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IAS Officer Goes Missing in Delhi, Family Allege Kidnapping

New Delhi, Dec 14:  An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Jitendra Kumar Jha went missing on Monday soon after he left for a morning walk. However, even after 72 hours of the incident, the police are clueless about his location or condition. Jha’s family alleged it as a case of kidnapping, however, the police have not yet concluded on any angle and are conducting the probe.

Jha, originally a resident of Bihar’s Supaul district was posted with the Union ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) in New Delhi. His family members claimed he was regarded as a no-nonsense officer in the department, and it could be a reason for his kidnapping, the Telegraph reported.

Bihar director general of police (DGP) PK Thakur assured the family of Jha that Bihar police will fully cooperate with Delhi police in finding the whereabouts of the IAS officer. Jha’s wife, Bhawna had also reportedly spoke to the Bihar DGP seeking intervention into the matter.

She alleged that Jha was also not happy about the frequent transfers, which made it uncomfortable for him and his family. Jha was reportedly posted in the Union ministry of Information and Technology and every six months he had been transferred from one department to another.

The Delhi police had earlier said they have received CCTV footage which might be helpful, but later it was found to be of no use. It only reportedly shows Jha coming out of the building of the society around 9 pm.

Actor-writer Neeraj Vora dies at 54

Mumbai, Dec 14 Bollywood actor, writer and director, Neeraj Vora, known for films such as “Satya”, “Phir Hera Pheri” and “Daud”, today passed away after being in coma for over a year. He was 54.

Vora died in a hospital early this morning, confirmed sources close to the actor. His demise was also confirmed by actor Paresh Rawal, who worked with him on many films including “Hera Pheri” and “Phir Hera Pheri”.

Vora had been staying at producer Firoz Nadiadwala’s house since October 2016 after slipping into coma due to a heart-attack followed by a brain stroke.

Nadiadwala had brought him to his home and converted a room into a make-shift Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Yesterday night, when his health deteriorated, Vora was taken to the hospital where he passed away.

He will be cremated this afternoon at 3 pm.

As a writer, Vora began working in late 80’s on TV shows, including superstar Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Circus”, while his first professional acting assignment was filmmaker Ketan Mehta’s “Holi”, which also starred Aamir Khan and was shot as a part of a student project.

He went on to star in films like “Rangeela”, for which he also wrote the dialogues, “Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman”, “Akele Hum Akele Tum”, “Daud”, “Virasat”, “Mann” and “Company”.

Source: PTI

Railways forms committee to review flexi-fare system

New Delhi, Dec 14  After months of deliberations, the railway board has finally initiated the process of reviewing the flexi-fare system in premium trains by comparing the prices with that of other modes of transport in the same sectors.

According to a railway board letter dated December 11, a copy of which is with PTI, the board has formed a six-member committee to review the system and submit a report in 30 days.

The committee consists of railway board officials along with Ravinder Goyal, Adviser, Niti Ayog; Meenakshi Malik, Executive Director, Revenue Management, Air India; S Sriram, professor of transport economics and Iti Mani, Director, Revenue, Le Meridien, Delhi.

“The broad terms and reference of the committee shall be to examine all options and recommend the best option keeping in mind passengers and railways’ interest”, the letter stated.

The flexi-fare system, launched in September 2016, led to up to 50 per cent increase in fares. Under the formula, base fares increase from 10 per cent to 50 per cent with every 10 per cent of the berths booked.

While revenue increased, the railways lost passengers as several berths remained vacant, officials said.

“The committee should should assess the impact of implementation of flexi-fare in its current form with respect to revenue generated for the railways, impact on passengers in terms of their choice of the railways as a means of transport with increased fare,” the letter read.

It has also suggested that the committee explore ways to offer adds ons to passengers like loyalty benefits or deferred benefits for better patronage of the scheme.

The committee will also recommend if modifications or amendments can be brought to the the flexi-fare system to offer passengers flexibility of rates during peak season, lean season or during week days or weekends or during festivals.

The committee has also been asked to review the fares of the Humsafar Express which was launched last year.

Source: PTI