SP to celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti after friendship with Mayawati. Is the future of this alliance is good ?
Lucknow : After its new found bonhomie with the BSP won it two Lok sabha seats in recent bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party is set to celebrate Dr Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14 in a big way.
The party which had stayed content with celebrating anniversaries of socialist idealogues like Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia and Janeshwar Misra so far has asked all its district units to celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti at the district party headquarters or any public place to mark the day.
Though the Samajwadi Party's move has not gone down well with the BJP, which has termed it a big drama, political analyst Ramesh Dixit said it is aimed at further consolidating the relations.
"All the forces of social justice are coming together on one platform... this move is aimed at consolidating the friendship for the cause of defeating rivals," Dixit said, who retired as head of the political science department of Lucknow University.
“It is also a move to claim the legacy of social justice espoused by these parties which was being grabbed by the BJP which has had no connection with them," he said.
Samajwadi Party which had been holding customary functions on Ambedkar Jayanti has this time asked its partymen to recall the services of Babasaheb as also his resolve taken while framing the Constitution.
SP's state unit president Party Naresh Uttam said that on 127th anniversary of Babasaheb this April 14, all district and city unit heads have been asked to pay homage and recall his immense contribution to the country and emancipation of the downtrodden.
This will be perhaps the first time that a conscious effort is being made by the SP to ensure celebrations on Dr Ambedkar Jayanti on a big scale.
The BSP had been organising Ambedkar Jayanti annually on a big scale with its president Mayawati leading partymen in paying homage to the Dalit icon.
There are, however, no plans yet to hold any joint SP-BSP programmes on the day.
“It is wrong to say that we will be celebrating Ambedkar Jayanti for the first time. The party has always paid tributes to Dr Ambedkar on his birth and death anniversary and we hold him in high esteem," SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.
A senior SP leader on condition of anonymity said that party will try to remove doubts in the minds, if any, that its ideology was at variance with that of BSP and reach out to all sections of society.
Before the coming Lok Sabha elections early next year, the Ambedkar Jayanti will give a chance to increase the interaction and coordination between the cadres of both the parties in order to develop better understanding, he said.
It is a fact that the success of any alliance of these two major players in the state depend on how Dalits and OBCs, especially Yadavs, come to terms with each other, he said.
BJP spokesman Rakesh Tripathi however said, "It is a big drama… ever since the SP has made 'elephant' (BSP's election symbol) its friend, it is worried for the Dalits but the people of Uttar Pradesh have not forgotten how Dalits were at the receiving end on the very day when Akhilesh Yadav had become the chief minister in 2012 and how their houses and hamlets were set ablaze."
The “understanding” between the SP and the BSP in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bye-elections stopped the victory march of the BJP, which along with its allies had bagged 73 of the 80 parliamentary seats in the state.
While Gorakhpur is the home turf of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Phulpur was represented by his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya and defeats in both the places at the hands of the SP caused considerable embarrassment to the saffron party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, though the BJP took a sweet revenge soon afterwards by defeating the BSP candidate in the recent Rajya Sabha biennial elections in the state.
UP: 3-year-old raped, locked inside box by neighbour; Is the crime rate of UP is going high ?
Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) : In a shocking incident a three-year-old girl was allegedly raped and then locked inside a box by an 18-year-old male neighbour in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur's Tanda town.
The incident took place on April 2, when the child was alone at home and her parents were away.
"On seeing the parents away, the accused lured the child with a chocolate and took her to his house. As the child started screaming and crying in pain the accused in fear left her and fled. The locals rushed and rescued the child," police said.
The accused has been arrested and case has also been registered against him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012.
Back on track: On GST e-way bill system; Do you think GST e-way bill is good ?
Agra : After an aborted attempt in February, the government has finally managed to successfully roll out the e-way bill system for tracking the movement of goods under the Goods and Services Tax net from April 1. No major execution challenges have been reported by businesses so far, and the IT backbone that generates the e-way bills — that are now required even before goods are loaded for transport — has so far held up without glitches. On the first two days of the e-way system, which included a Sunday, 5.5 lakh e-way bills were generated, and the GST Network has said that the system is now geared to cope with a much higher capacity. Equally heartening is the revival in GST collections, that had dipped to ?83,716 crore in November 2017, after a fairly robust ?90,000 crore-plus inflow for the first three months of the new indirect tax system. As per final data released by the Centre on Monday, collections for the three months since then are far healthier than initial indications suggested, with February recording ?89,264 crore, the highest since September 2017. Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia expects collections to pick up further as the authorities get a better sense of who is regularly filing returns and paying taxes. His confidence reflects the government’s belief that analytics deployed on GST data compiled for nine months would deliver a bigger bounty, even as e-way bills make it tougher to avoid tax dues.
The government on Monday said the re-introduction of the e-way bill system for GST has been smooth with no technical glitches.
E-way bill rollout successful; no glitch so far, says government
Everyone’s fingers are crossed that the e-way bill portal, which now has over 20,000 registered transporters and 11 lakh taxpayers, will hold up, going forward. It is important to note that since the system for tracking inter-State movement of goods was launched at the beginning of a financial year, the actual load that the portal will have to bear on a normal business day may be much higher than the initial trends. This is because many businesses had already moved and stocked up goods by March 31, ahead of the system kicking in, and are still completing usual year-end processes such as recording closing stock. A staggered schedule for rolling out e-way bills for intra-State trade in a few States at a time is expected soon. Given that India’s transport sector is still largely unorganised and many vehicle drivers are not fully conversant with the technical nuances, it is important that anti-evasion squads deployed to check e-way bills operate with a light touch to start with, and limit the frequency of inspections for goods moving across States. Else, the system could end up creating a bottleneck for transporting goods in a country where goods movement already takes inordinately long due to infrastructure deficiencies. A similar approach would be ideal for other anti-evasion measures in the pipeline, including the matching of invoices from buyers and sellers, and the reverse-charge mechanism (expected by June-end) under which large businesses would need to pay tax on behalf of unregistered small suppliers.
Monsoon likely to be normal in 2018: Skymet; Do you agree ?
New Delhi : ‘Normal’ rainfall refers to India getting, within a 4 per cent error margin, 887 mm of rainfall during the monsoon season. However this doesn’t mean farmers can rest easy.
‘Normal’ rainfall refers to India getting, within a 4 per cent error margin, 887 mm of rainfall during the monsoon season. However this doesn’t mean farmers can rest easy. | Photo Credit: The Hndu
The April forecasts by agencies don't capture the geographical spread of the monsoon rain.
Monsoon 2018 is likely to be ‘normal’ with “zero chance” of a drought according to private forecaster, Skymet. “2018 is likely to remain normal at 100 per cent (with an error margin of +/-5 per cent) of the long period average (LPA) of 887 mm for the four-month period from June to September,” the organisation said in a statement on Monday.
‘Normal’ rainfall refers to India getting, within a 4 per cent error margin, 887 mm of rainfall during the monsoon season. However this doesn’t mean farmers can rest easy. While June was likely to receive excess rainfall, there is still, on average, a 30 per cent chance that the key monsoon months of July and August would see ‘below normal’ — or a greater than 10% deficit in their normal quotas — rains. July and August bring in half the monsoon rains and are crucial for a good harvest.
The April forecasts by agencies don't capture the geographical spread of the monsoon rain.
The India Meteorological Department, the official forecaster, is expected to announce its forecast later this month though — in line with international weather models — it has indicated that the chances of an El Nino are slim.
In March bulletin, the agency ruled out the possibility of El Nino, at least till August. The El Nino — an abnormal warming of the ocean surface in central and eastern equatorial Pacific — is usually associated with weak monsoons.
Last year, India got 95 per cent of it’s normal monsoon quota. June and July got more than it’s usual quota while August and September saw significant deficits.
Bandh violence: 47 cases registered, 100 arrested; Is the Band successful ?
Chandigarh : The police have registered 47 cases and arrested 100 persons for their involvement in violent incidents during Bharat bandh call given by Dalits on Monday.
DGP BS Sandhu said here on Tuesday that due to proper arrangements and prompt action taken by the police, the situation remained largely peaceful in the state, barring petty incidents of violence by mischievous elements trying to damage government property.
He said during protests, 84 police officers, officials and eight persons from the general public were injured and 24 government and 60 private vehicles were damaged. Stone were thrown at two trains and six complaints were received regarding breaking of glasses and shutters of shops, he added.
The police had deployed additional forces, he added.
It may be recalled that the police and civil administration was caught napping again with protesters, brandishing sticks and swords, clashing with the police and having a field day disrupting rail and road traffic.
The state government apparently failed to gauge the gravity of the situation virtually leaving the common man at the mercy of the rampaging mobs. As opposed to its Punjab counterpart, the Haryana Government failed to order the closure of educational institutes, suspend bus services and curtailed mobile and internet connectivity.
2,500 booked in Kaithal
Kaithal: The police have booked nearly 2,500 protesters for indulging in violence, loot, attempt to murder and attacking a police check post during Bharat bandh on Monday. Police officials said one carbine and police uniform were missing from the check post at Chhotu Ram Chowk. Nearly 40 polic personnel, Civil Lines SHO, sustained injuries in the clash. SP Astha Modi said no arrest had been made so far, but investigation was going on. — OC
Situation near normal, says CM Khattar
Sonepat : Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Tuesday that the situation in the state remained normal on Monday except a few incidents of arson, stone-pelting and injury. He was replying to a question about the reported failure of the law and order situation in the state during the Bharat bandh. He pointed out that the state government supported the review petition filed by the Central Government in the Supreme Court against its directive on the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. Talking to mediapersons at Rai in the district, he said that the government was inquiring into the incidents of violence and action would be taken against the guilty.