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Top 10 news today: AAP govt acts tough against doctors, Delhi weather, Muslim body attacks govt over Yoga, DU UG admissions delay, more

Wed June 24 2015, 4:09 pm
  • Arvind Kejriwal

    AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal warns dooctors of 'harsh steps', if strike not called off
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today warned the striking government resident doctors of "harsh steps" after they decided to continue with their agitation even after the government accepted their all demands. "We have agreed to all demands of docs. I personally intervened. Yet they are not calling off strike. Why? What else is left now? (sic). "If they (doctors) still don't return, then in public interest, we will be left with no option but to take harsh steps," Kejriwal wrote in a series of tweets on Twitter today. Government doctors launched an indefinite strike yesterday demanding adequate stocks of life-saving drugs, security at the workplace and timely payment of salaries, etc. Delhi government said it had accepted their all demands but, the doctors continued with the strike demanding concrete measures as they claimed that the "government has in the past given similar assurances but failed to deliver". (PTI) (23/06/2015)

  • Delhi rains

    IMD said the quantum of average monsoon rainfall across India between June 1-August 9 was 489 mm, or 9% less than the benchmark of 535 mm arrived at on the basis of a 50-year average shower. (Reuters)

  • Yoga

    Muslim body attacks govt over Yoga
    In a scathing attack on the NDA government, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has accused it of violating the Constitution of secular India and implementing the RSS agenda by introducing practices such as Yoga and 'Surya namaskar'. Reaching out directly to Muslim organisations and Imams, the apex body representing Muslims in the country, also said the community should remain "cautious" as there are organisations that are "attacking" Islamic beliefs. The AIMPLB slammed the government's move to push for yoga, saying it's a violation of the secular Constitution, which does not allow the promotion of religious activities by the government. "In the present scenario, the government and under its garb several organisations and individuals are today violating the Constitution," said Maulana Wali Rehmani, the working general secretary of the AIMPLB, in a letter. (Express photo) (23/06/2015)

  • Abhishek Banerjee

    Will gouge out eyes, chop hands if Trinamool Congress is challenged: Abhishek
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee has stoked a controversy by publicly threatening to "chop off hands and gouge out eyes" of those who dared to challenge the ruling party, evoking strong condemnation from opposition parties. "Those who dare to show their eyes, we will gouge them out and throw them on the streets. If someone shows us their hands we will cut them off. But you have to remember that in democracy, it is the common man who will have the last word," he said yesterday at a meeting at Basirhat North 24-Parganas district in the presence of senior party leaders. The comments of 27-year-old Abhishek, a first-time parliamentarian, drew severe criticism from opposition parties. Kamal Beriwal, secretary, state BJP unit, today lodged a complaint in the Joarasakho Police Station, accusing Abhishek of instigating TMC workers to attack opposition workers. (Express photo) (23/06/2015)

  • Delhi University

    UG admissions delayed under DU SOL as varsity awaits UGC nod
    Admissions to undergraduate courses under Delhi University's School of Open Learning (SOL) are once more caught in a delay this year as the varsity is waiting for UGC's go-ahead for launching the process. While DU has already completed the registrations for the 54,000 regular UG seats in its colleges, the admissions to SOL, which enrols over 1.4 lakh students, is facing a delay for the second year. The admission process for SOL would customarily begin a few days after the opening of registration for the regular UG courses and used to run till late September. However, the schedule has been altered twice this year. The application process was initially supposed to begin on June 1, but that date was pushed to June 15. Now, even that deadline has passed and there has been no decision yet on when the process will get underway. The DU administration said the delay is not at their end and that they are awaiting a directive from the University Grants Commission's Distance Education Board (DEB) to launch the SOL admission process. "UGC had last month asked all the open learning school universities to submit an affidavit to the board. We had submitted the details long before the deadline passed," said CS Dubey, Director, SOL. (23/06/2015)

  • Mumbai hooch tragedy

    Those behind Mumbai hooch tragedy should be hanged: Maha CM
    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis favours capital punishment for those responsible for the hooch tragedy in the metropolis which has claimed 102 lives so far. "I want to see most severe punishment for the culprits (behind the hooch tragedy). They should be hanged," an official of Chief Minister Office's quoted Fadnavis as saying at a meeting of senior police officials here today. Crime Branch officials met Fadnavis to brief him about the ongoing investigation in the hooch tragedy in suburban Malwani, he said. The Chief Minister asked the authorities to build a water-tight case in the spurious liquor case, the worst such tragedy in the financial capital, the CMO official said. "The charge sheet should be strong with tough sections (under relevant laws) invoked against the accused. Public Prosecutor should demand severest possible punishment for the accused," Fadnavis reportedly said in the meeting. (23/06/2015)

    Crime Branch of Police producing two women, accused in Malvani hooch case, at court in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)

  • Himachal weather

    Heavy rains in Himachal in next 3 days, warns MeT Dept
    Heavy to very heavy rains are likely to lash most parts of Himachal Pradesh including capital Shimla tomorrow onwards and monsoon would enter the state in the next 48 hours, the MeT Department has said. The MeT Department has warned of heavy to very heavy rains and thunderstorm from June 24 to June 26 due to western disturbances and advised the farmers to defer all outdoor farming activities. It also advised general public not to move outside unnecessarily as heavy rains and thunderstorm could trigger landslides and uproot trees in the sensitive areas/zones, causing loss or injury. The MeT Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rains in Chamba, Kangra, Kinnaur, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur and Una districts over next two days. MeT Director Manmohan Singh said that monsoon normally enters the state on June 29 but last year it was delayed by six days and may be advanced by three to four days this year. (PTI) (23/06/2015)

  • NGO

    Centre cancels licences of 2,406 NGOs
    In a fresh move, the government has cancelled the licences of 2,406 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) across the country, which includes entities that run schools and hospitals. In the wake of the cancellation of their registrations, the NGOs would not be able to receive foreign funds. According to official data, Maharashtra tops the list with the cancellation of licences of 964 NGOs followed by Uttar Pradesh with 740 and Karnataka with 614. The licences of 88 NGOs were cancelled in Tamil Nadu.
    These cancellations have taken place between June 19 till today, officials said. The decision to cancel the registration of these entities under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act was taken by the Union Home Ministry after the NGOs allegedly failed to submit their annual returns and in view of other anomalies. (PTI) (23/06/2015)

  • women safety

    Women safety: 1,000 home guards deployed in Delhi buses
    As many as 1,000 home guards were deployed in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses in order to ensure safety of passengers, especially women. The AAP government aims to deploy 2,000 home guards in buses in first phase and thereafter, the strength of the force will go up to around 5,000. "Already 1,000 home guards have reported to DTC from where they will be deployed on different checking beats throughout Delhi. A group of 4-5 home guards will also be associated with at least one DTC Traffic Supervisor staff. "The checking groups will be deputed in DTC terminals and main bus stops with the aim to check the buses for safety of travelling passengers," DTC spokesperson R S Minhas said. The government has also decided to install CCTV cameras in public transport buses to keep a close watch over any attempt of violence against women or eve-teasing. (Reuters) (23/06/2015)

  • puri temple

    Lawyers call Puri bandh; Temple body says 'sorry'
    Supported by BJP Odisha unit, Bar Association of Puri called for a 12-hour bandh in the holy town tomorrow protesting against the mismanagement of Lord Jagannath's 'Brahma Paribartan' ritual on June 15 while the powerful body of temple servitors, Daitapati Nijog, today tendered an apology for the "blunder." "It (Brahma Paribartan during day time) was a blunder. I, on behalf of the Daitapati Nijog (union) tender apology. We also pledge that such mistake will not recur," Daitapati Nijog Secretary Premananda Dasmohapatra told reporters while visiting Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) office to depose before an inquiry conducted by the chief administrator. (23/06/2015)

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