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50% seat reservation for women in State panchayats in Assam

The Assam State Election Commission in order to politically empower the womenfolk in the State has announced 50% reservation of seats in the panchayats for women. This verdict of the State Election Commission will come into effect from the upcoming panchayat polls in Assam.

The Panchayat Act has been amended for giving 50% reservation for the women. The Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) women would also enjoy the 50% seat reservation for women in the panchayats.

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Gujarat tops in private sector investments across India

As per an analysis titled ‘Composition of Outstanding Investments Across States,’ carried out by Assocham, Gujarat has the biggest share of 12.5% in total outstanding private sector investments ((including both domestic and foreign private sectors) across India as of June 2012. As per the analysis top 4 states are:

  1. Gujarat (12.5%)
  2. Odisha (10.7%)
  3. Maharashtra (8.9%)
  4. Andhra Pradesh (8%)

With a share of over Rs 82.9 lakh crore, the private sector accounts for over 59% of the total outstanding investments across India worth over Rs 140 lakh crore as of June 2012.
Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Assam have the smallest share of less than 1%.

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