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Haryana Roadways employees to go on strike tomorrow

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Chandigarh, June 12 : The Haryana Roadways Employees Union has decided to go on a one-day strike tomorrow protesting against the state government’s policy of granting permits to private operators.

The strike will inconvenience thousands of commuters who depend on Haryana Roadways buses for commuting.

“We are protesting the government’s policy of granting permits to private operators. The government is planning to privatise the roadways,” Haryana Roadways Workers Union, president, Sarbat Singh Punia said today.

He said the strike will start tomorrow morning and Haryana Roadways buses from all 24 depots will remain off the roads.

“We don’t want to put common people to inconvenience, but people will understand that what we are doing is in everybody’s larger interest,” Punia said.

The roadways employees had earlier gone on a three-day strike in April.

“The government is promoting privatisation, which is not acceptable. We demand cancellation of permits given to private operators to ply buses on some routes,” he said.

Punia said that there were 4,000 buses in the Haryana Roadways fleet.

“There is also shortage of drivers and conductors. We need 16,000 buses to cater to the 2.5 crore population of Haryana. Rather than thinking to privatise the roadways, the government should think of adding more buses and improving the services.

“There is no demand to privatise roadways from the people of Haryana, so why should the government show haste,” he said.

Asked how long will their strike continue, Punia said, “we will see the government’s response tomorrow and then decide if we need to extend our stir or not”.

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42,000 Bihar Board answer sheets recovered from scrap dealer

According to the police, shopkeeper Pappu Gupta said that a peon Chotu Singh of a government-run school had sold the answer sheets for Rs 8,500 to him last week.

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Patna, June 23 (IANS) A Special Investigation Team of the Bihar Police on Saturday recovered 42,000 missing copies of answer sheets of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Class 10th exam from a scrap dealer’s shop and arrested two persons in the connection.

Acting on specific information, the SIT raided the shop at Hajiyapur in Gopalganj district and recovered all copies of answer sheets that went missing last week. The team arrested the scrap dealer and his helper for purchasing them, police said.

According to the police, shopkeeper Pappu Gupta said that a peon Chotu Singh of a government-run school had sold the answer sheets for Rs 8,500 to him last week.

Following the reports in local Hindi dailies last week that 42,000 copies of answer sheets had gone missing from SS Balika Inter School in Gopalganj, an FIR was filed and school Principal was detained and interrogated by the police.

The Patna High Court has taken cognizance of reports and asked the state government to come up with an explanation within a month.

Around 17.7 lakh students have appeared for the BSEB 2018 10th class exam.

In 2017, just half of the students (50.12 per cent) had managed to clear the 10th class exam.

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Kashmir Editors Guild condemns BJP leader’s ‘threat’ remarks

The KEG said Lal Singh had invoked Shujaat Bukhari’s murder at a time when police in Srinagar was investigating the case and that his statement indicated that he holds some information about the murder which must be investigated.

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Srinagar, June 23 (IANS) Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) on Saturday condemned the statement of former Minister and BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh who, a day ago, said Kashmiri journalists must be aware of their conduct after the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

“Invoking the brutal assassination of senior editor Shujaat Bukhari, Singh has suggested to the Kashmir media to draw a line and to decide if they have to work the way he (Bukhari) was working. Singh has moved way ahead and issued a direct threat to the media in Kashmir,” the KEG said in a statement.

The editors’ body further said: “Lal Singh has accused the Kashmir media of creating a wrong atmosphere.”

The KEG said Lal Singh had invoked Shujaat Bukhari’s murder at a time when police in Srinagar was investigating the case and that his statement indicated that he holds some information about the murder which must be investigated.

Lal Singh, who resigned from the cabinet in April following his participation in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch in January in support of those accused of rape and murder of a young girl in Kathua, made the remarks in a presser on Friday.

The Guild said they reserved the right to lodge a police case against the lawmaker who had earlier named a number of reporters for his “fall from grace in wake of the Kathua probe”.

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Monsoon likely to enter Bihar next week

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Patna, June 23: The much-awaited monsoon is likely to enter Bihar by next week, ushering in good news for millions who have been reeling under a heatwave like condition, an official on Saturday said.

According to the Met Department official here, monsoon is set to hit Bihar in the next two to three days. It has already been delayed by nearly two weeks.

It hits the state between June 10 and 12. But no monsoon till the third week of June has triggered fears of deficit rainfall, which could result in a drought-like situation.

There has been a heatwave in Bihar since last week. “Only rains could bring relief from the scorching heat. There will be rains soon and temperature will come down by two to four degrees,” the official added.

Temperature has been hovering above 40 degrees Celsius since the last ten days in Patna and Gaya districts.

Farmers were hoping for a normal monsoon-like in 2017 which had helped them increase their paddy output. But the delayed arrival of it is set to hit paddy sowing.

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