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Delhi Govt plan on
generating more power
on ISI activities soon
Yashwant Sinha threatens to resign
Delhi Govt plan on generating
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 The Delhi Government has decided to get prepared a feasibility report on generating more power for the Capital which witnesses long hours of load-shedding in peak summer months.
Power Minister Dr Narendra Nath today said that the Delhi Government planned to emphasise on solving the power crisis that gripped the city during the BJP rule.
"Power is a major issue as people are directly affected. The summer of 1998 left the people crying for electricity and I do not want it to happen again," he said.
The measures proposed by the feasibility study on more electricity generation will be taken before the summer sets in.
During its election campaigns, Congress leaders accused the BJP of not adding a single unit of power during its five-year rule and relied only on the power generation capacity that was left behind by the Congress.
Meanwhile, the Blueline owners today met the Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit, after it was announced that the transport department was planning to bring in more Blueline buses on city roads.
The Blueline operators had earlier decided to vote against the BJP government in the polls for its "anti-bus" operators' policy.
Transport Minister, Mr Parvez Hashmi had announced a complete reversal of the BJP governments policy of putting more Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses on roads.
The government policy would be to bring in more private buses on the roads as they were cheaper to run and that the Blueline buses would be allowed to ply, Mr Hashmi said.
The Blueline operators expressed the hope that the new government would soon issue the five-year permit as directed by the Supreme Court.
The new Health Minister, Dr A.K. Walia, stated today that Delhi would soon have its own "oral health policy" and the dental wing of Maulana Azad Medical College would be upgraded to a full-fledged dental college with masters in dental surgery facility.
He said there was need to formulate strict oral health regulations for prevention of increasing dental diseases in a country like India where 90 per cent of the population suffers from periodontal diseases.
"dental health mela" here, Mrs Sheila Dikshit
said the regulation policy should include prohibition of
smoking at public places, ban on pan masala and enactment
of statutory warning of Indian traditional sweets.
RS ethics panel submits
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 The Ethics Committee of the Rajya Sabha today suggested several measures including framing of a Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament for setting high standards of behaviour in public life. The committee, in its first report presented to the Rajya Sabha, sought suitable changes in the law for breaking nexus between money power and elections, open ballot instead of secret ballot in elections to the Rajya Sabha and state legislative assemblies and review of questions of corporate funding of political parties and its ramifications.
The committee has also desired that it should be made compulsory for MPs to declare their assets and liabilities and those of their immediate family that includes spouse, dependent daughters and dependent sons before the committee. The committee chairman, Mr S.B. Chavan said.
The committee has also
favoured political parties evolving
"self-controlling norms" to regulate the
conduct of those of doubtful integrity, Mr Chavan said,
adding that "we do not favour the idea of subjecting
the members to the disciplinary authority of an agency
outside the jurisdiction of the House".
The report said the members should desist from giving certificates to individuals and institutions about which they had no personal knowledge and were not based on facts.
Over the issue of disqualification of a member, the report has suggested that the government should expedite the process of initiating major electoral reforms in order to keep criminals out of political arena.
strongly feels that donations received by political
parties, the source of which lies in a foreign country
should be totally banned", the report said. The
report would now be discussed in the Rajya Sabha, Mr
Chavan said, adding that a final code of conduct for
members would emerge by the next year.
Yashwant Sinha threatens to resign
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 (PTI) Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha and 11 other BJP MPs today threatened to resign from their Lok Sabha seats if the government fails to introduce a Bill for creation of a separate Vananchal state carved out of Bihar during the current winter session of Parliament.
In a letter to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, the copy of which was released to the press here, they said the BJP in its election manifesto had promised the creation of Vananchal comprising 18 districts of Chotanagar and Santhal pargana in south Bihar.
"We will be compelled to resign if the Bill is not introduced in the current winter session of Parliament," they said.
Besides Mr Yashwant Sinha, other signatories to the letter include Rita Verma, Abha Mahato, Reetlal Prasad Verma, Babulal Marandi, Karia Munda, Dhirendra Agarwal and Ramtahal Choudhary.
They said the BJP Vananchal samiti at its meeting at Ranchi in October had urged the government to introduce the Bill and it had organised meetings at block level to tell the people that Vananchal would be created during the winter session of Parliament.
The Central party
leadership, too, had been saying that the Bill would be
brought forward during the winter session but now it
appeared from the statements of Parliamentary affairs
Minister M.L. Khurana that the issue had been shelved.
Give possession of basement,
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 A city consumer forum has directed Messrs Jaina Properties to give possession of a basement alongwith all title deeds to a person who had paid the entire amount.
In its order pronounced recently, the Tis Hazari Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed Jaina Properties in Daryaganj to pay as compensation Rs 5000 in addition to Rs 1000 spent by the complainant on litigation.
The Bench held that the respondents had shown deficiency in service by not providing either possession of the basement and its title documents or refunding the money paid by the complainant.
The Bench presided by Mr P.K. Jain and attended by members, Mr G.R. Gupta and Mrs Santosh Khanna have, however, given the respondents the option of refunding Rs 50,699.95 with 15 per cent interest from the date of each payment till realisation and litigation expenses of Rs 1000.
In his complaint to the forum Mr Suresh Chand Jain, a resident of New Rohtak Road, stated that Jaina Properties did not give him possession of the space he booked in Jaina commercial complex in Preet Vihar in February 1986.
Mr Jain said that although he had paid the entire amount, the property dealers ignored his repeated requests to hand over documents of possession or refund the entire amount.
Mr Jain prayed that the respondents be directed to give possession of the said space with title documents or refund Rs 50,699.95 with interest.
In his complaint, Mr Jain said that he paid an advance of Rs 2000 for booking the space and all instalments towards the total selling price of Rs 46,155. Apart from this, he paid registration, connection and fire fighting charges totalling Rs 50,699.95 till January 4, 1988.
According to the order, the respondents took the preliminary objection that the complaint was time-barred. They also stated that they had written to Mr Jain on February 10, 1992 asking him to make the remaining payment and take possession of the basement. The respondents pointed out that they cancelled the booking made by Mr Jain through a letter dated May 15, 1992 after he failed to follow the terms and conditions.
After hearing the two sides and examining documents, the Bench held that although the complainant paid the entire amount, the possession of the said space was not given to him.
The Bench held that the objection of the respondents that the complaint was time-barred is not tenable. The Bench pointed out that since Mr Jain filed the complaint in the forum on November 22, 1994 and had sent a number of letters between August, 1992 and April, 1993 by registered post (copies of letters and postal receipts to the respondents on record) requesting for possession and then meeting the manager, it cannot be said that the cause of action was not alive.
The forum held that the documentary proof of payments submitted by the complainant showed that the complainant paid all instalments and other charges totalling Rs 50,699.95 as per the terms and conditions of the agreement. The Bench further held that the respondents letters dated February 10, 1992 and May 15, 1992 do not make it clear which payment was outstanding on the basis of which they cancelled the booking.
The Bench held that the
complainant has pleaded that he did not receive these
letters. "We are of the view that had he received
these letters, he would definitely have raised the
question of payment which he had already made. The
complainant had already paid the entire dues in respect
of which the respondents issued receipts (copies on
record). Five per cent, of course, was to be made at the
time of possession which was never given to the
SC to review verdict in JMM MPs' bribery case
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 (PTI) Two-year old multi-crore JMM MPs' bribery case took a new turn today with the Supreme Court agreeing to review its earlier judgement holding that MPs, who allegedly accepted bribe but voted in Parliament would be immune from prosecution.
A five-judge Constitution Bench comprising Chief Justice A.S. Anand, Mr Justice S.P. Bharucha, Mr Justice K. Venkataswami, Mr Justice B.N. Kirpal and Mr Justice S. Rajendra Babu agreed to hear a petition filed by the Union Government seeking a review of the apex courts April 17 judgement.
The earlier five-judge Bench had held that the MPs, who voted against a no-confidence against the then Narasimha Rao government on July 28, 1993, in Parliament after receiving bribe, would enjoy immunity from prosecution under Article 105(2) of the Constitution.
The Bench had, however, held that those MPs, who accepted the bribe but did not vote were liable for prosecution along with the MPs who gave bribe. The Bench had also held that MPs were public servants under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
From among the 21 original accused, the trial court had categorised bribe takers MPs Shibu Soren, Suraj Mandal, Shailendra Mahato (later turning approver), Simon Marandi, Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav, Anadi Charan Das, Roshan Lal, Abhay Pratap Singh, Haji Ghulam Mohammed and Ram Sharan Yadav.
In the category of alleged bribe-givers were former Premier P.V. Narasimha Rao, Satish Sharma, Buta Singh, Bhajan Lal and M. Veerappa Moily.
However, Ajit Singh, who allegedly accepted the bribe but did not vote was also directed to face prosecution.
The petitions filed by Rao, Buta Singh, Satish Sharma and others, seeking quashing of the charges framed against them by a special court, are at present pending before the Supreme Court.
The earlier Constitution Bench headed by Mr Justice S.P. Bharucha had ruled that those MPs giving bribe would come under the Prevention of Corruption Act as MPs were public servants.
The CBI had alleged that
Rao in conspiracy with his Cabinet colleagues and others
had bribed MPs from the then Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)
and other parties to defeat a no-confidence motion
against the Congress government.
Shanta for superfast train from
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 Mr Shanta Kumar, MP from Kangra, today demanded a new superfast train exclusively from Pathankot to Delhi and also a computerised reservation centre at Dharamsala or Nagrota.
Mr Shanta Kumar, who called on the Railway Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar here today said people of these areas adjoining Pathankot were facing difficulty in boarding trains as these were full.
Apart from easing the pressure, the new train from Pathankot, he said, would also give impetus to tourism in the Kangra valley.
He also urged the ministry to open a computerised Railway reservation centre either at Dharamsala or Nagrota so that people residing in the areas could make reservation for various places from the centre.
The General Manager of the Northern Railway, Mr S.P. Mehta, who was present at the meeting, agreed to add a few coaches to some important trains passing through Pathankot for which booking would be from Pathankot, a state government press release said today.
Mr Mehta also assured to provide the facility of computerised reservation centre at the places suggested by Mr Shanta Kumar.
Johnny Lever convicted
MUMBAI, Dec 8 (UNI) Popular film comedian Johnny Lever was today convicted and sentenced to seven days' imprisonment for disrespect to the National Anthem and Constitution during a private performance in Dubai.
According to the police, Lever had performed at Hotel Hayat Regency in Dubai during the birthday celebrations of Anis Ibrahims son. Anis is the brother of underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim. During the show, the comedian mimicked and insulted the Indian National Anthem and the Constitution.
He was tried under Section
2 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act and
sentenced by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate K.
Holambe-Patil after a video cassette capturing the
performance live was produced before the court as
Sen winner of Bank of
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 Dr Amartya Sen, should be described as recipient of the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Services and not as a Nobel Laureate, a petition filed in public interest and likely to come up for hearing on December 16, seeks this direction to the media and all other concerned.
The petitioners have also sought a direction to the West Bengal government and the Calcutta Municipal Corporation not to hold a civic reception on December 27, to honour Dr Sen as a Nobel Laureate, but they have no objection if reception was held for Dr Sen as winner of the Bank of Sweden Award in Economic Sciences, the petitioners have submitted in the petition.
The petition has been filed by Dr S.C. Roy, a scholar from Moscow University in Nuclear Physics and Science Research Scholar from Rewa University in Madhya Pradesh. Mr Satya Prakash, the Union of India, Dr Amartya Sen, General Manager, Press Trust of India (PTI) Chief Editor and General Manager of United News of India (UNI), Calcutta Municipal Corporation are impleaded as respondents in the petition.
The petitioners have contended that the Royal Swedish Academy was creating the confusion regarding the Nobel Prize in Economics, the award given to Dr Sen. According to the will of Dr Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize is given for five disciplines which do not include Economics. The award in Economics is a memorial award in memory of Dr Alfred Nobel and no winner of this award till today including Dr Sen can be called a Nobel Laureate.
They have further
submitted in the petition that though it was the highest
award in Economics and equivalent to Nobel Prize, and is
given at the same function, yet the medal is slightly
different from the Nobel Prize and the logo of the donor
bank is inscribed on it apart from Dr Nobels
Paper on ISI activities soon
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 (PTI) A White Paper on the activities of Pakistans Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) in India will soon be tabled in Parliament, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
Replying to a spate of supplementaries during question hour on ISI activities, Home Minister L.K. Advani said the agency, after suffering a setback in Punjab, had spread its tentacles in different parts of the country.
To tackle ISI-sponsored militancy, the government had adopted a multi-pronged approach, he said.
The government had information that the ISI was considering making Nepal a base for its activities in India and New Delhi was in touch with the Nepal Government, the Home Minister said.
A close watch was being kept on the channels through which the ISI was inducting and training people and steps were being taken to stop it, he said.
On the Coimbatore bomb blast case, Mr Advani said a charge sheet had been filed and the principal accused were facing trial.
The Tamil Nadu Government was pursuing the case earnestly and the Centre was being kept informed of the developments, he said.
Asked if the Al-Umma outfit would be banned in the country, the minister said the need for such a measure had not yet arisen.
Mr Advani said periodic meetings with state governments and the security agencies were held to share information and devise strategies to counter ISI activities and, depending upon the requirement, joint operations were launched.
The Home Minister said
vigil on the international border had been intensified to
check the smuggling of arms and explosives and various
security agencies had been sensitised about the threat
perception in this regard. He said well coordinated and
sustained anti-militancy operations were being
undertaken. To a question whether Saudi billionaire Osma
bin Laden had visited Hyderabad, he said: We have
seen report in a section of the Press but we have no such
Tathagat is B.Sc at 11 yrs 2 months
PATNA, Dec 8 (PTI) Tathagat Tulsi, a child prodigy, has broken yet another world record by passing the bachelor of science (physics), examination from the Science College of Patna University at an age of 11 years and two months, Patna University sources said.
Tathagat, a mathematical wizard, has surpassed Jay Luo of Garden City, USA, who had earlier succeeded in finding a place in the Guinness Book of World Records by graduating in science from Boise State University, Idaho, at the age of 12 years one month and 12 days.
Tathagat carved the niche for himself by passing out the B.Sc honours examination from Patna University by appearing simultaneously in all three parts of the honours course. He secured over 70 per cent marks. The results were declared yesterday.
He had been able to register his name in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1997 by passing out the CBSE examination at the age of nine years and six months.
He was allowed to appear in the B.Sc examination on the directive of the Patna High Court.
Court suggests withdrawal of
MUMBAI, Dec 8 (PTI) The Mumbai High Court today asked the government to consider the withdrawal of prosecution against noted script writer Salim Khan, charged for keeping in captivity animals protected under the Wildlife Act.
The courts suggestion came after Khan, who was found to possess a black buck, two spotted deer and a peahen at his farmhouse in nearby Panvel Taluka, unfolded before the court a scheme to safeguard the flora and fauna of the country.
Accepting the scheme, Mr Justice F. I. Rebello also noted in his order that in case Salim was prosecuted, the magistrate of the trial court should take into account the offer made by the script writer to protect the flora and fauna.
The court had on November 7 confirmed the interim bail of Khan but directed him to evolve a scheme to protect environment and endangered species.
Khan had sought anticipatory bail following a search on October 15 by the Forest Department at his farmhouse where the animals were found confined in a closed room.
In his three-fold scheme, Khan announced that he would undertake afforestation by planting and nursing 500 trees in his farmhouse with the help of his three sons Salman, Arbaz and Sohail associated with film industry.
ESIC doctors threaten stir
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 The Medical Officers Association of the Employees State Insurance Corporation has threatened to go on strike if its demand for a transparent transfer policy is not met soon.
The national coordinator of the Service Doctors Wing of the Indian Medical Association, Dr P K Jain, said here yesterday that the association would serve notice of an agitation to the Director General, ESIC, if an amicable solution is not reached by December 12.
BJP MP stages dharna
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 (PTI)
A ruling party member in the Lok Sabha today
created a mild flutter when he sat on dharna, protesting
against rising prices of vegetables, pulses and other
commodities and exorbitant rates of urea and di-ammonium
phosphate (DAP). Stating that the issue was very
serious, Mr Gangacharan Rajput of the BJP said
during zero hour that farmers across the country had been
also affected by the non-availability of manures.
CBI to probe fake currency cases
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 (PTI)
A special unit has been set up in the CBI for the
exclusive investigation of counterfeit currency and the
Border Security Force (BSF) alerted to check the
smuggling of fake notes from across the border, Lok Sabha
was told today. So far, fake currency valued at about Rs
24 lakh was seized till September this year from various
parts of the country, including about Rs 5.6 lakh from
Delhi statehood Bill not yet
NEW DELHI, Dec 8 (PTI) The Government is yet to take a final decision on bringing in a Bill to provide full statehood to Delhi in Parliament, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
|Kids seek action against
CALCUTTA: More than 50,000 school children in the city have appealed to President K.R. Narayanan for stringent action against Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and four others for their alleged role in the killing of blackbucks and chinkaras in forests of Jodhpur. The appeal, with the signature of students from 19 schools, will be submitted to Mr Narayanan soon, Mr Raja Chatterjee, Secretary, Junglee, a city-based wildlife NGO, told newspersons on Tuesday. PTI
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