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Congress says Punjab govt should act on stubble burning

Priyanka Gandhi has also raised concern on the issue of pollution. She had directed the Delhi Congress leaders to create public awareness through mass contact programme.

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New Delhi, Nov 6 : Amid a crackdown by the Supreme Court on stubble burning which is a major cause of pollution in Delhi-NCR region, the Congress on Wednesday said that the Punjab government, which it heads, should find a solution to the problem.

Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate said that “Punjab government should take action in accordance with the direction of the apex court” and the party is not defending the Punjab government as it is of the Congress.

She said the administration should find ways to help farmers and ceasing the combine machines is not an option. She hoped that the state governments of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi will take this issue as priority without doing any politics.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has also raised concern on the issue of pollution. She had directed the Delhi Congress leaders to create public awareness through mass contact programme.

On her direction the Youth Congress organised a symbolic protest to convey the message ‘Behtar Kal, Behtar Bhavishya’ over the growing pollution levels in Delhi in which IYC activists distributed masks to the citizens and form a human chain against the growing air pollution.

Priyanka Gandhi herself had tweeted: “The environment is the only true legacy we will leave for future generations, and the health of all our children should be above politics. The public health emergency in Delhi and so many other cities of India is a crisis that we must all find a way to solve. #DelhiAirEmergency.”

The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Punjab government and asked the Chief Secretary to vacate the post if the government cannot bring a roadmap to stop stubble burning. The apex court also directed the Chief Secretary of Haryana and Punjab to prepare a roadmap to procure stubble from the farmers.

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DTC gets 100 more new buses

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New Delhi, Dec 10 : Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot here on Tuesday flagged off 100 buses from the Rajghat Bus Depot to be included in the DTC fleet. The new buses are equipped with GPS trackers, panic buttons, CCTV and hydraulic lifts for the convenience of the differently-abled.

The government has flagged off 429 buses in the previous months by the government.

He said the safety features in the 37-seater buses, include three CCTV cameras on each bus, a panic button on every alternate seat. “If a panic button is pressed, a large hooter goes off activating the command center,” he said.

“There are marshals on every bus in Delhi,” he reminded.

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MP honeytrap: I-T, SIT face-off over money trail

Cash worth Rs 47 lakh was found from the ICICI Bank locker of accused Shweta Vijay Jain. This locker was opened by SIT itself.

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Bhopal, Dec 10 : The Income Tax Department and the Special Investigation team (SIT) of Madhya Pradesh Police have come face to face over the transactions of money between various officials, politicians, others and the women accused in the infamous honeytrap scandal in the state.

The I-T has sought information from the SIT, which is investigating the financial transactions of the women accused. Evidence and information so far points to transaction of several crores rupees between the women accused and their ‘victims’.

The Income Tax Department wants to investigate these transactions, but the SIT contends that the information can be shared only after the High Court order.

Alok Johri, Director of the Investigation Wing of the Income Tax Department said his office wrote to the SIT in September after the disclosure in the honeytrap case and sought information about the financial transactions of the accused.

The department sent a reminder to the SIT in November. Sources in the IT department said the SIT has not responded so far.

Johri said the department took suo moto cognizance on the basis of media reports. The department cannot investigate it at its level. It needs specific documents to investigate the case, which he has not yet received.

Cash worth Rs 47 lakh was found from the ICICI Bank locker of accused Shweta Vijay Jain. This locker was opened by SIT itself.

In the diary of accused Monika Yadav, some bureaucrats of Chhattisgarh had given Rs 2 crore to the Honey Trap Gang through Hawala in Goa.

Some diaries also mentioned about taking Rs 7 crores from two leaders in Chhattisgarh. The department had asked SIT to give more details to investigate these cases.

Recently, the Central Agency for Enforcement Directorate (ED) has asked the SIT for complete details of the money transactions.

The SIT chief Rajendra Kumar said that the cash recovered from the accused has been handed to the Income Tax Department.

He said the Income Tax Department wants the statement of transactions, which cannot be given without the order of the High Court because the investigation of the case is being done under the supervision of the Court. If the I-T authorities want more information, they will have to approach the High Court, Kumar said.

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UP police escorts for women travelling alone at night

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Lucknow: Police Response Vehicles (PRV) in Uttar Pradesh will now escort unaccompanied women to their destination between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Any unaccompanied woman, who is out on road during these hours could call a PRV to escort her by dialing 112, the emergency response service of UP police.

Director General of Police (DGP) O.P. Singh issued the order in the wake of recent spurt in crime against women in the state.

The DGP said: “The service has been started to provide better security to woman at night. Any unaccompanied woman in distress, or otherwise, can use this service to reach her destination safely.”

The PRV escorting the woman, will necessarily have two women officials. Police chiefs of each district have been asked to make arrangements for the same.

Ten per cent of PRVs in a district should definitely have women officials so that such PRVs could be sent to escort unaccompanied woman, the order said.

The district police chiefs have also been advised to provide necessary training for the same to these women officials.

The DGP, last week, had asked all private establishments to make necessary arrangements for the safe travel of women employees who are on late night duties.

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