Bringing back memories of Bagri Market incident, a midnight fire engulfed a building in south Kolkata at Gariahat. The fire started around 1 am on Sunday and 19 engines took about 10 hours to bring it under control.
It was an uphill battle for the fire department because it’s a heavily-populated area. They used gas cutters and skyman ladders to enter the highrise.
To deal with the situation, traffic in the opposite Basanti Devi College stretch in Gariahat is being diverted. Some of the stores have been burned to the ground.
The building houses several commercial and residential units. Fire officials suspect that a short circuit might have sparked off the fire at one of the temporary shops on the footpath and spreaded on a branded garments’ showroom. Over one dozen shops on the footpath have been gutted along with several shops in the building which have been razed.
There have been no reports of loss of lives so far as residents who were mostly asleep quickly rushed out of the five-storey building. Fire and disaster management team quickly got into the action and sources said that one 70-plus lady had to be helped out of the building. Extent of damage to property had not been ascertained.
State fire minister Sujit Bose and director general of fire services rushed to the spot. “The cause of fire is not clear. Many shops have been burnt and 19 fire engines are struggling to bring it under control. Shop owners had stocked inflammable objects in the shop which fuelled fire. An investigation will be done into the matter,” he said.
CISF inspector and his family of six die in a tragic accident at Tiuni, Garhwal. Alto falls in a gorge
Accidents have become the order of the day with every alternate day witnessing fatal accidents in various parts of Uttarakhand. If we assess the statistics of the ill fated persons dying in road and vehicular accidents in Garhwal and Kumaon divisions of Uttarakhand especially in the interiors, the number of fatalities is tremendous.
The reason being the roads are narrow at certain places, the drivers are negligent while driving busy is gossiping with fellow passengers, sometime in inebriated condition, being untrained drivers, using cell phones while driving or confrontation with other vihicles coming from opposite direction in speed at blind turns.
There have also been accidents due to the roads having been caved in or due to landslides, sometime roads having big pot holes and slippery as well, especially during the monsoon seasons.
According to a latest news a grave tragedy has occured on at Tiuni, Garhwal, Uttarakhand where an Alto car carrying six passengers of a family of a Central Reserve Force inspector, after losing control , fell into a gorge shockingly killing all the six members including him. Nobody could be revived to life.
According to the news, the family of a CISF inspector ( including him) were heading to Tiuni Bazaar from Baanpur. All of a sudden may be due to the excessive speed or overweight the Alto car lost control and fell in a gorge killing the CISF inspector and 6 others on the spot.
The names of the ill fated deceaseds are CISF inspector Pawan Negi, wife Rashmi, daughter Ishika, son Aarav and women relatives Murti Devi and Suman Devi.
On hearing the tragic news the the local police from Tiuni reached the accidental site and retrieved the highly mutilated bodies with the help of the locals present there.
The dead bodies have been sent for post mortem after registration the case. This is indeed a shocking tragedy in which not a single member of the family could be saved. May the souls rest in peace. Tiyuni is a Tehsil of Dehradun. Om.Shanti
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.
Lok Sabha session begins. Challenges ahead for PM Modi
Today is the first day of the parliament session with prime minister Narendra Modi saying that existence of vigilant and active opposition is inevitable for health democracy.
Numbers hardly matter but it’s primarily the viable and vigilant opposition that makes our democracy strong and cohesive added PM Modi on the first day of the parliament session after the formation of the BJP led NDA part 2 government at the centre after winning with historic majority.
Prime minister Modi today underscored the constructive role of the opposition in a healthy democracy as the 17th Lok Sabha started its business. Speaking to reporters he said : the opposition need not bother about the numbers. I hope they will actively participate in the proceedings of the house and speak strongly.
The two days of the first session of Lok Sabha will be dedicated to swearing in of all the newly elected member of parliaments and the speaker’s election will take place on 19th.
About 543 members of parliament will take oath amongst which 257 members including Amit Shah have been elected for the first time. Rest are the second and third time winners.
The prime minister Narendra Modi has lot of challenges this time. Ten important bills are to be passed in parliament and the BJP led NDA is still short of majority for bills to be passed.
The BJP is likely to get required majority in Rajya Sabha in 2020 when majority of the non BJP opposition party members of the upper house are retiring.
The important bills out of total 10 numbers are the much hyped Triple Talaq Bill and the women reservation bill. The issues pertaining to abrogation of article 370 and section 35 A in the context of Jammu and Kashmir, early construction of Ram Temple and implementation of uniform civil code etc are some of important issues raised by BJP during the general elections and has proved successful in begeting the one sided votes nationwide to the saffron party.
The national security issue, strenthening of our defence forces and teaching Pakistan a befitting lesson for its anti India misadventures are also on the BJP’s agenda on which it bagged the confidence of the voters at the pan India level securing a historic majority.
Issues pertaining to employment and giving satisfactory concessions to the famers of the country including remitting their loans also need to be addressed forthwith as people of the country especially the unemployed youths and farmers have pinned high hopes on Narendra Modi government.
The challenges for prime minister Modi are tremendous and several bills of paramount significance are required to be passed in this summer session.
However, the budget coming on 5th July would addresed these twin significant issues of granting employment opportunities and giving farmers more concessions etc , hope the people of the country pinning too much hopes and aspirations on PM Modi.
Meanwhile , the BJP led NDA should be happy that its nearest rival, Congress party could not get the leader of the opposition status nor is the entire non BJP opposition united.
The Congressmen have still not got up out of their shock of tragic defeat and Congress chief Rahul is adamant to resign with no leadership alternative in sight.
The centre should immediately resolve the Pan India docters’ strike. Mamta should cooperate
The docters strike started from Kolkata West Bengal after some doctors were thrashed by the relatives of a dead patient, has now assumed an all India proportion with doctors of Delhi, Bihar, Maharashtra, Pune and several other states going on strike, though not fully but partially wearing helmets and black badges thus protesting against the increasing attacks on doctors and asking for their permanent security during duty hours.
The Indian Medical Council has issued the call for strike nationally. The union Health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has written to the chief minister of West Bengal Mamta Bannerjee to open a dialogue with the striking docters and resolve the issue forthwith assuring the docters of their full safety and security and also demanding stern action against the erring relatives of the deceased patient who’d physically attacked the docters of the Kolkatta NRS hospital blaming them of utter negligence and failure to revive the life of the patient.
The union health ministry has also issued an advisory to the Trinamul Congress government of West Bengal to resolve the impending impasse and arrest the gulty.
On the other hand the West Bengal CM Mamta Bannerjee has refused to take any stringent punitive actions against the striking doctors of entire government Hospitals of West Bengal under ESMA ( Maintenance of essential services act) as she do not want to destroy the career of the medical practitioners of her state but has requested them to withdraw the strike.
The striking docters on the other hand has asked the chief minister to hold direct dialogue with the striking doctors in the open session that talking with few representatives of the protesting doctors within four walls.
It may be recalled that the relations between the West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee and the centre are already strained with the BJP led NDA government allegedly standing with the striking doctors of West Bengal as well as at the pan India level.
Today is the third day of the strike. Ms Benerjee is already at loggerheads with the prime minister Narendra Modi and the union Home minister Amit Shah since the general election campaigning.
There had been lot of violence between the workers of TMC and BJP in West Bengal pre and post election claiming several lives of the workers of both the parties accusing each other for perpetrating the violence n killings.
The BJP leadership had blamed the TMC government of misusing the police to avenge the enmity with the BJP workers through use of force and perpetrating violence in the state. The state’s governor Kesri Nath Tripathi, formerly a senior BJP leader has also met the union home minister Amit Shah and apprised him of the latest law and order situation in West Bengal.
He had also convened an all party meeting on this issue to take rest of the opposition into confidence on the incessant killings and the breakdown of law and order situation in West Bengal. But Mamta seemed to be hardly worried saying that such central advisories to states are a common feature.
She even went to the extent of saying in one of the public meetings that she is even ready to give up her government but would go to any extent to protect the minorities in her state.
The BJP has won 18 seats in West Bengal at the hustings and raised its tally by 16 Lok Sabha seats as compared to 2 in 2014.
What I mean to say conclusively is that politics should not enter in the docters’ strike issue and the union government led by BJP as well as the trinamul Congress govt of West Bengal should in all earnestness keep the interest of millions of patients in mind and resolve the issue at the earliest keeping aside the narrow political differences.
Thousands and lakhs of patients lives undergoing treatment for critical illnesses is in jeopardy due to this strike in AIIMS, Ram Manohar Lohia, Lady Hardinge College and several other government hospitals of the country including those in Bengal.
Health priority is a central subject and the newly elected BJP led NDA part 2 government has a major responsibilty to come to the rescue of lakhs of patients suffering badly due to this ongoing docters strike.
Let’s see whether the government led by prime minister Narendra Modi takes a positive lead in this strike or not. What’s your take friends?
Was Hemant Karkare a brutal, inhuman torture machine?
Was Hemant Karkare a brutal, inhuman torture machine? Did he act illegally to prove the theory of Saffron Terrorism? Was he a puppet of the congress party’s political leaders? Did he arrest and inhumanly tortured innocent citizens to falsely implicate them in the theory of Saffron Terrorism?
Sadhvi Pragya’s statements on this have created a political storm. People who suffered because of Saffron Terrorism and people who suffered because of 26/11 have divergent views.
But what is the fact?
I am putting lot of information in front of you to decide. This analysis does not show any political inclination or any religious bias. You read it and you decide.
I have done more than three years of research on 26/11 and I collected a lot of information from various sources. I am writing a blog “Failed Journey of Saffron Terrorism” and the following details are from the same blog.
Home Ministry Under-Secretary Mr. Mani in his book – Hindu Terrorism.
Home Ministry Under-Secretary Mr. Mani has written in his book “Hindu Terrorism”. He has said, one day in 2006 he got a call from the home minister’s office asking him to come to see Home Minister immediately. Since all his seniors were out of the office and he was the senior most officer, he went to the Minister, Mr. Shivraj Patil’s chamber, who was Home Minister. There were two more people in the chamber before Mr. Mani went. One was Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mr. Digvijay Singh and second was a new face to Mr. Mani. Digvijay Singh introduced the second person as Mr. Hemant Karkare, IPS officer from Maharashtra cadre. Mr. Mani was wondering what a Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Karkare doing here with M.P. chief minister? What is the connection?
Slowly these two started a discussion about Saffron Terrorism, a term totally unheard by Mr. Mani earlier. They were talking about a fire and a small blast in the industrial area in Nanded. Apparently, a small scale manufacturing unit had caught fire and there was a small blast of some industrial gas cylinder. Local police had arrested the owner of the unit, named Mr. Kulkarni. The local police had a suspicion that Kulkarni deliberately set the fire to claim insurance. Mr. Mani could not give any inputs on this case because the Home Ministry had never heard of this incidence.
But Digvijay Singh and Karkare were discussing the possibility of converting this fire and the blast as an act of some sort of Saffron Terrorism. At that time, Mani had no idea what “Saffron Terrorism” was. With the conversation going on between Karkare and Digvijay Singh, Mr. Mani understood that Hemant Karkare did try to arrest Kulkarni for Saffron Terrorism but could not find enough evidence to prove the charges against Mr. Kulkarni and they had to let him go. Basically, Karkare was trying to “FIND” evidence to make arrests for Saffron Terrorism.
While all this was going on, home minister Shivraj Patil was sitting in a different area in his office. Being a Home Minister, he was not part of these discussions.
Meaning, UPA government was trying to create a false case on Saffron Terrorism.
No congress party leader has refuted these observations so far. This means Karkare was indeed colluding with Congress leaders to create false charges.
Now let’s check other aspects.
Let’s look into Lt. Colonel Purohit’s arrest
Lt. Colonel Purohit was the active army officer at the time of the arrest. He was not a regular infantry Colonel but was working in the highly sensitive department of Military Intelligence, or popularly known as M.I. The purpose of MI is to gather intelligence within the country and outside the country about the different threat perceptions and neutralize them. It is a very secretive department where only select few are inducted after a thorough invasive background check.
Officers working under this department often have to go deep undercover in the terrorist organization to gather intelligence. This is a very risky job because any small mistake can blow up their cover and they get killed. The undercover officers cannot always choose the “Right” way because, in their world, everything is in the shades of gray. Hence sometimes they may have to cross the lines to earn the trust of the bad people. But they do it for the country.
Their undercover job is so bad that their family never knows where they are, what is their new identity, what is the phone number to call and what is the email to connect. They have no contact with their family for months!!! The family gets the updates from the military only.
Arresting such a decorated and trusted military officer under the changes of terrorism was unbelievable. Arresting a military officer by the civilian authorities is not simple. The local police have to follow the protocols, which are as follows. If the arrest is made outside the military camp then police have to inform military within the stipulated time. If the person of interest is inside the military camp then police have to inform military establishment, give all the details of the case and then Military Police (MP) handover the suspect to the civilian police. In each case, the military would conduct its own internal investigation. But in colonel Purohit’s case, he was detained w/o any warrant (abducted) by Maharashtra ATS headed by Hemant Karkare and military was informed about his arrest after a couple of days.
Colonel Purohit was illegally arrested as follows.
While Colonel Purohit was attending a training course at Panchamarhi, MP, his superior Colonel R. K. Shrivastava issued the travel order for him to go to Delhi on 29th October 2008. Colonel R. K. Shrivastava accompanied him to the Bhopal Airport. But before reaching Bhopal airport, Colonel Shrivastava took away cell phone from Colonel Purohit and did not give him air tickets. It was Colonel Shrivastava who did the check in at the airport. After check in, Colonel Shrivasta told Colonel Purohit that they were going to Mumbai and not to Delhi. After hearing this, Colonel Purohit asked for the cell phone to inform his wife but Colonel Shrivastava threatened him for using the cell phone. As per the military practice, if the travel plan is changed then a new travel order has to be issued. In this case, the earlier order was to reach Delhi but it was changed to Mumbai, and as such, a new order should have been issued but his official travel order was not changed! If it was official business then why so much secrecy?
After reaching Mumbai airport late in the evening, Colonel Purohit was pushed into a private vehicle and was driven to a bungalow in Khandala. Hemant Karkare and his ATS team were waiting there. Hemant Karkare, Colonel Shrivastav, ATS deputy chief Parambir Singh (IPS) and his staff tortured Colonel Purohit beyond third degree and in a very inhuman way for a week. He broke several bones and ruptured several tissues. Finally, on 8th November 2008, Maharashtra ATS formally announced the arrest of Colonel Purohit.
Please watch the video of Colonel Purohit’s wife narrating how her husband was tortured by the ATS team led by Hemant Karkare.
In 2013 Colonel Purohit himself wrote a letter to the Human Rights Commission about the illegal detention and torture and copy of this letter was sent to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Please see this news clip.
Please read the ACTUAL HANDWRITTEN LETTER written by Colonel Purohit to the Human Rights Commission.
Warning – This letter has a very graphic and disturbing description of the torture hence read it only if you feel comfortable.
No one from NHRC or PMO cared to investigate the charges leveled by Lt. Colonel Purohit. Why????
Otherwise very active NHRC chose to keep quiet.
Please note, in his letter Colonel Purohit says, at one point of time, his boss Colonel R. K. Shrivastava and Hemant Karkare talked about parading his mother, wife, and daughter naked in front of everyone. They also talked about bombing his house to kill his entire family. This was of course done to terrorize Colonel Purohit so as to get his confession but this shows how low Colonel R. K. Shrivastava and Hemant Karkare had scooped! Really shameful.
It did not end just with illegal arrest and torture. Karkare raided Lt. Col. Purohit’s house and announced, he recovered RDX from his house in Pune.
Karkare claimed that Lt. Col. Purohit stole the RDX from the military stock.
Now realize the situation here with your common sense. Lt. Col. Purohit is a highly trained military officer who knows about explosive. Would he keep a highly explosive material like RDX at his home where his family lives? Will he risk his neighbors and community, which is mainly Hindu? And he was arrested for supporting Saffron Terrorism?
Army refuted the charges of stealing of RDX from its stock saying Indian military does not use RDX hence they don’t carry any stock.
Then Hemant Karkare changed his story and said, this RDX was seized in a raid conducted by Lt. Col. Purohit in Kashmir and he stole some quantity from this lot. The same was used in the bombing of Samjhauta express, Malegaon bombing and rest was seized from his house in Pune.
Military again said, that raid in Kashmir was a joint operation and many military officers, local police officers were in that raid. It was not just Lt. Col. Purohit that was present and every gram of seized RDX is accounted for and there is no missing quantity.
What does this show? Was Karkare fabricating the evidence to implicate Lt. Col Purohit?
If this is true then it is completely deplorable. Treating an army officer in this way is disheartening. It is a shame and disgrace to the police uniform.
Karkare is dead but Prarambir Singh and Col. R. K. Shrivastav are still alive. They must be arrested based on Col. Purohit’s charges of torture and must be investigated.
Please note, Sadhvi Pragya too has leveled similar charges of torture against Karkare.
Now the following are my views.
If multiple people level charges on Karkare about false cases, illegal arrests, collecting illegal evidence and brutal torture charges then it must be investigated.
If these charges are found correct then his Ashok Chakra medal, his status of heroic death, his pension and all his medals must be stripped posthumously.
Similar punishment must be given to all the other police officers who were involved in the torture.
Col. R. K. Shrivastav should also be court marshaled and punished.
No one is above the law and no one should be treated softly because they died in action or they are rich and powerful.
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.
Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat requests for Rs. 5000 crores one time grant for Mahakumbh 2021
The chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat today met the union minister for finance Dr. Nirmala Sitaraman, congratulated her on her new assignment as the FM India and also requested her to sanction/ allocate one time financial assistance/ grant of Rs. Five Thousand crores to the state of Uttarakhand in order to complete the necessary infrastrucural projects by 2020 for the convenience, welfare and well being of the pilgrims/ devotees reaching Haridwar Mahakumbh in the year 2021.
According to the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat he acquainted the union finance minister about approximately 15 crore devotees likely to attend the Mahakumbh in Haridwar in 2021 for which extensive arrangements for health services, lodging, boarding, transport, roads, cleanliness, drinking water and security services etc are required on wide scale and the expenditure to be incurred in these arrangements would be no less than Rs 5000 crores.
The expenditure estimates prepared by various government departments and stake holders of the state regarding making overall arrangements of infrastuructural development and other facilities for such a vast and uncontrollable numbers of devotees has come to Rs. 5000 crores which may further exceed said the CM.
In case the central grant is sanctioned forthwith the necessary infrastructural developmental works would be completed by 2020 added chief mibister Trivendra Rawat.
It may be recalled that the state of Uttarakhand is already under heavy fiscal deficit and do not have its own budget to contribute in the Kumbh arrangements.
It’s sagging economy is already a huge problem for the state which is solely dependent on the central government for financial aids especially in making arrangements for festivals of international significance like Mahakumbh.
The union minister for finance Dr. Nirmala Sitaraman who gave a patient hearing to Rawat’s request has assured him of the union finance ministry’s all possible help in the successful conduction of the Kumbh Mela 2021 in which crores of devotees from various parts of India and globe participate with full zeal, enthusiasm and spiritual endeavour.
Two adorable district magistrates of Uttarakhand
In Uttarakhand two IAS officers, the District Magistrates of Haridwar and Rudraprayag viz Deepak Rawat and Mangesh Desai are quite famous and adored by the citizens of their respective districts and considered as role models in entire Uttarakhand.
In this era of active social media, the good and laudable people centric works of these two district magistrates are usually highlighted in various posts and vedios in the social networking sites thus inspiring the right thinking people, young generation and social activists to follow suit regarding exposing societal corruption and various other inadequacies or faults in the system.
There have been several videos which went viral in social media of Haridwar DM Deepak Rawat and Rudraprayag district magistrate Mangesh Ghildiyal showing them inspecting offices, hospitals, schools and town areas highlighting the official negligencies in the system and instructing senior officials and employees to mend their ways lest they should be ready to face the worst.
In one of the vedios the Rudraprayag DM Mangesh Ghildiyal was shown teaching the students of the schools in remote villages and also singing a regional Garhwali song in one of the socio cultural functions.
The DM of Haridwar Deepak Rawat who is too strict and fully dedicated towards his duties randomely visits dispensaries, government hospitals, schools and town areas and checks for himself minutely whether doctors or medicines and teachers are available in hospitals and schools and whether things are moving properly in wider public interests.
In one of the cases the Haridwar DM Rawat even chased a pharmacist during duty hours and caught him on the road to enquire about his credentials and his absence from duty thus lateron allegedly exposing a big pharmaceutical scam etc.
His vedio went viral inviting the attention of thousands of people active in social media. To everyone’s surprise just few days ago the district majistrate of Rudraprayag Mangesh Ghildiyal dressed in a simple Kurta Pyjaama, posing himself to be one of the pilgrims, visiting the ancient shrine of Kedarnath in Garhwal , Uttarakhand reached the first and main place of Kedarnath dham in order to secretly inspect the worsening condition of the area. It was midnight the time.
While inspecting the aweful situation of the area viz broken taps, bad conditions of toilets, dirt all around and the negligence of police officials during duty hours, made the district magistrate extremely furious, angry and disturbed.
Nobody recognised the DM in plain and simple clothes as a common pilgrim. After personally assesing and inspecting the bad situation leading to immense hardships to the pilgrims visiting Kedarnath ancient historic Shrine, DM Mangesh Ghildiyal immediately transferred the Gaurikund sector Magistrate to Kedarnath with a strict warning to show constructive results in the near future.
Not only this but he immediately suspended the Assistent Engineer and Junior Engineer for lapses in providing adequate drinking water facilities to the pilgrims.
Seeing the extremely bad condition of the toilets of Sulabh international he penalised the Sulabh management by invoking a penalty of Rs 5 lakhs with immediate effect.
He also instructed the SP to immediately transfer the Police Post incharge of of Gaurikund. The pro people district magistrate was with the pilgrims and local populace whole night looking after the arrangements and noting discrepencies and returned to his office at 12 noon the next day.
The entire country needs such vigilant, highly dedicated and people centric IAS officers who dedicate themselves for true and transparent public service than feeding the politicians. Both Deepak Rawat and Mangesh Ghildiyal ( IAS) are the true and genuine source of inspiration to the budding young officers who are desirous of serving the country as IAs in the near future.
Martyred Corporal sister’s marriage solemnised in Patna with his Garud commando colleagues donating Rs. 5 lakhs
The marriage of the sister of martyr corporal of Garud Commandoes of Indian Air Force was solemnised last week in Patna.
As it is well known that the valiant Corporal of Indian Army had killed two terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in 2017 and was martyred while valiantly fighting with the third one. Un all six terrorists were gunned downed in this operation.
Late Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala was the brother of four sisters on whose shoulders lied the responsibility of their marriages but after his martyrdom the family was in immense financial jeopardy having lost the only earning member.
The marriage solemnised last week was of his second sister out of four. The unique ness of this marriage was that every commando, senior officer and their subordinates hailing from Garur Cammando unit collected funds to the tune of Rs. five lakhs and solemnised the marriage of late corporal Nirala’s sister as a mark of tribute to their friend and colleague. It was indeed a rare gesture of humility and affection by Garud commandoes for their martyred colleague.
A good number of his friends were present on this ocassion who’d come from different parts of the country.
At the time of departure of corporal Nirala’s sister to her in laws house every friend of the martyr were in tears, full of emotions and lend their palm ahead asking the sister to place her legs on them to step out of the house.
Though corporal Nirala has left everyone behind lamenting and in grief while valiantly fighting the enemy terrorists killing two out of total six , he left behind a family of emotionally attached several brothers of Garud Commando unit who are standing behind his traumatic family as a hard rock at every critical juncture.
Salutes to corporal Nirala and his friends. The marriage was solemnised in Patna in the recent past says the whatsapp message being circulated in the social media with her picture in traditional marriage attire.
It may be recalled that president Ram Nath Kovind has accorded the nation’s highest peacetime military decoration ASHOK CHAKRA to late Garud Commando Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala who laid down his precious life valiantly fighting and subsequently gunning down the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in the year 2017.
As per the news, an offensive was launched in Chanderpur village of terrorist infested Bandipura district on acknowledging the information from military intelligence on 18th November 2017 about the presence of some hardcore terrorists.
The Garud commandoes detachment coverty approached the house targetted in which the terrorists were hiding.
Exhibiting an exceptional courage and valour Garud Cammando Corporal Jyoti Nirala positioned himself close to the door of the hideout least bothering for his life.
Laying an ambush at such close quarters demanded a very high degree of valour and bravery including professional dexterity.
Nirala shot two terrorists in the massive exchange of fire that lasted several hours but was martyred after having been critically injured in the violent exchage of fire.
Nirala succumbed to the severe injuries after the fatal gun shot. About six terrorists were killed in this entire operation. Salutes.
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.
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