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PM to launch Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana from Ballia

He will launch the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana from Ballia. This scheme aims to provide LPG connections to 5 crore women beneficiaries from BPL families over the next three years.

The Prime Minister will also visit his constituency, Varanasi. He will distribute e-rickshaws to beneficiaries. He will visit Gyan Pravah - Centre for Cultural Studies and Research – at Varanasi. He will hold a meeting with prominent citizens in Varanasi.

The Prime Minister will launch a scheme for environment-friendly “E-Boats” at the famous Assi Ghat. These E-boats will not only reduce pollution, but will also bring down the operational costs, thereby enabling higher incomes for those who earn their livelihoods through such boats on the River Ganga.

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Madhya Pradesh High Court terms reservation in promotions in the State as unconstitutional

The Madhya Pradesh High Court termed reservation in promotions in the state as unconstitutional.

The division bench chaired by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar stated in its order that the reservation to underprivileged during appointments is logical but reservation in promotions frustrate talented people.

The court said that giving priority to reserved categories over general classes in promotions is not justice.

Several employee associations and social organisations had filed petitions against reservation in promotions in the court.

Petitioners had challenged the rules of the state government which provided reservation in promotion for Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes.

Petitioners urged that these rules are against provisions of the constitution.

All the reservation based promotions after 2002 will be cancelled after the court’s judgement.

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Only CNG taxies to ply in Delhi, NCR from may 1

In a major body blow for taxi operators, the Supreme Court on Saturday ruled that only CNG taxis will be allowed to run in Delhi and NCR from tomorrow.

All radio taxis, app-based cab operators will have to switch to CNG from May 1, the top court said, refusing to extend the April 30 deadline for taxis to convert into CNG.

Taxi owners had pleaded before the court that there's no technology available in the market to convert a diesel car into one that uses CNG.

"We gave sufficient time for private taxis to convert to CNG and we are not inclined to extend the deadline," the apex court told the operators.

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Rajan Bargotra new Coast Guard (East) Commander

Rajan Bargotra today assumed charge as Coast Guard Commander and Inspector General of Eastern Region here.

Bargotra, a sixth batch officer of the Indian Coast Guard replaces Satya who retired after serving the maritime force for 36 years. Sharma was given a traditional farewell at a function, a Coast Guard release said.

New Delhi-born Bargotra, an alumni of National Defence College, had served in many responsibilities in the Coast Guard including Chief of Staff, Coast Guard Western region, and Commander, Coasts Guard District, among others.

Prior to taking up the new role, Bargotra was the Principal Director (Logistics) at the Coast Guard, New Delhi.

A recipient of 'Tatrakshak Medal' for meritorious service, Bargotra stressed on strengthening the Coastal Security mechanism and to expedite the growth of infrastructure towards supporting Coast Guard operations in the region.

The 'handing over taking over' ceremony was held at Coast Guard Air Station with full military honours.

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Real Estate Act comes into force on may 1

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After eight-long years of efforts, the much awaited Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, will come into force on Sunday, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) announced in a statement.

The implementation of the Act will lead to the making of necessary operational rules and creation of institutional infrastructure for protecting the interests of consumers and promoting the growth of real estate sector in an environment of trust, confidence, credible transactions and efficient and time-bound execution of projects, the ministry stated.

A proposal for a law for Real Estate was first mooted at the National Conference of Housing Ministers of States and Union Territories in January 2009.

As per the HUPA notification announcing the commencement of the Act on May 1, rules under the Act have to be formulated by the Central and state governments within six months i.e by October 31, 2016 under the Section 84 of the Act. The HUPA Ministry would make rules for union territories without legislatures while the Urban Development Ministry would do so for Delhi.

The Section 84 of the Act stipulates that “the appropriate government shall, within a period of six months of the commencement of this Act, by notification, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act.”

Early setting up of Real Estate Regulatory Authorities with whom all real estate projects have to be registered and Appellate Tribunals for adjudication of disputes is the key for providing early relief and protection to the large number of buyers of properties, HUPA said.

The Section 20 of the Act says “The appropriate Government shall, within a period of one year from the date of coming into force of this Act, by notification establish an authority to be known as the Real Estate Regulatory Authority to exercise the powers conferred on it and to perform the functions assigned to it under this Act”. These Authorities decide on the complaints of buyers and developers in 60 days time.

The Section 20 of this Act also empowers appropriate Governments to designate any officer preferably Secretary of the Department dealing with Housing, as the interim Regulatory Authority until the establishment of Regulatory Authority under the provisions of the Act.

Regulatory Authorities, upon their constitution get three months’ time to formulate regulations concerning their day-to-day functioning under the Section 85 of the Act.

The time limits of six months for formulation of rules and one year for setting up Regulatory Authorities and Appellate Tribunals are the outer limit and the states willing to act quickly could do so and the HUPA Ministry would notify the remaining sections of the Act to enable relief to the buyers under the Act as quickly as possible, the statement added.

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