Archive for: February 2020

90%Ration Cards Cancelled By BJP Govt Are Genuine in Jharkhand :j-PAL

(Ranchi,Jharkhand)90%Ration Cards Cancelled By BJP Govt Are Genuine in Jharkhand :j-PAL
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Declares Genuiness of 90% Ration Cards Established Fake in the Previous Govt.
A limited study conducted in 10 of the 24 districts of Jharkhand has found that almost 90 per cent of ration cards cancelled by the state government three years ago belonged to genuine households.
The study was carried out by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), co-founded by Abhijit Banerjee and his wife Esther Duflo, both of whom won the Nobel Economics Prize in 2019.
A random sample of nearly 4,000 ration cards that were verified revealed that “just over 10 per cent belonged to ‘ghosts’, meaning households that could not be traced,” it said.
“In 2017, lakhs of ration cards were deleted in Jharkhand without even informing the households concerned,” claims the study, co-authored by economists Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar.
The study, released to the media includes an analysis of the deletion of ration cards between 2016 and 2018 in 10 randomly-selected districts of the state.
Quoting a press release of the previous government dated 27 March 2017, it says, “All the ration cards which have not been linked with Aadhaar number will become null and void on 5th April…nearly three lakh ration cards have been declared invalid.”

On September 22, 2017, the then state government had said in a booklet, “The work of seeding ration cards with Aadhaar numbers has started. In this process 11.64 lakh fake ration cards have been found.
“Through this, the state government in one year has saved Rs 225 crore which can now be used for the development of poor people. 99 per cent of ration cards have been seeded with Aadhaar.”
The study also said that on November 10, 2017, the food department of the state government had clarified that the number of deleted ration cards actually stood at 6.96 lakh, and not 11 lakh. The food department called them ‘fake’.
The study claims cancellation of ration cards was a trigger for “starvation deaths”. It cited the example of an 11-year-old girl Santoshi Kumari who died allegedly of starvation in Simdega district in September 2007.

Dy CM Sisodia Met FM And Demanded Delhi’s Share in Taxes

(New Delhi) Dy CM Sisodia Met FM Sitharaman’s And Demanded Delhi’s share in Central Taxes
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and demanded Delhi’s share in central taxes, which he said would help speed up cleaning the Yamuna and make arrangements for sufficient electricity and water supply in the city.
Taking to Twitter, Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio in the AAP government, said Delhi has not been given any share in central taxes since 2001.
In the meeting, he also demanded funds for all the three municipal corporations in Delhi, the same way as Centre gives money to civic bodies in other states.

Udhav Govt Shuffled Revenue+StampDuty+Registration Bosses

[Mumbai] Udhav Govt Shuffled Revenue+StampDuty+Registration Bosses
Five senior bureaucrats, including Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) of Revenue, Registration and Stamp Duty, Manu Kumar Srivastava.are transfered in Maharashtra
Srivastava, a 1986-batch IAS officer, has now been made the Additional Chief Secretary of Revenue and Forest Department
Nitin Kareer, a 1988-batch IAS officer, who was Additional Chief Secretary (1), Urban Development Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue, Registration and Stamp Duty), Revenue and Forest Department in Srivastava’s place.
I S Chahal, a 1989-batch officer, who was Principal Secretary (Water Resources), Water Resources Department, Mantralaya, has been posted as Principal Secretary (1), Urban Development Department.
B Venugopal Reddy, a 1994-batch officer, who was Principal Secretary (Forest), Revenue and Forest Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai has been posted as Principal Secretary (Industries), Industry, Energy and Labour Department.
Sanjay Khandare, a 1996-batch IAS officer, has been posted as Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department,

ABVP Slams New Excise Policy in Himachal Pradesh

(Shimla)ABVP Slams New Excise Policy in Himachal Pradesh
The RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has slammed Himachal Pradesh’s new excise policy which has reduced liquor rates and approved keeping bars open in star rated hotels till 2 am.
The state cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday gave its approval to the new excise policy which extended operational timings of bars in all star rated hotels and bars in specified important tourist areas from noon to 2 am.
The policy also approved reduction in the price of liquor.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, ABVP state secretary Rahul Rana flayed the BJP government for adopting double standards on the issue of eradicating of drugs from the state.

“Palais du Gouverneur”Thrown Open During Morning Also :Puducherry

(Puducherry) Dr Kiran Bedi Allows Tourists Visit at 18th Centuary’s Raj Niwas During Morning Also
LG Kiran Bedi made the announcement on Thursday, while addressing a team of French tourists visiting the 18th century building housing office cum residence of the Lt Governor.
She noted that tourists including foreigners visited the Union Territory mostly in the mornings.
Bedi told the tourists after registering their views on the Union Territory that in addition to the time allotted for them to visit the imposing and palatial premises during mid day now the building maintained as a heritage structure would be open to visitors in the mornings also.
Tourists and school children from outside Puducherry make a beeline to Raj Nivas, earlier called “Palais du Gouverneur”, every day to have a glimpse of the historic structure.
According to official records, the foundation of Raj Nivas was laid by the then French Governor Dumas in 1735.

Ex CM Fadnavis Gets Bail on Personal Bond of ₹ 15K

(Nagpur) 3x CM Devendra Fadnavis Gets Bail on Personal Bond of ₹ 15K
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appeared before a Nagpur court on Thursday in connection with a complaint seeking criminal proceedings against him for alleged non-disclosure of criminal cases in his election affidavit in 2014.
The senior BJP leader was given the last chance by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate P S Ingle to appear before the court on Thursday.
Taking note of Fadnavis’ appearance before the court, the magistrate granted him bail on a personal bond of Rs 15,000.
Fadnavis was granted exemption from appearance on four earlier occasions since November 2019.
The court has now posted the matter for further hearing on March 30.

Mr Trump Not 70 But One Lakh Indians May Say Namaste

(Ahmedabad)Mr Trump Not 70 But One Lakh Indians May Say Namaste
US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi togather will be iAhmedabad on February 24 in 22 Km Long Roadshow
In a recent video, Trump said, “7 million (70 lakh)” people will be there on the roadshow route.Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra on Wednesday said the number of those expected to be present at the roadshow will be “around one lakh”.
Notably, the total population of Ahmedabad is estimated to be around 70 to 80 lakh.
In a tweet a few days back, Nehra estimated the same figure.
“MaruAmdavad says #NamasteTrump #IndiaRoadShow is getting bigger & bigger. More than 1 lakh participants already confirmed for the 22 km roadshow. Great opportunity for #Ahmedabad to present Indian Culture to the World. Keep following @AmdavadAMC for more details,” he said in a tweet on February 16.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had earlier posted a video on his Twitter account, saying the “world’s oldest democracy would meet the world’s largest democracy on February 24” when Trump would address a large gathering at the cricket stadium along with Modi.

NGT Slapped ₹ 10k Fine on GZB Municipal Commissioner

(New Delhi) NGT Slapped ₹ 10k fine on Ghaziabad Municipal Commissioner for not Maintaining Green Belt
The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the Ghaziabad Municipal Commissioner and the executive officer of the civic body for their failure to remove encroachments in the green belts in compliance of its direction.
A bench headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore asked the municipal corporation to execute its order on removal of encroachments within 30 days.
In case of failure to do so, the said cost shall be recovered as arrears of land revenue by the Collector from the officers, in their individual capacity
The petitioners had sought action against the encroachments in the green belt area and reckless dumping of waste by the municipal bodies.
The plea had alleged that Hotel Radisson Blu which is located at Kaushambi has destroyed the entire green belt situated along with the road solely for their parking purposes and even converted the area into a party lawn.

Arnab Goswami Owns Over 82 % of Republic TV: Company

(New Delhi)Arnab Goswami owns over 82 % of Republic TV: Company
Renowned journalist and broadcaster Arnab Goswami owns over 82 per cent stake in Republic TV, his company said on Wednesday, clearing the air around ownership of one of the country’s most-watched news channels.
In a statement, Republic Media Network said Goswami holds over 82 per cent of ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd — the firm that owns and operates Republic TV.
His company also owns 99 per cent equity in the downstream digital entity that controls the digital assets of the network.

Illegal Sand Minor From Mohali Arrested in Solan

(Solan,Shimla) Illegal Sand Minor From Mohali Arrested in Solan
Two persons, including a Punjab resident, have been arrested for illegal sand mining in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district
As Per Baddi Supdt of Rohit Malpani , Gurdeep Singh of Punjab’s Mohali district and Hardev Singh of Solan’s Kotla village were caught at around 1 am on Wednesday
Several vehicles used in illegal mining were also seized.
A dozer and a tipper truck were seized from Balad river banks near Suncity in Baddi at around 1 am, while several tractors were seized in the morning