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Mamata Banerjee to labourers wishing to return: Will give 200 days' work 13.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Following the incident in Rajasthan, wherein Mohammad Afrazul Khan, a labourer hailing from the Malda district of West Bengal, was killed by a youth, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said labourers who had migrated to other states, if feeling insecure, could return to Bengal, where the government will give them work for 200 days in a year. The CM was speaking at a public meeting in the Kotshila area of the Purulia district. "People of Rajasthan, UP, and Bihar work in Bengal. They have made this place their motherland and we have welcomed them as well. But if a person from West Bengal went to work in Rajasthan, why was he murdered? If these people want to return to Bengal, they can get their names enrolled at the respective district magistrate's office. We will ensure that they get 200 days' work in a year. The state can also provide for one-time financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to people like these, to set up their own business unit," Mamata said. She added that in BJP-ruled states, such as Gujarat and ...
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J&K's National Conference to go solo in 2021 assembly elections 13.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Ending speculations, main opposition National Conference on Tuesday announced to go solo in the next assembly elections and promised to bring legislation in the assembly for Regional Autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. "We won't have alliance with any party. A stable, strong and people friendly government is the answer to problems facing Jammu and Kashmir", said Dr Farooq Abdullah, former J&K chief minister and president of National Conference while addressing the workers rally at Udhampur in Jammu division. Reigniting the debate on the autonomy, Abdullah promised to bring legislation in the assembly to restore the regional autonomy in the state. "Immediately after forming the government, National Conference will bring legislation in the first assembly session with regards to regional autonomy. This will empower every segment of the society and every region and sub-region politically and economically", he said. National Conference government of Farooq Abdullah had passed the autonomy resolution in the ...
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Mumbai cop turns thief, walks away with ammunition 13.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
In a major embarrassment to the Mumbai police, ammunition from the artillery of Local Arms (LA) Unit 3, was stolen on Saturday by a suspended police constable, allegedly with the help of four other on-duty constables from the unit. Fortunately, it was recovered within an hour. The process for the suspension of the four police constables has been initiated and a report is being prepared by a senior police officer, sources from the department told DNA. Sixty bullets were stolen from LA unit 3, situated at Worli police headquarters. All the ammunition and other items needed for police bandobast are kept in the storeroom of the unit. The four policemen were deployed there for security. According to sources, at around 8 pm on Saturday, the suspended constable was chatting with the four cops on duty. He suddenly picked up a belt of cartridges and walked away with it inside a carry bag. While he was going outside, a policeman spotted him and immediately informed senior officers. A wireless message was ...
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India pushes for trade, diplomacy with Nigeria 13.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
In another move to counter the growing footprint of Chinese trade interests in West African countries, the Modi government has offered Nigeria to take advantage of technology, know-how and imports from India in the agricultural sector as also from the line of credit that India had extended. Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday made the offer to his Nigerian counterpart Audu Ogbeh who is on a visit to India. "India will be only too happy to share its experience and expertise in any area of agriculture that Nigeria may identify," the minister told Ogbeh while appreciating Nigeria's new initiatives such as the 'Green Alternative' initiative which is a roadmap to make Nigeria self-sufficient in agriculture and a major exporter of agricultural products. "For the last few years, India has been the largest trading partner of Nigeria and Nigeria is India's largest trading partner in Africa. There is tremendous potential for further expanding this volume. Nigeria may consider importing fresh ...
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In a first, solar power projects planned on dams 13.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MahaGenco) is planning to develop solar power projects on dams in its first such attempt in the state. These floating solar panels will do away with the need for the state-owned utility to acquire land to add capacity to its renewable energy portfolio and also reduce the evaporation of water from these reservoirs. The MahaGenco plans to develop solar power worth 250 MW capacity through this route. "We are planning solar power projects on dams and have initiated pre-feasibility studies. In the initial phase, these panels will be set up on our own reservoirs, such as the Irai dam at Chandrapur which supplies water to the Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS), after which we can take up work on the irrigation department's resources," a senior MahaGenco official told DNA. The projects are likely to be set up in the public private partnership (PPP) route through tariff-based competitive bidding. The MahaGenco is also considering some dams owned ...
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Arunachal Pradesh copies Pakistan civil services paper 13.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
In all matters Arunachal Pradesh, worries pertaining to intrusion of any kind emanate from the neighbouring China. An intrusion of a different kind, however, has been reported from our other contentious neighbour, Pakistan. In the recently concluded civil services exam, conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC), several questions were lifted from a forum for aspirants of the Pakistan civil services examination. Aspirants in Arunachal Pradesh alleged that majority of the questions were lifted from the site 'www.cssforum.com.pk'. To add to their woes, in the public administration question paper, 50 questions were a repeat of the Union Public Services Exam's (UPSC) 2008 question paper. Also, stickers for the form numbers were manually written and papers were handed out unsealed in some cases. Nearly 90 per cent of the sociology questions were lifted from an article on the Mandal Commission judgment, written by Shelly Shan in the early 1990s, listed on the website ...
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Short-staffed Rlys extends age limit for re-engagement to 65 13.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
In an attempt to handle exigencies in services, the Railway Board has decided to increase the age limit of retired employees for re-engagement from the current 62 years to 65 years. The move has come as Indian Railways is facing an uphill task to augment services at par with the increase in railway traffic and introduction of new routes and trains and facing the crunch because of staff shortage. Moreover, the railways also wants to play safe and arrest the mounting numbers of accidents. Accidents because of problem in tracks have seen an increase from 21 in 2014-15 to 24 in 2015-16 and 38 in 2016-17. There are about 1.25 lakh vacancies in Railways which are related to the running of trains and maintenance of tracks. Vacancies for profiles such as drivers, guards, gangmen and other technical staff such as supervisors and technicians involved in services like deep screening etc have not been filled. Besides, there is a shortfall of about 1.25 lakh non-mechanical staff such as clerks and travelling ticket ...
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RS Prasad rakes up Manmohan Singh's 2007 Balochistan admission to corner former PM 13.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad today said Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi should disclose if former prime minister Manmohan Singh met a Pakistani delegation earlier this month after informing him. He also asked whether Singh had consulted the Ministry of External Affairs on the same. The Union law minister also wanted to know the Congress' stand on the proposed triple talaq law, and asked Gandhi whether a Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya. "When we have a national line that India will not talk to Pakistan until the latter abandons terrorism, why did former prime minister Manmohan Singh go to meet a Pakistani delegation?" Prasad told reporters here. he said in 2007, in Havana, when Singh was the prime minister, a joint statement had said that Pakistan was also a victim of terrorism when everyone knew that Pakistan was "not a victim but a sponsor of terrorism". He recalled that in Sharm El Sheikh joint declaration in 2010, Balochistan was referred to and it said India had a hand in the ...
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Gujarat Elections 2017: On last day of campaign, PM Modi makes a splash with seaplane ride 12.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended the campaign for the second phase of Gujarat assembly polls in style today as he took a seaplane ride from the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam in north Gujarat and returned after offering prayers at the famous Ambaji Temple. He boarded the single-engine seaplane from near the Sardar Bridge connecting the old city with Ahmedabad West and flew to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani claimed this was the first time a seaplane landed on a water body in the country. A special floating platform was constructed on the river to facilitate the prime minister board the plane. The plane took off from the Sardar Bridge-end amid chants of "Modi-Modi" from BJP workers and city-dwellers, who flocked to the Sabarmati riverfront. After his plane landed on the water of Dharoi dam, the prime minister proceeded to the Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha district via road. Watch: Quest Kodiak aircraft, the seaplane taken by PM Modi from Sabarmati ...
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Doklam stand-off put severe pressure on bilateral ties: Chinese Foreign Minister tells Sushma Swaraj 12.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
The Doklam stand-off had put "severe pressure" on India-China ties though the issue was resolved through diplomatic means, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during their meeting in New Delhi. The bilateral ties went through a serious test after Indian border troops "illegally trespassed" into the Chinese territory in June, Wang told Swaraj yesterday. The Chinese foreign minister was in New Delhi to attend the Russia-India-China (RIC) Foreign Ministers' meeting. Although the stand-off ended eventually through diplomatic means more than two months later, lessons must be learned and efforts must be made to avoid such an incident in the future, said Wang, whose comments were posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website today. "The stand-off put the bilateral relations under severe pressure," he said. Wang said that the Sino-Indian relations are at a crucial period and the most important thing between the two countries is to really cultivate mutual trust. Leaders ...
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Government issues guidelines for tariff-based wind power procurement 12.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Ministry of Power today said it has issued guidelines to procure wind power through ‘transparent’ tariff based competitive bidding process. Government has issued guidelines providing a framework for procurement of wind power through a "transparent process" of bidding including standardisation of the process and defining of roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders. “These guidelines aim to enable the distribution licensees to procure wind power at competitive rates in a cost effective manner,” read the gazette published by Ministry of Power. The guidelines are applicable for procurement of wind power from grid-connected Wind Power Projects (WPP) having individual size of 5 Mega Watt (MW) and above at one site with minimum bid capacity of 25 MW for intra-state projects; and individual size of 50 MW and above at one site with minimum bid capacity of 50 MW for inter-state projects. “These guidelines will give boost to the wind power sector as it would facilitate the windy states to go for bidding ...
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First bundle of TOT's equity IRR seen at 12-13%: Crisil 12.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
The equity Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of the first bundle of highways being auctioned under the Toll-Operate-Transfer (TOT) model would range between 12% and 13%, a Crisil Research’s report has said. The IRR has been arrived on the basis of National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) initial estimated concession value. The first TOT bundle has nine operational highway projects in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Gujarat. Of the nine projects, six are from Andhra Pradesh (National Highway 5) and balance three in Gujarat (National Highways 8A and 8B). The ones in the southern state are – Siddhantham-Gunduglanu (71.95-kms), Diwancheruvu-Siddhantham (49.04-km), Annavaram- Diwancheruvu (70.98-km), Ankapalli-Annavaram (88.53-km), Icchapuram-Narasannapeta (96.70-km) and Puintola-Icchapuram (64.40-km). The three projects from the western state are – Bamanbore-Garamore (71.94-km), Garamore-Samakhiyali (51.46-km) and Porbandar-Jetpur (115.64-km). The government is likely to earn a minimum of Rs 6,258 crore from the ...
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HC reserves order on Tarun Tejpal's plea seeking quashing of rape 12.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
The High Court of Bombay at Goa today reserved its order on a petition by former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, seeking quashing of rape and other charges against him. Justice Nutan Sardesai reserved the order without specifying the date. Tejpal, who is accused of raping a former colleague during an event in Goa in 2013, today presented before the high court the CCTV footage outside the lift of a five-star hotel, where he is alleged to have sexually assaulted her. Senior advocate Aman Lekhi and advocate Pramodkumar Dubey, who represented Tejpal, displayed the CCTV footage to the judge on a laptop to support his contention that he has been falsely accused of a rape, outraging modesty and sexual harassment by Goa police. "The CCTV footage shows that the petitioner and the prosecutrix (victim) were out of the lift walking leisurely not indicating any sign of distress or outrage," Lekhi said while providing the footage which was sourced from the Goa Crime Branch, which has filed a charge sheeted ...
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Supreme Court to refer to constitutional bench pleas against allowing Jallikattu 12.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
The Supreme Court today said it would refer to a five-judge constitution bench a batch of pleas challenging Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra laws allowing bull-taming sport 'Jallikattu' and bullock cart races. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice R F Nariman, while reserving its order, said the larger bench would decide whether states have the "legislative competence" to make such laws on grounds, including that 'Jallikattu' and bullock cart racing fell under the cultural rights enshrined under Article 29(1) and can be protected constitutionally. Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have amended the central law, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and allowed Jallikattu and bullock cart racing respectively in their states. The state laws have been challenged in the apex court. The apex court also said that it would hear separately the pleas challenging the Karnataka Ordinance allowing Kambala (buffalo races) in the state and issued notice on the petitions filed by parties including PETA and fixed ...
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Will prayers reach god from illegally built temples, asks Delhi High Court 12.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
Will prayers reach god if you pray from temples built illegally on pavements? This was a question posed by the Delhi High Court today as it dealt with a case of removing encroachments from around the 108-feet tall Hanuman statue in the Karol Bagh area of central Delhi. "Will prayers reach the god if you pray from illegal encroachments on pavements? What is its sanctity," a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said, warning that everyone responsible for unauthorised constructions, including the temple, "will be dealt with". The court asked the municipal corporation of north Delhi, under whose jurisdiction the area falls, to produce records pertaining to the construction of the road and the pavement adjoining which the illegal encroachments have sprung up. The direction was issued after Delhi government additional standing counsel Satyakam, appearing for the Public Works Department (PWD), told the bench that the road and the pavement was the responsibility of the municipal ...
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Motor vehicle tax evasion: Actor Suresh Gopi files anticipatory bail plea 12.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
Malayalam actor and Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi today filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Kerala High Court with regard to a case of allegedly forging documents to get his two luxury vehicles registered in Puducherry to evade motor vehicle (MV) tax in Kerala. Police had registered an FIR against the actor on December 5, charging him with falsifying and fabricating documents by showing an address in the Union Territory of Puducherry and getting the vehicles registered there, causing revenue loss to the Kerala government. The FIR is pending before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Thiruvananthapuram. In his anticipatory bail plea, Gopi said the allegations prima facie were false. He said that he had chosen to register the two vehicles at Puducherry, where he has tenanted a premise since 2009. The BJP MP said he owns agricultural land around Puducherry, which was being looked after by family members, including his brothers. He said he has a house at Bengaluru and his brothers have residences at ...
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Supreme Court to pass orders on disable friendly educational institutes 12.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
The Supreme Court today said it will pass order on a plea seeking to make higher education institutions physically accessible for disabled students. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said that it will pass certain directions on the issue and give some time for its compliance. The bench was hearing a plea filed by an organisation Disabled Rights Group in 2006, espousing the cause of a disabled girl who is 100 per cent wheelchair bound. The girl, who wanted to study law, could not study at the National Law University and managed to gain admission in a private university. Counsel for the petitioner organisation said the college at the private university does not have facilities for disabled students despite a law which mandates provision of facilities to such students. "She was made to stay in a hostel in a shared room with two other normal students, the bathroom did not have a ramp and there was no escort facility in the hostel for such students," he said. He said Persons for ...
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Condom ad ban: Traders body hails move, says such ads adversely impact children 12.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
Traders body CAIT today welcomed the government ban on condom advertisements on TV channels between 6 am and 10 pm, saying such ads often violate social values and have an adverse impact of growing children especially teenagers. The information and broadcasting ministry yesterday issued an advisory to all television channels to restrict condom advertisements to late night between 10 pm and 6 am. "Such ads in fashion what they appear often violate our social values and have an adverse impact on growing children especially teenagers," the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said in a statement. The ministry said it was brought to its notice that some channels carry advertisements of condoms repeatedly which are alleged to be indecent, especially for children. "Condom ads presently are being shown in a vulgar manner which can't be accepted by civil society," CAIT said, adding that there should be a policy as to what kind of sexual education, to what extent and to which age group such kind of ...
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Defamation case: Delhi High Court rejects Kejriwal's plea to trash Jaitley's reply 12.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
The Delhi High Court today dismissed Arvind Kejriwal's plea seeking striking down of Arun Jaitley's reply in the second Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed against the Chief Minister, saying the additional issues raised by the Union Minister were "relevant". The Delhi Chief Minister had sought that the replication (reply) filed by Jaitley in response to his written submission in the second defamation lawsuit be trashed on several grounds including that the usage of 'scandalous' words by his former counsel was based on hearsay. Justice Manmohan said the additional points raised by Jaitley in his replication to Kejriwal's written submission were "relevant" as they "crystalise" the Union Minister's stand and thus, "can neither be termed scandalous, nor frivolous or vexatious or unnecessary or abuse of process of law". The court, however, gave Kejriwal four weeks to rebut the additional contentions of the BJP leader. The second suit had claimed that the then counsel of the Chief Minister, Ram Jethmalani, had ...
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Railway enhances age limit to re-engage retired employees to 65 12.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
Retired from the railways, but yet to turn 65? Now, retired rail employees can seek re- engagement with the national transporter till they attain the age of 65 years. In a letter written by the Railway Board to all the general managers today, the age limit of the retired employees seeking re-engagement has been enhanced from 62 to 65 years, allowing more of such employees to lend their expertise to the railways. "The board has decided to enhance the maximum age limit for re-engagement of retired hands to 65 years from the existing age limit of 62 years. "Further, it has also been decided to extend the validity of the scheme of re-engagement of retired employees to January 12, 2019 as against the existing validity up to September 14, 2018," the letter stated. The board, in a letter dated October 16, had empowered the divisional railway managers (DRMs) to re-engage retired rail personnel in appropriate posts. It had also said that those re-appointed could only be in service till they turned 62, which has ...
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