Daily Archive: July 29, 2017

LG visits Chandi Chowk

New Delhi: Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today visited Chandni Chowk, Hanuman temple area and Town Hall here this morning. During his visit, Mr Baijal focused on more parking provisions and well-organised utility structures. The LG visited Chandni Chowk and Hanuman temple area at Yamuna bazaar and then inspected Town Hall. He reviewed the beautification plan of vicinity area of Hanuman Setu, setting up of stack parking on both sides of the road and installation of flower waste processing machine. Mr Baijal was accompanied by officials.

Demonetisation effect? DDA housing scheme finds few takers

Demonetisation effect? DDA housing scheme finds few takers, authority may extend draw date

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Friday blamed demonetisation and slump in real estate sector for the lukewarm response to its housing scheme launched on June 30.

The scheme has received only 5,000 applications under different categories of flats and about 55,000 forms were sold in four weeks.

The authority had received 7.5 lakh applications for its scheme launched in September 2014. It had printed 20 lakh forms and about 17 lakh were sold. On the day of the launch, about 30,000 forms were bought and the number crossed the two lakh mark within five days.

JP Agarwal, principal commissioner (land disposal and housing) of DDA, said apart from demonetisation and slowdown in the real estate business, non-availability of bank loan for registration fee and a few ‘other’ reasons affected the housing scheme.

“People have already invested in either private or group housing society projects. The banks are not offering loans for registration money because of the penalty clause introduced this time. We have decided to forfeit 25% of the application money in case one surrenders the unit after the draw,” he said.

The official said that if the authority does not receive sufficient number of applications for different category of flats, it may extend the date of draw. An approval for the extension will be sought from Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, who is also the chairman of DDA.

“It all depends on the scenario. Nothing can be said at this moment. We will decide reasonability whether we need to extend the date for draw or not before August 11, the last date for submission of application forms,” said Agarwal.

Under the new scheme, about 13,000 flats are on sale. Majority of them are old Low-Income Group (LIG) flats/one-bedroom flats in Narela, Rohini, Pitampura, Loknayakpuram, Dwarka, Bindapur, Paschim Vihar, Jahangirpuri, Mukherjee Nagar, Dilshad Garden, Sukhdev Vihar, Jasola, and Sarita Vihar.

Most of the flats bought under the 2014 scheme were surrendered because the applicants found them too small. The flats lacked basic amenities such as water, road, transport, and markets in the neighbourhood or poor construction.

However, Mahesh Kumar, engineer member, DDA said all issues have been looked into and the authority will ensure basic infrastructure is in place before the final allotment.

“The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has given a written assurance to supply uninterrupted water there,” he said.

Agarwal said the DDA had also written to Delhi Metro, Delhi Transport Corporation, Mother Dairy, and Kendriya Bhandaar. “We are sending reminders to them. We will have better connectivity in the next three-four months and give shops’ licenses to vendors,” he added.

Bihar Cabinet Expansion Likely Today; 16 NDA, 19 JD(U) MLAs to Take Oath at 5 pm

Patna, July 29: In a major development, the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Cabinet will be expanded on Saturday. As per reports, the names of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Mangal Pandey, Prem Kumar and Nand Kishore Yadav have been finalised. 16 MLAs from the National Democratic Aliiance (NDA) and 19 from the Janata Dal United (JDU) are likely to take oath as ministers on Saturday. The swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place in Raj Bhawan at 5 pm.

If sources are to be believed, among those likely to be inducted are Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lallan Singh, Lesy Singh, Shrawan Kumar,Jai Kumar Singh and Khursheed Alam from JD(U); Nand Kishore Yadav, Prem Kumar, Mangal Pandey, Rajneesh Kumar, Gyanendra Singh Gyanoo and Ramprit Paswan from BJP and Pashupati Kumar Paras from Lok Janshakti Party.

10-year-old child to give birth will need long-term

(Recasting overnight story)

New Delhi, Jul 29 (PTI) The 10-year-old rape survivor who will soon give birth — now that the Supreme Court has dismissed a plea to allow her to terminate her 32-week pregnancy — may need years of sustained counselling centred on respect, rehabilitation and resilience, experts say.

The three Rs are necessary to help the child, raped by her uncle and just a few weeks away from full-term pregnancy, cope with the trauma of the assault as well as the childhood pregnancy, psychologists and childcare experts said.

“She should get continued support in the form of good counselling. She needs to be rehabilitated and not abandoned in a dirty home. She needs to be in a place where she would be respected,” Mumbai-based psychologist Harish Shetty told PTI.

Too young to have attained the “developmental maturity” to deal with the issue, the child may suffer psychologically as well as physically, the experts state.

City-based psychiatrist Samir Parikh advises psychological interventions not just for the child but for her family as well.

“Such interventions could help in the healing process post the trauma associated with the experience, while also helping the child and the family members develop more adaptive coping mechanisms, and also work on building the child’s resilience post the pregnancy,” Parikh said.

Such an experience is also likely to lead to interference in the child’s interpersonal relationships, personality, self-esteem and overall health, he added.

According to Mumbai-based gynaecologist Sonal Kumta, giving birth and abortion in such early pregnancies are both “equally risky”.

“It may lead the girl to be anaemic or the baby to be born prematurely,” she said.

Shetty went on to say that counsellors must look out for sudden emotional outbursts and tend to her in an “understanding” manner.

“One should understand her grief and help her resolve her issues slowly over a period of time. They should look out for emotions and excessive fears — nightmares, sadness etc.”

He added the process of rehabilitation should not stop.

“She should be helped in building resilience and start a new life in a new city with a new identity,” he said.

While diagnosing pregnancy in children as young as 10- year-olds is very difficult, Kumta advises “educating” girls from the start to make them aware.

“We need to be aware that something like this can happen and not be in a denial mode,” Kumta said.

Courts allow medical termination of a pregnancy up to 20 weeks under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and can make an exception if the foetus is genetically abnormal.

Kavita Krishnan, secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association, stressed there should be no delays in court decisions on such cases, for the health of the mother was of paramount importance.

“A delay in hearings in such cases is unacceptable. There should be a day by day hearing as it will have consequences on the health of the mother,” she said.

The PIL in this case was filed after a Chandigarh district court on July 18 refused to let the girl undergo the abortion as it was confirmed that she was 26 weeks pregnant.

Considering the report of the medical board that terminating the pregnancy would neither be good for the girl nor the foetus, the apex court had expressed satisfaction over the medical care being provided to the survivor.

An apex court bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud took note of the report of the medical board set up by PGI (Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research) Chandigarh to examine her and the consequences if the termination of pregnancy was allowed.

The bench asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, who was present in the court room, to consider its suggestion to set up a permanent medical board in every state to take prompt decisions on prospects of early abortion in view of the fact that such cases were reaching the apex court in a big way.

Wildlife trafficking is world’s fourth largest illicit trade

New Delhi: Standing tall at $20 billion annually and still growing, the wildlife trafficking has become the world’s fourth largest illicit trade, said World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Saturday the Global Tiger Day.

The WWF has urged the tiger-range governments, thirteen countries including India, to strengthen anti-poaching efforts and crack down on a severe wildlife snaring crisis that is threatening wildlife across Asia.

At present, India holds over 70 per cent of the world’s free ranging tiger population and the global free ranging or the wild tigers are estimated to be around 3,900.

WWF pointed out that 2016 had been catastrophic for the tigers in India as poaching reached an all time high.

“Illegal wildlife trade is estimated to reach $20 billion per year, which makes wildlife trafficking the world’s fourth largest illicit trade, after narcotics, human trafficking and trade in counterfeit goods,” a WWF statement said.

The IANS managed to piece together information from different independent sources to know that at least 129 tigers and 419 leopards died in 2016 as compared to 91 tigers and 397 leopards in 2015. Of these, at least 50 tigers and 127 leopards were poached, a record in the last 10 years.

The WWF pointed out that easy to make from widely available material such as bicycle cable wires and quick to set up, wire snares are deadly traps that are fast becoming the plague of Asia’s forests.

Patriarchy and poor conviction, policing behind rape: Experts

Trisha Mukherjee and Manish Sain

  • Three men rape a woman, flinging her child to a pavement. Another three rape a woman for eight hours in a vehicle. A jilted lover and his friend abduct, rape and kill a woman. A neighbour lures a child to a secluded spot, rapes, burns and kills her.Who are these seemingly ordinary people who turn intobrutal violators and killers?

    Psychologists, lawyers and the police have been struggling to make sense of what is being described as a culture of rape, especially in Delhi and its neighbourhood.

    In Delhi, over six women are raped every day. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 95 per cent of all rapes in 2015 in the country were committed by a person known to the victim. A seven-year-old Chennai girl, for instance, was raped, burnt and killer by her neighbour in February.

    A spate of rapes in recent weeks – including in Manesar, where a 19-year-old woman was raped in a van and her 9-month-old baby killed, in Sonepat, where the former lover raped, mutilated and killed the victim and the recent case of a woman who was picked up from Gurgaon and raped for almost eight hours in a moving vehicle – has turned the spotlight on the mind of the rapist, capable of unthinkable violence.

    he director of the Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences, Nimesh Desai, attributes such criminal behaviour to factors like ingrained patriarchy and lack of gender sensitivity, as well as the internal distress and isolation of young men.

    Referring to gang rapes, he says a “high risk behaviour” functions in groups, encouraging negative instincts.

    “Anti-social and criminal behaviour happens more in groups. Groups provide the comfort, courage and a false sense of bravado and masculinity, resulting in a compromise in judgement,” he says.

    he senior psychiatrist, however, warns against theories on the “psychology of the rapist”, stressing that these can give the impression of the crime being justified.

    “When we try and explain the psychology of a rapist, the intentions are usually good, but what it does to the public mind is that it kind of sanctifies or justifies the act,” he told PTI.

    But the sheer numbers of rapes in the country – the NCRB states 2,199 rape cases were reported in Delhi and 34,651 in India in 2015 – trigger questions on what makes rapists commit the most horrendous of acts – grievously molesting a child, mutilating a woman’

जियो 4G की स्लो स्पीड से हैं परेशान, तो अपनाएं ये ट्रिक

नई दिल्ली: अगर आप जियो की सिम यूज करते हैं और आपका नेट काफी स्लो स्पीड में चल रहा है, तो यब खबर आपके लिए है. रिलांयस की ओर से साल 2016 के सितंबर में अनलिमिटेड डाटा और फ्री वॉयस कॉलिंग और मैसेजिंग की सुविधा के साथ रिलांयस जियो 4जी सिम लॉन्च किया गया था. तब से ही नेट स्पीड को लेकर काफी शिकायतें आ रही है.

4G स्पीड की समस्या से निजात पाने के लिए हम आज हम आपको कुछ तरीके बताएंगे, जिससे आपकी यह समस्या काफी हद तक हल हो जाएगी.

-इसके लिए आपको जियो सिम की सैंटिग में जाकर कुछ चैंजिस करने पड़ेंगे.
-सबसे पहले अपने फोन की सेटिंग्स में जाएं.
-सेटिंग्स में मोबाइल नेटवर्क के ऑप्शन पर क्लिक करें.
-इसमें जाकर एक्सेस प्वाइंट नेम चैक करें।
-आपको इसमें बहुत से नाम दिखाई देंगे लेकिन आपको इसमें एपीएन (APN) सेलेक्ट करना है.

-फोन के अनुसार इसमें थोड़े बहुत बदलाव हो सकते हैं लेकिन सेटिंग में जाकर आपको एपीएन (APN) ही सेलेक्ट करना है.
-इसके अलावा आपके फोन में प्रिफर्ड नेटवर्क एलटीई (LTE) होना चाहिए.
-साथ ही समय समय पर अपने फोन का कैश (Cache) क्लियर करते रहें.

One-Third of ‘Made in India’ Akash Missiles Failed Tests, Pose Operational Risk: CAG Report

New Delhi, July 28: Nearly 30 per cent of the indigenous Akash missiles tested so far were found to be defective, the Comptroller and Auditor General noted in its report tabled before the Parliament on Friday. The national auditor described the surface-to-air missiles as deficient, which would “pose operational risk in case of hostilities”.

The missiles, manufactured by state-run Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), were procured at a cost of Rs 3,619 crores. A total of 80 missiles were supplied to the Indian forces till November, 2014. Among them, 20 were test-fired till April, 2015. Six of these missiles that is 30 per cent, failed the test,” the CAG said.

As the failure rate of the sample tested was as high as 30 percent, action needs to be taken to establish the reliability of factory acceptance test of the remaining missiles, the audit report said. “The missiles fell short of the target, had lower than the required velocity, and there was malfunctioning of critical units,” it further added.

IIM Autonomy Closer as LS Clears Bill, Likely to Award Degrees from This Year On

Jul. 29, 2017: Indian Institute of Management, IIMs are likely to start awarding MBA Degrees from this year on as Lok Sabha has cleared the bill. The bill has proposed and cleared the way for declaring IIM as Institutes of National Importance. Once the bill is cleared by Rajya Sabha, the 20 IIMs in the country would have the autonomy to grant degrees. Apart from that, bill also makes provisions for appointing members in each of the IIM’s board of governors through a transparent process. Steps are aimed at limiting HRD influence and role in the day to day running of the institutes.

As per the proposal, The Government would have a lone representative on the board. At present, the IIMs are registered under the Societies Act, limiting their power to grant of Diplomas and Fellowships. Once the bill gets through, the premier management institutes of the country would be recognizes as Institutes of National Imporatance, in effect getting the power to set their curriculum and grant MBAs and PhDs to the students. The move would also usher in better reforms with more power vesting within their institutes’ governing bodies.

Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar, in his speech asked that Institutes be given the power to reform. He also commented that we need to trust our institutes instead of under-secretaries running the institutes from Delhi. The bill has also proposed and accepted abolishing of the post of IIM visitor — which is held by the President of the country at present. The move was supported by the opposition and even hailed as a great step. However, the former HRD Minister, Shashi Tharoor has cautioned the government regarding gradinting full autonomy to the institutes in regards of setting the fee structure, suggesting that it could lead to marginalization of poor students. The bill would now be presented in Rajya Sabha.

@NarendraModi is Man of The Moment But, Indira is India to Me, Says Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar, July 29: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday evening, in an event, recalled the contribution of Indira Gandhi and claimed that the former prime minister is India for her. Praising Indira Gandhi, Mufti said, “To me, India is Indira Gandhi. Maybe some people won’t like it but she was India, while I was growing up she represented India for me.” She was addressing the media persons at a conference – “Under-standing Kashmir” – organised by the Bureau of Research on Industry & Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF) in the national capital.

She further added the idea of India projected by TV anchors does not match the India in which she was raised. Mufti added, “I am sorry to say that the image of India which the (TV) anchors project is not what India is about, is not the India I know.”

Demanding a more a comprehensive and cohesive approach towards resolving the Kashmir issue, Mehbooba was quoted by IANS as saying, “I want to see that India which cries, feels the pain of Kashmir. The India that embraced us on our terms. We are a diverse state with all kinds of multi-diversity of religion and everything. Kashmir is a mini India in India.”

Reflecting on the statements of revoking Article 35A, Mufti said the measure will only increase alienation in the valley. She said, ” The people questioned the special flag of Jammu and Kashmir but they tend to forget it was given to us by the Constitution of India. We unfurl both flags but if it is tampered with, no body will shoulder the Indian flag in Kashmir in future”.