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Gahlot slams Baijal over DTC strike



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New Delhi, Oct 31 : Delhi Minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday slammed Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for not intervening in the ongoing DTC contractual workers strike despite the imposition of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA).

“I have been trying to speak and meet Lieutenant Governor since the last two days over the DTC strike,” the Tansport Minister tweeted.

The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) contractual drivers and conductors have been on a sit-in for the last 10 days, despite the ESMA being imposed, the Minister said, requesting “the LG to spare some time”.

The Najafgarh legislator said those DTC employees who have been “doing their duties” were being threatened by the “goons”.

Read More : Delhi LG bans strike by DTC contractual workers for 6 months

“Most of the contractual workers want to report and do their duties but unable to do (so) because of fear created by (the) goons.

“By not taking action against the miscreants Delhi Police is encouraging the strike,” Gahlot added.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also reacted to the Minister’s tweet and said the “LG has constitutional duty to direct Delhi Police and ensure (proper) implementation of (the) ESMA”.

“Most workers want to attend work. They are being prevented by BJP goons. Police not taking action despite ESMA. LG refusing to meet.

“Why is LG not meeting the minister? Why is LG not directing police to act? BJP misusing LG yet again and harassing Delhiites?” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief tweeted.

Terming the DTC bus services as an essential part of transport, the LG had, on Saturday, imposed the ESMA on the DTC contractual workers strike which prohibits any strike for a period of six months.

Despite the ESMA being imposed and minimum wages being restored, the DTC contractual drivers and conductors continued their strike with five of them going on an indefinite hunger strike.


Central team visits drought-hit districts in Karnataka




Bengaluru, Nov 17 : A 10-member inter-ministerial central team (IMCT) began visiting 17 drought-hit districts across Karnataka for spot assessment of the losses incurred by farmers and the people, an official said on Saturday.

“The 10-member team, divided into three groups are on a three-day tour of the 17 drought-hit districts in the state to assess the grim situation arising out of deficit monsoon rains,” a senior revenue official told IANS.

The team, led by Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Joint Secretary Amitabh Gautam, has been split into three groups to visit the affected districts simultaneously.

The first group is visiting Ballari, Davangere, Raichur and Yadgir; second group Bagalkote, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag and Vijapura; and third group Chikaballapura, Chitradurga, Kolara and Tumukuru.

“The central team will meet state officials of the departments concerned on Monday in Bengaluru for discussing the drought situation in the state for the report to be submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office,” the official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 10 assured a state delegation, led by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, in New Delhi that he would send the team to assess the damage caused by drought in 17 interior and northern districts of the state.

“The delegation sought Rs 2,000 crore package for rehabilitation and rebuilding of infrastructure in the affected regions in the state from the central government,” said the official.

A cabinet sub-committee assessed the losses due to drought and sent a report to the central government for relief aid in October.

State Revenue Minister R.V. Deshpande, Public Works Department Minister H.D; Revanna, Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Byre Gowda were part of the delegation.

The Chief Minister also told Modi that half the state’s area faced drought due to weak monsoon.

The state has been facing drought conditions during the last 13 years. As per preliminary estimates, 15 lakh hectares of agricultural and horticultural crops have been affected, with an estimated loss of Rs 8,000 crore.

“There has been a prolonged dry spell in September, which resulted in about 50 per cent crop production loss,” Deshpande said earlier.

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IndiGo employee commits suicide at guest house in Gurugram



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New Delhi, Nov 17: A 35-year-old IndiGo airline employee allegedly committed suicide at a guest house in Gurugram’s Sushant Lok on Friday.

The deceased has been identified as Mausami Gautam, who hailed from Assam. She was working with the airlines’ security wing. Her body was found hanging from a ceiling fan at the guest house.

The autopsy will be conducted today after the arrival of her family members.

Meanwhile, police has registered a case and an investigation is underway.


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Bihar: 5 injured in explosion at Nawada medicine shop



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Bihar, Nov 17: At least five people were injured in an explosion at a Bihar medicine shop on Saturday. 

The explosion took place at a makeshift traditional medicine shop in Nawada district’s Rajauli. The police investigation is underway.


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