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Power Distribution To Be Privatised In Union Territories: Nirmala Sitharaman

The government’s latest move is on account of sub-optimal performance of power distribution and supply.

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New Delhi, May 16 : The government has decided to privatise the power distribution sector in Union Territories to set a model for adoption of similar reforms initiatives in states.

Announcing the structural reform initiatives as part of the Rs 20 lakh-crore economic package, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said privatisation of power distribution would be carried out completely involving all power departments and utilities.

Power distribution in the Union Territory of Delhi had already been privatised. This experience will be shared with other Centre-governed territories to carry forward privatisation.

The existing electricity legislation mandated unbundling in the power sector to corporatise it, dividing power generation, transmission and distribution segments. This has happened in most states, but privatisation is moving slowly.

The government’s latest move is on account of sub-optimal performance of power distribution and supply.

It is expected to lead to better service to consumers and lead to improvement in operational and financial efficiency in distribution.

It will also provide a model for emulation by other utilities across the country.

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Ex-PM H.D. Deve Gowda takes oath as RS member

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New Delhi: Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda took oath as a Rajya Sabha member on Sunday.

The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo took oath in Kannada in the presence of Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu shortly after the House convened for the day.

Gowda, 87, was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka with the support of the opposition Congress on June 12 in the biennial elections held in Bengaluru for four seats that fell vacant after the previous members’ terms ended on June 25.

Though 45 of the 61 new members took oath on July 22 in Parliament House, Gowda could not go to New Delhi then, as he was unwell and due to coronavirus-induced restrictions on travelling for senior citizens amid the pandemic.

Gowda has entered the Rajya Sabha for the second time, 24 years after he was elected when he was the Prime Minister from June 1996 to April 1997.

Meanwhile, former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Congress leader Ambika Soni and Samajwadi Party’s Revati Ramn Singh have sought leave from Sunday’s session.

Citing health issues, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram also sought leave.

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38 new Covid deaths in Delhi; cases top 2.42 lakh

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New Delhi: Another 38 people have succumbed to the dreaded novel coronavirus here, taking the death toll due to Covid-19 in the national capital to 4,945. Also, 4,071 fresh infections have been reported, taking the total number of cases beyond 2.42 lakh, officials said.

In the last 24 hours, 61,973 RT-PCR and antigen tests were conducted in Delhi, officials said on Saturday.

The Delhi government said a total of 2,42,899 persons have so far tested positive for Covid-19, while 2,05,890 people have recovered.

It said that in the last 24 hours, 4,219 people have recovered while 4,071 new cases were detected.

Currently, there are 1,820 Containment Zones in the national capital.

(IANS)

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BSF foils bid to smuggle weapons, drugs from Pak in Jammu

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Jammu, Sep 20 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) has foiled an attempt to smuggle weapons and narcotics from Pakistan on the International Border (IB) in Jammu’ Arnia, officials said on Sunday.

The attempt was made on Saturday night.

The (BSF) observed suspicious movement near the IB in the night and thwarted the attempt to smuggle arms, ammunition and narcotics into the Indian territory.

“The BSF troops of Border Outpost (BOP) Budhwar/Bullechak observed suspicious movement of a Pakistan person near the IB during night hours and subsequently fired.

“During thorough search of the area later in morning hours following items are recovered — 58 Packets of suspected Narcotics, two pistols, four magazines and ammunition,” said the BSF.

–IANS

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