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JNU students protest continues, demand rollback of fee hike

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students Union on Monday said that they will continue the protest until the demands of rollback of fee hikes and release of detained students are accepted.

JNUSU Vice President Saket Moon, who was part of a group protesting near Jor Bagh metro station here said: “We will hold our protest here only. The barricading and the number of police and CRPF cannot be outnumbered. But we will hold this ground until our demands.” Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik was also present at the protest site.

Moon said that the Delhi Police Commissioner has promised the students union that he will arrange a meeting of the agitating students with the Human Resource Development Ministry.

He also demanded release of detained students and also rollback of the entire fee hike.

JNUSU also said that thousands of JNU students have been brutally attacked by the police and the Central Reserve Police Force.

In a statement, the students union claimed that the police used brutal force to disrupt the “peaceful” march and several students have been injured. Many students, including the office bearers, have been detained

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has also notified a High Power Committee to restore the normal functioning of JNU through dialogue with the stakeholders.

The students union demanded to withdraw the draft manual to increase hostel fees and treat the JNUSU, the elected representatives of the students, and the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) as stakeholders.

“The established process in JNU cannot and must not be short-circuited in the name of any high-powered committee decisions. The JNUSU, as the elected representative of the students, is part of this established process and any intervention on the JNU issue must explicitly invite the active participation of JNUSU. This high powered committee must not set a precedent but be corrective,” the students union said.     

“The MHRD should hold the JNU Vice-Chancellor and his administration accountable as he is responsible for the disruption in the normal functioning of the university. The terms of reference of the MHRD committee cannot be merely to advise the university administration.”

The JNUSU reiterated its demand that the JNU Vice-Chancellor must be removed for his complete “mismanagement” of the university.


500 cops join hands with public to clean neglected neighbourhoods in Dwarka

More than 500 police personnel on Saturday joined hands with the public to carry out a sanitation drive in the streets of Dwarka, often neglected by the authorities, the police said.

Anto Alphonse, deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka), said that a total of 12 neighbourhoods across as many sectors were chosen for the drive, ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission on October 2.

“Around 540 police personnel deployed in the Dwarka subcity, as well as more than 500 trainees from the police training school, joined hands with the public as more than 1,500 people picked up brooms to clean the neighbourhoods, roads and pavements,” said Alphonse.

The DCP said that while residential societies are regularly cleaned as part of initiatives of the residents’ welfare associations, areas around them are neglected. “We chose those neglected areas for the cleaning drive,” said Alphonse, who also picked up a broom to take the lead in four such neighbourhoods.

The officer said that all the station house officers of police stations in the district have been tasked with taking charge of their respective neighbourhoods.

Alphonse said that Saturday was chosen for the initiative as it was a relatively lean day for the police personnel. “By October 2, we will also make all police complexes spick and span,” said Alphonse.

The police had asked the residents of all areas to point out the dirty spots in each of their areas. “Some of the neighbourhoods wore a completely transformed look after the drive, which went on for over three hours,” said Alphonse.


Delhi’s Select City Walk is city’s first plastic-free mall

Stepping up its campaign to make the city plastic-free, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Saturday carried out a drive to stop the use of plastic in five prominent markets.

Officials said Delhi’s popular Select City Walk Mall will become the first mall in the city be plastic free, which means the shop owners will not provide plastic bags to any of their customers. The south corporation also said that SDA market in Hauz Khas will be plastic-free. The SDMC officials said that 23 shops and eateries have agreed to stop usage of at least 10 kilos of plastic per day at SDA market.

Meanwhile, in west zone of south corporation, three vegetable and fruit markets — located at D-block Hari Nagar, under Janak Setu flyover at Nangal Raya, and that near Veer Savarkar Park at Punjabi Bagh — will be plastic-free. Collectively 90 vendors, who otherwise had been using approximately 11,000 plastic bags per day, have decided to give up plastic.

A senior official of the south corporation said that the moves will prevent usage of around 100 kilos of plastic per day and take out of use more than 36,500 kilos of plastic in one year.

“Around 170 showrooms and 30 eateries in Select City Walk mall on Saturday decided not to use at least 100 kilos of plastic on daily basis. It has become the first mall in the city to shun plastic. The mall also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the SDMC to make anti-plastic movement a success. Under this MoU, the mall will launch an awareness program in District Centre Saket, nearby markets and kiosks. The mall will also distribute bags made of jute and clothes,” the official said.

South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri, who was present at the signing of MoU, said that it has become imperative to ban single use plastic in Delhi for ensuring a better future .

“The indiscriminate use of plastic has been resulting in the outbreak of fatal diseases and plastic left over have been creating obstacles in the smooth flow of water and sewer. If we succeed in enforcing the ban, 70% plastic pollution can be reduced in Delhi,” Bidhuri said.

SDMC mayor Sunita Kangra that plastic, including bottles and plastic generated from packed food material, would be given to Chintan Environo Research group, which hands over all plastic waste to Al Mehtab industries, which is the authorised recycler of plastic waste by pollution control board.

Earlier, west zone had declared one vegetable and fruit market at Tagore Garden as plastic-free.


Manmohan blames ‘politics of vendetta’ for economic slowdown

NEW DELHI: Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday urged the Modi government to shun its politics of vendetta which he blamed as a factor in India’s worrying economic outlook.

In a recorded message to Prime Minister Narenda Modi he said the 5 percent growth in India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) signalled a prolonged slowdown.

“Our youth, farmers and farm workers, entrepreneurs and the marginalised sections deserve better. India cannot afford to continue down this path. Therefore, I urge the government to put aside vendetta politics, and reach out to all sane voices and thinking minds, to steer our economy out of this man-made crisis.”

Dr Singh said the state of the economy was “deeply worrying” and the near zero percent growth of the manufacturing sector proved that it had not fully recovered from the “blunders of demonetisation and a hastily implemented GST.”

“The last quarter’s GDP growth rate of 5 percent signals that we are in the midst of a prolonged slowdown. India has the potential to grow at a much faster rate but all-round mismanagement by the Modi government has resulted in this slowdown,” he said.

“It is particularly distressing that the manufacturing sector’s growth is tottering at 0.6%.”

Projecting a grim picture of the economy – depressed demand and consumption, lower tax revenues, job losses in formal and informal sector, negative investor sentiment and tax terrorism – Dr. Singh also attacked the Modi-led government for eroding the autonomy of the independent institutions and credibility of government data.

On the Modi government taking 1.76 lakh crore from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reserves, Dr. Singh, who has been a former RBI Governor himself, said the resilience of the RBI will be tested after this record transfer to the government.

“In addition, the credibility of India’s data has come under question under this government. Budget announcements and rollbacks have shaken the confidence of international investors. India has not been able to increase its exports to take advantage of opportunities that have arisen in global trade due to geopolitical realignments. Such is the state of economic management under the Modi government,” he said.

Dr Singh also claimed that the low inflation figures ‘showcased’ by the Modi government has come at the cost of farmers.

“Rural India is in terrible shape. Farmers are not receiving adequate prices and rural incomes have declined. The low inflation rate that the Modi government likes to showcase comes at the cost of our farmers and their incomes, by inflicting misery on over 50% of India’s population,” he said.

“The Modi government’s policies are resulting in massive jobless growth. More than 3.5 lakh jobs have been lost in the automobile sector alone. There will similarly be large scale job losses in the informal sector, hurting our most vulnerable workers,” he added.

Dr Singh’s scathing attack comes after the country reported a slow GDP growth rate of 5 percent for the first quarter of this fiscal, with sharp deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity.


Twelve dead, 50 injured in chemical factory blast in western India

At least 12 people were killed and around 50 injured after a series of explosions at a chemical factory in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Saturday, hospital officials and police said.

An official at Shirpur’s sub-district hospital in Dhule district said that 12 people had died in the explosion.

“There are around 37 injured admitted here, and we have transferred another 12 patients,” D.N. Wagh told Reuters.

The first explosion at the factory took place around 9.30 a.m. (0400 GMT), police officer Sanjay Ahire said. Videos from the incident on local news channels showed thick black smoke billowing out of the factory.

“There was a 200 liter chemical barrel that exploded first, then the fire spread to other parts of the factory and there were more blasts,” Ahire said.


Politicians, sports fraternity pay tribute to Dhyan Chand

New Delhi: On the occasion of the 114th birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, which is also celebrated as National Sports Day, political leaders and sports personalities united to pay tributes to the hockey legend.

Dhyan Chand was part of the Indian hockey team that won the gold in three Olympic Games — 1928, 1932, and 1936. To mark this day, the President of India hands over prestigious national sporting awards — Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award — to sportspersons and coaches.

“Greetings to all sports enthusiasts on National Sports Day. Tributes to the phenomenal hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand Ji on his birth anniversary,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched the ‘Fit India Movement’ earlier on Thursday, tweeted.

“On his birth anniversary, I pay my tributes to Major Dhyan Chand, the greatest hockey player India have ever produced. On this ‘National Sports Day’, my greetings to all sportspersons and the sports enthusiasts across India,” Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said.

Meanwhile, star athlete Hima Das also paid tributes to the legend, tweeting: “My heartfelt tributes to the greatest ever hockey player #MajorDhyanChand on his birth anniversary. Lets us pledge to stay fit on the occasion of #NationalSportsDay.”

Remembering Dhyan Chand, ace paddler Manika Batra tweeted: “Remembering our greatest hockey player #MajorDhyanChand on his birth anniversary. Greetings to everyone on the occasion of National Sports Day. #NationalSportsDay2019.”

Describing Dhyan Chand as a ‘true champion’, cricketer Suresh Raina tweeted: “Remembering the hockey legend #MajorDhyanChand on his birth anniversary, which is also celebrated as #NationalSportsDay. A true champion who has inspired generations with his talent & skill. What a sportsman! My salute!”

Former Sports Minister and Olympic silver medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said: “Remembering #MajorDhyanChand on his Birth Anniversary, marked as #NationalSportsDay. A Padma Bhushan recipient and a 3-time Olympic winner, he’ll 4ever stand as Indian Sports tallest figure. Let’s pay him tribute by making sports & fitness a way of life. #FitIndiaMovement.”

“Tributes to ‘The Wizard’ of hockey, the great #MajorDhyanChand on his birth anniversary. Also salute to all the sportspersons who have made India proud with their hardwork and determination. #NationalSportsDay,” tweeted former cricketer V.V.S. Laxman.

Women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal was also not behind in wishing the legend as she tweeted, “Heartfelt Tributes to the legend, ‘The Magician Of Hockey’ and ‘The Wizard’ #MajorDhyanChand on his Birth Anniversary. Greetings to all fellow Sportspersons on the occasion of #NationalSportsDay.”

“On #NationalSportsDay, paying my respects to Dhyan Chand Ji, the wizard of hockey, and also to all athletes who play for our country with vigour and passion,” tweeted cricketer Shikhar Dhawan.


Malaysian child undergoes liver surgery in Delhi with ATM support

 A Malaysian child underwent a liver surgery in New Delhi with the support of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF).

Mohd Afif Irfan Abdullah, who is one year and four months old, is doing well after receiving a liver transplant.

He suffered from a chronic liver disease and was recommended treatment abroad by the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).

As it involved significant medical expenses, MAF staff contributed financially to ensure treatment for Afif, whose father Abdullah Yaakub works at 74 Division Workshop based at Sungai Besi Camp.

Chief of Armed Foces Gen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, Army chief Gen Datuk Seri Ahmad Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi and the armed forces family have followed the case closely, said defence advisor at the Malaysian High Commission in New Delhi, Col Dr Ahmad Sham Baharin.

“We are happy to see that Afif has received good treatment and his parents are satisfied. Since they arrived in India on July 24, we made all efforts to assist them in every way we could,” he told Bernama.

Dr Sharat Varma, head of paediatric hepatology and gastroenterology, who was part of the team that performed the surgery at Max Hospital, said Afif will be fit to go back to Malaysia in two weeks and live a healthy life.

The donor for transplant was Afif’s mother, Zahalini.

Afif was discharged from the hospital on Monday in the presence of Malaysian High Commissioner Datuk Hidayat Abdul Hamid, Datin Rosie Hidayat, and Malaysian diplomats.

Varma said Afif had a “comfortable and uneventful” time during his treatment.

“His liver function is very good and he is eating well. We had no complications,” he said.

The child was the sixth Malaysian liver transplant patient at the hospital in nine months.

The hospital is expected to receive another Malaysian patient next month for liver surgery.

Varma said Max Hospitals group is keen to collaborate with hospitals in Malaysia in treating patients as well as in developing liver treatment facilities.


Man released from jail arrested again

A man, who was released from jail in December last, has been rearrested in connection with snatching and vehicle theft cases in Dwarka, the police said on Friday.

The accused, Vishal (22), was involved in five cases of snatching, they said.

He was arrested from Dwarka-Matiyala Road on Thursday.

After being released from jail, he had again started to rob people to arrange money for his drug addiction and a mobile phone for his girlfriend.

He had recently stolen a motorcycle, which he used to flee after committing crimes, a senior police officer said. A countrymade pistol, two bullets, four mobiles phones and the motorcycle have been seized.


CCTV project: AAP govt. threatens to impose ₹16 crore cost on BEL

Firm is legally obliged to instal 1.4 lakh cameras by Nov. 22

The Delhi government has proposed to impose a penalty of ₹16 crore on Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for its slow pace of installing 1.4 lakh CCTVs at a cost of around ₹320 crore on the streets of Delhi.

The Delhi government said that BEL is legally obliged to instal 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras by November 22, 2019, but has installed only around 16,000 till date.

The CCTV project is a flagship project of the AAP government and it has now decided to instal 1.4 lakh more CCTVs on the streets. The company will be “blacklisted” and “complete 10% penalty” will be imposed, in case of a delay, said the Chief Minister’s Office.

“BEL is under legal obligation to complete the installation of CCTVs within nine months according to its agreement with the Delhi government, and in case it fails to complete the entire installation work within these nine months, it is liable to pay a 10% penalty,” an official statement said.

“Since more than two-thirds of the time given to the BEL is already over, the Delhi government proposes to impose a 5% penalty [₹16 crore] of the overall CCTVs installation project cost [₹320 crore] to begin with,” it said.

The move comes after strong displeasure by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the “slow” pace of work.

The Public Work Department (PWD) of Delhi government has already issued a show-cause notice to the BEL over the “slow” installation of CCTV cameras. “PWD has on numerous occasions, written to the BEL and has alerted them time and again to speed up this very important project of women safety and public welfare,” the statement said.

PWD Minister Satyendar Jain and Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev had recently met the Chairman and Managing Director of BEL and conveyed the government’s dissatisfaction over the delay in installation.

“Currently, around 400 CCTVs are being installed everyday. In the meeting, the BEL CMD had informed that all efforts would be made to improve this number to installation of 1,500 CCTVs daily,” the statement read.


High Court seeks reply from govt., LoP on Kejriwal’s plea

CM demands quashing summons in defamation complaint against him by Vijender Gupta

The Delhi High Court on Friday sought response of the Delhi government and Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea to quash summons in a defamation complaint against him by the BJP leader.

Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri issued notice to the State of NCT and Mr. Gupta seeking their stand on Mr. Kejriwal’s plea by November 20, the next date of hearing.

The High Court, however, declined to issue notice on Mr. Kejriwal’s application seeking stay on summons issued to him by the lower court on July 8.

Mr. Kejriwal had challenged the July 8 summons by moving a revision plea which was dismissed by the lower court on July 26 that he has also challenged in the High Court.

The High Court said prima facie, it appears that trial would be required to decide if the AAP chief’s retweet of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s tweet was defamatory.

‘No trial needed’

Mr. Kejriwal, represented by senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, has claimed that he has not named Mr. Gupta in his tweet or retweet. He also argued that no trial was required to determine if retweets would amount to defamation as then anyone and everyone who retweets a tweet would be roped in irrespective of their comment in the retweet.

Mr. Gupta, in his complaint, had accused Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Sisodia of “maligning” his image by allegedly accusing him on Twitter of being part of a “conspiracy” to kill the AAP chief.

After Mr Kejriwal was slapped in May this year during the general election campaign, he had alleged on Twitter that the BJP wanted to get him killed by his own personal security officer in the manner in which Indira Gandhi had been assassinated.

In response to his comments, Mr. Gupta had said that Mr. Kejriwal was slapped because he had relaxed his security cordon. To this, Mr. Sisodia had tweeted that there was a conspiracy to kill the Chief Minister and that Mr. Gupta was allegedly a part of it.