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Global Partnership Summit: India-Japan-Africa partnership to usher in new era of global development

The partnership between India-Japan-Africa can usher in a new era of global development, experts concurred on Wednesday in early morning discussions at the Global Partnership Summit.“India-Japan-Africa Global partnership (IJAGP) promotes people to people partnership besides a sustainable and empowerment based social-economic global framework. One has to work towards a common objective of establishing an alternative development model framework,” said Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, founder, chairman, global partnership summit.Upadhyay added that India and Japan already have a strong and vibrant development framework based on non-bilateral cooperation. “Going forward, we look to the African nations to create a geo-political partnership for an equitable global order,” he said.Also readThe Asia-Africa Growth Corridor is the answer to OBOR Bilali Camara, Country Director, UNAIDS India said for the benefit of humanity, the partnership between the three has to continue. “Healthcare is very important and with our continued partnership, we can eliminate AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria from both Africa and India,” he saidWe have to go behind best medical care, it has to be sharing of best knowledge, best advise which has to be given to people so that they can protect themselves, Camara said.Africa is set for a leap in next decade with upward moving socio economic indicators and there is untapped potential for shared growth and peaceful development. Africa has a strong desire for assuring sustainable future for its people.“IJAGP’s growth model is based on the principles of alternative development model of empowerment and not on the existing model of exploitation,” Upadhyay added.There are many common factors between India-Africa relationship such as partners in freedom struggle, strong people to people contact, trade ties, traditional societies, young demography and close cultural ties.The way forward would be to respect sovereignty of each African state, building partnerships or joint ventures between Indian Japanese African governments or companies and empowering local inhabitants.Community development is the best model forward. Human rights are critical to this development and right to access healthcare is also very important, Camara said.Doga Makiura, a Japanese social entrepreneur, who has an online education firm with presence in Indonesia, Phillipines, Mexico, is looking to tap into African market to train youth there. “Currently, we are looking at Nigeria, Ghana and West Africa to offer our online education services. We need human capital, there is dearth of skilled young people in Japan,” he said.

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Tri-lateral bond between India, Japan, US is key

A day after the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) met to forge a partnership, experts gathered here at the Global Partnership Summit (GPS) deliberated on another tri-lateral bond between India, Japan and United States (IJU) to bring some equilibrium to the world order.The general consensus was that such a move would help assert India’s interests and its position in the region, and that it was also necessary to bring in private players to inject an economic element to the relationship.Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, founder chairman of GPS, said while there has been a robust partnership between India and the US and also between the US and Japan, the challenge was to forge a bond between India and Japan. He called for an alternative model of partnership that is based on empowerment rather than exploitation.”Systems build over past 200 years are crumbling. The trilateral is not against any country. We want to change the development models. We are striving to bring an empowerment-based model of development, where all participants are stakeholders. China has offered a development model, but it is based on exploitation model,” he said.Zul Kapadia, director of intelligence and integration, said the the IJU trilateral was necessary to set up a rule-based international order that takes into account interests of all countries and humanity. He said this was possible only by involving business leaders as they are ones who give depth to the relationship.However, Yumiko Kusakabe, programme director at the innovation leadership programme IFIT, said there was a different work attitude and an environment in India and Japan. She said the cost of capital was an issue in India due to perceived risks in the market, adding that Japan could help address this issue by sharing values. Diana Villareal, co-founder of Global Partnership Foundation (GPF) called on the three nations to work out a plan for data-based agriculture to address food security challenges in India.

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Supreme Court notice on convicts in party posts

The Supreme Court Friday sought the responses of the Centre and the Election Commission on a PIL seeking to restrain convicted politicians from holding any posts in political parties.Taking up a petition filed by lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, the bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud issued notice to the respondents. The PIL seeks directions to the Centre and the Election Commission to frame guidelines to decriminalise the electoral system and ensure inner-party democracy as proposed by the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC).The bench also agreed to examine the validity and contours of Section 29A of the Representation of People Act, 1951, which deals with registration of political parties with the Election Commission.Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Siddharth Luthra told the bench that while convicted politicians are barred under law from contesting elections, they can still run a political party, thereby deciding as to who becomes a lawmaker. The petition also names several politicians who have been convicted or have charges framed against them but continue to hold posts in political parties and “wielding political power.” It points out that now even a person who has been convicted for heinous crimes like murder, rape, smuggling, money laundering, loot, sedition, or dacoity can form a political party and become its president.
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In fit of rage, Delhi woman brutally smashes 2-year-old’s head on floor over argument with his mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A two-year-old child’s head was brutally hit repeatedly against the floor by his neighbour until he died, in Southwest Delhi’s Uttam Nagar area on Thursday evening.The accused woman who lives in the same building killed the child, following a heated argument with his mother, in a fit of rage. She was caught when she was found hiding the minor’s body in a sack to dispose of it later.According to the senior police officers, an argument erupted three days ago between the accused woman, who was later identified as Madhu Bala, and the child’s mother. Police officers say that it was on Thursday that the woman got a chance for “revenge” when she spotted the child roaming around alone.”Since the victim’s family lives on the first floor, the accused woman took the child to her room to the second floor of the building. Then, when the child tried to raise an alarm and started crying, the woman, in order to silence him, hit his head multiple times against the floor, until the child died,” said a senior police officer.Meanwhile, the child’s family started searching for him and after about an hour his father reached the accused woman’s house to check for him.”Seeing the child’s father, the accused woman resisted letting the family in. They however barged in forcefully, with the help of neighbours, and found the child’s blood drenched body wrapped in a sack. It was then they rushed him to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where he was declared brought dead,” the officer added.Hospital staff then reported the matter to the police and the victim’s family gave a written complaint against the accused woman and an FIR was registered.Police said that the child’s body was handed over to the police after a post-mortem examination.”We are also trying to probe if some other angle is involved in the murder. Prima facie, rage has appeared as the motive behind murder, however all angles are being looked into. The woman has been arrested,” the officer said.Sudden provocationDelhi Police data shows that sudden provocation leads to 12.60% of the total crimes reported, while 22.83% were sparked out of enmity. Illicit relationships cause 9.4% of crimes, robbery and theft led to only 3.5% of crimes whereas family and property disputes led to 13.39% and 0.79% crimes respectively.

Election not to be nullified even if NOTA gets maximum votes: Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking a direction to the poll panel to nullify an election result and conduct fresh poll if NOTA gets the maximum votes in a constituency.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud allowed the petitioner to withdraw the plea which had also sought a direction to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to restrict those candidates and political parties, whose election have been nullified, from taking part in fresh polls. The apex court termed the suggestions as “unworkable” and said “we cannot destroy our democracy just like that…holding an election in our country is a very serious and expensive business. Today we cannot say that unless a person gets 51 per cent of votes, he cannot be declared elected.” Sensing the mood of the court favouring dismissing the plea, petitioner advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, also a Delhi BJP spokesperson, chose to withdraw the petition.The petition had also said the right to reject and elect a new candidate will give power to the people to express their discontent. The Right to Reject was first proposed by the Law Commission in its 170th report in 1999 as part of its ‘Alternative Method of Election’. It had also suggested that the contesting candidates should be declared elected only if they have obtained 51 per cent of all valid votes. The PIL wanted the Union government to implement the Law Commission recommendations to ensure free and fair polls.

Bihar: Four lakh contractual teachers threaten to go on indefinite strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around four lakh teachers, working in government schools on a contractual basis, have threatened to proceed on an indefinite strike, if the Bihar government does not implement ‘equal pay for equal work’ for them.The decision comes in the wake of the Bihar government mulling to move the Supreme Court over Patna High Court’s decision that contractual or ‘Niyojit’ teachers were entitled to equal pay as their regular counterparts.On October 31, a division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anil Kumar Upadhyay had directed the state government to fix pay scales of contractual teachers on a par with regular teachers of nationalised schools, within three months.However, with the state government yet undecided, more than 20 associations of contractual teachers of primary, secondary and senior secondary levels, have come together and said, “If the Bihar government does not implement equal pay for equal work by January 31, 2018, they will lock the schools across the state and proceed on strikes from February 1, 2018.”It may be mentioned that the Class X and XII exams of Bihar School Examination Board is held in February and March, and the contractual teachers comprise a major chunk of its invigilators. The education department will face much inconvenience in the event of the teachers proceeding on strike. However, implementation of the ‘equal’ pay scale, will put an additional burden of Rs 2,900 crore on the state exchequer. The contractual teachers were appointed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after he came to power in 2005, to fill up existing vacancies and streamline the education sector in Bihar. Initially, they were offered a consolidated pay, however, few years into service and they started staging agitations demanding equal pay for equal work. While they were given a ‘pay scale’ in 2015, it was still less than the regular teachers.

Poll Panel favours lifetime ban on convicted politicians

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shifting its position in the Supreme Court once again, the Election Commission changed its stand on the issue of lifetime ban for convicted politicians and submitted that it supports the move now.”We support the plea that disqualification should be for life,” the EC counsel said during their brief submission in the day-long hearing on Wednesday. Senior advocate Meenakshi Arora said the poll panel had already written to the Centre seeking appropriate amendments to the law on this issue.This submission is crucial because the apex court had expressed its displeasure with the EC for being non-committal on a plea seeking a lifetime ban on convicted politicians.In an affidavit submitted before a bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha, EC said Ashwini Upadhyay’s plea was ‘not adversarial’. Representing the panel, the advocate said, “Commission supports the plea to the extent that there should be a mechanism for the decriminalisation of politics… We have not taken a decision. We doubt whether it falls in legislature’s domain.””Is silence an option for you (EC)? You must say either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether you are supporting the petitioner. You are the Election Commission of India, and here is a citizen of India who has come here to seek lifetime debarment of convicted persons. Can you say ‘I will be silent’? No, you cannot,” the Bench had said during the previous hearing.”If you (EC) feel constrained by the legislature, then let us know. If you are even constrained to the extent of giving your view, feel free and say so clearly,” it said.The apex court was hearing a petition filed by Upadhyay who sought a lifetime ban from politics for lawmakers who were convicted felons. He also sought directions for setting up adequate infrastructure for a special court to decide the cases related to legislators and public servants within one year and debar convicted politicians from the legislature, executive, and judiciary for life.According to the Representation of the People Act, a politician convicted and sentenced to a jail term of two years or more shall be disqualified from contesting polls for six years from the date of his release from prison after the conclusion of the term.

Govt is with you always: Nirmala Sitharaman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spending Dussehra festival with the troops at Siachen and other forward locations in the Ladakh region, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday conveyed to them the government’s commitment to support them in all circumstances.During the visit, she also reviewed the security situation in the border region.Sitharaman, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir told the soldiers that the government is committed to spending time with the jawans and do whatever is possible for them.She also recalled to them the prime minister’s visit to Siachen in 2014 when he spent time with soldiers on Diwali and said the goverment wanted to understand the conditions in which the jawans live.”Jawans from different states, which have varied weather conditions, come and serve the nation in such high-altitudes and it is laudable. I assure you that the government is with you all the time and in all circumstances. We are not only sensitive to your needs and demands but also to those of your families,” Sitharaman said addressing the troops.She was accompanied by Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D Anbu and GoC 14 Corps Lt Gen S K Upadhyay.The defence minister also inaugurated Pratham-Shyok bridge, first major construction on the Shyok Gong river, which will link Leh to Karakoram, providing connectivity on the strategically important Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Olde axis for military transport.She said it is nothing short of a miracle to construct roads and bridges in such a rough terrain and in such trying circumstances where even breathing is difficult and lauded the BRO and its men for working in difficult terrains and hostile conditions. She said that constructing roads and bridges in difficult terrains will help in development and progress of the nation and its people.WHAT DEF MIN SAIDJawans from different states, which have varied weather conditions, come and serve the nation in such high-altitudes and it is laudable. I assure you that the government is with you all the time and in all circumstances. We are sensitive to demands of your families as well

2008 Malegaon blast case: Retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay gets bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accepting Upadhyay’s plea on the ground of parity — since the other prime accused in the case have been granted bail by the high court and the apex court — a bench of Justices Ranjit More and Sadhna Jadhav granted him bail against a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh.While the National Investigating Agency’s (NIA) counsel Sandesh Patil opposed the bail plea, the HC said that its hands were tied in view of the apex court’s directions on parity.The court also asked if Upadhyay’s role in the blasts was larger than that of prime accused Shrikant Purohit.Upadhyay’s counsel, however, denied the same and said, “The apex court had recently granted bail to Purohit and that the trial court in Mumbai had also let out two other accused persons in the case, Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Sudhakar Dhar Dwivedi. Thus, Upadhyay too must be granted bail.” The NIA, in its chargesheet, had cited transcripts of phone conversations between Upadhyay and Purohit as prime evidence against the former.The Supreme Court had last month granted bail to Purohit in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008 at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nashik district of north Maharashtra.A special MCOCA court had earlier ruled that the ATS had wrongly applied this law against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Purohit and nine others.

Vasundhara Raje govt names 35 libraries after saffron icon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan on Friday named 35 state libraries after Pundit Deendayal Upadhyay, an ideologue of Jan Sangh, the parent organisation of the ruling BJP. The government’s decision, a tribute to the leader whose birth anniversary falls on September 25, drew sharp criticism from the opposition parties, which termed it another move to saffronise education sector.Raje government has already launched several schemes and programmes in the name of Upadhyay. Last year it came up with ‘Deendayal Upadhyay Varishth Nagrik Teerth Yatra’ scheme, providing pilgrimage to senior citizens free of cost. Similarly, it had planned to print lease deed (patta) for land regularised with Upadhyay and Raje photos, which was withdrawn later due to ‘undisclosed’ reasons. A couple of months back the logo of Deendayal was decided to be published on Rajasthan government print advertisement.”Why this selective approach? Why not name schemes under leaders like Rajiv Gandhi? Is not Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, the man who established BJP in Rajasthan, not worthy to have some schemes named after him,” asked Jaipur district Congress president Pratap Singh Khachariawas.Education Minister Vasudev Devnani said these 35 public libraries will be recognised as Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Library, under the Department of Languages and Libraries. He also listed out the areas where libraries will get the new name.

Shah on three-day visit to Madhya Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP chief Amit Shah will attend a series of meetings, including that of state unit office bearers, address students, release a book and meet heads of various social groups during a three-day visit to Madhya Pradesh. Shah left for Bhopal tonight. The visit from Friday is part of his 110-day nationwide tour to strengthen the party ahead of 2019 general elections. He will pay tributes to Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Raja Bhoj in Bhopal on tomorrow morning, BJP said in a statement. He will attend a series of meetings with local party leaders including state unit office bearers, central office bearers, core group members, state spokespersons, MPs, MLAs, district presidents among others during his hectic three-day visit. The BJP chief will also address intellectuals and meritorious students, besides releasing a book written by Kailash Narayan Sarang. During his visit Shah will plant a sapling at Kaliasot dam near Chhaoni village. He will meet chiefs of various social groups and saints at the Chief Minister’s residence on second day of his visit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong asks for fresh probe into Deendayal Upadhyay’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to reopen the probe into the death of Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, who was found dead at Mughalsarai Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh in 1968. “Deendayal Upadhyay murder case has been a mystery for the last 49 years. At least in his birth centenary year, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reopen the probe into his murder,” MPCC (Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee) spokesperson Sachin Sawant said in a statement issued here. He said the Centre and various state governments were celebrating the birth centenary of Upadhyay who was the president of Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), forerunner to the present day BJP. “The government is renaming railway stations in his name, erecting his statues in various places, naming various schemes in his memory, among other initiatives. It is thus unfortunate that the death of such a towering personality remains a mystery,” Sawant said. Notably, Fadnavis today moved a congratulatory proposal in both Houses of the state legislature, hailing the work done by Upadhyay. “Since it came to power three years back, the BJP has discussed and shown an inclination to probe the death of revolutionary leader Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It was expected that the government also probe the death of Upadhyay, who holds immense importance for the saffron party. “Unfortunately, neither the government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, nor the present day dispensation headed by Modi initiated any steps in this regard,” Sawant said. He said former BJS president Balraj Madhok reportedly had some crucial information about the Upadhyay case, but nothing was done, “though his (Upadhyay’s) descendants and BJP leader Madhu Sharma had demanded a fresh probe”. “There is no harm in making another attempt. Fadnavis should request the PM on behalf of the state to start a fresh probe,” Sawant added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three feared drown in Bakulahi river

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three teenagers are feared to have drowned in the Bakulahi river when they were taking a bath today, police said. The incident occurred at Kushfara village, around 20 kilometres from the district headquarters, they said. Rescue operations have been initiated and divers have been pressed into service to look for them, Mandhata police station in-charge MP Singh said. “Raunak Singh (17), Shivaang Singh (16) and Avneet Upadhyay (17) were taking bath in the river this afternoon, when they were swept away by the fast currents, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Torrential downpour denies power to one village in Udaipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains have come not at a good time for Dheeya village in Kotda teshil of Udaipur as it was the only village which has not been electrified during the electrification drive in the division.As per the information made available by state government at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY), 43,263 villages of total 43,264 villages were electrified at the end of July this year. The sole village left out is Dheeya. The electrification drive of this village consisting of a few dozen households have been a long journey. Initially, it faced challenges due to impermeability of adjoining forest terrain and consent from authorities that took a little long.When solution was sought, the work suffered due to heavy rains in the area. “We decided to pass through the forest land and lay electric line along the banks of a local river. Also, 135 poles have been erected for a 11 KV line,” said a senior officer at Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (AVVNL). The work is expected to be completed by the end of this month, he added. Electrification of the village could have been done earlier, however the villagers who had waited for electricity for all this while wanted it to be from the grid and not off grid. Thus the entire process got a bit more tough.There were hundreds of villages in Rajasthan at the time waiting for electricity. Electrification of these villages had been a challenge due to remote location and other local issues, however, the assigned task in now at closure but there is still long road ahead for further work. “The villages covered so far are those in accordance to census 2011, many more habitations have come up since. As the government intends to take electricity to smallest cluster there is more work still left to be done,” says a department official. According to the data provided by state department for energy,as per 2011 census, out of 89.91 rural households there are 21.12 lakh households without electricity. Work in this direction is being held under the CM household electrification scheme. There are around 1,31,763 habitation of which a quarter are still to be electrified. A further detailed survey is now being held to determine requirements of electrifying even the smallest house clusters.Picture decoded1 Village yet to be electrified Out of 43,264 census villages, 43,263 villages (99.9) have been electrified

In Rajasthan, party and govt will now carry forward the legacy of Deendayal Upadhyaya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deendayal Upadhyaya would be the guiding light for not just BJP but also for the state government in coming times. His picture in the form of a logo will now be placed on the letter heads and official correspondence of all heads of local bodies and boards. BJP national joint secretary and state incharge V Satish issued instructions to this effect on the second day of the deliberation meet being organised at the state BJP headquarters on Friday. Taking the mandate a step further chief minister Vasundhara Raje asked the party men to stay in direct contact of the public and told councillors that they need to be in constant contact with the public. She reiterated the target of 180 seats in assembly polls and 25 seats in parliament polls. V Satish directed the councillors to be in their wards from 8 am to 11 am and in their offices from 2 pm to 5 pm. The meeting was attended by the heads of various municipal corporations, commissions, boards and UIT. Party functionaries were also present. The BJP is celebrating Pandit Upadhyay’s birth centenary and the Central and State Governments have named several schemes after Upadhyay. The state government had issued an order a few days ago to sport logo of birth centenary on government display advertisements. The state BJP, that has geared up for elections after party president Amit Shah’s visit, also asked the representatives to strengthen the booth by connecting with the people. Chief minister Vasundhra Raje has instructed the representatives to start continuous interaction with voters and initiate new ideas in their cities and wards. Raje said that councillor is the first step in the urban area and they have the most responsibility. They should work for providing benefits to the people from the schemes of Central and State governments.Several organisations meetings were held continuously on the second day after party president Amit Shah’s visit. The first meeting was of heads of corporation, commission, academies and UIT. The second meeting was of the representatives of corporations. Chief minister Raje has ordered to initiate new ideas and interact with people while addressing meeting attended by mayors of seven municipal corporation, deputy mayors and councillors. Raje questioned every councillor and mayor about the new ideas initiated by them and focused on cleanliness and greenery in cities. Addressing the gathering, she said that every city should appear different on the basis of greenery and cleanliness and efforts should be made to increase the living standard. In cities plants that need less water should be grown.Notably, Raje ordered Ajmer mayor to develop Ana Sagar lake while giving example of Udaipur. The chief minister also said that since the gathering forms the base link, the representatives should have contact with people and provide benefit to people from BJP’s schemes. The CM said that the party has to achieve mission 180 and mission 25 in the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. She also said that it is a collective responsibility to provide good governance not only at the state level but also on every ward level. She said that it is their responsibility to uphold the trust people have shown in them.Raje said that electricity worth crores have been saved by changing sodium lights to LED lights and added that if corporations start concentrating on installing solar panels, then more electricity can be saved. Increase in living standard is the only parameter to gauge the success of corporations and mayors, deputy mayors and councillors.BJP state president Ashok Parnami and national joint secretary V Satish asked the councillors to visit four booths of wards apart from their own. During this time the councillors should work with ward samities and ward samities will give report to organisation on what was done during the entire day. Satish also asked the councillors to be in their ward area from 8am to 11am and dispose of the greivances in corporations from 2pm to 5pm.A ‘Rubber Stamp’ (?) Parnami to stayAccording to highly reliable sources, the BJP high command has finally dropped the idea of replacing a ‘rubber stamp’ Parnami (as quoted a top BJP leader) with some ‘independent and bold’ choice. Before and after Amit Shah’s three-day long Jaipur visit, after examining the pros and cons of shifting Parnami at this critical stage, the idea was dropped. However, a trusted Narendra Modi and Amit Shah lieutenant and Rajasthan in-charge V Satish was advised to gain some more grip or control over organisational affairs in Rajasthan. But a hardcore Raje loyalist is completely unfazed with all these ‘developments’, as he knows well that in any eventuality of his being shifted from the party, he may be inducted in the Raje cabinet as the UDH minister.

BJP chief holds meeting with members of party cells, fronts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national president Amit Shah today held a meeting with members of the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Janam Shatabdi Varsh Aayojan Samiti and different cells and fronts of the party. The party president gave new targets to all ‘prakoshths’ and ‘morchas’, a statement issued by the Uttar Pradesh BJP said here. “The ‘yuva morcha’ workers will be visiting 1,500 villages, which have been recently electrified, and they will celebrate Deepawali,” a statement quoting Shah said. “Similarly, the ‘kisan morcha’ will create awareness among farmers about the various schemes being run for their welfare, and on wheat purchase and payment of dues to cane growers,” it said. The party’s ‘Pichda Varg Morcha’ (backward class front) and the ‘Anusuchit Jaati Morcha’ (scheduled caste front) will work for the fulfillment of ‘Antyodaya’ through different programmes in their respective areas, the statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

I’m told only one politician can review films: Kiren Rijiju praises Indu Sarkar, takes dig at Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Renowned filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar organised special screening of his latest movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ here, with some ministers and other politicians gracing the occasion and praising it.Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, MP Amar Singh and Delhi BJP leader Satish Upadhyay were among those who attended the special screening in the Films Division Auditorium last evening.”After ‘Pink’ I saw #InduSarkar on invitation. Tempted to rate it high but I’m told a politician has reserved the right of reviewing a film,” tweeted Rijiju after watching the movie.In another tweet, he said, “What a film! Purely from artistic point of view #InduSarkar is a masterpiece. I don’t understand why Congress Party is threatening?” Apparently commenting on the opposition to the film by the Congress, he added, “Emergency was a reality, #InduSarkar is a film. No need to politicize. 1975-77 remains the darkest period of Independent India.”The another politician was a dig at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who usually reviews movies. Amar Singh also tweeted, “Saw #InduSarkar movie with @imbhandarkar wonderful amazing and touching performance of @IamKirtiKulhari playing indu is more real then reel.” The film, which depicts the Emergency period under the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, is being vehemently opposed by the Congress.Bhandarkar has questioned the Congress opposition, saying he has not mentioned the name of any politician in the movie.”Kudos @imbhandarkar 4 highlighting horrors of emergency in #InduSarkar so vividly. A mst watch performance especialy for d award wapsi gang,” tweeted Upadhyay, former president of Delhi BJP.Bhandarkar has earlier made a number of hit movies like ‘Chandni Bar’ which had won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues.He has also received the National Film Awards for the Best Feature Film and Best Director for ‘Page 3’ and ‘Traffic Signal’, respectively.’Fashion’ also was a major hit movie.

Ministers, politicians watch ‘Indu Sarkar’, praise it

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Renowned filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar organised special screening of his latest movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ here, with some ministers and other politicians gracing the occasion and praising it. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, MP Amar Singh and Delhi BJP leader Satish Upadhyay were among those who attended the special screening in the Films Division Auditorium last evening. “After ‘Pink’ I saw #InduSarkar on invitation. Tempted to rate it high but I’m told a politician has reserved the right of reviewing a film,” tweeted Rijiju after watching the movie. In another tweet, he said, “What a film! Purely from artistic point of view #InduSarkar is a masterpiece. I don’t understand why Congress Party is threatening?” Apparently commenting on the opposition to the film by the Congress, he added, “Emergency was a reality, #InduSarkar is a film. No need to politicize. 1975-77 remains the darkest period of Independent India.” Amar Singh also tweeted, “Saw #InduSarkar movie with @imbhandarkar wonderful amazing and touching performance of @IamKirtiKulhari playing indu is more real then reel.” The film, which depicts the Emergency period under the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, is being vehemently opposed by the Congress. Bhandarkar has questioned the Congress opposition, saying he has not mentioned the name of any politician in the movie. “Kudos @imbhandarkar 4 highlighting horrors of emergency in #InduSarkar so vividly. A mst watch performance especialy for d award wapsi gang,” tweeted Upadhyay, former president of Delhi BJP. Bhandarkar has earlier made a number of hit movies like ‘Chandni Bar’ which had won the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues. He has also received the National Film Awards for the Best Feature Film and Best Director for ‘Page 3’ and ‘Traffic Signal’, respectively. ‘Fashion’ also was a major hit movie.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Expected him to rise above partisan considerations: Cong slams Prez Kovind for not mentioning Nehru in speech

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Tuesday came down heavily upon President Ram Nath Kovind for not mentioning former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s name in his speech on the day of his oath-taking ceremony and said he should ‘rise above the party politics.’ Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said President Kovind disrespected the freedom fighters by not mentioning Nehru’s name in his speech.’This is very sad and unfortunate that he took Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet ministers’ name in his speech, but did not mention the name of Nehru Ji who was a freedom fighter and the first prime minister of the country. The President should remember this that he is not a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate anymore. He is a candidate of India. He has to protect the Constitution of India and rise above and think beyond party politics,’ Azad told ANI. ‘This is a disrespect to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the nation,’ he added.Congress leader Anand Sharma said that Kovind has disrespected history by equating father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi with Deen Dayal Upadhyay.’It is expected that he rises above partisan considerations. It is unfortunate that in today’s occasion on his first address he has chosen to equate father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi with Deen Dayal Upadhyay. It has disrespected history and the fact that it was Gandhi ji who was the ‘mahanayak.’ Deen Dayal ji was neither a leader of India’s freedom movement nor did he make any contribution in building modern India after independence,’ Sharma said.Addressing the gathering at the Central Hall of Parliament, Kovind, who sworn-in as the 14th President of India today, said, ‘I am aware I am following in the footsteps of stalwarts such as Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and my immediate predecessor, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, whom we address out of affection as Pranab Da.’In his speech, he further remembered Mahatma Gandhi, Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as patriotic freedom fighters.’Our Independence was the result of efforts by thousands of patriotic freedom fighters led by Mahatma Gandhi. Later, Sardar Patel integrated our nation. Principal architect of our Constitution Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar instilled in us the value of human dignity and of the republican ethic,’ he added’We need to sculpt a robust, high growth economy, an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society, as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyay ji,’ the President said.Kovind was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Chief Justice of India J. S. Khehar today. An National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) candidate, he defeated the Opposition’s nominee Meira Kumar by a huge margin.

Paul, Rawat congratulate Kovind on his election as President

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on his election as the 14th President of India and said the country would benefit from his long administrative and legislative experience. Describing him as a veteran, Paul in his congratulatory message to the President said he had been a Rajya Sabha member, member of various parliamentary committees and governor in the past. Kovind has had a long public life and has a deep knowledge of the law and the Constitution, Paul said. Congratulating Kovind on his election to the top office, Rawat said under his leadership and guidance the country would certainly touch new heights of development. “His (Kovind’s) vast political, administrative experience and the high standards of probity set by him in public life will be a source of inspiration for everyone,” he said. Rawat also said his election as the country’s President was the realisation of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay’s political vision according to which having people from poor family backgrounds in top constitutional offices was the sign of a mature democracy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shah trip: 50 hrs in 3 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During his three day visit to Rajasthan, BJP national president Amit Shah has elaborate plans. He plans to take stock of the party and government and take feedback from various sections of the society. He plans to meet party functionaries from grass roots to state level, elected representatives from panchayat to Cabinet post holders and draw inference about the health of the party. Shah is also expected to provide suggestions and inputs to the party and government regarding forthcoming Assembly and later Parliamentary elections.Shah’s trip spans approximately 50 hours and is spread over three days. As many as 10 formal interactions with different sections have been included in the itinerary. The first scheduled interaction is with party functionaries of state and national level. Legislators, Parliamentarians and post holders of party wings would be meeting Shah at BJP office on Friday afternoon. The national president would then meet professionals from various fields. An exclusive interaction with the Cabinet is scheduled for the first day itself. It is believed that a report of the government and major departments would be submitted to the party chief. In keeping with the party’s thrust on IT and social media a late evening meet with members of IT, social media and state media team has been slotted.The second day of Amit Shah’s trip is exclusively for party functionaries of various levels. There would be separate successive feedback meetings with them. The morning begins with a meeting with state and district post holders and district incharges. Next he would meet the legislators and parliamentarians over a free flowing interactive session. Next in the series of meetings would be interaction with state post holders along with morcha and prakoshth chiefs and coordinators.The third and last day of Shah’s visit begins with a session with the party vistaraks and members of the Deendayal Upadhyay Centenary Celebration committee. The party is banking heavily on the newly inducted vistaraks for feedback and promotion and Shah’s meeting shows just that. Last but not the least Shah plans to meet chairpersons of boards, commissions and corporations. Mayors, Zila Pramukhs, Panchayat Samiti Pradhans and presidents of the Nagar Nikays would also be present.Shah’s visit is crucial in timing and clearly shows how important the state is for the party. The party president’s packed schedule is ample proof of the fact that BJP is in the process of preparing a road map for elections in the next two years.SHAH’S JAIPUR ITINERARYDay one: Shah’s first scheduled interaction is with party functionaries of state and national level. MPs, MLAs and post holders of party wings would be meeting him at BJP office on Friday afternoon.
Day II: Shah has kept Saturday exclusively for party functionaries of various levels. There would be separate successive feedback meetings with them. He will hold a meeting with state and district post holders and district incharges, meet MPs and MLAs over a free flowing interactive session and also interact with state post holders along with morcha and prakoshth chiefs and coordinators.
Day III: Police a session with the party vistaraks and members of the Deendayal Upadhyay Centenary Celebration committee. He also plans to meet chairpersons of boards, commissions and corporations. Mayors, Zila Pramukhs, Panchayat Samiti Pradhans and presidents of Nagar Nikays would also be present.

EC’s volte-face on lifetime ban on convicted legislators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Election Commission on Wednesday took a U-turn on the lifetime ban on convicted and chargesheeted Member of Parliaments or the state Legislative Assembly members (MPs and MLAs) case and said it does not want a permanent ban, but it supported the decriminalisation of politics within a certain framework. Earlier, the commission had supported in the apex court a demand to bar convicted politicians for life from contesting polls. The EC, in its short affidavit submitted before the court, has said that the plea made by PIL petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay is ?not adversarial? in seeking directives for ensuring that trials of MPs and MLAs are concluded within a year and that such convicts are prohibited for life from the political process. The answering respondent (EC) supports the cause espoused by the petitioner,? stated the affidavit, filed by EC Director Vijay Kumar Pandey. Under the current law, a legislator is debarred for six years from contesting elections once he is convicted for heinous or moral offences. Various pleas have knocked the Supreme Court arguing that the ban should be lifetime at par with the judiciary and executive where a person cannot hold office for life post conviction. The Centre has opposed the lifetime ban on convicted MPs and MLAs. The Centre has vehemently opposed the suggestion of the EC to bar the legislators, who have been convicted of criminal offences. Submitting its response to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the Centre has argued that the current debarment for six years is in no way violative of Article 14. A PIL was filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, lawyer and BJP leader, seeking to set up special courts for speedy disposal of matters related to legislators and to further bar them from contesting elections for life.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mughalsarai nagar palika to be named after Deendayal Upadhyay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After proposing to rename the Mughalsarai railway station after RSS ideologue Pt Deendayal Upadhyay, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet today decided to name the Mughalsarai municipality as ‘Deendayal nagar’. The state cabinet in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took a decision to this effect here this evening. According to an official statement, the state cabinet decided to name Mughalsarai nagar palika after Upadhyay in keeping with the sentiments of the people. Upadhyay’s body was found at the Mughalsarai railway station in 1968, it added. On the birth centenary year of the leader who kept the nation above all kinds of party politics, the cabinet has decided to rename the Mughalsarai nagar palika after him, the statement said. A grand statue of the late leader will be installed at the main crossing on the road and it will be renamed as Pt. Deendayal chowk, it said. Earlier this month, a decision was taken to rename Mughalsarai Railway station after Upadhyay and a recommendation to this effect was sent to the Union Railway ministry. Among the other important decisions, the cabinet decided to enhance the superannuation age of allopathic and ayurvedic doctors, specialists and paramedical staff deployed at the hospitals run under the ESI scheme in view of the shortage of staff. The cabinet decided to enhance the superannuation age of the serving doctors from 60 to 62 years and 64 years for hiring them on contractual basis, the statement added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yogi happy with his govt’s achievements in 100 days in office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today expressed satisfaction with the work his government undertook in its first 100 days even as he took a dig at previous governments for the lack of development. Releasing at a press conference a booklet “100 din vishwas ke” on his government’s performance since he assumed office on March 19, he said, “We want to assure people that government has started initiatives to take UP forward on the path of development. The results for the mandate in favour of transformation have been positive.” Adityanath recalled the the 100-day journey of his government and said, “With the promise of transformation and development, we took oath of office on March 19. 100 days’ time is a brief period. The resources were rather limited, but we accepted the challenge. And at this point of time, I am experiencing satisfaction.” In a jibe at his political rivals, the chief minister said Uttar Pradesh lacked on the development front due to “corruption” and “nepotism” in past years. Though it was billed to be a press conference at the Lok Bhawan, opposite the state legislature complex, the 45-year-old saffron clad chief minister took just one question from a media persons, perhaps to avoid replying to queries relating to law and order and other challenges before his government. Adityanath sought the cooperation of newspersons in helping him run the government when a scribe raised a question relating to the plight of small and medium newspapers. When another journalist rose to ask a question, the chief minister, with folded hands, took leave of the media persons. The BJP government, which assumed office on March 19 after bagging 325 of the 403 Assembly seats along with its allies, faces major challenges, some of these being raising funds for the farm loan waiver and law and order issues, including communal clashes. The loan waiver, a pre-poll promise of the BJP, has the finance department burning the proverbial midnight oil as it tries to offload the sudden fiscal burden of nearly Rs 36,369 crore. This, coupled with Rs 34,000 crore for the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, has put an additional burden of Rs 70,000 crore on the state’s coffers. Earlier, in his opening remarks, the UP chief minister said that 2017 will be observed as ‘Garib Kalyan Varsh’. “UP is associated with Jan Sangh stalwart Deen Dayal Upadhyay. It has been his birth place as well as work place. The 100 days of the government are an effective initiative in fulfilling the aims and objectives of Antodaya (ensuring that benefits reach the last strata of the society),” he said. The chief minister also said that the UP government is following PM’s clarion call of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ in letter and spirit. Noting that the state’s economy was agriculture-based, he said his government was giving priority to issues related to farmers. “Real development will be realised and visible when there is an improvement of the villages,” he noted. The chief minister said dues of over Rs 22,517 crore were paid to sugarcane growers in the state after his government came to power. He also highlighted the major decisions taken by the state cabinet on farm loan waiver and on toning up law and order. Apart from this he mentioned some of the recent initiatives of the UP government including ‘Mukhbir Yojana’, 181 Women Helpline and anti-Land Mafia website. Aditynanath also drew attention to e-tendering, which has resulted in increase in revenue from mining. “In order to disseminate more information about the state and spread awareness about UP, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to celebrate Uttar Pradesh Diwas on January 24,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Most government hospitals running short of drugs, Arvind Kejriwal fumes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even after the Delhi government’s repeated attempts, hospitals in the national Capital are running short of medicines. According to a report presented to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, some hospitals have less than 50 per cent of the medicines required.The report stated that only 33 per cent medicines were available in Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Hospital in Patel Nagar, 34 per cent in Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, 36 per cent in Ch Braham Prakash Ayurvedic Charak Sansthan in Khera Dabur, 44 per cent in Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini, and 46 per cent in Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.Taking a note of the report, Kejriwal directed the Chief Secretary to take all necessary steps to ensure 100 per cent availability of medicines and consumables in all Delhi government hospitals, and to ensure proper functioning of all necessary equipment.“The CM will conduct surprise inspections in government hospitals to ensure that patients and their families do not face any hardships due to non-availability of medicines and equipment, for which the Delhi government has already made all financial provisions,” a senior government official said.According to officials, the CM has also received complaints that X-Ray and CT Scan machines in some government hospitals were not functioning properly. Pulling up the authorities, Kejriwal expressed displeasure at not being provided regular reports about the status of medicines and consumables, despite clear directions given to the Chief Secretary on April 6. The CM had asked for a written report to be submitted to him on 1st and 15th of every month.“He has once again directed the officials to submit a regular status report on the availability of medicines and equipment in the hospitals,” the official added.Measures takenCM directed the Chief Secretary to take steps to ensure the availability of medicines in all Delhi government hospitalsHe will conduct surprise inspections in government hospitals to ensure that patients and their families do not face any hardshipsHe has directed the officials to submit a regular status report on the availability of medicines and equipment in the hospitals

Kejriwal to conduct surprise checks after complaints about

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today directed the Chief Secretary to ensure that Delhi government-run hospitals have all necessary medicines after a report said that there was only 50 per cent availability of drugs. Kejriwal said he would conduct surprise checks to see that there are adequate medicines, consumables and functioning equipments after he received complaints about X-Ray and CT scan machines not working properly in some hospitals. The health department is under Cabinet Minister Satyendar Jain. The chief minister said Chief Secretary M M Kutty will certify every month that all equipments in Delhi Government hospitals are functioning properly. Kejriwal also expressed strong displeasure at not being provided regular reports about the status of availability of medicines and consumables, despite clear directions having been given to Kutty on April 6 that a written report be submitted to him on the 1st and 15th of every month, according to an official release. “Directed Chief Secy today to ensure 100per cent availability of medicines in all Del govt hospitals. CS to certify every month (sic),” the CM tweeted. The first report presented to the Chief Minister says that in some hospitals less than 50 per cent medicines are available and details about the status of equipment and consumables are still awaited. It shows 33 per cent availability of medicines in Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Hospital (Patel Nagar), 34 per cent in Guru Teg Bhadur (GTB) Hospital, 36 per cent in Ch. Braham Prakash Ayurvedic Charak Sansthan, Khera Dabur, 44 per cent in Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Rohini and 46 per cent Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amit Shah arrives on a two-day visit to Chandigarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah has arrived on a two-day visit to Chandigarh on Saturday as part of his country-wide 95-day tour, which began from Jammu and Kashmir last month. Chandigarh BJP President Sanjay Tandon said that Shah will hold a series of meetings with councillors, office bearers, workers etc and will also review the party’s organisational activities.Shah will also unveil a statue of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) icon Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay, whose birth centenary is being celebrated. He will also inaugurate a library named after Nanaji Deshmukh and an e-library. Shah will address the press programme at St Press Club, is the Union Territory also.On May 7, as a part of his tour to states where BJP needs to strengthen its position, BJP chief Amit Shah reached Tripura on a two-day tour. Earlier in April, Shah visited Jammu and Kashmir on a two-day visit as part of his national ‘Vistaar Yatra’. Shah is on a 95-day all-India tour from today during which he will strategise on ways to win the 2019 Lok Sabha election, with focus on clinching 120 seats where the party had lost in 2014. Shah will spend one to three days in each states. The tour will focus on taking stock of the party’s organisational strength and further expansion of electoral appeal across the country.Shah is particularly focusing on states like West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and Kerala. The BJP had managed to win just 4 Lok Sabha seats out of the 102 in these states in the 2014 election.The BJP Chief’s voyage will end by 25th September, the 101th birth anniversary of Jana Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay. Apart from his 95-day tour, Shah has also chosen five states where he will spend three days each. His recent visit to West Bengal was part of the programme.

Chhattisgarh | Naxal encounter: STF jawan succumbs to injuries in Bijapur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Special Task Force (STF) jawan, Sanad Upadhyay who was injured in Sunday’s encounter that broke out between the security forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur, succumbed to his injuries on Monday.The encounter took place in the Timarpur jungles under Bijapur District in Chhattisgarh between Naxals and a joint team of 204 Cobra (CRPF) and DRG (Chhattisgarh Police).An Mi-17 Helicopter had landed at a field in jungle area in the midst of an active encounter area to evacuate the jawans and brought them to Raipur.Air Commodore Ajay Shukla of the Anti-Naxal Task Force (ANTF) told ANI that the operation was very difficult as the helicopter landed in the jungle area and high threat zone close to the ongoing operations area.”Mi-17 was providing security from the Air and one was involved in evacuating. As there was no helipad the Mi-17 landed in jungle which was high risk mission and a daring operation as it is naxal prone area,” he added.”Information was received on an exchange of fire between DRG troops and naxals at a location near Basaguda in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. It was reported that two DRG jawans had sustained serious injuries and required urgent evacuation. The area was a high threat zone close to the ongoing operations area. Since the nearest helipad for Mi-17 ops was a long distance away, a decision was taken to launch two helicopters with one functioning as an airborne escort for protection,” Shukla said.He further said that the most notable aspect of the mission was the quick response of the IAF in undertaking a very high risk mission in an active operation area by landing at a field close to where the casualties were and not a secure helipad that is the usual norm.

RSS trade union wing plans resolution against NITI Aayog

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), another RSS affiliate, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), is questioning the functioning of the NITI Aayog.The BMS is planning to adopt a resolution on the NITI Aayog at the meeting of its top decision making body to be held in Kanpur from May 22 to 24.“We want the functioning and composition of the NITI Aayog to be reviewed,” said BMS general secretary Vrijesh Upadhyay. The BMS thinks that NITI Aayog lacked connection with ground reality.The NITI Aayog had faced criticism earlier this year from the SJM, the economic arm of the RSS, which is the BJP’s ideological mentor. The SJM had expressed concerns that the NITI Aayog had failed to fill the lacunae of the Planning Commission to address the concerns of the poor. The SJM said the NITI Aayog had not consulted farmers on the GM seeds issue.The BMS, which is criticising the panel on similar lines, will hold a seminar on development policy of India for which it is inviting economists. The trade union wing has been opposing disinvestment of public sector undertakings (PSUs) and labour reforms. “None of the governments have been able to address unemployment and poverty,” said Upadhyay. A discussion will also be held on the fourth generation industrial revolution and the Robotic Age. “Unemployment will only increase with this. It’s a matter of concern for India,” he said.Besides this, the BMS will also be discussing climate change and technology upgradation at the meet to be inaugurated by Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya.In January, the SJM said that NITI Aayog had not met the expectation of making economic planning more indigenous.COMPLAINTSBharatiya Mazdoor Sangh general Secretary Vrijesh Upadhyay said they want the functioning and composition of NITI Aayog to be reviewed.
BMS also hinted that the NITI Aayog has failed to address the concerns of the poor as it had promised earlier.

Mathura violence case: HC asks CBI to furnish DNA reports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court today directed the CBI to furnish the report of the DNA test of Ram Vriksha Yadav, a self-styled cult leader who, Uttar Pradesh police had claimed, was killed in violence that erupted during eviction of squatters from Jawahar Bagh in Mathura last year. A division bench comprising Chief Justice D B Bhosle and Justice Yashwant Varma passed the order in presence of CBI officials handling the investigation, and fixed July seven as the next date of hearing in the matter. The court was hearing a bunch of PILs filed last year by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, Mathura resident Vijay Pal Singh and others who had prayed for a CBI inquiry into the Jawahar Bagh episode wherein more than 20 people, including two police officials, had lost their lives. Although the police had claimed that Yadav, said to be close to top leaders of the then ruling Samajwadi Party in the state, was among those killed in the violence, the petitioners have claimed that he was alive and in hiding. The court had ordered a CBI inquiry into the entire episode on March two last and asked the agency to complete its investigation within two months. Last week, the CBI was pulled up by the court for tardiness in the probe. The public park had remained under unlawful occupation by Yadav and his nearly 3,000 “followers” for more than two years which led to the eviction drive in June last year. Additional Superintendent of Police Mukul Dwivedi was among those killed in the ensuing violence. The CBI had submitted before the court that DNA samples of charred bodies, recovered from the site after the violence, were being sent to a forensic science laboratory since facilities for conducting the required tests were not available at Lucknow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gujarat HC orders termination of pregnancy of 15-yr-old rape victim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court on Monday ordered termination of pregnancy of a 15-year-old rape victim.Justice AS Supehiya gave the order on the victim’s plea, filed through her father, seeking permission for abortion under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. The victim is in the 16th week of pregnancy now. The court had earlier ordered a panel of doctors from Dindayal Upadhyay General Hospital in Rajkot to examine the girl, who is from Bhayavadar town in the district.The panel said in its report that as the victim was in early stage of pregnancy, it can be terminated legally. “In view of the said report, a further necessary examination shall be undertaken by the team of doctors and they shall proceed for undertaking…procedure for termination of the pregnancy at the earliest,” the court directed today.The court also ordered the medical superintendent of Rajkot hospital to hand over the DNA identification report of foetus to the police for the purpose of investigation of rape case registered at Bhayavadar police station.The accused in the case is currently in judicial custody.

HC allows termination of pregnancy of 15-yr-old rape victim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court today ordered termination of pregnancy of a 15-year-old rape victim. Justice A S Supehiya gave the order on the victim’s plea, filed through her father, seeking permission for abortion under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. The victim is in the 16th week of pregnancy now. The court had earlier ordered a panel of doctors from Dindayal Upadhyay General Hospital in Rajkot to examine the girl, who is from Bhayavadar town in the district. The panel said in its report that as the victim was in early stage of pregnancy, it can be terminated legally. “In view of the said report, a further necessary examination shall be undertaken by the team of doctors and they shall proceed for undertaking…procedure for termination of the pregnancy at the earliest,” the court directed today. The court also ordered the medical superintendent of Rajkot hospital to hand over the DNA identification report of foetus to the police for the purpose of investigation of rape case registered at Bhayavadar police station. The accused in the case is currently in judicial custody.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Guj HC asks woman police officer to remain on leave

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court today asked a woman police official to stay on leave till it gets verified the allegations that despite failing the physical fitness tests, she made it to the police force due to favouritism. The division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi asked Assistant Commissioner of Police Reena Munshi to stay on leave till her case is decided. The bench gave the direction on a plea by ACP Munshi against a single-judge bench order of Justice Paresh Upadhyay who had held her ineligible and asked her to vacate the post. Posted as ACP in Special Branch of Ahmedabad police, Munshi is currently on leave. Munshi’s appointment in police force was challenged earlier by co-aspirant to the job Neha Parmar, who, in her petition to Justice Upadhyay, had contended that Munshi did not meet the eligibility norms in terms of physical fitness that require a woman candidate to have a minimum chest measurement of 79 centimetres, with a minimum expansion of 5 centimetres. Parmar had backed her petition with official disclosures procured under the Right to Information Act which showed that Munshi had undergone four medical tests but failed all of them on chest measurement criteria. Yet, the official disclosures under the transparency law revealed that a certificate from home department declared her as meeting the eligibility norms on the basis of an allegedly forged certificate of Jamnagar medical board. The single bench had in its order on April 21 held that certain officers of the General Administration Department played mischief with the medical record and “allegations of favouritism and manipulation of record by the officers thus stand substantiated.” The court had also said in its order that Munshi being the daughter of a very senior IAS officer, the government officials manipulated record to favour her. It was against this single-judge bench order that Munshi had moved the division bench of the high court. Munshi was appointed as deputy superintendent of police through the Gujarat Civil Services Class-I and II Combined Competitive Examination held by Gujarat Public Service Commission. The GPSC itself had come out, on the direction of the General Administration Department, with a second list of 317 successful candidates after scrapping its first list of 316 candidates. With Several candidates dropped out of the GPSC’s second list, the entire recruitment process of the state public service commission, which had taken unduly long to be completed, had been challenged by various candidates in the high court. The single judge bench, in turn, had ordered the government to initiate inquiry against its concerned officials and provide the inquiry report to the petitioner candidates.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC dismisses PIL against UP advocate general’s appointment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court today dismissed a PIL opposing the appointment of Uttar Pradesh Advocate General Raghvendra Singh. The court’s Lucknow bench also imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on the petitioner for filing the “frivolous PIL for cheap popularity”. The order was passed by a bench of justices V K Shukla and D K Upadhyay on the PIL filed by advocate Suresh Gupta. The petitioner said that the Uttar Pradesh government should have framed rules before appointing the advocate general.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Politics of nepotism, casteism, appeasement will end: UP CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh assembly poll results have caused a flutter across the country’s political spectrum as the politics of casteism and appeasement will end while the agenda of development and nationalism will sustain, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today. He added that the rival parties had tried to project the BJP as communal and therefore “untouchable” but the people realised that the party stood for their welfare. Adityanath was speaking at the the inaugural session of a two-day BJP state executive meet here. “There is a flutter in the political spectrum after the UP poll results. Politics of nepotism, casteism and appeasement will now end and only politics of development and ‘rashtra bhakti’ (nationalism) will sustain,” Adityanath said. He declared that the state government will come up with a new excise policy under which liquor shops will not be allowed along national and state highways, near educational institutions or religious places and in densely populated areas. The UP chief minister said that wherever he had gone during the assembly elections, concerns were raised about the security of women. We constituted anti-Romoeo squads within 24 hours of assuming office as was promised in our election manifesto, Adityanath said. He said that while some opposed the move, “our mothers and sisters have appreciated it and their comments came in media”. Justifying his government’s decision to close illegal abattoirs, the chief minister said that no action was taken in the earlier regime on the directions of the National Green Tribunal in 2014 and Supreme Court in 2017 to shut down such slaughter houses. “Police officers were stabbed and beaten when they went for the closure of such slaughter houses in the previous regime. I told them (police) that now government has changed…all knives have now vanished and all illegal slaughter houses were closed. Those functioning will also be taken care of,” he said. He claimed that the previous government backed those operating illegal slaughterhouses due to which they could create nuisance. Adityanath also highlighted the government’s loan waiver scheme for small and marginalised farmers under which loans of Rs 36,000 crore were waived. After declaration of minimum support price of Rs 487 per quintal for potato, farmers are getting a good price in the market also, he said. The CM said the government was serious in ensuring payment of sugarcane dues to farmers and till now Rs 5,500 crore dues were paid to farmers. “We are going to revive four sugar mills and will start expansion work in one more mill,” he said. Adityanath stressed that his government was working to end holliganism adding that people would realise it in the days to come. The CM also announced that from this academic session starting from July, children going to government primary schools will get new uniform, shoes and ‘chappal’ (slippers) matching those worn by kids going to convent schools. He said the state was prepared for implementation of GST. Adityanath said that Deen Dayal Upadhyay poor welfare cards will be made to support those below poverty line. The UP government will also act tough on corruption and not spare anyone even those with high political connections, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India’s Assam mob kills two Muslim men over ‘cow theft’

The men were chased and beaten with sticks by villagers who said they were trying to steal cattle.

30 Muslims from Kashmir part of BJP’s expansion drive: Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More that 30 Kashmiri Muslim youths will be part of the BJP’s expansion drive across the country for six months, its president Amit Shah today said, terming it an “encouraging development” for the party. In the city as part of his 95-day tour of the country to take stock of the party’s organisational work, Shah met party workers from the state who will be travelling across the nation as part of organisational works. “More than 30 Muslim youths from Kashmir are part of Deen Dayal Upadhyay expansion plan of the party. Most of them are engineers and double graduates. They have agreed to work for six months for the BJP’s expansion. I welcome them from heart. This is an encouraging development for the party,” he said. Kashmir, which has an overwhelming Muslim majority, has always been a politically unfriendly territory for the saffron party. The region has of late witnessed an upsurge in violence and protests. The PDP-BJP alliance is in power in the state. The BJP has drawn a list of over 3.52 lakh workers from across the country who will be sent to different parts for 15 days to a year to work for its expansion and publicising the Modi government’s policies.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP to repeat MCD poll strategy for civic elections in UP?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Having installed its government in Uttar Pradesh with a thumping victory, the BJP is next faced with the daunting task of improving its track record in the state civic polls and realise the resolve of making itself a pan-India party from panchayats to Parliament. Buoyed by the victory in the MCD polls, party insiders say the BJP may partially adopt the strategy of its Delhi unit that emerged victorious in the face of a potential anti- incumbency factor, which may play spoilsport in UP. Civic body polls in UP are due in a couple of months. According to Ashwini Upadhyay, the Delhi unit spokesperson of the BJP, in the MCD elections out of 185 corporators, as many as 181 are first timers. “The party gave tickets to 262 first timers in the MCD polls out of the 270 seats it contested,” Upadhyay said. He said the average age of the newly-elected BJP corporator in Delhi is 39, while the youngest being only 25. A senior UP BJP leader associated with the preparation of the civic elections in the state said the party has started its preparations for the civic polls. “It will give priority to youngsters and may adopt the MCD poll strategy to not only beat the anti-incumbency factor, but also better its tally,” the leader said. He went on to say that if the party decides to follow the MCD poll strategy, then many sitting corporators who had been winning in the past few elections may not get tickets this time. Another party leader felt that the “formula” of winning- not-getting proved to be successful to great extent in Delhi, and it should be implemented in UP. “Since UP is bigger than Delhi in terms of seats, the Delhi formula will be implemented along with giving tickets to party workers, who enjoy good rapport in their respective wards,” the leader said. The BJP emerged as the clear winner in the MCD elections with 184 seats in its kitty, bettering its existing strength of 138. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came a distant second with 46 seats in all the three Delhi municipal corporations, while the Congress could just manage to win 30 seats and others got 10 seats. The criteria adopted by the BJP in the MCD elections was that ticket was not given to the wife, children or any of party functionary’s family member. Secondly, party office- bearers were given the ticket on the condition that will have to forego their organisational post, Upadhyay said. “The BJP also coined its election slogan ‘Naye Chehare, Nayee Urjaa, Nayee Udaan, Dilli maange kamal nishaan’ (new faces, new energy, new flight, Delhi wants lotus symbol) to highlight the theme pertaining to new faces,” he said. In the 2012 civic polls held in UP, elections for post of mayor were held in 12 cities (municipal corporation). The BJP registered wins at 10 places, while two independents won in Allahabad and Bareilly. This year, there are 14 cities, where mayoral elections will be held. According to the State Election Commission of UP (which conducts the urban local bodies’ polls), of the total 980 corporators in the state spread across 12 municipal corporations, the BJP could win 304 wards, while independents dominated 558 wards. When contacted, UP BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla said, Urban local bodies elections are an important issue for the party and it would take all necessary steps to ensure victory of its candidates. “At the same time, we will try to better our previous tallies,” he said. Dilip Srivastava, a former BJP corporator said the results of the MCD elections would certainly act as a morale booster for the partymen. “It was the BJP corporators who worked for the party in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and during 2017 UP assembly polls. We are confident that the party will sweep the urban local bodies elections in UP,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amit Shah begins ‘Vistaar Yatra’, marks grand arrival in Jammu and Kashmir’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah was accorded a grand welcome in Jammu and Kashmir today, where he landed on a two-day visit as part of his national ?Vistaar Yatra?. The streets were thronged with BJP supporters and party flags were waved as Shah?s convoy passed through the streets after he landed at the airport today. Shah is on a 95-day all-India tour from today during which he will strategise on ways to win the 2019 Lok Sabha election, with focus on clinching 120 seats where the party had lost in 2014. Shah will spend one to three days in each states. The tour will focus on taking stock of the party’s organisational strength and further expansion of electoral appeal across the country. Shah is particularly focusing on states like West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and Kerala. The BJP had managed to win just 4 Lok Sabha seats out of the 102 in these states in the 2014 election. The BJP Chief?s voyage will end by 25th September, the 101th birth anniversary of Jana Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay. Apart from his 95-day tour, Shah has also chosen five states where he will spend three days each. His recent visit to West Bengal was part of the programme. Besides West Bengal, he will visit Odisha, Telangana, Lakshadweep and the poll-bound Gujarat. Shah has also hinted at a reshuffle in the organisation as several office-bearers are now serving as ministers in the Uttar Pradesh government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC dismisses plea seeking effectuation of fundamental duties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain and pass any order in connection with a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre for implementation of the recommendations of the Justice J S Verma committee to bring into force the fundamental duties of citizens. The PIL filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashwini Upadhyay sought implementation of the 1999 Justice Verma Committee?s recommendations in connection with effectuation of fundamental duties. An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said, ?This report is of 1999. How can a court direct the government to implement fundamental duties?? The court further observed that Upadhyay, who is a spokesperson of the ruling party, should approach the government in this regard. “You are the Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party. You are the government. You are so powerful that you can get this done,” CJI Khehar observed The Justice Verma Committee had suggested ways and means to make fundamental duties of citizens effective.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn councillors stage walkout,demand resignation of KMC Mayor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The opposition Left Front, Congress and BJP today staged a walkout from the monthly House meeting of Kolkata Municipal Corporation demanding the resignation of Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, against whom the CBI has lodged an FIR in the Narada sting operation case. As soon as the meeting started, opposition councillors stood up and started raising slogans against Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and Deputy Mayor Iqbal Ahmed. Ahmed is also an accused in the Narada case. With ruling Trinamool Congress councillors trying to silence the protesters, opposition Left Front, Congress and BJP councillors rushed to the Well of the House with placards and banners demanding the resignation of Mayor Chatterjee. CPI(M) councillors Mritunjoy Chakraborty and Ratna Roy Majumdar rushed to the seat of the Mayor and blowing whistle, raised a red card in a symbolic gesture akin to the referee sending a player off the ground in a football match. TMC councillors tried to block both Left Front councillors and in the process, tore off the banner held by BJP councillor Meena Devi Purohit. The opposition councillors also marched up to the Mayor’s and KMC chairperson’s rooms raising slogans. Later, Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay and other Left Front councillors alleged that chairperson Mala Roy was not conducting the House meetings in an impartial way and not allowing the opposition councillors to raise their issues. The monthly House meeting was adjourned soon after the walkout.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Respecting National Anthem non-negotiable, Centre tells Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that respecting the national anthem was non-negotiable and it was unfortunate that a section of the society was opposing this. Centre’s observation came when the Supreme Court (SC) was hearing a batch of petitions pertaining to imposing penalty for disrespecting the national anthem and another seeking the mandatory singing of Vande Mataram, the national song, in schools.The apex court, however, allowed the petitioner to modify his plea demanding provisions to penalise those who disrespect the national anthem. The apex court, in its modified order, exempted differently-abled persons from standing when the National Anthem is played.”Persons who are wheelchair users, those with autism, persons suffering from cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, leprosy cured, muscular dystrophy and deaf and blind be treated not to be within the ambit of the orders passed by this Court,” the bench led by Justice Dipak Misra said.Taking a U-turn on its February order, the SC also issued a notice to the Centre on the plea seeking direction to give equal respect to the national song as given to the national anthem and observed there was no concept of a national song under the law.The bench, also comprising of Justices AM Khanwilkar and M Shantanagouder, directed the Centre to respond on this issue within four weeks. The court will now hear the matter on August 23.Senior SC lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay had earlier filed a plea in the apex court that sought directions to frame a national policy to promote and propagate the national anthem, national song and national flag in the spirit of Article 51A.In its November 2016 judgment, the SC had ordered cinema halls across the country to mandatorily play the national anthem and directed all those present to stand up in respect. The judgment was later modified to exempt those with physical disabilities. In February 2017, the court further modified the order wherein, if the national anthem was played as part of a newsreel, documentary or was part of the film script, then the audience need not stand.

Centre against barring convicted politicians for life from contesting polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Centre on Tuesday expressed its objection to the Supreme Court about barring convicted politicians for life from contesting polls. In its affidavit, which the Centre filed today in apex court, it said that there were already adequate provisions in the Representation of the People Act to deal with disqualification of convicted persons and no further stipulation on this subject was called for. Earlier on April 3, the apex court had refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea raising questions whether people facing trial in serious criminal cases can be allowed to contest and at which stage of trial, a lawmaker stands disqualified. The bench, headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar, said they had fixed three matters for disposal by a five-judge Constitution bench during the summer vacation. Earlier on March 21, the Election Commission, in its reply to the apex court, had supported the demand raised by PIL petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay for barring convicted politicians for life from contesting polls. The EC had said it ?supports the cause espoused by the petitioner?. The apex court in January had said it would soon frame a Constitution bench to decide these issues, adding that it could not give an immediate answer to these questions, since there was a fear of lodging false cases in elections. In March last year, the apex court referred various PILs to the Chief Justice, saying issues, including the disqualification of a lawmaker facing a criminal trial at conviction stage or at the framing of charge in a case, have to be decided by a larger bench.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Teenage girl dies allegedly due to starvation in U’khand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A teenage girl has allegedly starved to death at a village in Uttarakhand’s Almora district triggering an outrage with the Opposition Congress terming it a “blot” on the face of the state. Almora district magistrate Savin Bansal said Chaukhutiya sub divisional magistrate has been sent to Khajurani village to investigate the matter. While camping in the area last week, he had cleared pension for four members of the family who had been found to be mentally unstable, he said, adding the process has been started and they will soon start receiving pension. Mahesh Negi, the BJP MLA from Dwarahat-Chaukhutia constituency where the death took place, has informed Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat about it. 17-year-old Sarita died allegedly due to starvation on April 15, he claimed in a Facebook post. “Considering the seriousness of the issue, I spoke to the Chief Minister on telephone and informed him about the incident by fax,” the MLA said. Negi said the Chief Minister has immediately initiated action after taking cognisance of the issue. However, he did not elaborate on what action was taken. Holding the state government responsible for the alleged starvation death, state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay termed it as a “blot” on the face of ‘devbhoomi’ Uttarakhand. In a letter to the Chief Minister, Upadhyay blamed the state government’s “indifference” for the death of the girl and asked him to take due cognisance of it. He demanded immediate financial assistance for the family besides personally extending an assistance of Rs 21,000 to the girl’s kin. “The death…. due to starvation in Khajurani village of Almora’s Chaukhutiya area reflects the inaction of the one- month-old BJP government in the state. No one has control over death. But if deaths occur due to human error it is definitely a matter of concern,” Upadhyay said. “The poor are not getting pension in the state and are dying of starvation. The government should pay attention to it. It is all the more worrisome as the starvation death has been reported from the home district of heavyweights like state BJP chief Ajay Bhatt and Minister of State for Child and Women’s Welfare Rekha Arya,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP govt may hold cabinet meet for 2019 Ardh Kumbh preparations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh government may soon convene a cabinet meeting in Allahabad especially to draw a comprehensive road map for the upcoming 2019 Ardh Kumbh Mela. “A cabinet meeting may soon be convened in Allahabad especially for the Ardh Kumbh scheduled to be held in the Sangam City in 2019,” UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters. Maurya also exuded confidence that by October 2018, all the works pertaining to 2019 Ardh Kumbh would be completed. Earlier this month, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath had reviewed preparations for the massive Hindu congregation to be held in the Sangam city, where he had said 12 crore pilgrims were are expected make to visit in 2019. Maurya also mentioned that the party would implement its Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra in letter and spirit. “If Gita and Ramayan are considered to be sacrosanct, we also consider the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra sacrosanct. And, it will be implemented,” he told reporters. The deputy CM said the government has decided to purchase potatoes from farmers for Rs 487 per quital. “The trend among the UP potato farmers is that they go to other states, as they get better price,” he said. He also termed the crop loan waiver as a “historic decision” of the Yogi Adityanath government. “The UP government will break the nexus of officials and contractors. Due to this nexus, most of the works were completed only on papers and there were widespread anomalies in payments,” he observed, and said the state government will not hesitate in initiating probe in this regard. The deputy CM was also of the view that e-tendering is being introduced in order to keep the criminal elements away from undertaking government contracts. Maurya, who is also the UP unit chief of the BJP, today completed one year in office said the party is observing this year as ‘Gareeb Kalyan Varsh’ to mark the birth centenary of its ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay. The deputy CM, who also holds the Public Works Department portfolio, said the government will be giving NOCs to speed up road construction. “By June 15, all the roads of UP will be made pot-hole free. On spot inspection will be done after monsoon to ensure that the roads remain pot-hole free even after the monsoon is over,” he said. He also mentioned that the law and order situation in the state is improving. The government is also focusing to improve the energy and food processing sector in the state. “In the last 70 years optimum assistance from the Centre was never sought by the various state governments,” Maurya remarked. On the issue of posting of new DGP and Chief Secretary, the deputy CM asked reporters to “have patience”. Maurya also made a reference to a new technology being used by the PWD in construction of roads using the debris of the old road as raw material.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress, BJP demand AAP’s suspension following Shunglu Committee report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal cancelled the land allotted to Aam Aadmi Party?s office, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress cornered the Arvind Kejriwal-led government while demanding suspension of the party. ?The AAP took this office illegally. If you do anything unconstitutionally and illegally then law will take its action. This is PWD?s observation that this flat is for the MLAs to live in and not to use it as office by any political party. Lt. governor approval was also not taken for this allotment,? BJP leader Satish Upadhyay told ANI. Asserting that the AAP Government breaks all norms and then cries foul in front of public, Upadhyay said it is their strategy to mislead and befool people by blaming the Centre, BJP, LG, DDA, police etc. Echoing similar viewS, Congress leader J.P. Aggarwal said the AAP Government has been indulging in these kinds of illegal work ever since it has been formed. ?AAP has always created a circumstance of tussle. They should know their limit. In Shunglu committee report there is not just one point but there are many issue where it can be seen that they have misused their administrative position. This government has no right to stay in power and it should be suspended. They had talked about moral grounds and transparency but have failed in their work,? Aggarwal told ANI. Baijal yesterday cancelled the allotment of bungalow for AAP office in the national capital. The move came after three-member Shunglu Committee questioned irregularities in the allotment of land by Arvind Kejriwal-led government. The committee, set up by former Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, in its above 100-page report, raised questions on the allotment of 206, Rouse Avenue – a minister’s bungalow used as party office – to AAP. ?Allotment of 206, Rouse Avenue, known as Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg (Ministers residences), to AAP. On 08.10.2015 Chief Secretary circulated a decision of the Cabinet approving allotment of land to political parties for construction of offices. The Cabinet “feels that there is an elected Government in National Capital Territory of Delhi and it has the prerogative to frame its own guidelines to allot land, to the political parties having their representation in Delhi Legislative Assembly…..”. Since Land is a reserved subject this decision should be deemed null and void. It is clear that this decision to allot land to political parties was really to validate allotment of government accommodation to AAP,” the report read. Shunglu Committee , headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V.K. Shunglu, was formed by Jung after Delhi High Court gave primacy to the LG in Delhi administrative affairs in August last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

My Vande Mataram statement taken ‘out of context’, says Uttarakhand Minister Rawat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After suggesting that Vande Mataram, the national song, and Jana Gana Mana, the national anthem, be sung compulsorily in colleges in Uttarakhand, Minister of State for Higher Education Dhan Singh Rawat on Friday said his statement had been taken out of context and must not be linked with religion. Talking to ANI, Rawat said, ?I believe that my statement was not understood properly. I said that there should be Vande Mataram and national anthem in all education institutes. It would be good if Vande Mataram and national anthem are sung in educational institutions, universities.? ?We are thinking of having Vande Mataram and national anthem from next session in colleges. No education institutes have any problem. Singing Vande matram is not a crime. We are not an enemy of any religion. Nobody should have problem with Vande Mataram,? he added. Rawat had earlier made the hoisting of the national flag mandatory in universities across the state and was doing the same for the national song. ?Uttarakhand mein rehna hai, toh Vande Mataram kehna hoga (If you want to stay in Uttarakhand, you have to sing Vande Mataram),? the minister told students at a function at a college in Roorkee on Wednesday. After his statement triggered frenzied debate among both the student and teacher communities. Suggesting the minister and the BJP government to elevate the standard of education in the state, rather than focusing on such issues, state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay had earlier said, ?The issue of reciting national anthem or national song is not new. Being in absolute majority, the BJP can get a bill in this regard passed in the assembly. We fail to understand why so much of hue and cry is being created on the issue.?(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Emission standards of TPPs shouldn’t be diluted: Green bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Green bodies today demanded that emission standards set for thermal power plants should not be diluted and said inadequate execution of such norms worsens air pollution killing 1.2 million people in India every year. Volunteers and activists of the green bodies held a silent protest over this issue and submitted a petition, titled ‘Clean Air Nation’, signed by over a lakh people, to the Environment ministry, which assured the activists that the norms will not be diluted. Joint secretary in the ministry, Arun Kumar Mehta, has assured the activists of Greenpeace India, Care4Air and Help Delhi Breathe, that emission standards of thermal power plants will not be diluted, Greenpeace India said in a statement. The ministry had notified the emission standards for thermal power plants (TPPs) on December 7, 2015 and had set December 2017 as the deadline for implementing it. With less than nine months left, reports have appeared that the government is ready to relax the deadline and even dilute the emission standards. “We urged the ministry to ensure that a monitoring mechanism for implementation of the emission standards is put in place, so that we do not reach a situation in December where no power plant has complied to the notification,” Sunil Dahiya campaigner of Greenpeace India said. “The joint secretary said he is aware of the effect of air pollution on human health and will make sure that pollution level does not increase,” he said. The impacts of air pollution are far-reaching and devastating which include rise in economic and health expenditure. It is a national problem which is killing 1.2 million Indians every year and costing the economy around 3 per cent of GDP, Greenpeace said. “We desperately need to upgrade thermal power plants to control air pollution. Without these upgrades we will never have clean air,” said Help Delhi Breathe campaign coordinator Reecha Upadhyay. “Along with upgrading the newer plants, we need to phase out older power plants and use our resources to invest in clean and green renewable energy for India,” Upadhyay said. According to various studies, exposure to particulate matters have both short and long-term effects on human health. There is a marked increase in pollution-related ailments like redness in eyes, lung cancer and heart attacks. “In the short term, we must focus on reducing emissions from existing power plants by implementing the standards. In the long term, we need to recognise that coal is the biggest contributor to air pollution. Breaking free from fossil fuels will lead India towards a cleaner and sustainable future,” Ekta Singh of Care4Air said. Coal has been a major source of air and water pollution. Reliance on coal has led to loss of forests, wildlife and has destroyed livelihoods of thousands of people. Research suggests that growth in use of coal is responsible for around one lakh premature deaths in India, Greenpeace said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ministers in Trivendra govt protecting mining mafia: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress today accused members of the newly sworn-in Trivendra Singh Rawat cabinet of giving political protection to the mining mafia. “Political backing has emboldened the mining mafia to commit crimes like the murder of a forest department employee in Kosi river area near Ramnagar,” party state unit chief Kishore Upadhyay alleged. A forest guard was on Friday last mowed down by the mining mafia when he tired to stop them from lifting sand from the Kosi riverbed. The PCC chief and senior party leaders today met the family members of the forest guard in Kelabanwari village near Bajpur and visited the crime scene. After inspecting the spot at Ramnagar, the Congress leader wrote to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, alleging that some of his cabinet colleagues were giving protection to the mining mafia which had emboldened them to carry out such crimes. He requested the Chief Minister to embark on his party’s mission to put an end to corruption and fear by acting against his own ministerial colleagues. Terming as insufficient the compensation of Rs one lakh paid to the next of kin of the forest department employee, Upadhaya said it should be at least Rs 10 lakh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fateh Bahadur Singh is Pro-tem Speaker of the UP Assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP MLA Fateh Bahadur Singh today took oath as the Pro-tem Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. UP Governor Ram Naik today administered oath to Singh, who is an from Campiyarganj in Gorakhpur. Singh (49) is the son for former chief minister Vir Bahadur Singh. He took the oath in Sanskrit at a function in Raj Bhawan, an official spokesman said. Besides him, four MLAs – Durga Prasad Yadav, Ram Pal Verma, Fagu Chauhan and Ramveer Upadhyay – were sworn in by the Governor to administer oath to the newly-elected UP MLAs over the next two days. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna and Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey were present, the spokesman added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

True ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ only if poorest of the poor get benefit: Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today gave thumbs up to the Modi government’s slogan of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’, but said its real test would be when the poorest of the poor get its benefits.He also stressed on the need to ensure that development and environment go hand in hand. In an apparent message to the government, the RSS Sarsanghchalak said development of one section should not come at the cost of neglecting the other as “vikas” has to be a broad-based phenomenon. Delivering the 7th Nanaji Deshmukh memorial lecture here on indigenous model of development, Bhagwat said while India never attacks anyone, it is capable of defending itself. Referring to the ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ slogan, he said it is a “religious” slogan, but religion in this case should not be confused with its “modern connotations” which make it a very tricky issue.He said religion is something which prompts a person to do his or her duty. He also said religion helps strike a balance so that everyone goes along together. He said the true test for the slogan would be when the fruits of development reach the last man in queue. He said Sangh visionary Deen Dayal Upadhyay, and Mahatma Gandhi talked of ‘antodaya’ or the development of the last person. The RSS head also stressed on the need to have development and environment on the same page like “friends”. His remarks on environment assume significance as the government has often stressed that environmental concerns and development projects have to go together.Some activists have alleged that environment and ecology are being compromised for development. Bhagwat said, to get the fruits of development people have to put in hard work. Similarly, to win elections politicians have to work hard so that they have an impressive report card. He said people do not “press button” (of EVM) to vote without going through the work of politicians in the past five years.The Sangh chief was also critical of developed nations, which according to him, had forced their model of development on the rest of the world. He said while Indian model of development based on its ethos and culture has been worth emulating, it has to be remastered after every few years based on circumstances. Senior journalist Rajat Sharma also spoke on the occasion and recalled how Deshmukh had made Jayaprakash Narayan join the students’ movement in 1974.

Senior BJP leader claims AAP heading for split in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a stunning win in Delhi in 2015, Aam Aadmi Party’s fortunes were at an all time high. The party invested heavily in Punjab and Goa, with Kejriwal campaigning with a lot of gusto. Even a section of the media believed that AAP is likely to form government in Punjab. But the election results have come as a shocker to Kejriwal and other leaders.AAP finished a poor second in Punjab and did not even manage to open its account in Goa. Kejriwal has alleged that EVM tampering is the reason behind party’s terrible performance in Punjab, where 20-25% of AAP votes were transferred to SAD-BJP. At a time when the morale of the AAP cadre is pretty low, senior Delhi BJP leader Satish Upadhyay has predicted a grim future for them. He tweeted Now, it is well known that Sisodia is Kejriwal’s right-hand man and virtually ran the Delhi administration when the CM was busy canvassing for his party in Goa and Punjab. Hence any possible split will badly affect the still nascent party. AAP has also faced its fair share of rebellion in the past. Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were sacked for anti-party activities. In Punjab, three out of 4 AAP MPs have fallen out with the central leadership. Many believe that lack of unity in the Punjab unit was one of the main reasons behind AAP’s lacklustre performance.

EC must address Mayawati’s allegation of EVM tampering:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttarakhand Congress today asked the Election Commission of India to address BSP chief Mayawati’s allegation that the EVMs have been tampered with in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. The suspicion raised by Mayawati about possible tampering of EVMs questions the credibility of the poll panel which it must address, outgoing Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat and state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay said during a joint press conference here. BSP chief Mayawati had yesterday alleged that the EVMs were tampered with in such a way that whichever button was pressed, the vote went to the BJP. “The Election Commission must address the doubts being cast on its credibility. I hope the Commission will soon do something about it,” said Rawat, who has lost in both the seats he contested. Upadhyay said he will tour the state along with Rawat to boost the morale of Congress workers. “The party will play the role of a constructive opposition and cooperate with the state government,” he said. BJP scored a massive victory in Uttarakhand winning 56 of the 70 seats in the state to storm to power, reducing the Congress to minuscule minority in the state Assembly with a poor tally of 11 seats.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Earlier, treasury benches and Congress MLAs sparred over

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>the name of a Health university which is to come up at Karnal. During the discussion, Kuldeep claimed that as per the state’s Economic Survey, the name of university at Kutail village in Karnal is Kalpana Chawla Health University but now has been changed to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay University at the behest of BJP. Hooda also attacked the government, saying when he had raised the matter, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had informed the House that the name of the upcoming university was not decided earlier. “But this Economic Survey says Kalpana Chawla Health University. Then who is right,” Hooda sai and accused the government of misleading the House. In his reply, Health minister Anil Vij said during the meeting to decide the name of the university, only one name came up and that was Pandit Deendayal. BJP MLA Harvinder Kalyan said that the CM had earlier said that the medical college and university in the name of Kalpana Chawla was to come up at one campus. “Later, it was found that the land for both the college and the university was insufficient and then it was decided to set up a medical university at Kutail which was to be named after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay while medical college would remain in the name of Kalpana Chawla,” he said. Vij, then, said there could be a mistake in printing in Economic survey which will be rectified. Earlier, Congress MLA picked holes in the state budget for the year 2017-18 presented by Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu yesterday. Kuldeep sought assurance from the FM whether the state government would not impose fresh tax till the next budget is tabled. He said it has happened many a times, the budget is announced tax free but the tax is imposed later. He also accused the BJP government of allegedly ignoring Ganaur assembly constituency which he represents. Kuldeep also raised questions over the research being carried out in agricultural university for improving the variety of foodgrain and other crops. Taking a jibe at the higher allocation of funds by the government for education in the budget, Congress MLA claimed that there were only 15 regular principals in the government colleges while 12 were irregular principals, thereby affecting the studies. Later, heated arguments took place between the BJP MLAs and the INLD members over state leader late Chhotu Ram. BJP MLA Prem Lata alleged that the previous governments did not remember Chhotu Ram, inviting sharp reactions from the INLD. MORE(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Powai rape case: Bombay HC rejects bail plea of convicted security guard

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Monday rejected the bail application filed by security guard, Pramod Kumar Upadhyay, convicted for raping and robbing a 24-year-old woman, in 2014 at Powai.Justice A M Badar turned down the plea filed by the accused challenging the ten year sentence imposed on him by a sessions court in 2015. The court observed that he was the security guard of the housing society and it was his duty to protect the members of the housing, instead he had committed such a crime.Special Public Prosecutor Vaibhav Bagade had opposed the bail plea claiming that there was medical evidence and extra judicial confession of the accused before the medical officer, soon after his arrest to prove that he was involved in the crime. Further the recovery of mobile phone of the victim from his possessions shows his involvement.
ALSO READ Powai rape case: Security guard gets 10 years imprisonmentHowever, advocate Apeeksha Vora appearing for the accused had argued that there was a delay in the filing of the first information report, the witness statement were incorrect and inconsistent and more important since he was a security guard at the time of the incident he was being wrongfully framed in the case. However, after going through the facts and evidence adduced by the prosecution the court rejected the application.In January 2014, when the victim got back home from a dinner party, the security guard of her housing society, raped her, and then proceeded to rob her of her belongings. The trial court while convicting him held that the prosecution’s case was proved beyond reasonable doubt.According to the prosecution’s case, the victim, a dance teacher by profession, had gone to a hotel in Powai for dinner with two of her friends. They left the hotel after midnight. The victim had had two glasses of wine, and was in an inebriated state when she got home, after a rickshaw ride with her two friends, who left after dropping her outside her building.The CCTV in the victim’s building showed her entering the premises around 3:30 am. However, as per her friends’ deposition, he dropped her outside her building at 2 am. After investigation, the police realised that the watchman was not on his seat for that timing and arrested him.The victim’s mother said, “When 3 years back in the early hours of the morning I took the call seeking justice for my daughter, I only had two allies — the police and the judiciary. Today, they have done justice by not betraying my trust in the system. For the last three years, the corridors of sessions court, high court has become my second home and have learnt a lot. Justice A M Badar was clinically efficient and crystal clear. He has paved the way for the survivors’ family to try rebuild their lives.”

‘India has no grievances about local polls in Nepal’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nepal has said India has expressed no “grievances” over the forthcoming local body elections which are being conducted in the landlocked country after a gap of nearly two decades. Speaking at the Reporters’ Club in Kathmandu yesterday, Nepal’s Ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhyay said, India had never spoken against the announcement of local polls in Nepal. “India has no grievances about the forthcoming local body election slated for May 14, 2017,” said Upadhyay while interacting with the reporters in Kathmandu. Upadhyay’s statement came at a time when Indian-origin Madhesi parties have warned to boycott the local body polls as the government did not pay attention to amend the constitution for addressing their concern before announcing the poll date. The Madhesi parties have been demanding more representation in all state mechanism. They had launched a six-month- long agitation from September 2015 to February last year in which more than 50 people were killed. The decision taken by Nepal’s Parliament and the council of ministers will be the final in this regard, he clarified. Indian officials had also not expressed their opposition to the scheduled elections to him, he added. Upadhyay said elections must take place on the stipulated date for the implementation of the constitution. In a different note, he said, the visit of Nepal’s President Bidyadevi Bhandari will take place soon. Both the sides are preparing for the upcoming visit and a date will soon be worked and the visit programme will be officially announced soon, he said. Last month, the Nepal government had decided to hold the much-delayed but crucial local body elections in May, the first such polls in two decades. The local body elections have not been held for 20 years years due to the decade-long Maoist insurgency. It was last held in 1997.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police reforms: Nobody listens to our orders, says Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nobody listens to our orders,” the Supreme Court observed today while refusing to accord urgent hearing to a plea seeking massive reforms in police force across the country.”Police reforms are going on and on. Nobody listens to our orders,” a bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar lamented while declining the request for urgent hearing on the plea filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhayay, lawyer and Delhi BJP spokesperson. “Sorry. Declined,” said the bench that also comprised Justices DY Chandrachud and S K Kaul. Earlier Upadhyay, in his plea, has sought directions to the states and the Centre to implement massive reforms in the police force including a fixed tenure for senior officers. , the apex court had allowed Upadhyay to intervene as a party in a pending PIL on the issue of police reforms.He had sought direction to the Centre, state governments and the Law Commission to implement police reforms and the Model Police Act, 2006 to ensure an “effective and impartial police system”. “That arbitrary and unaccountable functioning of the police has led to complete alienation of many citizens from the state. Complete politicisation of the police force has led to highly partisan crime investigation. State governments have been habitually abusing their powers to drop serious criminal charges against their supporters and foist false cases against their opponents,” the plea said.The Model Police Act creates mechanism and processes which will help the police perform its functions more efficiently and enhance its credibility in the eyes of the public, it said. The plea sought direction for setting up of State Police Board under the chairmanship of the State Home Minister and comprising the Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, the Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Director General of Police among others to lay down policy guidelines for efficient policing.

Congress asks EC to probe alleged misuse of funds by BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing BJP of spending crores of rupees over campaigning for the just concluded Assembly elections in Uttarakhand, the ruling Congress today asked the Election Commission to launch a probe into the matter. In a letter written to the state’s Chief Electoral Officer, Pradesh Congress President Kishore Upadhyay charged BJP with publishing advertisements worth crores of rupees on the front pages of newspapers and buying prime time slots for the party’s campaigns on private news and entertainment channels. He urged the commission to launch a probe into the alleged misuse of money power by the BJP to “influence voters”. The Congress leader also accused the BJP of violating the Model Code of Conduct by putting up large hoardings and banners of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at about 2,000 places, including petrol pumps, across the state and publicising central government schemes through them. The hoardings and banners were not removed or covered despite objections raised by the Congress, he said in the letter handed over to the Chief Electoral Officer by a party delegation. Helicopters used by Chief Minister Harish Rawat were checked on various occasions but those used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were never intercepted, he alleged. “A probe should be launched by the commission into the instances cited by the party and action taken against the BJP for violation of the Model Code of Conduct,” Upadhyay said in the letter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan skips South Asia Speakers’ Summit in India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday called upon the South Asian countries for peace in the region, saying it is essential for sustainable development.”There should be peace, peace, peace…Then only there would be development,” she said while delivering the inaugural address at South Asia Speakers’ Summit which was skipped by Pakistan. “All countries should progress together. It would have been nice if Pakistan had attended,” Mahajan said while speaking to ANI.The two-day summit on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is being attended by speakers and delegates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal.”India and its Parliament are committed to working with the international community to craft an ambitious, comprehensive and equitable development agenda with poverty eradication at its core,” she said.Pitching for inclusive economic growth to reduce the widening gap between the rich and the poor, Mahajan said development at the cost of culture is not sustainable.Quoting BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, she said integral humanism is the basis for development as it espouses indigenous economic model that puts the human being at the centre stage. “First and foremost is the citizen. No development is possible and sustainable unless it has a human face,” Mahajan said.The Lok Sabha Speaker said India is expected to incur an expenditure of about $565 billion per annum approximately in the next 15 years to achieve SDGs. “This would require help from all possible quarters, including the developed countries and international institutions,” she added.”There is little doubt that we have overcome many political, social and economic challenges in the past century and are marching towards a better future,” she said adding, “However, resource limitation is a challenge all of our respective governments are grappling with.” The SDGs have set global priorities for progress of humanity and emphasis on achieving balance between the three pillars of economic growth, social development and environmental protection, she said.Stressing on the role of parliamentarians as the bridge between people and their government, the eight-time MP said, “As elected representatives, it is our duty to ensure that our respective governments take concrete measures for realising these sustainable development goals.”On the issue of discrimination against girl child, she said there is an urgent need for continuous efforts to promote the welfare of the girl child. Elimination of child marriage, access to reproductive healthcare facilities and overall emphasis on hygiene and personal care of women are some of the critical areas which are needed to be focused on, she added.

NGOs highlight need of CSR funds in rehabilitating street kids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The need to mobilise corporate funds to meet the challenges in rehabilitating street children was emphasised during a ‘critical discussion’ involving various stakeholders, including NGOs, here today. Mobilisation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds will help address the issue comprehensively and in a more structured manner as compared to time-bound international donor grants, said Luke Samson, director of NGO Sharan. “We are facing a huge population challenge in India with poverty and unplanned parenting making child vulnerability manifest in issues such as the ones faced by the street children,” he said, adding that as per a recent UNICEF estimate, the number of street children in India was 17 million. Country Director of UNAIDS India Oussama Tawil stressed on the importance of dialogue and involving the government and media in the endeavours to find solutions to the problems in rehabilitating the street children. With the new CSR paradigms coming in, a lot of money was available with the corporate sector, said KK Upadhyay, former head of CSR-FICCI. “Childcare being one of the major areas of concern, corporates should spend money in this domain for a better impact of CSR activities and contribute to nation-building,” he added. The street children are among “the most vulnerable” in the society, said Anindya Chatterjee, Regional Director, Asia Regional Office, International Development Research Centre, adding that the discussions on the subject will help prepare plans to protect them. A woman, whose 23-year-old son became a drug addict while living on the streets, also spoke at the event.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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