Category: Current Affairs

Telangana a political issue not constitutional: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday said the issue of carving out a separate State of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh was a “political question” which cannot be answered by it.
It said no larger Constitutional question is arising at this stage from the issue as there is no decision on the division of the state requiring its interference to examine the legality.

MPs demand 500 per cent pay hike

A salary hike of close to 300 per cent would leave most jumping with joy. But our country’s MPs are fretting and fuming and demanding more. Nothing less than a 500 per cent hike, as recommended by the joint committee on salaries and allowances of MPs, would suffice, they say.

By itself, a salary of Rs 16,000 per month for an MP might seem a piffling amount. However, this salary comes with a generous list of perks and allowances, all at the taxpayer’s expense. The present raise will increase an MP’s salary to Rs 50,000 per month though what our demanding MPs are seeking is an increase to Rs 80,000 per month.

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Farmers reject Mayawati’s ‘high compensation’

Farmers in Uttar Pradesh rejected Chief Minister Mayawati’s fresh attempt by offering higher compensation for their land acquired for the Yamuna Expressway project and threatened to stall the construction work.

The farmers continued with their protest in front of the Chhalesar police outpost in Agra for the third day and rejected Mayawati’s offer of Rs. 580 per sq metre along with the promise to give special impetus to milk production, animal husbandry, pisciculture, horticulture and sericulture to increase the farmers’ income.

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SC gags SIT on Modi’s statement

The Supreme Court has directed the Special Investigating Team not to give to anybody except the trial court and the public prosecutor the statement of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, recorded by it in March. The statement will not be given even to the Nanavati Commission set up by the Union Government to investigate the riots in Gujarat.

Ministerial perks while in jail

Even though he is in jail for murdering former minister Brij Bihari Prasad, Janata Dal (U) MLA Vijay Kumar Shukla alias Munna Shukla, enjoys ministerial perks by virtue of being the chairman of Bihar Vidhan Sabha Aawas Samiti.

Criminal turned politician Shukla has been one of the most feared persons in Bihar politics. Elected from Lalganj in Vaishali district, he is presently in Hajipur jail. He has a history of being sent to the jail and in 1994 was also accused in the killing of then Gopalganj District Magistrate G Krishnaiah.

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Go slow on Bhopal compensation: US to India

United States has stepped up pressure on India to drop its demand for Rs. 1,500 crore compensation for the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy that occurred in 1984. US officials have reportedly asked India to resolve it and move ahead.

Media reports indicate that a senior official of the US Administration dashed an e-mail to Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia that this issue could have a “chilling effect” on India US relationship.

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Sonia okays salary hike for MPs

Indian National Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has given her nod to the bill seeking to hike the salaries of Members of parliament.

The Union Cabinet was scheduled to discuss the bill at its meeting earlier this week but deferred it at the last minute as a result of which there were heated debates in the ongoing Parliamentary session with RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav leading the brigade demanding a pay hike for MPs.

12 deaths in 14 hours in beggars’ rehabilitation centre

Mystery shrouds the death of 12 persons including three women at the Beggars’ Rehabilitation Centre near Sumanahalli in Bangalore. And even while the minister has ordered a probe into the mysterious deaths, 11 of the dead persons have already been cremated without even a post mortem.

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PM Shining, babus shaming

Even as Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was voted “the leader other leaders love” by Newsweek magazine, Indian government officials have brought shame to the country for corruption and inefficiency as revealed in the Parliament.

According to a reply furnished by Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Prithviraj Chavan, the country’s officials have been found to be least efficient among 12 Asian countries in a survey conducted by Hong Kong based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy.