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Sealing drive: AAP, BJP compete to take credit for changes to Master Plan

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New Delhi: Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari with leaders Vijender Gupta, Meenakshi Lekhi and others meeting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on sealing drive issue in New Delhi on Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo: Bidesh Manna/IANS)
Delhi BJP leaders meeting Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (File Photo: Bidesh Manna/IANS)

New Delhi, Feb 2: Both AAP and BJP on Friday took credit for changes made to the Delhi Master Plan 2021, aimed at providing relief to city traders from the ongoing sealing drive.

The decision to make the changes to the Master Plan was taken at a Delhi Development Authority (DDA) meeting chaired by Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Friday morning.

DDA comes under the ambit of the central government. The sealing drive is being carried out by a Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee against business establishments using residential properties for commercial purposes without paying conversion charges.

The drive is being implemented by the three BJP-led municipal corporations in the national capital.

DDA member and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, addressing party supporters after the meeting, said the changes happened due to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s “struggle”.

“It was due to AAP’s struggle that traders got this relief,” he said. Meanwhile, DDA member and BJP MLA O.P. Sharma termed the changes to the Master Plan as a “historic decision by the central government” and alleged that Kejriwal was misleading traders on the sealing drive.

The AAP and BJP have locked horns over the sealing drive with both parties blaming each other.

The proposed changes in the Master Plan are — increase in the floor area ratio (FAR) of commercial establishments; permission to run businesses in the basement; and decrease in conversion charges.

“The board has approved these changes. They will now be put in the public domain for three days and a meeting will be called after that,” BJP MLA and DDA member, Vijender Gupta told IANS.

The changes are expected to be notified as amendments to the Master Plan after the next meeting.

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Govt overturns DU’s pro-VC’s removal, calls it invalid

Soon after her appointment, Bhatt took out an order cancelling the appointment order by Joshi terming him “without any jurisdiction and lawful authority”.

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New Delhi, Oct 23 : The chaos at Delhi University has intensified following a Central government move. A late night order by the Department of Education of Union Education Ministry issued has reversed the order by Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Delhi University Yogesh Tyagi to remove the pro-VC P.C. Joshi, stating that the latter will “act as a vice-chancellor and all the orders to be issued under the statutes with the approval of Vice-Chancellor should be issued with the approval of Pro-Vice Chancellor P.C. Joshi”.

The ministry’s order also said that since Tyagi is “absent” on medical grounds, orders issued by him are not “officially valid and should not be acted upon by the university functionary”.

“In future, if the Vice Chancellor wants to join the office, proper medical fitness certificate issued by the competent authority,” the letter signed by deputy secretary Birendra Kumar Singh at the union education ministry stated.

The order also mandated that the VC has to produce a fitness certificate from the centre he is being treated in if he wishes to rejoin the varsity in future.

“In future, if the VC wants to join the office, a proper medical fitness certificate issued by the competent authority who treated him, must be obtained,” the order read.

Earlier on Thursday, Joshi was removed from his position, just a day after he cleared the appointment of a new registrar even as Tyagi had appointed another person for the job.

Geeta Bhatt, a member of right-wing teachers’ group National Teachers’ Democratic Front (NDTF) has replaced Joshi. She’s also a leading member of the Group of Intellectuals and Academics (GIA), which said Delhi riots were a conspiracy of “Jihadis” and “Urban Naxals”.

Soon after her appointment, Bhatt took out an order cancelling the appointment order by Joshi terming him “without any jurisdiction and lawful authority”.

The chaos at the university began when the joint-registrar’s office issued a notification naming PC Jha as the director of the university’s south campus and as interim registrar from October 21.

“He has been appointed as Director South Campus in place of Prof. 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 had said.

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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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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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