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March 25, 2019

CAG flays DDA for delaying land projects

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Auditing body’s report shines a light on public land used illegally, and high levels of encroachment on DDA land

Celebrating lives of pastoralists

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A recent exhibition ‘Living Lightly,’ celebrates their life through panel discussions, film, art, and poetry, among other avenues

Printvenue now shipping to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia

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DELHI: With the increase in global sales and customer satisfaction and with the product range that includes office stationery, business cards, letterheads, cardholder and other personalized accessories besides customized printing and personalized gifts such as photo mugs, pens, cushions, T-shirts, pen drives, mobile skins etc. Printvenue will now be offering its services in Malaysia, Thailand & Indonesia.

Printvenue is an Indian-based print e-commerce company for small business and individuals that offers products with personalized digital printing, embroidery, laser engraving and sublimation. PrintVenue is head-quartered in Gurgaon, Haryana.

The company focuses on SME’s and self-employed professionals to effectively market their businesses using its products.

Established in the year 2012, the company has been growing rapidly and has recently also expanded its operations to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Australia. The portal is said to have over one million customers, and service more than 2000 orders every day. The company next five-year plan is to operate in 15-20 countries with over 100 million dollars in revenues. Rocket Internet is an investor in Printvenue. Printvenue has a portfolio of more than 600 products including business cards and mobile skins.

NDMC involves public in budget spend for next year

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Have a stinking toilet in the neighbourhood or hassled over parking? For those living in Lutyens’ Zone there is a unique solution. They can now go to the ‘Budget suggestions’ link on the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) website to post their problems, which may not only be tackled, but may also be ensured of never recurring.

The initiative is thanks to a unique measure by the NDMC where it is actually seeking suggestions from the public on how its funds for the annual 2017/18 budget should be best spent.

NDMC officials said that this new link was launched on its official website on Wednesday evening. The link can also be accessed on the civic body’s mobile application, NDMC 311, as well, said officials.

On this link, the public can access 18 categories, and comment on civic issues which include stray animals, Wi-Fi, fogging, encroachments, roads, streetlights, parks and playgrounds, drains, urinals, pruning of trees among others.

“The idea is to involve people in the administration of their area. The feedback will also help us gather a real perspective of the projects already underway and those requiring changes,” a senior NDMC official said.

Already some members of the public have taken up the NDMC initiative and have started posting their solutions. “It is suggested that steps should be taken to remove stray dogs and monkeys from the said colony as presence of stray dogs on the road not only create havoc to passersby in the colony they also make the area dirty by night soil,” read one of the posts by a Laxmi Bai Nagar resident.

Another post read: “Please fix footpaths near Palika Kendra.” De-clogging of busy marketplaces such as Khan Market and Connaught Place also saw a high number of public posts.

“These areas get too clogged even during the non peak hours, in particular, on weekends. The civic body had earlier proposed a ‘Smart Parking’ scheme, which still could not be seen on ground,” lamented another resident. Incidentally, the names of all these posts are kept confidential.

Reacting to these posts, NDMC officials assure that all the suggestions will be kept in mind when the budget is framed. “The budget will be prepared in line with the suggestions/changes requested by the people in general. Within a day we have received a number of posts including on fixing footpaths etc.” the official added.

Shivraj Singh, a former naval officer, who lives in Khan Market area, welcomed the NDMC’s initiative but said he hoped it would translate into strict action. “Though the feedback idea sounds good, I hope they take the complaints seriously. In the winters, overgrown tree branches covering the streetlights here pose a major problem.”

DCW chief writes to PM, highlights poor safety of women

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Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight the degrading law and order situation in the national capital and the rising crime against women. The letter by the DCW chief came on the eve of the anniversary of the brutal Nirbhaya gang-rape case .

“Minors as young as three year old are being raped in Delhi and the crimes against women are increasing day by day. Last month on 21st November, a four-year-old was first brutally raped and then murdered. Just the next day, a three-and-half year-old was raped and the perpetrator attempted to kill her but then abandoned her in a field thinking her dead,” said Maliwal in the letter.

The women’s panel chief added that while everyday, over six Nirbhayas are being created in Delhi and it has come to be known as the ‘Rape Capital’ of the World, nothing has changed in the women safety scenario.

Quoting data from the Delhi police, Maliwal, in her communication to PM Modi, said that of the 31,446 FIRs registered in crimes against women during 2012 to 2014, convictions were achieved only in 146 cases. “There is absolutely no fear of law in the mind of criminals in Delhi and a major reason for this is the fact that there are hardly any convictions. The Commission feels that strong deterrence will be created against crimes against women if swift and certain punishments are meted out to criminals,” said Maliwal.

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