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On BJP’s 38th Foundation Day Today, PM Modi to Talk with Party Workers

PM Modi will listen to the ideas of the party workers, and also discuss the schemes related to the welfare of poor people.



NEW DELHI: On the occasion of BJP’s 38th foundation day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with thousands of booth karyakarta along with the 734 district presidents and their respective teams from five Lok Sabha constituencies through the Narendra Modi app via video conferencing today.

He will have discussions on various issues. Prime Minister Modi will interact with the party workers from New Delhi, North East Delhi, North Central Mumbai, Hamirpur and Saran constituency.

During the interaction, he will listen to the ideas of the party workers, and also discuss the schemes related to the welfare of poor people.

He will also take questions from them. Use of technology to strengthen the organisational bond and communicate directly with workers at each level underlines, the party said, the value PM accords to each and every party worker.

The BJP, the largest party in the world with more than 11 crore members, claims that it is spearheading the culture, values and traditions over the years by holding on to democratic traditions aided by open two-way communication.

The party spokespersons said that the decision to interact with party workers at the ground level also reflects Prime Minister’s deep commitment and respect for the institution of a party worker.

“There is a sense of excitement among the party workers in regard to the direct interaction with the prime minister,” they added.

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Diu to Soon Emerge as a Smart City: Rajnath Singh

Three educational institutions, – Diu College, Polytechnic College and a Food Craft Institute – will begin academic sessions from 2018-19.



The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh distributing the benefits to various beneficiaries, at a function, in Diu on April 21, 2018. (PIB Photo)

DIU (UT): The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the Union Territory of Diu is on the way to soon emerge among the league of Smart Cities.

Addressing a function after inaugurating and laying the foundation of various development projects in Diu today, Rajnath Singh said the tiny Union Territory was selected for the Smart Cities Project during the final phase of bidding and is today on the verge of realising this dream.

A total of Rs. 1,400 crores would be spent on this project, of which Rs 701 crores would be the contribution of Government.

He said that some of the important projects to be undertaken under the scheme are:

  1. Construction of a continuous coastal promenade connecting Ghogla-Jalandhar-Chandrika Mata beach- up to Chakratirth beach
  2. Development of an all-inclusive Mobile App for the convenience of tourists for online room reservation, ticket booking, parking etc.
  3. Establishment of an Integrated Command and Control Centre for strengthening security and improving traffic management in Diu
  4. To develop Green Transport
  5. Setting up of Skill Incubation Centre for the fisher-folk
  6. Construction of an International Convention Centre and Multipurpose Facilities Centre
  7. Development of Naida Caves and a public plaza near Diu Museum
  8. Seaplane service between Daman and Diu to improve connectivity.

Some other projects would be taken up under PPP mode and/or through other Government schemes under the Smart Cities programme.

Rajnath Singh said that unprecedented development has taken place in Diu during the last four years. Fund allocation has jumped fifty percent in four years from 103 crores in 2013-14 to Rs 150 crores in 2017-18.

He pointed out that the Central Government is responsible for the development of Union Territories and has completed several development projects during the last four years.

Enumerating some of them, Rajnath Singh highlighted establishment of solar power projects of the combined capacity of 9 MW which made Diu a power surplus district. Further, there is a proposal to set up windmill power project.

He announced that as part of developing a new education hub, three educational institutions, – Diu College, Polytechnic College and a Food Craft Institute – will begin academic sessions from 2018-19.

He also expressed confidence that the construction of a four-lane highway connecting Somnath and Diu will be completed soon, which will give a fillip to the tourism sector in the region.

He added that for the benefit of a large number of fishermen living in Diu, the length of jetties has been increased by 500 metres and a parking harbour of 175 metres in length and 85 metres wide was also built in Vanakbara village.

During the visit, Shri Rajnath Singh laid the foundation for the following projects: –

  1. Construction of a pile jetty in Vanakbara village at a cost of Rs.3.77 crores.
  2. A building of an Annexe Circuit House at a cost of Rs. 20.60 crores
  3. Establishment of the first phase of sewerage network, including a common sewage treatment plant, in Diu costing Rs.20.70 crores
  4. New school buildings at Kamleshwar, Zampa and Ghoghla.

He also inaugurated the 450 metres long Jogging Track in Ghoghla built at a cost of Rs.4.37 crores which was built using tensile roof structure and weatherproof materials.

Rajnath Singh reiterated that the Government is committed to the development of poor and backward communities. He informed that a campaign has been launched coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar on April 14 that will run till May 5 during which officials of the Central Government will monitor the progress of the various development projects being undertaken for the welfare of the marginalized communities.

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President Gives Nod to Ordinance for Death Penalty for Rapists of Children Below 12

There will also be no provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of rape or gang rape of a girl under 16 years.



NEW DELHI: President ram Nath Kovind promulgated The Criminal Law amendment ordinance, 2018 to amend Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act to pave way for a death penalty to those found guilty of raping children up to the age of 12 years.

The President’s nod to the ordinance came after the Union Cabinet’s approval yesterday for tightening the law against people involved in rape, following public outcry over cases of sexual assault and murder of minors in Kathua and Surat and the rape of a girl in Unnao.

“Whereas Parliament is not in session and the President is satisfied that the circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action.

Earlier, the Cabinet on Saturday approved the promulgation of an Ordinance to amend Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 to introduce the death penalty for rape of children younger than 12 years.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. In case of rape of a girl under 16 years, minimum punishment increased from 10 years to 20 years, extendable to life imprisonment.

Several political leaders cutting across party lines hailed Centre’s move.

“Now, therefore, in an exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 123 of the Constitution, the President is pleased to promulgate the following ordinance,” the gazette notification said.

The ordinance stipulates stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape, particularly of girls below 16 and 12 years.

The death sentence has been provided for rapists of girls under 12 years.

The minimum punishment in case of rape of women has been increased from the rigorous imprisonment of seven years to 10 years, extendable to life imprisonment.

According to the ordinance, in case of rape of a girl under 16 years, the minimum punishment has been increased from 10 years to 20 years, extendable to imprisonment for rest of life, which means jail term till the convicts “natural life”.

The punishment for gangrape of a girl below 16 years will invariably be imprisonment for the rest of life of the convict.

Stringent punishment for rape of a girl under 12 years has been provided with the minimum jail term being 20 years which may go up to life in prison or death sentence.

Gangrape of a girl under 12 years of age will invite punishment of jail term for the rest of life or death, it said.

The Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act stand amended with the promulgation of the ordinance after the approval of the President.

The measure also provides for speedy investigation and trial.The time limit for investigation of all cases of rape has been prescribed, which has to be mandatorily completed within two months.

The deadline for the completion of a trial in all rape cases will be two months.

A six-month time limit for the disposal of appeals in rape cases has also been prescribed.

There will also be no provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of rape or gang rape of a girl under 16 years.

It has also been prescribed that a court has to give notice of 15 days to a public prosecutor and the representative of the victim before deciding bail applications in case of rape of a girl under 16 years of age.

Enhancing the powers of the judiciary to provide stringent punishment in rape cases, the Union Cabinet had approved a number of measures, such as strengthening the prosecution, besides setting up new fast-track courts in consultation with the states and high courts concerned,  according to an official.

The National Crime Records Bureau will maintain a national database and profile of sexual offenders.

This data will be regularly shared with the states and the Union territories for tracking, monitoring and investigation, including verification of antecedents of sex offenders by the police, the official said.

The present scheme of One Stop Centres for assistance to the victim will also be extended to all districts in the country.


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In a Setback for Mamata, HC Directs State EC to Reschedule WB Panchayat Poll

The panchayat elections in West Bengal were earlier scheduled from May 1 to May 5 and the counting of votes was scheduled on 8 May.



KOLKATA (West Bengal): The Calcutta High Court has quashed the State Election Commission’s (SEC) order cancelling the notification for extension of the deadline for filing nomination for panchayat polls in West Bengal and directed it to allow nominations by issuing a fresh notification.

Justice Subrata Talukdar held that petitions, filed by the BJP, CPM and other Opposition parties, challenging the cancellation of notification are maintainable and asked the poll panel to issue fresh notification extending the date for filing nominations.

The court directed the commission to reschedule the dates for panchayat election process and accordingly conduct the polls.

The panchayat elections in West Bengal were to be held in three phases from 1 May to 5 May and the counting of votes was scheduled on 8 May.

The nomination process for the panchayat polls ended on 9 April, but it was extended by a day by the SEC the same evening following a Supreme Court court order on petitions alleging that candidates backed by Opposition parties were being prevented from filing nominations.

The West Bengal government and ruling Trinamool Congress had objected to the extension by the SEC, which had cited a Supreme Court direction to “allay apprehensions of intending candidates” in its notification extending the nomination process by a day.

The notification, which referred to the apex court order, was withdrawn by the SEC on 10 April morning.

The BJP again moved the Supreme Court on 11 April and was directed to approach the high court with its grievances over the deadline for filing nominations.

The BJP moved the high court challenging the withdrawal and Justice Talukdar stayed the election process on 12 April.

Apart from the BJP, the CPM, PDS and the Congress too have moved the high court separately challenging the SEC’s decision.

The Commission and the ruling Trinamool Congress opposed the petitions claiming that these were not maintainable since the election process had started.

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