New Delhi: The number of women constables in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) is less at present and the government has decided to fill up 50 per cent of the 9,000 vacant posts notified with lady constables, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said in the Rajya Sabha Friday. “At present, the percentage of lady constables in RPF is 2.25 per cent. The number (of women constables) is less in the entire Railways. Keeping this in mind, the prime minister gave a direction for recruitment,” Goyal said during the Question Hour in the Upper House. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us As a result, the government is recruiting 9,000 more. “We are focusing on hiring lady constables. We are going to recruit 4,500 lady constables, 50 per cent of the total vacant posts notified,” he added. Responding to a query if the Centre will consider 35 per cent reservation for women in government jobs in line with the one given by Bihar government, the minister said, “No such reservation has been decided at the central level. So there is no question of backlog.” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Law and order is a state subject. RPF looks into protection of railways infrastructure, while the Government Railway Police (GRP) takes care of law and order and it is under the state government, he said. Still, the RPF was tagged with the GRP for last two years and did a good job in the area of women safety and addressing child abduction cases, he added. Advertise With Us Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi said the recruitment process is going on. “Adequate lady constables are recruited by our government. Already adequate lady constables are there,” he said. To another supplementary question on providing walkie talkie to women constables, both Goyal and Angadi said the matter will be examined.wo Goyal, in a written reply, said the recruitment process started in 2018. Out of 8619 and 1120 vacancies notified for constables and sub-inspectors, respectively, 4216 and 201 vacancies, respectively, were reserved for women. “This process is likely to be completed soon and this will further increase the number of lady constables and officers in RPF,” he added.
Vijayawada: With the continuous heavy rains, the water levels are rising at Prakasam barrage in Vijayawada. The current water level in the barrage reached 11.4 feet. In the context, the officials have released 5,200 cu secs of water to the canals in the Krishna Delta. About 3,800 cu secs of water released to the Krishna Eastern canal. Nearly 1,200 cu secs to the Western main canal, 200 cu secs for Guntur channel, 2,000 cu secs from Krishna’s eastern main canal to Ryves canal. The authorities have released 700 cu secs for Bandar canal, 500 cu secs for KEB canal, and 600 cu secs for Eluru canal for the purpose of irrigation.
Abids: Vanamotsavamaspart of Haritha Haram was conducted at Little Flower High School. Saplings were distributed to the children and their parents.The school urged parents and students to grow more plants for a good environment.The school even assigned a group of children as Green Warriors to take care of plants and greenery in the school premises. Along with the Principal,Brother Shajangaru, Danraj anna, Sirish, teachers, students and parents took part in the drive. Several competitions were to spread awareness on plants, and the staff also had a healthy interactive session with children.
Tirupati: In a first of its kind, three red sanders smugglers were sentenced by Principal Sessions Judge (PSJ) Court here to undergo 11 years imprisonment and also a fine of Rs 6 lakh each.Principal Sessions Judge Edukondalu on Wednesday convicted the three smugglers from Tami Nadu for 11 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 6 lakh each. If they fail to pay the penalty, they have to undergo imprisonment for two more years. Also Read – Former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao put on house arrest Advertise With Us Disclosing the details of the case and court verdict against red sanders smugglers here on Wednesday, Red Sanders Anti-smuggling Task Force (RSASTF) in-charge head SP P Ravisankar said that the three convicted smugglers include Ponnu Swamy (39), Tirumalai (29) from Tiruvannamalai district and Kumar (27) from Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. According to prosecution, the task force personnel combing the forest in Karakambadi forest area found the trio at Muggurallathippa in Sri Venkateswara National Park (SVNP), Tirupati range and arrested them and recovered 54 red sanders logs weighing 1,096 kgs from them on August 10, 2016. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us On the basis of the complaint from Deputy Range Officer L Ramaiah, cases were registered under various sections of forest act and IPC in Task Force police station here while CI Madhu Babu investigated the case for prosecution of the three smugglers. The Forest Act sections includes 32 (A), 36 (A) and 379 IPC for trespassing into reserve forest and possession of red sanders wood more than 20 kgs etc. Advertise With Us Public Prosecutor Venkatanarayana who filed the case in the PSJ court contented in his prosecution that the trio committed the offences including trespassing into the reserve forest, cutting and possession of red sanders logs violating the forest act, concealed the logs in the forest and tried to transport the same and also theft of red sanders wood without valid orders from the Forest department. Upholding the public prosecutor charges against the smugglers, the Judge proclaimed five-year imprisonment and fine of Rs 3 lakh each under various sections and another five-year imprisonment and fine of Rs 3 lakh under Section 32 (A), Section 36 A to 32 (A) for possession of red sanders logs more than 20 kgs and one year imprisonment and Rs 1 lakh fine under 379 IPC section. SP Ravisankar said that it is the second case registered by Task Force police station resulting in the conviction of red sanders smugglers and observed that the maximum punishment of 11 year imprisonment would deter the smugglers indulge in the illegal act of red sanders smuggling, the precious wood endemic to Seshachalam forests.
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday said that over 190 primary schools will re-open on Monday in Srinagar, besides restoring “full functionality” of government offices across Kashmir valley. “We have a plan of reopening over 190 primary schools in Srinagar district alone,” Principal Secretary, Planning and Development, Rohit Kansal said while addressing a press conference. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us He said the process of easing of prohibitory orders and providing relaxations continued on Sunday as well. Kansal said the relaxations were provided in 50 police stations on Sunday as against 35 police stations on Saturday, and the duration in the relaxation was increased from six hours to eight hours. He said no untoward incident was reported from the areas where relaxation was provided. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Kansal said the government will restore all the landlines to their full functionality as soon as possible. “BSNL officers and technicians are working continuously to restore the working of exchanges across Kashmir valley,” he said. “The government will attempt to restore infrastructural and developmental works as the overall situation further improves,” he said.
New Delhi: A meeting of the Union Council of Ministers was held here on Wednesday in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have asked his colleagues to expeditiously work on projects related to Jammu and Kashmir. It was the first meeting of the Council of Ministers after the government’s decision to repeal Article 370 in the state and reorganise the state into two Union Territories. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The meeting was held after that of the Union Cabinet and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). Sources said Union Home Minister Amit Shah briefed the meeting on the steps being taken to remove restrictions and bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources said that officials of the Home Ministry also made a presentation on the repeal of Article 370.