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Railways food 'Unsuitable for human consumption', says CAG report
22.07.17 - team pt
Railways food 'Unsuitable for human consumption', says CAG report



If a recent audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is anything to go by, then one should watch out for what one consumes while travelling on an Indian train.
 
The report on the Indian Railways’ catering services, has claimed that food items "unsuitable for human consumption” — adulterated food, packaged eatables and bottled products, and unsanctioned brands of bottled water were being sold at stations.The CAG report was tabled in Parliament on Friday.
 
According to the CAG report, frequent changes in the catering policy of the Indian Railways have resulted in unreliable services being offered to the travelers. CAG said even the new policy is not clear on how zonal railways will be held accountable.
 
The report says an investigation by the CAG revealed that hygiene was not maintained, bills are not provided to passengers and that there were several deficiencies in food quality. The inspection was conducted at 74 stations and 80 trains.

"Unpurified water straight from tap was used in preparation of beverages, waste bins were not found covered, not emptied regularly and not washed, food stuff were not covered to protect them from flies, insects and dust, rats and cockroaches were found in trains etc,” the audit report said.
 
The audit found food articles were either contaminated or being recycled with packaged and bottled items being sold way past their shelf life and bottles of water by unauthorized manufacturers on sale.
  
"Articles unsuitable for human consumption, contaminated foodstuff, recycled foodstuff, shelf life expired packaged and bottled items, unauthorised brands of water bottles, etc., were offered for sale on stations," CAG noted.
 
The CAG report noted that the prices of materials sold at railway stations were significantly higher than that of the same items being sold on the open market. It also reportedly noted a failure on the part of the Railways in providing the necessary infrastructure.




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Army jawans thrash J&K cops inside police station in Kashmir
22.07.17 - team pt
Army jawans thrash J&K cops inside police station in Kashmir



An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and six personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were injured after they were allegedly thrashed by armymen in Ganderbal following an altercation on Friday night.
 
According to the police, over 30 personnel of the Army’s 24 Rashtriya Rifles in civvies were travelling during the intervening night of July 21-22 in four different vehicles on the Baltal-Srinagar route.

According to the police, policemen deployed on the Amarnath Yatra duty stopped vehicles carrying the army personnel, who were coming back after yatra, at a check point as it was past the cut off time. As per the directions of IG police Kashmir the cut off time for vehicles to pass Sonmarg is 2 PM.
 
The army personnel, who were in civvies and without identification, came down from the vehicles and started thrashing the on duty officer and other officials at Gund Police Station and even damaged property.
 

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday afternoon said its Director General Shesh Paul Vaid has been assured by the Commander of the Srinagar-based Chinar (15) Corps that action would be taken against the soldiers involved in the incident.
 
The injured police men were given the medical treatment while two of the seriously injured were under observation in the hospital , the official sources said.

Meanwhile, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has demanded action be taken against the army personnel. "Why would the army beat up J&K police personnel in a police station? This requires immediate clarification/action by the authorities," Omar wrote on Twitter.
  
Meanwhile, police registered a case against the group of unknown army personnel for vandalizing the Gund police station and beating the cops inside the police station. The case was registered at two police stations , the official sources said.




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TOTAL TRANSPARENCY: Journalists get Rs 500 bribe in media kit
22.07.17 - PT Bureau
TOTAL TRANSPARENCY: Journalists get Rs 500 bribe in media kit



BHUBANESWAR: FINALLY, a political party seems to have decided to adopt transparency in its dealings with the media. As a result, journalists in Odisha found Rs 500 currency notes in their media kits when they went to cover an event of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), where Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was the chief guest. 
 
As journalists waited for Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Dharmendra Pradhan to arrive at the Dussehera Ground here on Friday, they rummaged through their media kits handed over by the NHAI officials and found a crisp Rs 500 currency note in each kit.

Media news portal JantaKaReporter put out a video of journalists protesting and displaying the currency notes, a clear instance of bribe.

 
The journalists also said that the media kits were distributed by NHAI officials.

Police confirmed that a local journalist Ranjan Patra lodged a complaint with the Angul Police Station. An NHAI official who had distributed the kits said he had no information about what the kit contained. 

Both the ministers attended the "Bhumi Pujan” for the construction venture to widen the Angul-Sambalpur, Tileibani-Sambalpur and Balanga-Jharpokharia sections of the national highway.




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L-G Kiran Bedi tweets poster that shows her as Hitler, allegedly made by Congress
21.07.17 - TEAM PT
L-G Kiran Bedi tweets poster that shows her as Hitler, allegedly made by Congress



Kiran Bedi, the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, this morning tweeted a series of posters lampooning her. The former police officer is Hitler and Goddess Kali in these posters, which have apparently been taken out by members of the ruling Congress.

The posters were reportedly printed for a Congress protest to demand Bedi's exit; the party has described her as dictatorial after several clashes in recent weeks.
 
The posters, which Bedi describes as "one of a series", were put up across the city and shared on social media. The image in the poster showed Hitler's trademark toothbrush moustache superimposed on Bedi's face.
 

 
Yet another poster was tweeted by Bedi, in which she was portrayed as the Hindu Goddess Kali holding the decapitated head of some politicians, including that of Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.
She also shared in a series of tweets, one of which is a cartoon showing her being chased away.
 
The posters were allegedly made by Congress party cadres to protest against the appointment of three MLAs by the LG without consulting the territorial government.
 
On Thursday, Congress workers protested against the induction of three nominated members of the BJP to the Puducherry Assembly by the Centre without consulting the territorial government.

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy accompanied by PCC chief and PWD Minister A Namassivayam, party MLAs and functionaries participated in the demonstration held at Thavalakuppam village.

Defending nomination of three legislators, which intensified the spat between her and Narayanasamy, Bedi had said she did not receive any names for nominating them as MLAs from the chief minister.
 
She had said the "central government exercised its power to nominate upto three MLAs".
 
A bandh was also observed on July 8 in Puducherry at the instance of these parties to protest against the "undemocratic style of functioning of the Lt Governor and the nomination of three BJP activists by the Centre without adhering to democratic procedures."

The parties also sought ouster of Bedi through the bandh and also through a fast on July 7.




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Taking action against cow vigilantism is a State subject, Centre tells Supreme Court
21.07.17 - TEAM PT
Taking action against cow vigilantism is a State subject, Centre tells Supreme Court



The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that while it is against "cow vigilantism by private persons", any action against such people has to be taken by States and not the Centre.
 
A bench headed by justice Dipak Misra was hearing three public interest litigation cases challenging certain laws that shield vigilante cow protection groups in the country.
 
The court directed the Centre to file an affidavit in four weeks while asking it to explain what it proposes to do to control the menace of cow vigilantism. The court also directed states which are before the SC also to file an affidavit in this regard.

The court had intervened in the ongoing controversy over cow protection and sought responses from the Centre and six states on the issue within three weeks in April.
 
Neither the Centre nor have States like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra filed any written response to the court's repeated orders to them do so. "Why is there no response from the Centre or the States?” senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, for one of the petitioners, asked in court.

"It is a State subject. Union of India has no role to play,” Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, for the Centre, replied to the court when asked why the Centre has failed to file its response.

The six states are Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Except for Congress-ruled Karnataka, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power in these states.




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