In a populist move ahead of the State Assembly elections, the Rajasthan Cabinet has decided to provide a guarantee to the State Apex Cooperative Bank to take a loan worth ₹ 5,000 crore from the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) for funding the State government’s crop loan waiver scheme for farmers. The Cabinet has also relaxed the two-child norm for government employees.In its meeting held here on Wednesday, the State Cabinet extended the time for organising camps to give loan waiver certificates to farmers till August 15, and approved 13 proposals for investments in different sectors. The waiving of loans to the tune of ₹ 5,077 crore in the cooperative sector is set to benefit over 16.5 lakh farmers.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje presided over the Cabinet meeting. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore said the clause in the government employees’ service rules for compulsory retirement on the birth of a third child would be deleted, thereby relaxing the two-child norm introduced in 2002.Thirteen proposals for investments worth ₹ 6,000 crore in different sectors across the State were approved, said Mr. Rathore, while claiming that the projects would create thousands of jobs. The investments would be made in the sectors such as cement, mining, textiles, agro-processing, plastic manufacturing, business process outsourcing, distilleries and beverages, and auto parts.Moreover, additional benefits will be extended to individuals and institutions investing money in the State’s backward regions. Among other decisions, land was allotted to six community-based organisations for housing schemes, a proposal for giving houses to the families of martyrs in the Armed Forces was cleared, and a committee was appointed for recruitment to the Home Guards.
Doing away with the need for the litigant to be present in the court and facilitate adjudication of the case online, the Punjab and Haryana High Court will launch its first virtual court on Saturday at Faridabad through videoconferencing.A Punjab and Haryana High Court spokesperson said the court would deal with traffic challan cases from across the State. The project will be launched under the guidance of e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India. The processUnder this project, the cases received in the virtual court can be viewed by the judge along with automatic computation of fines on the screen. After the summon is generated and the accused gets information on email or through a text message, the accused can visit the virtual court website and search the case by CNR Number, his/her name or even with the driving license number. Once the accused pleads guilty online, fine amount will be displayed and accused might proceed to pay the fine. On successful payment and realisation of the fine amount, the case would be automatically disposed of.The spokesperson said if the accused did not plead guilty, such cases would be remanded to the regular courts with the respective territorial jurisdiction. The Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Krishna Murarihas shown keen interest in launching the project at the earliest for the benefit of all the stakeholders in the justice delivery system.To reduce burden The virtual court will reduce the burden on regular courts. The entire process of disposal will happen online in a few hours. Footfalls in the courts will reduce as the accused need not visit the court to plead guilty.
UEFA Champions League The boys are back! Ronaldo & Benzema show it’s wrong to write them off yet Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 06:04 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(69) Getty UEFA Champions League Karim Benzema Cristiano Ronaldo APOEL v Real Madrid Real Madrid APOEL Opinion The two under-fire forwards have been struggling for goals of late, but usually save their best for the Champions League and scored two each at APOEL It has been a complicated campaign so far for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The two Real Madrid forwards have only scored one goal apiece in La Liga, and that came in the same game, a 2-1 win away to Getafe. But at APOEL on Tuesday, they were both back to doing what they do best.Los Blancos 11/2 to win CLBenzema had only netted twice in the entire season up until the trip to Cyprus – once in the Spanish Supercopa win over Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu and again in that victory against Getafe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ronaldo, meanwhile, led the scoring charts in the Champions League prior to this fixture, but has been notably frustrated in the Primera Division and trails Barcelona rival Lionel Messi by 11 goals already – albeit after missing four Liga games through suspension. “He [Benzema] is the first one who knows he can give more,” Zidane said on Monday in the pre-match press conference. “Because of the confidence issue, especially his confidence in front of goal. When one goes in more can follow. Let’s hope tomorrow [Tuesday] is the day to end the streak.”And that is how it turned out. After Luka Modric had fired Real Madrid ahead with a fine volley, Benzema netted twice (along with Nacho) to give Los Blancos a commanding four-goal lead at half-time in Nicosia.Ronaldo, meanwhile, has had his own problems in front of goal and cut a frustrated figure once again in the Madrid derby on Saturday as Atletico held Real to a goalless draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.”When I fail to score goals, my mum asks me, and my son, my brother and my sister… they all say: “But what’s wrong with you?” Ronaldo revealed in an interview earlier in the week.But they will not have to ask him after the game against APOEL and, unlike last season at this stage, when he was scoring in La Liga but not in Europe, this time the Portuguese is netting in the Champions League but not in the Primera Division.Ronaldo now has 10 to his name this season and the goals are bound to come in La Liga sooner or later. In the meantime, his assist for Benzema also saw him reach a new record for the most goals set up in the Champions League over the past 10 seasons (27).Perhaps more significantly, Madrid’s comprehensive win means Zinedine Zidane’s side are through to the last 16 of the competition they like to think of as their own as they chase an unprecedented third successive title and a 13th European Cup crown overall.They will have a lot of fierce competition in order to achieve that, while they also risk a tough draw in the first knockout round having finished second in the group behind Tottenham, who clinched top spot by beating Borussia Dortmund in the other game on Tuesday. However, with Benzema and Ronaldo on goalscoring form, Los Blancos will be among the candidates for the trophy once again.