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Ex-Agniveers secured: 10 per cent reservation in Central Armed Police Forces

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New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to provide 10 per cent reservation for constable vacancies within Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) for ex-Agniveers. This decision was made on Thursday, with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Border Security Force (BSF), Railway Protection Force (RPF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) all implementing this reservation. Some forces will also offer short-duration training to ex-Agniveers before deploying them in border areas.

In a series of tweets, the Home Minister’s Office said: “The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decides to reserve 10 per cent vacancies for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles for Agniveers, completing four years under the Agnipath Scheme announced by the Government of India, led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi”.

“The MHA also decides to give 3 years age relaxation beyond the prescribed upper age limit to Agniveers for recruitment in CAPFs & Assam Rifles. Further, for the first batch of Agniveer, the age relaxation will be for 5 years beyond the prescribed upper age limit.”

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Director General of CISF, Nina Singh on Thursday announced that the organisation has finalized arrangements for recruiting ex-Agniveers. Ten per cent of constable positions have been reserved specifically for them. Ex-Agniveers will receive a relaxation in the Physical Efficiency Test, along with age concessions – five years for the initial batch and three years thereafter, as detailed by the DG.

She emphasised that CISF is committed to ensuring that ex-Agniveers derive maximum benefit from these provisions. The recruitment of ex-Agniveers is expected to bring capable, dedicated, and disciplined personnel into CISF, thereby enhancing operational efficiency. It also offers ex-Agniveers an opportunity to serve within CISF.

The BSF has also implemented similar provisions for ex-Agniveers, announced Director General Nitin Agrawal. He highlighted that ex-Agniveers have dedicated four years of their lives to service, demonstrating training and discipline. After receiving short training, BSF will deploy them along the borders.

He said: “We are eagerly waiting to recruit them. They will get 10 per cent reservation in the recruitment, and also age relaxation. For the first batch, the age relaxation is of five years while for subsequent batches, the age relaxation is of three years.”

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SSB DG Daljit Singh Chaudhary said, There is a quota fixed for Ex-Agniveers in SSB. We have amended the recruitment rules accordingly. The first batch will be given an age relaxation of five years. And, there will be no Physical Efficiency Test for them.”

RPF’s DGP Manoj Yadava said, “For any recruitment in RPF, there will be a reservation of ten per cent for Ex-Agniveers. They will also get relaxation in age. The first batch will get five years of relaxation while it will be three years afterwards. There will also be no Physical Efficiency Test for them. We welcome Ex-Agniveers in RPF as it will further enhance the capabilities of the force.”

CRPF DG Anish Dayal Singh said that all arrangements have been made to recruit ex-Agniveers in CRPF. The recruitment rules have been accordingly amended. A reservation of ten per cent has been made for Ex-Agniveers. They will also get relaxation in age. The first batch will get five years of relaxation while it will be three years afterwards.

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There will also be no Physical Efficiency Test for them. This is a welcome step for the force to recruit Ex-Agniveers as they are Army trained and have already served in the three services. They will bring dedication and discipline from day one, he added.

–IANS

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Lalu Prasad Yadav slams Nitish Kumar over poor law & order in Bihar

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Lalu Prasad Yadav slams Nitish Kumar over poor law & order in Bihar

Patna, July 22 (IANS) RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday criticised the Nitish Kumar government for the deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar.

Lalu Prasad Yadav blamed the “double engine” government for the current state of affairs, highlighting concerns over safety and governance.

He criticised the Nitish Kumar government for its inability to control the increasing incidents of crime in Bihar.

“Incidents like murder, rape, gang rape, and loot are regularly taking place in Bihar, and Nitish Kumar’s government is failing to control the situation. The criminals are fearless in Bihar,” Lalu Prasad Yadav said.

Former Chief Minister Rabri Devi has also criticised the Bihar government for the poor law and order situation in the state.

“The Mafia Raj is going on in the state. The Nitish Kumar government has no control over the criminals in Bihar,” the former Chief Minister said.

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Meanwhile, the RJD MLA from Hasanpur Tej Pratap Yadav also demanded resignation of the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

“Nitish Kumar should resign. Instead of addressing the poor law and order situation in Bihar, I am surprised that the ruling parties are questioning us. Nitish Kumar should reveal why he touches the feet of anyone. He is failing to control the law and order of Bihar and that is why he touches the feet of anyone,” Tej Pratap Yadav said.

The Bihar government is under intense pressure for the worsening law and order situation, with frequent incidents of murder, rape, gang rape, dacoity, loot, and theft.

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Four new Trinamool MLAs to take oath on Tuesday: Bengal Assembly Speaker

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) The oath ceremony of the four new Trinamool Congress legislators, namely Madhuparna Thakur, Dr Mukut Mani Adhikari, Krishna Kalyani and Supti Pandey, will be held on Tuesday, Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay has said here.

The decision on this count was taken at the meeting of the business advisory committee of the state Assembly which was conducted on Monday within the Assembly premises.

Sources said that despite communiques being forwarded to the office of the Governor both from the Assembly as well as the state Parliamentary Affairs Department office requesting the Governor to either administer the oath or nominate anyone.

However, sources said that till Monday no positive response from the office of the Governor House has reached the Assembly in the matter.

In that case, the Speaker can himself administer the oath under Section 5 of Chapter 2 of the ‘Rules of Business’, which authorizes the Speaker to do so when the House is in session, as was done recently in the case of the new Trinamool Congress MLAs, namely Sayantika Banerjee and Reyat Houssen Sarkar.

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Legal experts say that there still is a constitutional clause regarding the participation of the newly elected MLAs in Assembly proceedings without the nod of the Governor of the state which involves a point of financial penalty for the MLAs concerned if they participate in the proceedings or even occupy the chair allotted with the approval from the Constitutional head of the state.

Article 193 of the Indian Constitution gives the power to the Governor to impose such a financial penalty.

“If a person sits or votes as a member of the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council of a State before he has complied with the requirements of Article 188, or when he knows that he is not qualified or that he is disqualified for membership thereof, or that he is prohibited from so doing by the provisions of any law made by Parliament or the Legislature of the State, he shall be liable in respect of each day on which he so sits or votes to a penalty of five hundred rupees to be recovered as a debt due to the State,” reads Article 193.

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JD(U) MLA raises questions over bridge collapse incidents in Bihar

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New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Dr Sanjeev Kumar, the JD(U) MLA from Parbatta, Bihar, has raised concerns with the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar government regarding the collapse of the Aguwani-Sultanganj bridge.

Sanjeev Kumar commented on the Aguwani bridge being constructed in Sultanganj, saying that it has been under construction for the last ten years.

“It was intended to be finished in four years, but it has taken ten years to complete, and it has collapsed twice during construction, yet no action has been taken against any officials. There is a flaw somewhere in the system”, said the JD(U) MLA.

“It falls within my constituency. Once completed, many people will benefit from it”, he added.

Sanjeev Kumar mentioned that CM Nitish Kumar is vigilant regarding law and order, however, there has been a decline, and improvement is necessary.

There have been close to a dozen bridge collapses in Bihar in this monsoon season, some of which took place in Araria, Madhubani, East Champaran, and Kishanganj.

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Bengaluru, July 22 (IANS) Karnataka BJP president and MLA B.Y. Vijayendra stated on Monday that he was confident about Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presenting a budget that will make India one of the leading economies in the world.

Speaking to the media persons here, he said, “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present her 7th budget tomorrow. There are many expectations and challenges. I have confidence that she would present a budget which would make India one of the leading nations in the world,” he added.

He expressed hope that the budget would support youth, farmers, and the middle class, and also mentioned that significant contributions to the state were expected.

Talking about rain havoc in the state, Vijayendra urged the state Congress government to respond generously, similar to how the previous BJP government did, by providing more relief to flood victims and those who lost their homes.

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“In places like Uluvare and Shirur in Ankola taluk, the poor have lost their homes due to rain-related disasters. I have observed the situation during the visit. Under the leadership of former CM B.S. Yediyurappa, the previous BJP state government had provided Rs 5 lakh to the poor who lost their homes, which was in addition to Rs 1 lakh compensation mandated by the NDMA rules,” he said.

“For houses with collapsed walls, the NDMA rules mandate a compensation of Rs 40,000, but Yediyurappa increased this amount to Rs 1 lakh. Throughout the state, the poor are losing their homes due to heavy rain,” Vijayendra said adding that the Chief Minister should provide similar relief and respond to this problem immediately.

Vijayendra also criticized the lack of visits by legislators and ministers to the families affected by the Shirur landslide. “Compensation should have been provided to the affected families,” he said.

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K’taka: Nagendra remanded to judicial custody till Aug 3 in tribal welfare case

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K’taka: Nagendra remanded to judicial custody till Aug 3 in tribal welfare case

Bengaluru, July 22 (IANS) Former Karnataka minister B. Nagendra, arrested in connection with the Tribal Welfare Board case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has been remanded to judicial custody till August 3.

The Special Court for MPs/MLAs in Bengaluru passed the order after ED produced him before the court on Monday. His custody with the ED had ended today.

The BJP is demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah regarding the case over his alleged involvement. The ruling and the opposition parties have discussed the case for over nine hours in three days of the Assembly session.

The Chief Minister had stated that there is no link between the case and his government. He stated that the SIT is already investigating the financial irregularities that occurred in the Tribal Welfare Board and the government has full confidence in its investigation.

The ruling party has also charged that the ED has been sent to probe the case to destabilise the Congress government in Karnataka.

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The scam has been investigated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The BJP and JD-S are demanding the arrest of the chairman of the board and Congress MLA Basanagouda Daddal and Minister for Medical Education Sharan Prakash Patil.

The scam had come to light following the suicide of the accounts superintendent of the Valmiki Development Corporation, Chandrasekaran. The SIT has already arrested 12 people in connection with the case and seized cash worth Rs 34 crore, additionally, around Rs 46 crore transferred to various bank accounts have been frozen.

Nagendra, who was the Minister for Sports, Youth Empowerment and Tribal Welfare was asked to resign following the pressure from the opposition.

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