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Under fire Indian govt launch ad campaign, to show reality of UPA rule

New Delhi/May 13
Under fire over alleged wide range of scams in last few years, Indian government on Monday launched an ad campaign to depict the reality of its government’s ‘journey of development in last nine years’ under UPA rule.
India’s Information and Broadcasting minister Manish Tiwary today lauched the multimedia ad campaign ‘Meelo hum aa gaye Meelo hamien jaana hain’ to showcase its initiatives and policy for development of country and the campaign will aired on television, radio, print and outdoor publicity in 11 languages.
“The multi-media initiative with the overarching theme ‘Glimpses of the India Story’ underscores the impact of policy decisions at the ground level for inclusive growth and participatory governance within the rights framework,” said Manish Tiwary, adding that the content of the media initiative reinforces that the development trajectory has been institutionalized and implemented by the Government through the passage of key legislations over the past nine years.
Tiwary further said that the ad campaign underscores the need to continue on the path ahead to ensure that the country is able to face the challenges of economic growth and social equity and it will also encapsulate real life stories based on the human development agenda of the Government which has touched people and transformed their lives.
“These initiatives will place in perspective the Government’s journey for promoting cohesion and compassion through equitable growth and social inclusion which has permeated across all sections of society,” Tiwary added.
He said that the campaign is different from the ‘India Shining’ campaign that was launched by BJP led NDA regime in 2004.
Congress led UPA regime has been under severe criticism from opposition parties including civil society over an array of multi crore scams as 2G spectrum, Coal allocation among others. Recently, Indian Supreme Court has rapped central government for its alleged supervision of CBI’s status report on Coal scam after which Indian Law minister Ashwinin Kumar had to resign amid opposition protests from opposition parties and after his resignation, BJP had revived its for the resignation of Prime minister Manmohan Singh.

12 students injured in clash between SFI, ABVP activists in HP varsity

Meanwhile, HPU VC dissolved students body SCA (Students Central Association) after the violent clash and has ordered an inquiry to fix responsibility
Shimla/May 13
Himachal Pradesh University today witnessed violent clash between the activists ABVP and SFI in which 12 students suffered injuries while 30 students have been booked by the police. Meanwhile, three students are reported to be in critical condition.
After the clash, Himachal University Vice Chancellor ADN Vajpayee has dissolved the SFI dominated students central Association (SCA) and had ordered an inquiry into the incident. The inquiry committee will be headed by Dean of Studies, Suresh Kumar and it will make recommendations to fix the responsibility for the clash.
Both the SFI and ABVP had blamed each other for the attack that took place today in University Campus. The activists of ABVP alleged that SFI activists armed with sharp edged weapons attacked their members injuring more than dozen activists, three of them critically. Meanwhile, the SFI had accused the Vice chancellor and ABVP of stirring violence.
The injured students has been identified as Naresh Kumar, Bhawan Kumar, Navneet Kashaul, Ritesh Sharma, Babu Ram and Kuldeep.
Police have registered a case against more than 30 students and they are further investigating the matter.
Vajpayee had warned students of strict action after the violent clash including expulsion from the University and cancellation of degree.
HPU administration has deployed additional police force in boys’ hostels to avoid recurrence of violence and no outsiders including the guests of hostlers would be allowed in the hostels. Further, the HPU Library will be closed at 5.00 pm until the further orders.
Left wing students’ union, SFI had condemned the dissolution of SCA by Varsity authorities and threatened to launch an agitation for removal of the VC or till he resigns.

Deadly virus spreading through human contact, reported in Saudi Arabia

New Delhi/May 13
A deadly virus (Coronavirus) has been detected in Saudi Arabia and France that can spread through human contact and has reportedly claimed 18 lives worldwide out of 30 infected persons.
As per reports, World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that that the deadly virus Coronavirus can spread through human contact, however, the extent of contact that can cause infection is yet to be ascertained.
On a visit to Saudi Arabia where most the cases has been reported, to examine the patients, Assistant Director-General of WHO, Keiji Fukuda said that the clusters of patients suffering affected from the deadly virus supports the hypothesis that the virus can travel through human contact.
The virus reportedly causes symptoms like that of pneumonia leading to kidney failure that can prove fatal for patients. However, scientists are still ascertaining the fact that whether this virus is spreading amongst people in Saudi Arabia and France infects others through air or human contact.
WHO’s confirmation comes at time when a patients has been reportedly infected with the deadly after he shared a room in Valenciennes Hospital with a person who was infected with Coronavirus.
However, medical experts while confirming the infection through human contact maintained that the virus can be dealt with appropriate care and it poses low risk of transmission.
Meanwhile, some experts are likening it with SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus that had claimed the lives of 800 people worldwide as they believe that there are around 50 percent chances of survival once a person has been infected with the virus.
As per report, two patients, who carried the disease, had died in Saudi Arabia from where the first infections have been reported. So far, the virus has claimed 18 lives out of 34 infected persons worldwide.
French authorities has reportedly issued advisory to travelers, visiting Gulf countries to wash their hands regularly and avoid contact with animals meanwhile, persons returning from these countries with flu like symptoms has been asked to report it concerned medical authorities immediately.

Six new Chief Parliamentary Secretaries inducted in Himachal cabinet

Shimla/ May 13
Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh administered oath of office and secrecy to Jagjivan Pal from Sullah Assembly Constituency of district Kangra, Rakesh Kalia from Gagret Assembly Constituency of district Una, Nand Lal from Rampur Bushahr Assembly Constituency and Rohit Thakur from Jubbal-Kotkhai Assembly Constituency of district Shimla, Sohan Lal from Sundernagar Assembly Constituency of district Mandi and Inder Dutt Lakhanpal from Badsar Assembly Segment of district Hamirpur as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS’s) in a simple but impressive ceremony held at State Secretariat today.
As per the notification of the State Government issued here today, the newly appointed Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS’s) have been assigned the departments and attached with the concerned Ministers.
Jagjivan Pal is attached with Irrigation & Public Health Minister for Irrigation and Public Health, Rakesh Kalia with the Chief Minister for Ayurveda, Nand Lal with Health and Family Welfare Minister for Health, Rohit Thakur with MPP and Power Minister for Agriculture, Sohan Lal Thakur attached with Rural Development Minister for Panchayati Raj and Inder Dutt Lakhanpal with Rural Development Minister for Rural Development.
Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister congratulated the newly appointed Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS’s) and hoped that they would play a pivotal role in the development of the State. He was talking to the media persons after oath taking ceremony of CPS’s at State Secretariat, today.
Virbhadra Singh said that all the Chief Parliamentary Secretaries were quite young and could effectively contribute to accelerate the pace of development with dedication and devotion.
Replying to a query, he said that Congress Party was geared up for ensuing bye election of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency.
Answering to another question for induction of Ministers in its Cabinet, Virbhadra Singh said that it would be done at an appropriate time.

IAS aspirant commits over goof-up in USPC result

New Delhi/May 12
A goof-up in the result of UPSC results that showed registration number of one candidate while name of other candidate, led to a tragic incident in Bangalore, Karnataka where a 24-year-old IAS aspirant committed suicide on Saturday over the issue.
A BE in Information Science, VY Manjunath has taken loan to complete his graduation from a college in Bangalore and has made it UPSC interview round in his first attempt without any professional coaching.
In the UPSC results, registration number 538745 had taken 264th rank that was reportedly of Manjunath but it was showing name of one Ashwin B and not of his.
As per reports, Manjunath had tried to contact UPSC several to get clarifications from the officials in New Delhi but it continued so state that the registration number 538745 had secured 264th place and it was held by one Ashwin B.
He had left Bengalore on Thursday and he was found hanging from a tree near a construction in Napoklu area in Kadagu district.
Manjunath’s father Yadav Murthy B Y works as a clerk in government department and he is survived by mother and two brothers. Meanwhile, his family members had blamed UPSC for his death and for their inability to clarify the actual result to their son.

Hackers outsmarts global banking systems, steal 45 million dollars

Names of two Indian IT services companies have cropped in the investigations that reportedly proved weak links for the cyber attack

New Delhi/May 12
Eight men from New York cell of hackers were arrested by US federal authorities for a theft of 45 million dollars from around 27 countries through ATMs that is being termed as world’s smartest theft.
As per reports, two Indian companies EnStage Inc and ElectraCard Services that operates from Bangalore and Pune respectively and provide banking transaction processing solutions were the weak links through which cyber thieves stole around Rs 247 crores.
A group of cyber thieves allegedly hacked into two Indian transaction processing companies that handles Visa and MasterCard prepaid debit cards transaction and manipulated the financial information, raising the withdrawal limits on their cards that were issued by the National Bank of Ras Al-Khaimah in UAE and withdrew around 5 million dollars from ATMs across several Arabian countries.
In February 2013, the group struck again but this in New York in United States and reportedly stole around 40 million dollars from US leading banks. Without any guns or masks, the cyber thieve group committed theft that is being termed world’s smartest theft and is the one of the largest heist in New York’s history.
However, their brazen run came to an end as they were arrested after many ATMs that had cameras captured their photos while stuffing cash into their bags. It is astonishing that these hackers stole the cash using only 17 ATM cards.
US authorities said that these hackers broke into the two Indian IT companies and raised the balance and withdrawal limits of their bank accounts after which they withdraw the money through banks across 27 countries.

70 percent subsidy on solar pumps for farmers opting for crop diversification

Chandigarh/May 12
In order to promote agriculture diversification in state, Punjab government on Sunday decided to provide 70 percent subsidy on solar pumps for irrigation for the farmers of the state.
Punjab’s Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal announced the scheme on priority for those farmers who will opt for crop diversification and sanctioned Rs 5 crore for providing subsidy to the farmers besides fruits and vegetable growers on these solar pumps.
“Out of the total cost of solar pump of Rs 2.50 lakh, a farmer had to pay only Rs 75,000 while rest of the cost will be borne by Punjab government and Indian Government,” said a government spokesperson, adding that 40 percent cost which will be around Rs 1 lakh will be borne by state government while and 30 percent cost which will be around Rs 75000) will be borne by Central government.
However, Punjab government has decided to give priority to those farmers who opts for crop diversification program that is started by the state government with the twin objective to shift the major chunk of cultivable land under paddy to alternative crops like sugarcane, cotton, maize, soyabean, oilseeds, pulses besides fruits and vegetables on one hand and ensuring remunerative returns to the farmers of their produce on other.

Punjab Agro Industries duped of Rs 14 crore by Delhi based company

Chandigarh/May 12
Punjab government’s food corporation has been duped of Rs 14 crores by Delhi based company that has taken a loan of over Rs 17 crore for developing his business and later defaulted on the payments. The role of some senior officials of the corporation has also come under scanner in this scam.
After an government inquiry it was revealed that Delhi based company Reliance Polycrete Company had on April 2, 2004 had applied for a loan of 22 crores for spreading its business with Punjab Agro Industries Corporation and it was sanctioned a loan of Rs 17.10 crores. It continued to pay its installation sometime but then started defaulting on the payments after which investigations were launched to recover the loan in 2008.
“In the investigations, it was revealed that the property documents which were submitted as an security for the loan were fake and the corporation’s Managing Director Kripa Shankar, Additional Managing Director Amarpal Singh, General Manager RK Singla and Manager of Punjab Agro Foodgrains Ltd Rakesh Kumar have been booked for collusion with the defaulting company officials,” sources said.
Sources further said that in an inquiry conducted by IAS official Romila Dube had held these government officials guilty of approving the loan to the company as per their discretion and they didn’t adhere to the pre-requisite norms. The case was later transferred to Vigilance who in turn referred the case to Chandigarh police as it fell under their jurisdiction.
But due to arguments over the issue between Punjab Vigilance Bureau and Chandigarh police as to on under whose jurisdiction this case fell, finally on April 13, 2013, a case was registered by Chandigarh police against the erring government and Reliance Polycrete Company owner SK Jain, his wife Sunita Jain, son Nischal Jain, Anil Verma, an official of the company and property valuer Virender Saini for submitting forged documents, cheating and conspiracy.
As per reports, SK Jain had allegedly submitted fake documents of properties in Meerut in UP, Prasad Nagar in Delhi and Mansoori area of Utranchal for getting loan from Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Limited.
Punjab Agro Industries is the premier organization of Punjab Government that is entrusted with the responsibility of promotion and facilitation of agro based industries including agro processing, dairy processing, poultry processing, agro residue processing, food and horticulture processing, agro chemicals manufacturing etc. Punjab government has 92 percent shareholder in corporation while Indian government and Punjab Rural Development Board has shareholding of 2.5 percent and 5.5 percent respectively.

Himachal to provide free health facilities to childern diagnosed with defects at birth

Shimla/May 12
To make-realize the dream of a healthy and developed society, a provision has been made by the government to provide free of cost services under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakaram (RBSK), a government spokesman said here on Sunday.
“These free of cost services under RBSK include surgeries at tertiary level of the children diagnosed with Defects at birth, severe Diseases, Deficiencies and Developmental Delays including Disabilities. Special fund has been made available under RBSY and to medical colleges as well as district hospitals in this regard. All children up to 12th class and studying in government schools other than children of serving or retired state or centre government employees or employees of the state/central PSUs would be covered under the program,” he added.
He informed that eight categories of defects at birth, thirteen diseases of childhood, six deficiencies and eleven development delays and disabilities are to be covered under the program. The entire cost of secondary or tertiary care treatment for such diseases would be met free of cost in Indira Gandhi Medical Collage, Shimla or at Dr. RPMGC, Tanda, he added.
He said that in case treatment is taken at an empaneled private institution within or outside the state the cost would be reimbursed as per rates admissible under government employee reimbursement scheme.
“In case of cancer treatment, the cost will be covered under the Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) Program or under Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi. The NCD and Rashtriya Aarogya Nidhi would be harnessed to support critical care in case of illnesses like cancer and cardiovascular ailments. There is a provision of rupees one lakh for BPL families under the scheme at tertiary care institutions as IGMC, Shimla and RPGMC, Tanda,” he added.
He informed that Rashtriya Swathya Bima Yojana (RSBY Plus i.e. Critical Care) is second major initiative taken by the state Government. It provides cashless benefits of Rs. 1,75,000/- exclusively for treatment of Cardiac and Cardiothoracic Surgeries, Genito Urinary Surgery, Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Trauma, Transplant Surgeries, Spinal Surgeries, Surgical Gastroenterology, Hemophilia and Cancer for all the Smart Card holders.
At present IGMC Shimla, Dr. RPGMC Kangra at Tanda and PGI Chandigarh has been empaneled for RSBY Plus, he informed.
“The Non Communicable Disease Program and Rashtriya Aarogya Nidhi would be harnessed to support critical care in case of illnesses like cancer and cardiovascular ailments. There is a provision of rupees one lakh for BPL families under the scheme at tertiary care institutions viz. IGMC, Shimla and RPGMC, Tanda,” said he.
He informed that the government is also seeking to upgrade the super specialty services in both the Medical Colleges in a major way. A new block for the Regional Cancer Care Centre at IGMC, Shimla is planned at a cost of Rs 10 crores, he added.
He said that Linear Accelerator and Brachytherapy equipment is being provided to IGMC at a total cost of Rs 10 crores for providing state of art cancer diagnostic services.
“An Advanced Trauma Centre and Renal Unit with facilities for dialysis & kidney transplantation will soon be established in Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla and are also proposed for least three district hospitals during the current year. A new Super Specialty Block is likely to become functional at RPGMC, Tanda this year,” he added.

Six CPS to be inducted in Himachal cabinet on May 13

Shimla/ May 12
The Congress ministry in Himachal headed by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh would be expanded on May 13, a government spokesman said here on Sunday.
Sources said that six Chief Parliamentary Secretaries can be inducted on May 13 and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh would administer oath of office and secrecy to new CPS.
The names of three times MLA Rakesh Kalia, two time MLA Rohit Thakur and Nand Lal, Jagjivan Pal and Sohan Lal, Inder Dutt Lakhanpal, a first time MLA from Badsar are being mentioned for induction as CPS.