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Congress seeks action against Delhi government on ads

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Ajay Maken

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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After 12 days of closure, Cochin airport set to open on August 26

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Kochi, Aug 21: After 12 days of closure due to the flood waters, the Cochin International Airport, one of the three in Kerala and the busiest, all set to open on August 26. 

Airport authorities have been engaged in a massive cleaning operation of the operational area that was submerged by flood waters.

One side the compound wall of the airport came down after water from the swollen Periyar river and its tributaries, which received an unprecedented amount of water released by major dams, entered the complex, turning it into a virtual sea.

The airport was first closed on August 9, for a few hours, and then on August 15.

Consequent to the flooding, a Rs 60 crore solar power plant, billed as one of the biggest in an airport, was submerged.

The Cochin airport handled 10 million passengers in fiscal 2017-18.

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Woman set ablaze for resisting rape in Bihar

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Patna, Aug 21: A woman was allegedly set ablaze for resisting rape attempt by three men in Nalanda district of Bihar.

The incident took place on Monday. The victim was admitted to the nearby hospital.

The crime against women and children has witnessed a surge across the country.

In another spine-chilling instance, a woman was brutally beaten by a mob in Bhojpur yesterday. Not only this, later she was stripped off and paraded naked over her involvement in the killing of a youth.

Earlier on August 16, eleven men allegedly gang-raped two minor girls in Lohardaga district of Jharkhand.

Prior to this, an 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Madarsa in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau on August 4.

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Traffic stalled on Thane-Pune road after landslide at Malshej Ghat

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Thane, Aug 21: Traffic movement on Thane-Pune road was stalled on Tuesday morning following a landslide near Malshej Ghat.

Consequentially, the route from Malshej Ghat, which is a significant link to Mumbai and other areas via Murbad taluka in Thane district of Maharashtra, has been shut for traffic.

The landslide occurred at around 2:15 am due to rains. However, no casualty has been reported in the incident, but as a precautionary measure and to remove the debris, the ghat route has been closed.

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