QHyderabad: Telangana May Ban E-Cigarettes; GHMC to Be Split Up

1. After Centre’s Move, Telangana May Ban E-Cigarettes

The Centre has asked all state governments to ensure that Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) are not sold, manufactured, distributed, traded or advertised.

The ban on e-cigarettes in Telangana state is ‘under consideration’ as the health and family welfare department of the state is waiting for more views before finally heeding the advice of the Centre.

The Union ministry of health and family welfare on August 2018 asked all state governments to ensure that Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) are not sold, manufactured, distributed, traded or advertised in their states. To date, 12 states in the country have implemented the order.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

Also Read: Top US Surgeon General Warns of Teen Risks from E-Cigarettes

2. No Fresh Hirings by GHMC Adds to People’s Woes

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has been operating with 4,747 qualified staff and 25,000 outsourced staff who were mostly recruited on an outsourcing basis for the city with over one crore population.

The civic body has not recruited staff since 2006 which has resulted in several irregularities and a poor grievance readdressal system.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

3. Take Steps to Curb Disasters, Says Telangana High Court

At least 200 stalls and property worth crores of rupees was reduced to ashes by the fire at Numaish.

The Telangana High Court on Wednesday directed the Hyderabad district collector to take necessary steps to prevent and control the man-made disasters like the recent fire accident in Numaish, as he had the authority over all the departments of the district.

The bench of Chief Justice TB Radhakrishnan and Justice A Rajasheker Reddy was dealing with a PIL filed by an advocate Khaja Aijazuddin who sought directions against the president and other members of an exhibition society for not obtaining a No Objection Certificate from the fire department to conduct the Numaish exhibition and asked for a CID inquiry into the fire accident which occurred in January.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

Also Read: Major Fire Guts Stalls at Hyd Exhibition Grounds, Traders Protest

4. Multi-Level Marketing Official Held; Rs 70 Core Frozen

The Cyberabad Police on Tuesday said that they apprehended an official of eBiz Pvt Ltd, a multi-level marketing (MLM) company, and froze over Rs 70 crore deposited in various bank accounts.

Accused Hitik Malhan (31), who was apprehended in the case, is the son of eBiz managing director Pawan Malhan and director Anita Malhan.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. GHMC to Be Split Into Five Corporations

Soon Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) would be divided into five corporations to facilitate citizens with better administration. The current six zones will be divided into five corporations based on geographical continuity and population. As per central norms, these corporations would attain A1 recognition with a population of at least 20 lakh and they would also receive grants worth Rs 200 crore.

Corporation sources said that the existing zonal system did not yield desired results due to centralised funding and staff crunch. The five new corporations would not only strengthen the grievance redressal system but would bring governance to the public. This could also strengthen current weak wings like health, and sanitation and revenue.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

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