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New Delhi, Oct 3: PM Narendra Modi has expressed satisfaction that the younger generation has started associating itself with the 'Swachh Bharat Mission' started by him a year ago on Gandhi Jayanti. Giving away 'Safaigiri Awards' in New Delhi on Friday, the PM urged people to make cleanliness and hygiene a personal and public mission and not link it to any type of politics. He added that the Mission has been a great success in the very first year as the target for construction of toilets in villages was surpassed by more than one and half times. The PM said Swachh Bharat mission is a true homage to Mahatma Gandhi as Bapu's whole was dedicated to cleanliness and the upliftment of the poor.
Washington, Oct 3: IMF chief Christine Lagarde has said that India remains a bright spot in the world economy amid sluggish global growth this year with only a modest acceleration expected in 2016. "India remains a bright spot. China is slowing down as it rebalances away from export-led growth. Countries such as Russia and Brazil are facing serious economic difficulties. Growth in Latin American countries, in general, continues to slow sharply," said Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF). Lagarde said that global growth will likely be weaken this year with only a modest acceleration expected in 2016 but India remains a bright spot.
Faridkot, Oct 3: Two jail officers have been arrested for being allegedly involved in the business of drugs inside jails in Punjab. They were posted in Fardikot and Patiala jails. While Faridkot Jail's Assistant Superintendent Karamjit Singh Bhullar has been arrested for facilitating narcotics inside the jail, Patiala Central Jail's Head Warden Sukhwinder Singh has been caught during checking when he was entering the jail for duty. Smack, opium and sachets of tobacco have been reportedly found in his possession. Police is investigating both the officials. As per information, the department was having a suspicion over their activities and was keeping a close watch on them.
New Delhi: Former India captains Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble along with yesteryear's greats Mohinder Amarnath, Kapil Dev and Bishen Singh Bedi deposed before the Justice Lodha Committee working towards restructuring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It has been learnt Amarnath also separately deposed before the committee comprising of Justice (Retd) Lodha, Justice (retd) RV Raveendran and Justice (retd) Ashok Bhan. "It was my first one-to-one meeting with Sachin and he shared his suggestions with the committee," said Lodha. "Each one has his perception on issues relating to cricket, administration, IPL, conflict of interest, corruption".
Beijing, Oct 3: Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis today lifted the Doubles Trophy of the WTA Wuhan Open Tnnis tournament in China. In the title clash, the top seeded Indo-Swiss pair beat the Romanian team of Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu, 6-2, 6-3 to win their seventh title of the season. In the semi-finals, Sania and Hingis had defeated the Chinese Taipean pair of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan. The Indo-Swiss pair had recently won the Guangzhou Open. They had also bagged 2 of the 4 Grand Slams this year, the Wimbledon and the US Open. Meanwhile, Serena Williams said Thursday she is withdrawing from the season-ending WTA Finals and the China Open to take time to heal after playing through injuries all year.
New Delhi, Oct 3: The Central Government notified 'Mid Day Meal Rules, 2015' on Thursday in the Gazette of India. The Ministry of HRD had finalized the MDM Rules after consultation with the States and other related Central Ministries. The Rules inter alia provide for temporary utilization of other funds available with the school for MDM in case school exhausts MDM funds for any reason. Food Security Allowance to be paid to beneficiaries in case of non-supply of meals; and monthly testing of meals on a random basis by accredited Labs to check its quality. Further, the Rules also provide that concerned State Governments shall fix responsibility on the person or agency if meals are not provided on 3 consecutive school days or 5 days in a month.