Daily Archive: December 6, 2017

दिल्ली,यू पी,उत्तराखंड,पंजाब,हरियाणा में भूकंप के झटके

दिल्ली,यू पी,उत्तराखंड,पंजाब,हरियाणा में भूकंप के झटके उत्तराखंड में रिक्टर स्केल पर 5.5की तीव्रता से भूकंप के झटके महसूस किये गए।

Delhi’s air quality improves to ‘poor’ after long gap

New Delhi, Dec 6 (PTI) Delhi’s air quality improved to ‘poor’ today, even as a toxic haze continued to envelope parts of the national capital with the atmosphere being laden with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and other pollutants.

The city’s average Air Quality Index (AQI) was 282 on a scale of 500, classified as ‘poor’, marking a significant improvement from yesterday’s 378, which fell under the ‘very poor’ category.

Since November 23, the air quality in Delhi had remained ‘very poor’, with toxic smog in the city disrupting normal life and even an international cricket match.

The smog in Delhi had cast a shadow on the India-Sri Lanka Test match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, with captain Dinesh Chandimal and his team wearing N95 anti- pollution masks to combat pollution on Day 2.

The match ended in a draw today with Chandimal admitting that it was tough playing under pollution. Some of the Sri Lankan players had fallen sick.

The concentration of NO2 breached the 24-hour safe limit of 80 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) in areas such as R K Puram (91.03)

and Anand Vihar (86.53) while in Dilshad Garden region it hovered close to 80 unit mark in the evening, according to the Central Control Room for Air Quality Management of the CPCB.

Dipankar Saha, Air Lab Chief of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), said, “Our air quality is improving every hour and we hope it will continue to improve.”

7th Pay Commission: They Died For us, Do Not Cut Their Children’s Study Fund, Writes Navy Chief

New Delhi, December 6: Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has written to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman requesting the government to retract its order that limits education reimbursement to the children of soldiers who were killed, got disabled or are missing after performing their duty, NDTV reported. Earlier the children of soldiers killed, disabled or missing were previously given a full reimbursement of tuition fees, hostel charges, cost of books, cost of uniforms and clothing. But now this been capped at Rs. 10,000 in a decision that was taken by the 7th Pay Commission.

“This small gesture would assure the families of our brave women and men that the nation cares for them and their sacrifices are truly appreciated by the government,” Admiral Lanba wrote in his letter addressed to Defence Minister.

“They have made supreme sacrifice for the country and the provision of educational concessions to their kids is a small gesture to recognise their commitment to the defence of the country,” Admiral Lanba wrote in his letter.

Previously, children of those soldiers who were killed, missing or disabled in the action were given a full reimbursement of tuition fees, hostel charges, cost of books, cost of uniforms and clothing. Now it has been capped to Rs 10,000 in an order that was issued by the government on July 1.

According to a rough estimate, after this decision, nearly 3,400 children of armed forces personnel were impacted.

According to a report, the Defence Ministry is taking a re-look at the decision. “The Defence Ministry is seized of the matter. But it is unclear if and when the government will reverse its order,” a source within Defence Ministry said to NDTV.

The education reimbursement was first introduced two days after the armed forces won the 1971 battle which led to the creation of Bangladesh. The reimbursement was a gesture to covey the country’s gratitude and support towards the children and widows of soldiers killed in the war.

It is difficult to uphold rule of law in Delhi, says HC

New Delhi, Dec 6 (PTI) Delhi has become a difficult place to uphold the rule of law, the Delhi High Court today said and pulled up the civic bodies for allowing illegal encroachments and constructions in the national capital.

Maintaining of law and order is “next to impossible”, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said.

The court’s observations came on the submissions of a Delhi resident that his wife and children were tortured because he had filed PILs against illegal encroachments and constructions near Nizamuddin Dargah and other parts of the city.

The man said his wife was secretly videographed and his 12-year-old son was beaten up by people in the presence of police personnel.

Shocked at the incident and the pictures brought to its notice, the bench observed that this was not the first time where a whistleblower has been targeted.

“This is the third instance, we have been reported about.

Their is a mob of 50 persons attacking a woman. It requires courage among the public to come to the court.

“Instead of abiding by the law and the court’s direction, the petitioner and his family members are targeted,” it said, adding that “Delhi has become such a difficult place to uphold the rule of law”.

Earthquake of 5.0 Magnitude Shakes Uttarakhand, Delhi, NCR, Punjab

New Delhi, Dec 6: Strong tremors were felt in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday at 8:50 pm. According to reports, epicentre of the quake is in Uttarakhand and it was felt in Punjab and Haryana as well.

According to news agency ANI, European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said tremors were also felt in Northern states of the country, and the magnitude recorded in the Richter scale is 5.0 and epicenter 121 Km East of Dehradun and 90 Km of Rishikesh.

In Uttarakhand, tremors were felt in Champawat, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Ramnagar, Tehri and Chamoli districts of the state.

No casualty has been reported yet from any of the states.

Military should be kept out of politics: Army chief

New Delhi, Dec 6  Army chief General Bipin Rawat today said there was a politicisation of the armed forces and the military “should be somehow” kept away from politics.

The army chief also said the norm in the “good old days” was never to discuss women and politics in the forces.

However, these subjects were gradually “inching” their way into the discourse and this should be avoided, the army chief added.

“The military should be somehow kept out of politics. Of late, we have been seeing that politicisation of the military has been taking place. I think we operate in a very secular environment. We have a very vibrant democracy where the military should stay far away from the polity,” he said.

Rawat was speaking at an event organised by the United Service Institution.

Gen Rawat has been one of the most outspoken army generals to head the over 12-lakh strong force. He has commented on a range of issues since taking over as the army chief nearly a year ago.

In May, he had stoutly defended the use of a Kashmiri as “human shield” by a young army officer in Kashmir, saying “dirty war” has to be fought through “innovative” ways.

Earlier this year, he had also said that those anti- obstructing the armed forces in anti-terror operations would be treated as overground workers of militant organisations.

At a book release function in Pune last week, Gen Rawat had talked about the army’s operation against the NSCN-K militant hideouts in Myanmar.

In his address today, Gen Rawat said in the “good old days”, the norm was that women and politics were never discussed in the forces, adding these subjects were gradually “inching” their way into the discourse and it should be avoided.

“Whenever (any) issue (of) linking any military establishment or military personnel where political entity comes in then…that is best avoided,” he said.

The army chief declined to elaborate on the statement.

The defence forces, he asserted, do best when they don’t meddle in the political affairs of the nation.

Responding to criticism over the army being asked to build foot overbridges following the stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station in October, Rawat said there is a charter of aid to civilians under which the armed forces help out in times of crises such as floods and earthquakes.

Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, who is also the chairman of the powerful chiefs of staff committee (CoSC), has taken up the issue of capping educational assistance with the defence ministry, he said.

There has been some resentment in the three services of the armed forces over the defence ministry’s decision to cap the educational assistance it gives to children of martyrs or those disabled in action at Rs 10,000 per month.

Rawat added that there was a “misunderstanding” on the issue and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had assured that addressing the problem was a priority, Rawat added.

The army chief also noted that there was radicalisation among the youth by terror outfits and the issue was being addressed.

Source: PTI