Four Faridabad ATMs uprooted in two weeks
Latest incident reported from NIT on Sept 30
It seems that ATMs are being targeted by thieves. The police are yet to arrest the thieves who uprooted an ATM in Parvatiya Colony in the NIT here in the wee hours on September 30.
The occurrence of three incidents earlier exposed chinks in security. The police claimed to have launched a probe after taking possession of CCTV footage in connection with the latest incident, but were yet to lay hands on the culprits.
The criminals came in a Mahindra Bolero and took less than 10 minutes to uproot the ATM of HDFC Bank carrying Rs 12.20 lakh. They fled after loading the the vehicle at 2.45 am. The matter came to light in the morning when local residents informed the police.
Police sources admitted that a gang had been active in the city for the past few months and was perhaps involved in three other incidents since September 17.
These ATMs were found damaged in Rajiv Colony on September 17, on the Sohna road on September 25 and on the Dabua-Gazipur road on September 27. All spots were within a radius of 15 km.
An official claimed on the condition of anonymity that the gang could be from the Mewat region. He claimed that uprooting of ATMs using a vehicle had been started after criminals found breaking it time-consuming.
Alert personnel in a police control room vehicle on July 28 foiled taking away of an ATM containing Rs 33 lakh uprooted from Rajiv Colony.
Claiming that banks had failed to ensure security of ATMs, police PRO Sube Singh said the police had been working on clues and were likely to arrest the culprits soon.
Are ATMs becoming easy prey for thieves?
Ambala, Chandigarh stations get bottle-crushing machines
In order to keep railway stations plastic bottles free, the Ambala Division of the Northern Railway introduced a bottle-crushing machine at the Ambala cantonment railway station here.
The machine was inaugurated by Arjuna awardee boxer Manoj Kumar.
Praveen Gaur Dwivedi, senior divisional commercial manager, Ambala, said “The machine will help in keeping the railway station plastic bottle free. With this machine, the bottles at the station will get crushed and there will no issues regarding blockage of drains.”
Besides Ambala, a machine was inaugurated at the Chandigarh railway station by Olympian boxer Jitender Kumar.
Meanwhile, a two-day exhibition-cum-painting workshop conducted at Ambala cantonment railway station concluded here on Tuesday.
Paintings created by the wards and employees of railways and those by Uttam (an artist who paints using his foot), a collection of old coins and currency notes, bio toilet mechanism, bonsai collection and heritage photographs were on display in the exhibition.
Uttam also conducted a painting workshop for wards of railway employees and made live paintings on the theme ‘Swachh Bharat’.
Will this get success in Clean India Mission?
MDU ranked 'cleanest' govt varsity, followed by GNDU
New Delhi :
Maharishi Dayanand University in Rohtak, Haryana, has been ranked the cleanest government university by the HRD Ministry followed by Guru Nanak Dev University in neighbouring Punjab's Amritsar.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the "Swachh Campus rankings" under different categories.
The Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in the national capital has been ranked third among the government institutions followed by the Algappa University in Karaikudi and the Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur.
Among the residential campuses of private universities, Pune's Symbiosis International University has been ranked at the top followed by OP Jindal Global University in Sonipat, KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research in Belagavi and Manipal University in Jaipur.
Raipur's ITM University has been ranked at the top among non-residential campuses of private universities. The Northcap University in Gurugram and Dr CV Raman University in Bilaspur have been ranked second and third respectively in the category.
Among the technical institutions, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Coimbatore bagged the top rank, followed by IIT Guwahati, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University in Bhubhaneshwar and the Indian Institute of Information Technology in New Delhi.
Is this a matter of pride for MDU?
Electricity dues swell to Rs 635 cr in Faridabad circle
Consumers in the Faridabad circle owe Rs 635-crore power dues to the Daskshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN). This is reportedly 16.72 per cent more than that of last year.
Sources in the DHBVN say the dues have reached an all-time high, though a drive was launched to realise the dues and check power theft.
The dues stood at Rs 489 crore in March last year. In a period up to September this year, the dues rose sharply to Rs 635 crore, including Rs 269 crore, towards disconnected consumers.
As a consumer, the local Municipal Corporation owes Rs 82 crore to the DHBVN in September.
In February, the MC had cleared a Rs190-crore bill taking the benefit of the interest waiver scheme, with Rs42 crore still unpaid.
In September, the bill amount swelled to Rs82 crore as the MC failed to clear the bills on time.
Ashutosh Rajan, Joint Commissioner, MC (Old Faridabad), said all power connections that were lying unused were being disconnected to reduce the bill burden.
Social activist Varun Sheokand said line losses, poor recovery and use of substandard material were the root of the problem. “Cables worth Rs 42 crore had failed tests recently,” he claimed.
PK Chauhan, Superintending Engineer, DHBVN, admitted that consumers owed Rs 635 crore. He, however, hung up soon,saying that he will revert. But he failed to take calls later.
Will the loss of power corporation increase?
Crop loss relief denied, farmers lock up bank
‘Deducted’ premium, but did not deposit it with insurance firm
Farmers of six villages in the district locked the local branch of the Bank of Baroda in Bhatol Jatan village on Monday in protest against the deduction of premium under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) without extending the benefit of insurance to their crops.
About 100 farmers of Bhatol Jatan, Bhatol Rangdan, Kharkhara, Jeetpura, Bhadala, Kharbala and Seesar villages complained the bank had deducted the premium during the 2017 kharif season from their accounts.
They were, however, informed later that they were not covered under the crop insurance scheme as the premium was not deposited with the insurance firm.
The farmers alleged the bank did not deposit the premium amount with the insurance firm. When their crops were damaged and they approached the insurance firm for compensation under the PMFBY, their claims were denied.
Farmers locked the main gate of the bank, demanding resolution of their problem.
They said they would not let the bank function if their problem was not resolved within three days.
Later, Additional General Manager Sarvjeet Singh, senior manager Subhash Dhaka and agricultural officer Subhash Bansal reached the village and held talks with the farmers.
The bank officials gave a written assurance to the farmers that they would ensure that the insurance firm compensated them. “If the insurance firm denies the compensation claim, the bank will disburse the compensation to affected farmers,” the written statement by branch manager Ravinder Pal reads.
The farmers agreed to call off the protest, giving three months to the bank to settle their compensation claims. They threatened to resume the agitation of the claims were not settled in three months.