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100 days of AAP's capital conquest

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Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:22

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The Arvind Kejriwal-led government’s completion of 100 days in office on Sunday began with allegations of attempts to “buy” Congress MLAs, witnessed tumult with the mysterious death of a farmer at its rally and coincided with an ugly spat with the L-G over jurisdictions with regard to appointment of senior bureaucrats.

The confrontation, which started with the appointment of Principal Power Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin as the Acting Chief Secretary, has blown into a full-scale war between the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Centre. At the core of the issue is Statehood for Delhi which, if achieved, has the potential to revolutionise the political climate of the Capital forever.

“It’s a political issue. The Centre wants the Delhi government to run just like it was during eight months of President’s Rule. If this is the way things must be, what is the need to hold elections in the first place?” said Transport Minister Gopal Rai. Though a notification, that allegedly clips the wings of the AAP government has come as a shock for those in power, this is not the party’s first brush with controversies ever since it took over on February 14.

One of the first among these was a purported sting operation that emerged almost immediately after Mr. Kejriwal was sworn-in as Chief Minister. Rebel leader Rajesh Garg was seen alleging that he had masterminded a scheme to “purchase Congress MLAs”.


‘This spot needs a skywalk’

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Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:18

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To ensure the safety of people, especially patients who need to cross the road, NIMHANS and Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology have requested the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to construct a skywalk across Hosur Road.

NIMHANS Director P Satish Chandra told The Hindu there is an urgent need for a skywalk as most people who visit NIMHANS or Kidwai prefer to get off public transport in front of the administrative block and cross the road to enter the hospital rather than go all the way ahead and take a U-turn near the Diary Circle flyover.

“We lost two employees when they were crossing this road,” he said.


Reservoirs to get a makeover

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Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:04


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City reservoirs, which are the primary sources of drinking water for residents, may appear to be well-maintained but they too have portions that need to be improved for better safety.


As part of its efforts to strengthen the reservoirs, the Water Resources Department has sought funds under the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement project of the Central Water Commission. The reservoirs in Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam with a combined capacity of 11,000 million cubic feet play a pivotal role in city drinking water supply and serve as groundwater recharge sources for neighbouring areas.


While some improvement works are being taken up in the main portions of the reservoirs, the shutters and bund on the rear side of the reservoirs have been left neglected for several years.


On govt. anniversary, DD & AIR to play it safe

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Saturday, 23 May 2015 10:53


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On air, especially when it is by the public service broadcaster, the Narendra Modi government will have you know it brooks no criticism.

The leaps and progress of the government, installed in May 2014, insofar as the peripatetic Prime Minister is concerned will be highlighted, discussed and debated only among the friends of the BJP.

Critics, and that includes the Opposition, can find their voice on private channels. That is the understanding in Doordarshan and All India Radio.

But what has taken even officials in DD and AIR by surprise is how private news broadcasters are vying for Mr. Modi’s attention as they race to mark the celebrations with the government.

To revive pride in being Indian

While the Modi government has made a phalanx of Ministers, including BJP president Amit Shah, available to them, the uncritical gaze of the private media channels, with a few exceptions, has not gone unnoticed.

Given Mr. Modi’s complex relationship with television channels, and his I-don’t-need-the-media attitude, the birthday celebrations do come as a bit of surprise, says Sandip Bhushan, media tracker and fellow at the Jamia Milia Islamia university.


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