Nine persons were killed and 15 others injured when an eaves collapsed during wedding rituals in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district last night.The incident occurred in Pidhi village in Kumher police station area where the ‘Bhaat’ ritual was going on.Several people were sitting on the eaves to watch the ceremony. Suddenly, the structure gave in and the people sitting under it got trapped, Assistant SP (Bhartpur rural) Dharmendra Singh said.The victims were rushed to a nearby hospital where some of them were declared brought dead and some died during treatment.8 of the 15 deceased, that included both men and women, have been admitted to the SMS Hospital in Jaipur, he said.
In a partial response to the appeal by the Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, oil tanker drivers in the state resumed duty on Wednesday. However they demand lifting of fuel from Assam to ply along the Highways.Government circles are hopeful that the striking drivers shall start lifting fuel soon.Mr. Singh had assured full protection to the drivers during a meeting with the representatives of the drivers and transport agencies on Tuesday. The drivers went on a ceasework strike soon after the ambush of three oil tankers in Kangpokpi district along NH 2 on April 30. Apart from providng adequate security to the driverss, the Cheif Minister offered to start an emergency helpline, ex-gratia apart from a government jobb, to the family members of those who get killed in the militant attacks.A life insurance policy for the drivers with the premium being footed by the government was also assured by Mr. Singh.Though the police had arrested a few Kuki Revolutionary Army militants, the People’s War Group of the Kangleipak Communist Party, a proscribed outfit owned responsibility for the two ambushes along NH 2.
An uneasy calm is fast setting in on the home town of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, Tral, ahead of the death anniversary, with security agencies “fearing spectacle attacks”.The police on Tuesday called slain Wani’s father, Muzaffar Ahmad Wani, a school teacher, to the local police station. He was detained for a couple of hours, said the family. “A new police officer has joined here. He apparently wanted to meet me. It seems they wanted to assess the situation (ahead of Wani’s death anniversary),” Wani’s father told The Hindu. Locals alleged that security forces have stepped up patrolling in Tral town. Shopkeepers here have a lurking feeling “of a major unrest” in the coming days. “Separatists on Tuesday issued a fresh calendar to observe a week-long protest on Wani’s anniversary.
An FIR has been lodged against former Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh and five former bureaucrats of the state for alleged financial irregularities in the Manipur Development Society (MDS), a police officer said on Saturday.Ibobi Singh was the chief minister of Manipur from 2002 to March 2017.The FIR was on Friday lodged at the Imphal police station against Ibobi Singh and former chief secretaries Y Ningthem Singh, P C Lawmkunga and O Nabakishore Singh. Also named in the FIR were former project director of MDS D S Poonia and its administrative officer Ranjit Singh, the officer said.The police urged the Imphal West Superintendent of Police to conduct “a detailed investigation and to book the persons/officials responsible for mismanagement, misappropriation and misuse of funds”, on the basis of an enquiry report submitted by the Vigilance department.The vigilance report said the former Chief Minister “is required to be examined and record his statement as he was the chairman of MDS from July 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014“.In November last year, the Planning Department of the state government had approached the Vigilance department to conduct an enquiry into the alleged financial irregularities in MDS.It was alleged that “officials and staffs of MDS had not observed prescribed procedures, establishment’s norms and extant rules.Meanwhile the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson A K Ranjit said only after the conclusion of the investigation on graft charges, their authenticity should be determined.The Congress “welcomes the investigation process,” he added.
The 2011 winner of the ₹5 crore jackpot in the popular television programme Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) season-V will soon be working as a government school teacher.Sushil Kumar is among those who cleared the Bihar’s Teachers Eligibility Test (TET), the results of which were announced on Thursday.“I only got ₹3.6 crore of the prize money after taxes,” he told The Hindu over the phone from his home in Hanuman Gadhi area of Motihari in East Champaran district.But what did he do with all that money? “Let me be clear… I have never been after money,” he said. “I want a peaceful life… a quiet life, reading good books, doing a little social work and playing music, all of which I continued to do even after winning the KBC jackpot,” he said. He had used a part of the prize money to build a double storied house, where 19 members of his family live together. Mr. Kumar has five brothers. He is married to Kumari Seema Patel and has a four-year-old daughter, Aadya. “I also bought a plot of land in Motihari in my mother’s name and helped my brothers and a few other relatives to set up their own businesses,” he said. He himself started a cabs business in partnership with a friend in Delhi and bought some shops in Motihari town. The remaining amount he put in bank accounts, on which he earns a decent interest. Helping handMr. Kumar has been teaching around 40 poor dalit students at Machargawa Panchayat in Kotowa block, a few kilometres from his home, for free. “I enjoy teaching them,” he said.“It was my wife who convinced me to take the TET examination, as I could then pursue my interest in teaching as a profession. He sat for the test with over 2 lakh examinees, only 17% of whom managed to pass. And now as a government school teacher, this crorepati will be earning a princely ₹18,000 as monthly salary.
At least six people were injured after a bridge collapsed in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba on Thursday.The concrete bridge links Chamba town with Punjab’s Pathankot.Around three vehicles were also damaged in the accident and a mini truck loaded with bricks was still stranded at the bridge. An FIR has been registered and a probe is on in this regard.
Hours after five persons were bludgeoned to death by an irate mob in Dhule district, a similar incident transpired in neighbouring Nashik district where a family of five were attacked on suspicion of being child traffickers.According to police, a mob of around 3000, fed on social media rumours about a child lifting gang, pounced upon the victims in the Azad Nagar locality in Nashik’s Malegaon district, 280 km from Pune, late on Sunday night.The victims Gajanan Sahebrao Gire, his wife Sindhubai, their two-year-old child, Sindhubai’s sister Anusaya and another relative Yogesh – all hailing from Parbhani district – were ostensibly begging for money along Malegaon’s Ali Akbar Road area to pay for their return fare back home.A crowd suspecting that they were child lifters, swooped upon them. In a bid to escape from the clutches of the mob, the five took shelter in a nearby building.“At around 11 p.m. on Sunday, we got a call about some persons being assaulted by a mob on suspicion of being child lifters. The police immediately rushed to the scene and managed, with great effort, to pacify the restive mob,” said Harssh Poddar, IGP, Nashik Range. The police, too, faced the brunt of the mob’s fury as the crowd began pelting stones on the security men, damaging a police vehicle in the process. An official told The Hindu that a case under sections 143, 147, 149 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been lodged against unidentified persons at the Azad Nagar police station. No arrests have yet been made in the case and further investigations are on.Meanwhile, 23 persons have been taken into police custody in connection with the lynching of five persons in Dhule on Sunday.
The Uttar Pradesh government is contemplating “compulsory retirement” for employees aged 50 years and above if they are found neglecting their duty, an order that has not gone down well with the workforce.Around four lakh employees out of a total of 16 lakh working with the State government would come under the ambit of the screening and a detailed report of their work and performance would have to be submitted by department heads by July 31, a senior government official said.“You all (departmental heads) should complete screening of all the employees above 50 years of age for compulsory retirement by July 31. For considering 50 years of age, the cut off date will be March 31, 2018,” a government order issued by Additional Chief Secretary Mukul Singhal read.It also said that according to rules, any government employee can opt for retirement. The order has, however, not gone down well with the employees, with the president of the UP Secretariat Employees’ Association, Yadavendra Mishra, saying that such attempts were aimed at harassing government servants.“It will not be tolerated,” he said, adding that a meeting would be held here tomorrow to decide the future course of action, which might include going on strike if the State government goes ahead with the exercise to force out senior government employees. While such orders have been in vogue since 1986, they were not being implemented in letter and spirit by several departments, officials said.Now to make sure that the order is implemented, all departments have been asked to complete screening of employees for the purpose of compulsory retirement by July 31.The order, dated July 6, has been marked to the additional chief secretary, the principal secretaries and the secretaries in the government.To improve the work culture in the State, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has given instructions that his government will not allow corrupt or non-performing officials to remain in service as they are a liability and affect good governance, a senior official said.
The appointment of a bureaucrat as the Vice-Chancellor of the country’s premier Forest Research Institute Deemed to be University (FRIDU) in Dehradun has been challenged before the Delhi High Court by a plea claiming that it was in contravention of the University Grants Commission (UGC) rules.IFS officer The petition has sought to quash the appointment of Dr. Savita, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, as the Vice-Chancellor of FRIDU, claiming that she did not have the ‘requisite qualification’.The plea filed by Hilaluddin, a former scientist with the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), has claimed that the UGC’s minimum academic qualification for the post of Vice-Chancellor is a Ph.D degree and the candidate should have spent a minimum of 10 years as professor in a university.‘Not a scientist’ It added that Dr. Savita, also the Director of FRI, Dehradun, has never held the post of a professor at any university nor was she posted as scientist in any academic institution.During the hearing on the petition last month, the counsel appearing for the FRIDU Chancellor and V-C told the High Court that “there is no post of Vice-Chancellor of the Forest Research Institute, a deemed university and only the Director, Forest Research Institute is designated as a Vice-Chancellor”.Next hearing on Oct. 16 The High Court has asked the counsel to bring the documents which showed that there is no post of V-C before the next date of hearing on October 16.Mr. Hilaluddin, in a petition filed through advocate Gyanant Kumar Singh, has claimed that the appointment of Dr. Savita as the Vice-Chancellor in violation of UGC regulations was “illegally regularised through a resolution on March 30, 2016, by the FRIDU Board of Management, which included Dr. Savita”.The petition claimed that the Board’s resolution stood vitiated with the participation of Dr. Savita as Member Secretary in the meeting which was considering her case.It further alleged that “prior permission of the UGC was not obtained by the authorities of FRIDU before diluting academic qualification of the Vice-Chancellor and altering structure of its Board of Management as mandated by the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be University) Regulations 2010”.The plea has sought direction for termination of appointment of Dr. Savita from the post of Vice-Chancellor of FRIDU and filling up the post in a time-bound manner in accordance with the UGC regulations.
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