Andher Nagari: Maharashtra Govt


copy-of-getimage3.jpg      In spite of orders from Supreme Court and Centre over migration of labourers, not much has been done in Maharashtra to stem violence against north Indians…

THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE
The current cycle of violence targeting north Indians in Maharashtra started on Feb 3 after Raj Thackeray’s call

FEBRUARY 3 | SHIVAJI PARK

MNS activists bash up north Indians going to attend a SP rally; several people are beaten up and taxis, driven by north Indians damaged. Eleven arrested

FEBRUARY 4 | DADAR RAILWAY STATION

North Indians are pulled out of trains at Dadar and bashed up. Cops arrest four of the miscreants

FEBRUARY 5 | GOVANDI RAILWAY STATION

More people from UP and Bihar are attacked at Govandi railway station. Two arrested for violence

FEBRUARY 8 | BHOIWADA

Bhoiwada cops arrest 21 MNS activists for trying to close down shut shops

FEBRUARY 12 | BHOIWADA AND KALACHOWKIE

Trouble in Bhoiwada and Kalachowkie. Mobs forcibly down shutters of shops, attack taxis driven by north Indians. Four of the goons are arrested

FEBRUARY 13 | THE BIG DAY

        The government, after repeated prodding from Centre and adverse remarks from SC, finally musters the courage to arrest Raj Thackeray. But he gets bail. This, however, is provocation enough for MNS supporters to go on a rampage. Mobs take over Mumbai, force people off the road, shut shops and target north Indians (and their taxis). Several people arrested as the first death caused by the agitation is reported from Nashik; a man dies after a stone hits him — ironically — a Maharashtrian.

MARCH 22 | CHEMBUR

Hooligans attack an UP family living in Chembur for nearly 50 years.

MARCH 23 | SANTA CRUZ

Mob beat up a group of six north Indians celebrating Holi in Santa Cruz.

MARCH 29 | KALACHOWKIE AND N M JOSHI MARG

Seven taxis smashed, four arsonist arrested

Andher Nagari:Woman DSP alleges harassment by railway IG


Woman DSP alleges harassment by Railway IG  Anilesh S Mahajan | TNN     

        Chandigarh: A controversy is staring at the face of the Railway Police after a woman DSP alleged on Thursday that her senior, an IG, was harassing her. 
   

       Talking to TOI, Sukhdev Kaur, DSP (GRP), posted at Patiala, said that her boss IG, GRP, GS Grewal was harassing her in ways she could not make public. ‘‘And it has become more unruly since Wednesday.’’
  

        Detailing the latest provocation, she said Grewal came to her Bhadson Road residence in Patiala with his gunmen at 1:45 am on Thursday and asked her to accompany him to his bungalow. She added that while the IG sat in his Innova outside her door, the gunmen, after ringing the doorbell for 15 minutes, eventually barged in and gave her the IG’s message.

         ‘‘I refused and made the relevant entry about the incident in the daily register. I also wanted to speak to the IG’s wife and tell her this but control room told me she is not available,’’ Kaur recounted.

       The complaint, now official, is with AIG (GRP) Mohinder Singh Chahal, who confirmed the report and said he has forwarded it to ADGP (Law and Order) Chander Shekhar. 
        

        On his part, Grewal denied the allegations and said it is a ‘‘misconception’’ of the DSP that she is being harassed. While admitting that he did send his gunmen at about 11.30 pm to her place, he said he was not present on the spot.

        ‘‘All I wanted was for her not to go to Pathankot for an inspection scheduled for Thursday and complete a pending inquiry report instead,’’ he said, adding, ‘‘It was when she refused to take the instructions that I decided to issue her an official note to deliver which my men had gone to her house.’’

UK:Asian Docs win battle as UK sheds visa bias


Docs win battle as UK sheds visa bias
LONDON: Indian doctors in the UK have won a significant legal battle as the Blair government agreed to withdraw a “discriminatory clause” which would have excluded them from job interviews and the appointment process if they did not have visas beyond August 1, 2007.

The High Court here was to hear on Thursday the application filed by the British Association for People of Indian Origin (BAPIO) seeking permission for a judicial review of the injunction on rules affecting Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) doctors.

As the judge began the hearing, counsel of the secretary of state requested a brief adjournment. BAPIO was then informed that the secretary of state was prepared to concede.

“BAPIO accepted this offer and agreed to withdraw the case since the secretary of state gave an undertaking to the court that this clause will be removed,”Dr Ramesh Mehta, BAPIO president, said on Friday.

Mehta said: “For the first time, a clear message has been sent out that promises made to international medical graduates must be kept. Doctors under the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP) were allowed to make UK their home; HSMP doctors must be treated at par with UK and EEA (European Economic Area) nationals and there is no basis for discriminating against them.”

Last Sunday, BAPIO obtained an emergency injunction to prevent discrimination of doctors on HSMP visa whose visa were due for renewal before August 1 in the first round of the current recruitment for 21,000 training jobs.

BAPIO said this was necessary because while the health department had agreed to keep the new rules discriminating against HSMP doctors in abeyance, it had introduced a new clause stating that to be considered for the interview these doctors must have HSMP visa that was current on August 1, 2007.

BAPIO believed that this would disadvantage many international doctors whose visa came up for renewal before this date and hence filed for and obtained this injunction.

extract from TOI of 09 March 08

UK : long-term visas for Indians


UK : long-term visas for Indians
 

NEW DELHI: After introducing bio-metric visas last December, Britain has decided to re-introduce long-term visas of up to 10 years for Indians intending to visit that country.

“It is entirely in our interest to give you 10-year visas,” the UK High Commissioner Charles Richard Vernon Stagg told industrialists at a luncheon meeting organised by the PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) in New Delhi on Thursday.

The UK High Commission introduced bio-metric visas, which carry the information and photograph of the person in the digital form, in December last year in view of security concerns.

“We are now re-introducing 5-10 years visa,” Stagg said. The High Commission had stopped issuing long-term visas briefly in view of security concerns.

The main problem at the moment, he said, is that the turnaround time has increased from 24 hours to four days, primarily because “we cannot transmit data across the internet according to the Indian rules”.

It takes four days to receive the data and get it processed from London, the High Commissioner said, adding that he had taken up the matter with Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon.

“I spoke about it to every government official that I meet,” the High Commissioner added.

extracts from TOI

RTI:CIC unable to furnish information to public


getimage3.jpgRTI: CIC unable to furnish information to public

       It is well known that no Babu likes the CIC . CIC is starved  of staff and lacks infrastructural facilities so much so that it is unable to maintain and  minimal requirements of record keeping.

       CIC is a new body and  keeping in view the positive attitude of the CIC himself, for the present these draw backs can be attributed to lack of infrastructure, staff and not an effort to sabotage the CIC as a functioning organisation. 

extracts from TOI

       NEW DELHI: Like charity, transparency begins at home. India’s topmost body, created to enforce your right to know, just learnt this the hard way.

      The Central Information Commission has been caught on the wrong foot after an RTI activist exposed how the commission — known for ticking off public authorities which fail to maintain records, leading to lack of transparency — is itself unable to furnish to the public information as basic as the number and status of cases and appeals pending with it. The reason: it maintains no such record.

       Faced with proof that a citizen cannot know the status and pendency of cases in the commission, a stunned chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah has ordered inhouse upgrade of records.

      Habibullah’s orders to remedy the “grevious defect” came recently after his public information officer admitted the commission kept no record of judgements and orders passed or pending on cases heard.

      “The CIC’s registry will take immediate steps to computerize and maintain a record of appeals/complaints admitted, date of hearing of each appeal, decision in each case with the state of announcement,” the chief information commissioner decreed while deciding an RTI plea filed by Shruti Singh Chauhan.

      “Such information should be updated regularly and supplied to every information commissioner at the end of each month. This should also be made available in public domain through the commission’s website. This exercise will be completed within one month,” he added.

      Chauhan’s brush with the RTI Act came earlier too, when she appealed in CIC after the Delhi HC did not heed her RTI plea seeking to know the procedure adopted for appointment of class 3 and class 4 level employees in HC.
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