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india Updated: Aug 15, 2011 23:34 IST
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TN to continue 69% reservation

In her first Independence Day address after coming to power in the April Assembly elections, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa said her government won’t exclude the creamy layer from reservation in jobs and education.

She said the government has “ensured justice” by continuing the quota. She hoisted the national flag at Fort St George, Tamil Nadu’s seat of power. Tamil Nadu has 69% reservation, the highest quantum of reservation in the country.

“Poverty can be eradicated only through inclusive growth. That is why my government is starting various welfare schemes,” she said.

She said the various freebies offered by her government are needed to safeguard the interests of the poor people in the state. htc, chennai

J&K: Human rights

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah iterated his resolve of zero tolerance for human rights violations in his Independence Day speech.

“The investigation into the Kulgam incident have revealed that there is too much difference between allegations and reality,” he said, referring to the Kulgam rape case. He said several soldiers have been booked for murder.

9 new districts in Chhattisgarh

Nine new districts will be created in Chhattisgarh and they will start functioning from January next year. Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, while taking part in Independence Day celebrations, said the move will help bring the administration to people.

With the new additions, the total number of districts in the state is now 27.

The Congress, however, demanded that at least 11 should be created instead of just nine. The new districts are Sukma, Kondagaon, Gariyaband, Baloda Bazaar, Mungeli, Balod, Bemetra, Surajpur and Balrampur.

Singh said Maoists are a serious threat to India’s internal security. He said the campaign against the insurgents will continue unabated.