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   JAMMU, JUNE 18: Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta, who also holds the charge of Industries and Commerce department, today paid a surprise visit at SICOP, Gangyal to take stock of its overall functioning.
During the visit, the Deputy CM took a round of the various branches of the department located at SICOP including Testing Centre and Ware House, besides interacting with senior officers of the department to enquire about their roles and responsibilities.
The Deputy CM stressed on maintaining cleanliness in and around the office premises and emphasized on the need for proper record management for efficient performance of SICOP.
Meanwhile, he also inaugurated the road from Marble Market to Channi Himmat via Railway crossing.
Reiterating the commitment of the government for the overall development of the state, the Deputy CM exhorted upon the upgradation and expansion of basic facilities to provide all infrastructural facilities to the people and sought their co-operation in implementing the development programs at the ground level.
He said the government has laid full focus on development of infrastructure and providing better civic amenities to the people of the state. He also inspected the pending works under different schemes and asked the officers of concerned departments to gear up their men and machinery so that the works could be completed as soon as possible. 
In the day, the Deputy CM also interacted with the residents of D/C Block, Gandhi Nagar and listened to their demands and grievances related to the provision of better amenities and cleanliness in parks, covered lanes and drains and stoppers for speeding vehicles.
The residents also requested for bringing a mother industry to the area to help fight employment problem and bringing ancillary industries, creating CTPs and ZLDs for treating hazardous industrial waste, removing rotaries from main chowks/crossings to solve traffic problem, installation of webcams and intelligent traffic lighting systems for peak and non-peak hours.
Deputy CM said that an Open Gym would be established in Park No.15 and assured that whatever has been brought into his notice would be taken up with the concerned authorities for appropriate action.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included senior KAS Officer Amit Sharma, Retd. IGP Sunil Sharma, Neerja, CA RishuKawatra, Deepti and Ritika.
Chandigarh, Jun 18 :  The Gurugram administration will next month launch a pilot project in 17 government schools under which students would be taught in "smart classes" using tablets, an official spokesman said here today.

The EduTech project will be rolled out in the first week of July, the spokesman said.

He said the EduTech project aims to connect government school students with technology. The project will be initially launched in 17 schools in Gurugram and three in Rewari.

The State Council of Educational Research and Training has given training to principals and teachers of the schools.

The spokesman said the project is based on "tab lab" concept, which would be made available to students of Class 1-8.

Similarly, the spokesman said, "smart classes" would be organised for students of Class 9-12, where children would be taught with the help of projectors.

The project would be run for three years and could be replicated in other districts, he added.PTI
New Delhi, June 18 : The national capital today witnessed overcast skies during the day which kept the mercury below the normal level.

The maximum temperature settled at 36.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season's average while the minimum temperature was recorded at 27.9 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, a meteorological department official said.

Humidity levels oscillated between 71 and 41 per cent.

The weatherman has forecast partly cloudy skies along with the possibility of light rain for tomorrow.

"The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 38 degrees Celsius and 28 degrees Celsius respectively tomorrow," the MeT office said.

Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures settled at 36.8 degrees Celsius and 28.2 degrees Celsius respectively.PTI
Guwahati, Jun 18 : BJP President Amit Shah today slammed the Congress for reducing the North East to the "lowest level of development" and said North Eastern states would soon be the biggest contributor to the nation's GDP due to "visionary policies" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"At the time of independence, the North East had a very high growth rate but the region, which was mostly ruled by Congress, was reduced to the lowest level of development", Shah said after laying the foundation stone here of 19 cancer care hospitals in the state in partnership with the Tata Trust.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, his Arunachal Pradesh counterpart Pema Khandu and Tata Trust chairman Ratan Tata were present on the occasion.

The BJP government has been in power in Assam for only two years but it has been successful in instilling trust and confidence among people that the state would soon become a developed state, he said.

"The prime minister has always regarded the North East as the 'astalakshmi' (eight aspects of goddess Laxmi) and given prime importance to its development by focussing on road and rail connectivity, IT connectivity energy, industrial development and education facilities", he added.PTI