuing his tirade at the Congress, Prime Minister Modi said, ‘The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is fighting these elections on the issue of development. The Congress is back to their old tricks. A generational shift has not brought in a new political culture for the party. They rely on their same divide and rule politics.’‘When I first stated my intent to ensure electrification of villages in Gujarat, the state Congress leaders mocked me. They said it can never happen, they also asked me- you have not headed a Panchayat how can you promise this’ We proved them wrong, ensured villages get power,’ he added.The Prime Minister also said with the mantra of Shanti (peace), Ekta (unity) and Sadbhavana (goodwill), the BJP government has taken Gujarat to new heights of progress.‘With the mantra of Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana, the BJP government has taken Gujarat to new heights of progress,’ he stated.The first phase of polling took place yesterday and recorded a voter turnout of 68 percent.The second-phase voting will be held on December 14. The votes will be counted on December 18.The Congress is eyeing to dethrone the BJP government in the state.The last Congress government in Gujarat was led by Chhabildas Mehta from February 17, 1994 to March 13, 1995.With inputs from agencies

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