first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday held a video conference from Israel with senior State officials to review the situation following the train mishap in Amritsar, while the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janta Party alleged that inaction against the organisers of the Dussehra event indicated that the government was not keen on punishing the guilty.SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and State BJP president Shwait Malik demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court into the mishap.“A non-consequential case under Section 304-A had been registered against unidentified persons with regard to the Dussehra tragedy. This itself proves that the Congress government has launched a cover up exercise to save the guilty,” the leaders said at a press conference.SAD leader Jagir Kaur alleged that the announcement of magisterial inquiry into the train mishap by Capt. Amarinder Singh was an attempt to douse inflamed sentiments on the failure of the district administration and the organisers.“Government should appoint a sitting high court judge to probe the incident and identify the guilty if the Congress government is keen that the truth come out and guilty be punished,” she said in a statement.She added that Captain Singh’s visit to Israel reflects on his gross apathy, insensitivity and indifference to the woes of victims’ families.The Chief Minister, during the video conference, asked officials to expedite the process of disbursement of the compensation for those killed in the tragedy. Besides, he asked the officials to complete the socio-economic profiling of the victims at the earliest so that their rehabilitation could be taken up on priority.Meanwhile, a video message of the key organiser of the event, Saurabh Madan Mithu, who has gone into hiding, was released on the social media. In his message, he can be heard saying he was pained by the tragedy but was being unfairly targeted. He claimed that all the necessary permissions were taken for the event. “Several announcements were also made by us asking people not to stand on the railway tracks,” said Mr. Madan.last_img read more


first_imgWhy does your hatchback, sedan or SUV give you a mileage different from what the car manufacturer claims under test conditions?This question made a Mizoram University professor and a research scholar invent a measuring device that yields a near-accurate mileage of a car per litre of fuel. Theirs is one of 25 patents applied for by teachers and research scholars of the university at Tanhril, about 15 km from State capital Aizawl.“Accurate knowledge of automobile mileage is crucial as it is an important performance index parameter of a vehicle during on-road operation. But the mileage achieved by a vehicle during actual road transport applications generally deviates from the manufacturer specifications under controlled conditions for a few driving cycles,” Hranghmingthanga, a professor in Mizoram University’s Department of Physics, told The Hindu.He and research scholar L. Lalnunthari worked on a mechanism that, unlike laboratory measurement, took into account factors such as road condition, driving style, traffic congestion, fuel quality used, gradients, and load on the vehicle.The inexpensive device entailing a digital multimeter, a pipe, and a calibrated fuel container was tested on an 800 cc petrol hatchback under conditions experienced by drivers on the road. “The margin of error in measuring the accurate mileage in kilometres per litre was 10%,” said Mr. Hranghmingthanga said.The device can be used for measurement when the car is stationary. “We can do the reading before starting the engine and after the ignition is switched off at the end of a trip,” said Ms. Lalnunthari.The duo declined to get into the details of their invention expected to be elaborated upon in a science journal soon. “It would suffice to say that it is intended to help vehicle manufacturers give the true average mileage and possibly work on more fuel-efficient engines,” said Mr. Hranghmingthanga.“Our university has had a tremendous year with applications filed for 25 patents by various departments. We have also attracted projects worth more than ₹40 lakh, and our aim is to be a topper among higher education institutes in the country,” said Mizoram University Vice-Chancellor K.R.S. Sambasiva Rao said.last_img read more


first_img The official said the Home Ministry had given the clearance to deploy the extra seven CRPF battalions (each battalion comprises around 1,000 personnel) last year. “They couldn’t be deployed last year and it has been decided to move them to Chhattisgarh on an immediate basis. Most were on election duty. As they set up camps in the interior pockets and increase their presence, it will be difficult for Maoists to escape using these routes,” he said.The action by security forces at the Madhya Pradesh-Maharashra-Chhattisgarh trijunction, where Maoists were trying to raise a new armed group, was also discussed at the meeting.In 2017, after security forces came to know of a new unit called the “Vistara platoon” that was trying to gain a foothold at the trijunction, extra personnel were rushed to the area. The Ministry has asked the States about the steps taken to reduce the number of casualties due to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and measures to check the flow of funds to Maoist groups. Mr. Gauba asked the Maoist-affected States to have more inter-State operations and joint operations.The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretaries and Directors-General of Police of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Madhya Pradesh. Representatives of the CRPF, the BSF and the ITBP were also present. Nearly 7,000 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel are to be deployed in the inaccessible areas of Abujhmad in south Chhattisgarh to fill the “security vacuum” and plug the gaps through which Maoists escape when operations are launched, a senior government official said.The Union Home Ministry has asked the States to continue the offensive against “urban activities of CPI (Maoists) and its front organisations”, according to a note accessed by The Hindu.Last year, 10 persons, including human rights lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj, were arrested by the Maharashtra police for allegedly being associated with Maoists, a charge denied by them.This year, 60 operations have been conducted, in which 34 Maoists and 17 security personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh, the worst-affected State. Since 2016, as many as 635 operations have been launched in the State, where 370 Maoists and 179 security personnel were killed.The Abujhmad forests are not on the revenue map and the dense jungles are used by Maoists as their hideouts. It was here in February 2017 that the Central Committee, the top decision-making body of the Maoists, met and decided to pick a new leader, Basavaraju, replacing Muppala Lakshman Rao, alias Ganapathi.Review meetingUnion Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba convened a meeting of the States affected by Left-wing extremism (LWE) last week where the redeployment of CRPF personnel and other issues were discussed. This was the first such review done after Amit Shah took charge as Home Minister in the second term of the Narendra Modi government. The extra personnel would be deployed in the interior of Bijapur and Sukma districts also. At present, around 44,000 Central forces are deployed in the State other than the State police.last_img read more