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Kejriwal meets Rajnath

Shillong Times - Sun, 2015-06-28 11:24

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Saturday evening, a Delhi government official said.
His meeting with Rajnath Singh took place a day after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia revealed that Kejriwal had written a “secret note” to the union minister about allegations of corruption against M.K. Meena, a senior police officer and head of Delhi’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).
Kejriwal was accompanied by Sisodia during his meeting with Rajnath Singh.
Delhi government officials called it a “general meeting” not related to any controversial issue. Home ministry officials also did not divulge the details of the meeting but said local issues were discussed.
Sources said the central government was learnt to have conveyed to the Delhi government that confrontation over administrative appointments should be avoided.
Citing rules, the sources said the Delhi government does not have a say on issues of police and land.
They said the ACB had also been given powers of a police station and the Delhi government did not have a final say in appointments to senior posts.
The sources said Delhi was not a full-fledged state and could not seek deputation suo moto from other states. (IANS)

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Four youths gangrape 20-year-old, held

Shillong Times - Sun, 2015-06-28 11:23

Tenali(AP): A 20-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by two youths in Vemuru village near Tenali town in Guntur district, police said on Saturday.
The incident took place last night and police arrested four accused, including two youths for abatement, early today. “The victim and her 22-year-old boyfriend, who belong to a nearby Kollur village, had come to Vemuru railway station last night to catch a train. They had run away from home and planned to tie a knot as their parents were opposed to their marriage,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Tenali, K Sowjanya said. When they reached the railway station, four youths aged between 20 and 25 years posed as policemen and searched their belongings. Later, they took away the girl to a desolate place, where two of the youths sexually assaulted her,” she said. “Meanwhile, her boyfriend went to Vemuru police station and informed them about the threat to his girlfriend.  The police came to the spot and arrested the youths. (PTI)

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Must-win election for Jayalalithaa ends with 74 percent polling

Shillong Times - Sun, 2015-06-28 11:22

Chennai: An assembly by-election here that AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa must win to remain the Tamil Nadu chief minister ended on Saturday evening with tens of thousands voting.
Polling in the Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency where Jayalalithaa is pitted against CPI’s C. Mahendran ended at 5 p.m. with some 74.4 percent of the around 250,000 electorate exercising their franchise.
According to an Election Commission statement issued here after polling, the 74.4 percent was a tentative figure and the final figure would be known only on the receipt of documents from all the 230 polling stations.
The polling percentage was higher this time compared to the 2011 assembly elections when the turnout was 72.72 percent.
While there were 28 candidates in the fray this time, only Mahendran of the Communist Party of India is being viewed as a serious opponent. Jayalalithaa is widely expected to win.
There are 26 other independents and candidates from smaller parties including social activist K.R. Ramaswamy, popularly known as “Traffic Ramaswamy”.
Polling was brisk and peaceful throughout the day since it started at 8 a.m.
Men and women voters turned out in large numbers. Schools and colleges in the constituency were closed on Saturday. Votes will be counted on June 30.
Opposition parties like the DMK, the PMK, the DMDK, the Congress, the BJP and the MDMK stayed away from the contest.
The two Left parties — CPI and CPI-M — fielded Mahendran as their joint candidate.
The Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency fell vacant after AIADMK’s P. Vetrival resigned from the house to facilitate Jayalalithaa’s re-election to the assembly.
Jayalalithaa, elected from Srirangam in 2011, lost that seat and the chief minister’s post after a trial court in Bengaluru convicted her in the disproportionate assets case.
The Karnataka High Court upheld her appeal and acquitted her of all charges. Jayalalithaa was again sworn in as chief minister, but she has to get elected to the assembly within six months.
The Karnataka government has gone on appeal against the high court order in the Supreme Court.
The Election Commission has introduced a E-Netra system (Election Novel Electronic Tracking and Rapid Action System) in the constituency to observe the model code of conduct, monitor the expenditure by candidates, and redress complaints through a single window.
For the first time in India, the poll panel introduced Electors Assistance System (EASY). Under this, voters in Radhakrishnan Nagar can get all election details. This facility is available through email, SMS and E-Netra MobileApp. (IANS)

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Lachumiere wasting 14,000 litres per day, No proper waste management in Mawlynnong

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2015-06-28 03:56

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SHILLONG, June 27: A research project of a student of Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) has shown that an estimated 14,000 litres of water is wasted per day in the locality of Lachumiere alone.
This fact was highlighted by the student, Catherine A Singh, during an Advocacy session of five research projects of three students of the University’s Department of Environment and Traditional Ecosystems namely Alino Sumi, Catherine A Singh and Kevinetuo Tepa.
These five research projects were done as part of the students’ curriculum under the course Masters of Arts in Environment and Social Development, and the research topics include an in depth look into Green Spaces and their importance to the city (Alino Sumi); Desertification status of East Khasi Hills (Kevinetuo Tepa.); Quantifying Water Loss in Shillong (Catherine A Singh); Solid Waste Management in Police Bazaar and Mawlynnong (Catherine A Singh) and finally the Integrations of Waste Pickers, Livelihood and Security Benefits (Alino Sumi).

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75% voter turnout in Chokpot by-election

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2015-06-28 03:56

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TURA, June 27: The constituency of Chokpot recorded a huge turnout on Saturday in the by - election as people exercised their franchise to decide the future of the four contestants in the fray. The constituency had recorded more than 75% voting upto 5 P.M. However, the figure is likely to go up to 85% or beyond as information from remote polling stations was yet to come.
Bye elections were held after the demise of the legislator for the constituency, Clifford Marak. The four contestants in the fray are Bluebell R Sangma of the Congress, Kalpana Marak (wife of Clifford), Phillipole Marak (NPP) and Thinkerman Marak (Independent).

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Forest dept declares all export challans ‘invalid’, exporters to fight for justice

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2015-06-28 03:56

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SHILLONG, June 27: Limestone exporters on Saturday opposed the recent order of the State Forest department that declared all export challans as ‘invalid’, which has affected the exportation of limestone to Bangladesh.
The exporters under the banner of the War Jaintia Lime Stone/Boulder Stone Exporters/Miners Association (WJLBEMA) also condemned the Forest Minister for alleging their conniving with the customs department in transportation of limestone to Bangladesh.”We strongly oppose the order of the state forest department which is only applicable to exporters from the Dawki land custom station,” WJLBEMA chief advisor D Khonglah told newsmen at a press conference here on Saturday.
It was on June 25, the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Jaintia hills Territorial Division, Jowai had issued an order declaring the export challans of only 14 exporters as invalid. Subsequently on June 26, the DFO issued another order, wherein he declared all export challans as invalid.

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English teachers in Punjab flunk English test, Education Minister shocked

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2015-06-28 03:54

Chandigarh, June 27 (IANS): English school teachers in Punjab have flunked the English language test.
From tenses to spellings, every thing they wrote was wrong, resulting in a rap on their knuckles from Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema. They may now find themselves back in schools to unlearn the wrong.
Sample these: "Leak of interest", "Staff of our school was vacant" and "Our school has situated remote area".
These are some of the shocking errors that came to light in the written replies of 220 teachers of government schools who were asked by the Punjab School Education Board to explain the poor results of Class 10 students in English in their schools.

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‘Centre committed to make NEIGHRIMS a premier institute’

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2015-06-27 04:20

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SHILLONG, June 26: Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda on Friday said the Central government is aiming at making North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGHRIMS) a premier institute.
Nadda who arrived in the city on Friday made the promise at the 12th Governing Council meeting of the NEIGRIHMS, chaired by him.
“The government wants to make this institute as the epicenter of the North East,” Nadda said.

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Nigerian drugs peddler brought to Shillong for trial

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2015-06-27 04:19

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SHILLONG, June 26: A wanted Nigerian national was on Friday brought to Meghalaya's capital city Shillong where he will be produced before a Lower Court for his involvement in a 2011-smuggling of heroin case.
Moses Kele Nneji Chukwuemeka, a former footballer, was arrested by the police of New Delhi two months ago.
Chukwuemeka was wanted for smuggling 645 grams of brown sugar worth over Rs 20 lakh in 2011 along with a local accomplice who hails from Shillong.

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ARPA demands official resolution on proposed Sixth Schedule amendment

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2015-06-27 04:19

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SHILLONG, June 26: Opposition alliance in the KHADC - the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) - on Friday demanded the Executive Committee (EC) led by PDF to pass an ‘official resolution’ on the proposed amendment to the Sixth Schedule of Indian Constitution.
According to them, due to urgency of the matter, the EC should ensure that the official resolution is taken up during the ongoing Summer Session of the council.
While participating in the session held here on Friday, Leader of Opposition Metbah Lyngdoh said, “The Executive Committee is urged to consider bringing an official resolution in the session on the matter.”

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PM leads International Yoga Day celebrations, says a ‘new era’ starts

Shillong Times - Mon, 2015-06-22 10:08

New Delhi: Leading the first International Yoga Day celebrations in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it marks the dawn of a “new era” to bring peace and harmony in the world.
A yoga enthusiast himself, the Prime Minister surprised everyone as he joined over 35,000 people, including leaders, officials, soldiers and students, in a yoga demonstration at the historic Rajpath this morning. “Did anyone imagine this Rajpath will become Yogpath? “We are not celebrating a day but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace and harmony,” Modi said from the dais, adding that it was a programme for human welfare and to spread the message of goodwill.
64-year-old Modi, who was expected to only address the event, later sat on the ground with other participants practising most of the 21 ‘asanas’. The 30-minute mega event began around 7 AM at the Rajpath which was dotted with white as participants sat on their mats for the yoga demonstration.
The Prime Minister, attired in white with a tricolour ‘patka’, along with other participants followed the instructions in English and Hindi with images on giant screens too helping them. Modi thanked the United Nations and 177 nations for co-sponsoring the Indian resolution in the United Nations for adopting June 21 as International Yoga Day. The proposal had been mooted by the Prime Minister during his first address to the UN General Assembly in September last year. “For most of the people, yoga is just a physical exercise. This is the biggest mistake…. Had this been the case, children working in circuses could have been called ‘yogis’.
Hence yoga is not only about making the body flexible,” he said. Modi said that as mankind advances in various spheres, individual human beings must progress too and yoga was the answer.
“This mismatch will also become a crisis for humankind. That is why it is necessary that internal development of man should also take place simultaneously.” Hailing the contributions of yoga gurus and exponents of various traditions in the world, the Prime Minister noted that at times certain deformities creep in every tradition due to ignorance. Maintaining that the asanas are just a beginning of the larger picture of yoga, he compared it with the fine tuning of various musical instruments at the beginning of a show.
Modi shared the dais with Ramdev along with heads of some other religious and yoga institutions. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and diplomats from a number of foreign missions also joined the yoga demonstration here.
The Prime Minister who has been under attack from the opposition for “usurping” yoga event to “highlight” himself insisted that the programme is only intended to benefit people and spread the message of love and well-being. It seeks to make a tension-free world and spread the message of ‘Sadbhavana’ (harmony), the Prime Minister said, adding that yoga is “more than only physical fitness”. There was controversy in the run up to the event with a section of minority groups opposing it. The government did not include ‘Suryanamaskar’ in the yoga protocol for the event after some Muslim groups claimed that it was against their religion.
US Ambassador to India Richard Verma was among scores of of diplomats who attended the event at Rajpath.
External Affairs Minister had invited diplomats from 152 foreign missions in the country for the mega event. While top envoys of all the missions could not participate at the celebrations at Rajpath, representatives of many missions were present for the event, sources said. The day was observed in over 251 cities in 191 countries across the world and the Indian missions and diplomatic posts have made arrangements for the celebrations and other related events.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was in New York to participate in the Yoga Day celebrations at the United Nations. Union Ministers fanned out across the country for Yoga Day events. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed a mass yoga session at K D Singh Babu stadium in Lucknow.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari was in Nagpur and Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda in Hyderabad.    BJP President Amit Shah attended an event in capital of poll-bound Bihar. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was in Meerut.
Top defence officers led by Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Navy’s Admiral R K Dhowan were present at the Rajpath. From ice-capped Siachen, the highest battlefield in the world, to the warships in the contentious South China Sea, Indian armed forces too joined the International Yoga Day celebrations. The show-stealer were the soldiers doing yoga in full gear on the Siachen Glacier at a height of 18,800 feet above sea level. Dressed in their special weather clothing, the soldiers practised yoga while sitting on mats placed over the snow. (PTI)

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Fake degree case: Tomar sent to Tihar jail

Shillong Times - Mon, 2015-06-22 10:07

New Delhi: Former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar was on Sunday sent to Tihar jail by a court here in the alleged fake degree case after police said that it does not require his custody for now.
Tomar was produced in the court by the police on the expiry of his two day police remand. He has been in police custody since his arrest on June 9 with court extending his police remand period thrice. “In the circumstances, Investigating Officer (IO) submits that the accused be sent to one day judicial custody as his presence is required for taking specimen signatures in connection with the case.
Accused is granted one day judicial custody,” Metropolitan Magistrate Ankit Singla said. The magistrate, however, recused himself from becoming witness to the Delhi Police’s plea for taking specimen signature necessary for the case citing personal reasons.
“I have already conveyed my request to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) to recuse me from deciding the applications in the case due to personal reasons. Therefore, I can’t become witness to factum of taking specimen signatures of the accused,” the magistrate said. He also directed the IO that application for specimen signatures and all subsequent applications in the case be put before the court of CMM.
The magistrate, who was also to hear the bail plea of Tomar which was listed for tomorrow, recused himself from hearing it and transferred it to the court of CMM.
Earlier during the hearing, Delhi police told the court that Tomar’s police custody is not needed for now and he be sent to 14-days judicial custody. The magistrate, however said that since application for specimen signature has been moved by the police, so Tomar be sent to one day judicial remand and be produced before CMM where the police plea will be decided. After the hearing, Tomar was taken to Tihar jail amid tight security. During the hearing, Tomar moved an application through his advocate Harshit Jain seeking direction to jail superitendent and court lock-up incharge that he be lodged in separate wards and be taken to jail in a separate van due to security reasons. (PTI)

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RSS affiliates up in arms against Modi govt on land bill

Shillong Times - Mon, 2015-06-22 10:06

New Delhi: As the Modi government struggles to get the land bill passed, key RSS affiliates have slammed as “detestable and unacceptable” several provisions in the ordinance brought by it replacing the Land Acquisition Law passed by the UPA dispensation.
They have pitched against the proposed legislation of the NDA government in its present form and insisted on incorporation of the consent clause and social impact assessment in the new law. Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an RSS outfit, has also demanded that change of land use not be allowed and land not developed for five years be returned to the original owners.
Another RSS affiliate, Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, has called for consent of at least 51 per cent of farmers being taken before land is required. In its written submission to the Joint Committee of Parliament looking into the bill, Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has said the 2014 Land Ordinance replaced the 2013 Act, passed by the UPA government, “in undue hurry” and the re-promulgated Ordinance contains several “detestable and unacceptable” sections even after incorporation of several amendments. Joining forces with opposition parties, the Manch said, “SJM is of the considered view that the LAAR Act 2013 passed by the Parliament unanimously was replaced by LAAR (Amendment) ordinance 2014 in undue hurry.
“Re-promulgated LAAR (Amendment) ordinance issued on April 3, 2015 contains several detestable and unacceptable sections, even after incorporation of several amendments that have been included in 2015 ordinance under intense public pressure,” Manch’s national co-convener Ashwani Mahajan said in its submission before the panel.
The Manch said as per internationally established practice, a project could be undertaken only after making social and environmental impact assessment, something which is followed by World Bank even for roads built by its funding. “Why the same should not be followed by Government of India in construction of Public-Private Partnership infrastructure projects? “This well-established practice has been violated in the new ordinance, which is against natural justice for those affected by proposed land acquisition,” Mahajan said.
The Manch said, “Swadeshi Jagran Manch demands from the government that – Consent of farmers ensured before land acquisition on any kind. Have a comprehensive assessment about need, social and environmental impact of the land acquisition before actual acquisition.” (PTI)

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National Nuggets

Shillong Times - Mon, 2015-06-22 10:05

RS bypoll: BJP nominates M.J. Akbar from Jharkhand
New Delhi: BJP national spokesperson M J Akbar will be the party’s candidate for by-election to a Rajya Sabha seat from Jharkhand. “BJP president Amit Shah has decided that M J Akbar will be the party’s candidate for the Jharkhand Rajya Sabha bypoll,” a party statement said. The by-election to the council of states from Jharkhand has been necessitated following the resignation of Kanwar Deep Singh. The bypoll will be held on July 2, the last date of filing of nomination for which is June 22 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is June 25. The bypoll results will be out on July 2 and the tenure of the elected member will be up to July 7, 2016. A former journalist and editor, Akbar has been associated with various publications including India on Sunday, the Asian Age, the Sunday Guardian. He has also authored several non-fiction books. He joined BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. (PTI)
Make Kushwaha NDA’s CM candidate in Bihar: RLSP
New Delhi:  BJP’s Bihar ally Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) on Sunday passed a resolution demanding that its president and Union minister Upendra Kushwaha be made NDA’s chief ministerial candidate in the poll-bound state. The resolution was passed at the party’s two-day executive meet in Vaishali in Bihar where it also endorsed a proposal to fight in 67 seats in the Assembly election, likely to be held in September-October this year, RLSP chief spokesperson Shivraj Singh told PTI. Kushwaha was also present in the executive meet. BJP, which is yet to finalise its seat-sharing agreement with its allies, is unlikely to concede to the RLSP demands but this move by the regional outfit is seen as a ploy to increase its bargaining power in the run up to the polls. RLSP has been pushing for Kushwaha’s name as the NDA chief ministerial candidate claiming that he can effectively counter Nitish-Lalu combine’s appeal among the backward caste as he hails from the politically significant Kushwaha community and has a record of fighting for OBC empowerment. BJP’s other allies like Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha have already declared their support to any BJP candidate as the alliance’s CM nominee, saying the saffron party has the right to chose the NDA’s chief ministerial face as it was the largest alliance partner. BJP is yet to decide on a CM candidate with many leaders in the party of the view that it would be best to go to polls under a collective leadership. (PTI)
Garuda’s population now 500 in Bihar
Patna: The population of Garuda, an endangered species of the stork family, has risen to nearly 500 in Bihar following conservation measures, forest officials said here. “It is a matter of pride for us that the population of Garuda has been increasing regularly the last few years,” said B.A. Khan, principal chief conservator of forests in the state. Around the world there are only 1,200-1,300 Garuda birds, which are migratory in nature, he said. In Indian mythology, Garuda is considered the ‘vahan’ of Lord Vishnu. “Nearly six months ago, a rescue and rehabilitation centre was opened in Bhagalpur district to protect and conserve the Garuda, particularly the injured ones,” Khan said. Nearly eight years after these birds started nesting and breeding in Bhagalpur, their number has increased several fold, from 78 to nearly 500, another official said. “Garudas were spotted nesting and breeding not only in Bhagalpur but also in (neighbouring) Khagaria district,” the official said. (IANS)

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Assam police declines witch hunting info

Shillong Times - Mon, 2015-06-22 10:04

Guwahati: The Assam Police has declined to share information sought under the RTI Act on witch hunting in the state, citing an exemption provision for its CID wing, though the state government tabled the same data in the Assembly 10 days after.
The RTI application was submitted to the SPIO of the Home Department on March 13 this year and the final reply came from the CID wing of Assam Police on May 26. It took the concerned authorities 74 days to give the final reply against the prescribed timeframe of 30 days for providing information under the RTI Act. “. I am directed to inform you that this organisation is exempted from the purview of Right to Information Act 2005 as per section 24(4) of this Act vide Government of Assam, Notification No PLA-384/2005/54 dated 8th March, 2006,” Superintendent of Police (CID) said in its reply.
The RTI application was forwarded to the Assam Police by the Home Department asking to reply to the queries related to witch-hunting incidents across the state and the steps being taken to prevent such unfortunate cases. Just 10 days after the RTI application was filed, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rockybul Hussain on March 23 had informed the House on behalf of the Home Minister that at least 77 persons had been killed and 60 others injured in witch-hunting incidents across Assam since 2010.
In a written reply to a query by BJP MLA Prasanta Phukan during the last Budget Session, Hussain had said these persons had been murdered due to superstitious beliefs between 2010 and February, 2015.
Out of the 77 persons killed, there were 35 women and of the injured 60 people, 46 were women. During the said period, a total of 93 instances of witchcraft had been reported from across the state, the minister had said. Hussain had also informed the House about the measures the government was taking to prevent this deadly superstitious belief and said the Additional Director General of CID had prepared a draft anti-witch hunting bill as per the direction of the Gauhati High Court.
Moreover, the RTI application, which was filed on March 13, was forwarded to the Assam Police PIO on April 10 by the Home Department SPIO, delayed by more than 20 days. The RTI Act 2005 says that if the application needs to be transferred to another authority, it should be done “as soon as practicable but in no case later than five days from the date of receipt of the application”.
The Assam Police PIO cum Assistant Inspector General of Police (A) later forwarded the queries to the Special Superintendent of Police (CID) on May 16 for providing the answers to the applicant, which were finally declined and informed the applicant through a letter on May 26.
The landmark Act also says that information delayed is equivalent to information denied.
“If the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, fails to give decision on the request for information within the period specified…, the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall be deemed to have refused the request,” the Act says. (PTI)

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Sonowal lauds Modi for seeing Yoga to global stage

Shillong Times - Mon, 2015-06-22 10:03

Guwahati: The First International Yoga Day, which was celebrated across the globe today with the theme “Yoga for Harmony and Peace” was organized in a solemn yet colourful manner here in this gateway city to the Northeast India on Sunday Jointly organized in the Assam capital byNehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), National Service Scheme (NSS) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India on June 21, 2015, Guwahati was among five cities across the country where the International Yoga Day was observed under the government of India.
The programme, which registered a record turn-out of over 10,000 people from different walks of life, was held at the AAU Veterinary College Ground here, began with a Yoga demonstration by the participants conducted by the Assam School of Yoga, which was followed by meditation and prayers for international brotherhood, peace, harmony and good health under the theme “Yoga for Harmony and Peace”. Addressing the participants, Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the initiative to get United Nations declare June 21 as International Yoga Day.
He underlined the importance of Yoga in building a health body and healthy mind that is so important for nation building. “ yoga has been a part of Indian culture since time immemorial, the nation must thank Prime Minister  Narendra Modi for having brought international recognition to it. It is a great moment of pride for our country that the numerous countries across the globe are today observing the First International Yoga Day,” Sonowal said.
BSF Troops chip in: troops of Guwahati Frontier of Border Security Force (BSF) observed International Yoga Day as culmination of a 3-day long yoga programme that was started on June 18 last.
During these 3-days long program 13 Officers, 20 SOs and 100 other ranks of BSF and NDRF participated in the various events organized by the Frontier. S K Srivastava, IG, BSF Guwahati Frontier said that BSF was self contained as far as imparting of Yoga training is concerned as Yoga trainers trained by Lakshmi Bai National Institute of Physical Education  (LNIPE), Sonapur, Guwahati have been doing their job very sincerely and imparting Yoga training to BSF troops deployed on the border.
During the programme these trainers made the participants to undergo various asanas like Bharadvajasana, Savasana, Sukhasana, Padmasana, Tadasana, Padmuktasana, Suryanamskar, Anulom-vilom etc. After the completion of the Yoga program, meditation training was organized for the participants.
Meanwhile agencies report that  International Yoga Day was also celebrated with equal zeal in Imphal, Arunachal Pradesh as well as in Tripura.  Arunachal Pradesh joined the celebration with a large number of people turning out for the programme at Indira Gandhi Park here despite the rain. Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa, students and teachers of different educational institutes, faith groups, government officials and citizens participated in the event under the guidance of Yoga instructor Nagesh Singh of Patanjali.

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Over 40 pc Indians deprived of basic rights: SC judge

Shillong Times - Mon, 2015-06-22 10:01

Agartala:  Over 40 percent Indians were deprived of certain basic rights and opportunities, Justice Tirath Singh Thakur of the Supreme Court has said here.
“Over 40 percent out of 1.25 billion Indians are acutely deprived of certain basic rights and opportunities,” said Justice Thakur, who is also the executive chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
Delivering his speech at a symposium here on Saturday night, the apex court judge said: “Over 40 percent of Indians are living below the poverty line. They also are surviving with lack of literacy, lack of basic opportunities and scopes besides economic deficiencies.”
He said the NALSA and State Legal Services Authorities were working to provide various legal services and conducting awareness programme for the benefit of the people specially those are deprived, tribals and scheduled caste.
“As a rule, judges are governing the justices and legal matters, but a father also must do justice to his children, a husband or a wife must do justices to each other, a parliamentarian or a legislator must do justice to the people of their constituencies and a minister do justice to all his subjects,” he said.
“All of our target must be to support neglected people of our society. Injustice cannot be tolerated in our system,” Justice Thakur said, adding that poverty should not be an impediment in providing justice to the weaker section of society.
NALSA’s executive chairman said it was a challenge to make disadvantage and illiterate people aware of their rights in a country where legal literacy percentage was much below the expected level.
“There is a commitment to ensure that poor people have equal access to justice. We have been devising our own ways to reach out to them. In this mission, students are our ambassadors,” Justice Thakur said.
Tripura High Court Chief Justice Deepak Gupta said that according to a survey conducted by a Guwahati-based NGO, over 86 percent of tribals were not at all aware about the legal aid services.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, State Legal Services Authority’s executive chairman and Tripura High Court Judge Utpalendu Bikash Saha were among others who spoke at the symposium, organised to spread the legal knowledge among the students, youths and others.
The NALSA has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society and to organise Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes. (IANS)

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Tripura to launch polygraphy test facility

Shillong Times - Mon, 2015-06-22 10:01

Agartala:  Tripura government has decided to introduce polygraphy test lie detection machine in State Forensic Science Laboratory (SFSL) soon with the changing crime scenario, said home department officials here on Sunday.
They said the council of ministers have already cleared the nod for introducing lie detection machine in polygraph unit of the laboratory.
The authority has also sanctioned necessary fund for setting up of new crime investigation unit.
There was a misconception that lie-detection is illegal but in a judgment in 2010, the Supreme Court has made it clear that polygraph is not illegal and that certain steps have to be followed by the investigation agency, said a top official.
The Supreme Court upheld that before conducting lie detection test on an accused, the investigator has to take his consent in front of the judicial magistrate and his advocate.
Moreover, there are some other formalities that have to be observed prior to conducting the test, he stated. However, the confession during polygraph test will not directly be admissible before the court as evidence.
The confession will be treated as guiding indicator for the investigation agency, he added.
The officials further stated that the state government has planned to upgrade and modernise the state forensic laboratory with more facilities, equipment and manpower.
However, he said, the state has been trying for long to get full-time director and other forensic scientists but could not.
They also pointed out that as part of e-court programme, the first Cyber Forensic Laboratory (CFL) of India was established in Tripura in August 2013. As a part of modernisation, video conferencing systems are also being expanded in India.
Under  the video conferencing system, any lawyer or judge will be able to talk to the accused from jail. (UNI)

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Assam Governor intervenes in civil service exam row

Shillong Times - Mon, 2015-06-22 09:59

Guwahati: Assam Governor PB Acharya on Sunday reportedly said he was ready to recommend a CBI inquiry into allegations of malpractices in the Assam Public Service Commission’s civil service examinations depending on the findings of a probe already ordered by the chief minister.
The Governor summoned APSC chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul and Assam Public Works, a NGO, which had earlier submitted a memorandum on specific cases of alleged unfair selection of candidates in 2013 APSC-conducted state civil service examinations.
APW president Aabhijeet Sharma said the APW had asked for a face-to-face with Paul regarding the allegations but the APSC chairman pleaded with the Governor against it and assured the Governor of submitting in writing within seven days on all allegations brought by the APW.
Governor Acharya, heading the APSC chief’s request, had separate interviews with both parties.
The Governor said he has asked the Chief Minister to submit the report within 10-15 days and after that, if required, the Governor will order a CBI inquiry, Sharma said. (UNI)

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Modi made India resurgent and regain its recognition: Naidu

Shillong Times - Mon, 2015-06-22 09:58

Chennai: Stating that countries now want to engage in business with India, Union Minister M Venkiah Naidu on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made the country resurgent and regain its recognition.
Addressing a meeting here on the one year of the BJP-led NDA government, Naidu said when assuming office, it had “inherited” fiscal and current account among other “deficits” but introduction of radical reforms by the Modi government has steered the country’s economy back on track, he said.
“Now country after country wants to do business with India. Leaders of various countries are appreciating Modi, who few months after coming to power not only made India resurgent but also made the country regain its recognition,” he said.
The Prime Minister’s achievements, Naidu said, included ending red tapism and rolling out red carpet to the investors even as he had increased the central allocation of funds from taxes to states in a move aimed at empowering local governments.
Further, underlining his government’s intent to bring back the black money stashed abroad, he referred to the laws brought by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in this regard.
On the issue of alleged imposition of Hindi, which had come under flak from allies like PMK, Naidu said that the government was not forcing anyone to learn the language but added that learning it would be useful for communication purposes.
Recalling his participation in anti-Hindi agitation, Naidu said he had “painted tar” on Hindi letters. “Later on, when I became a BJP leader and went to Delhi, I learnt that I have painted tar only on my face,” he said while underlining the importance of Hindi.
On opposition parties’ contention that they will not allow the Parliament to function if External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj did not resign over the Lalit Modi travel papers issue, Naidu said, “You can talk out or walk out, but it should be a break out.”
On criticism against the International Yoga Day, he wondered what was the problem if the Prime Minister performed asanas and asked if preaching a good thing was wrong.  (PTI)

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