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In an outreach to the Hindu community during Navaratri, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday approved proposals to fund fairs held by three religious trusts in the State.These are the Ma Lalita Devi Shaktipeeth Amavasya Mela, Naimisharanya in Sitapur, Ma Pateshwari Shaktipeeth, Devipatan Tulsipur Mela in Balrampur, and Ma Vindhyavasini Shaktipeeth Mela in Mirzapur.The government will provide them funds of ₹ 60 lakh, ₹48 lakh and ₹41.49 lakh respectively, a statement said.The decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.Earlier, local municipal corporations arranged for these religious fairs, now it will be the responsibility of the respective district magistrates. The decision was taken with a view to providing proper facilities and successful arrangement of the fairs keeping in mind their inter-district, inter-State and international appeal, the government said, adding it had received proposals from district Collectors.Urban Development Minister Suresh Khanna said the fairs would be funded to ensure basic facilities for all devotees.
Soon after Australian firms threatened to launch a multi-million dollar lawsuit to recover dues from the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC), Minister of State for Sports Ajay Maken on Thursday ordered for a legitimate assessment of the demands made by them.Minister of State for Sports Ajay Maken.”I have ordered for legitimate assessment,” he told Headlines Today. “I have asked the secretary, sports, to thoroughly verify in 10 days all legitimate payments details of CWG Organising Committee,” he added.Maken replaced M.S. Gill as sports minister during the cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday.