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The election commission is planning to organise Gram Sabha across all villages of the country to spread awareness about the revision of electoral roll.

Issuing an official instruction to every state authority, the commission stated that the Sabha will be promoted to inform and encourage people about special summary revision of photo electoral rolls. The meetings would be held in all villages across the country as well as in certain municipal corporations.

image(3)The Gram Sabha’s aim to make electoral rolls error free while attracting new voters for enrollment. In these public meetings, the existing roll will be read out and any corrections would be done on the spot. The date, time and location of such Sabha would be decided locally by the administration.

All states under the directive are advised to take a call on the revision of photo electoral rolls before January 1, 2016. After revision, the concluding rolls would get published in every state.

Having a widespread effect, the Gram Sabhas have already started featuring in villages and municipal wards of Tripura. Additional chief electoral officer of Tripura, Debashish Modak said, “last year, such an initiative was introduced in all the states under the name of National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme, which was designed to eliminate errors and ensure clean electoral lists.”

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Small UK Village Celebrates Centenary of Its Part in Aviation History

On its outward journey in 1919, the 193-meter-long R34 airship flew from Scotland to New York

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Pulham in Norfolk became the return point in the first ever return flight across the Atlantic Ocean by an airship. Pixabay

A village in the UK with a population of less than 1,000 was marking on Saturday the centenary of its part in aviation history.

Pulham in Norfolk became the return point in the first ever return flight across the Atlantic Ocean by an airship, the Xinhua news agency reported.

On its outward journey in 1919, the 193-meter-long R34 airship flew from Scotland to New York, but on the return leg it unexpectedly redirected to Pulham where its arrival was greeted by thousands of people. It became the first airship that made the East-West crossing of the Atlantic by air.

Sheila Moss King, who has organised the centenary event, said the arrival of the airship on July 13, 1919 had earned Pulham its place in aviation history.

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A village in the UK with a population of less than 1,000 was marking on Saturday the centenary of its part in aviation history. Pixabay

The crew’s 75-hour return flight to Britain was a little less eventful than the 108-hour outbound journey from East Lothian in Scotland to Long Island, she said.

“They weren’t sure if they were on the right course and they flew through the most terrible storms with the airship tipping up and down,” Moss King noted.

A band struck up the song “See the Conquering Hero Comes” as the crowd gave the crew a heroes welcome in Norfolk and got an absolute drenching when the water used as ballast was released.

“It was in the news, it was on the radio – people all around the world would have heard of Pulham,” she said, adding it took 500 people to land the airship.

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Records show that in New York the crew was showered with gifts and were greeted by US President Woodrow Wilson.

There was even an offer of $1,000 for the airship’s cat, named Wopsie, but it was turned down, and the cat returned to England.

Descendants of the airship crew and airfield workers gathered in the village on Saturday at the start of a two-day centenary celebration. In the nearby town of Diss, an R34 memorabilia exhibition has opened.

The outline of the airship has also been marked close to where it landed a century ago. (IANS)