Jammu ranked 95th city on Govt’s Ease of Living Index; Srinagar 100th
NEW DELHI: Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai from Maharashtra were ranked today India’s three most livable places on the Government’s inaugural ‘Ease of Living Index’, where the national capital came at 65th place out of total 111 cities.
Rampur in Uttar Pradesh figured at the bottom of the livability index released by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. Chennai has been ranked 14th, while Kolkata did not participate in the survey. Kohima (Nagaland) and Patna (Bihar) were also placed in the bottom-three.
In the top-ten, the three cities from Maharashtra were followed by Tirupati, Chandigarh, Thane, Raipur, Indore, Vijayawada and Bhopal.
Varanasi is at 33rd place, Ahmedabad at 23rd and Hyderabad at 27th.
This is the first-ever exercise undertaken by the ministry to rank the country’s major cities on the basis of four parameters of ease of living – governance, social, economic and physical infrastructure.
The Ministry said evaluation of cities has been done on a 100-point scale across 78 indicators – institutional and social pillars carried 25 points each, 5 points were given for economic pillar and 45 points for the physical pillar.
Releasing the index, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said this assessment is first of its kind globally in terms of scale and coverage and the ranking marks a shift to a data-driven approach to urban planning and management and promotes healthy competition among cities.
Srinagar is ranked 100th, Jammu at 95th, Panaji 90th, Aligarh 86th, Gurugram at 88th and Meerut is 101st. Ghaziabad is ranked 46th and Rai Bareli is at 49th. (Agencies)

CUJ gets Space Technology Research Centre
Jammu: Congratulating the students and teachers’ as the Central University of Jammu gets Space Research Centre, the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of University expressed his gratitude to Minister of State (MoS) Independent Charge for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, Dr Jitendra Singh for providing with Space Technology Research Centre.
Addressing the students and faculty members at Main Campus, Bagla on Monday, the Vice Chancellor informed the gathering that the CUJ has been approved for prestigious Space Technology Research Centre first ever in North.”This centre is third of its kind in India. The central university of Jammu was pursuing the project for last three years. We (India) have been world’s leader in space exploration”, he said and added that It could not be possible without the blessing of Dr. Jitender Singh.
“This space exploration will benefit the young scientist of country. Dr. Singh had personally requested Dr K. Radhakrishnan, world renowned scientist and former chairman ISRO under whom the Mars Mission was launched, to be the formal “Advisor” for the new upcoming teaching department of space technology in Central University Jammu”, he added.
Dr. Devanand said that the Space technology research centre will be an addition to the technological advancement of India. He further added that the centre will be helpful for other departments for data analysis and academic advancement.

Govt teacher acting as WhatsApp Group Admin among 2 booked
Jammu: Police on Monday booked a government teacher, who was acting as Whatsapp Group admin, among two for allegedly posting sensitive post, which bears potential of law and order problem in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. “A Government teacher, who was running Whatsapp group, and a college student have been booked and arrested police for a sensitive Whatsapp post,” Yugal Mahas, SSP Rajouri here said.
He said Government teacher identified as Anwar Hussain, son of Ahmed Din, resident of Ladhote-Rajouri was running a Whatsapp news group namely “D@ily News and Notification”.
“Recently one of the member of the group namely Shokat Ali, resident of Ladhote Rajouri, who is a Third Semester student of Government PG College Rajouri, shared a highly sensitive video in the group,” said the SSP adding that the doctored video was of highly sensitive nature possessing potential of disturbing peace and leading to law and order problem in the area.
“We have registered a case under relevant sections of law in Police Station Rajouri after which a Police team headed by SHO Kandi, Manzoor Kohli raided a location and arrested the Government teacher who was admin of the group while another team headed by SHO Rajouri Inspector Tahir Khan arrested the student,” he added.
Both the accused persons have been lodged in District Jail Dhangri under judicial custody while further investigation is going on.
“We have appealed to people to use social media in a positive manner and not to share any sensitive matter which can disturb public order,” he added and said that stern action as per law shall be taken against the person or persons endorsing or sharing any such post.

Former LS speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away
KOLKATA: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at a private hospital here this morning following multiple organ failure, a senior hospital official said.
He was 89 and survived by wife, a son and two daughters. Chatterjee passed away at around 8.15 am after his condition deteriorated following yesterday’s “mild heart attack”, the official said.
Chatterjee was suffering from a kidney-related ailment and was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition on Tuesday last.
“He suffered a multiple organ failure and had stopped responding to treatment since late last night. He passed away this morning at around 8.15 am,” the official said.
Chatterjee had suffered a mild heart attack yesterday morning, but was revived. He was undergoing treatment in the ICCU.
Last month, the former speaker had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke.
He was under treatment for the past 40 days and was discharged from the hospital just for three days after his health showed signs of improvement.
However, his condition deteriorated last Tuesday and he had to be hospitalised again, the official said.
A 10-time Lok Sabha MP, Chatterjee was a central committee member of the CPI (M), which he had joined in 1968.
He was the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009.
The veteran leader was, however, expelled from the CPI (M) in 2008 for refusing to resign as Speaker after his party withdrew support to the UPA-I Government. (Agencies)

Last date for filing claims, objections extended
SRINAGAR: According to Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, the last date for filling claims and objections for Municipal electoral rolls has been extended.
In a notification issued here this evening, CEO, ShaleenKabra said the last date for filing of claims and objections is extended up to August 18, 2018. Further, last date for disposal of claims and objections is extended up to August 21, 2018.
He said the notification is in continuation of earlier issued notices regarding special revisions of Municipal Electoral Rolls-2018.