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Arvind Kejriwal asks ministers for plans to deter corruption

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New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday asked five ministers, including his deputy Manish Sisodia, to submit action plans for uprooting “scourge of corruption” from their departments within one week.

The chief minister made the announcement a week after CMS-ICS revealed that at 45 per cent, Delhi people believe that there has been a decrease in the corruption in state government-governed services, but there are some departments where corruption has been found evident.

Mr Kejriwal has written to Education and Revenue Minister Manish Sisodia, Health and Power Minister Satyendar Jain, Transport Minister Gopal Rai, Water Minister Kapil Mishra and Food & Supplies Minister Imran Hussain.

“It is requested that a detailed action plan may be drawn to uproot the scourge of corruption from the departments under your charge, focusing especially on the critical areas pointed out int the CMS-India Corruption Study-2015 report. I look forward to receive the action plan within one week,” Mr Kejriwal said in his letter to all ministers.

The chief minister stated that the critical areas of concern with respect to departments have been identified as – getting a new driving license and commercial driving license, renewal of driving license, getting new ration cards, paid more but got less quantity of entitled food grains, deletion/addition of names in the ration card.

The areas pointed by Mr Kejriwal also include – getting beds in hospitals and new electricity connection, availing of diagnostic services, getting of water tankers from Delhi Jal Board, installation of piped water supply, admission in government school of choice and private schools under EWS category, installation of shop and vending unit, getting of birth and death certificates etc.

A study report released on October 21 had stated that 45 per cent respondents said that corruption in state government-governed services has decreased, while 20 per cent of them felt it had increased in one last year.

The report also stated that “nearly 30 per cent of Delhi households had paid a bribe at least once during the last 12 months and nearly 45 per cent of these households belonged to lower income groups,”

Driving license, Department of Transport is identified by households in Delhi as the most corrupt (26 per cent), followed by electricity/ water supply (2 per cent each).

“Teh bazari/ hawking permit is identified as most corrupt (32 per cent) while sanitation, garbage collection as least corrupt (8 per cent),” it had added.

(Source NDTV)

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This Exhibition Captures A City’s Colours During Monsoon

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions.

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Artist Purnendu Mandal At Indian Habitat Centre.

With some of them almost a photographic reflection of daybreak after rain, artist Purnendu Mandal’s canvasses — currently on exhibition at Triveni Kala Sangam here — are a deluge of vivid warm colours that capture a city’s landscape after rain.

“It is almost like looking outside a window, but through a work of art,” Mandal told IANS.

Mandal’s 15 acrylic- and oil-on-canvass artworks – collectively titled “Reflections 3” – document the subtleties of urban life during the rains — first light in a city, storms, rickshaw-pullers and bus drivers resuming activity after a rainy day, and building silhouettes reflecting in the water-filled puddles.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Work

Also included are visual effects of the monsoon like rain drops, fog, wet climate, reflections in water and shades of dampness.

To that extent, “Good Morning Kolkata” (2018), a painting of a tram on a damp Kolkata street, with old buildings and bundles of electric wires adding to the realistic depiction, reflects a day in the city as one would experience it.

For Mandal, it is about making his canvasses a literal window to the seasonal changes a city undergoes.

“I try to paint cities season-wise. This exhibition shows the beauty of a city after and during the monsoon,” Mandal told IANS.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Exhibition’s Invite. Available on his social media

Mandal’s impressionistic style revolves around cities and seasons and his rich repository of art has been exhibited around the world.

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“Thus, the current exhibition has scenes from Varanasi ghats, and Kolkata’s and Mumbai’s urban life,” he added.

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions in Indonesia, UK, USA, UAE, Thailand, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Nepal, in addition to showcasing his work at Indian galleries including Jehangir Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, AIFACS Gallery, Triveni Art Gallery, Chemould Art Gallery, and Chitra Kala Parishath. (IANS)

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