Yuva Sai Sagar

Online news channel!

Tag: kejriwal

Delhi govt to re-send to LG doorstep delivery of services proposal with detailed replies to questions raised

The AAP government will again send its proposal for the ambitious ‘doorstep delivery of services scheme’ to Lt Governor Anil Baijal for approval, with a detailed reply to each objection raised by him, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said.The scheme is currently at the centre of tussle between the L-G and the Delhi government with Deputy Chief Minister asking Baijal if he was trying to “protect” the corrupt system by the opposing the proposal. Recently, Baijal had returned the proposal to the Delhi government asking to reconsider it and raised several objections, including safety of citizens and corruption. “We will again send the doorstep delivery proposal to the Lt Governor with detailed replies to all objections in the next few days,” Kejriwal told PTI.He said that the government is currently preparing a response to the L-G’s objections, adding that the proposal was good for Delhiites. Under the proposal, government wants to provide 40 services at the doorstep of citizens, including driving licence, ration cards, caste certificates among others. In his objections, Baijal had said the present proposal had implications on safety and security of women and senior citizens, privacy, loss of documents, and it added unnecessary expenditure for the government and the people.Also readLG vs AAP govt: Anil Baijal decries ‘misinformation campaign’ on doorstep delivery of servicesIn response to the objections, Sisodia had said that despite the online service system, people had to visit department offices once or twice to submit their documents. To the government’s comparison of the scheme with pizza delivery at the doorstep of citizens, the L-G had said “Pizza, unlike documents, cannot be downloaded”. Replying to the L-G’s pizza remark, the deputy chief minister had said that just like “pizza cannot be downloaded online, a human being seeking a certificate cannot be uploaded and sent to a government office for verification”.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
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
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
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!
Will Alia Bhatt say yes to Priyanka Chopra?
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

Lok Sabha passes Bill to protect unauthorised colonies

The Lok Sabha (LS) on Wednesday passed a Bill to protect slums and unauthorised colonies in the National Capital Region from punitive action, till a framework for orderly arrangements is in place. The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill gives immunity to slums and some unauthorised constructions till December 31, 2020.The immunity under the exisiting Bill ends on December 31.Urban development minister Hardeep Singh Puri said if the Bill is not passed, it will lead to “unprecedented chaos” in the national Capital.The legislation will give cover against punitive action on “as is where is basis” until December 2020, he said. Puri also attacked the Sheila Dikshit government for not coming out with a proper policy on the matter and said “it was the failure of governance of a very high order”.Singh said the legislation provides that no action will be taken by any local authority till December 31, 2017, with respect to encroachments or unauthorised developments as of January 1, 2006 on unauthorised colonies and village abadi areas that existed on March 31, 2002, and where constructions took place till February 8, 2007.The sealing exercise by the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee had created panic among slum-dwellers and traders in part of the city, with the legislation expected to allay their apprehensions to a large extent.Participating in the debate on the Bill, BJP MP Parvesh Varma attacked the AAP government in Delhi, accusing it of not coming out with a policy on unauthorised colonies or slums.Ramesh Bidhuri, BJP MP from south Delhi, referred to the hike in water tariffs and alleged that the Arvind Kejriwal government had deceived the people.He also blamed the Congress for its failure to come up with a policy on unauthorised construction issue.TMC MP Saugata Roy was to speak on the Bill but did not.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Who will challenge BJP? For Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi, one’s loss is the other’s gain

They are roughly the same age, both have been lampooned mercilessly on social media and are hoping to oust the BJP from power.But the similarities, perhaps, are not the link between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, 49, and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, 47. What threads their fates together is that one man’s success could spell the other’s failure.”Rahul Gandhi’s gain is Kejriwal’s loss,” said rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra. “Both parties vie for the same vote base.”Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal’s attempts to establish himself as an alternative to the Congress seem to be running into rough waters with the party’s improved performance in the recent Gujarat polls under the leadership of its president.The two parties are vastly different, of course. The Congress is 132 years old; AAP has just celebrated its fifth anniversary. The former has a pan-Indian presence, while AAP rules Delhi and is present only in patches in the north.But when AAP came to power in Delhi, it did so by engulfing Congress votes. In 2015, the Congress couldn’t win a single seat. Its vote share dipped to 9 %, whereas the BJP’s remained more or less the same.Now a string of ignominious defeats has battered AAP’s image, posing a threat to the image of its leader, Kejriwal.The chief minister’s influence now seems to be on the wane, while the Congress president’s is on an all-time high.AAP’s success was linked to Congress defeat. Will the Gujarat elections, fought by the Congress leader with such vigour that it upped its 2012 tally of 61 seats to 78, spell bad news for AAP?”Gandhi is yet to make a mark if you compare him with Modi’s electoral performance since 2014. But his rise will have an impact on Kejriwal,” said a former AAP leader.Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) director Sanjay Kumar points out that the AAP leader’s popularity has already taken a hit.?Kejriwal?s ratings have already gone down drastically, as has his popularity in the last few months,? Kumar said.A recent survey by the Pew Research Center, a US-based fact-tank, states that in 2017, 39 % of the people had a favourable view of Kejriwal, down from 60 % in 2015.Born out of the anti-graft movement, four years ago Kejriwal seemed to have captured the imagination of the people, fatigued by the corruption charges that mired the then UPA government led by Mammohan Singh and the Delhi government of three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit.The Congress’s vote share in the 2008 polls was 40.31 %, which earned it 43 seats in the Delhi Assembly.In 2013, when Kejriwal’s AAP’s stormed to power in Delhi, the Congress was down to eight seats. A year later, in the Lok Sabha polls, Gandhi’s party managed a mere 44 seats.In the Assembly polls in 2015, AAP decimated the opposition, bagging 67 seats with a vote share of 54.3 %. That it won from all the minority dominated areas in Delhi indicated it had ousted the Congress from its bastions.Kejriwal?s visit to the Hyderabad University campus where Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula had committed suicide and a job offer to his brother in the Delhi government were also seen as moves to attract Dalit votes, traditionally won by the Congress, at the national level.AAP’s strategy was to attack BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and establish itself as an alternative to the Congress. But while Kejriwal took Modi on, his campaign sought to project Gandhi as an ineffective rival.In an interview to NDTV, Kejriwal, attacking Modi over the turf war between the Delhi government and the Centre, had said, “Narendra Modi, get this that I am not Rahul Gandhi”.At a press conference in 2016, he said, “Modi ji I am not Rahul Gandhi whom you can scare off.”But then the tables turned. In 2017, the party had expected to do well in Punjab and Goa, which, AAP leaders believed, would help it in Gujarat and the 2019 elections.But the party failed to make a mark in the states, and lost ground in Delhi — where it lost the Rajouri Garden bypoll and the MCD elections.In the traditionally bipolar states of Goa and parts of Gujarat, Kejriwal campaigned hard to make AAP replace the Congress, but his attempts failed, with almost all candidates losing their deposits.While Gandhi may be getting his mojo back after Gujarat, is brand Kejriwal, carefully crafted on the weakness of the Congress president, now under threat?AAP leader Ashutosh does not believe Gandhi’s electoral success will impact Kejriwa’s national ambitions.“We have a very competitive climate in our polity. Rahul’s rise will not have any effect on Kejriwal,” he said.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Don’t want to say anything political on X-Mas, says Kejriwal; retweets Sisodia’s tweet on Delhi Metro inauguration

Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s tweet on Arvind Kejriwal not being invited for the inauguration of Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line was retweeted by the Delhi Chief Minister, although he had earlier said he would not make any political comments on Christmas.Kejriwal was not invited to the launch of Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line out of the fear that he might publicly demand a rollback of the fare hike, his deputy Manish Sisodia said today.He also said that not inviting the chief minister to the inauguration programme at Noida was an “insult” to the people of Delhi.Sisodia’s observations came minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 12.38-km stretch of the Magenta Line, between the Kalkaji Mandir and Botanical Garden metro stations, in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.”Not calling the Delhi chief minister in an inauguration of a Delhi Metro project is an insult of the people of Delhi.There’s only one reason behind not inviting Kejriwal, the fear that he may urge the prime minister to roll back the fare hike (sic),” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader tweeted.Of the nine stations on the Magenta Line, seven are within the boundaries of Delhi, while the remaining two are in Noida.Those who had hiked the metro fares were “scared” of the AAP supremo, Sisodia said.Almost on cue, AAP leaders and volunteers started tweeting with #TakeCreditButReduceFare.When reporters asked Kejriwal for comments on the issue at a Christmas event in the city, the chief minister evaded a reply, saying the occasion was not right to talk about it.However, he retweeted Sisodia’s tweets.The Kejriwal government has been at loggerheads with the Centre and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) over the recent hike in the metro fares, despite the AAP’s objections. PTI SBR RC

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

CM Kejriwal seeks LG Anil Baijal’s intervention to ensure safety of girls rescued from Delhi ashram

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today sought Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s intervention in ensuring the safety of girls recently rescued from facilities being run by a self-styled godman in the national capital.He demanded that if any police personnel was involved in sabotaging the case, he should be acted against while the Aam Aadmi Party went a step ahead and alleged a “nexus” between police and “certain BJP leaders” behind the activities of the controversial ashrams.The BJP rejected the allegations.Also readFive more minors rescued from Dixit Ashram branches”I urge Hon’ble LG to personally intervene and ensure strict action against ashram and ensure safety of rescued girls. If any policeman acts malafide, strict action shud be taken against him,” Kejriwal tweeted.In a press conference, senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh demanded the arrest of Virender Dev Dixit, who was running the ashrams, many of which have come under the scanner of police, in Uttar Pradesh as well.Also readGirls in Rohini Ashram force fed intoxicants: DCW chiefIn Delhi, around 46 girls have been rescued from two ashrams in Dwarka and Rohini.”It is an outcome of a nexus between the police and certain BJP leaders. Till now, the fake godman has not been arrested and it is still not known as to how many such centres are being run by him,” he said.Also readGirls in Rohini Ashram force fed intoxicants: DCW chiefDelhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said the BJP, like every other political party, follows Indian culture, respects all religions and spiritual leaders.”However, trying to associate the BJP’s name with the recent exposes relating to the ashram is condemnable. The party has no association with the ashram’s activities. Police should keep a watchful eye on them in view of the recent undesirable activities,” he said.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Post 2G and Adarsh reliefs to Congress, Arvind Kejriwal is not a happy man

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is not a happy man. On Thursday, he expressed displeasure at the CBI court’s 2G verdict, saying it was one of the biggest scams that rocked the country. Then on Friday, after the Bombay High Court gave relief to Ashok Chavan, Kejriwal tweeted that the BJP had given a clean chit to the Congress in the scam.Kejriwal came to prominence as the leader of an anti-corruption movement in India.Earlier on Friday, The Bombay High Court on Friday set aside the sanction granted to the CBI by Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to prosecute senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh housing society scam.Also read2G scam judgment: A Raja writes to Karunanidhi; says he places verdict at DMK chief’s feetA division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Sadhana Jadhav ruled that though the CBI had claimed to be in possession of fresh evidence against Chavan at the time of seeking the sanction, it “failed to present any fresh evidence.”Chavan even accused the BJP of vendetta politics.A day earlier, a CBI court acquitted A Raja and Kanomozhi, who were part of the UPA government, in the 2G scam case, citing lack of evidence. While the Congress and the DMK hailed the judgment, the ruling BJP and other parties have pushed for a higher court to examine the case.The corruption had become a major political plank for opposition parties, except for AIADMK and DMK, in the 2016 assembly election with both the major Dravidian parties caught in the corruption charges. After defeating DMK in the state assembly in 2011 and Lok Sabha polls in 2014 using the 2G scam, late AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa found herself targeted by opposition parties on corruption charges after her conviction and subsequent acquittal in the disproportionate assets case in 2014-15. After Jayalalithaa’s death last year, the Supreme Court in February this year upheld the conviction in the assets case and jailed her close aide VK Sasikala and two others.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

2G scam verdict: Riding on 2G ‘scam’, Kejri came to power

The 2G scam played a crucial role in catapulting Delhi’s present chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to power in the capital.In 2011, Gandhian Anna Hazare and Kejriwal launched a massive campaign against corruption in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan with a focus on the case.Training guns on the then UPA-II government headed by Manmohan Singh and latching onto other instances of corruption which surfaced during the UPA rule, Anna and Kejriwal made a massive pitch for the Lokpal Act.While the ambitious law never materialized, the issue helped Kejriwal reap political benefits, causing an irreversible damage to the Congress.Singh’s government which was facing the heat from BJP in Parliament and outside after the 2G spectrum allocation scam case surfaced, since it involved ministers from their ally DMK. As a result, the Congress faced a huge discomfiture and a battering in public opinion as the Anna movement drew huge crowds and support from intellectuals, activists and youths.The movement was also bolstered from other side by yoga guru Ramdev.DENT IN THE SYSTEMWhile the movement faltered later, it dented Congress’s public image and was responsible for its failure in Delhi assembly elections in 2013, bringing an end to Cong’s 15-year rule.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

L-G Anil Baijal cancels exam to recruit teachers over paper leak issue

Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Tuesday cancelled a Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) examination for recruiting primary teachers in MCD-run schools, after a Delhi Police report alleged cheating during the test on October 29.The move comes days after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia demanded the cancellation of the examination, stating that the question papers were leaked. “The L-G has cancelled the DSSSB examination held on October 29. The move follows a report by the Delhi Police on the issue of alleged cheating in the examination,” his office said in a statement. Baijal directed the education secretary to take strict disciplinary action against all staff identified in the case and submit an action taken report within 10 days.Following the allegations of cheating, an FIR was registered on October 29 and the matter was handed over to the Crime Branch for a swift investigation.According to the L-G’s office, Baijal had directed Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik to investigate the matter in a time-bound manner.Baijal then issued directions to the DSSSB chairman to reconduct the examination expeditiously, so that vacancies could be filled as soon as possible.”The DSSSB may review their systems and methods of conducting the examination thoroughly and also look into the modus-operandi employed by the accused, so that in the future, all such loopholes can be plugged,” the statement read.Earlier this month, Kejriwal had sought Baijal’s nod on the Delhi government’s decision to cancel the DSSSB examination.In November, Sisodia had written to the L-G, seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged DSSSB examination paper leak case and had demanded strict action against the officials involved.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Fee hike: Delhi CM warns schools of stern action

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday warned private schools of the “strongest action” for allegedly harassing parents by arbitrarily increasing fees to comply with the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.The warning came after reports suggested that private schools substantially increased their fees to comply with the seventh central pay commission (CPC) recommendations.In October, the Delhi government had allowed recognised unaided private schools on Delhi Development Authority (DDA) land to increase their fees by 15 per cent as an “interim” measure to comply with the CPC recommendations, which include a nearly 25 per cent increase in salaries of school teachers.”Parents from all over Delhi have met me in last few days wi complaints that schools r demanding v high fee including arrears to implement 7th Pay Commission. This must stop. I have directed Edu Dept to review the whole situation n to take immediate steps to stop this (sic),” Kejriwal said on Twitter.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Hope no Arvind Kejriwal will emerge from my movement again, says Anna Hazare

Social activist Anna Hazare has said he hoped that no Arvind Kejriwal emerged from his movement again.Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Kejriwal had taken part in Hazare’s anti-corruption movement in 2011. Subsequently, he had parted ways with the social activist and launched his own political outfit. “I hope no Kejriwal comes out of my movement again,” he told reporters here after addressing a public meeting at the Shahid Smarak here yesterday. Hazare said a big rally would be organised in the national capital on March 23 and urged farmers to join it in huge numbers.He accused the erstwhile UPA government at the Centre of failing to act on the Jan Lokpal Bill. “The (Narendra) Modi government later diluted the provisions of the Jan Lokpal Bill. Both the Congress and the BJP are guilty (in this regard),” the 80-year-old social activist said. Lamenting that even after 70 years of achieving independence, democracy, in its true sense, was yet to come to India, Hazare said, “We do not want a government of capitalists. No Modi, no Rahul (Gandhi). We want a government which works for farmers’ interests.”The Hazare-Kejriwal split came in 2012 after a roller- coaster ride of 18 months in which they came together to run a high-steam anti-graft movement. The activist had also refused to accept the survey done by India Against Corruption which overwhelmly favoured a political path and had said that he did not agree with the exercise done through social networking sites.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Policy monitoring unit to be revamped

The Delhi government approved a proposal on Tuesday to revamp and strengthen the monitoring and evaluation unit of its planning department for effective design, development and implementation of various policies.The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. “The newly created monitoring and evaluation unit will create a government-wide roadmap for effective use of modern monitoring and evaluation tools and techniques in government for improved policy making and better delivery of public services,” according to the statement.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said it was under the present government that such a “bold vision” for strengthening and modernising the unit of the planning department has been first articulated, and tangible actions towards the same initiated in the form of a comprehensive Outcome Budget for 2017-18.”This is because our government believes in the fundamental value of data-driven policy-making and the role scientific surveys and evaluations can play in helping elected governments better deliver public services to citizens and with the highest cost-effectiveness,” Sisodia said in the statement.Besides guiding “outcome budgeting”, it will help the government conduct independent surveys and evaluations, enable data analysis and assessment of large government datasets, the government said in a statement.It stated that the unit would also lay down a roadmap for the Delhi government to join the open data movement by making large government datasets open to citizens and researchers.The decision acknowledges the fact that advances in analytical tools and techniques related to monitoring and evaluation in the last decade combined with an increasing complexity and diversity of schemes warrant a scientific, evidence-based approach to policy-making, it stated.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Centre to decide if Ram Kishen Grewal’s family will get Rs 1 cr relief: Delhi High Court

The Centre will now decide whether ex-serviceman, late Ram Kishen Grewal who had committed suicide during the One Rank One Pension (OROP) stir, would get Rs 1 crore from the Delhi government, said the Delhi High court on Tuesday.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar disposed the plea filed by advocate Avadh Kaushik who had challenged the Delhi government ‘s decision to grant compensation to Grewal’s family stating that it cannot pass any order since the matter is now pending with the Centre.The bench refrained from passing any order after the Delhi government had informed in a counter-affidavit that the decision of the Delhi cabinet of granting Rs 1 crore compensation to the family of ex-serviceman Late Ram Kishen Grewal was rejected by the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Delhi four times.The L-G had stated that the specific case did not fall within the parameters of the scheme concerned. Delhi government had announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore to Grewal declaring him a ‘martyr’. However, the court while disposing of the case also expressed its displeasure and asked that how a person who has committed suicide be termed as a martyr. “You are laying a wrong precedent because then people will come to Delhi, commit suicide in the hope that their family gets money,” the court told the counsel appearing for Delhi government.The court held that the matter has been rejected by the LG and it is now pending with the Centre. So it is still at a premature stage. Following this, on March 3, 2017, CM Arvind Kejriwal met the L-G and requested that the Cabinet decision be implemented. Baijal, however, refused to do so, stating that the specific case did not fall within the parameters of the scheme, i.e death occurring in the discharge of official duty.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Defamation case: Delhi High Court rejects Kejriwal’s plea to trash Jaitley’s reply

The Delhi High Court today dismissed Arvind Kejriwal’s plea seeking striking down of Arun Jaitley’s reply in the second Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed against the Chief Minister, saying the additional issues raised by the Union Minister were “relevant”.The Delhi Chief Minister had sought that the replication (reply) filed by Jaitley in response to his written submission in the second defamation lawsuit be trashed on several grounds including that the usage of ‘scandalous’ words by his former counsel was based on hearsay.Justice Manmohan said the additional points raised by Jaitley in his replication to Kejriwal’s written submission were “relevant” as they “crystalise” the Union Minister’s stand and thus, “can neither be termed scandalous, nor frivolous or vexatious or unnecessary or abuse of process of law”.The court, however, gave Kejriwal four weeks to rebut the additional contentions of the BJP leader.The second suit had claimed that the then counsel of the Chief Minister, Ram Jethmalani, had made derogatory remarks against Jaitley in the proceedings of another defamation suit between the two and five other AAP leaders allegedly at the instance of Kejriwal.Kejriwal has denied that he had instructed Jethmalani to use the derogatory words, a claim which Jaitley has termed as false and for which he has also sought perjury action against the Delhi chief minister.In another reply, filed in response to Jaitley’s application seeking perjury action against him, Kejriwal has denied the allegation that he filed a false affidavit claiming he had not instructed his lawyer to use the derogatory words.The court has listed the perjury application for hearing on April 26.In his response filed through advocate Anupam Shrivastav, Kejriwal has denied that he has committed any perjury or made any false statement supported by an affidavit under oath.He has also said there were no instructions from him to Jethmalani to use objectionable remarks against Jaitley.The senior lawyer, however, had categorically stated before the joint registrar that he had received specific instruction from Kejriwal to use derogatory words against Jaitley.Jethmalani, who in September announced his retirement from over a seven-decade long career as an advocate, had used certain words while cross-examining the Union Minister in a separate Rs 10 crore defamation case filed by the BJP leader against the AAP convenor and five others of the party in 2015.The AAP leaders, including Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai, had in December 2015 levelled charges of corruption against Jaitley in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).Jaitley has denied all the allegations and also claimed that these had harmed his reputation.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Family celebrates loss of Max Hospital’s licence

More than a week after one of the newborn twins of a family was erroneously declared dead by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, the family heaved a sigh of relief on Friday after the Delhi government cancelled the licence of the hospital for medical negligence.The 22-week premature baby had died at a nursing home in Pitampura on Wednesday.The grieving parents of the newborn are now also demanding the immediate arrest of the two doctors involved in the alleged negligence.”We welcome the Delhi government decision, as we were also demanding the cancellation of the hospital’s licence. But why have the two doctors involved in the negligence not been arrested yet, even after being declared guilty by the hospital itself?”asked Ashish Kumar, the child’s father.”We demand the immediate arrest of both doctors. Also, they should be black-listed, so nobody has to go through a similar situation,” he said.Soon after receiving the news of the cancellation, the family members, who have been sitting on strike outside the hospital for the past five days, said that they had never imagined that the government would actually cancel the licence.”It is a historic decision and it will set an example for all those fraudulent doctors and hospitals who have been playing with the lives of innocent people,” said Deepak Kumar, the baby’s uncle.The child’s mother Varsha Bidawat, 21, has still not recovered completely. “It will take a lot of time for her to recover from what she has gone through. She is still feeling very weak both physically and mentally,” Kumar said.The family members said that they will meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday. “We will meet Mr Kejriwal to express our gratitude for his decision,” Kumar added. They will also hold a condolence meet in the memory of their child at India Gate on Saturday evening.Last Friday, the hospital had handed over the twins it had declared dead to the family in polythene packets. One of them was found alive while being taken to the cremation ground.DECEMBER HORRORDec 1 Newborn declared dead by hospital, found alive when taken for last rites Dec 1 Delhi Police registers case of attempt to commit culpable homicide against the hospital. Delhi government orders probe Dec 2 Delhi Medical Council issued show-cause notice to the hospital. Delhi health minister says if found guilty of medical negligence, hospital’s licence could be cancelled Dec 3 The hospital terminates two doctors for negligence Dec 5 Initial probe finds hospital “guilty of not having followed prescribed norms” Dec 5 Delhi govt says it would form a legal framework to track “criminal negligence” cases Dec 6 Newborn passes away Dec 7 Family members continue agitation outside the hospital Dec 8 Delhi government cancels the licence of the hospital after the probe committee finds it guilty of “medical negligence”.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Living baby declared dead: Family welcomes loss of Max Hospital’s licence, demands doctors’ arrest

More than a week after one of their newborn twins was erroneously declared dead by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, the family heaved a sigh of relief on Friday after the Delhi government cancelled the licence of the hospital for medical negligence. The 22-week premature baby had died at a nursing home in Pitampura on Wednesday.The grieving parents of the newborn are now also demanding the immediate arrest of the two doctors who were found involved in the alleged negligence. “We welcome the Delhi government’s decision as we were also demanding the cancellation of the hospital’s licence. But why the two doctors involved in the negligence are not arrested yet, even after being declared guilty by the hospital itself?”, asked Ashish Kumar, the child’s father.“We demand immediate arrest of the two doctors. Also, they should be blacklisted so nobody has to go through a similar situation what we have endured,” he added.Also readMax hospital row: Newborn found alive in plastic bag passes awaySoon after receiving the news of the cancellation, family members, who have been sitting on strike outside the hospital since the last five days, said that they had never imagined that the government would actually cancelled the licence. “It is a historic decision and it will set an example for all those fraudulent doctors and hospitals who have been playing with the lives of innocent people,” said Deepak Kumar, the baby’s uncle.The child’s mother Varsha Bidawat, 21, has still not recovered completely. “It will take a lot of time for her to recover from what she has gone through. She is still feeling very weak both physically and mentally,” Kumar said.Also readDelhi government cancels licence of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence Family members said that they will meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday. “We will meet Mr Kejriwal to express our gratitude for his decision,” Kumar added. They will also hold a condolence meet in the memory of their child at the India gate on Saturday evening.Last Friday, the hospital had handed over twins it had declared dead to the family in “polythene packets.” One of them turned out to be alive while being taken to the cremation ground.

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

India woman activist ‘paraded naked’ for fighting illegal liquor den

In a video, the woman said she was “dragged and disrobed” by her attackers.

WhatsApp admin gets anticipatory bail from Rajasthan HC for objectionable posts by a member

The police started investigation into the matter. Group admin Mahendra applied for anticipatory bail at the local court and was denied. He then moved to the HC, where he got relief.

According to Ashok Changani, advocate for Mahendra, “Being an admin does not make him responsible for what is posted on the group. If the admin is responsible for posts of members, then the mobile service provider and WhatsApp should also be responsible.” “The IT Act needs to be amended to include the admin. In its present form, only the person who makes the posts is responsible,’” added Changani. While Mahendra has obtained respite from court, Brijendra is yet to get any relief.”
}

<!– Google Analytics –><!– comScore –>

<!– izooto push notification –>

JNU VC urges Centre to install Army tank on campus as ‘symbol of patriotism’
Former ISRO chief UR Rao, man behind India’s 1st satellite Aryabhatta, passes away
US biologists discover three new toad species

<!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Desktop_970x90_ATF –><!–end of top add–>

<!–end of mega-menu–>

<!–end of nav–><!–end of logo–><!–end of extrnavi–>

<!–end of hdrscl–><!–end of container–><!–end of hdrup –>

Trending#Rahul GandhiCyclone OckhiGujarat elections 2017HadiyaAmit Shah<!–end of container–><!–end of hdrup –>

Home
India
<!– one –>
Home
India
–><!–end of breadcrumbx–>WhatsApp admin gets anticipatory bail from Rajasthan HC for objectionable posts by a member Whatsapp
File Picture <!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Right_300x250_ATF –><!–bnr300–>Share

<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written BySangeeta Pranvendra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Tuesday 5 December 2017 16:05 ISTMust readCyclone Ockhi: Schools to remain closed on Tuesday, Mumbai University and all its affiliated colleges to remain open Don’t know anyone by name of Shehzad Poonawalla: Tehseen disowns his own brother<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The admin of a WhatsApp group escaped arrest when he was granted anticipatory bail by the Rajasthan High Court. An FIR was lodged against the admin of the group at Jaisalmer under sections of IPC and IT ACT, holding him responsible for objectionable posts by a member of the group against a woman. The member was also mentioned in the FIR. When the admin was denied bail at the local court he moved High Court at Jodhpur and was granted anticipatory bail. The court observed that he was not responsible for the posts made by others. The group admin, Mahendra Garg, a resident of Jaisalmer, had created a WhatsApp group that had people from his community as members. On June 21 one of the members Brijendra Garg posted some photographs and comments against a 24 year old woman. He alleged that the lady was married previously but has again remarried, without divulging details of the past. Brijendra mocked both the husband and wife on the WhatsApp group. Subsequently, on June 25 an FIR was filed by the lady not only against Brijendra, who had posted on the group, but also Mahendra who is the admin of the group under section 509 IPC and Sec 67 of IT Act. They were accused of violating a woman’s modesty and publishing obscene material in electronic form. The police started investigation into the matter. Group admin Mahendra applied for anticipatory bail at the local court and was denied. He then moved to the HC, where he got relief. According to Ashok Changani, advocate for Mahendra, “Being an admin does not make him responsible for what is posted on the group. If the admin is responsible for posts of members, then the mobile service provider and WhatsApp should also be responsible.” “The IT Act needs to be amended to include the admin. In its present form, only the person who makes the posts is responsible,’” added Changani. While Mahendra has obtained respite from court, Brijendra is yet to get any relief.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of col 9–><!–end of row–><!–<a href=”/delhi/report-delhi-govt-to-set-up-legal-framework-to-check-criminal-negligence-by-hospitals-arvind-kejriwal-2565164″ title=”Delhi govt to set up legal framework to check criminal negligence by hospitals: Arvind Kejriwal” rel=”next” class=”nextstorylink” onclick=”window.location.hash=’article-2565164′;” > –>Next story
Delhi govt to set up legal framework to check criminal negligence by hospitals: Arvind Kejriwal
<!–</a> –><!– <a href=”/delhi/report-delhi-govt-to-set-up-legal-framework-to-check-criminal-negligence-by-hospitals-arvind-kejriwal-2565164″ title=”Delhi govt to set up legal framework to check criminal negligence by hospitals: Arvind Kejriwal” rel=”next” class=”nextstorylink” > Next storyDelhi govt to set up legal framework to check criminal negligence by hospitals: Arvind Kejriwal –><!–end of container–>
<!–end of 1st article–><!–<img src=”http://static.dnaindia.com/sites/all/themes/desktop2017/images/outbrain.jpg” class=”img-responsive” alt=”” title=””>–><!– /11440465/DNA_Article_Desktop_970x90_BTF –>Next Story<!–bnrhorbx–><!– <script src=”http://static.dnaindia.com/sites/all/themes/mobile2017/js/jquery.autopager-1.0.0.min.gz.js?v=4″>–><!– .articleBlock –>

<!– /11440465/DNA_Desktop_Article_Outofpage –>

Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav reject possibility of returning to AAP

Swaraj India leader Prashant Bhushan today rejected outright any prospect of returning to Aam Admi Party (AAP) as he claimed that the party had “betrayed” all ideals of the anti-graft movement.His reaction comes a day after senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said the party was holding dialogue with those who left the outfit, including Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, to facilitate their return to the party fold.The controversial remarks by Vishwas, however, were refuted by a party leader close to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav, who along with Bhushan, was expelled from AAP for questioning Kejriwal’s style of functioning, said he was “unaware of any such move”.”Really? Must be very secret, since both of us have not heard about it!” Yadav tweeted. “There are no talks or possibility of our returning to AAP which has betrayed all the ideals of the Anti-Corruption movement,” Bhushan said in a tweet.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Max Hospital goof-up: Family of twins stage dharna demanding action against authorities

Family members of the newborn, who was declared dead along with his stillborn twin at New Delhi’s Max Hospital, staged a protest late Friday, raising slogans against the hospital’s apathy and demanding strict action against the authorities.The branch of Max Hospital, which is located in New Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh had handed the twins in plastic bags, thinking both of them were dead. However, on the way to the burial ground, the parents saw that one of the infants had started moving in the bag.Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda has asked the Delhi Government to take necessary action over the negligence of Max Hospital. Earlier on Friday, a medical negligence case was registered under section 308 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the hospital, which governs cases related to attempt to commit culpable homicide and can attract imprisonment of up to seven years. The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the “criminal negligence” with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promising “strict action”. “We tore the packet, there were 2-3 clothes and polythene bags. The kid was still breathing. We rushed the baby to a nearby nursing home in Pitampura,” the father had told reporters on Friday.The Max Hospital in a statement had said, “It has been brought to our attention that a premature (22 weeks) newborn baby who is reported to be on life support at a nursing home was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30 morning. The other baby was stillborn. We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident.” The statement said a detailed inquiry was initiated, pending which, the doctor concerned was asked to proceed on leave immediately and they were in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support. With ANI Inputs
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consecwq tetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Yogi Adityanath

–>

Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>

Anger as India doctor mistakenly declares newborn dead

The error was found when the baby’s parents saw him move en route to the funeral in India.

AAP served IT notice of Rs 30 crores, Kejriwal calls it ‘political vendetta’

Updated: Nov 28, 2017, 12:19 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Aam Aadmi Party was today served a notice of Rs 30 crore by the Income Tax department over the donations received by it, a move Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal dubbed as the “height of political vendetta”.”In the history of India, all donations to a political party have been declared illegal. All these were accounted for and shown in books of accounts. This is a height of political vendetta,” Kejriwal tweeted. Income Tax Department sources said the notice was issued by the assessing officer under section 156 (notice of demand).They said it was issued in the “normal course”, where ITRs are picked up for scrutiny by the assessing officer. “As the case was getting time barred, the notice was issued to the concerned assessee. “Similar notices have been issued to other entities too. The notice of demand (to AAP) is for income arising from various sources including donations,” a senior official said.
ALSO READ IT dept sends Rs 30.67 crore notice to Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party

IT dept sends Rs 30.67 crore notice to Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax department on Monday slapped Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Admi Party (AAP) with a Rs 30.67 crore tax notice.The IT department has reportedly pulled up the party for not recording full details of 462 donors who donated Rs 6 crore.The party on Sunday marked the five-year anniversary and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a broadside against the BJP, accusing it of ‘polarising’ the country, saying the saffron party has realised the goal of Pakistan of dividing the nation in just three years of its rule.Without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, Kejriwal said the AAP is ‘not like a Napolean’ whose intention is to win every state election, but its real purpose is to change the system.Earlier this year, the IT department had issued a notice to AAP asking why it should not be prosecuted for alleged falsification of account books and ‘wilful attempt’ to evade tax on donations received by it.The tax department had charged the party with not filing a ‘true and correct’ contribution report for donations received for the assessment year 2014-15 which have been found to be over Rs 30.08 crore after year-long investigations.

I am like Abhimanyu, will be victorious even in death: Kumar Vishwas on AAP’s 5th Foundation Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, who shared an uneasy relationship with the party leadership, today asserted he would not quit the outfit and that the party strayed from the path it had chosen to tread five years ago.Addressing party volunteers on the occasion of 5th Foundation Day of the AAP, Vishwas took on his detractors within the party and said he was like Abhimanyu, the warrior son of Arjun who lost his life while fighting in the epic ‘Mahabharata’.”I was told that I will be insulted and compelled to quit. I would like to say that I am not going anywhere. I am like the Abhimanyu who will be victorious even in his death,” Vishwas said.
ALSO READ When you see condom ad while sitting with your family: Twitter reacts to ‘awkward’ Kejriwal-Khattar pictureVishwas also emphasised the need for dialogue within the AAP and said the people who built the party believed in disagreeing over issues. Running away from questions amounts to being timid, he said. The comment was seen as a jibe to a section of party leaders.He said the easiest way to crush a movement is to give it a face, a comment also seen as a jibe to his detractors within the party.
ALSO READ Vishwas vs Kejriwal-Sisodia: AAP now a completely divided house “This is why it is paramount to keep the country first, followed by the party and then the leader,” he said.He retorted to the tag of being a “part-time politician” labelled by a section of party leaders and said he preferred being a “full-time Indian and part-time politician’, and added it was essential to look after one’s own livelihood to ensure a spotless political life.
ALSO READ Kumar Vishwas clicks on ‘Right side’ of Padmavati issue “Don’t you think, we have strayed away from the road we took five years ago. We have to walk on the right path from where we started. We have lost some good volunteers due to arrogance and insecurities and we need to bring them back,” Vishwas said.The poet-politician and founder member of the AAP has had an uneasy relationship with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.Vishwas is unhappy with the leadership for several reasons and has been attacking a “coterie” surrounding Kejriwal. But a major reason has been revoking the suspension of AAP MLA Amantullah last month, who had accused Vishwas of being a “BJP-RSS agent”.

Delhi police employ less than 4% minority members: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite having a strength of around 80,000 personnel, the Delhi Police employs less than four per cent of members from minority communities in its ranks, according to a report by the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC).The annual report, released by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, also shows that Muslims, the largest minority group in Delhi, form less than two per cent of the police force in the Capital.The report said the force has 1,388 Muslim personnel and 697 Christian personnel. It added that the Delhi Police employs just 856 Sikh personnel. “The Delhi Police has 1.79 per cent personnel from the Muslim community. In total, it has 3,035 personnel from minority communities who form 3.91 per cent of the total strength of the force,” the commission said in its report.In the report, the DMC has identified twelve departments and corporations of which members of the minority communities are a part. Apart from the police, the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) has a total of 26 members from minority communities which is the lowest among 12 departments and corporations.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) employs 283 members from minority communities. However, the Directorate of Training tops the list at 13.33 per cent, followed by the Public Grievance Commission at 7.69 per cent and the Directorate General of Home Guards at 5.22 per cent.The report further flagged the scarcity of graveyards and cemeteries in the city due to the lack of availability of land. As per the report, at present, there are just 131 graveyards while at one point of time there were over 650 graveyards.With an increase in population, the problem has increased with graveyards being overtaken by buildings and other structures.According to the Census 2011, the Muslim Population in Delhi is 21,58,684, while the Christian population is 1,46,093.

SC sweeps aside plea seeking stay on release of movie on Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “An Insignificant Man”, billed by the makers as a film based on the life of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, would hit the screens tomorrow as the Supreme Court today dismissed a plea seeking a stay on its release saying freedom of speech and expression was “sacrosanct”.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that any film, theatre, drama or novel was a creation of art and courts should not crucify rights of an expressive mind.The court was hearing a plea filed by Nachiketa Walhekar, who allegedly threw ink at Kejriwal in 2013. He has claimed that he has been depicted as a convict in the movie despite the fact that trial in that matter was still pending.His counsel told the bench, also comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, that the film contains a video clip, which was originally shown by media, pertaining to him and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should not have granted a certificate to the movie for its release.”It is worthy to mention that freedom of speech and expression is sacrosanct and the said right should not be ordinarily interfered with,” the bench said.It said when the CBFC has granted a certificate and only something with regard to the petitioner, which was shown in the media, was being reflected in the movie, “this court should restrain itself in not entertaining the writ petition or granting injunction”.”Be it noted, a film or a drama or a novel or a book is a creation of art. An artist has his own freedom to express himself in a manner which is not prohibited in law and such prohibitions are not read by implication to crucify the rights of expressive mind,” the bench said.It said that “human history” records that there were many authors, who expressed their thoughts according to the choice of their words, phrases, expressions and also created characters who may look absolutely different than an ordinary man would conceive of.”A thought provoking film should never mean that it has to be didactic or in any way puritanical. It can be expressive and provoking the conscious or the sub-conscious thoughts of the viewer. If there has to be any limitation, that has to be as per the prescription in law,” it noted in its order.The bench also said that courts have to be extremely slow in passing any kind of restraint order in such a situation and it should allow the respect that a creative man enjoys in writing a drama, play, book on philosophy or any kind of thought that is expressed on the celluloid or theatre.Regarding the petitioner’s apprehension that the documentary film would be used as an evidence during the trial of the case, the bench said it cannot be commented upon as it would be for trial court to adjudge under the Evidence Act.During the hearing, the petitioner’s counsel told the bench that his image has been tarnished in the film and the filmmakers could have put in a disclaimer that trial in the ink-throwing case was still pending.”The incident happened in 2013. It was alleged that the petitioner had thrown the ink on Kejriwal. Trial is still pending. How can they show me as a convict of throwing ink at Kejriwal?,” the lawyer said.The bench, however, said that prohibiting exhibition of a documentary or a film was “very serious” and courts should be very slow in interfering with it.It said that only the courts have the right to convict a person of any crime.”Everyday, debate takes place in this court and people write about it as they understand. We do not gag them. Pre- censorship by courts should not be done,” the bench said.

Governance home-delivered: Delhiites to get driving license, ration card and other services at their doorstep

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government on Thursday announced that it would roll out a scheme within three to four months to enable citizens to get 40 public services, including caste certificates and driving licence, at their doorstep.The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.This is “home delivery of governance”, which is being done for the first time in the country, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed while announcing the Cabinet’s decision.He said that the government would hire a private agency to implement the scheme.”Mobile Sayak (facilitators) will be hired through the agency that would set up call centres.”Various certificates such as caste, new water connection, income, driving licence, ration card, domicile, marriage registration, duplicate RC and change of address in RC, will be covered under the scheme in the first phase,” Sisodia told reporters.Giving an example, the deputy chief minister said that if a person wants to apply for a driving licence, he or she will have to call a designated call centre and register their details.Thereafter, the agency would assign a ‘Mobile Sahyak’, who will visit the applicant’s residence and get the required documents, he said.”The Mobile Sahyak will be equipped with all necessary machines such as biometric devices and a camera. For home delivery services, the applicant would be charged a nominal fee which is yet to be decided,” Sisodia said.

Defamation case: Jaitley opposes Kejriwal’s plea against summoning order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Arun Jaitley opposed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s petition in the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of a trial court’s order summoning him as an accused in a criminal defamation complaint filed by the BJP leader.Jaitley sought dismissal of Kejriwal’s plea on the ground that he and five other AAP leaders, who were also summoned as accused in the case, since the beginning of the case had tried to “stall” the proceedings and had filed various petitions and applications to “impede” the trial.The finance minister made the submissions in his written arguments filed before Justice A K Pathak, who was hearing the chief minister’s plea against a trial court’s March 9, 2016 order summoning him and others in the matter.Taking note of the submissions filed before it, the court fixed the matter for arguments on January 11 next year.It also asked Kejriwal’s counsel to file their written arguments in the matter.Senior counsel Sidharth Luthra and advocate Manik Dogra, representing Jaitley, said that the present petition ought to be dismissed on the ground of delay and latches.”The petition has been filed on May 3, 2017, almost 14 months after the summoning order was passed on March 9, 2016,” the counsel said.They said that the petition, which raises fallacious and baseless contentions, has only been filed with an ulterior motive to delay the trial.Kejriwal’s lawyers Nitya Ramakrishnan and Shadan Farasat said that none of the statements attributed to their client was defamatory in nature, as they do not satisfy any of the ingredients provided in Section 499 (defamation) of IPC and its explanations.Kejriwal has said that the trial court, prior to summoning him, did not test the allegations made in the complaint and pre-summoning evidence.Besides Kejriwal, the trial court had also summoned Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai, observing that the allegations levelled by them against Jaitley were “not only insulting but jeeringly taunting and provocative”.After they appeared in the matter, they were granted bail by the trial court.Jaitley had filed the criminal defamation complaint alleging that the accused had defamed him in a controversy regarding the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when he headed it for over a decade.The AAP leaders had accused the BJP leader of corruption while he was the president of the DDCA from 2000 to 2013. The charges have been denied by the Union minister during his cross-examination by Kejriwal’s counsel before the Delhi High Court.A civil defamation suit has also been filed by Jaitley against them in the Delhi High Court in the matter seeking Rs 10 crore as damages.The Union minister also contended that a perusal of the summoning order reveals that the trail court has clearly applied his judicial mind before issuing summons to all the accused.

Had a fruitful meeting with Haryana CM: Arvind Kejriwal after meeting Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh to discuss the issue of stubble burning that had resulted in high levels of smog in the national capital.“We had a very positive discussion, we will take all steps possible to tackle the situation,” said Kejriwal after the meeting, according to a Hindustan Times report.Kejriwal last week had sought a meeting with counterparts from Haryana and Punjab to discuss ways to manage the worsening air pollution in Delhi and the neighbouring states.However, Amarinder Singh had said that it is not a matter for inter-state discussion and that won’t help and it requires central govt intervention, at the earliest.”Share your concern over stubble burning and pollution, Centre alone can solve the problem given its national implications. The situation is serious but Punjab helpless as problem is widespread & state has no money to compensate farmers for stubble management,” Amarinder Singh replied to Kejriwal in a series of tweets.
ALSO READ Futile exercise: Why any meeting between Kejriwal and Khattar won’t clear the smogAir quality in Delhi-NCR has been at the season’s worst for the past week as a combined effect of smoke from stubble burning and moisture turned the region into a ‘gas chamber’ leaving people gasping.

Punjab CM refuses to meet Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another blow to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh has turned down the former’s offer to meet and discuss ways to bring down the pollution level in their respective states. Kejriwal had earlier expressed his interest in meeting Singh on Wednesday in Chandigarh when he was having a meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.Turning down his offer, the Punjab CM’s media adviser Raveen Thukral on Tuesday tweeted “Stop politicising the #pollution issue, you know any meeting between us would be useless, and in any case now that the apex court is also seized of the matter, let us leave it to them and the central govt to find long-term solutions.”Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal had blamed the burning of crop stubble by farmers in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana as the major cause of the spiking pollution in Delhi.”Sir, I am coming to Chandigarh on Wed to meet Haryana CM. Would be grateful if u cud spare sometime to meet me. It is in collective interest,” the Delhi chief minister had tweeted to Amarinder Singh, who had last week called Mr Kejriwal a “peculiar person with views on everything but no understanding.”The social media exchanges began between the ministers after the national capital’s air turned ‘severe’ and the city became unlivable.During the entire fiasco, Amarinder Singh had asserted that Delhi’s pollution crisis has been cause by “mismanaged transportation and unplanned industrial development.” Instead of focusing all his attention on resolving these issues, he said, “Kejriwal wants to waste time with holding useless discussions.”

Punjab AAP rakes up river water dispute, demands royalties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raking up the raging river water dispute, Punjab’s unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has demanded that the Punjab government should levy royalties on river water being supplied to Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan.The state is locked in a dispute with neighbouring Haryana for construction of 214-km Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, whose construction was suspended in 1990. While the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Haryana for construction of the canal, Punjab has rued that it will end up facing serious ecological crisis due to depletion of ground water.Leading a sit-in protest outside the Punjab Secretariat, Leader of Opposition, Sukhpal Khaira and other MLAs, including Vice-President Aman Arora, demanded that the government should put into effect the resolution passed in the Punjab Assembly and seek royalties from the neighboring states.“As a riparian state, we urge Punjab government to levy royalties on neighbouring Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi which are being provided water from Satluj river for decades,” said Leader of Opposition, Sukhpal Singh Khaira. The AAP MLAs contended that the government can send the bills to the Delhi government to begin with, where CM Arvind Kejriwal is likely to agree.However, the demands were dismissed by cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa. “If we seek royalties from other states, then we will also have to pay royalty to Himachal Pradesh, which is actually providing river water to Punjab. The water is coming from HP. A decision cannot be taken like this,” said Bajwa, highlighting that such problems needed a long-term solution.

BJP demands 24-hour chest clinics for pollution-hit Delhiites

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticised the Arvind Kejriwal government, calling it visionless for its inability to arrest rising pollution levels in the national Capital that has been gripped in a thick blanket of poisonous smog.Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Monday said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) remains indecisive with a string of failed decisions to its credit in handling the hazardous smog.Citing Monday’s pollution levels that were recorded as 4 to 7 times higher than the tolerable 60 mg level, Tiwari said,”With schools set to open and a heavy public activity, the Kejriwal government seems to be lost as it never formulated a strategy to fight such a climatic emergency. People are worried and state administration, especially in hospitals have failed the citizens.”Tiwari also requested Lt. Governor Anil Baijal to call an all-party meeting to discuss the preparation to fight pollution and remedial measures in the Capital. The Delhi BJP also requested the Lt Governor to direct all government and private hospitals to set up 24-hour free chest clinics to help the affected people.The BJP has trained its guns on CM Arvind Kejriwal since Delhi caught itself warped in heavy smog. The party last week distributed masks in the northeast part of the city, as Tiwari attacked the AAP government for being indifferent towards the health of people.The party said the government failed to formulate any decisive policies to tackle the pollution scenario which was turning grim by the day. The Delhi chief minister was also lambasted for passing the buck to neighbouring states for burning stubble while he himself did not have any roadmap for pollution.

AAP reaches out to rebels to extend olive branch in a bid to strengthen Delhi base

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Badly bruised by dissident attacks, the beleaguered Aam Aadmi Party is offering an olive branch to party rebels to mend relations and strengthen its position in the national capital.The party has reached out to rebel MLAs Pankaj Puskhar and Devinder Sehrawat, a senior AAP leader said on the condition of anonymity.”Yes, there is a positive development,” Sehrawat said, confirming that there was a thaw in the hostility between the Bijwasan MLA and the party leadership. He, however, did not elaborate on the moves.Sources close to Pushkar, who represents Timarpur, said his equation with AAP had improved and he had started attending party and government events in his constituency.”We are basically fighting the same force, the BJP. So it makes more sense to cooperate,” Pushkar told PTI.Informal talks are being held with several dissidents, who are being persuaded not to take up positions against the party, the senior AAP leader said.Talks were on with sacked ministers Sandeep Kumar and Asim Ahmed Khan who, AAP sources said, had turned “neutral” in comparison to their earlier hostile stands on party matters.The sources said the efforts were bearing fruit, with Sehrawat and Pushkar backing motions mooted by the government.In a special session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly in October, Pushkar came out in support of safeguarding the house panels of the Assembly when the Lt Governor sought to withdraw the powers of department-related standing committees.Sehrawat, an ex-colonel, had been at odds with the leadership ever since it removed founder-members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from top party committees.Known to be close to Yadav and Bhushan, Sehrawat was suspended last year when he accused some party leaders of “exploiting women” in Punjab, a charge put down by the party.Khan was sacked by Kejriwal as the Environment Minister in October 2015 over bribery charges while Kumar was suspended after the surfacing of an alleged sex It was after a series of defeats in March and April that efforts at mending relations began, the sources said.AAP was battered in the Punjab and Goa assembly polls, and later in the Rajouri Garden by-poll and MCD election.After the electoral defeats, the party has been taking several steps to regain lost strength on the home turf. Among other moves, Delhi unit convener Dilip Pandey, who was at the helm of affairs during the elections, was replaced by Labour Minister Gopal Rai.There was trouble brewing on another front, too. Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra launched an all-out assault against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with bribery charges, which though denied by the party, severely dented its image.There were even whispers in the party that Mishra and his associates could engineer a ‘coup’ against the leadership.To top it, Office of Profit proceedings were on against 20 out of the 66 AAP MLAs.It was against this backdrop that the party decided it had to build bridges with those who were turning away from it. Informally, leaders started holding talks with the rebels.”In such a scenario, every MLA counts,” a source Sources close to Sehrawat said a senior party leader approached him when Mishra’s attack on the AAP was at its peak, requesting him not to say anything that would further harm the outfit.But the party top brass was unlikely to extend an olive branch to Mishra.Mishra who went on a hunger strike against the party leadership in May, had crossed the line, another AAP leader said.”He made personal attacks against Chief Minister Kejriwal and even his family members. The attacks were below the belt and unacceptable,” the leader said.”It’s clear that Kejriwal is corrupt… Either he should resign, or I will drag him by his collar to Tihar jail,” Mishra told reporters after he called off his hunger strike.The rapprochement exercise only seems to be confined to Delhi. The party is yet to reach out to its two rebel MPs in Punjab—Dharamvira Gandhi and H S Khalsa.Gandhi, one of the two suspended MPs from Punjab, termed the reconciliation effort a “trick”, and said he had not been approached by the party in the last two and half years.

Delhi pollution: No respite for citizens, as smog continues to plague national capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The pollution levels in the national capital continued to leave its citizens gasping for air on Sunday.A thick smog cover was seen near India Gate and other parts of central Delhi. Runners and cyclists, all donning masks, told news agency ANI that they were finding it difficult to breathe.According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting & Research (SAFAR), PM 10 levels in Delhi’s Lodhi Road area were recorded at 560, PM 2.5 at 625, while PM 10 levels in Noida were recorded at 551, PM 2.5 levels at 541. This falls in the severe category.Earlier on Saturday, the the Arvind Kejriwal government announced that the car-rationing plan has been put on hold for now.Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Saturday made the announcement after the emergency meeting called by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.He said that in view of the two pre-conditions set by the NGT — no exemption for two-wheelers and women drivers — the Delhi government has decided to file a review petition on Monday.Earlier on Saturday, the National Green Tribunal gave it’s order for the car rationing scheme from November 13-November 17 saying no women drivers, government servants and two-wheelers will be exempted. They also said only emergency services and CNG vehicles will be exempted from the odd-even scheme.The green board also said that the odd-even scheme will come into force by default in future if the PM2.5 level crosses 300 and PM10 goes above 500.The NGT also asked Delhi government why the car rationing scheme was not applied before and why the AAP government did not take any steps to reduce pollution before in the national capital.The board said that Delhi government should reconsider the hike of parking charges by four times. “Won’t the hike of parking fees only benefit the parking lots, and would stress people even further, thereby encouraging them to park vehicles on the roads instead, choking them in the process?” NGT asked Arvind Kejriwal’s government.The top green court also asked the Uttar Pradesh governnment for details on the number of challans in Greater Noida and Noida.Meanwhile, the Central Pollution Control Board CPCB) submitted a report to NGT saying the possibility of rain in the next 2-3 days.

Odd-even scheme called off for now, says Arvind Kejriwal government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after the National Green Tribunal gave nod to the odd-even scheme in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal government announced that the car-rationing plan has been put on hold for now.Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Saturday made the announcement after the emergency meeting called by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.He said that in view of the two pre-conditions set by the NGT — no exemption for two-wheelers and women drivers — the Delhi government has decided to file a review petition on Monday.Earlier on Saturday, the National Green Tribunal gave it’s order for the car rationing scheme from November 13-November 17 saying no women drivers, government servants and two-wheelers will be exempted. They also said only emergency services and CNG vehicles will be exempted from the odd-even scheme. The green board also said that the odd-even scheme will come into force by default in future if the PM2.5 level crosses 300 and PM10 goes above 500.The NGT also asked Delhi government why the car rationing scheme was not applied before and why the AAP government did not take any steps to reduce pollution before in the national capital.The board said that Delhi government should reconsider the hike of parking charges by four times.“Won’t the hike of parking fees only benefit the parking lots, and would stress people even further, thereby encouraging them to park vehicles on the roads instead, choking them in the process?” NGT asked Arvind Kejriwal’s government.The top green court also asked the Uttar Pradesh governnment for details on the number of challans in Greater Noida and Noida. Meanwhile, the Central Pollution Control Board CPCB) submitted a report to NGT saying the possibility of rain in the next 2-3 days.

Pollution peaks, so does petty politics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While there is no solution in sight to the spiralling air pollution crisis, politics has begun among the Chief Ministers of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had sought the Centre’s intervention last year. This year, it has been done by Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh. Kejriwal, however, wrote an identical letter to Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Singh, seeking an urgent meeting to stop stubble burning in their states.Singh has chosen to take the matter to the doors of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking crop management compensation for farmers, who have so far been burning stubble to clear fields for the next crop despite a court ban.Taking to Twitter, Khattar asserted that “concrete” steps are being taken to deal with the “sudden” increase in pollution in Delhi-NCR. “We have taken all possible steps in Haryana,” he told reporters.Haryana Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar wrote to Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh requesting him to let the central government allow utilisation of labour under MNREGA for disposal of paddy straw for a period of one month.”I have been seeking a meeting with both Haryana and Punjab chief ministers since yesterday, but I have not received any response,” Kejriwal said. He also said that the Punjab government should give subsidy on loans to farmers to tackle the issue.Dismissive of the meeting offer, Singh dubbed Kejriwal a “peculiar person” who has views on everything without understanding the situation.”There are 20 million tons of paddy straw, where do I ask farmers to store the same? So Mr Kejriwal doesn’t understand this problem,” he said adding that he has requested the Prime Minister to convene a meeting of the Chief Ministers of the affected states and Union Ministers as just his meeting with the Delhi CM resolves nothing.Kejriwal suggested on Thursday that Delhi could be chipping in with some financial help to the two states to meet the cost of stopping stubble burning.Even last year, when pollution levels in Delhi had peaked, then Union Environment Secretary AN Jha had held a meeting with the Environment Secretaries of five states — Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab — to decide on anti-pollution measures.Then Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave had also chaired a meeting of the Environment Ministers of Delhi-NCR. Dave had then urged states to stay away from blame game.

Uber says ‘no surge pricing’ as Delhi braces for Odd-Even from Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Supporting the Delhi government’s decision to bring back the odd-even scheme, Uber on Thursday said there would be no surge pricing and special fares will be available for pool rides.”[email protected]_India fully committed to supporting #OddEven. No surge pricing, Spl fares on Pool/Moto, Discounted rides to metro stations,” Shweta Rajpal Kohli, Uber India’s Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs said on Twitter.The national capital has lately been all over the news as the region continues to breathe toxic haze and the air quality has crossed ‘danger’ level.After receiving much flak from the opposition and the Delhi High court for not taking enough measures to control the air pollution and provide clean environment, the Arvind Kejriwal government on Thursday decided to bring back the odd-even scheme from November 13 to November 17.The National Capital Region, on Wednesday woke up to a haze that crossed the World Health Organization’s acceptable level of air quality by over 30 times. The Delhi government has declared that schools will remain closed till Sunday and the closure might be extended if the situation continues to be worse.The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had already declared it a ‘public health emergency’ and have urged the government to ban any outdoor activities.

Delhi smog: Amarinder Singh takes down Arvind Kejriwal over stubble burning issue, says ‘Mr Kejriwal is a peculiar person’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the tussle going on between Delhi and Punjab over the stubble burning issue, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal calling him a ‘peculiar’ man with no views.”Mr.Kejriwal is a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation. There is 20 million ton of paddy straw, where do I ask farmers to store? So Mr.Kejriwal doesn’t understand this problem,” Singh told ANI.Singh was replying to Kejriwal’s comments on the Punjab government’s failure to provide farmers with viable alternatives to stubble burning, which is the major cause of alarming levels of pollution in Delhi-NCR.Earlier on Thursday, Kejriwal said politics should be kept aside and everyone should come together to resolve the issue.”Until state governments don’t find economically viable solutions to crop burning it will not stop. If everyone…central government, UP, Punjab and Haryana government come together and put aside politics a solution can be found,” Kejriwal said.”For a month (from mid-October to mid-November) the whole northern India becomes a gas chamber, not just Delhi. The high increase in PM levels in Delhi is not just due to local reasons. People and government of Delhi are ready to take all steps but these steps will not be enough until a solution to crop burning is found,” Kejriwal added.Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had already declared it a ‘public health emergency’ and have urged the government to ban outdoor activities.

Odd-even returns in Delhi, car rationing scheme to come into force from November 13

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Arvind Kejriwal government has decided to bring back odd-even scheme in Delhi on Thursday. Battling the worsening smog in the city, administration has decided to impose the car rationing scheme from November 13 to November 17.The decision was taken after the Delhi High Court slammed the Kejriwal government for not taking enough measures to provide clean environment to the people of the city.In fact, the court had earlier suggested to bring back the scheme, which was implemented for first time in January last year after a trial run in month of December in 2015. The second time the scheme came into force was from April 15-30 in 2016.Under the third phase of the odd-even scheme, vehicles with odd and even numbers will be permitted to run on alternate days.Earlier today, the High Court had also observed that the odd-even scheme last year had unclogged the city.The national capital region continues to breathe the toxic air as the The maximum Air quality in the national capital and its nearby areas is hovering between 400-700, which is above the danger level for the third consecutive day.The odd-even plan is inspired by the Beijing model that was introduced ahead of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Delhi reintroduces car rationing to curb pollution

Pollution levels are 30 times the World Health Organization limit in some areas of India’s capital.

Delhi pollution: Arvind Kejriwal says if put aside politics, solution can be found; decision on Odd-Even by tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday blamed stubble burning for smog in the national capital and said that a solution can be found if everyone comes together.Air quality in Delhi-NCR has been at the season’s worst for the last couple of days as a combined effect of smoke from stubble burning and moisture turned the region into a ‘gas chamber’ leaving people gasping.”Until state governments don’t find economically viable solutions to crop burning it will not stop. If everyone…central government, UP, Punjab and Haryana government come together and put aside politics a solution can be found,” Kejriwal said.”For a month (from mid-October to mid-November) the whole northern India becomes a gas chamber, not just Delhi. The high increase in PM levels in Delhi is not just due to local reasons. People and government of Delhi are ready to take all steps but these steps will not be enough until a solution to crop burning is found,” Kejriwal said.The Delhi Chief Minister also said that a decision on Odd-Even formula will be taken by today or tomorrow, if a need arises.”On Wednesday Kejriwal had sought a meeting with his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana to discuss ways to tackle the alarming air pollution levels in Delhi. ALSO READ Smog, closed runway make Delhi-Mumbai air travel expensive as ticket prices shoot up to Rs 29,000Kejriwal said the governments in the neighboring states had failed to provide farmers with viable alternatives to stubble burning, a process that leads to air pollution in Delhi.However, replying to Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that he shares the concern over stubble burning and pollution but it is not a matter for inter-state discussion.The Delhi government has already announced that all schools in the national capital will remain closed till Sunday because of the toxic air.It also issued a health advisory for high-risk people, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments, asking them to avoid, among other things, early morning and evening walks.The Indian Medical Association said the capital was witnessing a “public health emergency” and appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children. ALSO READ Delhi air can kill many, warns top AIIMS doctor

As Delhi pollution spirals, NGT to take stock of its past orders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With air pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) spiralling out of control, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) will on Thursday hear the case on stubble burning and a clutch of petitions on air pollution.In both matters, the NGT has passed detailed orders in 2015 and 2016 respectively and it has sought details on what action has been taken to implement these orders by the state governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.Most of the NGT’s orders though, whether its banning stubble burning and providing alternatives to farmers or rolling out specific measures during severe levels of pollution, have not been implemented. ALSO READ ‘Delhi is choking sir’: Kejriwal asks for meeting to find solution, Punjab CM says not a matter for inter-state discussionIt will be two years now since the Tribunal passed a detailed order on providing alternatives to farmers for managing crop stubble. It had ruled that that states would provide “machines, mechanism, and equipment or its cost to the farmers to remove, collect and store straw.” But, early in October when the pollution begins rising, it was all but clear during the proceedings in NGT that the stubble burning was not going to halt. On October 4, the NGT had pulled up Punjab government for failing to provide financial aid and machinery to farmers for environmental friendly disposal of crop stubble.Farmers from Punjab impleaded themselves in the matter and had clearly informed NGT that without the necessary machinery, halting crop burning was going to be difficult since it was the fastest and most economical way for them to manage the stubble.In the backdrop of the peak pollution levels, the NGT had once again sought to know on Wednesday what had the state neighbouring Delhi did to not just stop crop residue burning but also halt industrial activity. ALSO READ Delhi air can kill many, warns top AIIMS doctor According to government scientists, the current state of pollution has been caused due to smoke from stubble burning and unfavorable meteorological conditions.The case on stubble burning has been filed by environment activist Vikrant Tongad as a contempt petition and the one on air pollution has been filed by advocate Vardhaman Kaushik, in whose case the NGT banned petrol vehicles older than 15 years and diesel vehicles older than ten years.

Delhi smog: Arvind Kejriwal seeks time for meeting, but Amarinder Singh says Punjab is ‘helpless’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Delhi’s smog situation continues for the second day, Cheif Minister Arvind Kejriwal is reaching ouit to the national capital’s neighbours to find a solution for the problem.In a series of tweets, Kejriwal sought time with neighbouring Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to discuss the issue.However, Singh clearly said that “it is not a matter for inter-state discussion, that won’t help.”Seeking Centre’s intervention, both the Chief Ministers said that the Narendra Modi government must take a lead.The discussion on Twitter seemed to show that there is not much of consensus as to what the state governments must do on their own to tackle the issue.The air quality in Delhi is not just a localised phenomenon. According to the forecast of the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences’ System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, the “sudden” intrusion of pollutant-laden smoke from neighbouring Punjab and Haryana from the night of November 6 led to the spike as the high quantity of moisture in the city’s air trapped the particulates.The stubble-burning has been a contentious issue among the states. “Every year, Punjab rice farms collectively burn about 7 to 8 million metric tons of leftover plant debris in October and November,” a NASA report said recently.In Delhi, while Kejriwal and his ministers are maintaining that the situation is being monitored and a requisite steps would be taken on time, the ground reality is the the people of Delhi-NCR are suffering.The air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) showed a score of 487 on a scale of 500, indicating ‘severe’ levels of pollution. The level can affect even healthy people and “seriously impact” those with existing diseases.

Dense smog continues to engulf Delhi; all schools to remain closed till Sunday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dense smog continued to engulf the national capital for the second day on Wednesday, leaving people gasping for breath.As a choking blanket of smog enveloped the national capital, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia declared closure of all schools till Sunday.”Air quality in Delhi is worsening, have directed all schools to remain closed till Sunday,” Sisodia said in a tweet. The Indian Medical Association had appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children.On Tuesday, among a series of sweeping measures, parking fees were hiked four-fold.Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought a meeting with his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana to discuss measures to bring down the alarming pollution levels.”Am writing letters to CMs of Punjab and Haryana requesting them for a meeting to find solution to crop burning,” Kejriwal tweeted.The Delhi government had also issued a health advisory for high risk people, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments.The EPCA has directed the municipal bodies in the region to immediately enhance parking fees by four times and instructed the Delhi Metro to lower fares during off-peak hours for at least 10 days, introduce more coaches and ensure frequent services. (With agency inputs)

Pollution: Arvind Kejriwal seeks meeting with CMs of Haryana and Punjab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today sought a meeting with his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana to discuss measures to bring down the alarming pollution levels.Delhi’s air quality was at the season’s worst yesterday as a combined effect of smoke from stubble burning and moisture turned the city into a “gas chamber” leaving people gasping and prompting authorities to announce closure of primary schools and a four-fold hike in parking fees among a series of sweeping measures.Even today the city was enveloped with a thick blanket of haze which hung low over the city leading to a drop in visibility.”Am writing letters to CMs of Punjab and Haryana requesting them for a meeting to find solns to crop burning,” Kejriwal tweeted.The Indian Medical Association said the capital was witnessing a “public health emergency” and has appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children.The Delhi government also issued a health advisory for high risk people, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments.The National Green Tribunal took the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana to task, seeking to know why steps to prevent steps were not taken despite knowing well in advance that such a situation was likely to arise.

Kejriwal denies asking Jethmalani to use scandalous words to describe Jaitley, calls it hearsay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today told the Delhi High Court that Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s second defamation suit against him over the usage of ‘scandalous’ words by his former counsel was based on hearsay and thus was inadmissible as evidence for fresh action.Jaitley’s counsel, however, termed as “belated” the chief minister’s denial that he had not instructed his former lawyer Ram Jethmalani to use defamatory words against the BJP leader.Kejriwal made the submission before Justice Manmohan, who is also hearing his separate application urging the court to strike down Jaitley’s response to his defamation suit of Rs 10 crore after the latter’s counsel confirmed that the words against the union minister were used following instructions.
ALSO READ Jaitley defamation case: Delhi HC rejects Arvind Kejriwal’s plea for summoning witnesses, documents of DDCAThe court reserved its order on this application.
ALSO READ Foes turned friends? P Chidambaram to argue Arvind Kejriwal govt’s case against Centre Kejriwal’s lawyer, senior counsel Anoop George Chaudhari and advocate Anupam Srivastava, told the court that the “averments in the plaint (filed by Jaitley) in regards to the use of defamatory words…Said to be uttered, as stated by the senior counsel for the defendant (Kejriwal), are nothing but hearsay.”Under the Indian Evidence Act hearsay evidence is inadmissible, therefore the plaint is liable be rejected as entirely based upon inadmissible hearsay evidence, as disclosed in the plaint,” he added.Senior counsel Rajiv Nayar and advocate Manik Dogra, appearing for the union minister, contended that the Aam Aadmi Party leader has neither substantiated his claim that he did not instruct his former lawyer to use such words, nor did he initiate any action against Jethmalani for using scandalous words without his permission.Kejriwal also said the objectionable words were used by Jethmalani on his own.The chief minister in his application also said that he was not present in the court on the said date of hearing.”Thus in regard to the use of words… No cause of action arises and thus no cause of action has been disclosed,” the application said.The court has fixed the application for further hearing on December 14 after the counsel for Jaitley said he does not wish to file a reply to it.Jethmalani, who in September announced his retirement from over seven-decade long career as an advocate, had used the words while cross-examining the Union Minister in a separate Rs 10 crore defamation case filed by the BJP leader against the AAP convenor and five others of the party in 2015.The AAP leaders in December 2015 had levelled charges of corruption against Jaitley in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).Jaitley has denied all the allegations and also claimed that these had harmed his reputation.In response to Kejriwal’s denial, the BJP leader had termed as an “afterthought” and “a belated attempt” the July 20 letter written by Kejriwal to Jethmalani stating that he had not instructed him to use defamatory words against Jaitley.With regard to Kejriwal’s claim that the “statements made during judicial proceedings are even otherwise protected by absolute privilege”, Jaitley has said no such privilege can be claimed by a person who instructed his lawyer to insult or use defamatory language against a witness.Jaitley has claimed he is entitled to the relief sought by him and the suit be decreed in his favour.

Delhi smog 2.0: What it feels like to breathe in the ‘gas chamber’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keyvan Khanna (4) is an agitated child. Someone who is a star of outdoor games in his area, Keyvan is under ‘house arrest’. Reason? The toddler is just like thousands of kids who are forced to stay indoor, thanks to the deadly smog that returned to Delhi-NCR today.When Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that the city ‘has become a gas chamber’, not many outside the city could understand what it means.Ask Keyvan, ask those who woke up to ‘winter is here’ thought, we can tell you that the life in ‘gas chamber’ is breathless existence.Last year, when the World Health Organization said the the air quality in the national capital is the worst the world, nothing was done to change that.This year, though the Supreme Court-led ban on the firecrackers helped us to breathe easy on Diwali, yet lack of a concrete plan means more pictures of masked individuals in front of India Gate and rise and rise in sale of air purifiers.The morning wore a foggy look and I thought wow, finally winter is here! But the moment I stepped outside, the toxic air filled my lungs and the dark reality of the realm hit me hard. Even at 4 pm, the sun was invisible in the cloak of smog.The WHO says that breathing Delhi air for a day is equal to smoking 20 cigarettes. By that logic, I have turned a full on smoker today.Never mind the itchiness in eyes and sore throat, we Delhi-NCR people are a brave lot. While our neighbour Beijing is shutting down factories to curb pollution, I haven’t still read any such plan by the Delhi government. Dear authorities, sprinkling water from chopper won’t help us.If the general public is feeling so pathetic, imagine the situation of those with history of asthma or other allergies.It’s a health emergency. We need to do something quick and NOW!

Vishwas vs Kejriwal-Sisodia: AAP now a completely divided house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party was a dream that thousands of people breathed life into. Among them were three close friends — Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Kumar Vishwas.As AAP turns five this month, it seems unlikely that the trio will ever be a cohesive group again. Recent developments indicate that the rift between poet-turned-politician Vishwas on one side, and Chief Minister Kejriwal and his deputy Sisodia on the other, has widened to an abyss. Sources from the two camps believed the strain in the friendship has hit a nadir. Bitterness has reached a point where a patch-up seems unlikely, they said.The party’s National Council meeting held last week reflected this. Vishwas alleged that for the first time he was not among the speakers at the high-level meet. “I thought only the Congress and the BJP were scared of me,? he later said, taking a dig at the AAP leadership. The founder-members of the party, who participated in the anti-graft campaign that was the precursor to AAP, were known to be close friends. Vishwas often fondly reminisced how key decisions over the formation of the party took place at his residence in Ghaziabad.Vishwas, who fought and lost to — Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, has been upset with the leadership for some time now. A section of AAP close to Vishwas believed the rift had been caused by a ‘coterie’ around Kejriwal which, they claimed, was against Vishwas, in charge of the Rajasthan unit of the party. Vishwas believes he has been overlooked by the top brass. One bone of contention is the tussle over a Rajya Sabha seat.With its brute majority in the 67-member Delhi Legislative Assembly, AAP can send three people to the Upper House of Parliament. Vishwas sees himself as a strong contender for one of the seats. “But the leadership has apprehensions about that. What if Kumar starts attacking the party after becoming a Rajya Sabha member,” asked an AAP leader considered close to Kejriwal. Vishwas is also troubled over the top leaders? relationship with Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan. Recently, the party revoked the suspension of Khan, who, after AAP’s debacle in the MCD elections, had accused Vishwas of being an ‘agent of the RSS’ and trying to split the party.Vishwas took strong exception to that and threatened he would quit the party if action was not taken against Khan, who he described as just a “mask”.Khan was suspended, but the Vishwas camp said he was never out of favour. The Okhla legislator was included on crucial panels of the Delhi Legislative Assembly and Kejriwal attended an iftar party organised by Khan, which was seen as a clear snub to Vishwas. The Kejriwal camp had its share of grievances against Vishwas, whom they disparagingly referred to as a ‘part-time politician’ because of his professional commitments as a poet.It referred to a video in which Vishwas was seen making a veiled attack on the Delhi government over alleged corruption before the MCD polls.”This damaged AAP’s image ahead of the crucial polls,”said a party leader, who also claimed that Vishwas was not free to campaign for the MCD poll campaign. There was apprehension that he was being ?instigated? by somebody outside the party, the leader said. An AAP member close to Kejriwal also referred to fears that a ‘coup’ was being planned at the behest of sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra.”After the MCD poll defeat some leaders and MLAs said Vishwas should lead the party. But he did not trash the idea. This added to the mistrust that followed the video episode,” he said. What does the future hold for VIshwas? Will he be removed from the party, or will the rift be healed” The Kejriwal camp stressed that the possibility of a patch-up was bleak, but it was unlikely that the party would crack the whip as Vishwas is popular with the rank and file and has proven oratorical skills.But sources close to Vishwas said it was also unlikely that he would back down. “Politics is all about timing and patience. Every leader goes through a low phase and Vishwas should wait for his time,” said a leader close to Kejriwal. Vishwas and Sisodia are known to be close childhood buddies from Pilkhuwa, a small town in western Uttar Pradesh. The bond between Kejriwal, a civil servant, and Sisodia, a former journalist, grew stronger when the two started an NGO to work for the downtrodden in Delhi and later for the RTI campaign.

After Kejriwal’s car, campaign material stolen; four arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police arrested four persons after Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party reported that campaign material was stolen from its office near ITO on Saturday morning.A complaint had been filed on behalf of the AAP office at Rouse Avenue, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, with the IP Estate police station in East Delhi. The complaint read that the break-in took place around 3.55 am, and mentioned that the entire incident got captured by CCTV cameras.Mohammad Qazim was arrested from Kamla Market. Surtan, a scrap dealer, to whom Qazim tried to sell the stolen items, was also arrested. The campaign material was recovered from them. Two others who were arrested are Saifuddin and Kayyum.The theft came about a month after the famous Blue WagonR, used to ferry (now Chief Minister) Arvind Kejriwal in the run-up to the Assembly elections, was stolen from outside the Delhi Secretariat, which houses the CM office. The vehicle was later recovered from Ghaziabad near Delhi.”The culprit can be identified in CCTV footage. He also tried to break the iron grill fixed outside the premises. He was able to steal canopies (25-28 in numbers) which were pre-printed with the party name and logo,” the complaint in the latest theft said.”Based on technical surveillance, more than a dozen people from the locality were identified, and on the basis of the physical appearance of the accused in footage, five to six people were rounded up. Qazim was also apprehended. During questioning, he broke down and confessed to having committed the theft,” said a senior police officer.

IAS officer Ashwani Kumar shifted to Puducherry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government’s one of the most controversial IAS officers, Ashwani Kumar, will now be looking after the administration of Puducherry. Kumar, who was the Principal Secretary of the Public Works Department (PWD) and Director of Vigilance in the AAP government has been transferred to the post of chief secretary in Puducherry.As part of the bureaucratic reshuffle, Puducherry’s Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar Parida and another senior officer G Narendra Kumar have been transferred to Delhi. However, both are yet to be given any charge. In the past, Parida, a 1986-batch IAS officer, and G Narendra Kumar have worked in the Delhi government when Sheila Dikshit was the chief minister.Kumar, a 1992-batch IAS officer, and the Arvind Kejriwal government have been at loggerheads on a range of issues, including de-silting of drains and PWD proposals among others.Recently, the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) had also blamed Kumar for the delay in the construction of Barapullah Phase 3. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had asked the commission for a report on the delay. The project, which was initially scheduled to be completed in October this year, has been hanging fire for the past two years due to the delay in acquisition of 8.5 acres of land in the Yamuna floodplains.The report, which was submitted to the CM on Tuesday, blames Kumar for the delay due to his “inability to take clear and firm decisions” regarding the acquisition of land. In the 14-page report, DDC vice-chairman Ashish Khetan has said the process got delayed since Kumar kept insisting that land acquisition under the NHAI Act should be explored.In June, Kejriwal had written to Chief Secretary M M Kutty, asking him to initiate the proceedings of”dereliction of duty” against Kumar over de-silting of drains. In response, the PWD secretary had hit back and said,”negativity and squabbling attitude” does not work in such a challenging task.A Delhi Assembly panel had also initiated “breach of privilege proceedings” against him, but he later got a stay from the high court.

Foes turned friends? P Chidambaram to argue Arvind Kejriwal govt’s case against Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Union Minister and renowned lawyer P Chidambaram is all set to argue the Arvind Kejriwal government’s case against the Centre in Supreme Court.According to an NDTV report, the senior Congress leader has joined the legal team of the Delhi government to argue the pleas challenging the Delhi High Court’s ruling that favoured Lieutenant Governor administrative rule on the national capital.’I don’t think the Constitution makes the Lieutenant Governor supreme and the Government of National Council Territory of Delhi a toothless body,’ Chidambaram was quoted as saying by NDTV.Ever since the news broke out, the Congress has been teasing the AAP for it’s u-turn.It must be noted that there was a time when during his anti-corruption stir days, Arvind Kejriwal used to slam the Congress for graft.Now with Chidamabaram on his side, it seems that foes have turned in new friends.Senior Delhi Congress leaders wasted no time in reacting to the development.Former President Parnab Mukherjee’s daughter and Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee tweeted, ‘After calling Mr.Chidambaram most corrupt & anti-people, shameless AAP wants 2 avail his services! Did @ArvindKejriwal go 2 brief him? (sic).’Ajay Maken also quipped with a exoneration tweet and asked ‘Would AAP apologise.’Yesterday, the Supreme Court had said that the LG can’t ‘scuttle an executive decision by sitting over a file’ as it heard pleas against the LG being the head of the national capital.However, the apex court added that the Delhi government needs LG’s nod to govern the national capital. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra remarked: “Land, police and public order isn’t under you.”

Wasn’t allowed to speak at council: Kumar Vishwas fires salvo after AAP’s National Council Meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aam Aadmi Party’s National Council meet today wasn’t the slugfest between founder-member Kumar Vishwas and the leadership that many in the party thought it would be. Both the camps held back, hoping perhaps to fight back another time.The council — where bitter differences had earlier led to the ouster of founders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav — witnessed no such heated incident this time.But some AAP members said this was the lull before the calm and were waiting to see who would strike first.After the meeting, Vishwas fired the first shot, saying that he was not allowed to speak at the council.For the first time since AAP’s inception in 2012, his name was not on the list of speakers at the NC meeting, but was asked to speak as a state in-charge, he said.”My name was not on the list of speakers and I was not allowed to address the volunteers. When state in-charges were asked to speak, even I was asked to do so as the in-charge of Rajasthan,” he said.”To this, I said, ‘I don’t have anything to say right now’,” Vishwas told PTI when asked what transpired in the closed-door meeting here of the party.The party, however, denied that he was not allowed to address the gathering.”He was asked to speak on party preparations in Rajasthan. He did speak, not once but twice,” said Delhi unit’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj.Vishwas disputed the party’s claim, and demanded the video recording of the event be made public.”I thought only the BJP and the Congress are scared when I speak. But now there are some more people who are also scared that I will open my mouth,” Vishwas said.The poet-politician, one of the founder-members of AAP, wields considerable influence over party volunteers.Vishwas has been at odds with the top brass ever since he questioned the leadership over a string of defeats, especially after its poor faring in Punjab and Goa, the Rajouri Garden by-poll and the drubbing in the civic body election in Delhi.AAP’s Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan, considered close to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had then accused Vishwas of being an “agent of the RSS” and trying to engineer a split in the party.Vishwas had taken offence to the remark and sought action against Khan, who was suspended from the party but was never out of the good books of the leadership.Even after his suspension, Khan was accommodated in the crucial panels of the Delhi Legislative Assembly and Kejriwal attended an iftar party organised by him.On Monday, the party revoked Khan’s suspension, which further irked Vishwas.Vishwas had lashed out at the decision, suggesting that the party was trying to provoke him into reacting so that he could be thrown out in the guise of disciplinary action.”But I will not let that happen. Amanatullah is merely a mask. Such masks are used to sideline people politically, which has been done before,” Vishwas had said.

Jaitley defamation case: Delhi HC rejects Arvind Kejriwal’s plea for summoning witnesses, documents of DDCA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Tuesday rejected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea for summoning witnesses, documents of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) in a defamation case by Arun Jaitley.On May 22, Jaitley had filed a fresh defamation suit of Rs 10 crore against Arvind Kejriwal over the use of an ‘objectionable’ word by Delhi Chief Minister’s lawyer Ram Jethmalani in the court.Jaitley, 64, has filed a civil defamation against Kejriwal and five AAP leaders — Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai — for accusing him of financial irregularities in the DDCA of which he was the President from 1999 to 2013.The allegations were denied by the union minister.Jaitley, who denied all the allegations levelled by the AAP leaders in December 2015, had claimed that they made ‘false and defamatory’ statements in the case involving the DDCA, thereby harming his reputation.In September, the court also imposes Rs 5,000 cost on Arvind Kejriwal for delay in filing reply.The court had on August 25 rapped the Delhi Chief Minister for questioning a single judge’s decision to expedite the hearing of a defamation suit filed by Jaitley.It had said that the court had to answer the apex court on delay in trials.The AAP leaders had allegedly attacked Jaitley and his family members in various fora including social media over the alleged irregularities and financial bungling in the DDCA.

With Rs 77 crore income, M Karunanidhi’s DMK is richest regional party in India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The DMK may be out of power in Tamil Nadu but M Karunanidhi’s party has just topped the list of richest regional poltical parties in India.According to the latest report released by Association of Democratic Reforms, the political watchdog, the DMK has the annual income of Rs 77.63 crore.Its arch-rival and Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK comes at second position with Rs 54.938 crore and the TDP is third spot with Rs 15.978 crore.The numbers analysed by the ADR shows that parties with top three income alone comprise more than 67 per cent of the total income of 32 regional parties, collectively.The data collected relates to the income and expenditure of regional political parties in the year 2015-16. The ADR submitted its report to the Election Commission of India.Among all regional parties, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha was the first to submit its audit reports while the Aam Aadmi Party was the last party to do so. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s party submitted its audit numbers almost a year after the deadline.However, there are some major regional parties such as Lalu Prasad’s RJD, Haryana’s big player INLD and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party that have not submitted any income details to the ADR.Earlier the ADR has released a report that had said that the BJP is the richest party in India with assets worth over Rs 893 crore in the year 2015-16. The Congress, main Opposition party, came second with assets worth Rs 758.79 crore.

Defamation case: AAP leader’s plea dismissed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a petition filed by Aam Aadmi Party leader Deepak Bajpai. The petition had challenged the summoning and framing of notice in a criminal defamation case filed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley against Bajpai and other AAP leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.Justice I S Mehta observed that Bajpai had failed to give a valid explanation of the delay in filing the revision petition and hence his plea “lacks justifiable and bonafide grounds”.Sources also said that the plea was rejected citing “misuse of process of law” and “consequently the revision petition is also dismissed”.The court’s order came on a plea which challenged the lower court’s separate orders summoning and framing notice against him for the alleged offence of defamation case filed by Jaitley in a controversy surrounding the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).Bajpai had also challenged another order by which his application seeking to be heard on the point of notice was also rejected.In an 18-page order, the court said that Bajpai had not challenged the lower court’s order initially. But later he challenged them just to avail a fresh process under the garb of his application under the Limitation Act which “factually is misuse of process of law”.”The court noted in its order that while Bajpai had received certified copies of documents in the trial court on April 25 this year, he claimed in his application for condonation of delay that he had got the copies in June.Bajpai’s contention that he was not heard by the trial court before framing of notice against him was opposed by Jaitley’s counsel who had submitted that in a summons case, there was no concept of hearing an accused at the stage of framing of notice or before that.Advocate Prashant Mendiratta, appearing for Bajpai, had said the AAP leader resides outside the jurisdiction of the trial court and cannot be summoned by it without an inquiry under the CrPC, which was not done in this case.However, senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Jaitley, had said there was a gross delay in filing the petition and the application for condonation of delay does not comply with the proposition of law under the Limitation Act which says that each day’s delay must be explained.HC’s observationsThe court noted in its order that while Bajpai had received certified copies of documents in the trial court on April 25 this year, he claimed in his application for condonation of delay that he had got the copies in June.

Kejriwal’s trusty Wagon R ready to hit the road again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Its tyres replaced, a brand new battery and an engine control module finally in place, the Aam Aadmi Party’s Wagon R, which was stolen earlier this month, is ready to hit the road after beating a severe fund crunch.Vandana Singh, a mid-rung AAP leader who was using the car before it was stolen, calls it “jugaad”, that particularly north Indian term to denote innovative, quick-fix solutions.The battery and two tyres (the other two are workable) have been sponsored by AAP volunteers, while the engine control module has been purchased by Singh.Dents, scratches and all, the humble blue hatchback is more than just a set of wheels for Delhi’s ruling party and has enormous sentimental value, say party workers.The car was stolen from right outside the Delhi Secretariat on October 12 and found in Ghaziabad two days later. The robbers had removed its battery, replaced the tyres with old worn out ones and even changed the spare.”The IP Estate police station handed over the car to us on October 16. But we realised that its battery was stolen and tyres replaced. We had to tow the car using another vehicle from the party office,” said Singh.Then began the task of starting the car. Shortage of funds proved to be major hurdle, she said. Till the “jugaad” happened, it rested inside the premises of the party office at Rouse Avenue.”Kuch jugaad kar diya hain (we have made some arrangement),” Singh said with a sense of satisfaction.She described the two days after losing the car as amongst the most miserable in her life. Reproachful eyes of party workers conveyed that losing the car was an “unforgivable mistake”, she said.”I must have got at least 100 calls the day I lost the car,” she said.However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tried to cheer her up, Singh added.Gifted by a party volunteer in January 2013, the blue Wagon R helped in crystallising Kejriwal’s status as an “aam aadmi” with a people connect.He used it till the 2015 assembly election.The car has seen it all — Kejriwal’s ascension to power in 2013, his downfall in 2014 and again his rise in 2015.Quick to realise that the car itself had become a talking point and was synced with his ‘aam aadmi’ image, Kejriwal chose to use the Wagon R even after becoming chief minister the first time in 2013.Photographs of Kejriwal sitting next to the driver did the rounds of newspaper and social media pages, as much a part of his persona as the muffler or the wide collared shirt and sweater. He also slept in it during a protest outside Rail Bhavan after he became chief minister in the winter of 2013.Associated with its “andolan” days, the car also carries a lot of emotional value for its volunteers.AAP’s Haryana unit convenor Naveen Jaihind borrowed the “lucky” car from Kejriwal when he was contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Rohtak.He lost the election but his affection for the car remained — he announced a prize to anyone who helped get back the car.”The blue Wagon-R is more than a car to us. That is why it was important for us to have it running,” Singh said.

Gram Sabha plots may soon become playgrounds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to create playgrounds for children, Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot has ordered district magistrates to identify Gram Sabha plots located in rural areas under their jurisdiction.According to the order, the land will be identified in consultation with MLAs, who will also form committees comprising youths of their areas. These committees will be responsible for the maintenance of these playgrounds.”Gram Sabha plots, where village children can play, shall be identified in each village by the DM concerned,” Gahlot stated in his order. Gahlot, who also holds the charge of transport and law, said the area MLA will form a committee of not more than 21 youths, who will be responsible for maintenance of the land.”The land shall not be allotted or transferred in the name of any authority but will continue to be the Gram Sabha land,” he added.Earlier this month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that the AAP government has drafted a policy under which training, travelling, and other expenses of national and international-level sportspersons would be fully borne by the government.Speaking at an event on October 7, Kejriwal had also said that there was no dearth of youths who could earn medals in sports, but their efforts were constrained by facilities and government assistance.In July this year, Kejriwal had written to Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, requesting for ownership rights to those who had been allotted small Gram Sabha plots. This land was awarded under the Centre’s 20-point programme, nearly four decades ago.According to government officials, thousands of families in Mehrauli, Najafgarh, Kanjhawala, Narela, and Alipur villages were allotted small plots of Gram Sabha land in 1970s and early 80s, and were now facing hardship.The Delhi government had already approved the Bhumidhari (ownership) right in 2012, but as the then L-G had a difference of opinion on this issue, he had referred the matter to President Pranab Mukherjee.Kejriwal had also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to resume the subsidy on sugar given to poor families. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, under the chairmanship of the PM, had taken the decision to end subsidy on sugar across the country.

Manoj Tiwari attacks AAP govt at seminar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP’s Delhi unit on Sunday organised a seminar to brainstorm solutions for a better living for those residing in slum clusters and resettlement colonies in the Capital. The seminar “Har Jhuggi Ko Samman Sankalp’ was organised by the party’s Jhuggi Jhopri & Unauthorised Colonies Cell.Over 3,000 active BJP workers living in these colonies participated in the event.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who presided over the event, while taking a dig at Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government said, “The BJP treats all sections of Delhi residents equally, unlike several other parties which segregate people into vote banks. It is sad that successive state governments since 1998 have denied benefits of development to the jhuggi residents.”Tiwari also criticised the Kejriwal government for levying utility charge of Rs 2 for entry on the DUSIB (Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board) toilet blocks built with the funds sanctioned for free toilets by the Centre, thus letting down the objective to make Delhi free of open defecation.”A large population of scheduled castes resides in Jhuggi-bastis and they have not only been denied opportunities but also funds meant for them are being misused by the Kejriwal government,” alleged Tiwari.The Bhojpuri actor-turned-politician added, it is sad that at a time when the Centre and civic bodies are working hard to make the place open defecation free, there are hundreds of Delhi government toilet complexes lying useless due to non-existent water and electricity connections.

90% IAS officers do not work: Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what may lead to another confrontation between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the bureaucrats in Delhi Secretariat, the former, on Monday, alleged that 90 per cent of the IAS officers “do not work”, which, at times, slows down the pace of work.On the bureaucrats’ alleged “objection” to the regularisation of contractual workers, Kejriwal said if Delhi had full statehood, his government would regularise all the contractual employees within 24 hours. Kejriwal, while speaking at a function organised to felicitate pensioners of the Power Department, alleged that the IAS officers “obstructed files” of development work.”Ninty per cent of them (IAS officers) do not work and hold back files,” he said, citing his proposal for the regularisation of contractual employees, as chairman of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation.”When I proposed regularisation of contractual employees, all the officers opposed me. They said if regularised, they won’t work. I said, if this is the logic, then all the IAS officers should be ad-hoc because they do not work,” he said.According to sources, the Delhi Secretariat, that houses the CM’s office, has been witnessing a cold war between IAS officers and AAP ministers. Many IAS officers alleged “interference” from Delhi ministers in administrative issues.Referring to cashless health service for Power department pensioners, the Chief Minister said that he has learnt that officers were obstructing the scheme. “I sometimes feel that the development was stuck up at the Secretariat,” he said.Kejriwal said the labour department has been asked to prepare a notification for regularising contractual employees. “I have asked the Labour department to send the draft notification for the L-G’s approval. If he obstructs it, they (contractual employees) will give him a befitting reply (khaat khadi kar denge),” Kejriwal said.Talking about his government’s proposal to regularise guest teachers, passed recently in Delhi Assembly, he said that the matter was now in the Lieutenant Governor’s (LG) hand. “We have sent the file to the L-G. Now, it is between the L-G and the guest teachers and they can settle it out themselves,” he said.’DEMORALISING’The Delhi High Court on Monday expressed displeasure over the action taken by a Delhi Assembly committee against a senior IAS officer, saying the “unholy fight” between the Centre and the Delhi government could demoralise the bureaucracy. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar dubbed as “unreasonable” the act of the committee initiating contempt proceedings against Delhi Chief Secretary MM Kutty without considering his request for more time to respond to a showcause notice. The showcause notice was issued to Kutty by the ‘Question and Reference Committee’ of the Assembly for not following its direction to incorporate adverse remarks in the ACR of a bureaucrat.

Rahul Gandhi a man of character, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Congress prepares to elevate Rahul Gandhi as the party president, Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday said Gandhi’s election to the post will be a game-changer for the party.Addressing party workers at a function in Amritsar, a day ahead of declaration of Gurdaspur bypoll results, Sidhu said evolution of Gandhi in recent times has been trustworthy and he’s a man of character. “He is a wonderful human being and a great example,” he said.”When the going was good, Madam (Sonia Gandhi) and Rahul bhai have sacrificed. It was easy for them in those ten years to have elevated him (Rahul) and it was very easy for her to take over everything and say I’m the Prime Minister. But did she do it? In those ten years everyone else was given opportunities and Rahul bhai was held back and when the times are tough, we have Rahul Gandhi bearing the brunt of everything, biting the bullet and marching on. He has character for it,” said Sidhu, talking to media.Sidhu, a former BJP MP from Amritsar was formally inducted into Congress a fortnight before the Punjab elections by vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.Terming him as the ‘best choice’ for the post of the party president, Sidhu said Gandhi is a credible leader and he was glad to have worked under him. “If he is made the party president, it will definitely boost spirit of party workers,” he said.Mincing no words, about his meetings with Delhi Chief Minister and AAP president Arvind Kejriwal before the Punjab Assembly elections in February, Sidhu said, “I have met Kejriwal just once, because they (AAP leaders) were so keen and harping on it and it was leaked 20 times to media. I have met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka almost 10 times, and not a single thing was leaked to media. It shows.”‘Best choice for the post of party chief’Terming Rahul as the best choice for the post of party president, Sidhu said “his elevation will definitely boost spirit of cadre.” “Before Punjab polls, I met Kejriwal once. It was leaked to media 20 times. I met Rahul 10 times, but it was not leaked,” he said.

Salute Kerala CM Vijayan for confronting forces trying to divide people: Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today commended his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan for “successfully confronting all those forces” trying to divide people in the name of caste and religion.Inaugurating a cultural festival jointly organised by the two states here, Kejriwal said the situation demanded unity among parties to fight the forces polarising the society.He did not name any individual or party, nor said who he was referring to. But the Kerala chief minister and the BJP have been accusing each other of unleashing political violence against the workers of the other party in the southern state.”I salute the Kerala CM for confronting all those forces that are trying to divide people. Our strength is our unity in diversity. No one likes hatred. We are people who support love and like to live in harmony,” Kejriwal said.Vijayan said this was a “time in which those speaking truth are targeted”, referring to the killings of activist- journalist Gauri Lankesh in September and rationalist M M Kalburgi in August 2015.More than 40 percussionists performed the 300-year-old art form Chenda melam at the cultural event. The chief guests were welcomed with Theyyam – a popular ritual dance form of North Malabar in Kerala. Scores of people attended the event.Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said though politically and geographically both the states were separated, culturally both were alike.”With this event we have to show the unity. I do not believe in one nation, one tax, but I do believe in one nation, one culture,” Sisodia said.The Kerala Delhi Cultural Heritage Fest, an initiative of Kerala government under Cultural Exchange Programme, would continue for two more days in Connaught Place, NDMC Hall, and the Kerala House.Kejriwal said the Delhi government would organise a similar event in Kerala in February next year.

© 2020 Yuva Sai Sagar. Theme by Anders Norén.