The AAP government in Delhi is planning to make free WiFi functional in the capital state by February 2016, trying to integrate various transport, power and health services via the internet to make Delhi a smart city. The original poll promises of the AAP was to give free WiFi access, but the new plan is that the service will be given on the basis of limited data usage, and not based on a time limit. Now the Delhieites have to wait and see to hear from Kejriwal that his government is not able to give Free WiFi because of the objections from the Modi government and the nexus between the central government and L G. Kejriwal & Co is well known and experienced to twist anything in their favour through lies and shame other with shoot and scoot tactics. “We will not fix a time but will restrict bandwidth. Internet will be charged on the basis of data usage per day. Once the data limit is exhausted, users can avail the service by paying for extra usage. The system will be reset daily,” parliamentary secretary for this job, Adarsh Shastri, said. "International projects were state-sponsored models but ours is dynamic so the government can get revenue from the services," Shastri said. "At present, Shanghai has the largest model which caters to 4.5 lakh people. But with 50 lakh users, we have large avenues for monetisation. We can also categorise the content being accessed etc, which provides a big scope for targeted advertising," said Shastri. Officials said they will look to ensure a minimum internet speed of 512 kbps and the government is considering fixing the data usage to 50 MB per day. “This will be a first-of-its-kind project to be tested on such a large scale. In Delhi, there are around two crore wireless devices which can access the internet. If at any point, 25-30 per cent people access internet, it means 50 lakh users. We can also categorise the content being accessed, which has a big scope for targeted advertising,” officials said. By Premji
5 small parachute-like objects were seen approaching from the southwest direction of the Mumbai airport and moving towards northeast along with the wind. The airfield staff sounded an alert to the air traffic control tower, which in turn asked pilots lined up for take-off and landing to be cautious, since they were crossing the runway of intersection. The aerial objects created a flutter at the Mumbai airport, when two Jet Airways flights were asked to abort take-off and landing. Directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) said that the Indian Meteorological Department's airport bureau in Santacruz might have set off balloons to collect weather data. "The weather balloons travelled from the southwest owing to the current wind pattern. The flight paths match with the location where airport staff spotted the aerial objects," said a senior DGCA official. "These balloons fly at an altitude much higher than the touchdown levels used by scheduled flights. Therefore there are slim chances of them coming in the way of air traffic," said SG Kamble, director of radar, IMD Mumbai airport bureau. Weather balloon flies in a high altitude balloon carrying instruments aloft to send back information on atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity and wind speed using small, expendable measuring device called a radiosonde. "There has been no conclusion yet on the parachutes or their purpose. Nobody has lodged a complaint with us," said deputy commissioner of police Virendra Mishra. Multiple agencies including the ATC, the IAF, the CISF and the Mumbai Police are probing the matter. Since the parachutes were moving towards Juhu, the airport police had informed the Juhu ATC as well. Altogether there is a confusion and unnecessary panic about these objects seen moving in and around the Mumbai airport. By Premji
Politicians, bureaucrats and other government employees will not be allowed no longer to overstay in the bungalows or flats in Lutyens' Delhi by paying market rent, a practice which was prevalent during the UPA regime, said urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu. "Government is not out to make money through collection of market rent. Priority is to give everyone his due as per rules. The government's efforts in the matter of streamlining allotment of government bungalows is part of the larger architecture of ensuring rule of law," he clarified. "Having lived in Lutyens' zone for long, they are keen to remain there. Now, most such VIPs will be accommodated in the Commonwealth Games Village," said an official of urban development ministry. The Officials said that during the UPA regime, the Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA) indiscriminately regularized overstay. When the extended time came to an end, requests for further extension started coming, but the NDA government had to say sorry, whether it was the case of Lalu Prasad or the wife of former minister Arjun Singh. The request for extensions to keep bungalows was sought on various grounds such as children's education, medical grounds, AIIMs being nearer and security. But the government has made it clear, that government houses will be allotted to only for private persons who have Z plus category security.With the defeat of almost all the UPA ministers, “it was a Herculean task to make way for new ministers," an official said. Even after a year of the new government took charge, four ministers including a Cabinet minister are still waiting for an official accommodation as per their entitlement. For clearing the mess and there is no discrimination, rules won't be bent for anyone. Citing the example of Yashwant Sinha, when the former finance minister was told that it would be difficult to grant him an extension, the veteran BJP leader moved out in a week, Naidu said. By Premji
The Delhi government led by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is staring at a bigger loss, during his tussle with the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. As per the latest notification by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government has been barred from registering any cases against the officers and political leaders of the central government. This effectively puts ACB under the control of the L-G. “The ACB is a small offshoot of the NCT and it can book cases only against Delhi officials and not against officials of central government or officials of state government. That is why the central government issued the notification as a clarification. The Delhi government can’t use this tool to book central government officials, central ministers or corporate leaders belonging to other states on anti-corruption charges. Its jurisdiction is limited to Delhi alone,” S K Sharma, former secretary of Delhi Assembly, said. “Citing the MHA notification, the L-G in his next move may also take control of the ACB, justifying that he being a representative of the President of India and administrator of the Government of the NCT of Delhi, has full control over law & order and police, and this anti-corruption body is a part of Delhi Police,"a senior government official said. An AAP MLA told, "The Home Ministry’s notification is not only unconstitutional but illegal as well. It’s an attempt to give absolute power to the L-G. The notification is an insult to Delhi public, who elected us to form a government in Delhi with a huge mandate.” He added, "We may move a resolution against the MHA’s notification during the two-day ‘emergency session’ of the Assembly. The government is also exploring the legal option against the notification. In this emergency session, deliberations will be on the Home Ministry’s notification and issues related to sharing of power between the elected government and the L-G.” By Premji
Aam Admi Party which is struggling with its own problems in the organisation to give dictatorial powers to its leader Aravind Kejriwal, was not able to rule the Delhi state, instead raising constitutional crisis by being at logger head with the L G. Kejriwal and his team are up in arms to create much noise rather than govern. Before coming to power itself, the party is aware that the Delhi assembly does not have any power as of other states. To hide the failures of the government which is having an overwhelming majority is hiding from reality and fooling the people of Delhi. The limitations of Delhi assembly, due to it being a Capital state was being ruled by different government all these years without any hue and cry. AAP, from the beginning was clever at playing shoot and scoot. The masters of shoot and scoot are happy that they are able to pass on the blame of failure to the constitution. The AAP is set to hold an 'open' Cabinet meeting at a public event to mark 100 days of coming into power, and spell out their legislative intent. A resolution rejecting the Home Ministry's latest notification giving the Lieutenant Governor absolute power over the appointment of bureaucrats. @Modiji himself said and they put it in their manifesto to give Delhi a full statehood. Now, when the issue has come up, let alone our right, or talking about it, they are trying to bully us (dadagiri dikha rahen hain). Delhi government will not be mum on the issue," Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said. "If the confrontation continues, the Lt Governor can report to the President under Section 239 AB of the Constitution that he is not able to run the state as per the Constitution and therefore, the President may take over. It means imposition of President Rule," constitutional expert Subhash C. Kashyap told. By Premji
Union Cabinet has given its nod to NDA government's flagship smart city project, but no city of Maharashtra has yet been included in the program as the Centre's guidelines are awaited for it, an official said. "Till now, no city has been included in the smart cities scheme. We have to first shortlist cities for the scheme in the first phase. They will then need to compete with other cities to get selected," the official in the state Urban Development department has said. "However, states cannot shortlist their cities until the Centre issues guidelines pertaining to the criteria of a smart city. We are still waiting for the guidelines and expecting them to be issued soon," he said. "Decent living option to every resident and offering sustainable economic and employment opportunity to a wide section of its residents would be the main focus of smart city," he said. "At the beginning, the Centre may put a cap of 2 - 3 smart cities per state," the official said. "The cities will have to compete on several parameters to become eligible. The parameters are likely to be vision, progress under 'Swachh Bharat Mission', payments of salaries to municipal staff on time, information and grievance Redressal mechanisms, self-financing abilities of the cities, service level and track record in implementing reforms," he added. A total of 100 cities will be selected for the project through a ‘Smart City Challenge’ competition. The visionary program is appreciated and is expected to develop India as the best place to live in. The smart cities will have all the facilities including electronic connectivity, which will make the city with all facilities at the finger tip. By Premji
There were reports that Saudi Arabia has taken a “strategic decision” to acquire “off-the-shelf” nuclear arms from its close ally Pakistan. The government of Pakistan has rejected the reports as “baseless” any such move to sell atomic weapons. Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalillulah said “Pakistan’s nuclear program is purely for its own legitimate self-defense and for maintaining a credible minimum deterrence”. “Pakistan’s nuclear program is meant for its security and there is a strong command and control system over it. Pakistan is aware of its responsibilities as a nuclear state,” Khalillulah said. “All parties to the NPT have the right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This right has been granted to them by the Treaty. It is, therefore, not for me to comment on that”, he added. “There has been an entirely baseless and mischievous campaign in the international media regarding Pakistan’s indigenous nuclear program,” said Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah. “The Sunday Times story appears to be part of that malevolent campaign and is utterly unfounded,” foreign office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah added. Pakistan has expressed concerns over the shelling from Yemen on Najran, a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen. “About 15,000 Pakistanis are living in Najran. We have requested the Saudi authorities to ensure their safety and they have assured us that all possible measures will be taken in this regard,” he added. Rebuffing the report as mere “speculation”, a Saudi defense ministry official, said such reports were not new. “I don’t understand what the story is. This has been in the news for 18 years and will continue to be for the next 15 years.” By Premji
In a gruesome incident, a 25-year old girl severely injured in an acid attack in Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh on Friday while the accused killed himself immediately after committing the crime. The victim was suffered with 50% burns after a middle aged stalker threw acid on her early on Friday. She is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the city. Police said the accused, identified as Sanjay Patil, 47, stabbed himself with a knife at the incident spot after the victim was rushed to trauma centre. But, nature of injury points to foul play and raise questions on the suicide theory. The incident took place within just 80 feet from a local police station. The victim said she knew the accused for the past five-six years and lately he had started irritating her. Meanwhile, victim's mother Minu said had police initiated action, the incident wouldn't have happened. According to police, when they arrived at the crime scene, they saw Patil lying dead on the ground. Police said the family had twice registered complaints against Patil. Patil's autopsy report is awaited. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited the private hospital where the acid attack victim is being treated and assured the family of all help. The state government will bear all medical expenses of the victim, the CM said.
A recent research conducted by global risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft advises on the threat of a terror attack in almost any urban setting around the world, has put 64 cities across the world at extreme risk of an attack. Baghdad, which has survived 380 terror attacks topped the list, making it the world's highest risk urban centre, followed by Mosul, Al Ramadi, Ba’qubah, Kirkuk and Al Hillah. The research was done, based on the intensity and frequency of attacks that have taken place in these cities in the last 12 months up to March 2015 and is combined with the long-term record of attacks in the previous five years. According to the analysis of the terror risk to 1,300 commercial hubs and urban centres around the world, populations and businesses in 113 Indian cities are also identified with some risk of high, medium or low risk of facing terrorist attacks. Two Indian cities - Imphal (ranked 32) and Srinagar (ranked 49) are being named as "extreme risk" of a terrorist attack, mainly aiming to cause mass casualty and destroy public transport networks. The third Indian city that faces a terrorist threat is Chennai, but has been marked as medium risk. Bangalore is the fourth placed at 204th in the global threat list and is followed by Pune and Hyderabad at 206th and 207th respectively. Cities like Nagpur (ranked 210) and Kolkata (212) have been found to face a higher risk of a mass attack by terrorists than the usually expected targets like Delhi (447) and Mumbai (298). Verisk Maplecroft Charlotte Ingham said, "Just because a city in India hasn't seen a terrorist attack in a while does not mean it isn't potentially facing one. The rankings are based on the frequency and intensity of attacks." "The risk level in Paris is representative of a wider trend for Western countries, including Belgium, Canada and Australia, where the level of risk in key urban centres is substantially higher than elsewhere in the country, in part due to the significant PR value attached to such high profile targets by militant Islamist groups," the study found. By Premji
Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah on Friday accepted the resignation of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam and invited AIADMK leader J.Jayalaltihaa to form the ministry at the earliest, a Raj Bhavan statement said. In two different statements issued, Raj Bhavan said Rosaiah accepted the resignation of O. Panneerselvam and his council of ministers. Panneerselvam steps down as Tamil Nadu CM "The Governor has requested the Chief Minister and his present council of ministers to function until alternative arrangements are made," the statement said. Rosaiah has also invited AIADMK general secretary and the leader of legislature party Jayalalithaa to form the ministry at the earliest. Rosaiah also requested Jayalalithaa to send the list of people to be appointed as ministers with their portfolios. It was a day of fast paced political development on the expected lines within in the ruling party since morning. At 7 am, the lawmakers of AIADMK at their meeting the party headquarters elected Jayalalithaa as the leader of the legislature party. Panneerselvam proposing Jayalalithaa's name as the leader of the legislature party, much to the clapping of all the law makers, also said he would resign as chief minister and leader of legislature party. "It was a short meeting mainly to elect Amma (Jayalalithaa) as the AIADMK's legislature party leader," a party leader told IANS. It is also expected that Jayalalithaa would be sworn in as the chief minister on Saturday, according to party sources. Party cadres in large numbers assembled at the AIADMK headquarters here since early Friday morning. Later in the day, Jayalalithaa would offer floral tributes at the party founder late M.G. Ramachandran's (MGR) statue, DMK founder late C.N. Annadurai's and Dravidar Kazhagam founder late E.V. Ramaswamy's statue here. Jayalalithaa had to leave the position of chief minister and assembly seat (Srirangam constituency) after she was convicted and given a four-year jail term along with Rs.100 crore fine by a trial court in Bengaluru in a disproportionate assets case. The Karnataka High Court upheld her appeal against the conviction and acquitted her recently. On May 17, P. Vetrivel, a party legislator representing Radhakrishnan Nagar assembly constituency, resigned from his post and the same was accepted by the speaker. It is expected that Jayalalithaa would contest for re-election from Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency. With Vetrivel's resignation, the AIADMK's strength in the 234-member Assembly comes down by one to 150, excluding the speaker.
Geelani, who is a pro-Pakistan Hurriyat leader, had applied for a passport to visit his ailing daughter in Saudi Arabia. Many political parties have supported Geelani and urged the government to issue him a passport on "humanitarian grounds", while some others opposed any such move by the Centre. Geelan a known baiter of India and a staunch supporter of Pakistan is a shameless man to apply for an Indian passport while he tells that he is not an Indian. This eunuch traitor was not having any dignity while taking help from the India forces during the floods in Jammu and Kashmir. "We have seen media reports of Syed Ali Geelani's passport application. An incomplete passport application was received from him. Fees were not paid and the biometric details and photographs not submitted," Spokesperson in MEA Vikas Swarup said. "Passport is the right of every Indian citizen and is issued by the Ministry of External Affairs after following due process. In case any applicant applies for the passport, he should fulfil all the formalities before his case is processed. As and when the matter is referred to the Ministry of Home Affairs, we will process the case on merit," a Home Ministry spokesperson said. PDP said that it will approach the Central government for issuing a passport to Geelani on "humanitarian" grounds, while BJP said, he should not be given the travel document till he "apologises" for his anti-national activities. Defense minister Manohar Parrikar said ,“Geelani should declare he is an Indian to get a passport. If he wants to apply for a passport, he will have to fill the form and declare he is Indian." By Premji
India is aimed at intelligence-backed "targeted kills" against terrorists in J&K while militarily is dominating in the Line of Control with Pakistan, which has forced a 30% drop in cross-border ceasefire violations as well as infiltration bids. "The situation is pretty much under control. Our proactive attitude is to identify terrorists and then effectively neutralise them. Every case is handled firmly with clear-cut intelligence for targeted killings, ensuring minimal, if any, collateral damage," defense minister Manohar Parrikar said. Parrikar clarified that "terrorists should be neutralised by terrorists" or "kante se kanta nikalna (remove a thorn with a thorn)" and he did not mean covert operations being undertaken by "our own people". "Many terrorists are drawn into terrorism because of financial allurements, they are paid money for it. If such people are there, why not use them? What is the harm is using terrorists against terrorists? Why should our soldiers be in the front?", he said. The Army has been asked to undertake surgical strikes against terrorists, rather than conducting random operations. The Army has neutralised 110 terrorists in 2014, the highest such tally in the last four years. While talking about Pakistan’s dubious attitude, the defense minister said "the situation actually depends on how we react to it", India's "very firm" response to cross-border firing and abetment to terrorism is paying dividends. As per defense ministry figures, there has been a decline of 32% in Pakistan-initiated ceasefire violations and a decrease of 28% in "successful infiltrations" since the Modi government came to office in May last year. After the takeover of the new government, Pakistan is very much concerned about the retaliation it may get if they try any misadventure. During cease fire violations the India Army gave a befitting reply and the Pakistan Army was forced to wave white flags. By Premji