BEML chief Natarajan suspended
NEW DELHI: Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) chief V.R.S. Natarajan was on Monday suspended by the Defence Ministry in connection with the Tatra case on a CBI recommendation after former Army Chief Gen. V.K. Singh levelled allegations that he was offered Rs 14 crore bribe to clear a deal for 600 trucks.
The move comes a few days after the Defence Ministry issued a show cause notice to the BEML Chief for slapping a defamation notice against Gen. V.K. Singh without its permission.
The decision was taken “following a recommendation by the CBI that he should be kept away from the post to ensure fair investigation,” Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said, adding that the investigating agency is currently looking into various charges against the BEML chief.
Think about your situation first, Nitish tells Modi
PATNA: A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had observed that the ‘castiest’ leaders had pushed Bihar to economic backwardness, his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar today asked
Modi to look at his situation instead of making comments on others.
SC refuses to stay order on minority sub quota
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday declined to suspend for now the Andhra Pradesh High Court’s verdict quashing 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities within 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Castes (OBC).
Mamata: Won't object to Cong's prez choice
NEW DELHI: West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra is in Delhi and will be at the Union Finance Ministry on Monday to hold talks on a financial package for the state. The outcome of the talks, however, could seal Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s Presidential poll chances.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is believed to be opposing Mukherjee’s candidature, more so because the latter has expressed his inability to allocate a special financial package to West Bengal, like any other state.
Mamata is reported to have tied her party’s support for Mukherjee’s candidature to a central financial package. Mukherjee had to, yesterday, cut short his West Bengal stay and return to the capital ahead to today’s talks.
Indo-Pak talks on Siachen begin today
Islamabad: Defence Secretaries of India and Pakistan will begin two-day talks on the issue of demilitarisation of the Siachen Glacier in Islamabad on Monday.
The talks hold significance in view of growing demands that the world's highest battlefield be demilitarised at the earliest.
Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma yesterday arrived in Pakistan for crucial talks on the military standoff on the Siachen glacier. The Pakistani side will be led by Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi, a close confidant of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani and President Asif Ali Zaradari have spoken about the need to resolve the issue.
India has, however, stuck to its known position that no troop withdrawal is possible without Pakistan authenticating current troop positions, delineating the boundary on the map and demarcating it on ground.
Air India likely to sack striking pilots
NEW DELHI: A further crackdown on the striking Air India pilots is being contemplated by the management and that 300 pilots could be dismissed with the 35-day-old strike on Sunday showing no signs of being called off.
Around 400 Air India pilots owing allegiance to Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) are on strike since May 7 and the services of 101 pilots have already been terminated.
Sources in the state-owned airline said "tough action" would be taken against the remaining 300-odd pilots and gave indications that they could be sacked.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh had on Wednesday said that for him, the strike was over and he did not see any point in the striking pilots coming back.