Severe Heat Wave: STATES BECOME INNOVATIVE….

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By Sarkaritel April 30, 2016 10:55

Severe Heat Wave: STATES BECOME INNOVATIVE….


Severe Heat Wave

States BECOME INNOVATIVE

By Insaf

 

The severe heat wave sweeping across the country has created an unprecedented situation. Already, over 4204 people have died between January-March. Complicating the rising temperatures, Union Capital Delhi with its highly polluted air not only has people gasping for breath, worse; over 972 fires have broken out in the city. Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan and seven other States are busy battling an acute water crisis leading to harsh drought with over 116 farmers committing suicides in the last three months. In Nitish Kumar’s Bihar the killer heat has made the State take recourse to desperate initiatives including banning cooking and religious functions involving fire between 9 am to 6 pm. Topped by over 66 people and 1200 animals having perished in the heat wave. In Chhattisgarh, Telengana, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh where temperatures range between 42 to 49 degrees schools have been shut down and people told to remain indoors. In Gujarat supply of water for irrigation has been stopped from dams even as over thousand villages have been declared water deficient. The situation has come to such a pathetic pass that there is no water for even the dead as rivers have dried up. If this is the state in April people are looking skywards beseeching the weather Gods to give some respite next month.

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Freebies Galore In Tamil Nadu

In political poll season freebies to woo voters is a given. But a Tamil Nadu candidate has taken gifting to a new high by offering students extra marks for votes. In a WhatsApp message the contestant who owns an engineering college has promised his students additional marks in their internal exams if his pupils vote for him in the forthcoming State polls. Needless to say this has made the task of the Election Commission very difficult as the State is notorious for using innovative methods for wooing the electorate. This is not all. To circumvent the eagle eyes of poll officials, many others in the poll fray are handing out green and red tokens as gift vouchers which can be encashed at select stores in their constituencies. Not a few have taken recourse to dolling out “marked” currency notes ranging from Rs.1000 to Rs.2000 which enables the voter to purchase goods.  Some contenders have struck a novelle scheme by giving cash to pawn broker shops in their constituency where people have mortgaged jewellery or properties so that they can retrieve the same. So far, the vigilant Election Commission with the help of Income Tax officials has been able to nab Rs 50 crores, items like nose studs, anklets, wall clocks and many other goodies. True this is the highest amount netted from any State so far, but it is only the tip of the freebies iceberg!

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Janhit’s Ghar Wapasi

It took ten-long years for Kuldip Bishnoi, Chief of the Haryana Janhit Congress to realise that he belonged to the Congress. The grounds for his return and merger were predictable: to keep the “communal forces” read BJP at bay. It’s another matter that Janhit had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the Modi-led Hindutva brigade. Recall, his late father and former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal formed the HJC after the Congress picked his detractor Jat leader Hooda as Chief Minister in 2005. Papering over the decade-long differences, Bishnoi justified his return by reiterating the Congress was in “his blood” notwithstanding divergence within the family. The Congress hopes the HJC leader’s Ghar Wapasi will help consolidate the non-Jat vote in the caste-driven State. Bishnoi whose Party was reduced to a mere two seats in last year’s Assembly polls, is keeping fingers crossed that like his late father he too will occupy the Chief Ministerial gaddi in the near future.

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Maharashtra’s Dance Bars

The Supreme Court has rapped Maharashtra for its cussedness to prohibit dance bars in the State, asserting that it was better for women to work with dignity as dancers rather than beg on the streets. To circumvent the Court’s order the BJP Fadnavis Government unanimously passed the Dance Bars Regulation Bill with stringent provisions like disallowing dance bars within a one kilometer radius of an educational institute, recording a dancer’s performance and no liquor to be served. Predictably, the judges again smacked the State for its prohibitive mindset asking for “recording”, instead it ordered the Government to conduct surprise checks on bars to ensure no hanky-panky. Pertinently, dance bars have had a very chequered history. They were shut down by the then NCP-Congress Government in March 2005, the Bombay High Court struck this down in August. Consequently, the State appealed the Supreme Court which ordered reopening of dance bars last month. It remains to be seen how long music and dance will play out in Mumbai’s famous bars!

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Dynasty Rules The Roost In Kerala

Indian politics is all about family ‘heir’looms and the Congress is pass master in the dynastic game. Any wonder that Kerala is following in the footsteps of its Northern brethren lead by Party President Sonia Gandhi in the progeny come first. Indeed, surprising as this is happening in the most literate State in the country. A cursory glance at the candidates in the forthcoming Assembly elections showcases over 16 seats where sons and daughters of prominent State leaders are in the fray, five from the Congress-led UDF Government, IUML’s ex-Chief Minister’s son, heir of a former Minister and chairman of Kerala Congress (B) and sons of Socialist Janatha Democratic Party and Kerala Congress-J ex-Food Minister. What the ruling UDF can do, the Opposition LDF can do better. It too is supporting the candidature of one of its leader’s protégée. Dynasty Zindabad! —INFA

 

(Copyright, India News and Feature Alliance)

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel April 30, 2016 10:55