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# Chaos at Railways walk-in interview in Hubballi

An unprecedented turnout leaves officials high and dry
An unprecedented turnout of candidates for a walk-in interview conducted by the Hubballi Division of South Western Railway caught the officials off guard resulting in chaos at the Railway Hospital here on Tuesday.

As the turnout of the candidates far exceeded the expectations of the officials, there was a lot of confusion resulting in the aspirants resorting to an agitation outside the Railway Hospital on Gadag Road here.

The Hubballi Division of South Western Railway called for the walk-in interview for engaging para-medical staff on contract basis for the posts of staff nurse (20), pharmacist (six), health and malaria inspector (eight), dialysis technician, laboratory superintendent and physiotherapist.

While the interview for the posts of staff nurse was scheduled for Tuesday, the interviews for other posts are scheduled to take place on June 12 and 19.

Trouble started after nearly nearly 3,000 candidates turned up for the walk-in interview and the officials were not prepared to handle such a situation. Lack of proper communication to the candidates further added to the confusion. Ultimately, the police had to intervene to bring the situation under control. Subsequently, senior officials too intervened and tokens were issued to the aspirants with an announcement that all those who were present would be interviewed on different dates.

For nine days

In a later clarification, Chief Public Relations Officer of South Western Railway E. Vijaya said that the confusion was owing to the more-than-anticipated turnout for the interview. In all, 2,325 candidates turned up for the interview and consequently the token system was adopted for enrolment. The candidates had been now given date and time of their interviews and the division would interview 250 candidates per day for nine days.

She has clarified through a release that once candidates appear on the scheduled day indicated on the token, document verification and other related process would be taken up and interview would be held. The candidates concerned have also been informed about the process to clear confusion, the release said.

#  ‘Army will abide by govt. peace plan’

But no unprovoked attacks will go without response, says Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
The decision to suspend military operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the month of Ramzan was a government decision and would be respected by all, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday.

“It was the Government of India’s decision, and we all abide by it,” she said when asked whether the Army was consulted before the decision was taken. The Home Ministry had announced the suspension of operations against militants during Ramzan, starting May 17. The Minister was speaking to journalists on the NDA government completing four years in office.

However, Ms. Sitharaman said while the Defence Ministry respected the announcement made by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, there was room for retaliation, if attacked. “It is our duty to keep our borders safe. We shall be alert and ensure that no unprovoked attacks go without our responding. It is the duty of the Defence Ministry and the forces to keep India safe,” she said.

However, there has been a sharp rise in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control. Last week, the Directors-General of Military Operations of India and Pakistan agreed to implement the 2003 ceasefire agreement in “letter and spirit.” Yet, there were violations over the weekend.

S-400 buy to go ahead

As for the purchase of the S-400 Triumf long-range air defence system from Russia, in the backdrop of U.S. pressure, she indicated that India would go ahead with the purchase. “That has been going on for long. We have reached the final stage in the talks.”

#  Centre not to file counter-affidavit on Article 35A

PIL plea against provision for J&K
The Centre has decided not to file any “counter-affidavit” on Article 35A, which has been challenged in the Supreme Court through a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition.

Article 35A allows the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to decide the “permanent residents” of the State, prohibits a non-State resident from buying property in the State and ensures reservation in employment for residents.

The Supreme Court has scheduled further hearing for August 6.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, had objected to any tinkering with the provision.

Court order

A senior official explained that Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal informed the court last year of the Centre’s decision not to file any counter-affidavit. The Supreme Court gave an order stating the same. The official said the Centre would stick to the order, though it was an interim one.

On July 17, 2017, the court recorded: “Learned Attorney General, representing the Union of India, states that a conscious decision has been taken not to file any counter-affidavit in this case because the issues, which are raised for adjudication, are pure questions of law.”

The State government has filed an affidavit opposing any such move.

The official said the case was still being heard as similar petitions were bunched together. “This particular provision was included in the Constitution by a Presidential Order. Our stand is clear: this is a matter of interpretation of law and the Supreme Court should decide. Though the hearing is still on, we will continue to abide by the interim order that a conscious decision has been taken not to file any counter-affidavit,” he said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to visit Srinagar and Jammu on June 7 and 8. The visit comes amid the Centre’s decision to suspend security operations during the month of Ramzan.

During his last visit to the Valley in September, Mr. Singh was non-committal on the Centre’s stand on filing any affidavit.

Article 35A was incorporated into the Constitution by an order of the then President Rajendra Prasad on the advice of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cabinet in 1954.

It grants a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order followed the 1952 Delhi Agreement between Nehru and the then Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Abdullah, which extended Indian citizenship to the ‘State subjects’ of Jammu and Kashmir.

#  State Cabinet expansion today

Oath-taking ceremony at 2.12 p.m.
The two-member State Cabinet, headed by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, is set for expansion on Wednesday, after 14 days of its formation.

Governor Vajubhai R. Vala will administer the oath to the new Ministers at the Raj Bhavan at 2.12 p.m.

Both the coalition partners, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), are yet to make public the names of legislators to be inducted into the ministry following intense lobbying among its legislators for getting ministerial berths. An official list of names of legislators to be inducted into the Cabinet will be released only on Wednesday. According the coalition agreement worked out on June 1, the Congress was allocated 22 ministerial berths, while the JD(S) was given 12 berths in the 34-member Cabinet.

Strategic move

According to sources, the Congress is likely to induct 16 to 17 legislators for now and keep the remaining berths vacant. The JD(S) too has decided not to fill all berths at one go. This is part of the strategy to meet any possibility of dissidence that may crop up after the expansion exercise.

#  YSRCP, TDP MPs trade charges on resignation issue

Lok Sabha Speaker has given Opposition party MPs appointment today
The YSR Congress party and the TDP MPs on Tuesday traded charges, as the former geared up to make another trip to Delhi to meet the Lok Sabha Speaker and press for their resignations. The latter called it a “drama”.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has given the MPs appointment at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Addressing media in Nellore, senior MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy said it was for the Speaker to take a decision on the resignation letters submitted by the five on April 6, the last day of the Budget Session, demanding Special Category Status.

Refuting the TDP charges that they were stage managing the show of the Speaker not accepting the resignations, he said it was up to the Telugu Desam to bring pressure on the BJP to get it to accept them.

On the other hand, the TDP MPs alleged that the YSRC MPs were enacting the resignation drama despite knowing that byelections would not be conducted even if their resignations were accepted as general elections were due in a less than one year. Addressing a press conference here, TDP MPs Kesineni Srinivas and Konakalla Narayana Rao said YSRCP president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was more worried about the corruption cases against him. Mr. Reddy wanted to come out of the cases come what may. Hence, the resignation drama. If they were sincere in their efforts, they would have tendered the resignations in 2016 itself when they first made the announcement.

Sivaprasad, TDP MP, said the YSRCP was taking the people for a ride with their resignation drama. Mr. Jagan had been saying since 2015 that his MPs would resign if the SCS was not accorded. Placing cauliflower and lotus on his ears to ridicule the YSRC MPs, Mr. Sivaprasad alleged that they were following the script of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A drama: Lokesh

Panchayat Raj and IT Minister Nara Lokesh in his tweet said, “What a drama… They hoodwinked people and were hand in glove with the BJP. They ensured that their resignations would not necessitate byelections.” A movie, ‘A1..half a dozen thieves’ can be made with story of both YSR Congress and BJP, he said.

#  It will be a war on single-use plastic

India leads the charge in battling plastic pollution on World Environment Day
As the global host nation for the 2018 World Environment Day (June 5), and as a country that generates over 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day, India led the charge against plastic on Tuesday, with programmes in different parts of the country focussed on the theme of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

Speaking on the occasion of World Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the need for effective plastic waste management, and said that “an unclean environment hurts the poor and the vulnerable the most”.

President’s call

President Ramnath Kovind put out a tweet urging people to work for a “cleaner and sustainable planet”.

In the national capital, the Delegation of the European Union (EU) and embassies of the member states adopted a ‘Green Pledge’, under which the 28 EU member-states made a commitment to green their embassies. In a statement, they undertook to “discontinue the use of harmful plastics including plastic straws, stirrers, cups, water bottles in their embassies and residences” and “switch to eco-friendly materials.”

The embassies will also sensitise staff and families on how they can reduce their resource footprint.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), has decided to switch from imposing fines on those who litter, to witty signage aimed at raising environmental awareness.

One of the signs, drawn up for the garden area, says, “We thrive on your care, there is no appeal against laws of nature.” The signs will primarily be in the garden area of Terminal 2. “We find pan stains everywhere. We plan to install signage that will be educative and witty. Through these, we will inform visitors. We will also request them not to spit or litter,” said an MIAL official.

Tamil Nadu ban

Down south, the Tamil Nadu Government said it would ban the manufacturing, storage, and use of plastic products (except packing material for milk, curd, oil and medical products) from January 1, 2019.

#  Sena to CM: learn from Thoothukudi, cancel refinery project in Konkan

Shiv Sena ministers have urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to cancel the proposed oil refinery project at Nanar village in Konkan to avoid a situation like the one in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi, where 13 anti-Sterlite protesters died in police firing, last month.

A letter signed by Industries Minister Subhash Desai, Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam, Transport Minister Divakar Raote, and Health Minister Deepak Sawant was submitted to Mr. Fadnavis on Tuesday.

“An unfortunate incident like Thoothukudi should not be repeated in Maharashtra, and the Sena is of the firm belief that timely action is required for it,” the letter said.

It said Mr. Desai had decided to cancel the notification to acquire land for the project and instructed the industries secretary to present a proposal. “The secretary informed us that he had presented the file seeking permission for the cancellation to you. We request you to kindly approve the proposal.”

The letter claimed the locals are against the project, while all grampanchayats have passed resolutions against it.

#  ‘Al-Badr’ warns of more hits; issues threat to cops

The Al-Badr militant outfit, in a video released on Tuesday announcing its revival, has apologised to civilians who were injured in a grenade attack in Pulwama on Monday.

The video showed three masked men displaying weapons.

The outfit’s self-styled ‘divisional commander’, Hamza Burhan, asked people to stay away from Army, CRPF and police deployments. “Civilians should also avoid political rallies. We plan to continue our attacks till the oppression ends in Kashmir.”

Issuing a threat to the local police, he said, “Police should either step back or pay the price.”

#  ‘Bring students to school or get redeployed’

A fresh academic year has begun but it is not the students who will be facing the first test. Teachers deployed in government schools with poor student strength have been vested with the responsibility of bringing students to the classroom. The Department of Primary and Secondary Education’s diktat comes with a rider: if the teachers fail to improve student strength, he or she will be deployed to another government school with greater number of students.

#  ‘Take better care of coastal environment’

Dakshina Kannada Principal District and Sessions Judge K.S. Bilagi has asked citizens to take better care of the pristine environment in the city and its surroundings, at a World Environment Day function here organised by the district administration.

#  Isolated heavy rain likely today

The South West Monsoon entered Rayalaseema on Sunday and it is likely to cover Visakhapatnam on June 8.

Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds is very likely at isolated places in all the districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema on Wednesday.

Heavy rain is very likely at isolated places in all the districts of coastal AP and Rayalaseema, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Source:- The Hindu

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