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In eight years, only one transgender gets fellowship for minorities

Only one transgender student was awarded fellowship by the Ministry of Minority Affairs under its ‘Maulana Azad National Fellowship’ scheme since 2009-10, the Lok Sabha was informed today.The Ministry is implementing MANF for minority students for pursuing higher studies such as full time M.Phil/Ph.D degrees in sciences, humanities, social sciences and engineering and technology.Over 750 students belonging to the minority communities get the fellowships every year, Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in written reply.”During the selection year 2017-18, one online application was received from candidate belonging to transgender community and was awarded fellowship,” he said.The student was the first in the transgender category to secure fellowship under the scheme since 2009-10.In 2017-18, Muslim students were awarded 517 fellowships, followed by Christian (109), Sikh (72), Buddhist (33) and Jain (25).Replying to another question, Naqvi said 18 states have constituted their own state minority commissions so far.However, no such panel was set up by any state or Union Territory in the last two years.Responding to another query, the minister said the National Wakf Development Corporation (NAWADCO) has identified properties across India, inlcuding Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Jodhpur, Pune and Aurangabad (Maharashtra) for consideration of development.He said Rajasthan has also shown interest in getting properties in Jaipur and Kota developed through NAWADCO.Letters of Expression of Interest have been received from State Waqf Boards of Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Chandigarh for commercial development of 24 waqf properties, Naqvi said.

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Hospitals face acute shortage of beds, staff: Doctors

Believe it or not, there is just one bed per 55 patients in Centre-run Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital. This revelation means if a patient visits the super-specialty hospital, the probability of getting a bed is extremely less.In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey said that the primary responsibility to increase the bed-to-patient ratio lies with the respective state or Union Territory government as public health and hospitals were state subjects.Other government hospitals in the Capital are also reeling under acute shortage of beds. The Delhi government had planned to double up the number of beds from 10,000 to 20,000 by December 2017 but nothing has been done so far.”The situation is same in almost all the hospitals. Not only the beds, but the hospitals are also facing a shortage of doctors and other paramedical staff. It is high time that the government improves the overall healthcare system,” said Dr Vivek Chouksey, president, Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA).RML, which is the largest hospital after the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), witnesses around 7,000 to 8,000 patients daily in its Out Patient Department (OPD), and more than 1,000 patients in its emergency ward.The total number of beds at RML is 1,447.”54 patients occupied a single bed this year. This is not the total figure,” said Dr VK Tiwari, medical superintendent, RML Hospital.Patients visiting the hospital also complained about the issue saying it causes inconvenience to them.”It is almost impossible to get a bed here. We have been waiting for more than a month, but the waiting line is still the same. Doctors say they will first treat the emergency patients and then move on to others,” said Lakhbir Singh, a patient outside RML. Singh hails from Rajasthan and has been sitting here for more than a month with his wife for treatment.According to the data shared by the minister, the bed-to-patient ratio for the RML in 2015 and 2016 was 1:52 and 1:54.5, respectively. The corresponding figure for Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) for the two years was 1:07 and 1:06, respectively while for Safdarjung Hospital, the ratio was 1:2 for both the years, it said.

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BJP MP Suresh Gopi booked for forging documents to evade Motor Vehicle Tax

BJP Rajya Sabha MP and actor Suresh Gopi has been booked for allegedly forging documents to get his luxury vehicle registered in Puducherry to evade vehicle tax in Kerala.The Crime Branch wing of the state police registered an FIR against the MP and submitted it at the Chief Judicial Magistrate court here, sources said. Police said the actor-turned-politician used a fake residential address to register his luxury vehicle in the Union Territory to evade the 20% tax in Kerala on luxury cars costing Rs 20 lakh and above.Similar cases were also registered last month against Southern film actors Fahadh Faasil and Amala Paul.
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I did not intend to blame or shame the victim: Kirron Kher

BJP MP and Bollywood actress Kirron Kher’s unsolicited advice to a 21-year old gangrape victim has stirred a controversy. Kher, who represents Chandigarh in the Lok Sabha, on Wednesday had said that the victim should have been more cautious, applied common sense and not boarded the auto-rickshaw in which three men were already sitting. On Thursday she sought to clarify her statement, saying it was “only in the context of certain precautions” that women should take and that it was “not intended to blame the victim or shaming her”.”I want to tell this girl and all other girls that if you see three men sitting in an auto, you should not board it. I am saying this to protect the girls. We all have to be alert about such things. I am saddened by what has happened with the woman,” she had said.On Thursday she, however, cried foul blaming Congress for politicising her statement. “It is very unfortunate that in our country, every statement is politicised. I am a woman and a mother, and I have always spoken up for women’s rights whether inside Parliament or outside. I think giving a political colour to this is very unfortunate. I am only looking after the security of girls in the city,” she said.”I just said that the world is a bad place. We all, especially women, have to take precautions,” Kher said. “If the Congress wants to make an issue out of it, I cannot help,” she said.Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal had criticised Kher, saying: “I am amazed how she gave such a statement…it seems like a light take on a serious matter. Instead, she should say how she is going to make Chandigarh a safer place for women.”She also said that Chandigarh Police would provide transportation facility if women were unable to find a public transport. “You can dial 100. The police will then send a PCR to pick you up and drop you to your residence. So I think you should avail this facility. We also have smartphones with which we can click a picture of the number plate of the auto or of the drivers. We have to learn how to look after ourselves,” she said.The victim was allegedly gang raped by three men on November 17 evening after she hired the shared auto-rickshaw to go back to her paying guest accommodation in Mohali town, adjoining Chandigarh. The police has got the CCTV footage of the auto-rickshaw and its driver from a gas station in Sector 42 where the vehicle had stopped to get a CNG refuel. The Union Territory police so far has arrested the three men after over a week after the incident. The accused arrested included auto-rickshaw driver Mohammed Irfan, Garib and Poppu. Onr of accused Irfan had tried to commit suicide in police custody by stabbing himself with a glass that he broke in the lockup.The victim, who hails from Dehradun in Uttarakhand, had boarded the shared auto-rickshaw after attending her stenography class in Sector 37 here. The victim told the police that the driver took the vehicle to the gas station for refuelling and then turned towards Sector 52. He stopped the auto near a wild growth along the road and said that it had broken down. When the woman got out of the vehicle to take another one, the three men pulled her into nearby bushes and took turns to rape her.
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AAP govt vs Centre: Constitution provides restriction on Delhi’s legislative power, says Supreme Court

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

Municipalities across country will exempt from liquor shops ban on highways, says Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday said its order exempting from ban the liquor shops within 500 metres of state and national highways running through municipal areas would be applicable across the country.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said it would pass a classificatory order on the plea of Tamil Nadu government, which was asked the Madras High Court to approach the top court for clarification on the issue.The apex court, which had banned the sale of liquor within 500 meters of highways across the country, had on July 11 this year, relaxed the scope of its verdict and allowed liquor shops alongside highways in municipal areas on a petition filed with regard to Union Territory of Chandigarh.The Madras High Court, taking note of the Tamil Nadu government’s recent decision to allow liquor shops on highways in municipal areas, said the apex court’s relaxation might be confined to Chandigarh alone and asked the state government to seek clarification from the top court.Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Tamil Nadu, said the July 11 order was clear. However, a clarification was needed.”The High Court says municipal areas in the Supreme Court order means only areas in Punjab and not in Chennai. The Chief Justice Bench of the High Court wants a clarification whether the exemption applies only to Chandigarh,” Rohatgi said.”Well, why should the High Court think that? If our order applies for municipal areas in Chandigarh, it will apply equally for municipal areas across the country,” the bench said and posted the matter after two weeks for hearing and passing a requisite classificatory order.The apex court had earlier clarified that its order banning sale of liquor within a distance of 500 metres along national and state highways would not extend to municipal areas.The top court, on December 15, 2016, had banned sale of liquor within 500 metres of state and national highways across the country.

PM Modi says hostile UPA halted Gujarat growth, defends note ban, GST

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi blasted the previous Congress-led UPA government at the Centre on Sunday and said that it blocked Gujarat’s development and showed hostility towards him when he was the state Chief Minister.He defended demonetization and GST and assured that India’s economy was on the right track, while opening projects — including an ambitious ferry service — and laying foundations for several schemes in Gujarat where elections are due in December.He further attacked the Congress and said “people who have won elections thanks to recounting” are questioning the ability of the Election Commission, in a reference to Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s recent victory in Rajya Sabha elections. The Commission has not announced the poll dates for Gujarat for now, saying the model code of conduct would disrupt relief operations for flood victims.”When I was serving as CM, I faced hostility from the then central government. Efforts were made to stall industries and the state’s growth. Over the last three years, we have changed that and given importance to the development of Gujarat,” the PM said.He was addressing a gathering in Bhavnagar after inaugurating the Rs 650-crore roll-on-roll off (Ro-Ro) ferry service in the Gulf of Khambhat of the Arabian Sea that would reduce travel time between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district in western Gujarat’s Saurashtra region and Dahej in Bharuch district in south Gujarat from seven hours to one hour.The PM’s “dream project” will cut the distance between the two places to 31 km from 360 km. The ferry service was first planned in the early 1960s.The foundation stone was laid by Modi when he was CM in 2012.”It is a landmark project not only for India but also for the entire South-East Asia. It is a dream come true for the people of Gujarat,” the PM said. He said the ferry was like amrit bestowed upon the people of Gujarat as a blessing from god of oceans Varuna. “We are planning to link other places,” he said, noting that plans were afoot to expand the service to Surat’s Hazira, Union Territory Diu-Daman and various places in Saurashtra. The second phase will ferry vehicles, and even cruise boats will be made available later on. PM Modi has made multiple visits to his poll-bound home state in recent months to make scathing attacks on the Congress, desperate to return to power after 22 years.”Gujarat is blessed with a long coastline and we should harness opportunities. We have taken steps in developing coastal infrastructure. Sadly, our transport sector was not integrated enough. We have changed that in the last three years. The goal is to make our transport sector integrated and state of the art.”Modi announced new schemes and dedicated projects worth Rs 1,140 crore to the public. He later travelled on the ferry to Dahej with many differently-abled children he called his “special guests”. “Our vision is P for P (ports for prosperity). India needs better ports and more ports,” he said. He said the Sagar Mala project alone will provide around 1 crore jobs. It is a strategic and customer-oriented initiative of the Centre to modernise India’s ports.”Our focus is on the blue economy. We see the blue economy as integral to our vision of a new India. Without proper connectivity, the economic development of a nation slows down. Keeping this in mind we are focussing on ports infrastructure.”In Vadodara, the PM again said that Gujarat suffered neglect at the hands of the Congress-led government at the Centre, and it is a time the state recovered its dues. Modi returned from Delhi to his home state in 2001 to become CM, a post he held till he swept the general elections in 2014.He also lashed out at the Opposition’s campaign which seeks to make a mockery of the claims of development by the BJP government. He said that it is beyond the means of the Opposition to think big on development.”Since I was a child I had been hearing about a ferry service from Ghogha to Dahej. It was not done all these years because development was never a priority for them. When we got a chance to serve we focussed on all-round development and the ferry is operational today,” he said.”If you scan the newspapers before May 2014 you will see continuous mentions about the record corruption in various sectors. We are clear in our working. All our resources will be spent towards the well being of every citizen. Our priority is development,” he said. The scale of development works being inaugurated in Vadodara is unprecedented, he said.

Puducherry given status on par with States by Finance Commission, says CM Narayanasamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Sunday said the Union Territory has been accorded status on par with states by the Finance Commission enabling it to receive funds like any other state.Speaking to reporters here, he said, “As a result of our sustained efforts the Centre has now treated Puducherry on par with states by including it in the Central Finance Commission enabling the Union territory to get devolution of funds on par with States.”All along Puducherry was kept out of the ambit of the Central Finance Commission, he said.The allocation of funds by the 15th Finance Commission for Puducherry would be 42 percent of the total budgetary allocations of Puducherry as is the case for States, he noted.Narayanasamy said the territorial administration has been incurring a revenue loss of Rs 40 crores per month ever since the Goods and Services Tax was enforced in July this year.”Although the Centre had earmarked Rs 40 crores for the loss suffered in July after GST was enforced I hope the compensation for subsequent months would be available without break,” he said.Charging the Centre with adopting a different yardstick towards Puducherry, the Chief Minister said, “the Centre should implement its promises given in the past to meet shortfall in plan and on plan allocation of funds without any discrimination.”He said, President Ram Nath Kovind had given “very good” suggestions at the recent conference of Governors and Lt Governors in New Delhi asking the incumbents of gubernatorial posts to function as bridge with the governments.The bridge as envisaged by the President should be “a sound structure and should not be rickety and a damaged one,” Narayanasamy, whose government had been at loggerheads with the Lt Governor Kiran Bedi said in a veiled reference to ongoing tussle with the latter.On October 12, the President had said that Governors can provide a new dimension to the development of their states by communicating with legislators and deliberating on subjects related to public well-being. ​

Gujarat: Rs 1.14 crore belonging to RTO robbed at gunpoint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rs 1.14 crore belonging to the Regional Transport Office was looted at gun point at Bhilad town in Valsad district today morning when officials were taking the cash to a bank in a jeep for depositing it.The jeep was intercepted by unidentified men who were in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) at Bhilad Chowkri (circle), Valsad Superintendent of Police Sunil Joshi said.”Five or six miscreants stepped out of the vehicle and took away a box containing over Rs 1 crore after threatening three officials inside the jeep with a gun,” he said.Police have launched a search operation and the crossing points along the border with Maharashtra and Daman town of the Union Territory of Daman and Diu have been sealed, he said.The jeep was later found abandoned at Vapi, said inspector V D Mori of Bhilad police station.”The cash had been taken out by breaking the locked metal box. The empty box was left in the jeep,” Mori said.

Mizoram: IPS officer removed from service for underperformance, says home ministry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lingala Vijaya Prasad, an IPS officer posted in Mizoram, has been removed from the service after the government found his service to be “unsatisfactory”, a Home Ministry officer said.Prasad, a 1997 batch police officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre, was removed from the service due to “unsatisfactory” service records, the officer said.The performance of the DIG-rank officer was reviewed after completion of his 15 years of service in the IPS and he was found to be unfit to continue.The performance review of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers was conducted to weed out “deadwood”, the home ministry officer said on condition of anonymity.As per rules, performance review of an all-India service officer is conducted twice first after the completion of 15 years of qualifying service, and then after 25 years.The order removing them was issued by the home ministry yesterday after approval by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.According to the service rules, the central government may, in consultation with the state government concerned, require a member of the service to retire in public interest, after giving at least a three-month notice in writing or as many months pay and allowances in lieu of such notice

Internet, mobile, train services suspended ahead of Ram Rahim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Internet and mobile phone services have been suspended for 72 hours in Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory Chandigarh as the situation has aggravated ahead of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court’s verdict in the 15-year-old rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Talking to the media here, Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Ram Niwas said, “A notification has been issued to suspend mobile internet and data services in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh for 72 hours.” Niwas apprised that 53 companies of paramilitary forces from the CG and 50000 personnel of Haryana Police have been deployed. “Maximum companies are deployed in Panchkula. 18 companies will be recruited till the evening. Apart from this, we have deployed local police as well,” Niwas added. In addition, army has also been alerted. “There are blockades from all the sides. We will make sure to sanitize the core-sensitive areas and in those areas there will be no unauthorized entry,” he continued. The Haryana Additional Chief Secretary further informed that the administration is asked to take stringent action possible if someone tries to break the law. “We have installed drone cameras. The administration has all the equipment to deal with any situation,” he added. The Ludhiana Police Commissioner RN Dhoke also met the executives of Dera and they have promised that they will keep peace and calm on August 25 whatever the court’s verdict maybe. Niwas said that it has also been decided that the Ministry of Railways would be requested to immediately stop all passenger trains coming to Chandigarh for two days. 22 trains to Punjab and 7 to Haryana have been cancelled.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hry BJP unit has been energised by Amit Shah’s visit: Anil Vij

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The recent three-day visit of BJP chief Amit Shah to Haryana has “energised” the party’s state unit, senior Minister Anil Vij said today. He said the programmes given by Amit Shah to the party workers during his visit to Haryana from August 2-4 “are being taken up religiously”. “The state BJP unit has been energised after the visit of Amit Shah ji to Haryana earlier this month. There is new enthusiasm among the workers. Working on the message given by our party chief, our workers have started to further strengthen the party at booth level,” the Health and Sports Minister said here. He said the programmes given by Amit Shah to the party workers during his visit to Haryana from August 2-4 “are being taken up religiously”. “Every worker is putting his full might to see that all programmes which were announced by Shah in different meetings are realised and achieved. Our party president’s main message was that the BJP has to be strengthened at booth level,” he said. With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Shah is travelling across states to strategise and find ways to strengthen the party at the grass-root level. The BJP president had visited Union Territory Chandigarh in May. He visited Haryana from August 2-4. Shah is on a 110-day country-wide tour which began in Jammu in April this year. His tour is in two phases–95 days and 15 days. Vij said that in Haryana, the BJP formed government on its own for the first time after the October 2014 assembly polls. “People gave us the opportunity to serve them. Now, it is for us to convert that opportunity and trust reposed by the people in us by working hard to make the state our stronghold. This can be realised when we are strong at the booth level,” he said. With BJP government in Haryana led by Manohar Lal Khattar completing its three years in office in October this year, Vij said, “the government is going in the right direction. People are happy with our performance and we are committed to further accelerate the pace of development in the remaining two years”. Asked if there was scope for further improvement, Vij said, “look, scope of improvement should always be there. Amit Shah also said that we should not sit satisfied by thinking that we have achieved all. We have to work in that spirit and think that we can further improve. A satisfied person thinks everything has been achieved and there is nothing more to do, that feeling should never come.” Vij said that one of the main achievements of the government was showing zero tolerance towards corruption and digitalising various citizen delivery services which has brought transparency. About the Health Department, Vij said an estimate is being prepared to see how many hospitals need to be upgraded across the state so that congestion can be cut and better healthcare facilities be provided to people. With some swine flu deaths in neighbouring Punjab and even Chandigarh this season, Vij said every care is being taken to ensure that H1N1 virus is contained. “So far in this season as of August 15, no deaths have been reported. 77 positive cases have been reported so far, and most of the cases are from Hisar and Panchkula districts,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pondy govt lacks ‘clear approach’ on NEET issue: AIADMK MLA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: Opposition AIADMK (Amma) today charged the Congress government in Puducherry with “lacking a clear and firm approach” on the yardstick for admission to medical courses in the Union Territory for this academic year. Talking to reporters here, leader of AIADMK (Amma) Legislature party A Anbalagan said the government had not taken a firm decision as to whether “the admission would be on the basis of NEET examination” or by considering marks obtained in plus two exams, without taking into account the score in NEET. The government of Tamil Nadu had come out with a very clear and firm approach and had also moved the centre for an ordinance to exempt the state from NEET, he added. “Puducherry government has not taken any such step. On the other hand counselling has already been conducted on the basis of performance in NEET examination and students have also been admitted after collecting fees,” Anbalagan(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

`We should pledge to uphold nation`s sovereignty`: Kiran Bedi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today urged people to take a pledge to uphold the nation`s sovereignty, integrity and contribute for its peace and prosperity. “I extend my heartiest wishes to the citizens of our great nation. Let us resolve to dedicate ourselves to take our nation to greater heights on all fronts. We should take a pledge to uphold the nation’s sovereignty, integrity and contribute our might for the peace and prosperity,” she said in a her message on the eve of 71st Independence Day. She said that while recalling selfless freedom fighters who dedicated their lives for freedom of our nation “we should pledge to uphold our nation`s sovereignty, integrity and contribute our might for peace and prosperity.” Chief Minister V Narayansamy, in his message, recalled the selfless services of great stalwarts in freedom movement and called for dedicated service on the part of everyone to measure up to the spirit of freedom. He also highlighted the progress the Union Territory had made in different sectors. Speaker V Vaithilingam, PWD Minister A Namassivayam, Welfare Minister M Kandasamy, Lok Sabha member R Radhakrishnan and leaders of different parties greeted the people on the eve of independence day.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Flight services from Pondy to resume Aug 16, says CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today said said flight services from Puducherry airport, which remained dormant for the last three years, would be resumed from August 16, with operations to Hyderabad in the first phase. Talking to reporters here, he said Spice Jet would operate services to Hyderabad in the first phase adding revival of air connectivity would bring more tourists to Puducherry and also help boost trade. Spice Jet would fly to Hyderabad and Vijayawada initially, he said and added that services to Bengaluru, Kochi and Tirupati were in the offing. Also, Odisha Air had come forward to operate flights from Puducherry to Salem and Bengaluru, he said. Narayanasamy said the plea for revival of air services from here was made to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry and through an agreement and through sustained steps taken by the administration, Puducherry is being linked to Hyderabad now. Puducherry port would also go on stream shortly as a satellite port of Chennai Port Trust to boost cargo transactions, the Chief Minister said. He also urged the Centre to include the Union Territory as a member of Central Finance Commission (CFC) so that Puducherry would be earmarked funds to meet its fiscal commitments. Narayanasamy said he had requested the Union Finance Minister to include Puducherry as a member of the CFS. “Once we are part of the CFC, we will get enhanced allocation as is available for the states,” he said. He said that Puducherry was getting a central allocation of Rs 567 crore every year under non-plan though Puducherry’s commitments to meet liabilities arising out of implementation of Central Pay Commission and payment of pension for government staff had been heavy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bedi says she is for development of Puducherry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today brushed aside the criticisms and allegations against her by government that she is `blocking developmental projects`. In her whatsapp message sent to the media, in the wake of the criticisms over the last one week by the Narayanasamy led ministry that she was blocking several projects, including the one relating to development of port here, the former IPS officer said “as an administrator of Puducherry, I am for development of Union Territory.” “I am not against development. The development should (however) be in due process respecting the law of the land and abiding by the statutes”. She also maintained that people should be heard. It was the duty of the government to decide and implement (projects) and take responsibility for the consequences-kudos or brickbats”, she said. Kiran Bedi, who had been at loggerheads with the Chief Minister and some of his colleagues on various issues concerning Puducherry, said “we have done a SWOT (Strength, WEknesses, Opportunities and Threats) survey of all departments to find out what we can do better”. She said that in the port development project the SWOT was projected by the Port Department last year. It had not changed since. Bedi who was adhering to her stand for transparency in the functioning of the government, also said “t is the duty of the government to address people`s concerns and then take a decision. It is their life and it changes for ever with right or wrong decisions.” The Chief Minister had alleged recently that Bedi had been blocking the project for development of port being implemented as a satellite port of Chennai Port Trust and had been making allegations against the government on several other projects.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC seeks assistance on audio recording of court proceedings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today sought a senior law officer’s assistance in deciding whether the CCTV cameras installed in court rooms should be allowed to record the audio of the proceedings. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar told Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh that he has been appointed amicus curiae (friend of the court) to assist it in the matter. The apex court had on March 28 directed installation of CCTV cameras, without audio, in at least two districts in every state and Union Territory. It had made it clear that the CCTV footages would not be available under the the Right to Information Act and would not be given to anyone without the permission of the high court concerned. The bench said it would hear a petition filed in this regard on August 14. The apex court had earlier directed that CCTV cameras be installed in the court rooms within three months. The Centre had told the court that audio-video recordings could contribute to transparency in judicial proceedings.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maximum temperature hovers close to normal in Hry and Pb

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The maximum temperature at most places in Haryana and Punjab including Chandigarh today hovered close to normal limits. Union Territory of Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 34.5 degrees Celsius, as per the MeT department’s report. Hisar in Haryana registered a maximum temperature of 33 degrees Celcius, down three notches against normal after light rains, while Ambala recorded a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius. Karnal recorded a high of 33 degrees Celcius. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 33.1 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal limits. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum temperatures at 34.1 degrees Celsius and 35.8 degrees Celsius, respectively. The MeT department has predicted rain and thunder showers at many places in Punjab and Haryana over the next two days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC passes slew of directions for implementaion of NFS Act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today passed a slew of directions for effective implementation of provisions of the National Food Security (NFS) Act while observing that its compliance has been “pathetic”. A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and N V Ramana directed that the secretary of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, should convene one or more meetings on or before August 31 of the secretaries concerned of all the states and Union territories to take stock of the implementation of the Act. The apex court also asked the secretary to “brainstorm” over finding ways and means to effectively implement the provisions of the NFS Act, 2013 in “letter and spirit”. “A law enacted by Parliament as a part of its social justice obligation must be given its due respect and must be implemented faithfully, sincerely and positively before the end of this year,” it said. The bench also asked the secretary of the ministry to “emphatically request and commend” every state and Union Territory to notify appropriate rules for a grievance redressal mechanism under the Act and designate appropriate and independent officials as the district grievance redressal officer within a fixed timeframe within this year. It also said that adequate publicity should be given to the appointment and designation of district grievance redressal officers so that an aggrieved person could approach them without any fear and with the expectation that it would be redressed. The top court also said that the secretary should ask the states and Union territories to set up, establish and make fully functional state food commissions under the Act before the year end. It said the secretary to ask the chief secretary of the each state to ensure that adequate arrangements were made to provide infrastructure, staff and other facilities for the meaningful functioning of state food commissions including preparation of annual reports. “In our opinion, it would not be appropriate for reasons that we have already indicated to appoint another statutory commission or body to function as the state food commission unless it is absolutely necessary and completely unavoidable and only as a last resort,” it said. “The secretary in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution of Government of India will emphatically commend and request every state government and Union Territory to constitute and establish a functioning vigilance committee in terms of section 29 of the NFS Act before the end of the year for the purposes of carrying out the duties and responsibilities mentioned in that section,” it said. The apex court said the secretary should ensure that the social audit machinery postulated under the Act, which was already in place in so far as the MGNREGA Act was concerned, was established at the earliest with appropriate modifications to enable the states and Union territories to carry out a periodic social audit. The apex court’s verdict came on a plea filed by NGO Swaraj Abhiyan seeking various reliefs for farmers in drought- affected states.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Floral tributes paid to Kamaraj on his birth anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister V Narayanasamy led the Union Territory to pay floral tributes at the statue of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader K Kamaraj on his 114th birth anniversary today. Speaker V Vaithilingam, Deputy Speaker V P Sivakolundhu and ministersm MLAs were among those who paid tributes to the leader. They recalled the services of Kamaraj particularly in promoting education and introduction of welfare schemes including the noon meal programme.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Monsoon arrival in Pb, most of Haryana a bit delayed this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The arrival of southwest monsoon in Punjab, most parts of Haryana and Chandigarh may have got a bit delayed but conditions are favourable that it would pick up in a couple of days, a senior Met department official said today. The monsoon was expected to arrive in the two states including Chandigarh by June 30, but it went into a weak phase in this region as a result of which its arrival got slightly delayed, Director of the Chandigarh MeT Department, Surinder Pal said. “There has been a slight delay in its arrival in Punjab, most parts of Haryana and Chandigarh. However, over the next 2-3 days, we are expecting the monsoon to revive. Conditions are getting favourable for its further advancement into remaining parts of Haryana and Punjab including the Union Territory,” Pal told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New drinking water supply scheme to be launched: Pondy CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Puducherry government is formulating a massive drinking water augmentation scheme for Puducherry region. The French government-sponsored Agency (French Development Agency) in Paris has consented to provide a soft loan of Rs 1,400 crores for the project to augment the drinking water supply and also for laying underground drainage pipes in the Union Territory, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy told reporter here. In the first phase, Rs 534 crores out of the total loan approved by the Agency would be spent for Puducherry region to augment water supply. PWD and Local Administration Minister A Namassivayam said, the territorial government had inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the French Agency in New Delhi recently for the allocation of Rs 534 crores. Chief Minister said the government would utilise the remaining amount for laying underground drainage pipeline and also for augmenting water supply in other three regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam in the next phase. The government would soon constitute a special purpose vehicle to implement the Smart City project sanctioned for Puducherry by the Union Urban Development Ministry involving an investment of Rs 3,250 crores which includes allocation by the Centre and French government, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yoga Day celebrated with enthusiasm across Haryana and Punjab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The third international Yoga Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm across the twin states of Haryana and Punjab. Chief minister, ministers, MLAs and chief parliamentary secretaries took part in district level functions in Haryana. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was the chief guest in district level function organised in Indri in Karnal. Yoga Day celebrations were also held in Union Territory Chandigarh here. Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Khattar lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to make Yoga Day an international event. Khattar touched upon several steps which the BJP government in the state has taken for promoting yoga. Our government has been working on promoting Yoga, Ayurveda and Sanskrit,” Khattar said, asking people to adopt yoga in their daily life. Khattar asserted that all kinds of obstacles can be overcome with the help of a determined mind and thoughts and said Yoga not only helps keep the body free of diseases, but also strengthens the mind and intellect. The Chief Minister also said that yoga was beneficial, especially given the stress which has become part of today’s modern life. Talking about steps taken by his government to eliminate corruption and bring in transparency, he said, “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas is our aim and we are working on it. ” In Punjab, Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan participated in International Yoga Day function held in Amritsar. In Bathinda, Union MP and SAD MP from there Harsimrat Kaur Badal took part in function in the city. The main Yoga Day celebrations in Chandigarh were held in Sector 17, where Punjab Governor and UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore was the chief guest. Union Health Minister J P Nadda, BJP MP from here Kirron Kher and Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon and party’s senior leader Satya Pal Jain were also present. “Yoga is our ancient discipline, it helps strength mind and intellect. We can keep our body free from disease by doing yoga regularly. I want that more and more people should adopt yoga in their daily lives,” Nadda told reporters here. At the event here, around 3000 participants performed yoga in accordance with the common Yoga protocol given by the Ministry of AYUSH.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Water bodies: Pondy govt objects to Bedi’s intervention

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry PWD Minister A Namassivayam today took exception to the “intervention” of Lt Governor Kiran bedi in the maintenance of water bodies in the Union Territory. Replying to a question during zero hour in the Assembly, the Minister said, the government had obtained funds from NABARD for desilting of the tanks and the money was being spent properly and in keeping with the guidelines. The Lt Governor had insisted that the Tank Users Associations alone should be entrusted with the work of desilting and maintaining the tanks, he pointed out. “Most of the Associations had become outdated and there were instances of the Associations lacking necessary equipments.. No proper accounts had been submitted by the associations relating to utilisation of funds,” he claimed. Welfare Minister M Kandasamy also said that Bedi’s intervention in the matter was virtually dislocating the work. Minister Namassivayam claimed that allocation of desilting work through tender system was proving to be effective and hence the tender system would be continued.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

I am not a rubber stamp, says Puducherry L-G Kiran Bedi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, caught in a tussle with the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government in the Union Territory, today said she is “not a rubber stamp” and that she is performing her duties as an administrator. Her assertion comes amidst her stand-off with the elected government. The Lt Governor said it was her “duty” to see files related to the Union Territory. “I will examine the files because as an administrator it is my responsibility to ensure that there is financial prudence, fairplay, justice and (that) everything is within the budget,” she told reporters at the airport here. Bedi alleged that the Puducherry government wanted her to be an “endorser” of their files and a “rubber stamp,” but, she said, she would not be so. “They just want an endorsement (but) I am not an endorser. I am not a rubber stamp. I am fulfilling my duties as a responsible Lieutenant Governor,” she said, adding, she would be failing in her duty if she didn’t do that. She said people of the UT have a “right to seek justice” and were therefore approaching her and she was holding regular grievance reddressal meetings for them. “The Lieutenant Governor’s office is there to see there is administration and financial prudence,” she added. PIT CORR SA SS TIR 06072157 NNNN(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT directs Delhi govt to file detailed action plan on MSW

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government to file a detailed action plan to show how municipal solid waste (MSW) would be processed and disposed of in the city. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the AAP government to hold a meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary, where all the corporations would be present, to prepare an action plan in terms of the directions issued by the tribunal in the case. The bench also noted that the landfill site at Bhalswa was a “depiction of mess” which has had an adverse impact on environment and the health of the people of Delhi and sought a detailed report about the site before May 31. “We are compelled to pass this direction as a number of dates have been given for this purpose but with no forward movement. It is unfortunate that one of the biggest dumping site is being ignored in this manner which is causing environmental pollution and adverse impact on public health. “This site is found to be burning every day, whatever be the reason, and the emission is the source of serious air pollution,” the bench said. During the hearing, advocate Balendu Shekhar, appearing for East Delhi Municipal Corporation, informed the bench that the drivers of auto tippers (waste carrying vehicles) have gone on strike and they were facing difficulty in cleaning the waste. The bench then asked the EDMC lawyer to put up the matter before the Chief Secretary. Earlier, the NGT had rapped states for not complying with its order to file detailed action plan on municipal solid waste. While directing every state and Union Territory to enforce and implement Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, the green panel had also asked the Environment Ministry and all states to pass appropriate directions in relation to the ban on short-life Polyvinyl Chloride and chlorinated plastics within a period of six months. It had directed the states and Union territories to prepare an action plan in terms of the Rules of 2016 and as per its directions within four weeks from December 22, 2016. The action plan would relate to the management and disposal of waste in the entire state. The steps are required to be taken in a time-bound manner, it had said. It had said non-biodegradable waste and non-recyclable plastic should be segregated from the landfill sites and used for construction of roads and embankments in all road projects all over the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP president Amit Shah on 3-day visit to Lakshadweep

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah arrived here today on a three-day visit as part of his nation- wide tour to expand the saffron party in Lakshadweep. Shah took part in booth conventions and party core committee meetings to explore the possibility of strengthening BJP in this island, the party sources said. It is for the first time that a BJP national president is visiting the Union territory of Lakshadweep. Shah would also attend functions at Androth island and pay house visits, the sources said. The high profile political tour is part of party’s efforts to expand BJP’s footprint in the Union territory of Lakashadweep, which has one Lok Sabha seat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP-led NDA on a strong footing in presidential polls: Pawar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP and its allies appear to be on a strong wicket in the upcoming presidential polls, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said today. “The position of the ruling party (BJP) and its allies appears strong in the presidential polls. And if (non-NDA) parties like TRS, AIADMK and DMK support them, their position will become even stronger,” the NCP sources quoted Pawar as saying at a meeting of the state unit of the party here. The NCP meet was not open for the media. President Pranab Mukherjee’s term is to expire on July 24, 2017 and the election for the top constitutional post is to be held before that. The president is elected by an electoral college, comprising the elected members of the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha and the legislative assemblies of every state and Union Territory. The TRS has already announced it will support the NDA candidate in the polls if it helped Telangana, where the regional party is in power. Referring to Maharashtra BJP president Raosaheb Danve’s comments against farmers, the former Union agriculture minister said the Opposition will benefit if he continues to hold the post. The former Maharashtra chief minister said there was no need to demand Danve’s resignation. Pawar asked his party leaders and workers to hit the streets and highlight issues of public interest. He said the Shiv Sena and the BJP have started preparations for the 2019 polls, but the NCP is lagging behind on this front. “The Shiv Sena is touring the entire state. The BJP has started preparations for polls, but we remain complacent. The (BJP-led) government has completed half its term, but we continue to be in ‘power’ mindset. This must change. It’s important to take to the streets now and highlight the problems being faced by the people,” the Maratha strongman said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heat wave sweeps Punjab, Haryana; Narnaul sizzles at 45.5 C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab and Haryana continued to reel under heat wave conditions today with Narnaul being the hottest place at 45.5 degrees Celsius, even as the authorities issued a health advisory for people to prevent themselves from the sweltering weather. The maximum temperatures in most parts of the states remained above the 40 degree Celsius mark. Hisar in Haryana braved hot weather conditions at 45.4 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal, while Ambala and Karnal recorded their respective maximum at 41.8 degrees and 42 degrees Celsius respectively, MeT said. In Punjab, Amritsar’s maximum was 42.4 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal, while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded a high of 43.1 degrees and 43 degrees Celsius respectively. Union Territory Chandigarh recorded a maximum at 41.7 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal. The MeT department said the heat wave conditions will prevail in next 24 hours at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana. Meanwhile, Haryana’s Health Department issued an advisory for prevention of heat stroke, besides directing all civil surgeons to inspect emergency wards and ensure availability of necessary provisions for treating heat stroke cases. “Emergency wards should have round-the-clock electricity supply and fans, coolers and air-conditioners should be functional,” said an official spokesman of the department. As per the advisory, people should drink sufficient water. They should wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose and porous cotton clothes. It also stresses on the usage of protective goggles, umbrellas, hats, shoes and chappals while stepping out in the sun. “People should drink ORS and homemade drinks such as ‘lassi’, lemon water and buttermilk, which help in re-hydration,” the advisory said. The people have also been advised to avoid high-protein and stale food, alcohol, tea, coffee and carbonated soft drinks, which dehydrate the body, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pondy govt has let down drought-hit farmers in Karaikal: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP in Puducherry today charged the territorial government with “letting down drought-hit farmers in Karaikal region without any relief measures.” “Chief Minister V Narayanasamy was championing the cause of farmers who had staged agitation in Delhi, but nothing had been done by the Congress government here to address the woes of drought-hit farmers in Karaikal,” President of Puducherry unit of BJP, V Saminathan said in a release. The Puducherry government has let down the farmers in Karaikal without any relief measures, he alleged. He urged the Chief Minister to ensure that the budget to be presented in the next session of the Assembly contained various job-oriented programmes and development-centric schemes. Saminathan also appealed to Lt Governor Kiran Bedi to conduct a survey into the number of families coming under ‘below poverty line’ category in the Union Territory as the present number of red coloured ration cards meant for poor families was more than the actual number of families eligible to get the same.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha’s Sualgiri, Swalgiri notified as scheduled castes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha’s Sualgiri and Swalgiri communities have been notified as Scheduled Castes following President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent to a new law. The Rajya Sabha had last month passed the bill on it after it was cleared by the Lok Sabha in March. The president gave the nod to the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Act, 2017, on Friday, officials said today. The SC category status will entitle these communities to reservation in government jobs and admission in educational institutions, besides some other financial benefits. Some of the major schemes for the scheduled castes include post-matric scholarship, national overseas scholarship, Rajiv Gandhi national fellowship, concessional loans from National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation, hostel facilities for the SC boys and girls etc. The Constitution empowers the president to specify the scheduled castes in states and union territories in a list of notified scheduled castes. It also allows the list to be modified by Parliament. As per the modified list for Odisha, the “Sabakhia, Sualgiri, Swalgiri” are notified Scheduled Castes. The new law has also replaced the term Union Territory of Pondicherry to Puducherry in the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PSPB suggests widening of tax net to tackle financial crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Puducherry State Planning Board (PSPB) today came up with a slew of suggestions including widening the tax net, to tackle the financial crunch faced by the territorial government. A release from the Director of Department of Planning and Research said, at the meeting chaired by Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, the Board had detailed discussions on fiscal features of Puducherry government. It also recommended through a draft plan for the fiscal 2017-2018, an outlay of Rs 6,945 crores (Rs 2500 crores under plan and Rs 4,,445 crores under non plan) for the Union Territory. The draft plan, which was finalised on the basis of the estimated revenue resources and grants from the Centre, will be submitted to the central government for approval, the release said. It further said that the planning board came out with various suggestions including raising the Union Territory’s own resources by widening the tax net, improving efficiency of tax collection, levy of user charges and fees, water charges, profession taxes by local bodies and also generation of resources from traffic enforcement and road safety. The meeting also stressed on the need for control of expenditure and improvement in quality of spending by the departments. The Puducherry Assembly had passed Vote on Account during a recent brief session on March 30 and 31 earmarking funds for the first three months (April to June) of the fiscal 2017-2018 as funds sought from the Centre were not available. Once the present draft plan is approved by the Union Home and Finance Ministries, the Puducherry Assembly would shape its full budget for presentation on the floor of the Assembly. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, his cabinet colleagues, Chief Secretary Manoj Parida, Director General of Police S K Gautam, Regional Administrators of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam were among those who participated in the deliberations of the Board.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Max temperatures stay close to normal in Pb, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maximum temperatures at most places in Punjab and Haryana continued to stay close to the normal even as light rains lashed a few places in both the states. Union Territory Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 36.3 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal, the MeT department report said here. The city received 0.2 mm rainfall. In Haryana, Ambala registered a high of 36.7 degrees Celsius, one degree below the normal while Hisar’s maximum was 40 degrees Celsius. Maximum temperatures at Karnal and Narnaul was 37 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius respectively. Narnaul received rainfall of 26 mm. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 36.7 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded their maximums at 37.6 degrees Celsius and 37.4 degrees Celsius respectively. Amritsar received rainfall of 2.4 mm. The MeT department has predicted light rain or thunder showers at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab in the next 48 hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WATCH: Cops caught consuming liquor in police van; probe ordered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A video purportedly showing trainee policemen from Gujarat consuming liquor in a police van in the Union Territory of Diu has gone viral, prompting the authorities to order an inquiry into the incident.Interestingly, the cops were undergoing training to handle ’emergency situations’.The sale and consumption of liquor is prohibited in Gujarat but not in Diu, which is about 225 km from here.”Over 12 trainee policemen were undergoing training to handle any emergency situation at the Rajkot police headquarters in Mavdi area,” Superintendent of Police, Rajkot Rural, Antrip Sood said today.”A video went viral on WhatsApp showing the van parked outside a hotel in Diu and the policemen consuming liquor inside,” he said.”After receiving the information based on the video that went viral, we have ordered an inquiry against the policemen. This is a case of indiscipline and action would be taken against them accordingly,” Sood said.Deputy Superintendent of Police Shruti Mehta is conducting the inquiry and is likely to submit her report within a day, sources at the Rajkot rural police station said.A probe is also being conducted to find out how they reached Diu in the police vehicle when they were undergoing training in Rajkot, the sources added.

Previous Cong govt did not fulfil duties, blamed states: PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the previous Congress government at the Centre of not fulfilling its duties and instead blaming the states for it. Addressing a public meeting here, he said while it is the duty of the Centre to give out land rights to the tribals, the previous Congress government always blamed states for it. “Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh saw best progress in land rights to tribals. But the government of India and Congress leaders used to instigate the tribals that the Modi government (when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat) was not giving land rights to tribals,” he told the gathering. He said that when he became the Prime Minister, he realised that it is the duty of the Centre and not the states to hand over land rights to the tribals. “They were in power for 10 years, but they had always put the states on the docks (for not giving land rights)… not even a single tribal in the Union Territory was given land rights,” he said. Before the meeting, he handed over land rights to tribals, gas connections to women and aids to physically challenged people. Continuing his broadside, the Prime Minister said the Congress contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on the plank of increasing subsidised gas cylinders from nine to 12. “But after we came to power, we have provided gas connections to 2 crore households,” he said, adding that it has helped improve the health of women who used to cook using wood as fuel. Referring to his government’s push for generic medicine, Modi said the poor should also get medicines and asserted that cheap medicine does not mean it lacks quality. He warned against propaganda that generic medicines lack quality.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Information Technology park to soon come up in Puducherry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A information technology (IT) park will be set up in Pillaichavady village soon, a press release from the Chief Minister’s office said today. The park will be set up on the precincts of government- sponsored Puducherry Engineering College. The government has already earmarked the site for the project, it said. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy held a meeting with several entrepreneurs who expressed their willingness to start industries in the Union Territory. Detailed discussions on various features of the new industrial policy of the government to attract entrepreneurs were held at the meeting, the release said. Industries Minister of Puducherry M O H F Shah Jahan, Agriculture Minister R Kamalakannan, and others participated in the discussions with the entrepreneurs from various sectors, it said. Software Technology Park of India (STPI) director Sanjay Thiyagi and joint director Manikandan said the IT Park would be set up soon.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Max temps rise across Pb, Har; Narnaul hottest at 39 degrees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After over a week of respite, the maximum temperature today rose across Punjab and Haryana including Chandigarh. Narnaul in Haryana was the hottest place in the two states recording a maximum temperature of 39.5 degrees Celsius, three notches above the normal, the MeT Department report said here. Hisar, too, had a hot day at 39 degrees Celsius, up two notches above the normal. Karnal and Ambala also recorded above normal maximum temperature at 36.8 degrees Celsius and 35.7 degrees Celsius, respectively. Union Territory Chandigarh recorded a high of 34.6 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded similar temperatures 36 degrees Celsius and 36.4 degrees Celsius, respectively. Amritsar registered a high of 35.4 degrees Celsius, two degrees above the normal. The weather is likely to remain dry in Punjab and Haryana over the next two days, the MeT forecast said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

(Adding appearance of officer before privilege committee)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, at loggerheads with the Congress government over transfer of a top official, today charged the UT Chief Secretary with ‘abetting’ an administrative breakdown by disregarding her ‘warning’ not to shift him. “Despite my firm warning to CS by email not to rush d transfer order he did. C encl rules. He abetted an admin breakdown,” she tweeted. She was referring to the March 30 order issued by Chief Secretary Manoj Parida replacing Municipal Commissioner R Chandrasekheran, whom she later reinstated after terming the transfer order as invalid. Bedi, who has been issuing a series of statements since then explaining her stand, said when a Chief Secretary of a Union Territory “decides to side step rules & processes to defy lawful instructions, dependent on the case, can cause adm breakdown…” The Lt Governor also said she met the Union Home Secretary on March 31 and discussed the issue. She later issued the directive reinstating Chandrasekharan. Bedi also shared on twitter two e-mails she had sent to her Secretary G Theva Neethi Dhas in which she had said the matter fell under the purview of the Lt Governor. Raking up another issue, the former IPS officer said that as per reports of Provident Fund officials, there was ‘default’ by PSUs of Puducherry in provident fund remittences to the tune of Rs 36.23 crores. She said the Union Territory needed a committee on lines of Shunglu panel (on AAP government in Delhi) to look into the way it was being administered. A three-member panel headed by former CAG VK Shunglu was set up in August 2016 by the then Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to probe the allegation of irregularities in the functioning of the Delhi government. “Pudduchery also needs a ‘Shunglu Committee’ to look into way UT is being administered. Latest is (Rs) 36.23 Crores of PF of employees defaulted!,” Bedi tweeted. “It’s not only defaulted, its collected but not deposited in officers acct (accounts) as reported by PF officers,” she said in the tweet. She said: “For the management of Puducherry it is vital that the bureaucracy plays its neutral course and places right rules for administration and political leadership to take considered decisions and not sidesteps as has been done by Chief Secretary of Puducherry which has caused breakdown of administrative work.” Chandrasekharan was removed from the post of Puducherry Municipal Commissioner on an order by Speaker V Vaithilingam over a privilege motion raised by opposition AIADMK. Meanwhile, Chandrasekharan today appeared before the Privileges Committee in connection with privilege issue raised by AIADMK MLA A Baskar for allegedly conducting meetings in Mudaliarpet constituency, represented by him, without informing him. K Lakshminarayanan, one of the members of the Privilege Committee, told reporters that Chandrasekaran was given a copy of the complaint given by Baskar and asked to submit his explanation by April 20. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, who virtually questioned the Lt Governor’s contention that she alone has the powers to appoint UT officials, had on April 2 asserted that the Speaker’s order was final on Chandrasekaran’s removal. Bedi has been at loggerheads with the Narayanasamy Ministry over various issues since the UT government took charge in May last year after assembly elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chief Secy ‘abetted’ admin breakdown by shifting official:Bedi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, at loggerheads with the Congress government over transfer of a top official, today charged the UT Chief Secretary with ‘abetting’ an administrative breakdown by disregarding her ‘warning’ not to shift him. “Despite my firm warning to CS by email not to rush d transfer order he did. C encl rules. He abetted an admin breakdown,” she tweeted. She was referring to the March 30 order issued by Chief Secretary Manoj Parida replacing Municipal Commissioner R Chandrasekheran, whom she later reinstated after terming the transfer order as invalid. Bedi, who has been issuing a series of statements since then explaining her stand, said when a Chief Secretary of a Union Territory “decides to side step rules & processes to defy lawful instructions, dependent on the case, can cause adm breakdown…” The Lt Governor also said she met the Union Home Secretary on March 31 and discussed the issue. She later issued the directive reinstating Chandrasekharan. Bedi also shared on twitter two e-mails she had sent to her Secretary G Theva Neethi Dhas in which she had said the matter fell under the purview of the Lt Governor. Raking up another issue, the former IPS officer said that as per reports of Provident Fund officials, there was ‘default’ by PSUs of Puducherry in provident fund remittences to the tune of Rs 36.23 crores. She said the Union Territory needed a committee on lines of Shunglu panel (on AAP government in Delhi) to look into the way it was being administered. A three-member panel headed by former CAG VK Shunglu was set up in August 2016 by the then Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to probe the allegation of irregularities in the functioning of the Delhi government. “Pudduchery also needs a ‘Shunglu Committee’ to look into way UT is being administered. Latest is (Rs) 36.23 Crores of PF of employees defaulted!,” Bedi tweeted. “It’s not only defaulted, its collected but not deposited in officers acct (accounts) as reported by PF officers,” she said in the tweet. She said: “For the management of Puducherry it is vital that the bureaucracy plays its neutral course and places right rules for administration and political leadership to take considered decisions and not sidesteps as has been done by Chief Secretary of Puducherry which has caused breakdown of administrative work.” Chandrasekharan was removed from the post of Puducherry Municipal Commissioner on an order by Speaker V Vaithilingam over a privilege motion raised by opposition AIADMK. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, who virtually questioned the Lt Governor’s contention that she alone has the powers to appoint UT officials, had on April 2 asserted that the Speaker’s order was final on Chandrasekaran’s removal. Bedi has been at loggerheads with the Narayanasamy Ministry over various issues since the UT government took charge in May last year after assembly elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Bandh’ observed in Diu over SC’s highway liquor ban order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Territory of Diu today observed a ‘bandh’ against the Supreme Court order banning the sale of liquor along highways. The call for bandh was given by the shopkeepers, hotel and restaurant owners, liquor shop and bar owners under the banner of “Diu District Jagrut Janta”. They demanded that the national highway passing through Diu should be called a ‘major district road’. The organisers claimed that the bandh was successful as most of the commercial establishments in the Union Territory remained shut. The agitators also took out a large rally till Collector Office and handed over a memorandum, urging the authorities to declare that national highway as ‘major district road’, which starts from Ghoghla check post and ends at Tad check post in Diu. The Supreme Court has imposed a total ban on liquor shops and bars situated within 500 meters of national or state highways from April 1. The ban is also applicable to hotels and restaurants serving liquor. In their representation, the local residents urged Collector P S Jani to take urgent steps to save the livelihood of thousands of people, who are dependent on tourism industry. “As the administration has put this road in the category of national highways, several pepople with shops, hotels and other properties will have to face huge losses. If no amicable solution comes, we will give a call for indefinite shutdown of Diu,” the agitators said. Diu Collector P S Jani said the issue raised by the locals was valid and announced to take it up with higher authorities. “This 11.5 km of stretch was declared a national highway in 2014. Hence, we have cancelled liquor permits as per the SC order. Being a national highway, we may have to acquire 40 meters of land from both the ends of the highway as per the rules,” Jani said. “The concern raised by locals is valid, as they may have to lose their shops, houses and others properties. We will draw the attention of higher authorities to denotify this road,” Jani told reporters after holding a meeting with the agitators. Following the Supreme Court directive, the Excise department of Daman and Diu has cancelled licenses of 100 bars and liquor shops in Diu and 58 such establishments in Daman, an official said. Since neighbouring Gujarat is a ‘dry state’, Diu and Daman attracts large number of tourists.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC order to affect 200 bars in Haryana, mostly in Gurugram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 200 bars in Haryana will be affected by the Supreme Court order banning sale of liquor within 500 meters of highways, while Punjab is yet to work out the number of bars and pubs which will feel the burnt. “The Supreme Court order will affect 194 out of 478 bars in Haryana, most of which are located in Gurugram,” a state excise and taxation department official said today. “Of the total 292 bars in Gurugram, this order will affect 106,” the official said. As many as 500 liquor shops have been dislocated in Haryana following the apex court order, with the excise official claiming, “There is no implication on revenue because of dislocation of liquor vends.” The Supreme Court has directed that no liquor shop shall be visible and directly accessible from the highways nor it should be situated within 500 metres of the outer edge of the national or state highway or of the service lane. This order is also applicable to bars, pubs, which give rise to drunken driving and consequential fatalities. About the impact of the apex court order on revenue of the state, the official said around Rs 100 crore in revenue may have to be foregone due to shutting down of bars and pubs. Although the restaurants or bars may relocate their businesses to other areas, it is the big hotels which would face maximum brunt. In Punjab, the excise and taxation department is figuring out the number of hotels, restaurants (which serve liquor) and bars located within 500 metres of state and national highways. “The district excise and taxation commissioners have been directed to come up within a day the number of hotels, bars and restaurants which are within 500 metres of the highways in the state,” a senior official said, adding 1,300 to 1,400 liquor vends have already been closed and dislocated. “We have not suffered any revenue loss on account of dislocation of liquor vends,” the official said. In Chandigarh, about 90 bars and pubs will be affected because of the Supreme Court order. An office bearer of Chandigarh Hotel and Restaurant Association said because of closure of bars in the city, a large number of people would become jobless. The excise and taxation department of the Union Territory has started a drive to seal the liquor stock at hotels, bars and restaurants which are within the 500 meters of state and national highways.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GST: Modi’s big-bang reform a done deal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s biggest-ever tax reform since Independence crossed the big hurdle. All four Bills to give effect to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) were approved by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday evening. They will now go to the Rajya Sabha for consideration, but the House, where ruling party is in a minority, cannot overturn them as they are listed as ‘Money Bills’.The Opposition raised many questions and even moved amendments, which were nullified, some with voice votes and others by division. Since the date set for the rollout has been fixed on July, the government will have to prepare a fine print, decide on tax rates on commodities and set up procedures and modalities over the next few months.The legislation will create a single tax all over the nation, bringing down the cost of logistics, which, is 14 per cent in India now as compared with six and five per cent in China and the US, respectively.The new law subsumes a slew of indirect taxes at the Centre and in states. It is believed that the one-nation one-tax regime is expected to boost the rate of economic growth by about 0.5 percentage points, broaden the revenue base and cut compliance costs for firms.Wrapping up the discussion, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made a strong pitch for a simple tax regime, reminding the Congress that seven finance ministers of the states it rules have signed off on the provisions of the four bills as part of the GST Council.Replying to an eight-hour long debate, he said that the tax rates will be kept at near current levels to ensure that there is no inflationary impact. He said that the aim of the GST Council is to decide everything relating to the tax structure with consensus. To the Congress’ objection to the GST with multiple tax rates, he said: “If there are no multiple rates, it will become a highly regressive tax…Some goods are essential for the poor.” To illustrate his point, he said: “A BMW and hawai chappal (slippers) can’t have the same tax.”He said a delicate balance has been drawn by setting up the GST Council where the sovereignty of the Centre and the states in relation to indirect taxes have been pulled in together in a federal institution.Explaining the Bills, the Finance Minister said that the Central GST will give powers to the Centre to levy tax after excise, service tax and additional customs duty are all subsumed. The Integrated GST will be a tax to be levied by the Centre on inter-state movement of goods and services. The states will pass the State GST law that will allow them to levy sales tax after VAT and the likes are subsumed.Besides, the GST compensation law allows for the imposition of cess on certain luxury goods like tobacco, high-end cars and aerated drinks to create a corpus for compensating states for any loss of revenue in the first five years of GST rollout.The fourth law introduced is on Union Territory GST like Chandigarh and Daman and Diu, which do not have assemblies. The GST Council will make recommendations to the Centre and states on tax, cess and surcharges, besides deciding on exemptions and model goods.It has already approved four-tier tax slabs of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent plus an additional cess on demerit goods like luxury cars, aerated drinks and tobacco products. The work on putting various goods and services in the different slabs is slated to begin next month.Jaitley said that tax beyond 28 per cent on luxury items will be considered as compensation tax for the next five years and the money will go to the fund from where states losing on tax will be compensated. Referring to the tax bracket of luxury goods, he said that the extra component beyond 28 per cent has been kept as cess, as keeping it as tax would have a negative impact on the consumers. Jaitley said that keeping it as tax would have resulted on some portion of the money going to devolution. “To make a compensation package of Rs 50,000, we would have to levy tax of Rs 1.72 lakh crore.”Earlier, the Opposition charged that India lost a whopping Rs 12 lakh crore due to the years of delay in implementation of GST due to stiff opposition by the BJP during the previous UPA government.The AIADMK, the only party to walk out in August, stuck to its demand for better compensation to states like Tamil Nadu. Responding to the concerns expressed by members on bringing agriculturists within the ambit of GST, Jaitley said that the GST Bill have provided a definition for agriculturists for the purpose of exemption from registration. He said that most of the agricultural produce would continue to be zero rated and there should be “no confusion” about it.As regards Jammu and Kashmir, the Finance Minister said the law passed by Parliament will not apply to the state, which will have to legislate its own law and integrate with the GST regime.Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the passage of GST supplementary Bills by the Lok Sabha. “Congratulations to all the countrymen over the passage of the GST Bills. New Year, New Law, New Bharat,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.THE 4 BILLSThe Central Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017
The Integrated Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017
The Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017
The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Bill, 2017 HighlightsCommodities like food items will have zero tax
Decision to bring real estate in GST ambit will be taken within one year of the rollout of the new indirect tax regime
GST Bill seeks to replace various tax laws like Central Excise Law and VAT Law
Tax rates for each CGST and SGST will not exceed 20%.
Tax rate of IGST will not exceed 40%. In addition, a cess will be levied on certain goods and services to compensate states for revenue loss.

Rahul Gandhi attends LS in midst of GST row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said all three Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bills listed for consideration in the Lok Sabha will be approved through a consensus, the Congress said the Bills in their present form were “unacceptable”. But knowing fully well that it can do little to block the proposed legislation in the Lok Sabha on account of its meagre numbers, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi attended Parliament on Tuesday for the first time after the party’s defeat in UP elections, and told his MPs to raise the concerns of the public and seek necessary amendments in the GST Bills.The government, instead of forcing discussion on the four Bills from Tuesday itself, gave a day’s break in view of the Opposition’s protest on Monday over not getting time to study them. The Bills could reach the MPs’ residences here only on Saturday, when most had gone home, and so they could learn about them only on arrival on Monday. All four Bills are listed as “money Bills” and as such they are not required to be passed by the Rajya Sabha, since the Constitution stipulates the Rajya Sabha to consider money Bills and then return them to the Lok Sabha, which may or may not concede any amendments proposed by the Rajya Sabha. The Opposition in the Rajya Sabha is already planning to push for some amendments in the Finance Bill, which was discussed inconclusively on Monday and could not come up for discussion on Tuesday because of the disruptions wiping out all business for the day.At a key strategy meeting of Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha, Rahul told them that while opposing the GST legislation, they should not be perceived as anti-reforms. He also told the members to raise the issue of farmers’ distress and press for a farm loan waiver in Parliament. Senior party leaders suggested that the Congress should not be seen as the one opposing the tax reform legislation, since it was during the UPA government that the GST Bill was initiated to simplify tax structures.Meanwhile, Jaitley told the BJP parliamentary party meeting that on the basis of the principle of “shared sovereignty”, the government wants to pass these landmark tax reforms through consensus. “The Finance Minister briefed the party MPs in detail about all the four GST Bills (Central GST, Integrated GST, Union Territory GST and the Compensation Law) and said these legislations are based on the principle of shared sovereignty,” said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anant Kumar.The leaders at the meeting were also told that the new legislations will usher in a one-nation-one-tax regime. The government proposes to launch GST from July 1. It is estimated that the rolling out of the GST can add up to 2 per cent to India’s economic growth.

Cold wave prevails in Pb, Har; Adampur coldest at 6.1 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab and Haryana continued to be under the grip of cold weather conditions, with Adampur being the coldest place in both the states after recording a low of 6.1 degrees Celsius. Gurdaspur and Bathinda in Punjab registered below normal temperature at 7.8 degrees and 8.3 degrees Celsius respectively. Halwara (9.7 degrees), Pathankot (8.1 degrees) and Amritsar (8 degrees) also registered below normal minimum temperatures, a MeT Department official said here. The cold weather conditions also prevailed in Patiala, where the minimum temperature settled at 9.6 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, while Ludhiana recorded a low of 10.1 degrees. Union Territory Chandigarh registered a low of 9.5 degrees Celsius, down three notches against normal. In Haryana, Karnal was the coldest place after recording the minimum temperature of 6.8 degrees Celsius, six notches below normal. Hisar too experienced a cold night at 8.6 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal. Ambala recorded a low of 11.3 degrees Celsius, down three degrees against normal. The MeT attributed the recent dip in mercury in the plains of Punjab and Haryana to fresh spell of snowfall last week at many places in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JKNPP demands imposition of Governor’s rule in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) today demanded imposition of Governor’s rule in the state in view of the “deteriorating” law and order situation. “We urge President Pranab Mukherjee to invoke Section 92 of J&K Constitution without any further delay so that Governor rule is imposed in the state which has been on fire for nearly 14 months,” chief patron of JKNPP Bhim Singh told reporters here. He alleged that the security and law and order situation is worse in the state and the government has failed on all fronts. Singh claimed that the Governor’s rule is the only solution and the state Assembly should be dissolved without any delay and fresh elections be held. The law and order situation triggered by unrest in Kashmir can only be tackled when the state is reorganised by establishing Jammu and Kashmir as two separate states, the JKNPP leader asserted. The people of Ladakh region should have the option to remain with Kashmir or Jammu or under the control of the Union as Union Territory, he said. Singh said JKNPP will be holding its 34th foundation anniversary on March 23 in Jammu with a “mission” that there should be one Constitution from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Our party stands for urgent amendment in the Constitution of India so that Article 370 is amended to make way for one flag and one Constitution from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, he said. “That is the only solution to restore peace and normalcy in J&K when every Indian citizen residing in J&K shall enjoy all fruits guaranteed in the fundamental rights in the Indian Constitution,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIADMK slams Pondy govt over delay in dredging ops in estuary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The opposition AIADMK today flayed the territorial government for the “delay” in carrying out dredging operations at the estuary off the coast here, which has affected fishing activities in the Union Territory. AIADMK legislature wing leader A Anbalagan told reporters here that the “turf war between the Lt Governor Kiran Bedi and the Congress government on assigning the work for dredging the estuary had been causing intolerable delay in fishing operations.” He stated that when the dredging work was done by private players, the Lt Governor intervened and handed the job to the Dredging Corporation of India in December last year. “The operations by the corporation did not bear fruit as there was no successful desilting of the sand and fishermen had not been able to venture into the sea for fishing activities for nearly five months now,” he alleged. The AIADMK leader also sought the government to pay a compensation of Rs 30,000 per month for each fishing vessel owner. Criticising the Lt Governor and the Chief Minister for paying “lip service” on financial allocation during their visits to Delhi, he said, “they had placed before the Union Ministers reports highlighting the poor financial status of the Puducherry government.” On the Union Budget, Anbalagan said the budget had let down Puducherry with allocation of funds being retained at the same level as in the previous years. He attributed this failure to the unending differences between the Lt Governor and Chief Minister over constitutional and administrative powers to them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

The senior lawyer further said that the high court has

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>relied on an old Act of 1963 and gave its judgement holding that Delhi is a Union Territory instead of relying on the later Act of 1991. “There will be anarchy and no governance if every decision of the government is reversed by the Lieutenant Governor which was not contemplated in the Constitution. It is the violation of the Constitution. He is the custodian of the Constitution, he has to protect the Constitution. Statesmanship, mutuality and dignity is expected from the LG, as was contemplated,” Subramaniam said. He said that Parliament has been given primacy in case of legislative powers and it can formulate laws for any part of the country. “In Delhi’s case, Article 239AA (3) preserves Parliament’s legislative powers over all the subjects in the state and concurrent lists. However, no such power is reserved to the Centre/President,” he said, adding that overriding powers have been given to Parliament in case of legislative powers but it refrains from doing likewise in case of executive powers. He said that the constitutional provisions stipulate that the Delhi council of ministers has executive powers to aid and advise the LG on all matters in the state and concurrent lists except for the three reserved subjects — land, police and public order. “The GNCTD Act explicitly limits the discretion of the LG, and any delegation in that behalf to him by the President only to matters falling outside the purview of Delhi’s legislature. Also the Act says these are matters on which the the LG is ‘required to act’ on the aid and advise of the council of ministers. These features are absent in the earlier laws of 1951 and 1963,” he said. Subramaniam said that since the law rules out the LG’s discretion on all matters that fall within the purview of the elected government, there is no occasion for him to differ or have an opinion on these matters. “There is no other constitutional or political principle, which gives him any role in these matters,” he said while listing out 13 propositions before the bench. Subramaniam concluded his arguments after the bench posted the matter for further hearing on February 8. The apex court had on December 14 observed that the Delhi government should have some powers otherwise it cannot function while hearing the appeals of the AAP government. On September 9, the apex court had refused to grant an interim stay on the verdict of the Delhi High Court of August 4 last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cabinet approves amendments in Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The central government approved for amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Castes of the State of Odisha, and Scheduled Castes Order, 1964 so as to change name of the Union Territory from Pondicherry to Puducherry in the Order. The Bill namely Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2017 incorporating the above changes will be introduced in the Parliament. Proposal of Sualgiri, Swalgiri caste, as per approved modalities, was found to be eligible for its inclusion as a synonym of Sabakhia caste. Further, the name of Union territory of Pondicherry has been changed to Puducherry vide the Pondicherry (alteration of name) Act, 2006. Accordingly, an amendment is needed in the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964 to this effect. The government approved modalities in June 1999, as amended in June 2002, for considering proposals in regard to modifications in the lists of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. According to the approved modalities, amending legislation to the concerned constitution order is proposed only in respect of such proposals of the concerned state government/union territory administration, which have been agreed to both by the Registrar General of India (RGI) as well as the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC). The Constitution of India provides certain privileges / concessions to the members of Scheduled Castes which are notified under the provisions of Article 341 of the Constitution of India. First list of scheduled castes in relation to a state or union territory is to be issued by a notified order of the President after having consultation with the state government concerned. Any subsequent inclusion in or exclusion from the list of scheduled castes can be effected through an act of Parliament as envisaged under clause (2) of Article 341. Six presidential orders were issued between 1950 and 1978 for specifying scheduled castes in respect of various states/union territories. These orders have been amended from time to time by acts of Parliament enacted as per Article 341(2) of the Constitution between 1956 and 2016. After the bill becomes an act, members of the community included in the list of scheduled castes will be able to derive benefits meant for scheduled castes under the existing schemes. Some of the major schemes of this kind include post-matric scholarship, National Overseas Scholarship, Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship, Top Class Education, Concessional loans from National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation. In addition to above, they are also entitled to the benefits of reservation in services and admission to educational institutions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bedi visits Botanical garden

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today visited the government botanical garden here and had a look at the various stalls of fruits, vegetables and flowers set up in connection with the ongoing annual flower festival `Farm Fest 2017`. She covered the nearly two km distance,accompanied by officials, from Raj Nivas to the garden, on her bicycle. She also travelled in the ‘joy train’ in the garden` along with other visitors to the exhibition. After visiting a stall earmarked in the flower show for the supporters of honey bee farming, the Lt Governor told the officials of the Agriculture Department, the organiser of the annual flower festival, that honey bee farming activity should be propagated among the members of the self-help groups. The Lt Governor said school children should be encouraged to take up field visits often to the garden so that they can be acquainted with the knowledge of the rich flora of the garden. She said the botanical garden was established by an eminent botanist G S Perottet in 1826. Bedi has been visiting various parts of Puducherry every Saturday and Sunday to ascertain implementation of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan in the Union Territory.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP’s Faridabad victory shows people’s approval of demonetization: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Projecting BJP’s win in Faridabad local polls as a victory of the party’s “pro-development” ideology, its president Amit Shah on Monday said it was yet another evidence of people’s approval of demonetization as the party has won polls across states since the decision was taken.In the Faridabad municipal corporation, the party has won 30 out of 40 seats with 10 going to independent candidates, it said. “This historic win is a victory of BJP’s ideology of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ and the pro-development agenda. In every election following demonetization, people of the country have put their stamp of approval on it,” Shah said in a statement.Referring to his party’s performance in various polls in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra besides the Union Territory of Chandigarn, he claimed it is now clear that the opposition is merely doing politics over notes ban while people are supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in building an honest India. “This is the sixth consecutive win of BJP in local polls after demonetization,” he noted.

Kiran Bedi says she will quit on completion of two years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid growing differences between her and the Congress government in Puducherry, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi said on Saturday she would quit the post in May next year on completion of two years in office. “I have given myself a tenure here. I shall relinquish my office on May 29, 2018 when I complete two years in Puducherry,” she said.Bedi said that she has already informed her ‘seniors’ about this. Her statement comes a day after Congress MLAs shot off a memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh complaining about Bedi’s style of functioning in the backdrop of her cancelling an order of Chief Minister V Narayanasamy banning officials from using social media for official communication.The former IPS officer, who was sworn in as the Lt Governor of the Union Territory on May 29, 2016, had initiated several measures including steps to check crimes and corruption and for a garbage-free Puducherry. There had been differences between her and the government on occasions, though Narayanasamy had maintained the ties were cordial.In an apparent reference to Bedi’s direct interactions with government officials, Narayanasamy had in the past said the elected ministry should not be overlooked. In August last year, Bedi had allegedly threatened to quit her post and leave Puducherry over alleged lack of cooperation (from officials) for her clean Puducherry Mission.

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