Category: India

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Legalise Sports Betting In India Suggests Court

While observing that police have not been able to stop illegal betting, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma of Delhi Court suggested that the government should consider legalizing sports betting so that not only transfer of funds would be monitored but revenue could be generated for the welfare of public.
“It does not need divine eyes to see that ‘satta’ in cricket and other games is reaching an alarming situation. The extent of money that it generated is diverted to clandestine and sinister objectives like drug trafficking and terrorist activities,” said Dharmesh.

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Villiers Dethrones Dhoni as Top Batsman

South African batsman AB de Villiers has displaced India’s captain MS Dhoni as the top ODI batsman according to the latest ICC ratings. de Villiers, who averages 43.56 in 101 ODIs, had a prolific season that took him to 805 points in the ratings, nine clear of Dhoni. Michael Hussey, the Australian batsman, was third on the list with 792 points.
de Villiers amassed 667 runs in his last 10 ODIs, which included four centuries and two fifties against top opposition. Three of those centuries came in consecutive games, in Gwalior, Ahmedabad and Antigua. Though de Villiers did not play in August, Dhoni’s patchy form in the Sri Lanka triangular series, where he scored only 140 runs in five outings, led to the swap at the top.