The State government is very keen on finding a solution to the long- pending land issue of five villages (Panchagrama) near Simhachalam, hanging fire for the past two decades, and everything is being done to bring it to a conclusion, State Tourism Minister M. Srinivasa Rao has said.He told the media here on Saturday that the Chief Minister had left clear instructions that the problem should be solved at the earliest. Disha Act “However, the issue is sub judice. The next hearing will be on December 23. The government has filed an affidavit that it is willing to give 545 acres of alternative land for temple lands and we are making all efforts to get a favourable ruling. However, the judicial process has to be completed,” he clarified. He said the Disha Act was a path-breaking one and Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy had set an example to other States.He also spoke about imposition of prohibition in phases and how liquor consumption in the State had been brought down. … [Read more...] about State keen to find a solution to Panchagrama issue: Minister
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There’s more to building toilets than making separate facilities for men and women. Making toilets gender-neutral isn’t always the answer. The key to resolving the problem lies in recognising that a universal solution is required for a universal need. In April 2017, the Barbican performing arts complex in London made its toilets gender-neutral. The aim, a spokesperson said, was to provide “a supportive, inclusive and flexible space for all our audiences and staff ”. This meant making them easier to use for the increasing numbers of people identifying as the gender opposite to the one they had been assigned at birth. Simply making all toilets gender-neutral might seem to be a solution that is obvious, economical and even efficient since it could allow everyone to use all the facilities. The Barbican didn’t even change the toilets, just the signage, so it just noted that the former men’s toilets had urinals and the women’s toilets had … [Read more...] about Tackling transgender toilet troubles fairly: Is making gender neutral restrooms the only solution?
NEW DELHI: Amid a string of writers and a theatre artist returning their awards in protest against the Dadri lynching and the "rising intolerance" in the country, the Sangeet Natak Akademi chair has advised against "misguided reactions." "Reaction is the first 'dharma' of a creative person, but all I am saying that it should not be misguided and directed towards the wrong people or organisation," Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi, Shekhar Sen, told PTI. After several authors giving up their Sahitya Akademi Awards, noted city-based actor Maya Krishna Rao had yesterday returned her Sangeet Natak Akademi Award over the government's failure to "speak up for the rights of citizens." Rao is the first artist to return her award citing "rising intolerance" in the country. "It's the personal decision of the artists to return her award. We honour her decision and anger. But a realisation has to dawn upon the creative community that we are an autonomous body. The awards are given by jury … [Read more...] about Misguided anger not solution to problems: Sangeet Natak Akademi
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that the odd-even traffic regulation system is not a permanent solution to the menace of air pollution in NCR-Delhi, and neither is the 15-day clean-air campaign launched here during the day. The "Clean air for Delhi" campaign was launched jointly by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan and Kejriwal to find a permanent solution to pollution in National Capital Region, including Delhi, through experiments and an awareness drive over 15 days. "This drive will not remain confined to 15 days. It is also not the permanent solution to the air pollution in Delhi. Earlier, we had odd-even traffic scheme, which is also not a permanent solution to the issue," Kejriwal said. ALSO READ: WhatsApp rolls out UPI-based payments feature's beta version; Here is how it looks He said a scientific analysis of pollution sources in NCR was required round the year. "Studies should be conducted round the year on the pollution … [Read more...] about Kejriwal says odd-even not permanent solution to Delhi pollution
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday reportedly sought a contribution of Rs 11 and a stone from each family for construction of grand Ram temple in Ayodhya while addressing an election rally in Jharkhand. "Very soon, a grand Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya. Every family should contribute Rs 11 and a stone for the Ram temple," Adityanath said while addressing the rally in Bagodar, adding that the 500-year-old dispute could be resolved through the efforts made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Congress, RJD, CPI-ML and some other parties did not want solution of the prolonged dispute," he said. Appealing to people to vote in favour of BJP candidates in Jharkhand elections, UP chief minister said, "I come from the state which gave Lord Ram and his system of governance, called Ram Rajya, a system where polices are made keeping in mind the villages, poor, youth, women and every section of the society without any biases. The same work is being done by Prime … [Read more...] about In Jharkhand Election Rally, Adityanath Asks People for ‘Rs 11 and a Stone’