First-time voters enthusiastically participated in local elections

KHOTANG, June 29 -- Nabaraj Giri of Rupakot Majhuwagadhi Municipality-10, Khotang on Wednesday, had his first experience of casting vote in local level elections at the age of 28.

He seemed glad to vote for the candidate of his choice. Though Giri became eligible for voting ten years ago, he was deprived of exercising his voting right in the local elections due to political instability in the country.

Similarly, Khambir Sherpa, 26, of Rupakot M... Read More

Two cases dispatched to state government of Nasimuddin Siddiqui and Babu Singh Kushwaha

Lucknow, June 29 -- Initially wary of acting against former ministers Nasimuddin Siddiqui and Babu Singh Kushwaha for siphoning off Rs 1410 crore in construction of memorials of Dalit icons, sleuths of Vigilance Establishment dispatched two of the eight cases to state government seeking prosecution sanction against 47 officers.

Sources claimed that the remaining cases which being probed will be sent to the government very soon, after which Kushw... Read More

Nazmul Huda Bachchu passes away

Dhaka, June 29 -- Veteran film and television actor Nazmul Huda Bachchu has passed away. The 78-year-old died while undergoing treatment at city's Square Hospital around 4:00am on Wednesday.

Bachchu was down with fever two days before Eid after returning from a shoot, said his wife Lina.

He was admitted to the hospital on the afternoon of Eid day after his blood pressure fell. "Heart problems were detected following tests on Tuesday. He died be... Read More

SDMC opts for survey of properties to get more revenue

New Delhi, June 29 -- In a move to step up its revenue, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Wednesday decided to start a door-to-door survey of all properties falling in its jurisdiction by using maps obtained from Geospatial Delhi Ltd. According to an estimate, there are 12 lakh properties falls under SDMC jurisdiction which are liable to pay property tax.

A senior SDMC official said that the field surveyors will visit all the propertie... Read More

GDA halts beautification project after protests

Ghaziabad, June 29 -- The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) on Wednesday called off a beautification project following protests by land grabbers who were accused of illegally building a temple in a green belt.

Police said when a GDA squad reached the spot at Rajnagar to clean the area to construct a walking track alongside the green belt, locals who had illegally grabbed the land confronted the officials and forced them to stop their work.

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Ministry bars 6 colleges from MBBS admissions

New Delhi, June 29 -- Acting on the recommendation of the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Union Health Ministry has barred six more medical colleges from admitting MBBS students for 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years for failing to meet the pre-requisite infrastructure as set by the top medical education regulator. The colleges have an intake capacity of 150 students each.

This is in addition to 23 colleges which have been so far disapproved... Read More

Construction jumps World Bank ranking

New Delhi, June 29 -- Against the backdrop of several initiatives taken over the last one year for improving the ease of obtaining construction permits in Delhi and Mumbai, the Narendra Modi Government has strongly staked its claim for an upgraded ranking in the World Bank's 'Ease of Doing Business' index.

In the 'Ease Of Doing Business' rankings for Construction Permits for 2017 announced last year by the World Bank, India was ranked 185 among ... Read More

Roof-top solar power scheme: ICFRE chief writes to Union Min

Dehradun, June 29 -- The chairman of the Foundation for Integrated Resource Management (FIRM) and former director general of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) VK Bahuguna has written to the Union Minister of State for new and renewable energy, Piyush Goyal regarding removal of "irritants" in the implementation of the ministry's roof-top grid connected power scheme in Uttarakhand.

He has stated that the scheme of rooft... Read More

7th Pay commission, AI divestment get Cab nod

New Delhi, June 29 -- In a controversial decision, Union Cabinet on Wednesday "in principle" approved "strategic disinvestment" of Air India and its five subsidiaries. A body known as Air India-specific Alternative Mechanism will be constituted for this purpose to look into the several aspects of the debt-ridden National carrier.

The Cabinet also approved the 7th pay commission recommendations for grant of allowances to Government employees, mem... Read More

Faulty signage distracts drivers, causes jams

New Delhi, June 29 -- Faulty road signage and signals are, to a great extent, responsible for massive traffic jams, road accidents and pile-ups, claims a study by Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE).

Defective traffic signals, misplaced signboards - like those hidden by trees - and incoherent road markings led to maximum traffic violations in Delhi last year - more than 88 lakh.

According to the study, out of the 1,514 road signs install... Read More