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SC order on Sardar jokes, land hurdle to solar park push: 10 stories to look out for today

Indian taxi driver attacked in Australia, SC order in Sardar jokes: Here’s a look at 10 stories making the headlines today on internet.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2017 09:53 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
SC order,Sardar jokes,Solar park push
The Supreme Court assured Sikh bodies it will explore issuing an order to block Sardar jokes on the internet. (File Photo)

Indian taxi driver attacked in Australia, SC order in Sardar jokes: Here’s a look at 10 stories making the headlines today on internet

1) Midday meal scheme: Aadhaar exposes 4.4 lakh ‘ghost students’ across 3 states

The 12-digit Aadhaar number has helped states strike off 4.4 lakh “ghost students” from schools across Jharkhand, Manipur and Andhra Pradesh, for whom the government had been earmarking funds under the mid-day meal scheme. Data for 2015-16 and 2016-17 shared by the three states with the HRD ministry revealed that many government schools in the three states had been showing non-existent students on their rolls to claim additional funds from the mid-day meal scheme allocation.

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2) Indian taxi driver attacked by teenagers in suspected racial attack in Australia

In a suspected case of racial attack an Indian taxi driver from Kerala was attacked by group of teenagers in Hobart in Australia’s Tasmania state early Sunday. Li Max, hailing from Kottayam, had to be admitted to the Royal Hobart Hospital with deep wounds on his face and chest. Li told his relatives that he was attacked without any provocation. He said when he stopped his car near a McDonald’s outlet he saw three youths were arguing with an employee but they soon turned their ire on Li.

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3) Jaipur youth gets top GATE rank in chemical engineering

Results of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2017 brought good cheer to Jaipur’s Malviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) as one of its students, Harsh Gupta, got the all-India rank 1 in chemical engineering. Harsh’s GATE score was 999 out of 1,000.

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4) Supreme Court to take up matter of farmer suicides

The Supreme Court will the plea, filed by NGO ‘Citizens Resource and Action and Initiative’ on the plight of farmers in Gujarat and the incidence of suicide in the state. The Bench has expanded the scope of the petition to the entire country. The Court expressed grave concern over farmers’ suicide and has asked the Centre to apprise it of the policy roadmap to address the issue. Chief Justice JS Khehar said that paying compensation to the families of such victims “post-facto” was not the real solution. “This issue is of extreme importance. Tentatively, we feel that you are going in a wrong direction. Farmers take loan from banks and when they are unable to repay, they commit suicide. The remedy to the problem is not to pay money to farmers after the suicide, but you should have schemes to prevent this,” he said earlier this month.

5) Supreme Court may issue order to block Sardar jokes on internet

The Supreme Court on Tuesday assured Sikh bodies, including the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee and Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, that it will explore issuing an order to block Sardar jokes on the internet. A bench headed by justice Dipak Misra, while hearing a PIL seeking ban on sardar jokes, asked lawyers representing Sikh bodies to discuss with solicitor general Ranjit Kumar if any order on the lines of the one issued to Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to delete all pre-natal sex determination advertisements from the internet can be issued. Cyber experts, however, claim it is practically impossible to completely remove the content once it becomes available on the internet.

6) Solar power lights up remote villages in Rajasthan

Not long ago, Sita, a woman of Shishviya village in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district, used to share a kerosene lamp with her children who studied under its dim light as she cooked. Last month, her house was lit up with solar energy when Shishviya and 26 other remote villages in the district got solar power connections under the chief minister’s rural electrification scheme. Solar power now lights up villages in some of the most backward and inaccessible regions not connected to an electrical grid. “So far, more than 6,200 households across 91 villages in Udaipur, Barmer and Bara districts have been covered under the scheme,” according to the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation.

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7) Government’s big solar park push could run into land acquisition hurdle

The union cabinet decided last month to double India’s solar power generation capacity, from 20 GW to 40 GW, by setting up 50 solar parks, which are solar projects with a capacity of 500 MW or more concentrated in one area. But this additional 20 GW would mean acquisition of at least 80,000 acres of land, thrice Jaipur’s area, and possibly a problematic move in a land-starved country.

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8) Sonepat women throw liquor bottles on road, beat up drunk men

A group of women at Gamri village under Sonepat district’s Gohana subdivision attacked the local liquor vend demanding it be shifted out of the village. They were angry that the men in their families were coming home drunk every day and spending their entire income on alcohol.

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9) RBI refuses to answer why exchange of old notes was not allowed till March 31

Why was not the conversion of old currency notes allowed till March 31, 2017 for Indians as assured by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech on November 8 announcing demonetisation? The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has refused to answer the question under the Right to Information (RTI) Act claiming the query does not come under the definition of “information” as per the transparency law.

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10) Two girls barred from United flight in Denver for wearing leggings

Two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because they were wearing leggings, according to a spokesman for the airline. The girls, whose ages were not specified, were not allowed onto the morning flight because they were travelling under an employee travel pass that includes a dress code, a spokesman for United said.

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First Published: Mar 27, 2017 09:53 IST