GN Bureau | November 20, 2015
The Supreme Court today stayed the operation of the Delhi High Court order which directed the navy to give permanent commission to all women officers serving the marine force as short service commission officers. The court was told that in the navy neither men nor women - who are commissioned under short service category - can be given permanent commission.The bench of justices TS Thakur and V Gopala Gowda said that officers on whose plea the high court issued the order and who were in service in September 2008 when the navy extended the permanent commission to its short service commission women officers will continue to serve with the same terms and conditions.
US House passes bill to slow Syrian refugees despite Obama veto threat
The US House of Representatives, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama, overwhelmingly passed Republican-backed legislation on Thursday to suspend Obama's program to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016 and then intensify the process of screening them. The measure, quickly drafted this week following the Islamic State attacks in Paris on Friday that killed 129 people, was approved on a vote of 289-137, with 47 of Obama's 188 fellow Democrats breaking with the White House to support it. It would require that high-level officials - the FBI director, the director of national intelligence and homeland security secretary - verify that each Syrian refugee poses no security risk.
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said the bill would pause the program the White House announced in September to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year. He said it was important to act quickly "when our national security is at stake." After the House vote, Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, called such screening both impractical and impossible.
170 guests, staff taken hostage in Radisson hotel in Mali
Jihadists launched a shooting rampage in the Radisson Blu hotel in the centre of the Malian capital Bamako today, security sources and an journalist said. Automatic weapons fire could be heard from outside the 190-room hotel, where security forces have set up a security cordon. "It's all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor," a security source have said.
Delhi boy gets Rs 1.27 crore placement offer from Google
Tech giant Google has offered a whooping $1,90000(Rs 1.27 crore) to Chetan Kakkar, hailing from Delhi. He is a final year student of Delhi Technological University (DTU) in the Information Technology department. According to media reports, Kakkar was visibly excited after receiving this lucrative offer. He will be joining Google next year after completing his course. Kakkar's parents are teachers at Delhi University. He has set a new record in DTU as the highest offer made so far was Rs 93 lakh.
BJP MP Yogi Adityanath barred from entering Allahabad
Controversial BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has been barred by local administration from entering the district where he was invited to a function organised by the Allahabad University Students' Union on Friday. District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar and Senior Superintendent of Police K S Immanuel said Aditynath has been "advised" against entering the district and may face "legal action" if he does not comply. They said the Students' Union has not taken permission for the event and the university has been asked not to allow it. The development came as a row erupted over extending of invitation to the firebrand Gorakhpur MP by the students' union.
Toll in TN rains goes up to 120; more rains forecast
The toll from rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu increased to 120 on Friday, as overnight rains lashed many parts of the city, raising fears of more inundation.However, a bright morning brought relief to the residents of the rain-drenched city, even as the weather office has forecast rains for November 21.In a statement, chief minister J Jayalalithaa said nine persons had been killed in the last four days, with the victims mainly hailing from Chennai and Kancheepuram districts, and expressed sympathies with their families.She announced a relief of Rs four lakh each to the families of the victims.
Meanwhile, the regional weather office has forecast rain in coastal and interior districts for the next 24 hours.Rains were particularly expected in the districts along Western Ghats, such as Theni and Nilgiris, S R Ramanan, director, Regional Meterological Department, told reporters.
Vyapam scam: SC notice to Madhya Pradesh governor, Centre
The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the government, the state of Madhya Pradesh and the governor of Madhya Pradesh on a plea seeking the removal of Madhya Pradesh governor Ram Naresh Yadav for his alleged role in the Vyapam scam case.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India H.L Dattu tagged the case with a bunch of petitions dealing with the mass admission scam in Madhya Pradesh and sought replies from all parties within three weeks. “The Centre must make a framework on how to deal with allegations of corruption on governors of states and issue guidelines,” the judges said. The cases relate to the swindle in which corruption has been alleged in the examinations conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, also known by its Hindi acronym Vyapam.
GAIL, Petronet shares surge and sensex stays flat
After rising over 216 points intraday on Friday, the benchmark BSE Sensex closed 26.57 points up at 25,868.49. Sentiments were supported by continued gains in Asian shares as investors bet the US Federal Reserve would raise rates in December but proceed cautiously with any further tightening. Nifty closed 13.80 points up at 7,856.55.In the 50-share index, GAIL surged the most 9.59 per cent, followed by Wipro (2.33 per cent), Bank of Baroda (2.29 per cent), Ambuja Cements (2.20 per cent) and Dr Reddy’s (2.10 per cent).
Domestic air traffic surges 19% to 70 lakh passengers in Oct
Maintaining the growth trajectory, domestic air traffic rose nearly 19 per cent to 70.39 lakh passengers in October as onset of tourist season saw more number of fliers. Low cost carrier IndiGo, which recently got listed on the bourses, maintained its leadership position with a market share of 36.8 per cent in October. It flew as many as 25.90 lakh passengers last month. With a load factor of 93 per cent, rival SpiceJet saw the maximum occupancy in its planes in October while its market share stood at 12.8 per cent during the same period.
Struggling with rationing and prioritising available supplies amid the acute Covid-19 vaccine shortage, the BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) has floated a global tender for supply of 1 crore doses, even as it has announced a walk-in vaccination campaign next week for select categories of citizens.
Expressing regret that despite being the largest producer of vaccines in the world things have fallen apart in India, Ashok Seth, a Padma Bhushan awardee and chairman of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, has said that the focus needs to be on percentage and not the number of population vaccinated.
In Maharashtra, the epicentre of India’s devastating second wave, several NGOs and civil society organisations have been at work to combat the pandemic – by spreading awareness about precautions, by helping the slum-dwellers book appointment for vaccine, by providing meals to the marginalised a
The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed the landmark of 17 crore on Monday as the Phase 3 of the nationwide vaccination drive expands further. India is the fastest country to administer 17 crore Covid vaccine doses – China took 119 days and USA 115 days
India is battling the second wave of Covid-19 and infections are spreading into the interiors of the country, says Dr Anurag Bhadouria, National Spokesperson, Samajwadi Party. It is precipitated by the elections in five states, the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar and also panchayat elections in many states, he says
The CoWIN system, the overarching digital platform for citizens seeking appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine, is introducing a new four-digit security code” in the application from Saturday to minimise a peculiar error and subsequent inconvenience to citizens. “It has been notic