The Delhi Union of Journalists, a strong organisation of working journalists in Delhi organised a meeting at its Shanker Road office, Cannaught Place on 3rd of May to commemorate the World Press Freedom day , unanimously demanding from the union government to immediately introduce an Act for the protection of journalists who’d been sacrificing their lives while on duty under extreme challenging situations while covering elections, wars, riotous situations, covering crime sequences ( stories) , writing facts against mafias n even politicians n meeting a sad and tragic end.
The president of Delhi Union of Journalists S. K. Pandey n other office bearers and those presented in the meeting unanimously resolved to demand that the government of the day take immediate action in introducing a credible act in the parliament to bring a law for the protection, safety and security of the journalists whose life is incessantly at stake, while performing their professional duties. Not only this but the deceased journalists’ family members should also be adequately compensated financially and a government job given to the next of the kin.
It may be recalled that right from the diabolical lynching of a progressive n fearless journalists like Gauri Lankesh n several literateurs n authors to number of other journalists working in the remotest corners of the country, there is an environment of fear psychosis and terror amongst the journalistic fraternity of the country from the fundamentalist, divisive n reactionery forces as good number of journalists have fallen easy prey to such criminals backed by certain interested organisations believing in getting rid of such outspoken journalists, prolific progressive writers n whistle blowers.
In the eighties the liquor mafia of Garhwal Uttarakhand had mercilessly killed an Amar Ujala journalist Umesh Dobhal at Pauri Garhwal whose body has not yet been traced. It is learnt that he was so diabolically murdered that his body was allegedly cut into pieces to dispose off in a river with the intent that the evidence would be washed n non available.
Just a year ago a Doordardarshan journalist Achyutananda Sahu was killed in Chattisgarh on 30th October, 2018. Achyutananda was killed in an ambush laid by the Maoists when they were busy covering the election.
Three policemen were also slained in this heinous attack. A per the New 18 dispatch about 47 journalists have so far been slained in India alone since 1992 and over 60 whisle blowers n the negligible number of culprits have been caught as the police action in resolving such cases is extremely apathetic n untrustworthy.
According to the International Journalists Federation and Al Jajeerah statistics about 75 journalists have died in just few years in various countries of the world while covering wars, riotous situations and insurgency.
There have been no fool proof or concrete system or law for the safeguards and future guarantee for the survival of the families of the deceased journalists as well as concrete n credible ways n means to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Afghanistan has the largest number of journalists killed while covering war or insurgency 16 numbers, followed by Mexico 11, Yemen 9, Syria 8, India 7, Pakistan 5, Somalia 5, USA 5, Phillipines 3, Equador 3, Brazil 3, Columbia, Pelestine n Guetmala 2 each. These are all the casualties in foreign lands while on assignments to cover war, insurgencies, riotous situation etc.
Uttarakhand Journalists Forum too expresses its solidarity with DUJ’s demand and urges upon the government to fulfill this demand in the larger interest of the fourth estate of the country.
Former PM Manmohan Singh divested of SPG security, will enjoy Z+ protection
The central government may withdraw the Special Protection Security cover of the ex-prime ministers and their sons and daughters whose threat perception is negligible.
The former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s 3000 strong security in charge have been reportedly informed about this decision orally by a senior officer. The former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is aware of this governmental decision who has been asked to wait. The SPG unit posted outside the Moti Lal Nehru residence of former prime minister had also been informed about the decision and had been asked to wait for a final decision. Dr. Manmohan Singh’s daughters had already given up the SPG security cover voluntarily in 2014.
The SPG comprising of 3000 elite force would be available only to the present prime minister Narendra Modi, Congress leaders Sonia, Rahul, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
The decision was reportedly taken after a three months review involving the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Home Affairs with inputs from intelligence agencies, the Research and Analysis Wing and the Intelligence Bureau. According to the official privy to the development, who asked not to be named the government had according to the procedures laid down by the SPG act 1988, renewed Dr. Singh’ s SPG details for a year and thereafter for three months, including for his wife Gursharan Kaur.
“The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on a professional assessment by security agencies. Dr. Manmohan Singh continues to have a Z+ security cover,” a home ministry official said.
An officer of the security establishment said the withdrawal will hardly make any difference as now the former PM will enjoy Z-level protection, which essentially meant that there is no cap on the number of personnel and vehicles that can be deployed for his security.
Fire broke out at AIIMS today, fire tenders on the job
A massive fire broke out on the first floor of the teaching block of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
This happened today near and on the upper floor of the Casualty department. The smoke of the spreading fire had engulfed the adjoining buildings as well.
This included the Cardiovascular Thoracic department building. This is where the former Finance minister Arun Jaitley is admitted in the ICU of the CARDIAC department. There is nothing much to worry as this building is quite at a distance from the Teaching block which caught fire.
This building is just adjacent to the Casualty Ward where hundreds of patients arrive on a daily basis 24 x 7. About twenty-two to twenty-five fire tenders were desperately engaged in controlling the fire and preventing it to spread further. The hospital authorities have closed the laboratory on the first floor of the building. The patients too have been safely evacuated.
There is no report of any serious casualty so far. The reason for the fire is being speculated as a short circuit. However, the actual reason for the eruption of fire would be ascertained after the fire is fully controlled. The was panic all around inside and outside AIIMS as well, as hundreds of thousands of patients from Delhi and other states visit here regularly. The building houses nephrology, gynecology, endocrinology, cardiology, skin, cancer and neurology departments where people from different parts of the country arrive for treatment and critical surgeries.
The adjacent building of PRIVATE wards and the cardiology department has several VIP patients including the former finance minister Arun Jaitley who is in critical condition and on a ventilator at the cardiac clinic.
Tributes paid to late Congress leader and three time CM Sheila Dikshit
The three-time chief minister and president of Delhi as well as Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee, former MP and union minister was remembered today in Delhi by her followers, Congressmen, and leaders of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee.
A condolence meeting was organized by district Krishna Nagar Congress Committee at Preet Vihar in East Delhi and floral tributes paid to this towering leader of Congress party. All those present on this occasion termed Sheila Dikshit as a towering leader of the masses who dedicated her entire life to the service of the nation and the party.
Her former cabinet colleagues viz former finance minister in Delhi government Ashok Walia, former power minister Dr. Narendra Nath, former MLA Naseeb Singh, senior journalist and Congress leader Vijay Shankar Chaturvedi, Rajesh Pandey and several others while paying their respectful tributes said that during her one and a half-decade chief ministership the capital of the country NCT of Delhi witnessed historic Common Wealth Games, introduction of Metro Rail Project, construction of flyovers and widespread infrastructural development which no other government had executed in the past.
The Congress leaders said that Sheila Dikshit always worked for the poor, downtrodden and the people of the lowest ebb of the society and was duly respected by one and all, even her adversaries across party and ideological lines.
While hailing her leadership acumen and pro-farmer policies these leaders said that during her 15-year tenure the green belt of Delhi which merely had 9% of trees grew to a whopping 96%. Late Sheila Dikshit’s son and former MP from East Delhi, Sandeep Dikshit also paid floral tributes to her mother and extended his heartfelt gratitude to one and all who’d taken so much pain to remember his late mother who had dedicated her entire life for the welfare and well being of the masses.
It must also be remembered that during her 15 years rule of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit and her government was marred with a host of corruption charges, one of which that came to limelight was the corruption in Common Wealth Games. Among other charges of corruption in the CWG itself, Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi Government had directed Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to lodge an FIR in the 90 cr street light project implemented during the 2010 Commonwealth Games. A panel headed by a former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had already indicted then Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on the issue. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Delhi, which was initiated by her also failed miserably. She was also accused of procuring these low floor buses at higher costs.
Kejriwal announces free electricity upto 200 units consumption in a month
In view of the Delhi assembly elections coming nearer a worried Delhi chief minister is announcing concessions after concessions for the Delhi populace especially for the electorates living in unauthorized colonies and the JJ clusters who are considered to be the largest vote chunk i. e. 60% of the total vote.
While the upper-middle class and the rich never come for a vote they are primarily the people of the lower middle class and those living at the lowest ebb, vote in large numbers as they can be swayed, influenced and impressed by various means. In the past, while the BJP had its major upper hand over the rich and the middle class, the Congress party commanded the vote bank of the people of unauthorized colonies as well as the JJ clusters of Delhi majority of which were established by the later as a vote bank.
But after the Aam Aadmi Party’s coming into the fray in Delhi the Congress party’s total vote bank shifted to it including the minorities which are quite in good number in the east and northeast constituencies including the South Delhi’s Okhla and Jamia Nagar etc.
To keep these vote banks in good humor Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced sops in power tariff by declaring that his govt would deliver free electricity up to 200 units consumption in a month while 50 % subsidy on 201 to 400 units.
This would be a great boost for those living at the lowest ebb of the society especially in JJ clusters having one or two rooms consuming less than 200 units a month. He had also announced free travel for women irrespective of age difference in all the buses of Delhi Transport Corporation.
Prior to these freebies, the Delhi chief Arvind Kejriwal had announced free travel for women of Delhi in Delhi Metro rails, the 800 crores annual burden as if it would be borne by him personally.
Though it’s still a dream source say that modalities are being finalized between both the governments to bring the scheme into effect at the earliest.
If all these sops are implemented at the earliest there is no reason for Kejriwal’s party not coming to power in Delhi by winning the 2020 election in February defeating the BJP. The Congress has already been decimated in Delhi and after the demise of its veteran president, things have become more awry for the Congress which is lacking its president at the national party level as well as in Delhi.
Arvind Kejriwal has also doled out freebies in the health, education, power and water sector in Delhi. All government hospitals and dispensaries are fully equipped with free medicines supplied to one and all and the government schools upgraded to a great extent and we expect to see outstanding results at par with the outcomes of high profile private schools. Water up to 30000 liters consumption is free for Delhites and now free electricity up to 200 units consumption on a monthly basis.
The Delhi Bhartiya Janata Party has criticized Arvind Kejriwal’s attempts to distribute freebies saying that it’s because of the elections coming near that he is misguiding the electorates of Delhi. He added that Bhartiya Janata Party in Delhi has waged a long struggle to compel Kejriwal to declare the concessions, therefore, it’s not him but BJP which deserves the credit.
BJP and AAP both claim credit for ownership rights to Delhi unauthorized colonies
Keeping in view the sizeable vote bank living in the more than 1700 unauthorised colonies of the national capital territory of Delhi and also the Delhi elections likely to take place in the month of February or March in 2020, politics of taking credit from the pivotal issue of ownership rights to over 60 lakh residents of these colonies have geared up between the state government of AAP and the Bhartiya Janata Party ruling at the centre.
Both the political parties are claiming the credit for this issue hoping to derive maximum political advantage at the hustings. However, granting of ownership rights decision primarily lies with the central government as the decision after formal finalisation has to get recommended to the NCT of Delhi after adequately seeking the stamp of formidable approval by the union cabinet chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi.
The granting of ownership rights to the residents of Delhi is to be officially given a green signal by the union ministry of Urban development of which Hardev Puri is the minister. According to union minister Hardev Puri the government has formally taken a decision to grant ownership rights to lakhs of residents of over 1789 unauthorised colonies within a months time provided the stakeholders especially the Delhi government responds quickly and adequately to its queries in this regard.
If this really happens it would benefit about 60 lakh people of Delhi whose power of attorney would be converted into the registered deed giving them legal ownership rights.
It may be recalled that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had recently held a press conference in order to claim full political credit for granting ownership rights to Delhi residents by saying that it was primarily the Delhi government which has sent the proposal to the union ministry of UD for approval and it has been given green signal by the central government whereas the union UD minister Hardev Puri has contradicted Kejriwal’s claim by saying that it’s primarily the BJP led central government’s initiative which had for the very first time constituted the committee to grant ownership rights to the residents of more than 1789 unauthorized colonies.
It is the central government which is concerned for the welfare and well being of 60 lakh odd people who reside in these colonies, not AAP as claimed by CM Arvind Kejriwal.
It may be recalled that before 1998 it was the BJP which ruled Delhi for a good time and Delhi was considered to be the BJP stronghold. But under late chief minister Sheila Dikshit Congress-ruled Delhi for three consecutive terms from 1998 till 2013 finally let AAP won with a landslide victory which bagged 67 seats out of 70 with no Congress MLA and BJP getting merely three seats.
It is since then that the saffron party is trying its best to capture Delhi state. Now since the elections are just 8 months away the BJP does not want to lose any chance further.
Hence it’s trying its best to grant the ownership rights to lakhs of citizens of unauthorized colonies for which Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is leaving no stone unturned to claim undue credit.
Followers bid last adieu to Sheila Dikshit at Nigambodh ghat
Three term CM of Delhi Sheila Dikshit dies at 81
Ownership rights to residents of unauthorised colonies in Delhi says Kejriwal
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