Daily Archive: June 2, 2018

Mayawati Vacates Lucknow Bungalow That Was Turned Into Kanshi Ram Memorial

Lucknow : In a surprise move, BSP chief Mayawati today vacated her second government bungalow in an upscale locality in Lucknow that had been her home for years. Mayawati had, two days ago, surrendered the first bungalow allotted to her as a former chief minister but had been seen to be reluctant to leave the 13A Mall Avenue. She, as chief minister in 2011, had formally notified it as a memorial to party founder Kanshi Ram.

"Today, I am also vacating the portion at the Kanshi Ram Memorial where I used to stay. But this should continue to be a memorial and it is the responsibility of the Uttar Pradesh government to maintain and secure it," Mayawati announced this evening.

Before she handed over the keys, she took journalists for a tour of the palatial five-acre, 10-bedroom bungalow, made of Rajasthan sandstone and pink marble. Most of it is the memorial, she said, also showing them the "small part" of the bungalow she occupied as caretaker.

"Media must have been forced to write things about my perceived reluctance to vacate this bungalow. I was not reluctant, the deadline to vacate the bungalow is not yet over," she said.

#Gold prices fall by Rs300 to Rs31,600 per 10 grams on weak global cues

New Delhi: Gold prices dived by Rs300 to Rs31,600 per ten grams, extending their slide for the third straight day at the bullion market on Saturday, tracking a weak trend overseas amid fall in demand from local jewellers.

Traders said sentiment remained downbeat on the back of a weak global trend where gold fell after stronger than forecast US payrolls data boosted expectations that the Federal Reserve may press ahead with another US interest rate hike this month, lifting the dollar.

Globally, gold fell 0.37% to $1,293.10 an ounce and silver 0.06% to $16.38 an ounce in New York in yesterday’s trade.

Besides, fading demand from local jewellers and retailers at domestic spot market too fuelled the downtrend, they said.

In the national capital, gold of 99.9% and 99.5% purity slumped further by Rs300 each to Rs31,600 and Rs31,450 per ten grams, respectively. The precious metal had lost Rs190 in last two days. Sovereign, however, remained unaltered at Rs24,800 per piece of eight grams.


A ‘one-of-its-kind’ UNIVERSITY to be set up in India

A ‘one-of-its-kind’ university is to be set up in India, after much contemplation and fund allocation.

After the Union Cabinet on May 23 approved an ordinance to set up the country’s first national sports university in Imphal, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the ordinance on Friday.

National Sports University Ordinance, 2018 will be on the lines of the National Sports University Bill, 2017, introduced in Lok Sabha last year.

It will be a first-of-its-kind specialised University to promote sports education in the areas of sports sciences, sports technology, sports management and sports coaching besides functioning as the national training centre for select sports disciplines by adopting the best international practices.

The proposal to set up the national sports university in Manipur was initially announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while Rs. 100 crore funds for it were allocated in the 2014-15 budget. For setting up the university, 325.90 acres of land has been made available by the Government of Manipur in the west Imphal district of Koutruk.

As of now, there are some institutes which offer various courses for athletes and coaches.

“A void exists in the sports environment of the country in various areas such as sports science, sports technology, high-performance training,” the bill stated.

The proposed university is expected to bridge this gap