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Come Jan, more rakes to chug on city’s local lines

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newer trains can be expected by Mumbaikars starting January next year. Orders have been placed for getting more trains that would ply both on Central and Western Railways. This was one of the subjects which were discussed at the meeting between Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and railway officers when he visited Mumbai on November 27.To begin with, the Central Railway (CR) will get 20 new Bombardier rakes in phases, which is already being manufactured. “Orders have already been placed and we shall start getting them from January 2018. Once they arrive, they will be available for plying and would replace the existing old lot of rakes that are part of our fleet,” said a senior CR official. They are getting the new rakes for the purpose of operating on the Rs 1,700 crore Seawoods-Uran rail line.The CR has 14 old rakes of BHEL make which are always a cause of concern for the authorities as these incur technical failures frequently.

More power to mayor, ULB heads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mayor, chairman and heads of urban bodies will now hold complete control over financial and administrative functions of the bodies.The local self governance department on Thursday issued an order stating the amendments made in section 49 and 332 of Rajasthan Municipalities Act, 2009. Implementation of the orders will now also provide these urban body heads with posting and transfer powers. Even as the amendments quoted in the order are formally implemented since 18 May 2017. The recent orders set aside any further confusion in the direction. It is also being assumed to have followed reports of conflict between the elected heads and officials at several urban bodies.

Madras HC asks Tamil Nadu govt to inspect all old-age homes periodically

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today directed the Tamil Nadu government to periodically inspect all old-age homes in the state and act in accordance with law to ensure compliance of rules by them and file a status report in two weeks.The court also ordered the government to make sure that senior citizens, who are residents of such homes, are not denied the basic amenities of a life of dignity.Treating a letter by a resident of an old-age home in Coimbatore as a PIL, the bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar issued notice to the Director of Social Welfare Department, Coimbatore District Collector, District Social Welfare officer and the Principal Secretary of Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme Department.The court then posted the matter to November 20.In his October 25 letter, Sangameswaran Krishnan stated that following assurances given by one Dhyanaprastha Foundation that a life of dignity, with food, 24 hours medical care, security, religious and recreational activities and company of persons of the same age group, he along with his wife and his mother-in-law moved into Pyramid complex senior citizens’ home after executing a long term lease of 20 years.The petitioner further said that he had to pay Rs 13 lakh by way of interest free security deposit.On a perusal of the letter, the bench said, “On a perusal of the letter and reading between the lines it appears that it is the grievance of the petitioner that the promoters have not kept their commitments… In contravention of government orders, they are not providing the residents with adequate nutritious food, medical care, etc., as promised.”After impleading Dynanaprastha Foundation as a respondent, the bench said, “Respondent authorities shall treat the letter of Sangameswaran Krishnan as a representation and shall inspect the Senior Citizen’s home in question to ascertain whether Rules, Regulations and Government Orders with regard to running of Senior Citizens home and /or old-age homes are being complied with.””All senior citizen’s homes/old ages home shall periodically be inspected and steps taken in accordance with law to ensure compliance with Rules, Regulations and Government Orders for running such homes,” it added.The court directed the government to file the status report within two weeks from the date of receipt of the copy of its order.

Arvind Kejriwal meets residents of Kathputli Colony

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday visited residents of Kathputli Colony. Kejriwal’s visit comes two days after the residents alleged that they were beaten up by the police during the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) demolition drive and not allowed to take their belongings before their houses were razed.During his visit, the Chief Minister, flanked by Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot, asked officers to provide basic facilities such as food and tents to those affected by the demolition drive.Earlier this week, Kejriwal had criticised the DDA over its demolition drive at the colony .”When the AAP government was formed, we introduced a policy under which no jhuggi would be demolished until the affected people were rehabilitated. People’s houses have been brutally demolished. Young girls are on the streets. One child has died,” Kejriwal said.The Chief Minister also said it was not correct to engage the police during a demolition drive. “I am told that there is a high court order according to which houses cannot be demolished in this colony till November 16 and despite this, the demolition drive was launched,” Kejriwal said.After his visit, later in the day, Kejriwal met Lt Governor Anil Baijal over the issue. Sources said that the chief minister had requested the L-G to provide all basic facilities to the residents and the latter agreed.”Tents, water, food, toilets, etc, will be provided to the residents of the colony by the Delhi government as soon as possible. Orders have been passed to the officers concerned for the same,” a government official said.Meanwhile, in a statement, the DDA countered Kejriwal’s remarks and claimed that the chief minister had”appreciated” the work being carried out by it as per the orders of the high court.

Hawker union leaders meet police chief demanding action against MNS workers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A delegation of 10 hawkers union leaders led by Congress leader Naseem Khan met Mumbai Commissioner of Police, Datta Padsalgikar on Tuesday afternoon to demand action against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers for allegedly evicting hawkers forcefully.The delegation submitted a written application to the CP demanding action against the hooliganism of MNS workers who are forcefully evicting the hawkers from roads and vandalising the stalls.Naseem Khan and the other hawker leaders requested the Mumbai police chief to take action and stop the hooliganism of the MNS workers. A letter given to the police chief stated, “According to the orders of honorable Supreme Court and High Court, those hawkers doing business since May 1, 2014 are all protected. But the MNS workers are violating the orders by evicting them and somehow the police are also becoming part in the violation. The instances in the Western suburbs and eastern suburbs are example of it hence we are requesting you to take action against the violators.””We are not protecting or standing behind the illegal hawkers, a strict action should be taken against them but the action should be taken by the appropriate authorities and not MNS hooligans. We have met CP Padsalgikar and they have ensured us that they will not allow anyone to take law in their hands and the appropriate action would be taken against the violators and the orders have been given to the register an FIR in cases of forceful eviction,” said Naseem Khan.

Judiciary is accountable, too: PP Chaudhary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several references have been made on the quality of judges, specifically in the lower judiciary. How can this be remedied?Candidates who are to be elevated should be recommended by all judges, not a select few. However, the truly meritorious ones should be evaluated by a collegium in the High Court. While reports prepared by the Intelligence Bureau are essential, it will only reflect the conduct of the judges. Opinions of senior counsels from the bar must also be ought to get a clearer and more wholesome picture.Is there a clear and independent mechanism to investigate allegations of impropriety against judges?No. An in-house procedure needs to be created in consultation with the Executive. The judiciary needs to come forward and make the process more transparent. Parliament is competent enough to step in, if need be. However, the government prefers the judiciary steps up and takes initiative in creating a full-proof mechanism to look into complaints. In a democracy, no institution should be left unaccountable and that includes the Judiciary.Appellate courts should also be empowered to penalise judges who misuse powers or pass absurd orders (referring to the verdict by a Rajasthan HC judge who said peacocks are celibate). If the appellate court finds a judge without merit, suitable provisions should be there to retire the said judge.Even the procedure for impeachment should be less complex. The reform needs to come from within the judiciary itself.There is a huge push towards the digitisation of courts. Do you find that there is some hesitance in accepting this change?Yes, there is some reluctance from within. The judges are not as accepting of technology. This reflects in the day-to-day functions. Orders are not uploaded on time, and the websites, especially of the lower courts, are not that informative. The Executive alone cannot do magic. The Executive, judiciary and the bar will have to work together on this issue. Implementation and strict adherence to timelines for execution is important.How can one reduce the pendency of cases and delays?Reducing arrears is not difficult. Reducing pendency and vacancy is not a panacea. As a lawyer, I find that if a judge understands the issue and grasps the matter, then dispensation of justice is quick. However, if a judge does not understand the matter, then time is wasted. Judges that delay matters should be punished. The pass the post system is not acceptable. If bureaucrats and politicians can be removed for corruption, then why not judges? Public representatives fear reprisals and are thus accountable. Judiciary is an organ, an important one, of a free and thriving democracy. The need of the hour is that judges should be held accountable. If accountability is removed from a democracy, then it is no longer a democracy.There have been many attacks on the judges. How does that affect the image of the Judiciary?When charges are levelled against a judge, it is very difficult for him to defend himself, more so if they are bogus. Honest judges should be protected from vicious targeted attacks. Hence, there is a need for a mechanism to protect his reputation. This can be done, if there is a separate body to look into these issues.Is there a need for more women on the bench?There is no reservation in the higher judiciary. The government has written to the Chief Justices to recommend candidates who are women, SC/ST, OBC, Tribals and minorities.

Delhi ridge: NGT castigates AAP govt, slaps Rs 2L fine

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal today rapped the Delhi government over “inordinate delay” in demarcation of forest land in the southern ridge area and slapped a fine of Rs two lakh on it. A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim said the city government was frustrating the orders of the green panel on one pretext or the other and showing “disdainful conduct” in the matter. “The proceedings in these cases reflect the manner in which administration of NCT of Delhi is being governed. “Orders passed by us on previous dates speak out aloud of the modus operandi of all concerned to frustrate the directions of this tribunal… It is regrettable to note that except for taking prevaricate stands on each occasion on the different dates the respondents are displaying clear disdainful conduct in frustrating the order of this tribunal,” it said. In the circumstances, the bench said, it was compelled to impose a cost of Rs two lakh in the first instance. It directed that the positive action plan be submitted by July 26 failing which the NGT will be compelled to pass order with the direction that on each day of non-compliance further cost of Rs one lakh will be saddled on the NCT of Delhi. The tribunal directed the Delhi government to deposit the amount with the Legal Aid Committee of the NGT Bar Association and said it would be utilised only for restoration of the environment. The order came after the counsel for the AAP government told the bench that that although bids for demarcation were opened, the finance department has disapproved the bid on the ground that the amount is high and the officials plan to take a fresh decision. The NGT had earlier directed the Delhi government to adhere to the time schedule and expeditiously carry out demarcation of the area falling within their limits. The tribunal was hearing a bunch of pleas field by South Delhi resident Sonya Ghosh and others against encroachments on forest land in the southern ridge area and seeking their removal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Madras HC scoffs at queer acronyms in court orders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Flummoxed with queer abbreviations like ‘Acc, Pro & RE’ for words ‘accused, produced and remand extended,’ the Madras High Court has said the court orders and the abbreviations used in them must be clear to common people. “We find it difficult to understand,” remarked a bewildered bench of justices S Nagamuthu and M Sathyanarayanan after coming upon the abbreviations “Acc, Pro and RE” in a judicial order of a Special Judge of NIA court in Puducherry. “This practice of using unfamiliar abbreviations needs to be necessarily deprecated,” said the bench scoffing at the unique acronyms, even as Standing Counsel R Muthukumarasamy took pains to explain that they stood for expressions like “accused, produced and remand extended.” Orders passed by the courts should be understandable and legible to a common man and the petitioners, the court said. The bench made the remark while hearing a batch of Habeas Corpus pleas, which contended that between July 18, 2014 and September 12, 2014, six persons booked in an NIA case were in illegal custody and therefore they should be set free. The petitioners submitted that the Special Judge for NIA cases had not given any specific order of remand and had made only an endorsement on the arrest warrants for the accused with abbreviations like “acc, pro and RE” and hence the custody was illegal. Concurring with the petitioners’ submissions, the court noted that the special judge had not passed any order considering NIA’s plea, but only had made an endorsement in the warrant authorising detention in prison. “In our considered view, this is not in accordance with law,” and concurred with the petitioners’ counsel that the detainee’s custody for the said period was not under a legal remand. The bench further said a magistrate has to pass a judicial order remanding an accused to custody after hearing him or her. “Such an order should reflect application of the judicial mind of the magistrate.” Referring to the Supreme Court orders, the court, however, declined to declare the detention of the accused illegal. Though the detention for the said period was not under a valid order of remand, there was a valid remand order during the subsequent production of the accused, the court noted. “The detention as of now cannot be stated to be illegal and so they cannot be set at liberty,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

On Akhilesh’s ‘kaam bolta hai’ (work speaks) slogan, Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>alleged that after he “exposed” the state government at his Deoria and Maharajganj poll meetings by referring to the “poor” state of affairs in UP as mentioned in the government website, the content was removed. “The SP government is saying kaam bolta hai…I want to ask whether it is kaam (work) or karnama (misdeeds) which is speaking. “They felt bad as to why is Modi saying this…When I talked about the state of affairs as mentioned in the government website, they got frustrated that they have been exposed and their ‘karname’ have come out. Orders were issued to remove that page…Is there a bigger example of karnama?” he asked. On the Centre’s offer to provide electricity to Uttar Pradesh, which was not accepted by the state government, Modi asked the crowd about the power scenario here. “Your chief minister says you are getting power…Is he telling the truth…He is trying to mislead the voters at the time of election. “Will you believe such people…They want power only in Saifai (the native place of the Yadavs), not in Jaunpur…Their favourites and their areas will get it but not you,” he alleged. Noting that the condition of the roads in the area is poor, Modi targeted the “new friendship” between Akhilesh and Rahul Gandhi and said, “Akhileshji tells me if I travel on the Lucknow-Agra expressway, I will vote for the SP. “I am asking him to ride a bicycle on the Kheta Sarai-Khuthan road in Jaunpur with his new yaar (friend) on the pillion…He himself will not vote for the SP.” The prime minister assured the people that if they gave his party a majority in the Assembly, he will give them accountability. “There are reports that the BJP is getting a full mandate. Now, it is your turn to ensure heavy polling to give us a bonus, so that no one gets the excuse not to develop the state…You can take an account from me in the 2022 (next Assembly) election,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cabinet approves amendments in Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for amendments in (i) the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Castes of the State of Odisha, and (ii) the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964 so as to change name of the Union Territory from Pondicherry to Puducherry in the order. The Bill namely Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2017 incorporating the above changes will be introduced in the Parliament. Proposal of Sualgiri, Swalgiri caste, as per approved Modalities, was found to be eligible for its inclusion as a synonym of Sabakhia caste at SI. No. 79 in the list of Scheduled Castes of Odisha. Further, the name of Union territory of Pondicherry has been changed to Puducherry vide the Pondicherry (Alteration of name) Act, 2006 w.e.f. 01.10.2006. Accordingly, an amendment is needed in the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964 to this effect. The government approved Modalities in June 1999, as amended in June 2002, for considering proposals in regard to modifications in the lists of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. According to the approved Modalities, amending legislation to the concerned Constitution Order is proposed only in respect of such proposals of the concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration, which have been agreed to both by the Registrar General of India (RGI) as well as the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC). The Constitution of India provides certain privileges / concessions to the members of Scheduled Castes which are notified under the provisions of Article 341 of the Constitution of India. First list of Scheduled Castes in relation to a State or Union Territory is to be issued by a notified Order of the President after having consultation with the State Government concerned. Any subsequent inclusion in or exclusion from the list of Scheduled Castes can be effected through an Act of Parliament as envisaged under clause (2) of Article 341. Six presidential orders were issued between 1950 and 1978 for specifying Scheduled Castes in respect of various States/Union territories. These Orders have been amended from time to time by Acts of Parliament enacted as per Article 341(2) of the Constitution between 1956 and 2016. After the Bill becomes an Act, members of the community included in the list of Scheduled Castes will be able to derive benefits meant for Scheduled Castes under the existing schemes. Some of the major schemes of this kind include Post Matric Scholarship, National Overseas Scholarship, Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship, Top Class Education, Concessional Loans from National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation, Hostels for SC Boys and Girls etc. In addition to above, they are also entitled to the benefits of reservation in services and admission to educational institutions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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