Modi government makes 8 lakh calls in 10 days to check success of 4 big schemes.
Here are some important reports from the biggest newspapers of India.
1) Regal building to house Madame Tussauds?
Delhi’s iconic Regal cinema will soon be turned into a multiplex while the first floor of the heritage building, sources said, is set to house the city’s first Madame Tussauds wax museum.
Regal, designed by Walter Sykes George and completed in 1932, is the oldest cinema hall in the city. Owner Vishal Mahajan told TOI that a multiplex would replace the existing theatre. “Single screen halls don’t work any more here. That’s why we plan to convert Regal into a multiplex,“ he said.
According to sources, the first floor of the building -from where the once-popular Standard Restaurant ran -would be Delhi’s first Madame Tussauds museum. The restaurant owner, Vikram Bakshi, did not confirm or deny the development, the Times of India reported.
2) Modi government makes 8 lakh calls in 10 days to check success of 4 big schemes
Nearly 8 lakh calls to citizens in 10 days flat, few quick questions to answer and a key input sought for any improvements -this is how the Modi Government has recently, and silently , done a groundcheck of the implementation of its key schemes, the Economic Times reported.
This massive exercise done using nearly 800 call agents of the BSNL was to identify the districts which have fared the best in the country in implementing four major schemes Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY), Swachh Bharat (Gramin), Swachh Vidhyalaya and Soil Health Card.
3) Boy! That’s a Carpooling Success
Thirteen-year old Akshat Mittal creator of Oddeven.com, which matches individuals to potential ride-share or carpool in the direction of their commute, has sold his company to carpool app Orahi.com for an undisclosed amount, The Economic Times reported.
The site was developed and launched in December 2015 by the standard 9 student anticipating the odd-even vehicle rule implemented by the Delhi government in January this year, to control pollution in NCR.
4) Contest polls to achieve OROP, say veterans
Protesting ex-servicemen called upon their community to contest elections and have their own political representation to achieve One Rank One Pension in its rightful form.
The call was given by several veterans in a major rally organised at Jantar Mantar on Sunday, The Hindu reported.
“We have given a call to ex-servicemen to contest elections to State Assemblies, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. We are a six-crore vote bank and we should have our own representatives to achieve our demands,” Group Captain V.K. Gandhi (retd), general secretary of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement said.
5) 26% students in India go for private coaching
A recent NSSO report has taken off the veil from what is called the shadow education system -private coaching and tuition, outside and parallel to the mainstream education system. The number of students taking such coaching classes or tuitions is estimated at a staggering 7.1 crore, almost 26% of the total number of students in the country . Of these, 4.1 crore are boys and 3 crore are girls, the Times of India reported.
The report estimates that about 11% to 12% of the total expenditure incurred by families goes for private coaching or tuitions. Contrary to expectation, poorer sections of society take recourse to private coaching of kids practically as much as richer families, the report says.
6) World culture festival: Stage yet to be dismantled, AOL seeks extension to pay ‘fee’ (IE)
More than three weeks after the conclusion of the World Culture Festival, the large stage continues to stand despite promises that it would be dismantled within the period. Moreover, the Art of Living Foundation is yet to pay the Rs 5 crore initial compensation imposed on it by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Indian Express reported.
On April 1, the day the fee was due, the foundation filed an application seeking permission to submit a bank guarantee in place of the payment of the balance amount of Rs 4.75 crore. AOL had paid Rs 25 lakh on March 10 as a show of faith.
7) Memorial for Kalam at INA Dilli Haat
A memorial for the late President APJ Abdul Kalam will be constructed at INA Dilli Haat. Tourism minister Kapil Mishra will leave for Kalam’s hometown, Rameswaram, on Tuesday to bring back his belongings that will be displayed at the memorial, the Times of India reported.
“We have finalised a proposal for the Kalam memorial and the government has identified space at INA Dilli Haat for it. We are getting experts to design it and hope to open it to the public by July 27. The memorial will have digital and audio-visual shows,“ said Mishra. The minister said Ka lam’s belongings were being donated by his family, which had approached him to set up a Kalam knowledge centre last year.
8) Team to Fight Nuke Threat
Amid US President Barack Obama’s call for India and Pakistan to restrain their nuclear arsenal, New Delhi has asserted that it views atomic technology and material primarily as a source of energy and announced the creation of a special team to tackle threats from the misuse of radioactive substances.
“To devise a coordinated multi-agency approach to deal with the threat of individuals or group of individuals acquiring nuclear or radioactive material for ma licious purposes, India has set up at the national level an institutional mechanism called a Counter Nuclear Smuggling Team,“ according to India’s National Progress Report presented at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington last Friday, the Times of India reported.
9) Principals to go to Cambridge for training
The Delhi government on Monday officially announced its plans to send government school principals to the University of Cambridge for training in global teaching practices. As reported by The Hindu earlier, the Delhi government will send the first batch of 30 principals to Cambridge, followed by two more batches.
“Ninety principals from government schools will go to Cambridge University for 8-10 days for a leadership training exercise. They will be sent in three batches,” read a statement from the government.
10) JNU ‘left-leaning’ teachers on Delhi Police ‘watch list’
After students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, faculty members of the university have come under the scanner of the Delhi Police.
The police are understood to have sent a “list” of 21 “left-leaning” teachers to the JNU administration, asking it to keep an eye on their activities. While university sources confirmed receiving the “list” two days ago, the Delhi Police denied sending any such letter, The Hindu reported.
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