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Joint teams to tackle illegal mining, tax evasion in Punjab: Amarinder Singh

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Chandigarh, Feb 5: In a bid to counter illegal mining and tax evasion by miners, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday ordered joint departmental teams headed by respective Deputy Commissioners to be set up in all districts of the state.

Singh also warned that no political interference would be tolerated in the matter and directed officials to initiate the crackdown without any delay.

The decision follows reports about rampant illegal mining, which was causing loss of hundreds of crores of rupees to the state exchequer.

Taking a serious note, Amarinder Singh stated offenders would not be spared at any cost.

“Illegal mining and tax evasion had led to heavy losses to the exchequer and needed to be checked on priority,” the Chief Minister said in a meeting of the sub-committee on finance here, adding that Punjab could not afford any more financial losses.

The meeting took place after a review of the Mining Department’s functioning.

Singh instructed for an increased vigil on stone crushers, located in Rupnagar, SAS Nagar (Mohali) and Pathankot districts.

The joint teams would comprise officials from the taxation, mining, revenue, and police departments, an official spokesperson asserted, adding that these would be mandated to set up roadblocks to check illegal mining and evasion of taxes.

According to the department officials, around 34 mines auctioned so far (spread over 329 hectares) in the state had not yet become operational.

Once production begins there, state revenue would be further augmented, they said, adding that earnings could go up to Rs 600-800 crore.

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Delhi University releases third cut-off list

A total of 52,183 students have deposited their fees in Delhi University so far.

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New Delhi: Delhi University on late Saturday released the third cut-off list for its ongoing admission process.

Zakir Hussain College released the cut-off list first, followed by Aryabhatta College and Rajdhani College.

A marginal dip of only 0.5 per cent was seen in the third cut-off as compared to the second as the cut-off for BA Hons (Economics), for the General category, of Aryabhatta College stands at 95.75 per cent.

Rajdhani College’s cut-off for BA Hons (Economics) for the General category stands at 95 per cent.

The cut-off for BSc (Mathematics) in the third cut-off list is 93.25 per cent, 92 per cent for Chemistry and 88 per cent for Botany. Admissions to Zoology have been closed.

A total of 52,183 students have deposited their fees in Delhi University so far.

The first cut-off of 100 per cent created a buzz across the nation. However, cut-off for the courses like BA Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Urdu, Persian etc came down to 45 per cent in many colleges in the second and third list.

Professor Hansraj Suman, in-charge of the Delhi Teachers Association and a former member of the Delhi University Admission Committee, said: “Half of the students were worried after seeing the first cut-off. In some colleges, the cut-off was 100 per cent while in some it was 99 per cent. Now, some colleges have reduced the merit so as to get some admissions.”

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Yellow alert for 16 Karnataka districts as rains in store

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Bengaluru : The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) on Saturday issued yellow alert for 16 districts, including Bengaluru.

The KSNMDC also issued a thunderstorm warning in these districts, while warning of isolated heavy to very heavy rains likely over interior Karnataka, Malnad and the coastal regions.

For Bengaluru, the agency predicted that widespread light to moderate rains with isolated places and heavy rains, associated with thunder activity, likely over BBMP area for next two days till October 26.

The alert was issued to the Deputy Commissioners of Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru Urban, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Davangere, Ramanagara, Shivamogga, Tumkuru, Dakshin Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag and Haveri.

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Schools in Delhi not opening for now, says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Saturday, ruled out reopening of schools in the national capital for now.

“Schools are not reopening for now,” Kejriwal told reporters on sidelines of an event.

The government had earlier announced that schools will continue to remain closed till October 31 in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16, when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of the measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25.

While several restrictions have been eased in different phases of “unlock”, educational institutions continue to remain closed. However, as per “unlock” phase guidelines, states can take a call about reopening schools in phases.

Earlier, schools were allowed to call students from class 9 to 12 to school on voluntary basis from September 21. However, the Delhi government decided against it.

Talking about AAP government’s decision to not pay for CBSE examination fees this year, Kejriwal cited fund crunch due to the pandemic.

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