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Builder fined Rs2 lakh for deficiency in service in Dombivali

According to the complaint, the builder, Dombivali-based KU Patil & Enterprises failed to obtain completion and occupation certificate and as also did not provide water connection

 

Thane: A builder from Dombivali has been fined Rs2 lakh by the Thane District Consumer Redressel Forum for allegedly providing deficient services to his customers, reports PTI.

Forum president RB Somani and member Jyoti Iyer have in their order warned that if the builder fails to comply with the orders of the Forum, action would be taken against him under Sections 25 and 27 of the Consumer Protection Act.

The Forum has also ordered the builder to pay an additional sum of Rs25,000 to the complainants towards legal expenses.

The case relates to one Gangadeep Cooperative Housing Society which was constructed by Dombivali-based KU Patil & Enterprises.

A total of 21 persons purchased tenements from the builder and the latter promised to get the society formed and also provide water connections.

According to the complaint, the builder had not obtained the completion and occupation certificate and as the builder had not provided water connection, the occupants had to go for it on their own expenses.

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Six out of 1 lakh soldiers victim of suicide, fratricide says DRDO

To make sure that the life of the soldier was comfortable in adverse conditions, DRDO is looking at the physiological needs, psychological aspects, bio-medical requirements, and even ergonomics

 

Dhamra (Odisha): Cases of suicides and fratricides among Indian soldiers has reduced to six per lakh this year from about 14 per lakh a few years ago, premier agency Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has said, reports PTI.

In the defence agency's psychological research lab in Delhi, scientists and psychologists are trying to understand the conditions under which soldiers take such extreme steps.

"We have been successful in bringing down the number of such cases from 13-14 per lakh few years ago to 6 per lakh now," Dr VK Saraswat, director general, DRDO told PTI.

"To moderate the tremendous stress under which combat troops live, we are accordingly developing courses to train them and spot those who can be a victim," Saraswat, the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Minister of Defence said.

Pointing out that soldiers stationed in adverse conditions, like those in Siachen, were prone to stress, he said, "They are worried about their family's welfare. Often some of them want to go home to be with their family to take care of household problems. When they don't get leave, they go into stress mode and often take the extreme step."

To make sure that the life of the soldier was comfortable in adverse conditions, DRDO is looking at the physiological needs, psychological aspects, bio-medical requirements, and even ergonomics.

A study by the Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) had recently estimated that 70% of suicides occur at peace stations instead of combat zones, mainly because of family or financial issues.

DRDO's head of research and development Dr W Selvamurthy said to equip soldiers to handle stress during posting at high altitudes, they were being trained in yoga from instructors of the National Institute of Yoga.

"We also have introduced counsellors for those who need it along with a number of stress management programs and courses," the scientist said.

Going beyond the psychological aspects of stress, the DRDO has now added cognitive aspects as well in their study.

"Even the criteria for selection of soldier is based on this. We study his attitude, mental soundness, intellectual capabilities to mitigate all kinds of dangers, etc," Dr Saraswat said.

Last month, Defence Minister AK Antony had informed the Rajya Sabha that 1,426 personnel died due to suicides and fratricides since 2000.

Among other steps the department has suggested is to start a rotation policy of deploying soldiers under adverse circumstances for a particular period.

"We are also sensitising the Rajya Sainik Boards on this and establishing a grievance redressal mechanism in states," Saraswat said, adding that the quality of food and clothing has improved while married accommodation has also been introduced.

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MoEF red signal to KSK's hydel project in Arunachal Pradesh

MOEF suggested the company may relocate the project, which was already relocated earlier, as it may fall under a wildlife sanctuary, national park

 

Hyderabad: In a setback to a KSK Group company-Kameng Dam Hydro Power Pvt Ltd, which is in the process of implementing a 420-MW hydel power project in Arunachal Pradesh, the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has denied environmental clearance for the project, reports PTI.

The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the MOEF suggested the company may relocate the project, which was already relocated earlier, as it may fall under a wildlife sanctuary, national park and sample plots demarcated by the Forest Department.

The Rs2500-crore project was taken over by KSK Electricity Financing India Pvt Ltd in January 2007 from North Eastern Electric Power Corp.

Earlier, the project location was changed, as Seppa town, which is the Head Quarter of East Kameng district gets submerged with the proposed Full Reservoir Level of 440 meters.

The Government of Arunachal Pradesh directed the project developer that Seppa town and major population of nearby villages to be kept away from submergence.

To comply with this direction, KSK resurveyed the area to save Seppa town population from submergence and proposed to develop the project at another location, which was approved by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh as well.

KSK, therefore applied for TORs for the new site and reduced the capacity of the project from 600 MW to 420 MW.

The EAC, which examined the project proposal, said the site is suitable from various angles, but is just adjoining to Pakke Tiger Reserve, which is only 350 m away.

"After discussing all the alternatives at length, the Committee felt that even Alternative 2B (new site) is also not suitable as constructing a dam so close to the Pakke Tiger Reserve would not be advisable," the EAC observed in its comments.

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