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25 March, 2017


THE HEADLINES:

  • Election Commission orders transfer of Chennai Police Commissioner following a complaint by DMK, ahead of the RK Nagaar Assembly bypoll in Tamil Nadu.
  • Resident doctors in Maharashtra resume their duties this morning, ending their five-day strike.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share his thoughts on a number of themes and issues in Mann Ki Baat programme of All India Radio tomorrow.
  • Assam Chief Minister says, there will be no compromise on territorial integrity of the state.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister directs officials for completing all essential flood control measures by 15th June.
  • In Dharamshala Test, Indian Debutant Kuldeep Yadav dents Australian batting in post lunch session.

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The Election Commission has ordered the transfer of Chennai Police Commissioner S George following a complaint by DMK, ahead of the RK Nagar Assembly bypoll in Tamil Nadu.  The transfer order was issued last night. Sources in the poll panel said Karan Sinha has been appointed as the new city police chief. The poll body had sought a panel of officials from the Tamil Nadu government to select George's replacement. The bypoll to the prestigious R K Nagar constituency is scheduled for April 12. It was necessitated following the demise of then Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa last year.

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Resident doctors in Maharashtra resumed their duties this morning, ending their five-day strike after receiving assurances from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and intervention from the Bombay High Court. Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors said in a statement that their meeting with the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday night was satisfactory. More from our correspondent:

The government has agreed on some  of the 10 points demands of the doctors. Adequate security will be deployed across hospitals. While 2-pass system per patient will be started immediately at casualty, one pass will be allowed per patient in general wards. Visiting hours have been fixed at 7.30 am and 8.30 am in the morning, while 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm in the evening. FIR regarding assault on doctors on duty to be lodged strictly under the Doctor's Protection Act 2010 and  by the institute. The doctors called off their five-day strike after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday gave an ultimatum to striking resident doctors to resume duty or face legal action. LUBNA YUSUF MOOSA, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts on a number of themes and issues in Mann Ki Baat programme of All India Radio at 11 AM tomorrow. The programme will be broadcast on the entire network of All India Radio and Doordarshan. Akashwani will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. People can also dial a four-digit toll-free number 1922 to listen to Prime Minister Modi's Mann Ki Baat programme.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has approved the re-organisation of the field formations of the Central Board of Excise and Customs, CBEC for the implementation of GST. The CBEC is being renamed as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, CBIC after getting legislative approval. The proposed CBIC shall supervise the work of all its field formations and Directorates and assist the government in policy making in relation to GST, continuing central excise levy and customs functions. Finance Ministry said in a statement that CBIC will have 21 zones, and 101 GST Tax payer Services Commissionerates. This will ensure rendering of taxpayer services to all the taxpayers through an indirect tax administration structure, having pan-India presence.

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India has signed Financing Agreement with World Bank for 100 million US dollars for Uttarakhand Health Systems Development Project. The agreement was signed in Delhi by Raj Kumar who is Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, and Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, of World Bank. An official release said the objective of the project is to improve access to quality health services, particularly in the hilly districts of Uttarakhand. It will help expand health financial risk protection and benefit the residents of hilly districts in particular.

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Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowernment Thaawarchand Gehlot today said, the public attitude towards persons with disabilitites should change to achieve a sustainable society. Inaugurating the National Conference on Down Syndrome, Mr. Gehlot said, every person with disability, or Divyaang, is a part of mankind and has every right for self development and reasonable opportunities. The minister further lauded the efforts of all those working for the betterment of Down syndrome affected. Our correspondent reports, the government is coming up with a new law enlarging the categories of disability  from the existing seven to 21. The down syndrome has been recognized in the newly framed disability law.  Government is also coming up with ten new schemes aimed at empowering persons with disabilities.

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal has said that no compromise on territorial integrity of the state will be made. His remark comes after NSCN (I-M) General Secretary T Muivah claimed that the Centre has agreed to territorial integration of Naga inhibited areas in North East. More from our correspondent:

Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal said that no discussion has taken place with the Centre regarding the demand of greater Nagalim. The outfit is demanding to create Nagalim consisting of areas of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. Several organizations in Assam are against the proposal of creation of Nagalim. The opposition Congress has demanded to make the Framework Agreement public that had been signed between the Centre and NSCN -IM faction in 2015. Meanwhile, State BJP President Ranjeet Kumar Dass said that the people of Assam should not be worried, as the Centre has not made any such announcement. MANAS PRATIM SARMA, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI.

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In Assam, the Forest department has started the elephant census today. Official sources said that the census is being held at all 39 forest divisions of the state. A report:

The forest divisions have been divided into 974 compartments to conduct the census. Forest department officials, members from NGOs, wildlife experts have been engaged in the survey. The last elephant census was held in Assam in 2011. As per last census, there were 5620 elephants in Assam. The new census will help the Forest department to find out elephant inhabitants in various districts of Assam. The report of the census is likely to be made public next week. VASUNDHARA , AIR NEWS, DELHI.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi has directed the officials for completing all essential flood control measures by 15th June at any cost in flood-prone districts. Addressing senior officers and ministers of concerned departments today, the Chief Minister said that contractors with shabby and criminal backgrounds must be identified and debarred from filing tenders. He also asked the Health and family welfare departments to take measures to insure availability of doctors at hospitals and health centres. Expressing dissatisfaction over opening up of less expensive generic medicines outlets, Yogi inform that 3000 new outlets of generic medicines will be opened within stipulated time. Our correspondent reports that the Chief Minister will be visiting Gorakhpur this evening on a two day visit.

Elaborate arrangements have been made at Gorakhpur to welcome the Chief Minister Mr Yogi on his first visit to his parliamentary constituency after assuming CM Office. He will be visiting Gorakhpur this evening on his two days visits. Posters and banners have been put by different organisations and institutions across the city and welcome gates have also been erected on the most of the roads in his honour. During his stay Mr Yogi will review the development schemes being implemented in Gorakhpur and Basti divisions with senior officers. He will also visit the local BJP office to meet the party leaders and workers. A grand public reception has also been organised to welcome him at a local educational institution premises. SUNIL SHUKLA, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW.

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BJP president Amit Shah today said the government in Delhi has failed the people of the city and corruption has flourished under Aam Aadmi Party. Addressing BJP's convention of booth-level workers ahead of municipal polls in Delhi, Mr Shah said people voted AAP to power in hopes of good governance but the city government has not fulfilled its poll promises. Mr Shah said, he is proud to say that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's able leadership, BJP has managed to fulfil almost all its poll promises made during the General Elections. Speaking on the occasion, senior BJP leader and Union Minister  Venkaiah Naidu described MCD election as election of mini India as people from different parts of country are living in Delhi. He attacked AAP accusing it of being corrupt and said in a short span of time, several AAP leaders are facing corruption charges. He said under leadership of Narendra Modi, every city of the country is developing except Delhi as AAP government is unwilling to work with the Centre.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said his party will abolish the residential house tax and waive off arrears, if voted to power in the capital's civic bodies. Talking to reporters, Mr Kejriwal contended that the house tax has become a major source of corruption and promised that his party will end it. He added that the commercial house tax will continue to be in place. The three municipal corporations go to polls on April 23.

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President Pranab Mukherjee today said world has moved towards pro active protection of environment. Addressing World Conference on Environment in New Delhi, the President said environment degradation and its impact on health and climate changes are no longer theoretical but people are facing the adverse impact in everyday lives. He said environment protection demands a corrective intervention of international community as a whole. He said conservation has now become inclusive and participatory.The President lauded the National Green Tribunal  for facilitating the World Conference on Environment for wide ranging discussions on environmental issues of universal concern.

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Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has said that his party will launch a two month long membership drive from April 15 across the state. Talking to media persons this afternoon at Lucknow after party`s national executive meeting he said that election for National President of the party will be held in the month of September. Our correspondent reports that party`s patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, senior leaders  Shivpal Yadav and Azam Khan stayed away from the Party's national executive meet.  All three were not part of party's deliberations over what went wrong in the just concluded Assembly elections. Akhilesh Yadav as the president of the Party chaired the national executive meet.

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UAE will join 175 countries covering over 7000 cities to participate in one of the biggest environmental event 'Earth Hour' to raise awareness amongst people to care and protect the Planet. Ten years after the world’s first Earth Hour in Sydney put the spotlight on climate change, the landmark movement of the World Wide Fund for Nature is set once again to unite millions of people around the globe. The world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, which mobilises individuals, communities and organisations globally to do their part to help check climate change, will take place tonight. Dubai is participating in Earth Hour for the 10th consecutive year.

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In China, 10 people were killed in two separate accidents at neighbouring gold mines in Henan Province. State-run Xinhua news agency said that in the first accident occured at Qinling gold mine in Lingbao City, 12 workers and six management staff were trapped. Emergency response office said that seven dead bodies were recovered from the pit and one worker is missing. Of the 10 people who were found alive and sent to hospital, one failed to respond to emergency treatment and the other nine were recuperating, said the Emergency response office. In a similar accident in a neighbouring gold pit, Rescuers recovered two bodies and rescued four workers.

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In Dharamshala Test match, Indian debutant Kuldeep Yadav took three scalps in the post lunch session today, restricting Austalia at 208 for 6 in their first innings. He was ably assisted by pacer Umesh Yadav who took the other two wickets. Australian innings were held together by its Captain Smith, who scored a steady century and opener Warner, who chiiped in beautiful 56 runs before being sent to the dressing room. The duo shared a 134 run second wicket partnership. Earlier, Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and elected to bat.

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