U.P. plans law against organised crime

first_imgThe Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday gave its nod to a new law against organised crime in Uttar Pradesh along the lines of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). At a meeting presided by the Chief Minister, the State cabinet approved the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act, 2017.The BJP government is expected to introduce the proposed legislation in the Winter Session of the State Assembly, which commences from Thursday. The government said the UPCOCA was brought to check and curb acts of oganised crime and mafia, including land grabs, illegal mining, sale of illegal medicine and illicit liquor, wildlife smuggling, extortion, abduction syndicates as well as white-collared criminals. The draft of the proposed law, which could be tabled in the Assembly soon, was prepared in consultation with the State Law Department and after an “intensive study” of MCOCA, Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma said. A similar law was passed by the Uttar Pradesh government in 2007-08 when Mayawati was in power but it had to be withdrawn after then President Pratibha Patil refused to give it assent. Shrikant Sharma, U.P. Cabinet Minister, said it was the BJP government’s “priority” to make the State “free from injustice, crime and fear, and establish the rule of law.”Under the UPCOCA, the State would be empowered to seize the property of those implicated by the law during the period of investigation and properties acquired by people through illegal activities and organised crime would also be seized. State security would also be withdrawn from persons booked under the the law. Special courts would be set up for the trial of cases under UPCOCA for speedy conclusion. “Criminals will not be able to roam free for too long,” said Mr. Sharma.The government is introducing the UPCOCA when it already has a stringent law to check crime syndicates, the Gangsters Act. However, the UPCOCA would have 28 provisions in addition to the Gangsters Act.S.R Darapuri, retired IPS officer, was critical of the UPCOCA. He said the present laws were sufficient to deal with crimes in UP and there was no need for a special Act. Mr. Darapuri also said that the general experience was that “all such laws were misused against the weeker sections of the society,” in particular Dalits and Muslims.”These Special Acts do not help much in controlling crime. The need is for the existing laws to be implemented uniformly. There is a tendency to add more laws to cover up failure of the state in implementing existing laws,” Mr. Darapuri told The Hindu.last_img read more

Congress yet to decide on poll pact in Punjab

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said a decision on any electoral alliance in Punjab for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would be taken by the Congress high command at the appropriate time.He was replying to a media query about the possibility of a poll alliance on the lines of the one forged by Samajwadi Party with Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress in Uttar Pradesh.Talking to journalists on the sidelines of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation convention in Patiala, Capt. Amarinder Singh said any decision in this regard would be taken by the party’s central leadership.In response to another question, he hinted at a new Sports Minister being appointed in the State’s Cabinet expansion, which is expected to take place soon. “The new Sports Policy would be finalised thereafter,” he said.On the issue of alleged illegal mining in Patiala, he promised a thorough probe and action. “I won’t allow illegal mining to continue,” he said, pointing out that he had already issued stringent directives to the police and the concerned administrative departments to crack down against such activities taking place in any part of the State.On the report submitted by the Special Task Force (STF) in the drugs case, Capt. Singh said the matter was sub judice and he could, therefore, not comment on the same.last_img read more

After Paolo Soleris comments the significance of

first_imgAfter Paolo Soleri’s comments the significance of the many parasols in evidence became clear. The parasol is important for its efficient daily use and ritualistic presence in a truly urban landscape among congenial people.[photo: sue] The Community Waterfall (a part of the theatrical work “Spectrum”) was a ritual performed by Vessel and the members of the audience/ community. Vessel performers gathered water from the canal in buckets and brought them up on the bridge. At a signal, the buckets were emptied over the side of the bridge back into the canal.[photo: David DeGomez] Of course Paolo Soleri was the star of the day. He was repeatedly solicited for photos and comments and here we see media and fans surrounding him.[photo: sue] Waiting for solar high noon when a shaft of sunlight was produced in the 6″ gap between the stainless steel pylons was a highlight of the ceremony.[photo: Tomiaki Tamura]center_img Many Arcosanti residents attended wearing black and carrying white parasols. Many old friends and alumni, including Nancy Way and Paula Wittner (creator of the large painting “Fellowship” now hanging in the Arcosanti Cafe) were there for this important event.[photo: sue] December 27, 2010This continues our report of the opening and dedication of the PAOLO SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA. The public opening and dedication was held on Saturday, December 11, with festivities and events throughout the day. The official dedication ceremonies and speakers were scheduled between 11 am and 2 pm.Members of Vessel performed another installment of “Spectrum”, the atmospheric theatrical work created for the bridge site and the opening. The work started with a processional walk through the plaza and across the bridge and continued throughout the day with the silent, solemn performers weaving in and out of the crowd in colorful costumes. Each performer was costumed all in one color of the spectrum, even the skin.[photo: YoungSoo Kim]last_img read more

New walking app can be simpler way to assess physical activity in

first_img Source:https://www.strath.ac.uk/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 8 2019A walking app designed to assess and support physical activity in medical patients – is a simpler and more accessible way than many current methods – is being developed at the University of Strathclyde.The app will enable patients to assess their own fitness by measuring the distance they can walk in six minutes. It is also based on a validated fitness test which is used to measure effects of exercise interventions in medical patients.In addition to measuring and monitoring physical fitness, it can act as a facilitator and motivator which can offer patients an incentive to boost their physical activity.Related StoriesRhythmic movement can be coordinated without neuronal interactions between body partsBrain injury found to be common among domestic violence survivorsMore seniors are dying in falls. Doctors could do more to reduce the risk.Initially, the app – named 6MW-app (Six-Minute Walk) – is being tested in trials with cancer patients but could potentially be used for those with other conditions.The study is being led by Dr Liane Lewis, a Research Associate in Strathclyde’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences.She said: “Measuring patients’ levels of fitness has many benefits in a clinical environment, such as assessment of pre-surgery fitness, a baseline measure for monitoring progress and facilitating conversation about physical activity.”However, making these measurements is either resource-intensive, and therefore not easily accessible, or too subjective to be meaningful.”We developed the Six-Minute Walk app for self-assessment of fitness using a mobile phone. Its simplicity could lead to it replacing current assessment practice and, unlike some other apps for walking, it measures fitness using a well-validated test developed for medical patients.”The findings of our study will lead to the development of a tool that could improve levels of fitness and physical activity in healthy people and people living with illness alike. Clinicians have expressed interest in using the app as a tool for pre-surgery assessment and they see the potential for it to be a motivator for physical activity beyond clinical intervention.”The app has been tested with healthy participants, who performed two fitness tests and completed a short survey. While the sample size was small, the results were found to be highly reliable and indicated that the app would be suitable for use in a non-supervised environment. Further tests are planned with a clinical population.last_img read more

BJP pushing Assam Citizenship Bill can only complicate issuesBJP pushing Assam Citizenship

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL This photograph from July 30, 2018, shows people waiting in a queue to check their names on the final draft of the Assam’s National Register of Citizens after it was released, at an NRC Seva Kendra, in Morigaon   –  PTI September 10, 2018 ULFA, AGP leaders want party to step back The BJP national executive resolution pushing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, while promising to deport the ‘ghuspathias’ (infiltrators) from Bangladesh has triggered a wave of resentment and anxiety about radicalisation of sub-nationalist elements in Assamese society.“It’ll strengthen the hands of Paresh Baruah (who heads the armed wing of the banned United Liberation Front of Assam ULFA) and his calls to arms,” Anup Chetia, who heads the moderate section of ULFA, told BusinessLine.According to Chetia, the BJP is seeking to appease its Bangladeshi Hindu vote bank, a chunk of which has not been included in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), by pushing a legislation that goes against the essence of the Assam Accord.“The BJP is undermining the Assamese identity to help Bangladeshis. They want to separate Hindu and Muslim infiltrators. Over 40 lakh people who are not in the NRC include a large number of Hindus. Through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the BJP is pushing the 1971 cut-off date to 2015 specifically for Hindu Bangladeshis. “They want to run a parallel process which won’t achieve anything except further complicate the issue of citizenship in Assam,” Chetia said.At the BJP’s national executive on Sunday, the party passed a resolution hailing the final draft of the NRC in Assam. The resolution underlined the BJP’s intention to identify and deport all infiltrators while simultaneously protecting all Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Sikhs being persecuted in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.While Chetia warned of this move leading to a resurgence of armed insurgency in Assam, the BJP’s alliance partner, the AGP, said it will protest against the move. Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta told BusinessLine that his party will “strongly oppose” the BJP’s “divisive strategy”.“We had told them earlier too that they shouldn’t play with sensitive issues for political ends. When the cut-off date for accepting as citizens who came before 1971 has been agreed upon by all stakeholders, where is the need to now say Hindus are exempt from this cut-off?” asked Mahanta.The feeling among those who were part of the prolonged agitation for Assamese identity under threat from Bengalis and sovereignity, like ULFA, is that the BJP is worried about the exclusion of a large number of Bangladeshi Hindus from the NRC and is trying to reassure them that their interests would be protected through the Citizenship Bill. These stakeholders are also, almost unanimously, of the view that such a move is nearly impossible to implement and would lead to chaos in a diverse society like Assam.“Anyone who came after 1971 has to go. We’re very clear. They can be Hindus, Muslims or anyone else. Assam is for Assamese and we have been more than generous in lettiing 1971 as the cut-off date. The BJP can’t act arbitrarily and push their agenda here,” said Samujjal Bhattacharya, Advisor, All Assam Students Union (AASU). SHAREcenter_img Assam state politics Published on COMMENTlast_img read more

Puducherry power tussle SC asks Centre to move Madras HC with plea

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:22 IST Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Dr. Kiran BediThe Supreme Court on Friday refused to extend its order restraining the Puducherry government from implementing any cabinet decisions having financial implications and asked the Centre to move the Madras High Court with its plea on alleged power tussle between the chief minister and the Lieutenant Governor.The apex court, on June 4, had directed that “any decision in the Cabinet meeting to be convened on July 7 having financial implication/implications or with respect to any transfer of the lands shall not be implemented”.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose did not allow the plea of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the issue of alleged tussle over power between Lieutenant Governor and the chief minister was important and required a judicial decision in the light of the five-judge Constitution bench verdict in the Delhi-Centre power row matter.”We are not inclined to entertain this case. It would be open to the petitioner (Centre) to challenge the order of the single judge bench order (of the HC) in the division bench,” the bench said.The Puducherry government had earlier told the apex court that it has taken three cabinet decisions , distribution of free rice to all ration card holders in the Union Territory, renaming a department and auctioning of a sick factory.Out of these three decisions taken, free distribution of rice to all ration card holders can be allowed as the scheme has been running for the last ten years, it had said.The counsel for Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi had said that the scheme cannot be allowed as it will be a modification of an earlier order and has a huge financial implication.The top court had on June 4 directed the Puducherry government, led by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy who is at loggerheads with Kiran Bedi, not to implement any decision having financial implications, that may be taken at the Cabinet meeting of in the June 7.The application filed by the Centre and Kiran Bedi had sought a direction for restoring the situation prevailing before the April 30 Madras High Court verdict which held that the Lieutenant Governor “cannot interfere” in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government in the Union Territory.On May 10, the apex court had sought response from Congress MLA K Laksminarayanan, on whose petition the high court had delivered the April 30 verdict, on the pleas filed by the Centre and Kiran Bedi.On April 30, the Madras High Court had allowed a plea filed by Laksminarayanan and set aside the two communications issued in January and June 2017 by the Ministry of Home Affairs “elevating” the powers of the administrator.Referring to the Supreme Court judgement on the tussle between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, the high court had said that restrictions imposed on Delhi government are not applicable to the Puducherry government.”The administrator cannot interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the government. The decision taken by the Council of Ministers and the chief minister is binding on secretaries and other officials,” it had said.Laksminarayanan had claimed in his plea before the high court that the administrator was interfering in the day-to-day administration of the territorial government, its policies and programmes.ALSO READ | Lt Guv Bedi’s water crisis remarks echoes in Assembly, DMK demands her removalALSO WATCH | Rahul Gandhi is rallying point for Congress: Puducherry CM V NarayanasamyFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Kashyap Tags :Follow Puducherry GovernmentFollow Supreme CourtFollow High CourtFollow Kiran Bedi Puducherry power tussle: SC asks Centre to move Madras HC with pleaThe Madras High Court had recently held that Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi “cannot interfere” in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government there.advertisement Nextlast_img read more