Daily Archive: September 15, 2017

Air India employees appeal to Gadkari to protect jobs

Mumbai, Sep 15 (PTI) A union of Air India employees today met Cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari and appealed to him to protect their jobs as the government prepares to privatise the national carrier.

Air India’s Employees Union (AIEU), representing the airline’s non-technical staff also submitted a memorandum to Transport Minister Gadkari and appealed that the government waive Air India’s debt and allow the existing management to run the company instead of selling it to a private player.

Gadkari is part of the group of ministers constituted by the Union Cabinet to chalk out a strategy for disinvestment of Air India.

“In case of privatisation, Air India employees are concerned about the fate of its permanent employees and demand job security, welfare facilities such as medical, provident fund, passages, staff transport, canteen are to be retained during service and also after retirement of employees,” the union wrote in their letter to Gadkari.

They have also demanded that the airline clear their salary dues.

“AIEU would like to request the government to waive (Air India’s) debt and give opportunity to Air India to keep flying the flag of the national carrier,” the memorandum added.

Another union of Air India employees met the Air India chairman earlier this week in Delhi and they too pressed for “partial or complete” debt waiver for the airline.

The carrier has a debt burden of more than Rs 50,000 crore.

PM Modi to Inaugurate Sardar Sarovar Dam on Sunday: Key Facts to Know

New Delhi, September 15: After clearing all legal hurdles, Sardar Sarovar Dam will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on his birthday on Sunday. Notably, it is the second highest dam in the World. The dam was closed in June for increasing its height from 121 metres to 138 metres. After the up gradation, the dam’s capacity to store water will also be increased from 4.73 million cubic metres (MCM) from the existing 1.27 million cubic metres.

  • As per the website of the project, the Sardar Sarovar Project will provide irrigation facilities to 18.45 lac hectare of land, covering 3112 villages of 73 talukas in 15 districts of Gujarat.
  • It will also irrigate 2,46,000 ha. of land in the strategic desert districts of Barmer and Jalore in Rajasthan and 37,500 ha. in the tribal hilly tract of Maharashtra through lift.
  • About 75% of the command area in Gujarat is drought prone while entire command in Rajasthan is drought prone. Assured water supply will soon make this area drought proof.
  • A special allocation of 0.86 MAF of water has been made to provide drinking water to 131 urban centres and 9633 villages (53% of total 18144 villages of Gujarat) within and outside command in Gujarat for present population of 28 million and a prospective population of over 40 million by the year 2021.
  • All the villages and urban centres of the arid region of Saurashtra and Kachchh and all “no source” villages and the villages affected by salinity and fluoride in North Gujarat will be benefited.
  • Water supply requirement of several industries will also be met from the project giving a boost to all-around production.
  • It will also provide flood protection to riverine reaches measuring 30,000 ha. covering 210 villages and Bharuch city and a population of 4.0 lac in Gujarat.

Top athletes to get monthly stipend of Rs 50,000

NEW DELHI: Elite athletes preparing for Tokyo Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will receive a stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to meet their pocket expenses, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore announced today.

Rathore’s announcement meant that the sports ministry has accepted the recommendation of the Olympic Task Force, headed by Abhinav Bindra, in this regard.

The Government has selected 152 elite athletes under the Target Olympic Podium scheme. All the athletes will get benefit from this decision. The stipend will be paid with effect from September 1.

“MYAS @IndiaSports announces Rs 50k/month pocket allowance for 152 elite athletes preparing for Tokyo/CWG/Asian Games. Athletes first, always!” Rathore wrote on the official Twitter handle.

“The allowance applies wef 1 Sep 2017 & is purely for pocket expenses of elite athletes. Committed to providing all resources to our champions.”

The Sports Ministry was getting in touch with all the athletes selected under the TOP scheme to get training and competition exposure plan and any further assistance required for preparation of the prestigious competitions.

#Noida man smothers sister to death

Noida (UP), Sep 15 (PTI) A man has been arrested for allegedly killing his sister for having a relationship with a person against his wishes, police said here today.

Salman was living with his sister Salma at Barula village in Sector 49. On August 18, he killed her and then took the body to their hometown Amroha and concocted a story about her death, the police said.

Salman told his family members and villagers that some unidentified person had “mysteriously” cut her hair after which she fell unconscious and subsequently died, they said.

However, some villagers got suspicious and informed the police and Salman was arrested. On sustained interrogation, Salman confessed to having killed his sister, the police claimed.

Amroha Police had brought the matter to the notice of the Noida police, who brought Salman here on transit remand today.

Salman told the police that his sister had an affair with a man and against his wishes, the police said.

The accused said he suffocated his sister to death using a pillow “to save himself from public embarrassment”, they added.

#NASA Scientists Map Water on Moon’s Surface With Help of Chandrayaan-1

New Delhi, September 15: With the help of India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists of NASA were able to sketch out a global map of water on the soil of Moon.  NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper flew aboard Chandrayaan-1. The study published in the journal Science Advances builds on the initial discovery in 2009 of water and a related molecule — hydroxyl, which consists of one atom each of hydrogen and oxygen — in lunar soil.

The study’s lead author Shuai Li, a Ph.D. student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, US said water is not limited to the polar regions and is present everywhere in the lunar surface. Li, who is also a post doctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii, further stated that amount of water increases toward the poles and does not show significant difference among distinct compositional terrains.

हरियाणा के शिक्षा मंत्री ने डेरा से 51 लाख रुपये का अनुदान वापस लिया

चंडीगढ़. डेरा सच्चा सौदा में हाल में हुए विवादों के मद्देनजर हरियाणा के शिक्षा मंत्री राम बिलास शर्मा ने शुक्रवार को कहा कि उनके द्वारा घोषित 51 लाख रुपये की अनुदान राशि वापस ले ली गई है. शिक्षा मंत्री राम बिलास शर्मा ने मीडिया से कहा, डेरा सच्चा सौदा (सिरसा) के लिए 15 अगस्त को घोषित की गई 51 लाख रुपये की अनुदान राशि वापस ले ली गई है.

सीबीआई की विशेष अदालत ने पंचकूला में 25 अगस्त को डेरा प्रमुख गुरमीत राम रहीम सिंह इंसां को अपने दो साध्वियों के साथ दुष्कर्म के मामले में दोषी करार दिया था. राम रहीम अब 20 साल सश्रम कारावास की सजा भुगत रहा है. मंत्री शर्मा डेरा के एक कार्यक्रम में 15 अगस्त को सिरसा स्थित डेरा सच्चा सौदा गए थे और उन्होंने हरियाणा सरकार की तरफ से 51 लाख रुपये का अनुदान देने की घोषणा की थी.

सिरसा चंडीगढ़ से 260 किलोमीटर दूर है. शिक्षा मंत्री रामबिलास शर्मा (60) डेरा प्रमुख राम रहीम के पैर छूते दिखाई दिए थे. डेरा प्रमुख राम रहीम रोहतक के पास सुनारिया जिला जेल में बंद है.

नरेंद्र मोदी के जन्मदिन को ‘सेवा दिवस’ के रूप में मनाएगी बीजेपी सरकार, किए जाएंगे ये काम

नई दिल्ली। बीजेपी के नेतृत्व वाली सरकार 17 सितंबर को ‘सेवा दिवस’ के तौर पर मनाएगी. इस दौरान श्रमदान के साथ शौचालय निर्माण एवं अन्य स्वच्छता अभियान चलाये जायेंगे. 17 सितंबर को प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी का जन्मदिवस है. पेयजल एवं स्वच्छता मंत्री उमा भारती ने अपने मंत्रिमंडलीय सहयोगियों को पत्र लिखकर उनसे अपने निर्वाचन क्षेत्र, रिहाइशी इलाकों और अन्य जगहों पर ऐसी गतिविधियों के लिये इंतजाम करने और वहां मौजूद रहने को कहा है.

भारती ने अपने पत्र में कहा कि उनका मंत्रालय मंत्रियों को सहायता की पेशकश करेगा और ऐसी पहल को सफल बनाने के लिये जिला प्रशासन के साथ समन्वय स्थापित करेगा. पेयजल और स्वच्छता सचिव परमेश्वरन अय्यर ने कल कहा था कि इस अभियान में प्रधानमंत्री, केंद्रीय मंत्रियों , मुख्य मंत्रियों और सांसदों सहित समाज के सभी वर्ग के लोगों की सहभागिता होगी.