Delhi IAS officer travels by bus; Kejriwal lauds, says 'rare sight'
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday lauded Delhi transport commissioner Ashish Kundra as he travelled by bus. Kejriwal said it is a rare sight to see the transport commissioner of a state travelling by state bus to take a first-hand account from travellers on the problems being faced by them.
"We are a people-centric government. Our officers, ministers and MLAs are working constantly amongst people," the chief minister tweeted. Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot also commented, "Good to see commissioner transport Delhi Ashish Kundra travelling in a bus."
IAS officer Ashish Kundra who is presently posted as principal secretary-cum- commissioner (transport) with the government of Delhi on Saturday posted a few photos of him travelling in a bus. He also mentioned in one of his tweets that he was on the way to Najafgarh.
The capital recently witnessed a major controversy over the abuse of power by an IAS couple - Sanjeev Khirwar and Rinku Dugga - who made the authorities of the Thyagraj Stadium vacate the stadium so that they could walk their dog. Soon after it was reported, Kejriwal government issued an order asking all stadiums to remain open till 10pm so that athletes are not inconvenienced. The Union home ministry then issued a transfer order for both of them - Sanjeev Khirwar to Ladakh and Rinku Dugga to Arunachal Pradesh. Both of them were posted with the Delhi government.
Mumbai Observing that mere declaration accepting the late Iraqi militant leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi as the 'Caliph' of Muslims cannot be considered as incriminating circumstance, the Bombay high court on Monday granted bail to Mohammad Raisuddin Mohamman Siddique, arrested in connection with the Parbhani ISIS module in July 2016.
Hundreds of farmers from different districts of the region gathered at the headquarters of Paschim Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd under the aegis of Bharatiya Kisan Union on Monday to oppose the installation of electric meters on tube wells. BKU's national president Naresh Tikait and national president of youth wing Gaurav Tikait joined the protesting farmers in the afternoon. Naresh Tikait said that farmers will not allow the installation of meters.
Mumbai The Mumbai Metropolitan Development Authority has asked the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra to identify a suitable parcel of degraded forest land in the state for large-scale afforestation works, to be undertaken in anticipation of development projects in and around the Mumbai metropolitan region over the next three to four years.
Mumbai The Narcotics Control Bureau has busted an inter-state drug trafficking racket and arrested two of its members with high-grade 286 kg of marijuana, estimated to be worth around ₹3.5 crore. To bust the racket successfully, a NCB team strategically kept an eye on the vehicle carrying the contraband material for over 100km on the Solapur-Mumbai highway. Upon examination, the officials found 95 packets of marijuana covered with brown adhesive tapes concealed in the car.
A large number of devotees arrived in Kedarnath in Uttarakhand on Monday despite the weather department's yellow alert warning forecasting heavy rainfall in the region. People flocked to the temple amid heavy rain lashing the hill state last night. A day ago, the Meteorological Department of Uttarakhand sounded a yellow alert in the state, stating heavy rainfall is likely till Wednesday.