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In what could be seen as a major step towards ending the VIP culture prevalent in India, the government on Wednesday banned the use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries, including the central and state ministers and other VVIPs.
As per sources, the decision taken by the Union Cabinet will be implemented from May 1.
It is reported that five categories would be allowed to use the red beacon- President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Lok Sabha Speaker.
The ban applies to union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court and Supreme Court.
It was reported last week that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has called a meeting to discuss whether the red beacon should be discarded or restricted to certain dignitaries.
Captain Amarinder Singh and Yogi Adityanath, the new chief ministers of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, have already taken steps to either end or restrict VIP culture.
In its first cabinet meeting, chaired by Captain Amarinder, the newly formed Punjab Government decided to completely shun the VIP culture by removing the red, yellow and blue beacons from their official vehicles.
As many as 45 people were dead after a bus fell into Tons river in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh.At least 45 people lost their lives after a bus plunged into the Tons River in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate Pratyush Singh told that the rescue team has not been able to reach the site as it is too deep.
There were more than 50 passengers in the bus.
The rescue team is rushing to the spot.
The accident happened in the remote Nerwa area of the Shimla district. There were over 50 passengers in the bus.
A day after Vijay Mallya was arrested in London, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the Centre is making all necessary steps to get the liquor baron back to India and put him before the law.
Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu further said that the government would persuade the UK Government to extradite the liquor baron from UK.
“We will be impressing upon the UK government to extradite the liquor baron from UK and send him back to India as he is facing charges in India. We hope UK government will respond positively.
Mallya was arrested yesterday by Scotland Yard in London on an extradition warrant by India. He was later granted bail.
Following Mallya’s arrest, the Scotland Yard issued a statement saying that the absconding businessman was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud.
“Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Extradition Unit have this morning, Tuesday 18 April arrested a man on an extraction warrant. He was arrested after attending a central London police station, and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later today, 18 April,” read the official statement of the Scotland Yard.
His arrest came after a Delhi court had issued an open-ended non-bailable warrant against Mallya in connection with the 1995 FERA violation case.
Last month, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed that Mallya’s extradition has been stratified by the Secretary of State of the U.K. Government and added that a warrant would soon be released against him.
The She team of the Hyderabad Police has arrested a cab driver for allegedly harassing a lady tourist.
The tourist from Kerala, working in Bangalore, came to Hyderabad along with her family, on a three-day trip to see Hyderabad and its surrounding places last week. She engaged a cab from a travel agency.
They toured the city, went for shopping, took pictures, had food and spent the time moving around important tourist spots in the city.
On the third day at the end of their tour when they were going to catch the train, the lady was sitting as the seat adjacent to the driver while her parents and relatives were at the back seat.
When they were on the way and reached Ramanthapur area, the driver unzipped his pants and started showing his private parts to the lady.
She was shocked and screamed asking him to stop the car. But the driver did not listen and repeated the same act.
When the lady was shouting and screaming repeatedly, he stopped the car.
She got down immediately and narrated the incident to her father and uncle.
While they started questioning him, the driver started to drive away the car with her mother and aunt in it.
Both her father and uncle grabbed the car keys from him, while the driver threw their luggage on the road.
The lady called up the travel agency and complained against the driver.
As they were to board the train, she could not complain to the police station. However, she sent the details to the whatsapp number of Hyderabad City Police requesting to take necessary action.
SHE Teams, Hyderabad City Police investigated the case and arrested the driver Mohmmad Saleem.
The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) and its founder Dr. Achyuta Samanta’s social work was widely appreciated in Lok Sabha on Friday, April 7, 2017.
Participating in a discussion, MP from Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh) Dr. Virendra Kumar said the need of the hour was to encourage people like Dr. Samanta who were instrumental in transforming the society.
He said Dr. Samanta had set an example to the whole world by providing free residential education to 25,000 tribal students. Dr. Samanta who has also set up another popular institutions – KIIT University invest all the money made in this institution to fund the poor tribal students studying in KISS. I salute this great man and his selfless work. We need people like Dr. Samanta who can work without any political ambitions or personal goals. We should encourage persons like Dr. Samanta, who is working for those people who really need it. I can proudly say that he has been working for society and not for publicity. I have a great respect for this gentleman and I heartily congratulate him”, he said. As he mentioned Dr. Samanta’s works, the other MPs too thumped the desk in appreciation.
Dr. Achyuta Samanta is the founder of globally children KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences), a one-of-its-kind home for 25,000 poorest-of-the-poor indigenous aborigine, which provides free accommodation, food, healthcare and education from kindergarten to post-graduation (KG to PG) with vocational training. Dr. Samanta has been honored with numerous national and international recognitions for his noble work, including Gusi Peace Prize International in 2014 and Isa Award for Service to Humanity. He is the founder and propagator of ‘Art of Giving’ (philosophy of life), a concept aimed at bringing peace to human mind around the globe. KISS also has been accorded special consultative status by the United Nations.
On December 6, 1992, a large crowd of Hindu Kar Sevaks demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The demolition occurred after a political rally at the site turned violent.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organised a rally at the site involving 150,000 volunteers, known as ‘kar sevaks’. The rally turned violent, and the crowd overwhelmed security forces and tore down the mosque.
A subsequent inquiry into the incident found 68 people responsible for the demolition, including several leaders of the BJP and the VHP. The demolition also resulted in several months of inter-communal rioting between India’s Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least 2,000 people.
There were two sets of cases relating to the Babri Masjid demolition.
The first involved unnamed ‘karsevaks’, the trial of which is taking place in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relate to the BJP leaders, including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, in a Raebareli court.
The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
It had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the high court.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath-led government is considering to scrap Samajwadi Smartphone Yojana, Janeshwar Mishra Gram Yojana and Lohiya Aasra aur Aawaas Yojana.
The Samajwadi Smartphone Yojana promises the people free distribution of smartphones.
More than 1.4 crore people – most of them youth – had registered online for the scheme.
Those applying for the scheme had to be residents of Uttar Pradesh, above 18 years of age and finished high school.
Besides, the applicant’s family income had to be below Rs. six lakh per annum.
The former Samajwadi Party government had said that the phones would be distributed in the second half of 2017.
This comes after the Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to shed the ‘Samajwadi’ prefix from all the projects initiated by the previous regime.
Names of the Samajwadi Ambulance Swasthya Sewa and the Samajwadi Pension Scheme are among those in line for a change of name.
This is, however, not for the first time that the state is going to witness politics over names.
The erstwhile Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and the Samajwadi Party government in the state had indulged in a war of letters over the use of “Samajwadi” in the ambulance scheme.
The then Central Government had even threatened to withdraw funding for the scheme if the prefix was not removed from its name.
The Samajwadi Party government on its part decided to run the scheme from its own resources.
The Samajwadi Party leaders, including the then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, had argued that the word “Samajwadi” was mentioned even in the preamble of the country’s constitution and hence should not be linked with any party politics.
After assuming office in 2012, the Akhilesh Yadav government had rechristened eight districts named after the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ideologues.
The Samajwadi Party government had also decided to restore the name of the state’s prestigious medical university as KGMU that the erstwhile Mayawati-led BSP government had named as Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University.
The sensitivity over the name is, however, not a state-specific phenomenon.
Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre too has renamed a number of central schemes after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideologues.
The Cabinet has start to discuss the matter of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). It’s Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Cabinet has so far cleared two tranches of Rs. 1,009 crore and Rs. 9,200 for the Election Commission to buy new voting machines.it’s so castly
Since June, 2014, the Commission has given at least 11 reminders to the government seeking funds for VVPAT machines.
Last year, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing his attention to the funds needed for the machines.
The Supreme Court has asked the Commission to give a tentative timeframe by which it can use VVPAT machines in all polling stations.
The Bahujan Samaj Party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress had attacked the Election Commission for allegedly using “tampered” EVMs.
VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home.
The voters see voter-verifiable paper audit trail slip for seven seconds, which would be an acknowledgement receipt for the party they voted for in the election
Union Minister for Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley will tomorrow leave on a five-day official visit to the United States of America to participate in the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Jaitley will be accompanied by an official delegation comprising Shaktikanta Das, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA); Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) and a team of RBI officials led by RBI Governor Urjit Patel.
Upon arrival, the Finance Minister will be briefed by the Executive Director (Indian Constituency) of World Bank and Executive Director (Indian Constituency) of IMF. In the evening, the he is slated to hold a meeting with the Editorial board of Washington Post, followed by an official dinner hosted by the Heritage Foundation.
Jaitley and Patel will participate in the G-20 Meeting on Financial Sector Development and Regulations and other issues on April 21, along with Das. Later in the day, the Finance Minister, along with the RBI Governor and Secretary (Economic Affairs), will participate in IMFC’s introductory session on Global Development and Prospects.
Thereafter, the Finance Minister and the RBI Governor will participate in IMFC’s session on Early Warning Exercise.
On the following day, Jaitley will take part in the IMFC restricted breakfast session and thereafter, will participate in the IMFC plenary session along with Patel and Das.
Thereafter, the Finance Minister will hold a meeting with his US counterpart and the US Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin.
In the afternoon, he will participate in the Development Committee Plenary Meeting of the World Bank. In the evening, the Finance Minister will hold meetings with his Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and will also have a meeting with the President, World Bank