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Thursday, September 14, 2017

NSUI makes comeback in DUSU polls, bags president, VP posts
Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) today made a comeback in the Delhi University Students Union, bagging two of the four crucial DUSU posts including that of the president. RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which has a stronghold in DUSU, bagged two seats, that of the joint secretary and the general secretary. NSUI's Rocky Tusheed won the president's post by a margin of 1,590 votes defeating Rajat Chaudhary, while the party's Kunal Sehrawat defeated ABVP candidate Paarth Rana by 175 votes.

DRI seizes gold worth Rs 2 crore smuggled in from Bangladesh
The DRI sleuths have seized more than seven kilogrammes of gold, valued at over Rs two crore, smuggled into India from Bangladesh, officials said today. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials intercepted a black Maruti Alto car near Basanti highway and E M bypass crossing at Pragati Maidan fire station, Dhapa, Kolkata, having three passengers, a statement by the DRI said. They seized about 50 pieces of yellow-coloured metallic gold bars having foreign markings from the occupants of the vehicle.
    
EC asks law min to make law on service voters gender-neutral
AN armyman's wife is entitled to be enrolled as a service voter, but a woman army officer's husband is not, according to provisions in the electoral law. But this may change in the coming months as the Election Commission has approached the law ministry to amend the Representation of the People Act to make it gender-neutral. The poll panel has asked the law ministry to replace the term 'wife' with 'spouse' in the provision in the R P Act related to service voters.

Tribunal allows AP to build Neradi Barrage on Vansadhara river
A river water dispute tribunal today allowed Andhra Pradesh to construct Neradi Barrage on the Vansadhara river, originating in Odisha, and a side weir in Katragada with riders. The Vansadhara Water Dispute Tribunal (VWDT), set up to look into the dispute between the two states, also declared setting up of a supervisory committee to implement its decision. The tribunal ordered that the proposed barrage must get required clearances from the Central Water Commission (CWC), the ministries of water resources, environment and forest, tribal affairs, and other bodies.

The VWDT also asked Odisha, the complainant state, to acquire 106 acres land as per relevant acts in its territory for the project and hand it over to Andhra Pradesh within a year once the order is publicised in the official gazette.

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