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CBI moves SC against Himachal Pradesh HC order on CM Virbhadra

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The CBI today moved the Supreme Court seeking urgent hearing on its plea challenging Himachal Pradesh High Court’s order granting protection against possible arrest and other relief to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife in a disproportionate assets case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu agreed to hear CBI’s two petitions on reopening of the court after the Dussehra break. The bench, also including Justice Arun Mishra, however refused to list the matter for hearing tomorrow, saying that it is not so urgent.

The probe agency has filed a transfer petition and a special leave petition in the apex court seeking transferring the case against Singh from Himachal Pradesh to Delhi and setting aside of the order passed by the state high court, respectively. The Himachal Pradesh HC had on October 1 restrained CBI from arresting Singh and his wife in the DA case but had allowed the enquiry in the matter to proceed.

PM pays tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary

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Prime Mininster Narendra Modi paid his tribute to the former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, on his 84th birth anniversary today. In his tweet, Mr Modi said the country slaute Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and celebrate his monumental achievement as a scientist, scholar and the president of India. He said the country fondly remember his passion for teaching and education. Mr Modi said Dr. Kalam is not with us but his thought, ideas vision for India live on forever.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi also paid tributes to former President Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his first posthumous birth anniversary. Mrs Gandhi describing him as one who drove India’s scientific advancement, She also said, Dr Kalam’s contributions will forever remain unparalleled.

Punjab CM orders judicial inquiry to probe sacrilege of holy book

AMN / Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has ordered a judicial inquiry by a High Court judge to probe the incident of sacrilege of a holy book in Bargari village of Faridkot district. In a statement issued in Chandigarh, the Chief Minister appealed to the people to be vigilant against such elements which are trying to destabilize peace and communal harmony of the state.

Condemning the incident, he assured punishment to those who are behind the incident. He directed the State Police Chief to constitute a Special Investigation Team to track the culprits.

Addl spectrum: Court discharges accused, says CBI chargesheet fabricated

A special 2G court in New Delhi today discharged ex-Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms chargesheeted in the 2002 additional spectrum scam case, saying the agency had filed a “false and fabricated” charge sheet against the accused. Special CBI Judge O P Saini observed that CBI tried to mislead the court and the charge sheet filed by it was full of “distorted facts”.

The court asked the CBI Director to conduct an inquiry against the “erring officials” for filing such a charge sheet in the case. Ghosh and 3 telecom firms — Hutchison Max(P) Ltd, Sterling Cellular Ltd and Bharti Cellular Ltd — were chargesheeted in the case relating to Department of Telecommunications (DoT) allocating additional spectrum that had allegedly led to a loss of Rs 846.44 crore to the exchequer.

War of words intensifies between Sena, BJP

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The war of words between Shiv Sena and BJP today intensified with the latter questioning the ally’s support to actor Sanjay Dutt in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and late Bal Thackeray hosting former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad at his residence.

BJP Mumbai unit President Ashish Shelar said, alluding to late Bal Thackeray’s support to the actor that what sort of nationalism was displayed while backing 1993 blasts accused actor Sanjay Dutt. Shelar said, those casting aspersions on our patriotism should do well to remember who hosted Javed Miandad at the Thackeray family residence in suburban Bandra, Matoshree.

Shelar said, in a veiled attack on Sena MP and Saamana executive editor Sanjay Raut, who has been most vocal in attacking BJP over the visit of former Pakistan minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri. Shelar said, Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray had attended Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s musical concert.

Relations between the two oldest saffron allies came under renewed strain when Shiv Sainiks blackened the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni, a former BJP strategist and organiser of Kasuri’s book launch event on Monday.

BJP may discuss probability of parting ways with Sena

Amidst signs of growing fissures between the two main partners of ruling alliance in Maharashtra, BJP Ministers and the prominent party functionaries are meeting in Mumbai today. The official agenda of today’s meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party Ministers and prominent party functionaries includes listing achievements during the one-year tenure of the BJP-led Government in the state and the nature of celebrations.

But, the issue of strained relations with Shiv Sena and probability of parting ways may also be discussed at this juncture, according to the party sources. Even as the Shiv Sena MP Mr. Sanjay Raut has asked the BJP to opt out of coalition if they have any problems with the ally and also targeted the Prime Minister yesterday over Godhra aftermath in Gujarat while he was the Chief Minister, the leaders of both the parties have sought to down play the statements. They have also rejected the possibility of Sena quitting power and asserted that the Government would complete its five-year tenure.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has already decided to go alone in the forthcoming polls of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation and not to have any tie-up with the Bharatiya Janata Party with which it shares power in the state as well as at the Centre.

But, the BJP leadership has decided to wait till Friday, which is the last day for withdrawal of candidature for taking any official stance. Shiv Sena is now set to contest all the 122 seats alone during the Municipal Corporation elections to be held on November 1.

BoB case: Court remands 2 bank officials to CBI custody

An assistant general manager and the Head of foreign exchange division of Bank of Baroda were remanded to two-day CBI custody by a Delhi court. They were arrested yesterday in the 6 thousand crore rupees suspicious remittances case.

AGM S K Garg and Jainish Dubey, who headed the foreign exchange division at BoB’s branch in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar, were produced before Special CBI Judge P K Jain where the agency sought their custodial interrogation for five days.

The alleged irregularities had come to notice recently and the agency had conducted searches on the bank premises and residences of Garg and Dubey last week. CBI found that an estimated 6,000 crore rupees were transferred through nearly 8,000 transactions done between July, 2014 and July, 2015.

The Enforcement Directorate too is probing the case and had participated in the searches conducted by CBI. ED has arrested four accused in connection with the case and they are presently in police custody till October 17.

Govt to build up buffer stock of pulses through imports: Jaitley

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that the Government will build up buffer stock of pulses through imports to tackle spike in prices. Mr Jaitley said in New Delhi that the government will invoke price stabilisation fund which will bear costs like handing charges, milling and processing to reduce rates of pulses.

He hoped that the prices of pulses will come down as a result of measures taken by the government. He said, States are also being asked to lift pulses stock to increase supplies in market and cool prices. The Finance Minister said, there is a shortage of 20 lakh tonnes of pulses in the country.

My days with Dr. Kalam

On the Birth anniversary of former President APJ Abdul Kalam (October 15), his Press Secretary S M Khan recalls his days with great statesman.   / /       

It is an emSM khanemotional moment for me to remember former President APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary, with whom I spent most memorable days of my life.

It is still very difficult for me to believe that the great man is no more with us. However his memory not only invigorates me but whole nation is rejuvenated through his commitment and dedication towards India.

 I remember how he would be on official tours to distant remote places on his birthday to be with students and youth of the country and work towards his vision to see our country developed .

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a multifaceted personality, a statesman and a visionary, and above all a good human being. He was a brilliant scientist and modern thinker. When I joined him as Press Secretary after 10 days of his becoming President, at his very first meeting he gave me his vision of a developed India. He spoke of how he wanted to make Rashtrapati Bhavan a people’s place where the voice of the millions of downtrodden people of India would be heard and action taken. Indeed, during his time Rashtrapati Bhavan became the President’s place and he became the people’s President. He wanted that institution of the President to be totally identified with ordinary people.

His last words to me on July 22,2015, five days before his demise were: “whatever you do, do differently. Wherever you work, leave a mark and be remembered”.

He was an ardent secularist, and also a religious man. For him, religion and morality were the same.

President Kalam took his Presidency seriously from Day 1. He was as comfortable with constitutional and legal issues as he was with school children. He was committed to nation-building and created a vision document to make India a developed nation by 2020. He made a PowerPoint presentation to senior Ministers and bureaucrats on this.

He used to make PowerPoint presentations at conferences and seminars both in India and abroad. On these he used to work himself and he was particular about every word and sentence.

He did such Powerpoint presentations during his visits abroad and while meeting dignitaries such as the U.S. President George Bush and Pakistan President Pervez Musharaf. When he presented his vision of India’s nuclear energy requirements to Mr. Bush and his vision of a joint fight India and Pakistan could wage against poverty, both were impressed. You can’t think of any otKhan with kalamher President of a country who would have done that!

His vision for the nation was based on equality, the dignity of the individual and justice, social, economic and political, to every Indian. Only then can India succeed and everybody sing the song of India, he used to say.

During his Presidency he was always comfortable, except on two occasions, when his unease was visible. When he had to give his consent to the Office of Profit Bill, 2006 after it was sent for the second time by Parliament, and when he had to approve the ordinance on Disqualification of Elected Representatives in 2004 as those were sent to him by the Cabinet for second time.

He was an icon for the youth. He used to say aiming small is a crime. Youth should have the courage to think differently and explore unexplored paths. Difficulties would come but don’t be afraid of them.. Overcome them by your intellect and hard work.

The man who pioneered India’s missile programme was always proud of his work at the Indian Space Research Organisation and other scientific institutions. He used to believe that a scientific approach could find a solution to every problem, he used to say.

Though a religious man, he believed all religions are like beautiful islands; but there is no connectivity between them. We should strive to achieve this connectivity and transform religion into spirituality. For him religion and morality were the same.

A man of vision, he always worked in mission mode. He had a mission to meet 10 lakh students and interact with them. He completed this by the time left Rashtrapati Bhavan. He continued with this till his last breath. His child-like simplicity was an instant hit.

He got the sobriquet of being the People’s President because of his humility and accessibility. President Kalam always worked towards building consensus rather than ramming down decisions.

He came from a modest background, but educated himself and worked hard to rise to the top. He was simply the missile man, whose books were prime-sellers, whose lectures were always house full. He was adored by children as he would to give them easy-to-digest messages.

(S M Khan was Press Secretary to the President from 2002 to 2007, and is now Registrar of Newspapers for India)

SC reprive for Teesta Setalvad, her husband till Dec 8

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TEESTA_SETALVADA three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice A R Dave Wednesday restrained Gujarat Police from arresting social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband till December 8.

The SC also issued notice to Teesta and her husband on CBI’s plea seeking cancellation of their bail granted by the Bombay High Court in another case of violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.

The apex court granted Teesta and her husband four weeks time to file reply and posted the case for hearing on December 1.

Govt to declassify Netaji files from Jan 23

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in a group photograph with the family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, at 7 Race Course Road, in New Delhi on October 14, 2015.

Government has decided to declassify the files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. According to an official release, the process of declassification will begin on 23rd of January next year on his birth anniversary.

This assurance came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the family members of Netaji who had an hour long meeting with him in New Delhi this evening. 35 family members of Netaji called on Mr. Modi at his residence and requested him for declassification of the files.

During interaction, the Prime Minister said there is no need to strangle history as nations that forget their history lack the power to create it. Mr. Modi also agreed to take up the suggestion to request foreign governments to declassify files on Netaji available with them. He said he would not only write to them, but also take up the matter during his meetings with foreign leaders, beginning with Russia in December.

The Prime Minister said he finds the suggestions of the family members of Netaji to be similar to his own thinking and the view of the Central Government. Mr. Modi urged them to consider him a part of their family. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, and Babul Supriyo were also present on the occasion.

The family of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has welcomed and expressed satisfaction over Prime Minister’s announcement to declassify the files relating to Netaji.

Netaji family member Abhijeet Ray said that during the meeting Narendra Modi agreed to declassify the file and thereby re-write the history of country’s freedom struggle. He said Prime Minister has given the responsibility to Home Minister Rajnath Singh to look into the matter.

Another family member Arya Bose said they are hopeful that the government will do its best to reveal the mystery about the Netaji. Grand nephew of Netaji, Chandra Bose described the decision as the Independence Day for the family.