Apart from bureaucrats who had criticised the sentencing of former Coal Secretary Harish Chandra Gupta to two years of imprisonment in the coal block case under the Prevention of Corruption Act, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court DK Garg has also spoken out against the sentencing of Gupta.
In conversation with News World India, advocate Garg said that since Gupta has not been alleged of favouring anybody or accepting bribes but was only accused of omitting information passed on to a committee, the Prevention of Corruption Act is not correct to be applied on Gupta.
Garg continued that based on the responsibilities assigned to him, Harish Chandra Gupta made his decision and if court refuses bureaucrats the rights to take decisions on their own discretion then the development of the country will be impacted.
On May 22, Delhi's special CBI court sentenced Harish Chandra Gupta to two years in the case of allocating coal blocks to Kamal Spong and Steel Power Limited.
The largest and most modern steel plant in the state of Odisha, the 6 million tonne integrated steel plant of Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) was dedicated to the nation by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday.
Adding that good days are ahead, the Chief Minister said the JSPL plant will boost the industrialisation in the State and play an important role in development. The integrated plant will give direct employment to 30,000 people and indirect employment to one lakh people.
“Industries will help develop the financial condition of the State. My vision is to create 30 lakh additional employment by 2025 to bring prosperity to the people. What we are witnessing today is yet another step towards that vision,” he said.
At the event, which was presided over by Chairperson of OP Jindal Group Savitri Jindal, JSPL Chairman Naveen Jindal said that when he was 20 years old, his father OP Jindal and late Biju Patnaik had dreamt of setting up one million tonne capacity steel plant in the State. “Today, the Chief Minister and myself have together fulfilled their dream,” he said.
JSPL Chairman Naveen Jindal said that the plant was set up at an investment of Rs 33,000 crore and would play a significant role in the development of the state. He continued, that the plant was unique in many spheres and that some of its components are largest either in the world or in the country, besides being one of the most modern plants.
According to Naveen Jindal, the Steel production at Angul would be around 1.5 lakh tonnes next month, 2 lakh tonnes in July and 3 lakh tonnes per month from October this year, he said adding that from March, 2018 the production would touch 4 lakh tonnnes per month.
JSPL had signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Odisha government in 2005 to build the mega steel plant, which will enhance JSPL's overall capacity of steel production to 10.75 mtpa and make Odisha the fourth largest steel maker in India....
The holy month of Ramadan occurs on the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calender and is observed by the Muslims all over the world as a month of fasting to commemorate the revelation of holy Quran to Prophet Mohammad.
The month includes intensive obligatory fasting or 'Fardh' from sunrise to sunset.
On this holy day, here are five interesting facts about Ramadan:
Ramadan is based on a Pagan festival that celebrated the 'Moon God' from moon rise to moon set. It was later adapted by Prophet Muhammad to be from sunrise to sunset.
Apart from food and liquid, a person is also expected to abstain from sexual intercourse, sinful behaviour, false speech and fighting.
There are loopholes in fasting that include illness, travelling and pregnancy and the kids who haven't attained puberty.
Shias and Sunnis break their fast at different time. While Sunnis break their fast as soon as the sun sets, Shias wait for the last rays of light to vanish from the sky.
Charity is an important part of Ramadan and includes Zakat, which is mandatory giving and Sadqa, which is voluntary.
A recent viral video reveals another shocking incident from Uttar Pradesh, where 2 women are being molested by 12-14 boys in broad daylight as the women plead to be let go.
The boys molested the women in UP's Rampur district and filmed the entire incident, later posting it on social media. In the video, the boys laugh and make jokes while manhandling and molesting the girls who keep begging to be spared.
The accused have been identified and police have made one arrest while the investigation is underway.
The new BJP government in UP, helmed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, set up an 'Anti-Romeo' squad to check eve-teasing and violence against women in the state, however based on recent incidences of violence, the UP Police have not significantly improved law and order situation in the state.
In the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack on May 22, British intelligence has identified that at least 23,000 jihadist extremists are living in the country and can pose a threat as terrorist attackers.
The details were released after the security forces faced criticism on failing to prevent the Manchester attack which left 22 killed and 59 injured in the blasts that took place after the concert of pop singer Ariana Grande.
The report states that from the total 23,000 extremists, around 3,000 pose an active threat and are under investigation in 500 separate operations led by police and intelligence services.
The remaining are categorised as posing a "residual risk" and have already faced investigations.
On Saturday morning, Britain Prime Minister Theresa May downgraded the terror threat in Britain from "critical" to "severe" but said that deployed troops will remain on the streets till Monday....
One terrorist was killed on Sunday along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Nang Tikri area of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir as the Army foiled an infiltration bid.
"An infiltration bid was foiled along the LoC in Poonch," an army spokesman said, adding, "One terrorist was killed in the anti-infiltration operation."
The latest infiltration attempt comes a day after the top Huzbul Mujahideen terrorist Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was killed in an encounter in Kashmir....
EVMs Can't Be Tampered With, Claims Election Commission At All Party Meet
May 12 , 2017 , 13:04 IST
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The Election Commission on Friday assured all political parties that EVMs were secured and could not be tampered with.
"The Chief Election Commissioner assured the reliability of the EVMs and asserted they were secured and cannot be tampered with," said JD(U) leader K.C, Tyagi who left the all party meeting midway for another engagement.
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"After the CEC's address experts from IITs also sought to clarify doubts that many political parties have about the reliability of the EVMs. Let us see what is the outcome of this meeting," he added.
Meanwhile, BJP legislator from Rajouri Garden Manjinder Singh Sirsa said: "The EC today informed in detail about the security features of the EVMs and asserted that they cannot be tampered with at all."
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"So far there have been 37 cases in various courts regarding EVM tampering. The judgements in 30 of those cases have come and all 30 have been in favour of the EVMs being tamper proof," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.
Representatives of seven national parties and 48 state parties were invited by the poll panel for the meeting at the Constitution Club, to reassure the parties that Electronic Voting Machines cannot be tampered with and were secured.
A host of opposition parties -- chiefly the Arvind Kejirwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) -- have alleged that EVMs were tampered with in the February-March five state assembly elections and the just concluded Delhi civic polls.
Opposition parties including the Congress and the Trinamool Congress had earlier petitioned the poll panel as well as President Pranab Mukherjee about the vulnerability of the EVMs.
AAP legislator Saurabh Bharadwaj, during a special session of the Delhi Assembly, had sought to demonstrate the procedure for tampering with an EVM.
The poll panel dismissed his assertion outright saying the machine used by Bharadwaj was a "lookalike" of an ECEVM and therefore could be used to demonstrate "any magic" or tampering.