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Bengal landslides kill 28, Mamata announces compensation
The death toll in landslides triggered by incessant rain in West Bengal's Darjeeling hills has risen to 28, an official said on Wednesday.
 
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a compensation of Rs.4 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs.1.25 lakh each to those injured in the wake of heavy rain since Tuesday. 
 
"So far, we have recovered 28 bodies. Several others are still missing," Darjeeling Superintendent of Police Amit Javalgi said.
 
According to Javalgi, 20 bodies were recovered from Mirik, six from Kalimpong and one each from Sukhiapokhri and Gorubathan areas of the district.
 
The landslides have badly affected National Highways 31 and 10, snapping the link with Sikkim. The heavy rainfall also washed away the Rohini-Garidhura bridge.
 
Banerjee assured all assistance to the affected people.
 
"Money can never compensate the loss of life. However, the state government has decided to pay Rs.4 lakh to kin of those who have died and Rs.1.25 lakh to the injured. The government will provide all kinds of assistance for the rehabilitation of those affected by the calamity," Banerjee said. 
 
"We are constantly monitoring the situation. The home secretary has already reached there. I am rushing to the area," the chief minister said at Bahrampur in Murshidabad district. 
 
In Jalpaiguri district, at least 5,000 people were affected by water-logging and their misery was compounded by the release of over 5,000 cusecs of water from the Teesta barrage.
 
The district administration has issued a red alert as the Teesta and Torsa rivers touched danger levels.
 
While the Sashastra Seema Bal and disaster management personnel are engaged in relief and rescue operations, North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb said the army had been called in to help in the rescue efforts.

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Uttar Pradesh has 8 fake universities, says UGC
Uttar Pradesh has the largest number of "fake" universities in the country at eight, followed by six in Delhi, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said on Wednesday. It said the country has 21 such bogus universities.
 
There was a university in Lucknow whose matter is being heard before court, the officials said.
 
According the the UGC website, the Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Jagatpuri; Commercial University Ltd., Daryaganj; United Nations University; Vocational University; ADR-Centric Juridical University, Rajendra Place; and Indian Institute of Science and Engineering were notified as fake universities in Delhi.
 
The list includes one institution each in Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
 
UGC secretary Jaspal Singh Sandhu in a notification said that according to the UGC Act, 1956, only a university established by a central/state/provincial legislation or an institution deemed to be university under Section 3A or an institution especially empowered by an act of parliament was allowed to confer UGC-specified degrees.
 
"Section 23 of the UGC Act prohibits the use of word 'university' by any institution other than an established university."
 
"Therefore, students and public at large are hereby informed that such 21 self-styled and unrecognised institutions, functioning in contravention of the UGC Act are declared as fake, and are not entitled to confer any degrees," the notice said.

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Mahindra's July sales down six percent
Automobile manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) on Wednesday reported a decline of six percent in its sales for June which stood at 36,134 units -- up from 38,466 units in the corresponding month of 2014.
 
“With a normal monsoon till date, an overall positive sentiment and a slew of new launches in the automotive industry, we expect buoyancy in demand going forward," said Pravin Shah, chief executive of the automotive division, Mahindra and Mahindra.
 
"At Mahindra, our recently launched products have been very well received by the customers. We are also happy with our growth in exports and the MHCV (heavy commercial vehicle) segment during the last month," Shah added.
 
The company's domestic sales were down by nine percent during the month under review and stood at 33,282 units from an off-take of 36,452 units during June, 2014.
 
However, exports of M&M rose exponentially by 42 percent and stood at 2,852 units being sold abroad from 2,014 units shipped out during the corresponding month of 2014.
 
Segment-wise the company's passenger vehicle division reported a 15 percent drop in sales during the month under review at 15,880 units from 18,635 units off-take in the corresponding month of 2014.
 
The commercial vehicle segment declined by four percent at 12,737 units from 13,273 units sold in the like month of last year.
 
Utility vehicle segment sales' receded by 12 percent at 14,433 units from 16,492 units sold in the corresponding month of last year.
 
Sales of the medium to heavy commercial vehicle (MHCV) was up 45 percent at 404 units from 279 units off-take in June, 2014.
 
Three-wheeler sales were up three percent at 4,665 units from 4,544 units sold in the like period of last year.
 
The company's shares at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) closed the day's trade up 0.71 percent or 9.05 points at Rs.1,290.25 per equity share from its previous close of Rs.1,281.20. 

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