CM, Chhattisgarh BJP get into election mode

first_imgNagpur: Government employees in Chhattisgarh’s 27 districts have been worried of late, as they are unsure when Chief Minister Raman Singh will visit and review the Key Performance Indicator of development in remote areas of the districts.Mr. Singh has been travelling to various parts of the State since the first week of April as a part of his annual Lok Suraj programme, after the budget session of the State Assembly.The CM removed two district collectors of Koria and Surajpur district last week as he did not find their performance up to the mark in implementing government schemes.But this year’s Lok Suraj is different. “This time he is staying in these areas during nights. He has already done night halts in Bijapur, Sukma, Dantewada, Jagdalpur and Surajpur districts,” Santosh Mishra, secretary of Chhattisgarh’s Directorate of Public Relations, told The Hindu. Bijapur, Sukma and Dantewada districts are known to be highly sensitive because of Maoist insurgency.“So far he has covered 13 districts and intends to cover all 27 districts by May 20,” Mr. Mishra added. “The focus [of the programme] is to get to the ground level. Most visits are kept as a surprise. [The CM] is visiting interior areas and just an hour’s notice is given [to] the officers [from district headquarters], so [they] are hardly able to reach [these areas].” Mr. Mishra said another difference in Lok Suraj this year is the CM’s attempt to redress grievances immediately.When asked whether the CM changed the programme this year is because of the Assembly elections next year, the BJP’s State spokesperson Sacchidanand Upasani said, “ Not only the CM, the entire party has begun preparations for the [Assembly] elections. Party workers have been told to concentrate on the seats we could not win last time and the seats where we are weak.” BJP chief Amit Shah is also scheduled to visit the State in June.last_img read more

‘Dirty war’ has to be fought with ‘innovative ways’, says Gen Bipin Rawat

first_imgThe Indian Army is facing a “dirty war” in Jammu and Kashmir, which has to be fought with “innovative” ways, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat has said, defending the use of a Kashmiri man as ‘human shield’ by a young officer.In an exclusive interaction with the PTI, Gen. Rawat said the main objective of awarding Major Leetul Gogoi, when a Court of Inquiry was finalising its probe into the incident, was to boost the morale of young officers of the force who are operating in a very difficult environment in the militancy-infested State.“This is a proxy war and proxy war is a dirty war. It is played in a dirty way. The rules of engagements are there when the adversary comes face-to-face and fights with you. It is a dirty war…. That is where innovation comes in. You fight a dirty war with innovations,” Gen. Rawat said.The Army Chief’s Commendation medal to Maj. Gogoi, who had tied a man to an Army jeep and used him as a ‘human shield’ from stone throwers last month, was criticised by human rights activists, Kashmiri groups and by a few retired Army generals.A video of the incident had triggered a row with many condemning it.Maj. Gogoi was awarded for his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations.“What I am supposed to tell my troops?”“People are throwing stones at us, people are throwing petrol bombs at us. If my men ask me what do we do, should I say, just wait and die? I will come with a nice coffin with a national flag and I will send your bodies home with honour. Is it what I am supposed to tell them as chief? I have to maintain the morale of my troops who are operating there,” Gen. Rawat said.Talking about the complexity of the security challenge in the State, he suggested it would have been easier for the armed forces if the protesters were firing weapons instead of throwing stones.“In fact, I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I (want to do),” he said.Gen. Rawat, who had served in Jammu and Kashmir extensively, said if people in any country lose fear of the Army, then the country was doomed. “Adversaries must be afraid of you and at the same time your people must be afraid of you. We are a friendly Army, but when we are called to restore law and order, people have to be afraid of us,” he said.The General also asserted that maximum restraint was being maintained while handling the situation in the Valley.“Duty to lift Army’s morale”Gen. Rawat said that as the Army chief, it was his duty to lift the morale of the Army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and he did it by awarding Major Gogoi.“As Army Chief my concern is morale of the Army. That is my job. I am far away from the battle field. I cannot influence the situation there. I can only tell the boys that I am with you. I always tell my people, things will go wrong, but if things have gone wrong and you did not have mala fide intent, I am there,” he said.Gen. Rawat also added that there was a ploy to break the trust between various security forces, and Maj. Gogoi could not have refused to provide security when polling agents had sought security assistance.“Tomorrow elections have to be held in Anantnag and similar things may happen. If the Army does not respond to call for assistance, then the trust between the people whom we are protecting, police and Army will break.“That is something I cannot allow to happen. This is what the militants want. It can create a divide between the Army and other security forces,” he said.The Army Chief said he had a broad idea about what was going on in the Court of Inquiry into the ‘human shield’ incident, and that is why he went ahead with awarding the Major. “I know what is happening in the COI. It is being finalised. What do we punish him for?”He said armed forces had the right to self-defence and Maj. Gogoi could have opted for firing at the crowd, but he chose not to resort to it.Farooq Dar, who was tied to the jeep, said he was not a militant or a stone-thrower, and was only returning home after casting his vote in the by-election when he was hauled away.He said he still suffered from physical and mental trauma after being paraded on the jeep’s bonnet with a sign slung around his neck, warning stone-pelters of the consequences.On the need for harsh measuresThe Army Chief said just four districts of South Kashmir were disturbed and it was incorrect to say that entire Kashmir has gone out of control. “It will have to be a composite solution. Everybody will have to get involved. Army’s role is to ensure that violence does not take place and the common man who is not indulging in this (violence) is protected,” he said, when asked about the solution to the Kashmir issue.The Army Chief also wondered why not much noise was made when young Army officer Lt. Umar Fayaz was killed by militants when he was on leave and emphasised on the need for taking harsh measures to stop infiltration and counter-terrorism.When asked whether there should be a political initiative to reach out to the Kashmiri people, the Army Chief said it was for the government to decide, adding such initiatives were taken in the past as well.“Has political initiative not been taken in the past? What was the result, you had Kargil…,” he said.To a separate question, the Army Chief said he does not anticipate a “limited war” with Pakistan.last_img read more

3 LeT ultras killed in Pulwama

first_imgThree Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including a student, were killed in south Kashmir on Thursday morning, sparking clashes that resulted in the killing of a youth and injuries to over 50 protesters.A Srinagar-based police spokesman said the Pulwama police, the Army’s 50 Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Bank Mohalla, Kakapora, Pulwama, closed in on their hideout. The ensuing gun battle, which began around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, ended in the morning, and the house where the militants were holed up was razed.“One Army official was injured but is stable,” said the spokesman.The LeT militants were identified as Majid Hameed Mir, Shakir Ahmad Jugjoo and Irshad Ahmad Dar, all residents of Pulwama. Two AK rifles and one pistol were recovered from the encounter site.“Mir was behind the killing of two sarpanches and a bank robbery. He, along with Gugjoo, killed two civilians,” said the police.Scores of locals participated in the funerals of the three militants, with two coming from middle-class families. Mir, 19, according to his brother Imtiyaz Ahmad, was a final semester student at Kite Polytechnic College and was missing from June last year. The family owns orchards, restaurants and deals with poultry.Gugjoo, 18, who was to join a college in Chandigarh on April 25 , went missing on April 22 as police launched a search for him. “We received his last call on Wednesday when he wanted to speak to his mother,” said his relative. The third militant was a sand-digger and a school dropout.last_img read more

Rajnath assures Sikkim govt security of NH10

first_imgUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured the Sikkim government on Sunday that the Centre would ensure the security of National Highway 10, the lifeline of the landlocked State where essential commodities are running short because of the Gorkhaland protests in neighbouring West Bengal.Mr. Singh called up Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and discussed the situation in the State, especially in areas close to West Bengal.“I assured him that the Centre will ensure the safety & security of NH-10 and do everything possible to save the people of the State from any misery,” he tweeted.Mr. Singh also asked Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi to coordinate with the West Bengal government and ensure the security of, and smooth traffic on the National Highway, which connects Siliguri in West Bengal to Sikkim capital Gangtok. According to reports, traffic was affected between Siliguri and Gangtok after drivers of West Bengal-registered vehicles stopped plying to Sikkim. Last week, some trucks registered in Sikkim were vandalised in Siliguri.The incidents of violence started after Mr. Chamling backed the demand for Gorkhaland and wrote to the Union Home Ministry, arguing that it was justified and long-pending.last_img read more

Death of children: Gorakhpur medical college principal resigns after suspension

first_imgR.K. Mishra, Principal of Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur was suspended for “negligence” on Saturday after 30 children died in the hospital allegedly without oxygen as the contractor ceased supply over dues.Dr. Mishra was suspended with immediate effect for his “irresponsible behaviour”, said Uttar Pradesh Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon in Gorakhpur.Hours later, Mr. Mishra resigned from the post citing “moral grounds”. In his resignation letter, Mr. Mishra acknowledged that he was “hurt” by the death of children in ward number 100, but distanced himself from the culpability. “There was no fault or negligence on my part in the death of children in the encephalitis ward. I am resigning on moral grounds,” he said.Probe orderedMr. Tandon, who along with U.P. Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh, took stock of the situation in the hospital, ordered a “high-level” investigation by the Principal Secretary to ascertain why there was a delay in the payment of the dealer’s dues and why the oxygen supply in the hospital was disrupted.Mr. Tandon said that the oxygen suppliers claimed they had written to the Principal on August 1 for payment of their dues, after which the Health Department dispatched the amount to the college on August 5. The administration, however, said it received the amount on August 7, Mr. Tandon said, adding that the supplier then claimed to have received the funds only on August 11, the day the deaths happened.The U.P. government is also under fire as the incident was reported just two days after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inspected the hospital during his visit to Gorakhpur, his Lok Sabha constituency.Mr. Singh said though Mr. Adityanath discussed various issues in detail on August 9 during his visit, the officials in the 950-bed hospital did not refer to the important issue of oxygen supply during the meeting. “Yogiji had come here. But nobody referred to the important issue of gas supply,” Mr. Singh said.last_img read more

Anandiben Patel sworn in as Madhya Pradesh Governor

first_imgSenior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Anandiben Patel was sworn in as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Hemant Gupta administered the Oath of Office to the former Gujarat Chief Minister at a ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan here.Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet colleagues were among the leaders present at the ceremony.Earlier, Chief Secretary Basant Pratap Singh read out the warrant of appointment issued by President Ram Nath Kovind appointing Ms. Patel.Ramnaresh Yadav had retired from the gubernatorial post in Madhya Pradesh in September 2016 and Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli was holding additional charge of the State.last_img

Re-entry only on merit in Madhya Pradesh Congress

first_imgCongress general secretary Deepak Babaria said on Monday that leaders who had left the party for their “vested interests” would not be taken back in the organisation in Madhya Pradesh, where polls are due by the year-end.“Ghar wapsi” campaign Ahead of the Assembly polls, the Congress has started a “ghar wapsi” (homecoming) campaign to bring back leaders who left the party for different reasons.Mr. Babaria, in-charge of the party affairs in Madhya Pradesh, however made it clear that not all those who left will be allowed to come back.Vested interests“We are in talks with different leaders who are willing to come back into the party fold. But most of the party workers are of the view that those who left due to their vested interests should not be taken back. I support this view,” he said.The AICC general secretary said, “Those who deceived the party would not be taken back. The decision about other leaders would be taken on merit.”After 2003, when the BJP came to power in Madhya Pradesh, some prominent Congress leaders had left the party, including Choudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi, Bhagirath Prasad and Rao Uday Pratap Singh.Election strategyReplying to a question on election strategy, Mr. Babaria said the party would focus on the Assembly seats where it has not been very strong in the past.Potential candidates at such seats would be sounded out about poll preparations much before the elections, he added.last_img read more

Another accused declared as adult in Kathua case

first_imgThe Pathankot district and sessions court has accepted a medical report determining an accused in the Kathua rape-and-murder case, who claimed to be a juvenile, as being more than 20 years of age, said special public prosecutor J.K. Chopra.Rejecting the plea of defence counsel, district and sessions judge Tajwinder Singh said the accused, Parvesh Kumar alias ‘Mannu’, will be treated as an adult, the lawyer said.Mr. Chopra said the court has declined his application and declared the accused as a ‘major’.To challenge verdictKumar’s counsel A.K. Sawhney told reporters outside the court that they would be challenging the verdict of the trial court in the Supreme Court soon.The medical report was submitted before the court earlier this week by the Jammu and Kashmir police’s Crime Branch after it resumed post summer break.The district and sessions judge had issued directions to the Crime Branch to conduct a bone ossification test to ascertain the age of Kumar, one of the eight accused in the brutal rape-and-murder case of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir in January.Asked what was the opinion of the doctors about the age of the accused, Mr. Chopra said, “According to it (the medical opinion), his age is stated to be 20 plus.”Another juvenile’s caseThe fate of another accused, who has claimed to be a juvenile, is yet to be decided as the matter was pending before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court after the Crime Branch moved an application urging him to be treated as an adult based on his medical reports.The court had ordered the test after the defence counsel moved an application in the first week of June, requesting to treat him as a minor citing his matriculation certificate.The Crime Branch had constituted a team of doctors, comprising medicos from various streams including the radiology department, and the accused was examined on June 22 and 23.The court had directed Senior Superintendent of Police R.K. Jalla to supervise the medical examination and submit the report when the court reopens after a 16-day summer break.While seven of the accused, including Kumar, are facing trial in the court here on the directions of the Supreme Court, the eighth accused in the case is facing trial in a juvenile court in Kathua district.last_img read more

Jharkhand: Six of family found dead, suicide notes recovered

first_imgSix members of a family were found dead in the Bodom Bazar area of Jharkhand’s Hazaribag district on Sunday, a senior police officer said. The incident comes weeks after the case of mass suicide in north Delhi’s Burari grabbed the nation’s attention. Briefing media persons, North Chhotanagpur Range DIG Pankaj Kamboj said three people were found hanging in two adjacent flats, while two children – a girl and a boy – were seen lying in a pool of blood on the floor of one of the flats.One jumped to death A sixth person, who is suspected to have jumped from the four-storey apartment, was found dead near the main entrance of the complex, he said. Six suicide notes were also recovered, the DIG said, adding that they were written by one person, but undersigned by each of them. The notes cited “financial crisis” as the reason behind their deaths, Mr. Kamboj said. “It appears the adult members of the family committed suicide one after another. However, the children, it seems, were made unconscious before their throats were slit,” he added. Asked if there were injury marks on the bodies, Superintendent of Police Mayur Patel Kanhaiya Lall, who was also present at the press meet, said details of the exact cause of death could be ascertained only after a post-mortem. When pointed out that the neighbours in the residential complex did not hear any screams or cries, the SP said, “We are investigating all aspects in this regard.” The six members were identified as Mahavir Prasad Maheshwari (70), his wife Kiran Maheshwari (65), their son Naresh Prasad Maheshswari (40), daughter-in-law Priti Maheshswari (38) and two grandchildren, Aman (10) and Anath (8).₹50-lakh debt DIG Kamboj said initial investigations suggest that Naresh Prasad Maheshswari, a grocery shop owner, was reeling under a ₹50-lakh debt. “We have recovered two signed cheques, an ether bottle, cotton and blades from the site of the incident,” he said.last_img read more

Congress dismisses reports of Digambar Kamat joining BJP in Goa

first_imgThe Goa unit of the Congress on Wednesday dismissed reports of senior MLA and former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat joining the BJP along with some other Congress MLAs. It said this was an attempt by the BJP to divert attention from the failures of the ruling coalition in the State. “At least two senior journalists from Delhi called me to check rumours of split in @INCGoa. I told them it’s DirtyTricks Dept & FakeNews Factory of @BJP4India @BJP4Goa They confirmed that news was passed to journalists by #BJP whatsapp groups in Delhi. Nice way to divert from failures,” Goa Pradesh Congress president Girish Chodankar tweeted on Wednesday. Reports in a section of the media, quoting BJP sources in Panaji, had said that Mr. Kamat was expected to join the BJP with three other MLAs by September 15. The Congress currently has 16 members in the 40-member Assembly, while the BJP has 14 MLAs. Being probed by policeOver a decade ago Mr. Kamat had quit BJP to join Congress. He was Chief Minister of the Congress-led coalition government from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Kamat is one of the main accused in Goa’s illegal mining scam being probed by police SIT. He is also a prime accused in the Louis Berger bribery scandal being probed by the Goa police. When contacted for his reaction, Mr. Kamat told The Hindu on Wednesday, “Why should I react again and again. It is all fabricated and planted mischief.”Another Congress MLA from Mandrem constituency, Dayanand Sopte, also a former BJP MLA, said at a press conference on Wednesday that this “rumour-mongering was aimed at controlling BJP MLAs who were restless about the way the government was in a messy situation with the Chief Minister and two ailing Ministers away.” “I would not like to name anyone or give deadlines. But rest assured that at least three MLAs of the BJP are on way to Congress. Congress is 16-MLAs strong. BJP is 14 and three including Chief Minister are in hospital. So the BJP knows it is in a precarious situation. To confuse their three MLAs and to prevent them from taking any drastic step, this rumour-mongering is being done. Nobody has approached me. Mr. Kamat and Mr. Pratapsingh Rane(two senior Congress MLAs also being named in the media reports) contracted me and said just ignore this nonsense,” said Mr. Sopte who had defeated BJP Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar in 2017 State Assembly polls.last_img read more

Godhra train carnage case accused Yakub Pataliya sentenced to life

first_imgA Special Investigation Team (SIT) court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to Yakub Patalia in the Godhra train carnage case of 2002 in which 59 people were charred to death.Yakub, one of the most wanted accused in the 2002 case, was on the run for 16 years before his arrest in January 2018.As per the prosecution case, Yakub was a part of the mob that torched the S6 coach of the Sabarmati express returning from Ayodhya, near the Godhra railway station, killing 59 kar sevaks and triggering riots in which over 1,000 people were massacred.The SIT court in August, 2018, sentenced two other accused to life imprisonment while three others were acquitted. They had been arrested after the main trial was completed in 2011.Farooq Bhana and Imran Sheri were the two sentenced to life in August last year and Hussain Suleman Mohan, Kasam Bhamedi and Faruk Dhantiya were the three who were acquitted.In 2011, the SIT court convicted 31 people in the case. After convicting the accused, the court had awarded death sentence to 11 of them and life imprisonment to 20 others, while 63 accused were acquitted.The court upheld the prosecution case that the Godhra train attack was a pre-meditated conspiracy hatched by locals to target Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya.However, the Gujarat High Court in October 2017 commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment while upholding the punishment awarded by the SIT court to 20 others.last_img read more

Outcry over lost E.U. science adviser post

first_imgBRUSSELS—Statements of dismay poured in today after Anne Glover, the first chief scientific adviser (CSA) to the European Commission, confirmed that her post had “ceased to exist” on 31 October, along with the previous administration’s mandate.The London-based Science Media Centre relayed a series of comments coming mostly from the United Kingdom—which, unlike most other European countries, has a long tradition of having science advisers in government. Researchers and science policy leaders called the decision to let Glover’s post expire “an enormous blow,” a “deep disappointment,” or a “backward step.” “Everyone—Europeans and the rest of the world alike—will rightly see this decision as the European Commission downgrading both the practical and the symbolic value of science in Europe,” said Imran Khan, chief executive of the British Science Association.Meanwhile, the commission is sticking to its message that President Jean-Claude Juncker, who took office on 1 November, values independent scientific advice for policymaking and has just not decided yet how that role will be filled in his administration.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The collective anger was apparently triggered by an e-mail Glover sent to colleagues yesterday. In it, she wrote:The European Commission confirmed to me yesterday that, all decisions on the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) [the commission’s service that housed the CSA office] were repealed and so the function of Chief Scientific Adviser has ceased to exist. The new European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) which “replaces” BEPA does not comprise a function “Chief Scientific Adviser”.It is not up to me to comment on this decision, but I would like to express that I am proud of what this office has achieved in less than 3 years with very few resources. This has only been possible thanks to your continued support throughout this time and the hard work of the fantastic members of my team who will now seek new opportunities.Today, Glover says she is still hopeful that Juncker will come around. “Where there’s life there’s hope!” she writes in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. “I hope that President Juncker will decide to have a well-supported CSA function in his Commission but that is up to him.”last_img read more

Gupta firms lose bid to have banker Baroda remain in South Africa

first_imgAlmost 20 South African companies linked to the Gupta family have lost a court bid to have India’s Bank of Baroda, the last lender doing business with the firms, maintain its operations in the country, local news service Eyewitness News said.Baroda’s South African division was thrust into the spotlight two years ago when it agreed to take on the Guptas after South Africa’s major banks turned their back on the family’s businesses due to reputational risks.Baroda said a month ago that it had pulled the plug on its South African business, citing a strategic shake-up to slim down in international markets.Read it at Reuters Related Itemslast_img

Iceland’s Wow Air to Launch Low Cost, Long Haul Flights to India

first_imgIceland’s low-priced carrier WOW Air announced on Tuesday it would start flights from December 7 connecting New Delhi to the island country’s capital city of Reykjavik and onwards to Canada, U.S. and London at fares starting from ₹13,499. Meals, check-in bags and seat selection will be charged seperately, if one wants to opt for them. That will start with basic, which covers only the fare and excludes charges for the seat, baggage and food, and goes up to premium, which is similar to businessRead it at Click Lancanshire Related Itemslast_img

To Work In India, Expats Ask For The Moon

first_imgSome curious ogling and harmless street-side jeers at a local Eastern India bazaar prompted a Brazilian mining engineer and his wife to say no to a plum job offer from one of the world’s largest mining companies. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

West Bengal Assembly rules out NRC

first_imgIn an unprecedented show of unity, the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Friday passed a resolution opposing the National Register of Citizens ( NRC) in Assam. The resolution also categorically ruled out the possibility of any such exercise in the State.The development comes within a week of release of the final list of NRC, in which over 19 lakh people have been left out.The resolution tabled under Rule 185 of the Rules of Procedures of Conduct of Business of the House was supported by members of the Trinamool Congress from the Treasury beaches and legislators of the Left parties and the Congress from the Opposition benches. Only a handful of BJP members opposed the resolution, which was passed after a three-hour debate.“We do not accept the NRC. What has happened in Assam can never happen in Bengal,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said during the debate. She thanked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for opposing a NRC-like exercise in his State.Ms. Banerjee said the NRC was carried out on the basis of the Assam Accord of 1985 and there was no such agreement in the case of Bengal. “They are making a grand jail where they can keep the detainees from the list.” Issues like this were propped up to divert people’s attention from the economic distress faced by the country, she alleged.Pointing out that Gorkhas had voted overwhelmingly for the BJP in Darejeeling hills, she said that one lakh Gorkha people have been excluded from the NRC.During the debate, members, supporting the resolution that had called the exercise “inhuman and autocratic”, made repeated references to the partition of Bengal and the influx of refugees from Bangladesh. They said the exercise was “anti-Bengali” and aimed at reaping political dividends for the BJP. “When refugees from Bangladesh came to Bengal, there were no protests here. We, the people of Bengal, have accepted refugees irrespective of their religion,” TMC MLA and Minister Sovandeb Chatterjee said.Leader of the Left Legislature Party Sujan Chakraborty said the NRC was not against Muslims or those who had come from the other side of Bengal but against the poor people who had no access to documents.All India Forward Bloc MLA Ali Imran Ramz described the resolution as historic. He said it had proved that “Bengal is secular and will remain secular”.Leader of the Opposition and Congress MLA Abdul Mannan said the RSS had infiltrated all political parties in the country when they were guided by blind anti-Congress opposition. None of the political parties opposing the Congress realised that the weakening of the Congress would bring such a doom.Leader of the BJP legislature party Manoj Tigga, who spoke against the motion, raised issues like the Chief Minister’s protest in Kolkata on issues such as ‘no voter card no vote’ in July 21, 1993, in which 13 youth Congress people were killed. “Will the souls of those killed rest in peace after hearing the debate in the Assembly,” he said.Mr. Tigga also raised the issue of Ms. Banerjee, as an MP, raising the issue of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh on August 4, 2005 in Parliament and storming out the house when no debate was allowed on it.Mr. Tigga, along with his colleague Swadhin Sarkar, who participated in the debate, said the NRC needed to be implemented in Bengal.last_img read more

Meghalaya NGO objects to ‘overloaded’ Bhutan trucks

first_imgAfter driving into revised traffic rules in Assam, trucks from Bhutan carrying boulders and stone chips to Bangladesh via the northeast have now run into an NGO in Meghalaya.The Anti-Corruption and Human Development Organisation has urged the authorities in Meghalaya to ban the plying of the “overloaded” trucks from Bhutan as their movement has “damaged the already-damaged roads in the State”.Export via northeastBhutan exports stones to Bangladesh using the land route through Assam and Meghalaya as per the South Asian Free Trade Area agreement among SAARC countries allowing a third country to be used as transit. SAARC expands to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and its members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Each Bhutan truck is supposed to carry 18 tonnes of load from Gelephu on the India-Bhutan border to Dalu on Meghalaya-Bangladesh border covering 321 km. But Bhutanese traders have admitted the trucks carry “a bit more” to offset the “extra expenditure” on transportation.The Meghalaya organisation based at Chibinang in West Garo Hills district, said that convoys of overloaded Bhutan trucks have been causing more damage to an arterial road that was already in a dilapidated state.Ishraful Hoque, the organisation’s president said the road to the check point on the border with Bangladesh had been repaired some time ago, but have begun peeling off because of the trucks that are allegedly driven at a high speed.last_img read more