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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Dussehra in Punjab left condolence -- to state; to country!

By on Saturday, October 20, 2018

Running train kills more than 50 Dussehra fair crowd in Amritsar
Shukhveer Aluwalia; Amritsar
On the occasion of Dussehra, the celebration of Ravana effigy burning near the railway track at Zoda crossing in Amritsar Punjab was going on suddenly it turned into grief atmosphere on Friday evening.
More than 50 people have been killed when a huge crowd was the spectators of the burning effigy of Ravana which turned into intense flames – and the crowd retreated; tried to escape themselves narrowly spill away from the spot towards the railway track; meanwhile Jalandhar Express ran into the crowd.
The Train was in speed, and the spectators of this celebration came into the trap of this fatal accident on Friday this week in Amritsar.
Atleast 50 people have been killed in this fatal accident. According to report, on the occasion an effigy of Ravana was being burnt to celebrate the fair of Dussehra near the Railway track at Zoda crossing.
Those who had to be returned would never be come back; and those who are safe are preparing for funeral; those who had to carry milk for their children are seeking bamboo for pallbearing. The mothers are in stir to search their children whom they were waiting. The shrouds to wrap, the wood to burn and the places to put the bodies of their beloved one are lacking.
The eye witness says that it is a very strange accident -- and it is not an accident rather a murder. Several questions are here to be posed which have had no answer. Who is responsible for this accident is to find in this question?
1- How the Ravana effigy burning fair was allowed near the Railway track?
2. Why didn't maintained the needful security measures in this fair by the local administration.
3. Why didn't the DM order to the railway to run slow train?
4. Why didn't the management of fair communicate instruction to the people not to cross the railway track?
5. Why didn't the Police ensure the security measures before managing this fair? The people of country need the answer of these questions, but all these questions are being subsided in the frame of investigation now. The Chief Minister of Punjab Captain, Amrinder Singh, has announced Rupee 5 Lakh ex-gratia to teh next kin of the deceased of this accident and ordered an inquiry.
The effigy laden with crackers began to burst and the intense fire turn into high flame, the spectators went over the railway track and a few of them were already bystanders there.  

Friday, October 19, 2018

N D Tiwari is no more; took his last breath

By on Friday, October 19, 2018

It's good bye

Mr ND Tiwari, 93, former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttara Khand, died in Max hospital at New Delhi on Thursday evening.  Tiwari's prolong illness deteriorated his condition yesterday evening. It is coincidence that Mr Tiwari’s birth day was yesterday when he took his last breath.
Mr Tiwari had taken the charge of Chief Minister post three times during the years 1976-77,1984-85 and 1988-89; then Uttara Khand during 2002-07, and became the Governor of Andhra Pradesh during the year 2007-09. He had been on high profile posts like finance and foreign ministry during the tenure of former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi..

Tuesday, October 09, 2018


By on Tuesday, October 09, 2018
There has been a perpetual tendency with the prime minister that he promises but always falters on that, I understand, promising something is much easier than having the capacity to deliver. I will like to tell you some of the promises in the Agricultural sector which has not been fulfilled till today. This government promised on the price stabilisation fund to help regulate price volatility of important agro-horticultural commodities such as onion, potatoes and pulses and it was set up in 2014-15 but it is ineffective till this day. The second most important issue was establishment of National Agriculture Market for electronic trading and connecting the existing Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees and other market yards to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities. This was also set up in 2016 but largely non-functional since then. The third promise was 50% profits for farmers over cost of production but now the government has started to say it is not possible. The next promise was to unbundle Food Corporation of India (FCI) operations into procurement, storage and distribution for greater efficiency but not much headway was made in this regard. A high-level committee headed by former food minister and senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar, was formed to look into the issue but the committee had junked the idea in its report in 2015. This reality of agrarian crisis has to be understood in right perspective and it has to reckon with in the current kharif marketing season itself, even as it has announced a fresh round of minimum support price (MSP) increases for the about-to-be-planted rabi crops.Farmers have already started bringing their freshly-harvested kharif crops of moong (green gram), urad (black gram), bajra (pigeon-pea) and short-duration paddy varieties, besides early pickings of cotton, into the mandis. Peak arrivals will happen, though, only after next month. But even before that, almost all kharif crops are selling at well below their declared MSPs as is shown in the following table


SOURCE: Ministry of Agriculture 2018
Take, for instance, bajra. This coarse grain is quoting in major markets across poll-bound Rajasthan at Rs 1,250-1,350 per quintal, as against the MSP of Rs 1,950 announced by the Modi government. Jowar, likewise, is trading in Jalgaon, Latur, Sholapur and other centres of Maharashtra at Rs 1,200-1,400 per quintal. Its MSP was handsomely raised from Rs 1,700 per quintal in 2017-18 to Rs 2,430 for this season, just as that of bajra was, from Rs 1,425 to Rs 1,950. Even more revealing is ragi or finger-millet. This crop’s MSP was hiked by 52.5 per cent, from Rs 1,900 to Rs 2,897 per quintal. But its current average modal price at Davangere and the Nagamangala market of Karnataka’s Mandya district according to data from the Union Agriculture Ministry’s own agmarknet.in portal is in the Rs 2,100-2,200 range. In the case of kharif pulses arhar (pigeon-pea), moong and urad the ruling market rates are below not only their latest, but even the 2017-18 and 2016-17 MSPs of Rs 5,450 and Rs 5,050/quintal, Rs 5,575 and Rs 5,225/quintal, and Rs 5,400 and Rs 5,000/quintal, respectively (see accompanying table).The only crop that, as of now, is selling at just around MSP levels is cotton. One reason for that is the tight domestic supply position and greater prospect for exports. Those similar hopes of China buying more from India, in order to offset cutbacks in purchases from the US haven’t materialised yet, though, in soyabean. The oilseed, a major crop grown in Madhya Pradesh (which is also going for Assembly polls in just over a month), is now fetching less than Rs 3,000 per quintal in Ujjain. This is again below the current MSP of Rs 3,399 per quintal and also the Rs 3,050 for 2017-18.The other significant crop that has been arriving in the mandis of Haryana and Punjab is Pusa-1509, a short-duration basmati paddy variety. About 10 days back, it was being traded at Rs 2,650-2,700 per quintal, but has since fallen to Rs 2,300-2,400 levels. The main triggers for this have been grain quality issues on account of crop damage from unseasonal rains last week and also uncertainty over Iranian purchases, post the recent US trade sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Prices of par-boiled rice from the new Pusa-1509 crop have come down in the last 10 days, from Rs 5,100-5,200 to around Rs 4,700 per quintal. There has been a decline even for white steamed rice from Rs 6,300-6,400 to Rs 5,900-6,000. This will naturally reflect in the prices paid for paddy as well. What all this simply translates into is the fact that while announcing MSPs for crops and fixing these at over 1.5 times their estimated production costs the so-called Swaminathan formula is easy, actual implementation on the ground isn’t at all so. The only two crops where the MSPs seem realistically implementable are paddy and cotton. In paddy, because there is assured government procurement: Out of India’s estimated 112.91 million tonnes rice production in 2017-18, as much as 38.18 million tonnes was bought by the Food Corporation of India and state agencies. In the case of cotton, farmers are likely to get MSPs this time only because of the market, not the government. But in all other crops including the likes of ragi, sesamum, nigerseed and sunflower the MSPs will probably remain just on paper.

The decision to hike the MSP for kharif crops is welcome relief for the farming community reeling under severe distress due to the collapse of agricultural commodity prices and a general collapse of demand in the economy, much more in the rural economy. This is nowconfirmed from several sources, including a decline in real wages in agriculture (a sustained decline for the last four years), the decline in commodity prices and a general sense of joblessness among the youth. Some of this is also captured in the GDP deflator, which shows a sharp fall from more than 5% in 2016-17 to only around 1% for 2017-18.The demand of farmers, based on the Swaminathan committee recommendations, was MSP at 1.5 times of the C2 cost (total cost including imputed cost). But what has been announced is 1.5 times the A2+FL cost (paid out cost plus family labour cost). The MSP announced barely covers 1.5 times the A2+FL cost and will give a return of only 12% over C2 as against the demand of 50% over C2 cost. But the announced MSP is also significantly lower than the average wholesale price of paddy at ₹1,950 per quintal in April 2018, which is lower than ₹1,980 per quintal in April of last year. I shall like to enlighten about how the different terminologies are used while finalising MSP. The National Commission on Farmers as the panel headed by the agricultural scientist was called did not elaborate on what really constituted “weighted average cost of production” in its report submitted in October 2006. The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), on the other hand, gives three definitions of production costs: A2, A2+FL and C2. A2 costs basically cover all paid-out expenses, both in cash and in kind, incurred by farmers on seeds, fertilisers, chemicals, hired labour, fuel, irrigation, etc. A2+FL cover actual paid-out costs plus an imputed value of unpaid family labour. C2 costs are more comprehensive, accounting for the rentals and interest forgone on owned land and fixed capital assets respectively, on top of A2+FL. Despite these concerns, the announcement of MSP increase is not just timely but also a much-needed respite at the time of rural distress. If properly followed through by adequate procurement, it can certainly raise agricultural commodity prices and also inject much-needed demand if this also materializes in higher income for a large majority of farmers. But it would also require the government to loosen its purse strings beyond what was promised in the budget this year.
Uma Shanker Singh
writer is a retired IFS
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Employees of different departments demonstrated to restore Old Pension Scheme

By on Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Kshitiz Kant;Lucknow
The thousands of government employees from various departments arrive for their demands of Old Pension re-implementation at Eco Garden Lucknow.
The demonstration of government employees including teachers and officers was spectacular on Monday noon this week.
 The heavy police forces were deployed outside to control the crowd in the wake of a fear to march towards the State Assembly 4 Kilometer away from the spot. The watch over the activities of these people was on alert at the garden gate.
The vehicles entry in the campus was prohibited; all these were parked outside on the road.
The voice of government employees including their leaders and the top office bearers in this organized rally addressed to these employees at state levels was high.
Mr Hari KIshor Tiwari, convenor of Old Pension Restoration Forum, has said that the battle of Old Pension shall be fought till the affirmative result comes.
  Dr Dinesh Chandra Sharma, president of the Old Pension Restoration Forum, said: ‘The fund recovered on the name of New Pension Scheme is invested into Share Market.  No provision of minimum pension has been guaranteed in this scheme which has brought the future of the teachers and the employees on the verge deadend.’ He asserted, "if the Old Pension is not restored,the government should be alert for the forthcoming election consequences."
It is noticeable here that India's many banking scams and the leading infrastructure companies defaulted on payments to lenders triggering panic in the markets and the amount of 10% shares of UP Government in the NPS have not yet been paid .

Sunday, October 07, 2018

All India Pradhan Sangathan stages Dharna for Fund, Function and Functionaries power

By on Sunday, October 07, 2018

Kshitiz Kant:Lucknow
An Association of Uttar Pradesh Village Heads has been, and is staging its continuous Dharna at Eco Garden Lucknow on Sunday this week.
Mr Ram Sevak Yadav, state president of this Association, told to the media person: “ We need freedom to perform our work as the Head of Villages under article-73 of the constitution which confers us the power to exercise our self-government at village level Panchayat; and the same has been empowered in 1994 revising the Panchyati Raj Act 1947."
He said, “The BJP government during Kalyan Singh tenure had undertaken the process of decentralising the power by Gram Swaraj and affirmatively to exercise its power was given to the Gram Panchayats by issuing Government Orders step by steps, which have been now deactivated; rather say the powers have been snatched from Village Panchayat."
He allegedly added, "The district level and block level officers are intervening in the rights of  heads of villages, and corruption in all their varied ramifications are reigning supreme because they have been empowered to conduct a disciplinary inquiry against the heads of villages. These officers victimize to the head of villages, or system of State Panchayti Raj, by misusing the provisions in the extent of inquiry."
He demanded, "The present BJP government must have to restore all the system like former state BJP government (during 1999) to maintain the powers and the rights of Panchayats.”
  He also demanded to delete the obsolete section of the rulings in UP Panchayti act 1947 by the revision and to bring into operation of the recommendations of State Finance Commision to increase the budget fund to the Panchayats.
He also demanded: "The levy recovery under Indian Constitution 243J; under section-37, UP Panchayti Raj act 1947; and under the rulings 220 must have allowed; and also demanded from the government to authorize Panchayats to exercise to make its rulings.”

Wednesday, October 03, 2018


By on Wednesday, October 03, 2018

When the world marked the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers which triggered the global financial crisis in September 2008, India's leading infrastructure finance company IL&FS defaulted on payments to lenders triggering panic in the markets. Below is all about IL&FS and what went wrong with it:
IL&FS Ltd, or Infrastructure Leasing & Finance Services, is a core investment company and serves as the holding company of the IL&FS Group, with most business operations domiciled in separate companies which form an ecosystem of expertise across infrastructure, finance and social and environmental services. A brain child of the late MJ Pherwani, IL&FS was founded in 1987 with equity from Central Bank of India, Unit Trust of India and Housing Development Finance Co to fund infrastructure projects when peers IDBI and ICICI were focused more on corporate projects.
State-owned Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), which owns a 25.34% stake in IL&FS, is its largest shareholder, followed by Japan’s Orix Corporation (23.54%). Other key shareholders are the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (12.56%), Housing Development Finance Corporation (9.02%), Central Bank of India (7.67%), and State Bank of India (6.42%).
As infrastructure became the central theme in the past two decades, IL&FS used its first mover advantage to lap up projects. In the process, it has built up a debt-to-equity ratio of 18.7. The group with at least 24 direct subsidiaries, 135 indirect subsidiaries, six joint ventures and four associate companies is sitting on a debt of about Rs 91,000 crore. Of this, nearly Rs 60,000 crore of debt is at project level, including road, power and water projects. A major reason behind troubles of IL&FS is complications in land acquisition. The 2013 land acquisition law made many of its projects unviable. Cost escalation also led to many incomplete projects. Lack of timely action exacerbated the problems.
A credit crunch facing major Indian infrastructure financing and building company, Infrastructure Financing and Leasing Services Ltd (IL&FS), has roiled the nation's financial markets in recent days, triggering concerns about risk in the rest of the country's shadow banking sector. As Prime Minister in 2014-15 announced a major program to build highways, roads, tunnels, affordable housing and renewable power generation across the country, IL&FS's ambitions grew and it was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the drive. It has won several of these projects, either through direct bidding or joint ventures, but has taken on heavy debt as a result. Until early August, it had an AAA rating from credit rating agencies largely thanks to its place at the center of government infrastructure plans and its robust list of top shareholders.
In summary - the company piled up too much debt to be paid back in the short-term while revenues from its assets are skewed towards the longer term. IL&FS first shocked markets when it postponed a $350 million bonds issuance in March due to demand for a higher yield from investors. Under increasing pressure from the Reserve Bank of India to identify and deal with bad loans quickly, the country's banks were wary of extending and rolling over loans if the credit risks were high. This made it more difficult for IL&FS to refinance its debt as it came due. IL&FS' net debt to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, a measure of a company's ability to pay debt through its operating income, was hovering around a ratio of 11 at the end of March 2018, based on data from the company's latest annual report. Analysts consider anything above 5 a red flag. Then came a string of rating downgrades, beginning in June. In more troubles for the crippled IL&FS group, India Ratings on Tuesday downgraded the long-term issuer rating of a group company, IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure and Services (IEISL), and placed its ratings under watch. The agency has also downgraded the ratings of various debt instruments to ‘BB’.Rival rating agency Icra had last month junked the ratings of most of the group companies. The downgrade by India Ratings reflects a similar rating action on its parent, IL&FS, following the default on repayment of commercial papers. The board of IL&FS then rushed to approve a rights issue of 45 billion rupees to be completed by October. The board also sought to recapitalize IL&FS Financial Services, ITNL and three smaller subsidiaries. The Company said in its annual report that because many of company's claims and other payments involved government contracts it might take two-three years to get these resolved. By the middle of September, IL&FS and IL&FS Financial Services had a combined 270 billion rupees of debt rated as junk by CARE Ratings and a further six group companies had suffered downgrades with a negative outlook on another 120 billion rupees of borrowings.
This brings us to the IL&FS episode where the mayhem began in the first place. A look at the financials of ILFS Financial Services (IFIN) — whose commercial paper was swiftly downgraded from A1+ (having a very strong degree of safety and lowest risk) to A4 (very high credit risk to default) and then to default status in a matter of two weeks — suggests that there were enough warning bells in the company’s books for lenders or ratings agencies. As per the FY18 financial results of the company, its gearing (debt/equity) was a high 8 times and the rise in provisioning and interest costs was already adding pressure on the company’s profitability. The company’s exposure to infrastructure sector, only increases the risk. While rating agencies have been taking note of the company’s high concentration in loan book, deterioration in asset quality and subdued profitability, they assigned top notch rating to the company’s CPs, drawing comfort from the strong parentage of the IL&FS group. But the swift downgrading of the parent company’s ratings has once again highlighted that placing undue importance on promoter backing and parentage can cost dearly— ratings of instruments issued by many PSU banks suffer from a similar myopic view. In ICRA’s September 3 release, the rating agency had taken stock of a delay by IFIN in meeting its commercial paper (CP) repayments due on August 28, 2018. But since the delay in CP redemption was on account of technical issues and the facilities were repaid through surplus available with IFIN along with funding support from the group, the rating was left unchanged.
In its September 17 release when it finally downgraded the company’s CPs to D rating, citing recent irregularities in debt servicing, it also interestingly mentioned the change in definition of ‘companies in the same group’.It has stated that as per IFIN’s board policy, each business vertical of IL&FS and its respective SPVs were considered as an individual group; thus the various verticals were not treated as companies of the same group.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is reportedly conducting a forensic audit into IL&FS’s books. The banking regulator, along with market watchdog Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), released statements on Sept. 23 to allay investor concerns.The company, however, has been directed by the RBI now to follow guidelines set out in the Companies Act, for determining ‘companies in the same group’, wherein entire loans to IL&FS group companies would be classified as exposures to companies in the same group, impacting capital adequacy calculations. Such reporting lapses coming to fore only after a crisis unfolds once again raises questions over the murky role of auditors in the entire episode, much like in the PNB scam. For the IL&FS group as a whole that has a consolidated debt of about ₹91,000 crore, the high debt level itself should have raised red-flags with lenders and the regulator. Given that the group has about 135 subsidiaries — 27 direct and 105 indirect — and loans have been extended to group companies, the regulator, as a pre-emptive measure, should have ensured proper inspection of the books of accounts.
Road construction is undertaken by IL&FS mainly through special purpose vehicles floated by its subsidiary IL&FS Transportation Networks (ITNL). Crippled infrastructure development and finance company IL&FS has claimed that if funds worth Rs 16,000 crore stuck with concession authorities were released on time, it wouldn't have landed in the mess it is currently in.
Since the defaults have been on commercial papers, it will affect individual investors, too. This is because mutual funds invest in them and these CPs are supposed to be relatively secure investments. Even the value of unit-linked insurance plans, endowment plans, the National Pension Scheme, etc. will be hit. There may also be some indirect effects. For instance, several projects, including the Bengaluru Metro construction plans, are likely to be delayed, which will affect individuals, too, besides the firms involved.
There are certain issues which I am very curious to understand but not getting any answer and they are as below-
(1) If IL&FS could be saved then why not Vijya Mallya?
(2) Is it not an attempt to save foreign investors

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Adultery-homosexuality is not offence, why is triple Talaq?: Owaisi

By on Saturday, September 29, 2018

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president and Lok Sabha MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, has made a big comment over the adultery law decision by Supreme Court on Thursday this week.
Owaisi said: first section 377 and now section 497 has been termed non-offence, where the triple Talaq is an offence. Owaisi said, how is this a justice of yours? my dear friends!  Now what is to do BJP?
Owaisi said on triple Talaq, "Assuming the triple Talaq an offence is wrong because Nikah under Islam is a contract. Our society is male powered. Who will help the women? When the husband is in jail, why should the wife wait for him? The apex court has never termed Triple Talaq unconstitutional."
Owaisi has said that the ordinance on Triple Talaq is against the Muslim women. Even as Owaisi told this decision that it was against the fundamental right of equality.
The introduced ordinance by Modi's cabinet was opposed together even he said that the marriage is a civil contract under Islam and the exercising criminal procedure into it is absolutely wrong.
Owaisi has demanded from the government to bring a law, instead of criminalization of triple Talaq law, for those 24 lakhs married women whom their husbands have left them.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Situation in old Lucknow is tense after Muharram procession

By on Saturday, September 22, 2018
Shiite community after procession walking on street at Akbari Gate in Lucknow on Friday evening: photo by Kshitiz Kant

A man of Shiite community in the crowd was trekking toward clock tower that he came in touch of body of a man of Sunnat community when this man was passing on road at Akbari Gate area in Lucknow Friday evening.

 This touch of body turned into a quarrel; two communities’ people began to gather there and in the meantime the normal situation in the area that was to turn into violent was controlled by the force present there.
The local police, the Rapid Action Force, and the PAC personnel have been deployed at every nooks and corners of the old city of Lucknow by the Local Administration to complete peacefully the people's flagellating by the hands on their chests carrying the procession of Tazias in the wake of Muharram .
According to the report, the men of Shiite community were going towards the clock tower. The place Akbarig Gate is Sunnat majority area and is the main passage of people to exit.
The deployed force by dispersing the crowd have enforced them to be remained into their homes and have restricted them to go on road till normalise the situation.
The situation of Akbari Gate area in the old city of Lucknow is tense, and the force to maintain the law and order here in the area are alert for any incident.
On telephone, the in-charge Chowk police station told this correspondent the situation at Akbari Gate and the adjoining area is normal. No untoward incident has been reported till uploading this report.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

owners of schools on papers duped Rupees one crore

By on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The owners of many schools on papers in city of Meerut and Etawah in UP have embezzled about one crore Rupees of students scholarship.
According to the report, economic offence wing of UP Police told that the 87 of the 118 schools were not found in existence and 31 schools’authorities have claimed scholarship of fake students in numbers.
Mr Rajendra Pal, DG economic offence, told that 20 schools are being investigated in Meerut. He added that many more schools are under scanner of inquiry. The numbers of primary and intermediates colleges are high in this involvement.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Non-finance-aided teachers stage Dharna

By on Friday, September 14, 2018

Intermediate Non-finance-aided Teachers Mahasabha Dharna was continued on consecutive 7th days at Eco-garden Lucknow. The Dharna was held by the teachers working under Varanasi division on Friday afternoon.
Mr Umesh Dubedi,the state president, said,  "Yogi Aditya Nath,UP CM, not only 3 lakhs non-finance-aided teachers; but also whole teachers’ community was insulted. He added, "The fire of insult shall be keep on in the inner of these teachers agitating unless Yogi gives back the right of teachers with appolozise."
The teachers’ Mahasabha shall communicate by organizing the protest rallies in 75 districts of the state, said Sanjey Kumar Mishra… this will tarnish the image of government and its responsibility goes to CM Yogi.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Selected candidates staged Dharna outside UP SSSC office

By on Thursday, September 13, 2018

... were shouting slogans... Issue appointment letters!

The candidates were staging Dharna at UP SSSC office, PICUP building, Lucknow on Thursday afternoon this week. They were shouting slogans against the delay in recommendation of 186 of the 2942 candidates who had appeared  for the posts of Village development officers in 2016 exam conducted by UP SSSC.
One of the candidates told to Pressmen Times that the 70, ex-army personnel and 116, faulty documents candidates’ result were withheld. According to the information, their eligibility and documents verification have been completed on September 11, but the letter to the government for the posting is delayed, which dejected us on the apathy of commission’s officers for doing so.
One more candidate said, “Why should we not be resented? 2942 candidates had been selected and 186 of these were withheld for the purpose of eligibility screening. The procedure has been completed and yet to wait for appointment after abiding two tough years is spoiling our future.”

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Pro-BJP footpath betel sellers frustrated with paying of hushmoney

By on Sunday, September 09, 2018
The BJP pro footpath betel sellers gathered outside home of a local BJP leader Rajeev Mishra’s house in Lucknow on Saturday this week. These people were demanding to stop the atrocities of Asgar Ali Khan, an officer (department is unknown), who is enforcing the government directions over these sellers.
They met with the Municipal Commissioner Lucknow, Dr Indramani Tripathi, who has convinced these aggrieved people that he did not placed any enforcement order. They also met with the SSP Lucknow who also denied that his officers are enforcing them.
These aggrieved people have alleged that the officer, on the name of checking, is  taking the perquisite money and tormenting them. The goods in the shop are being confiscated. The orgy of this action is continued in the Transgomti area.
He appealed to Union Home Minister and MP from Lucknow Mr Raj Nath Singh that they are afraid of the shop closure that will push them on starvation verge.

On other hand, the BJP led state government in Uttar Pradesh has issued a government order No 397/6-pu-15-2017 dated November 14, 2017 from state Home Department.
The order clearly says: 'enforce ban on cigarette and tobacco'. The government has restricted the selling of cigarettes openly with out warning “injurious for health” and the police have been expected a help to enforce this restriction so that the compliance shall be followed.
The copies of this government order have been forwarded to all the higher officers of the state. This restriction came in effect under Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 section 18(c) which has directed police to restrict the selling of cigarette and tobacco produces.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Hollywood's Veteran Actor Burt Renolds died

By on Saturday, September 08, 2018

Popular Hollywood Actor, Burt Renolds, 82, died in cardiac-arrest on Thursday.
He got fame for his acting in Smokey and the Bandit and Boogie Nights and the actors and actresses of film industry condoled on his death.
Burton Leon “Burt” Reynolds Jr. was an American actor, director and producer. He first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke, Hawk, and Dan August. His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance.
Hollywood celebs have expressed their grief on Social Media. He was recognized as sex symbol in Hollywood. He tried even in the field of film direction moreover acting.
He had founded Burt Renolds Institute for Film and Theatre in Florida. Renolds had worked for TV Show and films till a few years ago of his death.
Burt Renolds had worked in all gener of action and comedy films. David Dilbek's role in Striptease, released in 1996, got big fame. However, this film flopped on box office, but he was appreciated for his comedy timing.

Friday, September 07, 2018

All India employees, labourers and farmers stage Dharna on parliament street

By on Friday, September 07, 2018

Attending the called rally by thousands of labourers and farmers even government employees unions at New Delhi (Jantar Mantar), I began to hit the key board of my laptop to compile the report what I had seen among the crowd people with the red -flags, red-caps and the men and the women in white-caps with the captiion of old pension restoration a day after my return on Wednesday this week.
They all were shouting slogans in different local languages, but were being seen their devotion of their arrival at the national capital of the country.  The street was filled with the crowd, but after walking a short distance the crowd was sat on road and was hearing the speech of their leaders.
The scene is from the road exactly beside Jantar-Mantar.This can be easly guessed how these people would have started their journey while they were already aware of difficulties which they had to face in National Capital. Really they could not use the public toilet without paying except Gurudwara Bangala Shahib where Langar, drinking water, Bathrooms services are free. If you are interested, you may donate, or it is your will.
One of the leaders on stage was addressing this crowd: “Is Ram Mandir the real problem? Is Gau Raksha the main issue? Is becoming a Hindu Rashtra our main concern? No... .Our main concern is minimum wages and minimum support price which our workers and farmers respectively earn anyhow for their livelihood in the hardship of soaring price."
Why they were gathered in this rally was reason of non-implementation of Swaminathan report for MSP. Sukhvinder, a farmer from Punjab, said, “The union government in its manifesto in 2014 had said that Swaminathan report submitted in 2006 shall be implented, but there is no sign of it. Achhe Din in speech was a Jumla mere.
Surjan Ram, farmer from Haryana Sonipat sugarcane, millet, maize grower, said, "i sell my produce in Mandi, but have n ever got MSP. The smaller farmers condition is worsen when they take loans and stock their produce in search of MSP; they have to sell their produce in cheaper rate to middlemen eventually.

Women crowd of Aganwadi employees, Asha workers and midday meal cooks were demanding the hike in wages. One of these Anganwadi workers from Assam said, “ We get paid just Rs 1000 in a month – which is far less than the colleagues earn in other state while we work for 6 hours daily in a month. The wages of two months when the schools are closed for summer and winter vacations are not paid.”
Suman Lata Kamble, from Nagpur, said, “Our working condition are worse than that of Anganwadi workers. “We are on duty 24/7 as a child delivery can happen any time. We also care the ill people suffering from tuberculosis, but our wages are paid Rs 500-1000 in a month.”

Mr SP Singh, leader of UPFMSA, said, “We work for 30 to 40 years of government services and help to implement the policies of government, but after the superannuation we get the retirement from services. While during our old age we get infirmity, how will we be able to make our life secure in meager pension under NPS.”

Mr Kamlesh Misra, president of Ministerial Federation of Service Associations UP, said, "The amount which was recovered from the salary of every government employees every month under NPS exactly after implementing this scheme has no detail of account; while the next kin of employees who died in service under this scheme are wandering to get the payment. The MLAs or the MPs whether they worked for a day merely, they are paid the pension during the whole life. While the life of employees who devote themselves serving the nation shall be paid pension under NPS that is sure shall not help enough the employees or their kins after their retirement or death. Our demand is to restore the old pension system."

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Seven Years imprisonment in Myanmar for two Reuters journalists

By on Tuesday, September 04, 2018
UN and European Union asked immediate release of both journalists

The two Reuters journalists in Myanmar court have been sentenced 7 years imprisionment in the country’s secrecy violation case. Nam Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo,28, both were charged of taking the secret documents violating country's secrecy law.
These journalists had been arrested on December 12 last year when they were investigating the murders of 10 Rohingyas Muslims and the crime committed by the police and the Army in Rakhain territory of Myanmar. The government of Myanmar kept on refusing the committed such crime, but after the arrest the government had accepted that the Army had killed 10 of Rohingyas males including youth in the village.
Dan Chugg, British Ambassdor, has expressed a disappointment over the decision of Myanmar court. UN, Europian Union, and the countries like America, Canada, and Australia have asked the Myanmar government to release immediately these journalists.
Stephen J Edler, Reuters’ Editor, said, “ It is a bad day for Myanmar, Wa Lon and Kyo So O, Reuters’ journalists and for presses.” Where the punished journalist, Wa lon said that he did nothing wrong and he felt no fear. Lon said, “I rely upon justice, freedom and democracy.”
Before being arrested by the other officers, two police officers had entrusted these documents them in a restaurant, both journalists had stated before the court during the hearing of this case.
The police officers had added in response that it was their plan to catch the journalists. It was a trap against the journalists to stop the reporting of Rohingya Muslims massacre.