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Not Rs. 91000, Kejriwal’s electricity bill is Rs. 15000 July 01, 2015 16:18

The Delhi government specified that, "electricity bill of Rs. 91000, is inclusive of electricity charges at the camp office and various other facilities installed for visitors at the complex," countering the BJP, who raised this allegation. It was known that BJP officials alleged that, the AAP officials are misusing the public money by unnecessarily wasting the electricity and that is the result of Rs.91000 as the bill.   But Kejriwal government clearly said that, “Rs.91000 is inclusive of other electricity charges at the camp office and his personal monthly electricity bill is around Rs. 15,000.”Also read: Blow to Kejriwal - Anti-Corruption wing under L GGiving more clarity on the bill, the government said that, Delhi Chief Minister’s house was divided two units using separate power connections. One of these two units is Kejriwal’s private residence.    After moving into the house in February, Kejriwal spent Rs. 17,000 in March, Rs. 7,370 in April and Rs. 22,690 in May, the reports stated.   Kejriwal's part of the house is allocated to perform official works and other meetings with the public. So this part of the house gave a Rs.15175 bill in March, Rs. 48, 630 in April and the May bill is yet to be paid, says a  statement.    "300 people come to meet him every day. Is he expected to make people sit in that hall in such scorching heat and humidity?" questioned AAP leader Jarnail Singh. Instead of trying to corner AAP government in every single issue, it would be better if the BJP officials compete with AAP’s popularity in Delhi, through working for the welfare of the city residents.   By Phani

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Discrepancies found in social welfare schemes of Delhi government - CAG July 01, 2015 16:05

Auditor CAG has pointed out many discrepancies in the implementation of the social welfare schemes, including mid-day meal (MDM) and pulled up the Delhi government, for its failure to obtain fund utilisation certificates from the institutions."There were delays in obtaining utilisation certificates (UCs) from various grantee institutions for the grants released to them. Out of a total of 5,235 grants amounting to Rs 26,434.30 crore, which was given till March 2013, 4,784 UCs amounting to Rs 19,064.02 crore were awaited from various departments at the end of March 2014. Out of 4,784 outstanding UCs, 2,267 UCs (47.39%) amounting to Rs 5,651.17 crore were due for more than 10 years," the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in its report."Also, out of 2,102 samples of cooked meals, a total of 1,876 samples (89%) failed tests for nutritive value during 2010-14. The enrolment, attendance and retention of children in schools could not be enhanced," said the auditor’s report.The CAG also points out with much concern that large balances amounting to Rs 1,151.65 crore as on March 31, 2014 were outstanding under "suspense heads". In 2009-10, the balance under this head was Rs 101.02 crore, it rose to Rs 158.81 crore in 2010-11 and went up further in 2011-12 to Rs 215.62 crore. In 2012-13 it was Rs 273.78 crore and it suddenly shot to Rs 1,151.65 crore in 2013-14."These are recorded initially under the 'suspense heads' which are required to be reviewed at short intervals so as to ensure that no item remains unadjusted longer than is reasonably necessary," the CAG noted.CAG had referred to the working of Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation and said that it did not formulate a perspective plan for tourism promotion in the city despite 39 years of its formation (1975). Tourist inflow in Delhi as a whole has registered an increase of 108%, whereas it increased only by 30% in the tourist spots owned by the Company during 2009-14, it said. "Vacant craft and food stalls and non-holding of cultural events on a regular basis at the Dilli Haats, led to declining footfall and consequent inadequate exposition of Indian Art and Crafts, Culture and Cuisine."Regarding to the revenue department, CAG found that "test check of records of 80 units of the Department of Trade and Taxes, State Excise, Transport and Revenue conducted during the year 2013-14 showed under-assessment / short levy / loss of revenue, aggregating to the tune of Rs 905.66 crore in 2001 cases."By Premji

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Palla plays internal politics for his college affiliations? July 01, 2015 13:56

Educational institutions head and MLC Palla Rajeshwar Reddy and Deputy CM Kadiyam Srihari are in tough conflict for the past three days, about the seats allotment and the affiliation of the engineering colleges in Telangana.  The officials had already checked twice, whether the proper infrastructure facilities and the faculty are available in the colleges of JNTUH. Basing on this, a list was prepared.It was heard that, there is a scarcity of faculty in the Palla Rajeshwar Reddy colleges and so the affiliation is not permitted for it. On the other hand, Reddy said that, there is only a scarcity of two faculties, how can that be a reason to cancel the affiliation. Regarding this, a serious discussion was held among the two biggies in the deputy CM’s camp office. The issue was even taken to Chief Minister KCR. He then sorted out a solution and convinced them. The affiliation of a single branch from Btech and another single branch from Mtech are rejected, for the colleges which are identified to be facing the scarcity, be it in providing infrastructure facilities or proper faculty. No conflict with Kadiyam- PallaPalla Rajeshwar Reddy said that, there is no such conflict held between him and Kadiyam. "The JNTUH officials had followed all the norms and allotted the affiliation according to it. In fact, they even reduced few seats in my college. For that, I need not raise a conflict with any official. These are just the rumors spread by our competitors," he clarified.It would be better, if there are no such politics played regarding the education in the state as it might show a great influence among the students.By Phani

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After Pawan, it is Bunny July 01, 2015 13:06

Responding to a call from ‘Make A Wish Foundation’, Bunny meets three little girls today.Film stars might not always be available to meet the fans, but will take the time to meet those fans, who are suffering from illness.Pawan Kalyan is generally known for these kinds of programmes. He met a cancer patient named Srija in the past. The doctors almost declared that there are no chances for her to live. But surprisingly, she got cured and met Pawan later. The family, opined that, it is the miracle of Pawan. His honest love towards the girl, made her win over the cancer. Several other heroes like NTR, Maheshbabu had already experienced this feeling. Now it is the turn of our Bunny. Yes, upon receiving a call from the “Make A Wish Foundation”, he rushed to meet three little girls and spent a quality time with them this morning.    The girls are identified to be thoroughly happy spending time with Bunny and thanked the “Make A Wish Foundation” for this.  By Phani

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Tamilnadu and AP do not have a joint capital- Pratthipati July 01, 2015 12:19

“There is no authority for Tamilnadu police to enter into the AP state,” Minister Pratthi Paati Pulla Rao clarifies.Speaking to the media, Pulla Rao said that, “a retired judge questioned me that, whether the Tamilnadu police are allowed to Andhra Pradesh, implying that the AP police have no right to enter into Telangana state.”Also read: BJP to monitor the section 8 issue, between the Telugu statesAnswering to that question, Rao said that, Hyderabad is a joint capital of both the Telugu states. So we have the every right to allocate AP police in Hyderabad too. Coming to Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh is not sharing any capital with the former state, so it would be meaningless, if Tamilnadu police enters the AP state. This is a simple logic and it is a pity that a person, who once worked as a judge is unaware of it.  He further stressed on Section 8 and said that it has to be implemented immediately, as it is already delayed from the past one year. Also read: Section 8, an obvious need, AP DGP saysOther officials like Kollu Ravindra, Gaali Muddu Krishnama Naidu, and Mrunalini stressed upon Section 8 and demanded the immediate implementation. They even declared to raise a movement, if the section is not implemented. If section 8 is not possible, Hyderabad should be made a union territory, few others said. They seriously warned the Telangana government not to make section 8 an issue.   Also read: Hyderabad might become a union territory?The Telangana government declared to raise a movement against section 8 implementation and AP officials too declared the movement if section 8 is not implemented. So the section 8 has now become the key aspect of the Telugu states.By Phani

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Image of J&K Health Minister touching woman doctor goes viral July 01, 2015 11:50

While the #SelfieWithDaughter is doing the rounds all over the web, the image of Jammu and Kashmir Health Minister Chaudhary Lal Singh inappropriately touching a woman doctor reminds us the fact that the heinous acts against women exists very much and can’t be abolished with selifies. On Monday, Jammu and Kashmir Health Minister Chaudhary Lal Singh went to a government hospital in Lakhanpur to check the arrangements for Amarnath pilgrimage, which started today.Mr. Singh reportedly noticed that the collar of a woman doctor was not proper. He instead of asking her to put it right, he proceeded to fix it."The minister moved towards her and said ... 'Bitiya your collar is not proper' and corrected it himself. The doctor said nothing," said an officer who was present at the time.The image caught on a camera and was circulated widely on the web.  Needless to say, it has ignited an online furor."Shame: Health minister Lal Singh during Lakhanpur visit today," tweeted Sheikh Junaid.Another #SelfieWithDaughter of a BJP Minister Lal Singh holding a doctor by her collar. Such respect for women! pic.twitter.com/rZWZIzldLC- Samar (@Samar_Anarya) June 30, 2015In February this year, Mr Singh was accused by a woman doctor of mental harassment after he rebuked her for not wearing her lab coat. Many told that the minister could have limited it with words.This is not the first time Singh has courted controversy. Just two weeks after taking his oath in February this year, he had landed in a controversy after a woman doctor filed a complaint against him, accusing him of "mental harassment amounting to outraging modesty".The complainant alleged that she was standing with other hospital staff when the minister walked towards her and asked her why wasn't she wearing her lab coat. To this, she replied that as it was a social function she thought it was not required. The minister, according to the complainant, shouted at her and said, "It is an official function."The doctor said she informed the minister that at times psychiatrists don't wear their coats even in hospital wards, so as to make their patients feel comfortable around them. But, she alleged, the minister shouted at her and said, "Who has invited you here?""He snapped his fingers at me and said: 'Tumhara Kaam Ho gaya, chalo niklo bahar'," the doctor said in her complaint. - Manohar

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Except that, all my films are pointed out- Rajamouli July 01, 2015 11:41

Answering to a question asked by Karan Johar, Rajamouli said that, among the various hit films he made, Maryada Ramanna is the only flick, where all the film critics gave the positive reviews.Rajamouli had participated in a special interview with Karan Johar, and as a part of the programme, he answered several questions shot by Karan. One of it was, how does he react to the controversies for his movies?Answering to the question, Rajamouli said that, “every movie is continuously facing this hurdle regardless of the performance. In fact, the blockbuster hits of mine are not an exception for it. Especially the reviewers point out the negative issues in the film and focuses mainly on it.” “However, they cannot be solely blamed, as they point out the mistakes of us, which might help us to improve it in further flicks. In fact, all the reviewers had reacted positively about Maryada Ramanna, there is not even a single negative point that is pointed out in that film. That would actually be an appreciation for an every director”, Rajamouli said.     Finally, all the film lovers’ eyes are currently on high budgeted Baahubali. The countdown has already started, just 9 days to go. By Phani

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DS quits Congress, joins TRS soon July 01, 2015 11:02

“ D Srinivas, the senior congress leader in likely to join the TRS party, the official declaration is expected to come any minute”, the reports say. D Srinivas, the former minister and senior Congress leader, who had once, took the party on success route is now found unhappy about it.If the reports are to be believed, regarding this, he already wrote a letter to the party president Sonia Gandhi saying that, he is neglected by the party all the time. It was heard that, he asked the MLC seat, but the party rejected it. Moreover, the party did not even inform, that it nominated Akula Lalitha as the MLC candidate. Digvijay Singh is trying to put an end to my career- DSSpecifying Digvijay Singh, Congress MP, DS said, “Singh is trying to put an end to my political career. In fact, he is the one who obstructed me to nominate for MLC elections.Basing all these, DS finally decided to quit congress and join in TRS party. As a part of Telangana government’s ‘Harithaharam’ programme from July 3rd, KCR might reach  Nizamabad on July 6th, and then might officially invite DS into the party.   DS, being a senior Congress leader, who had a vast political experience, is obviously a major plus for the TRS party. On the other side, Congress is just trying to make a little positive influence in the state these days against TRS. At this time, DS leaving the party and joining in TRS is definitely a major loss to the Congress. (Video Source: TV 5 News)By Phani

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Aftermath of Greece crisis - What Indian corporate has to do July 01, 2015 10:53

Greece's last-minute overtures to international creditors for financial aid, were not enough to save the country from becoming the first developed economy to default on a loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF confirmed that Greece had not made its scheduled loan repayment of 1.6 billion euro to the fund. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that it will report this to the global lender's board that Greece is "in arrears," the official euphemism for default.The after effect will be that the Indian corporate may face higher borrowing cost in the overseas market in the short-run, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has said. "India's direct exposure to Greece through external trade is minuscule. A contagion effect may lead to a 'risk off' scenario, increased volatility and capital flight. The biggest single-day debt outflow from the Indian market was $2 billion on September 17, 2008, post Lehman's collapse," it said.Indian firms have raised foreign capital to the tune of $13.4 billion in 2014-15 and the cost of such borrowing may now go up. Ind-Ra expects increased global market volatility to weigh on the rupee in the near-term.Greece's bailout program has ended on yesterday, the country has failed to make a 1.6 billion euro ($1.8 billion) repayment to the International Monetary Fund. Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has called a referendum and has shut down the banks for a week and imposed a daily ATM withdrawal limit of 60 euros.Finance secretary Rajiv Mehrishi has said that the economic crisis in Greece may trigger capital outflows from India and the government is in consultation with the RBI to deal with the situation.Due to the Greece crisis, India's software and engineering exports may take a hit, industry and government officials warned. Engineering exporters' body EEPC India said the economic crisis in Greece will impact engineering exports from India as European Union is the largest destination for such shipments. The industry body expects indirect impact from the UK, Italy, Turkey and France.By Premji

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Naidu attends, but KCR skips governor’s dinner July 01, 2015 10:38

Telangana chief minister KCR did not attend the dinner hosted by Governor ESL Narasimhan in honour of visiting President Pranab Mukherjee. This has now become the talk among the political circles, while AP CM Naidu has attended the dinner. It was known that a tough rivalry is currently running among the dual state Chief Ministers, especially after the cash-for-vote and phone-tapping scandals. So in this situation, the meeting of the two CMs at Governor’s dinner was expected to take place a higher significance, but unfortunately, KCR did not give that opportunity, as he skipped the invitation of the governor. However, the official reason for KCR’s absence is that he was suffering from a fever. He had in fact cancelled all his appointments yesterday. On a 10 day southern sojourn, President Pranab Mukherjee has visited the state on Tuesday and was invited to the dinner by the governor Narasimhan. Naidu has already explained about the law and order dispute in the Hyderabad to the president in the past. Basing this dinner, governor Narasimhan planned to make the two CMs resolve their differences. But unfortunately, as KCR was absent for the dinner, the governor might plan for a better occasion later. Hope the two CMs clear the differences between them and move on for the development of the states. (Video Source: Mahaa News)By Phani

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