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S S Ahluwalia takes charge as MoS for electronics and IT, pushes for digital offices

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New Delhi: Minister of State (MoS) for Electronics and IT S S Ahluwalia today said it is important that workplaces enable digital and paperless systems to help provide a carbon-free society to coming generations.

The minister, who took charge of his new office today, said he will work towards expansion of the government’s Digital India initiatives.

Ahluwalia was earlier serving as MoS for Drinking Water and Sanitation and has been assigned the new role as part of the recent Cabinet reshuffle.

“I feel that digital, paperless offices will contribute a lot to the society…We will be able to give a carbon-free society to our future generations,” he told reporters here.

He highlighted the important role played by information and communications technology (ICT), referring to it as the ‘spine’ that plays critical role in the well-being of individuals.

Ahluwalia was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1986 and since then, has undertaken a variety of roles across ministries like agriculture and parliamentary affairs.

Asked if the new mandate would be challenging, Ahluwalia said he likes taking on such roles.

“I am the only one in my family in 14 generations to become a politician, most others are technocrats…I take on everything as a challenge,” he said.

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‘Drone exercise to keep tab on encroachers in Aravalli mountains’

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Gurgaon: In view of protecting wildlife of the Aravalli ranges from encroachers, the Haryana government has come up with a plan of a drone survey of the mountains so that any non-forestry activity’ can be prevented.

The basic challenges for government agencies are to keep original status of forest areas and numbers of wildlife animals. So far, the forest department has no such tools to declare new encroachments consider to be non-forestry activities,” Rao Narbir Singh, state forest and wildlife minister, said.

“And to compete with these challenges, the Haryana government has come up with a surveillance plan for protection of forest and wildlife ecosystem in the Aravalli range of Gurgaon and Faridabad districts, he said.

He said that the state government was going to do drone the survey of the Aravalli mountains to collect encroachment status and prepare a database.

The drone will be equipped with photo and video cameras to ensure present status or the area and in case of any non-forestry violations, we will match the areas with our database to find offence, Singh said.

The minister also said that drones will help in combing areas from illegal wildlife and forestry area, poaching of animals and other forestry activities.

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Home Ministry creates seperate division to deal with women related issues

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New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has announced that it has a created special division for issues related to women safety.

In a released statement, the Home Ministry said that “The wing or the division would deal with all aspects of women safety in coordination with the relevant ministries, departments and the state government.”

The new division will deal with subjects like crimes against women, SCs & STs, crimes against children, elderly persons, anti-trafficking cell, matters relating to prison legislation and prison reforms, all schemes under NIRBHAYA fund, Crime and Criminal Tracking and Network System (CCTNS) and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

In order to address offences against women, particularly rape, in a time-bound manner, the division would focus to enhance the capacity of the existing administrative, investigative, prosecution and judicial machinery, along with appropriate measures for rehabilitation of victims and bringing attitudinal changes in society, a Home Ministry statement said.

Senior IAS officer  Punya Salila Srivastava is been appointed to head this division as a joint secretary.

It was considered to create a national mission for the safety of women, with the participation of stakeholder ministries and departments, who would undertake specified actions in a time-bound manner.

These included setting up of Special Fast Track Courts (FTCs), strengthening of forensic setup and building up of a national registry of sexual offenders, appointing additional public prosecutors, and providing appropriate medical and rehabilitation facilities to victims.

Issues like sensitisation of children through appropriate changes in school curriculum, a media campaign for raising awareness, checking proliferation of pornography materials and online contents etc. will also be addressed.

The national mission for the safety of women would result in giving a credible response to emerging situation of crimes against women, especially minor girls, focus on the time-bound implementation of measures with a tangible impact on women safety, the statement said.

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Delhi-Meerut Expressway will ease commute and reduce pollution: Nitin Gadkari

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New Delhi: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that the Delhi-Meerut Expressway will ease the commute and reduce pollution.

“90 km long Delhi-Meerut Expressway will help commuters coming to Delhi, Meerut, Ghaziabad, and Noida will also reduce pollution. By March 2019, the work will be completed and the journey from Delhi to Meerut will be possible in only 40 minutes,” said Gadkari.

With an estimated cost of 841.5 crores, the construction of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway is scheduled to get completed in March 2019.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has divided the project into four packages- Nizamuddin Bridge Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, Delhi- Uttar Pradesh border- Dasna, Dasna-Hapur, and Dasna-Meerut.

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