GN Bureau | July 7, 2015
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has ordered magisterial inquiry into Barabanki incident. Reports said that a middle-aged woman, said to be the mother of a journalist, was molested and set ablaze by two policemen after she refused to "bribe" them to free her husband from Kothi Police Station in Barabanki. Both the policemen have denied the charge, saying that the woman had immolated herself. The victim 'Nitu Dwivedi' was rushed to Barabanki district hospital and later referred to a Lucknow hospital's Trauma Centre after her condition worsened. She died on Monday.
Sensex rallies nearly 100 points; Nifty reclaims 8550
The S&P BSE Sensex rose as much as 124 points in trade on Tuesday despite muted trend seen in other Asian markets. The rally in the index was led by gains in Infosys, HDFC, Tata Motors, ITC, Cipla and TCS. The 50-share Nifty index also broke past its crucial psychological level of 8550, supported by gains in FMCG, consumer durable, power, banks and capital goods stocks.
Referendum on statehood to Delhi shows AAP's 'anarchist nature'
Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay has said that the proposal of going for a referendum on the issue of full statehood was yet another evidence of the Aam Aadmi Party and its Chief Minister's "anti constitution anarchist nature". Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was raising this "non constitutional proposal" to fulfill his political dreams.
The Delhi CM recently discussed the referendum plan with his cabinet colleagues. The note from the Chief Minister said "Do a referendum in Delhi. Draft a law and create machinery for referendum." He has asked the Urban Development Department to come up with a feasibility report specifying a timeline. The department was asked to give various options available to the government for conducting such a referendum.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Ajay maken said “the idea of referendum as proposed by Kejriwal is a dangerous one and this is not only unconstitutional but it is anti-national as well.” Unlike other states, law and order, including police, land and civic bodies in Delhi are controlled by the Union government.
Only 0.41 per cent of Indians seek information under RTI Act: Study
A nationwide study by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has revealed that only 0.37-0.41 per cent of India's population sought information under the RTI Act in 2014. As per the first of the annual survey on the number of citizens using their right to know, CHRI found that as a proportion of the electorate, people aged 18 years and above, this percentage works to 0.5-0.6 per cent of the population.
STF raids in Bihar, UP to nab Vyapam suspects
While deaths and allegations of cover up continue to dog the issue, the special task force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh police is after 40 students from Bihar for allegedly helping candidates in medical examinations conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB). The STF has also conducted raids in Uttar Pradesh to nab impersonators.
It's wrong to link every death with Vyapam scam, says Chouhan
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said it was not right to link every death with the Vyapam scam. Meanwhile, health minister Narottam Mishra rebutted allegations of a sinister plot in the spate of deaths linked to the PEB scam, especially Arun Sharma, the 64-year-old dean of a medical college in Jabalpur. “Trainee sub-inspector Anamika Kushwaha and Arun Sharma, the dean of Jabalpur medical college, weren’t witnesses or accused in the scam. Kushwaha’s father has said she was having domestic problems. But the Congress is trying to unnecessarily link the deaths to Vyapam,” Mishra said.
Azim Premji donates more than half of his wealth to fund philanthropy
Wipro's billionaire chairman Azim Premji, the first Indian to sign the Giving Pledge, has set aside more than half of his wealth for charity by allocating an additional 18% stake in the company to fund philanthropy. Premji controls a 73.39% stake in India's third-largest software company, which is worth about Rs 99,500 crore ($15.7 billion).
Aadhaar link likely to prevent fraud on matrimonial sites
The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has called a meeting of various matrimonial site agencies and other stakeholders tomorrow (July 8) to decide a “robust, scalable, multi-tenant architecture for preventing the exploitation of young women” registered on matrimonial sites. One of the steps DeitY is likely to propose is making Aadhaar mandatory to keep out or track down frauds. Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi had called for making Aadhaar mandatory for registering on such sites.
Government plans to cap premature withdrawal of PF money at 75%
The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has proposed that an employee be allowed to withdraw only 75% of the overall kitty, instead of 100% as permitted under the existing Employees' Provident Funds Scheme, 1952, in case of resignation from a job or for any other use before retirement. The proposal is pending with labour ministry. Of the 13 million annual claims pending with the EPFO, over 6.5 million claims are for 100% withdrawal.
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