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Maharashtra ups revenue target of registration and stamps department

Hard-pressed to meet its rising expenses due to the implementation of schemes like farm loan waivers and infrastructure projects, the cash-strapped state government is hiking the revenue collection target for the department of registration and stamps by 10 per cent, to about Rs 23,500 crore from Rs 21,000 crore.Stamp duty and registration charges on property transactions are the second-highest revenue source for the state government after state goods and services tax (SGST).”As on mid-December 2017, the collections through stamp duty and registration fees stand at Rs 16,668 crore, which is almost 80 per cent of the Rs 21,000 crore target. The highest percentage of revenue has come from conveyance deeds (54.8 per cent), followed by mortgages (12.3 per cent), leave and license agreements (10.3 per cent), power of attorney (4.7 per cent) and gift deeds (4.1 per cent). A total of 14,59,552 documents have been registered up to December 11,” the official said.The Mumbai region has also achieved over 70 per cent (Rs 6,487 crore) of its Rs 9,250 crore target.”Though we hope to achieve the revised target, real estate transactions have slumped in markets like Mumbai. However, since the new ready reckoner (RR) rates will come into force from April 1, 2018, we feel property registrations may surge in March on expectations of a rate hike,” the official noted.Officials said SRA and redevelopment projects in Mumbai were held up in areas like the Kurla taluka after the court’s ban on new constructions in Mumbai due to the failure in solving the problem of the city’s dumping grounds. This led to lower revenues being hit due to lower registrations of conveyance deeds of development projects.HELPS THE POCKETStamp duty and registration charges on property transactions are second-highest revenue source for the state government after state goods and services tax. Mumbai region has also achieved over 70 per cent (Rs 6,487 crore) of its Rs 9,250 crore target.

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Max twins case: DMC issues notice to 9 docs, 2 nurses

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has issued notices to nine doctors and two nurses of Max Hospital, located in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, for alleged negligence on their part in the recent case of a newborn who was declared dead by the hospital, but found alive while on the way to the funeral.The Council has sought a response regarding the qualifications and other details of the registration of the Delhi Nursing Council.”You may submit your statement of defence together with any other documents in support of your defence, within 15 days from the date of this notice to this office. You are directed to submit a copy of your qualification and Delhi Nursing Council registration details,” the notice said.The DMC which issued the notice on December 20 is seeking a response within 15 days.”The notice has been sent to nine doctors and two nurses through the medical superintendent of the hospital. This time responses have been sought from these individuals,” a senior DMC official said.The Council also said that it is examining the case of alleged negligence. “The Council has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports, alleging medical negligence on the part of the doctors at Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh,” it stated.The case had evoked a massive public outcry after which the Delhi government had resorted to canceling the hospital’s license. The family of the twins sat on protest for days outside the medical facility.”Take notice that in default of your failing to submit your statement of defence within the stipulated time, it shall be presumed that you have nothing to say in the matter and the Delhi Medical Council shall be free to initiate appropriate action,” the notice said.Meanwhile, a Delhi court in which a petition was filed in the case had asked the police to file a progress report by January 8, 2018.THE CASEOn November 30, a 22-week pregnant woman gave birth to twins, of which the girl was a still-born. The hospital handed over the bodies of the twins to the family in plastic bags, to be taken for burial. Six hours later, the parents realised that one of the babies was squirming in its package.

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BEST may get back AC buses via wet lease scheme

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has proposed a fresh bid to go for wet-lease scheme and get 225 buses. This would include 100 AC buses and 25 mini-buses in which the contractor will provide drivers and take care of maintaining the buses. This comes as good news as the undertaking will revive the AC buses that have been removed from service.The BEST has proposed to revive wet-leasing of buses wherein they will only reduce the overhead costs for a period of seven years. The 225 buses include 100 air-conditioned mini-buses, 100 non-AC mini-buses and 25 mini-buses which can easily go through narrow roads and can cater to more number of passengers.According to the proposal, the total contractual value for seven years would be Rs 305.95 crore wherein the lowest bidder has agreed to supply mini AC buses at a rate of anywhere between Rs 49 to Rs 50.45 per km, mini non-AC buses at Rs 41 to Rs 43.09 per km and midi-buses at Rs 45 to Rs 47.30 per km.Earlier, the BEST Committee had rejected their last proposal for wet-leasing and asked to bring in a fresh proposal. The BEST has assured a run of 3,500 kilometres per month for mini-buses and 4,000 kilometres for midi-buses.The BEST Undertaking is a financial crisis with losses to the tune of Rs 880 crore; so, its parent body BMC has suggested a few reforms to reduce expenditure.Apart from this, even its supply division is under stress. The Undertaking’s contract with Tata Power — for supplying power to the BEST, which is then distributed by the latter to 10 lakh daily consumers — will end in March 2018.The BEST wants to lower its supply expenditure and thus looking at competitive bidding. However, in the last few days, there have been a lot of problems.”We have asked to extend the power supply by another 6 months, and if even by April 2018 we are unable to get a new power supplier,” said Surendra Bagde, General Manager, BEST.THE PROPOSALAccording to the proposal, the contract for seven years will cost Rs 305.95 crore wherein the lowest bidder has agreed to supply mini AC buses between Rs 49 and Rs 50.45 per km

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Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital staff accused of negligence

Sudha Rao, 68, breathed her last on December 9 at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, following a one-and-half month long treatment after brain stroke. While her family doesn’t blame the hospital for her death, they believe the hospital did not take proper care of her despite charging them Rs 9 lakh.Rao’s son Hemant has been doing the rounds of the police station and hospital seeking a medical investigation into her death. They even refused to take possession of the body for the final rites as they wanted the hospital to properly investigate her death. “We have been running from pillar to post so that the hospital can at least accept that there were lapses,” says Pathik Muni, a relative of Rao.”Three days after her admission, she was slated to be discharged. But I requested the hospital to keep her in general ward for a few days because travelling to her to the hospital for physiotherapy and dialysis on a daily basis would have been inconvenient for her. She was later shifted to the Intensive Care Unit after suffering from pulmonary oedema. It was from here on that the staff was careless in her treatment,” Hemant said.Hemant said Rao was put on a wrong diet plan by the dietician when she was in the ICU. “Her weight on the diet paper showed 90 kg, but her actual weight was 73 kg. We brought this to the doctors’ attention and they agreed that 1,000 ml of water per day can be reduced from her liquid diet. It all led to fresh frozen plasma and blood transfusion,” he said.The hospital authorities did not respond to emails and calls by this correspondent.DOCUMENTS SOUGHTInvestigation report including X-ray, MRI, CT scan and other findings of the patient. Doctor’s reports including daily notes of visits Diet chart List of medicines used and procedures done THE CHARGESThe patient was put on 2000ml/day liquid diet with her assumed weight of 90 kg when her real weight was 73 kg. It was later reduced to 1000 ml/day On December 4, the doctor prescribed vitamin K injection, which was given seven hours later.

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.5 hits Jammu and Kashmir, no loss of life reported

A medium intensity earthquake of magnitude 4.5 hit Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, THE India Meteorological Department reported in a statement.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>There was no immediate report of any injury or destruction in any part of the state, which was jolted at 4:48 am.Earlier on Saturday, an earthquake of magnitude 4.7 hit Jammu and Kashmir.Further details are awaited.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: BJP released manifesto after we raised questions about it, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday claimed that BJP was forced to release its manifesto after Congress put pressure on it. Rahul said in Anand, ” We raised questions about Manifesto & BJP hastily prepared it behind closed doors. Congress asked for it so Arun Jaitley released it.” He said that not releasing the manifesto so far showed BJP’s arrogance. Rahul claimed that BJP thinks “they’re going to govern here for 100 years”, hence had no intention on publishing its manifesto. On Friday, Union Finance Minister released BJP’s vision document for Gujarat and said that the main focus is that the growth process shouldn’t be hampered. But before that Rahul Gandhi went hammer and tongs demanding why BJP is yet to release its manifesto. “The campaign in half of Gujarat has already ended. Polling will be held shortly. But the BJP has not announced its manifesto yet. The BJP has not told you what it will do for you in the next five years,” Gandhi said. “Modi-ji used to say that the BJP will rule in Gujarat for the next hundred years. But he is not saying a single word about the future of Gujarat at his rallies. “Instead, Modi-ji talks about Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and so many global issues. This election is not about Modi or (Rahul) Gandhi…It’s about THE people of Gujarat,” he said.Also readGujarat Election 2017: BJP releases its manifesto; attacks Congress for making ‘false promises'”The BJP is ruling here for the last 22 years. Now you have an opportunity to elect a government which would focus on you. People want to know what the BJP or Congress would do for them. While the BJP has not declared its manifesto, we held extensive dialogue with THE people and prepared our manifesto accordingly,” Rahul Gandhi said in a meeting before BJP’s manifesto was released. Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | A storm is brewing as Congress will win the elections, says Rahul GandhiAll key demands of tribal communities, such as implementation of Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, filling up vacant posts reserved for STs, scholarships for tribal students and better compensation for land acquisition, have been included in the Congress manifesto, Gandhi said. Voting for 89 seats of Saurashtra and south Gujarat will be held tomorrow, while that for 93 seats of north and central Gujarat, including Chhota Udepur, wILL he held on December 14. Campaigning for the first phase ended yesterday.With PTI inputs

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Ex-model says husband forcing her to convert, files complaint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mumbai-based former model has filed a complaint with Bandra Police Station alleging that her husband assaulted and tortured her, forcing her to convert to his faith.A case of molestation has been registered in Bandra Police station against both of them. On the other hand, the husband also approached the Bandra police complaining that his wife had assaulted him. The police have also registered a non-cognisable offence in this matter.According to the complainant, her husband got married to another woman in October, and since then, all three have been staying together. On Friday at around 5 pm, her husband and his friend Munir came to their home and asked the victim to leave the house. When she asked him for a reason, the husband allegedly started assaulting her and said that if she did not convert, she would have to put up with this and threatened to bar her from meeting their 7-year-old child.”We have registered complaints and are probing the matter. We have conducted a medical examination on the couple as both were injured. We verifying the claims made by the victim,” said Pandit Thackeray, senior PI, Bandra police station.THE ALLEGATIONSThe woman has also accused her husband for demanding money from her and that he and his friend Munir are trying to convert his second wife who is 19 years his junior

Tough battle, tougher task in hand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi’s winter pollution is making headlines all over the country, but for residents of Danilimda, it is a yearly issue, and a major one at that.Danilimda has the city’s own garbage hill — Pirana. Forty years of garbage dumping has made the dumpsite look more like a small range of three hills, each more than 100 feet high. A backward area with a growing population, the area needs a revamp, and breathing space.This is the den for illegal activities with migrants from Bangladesh residing here for a long time.Congress’s Dalit candidate Shailesh Parmar won the people’s mandate in 2012, beating BJP’s Girush Parmar, again a Dalit ledaer. Girish is himself a former Congress leader who had once defeated the BJP. He turned rebel when he was denied the newly formed Danilimda constituency. The battle will be interesting this year, as the area has hardly seen any development.Slum dwellers, illegal migrants, illegal chemical factories, health issues, and garbage plague the people living in this area. It life in the primitive age in a smart, heritage city.Sitting MLA Shailesh Parmar claims that he has done many things for the area, like installing streetlights, RCC roads, and drainage lines, while his opponent said that all this was actually done by the BJPIn 2012, the main battle were between Shailesh and Girish. However, Shailesh won by a margin of 10.37 per cent of votes. The area has mixed population of Muslim, Dalit, Rabari, and few vote shares of Brahmins, Vaniyas and Patels.Shailesh Parmar said that 90 per cent of the societies in his area had RCC roads. Other than the Rs 1 crore he had in his MLA fund, he utilised his MP fund too for developmental work. “We have made RCC roads, streetlights, improved the drainage network. Barel market, which is newly developed, has given basic amenities like street lights, water connection and others,” said Shailesh Parmar, MLA Danilimda.Girish Parmar said that he had plans to develop the area beautify it if he wins. “Many illegal activities are going on around the dumpsite. People need basic amenities,” he said.For 2017, there are 227 polling booths in the area.DANILIMDA (SC)Population: Over 3 lakhVoters: 201451Male: 106412Female: 95039CASTE-WISE BREAK-UP OF VOTERSMuslim: 98,000SC: 67,000Patel: 9,000Rabari 5,000mix population: 15,000(all figures are approx)MAJOR AREAS OF THE CONSTITUENCYGomatipurBehrampuraShahalamDanilimdaA part of Narol crossroadsSome parts of JuhapuraA newly made constituency from Shaher Kotda.VOTER TURNOUT IN 201268.47%WHO WON IN THE PREVIOUS ELECTION2012 INC Shailesh Parmar, Victory margin73,573 KEY ISSUESGARBAGEHEALTHPOLLUTED WATERDRAINAGESLUMSLIKELY CANDIDATESGirish Parmar – BJPShailesh Parmar – INCWHAT PARTY LEADERS HAVE TO SAY1) Shailesh Parmar, MLA, INCDanilimda sarwa is made of lower and middle class voters. In the past five years, the area got a police station, an urban health center, an English medium school, and a community hall. With the installation of drainage lines, flooding during monsoon has been under control. We made a water tank in this area to cater to the needs of people.2. Girish Parmar, BJPIn the past five years, Shailesh Parmar has done not done anything for the community or for the area. A solution to Pirana is the first priority. There are many illegal activities, specially illegal chemical factories — around 324 — dumping their affluent into the river. We are working towards a proper solution for Pirana and other pollution issues in the area.WHAT VOTERS HAVE TO SAY1. Girish Parmar, studentGarbage and pollution are the two main issues in this area which are causing other health complications. Also, we don’t have pure drinking water. In terms of infrastructure, some of the pockets of the constituency has roads. But the area is still an underdeveloped one.2. Zaheer Derdiwala, businessmanThis area has a mixed population, with a Muslim majority. We can say that this part of Ahmedabad is excluded from modern infrastructure. There is a constant issue with water, which needs to be addressed. We get the support from local political leaders whenever we ask, but need strong action for a makeover.3. Irfan Sipai, mobile technicianPoliticians and matters of development are only discussed when elections are around. We are satisfied with whatever we have in our area. There is no expectation from the elected people, other than to provide proper basic facilities. Waterlogging during monsoon is a major problem which needs to be fixed. Just because the area is belongs to the poor, their issues go unanswered most of the time.4) Rehana Ansari, home makerI am living in this areas for a long time. All I worry about is my kids’ future. This area has so much pollution, which brings health complications. I am concerned about the living conditions here as there is a perpetua; smog most of the time. The politicians and the system needs to take quick action.5) Nazma Panara, home makerWe have an English medium school in our area, but still need more. We need some vocational training centers so that people can acquire livelihood skills. People need vocational or professional training for overall upliftment.

Multi-storey toilets by BMC on the cards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move aimed at ensuring the city remains open-defecation free, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has, in a first, decided to construct two and three-storey public toilets to overcome problems of space constraint. BMC will be constructing over 18,000 public toilet blocks beginning next year.The BMC will form a special cell, which will be headed by the chief engineer (Slum Sanitation Programme), who will be responsible for carrying out the construction of these multi-storey toilets, which will provide water and electricity connections. Wherever, it not possible to connect the toilets to sewage lines, the BMC will build septic tanks for such toilets.These multi-storey toilets will have features like separate sections for children and the differently abled. “The estimated cost of constructing 18,818 toilet blocks is Rs. 376 crore. The civic body will also pull down 11,170 existing toilet blocks and construct 15,774 new toilets in its place using improved design. “Thus the city will get an additional 4, 604 toilet blocks when new toilet blocks are constructed in the place of old ones,” said an official. Meanwhile, another 3,044 toilets blocks will be completely new.”To overcome the shortage of space, we have decided to construct multi-storey toilets in the city. Earlier, the BMC used to construct only ground storey toilets. Keeping in mind the demand, two or three-storey toilets will now be constructed, which will increase the number of toilet seats,” a BMC official said.IN THE WORKSThese multi-storey toilets will have features like separate sections for children and the differently abled. The civic body is planning to complete the tender process by the end of this year and start giving work orders for the project by January 15, 2018.

Pak pumping in fake currency

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A year after demonetisation of high value Indian currency notes, the Pakistan’s rogue intelligence agency, ISI is back with a mirror copy of Rs 2000 and 500 notes that was launched by the Reserve Bank of India with new security features to neutralize Fake Indian Currency Notes ( FICN) factories operating across the border.Although, ISI suspected to have copied majority of security features of newly launched notes, the sudden increase in last two months is perplexing. The intelligence agencies have revealed the reason behind the surge. Sources said Pak’s ISI has managed to set up a proper units in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and newly printed FICN is smuggled to Bangladesh before it reaches to India through FICN mules.The FICN business that involves both state and non state actors is using high quality machine and ink making the lot difficult to detect, identified and easy to slip as original. The Intelligence agencies officials last week have voiced concern over the high quality of Rs 2000 FICNs, which makes them difficult to distinguish from real notes.THE CONCERNSThe Intelligence agencies officials last week have voiced concern over the high quality of Rs 2000 FICNs, which makes them difficult to distinguish from real notes.

Brothers forge hall tickets to appear for college exam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nagpada police on Monday arrested two brothers for allegedly forging a hall ticket for a college exam. The elder brother was the one to appear for the college exam instead of the actual candidate, the younger brother, using the forged hall ticket. The accused are siblings and the younger brother was a second year student pursuing a diploma in mechanical engineering.The police said, that the elder brother then pasted his photo on his brother’s hall ticket and took a colour xerox of the hall ticket. With the forged hall ticket, the accused entered the exam hall and signed an attendance sheet. While he was getting ready to appear for the exam, and was waiting for the question paper, the exam supervisor saw him and got suspicious.”The teachers knew the younger brother well and when the elder brother sat for the exam on his behalf, they immediately identified him. The college professors informed us and a case of cheating and forgery was registered against the accused,” said a police officer.The accused told the police that the younger brother was weak in a particular subject and was fearing he would fail. He thus asked his elder brother to appear for the exam on his behalf. “We have arrested both of them on Monday and have booked them for forgery,” said Sanjay Baswat, Senior police inspector of Nagpada police station.THE REASONThe accused told the police that the younger brother was weak in a particular subject and was fearing he would fail. He thus asked his elder brother to appear for the exam on his behalf.

JBCN school students to organise anti-bullying week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The students of JBCN International school have planned to organise an anti-bullying week from November 13 to November 17. As part of the event, students will get an opportunity to meet victims and experts who will talk about the difference between teasing and bullying, and the need to create awareness.The school also plans to keep a box on the school premises for students to drop in notes about the challenges they face, which will be looked after by the enrichment cell (counselling department).Pinky Dalal, founder of the JBCN International School said, “It is important to sensitise learners about bullying so we decided to have an anti-bullying week in school. This year’s theme is “All Different All Equal”. Through various workshops and interventions our aim is to empower learners to be confident and accepting. The initiative is being led by our student council and facilitated by our school teaching community. The idea is to make learners conscious, teach them to be responsible for their choices and to learn to respect and accept each other.”The session on November 13 will focus on creating awareness about ‘What is bullying, and the difference between teasing and bullying. On November 15, there will be various sessions about the types of bullying, places and situations in which bullying may take place. Students will get a chance to meet and talk to victims of bullying, and teachers, family, friends who can intervene. On November 16, students will get lessons on the impact of bullying. On November 17, there will be an exhibit about spreading awareness, which will include posters and slogans on anti-bullying. There will also be a display board with handprints and every student will take an anti-bullying pledge.The counselling department has planned different activities for Classes 1 to 10. The area of focus for different classes are as follows – Class 1-5: class bullying, Class 6-8: social bullying and Class 9-10: cyberbullying.THE ORIGINAnti-Bullying Week is an annual UK event held in the third week of November.It aims to raise awareness about bullying among children and young adults, and highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.

Fire at Bhalswa landfill aggravates pollution crisis

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

25-yr-old foils robbery attempt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 25-year-old daughter of a businessman in Sadar Bazar area of Old Delhi showed exemplary courage after two robbers barged into her house and tried to strangle her mother on Wednesday afternoon.The woman pushed the robbers and opened the windows seeking help from neighbours which led them to leave their weapons and a bag on the spot and flee for their lives.According to the police, the incident occurred in Motia Khan area on Idgah road in Old Delhi. Two robbers with muffled faces barged into their residence and pushed the mother-daughter duo aside. One of them hit the daughter and pushed her aside while the other caught hold of the mother’s neck and threatened her.The girl tried to attack the robbers and they fled fearing that they would be caught, leaving behind their bag, which contained a pistol, tape, rope and other robbery equipment. She then called the police who reached the location and seized the bag containing the pistol and other goods.The police registered a case under appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code. Both the accused are absconding. Further investigations are underway.THE INCIDENTOccurred on Wednesday in Motia Khan area on Idgah road in Old Delhi. Two robbers with covered faces barged into the residence; one hit the daughter while the other tried to strangle the mother.

Juvenile arrested in Dadar murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Dadar police have arrested a juvenile in connection with the murder of a 50-year-old security guard in Dadar in June this year. The police had arrested three persons in the case and this is the fourth arrest in the case. The accused told the police that they killed the watchman as he did not allow them to drink at an under-construction building site.Four months after the murder, the case was solved by the Khar police recently.It was revealed during the investigation that the accused — all from upper-class families had killed the guard as he had objected to their drinking at an under-construction site in Dadar.The accused have been identified as Shivam Singh, his brother Satyam, residents of Nalasopara, and Mayank Shukla, a resident of Dadar. Shivam is BBA student, Mayank is studying engineering. The juvenile who has been arrested is the cousin of Singh brothers.The Khar police received a tip-off that the two brothers were involved in some heinous crime that they had committed in Dadar, following which the police found that the accused were involved in a murder case of the watchman.”Mayank and his brothers would visit the crime scene frequently but suddenly after the murder, they stopped going there. It raised our suspicion as Mayank was also a resident of the same area, and according to their mobile location, the accused were there on the day of the incident. We then picked up one of the brothers who told us that they stabbed the watchman as he had objected to their drinking,” said a police officer from Khar police station.THE CASEOn June 12, a watchman was stabbed by unknown persons, and his body was found later. The Dadar police registered a case, however, the Khar police solved that case.

BMC breached principles of law: MHADA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Boosted by a letter from MHADA saying BMC had acted against the principles of law, upset Kalina residents said they would approach the state government to complain that authorities are not fulfilling their duty in shutting down a transit accommodation that has outlived its purpose.The residents have demanded that a transit accommodation in Kalina to be demolished because it is on a plot that is reserved as open space. On May 22, DNA had reported that residents had served a legal notice on MHADA over the delay in giving them the land. MHADA had allotted the land measuring over 21,000 sq ft to a society.In a letter dated October 23, MHADA has told Voice of Kalina, an ALM which has taken up the issue, that it has sealed 28 of 30 tenements based on their complaint.MHADA added that it is now up to the BMC to move against the transit accommodation.”In the present case, it is the planning authority which itself has acted in breach of the principles of law. We hence direct the state government to consider this aspect of the matter as part of its overall control,” the letter said.”This is like one authority pushing things on the other. We have been complaining to the BMC also about it but there was no action. MHADA cannot just shirk responsibility because, at the end of the day, it is their land. They should have also marked the letter to BMC besides sending it to housing department,” said Clarence Pinto, member of Voice of Kalina.THE LETTERIn a letter, MHADA has told Voice of Kalina, an ALM which has taken up the issue, that it has sealed 28 of 30 tenements based on their complaint. MHADA added that it is now up to the BMC to move against the transit accommodation.

KC College students to help poor kids get education

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With a view to work for the education of underprivileged children in and around the city, the Rotaract Club of Kishinchand Chellaram (KC) College, Churchgate, recently kick started its initiative —’edYOUcation’. Under the initiative, students of the college plan to carry out a number of activities with an aim to provide access of education to underprivileged children.To begin with, students of the club have recently conducted a detailed survey amongst students to try and understand in what ways each one can help in their cause. The survey would be followed by their initiative ‘Pasti se Pustak’ in which students would collect old newspapers and scrap papers from students from the college and nearby areas and sell them to raise funds for the education of these students.“The idea is to aid students who are out of school and educate them by providing the necessary help. We hope to collect a large amount of newspapers which can then be sold, and the money can be used to buy stationery and books for students who cannot afford them,” said Devika Deshpande, Joint Secretary, Rotaract Club of KC College.In the second phase of the initiative, the club has collaborated with XPress foundation, an NGO working for the education of underprivileged children. “We plan to send a few of our volunteers into schools where the NGO is currently working. This way we would try and do all that we can to ensure that we help the needy students,” added Deshpande.THE PLANStudents of the college plan to carry out a number of activities with an aim to provide access of education to underprivileged children. The team’s survey would be followed by their initiative Pasti se Pusta in which students woul collect old newspapers from college students and sell them to raise funds

GST: State allows contractors to escalate contract bill by 5%

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the additional burden of Goods and Service Tax (GST) and the fluctuation in fuel prices, Maharashtra government has decided to permit contractors to submit escalated bills with variation of 5%, so that contractors will not face any major financial losses.The civil and road contractors in Mahrashtra had refused to undertake new contracts and continue with the ongoing work because of the extra burden of GST and fluctuating prices of diesel and petrol.State’s public works department (PWD) on Monday issued the notification permitting contractors to submit the fresh bills with the variation of 5%. “We had asked our all district chief engineers to call the meeting with the representatives of contractors and assistant/joint commissioner of GST and decided the settlement procedure on claim on account burden due to GST. The chief engineer as the professional of head of the respective district has to carry out this work effectively. If some issues prop up regarding implementation of contract work agreement, they have to consult with the government immediately,” said official from PWD on condition of anonymity.“We received several complaints from contractors that due to the GST and flue prices, the prices of bitumen, concrete, steel and cement has been increased drastically that additional cost has to be paid to them. However, the contract work amount that can be either paid or recovered if work amount goes down. The price adjustment in tender will be separately attached to tender documents,” stated in the circular.“As per the government norms, price escalation cannot be done if the work period is for only one year. Therefore, we have decided to change the work complete limit more than year so that the contractors can avail the benefit of change in rule. Nevertheless, the contractors who have undertaken the potholes repairing work cannot push their work limit more than year. They have to complete the work as per the agreement only,” said senior official from the PWD.IN THE PASTThe civil and road contractors in Mahrashtra had refused to undertake new contracts and continue with the ongoing work because of the extra burden of GST and fluctuating prices of diesel and petrol.

Now, BMC plans to teach mgmt basics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the rise in urbanisation across the country and need to manage water, open space and waste management being felt acutely, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to start a course on ‘City Management’ next year onwards. The course will focus on managing a city with limited resources to cater to maximum people.The BMC claims that the course will be the first of its kind in the country to be run by a civic body.”From hospitals to lakes, the BMC is known to manage resources in a better way than other civic bodies in the country. We want other civic bodies or similar organisations to learn how to manage their resources to cater to the maximum number of people,” said a senior civic official attached to the programme.The six-month programme will be run by experts from the industry and officials from the BMC. “We will bring in experts from the industry and also use our own officials with experience in management,” added the official.Despite several issues having cropped up while drafting the development plan (DP) 2034 — a blueprint for development in the city till 2034 — the civic body got it cleared from the corporation.”It is an achievement to prepare a DP of a city like Mumbai which has limited space and to accommodate a huge population and meet the expectations of each and every stakeholder,” said the official. The ‘Development Plan’ will also part of the curriculum. At present, Mumbai’s DP 2034 is with the state government for final approval.”At present, we are finalising important aspects,” added the official.The course will be open for everyone from a resident to a civic body or similar organization. “With a rise in urbanisation across the country, even a resident should know the intricacies of how to run a city like Mumbai,” said the official. The course will also discuss good works being done across the globe.THE COURSE WILL INCLUDEIt will be conducted in the BMC’s training centres in Borivli and Powai.
It will cover urban issues like water and waste management, managing sewerage system, running hospitals, dealing with encroachment on footpaths and maintaining traffic systems. The six-month programme will be run by experts from the industry and officials from the BMC

Shah not happy with poll preparation in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national chief Amit Shah was not happy with the performance of the Gujarat BJP ahead of polls.He made it evident at the meetings convened in the last two days at the Gujarat BJP’s headquarter Shri Kamalam. Shah reviewed the performance of all the cells and morchas of the party and admonished them for their incompetence.Shah met all office bearers and asked them to present their action reports but many failed, said sources.A senior BJP leader said, “Shah was displeased with the Gujarat BJP. He was not happy because the party failed to create a favourable atmosphere on every front. He also asked the representative of cells and morchas to analyse the work done during the past polls of the Lok Sabha and to compare it with the present status.””It is obvious that PM Modi and Shah were here in Gujarat and they had charted the blue print for the preparation of the last polls. However, Shah is a positive leader and came up with solutions to different issues. We are making changes accordingly,” said the leader.Shah is going to stay for one more day in Gujarat. He also gave directions to all MLAs and MPs of BJP to give their best contribution for Gujarat Gaurav Yatra. He instructed the BJP to launch its poll campaign through this Yatra and, added the source.Shah also met several leaders of BJP who have been sidelined. He tried to solve their issues and placate them to work for the BJP in the upcoming polls.BEFORE THE BATTLEShah met all office bearers and asked them to present their action reports but many failed.
He reviewed the performance of all the cells and morchas of the party and admonished them for their incompetence.
He also gave directions to all MLAs and MPs of BJP to give their best contribution for Gujarat Gaurav Yatra.
He met BJP leaders who have been sidelined to solve their issues.

Mumbai realty grapples with 50% unsold inventory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai homebuyers remain chary of new purchases, irrespective of which end of the budget spectrum they are at. Unsold inventory in the so-called city of dreams for 1-, 2-, and 3-BHK homes remains at 49, 50, and 51 per cent, respectively, a new report from real estate consultancy JLL India shows.Worse, the report, which looks at projects registered with the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), projects that unsold inventory in various parts of the city will rise in 2018 compared to 2017.According to the report, Thane Municipal Corporation and adjacent areas are performing better than Mumbai, with the least number of unsold units at 15 per cent for projects scheduled to be ready by end of 2017. The bad news is that the number is likely to be more than double to 38 per cent for projects that will be completed by 2018.The data, as of July 31, 2017, shows unsold inventory in Andheri at 36 per cent in 2018, compared to 28 per cent in 2017. Chembur is likely to see unsold inventory at 30 per cent in 2018, compared with 69 per cent in 2017. Borivli, however, will see a demand surge, with 2018 unsold inventory projected at 29 per cent compared to 58 per cent in 2017, a 50 per cent fall.According to data from MahaRERA, the maximum number of units, 59,516, registered are in Thane Municipal Corporation and Thane district. This is followed by the Western suburbs, where 28,000 units are registered. Central suburbs follow with 16,852 units, South Mumbai at 11,424 units, and the Harbour region with 7,502 units.THE REPORTThe total carpet area of projects registered under MahaRERA as per recent data available, was 84.62 mn. sq.ft., of which the total sold area was 43.5 mn. sq.ft. or 51 per cent. Many builders have moved forward the timeline for completion of projects, in many cases by two years.

You failed to save Pradhuman Thakur: CBSE’s damning report finds Gurugram’s Ryan International guilty of ‘gross negligence’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Haryana government took over Gurugram’s Ryan International, the CBSE on Saturday served a show cause notice to the embattled school in connection with the murder of a 7-year-old student on its premises.The notice asked Ryan why its affiliation to the educational board “may not be withdrawn”.The CBSE’s damning report found Ryan guilty of “gross negligence”.It clearly said that Ryan failed to save Pradhuman Thakur, the class II student, who was found murdered in the school toilet.“The toilet windows had no grills,” the CBSE noted.Other safety violation include no separate toilet for bus staff and student; no attendant/aaya was present outside the toilet of the small children; unlocked, idle two floors of the school; low-height boundary wall; no fire safety certificates; CCTV cameras not functional among others.Apart from this, there were administrative lapses on part of Ryan. There was no full-time principal in the school.The Ryan failed to inform the police about the incident, the CBSE said.“From the entire sequence of events, it appears that the school is guilty of gross negligence and failed to ensure safety and security of the students in the school, ” the CBSE said. The report also said that had the school followed the guidelines, the unfortunate death of class II student could have been avoided.Now, Ryan has 15 days to reply to CBSE’s show cause notice. Failing to which, the CBSE may cancel its affiliation. In case Ryan loses CBSE affiliation, other students will be transferred to other branches to avoid any loss to their academic year.READ THE CBSE NOTICE HERECBSE show cause notice to Ryan International

Database for Bihar students to reduce proxies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar government is in the process of preparing a database of around 2.4 crore students from government and government-aided schools in the state, to crack down on duplicate enrollees. This is aimed at improving implementation of welfare schemes.The database of almost 2.16 crore children studying in Classes I to XII, has already been prepared. “The data for the remaining students is likely to be completed by the end of the month,” a senior official from the Bihar education department said and added that this was the first time that such an exercise had been undertaken.Apart from the student’s and his parents’ names, basic personal information of the students is also a part of the database. The department has also sought Aadhaar numbers, which will double as a unique id for the students.”Those students who do not have Aadhaar numbers will be provided a separate unique id,” the official said. He added that once the database of government school students is ready, they will ask the private schools to follow their suit. The database will make it very easy for detection of duplicate candidates. “We will also send the list of students to each school and ask the principals to corroborate the data. Those students, who are enrolled in two schools, will be deleted from one list,” he said and added that the target to rectify duplication of students was December 2017.The state is also in the process of improving the situation at government schools by providing better facilities for students.”A pilot project to introduce smart classes for students will commence at 10 government schools in Patna from the first week of September. The teachers are being trained to use e-content and we are expecting that students learn better through the audio-visual content than regular lecture method,” he said.WHAT THE DATA WILL INCLUDEApart from the student’s and their parents’ names, basic personal information of the students is also a part of the database.
The department has also sought Aadhaar numbers, which will double as a unique id for the students.

Centre amends cadre allocation policy to protect national character of all India services

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has decided to amend its existing cadre allocation policy for all India Services, to ensure that an even mix of officers are placed across the country from all corners.The thought behind amending the policy, DNA has learnt, was fueled by the concern that all India Services such as the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) are losing their “national character” and turning regional in nature.The problem arises as most candidates qualifying the civil services examinations prefer their own or neighbouring states when choosing their cadres, thus remaining confined to a specific region during their entire career span.Under the new policy, states will be divided into five zones and a candidate will first have to select a preferred cadre in each zone.After indicating one preferred cadre, the candidate will have to follow the same process and indicate their second preferred cadre in each zone.Sources said the revised policy will change this as a candidate now will have to choose a cadre from every region of the country. “Depending on the available vacancies in each state, a candidate from south India may be allocated a cadre in north or east India, and vice versa, instances of which were fewer earlier,” another official said.The new policy will also offer candidates under the “physically-disabled quota” an additional option to indicate their state preference, apart from their home state.Another crucial reason that led to the decision was dearth of officers in “less preferred states” such as northeastern states and Jammu and Kashmir. Sources across states said they are hopeful the new policy will tackle this problem.WHY THE NEW POLICYTo retain national character of AIS, cadre allocation policy will be amended.
“Physically-disabled” candidates will get option to indicate their state of preference apart from home state.

Anandpal case: Nod to CBI probe, Rajputs call off stir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty five days after gangster Anandpal was shot dead in an encounter with the Rajasthan Police personnel, the state government on Tuesday agreed to an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into his death. A section of the Rajput community has been agitating for the last many days demanding a CBI inquiry, which the government has denied so far.After the government agreed to the CBI inquiry and six other demands of the community, the Rajput front has called off their Jaipur rally that coincided with national BJP president Amit Shah’s three-day state visit.On Tuesday morning, around 11 am, a council of the community leaders met the Home Minister along with other members of the government. A marathon meeting between the council and the government ensued and around 2:30 pm the government finally agreed to select demands made by the community representatives.The government will now send a recommendation to the CBI to investigate the encounter under FIR (number190/17) that was registered in Ratangarh police station in Churu.The government will send another recommendation to the CBI to investigate the death of Surendra Singh (FIR number 238/17, registered at Ashok Nagar PS, Jaipur), the man from Malalsar village – who died in the bloody violence at Sanwrad on July 12. Interestingly, one of the demands made by the agitators was also met wherein gangster Anandpal’s family had demanded that his daughter – Chinu – be allowed to return to her native village. The government has agreed that the authorities will not pose a trouble over her return from Dubai. Chinu had, in an exclusive interview to DNA, expressed her fears in the event of her return to Rajasthan.The state government has also agreed to pay compensation to those who have died in the agitation or sustained injuries. The government has also assured the council that commando Sohan Singh’s family members would facilitate a meeting between Singh and his family. Singh is undergoing treatment at Medanta Hospital. Later in the day, home minister Gulab Chand Kataria declared that the cops injured in violence in Sanwrad would also be provided with financial help. The government has offered one lakh rupees to those who were seriously injured and fifty thousand rupees to those who were wounded.THE DEAL BREAKERSources said the government agreed to demand for a CBI probe keeping in view BJP president Amit Shah’s visit to Jaipur. He is on three-day visit from July 21, while Rajput rally was on July 22. THE TROUBLE SHOOTERChief minister Vasundhara Raje’s trusted lieutenant Rajendra Rathore once again played a key role in bringing about the end of agitation by parlaying with the community representatives.

RPF files case against man who flashed woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Borivali Railway Police has registered a case against the unknown person who allegedly flashed a 23-year-old Mulund woman in a Churchgate-bound local train last month.The woman alleged in her Facebook post that the man exposed himself to her and threatened to rape her. She also wrote about calling the railway helpline number, only to be laughed at and hung up on by the railway police, on hearing the nature of her complaint. According to the post, the incident took place on June 15 but she wrote about it on July 6.”We have registered a case against an unidentified person. A probe is on to identify the accused, we will scrutinise CCTV footage,” said Purushottam Karad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Western Railway.A case under IPC Section 354 A (1) (Sexual harassment), 509 (act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 504 (Intentional insult), 506 (criminal intimidation) has been registered at the Borivali railway police station.CLEARING THE AIRIn a tweet, the RPF denied laughing
RPF claims that staff attended to the complaint at Malad and Andheri stations but the complainant couldn’t be found

DNA SPECIAL: Mayor redraws JMC office building on vastu lines to seek public’s kripa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoti feels that there is Vastu Dosh in Jaipur Municipal Corporation headquarters building which is why public’s ‘kripa’ (blessings) is not showered upon the civic body. Now, the Vastu Dosh is being corrected and a yantra have been put outside mayor’s chamber for absorbing negative energy and generation of positive energy. Besides, lakhs of rupees are also being spent on other changes for making the building Vastu Dosh free.Notably, reports regarding Vastu Dosha in JMC building have been regular and even Vastu experts have been telling that the building has the Vastu related problems. This could be possible as JMC has remained in controversy since the construction of the building. JMC officials have been accused of corruption and many were trapped by agencies. Besides, JMC has remained in losses which dented civic body’s image among the public. The second mayor Nirmala Verma could not complete her tenure and died. The then next mayor Sheel Dhabai lost her husband. Apart from this, the former mayor Nirmal Nahata could not complete his term and had to step down.According to sources, mayor took a decision to correct the Vastu Dosh. Famous Vastu expert SK Mehta was called by Lahoti and Mehta suggested some changes after inspecting the building.THE CHANGES ON THE PREMISESThe level of road outside South-East side entrance gate is being raised by one and a half feet. Costly tiles, mesh and poles outside the gate have been removed.
The JMC headquarters canteen has been shifted from West to near the South East side gate. Chambers for committee chambers have been made on old canteen site.
Entrance gate for mayor and other VIPs is being made on the North side.
Employees union office and permanent Aadhaar centre would be shifted in the basement.
Visitors would be allowed entry from South East gate of the premises
Changes in JMC commissioner chamber is also being made PAST INSTANCESThis is not the first time that Vastu Dosh is being corrected at JMC headquarters. The entry gate was changed during former mayor Ashok Parnami’s tenure and a Ganesha idol was established there.
Former JMC CEO Manjeet Singh had also consulted Vastu expert SK Mehta during former mayor Nirmala Verma’s tenure. At that time Mehta had told that JMC has been facing problems due to Vastu Dosh in the building. It was then advised that the building was constructed in the wrong direction. Mehta had then given Vastu tips to Singh negate the ill-influences.

President to address annual convocation of IISc tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Pranab Mukherjee will address the annual convocation of the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at Bengaluru tomorrow. Less than a month before completing his term, Mukherjee will visit the Karnataka capital for the event. His term ends on July 25. In March, Mukherjee had congratulated IISc for figuring in the list of top 10 institutions in the ‘Best Small Universities’ category of the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings 2017.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi’s own Speakers’ Corner

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asha Dubey is sitting on one side of a central Delhi backstreet, wearing a wornout saree and holding on to a water bottle, two plastic rugs, and some hope for justice. The 45-year-old says she was a senior clerk in a Madhya Pradesh government department when her salary was unfairly stopped in 1996. “They did not even suspend me. There was no charge-sheet either. Had they paid me salary even in 2001, I would have been married… with a 15-year-old child now,” she says, showing a clutch of old government documents to back her case.This is Dubey’s 11th year at Jantar Mantar, India’s most famous protest arena where dozens of groups and individuals can be seen on any given day in support of their demands — ranging from genuine to preposterous. Just stroll past the Parliament and head a few hundred yards north and you will see people demanding cleaner rivers, quota benefits, pension funds, disability grants and even a corruption-free government. Others want justice for godmen held for sexual offences and violence. Lone campaigners hand out leaflets to curious passersby.Home away from homeSome, like Dubey, make the tree-lined sidestreet — barricaded behind some of Delhi’s swankiest hotels and most famous landmarks — their home. A stone’s throw from India’s corridors of power, much of the country’s anger and dissent find a voice. In his book India after Gandhi, Ramchandra Guha rightly calls Jantar Mantar a “mini India”. It’s Delhi’s own Speakers’ Corner — an area in London’s Hyde Park where open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed.Jantar Mantar has witnessed several iconic protests, including Anna Hazare’s 2011 fast for a Lokpal Bill and people’s protest against the December 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape. Leaders such as Congress’ Rahul Gandhi and Aam Admi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal, now Delhi’s Chief Minister, have been frequent visitors. It is a good place to catch the eye of journalists milling around Parliament.Pooja (25) has been protesting here for three years now. She has the photographs of Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar and Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister, the late J Jayalalithaa. She wants justice for Amma, a common reference for Jayalalithaa.“We did a huge protest when Amma was jailed on corruption charges in 2014. She had helped me a lot and taught me how to use law for justice,” she says, her voice drowned out in a cacophony of competing voices on loudspeakers from nearby protests being held to champion a string of causes. The popular leader died under mysterious circumstances in December last year. Retired defence personnel clamour for the implementation of the ‘One Rank One Pension’ schemePooja is from Kerala and was brought up in Delhi. She claims to have a house in South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, but chooses to stay at the Capital’s official protest street. There used to be people living here for over a decade, having set up makeshift tents. They all were removed 45 days ago in an anti-encroachment drive by the police and municipal authorities. Some have again returned “home”.Life at Jantar MantarMornings at Jantar Mantar Road are usually quiet with “residents” doing regular chores like queuing outside public toilets. Men and children bathe under a government-aided water tanker, while women visit the nearby Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. People have tea at stalls set up every day for years.As the day progresses, protesters start entering the site. While some come in large gatherings, usually in buses, others come in small groups as the smell of freshly-cooked rajma, sambhar and kadhi, besides other street food, wafts down the road.A kulfi-wala offers some respite to the protestors from the scorching heatThe protestsThese days, the largest gathering that can be seen is for Haryana’s self-styled godman Rampal who was arrested in 2014 after a two-week standoff between the police and his followers.In the neighbourhood, protests have been on for more than two years now for uniform pensions for retired defence personnel. In 2015, a farmer hanged himself from a tree in front of horrified onlookers at Jantar Mantar Road during a rally being addressed by Kejriwal.“Injustice has been done to us in several ways. We are protesting silently and have put our demands in the open,” says Haryana’s 85-year-old Vishambhar who has been living in a camp for the past two years. Despite government claims, sections of retired soldiers have been alleging that many of their concerns about disparity in pension payments have not been addressed.Mahesh Kumar Jakkad of Rajasthan’s Lakshmangarh has a different grudge against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We had high expectations from Modi ji who had promised he would bring back black money stashed in foreign bank accounts. But nothing happened,” he says as policemen walk past and intelligence sleuths take notes around the corner.A large group of men and women can also be seen condemning a police firing on protesting farmers in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur that claimed six lives early last month. While most look towards the stage, trying to make sense of the speeches, two kulfi-walas offer some respite from the scorching heat.A Delhi government tanker is always parked outside Jantar Mantar for protestors to cool offThere are also several small protests over a host of causes. When speeches are made, it’s impossible to hear anyone who is not using a microphone. Almost every protest brings its own audience which sits holding posters and repeats slogans from time to time. Slogans become ear-splittingly louder when mediapersons approach.Brisk businessThere are some who love the noise. They manage to score some space between protests and offer a wide range of products: earphones, chargers, slippers, clothes for children, carrying bags, cut-sleeve jackets, just in case one needs any. “I have been coming here daily for the past three years. My sale depends on gatherings. Sometimes I go home quickly, sometimes I even refill my stock and come back. On days when it is not good, I go to India Gate,” says 29-year-old Kanhaiya Lal who sells rice-papad.Fight for justiceAs the evening approaches, the large gathering becomes thinner and vendors start walking towards Connaught Place or India Gate leaving the place for the people like Dilip Kumar who plan to stay overnight. He came here with his wife and four children from West Bengal after they were attacked and harassed by local goons with political links. He says that he tried his best to file an FIR and press for legal action but he could not. Like Asha, Kusum Lata Sharma (40) of Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi has also been here for 11 years. She wants action against some politicians who allegedly raped her. There are some who come here seeking intervention from PM Modi himself, even in matters related to property or neighbourhood disputes. A former soldier from Bihar, Ram Nandan Yadav, says he was fighting in the 1999 Kargil War when his neighbour illegally occupied his land. He has failed to get justice. Recently, he sent a petition to the PM’s office. “We help the ones who come to us with hopes of meeting the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. We help them file applications. We even try to set up meetings,” says Ashok Kumar, SHO, Parliament Street police station.A routine protest at Jantar MantarTHE PASTThe road was named Jantar Mantar after the nearby 18th-century astronomical observatory of the same name. In the early 1990s, protesters in Delhi used to be able to march up and down Rajpath, the thoroughfare which sweeps past the Presidential palace and major government ministries. But authorities then began imposing restrictions, eventually designating Jantar Mantar Road as one of the few places where protesters could gather.THE PRESENTApart from Ramlila Maidan, Jantar Mantar Road is the only place in Delhi where protests can be held. For a protest involving a minimum of 5,000 people at Jantar Mantar, prior permission has to be taken from the Delhi police. In 2015, 4,896 protests/dharnas/rallies took place at Jantar Mantar road with prior intimation. In 2016, it rose to 4,921. Many applications for protests sent to the police refer to the place as rashtriya dharna sthal (national protest site).THE FUTUREThe future may be different. In May this year, the National Green Tribunal pulled up officials for not exploring alternative sites. In the same month, the Delhi High Court asked them if there was any difficulty in shifting the protests to Ramlila Maidan. This was after some petitioners complained of noise and congestion.THE DRUG MENACEThe place is also a drug haven. Vendors act as go-betweens if one wants good quality “stuff”. “Langda” will organise everything. Sitting in a made-up tent, surfing Facebook on his mobile phone with earphones on, he dwells in a world away from the routine protests. His customers? They are everyone, from protesters to visitors, sometimes even mediapersons.I was a senior clerk in MP when my salary was unfairly stopped in 1996. Had they paid me salary even in 2001, I would have been married… with a 15-year-old child now—Asha Dubey, at Jantar Mantar for 11 yearsPROTESTS IN 20163,206
Dharnas
1,460
Demonstrations
18
Processions
23
Religious rallies
214
Miscellaneous events
Total
4,921 (Source: Police record, New Delhi District)

BJP criticized for preventing Rahul from going to Mandasaur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress spokesperson and MP Gaurav Gogoi today criticized the BJP for preventing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi yesterday from visiting Mandasaur in Madhya Pradesh where five farmers were killed in police firing during a violent protest. “Under the BJP regime, the basic democratic rights of the people and opposition parties are scuttled. Whenever any incident happens it is the duty of the opposition parties to visit the area and express solidarity with the victims. But Rahul Gandhi was stopped,” Gogoi told reporters. Gogoi also criticized the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh and at the Centre for not giving enough attention to the needs of the farmers. “The Modi government is spending crores of public money to propagate about what has been done by them in the last three years. But they don’t have time and money to solve the problems of farmers. THE Modi government is a complete failure in the last three years,” Gogoi said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tribal schoolgirls lack facilities in Maha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While rapes and sexual assaults on tribal girls in state-run boarding schools continue to make headlines, a committee of legislators has detected major lacunae in the functioning of these institutions.The report of the committee, which was tabled in the state legislature on Thursday, noted that students studying in these tribal schools were not given adequate food, sanitary napkins, bedding, hot water for bathing during winters and good-quality soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste. The institutions also lacked proper security.After the rape of tribal schoolgirls in government-run ashramshalas (residential schools) at Pandhurna in Wardha and Raigad, tribal development minister Vishnu Savra had set up a committee of women legislators under Vidya Thakur, the minister of state for women, child and rural development, in December 2015.It has suggested that CCTV cameras be installed in the ashramshalas, self-defence training be provided to girls by the police, experienced security staff be deployed, and a toll-free complaint number be started.The committee visited ashramshalas including the government-aided residential school at Pala in Buldhana, where the rape of minor tribal girls had come to light last year, and noted that the hall which was being used by the students for sleeping and dining lacked adequate security, fans and the windows did not have grills.”The boxes in which these girls keep their luggage does not have locks. The girls have to get hot water for bathing from outside. The solar water heating system for hot water is non-functional. The girls do not get soaps, oil and other necessary things for bathing. The toothbrushes, tooth powder, soap, oil given to students is of local brands and poor quality. The girls did not have rugs to cover themselves and it came to light that the bedding given to boys and girls was spoilt. The girls staying in the ashramshala and hostel were not given sanitary napkins…. they were not given adequate food (and this is also of) poor quality,” the report said.SUGGESTIONS BY THE COMMITTEEThe tribal development department must fill all vacancies of lady superintendents
Lady counsellors should be appointed for sensitising students and teachers
Fast-track courts to conduct hearings in cases of sexual assault on girls in ashramshalas

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