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Khandwa water protest against development, says CM

Bhopal : With the agitation against raising Omkareshwar dam water level here in Madhya Pradesh continuing for the 14th day, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said the protest is against development.

Speaking during a public meeting in Dabana village, Chouhan said the efforts against development will not be allowed to succeed and the water from Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar projects will be taken to every village and field of the Nimad region.

He also said if the farmers in Nimad get water for irrigation, they would not lag behind Punjab farmers.


UP CM announces 'One City, One Ticket' for Noida, Lucknow

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday announced a 'One City, One Ticket' facility for Lucknow and Noida cities. Under this scheme, a passenger can avail of Metro rail, city bus and other transport facilities with just a single ticket.

The chief minister made an announcement to this effect at his official residence.

Senior officials of the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation and transport and urban development departments were asked to ensure necessary action with regard to it, an official said.


UP ends VAT on solar power appliances

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday announced the end of Value Added Tax (VAT) on solar power appliances in the state.

He said provided with facilities and the right environment, entrepreneurs of the state can propel Uttar Pradesh as a front ranking and developed state in the country.

Pointing out how countries like Japan and Germany had made gigantic strides of progress based on micro, small and cottage industries, he said the success of 'Make in India' mission was not possible without a major role for 'Make in UP'.


Probe UP police firing on tribals, say green activists

New Delhi : Green activists on Friday demanded an independent inquiry into the incident of firing and cane-charging by police against tribals in Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh Police opened fire on April 14 and 18 at the members of Kanhar Bachao Andolan and Kanhar Bandh Virodhi Sangharsh Samiti, who were protesting land acquisition by the state government for the construction of the controversial Kanhar dam, a fact-finding team (FFT) said.

Section of media maligning my government: Mamata

Kolkata : Accusing a section of the media of spreading canards to malign her government and create unrest, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday reiterated her claim that the April 18 Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls were as "peaceful" as ever.

"One influential media house is trying to spread canards to malign our government. They want to create unrest. Our government is doing good work. So a section of the media is hatching conspiracy against us," Banerjee told media persons here.


32-33 companies of central forces for civic polls: Mamata

Kolkata : A total of 32-33 companies of the central forces are arriving in the state for Saturday's elections to 91 civic bodies, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here on Friday.

"Our government has been informed that 32-33 companies of central force are arriving in the state. Though it's late, I thank them. We have very little time. But they have said the central forces cannot be positioned at the booths. They will only be engaged in patrolling."

"We will provide logistic support," she said.


Jaitley holds meet to recast new tax return forms

New Delhi : Finance Minister on Friday met key industry representatives for their inputs on modifying the norms and the forms for filing returns but gave no assurances on when the exercise will be completed.

During his visit to the US last week, the tax administration had notified some new forms on filing returns that required details of all bank accounts and foreign travel, among other issues, which had raised a storm.


Serious fraud investigators probing 139 cases: Jaitley

New Delhi : As many as 139 cases were being investigated by the government's Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) in last three years until April 20, Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday.

The SFIO has probed nine cases in 2015-16 so far and 56 were referred in the whole of the last fiscal, Jaitley told the Lok Sabha in a written reply. In 2013-14, a total of 63 cases were investigated.


Water samples failed in 2,922 government schools in Punjab

Chandigarh : Students in a number of government schools in Punjab are being forced to drink unsafe water, the Punjab and Haryana High Court was told on Friday.

The Punjab government admitted before the Punjab and Haryana High Court that water samples in 2,922 government schools in the state have failed quality tests.

Taking cognizance of this startling admission, the court directed the state government to initiate immediate corrective steps and ensure safe drinking water for students.


Rajasthan farmer's family demands CBI probe into his death

Jaipur : The family of farmer Gajendra Singh, who committed suicide at an AAP rally in Delhi, on Friday demanded an CBI probe into the circumstances leading to his death.

"We want a CBI probe... a fair probe. We have conveyed it to Rajasthan Health Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore, who came here today (Friday) to meet us," Gopal Singh, Gajendra Singh's uncle, told IANS over phone from the family's village in Dausa district.

Rathore visited Nangal Jhamarwara in Dausa district to meet Gajendra Singh's family and handed them over a cheque of Rs.4 lakh on behalf of the BJP.