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Panaji bans selling of paan

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Panaji, Feb 17: The humble paan, chewed across the subcontinent by the rich and the poor alike, has made Panaji Mayor Surendra Furtado see red.
The Mayor of Goa’s capital on Thursday banned all paan-selling kiosks, and set up a special municipal task force on Friday to physically identify and evict paan-sellers. All of them, according to Furtado, are illegally operating in the city.

“A Goan would rather have a sip of feni, instead of chewing on paan. It is against this great city’s cultural ethos. Plus paan pouches are clogging the city’s drainage system and people spitting everywhere after eating paan and are ruining our capital’s beauty,” Furtado told IANS on Friday.

“The special task force will identify paan sellers and evict them to ensure that the city is paan-free,” Furtado also said.

A paan essentially comprises of a betel leaf, smeared with lime (chuna) and catechu (katha) paste, sprinkled with crushed betel nut, sometimes mixed with tobacco, other additives like fennel, rose-petal jam, coconut scrapings, etc.

Paan kiosks are located outside the city’s major restaurants and other vantage points near thoroughfare and often patronised after meals or by customers with a weakness for assorted tobacco and lime mixtures.

But the Mayor claims that the Municipal Corporation of Panaji does not issue licences for selling paan in the city’s jurisdiction.

“That means the business is illegal. Plus the paan-sellers are squatting on the city’s pavements selling their wares,” he said.

The resolve to ban selling of paan was made earlier this week, after the Mayor was inspecting the repair of a clogged drain near the city’s iconic Immaculate Conception Church, an area which sees thousands of tourist footfalls every day.

“The entire drain was full of plastic paan pouches. It was disgusting. Also wherever you go, you see red stains, where people eating paan have spat out the juice,” Furtado said.

There were scores of illegal paan vendors in the city, and they all are banned, he added.

IANS

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Six dead in road accidents in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 22: At least six persons were killed and four others injured in two separate road accidents in Odisha on Monday.

A deadly head-on collision between a truck and an auto-rickshaw on new Jagannath Sadak in Satyabadi area of Puri district claimed five lives and left three others injured on Sunday night, said police on Monday.

Satyabadi Inspector-in-Charge Krushna Chandra Sethy said the deceased and the injured have been identified as the residents of Andalsingha village.

Eight persons were returning after attending a funeral at Swargadwar in Puri when the auto they were travelling in was hit by a truck, said police.

While four died on the spot, one succumbed to his injury at Puri District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).

The condition of the injured was stated to be critical.

In another road accident, a person died and his wife sustained critical injuries after being hit by an unidentified vehicle at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

The deceased was identified as Dambarudhar Behera, 50. His wife has been admitted to Capital Hospital here.

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Uttar Pradesh: Dense fog causes bus-truck collision, 36 injured

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Lucknow, Jan 22: Three dozen passengers, travelling on a Uttar Pradesh roadways bus, were injured on Monday after the vehicle was hit by a speeding truck due to low visibility, police said.

The head-on collision took place near the Charpaan turn near Belipaar on the Gorakhpur-Varanasi highway.

The impact was so severe that the bus was badly damaged. A police officer said fog and poor visibility led to the accident.

The injured included 33 passengers from the bus, the bus driver, truck driver and a cleaner of the truck. Condition of two persons were serious.

The injured were admitted to the district hospital while the serious ones were rushed to the the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.

The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus belonged to the Allahabad Depot. It was on its way to Gorakhpur when the accident occurred.

While the weather has cleared in most parts, fog and poor visibility continues in eastern parts of the state, especially on the national highways leading to such accidents.

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CISF recovers 20 live cartridges from woman at Adarsh ​​Nagar Metro Station

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New Delhi, Jan 22: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel on Monday seized twenty  live cartridges from a woman at Adarsh Nagar metro station in the national capital during security checking.

The Adarsh Nagar metro station is located on the Yellow Line stretch of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), runs from Samaypur Badli to Huda city centre in Gurugram.

More details awaited.

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