|Kalikho Pul’s suicide warrants probe|
It refers to social media https://thewire.in and http://thewirehindi.com exposing the 60-page original suicide-note in Hindi with each page signed together with English translation by former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul written one day prior to his having committed suicide levelling serious charges not only against politicians but even against some legal luminaries for getting court-verdicts changed. Same story is published by another social media giant www.thequint.com which in its story further raised finger on lawyer son of some professionally active judicial luminary who was once a High Court judge at Chandigarh about probe by Enforcement Directorate in the infamous money-laundering case involving another famous senior advocate after demonetisation. Both ...|
|Welcome Supreme Court verdict|
It refers to welcome Supreme Court verdict restoring Special Court verdict to hold J Jaylalita and others guilty in disproportionate-asset case. Time has come to fix accountability and responsibility on High Court judges at least in cases where Supreme Court restores trial-court orders turning down High Court verdicts. Public by and large is shocked and surprised in the manner High Court had acquitted the guilty ones in the matter.
Role of Tamilnadu state-governor C Vidyasagar Rao in wait-and-watch making now guilty-held Sasikala is worth appreciating. Constitutional practices must not be allowed to be made mockery by giving oath for few days to such doubtful persons specially when matter is to reach finality in few days. It is time that property and assets left by J Jaylal...|
|Legacy crisis in AIADMK|
AIADMK politics in Tamilnadu revolves for real follower and political heir of J Jayalilatha. Big question how Sasikala can claim to be political heir of J Jayalalitha when she did not object to O Paneerselvan taking charge as Chief Minister of Tamilnadu during illness of J Jayalalitha. Moreover before going to jail following the Supreme Court verdict on 16.02.2017, he took back withdrawal of her close relatives from the party who were expelled about five years back by none other than J Jayalalitha herself. All this proves that Sasiskala in no way is political heir of J Jayalalitha. Palaniswami winning confidence vote as Chief Minister of Tamilnadu on 18.02.2017 through MLAs supporting him brought direct to the state-assembly for floor-test from the resort where they were kep...|
|Vigil necessary on cash-withdrawal|
Study should be made about quantum of cash-withdrawals after lifting of cash-withdrawal limit from current-accounts in banks. It is also necessary because Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced removing all restrictions on cash-withdrawals even from savings-accounts in banks from 13.03.2017.
In an era when central government is trying, and rightly so, for a cashless economy, there needs to be proper check on excessive cash withdrawals from bank-accounts to prevent re-emergence of parallel economy of black money and hawala-operations. Income Tax Department can ask banks to provide details of bank-accounts and PAN-numbers where cash-withdrawal in a month has exceeded some stipulated limit. Auditors can be required to mention in their audit-reports about purpose of such hea...|
|Mother language represents culture & identity|
In order to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism International Mother Language Day was celebrated on February 21. Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. Mother language has a very powerful impact in the formation of the individual. Although decades have passed since India gained independence from British Raj, the debate whether learning English is more important than one’s own mother tongue continues. The main purpose of celebrating this day is to promote the awareness of language and cultural diversity all across the world. It is International Mother Language Day is celebrated in memory of the four students who were killed while fighting for their mother language and is celebra...|
|B-15 Jyotikalash Society, Ahmedabad. Centre backtracks on MBP|
It refers to central government compelled to restrict The Maternity Benefit Programme (MBP), which was part of Prime Minister' s televised address on New Year's Eve. Since the amount of Rs 2,700 crore set aside for MBP in the Union Budget 2017-2018 was insufficient, the scheme providing rupees 6000 for each pregnant woman has now been revised to cater to the birth of the first child alone rather than the two as earlier planned. Law-abiding tax-paying public had been much critical of the announcement which was not at all necessary.
Policies of providing freebies are in themselves are not proper. Such policies are either for vote-bank politics or for hiding some unpopular steps. It is indeed surprising why and how such an announcement was made at a time India is amongst the c...|
|Sub-standard Mid-day meal|
It refers to nine school-children of Deoli (Delhi) having rushed to hospital on 16.02.2017 after they fell ill because of a dead rat found in mid-day meal consumed by them. Such and similar incidents of kids falling ill after taking fresh cooked mid-day meal in schools are not new. Complaints about insects, frogs, lizards, rats and even snakes etc. in mid-day mail funded by government as world’s largest school-lunch programme daily to about 12 crores school-children have become quite common.
There are frequent reports of sub-standard raw-material like rice and pulses with lot of foreign ingredients being used to cook mid-day meal in schools. Only packaged food within expiry-date as mentioned on packs should be served in schools to ensure hygiene. It will also take care of p...|
|Cluster buses in Delhi|
It refers to welcome addition of 100 new cluster buses in Delhi with 800 more (including 431 air-conditioned ones) on 17.02.2017 likely to be added by the year by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) Limited, a joint venture of Delhi Government and IDFC Foundation. But presently there is incentive only for drivers for covering more distance in their respective duty-hours. This system at times makes drivers take less congested rather than the prescribed routes causing hardships to passengers destined for in-between skipped bus-stops. Moreover at times, drivers avoid taking sufficient number of waiting passengers in their hurry to have more trips for distance-based incentives. Delhi government should instead require DIMTS to adopt fare-based incentive-system wh...|
|Agony of non-payment of salary|
The employees and workers are engaged in PDD, PWD, PHE, Irrigation & F C and many other departments in the interest of the government. They perform their duties and functions to the satisfaction of the superiors and if they do not perform well they are penalized.
It is obligatory on the part of the employers to pay them salary/wages every month in time. It has very oftenly been observed that the employees working, particular in the centrally sponsored schemes like RMSA, SSA, ICDS etc are not paid salary for months together as the concerned authorities fail to procure funds from the central or the state governments.
Moreover, the daily wage workers including need based, community participation and casual basis are also not paid wage for months together. Shockingly in PDD ...|
|Deadline to relocate official bungalow|
It refers to former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Narain Dutt Tiwari making an excuse of cold and old age for seeking extension to the deadline set by state High Court to vacate the official bungalow allotted to him. ND Tiwari is the lone former CM who is yet to vacate the premises allotted to him. Rest of the former CMs made respondents in the case have already vacated their bungalows. ND Tiwari is notorious to take courts for ride by making excuses after excuses like he did before accepting Rohit Shekhar as his (biological) son. Politicians like ND Tiwari are also notorious for gluing to government-provided luxurious bungalows on silly excuses. Uttarakhand government should immediately get official bungalow evicted from ND Tiwari forcibly as per High Court directions witho...|
|Bill on costly marriages|
It refers to welcome ‘The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of wasteful Expenditure) Bill 2016’ presented in the Lok Sabha by Ranjeeta ranjan (Congress) requiring compulsory registration of marriages within two months apart from putting an effective check on super-costly marriage-celebrations by imposing a tax of ten-percent on those exhibiting show of wealth by spending above rupees five lakhs with a provision to utilise the revenue so earned for helping marriages of poor girls belonging to families Below-Poverty-Line (BPL). Austerity should be induced by allowing only beverages, soft drinks and snacks in marriage-related functions. Cash-envelopes and gift-platters should be compulsorily replaced by crossed cheques. Gift-cheques with a validity-period can be...|
|Merger of associated banks|
It refers to welcome announcement about merger of remaining five associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI) namely State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur into one entity SBI. State Bank of Indore has already been merged with SBI. Merger will result in reduction of overheads enabling closure of nearing bank-branches thus further saving money because now Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in August 2015 gave liberty to banks for merger, shifting or closure of their branches in urban areas without seeking prior RBI permission. Reducing overheads by merger of SBI-subsidiaries in SBI will increase profitability of oldest and largest public-sector bank thereby contributing more for national resou...|
|High Courts still named after old city-names?|
There was a move from Central government sometime in January 2015 for renaming Bombay High Court and Madras High Court after long years of renaming these cities as Mumbai and Chennai. But till now change is not affected. Even Calcutta High Court is to be renamed as Kolkatta High Court.
It is significant that except for these three High Courts at Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata respectively, all other High Courts are named after states of their jurisdiction. An RTI response had revealed that while all the High Courts constituted after independence were named after respective main states of jurisdiction, these three High Courts constituted by British regime in pre-independence era continue to be named as per British legacy on basis of cities of their existence even after 70 long ...|
|SC decision on liquor ban|
SC has already passed its decision to ban States and Union Territories from granting licences for the sale of liquor along National and State highways across the country, noting that drunken driving was the main culprit behind a large number of road accidents in the country. If we go through the statistics of road accident data 2015 reveals that around 1,374 accidents and 400 deaths take place every day on Indian roads, resulting in 57 accidents and loss of 17 lives on an average every hour. SC has also expressed its concern at the high number of road accident fatalities – 1.5 lakh – every year in India, indicating that it was in favour of a ban on liquor vends along highways.
Though the Supreme Court has ban many wine contractors who are running liquor along national and ...|