Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the family of late actor, producer and BJP MP Vinod Khanna, who died of cancer on Thursday. “Will always remember Vinod Khanna as a popular actor, dedicated leader and a wonderful human. Pained by his demise. My condolences,” Modi said on Twitter. Khanna had campaigned with PM Modi in the run up to the 2014 general elections. Khanna is survived by his wife and four children. He was 70.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Wednesday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacchh Bharat campaign in a blog titled ‘India Is Winning Its War on Human Waste’. Calling PM Modi’s statements on public health some of the ‘boldest’ he’s heard from any elected representative, Gates lauded him for backing it up by launching the Clean India campaign two months later. The campaign aims to end open defecation by October 2, 2019 — the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi — and install 75 million toilets across the country.
Separatist leader Asiya Andrabi, founder and leader of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of the Faith), was arrested on Wednesday night, citing sources. She has been arrested under the Public Safety Act. Andrabi has been seen as an Islamic extremist. She was earlier arrested in 2015 for hoisting the Pakistan national flag and singing the country’s national anthem on August 14, its independence day.
Reacting to the defeat of AAP in Punjab Assembly polls and now in Delhi municipal polls, the leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha H S Phoolka said not declaring the CM face in Punjab was AAP’s biggest mistake. Phoolka, AAP MLA from Dakha, even said the party’s “indecisiveness on prominent faces from other parties who wanted to join AAP proved costly”.
The state government has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into around 50 cases registered across Maharashtra, including 10 in Pune, in which dummy candidates had appeared for exams of government jobs, now being probed by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as an organised racket. The primary findings and subsequent probe in the case have revealed the involvement of a suspended government employee and some serving ones from Nanded. The Indian Express was the first to report about these cases and the suspected statewide racket in August last year. A 26-year-old political science graduate from Nanded and civil services aspirant Yogesh Jadhav, who is originally from Nanded district, had unearthed the series of impersonation cases by filing several Right to Information (RTI) applications.
Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the state government on a PIL, seeking formation of a committee to make its recommendations to the Fee Regulatory Committee under the recently-passed The Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees) Act, 2017.
The need for a science-based urban Air Quality Management (AQM) programme was strongly felt way back in 2004 after Pune was found to be the fifth most polluted city in the country. Along with the National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the Pune Municipal Corporation launched an Air Quality Management (AQM) Cell. Then too, the values of PM 10 and PM 2.5 had exceeded permissible limits, indicating that the particulate air pollution was of serious concern.
The Maharashtra government has come up with a new draft policy for persons with disabilities which envisages earmarking three per cent of its total budget and using yoga to ensure development of differently abled children.
TruJet, a Hyderabad-based airline, will soon connect Nanded to Mumbai under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) Regional connectivity scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
PROTESTING the proposed construction of the Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor, Swabhi-mani Party MP and founder-member of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana Raju Shetti threatened to create a “Singur-like situation” in the state if the government went ahead with the project.