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Amid high security, NRI Divas to kickstart in Agra

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Agra: Security has been stepped up in Uttar Pradesh where the first “UP Pravasi Divas” will be hosted by CM Akhilesh Yadav which is aimed at attracting investment from the NRI community with its roots in the state.

Especially after the Pathankot terror attack, more than 50 Anti-Terrorism Squad commandoes have been deployed to guard the chief minister and other VIP dignitaries, police officials overseeing the security arrangements told reporters.

Over 1100, NRI’s have enrolled for this mega event where heads of various companies are expected to also take part.

The business and investment potential of the state will be showcased through an exhibition, presentations by various officials and a speech by the chief minister. Akhilesh will inaugurate the event.

Awards would also be given to eminent NRI’s for their contributions in various fields. The cultural program will be witnessing a musical performance by the famous Pakistani singer Rahat Ali Khan in ITC Mughal. The UP government was preparing for the event for past few weeks. The success of the event will help to present a better image of the state and bring more tourism. Uttar Pradesh has the largest NRI population in the country.(IANS)

The UP government was preparing for the event for past few weeks. The success of the event will help to present a better image of the state and bring more tourism. Uttar Pradesh has the largest NRI population in the country.(IANS)

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The idea behind the whole thing is to enable young girls to grow into an empowered young woman and put an end to period taboos

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26 Agra schools to get sanitary pad vending machines. Pixabay

Twenty six schools in the Taj city, Agra will soon get sanitary pad vending machines installed, a Uttar Pradesh official said on Saturday.

They have been gifted by social entrepreneur and founder of Nine, Amar Tulsiyan in a bid to raise awareness about menstruation and de-stigmatise the natural phenomenon.

The machines have already reached the principals of — Holi Public School in Sikandra, Sachdeva Millenium School in Shashtripuram, Agra Public School in Viajy Nagar, Artoni and Shahdra Chungi, Andrew Public School in Balkeshwar, Kamla Nagar, St Andrew Public School in Baruli and Dr MS World School among others. They would be installed as soon as the mid-term exams were over.

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Shudh Plus hygiene products CEO Richa Singh told IANS her firm has entered into a Rs 80 crore MoU with the state and would soon be donating 20 more such machines, along with menstrual hygiene tool kits in Allahabad, Varanasi and other small towns and cities across the state.

“The idea behind the whole thing is to enable young girls to grow into an empowered young woman and put an end to period taboos,” the official said. (IANS)