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10 dead, several feared trapped after four-storey building collapses in Mumbai

Public Protection Tehelka

Ten people were killed and several others were feared trapped after a four-storey residential building collapsed in south Mumbai’s congested Dongri area on Tuesday. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are at the site, looking for
'Ten people were killed and several others were feared trapped after a four-storey residential building collapsed in south Mumbai’s congested Dongri area on Tuesday. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are at the site, looking for survivors. “To speed up the rescue operation one more #NDRF team mobolised. Total 3 teams deployed,” NDRF said in a tweet. Fire brigade, Mumbai Police and civic officials were also rushed to the site but the constricted lanes made it difficult to access the area. According to the report, seven people have been rescued so far from the incident. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said authorities are focussing on rescuing those who are trapped and that an enquiry will be launched to find the cause behind the collapse. “Currently our prime focus is on rescue efforts. After going into all details I will announce enquiry,” Fadnavis said. “Around 15 families were residing there. As per the preliminary information, it is a 100 year old building and a developer was appointed by the residents. We are further looking into all the aspects,” Fadnavis added.'

3 dead, several feared trapped after four-storey building collapses in Mumbai

Public Protection Tehelka

Three people were killed and several others were feared trapped after a four-storey residential building collapsed in south Mumbai’s congested Dongri area on Tuesday. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are at the site, looking for
'Three people were killed and several others were feared trapped after a four-storey residential building collapsed in south Mumbai’s congested Dongri area on Tuesday. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are at the site, looking for survivors. “To speed up the rescue operation one more #NDRF team mobolised. Total 3 teams deployed,” NDRF said in a tweet. Fire brigade, Mumbai Police and civic officials were also rushed to the site but the constricted lanes made it difficult to access the area. According to the report, seven people have been rescued so far from the incident. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said authorities are focussing on rescuing those who are trapped and that an enquiry will be launched to find the cause behind the collapse. “Currently our prime focus is on rescue efforts. After going into all details I will announce enquiry,” Fadnavis said. “Around 15 families were residing there. As per the preliminary information, it is a 100 year old building and a developer was appointed by the residents. We are further looking into all the aspects,” Fadnavis added.'

Delhi Court grants bail to Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia in defamation case

Law and Order Tehelka

A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in a defamation complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijender Gupta. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal
'A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in a defamation complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijender Gupta. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal granted relief to the two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on a bond of Rs 10,000 each. Vijender Gupta, who is the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly had alleged that the Delhi Chief Minister and his Deputy had falsely maligned his image by accusing him of attempting to kill the chief minister. He also said that the allegations had harmed his reputation.'

Amid Opposition protest, NIA Amendment Bill passes in Lok Sabha

Law and Order Tehelka

The National Investigative Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday, after a detailed discussion and a spirited defense by Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah. While replying to the debate on the Bill to give powers to
'The National Investigative Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday, after a detailed discussion and a spirited defense by Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah. While replying to the debate on the Bill to give powers to NIA to investigate the terror crimes relating to Indians and Indian interests abroad, today in Lok Sabha, the Home Minister backed a strong NIA to strengthen the legal framework against terrorism. He said that conviction has been achieved in 90% of the cases decided so far, which is one of the finest records in the world. Shah hailed the NIA for its achievements and said that India would finish terrorism by building a strong NIA. Allaying opposition’s apprehensions on misuse of agencies the Home Minister quoted the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and said that this Government is governed by Rule of Law and all investigative agencies follow the procedure established by law. He reassured the House that the agency would not be misused in any way by the Government. Shah said that the POTA should not have been removed in the first place, as it led to a rise in acts of terror. This has been corroborated by Indian security agencies as well, he added. Amit Shah also questioned why the perpetrators of the Samjhauta Express blast were allowed to walk free even when American agencies found their involvement in the act of terror. Reiterating ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy of the Government against terrorism, Shah said “Terrorism is Terrorism, it’s neither RIGHT nor LEFT. Perpetrators of terrorist acts need to be punished and will get punished.” All political parties, members of Parliament and the Government must come together to fight terror without pointing fingers at each other, otherwise it would boost the morale of the terrorists. Shah said, “We care for the widows of our martyred soldiers, we care for their sacrifices. Thus, it is important to strengthen NIA to investigate terror related crimes and bring justice to these widows.” The Home Minister said that by designating special courts, the cases would be expedited and transfers or delay in appointments of judges would not delay them. While taking part in the debate on the bill, Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy reinforced Government’s federal outlook and said that state police teams and other agencies would work in coordination with NIA in terror related matters. There would be no encroachment by the Centre on the activities of the State machinery, he added. Reddy said that the multi-agency centre would be strengthened and sharing of information between Centre and states on terrorism related matters would be smoothened. There would be no discrimination among the agencies. The Minister further added that terrorism has no religion, no caste, no gender. It is against humanity. The Government will take all stakeholders along with itself in fighting terrorism, following a ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’.'

China is malaria free ! India need 10 years to achieve the same

World News Tehelka

Last month China hosted the third E-2020 global forum of malaria-eliminating countries in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, with a specific focus on eliminating malaria in populations at high risk of contracting malaria. China is a good example of what
'Last month China hosted the third E-2020 global forum of malaria-eliminating countries in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, with a specific focus on eliminating malaria in populations at high risk of contracting malaria. China is a good example of what happens when a country is determined to eliminate malaria – this became the joint goal of 13 ministries, including health, finance, industry, and education. The results were impressive and the country has gone from 30 million cases in the 1940s to zero indigenous cases in 2017. The countries within the E-2020 initiative vary greatly in their geography and transmission patterns, yet despite their differences, they have many lessons to share with each other. “It has been gratifying to see how countries in the E-2020 are learning from each other,” says Dr Kim Lindblade, team leader of the WHO’s Global Malaria Programme’s elimination unit. “We have seen ideas move from country to country, and region to region. These linkages help diffuse innovations from one context to another.” WHO Certification of malaria-free status WHO grants a certification of malaria elimination when a country has proven, beyond reasonable doubt, that the chain of indigenous transmission has been interrupted nationwide for at least the previous 3 consecutive years. In addition, a national surveillance system capable of rapidly detecting and responding to any malaria cases must be operational, together with an appropriate programme to prevent re-establishment of transmission. To date, 38 countries and territories having been certified malaria-free by WHO. The Malaria Elimination Oversight Committee bolsters countries’ efforts, says Dr Richards, by acting as an advocate “urging, if appropriate, more domestic political and financial support. That’s fundamental in the last mile of the elimination effort, and future sustainability of surveillance and response to prevent resurgence of malaria in the future.” Countries need a few key ingredients to get to zero, says Dr Kamini Mendis, a member of the Committee and professor emeritus at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, including “a very effective state-of-the-art surveillance and response system, uninterrupted funding, and a responsive elimination programme that can respond rapidly to changes.” These must be accompanied by strong technical leadership and people on the ground “with staying power until zero cases are achieved,” she adds. Once the WHO’s Malaria Elimination Certification Panel verifies that a country is malaria-free, however, countries cannot be complacent. Two years after Sri Lanka was certified free of malaria, an imported case from neighbouring India led to local transmission; Sri Lankan authorities quickly responded and prevented any further cases. Yet many countries have made impressive strides in controlling and stamping out malaria. In 2016, WHO identified 21 malaria-endemic countries that could feasibly eliminate the disease by 2020. Together, these countries form the “E-2020 initiative” and are part of a concerted effort to drive indigenous malaria cases to zero within the 2020 timeline. In 2018, Paraguay became the first E-2020 country to be certified by WHO as malaria-free, and this year Algeria was awarded the same status. Three other countries – the Islamic Republic of Iran, Malaysia and Timor-Leste – achieved zero indigenous cases of malaria in 2018. China and El Salvador, meanwhile, have been at zero since 2017, and Cabo Verde has been malaria-free since January 2018. WHO’s Global technical strategy for malaria, adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2015, calls for the elimination of malaria in at least 10 countries by the end of next year. “We are very much on track to have 10 E-2020 countries at zero cases in 2020,” says Dr Frank Richards, chair of the Malaria Elimination Oversight Committee – an independent WHO advisory body that guides countries in their efforts to eliminate malaria – and an expert in parasitic diseases at The Carter Center, Atlanta, USA. Sience 2000, India has reduced malaria deaths by two-thirds and reduced reported malaria cases by almost half. In 2017, India launched its five-year National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination. The plan is a landmark in India’s fight against the disease that shifted focus from malaria “control” to “elimination”. The plan provides a roadmap to end malaria in 571 of India’s 678 districts by 2022. With 24% decline in malaria cases, India is on track to reduce malaria cases by 20-40% by 2020, said the World Malaria Report 2018. However, there are many road-blocks. India has “weak” malaria surveillance and only 8% of its estimated cases are reported in the national system–second worst in the world–as per the World Malaria Report 2017. Further, India’s spending on malaria is amongst lowest in South East Asia, less than $1 per person at risk according to the 2018 report. Among the 11 nations with 70% of the world’s burden of malaria, only India has managed to reduce its disease burden, registering a 24% decrease between 2016 and 2017, according to the World Malaria Report 2018. With about 9.5 million malaria cases in 2017, down 3 million cases since 2016, India is no longer among the top three countries with the highest malaria burden. However, 1.25 billion Indians–94% of its population–are still at risk of malaria, the report noted. Globally, the progress made against malaria has stalled for the second consecutive year: The annual report produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed a plateauing. In 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria, compared to 217 million the year before. Previously, people contracting malaria globally had been steadily falling, from 239 million in 2010 to 214 million in 2015. India has set 2030 as the target year for eliminating malaria. Source:WHO, IndiaSpend & BI'

Navjot Singh Sidhu quits Punjab Cabinet

Career and Work Tehelka

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned from the Punjab cabinet after a long-drawn-out tussle with Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh. On Sunday, Sidhu tweeted a copy of his resignation letter dated June 10 which he submitted to Rahul
'Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned from the Punjab cabinet after a long-drawn-out tussle with Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh. On Sunday, Sidhu tweeted a copy of his resignation letter dated June 10 which he submitted to Rahul Gandhi. “My letter to the Congress President Shri. Rahul Gandhi Ji, submitted on 10 June 2019,” Sidhu tweeted. In another tweet, he said: “Will be sending my resignation to the Chief Minister, Punjab.” “I hereby resign as Minister from the Punjab Cabinet,” Sidhu wrote in the letter. Sidhu did not take charge of his new ministry after his portfolio was changed from the Local Bodies’ to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy last month. On June 9, he had tweeted pictures with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi after meeting them in Delhi. “Met the congress President, handed him my letter, appraised him of the situation,” Sidhu had tweeted.'

Five dead in massive fire at rubber factory in Delhi’s Jhilmil

Public Protection Tehelka

At least five people were killed in a major fire that broke out on Saturday morning at a rubber factory in Delhi’s Jhilmil industrial area, officials said. According to the sources, the information about the blaze was received at around 9.25 am and
'At least five people were killed in a major fire that broke out on Saturday morning at a rubber factory in Delhi’s Jhilmil industrial area, officials said. According to the sources, the information about the blaze was received at around 9.25 am and the fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. The reason behind the fire is not known yet and will be investigated. More casualties are feared in the incident, sources said. More details are awaited.'

Gujarat: Ahmedabad court grants bail to Rahul Gandhi in defamation case

Law and Order Tehelka

A metropolitan court in Gujarat on Friday granted bail to Rahul Gandhi in connection with a criminal defamation suit filed by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman, Ajay Patel. Rahul arrived in Ahmedabad earlier in the day, where
'A metropolitan court in Gujarat on Friday granted bail to Rahul Gandhi in connection with a criminal defamation suit filed by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman, Ajay Patel. Rahul arrived in Ahmedabad earlier in the day, where he thanked his opponents in the RSS and the BJP for providing him with platforms and opportunities to take his ideological battle against them to the public. “I’m in Ahmedabad today, to appear in another case filed against me by my political opponents in the RSS/ BJP. I thank them for providing me these platforms & opportunities to take my ideological battle against them to the public. Satyameva Jayate,” Rahul said in a tweet. The defamation suit alleged that Congress leaders – Rahul Gandhi and Randeep Singh Surjewala had falsely claimed that the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank was involved in a scam to swap Rs 750 crore in scrapped notes with valid currency within five days of demonetisation in November 2016.  Union Minister Amit Shah is a director of the bank.'

New data by UNDP-OPHI challenges traditional notions of ‘rich’ and ‘poor’

IT Tehelka

New data demonstrate more clearly than ever that labeling countries – or even households – as rich and poor is an oversimplification. Of the 10 selected countries for which changes over time were analyzed, India and Cambodia reduced their MPI values
'New data demonstrate more clearly than ever that labeling countries – or even households – as rich and poor is an oversimplification. Of the 10 selected countries for which changes over time were analyzed, India and Cambodia reduced their MPI values the fastest—and they did not leave the poorest groups behind. As first reported in the 2018 Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), India lifted 271 million people between 2005/06 and 2015/16, with the poorest regions, groups, and children, reducing poverty fastest. India demonstrates the clearest pro-poor pattern at the subnational level: in absolute terms, the poorest regions reduced multidimensional poverty the fastest. Examples include Jharkhand, where the incidence of multidimensional poverty nearly halved, falling from 74.9 percent in 2005/06 to 46.5 percent in 2015/16. Findings from the 2019 global MPI shed light on disparities in how people experience poverty, revealing vast   inequalities among countries and among the poor themselves.  “To fight poverty, one needs to know where poor people live. They are not evenly spread across a country, not even within a household,” said Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator. “The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index provides the detailed information policy makers need to more effectively target their policies.” The MPI goes beyond income as the sole indicator for poverty, by exploring the ways in which people experience poverty in their health, education, and standard of living.  India is among the countries that significantly reduced deprivation in all 10 indicators. The indicators included nutrition, child mortality, years of schooling, school attendance, cooking fuel, sanitation, drinking water, electricity, housing, and assets. India strongly improved assets, cooking fuel, sanitation and nutrition between 2005/06 and 2015/16. Still, despite the massive gains made in reducing multidimensional poverty, 373 million Indians continue to experience acute deprivations. Additionally, 8.8 percent of the population lives in severe multidimensional poverty and 19.3 percent of the population is vulnerable to multidimensional poverty.   This year’s MPI results also show that more than two-thirds of the multidimensionality poor—886 million people—live in middle-income countries like India. A further 440 million live in low-income countries. In both groups, data show, simple national averages can hide enormous inequality in patterns of poverty within countries. For instance, in all 10 countries for which trends were analyzed, rural areas are poorer than urban areas. “The MPI captures the huge progress India has made in reducing multidimensional poverty across the country, while also providing a more complete picture of who is deprived, how they are deprived, and where they live. That the poorest parts of the country are more quickly lifting people out of poverty demonstrates India’s commitment to ensuring no one is left behind, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the government’s own priorities,” said Shoko Noda, UNDP India Resident Representative. There is even inequality under the same roof. In South Asia, for example, almost a quarter of children fewer than five live in households where at least one child in the household is malnourished and at least one child is not. In terms of gender disparities, 9 percent of boys in South Asia are out of school and live in a multidimensionality poor household, compared with 10.7 percent of girls. In India, there is a higher percentage of girls who are multidimensionality poor and out of school than boys. However, the figures for India are lower than the South Asian average for both boys and girls. “We need—even amongst those living in poverty—to understand people’s different experiences of deprivation. Are they malnourished? Can they go to school? Only then will poverty reduction policies be both efficient and effective,“ said Pedro Conceição, Director of the Human Development Report Office at UNDP.  There is also inequality among the poor. Findings of the 2019 global MPI also paint a detailed picture of the many differences in how – and how deeply – people experience poverty. Deprivations among the poor vary enormously: in general, higher MPI values go hand in hand with greater variation in the intensity of poverty. Results also show that children suffer poverty more intensely than adults and are more likely to be deprived in all 10 of the MPI indicators, lacking essentials such as clean water, sanitation, adequate nutrition or primary education.  Even more staggering, worldwide, one in three children is multidimensionality poor, compared to one in six adults. That means that nearly half of the people living in multidimensional poverty—663 million—are children, with the youngest children bearing the greatest burden. But new data also shows a positive trend: those furthest behind are moving up the fastest.  “We looked at data for a group of ten middle- and low-income countries and we found encouraging news that the bottom 40 percent were moving faster than the rest,” said Sabina Alkire, OPHI Director. “A the pro-poor pattern that reduces inequalities in several Sustainable Development Goals.” In all of the ten countries analyzed other than Ethiopia, deprivations went down faster among the bottom 40 percent than the rest of the population. This pattern was particularly strong in India where, in relative terms, growth in the attainments of the bottom 40 percent exceeded overall growth in all countries. Within these ten countries, data show that 270 million people moved out of multidimensional poverty from one survey to the next. This progress was largely driven by South Asia, especially India, which had 271 million fewer people in poverty in 2016 than in 2006. The 2019 global MPI paints a detailed picture of poverty for 101 countries and 1,119 subnational regions covering 76 percent of the global population, going beyond simple income-based measures to look at how people experience poverty every day.'

President Kovind to Visit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh from July 12 to 15

Law and Order Tehelka

President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh from July 12 to 15.  On July 13, Kovind will present L.L.D. (Honoris Causa) degrees to Justice (Retd) P. Sathasivam, former Chief Justice of India, and currently Governor of Kerala;
'President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh from July 12 to 15.  On July 13, Kovind will present L.L.D. (Honoris Causa) degrees to Justice (Retd) P. Sathasivam, former Chief Justice of India, and currently Governor of Kerala; Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Judge of the Supreme Court of India; and Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, at a special convocation of the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University in Chennai, the release said. On July 14-15, Kovind will visit the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharikota and witness the launch of Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission being undertaken by the Indian Space Research Organisation, it added.'

Ten Goa Congress MLAs join BJP in Delhi

Career and Work Tehelka

Ten Congress MLAs from Goa on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of the party’s working president JP Nadda and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. On Wednesday the Congress had plunged into crisis after a group of MLAs in
'Ten Congress MLAs from Goa on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of the party’s working president JP Nadda and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. On Wednesday the Congress had plunged into crisis after a group of MLAs in Goa, led by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar defected from the party. According to the sources, the letter of a merger was handed over to Speaker on Wednesday evening in Sawant’s presence. With the merging of ten Congress lawmakers into the BJP, the party’s strength has increased to 27 in the 40-seat house, reports said. Accusing the BJP of orchestrating political crisis in both Goa and Karnataka, Congress MPs held a protest in Parliament today. Top Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi protested near the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex.'

SC asks Karnataka rebel MLAs to appear before speaker at 6 pm

Law and Order Tehelka

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked 10 rebel Karnataka MLAs to appear before the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 6 pm today and submit their resignations if they so wish. The Speaker has been asked to take decision in the remaining part of the day.
'The Supreme Court on Thursday asked 10 rebel Karnataka MLAs to appear before the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 6 pm today and submit their resignations if they so wish. The Speaker has been asked to take decision in the remaining part of the day. The court will hear the matter tomorrow. The Apex Court also said that the security would be provided to the MLAs. The top court was hearing the plea of ten rebel MLAs alleging that Karnataka speaker was deliberately not accepting their letters.   On Wednesday a group of rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs approached the top Court alleging that Karnataka speaker had failed in his constitutional duty by not accepting their resignations.'

CBI raids senior lawyers Indira Jaising, Anand Grover in foreign funding case

Law and Order Tehelka

The CBI on Thursday raided homes and offices of senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover for allegedly violating a law on foreign funding for their NGO. The searches began at around 5 am at the Nizamuddin residence and office of Jaising, the
'The CBI on Thursday raided homes and offices of senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover for allegedly violating a law on foreign funding for their NGO. The searches began at around 5 am at the Nizamuddin residence and office of Jaising, the office of the NGO in Jangpura and an office in Mumbai Earlier, the investigation agency had filed a case against the two and the NGO Lawyers Collective of violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).on the basis of a complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which has alleged numerous discrepancies in the utilisation of foreign aid. Grover and his NGO have been accused of misusing foreign aids and spending the funds outside India. However, Lawyers Collective had denied all charges levelled by the CBI. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in his tweet strongly condemned the raids. “I strongly condemn CBI raids on well known senior advocates @IJaising and Mr Anand Grover. Let the law take its own course but subjecting veterans who have all through their lives fought for upholding the rule of law & Constitutional values is clear vendetta,” Kejriwal tweeted.'