Modi to launch Swachh Shakti 2019 from Kurukshetra on Tuesday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Swachh Shakti 2019, a convention of women sarpanches, and distribute the Swachh Shakti-2019 awards in Kurukshetra during his Haryana visit tomorrow.
Modi will visit the Swachh Sundar Shauchalay exhibition and address a public meeting. He will also inaugurate or lay the foundation stone for various development projects in the state.
Swachh Shakti-2019 is a national event which aims to bring in to focus the leadership role played by rural women in Swachh Bharat Mission. Women sarpanches and panches from all over the country will be attending the event, an official press release said.
Around 15,000 women are expected to participate in this year’s Swachh Shakti event aimed at empowering the women, it said.
The event is organised by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in association with the Haryana Government. The event will showcase the achievements of Swachh Bharat and the recently conducted Swachh Sunder Shauchalay (neat and clean toilet) campaign.
Modi had launched the Swachh Shakti program first in 2017 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. At that event, 6000 women sarpanches from across the country had assembled on the occasion of the International Women’s Day under the banner of Swachh Shakti 2017. The Prime Minister addressed and honoured them.
Swachh Shakti-2018 was held at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. As many as 8000 women sarpanches, 3000 women Swachhagrahis and women champions from other walks of life from across the country received recognition for their outstanding contribution towards Swachh Bharat during the event.
"Swachh Shakti is an example of how at the grass root level, rural women champions are acting as a change agent to mobilize the community and lead from the front women taking initiatives for a Swachh Bharat. 
"The movement is a part of ongoing activities under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission, launched on October 2, 2014, by Modi aimed at achieving a Clean and Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by October 2 this year," the release added.

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Fire breaks out in Howrah-bound Kalka Mail, six hospitalised

A fire broke out early on Tuesday in a coach of the Howrah-bound Kalka Mail near Kurukshetra in Haryana, an official said. Six passengers were hospitalised.
"Fire broke out in front of the SLR (Seating cum Luggage Rake), next to the locomotive of Howrah-Kalka Mail between Dhirpur and Dhonda Khedi station around 2.55 a.m.," Northern Railway Spokesperson Deepak Kumar told IANS.
Following the blaze, the loco pilot immediately stopped the train and detached the affected coach. This prevented the fire from spreading to other coaches. No one was injured, Kumar said.
However, six passengers were admitted to hospital after they complained of breathlessness.
The traffic on the route was affected for about an hour, he added.
The passengers of the SLR coach were shifted to other coaches as the train resumed its onward journey without the SLR.

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Cabinet nod for creation of posts of Directors for four new NIDs

The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of four posts of Directors for four new National Institutes of Design (NIDs) at Kurukshetra (Haryana), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Jorhat (Assam) and Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh). 
The Cabinet had already approved financial implications including salaries, for setting up of these new NIDs in its meeting held in February, 2014. 
The National Design Policy was approved by the Cabinet in February, 2007. One of the components of the Action Plan for implementation of the policy is setting up of four more NIDs on the pattern of NID, Ahmedabad. This would help in spreading quality education in design to all regions of India, an official press release said.

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


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