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SC stays Jim Corbett National Park order allowing private buses to ply within core area of Corbett Tiger Reserve

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New Delhi [India], February 18 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed an order of Jim Corbett National Park allowing plying of private buses within the core area of the Corbett Tiger Reserve.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI), SA Bobde, issued notices to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Director Jim Corbett National Park, National Board for Wildlife, National Tiger Conservation Authority of Uttarakhand, state’s Environment and Wildlife Department, and Chief Wildlife Warden of the state and sought their responses on the plea against the decision of Forest department.
Advocate Gaurav Bansal had filed the petition contending that the Wildlife Protection Act was being violated by the state for ‘wrongful gains’.
Bansal, in his petition, stated that the order of Director, Corbett Tiger Reserve is not only against various provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act,1972 but also against the orders issued by the apex court wherein it had directed that the Corbett Tiger Reserve should be protected.
“The petition sought to highlight the alleged illegal act done by the forest department of Uttarakhand wherein the officials of the department, in order to provide wrongful gain to a private sector company has allowed them to ply their private buses within the core area of Corbett Tiger Reserve which as per section 38 (V) of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 is required to be kept as an inviolate area for the purposes of Tiger conservation,” plea added.
The petition stated that section 38 (O) of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 provides that Tiger Reserves shall not be diverted for ecologically unsustainable uses, and in case it is required, then it is mandatory for the state of Uttarakhand and its forest department officials to do the same only after taking approval from the National Board for Wildlife and on the advice of the National Tiger Conservation Authority.
“However, in the present case neither the forests officials have taken any approval from competent authorities,” it added.
It is also important to mention here that recently Wildlife Institute of India also conducted an assessment study wherein it is mentioned that the area in question is home for 19 Tiger’s family, plea stated.
Bansal said, “Case of the petitioner is that plying of buses and that too of a private sector within the core area of Corbett Tiger Reserve is nothing but an act of compromise with the protection and conservation of our national animal, hence the present petition.” (ANI)

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Over 2.8 million entries made in Delhi Police e-Beat Book

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): As part of its efforts to handle crime, criminals, maintenance of law and order, and deliver other citizen-centric services, over 2.8 million data entries have been uploaded on the Delhi Police’s e-Beat Book server, a critical project and digital solution for data collection, analysis and retrieval processes for beat officers across the city.
Launched on August 15 last year, the e-Beat Book is now operational in 1,752 beats across the city. Traditionally data of criminals, vital installations, religious places, etc, had been collected and compiled in a paper Beat Book. In the new e-Beat Book, all relevant data will be made available on one handheld device anywhere in the city.
Using this solution, beat-level officers of the Delhi Police are verifying suspects, jail bail release and ‘bad characters’. Beat Officer can also use an embedded Facial Recognition System (FRS) to verify a suspect against a central database, get information and can lodge checking reports digitally.
There are over 180 police stations across 15 districts in Delhi. The area of every police station divided into 10-12 beats. A beat is the basic unit of police functioning and is the interface between police and the public.
Becoming techno-savvy has assumed predominance in the thought process of Delhi Police leadership, along with the objective to establish legitimacy and trust the force.
For this, several the force has successfully developed and implemented several projects like e-Beat Book, ICMS, ICJS, e-Varta, e-Office, etc, for advanced stages of implementation, with the objective of establishing legitimacy and trust in the force.
Delhi Police is also harnessing the power of social media to spread awareness about road safety, women safety and cyber safety, and issuing advisories and cautions to the public about criminals.
Social media is also used for the collection of intelligence pertaining to various protests and demonstrations, for rebuttal of fake news and negative narratives, sentiment analytics and for grievance redressal.
Another innovative digital platform – the Integrated Complaint Monitoring System (ICMS), is used for lodging and monitoring complaints.
Efforts have also been made to bridge Police Stations with Courts through e-submission of Final Reports and Challans- ICJS to integrate all the pillars of the Criminal Justice System. (ANI)

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International Women’s Day: PM Modi salutes ‘Nari Shakti’, says India takes pride in accomplishments of women

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India takes pride in the many accomplishments of the women of the nation and added it is his Government’s honour to be getting the opportunity to work towards furthering women empowerment across a wide range of sectors.
“Saluting our indomitable #NariShakti on International Women’s Day! India takes pride in the many accomplishments of the women of our nation. It is our Government’s honour to be getting the opportunity to work towards furthering women empowerment across a wide range of sectors,” PM Modi tweeted.
President Ram Nath Kovind also extended his greeting to the people of India on the occasion of International Women’s Day and urged all people to take a resolve to promote gender justice and eliminate gender inequality.
“On the occasion of International Women’s Day, greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens. Women in our country are setting new records and achievements in various fields. Let us collectively resolve to promote gender justice and eliminate inequality between women and men,” the President tweeted
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government led by PM Modi is deeply committed to women empowerment in all walks of life.
“On International Women’s Day, I truly appreciate the role of India’s #NariShakti in strengthening the foundations of this great nation. The government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is deeply committed to women empowerment in all walks of life,” he tweeted.
“Today, women have become an integral part of India’s security and defence architecture. The targeted outcome of such an empowerment is to create an atmosphere where women feel free, safe and secure to pursue any vocation, profession or take a road less taken,” he said in another tweet.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted, “My heartfelt greetings to the greatness, achievement and contribution of the women who have won praises from every region of the world on the occasion of International Women’s Day.”
Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day commemorates women, who despite various challenges posed by society have proven their mettle in every sphere across the world. (ANI)

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Punjab FM to present Budget in Assembly today

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Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], March 8 (ANI): Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal is scheduled to present the Budget 2021 in the Legislative Assembly today at 11:15 am.
The Budget Session of the state Assembly commenced on March 1 with an address by Governor V P Singh Badnore. The session is scheduled to continue till March 10.
On Friday, all Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLAs were suspended for the rest of the session due to uproar during the Chief Minister’s vote of thanks.
Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today also appealed to Chief Minister Captain (retired) Amarinder Singh to fulfill the remaining 15.4 per cent poll promises made to the people of Punjab in tomorrow’s budget presentation itself and take a well-deserved rest.
Reacting to the Chief Minister’s statement that his government had fulfilled 84.6 per cent of the promises made in the party’s election manifesto, former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said fulfilling the remaining 15.4 per cent promises should be child’s play now. (ANI)

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On International Women’s Day: Let us collectively resolve to promote gender justice, says President Kovind

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday extended his greetings on the occasion of International Women’s Day and urged all people to take a resolve to promote gender justice and eliminate gender inequality.
“On the occasion of International Women’s Day, greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens. Women in our country are setting new records and achievements in various fields. Let us collectively resolve to promote gender justice and eliminate inequality between women and men,” he tweeted
Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is observed in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day commemorates women, who despite various challenges posed by society have proven their mettle in every sphere across the world. (ANI)

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Lok Sabha’s Business Advisory Committee meeting to be held today

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Lok Sabha’s Business Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at 11:30 AM as the second part of the Budget Session of Parliament commences on Monday.
A panel chaired by the Lok Sabha Speaker and comprising of leaders from all political parties, the Business Advisory Committee discusses and decides the issues to be taken up for discussion in the House.
The Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm while Lok Sabha will function between 4 pm to 10 pm. The second part of the session will conclude April 8, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had informed.
The first part of the Budget Session of Parliament, which commenced with the address of President Ram Nath Kovind on January 29, concluded on February 29.
The Union budget was tabled in the Parliament by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1. (ANI)

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Delhi Assembly’s Budget Session to begin from today

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): The Budget Session of the Delhi Assembly is scheduled to commence today with an address by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
The Budget Session will be held from March 8 to March 16, 2021.
C Velmurugan, Secretary of the Assembly informed that members are requested to take their seats by 10.45 am.
The list of businesses for Monday includes — obituary references, laying of the copy of Hindi and English version of the Lieutenant Governor’s Address on the table of the House by the secretary of Legislative Assembly.
Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi will present the Economic Survey of Delhi (2020-2021). He will also present the status report of outcome Budget 2020-21 (up to December 31, December 2020), according to the list of businesses shared by Velmurugan.
The Budget Session will be held while adhering to Covid-19 norms and guidelines. (ANI)

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