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SC rejects plea against NGT

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, April 20, 2015 | 11:05 PM

The bench said the NGT was "only repeating the orders passed by Constitutional courts (SC/HCs) in the past."

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea against an order of the National Green Tribunal banning all vehicles which are more than 15 years old from plying on Delhi roads.

“Let us assist them (NGT) and not discourage them,” a bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra said while dismissing a plea filed by a lawyer seeking setting aside of the decision of the green panel.

The bench further said the NGT was “only repeating the orders passed by Constitutional courts (SC/HCs) in the past.”

“All vehicles, diesel or petrol, which are more than 15 years old shall not be permitted to ply on the roads and wherever such vehicles of this age are noticed, the concerned authorities shall take appropriate steps in accordance with law including seizure of the vehicles in accordance with the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act.

“The vehicles which are more than 15 years old, will not be permitted to be parked in any public area and they shall be towed away and challenged by the police in accordance with law. This direction would be applicable to all vehicles without exception i.e. two wheelers, three wheelers, four wheelers, light vehicles and heavy vehicles irrespective of whether commercial or otherwise,” the NGT, in its November 26, 2014 order, had said.
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Productive sessions ahead says Modi

According to the schedule of business, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy will lay on the table a copy of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, promulgated by the President on April 3 under Article 123(2)(a) of Constitution.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also make a statement regarding the ‘Recent Developments in the Republic of Yemen and efforts made for safe evacuation of Indian nationals from there’

The Budget session will conclude on May 8. The Rajya Sabha will have a new session from April 23 that will end on May 13.

On the eve of resumption of Budget Session, Modi yesterday voiced hope that it would be full of “outcomes”, noting that the productivity of Parliament has “reached 125 per cent” since his government came to power.

With Parliament set to witness a stormy session over a host of issues, including the land bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu asked BJP MPs to be present in their House throughout.

The land acquisition ordinance, which the government could not get converted into a legislation in the first half of the budget session in Parliament due to stiff opposition in Rajya Sabha, was re-promulgated on April 3, a day before it was to lapse.
The controversial land bill issue is expected to generate much heat in Lok Sabha with the government deciding to table the new land ordinance on the very first day of the second half of Budget session.
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Youth killed in J&K

Written By Kvartha People on Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 10:22 PM

The youth was killed and two others injured in firing by the CRPF today during protests in Budgam district

Jammu and Kashmir government ordered a magisterial probe into the killing of a youth in firing by security forces during a protest demonstration in Budgam district today.

Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Mir Altaf Ahmad, ordered the magisterial probe into the killing of Suhail Ahmad Sofi at Narbal village on Srinagar-Gulmarg road.

“Additional Deputy Commissioner has been asked to probe the incident that led to the death of the boy. He has been asked to submit a report within 15 days,” Mir said.

The youth was killed and two others injured in firing by the CRPF today during protests in Budgam district, where a strike has been called by the hardline Hurriyat faction against the killing of two youths in Tral earlier this week.
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Congress launch its Zameen Wapsi

Taking the battle on the land bill issue to social media, Congress today launched a “Zameen Wapsi” website on the eve of its farmers’ rally which is expected to see the first major attack on the government by Rahul Gandhi after his return from leave of absence.
The bilingual website ‘www.zameenwapsi.com’ has been started as the Narendra Modi government was resorting to a “bundle of lies” on the issue to mislead people, party leader Jairam Ramesh said after launching it.
Party General Secretary Digvijay Singh, who is the convenor of Sunday’s rally, dared the government for an open debate on the land acquisition issue.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari say that they are ready for a debate. If that was the case why did they bring the ordinance. Gadkari talks of debate in such a way as if he was throwing a challenge. I as well as Jairam Ramesh are ready for such a debate wherever they like,” said Singh.
Ramesh said the website will serve as a medium to farmers in rural and urban areas for placing their views and problems. “Congress will try to take their issues to the government,” he said, adding that the website, which is to be updated daily will provide all related information on the issue of land acquisition.
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Rajnath says no one will be let to play with Indian unity

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, April 17, 2015 | 10:33 PM

“I would like to assure the countrymen that no one will be allowed to break the unity and integrity of the country be it Masarat Alam or anybody else,” Singh told reporters after addressing a rally in Kanpur.

The Jammu and Kashmir government had on Thursday allowed hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to hold a rally in the outskirts of Srinagar where his supporters including Masarat Alam, released from jail last month, raised pro-Pakistan slogans and others waved Pakistani flags.

Defending the PDP-BJP coalition government of Jammu and Kashmir, Rajnath said that even state government hadn’t anticipated such anti-India activities. He also congratulated J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed over the arrest of Alam.

India needs to maintain better relations with Pakistan as it is a neighbouring country. But whenever they indulge in anti-India activities, a strong message is sent to them, he said.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said India’s unity and integrity were “inviolable” and nobody will be allowed to break them.
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Clashes turns Srinagar violent

Protesters on Friday took to streets against the killing of two youths in an army operation in Tral area last week and clashed with security personnel leaving at least 12 persons, including two policemen, injured.

The protests took a violent turn soon after the Friday prayers concluded at the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of the city.

A police official said two policemen were among nearly 12 persons who sustained minor injuries in the clashes which were going on till last reports came in.

Incidents of stone-pelting were also reported from Tral and adjoining areas against the killing of two youths on Monday. While the locals alleged that the duo was killed in a fake encounter, the army maintained that the slain youth were militants.

Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq led a procession against the killings in Tral and said it was “unfortunate” that the government had not given a clear statement on the issue.

“The issue of fake encounter in Tral has not been addressed so far. There have been no arrests or detentions. There has been no FIR lodged on this issue. The people of south Kashmir, the people of Tral have been protesting for the last three days on this issue.

“It is very unfortunate that the government has not given a clear statement on this,” he said

He accused the ruling PDP of “surrendering” before its alliance partner BJP over the issue of revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
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Google's EU shuts down

 Start small, win quick, then move on to bigger issues.

That appears to be the European Union's strategy to pursue Google (GOOGL.O) in a competition dispute by choosing to push a narrow set of charges around its shopping service, while opening another investigation of Google's Android mobile phone software.

Whether or not the EU succeeds in branding Google a market-abusing monopolist in web search - a big if, given that the competition authority has yet to publish its exact charges - the Internet giant could be pinned down for years to come in regulatory procedures and legal appeals.

A drawn-out process is likely to embolden existing and would-be interlopers to step up assaults on Google's wide range of businesses, if the history of Microsoft's (MSFT.O) antitrust battles with U.S. and European regulators is any guide.

In accusing Google of anti-competitive practices against rival shopping sites, the EU competition authority said it is continuing to investigate other areas, including alleged "web scraping" to copy content off of rival travel and local business review sites, and Google's restrictive practices on advertising.

A quick EU finding that Google has abused its market power by favoring its own shopping services at the expense of non-Google websites, could set a precedent for new charges over how it handles hotels, flights and other services, experts say.

This, in turn, could renew politically charged debates over Google's tax avoidance moved and privacy safeguards.

"The concern is how broad does this investigation go?" asked Macquarie Securities analyst Ben Schachter, who tracks Google.

Google readily acknowledges it is the most used search engine in Europe, but argues that people find information on the Internet via many avenues, including social media, mobile phone apps, shopping sites and by going directly to popular sites.

"Allegations of harm, for consumers and competitors, have proved to be wide of the mark," Google said in a statement responding to the European Commission. "We respectfully but strongly disagree."

So far, nothing the EU proposed in its preliminary statement of objections suggests it is ready to force Google to change its business model, any
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Raids at snapdeal for selling drugs

Maharashtra's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday raided the corporate office of e-commerce giant Snapdeal for selling prescription drugs online. The agency got decoy customers to place orders on the portal and raided their office once most of the orders were delivered to respective addresses.
FDA commissioner Harshadeep Kamble said that the agency acted after receiving information that the portal was selling Ascoril cough syrup and Vigora tablets (commonly prescribed for erectile dysfunction) through the website. "These are prescription drugs and cannot be sold in unlicensed premises. These drugs are only supposed to be sold under the supervision of registered pharmacists and only when prescribed by a registered medical practitioner. They cannot be sold like regular commodities," he told TOI. "We will also be checking Flipkart and Amazon for such violation," he said.
Kamble added that the FDA team had been working on the tip-off for over a month and got several people to order and receive the consignments before they took the action. The state agency raided their corporate office in Goregaon, where they did not find any of these drugs. "We will also be searching for the drugs in their Bhiwandi godown," Kamble added. "Snapdeal like agencies cannot act like doctors or pharmacies or encourage self-medication," the commissioner said.
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Malala criticises world leaders

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 10:50 PM

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday criticised Nigerian and other world leaders for failing to secure the release of over 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram militants a year ago.

In an open letter addressed to the victims of the Boko Haram kidnappings, the 17-year-old Pakistani teenager, who survived a Taliban bullet in her head and is now based in Birmingham, criticised the global community for failing to help free the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago.

"In my opinion, Nigerian leaders and the international community have not done enough to help you," she wrote to mark the one-year anniversary of the incident which shocked the world.

"They must do much more to help secure your release. I am among many people pressuring them to make sure you are freed," she added, referring to the girls as "my brave sisters".

Ms. Malala's letter, described as "a message of solidarity love and hope", comes as events, including marches, prayers and vigils, were being held to mark the girls' 12 months in captivity.

The Boko Haram militants caused global outrage after abducting the girls from Nigeria's north-eastern Chibok town.

The UN estimates that the insurgency has now displaced nearly 800,000 children.

"We cannot imagine the full extent of the horrors you have endured. But please know this: we will never forget you," said Malala, who has campaigned vigorously on the issue.
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Janata party to form a new party

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh will lead the new party formed after the merger of the Janata Parivar comprising the SP, the Janata Dal (United), the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Janata Dal (Secular), the Samajwadi Janata Party and the Indian National Lok Dal.

A six-member committee including former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, Lalu Prasad, Sharad Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav will decide on issues such as the name and flag of the new party.

The SP has five seats in the Lok Sabha and 15 in the Rajya Sabha. It's in power in Uttar Pradesh with 232 MLAs in the 403-member Assembly.

On the other hand, the RJD has four Lok Sabha members and one in the Rajya Sabha, while the JD (U) has two in the Lok Sabha and 12 in the Rajya Sabha.

Former Prime Minister Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular) has two seats in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha, while the INLD has two members in the Lower House and one in the Upper House.

In total, the new party will have strength of 15 members in the Lower House and 30 in the Upper House.
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Maoist attack in Bastar

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, April 13, 2015 | 10:10 PM

The incident took place near Kudhiypada village in Dantewada when 12 CAF men were going towards Kirandul to buy ration.

Four policemen of the Chhatttisgarh Armed Force (CAF) were, on Monday, killed when Maoists blew up an Anti-Landmine Vehicle in Dantewada district of south Chhattisgarh.

Eight CAF men were injured in the blast, Mr. R.K.Vij, Additional Director General (ADG) of Police, Anti-Naxal operations, Chhattisgarh told reporters.

The incident took place near Cholnar police camp in Dantewada when 12 CAF men were going towards Kirandul to buy ration, informed Ashok Kujur, one of the injured personnel who is undergoing treatment at NMDC hospital in Kirandul.

According to the ADG, there was firing on the police team after the blast.

The injured policemen have been rushed to the NMDC hospital in Kirandul and might be airlifted to Raipur for treatment.
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