arunachaltimes.in 2018-12-13 18:49:00
Congress will come back in the state in 2019, claims Pario December 14, 2018 Staff Reporter ITANAGAR, Dec 13: Newly-appointed Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Takam Pario claimed that the Congress party will come back to power in the state in 2019. Pario, who was appointed as CLP leader on Wednesday, replacing former chief minister and Sagalee MLA Nabam Tuki, was talking to media persons on Thursday after arriving from Delhi. Hundreds of Congress leaders and workers gave a rousing reception to Pario and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Takam Sanjoy at the Naharlagun helipad on their arrival. Pario said the popularly elected Congress government in 2014 had been "illegally hijacked by the BJP" in the state, adding that "the people of state will give a befitting reply to the saffron party for its misdeed in 2019." Pario also said that a petition challenging the merger of the Congress with the PPA is still pending with speaker for a decision. Sanjoy said "the Congress family is strong and the party will make come back in 2019," adding that the people suffered a lot because of demonetization, GST, price rise, etc. He acknowledged that the Congress would have to do major repairing work at the grassroots to come back in the state, and said work in this regard has already started. He said the party would walk on the footprints of veteran congress leader Nabam Tuki. Sanjoy informed that Tuki was party to the decision to appoint Pario as the new CLP leader. Meanwhile, talking to media persons, Tuki said the decision to appoint the new CLP leader was taken by the party high command, "and being a loyal Congress worker, I will accept every decision of the party." The appointment of Pario as the CLP leader just a few months before the assembly and general election has raised eyebrows in the political circles of the state. Pario, who was elected as Congress MLA in 2014, later shifted loyalty to regional outfit PPA, but rejoined the Congress this year. SHARE
dailypioneer.com 2018-12-13 00:00:00
Thursday, 13 December 2018 | Pioneer AAI's Women Wing-Kalyanmayee launches Menstrual Hygiene Project The Airports Authority of India Women's Welfare Association, has launched 'Kalyanmayee', a sanitary napkin usage and menstrual hygiene project. This three-year project aims to create awareness about menstrual hygiene practices and bursting the myths and taboo attached to menstruation. The project provides alternative low cost, lab tested napkins. The project also includes installation of sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators in schools in 20 cities and conducting awareness camps in the slum areas. Some of these locations include Amritsar, Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Trivandrum and Mangalore. Rumi's work now consolidated in India The Kala Nidhi Division of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), organised the launch of the book"”'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts and Editions of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi's Works in India', by Prof S H Qaseami and Dr Ramesh C Gaur. This is the first such catalogue on Rumi's works in India. His Excellency Ambassador of Republic of Turkey, Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, and His Excellency Ambassador of Iran, Dr Ali Chegeni, along with the director of UNESCO New Delhi Cluster office, Eric Falt, and the MS of IGNCA, Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, formally released the book. NAQVI pats NHRC's back The Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi praised the work done by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to promote a culture of human rights since its inception. He was speaking at the Human Rights Day Function organised by the NHRC in New Delhi which was attended by the NHRC chairperson, Justice H L Dattu, senior officials and a large number of intellectuals from different fields. Naqvi said, "The NHRC has always played an active role in protection of human rights of the people of the country. The NHRC also organises Camp Sittings and Open Public Hearings in different state capitals at regular intervals to ensure speedy disposal of cases." He further added that it is encouraging that the NHRC has selected 28 most backward districts in the country to spread awareness about human rights in the administration and to monitor the effectiveness of the various socio-economic welfare programmes of the government. SCOPE Organises Workshop on Occupational Safety & Health SCOPE organised a national workshop on occupational safety and health titled"”'Strengthening Safer and Healthier Workforce' at Lucknow. The workshop was organised with the support of the Ministry of Labour and Employment (DGFASLI) and the International Labour Organisation. The director general of SCOPE, Dr U D Choubey, while inaugurating the workshop, highlighted the importance of occupational safety and health in the public sector enterprises. He suggested that a board level review should take place periodically on all the initiatives taken by the company. Conference on Smart City Standardisation The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the International Electrotechnical Commission jointly organised the 'BIS-IEC International Conference on Smart City Standardisation' on December 10 in Varanasi which was inaugurated by the secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra. Mishra stated that the standardisation efforts in India need to be prioritised with habitat being top priority, followed by mobility, smart infrastructure and ICT and governance. He assured the participation of the MoHUA officials and the CEOs of the smart cities in this effort of the BIS. NTPC bags 7 awards by PRSI for 2018 NTPC has bagged seven awards in different categories at the 40th All India Public Relations Conference, which was organised by the Public Relations Society of India (PRSI) from December 8 to 10 at Dehradun. The NTPC Corporate Communication received the second prize for NTPC CSR Coffee Table Book as a Special/ Prestige Publication and for the internal communication application"”SAMVAAD and the third prize for its company website. The NTPC Projects and Regional Head Quarter received four awards"”the NTPC Vindhyachal won the first prize for 'Best CSR' for child care; second prize was awarded to NTPC Rihand Corporate Film (Hindi); the third prize was awarded for the 'Best e-newsletter NTPC-NR' and the 'Best Public Awareness Campaign' award was given to NTPC- Rihand. NTPC's Singrauli station records 100% PLF in Nov The flagship power station of the NTPC, Singrauli Super Thermal Power Station, has achieved 100.32 per cent plant load factor (PLF) in the month of November. The 2000 MW station has five units of 200 MW and two units of 500 MW. The NTPC-Singrauli continues to deliver the rated performance even after 36 years of operations. The first 200 MW unit of the station was synchronised in 1982. EAST HIMALAYAN EXPO to boost trade in the region The 10th edition of the East Himalayan Expo-2018 is being organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) with the support of the Commerce and Industries Department, Government of Meghalaya from December 10 to 17 in Shillong, Meghalaya. The expo, inaugurated by the Governor of Meghalaya, Tathagata Roy, aims to widen trade horizons and enhance business links in the Eastern Himalayan region especially when there is a focus of the Government on 'Act East Policy'. With over 200 leading companies from the North East region, this year, the expo elicited triple response as compared to the last edition. 1st Media school for Dalits and Tribals The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawarchand Gehlot, announced the commencement of nationwide admissions in the Dr B R Ambedkar School of Media Empowerment, to train Dalit and tribal youths. This, first-of-its-kind school to train these communities in journalism, is supported by the Indian Institute for Mass Communication (IIMC). The school will have its branches in Pune, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and other parts of India.
arunachaltimes.in 2018-12-12 20:18:00
Mossang urges business community to uphold honesty in business December 13, 2018 NAHARLAGUN, Dec 12: Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs Minister Kamlung Mossang urged the business community to uphold honesty in business and respect the rights of the consumers by refraining themselves from selling or trading spurious and sub-standard products."Be a responsible citizen and refrain from bringing or selling spurious and sub-standard items keeping in mind the consumer health," said Mossang during a meeting of the Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Protection Council held at the Conference Hall of the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, Naharlagun on Wednesday. The minister also emphasized the need of testing laboratories in the state to check the quality of consumer items. Mossang suggested the Department of Legal Metrology to conduct awareness programme on important occasions, like National Consumer Day, World Consumer Rights Day, Republic Day, Statehood Day, Children's Day and local festivals to educate the consumer about their rights and responsibilities as enshrined under Consumer Protection Act. He also suggested the department to open toll free helpline numbers in all the district headquarters to receive and resolve consumers' complaints. Later, the minister launched the Whatsapp and facebook accounts of the department, through which a consumer can seek redressal of his/her grievances. Secretary of the Department, Yeshi Wangmu Ringu, who is also holding the post of Finance Secretary, further suggested the department to include all the major components of activities, including proposal for consumer awareness activities in SADA, in future. She suggested the department to conduct awareness programme during Sarkar Aapke dwar programme to educate the consumers about their rights and responsibilities. Highlighting the problems being faced in distribution of fund to all the departments as well as in post creation, she suggested department to engage the officers and officials in districts to multi-task, especially in dealing with the works of the District Forum. Controller of Legal Metrology cum Director of Consumer Affairs Hoktum Ori highlighted the achievements made by the department in the last few years and also the obstacles being faced by the department in the implementation of the consumer protection laws in the State. The meeting was also addressed by Member State Commission Hoksum Ori, Prof RC Parida of Rajiv Gandhi University, senior journalist Pradeep Kr. Behera, ACLM Taba Tabin. SHARE
energynext.in 2018-12-12 11:28:00
« Previous The country achieved 100 percent village electrification on April 28, a major landmark towards universal electrification, writes power minister R.K. Singh We have set an ambitious goal for ourselves - the goal of providing access to 24Ã—7 power for all in the country. Access to power here represents not only the connectivity to the network but also includes availability of requisite infrastructure across the power sector value chain to ensure supply of quality and reliable power. And we are well on our way to achieve our goal. And the scale of the transition is such as has not been seen anywhere in the world. The country achieved 100 percent village electrification on April 28, a major landmark towards universal electrification. It was not merely connecting the remaining 18,500 odd villages to the electricity network but to reach out to the poorest of poor who had remained in darkness for more than 70 years after independence. The challenges involved were huge - these challenges had stood as a barrier to extending electricity to these villages for such a long period. Most of these villages were located in remote inaccessible areas with difficult terrain in hilly areas, forest areas, areas severely affected with LWE activities etc. and transportation of material/equipment and mobilisation of manpower for execution of works required determination and perseverance. The difficulty level kept on increasing as the work progressed further. About 350 villages in Arunachal Pradesh (272), J&K (54), Meghalaya (9) and Manipur (12) located in remote and difficult terrain required head loading of materials and trekking up to 10 days. Materials in some villages of J&K and Arunachal Pradesh had to be transported by helicopter. In 2762 villages, extending grid network was not feasible due to remote and inaccessible locations, Solar based standalone systems were provided. Enormous challenges were confronted in electrification of 7614 LWE villages in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. The electrification of these remaining villages have paved the path for their socioeconomic growth. We have the satisfaction of having achieved the target before the target date. This program has also set an example of effective cooperative federalism wherein Union Government, State Governments, Distribution Companies and administration synergised their efforts for common goal. The next step was to light up every household. The Prime Minister launched the 'Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana' - Saubhagya in September 2017 with the aim to achieve universal household electrification. Achievement of this within targeted timeline of March 2019 is the challenge we have given to ourselves. As the name of the scheme itself suggests, it has inherent features of 'Sahaj' i.e. Simple/ Easy/Effortless and 'Har Ghar' i.e. inclusive universal household electrification. A targeted program of such a scale has never been attempted in the world. The progress is again exemplary in terms of speed and innovation. We are lighting up an average of a hundred thousand houses every day. No country has witnessed anything on such a scale. The happiness on the face of the people when their houses are lighted up with electricity is something to be seen. I am sharing some photographs. We crossed the milestone of lighting the lights to 2 crore households under the Saubhagya scheme (which started in Oct. 2017) on the November 19. In addition to providing last mile connectivity, strengthening of backup system network in distribution and sub-transmission segment along with metering, IT enablement and automation etc. is equally important to ensure supply of adequate power with desired quality and reliability. For this purpose also, Government of India has been providing financial assistance to the States under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for rural and urban areas respectively. Projects worth Rs. 1,40,000 Crore have been rolled out under these schemes. Under these schemes, creation of 1204 nos. of new sub-stations, augmentation of capacity in 1601 nos. existing sub-stations, erection of 1,61,101 nos. new distribution transformers, 1,11,734 Kms of HT lines and 98028 Kms of LT line has been completed. System strengthening works under these schemes coupled with reforms adopted under Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) would facilitate 24Ã—7 quality and reliable power supply for all in sustainable manner. UDAY interventions have resulted in (i) reduction in Aggregate Technical and Commercial Losses (AT&C) losses from 20.77 percent to 18.72 percent (ii) reduction in ACS-ARR (Average Cost of Supply - Average Revenue Realization) gap from 60 paisa/unit to 17 paisa/unit (iii) savings on interest cost of about Rs.31,800 crores to utilities/states and reduction in losses from Rs. 51575 crore to Rs. 15132 crore. NTPC and other major Gencos need to be congratulated for keeping the power purchase costs almost constant in spite of increase in cost of coal, freight and other costs. The initiatives of the Government have helped our country in achieving 24th rank in 2018 on World Bank's Ease of Getting Electricity in the world as against 111th rank in 2014. This is a quantum leap and shows the result oriented approach of the Government. At the backend of the power value chain, we have achieved 'One Nation One Grid'. The pace of grid construction has been enhanced to an average of 24908 Kms per year in the last four and half years from an average of 4385 Kms in previous years. This ensures power transfers across the country. About 2.96 Lakh MVA transformation capacity has been added during the years 2014-18. Tariff based Competitive Bidding has brought in transparency and efficiency in the system. The huge addition in the consumer base at the rate of one lac per day, coupled with growth in the economy has meant that our electricity demand has been growing at the rate of more than 10 percent in these months. The change we are making are unparalleled in scale. But we have more to do. But our vision is clear. And our determination is firm. Our estimates are that the number of households left would be less than 50 lacs. At this rate, almost 50 more days required to achieve 100 percent household electrification - If we do it faster, less days to achieve the goal. The world has looked on our progress with amazement and admiration. The International Energy Agency has called it one of the greatest success stories of the year. In order to meet the growing demand of electricity in the country which is expected to increase further, addition to the generation capacity is important. During the last 4 years the total installed capacity has increased by 1 Lakh MW. This has helped in wiping out energy deficit from 4.2 percent to almost zero at 0.7 percent. India has for the first time become an exporter of electricity after meeting its internal demand. We have helped our neighbours like Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar by exporting 7203 MUs of electricity. In order to make our electricity clean and green, we have placed a roadmap to achieve 175 GW capacity in the renewable energy sector by 2022, which includes 100 GW of solar power and 60 GW of wind power. The overall installed capacity of Renewable Energy has been more than doubled in the last four and half years - from 34,000 MW to 72,000 MW, solar capacity increased 8 times in last 4 years. We are on the way to achieve our commitment at international fora. While we continue to increase our capabilities for power generation, we recognize the need to explore avenues that promote energy efficiency. Concerted efforts are being made to efficiently use the energy in the demand side through various innovative and visionary policy measures. UJALA, Star labelling program, energy conservation building code, energy efficiency measures through Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) are few initiatives in this area. The first cycle of the PAT for industry achieved savings of more than 8.6 million tonnes of oil equivalent which is almost 1.23 percent of primary energy supply of India. The second cycle is estimated to achieve even higher savings.
downtoearth.org.in 2018-12-11 11:44:00
Mountains Matter: Are the Indian Himalayas tourism-sustainable? The answer is no if the government's own findings are considered By SA Gayatri Even as the world observes International Mountain Day on December 11, with the theme this year being 'Mountains Matter' as per the United Nations Food And Agriculture Organization, a pertinent question to ask is whether the Indian Himalayas suitable for sustainable tourism? Apparently no, if the government's own findings are considered. According to Report of Working Group II Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region released by the NITI Aayog in August this year, except for Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh, the environmental index of the rest of Himalayan states is very low. The report notes that the tourism and hospitality sector is a highly lucrative one as far as the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) is concerned. The sector directly contributes about US$ 71.5 billion to the nation's GDP. In states like Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Assam, and Meghalaya, the tourism sector has been contributing more than 10 per cent to the GDP. The lowest contributions are in the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh (3-4 per cent), Sikkim (2-3 per cent) and Nagaland (3-4 per cent). But as far as investment in the sector is concerned, only Sikkim fits the bill (1.9 per cent of the total state expenditure). The rest of the states have invested less than 1 per cent. Also, Uttarakhand that stands second in tourist arrivals invests only 0.15 per cent in this sector. The report states that as there is great potential for growth in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR), it must be managed so that it focuses on marginalised areas and groups, ensures jobs, promotion of local culture, tourism products and also contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 8 ('Decent work and economic growth') and Goal 12 ('Responsible consumption and production'). Furthermore, the 12th Five Year Plan clearly recognises pro-poor tourism for all-inclusive growth. But that clearly does not seem to be the case. In addition to the NITI Aayog Report, the World Bank has also pointed out in the past that tourism in the IHR is not sustainable. The World Bank conducted a survey in 2015 using criteria such as 'Ease of Doing Business' and 'Environmental compliance. It found that none of the IHR states appeared in the first 10 in India which suggests that the conditions might not be favourable for tourism and businesses in IHR. Clearly, with Central government funds flowing into the states being very less and the IHR states more interested in generating revenue than spending on promotion and sustenance of tourism, it is going to very challenging to manage 240 million tourists by 2025.
newindianexpress.com 2018-12-11 00:00:00
Home Elections Telangana Elections Telangana polls: What Governor should do in case of a hung house What if the election results today throw up a hung Assembly? If no one is able to scale the magic figure, 60, the Governor will be the focus of attention. Share Via Email Published: 11th December 2018 02:46 AM | Last Updated: 11th December 2018 02:46 AM | A+ A A- Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao with Governor ESL Narasimhan on Tuesday (File Photo | EPS) By VV Balakrishna Express News Service HYDERABAD: What if the election results today throw up a hung Assembly? If no one is able to scale the magic figure, 60, the Governor will be the focus of attention. Will he call the single largest party to form the government? Or the leader who claims majority through a pre-poll alliance? Can a leader who claims majority with post-poll alliance be invited first? Though the Sarkaria and Punchhi Commissions tried to address the role of the Governor in the event of hung Assembly, there are no specific laws or Acts to this regard. This has made the role of the Governor ambiguous, as it was recently witnessed in Goa, Karnataka, Manipur and Delhi after elections. ALSO READ | Will stand by TRS, says Owaisi after meeting K Chandrasekhar Rao However, several past judgements make it clear that a pre-poll alliance must be considered as the single-largest party, and must get the first invitation to form the government. "If there is a pre-poll alliance, it should be treated as one political party. In case, such coalitions gets a majority, the leader of such alliance shall be called by the Governor to form the government," the Punchhi Commission had noted. Mentioning the same, the Congress-led People's Front met Governor ESL Narasimhan on Monday and asked him to consider them as a single party. The Punchhi Commission, that heavily relief on the report submitted by the Sarkaria Commission, also made a set of guidelines for the Governor to follow in the case of a hung Assembly. ALSO READ | Telangana Elections: Secret ballot now an open secret? The Punchhi Commission also observed that there are no specific rules or guidelines in case of a hung Assembly. The option before the Governor is to follow the established conventions or practices. The same rule was applied in the Karnataka Assembly recently. But, will the Governor follow the recommendations of the commissions? Punchhi Report Guidelines The party or combination of parties which commands the widest support in the Assembly should be invited to form the government If there is a pre-poll alliance or coalition, it should be treated as one political party If such coalition obtains a majority, the leader of such alliance should be invited by the Governor to form the government If no party or pre-poll coalition has clear majority, the Governor should select the Chief Minister in rder of preference like: single largest party with the support of others the group with the largest pre-poll alliance, which commands the largest number post-electoral coalition with all parties joining the government post-electoral alliance with some parties joining the government including Independents and also support to government from outside How Courts Ruled on Hung House Illustration: Tapas Ranjan Chandrakant Kavlekar Vs Union of India This a case relating to elections held in Goa in 2017. The Congress emerged as the single largest party in the Goa polls. But, the BJP approached the Governor with the support of other parties and Independent MLAs. The BJP formed the government. The Congress knocked the doors of the SC. The SC ordered that the BJP should prove its strength. ALSO READ | If the TRS needs a BFF in House, whom will it pick? Senior advocate AM Singhvi relied on Sarkaria Commission report in the Goa case in 2017. In that case, the Congress was the single largest party. But, the BJP formed post-poll alliance. When Singhvi had relied upon Sarkaria report, the court asked Singhvi whether he was endorsing the Sarkaria Commission report? Singhvi said in the affirmative. He pointed that the Supreme Court endorsed the report in Bommai, Rameshwar Prasad and Nabam Rebia cases. SR Bommai Vs Union of India, 1994 The Sarkaria Commission report was cited extensively in this judgment. The court ordered that the Governor should invite the leader of the party, who is commanding majority in the House, or the single largest party or group to form the Government. Nabam Rebia Vs Deputy Speaker In this case, the Supreme Court reinstated Nabam Tuki as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh by invalidating the actions of the Governor. The reports of the Sarkaria and the Punchhi Commissions are referred to widely. The role of the Governor is also discussed at length in this case. hung house history There are several cases in the past on the role of the Governor in case of hung Assembly, dissolution of the Assembly, no-trust motion and imposing President's rule in the State. 2017 The Congress won 28 seats out of 60 seats in Manipur. But, Governor Najma Heptulla invited the BJP, which won only 21 seats, to form the government with the support of other parties. 2005 In Jharkhand, the saffron party had won 30 out of 81 seats. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) won only 17 seats and it was invited to form the government. In Goa, the BJP won 13 seats and the Congress won 17 seats out of 40 seats. The BJP managed to form post-poll alliance. 2002 In Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference won 28 constituencies but the Governor invited the Congress and PDP who won 21 and 15 seats. 2013 In Delhi elections, the BJP got 31 seats. However, the AAP which got 27 seats was invited to form the government. When there was a hung Lok Sabha in 1998, after exploring various options, the President gave an opportunity to Atal Bihari Vajpayee to form the government. The then President KR Narayan noted with regard to the 12th Lok Sabha: One, no party or pre-election alliance of parties has won the number of seats required to give it a clear majority in the House. Two, the BJP has emerged as the single largest party though short of a majority. Three, the BJP-led pre-election combination of parties and individuals is also the single largest of such formation. Four, Vajpayee has been duly elected leader of BJP in Parliament. Stay up to date on all the latest Telangana Elections news with The New Indian Express App. Download now (Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe' . Follow the instructions after that.) TAGS
infraline.com 2018-12-06 00:00:00
Show Less NHPC to get Rs 4.5 billion loan from French company for 2000 MW Subansiri Lower hydro project National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited would get a concessional loan of Rs 450 crore from French export credit insurance agency Coface to import of equipment for the 2,000 MW Subansiri Lower hydro project in Arunachal Pradesh. "We have a fruitful discussion with Coface officials. They have agreed to provide us Rs 450 crore at low interest rate ranging from 3.5 to 4 per cent," NHPC chairman S K Garg said on the sidelines of corporation's 30th Foundation Day celebration at Faridabad. "Even if the finalisation of deal gets delayed, Coface has agreed not to increase interest rate beyond 4 per cent," he said. The tenure of the loan would be 17 years with a moratorium of five years and repayment period of 12 years, the NHPC chief said.
indianexpress.com 2018-12-05 21:54:00
Those came to power claiming to be Ram bhakts are now Kumbhakarn: Shiv Sena Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. (Source: File Photo) The Shiv Sena on Wednesday asked the BJP whether the violence in Bulandshahr was planned to polarise the society on religious grounds ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena said the BJP had won 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in 2014 but it has realised that the 2014 performance is not possible in 2019. Advertising "And if all Opposition parties come together, BJP could be defeated, like it happened in Kairana bypoll. An incident had taken place in Muzaffarnagar prior to the 2014 polls and then there was another incident in Kairana. Was a similar incident planned now in Bulandhshahr?" asked Sena in the Saamana editorial. The editorial further stated that the 80 Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh could be a game changer for the BJP. "Was it attempting to repeat the bloody pattern of communal clashes and polarisation of votes in the name of cow slaughter?" it asked. The Sena said the issue of cow slaughter and beef are also there in Goa, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. "But no violence or mob lynching incident is reported in these states because they have single digit Lok Sabha seats. It is not the case with Uttar Pradesh," the Sena said. The party further said that the station house officer, Subodh Kumar Singh, who was killed in the violence in the Bulandshahr, had conducted the investigation into the Dadri lynching incident in 2015 in UP. "He had taken a firm stand in arresting the accused. So, the question is now being asked whether there is a link between the violence in Bulandshahr, death of Subodh Kumar and the action taken in the Dadri incident," it said.
ibtimes.co.in 2018-12-05 06:50:00
Society Did BJP use its weapon of religious polarisation in Bulandshahr violence? asks Shiv Sena No violence or mob lynchings have been reported in Goa, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura, where cow slaughter is widely prevalent but these states have negligible Lok Sabha seats for the BJP, the Sena said. By : PTI Dec 5, 2018 12:20 IST Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray Twitter The Shiv Sena Wednesday attacked ally BJP over violence in party-ruled Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr, asking if it was orchestrated to polarise society on religious grounds ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The issue of cow slaughter and consuming its meat is widely prevalent in Goa, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, and Tripura, but no violence or mob lynchings have been reported there as these states have negligible Lok Sabha seats, the Sena said in remarks laced with sarcasm. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could come to power at the Centre in 2014 as it won 71 out of total 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP, the party noted. The BJP has realised that repeating the performance is not possible and if the opposition comes together as it did in the Kairana by-polls (in UP), the ruling party could be easily defeated, the Sena said. "Was the Bulandshahr incident orchestrated like the Muzaffarnagar incident before the 2014 polls? The BJP knows that the 2019 elections will not be easy for it. Therefore, has it used its weapon of religious polarisation?" the Sena asked in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'. The communal clashes in UP's Muzaffarnagar district and adjoining areas in August and September 2013 had claimed more than 60 lives while over 40,000 people were displaced. The Sena, a ruling ally of the BJP-led Maharashtra government, said the 80 Lok Sabha seats of UP could be a "game changer" for the BJP. "Was the bloody pattern of communal flare and polarisation of votes spread for it?" the party further asked. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, the station house officer (SHO) of Siana, who was killed by a mob in Bulandshahr , had conducted a probe in UP's Dadri lynching episode of 2015 and taken a firm stand on arresting the accused, the Sena pointed out. "The question now being raised is if there is a link between the Bulandshahr violence, Subodh Kumar's death and the Dadri lynching incident," the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said. In September 2015, Mohammad Akhlaq, a man in his 50s, was lynched inside his house at Bisada village falling under Dadri subdivision of UP's Gautam Buddh Nagar district on the suspicion that beef was consumed. On Monday, 3 December, a mob of some 400 people, including right-wing activists, fought pitched battles with police in Siana area of Bulandshahr district, apparently, after right-wing activists were angered by the discovery of cow carcasses strewn in a nearby jungle. They set fire to dozens of vehicles, hurled stones and also opened fire at police personnel who retaliated with gunfire. In the violence, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and 20-year-old Sumit Kumar were killed. Police arrested four people on Tuesday and were hunting for a Bajrang Dal activist in connection with the mob violence. Follow us
scroll.in 2018-12-05 00:00:00
Updated 5 hours ago. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath | IANS/File Photo Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath on Tuesday asked top administrative and law enforcement officials to conduct a thorough investigation into the alleged cow slaughter that had triggered violence in the state's Bulandshahr district the day before. He sought strict action against the guilty. Adityanath's statement came after he held a meeting with the chief secretary, director general of police, home secretary and others. The chief minister told district collectors and police superintendents that they were responsible for enforcing the 2017 ban on illegal slaughter houses in areas under their jurisdiction. Adityanath also announced Rs 10 lakh compensation for the family of a youth, identified as Sumit Kumar, who died in the violence along with police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh. The chief minister's statement - which does not refer to Singh or Sumit Kumar - came on a day the police named seven Muslims, including two children, in the alleged cow slaughter case. The case was filed at about 1 pm on Monday, hours after a mob led by Hindutva activists brought animal carcasses in a tractor trolley to the Chingrawathi police post and alleged that the carcasses were of cows that had been freshly slaughtered in a field in neighbouring Mahaw village. The complainant in the case was Bajrang Dal office-bearer Yogesh Raj , who was identified as the main accused in the First Information Report filed in connection with the violence. He is yet to be arrested. The police have arrested four people and detained four for questioning in connection with the violence. Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh on Wednesday said the violence that broke out in the district is a "big conspiracy". "This is not only a law and order issue, how did the cattle carcass reach there? Who brought it, why and under what circumstances?" he said, according to ANI . On Monday, Adityanath expressed regret over the violence and the death of inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and set up a Special Investigation Team to conduct inquiries in the case. The chief minister also instructed Assistant Director General (Intelligence) SB Shirodkar to conduct inquiries and submit a report within two days. The inspector's family had earlier called the incident a police conspiracy and demanded justice from the state administration. The inspector's sister Sunita Singh asked why Adityanath was yet to visit the grieving family. Adityanath had announced Rs 40-lakh compensation for Singh's wife, Rs 10 lakh for his parents and a government job for a family member. According to the autopsy, Subodh Kumar Singh Singh - who was the investigating officer in the Dadri lynching case, in which Mohammad Akhlaq was killed, for a couple of months in 2015 - was shot dead. The police suspect that the police officer's murderers may have fled with his gun and cellphones. Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Wednesday said the violence in the district was unfortunate. "A Special Investigation Team has been formed and they are investigating," ANI quoted Shah as saying. "It should not be politicised, everything will become clear when the SIT files its report." The Shiv Sena, the BJP's ally in Maharashtra, asked if the ruling party had orchestrated the violence to create religious polarisation ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Sena, in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana , pointed out that cow meat is widely used in Goa, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura too but violence or mob lynchings have not occurred there. "Was the Bulandshahr incident orchestrated like the Muzaffarnagar incident before the 2014 polls?" the Shiv Sena asked. "The BJP knows that the 2019 elections will not be easy for it. Therefore, has it used its weapon of religious polarisation?" Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here . We welcome your comments at .
firstpost.com 2018-12-04 02:20:00
Tweet Bulandshahr cow slaughter violence: Inspector died of bullet wound, finds post-mortem report The post-mortem report of the inspector killed in the clashes in Bulandshahr has revealed that he died of a bullet wound in addition to injuries sustained by a hard and blunt object. RAF and PAC have been deployed in the area to ensure calm even as Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath assured a speedy probe in the case. The ADG Intelligence will submit a report in two days. People protesting over alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr. Image: 101Reporters The police inspector, Subodh Kumar Singh, who had probed the Akhlaq lynching case initially, died on Monday after a rampaging mob protesting alleged illegal cow slaughter torched a police post and clashed with cops. A 20-year-old youth was also killed during the violence. What happened: Additional Director General (Meerut zone) Prashant Kumar said that the protestors from Mahaw village and nearby areas pelted stones on police and indulged in arson, setting ablaze several vehicles and the Chingarwathi Police Chowki, after some body parts of cows were found in a jungle near the village. This prompted the police to open fire. However, the police have said that there was firing by the miscreants also during the clash. Meanwhile, in Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh government announced a total of Rs 50 lakh assistance to the kin of Singh. Dadri lynching case A small-time trader Mohammed Akhlaq was allegedly lynched in 2015 by a mob that had barged into his residence in Dadri following a rumour that he had stored beef in his house after slaughtering a calf. Protests ahead of KCR's rally in Kodangal Section 144 imposed was in the Kodangal constituency of Telangana on Tuesday ahead of KCR's public meeting. Congress candidate Revanth Reddy had protested the Telangana chief minister's meeting and called for a bandh on Tuesday. He had also said that the Congress workers and supporters will protest at the public meeting venue to stall it. However, according to the latest reports, Reddy has been detained. Meanwhile, TRS has complained to Election Commission saying the rival Kodangal candidate is trying to stall the party chief's meeting. J&K elections to be held with 2019 LS polls? The Election Commission is considering to hold the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly election along with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. Since the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has been dissolved, the poll panel is bound to hold fresh polls within six months. Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh also go to polls alongside the 2019 General Elections. Elections: Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi in Rajasthan Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting in Jhunjhnu, Sikar and Jaipur on Tuesday as part of his campaigning itinerary in the poll-bound state. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will hold public meetings in Alwar, Udaipur and Jhunjhunu as part of his campaign schedule. Rajasthan votes for a new Assembly on 7 December. It has 200 Assembly constituencies. On Monday, during his rally in Hyderabad, Modi had lashed out at Rahul for questioning his Hindu credentials saying that a "naamdar" is claiming to know all about Hinduism when even saints and seers don't make such claims. National Herald case in SC today The Supreme Court will hear the appeal by former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the incumbent chief of the party Rahul Gandhi on the income tax status related to the National Herald case on Tuesday. Fuel prices cut further Petrol and diesel prices were slashed for the 12th straight day on Monday due to the fall in global crude prices and the rupee strengthening against the US dollar. Petrol prices across metros were cut around 35 paise, according to data available on Indian Oil Corporation website. Petrol was retailing in Delhi at Rs 71.93, Mumbai at Rs 77.50, Chennai Rs 74.63 and Kolkata at Rs 73.94 per litre. Diesel prices too were slashed with the fuel retailing in Delhi at Rs 66.66, Mumbai Rs 69.77, Chennai Rs 70.38 and Kolkata Rs 68.39 per litre. In view of the volatile crude prices, oil traders will eye a meeting by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on 6 December. At the meeting, the producer group, along with non-OPEC member Russia, is expected to announce cuts aimed at reining in a production overhang that has pulled down crude prices by around a third since October. Oppo R17 Pro to be launched in India Oppo's R17 Pro is finally launching in India today and the smartphone will be the first of the brand's R-series smartphones to be brought to India. The phone was launched in China back in August and is packed to the gills when it comes to features. The phone features a large display with a waterdrop notch, a dual-aperture enabled dual rear camera system, an in-display fingerprint scanner and super-VOOC charging capable. What remains to be seen is how competitive Oppo gets when it comes to pricing the smartphone since the company has been running losses of late. Martin Scorsese's Netflix film, The Irishman, to be released in limited theatres: De Niro Screen legend Robert De Niro has revealed that Martin Scorsese-directed The Irishman will get a limited theatrical release. According to The Independent , the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance film, which reunites the trio of De Niro, actor Joe Pesci and Scorsese after 22 years, will be released by Netflix next year. "We've talked about it with Netflix. They are going to do a presentation of our film the way it should be, in a theatre, in certain venues, the best theatrical venues there can be. "How they resolve it is, in the beginning, they will show it on the big screen, we're talking about big venues where it would play, where it should play, and what happens after that I'm not sure," De Niro said on the sidelines of Marrakech Film Festival. Scorsese talked about his collaboration with the streaming giant, saying Netflix is "taking risks" with the movie. "The Irishman is a risky film. No one else wanted to fund the pic for five to seven years. And of course, we're all getting older. Netflix took the risk," he said. Luka Modric wins 2018 Ballon d'Or Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d'Or ending the 10-year stranglehold on the award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The women's Balon d'Or was awarded for the first time with Lyon's prolific Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg being its first recipient. Ronaldo was second behind Modric, with France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann completing the podium. Paris Saint-Germain's teenage forward Kylian Mbappe came fourth, leaving Messi to settle for the fifth position. Updated Date: Dec 04, 2018 08:01 AM Tags : Assembly Elections , Bulandshahr , Cow Slaughter Violence , Daily Bulletin , Elections , Jammu And Kashmir , KCR , Narendra Modi , National Herald Case , NewsTracker , Oppo r17 Pro , Rahul Gandjhi , Telanagana , The Irishman , UP Police , Yogi Adityanath Also See
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BRO, Arunachal violating labour laws, says Labour Ministry November 30, 2018 Staff Reporter ITANAGAR, Nov 29: Border Roads Organisation in Arunachal Pradesh has been found violating various labour welfare laws. The Minister for Labour and employment, Santosh Kumar Gangwar made these revelations in a letter to the Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman. Gangwar said that a team constituted by the Ministry conducted intensive checks of the various establishments of Border Road Organisation in Tawang area which observed the violation of provision of BOCW Act. 1996, Equal Remuneration Act, 1976, Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 and Maternity Benefit Act 1961 pertaining to health, welfare, safety facilities and bonus payable to the workers. Gangwar requested the Defence Ministry to direct the Border Road Organization for immediate action so that labourers/ workers working under inhospitable conditions could get their statutory benefits and lead a dignified life while working for the organization. On Nov 22, the BRO Labourer Union was on hunger strike in Delhi to protest against non-implementation of various provisions of the labour laws. The chief minister Pema Khandu had earlier written to the centre seeking welfare measure for the labourers working under BRO and implementation of labour laws. SHARE
newindianexpress.com 2018-11-22 00:00:00
Home Nation BJP's 'popularity' up for a test in Assam panchayat polls Riding on Narendra Modi wave, the BJP had grabbed 60 of the 126 seats in the 2016 Assembly elections. Share Via Email Published: 03rd December 2018 07:16 PM | Last Updated: 03rd December 2018 07:16 PM | A+ A A- Image for representational purpose only (File | EPS) By Prasanta Mazumdar Express News Service GUWAHATI: The popularity of BJP, which heads Assam's three-party coalition government, will be up for a test during two-phase panchayat elections, the first phase of which will be held on December 5. Riding on Narendra Modi wave, the BJP had grabbed 60 of the 126 seats in the 2016 Assembly elections. By winning the polls in Assam, the party had virtually opened the gateway to the Northeast as it went on to capture power in several states of the Northeast such as Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura. However, in the past year or so, the BJP's image took a beating, particularly in Assam, following the Modi government's bid to get the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in the Parliament. The Bill seeks to legitimize the stay of non-Muslim immigrants of Bangladesh besides Pakistan and Afghanistan. Seventy organisations, opposition parties and even Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which is an ally of BJP and constituent in the Sarbananda Sonowal government, stand opposed to the controversial Bill. They say the Assamese identity will be threatened if lakhs of "Hindu Bangladeshis" (read Bengali Hindus) are "dumped" in the state through the Bill's passage. The panchayat elections are being held amidst widespread protests in the state against the Bill. Several organisations have already warned that the BJP will be taught a lesson or two in the polls for going against the wishes of indigenous communities. Despite being allies, BJP and AGP are fighting the polls separately. Blame it on the straining of ties between the two over the Citizenship Bill. The two of them have been very critical of each other during campaigning in the first phase which ended on Monday. There are 2,200 Gaon Panchayats in Assam. According to the State Election Commission, altogether 78,571 candidates are contesting for 26,808 seats. Of them, 1,512 are contesting for 420 Zila Parishad member seats, 7,004 for 2,199 Anchalik Panchayat member seats, 7,667 for 2,199 Gaon Panchayat president seats and 62,388 for 21,990 Gaon Panchayat member seats. Official sources said 734 candidates were declared elected unopposed. A total of 380 were from BJP, 193 from Congress, 28 from AGP, 10 from All India United Democratic Front, one from CPM, five from Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) and 117 Independents. Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now (Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe' . Follow the instructions after that.) TAGS
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THE rethink by Maldives' new government over a Free Trade Agreement with China underlines the dangers of a debt trap laid by Mr. Xi Jinping through his Belt and Road Initiative. Maldives, now under President Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, has realised the follies created by his predecessor Mr. Abdullah Yameen and decided to pull out of the deal. It is a prudent move by the tiny archipelago in the present circumstances where China is making aggressive efforts to influence island nations in the Indian Ocean region. The Chinese behemoth is using infrastructure projects and trade deals to gain control over smaller economies that fail to grasp the ramifications of entering such skewed agreements and end up in huge debts. This new development comes as a welcome relief for India. In the last few years, Male had increasingly tilted towards Beijing, leaving New Delhi in a huff. Now with a pro-India chief in Maldives, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has made the right moves to ensure a feeling of security and trust in the island nation. All it needs is a regular follow-up. CRITICAL DECISION THE High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC), headed by Union Home Minister Mr, Rajnath Singh has taken a very critical decision to fast-track infrastructure development along the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. The projects have great significance for border security because of threats from China. Although all seems to be quiet on the North-Eastern front as of now, the Chinese are quietly building up security preparedness in the region, necessitating India to take its own precautionary measures to ward off Dokalam-like misadventures. Road building is not easy in that region because of the mountainous terrain. It will be a great challenge for the planners and those undertaking the projects. But Indian engineers have proved equal to the task time and again. While time is of essence, demanding urgency in executing the projects, it is certain that the Central Government would not allow the road projects to get bogged down for want of resources because the task is critical for national security.
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