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What’s use of talks, if Pak artists not allowed to perform, asks Sitaram Yechury

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From birth certificates to death proofs, 1-page form soon for all govt services

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“There should be relevant and minimum information asked for in an application form for government services and not repetitive ones,” he said.Singh.

Applications for majority of services like birth or death certificates will soon be simplified and converted into one-page form format, the government announced on Friday. Union Minister Jitendra Singh also unveiled a single-page application form for pensioners on a day being observed as ‘good governance day’ which coincides with the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “For different schemes you have voluminous forms. Today, we are releasing one-page application form for pensioners. We plan to convert all multi-page or voluminous forms to single-page within a year,” he told reporters during a press conference here. Singh said the aim behind this initiative is to make the forms as simple and small as possible for the beneficiary.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There should be relevant and minimum information asked for in an application form for government services and not repetitive ones,” he said.Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said he is coordinating with state governments and Union territories to replicate the same process. “Every month we will be holding meetings with at least two central government departments and reviewing forms available for different services under them. Efforts will be to simplify the whole procedure and we hope to achieve the target of single-page form for all government services within a year’s time,” the minister said.At present, one has to fill lengthy forms for getting birth, death and other certificates. Secretary in Personnel Ministry Sanjay Kothari said the government plans to integrated Aadhaar number with government services so that people do not have to fill out whole details. “We will be integrating Aadhaar data base for the services. But this will be possible only when all the people have Aadhaar numbers. It will further benefit people as they will not be required to fill out basic details like their residential address, among other things,” he said.

Bill to fast track nuclear power projects introduced in Lok Sabha

The amendment has been brought to facilitate the fast expansion of nuclear power, utility and establishment, living up to India’s commitment of using nuclear energy for peaceful purpose

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Seeking to fast-track nuclear power projects in the country, a Bill to amend the Atomic Energy Act to enable Nuclear Power Corporation of India to enter into joint ventures with other public sector undertakings was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The amendment has been brought to facilitate the fast expansion of nuclear power, utility and establishment, living up to India’s commitment of using nuclear energy for peaceful purpose. The Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill, 2015, was moved by Minister of State in the Department of Atomic of Energy (DAE) Jitendra Singh as the government wanted to expedite nuclear reactor projects in order to meet the requirements of electricity and energy in India even as constraint was being faced in terms of financial implications.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The move will help in getting funds for big ticket projects amid frequent concerns over lack of financial resources being raised by the DAE. The amendment will enable NPCIL, which is one of the PSUs of DAE, to enter into joint ventures with other government undertakings. With the amendments, the government seeks to facilitate entry of the NPCIL for joint ventures with other PSUs.After its passage by Parliament, a PSU with the Ministry of Power can collaborate with NPCIL and help in the common objective of power generation network.

Maternity leaves given to surrogate mothers in few cases: Government

A female government servant may be granted maternity leave for a period of 135 days (slightly more than four months) from the date of its commencement. During such period, she shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave, the rules says.

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The Centre considers grant of maternity leaves to surrogate mothers on case to case basis and it has been given in few cases, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said in New Delhi on Wednesday. A female government servant may be granted maternity leave for a period of 135 days (slightly more than four months) from the date of its commencement. During such period, she shall be paid leave salary equal to the pay drawn immediately before proceeding on leave, the rules says.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The government of India considers grant of maternity leave to surrogate mothers on case to case basis keeping in view the totality of the circumstances of each case. Recently maternity leave was granted in a few cases,” he said in reply to a written question in Lok Sabha.

Police jawan killed, another critical in Chhattisgarh landmine blast

Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army week by Naxals, begins with a landmine attack.

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A police jawan was killed, on Wednesday, and another personnel critically injured in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, as the rebels struck on the first day of the Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army week observed by CPI (Maoist).The explosion occurred in the morning when a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and district police was out on an operation under Koyalibeda police station limits, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena said.When the security forces were cordoning-off a forested patch near Markanar village, located nearly 300 kms from here, in north Bastar, the Naxals triggered the blast in which two jawans of the district police force were seriously injured, Meena said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reinforcement was soon rushed to the spot and the injured policemen were airlifted to Raipur for treatment.”Assistant constable Baijuram Potai died during treatment at a hospital in Raipur, while the condition of constable Santram Netam is critical,” Jitendra Singh said.A combing operation is underway in the region to nab the attackers, he said.Security has been tightened across the insurgency-hit areas of Chhattisgarh, particularity in Bastar region, as the Maoists are observing the PLGA week from Wednesday till December 8 to commemorate their slain leaders.The Naxals hold meetings and gatherings during this period to spread their propaganda, recruits new members, review military operations besides carrying out attacks on security forces.

Devendra Fadnavis lauds ABVP, says it is making mark in Bengal, Kerala

Fadnavis, who was once associated with ABVP, was speaking after inaugurating a new building of the student organisation in the city.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said youngsters constitute a major chunk of the country’s population and hence, they have the responsibility of inculcating a sense of nationalism and patriotism among the masses.Lauding the role of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in national reconstruction and student-related activities, he said the BJP-wing was committed to all-round development in the country. Fadnavis, who was once associated with ABVP, was speaking after inaugurating a new building of the student organisation in the city.Those below 25 years of age constitute a major chunk of the country’s population. A big responsibility lies on their shoulders to carry forward the duty of inculcating a sense of nationalism and patriotism among people, he said.ABVP activists, over the years, have shown tremendous will power and fighting spirit. After facing setbacks, ups and downs in their history, they are are now tasting success in student elections in universities like Delhi-based JNU and even in West Bengal and Kerala, the Chief Minister said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spiritual guru Jitendra Maharaj, Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti and District Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, among others, were present on the occasion.

Shiv Sena calls Chhota Rajan arrest ‘insignificant’, demands Dawood Ibrahim’s apprehension

Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Monday said the arrest of dreaded gangster Chhota Rajan was “insignificant” and the country is waiting for arrest of Dawood Ibrahim.

“It is ok that Chhota Rajan has been arrested. But, India is actually waiting for Dawood’s arrest. Chhota Rajan’s arrest is insignificant. We want a terrorist to be arrested, which Dawood is.

“Thus, we want people like Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon to be arrested and brought back to India,” Sena MP Sanjay Raut told PTI.

Dawood Ibrahim. IBNLive

Dawood Ibrahim. IBNLive

“Dawood’s name has cropped up to be behind the Mumbai bomb blasts. We have not heard Chhota Rajan’s name to be behind it (the blasts). As per law, action will be taken against Chhota Rajan, but the entire country is waiting for Dawood’s arrest,” he said.

Supporting the Sena’s views, Congress said the BJP-led government (at the Centre), before coming to power had promised the arrest of Ibrahim and that people are waiting for it to happen.

“This government had promised that Dawood will be deported here (once the BJP came to power at the Centre). We are waiting for that to happen. In this case, Chhota Rajan is also a criminal whose right place is behind bars,” Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said.

The NCP however, crossed swords with the Sena over the issue and said that a criminal is a criminal and that no criminal should be considered small.

“Any gangster who is a fugitive is an achievement for the country. No criminal is big or small,” NCP leader Jitendra Awhad said.

Chhota Rajan, one of India’s most wanted gangster, has been arrested in the tourist town of Bali, Indonesia on a Red Corner Notice issued by Interpol after eluding law enforcement agencies for over two decade.

Fugitives Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon are accused to be the masterminds of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

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Wanted naxal Shivcharan Uike held in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: A wanted naxal, carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head, has been arrested in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, police said today. The cadre identified as Shivcharan Uike (25), was nabbed from naxal-hit Bajarpara area under Koyalibeda police station limits Saturday evening, Kanker Superintendent of Police, Jitendra Singh Meena, told PTI.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Acting on a tip-off about the arrival of a rebel in Bajarpara, around 250 km from here, a police team was dispatched towards the site.

While surrounding the spot, security forces spotted a man trying to flee, following which they nabbed him after a short chase, Meena said.

During interrogation, Uike admitted to his involvement with the outlawed movement as an active member of platoon No 25 of Rowghat Area Committee of the Maoists in north Bastar region, he said. The ultra was involved in several criminal offences including murder, attack on police personnel, arson and other, the officer said, adding that interrogation was still on.

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Clash between Punjab police and sikh protestors in Kotkapura kills 2, injures 90

Two people have been killed in an ongoing clash between Sikh protestors and the police Vaibhal Kalan village near Kotkapura of Fardkot district on Wednesday.

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Two people have been killed in an ongoing clash between Sikh protestors and the police in Vaibhal Kalan village near Kotkapura of Fardkot district on Wednesday, reports Hindustan Times.Reports of ugly violence started coming in since morning and as many as 90 people are badly injured so far. The list of injured includes several policemen along with Bathinda inspector general of police Jitendra Jain as well, report said.Protestors led by radical sikh groups had gathered in huge numbers to oppose the alleged sacrilege of a ‘bir’ (copy) of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari village in Faridkot. Mobs were gathering here for the past couple of days that took a violent turn on Wednesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While protestors accuse police for the violence, police allege that not only the gunshots were fired by mobs but they (protestors) also use kripans (swords) to attack the police.Police had to resort to fire bullets in the air apart from water cannon and lathicharge to control the situation. “The situation in Kotkapura is tense but under control,” SSP Faridkot Sukhminder Singh was quoted in the report. People with minor injuries have been rushed to Kotkapura Civil Hospital while the ones with severe injury have been taken to the Government Medical College in Faridkot and Dayanand Medical College in Ludhiana, HT reports.

Delhi minister sacking: Why such promptness not shown to remove Jitendra Singh Tomar? asks Yogendra Yadav

Yadav also hinted that this audio was doing rounds for over 10-15 days.

Why was Tomar made minister after HC issued notice on his fake degrees, Yadav asked.

Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Friday claimed that “someone” had told him about an audio which involved sacked Delhi Minister Asim Ahmed Khan allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 6 lakh. “Two weeks ago someone told me about some audio involving Asim in 6 lakh bribe. I asked for recording and verification before acting on the information,” Yadav, who formed Swaraj Abhiyan along with activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, tweeted.Yadav tweeted hours after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that his Environment and Food and Supplies Minister has been sacked over graft charges. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yadav also hinted that this audio was doing rounds for over 10-15 days. Meanwhile, Bhushan said why did Kejriwal not show same “promptness” in sacking former Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar, who was arrested in the fake degree case. He said that instead of taking “credit” for sacking ministers, the Delhi Chief Minister should not have given tickets to such elements. “Why was such alacrity not shown to remove Tomar? He was made minister after HC issued notice on his fake degrees.Instead of claiming credit for removing his corrupt minister, AK (Arvind Kejriwal) should say why such defectors were given tickets and promptly made ministers,” Bhushan tweeted. Bhushan and Yadav were opposed to giving tickets to certain candidates during Delhi Assembly polls, which were held in February this year.

Dadri lynching: Scared sellers shut shop, all meat off the menu

​According to reports, shops in and around the village have been closed temporarily even the district administration has not issued any prohibitory order against sale or purchase of non-vegetarian items.

Fearing more attacks after the murder of Mohammad Akhlaq, meat sellers and restaurant owners have shut shops in Bisada.​According to reports, shops in and around the village have been closed temporarily even the district administration has not issued any prohibitory order against sale or purchase of non-vegetarian items.Speaking to the daily, restaurant owner said “The attack on Akhlaq has polarised the entire area. It has affected the business of non-vegetarian restaurants and hotels. I have decided to close it for my safety.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dadri lynching: Police asks Twitter to delete ‘provocative’ posts on Muhammad Akhlaq’s killingThe owner also said that he has been incurring loss of thousands of rupees as every day around 150 customers visit the restaurant.On September 29, Mohmad Akhlaq was dragged out of his home and stoned to death on a village street after a public announcement from the local temple that the family had slaughtered a calf and eaten its meat.While Aqlakh died, his 22-year-old son Danish is battling for life at a hospital following two brain surgeries. The police has arrested eight persons and detained a Homeguard for questioning after the local temple priest alleged that he was forced to make the announcement.Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said the Modi government was committed to empowerment of minorities with dignity. “We have committed ourselves to empowerment of minorities with dignity. If one has to take care of minorities in real terms, there is no need to give them alms (khairat), but they need to be empowered with rights. Modi government’s commitment is empowerment of minorities with dignity,” he said.

Madhya Pradesh: Woman dies after being pushed out from a moving train by TC

Her son Ravi and daughters Neha and Shalu alleged that the TC had pushed them and other passengers after they entered the reserved compartment as there was no place in the general coach.
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A 55-year-old woman was killed after being allegedly pushed out by a Ticket Checker (TC) from the sleeper coach of Malwa Express train at Bercha station. The woman identified as Om Kumari Temre. The incident took place on Friday, a railway official said on Saturday.Her son Ravi and daughters Neha and Shalu alleged that the TC had pushed them and other passengers after they entered the reserved compartment as there was no place in the general coach. Their mother lost balance and fell down and came under the wheels.Police post in-charge N Pathak confirmed the incident but said that whether Temre was pushed from the train or fell on her own is a matter of probe. Soon after getting information about the incident, Railway Police personnel from Maxi station reached the spot and took her body into possession.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The victim was on her way to Bhopal from Shajapur after visiting the bereaved family of one of her relatives along with her children. A few eyewitnesses said that when some of the passengers entered the reserved coach, the TC shouted at them and asked them to get down from the moving train at Bercha station. Temre lost balance while getting down and came under the train. Western Railway s Ratlam Division PRO, Jitendra Kumar Jayant, said “if the family members are alleging that she was pushed by the TC, then it can be ascertained only after the probe”.

Do away with rules that create incovenience to common people: Centre to babus

Addressing a programme, Union Minster Jitendra Singh said officers can promote many initiatives started by the government such as self-attestation of documents for official works and others, to promote easy and effective governance.

Any rule which tends to create inconvenience or harassment to common people should be dropped by bureaucrats, Union Minster Jitendra Singh said on Thursday.Addressing a programme, he said officers can promote many initiatives started by the government such as self-attestation of documents for official works and others, to promote easy and effective governance.”Any rule which tends to create inconvenience or harassment… It is better to drop these rules which are obstructionist,” Singh said during a workshop on e-office, attended by representatives of central government ministries and newly-appointed IAS officers of 2013 batch.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Extending government’s full support for experimentation and innovation to create work-friendly atmosphere, he encouraged the officers attending the programme to use e-office in their respective departments.”E-office is something which has been happening for long. This is a global phenomenon. We are rather late in it,” said the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. He said the advantages of e-office or computerisation of office procedures will go beyond as it will reduce red-tapism from the system. Singh said over 60,000 files, which were of no use, have been digitised in his Ministry alone.The workshop, organised by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), was for the 2013 batch of IAS officers, recently deputed to the central ministries or departments as Assistant Secretaries on deputation basis.A presentation was also made on the merits of e-office. Devendra Chaudhry, Secretary (DARPG), Bhaskar Khulbe, Additional Secretary to the PMO and Usha Sharma, Additional Secretary, DARPG among others were present during the programme.

Wrong to say ‘Hindi’ confined to particular region: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh

“Just as in the next few years, India grows economically as a world power, its equivalent growth on cultural and civilisational scale would be closely proportionate to the extent of growth of Hindi not only as a language but as an important symbol of India’s identity,” he explained.

It will be a gross error fraught with long term implications if an impression is allowed to perpetuate that Hindi is confined only to a particular religion or region as a medium of communication, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday.The truth, on the other hand, is that Hindi is a part of legacy of every such individual who has inherited the legacy of ‘Hindustan’ irrespective of religion, caste, sect or region, he said.Some of the best literature and poetry in Hindi, for instance, was written by Muslim poets and writers even though their mother tongue may not have been Hindi, said Singh Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It would be a gross error fraught with long term implications if an impression is allowed to perpetuate that Hindi is confined only to a particular section of society or religion or region as a medium of communication,” he said.Delivering keynote address as chief guest to commemorate ‘Hindi fortnight celebrations’ here, the Minister made an emphatic assertion that the growth of India is linked to the growth of Hindi.”Just as in the next few years, India grows economically as a world power, its equivalent growth on cultural and civilisational scale would be closely proportionate to the extent of growth of Hindi not only as a language but as an important symbol of India’s identity,” he explained.It is a strange paradox that living in India and being Indians, we need to observe a ‘Hindi fortnight’ or a ‘Hindi Divas’ to remind ourselves about Hindi and its richness, Singh said.He said, it sounds strange when one thinks that people living in Britain do not have to observe an English language day to remind themselves of the importance of English language or people living in France do not observe a French language day.”Therefore, the real question that we should ask ourselves is whether we have failed to cultivate in ourselves the esteem of the heritage of Hindi language and the pride of speaking Hindi,” he said.Singh said, he has come across a number of parents who are themselves scholars in Hindi language but prefer to send their children to English schools and take pride in their children communicating in English rather than in Hindi.”Promotion of Hindi cannot happen merely through symbolic programmes but may, in essence, require re-look into our education pattern.”In this regard, some of the measures that can be contemplated may include inculcating advantages of knowing Hindi right at the middle or high school level as well as encouraging the use of common man’s spoken Hindi instead of language with heavy phrases,” he said.

Centre has nothing to do with spying allegation of Omar Abdullah, says Minister

Jammu: The Centre on Sunday steered clear of the row surrounding the alleged spying on Omar Abdullah, with Union minister Jitendra Singh saying that it is “something between him and the state government”

Omar had on Sunday accused the J&K government of “brazenly” spying on him, a charge rejected by the ruling PDP.

Omar Abdullah accused state govt of spying on him. PTI

Omar Abdullah accused state govt of spying on him. PTI

Singh, MoS in the PMO, told reporters, “He (Omar) has blamed the state government and not the Centre. The Centre has nothing to do with it. It is something between him and the state government.”

He was in Jammu to attend a ‘meet the press’ function organised by the Press Club Jammu.

Omar had alleged that a CID person was posted outside his residence to keep a watch on people coming and going out.

“Mufti government brazenly spying on me. A journalist interviewing me for a national daily just got stopped right outside my gate by CID person,” he had tweeted.

“She (journalist) was asked who she was and what the purpose of her visit was! Seriously guys if you want to know just ask me, I couldn’t care less if you do,” he added.

Addressing Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Omar wrote on the micro-blogging site, “Dear Mufti Sb, if you and your apparatchiks want to know what I’m up to pick up the phone and ask me. Please don’t accost people outside my gate!” PDP had rejected the accusation, saying Abdullah was leveling the allegation just to “make news”, and hit back by charging him of spying on PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and other leaders when he was the Chief Minister.

Waheedur Rehmaan Parra, PDP leader and political advisor to the Chief Minister, said, “It was not a cop who had questioned the journalist outside the residence of Omar Abdullah.

“It was a National Conference worker who was denied entry to Omar’s residence who had asked a few questions to the lady.”

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Youngsters help Charity Commissioner to clear 7000 files

In all, they are 20 final year students from three law schools in Mumbai — Pravin Gandhi College of Law, Jitendra Chauhan College of Law and NMIMS School of Law.

If you enter the commissioner’s office at Worli, you will come across some youngsters, working with a team of senior lawyers, assistant or deputy commissioners.What do they do? These youngsters have so far helped the commission to clear many files that have been pending for years. Guess how many? Seven thousand! In all, they are 20 final year students from three law schools in Mumbai — Pravin Gandhi College of Law, Jitendra Chauhan College of Law and NMIMS School of Law.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They are helping the charitable trusts watchdog to clear what are called “uncontested change reports”. These are applications related to change in management, replacement and addition of names due to the death or exit of trustees. These reports account for 70% of workload at the commissioner’s office.They scrutinise the documents submitted with the application and check whether anyone has contested the trust’s move. If not, they tell the judicial officers that the file can be disposed of. On an average, they clear 270-280 files daily.The commissioner then issues these trusts their status reports – a very important document, mandatory for the functioning of the trust. “Without a status report, a trust won’t be able to apply for bank loans, buy or sell property or move applications to civic bodies. Thankfully, we are now in a position to issue status reports to 7,000 trusts,” Maharashtra Charity Commissioner SB Savale told dna. These youngsters have been helping the commission for the last one month. They come in batches and assist the lawyers and deputy or assistant commissioners every day after their classes. Since Mumbai region has the highest pendency, it was picked up for the “pilot” and it is turning out to be very successful, said officials. “We plan to invite more students, from other colleges, too, as Mumbai region still has a backlog of 15,000 such files,” said Savale.Vaibhavi Joshi and Jash Dalia, two students dna spoke to, described it as a “great learning experience.”Now for the crucial question: how much are they paid? “Due to lack of funds, we are not in a position to pay stipend to interns. All we offer is practical experience which will help them when they start practising in court,” said Savale.Charity, as they say, begins at home! Piling files, dwindling staffOver 1,40,000 files pendingApprox 70,000 files pertaining to change in name of trusteesSanctioned staff strength: Approx 1,800Filled posts: Approx 850

No proposal to increase IAS, IPS officers retirement age: Govt

No proposal for enhancement of retirement age of IAS, IPS officer and to bring the same at par with the retirement age of SC and HC judges.

No proposal for enhancement of retirement age of IAS, IPS officer and to bring the same at par with the retirement age of SC and HC judges.

There is no proposal to increase the retirement age of IAS and IPS officers, the government said on Thursday. “There is no such proposal for enhancement of retirement age of IAS and IPS officer and to bring the same at par with the retirement age of judges of Supreme Court and High Courts,” Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.An officer of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) retires after attaining the age of 60 years. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Jantar Mantar sit in grievances considered by Govt: Jitendra Singh

The Minister said the system enablesministries/departments to take appropriate action and upload the action taken reports.

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The grievance received from people sitting on protests at Jantar Mantar is considered by the Government and action is initiated as per the guidelines for redressing public grievances, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh in a written response said every Wednesday of the week has been earmarked for receiving and hearing of grievance petitions in person by the Director of Public Grievance in each Central Ministry and Department. “Grievances can be lodged by citizens by post, in person and by web based Internet mode…Further, the Government has already established an Internet-based Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) in June, 2007 to facilitate citizens to lodge their grievances from anywhere, anytime for redress,” Singh said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Minister said the system enablesministries/departments to take appropriate action and upload the action taken reports on the system. “The system has provisions for generating various reports for monitoring of the grievances. CPGRAMS has feedback mechanism for rating of the satisfaction level, by the complainant, after redress…In case, a grievance is received from any person sitting on dharna at Jantar Mantar, that is also considered and action taken as per the guidelines for redress of public grievances,” he said.

Sexual harassment panel can recommend transfer of accused: Jitendra Singh to parliament

“The committee may, for the reasons to be recorded in writing, extend the time limit not exceeding three months, if it is satisfied that the circumstances were such which prevented the woman from filing a complaint within the said period.”

A committee set up to redress complaints of victims of sexual harassment at workplace can recommend transfer of the charged officer or grant leave to the affected woman upto three months, the government told Parliament today.Minister of State for the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) Jitendra Singh said instructions have been issued by his department vide an Office Memorandum of November 27, 2014 regarding Alignment of Service Rules with the sexual harassment of women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”As per para 6 of the said OM, the complaint committee will have the powers to recommend to the employer to transfer the aggrieved woman or the charged officer to any other workplace or to grant leave to the aggrieved woman up to a period of three months, which will be in addition to the leave she would be otherwise entitled to,” he said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.As per Section 9 of Chapter IV of the said Act, he said, “any aggrieved woman may make, in writing, a complaint of sexual harassment at workplace to the internal committee within a period of three months from the date of incident and in case of a series of incidents, within a period of three months from the date of last incident.”The committee may, for the reasons to be recorded in writing, extend the time limit not exceeding three months, if it is satisfied that the circumstances were such which prevented the woman from filing a complaint within the said period.”

File online RTI applications with 431 public authorities: Government

The prescribed fee for RTI application can also be paid online through a payment gateway of State Bank of India.

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People can now file RTI applications online with 431 public authorities, the government said on Wednesday. A RTI web portal has been started for easy filing of applications by Indian citizens, including those who are living abroad. An Indian citizen can file RTI application online through www.rtionline.gov.in.The prescribed fee for RTI application can also be paid online through a payment gateway of State Bank of India by way of internet banking of State Bank of India and its associate banks and by using Rupay card, debit or credit cards of Master and Visa.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “This facility at present is available for 431 public authorities of Government of India,” Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply in Lok Sabha. All the states have also been requested to explore the feasibility of implementing online RTI in their respective states. “National Informatics Centre has been requested to provide technical support such as software and source code to the state governments who desire to replicate the web portal for online filing of RTI applications at state level,” the Minister said. Singh said the government is committed to bring the benefits of the government’s pro-poor schemes and development plans to the doorstep of each and every citizen of this country and to offer them the right of demanding accountability. The Right to Information Act, which was enacted in 2005, mandates timely response to citizens’ request for government information. One has to pay a fee of Rs 10 for seeking information.

Gurdaspur attack: Government capable enough to deal with situation, assures Jitendra Singh

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr. Jitendra Singh, on Monday assured that the Central Government is capable enough to deal with the situation in Gurdaspur.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr. Jitendra Singh, on Monday assured that the Central Government is capable enough to deal with the situation in Gurdaspur.It will not be proper for me to speak on this subject…all I can say is that this is a zone which has been vulnerable for quite some time. The Ministry of Home Affairs has taken the note of it. The Government is capable enough to deal with such situation, Jitendra Singh said.As the elective representative from the area, my constituency borders with this area. There have earlier also been the reports of Pakistan infiltration and cross border mischief in this area, he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, a heavy exchange of fire has resumed between the security forces and terrorists.One militant has been killed while a Punjab Special Service Group (SSG) jawan has sustained injuries in the ongoing operations.The death toll in the attack has now risen to eight, including six civilians and two home guards. Four civilians have also sustained injuries.The gun battle between the security forces and alleged terrorists ensued after the latter opened fire on the police station and a bus.

ISRO earns $100 million for launch of 45 foreign satellites

Indian Space Research Organisation has launched 45 satellites from 19 countries generating an income of $100 million.

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India has earned about $100 million launching 45 foreign satellites till date and revenue from its commercial space missions is poised to grow with another 28 foreign satellites planned to be put into orbit between 2015 and 2017.This information was given by Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday while providing details of revenue earned by Antrix–the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)–from launch of foreign satellites.Singh said Antrix has signed agreements for launching 28 satellites of six countries–Algeria, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore and the US during 2015-17. Until now, 45 satellites from 19 countries have been launched by the ISRO and the income generated through this amounts to around $17 million and 78.5 million Euros($85 million), he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh also informed that the government has sanctioned 15 smaller PSLV launchers worth Rs 3,090 crore which would be built during 2017-2020.In a response to another question, Singh elaborated on the initiation of chalking out a roadmap for the country’s space programmes in addressing short-term and long-term areas. On other issues, Singh said the expenditure on the ground system of the proposed SAARC satellite project will be borne by the regional bloc countries while India will bear the expenses on its building and launching.”While the cost towards building and launching a satellite will be met by the government of India, the cost towards ground system is expected to be sourced by respective SAARC countries,” Singh said in his reply.”The objective of this project is to develop a satellite for the SAARC region that enables a full range of services to all our neighbours in the areas of telecommunications and broadcasting applications like television, DTH, tele-education and disaster management,” he added. Incidentally, India has maintained that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious SAARC satellite project was a “gift” by the country to its neighbours.

Three-year-old Iraqi boy becomes India’s youngest kidney recipient

Muslim Ahmed, from Babylon, Iraq, landed with his family in New Delhi in March this year with two failing kidneys, a compromised immune system and desperate need of medical intervention.

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India’s organ transplant programme just added a feather in its cap when a three-year-old boy successfully underwent a kidney transplant, the youngest kidney recipient in the country.Muslim Ahmed, from Babylon, Iraq, landed with his family in New Delhi in March this year with two failing kidneys, a compromised immune system and desperate need of medical intervention.Despite his young age, which complicates matters, he underwent a kidney transplant at the Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, a private tertiary care medical facility in Faridabad, part of the National Capital Region.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He received the kidney of his grandfather, as an older donor’s organs shrink as compared to an adult in their prime, making them easier to adjust in the body of a young child.Addressing the press on Thursday, Dr NK Pandey, the chairman and managing director of AIMS, said that he was happy to share this good news amidst a slew of negative stories about India’s health care systems, and stressed on how complicated and challenging this procedure was.”Due to his age, the baby was rejected by many hospitals in Iraq,” Dr Pandey told mediaperons, adding that they took the challenge because it was either that or the child’s death.Dr Vijay Lakshmi, transplant surgeon at AIMS, led the procedure. She explained the need of the family to come to India, saying, “Normally such children are put on peritoneal dialysis till they grow in size to receive the kidney transplant. But peritoneal dialysis is not available in Iraq and due to [his] very small size the child was not able to tolerate the alternative ‘haemodialysis’.”Adding to the complications, Ahmed suffered a cardiac arrest just before surgery. Though he was revived in time, it made administration of anaesthesia all the more risky, explained Dr Pandey, considering that the surgery takes on an average six hours.Ahmed was born with a condition called kidney dysplasia which led to kidney failure by the time he was two. After many months on dialysis,Such procedures cost a minimum of Rs 3.5 lakh, said the AIMS representatives, though Ahmed’s family had to pay more due to the length of his stay and additional complications.”However, we hope that such cases of success start further conversations about organ donation and transplants in India, so that no organs go to waste,” said Dr Pandey. His colleague, Dr Jitendra Kumar, director kidney transplant, added, “Since we receive so many patients from other countries, we hope that the government procedure to give permission for such transplants also becomes faster.”To approve of such transplants hospitals have to go via a government committee comprising the district administration, a civil surgeon and a third party co-opted by them. After 25 successful procedures, private hospitals are allowed to form their own committee though AIMS declares that they still go via the government body to encourage transparency. They claim to have performed 91 successful kidney transplants.The doctors predict that Ahmed will now lead a normal healthy life, as his kidney functions match that of a healthy child his age.

OROP: Ex-servicemen to take help from oppn parties as hunger strikes enters fifth day

New Delhi: As their relay hunger strike over the ‘One Rank One Pension’ demand entered its fifth day on Friday, ex-servicemen said that they are considering taking help from opposition parties, especially in Bihar, to push their cause.

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Ex-servicemen to take help from opposition parties for implementation of OROP. Reuters

“United Front of Ex-Servicemen has received feelers from well-wishers for extension of support to its cause by the Bihar state units of the JD(U) and Congress parties,” the group said in a release in the capital even as it sought to underline that it is an apolitical body.

UFESM said that former UPA minister Jitendra Singh and ex- Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had wanted to join their protest but were turned down “politely but firmly” given its apolitical stance.

“However, in view of the continued intransigence of the present government and its repeated failures to honour assurances given by the highest in authority, a view towards taking help from opposition parties will be actively considered,” it said.

Assembly polls in Bihar are likely in September/October this year. BJP has a tough fight on hand against the JD(U)- RJD-Congress-NCP combine.

Besides Bihar, the veterans think they are a strong constituency also in Punjab where Assembly elections are due in early 2017.

The Narendra Modi government has said it is committed to OROP, a key promise made during Lok Sabha poll. It is, however, yet to implement the scheme.

Close to 22 lakh ex-servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be the immediate beneficiaries of the scheme, which envisages a uniform pension for the defence personnel who retire in the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.

Currently, the pension for ex-servicemen is based on the Pay Commission recommendations of the time when they had retired.

So, a Major General who retired in 1996 draws a lower pension than a Lieutenant Colonel who retired after 1996. PTI SAP

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AAP’s Kapil Mishra to take oath as Delhi Law Minister

The move comes in the wake of Jitendra Singh Tomar’s resignation as Delhi Law Minister after being arrested on charges of furnishing false degrees.
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Aam Aadmi Party’s Karawal Nagar MLA and Delhi Jal Board vice chairman Kapil Mishra will take oath as the Law Minister on Monday evening. Mishra’s swearing-in ceremony will be attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders. The move comes in the wake of Jitendra Singh Tomar’s resignation as Delhi Law Minister after being arrested on charges of furnishing false degrees.

Fake degree row: Arvind Kejriwal, senior leaders may remove Jitendra Tomar from AAP

A decision against Tomar will help warn others in the party, the leadership believes.

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The Delhi government’s top leadership is reportedly upset with Jitendra Tomar’s fake degree incident and want him out of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), reports NDTV. Tomar has been arrested for allegedly forging degrees. Arvind Kejriwal and senior leadership of the party reportedly met on Thursday night in order to discuss the issue. A decision against Tomar will help warn others in the party, the leadership believes.Tomar is currently in police custody. He had resigned from the post of Delhi’s Law minister on Tuesday. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police said that Tomar was taken to KS Saket PG College and RML Avadh University in Faizabad, from where he claimed to have earned his BSc degree. He was given a tour of the campuses and was also brought face to face with teachers and officials of the institutions, whose statements were also recorded, police said. These included teachers who taught the 1987-88 batch and also some students who passed out that year, the same year he claimed to have passed BSc.Police said he failed to locate his classroom, physics laboratory and the washroom and that investigation at Faizabad “more or less” corroborated the earlier police findings that his degrees were fabricated. 49-year-old Tomar, MLA from Delhi’s Trinagar constituency and a first-time minister, was remanded in four-day police custody by a Delhi court on Tuesday.Delhi Police has claimed that a nearly month-long investigation found that Tomar not only submitted fake science graduation degree and law mark sheets to register with the Bar Council of Delhi but forged a migration certificate also. The possibility of an organised racket behind the alleged fake degrees is being probed, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said on Wednesday. With agency inputs

Ex-Delhi Law Minister arrested for fake degree: Who is Jitender Singh Tomar?

Former Delhi law minister Jitendra Singh Tomar is presently under arrest in connection with a controversy over a fake degree was once a Congress politician who had never contested electoral politics.

Former Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar. PTI

Former Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar. PTI

The 49-year-old Tomar was born on 12 April, 1996 in Fatehpur village in the Etah district of Uttar Pradesh, according to the official Delhi government website. He did his schooling from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Before Tomar joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2013, he had been associated with Congress, though he had never fought an election before joining AAP, according to an IBNLive report.

In the 2013 Delhi polls, Tomar contested from the Tri Nagar constituency and lost to BJP’s Nand Kishore Garg by a margin that was a little less than 3000 votes.

However, he defeated the same candidate from the same constituency in the 2015 Delhi polls, but this time Tomar got won the seat by a margin of 22,311 votes.

Tomar was initially sworn-in as cabinet minister and was given the portfolios of home, law and justice, tourism, art and culture.

However, the home portfolio was taken away from Tomar in April this year when CM Kejriwal removed him as the state home minister reportedly because he was unhappy with the minister not routing some files through the CM’s office, according to an Asian Age report.

But the real trouble for Tomar began in February 2015, when a petition filed in the Delhi High Court based on an RTI query alleged that Tomar’s BSc degree from the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University was fake.

In April, the Avadh University in Faizabad and one of its affiliated institutes, the KS Saket Postgraduate College in Ayodhya, in reply to the February RTI query, said Tomar’s BSc second year mark sheet was fake and his degree was invalid.

The degree in question was used by him to get enrolled into the law college Bishwanath Singh Institute of Legal Studies College at Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bihar.

On 11 May, The Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) informed the high court that it had suspended Tomar’s licence.

Tomar was arrested by the Delhi police over the fake law degree issue on Tuesday. He resigned as a minister in the Delhi cabinet on Tuesday night and on Tuesday was taken to Faizabad for further questioning.

Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh kills BSF head constable

Raipur: Naxals attacked a BSF team, killing a jawan in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, striking for the third time since Saturday.

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A group of ultras opened indiscriminate firing on security personnel who were carrying out patrolling in the proximity of Chhote Baithiya BSF camp under Bande police station area late Sunday night, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena told PTI.

A gunbattle erupted between security forces and ultras and the rebels soon fled to the core forests, he added.

“A BSF head constable succumbed to bullet injuries, sustained during the gunfight, while being taken to a local hospital,” the SP said.

Soon after the incident, reinforcements were rushed to the spot, he said adding that a combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the assailants.

Seven STF personnel were killed and ten others injured on Saturday when Naxals ambushed them in the forests of restive Pidmel village under Polampalli, around 450 kms from state capital Raipur.

Naxals yesterday allegedly set ablaze at least 17 vehicles engaged in mining work in Kanker district, 140 km from here. However, no one was hurt.

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UP inspector held for taking bribe; released later

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An Uttar Pradesh Police inspector was arrested on Sunday by the city SP on charges of accepting bribe but was released later as no bribe money was found from him.”UP Police Crime Branch Inspector Sarva Chandra came here with his team to probe a case of forgery and extortion. He was caught by the City SP Shivdeep W Lande after a complaint was received from one Pankaj Kumar that he was asking for bribe in relation with a case,” Patna Senior SP Jitendra Rana said.Rana said the inspector was apprehended from Dak Bungalow area in central Patna and taken to Kotwali police station, but was let off by Lande as no money was recovered from him, nor any corroborative evidence was found. The inspector’s statement was recorded by the City SP and then he was allowed to leave. Rana said he asked Lande to submit a report on the entire incident, which he did.In the report, Lande said the SIM card seller Pankaj had sold a card which was used in a crime in Uttar Pradesh in 2012. The UP Police had earlier sought information about the case from him and he had provided it.Lande said the inspector was here with his team since January 2 and Bihar Police was cooperating in their investigation in areas like Phulwari Sharif and Ara. He said the SIM card seller on Saturday complained to him that Pankaj had threatened him to take him to Uttar Pradesh and implicate him in false cases if he did not pay a bribe of Rs 10,000.Pankaj “negotiated the bribe demanded and brought it down to Rs 5,000 and a meeting place was fixed. We laid a trap to nab the inspector, but he became suspicious on seeing our movement and tried to escape. I intercepted him and brought him to police station,” Lande said in the report.”Since the act of bribery was not completed, his side of the story was taken and he was allowed to leave. He was not arrested,” Lande added.

Narendra Modi government plans to rope in a celebrity to promote Northeast India

The NDA government is planning to rope in a celebrity to be the brand ambassador for the Northeast, on the lines of Amitabh Bachchan promoting Gujarat tourism.”We have a plan to rope in someone as brand ambassador for the Northeast. The region has lots of potential but there is hardly any promotion. We are thinking of bringing some celebrity, the way Amitabh Bachchan promotes Gujarat,” Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said at a press conference in Delhi.Singh said he would soon hold a meeting with the leading tour promoters to encourage them to bring tourists to the Northeast.”We also have plans to invite Bollywood filmmakers to shoot their films in the region as there are plenty of beautiful locations which would be ideal for outdoor shooting,” he said. Highlighting the potential of organic farming in the region, the Minister for DoNER said the government has earmarked Rs 100 crore exclusively for organic farming.Singh said around 40% horticulture produce in the Northeast gets wasted due to non-availability of proper storage and the Do NER ministry is in touch with some food processing industries to set up their units in the region and avail the benefits of plenty of horticulture products. The Minister also released a e-book on various initiatives taken by the DoNER for the development of the region in last few months.

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