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Was upset over absence of Civil Surgeon: Hansraj Ahir issues clarification after shooting doctors remark

Union Minister Hansraj Ahir, who stoked a controversy with his remarks on doctors, today said his statement was specifically aimed at the Civil Surgeon who skipped the government hospital function and “misinterpreted” by media.Miffed over the absence of senior doctors at a function in his Lok Sabha constituency Chandrapur yesterday, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs had said that “these people should join Naxals” and “we will then shoot you with bullets”. Ahir was speaking at the inauguration of a generic medicine counter at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandrapur, in eastern Maharashtra. The district civil surgeon, Uday Nawade, and dean of the medical college, S S More, were not present at the event.Speaking in Marathi, Ahir had said, “What do the Naxals want? They don’t want democracy. I handle the home ministry, so I know it. These people (referring to the senior doctors) don’t want democracy.” “So they should join Naxals. Why do you stay here? Go there, then we will shoot you with bullets. Why do you give tablets (pills) here? How justified is it to remain absent when I am coming to the hospital,” Ahir had said. Ahir today told PTI that he was “upset” over the absence of the Civil Surgeon at the event, for which many dignitaries like the mayor, the deputy mayor and prominent doctors were present.”The civil surgeon, the one who should have led from the front, was absent, which was disgraceful,” Ahir said. He said his comment was aimed particularly at the Civil Surgeon’s “irresponsible behaviour” and not at other government officials or doctors, as is being “misinterpreted” by media. “Naxals don’t want democracy, I know this as I am in the Home Ministry and if you also do not believe in democracy better go and join Naxals if you are not interested in giving tablets then we shall give you ‘goli’ (pills). This was my statement which has been misinterpreted and quoted out of contest,” he said.According to Ahir, the absence of the Civil Surgeon, as an organiser of the programme, was “nothing less than an insult to democracy” and his intention was to “discipline” him by giving some pills which the civil hospital was supposed to take up for distribution to patients.

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New India 2017: Government boosts telecom sector

For India, home to second largest population of cell phone users, connectivity and digitalisation is an important tool. As the Centre advances on its Digital India campaign to tap the potential of cell phone connectivity, ‘New India 2017’ conclave of Zee Hindustan held in Jaipur explored the scenario and possibilities of progress ahead.Chief guest on the occasion, Minister of State for Communications (independent charge) Manoj Sinha presented the vision of the government in the direction.”This is the 75th year of August Kranti, where our freedom fighters resolved for Independence. We resolve to turn India into the country that the great freedom fighters envisaged,” he said.He expressed delight at the increase in India’s communication density — from less than 2 per cent when BJP government came to power, to 75 per cent today. He mentioned initiatives taken by the present Modi government at the Centre and assured that tele infrastructure in the future will boost the development of the country.The conclave was presented by India’s state owned telecommunication company BSNL, and policy makers, experts and industry representatives from state and outside took part in it. BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava discussed the ups and downs of the company in connecting India, especially the rural and remote areas to the mainstream digital revolution.”We have overcome the infrastructure shortcomings that the company faced a few years earlier, and improved our ranking among the top four service providers of the country,” said Shrivastava. “We our advancing towards introducing our 4G Volte services soon and continue on plan to connect panchayats with optical fibre,” he added.Speaking at the conclave eminent businessman, CMD of Kent RO systems Mahesh Gupta stressed on the scope of telecom services, “The mobile phone is a necessity. As an industry dealing in water purification, we find the telecom sector providing better services to people with us,” said Mahesh Gupta.BJP state president Ashok Parnami, UDH minister Rajasthan Shrichand Kriplani, Agriculture minister of Rajasthan, Prabhulal Saini, MP Jaipur Ramcharan Bohra, Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoti and other senior officials and industrialists were present.” The BJP government holds development of the telecommunication sector as its priority,” said Ashok Parnami.

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‘Carrot & Stick’ for swacch Jaipur

Institutions in Jaipur have been offered incentives for cleanliness on their premises as Jaipur Municipal Corporation launches Swacchta ranking contest. City mayor Ashok Lahoti on Wednesday launched a web portal encouraging various private and public institutes of the city to participate in the contest online.While at the launch mayor lured the institutions for taking up the cleanliness drive with cash rewards and rewards, the JMC officials were out in field reprimanding those found violating the norms. During the day, the JMC sealed administrative office of a mall at Malviya Nagar and three shops at MI road for dumping garbage at a public place.“Action was taken against the mall as many of those to hold shops at it was dumping garbage along the railway track nearby and the despite notices a compost plant was not installed at the mall for disposal of wet waste,” said a JMC officer, even as shopkeepers protested the move.The JMC thus had its intention clear, they need the city statistics improved as it gears up for the Swachh Survekshan Survey 2018. Jaipur had been unable to perform well at the last survey and tends to improve this year. The commercial and government complexes are thus in focus of the corporation to meet its cleanliness target.“Institutions like, hotels, hospitals, coaching institutes, marriage garden, trade union bodies and similar contribute to 30 per cent of garbage generated at the city, these bulk waste generators if could develop system to process the waste the city will emerge as the cleanest across the country,” said mayor Ashok Lahoti at launch of the Swacch ranking contest portal.As the Swacch Survekshan 2018 is scheduled to commence from January, the JMC is expected to further boost its effort to abide the city institutes towards sanitation.CompulsionIt is mandatory for all commercial institutes at Jaipur categories in categories of hotel, hospitals, to participate in swacch ranking contest.

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Uttar Pradesh: 15 BJP members booked for allegedly manhandling BSP corporator Musharraf Husain

An FIR on Saturday was registered against 15 unidentified BJP members for allegedly manhandling BSP corporator Musharraf Husain during the oath taking ceremony of Aligarh Municipal Corporation members earlier this week, police said today.The case was filed at the Banna Devi police station under relevant sections of IPC, four days after the BSP corporator filed a complaint with the police.The FIR against BJP members comes in the wake of mounting pressure by opposition parties alleging that the police was taking one-sided view of the entire episode.SSP Rajesh Pandey told PTI that those responsible for the unsavoury incident would be identified on the basis of video recording of the oath taking ceremony.He clarified that earlier a case was filed against the BSP corporator on the basis of a complaint filed by a BJP corporator, charging the former of trying to disrupt communal peace of the city during the ceremony.The police officer also refuted allegations that Hussain was earlier booked because he took oath in Urdu.”It is his constitutional right and there is no question of having booked him on that point,” Pandey said.Meanwhile, Congress leader Yogesh Dikshit has demanded Z+ security for the newly elected mayor Mohammed Furqan in the wake of “serious threat to his life”.Furqan of BSP had won the mayoral post in the just concluded civic body elections, upsetting the BJP’s applecart.On Tuesday, unpleasant scenes had marred the swearing-in function of members of the Aligarh Municipal Corporation, with the BJP corporators allegedly creating ruckus after the lone BSP corporator, Musharraf Husain, insisted on taking oath in Urdu.Husain, who was allegedly beaten up, had told media later that there was a conspiracy to kill him.

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Aligarh: BJP corporators create ruckus after BSP member insists on taking oath in Urdu

Unpleasant scenes marred the swearing-in of newly-elected members of the Aligarh Municipal Corporation after BJP corporators allegedly created a ruckus when the lone BSP corporator, Musharraf Husain, insisted on taking the oath in Urdu.Husain was allegedly beaten up.Some district officials intervened and managed to defuse the tension yesterday, before the situation could get worse.Husain later told newspersons there was a conspiracy to kill him, and had the officials not intervened he might have had to pay with his life.Some miscreants also threw brickbats at Aligarh’s new mayor Mohd Furqan’s car but he escaped unhurt.Furqan today expressed his “sense of distress” at the unsavoury incidents.”I do not think it is proper to derail the development agenda of the government by throwing up unnecessary controversies based on language, caste and religion,” he told PTI.”I can understand the BJP workers’ anger on losing a seat, which they have held for the past 20 years, and I was apprehending some trouble at the oath-taking ceremony. I had therefore asked all the BSP members to take oath in Hindi and avoid controversy. However, despite my advice, one of our corporators chose to take oath in Urdu. This, however, was his constitutional right and if he did so, there was no reason to whip up emotions”, he said.He also said that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and the Yogi Adityanath government in the state have come to power on the plank of development. “I can assure them that I will fully cooperate to make a success of all their attempts in making Aligarh a Smart City.” Regarding the allegation made by some BJP members that BSP members did not show respect to ‘Vande Matram’, Furqan said: “The entire proceedings have been videographed and barring perhaps two or three persons, the entire hall which was occupied mostly by BSP members, paid full respect on this occasion.”When contacted, Aligarh District Magistrate Hrishikesh Bhaskar Yashod told PTI, “I would not like to comment on the incident at this stage because so far no group or individual has filed any report with the police. However, the controversy over singing of ‘Vande Matram’ does not have substance because 99 per cent of the audience was on its feet when the song was being sung.”He said the mayor is fully empowered to take cognisance of whatever took place and the situation does not entail any justification for the district authorities and the police to intervene at this stage.Meanwhile, some BJP members have demanded that a case of treason be filed against the BSP member for showing disrespect to Hindi language.

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JMC saga: No meetings, no panels

The general body meeting (GBM) of Jaipur Municipal Corporation(JMC), is neither being held on time nor the functionary committees have been formed. Because of which the public is facing trouble. Since there is no general body meeting, the proposal related to the development of the city and people’s problems is not being discussed.Two and a half months ago, the General Body Meeting of the Municipal Corporation was held on September 22. Mayor Ashok Lahoti has convened a general body meeting only three times during his one year term. While he should have organized six meetings in a year. When Lahoti took over on December 14, 2016, the BJP organization had promised that General body meetings would be held on time and committees would also be formed soon. But promises remained verbal only and even after 12 months the committees could not be formed. As per Rajasthan Municipalities Act, the meeting should have been organised within 60 days but no meeting has been held after the last general body meeting which was held on September 22.Formation of committees has also been delayed and some councilors had complained about it to party organisation functionaries earlier.Some councillors approached their respective MLAs. The BJP councilors are lobbying against their own party’s Mayor Ashok Lahoti.Three months before over 50 BJP councilors prepared a memorandum signed, Which will be handed over to city BJP president Sanjay Jain. According to the sources, the counselor wants to convey their voice to the organization. Since the election of Mayor of Ashok Lahoti, a group of councilors was against himAfter this, the Mayor called the JMC general body meeting. The general body meeting (GBM) of Jaipur Municipal Corporation was held on September 22 after a period of seven months.LAST GBMNotably, the JMC has been working without committees for the past 12 months and due to this the day to day working of the civic body also gets hampered. The general body meeting (GBM) of Jaipur Municipal Corporation was held on September 22 after a period of seven months.

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Aaditya Thackeray wants Joggers Park extn

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is considering a project to link Carter Road promenade and Joggers’ Park in Bandra west, which are adjacent to each other.According to a civic official, the idea is the brainchild of Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray. The missing link is hardly 25 metres long, and after the two are connected, the length of Carter Road promenade will increase from 1.6 km to 2.2 km.In a tweet on Friday, Thackeray said he has submitted the plan to mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta. Sharad Ughade, assistant commissioner of H-West (Bandra), confirmed that there is a proposal to connect the two. “It is being discussed at the civic chief level and I have yet to get it,” he said, adding that a feasibility study will be conducted once the proposal reaches the ward office.Farzana Fazelbhoy, a member of the Sunshine Walkers group of Bandra, has welcomed the move. “This is a great idea as walkers and joggers will enjoy a longer path,” she said.The missing linkThe patch between Joggers’ Park and Carter Rd promenade is 25 metres longThis will increase the length of Carter Road from 1.6 km to 2.2 km

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What’s wrong with Vande Mataram? If not mother, will you salute Afzal Guru, asks Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

After a mayor in Uttar Pradesh ruled that singing of the national song, ‘Vande Mataram’, before local body meetings was not necessary, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday asked if not the motherland, should they salute Afzal Guru.Wondering as to why some people refuse to sing ‘Vande Mataram’, the Vice President said the slogan meant salute to the motherland.”Vande Mataram mane maa tujhe salam. Kya samasya hai? Agar maa ko salam nahi karenge to kisko karenge, Afzal Guru ko karenge kya? (Vande Mataram means salute to mother. What is problem with it, if you don’t salute your mother, who would you salute, Afzal Guru?),” he asked while releasing a book on late VHP leader Ashok Singhal in New Delhi.Afzal Guru was convicted and hanged for his role in the attack on the Parliament in December 2001.Naidu further emphasized that Hinduism was “our culture, our tradition” adding that some people were trying to give a narrow meaning to it and attacking patriotism, nationalism.”I want to tell people Bharat Mata ki Jai is not just about one photo, it is about all 130 crore people living in this country irrespective of their caste, colour, creed, and religion. They all are Indians,” Naidu said.Kicking up a row, newly-elected Meerut mayor Sunita Verma, who was a Bahujan Samaj Party mayoral candidate, on Wednesday reversed an earlier order that had made singing of the national song mandatory before meetings of Meerut Municipal Corporation.Verma, reportedly, said that as per the constitution of the municipal board, National Anthem ‘Jan Gan Man’ would be sung before the meetings.

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UK avoids apology for Jallianwala Bagh massacre but says ‘deeply shameful’

The UK has sidestepped London mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for an official apology on the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, saying the government has “rightly condemned” the “deeply shameful act” in British history in the past.The UK Foreign Office statement comes after Khan during his visit to Amritsar on Wednesday said the British government should apologise for the mass killing.”I’m clear that the Government should now apologise, especially as we reach the centenary of the massacre. This is about properly acknowledging what happened here and giving the people of Amritsar and India the closure they need through a formal apology,” Pakistani-origin Khan said during his ongoing trade mission to India and Pakistan.He described the massacre as one of the most horrific events in India’s history.The Foreign Office invoked former British Prime Minister David Cameron’s views on the issue after Khan asked for an apology.”As the former Prime Minister said when he visited the Jallianwala Bagh in 2013, the massacre was a deeply shameful act in British history and one that we should never forget. It is right that we pay respect to those who lost their lives and remember what happened. The British Government rightly condemned the events at the time,” it said in a statement.The UK’s Conservative party-led government had last fallen short of a formal apology for the massacre during a visit to Amritsar by Cameron.During his Indian trade mission in February 2013, Cameron had said it would be wrong to “reach back into history” and apologise for the wrongs of British colonialism.Meanwhile, a veteran UK-Indian MP has revived his petition calling for an apology by Britian for the massacre after Khan’s demand.Virendra Sharma, a fellow Opposition Labour Party member like Khan, had launched the petition on the UK Parliament’s website earlier this year but it has attracted just over 1,778 signatures.At 10,000 signatures, the UK government would have to respond to the petition and at 100,000 it has to be considered for a House of Commons debate.”In 1919 Colonel Dyer ordered his men to fire, and maybe 1,000 peaceful protesters were left dead. At the time Winston Churchill proclaimed the massacre ‘monstrous’ and the British Government condemned Dyer for his actions, but no apology has since been forthcoming. It is now time to apologise,” the petition reads.Punjabi-origin Sharma has been campaigning for an apology over the years.Khan, who was on a three-city tour to India, visited New Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar to strengthen the UK’s capital trade ties with India.
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BJP’s UP win not a landslide

The impression of a landslide win for the BJP at the Uttar Pradesh local bodies polls, an analysis of the results reveal that the real picture was quite contrary.While the BJP won 14 out of 16 Mayor’s posts where EVM was used, it had to bite the dust in other polls — Nagar Nigam, Nagar Palika Parishad (chairmen), Nagar Palika Parishad (members), Nagar Panchayat (chairmen) and Nagar panchayat (members) — where ballot papers were used. In addition, BJP candidates lost deposit in as many as 3,656 seats which is much higher that the 2,366 posts that the party won. The BJP had fielded a maximum of 8,038 candidates for the 12,644 seats in these elections, but ended up with 45 per cent of its members forfeiting their deposits.The BJP’s performance in the civic body elections during Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s rule is starkly in contrast to the huge majority it won in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The party had won 73 out of 80 seats in 2014 LS polls.While the BJP’s vote share for all the posts in the three-tiered elections was 30.8 per cent, it got the lowest vote share of 11.1 per cent in Nagar Panchayat elections. While the BJP won 664 members posts, 1,462 of its candidates lost their deposits.BJP’s secured a maximum vote share of 41.4 per cent in Mayor’s elections, followed by 27 per cent in Nagar Nigam (members). However, in Nagar Palika Parishad (members) and Nagar Panchayat (chairmen) polls the share reduced to 16 per cent and 19.8 per cent. In Nagar Palika Parishad, 1,612 of its candidates lost deposit against 922 wins, and in Nagar Panchayat polls it won 100 seats, but lost deposit on 199 or 50 per cent seats.The percentage of candidates of other rival parties who forfeited their deposit was even higher with SP, BSP and Congress losing 54% , 66 % and 75% seats respectively but that should not be a solace to BJP given its latest record.Stats SummaryBJP candidates lost deposit in 3,656 seats while it won 2,366 posts. It had fielded 8,038 candidates for a total of 12,644 seats. But it ended with 45 per cent candidates forfeiting deposits. While BJP’s vote share for all the posts was 30.8%, it was as low as 11.1% in Nagar Panchayat elections.
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Mumbai gets a path-breaking weekly ‘Zee Marathi Disha’

Stating that ‘Zee Marathi Disha’, the new Marathi weekly newspaper from the Zee Media stable, will usher in a new path for bringing positivity in society, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday added that this initiative will rekindle enlightenment in all spheres of life.The chief minister unveiled the first copy of ‘Zee Marathi Disha’ at a glittering event in Mumbai on Tuesday. Mumbai city mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, former Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Union minister of state for social justice Ramdas Athavale and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray graced the occasion, along with Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra and ‘Zee Marathi Disha’ editor-in-chief Vijay Kuvalekar.Congratulating the Zee Group for starting a weekly newspaper that caters to the needs of all sections of society, Fadnavis said, “One may be surprised that a group like Zee, which is well-entrenched in electronic media, is turning towards print. But then, Subhashji is known for his innovative spirit. I am sure that like Sukh Warta on Zee 24 Taas, Disha, too, will provide much needed positivity to the society at large.”Recounting his decades-old friendship with Subhash Chandra, Shinde said confidence was a hallmark of his life. “He faced many a calamities, but marched ahead with conviction and instilled confidence in generations with his endevours. He has been instrumental in nurturing generations with his contribution,” he said.Raj Thackeray lauded the launch of a weekly newspaper at a time when social media was on the rise and said despite the advent of WhatsApp and Facebook, there was “no enjoyment like reading a newspaper.”Union minister Athavale, in his inimitable style, begun his address with a poem and said that the politicians on stage were all together for the cause of Maharashtra, despite their political differences. “Our parties may be different, but our language is Marathi,” he said.Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said ‘Zee Marathi Disha’ will lay down a new direction in journalism – ranging from sports to education. He expressed hope that the publication would add to the intellectual richness of Maharashtrians.
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London mayor Sadiq Khan, Maha CM Fadnavis discuss cooperation in public transport

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today discussed ways to increase cooperation between Mumbai and London in various fields including public transport and medical tourism.Khan, accompanied by a British delegation met Fadnavis at the latter’s official residence ‘Varsha’ in south Mumbai this morning.Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai Crispin Simon and Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar were also present.”Increased cooperation in Mumbai and London for public transport, medical tourism and many other areas got discussed at the meeting,” Fadnavis said.Also readIn India, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says UK govt’s visa norms a ‘big mistake'”Mumbai is already the financial capital of India but we wish to make it the ‘financial and technological hub of the world’,” Fadnavis tweeted.He also proposed for cooperation in redevelopment of film city in Mumbai.A letter of intent for inclusion of Mumbai as a member city into the list of World Cultural Forum, got signed in presence of Fadnavis.Khan is in Mumbai in a bid to drum up trade for London and to boost cultural ties with India.Khan, who played football with children and posed for pictures with Bollywood stars yesterday during his Mumbai visit, will travel to New Delhi and Amritsar before crossing the border to Pakistan where he will visit Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.Also readLondon bridge attack: Donald Trump criticised for tweet on London Mayor Sadiq Khan
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Cyclone Ockhi: Rain spoils Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar followers visit

The sudden rains in the city due to Ockhi cyclone approaching Maharashtra coast has resulted as a spoiler for the Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar followers who have started camping at Dadar-Shivaji Park since Monday evening.To pay tribute to Ambedkar, lakhs of people across the state gather at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar on every December 6 and the civic body erects pandals at Shivaji Park for the visitors. However, the sudden rains from Monday evening destroyed the pandals at Shivaji Park and water and mud also have messed up the ground. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday evening arranged temporary accommodation for the Ambedkar followers in BMC schools in G-North civic ward (comprises Dadar-Shivaji Park, Mahim) and has also released a list of around 186 private schools where the visitors can be accommodated. BMC’s spokesperson Vijay Khabale Patil informed that the civic body has made all necessary arrangements especially food and water at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus for Ambedkar followers who are coming to Mumbai from long distance from Monday evening. Due to continuous showers in Mumbai, this years booklet on Bharatnatna Dr Ambedkar Jayanti was released in Mayor’s bungalow instead of Shivaji Park ground where it was originally planned to be released. The booklet was released by Mayor of Mumbai Vishwanath Mahadeshwar in his bungalow in Shivaji Park.
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In India, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says UK govt’s visa norms a ‘big mistake’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan today said he was “lobbying” with the British government to change its stringent visa norms, which he termed as a “big mistake”.Khan arrived in the country’s commercial capital as part of his first official tour to three Indian cities, others being Delhi and Amritsar, to strengthen the UK capital’s trade ties.”I am a big critic of the British government over the change in the Visa policy. I think they have made a big mistake, as on one hand the British government is asking Indian businesses to trade there and on the other hand they have made it more hard (to enter the country),” Khan said during his interaction with reporters.Recently, the Theresa May government changed its visa policy for non-EU (European Union) nationals to curb its soaring immigration figures. The policy which came into effect in November will affect a large number of Indians, especially IT professionals.”I want to assure you that I am lobbying with my government to change its immigration stance, because I want talented Indians to come to London and not go to Canada, Australia or the US. London is open to people, talent and partnership,” the London Mayor said.Also readUK visas set to get more expensive from today; Indians, nationals outside EU to be affectedIndia last month flagged its serious concerns to Britain over its stringent visa norms and hike in threshold limit of annual pay of working professionals to get the travel documents.Khan said the change in UK’s current position on immigration is needed in the interest of the UK capital.Also readNew UK visa norms to impact Indian IT professionals”One of the reasons why London is the greatest city in the world is its ability to catch talent. (A total of) 40 per cent of Londoners are from outside the UK. IT’s in the interest of London to change its stance on immigration and I’m optimistic that it will change in near future,” he said.The visiting Mayor also underlined the need to forge strong cultural ties with India, particularly with Mumbai.”I believe that culture is the DNA of any city. I’m meeting (Maharashtra) Chief Minister tomorrow and hoping to announce a lot of things in relation to culture as well as a joint venture on issues like ecology and climate change,” he said.Hailing Bollywood, Khan said they wanted to learn how the industry can churn out so many movies in a year.”One thing that we are doing in Mumbai is learning how you mange to make so many films in Bollywood..what is that you are doing? Indian films’ post-production work is excellent.Hollywood filmmakers come here to do their post production work. So, one of the announcements we are making tomorrow will be of the UK and India making films together, which will be a good example,” he said.Khan said students will benefit a lot as professionals after they get education in the top universities in London.”There are more international students in London than any other city in the world. Four of the world’s top 30 universities are in London. Due to the change in the visa policy, some Indian students chose to go to Canada or Australia.”However, I want to tell Indian students that our universities are brilliant. When you come to London, apart from fantastic quality of education you get, you also get the experience and the contacts you make…This will stand you in good head when you return to (your) country as executive, investor, teacher or entrepreneur,” he said.
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Ghaziabad municipal polls: BJP candidate wins

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the municipal corporation elections on Friday with party’s mayoral candidate Asha Sharma defeating her rivals with 1,63,000 votes. The polls were seen as the litmus test for the Yogi Adityanath government in UP, which came to power in March this year.Sharma defeated Congress’ Dolly Sharma, Samajwadi Party’s Rashi Garg, and BSP’s Munni Chaudhary, wife of strongman Satyapal Chaudhary. The Ghaziabad mayor seat was reserved for a woman. Sharma, who was leading from the first round of counting, received a total of 2,82,738 votes. The results were declared after 26 rounds of counting. 13 candidates contested for the post.After her landslide victory, Sharma promised to turn Ghaziabad into a smart city. “Ghaziabad will be made a smart city just like Noida and other NCR cities. We will immediately start tackling the civic problems of the city, most importantly disposal of the garbage,” she said while speaking to the media persons.Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation is the official local governing body of the district urban center. It has been divided into five district administrative zones, including City zone, Kavi Nagar zone, Vijay Nagar zone, Mohan Nagar zone and Vasundhara zone.The municipal corporation of Ghaziabad came into existence in 1994. In 1995, for the first time, the election was held for the mayor’s post. BJP’s Dinesh Chand Garg was the first mayor followed by Damayanti Goyal, Teluram Kamboj and Ashu Verma. All the three were from the BJP.The BJP won 14 of the total 16 mayoral seats in Uttar Pradesh. By the time of filing this report, the party was also leading in municipal councils and nagar panchayat elections as well. There are four new municipalities this time – Ayodhya, Saharanpur, Firozabad and Mathura – all have been won by the BJP.
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Twitterati have a field day mocking Opposition after BJP sweeps UP civic polls

In what comes as a major boost to the BJP ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, the saffron party today swept the Uttar Pradesh civic polls.In the polls which were being dubbed as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s first electoral test, the BJP bagged several prestigious mayoral seats including Ayodhya, Varanasi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur and was leading in several others.Of the BJP 16 mayoral seats results of which were declared, the Bharatiya Janata Party (​BJP) scored win in 14 seats. Thew BSP, which fought the civic polls on its symbol after 17 years, won two seats.The Congress faced a humiliating defeat Amethi, a bastion of the Lok Sabha constituency of its vice president Rahul Gandhi. The Congress lost in Jais and Gauriganj where Nagar Palika polls were held. In Amethi and Musafirkhana, where Nagar Panchayat polls were held, the party had not fielded candidates.While the top BJP leaders took to Twitter to congratulate Yogi and other state level functionaries of the party, there was somewhat a silence on the Opposition side.Also readTwitterati have a field day mocking Opposition after BJP sweeps UP civic pollsThe results gave another day to twitterati to mock the Opposition leaders. Here are some of the reactions on micro-blogging site after the UP civic poll results:Also readUP civic polls 2017: BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia creates history, becomes Lucknow’s first woman mayor in 100 years
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UP civic polls 2017: BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia creates history, becomes Lucknow’s first woman mayor in 100 years

BJP leader Sanyukta Bhatia created history today as she was elected the first woman mayor of Lucknow defeating nearest rival, Samajwadi Party’s Meera Vardhan, by a huge margin of 1,31,356 votes.A woman had never been the mayor of state capital Lucknow but this time the seat was reserved for women.Bhatia polled 3,77,166 votes while Vardhan, kin of educationist Acharya Narendra Dev, came second polling 2,45,810.Congress candidate Prema Awasthi, wife of the former legislator Surendra Nath Awasthi and BSP candidate Bulbul Godiyal were relegated to the third and the fourth place respectively in a field of 19.The polling was held in the ‘City of Nawabs’ on November 26 in the second leg of the three-phased municipal elections across Uttar Pradesh.The Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act came into being in 1916 and Barrister Syed Nabiullah became the first Indian to head the local body.Lucknow has, however, thrice sent a woman to the Lok Sabha as its representative with Sheila Kaul being elected in 1971, 1980 and 1984.Uttar Pradesh gave India its first woman governor and chief minister also. Freedom fighters Sarojini Naidu and Sucheta Kriplani were the country’s first woman governor and chief minister respectively.Naidu, popularly known as the ‘Nightingale of India’, was the governor of the United Provinces, now known as Uttar Pradesh, from 1947 to 1949.Kriplani held the chief minister’s office from 1963 to 1967.
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UP Civic Polls Phase 2: Rajnath’s ‘lotus’ pic at poll both causes outrage, low voter turn-out recorded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A chance click of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with BJP’s symbol – the lotus – after casting his vote in Lucknow went viral on social media. The picture shows Rajnath raising a finger with a lotus in the background with a bunch of other flowers. The Union Home minister exercised his franchise at the Nursery Municipal School at Mall Avenue. After casting his vote, clicks by photographers saw him showing his inked finger with symbol of BJP lotus in the background.“It looked as if Rajnath Singh was appealing to people for voting in favour of the BJP,” said Ashutosh Tripathi, a photographer.
ALSO READ Uttar Pradesh civic polls phase 2: Voting across 25 districts underway amid tight security When the picture got viral on the social media and news portals, opposition parties including the Samajwadi Party, Congress and BSP lodged a protest. Realising their mistake, the polling officers at the booth immediately removed the painting on the wall just behind the EVM.“It is a gross violation of code of conduct. It was a deliberate attempt and misuse of official machinery to benefit the ruling BJP and its candidates,” alleged Capt S.J.S. Makker, a Congress spokesman.
ALSO READ Global citizen Priyanka Chopra eligible to vote in upcoming UP civic polls “Where is the BJP at fault? Polling officials seems to have forgotten to remove the painting which unnecessarily created a controversy at the Mall Avenue polling booth,” clarified Vijay Bahadur Pathak, BJP State General Secretary. A painting of the left was inadvertently left at the wall of the classroom where the Union Home minister and other VVIPs cast their votes. Polling continued for over three hours. It was removed only when opposition objected to it after Rajnath’s picture went viral on social media.“We will hold an inquiry an initiate action against those responsible for it if any one lodged a complaint with the commission,” assured Ved Praksh, SEC Spokesperson.The Union Home Minister Rajnath is also Member of Lok Sabha from Lucknow Parliamentary seat, once represented by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.Low voting in second phaseThe second phase of polling for urban local bodies’ elections in Uttar Pradesh recorded low turn-out during the second phase of polling on Sunday to elect mayors and representative for local government in six Nagar Nigams, 51 Nagar Palika and 132 Nagar Panchayats in 25 districts.The State Election Commissioner (SEC) S.K. Agarwal said that the polling per cent in the second phase was about 50-52 per cent against 55 per cent polling during the first phase on November 22.The SEC too admitted low turn-out, particularly in Luck now which recorded as low as 34 per cent of polling only. “Despite our best efforts, voters did not use their democratic rights. I am surprised that turn-out was low in mayoral polls,” pointed the SEC.Complaints of missing voters’ names in the list were reported from all districts which went to polls on Sunday. Names of the BJP MP and former Union Minister Kalraj Mishra, PM Narendra Modi’s proposer Veerbhadra Nishad, State Tourism Minister Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi, three-time Lucknow Mayor Dr Dauji Gupta and DGP Sulkhan Singh were among few big names who could not use their franchise due to their names missing from the voters’ list.Veerbhadra Nishad said that he will take up the issue with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Public outcry led to heated verbal duals with polling officials at several places, including Lucknow where a few social organizations demanded cancellation of polling. Agitated voters who were denied voting staged a dharna a VVIP polling booth in Mall Avenue in Lucknow.Taking up their ire, the Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav tweeted: “Media reports that a lot of voters’ names are missing from the voting list of today’s elections. This type of Digital India cannot take us forward.”However, the Union Minister Rajnath Singh and deputy Chief Minister Dr Dinesh Sharma cast their votes in Luck now. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Health Minister Dr Siddharth Nath Singh and several other ministers of Yogi Adityanath Cabinet also used their franchise.Firing by Samajwadi Party supporters in Farrukhabad was reported in which one BJP worker was injured. BJP local leaders alleged that they made an attempt to capture booth. Stone-pelting between supporters of candidates was reported from Jaiganj area in Aligarh district. No one was injured and police arrested the trouble-makers.BJP pre-stamped ballot papers were alleged to have been recovered from Lalitpur district. However, the district administration rubbished the charge saying that it was handiwork of some miscreants.Technical snag in EVMs was reported from Lucknow and few other districts. As many as 45 EVMs faulty were changed to resume polling in Lucknow. Allegations of rigged EVMs were not reported from any districts.

Uttar Pradesh civic polls phase 2: Voting across 25 districts underway amid tight security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting for the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh civic body polls across 25 districts, including in Varanasi from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a member of the Lok Sabha, began on Sunday morning amid tight security. As many as 1.29 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the second phase of the local body elections, campaigning for which ended on Friday. Besides Varanasi, the districts going to polls in the second phase are Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budhnagar, Amroha, Rampur, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Mainpuri, Farrukhabad, Etawah, Lalitpur, Banda, Allahabad, Lucknow, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Shrawasti, Sant Kabirnagar, Deoria, Ballia and Bhadohi.52.59 per cent voting was recorded in the first phase on November 22 which covered 24 districts, according to the State Election Commission. In 2012, the polling percentage in these districts was 46.1. Mayoral polls were also held for five municipal corporations—Agra, Kanpur, Ayodhya, Gorakhpur and Meerut.Polling for the third and final phase covering 26 districts will take place on November 29. Counting of votes for all the three phases will be on December 1 and results will be declared the same day.
ALSO READ BJP likely to win majority of seats in UP local body polls: UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath PandeyThe first major election after the BJP was voted to power with massive majority in March, the civic polls in UP will test the popularity of Adityanath.While the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have left the campaigning to second-rank leaders, the Congress has engaged senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar and MP Pramod Tewari to address election meetings in selected cities of the state.
ALSO READ Lucknow: State to get first woman mayor in 100 years on Sunday Unlike other parties, the BJP is taking the civic polls seriously and besides the chief minister himself and his two deputies, senior party leaders are extensively campaigning in the state.

Gujarat elections 2017: Tug of war between two BJP camps for 11 seats

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Excitement over the names for the remaining 11 seats in Ahmedabad city remains at its peak as this will be a prestige issue for two big leaders in the BJP. National president Amit Shah’s camp and supporters of former CM Anandiben Patel have come in direct confrontation for these seats, where the party is yet to announce the names of candidates. Monday will be the last day for filing nominations and the party is likely to announce the names on Sunday.The tug of war will be more intense in Ghatlodia where Anandiben Patel is the sitting MLA, and Naranpur, from where Amit Shah resigned after being elected as a Rajya Sabha member. Adding to the list, aspirants are eagerly waiting for the names in Sabarmati, Ellisbridge, Maninagar, Bapunagar, Vejalpur, and Amraiwadi seats.A senior leader from BJP said, “Anandiben Patel has been making full efforts to have candidates from her camp for Ghatlodia, Sabarmati and Maninagar seat where Amit Shah camp is fully prepared to pose her a challenge. Amit Shah will have the upper hand in seats like Naranpura, Vejalpur, Bapunagar, Ellisbridge and Maninagar.”Where Anandiben loyalist Bhupendra Patel has been trying for a Ghatlodia seat, BJP high command can give him a shock by fielding a surprising name. Gujarat BJP Yuva Morcha president Dr Rutvij Patel or a big name from the party in state are also under consideration. Anandiben Patel’s daughter Anar Patel and son Shwetank Patel are eyeing the Sabarmati seat, but senior leader Narhari Amin or Amit Shah loyalist Harshad Patel alias Dadhi may become a challenge for them. Sitting MLA Arvind Patel’s name is not under consideration at all.Amit Shah could chose Ahmedabad District Co-operative Bank chairman Ajay Patel or Ahmedabad mayor Gautam Shah as his successor for the Naranpura seat, but Ajay Patel has the upper hand here. Vejalpur seat, where the OBC community dominates, could see the change as Kishorsinh Chauhan failed to gain popularity in last five years. BJP could give a ticket to a young BJP leader from the OBC community who is in the realty business. Another name for this seat is Amit Shah’s close confidante Hitesh Barot.Ellisbridge has a flip flop condition as Anandiben wishes sitting MLA Rakesh Shah to be repeated but the party could give a ticket to a daughter of a senior RSS leader. Maninagar seat, from where Narendra Modi contested polls thrice in 2002, 2007 and 2012, also will have BJP’s young face as a candidate and possibly a woman, while sitting MLA Suresh Patel may not be repeated. The names leading the race are Mona Raval and Nisha Jha. Amraiwadi seat also can go to OBC leader of BJP and sitting MLA Hasmukh Patel may be dropped.The non-Gujarati speaking community has been demanding representation from Bapunagar seat but former Home Minister Gordhan Zadafia may contest from the BJP banner again from this seat after he parted ways with the party in 2007 and returned in 2014. Former revenue minister Kaushik Patel may be given a ticket from Dariapur-Shahpur seat, from which he had been elected in 1995, 1998 and 2002, but lost in 2007 against the Congress MLA. Kaushik has been trying for Ghatlodia constituency too, as caste equations in Dariapur-Shahpur constituency changed after delimitation in 2009 and Muslim community dominates here. Former MLA Bharat Barot also is another name for this seat.The Scheduled Caste reserved seats Asarva and Danilimda would see the change and the party may give tickets to a young woman leader and former deputy mayor of city Darshna Vaghela from Asarva seat and sitting MLA and retired bureaucrat in Gujarat government RM Patel may be dropped while former MLA from Shaherkotda constituency Jitu Vaghela can be fielded from Danilimda constituency.

Amit Shah roars with Naranpura support

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is difficult to call Naranpura a BJP bastion as the constituency came into existence only after 2008 delimitation. So far, the region has seen just the 2012 assembly election. The seat, which is dominated by the upper caste (both Patels and Jains have around 40,000 votes each) voters, is likely to back the ruling party. BJP national president Amit Shah won the seat in 2012 by a margin of 63,335 votes. He resigned as an MLA of the Gujarat assembly in August 2017 after he was elected to the Rajya Sabha. Shah shifted to Naranpura in 2012. Until then, he had been elected from Sarkhej constituency.Naranpura seat constitutes areas taken from the Sabarmati constituency. Naranpura constituency comprises Naranpura ward, Stadium and Nava-wadaj. A completely urban seat, the constituency is a combination of mostly upper-class and middle-class voters (Naranpura and Stadium areas) except for some part of Nava Wadaj which is home to a big slum- Ramapir No Tekro. Despite the presence of a large section of Patel’s, the area saw only minor skirmishes even during the Patidar reservation agitation. During the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) elections, all the 12 seats that fall under the constituency voted for BJP corporators, a proof that the ruling party enjoys people’s support. Gautam Shah, the mayor of Ahmedabad, whose name is touted as one of the probable candidates of the BJP for the seat, said Amit Shah has nurtured his constituency well. “Development work worth crores of rupees are being done in the constituency.While some are in the pipeline, others have been finished. Around 7,700 homes will be built under the smart city programme for the people of Ramapir no Tekro, one of the biggest slums in the city,” Shah said. New water tanks have been built, water and drainage work, worth Rs67 crores, have been made in the constituency, he added.”Of the 11 new urban health centres planned in Ahmedabad, one is in Naranpura. We have also planned a sports sankul for the constituency. The development work alone shows how much Amit Shah cares for his constituency,” said Shah. “BJP will not only win the seat but be victorious with a stupendous margin,” he added.Not everyone is impressed. Jitu Patel of Congress, who contested against Amit Shah in 2012, said the quality of development work can be known by just looking at the roads. “The roads are so poor. One rain and it washes away. Another problem is the high property tax in this area. The government makes a show of giving something and then snatches it through high taxation,” said Patel, who does not plan to contest in this election. The BJP also needs to worry about the influence of Hardik Patel on Patel voters here not to mention the impact of GST.WHAT THE COMMON MAN SAYSThe potholed roads are the biggest problems. I have been living here for over a decade. The condition of roads has only worsened. The MLA keeps making promises, but the results are never seen. The only time some work is done is when a politician is expected to visit the place. — Kalyani Jadawala, StudentThe biggest concern is the stray cattle in the area. It leads to other problems such as the area is very dirty. Politicians remember us only during elections. Moreover, GST and demonetisation have ensured that there is no “ease of doing business” for the small businessman. —Kalpesh Bhatia, Businessman The area that I live in has a big menace of mosquito breeding. An MLA needs to visit his voters and interact with them and ask them their problems. However, that doesn’t happen. Personally, I faced a lot of difficulties during demonetisation. —Geeta Mehta, senior citizenNaranpura is one of the best areas in the city. I’m happy with the development of the area. However, the condition of roads in some places is pathetic. As someone who manages home, I can say that price of vegetables has risen. The fuel price has also increased drastically.—Nupur Desai, HomemakerDrainage has been an issue here for sometime now particularly during heavy monsoon. The other problem is of traffic. Demonetisation and GST were impleme-nted shoddily. There has been no great improvement that the country has seen, instead there is economic slowdown.—Ankita Vashi, Banker

BMC to reimburse Rs 164 crore every year to BEST for free passes to students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A proposal to reimburse Rs 164 crore for free passes for students studying in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools for travelling in Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply And Trust (BEST) will come up for discussion during civic general body on Wednesday.BMC has decided to provide free commuting to students in BEST buses from their home to school. Last month, bus passes to travel in the Best bus was distributed for free to students of BMC schools. At least three lakh school students would be benefitted from the move.Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar distributed the passes at Dadar bus depot on October 31. The parent body BMC has decided to re-imburse the amount to the bus utility.From financial year 2017-2018 to every year, the civic body will reimburse BEST for free passes to students. Around 3.3 lakh students studying in 1048 primary and 147 secondary schools will get benefited.

Needed: Jadu ki Jhadoo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the mission to improve ranking in the Clean Survey (Swachh Servekshan)-2018 conducted by the Ministry of Urban Development, Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has started with working on the areas that will help the city fetch points. But in the last one year, JMC has not done enough work and they require a lot of catching up if they intend to better their previous ranking. In the 2017, the Pink City scored 215th rank.Clean Survey 2018 will assess the cleanliness standards of 191 urban bodies in the state. During the survey, all India rankings will be given to 500 cities, including state capital and cities having more than one lakh population all over the country. The survey will be held in three parts and the points will be given out of total 4000 points.In part one, maximum 1400 points will be given under municipal documentation, part two will have maximum 1200 points for direct observation while in the third part, maximum 1400 points can be fetched under citizen feedback category.These three cleanliness parametres include waste collection, waste processing and citizen feedback and unfortunately JMC is most vulnerable in all the three categories. In the survey, 420 points are devoted to collection and transportation of solid waste. Apart from this, 350 points are set for collection and processing of solid waste. If we go by the situation prevailing in the city, an improved rank is a far fetched dream.The Door to Door waste collection in all 91 wards of Jaipur city has not yet started. People are not satisfied with the arrangement where the facility has been started. If the municipal corporation wants to score big, it will have to get rid of the garbage depot on the roads. The reality is that heaps of trash can be found lying on roads which conveys half-heartedness of the officials in carrying out swachhata abhiyan. Presently, only 40 per cent of the garbage is being processed. The segregation of wet and dry waste is also not in place.LOOPPROFILESoon, public toilets in the city will be seen painted in two colours. Women’s toilet will be pink in colour while men’s toilet will be of blue colour. On the occasion of World Toilet Day on Sunday, Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoti announced the colouring of toilets in two shades. Blue and pink colour were coated on the toilets outside the municipal headquarters.The mayor inaugurated the restrooms. The mayor instructed JMC officials to construct 500 new toilets in the main markets, so that toilets are easily available to all. Also, he asked to make necessary improvements in the existing toilets. On this occasion, deputy mayor Manoj Bhardwaj and municipal officials and councilors were also present.ROADS THE REAL DUSTBINSTo improve the ranking in the survey, the city roads should be free of garbage depots and trash should not be seen lying in open. Moreover, 100 per cent door to door waste collection should be in place, which at present active in only 71 wards out of 91 in the city. 100 per cent garbage collection is not happening. The municipal corporation has declared all 91 wards of Open Defecation Free(ODF). But the Central government has not yet certified them. In such a scenario, Jaipur is likely to get fewer numbers in the survey.EXPANDING ‘WASTE’LINEThere is about 1400 metric tons of waste produced everyday in the city. This entire waste is not being processed currently. At present, the municipal corporation is processing only 500 metric tons of garbage. A year and a half ago, the tender for the waste to energy project was finalised. But, this plant hasn’t been established as yet. Mayor Ashok Lahoti implemented putting of two dustbins mandatory outside shops and commercial institutions, but there is no mechanism for segregation of garbage. Also, there is no arrangement for segregating garbage in the dumping yard.

RSS workers led the attack against Thiruvananthapuram mayor: P Vijayan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today alleged that the attack on city mayor VK Prashant was “well-planned” and led by RSS activists.”The attack was deliberate and without any provocation,” he said in a Facebook post after visiting the mayor at the medical college hospital here. Prashant and four councillors of the ruling CPI(M) and BJP were injured when they clashed yesterday during a discussion on installing high mast lights in the city. Condemning the incident, Vijayan said the government would take strong steps against those behind the attack on the mayor.”RSS workers, accused in several cases entered the visitors’ gallery. In the well-planned attack carried out without any provocation, BJP councilors also joined in. RSS took the lead in the attack,” the chief minister said.Vijayan said he was informed by doctors treating the mayor that the latter had suffered serious injuries on the back of his neck. If the attack had been a bit more severe, the mayor’s backbone would have been injured, leaving him paralysed, the Left leader said.He also said that a section of media had reported the incident as a minor scuffle, which was “not right”. The incident was unfortunate and strong action would be taken against those behind the attack, Vijayan said, adding BJP women councillors attacked LDF women councillors.CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan also hit out at the RSS/BJP over the incident. Congress leader V M Sudheeran and CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran were among those who visited the injured mayor and enquired about his health. Police said two cases have been registered against the BJP and CPI(M) councillors.

Swachch baat: Mayor trims waste line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a short span of Mayor Ashok Lahoti’s tenure, Jaipur city has witnessed many changes. He has been successful in ensuring regular cleaning and removal of heaps of garbage from every corner of the city. His initiative of door-to-door garbage collection and forcing vendors and shopkeepers to keep dustbin has resulted in vast improvement in sanitation.Thumbs up from people: Mandatory dustbins for commercial establishment, shopkeepers and street vendors. People didn’t like it initially but the result is there for everyone to see. People don’t have to look for a place to dump rubbish. Strict ban on plastic bags also had a positive impact although he had to face opposition from his own colleagues.It was a challenge to implement door- to-door garbage collection system that had failed in 2012. Today, the system is working smoothly in all 70 wards. People are also happy. Zone-wise public hearing has reduced hassles for obtaining birth, death and marriage certificates.JMC has created record of issuing pattas in CM Shahri Jankalyan Shivir. Delegation of powers to zonal deputy commissioners made things easier.Making the city ODF is another big achievement of the mayor. His idea of pink toilets for women is testimony of his vision.Biometric attendance system has also helped reduce complaints of employees missing from their seats.

Time for Ashok Parnami to attend to his home turf

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With just one year left for the assembly election, state BJP president Ashok Parnami is now keen to put his house in order. Of late, he is paying more attention to his constituency, Adarsh Nagar.Apart from attending people’s problems and trying to resolve them, Parnami has started ‘chai pe charcha’.From the beginning, Adarsh Nagar has been a tough constituency for the candidates particularly for the BJP, as it has a sizeable number of minority voters. After delimitation, the Congress was convinced of winning this seat.Considering it an easy seat, Congress stalwart Mahir Azad put his foot down to contest from here. However, it turned out to be a huge miscalculation by Azad who had won from Jhunjhunu in the past.The BJP fielded Parnami who was contesting his maiden assembly election. Parnami belongs to Punjabi community and was mayor of Jaipur yet no one had thought that he would win. The betting market gave him no ‘bhav’. His party leaders were even less confident.However, Parnami contrary to popular belief, turned out to be a giant killer. Not just that, he retained the seat in the next assembly election in 2013 but this also raised his political stock as he was chosen to head the party. But, since then he has been unable to give proper time to his constituency, which has been the key factor in his victories. Therefore, Parnami is now taking no chances and testing himself on the tasks he had assigned to other MLAs. Ashok Parnami is active in Jaipur politics for the last 25 years. It wasn’t an easy journey from a ward councillor to the MLA. He got MLA’s ticket on the basis of his splendid work as the mayor and now as a state president he is playing a successful political innings. He has established his identity in the state politics as chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s charioteer.ON a Day, PARnami …Visits slums, backward areasFocuses on door to door networkCovers one colony or mohalla in a dayTries to resolve problems on the spotTakes feedback through discussion on a cuppaPrepares list of core problems to resolve themMotivates BJP workersActive on social media

Shiv Sena extends support to BJP’s mayor candidate in the BMC by-polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the two parties are involved in a battle to wrest control over Asia’s richest civic body, the Shiv Sena has extended unconditional support to the BJP in the by-polls to ward number 21 from Kandivali. The by-election has been necessitated by the death of BJP corporator and former deputy mayor Shailaja Girkar and the part has decided to field her daughter in law Pratibha for the seat. A statement front-paged in the Shiv Sena organ Saamna on Wednesday said that party president Uddhav Thackeray had decided this after education minister Vinod Tawade and MLC Vijay (Bhai) Girkar met him at his Bandra residence.Uddhav said the Girkar’s had a strong bond with the Shiv Sena and were involved in social life and politics in association with local Shiv Sainiks. In October, the Shiv Sena was defeated by the BJP in the by-polls to ward number 116 at Bhandup. This had increased the BJP’s strength in the civic house to 82 versus the Shiv Sena’s 85 and BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP Kirit Somaiya had said this would lead to the power equations in the BMC changing in their (BJP’s) favour. This led the Sena to trigger the defection of six of the seven corporators from the rival Raj Thackeray led MNS and it had increased the Shiv Sena’s strength to 94 (including three independents), thus solidifying its claim on power. The BJP has the support of two independents.

Where are Achhe Din? Mamata Banerjee asks PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the first anniversary of demonetization, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tore into the Bharatiya Janata Party alleging that there was a greater scam waiting to be unearthed, and that ahead of Assembly election in Gujarat, the BJP had had a moral defeat.”They have already had a moral defeat. That is why all the Union cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister have stationed at there campaigning for the polls. If they were confident they would not have organised 50 rallies,” she said while interacting with media persons at Nabanna, the state secretariat.Terming demonetization as ‘a destructive policy of the Centre’ and ‘an organised loot’, she alleged that there must have been a huge scam behind the smokescreen of demonetization. “Was it lack of planning or was it a conspiracy to help a Chinese company? When China itself is investigating into Paytm, the Indian government is promoting it. There must be some investigation. Purdey ke peeche kya hai? (what is behind the curtain). It will not be unearthed as long as they are in power but they must understand that they will not be in power for ever,” she added.The CM said that Modi had promised ‘Achhe Din’ (good days) to people but those were yet to arrive. “Where are the ‘achhe din’? If these are achhe din then why are famers committing suicide? Growth has stopped and manufacturing sector has taken a huge beating. Are these achhe din?” she said.TMC leaders organised rallies across the state against demonetization, terming it as ‘Black Day’. Nearly all cabinet ministers of Mamata government had hit the streets in protest. State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee who was leading a rally along with Mayor and Housing Minister Sovan Chatterjee, said, “How many persons have you caught who possess black money? He had also said that black money would be brought back from overseas and all Indians will have Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts. Has anyone received even 15 paise?” he said.In another rally, state Sports Minister Arup Biswas who was sporting a black outfit, too, echoed similar emotions. “As many as 148 persons died in queues at ATMs. As long as this government is there at the Centre, this misrule will continue,” he said.From Chetla in south Kolkata, state Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim led a rally. “Mamata Banerjee always stood up in the interest of the common people. We are observing this Black Day as representatives of people who had lost jobs and business owing to demonetization,” he said.

New industrial area in pipeline after 15 years: Ashok Jain

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Applauding the efforts of industrialists, Ashok Jain said that despite few facilities, industries are doing well and has helped Jodhpur establish itself in the world. He was speaking during his visit to Jodhpur for the first time after becoming the chief secretary of the state on Sunday.Jain was apprised of the problems faced by industrialists especially in various industries, including handicraft, steel and lime. He said that new industrial area will be developed after 15 years in Jodhpur, but the prices of land in such areas are so high that they are difficult to buy in the prevailing situation.The industrialists expressed their objection on forcibly organising the Western Rajasthan Industry Fair by RAJSICO, because since years it has been jointly held by the district administration and Industries Association.On this, Jain gave assurance of giving opportunity to the industries association after finding out what exactly the matter is. Mayor Ghanshyam Ojha, chairman of Industries Association Prakash Jirawala, vice president Om Prakash Lohia, senior industrialist Shri Gopal Sabu, Ghewarchand Kanungo, Kishanlal Garg, Aashram Dhoot and others apprised Jain of the problems faced by industries.Jain will discuss the development of the city during a meeting with officials on Monday and will also review the progress of government schemes of each department.Jain became emotional during his first visit to his home town Jodhpur after becoming the chief secretary of the state and said that fond memories of childhood, studying in engineering college and spending formative years in the city are still fresh in his mind. Moreover, all the officials including divisional commissioner Ratanlal Lahoti, commissioner Ashok Kumar Rathod gave him a warm welcome. He was also given the guard of honor there.

In South Delhi, pig mauls baby girl to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A newborn, just 20 days old, was bitten and mauled to death by a pig in south Delhi on Friday afternoon. Police said the child was attacked while she was being breastfed by her mother. Irked locals claimed that the civic bodies’ carelessness led to the brutal incident.According to senior police officers, the child was identified as Pushpa, a resident of Sanjay Colony in the Bhati Mines area. Around 12.45 pm, the Fatehpur Beri police station received a call, and the cops were informed that a pig had mauled a newborn. A police team immediately rushed to the spot, where they were told that the victim’s father, Rajpal, had rushed the child to the AIIMS Trauma Centre.”According to the family, the child was being breastfed by her mother when the pig, allegedly let off by its owner, attacked them. The animal bit the child on her face and limbs. The child started bleeding profusely and locals and family members rushed her to hospital, where doctors declared her dead on arrival,” an officer said.Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Chinmoy Biswal said a case of causing death due to negligence has been registered and efforts to trace the pig’s owner are on. “Locals said the pig was a pet. We are trying to trace the owner. A case has been registered on the basis of the family’s statement and CCTV footage from the area is also being checked. Locals are being questioned to know more,” he said.The incident has led to an outrage among the locals, who said the civic authorities were responsible to regulate stray animals. They also said that the locality has garbage dumping areas, which attract stray dogs and pigs and if immediate measures are not put in place, more such incidents might take place.Commenting on the incident, South Corporation mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said: “It is an extremely unfortunate incident. We remove stray animals from the area regularly and act on complaints as well. In this area, however, the community does not support taking away of these animals. We will look into this particular case.”

JMC writes letter to govt for conversion of land

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is good news for Jawahar Nagar slum residents. The sources Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) have written a letter to the central government for conversion of forest land into residential on which the slum is situated.This was claimed by local MLA and state BJP president Ashok Parnami. The residents would get pattas once the central government approves the proposal. The residents have been living under constant fear of displacement.However, local MLA Ashok Parnami and Mayor Ashok Lahoty today reached the slum and shared the good news. Parnami had gone for an inspection of the area in the morning to hear residents’ problems.The slum dwellers expressed apprehensions that their slum could also be removed like the one in Khadda Basti on which Parnami assured them that letter has been written to the central government for conversion of the land into a residential one. There are five thousand dwellings from Teela number one to seven. People have been living here for years. The slum gets submerged in water during monsoon, there is no basic facility, which has not been solved till date. When Mayor and MLA reached among people, they were told about lack of drinking water, and electricity problems. People told them that they have been receiving contaminated water and got assurance from Parnami that it would be resolved soon. ProblemInterestingly, the JDA is removing slums but JMC is preparing to give them legal sanctity by issuing pattas. The slum gets submerged in water during monsoon, there is no basic facility, which has not been solved till date.

Cong smells ‘scam’ in garbage collection, files plaint with Lokayukta

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress has lodged a case with the Lokayukta against the corruption in garbage collection in Jaipur. A delegation of Congressmen including party functionaries and councillors today met the Lokayukta and alleged corruption to the tune of crores. They have accused the government and the JMC of colluding with the private company BVG which has been given the contract for garbage collection. The cases have been filed by deputy leader in JMC, Dharam Singh Singhania along with all documents related to the corruption.Complainant Singhania has alleged that the contract for garbage collection was given to the private company BVG, but in gross violation of all norms, the contract has been sublet to seven companies. This is a gross violation of the terms of the contract allocation.He said Jaipur daily generates an estimated 1400 metric tonne of garbage, but the contract was given to BVG for 1700 metric tonnes. The entire city is littered with garbage, but bills are being cleared for the private contractor. Pratap Singh alleged that Jaipur has 91 wards, whereas garbage is being collected only in 65, but payments are being made to the company.Singhania alleged that the seven companies that have got the contract on basis of subletting are not guided by any rules. “There is no transparency about their payment. An amount of 5 crores has been paid to the company without asking it to fulfill norms of contract. There is no penalty charged for flouting norms. We demand that the government clarify on this issue as JMC cannot do it without the support of the Government. We also demand action against the firm or else Congress will take to the streets to protest,” said Singhania. Jaipur district Congress president Pratap Singh Khachariawas said “We have demanded answers related to the amount of garbage collected and payment made through RTI, but we have not got any reply. Even BJP councillors are with us. They too have alleged corruption on the part of BVG on the floor of the JMC,” added Pratap Singh. Pratap Singh Khachariawas added, “People pay a cleanliness cess on electricity and water bills, but Jaipur is piled with garbage. The roads are broken and this is a major cause of diseases like malaria, dengue, swine flu and chikungunya being so rampant.”Taking a jibe at the Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoti, Pratap Singh said, “The Mayor is busy creating controversies over national anthem, just shows he wants to divert the attention from vital issues that affect the health of the city.”

Me Indian, not going to Pakistan, says Sachin Pilot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress state president, Sachin Pilot, while addressing students at Maharani’s College, said that he belongs to India and will not go to Pakistan.This came as a response to city mayor Ashok Lahoti’s comment that those who have an objection on singing the National Anthem can go to the neighbouring country.“I do not need a certificate from anyone to declare myself a nationalist. This is my country and I am ready to give my blood for it. They say those who are not voting for a particular party can go to Pakistan. Those who are not singing National Anthem and the National Song can also go to Pakistan. I will not go to Pakistan. I will stay here,” Pilot said.He added that these talks are made to distract general public from the main issue.“The issue is that Moong Daal is being sold ar Rs 150 per kg. The issue is that there are no jobs, and that 14 people have died due to a transformer blast,” pilot said.On the transformer blast incident, Pilot said that when parties get a majority win, they do not get the liberty to do as they please.“The line of answerability needs to be formed. If someone somwhere is in trouble, or there is an accident, someone has to be answerable for the same,” Pilot asserted.Pilot further said that the draconian Criminal Law ordinance introduced by the state government is killing the idea of democracy.“The government has made laws to secure its own future. The issue is not related to one party, it is related to democratic forces. The ideology is against the constitution. It doesn’t matter who the chief minister is and which party is ruling. It is beyond party lines,” Pilot said.On the popular slogan raised by the ruling party that states India needs to be ‘Congress Mukt’, Pilot said that there are differences in objectives and ideologies but there is no enmity.“We are not enemies with each other. There is no space in politics for that. If issues are handled with healthy debate and discussions, then it will be bring development to the nation. Why do they want to throw us out? We are also citizens of India and even we want to make some contributions,” Pilot said.He ended by motivating the youth to develop skills in order to compete with the world and vote for the right candidate.COMPROMISESPilot, while addressing the media, said that a political party becomes strong by not compromising on the objectives, and BJP has always been compromising for selfish reasons.“They promised not to compromise in case of Kashmir but ended up collaborating with PDP. They play politics for winning the elections but never stand up to the promises. BJP gives membership through missed call, and the authenticity of the same is visible to all. A political party does not become strong by propoganda,” Pilot said.

Congress can stand for Rahul Gandhi’s dog Pidi but not for national anthem: Himanta Biswa Sarma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma took aim at Congress and Rahul Gandhi over the national anthem row. Claiming that Congress leaders would stand to greet Rahul Gandhi’s dog Pidi, he claimed Congress were mocking the idea of respecting the national anthem. He asked Rahul Gandhi to take a break from Pidi and tell the world why his leaders are out to insult the national anthem.He wrote on Twitter: “Intrigued to see brazen manner in which leaders of @INCIndia are mocking at idea of respect to #nationalanthem. #CongressInsultsAnthem. While they’d stand even to greet #Pidi while at 12 Tughlak Lane, leaders like @_SandeepDikshit have reservations getting up for anthem.”
ALSO READ Next Cong VP? Twitter full of jokes about Rahul Gandhi’s dog PidiHe added: “Does @OfficeOfRG have guts to tell us his stand on #JanaGanaMana.We’re extremely puzzled to see @INCIndia discomfort over 52 seconds stand. Urge @OfficeOfRG to take some time off Pidi & tell the world why his leaders are out to insult our #nationalanthem. #CongressInsultsAnthem. If party line is to contrary, we expect @OfficeOfRG to ‘train’ his leaders to be obedient & follow his instructions. #CongresInsultsAnthem.”Biswa Sarma had hit out at Rahul Gandhi after the latter posted videos of his dog on Twitter.”People (have) been asking who tweets for this guy… I’m coming clean..it’s me..Pidi..I’m way smarter than him. Look what I can do with a tweet..oops..treat!,” Gandhi said on twitter, posting a video of his dog doing a trick at his master’s command.The video shows a hand placing something edible between the dog’s eyes and nose as the Congress vice president is heard issuing some commands. In a swift, deft move, the canine jumps and catches it in his mouth.The twitter post drew varied response from his political rivals and followers.Among initial twitter reactions to the Congress leader s tweet was one by former Assam Congress strongman Himanta Biswa Sarma, who had quit the party and joined the BJP on the eve of the last state elections, accusing Rahul Gandhi of “indifference” to party affairs.”Sir @OfficeOfRG, who knows him better than me. Still remember you busy feeding biscuits to him while we wanted to discuss urgent Assam’s issues,” Sarma said, provoking Congress leaders to lash out at him.”We also know you better now,” was the reaction of Mahila Congress president and Lok Sabha MP from Silchar Sushmita Dev, who tagged Sarma.Congress social media in charge Divya Spandana, responding to Gandhi s tweet said, “So know you who can match this talent.”Gandhi’s tweet came at a time when his social media popularity is a subject of intense discussion.The BJP has accused Gandhi of using bots to inflate his fan following on the microblogging website, but the Congress defended his Twitter resurgence as natural. The bot is a software that can be used to autonomously perform actions such as tweeting, retweeting, liking, following, unfollowing, or direct messaging other accounts.Earlier, veteran Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Tuesday criticised the Jaipur Mayor and Bharatiya Janata Party for imposing the ‘diktat’ of singing National Anthem on the staff of Jaipur Municipal Corporation.”The issue has never been, and I believe never should be about singing the National Anthem. Every citizen of this country respects it and the Jaipur Mayor or his political party(BJP) have no monopoly,” Khurshid said.The Jaipur Municipal Corporation in Rajasthan recently issued a directive to its staffers to sing the national anthem every morning and national song every evening. The biometric system of attendance will not accept any entries after the morning anthem.Further, the Jaipur mayor said that those who don’t want to sing the national anthem can go to Pakistan.The former Union Minister said there may be many complaints about how BJP have dealt with issues of national importance in the past.”What is happening with the national anthem is that there was an amusing decision about it taken where people were required by the Supreme Court to stand up for the national anthem in cinema theatres. Now SC itself revised its view and it feels that you don’t need to show everywhere that you respect the anthem and therefore, they asked the government to consider it,” he asserted.Khurshid said that imposing such diktats is an insult to the National Anthem itself.”Nobody ever said that there is an issue about singing the anthem and nobody asked others to stop singing it. I think for somebody to raise something of this nature, frankly, I believe is not only idiotic but also an insult to the National Anthem itself. They are speaking an untruth about the respect the people have for the national anthem of this country,” Khurshid said. With inputs from agencies

CASH 22 JMC vs JDA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Talking of Smart City, the municipal corporation and development authority at Jaipur are busy outsmarting each other. Development of city remains at collateral as the two civic bodies indulge in a long drawn discussion on pending dues.The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has rolled out huge outstanding against the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) pertaining to several transactions. An outstanding of more than Rs 1,350 crore make JDA the biggest defaulter at municipal audit books.According to the municipal corporation a part of the amount is relatively new while part of it has piled over past several decades.“The JDA is liable to pay JMC a percentage in royalty on all revenue generated from auction of property within the urban areas. However, this has never been paid by JDA and the total due amount under this head stands to Rs 536 crore,” says mayor Ashok Lahoti. “In addition the authority has also transferred over 700 colonies to JMC this year and is liable to pay JMC for development works at these,” he adds.An impact of these unpaid dues on JMC performance can be assessed from the fact that the outstanding is nearly equal to total annual revenue receipt of the corporation. Amazingly the issue continues despite BJP being in power, both, at state government and municipal corporation.The present mayor has raised the issue at various levels and even written to the urban development minister nearly six months ago. Progress in the direction, however, has been negligible.“A meeting presided by the urban development minister decided upon the issue being solved by mutual discussions between the two bodies, if the JMC wants they must take initiative for the talks being held,” a senior officer at Urban Development Department, puts the ball in JMC’s court.The municipal corporation though refutes the charge. “It has been decided that JDA will pay Rs 70 crore to JMC against the fire cess collected from developers, despite orders from the urban development minister, JDA continues to delay the payment,” says a JMC official.There also exist differences in log books of the two sides, the JDA claims to have spent a couple of hundred crores in development works on behalf of JMC, this also is unacceptable to the latter. The corporation denies to have issued any consent for these claimed expenses made by JDA. “Our audit department has rejected the accounts submitted by JDA, we have now asked them to come up with a detailed balance sheet for the same,” says a JMC officer.The last meeting between the JDA and JMC was held more than a month ago and since the talks have been on hold.Liability BytesThe JDA is collecting Rs 100 per sq meter as fire cess on buildings taller than 15ft and not paying it to JMCThe JMC is entitled to receive 15 per cent revenue from auction of government properties in the urban limits of Jaipur. Bulk of colonies transferred by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) this year. zone wise…

North Corporation to paint women’s toilets pink

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a cue from the South civic body, North Delhi mayor Preeti Aggarwal on Saturday directed that all women’s toilets under the North Corporation be painted pink. The move, which comes under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), is being implemented by civic bodies in areas under their jurisdiction.Currently, the North civic body has over 400 women toilet blocks in its jurisdiction.According to a report by the North Corporation on sanitation earlier this year, the civic body, which has over 800 toilet blocks under it, has built 50 women toilet seats over the last year, which became functional a few months ago.Earlier this month, the South civic body had launched the first public ‘Pink Toilet’ equipped with a sanitary pad vending machine and incinerator. The toilet was launched in southwest Delhi’s PVR Vikaspuri market on the International Day of the Girl Child.While the three municipal corporations — North, South and East — under the SBM had announced opening toilets for women at public places and busy markets, this was the first to have a sanitary pad vending machine.Earlier this year, the civic bodies had made toilets available in hotels and restaurants in its jurisdiction.The corporations had received initial funds of Rs 120 crore in 2015 from the Centre under the SBM to build toilet blocks, besides other sanitation work. According to the SBM guidelines, at a distance of every kilometre, there must be a toilet complex.The East Corporation which has 400 toilet blocks under it has built 70 new blocks under the mission.

Bihar Guv, CM Nitish Kumar oversee Chhath arrangements

Updated: Oct 26, 2017, 08:47 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Governor Satyapal Mallik and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today undertook a steamer ride to take stock of the arrangements at the various ghats along the Ganga for the Chhath festival.They took a steamer ride from Danapur, a satellite township of the state capital, to the city’s Gayghat several km away.The governor and the CM were accompanied by Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and state ministers Nand Kishore Yadav and Rana Randhir Singh, Patna Mayor Sita Sahu and a number of top officials.They exchanged Chhath greetings with the large number of devotees who had gathered at the numerous ghats to offer the evening ‘Arghya’ to the Sun god. They waved at each other as the steamer moved through the river.Kumar himself took part in the Chhath festival by offering ‘Arghya’ at a pond inside his official residence in the city, a government release said.

BJP launches helpline to aid Chhath committees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After training its guns on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for not making adequate arrangements for the upcoming Chhath Puja, the Delhi wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a helpline on Monday, to aid puja committees that have been constituted for smooth organisation of the festival. The party had earlier formed teams of workers and volunteers to perform different activities during the run-up to the four-day festival, such as cleaning ghats, putting up tents, and arranging for offerings during the puja.Last week, the BJP had alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was “playing” with faith and sentiments of devotees ahead of the Chhath Puja. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said the AAP government had not cleaned the ghats and was deliberately creating roadblocks for the Puja committees. The senior BJP leader further accused the AAP of seizing the festival to promote its CM, adding that the committees were being coerced to put up large photographs of Kejriwal on hoardings. Tiwari also said that the team helping with Puja arrangements and other measures will be led by BJP Poorvanchal Morcha president Manish Singh. Meanwhile, BJP workers, assisted by the civic body staffers, offered shramdan (effort donation) on the Chhath ghats for the second day on Monday, by cleaning the banks. Tiwari had launched the campaign at the Sonia Vihar Second Pushta, Yamuna Bank. Besides, BJP mayors took stock of the Puja arrangements in other parts of the Capital. North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal visited places such as Rohini, Narela, and Mukherjee Nagar.FOR ACTIVITIES…The party had earlier formed teams of workers and volunteers to perform different activities during the run-up to the four-day festival, such as cleaning ghats, putting up tents, and arranging for offerings during the puja.
Tiwari said the team helping with Puja arrangements and other measures will be led by BJP Poorvanchal Morcha president

Pledge to go-green: London, Paris amongst 12 big cities to buy only zero-emission buses from 2025

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twelve major cities including London, Paris, Los Angeles and Cape Town promised on Monday to buy only zero-emissions buses from 2025 and to make major areas free of fossil fuel emissions by 2030 to protect the environment.The 12, with a combined population of almost 80 million, said they would promote walking, cycling and the use of public transport under a joint “fossil-fuel-free streets declaration”.Many cities are setting tougher environmental goals than governments to limit air pollution and to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions.”Air pollution caused by petrol and diesel vehicles is killing millions of people in cities around the world,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in a statement. “The same emissions are also causing climate change.”The mayors, part of the C40 group of cities which is seeking to slow global warming, said they would “procure only zero-emissions buses from 2025 and ensure that major areas of their city are zero emissions by 2030.”Other cities signing up were Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle and Auckland.Zero emissions areas could mean more parks, pedestrian areas or roads where only electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles could enter to make cities more attractive places to live. They did not define how big “major areas” would be.Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, for instance, said the city was aiming to add 165 hectares (408 acres) of green space in coming years, extend bike lanes and cut the number of trips by private vehicles by a fifth.Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess said the plan demonstrated “the power of cities to lead on climate.”C40 estimated that there were 59,000 buses of all types operating on the streets of the 12 cities. Among them, London says it has the largest electric bus fleet in Europe, with more than 2,500 hybrid electric buses made by China’s BYD and Britain’s Alexander Dennis.In an expanding market, other makers include Volvo, Mercedes-Benz Daimler and Proterra Inc.Caroline Watson, an expert in low-emission vehicles at C40, told Reuters the declaration was meant as “a clear commitment in writing to raise the bar and give a signal to the private sector” to encourage greener investments in cities.

Waste-to-energy plant to come up at Ghazipur landfill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a massive fire broke out at east Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill site, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) is planning to set up a waste-to-energy plant in the area. EDMC Mayor Neema Bhagat said on Sunday that the department will soon set up a waste-to-energy plant to tackle all the problems happening at the Ghazipur landfill site in the last few days.The corporation has set the ball rolling to set ing up a waste-to-energy plant of 2,000 MT capacity at the Ghazipur landfill site.A fire was reported at the massive landfill on Saturday evening. The landfill had partially collapsed, triggering a fatal accident, recently. Bhagat said the corporation was concerned about such fire incidents and the idea now was to “recycle maximum garbage” and “leave minimum trash for dumping”.The blaze at the landfill site was extinguished in the early hours of Sunday after over seven hours of fire-fighting operations, a fire official said. The 45-m landfill was shut down following an order by Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal in the wake of the collapse incident in which two persons were killed.The landfill site was saturated in 2002. The civic body said it had been looking for an alternative site for long, but a clearance from the NGT was needed. The EDMC manages the landfill site that was started in 1984 and is spread over 29 acres.According to officials, the permissible height for a garbage dump is 20 m. Every day, 2,500-3000 metric tonnes of garbage is dumped at the Ghazipur site.”We have taken action on disposal of the landfill and have begun the process of setting up a waste-to-energy plant, having a capacity to process 2,000 MT of garbage. Besides, we have also initiated a plan, whereby garbage generated by 2,500 families in Mayur Vihar – Phase I area would be converted to compost. So, the idea is to leave as less garbage as possible for dumping,” Bhagat added.7-HOUR FIGHTThe blaze at the landfill site was extinguished in the early hours of Sunday after over seven hours of fire-fighting operations, a fire official said.

BEST officials seek mayor’s help to resolve bonus issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to resolve the indefinite strike called by BEST unions from October 21, top officials from the BEST Committee will soon meet Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and will also initiate a dialogue with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.”We will be meeting the Mayor and then also seek an appointment with Uddhav ji in this matter,” said Anil Kokil, Chairman, BEST Committee who represents Shiv Sena. The BEST has been trying to get an appointment from the Mayor since BEST Workers Union, headed by Shashank Rao, threatened to go on an indefinite strike from October 21. However, the committee has not managed to get one. Now, they will meet the mayor on October 16 and plan to work out a strategy to address the issue.The unions have been stating that the BEST administration has refused to give Diwali bonus to their 44,000 employees this year due to financial crunch. However, its parent organisation, BMC, has distributed Diwali bonus among their employees to the tune of Rs 1,400 crore.”When the BMC can give a bonus to their employees, then why not to their sister concern. Our decision to go on protest from October 21 remains until the BEST staff get their Diwali bonus,” said Shashank Rao, president, BEST Workers Union. This will be an indefinite agitation and workers will not report to work voluntarily from October 21. Last time, the BEST workers had gone on strike was during Raksha Bandhan this year to demand timely payment of salaries.At loggerheadsThe unions have been stating that the BEST administration has refused to give Diwali bonus to their 44,000 employees this year due to financial crunch. However, its parent organisation, BMC, has given Diwali bonus to their employees to the tune of Rs 1,400 crore.

Bengaluru floods: BJP, Congress trade blows over poor quality infrastructure that has resulted in 9 deaths

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka minister KJ George and Bengaluru mayor Sampath Raj on Saturday visited water-logged areas to take stock of the floods that have brought the city to a standstill.Torrential rains on Saturday continued to lash Bengaluru where the body of a temple priest, which was washed away on Friday, was recovered while a mother-daughter duo, who were swept away, remained untraced, police said.Nine deaths in the past 15 days due to potholes and rains drew sharp criticism from the opposition BJP, which alleged that chief minister Siddaramaiah has failed in his duty.Siddaramaiah, however, flayed the opposition for “politicising” the deaths.City civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) along with the National Disaster Rapid Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Rapid Force (SDRF) intensified the search operation and formed three teams.The priest of a temple near Kurubarahalli Circle was swept away in a stormwater drain after water gushed inside the temple on Friday. His body was recovered on Saturday, the police said.The search for the 57-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter, who were swept away in a stormwater drain at Laggere after water from it flooded their house, was underway, they said.Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah and Bengaluru Development Minister K J George who toured around the rain-affected areas faced the ire of the residents, who said there was no one around to save them when water entered their houses.When reporters pointed out the substandard civic works leading to the deaths, the chief minister lost his cool.”It is unfortunate that people have lost their lives… I condole the deaths that happened due to rains. Compensation will be given to the families of those who lost their lives,” he said.”However, you should know that the state this year has received unprecedented rains. We had continuous rains for 47 days. But, politics over deaths is condemnable. Our priorities should be to offer relief to the affected people,” he added.Siddaramaiah said the removal of encroachments and de-silting of stormwater drains would be intensified in the coming days.BJP state unit president Yeddyurappa, who visited the rain-wracked areas, also blamed Siddaramaiah for the deaths.”Chief minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress government are responsible for each and every death… Had the government completed the construction of stormwater drains on time, people would not have faced such a bad situation,” he alleged.”The state government has spent Rs 800 crore (for the remodelling of stormwater drains) and contractors who were blacklisted were given the contract… At least 75 per cent of the money spent was squandered,” Yeddyurappa claimed.The BJP leader announced a compensation of Rs one lakh to the next to the kin of deceased. With PTI Inputs

BMC says no to Diwali bonus for BEST staffers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when Shashank Rao union has threatened to go on strike on the issue of Diwali bonus, the civic body categorically said they would not give more funds to BEST unless the latter doesn’t implement steps proposed for its revival. The Undertaking’s budget has not been approved for the last two years now.The BEST’s budget of the previous year, with a deficit of Rs 590 crore, hasn’t been passed because as per the revival plan, they can earn Rs 668 crore. “We have asked BEST to take steps to improve the financial condition. Hike in bus fares is not a solution,” said BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta.The civic body has not approved last year’s BEST budget for which they have asked the Undertaking to implement nine different steps to eradicate the deficit. Now, BEST is struggling to pay salaries for which they take monthly loans of Rs 200 crore. The union is also demanding Diwali bonus as BMC has paid a bonus to its employees.”The BMC has paid Rs 1400 crore as Diwali bonus to its staff. They should understand that they are parent organisation of the BEST and pay Diwali bonus to them as well,” said Shashank Rao, president, BEST Workers’ Union.The union have stated that if the employees do not receive a bonus till October 21, they will go on an indefinite strike. Anil Kokil, chairman of BEST committee, said, “I have written to the Mayor, asking to give BEST employees a Diwali bonus. I will be meeting the Mayor on Friday and asking him to give a bonus to the employees.”Overtime stressThe Railway Kamgar Sena, a railway workers wing of Shiv Sena, have stated the motorman will not be working overtime from October 15. The union is supported by central railway motorman association, who have stated that they have support from 400 motormen on Central Railway.BURDEN OF LOANSCivic body has not approved BEST’s budget last year for which they have asked the Undertaking to implement nine different steps to eradicate the deficit. Now, BEST is struggling to pay salaries for which they take monthly loans of Rs 200 crore.

Lokayukta seeks report on delay in setting up JMC committees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lokayukta Justice SS Kothari issued notice to principal secretary local self-governance seeking factual report on non-constitution of committees at Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC).The Lokayukta, taking a suo motto cognizance of the issue has directed that the process for formation of these committees be initiated in a month or the last chairperson to head the committees be handed the responsibility till the new committees are formed.Various committees of JMC have been suspended since resignation of the committee members last year along with resignation ofNirmal Nahata from post of mayor. Even as Ashok Lahoti almost immediately got elected on post of mayor, the formation of committees has been delayed for 290 days. Absence of the committees has impacted functioning of various tasks related to public, such as building plan approval and other works of civic development. This grievance was noticed by the Lokayukta’s office which has sought a factual report from the LSG principal secretary by November 6. The powers for implementation of Nagarpalika rules extended to mayor have also come under question as he has been unable to form the committees in stipulated period of 90 days.The state government was responsible to decide on the issue after the period, it too failed to act for 200 days. The issue had also been a cause of discontent within the BJP which holds majority at the municipality house. Many of the councillors had repeatedly raised the issues at various levels in the party but were asked to maintain calm on the issue. Meanwhile, confusion also prevails on status of the outgoing committee members.JMC NEGLECTEDAt the recent budget session, the state government had decided to add several more committees to the existing tally of committees at JMC. However, none of these had been formed till date. There are 23 such committees including three each for sanitation and electricity.

Khadda Basti Levelled

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raging earth movers razed Khadda Basti of Jaipur to history on Sunday. Only a few structures remain standing on the four bighas of land that till last week was a residence for nearly 600 families. The area has been evacuated following orders of the high court holding the former ‘basti’ as an ‘illegal settlement’. The evacuated four bighas of land estimated to worth around Rs 300 crore will now be restored to Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC). Auction of the land is expected to generate revenue for the municipal corporation. “A plan for the future use of the land will soon be drafted, as in the interest of the JMC there is a good possibility of it being auctioned,” mayor of Jaipur, Ashok Lahoti told DNA.The JMC is expected to submit a compliance report of the evacuation process at the high court which has previously ordered the evacuation to be completed by October 8. The last day of the evacuation deadline saw massive demolition work as over 300 structures were pulled down on Sunday. The ‘basti’ was home for nearly 600 families which have been rehabilitated at BSUP flats at Jaysinghpura Khor and Paladi Meena.The municipal corporation officials are jubilant over the peaceful commencement of the drive, in contrast to the protest faced at the recent evacuation drive of Jaipur Development Authority at Gopalpura bypass, the evacuation of Khadda Basti remain peaceful and completed without the use of force.“Its indeed a matter of relief and delight that the exercise completed peacefully, those rehabilitated during the process also willingly paid 10 percent cost of the compensatory accommodation provided to them,” said a senior JMC official. THE ISSUEThe issue of evacuation of the illegally developed basti had been a standing issue for several decades. The basti continued to grow as a slum devoid of any basic facilities until a society of neighboring colony approached high court over the issue. The high court to have previously ordered for evacuation of the area.

MP CM inaugurates toilet for transgender people; says they deserve more respect

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In some good news for transgender people, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday inaugurated a toilet in the Mangalwara area for their exclusive use.On the occasion, Chouhan announced that the government would rope in people belonging to the third gender to create awareness about government schemes, especially those related to sanitation.He said he would convene a ‘third gender panchayat’ at his residence to redress their problems and that the state government would provide an additional assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh to members of the community for constructing houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.”The third gender is yet to get the respect it deserves.My government will ensure equal rights to them. The administration will also be directed to take stringent action against anti-social elements that defame the community,” he said.Bhopal Mayor Alok Sharma claimed the toilet, constructed by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), was the first of its kind in the country.A senior BMC official said the toilet, built at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, also has a “change room/make-up room”.Different signs for men, women, handicapped and transgender people are emblazoned on the doors of the toilet.Transgender people live in large numbers in the Mangalwara locality.

Elphinstone Stampede | Disaster waiting to happen: Angry commuters had repeatedly warned authorities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai rains and poorly maintained station infrastructure caused a massive stampede at Elphinstone station on Friday killing 22 and leaving several injured so far.Injured people were moved to nearby KEM hospital and rescue teams reached the station to bring the situation under control.The incident happened on the day Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is in Mumbai and is scheduled to board a local train at 1:00 pm at Vile Parle station.Lower Parel area of Mumbai is a corporate hub where millions of Mumbaikars come to work in hundreds of offices. During office rush hours, when more than two trains arrive at Elphinstone and adjusting Parel station, making it one of the most crowded areas in the vicinity.Daily commuters had warned of the situation and they saw the disaster coming a mile off when in the morning they reached the Elphinstone station.Commuters were also talking about the dire situation at the stations a few days ago.BJP MP from Mumbai (North-East) Kirit Somaiya responded to the situation and talked about taking action regarding increasing the commuters capacity of the areas near local stations.Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar refused to answer questions.

Bengaluru: Congress gets Mayoral position, JDS gets Deputy Mayor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sampath Raj of the Congress party was declared the 51st Mayor of Bengaluru , while Congress coalition partner JDS’ Padmavathi Narasimhamurthy was named the Deputy Mayor.The election was a cakewalk for the Congress-JDS coalition in the city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike as the opposition BJP, which has a majority of corporators but lacks the numbers in the Electoral College, staged a walkout.Though BJP’s S Muniswamy and Mamatha Vasudeva contested the election to the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively, they lost badly as they secured nil votes.The tenure of the Bengaluru Mayor and Deputy Mayor is for 11 months.Besides the corporators, elected MPs, MLAs and the MLCs too are entitled to vote to elect the mayor and deputy mayor.This year, the post of mayor and deputy mayor was reserved for Scheduled Caste and women from General Category respectively.Speaking to reporters after the election, Sampath Raj said “We will take people along. We will ensure public participation in governance.””I will see to it that the Bengaluru’s infrastructure improves. You will notice the changes happening from today itself.”

Gurugram municipal polls: Big blow to BJP as independents win 21 out of 35 seats

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Independents won 21 of the 35 wards in the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) polls today while the ruling BJP had to remain content with just 13 seats.Significantly, 15 of the 35 candidates who emerged victorious today were women.Polling for the urban local body began at 7 am today and concluded at 5 pm. The counting of votes ended around 8 pm after which the results were declared.While independents bagged the lion’s share, the BJP could get just 13 seats. The party had contested all the 35 seats.Opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) managed to clinch one seat.Soon after the result was declared, Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh said that several independent candidates who have won would support the BJP.The mayor would be from the BJP, he said.State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, however, claimed that the results signified a rejection of both the BJP and the INLD.”The result are a clear indication that if the Congress had contested on its symbol, the party would have won 25-30 seats and would have got the mayor’s post as well,” Tanwar claimed.Of the independents who won, three were supported by the Congress while two were backed by the INLD.Of the 15 women candidates who were elected, 10 were independents, while five were from the BJP. This is for the first time that so many women have emerged in Gurgaon civic body polls, officials said.During the polling today, there were reports of minor skirmishes, the police said adding that two persons were arrested on charges of attempting to vote on fake voter IDs.Like the previous elections in 2011, polling in urban areas was less as compared to the rural parts.The highest voter turnout was at the Kherki Daula senior secondary school where 681 out of 796 voters cast their votes.There are a total 5,58,884 voters in Gurgaon out of which 2,76,420 cast their votes at 546 polling booths.Among the victorious candidates were Mithlesh Barwal (Ind) from ward 1, Shakuntala Devi (BJP) from ward 2, Ravinder Yadav (BJP) from ward 3, Birendra (INLD) from ward 4, Dimple Yadav (BJP) from ward 5, Naresh Sherawat (Ind) from ward 6, Madhu Azad (BJP) from ward 7, Dinesh Saini (Ind) from ward 8, Pramila Kablan (Ind) from ward 9, Hemant Kumar Sain (Ind) from ward 28.Among others, Sunita Yadav (Ind) won from ward 22, Seema Pahuja (Ind) from ward 15. while Naveen Dhaiya (Ind) won from ward 12.

Cong, BJP stage walkout over waste mgmt notice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The civic body’s circular on waste segregation and composting being made mandatory for housing societies and bulk generators from October 2 led to arguments at the BMC general body meeting on Monday.Members of all parties slammed the civic administration for not consulting them before taking the move. Besides, members of the Congress and the BJP staged a walkout, claiming they were not allowed to air their views.During the meeting, the ruling Shiv Sena alleged that the administration again insulted Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar by not taking him into confidence while taking the decision.Yashwant Jadhav, a Shiv Sena corporator and leader of House at BMC, alleged that the administration has insulted Mumbai as it did not discuss the issue with city’s first citizen. “Insulting a mayor is nothing but insulting Mumbaikars as the mayor represents the whole city,” said Jadhav.Earlier, BMC’s leader of opposition Ravi Raja submitted a statement opposing the civic administration move to make waste segregation and composting from October 2. Raja cited Section 61 (C) of Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, which makes lifting and managing waste is an obligatory duty of BMC.All political parties supported the statement made by Raja and sought Mayor to take a decision against civic administration’s move. BJP group leader Manoj Kotak said, “The responsibility of collecting garbage and composting lie with the BMC as the agency collects tax from residents.” He added that by issuing such kind of circular, the civic administration is trying to create havoc among residents.

Minister throws clean-up challenge before Jaipur mayor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Urban Development Minister Shrichand Kriplani is not happy with the cleanliness in Jaipur city and has targeted its mayor, Ashok Lahoti, for the filthy state of the capital. Kripalani openly challenged Mayor Lahoti, saying that if he brought Jaipur to the number one rank in the upcoming national survey on cleanliness, then he would vacate his ministerial berth for him. “The city of Bharatpur was cleaned in a day. What are you doing, Lahoti? If you make Jaipur number one across the country in cleanliness, then I will leave my ministerial post for you,” he said. The minister was speaking at a workshop organised by the Directorate of Local Bodies (DLB) on Monday to orient workers towards the upcoming Cleanliness Survey-2018. The survey will be conducted in 4,041 cities across the country. While addressing the inaugural session of the workshop, Kripalani took a potshot at Lahoti, saying, “Bharatpur Mayor’s outfit seems like that of a rural dweller’s. But they did the work that Ashok Lahoti, who wears trousers, could not do.”The minister also targeted the luxurious office of Ashok Lahoti in Jaipur Municipal Corporation building. He said, “You have seen the chamber of Lahoti. It is better than my chamber.” Kripalani said that he got to where he is after 40 years of hard work. And yet, if, “in the survey, you bring Jaipur to the number one spot, I will leave my chair for you.”

India has made clear it won’t get cowed down: RSS chief Bhagwat on Doklam stand-off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has made clear that it will not be cowed down on security and defence matters, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Tuesday as he credited the Modi government for enhancing the country’s global standing.Bhagwat’s comments come in the backdrop of India and China mutually resolving the recent Doklam stand-off. “It has been demonstrated clearly that the nation is no longer ready to be cowed down in matters relating to defence and security,” the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief said. The RSS ‘Sarsanghchalak’ was addressing an event organised in the memory of Lal Bahadur Shastri at a college named after the late Prime Minister in Manda, about 65 kms from here.Bhagwat also lauded the Modi government’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative and “India’s higher international standing”. The policies of our government have led to India’s higher international standing, he said. People all over the world have started looking up to us, he added. Referring to the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, Bhagwat compared Modi’s ability to mobilise public support with that of Shastri during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. “We have seen what an inspiring leadership can achieve.In the past, the entire nation had taken to observing a fast on Mondays. Today, once again, the entire nation is making efforts to make the country clean,” Bhagwat said. Besides the RSS chief, others present on the occasion were Shastri’s maternal grandson and Uttar Pradesh health minister Siddharth Nath Singh, the late prime minister’s sons Anil Shastri and Sunil Shastri, who are respectively with the Congress and the BJP, and former city Congress chief and Mayor Chaudhary Jitendra Nath Singh

One by one, NGT denying nod to DDA landfill sites

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) was left in a lurch after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday rejected the Ghonda-Gurjar site allotted to it by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for using it as a landfill. The site located on the Yamuna flood plains cannot be used for dumping the city’s waste, as it can further pollute the river.The East Corporation officials had a meeting with the principal committee of the court seeking an NOC over the allotted site.”The NOC was rejected on the site by the NGT for being on Yamuna river bed. They said waste cannot be dumped here, as it would contaminate the water. For the time being we are dumping waste at a site close to Ghazipur only,” EDMC mayor Neema Bhagat told DNA.The Corporation seems to have run out of options to dump its 2,200 to 3,000 metric tonnes (MT) waste every day, as even the Ranikhera site on Delhi-Haryana border allocated for the purpose by the AAP government has run into trouble with residents protesting the move.The DDA had allotted 150 acres of land in Ghonda-Gurjar to the civic body earlier this month pending the environment clearance.Even as the DDA claims to have provided land for the purpose, according to senior officials, most sites allotted by the DDA since 2002 to the civic bodies have not been materialised, as these do not conform to the norms of developing a landfill and have run into objections.Moreover, senior officials on the condition of anonymity said, the DDA has not moved these files since.”The DDA in 2015 had allotted a site to the East Corporation in Rohini sector 40. It ran into objections by all the agencies concerned including the DMRC and the DSIIDC for the land being disputed and being in violation of norms. The matter standstill while no other site was provided in its place,” said Rahul Gupta, a lawyer who was part of the committee in the case.

L-G bans waste dumping at Ghazipur, Bhalaswa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a portion of the nearly 60 m tall Ghazipur landfill site caved in, Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Saturday banned dumping of garbage at the site with immediate effect. Baijal also assured that scientists and experts will be engaged to clear the dumping ground within two years. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the L-G to take stock of the situation.New sites have been identified for dumping waste in both east and north Delhi, including one at Ranikheda.”Fresh sites for dumping waste have been identified. Waste will not be dumped at the Ghazipur and the Bhalaswa landfill sites anymore,” Kejriwal said.Meanwhile, even as the rescue operations were still on, civic agencies and the government continued to pass the buck to one another. The civic bodies claimed that they had been asking for land to establish new sites since 2002 and had “no option left but to dump on existing sites”. The government, however, claimed that the corporations did not take the issue of waste management seriously.As an emergency measure, the L-G has directed the authorities to divert traffic on the road adjoining the landfill. As of now, the stretch has been shut. Baijal also assured that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will lift 75 per cent of the waste from the Ghazipur landfill on a fast-track basis. The garbage will be used to lay roads, especially the NH-24.”The process of lifting, segregating, and processing the solid waste will be started by November 2017. The process will be fast-tracked and the landfill will be cleared within two years,” Baijal tweeted.According to officials, the tender for the project at the Ghazipur site has been floated, while the NHAI has started lifting waste from the Bhalaswa landfill.Box: East Delhi mayor announces relief of Rs 1LA day after the landfill collapse in Ghazipur, east Delhi Mayor Neema Bhagat on Saturday announced compensation of Rs 1 lakh to families of the deceased. Due to the heavy rains in the city, a portion of the 60-metre high garbage dump had caved in on Friday. Raj Kumari, 32, and Abhishek, 22, died on the spot, while five were seriously injured.

A’bad receives ‘World Heritage City’ certificate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Friday became the remarkable day for the city as the civic body received the official certificate of inscription as ‘World Heritage City’ by UNESCO. UNESCO director Irina Bokova was in the city to hand over the certificate’s copy to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. This was a formal gesture by UNESCO after declaring Ahmedabad as a World Heritage City on July 8, 2017.During the event, Mayor Gautam Shah said, “The city is known for its unique Indo-Islamic architecture which is often described as glorious. UNESCO has taken note of the city’s rich heritage and granted it the title of World Heritage City. We are aware of the title’s significance and we will follow the steps for its conservation and management. No stone will be left unturned to safeguard the city’s universal value.”Sujata Prasad, additional secretary, ministry of culture said, “It is a matter of pride to receive the certificate from an iconic crusader of heritage sites, Irina, who is known to have fought passionately to protect ancient artefacts from Jehadi violence.” He added, “The city has a blend of Sultanate architecture and indigenous Hindu and Jain architectural designs. Ahmedabad is breathtakingly beautiful.”Talking to the media, Bokova said, “After attainment of the title, now the local authority needs the expertise to preserve the iconic monuments in the city. Ahmedabad is a good model for management in terms of heritage preservation and I am sure this will be a model for other Indian cities too. I believe what Ahmedabad represents is not just one site or monument, but it is a living city.”Rupani said, “It is a proud moment for over 6.5 crore people of Gujarat. Ahmedabad was selected out of 250 cities in the race for the coveted status.”A PIECE OF A’BADAMC also dedicated a heritage website to the people. Souvenirs such as t-shirts, mugs, key chains were launched on the occasion
On July 8, India secured the nomination for Ahmedabad on UNESCO’s World Heritage list

Crushed by their own home, 24 die

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after life in Mumbai was paralysed by torrential rains, the dilapidated ground-plus-five storey Hussaini building at Pakmodia Street in Bohri Mohalla came crashing down, leaving 24 persons dead and injuring at least 16 others. Six women and three children were among those who lost their lives. A Tawakkal sweets preparation unit operated on the ground floor of the building, and many of the victims were labourers who worked and stayed there.The toll is expected to rise as more people are believed to be trapped under the debris, and one of the persons rescued is in a critical condition. Six firemen also sustained injuries during rescue operations. The tragedy could have been worse if the mishap occurred an hour later, as at least 40 children attend a playgroup on the first floor of the building which was yet to open.The 117-year-old building was in a dilapidated condition and some tenants had refused to move out despite being served two eviction notices in 2011. The building had 12 residential flats, and a commercial premises on the ground floor. It was among buildings that were to be redeveloped as part of the ambitious Bhendi Bazaar cluster redevelopment project undertaken by the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT).As some parts of the building had collapsed in 2011, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) had served an eviction notice to the tenants in March 2011, and again in May that year, to vacate, repair or demolish the building. In August 2011, after a high powered committee under the chairmanship of the Municipal Commissioner gave its nod for redevelopment of Bhendi Bazaar, 256 buildings in the area, including Hussaini building, came under the project. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the collapse site on Thursday and announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the families of the dead.He added that all medical expenses of the injured would be borne by the state. He also said that an inquiry will be carried out by the Additional Secretary of Housing, and strict action would be taken against those found negligent.MHADA has set up an inquiry committee under the Chief Engineer, who has been asked to submit a report within 15-days to the Vice President of MHADA, detailing the technical and administrative lapses.Sumant Bhange, chief officer of MHADA’s Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board said, “We had issued the first notice to the building in March 2011, after a portion of it collapsed. We had asked them to either repair, or demolish and vacate the building at the soonest. However, nothing was moving so we issued another notice in May 2011.”Bhange added that a special inquiry has been set up under the chief engineer of MHADA, who will look into all details including technical and that on administrative level behind the collapse. “It was the SBUT’s responsibility to get the tenants evicted,” he saidThe building came crashing down at around 8.30 am on Thursday, when most of the residents were at home. Locals began rescue efforts before the fire department officials could reach the site. The fire brigade took time to begin rescue operations as the police had to first clear crowds that had gathered on Maulana Shaukat Ali Road.“By the time official operations started, we had rescued four victims, two of whom were children”, said Taham Ansari, who stays nearby.Housing Minister Prakash Mehta said, “The time has come to start looking to adopt forceful eviction of tenants living in the dilapidated buildings across the city. We can’t simply be mute spectators while people are dying under the rubble of buildings.”“To compulsorily evacuate people,” Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said, “there should be enough transit camps. The state government should start transit camps in all 24 wards to encourage people to vacate their old houses and bring in a housing policy for redevelopment.”WHAT SBUT SAYSA statement issued by SBUT says they tried their best to evict all 13 tenants, including a non-residential tenant, and had managed to get seven tenants evicted.
The statement read, “This ground+6 building housed a total of 13 tenants, which included 12 residential and one commercial. Out of these, the trust had already shifted seven families in 2013-14. MHADA notices declaring the building dilapidated were issued along with offer of transit accommodation to the remaining tenants and occupants. At present, the area has been cordoned off to carry out the evacuation process smoothly.” Forcible evictions?
There are clauses under the MHADA Act especially section 95A that allows MHADA to forcibly evict tenants of dilapidated buildings, including imprisoning them. However, responding to questions as to why it didn’t evict tenants of this building forcibly, a senior official said, “The developer should have informed us, we would have taken necessary steps.”

Hurricane Harvey: 24-year-old Indian student dies after drowning in lake in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 24-year-old Indian student has died after he nearly drowned in a swollen lake in the US state of Texas where Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc.Nikhil Bhatia, a student at the Texas A&M University, was rescued from the Lake Bryan, where he along with another Indian girl Shalini Singh had gone swimming, on Saturday.Bhatia succumbed to his injuries today while Singh continues to be in a critical condition, according to the Consulate officials, who were in regular touch with the family members in hospital and in India.Bhatia, originally from Jaipur, along with his friend Singh, 25, from New Delhi, was pursuing Master in Public health were both brought to the local hospital in a critical condition.According to their friends and some witnesses, the two were swimming in the lake. A sudden current of water pushed them deeper and the students noticed that they were in distress and flagged down nearby police officers.Bryan Police officers were able to rescue and provide CPR to the victims until medics arrived, according to Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson.It wasn’t immediately clear why they were swimming during severe weather.Consul General of India in Houston has been monitoring their medical needs and situation closely. According to the consulate office, Bhatia’s mother Dr Suman Bhatia has already arrived and was assisted by consulate office amidst devastating flood situations here after receiving her at Dalals airport.Around 13 million people were battling “catastrophic” flooding and torrential rains in the storm-ravaged Texas where Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc, turning streets into raging rivers and claiming at least nine lives.Meteorologists have forecast that the historic rainfall will dump up to 50 inches by tomorrow.Heavy rain bands were expected to move in over the Houston area overnight, which will continue the catastrophic and life-threatening flash-flood emergency in the area.At least 200 Indian students stranded at the University of Houston due to the flooding after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas were being evacuated to safer places, authorities have said.The students were being provided food and other supplies by the Indian-American community in the area.India’s Consul-General in Houston Anupam Ray has been in touch with the students and monitoring the evacuation process.Hundreds of Indian students, who were stranded in their homes and ran out of food, are being helped by the consulate.Ray said members of the Indian graduate students’ organisations had reached out to him through Facebook last night. Despite all roads being inundated with water and closed for traffic, Ray personally went to the apartment complex where more than 250 Indian students were stranded.According to local community leaders, at least 100,000 of Indian-Americans live in and around Houston area have been badly hit by the hurricane.

Mangaluru-Karkala road to be widened

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Dakshina Kannada district administration has given its approval for widening the national highway between Mangaluru and Karkala into a four-lane road with a width of 45 metres. The decision was taken at a meeting presided over by district in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai at the office of the DK deputy commissioner yesterday, a release here said. The approval was given to the plan of the highway with certain modifications to the original draft. National Highways Authority of India project director S P Somashekhar displayed the revised map of the proposed road, recommending under bridges at ten spots, overbridge at one spot and two huge overbridges at Moodbidri and Kaikamba. Some changes for the convenience of general public had been made in the proposed road at places like Sanoor, Thodar, Mrattangady, Mijar, Kudupu and Yedapadavu, he told the meeting. The proposed road construction was estimated to cost Rs 1,000 crore, he said, adding that Rs 20 crore would be required for every km. The works on the road would start within six months. The current initiative of building national highway on this route is in place of the plan to widen the road that had been drafted in 2009. The current plan had been envisaged considering future needs for a period of 30 to 40 years, he said. City mayor Kavita Sanil, J R Lobo MLA and deputy commissioner K G Jagadeesh were among those present at the meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Narendra Mehta: The man who delivered Mira Bhayandar win to BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last year, around this time Narendra Mehta’s name splashed across social media as his wife rammed her Rs 5.5 crore Lamborghini into an autorickshaw the day he gifted it to her. He was roundly criticised for his ostentatious display of wealth and the party was under pressure to do something about the businessman turned politician. The party bosses kept their calm and their faith in him. Today, he has delivered a spectacular win for the party winning 61 out of 95 seats in a civic body that was dominated by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).Mehta, who handles construction, health care and education projects, attributes the party’s victory to strong organisational network, tacit support of party leadership, especially the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and enrollment of new voters in the jurisdiction of civic body. He was at the forefront to put in place a comprehensive poll strategy, which was weaved around Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Sabka saath sabka vikas theme.Mehta, who joined politics as an independent in 1997 and has served as the mayor of the MMRC before joining BJP in 2009, also effectively sold to the voters that BJP rule in the civic body will help seek much needed funds from the Central and state government to boost growth. He harped on the inaction by Congress and NCP during its 25-year rule to fast track development and reminded voters how the BJP sanctioned Rs 12,000 crore to the civic body since last two and half years when BJP held the mayoral post.Notwithstanding the social media chatter over his wife’s Lamborghini, Mehta is not new to controversy. He and other five officers of Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation were booked for allegedly demanding Rs 2 crore from a builder in 2015. While the complaint was an old one,action was taken in January. Mehta had stoutly denied the allegations.In a role reversal of sorts, Mehta himself alerted the state Anti-Corruption Bureau when director of a Delhi-based contractual bus company tried to offer him a bribe of Rs 25 lakh and got him arrested.Though a class 8 dropout, Mehta is the founder of the Seven Eleven Group of companies that has a 100-bed hospital, and a CBSE school besides mega affordable township project Apna Ghar to its credit. Now onus is on Mehta to deliver a long list of poll promises which include construction of concrete roads, stadium, chowpatty, 24×7 water and development of more colleges.CONTROVERSIESIn 2016, Narendra Mehta was in the news when his wife rammed a newly purchased Rs 5.5 crore Lamborghini into an autorickshaw
In 2015, Mehta and five other officers of Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation were booked for allegedly demanding Rs 2 crore from a builder. Mehta, however, stoutly denied the allegations

Two AIMIM MLCs suspended for refusing to stand during ‘Vande Mataram’ rendition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) corporators were suspended on Saturday, after they remained seated when ‘Vande Mataram’ was sung at the start of the day’s proceedings in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation. In no time, the ruling Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporators rushed to the well of the house and protested against the AIMIM MLCs. As a result, there was slanging and fisticuffs between the ruling and the Opposition corporators, with breaking fans and damaging furniture and creating a whole ruckus in the assembly. The Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance corporators also raised slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai.? AMC Mayor Bhagwandas Ghadamode adjourned the proceedings twice and announced the suspension of the two AIMIM corporators for a day, before adjourning the house for the day.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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