Citizens' Issues
Rampant crime makes Lucknow UP's 'crime capital'!
Police have failed to crack many cases and to meet deadlines set by the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to bring the situation under control
 
Even as the Uttar Pradesh government of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav claims in big newspaper advertisements that it has brought about rapid improvement in the law and order situation in the state during its rule, 42 murders in three months, 20 major robberies, a bank heist that left three people dead has led to many here calling Lucknow not only the adminstrative capital but the "crime capital" of Uttar Pradesh.
 
While police officials admit that serious policing has been hit hard in the city, Lucknow's Senior Superintendent of Police Yashaswi Yadav insists that the law and order situation has actually improved. Inspector General of Police Zaki Ahmed admits to a spurt in crime in Lucknow, but says "serious efforts are on to check them".
 
Other police officers say that notwithstanding the crime graph, Yashaswi Yadav remains a favourite of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
 
While poor law and order has been the Achilles' heel for the Samajwadi Party government in the past three years, the sudden spurt in crime in the capital has shocked even the most loyal government supporters.
 
Police have failed to crack many cases and to meet deadlines set by the chief minister to bring the situation under control.
 
A senior police official here told IANS that "serious policing has gone for a toss" in Lucknow and "all that is happening is an eyewash".
 
Insiders in the police department accuse Yashaswi Yadav of browbeating some of his colleagues and breaking the hierarchy.
 
"The result is there for everyone to see," lamented one official.
 
Records show that there have also been 30 attempts to murder, ATMs have been robbed of crores of rupees and 125 thefts have taken place, besides many other crimes.
 
Since Tuesday alone, a headless body was found in a drain near the office of the director general of police, a semi-naked body was recovered elsewhere and a state secretariat employee was shot at.
 
Under similar conditions, senior policemen have been normally shunted out or suspended. But Yashaswi Yadav has come out unscathed.
 
The officer, however, rebuts charges of soaring crime. "Except in the case of murders, crimes under various heads have come down," Yadav told IANS.
 
"Most major cases have been worked out and in the ones that have not yet been, we are in the right direction," he added.
 
"We are on the right track, law and order has improved and the traffic scene in the city is much better than before. As a professional, I take immense satisfaction on all these achievements," Yadav said.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party are not impressed by Yadav's defence.
 
"The chief minister is turning a blind eye to the declining standards of policing to patronize his pet officials," said Vijay Bahadur Pathak, the BJP spokesman. 
 
"This is a great disservice to the people of the state," Pathak added.
 
BSP's Swamy Prasad Maurya, leader of the opposition in the state assembly, is scathing in his attack. The situation, he says, is "chaotic and criminals are running berserk" in Lucknow.

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Stock manipulation: Twentyfirst Century Management Services

The stock price of Twentyfirst Century Management Services is up 926%. The stock averages just about 75 trades a day, with an average daily turnover of only Rs6 lakh

 

Twentyfirst Century Management Services (TCMS) is apparently engaged in trading and investment in Indian capital markets. In 1998, its registration as a merchant banker was revoked for not exercising due diligence. In 2008, TCMS was suspended from trading due to non-compliance with the listing agreement. TCMS cites poor market conditions for its poor financial performance in the past few years. Because of low retail participation, TCMS withdrew the broking services offered by its subsidiary Twentyfirst Century Shares and Securities and surrendered the trading membership of the NSE. It reported marginal revenues and a net loss in past few years. But, suddenly, over the past few quarters, its fortunes changed. For four quarters ended December 2014, it generated revenues of Rs19.35 crore while net profit amounted to Rs14.87 crore. The stock price is up 926% to Rs39 (on 20 March 2015) from Rs3.80 on 19 March 2014. The stock averages just about 75 trades a day, with an average daily turnover of only Rs6 lakh. Not suspicious enough for the regulator, despite the stock’s vertical trajectory? 

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Self-esteem and Dignity for the Disabled
MBA Foundation tries to ensure that differently-abled individuals too achieve as normal a life as possible; meeting that objective is a huge challenge
 
Meenakshi Balasubramanian, mother of a dyslexic and slightly spastic son, was troubled by the nagging question that haunts parents with differently-abled children, “after us what?” The answer is to try and create a world that allows them access to the required facilities for rehabilitation, to help them live with dignity and self-esteem. She set up MBA (Mutually Beneficial Activities) Foundation to work with the sole aim of encouraging and empowering such individuals to become confident and self-sufficient. 
 
After long discussions with her husband, CR Balasubramanian, she worked out a plan, in her own mind to find ways of ensuring a worthy life for those who cannot take up mainstream employment because of their disabilities. Thus was born the MBA Foundation in 2001, in Mumbai. 
 
Ms Balasubramaniam’s background helped. She is an MCom and BEd and had been working for rehabilitating the disabled. She was the executive director for training with the Spastics Society of India from 1992 to 2004. She won the National Helen Keller award by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled Persons in 2000.
 
MBA Foundation established its first centre at Chembur in 2002 to offer day-care and life-care support. Since then, the Foundation has expanded its reach to more people with disabilities through three more centres in Powai, Gorai and Thane (all Mumbai suburbs). The staff ensures quality service to the beneficiaries and their parents/guardians.
 
Special educators train the beneficiaries in different areas according to their age and capabilities. After the initial assessment, children up to the age of 11 years undergo early childhood intervention; children between 12-17 years of age undergo pre-vocational training; individuals above 18 years receive training in different vocational skills. After training, they make a variety of products in MBA’s sheltered work centres. These are sold at exhibitions and events held in different places. These activities make them self-employed and confident. Some of the beneficiaries, who are capable of working outside are placed in mainstream employment too by MBA staff. One such case is that of Sneha Achrekar, for whom a 9 to 5 job would change her life. She is employed with Aurionpro in Powai, Mumbai and is also happily married.
 
MBA Foundation also tries to integrate itself with the neighbourhood it works in. The schools, colleges, hospitals, social organisations and companies in the surrounding areas of its centres are sensitised through regular programmes, events, assessment camps, health check-ups, workshops and seminars, which are organised by the Foundation. Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital supports them with respect to the medical needs for all beneficiaries with annual check-up and follow-up treatment.
 
Many housewives and retired people volunteer their time with the beneficiaries to teach them, helping in one-to-one needs, enjoying a day with them, sponsoring an underprivileged child, taking them for a movie/ to the garden, etc. Students from management colleges in Mumbai, mass media studies and social work approach MBA Foundation regularly for social projects.
 
MBA Foundation has made significant progress in more than a decade and proudly says, “We have planned a totally disabled-friendly integrated care services centre at Airoli, Navi Mumbai,” to accommodate more children. The project cost, on completion, will be around Rs5.5 crore. 
 
MBA Foundation welcomes volunteers and donations. Donations are eligible for tax benefit under Section 80-G of the Income Tax Act 1961. 
 
MBA Foundation
Gods Heavens, Crystal Palace Complex, 
Rambaug, Powai, Mumbai - 400 072.
Tel: 022-28576972 / 28574456 / 25234752 / 69901462

 

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