Gurugram: It took an untimely and painful death of 23-year-old techie Subhashree to make citizens realise the dangers of illegal hoardings and banners. It is election time in Gurugram, an event that has become an excuse for party workers of various parties to use the public property for not only defacing the property but also putting the commuters at risk by installing various hoardings.More than a week after the accident in Chennai, illegal haordings and banner continue to pose challenges to the commuters in the city. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesJust three days after the accident in Chennai on September 15, the Gurugram traffic police had received a complaint on its social media where one of the workers of a party was brazen enough to put the banner on the traffic lights. The banner was eventually removed by the officials of Gurugram traffic police. For a city that is no stranger in seeing a lot of illegal hoardings and being put at several places, the sudden accident caused in Chennai has forced the authorities to act. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarDespite a stringent section of Haryana property defacement act 1989, no charges have been framed in the recent months that has resulted in not only partyworkers but even small businesses blatantly flouting the norms. It is important to note that under the Haryana property defacement act (1989), there can be a fine of Rs 10,000 that can be levied failing which there is also a provison of imprisonment of certain months. The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) in collaboration with Gurugram traffic police on their part have now begun to remove the posters in several areas. The MCG has allotted 233 places where the political parties and small businesses can do promotions. In various parts of Old Gurugram however, the problem still exists. Some of the areas where a large number of illegal hoardings can be seen are Maharaja Agrasen Chowk, Old bus stand area Bhim Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Subash Chowk, and Sector-56. “To say that no action has been taken against illegal hoarding will be slightly unfair. We have already removed the illegal hoardings from various places and based on the complaints from several citizens we keep carrying out campaigns to remove such hoardings,” said a senior official from MCG. “As a party, we encourage our party workers to only put banners in those places that do not cause inconvenience to the citizens. We do not support the idea of cheap promotion of self where hoardings and banners are being put illegally,” said a member of the political party.
Shahjahanpur (UP): The law student who has accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of rape was arrested on Wednesday on charges of extortion and sent to 14-day judicial custody, police said.Hours later, her bail plea was rejected. The 23-year-old woman was arrested around 9.15 am from her home by a special investigation team (SIT) amid massive police deployment. Inspector General Naveen Arora, who heads the SIT of the Uttar Pradesh police, said they arrested her after “enough” digital and forensic evidence was found and statements recorded. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”We have sufficient evidence that Rs 5-crore extortion money was demanded from Chinmayanand,” he told reporters. He said three men arrested earlier for extortion confessed that they sent messages to Chinmayanand “in panic” on the directions of the woman when the money demanded was not delivered. Another SIT member said they arrested the student after confronting her with the video clips – one of them on an alleged conversation in a car between the three men and the student discussing the extortion plan. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe officer claimed that during the questioning Wednesday morning, the student “verified” the contents of the clip, confirming that it had her voice and that of the three other men. Last week, the SIT formed by the Uttar Pradesh police on the instruction of the Supreme Court had arrested Chinayamand based on the woman’s complaint. Simultaneously, they also arrested the three men and booked the student on the extortion charge. Meanwhile, the BJP on Wednesday said former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand, accused of rape by a law student of his college, is no longer a member of the party. “He is not a member of the BJP,” party spokesperson Harishchancdra Srivastava said.
Mumbai: In a relief to the harried customers of crisis-hit Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank, the Reserve Bank Thursday increased the cash withdrawal limit to Rs 10,000 per account, which will help over 60 percent customers of the crippled lender. The RBI had Tuesday imposed a slew of restrictions on the bank for six months, allowing withdrawal of only Rs 1,000 for the bank’s depositors, leaving the customers, who are typically not from the well-heeled a worried lot. The move came after the central bank has found certain irregularities in the bank, including under-reporting of NPAs and had put restriction on fresh lending. “It has been decided to allow depositors to withdraw a sum not exceeding Rs 10,000 (including the Rs 1,000 already withdrawn) of the total balance held in every savings bank account or current account or any other deposit account,” RBI said in a release. The regulator said, the higher limit is subject to fact the customer does not have any liability with the bank by way of loans of surety for a third-party loan. With the above relaxation, more than 60 percent of the depositors of the bank will be able to withdraw their entire account balance. RBI said the above relaxation has been granted with a view to reducing the hardship of depositors.
Kolkata: A day when Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar held a meeting with Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University Suranjan Das in presence of the Registrar and two Pro Vice-Chancellors of the varsity at Raj Bhavan, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee was critical of the ‘role’ of the Governor, who also happens to be the Chancellor of the university.”I have heard that he (the Governor) has said that he is not ‘proactive’ but ‘active’. But his ‘activeness’ is not being accepted well by the common people in the state. He can convene a meeting regarding JU. But the Governor should remember that it is the Chief Minister who is the administrative head of the state,” Chatterjee told reporters when asked about his meeting with the authorities of JU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”I have nothing to say. Whatever will be said, will come from Raj Bhavan,” Das told reporters after the hour-long meeting. Sources in the Raj Bhavan said that the Vice-Chacellor has submitted a detailed report in written format to the Chancellor. The Governor in the meeting expressed concern over incidents of student agitation in the campus in the past few months and advised the administration to take measures on having better coordination among teachers, students and non teaching staff of the varsity. It has been learnt that the Chancellor wants to hold another meeting with all stakeholders in the varsity like the administration, student unions, the teachers’ organisation and employees’ union after Durga Puja. It has also been learnt that Dhankhar has asked the Vice-Chancellor regarding student election in the varsity, which was last held more than two years ago in 2017.