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Congress seeks action against Delhi government on ads

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New Delhi, May 17 : The Congress on Tuesday complained to the Committee on Content Regulation of Government Advertisements on alleged violation of Supreme Court’s advertisement guidelines by the AAP government in Delhi.

In its memorandum to the SC-appointed panel, the Congress demanded that the committee must ensure recovery of public funds spent on what it said were “illegal advertisements” and an immediate ban on all such ads of the Delhi government.

“… the undersigned seeks to bring to the notice of the august committee, various instances wherein the government of NCT of Delhi (hereinafter referred to as the ‘GNCTD’) has openly flouted government advertisement guidelines laid down by the apex court,” senior Congress leader Ajay Maken said in the memorandum.

“The undersigned further seeks necessary action/directions against the GNCTD to ensure recovery of public funds misappropriated on such illegal advertisements and immediate ban on all such illegal ads of GNCTD,” the memorandum said.

The memorandum said that to ensure propriety and strict compliance of the apex court’s judgment/guidelines, such recovery shall be made at non-Department of Audio-Visual Publicity rates from the individuals responsible/party in power, who permitted/ published the illegal political ads on account of taxpayers’ money, and the amount so recovered shall be directed to be reimbursed to the corpus of GNCTD for public welfare purposes.

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Lalu Prasad ‘stable and recovering’, to undergo CT scan

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Incarcerated RJD President Lalu Prasad will undergo a CT scan on Friday to ascertain his exact health condition even as a senior officer said he was “stable and recovering”.

An official at the Hotwar jail in Ranchi said that the former Bihar Chief Minister’s health had caused concern after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on Thursday evening. Subsequently, a team of doctors from Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences examined the RJD leader.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta also rushed to the RIMS and met with the doctors treating the veteran politician. Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Jails) Birendra Bhushon said that Lalu Prasad’s health had deteriorated on Thursday but was now “recovering and stable”. Earlier, Lalu Prasad also underwent a Covid test and was found negative.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. The RIMS doctors have diagnosed that his kidneys are damaged to the extent of 75 per cent. Doctors could go for a dialysis if his kidneys’ functioning deteriorated further.

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Fire at Delhi’s ITO building, no casualties

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A fire broke out at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO on Friday here. No injuries were reported, and the blaze has been brought under control, the Fire Department said.

The fire started from a meter board of the building. “We received a call around 8.30 a.m. about a fire in the meter board at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. The fire was on the second floor of the building,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.

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Girl and father end life in UP

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A teenager battling depression for two years following her mother’s death ended her life, prompting even the father to take his life out of sheer hopelessness.

According to reports, Shalu, 18, first committed suicide by hanging herself because she could not come to terms with the death of her mother. Suraj, too followed suit, leaving behind two more daughters.

The incident took place in Nankari village in Khairabad area in Sitapur district on Wednesday. Circle Officer Piyush Kumar Singh said that Suraj, who worked as a tailor, lived there with his wife and three daughters. His wife had died two years ago and his daughter Shalu could not come to terms with the death of her mother.

“She went into depression and finally ended her life. Seeing this, Suraj also committed suicide by hanging form the same ceiling fan,” the police official said.

Both the bodies have been sent for the post-mortem. The police had filed a case and further investigations are underway.

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