officer probing Vadra transferred
Haryana’s top land records officer Ashok Khemka was transferred
within hours after ordered a probe into all land dealings of Robert
Vadra, who is under fire over his business links with DLF.
Inspector General of Registration Haryana, in an order dated October
12, 2012 asked the deputy commissioners cum registrars of the four
districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal and Mewat to inspect all
documents registered from January 1, 2005 to till date by or on behalf
of Robert Vadra.
The marching orders
for Khmeka comes at a time when the country was still digesting the
allegations made by India Against Corruption led by Arvind Kejriwal.
IAC has alleged corruption in certain transactions involving realty
major DLF and Robert Vadra.
Importantly, Khemka had also cancelled the mutation of 3.53 acres of land that was sold by Vadra's Sky Light Hospitality Private Limited to DLF, after he found irregularities in the transfer of land. The land deal in Manesar-Shikohpur reportedly had signatures by an unauthorised Haryana official, the document said.
to get rare Australian honour
Sachin Tendulkar is set to add another feather to his already crowded
cap as Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday announced
that the iconic Indian cricketer will be conferred the membership of
the Order of Australia, an honour "rarely" awarded to
Tendulkar, who is currently in South Africa playing in the Champions
League Twenty20, will become only the second Indian after former
attorney general Soli Sorabjee to get the honour.
Sorabjee was made
an honorary member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for service to
Australia-India bilateral legal relations" in 2006.
"Cricket is of
course a great bond between Australia and India. We are both
cricket-mad nations. I am very pleased that we are going to confer on
Sachin Tendulkar, membership of the order of Australia (AM),"
Gillard, who is on a visit to India, told reporters in New Delhi.
"This is a
very special honour very rarely awarded to someone who is not an
Australian citizen or an Australian national. The award will be
conferred on him by cabinet minister Simon Crean when he visits
India," she said.
taxi strike in Delhi today
Brace for trouble on Tuesday as autorickshaw and taxi unions in the
city have decided to go on strike. Protesting against the mandatory
installation of GPS in autos, the autorickshaw unions are demanding
subsidy on the GPS devices while both unions are also demanding a hike
The demand for a
fare hike has been gaining momentum for some time now. Ever since the
transport department last year announced that installing a GPS-based
fare meter will become mandatory, the autorickshaw unions have been
insisting on a fare hike.
2010, when the government had hiked the autorickshaw and taxi fares,
it had added a component in the autorickshaw fare for GPS
installation. Now, unions claim that rising costs of CNG as well as
expenses like maintenance of parts of the three-wheeled scooter
rickshaw (TSR) has put extra costs on the drivers. The government, a
month ago, has also set up a committee to look into the demand for a
On Monday though,
the transport commissioner R Chandramohan, said that the union's claim
that the GPS could be fitted by a particular company at high costs
were invalid. "Some autorickshaw unions on one pretext or the
other have been opposing the mandatory installation of GPS/GPRS
enabled fare meters," said the commissioner, adding that the
demand for a fare hike would not be entertained without justification.