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Jharkhand Govt Suspends IAS Officer Chhavi Ranjan After His Arrest In Land Scam Case

Jharkhand IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan has been suspended by the state government after his arrest in a land scam case by the Enforcement Directorate.

harkhand government has suspended IAS officer Chhavi Ranjan after he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an alleged illegal land deals case, reported PTI. The agency said citing officials that suspension came into effect Saturday (May 6). The state government issues a notification on Saturday evening giving the suspension orders. As per PTI, the bureaucrat was arrested by ED and produced before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court, which remanded him to six days of ED custody. 

“Chhavi Ranjan, Director, Social Welfare, Jharkhand is suspended with immediate effect after his arrest by Enforcement Directorate, regional office under section 19 of the PMLA Act, 2002,” the notification issued by the state government said, as quoted by PTI. 

“Unspeakable Tragedy”: 8 Dead, 7 Injured After Man Opens Fire In US Mall

Police combed through stores in the mall, and photos and drone video from the scene showed shoppers and store employees rushing into parking lots.

Dallas: A man who went on a rampage at a Texas outlet mall on Saturday shot dead eight people before he was himself killed, authorities said.

The shooting sparked panic at Allen Premium Outlets, a sprawling shopping complex in Allen, 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Dallas, filled with weekend shoppers.

A police officer was in the mall on an unrelated call when gunfire broke out around 3:30 pm (2030 GMT), said chief Brian Harvey of the Allen police department.

“He heard gunshots, went to the gunshots, engaged the suspect and neutralized the suspect,” Harvey said. “He also then called for ambulances.”


Green Court NGT Fines Bihar ₹ 4,000 Crore For Lax Waste Management

The amount will be used for setting up solid waste processing facilities, remediation of legacy waste and setting up of sewage treatment plants (STPs), and faecal sludge and septage treatment plants so there remains no gap, the bench said.

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has imposed a ₹ 4,000 crore environmental compensation on Bihar for failing to scientifically manage solid and liquid waste, in accordance with the polluter pays principle.

A bench of chairperson Justice AK Goel directed that the amount be deposited in a ring-fenced account within two months. The account will be operated only under the chief secretary’s directions for waste management in the state.

The bench, also comprising Justices Sudhir Agarwal and Arun Kumar Tyagi, besides expert members Afroz Ahmad and A Senthil Vel, said, “We levy compensation of ₹ 4,000 crore on the state on the polluter pays principle for its failure in scientifically managing the liquid and solid waste in violation of the mandate of law, particularly judgments of the Supreme Court and this tribunal.”

Manipur Violence: Death Toll Rises To 54, CM N Biren Singh Holds All-Party Meeting. Top Points

From the postponement of NEET-UG in Manipur to neighbouring states sending transportation means to rescue its citizens, here’s what happened in the violence-torn state today.

The death toll in the ethnic violence that has engulfed Manipur has risen to 54, as life returned to wary normalcy in Imphal Valley on Saturday (May 6), with shops and markets reopening and cars plying the roads. According to a PTI report citing unofficial sources, the death toll is over a hundred and the number of injured is nearly 200. Kiren Rijuju, the central minister, has added his voice to calls for calm in the northeastern state, as well as for dialogue between ethnic communities

From the postponement of NEET-UG in Manipur to neighbouring states sending transportation means to rescue its citizens, here’s what happened in the violence-torn state today: 

  • Manipur CM Chairs All-Party Meeting: Following the violence in the state, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh convened an all-party meeting. Political parties such as the Congress, NPF, NPP, CPI (M), Aam Aadmi Party, and Shiv Sena were present at the meeting, which was presided over by Biren Singh himself.
  • It was also decided during the meeting to form a peace committee in each assembly constituency to ensure that peace initiatives are implemented at the grassroots level. The committee would work to identify and address the root causes of violence and conflict, as well as to encourage peaceful dialogue and cooperation among communities.
  • NEET-UG Postponed, Fresh Date To Be Out Soon: The National Testing Agency announced Saturday that the medical entrance exam NEET-UG, which was scheduled for May 7, has been postponed in Manipur due to the state’s law-and-order situation. The exam date for candidates whose testing location was in Manipur will be announced soon.
  • Over 11K Manipuri People Enter Assam: Following the violence in the neighbouring state, more than 1,100 people from Manipur’s Jiribam district and surrounding areas have crossed the inter-state border into Assam’s Cachar district, news agency PTI reported citing officials. 
  • Irom Sharmila Urges Citizens, PM Modi to Restore Peace: Irom Sharmila Chanu, a civil rights activist, urged Manipur’s women, regardless of ethnicity, to work together to bring peace to the state. She also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to visit her home state to “understand and address the problem,” PTI reported. 
  • Asian C’ship silver medallist Manipur’s Bindyarani Says ‘Unable To Speak With Family’: Bindyarani Devi, an Indian weightlifter, was in faraway Korea on Saturday, wondering if her silver-medal performance at the Asian Championship had reached her parents in violence-torn Manipur. More importantly, she was concerned about their safety because she hadn’t been able to communicate with them for two days due to an internet outage caused by ethnic violence in her native state, which had rendered the people there incommunicado, PTI reported.
  • Neighbouring States Send Transportation Means to Rescue Stranded Citizens: Nagaland, West Bengal, Tripura, and Telangana have sent transportation means to rescue their citizens from the state. 

Wrestlers Vs WFI Updates: Farmers Trying to Enter Delhi Stopped at Tikri Border, Say ‘If Govt Doesn’t…’

Hundreds of farmers and Khap Panchayat leaders from Delhi’s neighbouring states are marching towards Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to express their solidarity with wrestlers who have been protesting against BJP MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over sexual harassment allegations for nearly 15 days.

Meanwhile, security has been tightened at Jantar Mantar as well as Delhi borders.

200 Delhi Police personnel and a company of Paramilitary have been deployed at Tikri border, Nangloi Chowk, Piragarhi Chowk, and Mundka Chowk, Delhi Police sources said.

According to Delhi Police, some Khap leaders have been allowed to reach Jantar Mantar with their private vehicles but tractors will not be allowed.

Members of the Kirti Kisan Union joined wrestlers’ protest at Jantar Mantar.

The wrestlers have been staging a sit-in at Jantar Mantar since April 23.

Farmers Trying to Enter Delhi Stopped at Tikri Border

A group of farmers trying to enter Delhi to join the wrestlers’ protest at Jantar Mantar was stopped by police at Tikri Border.

“Our protest (to support wrestlers) is for one day (today). If the government doesn’t find a solution, we will think about what to do next,” said a farmer leader after being allowed to enter Delhi.

SKM Announces Support to Wrestlers, Demands Brij Bhushan’s Arrest

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which led the year-long farmers’ protest at Delhi’s borders in 2020-21 over now-repealed farm laws, has extended its support to wrestlers and demanded the WFI chief’s arrest.

NEET 2023 Exam: 22 Lakh Students set to appear for NEET UG Exam Today across 513 Cities in India & Abroad

National Testing AgencyNTA is all set to conduct the National Eligibility Cum Eligibility Test, NEET Exam 2023 for admission to undergraduate medical education today, May 7, 2023. This year, close to 22 lakh students are appearing for the exam.

As per the NEET schedule, the exam will be held for a duration of three hours and 20 minutes from 2 PM to 5.20 PM. Candidates who are appearing for the medical entrance exam today must report to their respective centres at least one hour prior.

The exam will be held at different centres located in 499 cities throughout the country including 14 cities outside India which totals to 513 cities.

7th Pay Commission: Govt May Hike DA By 3-4% From July 1, Say Reports

7th Pay Commission: After the central government increased the dearness allowance by 4 per cent in the previous hike in March 2023, the Centre is again likely to hike DA by 3-4 per cent effective July 1, according to media reports. The DA, which is provided to employees and pensioners to compensate them for rising prices, is revised twice a year — January and July.

The last revision in DA was done in March raising it by 4 per cent, which became effective from January 1, 2023. After the 4 per cent hike, the DA of central government employees increased to 42 per cent. Before this, the DA was hiked in September 2022 by 4 per cent, which became effective from July 2022.

Now, for the 7th Pay Commission employees, the DA is expected to hike by another 3-4 per cent, to be effective from July, according to the reports. Currently, as per the latest data, there are 47.58 lakh central government employees and 69.76 lakh pensioners.

A senior BJD MP has maintained that the meeting between Naveen Patnaik and Nitish Kumar is a courtesy call and that it should not be politicised

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who is spearheading Opposition unity talks ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha polls, is all set to meet his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik on May 9 in Bhubaneswar. The meeting between the two has been confirmed by leaders familiar with the development in both the Janata Dal-United (JD -U) and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

Leaders from both the parties said that the meeting is scheduled at 12 noon and is likely to last 30 minutes. JD (U) leaders said that Kumar would also likely travel to Ranchi the same day to meet his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren. “The two leaders are to discuss a wide range of political issues as well as the road ahead to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls,” said a JD (U) leader familiar with the development.

The meeting assumes significance as the BJD has not opened its cards yet and has been maintaining distance from both the BJP and the Congress. “It has neither shown its tilt towards the NDA nor has it spoken anything on the formation of a non-BJP alliance so far,” said a JD (U) leader.

4.32 Crore Voters, 14,684 Posts, 83,507 Candidates: The Sheer Scale Of UP Nagar Nikay Chunav

UP Nagar Nikay Chunav 2023: Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state in terms of population, is gearing up for urban local body polls this month and the results will help political parties gauge the mood of the voters ahead of the crucial 2024 Lok Sabha election.

While the UP nagar nikay chunav may not be of similar stature as the Karnataka Assembly election, its scale alone is mind-boggling — 4,32,31,827 crore voters, 23,617 polling booths and 14,684 posts.

The two-phase urban local body elections will be held on May 4 and 11. Votes will be counted on May 13.

Shown mirror by Jaishankar, Bilawal says India ‘propagating false narrative’ on terrorism

Hours after India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called out Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as a ‘promoter, justifier and spokesperson of terrorism industry’, the latter responded by saying ‘a false narrative’ was being propagated by the Indian leader. 

Addressing a press conference in Pakistan after returning from the SCO Finance Ministers’ meet in Goa, Zardari said, “A false narrative is being propagated by the Indian Foreign Minister and this narrative has been damaged by my visit to India, my speaking and my stand.”

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