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Monday, March 21, 2016

  • AHMEDABAD- Gujarat short of 13,000 teachers:: The Gujarat State Government has admitted shortfall of more than 13,000 teachers in the state run primary schools. As per the data tabled by the government in Gujarat Assembly, a total of 1,67,461 primary school teachers across the State are working as against 1,80,601 teachers that is short by 13,140.
  • DHRADUN-‘Shaktiman’ to get new leg from US:: ‘Shaktiman’, the police horse that lost its leg after an attack by the BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi is set to get a new one from United States. Jamie Vaughan, who runs a NGO working for veterinary care in Bhutan visited the Reserve Police Lines in Dehradun to take stock of the situation. He said that he is providing the artificial limb free of cost that will reach within a week that costs nearly 3,000 US $.
  • GUWHATI-Congress wins Assam RS seats:: The Congress on Monday succeeded in retaining two of its Rajya Sabha seats with the Bodoland Peoples’ Front deciding to refrain from voting for its candidate Mahabir Jain whom it had proposed as candidate. Ex-minister Rapun Bora who was first candidate for the Cognress got 38 votes whereas the second candidates of the party Ms Ranee Narah polled 47 votes. All the MLAs of All India United Democratic Front except one cast votes for the Congress’ candidates. As entire opposition refrained from voting, Jain who was in fray as Independent could not get even a single vote.
  • GURGAON-Five held in Harayana Kabaddi player murder case:: The murder case of kabaddi player in Rohtak has been solved by the Gurgaon police with the arrest of five notorious criminals. One of the accused carries a cash reward of Rs.50,0000 on his head. The five arrested identified as Rakesh alias Pappu, Anil alias Dhaula, Anil alias Lila, Ankit Khatri and Parminder alias Bhola. The police seized a revolver, three country made pistols and nine cartridges form their possession.
  • KOCHI- Free rice scheme under scanner:: A decision of the Kerala government to distribute free rice to 20 lakh families living below poverty line from April 1 has been questioned by the Election Commission citing model code of conduct. The Chief Electoral Officer of Kerala E.K.Majhi has now referred to mater to a committee headed by the State Secretary P.K.Mohanty to examine whether the move is violative of the model code of conduct. The decision to provide 25 kg of rice to BPL families was part of the Budget speech of the Chief Minister.
  • KOLKATA-Election Commission keeps eye on violence:: The Election Commission on Monday said that it was keeping an eye on the prevailing poll violence situation. Besides the 1950 helpline of the election commission, each of the districts have been allotted a helpline number where voters can lodge complaints related to polling. In the first part of the first phase of polling to be held on April 4. As many as 39 candidates will be contesting. Complaints can also be made with the help of mobile app’ Samadhan’. An action taken report is sent via SMS within 24 hours of lodging the complaint said Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dibyendu Sarkar.
  • MUMBAI- Enforcement Directorate attaches Bhujbal property:: Enforcement Directorate on Monday attached a sugar mill and 290 acres of prime land worth over Rs.55 core in Maharasthra’s Nashik district in connection with its money laundering probe aginst former PWD minister and NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal and others. The attachment order came under Money Laundering Act.
  • Centre to help exporters of Free Trade Agreements:: The Centre on Monday urged exporters to take advantage of Free Trade Agreements with other countries and assured its support in leveraging such trade pacts. ‘India FTAs with various countries are not being leveraged fully by India Exporters. Our department is ready to assist our exporters in leveraging these FTAs better’, said Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia after inaugurating ‘CPINDIA-2016’.
  • SABARIMALA- Fresh curbs on women:: Sabarimala temple authorities on Monday decided to regulate presence of women of menstrual age in and around river Pampa during the ‘’aarattu’ ceremony on March 23. The Travancore Devasthanam Board took the decision in this regard in view of increasing presence of women during the ritual in the last few years. Though the entry of women belonging to the age group of 10-50 is banned at the hillock shrine, there has been no restriction for women devotees in and around Pampa except at the ‘’aarattu kadavu’’ where the Lord takes holy dip.

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