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Dreaded Maoist couple with Rs 41 lakh bounty lays down arms in Gadchiroli

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Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), June 22 (IANS) A hardcore Maoist from Gadchiroli, considered to be a top leader of the movement in the district, surrendered along with his wife in the presence of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here on Saturday.

Nangsu Manku Tumretty alias Giridhar carried a bounty of Rs 25 lakh, while his wife carried a reward of Rs 16 lakh.

Deputy CM Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio, said that the Maoist network in Gadchiroli has been broken due to the sustained efforts of the police.

He also presented the couple with a copy of the Constitution along with Rs 25 lakh for their rehabilitation.

“The C-60 team of the police have made their stand clear, either the Maoists have to surrender or face the gun. The police have broken the back of the Maoist movement, while several schemes of the government have also reached the grassroots. This is a big success as the Maoists tried to prevent development from reaching the last man. Today, development is visible in the remote areas,” Fadnavis said.

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HC seeks reports from state, Centre over rising HIV cases in Tripura

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HC seeks reports from state, Centre over rising HIV cases in Tripura

Agartala, July 25 (IANS) Acting on a PIL, the Tripura High Court has issued notices to both the state and Central governments seeking comprehensive reports on the rising HIV cases in the state within two weeks, officials said on Thursday.

Court sources said the PIL was taken up suo-moto by the high court after the reports of an alarming increase in HIV cases and deaths, particularly among the students and the youth of the state.

A division bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh and Justice Arindam Lodh took up the PIL following a letter from Justice T. Amarnath Goud, a judge of the high court, which highlighted the gravity of the issue.

The bench expressed its deep concerns over the rising HIV cases in the bordering state, a court official said.

The court noted that new cases must be identified regularly and necessary actions should be taken at the earliest.

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The high court also asked the governments to explain the reasons behind the surge in HIV cases, the measures currently in place, and the strategies to curb students injecting drugs through the intravenous mode, a key factor for the spread of the disease in Tripura.

Between April 2007 and May 2024, 828 students registered as PLHIV (People Living With HIV), 47 of whom died during the 17 years.

The Project Director of Tripura State AIDS Control Society, Samarpita Dutta, said that in 2022-23, 67 persons, including two students, died, while in 2023-24, 44 people died after being infected by HIV.

Presently, Tripura has approximately 8,000 known HIV-positive cases, though experts believe the figure represents only a fraction of the actual numbers, as many cases remain untracked.

The state recorded its first HIV case in 1996. Since then, there has been a marked increase in the number of infections, especially among high-risk groups such as youths using intravenous drugs, female sex workers, truck drivers, migrants, and gay people.

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Delhi HC allows CM Kejriwal to attend two additional legal meetings
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New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The Delhi High Court has allowed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who faces corruption and money laundering charges in the alleged liquor scam, two additional legal meetings with his lawyers through video conferencing in a week till he is confined to Tihar Jail.

Allowing CM Kejriwal’s plea seeking permission to spend more time with his legal team, the court said that his request for additional meetings cannot be termed unreasonable.

A bench of Justice Neena Bansal Krishna rejected the prosecution’s contention that no special status can be given to the incarcerated Chief Minister as not available to other inmates under the jail policy.

“The opposition that no special status can be given to the petitioner as available to other jail inmates, again has no merit because it is not a situation of seeking any special favour as it has sought to be argued on behalf of the state, but it is a fundamental right which is sought to be enforced,” it said.

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In its detailed judgment, the Delhi HC said that it could not be ignored that similar relief of additional legal meetings has been allowed to co-accused Sanjay Singh.

Earlier on April 10, a Delhi court had rejected Kejriwal’s plea to enhance the number of meetings to five per week. Special Judge Kaveri Baweja of Rouse Avenue Court observed that CM Kejriwal was not even utilising the permitted two legal interviews per week with his counsel solely for discussing his pending litigations and has rather used the allotted time for purposes other than legal interviews. In his application, the AAP supremo had claimed that two weekly meetings with his lawyer, as permitted by the court, were insufficient as he faced multiple cases in various states and needed more time for consultations.

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Rs 10,000 crore proposed for Hyderabad development in Telangana budget

Hyderabad, July 25 (IANS) Telangana Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka proposed Rs 10,000 crore for the development of Hyderabad in the state budget for 2024-25 presented in the Assembly on Thursday.

Stating that Hyderabad is central to the growth of Telangana, he said the integrated growth of Hyderabad would enable the government to mobilise huge resources for the development of the state.

Claiming that such a huge allocation was never proposed for the development of Hyderabad, Vikramarka said the areas on the outskirts of Hyderabad have the potential to develop into self-sustainable areas.

“It will reduce the pressure on civic bodies. It is our aim to promote the development of satellite townships around Hyderabad. We will encourage the construction of affordable houses at reasonable rates. We will plan and strive to provide all kinds of amenities in these townships viz: parks, community halls, commercial centres, schools etc,” he said.

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The minister also proposed Rs 1,525 crore for Regional Ring Road (RRR) which will connect Hyderabad to other parts of the state. The northern road from Sangareddy-Toopran-Gajwel-Choutuppal is 158.6 km long and the southern side, it is 189 km from Choutuppal-Shadhnagar-Sangareddy and both are proposed to be upgraded to facilitate their declaration as national highways. RRR will be constructed with the standards of an expressway. The land acquisition process for this project is already in progress. It will be initially constructed as a four-lane highway and will be extended to 8 lanes commensurate with the increase in traffic.

The region between ORR and RRR will attract industries, services and transport parks. As per initial estimates, the northern part of RRR will cost Rs 13,522 crore and the southern part will cost Rs 12,980 crore.

The budget proposed Rs 3,065 crore to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Rs 500 crore to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) and Rs 3,385 crore to the Metro Water Works.

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The Deputy CM also proposed Rs 200 crore for the newly-created HYDRAA (Hyderabad Disaster Relief and Asset Protection Agency. The agency will look after the Core Urban Region (CUR), which is up to Outer Ring Road. The population in CUR accounts for 48.6 per cent of the state population and this region is very crucial in the economy of the state and its GSDP growth.

The growth rate in urban areas in Telangana is 3.2 per cent which is higher than the national average. Due to the location of various IT, pharma, defence, and aerospace industries and their rapid growth, there is an impact on the urbanisation of Hyderabad’s outskirts which is growing at a record rate.

Stating that the Musi Riverfront development project is one of the main priorities of the government, Vikramarka proposed Rs 1,500 crore for the project, which proposes to revive the ecosystem around the Musi River and aims to improve 110 km of urban area.

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“Through the Musi Riverfront development project, we can effectively solve the complex problems encountered in water management. Infrastructure facilities can be improved in an environment-friendly manner. As part of this project, recreation zones, people’s plazas, children’s theme parks, and entertainment zones will be developed,” he said.

The government also proposed Rs 100 crore for the extension of the Metro to the airport, Rs 200 crore for the ORR, Rs 500 crore for the Hyderabad Metro Rail, Rs 500 crore for extension of the Metro to the old city and Rs 50 crore for MMTS.

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Govt launches upgraded Steel Import Monitoring System 2.0 Portal

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Union Minister of Steel and Heavy Industries H.D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday launched SIMS 2.0 portal, the upgraded Steel Import Monitoring System, to provide actionable intelligence to stakeholders for effective decision-making and strategic planning.

SIMS, introduced in 2019, has played a crucial role in providing detailed steel import data to the domestic industry. Based on industry feedback, the Ministry has revamped the portal to develop a more effective SIMS 2.0, a significant step forward in monitoring steel imports and promoting the growth of the domestic steel industry.

Availability of such detailed data not only provides input for policy-making but also signals areas for production and growth to the domestic steel industry.

SIMS 2.0 features API integration with multiple government portals, enhancing quality control and streamlining processes for improved efficiency and effectiveness.

Integration of various databases enable stakeholders to locate areas of risk and, thereby, permit better risk management, for example, if an import consignment declares a particular source of import, which is not licensed by BIS, then the Ministry will be enabled to not recommend its import.

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The detailed data will enable Customs to conduct better analysis and risk management of steel imports.

The development of SIMS 2.0 is a collaborative effort, with contributions from the DGFT, BIS, and MSTC Ltd., a CPSE under the Ministry of Steel.

The minister emphasised that the launch of SIMS 2.0 is a key achievement, highlighting its inclusion in the government’s 100-day agenda.

He noted that this milestone represents a crucial step forward in the nation’s endeavour to bolster the domestic steel industry and achieve self-sufficiency in steel production, aligning with the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Nagendra Nath Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Steel, pointed out that while India maintains its position as the second-largest steel producer globally, the country’s finished steel imports remained significant at around eight million tonnes in 2023-24, underscoring the need for enhanced domestic production capabilities.

Accurate monitoring of steel imports is vital to maintaining a healthy trade balance, driving growth, and attracting sustained investment in India’s steel industry. He expressed confidence that the upgraded SIMS 2.0 would play a significant role in achieving these objectives.

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H.D. Kumaraswamy also released the second volume of the book “Safety Guidelines for Iron of Steel Sector” containing the guidelines for 16 different processes being used by the iron and steel sector.

It extends the work of the Steel Ministry of publishing 25 safety guidelines in 2020 covering specific risks.

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Tribal population in J'Khand declined by 10 per cent, B'deshi intruders behind this: Nishikant Dubey in LS

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Tribal population in J'Khand declined by 10 per cent, B'deshi intruders behind this: Nishikant Dubey in LS

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Nishikant Dubey, a BJP lawmaker from Jharkhand made some explosive ‘revelations’ in the Lok Sabha on Thursday and said that the tribal population was witnessing a ‘fast decline’ because of the influx of Muslims from neighbouring Bangladesh. He also called for preparation of a National Register of Citizens (NRC) to arrest the disturbing and damaging trend in the area’s demography.

The BJP Parliamentarian, speaking in Lok Sabha, claimed that the Bangladeshi men were intruding into tribal-dominated state and marrying the tribal women and this was happening under the nose of ruling JMM-Congress government.

“When Jharkhand separated from Bihar in 2000, the Dalit population in Santhal Pargana (one of the divisions of Jharkhand) was 36 per cent which has now reduced to 26 per cent. I want to ask where the 10 per cent tribes have gone, how have they vanished?” Nishikant Dubey wondered, while claiming that none including the state government was paying heed to their pangs.

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“Bangladeshi intruders are marrying tribal women, not just at one place but across the belt. This is not a Hindu-Muslim issue. There are many tribal women who are contesting polls on tribal quota, but their husbands are Muslim men,” he mentioned.

District council chairman, a tribal woman, is married to Muslim man while many women village head’s husbands are Muslims, he said citing some examples.

“Madhupur, one of the Assembly in his Lok Sabha constituency, registered a rise of 117 per cent in Muslim population,” he claimed.

As the BJP MP met with resistance in the House, he dared the Opposition to prove him wrong.

“If I am proven wrong on any of these facts, I am ready to resign,” he asserted.

He also said that the rise of Muslim population, particularly in West Bengal’s two districts — Malda and Murshidabad — was creating troubles for local community and also held them responsible for the recent communal riots in Dangapada and Taranagar Ilaami.

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Nishikant Dubey also demanded that the Centre takes stock of the situation and turns the two districts of Bengal, with ‘abrupt Muslim population growth’ into Union Territories.

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