Ahd: 79% of e-challans issued in 5 months unpaid

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AHMEDABAD: While the crackdown on traffic offenders continues, the issuing of e-challans is turning out to be a disaster for traffic police. Of the 1.45 lakh e-challans in the last five months, 1.15 lakh or 79% have remained unpaid due to several reasons. Currently, e-challans are being issued only for traffic light violations. “We will soon start issuing them for violations of other traffic rules,” said a senior officer in the traffic department. With the number of unpaid challans shooting up, Ahmedabad police commissioner A K Singh wrote to the…

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Vidyapith sacks teacher for sexual harassment

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AHMEDABAD: A vocational training teacher at Gujarat Vidyapith, which was founded by Mahatma Gandhi and is now a deemed university, has been sacked following a complaint of sexual harassment by a woman student. “The women’s development committee of Vidyapith found merit to the allegations against this teacher, so we have removed him from service,” said Rajendra Khimani, the varsity registrar. A postgraduate student at Mahadev Desai Samajseva Mahavidyalay, which is on the Vidyapith campus, filed a complaint against the male teacher four days ago. The woman, who lives in the…

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H1N1: 127 cases, 9 deaths in Guj so far in 2018

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AHMEDABAD: Influenza caused by the H1N1 strain, or swine flu, has claimed four lives at Civil Hospital this September. Hospital authorities say there is no cause for alarm, but they are taking due care to raise awareness about the need to seek timely treatment in affected areas and are providing the medicines required to primary health centres (PHC) and community health centres (CHC) across the state. According to state health authorities, there were 237 H1N1 deaths and 2,287 recorded patients in India in 2018. Gujarat has had nine deaths and…

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Chennai Central Station receives IGBC

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CHENNAI: The Chennai Central railway station, a prominent landmark in the city, has received the Indian Green Building Council certification for adopting green building concepts and features in the station. The award was given under green railway stations rating system by IGBC’ and the council’s Chennai chapter Chairman, C N Raghavendran presented a plaque and certificate to Southern Railway general manager, R K Kulshrestha at a function Saturday, a release said. The rating system facilitates-energy efficiency improvements, use of renewable energy sources, water management and rain water harvesting, health, hygiene…

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75k double entry voters identified in Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: More than 75,000 voters with names in different electoral rolls have been identified in 15 Assembly constituencies of Hyderabad district, officials said. Earlier this month, a massive two lakh names of bogus, dead and repeat voters were deleted by authorities. Compared to total electors in the final rolls as of September 2016 in Hyderabad (40,39,638), the total electoral strength in 2018 stood at 38,06,009. Maximum number of deletions have been witnessed in Goshamahal constituency (54,221) followed by Amberpet constituency (29,928) and Khairatabad (23,442). While the latest record is yet…

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Gun Park: Woman drags ACP into ‘touch’ row

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HYDERABAD: Sparks flew at Gun Park around noon on Friday after a police officer caught in a scuffle with protesters was accused of inappropriately pushing a woman rallyist. High drama followed when police tried to disperse students and civil rights activists, who were holding an impromptu demonstration, demanding protection of government-run education institutions. Assistant commissioner of police (Saifabad division) C Venu Gopal Reddy was trying to bundle out University of Hyderabad (UoH) Prof Hara Gopal into a police van, when he was gheraoed by women activists rallying under the banner…

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