Delhi govts presumption of powers over UT cadre wholly erroneous JaitleyDelhi govts

first_imgCOMMENTS COMMENT Delhi power tussle: A timeline Delhi power tussle: A big win for Kejriwal as SC says LG doesn’t have independent powers July 05, 2018 Arun Jaitley RELATED Published on politics SHARE New Delhi SHARE SHARE EMAIL Union minister Arun Jaitley today said the “presumption” of the Delhi government that the Supreme Court judgement has given it administrative powers over union territory (UT) cadre officers is “wholly erroneous”.Yesterday’s judgement of the apex court, he said, does not either add to the powers of the state government or the central government nor does it in any way dilute them. “It emphasises at the importance of elected state government, but Delhi being a union territory makes its powers subservient to the central government,” he said in a Facebook blog on the Supreme Court’s judgement in the Delhi government case.  Hours after the landmark judgement yesterday, the Delhi government introduced a new system for transfer and postings of bureaucrats, making Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal the approving authority. However, the services department refused to comply, saying the Supreme Court did not abolish the notification issued in 2016 which made the Ministry of Home Affairs the authority for transfers and postings.Favours noneThere are several issues which had directly not been commented upon, but by implication there is some indication of those issues, Jaitley said, adding that unless issues of importance are flagged, discussed and a specific opinion is rendered, “none can assume” that silence implies an opinion in favour of one or the other.There are two obvious indications, Jaitley said adding firstly that if Delhi has no police powers, it “cannot set up” investigative agency to investigate crimes as had been done in the past.“Secondly, the Supreme Court has held categorically that Delhi cannot compare itself at par with other States and, therefore, any presumption that the administration of the UT cadre of services has been decided in favour of the Delhi Government would be wholly erroneous,” said Jaitley, also an eminent lawyer.The judgement by a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, laid down broad parameters for the governance of the national capital, which has witnessed a bitter power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government since the Aam Aadmi Party government first came to power in 2014.‘Crystal clear’Jaitley also noted that Delhi is not a state and, therefore, there could be no assumption that powers which belong to state government also belongs to the elected government of the union territory. “It has been specifically held by the Supreme Court that it is crystal clear that by no stretch of imagination, NCT of Delhi can be accorded the status of a state under the present constitutional scheme and the status of the lieutenant governor is not that of a governor of a state, rather he remains an administrator, in a limited sense, working with the designation of lieutenant governor,” he said.The Council of Ministers being headed by the chief minister should be guided by values and prudence accepting the constitutional position that the NCT of Delhi is not a state, he said.The court, Jaitley added, has rightly observed that all the three institutions, the elected government, the LG and the central government must work in harmony keeping the interest of the people and the national capital in mind.Cooperation, operating in their respective constitutional space and not confrontation should be the objective, said the minister who is recuperating after a kidney transplant surgery.last_img read more

Heavy rain forecast for coastal TN IMD

first_imgCOMMENTS COMMENT A well-marked low-pressure area lies over the South-West Bay of Bengal and adjoining North-East Sri Lanka (just to the south of South-East Tamil Nadu) awaiting intensification as a depression. The India Met Department (IMD) expects the intensification to happen over the South-West Bay, off the Tamil Nadu coast and adjoining Equatorial Indian Ocean by Tuesday night or the next morning. The well-marked ‘low’ brought active North-East monsoon conditions to Kerala during the 24 hours ending on Tuesday morning. Rainfall occurred at most places over Kerala and at many places over Tamil Nadu during this period. More rain seenElsewhere, rains were recorded at many places over Coastal and, North Interior Karnataka, Lakshadweep and at isolated places over South Interior Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Forecast for Wednesday warned of heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry while being heavy at isolated places over south Coastal Andhra Pradesh, South Rayalaseema, South Interior Karnataka and Kerala.Squally winds speeding up to 50 km/hr gusting to 60 km/hr may prevail over the South-West Bay of Bengal, the Gulf of Mannar and along and off the Tamil Nadu coast. The sea condition will be ‘rough’ to ‘very rough’ (wave heights of 8ft – 20 ft) over the South-West Bay, the Gulf of Mannar and along and off the Tamil Nadu coast. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas.Pacific systemStrong winds with speeds of up to 40 – to 50 km/hr are likely over interior Tamil Nadu. Thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds and lightning may lash South Madhya Maharashtra, South Konkan and Goa. Extended forecast for Sunday to Tuesday (November 25 to 27) said that isolated precipitation likely over extreme South Peninsular India, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Meanwhile, Tuesday morning’s cyclonic circulation over the Gulf of Siam (Thailand), the gateway for weather systems of Pacific origin, persisted. The US Joint Typhoon Warning Centre sees scope for this system (tagged ‘32W’), a remnant of erstwhile tropical depression ‘Toraji’ that hit the Vietnam coast, to intensify a round or two. Eyes Lanka, TN?A weather tracker of the US National Weather Services lately expects the system to drift into the South Bay and stay on course for a likely rendezvous with the Sri Lanka and adjoining Tamil Nadu coasts over the next 12 days. There are two other tropical depressions loitering in different parts of the North-West Pacific – ‘33W’ located north-west of Sonsorol (Palau) and ‘34W’ to the south-east of Chuuk (Micronesia).  SHARE SHARE EMAIL Fresh depression alert in Bay of Bengal: IMD Satellite image taken on November 20, 2018, at 12.45 ISTcenter_img Published on RELATED SHARE November 20, 2018last_img read more

Bill in Lok Sabha to facilitate speedy eviction from govt residences

first_imgLok Sabha COMMENTS COMMENT government SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHAREcenter_img Published on In a bid to crackdown on unauthorised occupants of government residential accommodations, a bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday.The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 was introduced by Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri. The amendments will facilitate smooth and speedy eviction of unauthorised occupants from government residences and that would then be available for allotment to eligible persons on maturity of their turn in the waiting list.According to the government, the move will decrease the waiting time for availing the facility of residential accommodation.The proposed amendments would enable the estate officer to apply summary proceedings for evicting unauthorised occupants from residential accommodations and to levy damage charges for accommodation held during the period of litigation.The Centre has to evict unauthorised occupants from government accommodations under the provisions of the PPE Act, 1971. However, the eviction proceedings take unusually long time, thereby reducing the availability of government accommodations to new incumbents.Under the proposed bill, the estate officer will not be required to follow elaborate proceedings like serving notice, show cause, inquiry, rather he or she can initiate summary eviction proceedings. July 08, 2019 0last_img read more

Wisma Putra No protest outside Malaysian High Comm in Nigeria

first_img Nation 09 Jul 2019 Detainees given four square meals daily World 09 Jul 2019 Qatari official announces success of intra-Afghan peace talks – foreign ministry Nation 08 Jul 2019 Immigration D-G: Detainees treated humanely, fed proper food Related News Related Newscenter_img Ewansiha died while in detention following a raid by the Immigration Department in Desa Aman Puri in Kuala Lumpur on July 9.Earlier on Friday (July 12), Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said in a statement that Ewansiha was arrested when he tried to flee from officers during the raid.The raid on July 4 resulted in the arrest of 20 foreigners including Ewansiha.He said Ewansiha was initially detained for 14 days for further investigations.While he was in detention, Khairul said, officers on duty were told by other detainees that Ewansiha had a seizure in his sleep.”Immediate aid and medical checks were conducted and the hospital was contacted to assist as well.”An ambulance from HUKM (Universiti Kebangsaan Hospital), as well as an assistant medical officer, arrived at 12.30am and they had attempted to help the subject.”However, he was then pronounced dead,” Khairul Dzaimee said, adding that a police report had been made on the matter.He added that the department was still waiting for a full medical report on the subject, as well as the exact cause of death, via a post-mortem. PETALING JAYA: The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that there was no protest outside the Malaysian High Commission in Nigeria.”I can confirm there was no protest. “There was also no protest yesterday (July 11),” a Wisma Putra spokesperson said on Friday (July 12).Earlier, it was reported that a group of Nigerians had protested the death of Thomas Orhions Ewansiha outside the Nigerian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (July 11). {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Prioritise childcare centres in govt depts

first_imgSIBU: There are 541 government departments and agencies nationwide without taska or childcare centres, and their heads have been told to prioritise the matter.Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh said these departments and agencies should set aside funds from their budget to open such centres.“They should not wait for us for the grant to start taska.“Our grant is just to help kick-start the opening of a taska, especially at hospitals,” she said when launching the Sibu Hospital taska yesterday. AdChoices广告Yeoh said concerted efforts must be stepped up as the government had made it compulsory for all its workplaces to have taska by January.She said that RM10mil was allocated in the 2019 budget for the purpose and 66 of the 101 applications were approved.“Nineteen taska are in government hospitals and 18 in police stations, fire stations and Immigration offices,” she said.On the Sibu Hospital taska, Yeoh said it was dedicated to five-month-old Adam Raykal Mohd Sufi Naeif, who was found dead in his babysitter’s refrigerator on July 3 last year.The parent of the boy had reported him missing and police found the baby’s body in the fridge of his babysitter’s house in Kampung Nakho­da. Related News Nation 2d ago ‘Childcare centres at workplace a good thing’ Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 1d ago Yeoh: 65% of government agencies still without childcare centres Metro News 2d ago Over RM102,000 raised for Paralympic movementlast_img read more

Carry documents with you

first_img Related News “All enforcement agencies including the police have been informed of this,” he said, adding that legitimate foreign students, who have been detained despite showing their iKad, should report the matter to the department.Khairul Dzaimee also dispelled claims that those detained were treated like “animals” without pro­per food and having to put up in dirty conditions.Allegations of extortion would be investigated as well. “We will take action if the allegation is true. There will be no compromise on inte­grity issues,” he told The Star.Every officer would carry an Immigration ID and students have the right to ask to see it, he said.He said depending on the location and target of the operation, Immi­­gration officers may not be in uniform.Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (Mapcu) president Datuk Dr Parmjit Singh said a 30-year-old student from Botswana was picked up recently. A scholar funded by the Botswa­na government, she arrived in Ma­­laysia on June 28 and was roun­ded up in an operation on July 5. Her passport was with the Edu­ca­tion Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), a wholly-owned company of the Education Ministry, for visa endorsement and her iKad had yet to be issued.“She was at a bus stop at about 7pm when a woman in plainclothes asked for her passport. “Because she couldn’t produce the passport, she was taken away in a truck with many others in it. The truck went to numerous locations before arriving at the police station in KL two hours later. “She was traumatised throughout this journey. No one told her what was going on.”He said student was only released about seven hours later despite her university handing over all the relevant documents. Mapcu is hoping to meet with enforcement authorities to address the issue of genuine foreign students being unreasonably harassed by enforcement, he said.“What happens when the passport has been sent for the visa to be stamped?“This can take up to two weeks and what if the iKad has not been issued yet? Even at this stage after a week, her passport has still not been returned to her after the visa endorsement.“All the students have is a photocopy of their passport and receipt from EMGS stating the passport has been submitted to them,” he said. The question remains as to why this could not be verified on the spot as the authorities have full access to the EMGS database, which clearly outlines the stage of the application with exact dates, he said. “Any smartphone can be used to access this information through the passport number and the nationality.” {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 11h ago Education Malaysia Global Services expresses regret over death of Nigerian student Reports by CHRISTINA CHIN, JUSTIN ZACK and ASHLEY TANG PETALING JAYA: Foreign students must have either their passports or iKad with them or risk being detain­ed, says Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud (pic).Photos of these documents will not be accepted, he said in response to complaints by foreign students of being victimised by authorities.“The iKad is a legal document which has been gazetted. center_img Related News Nation 17h ago Wisma Putra: No protest outside Malaysian High Comm in Nigeria Nation 19h ago Nigerian tried to flee during raid, says Immigrationlast_img read more

Rajasthan RSS shakha attacked in Bundi two held

first_imgRajasthan: RSS shakha attacked in Bundi, two heldOn July 10, an RSS shakha was organised in a park, where a clash erupted between some people and RSS volunteers over some issue, which is not clear yet, police said. advertisement Asian News International BundiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:57 IST Clash erupted between two groups during an ongoing session at an RSS shakha. (Screengrab from ANI video)Two persons were arrested for allegedly attacking a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) shakha (camp) here in Bundi district, police said on Friday. On July 10, an RSS shakha was organised in a park, where a clash erupted between some people and RSS volunteers over some issue, which is not clear yet, police said.According to the Sangh, some young boys, who participated in the event, sustained injuries in the incident as they were beaten up by a mob.Soon after receiving information, the police rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the situation. Police arrested two persons after RSS volunteers demanded strict action against the accused.”It is not an old matter. We used to organise our sessions in this park. On Wednesday evening, people from Muslim community opposed the session and started using abusive language for us. When we asked them to move away, they began fighting with us. A few of them also beat up our children,” an RSS volunteer said”We have filed a complaint with police and they assured us that strict action would be taken against the accused. However, they were given bail later and we are not happy with the probe,” he said.Meanwhile, Bundi Superintendent of Police said that they have set up a team who is patrolling the park. He said two persons have been arrested in the case and they are being interrogated by the police.”We are investigating the matter. It was not a serious case, an altercation took place between RSS volunteers and some Muslims. If anyone found guilty, we will surely arrest them,’ he said.Also Read | RSS leader Chandrakant Sharma dies after militant attackAlso Read | RSS’s role in nation-building’ part of Maharashtra varsity syllabusFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to 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 byChanchal Chauhan Nextlast_img read more

Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:00 IST “This introduction of bill is gross violation of Parliametary proceedings,” Jairam Ramesh said (File photo)Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Friday introduced a Bill in Rajya Sabha that proposes to allow the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) to bid out any new airport at a pre-determined tariff structure.However, as soon as Hardeep Singh Puri rose to introduce the Bill, Jairam Ramesh (Congress), said it should go to a Parliamentary Standing Committee first.”This introduction of the bill is a gross violation of Parliamentary proceedings,” Jairam Ramesh said, adding it should go to a standing committee.To this, Leader of the House Thawar Chand Gehlot said the discussion was not possible today.The Chair said it was only allowing Hardeep Singh Puri to introduce the Bill.The Cabinet on June 24 had approved the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority(Amendment), Bill.The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) is a regulator that has the powers to set the tariffs charged at airports.The amendment is proposed to allow the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) to bid out any new airport at a pre-determined tariff structure, sources had said.Currently, major airports with an annual capacity to handle one-and-a-half million passengers come under the purview of Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA).If the amendment is passed by Parliament, the definition of major airports would be changed to any aerodrome which has or is designated to have an annual passenger capacity of three-and-a-half million.The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) (Amendment) Bill was last approved by the Cabinet during the Modi government’s first tenure in December 2017.However, it could not be passed in last year’s Monsoon Session.As a new Lok Sabha has come in place now, the older bill has lapsed. Therefore, the Cabinet approved the bill again so that it can be re-introduced in Parliament for passage.ALSO READ | Union Budget: Infrastructure development for driving economic growthALSO READ | Govt introduces s bill in LS to amend AERA Act, change major airport definitionALSO WATCH | Delhi’s IGI Airport adjudged world’s best by Airports Council InternationalFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to 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 byShahrukh Tags :Follow AERAFollow Rajya SabhaFollow Jairam RameshFollow Hardeep Singh PuriFollow Airports Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Bill introduced in Rajya SabhaUnion Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Friday introduced a Bill in Rajya Sabha that proposes to allow the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) to bid out any new airport at a pre-determined tariff structure.advertisementlast_img read more