New Delhi: The Vigilance Unit of Delhi Police has written to all districts, units and asked them for the details related to Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS) officers for the perusal of the screening committee.Police sources said that the letter was regarding the review of mechanism to ensure the probity of government servants- strengthening of administration- periodical review under FR 56 (j) and rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rule, 1972. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources told Millennium Post the letter talked about a meeting held on 16 July at 11 AM under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary at Delhi Secretariat for periodical review of DANIPS officer, posted in GNCT of Delhi under FR-56 (j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. Quoting meeting directions sources told this newspaper that Chief Secretary has directed to furnish a list of DANIPS officers who will be attaining the age of 50/55 years or will be completing 30 years of service or 30 years of service qualifying for pension as the case may be, in the quarter January to March 2020, for the review by the Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSub-Committee. Later, Deputy Secretary rank official wrote to the Deputy Commissioner of Police and two Director Generals. The official wrote, “I am directed to request you to provide full database of all the DANIPS officers posted in Delhi clearly indicating the date of birth, date of joining and date of retirement along with the 19 point prescribed proforma and the additional five points performa so as to prepare a list which would be the zone of consideration and to take further action/decision as required in the light of DoPT, O M dated 11th September 2015. The said information/list may be sent latest by 26/7/2019.” Few of the points in proforma to review the performance of DANIPS officer were, state of health, whether the officer is considered competent and effective and fit to continue to hold the post occupied by him or to continue in DANIPS, is there any reason to doubt the integrity, whether services of the officer are considered useful to government. Sources further added that Delhi Police unit sent a letter to districts in which GNCTs’ letter dated July 22 along with 19 points prescribed proforma, additional five-point proforma (O.M dated 11th September 2015) were attached with the request to provide the requisite information duly completed in all respect under FR 56 (j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 by 26/7/2019 positively for the perusal of screening committee. This may be treated as most urgent.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s first-of-its-kind unique public outreach campaign titled ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ (Tell Didi) has received an overwhelming response with more than one lakh people making calls on the #DidiKeBolo phone number that was announced by her at a media conference on Monday. More than 50,000 people across the state have shared their opinions and problems through the digital platform www.didikebolo.com.”In the last 24 hours, more than 1 lakh people have called on the #DidiKeBolo phone number. Currently, 250+ people are working round the clock on this. We are further ramping up our resources to handle the overwhelming response. We thank you for your patience! Please note that this is over and above the 50k+ people who have shared their opinions or problems through our digital platform – http://www.didikebolo.com,” stated the Twitter page named “Didi Ke Bolo” that was launched soon after Banerjee’s announcement on Monday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe post was retweeted by a number of TMC MPs and MLAs to spread awareness regarding the initiative. District presidents across the state made announcements about it as well. Atin Ghosh, who is the working president of TMC of North Kolkata district informed the councillors and borough chairmen about it in detail while for South Kolkata, party district president Debasish Kumar undertook a similar exercise. The MLAs will be doing media conferences across the state on Wednesday to spread the message. As part of the programme, TMC representatives will reach out to the families and share the phone number: 9137091370 that will enable people to put across their views, grievances, if any, directly to Didi. The target set up by the TMC is to reach around 1.6 crore families that comprise 80 percent of the total households in Bengal in the coming 20 months ahead of the 2021 state Assembly elections.
Visakhapatnam (AP): One person drowned and 13 others suffered burn injuries after a major fire swept through an offshore support vessel, forcing the crew to jump into the sea in the outer harbour of the port here on Monday, police said.Another member of the 29-strong crew of the ship Coastal Jaguar, hired by oil major Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, was missing, they said, adding they have rescued others. The body of the person drowned was recovered and the injured admitted to a private hospital while the Coast Guard, which rescued the crew after they jumped into the sea, was searching for the person still missing, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police T Mohan Rao said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’At least five of the injured were said to be critical as they suffered severe burns, he said. The accident occurred around 11.25 am at Visakhapatnam Port Trust’s Single Point Mooring (SPM) Terminal, where crude and oil supplies are handled. The cause of the fire was not immediately known but police suspect it might have started when the oil pipe was being fixed to the HPCL line. The port and HPCL authorities are probing the cause, another senior police official said. The fire was put out by port vessels after an over-four-hour operation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Visakhapatnam Port Trust said in a release it deployed four of its crafts to douse the fire after a tug towed the burning vessel away from the SPM terminal to a safer place. Earlier, a Defence release said 28 crew members of the Coastal Jaguar ship were rescued by a Coast Guard ship. There were 29 crew members when the fire broke out and they jumped into the Bay of Bengal to escape from the blaze, it added. There was a loud explosion on board the ship, followed by a thick smoke.
New Delhi: The Delhi Assembly will start its session from August 22 with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) planning to raise the demand for a special discussion on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP MLAs will raise the demand for a resolution to be adopted in the Delhi Assembly to support the Centre’s decisions related to Jammu and Kashmir, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta told the media here on Wednesday. The session may also see a discussion and financial allocation or a revised budget for the proposed free Metro rides for women and the Delhi government’s announcement about free electricity up to 200 units.
New York: Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round of the US Open while French Open champion Ashleigh Barty and third seed Karolina Pliskova struggled but advanced. Serbian star Djokovic, who has won four of the past five Grand Slam singles titles, dispatched Spain’s 76th-ranked Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. “Getting out of the blocks, it takes time for you to feel comfortable on the court,” Djokovic said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Later in the sets I was able to take advantage in the big moments and move on and that’s what’s important.” Djokovic, trying to become the first back-to-back US Open winner since Roger Federer won from 2004-2008, will next face either American Sam Querrey or Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero. “I’m quite pleased with my performance and looking forward to the next one,” Djokovic said. Djokovic owns 16 Grand Slam titles and is chasing the record 20 won by Federer with Spain’s Rafael Nadal on 18. Together the “Big Three” have won the past 11 Slam titles and are again heavy favorites. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Serena Williams opens her quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles crown against Russia’s Maria Sharapova, a five-time Slam winner, in the night feature before Federer meets Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal. Williams, chasing the all-time record 24 Slams won by Margaret Court, is 19-2 all-time against Sharapova with 18 consecutive triumphs. Australian second seed Barty overcame a horrible start to oust 80th-ranked Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Barty made 19 unforced errors to drop the first set in 28 minutes, but took the last three games in the second set and broke in the third and seventh games of the final set to advance. “I was really pleased to be able to solve this riddle,” Barty said. “Zarina was able to put me in difficult positions. I just kept making good shots. I felt like I had good control and could put it in difficult spots on the court.” Pliskova, a 2016 US Open runner-up, edged 138th-ranked Czech compatriot Tereza Martincova 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) after an hour and 46 minutes, finishing off the tie-breaks solidly but humbled after exchanging six service breaks with the qualifier to open the match. “Not my best performance today for sure,” Pliskova said. “Not happy that I lost three breaks of serve in a row. That’s not possible for next time.” Pliskova, Barty, Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and top-ranked defending champion Naomi Osaka of Japan could top the rankings after the US Open. Osaka and Halep must win the title. Pliskova needs to at least reach the quarter-finals. Barty is the front runner, defending fewer points from last year’s Open than Osaka. – Venus, Nishikori roll – ========================= Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ripped China’s Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-0 in 66 minutes. “I felt like I executed my style of game the best I could,” the 39-year-old American said. “I was so pumped up today, it just kind of leaked out.” Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, reached the men’s second round 6-1, 4-1, when 205th-ranked Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti retired with a back injury after 47 minutes. “I played great tennis from the beginning,” Nishikori said. “I’m happy with the way I played.” Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev, coming off an ATP title at Cincinnati and runner-up efforts at Montreal and Washington, defeated India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in just 85 minutes. “I can’t say I’m feeling amazing about my game but to win by that score in the first round is great,” Medvedev said. “I hope I can continue to play well.”
Washington: A federal agency reversed course Friday on the question of whether President Donald Trump tweeted stale information about Hurricane Dorian potentially hitting Alabama, upsetting meteorologists around the country.On Sunday, Trump had warned that Alabama, along with the Carolinas and Georgia, was “most likely to be hit (much) harder than anticipated.”The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, tweeted later: “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe system will remain too far east.” But the president has been adamant throughout the week that he was correct, and the White House has deployed government resources and staff to back him.The latest defense came out Friday evening, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement from an unidentified spokesman stating that information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to the president had demonstrated that “tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe advisories were dated from last Wednesday, Aug. 28, through Monday, the statement read.Friday’s statement also said the Birmingham NWS tweet Sunday morning “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”The statement from NOAA contrasts with comments the agency’s spokesman, Chris Vaccaro, made Sunday. “The current forecast path of Dorian does not include Alabama,” Vaccaro said at the time. Friday’s NOAA statement, released just before 5 p.m., points to a few graphics issued by the National Hurricane Center to support Trump’s claims.The maps show percentage possibility of tropical storm force winds in the United States. Parts of Alabama were covered, usually with 5% to 10% chances, between Aug. 27 and Sept. 3. Maps on Aug. 30 grew to cover far more of Alabama, but for only 12 hours, and the highest percentage hit 20% to 30% before quickly shrinking back down.Alabama was not mentioned in any of the 75 forecast advisories the hurricane center sent out between Aug. 27 and Sept. 2. From Aug 28 to Aug. 31, a handful of locations in Alabama were mentioned in charts that listed percentage chance of tropical storm force winds or hurricane winds, maxing out at about 7 percent chance for Whiting Field to get tropical storm force winds.Former National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read blasted NOAA leadership Friday night on his Facebook page calling the situation “so disappointing” and saying he would comment because NOAA employees were ordered to be quiet.”Either NOAA Leadership truly agrees with what they posted or they were ordered to do it. If it is the former, the statement shows a lack of understanding of how to use probabilistic forecasts in conjunction with other forecast information. Embarrassing. If it is the latter, the statement shows a lack of courage on their part by not supporting the people in the field who are actually doing the work. Heartbreaking,” Read wrote.”What the Birmingham NWS office sent out Sunday morning was correct and served the public well,” Read continued. “It clearly let the public know that they were not at risk from the impacts of Hurricane Dorian.” Dan Sobien, president of the union representing weather service employees, tweeted Friday, “Let me assure you the hard working employees of the NWS had nothing to do with the utterly disgusting and disingenuous tweet sent out by NOAA management tonight.”Alex Sizemore, a meteorologist at NWS in Birmingham, tweeted, “The irony in all of this Twitter mess is that the tweet we sent out had nothing to do with what Trump tweeted, we had no knowledge of it at the time.” Sizemore said the Sunday tweet came in response to people calling the NWS office.”Now this. Goodness,” he added.Other meteorologists also voiced concerns about NOAA’s actions Friday.”I am very disappointed to see this statement come out from NOAA,” Oklahoma University meteorology professor Jason Furtado told The Associated Press.”I am thankful for the folks at NWS Birmingham for their work in keeping the citizens of Alabama informed and up to date on weather hazards.”Furtado said NOAA’s statement and the president’s Twitter “war on weather” are undermining confidence in meteorologists, adding, “The job just got harder because of this issue.”University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd, former president of the American Meteorology Society, simply responded, “OMG.”Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, cited the focus that NOAA placed on “tropical force winds” in its Friday evening statement.He said the first assertion about such winds from Dorian affecting Alabama is fine, but the second assertion “seems to be excessive.”McNoldy said the National Weather Service “had the right tone and message for the time. Alabama, for some time, was on the fringe of probabilities of experiencing tropical storm winds. That is not very threatening.””The Birmingham office was correct,” said a NOAA staffer familiar with the situation but speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of being fired in reprisal.MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel said Trump’s “broadcast of false information is inexcusable.” NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment.It is part of the Commerce Department, overseen by Secretary Wilbur Ross. The White House did not immediately respond to a question of whether someone at the White House had asked NOAA to issue its statement.