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CRDJ Survey Rates Performance Of Govt To Be Just Above Average; Gadkari, Pradhan Top Performers

New Delhi: The annual perceptual survey on the performance of the Ministers of the NarendraModi government, conducted by the Centre for Reforms, Development & Justice, is out. And there isn’t much good news as performance of most of the Ministers have shown a downward trend with the exceptions of Petroleum Minister DharmendraPradhan, Highways Minister NitinGadkari and the Youth and I&B Minister Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

The survey is carried out through a method of holding discussions between the group members where performance of the ministers is discussed and their performance accordingly marked. The ratings could be at variance with the surveys carried out by analyzing much larger capsules.   

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Yeddyurappa Being Sworn As Karnataka CM As Supreme Court Refuses To Step In

New Delhi: A three-judge bench comprising Justice A K Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Bobde heard the Congress and JD (S) petition challenging Karnataka Governor’s decision. The Supreme Court has given the green signal to the swearing in ceremony of B S Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka. The court, however, directed Yeddyurappa to produce before it the letter of support by 10.30 am on Friday when the court would continue hearing the matter.

The court said that the outcome of the swearing in would be subject to the outcome of the petition filed by the Congress and JD(S). When Abhishek Manu Singvi pleaded that the swearing in be stayed, the court refused to do so. His plea to schedule the floor test in the Karnataka legislative assembly for Friday was also rejected.

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18 Feared Dead In Varanasi Under Construction Bridge Collapse

New Delhi: Over one and half a dozen people have been feared dead and many more trapped when a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi during the evening rush-hour on Tuesday. The toll is expected to be more as a bus and at least six other vehicles were still buried under huge cement blocks that came crashing down near the Cantonment railway station.

Five teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were leading the rescue effort in the holy city, which is also the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister NarendraModi.“A team of rescuers has been sent to the spot. Rescue operation has been started. We are gathering inputs,” an NDRF official who didn’t wish to be named said.

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Smriti Irani A Loser Once Again; Goyal Gets Temporary Charge Of Finance

New Delhi: It is yet again Union Information and Broadcasting Minister SmritiIrani was cut to size by her mercurial ways when Prime Minister NarendraModi on Monday removed her from the ministry. The PM temporarily assigned charge of the ministries of finance and corporate affairs to railway minister PiyushGoyal till ArunJaitley recovers from a kidney transplant.

Smriti's loss will be sports minister RajyavardhanRathore's gain. The Olympic medallist, who was closely engaged with the Indian squad which participated in the Commonwealth Games and also served as junior minister in I&B, will now hold full scale charge of the ministry.

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Thunderstorm,Rain Claim 40 Lives Across States

New Delhi: Over 40 people were killed across the country on Sunday as rain, thunderstorms hit various states. Deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi-NCR. At least 18 people were killed and 28 injured in hail and thunderstorm that hit different parts of Uttar Pradesh.

At least 28 people were injured and around 37 houses were damaged in the hail and thunderstorm, he said. "Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed all district magistrates and commissioners to provide immediate relief (to the affected people) and ensure that the injured are provided medical care immediately," Awasthi said.