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Posted on 23 November 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 23rd November 2017

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AIHRA News Tuesday 21st November 2017

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Posted on 18 November 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 18th November 2017

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Posted on 18 November 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 18th November 2017

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Restrictions in parts of Srinagar after militant killed in shootout

Posted on 18 November 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Saturday 18th November 2017

Srinagar, Nov 18 (PTI) Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of the Jammu and Kashmir summer capital to maintain law and order, officials said on Saturday, a day after a militant was killed in a shootout with the police on the outskirts of the city

Restrictions were imposed in eight police station areas of Srinagar, district magistrate (deputy commissioner), Srinagar, Syed Abid Rashid Shah told PTI

While schools and colleges were closed for the day, the Kashmir University also suspended class work

However, exams would be held according to schedule

“The examination admit cards will be treated as curfew passes,” Shah said

He said complete restrictions were imposed in Parimpora, Khanyar, M R Gunj, Nowahtta, Rainawari and Safakadal police station areas, while partial restrictions were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud police station areas of the city

The curbs were imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, he said

A police officer and a militant were killed in a shootout in Zakura area of Srinagar on Friday

Three militants travelling in a car opened fire on a police team at the Zakura crossing on Srinagar-Ganderbal road, killing sub-inspector Imran Tak and injuring a special police officer (SP))

The police team managed to intercept the car and apprehended one militant, but two others fled from the scene

Police later learnt that Mugees Ahmad Mir, a resident of Parimpora in the city and one of the two militants who had managed to escape, was brought home dead on Friday evening after he was injured in the shootout

Mir was an associate of Zakir Musa, who left the Hizbul Mujahideen to float an IS affiliate in Kashmir, officials said.

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Posted on 16 November 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 16th November 2017

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Air pollution: NGT bans construction, waste burning in Delhi

Posted on 09 November 2017 by admin

AIHRA News Thursday 09th November 2017

New Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) The National Green Tribunal today issued a slew of directions to deal with the worsening air quality in Delhi and neighbouring states, banning construction and industrial activities and entry of trucks, as it lambasted the Delhi government and civic bodies over the situation.

“No construction activity will be carried out on structures until further orders… all industrial activities in Delhi-NCR which are causing emmissions will also not be allowed to carry on their functioning” till November 14, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

An irked green panel also imposed a ban on the entry of diesel trucks more than ten years old and said that no vehicle from outside or within Delhi will be permitted to transport any construction material.

The tribunal told the authorities that holding meetings, writing letters and shifting responsibility from one to the other for non-performance can hardly be made an excuse for meeting “such a bad environmental emergency”.

Noting flagrant violation of the prescribed limits of PM (particulate matter) 10 and PM 2.5, it banned construction and industrial activities causing emmissions till November 14.

“You (officials) go to the hospital and see what kind of trouble people are facing. You kept playing with people’s life. Right to life has been infringed with impunity by the authorities and other stakeholders who have been mere spectators to such crisis,” the bench said.

The NGT also directed the authorities and the civic bodies to sprinkle water where PM 10 is found to be in excess of 600 micrograms per cubic metre.

It further directed the authorities to implement EPCA’s directions to improve ambient air quality while asking the civic bodies to constitute teams to ensure there is no burning of waste in Delhi-NCR.

The national capital is experiencing ’severe’ air quality under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels have breached the permissible standards by multiple times.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has recorded ’severe’ air quality, meaning that the intensity of pollution was extreme.

The NGT had yesterday lashed out at the city government and the CPCB for not issuing orders to shut down construction and industrial activities in the capital despite the worsening air quality.

It had also ordered Punjab, UP and Haryana governments to spell out the steps have they taken to prevent crop burning in the states adjacent to the national capital.

The tribunal was hearing a plea for immediate action against the worsening air quality in Delhi-NCR stating that it was an ‘environmental emergency’ that was affecting children and senior citizens the most.

The plea has also sought direction to Delhi and the neighbouring states to file a status report with regard to the steps taken to educate people regarding waste burning and the pollution caused by it.

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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 :

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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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