Archive | May, 2010

Punjab human rights panel files suo motu in honour killing

Posted on 27 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Friday 28 May, 2010.

Chandigarh: A day after Gurleen paid for love with her life, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of the matter pertaining to ‘honour killing’ of a newly married couple in Tarn Taran district. Considering no end to the honour killing cases in Punjab after a newly-married girl was hacked to death on Wednesday and husband fighting for his life in hospital, the PSHRC has called for the report by the State Government through Tarn Taran senior superintendent of Police (SSP) “strictly” by the first week of July. The Commission has slanted the hearing of the case to July 5 while directing the concerned to strictly compliance with order. A group of eight people massacred newly wed bride Gurleen Kaur and her mother-in-law Kuljit Kaur and left her husband Amarpreet seriously injured with gun shots at Indo-Pak border village Brahmiwal in Tarn Taran district on Wednesday wee hours. Gurleen was leeched to death after being attacked with swords at her home in Bahmaniwala village, while after chasing Amarpreet through the streets, they fired at him leaving him seriously injured. Police informed that at around 1.30 am, a group of eight people attacked their house. After killing the girl, the attackers also killed boy’s mother Kuljit (50). At the time of attack, the grand parents of the boy were also at home but attackers spared them and went out, while the boy’s father escaped luckily, since he was not at home at the time of attack and was performing duty at Ferozpur district in Railway Police. Going into the background of the matter, the couple had tied the nuptial knot in April only against the wishes of the girl’s family and was also warned of dire consequences for not heeding their advice. They had also been provided the protection by the Punjab and Haryana High Court after few days of their marriage. According to the police, all the attackers have been identified as father, brothers and uncles of the girl, who had wedded against their will. Police said marriage was duly attended by the parents of the girl just two months ago. The body of the bride was lying naked with deep cuts in her neck and even her shoulder and fingers were chopped off and the body of her mother-in-law was found in a pool of blood with sharp and deep wounds on her eyes as attempt was made to extract her eyes. Parents of the girl were nourishing grudge in their heart and last night they took the revenge when they killed the girl and her mother-in-law but the boy escaped. Amarpreet is still fighting for his life in a hospital in Amritsar. “There are no signs of improvement in his condition, it is still critical,” informed the doctor. As the Punjab Police have registered a case of murder against eight relatives of Gurleen, no arrest has been made so far. The killers are absconded and the search operation is on. (Pioneer 15/5/10)

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BJP to place Laxman Jamunda death case before NHRC

Posted on 27 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Friday 28 May, 2010.

Bhubaneswar: Condemning the killing of Laxman Jamunda in the police firing in Chandia village in Kalinga Nagar on May 12, the BJP on Monday decided to take up the matter with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) soon. A Parliamentary Committee consisting of party MPs Balbir Punj, Nishi Kanta Dube, Supreme Court advocate Bhupinder Yadav visited Kalinga Nagar and Posco area. They were accompanied by State president Jual Oram, national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan, former Minister Surama Padhi and leader Nayan Kishore Mohanty. Narrating their sad experience over telephone to The Pioneer, party’s national secretary Pradhan said the committee visited both Kalinga Nagar and Posco area of Paradip. “The committee members talked to the relatives of slain Laxman Jamunda. Jamunda’s nephews told us that their uncle was killed in the police firing and police took his body forcibly from the site. Even they were not intimated about where autopsy was done and his body cremated,” Pradhan said quoting relatives of slain Jamunda. Reacting to the whole episode Pradhan alleged that in the name of establishing industries, the State Government is not only displacing poor tribals but also killing them. This is gross violation of human rights. We would take up the issue with the NHRC and raise the issue in both the Houses of the Parliament,” said Pradhan. Regarding disturbances in Posco area Pradhan said, “We are not opposed to setting up of industries in the State. But we oppose the State Government’s apathy towards the affected people and the way the police attacks them inhumanly. He further informed that party’s State president collected some earth from the killing site of Jamunda and paid tribute by way of cremating the same. (Pioneer 15/5/10)

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Posted on 26 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Thrusday 27 May, 2010.

The Ministry of Environment & Forests provides funds to the States and Union Territories (UTs) under the Schemes of Assistance for Abatement of Pollution for strengthening of Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) and Pollution Control Committees (PCCs). Funds also provided for setting up Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs), Creation of Common Hazardous Wastes Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) as well as demonstration projects for municipal solid waste, etc.Under these schemes, Rs 1075 lakh have been provided.

For Promotion of the Common Effluent Treatment Plants to cover 25% of the Project cost as central subsidy during the last three years were given to the tune of Rs 1075 lakhs.

Funds were made available to various States and UTs under the National River Conservation Programme (NRCP) and National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP) for Abatement of water Pollution in rivers and lakes.Under NRCP Rs 88063 lakhs and under NLCP Rs 15232 lakhs have been provided during last three years.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) also provides financial assistance to various SPCBs / PCCs for undertaking various activities relating to abatement of pollution. SPCB – State Polution Control Board, SEP&PCB – State Environment Protection & Pollution Control Board, EP& PCB – Environment Protection & Pollution Control Board, PCC – Pollution Control Committee. NEERI is at present monitoring in 6 cities in 5 different states/Union territories namely Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.Rs 36712945,Rs 56538751 and Rs 58804553 were provided during 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 respectively.

SPCBs/PCCs towards National Water Quality Monitoring Programme Total of Rs 8624057, Rs 15555870 and Rs 17200229 were given during 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 respectively.

The funds released by the Ministry of Environment & Forests have been utilized for strengthening of Laboratories purchase of equipments and salary support in some cases by the SPCBs /PCCs. Work related to setting up of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), CETPs and TSDFs were also funded during the last three years. River and Lake cleaning projects have also been taken up in various states.

Implementation of the above schemes is monitored / reviewed regularly by the Central and State Governments as well as the Central Pollution Control Board. Review of the funding pattern and the progress and quality of work is done from time to time. The funds are released to various SPCBs /PCCs and the agencies only after receipt of utilization certificates and satisfactory progress reports for previous releases. The CPCB conducts inspections of various projects like STPs /CETPs /TSDFs etc. and timely corrective action are taken.

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Air India moves HC over employees stir, gets no relief

Posted on 26 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Thrusday 27 May, 2010.

Mumbai,  (PTI) The Air India today moved the Bombay High Court seeking a direction restraining its employees from continuing their strike.

However, the vacation bench of the High Court, comprising Justices S J Kathawala and R G Ketkar, declined to grant relief in the absence of the other party. The court asked the national carrier to give notice to the employees’ union and adjourned the hearing till May 28.

Around 20,000 employees, including engineers, went on a nationwide flash strike yesterday to protest Air India’s gag order — a circular prohibiting union leaders from going public with their demands, according to Union leaders. The demands included issues relating to payment of salaries.

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Draft Policy on Open Standards for E-Governance Available for Public

Posted on 25 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Wednesday 26 May, 2010.

Government of India has initiated collaborative process of formulation of Open Standards for e-Governance in India with the objective of enabling seamless interoperability of various e-governance solutions developed by multiple agencies, and to promote technology choice   and avoid vendor lock-in,

An Institutional Mechanism has been set up by Department of Information Technology (DIT), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology,   by involving representatives from Government, BIS, Subject Matter Experts in Industry, Domain Experts, Academia, NASSCOM, MAIT, Civil Societies etc.  National Informatics Centre (NIC), a constituent of DIT is steering and managing the standardization activity.

Well laid Policy on Open Standards would play a critical role in formulating the standards for the rapid, effective and efficient  growth of e-Governance   in India.

The Draft Policy and Implementation manual were prepared after detailed deliberations with all stakeholders. The Draft Policy includes Policy statement, mandatory and desirable characteristics and exception cases for the selection of Open Standards. The manual addresses rationale, guiding principles for selection of standards, and the implementation mechanism.

The Draft Policy has been further revised after incorporating feedback from various stakeholders and has been approved in principle by the Apex Body. However, in view of the importance of this matter, it has been decided to provide another window of opportunity to the public for feedback on the revised Draft Policy.

The revised Draft Policy has been published for Public Review on the websitehttp://egovstandards.gov.in for posting the comments.

Public Review Closing Date: 3rd June, 2010.

Contact Details for response:

Web-site: http://egovstandards.gov.in

E-mail:  egov.standards@nic.in

Postal Address: The Head, e-Governance Standards Division, National Informatics Centre, A-Block, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003

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India disappointed over Pak SC decision on Hafiz Saeed

Posted on 25 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Wednesday 26 May, 2010.

New Delhi, (PTI) Expressing disappointment over Pakistan Supreme Court’s dismissal of appeals challenging the release of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest, India today hoped that Islamabad will take “meaningful action” to address its concerns.

“There is a sense of disappointment. I am sure everybody in this country will share same sense of disappointment on this development especially when we regard Hafiz Saeed as one of the masterminds of the Mumbai terror attacks and he has openly urged jihad against India,” Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said here.

Adding that enough evidence has been given to Pakistan on role and activities of Saeed, she said, “Now since Pakistan has assured us that it will not allow its territory to be used against India, we hope Pakistan will be sensitive to our efforts and take meaningful action.

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India’s Promising Economic Outlook

Posted on 24 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Tuesday 25 May, 2010.

The fiscal year 2009-10 that has just gone by, has been a difficult period for India. The country had to bear the impact of the global financial crisis. What stood India in good stead was its strong economic fundamentals but despite that it could not save itself entirely from the impact. It, however, goes to India’s credit that while the world economies went into the red with negative economic growth, India continued to maintain a respectable growth rate. Though the final figures are yet to come out the estimates are that we will post a 7.2 percent growth for this period.

A sectoral analysis makes the picture clear. Take for instance the industrial production sector. The figures released by the Government show that the production slipped to 13.5 % in March compared to over 15.1% in February. But actually, the sector recorded a 10.4 % increase in the full financial year against just 2.8 % in the previous fiscal. That indeed is a big jump, considering the global economic down turn. This was possible largely because of the massive fiscal and monetary measures the Government took to boost both demand and the supply side.

In the agricultural field, the picture has been somewhat disturbing. That is because of a bad monsoon which affected agricultural production. The country received 22 % less rainfall during the year.

The latest advance crop output estimates indicate that there may be a shortfall of 7 % in grain output. Despite a poor monsoon, there has been a record wheat output but shortfall in rice and coarse cereals may bring down the total output from 229 mt. To 218 mt.- a shortfall of 11 mt.

What is gratifying however is that the Indian Meteorological Department has forecast a timely and normal monsoon for the current year. It has predicted that monsoon would hit Kerela on May 30 with an error of plus or minus four days. Fortunately, the forecasts of the Department about the arrival of monsoon have been correct for the last 4-5 years. The department has predicted a normal rainfall this year with a precipitation of 98 % of the Long Period Average with an error of plus or minus 5 percent for the entire season and for the country as a whole. If the country actually receives a timely and good monsoon this year, we will be able to mitigate, to a large extent, the dreadful effects of the deficient monsoon that we experienced last year.

In the export sector, the story has been both encouraging and discouraging. Discouraging because this is the sector which bore the brunt of the economic slowdown leading to drastic fall in exports with consequent job losses and fall in foreign exchange earnings. Encouraging, because despite these odds, the sector put up a brave front and withstood the global challenges, firmly. As a result of this, exports have been posting a consistent increase for the last 6 months recording a 54 % increase in March this year. But the annual trade figures released by the Government show that there has been a shortfall of 4.7 percent in 2009-10 compared to the previous financial year. The total exports stood at $ 176.5 billion. There are also concerns about the side effects of a steady appreciation of the rupee, which affects the competitiveness of the exports. The rupee has gained 5 % against the dollar, this year.

But there is a silver lining too. The imports also fell by 8.2 % in 2009-10 on a year on year basis standing at $278.7 billion. Because of this, the trade deficit also came down to $102 from $118 billion in the previous year. The Commerce Ministry has now set an export target of $200 billion for the current fiscal.

But the most challenging area has been high inflation which is touching the double digit mark with annual food inflation going as high as about 19%. This has been the most worrisome factor for the Government as high inflation affects adversely the lowest and the most vulnerable sections of our society. As the Fiance Minister Shri. Pranab Mukherjee put it while addressing the National Conference on ‘Implementing Inclusive Growth and Development’ in New Delhi recently, despite a high level of economic growth the benefits do not percolate to the bottom levels and a significant chunk of our population has yet to benefit from our growth story. He however expressed confidence that with a good monsoon this year, food inflation, would come down substantially in a few months. The trend seems to have already begun. In April inflation softened to 9.59 % against 9.90 % in March. It is estimated that inflation will continue to fluctuate for the next three months before it begins to fall. The Government is confident that it will be able to bring down the inflation rate to 5.5 % by the end of the current fiscal.

The stimulus packages given by the Government during the last year to boost demand have indeed done the trick, but it has also contributed to the inflationary pressures and the fiscal deficit. The Reserve Bank began the process of liquidity regulations last month by raising modestly, the Repo and Reverse Repo Rates and the Cash Reserve Ratio. But major steps could perhaps be taken only later.

The world Economic Outlook has projected India’s GDP growth to be 8.8 percent in 2011. In fact the Government is hoping to do even better and move up to a double digit growth rate in the subsequent years. The key to achieving this lies in right policies, timely action and above all a benevolent weather God.

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J-K BJP holds demonstration against price rise

Posted on 24 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Monday 24 May, 2010.

Jammu, (PTI) Pradesh BJP leaders and activists today held a demonstration against the UPA for allegedly failing to check escalating prices of essential commodities.

Jammu and Kashmir BJP President Shamsher Singh Manhas, and about 60 party leaders and activists wore black badges and staged protest demonstration at Kachi Chawani Chowk, near the party headquarters in the city.

Addressing the gathering, Manhas alleged that the UPA leadership was enjoying the luxuries at the cost of public exchequer and was indifferent to the plight of common masses.

He asked his party activists to intensify the ongoing campaign of the BJP against price rise and carry door-to-door campaign throughout the state.

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Govt in process of taking decision on caste-based census: PM

Posted on 24 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Monday 24 May, 2010.

New Delhi, (PTI) As several parties continue to press for a caste-based census, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government was in the process of taking a decision on the issue.

“I made a statement in Parliament in which I said that we shall take into account the views expressed in Parliament by various sections …and that I will ask the Cabinet to consider them. That process is on,” Singh said replying to a question on the issue.

He said “discussion on the issue will take place in the Cabinet and whatever decision is taken it will be brought before the people.”

Political parties, including the Samajwadi Party, the RJD and the JD-U have been strongly demanding inclusion of caste in the census exercise. The issue figured prominently in the just-concluded budget session of Parliament.

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55-year-old man beaten to death after nephew elopes

Posted on 22 May 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Sunday 23 May, 2010.

(PTI) A man was beaten to death by relatives of a girl after she eloped with his nephew in Lank village here.

Dharam Pal, 55, was attacked by family members of 18-year-old Monika yesterday after they came to know that she had eloped with his nephew Bablu, 22, DSP Shiv Ram Yadav told reporters here.

Pal was taken to hospital where he was declared dead.

Police have registered a murder case against four persons and arrested one of them, identified as Naresh.

Tension prevailed in the village after the killing and police personnel have been deployed, Yadav said.

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