GN Bureau | July 23, 2015
The enforcement directorate is likely to issue second and last round of summons to Lalit Modi in next couple of days. But this time, they are planning to send summons to Modi's offices in India and not via email or his counsel. The agency is also mulling over an option of publishing the summons in newspapers. The second summons will be the last chance for Modi to come clean on money-laundering case. The move comes after its earlier summons sent via e-mails failed to draw any reply from Modi. Before the email, summons were also served to Modi's legal team for compliance, who duly returned them claiming they were not authorised to receive them.
Onion prices may go up further despite export curbs
Despite hike in the minimum export price of onion to restrict exports and increase domestic availability, onion prices have shot up by more than 30 percent in Lasalgaon in Maharashtra, Asia's biggest onion market, because of supply shortage. Prices in both wholesale and retail markets have also started increasing due to sluggish supply of good quality onions in the wake of the crop being damaged in storage in major growing states. Retail prices of onion have already risen by up to 40 percent in metro cities in the last one year. The maximum increase in price is seen in Delhi, where onion is costing between Rs 35 and Rs 40 per kg at present, as against Rs 24 per kg in the year-ago period.
Earth-like planet found? NASA to reveal today
Scientists of US space agency NASA are likely to have discovered a earth sized plan orbiting a star. The planet falls within the zone in that solar system where it's possible for liquid water to exist. Research suggests the planet may also be rocky like earth. The discovery is an important step in NASA's attempts to find life outside earth. The US space agency will be holding a press conference on Thursday to reveal the latest discoveries of its exoplanet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope. The scope, launched in 2009, seeks out planets that reside in the habitable zone, known colloquially as the Goldilocks zone. Kepler Space Telescope has been scouring the skies for planets outside our own solar system.
Vyapam scam: CBI registers FIR against former MP minister
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday registered 13th First Information Report (FIR) against 52 accused in connection with the mysterious deaths related to the infamous Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. The 52 persons include former minister Laxmikant Sharma and his aide Om Prakash Shukla. The FIR was lodged against them in connection with the alleged involvement in constable recruitment through Vyapam.
Yakub Memon's family to meet him in Nagpur Jail today
The March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Abdul Razzak Memon, who is likely to go to the gallows on July 30, will meet his family members on Thursday. Yakub, the most high-profile convict in the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, will hang for acts of terror and mayhem after the Supreme Court rejected his curative plea on Tuesday.
Yoga not made mandatory in KVs, JNVs
HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said that yoga will not be treated as a mandatory subject for students in Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, though it has been made a part of physical activity programme in schools. Informing this in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, the minister said, "Yoga is not a compulsory subject in Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, though it is part of sports and physical activity in schools."
Aadhar validity case may go to larger constitution bench
"We are inclined to refer it to the larger constitutional bench," observed supreme court bench of justices J Chelameswar, SA Bobde and C Nagappan when Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Wednesday said the challenge to Aadhaar was primarily on grounds of violation of privacy and there were divergent views of the apex court on it. Rohatgi said an eight-judge bench and later a six-judge bench in two separate cases held that privacy was not a fundamental right, but in nearly 25 judgments subsequently by smaller benches privacy came to be recognised and cemented as part of the fundamental rights under Article 21.Rohatgi said even the framers of the Constitution did not think of privacy as a fundamental right.
Shashi Tharoor faces angry Sonia Gandhi over stray thought and leak
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday night pulled up former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor over the leak of his views against party's stalling tactics in Parliament in the media. Majority in the Congress want the party to make the most of the situation caused by the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam to put the government in the dock. But at a strategy committee meeting of the party, Tharoor had expressed himself against "stalling tactics". He had said the disruption tactics' a repeat of what the BJP did when it was in the opposition may not be effective due to various factors.
A sale-purchase agreement was signed between Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) for supply of high speed diesel (HSD) through the proposed 131 km Indo-Bangla friendship pipeline. The agree
The dismal performance of the Congress in the Municipal Corporations of Delhi elections forced party chief Ajay Maken to announce his resignation, ending an energetic effort to revive the party in the national capital. Ajay Maken, now 53, had taken over as the chief
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In order to jointly promote, develop and adopt external thermal insulation and composite systems (ETICS) solutions technology in construction of highly energy efficient green buildings, NBCC (India) Limited and Bolix, SA of Poland have inked a memorandum of business exploration (MoBE).
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