The Rajasthan Assembly on Monday passed the Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokyuktas (Amendment) Bill to reduce the tenure of the Lokayukta from earlier eight years to five years. The Bill was presented by Energy Minister B.D. Kalla in the House on behalf of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and was passed by voice vote. Under the amendment in the Bill, which was brought to replace an ordinance issued in March this year, the tenure of the Lokayukta has been reduced to five years from eight years. The previous BJP government had increased the Lokayukta’s tenure to eight years from five years last year. “Recently, the term of office of the Lokayukta was increased from five years to eight years by amending section 5 of the Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokayuktas Act, 1973. But in most of the States of the country the Lokayukta holds the office for a term of five years. “Moreover, the term of the chairperson under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (Central Act No. 1 of 2014) is also five years,” the statement of objects and reasons of the Bill said. “In order to maintain parity with the term of Lokayukta in other States of the country and, chairperson of Lokpal in the Centre, it was decided by the State government that term of five years is adequate for the office of the Lokayukta,” it further said. Heated argumentsDuring the debate on the Bill, heated arguments broke out between Speaker C.P. Joshi and Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore when the latter was asked to be specific on the topic.
ChargesOn Monday, March 5th, a 19-year-old male was arrested and charged in relation to a Burglary report. The man who remains in Police custody is scheduled to appear before the Magistrates Court on March 19TH, 2018. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 6, 2018 – Providenciales –ArrestsA man was arrested on South Caicos on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, for the offence of wounding in connection with a report made to Police. The man was granted bail in the sum of USD$2000 and scheduled to return to the Police Station on South Caicos on March 7TH, 2018.A 39-year-old woman of Five Cays was arrested on Monday, March 5th, 2018 on suspicion of theft of USD$3000, at a major grocery store on Providenciales. The woman was granted bail in the amount USD$3500. Related Items: Burglary Police are investigating a Burglary that took place at a home in Blue Hills on March 2nd, 2018. The complainant reported to police that upon arriving at home he noticed two black flat screens and personal items missing.Police in South Caicos is investigating a Burglary that was reported on March 1st, 2018. Stolen were five packs of Peal and Seal and 19 pieces of wood. Value Unknown.Providenciales Police are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that took place on Monday, March 5th, 2018. The victim who was held up by gunpoint in her Kew Town home was robbed of her handbag, iPhone 8 valued USD$1000, Black Samsung valued USD$250, three passports, other identification cards and cash. The incident took place around 8:00 p.m. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Accident The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Traffic Department is investigating a two-car collision that took place on Monday, March 5th, 2018 on Paradise Road, Cooper Jack around 5:30 p.m. The silver Toyota Harrier received total damages, while the Honda Civic Ferio car received frontal damages. Both drivers were taken to Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for treatment.Release: RTCIPF