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Youth denied job for religious matter police case filed

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, May 22, 2015 | 1:20 PM

 In a case smacking of religious discrimination, a young MBA graduate was denied employment in a diamond export company for being a Muslim, prompting the police to register a case after the issue drew widespread condemnation.

Taking a serious note of the incident, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered a probe and Mumbai police registered a case against the business house.

The matter also prompted the National Commission for Minorities to seek an explanation from the business house as it drew criticism from the Centre's BJP-led government, which said religious discrimination cannot be allowed.

Management graduate Zeshan Ali Khan had applied for an opening in the company on May 19 and, according to him, he received a response within 15 minutes which said they hired only non-Muslim candidates.

"Thanks for your application. We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates," the company said in response to his application.

"I was looking for a job, I came to know about a recruitment drive taking place at Hare Krishna Exports Pvt LTD, one of the leading exports houses of the country. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to start my career with them.
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Former chief secretary asks action against CM's daughter

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, May 18, 2015 | 10:56 PM

A former Chief Secretary of Delhi has sought action against the daughter of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly offering bribe to a government official.

Omesh Saigal, a retired IAS officer who had also served as Chief Secretary in Delhi, has written a letter to Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) Chief S S Yadav seeking action against Kejriwal's daughter.

Kejriwal had yesterday claimed that corruption had come down by "70-80 per cent" after Aam Aadmi Party came to power and cited an example that how his daughter found out that officials were now wary of taking bribe when she went to get her driving license.

According to Kejriwal, his daughter had tried to bribe an official of Regional Transport Office (RTO) by pretending that she had not brought all documents but her plea was turned down. She again insisted, saying "Kuch le de ke kar lo na sir" but the official didn't budge.

Citing media reports which have quoted Kejriwal of making these claims, Saigal in his letter to ACB Chief asked to verify his (Kejriwal's) statement and take action under Section 12 Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

"I would like to draw your attention to Section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 which states that whoever abets any offence under Sec 7 or 11 whether or not that offence is committed is consequence of that abatement, shall be

punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to five years," Saigal wrote in his letter.
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Aruna Shanbaug bids adieu to world

Aruna Shanbaug, the former nurse who died after lying in coma for 42 years following a brutal sexual assault at a hospital here, was laid to rest this evening with hundreds including nursing fraternity bidding a tearful adieu.

The nurses of the KEM hospital at Parel here, who took care of her for long, were keen to perform the last rites of Aruna instead of her kin.

However, a compromise was evolved by which the nurses, other hospital staff and kin of Aruna jointly performed the last rites. KEM hospital dean and Aruna's nephew together lit the funeral pyre
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Morsi sentenced to death for jailbreaks

Written By Kvartha People on Saturday, May 16, 2015 | 4:31 PM

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to death over his part in a mass prison break that took place during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
As is customary in passing capital punishment, Judge Shaaban el-Shami referred his death sentence on Morsi and others to the nation's top Muslim theologian, or mufti, for his non-binding opinion. He set June 2 for the next hearing.
Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was ousted by the military in July 2013 following days of mass street protests by Egyptians demanding that he be removed because of his divisive policies.
The ousted leader already is serving a 20-year sentence following his conviction on April 21 on charges linked to the killing of protesters outside a Cairo presidential palace in December 2012.
Morsi escaped a death sentence in a separate case before el-Shami related to allegations that Morsi, several of his aides and leaders of his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood allegedly passed state secrets to foreign groups, including the Palestinian militant Hamas group and Lebanon's Hezbollah, during his one year in office.
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Modi celebrates his anniversary of election victory at China

His 5000-strong audience, members of the India community in China, chanted "Modi, Modi" every time the PM delivered a punchline or even just paused.

"I didn't realise that after one year I will be in front of a mini-India away from India," the Prime Minister said, drawing cheers when he also said, "No one would make me PM looking at my bio data... I bow to the millions of Indians whose determination made the impossible possible."

"The son of tea seller became the Prime Minister. It can only happen in a democracy as strong as India," he said.

"Bless me," said the PM, "I need your blessings so that I don't make a mistake that causes loss to my country."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the first anniversary of his spectacular victory in the national elections last year with what was a 53-minute address to what he called a "mini India" in Shanghai.
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Modi congratulates Jaya on her acquittal

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 10:53 AM

Jayalalithaa, who is known to have good equation with Modi, looks set to return as chief minister of Tamil Nadu and she could be a useful partner in Modi’s “Team India” that he batted for in Kolkata on Sunday.

With just 11 MPs in the Rajya Sabha, the AIADMK may not be a big player in the Upper House where the government is in a minority but the Dravidian party could play a crucial role when things go down to the wire as in the case of the Constitution amendment bill to roll out the goods and services tax. While the AIADMK opposes the GST bill, ruling party strategists are hopeful of persuading Jayalalithaa to not block it in the Rajya Sabha.

The NDA government may need to keep Jayalalithaa in good humour but her return to power could be a blow to the BJP’s ambition for expansion in Tamil Nadu. Her return is expected to fill the “vacuum” in state politics that the BJP was eyeing to emerge as a third force.

The “sympathy” for Amma, as Jaya is popularly called, may only help consolidate her grip over the state.

The AIADMK defeated the DMK by a margin of nearly 100,000 votes in the by-election for the Srirangam assembly seat, vacated by Jayalalithaa, while the BJP polled just 5,000 votes. Tamil Nadu goes to the polls in May next year and there is already a buzz that Jayalalithaa may go in for early elections, possibly around December.

The BJP has been attempting to cobble up a “third front” in the southern state and increase its own footprint through increased membership, but Jayalalithaa’s return to the centrestage will take the fizz out of its entire campaign.
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee with his let-bygones-be-bygones remarks, he called up AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa on Monday to congratulate her on her acquittal in the disproportionate assets case.
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Windows 10 the last

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, May 11, 2015 | 9:34 PM

Developer Jerry Nixon told a crowd at Microsoft's Ignite conference that "Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10”.
The company confirmed Mr Nixon's comments in a statement issued to the Verge, emphasising there would continue to be a "long future of Windows innovations".
"Recent comments at Ignite about Windows 10 are reflective of the way Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers," a spokesperson said.
The company's comments suggest Windows 10 will receive small free incremental updates in the vein of Apple's Mac OS X.
The newest version of Microsoft's operating system is due for release around the end of July, according to chip maker AMD. Though designed to be used universally across all Windows platforms, including HoloLens and Xbox, the PC version will be the first made available, while Windows Phones users will have to wait.
Windows 10 will be the last major Windows release, with all subsequent updates issued as regular instalments, Microsoft has confirmed.
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Jayalalitha acquitted from jail

Justice CR Kumaraswamy, in his 919-page order, declined to accept the case of the prosecution saying that it had mixed up assets of the accused, firms and companies and also added the cost of construction ie Rs 27,79,88,945 and marriage expenses at Rs 6,45,04,222 and valued the assets at Rs 66,44,73,573.

"If we remove the exaggerated value of cost of construction and marriage expenses, the assets will work out at Rs. 37,59,02,466. The total income of the accused, firms and companies is Rs. 34,76,65,654. Lack of proportion amount is Rs. 2,82,36,812. The percentage of disproportionate assets is 8.12%," Kumaraswamy said in his judgment.

"It is relatively small. In the instant case, the disproportionate asset is less than 10% and it is within the permissible limit. Therefore, accused are entitled for acquittal," said the judgment.

The total assets according to the calculation is Rs 37,59,02,466 against the Rs 66,44,73,573 derived by the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption. And the total income of the accused and others was Rs 34,76,65,654.
The Karnataka high court in its order on Monday said that AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa is entitled to an acquittal as the disproportionate assets held by her was less than 10% of her income as permissible by the Supreme Court.
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PM opens up ISP for nation

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 8:08 PM

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated to the nation the upgraded IISCO Steel Plant (ISP), that houses the country's largest blast furnace and has been modernised by the central government at a cost of Rs.16,000 crore.

After modernisation, the plant's production capacity has increased from 0.85 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 2.9 mtpa.

"With immense joy I dedicate to the nation the modernised and expanded IISCO steel plant in Burnpur," Modi said at the function, attended by West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, union Minister of State for Steel Narendra Singh Tomar, union Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo, senior bureaucrats and eminent persons.

Describing the prime minister together with all the chief ministers as "Team India", Modi said the plant showcased that centre and states together can solve all issues.
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Achal Kumar the new EC

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, May 8, 2015 | 1:36 PM

 Achal Kumar Jyoti, a former Chief Secretary during the tenure of Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister, was on Thursday appointed as the Election Commissioner, filling one of the two vacancies in the three-member body.

The appointment of Jyoti (62), who retired from active service in January, 2013 after serving in various capacities in Gujarat including as Chairman of the Kandla Port Trust between 1999 and 2004 and Managing Director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL).

His tenure as EC will commence from the day he assumes charge, a Law Ministry notification said today.

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Suspended jail terms for Salman

 The Bombay high court suspended on Friday actor Salman Khan’s jail term, handed by a lower court in the 2002 hit-and-run case, pending appeal. The court also asked his lawyers to execute a fresh bail bond.

The single-judge bench of justice Abhay Thipsay suspended the five-year jail term after hearing arguments from both sides.

“We can fix a date in June or July whether he is guilty or not.”

Justice Thipsay said, “We cannot take pleasure in the fact that someone is in custody. There is no law that says if there is alcohol (in blood) it is culpable homicide.”

Hearing in Khan's bail application in Bombay high court took a dramatic turn earlier in the day when the Bollywood superstar's lawyer asked why singer Kamaal Khan, who was in Salman's car when it run over five people sleeping on a Mumbai pavement in 2002, had not been examined by the police.

Khan, convicted in the hit-and-run case and sentenced to five years in jail, might get bail till the court heard his appeal at length in June or July, was not present in the court, which turned into a fortress in anticipation of the high-profile hearing.

Hundreds of fans of 49-year-old action hero - the star of some of Bollywood's most commercially successful films - filled up every space available around the court premises.

His sister, Alivra Agnihotri, was present for the hearing. Salman's friend and politician Baba Siddique was also in attendance. A man in his 30s -- claiming to be a family member and a fan of the actor -- reportedly consumed poison around noon. He was rushed to a hospital nearby.
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