Railways reviews flexi-fare system, may slash prices, Railways has said it is reviewing the flexi-fare ticketing system introduced in elite trains Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto and may slash the prices of the tickets. The transporter also said there is no plan to hike the fares of other trains as well. Minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha said, “the fares of the train won’t increase.” Railways has earned around Rs 540 crore in less than a year after introducing the flexi-fare system, but it was flooded with complaints from the passengers about high prices of tickets.
Traders to protest against govt. policies, All India Traders (CAIT), will soon hold a series of protests across the nation against the BJP-led government at the Centre on issues including the ongoing official discussions to liberalise the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy on Multi-Brand Retail Trade (MBRT), difficulties relating to complying with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime as well as the ramifications of the sudden demonetisation exercise. Besides, they are upset that proposals to boost the local wholesale and retail trade, submitted by them to the NDA government after it came to power in 2014, have been hanging fire despite several meetings in this regard with officials concerned.
Drive To Sterilise Monkeys: Safe tattoos, unique individual, troop code for Delhi’s primates, Safe tattoos with a code for individual monkeys, and one more for its troop, is a key facet of the plan aiming to tackle the explosion of rhesus macaques in Delhi. Two days ago an Agra-based wildlife protection group, Wildlife SOS, had put forward a proposal in Delhi High Court seeking unique IDs for monkeys to avoid vaccination overlap. The court had then directed the authorities in Delhi to prepare an action plan to deal with the monkey menace.
UP Governor seeks report on BHU violence, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Friday said that he will seek a report from Banaras Hindu University and suitable action will be taken against the Vice Chancellor based on report findings. The governor had on Monday said that a committee headed by the chief secretary has been constituted to go into the protest in the Banaras Hindu University campus over an alleged eve-teasing incident. “A committee has been constituted under the chief secretary. Necessary action will be taken on the basis of its report. The committee will see as to how the police had behaved and examine other aspects,” he said.
Tamil Nadu: K Palniswami approves supply of rice to mosques during Ramzan, iven approval for supply of rice to mosques across the state to prepare gruel during the holy Ramzan month. The scheme was started by the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and has been well-received by the Muslim community, an official release said. Subsequently, pleas were made from various quarters for supply of rice this year too, it added. Palaniswami has directed that the necessary approvals for supply of rice to various mosques be given and the district collectors have been asked to do the same after verifying documents, the release said.
Durga Puja celebrated, Adding an element of colour and cultural diversity to the Mysuru Dasara, more than 650 Bengali families in the city celebrated Durga Puja with religious fervour. The festivities commenced on Tuesday with Sashti followed by Sapthami puja on Wednesday. Thursday saw the main celebrations. Visarjan is slated for Vijaydashmi at Gosai Ghat in Srirangapatana on September 30. The Bengali community members hired artisan Biswanath Pal to design and sculpt the idol of Goddess Durga, which greets visitors on entering the main hall of the choultry. The 10-foot tall goddess astride a lion and slaying a demon, is flanked by the idols of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Saraswathi and Lakshmi and Lord Kartikeya.
Apolitical bureaucrats keen to move to Centre, Bureaucrats in Tamil Nadu, who do not have political leanings, are eager to go on central deputation these days. Given the feeling of unease about the political uncertainty in the state and the resultant politicisation of the bureaucracy, at least six senior IAS officers have moved to Delhi in less than five months. Deputation of officials to the Centre was a rarity during Jayalalithaa regime as she used to stall efforts of officials to move out of Tamil Nadu.
Madras HC issues notice to Tamil Nadu government on relocation of statue of Sivaji Ganesan, Madras High Court on Monday issued notice to the Tamil Nadu government on a petition seeking to relocate a statue of late actor Sivaji Ganesan on the eastern side of a road abutting Marina beach. Justice M Duraiswamy issued the notice, returnable in four weeks and made it clear that the pendency of the petition seeking to relocate the statue shall not stand in the way of the government removing it. The judge, before whom the petition by K Chandrasekaran, president of the late actor’s fans welfare association, came up, referred to its January 23 2014 order directing the state government to take a decision on removing the statue as expeditiously as possible. The direction was issued following inquiries, which underscored that the statue was obstructing motorists’ view.
Palaniswami announces samba package, Aiming at giving a boost to the water-starved farmers in the Cauvery delta, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Thursday announced that the Mettur dam would be opened for irrigation on October 2 and announced a package scheme for cultivating samba crops in these areas. The release of water from dam from October 2 was “in view of the water level at Mettur and expecting water from reservoirs in Karnataka and in the hope that the northeast rainfall would be normal,” Mr. Palaniswami said in a statement.
Trial to shed light on Kim Jong-Nam airport assassination, Two women accused of the Cold War-style assassination of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader go on trial next week, possibly lifting the lid on the mysterious murder in Malaysia that sparked a diplomatic crisis. The defendants have barely been seen in public since their arrest just days after the murder of Kim Jong-Nam on February 13 as he waited to board a plane to Macau at Kuala Lumpur airport.
Harvey: US lawmaker lauds Indian-Americans for opening ‘homes, hearts and wallets’,A top American lawmaker has lauded the role of the Indian-American volunteers in the relief and reconstruction work during and post hurricane Harvey in the US state of Texas. Republican Congressman Ted Poe, in a speech in the house of representatives, said stories of “Harvey Heroes” continue to bring people together and “make us grateful for the incredible people that we call neighbours”. Poe, whose district includes northern parts of Houston in Texas, hailed Indian-Americans for opening their “homes, hearts, and wallets” to help Houston recover the catastrophic effect of the hurricane. There are many uplifting stories of those who grabbed their personal boats and set out in the waters to rescue individuals, many of whom they did not know, he said.
Bangladesh boat capsize claims 14 Rohingya, including 10 children, Witnesses and survivors say the vessel overturned just yards from the coast after apparently hitting a submerged object and split into two, At least 10 children and four women were killed when a boat carrying Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized in the rough seas off Bangladesh on Thursday, police said. Witnesses and survivors said the boat overturned just yards from the coast after apparently hitting a submerged object and was later washed ashore in two parts.
German gay couples to tie knot after decades of struggle, Germany’s first gay couples will tie the knot on Sunday, after decades of struggle that campaigners say still has ground to make up. Couples will convert existing civil partnerships or set the seal on their relationships for the first time in Berlin, while others exchange rings in Hanover, Hamburg and other cities. Local authorities rushed to get weddings underway as soon as possible, after lawmakers voted on June 30 to give Germany’s roughly 94,000 same-sex couples the right to marry.
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