About fourteen outstanding women hailing from various parts of Uttarakhand have been felicitated in Delhi at Garhwal Bhawan on the ocassion of International Womens Day.
A woman is special in so many ways, her strength, compassion and indomitable spirit are her inherent beauty n qualities.
The main theme of the event was “Nay Soch, “Nayi Pahal,”.
The event was organised by the eminent social activist and advocate of Delhi High Court Sanjay Darmoda. Good number of women activists and people from Uttarakhand living in Delhi n Uttarakhand participated in good numbers.
The event was highly appreciated as the organisers ventured hard to honour genuine women activists who’d contributed exceptionally well at the grass root level.
The categories under which the outstanding women were felicitated with the Women Empowerment Awards hailed from sports, regional films, bravery, social activism, education, for empowering illiterate poor women at the grass roots, music, singing, cancer n health awareness n treatment, journalism, literacy n health awareness n resolving peoples’ grievances in the rural sector etc.
The award consisted of a trophy, Shawl, appreciation certificate n cash prizes.
The programme was inaugurated by lightening of lamp by the chief guests senior BJP leader Shyam Jaaju, eminent singers Hiran Singh Rana and Narendra Negi n the organiser senior advocate Sanjay Sharma.
The key slogan of the award ceremony was ” NAI SOCH NAYI PAHAL,” Prominent amongst those felicitated with the Women Empowerment Award were : Sangeeta Farasi from Srinagar Nagar Garhwal for educating the poor n hapless children engaged in begging, Narmada Rawat from Neeti Valley, Garhwal for promoting traditional handicrafts, Manju Bhansali from Ghansyali, Garhwal, for engaging hapless women in earning livelyhood through Pony/ horse driving, Rameshwari Devi from Ukhimath for promoting traditional “Jagar” singing n marriage songs in local dialects n connecting the current generation with the cultural heritage of the hills, Kusum Joshi from Rishikesh for resisting n relentlessly struggling for prohibiting liquor during conduction of marriages, Mamta Rawat from Uttarkashi for showing exemplary courage in saving the life of 40 children during the 2014 ecological disaster of Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, Champa Jalal from Nainital for Yoga training, Adli Kushli from Pithoragarh for incessantly publishing a Kumaoni Magazine for preservation of regional laguages n cultural heritage despite having limited resources, Puja Rawat for spreading awareness n helping village women in cashless n banking system, Vidhu Sharma of Delhi for social service n activism, Shakuntala Kukreti for spreading n treating cancer n helping the needy patients, fight this dreaded desease n Dr. Pushpa from Kotdwar for treating the injured animals.
The most courageous seventeen year old athelete who’d brought laurels for Uttarakhand by winning number of Golds in Marathon Garima Joshi was also felicitated on this ocassion. She was injured in a horrific accident in Bengaluru last year. She came in a wheel chair having grievously wounded her spinal chord. Highly courageous n determined Garima has recently won medals in the disabled marathon.
The special attraction of the event was Urmi Negi, the producer of super hit Garhwali movie, Subheru Gham who’d come from Mumbai. Her second movie is in the pipeline called Bathaaun, ( thunderstorm).
She was also bestowed with a special Women Empowerment trophy n a shawl. The awards were presented by the singing legend of Uttarakhand Narendra Singh Negi n cash prizes by advocate n organiser Sanjay Sharma.
The award function was ably compered by eminent literateur of Uttarakhand, veteran journalist and editor of Garhwali literary magazine DHADH Ganesh Khugsaal Gani. The legendary singer Narendra Singh Negi also sang few of his songs which enthralled the audience to the hilt.
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Hundreds of Sikhs gather outside Mukherjee Nagar police station demanding stringent action against erring policemen.
The shameful incident of obnoxious and brutal thrashing of an old Sikh auto / gramin sewa driver in Mukerjee Nagar has become the breaking news of all the television news channels of India.
It is being said that the custodians of law have turned into breakers of law. A Delhi police asistent commissioner of police Mr. Tyagi has been beaten badly in full public view by the protesting sikhs.
Similarly the vedio of the old sikh auto/ gramin sewa driver and his son being badly beaten, thrashed, kicked and abused by the Delhi police personels in uniform is being telecast in all the television channels of the country.
The incident is of Mukerjee Nagar that happened in the broad day light and according to the Delhi police the old Sikh allegedly brandished and attacked the policemen with his sword.
The police thereafter retaliated in good number and taught him a lesson by publicly thrashing him to the hilt, inflicting brutal injuries to the auto driver and his son. The case of attempt to murder has been registered against the auto/ gramin sewa driver.
In retaliation not only had the enraged people of the sikh community of Mukerjee nagar retaliated by gheraoing the police station but had also thrashed the assistent commissioner of police Mr. Tyagi.
There are different versions on the incident. But the way the policemen in uniform instead of arresting the old sikh auto/ grameen sewa driver attacked him physically in full public glare in broad daylight is something never heard of before. There is condemnation all around.
The vedio and photographs of the old sikh auto/ gramin sewa driver being mercilessly thrashed by policemen in uniform shamelessly and brutally has gone viral in social media and thereafter in the entire news channels of the country.
People are questioning the integrity of the policemen involved in this brutal act who are supposed to be the custodian of law and order of the capital of India.
The chief minister of national capital territory of Delhi Arvind Kejrival has condemned the incident in strongest possible terms.
According to the ANI tweet: Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival termed the incident of thrashing of the senior citizen auto sikh driver in Mukherjee Nagar as an unfortunate incident and condemned it urging the LG and Home Minister to take strict against against the accused police officers.
Meanwhile the Delhi police has suspended three policemen of Mukherjee Nagar Police station.
Highly annoued, furious and shocked hundreds and thousands of people of Sikh community have protested in front of Mukerjee Nagar police station and are still sitting in protest before the police station demading stringent action against the erring police officials not less than jail sentence under the strictest sectiins of the law. They also demanded withdrawal of section 307 against the sikh driver.
The Delhi chief minister visited the injured Sikh auto driver at his residence and assured of fullest support and cooperation.
Dr. Harisuman Bisht receives Uttarakhand Shiromani Sahitya Samman in a function to felicitate Uttarakhand MPs.
Uttarakhand’s newly elected members of parliament were felicitated on 16th June by the Uttarakhand Film Artists Association in New Delhi.
It was the first ever reception given by the Uttarakhandies living in Delhi to the newly elected Bhartiya Janata Party central lawmakers after their election.
A good number of people from various localities of Delhi participated including journalists, NGO activists, artists, actors of regional films and intellectuals despite the India Pakistan cricket match.
Out of the total five, three members of parliament viz Tirath Singh Rawat from Pauri Garhwal constituency, Ajay Tamta, former union minister for textiles and MP from Almora, and BJP Uttarakhand chief and Nainital MP Ajay Bhatt were present on this ocassion.
The union minister HRD and MP Haridwar Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Tehri MP Maharani Rajya Lakshmi could’nt make it due to being out of station and abnormal health condition.
The MPs were presented Shawl, bouquets and trophies as a mark of respect by the office bearers of Uttaakhand Film Artists Association.
The chief guest of the event was a renowned entrepreneur from Uttarakhand based in Gujarat Mr. Pandey who runs a two hundred crore turnover company employing 500 people with fifty percent of them hailing from Uttarakhand.
The Editor in Chief of Uttarakhand’s prominent news channel Kuleen Gupta, Narendra Ladwal leadung entrepreneur, M S Rawat, Chairman Mayur Public School and IRS Rattan Singh Rawat were the special guests of honour on this ocassion.
Addressing the enthusiastic crowd the former union minister and member of parliament from Almora praised the inhabitants of Uttarakhand for their outstanding courage, valour and dedication in the service of the nation in defence forces as well as in all the sectors of the country and appealed to those living in metropolises and cities outside Uttarakhand to come back to their birth place ensuring reverse migration for the good of Uttarakhand.
He said out of the total population of 1.25 crores more than half of our population has migrated to plains.
The time has come now to repariate back to villages of Uttarakhand to keep our himalayan state alive and prosperous.
The BJP’s national secretary and MP from Pauri Garhwal Tirath Singh Rawat also dwelt on the problem of migration. He said migration is necessary for progress, prosperity and economic development but it’s not necessary for unnecessary migration.
Rawat said : had the Army chief Vipin Rawat’s family not migrated years ago he would not have been the chief of India army. NSA Ajit Doval, RAW chief Dhasmana and former Chief of Military Intelligence Anil Bhatt etc would not have achieved the the top positions thus enhancing the prestige of Uttarakhand and India.
Therefore constructive migration is must and a positive feature but since now there is no dearth of hospitals, educational institutions and propects of progress in Uttarakhand noe, the hill people should migrate back to villages at all costs.
BJP Uttarakhand chief and MP Ajay Bhatt praised his government’s efforts to improve the lot of the people of Uttarakhand and appealed one and all to return back to their birth place if not now that at least after retirement.
Many prominent personalities in the field of literature, acting, singing, writing and theatre hailing from Uttarakhand were also felicitated on this ocassion by Ajay Bhaat, Ajay Tamta and Tirath Singh Rawat( all MPs).
Dr. Harisuman Bisht, former secretary of Hindi and Maithli academy and an author of several books was felicitated with Uttarakhand Shiromani Sahitya Samman while eminent veteran writer Lalit Keshwan, singer Amit Sagar, Asha Negi and renowned legendary singer Hira Singh Rana were also felicitated with prestigious awards for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.
Prominent Uttarakhandi rock singer Amit Sagar also presented his CHAITU KI CHAITULI song on this ocassion with two short plays and promos of a new Uttarakhandi movie MANGAL and the ongoing movie Major Nirala. The programme was ably conducted by Hem Pant and Ajay Bisht.
Kejrival expresses serious concern over five murders yesterday in Delhi. Delhi police says they were due to personal enmity
The chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejrival who is usually at loggerheads with the central government ruled by BJP and the Delhi police which is under the jurisdiction of Ministry of home affairs has expressed his serious concern over the five back to back incidents of killings in various parts of Delhi yesterday.
Delhi Chief minister has tweeted that Five murders have taken place in Delhi in the last 24 hours and is extremely serious situation. I appeal to @ Lt GovDelhi & @ HMO India to urgently look into the law and order situation of the national capital.
The Delhi police taking special note of the Delhi chief minister’s tweet has replied to Arvind Kejrival, Lt governor Delhi and Home minister,, India in the twitter handle of Delhi police : The murders have all been confirmed to be personal enmity related. Accused previously known to victim and already arrested in some cases.
Overall heinous crime in 2019 is down by 10.5% . Crime by use of fire arms are down by 5.65 % . Crime against women are down by 11.5%.
The Delhi police through the tweet meant that it was not the breakdown of the law and order situation or negligence of the Delhi pokice as the five murders in diffetent locations of Delhi took place due to personal animosity, not due to the lack on the part of police authorities. Instead it patted itself saying that the crime graph in the capital has rather come down compared to the previous years.
There is not a iota of doubt that despite the best efforts of the Delhi police incidents of murders, snatchings, thefts and robberies are incessantly happening n peoples’ life in jeopardy.
The solution ratio is comparatively quite less and good number of cases in the context of chain and mobile snatchings including eve teasings and women assaults are also not reported adequately for the apprehension of retaliation from criminals.
You open newspapers every morning and you’ll find number of cases pertaining to frauds, murders, assaults, rapes, chain snatchings and women insecurity.
The shortage of Delhi police staff and majority of the Delhi police being involved in VIP patronage and security is also one of the reasons for non resolution of cases and spurt in crime rate.
The AAM AADMI government of Delhi has been demanding separate state hood of Delhi since long but of no awail. The law and order is the central subject and the Delhi police is under the union government’s ministry of home affairs with Delhi’s leutenant governor as its chief. The relations between Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival and the Delhi police has not been in good terms due to the latter’s being under the centre’s influence.
Kejrival has recently raised a controversy in the media by saying that he is afraid that he may be attacked by his own body guards who are from Delhi police as was late prime minister IndiraGandhi was assasinated.
In the past too Arvind Kejrival had quarrels with senior Delhi police officials and the union government on certain issues hyped too much in the media.
The recent concern of Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival regarding five murders in Delhi through a tweet while raises the law and order issue in the public domain but the reply of Delhi police about bringing some of the culprits to justice and lessening of heinous crime and women related crime rate in Delhi this year definitely gives some relief to Delhi citizens.
But it remains to be seen whether the law and order situation in the capital city of Delhi really improves in the near future as well to the fullest satisfaction of all its citizens or not.
Liquor baron late Ponty Chadda’s son arrested while boarding flight for Thailand by EOW
While the Indian government is already tied up to extradite economic offenders Vijaya Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Lalit Modi from abroad who’d siphoned off thousands of crores of Indian Tax Payers money and clandestinely took refuge in foreign countries, the son of infamous liquor baron of the country late Ponty Chadda was today disembarked from the plane and arrested by the police officials of the Indian Offences Wing at Palam International Airport, Delhi in connection with an alleged multicrore scam worth several crores of Rupees on the basis of the look our circular issued against him by the EOW of Delhi police.
Just a few days earlier similarly, wanted in one of the economic offences’ cases of the enforcement directorate, the former Chairman of Jet Airways Naresh Goyal and his wife were also dis embarked from a plane heading for Dubai from where they were slated to go to United Kingdom without informing the authorities.
According to the latest news pouring in, son of late liquor baron Ponti Chadda, Manpreet Singh Chadda was arrested today from Palam International Airport by the sleuths of Delhi police’s Economic Offences Wing from where he was likely to fly abroad.
After the arrest he was brought to Mandir Marg Police station in New Delhi for detailed and indepth questioning.
A look out circular was issued against him by the EOW in one of the cases’ of duping several investors of Rs 6 crores which could allegedly go further to 100 crores say the latest news.
According to the news, the Economic Offences Wing had registered a case of economic fraud against some persons earlier.
According to the case history a vast tract of land was allocated by UP government in Ghaziabad for a hi tech city. A South Extention based company owned by Manpreet perhaps, claimed it as their land and started collecting money for sale of land from the prospective customers through advertisements and middlemen employed by the company.
Several prospective buyers who included K. Ramesh and Kaveri as well, applied in this company to buy the land in the year 2005.
They paid a handsome amount in lakhs n crores to this company. But they were not given the possession of the land despite repeated requests from the applicants.
After dillydaying for several years the applicants were told that the company has finally got the allotment in the name of Web City.
The applicants became hopeful and thought that now they will get their land but after repeated requests when they could not succeed and finding themselves to be duped, these customers approached the Delhi police’s Economic Offences Wing and filed the written complaint which was converted in the FIR in 2018 as per the version of the EOW officials say the latest news.
The company had given the applicants 15 months’ deadline for allotment of the land but after not getting the possession, they were constrained to get their FIR registered.
The police said that Manpreet Singh was caught while he was trying to board the plane for Thailand from Palam International Airport.
It may be recalled that Manpreet Singh’s late father an infamous liquor baron was murdered few years ago in a property dispute by his own brother who had hired the prefessional killers in his farm house in Delhi.
They are now undergoing life sentence.
Supreme court raps UP Police and directs it to grant immediate bail to scribe Prashant Kanojia
The supreme court of India has strongly criticized and rapped the Uttar Pradesh police and the government for showing extreme hurry and desperation in arresting journalist Prashant Kanojia while hearing the Habeas Corpus petition filed by the wife of arrested journalist Jagisha Arora.
The apex court granted immediate bail to the arrested scribe and directed the UP government to release him on bail forthwith, subject to the final results of the on going investigations. The jurists said has anybody ever heard of such arrests for tweets ? How can the freedom of speech and expression be gagged in a democratic society?
The court has however also said that the journalists or anybody using the social media platforms should think himself/ herself as responsible citizens, exercise restraint and avoid passing or writing derogatory remarks against anyone especially without corroboration or evidence.
However, while passing the bail orders the court has not taken the tweets of Prashant Kanojia under consideration but issued clear instructions that no derogatory remarks should be written or tweeted against anybody in social media.
It also asked the state police to carry on the investigations but Kanojia should be immediately released on bail.
It may be recalled that apart from Prashant Kanojia, who has been charged under section 500 and 61 of the IPC for his derogatory on line comments against the UP CM and posting a woman’s vedio casting aspersions on Yogi Aditya Nath and subsequently arresting him, two other journalists, one Channel News Head of Nation Live and its editor Shukla have also been arrested and two other employees who absconded employees are being searched around for arrests for incessantly airing the vedio and the related news item.
The studio of Nation Live in sector 65 Noida has also been sealed.
There had been protests at Press Club of India yesterday by four media organisations terming the UP police action as derogatory, uncalled for and authoritarian to muzzle free speech and media freedom.
Scribe Prashant Kanojia’s wife has complained how the UP police had arbitrarily arrested her husband from their Delhi house in a huff and arrogant manner as if he is a hardened criminal.
Journalists protest today at Press Club of India
*Today it’s Prashant, tomorrow it can be you
The journalists in Delhi and those associated with Press Club of India are organising a Protest Meet against arbitrary arrest of Prashant Kanojia and other journalists by UP Police.
Editors Guild of India, Press Club of India, Women Press Corps, South Asian Women in the Media (SAWM, India), Press Association and Uttarakhand Journalists Forum has condemned the arbitrary arrest of Delhi-based freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia and Noida-based TV channel’s Ishita Singh and Anuj Shukla.
Kanojia was picked by UP Police personnel in plain clothes from his East Delhi residence on June 8.
The UP police in a suo-moto FIR has accused Kanojia of making “objectionable tweets” against UP CM Yogi Adityanath. Kanojia has been booked under IPC sections 500 (defamation), 505 and 67 of the IT Act.
This act of UP Police is highly condemnable and attack on freedom of the press.
The various journalists organisations had demanded immediate release of Prashant Kanojia and other journalists.
They also demaned that the UP government should withdraw the criminal defamation charges against all the three journalists.
The office bearers urged all journalists to join the march against these arbitrary arrests in huge numbers to express their solidarity with the media fraternity.
According to the wife of Mr. Kanojia, who was the sole witness to his arrest, he was whisked away without as much as giving her opportunity to talk to her husband. According to the FIR, a case of criminal defamation under section 500 of IPC has been registered against him, which is non-bailable and cognisable.
The action taken by the UP Police against these three journalists is a clear case of administrative overreach and excessive in proportion by way of application of law. The protesting journalists said as media-persons, it is our firm belief that journalists ought to conduct themselves responsibly, yet at the same time, we feel that criminal provisions of the defamation law should be taken off the statute books, given their repeated use against journalists and others.
The media organisations urge and demanded that the UP government should reconsider and withdraw the criminal defamation charges against all three journalists
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