Jharkhand government partners with Oracle to boost IT infrastructure

first_imgIn a bid to ramp up its IT infrastructure, the Jharkhand government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with US-based technology major Oracle to enhance delivery of services to citizens as well as make the State more attractive for startups.“We are ramping up IT infrastructure in the State and have initiated programs in this direction. We are undertaking continued efforts to bridge the gap between the government and the citizens through use of IT,” Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand, said at an event in New Delhi.He added that the government of Jharkhand and Oracle will jointly explore and identify areas in which Oracle’s cloud-based technologies can be used to support entrepreneurship.The CM also asked Oracle to explore the option of opening a state-of-the-art software development centre in the State.“We will collaborate to create proof of concepts and help new startups using Oracle cloud-based platforms to operationalize citizen services and startup centres that would further the vision of the CM to increase employment and alleviate poverty,” Oracle CEO Safra Catz said.Stating that India is one of the “greatest possible opportunity”, Ms Catz said that cloud is triggering broad innovation within the technology industry and will drive change and increase efficiency within emerging economies like India.Oracle’s cloud services will be used to support the State by providing transparent governance, the Jharkhand government said, adding that the tech giant’s expertise in areas of ICT infrastructure, real estate, health, education, housing for Ranchi smart city project will also be utilised.last_img read more

BSF jawan killed in Pak. firing, Valley tense after Ismail’s death

first_imgAs fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan left a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan dead in Jammu, the situation in Kashmir remained tense in the wake of killing of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail and his associate in an encounter.A BSF spokesman said Constable Bijender Bahadur was fired upon from Pakistani side around 12:20 a.m on the International Border in Jammu’s Arnia Sector.“Mr. Bahadur was on the duty at forward point along the fence when he sustained a bullet injury on left side of abdomen. He later succumbed,” said the BSF spokesman.Following the incident, the BSF said intermittent fire continued from both sides till morning, including mortar fire.A wreath laying ceremony was held for the slain constable, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, at the BSF headquarter in Paloura.Kashmir tenseIn the wake of killing of Pakistani militant Ismail, most schools and colleges in several Valley districts were closed as restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar city to thwart any protests after Friday prayers.There were prohibitory orders under the police stations of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal.No traffic was allowed. Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid were also disallowed. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who leads the prayers there, was placed under house arrest.Train service also remained suspended across Kashmir Valley.Meanwhile, the bodies of Ismail, mastermind behind the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims, and his Pakistani associate Chota Qasim were laid to rest in a graveyard located in Baramulla’s sparsely populated hillside.The killings sparked sporadic protests in south Kashmir as protesters held funeral prayers in absentia for the slain militants.A protest was also held in Kashmir University, where all exams being held on Friday were postponed.Encounter video goes viralA purported video of the Nowgam encounter, where these two militants were killed, went viral online on Friday.The video, wherein security personnel allegedly were placing feet on the bodies and pose for pictures, was also stopped by Facebook, according to the netizens.The Army has taken “cognizance of the video”.“The trampling of the bodies by the forces is condemnable. Only rogue forces disrespect the bodies,” said Dukhataran-e-Millat spokesman Nasreen.Meanwhile, separatists and militant conglomerate United Jehad Council (UJC) paid tributes to the slain militants.last_img read more

UP civic polls: Voters irate after names struck off the list

first_img “We voted for Vidhan Sabha elections and our polling station was Queen’s college. However, it seems that the State election commission did not validate its list from the Central election commission’s list. Could see the pain and anguish of people, especially the senior citizens whose statutory right to vote has been compromised because of irresponsible officials of the State election commission,” said Mr. Haider.Sayyad Ashraf Warsi, who runs a food store in Qaiserbagh, was, however, not that lucky. He could not find his name in the list in ward 44 of the Lucknow municipality where he lives. When he contacted officials, he said, they told him nothing could be done.”I had used the same booth in Tikrahouse to vote in the Assembly election. I don’t know what happened today. The officials at the booth went through the entire list but could not find my name,” said Mr. Warsi, looking puzzled. He said there were many others at the booth like him.Another voter in Lucknow complained that that his name was missing from all lists.”My vote used to be in Lucknow Montessori College, Purana Quila but it seems that voting stations have changed. I was told to try at Municipal Nursery School opposite Loreto but could not find our names there. What a pity!” he said.Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also raised the issue through a tweet. “Media reports that a lot of voters names are missing from the voting list of today’s election. This type of digital India cannot take us forward,” he said.The State election commission is yet to issue a statement. Second phase of civic polls in Uttar Pradesh Voting for the second phase of municipal election in Uttar Pradesh was marked by a large number of names missing from the voter lists across the State.In Lucknow itself, many well-known persons as well as common voters could not find their names on the voter list.Three-time Mayor of Lucknow Dauji Gupta could not find his name in the voter list in Naka Hindola area of the State capital, along with 20 family members. UP cabinet minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kalraj Mishra’s names were also missing from the voters’ list.MLA Nasir Khan from Rampur also could not vote.Mohammad Haider, a lawyer from Lucknow, was irate after he did not find his name in the original list. He located his name in some other ward’s list and eventually managed to vote.last_img read more

In custody, Pune builder complains of ‘uneasiness’

first_imgA day after his arrest, fraud-accused builder Deepak S. Kulkarni checked into Sassoon General Hospital after complaining of breathing problems.Hospital sources monitoring his health said that while the blood supply to his brain had been temporarily affected, the builder was now in stable condition.Mr. Kulkarni, and his wife, Hemanti, were detained by a team of the Economic Offences Wing of the Pune Police in Delhi on Saturday. They were brought to Pune the same evening. S pecial judge J.T. Utpat sentenced them to seven days’ police custody.But in his first night in custody, around 12.30 a.m. Mr. Kulkarni started complaining of uneasiness. According to police sources, the developer, known as ‘DSK’, was speaking to one of the officers when he felt giddy and was about to fall. “This was averted and he was admitted to Sassoon General Hospital in the early hours of Sunday,” said a police officer.Mr. Kulkarni’s counsel said the builder suffers from high blood pressure after a near-fatal accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in May 2016.According to Special Public Prosecutor Pravin Chavan, the developer had borrowed ₹2,892 crore from various banks. He had also incurred debts of hundreds of crores in the form of unsecured loans, and allegedly duped over 3,000 investors of an ₹300 crore through investments in fixed deposits.last_img read more

Rajnath Singh requests Tripura Governor and DGP to check violence

first_imgAmid reports of sporadic violence in Tripura, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday spoke to the State governor and the DGP and asked them to ensure peace till a new government is installed, an official said.During the telephonic calls, Governor Tathagata Roy and DGP A.K. Shukla apprised the Union Home Minister about the prevailing situation in Tripura and steps taken to control the violence, which erupted following the BJP-IPFT alliances victory over the CPI-M, ousting the Manik Sarkar-led government in the just concluded Assembly elections.  Mr. Singh asked the governor and the DGP to check all kinds of violence and ensure peace till a new government is installed in Tripura, the home ministry official said.There have been reports of sporadic violence and clashes between rival political groups in different parts of Tripura after the election results were declared on Saturday.A statue of Left icon Lenin was also demolished at Belonia town in South Tripura yesterday with the help of a bulldozer.Tripura witnessed a change in rule after 25 years in the recently concluded Assembly elections. The BJP demolished the Left citadel in Tripura, winning a two-third majority with its ally, the IPFT. Watch: Statue of Vladimir Lenin brought down in Tripuralast_img read more

Six more Maoists killed in Maharashtra

first_imgInflicting another massive blow to the Maoists within 48 hours, the Maharashtra police claimed to have gunned down six Maoists in Gadchiroli district on Monday.“Six Maoists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Rajaram Khandla area of Gadchiroli this evening,” Sharad Shelar, Inspector-General of Maharashtra police’s Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) unit, told The Hindu.This is the second such encounter in Gadchiroli in 48 hours. On Sunday, the security forces had gunned down 16 Maoists in Kasansur area of the district.last_img

Kolkata gets all-woman police squad

first_imgOn Wednesday afternoon, Kolkata Police unleashed a new weapon against eve-teasers, stalkers and roadside Romeos: an all-woman motorbike squad.Dressed in the whites of the Kolkata Police, the 24-strong squad of constables was congratulated by Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar at a brief ceremony at the Lalbazar police headquarters before they set out to patrol the streets in their brand new scooties. Safer public places“Introducing “The Winners” — a special all-women patrolling team to combat and prevent crimes like molestation, eve-teasing etc. to make public places safer for women,” the Kolkata Police tweeted. According to a senior police officer, the constables were inducted into the force on the basis of their record. They were given four months special training before taking up the new assignment. Equipped with camerasThe squad, which is also equipped with cameras, is aimed at instilling confidence and curbing crime against women in the city. Each scooty will have two women constables. While the squad will cover the entire jurisdiction of the Kolkata Police, they will keep a special eye on schools, colleges and parks. The mobility of the scooty-riding cops is expected to provide the Kolkata Police an edge, as they can reach even remote corners of the city in no time.last_img read more

Uttar Pradesh govt. to fund fairs by three religious trusts

first_imgIn an outreach to the Hindu community during Navaratri, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday approved proposals to fund fairs held by three religious trusts in the State.These are the Ma Lalita Devi Shaktipeeth Amavasya Mela, Naimisharanya in Sitapur, Ma Pateshwari Shaktipeeth, Devipatan Tulsipur Mela in Balrampur, and Ma Vindhyavasini Shaktipeeth Mela in Mirzapur.The government will provide them funds of ₹ 60 lakh, ₹48 lakh and ₹41.49 lakh respectively, a statement said.The decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.Earlier, local municipal corporations arranged for these religious fairs, now it will be the responsibility of the respective district magistrates. The decision was taken with a view to providing proper facilities and successful arrangement of the fairs keeping in mind their inter-district, inter-State and international appeal, the government said, adding it had received proposals from district Collectors.Urban Development Minister Suresh Khanna said the fairs would be funded to ensure basic facilities for all devotees.last_img read more

IT engineer Mohsin Shaikh’s father dies

first_imgSadiq Shaikh, 64, father of Mohsin Shaikh, who was allegedly killed by Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) activists in Pune in 2014, died on Monday afternoon at his residence in Solapur due to heart attack.Shaikh complained of chest pain and died at around 2.30 p.m. Sadiq Shaikh tirelessly made rounds of the Bombay High Court seeking compensation for the murder of Mohsin on June 2, 2014 in Hadapsar, Pune.On November 29 this year the HC had directed that Shaikh be paid ₹10 lakh compensation as per a government resolution. He was granted the said amount on December 5. However, he had urged the court to direct payment of ₹30.9 lakh to the family.Shaikh is survived by his wife, son and daughter. Talking to The Hindu, Shaikh’s son-in-law said, “He died a sad man and was extremely tense over the compensation for his family. He would often run around to the collector’s office and HC to get some relief from them.”last_img

MiG-21 crashes near Bikaner, pilot ejects safely

first_imgA MiG-21 fighter aircraft on a routine mission crashed on Friday after it was airborne from the Nal Air Force station near Bikaner in Rajasthan.The pilot ejected safely, the Air Force said. Initial inputs indicated the likely cause as a bird strike after the take-off, an IAF spokesperson said, adding that a court of inquiry would investigate the cause of the accident.last_img

Cancel appointment of Deputy CMs: Goa Congress

first_imgThe Congress in Goa demanded on Saturday that the Election Commission of India (ECI) strike down an order issued by the State government on Friday appointing two key coalition leaders as Deputy Chief Ministers. “The order is in clear violation of the model code of conduct and as such this order should be immediately set aside by ECI and strict action should be taken against the officer concerned and the government of Goa…,” chief of the party’s communications department Trajano D’Mello said in his complaint to the Chief Clectoral Officer Kunal. “It is done solely for the purpose of attracting votes,” he told presspersons later.On March 20, days after BJP leader Pramod Sawant was sworn in as Chief Minister, the Goa Governor issued an order appointing Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward party and Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party(MGP) as Deputy Chief Ministers at the behest of the Government.last_img

Top Stories: Inbred Mammoths, Ringed Asteroids, and Shrinking Salamanders

first_img 00:0000:0000:00 A Dragonfly Mystery, Deformed Mammoths, and Why Dark Pigeons Rule Cities A Dragonfly Mystery, Deformed Mammoths, and Why Dark Pigeons Rule Citiescenter_img Saturn-Like Rings Spotted Around AsteroidResearchers have discovered Saturn-like rings around an icy asteroid far from our sun called Chariklo. This is the first time we’ve found rings around anything in our solar system other than a giant planet. At present, it’s not clear how Chariklo’s ring system formed, but the discovery may help us better us understand how rings behave and evolve. Did Inbreeding Doom the Mammoth?Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)When we think about the mammoth, we don’t imagine genetically deformed creatures stumbling through a doomed landscape, going to desperate lengths to stay alive in a rapidly changing world. But maybe we should: An unusual feature on some mammoth fossils dredged from the North Sea suggests that inbreeding may have hastened the mammoth’s extinction 10,000 years ago.Intensive Day Care May Improve Long-Term Health of Poor ChildrenEarly childhood intervention may improve the long-term health of poor children. That’s the conclusion of a study, launched in 1972, tracking the effect of an intensive day care program on low-income kids. The results suggest that it is possible to prevent conditions such as obesity and heart disease in the poor.Scientists Fix Errors in Controversial Paper About Saturated FatsOn 17 March, a paper made headlines around the world for questioning whether unsaturated fats are really healthier than saturated fats, debunking a cornerstone of many dietary guidelines. But a new version of the publication had to be posted shortly after it first appeared to correct several errors. Now, a number of scientists are criticizing the paper and even calling on the authors to retract it.Warming World Shrinks SalamandersSalamanders are displaying one of the fastest responses to climate change on record. As temperatures in their habitats have risen over just the past 50 years, salamanders have gotten smaller. The discovery is the first confirmation that climate change can alter body size—and helps us understand another way it will affect the world as we know it.Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar SystemAfter a massive, years-long search, researchers have recovered seven interstellar dust particles from the birth of our solar system. The whole sample weighs just a few trillionths of a gram, but it’s the first time scientists have laid their hands on primordial material unaltered by the violent birth of the solar system.last_img read more

Yoga on Ice: India to Offer Classes During Davos Summit

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s delegation to the World Economic Forum at Davos will offer yoga classes on the icy slopes, the foreign ministry said Friday, the latest high-profile attempt to promote India’s traditions abroad.India aims to showcase its potential as a driver of global economic growth, after China, as well as its soft power, reflected in the popularity of yoga as well as its cuisine.Two yoga teachers from India will hold daily classes next week at the summit, which has attracted 70 heads of state and government, including U.S. President Donald Trump as well as celebrities, chief executives and top bankers.Read it at VOA Related Itemslast_img

Indian Family’s Visa Heartbreak Over 12-year-old Bogus Document

first_imgAn Indian family’s bid for an Australian skilled visa has been knocked back in the court over a 12-year-old document that was deemed bogus by the Immigration Department.The full bench of the Federal Court allowed an appeal by the Immigration Minister against Ms Aulakh, her husband and two children– upholding the June 2014 decision of the Migration Review Tribunal that concluded she had used a bogus reference letter from her Indian employer as evidence of her employment as a hairdresser.Read it at SBS Related Itemslast_img

Indian-Americans In Tri-state Blaze a Trail In 2018

first_imgIndian-Americans in the tri-state area can take pride in a number of firsts in 2018. Beginning with the first Indian-Americans taking over as Attorney General and State Senator in New Jersey and ending the year with the first person from the community to be elected to the New York State Senate.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img

Indian Wins USD 4.08 Million In Raffle Draw In UAE

first_imgAn Indian man has hit a jackpot by winning a whopping USD 4.08 million in a monthly raffle in the UAE, a media report said Thursday.Sarath Purushothaman, who is based in Dubai, was contacted on the phone, but he first thought it was a prank, Gulf News reported.Read it at Daily Pioneer Related Itemslast_img

India Offers Increased Export Opportunity to UK After Brexit: Study

first_imgBritain’s “increased export opportunity” to India, if it is outside the European Union, will be $3.2 billion, according to the Standard Chartered Trade Performance Index, which was released on March 13.The United Kingdom’s current exports to India are worth $5.5 billion. The predicted figure for exports if Britain remains in the European Union is $9.1 billion, while it stands at $12.3 billion if the country is outside the EU, giving rise to an “increased export opportunity” of $3.2 billion, according to the analysis of Notional Post-Brexit UK Exports.The United Kingdom’s current export to China is worth $24 billion, and its increased export opportunity if it is outside the EU is $10.1 billion. The report said that like all G7 countries, the United Kingdom would significantly benefit from focusing on China, but it also faces a sizeable opportunity to capitalize on its current relations with India. According to the report, UK businesses missed projections by $4.6 billion with China and $3.6 billion with India.The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal bloc of industrialized democracies, consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.The Standard Chartered Trade Performance Index reveals the size of G7 goods export opportunities in seven emerging markets — Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Vietnam — termed the E7, representing a total of 49 exporting relationships.The E7 countries offer significant potential to become key G7 trading partners, the report said. Receiving about 10 per cent of all G7 private sector exports, “the E7 countries represent fast lanes to growth for G7 businesses seeking to drive export growth,” it added.“With membership of the G7 no longer being a passport to growth, the index reveals real growth opportunities. Every G7 nation has much to gain from accelerating their export performance in the seven economies we have identified as the Emerging Seven (E7),” Michael Vrontamitis, head of Trade for Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered, said in a statement.If the G7 economies reorient their trade strategy towards the E7, the size of the prize is an additional $162 billion annually, with an immediate 30 per cent gain, Vrontamitis added. “It is clear the E7 represent multi-billion dollar trading opportunities for G7 governments and businesses searching for export diversification and growth,” he said.The report showed that UK exports to the E7 could potentially increase by $16.9 billion to $64.9 billion when the country leaves the EU. “While the EU remains a critical trading partner, UK businesses could capitalize on export opportunities with all E7 countries,” said the report.In terms of total imports from the G7, India is second to China, representing 12 per cent of the total potential E7 imports from the G7. However, in actual performance, India is behind in meeting its predicted imports from every G7 country except Germany, said the report. Related ItemsBrexitExportUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Technical training to give a boost to Rajasthan potters

first_img The RuTAG had earlier provided technical assistance for upgradation of kilns in which clay griddles are baked and modified the product’s design and thickness to suit the requirement of gas stoves and heaters in the cities. The earthy scent of the black soil, procured mostly from ponds in Bharatpur district, is maintained in the griddles after they are baked.Clay pottery is both a traditional occupation and the only livelihood option for the Prajapat community, also known as Kumhars, in the region. The demand for earthenware has soared among the health-conscious people residing in cities, who believe that the nutrients of food items are protected when cooked in earthen utensils. The traditional potters belonging to the Prajapat community in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district are being given technical training which is expected to help them hone their skills in their occupation.An ongoing tech-aided camp in Pahari town is training the youths in making earthen pots as well as terracotta decorative items which are in heavy demand in the southern States.The camp, being attended by two dozen Prajapat youths, will enable them make rapid strides in manufacturing cups, cutlery, mugs, pans, clay griddles, dishes, bowls and cookers.Master trainer Moti Lal, who learnt the technical applications at IIT Delhi’s Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG), told The Hindu on Tuesday that the use of electric motors for the spinning of the potter’s wheel, innovative design interventions and new baking techniques would facilitate bulk production of earthenware quickly.Bharatpur-based Lupin Foundation has joined hands with RuTAG to provide technical assistance to the potters.Mr. Lal, 52, said the Prajapat community hoped that the government bodies, such as the Khadi & Village Industries Commission, would provide mechanised potter’s wheels in remote villages.Lupin Foundation’s executive director Sita Ram Gupta said that while the training would help promote pottery industry, the earthenware produced in the district would be sent to various fairs and exhibitions across the country and also sold online with the help of web portals operating from Jaipur. “The training will connect traditional artisans with modern technology and help increase their income,” he said.last_img read more

FIR filed against Srinagar Deputy Mayor

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s administration, on Saturday registered an FIR against Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran, officers of the J&K Bank and State government officials for “misappropriating subsidies worth crores of rupees to benefit Imran’s firm, the Kehwa Group”.A spokesman for the ACB said the FIR was lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act for “illegal appropriation of subsidy with inflated project cost for establishment of a cold storage at Lassipora, Pulwama.”“An enquiry revealed that to usurp the subsidy component under the garb of promoting horticulture, with the connivance of the Horticulture Department officers and bank officials, the proprietor and his partners declared the facility as a non-performing asset without paying even a single instalment towards the bank. The cost of the project assessed was found much lower than the projected cost,” said the ACB. The project was submitted by Mr. Imran, also the director of Kehwa Square Private. The FIR said the company “inflated the project cost in connivance with the officers to misappropriate government subsidy of ₹16.50 crore”.The ACB said the group got its loan of ₹138 crore from the J&K Bank restructured to ₹78 crore. After a one-time settlement, surreptitiously approved by bank officials, the group’s second instalment of ₹55 crore was further reduced to ₹27 crore, the Bureau added. “The involved bank officers and a joint inspection team of government officials misused their position to confer undue monetary advantage to Kehwa group and help it illegally appropriate crores from the State exchequer,” ACB officials said.last_img read more