Maneka Gandhi Orders Inspection Of All Odisha Shelter Homes, Says It Is A Matter Of Regret

Maneka Gandhi alleged the state had failed to provide security to women, children (file)


Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has ordered an inspection of all shelter homes in Odisha, a fortnight after an alleged sexual abuse of minor girls in such an accommodation in Dhenkanal district came to light.

In a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Ms Gandhi said, “I strongly believe that the concerned authorities must assume moral responsibility for this incident. I have asked Secretary, Ministry of WCD to get an inquiry conducted in this,” she said.

 “I have also asked (the) National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to get all the homes in Odisha inspected immediately,” she added.

An NGO-run shelter home in Beltikiri village of Dhenkanal — 106 km from Bhubaneswar — was sealed last Sunday and two people, including its managing director, had been arrested following allegations of sexual harassment.

“It is a matter of regret that the district administration has no knowledge about how it functions, despite the fact that it is only 10 km away from the district headquarters,” Ms Gandhi said, adding that the license of the shelter home in question had expired in October.

The minister said there were also reports of “religious conversions” at the shelter homes run by the NGO.

Most of its shelter homes have been functioning without registration since the last two years, she pointed out.

The minister alleged that the state government had failed to provide security to women and children.

Earlier in the day, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan has sought the Centre’s intervention in the matter.

“I sincerely urge you to take exemplary action against the perpetrators of this heinous crime in order to stop the illegal functioning of the shelter home,” Mr Pradhan wrote in a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. 

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Singapore Plans To Roll Out Drones For Parcel Delivery, Inspection And Security

Staff members of Singapore technology firm H3 Dynamics preparing to fly a drone. (AFP)


Hi-tech Singapore is planning to roll out a swarm of drones for tasks that include delivering parcels, inspecting buildings and providing security, but safety and privacy concerns mean the initiative may hit turbulence.

Companies have already started testing the devices for commercial use, mainly in an area of over 200 hectares (500 acres) dotted with high-rise buildings and shopping malls, specially designated by the government for the trials.

It is part of the affluent city’s drive to embrace technological innovation, as well as an effort to tackle a manpower shortage in a country of just 5.6 million, which relies on foreign migrant workers in many low-paying sectors.

Commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles is already taking off around the world, in areas as diverse as crop-spraying and surveying for insurance claims, but Singapore’s push represents a particularly ambitious bet on the technology.

Singapore’s civil aviation authority has got behind the project, saying it recognises the potential for drones “to transform mobility and logistics”, and is working with industry players as it seeks to shape regulations for the sector.

During recent tests, a drone buzzed through the air, snapping pictures of a tower block’s facade, trials for a system that could see laborious human inspections of the city’s ubiquitous high-rises replaced by automated checks.


A drone owned by Singapore Technologies Aerospace taking off from a mobile landing and charging station. (AFP)

“Today’s existing building inspection process is extremely slow, expensive, tedious, prone to accidents, fatigue and human error,” said Shawn Koo, chief technical officer of H3 Zoom, a unit of the firm H3 Dynamics, which is behind the tests.

Such inspections are typically carried out by workers from South or Southeast Asia, who hang precariously outside buildings on platforms suspended by ropes.

The new system will see high-resolution images taken by drones and analysed to check for defects, with inspections taking a few days rather than a few weeks, as they do at the moment. H3 Zoom hopes to fully launch the inspections next year.

Robotic guards

Drones are also being tested as robotic guards by local firm ST Aerospace.

At its command centre, screens show a simulated security breach in a fence. A black drone is deployed, which chases an intruder while transmitting live images that direct security officers towards him to make an arrest.

Tests have also been carried out for drone parcel delivery while a hospital operator plans to use the devices to transport blood samples and specimens between its hospitals and central laboratory.

But transforming the futuristic vision into reality faces hurdles. The prospect of having a drone suddenly whizz by your apartment or office has sparked privacy concerns in the land-scarce city.

Angry Singaporeans called for police to investigate after a video circulated on social media in September showing a recreational drone flying close to a residential building, while some private condos have banned the devices.

Koo from H3 Zoom conceded that many people still had “misconceptions” about drones: “Some might view it as a spying vehicle, others might think drones are out there to do harm.”

Safety concerns

Flying recreational drones is popular in Singapore, although permits are required in certain circumstances.

But commercial drones present more challenges when it comes to safety, as they often fly over longer distances well beyond the sight of their human “pilots”.


Singapore Technologies Aerospace’s assistant principal engineer Calvin Tan assembling a DrN 15 drone. (AFP)

This requires flight paths to be planned and the use of private communications channels, while takeoff and landing sites must be built.

“The main challenge is to address the risks to people on the ground and the risks to airplanes flying in the air, and the risks of colliding with a building,” Teong Soo Soon, programme director of the UAV business unit at ST Aerospace, told AFP.

Despite the ambitious plans, it will be some time before all the ideas currently being tested are rolled out.

Simpler tasks like building inspections and security surveillance look set to be launched commercially next year.

But for situations where drones need to fly safely across Singapore — such as with parcel delivery — it could take three to four years as regulations are put in place, Teong said.

Industry players nevertheless see a bright future and are already getting inquiries from as far afield as South America about their technology.

“A successful Singapore story will help us promote our (drone system) internationally,” said Teong.

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Truck hits Delhi police inspector during vehicle inspection in cant area

खास बातें

  1. एएसआई की मौके पर ही मौत हो गई.
  2. आरोपी ड्राइवर अशफाक मेवात इलाके का रहने वाला है.
  3. मृतक एएसआई जितेंद्र मूलरूप से बागपत के रहने वाले थे.

नई दिल्ली: देश की राजधानी दिल्ली के छावनी क्षेत्र में वाहन चेकिंग कर रहे एक असिस्टेन्ट सब इंस्पेक्टर को तेज रफ्तार ट्रक ने टक्कर मार दी और उसे करीब 100 मीटर तक घसीट ले गया. इससे एएसआई की मौके पर ही मौत हो गई. बाद में पुलिस ने आरोपी ड्राइवर को गिरफ्तार कर लिया. पुलिस के मुताबिक ट्रैफिक पुलिस में तैनात एएसआई जितेंद्र सिंह दिल्ली कैंट इलाके में अपने साथियों के साथ मंगलवार सुबह वाहन चेकिंग कर रहे थे.

इसी बीच उन्होंने करीब 7:55 बजे दिल्ली से गुरुग्राम की तरफ जा रहे एक टाटा 407 ट्रक को रुकने का इशारा किया. लेकिन ट्रक ने रुकने की बजाय एएसआई को टक्कर मार दी. टक्कर मारने के बाद ट्रक जितेंद्र को 100 मीटर तक घसीटते हुए ले गया. इससे इंस्पेक्टर की मौके पर ही मौत हो गई. हादसे के बाद ट्रक ड्राइवर ने भागने की कोशिश की लेकिन उसे आगे जाकर पुलिस ने घेर कर पकड़ लिया. 

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आरोपी ड्राइवर को आईपीसी की धारा-304 के तहत गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया है. आरोपी ड्राइवर अशफाक मेवात इलाके का रहने वाला है. उसने बताया कि वो दिल्ली से गुरुग्राम सामान लोड करने जा रहा था. वहीं मृतक एएसआई जितेंद्र का शव पोस्टमॉर्टम के बाद उनके घरवालों को सौंप दिया दिया. 48 साल के जितेंद्र मूलरूप से बागपत के रहने वाले थे. परिवार में उनकी पत्नी ,2 बेटियां और एक बेटा है.

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Indonesia Orders Inspection Of All Boeing 737-MAX Planes After Lion Air Crash


Indonesia on Tuesday ordered an inspection of all Boeing 737-MAX planes after a Lion Air jet plunged into the sea with 189 people aboard, but authorities stopped short of grounding the new model.

“I have instructed airlines to conduct an inspection of all Boeing 737-MAX (planes),” said transport minister Budi Karya Sumadi.

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Green Court Orders Inspection Of Parle Agro’s Uttar Pradesh Unit

The green court has asked the Parle Agro unit to furnish complete set of papers to the CPCB and UPPCB

New Delhi: 

The National Green Tribunal has directed the departments concerned to conduct an inspection of beverage maker Parle Agro Private Ltd’s unit in Uttar Pradesh to ascertain whether the industry is releasing mercury beyond the permissible limit.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel ordered the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to conduct a joint inspection and submit report within two weeks.

“We direct a joint team of the CPCB and UPPCB to look into this contention in accordance with the law within two weeks. The team may also consider whether, in an area declared critical from the point of view of groundwater as per the norms of the Central Ground Water Authority, permission to draw groundwater can be given for commercial purposes for the beverages business,” the bench said.

The tribunal directed the industrial unit to furnish complete set of papers to the CPCB and UPPCB.

The order was passed on a plea filed by Parle Agro Private Ltd who had moved the NGT against an order of the UPPCB revoking the consent order granted earlier in favour of the appellant under Section 25/26 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.

The industry was shutdown post the UPPCB order.

The main contention put forward by the industry was that there is no deviation from the laid down standards of mercury and the inspection report found the content of mercury to be 1.0 micrograms per liter against the prescribed limit of 0.01 micrograms per liter.

The insignificant deviation alleged cannot be detected as per WHO guidelines for drinking water purposes, the plea said.

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China to Launch Nationwide Inspection of Ride-Hailing Companies

China will conduct comprehensive inspections on all ride-hailing service companies, the transport ministry said on Friday, after a driver from dominant firm Didi Chuxing murdered a 20-year-old passenger this month.

The inspections, starting from September 5, will cover all ride-hailing service platforms nationwide, the ministry said in a statement.

Didi said it welcomed the move and would fully cooperate to implement measures for improvement.

“We accept the supervision and will do our best to improve our services to ensure the safety of the public,” Didi said in a statement posted on its official account on China’s Twitter-like Weibo website.

The murder of the passenger who rode in a Didi vehicle took place in the eastern city of Wenzhou, and was the second such incident involving Didi since May.

The latest case sparked outrage and raised concerns about safety in the fast-growing ride-hailing sector in China, prompting the company to say that it would suspend its Hitch service indefinitely until it comes up with a safety mechanism acceptable to its users.

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During Inspection, 8 Women Absent From Old Age Home In UP

Cops are investigating the absence, even after the manager said the women had gone to meet relatives.


Eight women were found absent in an old age shelter home during a surprise inspection by the district authorities in Shukratal in Muzaffarnagar. 

Sub-divisional magistrate Vijay Kumar said eight women out of a total of 22 were found absent on Thursday. 

When asked about the absence of the women, Kanta Devi, manager of the shelter home, said they had gone to meet relatives. Police said they were carrying out investigations.  

The development comes after allegations of sexual assault by inmates of a shelter home in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria district. 

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Madhya Pradesh Government Orders Regular Inspection Of Women’s Hostels

Similar rules will also be framed for private hostels to ensure safety of inmates.(File)


The Madhya Pradesh government today ordered monthly inspection of women’s hostels in the state, after an inmate of a facility for differently-abled women was allegedly raped by its director.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has issued directions to officials in this regard to prevent recurrence of such incidents at women’s hostels and orphanages.

The director of a hostel for speech and hearing impaired women in the Awadhpuri area in Bhopal was arrested on Wednesday night for allegedly raping a 20-year-old deaf and mute tribal inmate.

“I have taken a meeting of the officials concerned and directed them to conduct monthly inspections of such (state) aided and unaided facilities where girls are residing,” Mr Chouhan told reporters at his residence.

“The inspection will be carried out by the collector and superintendent of police in each district on a monthly basis,” he said.

Mr Chouhan said similar rules will also be framed for private hostels to ensure safety of inmates.

“Rules will be framed for private hostels, too, to ensure girls remain safe there. Such incidents are very painful and already the accused person has been arrested,” Mr Chouhan said.

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Over 450 Bridges In Mumbai To Undergo Safety Inspection

The bridge collapsed onto rail tracks, disrupting rail services.


The Railways said today it will carry out a safety audit of nearly 450 road overbridges, foot overbridges and bridges over the pipelines in Mumbai.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal made the announcement in suburban Andheri where a portion of a road overbridge collapsed this morning due to heavy rains.

The road overbridge, built in 1971, collapsed near the eastern side of the Andheri railway station. Some of the parts of fell on rail tracks, disrupting train services. Five people were injured.

A joint safety audit will be conducted by the Railways, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and IIT-Bombay of the 445 ROBs, foot overbridges (FOBs) and bridges over the pipelines in Mumbai as part of efforts to improve safety of commuters, Mr Goyal said.

“I have spoken to the director of IIT-Bombay and he has assured all cooperation. In the next six months, all the 445 ROBs, FOBs and other bridges going above water pipelines will be inspected and a joint safety audit will be carried out in association with the BMC as well,” he told reporters at the site of the incident.

The railway minister said that based on its findings, rectification of any flaws in these bridges will be taken up by his ministry on mission mode.

Terming today’s incident extremely unfortunate, Mr Goyal said that he has already announced an inquiry into it by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) and has sought a report within 15 days.

Informing reporters that hundreds of officers and employees of the Railways were involved in the restoration work on a war footing, he said, “Two lines of the Harbour corridor have become operational and we hope by 8 pm the other three lines will also become operational.”

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