Indore, the cleanest, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh —cleanliness survey
New Delhi, May 16 (PTI): Indore emerged as the cleanest city, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh in the government’s cleanliness survey. The results of Swachh Survekshan 2018, which aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country, were announced today by Minister of State for Housing Hardeep Singh Puri today. Jharkhand was adjudged the best performing state in the survey followed by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Indore was the cleanest city last year as well but that survey was conducted only for around 430 cities. This time it was conducted for around 4,200 cities. The names of the worst performing cities would be announced on the day the awards would be presented, Puri said.
Seven killed due to lightning strikes in West Bengal
Kolkata, May 16 (PTI): At least seven people were killed and over 9 injured in different districts of West Bengal after lightning struck them amid heavy rains this morning, officials said. While four persons were killed in Nadia district, two incidents of deaths due to lightning strike were reported from North 24 Parganas district, a state disaster management department official said. A farmer was also killed in Bankura district after lightning struck him during heavy rains and thunderstorm this morning, a police officer in Bankura said. All the four killed in Nadia district were agricultural labourers and two among them were brothers, the district police said. So far, 25 people have died in the state due to lightning and nor’wester since April.
Six suspected Maoists arrested from hotel
Dhanbad (Jharkhand), May 16 (PTI): A Giridih police team has arrested six suspected Maoists from an upscale hotel near Dhanbad railway station, police said today. Giridih superintendent of police Surendra Kumar Jha today confirmed the arrest and said it was made in the early hours of May 15. He said the interrogation of the six suspected Maoists is on and on the basis of the information got from them, search operations have been launched in the dense forests of Giridih, a Maoist hotbed, the SP added. Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Dhanbad on May 25 to address a public rally and through remote lay the foundation stones of a power plant of the Adani group at Godda, an AIIMS and an international airport at Deoghar and a unit of Hindustan Urvarak Rasayan Limited at Sindri.
EC to resume hearing in 20 AAP legislators case today
New Delhi, May 16 (PTI): The Election Commission will tomorrow resume the hearing in the case of 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs after the Delhi High Court set aside their disqualification for allegedly holding office-of-profit. The commission had last month directed the 20 Delhi lawmakers to appear in person or through their legal representatives at 3.00 pm on May 17 for “oral hearing”. The poll panel’s decision to resume hearing came after the high court March 23 order. The court had termed the recommendation as “vitiated” and “bad in law” and directed the commission to hear the issue afresh. The high court had said with the poll body’s opinion and the subsequent notification being set aside, the proceedings before the commission would continue from the stage the error and lapse occurred. The legislators, who were appointed parliamentary secretaries, had challenged their disqualification on the ground of holding office-of-profit. The MLAs had alleged that the commission had not given a hearing to their pleas since March last year. They were accused of holding office-of-profit as they were appointed parliamentary secretaries to ministers in the Delhi government in March 2015. The commission had on January 19 recommended the disqualification of the AAP MLAs — Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gahlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal and Shiv Charan Goyal. The others were Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh. President Ram Nath Kovind had accepted the commission’s opinion the next day.
Students to say ‘Jai Hind’ during roll call in MP schools
Bhopal, May 16 (PTI): Students across Madhya Pradesh would be responding to the roll call with ‘Jai Hind’ instead of the usual ‘Yes sir’ or ‘Yes madam’ from the coming academic year, as per a recent government order. The objective is to foster patriotism among children, said School Education Minister Vijay Shah. “We recently issued a directive to 1.22 lakh government schools and more than 35,000 private schools to ensure that students say ‘Jai Hind’ during the roll call from the coming academic session,” Shah told PTI. Students say ‘Yes sir’ or ‘Yes madam’ or ‘present’.