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Only Bobbitt’s Law for rapists will infuse fear-factor

Someone asked why I did not react on the recent seven-old rape and murder in Delhi. Honestly, there was a notion that such things would take a back seat especially after the protests that took place during ‘Nirbhaya’ gangrape.

However, I have an observation here and would like to share as I strongly feel just by calling the victim by different names to protect her identity cuts no ice unless and until she is protected or saved. Like in case of Jyoti Singh Pandey, the media called her by different names to market their stories, some called her, ‘Amanat’, ‘Damini’, ‘Delhi Brave Heart’, and ‘Nirbhaya’, the name that finally became the cult name. Rather than all these, the need of the hour is stringent punishment and it should be no less than Bobbitt’s Law. I have discussed, debated, argued umpteen times on this issue.

If carnal desire is so strong that it destroys innocent lives then chop the organ. I have been saying this in my live programes and editorials. I remained silent because nothing will change unless ‘stringent punishment’ is given. The ‘fear factor’ is missing which needs to be infused.

I covered the Delhi Brave Heart (Jyoti Singh Pandey) case and have seen the protests thaty simply went berserk especially the day then Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had ordered a lathi charge on the media persons who had been reporting from India Gate. Honestly, it felt good to see the protest but really sad to see that anger or agression has died down. Nothing has changed, nothing would change… Rapes, gangrapes, molestations, eve-teasings, stalkings continues …

Apply to avail subsidy on electricity in Delhi, read details

If you ask anybody should there be freebies on essential services, on average the reply you get is ‘NO’ as it totally ruins the service structure. The government (irrespective of state or centre) tends to feel are doing charity towards the people. Actually, it’s not, they do it expecting much bigger return – ‘votes’. May sound blunt but the fact is freebies are given to churn the vote bank. “sahab, siyasat ke logon se aap kuch ummed nahi kar sakte, yahan to phir bhi Kejriwal bijli aur pani par subsidy de raha hai” (Sir, you cannot expect anything from politicians, here still Kejriwal is offering subsidy on electricity and water), these were the words of a shop keeper in Delhi’s Lajpat Rai Market. He was practically correct as politicians know to extract, not give. Those of us who have been Delhi, can never forget the exorbitant electricity bills by DESU and later Delhi Vidyut Board (DVP).

However, the subsidies on electricity is now coming to an end in Delhi as the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejreiwal announced that only those will enjoy subsidy who would psychically apply.
Kejriwal tweeted:

Kejriwal, also launched a phone number 70113 11111 for consumers to give a missed call or send a WhatsApp message to opt for the subsidy and said consumers having up to 200 units of monthly consumption get zero bills while those consuming up to 400 units per month get 50 percent subsidy.

As per data, around 30 lakh households get 100 percent and around 17 lakh who get 50 percent subsidy. Delhi CM informed that around 47 lakh consumers avail of power subsidy.

The same Kejriwal and his party eyeing on the Gujarat Assembly polls, have been assuring the people in the state of free electricity and water. His game has been exposed in Delhi after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the issue of liquor politics and how he gave licenses to liquor mafias or flouted Delhi’s master plan to allow illegal liquor shops, and thekas. However, for Delhi-ites, it has been made mandatory to apply to avail the subsidy either physically or electronically by October 31, 2022, to get a subsidy for the month. Those who do not apply will not get the subsidy but even they can avail the subsidy by applying next month.

How to apply for the subsidy via WhatsApp:

Step 1: Give a missed call on 7011311111 or send a ‘Hi’ on WhatsApp.

Step 2: You will receive an SMS link on the registered mobile number with BSES. Click on the link.

Step 3: Fill out the form you received through the link on WhatsApp and submit it.

Step 4: You can also scan the QR code on the subsidy form attached with the latest BSES bill.

Step 5: Click the SMS link that you have received on the number registered with BSES.

Step 6: You will receive a message confirming that the subsidy is active on the bill.

Delhi women, RWAs, stage protest against Kejriwal’s liquor politics; AAP defiant

“Kejriwal government has ruined the essence of Delhi by opening liquor shops, thekas, and allowing liquor mafias to open outlets in the city. These people should be thrown away from the power”, these were the words of local residents in Govindpuri a few months back when a liquor shop was being opened in front of the Maharaja Agrasen College. Locals including women had sat on dharna to protest against opening of the shop. “We are scared not only for our own children but in general as a large number of young boys and girls come here and stay in the paying guest accommodations across the area. Liquor shops would bring anti-socials and it will create a security breach”, said Kumar, an elderly citizen.

Not just Govindpuri or Kalkaji, this was the situation across entire Delhi. Liquor shops would come up at every nook and corner in the city. Many Residential Welfare Associations (RWA) had raised their voices and compelled the shops to close down. In this context, I recall another shop a little away from this place (near Gali No 12 or 13 in Govindpuri), as locals had come out on the streets and created a menace out of it.

It was during this time I had the opportunity to attend the Press Conference at the Pant Marg office of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was held to discuss how Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had allegedly flouted the masterplan of Delhi to accommodate the liquor mafias. The Press Conference was attended by Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Delhi Assembly, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, and the four Mayors of Delhi. “We have found serious anomalies by AAP in order to help the liquor mafias to enter Delhi from outside states”, said Bidhuri. “There has been a tampering with Delhi’s masterplan as you are aware that in delhi no liquor shop or theka can open if there is a religious place or educational institutions and even residential areas within the 100 metre radius but shops and thekas are being open all over”, added Bidhuri.

Today, after the BJP’s stings on AAP, its clear why AAP had to enter into this filthy game of liquor politics allegedly.Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal had announced that his party would contest each and every elections in the country. The party needed money to contest the Assembly polls in Punjab and Goa.

Book your stall at 41st IITF now, details inside

If you are an entrepreneur or into business and want to showcase your products at the 41st India International Trade Fair (IITF), at Delhi ‘s Pragati Maidan then this is the ripe time as the online booking for IITF has begun. Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) has provided three links on which interested people may book online. However, the booking is being held on first come, first serve basis.

The link for online registration will be available on ITPO’s corporate website:

Those interested may book on the given Helpline Number: 011 23378808.

Those applying for the first time or fall under the new users will be required to create User Account on the portal:

The trade fair will commence from November 14 to 27 is expected to have 30 to 40 per cent more participation as compared to the previous years.

For more details please log onto the ITPO website:

SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital status for Varanasi

A big feather in the cap of India as Varanasi was declared the first-ever Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Tourism and Cultural Capital for 2022-2023. However, there can be questions why Varanasi? Is it because the city also happens to be the Parliamentarian constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi? Could be but there can be no two views to the fact that Varanasi also be one of the oldest cities that can boast of its legacy into art, culture, music, apart from rich vedic tradition.

The announcement was made at the 22nd Meeting of SCO summit at Uzbekistan’s Samarkand on Friday, a day before the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Immediately, after the announcement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) posted, “The nomination of Varanasi as the first ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital will promote tourism, cultural and humanitarian exchanges between India and the SCO member Countries. It also underlines India’s ancient civilizational links with Member States of SCO, especially the Central Asian Republics”.

The MEA said, under this cultural outreach programme several events are lined in Varanasi. Guests will be invited from the SCO member states to participate in these events. These events are expected to attract Indologists, scholars, authors, musicians and artists, photojournalists, travel bloggers and other invited guests.

Notably, the regulations for the nomination of the SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital were adopted at the Dushanbe SCO Summit in 2021 with an aim to promote cooperation between the SCO Member States in the field of culture and tourism.

India adds 6,422 fresh COVID cases, says Health Ministry data

According to the Union Health Ministry data, published on Thursday (September 15), India added 6,422 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,45,16,479, while the active cases increased to 46,389.

The death toll climbed to 28,250 with 34 fatalities which includes 20 deaths reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8 am stated.

The active cases comprise 2.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate increased to 98.71 per cent, the ministry said.

An increase of 640 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.04 per cent and the weekly positivity rate at 1.71 per cent, according to the ministry.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

The 14 new deaths recorded in last 24 hours include two from Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

Kolkata Mayor accuses ED, CBI raids for no investments in Bengal, forgets insulting Tata’s

After ruining Bengal much before they came to power in the state in 2011. Trinamool had ruined the process of development in the state with kicking out the Nano car project on the ploy of ‘green revolution’ in Singur. The Tata’s that would have transformed the region into another Jamshedpore were compelled to relocate in Gujarat after then Chief Minister Narendra Modi offered a place to the Nano project. Trinamool Supremo and then opposition leader Mamata Banerjee projected then CPI(M) and Tata hijacking the green lands from farmers.

Today, close confidant of Banerjee and city Mayor, Firhad Hakim (Bobby) accused the Centre of carrying out raids to stall development in the state. Hakim tried to project the Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre the main culprit behind Bengal failing to get investors. “shomosto jaigai raid, raid, raid, kore ekta atonko srishti korchey jaate Bengal e kono investment na hoi” (They are carrying out raid, raid, raid, all over so that no investors come forward to invest in Bengal), said Hakim.

This is a myth and blatant lie as industrialists, investors had marked West Bengal as non-industry friendly state and had drifted apart from investing.

Trinamool may be having problems in eschewing the alleged money laundering by leaders like Partha Chatterjee and Anubrata Mandol. The party tries to act evasive on how Chatterjee had wasted tax-payers money on his girlfriends, chief being Arpita Mukherjee.

Thank you PM Modi for installing Netaji Bose’s statue at India Gate

Opposition has accused the Modi government of playing politics and trying to show strength and power. Well, changing names is nothing new, it has been a common practice among the politicians in power to exhibit their power.

Without going into any political controversy, I feel Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government deserves all the kudos for showing genuine respect for Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Neither Congress nor non-Congress goverments those came into power after Rajiv Gandhi’s death cared to install Netaj Bose’s statue. Though, they all had it in their manifesto. So, it’s Narendra Modi and his government who had been taking initiatives to install the statue at India Gate.

Needless to mention the most befitting statue as Netaji Bose was the first Prime Minister of Azad Hind Fauj and wanted to hoist the national flag at the ramparts of Red Fort. He also gave the clarion call, “Chalo Dilli”. The famous Indian National Army (INA) song, ‘Hum Dehli Delhi jayenge… apna hind baneyenge… Subhash ka kehna manna hai … aab Dehli Chalke rehnaa hai…’ was penned and sang by Captain Ram Singh Thakur who sand all the INA songs.

Earlier, on January 23, 2022, during an event at the India Gate, Prime Minister Modi had unveiled a hologram of Netaji Bose and placed under the canopy at the India Gate. It was placed as a substitute to the statue which will be placed today in the evening. The hologram was badly damaged due to a devastating storm and downpour that lashed the capital few days after the event compelling the government to remove the hologram.

On September 8, 2022, today, the Prime Minister unveiled the statue of Netaji Bose and said, “Netaji was deprived of what he deserved. The previous governments did nothing to honour the brave son of the motherland”. PM Modi said he drives inspiration from Netaji Bose and regard it’s his as well as country’s responsibility to honour this great man. Referring to renaming of Kartavya Path, PM Modi said it will inspire people and remind them of their duties towards the country.