Amid demands by opposition parties to revoke her suspension, IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal has reported to the Revenue Board, sources said on Wednesday.
Nagpal, who was suspended on 27th July night as Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar district, met the Revenue Board Chairman Jagan Mathews on Tuesday evening, they said.
28-year-old Nagpal, a 2009 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre shifted to UP cadre in August last year, was suspended for demolishing a wall of a religious place but opposition allege that her crackdown on mining activities led to the suspension.
Nagpal was in news for curbing illegal mining activities in the district and got over two dozen FIR registered against those involved in illegal sand mining in G B Nagar.
Special flying squads were formed by the officer to stop the raging menace along Yamuna and Hindon rivers in western Uttar Pradesh.
On Tuesday, Nagpal’s suspension was challenged in the Allahabad High Court through a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by social activist Nutan Thakur at the Lucknow bench of the court, and is likely to come up for hearing on 1st August.



India-born Mamnoon Hussain elected as Pakistan’s 12th Prez

India-born Mamnoon Hussain, a close aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday was elected as the 12th President of Pakistan and will replace incumbent Asif Ali Zardari in September.
Hussain emerged as a clear winner in the one-sided contest with ex-judge Wajihuddin Ahmad of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party, state media reported.
Pakistan People’s Party withdrew its candidate Raza Rabbani and boycotted the election in protest to the date of polls being changed.
The polling started at 10.00 AM amidst tight security arrangements.
Born in the historic city of Agra, Hussain, who belongs to an Urdu-speaking ethnic group that migrated from India during partition in 1947, was the candidate of ruling PML-N government.
Over 1,000 members of the national parliament and four provincial assemblies cast their ballots to elect largely ceremonial head of the state.
The office of the president is ceremonial in Pakistan but he is still the constitutional chief of the armed forces but cannot order deployments.
He also appoints the services chiefs at the recommendation of the prime minister. Pakistan so far had 11 presidents, out of which five were military generals.
Four of them seized powers through coups, whereas first president Major Sikandar Mirza was elected in 1956 after the first constitution was adopted.

Single Window Clearance To Promote India as A Films Hub and Destination

Single Window Clearance To Promote India as A Films Hub and Destination – Secretary (I&B)I&B Ministry Develops Sop for Film Shooting in India Online Portal and Website to Facilitate Applications Ministry Convenes National Workshop on ‘Single Window’ Clearance
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will be working to mainstream a synchronized ‘Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)’ for obtaining permissions for films shooting in India for both Indian and foreign film producers. This would lead to institutionalization and standardized benchmarks for each critical stakeholder involved in the process. The benchmarks identified in the SOP would clearly identify the responsibility of critical stakeholders in terms of clearances / timelines/ permissions required for films shooting. This was stated by Secretary (I&B), Shri Bimal Julka while delivering his inaugural address at the National Workshop on ‘Single Window Clearance for Film Shooting in India’ here today.Regarding the initiative of the Ministry, Secretary mentioned that the Ministry was in the process of developing a dedicated online portal for operationalising the ‘Single Window Clearance’ System. The website would include the data on various requirements such as custom clearances, visas, cultural sensibilities etc. A Production Resource Guide highlighting different aspects of production as well as logistics and a digital location library of panaromic images of potential production locations would also form an important component of the online portal. The website will also include information on state-wise facilities like transport, hospitality, medical and other local information for the applicants.

Highlighting the importance of Social Media in the changed communication paradigm, Shri Julka said that the Ministry would actively utilize the new media platforms to provide real time information and facilitate active engagement and interaction with key stakeholders on the single window clearance mechanism. This would enable the seamless transition to online application process.

Elaborating further, Shri Julka said that the challenge before the ministry was to outline steps that would encourage producers to avail of the facility. The roadmap needed to include steps involving the simplification of the process, incentivization of various principles and inputs which would lead to India as a filming hub and synergize the link between films and tourism as the case world over.

During the inaugural session, Shri Raghvendra Singh, Joint Secretary (Films) made a presentation on facilitation of film production in India highlighting the growth of Indian Film Industry in view of the surge of domestic theatrical revenue which grew by 24% and contributed 76% to the Rs.124 billion Indian Film Industry. The relevance of digital dominance was also touched upon highlighting the share of digital format increasing to 80% in 2012. The presentation also touched upon the revenue assessment in view of the exponential growth in theatrical revenue. An overview was also provided regarding the increasing number of co-productions in the country and the deliberations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee constituted to fast track the process.

The day long workshop included interactions with key stakeholders including senior officers from key departments involved at the central level, state government representatives, film producers/ line producers and bodies such as FICCI. A first of its kind, the workshop was organised to review the experiences of the past and the obstacles that many a times led to delays in providing timely clearances/ permissions.

Japan’s industrial output in June fell for the first time in last five months.
Official  data released on Tuesday by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, industrial output dropped 3.3 percent in June compared to May.The index of output at factories and mines stood at 94.5 against the base of 100 for 2010.

Production of cars for domestic and European markets was down, amid falling demand for new vehicles.
Semiconductor output also dropped for Asia-bound smartphones due to part to the slowdown in the Chinese economy.The July index for industrial output marked a bigger decline than expected but the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry says overall production shows signs of picking up moderately.
Media agencies 

Comparison of BJP vs INC rule

Posted on July 30, 2013 by sagarmedia

Lok Sabha Polls – Seats / Votes Polled / % Votes
Years    Sonia Gandhi INC     BJP RSS +    India Total
1996    140 / 96455493 / 28.80%    180 /  67950851 / 20.29%    343308090
1998    141 / 95111131 / 25.82%    182 / 94266188 / 25.59%    375441739
1999    114 / 103120330 / 28.30%    182 / 86562209 / 23.75%    371669104
2004    145 / 103408949 / 26.53%    138 / 86371561 / 22.16%    389948330
2009    206 / 119111019 / 28.55%    116 / 78435381 / 18.80%    417159281

Comparison of BJP vs INC rule in states points to BJP reduced to just Three Big states and INC with allies and associates ruling most of India.

Ten Years of Election Watch


Ten Years of Election Watch: Comprehensive Reports on Elections, Crime and Money

Summary and Highlights:

Following are the highlights that emerge from the analysis carried out by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW):-

·         Total Number of Candidates Analyzed: A total of 62847 Candidates who have contested either Parliamentary or State Assembly Elections since 2004 have been analyzed by ADR and NEW.

·         Total Number of MPs/MLAs Analyzed: A total of 8790 MPs/MLAs who have either held seats since 2004 either in the Parliament or in State Assemblies have been analyzed by ADR and NEW.


·     Candidates with Criminal Cases: A total of 11063 out of these 62847 (18%) Candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

·         Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases5253 (8%) out of the 11063 Candidates analyzed have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

·         Sitting Lok Sabha MPs with Criminal Cases: 162 (30%) out of the 543 Lok Sabha MPs have declared criminal cases against themselves. 76 or 14% of the current Lok Sabha MPs have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

·         Sitting Rajya Sabha MPs with Criminal Cases: 40 out of 232 (17%) sitting MPs from Rajya Sabha have declared criminal cases against themselves. 16 (7%) of the current Rajya Sabha MPs have declared serious criminal cases 

·         Sitting MLAs who have declared Criminal Cases1258 (31%) out of the 4032 sitting MLAs from all state assemblies have declared criminal cases against themselves. 15% of the current MLAs from all state assemblies have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

·         MPs/MLAs with Criminal Cases: Out of the 8790 MPs/MLAs analyzed since 2004, 2575 or 29% have declared criminal cases against themselves and 1187 or 14% have serious criminal charges.  INC has 8% and BJP has 13% MPs/MLAs with serious criminal charges.


·         Average Assets of Candidates who have contested Elections: The average assets of all Candidates (62847)analyzed since 2004, is Rs. 1.37 Crores.

·         Average Assets of MPs/MLAs: The average assets of all MPs/MLAs (8790) analyzed since 2004 is Rs. 3.83 Crores.


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