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Second metro fare hike in year is against law, says Kejriwal

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New Delhi, Oct 2: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that Delhi Metro’s proposed fare hike, the second in a year  is against the law and appealed the centre to put the hike on hold.

Kejriwal asserted the increase in fares will be clear violation of the Fare Fixation Committee’s (FFC) recommendation which states that “there shall be a gap of at least one year between two fare hikes”, an official statement from the Chief Minister’s office said.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has claimed it follows recommendations of the FFC on fare hike, but by ignoring the time gap between two fare hikes the FFC recommendations are being “selectively implemented” by DMRC, it added.

“Delhi government has never interfered in functioning of DMRC, but when it comes to commuters who would face problems, then it can’t remain quite, ,” Kejriwal said.

“Delhi government appeals to the central government to invoke its powers under Section 86 of the Delhi Metro Railway (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002 to put on hold any fare hike till the entire matter is reviewed jointly by the central and Delhi governments,” the statement read.

However , new fares are slated to be implemented  from October 10 for second time in a year.

The last increase was in May when the minimum fare climbed from Rs 8 to Rs 10 and the maximum from Rs 30 to Rs 50.

DMRC and the AAP-led Delhi government are witnessing tussle over fare hike for the past one week.

On Saturday, Kejriwal urged Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri to direct DMRC to withhold the fair hike and following this, yesterday he called for an independent audit of the DMRC’s accounts.

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After 12 days of closure, Cochin airport set to open on August 26

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Kochi, Aug 21: After 12 days of closure due to the flood waters, the Cochin International Airport, one of the three in Kerala and the busiest, all set to open on August 26. 

Airport authorities have been engaged in a massive cleaning operation of the operational area that was submerged by flood waters.

One side the compound wall of the airport came down after water from the swollen Periyar river and its tributaries, which received an unprecedented amount of water released by major dams, entered the complex, turning it into a virtual sea.

The airport was first closed on August 9, for a few hours, and then on August 15.

Consequent to the flooding, a Rs 60 crore solar power plant, billed as one of the biggest in an airport, was submerged.

The Cochin airport handled 10 million passengers in fiscal 2017-18.

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Woman set ablaze for resisting rape in Bihar

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Patna, Aug 21: A woman was allegedly set ablaze for resisting rape attempt by three men in Nalanda district of Bihar.

The incident took place on Monday. The victim was admitted to the nearby hospital.

The crime against women and children has witnessed a surge across the country.

In another spine-chilling instance, a woman was brutally beaten by a mob in Bhojpur yesterday. Not only this, later she was stripped off and paraded naked over her involvement in the killing of a youth.

Earlier on August 16, eleven men allegedly gang-raped two minor girls in Lohardaga district of Jharkhand.

Prior to this, an 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Madarsa in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau on August 4.

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Traffic stalled on Thane-Pune road after landslide at Malshej Ghat

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Thane, Aug 21: Traffic movement on Thane-Pune road was stalled on Tuesday morning following a landslide near Malshej Ghat.

Consequentially, the route from Malshej Ghat, which is a significant link to Mumbai and other areas via Murbad taluka in Thane district of Maharashtra, has been shut for traffic.

The landslide occurred at around 2:15 am due to rains. However, no casualty has been reported in the incident, but as a precautionary measure and to remove the debris, the ghat route has been closed.

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