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India ranked second last in pension benefits: Study
Monday, 22 October 2018 18:49

MUMBAI: India has emerged as the second lowest among 34 countries providing retirement income systems with good benefits according to a study.

The Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index has revealed that ageing population continued to pose challenges to the Governments worldwide with policymakers struggling to balance the twin goals of delivering financial security for their retirees that is both adequate for the individual and sustainable for the economy.

India, the study said, has been taking slow but steady steps towards strengthening its retirement income system, however, the country finds itself as the second lowest among 34 countries, grouped under grade-D along with Japan, China, Korea (South), Mexico and Argentina.

The Index used three sub-indices  adequacy, sustainability and integrity  to measure 34 country’s retirement income systems against more than 40 indicators.

Measuring 34 pension systems (34 countries), the Index showed that the Netherlands and Denmark (with scores of 80.3 and 80.2 respectively) both offer A-Grade world class retirement income systems with good benefits – clearly demonstrating their preparedness for tomorrow’s ageing world.

Meanwhile, countries with the highest value for the adequacy sub-index are Germany (79.9) and France (79.5) with Mexico (37.3) and India (38.7) having the lowest values.

However, common across all results was the growing tension between adequacy and sustainability.

This was particularly evident when examining Europe’s results, it said. (AGENCIES0

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#MeToo in Media: SC seeks a response from media regulatory bodies
Source:  Afternoon Voice
Monday, 22 October 2018 18:48

In view of the ongoing accusations of sexual harassment at workplace, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday sought a response from various media regulatory bodies as to why they have not taken any steps in informing the police about violations of law committed by media organisations.

The top court has asked Press Council of India, Editors Guild of India and Indian Broadcasting Federation and News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) to file affidavits on whether they have reported to police the cases of media persons who have violated the statutory requirement under relevant laws.

The court observed that some of the offences have criminal liability and that it is quite clear that no prosecution has taken place by these bodies against alleged offenders (media persons and organisations).

Panchayat Polls: Govt Launches Ad Campaign To Seek Greater Voter Turnout  
Source:  Kashmir Observer
Monday, 22 October 2018 18:47

JAMMU/SRINAGAR — Ahead of upcoming panchayat polls after the conclusion of municipal elections amid huge disparity in voter turnouts between Jammu and Kashmir regions, the state government has launched an advertisement campaign to encourage greater participation of people in the democratic process.

The J&K Rural Development Department has been issuing full-page advertisements in local news papers for the last five days, highlighting the utility of democratic institutions in the development process.

The prominently-displayed advertisements have also been seeking to apprise people of the linkages between the existence of rural civic bodes and the release of funds under Panchayati Raj scheme for developmental process.

Covering one district a day, these advertisements have been informing people about the funds to be released under the Panchayati Raj scheme in the district for the financial year 2019-2020.

Issued under the headline Panchayat elections-2018 , the advertisements have also been providing information about the fund which has to be made available to each block in the district.

Carrying the message of development at your doorstep and power in every hand, progress in every village , the advertisements seek to encourage electorates for greater participation in the poll process, urging them to vote for the change you want .

The government has already issued advertisements covering five of the 10 districts of Jammu region including Sama, Reasi, Udhampur, Kishtwar and Ramban. 

A few days back, the government had also issued a similar advertisement in local newspapers of Srinagar region informing the voters of the scheduled panchayat elections.

The department is likely to come up with more advertisements covering the Kashmir valley districts on days closer to polling dates in the region, an official said.

The average voter turnout in the Kashmir Valley districts during the municipal elections had been a meagre 4.3 percent against an enthusiastic participation of voters in Jammu region, where the overall poll percentage had been around 68 percent.

The panchayat elections in the state are scheduled to take place in nine phases beginning November 17.

The last panchayat elections had been held in 2011 after a gap of 10 years through secret ballot. The panchayats elected in 2011 completed their tenures in July 2016.

BJP state vice-president Arun Kumar Gupta, meanwhile, appealed to the people to take the upcoming panchayat polls seriously as the exercise would ensure the progress and development at grass root level in the area.

There are many issues involving people at rural level. The blocks look into their demands through their elected representatives and the panchayat poll process empowers them to take decisions for their own development, he said. 

Gupta alleged that various governments in the past have deliberately avoided holding panchayat elections for many years, due to which huge funds from the Centre failed to percolate down to the grass root level.

Had there been timely panchayat elections, the funds could have served the purpose of empowering people at rural level, he said.

This wastage of resources, which could have helped people, has deliberately been kept away from the panchayat bodies by various governments of the National Conference, the Congress and the PDP. It deprived the rural areas of the due development at the doorsteps of rural people and was a great injustice to them, he said. 

The BJP leader urged the people to participate in panchayat elections whole-heartedly and elect their representatives so that the funds meant for their development are duly utilised.

Referring to the advertisement campaign, he said it displays the Centre's resolve to release the committed funds for Panchayati Raj institutions in every district in 2019-20. 

These advertisements are testimonies of the Union government's seriousness for empowering panchayats, he said.

BJP firmly believes that power has to be in every hand so that the progress is witnessed by every citizen of the area, he said.

Nearly 50 thousand deaths in 3 years after being hit by trains
Source:  Mid-Day
Monday, 22 October 2018 18:47

Nearly 50,000 people have lost their lives between 2015 and 2017 on railway tracks after being hit by trains, according to official data from the Indian Railways. A train mowed down at least 59 Dussehra revellers as they were watching a Ravana effigy being burnt while standing on railway tracks near Amritsar on October 19, leading to questions how the national transporter could prevent such deaths.
Data provided by the railway's states, 49,790 deaths happened because people were hit by trains on tracks from 2015 to 2017.

Most of the deaths were reported from the Northern Railway zone at 7,908, followed by 6,149 deaths from the Southern Railway zone and 5,670 deaths from the Eastern Railway zone.
The Government Railway Police (GRP) collates data on such deaths zone-wise and the data for this year hasn't been collated yet, railways said Sunday.

Deaths on railway tracks occur due to trespassing, violating safety and cautionary instructions, avoiding over-bridges, using mobile phones and other electronic gadgets when crossing railway tracks.
Officials said the railways has taken corrective measures such as regular announcements through passenger address system at stations, urging passengers to use foot-over bridges (FOBs), awareness drives against trespassing were conducted, construction of boundary walls, warning signs were erected to prevent accidental deaths on railway tracks.

Unauthorised trespassing on railway premises, including on tracks, is a punishable offence under Section 147 of the Railways Act, 1989. During 2018, as of September, 1,20,923 people were arrested and prosecuted by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) for intruding the railway system. Under Section 147 of Indian Railway Act, a total fine of Rs 2.94 crore was imposed on them by courts during the period, according to data provided by the railways.

Last year, 1,75,996 people were arrested and prosecuted by the RPF for trespassing the railway system and a fine of Rs 4.35 crore was imposed on them.

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Congress jumps into Save Sabarimala campaign vanguard
Source:  The Hindu
Monday, 22 October 2018 18:47

Antony to launch Spurn Communalism, Protect Faith agitation

VP Naidu stresses on ‘complete overhaul’ of country’s education system
Monday, 22 October 2018 18:46

PHAGWARA (PB): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Monday said the country’s education system needed a “complete overhaul” as it was producing students with degrees instead of individuals with critical minds and employable skills.

Emphasising on restoring India as the prime destination of quality higher education, Naidu said the number of educational institutions must increase to cater to the growing demand of students who want to pursue higher education.

Naidu also asked private universities to earmark certain percentage of seats for students belonging to the poor section as quality private sector education has become out of bounds for marginalised sections.

“Majority of our colleges have become mere breeding centres for producing students with degree certificates rather than individuals with critical analytical skills and innovative thinking,” Naidu said while addressing the convocation of Lovely Professional University here. (AGENCIES)

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Alert after threat to blow up stations
Source:  Central Chronicle
Monday, 22 October 2018 18:46

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, The railway and police administration have issued alert after terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba issued a threat to blow up railway stations and Mahakal temple. The security at Bhopal and Habibganj stations was increased. Bomb Disposal Squads remained stationed at the Bhopal railway station and maintained strict checking during the day. Intensive checking of passengers […]

'No fault of mine': Absconding Amritsar Dusshera event organiser releases video
Source:  Deccan Chronicle
Monday, 22 October 2018 18:46

Mithu claimed that permission was taken for holding event and announcements were asking people not to stand on tracks.

MLA Moyong inaugurates 5th Sarkar Aapke Dwar at Yagrung
Source:  Northeast Today
Monday, 22 October 2018 18:45


NET Bureau The 5th Sarkar Aapke Dwar of East Siang district was held at Yagrung Village on Monday. Local MLA, Kaling Moyong, who inaugurated the daylong citizen-centric doorstep services at Govt. Secondary School, Yagrung, also launched the Mission Pratiraksha, which is a State Government Initiative for full immunization of children and pregnant women converging Routine Immunisation, Mission Indradhanush and Incentivisation ASHA and ANM for vaccination of every identified Child. It has been launched with the objective for reaching the unreached and speeding up immunization. In his brief address, MLA Moyong said that Sarkar Aapke Dwar is a vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to bring services of Govt Departments and Banking Institutions at people’s doorsteps and urged them to avail the services exteneded. “ Nodal Officer of Sarkar Aapke dwar , DPO, CO Yagrung, Officers and Officials are here in your presence to guide and assist for any query and services” and urged them to come forward to seek assistance and services of the Government departments and Banks. The MLA also urged to enroll for the recently launched Chief Minister Arunachal Arogya Yojana(CMAAY) which provides health coverage of Rs. 5 lacs per year for every family . He also highlighted various developmental initiatives taken up under the CM, Pema Khandu. He also urged the GBs & stakeholders to create awareness on the various schemes and services. Under the CM Flagship programme of CMAAY, 487 beneficiaries availed forms for enrolling under CMAAY. Apex Bank Pasighat Branch also in collaboration with District Administration onducted “ Go Digital Awareness Camp” to empower and promote people in digital banking, sponsored by NABARD. With regards to services offered by Banks, The Pasighat branches of AP Co-op. Apex bank, AP Rural Bank,SBI and Punjab National Bank also extended services for account opening, enrollment under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana with zero balance savings accounts, Atal Pension Yojana (APY) for senior citizens and Insurance Schemes under PMSBY (Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and PMJJY (Pradhan Matri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana) ,which provides insurance coverage of Rs. 2 lakh each at a premium of Rs. 12 for PMSBY and 330 (PMJJY)only respectively. Apex Bank Pasighat Branch also in collaboration with District Administration conducted “ Go Digital Awareness Camp” sponsored by NABARD. The Pratiraksha Mission has been launched under the aegis of East Siang, District Health Society. East Siang DC, Tamiyo Tatak, also urged the GBs and various stakeholders to disseminate information on the CMAAY and ADC (Hq) Taddo Borang, Jt. Director Health Services, Dr. D.Raina, DMO, Dr. Kaling Dai, DRCHO Dr. T. Gao, DD ICDS, Ponung Ering Angu , DPO, S.Sharma, CO Yagrung, P. Dorjee, Ex-ZPM, Namuk Taloh, Ex-Aanchal Chairperson, A.Taning, Mandal Adhyaksh, Obit Tamuk and HoDs of various departments.

The post MLA Moyong inaugurates 5th Sarkar Aapke Dwar at Yagrung appeared first on Northeast Today.

Amritsar train mishap: Fake news on ‘Muslim’ driver circulated on social media; news agency shares misleading ‘eyewitness’ account
Source:  Firstpost
Monday, 22 October 2018 18:44

One of the false claims doing the rounds on social media on the Amritsar train tragedy is to do with — no surprises here — the religion of the driver of the train.

The post Amritsar train mishap: Fake news on ‘Muslim’ driver circulated on social media; news agency shares misleading ‘eyewitness’ account appeared first on Firstpost.

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