Evening digest: Cong insists on supreme court monitored probe in Vyapam scam

GN Bureau | July 7, 2015



Congress has rejected Madhya Pradesh chief minister Chief Minister's move to request high court for CBI probe in Vyapam scam, insists on supreme court-monitored CBI probe. Meanwhile, there is little hope that a compromised CBI that directly reports to PMO will do full justice, said Ashish Khetan of Aam Adami Party on Vyapam scam.
We are hopeful that the SC will monitor the investigation over #Vyapam scam on a daily basis: Ashish Khetan,AAP

Airlines will not charge for check-in baggage up to 15 kg,says DGCA
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is set to issue an order allowing free baggage weighing up to 15 kg. The regulator had earlier put check-in luggage under unbundled items category, allowing airlines to charge extra for it. Airlines like AirAsia India had planned to charge for any check-in luggage ahead of its operations last year.However, seeing how the move could backfire as being non consumer-friendly, DGCA is likely to issue the '15 kg-free' order soon.

Domestic violence case: Court denies anticipatory bail to Somnath Bharti
AAP leader and former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti was today denied anticipatory bail by a Delhi court which termed the plea as "pre-mature" in a case of domestic violence filed against him by his wife. Additional Sessions Judge Paramjeet Singh dismissed Bharti's plea, saying since there was no FIR or any apprehension of arrest, the application was premature.

Nestle pays Ambuja Cements Rs 20 crore to destroy Maggi packets
Nestle India has paid Rs 20 crore to Ambuja Cements for destroying Maggi instant noodles, which were found to be harmful for human consumption by the food regulators in the country. The amount was for burning the recalled packets of Maggi noodles at its cement plant in Chandrapur in Maharashtra.

Modi releases first Uzbek-Hindi dictionary
Releasing the first Uzbek-Hindi dictionary along with his Uzbek counterpart and Indologist Rakhmatov, prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that importance of Hindi was set to increase with India marching rapidly towards economic prosperity. In an address to indologists, Hindi language students and Indian community members in Tashkent, Mr. Modi also referred to growing conflicts and said he liked Uzbek president Islam Karimov’s view that music could be the best means to stay away from violence.

Vodafone's ex-CEO Arun Sarin joins Ola as independent director
After investment by Ratan Tata, taxi-hailing app Ola has roped in former Vodafone Group CEO Arun Sarin on its Board as an Independent Director. Sarin will contribute in an advisory role to Ola's overall business strategy that will further drive growth and leadership in the market."Arun brings a global perspective and a strong understanding of emerging markets like India. His experience in management and in growing large companies is invaluable to Ola," Ola Co-founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said.

After being in coma for 7 years, 7/11 Mumbai blast victim dies
Parag Sawant, injured in 7/11 Mumbai blasts, died in Hinduja Hospital on Tuesday morning after being in a coma for 7 years. Parag was in a Churchgate-Virar train when a bomb went off near Mira Road in the deadly Mumbai serial blasts that took place in July 2006. He suffered extensive brain trauma and was rushed to the Bhaktivedanta Hospital at Mira Road and later shifted to Hinduja Hospital. He slipped into coma after being injured in the attack. Parag Sawant was 26 in 2006. Parag is survived by his wife Priti and a eight-year old daughter Prachiti. Priti, who was pregnant when Parag was hospitalised, is now working with the Railways.

Why women live longer than men decoded

Men have shorter lives than women because they are more prone to heart disease, claims a new study that found significant differences in life expectancies between the sexes first emerged as recently as the turn of the 20th century.According to the study led by researchers at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology, as infectious disease prevention, improved diets and other positive health behaviours were adopted by people born during the 1800s and early 1900s, death rates plummeted, but women began reaping the longevity benefits at a much faster rate.

India overtakes US as 3rd largest steel producer
India has overtaken the US to become the world's third largest steel producer and is working towards achieving 300 million tonnes (MT) target in the next 10 years, Union Steel & Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said today. "So far India was the 4th largest steel producer in the world only after China, Japan and the US. However, during the first five months of this calendar year, India has achieved the 3rd position in the global steel production," Tomar said.

West Bengal meet to select smart city nominations

Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal state government held a meeting today with chairpersons of 59 municipalities to discuss and provide guidelines for the NDA government's Smart Cities mission. Banerjee has also summoned private builders who have expressed interest in developing theme cities in the state for a meeting on July 10.

Traders can pay fees using credit, debit cards
Exporters and importers will be allowed to pay their fees and penalties through debit or credit cards from this week, a move aimed at further improving the ease of doing business in India. Currently, traders can pay fees only manually or through net banking. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) receives lakhs of applications every month and the fees ranges between Rs 100 to Rs 10,000.

Toyota recalls 7,129 units of Corolla in India
Japanese car giant Toyota is recalling 7,129 units of its executive sedan Corolla, manufactured between April 2007 and July 2008 in India to fix faulty passenger side airbags as part of a global exercise. In 2013, Toyota had recalled a select lot of Corolla sold in India as part of its global recall of 17.3 lakh vehicles to rectify defective airbags. Corolla cars produced between January 2003 and June 2003 in the country were recalled.

Censor board flouted norms in certifying films, RTI query reveals
A CAG report has slammed the Censor Board for flouting several norms and converting 172 “A” category certified films into “UA” category films and 166 films of “UA” category into “U” category films during 2012-15 without taking any law or provision into account, according to an RTI query. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) also severely indicted the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for fabrication of documents and favouritism while issuing film certificates.

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