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Akhilesh sacks eight ministers, strips nine of portfolios
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday sacked eight cabinet ministers and withdrew portfolios of nine ministers in a major shake-up of his ministry.
 
The move is being seen as a precursor to the cabinet reshuffle scheduled for October 31 when some new faces are likely to be included in the 43-month-old Samajwadi Party government.
 
The ministers who have been removed from the state cabinet are Shiv Kumar Beria, Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar, Ambika Chowdhary, Aridaman Singh, Alok Kumar Shakya, Yogesh Pratap Singh, Shivakant Ojha and Narad Rai. 
 
Sources say the ministers have been removed on action initiated by the SP high command for their non-performance and, in some cases, on specific complaints.
 
The nine ministers who have been stripped of their portfolios include Raguhraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, Avdhesh Prasad, and Ahmad Hasan, who held the health and family welfare portfolio. 
 
Other ministers to be divested of their ministries are Paras Nath Yadav, Ram Govind Chowdhary, Durga Prasad Yadav, Brahma Shankar Tripathi, Iqbal Masood and Mehboob Ali. Their departments, for now, will be with the chief minister.
 
Close aides of the chief minister told IANS that the cabinet expansion scheduled for Saturday will see a "stamp of Akhilesh Yadav and will be a mix of young energy and experience". 
 
Earlier, Akhilesh Yadav called on Governor Ram Naik late on Wednesday to discuss expansion of his cabinet and to take Naik's consent. 
 
The oath-taking ceremony of the new ministers in slated for October 31 at 10.30 a.m. at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow.
 
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Rajasthan to have 5,000 Annapurna Bhandars
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday said 5,000 fair price shops in the state will start working as Annapurna Bhandars from October 31.
 
Raje was addressing a public meeting after foundation laying and inauguration ceremony of 19 development works worth Rs.3,500 crore in Didwana in Nagaur districts. 
 
"5,000 fair price shops in the state will start working as 'Annapurna Bhandars' from October 31 and in the next three years 25,000 fair price shops will be converted into Annapurna Bhandars where consumers will get items of domestic use at competitive prices," the chief minister said.
 
"Annapurna Bhandar Yojna" is a public private partnership (PPP) scheme, claimed to be the first of its kind in the country. The scheme aims to modernise public distribution system (PDS) by providing quality multi-brand consumer goods at competitive prices to the general public through these shops. 
 
In August, Rajasthan government had entered into an agreement with Future Consumer Enterprise Ltd. (FCEL), a Future Group company, for providing multi-brand consumer goods at competitive prices to the people through fair price shops. 
 
These shops would sell items like edible oil, ghee, pulses, jaggery, spices, different types of flour pickles, sauces, personal care products among others. 
 
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200-acre MSME industrial city to come up in Bengal: Mamata
 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced that a 200-acre MSME Industrial City was being set up in Howrah district to boost the state's micro, small and medium enterprises sector.
 
"You will be happy to know that more than 50,000 micro, small and medium enterprises have been set up in the state in the last four years with employment of about 4.5 lakh people.
 
"To give further boost to the sector, a joint venture between Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles and Howrah Municipal Corporation in a 200 acre MSME industrial city, named as "Belur Shilpa Tirtha" is being developed in Belur, Howrah," she posted on her Facebook page.
 
The venue will have state-of-the-art industrial park for all kinds of manufacturing activities and a world class logistics hub; with requisite social infrastructure for housing, education, healthcare and recreation/entertainment, she added
 
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