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Civil Services Training Programme at IEHE: Students told to dream big and make efforts to fulfill them

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Bhopal: Shubham Agarwal, who has recently cleared the UPSC Civil Services Examination and made it into the Indian Police Service (IPS) told the students of Institute of Excellence in Higher Education (IEHE) on Saturday 11 December to dream big and said they should make every effort to fulfill their dreams. Only then their dreams will come true. 

An alumnus of IEHE, Agarwal was addressing the inaugural session of the Foundation Course on Civil Services Training Program organised by the Professional Qualification Cell of the Institute of Excellence in the State capital.

Passing the UPSC Civil Services Examination is easy but it is possible only with attitude, dedication and positive thinking, Agarwal said adding one can accomplish  even the most difficult tasks with ease. He also went on to observe that failure lowers the morale but one should not get demoralised or discouraged by failure and everyone should try again and work hard to achieve success. He said from his own experience that he too had been through failures but his family and friends always boosted his morale and did not allow his confidence to go down. 

IEHE Director Dr. Pragyesh Agarwal also addressed the students and said more and more students in the coming years will fulfill the objectives of the institute.

Dr. Kalpana Mullick and Dr. Ruchira Choudhary were also present on the occasion. The vote of thanks was given by Dr. Mullick.

Income Tax Department conducts searches on a leading Gutkha distributor in Gujarat

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Ahmedabad: The Income Tax Department carried out search and seizure operations on a leading Gutkha distributor of Gujarat on 16 November 2021. The search action covered more than 15 premises at different locations in the State capital.

​During the course of the search action, various incriminating documents and digital evidence were found and seized. The preliminary analysis of these evidences clearly indicate evasion of taxable income by adopting various malpractices such as unaccounted purchases of materials, under-invoicing of sales, and unaccounted expenditure incurred in cash. Further analysis of seized material reveals that part of these cash sales have not been recorded in the books of accounts. The search team has also unearthed evidences of undisclosed investment in immovable properties.

​The search operation has resulted in the seizure of unaccounted cash of about Rs. 7.50 crore and unexplained jewellery of about Rs. 4 crore. Prohibitory orders have also been placed on bank lockers.

​The search action, so far, has led to the detection of unaccounted income of more than Rs. 100 crore. Out of this, the group has admitted undisclosed income exceeding Rs. 30 crore.

Further investigations are under progress.

PM to lay the foundation stone of Noida International Airport on November 25

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  • Airport in line with PM’s vision towards boosting connectivity and creating a future-ready aviation sector
  • For the first time in India, an airport has been conceptualised with an integrated multi-modal cargo hub
  • Airport set to be the logistics gateway of northern India and help establish UP on the global logistics map
  • It will be India’s first net zero emissions airport

Noida: Uttar Pradesh is poised to become the only state in India to have five international airports, as Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh on 25 November, 2021 at 1 PM.

The development of the airport is in line with the vision of the Prime Minister towards boosting connectivity and creating a future-ready aviation sector. A special focus of this grand vision has been on the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) that is witnessing the development of multiple new international airports including the recently inaugurated Kushinagar airport and the under construction international airport at Ayodhya.

This airport will be the second international airport to come up in Delhi NCR. It will help decongest the IGI Airport. It is strategically located and will serve the people of cities including Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad and neighbouring areas.

The airport will be the logistics gateway of northern India. Due to its scale and capacity, the airport will be a gamechanger for UP. It will unleash the potential of UP to the world, and help establish the state on the global logistics map. For the first time, an airport in India has been conceptualised with an integrated multi modal cargo hub, with a focus on reducing the total cost and time for logistics. The dedicated cargo terminal will have a capacity of 20 lakh metric tonne, which will be expanded to 80 lakh metric tonne. Through facilitating seamless movement of industrial products, the airport will play a crucial role in helping the region attract huge investments, boost rapid industrial growth, and enable reach of local products to national and international markets. This will bring new opportunities for numerous enterprises, and also create tremendous employment opportunities.

The airport will develop a Ground Transportation Centre that will feature a multimodal transit hub, housing metro and high-speed rail stations, taxi, bus services and private parking. This will enable seamless connectivity of the airport with road, rail, and metro. Noida and Delhi will be connected to the airport through hassle free metro service. All major nearby roads and highways like the Yamuna Expressway, Western Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and others will be connected to the airport. The airport will also be linked to the planned Delhi-Varanasi High Speed Rail, enabling the journey between Delhi and airport in only 21 minutes.

The airport will also house a state-of-art MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhauling) Service. The design of the airport is focussed on low operating costs and seamless and fast transfer processes for passengers. The airport is introducing a swing aircraft stand concept, providing flexibility for airlines to operate an aircraft for both domestic and international flights from the same contact stand, without having to re-position the aircraft. This will ensure quick and efficient aircraft turnarounds at the airport, while ensuring a smooth and seamless passenger transfer process.

It will be India’s first net zero emissions airport. It has earmarked dedicated land to be developed as forest park using trees from the project site. NIA will preserve all native species and be nature positive throughout the development of the airport.

The development of the first phase of the airport is being done with a cost of over Rs 10,050 crore. Spread over more than 1300 hectares of land, the completed first phase of the airport will have a capacity to serve around 1.2 crore passengers a year and work on it is scheduled to be completed by 2024. It will be executed by the international bidder Zurich Airport International AG as concessionaire. The groundwork for the first phase regarding land acquisition and rehabilitation of the affected families has been completed.

Two Madhya Pradesh cities Bhopal and Indore will have Police Commissioners

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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Sunday 21 November 2021 announced that the Police Commissioner system will be introduced in two big cities of the state – Bhopal and Indore.

The Chief Minister announced this decision at his official residence on Sunday morning.

Law and order situation in the State is good, Chouhan said adding the new system is necessary for “better control”.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the decision has been taken to introduce the Police Commissioner system in view of the law and order requirements arising due to increasing population, geographical expansion and technology in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh and commercial capital Indore, the cleanest city of the country.

Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas Mahasammelan: PM launches key tribal welfare initiaties

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of “Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas” Maha Sammelan, in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on November 15, 2021. Governor of Madhya Pradesh Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are also seen.

Bhopal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday 15 Novembe 2021 launched multiple key initiatives for the welfare of Janjatiya community (Scheduled Tribes) at Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas Mahasammelan.

The PM launched the ‘Ration Aapke Gram’ scheme in Madhya Pradesh. He also launched the Madhya Pradesh Sickle Cell Mission. He laid the foundation of 50 Eklavya Model Residential Schools across the country. Governor and CM of Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Virendra Kumar, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Union Ministers of State Shri Prahlad S Patel, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste and Dr. L Murugan were among those present.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said today, India is celebrating its first Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas. “For the first time in the country after independence, on such a large scale, the art-culture of the entire country’s tribal society, their contribution to the freedom movement and nation building is being remembered and honored with pride”, He said. Marking his own long association with the tribal samaj, the Prime Minister praised the richness of their spiritual and cultural life and said that every cultural aspect of tribal including songs and dances carry a life lesson and they have so much to teach.

The Prime Minister stressed that it is our duty to bring the inspiring stories of tribal heroes and heroines in the freedom struggle before the country and to introduce them to the new generation. During the period of slavery, there were many struggles against foreign rule including Khasi-Garo movement, Mizo movement, Kol movement, etc. “Be it the bravery of Gond Maharani Veer Durgavati or the sacrifice of Rani Kamalapati, the country cannot forget them. The struggle of Veer Maharana Pratap cannot be imagined without the brave Bhils who fought shoulder to shoulder and made sacrifices” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister remembered Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare’s contribution in connecting coming generations to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare passed away this morning. The Prime Minister paid rich tributes to the eminent historian. “The ideals of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj which Babasaheb Purandare ji placed in front of the country, those ideals will continue to inspire us continuously. I pay my heartfelt tributes to Babasaheb Purandare ji, the Prime Minister said.”

The Prime Minister said, ‘today, when we discuss the contribution of tribal society in nation building from national forums, some people are surprised. Such people do not understand how much tribal society has contributed in strengthening the culture of India’. The reason for this is that the contribution of tribal society was either not told to the country and even if told, information was given in a very limited scope. “This happened because those who ran the government in the country for decades after independence, gave priority to their selfish politics”, Shri Modi stressed. The Prime Minister said today tribal areas are getting facilities like houses for the poor, toilets, free electricity and gas connections, school, road and free treatment with the same speed as in the rest of the country.

Prime Minister said in all central government welfare schemes, Aspirational Districts with a high proportion of tribal population are being given priority. He remarked that the tribal region of the country has always been rich in terms of wealth and resources. But “those who were in the government earlier, followed the policy of exploiting these areas. We are following the policy of utilizing the potential of these areas properly”, he said. He informed how by changing forest laws, forest resources were made available to the tribal society.

The Prime Minister said recently Padma awards have been given. When the awardees coming from tribal society reached Rashtrapati Bhavan, the world was shocked. He lauded those working in tribal and rural society as the real diamonds of the country. Today, products by the artisans of the tribal section are being promoted nationally and globally, More than 90 forest produces are being given MSP compared to 8-10 crops earlier. More than 150 medical colleges have been approved for such districts. More than 2500 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras have been connected with more than 37 thousand Self Help Groups. Leading to 7 lakh jobs. 20 Lakh land ‘Pattas’ have been given and attention is being paid to skilling and education of the tribal youth. 9 new tribal Research Institutes have been added in the last 7 years. Emphasis on mother tongue in the New Education Policy will help the tribal people, said the Prime Minister.


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Habibganj Railway Station renamed after tribal queen Rani Kamlapati

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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Government has written to the Centre to rename Bhopal’s Habibganj railway station after the tribal queen, Rani Kamlapati

Madhya Pradesh Government
Transport Department
Vallabh Bhavan, Bhopal

क्र 3651/2164/2021/आठ

Bhopal, dated 12/11/2021

Secretary
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
New Delhi

Sub: Regarding the renaming of Habibganj Railway station as Rani Kamalapati railway station.

With refeference to the above subject it is stated that the Government of India has redeveloped the Habibganj Railway Station in Bhopal at a cost of Rs. 100 crore. This project will be dedicated to the people by the Prime Minister on 15 November 2021.

It is noteworthy that the Government of India has decided to celebrate 15th November – the birth anniversary of Lord Birsa Munda as”Tribal Pride Day” and notification in this regard has been issued.

In the 16th Century, the Bhopal region was ruled by the Gond rulers. It is believed that at that time Gond King Suraj Singh Shah’s son Nizamshah was married to the tribal queen Kamalapati who had spent her whole life fighting invaders with valour and bravery.

To keep the memory of the Gond Queen Kamalapati alive and to be grateful for her sacrifice, it has been decided to rename Habibganj Railway Station as Rani Kamlapati Railway Station on the occasion of the “Tribal Pride Day” on 15 November 2020.

It is requested to take immediate action to rename the Habibganj Railway Station as Rani Kamlapati Railway Station.

-Signed-
Vandana Sharma
Deputy Secretary
Transport Department
Govenment of Madhya Pradesh

Copy to Chaiman Railway Board, fo necessary action


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Raging inferno at Kamala Nehru Hospital in Bhopal: Who will book the real culprits

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The raging inferno that engulfed the new-born care unit at Bhopal’s Kamala Nehru Hospital on Monday night (8 November 2021) has extinguished many lives. The parents and the families of the babies who were charred to death have been devastated. No amount of condolence messages or ex-gratia relief from the government’s side will deliver them justice or fill the void that’s been created by those who had abdicated their responsibility at the top echelon of the government and whose job it was to ensure the field authorities were held accountable for not conducting the fire audit even once and operating a hospital facility. The tragedy is everyone is talking of fire audit now after many parents have lost their new-born babies. It is a travesty of circumstances that the government needed such a disastrous fire incident to shake up it’s sensibilities. 

After the fire incident at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, the government has removed Jiten Shukla, Dean Gandhi Medical College, Dr. Lokendra Dave Superintendent of Hamidia Hospital, and Dr KK Dubey, Director of Kamala Nehru Hospital from their posts. Deputy Engineer, CPA Electrical Wing Awadhesh Bhadauria has been suspended.

Question arises what about the senior officers at the top supervisory level, who are supposed to regularly conduct inspections, and write the confidential reports of the officers at the cutting edge on the basis of their performance? The buck should stop at their level and more heads should roll. What about those occupying positions of power in the State Secretariat and the Medical and Health Administration, whose job it was to ensure the law, standard rules and procedures were not being compromised? What about the enforcement of the Building Bye-Laws that are legal tools and are mandatory in nature and serve to protect buildings against fire and other hazards. Was there corruption in procurement and purchase of building material and what about the standard and quality of material used for electricity and other fittings – especially MCBs (miniature circuit breakers) that often lead to short circuits if they are of poor quality? Also- what about the current status of other hospitals – both in the State capital and in other cities of Madhya Pradesh. These are questions that will have to be answered.

Only the other day, the Ansal Brothers were sentenced 7 years in jail and a fine of Rs. 2.25 crore each for tampering with evidence linked with New Delhi’s Uphaar Cinema fire tragedy.

To ensure such incidents do not repeat, a case of criminal negligence should be registered and there should be a thorough and fair investigation. For the sake of fair inquiry, officers down the line should be removed without wasting time.

Kamla Nehru Hospital is part of the State capital’s main referral Hamidia Hospital and is located inside the Gandhi Medical College Campus.

Jabalpur High Court direction for conduct of Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industry election

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Jabalpur: The Jabalpur High Court on Tuesday 9 November issued order in the interest of justice directing the 3  newly appointed Assistants to Secretary Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industry to conduct in place of the Secretary/Returning Officer the  Chambers’ election. The newly appointed  assistants are Aakash  Telang,  Rohit  Shroti and Anshul  Agrawal, all advocates. 

The order comes in response to a petition by Lalit Jain, the outgoing President of Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He had filed  a review  petition in the High Court making a  prayer  to  recall  the order  of  8 October 2021  passed  in  W.P.  No.19501/2021 for holding the election to elect the new executive body of Bhopal Chambers.of Commerce and Industry on 14 November.

The petitioner submitted  before the single Judge High Court Bench of Justice Vishal Chahat that  direction  was  given by the High Court to  respondent  No.4  (Secretary) to  conduct  election  of Bhopal  Chambers  of  Commerce  and  Industries  strictly  following  COVID-19 protocol.  The petitioner submitted  that  respondent  No.4 – Mukesh  Sen – who was  Secretary  and  Election  Officer  of  Bhopal  Chambers  of  Commerce, was  impleaded  in  private  capacity  and  in  official  capacity. It  was also brought to the notice of the High Court by  counsel  for  Lalit Jain that  respondent  Mukesh Sen  had resigned.  However,  this was contradicted by the counsel appearing for the respondent and the Court was told that he had been forced  to  resign and that he has filed an FIR in this regard. The Court was informed  that  he  did  not  resign voluntarily.  

Qasim Ali, Counsel  appearing  for the petitioner submitted  that  since  direction  had been given  to  the Secretary/Returning Officer and  since  has  resigned, the  order of 8 October 2021  may  be  modified  and  direction  be  given  that  secretary  may be  appointed  so  that  election  could  be  conducted  fairly  and  smoothly. 

Ajay Gupta, the Counsel  appearing  for  respondents, who were  petitioners  in  the original writ  petition, submitted  that  review  petition  is  only  filed  to delay  the  election.  New  secretary  is  to  be  appointed  by  petitioner  i.e. president  which  wil  take  time.  Review  Petition only has been  filed  to  delay  the election  process.  It  was also submitted  that  part  of  election  process  is  already complete  and  now  only  voting  and  counting  is  to  be  done and that the petitioner deliberately  wants  to  delay  the  election  process.  
The Court was informed that three  assistants have already been appointed with majority decision of contesting candidates to  help  the  secretary  and for conduct  of  election  as  per  Bye-laws    No.2  of  the  year  1952  during meeting held on  23 October 2021. Therefore,  it was submitted, in  the absence  of  secretary,  these assistants  can  go  ahead  and  conduct the  election.  

Counsel  appearing  for  petitioner  submitted  that  if  direction  to  Mukesh Sen  is  modified  and  three  assistants  is  directed  to  complete  the  process  of election  then  he  has  no  objection.  It  was further submitted  that  petitioner  does not  want  to  delay  the  election. 

The HC order says that the  petitioner is expected to  cooperate  in  fair  and  smooth  conduct  of election.

Jabalpur High Court quashes the Government order to stay the election process of Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industries

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Competent authority asked to conduct the election expeditiously

Jabalpur: Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday 8 October 2021 quashed the 25 August order of of the SDO Bhopal staying the election process of Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) and ordered the competent authority to conduct the election “expeditiously strictly following Covid-19 protocol”.

The order has been isued by Justice Vishal Dhagat in response to a writ petition by Krishna Gopal Gattani and othres. The Madhya Pradesh Government, Bhopal district collector, Lalit Jain, President Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industries and Mukesh Sen, Secretary Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industry were respondents in this case.

Through the petition, the High Court was informed that some people were active and they were trying to delay, defer and cancel the election process of BCCI. Further, the petition said that 99-100 persons filed W.P. No. 16436/2021 before the High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur which was dismissed on 26 August 2021. The Election Officer and office bearers of BCCI had assured the authorities that all the guidelines and protocols of Covid-19 shall be followed and that there would be no flouting or violation of the protocols in any manner at the election site. However at the instance of some persons who wanted to defer the elections, the District Collector stayed the of voting schedued on 29 August 2021.

The case was heard hrough video conferencing. Senior advocate Ajay Gupta was the petitioner’s counsel in this case.

The Petitioner had filed the petition for quashing the order of 25 August 2021 issued by the respondent No.2 District Collector, Bhopal staying the election process of Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industries.

The Counsel appearing for the petitioners submitted that election was to be conducted on 29 August 2021 and it was stayed by order of S.D.O. on ground that a lot of people will congregate at place of election for voting, which will be against Covid-19 protocol and thus, Secretary/Election Officer
was directed to maintain status quo.

The Counsel appearing for the petitioners submitted that election of other institutions are taking place, schools and colleges are open, Courts are functioning by hybrid mode and physical appearances are being allowed in Courts, markets are also open and there is no lockdown. It was submitted that petitioners will take care of Covid protocol and they will not violate any of the guidelines issued in respect of Covid-19 protocol. It was also submitted that respondent No.4 (Mukesh Sen, Secretary/election officer, Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industry) be directed to conduct the elections strictly following Covid-19 protocol.

Panel Lawyer appearing for the State opposed the writ petition. He submitted that there were possibilities of violation of protocol of Covid 19, therefore, S.D.O. had passed the order staying the election.

Considering the facts and circumstances of the case and also the Covid-19 situation in the State, the High Court issued the order quashing the Bhopal district order staying the election process of Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industries.

Madhya Pradesh is pride of India: PM Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the beneficiaries of SVAMITVA scheme in Madhya Pradesh, through video conferencing on October 06, 2021.

New Delhi/Bhopal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday 6 October said Madhya Pradesh is pride of India when it comes to implementation of schemes and development.

Madhya Pradesh is a pioneer in digital records and the State has taken rapid strides in the development spehere, the Prime Minister said. He was launching the SVAMITVA Scheme in Madhya Pradesh via video conferencing from New Delhi.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister electronically distributed 1.71 lakh e-property cards to residents of about 3,000 villages in 19 districts.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said availing loans from the banks have become easier with the launch of the PM SVAMITVA scheme. He lauded Madhya Pradesh for the speed with which it has implemented the scheme. Today 1.70 lakh families received cards in 3000 villages of the state. He said that this card will become a vehicle of prosperity for them.

The Prime Minister said though it is often said that the soul of India resides in villages, even decades after the independence, the villages are still in shackles. The power of the villages, the land and the houses of the people of the village could not be fully utilized for their development. On the contrary, the energy, time and money of the people of the village were wasted in disputes, fights, illegal occupations over village land and houses.

The Prime Minister complimented the villages for their performance during the corona period. He noted how the villages of India worked together and tackled the pandemic.

The Prime Minister stated that the SVAMITVA Scheme is not just a scheme to provide property documents, but it is also a new mantra for development and improving trust in the villages of the country with the help of modern technology. “The Udan Khatola (drone) that is flying in villages and localities for the survey is giving a new flight to the villages of India,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the efforts of the government for the last 6-7 years is to make the poor free from dependence on anyone. Now, money is being sent directly to the bank accounts of farmers under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi.

Reconstituted Madhya Pradesh State Wildlife Board: High Court allows revision of petition challenging nominations as violative of the Wild Life (Protection) Act

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Jabalpur/Bhopal: A two-Judge Bench of Jabalpur High Court presided by Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and comprising Justice Anil Verma has allowed petitioner Ajay Dubey to file an application to amend the original petition challenging the formation of the Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Board by the previous state Government headed by Kamal Nath since the present BJP Government has disbanded that Board and constituted a new one. 

The High Court has given 4 weeks time to the petitioner to make the application for amendment in the petition. The original petition pointed to gross violation of the provisions for nomination of members in the State Wildlife Board under the Wildlife (Protection) Act. 

Aditya Sanghi, the counsel  for petitioner Ajay Dubey submitted during the hearing on Saturday through video conferencing that the respondent, i.e., State had passed a fresh order  re-constituting  the  Board on 20 November 2020. 

Another petition filed by senior journalist and eminent environmentalist Lalit Shastri in the same matter is also linked with the petition filed by Ajay Dubey. Shastri’s counsel in this case are Praveen Kumar Pandey and Suman Dubey.

Click links below to check background of this case:

Exclusion of some experts puts a question mark on the reconstituted MP State Wildlife Board

State Wildlife Board: Madhya Pradesh Government is in the dock and has a lot to answer

Petition challenging the reconstitution of Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Board: Jabalpur High Court serves notice to MP Government

Jabalpur High Court admits petition against reconstitution of State Wildlife Board

If you have “special interest in wildlife” you could be a member of State Wildlife Board in Madhya Pradesh

Ghaziabad police registers FIR against Twitter, few journalists and Congress leaders for trying to spread communal unrest

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Ghaziabad: The Uttar Pradesh Police has filed an FIR against Twitter and a few journalists and Congress leaders in connection with an elderly Muslim man who was assaulted in Ghaziabad and whose video with a fake narrative aimed at creating communal divide was put in the public domain and it went viral on social media.

A Samajwadi Party leader, prominently figures in this controversial video.

The FIR was lodged at the Loni Border police station of Ghaziabad district on Tuesday forenoon on a complaint lodged by a police officer, who has alleged that the video was shared with the ulterior motive of inciting communal unrest.

The FIR has been filed by at the Loni Police station against The Wire, Rana Ayyub, Mohammad Zubair, Dr Shama Mohammed, Saba Naqvi, Maskoor Usmani, Slaman Nizami. The allegation against them is that without verifying the video they gave a communal the fact, started giving communal colour to the incident on Twitter.

On investigation by the Ghaziabad Police into the video of assault and beating up of the elderly man that went viral on social media, it was found that the elderly man, Abdul Samad, had come to Behta, Loni border from Bulandshahr on 5 June. From there, along with another person, he went to the residence of the main accused Parvesh Gujar at Banthla, Loni. After some time other boys Kallu, Arif, Adil and Mushahid came to Parvesh’s house and started beating him along with Parvesh. According to the accused, Abdul Samad makes amulets, and their families were adversely affected by the amulets given by him. Because of this they had beaten him up. Abdul Samad was already known to Pravesh, Adil Kallu and others as amulets had been given by Abdul Samad to many people in the village. In this case, the main accused Parvesh Gujjar was the first to be arrested. On June 14, the other two accused Kallu and Adil also were arrested. Ghaziabad Police is investigating all angles and probing who all were behind concocting the fake video to create communal divide.

Even after the UP Police had ruled out any communal angle and had said Abdul Samad was attacked by six men – Hindus and Muslims – who were unhappy over the amulets he had sold them, NDTV quoted the UP police and at the same time gave communal colour to the incident by publishing the following:

“An elderly Muslim man was assaulted in Loni in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district on June 5 while on his way to a mosque to offer prayers.The attackers allegedly abducted Abdul Samad from an autorickshaw and dragged him to a hut in a nearby forested area, where they reportedly shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’, which they forced him to shout as well, as they punched and beat him with wooden sticks.”

Further the NDTV report said: “They reportedly also accused Mr Samad of being a Pakistani spy.One of the attackers – a young man wearing a white full-sleeve T-shirt and blue sweatpants – also threatened Mr Samad with a knife that he used to forcibly hack away at his beard.A video of the vile incident, in which Mr Samad can be seen pleading with his attackers, has been circulated online.The video shows at least two other young men attacking Mr Samad – one wearing a black shirt and red trousers, and another in a light-blue T-shirt and grey trousers.” I WAS ON MY WAY WHEN I WAS OFFERED A LIFT. TWO MORE MEN THEN GOT INSIDE (THE AUTO RICKSHAW) AND TOLD ME TO STAY. THEN THEY TOOK ME TO A ROOM AND LOCKED ME UP AND THRASHED ME. THEY FORCED ME TO CHANT SLOGANS… THEY TOOK MY MOBILE AWAY… THEY GOT A KNIFE AND CUT MY BEARD,” A VISIBLY TRAUMATISED MR SAMAD, WHO WAS REDUCED TO TEARS, SAID.” They even showed me a video of other Muslims being attacked,” he said, adding his attackers had boasted to him that they had killed many Muslims before.

Forest staff attacked by encroachers in Madhya Pradesh

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Bhopal: A team of forest department that went to evict encroachers who were using bulldozers and porclain machine to level and plough a large area of illegally occupied forest land in the Berasia forest near Bhopal, the capital of the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, was surrounded from all sides and attacked by a mob carrying lathis and axes. 

There was also heavy stone pelting by the encroachers, many of whom were even using slingshots.

About half a dozen persons were injured and were rushed to hospital. One of the Forest personnel, Yashwant Singh Parihar, who was hit by an axe and severely wounded, has been referred to All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhopal. 

The spot where this incident took place falls under the Nazirabad police station in Berasia tehsil.

COVID pandemic: Who will come to the rescue of junior doctors; how long MBBS and MD exams will be in the clutches of the tottering exam system

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Striking Junior Doctors in Bhopal

The US President Joe Biden, only the other day said that the vaccination programme to fight the Covid pandemic has been backed by the augmentation of the work force engaged as COVID warriors.

Biden said that the US after suffering an economic downturn is now bouncing back. All this has happened, first, as they had made the vaccine program a priority and as there weren’t enough vaccinators, so they went to FEMA, the United States military and got retired docs and nurses to come out of retirement — got thousands and thousands of additional people to administer the vaccines that they didn’t have before.

Nearer home, India is fighting the second wave of COVID pandemic. The situation is so bad in India that it has even been decided at the level of the Prime Minister to cancel the Twelfth examination of Central Board of Secondary Education to protect children and many state Governments, including the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, have followed this up by announcing the cancellation of State Board exams.

Instead of taking a cue from the decision to cancel the higher secondary Board exams and doing the same for final MBBS and MD, especially keeping in view the huge shortage of doctors, those occupying positions of authority in government have failed to act in this direction. One does not understand why the authorities have not kept already in focus the fact that final MBBS students are being used like ward boys and they are not even being paid any stipend in private medical colleges, where the situation is dismal.

Dr Devi Shetty had emphasised this point much earlier and gave a formula for augmenting the work force in terms of junior doctors at the national level by giving a go-bye to the Macaulay’s system of examinations that India inherited from its colonial past.

In this backdrop, we have reached a pass where about 3,000 striking junior doctors working in the six government run medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh resigned en masse from their posts on Thursday after the Jabalpur High Court told them to call off their strike and return to work.

Question arises – what is it that the Madhya Pradesh junior doctors are demanding. They are only asking what is overdue to them. The junior doctors, who have completed two years of their 3-year MD programme and for more than a year they have been attending to COVID patients in the hospitals, want a hike in their stipend, waiver of exam fees and full medical coverage for themselves and their families in case they get infected by the deadly COVID-19. The junior doctors in Madhya Pradesh, besides tendering enmasse resignation, have announced that they will challenge the decision of the High Court division bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq Ahmed and Justice Sujoy Paul. The Court has given them 24-hour deadline and instructed strict action against the striking doctors if they fail to resume work.

From the doctors’ angle, the situation has been aggravated by the State government as it has taken too long to issue orders to increase their stipend. To make matters worse, it is learnt that their enrollment for the third year PG has also been cancelled and consequently they will be debarred from taking their examination.

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From the MP Government side, State Medical Education Commissioner Nishant Warwade told media persons that Minister of Medical Education Vishvas Sarang had informed the Junior Doctors Association representatives on many occasions that steps had been raken to meet their demands and as per the Consumer Price Index, a 17 per cent increase in stipend of junior doctors has already been approved and soon orders to this effect will be passed. Besides hiking stipend, the government is also implementing medical insurance schemes for them, the Health Commissioner told journalists adding ESMA (Essential Services Maintenance Act) is applicable to doctors and it is hoped the striking doctors will return to work and start treating the patients.

When will the Kashmiri Hindus return home

Lalit Shastri

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Kashmiri Pandits in Houston in September 2019

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told a delegation of Kashmiri Hindus in Houston in September 2019 that the wind of change is blowing and now there would be a new Kashmir for everyone.

The Kashmiri Pandit diaspora had responded by extending support to the Modi government and expressed hope that they could return to their homeland. Now it is time for the Modi Government to meet the pledge.

After the abrogation of Article 370 and J&K Reorganisation Act of 2019, the Kashmiri Hindus,  have looked for definite resolution of  three main issues:
1.encroachment of their immovable property;
2.return to their homes; and
3.Prosecution of the perpetrators of the exodus and those who had usurped their property.

The Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection and Restraint On Distress Sales) Act 1997 was enacted to protect properties of migrants who had left the state after November 1989 due to threat followed by loot, arson, rape and murder by terrorists, who were joined by the radicalised Islamists in driving out the Kashmiri Hindus from their homes to change the demographic character of the population in Kashmir on religious grounds. Irony is that there was zero enforcement of this Act.

After the enactment of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, the Centre last year
Amended the Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Immovable Property Act passed by the J&K Legislature in 1997, and through a notification it has empowered the Competent Authority to take suo moto action to evict unauthorized occupants of property left behind by Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir valley during their forced exodus in 1989-1990.

Now it is for the Centre, with the the Union Territory status of J&K to guarantee the safe return of Kashmiri Hindus, restore their properties and act swiftly against the illegal occupiers and encroachers – something successive State Governments have failed to do.

Before the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir.and abrogation of Article 370, about 1500 displaced Kashmiri Hindu youth were given employment.and settled in special camps under a special employment scheme  between 2008 and 2015. After Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, Burhan Wani was eliminated by the security forces, these camps of the Kashmiri Hindus were targetted and there was heavy stone pelting by the entrenched locals. As a result most of the Kashmiri Hindu Youth fled from the valley.

The Modi led Indian Government should take a cue from Israel and without wasting time resettle the Kashmiri Hindus in specially created secure and well guarded settlements that could range in character from farming communities to frontier villages to urban suburbs and neighborhoods. Now onward, every terrorist act in Kashmir should be be followed up by the Government and it should go into the overdrive mode and settle new migrants – mostly young persons – after giving them compulsory military training. The new settlers in the valley should be brought from different parts of India in hundreds of thousands with the promise of jobs and security. Besides Kashmiri Hindus, ex-servicemen and serving defence personnel posted in Kashmir also should be made residents in large numbers to counter the threat of terrorists from Pakistan. Though it would be wrong to draw a parallel, still one would like to cite the example of Bhopal, where the majority Muslim population was supporting the Nawab, when he was refusing to sign the instrument of accession at the time of Independence. The atmosphere in the city had remained vitiated and was highly polarised on communal grounds for several years but slowly, once the demography of the city got altered after it became the capital of the reorganised State of Madhya Pradesh in 1956, things began to stabilise. Still there were communal pockets to disturb peace and this got amply exposed when Bhopal was set on fire by the radicalised Islamists in 1992 after the demolition of the Babri structure. During President’s Rule that followed, it was the then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, who took the decision to dismiss the democratically elected MP government for failure to control the riots and a few months later he even went ahead and dismissed the State Governor Kunwar Mehmood Ali Khan since he was most brazenly communalising the Bhopal Police stations after this had been pointed out by me in an exclusive news report. The next Governor of Madhya Pradesh Mohammad Shafi Qureshi, a Kashmiri, had devoted himself towards ensuring Madhya Pradesh turns into a state where there is maximum peace and communal amity and this was achieved with the help of a committed uniformed police force and its most able leadership.

The Surajpur Collector’s removal is not enough; he should be booked for assault

Lalit Shastri

After a video of the district collector of Surajpur district in Chhattisgath showing him snatching away the mobile phone from a youth and then smashing it on the road before slapping him and getting him beaten up mercilessly by the police went viral, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel announced that Ranveer Sharma, the officer in question has been removed from the post of Surajpur Collector with immediate effect and posted as Joint Secretary in the State Secretariat/Mantralaya.

Baghel has tweeted: ‘Through social media, the case of Surajpur Collector Ranbir Sharma misbehaving with a young man has come to my notice. It is very sad and condemnable. In Chhattisgarh, no such act will be tolerated at all. Instructions have been given to remove Collector Ranbir Sharma with immediate effect. Such conduct is not acceptable in the official life of any officer. I am upset with this incident. I apologize to the young man and his family.” 

The Chief Minister has also ordered that a new mobile phone be given to the victim.
The IAS Association has alao strongly condemned the Collector’s behaviour.

In a tweet the Association said: “It is unacceptable and against the basic tenets of the service & civility.Civil servants must have empathy & provide a healing touch to society at all times, more so in these difficult times.

The Chattisgarh Chief Minister’s response is like a face-saving action whereas the IAS Association is only offering lip service. 

For the outrageous act of violence, the district collector should have been dealt with most severely. He should be booked for assault and damage to personal property followed by show cause for misuse of govt authority and so on.

The incident took place when the Collector was on an inspection of the COVID lockdown with lathi wielding cops.

The errant officer has tendered an apology saying -“First the youth said that he was going to get vaccinated but did not have any document for that. Then he said that he was out to fetch medicine for his grandmother. He was also abusive in his behaviour. It is being said that he was 13 years old, while his age was 23-24 years. I got angry and in a huff slapped him. I apologize for my behavior.”

This collector should know, there is an established norm in the US, where they say: “if you lose your temper at the workplace, be prepared to lose your job”.

COVID-19 pandemic: Uttar Pradesh village crying for attention

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Meerut: When everyone knows that only strong steps are needed now to slow the spread of corona virus and flatten the curve of COVID positive cases, we have a scenario in Uttar Pradesh, where villagers threatened by the Pandemic are finding themselves utterly neglected and the district authorities and health administration is neither invoking special provisions to create containment zones nor taking steps to identify and isolate COVID positive patients,  provide them proper medical advice and ensure there is arrangement to admit in nearby hospitals those who are serious and require emergency treatment.

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Newsroom24x7 has access to a complaint lodged with the Meerut District Chief Medical Officer by a resident of Bahchaula village of Rajpura block falling under the Incholi Police Station of Meerut district. This one complaint pertaining to a village not far from meerut points to a malaise and gives an indication about the ground situation that might be prevailing in remote areas.

According to Amit Kumar Sharma, the complainant, there have been many COVID-19 related deaths in his village in the past few days and many villagers have been detected as positive. 

Sharma told Newsroom24x7 that about 10 COVID patients from his village are getting treated at different places. Also 8 to 10 persons have died of COVID in his village that has over 1700 registered voters. Sharma went on to inform that the administration has not sanitised his village even once.

COVID-19 situation is under control in Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Thursday May 20, shared his views and assessment of the COVID-19 situation with legislators and told them that there has been a rapid decline in positive cases detected in the State.

The State government is working round the clock in managing beds, and maintaining regular supply oxygen and medicines in hospitals, the CM told the MLAs. 

The Chief Minister said: ” we have succeeded in bringing the COVID situation under control with the help of the people.” He was particularly all praise for the district administration in this regard.

Addressing legislators, the CM said:

“We have been through a dire situation.

There is no need to describe the situation prevailing in hospitals. All of you are aware of it.

I give full credit to the party president and Suhas ji for their untiring efforts.

Also the endless hard work put in by the district administration. Barring a few exceptions, they did not leave a single stone unturned to address the crisis.

All have worked day and night.

The ruling party organisation, rank and file, my Cabinet colleagues – all have worked hard.

And today we have a reached a stage where the COVID situation is under control.

All of you can appreciate. There is progressive decline in number of Positive cases.

Today we had 4952 positive cases.

At one point of time Madhya Pradesh was 6th or 7th at the national level whereas now we rank 17th in terms of positive cases.

So total number of positive cases being detected is now going down.

Mamata takes oath as West Bengal CM for the 3rd time

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Kolkata: After a sweeping victory in the general election to the West Bengal State Assembly and in the backdrop of post-poll violence that has shaken the entire nation, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was on Wednesday 5 May 2021 sworn-in as the chief minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive term.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar administered her the oath of office and secrecy at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhawan here.

Banerjee said her first priority will be to tackle the COVID-19 situation.

Senior TMC leaders, including Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Mukherjee and poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who played a key role in TMC’s victory were prominent among those who attended the function.

2nd wave of COVID and the Nandurbar success story

Arman Ghosh

Nandurbar district in Maharashtra not only has managed to control the COVID-19 positivity rate to a significant extent but also brought it down by 30%. To be precise, the daily active cases have decreased from 1,200 to 300 in this district. This at a time when the second wave of COVID is sweeping across India. 

Dr Rajendra Bharud, Nandurbar District Collector

The credit for this goes to Nandurbar District Collector Dr Rajendra Bharud who responded to the situation well in time. He took cue from the second wave of COVID that had hit a few countries and.did not allow any complacency to set in.

The Nandurbar Collector mobilised resources to set up oxygen plants and put in place a system to supply oxygen directly to medical care facilities through pipelines instead of the regular cylinders. His team, comprising administration staff, doctors and volunteers, also deserves full credited.

Best practice: the Collector factored CSR as an important part of the strategy to combat and contain COVID. In photo: an ambulance received from the Oswal group.

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Bengal is burning: Centre should invoke Article 356, take over law and order

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Bengal is burning. It has to be saved from the orgy of violence let loose by Trinamool Congress supporters after Mamata Banerjee’s party swept the Assembly polls.The Lutyen journalists and the so-called liberals are maintaining an eerie silence on this.

The Centre should invoke provisions under Article 356 and the Governor should take over law and order in Bengal without wasting time. Only shoot at sight orders will send the mobsters, now holding normal life to ransom, scurrying for cover.

Setback for Mamata: EC turns down demand for recounting of Nandigram votes

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New Delhi: In the matter of recounting in Nandigram Assembly Constituency where the Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee was a candidate, the Election Commission of India has given the order that the Returning Officer is the Final Authority under Law

The ECI said in a statement on Tuesday 4 May that certain sections of media have reported about the matter of recounting in Nandigram. According to the EC, Returning Officer (RO) of an Assembly Constituency performs statutory functions under the RP Act, 1951in quasi-judicial capacity independently. Whether it is nomination, polling or counting, the RO acts strictly in accordance with the extant electoral laws, instructions and guidelines of the ECI.

The EC has made it very clear: “As far as the media reporting on ‘recount’ concerning Nandigram AC is concerned, as per Rule 63 of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, which lays down the process of dealing with recount request, it inter alia, states:

On such an application being made the returning officer shall decide the matter and may allow the application in whole or in part or may reject it in toto if it appears to him to be frivolous or unreasonable.

In the light of the above, the RO takes a decision which can only be challenged through Election Petition under section 80 of the RP Act, 1951, which provides that,

No election shall be called in question except by an election petition presented in accordance with the provisions of this Part.

After the counting in Nandigram AC, the election agent of a particular candidate requested for recount, which was rejected by the RO, through a speaking orderon the basis of material facts available before him in accordance with the provisions of Rule 63, as above, and declared the result. In such a case, only legal remedy is to file an EP before the High Court.   

CEO West Bengal, in this matter of Nandigram AC, has made available a copy of the Order of the RO and other relevant material related to counting. General Observer for the AC has also furnished a report in the matter. From the available material before the Commission, following facts reveal in respect of counting held on 2 May, 2021 in Nandigram AC: 

I. Each counting table had one micro observer.  Their reports never indicated any impurity of counting process on their respective table. 

II. The RO caused the entries of votes polled by each candidate after each round to be written on the display board which could be easily seen by the counting agents. No doubt was raised on the result of round-wise counting. This enabled the RO to proceed uninterruptedly with the counting of votes.

 III. On the basis of Form-17C duly completed by the counting supervisors, Returning Officer prepared a round-wise statement.  In addition, on the computer installed in the Counting Hall, parallel tabulation work was also done in an Excel sheet to counter check any human error.

 IV. A copy of each of the rounds’ results was shared with all the counting agents.

 V.  After every round, counting agents signed the result sheets.

 5.   Election related Officers on ground perform in extremely competitive political environment diligently with full transparency and fairness and therefore attribution of any motive in such cases is not desirable.

6.  On the basis of media reports on undue pressure on the RO Nandigram, Commission directed the Chief Secretary West Bengal on 3 May 2021 to provide adequate security, which State Government has now provided.

7. The Commission has further directed CEO West Bengal to ensure the safe custody of all election records including polled EVM/VVPAT, videorecording, statutory papers, counting records etc. strictly in accordance with laid down guidelines/instructions of the Commission. He will also coordinate with the State Government for additional security measures at such locations, if required.

MP registers 13.4% week-on-week increase in new COVID cases

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The Centre has flagged critical bottlenecks in the response to COVID in Madhya Pradesh. These include – shortage of beds in general and oxygenated beds in particular and other hospital infrastructure. To prevent surge in cases and prevent mortality, the State has been asked to curb non-essential movement of large groups of people and social gatherings that could turn into super spreader events. Especially, the need to carry out this exercise in urban areas has been stressed.

Government of India statement, 15 April 2021

New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh has reported nearly 13.4% week-on-week increase in new COVID cases. In last two weeks, the State has seen almost 79% increase in weekly new cases. It was pointed out that 44 districts in Madhya Pradesh have crossed their reported highest cases in the last 30 days. It was pointed out that Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Khandwa are the most affected districts.

This was underscored at a high level meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, along with Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, on Thursday 15 April 2021 to review the status of COVID19 in Madhya Pradesh and the public health measures taken for surveillance, containment and management of COVID19 by the health authorities.

Iqbal Singh Bains, Chief Secretary, MP, Dr.  Balram Bhargava, DG ICMR, Dr (Prof) Sunil Kumar, DGHS were present along with Principal Secretary (Health), Mission Director (NHM), and State Surveillance Officers of the MP.

Granular details like Testing and Case Analysis Weekly trend in analysis in these districts was also discussed.

In MP, compared to the week 7th-13th April 2021, in the week 17th-23rd March 2021, RT-PCR tests have increased to 73% (from 67%) while the Antigen tests has decreased to 25% (from 31%). Issues related to adequate availability of N95 Masks, PPE Kits, HCQ tablets availability, ventilator allocation, delivery and installation along with Oxygen requirement and status of allocation of Concentrator Plants were discussed in detail.

The Union Home Secretary highlighted critical bottlenecks in the State’s response to COVID. These include shortage of beds in general and oxygenated beds in particular and other hospital infrastructure. The State was asked to curb non-essential movement of large groups of people and social gatherings that could turn into super spreader events with an aim to prevent surge in cases and prevent mortality. The need to carry out the exercise in urban areas was particularly stressed. 

The Union Health Secretary urged to actively explore the possibility of also using hospitals belonging to organizations of the Union Government like the Railways, Labour (ESI), SAIL, and Coal India to augment the existing hospital infrastructure of the State. He also informed them that all final year MBBS and nursing students along with interns and junior residents can be drafted by following the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry in this regard. Union Health Secretary focuses on 5-fold strategy of “Test, Track, Treat, Vaccinate” State advised to strengthen and enhance Oxygen beds and ICU beds  and UTs. While hospital level and district level committees were a

Madhya Pradesh was asked to look into Oxygen planning and utilization, the utility of virtual control room set up by DPIIT and the Union Health Ministry was also pointed to the State authorities.

After a detailed and comprehensive review of the status of COVID-19 in the state, including the mortality figures, the following 5-fold strategy for tackling the recent surge was highlighted and discussed.

On the Testing front, the State was advised to- Significantly increase testing in all districts with a minimum of 70% RT-PCR tests and use of Rapid Antigen Tests as screening tests in densely populated areas as well as areas where fresh clusters are emerging.

The State has also been asked to mandatorily subject those who have tested negative in Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) to RT-PCR test. Tracing, Containment, surveillance to suppress spread Tracing of close contacts at least 25 to 30 such close contacts for each infected person and their isolation to be done in 72 hours. Do subsequent testing and follow up of all close contacts. Delineate Containment Zones as per proper mapping of clusters of cases & their contacts.

Further, the State has been advised to follow the protocol of Clinical care, treatment & support, for Home / facility care; increase the number of isolation beds, oxygen beds, ventilators/ICU beds, ambulance fleet as per requirement; plan for adequate oxygen supply; focus on mortality reduction by early identification & complying to treatment protocols.

On the front of COVID safe behaviour, the State has been advised to use local political, cultural, sports, religious influencers to disseminate proper wearing of masks and maintaining physical distance. Use of Police Act, DM Act and other legal/administrative provisions for effective and strict enforcement.

Regarding vaccination, the State has been told to ensure time-bound plan of 100% vaccination of eligible HCWs, FLWs and eligible age groups.

Two terrorists eliminated at Bijbehara in Kashmir

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Srinagar: A joint operation was launched on Saturday 10 April 2021 by Jammu & Kashmir Police, 3RR Army & CRPF 90Bn. On gathering information that two terrorists involved in a number of terror crime were hiding in a house in village Semthan Bijbehara. While searching the target house, terrorists hiding inside opened indiscriminate fire on the search parties that retaliated. In the midst of the encounter, all the civilians trapped in the gunfire were evacuated to safety and the operation was halted for the night.

After ensuring all civilians were safe, the anti-terror operation was resumed on Sunday morning and both the terrorists were killed in the exchange of fire.

The terrorists were given ample opportunity to surrender and face the law. Two AK series rifles and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the spot.

The killed terrorists have been identified as Towseef Ahmad Bhat, son of Mohammad Ramzan resident of Takia Maqbool Shah Bijbehara and Aamir Hussain Ganie son of Ab Rashid, resident of Goriwan Bijbehara, Anantnag. While Towseef was active since 2017, Aamir had joined terrorist ranks in 2018.

Both of them were wanted in many terror crimes including in the killing of off-duty Territorial Amy solider Mohamamd Saleem Akhoon who was killed by them near his home in Goriwan Bijbehara on Friday. After this incident, round the clock track teams set out to track them down. The teams finally zeroed in on them leading to the encounter.

They were also wanted by law in Case FIR No. 07/2020 of PS Bijbehara which was registered last year after an attack on CRPF party in which one CRPF jawan was martyred. These terrorists had been threatening and intimidating the civilian population of the area and enticing the young boys to join terror ranks.

The dead bodies after medico legal formalities have been sent for burial in presence of family members.

3 Al-Badr terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Kashmir

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Srinagar: On a specific input generated by Shopian Police about the presence of terrorists in orchards of Reban Bandpawa area of Shopian, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 34RR and 178Bn CRPF on Saturday 10 April.

During the search operation, when it was confirmed that terrorists were present there, they were given an opportunity to surrender. The terrorists responded by firing indiscriminately upon the joint search party which retaliated leading to an encounter. In the initial retaliatory firing, one terrorist was killed, but the operation was suspended to give the trapped terrorists another chance to surrender.

The joint teams exercised maximum restraint and facilitated the presence of family members of a holed up terrorist Faisal Gulzar to the encounter site so as to persuade him to surrender. Despite repeated appeals by his family members and assurances by the security forces, the other terrorists didn’t allow him to surrender. Ultimately in the wee hours, during the fierce gunfight both the trapped terrorists were killed and bodies of all the three killed terrorists were recovered from the site of encounter.

The slain terrorists have been identified as Aasif Ahmad Ganai and Faisal Gulzar Ganai, both residents of Chitragam Kalan. The identity of the third terrorist killed in the encounter is being ascertained. As per police records, they were part of groups involved in many terror crime cases and were linked with proscribed terror outfit Al-Badr.

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, IPS, congratulated the joint team of police and security forces for showing utmost patience and conducting operation in a professional manner. IGP Kashmir has made a fervent appeal to all misguided youth who have joined terror ranks to shun the path of violence and return to the mainstream.

Arms & ammunition, including 1 AK-56 rifle, 2 pistols and incriminating material have been recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered material has been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe complicity of the terrorists in other terror crimes.

The police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and investigation has been initiated. People have also been requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of explosive material, if there is any.