Day Seven: East Delhi Municipal Corporation workers burn an e ffigy during their protest on Monday. | Photo Credit: Shanker Chakravartymore-inThe strike by sanitation workers in Delhi, which started in east Delhi, is likely to spread to other parts of the city just days before Diwali. The sanitation workers’ unions in east Delhi have been on strike since October 11, but the workers of South and North Delhi Municipal Corporations also joined them on Monday. From the south corporation too, workers have joined from west and Najafgarh zones joined the protests. Swatantra Mazdoor Sayunkt Morcha, another union of sanitation workers in north and east Delhi, met Rakesh Kumar, leader of opposition (North Corporation) on Monday to discuss their proposition.
more-inThe Intelligence Bureau (IB) on Monday challenged in the Delhi High Court a single judge’s order upholding a Central Information Commission (CIC) direction to the agency to give its report on alleged harassment and false cases against Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, for exposing graft. In its appeal against the single judge’s order of August 23, the IB has contended that the organisation and any information furnished by it to the government, is excluded from the purview of the transparency law, Right to Information (RTI) Act. Plea dismissedThe IB had objected to the disclosure, after which Mr. Chaturvedi had approached the CIC. The CIC on April 21, 2016, had held that even though the IB is exempted from sharing information under Section 24 of the RTI Act, it has to provide information pertaining to allegations of corruption. The agency appealed against the decision in the High Court which dismissed its plea.
more-inThe North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Monday proposed that the stay on demolition activities in unauthorised neighbourhoods be extended from 2017 to 2020. “The implementation of the scheme regarding the regularisation of unauthorised colonies, village abadli area and their extensions and redevelopment plan for special areas is yet to be notified. At present, there are almost 1,600 unauthorised colonies in the Capital, where as many as 40 lakh people live. These colonies are, however, constantly facing the possibility of demolition in absence of registered land and authorised plan. The latest order had implemented the stay on demolition till December 31, 2017.
The meeting will be attended by seven BJP Lok Sabha MPs and Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal. The meeting comes in the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking note of the tardy work by the corporations, which has been ruled by the BJP for nearly a decade. Implementation of the land pooling policy, growing traffic congestion, land management by the Delhi Development Authority , issues relating to unauthorised colonies, delay in respect of Metro Phase-IV and resource constraints of the municipal corporations were also discussed. The DDA and MCDs were asked to take necessary action on various issues raised in the review meetings for visible improvement. The L-G has also asked the MPs and Mayors to work in tandem for better results.
more-inDeputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday inaugurated a new vocational college located at the Karampura Campus of Ambedkar University. The School of Vocational Studies (SVS) will offer B.Voc. degree programmes in tourism and hospitality, retail management and the early childhood centre management and entrepreneurship. Dean of the college Akha Kaihrii Mao said the highlight of these programmes was that multi-entry and multi-exit options are available to the students. The student should not just manage wealth of others rather they should be able to create wealth for themselves too,” said the Vice-Chancellor .
more-inThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday moved an application in a lower court here seeking early hearing on its pending application over conducting a polygraph test on certain JNU students in connection with the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Deepak Sherawat took the application on record and posted it for hearing on Tuesday. The probe agency filed the application after the Delhi High Court earlier in the day directed it to move the CMM court for an early hearing of the pending plea. The CMM had earlier scheduled the plea on January 24 near for hearing. Earlier, the students had opposed a Delhi Police application seeking permission of the court to conduct lie detection test on them.
It all started after actress Alyssa Milano started a campaign on Twitter using the words “Me Too”. Under the same tag, hundreds of women shared their personal experiences both on Twitter and Facebook. Actress Suchitra Krishnamoorthi wrote, “Any girl who has ever used public transport in India – local buses/trains, has been a victim of sexual molestation and harassment. #MeToo.”Throughout the day support poured in from all sections with the hashtag #MeToo going viral. Another twitter user wrote, “I can’t speak for the US, but most sexual violence against women in India happens at home and usually by a male family member.
more-inA 22-year-old man was shot dead allegedly by three of his friends on the night of October 10 after the victim objected to the accused smoking inside his house in north-west Delhi’s Ashok Vihar. The victim, Brijesh Kumar, was shot dead allegedly by Bhola, Vijay, and Arjun after Brijesh asked Bhola to not smoke inside his house as his father has respiratory problems. The two had an argument over this and Brijesh slapped Bhola,” said DCP (North-West) Milind Mahadeo Dumbere. Ego hurtHis ego hurt, Bhola allegedly planned to eliminate Brijesh and roped in the other two accused. The three invited him to drink together, took him to their car where Bhola shot him in the head, the police said.
more-inA nine-month-old boy and a four-year-old girl succumbed to injuries they suffered after a cylinder blast in north-east Delhi’s Karawal Nagar area on October 11. A senior police officer said that Santosh used to work in a gas agency from where he used to stock stolen cylinders. The boy succumbed to his injuries on Saturday while the girl died on Monday. The relatives of the family staged a protest outside the gas agency on Sunday demanding action against those responsible. The police are probing whether others were involved with Santosh in running the cylinder racket.
A detective had posed as a customer and bought debit card details of an Indore-based woman in exchange for Bitcoins. The trail led to the arrest of two members of the gang from Mumbai.The MP cyber cell got on the case after Jaykishan Gupta, a banking professional, filed a complaint that Rs 72,401 was debited from his credit card on August 28. "Our investigation revealed that the card was used to buy air tickets for one Rajkumar Pillai of Mumbai. Pillai and his accomplice Ramprasad Nadar were rounded up," said MP cyber cell SP Jitendra Singh. "Pillai was a former employee of US-based IT service provider Cognizant and Nadar was employed with HDFC bank," he added.The gang used the card details only on international websites where the OTP is not required.
Source:Times of India
October 16, 2017 19:52 UTC
more-inTwo more children have died of suspected dengue in Chennai. On Monday morning, an eight-year-old girl from Ambattur, admitted to the Institute of Child Health, Egmore, died of viral haemorrhagic fever and shock, suspected to have been caused by dengue, a hospital official said. The death of a nine-year-old girl from Aminjikarai at the same hospital a day earlier was also suspected to have been caused by dengue, he added. Kalpana Baruah, joint director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, said that the team had visited several areas in Chennai, Salem and Chengalpattu. Its members inspected hospitals and interacted with health officials on the field to look into preventive aspects, she said.
Damp squib: Fireworks traders are reporting a big fall in sales, as GST on their products is 28%. Together with inflation and the after-effects of demonetisation, traders say financial reform has done more harm than good. In Crawford and Mangaldas markets and Zaveri Bazaar, the city’s busiest markets, traders say GST has dampened the festive mood, a complaint echoed by smaller wholesalers. Before GST, fireworks were taxed at 14.5%; this has gone up to 28%. “Due to GST, not only have prices increased, my sister’s new business has been affected.”Shantanu Ray, a media professional, said GST has affected online buying.
more-inOfficers of the Customs Air Intelligence Unit at Cochin International Airport Limited at Nedumbaserry on Monday seized 3.18 kilograms of gold worth around ₹98 lakh in three separate cases. In the first case, the sleuths seized gold from a Malappuram native who had landed here from Jeddah in the morning. During examination, the officials recovered two gold biscuits from his body, and gold shaped into wire rolls concealed inside the transformer of a speaker woofer system. In another case, officials intercepted a passenger hailing from Bhatkal in Karanataka, who had landed here from Dubai, and seized four gold biscuits wrapped under his feet using adhesive tapes. In the third case, the officials found a Palakkad native, who had landed here from Sharjah, carrying gold in granular form inside perfume bottles.
more-inNormal life was thrown out of gear in the district following the dawn-to-dusk Statewide hartal organised by the United Democratic Front (UDF) on Monday. At Aluva, Congress workers stopped vehicles at Kuttamassery as part of the protest. Congress workers staged a protest in front of the KSRTC bus depot at Aluva. Congress workers staged a march towards High Court Junction in the morning. Representatives of the Better Kochi Response Group said the hartal only helped derail the normal life.
more-inThane: A Class VIII student from a school in Palghar district has been booked by the district police for unnatural sex with another school boy. An offence has been registered with Tulinj police station under Vasai division of the district police. The victim, an eight-year-old boy studying in Class III, visited the toilet around 7 p.m. on October 9. It was then that the accused allegedly performed unnatural sex on him, said the police complaint. When the victim resisted, the accused threatened him, mentions the complaint filed by the victim with the police.