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Mandi, Sindhudurg emerge cleanest districts in India
Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra have emerged the cleanest districts in India according to a report released here by Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
 
A total of 22 hill districts and 53 plain areas were assessed under the Gramin Swachh Survekshan launched in May this year. Mandi was judged as the cleanest district in 'Hills' category and Sindhudurg cleanest in the 'Plains' category.
 
Besides, the districts of Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Nadia (West Bengal) and Satara (Maharashtra) feature at the top of the index.
 
The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation had commissioned Quality Council of India (QCI) to carry out the assessment. 
 
Each district has been judged on four distinct parameters. Maximum weightage was placed on accessibility to safe toilets and water. 
 
The parameters to judge sanitation status include households having access to safe toilets, households having no litter around, public places with no litter in the surrounding and households having no stagnant waste water. 
 
Tomar congratulated the district administrators, councillors and gram panchayats of all the 75 districts which were assessed for participating in the survey and for giving their feedback. 
 
He also went on to congratulate Mandi and Sindhudurg for leading the Swachh Bharat Mission by example and driving the much needed behavioural change needed in rural society. 
 
The Minister said that this exercise would foster a healthy spirit of competition amongst districts in the race to achieve the cleanest district tag.
 
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Karnataka protests Cauvery water order with day-long shut-down
Karnataka is protesting the state government's release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu, based on a Supreme Court directive, with a shut down on Friday.
 
The day-long protest is being spearheaded by as many as 500 pro-Kannada organisations, which represent sections including farmers, traders and businesses. Security has been stepped up and more forces have been deployed across the state.
 
Government offices will remain open, but public transport, including metro services, will not ply. Banks, shops, markets, malls, hotels, bars, pubs, eateries, restaurant, theatres and petrol bunks will also remain closed during the day, officials said.
 
Essential supplies, including milk and medicines, thought, have been exempted from the shutdown. Ambulances will be allowed to ferry patients to hospitals.
 
Bowing to the apex court's Monday order, the state began releasing 15,000 cusecs of water daily from early Wednesday from its reservoirs across the river basin for 10 days amid protests and demonstrations by farmers, traders and the youth in the Mysuru region.
 
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Flexi fare pricing on 'experimental basis', say Railway officials
The flexi fare pricing of railway tickets in three premium trains is on an "experimental basis", senior officials of the Railway Ministry said on Thursday, as political parties criticised the hike and demanded its roll back.
 
"Flexi fare pricing is on experimental basis," a senior official of the Ministry told IANS requesting anonymity. 
 
"We will check what is the impact of the flexi fare pricing in the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duranto express and then a decision would be taken after study of the impact on passengers," the official added.
 
The officer said that the three trains together ferry only about .6 per cent of the total 2.3 crore passengers that the Railways carries every day. 
 
"We run about 12,000 passenger trains everyday, but this flexi fare pricing is implemented only on 152 trains," the officer added. 
 
The officer also said the flexi pricing move was based on the travel experience of passengers on select trains that are highly patronised. "We couldn't have experimented it on any other trains as it would have affected a number of people," the official added.
 
"We could not have implemented it on the executive class too as the fares would have become comparable to air fares," the officer said.
 
The officer said that the surge pricing would also help stabilise the tatkal quota ticket prices, which earlier would be higher under the premium tatkal quota. 
 
The Railways on Wednesday announced to implement the flexi fare pricing on the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duranto express trains from September 9. 
 
According to the new fare system, the base fares of these trains will increase by 10 per cent with every 10 per cent of berths sold, subject to a prescribed ceiling limit.
 
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