Odisha Sarpanch Arrested for Allegedly Possessing Assets 3340 More Than His Income

first_imgBerhampur: A panchayat sarpanch was arrested in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Thursday for allegedly amassing wealth 3,340% more than his known sources of income, a vigilance official said.The sarpanch of Ankorada gram panchayat was arrested after the anti-corruption agency traced properties valued at over Rs 1.54 crore owned by him, said Berhampur SP (Vigilance), Mayadhar Swain. Vigilance sleuths raided six places in Digapahandi, Sahu’s ancestral house at Nabarangapur and his gram panchayat office at Ankorada on Wednesday. They found 11 housing plots valued at Rs 10.34 lakh in the name of the accused and his wife, and a two-storey building worth Rs 20 lakh at Digaphandi, Swain said. Two buildings worth Rs 25.07 lakh and Rs 3.85 lakh at Nabarangapur another one valued at Rs 9.50 lakh were found by the vigilance team in their name.The sleuths found that the sarpanch has Rs 29.80 lakh in accounts various banks besides owning Rs 8.10 lakh-worth household items.Swain said 615 gm gold ornaments, 1.4 kg silver ornaments and Rs 44 lakh in cash were recovered from the sarpanch’s residence. He possesses two cars and as many motorbikes with a total value of Rs 34.10 lakh, the vigilance SP said.The accused was elected as Ankorada panchayat samiti member from 2007 to 2012, while his wife was sarpanch from 2012 to 2017. He then got elected as the sarapanch in 2017 and is still in the post. He was booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Arms Act after an unlicensed rifle along with ammunition were found from his residence at Digapahandi. BerhampurOdishaSarpanchvigilance First Published: July 11, 2019, 9:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani Proposes Changes in SDRF Norms to Deal with

first_img droughtgujaratGujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupaniniti aayog First Published: June 15, 2019, 10:08 PM IST New Delhi: In order to effectively deal with drought, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday proposed that the norms regarding the use of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) should be revised.”The recent years for Gujarat have been rainfall deficient and therefore, we have taken stringent measures to mitigate the effects of scanty rainfall,” he said in his speech at the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting here Gujarat had received just 73.87 per cent of the average rainfall during the monsoon season in 2018.Rupani said the state would like to propose certain “revisions” in the SDRF norms.”As per Supreme court orders, the mid-day meal centres have to be kept open during vacations also after drought notification. The same applies to Anganwadi centres,” he said.”As the mid-day meal and Anganwadi centres have to be kept open, it is proposed that the expenditure incurred thereon should be incorporated in SDRF guidelines,” he added.The SDRF is the primary fund available with the state governments to deal with natural disasters.The central government contributes 75 per cent for general category states such as Gujarat and 90 per cent for special category states of the assessed SDRF each year.Rupani said that during the drought period, either the number of work days under the MGNREGA scheme should be increased to 200 days from 150 or the additional expenditure “beyond 150 days should be allowed to be made from the SDRF”.According to the current norms, during a drought period, the number of work days under the MGNREGA scheme are only increased to 150 days from 100 days.The chief minister said it is very important to reform existing SDRF norms to provide financial assistance for the entire drought period.”Total default time frame for relief aid during natural calamities, including moderate and severe calamities, is 90 days. Normally, during the calamities like cyclones, heavy rains and floods, it is not required to extend the time limit. However, drought is a very different kind of natural calamity; which lasts for about eight to nine months,” he explained.”And as the drought prolongs, the situation worsens which requires even greater need to carry out relief measures during such period. As the time limit for drought relief measures is confined to a maximum 90 days, it puts a heavy burden on state exchequer to continue relief works for seven to eight extra months,” he added.According to the current SDRF norms, the subsidy provision is for animals under cattle camps only, Rupani said.”It is proposed to incorporate financial aid for registered gaushalas and panjra pole as they also carry out very significant relief works,” he added.Panjra pole is an enclosure where old and sick animals are kept.According to the SDRF norms, financial assistance is provided only for the transportation of fodder.The chief minister said that during drought, the state government has to distribute fodder at subsidised rates. “Therefore, the procurement cost of fodder also needs to be incorporated under SDRF norms,” he said.The chief ministers for all states of India met on Saturday at the fifth meeting of NITI Aayog governing council.In his speech, Rupani said his government is committed to achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and have prepared “Gujarat Sustainable Vision 2030” as its commitment.He said the state government will leave no stone unturned in transforming Gujarat in line with the prime minister’s vision of transforming India into a new India. last_img read more

BJP Demands CBI Inquiry Into Bhatpara Clashes That Left Two Dead Several

first_img bhatparaBJPtrinamool congressWest Bengal First Published: June 21, 2019, 3:40 PM IST Kolkata: The BJP on Friday accused the Bengal police administration of acting as “TMC cadres” and demanded a CBI inquiry into the firing incident at Bhatpara, which the party leaders said, left two dead and several injured.Clashes broke out between two groups, suspected to be affiliated to the TMC and the BJP, in the area on Thursday, with locals alleging that the deaths were because of police firing. BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya held a meeting with state BJP leaders during the day to discuss the next course of action following the incident.”Mamata Banerjee and her party goons along with police have turned Bengal into killing fields just because the BJP won 18 Lok Sabha seats in the state.”The kind of terror they have let loose in Bengal is unprecedented. They are trying to wipe out BJP cadres and voters from the Bhatpara area. But this will not yield any result,” Vijayvargia said.BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said, the saffron party would seek a CBI inquiry into the incident to bring out the truth.”It has been decided by our party that we would seek CBI inquiry into the incident to bring out the truth. The police is claiming they have not opened fire.”The TMC is claiming they are not involved in the incident. The locals are saying it was the police which opened fire and killed innocent civilians. So in order to bring out the truth, a CBI inquiry is needed,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha told PTI.On asked about allegations whether outsiders led by the BJP had engineered the ruckus, Sinha termed it as “baseless”, and said only a CBI inquiry can unravel the truth.A central BJP delegation is likely to visit Bhatpara this week and submit a report about the incident to party president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP sources said.Reacting to the BJP’s demand for a CBI inquiry, senior TMC leader and minister Jyotipriyo Mullick said, theBJP wants to “tamper evidence” about its involvement in the Bhatpara incident.”Since the declaration of Lok Sabha polls results, the BJP has been attacking minorities and Bengali families in the area,” Mullick said.The BJP has called for a state-wide protest and demonstration against the killings.The North 24 Paraganas unit of the party has called for a gherao of Barrackpore police commissionerate while the state leaders will conduct a protest march in the city.Director General of Police Virendra had said after visiting the spot on Thursday, “The cause of the deaths is under investigation.” last_img read more

NABARD 2019 Main Admit Card for Grade A and Grade B Officers

first_imgNABARD 2019 Main Admit Card | The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on Monday, July 15, has released NABARD 2019 Main Admit Card for Assistant Manager (Grade A) and Manager (Grade B) main examinations. The NABARD RDBS Admit Card 2019, NABARD RDBS Main Admit Card 2019 is available for download from the Bank’s official website nabard.org The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has activated direct link for download of NABARD 2019 Manager Admit Card, NABARD 2019 Assistant Manager Admit Card. The NABARD 2019 Admit Card can be downloaded till the examination day. However, exam takers are suggested to take a printout of RDBS 2019 Assistant Manager Admit Card, RDBS 2019 Manager Admit Card at the earliest.NABARD 2019 Admit Card: Steps to download NABARD RDBS Main Exam Admit CardStep 1- Visit the official website of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development: nabard.org Step 2- Search for a tab reading NABARD 2019 Main Exam Admit Card and click on it Step 3- You will be redirected to new window, enter your NABARD registration number, password and captcha codeStep 4- The NABARD 2019 Admit Card, NABARD 2019 Manager Admit Card, NABARD 2019 Assistant Manager Admit Card will be displayed in PDF formatStep 5- Download and take a printout of NABARD Main Exam 2019 Admit CardCheck the allotted test centers and timing printed on your NABARD 2019 Manager Admit Card, NABARD 2019 Assistant Manager Admit Card. Reach your allotted exam center with a copy of NABARD Exam 2019 Admit Card and one valid photo identity proof in original as well as a photocopy. NabardNABARD 2019 Admit CardNABARD 2019 Admit Card downloadNABARD 2019 Admit Card released First Published: July 15, 2019, 5:16 PM ISTlast_img read more

Amit Shah Launches Party Membership Drive in Telangana Makes Election Pitch for

first_imgHyderabad: BJP chief Amit Shah said on Saturday many parties get divided after facing electoral defeats as they run “on the basis of individuals, family and caste,”but not the BJP, which has grown strong over the years as it runs on the basis of its ideology.Launching the party’s membership drive in Telangana, he said that in the electoral history of the country, many parties have broken and got divided with just one failure. Shah was hopeful about winning the next assembly elections in Telangana. He added that the saffron party will strengthen in AP and Kerala by next elections.Talking about Karnataka, Shah said “BJP formed the government in Karnataka earlier. Still we are told that BJP is not there in the south. I just say this much, whether Telangana goes ahead, Andhra goes ahead or Kerala moves ahead… these three states have to become strongholds of BJP some day,” he said. “This competition is before Telangana people. You have to decide whether Telangana will first become (a stronghold), Andhra or Kerala,” he added.After the polls though the BJP emerged big with 104 seats, Congress with 80 seats got tie up with the JD (S) with 37 seats to form coalition government. It made Kumara Swamy chief minister while magic figure to clinch power was 113 seats out of 225 seats in Karnataka Assembly.The country’s oldest party, Congress party, there is no letter in ABCD on which there is Congress, Congress “O”, Congress “U”…all ABCD.After a single defeat, Congress gets split and gets divided with one failure,” he said.He also referred to the Telegu Desam Party, saying it too was split.Such parties cannot tolerate failure, because they run on the basis of individuals and family and caste,” he said.However, it was not so with the BJP, “which runs on the basis of ideology and is moving forward with a dream to make Bharat Mata (mother India) ‘vishwa guru’, he said.Prior to formally launching the membership driver, the BJP President visited the home of a tribal family and inducted them as BJP members. Shah gave first membership of the BJP to a Tribal woman Soni Bai Nayak, who has been a party activist, at Ranganayakula Thanda near Pahadi Sharif in her small house to mark Shyam Prasad Mukherjee birth anniversary.The membership drive was kicked off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi earlier in the day.Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nadendla Bhaskar Rao, senior TDP leader Peddi Reddy and several others joined the BJP in the presence of Amit Shah at a meeting at KLCC hall near Shamshabad near city. BJP leaders present were K Lakshman, G Kishan Reddy, Muralidhar Rao, Jithendra, DK Aruna, Bandaru Dattatrreya, Ramchandra Rao and others were present at the occasion. Shah said former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had mocked the BJP for having two members in Lok Sabha, saying they believed in “family planning”.Now the situation was such that the Congress had not even got the status of the main opposition party in Parliament while BJP came to power with a full majority, he said.Shah set a target of enrolling 18 lakh new members in Telangana to the existing 18 lakh, instead of 12 lakh as planned by the state unit and said he would personally take up the drive by visiting every district if they were not able to do it.”I asked (BJP national general secretary) P Muralidhar Rao he told me they plan to add 12 lakh members to the existing 18 lakh in Telangana. If you (state leadership) cannot do it, then tell me. I will visit every district in Telangana and take up the membership drive. We need to strengthen BJP in Telangana and add another 18 lakh new members,” Shah added.He expressed confidence that the party’s vote share would go up to 50 per cent from 19 per cent in Telangana.He said the Prime Minister has directed party workers to take up a cleanliness campaign, plantation and also water conservation during the membership drive in villages.Shah thanked the people of Telangana for giving 19 per cent vote share to BJP, which he said, showed that the party would form next government in the state.The Union Home Minister also paid glowing tributes to (Jan Sangh founder)Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, whose birth anniversary is being celebrated on Saturday, for his role in keeping Kashmir an integral part of India.He also recalled Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s role in getting erstwhile Hyderabad state, ruled by the Nizam, merged into the Indian union.(With inputs from PTI) Amit ShahAndhra PradeshBandaru DattatrreyaBharatiya Janata Party First Published: July 6, 2019, 8:41 PM ISTlast_img read more

Naidu Govt Left Terribly Managed Economy Andhra Minister Releases White Paper on

first_imgAmaravati: Two days ahead of presenting his first budget, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath on Wednesday released a white paper on the state’s finances, stating that the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government inherited a “terribly mismanaged economy” from the previous dispensation that left the state with a staggering debt burden of Rs 3.62 lakh crore.Agriculture sector, the backbone of the state’s economy, presented a dismal picture, registering negative growth in four fiscals though the overall Gross State Domestic Product (at current prices) for the year 2018-19 was expected to be Rs 9,33,402 crore as per advanced estimates. “The previous government had said agriculture, industry and service sectors had grown, but when we dug into the details, aqua culture and livestock were also included in agriculture which is against the normal standard practice and does not sound convincing.”By any parameter, 2014-19 has been a bad period for Andhra Pradesh. While the unwanted bifurcation of the state was one reason, people didn’t get the rule they wished for. The past five years of mis-governance, financial mismanagement, complete neglect of investment in human and physical capital, coupled with corruption, have pushed the state into the dark ages that were never experienced in its history,” the finance minister said.“Tall claims were also made of industrial growth, but there was no corresponding increase in power utility which calls the bluff of the previous government. It had crossed all limits in raising loans and putting them to unproductive and needless use. Many times it was very extravagant. Also, there are many unpaid bills which we have to clear other than these loans,” the minister said.Noting that 2004-09 (when late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was Chief Minister) was a golden period for agriculture sector in the state when 5.07 per cent growth was registered, Buggana said 2014-18 period was the worst as the growth sunk into the negative (4.12 per cent).In 2014-15, agriculture sector per se registered -0.35 per cent growth followed by -12.28 per cent and -7.36 per cent in subsequent years. In 2017-18, the sector turned around to witness 15.31 per cent growth but slid once again to -9.83 per cent in 2018-19 (advance estimates), the minister said. He said the state’s revenue deficit stood at an aggregate Rs 66,000 crore at the end of 2018-19 fiscal. “It is evident that the previous government has had little control over the revenue expenditure, which continued to grow unabated, as it failed to manage its finances efficiently and prudently in accordance with the established norms, despite receiving revenue deficit grant awarded by the 14th Finance Commission. Making matters worse, (the TDP) government used borrowed funds for financing revenue expenditure, which substantially reduced the resource availability for capital investment,” Buggana said.This pushed critical sectors like education, health care and nutritional services into an abysmal state, he added. Talking about the debt, the minister noted that APsburden was Rs 97,000 crore at the time of bifurcation in June 2014. “In five years, it peaked to a whopping Rs 2,58,928 crore. Interest payment alone on the debt is projected to be over Rs 20,000 crore per annum, in addition to the repayment of principal to the tune of another Rs 20,000 crore,” he said.Huge off-budget borrowings by various corporations floated by the state government pushed the aggragate debt to a staggering Rs 3.62 lakh crore, the minister said.“A majority of the electoral promises made by the TDP ahead of the 2014 elections have remained partially or entirely unfulfilled. The All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey, 2016-17, says that the incidence of indebtedness among agricultural households in the state is as high as 77%, as compared to the national average of 47%,” the finance minister said.”This is enormous but we have to slowly clear it. Its a tough situation but we will face it boldly,” Buggana said, adding that their governments emphasis would be onbuilding human capital through a slew of welfare schemes.”Everything will be made public in my Budget. Just wait for two days,” he said. Buggana Rajendranath would present the annual budget for 2019-20 to the House at 11 am on July 12. (With inputs from PTI) Andhra Pradesh BudgetBuggana RajendranathChandrababu NaiduFinance Minister First Published: July 10, 2019, 10:06 PM ISTlast_img read more

Stooped to New Low Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Attacks BJP Over Priyanka

first_img Amarinder SinghBJPcongressPriyanka Gandhi First Published: July 20, 2019, 4:08 PM IST Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh voiced protest on Saturday against the detention of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra by the Uttar Pradesh administration and dubbed it as “undemocratic and unconstitutional”.Accusing the Yogi Adityanath government of attempting to stifle Priyanka Gandhi’s democratic right to protest against the Sonbhadra violence and join the victims’ families in their grief, he said the BJP-led regime in Uttar Pradesh had “stooped to a new low in curbing” the fundamental rights of citizens. Singh urged the Uttar Pradesh government to immediately revoke its detention orders and allow Priyanka Gandhi to continue with her peaceful and democratic protest.The senior Congress leader also said the BJP-led regime at the Centre should intervene and direct the Adityanath government to step back from its “confrontationist attitude” and ensure the protection of the constitutional rights of Priyanka Gandhi and her supporters.On Friday, Priyanka Gandhi, the Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, was detained and stopped from going to Sonbhadra, where 10 tribals were shot dead on Wednesday.Terming the Uttar Pradesh government’s actions as “arbitrary and repressive”, Singh questioned the rationale behind detaining Priyanka Gandhi and preventing her from performing her democratic duties.Citing reports suggesting that the Uttar Pradesh administration had subsequently cut the power connection at the guest house where Priyanka Gandhi was detained in Mirzapur district, he said to protest peacefully was a fundamental right under the Constitution, which the Adityanath government was trying to “erode completely through its authoritarian acts”. No state government could be allowed to suppress the fundamental rights of any individual in the Indian democratic polity, the chief minister said. last_img read more

Subaru and Mazda join Toyotas selfdriving car development venture

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Nissan and Renault are the latest automakers to ally themselves with Waymo Uber’s earnings report could give a clearer picture on self-driving cars Florida allows autonomous cars to drive on its roads without human supervision Semi-autonomous and always available: A peek into the near future of car rental How GM’s Cruise self-driving cars navigate around double-parked vehicles Five Japanese automakers — including Subaru and Mazda — are investing in a joint venture set up by Toyota and SoftBank to develop services that will utilize self-driving cars. The venture, dubbed Monet, is primarily aimed at ridesharing services along the lines of Uber and Lyft.Subaru and Mazda, as well as Suzuki, Isuzu, and Toyota-owned Daihatsu, will each invest 57.1 million yen ($530,620) in Monet, in exchange for a 2 percent stake in the venture, according to a statement from the companies. Toyota and SoftBank will each retain their 35-percent stakes in Monet, which is currently capitalized at $26.6 million, according to Automotive News.The self-driving car venture previously attracted investment from Honda and Hino — the Toyota-owned truck manufacturer. Both companies have said they will make additional investments, but will retain their current 10-percent stakes, according to Automotive News.Monet launched in October 2018, with plans to roll out on-demand mobility services in Japan in 2020. The company is expected to serve as a launching point for services based around the Toyota e-Palette, a reconfigurable autonomous vehicle unveiled at CES 2018. Essentially a box on wheels, the all-electric e-Palette was designed to easily switch from carrying passengers to carrying cargo. However, the version Toyota displayed at CES was just a concept vehicle, and wasn’t ready for production.While Toyota is also developing autonomous-driving tech aimed more at retail car buyers, the joint venture is yet another indication that self-driving cars will deploy in commercial fleets long before they are ever sold to individual owners. The rise of Uber and Lyft has left automakers looking for a way to compete. Ride-sharing presents a threat to car sales, but it also presents a potential new source of revenue for automakers. Self-driving cars are expected to improve ridesharing services, in part because they can stay on the road earning money longer than human drivers. In addition to investing in Monet, SoftBank has stakes in Uber and Chinese ridesharing giant Didi Chuxing. Toyota is also investing directly in Uber’s self-driving car program.Joining Monet gives smaller automakers access to Toyota’s considerable research and development resources. Developing new technologies like self-driving cars is costly, and would likely be out of the reach of smaller automakers without partnerships. Subaru has already worked with Toyota on the BRZ and 86 sports car twins, and uses Toyota plug-in hybrid tech in the Crosstrek Hybrid. Mazda has an agreement with Toyota to develop electric powertrains, and the two automakers are building a joint factory in Huntsville, Alabama. The current-generation Toyota Yaris is based on the Mazda 2.The cost and complexity of self-driving cars has led to numerous partnerships between automakers, as well as with tech companies and service providers like Uber. But it remains unclear if any of these joint ventures will speed up the mass deployment of self-driving cars, or whether the public will be ready for them.last_img read more

ARM CortexA75 CortexA55 preparing phones for AI invasion

first_imgAlmost exactly a year ago, ARM Holdings announced the Cortex-A73 CPU and Mali-G71 GPU that had their sights on empowering mobile and embedded devices to take on the computing trend of that time. Namely, virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. This year, the trends have shifted a bit and ARM is shifting appropriately as well. Launching the Cortex-A75, as well as the Cortex-A55 and Mali-G72 GPU, ARM aims to equip small-form computers with all the processing power they need to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning to everything from smartphones to your car dashboard. ARM actually already announced the foundations of this new generation of CPUs last March in its new DynamIQ technology. Designed specifically with AI and ML applications in mind, DynamIQ allows for a more varied heterogeneous mix of cores, like a combination of 1 high-performance core and 7 energy-efficient cores.That high-performance core comes in the form of the new Cortex-A75, the first of its line to implement ARM’s new DynamIQ tech. By itself, the Cortex-A75 already represents a significant jump in performance over the A73, despite the small bump in number. ARM boasts of a 20% increase in performance while retaining the same power efficiency as its predecessor.Not all devices, however, will need such high power cores running all the time. That’s where the Cortex-A55 comes in. Using the new combination of DynamIQ big.LITTLE architecture, manufacturers can mix just one Cortex-A75 and seven Cortex-A55 and still better performance than any 8 or 4+4 combinations from last year’s generation.These two CPUs, together with the new Mali-G72 GPU, comprise ARM’s vision of AI/ML-enabled devices that don’t need to connect with the cloud for off-site processing. This could definitely sit well with the likes of Google, who has started offloading some of the computational workload on devices themselves, via platforms like TensorFlow Lite. That said, it’s still a long time coming, as devices running on Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 cores aren’t expected until early 2018.SOURCE: ARMlast_img read more

Apple tipped in talks with studios to bring 4K HDR movies to

first_imgThe information comes from sources speaking to Bloomberg, which again tips the existence of an Apple TV model that can stream 4K-resolution content. That information isn’t new — we’ve been hearing it from various sources for awhile. Joining the tip, though, is word that Apple has supposedly been in talks with movie studios about getting 4K versions of existing movies to put on iTunes.This will ensure that Apple TV buyers have at least a decent library of 4K and HDR content when the new model launches. Where Apple is at in these talks, though, isn’t revealed, nor do we know how many 4K movies iTunes may offer when the device launches. Assuming, of course, that all the rumors prove true.The sources go on to claim that Apple has also been talking with companies that offer video apps for Apple TV, and that these talks revolve around its plan to offer a 4K version of the streaming device. As well, Apple has reportedly been talking with content creators about bringing 4K content to iTunes, the sources indicating that these talks may be for original rather than existing content, though the isn’t clear.A recent report claimed that Apple is readying a $1 billion budget for original content next year. The move will greatly expand upon the company’s current limited number of original shows, though details about what kind of content we can expect are slight. Despite the large figure, Apple will still have an upwards battle in taking on Amazon and Netflix, the latter of which is ready to spend as much as $7 billion on content in 2018.SOURCE: Bloomberg Apple it planning to unveil an updated Apple TV model with 4K UHD and HDR support next month, according to sources, and ahead of that launch reportedly comes talks with studios about launching 4K HDR movies on iTunes. The company was recently spotted listing some movies as ‘4K’ resolution in iTunes, though users who saw the resolution marker reported only being able to download the HD version.last_img read more