Category: Current Affairs

Bihar Cops may be Released

In the latest turn of events to the hostage crisis that is played out in Bihar, the Naxals have claimed that the three hostages – Rupesh Kumar Sinha, Mohammad Ehsaan and Abhay Yadav who are still in Maoist custody after being kidnapped last Sunday – will be freed on Sunday. However, there has been no official confirmation on the release of the cops yet.
The turn of events have come after Maoist leader Avinash said that their central committee has rejected the government’s talk offer. His comments came hours after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar convened an all-party meeting on Saturday to discuss the crisis.

CBI unearths fresh railway recruitment scam

After unearthing a multi-crore railway recruitment scam in February this year, CBI has now unearthed another scam – this time related to the appointment of Class 4 employees.
CBI Director Ashwini Kumar in a letter to Vivek Sahay Chairman of the Railway Board, has sought approval to investigate appointments made by the present General Manager of the West Central Railways V K Manglik and Chief Personnel Officer.
The CBI report says the duo between April 2008 and June 2009 abused their official positions as public servants with malafide intention and appointed 370 persons in Group D posts.

Sonia Shinning

As expected, Sonia Gandhi was elected President of the Indian National Congress for the fourth term in a row thereby setting a record to be the longest serving president of the country’s oldest political party even overtaking her own mother –in-law the enigmatic Indira Gandhi.
The Party office in New Delhi had a festive look and the announcement was officially made by Oscar Fernandes, Chairman of the Congress Election Authority.
Sonia Gandhi is a reluctant politician who has taken to politics like fish takes to water. In fact, she was not very happy when her husband the late Rajiv Gandhi a pilot by profession, was dragged into politics following the tragic death of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi.

Nitish Kumar for Talks With Maoists

Following reports that the Maoists had killed one of the four police personnel they were holding hostage, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar agreed to talks with the separatists to secure the release of the other three policemen.
Maoists holding the police personnel hostage had demanded the release of eight of their comrades languishing in jail and also withdrawal of police presence in the areas under their control.

Govt Releases Grain to Poor, But at a Price

Reacting to the rap from the Supreme Court that was delivered to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, the government has now decided to release an extra 2.5 million tonnes of foodgrains to states for distribution among the poor but it will not be free.

“As an interim ad-hoc measure, pending a final decision on the issue, the government is releasing an additional quantity of 2.5 million tonnes of wheat and rice to the states at the price fixed for Below Poverty Line consumers for next six months,” Mr. Pawar told reporters after a meeting of an Empowered Group of Ministers.

Compensate Loss of Future Income Too: SC

A person suffering permanent disability in an accident caused by a vehicle, should also be compensated for loss of future income, ruled the Supreme Court of India in a case being heard by bench comprising of Justice G S Singhvi and Justice A K Ganguly.

The SC distinguished between claim for damages and compensation and said damages were given for an injury whereas compensation stood on a slightly higher footing while hearing the case of Yadava Kumar, a painter, who suffered 30 to 40 percent disability that resulted in he not being able to continue with his profession.

US Warns Citizen of Terror Threat at CWG

The United States has warned its citizens travelling to India or residing here during the ensuing Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held from 3rd October to 14th October, of a threat of terrorist action and violence and urged them to take care while travelling within Delhi.
However, the US State Department clarified that it has not received any specific threat of attack nor identified any specific individual or group planning to launch the attack.

Chidambaram Stands by ‘Saffron’ Comment, Digvijay Has Objections

Even as Home Minister P Chidambaram stood by his use of “saffron terror’ phrase, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said he had objection to usage of that term.
Chidambaram stood by his statement arguing that it had brought home the message of right-wing terrorism. However, he said the party was supreme and pointed out that prior to him, many others had used the term.
He recalled that in 2001 ‘saffronisation of education’ was a term used even in the Parliament and added that many UPA members too had used the word earlier.

Amethi Can Be Rechristened: SC

It was a sweet political victory for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati as the Supreme Court ruled that Amethi can be renamed Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar district while vacating the earlier order of the Allahabad High Court.
The decision in favour of the Mayawati government came in view of the fact that High Court had dismissed a similar petition earlier.

A bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and H L Gokhale said that the high court bench which passed the interim order on August 18 should have taken into account the order of August 11 of its own bench.

Church Under Fresh Fire

The Church in Kerala is now reeling under another ‘sexual’ expose following the dark secrets of convent life revealed by Sr. Jesmi.
A new book titled Here is the Heart of a Priest authored by a former priest K P Shibu
who left the Vicentian Congregation after 11 years, is autobiographical and slams the “indulgent and licentious life-style of a section of the clergy”. Writing about his days with the congregation, Shibu (38) alleges, “Homosexuality and adult films had become a part of their lifestyle… a section of priests and nuns were driven by lust for power and money. Mismanagement of funds was also rampant in institutions under the order.”