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Prevention of Atrocities Act & quota system: BJP and Congress are facing the heat in Madhya Pradesh

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Bhopal:  Ahead of the Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, the anti-reservation movement led by SAPAKS (Samanya Pichda Alpsankhayak Kalyan Samaj) has intensified and there is also widespread anger in a large section of the people, especially among the youth, due to the amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act at the initiative of the BJP led NDA Government and brazen support of political parties of all hues.

Those from the unreserved category, cutting across religious and caste lines , are already angry because of the discriminatory provision for reservation that too for the SCs and STs in the creamy layer. The Madhya Pradesh Government officers and employees have been up in arms under the banner of SAPAKS (Samanya Pichda Alpsankhyak Adhikari karmchari Sanshta) after the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had gone on the offensive following the Jabalpur High Court order on 30 April 2016 declaring the State Government provision for Reservation in Promotion for SCs and STs. At his behest, the State Government not only went in appeal to the Supreme Court against the High Court order but also did everything to delay the proceedings in this matter.

SAPAKS SAMAJ founder President Lalit Shastri wearing the popular “Hum hain Mai ke Lal” cap

After the High Court judgement against reservation in promotion, the Chief Minister was quick in declaring that the State Government was ready to pay any fees to the Supreme Court advocates engaged by the State and also the officers and employees belonging to the SC/ST category. Chouhan has continued to remain a target of strong criticism on this count and also because he went to the extent of publicly daring the citizens by saying “Koi Mai ka Lal Arakshan Samapt Nahi Kar sakta) (no mother’s true son can abolish reservation). SAPAKS members have responded to the challenge thrown by the Chief Minister by wearing caps that carry the slogan “Hum hain Mai ke Lal” ( I am the true son of my mother)

The declaration by SAPAKS that it would be fielding candidates in all the 230 Assembly constituencies in the general elections to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly and the widespread anger and resentment that has spread across the State, is causing sleepless nights for those in the ruling BJP as well as in the main Opposition Congress party that was seeing the coming State Assembly election as an opportunity to return to power after 15 years in exile.

On Sunday night (2 September 2018), at about 9.30 pm, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Jan-Ashirwad Yatra (procession) was attacked by an angry mob at Churhat in Sidhi district.

According to reports received here, protesters started pelting stones when Chouhan’s Yatra reached Churhat. The Chief Minister’s decked up Van, also called Rath (chariot), was hit and the driver’s window was damaged.

A day earlier, also on Saturday (1 August 2018), angry protesters raised slogans during Chouhan’s vote garnering Yatra.

Union Minister Thavarchand Gehlot and senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia had to be escorted out by the police through the back door of the Guna Circuit House to escape the wrath of angry youth. The protesters were there to lodge protest and show their anger against the SC/ST Act.

Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar was gheraod (encircled) by slogan shouting supporters of SAPAKS in the Vidisha Circuit House on Saturday. They gave him a memorandum demanding that the draconian Prevention of Atrocities Act be withdrawn immediately.The same day in Bhind, BJP MP Bhagirath Prasad and in Morena State Minister Rustam Singh faced angry protesters who blocked their cars and raised slogans against the SC/ST Atrocities Act and the Modi Government at the Centre.

On Friday (31 August 2018), Scindia and BJP national Vice President Prabhat Jha were shown black flags in Gwalior district.

The Supreme Court had passed an order recently stating that for persons accused of committing an offence under the Prevention of Atrocities Act, approval of the Senior Superintendent of Police will be mandatory before any arrest.

In sharp contrast, the CrPC categorically defines the powers of arrest by police officers and what has been re-established in the case of complainants belonging to the SC/ST category by amending the SC/ST Atrocities Act in gross disregard of the Supreme Court order is discriminatory and strikes at the root of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution

Whereas, merely a complaint lodged by an SC or ST person can lead to arrest without investigation, a police officer  can arrest without a warrant under Sections 41, 42, 151 CrPC, only in the following conditions:

  • Who has been concerned in any cognizable offence or
  • Who has in possession, without, lawful excuse, of any house breaking weapon or
  • Who has been proclaimed as an offender either under CrPC or by order of the State Govt. or
    Who is in possession of any stolen property or
  • Who obstructs a police officer while in the execution of his duty or who has escaped, or attempts to escape, from lawful custody or
  • Who is reasonably suspected of being a deserter from any of the Armed forces of the Union or
    Who has been concerned in any law relating to extradition or
  • Who, being a released convict commits a breach of any rule made under sub-section (5) of Section 356 CrPC or
  • For whose arrest any requisition has been received from another police officer specifying the person to be arrested and the offence and other cause for which the arrest is to be made

Delhi Cyclathon gets good response ahead of MOVE: Global Mobility Summit

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New Delhi: MOVE cyclathon held here today in the run up to the MOVE: Global Mobility Summit on September 7, 8 in New Delhi, attracted the participation of over 500 enthusiastic cyclists.

Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju and Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog, flagged off MOVE Cyclathon, a cycle rally to promote cleaner, accessible modes of transport.

Speaking at the event Rijiju underscored that Indian cities must be developed for cycling. “The Movelo Cyclathon, organized by NITI Aayog is spreading the message of clean mobility to the Indian public”, said the Minister.
“We need to move people, not cars. Cycling is the way to go for a healthier life and a less polluting city”, the NITI Ayog CEO emphasized as he exhorted the young people to spread the message of a shared, connected, and zero-emission mobility in the country.
About ‘Mobility Week’

‘Mobility Week’ will see 17 events in 7 days—from 31 August to 6 September 2018. These events will facilitate interactions with various stakeholders across the mobility domain.

Participants will include global and Indian leaders from across the mobility sector such as OEMs, battery manufacturers, charging infrastructure providers, technology solution providers, representatives from the Indian government as well as foreign governments, various inter-governmental organizations, academia, and policy think tanks.

About MOVE: Global Mobility Summit

Steeply falling technology costs and business–model innovations are driving the world’s transition to renewable energy and electric vehicles. Against this backdrop, NITI Aayog, in collaboration with various ministries and industry partners, is organizing ‘MOVE: Global Mobility Summit’ in New Delhi on 7 and 8 September, 2018. The Summit will constitute three designated components – The Conclave, Digital Exhibition, and Featured Events. It will help drive the government’s goals for vehicle electrification, renewable energy integration and job growth and also speed up India’s transition to a clean energy economy.

The Summit, which is the first of its kind, with over 1,200 participants expected from across the world, including leaders from the government, industry, research organizations, academia, think tanks and civil society. They will come together and engage with key stakeholders within the rapidly transforming global mobility landscape and to evolve a public interest framework. The issues will be discussed based on 5 thematic papers during the parallel sessions. State specific will also be discussed, to evolve a shared, connected, zero emission and inclusive mobility agenda for the future.

Process continues to fill the post of Director (Operations & Business Development) in DFCCIL

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New Delhi: The Public Enterprises Selection Board, after conducting the interview of two shortlisted candidates in the selection meeting held on on Friday (31 August 2018) for selection for the post of Director (Operations & Business Development), Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL) has decided to see more candidates to fill this post.

The two candidates interviewed by PESB for the post Director (Operations & Business Development), DFCCIL on 31 August are Satish Kothari, Group General Manager, Indian Railways Service of Electrical Engineering and Atul B Khare, Chief Project Manager, Indian Railways Service of Engineers.


South Eastern Coalfields Ltd

Ambika Prasad Panda will be the new Chairman and Managing Director of South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. His name has been  recommended by PSEB for appointment as Chairman South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. He is currently Director Finance in the same company.

The following applicants were interviewed in the selection meeting on 30 August 2018:
1 MR. SHEKHAR SARAN, Chairman & Managing Director, Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Ltd (CMPDIL)
2 MR. AMBIKA PRASAD PANDA, Director (Finance), South Eastern Coalfields Ltd.
3 DR. RAMA SHANKAR JHA, Director(Personnel), South Eastern Coalfields Ltd.
4 MR. GUNADHAR PANDEY, Director(Technical), Northern Coalfields Ltd.
5 MR. RADHASHYAM MAHAPATRO, Director(Personnel), Central Coalfields Ltd.
6 DR. SANJAY KUMAR, Director(Personnel), Western Coalfields Ltd.
7 MR. SURINDER PAL BANSAL, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Salts Ltd. (HSL)
8 MR. S BALACHANDRA IYER, Executive Director(Other Units), Indian Railways Personnel Servi

Terror fund linked with banned Kangleipak Communist Party case: NIA seizes Rs. 4800,000

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Imphal/New Delhi: A team of NIA on 30 August 2018 seized Rs 48,00,000 in cash said to be meant for terror funding from one Ms K Pramodini, an employee of RIMS, Imphal in Manipur.

The money seized by NIA was produced by Ms Pramodini in the presence of an independent witnesses. The money belonged to Ms N Sobita Devi, wife of another accused Dr Mutum Shyamo Singh (Ex Director JNIMS Hospital, Imphal, Manipur). During Investigation, it had come to light that the said amount was handed over to Pramodini by Sobita Devi for the purpose of concealing the terror funds collected by Mutum Shyamo Singh as part of his activities in support of the proscribed organisation KCP. NIA had arrested Dr Mutum Shyamo Singh on 6 July 2018 for his active involvement with KCP. Following his arrest, Search was conducted at his house and Rs 40,03,000 in new currency and Rs 1,00,000 in old
currency were seized as proceeds of terrorism.

During investigation of this case, Khoirom Ranjit Singh, Commander in Chief of KCP, and his associates Irungbam Sanatombi Devi and P. Prem Kumar Meitei @ PK @ Ibomcha were arrested and a charge sheet was filed on 10 July 2017 before the NIA Special Court Delhi. A supplementary charge sheet against Sanabam Inaobi Singh has also been filed in this case on 24 May 2018.