Evening digest: Rajasthan rights panel notices on Hema Malini's car mishap

GN Bureau | July 8, 2015



Taking cognisance of media reports in which the four-year-old girl's father Hanuman Mahajan claimed that her life could have been saved had she been rushed to a private hospital along with actress Hema Malini, Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the police and local authorities seeking a report of the car accident involving the actor-politician.
Meanwhile, Hema Malini, in her tweets today, held the father responsible for the mishap, saying it could have been averted had Mahajan followed traffic rules."How I wish the girl's father had followed the traffic rules - thn this accident could have been averted & the lil one's life safe!(sic)" she tweeted.

MP High Court defers hearing on state government's plea for CBI probe in Vyapam scam
The Jabalpur Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday deferred hearing of the state government's plea for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the deadly Vyapam scam. The court will wait for the supreme court ruling on petitions seeking CBI probe in the multi-crore scam, scheduled for tomorrow (JUly 9). Giving itself sufficient time, the HC fixed next hearing date to July 20.

IISc at no. 5 in BRICS university ranking
Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, has emerged No.5 in a ranking of 404 universities in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) region. This is the first time any Indian educational institution has broken into the top 10 of the rankings, conducted by London-based ranking agency QS, previously known as Quacquarelli Symonds. This is the first time IISc has submitted data for the QS ranking. In 2014, IISc did not formally provide the data, and was ranked 13. When a university does not provide data, QS sources data available from websites, employers and peers

Rs 94 crore spent on ads of Swachh Bharat Mission in 1 year
Government has spent Rs 94 crore on advertisements alone for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet Swachh Bharat Mission. An RTI response from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the nodal ministry for the scheme, said government had spent Rs 2.15 crore for advertisement and publicity, Rs 70.80 lakh on advertisements in print newspapers, Rs 43.64 crore on audio visual advertisements, Rs 25.88 crore advertisements through DAVP in TV channels, Rs 16.99 crore advertisements in Doordarshan and Rs 5.42 crore of advertisements in radio during 2014-15.

DCW chief Barkha Shukla, Somnath Bharti's wife stage protest
DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh, AAP leader Somnath Bharti's wife Lipika Mitra and the complainant in the Kumar Vishwas case today staged a protest at Jantar Mantar, seeking a hearing of their complaints by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "We want the Delhi government to hear our complaints and take action against the guilty. I am with Lipika and the complainant in Vishwas' case not as chairperson of DCW but as a victim," Singh said. "Every woman is a victim of AAP, be it Shakuntala Gamblin, Lipika Mitra, the complainant in Vishwas' case or Barkha Singh," Singh, whose terms ends on July 18, said.
Meanwhile, the woman, who has accused Vishwas of not rebutting the "rumours" about their alleged illicit liaison, has lodged a complaint with Seemapuri Police Station, alleging that the AAP leader's men threatened to kill her and her family members if she did not withdraw her complaint.

Government permits export of 2,095 tonnes of more sugar to US under tariff rate quota
The government has permitted export of an additional 2,095 tonnes of raw sugar to the USA under the tariff rate quota (TRQ), which entitles shipments to enjoy low tariff. Earlier, 8,424 tonnes of raw sugar has been notified for export to the US under this quota

Relief for Priyanka Gandhi as court stays SIC order
Acting on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's appeal, Himachal Pradesh high court has stayed the state information commission order, which had asked eeputy commissioner, Shimla, to release information pertaining to her Shimla property. In her application, she had told the court that she is SPG Protectee under the Special Protection Group Act, 1988 (as amended in 1991, 1994 and 1999) and has been granted Special Protection.

Sensex tanks 483.97 pts down to close at 27,687.72 on China equity crash, Greece fears
Stock market benchmark Sensex today tumbled over 483 points, its biggest fall in over a month, to settle below the 28,000-level as rout in Shanghai shares and fears of Greek’s eurozone exit rattled investors. The NSE benchmark Nifty also crashed below 8,400-point mark.

Microsoft plans a new round of major job cuts
Microsoft Corp, the world’s largest software company, plans to announce a new round of layoffs as it tries to cut costs further, the New York Times reported.The latest job cuts are in addition to the 18,000 jobs Microsoft said it planned to cut a year ago, the newspaper said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

CBI files case against Teesta Setalvad, husband over alleged foreign funding
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case against human rights activist Teesta Setalvad over foreign funding. Teesta has been booked for allegedly taking foreign funds without government's permission. The crime branch of police has attached the accounts of Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and two of their NGOs. Setalvad is known for championing the cause of 2002 post-Godhra riot victims in Gujarat.

India's MNREGA world's largest public works programme: World Bank
India's rural employment guarantee programme MNREGA has been ranked as the world's largest public works programme, providing social security net to almost 15 per cent of the country's population.India is among the five middle-income countries running the world's largest social safety net programmes, said a World Bank Group's report 'The State of Social Safety Nets 2015'. "The world's five largest social safety net programmes are all in middle-income countries (China, India, South Africa and Ethiopia) and reach over 526 million people," it added.

NRI voting: SC orders govt to implement changes within two months
The government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that a note on proposed changes in the bill to allow non-resident Indians (NRIs) to vote in Indian elections had been placed before the cabinet for its consideration.
New suggestions include allowing NRIs to vote by proxy and through e-ballots. A three-judge bench comprising chief justice H.L. Dattu, Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy granted the government two months time to incorporate the proposed changes in a bill aimed at amending the Representation of the People Act.

Amarnath yatra claims two more lives, pilgrim death toll reaches four
Two more Amarnath pilgrims died of cardiac arrest taking the death toll to four during the ongoing yatra, even as the footfall of the pilgrims at the 3,880 metre high cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas is likely to cross the one lakh mark by this evening. N B Patel (65), a resident of Gujarat, died at Chandanwari along the 45-km Pahalgam cave route in Anantnag district of south Kashmir last night, officials said. Amarnath yatra. Another 70-year-old Baidev Raj Khoda, a resident of New Delhi, breathed his last at Domail along the shorter 16-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district late last night.

Jet Airways offers discounts with starting fares as low as Rs 1,499
Jet Airways announced a week-long domestic and international flights sale today with fares starting as low as Rs 1,499 for some domestic routes. This comes after similar moves by  SpiceJet and AirAsia. The booking period is for a week for travel between July 20 and October 15. The airline is also offering discounts for flights from India to international destinations such as London, Toronto, the South-Eastern countries, destinations in the Gulf, among others.

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