Category: Current Affairs

Sex and sleaze in Red Ranks

Even as the Maoists are facing a concerted effort from the authorities to break them up, there is dissent within their ranks brought about because of their own excesses as revealed by Uma, a Maoist squad commander who is now on the run and wants to surrender to the authorities.
The 23-year-old girl who was active in the Jhargam area is likely to surrender on August 26 after she fled from her comrades on the pretext of visiting a doctor and is now hiding in the woods to avoid both the police and her former colleagues.

Mamata Railway plans look good on paper

R Manoj

The railway minister’s indifference to her portfolio, the hesitation to install anti-collision devices that cost Rs 250,000 per km and the debate over the efficiency of home-grown technology are leading to more accidents.

More flood fears in Delhi

Could more low lying areas of the Capital be submerged? The shadow of floods looms large over Delhi as the Yamuna continues to flow well above the danger mark of 204.88 metres.

Rain is still coming down heavily in most parts of the city. The rainfall for the month of August has already broken a 10-year record. There has been more than 413 mm of rainfall in the city till now this month, the highest in a decade.

Google rectifies J&K positioning on its Google MAPs application

The search engine Google has amended its maps to show the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir as part of India.

The correction came in response to the notice issued by minister of state for communications and IT Sachin Pilot to Google Inc for showing Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as part of the neighbouring country.

5000 Ex-servicemen threaten to return medals

In a major embarrassment for the government, over 5,000 ex-servicemen on Sunday threatened to return their medals over the government’s reluctance to accept their ‘one-rank-one-pay’ demand. They also submitted a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil on the issue.

Nuke liability bill faces fresh storm

With the main Opposition Party Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left parties expressing fears that the amendment to the Nuclear Liability Bill seeks to protect foreign companies in case of a nuclear accident, the bill is facing fresh trouble as both the parties have threatened to oppose any attempt to dilute the suppliers’ liability.

Judge’s marathon: Clears 111 cases in one day

The performance of Civil Judge, Junior Division, at Guntur J V V Satyanarayana Murthy cleared 111 cases in one day on Thursday which could be a lesson to other judges battling the over 3 crore cases pending in different courts in the country.
The Judge used his discretion to impose fines while disposing the 111 cases and not a single person was jailed. All the 111 cases pertained to thefts, street brawls and road accidents.

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.

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.