Cycle to Karnal: Khattar eschews VIP treatment, takes train and two-wheeler to cast his vote

Cycle to Karnal: Khattar eschews VIP treatment, takes train and two-wheeler to cast his vote

Incumbent Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar travelled by Shatabdi Express from Chandigarh to his hometown Karnal in Haryana to cast his vote.

"First vote then refreshment. I am going to cast my vote," Khattar tweeted. "I humbly request all citizens of the state that you too must exercise the franchise by visiting your polling station. Your one vote is crucial to form a strong government," he added.

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Had a lively interaction with my co-passengers during my journey to Karnal to cast my vote!

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Later, news agency ANI posted a video where it can be seen that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar rode a bicycle to the polling booth to cast his vote.


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Khattar is again trying his luck from the Karnal seat that he won in 2014 with a margin of over 60,000 votes from his nearest rival. The Congress has pitted Trilochan Singh, former Chairperson of the Haryana Minority Commission, against Khattar. Karnal also has one of the highest incomes per capita in Haryana and is ranked 24 out of over 4,000 cities in the Swachh Survekshan 2019. All the 90 Assembly seats of Haryana went to the polls amid tight security. The voting will continue till 6 p.m.

SC refuses to entertain plea on insuring PMC Bank customers

SC refuses to entertain plea on insuring PMC Bank customers

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain plea seeking directions for redressal of certain aspects, including insuring around 15 lakh people whose money is blocked in the scam-hit Punjab & Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC Bank).

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the petitioner to approach high court for seeking relief on his plea.

Last month, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had imposed regulatory restrictions on PMC Bank under the provisions of the Banking Regulation Act.

The RBI has initially allowed depositors to withdraw a paltry Rs 1,000, followed by Rs 25,000 which has now been raised to Rs 40,000, but the customers have been demanding full access to all their accounts.

There has been at least three deaths that have been attributed to the fallout of the bank crisis.

Appearing for Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that the government are taking care of concern of PMC bank account holders and taking effective steps to attach the properties of wrong doers.

He said that 88 immovable properties have been attached. The court was hearing petition filed by Delhi-based Bejon Kumar Misra, who has said that the RBI's move has caused disastrous consequences for depositors.

The petitioner also alleged that the Centre and the RBI had not taken any emergency steps towards the protection of the hard-earned money of around 15 lakh customers of PMC Bank.

The plea requested the court to issue an exhaustive and comprehensive guideline to safeguard the banking and co-operative deposits in the eventuality of emergency financial crisis where common people are financially stranded by the acts of few unscrupulous persons which eventually leading to various personal irreversible catastrophes.

He has also sought quashing of the RBI notifications restricting the limit of withdrawal of deposited amount in PMC Bank.

Kartarpur Corridor Registration to begin online from Oct 20: How to apply, fees and other details

Kartarpur Corridor Registration to begin online from Oct 20: How to apply, fees and other details

The registration for the first batch of Darbar Sahib pilgrimage will begin from Sunday. The first batch of pilgrims will leave from India on the 9th of November. Practising Sikhs from different parts of India and other neighbouring countries travel to Pakistan to visit the Dabar Sahib pilgrim site.

Devotees will have to fill in the registration form released by the authorities today. On the 20th of October, the form will also be made public online as well.

Though the pilgrims do not require a visa to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara, they will need a valid passport. The permit will be provided to people with a valid passport. Pakistan will allow 5,000 pilgrims daily on the corridor that will link Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Punjab state to Darbar Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan’s Kartarpur. The devotees will have to pay USD 20 fees for the pilgrimage.

Pakistan government will release the final permission one week before the scheduled visit. The Indian government has made it compulsory for the pilgrims to return on the same day. Indian officials will accompany each batch of pilgrims.

The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs is working on plans to improve the network connectivity along the Kartarpur corridor. Pakistan has also agreed to the demand that people of all faiths can visit the shrine. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the corridor on November 8.


Delhi government comes up with new parking plan; parking car can cost you Rs 1000 for 10 hrs on workday

Delhi government comes up with new parking plan; parking car can cost you Rs 1000 for 10 hrs on workday

A committee of Delhi government and senior civic officials has come up with a new parking plan. The officials have has come up with a formula under which parking a car in areas such as Connaught Place for a 10-hours on a workday may cost you nearly Rs 1,000.

According to Hindustan Times, this new parking plan comes at a time when there have been growing calls to dissuade private vehicle use for this only adds to pollution in the city which entered the ‘very poor’ category on Wednesday, October 16. The base parking fee (BPF) committee, headed by the city’s transport commissioner, has suggested that the base fee for four-wheelers be Rs 10 per hour and Rs 5 for two-wheelers.

While the proposed minimum fare may appear lesser than existing fee of Rs 20 and Rs 10 per hour for the two categories, Delhi government officials and officials from the four civic agencies told the Hindustan Times, that the base fee will be multiplied by factors depending on the four parameters: parking spot, duration, location, and time of the day.

The committee “recommended that the multiplication factor based on location of the parking may be varied from 1 to 3, which will be decided by the civic agencies after careful consideration of the location of a particular area”, read the report prepared by the BPF committee. According to the leading daily's report, areas such as CP, Lajpat Nagar and Karol Bagh, which record heavy traffic, are likely to be in the most expensive bands.

'Condolences to families': PM Modi expresses grief over death of people in Saudi Arabia's Madinah bus accident

'Condolences to families': PM Modi expresses grief over death of people in Saudi Arabia's Madinah bus accident

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the death of 35 people in a bus accident in Saudi Arabia's Madinah.

Prime Minister in a tweet said, "Anguished by the news of a bus crash near Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Praying for a quick recovery of the injured."


Anguished by the news of a bus crash near Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Praying for a quick recovery of the injured.


Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus crashed with another heavy vehicle in the Muslim holy city of Medina, Saudi state media said on Thursday. The accident on Wednesday involved a collision between "a private chartered bus... with a heavy vehicle (loader)" in the western Saudi Arabian city, a spokesman for Medina police said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. Those involved were Arab and Asian pilgrims, according to local media, who carried pictures of the bus engulfed in flames and with its windows blown out.

(Inputs from AFP)

PMC Bank Crisis: 80-year-old protester who deposited Rs 90 lakh passes away after protests

PMC Bank Crisis: 80-year-old protester who deposited Rs 90 lakh passes away after protests

On Monday, a 51-year-old man, a PMC customer, died after attending protests. The man was identified as Sanjay Gulati suffered a cardiac arrest after he lost his life savings to the scam.


According to, 51-year-old Gulati had lost his job at Jet Airways. On Monday, he attended a protest morcha against the PMC bank. Later, when he returned home he suffered massive heart failure due to stress while he was having food. Sanjay was under a lot of stress as first he had lost his job in the Jet Airways and now his life savings were stuck in the PMC Bank, as per reports. Gulati's family has Rs 90 lakh held up in the Oshiwara branch.

On Monday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she is closely monitoring the developments at PMC Bank, and the RBI governor has assured that customers' interest will be protected.

The police registered an FIR against the top officials of the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) bank and the promoters of the HDIL, Rakesh Wadhwan, and Sarang. The bank allegedly continued giving loans to the debt-ridden HDIL from 2008 to 2019 despite the previous loans the firm defaulting on earlier loans. This resulted in a loss of nearly Rs 4,355 crore. The ED's criminal case of money laundering is based on a recent FIR filed by the Mumbai Police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW) alleging irregularities in the financial and loan-giving affairs of the bank.

About the Book

About the Book

"The book attempts to gauge and analyze the level of denial and deprivation faces by Indian Muslims so far by presenting their correct situation after twelve years of that  two reports. It presents and discusses the current conditions with respect to outcome indicators such as Population, Education Economy, poverty, unemployment, consumption level, availability of bank Loans, infrastructure and civic facilities and representation in government employment.

By placing facts in perspective, it also discusses community-specific issues such as use of Urdu, Madarsa education and Wakf.

Responses of various Political formations have been presented in a proper sequence to generate a coherent view to ensure implementation. In the post Sachhar era , Govt started many schemes to improve the condition whose reach and impact is assessed  with the help of latest data. It presents the social structure of muslims presence of OBC's and Dalits and suggests a practical Pattern for reservation. It follows up the process of Implementation of recommendations of these reports highlights how the Govt. adopted tokenism, attempted to implement minor recommendations and shied away from major ones. It presents the lopsided attitude of the present regime and accelerated marginalization of Muslims in today's scenario due to the open discrimination, mob violence, lynching and hate crimes in the name of various communal issues

"Sachar committee reports in November 2006, and the Rangnath mishra committee reports in May 2007, and Prof. Amitabh Kundu report by January 2015 rightly diagnosed the disease / reasons for alround backwardness faced by the muslims community so far as their backwardness in all respects - Socio economic, Political representation and educational etc. are concerned. Instead of taking remedial measures, implementation of their recommendations , these diagnostic reports have been thrown to dustbin by all the respective Political parties at the helm of affairs either in state of at centre for last twelve years and the Muslims suffered further and slipped from bad to worst.

" In the Name of Plural Secularism , the kind of politics that was pursued  over a period of time revealed that it was basically a favor to Muslim conservatism, rather than of Secularism perse, this is  how the significant sections of Hindus have been made to loath the very ideas of Indian Secularism. This partly explains why and how the BJP and its affiliates have now become a hegemonic political force.

Backed with state power, the Hindutva rabble rouseser now openly lynch Muslims, and they are mocking at every rule of law, they Video and circulate it and even then the lower judiciary in certain cases lets off the perpetrators. This demonstrative Lynching and victimization is also a kind of statement throwing a challenge to the political formations thriving on Muslims votes by saying "Look" this is what we are doing to your consistently loyal voters and if you have the political guts then come out to act and save your support base " Silence and Inaction not even tokenism of statements are the responses of most of such political Parties and leaders, these days.  Gone are the days of Politics of Minorityism as muslims are now being projected to be an electoral liabilities. The Party talking of Muslims stands to loose Hindu votes

About the Author

Abdur Rahman, A member of the  Indian Police Services(I.P.S.) has been working for more than twenty-one years at different positions in Maharashtra. Belonging to a small village in Bihar. He Obtained a B. Tech Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His First book, In Hindi, Sachar Ki sifarishen (recommendation of Sachar) 2012was widely Praised. He writes and Lectures on a range of socio economic and educational issues from the perspective of the marginalized and securing socio justice to the deprived. 

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Free food at Garbage Cafe, exchange plastic for food

Free food at Garbage Cafe, exchange plastic for food

Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh got the Garbage Cafe, only one of its kind, inaugurated on Wednesday. None other than the Chhattisgarh Health Minister, T S Singh Deo had the opportunity to cut the ribbon for the cafe.

Ambikapur, awarded as the second cleanest city in India, is also effectively spearheading Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of a 'plastic-free' India. The concept of this cafe is that people can get their plastic waste weighed and enjoy a warm meal in return.

Deo applauded the initiative saying, "I am so proud of this unique idea and initiative, taken by AMC. The entire nation took several measures and steps to discourage using Single-use plastic on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. But AMC took such an innovative step to keep the city plastic-free, I feel so good. This initiative has achieved support on the national and international level,".

The Health Minister also brought half a kilogram of plastic to exchange it for delicious food, as an act of goodwill. Evidently, the branding of the cafe by its tagline, 'More the waste better the taste' has been picked up well by the people.

"When I got to know about this cafe, I started collecting and storing plastic waste from my house. This is a great initiative to make the citizens aware to keep the city plastic-free. Through this initiative we can get two benefits, first, we can keep our vicinity clean and second, we can get delicious food in exchange for plastic waste," said a resident.

According to the cafe staff, a lot of citizens have extended their support and lauded the initiative taken by the Ambikapur Municipal Corporation (AMC). The plastic waste collected by the people coming here is ultimately sent to the Municipal Corporation for disposal. The cafe has been set up by AMC.


Uttar Pradesh to link ownership of urban properties to Aadhaar

Uttar Pradesh to link ownership of urban properties to Aadhaar

Lucknow: All urban properties in Uttar Pradesh will now be linked to the Aadhaar cards of the owners. The Yogi Adityanath government is preparing to implement the Urban Properties Ownership Record (UPOR) Scheme, on the pattern of Karnataka.

"This scheme will help in identifying 'benami' properties, multiple properties and will also increase tax collection in Municipal Corporations," said a senior official.

At present, most Municipal Corporations do not have data of property ownership within their Municipal limits, which often leads to legal disputes.

The scheme is reportedly being implemented on the initiative of K. V. Raju, financial advisor to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. "The scheme, in the initial phases, will be implemented in Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Meerut and Prayagraj, the official said.

The state government will seek technical help from Survey of India and a high powered committee will be set up under the chairmanship of a retired IAS officer.

The committee will include representatives from various departments including Planning, Urban and Rural Development, development authorities and Municipal bodies.


West Bengal: Three family, including 8-year-old boy, found murdered in Murshidabad

West Bengal: Three family, including 8-year-old boy, found murdered in Murshidabad

Murshidabad: In a gruesome incident, three people, including a child, were murdered by unknown miscreants in their house on Thursday in Jiyaganj area of Murshidabad.

The deceased have been identified as Bandhu Prakash Pal (35), his wife Beauty Mondal Pal (30) and son Angan Bandhu Pal (6).

Bandhu Prakash Pal was a school teacher who worked in Gosaigram Sahapara Primary school and his wife was pregnant. All the three were brutally murdered by a sharp weapon, police said.

"Prakash was a teacher in Gosaigram Sahapara Primary school. He was working for the last 20 years. He is originally from the Sahapur area and had shifted in Murshidabad for his son's education.

We do not know if they had any problem with anyone," said Sujoy Ghosh, brother of the deceased teacher. The brutality of the murder has shocked everyone in the vicinity.

The incident came to light after the neighbours found the bodies inside their house and informed the police. The investigation into the matter is underway.