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UP gives green signal to Varun’s prosecution

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday formally sanctioned prosecution of BJP MP from Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi, for spreading communal hatred through hate speeches. The investigating officer (IO) of the case will now submit a chargesheet in the designated court against Varun seeking trial of the case. With the prosecution having done its spadework, the case is sure to give sleepless nights to the young MP.

Home secretary Mahesh Gupta on Friday said that the government sanctioned Varun’s prosecution under Section 153 (A) (for spreading communal hatred) of IPC after the law department approved of the evidences gathered against him as tangible enough to put up a strong case. He, however, ruled out the possibility of a trial in a fast-track court as of now.

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July 4, 2009 Posted by | Congress, News, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No hike in passenger fares, freight charges: Rail Budget

Amid expectations of improvement in railway amenities, railway minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday presented the 15th Railway Budget in Parliament.

Presenting a promised ‘pro-people’ budget, the railway minister said that economic viability is not the only index of development, according top priority to social commitment.

She went on to add, “People expect to get better rail and train facilities. Development should not be restricted to only few people. People want better connectivity between stations in the nation. My priorities will include better passenger amenities, safety and security and provision of good quality food and drinking water”.

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July 3, 2009 Posted by | Business, Congress, Economy, Indian Economy, News, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Slum-free India possible in five years: Minister

An ambitious housing scheme aiming to make the country slum-free within the next five years is on the cards, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

“The government has decided to introduce a new scheme, namely the Rajiv Awas Yojana, for slum dwellers and the urban poor on the lines of the Indira Awas Yojana for the rural poor,” Kumari Selja, minister of housing and urban poverty alleviation, said in a written reply.

She said the scheme would extend support to states that are willing to assign property rights to people living in slum areas.

“The government’s efforts would be to create a slum-free India through the scheme which also envisages the states preparing their own time-bound plans to make the cities and towns slum free,” she said.

She however said no funds have been released so far to any state under the proposed scheme.

Talking about the UPA’s flagship programme, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, launched in 2005, the minister said Rs 3,749.64 crore (Rs 37.50 billion) and Rs 2,581.06 crore (Rs 25.81 billion) have been released under the basic services to urban poor and integrated housing and slum development programmes respectively to various states.

July 2, 2009 Posted by | Congress, Economy, Indian Economy, News, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cong gives Dalits a treat on Rahul’s birthday

rahul-gandhiHappy Birthday to Rahul Gandhi !!!

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi may be having his birthday party far away from UP but the real bash is being organised by his party workers in the state on Friday.

Rahul’s birthday will be celebrated as harmony day in UP and Dalit sabhas will be organised across the state. All UP Congress leaders and MPs are expected to participate in the birthday party.

It is believed that the Dalit gatherings are Rahul’s plans to make a comeback in the state and the groundwork has already begun for it. The biggest trump card to drive this plan is the youth card, which worked wonders during the Lok Sabha elections.

Congress is also on a membership drive. In an internal note, Rahul has told his team to get ready for the big fight and return to power in the state in 2011.

“The way he has done it this time is great. I am very confident that he will do it for the Assembly elections too,” MP from Unnao Annu Tandon said.

But it isn’t going to be easy despite the Congress putting up a good show with 21 seats because one can never take the battle-hardened BSP chief Mayawati lightly.

Ready to take on BSP, Rahul has urged his party leaders to concentrate on Dalits, SCs and STs who were once with the Congress but have now moved to the Mayawati’s party.

Not surprising then that top state leaders will infiltrate Mayawati’s bastion and court the Dalits. Speaking about the game plan Congress leader Digvijay Singh said, “Mayawati’s influence in the country is highly overrated.”

The Congress’ strategy in UP is very simple – it is going to fall back on the old association of the party with the state and club it with Rahul’s youthful ideas as the formula to hit out at the BSP.

June 19, 2009 Posted by | Congress, Indian Economy, News, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

L K Advani to file nomination from Gandhinagar today

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate L K Advani will file his nomination papers from Gandhinagar constituency.

According to sources, L K Advani will be accompanied by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

L K Advani will be seeking a fifth term from Gandhinagar after his victory from this constituency in 1991, 1998, 1999 and 2004.

His main rivals are Congress nominee Suresh Patel and noted danseuse Mallika Sarabhai, who is making her electoral debut as an Independent. Patel is Congress MLA from Kalol for the second time.

The Gujarat police have already made tight security arrangements in view of L K Advani’s visit.

The collectorate’s office has been turned into a virtual fortress in preparation for L K Advani’s nomination filing.

Intelligence agencies have warned of increased threats to L K Advani.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Election, News, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PM to Advani: what is your record?

Confident that the actions of his government spoke volumes of its performance, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday took on his opponent L.K. Advani and said it was for the people to judge who was fit to rule the country.

Responding to questions on the BJP leader’s oft-repeated charge that the United Progressive Alliance had a weak Prime Minister, Dr. Singh pointed to Mr. Advani’s track record as Home Minister of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime. But, first he drew attention to Mr. Advani’s role in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992.“When I look at his record, I understand that he played a prominent role in the destruction of the Babri Masjid. What else has he done? When he was Home Minister, Parliament was attacked. Troops were mobilised for months along the border and withdrawn without reason; resulting in the loss of thousands of crores which could have gone to the common man. The Red Fort was attacked, an aircraft was hijacked, terrorists were rewarded, and the Gujarat carnage happened. The country has to decide whether he is fit to be Prime Minister.”

Dr. Singh referred to Mr. Advani’s visit to Pakistan where he found “new virtues in [Mohammad Ali] Jinnah.”

March 25, 2009 Posted by | News, Politics | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Girdhari Lal Bhargava passes away

Sitting MP from Jaipur, Girdhari Lal Bhargava, 73, passed away in Ahmedabad in Gujarat after suffering a heart attack on Sunday.

A six-time MP from the city, he was once again given ticket by BJP last week to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

On Saturday he was in Ahmedabad to attend an ONGC parliamentary committee meeting during which he complained of uneasiness in chest. He was rushed to Apollo Hospital, where he passed away around 8 am on Sunday. He is survived by wife, three daughters and a son.

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot and leader of Opposition Vasundhara Raje paid floral tributes to the departed leader at Sanager airport in the evening when his body was brought here from Ahmedabad. Thereafter his body was taken to BJP headquarters where thousands of workers were waiting for a last glimpse. His mortal remains will be taken to his paternal home at Purani Basti and the cremation is expected to take place at Chandpole crematorium on Monday.

As news of his death spread on Sunday, the entire city plunged into grief and many functions including Vasundhara Raje’s birthday celebrations were cancelled.

Bhargava, who was all set to plunge into another poll battle, will be remembered as a common man’s leader.

March 9, 2009 Posted by | News, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Rahul Gandhi emerges as a key player ahead of LS polls

Finalising seats with the NCP in Maharashtra came after a crucial meeting in Pune. Officially, it had nothing to do with alliances, but Rahul’s touch has been seen in many crucial decisions of late.

On paper, the agenda for the meeting was a look at the sugarcane industry. But there was certainly more juice to it, as Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar came around to a seat sharing understanding. So, did Congress use Rahul Gandhi to stall the NCP from getting close to the Shiv Sena?

“Rahul Gandhi is a very senior functionary of the party and if he’s used in various roles, then what is the harm in that?” said Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh.

Of late Rahul Gandhi has been very quiet. He played a key role in the tie-up with another GenNext leader Omar Abdullah after the J&K polls. Rahul’s official role may be limited to reshaping the youth Congress but he has been advising on tickets for candidates too.

“I think it’s just like his father Rajiv Gandhi but this time it’s not under unfortunate circumstances,” said Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister of State for Labour.

During the recent assembly polls, it was Rahul Gandhi not Sonia Gandhi who campaigned extensively. But at that time she was said to be not well. But now there’s no excuse. He’s simply playing a more decisive role.

And later on Thursday is Rahul Gandhi’s big Kerala rally. He will launch the UDF campaign at Sangu-Mugham beach in Thiruvananthapuram. He will also inaugurate the valedictory function of the ‘Kerala Raksha March’ led by state Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala.

March 5, 2009 Posted by | News, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Open varsity degree not equal to regular PG: court

Postgraduate degrees awarded by open universities under the distance education programme to students who did not have the basic three-year degree could not be treated on a par with PG degrees obtained after regular study from a recognised university, the Supreme Court held on Wednesday.

A Bench consisting of Justices S.B. Sinha and Mukundakam Sharma upheld a Madras High Court judgment invalidating Annamalai University PG degrees conferred on distance education students under the ‘Open University’.

The Bench rejected the university’s submission that the judgment would have far-reaching ramifications as such courses were offered not only by it but also other universities. From 1991-1992 to 2003-2004, over 2.5 lakh students who obtained such degrees were appointed to various posts and they would suffer irreparable injury.

The Bench said the provisions of the University Grants Commission Act “are binding on all universities, whether conventional or open. Its powers are very broad. They apply equally to open universities as also to formal conventional universities. ”

On post facto approval granted to the appellant-university by the Distance Education Council, the Bench said: “The DEC may be an authority under the Act, but its orders would ordinarily have only a prospective effect… The degrees become invalidated in terms of the provisions of the UGC Act. When mandatory requirements have been violated in terms of the provisions of one Act, an authority under another Act could not have validated the same and that too with retrospective effect. The provisions of the UGC Act are not in conflict with the provisions of the Open University Act. It is beyond any cavil of doubt that UGC Act shall prevail over Open University Act.”

The Bench said: “If mandatory provisions of the statute have not been complied with, the law will take its course. The consequences will ensue. Relaxation, in our opinion, furthermore cannot be granted in regard to the basic things necessary for conferment of a degree. When a mandatory provision of a statute has not been complied with by an administrative authority, it would be void. Such a void order cannot be validated by inaction.”

In the instant case, N. Ramesh, one of the appellants, and Sibi Madan Gabriel were candidates for principal in the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu. When Mr. Ramesh was sought to be appointed, Mr. Gabriel raised an objection, contending that his PG degree obtained through Open University from Annamalai University was invalid. When the matter reached the Madras High Court from the State Administrative Tribunal, it held that Mr. Ramesh was not eligible to be considered for principal.

While upholding the February 4, 2008 judgment and dismissing the appeals, the Bench said “Our judgment would not affect the service of appellant Ramesh.”

February 26, 2009 Posted by | Education, News | , , , | Leave a comment

Slumdog Millionaire bags Eight Oscar gongs

Following is the list of 2009 Oscar Award winners.

Best Actress – Kate Winslet – The Reader
Best Director – Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Best Cinematography – Anthony Dod Mantle – Slumdog Millionaire
Best Writing & Screenplay based on Material – Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire
Best Sound – Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty – Slumdog Millionaire
Best Editing – Chris Dickens – Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Score – AR Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Song – AR Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire
Best Makeup – Greg Cannom – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Art Direction – Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Visual Effects – Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, Craig Barron – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Supporting Actor – Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Best Sound Editing – Richard King – The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress -Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Costume Design – Michael O’Connor – The Duchess
Best Animated Film – Andrew Stanton – WALL·E
Best Writing & Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen – Dustin Lance Black – Milk
Best Picture – Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionarie

Slumdog Millionarie

Finally Slumdog Millionaire has walked away with eight Oscar gongs. Anthony Dod Mantle has bagged Oscar Award For Best Cinematography for Slumdog Millionire, while Simon Beaufoy won Best Writing & Screenplay, Resul Pookutty, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke won Award For Best Sound and Chris Dickens won Best Editing. AR Rahman has bagged Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the second movie to bag highest number of Oscar Awards. Greg Cannom bagged Best Makeup, Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo won Best Art Direction and Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, Craig Barron won Best Visual Effects.

Late legendry actor Heath Ledger has got Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight. Richard King has won on Best Sound Editing for The Dark Knight. Penelope Cruz has walked away with Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, while Kate Winslet won the Best Actress for The Reader.

February 23, 2009 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment