Rs 63.20 lakh spent in hiring eminent lawyers

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Government has spent Rs 63.20 lakh so far to hire country’s eminent lawyers in the legal battle over reservation in promotion to state government officials, pending in the Supreme Court. In a written reply in the State Assembly on Thursday, the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan informed that an amount of Rs 63.20 lakh was paid to six prominent lawyers for arguing on behalf of the state government in the case of …

Creative expression in painting competition

Bhopal: School students of the capital made colourful and attractive paintings at a painting competition held here in a creative expression of the archaeological heritage displayed at the 17 different art galleries at the State Museum. Prizes of Rs 5000, Rs 3000, Rs 2000 and Rs 1000 will be given away as first, second, third and consolation prize to the winners of the painting competition which was organized in three groups. Commissioner Archaeology Anupam Rajan …

Tributes paid to Late Patwa, others

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned on the second day of the budget session today after paying tributes to departed leaders including BJP veteran and former State Chief Minister Sundarlal Patwa. Paying tributes to Patwa, Speaker Sitasharan Sharma said the ex-CM passed away following a cardiac arrest on December 28 last year. Recalling his association with Patwa, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan termed him as an able administrator and said that he was one the …

Guv says ‘Digital Payment Mission’ soon

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Governor Om Prakash Kohli on Tuesday said the State government has decided to launch a ‘Digital Payment Mission’ to promote cashless transactions in the state. In his customary address to the State Legislative Assembly that commenced on Tuesday, the Governor said, “In order to encourage cashless payments, my government has decided to run ‘Digital Payment Mission’ in the state. All payments are being made through cashless mode and even it is receiving …

Budget for Sports increased to Rs 500 cr in 10 years

Bhopal: Revenue, Science and Technology Minister Umashankar Gupta said that the budget of the Sports Department has increased from Rs 5 crore to Rs 500 crore in ten years. Gupta was speaking at the inauguration of the Mahila Vidhayak Trophy at Saraswati Nagar Ground. Competitions including Chair Race, Tug-of-War, Spoon Race and Matkiphod were organised. Gupta said it is the result of the increase in sports budget that the state has acquired 116 medals in …

Eco Circuit proposal DPR sent to Central Tourism Ministry

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Tourism has sent Eco Circuit proposal DPR to the Central Tourism Ministry for developing infrastructure around Ramayan Circuit Chitrakoot, Island. Famous religious spot Omkareshwar has been listed in the ‘Prasad Yojana’. A DPR for this also has been forwarded to the Central Tourism Ministry. Proposals of Rs 50.57 crore, Rs 96.94 crore and Rs 60 crore have been sent for the development of the three circuits. With the first installment of the …

2.86 crore Aadhar cards registered online for PDS

Bhopal: As many as 2.86 crore Aadhar cards obtained from members of eligible families targeted under Public Distribution System have been registered online. The Food and Civil Supplies Department has launched the Aadhar Aapki Pehchan Abhyiyan for online entries of remaining 2.48 crore members out of total eligible 5.34 crore population. A target has been set to make cent percent online entries of eligible members by February end under the campaign. Ration is being distributed …

‘People expect IPU to fill the void left by SAARC’

Indore: The SAARC is an unkept promise that has failed to live up to people’s expectations, Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Saber Hossain Chowdhury said on Saturday. Chowdhury was of the view that people expect the IPU can fill the void left by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). “Looking at it from the point of view of people’s aspirations, what I’m saying is that the SAARC was an unkept promise. I’m not …

Jethmalani says Akhilesh is the best candidate today

Bhopal: Eminent lawyer and MP Ram Jethmalani here said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was the best candidate available today. “I believe that Akhilesh is the best candidate available today. I work for him. I will work for him till the end. And At least the stupid actions of the father (Mulayam) have already been neutralised,” the former Union Minister said. “I believe the people of India are today wiser, they will not …

Piped water to each household soon: CM

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that water will be provided to each house of the state through Nal-Jal (Pipeline). Roadmap must be prepared for this. He directed the officials to initiate action making time table. Chouhan was reviewing the Public Health Engineering department at Mantralaya on Thursday. Minister for Public Helath Engineering Kusum Mehdele and Chief Secretary BP Singh were present in the meeting. Chouhan mentioned that works should be completed within time …