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PDP president Mehbooba Mufti will take oath as the first woman CM of Jammu and Kashmir on April 4, ending 11 weeks of political uncertainty.
The date was forwarded to the Raj Bhavan on Thursday after last-minute consultations between the PDP and the BJP.
EIGHT BILLS PASSED ON LAST DAY OF BUDGET SESSION
On the last day of its over fortnight-long Budget session, the Haryana Assembly on Thursday passed eight Bills including one to provide civic amenities to unauthorised residential colonies.
The Haryana Management of Civic Amenities and Infrastructure Deficient Municipal Areas (Special Provisions) Bill, 2016, was passed by voice vote.
The Bill aims to make a special provision for providing essential services in civic amenities and infrastructure deficient municipal areas in the State. The Act would replace the Haryana Management of Civic Amenities and Infrastructure Deficient Municipal Areas (Special Provisions) Act, 2013.
As per the Bill, it was observed that there are a number of unauthorised colonies or areas which have 50 per cent or more constructed plots and fulfil other laid down parameters of the Act of 2013.
The government had decided to notify colonies as civic amenities and infrastructure deficient areas fulfilling parameters as on March 31, 2015 so that deficient amenities and infrastructure can be provided.
Among other Bills, the Assembly passed the Haryana Fire Service (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to amend the Haryana Fire Service Act, 2009.
The Assembly also passed the East Punjab Holdings (Consolidation and Prevention of Fragmentation) Haryana Amendment Bill, 2016 to amend the East Punjab Holdings (Consolidation and Prevention of Fragmentation) Act, 1948 in its application to Haryana. The Bill aims at streamlining the work of consolidation and to broaden the scope of consolidation, general amendments are required in the East Punjab Holdings (Consolidation and Prevention of Fragmentation) Act, 1948
HARYANA APPROVES ADOPTION OF NEW POVERTY LINE LIMITS
In view of upward revision of poverty line limits by the Central government, the Haryana government has approved the adoption of revised poverty line limits by the State Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation under its schemes.
While stating this here on Friday, an official spokesman said that under the bank assisted schemes, families in rural areas with annual income of less than Rs 40,500 would be considered Below Poverty Line (BPL). Similarly, families in urban areas with annual income of less than Rs 51,500 would also be considered as BPL.
He said under National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation assisted schemes, families in rural areas with annual income of less than Rs 81,000 and in urban areas with annual income less than Rs 1,03,000 would be considered Double Below Poverty Line (DPL).
ODISHA CELEBRATES ITS 80TH FOUNDATION DAY
he 80th Foundation Day of Odisha was celebrated across the State on Friday.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid tributes to freedom fighters and renowned personalities who were instrumental in creation of a separate Odisha State from Bengal-Bihar-Orissa province in 1936.
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Odisha Congress president Prasad Harichandan also remembered the sacrifices of great freedom fighters.
Prime Minister Modi took to micro-blogging site Twitter to convey his greetings. “On Utkal Diwas, I convey my greetings to the kind and industrious people of Odisha and hope that Odisha’s development will attain new heights,” he tweeted.
While several meetings were organised to celebrate the Foundation Day, citizens groups and voluntary organisations observed the day as ‘protection of Odia language’.
FREE WI-FI AT FIVE TEMPLES
Offering free wi-fi for 30 minutes in five major temple, www.pujashoppe.com, a portal offering pujasamagri , seems to be going all out to please Gods and devotees alike.
In what seems to be a first-of-its-kind marketing initiative, the website offers wi-fi to visitors coming to Hanuman Mandir, Jhandewalan; Bhagwat Dham; Akshardham Temple; Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, near Red Fort; and Hanuman Mandir, Karol Bagh. Website CEO Tapas Mallick said the idea is to help both devotees and temples to connect with each other. The site plans to cover 1,000 temple across the country.
SHOCKING! PRATYUSHA BANERJEE OF ‘BALIKA VADHU’ COMMITS SUICIDE
In a shocking revelation, TV actress Pratyusha Bannerjee of ‘Balika Vadhu’ has succumbed to suicide on Friday. According to news report in DNA, attributed to Tellychakkar.com, the actress hung herself earlier in the day and was later admitted to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri.
The 24-year-old was found hanging from the ceiling at her flat in Bangur Nagar in suburban Kandivli, a police officer said.
However, no suicide note was found from the flat, he said, adding the exact cause of the death, which occurred around afternoon, will be known only after an autopsy is conducted.
Reason for the extreme step was not yet known, but Banerjee was reportedly facing problems in her relationship with boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh.
Her last status message on Whatsapp read, “Marke bhi muh na tuzse modana” (even after death won’t be turning my face away from you) with a smiley.
OBAMA AND PRESIDENT XI OF CHINA VOW TO SIGN PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD PROMPTLY
President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China said Thursday that they would sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on April 22, the first day the United Nations accord will be open for government signatures.
Officials cast the announcement as a statement of joint resolve by the world’s two largest greenhouse gas polluters, even though there are doubts about whether the United States can meet its obligations under the agreement.
In February, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked an Obama administration regulation to curb greenhouse gas pollution from power plants, the centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s climate change policy and the major way for the administration to meet its targets under the Paris accord.
The two world leaders made the announcement on the sidelines of a nuclear security meeting in Washington.
BADMINTON: SAINA TO MEET LI XUERUI IN SEMIFINALS, SINDHU EXITS
Saina Nehwal just about managed to survive an 82-minute test against Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun for a place in the semifinals of the $300,000 India Open before a vociferous bunch of supporters at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium here on Friday. This was Saina’s sixth victory over the Korean in seven encounters.
Saina, defending champion and second seed, overcame the loss of the first game to win 19-21, 21-14, 21-19 in a match that witnessed long rallies and court-craft from both players until their tiring limbs filled the home-stretch with a series of unforced errors.
She now plays her nemesis, Olympic champion Li Xuerui who overcame her Chinese teammate Wang Shixian 22-20, 12-21, 21-17.
Having lost to Xuerui 10 times in 12 meetings, Saina will start the match as an underdog. A rare victory on Saturday is bound to be a huge psychological boost for Saina in the Olympic year.
However, P.V. Sindhu failed to double India’s joy.
In the day’s last match that lasted 80 minutes, Korea’s Bae Yeon Ju made light of the loss of the first game to win 15-21, 21-15, 21-15.
Bae, the only unseeded player in the last-four stage, will face former World champion Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, seeded four.
The Korean made the first big move towards victory by jumping to a 13-7 lead in the deciding game after winning five points on the trot.