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Panchayat accused of delaying construction on H-9 plot – Newspaper

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• Pakistan Hindu Council chief says Panchayat wasting time of whole community
• CDA backtracks from plot cancellation statement after backlash on social media

ISLAMABAD: After outcry on social media on the cancellation of a plot meant for the Hindu cremation ground and community centre, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) revised its statement in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), saying only those plots had been cancelled which were lying idle and that construction work was underway on the land allotted to the Hindu community.

On the other hand, the Islamabad Hindu Panchayat (IHP) has failed to build a boundary wall around the H-9 cremation ground even though the CDA issued permission for it almost a year ago.

Earlier, the CDA had told the IHC that the federal cabinet had cancelled all amenity plots where no construction work had commenced and it also included the plot allotted to the Hindu community.

However, a few hours later, following public outcry on social media, the CDA changed its stance and issued a statement denying that the plot had been cancelled.

It told the IHC that development activity was actually taking place on the 3.89 kanals of land for the community centre and cremation ground in H-9/2, and that the plot was not cancelled.

The Panchayat, meanwhile, has still not started building a wall, saying it was trying to arrange about Rs500,000 for the construction activity.

For this, a delegation of the Panchayat recently approached Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on CDA Affairs MNA Ali Nawaz Awan with a request that the civic body be asked to build the boundary wall on its own. Mr Awan assured the delegation of his cooperation.

Talking to Dawn, former IHP president Pritum Das said the community was short of finances and could not afford the construction cost, hoping the CDA would step in and carry out the construction.

But prominent member of the Hindu community Dr Ramesh Vankwani, who is an MNA and patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC), said the Panchayat was wasting time of the community.

“I have asked them to hand over the case of the cremation ground to the Hindu Council,” Dr Vankwani said, adding, “we will not only build the boundary wall but also get the design of the building prepared from an architect”.

Senior officials of the Hindu Panchayat had even turned down a request for a meeting from the commissioner, who is also the CDA chairman, an official from the civic authority claimed.

“The meeting with the officials will be decided by the Panchayat as we need to finalise the contents before the meeting with the CDA and Islamabad administration,” IHP President Muhesh Chaudhry said, after almost one week after the request for the meeting was forwarded to the Panchayat.

National Commission for Minorities Chairman Chela Ram Chairman said: “It (IHP) never tried to get in touch with the commission nor did they respond to any of our attempts to hold a meeting.”

The plot for the cremation ground was allotted to the IHP by the PML-N government in 2017 and handed over to the community in 2018.

In 2020, they tried to build the boundary wall, but work was interrupted by local clerics who even approached the IHC seeking cancellation of the plot.

The court referred the matter to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) which decided that a crematorium was the right of the Hindu community.

The IHC later directed the CDA to grant NOC to the Hindu Panchayat to build the boundary wall and allow construction of the main structure after the building map was approved.

Incidentally, due to a lacklustre attitude of the Panchayat, permission was first issued in the name of a Muslim activist who had been pursuing the case in December 2020, but later it was corrected and re-issued in the name of Pritum Das.

PML-N MNA and a member of the Parliamentary Committee against Forced Conversion Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das said the members of the Islamabad Panchayat were only interested in social media activism.

“I tried to meet them but they never responded back,” he said.

According to the Panchayat, there are around 300 Hindu families living in Islamabad, most of them had migrated to the city in the last decade.

They belong to diversified professions, some having shops in various sectors while others were doctors and in government and private service.

Published in Dawn, November 21st, 2021

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OTS scheme for defaulting e-way plot allottees extended up to Dec 31 | Noida News

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Greater Noida: The one-time settlement scheme launched by the Yamuna Expressway Authority for defaulting property allottees has been extended up to December 31. The scheme was drawing to a close on November 30, but the extension of another month has been provided to the allottees to seek the benefits being offered, officials have said.
More than 32,000 allottees stand to benefit through the scheme that was launched on October 1. The scheme is open for allottees under all the seven categories — residential, build-up housing scheme, institutional, industrial, commercial, mix-land use and abadi plots. For the first time, YEIDA had agreed to waive off the compounded penal interest component on the entire dues and levy only simple interest.
But instead of offline mode, the scheme was offered through a web portal. However, for the first fortnight or so, the portal did not function properly. “We told YEIDA to resolve the technical snags. Allottees were unable to submit their details online and whatever was entered could not be saved as draft,” said general secretary of the Yamuna Expressway Entrepreneurs Association, Rishabh Nigam.
Chief executive officer of the Authority, Arun Vir Singh said, “We are going to press only 8.50% simple interest to calculate the land premium dues. Some allottees sought more time to arrange for funds and hence we have extended the deadline.”
An applicant having dues up to Rs 50 lakh will have to pay up one-third of the restructured amount within a month and the balance two-third within three months. Those having more than Rs 50 lakh to settle will also have to pay up a third of the amount within a month. However such allottees will be given six months to pay up the remaining sum.

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Tesla’s Giga casting strategy to be adopted by half a dozen other automakers

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Tesla’s approach to using giant casting machines, nicknamed Giga Press, to make car bodies with just a few massive casted parts is catching on in the auto industry.

A Tesla supplier says that it is working with about half a dozen other automakers taking the same approach.

Over the last few years, Tesla has been heavily investing in casting and alloy technology to enable larger casted parts that have the capability to greatly simplify manufacturing.

The company acquired several units of the biggest casting machines in the world. They have been deployed at Tesla’s factories in the US, Berlin, and China.

Tesla has already been producing the Model Y with a single rear body piece that replaced 70 different parts in the vehicle.

Earlier this year, a picture of the first single front casting part of the Model Y produced at Gigafactory Texas leaked.

Last month, we reported that Tesla produced the first Model Y with both front and back single-piece casting.

The strategy to greatly reduce the number of pieces to make a car body results in a massive reduction in the complexity of the body line and the capital needed to build the production line.

It also brings weight advantage to the vehicle itself, which in turn can improve efficiency. However, it’s not all advantage.

Some people in the industry have been critical of the cost associated with potential repair in the event of an accident. This is led to questions whether Tesla is leading a new way for the auto industry to build cars in the future or if it was a fool’s errand.

But now it looks like some other automakers are willing to give it a shot, especially in China.

The New York Times published a report on Liu Siong Song, an engineer behind LK Technology, a partner in Tesla’s casting technology.

Liu said that he is working with six Chinese automakers to deploy similar casting technology as soon as next year:

“In addition to Tesla, LK will supply similar giant casting machines to six Chinese companies by early 2022 as more automakers adopt Tesla’s way of making cars, Mr. Liu said.”

However, the engineer suggests that they might run into some issues:

“For all China’s progress, it still has a long way to go. LK hopes to deliver the same types of casting machines to many Chinese companies in the next two years. But some of those companies are struggling to find car designers of the type and talent that Tesla has aplenty. Without the designs, LK can’t deliver the machines.”

Aside from designs, other automakers might also run into some issues with materials.

Tesla has long invested in material science to develop its own alloys to support such large casting parts. The automaker even partnered with SpaceX to share material science talent to develop those alloys.

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Entertainment District Arc Release Date & What to Expect

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Demon Slayer rounded out its Mugen Train Arc on Nov. 28, bringing Tanjiro’s mission with the Flame Hashira to a bittersweet end. Although “Set Your Heart Ablaze” will no doubt have fans feeling emotional, the conclusion of this arc also gives them a reason to be excited. The anime will officially move into never-before-seen territory with its next episode, which will kick off Demon Slayer Season 2’s Entertainment District Arc. What can fans expect from this new chapter, and when will it begin?

When does ‘Demon Slayer’s Entertainment District Arc start?

Official poster art for the 'Demon Slayer' Season 2 Entertainment District Arc being adapted from the manga to the anime.

Official art for ‘Demon Slayer’s Entertainment District Arc | ©Koyoharu Gotouge/SHUEISHA, Aniplex, ufotable

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