Delhi HC has expressed its displeasure on the failure of the AAP government to comply with its order by setting up a concrete action plan to deal with the issue of defacement of properties in the city. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar pulled up the Delhi government thereby expresssing concern on the inability of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Delhi University to conduct awareness programmes to teach people. The court's observation while hearing a plea filed by advocate Prashant Manchanda that had sought a complete ban on the alleged defacement of public properties by the candidates for the DUSU polls. However, since so satisfactory answer was given by the authorities concerned, they had to face the ire of the court. It is hopeless," the bench observed and pulled up the Delhi government for not setting out a comprehensive solution to deal with the issue.

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DNA had reported in January that to boost aviation, the government had planned seaplane connectivity — wherever there is a water body — across Gujarat. An MoU was signed between Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Ltd (GUJSAIL) and Supreme Airlines to promote this new mode of transport. Sources in aviation sector say the tendering process for seaplane connectivity is yet to be undertaken. "The MoU was signed with Supreme Airlines, which presently operates between Ahmedabad and Jodhpur," says a source. The central government intends to implement seaplane connectivity across the country.

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The Centre will now decide whether ex-serviceman, late Ram Kishen Grewal who had committed suicide during the One Rank One Pension (OROP) stir, would get Rs 1 crore from the Delhi government, said the Delhi High court on Tuesday. Delhi government had announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore to Grewal declaring him a 'martyr'. "You are laying a wrong precedent because then people will come to Delhi, commit suicide in the hope that their family gets money," the court told the counsel appearing for Delhi government. The court held that the matter has been rejected by the LG and it is now pending with the Centre. Following this, on March 3, 2017, CM Arvind Kejriwal met the L-G and requested that the Cabinet decision be implemented.

December 12, 2017 21:00 UTC

The Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) on Tuesday has condemned the government’s decision to cancel the license of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh. Without going into the details of the matter they have straightaway cancelled the license of the hospital, just to please the citizen. The Delhi government on Friday has cancelled the license of the hospital in a case of gross medical negligence. The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) on Saturday termed the Delhi government’s move to cancel the license of Max Super Specialty hospital in Shalimar Bagh as “irrational and autocratic”. It said it will give a call for a strike if needed and will appeal to the government to revoke the licence cancellation decision.

December 12, 2017 21:00 UTC

The Centre has called for an all-party meeting on Thursday, a day ahead of the beginning of the Winter Session of the Parliament. The meet, called for by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, will be held at the Parliament Library in order to prepare a roadmap for the Session, which ends on January 5. Kumar had asked for the cooperation from across parties, specially from the Opposition, so that the session could carry on uninterrupted. The Centre has come under increasing attacks from the Opposition after the Winter Session of the Parliament was delayed because of the Gujarat polls. The Congress is likely to send senior members including Anand Sharma, Mallikarjun Kharge, apart from Azad to the meet.

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A statement by MEA later said "There is a growing convergence of strategic perspectives between the two countries. Both sides agreed that a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the longterm interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large. "The bilateral discussions will segue into a trilateral tomorrow between India, Australia and Japan, with Japanese foreign secretary Shinsuke Sugiyama joining up. The MEA said discusssions reviewed "all aspects of bilateral relations with a focus on strategic and defence relations between the two countries." While India is hesitant about letting Australia into the Malabar drills, the discussions may smoothen that particular engagement.

December 12, 2017 21:00 UTC

The number of daily commuters on the government's Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses has come down by 35% over the past four years, revealed a report prepared by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). It is possible, therefore, that the daily ridership is expected to be much less than the estimated 30-lakh figure," it stated. This is leading to the "rapid loss" of daily ridership, the report stated. The DTC currently operates 3,800 buses while Delhi Integrated Multi Modal System (DIMTS) runs around 1,600 buses under the Cluster Scheme. It also found loopholes in the utilisation of the bus fleet by the DTC.

December 12, 2017 20:56 UTC

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality is set to improve further with the cold north-westerly winds in the coming days. The AQI also came down significantly in NCR towns of Ghaziabad and Noida, which had continuously remained in the 'severe' category with the AQI shooting past 400. The AQI units are measured against PM 2.5 — - the most prominent pollutant in Delhi -NCR (measured in microgram per cubic meters). The permissible standards for PM 2.5 — most prominent pollutant in the city — are 60 units (measured in microgram per cubic meters). AIR QUALITY

December 12, 2017 20:48 UTC

Typically, when in stress, banks around the world have been bailed out, ie, external funds (mostly taxpayer) have been used to rescue depositors and bond-holders. The moral hazard question — using taxpayer money to bail-out private investors/depositors — is one that had to be answered. Since then, a number of countries have implemented country-specific banking regulations around bail-ins. Since then, Europe has used bail-ins a number of times to rescue banks. The Indian banking system, with PSB having 70 per cent market share, have tackled the moral hazard quite elegantly.

December 12, 2017 20:47 UTC

Cross border mergers and acquisitions can be an important tool for fostering global partnerships aided by private equity. He added that private equity can aid such acquisitions by targeting global customers. The discussion revolved around the impact of private equity in India. Zafar Islam was of the opinion that India offers a lot more opportunities for private equity investments. Private equity creates an alternate capital for risk taking ability."

December 12, 2017 20:37 UTC

more-inThe Delhi police have arrested two youths who allegedly used to buy premium category tickets to musical concerts and steal high-end smartphones in south-east Delhi on Tuesday. With the arrest, the police claimed to have worked out seven cases of mobile thefts reported in concerts. The duo allegedly targeted those who used to attend cultural, art and musical festivals in various auditoriums and grounds in the city. CCTV footageThe police said that on December 9, complainant Anmol Bhatia came to NSIC grounds Okhla Phase – III to attend a musical fest, where his mobile phone was stolen. The police team then laid a trap near Kalkaji Temple and arrested the accused.

December 12, 2017 20:37 UTC

more-inThe father of a 15-year-old footballer from Delhi who drowned at the Glenelg Beach in Australia has requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help bring back his daughter’s body. The schoolgirl, Nitisha Negi, had gone to take part in the unrecognised Pacific School Games in Australia. “I request the External Affairs Minister to help us bring back our daughter’s body. We are also in touch with a senior official of her office,” said Nitisha’s father, Puran Singh Negi. Four of the girls were rescued by lifesavers while Nitisha was found dead near a rocky breakwater.

December 12, 2017 20:37 UTC

more-inA 35-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter were charred to death after a fire broke out at their house in Nihal Vihar in Outer Delhi on Tuesday morning. The house was full of guests as the deceased’s brother had got married two days ago. The godown’s owner lived with his family on the first floor and the victim’s family had rented the second and the third floor. There were five people on the second floor while the others were on the third. The deceased were identified as Parminder Kaur and her daughter Harinder Kaur who lived on the second floor of the house.

December 12, 2017 20:37 UTC

The report, which is based on data available till November 2016, claims that the ridership figure of 30 lakh is also an “overestimation”. According to the latest available DTC statistics, about 30 lakh passengers travel on its buses daily. It is possible, therefore, that the DTC’s daily ridership is less than the currently stated 30-lakh figure,” it says. The report has also found fault with fleet utilisation by the DTC. “DTC’s fleet utilisation has gone down from 85.51% in 2013-14 to 83.63% in 2015-16.

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It's like commitment from the states to plant trees on government land. "The foundation has signed MoUs with Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Karnataka and Gujarat. The first relates to state-wide afforestation, covering forest land and non-forest government land. The second component aims to create a movement to enhance livelihoods of riverside farmers with adoption of sustainable tree-based agriculture. It will be developed in pilot areas as a precursor to a wider deployment in other states.

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