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MPs object to the suspension of MPLAD funds

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New Delhi: SP MP from Uttar Pradesh Vishambhar Prasad Nisha says that he supports the salary cut, but objected to the suspension of MPLAD funds. This money does not go into our pockets, but is used to help the people in our constituencies, he says. Without that, our hands are tied, he adds.

He asks that the government not use this pandemic to sneak in such measures.

DMK MP P. Wilson from Tamil Nadu argues that the savings made from passing this bill is less than the the amount spent in the process of passing it in the Parliament Houses. “The government is spending Rs. 6 crores to save Rs. 4 crore,” he says.

He too calls for the MPLAD fund suspension be lifted. He adds that it is astonishing that the government thought it appropriate to suspend the MPLAD fund while the multi-crore Central Vista project is still on.

BJP MP from Punjab Shwait Malik asks the Congress to not politicise COVID-19 efforts. He says that the PMCARES funds are being used wisely, and for coronavirus response.

AITC MP from West Bengal Dinesh Trivedi says that he fully supports the wage cuts, but asks the ruling party to include the Opposition in the decision making process.

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Heavy rainfall forecast in Odisha, districts put on alert

A depression formed over northwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hours, the IMD said.

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 23 : The Odisha government on Thursday said it has alerted all district Collectors to remain alert as several parts of the state are likely to receive heavy rainfall in the next two days.

Special Relief Commissioner P.K. Jena said that the districts under red, yellow and orange warning are required to make advanced planning and remain fully prepared to meet any eventuality arising out of flood, water-logging and possible landslides in hilly areas.

The Indin Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red warning for Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts, orange warning for Puri district, and yellow warning for Ganjam, Khurdha, Cuttack, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj districts for the next two days.

Meanwhile, several places in the state started receiving rainfall on Thursday.

A depression formed over northwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hours, the IMD said.

The system is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh coasts as a deep depression between Sagar islands (West Bengal) and Khepupara (Bangladesh) over Sundarbans by Friday afternoon, it said.

The Met Department said heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore. Squally weather with wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph and gusting to 50 kmph is likely along the coast in all the four districts, it said.

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Day after chaos, Delhi University’s pro-VC removed

Meanwhile, The DU Teachers’ Association condemned the series of events and termed them as “unprecedented chaos”.

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : The drama over the appointment of the new registrar has taken an ugly turn as Delhi University’s (DU) pro-Vice Chancellor, P.C. Joshi, has been removed from his position on Thursday.

The development came a day after he cleared the appointment of a new registrar, even as Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi had appointed another person for the same position.

Joshi will be replaced by Geeta Bhatt, a member of right-wing teachers’ group, National Teachers’ Democratic Front (NDTF).

Bhatt is also a leading member of the Group of Intellectuals and Academics (GIA), which had said that the Delhi riots of February were a conspiracy of “Jihadis” and “Urban Naxals”.

Soon after her appointment, Bhatt took out an order saying that Joshi is “without any jurisdiction and lawful authority”.

The chaos at the university began when the joint-registrar’s office issued a notification naming P.C. Jha as the Director of the university’s South Campus and as interim registrar from October 21.

“He has been appointed as Director of South Campus in place of Suman Kundua with immediate effect till further orders. He will also act as Registrar, University of Delhi, as an interim arrangement, with immediate effect till further orders,” the notification said.

According to university sources, the fight is between two factions, one backed by the Vice Chancellor, who backed Jha, and Joshi, who on the same day of Jha’a appointment, sent him a letter of “illegally occupying the office”.

“In case you are not vacating the office immediately, you will be forcibly moved out of office and action will be initiated against you,” Joshi said in the letter to Jha.

Meanwhile, professors and officials at the university have called the fiasco disturbing and humiliating for the university.

“The reputation of the university is built over decades and it can be lost within no time. Only one side can be right, but here both the sides are issuing letters, showing a situation of lawlessness. Those who are in power did not care about the reputation of the university, especially during admission time,” said a professor of the university.

Meanwhile, The DU Teachers’ Association condemned the series of events and termed them as “unprecedented chaos”.

Vice Chancellor Tyagi, who is on medical leave at the moment, did not respond to the reporter’s calls and messages.

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Andhra Pradesh Group-I mains exams postponed

“The revised dates will be announced on October 29 after complying with the instructions of the AP High Court,” he said.

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Amaravati, Oct 22 : The state government has postponed the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission’s (APPSC) Group-I mains examinations on the directions issued by the high court.

“It is hereby informed that the mains (descriptive type) examinations for Group-I services are postponed as per the directions issued by the Andhra Pradesh High Court,” said APPSC Secretary, P.S.R. Anjaneyulu.

The examinations for plum government posts were scheduled to be held between November 2 and November 13.

“The revised dates will be announced on October 29 after complying with the instructions of the AP High Court,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state public service commission has announced that the list of candidates provisionally selected for verification of original certificates and interviews for the posts of junior lecturers has been put up on its website.

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