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Article 35A file goes missing in #Delhi

New Delhi: A key Kashmir file justifying the insertion of Article 35A into the Indian Constitution has gone missing from the high security vaults of North Block in New Delhi.
The incident comes at a time when the Indian Supreme Court is hearing a petition by an RSS-backed NGO seeking the abrogation of the Article, which bars outsiders from acquiring land in Kashmir. “A 63-year-old file containing legal opinion on Article 35A has vanished from North Block’s high-security vaults at a time the provision, which grants special rights and privileges to permanent residents of Kashmir, faces a legal challenge to its constitutionality,” reported The Telegraph newspaper. “Our employees are frantically searching for the file, which is crucial to the case as we have to convey our stand in the Supreme Court at the next hearing on August 29,” a senior Indian home ministry official said.
He said the file had disappeared from the Ministry’s legal and administrative records section, perhaps during the Ministry’s Swachh Bharat campaign between June 22 and 26 in 2015 when it weeded out hundreds of old files.

US की नई अफगान नीति का ऐलान आज, चीन-रूस के और करीब आएगा पाक: रिपोर्ट

इस्लामाबाद। ट्रंप प्रशासन की नई अफगान रणनीति के किसी भी नतीजे को संतुलित करने के लिए पाकिस्तान को चीन और रूस के साथ कहीं ‘गहरे’ संबंध बनाने की कोशिश करनी पड़ सकती है. यह बात मीडिया में आई एक रिपोर्ट में कही गई है.

ट्रंप स्थानीय समयानुसार आज रात (दक्षिण एशिया में कल सुबह) युद्धप्रभावित अफगानिस्तान के लिए बहुप्रतीक्षित नई रणनीति की घोषणा करने वाले हैं. खबरों में कहा गया है कि अपनी नीति की समीक्षा के दौरान ट्रंप प्रशासन ने भारत की भूमिका की संभावनाओं पर गौर किया और कल अमेरिकी रक्षा मंत्री जिम मैटिस ने इस बात की पुष्टि की कि नई नीति एक पूर्ण दक्षिण एशिया रणनीति है.

द एक्सप्रेस ट्रिब्यून ने इस योजना से परिचित कम से कम दो अधिकारियों के हवाले से कहा कि पाकिस्तान नई अफगान रणनीति के किसी भी परिणाम को संतुलित करने के लिए विभिन्न विकल्पों पर विचार कर रहा है. रिपोर्ट में कहा गया कि पाकिस्तान के अधिकारियों ने यह स्वीकार किया है कि वॉशिंगटन से मिल रहे संकेतों को देखते हुए यह कहा जा सकता है कि आने वाले महीनों में इस्लामाबाद के धैर्य की निश्चित तौर पर परीक्षा होगी.

एक अधिकारी ने दैनिक अखबार को बताया कि अमेरिका की ओर से कोई कठोर कदम उठाए जाने की सूरत में पाकिस्तान के पास चीन और रूस के साथ अपना सहयोग बढ़ाने और गहराने के अलावा कोई विकल्प नहीं बचेगा.

पाकिस्तान और चीन के बीच एक सर्वकालिक संबंध हैं. दोनों देशों के नेताओं ने इस संबंध को बेहद मजबूत संबंध कहा है. कुछ साल पहले बीजिंग की ओर से ‘वन बेल्ट, वन रोड’ पहल की घोषणा किए जाने पर इनका संबंध आगे बढ़ा है. दोनों देशों के बीच एक महत्वाकांक्षी पहल के तहत 50 अरब डॉलर का चीन-पाकिस्तान आर्थिक गलियारा पाक अधिकृत कश्मीर से होकर गुजरता है.

रिपोर्ट में दावा किया गया कि रूस के साथ पाकिस्तान के संबंध भी शीत युद्ध के दौर की शत्रुताओं से आगे बढ़ चुके दिखाई देते हैं. आकस्मिक स्थितियों में पाकिस्तान की पहली योजना के बारे में अधिकारी ने कहा कि अगर मेरिका हमारी वाजिब चिंताओं पर गौर नहीं करता और बस भारत की ही लाइन पर आगे बढ़ता है तो हम निश्चित तौर पर चीन और रूस की ओर चले जाएंगे.

अफगानिस्तान के लिए अमेरिका की नई रणनीति पाकिस्तान को हक्कानी नेटवर्क समेत कुछ आतंकी समूहों से अपना गठजोड़ तोड़ने के लिए विवश करने के लिए उसके खिलाफ कड़े कदम उठाने की मांग कर सकती है.  ट्रंप प्रशासन के बयानों समेत हालिया घटनाक्रम यह संकेत देता है कि पाकिस्तान के साथ कड़ा रूख अपनाने के लिए वाशिंगटन में आम सहमति बन रही है.

‘फॉरेन पॉलिसी’ पत्रिका में छपी एक रिपोर्ट में दावा किया गया कि ट्रंप पाकिस्तान को दी जाने वाली सभी सैन्य मदद खत्म करने पर विचार कर रहे हैं क्योंकि उनका मानना है कि ‘‘इस्लामाबाद वाशिंगटन के साथ धोखाधड़ी कर रहा है. वहीं पाकिस्तानी अधिकारियों का मानना है कि अमेरिका का रूख हमें दबाव में रखने पर केंद्रित दिखाई देता है.

PM reviews progress of Soil Health Cards and #PMFBY

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today reviewed the progress of two key schemes related to the agriculture sector – Soil Health Cards; and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.

The Prime Minister was informed that 16 States/UTs have completed the first cycle of Soil Health Cards distribution, and the remaining States are likely to complete the same within weeks.

Reviewing the progress, the Prime Minister said that appropriate checks should be undertaken for variation, both within a sampling grid, and across different soil testing labs. This would help ensure quality in the reports, he added.

The Prime Minister also emphasized that soil health cards should be printed in the local dialect of the area, so that the farmers are able to read and understand them easily.

Encouraging the rapid adoption of latest technology, the Prime Minister said that soil testing should eventually be possible through hand-held devices. He urged officials to explore the possibility of involving start-ups and entrepreneurs in this exercise.

On Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the Prime Minister was informed that in the Kharif season of 2016, and Rabi season of 2016-17, claims of over Rs. 7700 crore have already been paid, and over 90 lakh farmers have been benefited.

Officials also said that latest technology including smartphones, remote sensing, satellite data and drones are being used for speedy data collection with regard to crop insurance claims.

Senior officials from Ministry of Agriculture, NITI Aayog and PMO were present during the review meeting.

Global Crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 49.75 per bbl on 18.08.2017

The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was US$ 49.75 per barrel (bbl) on 18.08.2017. This was higher than the price of US$ 49.06 per bbl on previous publishing day of 17.08.2017.

In rupee terms, the price of Indian Basket increased to Rs. 3188.96 per bbl on 18.08.2017 as compared to Rs. 3151.91 per bbl on 17.08.2017. Rupee closed stronger at Rs. 64.10 per US$ on 18.08.2017 as compared to Rs. 64.24* per US$ on 17.08.2017. The table below gives details in this regard:

Particulars Unit Price on August 18, 2017 Previous trading day i.e. (17.08.2017)
Crude Oil (Indian Basket) ($/bbl)          49.75               (49.06)
(Rs/bbl)        3188.96          (3151.91)
Exchange Rate (Rs/$)          64.10             (64.24*)

 

* RBI reference rate for 17.8.2017 was not available. Therefore reference rate of 16.08.2017 had been considered.

Utkal derailment: Manoj Sinha promises stringent action

New Delhi, Aug 21 Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha today said there would be unprecedented action against those found guilty in the inquiry report of the Kalinga Utkal Express derailment.

The derailment in Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday evening killed 22 people and injured 156, 26 of whom are in a critical condition.

Cracking the whip, the railways sent three top officials, including a secretary-level Railway Board official, on leave, suspended four officers and transfered one.

Stressing that action had already been initiated against officials, Sinha said, “Once the report comes…the action will be such that has not been seen before.”

“On preliminary basis… things that have come to light…based on it I feel that the most stringent action has been taken in the history of the railways,” Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of the ITU-TRAI Asia Pacific Regulators Roundtable.

Asked whether the preliminary report had pointed to human error for the train mishap, Sinha said, “You are wrongly informed, the inquiry is going on.”

Mohd Jamshed, member traffic, railways, had said in a press briefing yesterday that equipment to repair tracks were found at the accident spot and that the Commissioner Railway Safety would investigate if unauthorised repair work led to the tragedy.

#NGT directs GDA to remove encroachments in Arthala lake

New Delhi, Aug 21  The National Green Tribunal has directed civic bodies in Ghaziabad to take action against the rampant dumping of waste and encroachments on Arthala Lake located close to the Hindon river.

A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim asked the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and other authorities to expeditiously look into the issue and restore the lake to its natural form.

“The GDA and other respondents concerned may take appropriate action to prevent any encroachment,” the bench said.

The matter is fixed for hearing on September 14.

The order came while hearing a plea by NGO SPENBIO seeking removal of all illegal constructions and encroachments on Arthala lake in Ghaziabad and alleged that a distillery and hospital were discharging untreated effluents in the lake.

“The encroachments, illegal constructions and unauthorised occupation on Arthala lake are resulting in environmental degradation and causing hazard to public health.

The NGO had contended that residents of the area have lodged several complaints about encroachments on the Arthala Lake with the Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam, the District Magistrate and the Senior Superintendent of Police but no action has been taken by any of these agencies against the violators.

“Instead of taking action against encroachers, Ghaziabad Development Authority is illegally constructing a underpass on Khasra no 1446 of the lake and more than 10 pillars have benn erected on the elevated road of 18 km without environment clearance from the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority on the land of lake, violating Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2010 and Section 132 of the UP Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act 1950,” it had submitted.