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Former minister Padmalochan Panda joins BJP in Odisha

Panda, a three-time MLA from Simulia assembly segment in Balasore district, had resigned from the primary membership of Congress on October 7.

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 21 : Former Odisha Minister and Congress leader Padmalochan Panda joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday.

The former MLA joined the BJP in the presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and state BJP president Basant Panda at a programme in Balasore district.

Panda, a three-time MLA from Simulia assembly segment in Balasore district, had resigned from the primary membership of Congress on October 7.

Welcoming Panda into the party, the Petroleum Minister said he has accepted the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah and his joining will further strengthen the party.

Panda was Minister of state for Fisheries and Animal Resources Development and Panchayati Raj departments from February 1999 to March 2000 during the Congress regime in the state.

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Delhi-NCR wakes up to rain

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New Delhi, Nov 14: The national capital on Wednesday witnessed rains in the morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 17.6 degrees Celsius, four notches above season’s average.

“There has been light drizzles in the Delhi-NCR belt since Tuesday night. The sky will remain cloudy throughout the day with light rains. No rain is expected tomorrow,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi continued to breathe “very poor” air  with the Air Quality Index (AQI) at 9 a.m. recorded  355 with prominent pollutants being PM 2.5 and PM 10.

Meanwhile, the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir saw fresh snowfall and rains and according to the Met forecast scattered rains and snow to continue till Thursday.

Kargil in Ladakh region was the coldest at minus 7 degrees Celsius, while Leh was minus 1.4.

Jammu city recorded 15.2 degrees Celsius while Katra was at 11.7.

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2 Killed In Fire At High-Rise In Mumbai’s Andheri

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Mumbai, Nov 13 : At least two persons were killed when a fire broke out on the 10-11 floors of a building in Andheri West, late on Tuesday night, an official said.

The fire was reported around 10.10 p.m. in the middle floors of the 21-storied Kadam Nagar SRA Building on Veera Desai Road, police said.

“The fire has now been confined to electrical wiring, household articles, furniture in a flat on the 10th floor and in some portion of a flat on the 11th floor,” a fire official said.

At least 10 firetenders and other specialised equipment were rushed to the scene to battle the fire.

Rescuers managed to retrieve two victims who were taken to a hospital and were declared dead, said the BMC Disaster Control.

Details of the cause of the fire and the victims’ identity were not immediately available.

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UP cabinet ratifies name change of Allahabad, Faizabad

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Lucknow, Nov 13 : The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday ratified the renaming of Faizabad as Ayodhya and Allahabad as Prayagraj district, an official spokesman said.

The cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, also decided that the Faizabad division would now be known as Ayodhya division and the Allahabad division as Prayagraj.

The cabinet also approved the tabling of the report of the Judicial Commission that probed the death of 25 persons in a stampede at Rajghat bridge in Varanasi in October 2016.

The cabinet also approved a proposal to award the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Award of Merit to good teachers of the financially unaided schools of the state.

There are 19,275 such schools in the state and under the award scheme, one teacher each from every division would be given Rs 25,000.

The cabinet also fixed the minimum support price (MSP) of maize at Rs 1,700 per quintal and okayed Rs 20 as carrying charges in addition to the MSP.

The procurement would be conducted in 20 districts and a budget of Rs 214.90 crore has been fixed for buying one lakh metric tonnes.

An Amendment (Fifth) in the rule book of the Medical University Service was also made, paving the way for the post of Assistant Professor in place of Lecturer.

The cabinet also approved the transfer of 48.03 square meters of land at the government polytechnic on Faizabad road in Lucknow to the Lucknow Metro and acquisition of 130 buildings around the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi for the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project.

166 houses have already been acquired. The government has earmarked Rs 413 crore for this, of which Rs 190 crore has been sanctioned.

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