Digvijay Singh slams suspension of UP IAS officer

New Delhi: Slamming the suspension of a woman IAS officer, who had clamped down on illegal mining in Uttar Pradesh, Congress leader Digvijay Singh today charged that the sand mafia is running governments in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

“Sand mafia is operating not only under the present government in UP but even under the previous regime. This is the same sand mafia, which is working in Madhya Pradesh.The sand mafia is running governments in UP and MP,” Singh told reporters here.

A 28-year-old 2009-batch IAS officer – Durga Shakti Nagpal posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) at Gautam Budh Nagar in September last year, who had taken on the powerful sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh, was suspended barely 10 months after she got her first posting in the state.

Slamming the SP government, Opposition parties have alleged that the suspension order was made under pressure from the mining mafia. “It is an administrative decision. She had ordered demolition of the wall at a place of worship,” Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said.

Reacting sharply to the SDM's suspension, BJP leader Kalraj Mishra had said that the action of the state government showed ‘it does not like those officers, who are leading the drive against the mafia.’

Durga Shakti Nagpal had led a crackdown on unauthorized mining in the district and got over two dozen FIRs registered against those involved in illegally removing sand. Special flying squads were formed by her to stop the raging menace along the Yamuna and Hindon rivers in western UP.


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BJP seeks greater protection for Sangh leaders in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: BJP workers on Saturday appealed to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for greater security for Hindu leaders given the cases of murders of senior Sangh Parivar functionaries in the state.

"We are not sure how many more (alleged killers) are there and whether they are (acting) in groups or not.

"We appeal to the CM to strengthen the police protection given to Hindu leaders," state BJP president Pon Radhakrishnan told reporters here.

BJP state general secretary V Ramesh, alias 'Auditor' Ramesh, was murdered in Salem earlier this month.

Hindu Munnani state president Vellaiyappan was among a series of Hindu leaders either killed or attacked in the past one year, party officials said.

Jayalalithaa had announced the formation of a Special Investigation Division under Crime Branch-CID to look into the killings of the above two leaders.

Describing as "unfortunate" DGP K Ramanujam's statement yesterday that not all murders or attacks had a communal motive, Radhakrishnan said the former was just repeating the reports filed by local inspectors.

Meanwhile, a report from Salem said CB-CID DGP Narendra Pal Singh has reviewed the probe into the Ramesh murder case with police officials.

The meeting, attended by, among others, CB-CID IGP Manjunatha and SP Anbu, lasted three hours.

Manjunatha told reporters after the meeting that those behind the attacks on the leaders would be caught soon.


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SDM leading crackdown on illegal mining suspended

Lucknow: The Sub-Divisional magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, in news recently for clamping down on illegal mining in her district, has been placed under suspension, official sources said.

"Durga Shakti Nagpal, the 2009-batch IAS officer posted as SDM (Sadar) of GB Nagar, (was) suspended late yesterday by Uttar Pradesh government after a dispute related to a religious place," a senior official said here.

He, however, refused to elaborate.

Nagpal had led a crackdown on unauthorised mining in the district and got over two dozen FIRs registered against those involved in illegally removing sand. Special flying squads were formed by her to stop the raging menace along the Yamuna and Hindon rivers in western UP.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have alleged that the suspension order has come under pressure from the mining mafia.


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Charan Das Mahant made Chhattisgarh Congress chief

New Delhi: was tonight named Congress chief for Chhattisgarh as the party, in a major pre-poll exercise, reconstituted its state unit two months after the Maoist bloodbath that had virtually wiped out its leadership in the state.

Assembly elections are scheduled in the BJP-ruled state this year.

The party also set up its Co-ordination Committee and Pradesh Election Committee besides appointing five spokespersons and a dedicated social media and research department, first of its kind in any state as envisaged by Rahul Gandhi who is keen to tone up the party's communication system across the country.

"Congress President Sonia Gandhi has approved the proposal for reconstituting the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee, Pradesh Election Committee, Coordination Committee and some other appointments," a release by AICC General Secretary in-charge of Organizations Janardan Dwivedi said.

Senior Party leaders Motilal Vora and Ajit Jogi have been made members in the six-member Co-Ordination Committee which also has AICC general secretary in charge for the state B K Hariprasad, Mahant, CLP leader Ravindra Choubey and AICC secretary in-charge the state and party spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das as members.

The 11-member Pradesh Election Committee has members from all segments including Dalits, OBCs and minorities. Senior leader Mohsina Kidwai, Mahant, Choubey, Vora, Jogi are among the members.

Parash Ram Bhardwaj, Dhanendra Sahu, Ram Pukar Singh, Mohd. Akbar, Bodha Ram Kanwar and Dhanesh Patila are also its members.

Maoists had ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district May 25, killing 27 people including state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma, V C Shukla and ex-MLA Uday Mudaliyar.

More than a week after the incident, Mahant was made the acting Chairman of PCC.

Ajit Jogi's son Amit Jogi has not found any place in any of these committees.

The party has appointed 15 Vice Presidents including Ajit Jogi's wife Renu Jogi, senior leaders T S Singh Dev, Baijnath Chandrakar, Kavasi Lakhama and Pratibha Pandey.

The 22-member team of General Secretaries has Bhupesh Baghel, who is also the Programme Coordinator, Motilal Vora's son Arun Vora and a tribal leader Fulo Devi Netam.

State frontal wing chiefs of the party Youth Congress, NSUI, INTUC, Seva Dal and Mahila Congress are special invitees.

Ram Gopal Agrawal has been made the Treasurer. Five additional spokespersons have also been appointed for the state.

A five-member social media and research department has also been set up, first of its kind in any state.

In a media workshop held here on July 22 and July 23, Rahul Gandhi had unveiled the plans to set up communication teams in all states ahead of the next general elections. In some other announcements, former PCC chief of Tripura Sudip Roy Burman has been appointed as CLP leader.

Gandhi also okayed the setting up of six-member Co-ordination Committees each for Tripura and Nagaland, which include AICC general secretaries in-charge for these states besides their PCC chiefs, CLP leaders and AICC secretaries in-charge.


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Eight-hour power supply to meet drought-like situation: Nitish Kumar

Patna: Facing drought-like situation in major areas of the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday ordered to supply eight hours of uninterrupted power supply in rural areas for agricultural purposes.

He gave the instruction after a review meeting in which senior officials of all the departments were present, an official release said.

The chief minister asked senior officials to ensure that eight hour uninterrupted electricity to help farmers cultivate land.

He also ordered for replacing burnt transformers and enhancing their capacity.

Kumar instructed the officials to see all handpumps are functional if not repair them or change them with new ones, the release added.

In the meeting it was observed that rain deficiency has hit major parts of Bihar. As against expected rainfall of 469.4 mm in the month of July the actual rainfall is 349.63 mm which is 26 per cent less than the expected rainfall in the month of July.

So far 23 districts have experienced less than 50 per cent rainfall. Due to this plantation of paddy could be only 43 per cent while that of maize sowing is 86 per cent.

Chief Secretary AK Sinha said that the government has approved diesel subsidy of Rs 769 crore in view of drought-like situation.


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Four fall ill after eating mid-day meal in Delhi

New Delhi: Four students of a primary school fell ill allegedly after consuming mid-day meal, prompting the East Delhi Municipal Corporation to shift the principal and order an inquiry into the incident.

The students fell ill after taking the meal on Wednesday in the school in Sabhapur locality in Sonia Vihar ward, which comes under EDMC. The incident comes days after the Bihar mid-day meal tragedy in which 23 children died after having contaminated food.

"About 500 students were served food, after which four complained of stomach ache several hours after consuming the meal. As a precaution, they were taken to the hospital and kept overnight for observation, before being discharged yesterday," Education Committee Chairman Harsh Malhotra said on Friday.

"EDMC has shifted the principal of the school as well as the school inspector," Standing Committee Chairman Sanjay Surjan said.

"Also, a committee comprising a councillor each from BJP and Congress, besides an additional director will look into the incident and give its report before the next meeting of the Committee," Surjan said.

An inspection of the kitchen where the food was prepared is also expected to take place today, Malhotra said.

A sample of the food served to the students has also been taken for conducting tests, he said.

Courtesy - PTI




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