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Gujarat village auctions sewage water yearly, makes ₹80,000
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A village in Gujarat's Bansankhtha district holds an annual event to auction sewage water, and also makes revenue from it. The village has low groundwater, and the sewage water is used for irrigation purposes in farming. Notably, the village first got the idea of the auction three years back, and now makes ₹80,000 in revenue from it.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 12:18 pm on 26 Jul
Lizard found in biryani served to passenger on train
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A lizard was found in the veg biryani served to a passenger on the Howrah-Delhi Poorva Express Train on Tuesday. The passenger ate some of the biryani and later discovered the dead lizard, after which she tweeted her complaint to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. The incident comes amid CAG's report which said food on trains is "unfit for human consumption".
short by Sumedha Sehra / 10:57 am on 26 Jul
RBI stops printing ₹2,000 notes: Reports
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had stopped printing the ₹2,000 currency notes about five months ago and has started printing the smaller denomination ₹200 notes, people familiar with the matter said. They also added that around a billion new ₹200 notes will be in circulation next month. Further, no more ₹2,000 notes will be printed this fiscal, they said.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 12:00 pm on 26 Jul
Kovind 1st President from UP; Read other Presidents' records
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Newly-appointed President Ram Nath Kovind is the first from Uttar Pradesh to hold the country's highest post. Some of the previous Presidents with singular records are Dr Rajendra Prasad, who is the only President to be elected thrice. Further, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy is the only to be elected unopposed, while APJ Abdul Kalam was the only bachelor in all Presidents.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 10:31 am on 26 Jul
Air India to serve wine, retrain chefs for 'Indian touch'
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Air India plans to serve a variety of wines, mocktails, and regional cuisines to its business and first class passengers on international flights, starting October. The airline also plans to offer passengers the food of their choice, and impart refresher training to chefs across 28 countries who have "lost their Indian touch." It will introduce new cutlery for premium passengers.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 11:19 am on 26 Jul
All Indian airlines asked to carry Hindi newspapers
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued an advisory asking airlines to carry Hindi newspapers and magazines on flights. DGCA Joint Director General Lalit Gupta said in a letter to the airlines, "Not providing Hindi reading material on board is against Indian government's policy for official language." The letter was reportedly printed in Hindi.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:42 pm on 26 Jul
Free access to toilets for women, kids in north Delhi hotels
short by Sonu Kumari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
North Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to give women and children free access to toilets in all 270 hotels and restaurants under its jurisdiction. "This decision has been taken to facilitate women and children, especially in areas where public conveniences are not available," the North Delhi Mayor said. Notably, South Delhi already has this facility in place since May 1.
short by Sonu Kumari / 12:35 pm on 26 Jul
Ex-Prez Pranab Mukherjee joins Twitter as @CitiznMukherjee
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Former President Pranab Mukherjee made a personal Twitter account by the handle '@CitiznMukherjee'. He earlier used to tweet from the '@rashtrapatibhvn' account, which now represents President Ram Nath Kovind. Further, all tweets made by Mukherjee as President have been archived at '@POI13'. Interestingly, it was Mukherjee who had brought the tradition of the President's official Twitter handle.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 09:36 am on 26 Jul
Sacked employees damage Vivo factory in Noida
short by Sonu Kumari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Workers of Vivo phone factory on Tuesday protested and damaged the company premises in Greater Noida, alleging that the Chinese firm had sacked over 60 employees without giving prior notice. They claimed that Vivo, the title sponsor of IPL T20, hired many workers during the season but fired over 1,000 employees after the matches ended nearly two months ago.
short by Sonu Kumari / 12:07 pm on 26 Jul
2-month-old baby airlifted in Bengaluru for treatment
short by Sonu Kumari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A two-month-old baby boy suffering from acute bronchitis was airlifted on Monday from one hospital to another in Bengaluru. "It is the first time in my experience that a baby as young as two months was airlifted for critical medical care," said an official from the hospital, where the baby had been in the ICU before being airlifted.
short by Sonu Kumari / 11:02 am on 26 Jul
Docs chant mantra for hours to bring down deaths in hospital
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The doctors in Telangana's biggest government-run Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad chanted the Mahamrityunjaya mantra to bring down the rising deaths of newborns in the hospital. Patients complained of the unavailability of doctors as the pooja, which was reportedly approved by the senior doctors, went on for hours. A probe has been ordered in the case.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 10:33 am on 26 Jul
Jet Airways staffer held for smuggling gold in plane toilet
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A Jet Airways employee at the Mangaluru International Airport was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly smuggling gold worth nearly ₹35 lakh. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials arrested the accused, Lalbin Jeen, after he emerged with gold bars from the rear toilets of an aircraft. Meanwhile, Jet Airways said that it suspended Jeen immediately, pending inquiry.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:30 pm on 26 Jul
Railway Ministry plans integrated ticketing system
short by Radhika Chugh / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Railway Ministry is planning to introduce an integrated ticketing system in the next three years, which will be first introduced in Mumbai on pilot basis. The system will provide all-in-one tickets for all public transportation in the city including BEST buses, local trains, Metros, black-and-yellow taxis and autorickshaws. The MMRDA will reportedly float a tender for the system in October.
short by Radhika Chugh / 01:57 pm on 26 Jul
Niti Aayog cites 'fragile finances' for Air India sale
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Niti Aayog cited Air India's "fragile finances" as the main reason for recommending its disinvestment, Union Minister Jayant Sinha informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. "Niti Aayog... says that further support to an unviable non-priority company in a matured and competitive aviation sector would not be the best use of scarce financial resources of the government," Sinha added.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 11:48 am on 26 Jul
Death toll in Mumbai building collapse rises to 17
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The death toll from the four-storey building collapse in Mumbai has risen to 17 as rescuers removed debris searching for those still trapped. Around 30 people have been reported to be injured in the collapse with the rescue operation still in progress. Notably, a Shiv Sena leader, who owned the building's ground floor, was arrested for culpable homicide.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:55 am on 26 Jul
Air India flight flies with wheels out, forced to land early
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Air India has grounded two female pilots after they forgot to retract the landing gear of a flight after takeoff last week. The Mumbai-bound flight landed in Nagpur as flying with the wheels out meant increased fuel consumption, resulting in less fuel for the onward journey. The pilots only realised they forgot to retract the gear while preparing to land.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:11 pm on 26 Jul
4-yr-old girl dies after she falls into a tea pan in Delhi
short by Sonu Kumari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A four-year-old girl died on Monday, two days after she fell into a tea pan in Delhi's Old Seelampur. Reportedly, her elder sister had prepared tea and kept it under the bed waiting for other family members to arrive when the girl fell from bed and landed into the pan. She was rushed to hospital, where she succumbed to injuries.
short by Sonu Kumari / 02:01 pm on 26 Jul
PM Modi honours martyrs on 18th Kargil Vijay Diwas
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took to Twitter to honour and pay tribute to the martyrs of Kargil war on the occasion of 18th Kargil Vijay Diwas. "Kargil Vijay Diwas reminds us of India's military prowess & the great sacrifices our armed forces make while steadfastly keeping India safe," PM Modi said in one of the tweets.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 10:27 am on 26 Jul
Separatists have no respect for Indian Constitution: Swamy
short by Chhavi Tyagi / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Reacting to the recent arrest of several separatist leaders, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, "The separatists don't abide by our Constitution. The separatists should have been arrested much before." He added, "We should book the separatists according to the law." Notably, separatist leader Shabir Shah was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday night on charges of terror funding.
short by Chhavi Tyagi / 01:07 pm on 26 Jul
Jethmalani quits as Kejriwal's Counsel, seeks ₹2 crore dues
short by Mishika Bangia / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Senior Lawyer Ram Jethmalani has quit as Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's Counsel in defamation cases filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, asking Kejriwal to settle his dues over ₹2 crore. It came after Kejriwal denied of having instructed Jethmalani to use objectionable remarks against Jaitley during court proceedings in May. Jethmalani said Kejriwal had used more offensive language against Jaitley.
short by Mishika Bangia / 10:57 am on 26 Jul
SC revokes appointment of 1.78L full-time teachers in UP
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The Supreme Court on Tuesday revoked the appointment of 1.78 lakh junior school teachers, known as Shiksha Mitra, as full-time teachers for not having the pre-requisite qualifications laid down by the Centre. The UP government had regularised the jobs of the Shiksha Mitras as full-time teachers in the state to counter the shortage of teachers in the primary schools.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 12:27 pm on 26 Jul
PM Modi reprimands BJP MPs for skipping Parliament sessions
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reprimanded BJP MPs for low attendance in the Parliament. He said that Bills are getting stuck because of the quorum not being complete in either House. PM Modi pointed out that especially on Fridays there is a no show from many members post lunch and such conduct is not acceptable.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 12:02 pm on 26 Jul
'Jai Shri Ram' was chanted in Parliament after Kovind's oath
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A group of BJP MPs raised slogans of 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' after President Ram Nath Kovind was sworn-in at the Parliament's Central Hall on Tuesday. Many officials also thumped their desks after the 71-year-old took the oath as the 14th President of India. Kovind was given a 21-gun salute to mark the assumption of office.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 01:47 pm on 26 Jul
Hindi signboards to be removed from Bengaluru metro stations
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The KDA has reportedly directed the Bengaluru metro officials to remove all Hindi signage without waiting for the state government's instructions. The authority further instructed that even the announcements can't be made in Hindi. This follows protests from pro-Kannada activists against the Centre's tri-language policy, calling it as forceful imposition of Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 01:59 pm on 26 Jul
India's daughters-in-law from Pak always welcome: Swaraj
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Responding to a tweet from a Mumbai-based man seeking visa for his wife from Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj said, "Indian daughters and daughters in law from Pakistan or any other country are always welcome." Recently, an editorial in US-based daily Wall Street Journal stated Swaraj as 'India's best-loved politician' for her prompt actions and several rescue initiatives.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 02:05 pm on 26 Jul
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