GN Bureau | August 17, 2015
All India Bank Officers Association (AIBOA) today said it has launched a wing to deal with issues faced by those working for private sector lenders. The officials from the private banks have also decided to join an all India general strike on September 2, it said. The AIBOA, which claims to be the second largest union of banking officials, said the new wing called the Private Sector Bank Officers' Forum was launched yesterday in Bengaluru.
NIA to conduct lie-detector test on Pakistani terrorist Usman on Tuesday
A Delhi court on Monday granted permission to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to conduct a polygraph or lie-detector test on arrested Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Naved alias Usman Khan. The lie-detector test will be conducted at 11 am on Tuesday.The NIA seeking a polygraph test as there are inconsistencies in his statements. While the NIA has claimed to have got crucial information during Usman's interrogation, it pressed for a lie-detector test to confirm the same.
10 former defence chiefs write to PM on pension issue
Distressed by the "highhandedness" meted out to ex servicemen on August 14, 2015 at Jantar Mantar, ten former defence chiefs have written to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention in the issue. They have also written that the delay in OROP is being construed to be only with a view to bring in changes in the parameters and dilute the entitlements, which will be "grossly unjust and unacceptable". They also expressed their distress at the highhanded treatment of veterans on August 14, 2015, at Jantar Mantar. The former chiefs are: General VN Sharma Admiral Madhvendera Singh, Air Chief Marshal NC Suri, General Shankar Roy Choudhary, Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi, General S Padmanabhan, General NC Vij, General JJ Singh, General Deepak Kapoor and General Bikram Singh.
SC notice to centre on plea seeking contempt against AAP, AIADMK
The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the centre as to whether it has set up a three-member ombudsman to regulate advertisements given by various governments and authorities in pursuance of its decision on the issue. The apex court's notice came on an application filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government and AIADMK-run Tamil Nadu dispensation for "disobeying" apex court guidelines on public advertisements. In a landmark judgement, the apex court had in May barred publication of photos of leaders in government advertisements except those of the President, Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India. It, however, did not issue notice to two state governments saying these issues have to be dealt by the three-member panel.
Ajit Seth appointed as chairman of public enterprises selection board
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved former cabinet secretary Ajit Kumar Seth as the chairman of Public Enterprises Selection Board (PSEB). Appointment of Gauri Kumar and Anshuman Das as PSEB members has also been apporoved. Seth, an IAS officer of 1974 batch, demitted office as cabinet secretary earlier this year. While Gauri Kumar is an IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, Das was chairman-cum-mangaing director of NALCO (National Aluminium Company Limited).
Microsoft releases new update for Windows 10
Microsoft has released a new series of updates for Windows 10. This is third set of updates released by the company after its launch in July. The updates are cumulative. Therefore, this package contains all previously released fixes. If the users have previous updates installed, only the new fixes that are contained in this package will be downloaded and installed to their computer.
Over 57,000 suggestions on full net neutrality, deadline Aug 20
For the past two days, mygov.in has seen a massive surge in public response on the telecom department panel’s net-neutrality recommendations, with almost all asking for a free and equal access to the internet. It’s 57,440 so far. Interestingly, there were around 700 comments on the site on August 14. The government has extended the deadline for seeking public view by days to August 20. Net neutrality is the principle that says internet service providers must enable equal and non-discriminatory access to all data, applications and services, without favouring or blocking particular products or websites on the basis of tariffs or speed.
Flood warning in UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam
A flood warning has been issued to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and West Bengal due to possibility of heavy rainfall in the foothills of Himalayas over the next four days.
The rainfall will lead to swelling of rivers Kosi, Gandak and Ghaghara, tributaries of Ganga and all tributaries of Brahmaputra.This will possibly lead to flooding of plains in east Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and sub-Himalayan parts of West Bengal.
Goa's former CM booked for disappearance of evidence in bribery case
Former Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has now been charged with disappearance of evidence in Louis Berger bribery case in addition to various sections of Prevention of Corruption of Act and IPC already against him in the FIR by the Crime Branch which is searching crucial files in the matter. Section 201 of IPC (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) has been added in the FIR against Kamat yesterday.
NCDRC issues notice to Nestle India, orders fresh sample testing
The apex consumer court today issued notice to Nestle IndiaBSE -2.44 % Limited on a Rs 640-crore suit against it by the Centre for alleged unfair trade practices and other charges pertaining to Maggi noodles and directed the Government to test the samples afresh at accredited labs. It posted the matter for next hearing for September 30. In its petition, the Centre has sought a direction to the company to deposit Rs 284.55 crore in the Consumer Welfare Fund for defective and hazardous goods sold and unfair trade practice.
India's fuel demand rises 5.52 per cent in July
India's fuel consumption rose an annual 5.52 per cent in July, driven by higher gasoline sales which reflected a surge in passenger vehicles sales, government data showed. Fuel consumption, a proxy for oil demand, totalled 14.03 million tonnes last month.
Bureaucrats can keep royalty from books
Bureaucrats can now keep with them the income from literary, cultural or artistic works like writing books and sellings paintings or pictures not related to their job. The income from literary, cultural or artistic efforts, which are not aided by the knowledge acquired in the course of service, is not 'fee' and can be retained in full by these officers, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has said. With this order, the DoPT has changed a directive issued in June 1959 which had set the limit for keeping the fee from other means as Rs 250
Nitish Katara murder case: SC upholds conviction of Yadavs and Sukhdev Pehalwan
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld conviction of Vikas Yadav, Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pehalwan in the 2002 Nitish Katara murder case. The SC, however, agreed to hear the issue of quantum of punishment in the case. On February 6 this year, Delhi high court had enhanced the life imprisonment of Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal to 25 years in jail without any remission and an additional five years for destruction of evidence in the honour killing of Nitish Katara in 2002.
This is the 250th year since the inception of the Survey of India that has been mapping the boundaries since 1767. Archana Mishra spoke to Dr Swarna Subba Rao, former surveyor general of India, who retired in June this year. He joined the department as a deputy superintending surveyor in 1983 a
An experiment carried out to make Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district Open Defecation Free (ODF) succeeded due to an official’s innovative approach, noted a World Bank blog. The blog “Compressed demand”: How Uttar Pradesh is making sure rural sanitation subs
As an emerging global power and the most powerful state in South Asia, India has been perennially concerned about protracted political instability and resultant social turmoil in Afghanistan during the past few decades. Indeed, India’s engagement in the realm of development cooperation, since the o
Till the National Investigation Agency (NIA) caught up with him in Delhi on August 17, 70-year-old Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, a businessman, was indeed one of the most powerful persons in Kashmir valley. He was known to wield enormous clout in the corridors of power, both in Srinagar and Delhi. His influenc
Did media trial impact Aarushi-Hemraj murder case?
After spending almost a month among tribals of Mandla in Madhya Pradesh, I can confidently say that by restricting ourselves to Public Distribution System (PDS), we cannot solve the food security issues of the country. The problem is graver. In a district like Mandla, where aboriginals like Bai