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Shan-e-Punjab Express today became India’s first train to have CCTV cameras installed in all coaches, as part of Railways’ efforts to strengthen security of passengers particularly women travellers.
“We have promised it in the budget and today we have fulfilled our promise,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said after flagging off the CCTV-equipped train from Amritsar through video-conferencing in the national capital.
About 122 surveillance cameras have been installed in all 21 coaches including ladies compartment of Shan-e-Punjab Express at an estimated cost of Rs 36 lakh.
“Passengers’ security is our prime concern and measures have been taken for it. There are helplines, CCTV and integrated security system being provided at many stations,” he said.
The CCTVs have been installed strategically at all doors and Prabhu assured that the new measure will not compromise the privacy of passengers instead will act as deterrent against crime. (AGENCIES)
FROM 2017, CLASS XII MARKS WON’T IMPACT JEE RANKINGS
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided that Class XII marks will not be considered when it comes to the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) rankings.
The announcement is expected to bring relief to students looking to grab a seat in a good engineering college.
With the decision expected to come into effect from 2017, the Class XII score will only determine if a student is eligible for the JEE or not.
Officials of the HRD Ministry said that the decision was taken after a committee set up by the IIT Council submitted recommendations with regard to changes in the JEE pattern, which were put into the public domain for wide consultations.
To qualify for appearing in the exam, students will need to have at least 75 per cent marks or be in the top 20 percentile in Class XII examination. SC, ST students should have 65 per cent marks.
ASSAM GOVERNOR CELEBRATES GUDI PADWA
Assam Governor P B Acharya and and his wife Kavita Acharya today celebrated Gudi Padwa also known as Yugadi or Warsha Pratipada at the Raj Bhavan here.
The first couple of the state celebrated Gudi Padwa, a festival celebrated in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telengana and Andhra Pradesh, by performing puja, distributing prasad and hoisting the flag of the festival, a Raj Bhavan release said.
Stating flags are hoisted in every household throughout the four states, the release said a different name is given to the festival each year and its name this year is Durmukhi.
YEDDYURAPPA BACK AS KARNATAKA BJP CHIEF
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who had lost his post after being accused of corruption, is back in a prominent role as the BJP’s Karnataka unit president.
The man credited with providing the BJP its first success in south India faced a tough tenure from 2008 onwards. He did not get along with the Bellary mining barons, the Reddy brothers, and later faced the heat due to an adverse Lokayukta report accusing him of corruption. He was forced to resign and left the party, forming the Karnataka Janata Paksha in 2012.
“Our objective is to bring BJP to power after two years. We will collectively and cautiously fight against the corrupt Congress government” said Mr. Yeddyurappa, while addressing the media.
He was brought back to the BJP just before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, given his support base among the powerful Lingayats of the State.
The Supreme Court’s refusal to revoke a Karnataka High Court order putting on hold his prosecution in some cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act made his elevation easier.
400-YEAR-OLD BAN ON WOMEN AT SHANI TEMPLE GOES
In a big victory to the campaign for gender equality, the Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra on Friday lifted the 400-year-old ban on the entry of women at the sanctum sanctorum, yielding to a crusade by activists and court directions.
Soon after the temple trust announced the decision to facilitate unrestricted entry to all devotees to the core area of the shrine, some women entered the sacred spot and offered worship. Hours after the decision was announced, Bhumata Ranrangini Brigade leader Trupti Desai, who had led a sustained campaign, reached the Lord Saturn temple and offered prayers. Before Ms. Desai reached the spot, Priya Jagtap and Pushpa Kewadkar, activists who broke away from the Bhumata Ranrangini Brigade, entered the sanctum sanctorum and offered prayers, pouring oil on the deity in a culmination of the three-month agitation against gender bias at religious places.