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Kejriwal seeks audit of DMRC, stay on fare hike till report

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New Delhi, Oct 1: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday sought an independent audit of the Delhi Metro’s accounts and a stay on the proposed fare hike till the final report is received.

“… there is an immediate need for an independent audit of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) accounts, since residents of Delhi have already experienced how the private power distribution companies (discoms) used to hike power tariffs by showing fake losses,” he said in a Delhi government statement.

“If the commuters would not be able to use the Metro because of high fares, what would be the utility of running the Metro,” he pointed out.

The state government had opposed the hike, which was proposed in September last year, said Kejriwal, and decried the “manner in which the views of the elected government could be ignored” by Fare Fixation Committee (FFC), which decided the new increased fares.

The Centre had set up a committee last year, comprising of each nominee belong from the Central and the Delhi governments and a retired judge of Delhi High Court to chalk  out  the case for and recommend a price hike.

However, the committee had approved a two-phase hike in May. While one hike has already been done, the other was to be roll out from October 10.

In the statement, Kejriwal also appealed the DMRC to follow the Hong Kong model and not burden the common man with repeated increase in fares.

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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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Minor found dead in Manipur observation home

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Imphal, Nov 13: A minor who was arrested in connection with the death of a girl was found hanging from a ceiling fan at a government-run observation home in Manipur on Tuesday, police said.

Police sources said that the minor, a Class 12 student, was arrested on October 13 from Thoubal district.

He was remanded in the observation home, run by the social welfare department of the Manipur government.

He allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in the home. L. Manojkumar, Superintendent of the home, said the home was not responsible for the incident.

However, Yumkhaibam Lembi, the deceased’s mother, said: “My son was pressurised to confess to his involvement in the death of the girl. He was innocent.

“He had told the court that he was tortured inside the home to make him confess to the crime he did not commit,” she said.

There were protests at the home by the minor’s relatives. Police was rushed there to maintain law and order.

Security was also beefed up in the localities where the minor and the girl lived, fearing lawlessness.

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