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Sterling Biotech case: ED raids 7 locations

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday carried out raids in the National Capital Region in connection with a Rs 5,383-crore money laundering case against the directors and the associates of Gujarat-based pharma firm Sterling Biotech. The agency carried out raids at seven locations and seized documents and computer hardware from the associates.Names of top IPS and IRS officers and people close to a Congress leader have cropped up in relation to the scam.Sources said the agency carried out searches at the residences and the offices of Sanjeev Mahajan, Ghanshyam Pandya, and Lakshmi Chand Sharma. All three are allegedly close to a Congress leader and were allegedly involved in money laundering, the source said. The ED alleged that Sterling Biotech group used 300 benami to divert funds. CBI director Alok Kumar Verma has said that Rakesh Asthana’s name has also cropped up in connection with the case.BIG FISHNames of top IPS and IRS officers and people close to a Congress leader have cropped up in relation to the scam.
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Navratri 2017: Best devotional songs to soak in the festivities of Durga Puja

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The festival of Navratri is here and everyone is set to soak in the festivities. Celebrated with full fervour across eastern parts of the country in states of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and parts of Assam and Tripura as Durga Puja. Nine nights of feasting, revelry, celebrations and good times awaits everyone.Devotees of Goddess Durga do not fast and they do not abstain themselves from eating non-vegetarian delicacies too, unlike the customs in the states of Punjab, Maharashtra and Gujarat. What remains common is the devotion with which people pray to the different avatars of the goddess during nine days and nine nights The eastern part of India celebrates Durga Puja and worships the goddess and her nine avatars through pushpanjali every day and only then relish the lavish feasts. According to the popular beliefs, Goddess Durga comes to her maternal home with her children Saraswati, Ganesha, Lakshmi and Kartikeya during Navratris and hence should be welcomed with all kinds of delicacies. That’s the reason enough why devotees in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Assam do not fast during Navratri.The festival may be celebrated in different ways in different parts of the country, but at the end it just comes down to nine days of festivities. So, here is our list of devotional songs dedicated to Godess Durga which set the mood for Navratri celebrations.
ALSO READ Sharadiya Navratri 2017 Schedule: Ghatasthapna muharat, puja vidhi and all you need to knowJai Ambe Gauri is the main aarti sung for Goddess Durga. This bhajan glorifies the goddess and how she saved the world from asuras Mahishasura, Shumbh and Nishumbh. The bhajan also explains the appearance of Goddess Durga and the weapons that she carries. The bhajan also takes into account the relationship of Goddess Durga or Goddess Amba with that of her husband Lord Shiva.
ALSO READ This Navratri Dalljiet Kaur will be seen in the role of ‘Maa Shakti’ on tellyMahishasura Mardini was an early Bengali radio programme that is played on the mornings of Mahalaya in West Bengal. This has been going on air since 1931 on All India Radio. Birendra Krishna Bhadra is forever immortalised for lending his voice for the two-hour Sanskrit recitation of Mahishasura Mardini on All India Radio Calcutta. His recital of shlokas can give goosebumps to any Godess Durga devotee.Aigiri Nandini Nanditha Medhini is a very popular Durga Devi Stotram and is believed to be penned by Adi Shankracharya sometime around 810 AD. The song is dedicated in praise of the Goddess Durga who kills many demons in her fearsome avatar of Mahishasura Mardini and that explains ten arms adorned with different weapons and lion as her ride.Durga Chalisa is the song that is sung to praise Goddess Durga and most devotees who are fasting or praying to the Goddess during Navratri read this bhajan to appease the goddess. This bhajan praises all the nine forms of the goddess and glorifies them.Ya Devi Sarv Bhuteshu exemplifies the Goddess Durga and salutes the divine power that in inherint in all living beings.This bhajan praises the three flowing channels of energy that is Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Parvati, and Goddess Saraswati. It even talks about how the Holy Trinity of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva created Goddess Durga a manifestation of the Supreme Power Adishakti herself.

Builder buys 1 kg gold for Rs 31.35 lakh at Lalbaugcha Raja auction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chetan Joshi, a builder by profession, bought the most expensive article offered by a devotee to Lalbaugcha Raja this year. He bid the one kg gold biscuit for Rs 31.35 lakh. After its purchase, the total auction amount at Lalbaugcha Raja this year stood at Rs 97,96,500.”In 2016, the auction amount stood at Rs 1.5 crore, collected from over 225 articles of which the total weight of gold was 5 kg, and that of silver was 80 kg,” said Mahesh Jadhav, treasurer of the mandal.This year, there were 125 articles offered, which mandal officials said probably fell due to the rains. Only 82 were auctioned. Of these, the total gold weighed 5.5 kg, while silver weighed 75 kg. Besides the one kilogram gold brick, there were two gold idols of Lord Ganpati and Goddess Lakshmi collectively weighing over 1.1kg. The Ganpati weighing .587 kg was bid at Rs 15.60 lakh, while the Lakshmi idol weighing .517 kg was bid for Rs 15.60 lakh. There were also two gold chains around .250 kg. Offerings this year also saw notes banned from circulation post demonitisation. They stood at Rs 1.30 lakh. Articles not auctioned due to lack of time, mandal organisers say will be auctioned on Monday amongst themselves, said Jadhav.Sudhir Salvi, secretary of Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshutsav Mandal said, “We will ask our chartered accountant what to do with these (banned) notes. The decision will be taken tomorrow.”Those present said the crowd that comes for auction was less compared to previous years. This is despite the fact that the auction was for one day, as compared to more than one day earlier. Members of the Samiti said it was due to demonitisation.However, that was in no way an indicator of the enthusiasm of devotees participating in the auction. “I have been coming every year for the last six years. I feel that whatever I am taking from here is prasad of the Lord,” said Jyoti Bhaktha, who purchased a 12 gram gold chain for Rs 50,000.While she purchased just one article, some others purchased multiple ones. Rahul Upadhyay was one who did. After purchasibg a gold chain, he purchased a silver-plated sword. “I have been coming here for the past 10 years.It is god’s blessings that I take home with me,” said Upadhyay.Those like Dimple Thakkar, who had come to buy a house, missed out on it. “Someone bid for the house higher than I did. Since I had come for first time, I took 10g modaks as prasad from him,’ said Dimple Thakkar. “I now want them to put up more gold modak’s for auction as my mother and brother also want them,” she added.Auction 2017Members of the samiti said that due to demonitisation, the crowd was less compared to the previous year, which saw 225 articles auctionedArticles not auctioned due to lack of time, mandal organisers say will be auctioned on Monday among themselves, said Jadhav

Portal launched for online registration of madrassas in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to check “irregularities in madrassas”, the Uttar Pradesh government today launched a portal of UP Madrassa Board for online registration of all such Islamic institutions. “There were a number of complaints of irregularities in madrassas and it was decided to make the registration online so that details of all madrassas, their management, teachers, etc are available online,” UP Waqf Minister Mohsin Raza told reporters here. This is a step towards digitisation which is on the priority of the Yogi Adityanath government, he said. The move will bring transparency as all the details of the madrassa will be available online, the minister said. “The madrassa education should also be modern like in other educational institutions. With modernisation, students of madrassas will be able to get technical education and they will get better job opportunities,” Minority Welfare cabinet minister Lakshmi Narain Chowdhury said at the programme where the portal was launched. There are over 19,000 recognised and 560 aided madrassas in the state, he said, adding that the new portal will help in improving the quality of madrassa education. Attacking the previous non-BJP governments, Chowdhury alleged that they used madrassa for “appeasement” and as vote banks and there was no record of teachers, students, payments, registrations and other schemes maintained by them. “Our government’s priority is to give better and job- oriented education to all youths so that doctors and engineers are produced from these madrassas,” he said. Asked later by mediapersons about action likely to be taken against madrassas where national anthem was not sung on Independence Day, he said such madrassas “lack patriotism” and action against them is justified. “Reports are coming from madrassas… We are looking into the matter,” he said but did not elaborate on action likely to be taken against such madrassas. MoS minority welfare Baldev Aulakh had earlier warned action against madrassas if they did not follow the order to them to unfurl the national flag and recite the national anthem as part of Independence Day celebrations. At the launch programme Principal Secretary of the department Monika Garg said, “The portal is an attempt to connect all madrassas to a unified ecosystem. It will not only help in improving quality of education, transparency and also check exploitation of teachers.” She said that affiliation of new madrassas and their aid will be done through this portal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

As India turns 70, Vasundhara Raje rises for evil free new Raj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje has set the agenda for coming times; development and ending of social evil are the priorities of the state. She called on all sections of the society, especially the youth to come forward and fulfil the development agenda that is being pursued in the state.Speaking on the occasion of Independence Day, Raje vowed to create a ‘new Rajasthan’ that would provide employment to all and would be free of corruption, casteism, foeticide, illiteracy and poverty. To achieve this she sought the support of all sections of the society.Raje said that the development efforts in Rajasthan are the results of the leadership and mandate set by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She said the family of seven crore Rajasthanis are working under the leadership of the Prime Minister to scale new heights. Elaborating on the meaning of Independence, Raje said it is an environment that provides equal opportunities and rights. She said Independence in its true forms can be achieved only when there is no discrimination in the society on economic, social and political basis.Raje laid strong emphasis on cleanliness and linked it to religious sentiments. “Lakshmi comes only where there is cleanliness,” she saidIn her address the chief minister said true respect can be paid to the martyrs only if all sections of the society including backwards , Dalit, women, poor and farmers are given equal opportunity to excel. Raje was all praise for the efforts made by the state in the field of education, employment and social justice. “Our policies and schemes are being lauded by the world. This is the reason we are moving to create a prosperous, self respecting, new Rajasthan,” said Raje Making facilities and oppotunities more accessible to the weaker sections, Raje announced a helpline that would support the common man and end his woes at the government office counters. A ‘Rajasthan Sampark Helpline’ was launched by the chief minister. The helpline can be accessed by dialing 181 and here the public can register its grievances related to road, power, water, documents and certificates.The earlier version of the portal required the complainant to have access to internet or smart phone to be able to register and track his complaint. The new portal moves beyond this version and registers complaints simply by dialing 181, thereby expanding its reach.The chief minister announced a scheme to disburse low-interest loans worth Rs. 200 crore to women associated with cooperative committees. It is believed that about 3.5 lakh women would benefit. Also, special bonus was announced for women milk-producer cooperatives.Loans with low interest rates of 2 percent were announced to promote crop storage storage for farmers at cooperative godowns. Raje said that farmers having long overdue loans to land development banks would be given one-time 50 percent relaxation on interest amount.The time limit for applying for an agricultural electricity connection on the land owned by a martyer’s family was annulled. She also declared to construct 96 warehouses having a storage capacity of 100 metric tonnes for village cooperatives under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.The CM also scaled up the implementation of Annapurna Rasoi Yojana, a scheme for supply of cooked food at minimum rates, to all urban localities in the state. She further said that Rs 1200 crore would be spent for the construction of 2000 cement concrete roads and missing link roads from November 2017.Raje said the state had been successful in providing 11 lakh people with employment. She called upon the youth to make efforts with positive thinking, dedication and diligence so that the state retained its number one position

Commercial days over for Lakshmi Vilas hotel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lakshmi Vilas Heritage Hotel, and the adjoining Kanak Bhawan, the marriage garden, along with its stables, will now be a part of Central Park, and will not be used commercially.The heritage spots, which were once a car garage for the erstwhile royal family, are sitting right in the middle of the park. They usually remain busy all-year-round.According to the Jaipur Development Authority officials, the authorities do not intend to ‘auction’ the buildings for ‘commercial’ purposes. The structures will also not be demolished. However, the authorities are yet to plan the use of these royal buildings which are now public properties. The development authority has acquired possession of the heritage property after a long legal battle that lasted for almost 44 years.The Supreme Court, on Monday, cleared all objections alleged on JDA for the possession of the land.It was in 1973 that 322 bighas of land was acquired at the Rambagh Complex by the Urban Improvement Trust (UIT). Lakshmi Villas, which is spread over six bighas, and Kanak Bhawan spread over 1.5 bighas, was also a part of the acquired pocket. They were earlier in possession of the erstwhile king, Bhawani Singh, who sold it off in 1986.

After Laxmi Nagar building collapse, EDMC classifies only two bldgs as ‘unsafe’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even after a four-storeyed building collapsed on Sunday leaving five people injured, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has categorised only two buildings as ‘dangerous’ in its survey report.”The Laxmi Nagar building was sealed in 2011. However, the owners got the repair work done and got it reopened. We have launched a probe into the cause of the collapse,” said a senior East Corporation official. “After the collapse, we have inspected a number of adjoining buildings for safety. An overall survey will also be conducted,” he added.According to corporation officials, a survey of ‘dangerous’ buildings is conducted before every monsoon. All the houses that are found dangerous or repairable are given a notice, failing which the buildings are sealed.Built on the Yamuna floodplains, East Delhi falls under Seismic Zone 4, which is a high risk zone and has over 130 unauthorised colonies. The area has a history of building collapses.However, according to the report of the 3,93,877 houses in East Delhi, 3,17,347 houses have been surveyed, of which only two have been declared ‘dangerous’ while two others have been tagged ‘repairable.’In south Delhi, out of 8,22,000 houses only one has been declared ‘dangerous’ by the corporation. And of the 5,77917 houses in North Delhi only 10 were registered as ‘dangerous’.Civic body officials of the North Corporation said that 96 houses were found in a ‘repairable’ condition of which repair work has to be initiated in 33 buildings.Interestingly, some civic officials disagree with the findings of their own report. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior official said that there are over 200 buildings, including in parts of Walled City, Paharganj, Geeta Colony, and Lakshmi Nagar, among others which are ‘unsafe’ and in need of urgent repair.In 2010, 67 people lost their lives in the Lalita Park building collapse. However, the building till that time was never booked as ‘dangerous’ or for ‘illegal construction’.

Waterlogging brings city to a halt for 3rd day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rain and waterlogged roads brought trouble to commuters on the third day on Friday, bringing traffic to a halt. While the monsoon is expected to hit the capital from Saturday, what can already be seen is civic agencies have failed at their job of fixing the flash points prone to waterlogging.Over 200 complaints of waterlogging were received by the Capital’s various agencies including the Delhi government’s public works department (PWD) and the municipal corporations.Meanwhile, massive traffic jams were witnessed at various crucial stretches carrying commuters from one part of Delhi-NCR to another including parts of the Ring Road and Outer Ring Road.Besides, hour-long jams were witnessed at major intersections such as Ashram Chowk, Britannia Chowk, Moti Bagh Chowk and Kashmere Gate.”On normal days only Ashram Chowk remains jammed but today due to heavy rain, the route made vehicles crawl. It took me 30 minutes to reach Lajpat Nagar from Bhogal,” said Jatin Sharma, a commuter.The other affected areas include Aurobindo Marg, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Aurobindo Marg, and Nehru Place, Vikas Marg, Lakshmi Nagar, Dwarka underpass, Nirankari Road, Tilak Bridge, Kahsmere Gate, Punjabi Bagh flyover and Nehru Place flyover.Despite, the Lieutenant Governor’s instructions to clear silt from the city’s drains, the efforts by the civic authorities have not brought results. As a result, the blocked drains choked the city’s roads.Earlier this week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that the city needed a separate body for the cleaning of drains, which becomes a major issue every monsoon. Also, the PWD, which had identified around 30 waterlogging-prone stretches, had claimed to have installed 1,000 pumps to drain out the water.Affected areasThe other affected areas include Aurobindo Marg, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Aurobindo Marg, and Nehru Place, Vikas Marg, Lakshmi Nagar, Dwarka underpass, Nirankari Road, Tilak Bridge, Kahsmere Gate, Punjabi Bagh flyover and Nehru Place

Jaipur cafés hiring differently-abled as chefs and waiters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cafes run wholly and solely by people with disabilities are now becoming a trend in Pink City. These restaurants have unique and interesting ways in which the customers can interact with the special employees.A franchise from Nathdwara, Thadiwala, which hires only hearing and speech impaired female employees, has started its outlet in Vaishali Nagar.Every employee, including the chef and the cashier, are physically challenged here.“We have set up light bulbs on the tables which are connected to our kitchen. So, whenever a customer takes a table or is ready to order, he can just press a button and the staff will come. A notebook is then given to the customer for writing the order from the menu,” said Neha Parikh, co-owner, Thadiwala.This apart, some other hotels too are open to hire and train hearing and speech impaired people. Red Fox, for example, has a policy of hiring 20 per cent of their staff as physically challenged.“We have 18-20 employees in Jaipur who cannot hear and speak. They are trained to work in various departments like housekeeping and food and drinks,” said Vivek Kumar, general manager, Red Fox.Similarly Vitthal’s Kitchen, a cafe near Lakshmi Mandir, has six serving employees who are speech and hearing impaired. The restaurant has code numbers written opposite the food names in the menu.The customer is given a note book where they have to mention the code number along with the quantity.“As far as the interaction between each other is concerned, they themselves taught us the sign language when they joined us,” said Ashish Sharma, owner, Vitthal’s Kitchen.However, these employees do not get proper career and salary growth as the regular employees, working with them, rues Kamlesh, a translator at Poddar Institute of Deaf and Dumb.“In restaurants, sometimes the customers underestimate the skills of these special people. Often in hotels, they get mistreated by their peer due to their disability. Some are even blamed for theft by the co-workers. This often degrades their confidence,” says Kamlesh.

Delhi Metro: Short-circuit at Lakshmi Nagar station in women’s coach

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after an eagle hit the Delhi Metro’s Blue Line, another incident of a short -circuit occured at the Lakshmi Nagar metro station in the women’s coach. The incident occurred at around 6.30 pm. ​While passengers panicked, as they saw smoke coming out of the coach, the train was stopped and commuters were shifted to another coach as a precautionary measure.CISF officials, who man the security of the Delhi Metro said smoke was seen in the compartment when the train halted at the station.

Women’s duty to inculcate good values in children: RSS female

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior office-bearer of RSS’s female wing, Rastra Sevika Samiti, today said women should not forget their primary responsibility: to hold family together and inculcate virtues in children. Samiti’s North India head Chanderkanta said men and women are equal in a marriage, but it is the responsibility of a woman to keep the family together and to bring up the children as good citizens. “Women can pursue their careers. Today, they are in every field and playing important roles. But, one thing they should remember that children spend their maximum time with their mothers and it is their duty to inculcate virtues and good values in them,” she said. To strengthen and integrate the society women must be “made more cultured”, she suggested. She said no one listens to the weak and the women must become stronger for any society become free from fear. Rashtra Sevika Samiti was founded by Lakshmi Bai Kelkar in Nagpur 80 years ago. The organisation claims it believes in the ideology of gender equality and works for physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth of women and for their greater contribution in the family, society and the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

54-yr-old woman fights off 2 snatchers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The apathy of Delhi’s citizens is fast taking the magnitude of an unfortunate urban legend. In yet another telling incident, a 54-year-old woman’s bravery was met with colossal indifference of the passersby as she single-handedly fought the two men who were trying to snatch her chain. Not only did the spectators gather to watch the ‘battle’ and refused to help, many of them got busy making videos of the incident. And two days later, the accused remain absconding.The snatching attempt took place in northeast Delhi’s Jhilmil area, around 2 pm on Wednesday. The victim was identified as MTNL executive Santosh Kumari. She was returning to her home in Jhilmil from her office in east Delhi’s Lakshmi Nagar in a car. She had parked her car on the road side and was walking towards the other side to buy fruits.“I was talking to the fruit seller when I noticed two men on a bike approaching me. Suddenly, the pillion rider leaned forward and tried to snatch my chain,” she said.Kumari held on to her chain, which broke and fell in the fiasco. She then pushed the bikers who lost their balance and fell on the ground. “A crowd had gathered and I thought people would help me. To my surprise, they were completely insensitive to the situation. In fact, the fruit-seller ran away,” she said.Kumari, however, held on to the collar of one of the men, who kept apologising and saying that he did not touch her”. The leg of the other one was stuck under the bike. “I was shocked when a man walked up to me and instead of helping, started supporting the accused. This can happen to anyone. If we do not fight back or help the one being attacked, no one can be safe,” she said.By then, a passerby had informed the police. The accused, however, managed to flee, leaving their footwear and motorcycle behind. “Later, the police came to my house but since I had not lost my chain, I decided not to file an FIR. If someone had helped me at the time, the culprits could have been nabbed. The police also informed me that the motorcycle they were using had been stolen from Jagatpuri in the morning only,” she said.Kumari has been living in Jhilmil with her parents since 1968. For her brave act, she was awarded a cash prize of Rs 1,000 and a certificate by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shahdara, Nupur Prasad.Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have been unable to trace the accused and further investigation is underway.MODUS OPERANDIUsually, a team of two is involved so that the accused are able to escape on a two-wheeler. The bikes used are stolen and are modified by removing their fuel supply regulator to ensure high speed. The gangs mostly target elderly women. The jewellery is immediately melted while other valuables are sold off quickly as well.

CBSE results: Tamil girl beats visual disability, scores 96.6%

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The compulsion of using a magnifying glass for reading did not deter Dharshana M V form putting in her best efforts, as she scored 96.6 per cent and secured the third rank in CBSE class XII examination in the differently-abled category. Aditya R Raj from Trivandrum, Lakshmi PV from Palakkad, (both in Kerala) and Dharshana M V from Krishnagiri of Tamil Nadu are top three scorers in CBSE class XII examinations in the category, results of which were announced today. “I am very happy,” Dharshana, from Nalanda International Public School in Krishnagiri, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah ‘dozes off’ during press conference

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah appeared to have drifted to sleep during a press conference in Bengaluru on Friday. Even as Congress member K.C. Venugopal continued to passionately berate the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government during the presser, the Karnataka Chief Minister apparently caught a few winks and could be seen dozing on and off during the press conference. Interestingly, Siddaramaiah was seated right in the front row with Venugopal. The Chief Minister has been found sleeping in many instances previously May 2017: Siddaramaiah was reportedly found asleep during legislative session. KPCC Women’s Wing President Lakshmi Hebbalkar allegedly sent a slip to the CM who was nudged awake. April 2015: The Karnataka Chief Minister was found sleeping on stage during a program. July 2014: The Chief Minister was filmed sleeping during a debate on sexual offences against women in the Legislative Assembly.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parrikar presents budget, focuses on agriculture, education

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The new BJP-led government in Goa today presented its first budget that targeted an economic growth of 11 per cent in 2017-18 and laid special focus on agriculture, social security and education. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented the budget for 2017-18 and proposed additional grant for schools imparting education in Konkani and Marathi. “I am presenting a revenue surplus budget of Rs 202 crore with an estimated revenue of Rs 10,872 crore and expenditure of Rs 10,670 crore,” Parrikar said. The budget size increased to Rs 16,270 crore from Rs 14,694 crore in FY 2016-17. The Chief Minister said Goa’s per capita income stood at Rs 2,71,793, the highest among states. During the last fiscal, there was a three-fold rise in central funding to Rs 3224.61 crore, which is 22.4 per cent of the net state budget. He projected an 11 per cent growth in the gross state domestic product (GSDP) during the next fiscal. The budget assured implementation of the Public Services Act to streamline administration and introduced a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for the government servants. To curb corruption, Parrikar proposed constituting a special squad in vigilance department to probe graft cases, including those related to disproportionate assets. Parrikar targeted 6 per cent growth in agriculture and earmarked Rs 172 crore for the sector. He proposed a scheme to promote commercial cultivation of mangoes and said emphasis would be given to horticulture and floriculture. To boost sugarcane cultivation, the budget proposed Rs 10,000 per hectare subsidy to farmers. To encourage education in mother tongue, Parrikar allocated Rs 6-crore additional grant for schools imparting education in Konkani and Marathi. Also, 50 more school counsellors will be recruited. A sum of Rs 50 crore was earmarked to clear backlog of students who did not get laptops under the Cyber Age project, he said, adding 3.6 per cent of the GSDP would be spent on education. Parrikar announced that financial benefits under flagship programmes like Dayanand Social Security Scheme, Grih Aadhar and Ladli Lakshmi would be linked to inflation. The government would study the impact of these schemes. The CM proposed Rs 900 crore for social sector, Rs 475 for women and children and Rs 190 crore for tribal welfare. Allocation for public works department was raised by 40 per cent to Rs 1,900 crore. The government allotted Rs 105 crore for hosting upcoming matches of U-17 FIFA World Cup and 2018 National Games 2018. Parrikar proposed a ban on sale of plastic bags with thickness of below 40 microns and to provide LPG connection to all families to make Goa kerosene-free.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

When the saints went marching to Yogi’s official abode

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even before the first rays of sun peeped through the sprawling bungalow of newly appointed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saffron-robed seers today made a beeline to “cleanse” the premises and ensure an “auspicious entry” for the priest-turned-politician. The five-time MP from Gorakhpur, who was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of the most populous state yesterday in a grand ceremony, has decided not to enter the bungalow without proper prayers and purification ritual. The controversial mascot of hardline Hindutva is expected to enter the premises only at an auspicious moment. ‘Aditya Nath Yogi, Chief Minister’ says the new nameplate outside the 5, Kalidas Marg bungalow, which was occupied by Akhilesh Yadav for five years before his Samajwadi Party was trounced by the “saffron tsunami” in the state Assembly elections. Seven priests from Gorakhpur and Allahabad conducted prayers at the official residence of Aditynath. At the main gate, a priest put up the ‘swastika’ sign above the Chief Minister’s name plate by dipping marigold flower in sandal and haldi paste. The ‘swastika’ symbol is considered lucky and auspicious and has special significance in “grih pravesh” (house warming) as per the Hindu traditions. The priest then wrote “Om” and “Shub Laabh” on the imposing gates of the bungalow. “This is a usual ritual worship of Lakshmi-Ganesh before ‘grih pravesh’,” said one of the priests on conditions of anonymity. The gates freshly painted in white were decorated with marigold garlands, while the lush green lawns inside the compound embroidered by beds of season flowers in their full bloom, were being given final touches for the new occupant. Inside the bungalow, the priests made elaborate preparations for “yagna” and “havan”, rituals done in front of sacred fire amid chanting of vedic mantras to purify the atmosphere and ward off evil spirits, for the “mahant” of Gorakhnath Mutt.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Internet can’t be used as weapon of harassment against women’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is need for regulation and monitoring of social media platforms and the medium cannot be allowed to turn into a “weapon of misogyny and harassment” against women in the name of freedom of expression, a top Indian-origin UN Women official has said. UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri voiced concern over the growing prevalence of cyber bullying, trolling and voyeurism, saying that such threats are “magnified” for women and girls and pose a big risk for them. “We are very much in favour of regulation and monitoring of the world wide web and different platforms that exist like Facebook to say that you cannot, in the name of freedom of expression, allow this medium to be turned into another weapon of misogyny, harassment and violence against women and girls,” Puri told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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