Navy War Room leak case: Delhi court sentences retired captain Rathore to 7 yrs rigorous imprisonment

Navy War Room leak case: Delhi court sentences retired captain Rathore to 7 yrs rigorous imprisonment

New Delhi: A Delhi court today awarded seven-year rigorous imprisonment to retired captain Salam Singh Rathore in an offshoot of the 2006 Navy War Room leak case, saying he had committed the offence against national security.

Special CBI Judge S K Aggarwal handed down the jail term to Rathore for the offence of spying under the Official Secrets Act.

The judge convicted the accused under Section 3(1) C of the 1923 Official Secrets Act, but acquitted another accused, Commander (retired) Jarnail Singh Kalra, in the case. The court, while awarding the sentence, considered the submission of the prosecutor that several secret documents were recovered from the possession of Rathore which he could not account for.

Supreme Court slams Centre for being ‘lethargic’ in protecting Taj Mahal, says it is a ‘hopeless cause’

Supreme Court slams Centre for being ‘lethargic’ in protecting Taj Mahal, says it is a ‘hopeless cause’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today slammed the Centre and its authorities for their “lethargy” in taking steps to protect the Taj Mahal, dubbing the issue of preserving the historic medieval structure a “hopeless cause”.

The apex court also expressed anguish over the Uttar Pradesh government failed to come out with a vision document to preserve and protect the Taj Mahal. It directed the Centre to furnish full details of the steps taken and action required to be taken for protecting the iconic monument.

A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said no concrete steps have been taken by the government, despite a parliamentary standing committee report on Taj’s protection. The Centre told the bench that Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur was assessing air pollution level in and around the mausoleum and will give its report in four months.

It said a special committee has also been set up to find the source of pollution in and around the Taj, which will suggest measures to prevent it. The bench said it will hear the matter on da ay-to-day basis from July 31.

Aircel-Maxis case: P Chidambaram says, ED carrying out witch hunt against him

Aircel-Maxis case: P Chidambaram says, ED carrying out witch hunt against him

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today accused the Enforcement Directorate (ED) of carrying out a witch-hunt against him in the Aircel-Maxis case, saying he has not been named in the FIR and the allegations will be answered in court. The former finance minister’s comments came a day after a Delhi court extended the protection from arrest granted to him and his son Karthi in the case till August 7.

“In the Aircel-Maxis case, there is no FIR mentioning a scheduled offence and no public servant has been named. ED is on a witch-hunt and the allegations will be answered in Court,” Chidambaram said on Twitter. On May 30, Chidambaram had moved the court seeking protection from arrest in the case, saying all evidence in the matter appears to be documentary in nature. It is already in possession of the incumbent government and nothing is to be recovered from him, he said.

The court had earlier granted interim protection from arrest till yesterday to Karthi in two cases filed by the CBI and ED in 2011 and 2012, respectively, in the Aircel-Maxis matter arising out of the 2G spectrum cases. The matter pertains to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance being given to the firm M/S Global Communication Holding Services Ltd for investment in Aircel. Chidambaram was finance minister at the time.

Raipur: The mother gave birth to her lever: Save the life of her son: A successful liver transplant in Chhattisgarh's baby in Delhi with the help of the government

Raipur: The mother gave birth to her lever: Save the life of her son: A successful liver transplant in Chhattisgarh's baby in Delhi with the help of the government

On special initiative of Chief Minister-Labor Minister
Union Health Minister from National Health Fund
14 lakh rupees help
Labor Minister Shri Rajwade will bear the expenditure of Rs 10 lakh after the operation

Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh and Labor Minister Shri Bhaiyalal Rajwada Special Initiative and Union Minister of Health Shri J.P. With the help of 14 lakh rupees from Nadda, Ashwin, a four-year-old youngest child of a poor working family resident of Village Rampur (Patna) of Korea district, has got a new life.

    This young child's liver transplant was successfully done at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi today. Her mother gave her a liver for transplant to save her liver piece. The parents of the child do their livelihood by doing labor-wages in the village of Mrs. Sunita Sahu and Mr. Rajpal Sahu. Today, they are very pleased to see the star of their eyes healthy. It is noteworthy that the Chief Minister, Mr. J.P. Nadda had written a letter asking for this child's free treatment. The funds of 14 lakh rupees (fourteen lakh rupees) were sanctioned immediately from the National Health Fund for the transplant of the child by the Central Health Ministry on the instructions of Mr. Nadda and this amount was given to the hospital. To save the life of his liver, his mother, Mrs. Sunita Sahu gave her lever, whose doctors successfully transplanted.

The parents of the youngest child - Mrs. Sunita Sahu and Mr. Rajpal Sahu were living in the village in very poor condition. The baby had lever disease from birth. When doctors told him the need for his son's liver transplant, he became very worried about the huge expenditure. After revolving around Delhi and Lucknow, their well-financed capital ended.

    Meanwhile, when Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh was on a migration to Korea District a few months ago, this poor parent met him to save his child's life. The Chief Minister sanctioned one lakh 50 thousand rupees for the initial medical examination of the child from Sanjivani Fund. Dr. Raman Singh, Union Health Minister, Mr. J.P., for the help of transplanting the child. Nadda immediately wrote a letter. At the same time, he gave the responsibility of completing further action for the treatment of the child to the Labor Minister and Mr Bhayyalal Rajwada, MLA of Bakunthpur. While making an active initiative on behalf of Mr. Rajwada, this poor family has been provided the facility of accommodation for treatment in Delhi. Mrs. Sunita and Mr. Rajpal Sahu are residing in the rented house in Basant Kunj, Delhi for approximately two and a half months for the treatment of their child. On successful operation today, Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh and Labor Minister Shri Rajwada expressed happiness and prayed for the healthy and happy life of the child. According to the doctors, after the liver transplantation, the cost of about one million rupees is possible on child's medicines. The Labor Minister, Shri Rajwada has promised to bear this expenditure on his behalf.

Demonetisation: IAF aircraft deployed new demo currency

Demonetisation: IAF aircraft deployed new demo currency

New Delhi: Over Rs 29.41 crore was spent on use of the IAF ultra-modern transport aircraft — the C-17 and the C-130J Super Hercules — to ferry newly-issued Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 currency notes post-demonetisation, according to an RTI reply. The move to scrap the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016, and saw 86 per cent of the currency being sucked out of the system, needing an urgent operation to replenish it with the new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes.

According to the response provided by the IAF, its frontline transport aircraft undertook 91 sorties to transport bundles of currency from security printing presses and mints to various destinations across the country after the Rs 1,000 and the Rs 500 notes were demonetised by the government in a sudden move on November 8, 2016. The IAF, in turn, had billed the government-owned Security Printing and Minting Corporation of and the Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Ltd Rs 29.41 crore for its services.

According to Commodore Lokesh Batra (retd), who furnished the RTI reply, the government should have avoided using defence assets and instead could have easily requisitioned the services of civil transport aircraft. This situation could have been avoided, had the government fully prepared itself before making the announcement to demonetise currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 on November 8, 2016, he said.

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Post-demonetisation, the RBI had spent Rs 7,965 crore in 2016-17 on printing the new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes, and those of other denomination, more than double the Rs 3,421 crore it had spent in the previous year.

The demonetisation was hailed as a step that would curb black money, corruption and check counterfeit currency, but the RBI, in its annual report for 2017 had said just 7.1 pieces of Rs 500 note per million in circulation and 19.1 pieces of Rs 1,000 notes per million in circulation were found to be fake in its sample survey.

The Bankers’ Bank had said that as much as 99 per cent of the junked Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes had returned to the banking system, which had prompted the opposition to question the efficacy of the government’s unprecedented note ban decision to curb black money and corruption.

Following the note ban, old notes were allowed to be deposited in banks, with unusual deposits coming under the Income Tax department’s scrutiny. A collateral damage as a result of the rise in printing and other costs was the diminished dividend RBI pays to the government. The RBI had said its income for 2016-17 decreased by 23.56 per cent, while expenditure jumped 107.84 per cent.

Lynching Case: Union Minister Giriraj calls on riot accused in Bihar jail

Lynching Case: Union Minister Giriraj calls on riot accused in Bihar jail

Patna: After BJP Minister Jayant Sinha feted eight convicts in a lynching case, it is the turn of his Cabinet colleague Giriraj Singh to visit riot-accused VHP and Bajrang Dal leaders in jail in Nawada (Bihar). The visit went beyond the show of solidarity with Giriraj giving the accused a testimonial of good conduct. “They’ve always helped in maintaining peace in all situations. How can you call them rioters?’’ he said in a tweet.

Giriraj also said the three right wing activists had been implicated in false cases by the district administration and jailed. Defending his jail visit, he said: “Why can’t I meet leaders of Bajrang dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad who have been falsely implicated and jailed. I have not barged into someone’s house but duly informed the District Magistrate about my visit. Whatever I have done is out of compassion and sensitivity.”

 Tripura: People ‘oppressed’ by Left may have brought down Vladimir Lenin’s statue, says Giriraj Singh
After the Ram Navmi clashes of April 2017, the police had lodged cases against some leaders in several districts. Bajrang Dal’s Jitendra Pratap and VHP’s Kailash Vishwakarma were arrested four days ago for their alleged role in the riots. Giriraj Singh and Chief Minister Nitish have not been the best of friends and there has been a move in a section of the BJP to project Giriraj as the chief ministerial face of the NDA in Bihar.

The visit over, Singh attacked the Nitish Kumar government, accusing it of resorting to a witch-hunt. “It seems to be ingrained in the administration and the government that there can only be communal harmony if Hindus are oppressed,’’ he asserted.

My assets in UK are not in my name, says Vijay Mallya

My assets in UK are not in my name, says Vijay Mallya

London: Fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya is incorrigible. First, he said that he will comply fully with the UK court directive to seize his British assets; then, he had the audacity to add that there was not much for them to take as his family’s lavish residences were “not in my name”.

Speaking to Reuters at the British Formula One Grand Prix, Mallya said he would hand over British assets held in his name. But a luxury country residence belonged to his children and a house in London belonged to his mother, making them untouchable. He admitted to the wire agency that he had given the UK court an affidavit duly listing his UK assets, which they were free to take. “There’s a few cars and a few items of jewellery. I said ‘OK, fine. You don’t have to bother to come to my house to seize them. I’ll physically hand them over. Tell me the time, date and place.’ “

What could be more generous?

There is more bad news. Mallya said a super-yacht he would showcase in races at Monaco and Abu Dhabi was recently sold at an auction in Malta, after a dispute over unpaid crew wages. “I have not owned the Indian Empress boat for more than seven years now,” he lamented. It had belonged to “a Middle Eastern gentleman”, whose name he would not disclose, in a deal that gave Mallya use of it for one month a year, he said.

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Mallya has been in Britain since he left India in March 2016, unable to travel after his passport was revoked. The Enforcement Directorate is desperately seeking to declare him a “fugitive economic offender” and to confiscate Rs 12,500 crore worth of his assets. “I think the overriding consideration that everybody seems to be missing is that I have put $2 billion worth of assets in front of the Karnataka high court which is more than sufficient to repay the banks and indeed everybody else,” he said. “So the question of attaching assets either in the UK or whatever should not arise.”

He said the enforcement directorate had also attached assets inherited from his father, including properties acquired in the 1920s, under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. “How can those be proceeds of crime? This is the injustice that is happening,” he said. ‘‘And now in an election year, I guess what they want to do is bring me back and hang me on the holy cross and hope to get more votes.” The lament goes on and on. It seems nobody is more misunderstood in India that Vijay Mallya.

New Delhi: Nitish Kumar to take final call after seeing what BJP President Amit Shah has to offer

New Delhi: Nitish Kumar to take final call after seeing what BJP President Amit Shah has to offer

New Delhi: Nitish Kumar knows the danger of committing himself on the front foot even before a ball has been bowled at him. So, after the JDU national executive committee meeting in New Delhi on Sunday, his spokesperson refused to say anything definite on seat-sharing with the BJP but put out a subtle message that Nitish would take a final call after seeing what Amit Shah has to offer. “We aren’t helping or supporting or opposing the BJP. The Janata Dal-United will fight elections in four states on its own,” senior party leader KC Tyagi told reporters.

Nitish also made it clear that he would not compromise on the 3Cs of communalism, crime and corruption, even if it puts the government in Bihar in jeopardy. ‘‘Our government also doesn’t believe in shielding or framing anyone,’’ he added. The veiled reference was to union minister Jayant Sinha, who on Thursday had garlanded eight men convicted for killing a cattle trader in Jharkhand, and Giriraj Singh, who met Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad activists lodged in Nawada jail.

CM Nitish Kumar demands special status for Bihar
According to political observers, Nitish, having abandoned the RJD, finds himself in a trap of his own making. On ties with the Congress, the message was, “Till the time Congress doesn’t stand against corrupt RJD, there can be no talks.”  The demand for special status to Bihar was not discussed in the national executive even though JD (U) has been repeatedly accusing the Modi Government of ignoring its special status demand.

But, significantly, the party passed a resolution endorsing the proposal of one-nation-one election. Now, all eyes are on the scheduled meeting between BJP president Amit Shah and JDU president Nitish Kumar on July 12 at Patna

RBI Recruitment 2018: RBI invites application for 166 Grade B officers post; read for details

RBI Recruitment 2018: RBI invites application for 166 Grade B officers post; read for details

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has invited application form eligible candidates for the posts of Officers in Grade ‘B’ (General) – DR, DEPR, and DSIM in Common Seniority Group (CSG) Streams. There are a total of 166 vacancies including backlog vacancies. The applicants can apply in the prescribed format on The application submission process has started from July 3 and the last date for submission of the application form is July 23, 2018.

Steps to register

Step 1: Click on the ‘Direct Recruitment for the posts of officers in Grade ‘B’ (General) – DR, DEPR and DSIM in Common Seniority Group (CSG) Streams – 2018’ button from 

Step 2: Follow the necessary steps given in the ‘How to apply’ page

Important Dates 

Release of online application form: July 3, 2018

Online Payment of Application Fees / Intimation Charges: July 3, 2018, to July 23, 2018

Commencement of Phase-I exam: August 16, 2018

Commencement of Phase-II exam: September 7, 2018

Declaration of the final result: To be notified later

Age Limit 

A candidate must be at least of 21 years old and must not be over the age of 30 years on the 1st of July, 2018, that is the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd July, 1988 and not later than 1st July, 1997.

For candidates possessing M.Phil. or PhD degrees, the upper age limit will be 32 and 34 years respectively. For category-wise relaxation in upper age limit, check detailed notification.

RBI recruitment 2018: Examination Pattern 

The Examination will be in 2 phases — Phase-I and Phase-II and which will be followed by an interview.

The Phase-I examination will be objective type. Phase-I modules are — General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning.

The Phase-II examinations will have three papers — Paper-I on English (writing skills); Paper-II on Economic & Social Issues and Paper-III on optional subjects like Economics/Statistics, management, etc.

The exams will be held online and only successful candidates in the Phase-I will be able to appear for Phase-II. On the basis of Phase-II results, candidates will be called for the interview. The final selection will be done by adding marks of candidates in Phase-II (Paper-I + Paper-II + Paper-III) and Interview.

Pilgrims stranded in Jammu as Amarnath Yatra remains suspended for 2nd day

Pilgrims stranded in Jammu as Amarnath Yatra remains suspended for 2nd day

Jammu: The Amarnath pilgrimage remained suspended from here for the second day today as inclement weather in the Valley had left thousands of pilgrims stranded at both Baltal and Pahalgam base camps from where the pilgrims proceed by foot to pay obeisance at 3880-metre high cave shrine.

The Amarnath-bound convoy, which usually leaves Jammu in the early hours, was not allowed for the second day today to avoid overcrowding at the twin base camps in the valley, an official of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), which manages the annual yatra, said.

He said a large number of pilgrims were held up at various camps en route to the cave shrine, including Baltal, Nunwan-Pahalgam, Sheshnag and Panjtarni, because of heavy rains which triggered landslides and shooting of stones along the arduous tracks over the past couple of days.

He said the state Governor N N Vohra, who is also Chairman of the Board, is visiting the camps today to take stock of the situation after cancelling his earlier scheduled visit to Jammu. The yatra via both, the shortest 12-km Baltal as well as the 36-km traditional Pahalgam, routes remained suspended since Wednesday due to continuous rains and landslides between Railpathri and Brarimarg, leaving thousands of pilgrims stranded in the valley.

However, limited helicopter services functioned from both the routes and so far 68,202 pilgrims had paid obeisance at the naturally formed ‘Shivling’ at the cave shrine since the beginning of the 60-day long yatra on June 28, the official said. The yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26, which is coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.