Daily Archive: March 17, 2018

UP bypoll results not referendum on Yogi govt: Shah

New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) Hailing the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, BJP chief Amit Shah today said the bypoll results were not a referendum on the party’s dispensation in the state.

In his first reaction after the party lost the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha by-elections, Shah said that UP government was one of the best among the BJP dispensations in the states.

“The party has taken it (the bypoll outcome) seriously and will minutely analyse the results of these polls,” Shah said in an interview to Zee TV.

He said there could be many reasons for the BJP’s defeat in the bypolls. The voting percentage was low and at the same time, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came together, he said.

On the SP-BSP understanding in UP, Shah said that the BJP was confident that it would be able to get more than 50 per cent votes in the the state in the Lok Sabha elections next year.

He said the understanding between the SP and the BSP was for their survival and it proved that the BJP is and will remain the only dominant political force in the state.

11-year-old boy steals Rs 3 lakh from SBI branch in Rampur

Rampur: An eleven-year-old boy was caught on CCTV camera at the State Bank of India’s main branch in Rampur while escaping with the bag that contained Rs 3 lakh on Friday. The video footage shows the boy wearing a red shirt and blue jeans holding a bag “full of cash belonging to businessman Neeraj Khandelwal”, circle officer (city) Narendra Pal Singh said.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, the written complaint of Khandelwal to the police reads: “I brought the money to deposit in the bank. I was sitting on a bench inside the bank waiting for my turn when I realised that my bag was gone.” Meanwhile, the bank has asked the security to be more alert and have displayed a notice for the clients to be more vigilant for their belongings.

“We have deployed two police teams to identify and nab the thief. The teams are combing localities close to the bank,” circle officer Singh said.

“The theft occurred in the waiting area for customers . It is not linked to any of our staff members and we have not launched any internal probe,” branch manager Ajit Kumar said.

90-year-old women rape case : Court pronounces verdict

The district court on Saturday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for raping a 90-year-old woman in 2015.

Vishnu Krishna Nalawade, 53, a resident of Naganwadi in Bhudargad tehsil, raped the bed-ridden woman, who lived in his neighbourhood, on March 4, 2015.

The court examined nine witnesses during the trial and their testimonies proved crucial, public prosecutor Amruta Patole said.

Judge Aditi Kadam sentenced Nalawade to life imprisonment while terming his act as “inhuman”, the prosecutor said.

Governor reviews Shrine Board infrastructure development projects

JAMMU, MARCH 17: Governor N. N. Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, today visited the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji and reviewed the important infrastructure development projects which are under completion in the Shrine area.

The Governor, accompanied by Dr. M. K. Kumar, Additional Chief Executive Officer, Mr. M. M. Gupta, Chief Engineer, and other concerned officers and engineers of the Shrine Board, inspected the work on the installation of Passenger Ropeway between Bhawan and Bhairon Ghati, visited the new floor created on the terrace of Manokamna Bhawan-II for establishing Automatic Fare Collection Counters and Gateway, the waiting area for the Ropeway passengers, the ramp leading to the Ropeway Cabins. He directed that proper regulatory mechanisms should be put in place and the two way speed of the Ropeway synchronised with the maximum haltage period at Bhawan Temple to ensure against any overcrowding or stampeding.

Mr. R. K. Sharma, Joint General Manager of M/s RITES informed Governor that the installation of mechanical components of the Passenger Ropeway has been completed and the Board’s Chief Engineer informed that the allied works of the Ropeway are in the advanced stage of completion and work has been started on the installation of Automatic Fare Collection System.

Delhi PWD directs officials to minimise paper work

New Delhi, Mar 17
 The public works department of the Delhi government has directed its officials to minimise the use of paper in their routine work and encourage online submission of documents.

The Delhi PWD department has asked the officials to upload orders, office memorandums on the official websites and limit the use of hard copies of such communications.

“Notes should be typed or written on both sides of the paper or note sheet. Typing should be done in single space,” an official said.

The official said copies should not be typed again where the draft is legible and does not contain many corrections.

According to the department, the move comes following the directions of the Union Finance Ministry on use of papers.

“Forms, proformas, returns etc., if any, stipulated by ministries/departments/ organisations in connection with the organisational mandate may be reviewed in relation to their size and format and should be recast and simplified in keeping with the recent directive from the Cabinet Secretariat,” the PWD’s office memorandum stated.

Manual submission of forms and other documents, where stipulated either under statutory obligations or otherwise, should be discouraged, it said.

Source: PTI

Russia Expels 23 British Diplomats In A Tit-For-Tat Move, Must Leave Within A Week

Moscow, Russia : Russia expelled 23 British diplomats on Saturday in a retaliatory move over British accusations that the Kremlin orchestrated a nerve toxin attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England.

Escalating a crisis in relations, Russia said it was also shutting down the activities of the British Council, which fosters cultural links between the two countries, and withdrawing agreement for Britain to operate a consulate-general in St. Petersburg.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was giving the 23 British diplomats one week to leave the country.

The move followed Britain’s decision on Thursday to expel 23 Russian diplomats over the attack in the English city of Salisbury which left former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, critically ill in hospital.

The ministry said Moscow’s measures were a response to what it called Britain’s "provocative actions and groundless accusations". It had warned London it stood ready to take further measures in the event of more "unfriendly steps".

Relations between London and Moscow have crashed to a post-Cold War low over the attack, the first known offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War Two.

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador, Laurie Bristow, to a meeting on Saturday morning in central Moscow at its Stalin-era headquarters during which he was informed of the measures.

Bristow told reporters afterwards that the crisis had arisen after "the attempted murder of two people using a chemical weapon developed in Russia". Britain had only expelled the Russian diplomats after Moscow had failed to explain how the nerve toxin had got to Britain, he said.

"We will always do what is necessary to defend ourselves," the ambassador told reporters.

War Of Words

Russia has complained that Britain has failed to provide any evidence of its involvement in the Salisbury attack and has said it is shocked and bemused by the allegations.

Source: NDTV