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Verbal volleys that made all take notice

The year 2017 saw some dramatic statements being delivered. What was said made headlines, fuelled speculation, gave rise to controversies and even evoked laughter. Sangeeta Pranvendra presentsGehlot fires a veiled barbAccepting congratulations from partymen after the Congress victory in Punjab Assembly polls, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot fired a veiled barb at the PCC chief Sachin Pilot. He said, “Opportunity comes gradually. I became the chief minister after serving as PCC chief for the third time, 14 years after my first appointment to the post. The old will make way for the new. It is our duty to encourage the new generation and it is the duty of the new generation to take everyone along.Compulsive ‘offender’The BJP MLA from Ramgarh, Alwar, was busy shooting off his mouth all through the year. He started with announcing Pahlu Khan’s postmortem report even before the hospital. The year ends with his statement on roughing up cow smugglers. When asked about an alleged cow smuggler being roughed up by villagers, he said, “Gautaskari karte hain isliye maar khaate hain. Maar khaane ke liye gaye hi kyon? Gautaskari karoge to yun hi maroge kyonki janta mein gai ke prati aastha hai.” (they are beaten because they smuggle cows. Why did they go to get beaten. This is how you will get killed if you smuggle and slaughter cows because people have reverence for cows.)Daring the PMThe occasion was of celebration for the party as a post office passport seva kendra was being inaugurated in Kota, but the BJP MLA from Ladpura in Kota thought it to be the opportune time to press for airport demand. He declared, “Kota airport is apparently meant for political leaders and general public of Kota as only small aircraft of political leaders can land here. We will not let aircraft of VIPs land in Kota even if the aircraft of Prime Minister arrives here.”Nose that made newsDuring the controversy created over the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie Padmavati, Mahipal Makrana, the state president of Shri Rajput Karni Sena issued the dire warning to chop off Deepika’s nose, “Rajputs never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha.”Clarion callWhen asked about the encounter of the gangster Anandpal Singh by Rajasthan SOG, the state home minister Gulabchand Kataria said, “I was sleeping and not aware about it. The chief minister called me and informed me about it.”

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Admin made players swallow a bitter pill

The more things change, the more they stay the same. These words by a 19th century French journalist Jean-Baptise Alphonse Karr aptly describe the last 12 months of Rajasthan cricket. 2017 began on a promising note with five players from the state being picked up by different franchises for IPL. It was overwhelming to see how the left-arm pacer was pursued by one and all in the higher echelons of BCCI and its immediate sequel was that he was bought at a pretty high price of 2 crore at the auction. The then coach of Team India Anil Kumble even went on to say that the pacers Nathu Singh and Aniket Choudhary are on radar for future. While cricket was reverberating much to the pride of all, the din in the political corridors of RCA was jarring.The perennially fighting factions – Lalit Modi and CP Joshi camps, trumpeted about holding elections on the lines of Lodha recommendations with an eye on getting the 4-year long ban lifted from Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), but from the very outset things were murky. Amid all the melodrama, CP Joshi was elected the president of RCA, but the lust for power and supremacy of the warring office bearers from both the camp rendered the association ineffective. The number of court hearings outnumbered the number of matches held at SMS Stadium in the year 2017.BCCI too enacted their part in the plot and their reluctance to repeal the ban finally had Lalit Modi submit his resignation from all things cricket in the state. The very wary, apex cricket body lifted the ban almost 4 months after the resignation came, but with strings attached.While the political drama refused to cease, the promising players silently slipped into anonymity in the absence of any support. Now they are not in the ‘scheme of things’ of BCCI with new names from other states have come up. Now, one can only rue and regret, thinking­—how it would have been had the talented Aniket and Nathu got the support from the association to hone their skills. Moreover, it would have also helped Team Rajasthan to not end their Ranji Trophy run at the bottom of the table.Curtains down on yet another year of frustration for the cricketers and fans alike.TICKING SCORECARDFebruary 20: IPL 2017 AuctionJune 2: RCA ElectionJuly 14: Rajasthan Royals Back in FoldAugust 12: Lalit Modi Resigned as Prez of Nagaur DCADecember 11: BCCI Lifted the Ban from RCA

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A happy New Year for 100 bureaucrats

The New Year brought good news for 100 bureaucrats as government approved of their promotion. In official orders released on late evening of December 31, 40 IAS, 44 IPS and 16 IFS were promoted.Following the promotion, two 86 batch IAS Deepak Utpreti and SK Agarwal were elevated to post of additional chief secretary from principal secretary at their respective departments. They along with Yaduvendra Mathur and Sanjay Dixit of the same batch have been promoted to chief secretary pay scale.IAS JagdIsh Chandra Desai had his designation changed from director to commissioner of Child Empowerment Department while IAS Suchi Sharma became commissioner ICDS from director earlier. They along with eight others have been promoted to super time pay scale. Of these, Jagdeesh Chandra Desai has received a double promotion.Promotions also shined on the police cadre and IPS Govind Gupta, Sunil Dutt and Amrit Kalash were promoted to additional director general pay scale from IG scale earlier.The promotions are expected to be followed with change in postings, even as except for six IAS the remaining officials have been asked to continue with their current designations till further orders.CS NC Goel conveyed good newsOn his first day at office, CS NC Goel was accompanied with the news of promotion orders. Before he left the office, he called up a senior IAS and told him of the promotions been approved by the chief minister. It was minutes after that the list was officially declared by department of personnel.

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Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
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Rajasthan elections 2018: Rajasthan Kiska?

Rajpath – the road leading to Vidhan Sabha – is the smoothest driveway in Rajasthan. But in the coming year, the ‘Path’ ahead towards ‘Raj’ is a bumpy one for Vasundhara Raje; who faces the fiercest battle of all times.In fact, the 2018 elections will decide the political future of two stalwarts of Rajasthan politics. And for the one who loses, it may well be the end of the road or being relegated into ignominy.Raje, who turns 65 in the coming year, will have to give her best to comeback as chief minister for the second successive time. Similarly for former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who crosses 67, it will be the last chance to claim the state.For Gehlot, it is a fight on two fronts. One within the party for a consensus about him and secondly against Raje who enjoys an edge due to being in power.The young chief of Congress in the state, Sachin Pilot too has a nerve wrenching year ahead. He has to move out of the shadow of the glorious political legacy of his illustrious father Rajesh Pilot and prove his mettle. Keeping up the traditions, Sachin is a close aide of Rahul Gandhi, just as his father Rajesh Pilot was to Rajiv Gandhi.And this year’s electoral challenges begin in the first month itself as the three bypolls are scheduled for January 29. The poll momentum will escalate over the months to culminate in the assembly elections close to the end of year.However, Raje looks confident as the sun rises to salute the new spirit of the election year. Her path breaking initiatives and welfare schemes to especially benefit the destitute, the old and the women have gone down well with the public. All eyes will be on Raje’s dream projects that could easily help her win elections hands down.MILESTONES TO THE ROAD TO POWERRing RoadAfter years of inaction, the ambitious Ring Road is again back on track. Raje used her influence to bring in central road agency NHAI to take over this ‘contentious’ project. Her proximity with union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari did the trick for the state.Dravyavati River FrontThis is again her ambitious project which is fast ‘galloping’ towards completion within the stipulated time. If it meets the target date, Drvyavati River Front will surely flow in votes for BJP government.Barmer RefineryThe Rs 43000-crore refinery, which is likely to be laid down this month by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be testimony of the grit and determination of Raje, who reworked the financials of the proposed refinery in favour of Rajasthan before taking it out of drawing board. The upspin in economic activities and employment generation with setting up of refinery will tilt the balance in favour of BJP.Air connectivityAfter giving super highways with investment worth thousands of crores, Raje looks sky wards. Aiming to conquer the sky, she has started air services connecting places of her importance like Jaisalmer, Kota, Udaipur and Kishangarh. She has more routes in her plans which would end up making a robust air connectivity to Rajasthan. Prosperity then would take an aerial route, covering the shortest distance.Jal SwavlambanAnother pet project for Raje, Jal Swablamban, aims to recharge ground water and revive old baories, will have to pass through summer test this year. If her efforts succeeds in weathering water deficit this season, Raje will have more chances to strategise meeting water requirements for 5 more summers.Stumbling BlockIf the projects fail, the poll equations might tilt in different directions. Also, it would much depend on how the chief minister handles farmers agitation and appease Gurjars who are again raising voice against the High Court’s decision which has barred them from getting 5% quota benefits. This year, as Raje has indicated in her interview after completing 4 years, will be more of implementation than fancy announcements.In a relay race, last leg is vital. If the athlete races, deficits in previous stretches not only get covered but also offer a chance to grab the Gold. Raje apparently is a firm believer of this.

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Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
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Water dept saves Rs 6 crore on electricity

At a time when several parts of the city are not getting sufficient water supply due to a frequent breakdown in the pipeline network, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is giving presentations to other local government bodies on how its water department saved Rs6crore last year on the electricity bill.The civic authority gives credit to Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) not only for the saving but also for utilising 23 MLD (Million litre per day) water that was going to waste.City engineer Jagdish Patel said, “This project includes monitoring of water quantity, quality and energy parameters of 148 water distribution centres, four french wells and four water treatment plants. Soon, we will add 51 water distribution centres in the system.”He added, “After one-year monitoring on the system, we found that we have saved Rs6 crore as electricity bill and also utilised 23 MLD water which was being wasted.”Biren Raval, additional chief engineer, said, “The unit here works round the clock. We monitor all the water stations attached to the system. There is an automatic message and automatic alarm for any trouble which fixes the problem in a couple of minutes. With the online system, we have recently introduced automated valve operating system.”He added, “It will prevent discrepancies and solve water deficiency. If the water tank is filled, the valve will be closed automatically. No manual operations will be required unless there is some technical fault.”Still, there is a problem of inadequate water supply to the end user. One of the engineers said, “SCADA system monitors only measure and gives an audit of water distribution centres and treatment plant. There is no audit from water distribution centres to the end users. Many of the walled city areas have water pipelines which are more than 40 to 50-year-old and leakages occur there.”Criticising the system, leader of opposition Dinesh Sharma, said, “The BJP-run civic body always hurries in announcing its achievements. There are thousands of people in the city who have to struggle daily to get drinking water. Water tankers are being provided by the AMC to many slum pockets on a daily basis. What has the SCADA done for them?”…& ANALYSISSCADA can be effective only when it audits water till end users. There is no water audit from distribution station to water tanks and then to end users. Still thousands of litre of water goes waste.

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Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
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
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars

Diabetics cannot claim mediclaim in first four years

If you have diabetes and hypertension, forget that you can rely on your mediclaim or health insurance policy in emergency, if the policy is not at least four years old.The Gujarat Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has ruled that if one goes for any surgery within four years of buying an insurance policy and claims refund, it will be considered to be in violation of terms and conditions and the person won’t be entitled to health/medical claim. The commission also set aside an order by the Junagadh forum.”There is an error in the conclusion of the forum in directing the United Insurance Company Limited to pay health claim to complainant Mahendra Vazirani. As per the policy conditions, even though a disclosure is made about diabetes and hypertension, insurance benefits can be extended only after four years,” the commission concluded.It added, “In the present case, the complainant underwent a bypass surgery within two years of buying the health insurance policy. It clearly establishes the violation of the terms and conditions of the policy; so the complainant won’t be entitled to a claim.”The commission’s judicial bench of members VM Chaudhary and MD Gadhvi, while allowing the appeal of the insurance company, opined that there is merit in its submission that diabetes has a direct relationship with hypertension. In support of its contention, it cited the National Commission’s order in LIC vs Srimati Shashi Bala.In this case, complainant Mahendra had subscribed to an individual health policy from the insurance company for 2009-2010. On August 13, 2009, he underwent an angiography, after which he was asked to undergo a bypass surgery. He was operated upon at a Nadiad hospital and he had paid a medical bill of Rs1.20 lakh. As he had a health insurance policy of Rs1 lakh, he said he was entitled to 70 per cent of the insured amount.However, the company rejected his claim citing pre-existing diabetes and hypertension which he had disclosed while buying the policy.An aggrieved Mahendra then approached the Junagadh forum which then asked the insurance company to pay the claim amount. The company challenged the order before the commission.A CONDITIONAL COVERThe Gujarat Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has ruled that a person who has diabetes and hypertension cannot demand mediclaim refund within 4 yrs of the policy

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Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
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Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
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65% vehicles in Ahmedabad yet to get HSR plates

Though the Supreme Court in 2013 made High-Security Registration Plates (HSRP) mandatory for vehicles, only 25 lakh vehicles of the total 70 lakh vehicles in Ahmedabad city and rural have installed HSR plates, while the remaining 45 lakh vehicles are still to get them.On December 28, the state government issued a January 15 deadline for vehicle owners to replace their old number plates with HSRPs or be ready to pay penalty. Two-wheelers and three-wheelers will be fined Rs89, while four-wheelers and heavy vehicles will have to pay Rs150 if they are caught without HSR plates on them.GS Parmar, Regional Transport Officer, Ahmedabad, said, “HSR plates have been mandatory for vehicles since 2013. Every vehicle registered in RTO after 2013 have HSR plates installed. But the ones registered before 2013 are still to get them. Very few old vehicles come to install HSR plates. Now that a deadline has been issued, we are expecting the older vehicles to come to us to get them installed. Our staff is working on most Sundays specifically for HSRP work, but most of the time no one turns up.”According to an RTO source, till mid 2016, RTO had trouble installing HSRPs on old vehicles. During transfer of vehicles or new registrations, fresh data is entered in RTO’s system and it is linked to HSRP unit through which vehicle owners get the plate. However, it was not possible for old vehicles as the RTO didn’t have the system to update the data of old vehicles due to which the process was halted till mid 2016.”We faced difficulty tracking old vehicles because their data was registered manually. Now, even those data have been transferred to the system, and we can install HSRPs on them,” added Parmar.

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Connectivity drags down Digital India in rural areas

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has completely failed to even kick off the Digital India programme and will be unable to do so till March, 2019, as there is no mobile or internet connectivity in many rural parts of the country.Digital India, a flagship programme of the government of India with a vision to transform the country into a digitally empowered society, is one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects.The ministry cannot start the programme as it doesn’t have basic infrastructure or platform in place. It is dependent on the Department of Telecommunication and its initiative Bharat Net, a high-speed digital highway connecting all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats of the country. Bharat Net, expected to be the world’s largest rural broadband connectivity project using optical fibre, is estimated to be completed by March, 2019.For instance, e-Panchayat project, one of the Mission Mode Projects under the Digital India Programme, is yet to be properly started.Under the project, core common software applications had been developed to address various aspects of Panchayat functioning, including budgeting, planning, accounting, monitoring, social audit, and delivery of citizen services.But all this is of no use as “there is no network connectivity in major rural areas of the country.” A ministry note stated: “The ministry would take effective and expeditious steps to increase the connectivity coverage so that the e-Panchayat is enabled in every village.”For strengthening of Panchayats and gram sabhas, the ministry needs to reach out to multiple and diverse groups, especially the rural populace, and media and publicity play a very important and crucial role in creating awareness. Due to zero internet or mobile connectivity, however, they are unable to do anything.The ministry has prepared various audio-visual programmes, documentaries, and mobile applications, but all these serve no purpose till there is no connectivity. “The elected representatives are not aware of their rights and privileges. This has become a major hurdle in effective delivery of citizen services,” the note stated.Furthermore, the ministry has also been unable to start a scheme to provide ATM services in Panchayat bhawans. To kick it off, an inter-ministerial committee has already been constituted. But again, the connectivity problem remains. Another problem is the lack of basic infrastructure. Of the 2.5 lakh gram Panchayats, nearly 46,000 do not have their own building.

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3 of family found dead at home

A couple and their eight-year-old son were found dead while their 12-year-old daughter was found in an unconscious state at their residence in the Chhawla area of southwest Delhi on Sunday morning.Prima facie, it appeared the man tried to kill his wife, son and daughter before killing himself. The daughter survived. A note recovered from the house stated that no one should be held responsible for the incident.Ajay Kumar lived with his wife Manju and their children Magan, 8, and Chetna, 12. Ajay’s mother also lived with them. The police said Ajay’s elder brother, who lives in the adjacent house, called them around 10 am.They said sons of Ajay’s elder brother had come to call Magan for a game of cricket. They told the police that they found their uncle hanging by the ceiling fan while their aunt and cousins were lying unconscious, with injury marks on their necks. Chetna was found in another room with similar marks.The police arrived and rushed them to hospital, where Ajay, Manju, and Magan were declared dead on arrival. Chetna was shifted to the ICU, where she is now recovering. Ajay’s mother was sleeping in another room at the time of the incident.Ajay’s elder brother had committed suicide a year-and-a-half ago. After his brother’s death, Ajay had agreed to take care of his two sons, who had also shifted next to their house.Shibesh Singh, DCP, Dwarka, said in the suicide note, Ajay addressed his mother and sister. “He apologised to them for taking the extreme step and killing his children. He did not mention any financial constraints but we are exploring all possible angles. He even sent out messages through his phone to several people, stating that it was his ‘last message’. He worked as a property dealer in the area,” Singh said.

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Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
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On New Year’s Eve, restaurants see 20% surge in bookings

Leaving the agony of demonetisation behind, the Capital city is all set to welcome 2018 doing what it does best — party. The excitement is evident from the surge in bookings at the restaurants for the New Year Eve bashes. Restaurants and pubs in the Capital that faced a massive dip in sales in December last year are hopeful of doing brisk business this season.The popular outlets in markets like Connaught Place, Hauz Khas Village, Khan Market claim that booking for the parties have increased by at least 20 per cent this year compared to the slump that hit them last year.Hardly two months into demonetisation last year, the Capital welcomed 2017 with muted celebrations as restaurateurs rued their places going empty on the New Year Eve as people decided not to spend much. The scenario this year, however, seems different as outlets are running packed on Sunday.Inderjeet Singh Banga, owner, Prankster reveals that the Capital is soaked in party spirit this year. “We are already overflowing with enquiries and people are excited to be part of the farewell party at our restaurant. Our bookings were full by Sunday. There is no better time to party than New Year eve. In fact, the party season started on Christmas weekend.”Conceding to the view, Manuj M Gupta from The Darzi Bar & Kitchen in Connaught Place (CP), who is debuting its New Year bash, this year, says,”This is our first time. We have heard that last year December was badly hit because of demonetisation and the trend of partying out was restricted. However, we are enjoying a good footfall this time, as people are thronging to CP to party.”However, Umang Tewari, who runs Vault cafe and Local in Connaught Place, still feels that the influx of party revellers is not much. “December is better than the last months. I see the party season coming back to normal. However, I don’t see that much crowd because of so many restrictions imposed upon us by the government.

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NRC draft final, Assam on alert

With Assam on the edge ahead of the publication of the state citizens’ list’s first draft, the home ministry officials allayed fears, saying that Indian nationals whose names don’t figure in the list will get adequate opportunities to prove their credentials.The Central government has asked the Army to remain on stand-by, while deploying 45,000 security personnel to prevent any untoward incident. The first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be released around midnight. Intelligence inputs have suggested possible tension in some parts of the state, where names of doubtful citizens might be excluded in the draft list.”No one should have any notion that anyone or any particular community could be discriminated against. Everyone is treated equally and all Indian nationals will get adequate opportunities to prove their credentials, in case their names are excluded in the first list,” the official said.Last week, Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba spent two days in the state, reviewing the preparations for the publication of the part draft of NRC. Following a series of meetings between the Central and state governments, and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), it was decided to update the NRC in 2005.The exercise got a major push after the BJP came to power in the state, which had a major poll plank of driving out the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. The Supreme Court had also ordered that the first draft of the NRC be published by December 31, after completing the scrutiny of over two crore claims, along with those submitted by nearly 38 lakh people, whose documents were suspect. Of the 3.28 crore applications submitted, there was confusion over the inclusion of 29 lakh people, who had submitted certificates issued by ‘gram panchayats’ as proof of identity, after a Gauhati High Court order in February had deemed ‘panchayat’ certificates invalid, the official said.The SC set aside the HC order and upheld the validity of the certificates as identity proof, if they were followed up with proper verification. The Apex Court also asked the authorities to stick to the original deadline for publication of the draft NRC and include names of those whose claims were verified.When the NRC was first prepared in Assam way back in 1951, the state had a population of 80 lakh. A six-year agitation, demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants, was launched by the AASU in 1979. It culminated with the signing of the Assam Accord on August 15, 1985, in the presence of the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal also sought to dispel apprehensions and said “genuine” Indians missing from the citizenship register would get enough opportunities to incorporate their names. “No one should have any apprehensions. If the name of a genuine Indian citizen is missing in the part draft of the NRC, he or she will get proper chance to incorporate it,” he said. “There is no need for panic. Genuine Indian citizens will not be deprived of their rights,” he added.

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Allot vacant houses to poor: Hardeep Singh Puri to CM Arvind Kejriwal

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri has requested Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to intervene in the matter of vacant houses in Delhi and get an action plan prepared to allot them to the poor.In a letter to the chief minister recently, Puri said all-out efforts were being made to provide houses to all poor in urban areas and so, “leaving completed houses unalloted to eligible beneficiaries or keeping the houses incomplete is a waste of resources”.He noted that the housing and urban affairs secretary had earlier written to the Delhi chief secretary, requesting for an action plan for utilising all completed/incomplete and unoccupied houses constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) by March 31, 2018.However, a response is awaited, Puri said.“Since no progress has been made in this regard so far, I would request your personal intervention to get an action plan prepared to complete and allot the houses constructed under JNNURM to eligible beneficiaries under that scheme or Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban),” Puri added.JNNURM was a massive city-modernisation scheme launched by the previous UPA government in 2005. However, it was replaced by the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation after the NDA government came to power in 2014.Puri also referred to a media report that said nearly 26,000 flats built for the poor remained vacant in the absence of a uniform rehabilitation policy in Delhi.“I’m informed that vacant houses mentioned in the report pertain to the houses built under the scheme of Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) of JNNURM in Delhi.“I’ve been informed that 16 BSUP projects involving the central assistance of Rs 1163.04 crore for construction of 55,424 houses were sanctioned for Delhi under JNNURM,” Puri said.Out of these, 31,424 have been constructed and only 2,201 houses have been allotted, he said.

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Defamation case against Addl SHO quashed

Dismissing a defamation case by a lawyer against the Additional Station House Officer (SHO) for giving an adverse report against him, a Delhi court said, “It is not defamation if a true incident or report is produced before Court of Law.”Civil Judge Pankaj Sharma rejected the claim of MS Yadav, a lawyer, stating the Additional SHO gave the report while discharging duty.”It is not defamation if a true incident/report is produced before Court of Law. The letter dated 01.05.1998 was in fact issued/published by the society, and defendant no. 1 merely produced it before the court upon directions to file a report regarding a complaint of the plaintiff. The said letter appeared to be filed in good faith and in the discharge of the official duty by defendant…,” the judge said.The case dates back to 1998 when a civil defamation suit was filed by Yadav, a resident of Manocha Housing Society in VikasPuri, against the then Additional SHO, Om Parkash, and AK Chopra, the then secretary of the society, on charges that the duo had lowered his reputation amongst all.The court, while dismissing the claim of Rs 2 lakh as compensation, stated that the officer gave the report in the discharge of his duties.”Despite having an understanding of the law, plaintiff gave a complaint to Addl SHO and did not bother to get it registered as per the procedure. Addl SHO was not duty-bound to act upon an oral complaint by the plaintiff as incharge of the PS is SHO who marks the complaints to his subordinates after it is received in due course as per procedure. Addl SHO/defendant No. 1 is not expected to assume the power of SHO,” the court said.According to the plea, Yadav was asked for Rs 15,000 in 1996 as entry fee when he had shifted in the residential complex. But he refused to pay the amount deeming it to be illegal. On March 21, 1998, BL Madan, president of the society, allegedly threatened to disconnect water supply to the plaintiff and called some outsiders of whom one Mukesh Kumar assaulted the plaintiff.20-YR-OLD MATTER The case dates back to 1998 when a civil defamation suit was filed by MS Yadav, a resident of Manocha Housing Society in VikasPuri, against then Additional SHO Om Parkash.

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App to track autos, cabs through QR code

In what can be a New Year’s gift, particularly for women, the Delhi government is set to come up with a mobile app for the safety of commuters in public transport. The app, which will track vehicles through GPS, will be able to tell if the cab or auto being taken is safe to board or not through a QR code.The move has come after a number of instances of crime against women were reported in the Capital and to overall strengthen the crumbling transport infrastructure in Delhi. The app is being developed for upgrading public transport as required under the upcoming policy to regulate public service vehicles (PSVs) under the City Taxi Scheme 2017.The app is expected to be ready for trial by January, said sources. “A central control room for real-time tracking of vehicles and receiving complaints is being built at the transport headquarters and more people to man the systems will be recruited. It will be a centralised system from where we will be able to connect all the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) for data, queries and grievance redressal,” said an official.The control room will also be able to track and record offences by the vehicles, as the details of all PSVs will be linked with the system. “All PSVs will have a QR code and in case their GPS is not enabled, the app will immediately raise an alarm that the vehicle is not safe to board,” the official said.The need for upgrading the technology was highlighted after an app-based cab driver was held for raping a woman in 2014.

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Rape, dowry cases go up, other crimes against women dip

The Gautam Budh Nagar district has witnessed a 150 per cent hike in the number of rape cases while dowry deaths have gone up by 300 per cent compared to 2015.However, the overall cases of crimes against women (CAW) have seen a marginal decline in 2017 compared to the previous year. A total of 959 offences against women were reported in the district this year, as against 1,047 cases in the previous year and 638 were reported in 2015.A total of 93 rape cases were reported in the district this year, as against 37 in 2015 and 74 in 2016. Similarly, cases of abduction under Section 363, 366 of the IPC have seen a jump from 216 to 270 which were 193 in 2015. This figure also includes the abduction of minor boys.The number of dowry deaths under Section 304B of the IPC has also increased from 22 to 32 this year which was only 8 in 2015. The POSCO Act cases have declined from 110 to 98 which were 38 in 2015.Speaking to DNA, Preeti Bala Gupta, Superintendent of Police (crime), Gautam Budh Nagar said that the police are trying every possible way to make women feel safe.”Police are proactively working on each and every aspect leading to the safety of women to curb offences against them. We have successfully managed to pull down the overall offences against women compared to 2016, but the rise in cases of rape and dowry deaths is a cause of concern for us,”Gupta said.She further added that after the formation of the anti-Romeo squad, the number of cases of sexual harassment (354 IPC) and passing lewd remarks (294 IPC) have come down compared to 2016.Cases of sexual harassment have come down from 193 to 162, however, the number has gone up compared to 120 in 2015. While cases of passing lewd remarks have reduced from 47 to 4 which were 6 in 2015.Gupta further explained that the increase in the number of cases of violence at homes is a result of women coming forward and registering complaints which was not a case earlier.

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In Mann Ki Baat, PM focuses on youth, millenials

In the final episode of the monthly radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat in 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi specifically targeted the youth and the millennials – those born on January 1, 2000, onwards — and told them to get registered as voters and use their right to vote in every election.Calling them ‘New India Voters’, he exhorted them to cast their votes saying it will prove to be the ‘bedrock of New India’. The Prime Minister has been regularly dwelling on his concept of New India, which he had outlined in 2016.In his address to the party’s MPs during the parliamentary meet on December 20, after a tough Gujarat election, PM Modi had asked them to rope in the youth and millennials, who would soon be ready to vote. Referring to the robust social media campaign of the Congress, he had told the MPs to get active and engage with the millennials on social media, which they understand the best.”The 1st of January, 2018…in my view, is a special day… People born in the year 2000 or later; those born in the 21st century, will gradually begin to become eligible voters from the 1st of January, 2018. The Indian Democracy welcomes the voters of the 21st century, the ‘New India Voters’. I congratulate our youth & urge them to register themselves as voters. The entire nation is eager to welcome you as voters of the 21st century. As voters of this century, you too must be feeling proud,” said PM Modi.Referring to them as “My New India Youth”, the PM asked them to come forward and deliberate on how this New India — free from the poison of casteism, communalism, terrorism and corruption; free from filth and poverty — would be formed.Referring to #Positive India, using which he earlier had asked people to share their positive experiences, PM Modi listed feedbacks which spoke on how various government schemes had improved their lives. One feedback spoke about the glory of surgical strikes and the valour in Doklam.The PM also announced proudly that on this Republic Day, leaders of all ten ASEAN countries would be coming to India as chief guests.”But 26th January, 2018, will especially be remembered through the ages. This is unprecedented in India’s history… ASEAN completed its 50 years of formation in 2017 and in 2017, 25 years of India’s partnership with ASEAN was completed. On 26th January, the arrival of great leaders of 10 nations of the world as a unit is a matter of pride for all Indians,” the PM said.

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Season’s ‘worst’ fog hits over 200 flights at IGIA

More than 200 planes flying in and out of the national Capital were delayed, diverted or cancelled as the season’s “worst” fog reduced visibility to 50 metres at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on the New Year’s Eve.Take-offs from the IGI Airport require a minimum visibility of 125 metres.According to the officials, as the Delhi airport has advanced technology for low-visibility landings, called the CAT IIIb system (category IIIb), aircraft qualified to land in the visibility of 25-50 metres could arrive. There were, however, nearly 50 diversions to nearby airports as many pilots deployed by the airlines were not CAT IIIB compliant.”Over 150 flights were delayed, nearly 50 diverted and an estimated 20 were cancelled. No flights could take-off from Delhi for nearly four hours between 7.30 am and 11.05 am,” said a senior official.While the visibility improved to 2,000 metres later in the day and operations were restored to normal, there were consequential delays throughout the day and a waiting time of up to six hours was common.Many people took to social media, including Twitter, to share pictures of the overcrowded domestic terminal where passengers could be seen sitting on floors and occupying staircases.”Runway visibility since 5.30 am has been between 50-75 metres. This is, so far, the worst fog we have experienced this year,”said RK Jenamani, Director, Indian Meteorological Department, Delhi area and IGI Airport said.FOGGED OUTTake-offs from the Capital’s IGI Airport require a minimum visibility range of 125 metres. Runway visibility since 5.30 am was been between 50-75 metres.

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Govt raises health expenses of ex-servicemen

After the widow of a Kargil martyr died at a Sonipat hospital after the medical staff allegedly refused her treatment for being unable to procure her Aadhaar card, the Central government has raised health costs of ex-servicemen.A notification issued by the Ministry of Defence on December 29, has set new rates for the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) increasing premiums by about 100 per cent. According to the new rates, a retired soldier and his equivalents in the Navy and Air Force will now have to shell out Rs 30,000 instead of Rs 15,000, earlier. The new rates of premium for junior commissioned officers (JCOs) have been notified as Rs 67,000, from Rs 30,000. For officers also the contribution has been increased from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1.20 lakh.On Sunday, Major General (rtd) Satibir Singh, Chairman of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM),described the notification a double blow to soldiers, who are already angry with the government for not abiding by its commitments on one-rank-one-pension (OROP).He said, the step would add a burden on jawans and affect their morale. He has written a letter to all MPs asking them to raise the issue in the ongoing session of Parliament. Responding to their letter, main Opposition, Congress, said that they would raise the issue once Parliament reassembles on Tuesday.Party spokesperson Sushmita Dev said her party will question the government, whose leaders frequent forward areas to celebrate various festivals witht the soldiers, but, fail to attend to their basic needs.Launched in 2003, the ECHS enables ex-servicemen pensioners and their dependants to seek treatment, not only in service hospitals, but also in empanelled civil and private hospitals. The payment of the hospital bills is initially borne by the ex-servicemen, but, after the treatment, the amount is reimbursed once a claim is filed with the ECHS authorities.The scheme is currently providing healthcare to 52 lakhs beneficiaries.In a letter to the MPs, the IESM has also pointed out four anomalies arising out of the government’s OROP notification issued on November 2015. It also said that one man judicial committee report submitted to the government in October 2016 has been kept under wraps. General Singh further stated that out of 7.82 lakh vacancies reserved for ex-servicemen in the government, only 70,000 have been filled so far. He said the war veterans are drawing a paltry sum of Rs 3,500 per month, and asked the MPs to discuss the woes of the soldiers in Parliament. “We had brought the issue to the notice of the government through various communications and in-person through meetings, but there has been no redressal so far,” he said in his letter.‘PALTRY SUM’Out of the 7.82 lakh vacancies reserved for ex-servicemen in the government, only 70,000 have been filled so far. The war veterans are drawing a paltry sum of Rs 3,500 per month.

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5,500 first-time stone pelters to be granted amnesty in 2018

Call it a New Year gift to the misguided stone throwers, Jammu and Kashmir government is reviewing cases of 5,500 youth in a bid to save their academic career and amalgam them into the mainstream.Under the amnesty scheme for misguided youth, cases of around 5,500 first-time stone pelters of 2016-17 are being currently reviewed by the expert committee constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir government.Earlier, in November, cases against 4,327 youths involved in 744 incidents of stone pelting and other law and order problems during 2010-2014, were withdrawn under the Chief Minister’s amnesty scheme. Around 634 youths involved in 104 cases of 2008-2009 were given amnesty under this scheme.”Due to the improvement in situation this year the government took a decision of amnesty for those children who were misguided and not involved in heinous cases so that their career is not ruined. Same committee has been authorised by the government to review the cases of 2016-17. There are cases against 5,500 children and the committee, which I am chairing, is examining them,” said Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, director general of police (DGP), Jammu and Kashmir.Jammu and Kashmir police have brought back 74 boys from the jaws of militancy this year in the valley. Plus the new homecoming policy for local militants too have yielded positive results. “Seven boys have come back to join their family. I hope more boys will come back. Our effort is that the local terrorists should drop guns and we will help them to join the mainstream,” said Dr Vaid.The Director General of Police said this year around 206 terrorists have been neutralised, of which 84 were locals and 121 foreign terrorists. “It (local recruitment) has come down drastically and I am sure things will further improve,” he said.Additional Director General of Police, Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Khan said this year they have targeted leadership of militants who besides taking active part of terrorism were recruiting youth to militancy.”This year they have started operation in the areas where for some reason police was not able to enter for two years. There was resistance at some places. During the course of encounters there were some civil casualties because of cross fire. We have been appealing people to avoid going to sites where encounters are on,” said Khan.This year around 24 civilians have died near the encounter sites across Kashmir. “There is misconception that Operation All Out is about killing. It is not like that. Part of it is killing but it is about overall improvement by way of getting youth back, surrender and counselling,” he said.BUILDING TRUSTJ&K police, in 2017, brought back 74 boys from the jaws of militancy. The new homecoming policy for local militants too have yielded positive results. The forces also neutralised around 206 terrorists in 2017. Of this 84 terrorists were locals and 121 of foreign origin.

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No more outsourced manpower by airlines for ground handling services

Outsourced manpower used by Airlines for ground handling services at has been banned from now onwards. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has come up with a new regulation for ground handling services which clearly stated that hiring of employees through contractor or manpower supplier for ground handling services would not be permitted.Also the ministry has stated that all domestic scheduled airline operators, including helicopter service providers, would be allowed to do self-handling at airports, including the civil enclaves. Further as per new policy, the ministry has also barred foreign airlines from carrying out “self-handling” at any domestic airport.As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Ground Handling Services) Regulations, 2017, all domestic scheduled airline operators, including helicopter service providers would be allowed to do self-handling at airports, including the civil enclaves. Generally, civil enclaves are airports belonging to the armed forces where civilian aircraft operations are allowed. Ground handling services include those pertaining to servicing and handling of aircraft as well as loading and unloading. The regulations have been notified a few days ago.Foreign airlines may also undertake self-handling in respect of passenger and baggage handling activities excluding security functions at the airport terminals restricted to the passenger check-in at pre security hold area, at all the airports except Civil Enclaves. As per Regulations, all ground handling services shall be provided only through the regular employees and hiring of employees through handling contractor or manpower supplier shall not be permitted.”At all airports, in order to overcome space and time constraints, the airport operator only shall provide adequate number of Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE), Common User Self Service (CUSS), Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS) and Self Bag Drop (SBD),” it noted.The regulations said that airports having annual passenger throughput of 1.5 million passengers per annum or above, the airport operator shall provide adequate number of Baggage Reconciliation System: Where the annual passenger throughput is less than 1.5 million passengers per annum, the airport operator may decide the provisions relating to Baggage Reconciliation System. All agencies concerned shall ensure the use of state-of-art equipment and best practices in line with the International Air Transport Association Airport Handling Manual,” the regulation said.All airport operators shall appoint the requisite number of ground handling agencies within a period of 120 days from the date of publication of these regulations.In the earlier ground handling policy, airlines were allowed to choose from within three agencies to get the services. Under this, the airport operators have been advised to have maximum number of three ground handling companies including Air India’s subsidiary/joint venture at all major airports as defined in AERA Act 2008.

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Activists file police complaint against bullock cart race

An animal rights activist has lodged a complaint with Kashimira police station after a video of bullock carts racing on the Mira-Bhayander Road went viral on social media. The 28-second long video was shot on December 25.”I was shocked on watching the video as the race was being carried out on the busy Mira-Bhayander road at around 4.30 pm. It was fortunate that an animal lover who saw this happening decided to shoot the video otherwise there would have been no proof. What is even more appalling is the fact that the police had no information about it,” said Shakuntala Majumdar, President of Thane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (TSPCA) who submitted a formal written complaint on Sunday.The video captures two bullock carts racing on the stretch of road between D-Mart towards Silver Park signal, while the audience shouts and cheers. One cart has three men riding it while the other has four. As they ensure that the bullocks run as fast as they could, the cart with four men skids and one by one all the four fall even as the bullock with the cart swerves left.Majumdar said that the entire act is not only a violation of the order dated October 2017 of PIL No 23132 of 2017 of Bombay High Court which bans bullock cart racing in Maharashtra unless permissions have been granted by the authorities.”Apart from being a contempt of court, this activity is completely illegal as per the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. Going by the fact that there is evidence that the bullock cart slipped and people fell off, I have also asked the cops to register a case under Section 188 because the race on a public road could have caused danger to human life and safety,” added Majumdar and stated that the cops now need to investigate the matter and take action as per law.A cop from Kashimira police station said that they were busy with security deployment for New Year’s Eve and would investigate the matter from Monday.

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Terrorists storm CRPF camp, 5 personnel killed

A group of heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists stormed the highly secured Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) training facility in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday, and killed five soldiers, including an officer, while injuring three others. Two holed-up terrorists have been neutralised so far.The outfit has claimed the responsibility for the attack. A JeM spokesman called up local news agencies to stake the claim. He also ridiculed the Operation All Out, launched by the security forces earlier this year to eliminate terrorists.The incident took place at 2 am. A group of terrorists cut the barbed wire fence of the 185th CRPF battalion, by the isolated hillside. They then lobbed grenades and fired indiscriminately. Three soldiers were injured after the terrorists stormed the facility and took refuge inside one of the three blocks to engage the troops.Security forces immediately rushed in reinforcements to track down the holed-up terrorists and rescue the soldiers trapped inside the training facility.Several people were rescued before the forces took on the terrorists inside the facility. Fierce gunfight between the two sides continued throughout the day. Five CRPF soldiers, including an inspector-rank officer, were killed and three others were injured in the gunfight. Four of them died due to gunshot wounds and another one died of a cardiac arrest during evacuation. Two terrorists were also neutralised and efforts are on to neutralise other terrorists hiding in the facility.”We have recovered bodies of two terrorists. When the room intervention (room by room sanitising operation) was on to retrieve the third body, security forces came under heavy fire from the hiding terrorists. The exchange of fire is currently on,” said Rajesh Yadav, CRPF spokesman for Kashmir.The attack comes days after JeM vowed to avenge the killing of its midget chief, Noor Mohammad Tantray alias Noor Trali, by security forces in the Samboora village of Pulwama district.”I think the inputs had been coming for the last two-three days. They had been trying. They probably could not get a place and time earlier. So, they struck last night. The challenge has always been there but as long as our neighbour (Pakistan) keeps sending people like this, my police, security forces, and the people of Kashmir have to go through this. This is unfortunate,” said Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, Director General of Police.Situated on a hillock, the 185th battalion CRPF camp is a huge complex used as a training facility for jawans and officers inducted for counter-insurgency purposes. The facility also houses the police component. The complex consists of an office and administrative block, residential quarters, and a control room.”The terrorists took shelter in the quarter block. There was no hostage-like situation. Of the four soldiers, one each is from Kashmir and Rajouri district of Jammu. Two others are from Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh,” Yadav said.Calling the terrorist act dastardly, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said violence has taken a heavy toll on the society in the state, in terms of death and destruction, tearing apart of social fabric, massive economic, academic, and social losses, besides the irreparable loss of human lives.The terrorist attack on CRPF facility comes almost three months after the security forces repulsed a Pathankot-type terror attack and killed three JeM terrorists, soon after they stormed a highly fortified Border Security Force (BSF) camp neighbouring the Srinagar International Airport and the Air Force Station on October 3.

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Central Railway brings relief to passengers, plans 24 new services on two lines

Currently, the CR operates 590 services on the Harbour line, 232 on the Trans Harbour line and 838 services on the Main line daily. Sources said that they are yet to decide the timetable for the same and that whether they would be immediately pushing the Bombardier rakes into the system. The officials said that they will hold a meeting soon wherein they will decide which rakes can be replaced and where additional services can be added.”
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When it finalised the draft of the new Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), the document that guides appointments to higher judiciary, the Supreme Court collegium — headed by (then) Chief Justice of India JS Khehar — had decided that no lawyer below the age of 45 years and above the age of 55 years should be considered for appointment as Judge of a high court.Apart from then CJI Khehar, other members of the collegium who decided this included current CJI Dipak Misra and Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur. All, except Justice Khehar, who is now retired, are members of the larger SC collegium now.However, even as the new MoP is yet to be notified — it is pending with the government since March — the collegium has shown that it isn’t too keen to stick to its own resolution.Minutes of meeting of the three-member Supreme Court collegium show that the CJI-led panel is not immune to violating the age limit.Take for example the December 4 decision of the collegium while clearing names for Calcutta HC.The High Court collegium had recommended names of six advocates, including Sabyasachi Chaudhury and Sakya Sen, who weren’t 45 at the time their names were recommended.However, the SC collegium has recommended Sen’s name for elevation to the bench in “relaxation of the age criterion”. As for Chaudhary, he completed 45 years of age during the intervening period when his name was recommended by the HC collegium and cleared by the SC collegium.But, Madras HC lawyer AV Radhakrishnan, whose name had been recommended by the HC collegium, wasn’t so fortunate. “… He is more than 57 years of age. Even on the date of recommendation of the High Court Collegium he had crossed the maximum age limit of 55 years prescribed for Advocates recommended for elevation to the High Court Bench. Having regard to above, he is not found suitable for elevation to the High Court Bench,” the SC collegium decided on the same day when it ignored the age criteria in two other cases.Incidentally, it was on the Centre’s insistence that the SC collegium first agreed to include the age clause in the MoP. The Justice Ministry is of the view that such a cause will ensure uniformity and transparency in the appointment process and also rule out the possibility of members of the collegium adopting different yardsticks while recommending names.But it isn’t the age criterion that the SC collegium has refused to stick to while making appointments.It cleared the name of another lawyer of Calcutta HC – Ravi Krishan Kapur – who had failed to submit the undertaking from his lawyer-father as is mandated under existing rules. In doing so, the SC collegium also ignored the objection raised by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice on this subject, saying the undertaking was based on “mere administrative instructions and is not a mandatory requirement”.In yet another departure from rules, the SC collegium decided to clear a candidate – advocate Arindam Mukherjee – even though he had not submitted adequate number of reported/unreported judgments.”In our view, number of reported/unreported judgments is just one of the factors and not the only factor to determine suitability of a recommendee for purpose of elevation,” the collegium noted.

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Govt sets up body to dispute MahaRERA

On a daily basis, MahaRERA receives several complaints from homebuyers. While some are amicably settled between the buyer and developer, the authority does gives out decisions in cases of conflict. Until now, there was no proper tribunal where one could challenge the order of MahaRERA and thus a demand from various forums that a tribunal be set. However, some are still unhappy as they were expecting a full-fledged and permanent tribunal not a designated one. "Something is better than nothing but we were expecting a permanent tribunal to look into appeals. We had brought out the issues pertaining to having a designated one and also wrote to the CM regarding the same in the past," said Adv Shirish Deshpande, Chairman, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat.”
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Ending nearly two decades of speculation over his political fate, superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday announced the launch of a party, just in time to contest the next Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.”I am surely coming to politics. In the next Assembly election, I will launch a political party and contest from all 234 seats,” he said amid thunderous applause by fans, who have been waiting for this day for over two decades now. He promised people that he would usher in an era of secular and “spiritual” politics.Tamil Nadu politics seems to have taken an interesting turn. Last month, actor Kamal Haasan announced his political plunge after the death of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa.Significantly, the actor’s announcement came in the wake of both the ruling AIADMK and DMK suffering shocking defeat in the bypoll to Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar Assembly seat.The buzz over Rajinikanth’s political entry has been doing rounds since 1996, when he backed DMK-Tamil Manila Congress alliance to unseat late Jayalalithaa from power.The next state polls are due in May 2021, if the ruling AIADMK government survives its full five-year term.Rajini said he would not contest the Local Body polls, to be held next year, since he has little time for preparations. He, however, said that he would take a call on the Lok Sabha polls, which are due in 2019 at the time of elections.Rajinikanth also urged his fans to focus on expanding their associations to every nook and corner of the state, enrolling all people, including youths and women in large numbers, until the launch of the party.”I will start a political party before the state Assembly elections. Till then, I request fans to not speak about politics or speak ill of any political party,” he said.He added: “I don’t want cadres. I want saviours who will not work for their own benefit but question the wrongdoings. I will be a representative who will watch over this.” He said his party would seek the people’s support based on promises made to them. “If we are not able to fulfill the promises, we will resign from the government in three years,” he assured.Stating that he has decided to take the political plunge considering the degeneration of politics in the state, the 68-year-old actor said the developments in the last one year have made the people hang their heads in shame. “Politics has become very tainted. Democracy has become battered. The political climate in Tamil Nadu has made us hang our heads in shame. If I don’t act now, I will feel guilty. I want to change the entire political system. We need politics devoid of caste and religion. We need spiritual politics,” he said.Stating that what he intended to do was not an easy task, Rajinikanth said: “I know it is like diving in the ocean to find a pearl. I am confident that I will have god’s blessings and support of the people.”Accusing the state political parties of looting the people, the actor said: “Earlier, kings looted the country and the people. Now in the name of democracy, politicians coming to power are looting their own people. It is time for a change.”

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Delhi-bound Indigo flight forced to return to Goa due to technical glitch

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No New Year celebrations for people in Assam as they wait for first draft of NRC with bated breath

At the stroke of midnight today, the Assam government will release the first draft of the much-awaited National Register of Citizens (NRC) with names of 2.24 crore bona fide Indian citizens.Of the 3.28 crore people who had applied for inclusion in the registry, 2.24 crore have found a place in the first draft following verification of their documents. The rest will be considered in the next two drafts, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told mediapersons yesterday.”As per hon’ble Supreme Court’s order, there will be two more drafts of the NRC and the names of all genuine citizen claimants whose names do not feature in the first publication will be included in it after verification of the pending documents,” Sonowal said.Also read’Indian citizens excluded in draft NRC will get enough chance to prove credentials’ Dispelling apprehensions over security, Sonowal said no untoward situation is expected to arise as the district administrations have been conducting public meetings and campaigns to explain to the people the updation procedures.The chief minister also said the media have an important role to play in disseminating correct information to the public.Also readAASU demands error free NRC, says ‘no Bangladeshi coming to Assam after 1971 will be allowed to stay'”Social media will be monitored closely for misinformation on the NRC draft and strict action will be taken against those attempting to create trouble,” he said.Asked about a tentative date for release of the final draft, Sonowal said, “The Assam government is conducting the NRC updation process with the state government machinery, the district deputy commissioners’ offices mobilised for it on the orders of the Supreme Court… The complete draft will be published after verification of all documents of those who had applied for inclusion.”The state coordinator for NRC, Prateek Hajela, asserted that “genuine” Indian citizens need not panic if their names have not appeared in the first draft as verification process is yet to be completed.”If the name of any genuine Indian citizen does not appear in the first draft, it means the verification process of that person is yet to be completed,” Hajela said, adding there will be scope for making claims after the final draft is published.Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, during his visit to the state, had also said there will be an opportunity for claims and objections after the release of the third draft.”Those who do not find their names in the first draft need not worry as there will be opportunities for subsequent investigation and document verification,” Gauba had said after reviewing the NRC updation process in Assam.The office of the State Coordinator for NRC has made elaborate arrangements for people to check their names in the first draft at NRC sewa kendras across the state from 8 am on January 1. They can also check for information online and through SMS services.Assam, which faced influx from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, first prepared in 1951.According to the Assam government’s official website, “The NRC is a register containing names of Indian citizens.The only time that a National Register of Citizens (NRC) was prepared was in 1951 when after conduct of the Census of 1951.”It was prepared by recording particulars of all the persons enumerated during that Census, the website said.The issue of updating the NRC of 1951 was first raised by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) more than three decades ago. The students’ body had submitted a memorandum to the Centre on January 18, 1980, two months after launching the anti-illegal foreigners Assam Movement.On November 17, 1999, at an official-level tripartite meeting to review the implementation of the Assam Accord, a decision was taken that the NRC would be updated and the Centre sanctioned Rs 20 lakh for the purpose and released Rs 5 lakh of it to start the exercise.The final decision to update the NRC was taken on May 5, 2005 when the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired a meeting to review the implementation of the accord.Thereafter, the government created a directorate for updating the NRC and the process of computerisation of the voters’ list up to 1971 and the NRC of 1951 began.A pilot project that was launched in two revenue circles of Barpeta and Chaygaon was suspended after a violent protest by a few organisations. The state government then formed a group of ministers (GoM) to hold talks with different organisations to draft modalities for updating the NRC.The updation process finally gained momentum after the Supreme Court started monitoring its progress and set December 31 midnight as the date for publication of the first draft of the NRC.

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‘Upcoming Panchayat polls in J&K on the insistence of BJP leadership’

The BJP, which is sharing power with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, today claimed the upcoming panchayat and Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls were being held in the state due to the insistence of its leadership.”The polls are being held due to the insistence of BJP leadership which continued to raise the issue of early elections at different forums,” BJP state spokesperson Anil Gupta said in a statement here.He appealed to the people to ignore the boycott called given by separatists and said that total integration with the democratic institutions of India was in the best interest of all Kashmiris.The conduct of the elections will be a big challenge for the state election authorities and I have full confidence in them that they would surmount all challenges, he said.Welcoming the statement by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that the panchayat polls from February 15 would be followed by ULB elections, Gupta said these elections would lead to real decentralisation of power.The BJP-PDP government is committed to the devolution of democratic powers and financial resources to the panchayats and ULBs for realising its promise of holistic development, he said.”The sincerity of the BJP-PDP alliance in financial empowerment of the panchayats can be gauged from the fact that separate budgetary allocation for them is being made by the finance minister, a clear and welcome departure from the past,” he said.As far as the ULB elections are concerned, he said these were long overdue.The elections have not been held since 2005 where in (former Chief Ministers) Ghulam Nabi Azad and Omar Abdullah led coalition governments did not dare to hold polls due to political considerations depriving the state huge amount of funds from the Centre, he said.

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Final report of Utkal Express tragedy submitted to Railway Board: DRM

The final inquiry report into the major train accident in Khatauli in August has been submitted to the Railway Board and it has blamed several officials, including a junior engineer, for the tragedy that killed 23 people, a senior Indian Railways official has said.Divisional Railway Manager (Delhi) R N Singh inspected Muzaffarnagar, Meerut and Khatauli railway stations yesterday.He said the final report of the safety commissioner into the tragedy has been submitted to the Railway Board.Several officials, including a junior engineer, have been blamed for lapses in the report, Singh told reporters here.On August 19, fourteen coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express jumped the rails in Khatauli, nearly 40 km from Muzaffarnagar, killing 23 people and injuring more than 150.Also readUtkal Express derailment: 13 railway employees sacked for ‘gross negligence’On August 30, the Railway administration suspended 13 employees at Khatauli station for lapses during duty hours.Singh said the Railway Board was not considering to withdraw the action taken against the employees.

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BJP can be reduced to double digits in 2019: Jignesh Mevani

Challenging ruling BJP to change the Indian constitution, Dalit leader and newly elected MLA of Gujarat, Jignesh Mevani appealed all the like minded ‘liberal organisations’ to unite against BJP . “We have shown our strength in Gujarat and if we unite nationally, we can bring down BJP’s number of seats to double digits in 2019 elections,” Mevani said in Pune on Sunday.Mevani was speaking at ‘Elgar Parishad’, a conference organised at Shanivarwada to mark 200 years of Bhima Koregaon battle fought between Peshwas and small army of British East India Company mostly consisting of Dalit soldiers. Along with Mevani, Rohit Vemula’s mother Radhika Vemula, JNU student Umar Khalid, national president of Bhim army Vinay Ratan Singh also attended the conference which was being opposed by right wing groups.Mentioning the opposition to the conference in his speech, Mevani said, “There were some people who were trying to scare me to stop me from coming to Pune. I want to tell all of them that when I did not get scared of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in Gujarat, you have long way to go to be able to scare me. I have torn apart the 56 inch chest in Gujarat.”Also readJignesh Mevani denied permission for Vadaj victory rallyReacting to the recent controversial statement given by Minister of state for skill development Anant Kumar Hegde that BJP has come to power to change the constitution, Mevani said, “I am throwing an open challenge to BJP to change the constitution if they can. We will put our entire might to save the constitution. I am appealing all the like minded liberal organisations to join hands against BJP.””BJP was talking about getting 150 seats but due to our stern fight, they were restricted to 99. Now if we unite all the organisations, we will be able to bring down the BJP’s tally to double digits in 2019,” he added. Umar Khalid in his speech said, “During Gujarat elections, Modi tried spreading communal hatred to win votes. Now since Jignesh has won election in Gujarat, we will have to support him to share his responsibility.”Also readJignesh Mevani asks PM Modi to retire, go to HimalayasSpeaking about the recent incident of Rajasthan where a man was killed and his body was burnt owing to religious hatred, Khalid said, “Today, the entire humanity is in danger. We have already seen the trailer of 2018 in Rajasthan. In the year 2018, we will keep hearing about the topic of Ram mandir, Love Jihad, Gau raksha and not the issues like development and jobs.”

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Only 7% money allotted for Smart Cities spent: Rahul Gandhi’s year-end salvo at PM Modi and his supporters

Even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi could begin his monthly radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat on the New Year’s Eve, this time aimed at the youth between 18 to 25 years, Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi accused him of making empty promises.Taking a jibe at Modi supporters by calling them Bhakts, Rahul questioned the government’s failure to utilise the money allotted for the Smart Cities project and to roll out the infrastructure and create jobs which the Modi government promised two years back. “Dear Modi bhakts, of 9,860 crores for the Smart Cities only 7per cent has been used. China is out competing us while your master gives us empty slogans. Please watch this video and advise him to focus on what matters-job creation for India.” – Rahul tweeted with #BJPEmptyPromises posting along a YouTube video showing documentary on Chinese city, Shenzhen.The Smart City Mission was launched on June 25, 2015 with an aim to develop the basic infrastructure of chosen cities to world class level. The project involves delivering assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, seamless IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation. The development of Smart Cities was expected to generate lot of employment in multiple sectors but the slow take off of the scheme has not yielded the desired results.The YouTube video of ‘Shenzhen’, a city in China also known as ‘Silicon Valley of hardware’ shows how China by focussing on hardware innovation is taking over the technology market in India as well. Shenzhen has wide array of manufacturing industries and as a hardware hub where patents are not created to fight copycats and exert legal pressure, but are used for trades between companies to share information. The Chinese counterfeit consumergoods industry, which are known as ‘Shanzhai’ in China, has been a key for domestic skill and job creation.

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Kamala Mills fire: Relatives of ‘1Above’ owners granted bail

The case was registered under Section 216 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Mumbai police has also issued a lookout notice against all the accused in the case. The massive fire reportedly had broken out from the '1Above' rooftop restaurant and later spread to the entire area, on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. ”
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Sunday 31 December 2017 19:34 ISTMust readMumbai fire: BMC carries out demolition drive against illegal structures in Kamala Mills areaKamala Mills fire: Escape to Nowhere<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The relatives of Sanghavis’ – the owners of ‘1Above’ restaurant, which has been held responsible for the massive fire at the Kamala Mills that claimed 14 lives – Aditya and Rakesh, were granted bail, on Sunday.”I am a relative of the owners of ‘1 Above’ restaurant. We have no connection with the restaurant. We don’t know why we were arrested. I have no idea where the owners are,” Aditya told ANI. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) yesterday lodged a complaint against two Kamala Mills pubs – ‘1Above’ and Mojo’s Bistro – in connection with the midnight blaze. Mumbai’s Byculla Police, then, registered a case against the uncle of Sanghavi brothers, the absconding accused and owners of ‘1Above’, for allegedly shielding them in connection with the fire.The case was registered under Section 216 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Mumbai police has also issued a lookout notice against all the accused in the case. The massive fire reportedly had broken out from the ‘1Above’ rooftop restaurant and later spread to the entire area, on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

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2017: When outrage became our national past-time

If you started counting the number of things Indians were outraging about at 11:30 PM on 31st December 2017, you’d be well into the New Year before the list was completed. That’s because 2017 was a breakout year, where social media increasingly set the agenda in real life and we collectively jumped from one outrage to another.Facts were twisted, spliced, made into WhatsApp videos, packaged as viral posts on propaganda websites, as those who benefit from spreading falsities continued their merry ways with little disdain for the consequence of their actions. And often this systematic outrage was part of well-orchestrated campaign to peddle political agenda.Sample some of the topics from 2017 which generated fury and tonnes of coverage – Rajput royals and a little-known organisation losing their cool over Padmavati, political parties and their supporters convinced that EVMs could be hacked by Bluetooth, outraging over the celebration of festivals like Christmas and even the choice of destination of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s wedding.The problem wasn’t that particular interest groups raised hell about issues that ‘affected’ them, but them getting a modicum of legitimacy by those who claim to be serious newsmen, who instead of calling out the stupidity gave tacit support to them when it suited their agenda. And make no mistake, all the meaningless outrage and insinuation weakened the institutions which we cherish and are essential in binding together this vast country of a thousand contradictions.Thus, when the judiciary is called anti–Hindu for banning Diwali fireworks; when EC is called biased for not going back to old ballot system; when a modicum of doubt is raised about integrity of an ex- PM; when art surrenders to alter of rabble rousers, it hurts us, it dents what we hold dear, what some of us like to call the ‘Idea of India’. We seem to have become a nation dominated by WhatsApp canards, a land where hate could be normalised by using the instrument of outrage.A murder of a migrant labour can somehow be justified as retribution for love-jihad, lynching of alleged cow smuggler can be passed off as some holy deed. Whether Tipu Sultan’s birthday should be celebrated thus gets prevalence over farmers’ death, systematic rotting of infrastructure in major Indian cities, becomes a boring topic to discuss compared to Rahul Gandhi going to watch Star Wars. It as if someone has cast a spell to put the entire nation under a massive brain freeze, stalling the age-old ability of the argumentative Indian.This led to a situation that we could count on someone to get angry about something at the drop of a pin. From Anushka Sharma’s elaborate sindur to Sunny Leone’s new-year performance, everything was a cause for mass rage. And the enraged came from all quarters, irrespective of their political leanings. Gurmehar Kaur’s poster for peace enraged the right wing, Sonu Nigam’s appeal for sleep was bitter music for left-wingers. People picked up issues based on what suited them and then started the game of outrage – freedom of expression and right to disagree be damned. In the process, the echo chambers only became denser, the ideological walls more pronounced. Nothing except cricket united us. Or not. Even there, critics went after MS Dhoni’s head after one bad performance or found ways to complain about Virat Kohli’s brilliance arguing he hadn’t faced any ‘real’ bowlers of calibre to justify his presence among the pantheon of greats. Those who tried to make sense were drowned out in the sea of cacophony of loud mouths, willing to pit even the most complicated issues into banal binaries. The media, influencers, politicians can be blamed but end of the day- it’s the common people which enabled them to carry on the status-quo, making mountain out of molehills. Any pushback would have forced for an idea of recalibration, a rejig of strategy. But none was there.Can 2018 be any different? Well, it’s hard to be hopeful. With a year to go for general elections, expect more non-issues being discussed and debated both on mainstream and social media. Yet, there is always hope. In the West, a powerful #MeToo campaign shook the sexist cabal in Hollywood that has stood firmly for decades. Maybe a desi campaign will someday kick off to excoriate random outrages dating back 800 years and debate meaningful issues from today’s time for true nation-building. Till then, let’s stick to awkwardly listening to national anthem in theatres only.

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Pulwama encounter: 5 CRPF jawans martyred, 2 terrorists killed

Five security personnel were killed and three were injured after heavily armed terrorists stormed a CRPF training centre in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours today. Security forces also gunned down 2 attackers in the gunfight that is still underway.CRPF spokesperson Rajesh Yadav said the bodies of two terrorists have also been recovered.”Four CRPF jawans have been martyred and three others are injured. The bodies of two terrorists have also been recovered,” Yadav was quoted as saying by PTI. He said intermittent firing is still going on and one terrorist is believed to be holed up in building block.Also readSoldier martyred in unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Naushera sectorOne of the injured personnel was identified as Saifuddin, a resident of Nowgam here, officials said.The terrorists attacked the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) training centre in Awantipora around 2 am. They were armed with under-barrel grenade launchers and automatic weapons, officials said. They first lobbed grenades and then began indiscriminate firing and entered the centre.With the daybreak, more troops were called in to neutralise the terrorists. The buildings in the nearby area were also evacuated.”Fidayeen managed to enter Lethpora camp at 0210hrs. Jawans got injured during initial intrusion from J&K Police Commando training area side. There is quite a possibility of a similar type of attack on other camps also” CRPF said. Also readJammu and Kashmir | 2 terrorists gunned down, encounter still on in ShopianDirector General of Police S P Vaid said security forces had inputs about an impending militant strike in the Kashmir Valley for the past three days.Terming the attack as “unfortunate”, Vaid said as long as Pakistan keeps sending militants, security forces and people of Kashmir will continue to go through this.”There was an input from the last two-three days.They (militants) were trying. They probably could not get a place and time earlier. So, they struck last night,” Vaid told reporters here.The fidayeen attack comes days after Jaish-e-Mohammad vowed to avenge the killing of its chief Noor Mohammad Tantray by security forces at Samboora village of Pulwama district. Also readJaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulwama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brassNoor Tantray alias Noor Trail, a midget militant who had jumped bail, was the main architect of recent fidayeen attacks in Kashmir. (With PTI inputs)

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Looking forward-2018: A possible make or break year for Rahul Gandhi

Indian politics in 2017 virtually followed the trajectory of the past couple of years. A predominately saffron domination interspersed by pockets of opposition resistance. But overall the polity has slowly shifted towards right with BJP slowly and steadily becoming the numero-uno force in India, with its government in 19 states of the country, either directly or in alliance. Yet, as we turn the chapter of another year, the opposition is hopeful of breaking the pattern, of putting up a real fight in 2019 general elections. Is it a misplaced bravado, just a delusion based on one-off Gujarat results? 2018 will provide strong clues in that direction. The elections to crucial battleground states of Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are lined up in the coming year. These states in total have 93 Lok Sabha seats and in 2014 BJP had won a staggering 79 of those seats. Hence these states are vital in the national perspective and 2018 would be a fair indicator if BJP can repeat its stupendous performance in the next general elections. Karnataka is only the major state which is currently under Congress control. Slated to go to polls in April, it is number 1 in Amit Shah’s priority as he looks to reclaim the state under saffron fold. Shah is spending New Year’s Eve in Karnataka and already the state unit has launched a spirited campaign to dislodge Siddaramaiah. And here is where Rahul Gandhi needs to act, and act fast. In Gujarat, we saw he did a commendable job in galvanising the rural discontent against BJP government for Congress. But he failed to sway the swing voters who finally made all the difference. PM Modi’s masterstroke of changing the narrative in the last phase saved BJP from blushes. Rahul Gandhi needs to be proactive in Karnataka from the word go. Congress morale is currently in high after an improved performance in Gujarat. But a reversal in Karnataka can again get them to square one. Also readLooking forward – 2018: Amit Malviya sees a positive disruption in social mediaFor Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Rahul needs to fix the leadership issue. Congress needs a strong state leader to counter BJP’s aggressive onslaught and rock-solid organisation in each of these states. Empowering the younger generation is the only way out. In Madhya Pradesh, Congress is heavily divided into several factions. Each work on their own accord, without any central planning thus giving Shivraj Singh Chouhan a free pass. Can Rahul manage the senior leaders and give a free-hand to Jyotiraditya Scindia? It may determine the fate of Congress in the state. Mandsaur agitation showed the extent of farmer’s anger in MP. A charismatic leader may just tip the scale in Congress’ favour in this BJP stronghold. Similarly for Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot needs full backing of the High Command to oust Vasundhara Raje government, which has been plagued by many problems recently. Former CM Ashok Gehlot did a stellar job for the party in Gujarat. It will be up to Rahul to give him a respectable position without upsetting the current equation in Rajasthan and giving Pilot the full authority to run the campaign, like Captain Amarinder did in Punjab. Also read2017: A year of roller-coaster India-China relationshipIn Chhattisgarh, post the Ajit Jogi era, Congress has seen a bit of void in leadership talent. Here Rahul’s job is to scout for a leader who can take on the formidable Raman Singh. It’s not that winning these states is any guarantee to winning the General election. In 2003, BJP did commendably well in these states and then slumped to an unexpected loss in 2004. But for 132-year-old Congress gasping for life, state victories or even improved performance in some of the states will provide much needed fillip to its sagging fortunes. And more importantly, it will earn Rahul Gandhi much needed respect among his peers. That he is not merely a leader who is the President of Congress by dint of his surname, he actually has the mettle to challenge the Shah-Modi campaign. It will help Congress to get the opposition united in 2019. A BSP in UP or DMK in Tamil Nadu or even the Left, TMC may only be inclined to support Congress, if they think Rahul Gandhi has a realistic chance of becoming the next PM of India.That’s why 2018 is so politically important. A clean sheet for BJP in this year would mean Congress staring down the barrel before the 2019 LS Polls. It would significantly reduce Rahul’s legitimacy to stake claim as being the natural leader of the opposition camp. Many regional satraps will be more than willing to occupy that position. Hence 2018’s Congress fight with BJP will have the larger subtext of Rahul Gandhi establishing himself as first among the equals in the opposition camp. He has several tricky decisions to make, about how to counter BJP’s Hindutva agenda and countering their development message. Truly a tricky year in offing for the Janeu-dhari Brahmin which may make or break his political career.

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Rules relaxed post PM Modi’s suggestion, 1300 Muslim women to go for Haj without male companion

1300 Muslim women will go on Haj this year without “mehram” or male companion as they have been exempted from the lottery system and will proceed to the pilgrimage directly, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced today. The announcement came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion that Muslim women who have applied to go for Haj without “mehram” should get preference.Terming the policy of allowing Muslim women to perform Haj only in the company of a male guardian as “injustice, ” PM Modi said that he has suggested to the Ministry of Minority Affairs that they should ensure that all women who have applied to travel alone be allowed to perform Haj.In his monthly radio address of ‘Mann ki baat’, Modi said his government removed the restriction following which hundreds of women have applied to travel alone for the pilgrimage.According to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, now Muslim women aged above 45 are allowed to go for the pilgrimage without ‘mehram’ in a group of at least four.Also readMann Ki Baat: PM Modi hails Anjum Bashir’s Kashmir Civil Service exam featAfter Modi’s radio programme, Naqvi announced on Twitter that all 1300 women applicants will be exempted from the lottery system.”After PM Shri @narendramodi Ji‘s suggestion, I assure that those about 1300 women, who have applied to go for Haj without “Mehram” (male companion), will be exempted from the lottery system and allowed to proceed on Haj. #MannKiBaat,” Naqvi said. In his last radio programme of the year, the prime minister said removal of the restriction of having a male guardian or ‘mehram’ may appear as a “small thing”, but such issues “have a far-reaching impact on our image as a society”.He said when he first heard of the restriction, he was surprised as to who would have drafted such a rule.”Why this discrimination? And when I went into the depth of the matter I was surprised to find that even after 70 years of our independence, we were the ones who had imposed these restrictions. For decades, injustice was being rendered to Muslim women but there was no discussion on it,” he said in his broadcast.He pointed out that such a restriction is not prevalent in many Islamic countries.”I am happy to note that this time about 1300 Muslim women have applied to perform Haj without ‘mehram’ and women from different parts of the country from Kerala to north India, have expressed their wish to go for the Haj pilgrimage,” he said.He said he has suggested to the Ministry of Minority Affairs that they should ensure that all women who have applied to travel alone be allowed to perform Haj.Also readMann ki Baat highlights: PM Narendra Modi shares his 2018 vision, says new India will be free from corruption”Usually there is a lottery system for selection of Haj pilgrims but I would like that single women pilgrims should be excluded from this lottery system and they should be given a chance as a special category,” he said.He said it is his firm belief that the journey of India?s progress has been possible due to women-power and on the basis of their talent…It should be our constant endeavour that our women also get equal rights and equal opportunities…,” he said.While referring to Muslim women and their rights, the prime minister did not mention about the bill passed by Lok Sabha last week which bans the practice of instant triple talaq.He, however, had referred to the issue of instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ while inaugurating the 85th Sivagiri Pilgrimage Celebrations at Sivagiri Mutt in Kerala via video conference this morning.Referring to Christmas, Modi said Jesus Christ taught us about the spirit of service or ‘sewa bhaav’.”Be it any religion, caste or creed, tradition or colour in this world; the spirit of service is an invaluable hallmark of the highest human values,” he said.He also recalled the life of Guru Gobind Singh which was full of instances of courage and sacrifice.On the 350th anniversary of the Sikh guru, he said Guru Gobind Singh preached the virtues of sublime human values and at the same time, practiced them in his own life in letter and spirit.(With PTI inputs)

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Rajinikanth’s fans burst into celebration as superstar announces political entry

Euphoria gripped fans of superstar Rajinikanth soon after he announced his political entry here today, with admirers of the actor bursting firecrackers and distributing sweets across Tamil Nadu.Immediately after the actor announced his political debut, his fans waved the fan club flags outside the meeting venue, and raised slogans hailing his decision.After announcing his decision, Rajinikanth walked up to the balcony of the marriage hall, and waved to his fans who had gathered in large numbers outside the venue too.In his characteristic style, he lifted both his arms and wished them in the traditional style.In reciprocation, his fans shouted slogans of ‘Thalaiva,’ (leader) and danced to popular tunes waving placards that carried his portrait, typical of his real look of the late 1980’s and 1990’s.”It is Thalaivar’s New Year gift to us,” they said.The neighbourhood in and around Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam, the meet venue and several other locations in the city and other parts of the State echoed with sounds of firecrackers.Hailing the move, they also distributed sweets to passengers in buses, trains and other public places.The fan club flag featuring stripes of blue, white and red with a star in the centre within which an image of Rajinikanth was embossed fluttered in parts of the city.In prominent locations, mega-size wall posters hailing Rajinikanth had already appeared anticipating his political entry.

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Delhi sees worst fog of 2017; 90 flights affected, passengers stranded at IGI Airport

Over 90 flights were affected this morning as visibility dropped to 50 metres due to dense fog at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, the heaviest this year.While 54 domestic flights were delayed and 17 diverted to other airports, eleven international flights were delayed and 8 were diverted due to the dense fog, according to flight information available on the airport’s website.Also readDelhi: 13 trains cancelled as fog engulfs region; air quality dips to ‘very poor’So far there have been 4 cancellations, including three domestic and one international flight, according to the information.RK Jenamani, Director, IMD, Delhi area and IGI airport said, “Runway visibility since 5.30 am has been between 50-75 metres. This is so far the worst fog we have experienced this year.”Also read17 trains cancelled, 26 disrupted by fogDelhi airport has advanced technology for low-visibility landings, called CAT IIIB. As a result landings can take place with a visibility of 50 metres. However, for take-offs a minimum visibility of 125 metres is required.

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Top 10 quotes from Rajinikanth’s speech to launch new political party

In an announcement that could dramatically alter political alignments in Tamil Nadu, superstar Rajinikanth today announced his political debut and said he will launch his own party which will contest all 234 constituencies in the next assembly polls in the state.The announcement ends two decades of speculation over the entry of the actor, who enjoys cult status in Tamil cinema, in the political arena.His fans called it Tamil Nadu’s New Year’s GiftAlso readTamil Nadu: Rajinikanth to float political party, says, will contest next assembly polls”December 31 will be marked as the New Year for Tamil Nadu. A new era and a new ray of hope have started. Thalaivar is going to bring accountability, transparency and good governance,” a fan told ANI.Here are 10 important points from Rajinikanth’s speech that confirmed he would soon be joining politics.1. I am not scared of entering politics, I am afraid of the media. Whatever I say will become a debate issue.2. I am surely coming to politics. In the next Assembly election, I will launch a political party and contest from all the 234 seats3. I don’t want cadres. I want saviours who will not work for their own benefit but question wrongdoings. I will be a representative who will watch over this4. I could have taken power in 1996. But I did not have political ambition at 45, so will I have it when I am 68?5. Politics has become very tainted. Democracy has become battered. The political climate in TN has made us hang our heads in shame. If I don’t act now, I will feel guilty that I didn’t act. I want to change the entire political system. We need politics devoid of caste and religion. We need ‘spiritual’ politics.Also read’Welcome! I congratulate my brother Rajinikanth on his political entry’, says Kamal Haasan6. Earlier Kings would loot the country and the people invaded by them. Now in the name of democracy, politicians who are coming to power started looting their own people. It is time for a change.7. This is politics, not cinema. We need to bring others onboard if we want to change. We have to prepare for the democratic challenge with discipline and decorum.8. I will start a political party before State Assembly Elections. Till then, I request fans not to speak about politics, speak ill of any political party.9. If we are not able to fulfil the promises, we will resign from the government in three years time10. Truth, hard work and progress is our motto. My principle is to think good, speak good, do good, and good things will happen.(With agencies inputs)

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Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi hails Anjum Bashir’s Kashmir Civil Service exam feat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday showered praises on Jammu and Kashmir’s Anjum Bashir Khan, a 27-year-old youth who had lost his house to militancy, for cracking the Kashmir Civil Service exam this year.Addressing the nation on 39th edition of monthly radio address of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Prime Minister Modi said: Anjum Bashir is an inspiration, not only to the state of Jammu and Kashmir but to the whole of India.”Recently, I came to know of the inspiring story of Anjum Bashir Khan Khattak. He extricated from the sting of terrorism and hatred and topped in the Kashmir Administrative Examination. Today, he is an inspiration not only for Jammu and Kashmir but India,” he said.Also readMann ki Baat highlights: PM Narendra Modi shares his 2018 vision, says new India will be free from corruptionPrime Minister Modi further said he met some daughters of Jammu and Kashmir and was amazed at the spirit and enthusiasm they nurtured.”Just last week, I had a chance of meeting some daughters of Jammu and Kashmir. I was amazed at the spirit that they had, the enthusiasm that was there in their hearts and dreams they nurtured,” he added.Also readPM Modi meets students from Jammu and Kashmir; discusses girl education, Swachh BharatPrime Minister Modi also hailed his government for taking steps to facilitate Haj for the Muslim women.”We have also made provisions so that Muslim women do not have to wait for permission to go to Haj. They can now decide for themselves and we have already received several applications,” he added.

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‘Welcome! I congratulate my brother Rajinikanth on his political entry’, says Kamal Haasan

Rajinikanth ended 2017 with a bang by announcing his decision to enter politics. His contemporary and his colleague, Kamal Haasan congratulated and welcomed Superstar Rajiniknath’s decision. Kamal Haasan told ANI, “I congratulate my brother Rajini for his social consciousness and his political entry. Welcome welcome.” Earlier Haasan reportedly hinted that he was willing to work with Rajinikanth if the superstar ever decided to enter politics. Rajini entered films in 1975 film, ‘Apoorva Rangapal​’ which also starred Haasan in the lead. The two biggest superstars went on to share screen space in over 13 films, which is a huge number for stars of their stature. Earlier in an interview to NDTV, Kamal Haasan said, “We have been taught to look in unison. We are like a 3D camera. We are been trained by K Balachander. Fortunately, even though we are stiff competitors we have stayed brothers. We carved out our own domain. We were so wise that we were made to act in many films. We have done 13 films together and then we realised they are splitting up our remuneration and giving it. That’s when it hit us, if we go separate, we can each earn the amount they pay the two of us.” After 1985’s Geraftaar, the duo announced they won’t act together again. Also readSwamy calls Rajinikanth ‘illiterate’, says ‘political entry only media hype, people of Tamil Nadu are intelligent’Now Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan announced their entry into politics in the same year as well. In the early hours of Sunday morning, superstar Rajinikanth confirmed his political debut adding that he will be contesting in the next state assembly elections by forming a new party. While addressing a gathering at the Sri Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai, Rajinikanth said, “My political entry is definite. This is a long-pending decision. I will feel guilty if I don’t take this decision at least now. In next assembly elections, I will form a party and will contest all constituencies in Tamil Nadu.”Also readTamil Nadu: Rajinikanth to float political party, says, will contest next assembly pollsWhile expressing his concern about the political scenario of the state, Thalaiva called for a complete change in the democratic system.(With ANI Inputs)

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Gujarat: Deputy CM Nitin Patel to take charge of ministries today

Earlier, a day after expressing his strong displeasure about significant portfolios being taken away from him for his second stint in the Vijay Rupani government, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel stayed home on Saturday, meeting with supporters at his residence. Days after being sworn into office, Patel had refused to take charge of the portfolios allotted to him. ”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByDNA Web Team <!–end of artlbotbor–>Sunday 31 December 2017 11:30 ISTMust readEx-CJI TS Thakur says no to AAP’s Rajya Sabha offerKamala Mills fire: Know the story behind this picture<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>After showing his displeasure earlier, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on Sunday announced that he would assume the charge of his office around 11: 40 am. “BJP chief Amit Shah talked to me in the morning and assured me that I would get all the departments back,” Nitin Patel said. “I have no complaints or dismay now,” he added. He also said that he never crossed the line of discipline in the party.Nitin Patel thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, the Patel community and leaders “who showed support and solidarity for him”. Earlier, a day after expressing his strong displeasure about significant portfolios being taken away from him for his second stint in the Vijay Rupani government, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel stayed home on Saturday, meeting with supporters at his residence. Days after being sworn into office, Patel had refused to take charge of the portfolios allotted to him.

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Earlier, Rajinikanth, who commands a huge fan base across the country, had been hinting for quite some time that he may join politics, but stopped short of announcing it. Rajini, while addressing his fans on Tuesday, said that he would announce his final decision on politics on December 31.”
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As cops get strict, year-end parties move out of city

The police bandobast and checking for alcohol during year-end celebrations as well as the curb on celebration post 12.30 am in the city has had an unintended effect on parties in Ahmedabad.The number of year-end bashes being held has come down if party organisers are to be believed. They blame the police’s over enthusiasm in curbing alcohol flow as well as their insistence that the party be wrapped up after 12.30am as some of the main reason for the dip in number of bashes being held.They said that as a result most of the bashes have moved to safer locations like Udaipur, Goa or even Diu.Viresh Shetty, an event planner who has been in the business for over nine years now said over the last many years the number of parties being held in Ahmedabad has gone down. “It has been a trend for sometime. It began after the cops became strict in implementing the deadlines,” said Shetty. He said most of the happening parties are now being organised in Pune, Goa and Mumbai with many of the patrons being Amdavadis.”Over the years, the street parties and celebrations have also come down because the authorities have become strict as far as deadlines are concerned,” said Shetty.Another organiser who did not wish to be named said the cops also harass those who consume alcohol. “Then there is the problem of playing loud music after 12. Interestingly, no one complains if there is a bhajan sandhya but everyone has a complaint if it is a new year party,” said the organiser.He said Ahmedabad had in fact had a good farmhouse party scene. “In other cities where alcohol is allowed, clubs are where the trendiest parties were held. In Ahmedabad, farmhouses held the trendiest parties. But as cops continued to harass the farmhouse owners for holding parties, it began to dwindle,” said the organiser.He said now most prefer to party out of the state to avoid harassment. “Implementation of prohibition is not the issue, harassment in the name of prohibition is the issue,” he said.Raj Darji, the founder of The Organiser, an event management company said earlier a number of parties used to be held in Ahmedabad on December 31. “There was practically a proliferation of it. But over the years the number has come down substantially but the quality of parties has improved. So what we have lost in quantity we have gained in quality. A number of these parties have good music and DJs,” said Darji.

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Saurabh Patel takes charge as Finance Minister

Saurabh Patel has got one of the important portfolios, finance, which was with Nitin Patel in the last government. Both these leaders are considered as friends. However, Saurabh avoided to comment on Nitin Patel's sulkiness. Sources from the government informed that CM Vijay Rupani asked Saurabh Patel to assume the charge of his office immediately, and he rushed to Gandhinagar.”
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Night riders who believe serving people is the best way to ring in New Year

While on one hand majority of the world welcomes the coming year with family, friends and loved ones at a nightclub or around bonfire, there are several professionals who take pride in doing their duties and derive satisfaction from that.Not fighting their way in serpentine queues, workoholics and passionate professionals speak to DNA to share their idea of a perfect New Year celebration. Officials from the traffic control room, who will be round-the-clock available for the safety checks across the city, consider it to be a privilege to be at service.“We are all connected with a thread of responsibility. When the senior officers are also present round the clock, we believe it is our duty to support them. If we can be at service for the public even once in a year, we consider it as an achievement,” said traffic control room in-charge.Even the city-based doctors take pride in being on duty and helping those in need.“I feel privileged that I am in a position to serve the people, specially after 12 O’clock. Several cases of head injuries come in and also, there are cases of young individuals who are under the influence of alcohol and rash driving. They need immediate attention. Serving them is the most satisfactory moment,” said Dr Amit Kulshrestha, senior consultant, SMS Hospital.Then there are chefs and hotel management who enjoy serving guests with food and drinks of their choice to ensure people have a good experience while they ring in New Year. “Being a chef, I am always passionate about serving food. This passion keeps us motivated.We celebrate our new year on the second day. I have not celebrated new years with my family for about 14 years,” said Piyush Mathur, chef at a city-based cafe.A city-based bartender Rameshwar Darzee said,“After the party, I narrate the way new year was celebrated at the club to my wife. That is our way of enjoyment. I like to welcome the year with my team.”

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BJP all set to ‘show strength’ in refinery foundation ceremony

The programme schedule of foundation ceremony of Pachpadra refinery by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 14 is not out yet but the administration has made the preparations faster. Here, the Bharatiya Janata Party has started to formulate a strategy to show its strength in the program of the prime minister. Despite years of the strong hold, Congress in Marwar won only two of the 33 assembly seats in the last assembly elections. That is why BJP has focused on Marwar to keep the victory alive. In order to make Marwar ‘Congress-free’, the BJP state president himself has visited Barmer and Jodhpur five times in the last three months. Efforts are being made to strengthen the BJP from booth functioning to the state level.State president of BJP, Ashok Parnami arrived in Jodhpur on Saturday afternoon. He took a meeting of the Jodhpur division MLAs regarding Prime Minister’s program. In this meeting, while giving the lesson to strengthen the BJP in their area, they have been given the target of mobilizing supporters of Modi in the program. The BJP wants to showcase a big power in the presence of the Prime Minister during this program. The MLAs of Jodhpur, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Pali, Jalore and Sirohi have been given a target to bring crowds in buses along with the activists in the program. While Talking to media, he targeted the Congress and especially the former chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, about the refinery. Describing the leadership of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje as proficient, he said that she has done good for the people by saving 40,000 crores in refinery cost.It is worth mentioning that former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot presented the Pachpadra refinery as his ambitious project before the last assembly elections. Then the Congress had also demonstrated power at the earlier foundation ceremony. On the same lines, describing as the huge achievement of the Vasundhara government for reducing the cost of this project and renewing the MOU with HPCL, BJP is working on the strategy to surround the previous government.Here, Barmer-Jaisalmer former MP Harish Chaudhary has also come out in front opposing the re-foundation ceremony of the refinery by the Prime Minister. He said that the then national president of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi, has done foundation ceremony of the refinery on September 22, 2013. Now, what is the justification to again have a foundation ceremony by the Prime Minister? He said that the strategy is being formulated to protest the foundation ceremony. Soon, it will be announced at the state level to protest against this program.

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We are dedicatedly working to empower all: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Appreciating the efforts of Maulana Azad University, Naqvi said that society cannot be empowered without education and the central government is keenly focusing on skill development.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written BySangeeta Sharma <!–end of artlbotbor–>Sunday 31 December 2017 4:40 ISTMust readBJP Going MicroCM Vasundhara Raje orders party members to fight by-polls on Dholpur model<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Under the joint aegis of the Marwar Muslim Educational and Welfare Society and the American Federation of Muslim American of Indian Origin (AFSI), the FC Gala Award was held at Maulana Azad University, Bujhawad, Jodhpur on Saturday, where Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was present as the chief guest.Appreciating the efforts of Maulana Azad University, Naqvi said that society cannot be empowered without education, the central government is keenly focusing on skill development and has allocated 70 percent of the budget for education and skill development. We are dedicatedly working to fulfill prime minister’s dream of empowering all. He further added that nearly 42 lakh people have been connected with employment-oriented programs.During the event, Union Minister of State for Agriculture, MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that we are working to educate the minorities. He also announced to release 11 lakh rupees for Maulana Azad University from MPLAD fund. National Minority Commission member Sunil Singh said that effective representation of the Central Government has also been ensured in our journey. Dr Razia Ahmed, International President of the American Foundation who is of Indian Origin, said that this institution is dedicated to the education of the entire country.Focal pointAppreciating the efforts of Maulana Azad University, Naqvi said that society cannot be empowered without education and the central government is keenly focusing on skill development.

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BJP’s policy to insult senior leaders, says Congress spokesperson

Describing Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel’s refusal to take over charge of ministries allotted to him as a result of reported tug-of-war between him and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the Opposition Congress took a dig at the ruling party saying it was the BJP’s policy to insult senior leaders.”It is the BJP’s policy to humiliate senior leaders and to marginalise them – starting with Keshubhai Patel, Anandiben Patel, AK Patel, Shivlal Vekaria, Vallabh Kathiria and Narottam Patel. Now, the BJP has put Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel in a similar position,” state Congress president Manish Doshi told reporters on Saturday.He was reacting to the crisis that has engulfed the BJP since yesterday by a sulking Nitin Patel, who feeling slighted by the ministries allocated to him, refused to take charge. A full-blown revolt is unlikely, and Nitin Patel himself ruled out any plans to quit BJP, but the crisis is seen intensifying over the next few days.Accusing the BJP of using the Patidar community as a vote-bank, Doshi said, “The BJP sought money and votes from the Patidars during the elections. Now that elections are over, the party is dealing injustice and insult to the community.”

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Who made the mysterious call to CM Vijay Rupani?

Amid the heated political atmosphere in the state, particularly after allocation of portfolios, CM Vijay Rupani inaugurated the sixth edition of much awaited annual flower show at the Flower Park of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Saturday.While entering the nursery section, Rupani was handed over his mobile phone by his personal assistant and the CM talked for about 10 minutes with the person on the call. Speculations were rife that it might be either from Prime Minister Narendra Modi or BJP president Amit Shah.It comes in the wake of newly appointed Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel being displeased with the allocation of portfolio to him. He is yet to take charge of the office. It is believed that to know what is going on at the local level, someone from the said two might have called the CM, hence he spend 10 minutes over the call during the public event. After inaugurating the show, the CM said that Amdavadis now have a new place to rejoice the beauty of flowers in this pleasant winter.It is for the first time that the flower show is being organised after Ahmedabad was declared as the World Heritage City by the UNESCO. Several other events are also being organised to celebrate the heritage tag.”The annual flower show helps people in Ahmedabad get closer to nature,” he added. It is speculated that Nitin Patel might not attend the concluding event of Kankaria Carnival which is likely to take place on Sunday.WHO WAS ITSpeculations are rife about who called the Chief Minister today. While many say that it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, others say it wasBJP president Amit Shah.

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NCB raids varsity campuses, arrests 4 students

In a major crackdown ahead of the New Year bash, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided several university campuses and arrested four students of the Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and Amity University for their alleged involvement in a narcotics supplying syndicate. The Bureau also seized 1.14 kg of charas (cannabis) and three lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) blot papers, which were to be supplied at party venues across the Capital.The arrests and seizures were made by the Delhi zonal unit of the NCB, which has booked the four students under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Of the arrested men, two are students of the Hindu College while one each is from the JNU and Amity.Senior NCB officers said arrestee Gaurav, a BA Economic (H) student of Hindu College, has been identified as the kingpin of the racket. “Initial probe has revealed that the drugs were being transported in from Himachal Pradesh by these students. Others have been identified as Aniruddh Mathur, MBA in Hospitality management, Amity, Tenzin Phunchog, MSc Physics, Hindu College, and Sam Mallick, MA Philosophy, JNU. They are all addicted to charas and used to get it from Gaurav,” the officer said.The arrested youths also told the NCB that abuse of drugs was rampant in the DU campus area. Now, based on the information given by the arrested students about drug peddlers and others involved in the racket, the NCB is raiding hideouts and the matter is being thoroughly probed, officials said.”We are expecting a breakthrough. After receiving leads from the arrested students, more action will be taken. This will help us break the syndicates supplying drugs to reputed educational institutions at an altogether larger level,” the officer added.Expressing serious concerns over increasing drug abuse among college students, Rina Mitra, DG, NCB, said, “The NCB Delhi Unit began gathering intelligence inputs on drug peddling around campuses. On Thursday, the agency received information that 03 Nos of LSD blots will be shipped through DTDC courier services to Jaipur for New Year celebrations. The Delhi NCB then reached the DTDC office at Vijay Nagar and seized the consignment of 03 LSD blots,” she said.The Delhi Police said that ahead of the New Year’s Eve, a special watch is being kept over consumption of illicit liquor, drugs, and other narcotic substances. The police will also ensure ample deployment near party places and pubs in the city, they said.Despite several attempts, officials from none of the three universities responded to DNA’s queries. However, student leaders expressed shock over the incident.”This is a very shocking incident. A student’s involvement with such a gang is serious. We, however, don’t know the student personally,” said Duggi Rala, General Secretary of JNU students union.Daniyal Ubaidulllah, member of Hindu College students union, said, “The students from Hindu College who have been arrested do not deserve any support or advocacy from the union. If they have committed the act, then it’s very good that action has been taken against them. It’s for their good, the good of the college and the society as a whole.”NCB arrests students 4 students of Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Amity University held 1.14 kg of cannabis and 3 Lysergic Acid Diethylamide blot papers seized A BA Economic student of Hindu College identified as kingpin of the racket

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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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Noida Juvenile Home staff suspended for abuse

The Uttar Pradesh government has suspended a care taker of the Noida Juvenile Home, after the media reported torture, abuse, and prevalence of disease in the home. A committee was earlier set up and three people were accused of being involved in the abuse. The government team, however, found the allegations true against only one employee, Prakash Chandra, and suspended him on Saturday.According to a senior official, the commission observed that the objective of a juvenile home was to guide youngsters found involved in criminal activities towards the correct direction for introspection and improvement. This juvenile home, however, was pushing these youngsters towards crime-oriented activities by treating them in a grossly negligent and cruel manner.“We found allegations against Chandra to be true. So, we have suspended him of his duties,” a senior official said.The affairs inside the juvenile home, located in the Old Court building in Noida’s Phase 2, came to light after a District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) inspection on October 7, in which the authority noted several serious issues, such as torture, extortion by senior inmates, and skin problems among the juveniles.During inspection, the inmates showed their injury marks and named seven “seniors” who were in cahoots with certain officials of the Home.

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Outlets arrange for cabs for party-goers

Restaurants and pubs in the city have become proactive towards the safety of their customers ahead of the New Year’s Eve. To ensure that they do not drink and drive, and reach home safely after partying, a lot of outlets are arranging for cab facility.Inderjeet Singh Banga, owner of Prankster, said: “Safety of our customers is definitely of prime importance. At the same time, we don’t want them to compromise on their enjoyment, with concerns about who will drive them back home. Hence, we are offering special arrangement to pick and drop them on Sunday.”Sahil Sambhi, who runs Molecule, has tied up with cab aggregators Ola and Uber for diners who think they won’t be able to drive back home after downing a few drinks.Vault Cafe, Junction are some of the other places in the Capital which are taking measures to avoid cases of drunk driving. Umang Tewari, a restaurateur, said: “Traffic in Delhi-NCR becomes unruly, especially on days such as NYE. Constant checking, fog, unpredictable traffic, and alcohol intake, all factors are not safe to add to your positive party vibes. So, we are doing pre-bookings for transport.”

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Ahead of New Year’s Eve, Jaipur civic body cracks whip

In light of Mumbai’s Kamala Mills fire tragedy on Friday, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) swung into pre-emptive action and on Saturday, as its firefighting cell conducted a surprise inspection of more than two dozen hotels, restaurants, multiplexes and shopping malls; in it, six notices were issued. This surprise inspection will continue on Sunday, too. Additionally, the JMC has issued an advisory to prevent fire accidents on New Year’s Eve.Due to the weekend and New Year’s Eve falling together, and the ongoing winter season, a large number of tourists are expected to descend on the city and pay patronage at hotels, restaurants, clubs etc. In such a situation, to prevent another Mumbai-like tragedy, the civic body issued the firefighting advisory wherein all commercial establishments where a large gathering is expected have been instructed to keep the fire-fighting system fully-functional.To that end, if any event is being organised for the New Year’s celebration, then they will have to obtain the fire NOC from JMC and action will be taken if found lacking.On Saturday, two civic body teams conducted surprise checks at different locations in the city. “Both the teams made surprise visits to more than two dozen hotels, restaurants and other places. During these visits, the fire fighting system, entry and exit gate and the fire NOC of the programme were examined,” said Jalaj Ghasia, JMC’s Chief Fire Officer, adding, “During this time, the exit gate of some hotels and restaurants were found closed and were opened only when pointed out. Some establishments had not procured the fire NOC for their upcoming celebrations. Therefore, a notice was issued to such establishments.””Fire-fighting staff will be available 24 hours at all 11 fire stations. Apart from this, the reserve staff has also been kept ready,” he said.

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CM Mehbooba Mufti urges voters to not shun panchayat polls

Days after separatists linked the recently announced Panchayat polls with the Kashmir issue to enforce a voter boycott, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday again called on the people to vote in large numbers to strengthen the grassroots democracy in the restive state.”The government is committed to empowering the grassroots level institutions. The proposed elections to the Panchayats and later to be followed by the urban local bodies polls are a major step in this direction and will fully empower the basic democratic institutions,” Mehbooba said.Seeking larger participation of the people in the Panchayat elections scheduled to be held from February 15, Mehbooba said her government had made a commitment on the floor of the House in June 2016 that the elections to the rural and urban local bodies would be held at the earliest.She added that the State’s Election Authority would formally set the process into motion after the Rural Development Department issues the requisite notification in accordance with the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act.Mehbooba’s statement comes two days after Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL)of separatists called upon the people to boycott the Panchayat polls and claimed that India is using the election to negate Kashmiris demand for “self-determination and freedom”.JRL is an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik.

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Corporator pitches converting junked buses into mobile toilets

Convert discarded BEST buses into mobile toilets and let it be used at highways and other places in the city, including the crowded streets of Mumbai, a notice of motion by a Corporator in the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The motion was filed by Shiv Sena Corporator Sachin Padwal from ward number 206 in the BMC. The proposal will be discussed in the House of the BMC on January 5. If passed and later on approved, the discarded BEST buses may soon be used as toilets in the city. BEST keeps on discarding buses as they get old or if they are not required. Recently, it stopped using air-conditioned bus services in its fleet. BMC, on the other hand, uses mobile toilets excessively, especially on roads, near highways, slums and even during large gatherings in the city. The proposal by the Corporator reads, “Converting buses, which according to the BEST undertaking has been discarded as scrap, into well equipped mobile toilets, and then making them available on highways, major roads and small-big crowded streets in Mumbai.”Padwal claims that he has spoken to the BEST committee chairperson seeking details on the number of discarded buses and is getting the response soon. He also says that instead of hiring mobile toilets for big events, these toilets can be used, saving a lot of revenue.

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Prompt service commission makes lives easier

When it comes to citizens applying for services under the Right to Services (RTS) Act, the response is spot on, say many.It is so prompt that many citizens compared the speed to services under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. In both, a number of them managed to get the needful done the moment they approached the RTC commission — an independent office, as compared to appeal-stage one that are part of the government — when they did not get the services they applied for.Only RTS is a more direct Act and was enacted to ensure that notified services were delivered to eligible citizens on time, while the RTI Act entitled citizens timely information that aided transparency and accountability. Under the RTI Act, a number of citizens managed to get services the moment they sought information under the RTI, which was not delivered on time. Penal action lead to officers providing services.”In most cases, citizens have written to us stating that they managed to get services after our intimation for hearing was sent to the officers,” said Swadheen Kshatriya, chief of the RTS commission.Some cases in point are about shop licences, which were not given even after the government took several initiatives towards “ease of doing”. Rushi Chavan from Pune did not get ac shop license certificate. In the first appeal stage, order was given that services be rendered. The second appeal stage too had a similar response. However, Chavan did not get the info and officers said that his application was not available. The moment the case reached the the second third appeal (commission) stage, Chavan replied that he got the certificate.In two more cases, also from Pune, authorities did not issue a license, stating that documents were not proper. However, no such reply was given in writing to the applicants. Only when the commission sent a notice for hearing were the licenses given. In all three cases, applicants said that since they got the service, a third appeal was not needed.Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner, said, “An average citizen will not pursue it but the commission should ask for explanation and penalise officers. After all, the third appeal stage is laborious. Ideally, at this stage if they feel that the designated officer has a good case, he should be spared, otherwise they should be penalised to create a fear of the law. Else, there will be cases piled up at the commission.”

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Raj brand ambassadors for ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’

To spread the reach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship programme ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, the BJP will appoint brand ambassadors in all the 41 organisational districts across the state. Along with it, in every mandal, 1,000 workers of the party will have to take a selfie with their daughters and also a hospital will be adopted at the mandal level.Moreover, the state BJP’s frontal unit ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Prakalp’ has given all the workers a two-month work plan, under which 11 types of programmes will have to be organised within two months at mandal and district level. The plan was chalked out during the meeting of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Prakalp Pramukh, Dr Meena Asopa. Besides, under the ‘Selfie With Daughter programme’, selfies should be taken with daughters of at least 1,000 party workers. The name of the person who took the selfie, his mobile number, address and selfie will be saved in a pen drive and will be sent to the state headquarters.The mandal unit of the border area will also be organising a programme with the Army personnel. Apart from this, each mandal unit will have to adopt the hospital in its area and on January 9, a programme will be organised under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign.To further ensure the success of the campaign, the district unit of the prakalp has been instructed to collect data from the girl students of colleges and universities in their area. Apart from this, the movie, Smile Pinki will be shown in schools and colleges and Kanya Pooja along with other programmes will also be held.Instructions were also given about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s event to be held in Jhunjhun on January 22. The teams of prakalp will have to be present at the programme. The entire team of the parkalp will be wearing the apron with the logo of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ Abhiyan on it.Selfie with girlUnder the ‘Selfie With Daughter’ programme, selfies should be taken with daughters of at least 1,000 party workers Their details will be saved in a pen drive and sent to BJP state HQs.

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