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Tamil Nadu lags in cable digitisation: I&B

The report of the standing committee on I&B has revealed that though Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata had clocked 100 per cent digitisation of cable TV services, Tamil Nadu was holding up owing to litigation of the ideal of achieving complete digitisation in the four metros.While complete digitisation was sought to be achieved in the four metros by October 31, 2012 in Phase 1 of the four-phase plan devised by the ministry, litigation by Arasu Cable had held up matters there. The same litigation was also responsible for holding up digitisation in Coimbatore, which falls under Phase 2. In the latter phase, which includes 38 cities that have a population of more than a million, it was to be completed by March 31, 2013.For the same reason, Phases 3 and 4 also had been disturbed and complete digitisation was pending. Phase 3, that includes “all other urban areas” apart from Phases 1 and 2 and Phase 4 which includes the rest of India had to reach complete digitisation by the extended time limit of March 31, 2017, but owing to the TN factor, “about 75% digitisation has been achieved in Phase III and IV areas (excluding Tamil Nadu).The ministry also cited “stays/extension granted by some High Courts in a large number of court cases filed in different courts” as hurdles in achieving 100 per cent digitisation. At the request of the ministry, all these cases had been transferred to the Delhi High Court, but the process took “considerable time”. Owing to delays, the ministry extended the deadline for the sake of consumers, but a large number of stakeholders took this for granted, expecting further relaxation. This, the ministry said, caused further delays.”On the cut off date of 31.3.2017 for Phase 4 areas, the progress of digitisation was about 70 per cent (excluding Tamil Nadu),” the report said.The ministry also said that the help of “Authorised Officers”such as DM, SDM, ADM and Commissioner of Police were considered essential to “take action against defaulting cable operators”.HC ORDERSThe I&B ministry also cited “stays/extension granted by some High Courts in a large number of court cases filed in different courts” as hurdles in achieving 100 per cent digitisation.

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Yamuna: NGT directs Delhi Jal Board to submit plan on drains in 2 weeks

The National Green Tribunal on Monday directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to submit a complete action plan with regard to the drains in the second phase of the Yamuna cleaning project and ensure that no effluent or waste enters the river.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the DJB to submit the plan with regard to the six drains to the principal committee, formed by NGT, within two weeks.The green panel directed the principal committee to hold a meeting to examine the action plan and submit a final plan to the tribunal within two months from Monday.The six drains are — Kalkaji, Tehkhand, Maharani Bagh, Qudsia Bagh and Mori gate, Barapulla and Shahdara drain.The meeting scheduled to be held on January 8, 2018 would be attended by senior officials of the National Mission for Clean Ganga, Delhi government, DJB and Delhi Development Authority.It also directed the principal committee, headed by secretary of Ministry of Water Resources, to submit a time- bound plan for laying of sewer networks and installation of sewage treatment plants in the national capital.The matter will now be heard on February 12.The tribunal had earlier noted that work on the Phase-I of the cleaning, christened as ‘Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna’ Revitalisation Project, was already in progress and it would now monitor the work of the next stage.The Phase-I of the clean Yamuna project aims to lower the pollution levels in the Najafgarh and Delhi Gate drains, while Phase-II deals with Shahdara, Barapullah and other drains.The directions came while monitoring the implementation of its ‘Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project’.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 LIVE UPDATES: Polling for second phase begins, fate of 93 seats to be decided today

Voting has begun in the second and final phase of the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017. Over two crore voters are casting their ballots to seal the fate of 851 candidates contesting for 93 seats across 14 districts in Gujarat. The results of the polls in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state would be declared on December 18.8:39 am: Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain is among the early voters to cast their ballots. Swain appealed the people to vote in large numbers.8:33 am: PM Modi’s mother Heeraben arrives to cast her vote at a polling booth in GandhinagarAlso readGujarat elections 2017: With 16 seats, Ahmedabad holds key to Gujarat’s throne8:27 am: Former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel casts her vote in Ahmedabad’s GhatlodiaAlso readGujarat elections 2017: Crimes on the rise ahead of Phase 2 in Ahmedabad8:23 am: Voters show their inked fingers after casting their ballots in Patidaar leader Hardik Patel’s home town ViramgamAlso readGujarat elections 2017: ‘Dhandha manda hai’, cry campaign material makers ahead of second phase8:14 am: With hope and prayer on lips: Influential Patidaar leader Hardik Patel’s parents seen at their house offering prayers8:09 am: In early reports, a technical glitch has been reported in an EVM during mock poll at booth number 158 located in Patan’s Anand Prakash School.8:00 am: Voting for 93 seats begin.7:55 am: Poll Fact: Which are the smallest and largest constituencies by area and by electorate:7:45 am: Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi also appealed voters both in Hindi and Gujarati to vote in maximum numbers to strengthen the foundation of democracy:7:37 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to urge voters to ‘vote in record numbers and enrich this festival of democracy.’7:35 am: Early visuals of polling booth in Mehsana:

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Gujarat Elections 2017: Meet 126-year-old Ajiben Chandravadia, ‘oldest voter’ in the world

Ajiben Chandravadia, a 126-year-old woman from Rajkot who is the ‘oldest voter’ in the world, on Saturday cast her vote in Gujarat Assembly elections. A mother of six daughters and a son, Ajiben was accompanied by her family members to the polling booth where she cast her vote. According to her voter ID card, made in 2007, her date of birth is January 1, 1891. As per these records, she is the oldest woman in the world. Ajiben was recently honoured by the district administration, Dr Vikrant Pandey, Rajkot collector told DNA. Ajiben Chandravadia showing her voter ID card that says she was born in 1891″She is oldest voter in the world. As per my knowledge Japan had 117 yr old voter and Ajiben is 126 years old. We honoured her recently,” he said. A resident of Upleta town in Rajkot district, Ajiben does not use a walking stick, does not wear glasses and says she has never suffered any major illness. Ajiben claims that she has voted in every single election.Ajiben was a midwife in her early years and her 68-year-old son Mehramanbhai claims that she had delivered over 700 healthy babies.Ajiben Chandravadia cast her vote in Gujarat Assembly elections in Rajkot on SaturdayLast month, she had travelled four hours back and forth to ‘bless’ Gujarat Chief minister Vijay Rupani before he filed his nomination from Rajkot west constituency. Polling for Gujarat Elections is taking place today with the votes being cast for the Phase 1 of the 182-seat Assembly. 30% voter turnout was recorded till 12 pm.Rajkot has a high number of senior voters and 372 of them are over years. Of 20,64,759 voters in Rajkot district, 4,565 are between 90-100 years of age. In a bid to motivate voters to come out and vote, Rajkot collector had organised an event ‘Coffee with Collector’ where these senior citizens were invited. Last month, 100-year-old Shyam Saran Negi, dubbed as the first voter of independent India, had cast his vote in Himachal Pradesh Assembly election. He was among the first to vote in independent India’s first Lok Sabha elections in October 1951 in Chini constituency as polling in the snow-bound area was held ahead of other places in the country.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Congress asks for mobile jammers outside rooms guarding EVMs to prevent rigging

The Congress has reportedly requested the Election Commission to install cell phone jammers outside rooms that guard the electronic voting machines (EVMs) fearing rigging, an NDTV report has revealed.According to the report, the Congress made a special request to the Election Commission, who confirmed it to the news channel. The Commission, however, maintained that the EVMs were tamper-proof and adequate security measures had been taken.The Election Commission rules permit all parties to check EVMs before elections as a procedure. The Congress says that it wants VVPAT slips to be manually counted after voting, the report added.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | PM Modi appeals voters to turn out in large numbers during Phase 1Over 2 crore voters will decide the fate of 977 candidates in the Phase 1 of the elections. The polling will begin at 8 am and will conclude at 5 pm. Along with the Electronic Voting Machine, the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail will also be used during the polling.Security has been beefed up in the state to ward off any untoward incidents and maintain law and order. Security personnel have been deployed to maintain peaceful atmosphere for the smooth conduct of elections. CCTV cameras have also been installed for effective monitoring and surveillance.Also readLIVE: Gujarat Elections 2017- Polling for 89 seats continues; EVM glitches at some booths delay votingConcerns over the rigging of EVMs began after the BJP won a record 325 out of the 403 seats in the state. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party alleged that the EVMs and been rigged. Similarly, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi party had alleged rigging of EVM machines and even gave a demonstration inside the Delhi Assembly a month later.Gujarat votes in two phases on Saturday and next Thursday. Results will be declared on December 18.

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LIVE: Gujarat Elections 2017 – Polling for 89 seats to begin in PM Narendra Modi’s home state

In what is seen as the ultimate battleground for the Congress and the BJP before 2019 General Elections, the Phase 1 of the Assembly polls in Gujarat will begin shortly. Over 2 crore voters will decide the fate of 977 candidates in the Phase 1 of the elections. The polling will begin at 8 am and will conclude at 5 pm. Along with the Electronic Voting Machine, the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail will also be used during the polling. 7:24 am: A mock poll by casting 50 votes is being conducted at every polling booth by the Presiding Officer right now.7:22 am: In a first, 102 polling stations will be supervised completely by women.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Gujarat phase 1 polling in 89 seats today7:21 am: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani, Assembly speaker Ramanlal Vora, Congress leaders Shaktisinh Gohil, Arjun Modhwadia and Paresh Dhanani are among the big names in the fray in the Phase 1.7:19 am: CCTV cameras have also been installed for effective monitoring and surveillance.Also readDNA EXCLUSIVE: Guj High Court has asked EC to clarify on VVPAT counting by Dec 127:17 am: Over 1,74,000 police personnel have been deployed with security apparatus on highest alert to ensure smooth conduct of the voting process today. Here are the very first visuals from the polling booth located in Bharuch:

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Gujarat elections 2017: EC to notify second phase of polls today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The formal notification for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, which are slated to be held on December 14, will be issued on Monday. The first phase of polling is scheduled for December 9.As per the election schedule announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI), the gazette notification, which marks formal commencement of the election process in 93 Assembly constituencies going to polls in the second round, will be issued on November 20.A senior official said that the process for conducting the Assembly elections in 93 constituencies of central and north Gujarat will begin with issuance of the notification on Monday.Incidentally, the last day for submission of nominations for 89 seats going to polls in the first phase is November 21. The BJP has declared candidates for 60 of the 89 seats, while Congress is yet to announce any candidate. The BJP has also announced names of 46 candidates, who will contest in the second phase. The Congress’s initial list is expected to be announced by Sunday night, according to party insiders.In addition to BJP, which has won five straight Assembly elections in Gujarat since 1995, and Congress, which is looking to end its 22-year-old drought in the state, a number of other parties are also in the fray.These include Aam Aadmi Party, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Sharad Yadav-led Janata Dal (U). The last two are in talks with Congress for seat sharing.SCHEDULE FOR PHASE-2Notification – Nov 20Last day of nominations – Nov 27Scrutiny of nominations – Nov 28Last day for withdrawal – Nov 30Date of polling – Dec 14Date of counting – Dec 18

Gujarat Assembly elections: Phase 1 of polls to be notified

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The notification for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections, which are slated to be held on December 9, will be issued on Tuesday.According to officials, the Election Commission (EC) will issue the gazette notification, which marks formal commencement of the election process in 89 Assembly seats going to polls in the first phase.”The process for conducting the elections will begin with issuance of the notification tomorrow. In short, the real action will start now,” said a senior official. The BJP is likely to announce its list of candidates for the first phase on Wednesday, while Congress is likely to announce about 70-80 candidates a day later. According to officials, November 21 is the last day for filing nominations for the first phase.For the second phase of polling, which is slated for December 14, the notification will be issued on November 20.The BJP is eyeing a sixth consecutive victory in Assembly elections in Gujarat, having won each one since 1995 with a big margin. However, the Congress party is hopeful of breaking the 22-year-old jinx by defeating the BJP.Schedule for Phase INotification Nov 14Last day of nominations Nov 21Scrutiny of nominations Nov 22Last day for withdrawal Nov 24Date of polling Dec 09Date of counting Dec 18

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.

Lack of funds hits repair of Delhi’s oldest church

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The oldest church in the Capital, Saint James, was all set to get a complete face-lift after the restoration work started earlier this year, but the plan might not reach the finishing line now due to lack of funds.Built in 1836, the church is a major landmark in the Kashmere Gate area. The church committee had directed the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to create a Detailed Project Report, which was submitted in April, 2016. The first phase of restoration started in March, 2017.However, the crucial part B of Phase I, which involves waterproofing the terrace that was damaged by water, was abandoned midway. The church committee even wrote to the Governor of Delhi and some overseas organisations, asking for funds. But as of today, the work, which requires Rs 2.7 crore more, remains suspended.The 180-year-old colonial structure with classical architecture and a Florentine dome is historically significant. Over a period of time, the rising pollution and vibrations due to trains passing nearby have left the building vulnerable to damages. Every two-three years, the church committee gets it painted, but the damage due to the underground Metro tunnels has caused havoc to its structure. The two tunnels are only 15 and 35 m away from the church.Kamal Baluja, Chairman of the Church Conservation Committee, said, “We realise that the church needs urgent attention. That is why he had collaborated with INTACH. The part A of Phase I, which involved stabilising the structure and taking care of the damages caused over the years, is complete. A four-feet construction below the surface, around the boundary wall, has been finished.””This part cost us Rs 50 lakh. After that, we had to stop the work. Part B of Phase I requires Rs 38 lakh and the complete restoration, including Phase II, requires Rs 2.7 crore,” he said.When queried, an INTACH source said, “This structure has a rich past. We hope that the church generates enough funds to get the work done without any disruption. It requires intense conservation as decades of work has caused damages. It requires careful work to maintain its authenticity and integrity. The church is a living testimony to events of the last 150 years in the city.”Some valuable objects, which have high antiquarian value and need to be restored using scientific methods, also belong to the church. The list includes original European stained-glass windows depicting the crucifixion, ascension of Christ and his resurrection, a painting titled ‘The Prodigal Son’, original work of Italian painter Pompeo Batani, a processional cross gifted by Lord Irwin, a rare pipe organ gifted by T Ralph in 1899, and a church bell.

Haldiram staffer’s body found month after fire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The charred body of a Haldiram staffer was recovered from the popular sweet brand’s packaging unit in Noida’s Sector 68 on Thursday, a month after the structure was gutted.According to the police, the deceased was identified of Sundar Singh Rathore, who worked in the factory’s packaging department. More than 100 workers were rushed out to safety on the day of the incident.”We found the half-burnt body on Thursday, while some workers were removing debris from the factory site,” said Akhilesh Pradhan, Station House Officer, Phase–III. Police said the victim was a resident of Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad and worked on the first floor of the factory’s packaging unit.On September 8, victim’s wife Pooja Rathore had said that her husband had gone to work two days ago, when the fire broke out in the factory, and did not return. She then lodged a missing complaint at the Phase–III police station.”Based on the missing complaint, we put the victim’s cellphone on technical surveillance but could not locate him. On Thursday, we received a call from the factory regarding the discovery of the body,” a police officer said.”The body was identified as that of Rathore and was sent for post-mortem,” Pradhan said.On September 6, the packaging unit of Haldiram was gutted in a fire triggered by a boiler blast. As many as 12 fire tenders and more than 100 firefighters were deployed to douse the flames. Eight fire tenders from Delhi also joined the operation. It took 15 hours to put out the fire.Up in flamesOn September 6, the packaging unit of Haldiram was gutted in a fire triggered by a boiler blast. As many as 12 fire tenders and more than 100 firefighters were deployed to douse the flames. Eight fire tenders from Delhi also joined the operation. It took 15 hours to put out the fire.

NGT tells govt to list steps taken to clean Yamuna

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the immersion of Ganesha and Durga idols in Yamuna, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi government to give a detailed affidavit, enumerating the steps taken by the government to clean the river.The NGT also directed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to submit a status report on the river’s condition after the immersion and on the compliance of directions given by it to execute the cleaning of Yamuna under Phase I. Phase I entails controlling and preventing pollution at Najafgarh and Delhi Gate drains.”The counsel appearing for the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi submits that steps are being taken to clean the river and the flood plains of Yamuna after the festive season and the immersion of idols. Let him also file a status report,” a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.The green tribunal was hearing a plea filed by environment activist Akash Vashishta, who has sought directions for steps to clean the banks of the river which, he claimed, were completely choked with dumped waste. Thousands of idols of Ganesha, made of plaster of Paris and painted with hazardous chemicals such as mercury, cadmium, lead, and carbon, were immersed in the Yamuna to mark the festival of Ganesha Chaturthi in late August.The petition brought on record the news reports that said that the river had turned into a drain, with people immersing idols and other puja material in the water body. It further claimed that the bio-oxygen demand of the river, a measure of organic pollution, reached “dangerously high levels” during Ganesha Chaturthi.The petition also stressed upon how Yamuna was choking and dying gradually due to immersions, which continued unchecked. Seeking a blanket ban on immersing idols and other religious ritual materials, the petition also noted that the water body has turned into a waste ground, which was threatening its existence.The petition also urged the NGT to direct the government to devise an action plan on immersing idols. In 2015, the tribunal had banned immersion of all idols, except those made of bio-degradable material. “Idol immersion should be allowed only of the ones that are made from bio-degradable material and not plastic or Plaster of Paris. Only those colours should be used on the idols that are environment-friendly,” the Bench had then said.BAD STATEThe green tribunal was hearing a plea filed by environment activist Akash Vashishta, who has sought directions for steps to clean the banks of the river which, he claimed, were completely choked with dumped waste.

Builder nabbed for duping home buyers with fake scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Crime Branch of Noida Police arrested a 45-year-old builder on Wednesday for allegedly cheating and duping scores of home buyers.According to the police, the accused Sanjay Kasana is the managing director of GBG Infrastech Pvt Limited in Sector 7 and had been living in Gaur City. The arrest was made after a home buyer Rukmina Singh lodged a complaint about a ‘fake’ scheme launched by the builder.According to the police, the scheme advertised that apartments would be developed in Sector 66 back in 2012. The developer had assured buyers that the 2BHK flat would cost Rs 18 lakh.Following the scheme’s information, Singh visited the site with Kasana. He was allegedly promised by the developer that the flat would be delivered in a year. “I paid Rs 1.5 lakh in advance to the developer and visited the site after six months. There was no execution or any development taking place,” Singh told the police. Singh again met the developer and asked him about the status of the project. Kasana cited health reasons for not starting the project and subsequently demanded Rs 1 lakh again.After repeated excuses, Singh was told by Kasana that due to a technical problem the site needs to be shifted. The location Singh was shown was in Gadhi Chaukhandi village. Singh made a total payment of Rs 6.61 lakh to the developer.Early in April, Singh registered a case against the accused in Phase III police station. “One of the five cases against the accused case was registered with crime branch and arrest was made by our team from Phase 3 on Wednesday night. The investigations into the matter are on. The accused was produced in court and sent to judicial custody,” said Preeti Bala Gupta, Superintendent of police (crime).

KJ Singh murderer: Punjab Police says investitation will yield result in a day or two

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Police said today its investigation into the killing of senior journalist K J Singh and his 92-year-old mother at their residence in Mohali will yield result “in a day or two”.The 64-year-old Singh was stabbed multiple times and his throat had been slit, while his mother Gurcharan Kaur is suspected to have been strangled at their Phase-3 B2 residence two days ago.Inspector-General of Police (Crime) Shashi Prabha Dwivedi, who heads the Special Investigating Team probing the double-murder case, said their investigation was progressing, but she refrained from giving any details.”Our teams are working on scrutinising CCTV footages and call details in the case. Definitely there will be result in a day or two,” Dwivedi said.A senior Mohali police official said on the condition of anonymity that they have zeroed in on some suspects.”We have been working on two-three theories, including property (dispute) angle and some relation in the case. We have zeroed in on certain suspects in this regard. Certain facts are being verified,” said the official.When contacted, SP (Detective) Harbir Singh Atwal said they have re-recorded the statements of a few close relatives of the victims this evening to double check some informations.Singh and his mother were cremated yesterday.A doctor said the victims seemed to have died between 2 am and 4 am on Saturday. The doctor said Singh was stabbed at least once close to his heart. “His throat was also slit.” Singh’s three fingers on the right hand were cut and he had multiple injury marks on his “other body parts”, said the doctor on the condition of anonymity.The Punjab Police has set up an SIT to probe the crime.

Punjab: Hundreds pay tribute after senior journalist KJ Singh, mother cremated

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior journalist K J Singh and his mother Gurcharan Kaur, who were found killed at their residence yesterday, were cremated on Sunday.The funeral pyre was lit by Vijaypal Singh, an elder brother of K J Singh.Apart from the family members, a large number of media- persons and eminent persons from various fields were present.On behalf of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, his Media Adviser Raveen Thukral paid homage to the departed souls.Veteran journalist Singh and his 92-year-old mother were found killed at their residence here yesterday.While 64-year-old Singh’s throat had been slit, his mother Gurcharan Kaur was suspected to have been strangled at their Phase 3B2 home. The post-mortem was conducted on Sunday at the Government Civil Hospital, Mohali.The Punjab police has set up a Special Investigative Team (SIT) under Inspector General (Crime) to probe the crime.CM’s media adviser Thukral said the killers would not be spared and would soon be in the police net.

Senior journalist KJ Singh murdered: Captain Amarinder orders SIT probe, Sukhbir Singh Badal condemns incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior journalist K J Singh and his 92-year-old mother were found dead at their residence here, the police said today.Singh’s throat had been slit while his mother Gurcharan Kaur was suspected to have been strangled at their Phase 3B2 home, said an official spokesman of the Chief Minister’s Office.Mohali DSP Alam Vijay Singh, too, said there were injury marks on their necks.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had directed state DGP Suresh Arora to set up the SIT.
ALSO READ Senior journalist KJ Singh, mother found dead in Mohali; Punjab CM orders probeThe Punjab Police has set up a Special Investigative Team (SIT) under the Inspector General (Crime) to probe the suspected murder, the spokesman said.Singh, who was in his sixties, was a former News Editor of the Indian Express, The Tribune and The Times of India in Chandigarh.The media fraternity in Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh strongly condemned the alleged killings and sought speedy arrests

Land row stops heritage repair

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The plan to restore heritage structures in Mehram Nagar, to be handled by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and the state Archaeological Department, may not see the light of the day. The work has been stopped after a Defence Estate Officer claimed that it was being done on Defence land. The work, started in October, 2016, was nearly 40 per cent complete.Mehram Nagar was one of the 18 monuments to be restored under Phase III of INTACH’s conservation plan. The Delhi government had assigned 155 such monuments to the body for their phase-wise restorationThe village is what has remained of a 17th Century Mughal-era ‘Katra’ (caravanserai). Katras and Sarais (inns) were common during Sher Shah Suri’s reign as these spaces served as resting places for the military and its animals. The village is said to have been established by one Mehram Khan in 1639. It also has a mosque in the center, which is enclosed by a wall with two gateways, on the western and eastern ends.”The Mehram Nagar village, along with the garden and enclosure walls on all sides, was in shambles. Part of it had been demolished as well,” INTACH Convenor Swapna Liddle said.”The structure, even in ruins, has high significance as it represents one of the rare historical complexes, which should be conserved. If properly worked on, the area can serve as a beautiful heritage tourist spot,” she added.One of the most important structures in the complex is the ‘Old Darwaza’, built by Shah Jahan and his son Aurangzeb in 1660. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has certified Mehram Nagar to be a place of importance as it has structures showcasing the civilization in India.In May this year, after a major portion of the katra had been restored, including walls, gateway, Baradari, and a scientific excavation led to the discovery of a kitchen and a toilet, a letter from the office of Defence Estate Officer Alok Gupta led to the disruption in the work. “We had also discovered a water tank and were planning to restore it when we were asked to stop the work,” an official said.Despite repeated attempts, officials concerned at the Defence department could not be reached for comments.INDIAN TOUCHOne of the most important structures in the complex is the ‘Old Darwaza’, built by Shah Jahan and his son Aurangzeb in 1660.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has certified Mehram Nagar to be a place of importance as it has structures showcasing the civilization in India.

Rajnath Singh, Yogi Adityanath to flag off Lucknow Metro on Tuesday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will flag off the maiden run of the Lucknow Metro on Tuesday.The first train will be flagged off by the home minister, who represents the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat, and the chief minister from the Transport Nagar metro station. The services will be opened for public use the next day. The 8.5-km-long ‘Priority Corridor’ from Transport Nagar to Charbagh, which is part of the Phase-1 of the project, will be operational for the public from 6 am to 10 pm everyday. Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav had flagged off the trial run on the same stretch in December last year, just ahead of the assembly elections, to showcase it as a signature project of the erstwhile Samajwadi Party government.However, the Union home minister’s presence at the event is a strong signal from the BJP that it was the Narendra Modi government at the Centre which contributed the bulk of the funds to the project. The BJP had attacked the Akhilesh government during the assembly election campaign, asking why metro trains were not running in Lucknow. As the matter got embroiled in politics, Akhilesh had shot back saying it was due to the delay in obtaining clearance from the commissioner, Metro Railway Safety, and had blamed the Centre for it.

13 firms to bid for Coastal Road project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BMC on Wednesday floated tenders for Phase 1 of the Coastal Road. There were 17 firms that had shown interest in the construction of Phase 1 (southern part) of the Coastal Road, which stretches across 9.98 km, from Princess street to Worli Sea Face, of which the BMC recently declared the names of 13 firms that have qualified to submit tenders for the same.The estimated cost of Phase 1 is Rs 5,303 crore and is divided into three packages — I, II and IV. Package III will be constructed by MSRDC. The package I is a 3.7-km stretch from Priyadarshani Park to Baroda Palace with an estimated cost of Rs 2,719.75 crore. Four firms which qualified for this stretch are L&T and three in Joint Venture (JV) — Reliance Infra, NMDC and Rizzani, CGGC and Soma Engineering, and HCC and HDC.Package II is a 2.7-km stretch from Baroda Palace to Worli Sea Face at an estimated cost of Rs 1,348.39 crore. Firms qualified for this stretch are same as package I along with a JV of ITDC and HEC.While the package IV is a 3.6 km stretch from Marine Drive to Priyadarshani Park at a cost of Rs 1,235.30 crore and the firms qualified for this stretch are CGGC, and two JVs — Dogus, Reliance Infra and NMDC, and JV ITDC and HEC.The firms have been asked to submit their bids till October 31. The BMC is expected the start the construction at end of this year.

3 drug peddlers arrested in Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested two women and a man for allegedly possessing banned substances in separate raids in Noida. According to Superintendent of Police (City) Arun Kumar Singh, a police team arrested the man, identified as Danjay Gupta, from Noida Sector 20 last night and seized over 200 grams of heroin from him. Acting on a tip-off, another police team arrested the two women from Noida Phase 2 and seized about 800 grams of ganja from them, the officer said. The women are residents of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Soon, Metro’s Blue Line to have only 8-coach trains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will soon run only eight-coach trains on the Blue Line, keeping in view the heavy daily traffic on the corridor. The Blue Line runs between Dwarka and Noida City Centre, and is the busiest track of the Metro.Further, the Corporation plans to make old tracks robust by adding to the fleet of trains as well as coaches, once the Phase III work, which is on in full swing, is completed. At present, the total number of coaches available is 1,468, which would reach to nearly 2,158 after the completion of the Phase III.The DMRC also plans to increase the number of eight-coach trains on the Yellow Line, another busy route, which goes from Samaypur Badli to the Huda City Centre. As many as 56 six-coach and eight-coach trains ply on the Blue Line at present and there’s every possibility that once the Magenta Line starts operating, the load of passengers will shoot up as well. So, the DMRC will bring in more trains on the Blue Line, taking the total number up to 65.Similarly, the Yellow Line will soon have 52 trains instead of the present 32. The Red Line, from Rithala to Dilshad Garden, will also have only six-coach trains instead of the present four-coach ones.Currently, more than 220 trains, including four-coach, six-coach, and eight-coach rakes, ply on all Metro lines. According to sources, the Corporation is hoping to add more than 100 trains, bringing the number to nearly 338.Metro, the lifeline of Delhi-NCR, has a network of 212 km, and after the Magenta Line becomes operational, another 162 km will be added to it.BUSY ROUTESThe Blue Line runs between Dwarka and Noida City Centre, and is the busiest track of the Metro.
The Yellow Line is another busy route which goes from Samaypur Badli to the Huda City Centre.
Currently, as many as 56 six-coach and eight-coach trains ply on the Blue Line. The total number of trains will soon be increased to 65.

One held in Uttam Nagar jewellery store robbery case: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have arrested a man in connection with a jewellery store robbery committed by armed assailants at south-west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar, it said today. Dildar Mishra (27), a resident of Phase 5, Om Vihar in Uttam Nagar, was arrested on July 17. An automatic pistol, live cartridges and a stolen mobile phone of the jewellery store owner were also seized from his possession. On May 6, a complaint was lodged at the Uttam Nagar police station by the owner of the jewellery showroom, who alleged that three unidentified men carrying pistols entered his shop at Mohan Garden and robbed jewellery worth around Rs 9-10 lakh by holding the workers at gunpoint. Multiple teams were formed to crack the case and CCTV footage was collected from the nearby areas, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-west) Surender Kumar. The footage was sent to a forensic laboratory for enhancement of the picture quality. Subsequently, it was circulated among all the units of Delhi Police. Leaflets with the description of the culprits and the vehicle used in the crime were also distributed in the area with an assurance of reward for those providing valuable inputs, said Kumar. The police also questioned those with criminal antecedents in the area. On July 17, following a tip-off, the police arrested Mishra from near the Durga temple in Uttam Nagar. The accused confessed to his involvement in the crime and also disclosed the names of his other accomplices, Ravi and Shanu, said the DCP. A hunt was on to nab the other accused, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT shifts focus on Phase-II of Ganga rejuvenation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After passing a slew of measures to rejuvenate the Ganga between Haridwar and Unnao, the National Green Tribunal has now shifted focus to clean the next stretch of the river passing through Allahabad and Varanasi. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar has convened a meeting of all stakeholders involved in cleaning of the river from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh to the state’s border with Bihar to chalk out an action plan for cleaning the Ganga. “The judgement in relation to segment-B of Phase-I from Haridwar to Unnao has been pronounced. Let the directions be complied with without any default. Now, we are concerned with Phase-II from Unnao to the border of UP (with Bihar). “Since the border of UP is common with Bihar, we direct to hold a chamber meeting for drawing of the action plan, opinion and the views of the stakeholders, on July 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM,” the bench said. The green panel noted that the Supreme Court has also transferred the cleaning of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna, which is one of the major tributaries of the river, to the tribunal. It directed the additional secretaries of the central ministries of environment, water resources, urban development, the executive director of the National Mission for Clean Ganga and the chief secretaries of UP, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar to be present in the meeting besides the chairman and member secretaries of all these state pollution control boards. “All these officers should be fully aware of the steps that the state and its instrumentalities concerned propose to take in relation to cleaning and rejuvenation of river Ganga and its tributaries in Phase-II. They must inform the tribunal about all the relevant factors in that regard,” the bench said. The Ganga covers a total distance of 2,525 km and flows through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, and finally drains into the Bay of Bengal. The important tributaries of the Ganga are the Yamuna, the Kali, the Ramganga, the Ghaghra, the Gandak, the Kosi and the Sone. Various urban centers like Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna and Kolkata, which are located on the banks of the river, draw water from it to meet their requirement and almost the entire waste water generated by these centres is deposited into it. In a detailed verdict, the NGT had passed a slew of directions to rejuvenate the Ganga, declaring as ‘No- Development Zone’ an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river between Haridwar and Unnao and prohibiting dumping of waste within 500 metres from the river. The green panel has divided the work of cleaning the river into different segments — Gomukh to Haridwar, Haridwar to Kanpur, Kanpur to the border of UP, the border of UP to the border of Jharkhand and from the border of Jharkhand to the Bay of Bengal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT declares 100m from edge of Ganga as "no-development zone"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal today passed a slew of directions to rejuvenate River Ganga, declaring as ‘No-Development Zone’ an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river between Haridwar and Unnao and prohibiting dumping of waste within 500 metres from the river. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also declared that an environment compensation of Rs 50,000 will be imposed on anyone who dumps waste in the river. The apex environment watchdog directed all authorities concerned to complete various projects including setting up of a sewage treatment plant and cleaning drains within two years. It also said the Uttar Pradesh government should be “duty-bound” to shift tanneries within six weeks, from Jajmau in Kanpur to leather parks in Unnao or any other place it considers appropriate. The NGT also directed the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments to formulate guidelines for religious activities on the ghats of Ganga or its tributaries. The tribunal also appointed a supervisory committee, headed by the secretary of the Water Resources Ministry and comprising IIT professors and officials from UP government to oversee implementation of the directions passed in its 543- page verdict. It also asked the committee to submit reports at regular intervals. The NGT said the concept of zero liquid discharge and online monitoring of affluents should not be applied to industrial units. It said that all industrial units falling in the catchment area of river Ganga should be stopped from indiscriminate extraction of groundwater. The tribunal had heard the arguments of the Centre, the UP government, pollution control boards and various other stakeholders for almost 18 months before reserving the judgement on May 31. The green panel has divided the work of cleaning the river in different segments Gomukh to Haridwar (Phase-I), Haridwar to Unnao (termed as segment B of Phase-I), Unnao to border of Uttar Pradesh, border of Uttar Pradesh to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to Bay of Bengal. It has already delivered the verdict in December 2015 with regard to first phase between Gomukh to Haridwar. The verdict came on a 1985 PIL of noted environment activist M C Mehta which was transferred to the NGT from the Supreme Court in 2014.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Villagers attack Mahagun Moderne society in Noida after resident ‘assaults’ maid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The villagers in Noida’s sector-78 on Wednesday morning created a ruckus in Mahagun Moderne Society, after a maid was allegedly beaten up by one of the residents.Residents of the society were shocked after a mob of few hundreds gheraoed the premises and started pelting stones.According to reports, domestic helps and neighbours of a maid pelted stones and damaged some property of the society.The protestors also blocked a main Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera (DSC) road at Barola, halting traffic towards Noida Phase 2 Industrial Area, reported Hindustan Times.A police force rushed to the spot and contained the situation.“Most of the protesters are domestic helps, who are angry that a maid has been allegedly beaten up. We are trying to contain the protest,” the SP told the daily.However, a resident has alleged that a maid was caught stealing from one of the apartments and was handed over to police.Meanwhile, news agency ANI reported that people protested outside the after reports of a maid being kept captive in a house inside emerged.(Image courtesy: Twitter)

Competition Comm orders probe against Prasar Bharati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Competition Commission has ordered a detailed investigation against public broadcaster Prasar Bharati for alleged abuse of dominance with respect to draft FM radio licensing agreement. Finding prima facie evidence of violation of competition norms, the regulator has asked the Director General (DG), its investigation arm, to carry out a detailed probe. A senior official at the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said it would study the CCI (Competition Commission of India) order. Prasar Bharati comes under the administrative control of the ministry. The matter pertains to alleged unfair business practices with regard to Phase III FM Radio Policy. The complaint was filed in 2016 by Mumbai-based Next Radio Ltd, which provides FM radio broadcasting services. In a 14-page order, the regulator observed that no opportunity was accorded to Next Radio to negotiate the terms of the draft agreement with regard to Phase III FM Radio Policy. As per the draft agreement, Next Radio was offered the cities of Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Bengaluru for operating FM radio services. It was alleged that various clauses of the draft agreement proposed by Prasar Bharati for Phase III FM Radio Policy were unfair and discriminatory. The CCI noted that several clauses of the draft agreement prima facie appear to be one-sided and heavily tilted in favour of Prasar Bharati. The clauses include those pertaining to increase in licence fee. For the case, the CCI considered ‘market for provision of infrastructure facilities for FM radio broadcasting’ in the six cities as the relevant one. “The Commission is of the view that by imposing… one- sided unfair terms and conditions on the informant (Next Radio) and other private FM radio broadcasters through the draft agreement Phase III FM Radio Policy, Opposite Party 1 (Prasar Bharati) prima facie abused its position of dominance in the relevant market in contravention of the provisions of Section 4 of the (Competition) Act,” CCI said. Section 4 pertains to abuse of dominant position. During the course of investigation, if involvement of any other party or parties is found, the DG should probe the conduct of “such other party or parties who may have indulged in the said contravention”, the order, dated July 4 and made public today, said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gurugram spa raid: 11 held for prostitution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police in Gurugram have raided three different spas in the posh DLF area and arrested 11 people involved in an alleged prostitution racket.According to the police, they received a tip off from one of their sources about the functioning of flesh trade in the guise of spas and massage parlours. As a result, three teams were formed, who raided spas at different locations of Eastern Gurugram on Wednesday.According to the police, they sent their men, posing as customers, to these spas and raids were conducted only when deals were struck and payments were made in advance. The investigators also focused on collecting circumstantial evidences, sources said.All of the three spas were located inside malls on MG Road, popularly known as Mall Mile.The first team arrested three women from Baleno Spa in DT Mega Mall, for “objectionable activities”.The second team caught two women from Relax Spa, situated on the third floor of Metropolitan Mall.Five women and a man were arrested from Grand Spa from the popular Grand Mall. The first floor of the mall, where the spa is situated, is a much frequented place.According to a senior police officer, “There were repeated complaints about sex trade in these spas; so, a raid was carried out.When asked about the people involved in the business and the chances of trafficking, Anil Kumar, ACP, Sadar, said, “We are interrogating the girls involved and will also arrest the owners of these spas. The matter is under investigation now.”Three FIRs have been registered under section 3,4,5,7,8, and 9 of Immoral Traffic Act 1956 in Police stations of DLF Phase-I, DLF Phase-II, and Sector 29, respectively.

PM welcomes Narmada water Rajkot’s Aji dam; solves water woes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today welcomed the arrival of Narmada river waters in the city’s main water reservoir Aji dam, solving its perennial water woes. The Narmada water reaching the dam will resolve the water woes of the people of this city in Saurashtra region which has been facing perennial water shortage due to deficient rains. Perennially facing deficient rains, Aji dam has overflown for only 11 times in the last 40 years. In the years when the dam is not filled, people of the city face water scarcity. Modi formally welcomed Narmada dam water into the Aji dam. Aji dam here is located some 450 kms from Narmada dam in South Gujarat. Reminiscing his initial days after taking over as the Gujarat chief minister in 2001, Modi said soon after his becoming the CM he came to Rajkot to worship at Aji dam after it received water to the brim — a rare event that has taken place only eleven times in the last 40 years. “We have filled the dams today… a government which works with right intention to bring change in the lives of common man succeeds. We have travelled this far due to hard work and good intention,” he sad while crediting the state’s BJP government of ensuring 24-hour electricity and water supply to the parched lands. The dam has been filled with water of Narmada under Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation Yojna (SAUNI), which envisages to fill up 115 dams of parched region by laying a network of pipelines from canals of the Narmada dam project. Modi said the constant supply of water in dams in Saurashtra region connected under SAUNI Yojana will help farmers reach new heights of prosperity. Modi said with completion of Narmada dam project on the river Narmada, people of the state will reap rich dividends in the coming years. Modi also urged people to use water judiciously by saving and reusing it. “Water has reached here but with it, the responsibility has also increased. I would like to tell people of Gujarat that this is not just water but a source of prosperity. This water is like ‘prasad’ of God. We will have to save water. And I would beg you to save water,” he said. “Farmers in Kutch have adopted drip irrigation and have changed the face of farming in the arid land. Farmers here too should adopt drip irrigation so that they produce more by using less water,” he added. Modi also highlighted the need for waste water management. “Waste water recycling needs to be taken seriously in the direction of saving and utilising water,” he added. The prime minister was addressing the public after dedicating phase 1 (link 2) of the SAUNI project and laying the foundation stone for the Phase-2 of Link 3 of the project. Rajkot city was also recently included in the list of smart cities. Modi urged for public participation in improving the civic governance to make their city smart as he launched HACATHON, a project of Rajkot Municipal Corporation seeking public input to solve civic problems through online competition. Modi also inaugurated the renovated Nyari 1 dam near Rajkot, whose height has been increased to store 33 per cent more water during monsoon, and launched a 16-kilometres express feeder line to connect Nyari 1 and Ajii 1 dam to different parts of Rajkot city.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Beautification of city: JDA approves finances of projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Financial sanctions to various projects related to beautification and development of city were given by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) on Wednesday.In the executive committee meeting held at JDA office on Wednesday morning, the bid of revival project of Galta Valley got clearance. The bid was for Rs 3.94 crore and once the bid is now accepted, the work on this project would begin soon.Similar financial sanctions were also given for Greenwood Garden, which will be developed on Agra Road. The financial sanction for this project of Rs 4.08 crores was given by JDA in the meeting. Sanction of Rs 5 crores for Silver Park Phase 2 was given in the meeting held on Wednesday.The long-standing issue of transfer and removal of electric lights at the upcoming ROB of Bassi was discussed in the meeting and for this and putting the streets lights, Rs 2 crore sanction was given in the meeting.For Hathi Gaon project too, the financial sanction of Rs 3.68 crores was given. A few weeks back, the responsibility of development of infrastructure of this place had been given to JDA.The officials of JDA informed that they will be doing improvement works in Hathi Gaon, which houses a large number of elephants.Approval of funds for other works like maintenance and running of STP plant at Jawahar Circle and Ramniwas Garden was also given during the meeting. JDA officials gave the financial sanction of Rs 48 lakhs for these 1 mld capacity STP.THE WORKSSanction of Rs 5 crores for Silver Park Phase 2 is given in the meeting held on Wednesday
For Hathi Gaon project too, the financial sanction of Rs 3.68 crores is given
Rs 2 cr are sanctioned for the issue of transfer of electric lights at the upcoming ROB of Bassi was discussed
Approval of funds maintenance and running of STP plant at Jawahar Circle and Ramniwas Garden was also given

Modi’s enthusiastic bear hug bests Trump’s handshake

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi responds to the infamous Trump handshake with his bear hug.

Arunachal seeks national highways status for four roads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein today urged the Centre for early notification of four state roads in the state as national highways. Mein called on Union Minister of Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi and requested him to notify the 120 km Akajan-Likabali-Bame, 44 km Margherita- Changlang, 125 km Daporijo-Gerukamukh-Dullungmukh and 59 km Tezu-Chapakhowa via Sunpura roads as national highways at the earliest, an official communiqu said here. Gadkari, during his visit to the state on January 31 this year had in principal agreed to declare these roads as national highways. Mein told Gadkari that National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) has been entrusted with the preparation of detailed project report (DPR) for the roads. The Akajan-Likabali-Bame road, which is under improvement to two-lane standard under Arunachal Pradesh Package for Roads and Highways under Special Accelerated Road Development Programme (SARDP)-NE, was, however, kept out. He urged that the union minister consider funding of East-West Industrial Highway Corridor and Frontier Highway under Bharatmala Programme on priority saying that these roads are vital for the economic uplift of the people of the north eastern state as well as for all weather connectivity to the border areas. The proposed highways are Bhairabkhund to Ruksin (431 km) under Phase-I, Mahadevpur to Kanubari (100 km) under Phase-II and the Arunachal Frontier Highway (1841 km). The union minister has agreed to consider funding of East-West Industrial Highway Corridor from Bhairabkhund to Ruksin and Mahadevpur to Kanubari on condition that the state government make land available free from any encumbrances for these roads, the communique said. Gadkari said that the ministry had already set up a committee under the chairmanship of Director General (Road Development) and special secretary in February this year to examine the cost economics and to suggest innovative materials and technologies to be adopted for the proposed frontier highway in the state. The first meeting of the committee is likely to be held in the first week of June, the communiqu added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman goes missing in Noida, husband claims abduction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 26-year-old woman went missing from Behlolpur area here with her husband complaining to police stating that she has been kidnapped. According to the FIR lodged at Noida Phase 3 police station, Roshni Khatoon had gone out for shopping yesterday and did not return home following which her husband Anees approached the police claiming that she has been kidnapped, police said today. Investigation has begun in this connection and efforts are on to find the woman, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Homebuyers’ protest leads to the death of sick child

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A boy who had taken ill, and was being transported from Agra to a Delhi hospital in an ambulance, died after it was stuck in a traffic jam caused by homebuyers. The buyers were protesting against Jaypee group on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway in Noida on Saturday.Ironically, the police team was at the spot, but failed to clear the way for the ambulance.Luv Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Budh Nagar said an FIR has already been lodged against the protesters for blocking traffic, adding that the boy’s case will also be incorporated in the FIR.The deceased has been identified as Luvkush, 7. He hailed from Mainpuri. The boy, who was suffering from meningitis, was admitted in Firozabad. The doctors had referred him to the AIIMS trauma centre.”We took the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway to reach fast, but were stuck in a traffic jam for over an hour. The boy’s health deteriorated,” the ambulance driver told DNA on condition of anonymity.Jaypee Group officials said homebuyers grew agitated during a meeting with them. “We called a meeting with homebuyers on Saturday at 3 pm. Some of home buyers got annoyed and created chaos. They blocked traffic movement on Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. They could not be pacified till late evening,” Jaypee Group director Sameer Gaur told DNA.The housing projects of the realty major have been delayed by up to seven years. Most of the buyers had booked flats in 2007-08 onwards and Jaypee Infratech had promised delivery of flats by 2011-12. The office bearers of Jaypee Infratech, that promised 35,000 flats in Wish Town and Jaypee Aman, were discussing the issue with buyers.On April 15, an FIR was also lodged against realty major Jaypee Infrastructure by 250 aggrieved homebuyers. They had lodged an FIR under charges of cheating, financial fraud and criminal conspiracy as the company failed to deliver flats on time. The Jaypee management, on April 17, met with hundreds of their homebuyers to settle the issue.There are 291 out of which 59 Towers (5,283 units) have been Handed Over in Phase I in WishTown project. This Planned Completion Schedule is for Phase II (70 towers) having 6,572 units. “We have shared details of customer care representatives along with respective Project-in-Charges. For any query, home buyers can contact them,” a senior official of Jayee group said. He added that the planned completion schedule for Phase III (94 towers) will be released by May 15, 2017 while planned completion schedule for balance 68 towers will be released by July 1, 2017.

Pay Rs 5K fine for open defecation on Yamuna floodplains: NGT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Open defecation and dumping of waste on the Yamuna floodplains will now attract a fine of Rs 5,000 for each incident, the National Green Tribunal ruled today. “We issue prohibitory orders in furtherance to the judgement dated January 13, 2015 that no waste of any kind and open defecation will be permitted around the water bodies and the floodplains of river Yamuna. “Authorities including the police shall take stringent action against defaulting persons and every defaulter would be liable to pay an environment compensation of Rs 5,000 per incident,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said. The NGT, which passed a slew of directions, constituted a committee headed by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) CEO to oversee the execution of work pertaining to the cleaning of Yamuna and construction of sewage treatment plant to treat liquid waste flowing into the river. Manoj Misra, on whose petition NGT has passed several directions, welcomed the order saying, “we are happy that NGT is continuously monitoring the Yamuna issue. The order issued by the bench shows its seriousness. But the implementing agencies have to show their will in execution of the directions”. The panel, which also comprises chief engineer from Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and a representative from National Mission for Clean Ganga, has been asked to submit reports on regular intervals to the tribunal. The tribunal took note of the industries running in residential areas in different parts of the city and directed the Delhi government and the municipal corporations to take immediate action against such units. In a detailed order, the green panel said almost 67 per cent of the pollution reaching the Yamuna would be treated by the two sewage treatment plants (STPs) located at Delhi Gate and Najafgarh under Phase 1 of the ‘Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project 2017’. With regard to the Phase-II of the project which deals with drains which bring 33 per cent remnant pollution in the river, the NGT directed DJB to submit a complete project report within four weeks before the principal committee, formed under the judgement of the tribunal. “The principal committee which in turn would submit the report in four weeks thereafter and the matter will be listed for hearing on July 24,” the bench said. Delhi Jal Board informed the tribunal that a total of 14 STPs and three sewage lines rehabilitation stands have been approved under the Yamuna rejuvenation scheme which would be completed by 2019. The apex environment watchdog also directed Delhi government and other authorities to restore and revive the water bodies in different parts of the national capital and turn them into places of tourist attraction. It directed that Delhi government and all the municipal corporations to start removal of municipal solid waste and dredging of drains under Phase-I of the judgement. “The authorities are directed to submit methodology and formulate scheme to help in selective dredging of Yamuna to ensure that its deep rooted pollutants are removed before completion of the Phase-I project,” the bench said. “We direct that Delhi government and all the corporations concerned to start removal of municipal solid waste and dredging of drains under Phase-I of the judgement. The authorities are also directed to submit methodology and formulate scheme to help in selective dredging of Yamuna to ensure that its deep rooted pollutants are removed before completion of the Phase-I project.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New west Bengaluru – a new beginning to holistic lifestyle @ 5/4/2017 5:28:28 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, May 4 (ANI-BusinessWireIndia): For decades, officially and unofficially, to locals and tourists, Bengaluru was and continues to be known as the Garden City of India. Bestowed with a dynamic multicultural landscape, flourishing industry, a conducive weather cycle and extensive green cover, the city is regarded as one of India?s most favorable living destinations. That said, with population density increasing each day and outpacing infrastructure, it is imperative to diversify the city?s development to nearby areas so that all residents in the state can enjoy an equally good quality of life. This kind of growth also offers the advantage of balanced growth, while curbing issues of pollution and decay, currently concentrated in certain regions of the city. New West Bengaluru, acting as a gateway to North Karnataka and situated at a distance of 70 km (43 mi) northwest of Bengaluru, holds that very potential of being developed as a satellite city that will decongest the state capital. Proper planning and collaboration between city councils, governing bodies, real estate developers and industry will offer New West Bengaluru residents a well-planned, peaceful, greener lifestyle while allowing them to stay connected to the bustling state capital. Major developments (around Tumkur region) like the proposed Mumbai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor is likely to leverage the residential, commercial and industrial infrastructure. With world-class facilities like Alur Cricket Stadium, Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre and Namma Metro, the region is poised to become an international engagement hub. This will steer the all-inclusive growth of New West Bengaluru, enhancing investment potential and viability. Other infrastructure initiatives like the Metro Rail Phase I and Phase II and Peripheral Ring Road (that will form a half circle around the city from Tumkur Road to Hosur Road), are expected to significantly transform the area in terms of connectivity and real estate development. It is an ideal opportunity for developers to explore smarter and greener housing formats, in keeping with the city?s famous and age-old sobriquet. With an increased demand for ecological and economical homes amongst a rapidly growing, working Bangalorean population, areas like New West Bengaluru are setup for growth and success. Area-based development campaigns such as these not only enhance the overall quality of living for residents, but they also contribute to the development of the region through a more evolved, technologically advanced and better-planned approach to infrastructure, industry, and society. (ANI-BusinessWireIndia) Ends KS NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shocking! Meat of pet dog consumed after kidnapping

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A shocking incident has come into light where a group of youth kidnapped a pet dog named Brownie from Haryana?s DLF Phase- 2 and beat it to death and later consumed its meat. An NGO named ?People for Animals? (PFA) filed an FIR against the youth, who are yet to be identified. The PFA alleged that ?there are videos in which it is evident that the missing dog was killed by those youth and how they consumed it?. It is alleged that a group of youth from northeast region who reside in Gurugram?s Sikandarpur area kidnapped the dog and then killed it. The PFA claims that the youth in the video is admitting that he has eaten that dog?s meat, but the Gurugram Police believe that on the basis of a video it cannot be said that these young men have eaten the missing dog. The police said the investigation is underway and the video given by the PFA is also being probed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Anyone dumping e-waste near Ram Ganga to pay Rs 1L EC: NGT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal today announced that anyone found dumping electronic waste (e-waste) on the banks of river Ramganga in Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh would have to pay Rs one lakh as environment compensation. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also constituted a committee of representatives of departments concerned to immediately remove the waste lying on the river bank and sought a detailed report within two weeks. The committee would comprise member secretary of Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) or his nominee, district magistrate of Moradabad, representative from UP government, Moradabad Nagar Nigam and Deputy Superintendent of Police of the area concerned. “It has been brought to our notice that huge quantity of hazardous e-waste generated from various industries in powder form is being disposed on the bank of river Ramganga in Moradabad,” the bench said, adding that this fact has been duly verified in the joint inspection conducted by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). It further said that this hazardous waste is highly polluted and contains heavy metal which are injurious to human health and environment and noted that all authorities are escaping responsibility for disposal of waste and “shifting the blame on each other”. “We are of the considered view that it is the responsibility of the state government including the local police to take action and dispose of the hazardous waste as per Hazardous And Other Wastes Rules, 2016… “All such industries which are found illegally dumping such e-waste shall be liable to pay environment compensation of Rs one lakh per incident,” the bench said while ordering the sub-divisional magistrate of the area concerned to recover the money from defaulters. The bench also made it clear that the environment compensation would vary from Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh depending on the quantum of waste dumped in the river. The tribunal’s order came during the hearing of a case related to cleaning of river Ganga when the UPPCB counsel sought direction from it with regard to proper disposal of e- waste. The counsel told the bench that district administration has turned a blind eye to such incidents and they have not taken any action against the violators. The bench noted that Ramganga, a tributary of river Ganga, is highly polluted. The river, which spans a length of 596 kms, carries a BOD load (Biochemical oxygen demand) of 128 tonnes per day and is polluted by heavy discharge from various industries like – sugar, distillery, pulp and paper, textile and dying, it noted. The green panel has divided the work of cleaning the river in different segments – Gomukh to Haridwar (Phase-I), Haridwar to Unnao(termed as segment B of Phase-I), Unnao to UP border, UP border to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to Bay of Bengal. The tribunal had on February 23 directed inspection of Ganga flood plains to probe dumping and burning of waste after a plea alleged illegal processing of electronic waste on the banks of Ramganga in western UP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Stop excessive water extraction from Ganga floodplains: NGT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Excessive extraction of water between Haridwar and Unnao in Ganga floodplains is a serious issue and should be immediately stopped, the National Green Tribunal said today. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said the water which is being diverted into the various canals should be regulated so as to help maintain a minimum flow of the river. “Extraction of groundwater directly affects the flow of the river. The problem with Ganga is two-folds, as a huge quantity of water is extracted and additionally, effluents are discharged into the river. Excessive extraction of water is a serious problem,” the bench, which also included Justice R S Rathore, said. The tribunal was informed by the Ministry of Water and Resources that minimum environmental flow in Ganga should be 20 per cent in the lean season from November to March, 25 per cent during October and April and 30 per cent from May to September. When the bench asked the Ministry about a possible solution to the issue of water withdrawal, the counsel said the official concerned was not present. The NGT took exception to this and directed the counsel to call him and appear before it within 15 minutes. “Answer our query or face the consequence. We don’t want any study or report. We want clear cut solution and answer,” the bench said while adjourning the matter for hearing tomorrow. The tribunal had earlier asked the Centre to clarify what should be the minimum environmental flow (E-flow) in the Ganga, in a bid to ensure uninterrupted water supply in the river. E-flow defines the quantity, timing and quality of water flow required to sustain freshwater and the estuarine ecosystems, besides human livelihood. Earlier, the new Uttar Pradesh government had favoured the shifting of British-era tanneries releasing toxic wastes into the river Ganga at Kanpur. It had told the NGT that the hunt for a new site for setting up of these leather units, which are a “major source of pollution” in Ganga, was under consideration and would be identified soon. Last year, the then Akhilesh Yadav government had opposed the idea of shifting of over 400 tanneries giving employment to over two million people, saying moving the tannery hubs to some other place was almost “next to impossible” due to paucity of land. In a detailed report covering various aspects of contamination in the river, CPCB had informed the NGT that the Ganga, spanning a distance of 543 km between Haridwar and Kanpur, was affected by 1,072 seriously polluting industries which were releasing heavy metals and pesticides. At present, 823.1 million litres per day of untreated sewage and 212.42 MLD of industrial effluents flow into the river, while three of the four monitored Sewage Treatment Plants were non-compliant with the set standards, it said. The green panel has divided the work of cleaning the river in different segments Gomukh to Haridwar (Phase-I), Haridwar to Unnao (termed as segment B of Phase-I), Unnao to border of Uttar Pradesh, border of Uttar Pradesh to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to Bay of Bengal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ganga tunnel of East West Metro to be the country’s first

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The underwater tunnel of East-West Metro Corridor Project here, built below the Ganga river bed, is the first of its kind in the country, said Union Minister Babul Supriyo today after going into the tunnel. “This is the first such project in the country. Building a tunnel under the river had never taken place elsewhere in India. Further being built under Ganga, it has an emotional value as well,” Supriyo, who went inside the tunnel between slab numbers 820 and 840, said. He has been asked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally supervise the work, said Supriyo while interacting with the officials of Afcons-Transtonnelstroy of South Africa, the agency to build the tunnel between Howrah Maidan and the proposed Mahakaran metro station near Writers Buildings here. Supriyo also collected soil from the place and kept it in two utensils – one for gifting to the prime minister and another for himself as a memento. The entire stretch of tunnel from Howrah Maidan to the Ganga bank in the city will be 1.7 km, of which a significant part will be on the surface. “Basically, we reached almost the bottom of the Ganga and spent a considerable time (there). It was an exhilarating experience. I salute the engineers and the workers for the heroic work,” Supriyo, the Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises said. Asked about the safety of the project, he said “Let me allay any apprehension about the safety. We did not feel uncomfortable inside though we were 32 m below the river water – that is the sea level.” He said the tunnel went under buildings like Howrah Station but there were no threat to them as the latest technology had been used. The tunnel boring machine (TBM), used in the excavation work, will now go beyond the slab number 840 to dig up earth under the river bed and finally reach the east bank – that is the city. Expressing hope that the Howrah Maidan-Esplanade part of Phase II of the project, which would connect Howrah Maidan to Sealdah) will not miss the deadline, Supriyo said “We expect to clear the logjam in the wake of the existing rule that infrastructure projects would not come up within 100 m of the heritage buildings.” “There are three heritage constructions – two synagogues and the Currency Building within 30 m of the proposed tunnel. But IIT-Kharagpur in a feasibility study said the tunnel work and metro movement would not cause any damage to the structures.” “We are not setting up a time-frame and the Union cabinet is preparing a note to exempt the Metro work. Let’s hope for the best,” he said. The entire second phase of the East West Project, with 100 per cent funding by the Centre, had been facilitated by the West Bengal government with intervention by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her cabinet colleagues to clear settlements. Phase 1 of the East-West Metro Corridor Project, he said, is expected to be completed on time and thanked Banerjee for removing encroachments along the route. “During my chance meeting with the West Bengal CM in 2015 which the media had christened as ‘Jhalmuri diplomacy,’ I had broached the topic of encroachment and with the intervention of TMC leaders it was resolved. “The encroachers will be relocated in a new building in the area,” he said. The overhead track on Phase 1 connecting Salt Lake to Sealdah is more or less complete. There will be eight stations, two of which are on underground. All the four stations in Phase II (Sealdah-Howrah) will be underground. The initial project cost for the Phase I – Phase II stretch had shot up substantially due to realignment of the tunnelling, covering an additional 2 km and cost for elevation. The costs had gone up from Rs 250 crore in 2011-12 under the UPA rule to Rs 328.81 crore in 2015-16 and now Rs 1937 crore, the union minister added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hry police claim to have foiled robbery attempt in posh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A house-maid allegedly served sedatives to a family in the posh DLF Phase-II locality here to help a criminal gang could loot the house but timely information helped foil the attempt, the Haryana police claimed today. According to police officials, information was received that some persons were planning to commit loot in a house in DLF with the help of the maid in that house. Acting swiftly, the police nabbed five men identified as Sunil, Satyanarayan, Rajkumar, Ram alias Hritik, Arvinder and Mohammad Zahir, all residents of Bihar and Madhuri, a resident of Odisha, according to a spokesperson of the Haryana police in Chandigarh. Besides, the police have also arrested maid Manju alias Poonam, also resident of Odisha, he said. The police claimed that that Manju was known to Satyanarayan, the kingpin of the gang. According to the plan, Manju served sedative-laced food to members of the family, but the police nabbed the gang before they could commit the crime, the Haryana police spokesperson said. The spokesman said that during the interrogation, it was found that Satyanarayan was also involved in various other crimes and had recently come out of jail. The accused were being interrogated intensively, he added. The spokesperson claimed that the police recovered two country-made pistols, two cartridges, an iron bar, a sharp- edged weapon and a rope from the possession of the arrested persons.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttar Pradesh: British-era tanneries releasing toxic wastes into Ganga to be shifted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has favoured the shifting of British-era tanneries releasing toxic wastes into the river Ganga at Kanpur.The UP government has told the National Green Tribunal that hunt for a new site for setting up of these leather units, which are the “major source of pollution” in Ganga, is under consideration and would be identified soon.Last year, the then Akhilesh Yadav government had opposed the idea of shifting of over 400 tanneries giving employment to over two million people, saying the moving the tannery hubs to some other place was almost “next to impossible” due to paucity of land.The Yogi government’s decision favouring shifting them was conveyed at a high-level meeting held in the NGT which was chaired by the green panel’s Chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar. The NGT chief was apprised by the state’s Additional Chief Secretary of Environment & Forest that a call in principle has been taken to shift out the tanneries from the Jajmau cluster of Kanpur.In the meeting, also attended by other stakeholders including officials from National Mission for Clean Ganga, the senior official told the green panel that the UP government has taken a policy decision that all the sources which pollute Ganga should be treated on the basis of definite data and information.The decision got support from advocate MC Mehta who said that “the only viable option” was to shift the tanneries if we want to rejuvenate Ganga. 70-year-old Mehta, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee, had filed a PIL for cleaning of river Ganga before the Supreme Court in 1985. The apex court in 2014 transferred the case to NGT. “There is no other alternative except shifting of these tanneries. Shifting of the leather units requires a strong will.The residents living near tanneries have to face the foul smell emanating from these units which is injurious to their health. “Thousands of devotees visit Allahabad to take dip at Sangam but the water is not clean even there. The cleaning of Ganga which was undertaken earlier should be enquired into and the erring officials punished,” Mehta said.However, environmentalist Himanshu Thakkar preferred not to rush to any conclusion and said that tanneries comprise only one aspect of many critically polluting industries identified by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and discharge from other industries like distilleries, sugar, paper and pulp units also need to be looked into. “We will have to look into the UP government’s shifting proposal and what are the areas they have worked upon. If the tanneries are even shifted 100-150 km away even then it would be within the Ganga basin. So the state government needs to make proper arrangements before shifting these units and provide them with all facilities. Oherwise the condition will be the same,” Thakkar, river expert with the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People, said.The green panel, however, said the decision to shift tannery cluster rests entirely with the state government. However, the existing industrial clusters at Jajmau and Unnao required establishment of an entirely new Common Effluent Treatment Plant with a separate chromium recovery plant and separate pipelines.In a detailed report covering various aspects of contamination in the river, CPCB had informed the NGT that the Ganga, spanning a distance of 543 km between Haridwar and Kanpur, was affected by 1,072 seriously polluting industries which were releasing heavy metals and pesticides.At present, 823.1 million litres per day (MLD) of untreated sewage and 212.42 MLD of industrial effluent flows into the river while three of the four monitored Sewage Treatment Plants were non-compliant with the set standards, it said.The green panel has divided the work of cleaning the river in different segments Gomukh to Haridwar (Phase-I), Haridwar to Unnao (termed as segment B of Phase-I), Unnao to border of Uttar Pradesh, border of Uttar Pradesh to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to Bay of Bengal.

Centre prepares draft note to ensure AC buildings have preset

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has prepared a draft concept note to ensure that air conditioned buildings in the country have a preset temperature, the Rajya Sabha was informed. “The Environment Ministry is mindful of international developments on the subject. A draft concept note has been prepared on minimum acceptable indoor temperature for air conditioned buildings,” Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said in response to a written reply to a question dated April 3. He was asked whether the government proposes to bring a legislation that will require buildings, commercial spaces and airports to ensure that air-conditioners function at pre-set temperatures. He said that as per reports, Japan had launched a campaign in 2005 encouraging business and public in general to preset air conditioners at 28 degrees Celsius during summers, in order to reduce energy consumption. More recently, an action plan has been developed in 2016 that requires presetting of air conditioners in government buildings in Japan while China has also prescribed air-conditioning temperature control standard for public buildings. “There are no available reports for regulation on presetting of temperature for air conditioners in Europe,” he said. Dave maintained that setting of temperature of air conditioners at 24 degrees Celsius will lead to reduction in energy consumption as compared to the prevalent practice of operating air conditioners at 20 degrees Celsius or below. “Reduction in cooling requirement has a relationship with the quantity of refrigerant used such as Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). However, pre-setting of higher indoor or room temperature in air conditioners is directly related with reduction in energy consumption,” he said. The Environment Minister said that India is phasing out production and consumption of HCFCs as per the Montreal Protocol schedule. “The baseline level is the average of production and consumption of HCFCs in 2009 and 2010, freeze at the baseline level in 2013, and successive reductions of 10 per cent, 35 per cent and 67.5 per cent in 2015, 2020, 2025 respectively, with complete phase out in 2030 with a service tail of 2.5 per cent till 2040. “In HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) India has not only met the compliance obligations of the Montreal Protocol but exceeded the phase out targets through a series of policy measures regulations, systematic technology conversions in the industry, technical assistance and awareness generation,” he said. The ongoing HPMP Stage II would result in phasing out of 60 per cent of the HCFCs by January 1, 2023 against the target of 35 per cent phase out in 2020 and 65 per cent phase out in 2025, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM to visit Gujarat on Apr 17 to inaugurate multiple projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Gujarat on April 17 to inaugurate several projects, including a hospital in Surat and Sumul Dairy’s cattle feed plant in Tapi district, officials said today. The PM is also scheduled to inaugurate Phase-I of the SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation) project. Providing details of Modi’s scheduled visit, BJP MP from Surat C R Patil said, “Modi would land at Surat airport in the evening of April 16, where we will give him a grand welcome. Next morning, he will inaugurate Kiran Hospital in Katargam area of Surat.” The hospital has been built at a cost of Rs 400 crore by a trust, he said. PM Modi would then head to Bajipura village in the neighbouring Tapi district to inaugurate a cattle feed plant and an ice-cream plant of Surat District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union, popularly known as Sumul Dairy. “He will also address a large gathering at Bajipura. We expect that over 3 lakh women would turn up for this mega event,” Sumul chairman Rajubhai Pathak said. According to him, the PM had performed the ground-breaking ceremony of the project in 2014 during his tenure as the Gujarat Chief Minister. Sumul CEO S V Chaudhary said apart from the cattle feed plant, the PM would also lay foundation stone for Sumul’s other projects coming up in nearby Nava Pardi. “However, instead of visiting Nava Pardi, Modi would lay foundation stone for these projects from Bajipura. These projects include a bakery plant, honey project and a milk powder facility,” Chaudhary said. Later in the day, the PM would reach Botad district in Saurashtra region to inaugurate Phase-1 of SAUNI project for Botad and surrounding districts. There, he would also lay foundation stone for phase II of the project, District Development Officer of Botad H K Koya said. “On April 17, Modi would inaugurate the phase-I of the project, wherein some of the dams in our region would be filled. In addition, he will lay foundation stone for the second phase. Modi would also deliver his speech at the event to be held on the outskirts of Botad town,” Koya said. In August last year, Modi had inaugurated the first phase of the ambitious Sauni project from Jamnagar. Under this project, which is divided into four phases, Gujarat government plans to fill 115 dams of Saurashtra region with excess overflowing water of the Sardar Sarovar dam across river Narmada, through a pipeline network. Modi had last visited his home state last month, when he attended a number of meetings and events, including a national convention of women sarpanch at Gandhinagar on the International Women’s Day.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Working towards rejuvenation of Ganga: UP govt to NGT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Yogi Adityanath government told the National Green Tribunal today that it was “serious” about the rejuvenation of the Ganga and sought time to deliberate upon a mechanism to make the river pollution-free. The Uttar Pradesh government told the green panel that the new dispensation was making its best efforts to implement the directions issued by the tribunal and requested the NGT to grant more time. Noting the submissions, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar deferred the matter and directed holding of a meeting of all stakeholders involved in the cleaning of the Ganga river from Haridwar to Kanpur which would take place on April 11 at 3:00 PM at the tribunal. The meeting would be attended by the UP Chief Secretary, Environment Secretary, Executive Director of National Mission for Clean Ganga, Managing Directors of all local authorities, M D of UP Jal Nigam and Jal Sansthan, Principal Environment Secretary among others. “We have heard the counsel appearing for the parties particularly the senior counsel appearing for the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is stated on behalf of the state that decision-making process being taken at the highest level of the state government with regard to the implementation of the directions issued by the tribunal as well as with regard to cleaning and rejuvenation of the river Ganga. “It is submitted that the meeting may also be held with the stakeholders before the day-to-day hearing is taken up by the tribunal in this case. It is submitted that this would further the cause of justice as already settled. The tribunal thus adopts the stakeholders, consultant process in the adjudication.Consequently, we accept the request for adjournment,” the bench noted. Senior advocate Pinaki Misra, appearing for UP, told the NGT that there has been change in the regime and a new government has been formed in the state leading to reshuffle in the portfolios. The tribunal then posted the matter for hearing on April 17 and said that after the meeting, day-to-day hearing of the case would commence. The green panel has divided the work of cleaning the river in different segments – Gomukh to Haridwar (Phase-I), Haridwar to Unnao (termed as segment B of Phase-I), Unnao to the border of Uttar Pradesh, border of Uttar Pradesh to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to the Bay of Bengal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LG asks Delhi Police to promote its app among public

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal today directed Delhi Police to widely publicise its ‘One Touch Away’ mobile application so that people could utilise its services optimally. The direction was issued at a meeting chaired by Baijal who reviewed the ‘use of technology by Delhi Police’. The meeting was attended by Delhi’s Principal Home Secretary, Police Commissioner and other senior officials. In the meeting, the LG also directed the force to evolve the technology for proper upkeep of records. The ‘One Touch Away App’ is operational where various issues like loss report, motor vehicle theft, property theft, senior citizen app. “LG has asked the Police Commissioner to regularly test check the systems in place, utilise various apps in operation optimally, keep on digitising services offered to the people of Delhi,” the LG office said in a statement. There was also a discussion on the ‘e-saathi App’ being designed in two phases. Phase-I focuses on National Emergency Response System (NERS-112) which will integrate various services like CATS ambulance and fire department. Phase II will focus on establishment of new state-of-the-art control room with modern and upgraded cyber highways. The Lt Governor also reviewed the ‘action taken points’ of the previous meetings on traffic management, women safety, community policing initiatives, improving efficiency of police functioning, it said. Baijal asked the officers concerned to undertake regular checks to ensure that the systems are functioning well at all time.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hyderabad varsity’s ACRHEM gets DRDO support for research

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>University of Hyderabad today said its ACRHEM (Advanced Centre for Research in High Energy Materials) got Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) support for research on high energy materials to the tune of Rs 113 crore. ACRHEM got over Rs 90 crore funding during the past decade in two phases, UOH said in a release. “On successful completion of the identified 32 projects under Phase II, the DRDO Headquarters directed the center to put up proposal for Phase-III. The projects proposed in Phase-III were finalised through a series of discussions that involved various DRDO Labs. “An expert committee recommended the proposals under phase III with 30 specific projects-22 in chemistry and 8 in physics projects — with a budget outlay of Rs 113 crores for the next five years,” it said. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar approved the proposal and the DRDO released sanction letter to UoH, said the release.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

As campaigning reached its crescendo, BJP President Amit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shah held a road show in Gorakhpur today. Similar road shows were organsied at Kushinagar and Azamgarh. During her campaign, BSP supremo Mayawati said the public is “disenchanted with BJP” due to the “wrong policies” of the Union and the state governments and accused Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah of “dreaming to destroy the state”. The sixth phase of polling, the penultimate of the 7-phase exercise, will also cover some districts bordering Nepal. Around 1.72 crore voters, including 94.60 lakh men and 77.84 lakh women, are eligible to cast their votes in this phase, which would decide the fate of 635 candidates. The districts going to polls in this phase are Mau, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Azamgarh and Ballia. Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency has 10 assembly seats, of which SP had won nine in 2012, but this time Mulayam has not addressed a single meeting in his parliamentary constituency. In the present phase, the prestige of Union minister Kalraj Mishra, who represents Deoria in the Lok Sabha, too is at stake, besides that of Adityanath. BJP is contesting 45 seats and its ally Apna Dal one. BJP’s another ally Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party is contesting 3 seats. While BSP has fielded candidates on all 49 seats, SP is contesting 40 seats and Congress 9 seats. Prominent candidates in this phase include BSP turncoat Swami Prasad Maurya from Padrauna (Kushinagar), former BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi from Pathardeva (Deoria), Shyam Bahadur Yadav (SP), son of former Governor Ram Naresh Yadav from Fulpur Pawai (Azamgarh), SP turncoats Ambika Chowhdury and Narai Rai, who are contesting on BSP ticket from Fefna (Ballia) and Ballia Sadar. While Mukhtar is contesting from Mau, his son Abbas is in fray from adjoining Ghosi seat in Mau district. In the 2012 Assembly polls, of the 49 seats, 27 were won by the SP, 9 by BSP, 7 by BJP, 4 by Congress and 2 by others. There will be 17,926 polling booths in this phase. The highest number of 23 candidates are contesting from Gorakhpur and the least candidates, numbering seven are in pitted for5 Mohammadabad Gohna seat in Mau district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Elections 2017: Low 57.37% turnout in Phase 5 could wreck parties’ plans

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fifth round in the battle for Uttar Pradesh’s crown for 51 assembly constituencies in its 11 districts was fought on Monday in which 57.37 percent people came out to vote.The phase, which had many interesting fights and covered some of the most politically important seats of UP like Amethi and Ayodhya, is also considered the litmus test for all the main political parties.It is crucial for the SP-Congress alliance because there are some six seats from which candidates of both parties contested despite being in alliance. There were also as many as seven districts from which Congress did not field any candidate due to the alliance. The phase also put to test BSP’s attempt to forge a Dalit-Muslim combine with nearly a fifth the Mayawati’s 99 Muslim candidates facing polls in this region. There were 16 Muslim candidates from BSP in this phase as against SP’s 9.This phase is equally important for BJP as it had done exceptionally well in these districts in the 2014 general election. A neck-to-neck triangular contest between SP-Congress, BJP-Apna Dal and BSP is expected in most of the constituencies.The phase, which covered the extremely backward areas of UP along the Nepal border in the Terai region, ironically had many crorepatis and even royal candidates in the fray. Though the phase had many interesting fights, the most watched out triangular contest was witnessed in Amethi assembly seat where two queens –the former wife of Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh BJP’s Garima Sinh fought against his present wife Ameeta Sinh of Congress. The controversial minister of Akhilesh Yadav’s cabinet Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, also the sitting MLA from Amethi, was also in the fray here and made the contest a three- cornered poll battle.The 11 districts–located in Awadh, Terai belt and Eastern UP–which went to polls on Monday were Balrampur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Bahraich,Siddharth Nagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Amethi, Sultanpur and the capital of ancient India Shrawasti, where Gautam Buddha spent 24 years.In 2012, SP sweeped the region by winning 36 out of 51 seats. Congress won 5, BJP 5, BSP 3 and Peace Party 2. BJP-Apna Dal alliance, however, swept in 2014 and was ahead in 44 assembly segments, SP and Congress were ahead in four each and BSP one. BJP contested in 50 constituencies and its ally Apna Dal on one seat, BSP in all the 51, SP in 43 and Congress at 14 places.The prominent candidates in this phase included eight ministers in Akhilesh Yadav government, Speaker in the outgoing assembly Mata Prasad Pandey (Etawah), BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar (Akbarpur) and Peace Party president Muhammad Ayub (Khalilabad).Though there were 52 seats in phase five, voting took place in only 51 constituencies. Voting in Alapur has been deferred to 9 March due to the death of the Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Chandrashekhar Kanaujia. The earlier four phases have fared better in voter turnout when compared to phase five as all of them have crossed the 60 percent mark. Chief election officer T Venkatesh, however, told journalists that voter turnout percentage in phase five may go up by a certain extent as the final calculations were yet to be done.The percentage of Muslims in the eleven districts is higher that the state average of 18 percent and therefore, they were the most sought-after vote block in this phase. Muslims dominate districts like Bahraich(56%), Nanpara (73%) and Kaiserganj (60%). The districts Shravasti, Gonda, Sidharth Nagar and Balrampur also had size able Muslim populations. Ambedkar Nagar recorded the highest voter turnout in the region with 64.88% while Sant Kabir Nagar saw the least number of voters. Only 50.31 %voters came out to vote in this district. Disclosing details of voting, Venkatesh also said that a village named Parsauli in Amethi district boycotted the elections completely.This probably explains why Ayodhya, which has traditionally been a BJP seat except once in 2012 when SP won from here, had a Muslim candidate in the fray this time. In Ayodhya, for the first time after independence, any major political party fielded a Muslim candidate. BSP has taken a chance in this politically vibrant seat by fielding Bazmi Siddiqui.The sizeable Muslim population in this region also explains why political leaders threw acronyms like KASAB while campaigning in this region. Political observers said that maximum efforsts to polarise were witnessed during campaigning this phase.Besides Muslims, brahmins and thakurs, substantial number of non-yadav backward classes and non-jatav dalits were also crucial this phase.

UP Elections 2017: 60.37% turnout in Phase-IV of polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fifty-three Assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh (UP) went to polls on Thursday in the fourth phase of the state elections, recording a voter turnout of 60.37 per cent. The Assembly constituencies covered seven districts of water-starved Bundelkhand and five districts of the Doab region. Chief Election Officer T Venkatesh told journalists at Lucknow that the voter turnout will turn out to be much more as the State Election Commission was still assessing the total number of voters.The phase had many heavyweights in the fray, and also included the Nehru-Gandhi pocket borough of Raebareli, which is the Lok Sabha seat of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.The Congress’s prestige is at stake in Raebareli where, in a first since 1998, Sonia gave campaigning a miss this time. She, however, did send a “personal note” to the locals a few days ago, requesting them to support Congress candidates. Political observers say Raebareli might not be a cakewalk for Congress candidates this time around in view of Sonia’s absence and intense campaigning by other political parties.The other districts that went to polls in this phase are Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Allahabad, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur,Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur. There were a total of 680 candidates and though the regions in this phase are plagued by poverty, 189 of the 680 candidates (28 per cent) are crorepatis.The pace of voting was slow in the first few hours, but picked up as the day advanced. The voting process in this phase was not as peaceful as compared to the three earlier phases. There were incidents of violence in the Mahoba constituency. BSP and SP supporters reportedly clashed at a polling booth and both sides even exchanged gunfire. SP candidate Siddh Gopal Sahu suffered an injury and had to be hospitalised.Allahabad district, which has the most number of Assembly seats (12), did not witness the expected turnout despite several arrangements made by the State Election Commission to encourage people to vote. The district, where polling booths had first-of-its-kind selfie counters, sweet shops and other attractions like certificates for first-time voters, saw a mere 54.48 per cent turnout. The district where the highest number of people exercised their franchise was Lalitpur, which saw a voter turnout of 74.43 per cent.In the 2012 polls, out of the 53 seats in this phase, the SP had won 24, BJP five, BSP 15 and the Congress six seats, while ‘others’ had won three.The prominent contestants in this phase were sitting MLA Aradhana Mishra from Rampur Khas (Pratapgarh), the daughter of Congress MP Pramod Tiwari, and independent MLA and minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, who is again contesting from his traditional Kunda (Pratapgarh) seat. Congress candidate Aditi Singh was also among the heavyweights in this phase. Singh, the daughter of five-time MLA Akhilesh Kumar Singh, contested from Raebareli. BSP turncoat Swami Prasad Maurya’s son Utkarsh Maurya was in the fray from the Unchahar seat, while Leader of the Opposition Gaya Charan Dinkar contested from the Naraini (Banda) seat. Senior SP leader Reoti Raman Singh’s son Ujjwal Raman Singh fought from the Karchana (Allahabad) seat. BJP National Secretary Siddharth Nath Singh contested from Allahabad West. Singh is the grandson of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.Of the three phases that have already gone to polls, the third phase recorded a 61-per cent turnout, the second phase a 65-per cent turnout and the first phase a 64-per cent turnout.The next phase of polling will take place on February 27, across 52 constituencies in 11 districts, including in the Congress party bastion of Amethi.

WR, Rail Vikas Corp back AC locals for MUTP-III

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is some good news for Mumbai’s perennially harried commuter. The city is now almost certain to get 47 air-conditioned rakes as part of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) Phase III. Both the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) and Western Railway (WR) have written to the Railway Ministry that these rakes should be air-conditioned. This comes after the ministry sought the views of the two agencies on the procurement of air-conditioned rakes under MUTP Phase III.The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the MUTP Phase III on November 30, 2016.MRVC Chairman-cum-Managing Director Prabhat Sahai and WR chief spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar confirmed the move. DNA had first reported on this issue in its December 23 edition. Under MUTP III, Western and Central Railways will get 47 rakes, for which Rs 2,899 crore has been earmarked.Speaking to DNA, Sahai said that since it has already been decided that these rakes would have automatic door-closing mechanism, it was prudent to have air-conditioning as it would increase commuter comfort.The debate on whether these rakes should be air-conditioned had started among city-based railway officials almost immediately after the CCEA approval.The logic of those arguing yes, said officials, was that these rakes would start coming in by 2020, since its procurement would have to follow global tendering norms. By then, there would be a robust demand for air-conditioned suburban commuting in Mumbai, if there isn’t one already.The other reason, said a top-ranking official, was that the current crop of conventional Siemens and Bombardier rakes- cumulatively over 145 – will serve out their life well into the 2030s and adding more conventional rakes under MUTP Phase III might become illogical.According to officials, at current prices, each rake to be procured under MUTP Phase III would cost Rs 61 crore. This compares well with the cost of the first AC rake- unconnected to MUTP Phase III – which is currently being tested on Central Railway. A Right to Information plea by DNA to the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, had put the cost of the AC rake at Rs 51.42 crore.

168 candidates in fray for Manipur first phase polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A total of 168 candidates spread across 38 constituencies are in fray for the first phase of Manipur Assembly elections to held on March 4. BJP is fielding candidates in all the 38 seats, Congress has put up 37 candidates and there are 14 Independents, election officials said today. The last date of withdrawal for this phase was yesterday. The two-phase election for the 60-member Assembly will be held on March 4 and 8 and results will be declared on March 11.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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