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Rajasthan : PM visit leaves Shekhawati belt Jats disappointed. Is this easy for BJP to come back in Rajasthan again ?

Rajasthan’s Shekhawati belt has been a playground for poll politics since Jawaharlal Nehru. With the Jats in dominance in Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Nagar and Churu districts, all Prime Ministers have showered sops on the people of this area. Some days ago, PM Narendra Modi did launch “National Nutrition Mission-2022” and expand the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” movement during his Rajasthan tour, but he made no effort to please the Jats. Even his own party MLAs and MP had expected some praise as a morale- booster. It was the PM’s third visit to the state in seven months. The first one was in Udaipur and the second Barmer. While Nehru had set up the Central Electronic Research Institute at Pilani, Indira Gandhi had laid the stone of a copper plant at Khetari. Deve Gowda had launched a German-based potable water scheme in the salty terrain of Mandwa, Rajiv Gandhi had set up girls’ hostels and AB Vajpayee had announced reservation for Jats, Bishnois and Meos during his Sikar tour. Basking in the party’s N-E success, the BJP believes the PM’s visit will help break caste equations in the Shekhawati region. But the BJP, holding three of the seven Assembly seats in Jhunjhunu, forgets it lost the Surajgarh constituency to Congress’ Shravan Kumar in the 2014 byelections. Election phobia Owing to a string of defeats in the byelections to the Lok Sabha, Assembly, civic bodies and Panchayati Raj institutions since February, a panic-stricken Raje government has announced a number of sops in the annual state Budget, despite the state reeling under a revenue deficit, as per the CAG report-2017. The government has announced a Rs 8,000 crore crop loan waiver scheme for farmers, done away with toll tax on highways, raised the upper age limit for jobs to 40, announced tax relief for various sectors and free college education to middle-class families besides 1 per cent quota for five communities, including the Gurjars. The All-India Kisan Sabha and the Gurjar Sangarsh Samiti have rejected the government’s farm loan waiver and quota.Threatening to revive agitation, the Gurjars are adamant on 5 per cent reservation by bifurcating 21 per cent of the OBC quota while the farmers want loan waiver from not just the coop banks but all other banks too besides implementation of Swaminathan Committee’s recommendations. ‘Congress-mukt’ RS After the Rajya Sabha biennial elections on three seats on March 23, the Congress will have no representation from Rajasthan as the BJP will hold all 10 RS seats. The BJP has decided to give one seat to National People’s Party patron Kirorilal Meena after his “ghar vapsi”. The party has four MLAs. Adieu to jeans No more jeans, Higher Education Minister Kiran Maheshwari has made it compulsory for girls to come in salwar-suit with dupatta or a sari from the next academic session. The boys will be attired in a shirt and trousers. Both would have to wear shoes or sandals.The colour of the uniform would be decided by respective colleges.

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J&K : Three militants killed in encounter. Is this is a great achievement for Army ?

Jammu & Kashmir : Three militants killed in encounter in J-K’s Anantnag. Two of the slain militants have been identified as Eesa Fazli, of Srinagar, and Syed Owais Shafi, of south Kashmir’s Kokernag, while the identity of the third is being ascertained, a police statement said. Security forces in Anantnag’s Hakura where three terrorists were killed in an encounter on Monday morning. Three militants, including one who allegedly killed a policeman in Srinagar last month, were shot dead in an encounter with security forces early on Monday, police said. Two of the slain militants have been identified as Eesa Fazli, of Srinagar, and Syed Owais Shafi, of south Kashmir’s Kokernag, while the identity of the third is being ascertained, a police statement said. Based on information regarding the presence of militants, security forces started a search in Hakoora area of Anantnag district. A gun-battle ensued when the militants fired on the search team, officials said. Police said AK 47 rifles, pistols and hand grenades have been recovered from the encounter site. To avoid any law and order situation in the area, authorities have imposed restrictions and ordered that all educational institutes in Srinagar will remain closed for the day. All scheduled exams in Kashmir have been postponed. A senior police officer said Fazli, who hails from the Soura locality of Srinagar city, was the alleged mastermind behind the killing of police constable Farooq Ahmed Yatoo, when he was on duty as a guard outside the residence of separatist leader Fazal Haq Qureshi, who had survived an attempt on his life in 2009. The terror outfit Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the killing of constable Yatoo on their official channel. Police sources say Fazli’s relation with the IS is a matter of investigation, and hinted at his inclination towards the outfit.

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Tamil Nadu forest fire: Nine dead, 27 rescued. Should Govt. aided citizens well ?

THENI: Nine people have died in the forest fire in Kurangani hills in Theni district of Tamil Nadu by Monday morning, confirmed the district collector of Theni. After night-long operations, a joint team consisting of police, fire and rescue men and forest personnel rescued 27 of the 39 trekkers who were caught in the fire. Among the rescued, four suffered severe burn injuries ranging from 40 per cent to 90 per cent. They were shifted to Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai. maduraiVisuals of forest-fire in Kurangani. (ANI photo) The accident spot is 8km uphill out of the 10km trek from Kolukkumalai to Kurangani. It took two to three hours of intensive trek for all rescue team members to reach the spot. The rescue team consisted of around 250 members. On Monday morning, two helicopters took off from the Indian Air Force station. Flight Lieutenant Manoj from Air Force team said they could control the fire in two to three hours by using water. Rajaji Hospital to provide information on injured trekkers. The first rescue operations was started by the 108 ambulance team on Sunday afternoon after one of the trekkers, Nivedha, called the ambulance service from the accident spot. The ambulance’s paramedic, Jegadeesh, was first to reach the spot and render medical help to the injured. State health minister C Vijaya Baskar reached the downhill and said health teams and hospital were ready to treat the injured trekkers. There were 39 trekkers – 12 from Erode and 27 from Chennai. Preliminary investigations revealed that the trekkers, after being caught in fire, tried to take refuge inside a dried up stream. But the dried grass in the stream quickly caught fire.

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Drunk Law student hit car on divider, Two people die. Is Delhi roads are safe ?

New Delhi: The friends, after attending a college festival in Noida, went to a pub in CP and around 1am they drove towards Murthal (about 50km from Delhi) to eat. The speeding car lost control at a T-point and crashed into the divider near Hudson Lane in Mukherjee Nagar, killing two of her friends. More than 70% of the accidents on Delhi roads happen between midnight and 6am, according to the traffic police. The capital reported 215 fatal accidents till February 28 this year. In 2017, 213 cases were seen in the same period. Police officers said that in 50% of the cases, drivers claimed they couldn’t see the victim because of light from the other side of the road or because of another vehicle in front of them. The other accidents happened because of bad roads or encroachments. From midnight to 6am, major traffic signals are put on blinking mode or don’t have policemen to monitor traffic. Last week, a biker was crushed by a truck on the Lajpat Nagar flyover when he tried to avoid hitting some bricks lying on the road and slipped. While traffic policemen are present on the roads till 11pm, policing past midnight is solely dependent on the local police teams. According to the temporal trend of accidents in the capital, the midnight-2am and 4am-6am slots are considered the most dangerous as trucks are allowed to enter the city and the traffic volume is high. The traffic police study found that 55% of the accidents were caused because of speeding as drivers were unable to slow down their vehicles at traffic signals and ended up hitting a divider or another vehicle. A similar case was seen on Tolstoy Marg in Lutyens’ Delhi last week when the driver could not slam the brakes on time after spotting an autorickshaw on the way. The study also found that in 40% of the cases, both the victims and the accused drivers were in the age group of 19-30 years. Alarmingly, 6% of the drivers found to be involved in accidents were underage. Apart from inadequate checks for speeding and drunk driving, the police found that 30% of the accidents were because of encroachments on the road, while another 15% happened due to light reflecting on the windshield of the vehicle. Of the 750 accidents reported past midnight last year, almost 300 were hit and run cases as there was no one to see or catch the accused, according to the study. Also, most roads where accidents took place were not under CCTV surveillance. According to the traffic police data, roads around Najafgarh, Dwarka, Model Town and Mehrauli were found to be most prone to fatal accidents past midnight. The police attributed this to speeding and reckless driving.

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Haryana Govt. Budget 2018-19 : Pass or Fail ?

Chandigarh : No new taxes, Haryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu presented a Budget pegged at a record Rs 1,15,198.29 crore for the 2018-19 fiscal, an increase of 12.6 per cent over the Budget last year (2017-18). Targeting revenue receipts of Rs 76,933.02 crore, the state will spend Rs 85,186.53 crore during 2018-19. There will be a revenue deficit of Rs 8,253.51 crore. The Budget clearly focuses on agriculture with a 51 per cent increase in allocation, that also includes Haryana Kissan Pradhikaran. The aim is to make agriculture more sustainable. The minister’s Budget speech lasted over 96 minutes. With Assembly elections only a year away, he announced Rs 100 crore for the SYL canal and said the allocation could be raised to Rs 1,000 crore, if need be. A sum of Rs 44,911.16 crore has been allocated for schemes to attain 15 “sustainable development goals” as envisaged by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This makes Haryana the first and the only state in the country to follow the UNDP socio-economic parameters for development over the next 15 years. These clearly specify that all future budgetary allocations to departments will be performance-based. On the flip side, the state’s debt liability, that was Rs 70,931 crore in 2014-15 when the BJP government came to power, has gone up by 127 per cent to Rs 1,61,159 crore. The government has launched a cashless medical scheme for government employees and pensioners for which the upper limit of Rs 5 lakh per admission has been done away with. An asset management cell has been created to identify government properties within and outside the state. A non-banking finance company — Haryana State Financial Services Ltd — has been set up for managing surplus funds of public enterprises.

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