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Speak up Delhi: This winter, govt swings into action to provide warmth to homeless

As the cold wave intensifies in north India, the minimum temperature in Delhi drops to 6.4 degree Celsius. Taking this opportunity to help the homeless the Delhi government has once again rolled its ‘Winter Action’ plan to provide aid to the needy people. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently announced that additional bunk beds, geysers would be installed at the city’s many night shelters to ensure that homeless people do not die in the winter chill. Even the department of health started its drive to provide medical treatment to the homeless. In order to accommodate the families of patients, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) opened the subway where around 300 people waiting outside the hospital took refuge during on Saturday night. According to the officials, no deaths have been reported so far. People can call the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) control room for information on the homeless. The agency has also launched a Rain Basera mobile app, which can be used to upload photographs of the homeless with their location.In 2001, the Census pegged Delhi’s homeless at 21,895 while an independent study by Ashray Adhika Abhiyan in 2000 claimed the number stands at 52,765. The 2011 Census found that there are 46,724 homeless people in the city. The same year, the Supreme Court Commissioner’s Office (SCCO), DUSIB and other NGOs conducted an enumeration of the homeless population and found the figure to be 2,46,800.DUSIB has 83 permanent night shelters, 113 porta cabins and 55 temporary shelters, which can together accommodate around 20,000 people.In 2014, the then Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had ordered that subways in areas with a dense homeless population, such as AIIMS and Kashmere Gate, be opened for the homeless during winter — providing some respite from the cold for those sleeping outside AIIMS. This year, however, subways at both locations are locked every night.HELPING THE NEEDYDUSIB has 83 permanent night shelters, 113 porta cabins and 55 temporary shelters, which can together accommodate around 20,000 people. There are an estimated 40,000 homeless people in the capital but a little more than 10,000 use these shelters. EXPERT SPEAKWe have asked the medical teams to visit the shelters twice a week. We have 83 permanent night shelters, 113 porta cabins and 55 temporary shelters, which can together accommodate around 20,000 people. All are safe as we around 20 night shelters are reserved for women and CCTV cameras have been installed for their safety. —Shurbir Singh, DUSIB CEOVOICESThe condition of homeless people in the capital is extremely deplorable, which worsens during winter season. It is very saddening to see them battle extreme weather out in the open as Delhi has very few night shelters. The government too seems indifferent to the plight of such people who brave cold nights every year in winters. It must provide some relief to them in this weather, especially to women and children.—Ashish Kaushal, Lajpat NagarThe government should put in more efforts to improve the condition of the existing night shelters. There are many people who are still living on the streets and loosing their lives due to the extreme weather conditions. There should be more awareness about these shelters to the general public. —Saurabh Galhotra, Greater Kailash Despite government’s claims of having enough night shelters in the city hundreds of people sleep on streets in our locality. Things become even more vulnerable for them in winter and for women it is highly unsafe to sleep on streets. We see a large number of people dying every year due to the dip in temperature. —Kamala Devi, TrilokpuriThe government has taken a right decision by converting these subways into the night shelters. Most of the time, these subways are occupied with anti-social elements and the government property is lying wasted. By converting them into night shelters, these places are providing space to the large number of homeless people in the capital —Sunita Kaushik, Geeta ColonyWe have several night shelters in our locality and most of us donate food and clothing. It is a happy feeling to see these people happy. The government is providing good facilities to the homeless in Delhi in comparison to other states. But considering the population of Delhi more initiatives needs to be taken.—Mohita Khatri, Civil Lines Every time I cross the AIIMS I see large number of people sleeping on pavements. It aches my heart to see these people sleeping on the roads. The government has provided night shelters but they are not enough in winters at least. More such night shelters with better facilities are required in the capital. —Lakshay, Hauz Khas

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L-G Anil Baijal, AAP fight gets murkier

“If the delivery of Pizza doesn’t cause any traffic congestion and pollution, then how come delivery of services at doorstep will cause traffic congestion and pollution?,” the Delhi government stated in its statement on Thursday. The AAP-led government was responding to the ongoing controversy between the Delhi government and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal after the doorstep delivery of services became another flashpoint between the two, with both of them comparing the services to ‘pizza delivery services’.”If a Pizza delivery, LPG gas delivery, credit card executives, and other delivery don’t pose a threat, how can Doorstep Delivery of Services be a threat to the safety and security of women and other citizens? The concern in our humble opinion appears to be misplaced,” the statement further stated.The L-G house on Thursday alleged that a misplaced parallel is being drawn between the current proposal and E-Commerce.”There is no technology so far to download Pizza and many other E-Commerce products, whereas most of the proposed services in the Government proposal can be and are already being delivered online. Moreover, delivery of Pizza and most of the other E-Commerce products can also not be compared with the documents proposed to be delivered through the ‘Mobile Sahayaks’ as the latter would involve sensitive personal information,” the L-G house said in a statement. The L-G house once again confirmed that the proposal was not rejected.Among the 40 public services, which were to be covered under the scheme in the first phase, are caste certificates, income certificates, driving licences, new water and sewer connections, driving licences, duplicate driving licences, handicap pension schemes, domicile certificates, issuance of the delayed birth order and Lalo Dora certificates.According to previous figures, approximately 25 lakh transactions of these 40 services are held every year. Each transaction takes around four visits to the office concerned by the applicant. In the second phase, 30-35 more services would be added to the scheme every consecutive 30 days.

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AAP sharpens attack after LG rejects home delivery scheme

"The BJP is getting sealing (drive) across Delhi. The BJP has got the doorstep delivery proposal of government's services rejected. The BJP has tried to stop the file of mohalla clinics through the LG.
"Why does the BJP want to destroy Delhi?" he tweeted. Labour Minister and AAP's Delhi unit convenor Gopal Rai said the LG's decision to return the proposal "defied logic". "The BJP is resorting to dirty politics and taking help of the Lt Governor's office," he claimed. Rai alleged that the Delhi BJP leaders cared little for the city and their motto was to keep obstructing the works being done by the Arvind Kejriwal government. The Delhi Cabinet had approved the proposal for doorstep delivery of essential public services last month and sent it for approval to the LG. ”
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Police, local bodies involved in Ashram activities: Residents

The tale of the Rohini-based Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya ashram got murkier on Sunday, with the locals claiming that the police and the local bodies were also involved in the exploitation of women and girls.They said that despite several complaints, the police failed to take any action against the ashram, and said it was impossible that the local bodies’ members didn’t know anything about the suspicious activities going inside the ashram.” We are sure that the local bodies are involved in running this ashram, where illegal activities had been taking place for so many years. Despite complaints and families of the victims shouting on the roads, the ashram authorities did not let them meet their daughters. Why was no action taken then? Why didn’t anybody raid the ashram?” asked Naresh Saini, a resident of Vijay Nagar in Rohini.Meanwhile, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has requested Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal to intervene and ensure safety of the girls who were recently rescued from the ashram, run by self-styled godman Virendra Dev Dikshit.He has also slammed the BJP government and alleged that a nexus between the police and certain BJP leaders was behind these activities in controversial ashrams. BJP has rejected all such allegations.Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said the party followed Indian culture but respected all religions and spiritual leaders. “Trying to associate the party’s name with the ashram, however, is shameful. The party has no association with the ashram’s activities,” he said.Kejriwal tweeted: “I urge Hon’ble L-G to personally intervene and ensure strict action against the ashram and ensure safety of rescued girls. If any policeman acts malafide, strict action should be taken against him.”Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh demanded the arrest of Dixit. As many 46 girls have been rescued from two ashrams in Dwarka and Rohini. “The so-called godman has not been arrested and many of his ashrams are still unknown,” Singh said.

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Former Uttar Pradesh governor Banwari Lal Joshi dies, aged 82

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

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Slugfest begins as Max Hospital resume services

After fighting a battle for more than 10 days, services at Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh resumed on Wednesday. The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday. “The operation of the impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.As the decision to open the hospital came out in public, a political slugfest kicked off between BJP and AAP over the decision. Neither the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal not the Delhi government owned up to the decision fearing public outrage, instead who is ‘ruling’ the Finance Commissioner became the trending topic.”Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made.We are fully focussed on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning. However, the ‘Appellate authority’ has not been specified by the officials.The L-G house stated on Wednesday that no officials from the hospital met Baijal regarding the cancellation order. “The powers of appellate authority, being a quasi judicial function are performed by the Financial Commissioner, Delhi as per his/her judgment without any interference or supervision by any authority,” a statement from L-G house stated.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead. A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.”On what basis & by whose decision was the appellate authority formed to hear the Max Shalimar Bagh licence cancellation appeal ? How did the appellate authority reach to the conclusion in the first hearing itself that a stay can be given on the DGHS decision ??,” Delhi government spokesperson Nagender Sharma tweeted.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues. The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.”The Commissioner falls under the jurisdiction of the L-G and not Delhi government. We were not even informed about the order,” said a senior Delhi government official.The blame game between AAP and BJP began with both the parties turning it into a political issue. “It was just to attract public attention. The government has taken back its decision. There is definitely some behind this decision,” said Manoj Tiwari president, Delhi unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”What was the tearing hurry for the appellate authority to stay the cancellation of Max Shalimar Bagh licence ? Why did the heart beat only for profit making hospital & not the new borns ?? Decision on whose directions ??,” Delhi AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj tweeted.

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L-G Anil Baijal reviews plan to combat air pollution

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Monday chaired a meeting to review the detailed action plan of agencies/stakeholders on measures to combat air pollution in the Capital.Baijal directed all the three municipal corporations to ensure that no methane fires occur at the three landfill sites and for this they should take help of experts of the Science & Technology Ministry, Government of India and IIT Delhi. He also asked all three municipal commissioners to procure requisite mechanical sweepers, litter pickers, water sprinklers within a stipulated time.The officials informed the L-G about the progress on constructive plan and regulatory plan focusing on transport department, industries & DG sets, Solid Waste Management, road dust & fugitive emissions to combat air pollution in Delhi.For the action plan on Solid Waste Management, Baijal directed the commissioners of three MCDs to rework their action plan keeping in mind 100 per cent management of day-to-day generation of solid waste, including bio-degradable components as well as construction & demolition waste. “The plan should cover a time-frame not exceeding sixteen months and also indicate the exact requirement of funds,” an official statement from L-G house stated.Regarding the plan to tackle road dust and fugitive emissions, which is to be completed in eight months, it was informed that an assessment of all central verges will be done where watering on perennial basis is not possible, and all such central verges will be done.”Further, large construction agencies like NBCC and CPWD that are working in the National Capital Region should set up their own facilities for processing C&D waste and reuse the products in their own projects. The L-G also stressed that agencies/stakeholders concerned must prepare an intensive awareness plan for anti-fire cracker campaign, plantation campaign, anti-polluting vehicle campaign, old vehicle campaign, lane driving,” the statement further stated.ACTION PLANThe L-G also asked all three municipal commissioners to procure requisite mechanical sweepers, litter pickers, water sprinklers within a stipulated time. He directed the corporations to seek help of experts.

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Staff crunch ups pollution woes

Delhiites may be suffering from pollution but what’s surprising to note is that there are only 19 pollution inspectors doubling up as RTI, vigilance and Motor Vehicle (MV) inspectors to check the over 971 Pollution Under Control (PUC) test centres across the city which cater to over one crore registered vehicles. Officials say the Delhi government has not made any new recruitments for these posts in almost a decade.Despite the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government, strongly coming out against the recent pollution problems in the Capital, calling the city a “gas chamber” they also have not done much to fill these posts so far.Pollution inspectors are the need of the hour especially in Delhi where vehicular pollution counts for 20 per cent of the city’s toxic air. But so far in Delhi government’s transport department, out of the 38 sanctioned posts of Pollution Level Test Inspectors (PLTIs), only 19 have been filled. The number of filled posts has remained the same for years while the levels of pollution have risen alarmingly in the city.”These inspectors tasked with monitoring PUC fitness centres that are certified to check emission content of vehicles have been doubling up as officers in the RTI cell, vigilance and other administrative wings due to the overall staff crunch in the department. This has affected the monitoring of quality levels badly,” said a senior officer.Meanwhile, sources reveal that the transport department overall has 1,465 sanctioned posts of which only 494 are filled. This means that 940 posts are vacant. Besides, pollution inspectors, officials said, public services such as the issuance of driving licenses (DL) among others are getting affected as there are only 12 MV inspectors against the sanctioned 44 posts. MV inspectors get the driving tests done.However, only last month after the National Green Tribunal has asked the department to upload PUC reports annually on the website, the government has moved a file for fresh recruitments to the Lieutenant Governor.”The department has sent a proposal to fill these posts besides some others last year to the government. It has now been sent to the LG,” he said.The cadre of PLTIs was created in 1987. Till some years ago the number of sanctioned posts for them was 50, however, it was reduced later when a new post of pollution control officer (PCO) was created for these officers to be promoted to the next level.Besides, the officer said there is a scope for creation of posts for the new wings that have come up in the recent years such as IT, Road Safety and Victim Impact Report cells. The existing staff only doubles up for these wings as well affecting the overall working of the department.An audit report of the PUC centres and monitoring levels done by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) submitted in the Supreme Court earlier this year found that most of the pollution checking centres did not have upgraded technology or trained staff to get the correct readings.Besides, it also found that the rejection rate for vehicles is less, as PUC norms in the region are weak.

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Rapists of minors should be hanged within 6 months: Swati Maliwal

Lamenting the “delay” in carrying out sentence of December 16 gang-rape and murder incident, Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal claimed the long winding legal process allowed the criminals to feel they can get away with such henious crimes.She urged the prime minister to bring in a legislation wherein at least those convicted of raping minors are given death penalty within six months.Nirbhaya, a para-medical student, was brutally gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. The incident took place while she was returning with a friend after watching a movie.She died 13 days after the incident at a hospital in Singapore.Of the six men arrested in the case, one of the accused Ram Singh hanged himself in prison in March 2013, while another man, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August. Last year, he was released from the correction home after serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.The other four — Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh — were found guilty and sentenced to death by the Delhi High Court in September 2013. The Supreme Court also upheld the high court’s decision.”It’s the fifth death anniversary of Nirbhaya incident and the fact is that nothing has changed in this country.Everyday girls and women are being brutally raped in this country,” she said.Maliwal also highlighted the need for having fast-track courts in the city so that rapists are punished forthwith.Also, there is a need to upgrade the delivery mechanism of the forensic department as well as the accountability of the police, she said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”The system has made the criminals confident enough to believe that they can get away with any crime perpetrated against a woman or a child.”It is very unfortunate that even Nirbhaya herself has not got justice in this country. Nirbhaya’s mother is still running from pillar to post in order to ensure that her beloved daughter can get justice,” Maliwal said.The DCW chief said that at least in case of rape of minor girls, there should be a law in this country in which such rapists should be punished and given death penalty within six months.She also made an appeal to the prime minister to constitute a high-level committee on women’s safety in Delhi, having the Union home minister, the lieutenant governor, the chief minister, the police commissioner and the DCW representatives as its members, to take effective decisions on issues of women’s safety.Drawing the prime minister’s attention to the Nirbhaya fund, which has remained unutilised till date, Maliwal urged him to devolve the fund immediately to the states failing which the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme will lose its relevance.

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Five years of Nirbhaya case: Mamata Banerjee calls for keeping society safe

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today urged people to resolve to keep the society safe, recalling the brutal gang-rape and murder of a paramedic student in Delhi five years back.”Remembering #Nirbhaya on the 5th anniversary of brutal Delhi incident. We cannot compensate her loss but let us resolve to keep our society safe,” Banerjee wrote on Twitter.The 23-year-old woman was gang-raped on December 16, 2012 in a moving bus in Delhi, and later died in hospital.Earlier in the day, Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal lamented the long-winding legal process allowed the criminals to feel they can get away with such henious crimes.She urged the prime minister to bring in a legislation wherein at least those convicted of raping minors are given death penalty within six months.Nirbhaya, a para-medical student, was brutally gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. The incident took place while she was returning with a friend after watching a movie.She died 13 days after the incident at a hospital in Singapore.Of the six men arrested in the case, one of the accused Ram Singh hanged himself in prison in March 2013, while another man, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August. Last year, he was released from the correction home after serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.The other four — Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh — were found guilty and sentenced to death by the Delhi High Court in September 2013. The Supreme Court also upheld the high court’s decision.”It’s the fifth death anniversary of Nirbhaya incident and the fact is that nothing has changed in this country.Everyday girls and women are being brutally raped in this country,” she said.Maliwal also highlighted the need for having fast-track courts in the city so that rapists are punished forthwith.Also, there is a need to upgrade the delivery mechanism of the forensic department as well as the accountability of the police, she said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”The system has made the criminals confident enough to believe that they can get away with any crime perpetrated against a woman or a child.”It is very unfortunate that even Nirbhaya herself has not got justice in this country. Nirbhaya’s mother is still running from pillar to post in order to ensure that her beloved daughter can get justice,” Maliwal said.The DCW chief said that at least in case of rape of minor girls, there should be a law in this country in which such rapists should be punished and given death penalty within six months.She also made an appeal to the prime minister to constitute a high-level committee on women’s safety in Delhi, having the Union home minister, the lieutenant governor, the chief minister, the police commissioner and the DCW representatives as its members, to take effective decisions on issues of women’s safety.Drawing the prime minister’s attention to the Nirbhaya fund, which has remained unutilised till date, Maliwal urged him to devolve the fund immediately to the states failing which the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme will lose its relevance.

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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.

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Relief from pollution as rain lashes Capital, NCR

After rain lashed the city at 21.7 degrees Celsius, Delhiites finally felt the winter chill for the first time on Tuesday. It was the first coldest day in December with the maximum temperature going down, said officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).The rain that continued through Monday night also brought down temperatures in Delhi-NCR.The Capital could breathe better on Tuesday, as Monday’s rainfall brought the air quality index (AQI) down considerably from 366 units (very poor) to 219 (poor). According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality is set to improve further with the cold north-westerly winds in the coming days.The AQI also came down significantly in NCR towns of Ghaziabad and Noida, which had continuously remained in the ‘severe’ category with the AQI shooting past 400. While Gurgaon which was in ‘very poor’ category improved to ‘moderate’ at 192 units.The AQI units are measured against PM 2.5 — – the most prominent pollutant in Delhi -NCR (measured in microgram per cubic meters).The AQI recorded at Ghaziabad improved from ‘severe’ to ‘poor’ at 290 units while Noida too came down to ‘poor’ at 224 units.”The rain is likely to continue on Tuesday and will help washing down of pollutants hanging in the air. The cold wave from the northern region is to set in from 15-16 December, which will bring in clean air and help improve air quality further,” said a MET department official.After brief respite on December 6 and 7 which was tagged as ‘good air days’ in the month, pollution levels had spiked again on Friday with the AQI shooting up to 390 units.The permissible standards for PM 2.5 — most prominent pollutant in the city — are 60 units (measured in microgram per cubic meters). Last week, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had asked the Lieutenant Governor in a meeting to tell Delhi government to start patrolling of small industrial units using cheap fuels leading to pollution.AIR QUALITY Delhi: 219 (poor) Ghaziabad: 290 (poor) Noida: 224 (poor) Gurgaon: 192 (moderate) Faridabad: 229 (poor)

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Brief spell of rain brings relief to pollution-hit Capital

The pollution-hit Capital heaved a sigh of relief on Monday after a light rainfall graced the city in the evening. The drizzle started around 5 pm and as much as 2 mm rainfall was received till 8.30 pm, officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.The air quality, however, remained ‘very poor’, with an AQI score of 366 during the evening. Scientists at the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said the rain was likely to continue on Tuesday as well, with which the air quality might improve from poor to moderate in the coming few days. In fact, it is not expected to end up in the ‘severe’ category till December-end.”The rain is likely to continue on Tuesday and will help in washing down of pollutants hanging in the air. The AQI in the city is expected to range from moderate to poor in the coming fortnight,” said Dipankar Saha, chief of air laboratory, CPCB. The temperature is also expected to come down with the downpour, he added.The maximum and minimum temperatures on Monday were recorded at 24.2 degrees Celsius and 8.2 degrees Celsius, respectively.”So far, winter has not set properly in Delhi. It is expected to set in by December 15-16. At present, the pressure in the atmosphere is low, which will pick up after winter sets in and a cold wave from the Himalayas comes in. Air from this region is clean and will help improve the air quality in the Capital as well. In the next 20 days at least, it will not touch the ‘severe’ category,” Saha said.After a brief respite on December 6 and 7, which were tagged as ‘good air days’ in the month, pollution levels spiked once again on Friday, with the AQI shooting up to 390 units. The permissible standards for PM 2.5 — the most prominent pollutant in the city — are 60 units (measured in microgram per cubic meters).Meanwhile, the air quality in the NCR towns of Ghaziabad and Noida, which are industrial hubs, continued to remain in ‘severe’ category at 463 and 408 units, respectively.Last week, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had asked the Lieutenant-Governor in a meeting to tell the Delhi government to start patrolling of small industrial units using cheap fuels, which leads to pollution.The Delhi Technological University (DTU) surrounded by Narela, Bawana, and Badli in outer Delhi has been witnessing massive pollution levels. The air quality index (AQI) readings of these two areas is always found to be high.

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166 cadets commissioned as army officers from Gaya OTA

A total of 166 gentleman cadets were today commissioned as officers in the army during 12th passing out parade at Officers Training Academy (OTA), Gaya.Of the 166 newly inducted officers, four are foreigners while 14 belong to Assam Rifles.Lieutenant General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, Chief of Staff, Afghan National Army, was the reviewing officer of the passing out parade while Lieutenant General B S Negi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central command, was the chief host.Yaftali was welcomed in customary army’s buggy by Lieutenant General B S Negi and OTA and Gaya’s Commandant Lieutenant General V S Srinivas.The reviewing officer gave away the awards to cadets who performed well during the training. Dharmesh Kumar was awarded ‘sword of honour’ for his best performance in TES- 30 course.Addressing the function, Afghanistan’s Army Chief of Staff congratulated gentelman cadets for their fine drill show and gave them best wishes for the future.”Cadets should imbibe the qualities of being a disciplined soldier to be successful in career”, Yaftali admonished them.The OTA, Gaya is the third pre-commissioning military academy in the country and was raised on July, 2011 apart from Dehradun and Chennai.The OTA was established- near Paharpur village on Gaya-Dobhi main road- to train both new entrants and serving army personnel in different modes of conventional as well as non-conventional warfare.

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Supreme Court reserves judgement on pleas on Delhi-Centre power dispute

The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on a clutch of pleas on the issue whether the Lieutenant Governor or the Delhi government enjoyed supremacy in administration, after the AAP dispensation concluded its arguments asserting that it possessed both legislative and executive powers. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which had commenced hearing on November 2, reserved the judgement after hearing a galaxy of senior lawyers for 15 days in over four weeks. While the battery of senior lawyers — P Chidambaram, Gopal Subramanium, Rajeev Dhavan, Indira Jaising — argued for the Arvind Kejriwal government, the NDA government at the Centre was represented by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh in the marathon proceedings. Wrapping up the rejoinder submissions, Subramanium told the bench, which also comprised Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, that the chief minister and the council of ministers had the legislative power to make laws as well as the executive authority to enforce the enacted statutes. “The Chief Minister heads the council of ministers to aid and advice the Lieutenant Governor,” he said, adding that Parliament wanted to accord special status to Delhi under the Constitution and, hence, Article 239AA came into being. Had that not been the intention, there was no need to frame Article 239AA (which deals with power and status of Delhi under the Constitution), Subramanium said, adding that the national capital could have also been governed by Article 239A, meant to deal with the Union Territory of Puducherry. “The executive authority lies with the Government of Delhi when one says that the Chief Minister and the council of ministers shall be responsible to the Delhi assembly,” he said. Subramanium, however, said that certain powers are “co- extensive” and the rule of Delhi has to be conducted in the name of the President through the elected government. He said the LG has been taking many executive decisions and a “harmonious interpretation” of Article 239AA was needed to fulfil the constitutional mandate for a democratically- elected Delhi government. Another senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan said that Article 239AA and the GNCTD Act of 1991, made it clear that the LG was just a delegatee of the President and can only act on his own in case of an urgency. He said the Constitution has to be read as a whole to interpret the powers of the Lieutenant Governor and the fact cannot be ignored that Delhi has a democratic government chosen by the people. The top court was hearing a batch of appeals filed by the AAP government challenging Delhi High Court’s verdict holding the Lieutenant Governor as the administrative head of the national capital. Earlier, the apex court had considered the submissions of the ASG that several “illegal” notifications were issued by the Delhi government and they were challenged in High Court. The constitution bench had said it would only lay down the principles on the status of the national capital under the Constitution and not deal with the issues arising out of individual notifications issued by the Delhi government on matters like the ‘mohalla clinics’ and regularisation of guest teachers. The ASG had referred to several decisions taken by the AAP government on issues like mohalla clinics, regularisation of guest teachers and posting of Bihar officials in its Anti- Corruption Branch (ACB). He had also referred to a decision of the Kejriwal government to declare a bungalow allocated to its minister, as the office of the ruling Aam Admi Party. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Reliance Industries Ltd, had dealt with the decision of Delhi government to register an FIR against then Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and others over alleged irregularities in raising of gas prices. Can a state government register an FIR against sitting Union Cabinet ministers and private company in matters pertaining to policy decision of fixing the gas price, Singhvi had asked and said in a federal set-up, such actions would “lead to chaos”. The Centre had also said the Delhi government cannot have “exclusive” executive powers as it would be against national interests. It had referred to the 1989 Balakrishnan committee report that had dealt with reasons for not granting the status of a state to Delhi.It had referred to the Constitution, the 1991 Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act and the Transaction of Business of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Rules to drive home the point that the President, the union government and the LG had supremacy over the city dispensation in administering the national capital. On the other hand, the Delhi government had accused the LG of making a “mockery of democracy”, saying he was either taking decisions of an elected government or substituting them without having any power.
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Will an app solve perils of potholes?

City residents may soon have a mobile app to report about potholes in their areas. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, in a review meeting to discuss the state of potholed roads, asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to launch a mobile application for residents where they can report and share their feedback on potholes. “The app would facilitate identification of the location using GPS besides informing the complainant about the details of the road-owning agency concerned,” said the L-G. Besides, PWD Minister Satyendar Jain, who was also present in the meeting, emphasised on the need for immediate repair of potholes to take care of road safety as well as pollution mitigation through dust control. “PWD will work as the nodal agency for the repair of potholes. These potholes are one of the major causes of fatal incidents on the roads. The PWD will coordinate for repairs among various road-owning agencies in Delhi such as DDA, NDMC, MCDs, NHAI, and Delhi Cantonment Board,” Baijal said. Meanwhile, construction of Barapullah Flyover, widening of the road near Savitri Flyover and greening of central verges was also discussed in the meeting. The L-G instructed the DDA and PWD to conduct a joint site inspection to resolve their issues so that the work on the flyover and the road near Savitri flyover can be completed at the earliest. “In view of the directions of Delhi High Court, the LG has asked PWD principal secretary to commence the road widening work near Savitri Flyover at the earliest,” said a statement issued by the L-G. Baijal also stressed that roadside greening and plantation at central verges must be expedited. It was also discussed in the meeting that other road owning agencies such as local bodies, DDA, NHAI, NDMC and Delhi Cantonment Board should also do greening of central verges in their respective jurisdiction.
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Arvind Kejriwal vs Centre: Delhi can’t have exclusive executive powers, Supreme Court told

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government cannot have “exclusive” executive powers as it would be against national interests, the Centre today told the Supreme Court.Referring to the report of a committee and several apex court judgements, the Centre submitted before a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that a union territory (UT) cannot be raised to the level of a state under the Constitution and it has to be administered by the President of India.”Designation does not change status. A union territory (Delhi) remains a union territory and it is not equivalent to a state. The Lieutenant Governor is not equivalent to Governors of states,” Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, arguing for the Centre, told the bench which also included Justices comprised Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.The top court is hearing a clutch of appeals filed by the AAP government challenging Delhi High Court’s verdict holding LG as the administrative head of the national capital.Singh said every UT was to be governed by the President and the power of the President does not diminish with regard to Delhi.”No exclusive executive power is with the Delhi government and granting exclusive power would not be in the national interest,” the law officer said while referring to the report of a panel that had dealt with the powers which can be conferred to the local government of the national capital.The bench then referred to the constitutional provision and said that neither the Lieutenant Governor, nor the council of minister can take decisions on their own.Citing various judgements to buttress his submissions, Singh said unlike states, the LG was not bound by the aid and advice of council of ministers and the ultimate authority lied with the President.”The arguments from the other side (AAP government) has been that though I am a UT, but raise my level to the status of a state. This cannot be done,” he said.The advancing of arguments remained inconclusive and would resume tomorrow.Earlier, the central government had said the Constitution did not provide “vertical division” of powers between the Centre and Delhi which enjoys a special status among all UTs.It had referred to the Constitution, the 1991 Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act and the Transaction of Business of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Rules to drive home the point that the President, the union government and the LG had supremacy over the city dispensation in administering the national capital.The Centre had maintained that the national capital belonged to all Indians and not just to those residing in Delhi, while also arguing that Article 239AA of Constitution, which deals with power and status of Delhi, was a “complete code” in itself.Parliament has made it clear that Delhi was a union territory and there was no doubt about it and the city government was empowered to take care of daily utilities of the national capital but the real administrative powers were vested with the Centre and the President, it had said.On the other hand, the Delhi government had accused the LG of making a “mockery of democracy”, saying he was either taking decisions of an elected government or substituting them without having any power.

Delhi High Court dismisses AAP plea on Lieutenant Governor order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has dismissed an application filed by the Aam Aadmi Party for early hearing in a petition filed against an order by the Lieutenant Governor (LG) to recover Rs 97 crore from the party for money allegedly spent by the Delhi government on advertisements.The party, in its plea, had sought quashing of the demand notice issued on March 30 by the Delhi government’s Department of Information and Publicity (DIP) on LG Anil Baijal’s direction to recover the amount. Justice Vibhu Bhakru rejected the plea stating that it is “not feasible”.”This is an application for early hearing. The same is not feasible. The application is dismissed,” the court said in its order thereby listing the matter for March 20, 2018 as earlier.The application filed on Monday stated that the court has given the next date of hearing for March 20, 2018 as it could not hear the matter due to other cases. It said that in the meanwhile, one of the advertisers namely Sandesh Limited has filed a recovery suit against the party in order to recover Rs 41,52, 507.The plea also stated that since other advertisers are also filing recovery suits, it is necessary for the court to hear the matter at the earliest.AAP CLAIMS BIASIn its plea, the party also submitted that the three member committee which was appointed by the Centre was biased when it held that the Delhi government had splurged exchequer’s money on advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party in violation of Supreme Court guidelines.
The committee’s order of September 16 last year had come on a complaint from Congress leader Ajay Maken accusing the AAP government in Delhi of splurging public money on advertisements.
The panel had also said that the AAP should be made to reimburse the expenditure for the violation of the apex court’s May 13, 2015 order.

Pathankot attack: In secret dialogue between NSAs last month, India confronts Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a part of an ongoing secret dialogue between the two nations, India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval confronted his counterpart, Lieutenant-General Nasser Khan Janjua, in a telephonic conversation with evidence challenging Islamabad’s claims to be unable to locate terrorists involved in last year’s attack on the Pathankot Air Force base. Citing highly placed sources, a report in the Indian Express stated that the conversations saw Doval press Janjua for the arrest of the suspects, who Pakistani investigators had earlier claimed they were unable to locate.”The NSA’s decision to press Islamabad on the Pathankot case was driven not so much by any hope of action, but to test Islamabad’s intent under the changed circumstances,” the source told the newspaper.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: President Kovind takes pledge to make India safer, pays tribute to victimsPunjab had witnessed two terror attacks in 2015 and 2016.In the first attack, three heavily-armed terrorists wearing army fatigues, had stormed a police station in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district in July 2015 killing seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, before they were gunned down during a day-long operation.
ALSO READ ‘Golden goodbye’: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe to get $10m payoff and immunity for family In the second attack, four terrorists who had sneaked in from across the border, attacked the Pathankot air base on the intervening night of January 1 and 2 last year, claiming the lives of seven security personnel.The newspaper further claimed quoting sources that even after Islamabad has held Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar under protective custody since January, Pakistan’s intelligence services had released at least half-a-dozen individuals held in the wake of the Pathankot attack without charge.
ALSO READ Sigh of relief for citizens as government denies proposal of banning cheque booksThe India-Pakistan NSA-level dialogue began at a meeting in Bangkok on December 6, 2015, where the two men met along with Foreign Secretaries S Jaishankar and Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

Terrorists kill another off-duty jawan in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sending a chilling reminder to the Mehbooba Mufti government in the state, terrorists killed an Army jawan on leave at Wothmula village near Keegam in the Shopian district of the sensitive South Kashmir on Saturday.Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar of 175 Territorial Army (Engineers) is the third soldier to have fallen to terror bullets since May this year in the Kashmir valley.Twenty-year-old Dar had left home at Senzen village in his car on Friday. On Saturday morning, his bullet-riddled body was found in an orchard in the neighbouring Wothmula village.After completing all the legal formalities, police handed over the body to his family for the last rites. Hundreds of people turned out for the funeral of the fallen soldier.According to Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar, Superintendent of Police (SP), Shopian, preliminary investigation has revealed that Dar was not abducted, but shot dead by terrorists, since he had left home for some work in his car.”His car was found nearby and its key was in his pocket. It didn’t look like kidnap. It was an act of terrorism; we have registered a case and launched a hunt to nab the culprits,” said Dinkar.The SP said militants were trying hard to show their presence since they had been under pressure after the successful anti-terror operations by security forces.”Terrorists are definitely involved. There are small groups who have been under pressure after the operations by security forces. So they carry out spectacular actions to get their presence noted,” he said.Police have put the investigations on the fast track and a massive manhunt has been launched to track down the terrorist group involved in the killing. “I want to assure you that terrorists responsible for this act will be neutralised soon,” Shriram noted.Dar was posted in the Gurez sector along the Line of Control in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district. He had come home on leave.”Dar was posted with the Territorial Army unit in Bandipora. He was on leave till November 26. He was possibly abducted and killed by terrorists. The matter is being investigated by police”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesperson at Srinagar.KILLED OFF-FIELDDar is the third soldier to have been killed when they were home on leave in Kashmir this year. On September 27, militants killed BSF jawan-on-leave Mohommad Ramzan Parrey, aka Rameez, and injured three members of his family in Bandipora.
On May 10, militants abducted Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz of Rajputana Riffles from his uncle’s residence in Shopian and was shot dead in neighbouring Harmain village.

Army says 190 militants killed in 2017 in J&K, asks youth to shun violence, return home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 190 terrorists have been killed in Kashmir this year that has remarkably improved the situation in the restive Valley, security forces said on Sunday as they set up a helpline and asked youth to shun violence and join the mainstream. This coincided with more families coming out in the open, appealing to their sons, who have joined terrorist ranks, to return home.”Eighty of the terrorists killed this year were locals. Of the 110 foreigners, 66 were killed near the Line of Control (LoC) while infiltrating. We have killed approximately 125 to 130 terrorists in the hinterland of the Kashmir valley,” said Lieutenant General JS Sandhu, General Officer Commanding (GoC), 15 Corps.This, he said, has resulted in a remarkable change in the situation. “You are all aware that the agitation has been brought under control to a great extent,” he said.He said Hajin, where six top LeT terrorists were killed on Saturday, had been under the radar for sometime, given the presence of foreign terrorists there. The Haijin group of LeT has largely been decimated. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, Munir Ahmad Khan, said LeT is facing leadership crisis.There are more than 200 terrorists still operating in the Valley. Of them, 110 to 120 are local. “We look forward to continuing operations and we hope to restore peace in the Valley as soon as possible,” said Lt Gen Sandhu.Encouraged by the return of footballer-turned-terrorist Majid Irshad Khan, the CRPF established a helpline to facilitate the homecoming of the local militants.”We have come to know that some boys want to come back but they do not know how. We have a helpline, Madadgar. The police and the Army also have a helpline. Anyone, be it a militant’s friend or family member or anyone else who is looking for an opportunity to seek help from the forces or want to establish contact… this is the medium and means to contact us. We will try our best to help militants who want to return,” said Zulfikar Hassan, Inspector General of CRPF (operations).Hassan assured there will be no harassment. Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, SP Vaid, said the force was able to wean away more than 60 boys from the path of violence. “I hope other boys will shun violence and come back and adopt peaceful methods to join the mainstream,” he said.Sandhu also appealed to youth to shun violence and advised them to stop being Pakistan’s proxy in Kashmir.Meanwhile, shunning inhibitions, more families came forward appealing to their terrorist sons to shun violence and return home. Heart-wrenching videos of parents have surfaced. The mother of Ashiq Hussain Bhat, a shopkeeper in Shopian, appealed to him to return home. Bhat had left home for the shop but did not return. Later his picture brandishing a gun appeared on social media, announcing his formal joining of terrorism.”I want my son back. I appeal to him to return. He was a daily wager. We will lock the house and commit suicide. I am saying sorry if any mistake has been committed,” said his mother Fehmeeda, as tears rolled down her cheeks.Later another family of neighbouring Pulwama district went public appealing to their son Manzoor Ahmad Baba to return. “I have no one other than my children. Please let him go,” said his mother appealing to terrorist organisations to release him.Vaid said it is a very encouraging trend and more mothers should come forward to ask kids to return. “I request other mothers to appeal to their children because we do not want anybody to get hurt,” he said.KILLINGS AND COMEBACKSEighty killed this year were locals. Of 110 foreigners, 66 killed near LoC while infiltrating
More than 200 terrorists still operating in the Valley. Of them, 110 to 120 are local
CRPF sets up homecoming helpline, two more families appeal to sons to return home

Kashmiris line up to become proud Indian army soldiers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When militants killed 22-year-old army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz in May, little did they realize that their actions will only strengthen the resolve of the Kashmiri youth to serve the motherland by joining the Indian army.Militants had abducted Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, of the Rajputana Riffles from his maternal uncle’s home in Batpora village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district, where he had gone to attend cousin’s wedding on May 10.Lieutenant Fayaz, who was unarmed and had come home on leave, was taken to the neighboring Harmain village, where he was shot dead. Hailing from the Sadsun village of Kulgam district, his assassination had shocked the entire nation, since the officer was unarmed and commissioned in the Army just a few months ago. Six months on, thousands of youth swarmed the army recruitment rally in Kupwara to don the olive greens and defend the motherland against the inimical elements in the strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir.Army’s Recruitment Rally commenced on November 15 at Panzgam garrison for the candidates of the border districts of Kupwara and Bandipora in North Kashmir.“An overwhelming response was visible among the locals of the remote border district as youths in thousands turned up for participating in various tests conducted for enrollment into Indian Army”, said an army spokesman at Srinagar. The rally which is being conducted from November 15 to 23 will test the candidates for their physical standards and other ground tests followed by an aptitude test and medical examination. A candidate has to clear all these tests and examination with high standards so as to get a seat in the final merit list. “Candidates were seen to be highly motivated and over-exuberant as they braved out the winter and came in thousands for the early morning run. The huge turnout of youth is a clear indicator that they pay no heed to the calls given by inimical element and want to be part of elite Indian Army and participate in nation building”, said the spokesman.This is the second time in four months when Kashmiri youth have defied odds to join the Indian army. More than 3000 youth from Jammu and Kashmir appeared for the written exam for the selection of officers in the Territorial Army in July. Of whom, more than 800 youth hailed from the restive Kashmir valley alone, a figure which is almost double than the previous year.

CM accuses L-G of disrupting elected govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal of encouraging officers to hide files from his Cabinet colleagues and wondered if the L-G was not “disrupting” the elected AAP government.”Isn’t the L-G disrupting an elected government by encouraging officers not to show files to ministers? Why are files related to teachers being hidden from education minister? How does an education minister run schools like this?,” Kejriwal tweeted.The statement comes a day after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Baijal seeking action against officials of education department who he alleged were sending files on teachers training to the Lieutenant Governor office without consulting him.”Whenever I speak to any officer from the department or the chief secretary, I am told that they have been given instructions by your office not to show any file regarding ‘teacher or principal’ to minister- in-charge. If this is not the case, then you must issue instructions to the education department that no file should go without being shown to the minister-in-charge,” he had said.In response to Sisodia’s letter, Baijal had written to him seeking to know who has given the impression to the deputy chief minister that L-G’s office has given instructions not to show any file concerning teachers to the minister-in-charge.Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, was irked by the move of Directorate of Education (DoE) officials and Chief Secretary of sending the file to L-G office with a detailed plan of a visit of principals and teachers to Finland for training.The minister had alleged that the officers have been “killing democracy” on the “directions” of the L-G office by not consulting him before sending the files.In the recent past, the deputy chief minister had also claimed that officers were not showing files to him on the directions of the L-G.Earlier, Education Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Baijal requesting him to give his nod to the guest and contractual teachers regularisation bill. On October 4, the Delhi Assembly had passed the bill and forwarded it to the L-G.But Baijal rejected Sisodia’s claim that a bill on regularisation of guest teachers was pending with his office, saying a solution could be found within relevant laws rather than”public posturing.”BLAME GAMEThe statement comes a day after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Baijal seeking action against officials of education department who he alleged were sending files on teachers training to the Lieutenant Governor office without consulting him.

AAP govt vs Centre: Constitution provides restriction on Delhi’s legislative power, says Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today said the Constitution provided restrictions on legislative powers of the Union Territory of Delhi amid claims of the AAP government that Parliament’s power to override legislative authority of the states was an “emergency” power.A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which is hearing pleas on who enjoys supremacy in governing the national capital, referred to Article 239AA and said though the Delhi Assembly has the power to legislate on certain subjects under state and concurrent lists while Parliament also has the power to legislate with respect to “any matter” of the Union Territory of Delhi. “There are restrictions on the power of the Delhi Assembly to legislate,” the bench, also comprising Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said.Senior advocates Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the Arvind Kejriwal government, said Parliament has the power to override Delhi Assembly, but this is the “emergency legislative power”.Unlike UTs like Puducherry, Delhi has been given powers by the Constitution and its powers are not a “gift from Parliament”, he said, adding that the constitutional provisions provided that the Delhi assembly “shall have the power to make laws on some subjects under state list and on all subjects under the concurrent list”. The senior lawyer referred to other constitutional schemes and said that if there was no exclusivity attached to a subject, Parliament would have the power to make laws and if a subject fell under the exclusive domain of the states, the Union government could not the have the legislative powersThe bench said that with regard to Delhi’s legislative powers, the state and concurrent lists have been merged into one where the state and Union both have legislative powers. “Does it not mean that more powers have been conferred on Parliament,” the bench asked. Parliament has been given overriding powers under Article 239AA so that it was not “helpless if the state Assembly passes a ridiculous law”, Dhavan said.He said that Delhi has a “responsible government” and not a “representative government” like Puducherry as it derived power from the Constitution.On the issue of limitations on Delhi’s legislative and executive powers, the senior lawyer said that there were restrictions on powers of the Centre and states as well and “the question is are these limitations are so wide? The answer is no”. He then referred to powers conferred on Panchayats and said, “If a government has to act purely on the basis of law then a government cannot govern…executive power rides with the legislative power.”Every executive function and power cannot be provided in law, he said, adding that the elected chief minister has executive powers.The bench said the issue was on a narrow compass as to what could happen in case of difference of opinion between the lieutenant governor and the chief minister and the council of ministers.It also said that as far as the legislative arena was concerned there was no dispute on the powers of the Centre and Delhi government. Dhavan said, “The court will have to decide who (Delhi or the Centre) has the primary executive powers.” The arguments remained inconclusive and would resume on November 21.Earlier, the apex court had raised a question whether the constitutional scheme on division of executive powers between the Centre and the states can be made applicable to the Union Territory of Delhi. The Delhi government had accused the LG of making a “mockery of democracy” and said that he was either taking decisions of an elected government or substituting them without having any power. The court is hearing a batch of appeals filed by the AAP government challenging the Delhi High Court verdict holding that the LG was the administrative head of the national capital.

Teachers training issue: L-G writes to Manish Sisodia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday wrote to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on the proposal for training of teachers and principals in Finland. In the letter to Sisodia, the L-G also expressed his surprise on the issue of not showing the files of teachers.”In the letter November 13, 2017, it is not clear who has given this impression to the Dy CM that his office has given instructions not to show any file concerning ‘teachers’ to the minister-in-charge, whereas the L-G had mentioned only under Rule 45 of Transaction of Business of the Govt. of NCT of Delhi Rules, 1993 to regulate the transaction and disposal of the business relating to executive functions pertaining to his office,” a statement issued by the L-G House said.Baijal also expressed surprise that despite the matter having been clarified in the above-mentioned letter, this issue has again been raised, and more so on a file which he had himself referred to the Deputy CM for his comments.”The Deputy CM has not given any comments on the proposal. Nevertheless, L-G stated that as the improvement of quality of education is a shared concern, the proposal of the department for training of teachers/principals is concurred to avoid any further loss of time in its implementation unless Deputy CM has any different views on the matter,” the statement said.However, reacting to the LG letter, Sisodia in a written response to the former said: “Whenever I spoke to any officer from the department or the chief secretary, I am told that they have been given instructions by your office not to show any file regarding ‘teacher or principal’ to Minister- in-charge. If this is not the case, then you must issue instructions to the Education department that no file should go without being shown to the Minister-in-charge.”

Fire at Bhalswa landfill aggravates pollution crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the Capital already facing a severe pollution crisis, Delhi’s largest landfill site at Bhalswa caught fire on Saturday afternoon, worsening weather conditions.Fire officials maintained that the fire was later put out and no casualties were reported.According to a senior fire officer, the incident took place at around 12:50 pm. He said four fire tenders were rushed there with the help of two more tenders and it took them around six hours to doze of the fire.”The exact cause of the fire is still unknown. The fire kept on spreading in the landfill site due to which it required a lot of time to doze it off,” said the officer.The landfill site had been “exhausted” in 2006 after reaching the maximum permissible limit which ranges from 15 meters by the Environment Ministry. However, with no options, garbage dumping carried on here. As a result, the site has crossed the permissible height limit by over 30 metres.”People from nearby localities dump garbage here on a daily basis. As a result, the landfill site has crossed the permissible height. Because of the rise in height, fires usually break out due to the excessive release of methane gas. It happened last week as well. We have officials at the site who have been directed to immediately call fire tenders if any major fire breaks out,” said an official, North Corporation.Earlier, an accident at the Ghazipur landfill site in September which claimed two lives had caused Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to direct all the corporations to stop dumping garbage at existing landfill sites, which are overfull, and start processing waste.Experts from IIT Delhi had been called in and a plan to process waste was discussed with the government and relevant authorities.THE ALTERNATIVEEarlier, an accident at the Ghazipur landfill site in September had claimed two lives
This prompted Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to direct all the city’s corporations to stop dumping garbage at existing landfill sites, which are overfull, and start processing waste.

Odd! Odd-Even off after NGT spoiler

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government did a flip-flop on Saturday and called off the Odd-Even scheme for vehicles after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) refused to allow a number of exemptions in the proposed five-day exercise. The scheme was to come into effect from Monday.In what could be seen as a more odd than even twist, the government will now petition before the NGT against its own order on Monday. The green panel had given a conditional nod to the Odd-Even proposal, after ruling out any exemptions to women drivers and those riding two-wheelers.The fast-paced back-to-back developments were triggered by an NGT order earlier in the day, which stated that no exemption should be allowed to “any person or officer and two-wheelers” during the proposed car rationing scheme.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said on Saturday that the Odd-Even scheme should be implemented “without any default” as and when the particulate matter (PM ) 10 level goes above 500 microgrammes per cubic metre and PM 2.5 level crosses the limit of 300 microgrammes per cubic metre during a span of 48 hours. At the same time, the green panel ordered that no exemption should be allowed to “any person or officer and two-wheelers”.The panel allowed the exemption only for emergency vehicles, such as ambulances and fire tenders.”Is the Odd-Even scheme at the whim and thought of a particular officer or the Delhi government as a whole? Is it being implemented with the consent of both the Lieutenant-Governor and the Delhi government?” the NGT asked.As Delhi air became unbreathable, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had announced on November 9 that the scheme will be back for a week. Also, schools were shut down till Sunday due to the high level of smog in the Capital. Earlier, appearing before the NGT bench, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) had said that two-wheelers were more polluting than other vehicles, and emissions from motorbikes accounted for 20 per cent of the total vehicular pollution.The bench also castigated the government over its decision to hike parking fees saying: “Measures such as enhanced parking fees to decrease pollution are absurd. The hike will benefit only the contractors and would stress people by encouraging them to park vehicles on roads instead.”Ruing the NGT order, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said the government was not ready “to compromise with the safety of women”. “We respect the NGT decision. Two conditions of NGT, that two-wheelers and women cannot be exempted, make it difficult to implement the Odd-Even scheme as we do not have enough buses,” he said.”We cannot compromise with the safety of women. The PM2.5 and PM10 levels have also come down. So, at the moment, we are calling the scheme off. We will file a review application in NGT on Monday,” the minister said, after participating in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, with other senior officials, at the CM’s residence.Had the scheme been implemented this Monday, it would have been the third edition of car rationing in Delhi. The scheme was earlier implemented for a fortnight from January 1-15, 2016, and then for the second time, from April 15-30, 2016.Under the scheme, odd-numbered vehicles ply on odd dates and even numbered on even dates. Restrictions were supposed to be in place from 8 am to 8 pm.

Long-term measures need to be stepped up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The national Capital has been witnessing toxic levels of pollution with the Air Quality Index (AQI) hitting the 500 mark, beyond which no reading is available. The air has remained “severe”, the worst stage of the index, for four days.While the government finally took emergency measures by shutting down schools and announcing the third round of odd-even road rationing scheme, long-term measures to be implemented through the years have been missing from the scene.The measures as suggested under each category of pollution under a Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) prepared by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) include mechanical sweeping, sprinkling of water on major roads to control dust, monitoring of construction site for taking dust-control measures, preventing waste burning and finding a solution to do away with landfills. They have all been largely ignored by the civic agencies. The EPCA is a Supreme Court-mandated body and the agencies are bound by its orders.However, officials in the government said, unless the orders come through the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) or the Delhi government, it is difficult to implement these on the ground.Sprinkling of water on major public works department (PWD) roads by Delhi Jal Board (DJB) tankers was conducted only as a token drive this week at ITO, which is one of the most polluted spots.”Mechanical sweeping is a costly affair. We have floated tenders thrice to procure these machines but every time either the companies don’t come forward or the ones which do ask for very high prices. Only the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) had two machines to sweep Lutyens’ Delhi,” said a senior Delhi government official.The AAP government’s environment department said it has taken action against incidents of waste burning, however, it needs more monitoring teams and manpower to strengthen these checks across the city. The EPCA under its plan had asked all government departments and agencies, including DDA, PWD, DJB, Delhi Metro, Transport, traffic and the three municipal corporations, to create monitoring teams and implement the measures on the ground.

Civic bodies to notify on parking fee hike today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a U-turn, the municipal corporations in the city said they will release the notification on Thursday regarding hiking of parking fee by four times after the Lieutenant Governor issued directives for measures to be taken as air quality crossed the ‘severe’ mark on Wednesday.The air quality shooting past 500 entered the ‘severe plus’ category after which the L-G Anil Baijal called an emergency meeting to roll out the measures to tackle the situation.In a slew of measures, the L-G has asked the civic bodies, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to hike parking fee by four times.”We will issue a notification on Thursday regarding the said hike to be enforced for a week,” said South Corporation mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat.Most of the parkings including surface and multilevel lots in Delhi are managed by the civic bodies.The South Corporation operates 96 parking lots while the North Corporation runs 104 parking lots and the East civic body manages 45 lots.The three corporations had earlier said that they could not hike the parking fee without taking a decision in the meeting of the House.The directives from the L-G came a day after the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Prevention and Control (EPCA) enforced the measures to be taken under the ‘severe’ category of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).The DPCC, SDMs and Industries Department to strictly enforce ban on use of electricity generator sets with exceptions for essential services.The EPCA which had banned the use of diesel generator (DG) sets in Delhi-NCR has decided to not allow these during weddings and other such events. The SC-empowered body also said that the implementing agency will be able to book those who are found violating the ban.The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) is the monitoring agency for observing the ban.”This is the season for weddings, however, we cannot allow people to suffer on account of these highly-polluting sets. The health of general public has to be kept in mind. The DPCC will have to make sure no permissions are given,” said Bhure Lal, a former bureaucrat heading the EPCA.ADVISORY ISSUED BY DELHI GOVERNMENTDo not burn dry leaves, crops residue, wood, coal, Gobar Upla etc.plant more trees to make your city green. Trees like Neem , Sheesham, Keekar , Gulmohar etc. make the air clean and healthy
Use carpooling and public transport, as much as possible.Walk or use nonpolluting mode of transport for short distance.
Avoid going outdoor during early morning and late evening for walk or outdoor physical activity as the pollution levels are maximum during this time.
Avoid going to high pollution areas during peak hours. Stay indoor as much as possible
Schools may avoid outdoor assembly, sports activities and other physical activities in the early morning
Take extra precautions for high risk groups like Small Children, Elderly, Pregnant women, Asthma Patients, Patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases),Patients of heart Disease and troke, Diabetics, Person with low immunity , N95 mask may be used if going outdoor during the peak pollution hours.
​If you feel irritation in the throat and nose, take steam and do salt water gargles. Drink plenty of warm water and maintain good hydration. HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELFObserve environment friendly behavior. Keep the environment healthy, not only by words, by your actions also
Do not burn dry leaves, crops residue, wood, coal, etc.
Use carpooling and public transport as much as possible
Walk or use nonpolluting mode of transport for short distance.
Do not smoke, as it harms not only you but others also.
Avoid going outdoor during early morning and late evening for walk or physical activity as the pollution levels are maximum during this time.
Schools may avoid outdoor assembly and physical activities in the early morning
Avoid going to high pollution areas during peak hours. Stay indoor as much as possible.
If you feel irritation in the throat and nose, take steam and do salt water gargles. Drink plenty of warm water and maintain good hydration.
Take extra precautions for high risk group as mentioned above, use N95 mask if going outdoor during the peak pollution hours
If any time you are feeling breathless or palpitation, immediately go to nearest medical facility. HIGH RISK GROUPSSmall Children
Children with More Outdoor Activities
Elderly
Pregnant Women
Asthma Patients
Patients with
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases)
Patients of heart disease and stroke.
Diabetics
Person with low immunity
​Pollutants Affecting Health
Particulate Matter
Carbon Monoxide
Ozone
Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur Dioxide
Volatile Organic Compounds

You are bound to intimate the LG, but you cannot say that the LG has to concur: SC tells Delhi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The position of Delhi is different from other states and the elected government is under an obligation to apprise the Lieutenant Governor about policy decisions, the Supreme Court said today.While hearing pleas on who enjoyed supremacy in governing the national capital, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra referred to provisions of the Constitution, the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act and the Transaction of Business of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Rules and said there was “some kind of wall” which distinguished Delhi from others. “Unlike other states, if you (Delhi government) take a policy decision, then you have to intimate the Lieutenant Governor (LG). You are bound to intimate the LG, but you cannot say that the LG has to concur. This is the range,” the bench, also comprising Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said.On the issue of concurrence, the top court said there was no need for “fundamental concurrence” of LG in every aspect and there should be “real good reason” in case of difference of opinion over the decision of government.It said a balance needed to be maintained between the powers of the LG and the Chief Minister and the council of ministers. Every file is not required to be placed before the LG, but only those which are mentioned in the Transaction of Business rules.The bench, during the day-long hearing, also referred to provision 23 of the Transaction of Business rules and said in certain cases like in matters of peace and tranquility of the capital, the issue “shall essentially be submitted to the LG through the Chief Secretary and the Chief Minister before issuing any orders thereon”. Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, arguing for AAP government, said “as a responsible government, we cannot contest it”.He, however, said the constitutional schemes be given the widest interpretation and they cannot be interpreted to defeat what is intrinsic to the Preamble.On the issue of mandatory “aid and advice” of the council of ministers to the LG, the senior lawyer said it was “not a permission to interfere”. Referring to Article 239AA which deals with Delhi, he said supremacy of Parliament on law-making was not being questioned, but theory of separation of powers was also a key to participatory democracy, which has to be considered. The court said in case of difference of opinion with regard to a law made by Delhi assembly, the LG has the power to refer it to the President for a decision and sub-article 4 of Article 239AA provides that pending decision, the LG can pass an interim order if necessary.The counsel for Delhi government said the elected government has powers to undertake executive functions. “It is not permissible that the Lieutenant Governor use residuary powers to take primacy and, moreover, the overriding powers cannot be vested with the LG,” Subramanium said. As far as legislative powers of Delhi are concerned there was no issue with regard to supremacy of Parliament which can make laws on subjects specified in state and the concurrent list of the Constitution, the bench said. Subramanium alleged that the LG demands files and issues directive to all officers to follow his instructions, rather than those of the elected Chief Minister.”Then what is the purpose of having a CM? You can’t have two executive dice for ruling one state,” he said. The bench observed that constitutional provisions suggest that the LG has power in all such subjects which are not in the purview of state legislature. “There cannot be problem with this but there cannot be a scheme of things to circumvent everything. Proviso provides for harmonisation of powers to enable governance by democratically elected government,” Subramanium said.He said the LG calls for files and overrides decisions of the government without informing the minister of the concerned department. “There is need to act in harmony not to circumvent the decision of government,” he added.To this, the bench said it was never contemplated by the Constitution makers that one man’s concurrence was needed for every aspect though over-riding powers were given to LG. Subramnium asked in matters relating purely to welfare measures like opening of primary health centres or a school or a night shelter, does the government need the LG’s concurrence.”IAS-IPS officers are from All India Services. Does that mean they won’t listen to the CM and council of ministers,” he said, adding transfer orders are passed by LG. “Cabinet does not need concurrence of LG every time. Power to call for any file by LG is residuary and needs to be exercised in exceptional cases,” he said. He cited the 2001 Parliament attack case and said if the action of Delhi government endangered an institution of national importance, then in such case the LG can take a call. The arguments remained inconclusive and the senior advocate will resume them tomorrow.

Speak up Delhi: Govt apathy acts as catalyst for hawker, parking menace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Encroachments and haphazard parking of vehicles around the entry and exit points at south Delhi’s Greater Kailash M-Block market has become a shoddy reality of the post locality. The tall promises made by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and BJP-led civic bodies, failed to tackle the issues over the years.The entire area is marred by unregulated parking services that affects the business of the traders and keep their associations on their toes. “These issues continue to remain more or less the same even as several governments have changed over time. This is south Delhi’s oldest posh market after independence but basic services like proper parking lots and broken approach roads have not been heeded to,” said Sukhvinder Bajaj, who deals in packaging material in the market.According to market association, it has around 250 odd shops and 73 buildings in total, with a parking space of 300 vehicles. This is besides two surface parking lots —one each with the capacity of accommodating 400 vehicles — at the entry and exit points of the market. “ A parking mafia is parallelly running to the civic boody-authorised parking here,”said Ankita Triwedi, a customer.The standard parking rate for an hour is Rs 20, however, when asked customers said during rush hours and on weekends they pay Rs 40 or more. “From 5-8pm on weekends, I have been charged around Rs 100 for a little less than an hour,” she said.Similar situation prevails in neighbouring Lajpat Market, where major portion of the locality has been encroached by the hawkers and street vendors. “The civic authority badly fails in controlling such encroachments. Despite clear directions by the lieutenant governor and later the Supreme Court for removing the squatters from this place, no one took the matter seriously,” said Sanjay Baruah, a trader in the market.Recently on October 25, the National Green Tribunal had also asked the Delhi police to remove encroachments in Lajpat Nagar market, in a bid to smoothen the traffic movement. “All these things are still on paper and nothing has been done so far. The encroachment of street sides by the vendors continue to cause traffic mess in the locality,” said another trader Anil Aneja.UNREGULATED PARKINGThe entire area is marred by unregulated parking services that affects the business of the traders. Some traders say that they themselves have to move out of the shop to stop people from parking anywhere. Footpath and bylanes been encroached has been happening for years now. But what I feel strange is hawkers encroaching bus stands. Bus stands at AIIMs and Safdarjung in the South are taken over by food sellers, which makes commuting difficult. People crowd at the bus stops to eat adding to already crowded localities.—Ishita Gupta One cannot confine encroachment to just hawkers, even auto rickshaw drivers have equal share in the encroachment of lanes near metro stations and educational institutions. Every time a student comes out of the college gate only thing he cans see is the line of autorickshaw in front of college gate.—Yash ChhabraSouth Delhi especially Lajpat Nagar witness a heavy footfall of shoppers but this footfall has resulted into parking issues as shoppers then park their vehicles anywhere they want, encroaching our green belts and making it difficult for the residents to walk on the streets of Lajpat Nagar.—Jatin AroraDuring my visits to famous market places like, Chandni Chowk, Sarojini and Lajpat, one thing that seemed common in all was the encroached market lanes. Usually by the hawkers but in Old Delhi, vehicles have equal and even major share in encroaching the lanes. I hope some day authorities will look towards the issues more seriously.—Sivaranjini REncroachment has taken away the beauty of the city that we live in. Even in my locality, hawkers are dotted on the streets making it difficult to walk on the streets during evening hours. Moreover, these hawkers are not even warned by the authorities to vacant the place, let aside the action on them. —Harshit Chawla Vegetable sellers, usually stand on the streets, affecting the movement of the vehicles passing by and then their are vehicles parked irresponsibly on the lanes. But the real issue is the reluctant behaviour of the authorities towards irregularities.—Priyanshu AgarwalEXPERT SPEAKWe try our best to ensure smooth and hassle free-parking facility in the markets across the city. The corporation has introduced multi-level parking facilities in different markets and localities to avoid encroachment on the streets. The North body has also introduced a parking app named ‘MCD parking’ using which the locals can directly send their complaints related to parking issues. To remove illegal encroachments by hawkers and street vendors, the corporation has also launched massive drives in different localities with heavy penalty being imposed on the violators.”—Yogendra Singh Mann, Spokesperson, North Civic Body

Manish Sisodia demands CBI probe in DSSSB exam paper leak case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged DSSSB examination paper leak case. Sisodia has written to Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, demanding strict action against the officials involved.The Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) exam was recently held for appointment of primary teachers in municipal schools. Sisodia has also sought cancellation of the exam for the paper that was allegedly leaked and demanded that the officials involved in conducting of the exam be suspended, so that they could not tamper with the evidence.”Since the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has taken no action in the past, this case should immediately be referred to the CBI for a fair and an unbiased investigation,” he said in his letter.Referring to the incident, Sisodia said it was a serious case of corruption in the teacher recruitment process and there have been numerous complaints of exam papers being leaked. There have also been complaints of papers being set from a particular guidebook and servers being down at the time when documents were to be uploaded, he said.He added that all these issues have already been referred to the L-G. “There have been instances of students being barred from exams, but no action has been taken against any senior DSSSB official, despite multiple such instances,” Sisodia stated in the letter.”Strong action needs to be taken in this case, so as to give a clear message that the L-G’s office is not protecting the corrupt within the DSSSB,” he said.

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.”

Principal Home Secretary transferred to Arunachal Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal has passed the relieving order of Delhi Principal Home Secretary Satya Gopal. Gopal has been transferred to Arunachal Pradesh as chief secretary.The transfer of the senior bureaucrat comes around one-and-a-half months after he was appointed as the principal home secretary in the Delhi government. Previously, Gopal was the principal secretary in the Arunachal Pradesh government.“In pursuance of Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs’ order, the Lt Governor, Delhi, is pleased to relieve Satya Gopal, principal secretary (home), from this (Delhi) government to enable the officer to join the government of Arunachal Pradesh,” Delhi Services Department said in its order.The Union Home Ministry in its order said Gopal, 1988-batch IAS officer, had been appointed as the chief secretary of Arunachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, Delhi PWD’s Principal Secretary Ashwani Kumar has been appointed as a link officer for the post of the city’s principal home secretary till further orders, an official said.NEW POSTINGThe transfer of the senior bureaucrat comes around one-and-a-half months after he was appointed as the principal home secretary in the Delhi government. Previously, Gopal was principal secretary in Arunachal Pradesh.

L-G Anil Baijal reviews ‘Vision 2027’ project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday reviewed the law and order situation in the Capital. Baijal has told the Delhi Police to modernise the forces by greater intervention of technology to achieve its ‘Vision 2027’.The L-G asked the police to make ‘smart policing’ a priority. The meeting was held at Raj Niwas in order to review the implementation of Vision 2027. “Delhi Police must enhance human resource capability to enable greater use of technology effectively for public welfare,” a statement issued from the L-G House said.According to L-G office, the plan focuses on integration of technology, artificial intelligence and 3D printing among others.In the meeting, Baijal emphasised that the action plan for various proposals needs to be prioritised. He stressed that in place of different applications, there should be single omnibus application for citizens.

Delhi HC: Review move to trifurcate MCD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking note of the discrimination in basic facilities to the citizens of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the Delhi High Court has asked the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and the Ministry of Urban Development to review the move to trifurcate the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi.The directions come after a bunch of petitions were filed challenging a notice issued by the NDMC on June 21. The notice directed the petitioners to vacate the staff quarters occupied by them after the Standing Committee passed a resolution “to develop 10 such projects for revenue generation”.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar noted that the lack of funds has always been a grievance of the NDMCand the EDMC. However, no such complains have been made by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).”This matter deserves the attention of the L-G and Ministry of Urban Development. A view needs to be taken by the L-G and Ministry of Urban Development as to why citizens in NDMC and EDMC are being deprived of several advantages and facilities which are available to the residents of south Delhi. A view also needs to be taken with regard to efficacy and utility of the division of the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi in three corporations,” the court said in its order.The court held that rationalisation has to be undertaken of the allocation of funds/availability of finances to these municipal corporations.”The residents of East Delhi Municipal Corporation or North Delhi Municipal Corporation cannot be placed at adjacent advantage vis-a-vis the residents of South Delhi,” the bench noted. The bench also put a stay on the notice issued by the NDMC to vacate the staff quarters thereby listing the matter for January 15 next year.The trifurcation of MCD that took place in 2012 had made north and east corporations financially weaker than their southern counterpart due to uneven distribution of assets. Both north and east civic bodies have been struggling to release salaries to their employees for the past two years. There have been multiple strikes by the sanitation staff during this period.

BJP need to root out Congress from Gujarat, get 3/4th majority: Amit Shah in Gandhinagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> BJP chief Amit Shah today termed the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls a “battle of pride” for the ruling party and exhorted the workers to ensure an improved tally of 150 seats over the 129 it won in 2002 under the then chief minister Narendra Modi.Shah slammed the Congress and asked BJP cadres to completely “root out” the party from the prime minister’s home state.Speaking before Shah, Modi praised his trusted lieutenant as the “man of the match” for the BJP’s victory in the 2014 elections and also in the assembly polls held in Uttar Pradesh this year.The BJP president urged his party cadres to not sit idle and reach out to every citizen after Diwali to ensure a landslide victory.He appealed to BJP workers to ensure that the party wins three-fourth majority in the polls, due in December this year.”This is a battle of pride for us, as we want nothing short of three-fourth majority. As your president, I urge all party workers to give your 100 per cent. Do not sit idle after Diwali. I urge you to reach out to each and every citizen and spread Modiji’s message of development,” Shah said while addressing “Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan”.The rally was held a day after the conclusion of the party’s ‘Gujarat Guarav Yatra’ aimed at mobilising public support ahead of the Assembly polls.Noting that a two-third majority will not suffice this time, Shah recalled that the BJP had secured 129 seats when Modi was chief minister in 2002.”And now, when he is our prime minister, we must make and all-out bid to clinch 150 seats (out of the 182 in the Assembly),” Shah said.He accused the Congress of showing “fake” concern for Gujarat without naming Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi who has been addressing rallies in various parts of the state and visited a number of temples.”For five years, you will not find these Congressmen anywhere. But as election approaches, they start claiming that they would win. In this election, BJP workers need to root out the Congress completely from Gujarat,” the BJP chief said.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who was also present, announced his government will provide farm loan up to Rs 3 lakh at zero per cent interest to farmers.”Today, I want to announce that farmers in Gujarat would now get farm loans at zero per cent interest. Till now, they were charged one per cent whereas the state and Centre used to bear the remaining 6 per cent interest. For the welfare of around 25 lakh farming families, I hereby announce that one per cent would be waived too,” the CM said.

Arvind Kejriwal writes to LG after WagonR theft

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Delhi Chief Minister’s car was stolen from outside the secretariat, he wrote to the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal taking a dig at the Delhi’s law and order situation. Arvind Kejriwal also said in his letter that a common man does not feel safe in the Capital.Kejriwal, in his letter said, “Yesterday, my WagonR was stolen from outside Central Secretariat. My car getting stolen is a small thing. But a chief minister’s car getting stolen right in front of the Central Secretariat points towards the state of law and order within the Capital and dereliction of duties. In the light of the recent incident, what value does the life of a common really hold.”He added, “If you ask any commoner residing in Delhi about the security and safety, you will get a negative response. I know upon receiving my letter, the Delhi Police will respond with facts and figures that would help their so-called case but the truth is evident for all of us to see.”Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have formed various teams to recover the stolen vehicle. Help of technical surveillance is being taken and based on local intelligence, efforts to trace the CM’s car are being made, police said.Police have also accessed the CCTV footage of the spot from where the car was stolen and are trying to identify the accused involved. Many second hand car dealers, deserted parking lots and car scrappers place have been raided in search of the vehicle.According to police data, in Delhi, more than 100 vehicles are reported stolen every day on average. In the past five years, the number of stolen vehicles have risen more than threefold.While in 2012 a total of 14,391 motor vehicles were reported stolen, the number in 2016 was 38,644. This year, till April 12,666 vehicles which zeroes down to 105 vehicles a day, on average, were reported missing.

Guest teachers protest outside L-G’s residence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over a few hundred guest teachers protested outside the residence of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday demanding regularisation of their jobs. The guest teachers submitted a memorandum to the L-G seeking implementation of the bill passed by the Delhi Assembly recently to regularise them.On Wednesday morning, about 600 guest teachers gathered outside L-G’s residence with placards demanding permanent jobs. They shouted slogans in support of their cause and sought the L-G’s time to meet him. Later, a delegation of guest teachers went inside L-G’s residence to submit a memorandum.”Since the Delhi Assembly has passed the bill for regularisation of our jobs, now the L-G should also sign the bill and end the dilemma. It has been over three years since we have been fighting for our rights,” said a protesting guest teacher.The Delhi government had last week passed the bill for regularisation of jobs of all the guest teachers claiming that the education department is under its ambit. The bill has been sent to L-G’s office for implementation.”We have been teaching for the last four years like any other permanent teacher. We have been working constantly to teach students and make their future bright. We have contributed to the results of government schools in Delhi which have performed better than the private schools,” said another protesting guest teacher.

From Special Marriage Act to Centre v/s Delhi govt: SC constitution bench to hear six matters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court would tomorrow commence hearing six key issues, including the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government over administrative jurisdiction and a matter relating to passive euthanasia.The constitution bench would be headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and would comprise Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.One of the issues to be dealt with by the constitution bench is the legal question whether a Parsi woman loses her religious identity after marrying a man of different religion under the Special Marriage Act. This matter was today referred to a five-judge constitution bench by the apex court.Besides these, the bench will also deal with issues like whether a parliamentary committee report can be referred to or relied upon during judicial proceedings, how to add income for future prospects of victims in motor accident claims and whether the top court can entertain a plea for making an arbitration award a rule of the court.The court had in February 2014 referred to a constitution bench a plea favouring voluntary passive euthanasia or mercy killing in cases where a person is suffering from terminal illness and has no chance of revival and recovery as per the medical opinion.The court would consider the prayer of an NGO, Common Cause, to declare ‘right to die with dignity’ as a fundamental right within the fold of Right to Live with dignity guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.The bench would also hear the matter relating to the tug- of-war between the Centre and the Delhi government over the administration of the National Capital Territory.The Delhi High Court had on August 4 last year declared the Lieutenant Governor as the administrative head of the national capital against which the city government has moved the apex court.The constitution bench would also hear the issue whether a parliamentary committee report could be referred to or relied upon during judicial proceedings before the top court.The matter had cropped up when a two-judge bench on April 5 this year was hearing a PIL seeking to quash licencing of two vaccines for cervical cancer treatment as the approval for their use was done without adequate research on safety. It had referred to certain reports of parliamentary panels.In a matter related to the grant of compensation by Motor Accident Claims Tribunals, a two-judge bench had in 2014 said that while calculating compensation to victims, the issue of adding income for future prospects needed an authoritative pronouncement and had referred the matter to a higher bench.The bench will hear whether the top court can entertain an application for making an arbitration award a rule of the court.

Centre versus Delhi government: SC Constitution bench to start hearing on Tuesday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, would on Tuesday start hearing five key issues, including the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government over administrative jurisdiction and a matter relating to passive euthanasia.Besides the CJI, the bench also comprises justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.The bench will also deal with issues like whether a parliamentary committee report can be referred to or relied upon during judicial proceedings, how to add income for future prospects of victims in motor accident claims and whether the top court can entertain a plea for making an arbitration award a rule of the court.The court had in February 2014 referred to a constitution bench a plea favouring voluntary passive euthanasia or mercy killing in cases where a person is suffering from terminal illness and has no chance of revival and recovery as per the medical opinion.The court would consider the prayer of an NGO, Common Cause, to declare ‘right to die with dignity’ as a fundamental right within the fold of Right to Live with dignity guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.The bench would also hear the matter relating to the tug- of-war between the Centre and the Delhi government over the administration of the National Capital Territory.The Delhi High Court had on August 4 last year declared the Lieutenant Governor as the administrative head of the national capital against which the city government has moved the apex court.The constitution bench would also hear the issue whether a parliamentary committee report could be referred to or relied upon during judicial proceedings before the top court.The matter had cropped up when a two-judge bench on April 5 this year was hearing a PIL seeking to quash licencing of two vaccines for cervical cancer treatment as the approval for their use was done without adequate research on safety. It had referred to certain reports of parliamentary panels.In a matter related to the grant of compensation by Motor Accident Claims Tribunals, a two-judge bench had in 2014 said that while calculating compensation to victims, the issue of adding income for future prospects needed an authoritative pronouncement and had referred the matter to a higher bench.The bench will hear whether the top court can entertain an application for making an arbitration award a rule of the court.

Godhra train carnage verdict, Delhi Metro fare tussle, Gripen deal and Indian Army: DNA morning must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat High Court to pronounce verdict in 2002 Godhra train carnage case todayThe Gujarat High Court will pronounce its judgment on the 2002 Godhra train carnage today. In the horrific incident, 59 passengers were charred to death at the Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002. The trial of the sensitive case was conducted in-camera at the Sabarmati Jail by the special designated court. dnai.in/f6txAfter outrage over martyrs’ remains in make-shift boxes, Indian Army calls it an ‘aberration’On Sunday, a tweet posted by Retd Lieutenant General HS Panag sparked outrage which showed the mortal remains of defence personnel who were killed in a chopper crash. The photographs showed their bodies being carried in make-shift cardboard boxes, tied up with ropes. It was even more ironic that the incident occurred on Air Force Day. dnai.in/f6rvAmit Shah’s son Jay Shah to file Rs 100-crore lawsuit against ‘false’ reportRejecting allegations levelled by a news website against BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah, Union minister Piyush Goyal said, “Jay Shah will file a criminal defamation suit of Rs 100 crore against the author, editor and owner of the news website.” Goyal was addressing a press conference after Opposition parties trained guns on the government latching on to the news report. Goyal also presented a statement from Jay Shah. dnai.in/f6syAAP govt’s efforts to prevent Metro fare hike go in vain; DMRC all set to roll out revised fareNo amount of muscle flexing by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government against the Metro fare hike has borne any fruit as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is all set to roll out the revised fare from October 10. With the Centre, too, putting its weight behind the DMRC, it is unlikely that commuters will get any respite from a more expensive Metro ride. Hoping that the corporation will cave in, the Delhi government had even threatened to remove DMRC Chief Dr Mangu Singh from the post, if the new fares were implemented. dnai.in/f6szDone deal for Swedish firm Saab? IAF planes flying Gripen formation sparks speculationThere were a few red faces in the Indian Air Force today as the Surya Kiran aerobatics team which performed several heart-stopping mid-air manoeuvres during the Air Force Day celebrations at the Hindon Air Base also, among other air formations, flew what was called the “Gripen formation”. The Swedish aerospace firm Saab, which manufactures the Gripen fighter planes, is in the running to bag a major contract to provide 100 single-engine fighters to the Indian Air Force and is locked in a direct contest with US defence firm Lockheed Martin, which is currently offering its latest F16 figher jet to IAF. dnai.in/f6qNLord Shiva’s blessings have given strength to digest poison to serve country: PM Modi in VadnagarPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid his first visit to his hometown Vadnagar as PM and delivered a strong message to his critics, saying Lord Shiva’s blessings have given him the strength to digest poison and serve the motherland. “Bholenath’s blessings have given me the strength to digest all the poison that’s come my way since 2001. I have had the strength to serve the motherland, no matter who spews venom,” he said. dnai.in/f6st

7 JeM men on the loose; forces revisit J&K security bases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With seven Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeens still on loose, security forces have decided to revisit the security of the camps and conduct fresh security audit of all bases to thwart the nefarious designs of the terrorists.The decision was taken in a security core group meeting held here on Friday. Top officers of the police, Army, paramilitary and intelligence agencies participated in the meeting, which was chaired by Jammu and Kashmir director general of police SP Vaid and general officer commanding 15 corps Lieutenant General JS Sandhu.“Security of all the camps is being revisited. It has been decided to carry out fresh audit of the camps, vital installations and other security establishments in the Kashmir,” said an officer requesting anonymity.The decision to conduct fresh audit comes four days after security forces repulsed a Pathankot-type terror attack when three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeens were neutralised soon after they stormed the highly fortified Border Security Force (BSF) camp, neighbouring Srinagar International Airport and Air Force Station. An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of BSF was killed and three others injured in the operation that lasted for 10 hours on Monday.This was the second attack in less than two months in which Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeens stormed the security forces camp in the valley. Three of the fidayeens were killed when they attacked the District Police Lines Pulwama on August 26. Eight security force men –four each from CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police –were killed and six others injured in the encounter.A 17-member group of Jaish fidayeens were pushed in from Pir Panjal into J&K to replenish the terrorist ranks in July following the drubbing of the cadres in the valley. More than seven fidayeens are still on loose and security forces have intensified their operations to neutralize them before they could plan anything serious.MORALE DOWN155 terrorists including top commanders of the Hizbul Mujahideen and LeT have been eliminated by the security forces so far this year.
This has hit the morale of the terrorists who have gone in to hiding to avoid being killed by the forces.

HC quashes externment order, allows man back into city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court set aside the externment order passed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, East district, and later upheld by the then Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Delhi, against a person who had been externed from the limits of the NCT – National Capital Territory – for two years. The court held that the accused posed no hazard to the safety of the community.”This Court is of the opinion that there was no sufficient reason to believe the petitioner is so desperate and dangerous that his presence in NCT or any part thereof would be hazardous to the community and its safety. Both the orders referred to above, suffer from the vice of non application of mind…” Justice Ashutosh Kumar said.The court’s direction came on a plea filed by one Surender alias Chhinda where he had challenged the order of the ACP, Gandhi Nagar following an externment request of the Station House of the Geeta Colony.The ACP had moved the proposal for externment alleging that the materials on record revealed that there were reasonable grounds to believe the petitioner was engaged in various offences punishable under the IPC, Arms Act, Gambling Act and Delhi Police Act.He also claimed that the movements and acts of the petitioner were “calculated to cause alarm, danger and harm to person and property and his presence in Delhi or any part thereof is hazardous to the community.”The proposal for externment also included the fact that witnesses are not willing to come forward to depose against the petitioner because of the fear of reprisal.However, the petitioner Surender denied all the allegations and said that no case has been registered against him after 2014 and he has been falsely implicated in the earlier cases.While setting aside the order, the court observed that an externment order brings in societal and personal deprivation and is a great blow on the finances of the externee.WHAT IS EXTERNMENT?It is an order passed against a person, or a group of persons when one has reasonable suspicion that their presence could cause danger in the area. Such person/bodies of persons are ordered to remove themselves from the area

Mumbai stampede, surgical strikes anniversary, Elon Musk and Delhi murder: DNA evening must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>27 killed in stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station, probe orderedAt least 27 people were killed and over 30 others injured in a rush-hour stampede on a foot overbridge (FOB) linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations in Mumbai on Friday morning. The incident took place at around 10:30 am due to a heavy crowd at the foot-over bridge after rains. The injured were taken to to KEM hospital. Read full story here Surgical strikes anniversary: How Indian Army live-streamed operationsA year after the crucial surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the Line of Control, strategic informations are now being made public. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Indian Army’s Northern Command (retired) Lieutenant General DS Hooda, the archietct of the surgical strikes, revealed that the operations were live-streamed back to the army headquarters in Udhampur and Delhi. Read full story hereDelhi man kills 6-year-old for making lewd remarks at his newly-wed wifeIn a bizarre incident, a Delhi man allegedly killed a six-year-old boy for ‘making lewd remarks’ at his newly-wed wife. The 19-year-old accused has been arrested from his Okhla Phase-II house, an HT report said on Friday. According to the report, Rohit, the 19-year-old accused allegedly attacked the boy for ‘ogling’ at his wife while she was taking bath. The teen panicked after the boy’s head hit the corner of the bed and fell unconscious. Read full story hereJaitley’s comments ‘cheap’, below my dignity to respond: Yashwant SinhaBJP veteran Yashwant Sinha on Friday accused Arun Jaitley of making “cheap” remarks and said the finance minister’s criticism of his work amounted to criticism of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had entrusted him with key ministries. Read full story hereAround the world in 30 minutes? Elon Musk thinks soIt’s Star Trek coming to life, if what Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk said on Friday becomes a reality. The inventor, has said that his company has ambitious plans to send cargo ships to Mars by 2022, and use rockets to carry people between Earth’s major cities in under half-an-hour. While it’s exciting news, we wonder how much the mission would cost. Read full story here

NGOs won’t run mohalla clinics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) flagship project, Mohalla Clinics, will not be in the hands of NGOs anymore. The project will now be run directly by the Delhi State Health Mission (DSHM) with immediate effect, Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal has said, while announcing the Cabinet decision for the Health and Family Welfare Department taken earlier this month.The move comes days after DNA reported irregularities in the functioning of clinics and following it with a vigilance probe to establish the fact.”It has been decided that the work to establish, run, and manage the Aam Aadmi Moholla Clinics (AAMC) will be looked after by the DSHM with immediate effect,” stated the order, dated September 19.It also said “the Pattern of Assistance for releasing the Grant in Aid will be submitted by the DSHM to the Health department at the earliest, so that funds may be released as per the demand book 2017-18”.The order entails a series of “safeguards” to be taken while implementing the decision, including that the doctors or staffers engaged in these clinics are “adequately qualified” and are recruited through a “transparent” system.”The administrative department must develop a sound mechanism to verify the footfall, as claimed by the clinics. Also, the department must develop, within six months, an online system based on Aadhar,” it stated.The functioning of these clinics should be regularly monitored by the Health Department to “prevent any unfortunate happening”, Baijal directed.Besides, the order stated that selection of premises to set up clinics should be through a transparent and objective mechanism, so that the existing healthcare facilities can be utilised in an optimum manner.In case of private premises, however, “the selection and fixation of rent should be through a transparent and open process, as per the prevalent PWD/CPWD norms,” it said.The Delhi government’s vigilance report on AAP Mohalla Clinic project, submitted to Baijal, had found major irregularities in the functioning of all 160 neighbourhood health centres. The revelation came days after 45 AAP MLAs protested at the L-G office against “pending” files related to the scheme.The report highlighted violation of guidelines related to hiring of doctors and fixing of rent at the centres, which were started by Delhi’s ruling party to take diagnostics and treatment of simple ailments to people’s doorstep. The report was also submitted to the Delhi Health Minister’s Secretary on August 29, requesting Health Minister Satyendar Jain’s attention.

HC asks Centre, AAP govt, others to explore land for Mohalla Clinics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi High Court on Wednesday has asked the Centre, the AAP government, and civic bodies to explore land availability for the setting up of Mohalla clinics in the Capital.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also directed the authorities, including Delhi Development Authority (DDA), to examine the sites suggested by the AAP government for establishing these facilities.The directions came while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the NGO ‘Justice for All’, through advocate Khagesh Jha. The plea sought directions to authorities to allot adequate number of plots for construction of these clinics with permission to raise the appropriate temporary structures to run them.The PIL also claimed that the Lieutenant Governor (LG) had already approved the scheme of Mohalla Clinics, but multiplicity of agencies and difference of opinion among them has led to the scheme working at a very slow pace. He also highlighted the sorry state of health facilities in the national capital.The bench directed the authorities to file a feasibility report with regard to the land falling in their jurisdiction within two weeks, warning of strict action in case they fail to comply with the orders

DDA issues draft policy for planned development of pvt lands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to facilitate planned development of private land in the Capital, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has formulated a “draft policy” in a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday. The L-G is the ex-officio chairman of the DDA.The policy will allow development of privately-owned land through spatial planning and facilitation of basic infrastructure services. The DDA, in a statement, also said that the draft policy intends to allow private land owners to develop their land holdings in conformity with the land use, as per the prevailing Master Plan of Delhi (MPD).”The draft policy will be placed in the public domain for inviting suggestions from the public. The policy will be finalised after incorporating the same,” the DDA said.The urban body has also decided that plots with an area of 3,000 square metres or above abutting a road of 24 metres, right of way and above, will be eligible for ‘Residential Use (Group Housing)’ as per development control norms. This will be subject to payment of conversion charges.The Authority has also stated that modification in the MPD 2021 in the chapter on Industry, knowledge-based industries/service industries like software industry, IT Service, ITES, media, biotechnology/medical, research and development, and design, business and educational services, are proposed to be permitted on industrial plots.Amendments to the allotment of DDA community halls have also been approved in the draft policy.”As per the revised policy, community halls within boundaries of housing schemes will be preferably allotted to resident welfare associations (RWAs) of the pocket, if cost of construction is shared by the allottees,” the DDA said. The halls can also be allotted to other applicants for a license fee. Registered societies such as government, semi-government and autonomous bodies actively involved in social activities in the area will also be eligible for allotment.

Bureaucratic reshuffle in Delhi brings fresh faces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bureaucratic set-up in Delhi government once again witnessed some major changes as new faces entered the Delhi Secretariat. The Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal approved and issued transfer posting of few IAS officers, hence filling the vacant posts lying in the government. Departments like Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), social welfare, Delhi State Health Mission (DSHM) and the finance were among the major departments to feel the jolt. According to the sources, the Principal Health Secretary Madhup Vyas is also set to move to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation. The order is expected to come out soon. “The orders has been approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the LG is going to issue the final orders by next week,” said an official from L-G house. Sachin Shinde, additional secretary in the Department of Health and Family Welfare has been given the charge of DSHM. The DSHM was earlier headed by Dr Tarun Seem who was under scanner for alleged irregularities in hiring three private security firms for seven government hospitals in the city. The CBI had also raided Seem’s residence as a part of their ongoing investigation. Baijal has approved his appointment with immediate effect, according to an order issued by the Delhi Services Department. Similarly, senior bureaucrat Satya Gopal has been appointed the principal home secretary of the Delhi government. Before Gopal, Finance Secretary S N Sahai, a 1986-batch IAS officer, was holding the additional charge of principal home secretary in the AAP government.In the past, the Arvind Kejriwal government and bureaucracy have been at loggerheads on a range of issues. In January last year, all Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS)-cadre officers had gone on mass leave in a show of solidarity with their two colleagues suspended by the Delhi government.

Civic crackdown on illegal structures

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has cracked down on 259 illegal constructions. The corporation started a campaign against illegal and unauthourised constructions after Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had asked the civic bodies to take strict action against unscrupulous builders. The Building Department-South Zone demolished four illegal constructions in Katwaria Sarai and Ghitorni among others.Since June 2017, the Building Department, South Zone has torn down or sealed 259 buildings in areas including Chhattarpur, Khirki Ext, Kishangarh, Malviya Nagar, Ghitorni Rajpur Khurd, Sainik Farms, Shahpur Jat, Vasant Kunj, Khanpur, Munirka, Green Park Main, and so on.“It was observed that builders had developed a strong tendency to swindle innocent buyers by tempting them with more habitable built-up area and utilisable space in their flats, without telling them that the building plans had not been sanctioned, or informing them about the actual status of the unauthorised property,” said a senior official.The civic body is creating awareness among residents and buyers about the issue.The process of procuring sanction has been simplified. The number of enclosures with application has been reduced.TEARING IT DOWNThe demolition drive undertaken by the Corporation follows Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s orders
Kishangarh, Malviya Nagar, Sainik Farms, Shahpur Jat, Vasant Kunj, Khanpur, Munirka affected by action

Can breach LoC and strike when we need: Top Army Gen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa pledged support to the cause of Kashmir, Indian Army hit back saying the surgical strikes were a message well conveyed and that they can breach the Line of Control (LoC) and strike whenever needed.”Surgical strike was a point that we wanted to drive home that LoC is not the line which cannot be breached. When we want to, we will be able to breach and go across and strike when we need. So, that was a subtle message we wanted to convey and we did it”, said Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu, General Officer Commanding in Chief (GoC-in-C) of Northern Command.The Northern Army Commander’s statement comes on a day when Pakistan again violated ceasefire and targeted Indian positions across the LoC in Poonch sector, injuring two porters. Pakistan resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing at 11.45 am.”Situation on LoC is very much under control and we have moral ascendancy. We are very firm in dealing with any infiltration or any act which abets infiltration from the other side. There is no question that anybody can take things lightly and try infiltrating across LoC,” said Lieutenant General Anbu.The Northern Army Commander also noted that there are a large number of terrorist camps and launch pads both in South and North of Pir Panjal.”Those camps have not decreased. Last year, the number of attempts (of infiltration) was relatively less compared to this year. While there may be attempts but they have prevented them (ultras) entering (into Jammu and Kashmir).We have been foiling them at LoC. Sort of deterrence has been created so that they (militants) are not able to enter in. While attempts are more but we are able to prevent them from infiltrating into our borders whether in the Valley or Jammu region”, he said.Figures reveal that more than 475 militants are waiting across the LoC to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir. Around 144 militants have been eliminated by the security forces in different operations across Jammu and Kashmir this year.The concernsThe Northern Army Commander also noted that there are a large number of terrorist camps and launch pads both in South and North of Pir Panjal.

Centre-Delhi power tussle: Delhi govt moves SC seeking early setting up of a five- judge bench

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government on Tuesday moved Supreme Court seeking an early setting up of a five- judge bench to decide row over administrative powers between it and the Centre.The top court said that it will fix the date for hearing Delhi government’s pleas after it concludes hearing in Cauvery water dispute.The Delhi High Court had, earlier, ruled out that Lieutenant Governor (LG) is the boss of the Delhi government.The Delhi government had often been at odds with former LG Najeeb Jung, who resigned in December.The Delhi government, in its appeal, has alleged that its power to do public services in the state has been adversely affected. It also raised a question as to whether the Union of India can take over all powers of the state government.There is an ongoing power tussle between Delhi government and the LG on various issues including the control over the Anti-Corruption Branch and power to transfer or retain bureaucrats.

Kashmiris help Army men in distress, video goes viral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For those who stereotype Kashmiris as anti-forces, this should serve as eye-opener.A video showing Kashmiri people helping armed soldiers after their vehicle skidded off the road near Check- e- Pahroo village at Nowgam, on the outskirts of Srinagar. Seeing the soldiers struggling to walk, locals rushed to the spot and rescued them to safety.Locals stopped their cars and came to help the soldiers in distress and people came forward with water bottles for the soldiers involved in the accident.Overwhelmed by the gesture, General Officer Commanding of 15 corps of the army Lieutenant General JS Sandhu thanked the people for helping the soldiers in distress. “This is a true indicator of Kashmiriyat and Insaniyat and will go a long way in strengthening the bond of friendship between the awaam (people) and the jawan, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Defence Spokesman, quoting Lieutenant General Sandhu, said. It is not the first such instance. On Friday, locals cared little of their own safety as they rushed to rescue cops when terrorists attacked their bus in Zewan near Srinagar. Last year, too, some Kashmiris risked lives to rescue army men at Pantha Chowk-Lasjan.

Top LeT commander gunned down in Kulgam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces gunned down a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander, Ishfaq Ahmad Paddar, in the Tantray Pora village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday. The terrorist was reportedly involved in the assassination of a young Kashmiri Army officer, Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, who was killed on May 10.Police said that after receiving a tip-off about his movement, a joint team of Kulgam police and 62 Rashtriya Rifles laid an ambush and trapped the dreaded militant. In a bid to escape, Ishfaq fired indiscriminately. The forces retaliated and he was killed.Ishfaq, along with Mohammad Abass and Gayas-ul-Islam, had abducted Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, 22, of the Rajputana Riffles from his maternal uncle’s home in Batpora village of Shopian district, where he had gone to attend a cousin’s wedding. Fayaz was taken to a neighbouring village, where he was shot dead.Fayaz hailed from the Sadsun village of Kulgam district and his assassination had shocked the entire nation, since the officer was unarmed and commissioned in the Army just a few months ago.Investigation had revealed that Fayaz had two gunshot wounds on his body. The empty cartridges found near the spot proved that the terrorists used the snatched INSAS rifle to shoot at him.”At the time, Ishfaq was with Hizbul Mujhadeen (HM). Later, he joined the LeT. He is the first of the three terrorists involved in Lieutenant Fayaz’s killing, who has been neutralised,” Superintendent of Police, Kulgam, Shridhar Patil said.Two other terrorists involved in the assassination are still on the run. “Ishfaq was notorious in the area. He had been targeting the civilian population to unleash terror. Killing him is a great success for the security forces and also a relief for the local populace,” Patil said.Police said besides this incident, Ishfaq was also involved in robberies at the Kader branches of Jammu and Kashmir Bank and Ellaquai Dehati Bank. He was also involved in a firing incident at Yaripora police station. An AK 47 rifle, two AK 47 magazines, 42 AK 47 rounds, and a pouch were recovered from his possession.Meanwhile, stone pelting rocked Eidgah in Srinagar after the Eid prayers, prompting the forces to use smoke shells to disperse the mob.

J&K: Terrorist killed in Kulgam encounter was involved in Lt Umar Fayaz’s murder

Updated: Sep 2, 2017, 01:35 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, who was gunned down by the 62 Rashtriya Rifle (RR) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) at Tantripora village of Kulgam district on Saturday morning, has been identified as Ishfaq Padder, who was involved in the killing of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz.The mobile internet services were also snapped in Shopian and Kulgam districts of South Kashmir following the encounter.On specific input, a joint team of security forces had laid an ambush to trap this terrorist.
ALSO READ J&K: Army officer Ummer Fayaz killed by terrorists, govt calls it ‘dastardly act of cowardice’After the successful elimination of one, the security forces are looking for his accomplices.Yesterday, one of the five injured policemen of the Pantha Chowk terrorist attack succumbed to his injuries.
ALSO READ J&K: Stone pelters target Army officer Ummer Fayaz’s funeral procession, Centre assures justice At least five police personnel got injured after terrorists attacked their bus at Pantha Chowk area on the outskirts of Srinagar.An Assistant Sub-Inspector of Border Security Force (BSF) also lost his life in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

Lt. Col Purohit was not given adequate protection by Army Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday appealed to everyone not to politicize matter revolving around Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit?s bail and said he was not given adequate protection by the Army. Talking to ANI, Parrikar said, ?This is not a matter of politics, I am not pointing finger at anyone. I believe that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was not given the adequate protection by Army at that time,? he told ANI. 2008 Malegaon Blast case accused Lt. Colonel Purohit was released from the Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai on August 23 after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the case, on the condition that he won’t leave the country without the permission of the court. After Purohit was granted bail, Congress accused Modi government of ?protecting all RSS-connected accused?. Lt. Colonel Purohit, who was in prison for the past nine years, moved the top court after the Bombay High Court rejected his bail plea earlier this year. He was granted bail with few conditions — he won’t leave the country without prior permission from the court and that his passport must be deposited to the court. Purohit was also directed to appear in the court as and when he will be directed. In addition to it, he must make himself available for any investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Meanwhile, senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appearing for Lieutenant Colonel Purohit told the media that they “relied on the new chargesheet by the NIA and it contradicted what was said in their earlier chargesheets.” A bench of justices, R.K. Agrawal and A.M. Sapre, passed the order on the plea. Earlier on August 17, the apex court reserved its order on the bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Purohit. Salve told the court that Purohit did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wanted an interim bail. He added that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was allegedly caught in the political crossfire and was falsely implicated in the case. A former military intelligence officer, Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, along with Sadhvi Pragya and others. The 2008 Malegaon serial blasts claimed four lives and left nearly 79 injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Plea in HC against acquirement of Waqf properties by Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the acquisition of over 300 Waqf properties in Delhi by the Centre. The petition has sought directions to the Centre, the Delhi government, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and the Delhi Waqf Board to restore the possession of Waqf properties which were allegedly been taken over by the government without paying any compensation. The petitioner, advocate Shahid Ali, said the intentions of the concerned officials of the Centre are malafide, contrary to the principles of natural justice and violative of the fundamental rights of the citizens. The plea said that when any land is acquired by the government, an applicable compensation is paid to the owner. In this case, the Waqf land “is vested with God and no compensation can be made to the God” and hence, no acquirement can be made, it claimed. “Allotment of Waqf land by the government to any person or institution or even acquirement of thereof is void under section 51 of Waqf Act 1995 which provided that any lease or any immovable property which is Waqf property, shall be void unless such lease is effective with the prior sanction of board,” the plea said. “Issue a writ of mandamus or any other or further writ order or direction thereby cancelling/ quashing of awards, by virtue of which 48 Waqf properties in district north, 165 Waqf properties in District South, 32 Waqf properties in District West , 24 Waqf properties in District New Delhi, 11 Waqf properties in District East, 40 Waqf properties in District South-East, 5 Waqf properties in District North West, 8 Waqf properties in District Shahdra and 28 Waqf properties in District South-West were acquired by the government/UOI… “…and further for restoring the possession of such Waqf properties in favour of Delhi Waqf Board, of which the possession has been acquired by the government,” the plea said. Earlier, the high court had on August 8, asked the AAP government and other agencies to enforce the pending eviction orders against encroachers of 990 Waqf properties in the national capital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC sets aside LG order cancelling bungalow allotted to AAP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today set aside an order of the Lieutenant Governor (LG) cancelling the allotment of a bungalow to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the heart of the capital, saying no reason was given for the action. Justice Vibhu Bakhru remanded the matter back to LG Anil Baijal to pass a reasoned order within eight weeks after hearing the political party. The court said the April 12 order cancelling the allotment did not say which law or rule has been violated. It told the central government that if there is a policy for alloting accommodation to political parties, it has to be applied uniformly. The court also kept in abeyance two consequential orders passed by the Public Works Department of the Delhi government on June 13 rejecting the party’s request for alternative accommodation and directing it to pay dues of over Rs 27 lakh towards the market rent of the property up till May 31. According to AAP, represented by senior advocate Arun Kathpalia, the party was allotted bungalow number 206 at the Rouse Avenue here on December 31, 2015. Thereafter, on April 12 this year, AAP received a communication informing it that the LG has cancelled the allotment of the bungalow on the ground that it was contrary to law and the rules, the petition filed through advocate Aaditya Vijaykumar, said. AAP, in its plea, also claimed it was being singled out for such action as other parties are enjoying accommodation allotted to them in the heart of the national capital. The party had contended that as per the central government’s policy, all registered political parties are entitled for an accommodation. During the arguments, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain and the central government standing counsel said an accommodation was offered to the party in Saket in South Delhi, but AAP had refused to accept it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lt. Colonel Shrikant Purohit to be released soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A special NIA Court issued the release order for Lt Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case on Tuesday. Lt. Colonel Purohit is expected to leave the Taloja Jail in compliance with a Supreme Court order. Last week, Lt. Colonel Purohit, while appealing for his bail plea, had told the court that he was in jail for the last nine years and was entitled to be granted bail. Refuting his involvement in the incident, Lt. Colonel Purohit told the court that even assuming that the charge that he had supplied the bomb were true, even then he would have to be out of jail as the offence attracted a maximum of seven years imprisonment. His bail plea was earlier rejected by the Bombay High Court, following which he approached the apex court. The Supreme Court bench comprising Justice R K Agrawal and A M Sapre, while granting bail, said, ?We set aside order of Bombay High Court.? On September 29, 2008, a bomb kept on a motorcycle exploded near Hamidia Masjid in Malegaon, a communally sensitive textile town in Nasik district of north Maharashtra. The explosion claimed six lives and injured 101. The case was probed initially by the Maharashtra Police?s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and then, taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2011. He has been granted bail with condition that he won’t leave the country without prior permission from the court and that his passport must be deposited to the court. Purohit has also been directed to appear in the court as and when he will be directed. In addition to it, he must make himself available for any investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The court has also ordered Purohit against threatening or enticing anyone acquainted with facts of the case. Meanwhile, senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appearing for Lieutenant Colonel Purohit told the media that they “relied on the new chargesheet by the NIA and it contradicted what was said in their earlier chargesheets.” Earlier on August 17, the apex court reserved its order on the bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Purohit. Salve told the court that Purohit did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wanted an interim bail. He added that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was allegedly caught in the political crossfire and was falsely implicated in the case. A former military intelligence officer, Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, along with Sadhvi Pragya and others. Sadhvi Pragya had been granted relief in the case by the Bombay High Court. The NIA had filed its reply in the case, saying that there was ample evidence against Purohit, but not against her.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Digvijaya Singh says BJP trying to protect bomb blast cases accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the Supreme Court granting bail to 2008 Malegaon blast accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday said that it was expected as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government is trying to protect all the accused connected with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the bomb blast cases.”Col Purohit gets Bail. It was expected as the present BJP Govt is protecting all the accused connected with RSS in all Bomb Blast cases,” Singh tweeted.Earlier in the day, the apex court set aside the Bombay High Court earlier order and granted bail to 2008 Malegaon blast accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit.A bench of Justices RK Agrawal and AM Sapre passed the order on the plea.Earlier on August 17, the apex court reserved its order on the bail plea of Lieutenant Colonel Purohit.Senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appearing for Lieutenant Colonel Purohit told the court that he did not want to be discharged from the case at present, but for the interest of justice, wanted an interim bail.Salve told the apex court that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was allegedly caught in the political crossfire and was falsely implicated in the case.Opposing Lieutenant Colonel Purohit’s bail plea, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) argued that the Bombay High court order should be upheld by the apex court.Lieutenant Colonel Purohit’s bail plea was earlier rejected by the Bombay High Court saying the charges against him were of a grave nature, after which he moved to the top court.Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, a former military intelligence officer, is one of the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, along with Sadhvi Pragya and others.Sadhvi Pragya had been granted relief in the case by the Bombay High Court. The NIA had filed its reply in the case, saying that there was ample evidence against Purohit, but not against her.The 2008 Malegaon serial blasts claimed four lives and left nearly 79 injured.

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