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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Prez, PM pay tributes to Ambedkar
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to the architect of the Constitution, B R Ambedkar, on his death anniversary. The leaders paid floral tributes to Ambedkar, hailed for his contribution towards uplift of Dalits, at Parliament House Lawns here. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Thawar Chand Gehlot and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also paid respects to Ambedkar there.

Rahul pays tribute to Ambedkar
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi  paid tribute to the architect of the Constitution, B R Ambedkar, on his death anniversary and said men might be mortal but their ideas need to be propagated. Gandhi took to Twitter to remember Ambedkar, hailed for his contribution towards the upliftment of Dalits.

Only cases filed in 2017 will be pending by Feb 2018: CIC
The Central Information Commission, which had over 35,000 cases before it at the start of 2016-17, has cleared a large part of the backlog and by February 2018 will only have to deal with cases filed this year, Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur said here today. Mathur said from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017, 9,000 cases had been cleared. "We had a pendency of about 35,000 cases as on April 1, 2016. On March 31, 2017, we had a pendency of 26,000 cases. What is more important is we had about 6,000 cases pending from 2015, from 2009, from 2010 etc. We have managed to clear them," he said. Speaking at the inaugural session of the annual convention of the Commission, he said from February 2018, it would only hear cases filed in 2017.

Railways: 30 pc safety related concerns remain unaddressed in 8 months
Thirty per cent of corrective actions suggested by officers regarding safety in railways have remained unaddressed in the last eight months, according to official data. Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani has now instructed all general managers and divisional railway managers to take immediate measures to stop such "unsafe practises" to achieve the prime objective of safe transportation of passengers and freight. According to a compliance report on safety related deficiencies during March-October 2017, out of the 5,070 deficiencies reported as on November 27, only 70 per cent were addressed.

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