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17 Mar 2018, Edition - 977, Saturday


  • The Congress and other political parties have been alleging that EVMs tampered during polls and demanding reintroduction of the ballot paper system of voting.
  • J&K Minister Altaf Bukhari sings praises for Separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani | Bukhari: Geelani is a very big leader and my stature is too small
  • Pro-Khalistan terrorist convicted of killing former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh does not regreat his action, says his lawyer.
  • MS Dhoni all praise for Nepal after it was granted ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
  • Mohammed Shami issues clarification on wife’s ‘rape’ allegations
  • According to reports, a Bangladesh player broke the glass while celebrating the team’s win over Sri Lanka in the T20I Nidahas Trophy tri-series.
  • 43-year-old Tara had earlier confessed to his involvement in the assassination of Beant Singh in 1995.
  • Delhi: NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) busts big drug racket.
  • 3 Bangladeshi nationals held in Pune | Arrested nationals said to have terror links | Accused have links with Al Qaeda affiliate | ATS to probe their terror links
  • Modi and his associates allegedly defrauded Punjab National Bank of around Rs 13,000 crore through fraudulent LOUs of PNB


SISPA elects new office bearers

Covai Post Network

K Rangarajan was today elected the president of the South India Spinners Association (SISPA), from 2016 to 2018. N Murugesan, J Selvan and S Jagadesh Chandran were elected as Vice Presidents, at the 25th Annual General Body meeting of SISPA held in Coimbatore.

While G. Venkatesan was elected the Honorary Secretary, N Pradeep was chosen as the Joint Secretary, and VM Ramkumar, the treasurer, for the next two years.

In a resolution adopted at the meeting, SISPA thanked the Centre for the GST Bill, which would benefit the entire textile chain. To avoid any form of shortage in the availability of cotton to spinning mills throughout the year, SISPA requested the Centre to direct the concerned department to keep a buffer stock of 50 lakh bales at all times.

The meeting requested the government to bring out a comprehensive Cotton and Synthetic Fibre Policy to establish secure policy measures that would benefit cotton farmers, enable the spinning industry to grow consistently. SISPA urged the Tamil Nadu government to amend laws to permit low tension electricity consumers to purchase private power, as was in the case of high-tension electricity consumers.

A request was also made to the government to remove the one per cent market committee cess on cotton and waste cotton.