- Alex Paul Menon is safe say Interlocuters
- Key decisions in Bengaru Laxman Verdict
- 2013-14 crucial year for Indian Security
- Kalam not excited to President again
- Major Fire breaks out in a Oil Mill of Varanasi
- Amitabh and Rekha to come together
- Woman pulls out Boyfriend’s all Teeth after getting dumped
- Alex Paul Menon spends Eights day in Maoist Captivity
- India to have 100 more Dialysis Centers in 3 years
- Delhi’s Per Capita income only 30 percent of National Average
Posted: 29 Apr 2012 11:22 AM PDT
Abducted Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon is safe, two interlocutors who met Maoists in their jungle hideout said Sunday, adding the rebels had replied to the Chhattisgarh government’s message on their demands for his release.
The two interlocutors – Hyderabad-based professor G. Hargopal and former IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer B.D. Sharma – had gone to meet the rebels Saturday with a message from the Chhattisgarh government and emerged from the rebels-commanded area Sunday morning with a reply from the Maoists.
The mediators told a few electronic mediapersons in state’s violence-hit Sukma district, some 500 km south from here, “We had a detailed talk with top Maoists leaders during our overnight stay in the jungle and briefed them about the talk we had with government mediators in Raipur regarding the two demands for Menon’s release.”
However, the interlocutors refused to give any details of the Maoists’ reply to the local media in Chintalnar area of Sukma district.
They said: “Collector Menon is safe, we will share our discussion with Maoists only with the government-mediators in Raipur.”
Hargopal and Sharma visited the Maoist hideout after holding several rounds of closed-door marathon meetings with two government mediators – Nirmala Buch, former Madhya Pradesh chief secretary, and S.K. Mishra, former chief secretary of Chhattisgarh – at Raipur’s state guest house.
Official sources said the Chhattisgarh government, which is desperate to ensure the safe release of Menon, has positively responded to the Maoists’ two demands – release of 17 jailed ultras and a halt to the anti-Maoist drive, Operation Green Hunt.
“We are highly optimistic about the early and safe release of the young IAS officer,” a senior official at police headquarters here told IANS.
Menon, 32, was abducted at gunpoint April 21 by rebels from a forested location in Sukma district, some 500 km south of here. The Maoists shot dead his two guards who resisted his abduction.
Posted: 29 Apr 2012 07:44 AM PDT
A Delhi court yesterday awarded four years’ rigorous imprisonment to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) former president Bangaru Laxman for accepting a bribe from a fake arms dealer in 2001. The court also slapped him with a fine of Rs.1 lakh.
Following are the key points of the verdict:
- Character or class is not made in crisis, rather it is exhibited. It is the erosion of the moral character of individuals in particular and society in general and lack of national interest, which has led to the large scale of corruption adversely affecting the social, spiritual, political, economical, educational and moral values of or nation.
- The wisdom in the saying “Crime never pays” is belied by the factual realities of today. The crime scenario in our country is distressingly disturbing, as it has shattered hopes of both the plebeian and intellectual society about the possible rejuvenation of value based society.
- The problem of large-scale rampant corruption, more particularly, the political corruption, is weakening the political body and damaging the supreme importance of law governing the society.
- Sentencing is an important part of criminal administration of justice. Judicial discretion plays a pivotal role in sentencing. The object for which “sentence” is imposed is not only to punish the convict for an unlawful act committed by him. But also, it is important to make it clear that the society as such denounces the sort of conduct in which the offender was involved. It is also to deter the other persons from committing the similar offence.
- Corruption, to my mind, is worse than prostitution as latter might endanger the morals of individual, wheras, the former invariably endangers the entire society. It is virulent for the nation and makes people full of ire. However, the problem is that, when a society which publicily rues corruption, but privately indulges in it, then we need to ask ourselves, do we really want a corruption-free society.
- Here comes the importance and role of the courts. The courts should not be a distant abstraction omnipotent in books only. Courts have to act as an “activist institution” which is cynosure of public hope. The courts will be functional futility, if it does not put its all guns blazing, until the wrong is righted.
- No doubt the company ie M/s Westend International and the product ie HHTIs which they were promoting were both fictitious, but this fact was only known to the representatives of the company, who had approached the convict for favour.
- Convict Bangaru Laxman had agreed to exert his personal influence in favour of the fictitious company for his personal gains by way of getting “illegal gratification” with the intention and belief that the product for which a supply order is required, is genuine.
- The accomplice of crime of corruption is generally our own indifference. “Sab Chalta hai” syndrome has led us to present situation where we are, where nothing moves without an illegal gratification.
- Corruption in itself is bad and in the words of Hon’ble Supreme Court is like “cancer” for the society. Its gravity and magnitude assumes dangerous and perilous proportions, if the same is done by someone in position of authority, to compromise with the defence mechanism of our country and lives of its brave soldiers.
Posted: 29 Apr 2012 06:39 AM PDT
The Taliban threat and instability in the Af-Pak region can have its fallout on India’s security in the next two years, Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne warned.
“2013 and 2014 are crucial watershed years as far as India’s security is concerned in the backdrop of instability writ large in Afghanisthan and Pakistan,” he said delivering the Air Chief Marshal L M Khatre Memorial lecture at Bangalore.
Browne said the effects of worsened instability in Afghanisthan, especially after the pull out of US troops from the region, could reach the Wagah border. “And of course you heard what (Lashkar founder) Hafeez Saeed has said in Peshawar recently. He (Saeed) wants to recover Muslim parts of Kashmir for Pakistan,” he said.
Browne later told reporters, the world was trying to make sure the armed and police forces in the region were capable of facing the challenge of Taliban attacks.
If Afghanisthan police and armed forces are unable to handle the situation, then security in the neighbouring region would further downslide, Browne said.
On India’s border problems with Pakistan and China, he said, “these have remained unresolved …they do not want to resolve it…Even if they want to resolve they want most of the points in their favour.” He said both the countries were colluding in the development of aircraft and weapon.
“I can't think of any other model in the world where you are dealing with this kind of situation with two nuclear powered neighbouring countries having border issues with us as a common cause for point of friction
Posted: 29 Apr 2012 05:38 AM PDT
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam today appeared not averse to be in the race for another term in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
“Let us wait for some time…After some time, you ask me,” Kalam told reporters here when asked whether he was ready to be elected to a second term as President. His remarks came at a time when political leaders are holding meetings to reach a consensus on the new President.
Kalam had served as the President between 2002 and 2007. In the 2007 Presidential elections, Kalam’s name was proposed by smaller parties to enter the race but he backed out at the last minute in the absence of a consensus
Posted: 29 Apr 2012 04:36 AM PDT
A major fire broke out today in an oil mill in Ashapur area of the district, triggering panic among locals, fire department officials said.
“The massive fire broke out at Jhunjhunwala oil mill, setting off blasts in five oil tankers,” Fire Officer Subhash Singh said, adding no casualty has been reported so far.
Over a dozen fire tenders have been pressed into service to douse the raging inferno, which could not be put out till midnight, and more fire brigades have been called from adjoining districts. The fire has caused damages worth crores, Singh said.
Though the reason behind the blaze is yet to be ascertained, the fire official said it might have been caused by welding work being carried out on the mill premises. Before fire fighters could reach the spot, the blaze had engulfed the refinery plant, cattle feed plant and godown of the oil mill, he said.
Posted: 29 Apr 2012 03:34 AM PDT
Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha might have parted ways over decades but Big B doesn’t rule out the possibility of reuniting with her again on the silver screen.
“If there is a good story and like it then I don’t mind working with her,” the megastar said at a function here Saturday.
The two have earlier worked together in films like “Silsila”, “Mr Natrwarlal”, “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar” among others.
Posted: 29 Apr 2012 01:31 AM PDT
London: A woman dentist in Poland is facing jail after she allegedly pulled out all her former boyfriend’s teeth because he dumped her for another woman.
Anna Mackowiak, 34, took revenge on 45-year-old Marek Olszewski when he turned up at her clinic with toothache just days after breaking up with her, the Daily Mail reported.
She gave him a heavy dose of anaesthetic and plucked all his teeth out. She then wrapped his head and jaw in a bandage to stop him from opening his mouth.
She said there had been complications and he would need to see a specialist.
Posted: 29 Apr 2012 01:23 AM PDT
Abducted Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon spent the eighth day in the captivity of Maoists’ whose mediators travelled to Tadmetla forests to seek instructions from them after talks with government mediators for the IAS officer’s release failed.
Faced with the demands of ultras, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has convened a meeting of his senior ministers to find a solution. “We want some way out. We are serious about the issue and want the Collector to be released at the earliest. We will do everything permissible within the ambit of law,” he said.
Menon, a 2006 batch IAS officer, was abducted by the Maoists on April 21 from Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. Additional Director General of Police Ram Nivas told PTI that B D Sharma and Professor Hargopal, the two interlocutors from Maoist’s side, who are holding talks with the government, flew to Chintalnar by a chopper and proceeded further by a two-wheeler.
Ram Nivas said that the forest of Tadmetla, a Naxal stronghold, is so dense that only a two-wheeler can ply there. This is the same area where the Maoists had ambushed and killed 76 CRPF jawans in April 2010. According to police, the local media-persons took Sharma and Hargopal up to Tadmetla, where they were met by around 10 armed Maoists, who took them further into the forest.
Nirmala Buch and S K Mishra are the government-side interlocutors and there have been two rounds of talks so far. In exchange for Menon, the Maoists want release of 17 of their jailed leaders, halt to the anti-Maoist offensive ‘Operation Green Hunt’ and return of security forces in Bastar to the barracks.
Posted: 29 Apr 2012 12:20 AM PDT
NephroPlus, a leading kidney care clinic group, Friday said it plans to set up 100 dialysis centres across India over the next three years.
The company also announced eminent nephrologist Brian J.G. Pereira will join its board as a director.
“We hope to leverage his expertise as we work to build the NephroPlus brand and provide the best kidney care and dialysis treatment to patients in India,” said NephroPlus CEO Vikram Vuppala.
“I look forward to working with the enterprising team of NephroPlus as we actively strive to raise the level of kidney care and dialysis treatment in the country,” said Pereira, an adjunct professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).
He also served as president of the National Kidney Foundation in the US.
Posted: 28 Apr 2012 11:18 PM PDT
The average income of Delhiites is expected to be Rs.1.75 lakh for the year 2011-12, almost 3 times the national average of around Rs.60,000, according a report by the state government’s Directorate of Economics and Statistics.
The figures came to light in the report titled “Estimates of State Domestic Product 2011-12″, which was released Friday by Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit.
Noting the key finds of the report, Dikshit said that it puts the capital, with a per capita income of Rs.1,75,812, in the second spot after Goa, which has the highest annual per capita income at Rs.1.92 lakh, amongst all states and Union Territories.
The report puts Delhi’s gross state domestic product (GSDP) for the year 2011-12 at Rs.3,13,934 crore as compared to Rs.2,64,496 crore for the year 2010-11.
“According to the report, the GSDP also showed a growth rate of 18.7 percent,” Dikshit said.
“The report shows that the share of the service sector in GSDP in Delhi is about 82 percent, which is an effect of our industrial policy which promotes non-polluting industries,” she added.
“Further, the city is developing as a major centre of service sector including information technology and leaving behind neighbouring cities like NOIDA and Gurgaon. This has resulted in large number of employment opportunities in Delhi,” Dikshit claimed.
Dikshit said that the report gave a rise of 339 percent in per capita income while the GSDP showed a 490 percent increase from year 1998-99, when she first came to power.
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