Archive | October, 2017

HC asks BMC to frame policy offering incentives to asst. profs

Posted on 28 October 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 28th October 2017

Mumbai, Oct 28 (PTI) The Bombay High Court has directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to frame and implement a policy to offer incentives to assistant professors serving in its medical colleges and hospitals.

A bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre were recently hearing a petition filed by the Medical Professor’s Welfare Association seeking, among other things, time-bound promotions, and better career progression.

The bench’s directions came after the counsel for the BMC submitted that it wasn’t opposed to introducing incentives for assistant medical professors employed in its various hospitals and medical colleges, and that if the Maharashtra government introduced such a policy, it would willingly implement the same for the benefit of petitioners.

In an affidavit submitted in HC, BMC stated that if the Maharashtra government was planning to implement a scheme or policy granting incentives to medical employees, and in case such scheme did not have adequate promotional avenues for the assistant medical professors, then in that case, it was willing to frame an implement a policy of its own.

The bench however, noted that nothing prevented the Corporation from framing its own policy without waiting for the state’s policy.

“At more places than one, this affidavit says that if the Government of Maharashtra has introduced or is implementing any Policy/scheme so as to grant an incentive or Dynamic Assured Career Progression Scheme, and in the event that promotional avenues are not available, then the Municipal Corporation will frame and implement it,” the bench said.

“This means that even if the Assistant Professors in the Corporation’s medical institutions are stagnating, the BMC will keep waiting for the state’s decision,” it said.

“Let the Additional Municipal Commissioner (Health) of the BMC frame a scheme and implement it for its own Assistant Professors in its Medical Institutions because it is nobody’s case that the MCGM has to wait for the State’s decision,” the bench said.

It also said that once the Corporation formed such a scheme, the court will ensure that state government does not obstruct its implementation in any way.

“We expect the state government to play a positive role and not obstruct the implementation of such scheme,” the bench said.

It also said that the state should take cue, and consider granting incentives and benefits in all its departments to “promote efficiency,” and encourage “honest” and “diligent” workers.

“The state should take cue and consider granting such incentives and benefits that will promote efficiency among its staff and encourage those who are working honestly and diligently, to put in extra hours or exert themselves more for better results,” the bench said.

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Don’t let security crisis overshadow human rights situation in DPR Korea – UN expert

Posted on 28 October 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 28th October 2017

27 October 2017 – The international security crisis over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) must not overshadow the human rights situation of millions of ordinary citizens in the country, a United Nations human rights expert has said.

“While the current tensions divert our attention to the authorities, we should not forget that behind the Government there are ordinary citizens whose human rights need protection, more so than ever,” Tomás Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Asian country, told reporters in New York today.

Earlier this week, the Special Rapporteur appealed to the UN General Assembly’s main body dealing with human rights and social and humanitarian issues (Third Committee) to ensure that human rights were not overlooked amid the unprecedented tensions over the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programme.

He said the wider sanctions on coal, iron and seafood imposed by the UN Security Council in September may have a negative impact on the population, citing reports that sanctions may have prevented cancer patients from access to chemotherapy and blocked the import of disability equipment.

In his full report to the General Assembly, the expert said DPRK citizens continued to suffer patterns of “grave violations” of their human rights, citing concerns over the situation of prisoners and abductees, access to food, corruption and freedom of information.

The expert reported on the testimonies of those who had told him of their fear of being sent to a political prison camp, as well as of those who were detained in inhumane conditions in holding centres near the border with China. He was also informed of the challenges people met to circumvent the country’s system of surveillance.

The situation of family members who were forcibly separated during the Korean War, or as a result of abduction by the DPRK, was highlighted in the report as requiring urgent action to restore those family links.

Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. Source : un.org

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Terrorism, online radicalisation security challenge:Sitharaman

Posted on 24 October 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Tuesday 24th October 2017

Manila, Oct 24 (PTI) Terrorism and radicalisation through social media pose a “serious” security challenge to all countries and a strong collective action is required to fight the “scourge”, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today.

Addressing the 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ meeting here in the capital of the Philippines, she said the global strategic and security situation was constantly evolving and had thrown up fresh and serious challenges.

“The defence and security scenario in our shared region has also witnessed significant changes recently. Our countries now need to simultaneously prepare for traditional (military) and non-traditional threats,” Sitharaman, who is on her first foreign visit since taking over as India’s first woman defence minister last month, said.

Terming terrorism a “trans-national phenomena” which needed strong collective action, Sitharaman praised the Philippines for resolutely addressing the threat posed by terrorists in the southern part of the country.

“New developments in social media and cyberspace have expanded the threat, as these are exploited by terrorists to develop less visible but lethal ways and means of manipulating minds of the people,” she was quoted as saying in an official statement.

“I wish to commend the Philippines for reiterating India’s zero tolerance for terrorism anywhere and under any circumstances. There are no good terrorists,” she said.

Sitharaman said the transnational activism of terrorist groups and the “spectre” of returning foreign fighters as well as the conduct of irresponsible states that provide safe havens, funding and even encouragement to terrorist groups all needed to be addressed jointly and comprehensively.

“Terrorism anywhere is a threat everywhere,” she said.

“India has taken resolute measures to fight the scourge of terrorism from across its borders. We fully recognise the role of joint mechanisms with our partners and the role of international and regional forums in fighting this menace.

“The recent, BRICS Summit Declaration condemning all forms of terrorism and identifying a number of terrorist organisations engaged in dastardly acts was a positive step…

We should be clear and unequivocal in our condemnation of terrorism,” she was quoted as saying in the statement.

Sitharaman said the maritime security was another key concern and India supports freedom of navigation, overflight and commerce throughout the region.

“Nations should resolve maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law. We support a rules based order for oceans and sea that is critical for the continued growth and development of the Indo-Pacific region,” she said, in an apparent reference to China flexing its muscles in the East and South China seas.

China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Beijing has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea where there are counter claims from Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan.

China and Japan have a dispute over the uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

Beijing has laid claims on the Senkaku islands under the control of Japan in East China Sea and resorted to aggressive patrols in the last two years.

Since Donald Trump took over the Presidency, the US dispatched two warships close to the artificial islands built by China to assert freedom of navigation.

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Aadhaar linkage with bank accounts mandatory, says RBI

Posted on 23 October 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 23rd October 2017

Mumbai, Oct 21 (PTI) Reserve Bank of India today said biometric identity number Aadhaar linkage with bank accounts is mandatory.

The RBI clarification followed media reports quoting a reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application that suggested the apex bank has not issued any order for mandatory Aadhaar linkage with bank accounts.

“The Reserve Bank clarifies that, in applicable cases, linkage of Aadhaar number to bank account is mandatory under the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017 published in the Official Gazette on June 1, 2017,” the central bank said in a statement.

These rules have statutory force and, as such, banks have to implement them without awaiting further instructions, it said.

The government in June had made Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts as well as for any financial transaction of Rs 50,000 and above.

Existing bank account holders have been asked to furnish the Aadhaar number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by December 31, 2017, failing which the account will cease to be operational, the government notification had said.

There were reports in media quoting an RTI query in which RBI had said it “has not issued any instruction so far regarding mandatory linking of Aadhaar number with bank accounts”.

The government in Budget 2017 had already mandated seeding of Aadhaar number with Permanent Account Number to avoid individuals using multiple PANs to evade taxes.

The notification issued amending the Prevention of Money- laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005, mandated quoting of Aadhaar along with PAN or Form 60 by individuals, companies and partnership firms for all financial transactions of Rs 50,000 or above.

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Organised crimes not restricted to particular state: SC

Posted on 23 October 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Monday 23rd October 2017

New Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) Organised crime is not restricted to a “particular state” and a trial court can take note of charge sheets filed against offenders outside the state for invoking the stringent MCOCA, the Supreme Court has held.

The Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA), which is in force in Delhi too, is invoked against offenders to curb the menace of organised crimes.

A bench comprising justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao made the observation while dealing with the appeal of Delhi government against an order of the high court.

The high court had upheld a trial court order discharging Uttar Pradesh-based alleged gangster Brijesh Singh from the charges under the MCOCA on many grounds, including that the charge sheets, pertaining to running of organised crimes syndicate, were filed in cases outside the national capital.

The apex court, which upheld the order of the high court, said “the words ‘competent Court’ in Section 2(d) of MCOCA is not restricted to courts in Delhi and charge sheets filed in courts in other states can be taken into account for the purpose of constituting continuing unlawful activity”.

“The commission of crimes like contract killings, extortion, smuggling in contrabands, illegal trade in narcotics, kidnappings for ransom, collection of protection money and money laundering etc by organised crime syndicates was on the rise.

“To prevent such organised crime, an immediate need was felt to promulgate a stringent legislation. The government realised that organised crime syndicates have connections with terrorist gangs and were fostering narcotic terrorism beyond the national boundaries.

“The MCOCA was promulgated with the object of arresting organised crime which was posing a serious threat to the society. The interpretation of the provisions of the MCOCA should be made in a manner which would advance the object of the MCOCA,” the bench said in a 34-page judgement.

Justice Bobde, writing the judgement for the bench, said the menace of organised crime posed a serious threat to civil society and there was a need for making special provisions for prevention and control of criminal activities of the organised crime syndicates and gangs.

This need was recognised by the Maharashtra Legislature which brought the MCOCA in 1999, it said.

The top court considered the question whether charge sheets filed in competent courts outside the National Capital Territory of Delhi can be taken into account for the purpose of constituting a “continuing unlawful activity” and booking offenders under the MCOCA.

It also dealt with the question whether there can be prosecution under the MCOCA without any offence of organised crime committed under the jurisdiction of the particular court.

It held that the words ‘competent court’ under the MCOCA was not restricted to the courts of a particular state where the law is in force and charge sheets filed in courts in other states can also be taken into account for the purpose of constituting continuing unlawful activity.

The apex court also held that an offender cannot be prosecuted under MCOCA without an organised crime being committed within Delhi.

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Cracker ban goes up in smoke on Diwali night, Delhi wakes up to hazy morning

Posted on 20 October 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Friday 20th October 2017

New Delhi, Oct 20 (PTI) Delhi and the National Capital Region woke up to a blanket of smog today, after a quiet and promising Dilwai evening gave way to noisy and relentless bursting of firecrackers till late night yesterday, despite a Supreme Court ban on their sale in the NCR.

The online indicators of the pollution monitoring stations in the city glowed red, indicating a ‘very poor’ air quality as the volume of ultra fine particulates PM2.5 and PM10, which enter the respiratory system and manage to reach the bloodstream, sharply rose from around 7 pm yesterday.

Real time pollution data appeared alarming. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee’s (DPCC) RK Puram monitoring station recorded PM2.5 and PM10 at 878 and 1,179 micrograms per cubic metre at around 11 pm.

The pollutants had violated the corresponding 24-hour safe limits of 60 and 100 respectively by up to 10 times.

While it is difficult to quantify the immediate effect of the ban on firecrackers, residents across the national capital felt the beginning was promising with neighbourhoods reporting much lesser noise and smoke till about 6 pm, compared to the previous years.

But as the festivities picked up, the faint echos of crackers started growing louder.

According to the SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research), the 24-hour rolling average of PM2.5 and PM10 were 154 and 256 micrograms per cubic metre respectively at around 11 pm yesterday.

It has forecast that the pollution levels will peak between 11 pm and 3 am.

The situation was similar, if not worse, in the neighbouring regions of Delhi such as Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad, where crackers were burst as usual, raising question marks on the efficacy of the administration in enforcing the apex court’s ban.

However, the SAFAR has also predicted a relatively cleaner post-Diwali air due to favourable meteorological conditions, which are helping prevent the smoke-filled air from the agricultural belt of Haryana and Punjab from entering the national capital.

A ‘very poor’ air quality index (AQI) essentially means that people may suffer from respiratory illnesses on a prolonged exposure to such air. If the air quality dips further, the AQI will turn ’severe’, which may trouble even those with sound health conditions and seriously affect those with ailments.

The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) is empowered to enforce the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to combat air pollution in Delhi-NCR.

Measures under the GRAP’s ‘very poor’ and ’severe’ categories, which include a ban on diesel generator sets, came into effect on October 17 and they will remain in force till March 15. Source PTI

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WISH YOU ALL VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS DIWALI – AIHRA H.Q.

Posted on 18 October 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 19th October 2017

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4 injured as security forces fire on mob after ‘braid chopping incident

Posted on 18 October 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Wednesday 18th October 2017

Srinagar, Oct 18 (PTI) Four persons were injured today when security forces fired on a mob in Pahalgam area of Jammu and Kashmir following an alleged braid chopping incident, police said.

Residents of a village in Pahalgam area of Anantnag district staged a protest after they caught an alleged braid chopper, a police official said.

He said a security forces vehicle passing through the area was stopped by the protesters, who tried to deflate its tyres.

As the mob got violent, the security forces personnel opened fire, resulting in injuries to four persons, the official said.

He said further details of the incident were awaited.

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