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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Water level in 91 major reservoirs dips to 57% of their total capacity
Water level in 91 major reservoirs in the country has dipped to 57 per cent of their total capacity, the government said today. According to the Union Water Resources Ministry, 89.348 billion cubic metres (BCM) of water was available in these reservoirs for the week ending on January 5. The stock was 126 per cent of the storage reported during the corresponding period last year, while it is 98 per cent of the decadal average, the ministry said in a statement.

BJP to announce first list of candidates on Wednesday
The Central Election Committee of BJP is set to meet on Wednesday to finalise first list of party candidates for the assembly elections in five states starting February 4. The committee, whose members include Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, is likely to announce the names of candidates for Punjab and Goa, two states going to poll on February 4. The Goa unit of BJP has already declared names of party candidates for most of the 40 seats in the state.

No bills raised for PM's visits abroad on IAF planes: IAF
The Prime Minister is entitled free travel on Indian Air Force planes for which no bills are raised, IAF has said in an RTI response. Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra had sought to know from the Prime Minister's Office the information on the laid down procedure for clearing bills of IAF BBJ aircraft chartered flights for the Prime Minister's foreign visits.

Get PM's photographs removed from govt posters: Cong to EC
Congress today moved the Election Commission demanding removal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photograph from government posters at public places, including petrol pumps, ahead of assembly polls in five states. AICC Secretary and head of Legal and Human Rights department, K C Mittal, raised strong objection to presence of Modi's photograph in posters of oil companies put up to popularise cooking gas distribution initiative. He said the EC should order removal of such posters as they are not permissible during the operation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in wake of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur.

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