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....
WB Assembly Polls: 79.51% Voter Turnout Recorded; Left Front Alleges Booth Capturing
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April 11 , 2016 , 11:49 IST
West Bengal witnessed 79.51 per cent voter turnout in the assembly polls on Monday, the Election Commission said.
Polling came to an end on Monday evening in 31 assembly constituencies in the first phase of the West Bengal polls held across the three districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Burdwan.
As per the Election Commission, over 71 per cent turnout was recorded till 3 p.m. The voting percentage was 76 in West Midnapore, 70.80 in Bankura and 68 per cent in Burdwan.
Of the 31 constituencies, 13 were in West Midnapore and nine each in Bankura and Burdwan districts.
However, there were long queues of people in a number of booths even after the scheduled end of polling.
Pointing fingers at the Trinamool Congress, the Left Front on Monday claimed widespread booth capturing and false voting in the second round of the first phase of the West Bengal assembly polls.
Addressing mediapersons here, Left Front chairman Biman Bose also said the Election Commission (EC) failed in its responsibility to protect people's democratic rights.
"We had warned about the Trinamool's attempts to disrupt the polls. The EC has been advertising to encourage people to cast their own vote, but in many areas, it couldn't come up with measures to ensure that.
"Because of that, there has been booth capturing and false voting across the constituencies," said Bose.
Polling took place in 31 constituencies in West Midnapore, Bankura and Burdwan districts.
"The Trinamool has created an environment of terror and it was the EC's role to counter that. But it couldn't. In most of the places, the central security forces failed to play an active role.
"Our polling agents were assaulted, abducted and driven away, voters intimidated and our complaints regarding al that went un-redressed," said Bose.
Giving details of the electoral malpractices, Bose claimed in West Midnapore, 150 booths were captured in Keshpur constituency, 30 booths in Garbeta and over 20 booths in Chadrakona.
He also said "false voting" and/or booth capturing took place in many booths in Bankura and Burdwan districts.
Bose also expressed his anguish over the CPI-M state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra being denied entry in a booth in his constituency Narayangarh.
"We all have seen how a security personnel prevented Mishra from entering the booth despite the fact he was a candidate there. Only after checking his identity card he relented.
"Strangely, Trinamool's Mohammad Sohrab, who is not even a candidate, freely entered and came out of booths in Raniganj citing his wife was a candidate.
"If Mishra who is the candidate, can be prevented, how come Sohrab who is convicted in a case, was allowed such a free access?" asked Bose referring to the sitting Raniganj legislator who has been convicted in a theft case.