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Odd-even policy worked well but don't extend it: Survey
New Delhi : A majority of the capital's residents have told a survey that the odd-even policy for private cars has been implemented well, a sizeable number felt autos and taxis were fleecing them, even as those who do not want the practice to continue outnumbered others.
 
Conducted by LocalCircles, a citizen engagement platform, the survey found that during the first 10 days, a vast majority of people said either they used public transportation, including autos and taxis, or their second car. Only 8 percent opted for car-pooling and 9 percent used a bike. 
 
The platform claims it is connected with more than one million citizens across India, and to the five questions that formed a part of the survey on the first 10 days of the odd-even policy, the respondents ranged between 11,785 and 13,971.
 
"Based on the poll results, it can be interpreted that while citizens believe that the government surpassed their expectations on the implementation front, clear impact on reduction in pollution is yet to be determined," said K. Yatish Rajawat, chief strategy officer.
 
"The Government of Delhi must look at how to place safeguards and controls so that autos and taxi services don't overcharge citizens in case the rule was to be implemented again or regularized," Rajawat added.
 
To a question "Should the odd-even policy be extended beyond January 15", over half the 12,918 respondents said no, while the rest seemed okay for its extension. Those who wanted to or not to buy another car were evenly matched, and 15 percent had vehicles with both registrations.
 
To another question on how people managed to commute during the first 10 days of the policy, only 8 percent of the 11,831 respondents said they pooled their cars. The largest share of the people, 44 percent, used public transport, 9 percent used a bike and 39 percent had cars for both days.
 
Evidently, people were surprised at the way the government managed to implement the scheme. Prior to the start of the policy on January 1, another survey found only 31 percent of the respondents being positive about it, while it rose to 58 percent after the conclusion of 10 days.
 
The odd-even policy, under which private cars with registrations ending in even numbers could ply only on even dates, and vice versa for those with odd-numbered plates, was announced by the state government from January 1-15 after the Delhi High Court said Delhi had turned into a gas chamber.
 
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Will Nawaz Sharif really book the Pathankot masterminds
It is fortunate that the Indian government has reacted with caution and maturity to the terrorist strike at the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot, the first grave crisis faced by the government led by Narendra Modi. While guesswork and accusations are being bandied around about the involvement of the Pakistan Army and the ISI in the gruesome act, the incident has presented the Indian government with an occasion to probe further into the flux and churning inside the Pakistani civil and army administration.
 
At least outwardly, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured all cooperation in bringing the culprits to book and promised to take action in the leads provided by India. Sharif's posture and his promptness in speaking to the Indian prime minister clearly give out the tension between him and the the Pakistani Army establishment. As the situation stands today, Nawaz Sharif is more of a titular ruler of Pakistan and the actual epicenter of the administration has passed on to the army chief, General Raheel Sharif, in the name of the National Action Plan, a government programme to root out terrorism.
 
But the Indian government should try to reach out to the Pakistani Army also, as in recent years, it has revised its military doctrine somewhat away from its Kashmir centric policy and incorporated into it a new chapter called sub-conventional warfare(SCW) - which is nothing but an admission of the internal fundamentalist threat. The main thrust of SCW is, no doubt, against the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan(TTP). However, there is information that the TTP is tying its knots with other terrorist outfits like the Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba et al. In that case, the army might be in a predicament over re-orienting its relations with terrorist organizations.
 
A more uncomfortable development for the army has been the news that the TTP and other fundamentalist terrorist organizations have penetrated deep inside southern Punjab - the most important recruitment ground of the army. Although the army has achieved significant success in North Waziristan, there are reports that its Pashtun elements are still surrendering to the TTP while other non-state actors are receiving significant help as a result of the radicalization of the army and other security apparatus.
 
But New Delhi should not expect much from Nawaz Sharif as he is known to enjoy good rapport with militant organizations like the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SS) and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). During the last parliamentary election, the Pakistani establishment was rife with rumours that the Sharif family had come to an understanding with the SS by which it had guaranteed the security of the Sharif family in return for a good number of SS leaders and cadres being released from jail and accommodated in government jobs in the Punjab province, which is under the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
 
By a strange twist in fortune, Nawaz Sharif now needs to send positive signals to India to stand up to the overbearing shadow of the army. But the same man had appointed Lt. Gen. Javed Nasser, allegedly an infamous character, as the ISI chief. This man was allegedly the principal figure behind forging a link with and then providing shelter to Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan. He had also airlifted arms to Bosnian Muslims when the European Union was desperately trying to keep Bosnia united.
 
There is now a trenchant criticism, mostly from the Congress, about Narendra Modi's Pakistan policy. It now appears that Modi should have been more circumspect before meeting Nawaz Sharif in Lahore. On several occasions Sharif had held out promises of peace and justice, but that did not prevent the Pakistani establishment from releasing Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, the dreaded LeT terrorist with a hand in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Lakhvi has been put behind the bars again but that has not prevented him from carrying on his activities.
 
During the 2013 general elections Nawaz Sharif had received at least moral support from the TTP. Moreover, he is known to enjoy a cozy relationship with the LeJ, a dreaded organization accused of carrying out murders of the Shias. The PML-N cannot deny the fact that it had given nominations to LeJ operatives like Abid Raja Gujjar, Sardar Ebad Dogar and Anjum Akeel Khan against whom charges of murdering innocent Shias are pending. Pictures of Nawaz Sharif with LeJ leaders praying for electoral success before the 2013 elections had gone viral in the internet.
 
The close relations between the PML-N and the LeJ came to limelight when the PML-N government of Punjab province had extended a monthly stipend to Malik Ishaq, who was put behind bars on charges of killing of Shias. Rana Sanaullah, the provincial law minister, tried to softpedal the issue by saying that it was done on court orders. Opposition leaders averred that there was no such judicial order.
 
Nawaz Sharif is putting to practice the Takfiri Deobandi ideology to which most of the terrorist outfits swear allegiance. So will he be really able to bring to book the masterminds of the Pathankot terror attack?
 
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Anand Vaidya

2 years ago

Governments change in India. But the stupidity remains. Talk to pak - not with words, but action. Aboveground, underground, diplomatic, social-cultural, economic - whatever means we have. Maybe carry on talks to keep the Big Bully (USA) happy.

Rs.11,000 crore fund for fixing accident prone areas
New Delhi : Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday announced a Rs.11,000 crore to fix accident prone areas across the country in the next five years.
 
Announced as part of the "Road Safety Week" launched by union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, safety measures also included a website being launched to identify black spots where accidents occur frequently.
 
"People can send information about such spots to the ministry of road transport and highways which will further take up the issue with the authorities concerned," said Gadkari, according to an official statement.
 
In Delhi, work on fixing ten black spots has already begun.
 
Noting that a Road Safety Authority will be constituted and a Road Transport and Safety Bill will be placed shortly before parliament, he asked all to take a resolve on road safety and bring down road accidents by 50 percent in (the) next five years.
 
Rajnath Singh, expressing concern on nearly five lakh road accidents that occur in India evet year, said all stakeholders (have) to play effective role in ensuring safety on roads.
 
"There is a need for proper training of drivers before they are issued driving licenses," he said. 
 
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