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Vol-02. Issue-50. Bhopal. Monday Page-12 Price-5/-
POSTAL REGD. MP/BHOPAL/4-323/2013-15
Published simultaneously from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
Online edition available at wethestate.com and wethestate.blogspot.in
Was a little
nervous to step
into the shoes of
Rekhaji: Sonam
on Khoobsurat
India Report
Card: Raina tops
the class; Kohli
brings up the rear
Minister concerned
at institutes,
varsities mush-
rooming in country
Gender budgeting should be
implemented in NGOs, too
omen and Child Development
Minister Maya Singh has
called for implementing gender
budgeting in non-government institutions
also. She said that desired results cannot
be achieved until we become sensitive
towards women at every level of society.
Maya Singh was addressing Madhya
Pradesh: Strengthening of Gender-sensi-
tive Budgeting here today. UN Womens
Representative for India, Bhutan and
Maldives Su Rebecca Reichman said that
Madhya Pradesh is the role model for
gender budgeting in the country. In the
state, system of gender-sensitive budget
was introduced for the first time in the
The Minister said that gender budg-
eting in the state began from year 2007.
MP is the second state in the country
where gender budget is tabled in Vidhan
Sabha. She said that emphasis has been
laid on effective implementation of gen-
der responsive budget in Womens Policy
and Vision Document. She informed that
Rs. 7593 crore was provisioned in gender
budget in year 2007-08, which rose to Rs.
26 thousand 233 crore in year 2013-14.
This shows state governments commit-
ment. She said that this systems sole
objective is to bring half of states popula-
tion to the mainstream.
Singh said that women should not be
considered as mere beneficiary in gender
budgeting concept. This should include
that how far women are to be empowered
through it economically, socially, cultural-
ly and politically so that they can play
effective role in decision-making of socie-
ty and government. She said that Chief
Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan is very
sensitive towards women and children.
He wishes to end disparity of women. His
goal is to ensure womens security and
The Minister expressed pleasure and
pride that the state government has
implemented a strategy under which
every womans interests are being safe-
guarded right since birth till old age.
Referring to Ladli Laxmi Yojana and
other schemes, she said that 50 percent
reservation has been given to women in
Panchayats and local bodies for leader-
ship development among them.
Describing the seminar as important,
Maya Singh said that this will definitely
lead to effective implementation of gen-
der budgeting and allocation of maximum
amounts for women-centric schemes of
various departments.
UN Womens Representative
Reichman said that implementation of
gender-responsive budget is vital for
womens empowerment.
Additional Chief Secretary Aruna
Sharma said that officers associated with
gender budgeting should especially
address the issues that benefit women
both directly and indirectly. She said that
apart from numerical data, quality
results and effects should also be kept in
view while undertaking gender
Bhopal: Women in the state will be
made internet-savvy under e-Shakti
Project. Under the campaign, 5 lakh
women will be trained about importance
and use of internet though a campaign
in 63 days. This was informed at a meet-
ing chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj
Singh Chauhan here recently. Women
and Child Development Minister Maya
Singh and Chief Secretary Anthony de
Sa were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Chauhan sought
information about e-Shakti Project. He
said that women interested in use of
internet should be identified during
basic training. Arrangements should be
made to impart advance training to
them. He said that use of internet will
open new opportunities of growth for
women. Their self-confidence will
The meeting was informed that
awareness camps will be held in all 313
development blocks of the state under e-
Shakti Project. Information about inter-
net will be given to 90 thousand angan-
wadi workers of Women & Child
Development Department, 70 thousand
ASHA workers and ANMs of Health
Department, 30 thousand women police
personnel of Home Department and
members of Shaurya Dals, 30 thousand
women sanitation workers and class IV
women employees, one lakh 80 thou-
sand girl students and 20 thousand
women farmers.
5 lakh women to be internet-
savvy, training under
e-Shakti Project to be imparted
Efforts on to make
Bargi a national
project: Uma
approach pvt
agencies to keep
tab on spouse
Third higher pay scale
to govt staff; smart
phones for
students; rent for
govt accommodations
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chauhan has said that birth of a girl
child is a
matter of
pride and
respect for
family. Ladli
Laxmi Yojana
aims to
ensure this.
The scheme
should be
with this spir-
it. It was informed that now the state
government will give a certificate in
place of national savings certificate.
Ladli Laxmi will be paid Rs. one lakh at
the age of 21 through e-payment. The
department will monitor health and
educational activities of every Ladli
Laxmi. It was informed that a study on
impact of the scheme by Academy of
Administration has found that 77 per-
cent families have used schemes
amount for girls education or have
invested for familys betterment.
Birth of girl child
matter of pride: CM
SEPTEMBER 08 TO SEPTEMBER 14 , 2014 (MP & CG) Chhtissgarh Explore
Eye donations in Chattisgarh
fall short of targets by 79%
Couples approach pvt detective
agencies to keep tab on spouse
Even after the reduction of its
cornea collection targets by near-
ly 60%, from 700 to 300, last year,
the National Programme for
Control of Blindness (NPCB) in
Chhattisgarh has fallen short by
79%, as it managed to collect only
64 corneas in 2013-14.
If available figures for the
last four fiscals are any indica-
tion, the NPCB's programme of
cornea collection in Chhattisgarh
has been miserably falling short
of achieving its targets. And the
situation might not be different
even in the current fiscal as in
the first six months (Jan-June)
the NPCB has collected only 32
corneas. What is in fact ironical is
that even after shifting the goal
post last year, from 700 to 300,
the NPCB's cornea collections
have consistently gone down, as
compared to 2010-11 when 173
corneas were collected. The
cornea collections in 2011-12 and
2012-13, when the target was
700, were 107 and 96 respectively,
and they fell to 64 in the last fis-
cal when the target was reduced.
When contacted, Dr Subhash
Mishra, NPCB's State
Programme Officer, attributed
the low collections to lack of
awareness among people. He said
not people in the state come for-
ward for eye donation and this
was adversely affecting the pro-
gramme. However, there are oth-
ers in the state's health depart-
ment who blame the failure of the
programme to the "lack of drive"
in those who are managing it.
"When 100 odd corneas can be
collected in higher targets, why
does the collection fall with target
reduction," they question? Even
the state government's pro-
gramme of "I pledge my eyes" has
been a nonstarter, as no volun-
tary pledges have been obtained
for the last few years. An official,
requesting anonymity, said blam-
ing the low collections on lack
awareness isn't the correct way of
dealing with the situation, since
creating awareness about the pro-
gramme is also the job of NPCB.
"Their guidelines to the state and
district health societies clearly
include promotion of eye donation
through various media", the offi-
cial said.
Health department officials
reveal that at present there are
1021 people in Chhattisgarh
requiring cornea transplants.
This number was assessed in a
recent survey conducted by the
health department this year.
These people have been identified
and final list of patients is being
prepared, the officials said.
Claims and counter claims on
this issue apart, its true that in a
state like Chhattisgarh where
'jadu tona' (witchcraft) and black
magic still play a major part in
the lives of many, particularly in
the rural and tribal areas, myths
and misplaced beliefs overshadow
sane logic and scientific temper
when it comes of organ donations.
In addition the state also has no
facilities to carry out organ dona-
tion, except corneas.
While it's well known that
organ donation from a brain dead
person can help giving lives to
eight people directly, besides sav-
ing or improving the lives of 50
others through tissue donation,
Chhattisgarh has no infrastruc-
ture to carry out such trans-
On the lack of facilities for
organ transplantation from brain
dead patients, Dr Vivek
Choudhary, chairperson of Organ
transplantation committee said,
"there is no super speciality hos-
pital in the state". He said once
the super speciality comes up at
DK hospital, these facilities may
Suspicious over partner's midnight calls and
messages, city couples are approaching private
detective agencies to keep a tab on their spouse.
While pre-marital investigations were common,
women have become eager to track if their husbands
are dating. A detective agency claims to receive
nearly 30 cases from city every month, most of
which, are queries from people with a high-profile
background, willing to pay a hefty fee between Rs
45,000 and 80,000.
"Finding husbands checking their mobile phones
in midnight is a common fear among wives but
their suspicions are further aroused when they hear
whispers from under the quilt or washroom. That's
when they approach us," Balaji Birada, director of
Dolphin detective agency said. The Nasik based firm
has at least four local detectives in Raipur who con-
duct physical surveillance for the client, keep a
watch for 15 days, click pictures and make videos of
suspicious movements etc.
Dozens of women in Raipur have been swarming
the women cell as well with application to seek call
detail records. Police officials, instead, try counsel-
ing which forces women to hire private detective
agents. According to women cell in charge Ragini
Mishra, at least two cases of betrayal or suspicion on
spouse are received every day from women belong-
ing to different strata. "Most of them have com-
plaints about husbands chatting late in night,
unusual activities, lame excuses and change in
behavior. Everyone wants call detail records, which
we can't share. We counsel the couple and ask them
to lodge a complaint in case they face some prob-
lem," Mishra said.
Since social networking on phone has taken a
high in society, such complaints have increased fur-
ther. Even women from remote areas come com-
plaining about deceiving husbands, she added.
A woman who has been married for two years
said that she had hired a detective few months ago
to check on her husband as she had caught him
twice at a restaurant and a hotel after which he
made flimsy excuses of official meeting. "Not only
had his nature changed towards me, he wasn't as
crazy about me as he used to be. Later, I found
everything to be true; he was dating an office col-
league soon after nine months of our marriage. A
divorce case is underway," she said. Birada opined
that couples lacked accountability. From Raipur,
pre-marital investigation includes check on sexuali-
ty, person's professional credentials, past and pres-
ent affairs and reality check about the said commit-
ment, he said.
World facing major challenge of climate change
A cabinet meeting chaired by
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chauhan here recently decided to
grant third higher pay scale to the
government employees who have
got benefit of only 2
promotion/time-bound promo-
tion/time scale since appointment
in government service and who
have completed 30 years or more
in service as on July 1, 2014 or
thereafter. The decision will entail
a burden of Rs. 418 crore on the
Service period for third higher
pay scale will be calculated on the
basis of current service since
assuming post after being directly
recruited through
competitive/selection test. The
government servants who are eli-
gible for time scale on the basis of
service period and whose promot-
ed posts time scale pay
scale/grade pay is less in accor-
dance with service rules, their
educational qualifications pre-
scribed in service rules will not be
considered for eligibility for time
scale/pay scale.
Mukhyamantri Grameen
Parivahan Yojana
The cabinet decided to imple-
ment Mukhyamantri Grameen
Parivahan Yojana for making
available safe and convenient pub-
lic transport service in remote vil-
lages and tribal areas of the state.
This will also help socio-economic
growth in these areas. Under the
scheme, those roads will be consid-
ered as rural roads which connect
villages to the nearest main roads
or with blocks/tahsils (except dis-
trict headquarters). These roads
may also include parts of main
roads, but not more than 10 kilo-
meters long. The public transport
vehicles to be plied on these roads
will be given a specific colour for
their unique identity so that they
are not misused in other areas.
Mukhyamantri Grameen
Parivahan Sewa will be inscribed
on both sides of the vehicles,
which will be equipped with GPS.
Lifetime motor vehicle tax will be
realised for the vehicles of
Mukhyamantri Grameen
Parivahan Yojana at the rate of
one percent. Permit will be issued
for 5 years and additional motor
vehicle tax will not have to be paid
on renewal. For providing employ-
ment through this scheme, capi-
tal/interest subsidy will be given
under Mukhyamantri Swarozgar
Yojana. The Service will be moni-
tored by a state-level committee.
District/Regional Transport
Officers will monitor the scheme
at district level.
Karigar Samriddhi Yojana
The cabinet decided to imple-
ment Mukhyamantri Karigar
Samriddhi Yojana for betterment
of traditional craftspersons. Under
the scheme, Technical Education
& Skill Development Department
will arrange training and certifica-
tion of informally trained
craftspersons. Under the pilot
project of the scheme, first of all
registered workers of Building &
Other Construction Workers
Welfare Board will be imparted
training. Under the scheme, 5000
construction workers will be certi-
fied at a cost of about Rs. 3 crore.
The scheme will first be launched
in Indore, Bhopal, Sehore and
Jabalpur districts. Craftspersons
engaged in various skilled works
for generations will benefit from
the scheme and path of their pros-
perity will be paved.
Smart phones for students
As per Sankalp-2013, the cabi-
net decided to provide Smart
phones for students taking admis-
sion in the first year in colleges
under Higher Education
Department. Students having 75
percent attendance till distribu-
tion of smart phones will be eligi-
ble for smart phones. Students of
all government colleges will get
this facility without any bar.
Revised Integrated Child
Protection Scheme
The cabined accorded sanction
to implement Integrated Child
Protection Scheme for rag street,
picker, beggar and destitute chil-
drens rehabilitation in accordance
with revised fiscal norms. Under
the scheme, such children are pro-
vided overall protection and nour-
ishment. At present, State Project
Assistance Unit, State Child
Protection Committee and State
Adoption Resources Agency at the
state level and Child Protection
Committees, Childrens Welfare
Committees, Juvenile Justice
Boards and government and pri-
vate juvenile homes exist in the
state. Under 12th Five-Year Plan,
the Central Government has
revised fiscal norms of the scheme
from year 2014-15. The state gov-
ernment will have to bear addi-
tional burden of Rs. 66 crore 54
lakh 33 thousand as state share
under the scheme during 3 years
from year 2014-15 to 2016-17. For
ensuring adequate staff in jails,
the cabinet sanctioned creation of
10 posts of Deputy Superintendent
Jail, 72 of Assistant
Superintendent Jail, 389 of Chief
Warder and 1340 posts of
Third higher pay scale to govt staff; smart phones
for students; rent for govt accommodations hiked
Housing & Environment
Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya
has said that climate change has
become a major challenge for the
world. It is a matter of concern-
ing India, too.
Vijayvargiya was inaugurat-
ing a 2-day national seminar
Environment, Climate Change
and Indian Philosophy: From
Crisis to Solution organised by
Environmental Planning and
Coordination Organisation
(EPCO) here recently. Transport
Minister Bhupendra Singh,
Chhattisgarhs former
Agriculture Minister
Chandrashekhar Sahu and MLA
Vishwas Sarang were present on
the occasion.
Kailash Vijayvargiya said
that Indias role will be important
in dealing with the challenge of
climate change. He said that cli-
mate is undergoing rapid
changes as a result of wanton and
indiscriminate exploitation of
nature for vested interests by
other countries. India is a coun-
try which never discriminated
against nature. Nature has been
regarded as a part of Indian cul-
ture. It has come to the fore from
study of Indian culture that it
treats trees as holy as land. He
expressed sorrow that even wells
are losing their existence due to
fast depleting water level.
Vijayvargiya said that dis-
cussions are being held on effects
of climate changes throughout
the world. In India, farmers are
bearing the brunt of climate
changes while 60 percent farmers
are doing farming through natu-
ral processes. Under such circum-
stances detailed discussions
should be held on climate
changes. Vijayvargiya hoped
that conclusions of the seminar
will help in dealing with the chal-
lenge of climate change.
Bhupendra Singh said that
works in science and technology
sector are being undertaken con-
stantly in the state. Entire world
has accepted Indian Philosophy.
In science sector, other countries
will have to adopt Indian
Philosophy. Singh said that
challenges of climate changes can
be faced only with the help of
Indian philosophy. Principal
Secretary Urban Administration
and Development S.N. Mishra
said that effects and results of
climate changes have come to the
fore before all. Not only educated
ones, climate change has also
become a matter of concern for
common people. He said that
time has come now to ponder over
and chalk out strategies to deal
with this matter.
At the outset, EPCOs
Executive Director Ajatshatru
welcomed the guests. He dwelt in
detail on the subject. At the inau-
gural session, T. Jayaraman of
Tata Social Science Institute,
food policy analyst Deve ndra
Sharma, Executive Director of
IRADE Jyoti Parekh, EPCOs
Director General Pramod Verma
etc. were also present on the
occasion. The sessions thereafter
were addressed by T.
Jayaraman, Jyoti Parekh,
Devendra Sharma, Sanjay
Vashishth, Ajay Jha, Afsar
Jaffri, Manish vasatava, Su
Vanita Suneja etc.
Number of cancer
patients rising
alarmingly: Expert
India is not yet prepared to fight cancer despite
the nation adding about a million new patients
annually, warns a top healthcare expert. "The num-
ber of cancer patients in India is rising alarmingly
and from year 2020 onwards, the nation will add
more than two million new cancer patients every
year," R. K. Chaturvedi, adviser to metals and min-
ing major Vedanta's cancer hospital project said
here recently. He said the country is home to near-
ly three million cancer patients.
"In India people pay money to become a cancer
patient," remarked the 59-year-old Chaturvedi,
referring to the rising consumption of tobacco prod-
ucts such as gutkha, which contribute to some 30
percent of total cancer deaths. "In tobacco, there are
300 cancer chemicals and 4,000 harmful chemicals
but people love to buy tobacco products to become
victims of mouth or throat cancer," said Chaturvedi,
who has served India's Armed Forces Medical
Services for 32 years.
He said other factors that have led to a rise in
cancer cases are "people's unplanned daily routines,
liking for fast food and Western lifestyle, mainly in
urban India". Vedanta Resources Plc is setting up
the 350-bed Vedanta Cancer Hospital and Research
Centre at Naya Raipur, the upcoming capital of
Chhattisgarh adjacent to the existing capital.
The hospital will come up at a sprawling 50-
acre plot with an investment of nearly Rs. 350 crore
and is expected start functioning partially by the
year-end. "People are getting addicted to luxurious
lifestyles and avoid physical work. There is hardly
any space for exercise or walking in their daily
schedules, but they have created a lot of space for
liquor and tobacco," said Dr. Chaturvedi. He said
the number of breast cancer patients too is rising in
India, with women who "prefer late child birth and
hate to breastfeed" being particularly vulnerable.
"There is a perception that cancer is not curable,
but it is very much curable if it is diagnosed in early
stages, when the tumours are very small in size.
But India lacks a good public healthcare system and
the majority of cancer patients die because they get
medical access only in an advanced stage," he
He added that 50 percent of all forms of cancer
are curable if treatment is provided in time, but in
rural India, patients waste their most precious time
with local doctors who lack facilities of diagnosis
and finally turn to bigger hospitals only in the last
stages. "In India, 70 percent cancer patients get
treatment very late. The government too is respon-
sible for it as it has no public awareness programme
about cancer at the village level.
Even six decades after the launch of
national programme for eradication of
leprosy, Chhattisgarh continues to have
the highest prevalence rate (PR), of two
to four cases per 10,000 people, in the
country. The other 33 states in India have
already achieved the elimination level of
less than 1 case per 10,000 people.
According to National Leprosy
Control Programme (NLCP) data of
March 2014, 18 districts across the coun-
try still have an annual new case detec-
tion rate (ANCDR) of more than 50 cases
per one lakh population. While two of
these districts, Mahasamund and
Raigarh, fall in Chhattisgarh, Odisha has
the highest numbers of six districts, fol-
lowed by Gujarat that has five.
The data also reveals that 41 districts
in 11 states/UTs have PR of more than
two cases per 10,000 people.
Chhattisgarh tops the list with 11 such
districts. It is followed by Orissa (10),
Gujarat (6), Maharashtra (4), Bihar (3)
and West Bengal (2). One district each in
Uttar Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram,
Delhi and D&N Haveli has a PR of more
than two.
Disturbingly, Chhattisgarh has
shown an increase in new cases in last
two years. As compared to 8,115 news
cases in 2012-13, Chhattisgarh had 8,519
cases registered in the last fiscal, almost
5% higher.
When contacted, director health serv-
ices Dr Kamalpreet Singh attributed the
increased detection to state government's
efforts to identify people suffering from
the disease. "The number is high but
there is nothing to panic as our effort is to
detect as many new
cases as possible and
put them under treat-
ment," he said.
While this strategy
would initially show a
rise in number of cases,
it would eventually go
down, he said.
Admitting that the lep-
rosy PR in
Chhattisgarh is still
higher than rest of the
country, Dr Singh said
it has come down considerably from 10
cases per 10,000 people in the last
decade. "We will be undertaking more
awareness campaigns as there is a social
stigma still attached to the disease and
people hesitate to report it in early
stages," he said.
Health officials attribute the high PR
rate of leprosy, particularly in districts
adjoining Odisha, to socio-economic fac-
tors, under-nutrition, unhygienic living
conditions and general poverty prevailing
in these areas.
Chhattisgarh has maximum cases of leprosy in country
CG records second highest
malaria cases this year
As many as 47 people died of malaria in Chhattisgarh in
2013, according to senior health department officials. As
many as 152,303 people, mostly in rural areas, were afflicted
with malaria in 2013. In 2012, 129,397 people were hit by the
disease and 11 died, according to the information available
with the state health department. The state has recorded the
second highest number of cases of malaria in the country this
year. The state alone accounts for almost 13% of the total
malaria cases in the country with almost 39,000 people
falling prey to the disease.
According to the latest data of the Directorate of National
Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP),
Chhattisgarh reported 38,781 cases from January to June
this year, second only to neighbouring Odisha, which report-
ed a whopping 1.30 lakh cases. According to the data,
Jharkhand trails with 26,588 cases followed by Madhya
Pradesh (18,793) and Tripura (13,375).
During the same period, the total number of malaria
cases recorded across the country was 3.19 lakh cases, which
claimed 107 lives. Luckily, so far no fatality has been report-
ed this year from Chhattisgarh. However, last year 43 people
had died due to the disease in the state. While maximum
number of three deaths this year has been recorded from
Madhya Pradesh, doctors say the toll could be higher across
the country, as many fatalities that occur in private hospitals
are not reported. According to health officials, "Malaria con-
trol in Chhattisgarh is a complex issue because of vast tracts
of forest land with tribal settlement." The officials said major-
ity of cases in the state are reported in Bastar division, which
includes Dantewada and Kanker districts. Unplanned growth
of cities, rapid industrialisation, labour concentration at proj-
ect sites and movement of population across the borders are
some of the reasons for high number of malaria cases in the
last few years. On the positive side, there has been a consid-
erable reduction in cases and deaths since 2010," said V
Jaiprakash, state nodal officer, NVBDCP.Jaiprakash said the
easiest, cheapest and most environment-friendly method to
control malaria is by preventing the mosquito from laying
eggs. "Avoiding or eliminating water collection can do this
with ease", he said adding that a little caution by the people
can go a long way in malaria prevention.
Moral education in schools from next year
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chauhan has said that moral edu-
cation will be taught as a subject
in schools of Madhya Pradesh from
next year. The Chief Minister was
addressing a state-level teachers
felicitation function on Teachers
Day here today. He gave away
state-level awards to 14 teachers.
Chauhan said that arrange-
ments will be made to seek sugges-
tions from academics for improve-
ment in quality of education.
Discussions will be held with the
Centre to re-introduce Board
exams of class V and VIII. He said
that objective of education is to
inculcate knowledge, skill and
civic sense manners among stu-
dents. A teacher grooms fine
human beings. In changing times,
teachers honour should be
enhanced and the teachers should
also pay more attention to dis-
charging their duties in right
earnest. Teaching is a mission
which shapes future of state and
country. Former Chief Minister
Kailash Joshi said that education
should be in accordance with pres-
ent-day requirements of the coun-
try. Our country boasts of guru-
shishya tradition.
School Education Minister
Paras Jain said that teachers have
ensured success of School Chalen
Ham Abhiyan. Abrogation of sec-
tion 30 of Right to Education Act
should be considered. Panchayats
& Rural Development Minister
and in-charge of Bhopal district
Gopal Bhargava said that teacher
imparts knowledge to young gen-
eration. Knowledge is priceless.
Attention should be paid to protec-
tion of culture. Tribal Welfare
Minister Gyan Singh said that
teacher teaches to follow path of
righteousness. The state govern-
ment is making constant efforts to
improve quality of education.
Minister of State for School Higher
Education Deepak Joshi said that
39 thousand vacancies of teachers
in the state will be filled up.
Education paves way for moving
ahead in life, he added.
At the function, awardee
teachers were given away Rs. 25
thousand each, shawl, coconut and
citation. Teachers conferred
Presidents Medals last year were
also felicitated on the occasion.
One teacher each standing first in
state-level symposium was also
More than 13.85
lakh bank accounts
opened in MP
Bhopal: More than 13.85 lakh
bank accounts have been opened in
Madhya Pradesh so far under
Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana.
Of these, 9.93 lakh bank accounts
have been opened in rural areas
and 3.91 lakh in urban areas.
Maximum 11.59 lakh accounts
have been opened by public sector
banks. Besides, HDFC, ICICI, Axis
and IndusInd private banks have
also opened 13,435 accounts. As
many as 49,744 accounts have
been opened in Madhyanchal
Gramin Bank Sagar, 72,688 in
Central Madhya Pradesh Bank,
Chhindwara and 1.03 lakh
accounts have been opened by
Narmada-Jhabua Rural Bank.
Madhya Pradesh will become
pioneer in the country in achieving
the target of opening bank
accounts of all families. In the
state, financial inclusion model
(Samriddhi) is already being
implemented since year 2011,
which will help in achieving this
target. Under Samriddhi model
over 2400 ultra small banks have
been opened in the state so far
having over 76.50 lakh bank
accounts. These banks have trans-
acted business of Rs 1800 crore so
far. At present, banks and local
administration are undertaking a
joint survey for Pradhan Mantri
Jan-Dhan Yojana. Bank accounts
of about 40 lakh families are esti-
mated to be opened in the state.
Under the scheme, all bank
accounts will be opened by
January 26, 2015. It is expected
that target of opening 40 lakh
accounts will be achieved before
that date going by the way bank
accounts have been opened till
date. It is noteworthy that every
family will be given the benefit
banking facility under of Pradhan
Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana launched
on August 28 last. On opening a
bank account under the scheme,
the account holder will be given
RuPay debit card and Rs one lakh
accident insurance cover. After 6
months satisfactory operation of
the account, the account holder
will get Rs 5000 overdraft facility.
In future, micro financing facilities
as well as benefits of pension
schemes like Swalamban through
the scheme will be provided to peo-
ple of unorganised sector. There is
a provision of depositing amounts
of government schemes directly in
bank accounts of beneficiaries.
Efforts on to make Bargi
a national project: Uma
Bhopal: Union Water Resources and River
Development Minister Uma Bharti has said that
Madhya Pradeshs achievements in agriculture and
irrigation sectors are spectacular and exemplary.
Suitable amendments will be made in processes of
Accelerated Irrigation
Benefit Programme
(AIBP) accommodating
states suggestions.
She said that earnest
efforts will be made to
declare Bargi as national
project. Bharti reviewed
functioning of regional
institutions working in
Madhya Pradesh under
Union Water Resources
Ministry, at Narmada
Bhavan here recently.
Water Resources
Minister Jayant
Malaiya, Minister of
state for Narmada Valley
Development Lal Singh
Arya and officers of
Central, Madhya
Pradesh and
Chhattisgarh govern-
ments were present on
the occasion.
The Union Minister
said that states adjacent
to borders and coastal
ones develop soon, but
landlocked states like
Madhya Pradesh have to develop on their own
strengths. It is a matter of happiness that Madhya
Pradesh has implemented irrigation projects to aug-
ment irrigation potential so fast and ensured develop-
ment using its own strengths that it has become a fast
growing state and example for entire country.
Bharti specially praised execution of irrigation
projects under Bundelkhand Package in Madhya
Pradesh. She said that a team of fast working states
including Madhya Pradesh will be constituted to share
their experiences with the state working slow on irri-
gation projects to accelerate pace of their work.
Water Resources Minister Jayant Malaiya said
that going by the way irrigation facilities have been
developed in Madhya Pradesh despite limited
resources efficiently, it can be said that Madhya
Pradeshs irrigation potential will increase to one crore
hectare. A target has been set to increase irrigation
potential to 40 lakh hectares in next 2-3 years.
Lal Singh Arya said that Narmada Valley
Development Authority has created irrigation facility
in 2.86 lakh hectares. Presentation of regional institu-
tions working under Union Water Resources Ministry
was made on the occasion.
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Vastu tips for health
Always sleep with
head towards
South or East.
Never sit or sleep
under the
exposed beam.
Face East or
North while eating
your meal.
An ideal kitchen
should be located
in South-east.
Avoid kitchen in
North-east as it
tends to create
health problems in
arendra Modi's aver-
sion to the media is
well known. Even at the
beginning of his Teachers'
Day speech, Modi took a jibe
at the media, narrating how
television channels once sen-
sationalised the fact that
students cleaned a school in
Gujarat. By using the state
machinery to reach out to
the youth, Modi has ensured
that his message reaches the
youth directly without any
spin or angle imposed by the
media. The entire Teachers'
Day programme was well co-
ordinated. From Leh to
Imphal, from Bastar to
Kerala, every part of India
was touched upon by the
prime minister's PR drive.
Modi also reaffirmed the
faith of looking at a long
term in office when he said
that there will be no compe-
tition to him till 2024. By
highlighting education for
the girl child and linking it
to his cleanliness drive, the
PM asserted that he was
more eager to get the basics
right before going for big
bang reforms. To solve the
huge problem of unemploy-
ment, Modi indicated that
vocational learning and skill
development will be one of
his major focuses. On the
question of whether he is a
tough headmaster or a
friendly person, Modi
minced no words to say that
he is a task master and
expects people to work hard,
so that he can work harder.
This can also be interpreted
as a fair warning to any
slackers in his cabinet.
Further, by sharing funny
anecdotes with the students
and voicing one-liners like
work hard, play hard,
Modi tried to strike a chord
with the youth. His body
language was casual and he
tried to break the perception
of being a very serious per-
son. This is an entire gener-
ation of youth that may be
far removed from the 2002
Gujarat riots, which was
supposed to be the darkest
hour of Narendra Modi's
political career.
Modi reached out to the
generation that will be
first-time voters in 2019
There are two ways to interpret Narendra Modi's massive outreach
programme with the youth of India on Teachers' day. Estimates suggest
that 10 to 20 lakh students heard the Prime Minister live in a free chat
where Modi shared different nuggets of his life experience and his
philosophy. One way of seeing it is that Modi genuinely believed in bringing
the focus back on teachers, a job often less desired, especially at the school
level. Another interpretation says that it was Modi's way of reaching out to
the generation that will be first-time voters in 2019. While there is no easy
way to judge if teaching will become a career option for youngsters
after listening to Modi's speech, the politician Modi definitely man-
aged to effectively reach out to future voters.

BHOPAL: A cabinet meeting endorsed revision of royalty on minor
minerals and dead rent. Earlier, revision was made on March 3, 2010.
This revision has been made in view of market rates of minor minerals
and public interest. The committee constituted to recommend revision
studied royalty on minor minerals in other states, inflation, increase in
transportation cost of minor mineral due to increase in market rates so
far, royalty calculation etc. In view of proposed increase in royalty rates,
the committee also proposed to revise dead rent. This was endorsed by
the cabinet today.
Cabinet hikes royalty
on minor minerals
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime
Minister gave its approval for the
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-
operation in the field of traditional systems of
medicine and homoeopathy between India
Bangladesh. The signing of the proposed MoU
will enhance bilateral cooperation between the
two countries in the areas of traditional medi-
cine and homoeopathy. This will be of immense
importance to both countries considering their
shared cultural heritage. The MoU shall also
provide a structured frame work for cooperation
between the two countries for the promotion of
Indian traditional systems of medicine and home-
opathy in Bangladesh.
There are no additional financial implications
involved. However, financial resources necessary to
conduct research, training courses, conferences /
meetings will be met from the existing allocated
budget and existing plan schemes of the
Department of AYUSH. The total exports of Ayush
products from India in 2012-13 was Rs.2167.57
crore. Indias exports of herbal and Ayush products
to Bangladesh for 2013-14 was Rs. 31.85 crore.
India is blessed with well-developed systems of tra-
ditional medicine including medicinal plants, which
hold tremendous potential in the global health sce-
nario. Traditional medicine is an important element
of Bangladeshs health policy. Ayurveda, Unani, and
Homoeopathy are important traditional health care
systems existing in Bangladesh.
A large population in Bangladesh is using
Indian traditional medicine and homoeopathy,
ayurveda, unani and homoeopathy systems of med-
icine. Both countries share a common heritage with
respect to Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine
as well as a shared history in homeopathy.
Moreover, there are a large number of medicinal
plants, particularly those found in the tropical
region, which are common to the two countries
given similar geo-climatic factors.
India, Bdesh to cooperate in
field of traditional systems of
medicine and homoeopathy
Government puts Agriculture
Sector on Fast Track
The Government has taken a
number of initiatives to boost agri-
culture production, develop high
quality seeds, increase storage
capacity and steps to reach the
benefits of various research works
from lab to land.
Speaking to media persons,
Union Agriculture Minister, Radha
Mohan Singh enumerated various
initiatives taken by Government
since its formation in May 2014.
The Government has launched
Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana
(RKVY) to promote use of organic
farming and reduce dependence on
chemical inputs, the minister said.
Making a mention of Soil
Health Card Scheme, he said that
these cards will be issued to 3 crore
farmers during current year and
5.5 crore cards each during next
two years. Also 100 mobile soil
testing laboratories will be made
available during the current year,
he added. Singh said that during
August 2014, 5 new customised
fertilizers have been approved, so
that farmers may get required
nutrients for their fields.
Mentioning initiatives in
Horticulture Sector, Shri Singh
said that with the launch of
Saffron Park recently at Pampore
(J&K), facility for processing pack-
aging, e-auction of saffron will be
available. Under a new initiative
named Chaman the horticulture
crops would be mapped through
remote sensing (Satellites). He fur-
ther said that under Indo Dutch
Cooperation project centre of
excellence have been approved in
Jalandhar (Punjab), Baramati
( M a h a r a s h t r a ) ,
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala),
which would develop modern tech-
nique for fruits and vegetables.
Radha Mohan Singh said that
under National Agroforestry Policy
2014 a platform will be provided to
stimulate component of farming
system which will lead to meeting
the ever increasing demand of tim-
ber, food, fuel, fodder, fertilizer,
fibre and other agroforestry prod-
ucts; conserving the natural
resources and forest; protecting
the environment & providing
environmental security; and
increasing the forest/tree cover.
Singh further added that
Government have also taken all
possible steps to meet the chal-
lenge of drought and have
announced a subsidy of 50% in
diesel, seeds, where 50% rainfall
deficit has been reported. An
additional allocation of Rs. 700
crore under Mission of Integrated
Development of Horticulture
(MIDH) during current year for
availability of fodder has been
made, he added. In addition, waiv-
er of duty on import of de-oiled
soya extract, groundnut oil cake,
sunflower oil cake, canola oil meal,
mustard oil cake, rice bran and
palm kernel cake to increase avail-
ability of feed ingredients will also
be given, he said.
New Delhi
New Delhi
Other decisions
The cabinet sanctioned amendment in Work Allocation Rules for
transferring subjects pertaining to Madhya Pradesh Tirth-sthan Evam
Mela Pradhikaran from Culture Department to Religious Trusts and
Endowment Department.
The cabinet sanctioned Rs. 3.50 lakh for kidney transplant of
Usama Khan of Bhopal who is a gas victim.
The cabinet endorsed Chief Ministers order dated July 22, 2014 for
considering demands of recognised organisations.
The cabinet sanctioned pay scale of 5500-9000 instead of second
higher pay scale to class III assistants grade-3 and telephone operators of
Governors Secretariat.
The cabinet decided to relax the condition land purchased after
April 30, 1999 in the context of providing special rehabilitation package
against land affected by additional submergence of first time tank level
upto 262.13 meters of Indira Sagar Project.
The cabinet decided to allot 4.29 hectare remaining government
land to Sasan Power Project at collectors guideline rate of 2014-15.
Diesel cars no longer a craze
Bor wildlife sanctuary to
become 47th Tiger
Reserve in the Country
New Delhi: The Minister of State
(Independent Charge), Environment,
Forests & Climate Change and the
Chairperson of the National Tiger
Co ns e r vat i o n
A u t h o r i t y ,
P r a k a s h
J a v a d e k a r
r e c e n t l y
approved the
on a proposal
from the State of
Maharashtra for
notifying the
Bor Sanctuary,
New Bor
Sanctuary and
the New Bor
E x t e n d e d
Wildlife Sanctuary as a core/critical tiger
habitat of a tiger reserve (13812.14 ha. or
138.1214 sq.km.).
The Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, notified
by the State in 1970, is rich in biodiver-
sity with a wide variety of flora and
fauna, including tiger, co-predators, prey
animals and birds. The habitat is scenic
and is on the boundary of Nagpur and
Wardha districts, amidst the Satpura-
Maikal landscape, forming catchment of
the river Bor. The sanctuary is also an
important corridor between Tadoba-
Andhari and Pench Tiger Reserves of the
State. Bor is the 47th tiger reserve in the
country and the 6th tiger reserve of
Maharashtra. With Project Tiger cover-
age, the reserve would receive funding
and technical support which would
strengthen tiger conservation, besides
eco-development to benefit fringe people.
The Minister also approved the rec-
ommendations of the Technical
Committee of the Authority for a project
from the Wildlife Institute of India to
establish ecological baselines for long
term monitoring of tigers, co-predators
and prey species in the Dibang Wildlife
Sanctuary and adjoining landscapes in
Arunachal Pradesh, besides supporting
the extension of an ongoing research
project on intensive monitoring and
study of tiger dispersal in the Kanha
Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh.
Rise in tiger skin seizures raises
doubts over conservation efforts
references shift as price differential
between petrol, diesel narrows. Car
manufactures are changing strategies as
demand for diesel cars drops. Diesel cars are
no longer a craze. While some car manufac-
turers are putting capacity addition plans of
diesel cars on hold, others are mulling over
reducing prices of diesel variants.
Market leader Maruti Suzuki has
already shelved its diesel engine capacity
expansion plan. However, the company is on
track to introduce its small 800 cc diesel
engine, which is expected to power Celerio
and Wagon R and its light commercial vehi-
cle thereafter. "The craze for diesel cars is
almost ending. However, certain section of
customers will continue to prefer diesel cars
with fuel efficiency being the biggest driving
factor," said Puneet Gupta, associate direc-
tor, IHS Automotive Sales Forecasting.
In fiscal 2015, petrol cars are back in
action again. According to industry players,
sales of diesel cars declined for the first time
in the last three years, while those of petrol
cars have grown 13-14%. At present, a diesel
car charges a premium of Rs 1-1.5 lakh over
a petrol variant. "Maruti Suzuki is looking
at bringing this down to around Rs 50,000 or
so. The company is designing the engine
from scratch and the pricing would be
aggressive," said a person familiar with the
development. Experts believe other OEMs
(original equipment manufacturers) are
likely to follow the market leader.
"Companies have
made commitments
for diesel engine
ma nuf a c t ur i ng .
Going ahead, manu-
facturers will have
to work towards
reducing costs and
making diesel vehi-
cles more viable for
customers," said an
official of another
auto manufacturer.
The situation is
in complete contrast
to that of 2011,
when almost every
car maker was look-
ing at catering to
the sudden increase in demand of diesel
cars. Almost five years ago, diesel cars
accounted for almost 40% of overall sales. As
the price gap between the two fuels contin-
ued to increase, the share of diesel cars also
went up. According to industry estimates, in
fiscal 2013, the share of diesel cars went up
to 58%. This was the year when demand
reached its peak to 62% in favour of diesel in
November, when the price difference
between the two fuels reached Rs 32.
In January 2013, the government
allowed oil marketing companies to increase
prices of diesel by 50 paise a month. The
diesel segment, which was the only saving
grace for automakers in a slowing market,
started seeing a decline to 53% (of the over-
all Car sales) by the end of fiscal 2014.
With uncertainty growing over fuel
prices, manufacturers are forced to change
their plans. However, efforts are in the
pipeline to make diesel cars an attractive
proposition for customers. Hyundai Motor
India said that the company has a flexible
engine manufacturing plant, which gives
them an advantage to make changes as per
demand. "The share of diesel cars has
dropped to 50% in overall industry sales in
the first quarter of the current fiscal.
However, diesel is still the preferred fuel in
the utility vehicles segment and has a high
share in premium compact and sedans," said
a Maruti Suzuki spokesperson.
he alarming rise in
poaching of tigers has
raised serious questions over
the efficacy of conservation
efforts aimed at preserving
the big cats in the country.
Sample this: eight cases
of tiger skins seizures from
poachers were reported in as
many months this year,
according to the latest figures
of the National Tiger
Conservation Authority
(NTCA). The fact
that it is three
less than
the number of cases
recorded by an NGO working
in the field may not come as a
According to NTCA, three
of these cases were reported
in Maharashtra, and two
each in Tamil Nadu and
Andhra Pradesh. In compari-
son, there were five cases in
the previous year two in
UP and one each in Kerala,
MP and Karnataka. No cases
were reported from Tamil
Nadu in 2013.
For a tribal, even Rs
5,000 is a big amount for a
tiger skin. But our decoy
found that the starting price
in the shady interna-
tional mar-
ket is
crore. China is the biggest
market for tiger skins, as peo-
ple there regard possessing it
as a matter of pride. Its body
parts are used in traditional
Chinese medicine to enhance
virility, said a senior forest
department official.
Putting the overall tiger
deaths this year so far at 41,
forest officials said this could
be due to various other fac-
tors like ageing, territorial
fighting and fatal injuries. A
majority of the deaths, 12,
were reported in Madhya
Pradesh that has the largest
number of tigers in the coun-
try in its 6 reserves, followed
by 8 in Tamil Nadu, and five
in Assam and Uttarakhand.
In 2013, there were 63
tiger deaths with
Karnataka, which reported-
ly has 10 per cent of the
countrys big cats,
accounting for 14
deaths, while
10 and
Madhya Pradesh with 9.
But, Wildlife Protection
Society of India, NGO
engaged in wildlife enforce-
ment, recorded a higher num-
ber of poaching and seizures
in the country this year dis-
puting the government fig-
ures. It reported 11 cases of
poaching and seizures.
The Union Minister of
Human Resource
Development, Smriti Zubin
Irani has said that a new
Central University for
Himalayan Technology will
soon be set up in
Uttarakhand. The Institute
will also have international
faculty, the Minister said.
Smriti Irani expressed
concern at the large number
of Institutes and Universities
mushrooming in various
parts of the country with no
standard facilities or full fac-
ulty. She asked the States to
monitor such Institutes to
ensure that they conform to
the standards. The Minister
also supported a strong
Know Your College drive
whereby it would be possible
to get the details of Colleges
on the website, which would
help the students to make
correct choices.
The Minister sought the
help of states to create an
enabling environment for
education of children in back-
ward areas, minorities,
women, weaker sections and
tribal zones. Special steps are
being taken by the Ministry
to meet needs of higher edu-
cation of students from the
North-east in the form of col-
laborative efforts with pre-
mier institutes of the country,
she said. Irani highlighted
the need for a Rashtriya
Aavishkar Abhiyaan to make
science interesting for chil-
dren. The fragmentation
between the Primary,
Secondary & Higher
Education should be removed
and skill development should
start at the school level while
continuing up to the higher
levels, she added. Technology
will be leveraged for empow-
ering the students and teach-
ers. For this, the Ministry
proposes to launch a large
number of Massive Open
Online Courses (MOOC) and
also establish a National e-
Library by the end of this
year, she explained.
The Government is encour-
aging setting up of Medical
Colleges in the country to pro-
vide better health facilities to
the people and train medical
students. However, due to
paucity of land the Medical
Colleges cant meet the
requirement about minimum
land required for setting up a
new Medical College. In view
of this problem, the
Government has provided a
relaxation. A Medical College
can now be set up in two pieces
of land if one continuous piece
of land is not available.
To facilitate the establish-
ment of Medical Colleges,
relaxation was granted to set
up a Medical College in two
pieces of land. However, this
relaxation was available to a
Medical College only if there
were less than two Medical
Colleges in existence in that
district. To remove restriction
of two Medical Colleges in a
district to avail of the relax-
ation, amendment in regula-
tions has already been
approved by the Ministry for
publication in the Gazette of
India. However, there is no
proposal allowing foreign med-
ical colleges to establish med-
ical educational institutions in
the country. The amendments
made in the MCI regulations
inter-alia include the following:
Relaxation in the norms for
setting up of a medical college
in terms of requirement for
land, faculty, staff, bed/ bed
strength and other infrastruc-
ture; enhancement of maxi-
mum intake capacity at MBBS
level from 150 to 250; enhance-
ment of age limit for appoint-
ment against posts of teach-
ers/dean/principal/ director in
medical colleges from 65-70
years. Besides the Centre will
provide financial support to
State medical colleges, under
the scheme of Strengthening
and upgradation of State
Government Medical
Colleges, to increase postgrad-
uate seats in various disci-
plines or to start new postgrad-
uate medical courses. Use of
Government hospital owned
and managed by Central/State
Government has been permit-
ted for establishment of new
medical college by any
State/Central Government by
entering into a MOU for this
purpose. The Centre has also
approved establishment of
eight AIIMS-like institutions
(six in first phase and two in
second phase) in the country
under PMSSY.
New Delhi
Medical Colleges can now be
set up in two pieces of land
Minister concerned at institutes,
varsities mushrooming in country
RBI asks banks to create public awareness about simplified KYC norms
Mumbai: Given that the general
public continues to face problems in
opening bank accounts despite several
measures initiated by the Reserve Bank
of India to simplify KYC norms, the RBI
has asked banks to give wide publicity
to the same.
The Reserve Bank of India, in the
recent times, has been taking several
measures to simplify KYC requirements
to help the common man open bank
accounts. It is, however, observed that
despite such measures the general pub-
lic is still facing problems in opening a
bank account as these measures have
not been given adequate publicity and
the common man still lacks awareness
on the basics of opening a bank
account, an official notification said
yesterday. In order to address these
issues, create public awareness and give
wide publicity to these KYC simplifica-
tion measures, the apex bank has issued
a press release together with a poster
and a booklet comprising a few common
questions relating to Know Your
Customer (KYC) norms for opening
bank accounts.
Plastic less than
40 microns banned
in Madurai
New Delhi
Madurai: Plastic that is less than 40
microns in thickness has been banned from
within the city limits of the southern temple
city of Madurai with effect from September11.
A circular to this effect has been issued by the
Corporation of Madurai. The usage of banned
plastics by manufacturers or wholesale mer-
chants would attract fine and legal action; the
report quoted Commissioner, C Kathiravan as
saying. Kathiravan referred to the February
2011 notification from the Ministry of
Environment and Forests that is applicable
across the country. According to the Plastic
Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011,
no person shall manufacture, stock, distribute
or sell any carry bag made of virgin or recycled
or compostable plastic, which is less than 40
microns in thickness.
Appealing to users and manufacturers to
cooperate in bringing about the change to pro-
tect the environment effectively, the
Commissioner said that the Corporation of
Madurai has formed special teams to makes
checks at random in all areas.
The move has been appreciated by con-
sumers who have asked officials to ensure that
manufactures print a declaration on their prod-
ucts, guaranteeing thickness of over 40
microns. They also highlighted the need for
awareness campaigns to advocate recycling and
limit the use of plastic.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu government had
banned the use of plastic in temples. Plastic has
been banned from temples administered by the
government, and temple authorities have start-
ed implementing the ban, reports said. As a
result, devotees with plastic bags are being
stopped outside the temple and asked to trans-
fer contents to a bamboo basket or cloth bag
before entering the temple.
The move comes a year after the govern-
ment announced that plastic will be banned
inside temples as the bags clog drains of the
ancient temples. The ban is being implemented
in temples in Chennai, Madurai and Thanjavur.
Other cities are following suit. In June, the
Agra district administration had decided to
strictly implement the ban on use of polythene
in the city, with an aim to curb the rising pollu-
tion in Yamuna. As for the Goa government, it
banned the sale of plastic national flags during
the Independence Day celebration last month.
India Report Card: Raina tops the
class; Kohli brings up the rear
Suresh Raina- It's amazing how one play-
er can lift the entire team. After the Test
series debacle, India went into the ODI
series low on confidence. The visitors need-
ed a spark for revival and that spark was
provided by Raina. A scintillating 75-ball
hundred in the second ODI at Cardiff set
the tone. It was one of the best ODI innings
by an India batsman outside Asia. Raina
just couldn't do anything wrong. He kept
the runs down with the ball, picked up
wickets, and was a live wire in the field,
diving around and pouching brilliant catch-
es. There was no surprise when he was
named the Man of the Series in the ODIs.
Virat Kohli - Kohli's disastrous Test series
was followed by a poor ODI series. No one
expected him to go through such a lean
patch. He scored just 54 runs from four
innings at an average of 18 in the ODI
series. He continued to commit the same
mistakes in the ODI series, pushing at
deliveries outside off and nicking them. He
struck some form on the last day of the tour
with a fluent 66 off 41 balls in the T20I. It
was his first fifty of the tour. He is too good
a player not to bounce back from this dis-
appointment but he would like to forget
that this tour ever happened.
Ajinkya Rahane- India suffered a blow
after the second ODI when Rohit Sharma
was ruled out of the rest of the tour due to
an injury. This forced Rahane to bat as the
make-shift opener. It's difficult to adjust
when the batting position keeps shuffling
but Rahane showed that he can adjust to
any position and that too quickly. He hit 45
in the third ODI and then went on to hit a
classy hundred in the fourth as India
sealed the series. He impressed with his
technique against the moving ball and
played some beautiful strokes. He also
showed that he is a quick learner. There
was criticism that he was not converting
starts but he worked with team director
Ravi Shastri and made sure that he got out
of the nervous 40s and reached the three-
figure mark in Birmingham. A duck in the
final ODI blackened his copybook a tough
but he still ended as India's highest run-
getter in the ODI series.
Mohammad Shami- After a disappointing
performance in the Test series, Shami
bounced back in the limited overs by finish-
ing as the highest wicket-taker in the ODI
series. Death bowling has been India's
perennial problem but Shami provided a
glimmer of hope with accurate yorkers.
That said, he still needs to become more
consistent. In the T20I, those yorkers
turned into low full tosses, which were
hammered all over the park.
Ambati Rayudu - Rayudu did not find a
place in the starting eleven in the second
ODI and it was only after Rohit Sharma's
injury that he got his chance. He grabbed it
with both hands and hit half-centuries in
the two innings that he batted. The strik-
ing aspect was the maturity he showed and
the calmness with which he played coming
Marin Cilic of
Croatia kisses
the trophy
after defeating
Kei Nishikori of
Japan in their
men's singles
final match at
the 2014 U.S.
My gamble to finish
the match didn't
pay off, says Dhoni
Marin Cilic earns redemption
with first U.S. Open title
India captain Mahendra Singh
Dhoni said he hoped the
younger players in his side
would learn from their time in
England after a tour of mixed for-
tunes ended with a dramatic
Twenty20 defeat. It looked as if
India, who lost the five-match Test
series 3-1 but recovered to win the
one-day internationals by the same
margin, would finish with a flourish
at Edgbaston on Sunday.
However, they finished on 177 for
five in pursuit of a target of 181 in
the lone Twenty20 international,
with Dhoni unable to hit what would
have been a match-winning six off
the last ball, from Chris Woakes. A
five-Test series was previously
unheard of for this India team and
the one against England was
squeezed into just 42 days.
Overall, there were many
youngsters on this tour, said Dhoni.
Five tests are tough. None of our
players had played five Tests (in a
series before).
India, however, made an encour-
aging start with a drawn first Test at
Trent Bridge followed by a 95-run
victory in the second Test at Lords.
But a 266-run defeat in the third
Test at Southampton turned the tide,
with India subsequently innings
losses inside three days in both the
fourth and fifth Test at Old Trafford
and The Oval respectively.
We did well in the first two
matches, but the last three we could
not do well, said Dhoni. Then came
the one-dayers where India, the
reigning world champions, were a
transformed team as they showed
they will be one of the sides to beat
when they defend their 50-over title
at the World Cup in Australia and
New Zealand starting in February.
It was important to do well in the
ODIs and we did do that, said the
33-year-old Dhoni, a rare figure
among modern captains of major
international side in that he leads
his country in all three formats
Tests, ODIs and T20.
After losing the Test series to England in abject fashion,
India bounced back to win the one-day series comprehensive-
ly before narrowly losing the one-off T20 International. Here
is our report card on each India player who took part in the
limited-overs legs of the tour.
to the crease in tricky situations. He was agile in
the field and even chipped in with a wicket with
his part-timers. He might have felt hard done by
when Dhoni didn't give him strike in the last over
of the T20I. He keeps getting better series after
series and this consistency might just help him
cement his place in the starting eleven.
Bhuvneshwar kumar- Bhuvneshwar churned
out overs after overs in Tests. It was clearly visi-
ble that he was jaded but still, he bowled his
heart out in the ODIs. He wasn't amongst the
wickets but he kept the pressure in the initial
overs with disciplined bowling. He kept it tight
which helped the bowlers to get the wickets from
the other end. He bowled a wonderful spell of 8-
3-14-2 in the fourth ODI at Cardiff which laid the
platform for a win. He ended up with the best
economy rate of 4.32 (bowlers with more than 10
overs) in the ODI series.
o make India familiar with her Imphal-based
boxing academy, Olympian boxer M C Mary Kom
wants actor Priyanka Chopra, who acted in the
biopic 'Mary Kom', to become its brand ambassador. "I
will soon approach her to become the brand ambassa-
dor of my boxing academy. Hopefully she will agree,"
Kom told PTI from Imphal. She said the film released
last week has brought the spotlight on boxing and now
she wants to open branches of her boxing academy in
other cities of India. Set up in 2006 at the Langol
Games Village residential complex in Imphal West dis-
trict, the M C Mary Kom Boxing Academy has around
33 in-residence student boxers at present where they
are trained under her guidance.
"If Priyanka endorses the academy it will be good for
boxing because I need support from different quarters.
It will help us attract young talent into the sport," said
the only woman boxer to have won a medal in all the
six world championships including the 2012 Olympics.
Kom has already got a 3.3 acre land in Imphal from
the Manipur government and funds worth Rs 4 crore
from the central government to upgrade the academy's
infrastructure. She said the new campus would be
ready within a year with all facilities and hostel for boys
and girls to host around 100 boxers.
"Anyone can come there for training. We will have inter-
national level facilities," the boxer said adding that once
the expansion is complete she plans to open branches in
other states with Chopra as the brand ambassador. When
asked whether filmmakers should have opted for a talent
from the north-east rather than Chopra who does not have
Mongloid features like a Manipuri, she supported the pro-
ducers who said that a mainstream Bollywood actress
would make the movie a hit. "Someone from the northeast
could have played my role but then the movie might not
have become a hit.
ctress Sonam Kapoor was initially apprehensive to take up
the role in 'Khoobsurat' remake as she did not want to be
compared to Rekha, who starred in the original 1980 film.
"I was a little nervous to step into the shoes of
Rekhaji. I was doubtful at first because compar-
isons will be there as Rekhaji had done the
film so brilliantly and people will question
how I will do it. But after reading the
script, I was a bit relaxed. I found the
character to be female-driven, it is an
author backed role," Sonam told.
"There is not much that I have taken from her
character as my role is quite different from the original," she
said. The 29-year-old actress plans to show the film to the vet-
eran actress. "When I told her about this film (remake of
'Khoobsurat') she gave me her blessings. She is excited about
the film. She is a close friend and we show her all our films,"
Sonam added. In real life, Sonam says she is more like her char-
acter Mili. "None of my characters in the films that I have done
so far are close to me but this one is. 'Khoobsurat' is more like
me. Rhea (producer sister) and Shashanka Ghosh (director)
very sneakily worked on the role.
I was not aware about it till I read the first draft. This is the
first time the character was written specifically for me," Sonam
said. "Initially, I was upset as everyone watching the film will
think I am very clumsy and crazy. After 'Aisha' people felt I was
like that character which was not the case," she said. Sonam is
known for her 'bindaas' attitude and fashionista image more
than her film roles but the actress says she won't change herself
for anyone.
Where Hrithik, Katrina and
all the world's bronzer met
Was a little nervous to step into the shoes
Was a little nervous to step into the shoes
of Rekhaji: Sonam on Khoobsurat
of Rekhaji: Sonam on Khoobsurat
Ranbir is a good friend,
no problem between
us: Arjun Rampal
Mary Kom will ask Priyanka to become
her boxing academy's brand ambassador
new poster for Siddharth Anand's evocatively
titled Bang Bang has been released online. No
prizes for guessing it has Hrithik Roshan and
Katrina Kaif staring into the camera, sporting identi-
cally bronzed limbs. This one, however, is a feast for
Kaif's fans who have had to deal with Roshan's shiny
chest hogging the limelight in all the Bang Bang posters
that have been released so far. Not that Roshan has
really covered up for this one either, but you do see Kaif
in what looks like a haute couture interpretation of a
negligee complete with a peekaboo hot pink bikini top.
As is the case with the other posters, the lead characters
are shown holding revolvers.
ctor Arjun Rampal has quashed reports claiming a
tiff between him and his co-star Ranbir Kapoor dur-
ing the shoot of "Roy". He said they are good friends
and there is no animosity between them. On being asked
about the tiff, Arjun said: "Ranbir and I are very good
friends. There has never been any sort of problem
between us."
"I hope that there will be no problem between us in
future as well," added Arjun who played Ranbir's elder
brother in successful political drama "Raajneeti". The 41-
year-old was present at the poster launch of his movie
"Daddy" here. Reportedly, Arjun, who has shot for some of
his portions in "Roy", had to wait for the next schedule
because Ranbir was unavailable for the shoot, hence, the
delay. Besides, it was also being said that initially Ranbir
was to do just a cameo in "Roy", but later the length of his
role was increased. The current schedule of director
Vicky Singh's "Roy" is being shot in Malaysia.
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Muzaffarnagar riot victims: freebies
promised at poll time, forgotten later
Modi ignoring power,
water crises: Rahul
Sonia Gandhi inspects ongoing
construction work of AIIMS in Rae Bareli
Rae Bareli: Congress presi-
dent Sonia Gandhi visited the
Dariyapur sugar mills area where
an AIIMS is under construction.
She inspected the ongoing work
and talked to the engineers. The
UPA Government had sanctioned
an AIIMS at Rae Bareli.
Sonia called on the staff of the
construction company and labour-
ers at the AIIMS site. She
expressed her concern over com-
plaints of extortion calls there.
She said her officer on special
duty had taken up the issue with
the Superintendent of Police, who
had assured him to set up a tem-
porary police outpost there.
Later Sonia visited
Madhupuri village near the
upcoming AIIMS building. The
locals asked the Congress MP
whether they would get jobs in
return for their land acquired for
the AIIMS. Sona said that efforts
were on in this regard.
On the last day of her two-day
visit to Rae Bareli, Sonia inaugu-
rated a dual solar water pump
system and inspected the develop-
ment works in her parliamentary
constituency. Gandhi inaugurated
170 dual solar water pump sets at
Sanehi village under Rahi block
and later visited several villages
to monitor the development
works. Gandhi met the people and
gave a patient hearing to their
problems during her visit to
Raghunathpur Kateli, Maheri,
Bhadokar, Madhupuri and
Nathula villages. Near
Peetambarpur village, an old
Congress worker, Surya Nath
Singh, sought her help for getting
medical treatment to which
Gandhi directed her OSD to do
the needful.
In Bhadokhar, the women and
other villagers demanded a high
school for the children and
apprised Gandhi of their problems
relating to power and water for
irrigation. The Congress presi-
dent assured them that she would
take up the issue.
A large number of people
sought financial assistance from
Sonia for medical purposes or
demanded jobs for their children.
Some also sought her intervention
in police cases due to property dis-
putes. In Jhakrasi, she apprised
of the state of self-help groups and
urged to involve more and more
women in them. Gandhi also vis-
ited the house of Dinesh Pratap
Singh (MLC). Later she left for
New Delhi from Fursatganj
airport. Sonia Gandhi met around
1,000 people, including 42 delega-
tions, for about three hours at the
Bhua Mau guest house and heard
their grievances. On the first day
of her visit, Gandhi had ques-
tioned the BJP Government at the
Centre on its failure to control
prices even after 100 days of the
Narendra Modi rule. She was also
peeved over the problems of the
people of her constituency and
had assured the people that she
would talk to Chief Minister
Akhilesh Yadav about it.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi
who visited Amethi recently accused
Narendra Modi led BJP government of for-
getting its priorities. While talking to the
reporters in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi district,
Rahul said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi
is playing the drums in Japan but ignoring
crisis of water, power and prices in India."
Rahul Gandhi said that the residents of
Amethi had put up some difficult questions
on power cuts in the district. He said that
prices of vegetables are rising at an alarm-
ing rate. He alleged that BJP government
has forgotten about the promises it made
during campaigning for elections. "This gov-
ernment has forgotten its promises on cor-
ruption, on power, on water, on prices. 100
days are over, where is the result?
Vegetables are more expensive and there are
serious power and water crises," he ques-
tioned. Gandhi said that there are multiple
voices in the Congress but these voices will
only bring a solution to the party.
He said that such tensions prevail in
every political party and he will deal with it.
Replying to the allegations of Rahul, BJP
leader Ram Madhav said that UPA govern-
ment is responsible for the power crisis in
the country. He said that Bharatiya Janta
Party is only working to resolve the issue.
Also, Venkaiah Naidu slammed Rahul
Gandhi and said why should anyone listen
to him when his own party members don't.
eadly communal violence in
Muzaffarnagar in August-
September last year marked the
biggest failure of the State
Government of Uttar Pradesh; a
year later, the continued plight of the
victims is proof that the Samajwadi
Party regime is still to get its act
together. The riots not only claimed
62 lives and injured more than a
hundred others but also displaced
more than 50,000 people, many of
them Muslims. Eyeing the minority
vote-bank in the run-up to the gener-
al election, which at that time was a
little over six months away, local
Samajwadi Party leaders had in the
aftermath of the riots promised pub-
lic housing and other freebies to the
displaced persons. Leading the list
with his tall promises was SP leader
Nahid Hasan, who eventually lost
the parliamentary election to BJP
leader and former MLA Hukum
Singh. With that, the housing plans
dissipated but only until the next
electoral battle emerged. As the par-
ties now prepare for a by-poll in
Kairana, necessitated by Singh's
vacating of his Assembly seat, relief
and rehabilitation promises are once
again doing the rounds. The leaders
have already offered to move the vic-
tims out of the temporary relief
camps into permanent settlements.
This serves the dual purpose of
pleasing the party bosses as well, for
whom the camps remain a source of
grave embarrassment. In fact,
Lucknow was so desperate to get rid
of the camps that Samajwadi Party
chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had ear-
lier claimed that those living there
were not genuine riot victims but
political workers from rival parties,
trying to give the ruling outfit a bad
name. Given that the ruling party
patriarch hardly acknowledges the
presence of relief camps or the plight
of riot victims, it is no surprise that
the Government has done precious
little to improve their conditions, not
to mention work towards the re-set-
tlement of those who lost their
homes and livelihoods.