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Government to introduce Rs 100 coins soon

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New Delhi, Sep 13: The Central government will introduce coins of Rs 100 soon to commemorate birth centenary of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister DR Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran.

On Tuesday, the Finance Ministry issued notification regarding introduction of Rs 100 coin. Apart from this Centre will also issue new Rs 5 coin.

“The ministry in exercise of the powers conferred by clauses (d) and (e) of sub-section (2) of section 24 of the Coinage Act, 2011 (11 of 2011), the Central Government, has decided to coined Rs 100 – which are presently distributed in notes form, and introduce Rs 10 and Rs 5 coins with new features at the Mint for issue under the authority of the Central Government to commemorate the occasion of Birth Centenary of Dr M S Subbulakshmi and Dr MG Ramachandran Birth Centenary,” Finance Ministry said in its statement.

The newly minted coins will bear MGR’s portrait in the centre, with inscription ‘Dr M G Ramachandran Birth Centenary’ will be inscribed in the lower periphery while the same will be inscribed in the Devanagari script on the upper periphery.

The reverse side of the coin will be etched with the Lion Capital of Ashoka Pillar in the centre along with the inscription ‘Satyamev Jayte’.

The Rs 100 will weigh 35 grams and made of 50 per cent silver, 40 per cent copper, 5 per cent nickel and 5 per cent zinc.

The Rs 5 coins will weigh 6 grams and made of 75 per cent copper, 20 per cent zinc and 5 per cent nickel.

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BJP leader Lal Singh threatens journalists,draws sharp rebuke from Congress, NC

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New Delhi, June 23: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Choudhary Lal Singh on Friday threatened journalists to ‘fall in line & draw a line’ over their reporting on the Kathua rape and murder case,, with an apparent reference to the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

Singh’s controversial reference that if media persons won’t mend the ways they will meet the fate of journalist Shujaat Bukhari drew sharp rebuke from Congress party who asked if BJP leaders have some information off the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

Singh’s outrageous remarks were condemned by both the Congress party and  former chief minister and National Congress leader Omar Abdullah.

Referring to Kathua case, Singh told a press conference in Jammu on Friday that Kashmiri journalists had created a “wrong atmosphere” there.

Shujaat’s death is now being used by BJP as a tool to threaten other journalists.

Singh was the forest minister in the previous PDP-BJP government and was asked to resign from the cabinet in April after he participated in a rally in support of the accused in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim tribal girl in Kathua.

“Now I will tell Kashmiri journalists to draw a line on the journalism you do and how you have to live. Do you have to live like what happened to Basharat, so that such a situation emerges?,” Singh said in an apparent reference to Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari who was assassinated by gunmen outside his office on June 14.

“So mend your ways and draw a line, so that this brotherhood remains intact and there is progress,” Singh said.

“Dear journalists, your colleagues in Kashmir just got threatened by a @BJP4India MLA. It seems Shujaat’s death is now a tool for goons to use to threaten other journalists,” Omar tweeted.

 

Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala questioned that it shows BJP leaders have some information  of the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.
“Shocking & reprehensible! BJP J&K MLA, Lal Singh openly threatens journalists to ‘fall in line & draw a line’. He horrifically says that otherwise they will meet the fate of Shujat Bukhari by naming his brother. Does BJP leaders have some special knowledge of the assassination?”, Surjewala tweeted.

 

 

 

Shujaat Bukhari’s brother Basharat Bukhari was law and parliamentary affairs minister in the PDP-BJP government before BJP withdrew from the alliance.

 

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Air India flights delayed at IGI Airport

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New Delhi, June 23: Several Air India flights on Saturday delayed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital after system failure of the airline server.

An airline spokesperson told news agency PTI that the departure timings of flights were affected and the delays due to the software malfunction stretched from 15-30 minutes.

“The software-related glitch affected operations from 1 PM to 2.30 PM during which period, check-in and other services were handled manually,” the spokesperson asserted.

System failure left hundreds of passengers stranded at the airport.

SITA, a global airlines IT services solution giant, which provides its check-in, boarding and baggage tracking technology, manages Air India’s software solution.

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BVR Subrahmanyam takes charge as Chief Secretary of J&K

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Srinagar, June 23: Chhattisgarh-cadre IAS officer BVR Subrahmanyam on Saturday took charge as the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet transferred Subrahmanyam to Jammu and Kashmir following the imposition of Governor’s Rule in the valley.

Earlier he served as Additional Chief Secretary (Home) in Chattisgarh.

Jammu and Kashmir was placed under Governor’s Rule on Wednesday after President Ram Nath Kovind approved the measure.

The development took place after Mehbooba Mufti stepped down as Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) exit from its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Subramanyam is an IAS Officer of 1987 batch.

He has served as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s personal secretary from 2002 to 2007.

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