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Congress seeks action against Delhi government on ads

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New Delhi, May 17 : The Congress on Tuesday complained to the Committee on Content Regulation of Government Advertisements on alleged violation of Supreme Court’s advertisement guidelines by the AAP government in Delhi.

In its memorandum to the SC-appointed panel, the Congress demanded that the committee must ensure recovery of public funds spent on what it said were “illegal advertisements” and an immediate ban on all such ads of the Delhi government.

“… the undersigned seeks to bring to the notice of the august committee, various instances wherein the government of NCT of Delhi (hereinafter referred to as the ‘GNCTD’) has openly flouted government advertisement guidelines laid down by the apex court,” senior Congress leader Ajay Maken said in the memorandum.

“The undersigned further seeks necessary action/directions against the GNCTD to ensure recovery of public funds misappropriated on such illegal advertisements and immediate ban on all such illegal ads of GNCTD,” the memorandum said.

The memorandum said that to ensure propriety and strict compliance of the apex court’s judgment/guidelines, such recovery shall be made at non-Department of Audio-Visual Publicity rates from the individuals responsible/party in power, who permitted/ published the illegal political ads on account of taxpayers’ money, and the amount so recovered shall be directed to be reimbursed to the corpus of GNCTD for public welfare purposes.

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Virendra appointed new DG of West Bengal police

Ajay Kumar Nand, who was IGP Counter Insurgency Force (CIF), will be the Director, security, replacing SN Gupta, it said.

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Kolkata, May 25 : The West Bengal government has appointed Virendra as the new director-general of police, replacing current DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha, who would be retiring on May 31, a notification issued late last night said.

Virendra was posted as the DG (security).

Ajay Kumar Nand, who was IGP Counter Insurgency Force (CIF), will be the Director, security, replacing SN Gupta, it said.

Gupta was made the new ADG CIF with additional charges of ADG, establishment, the notification said.

According to a senior official at the secretariat, a new post — advisor (security) — has been created to accommodate Purkayastha.

“Kar Purkayastha is highly experienced and the chief minister prefers him and wants to utilise him in security-related issues. He will likely be advising to the chief minister on security-related issues,” he said.

Incidentally, Purkayastha was the first DGP in the state who was given an extension after his official retirement in 2016.

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Mumbai municipal commissioner appears before high court

Vacation judge Justice S J Kathawala had summoned Mehta after the civic body failed to comply with directions passed by the court on a petition filed by tenants of the century-old Bhatia Building in south Mumbai.

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Mumbai, May 24 : Mumbai municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta today appeared before the Bombay High Court and assured that the court’s directions on a plea by some tenants of a building in south Mumbai would be complied with.

Vacation judge Justice S J Kathawala had summoned Mehta after the civic body failed to comply with directions passed by the court on a petition filed by tenants of the century-old Bhatia Building in south Mumbai.

Mehta today appeared before Justice Kathawala, and assured the judge that the corporation would follow the court’s orders and submit a report.

The tenants had alleged that the landlords were carrying out unauthorised construction on the ground floor which had damaged the building’s foundation beams.

Last month, the landlords assured the court that they would not carry out further work, and would repair the damage caused to the foundation.

The petition had also claimed that excavation work on a plot behind the building was also causing cracks.

The high court then directed that a committee of experts from the municipal corporation and the state housing agency MHADA should visit the building and ensure that no excavation work was carried out.

The court asked the committee to submit a report.

However, the court was informed two days ago that excavation work on the plot was still going on.

The revelation invited the court’s wrath on the municipal body.

The authorities were putting tenants’ lives in danger, Justice Kathawala said, asking the commissioner to be present.

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Uttar Pradesh, Himachal reels under Heat Wave

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New Delhi, May 24: A major portion of Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under an intense heat wave on Thursday, weather officials said.

Heat wave conditions also occurred in some parts of Himachal Pradesh with Una recording a maximum temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius and the state capital Shimla a high of 27.8 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said.

Dry winds blowing across the Uttar Pradesh state capital and many other regions forced people to stay indoors.

The heat wave is particularly high in the state’s central region and Bundelkhand.

Mahoba was the highest with 47.5 degrees Celsius followed by Jalaun with 47 degrees, Hamirpur 45.6 degrees.

Temperatures recorded at Farukkhabad was 44.3 degrees celsius Auraiyya 45 degrees, Unnao 44 degrees and Kannauj while Etawah also remained unbearably hot at 43 degrees celsius.

There has been a slight improvement in weather conditions in Kanpur after two days of scorching heat. Two heat-related deaths were reported in the Poorvanchal region.

Allahabad recorded a maximum of 42.2 degrees celsius while the state capital remained equally hot at 43 degrees celsius.

The weatherman predicted continuance of the weather for at least a week and advised people to remain indoors.

Many medical facilities and major towns of the state have reported patients suffering from vomiting and diarrhea – both symptoms of heat stroke.

Himachal Pradesh also witnessed heat wave conditions in some parts.

“Most of the towns in Una, Bilaspur and Kullu district recorded a maximum temperature three to five notches above the average mainly due to prevailing dry weather,” an official at the meteorological office here told IANS.

He said Shimla’s maximum temperature was three notches above the average.

Sundernagar in Mandi district recorded a high of 37.9 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature in Bhuntar in Kullu district was 36 degrees, Dharamsala in Kangra district was 32.4 degrees and Kalpa in Kinnaur district was 23.2 degrees.

The Met department said the weather would largely remain dry till May 28. After that there are chances of thundershowers.

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