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UPSRTC employees call of strike after state meets demands

Meerut: The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) employees called off their strike, which was to begin on December 6, after state authorities agreed to their set of demands, including a fixed minimum wage of Rs 17,000 for contract employees.
Speaking to TOI, Lakhan Singh, Meerut regional secretary, UP Roadways Karamchari Sanyukt Parishad, said, “After the strike we conducted in September this year, we were assured that our demands will be fulfilled but no steps were taken. So, this time we practiced caution. Early morning on Tuesday, most of our demands were met including fixing a minimum wage of Rs 17,000 for contract employees.” The association had taken out a rally to announce the strike on December 2.
Their demands included giving equivalent minimum wage to contract employees as is given to employees on roll, payment of pending dearness allowance to contract workers, solving income disparity issues in the department and many others. The strike was to start from December 6 midnight and go on till December 7 midnight but much before the strike could start, state authorities agreed on most of the demands on Tuesday morning.
“As many as 2,500 employees – including drivers, conductors, clerks and mechanics were to support the strike under our banner starting December 6 but now it has been called off because our demands have been met. The state authorities have paid the pending dearness allowance to contract employees and to those who are on pay-roll. Also, workshop employees who were the only ones without uniforms will be given the same by December 15 – making them equivalent to drivers and conductors,” said Pramod Kumar, president of the employees’ union.
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Forest officials gear up to check tortoise hunting

BIJNOR: As the water levels in the rivers flowing through Bijnor district have fallen, forest department officials are on their toes to keep a check on tortoise hunting. November and December are the months when tortoise hunting reaches its peak. The Ram Ganga, the Kho and the Ganga in Bijnor have a significant population of tortoises. Bijnor forest officials have now appointed informers to detect such poaching activities.
The Ganga flows through the Hastinapur Wild Life Sanctuary, and the Ram Ganga and the Kho also flow through forest areas, making them hunting hotspots. DFO M Semmaran said, “Poachers are active when the water level dips in the rivers. We have asked our staff to keep a strict vigil.”
Talking about the measures taken by the forest department, Semmaran said, “We are spreading our network of informers in every village located on the banks of these rivers. This year, however, no case of tortoise hunting has been reported so far.”
The forest department in Bijnor had registered one case of tortoise hunting last year, and two cases the year before. The divisional forest officer (DFO) had found five people guilty of hunting tortoises and recovered nearly 250 tortoises from their possession. The seized tortoises were later released in the Ram Ganga river.
According to sources, poachers sell the tortoises to agents who in turn supply the reptiles to five-star hotels. Flesh of tortoise and soup made from it are considered delicacies and are in high demand.

Police organise self-defence training camp for women

MEERUT: Meerut police organised a day-long self-defence training camp for women in the police lines premises, on Sunday. The training which was conducted by experienced trainers from the Kailash Prakash Stadium, primarily focused on teaching women and children means to protect themselves from criminals or attackers in times of danger.
Women from the police lines area were persuaded to take part in the training programme. Even students from various schools across the city had come to participate. The women and the schoolchildren received intense training in various techniques which focused on incapacitating the attacker.
“Crime against women is a growing concern for the Meerut police. Incidents such as rape and eve-teasing have increased. While the UP police is adept at providing protection to the women, we also thought that it is important for women to be trained in self-defence, so that they are able to protect themselves,” said Paan Singh, public relations officer (PRO), Meerut police.
“The training went on for around three hours, and it was free of charge. Around 70 women in all participated in the exercise. We will organise more such training programmes in the future,” Singh said.

RTO crackdowns on overloaded vehicles, 108 vehicles challaned

Meerut: The regional transport department issued challans to drivers of over 100 vehicles for carrying goods over the permissible limit. The drive, that was conducted from November 30 to December 2, across Meerut region also collected a fine of Rs 9.69 lakh.
Speaking to TOI, KP Gupta, RTO (enforcement), said, “A drive to curb overloaded vehicles from plying on the streets was was conducted from November 30 to December 2 in different areas of Meerut region. Authorities were on round the entire day and challans were issued to as many as 108 vehicles were issued. The drive also resulted in a revenue of Rs 9.69 lakh, which was collected as fine. We will ensure that such drives are conducted on a regular basis so that an eye can be kept on such vehicles”
In the three-day drive that was conducted in Meerut region by authorities, notices were issued to 108 vehicles and 76 such vehicles were seized for violating the Motor Vehicles Act. While a total of 76 challans were issued in Meerut city, 32 challans were issued in Baghpat. Similarly, 57 vehicles were seized in Meerut city, 19 vehicles were seized in Baghpat. Apart from Rs 9.69 lakh that was collected as fine, Rs 4.18 lakh was collected as tax from drivers of vehicles.
“When caught, most of the vehicle drivers came up with the excuse that they did not know about the permissible limit to load goods and cargo. But that doesn’t rule them out for the requisite punishment,” said Deepak Shah, additional regional transport officer (ARTO) enforcement.

Mayawati to address members via live telecast on BR Ambedkar’s 61st death anniversary

Meerut: Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) members are set to observe the 61st death anniversary of B R Ambedkar at a large scale in all the state assemblies of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. While meetings (sabhas) presided by respective candidates will be conducted in each state assembly, party supremo Mayawati will address the members by means of a live telecast.
It should be noted that the party was earlier in news for not being tech savvy, but lately not only all rallies of Mayawati are being live telecasted on their YouTube channel.

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Speaking with TOI, BSP Meerut district president Sunil Jatav said, “All BSP candidates for UP elections 2017 will be conducting meetings in their respective state assemblies on Tuesday. Around 10,000 people are expected to be there at each venue. All the people who will attend the meetings will pay tribute to B R Ambedkar on his 61st death anniversary.”
Permissions from police and district administration have been taken to perform the meetings in all the vidhan sabhas of the state. Police security will be there at all the venues.
“A CD has been given to each vidhan sabha candidate, which highlights the good work that BSP did when it was in power in Uttar Pradesh. Also, it highlights the work that B R Ambedkar did for the welfare of this country by forming the Constitution of India,” Jatav added.
Talking to TOI over phone, Ram Achal Rajbhar, UP BSP chief, said, “BSP supremo Mayawati will be addressing the party members in all state assemblies from Lucknow by means of live telecast. While the actual event will be hosted in Lucknow, people in all other constituencies will listen to her address.”
In Meerut alone, all seven constituencies will have separate events for the day.

A year after modern shooting range’s opening, still no guns for shooters

BIJNOR: Bijnor residents and aspiring shooters have vivid memories of how a state-of-the-art shooting range was inaugurated here on December 21, 2015. Almost exactly a year later, the range is yet to be provided guns, ammunition and other equipment by the government for shooters to practice.
With the aim of nurturing budding talent, then district magistrate Ajaydeep Singh had inaugurated the district indoor shooting range at the Nehru Stadium here. The district administration had announced, during the inauguration programme, that modern sports guns and other equipment would be made available at the range for members to practice in different disciplines of the sport. However, none of this was purchased by officials afterwards.
After waiting for a while for the government to follow through on its promise, members of the district Rifle Association made a collection and purchased two German-made sports rifles on July 28, 2016. However, the association has not been able to buy any more firearms or equipment since then because of shortage of funds. The range sees 26 shooters practicing every day. Other enthusiasts also want to join the range, but can’t because equipment is not available.

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Jafar Khan, a member of the Rifle Association said, “Although it has been a year since the range was inaugurated, no politician or official has come to our aid since then. We bought two rifles on our own and tried to do our best under the circumstances. We need three more rifles and some pistols. There is no furniture or curtains in the range. We have a generator but we don’t have the funds to run it in case of power outage.”
“The two rifles we have are adjustable, but their settings need to be changed based on the height of each shooter. This creates problems for everyone because the adjustments are very minute. This is a highly specialised discipline. We have no technical staff to coach shooters. However, we are trying to manage on our own for the moment,” Khan added.
Despite these drawbacks, shooters from the area have put up commendable performances elsewhere, said association members. Akansha Chaudhary, 20, a disabled shooter, has won three medals at various levels so far. “This year, 21 shooters from across Uttar Pradesh were selected for the national shooting competition. Of these, eight shooters including Chaudhary, belong to our range. The competition will be held from December 12 to 26 at Pune,” said an association member.

RTO crackdowns on overloaded vehicles, 108 vehicles challaned

Meerut: The regional transport department issued challans to drivers of over 100 vehicles for carrying goods over the permissible limit. The drive, that was conducted from November 30 to December 2, across Meerut region also collected a fine of Rs 9.69 lakh.
Speaking to TOI, KP Gupta, RTO (enforcement), said, “A drive to curb overloaded vehicles from plying on the streets was was conducted from November 30 to December 2 in different areas of Meerut region. Authorities were on round the entire day and challans were issued to as many as 108 vehicles were issued. The drive also resulted in a revenue of Rs 9.69 lakh, which was collected as fine. We will ensure that such drives are conducted on a regular basis so that an eye can be kept on such vehicles”
In the three-day drive that was conducted in Meerut region by authorities, notices were issued to 108 vehicles and 76 such vehicles were seized for violating the Motor Vehicles Act. While a total of 76 challans were issued in Meerut city, 32 challans were issued in Baghpat. Similarly, 57 vehicles were seized in Meerut city, 19 vehicles were seized in Baghpat. Apart from Rs 9.69 lakh that was collected as fine, Rs 4.18 lakh was collected as tax from drivers of vehicles.
“When caught, most of the vehicle drivers came up with the excuse that they did not know about the permissible limit to load goods and cargo. But that doesn’t rule them out for the requisite punishment,” said Deepak Shah, additional regional transport officer (ARTO) enforcement.
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3 Injured In Leopard Attack Amid Panic In Meerut Meerut | Press Trust of India | Updated: April 14, 2016

3 Injured In Leopard Attack Amid Panic In Meerut

MEERUT: 

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Three labourers hospitalised, now in stable condition
  2. Attack creates panic, all schools in Meerut shut on Wednesday
  3. Third incident of a leopard entering human settlements in Meerut

Three labourers working in an under-construction building in Fazalpur area in Meerut Cantonment were injured in an attack by a leopard, which has created panic in the city prompting authorities to shut all schools on Wednesday.

The injured trio has been admitted to a hospital where their condition was stated to be out of danger, District Magistrate Pankaj Yadav told PTI.

The feline was last morning spotted near the Army hospital in the Cantonment area. Army jawans had informed senior officials of the presence of the leopard in human settlements following which police and forest officials rushed to the spot.

A team of forest officials is trying to tranquilise the wild cat which was last spotted in the JCO mess of Army in the Cantonment adjoining Fazalpur, SSP D K Dubey said.

The team of experts which has been assigned the task of capturing the feline includes forest officials from Delhi, Bengal and Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, Dubey said.

All schools in the city uptill standard XII on Wednesday remained closed as panic gripped the city after the leopard was spotted on Tuesday.

Locals have been advised not to move out of their houses, the DM said.

A team of forest officials from Bareilly last night shot tranquiliser darts into the leopard who was spotted sitting on a tree in the Army hospital complex. The big cat, however, managed to escape, Mr Yadav said.

This is the third incident of a leopard entering human settlements in Meerut. Previously the big cat was spotted in 1995 and 2014.

Not Allowed DJ At Birthday Party, Juvenile Inmates Throw Stones at Cops

Not Allowed DJ At Birthday Party, Juvenile Inmates Throw Stones at Cops

MEERUT:  Juveniles lodged at an observation home in Meerut created ruckus and threw stones at police officials after their demand for a DJ to celebrate the birthday of an inmate was turned down by authorities even as 12 of them tried to escape from the premises taking advantage of the commotion.

Following the incident late Monday night authorities deployed additional police personnel to bring the situation under control.

The protest broke out when the agitated inmates were denied permission for playing DJ and raised slogans against the Surajkund observation home authorities, police said, adding the inmates beat up two observation home staff.

When police personnel intervened, the inmates started throwing stones at them. To bring the situation under control, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells.

In the commotion, 12 juveniles, tried to escape from the observation home but they were later caught, a senior police official said.

SHO of Nauchandi police station Harsharan Sharma said that 61 juveniles are lodged in the observation home at present.

There were unconfirmed reports that 24 juveniles escaped from the observation home. Counting of inmates is on.

The situation in the observation home has been brought under control this afternoon, ADM (city) SK Dubey said.

The district magistrate has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and asked to submit a report within seven days, he added.

Mentally Challenged Woman Gives Birth On Road In Meerut

Mentally Challenged Woman Gives Birth On Road In Meerut

A woman was reportedly lying on the road in an unconscious state with the newborn at her side in Meerut.

MEERUT:  A woman with special needs on Wednesday gave birth to a baby on the road near Kutchery Pul in Meerut.

The woman was reportedly lying on the road in an unconscious state with the newborn at her side. On seeing her, a passerby called an ambulance and she was taken to a hospital.

Dr Pramila who is treating her said medical tests of both the woman and the child is being conducted.

Locals claimed that the woman was mentally challenged and used to roam around in the area.


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