- Former Jharkhand
chief minister Madhu Koda and ex-coal secretary H.C Gupta convicted in a coal
scam case, by a special CBI court in Delhi.
- Nation remembers
martyrs of the 2001 Parliament terror attack; President Ram Nath Kovind says India will never let forces of hate and terror
succeed; Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the martyrs, saying their
sacrifices will never be forgotten.
- All arrangements in place for the second and final
phase of Gujarat assembly polls in 93 constituencies tomorrow.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address industry
leaders in New Delhi this afternoon.
- US says it is
ready for talks with North Korea over its nuclear disarmament without
- In Cricket,
India heading for a big target against Sri Lanka in the second ODI at Mohali.
A special CBI
court in Delhi today convicted former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and
ex-coal secretary H C Gupta in a coal scam case. Special CBI Judge Bharat
Parashar also convicted former Jharkhand chief secretary A K Basu and private
company Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Limited, VISUL, in the case. They have been
found guilty of various offences, including criminal conspiracy, in the case
pertaining to irregularities in allocation of Rajhara North coal block in Jharkhand
to the Kolkata-based VISUL. The Special Court however, acquitted four other
accused, including VISUL's Director, of all charges. The court will hear
arguments on quantum of punishment tomorrow. A report:
during the argument alleged that VISUL had applied for allocation of Rajhara
North coal block on January 8, 2007. It said although the Jharkhand government
and Steel Ministry did not recommend VISUL's case for coal block allocation,
the 36th Screening Committee recommended the block to the accused firm.The
investigating agency also said that former Coal Secretary H C Gupta, who was
chairman of the screening committee, had allegedly concealed facts from the
then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who then headed the Coal Ministry. Valsa
Williams, News Desk."
The CBI has taken over investigations of the two cases
related to the alleged circulation of a fake sex CD allegedly involving a
Chhattisgarh Minister. The agency has re-registered the FIRs of the
Chhattisgarh Police, which were registered against senior journalist Vinod
Verma on the complaint of Chhattisgarh PWD Minister Rajesh Munat. Mr Verma was
arrested from Ghaziabad in October. Mr Munat had also complained against state
Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel for allegedly tarnishing his image through the
CD. The two cases are related to alleged possession and circulation of fake
pornographic video and allegations of ransom demand.
The nation is
remembering the martyrs of the 2001 Parliament terror attack. Vice President
and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok
Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Union
Ministers, Members of Parliament and leaders of several political parties paid
floral tributes to the martyrs at the plaque in Parliament House this morning.
Remembering the martyrs, President Ram Nath Kovind
said forces of hate and terror targeted India's democracy and democratic values
that Indians cherish the most. In a tweet, he said, the forces of hate and
terror did not succeed and India will never let them succeed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the sacrifices made
by the martyrs while protecting the temple of Indian democracy, will never be
Paying homage to the martyrs, Information and
Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani in a tweet said, their supreme sacrifice to
protect the temple of democracy will never be forgotten by a grateful Nation.
More from our correspondent:
day in 2001, five heavily-armed terrorists, stormed the Parliament complex and
opened fire indiscriminately. Two persons from the Parliament Security Service
of the Rajya Sabha, five Delhi Police Personnel and a woman constable of the
Central Reserve Police Force, laid down their lives while preventing entry of terrorists
inside the Building. A gardener of the CPWD also lost his life in the attack on
the temple of democracy. About 100 members of parliament were present in the
building during the horrific incident. Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi."
Court today said that a five-judge constitution bench would hear tomorrow pleas
against mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various government schemes and
welfare measures. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the larger
bench would sit at 2 PM tomorrow to hear the matter. The apex court will take
up the interlocutory applications seeking interim relief against the Centre's
decision on linking of Aadhaar with various schemes. We bring you a desk
Centre had told the apex court last thursday that the deadline for mandatory
linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes would shortly
be extended till March 31 next year. Last Friday, Central Board of Direct Taxes
announced extending the date for linking
of Aadhaar with PAN till 31st of March next year. Recently, a nine-judge
constitution bench of the apex court had held that Right to Privacy was a
Fundamental Right under the Constitution. Several petitioners challenging the
validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights. They have termed
the linking of the Aadhar number with
bank accounts and mobile numbers as illegal and unconstitutional. Abhishek Mukkhopadhyay,
Court today stayed last Friday's order of the National Company Law Tribunal,
NCLT, allowing the Centre to take over the management of embattled realty firm
Unitech Limited. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M
Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the statement of Attorney General K K
Venugopal that the government should not have moved the NCLT when the apex
court was seized of the matter.
Court, said the stay on the company law tribunal's order would meet the ends of
justice. The Supreme Court had yesterday asked the Centre why it had not taken
the apex court's permission to move the NCLT for suspension of Unitech's
directors and their substitution by government nominees.
On the 8th of
this month, the NCLT had suspended all the eight directors of the realty firm
over allegations of mismanagement and siphoning of funds. It had authorised the
Centre to appoint its 10 nominees on the board.
Gujarat is gearing up for the second phase of assembly
elections to be held tomorrow. Voting will be held from 8 AM to 5 PM in 93
constituencies spread over North and Central Gujarat. A total of 851 candidates
are in the fray. Prominent candidates in
this phase, include Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel who is contesting from
Mahesana, Alpesh Thakor, who is the Congress candidate from Radhanpur, and
Jignesh Mewani, who is an independent candidate from Vadgam. A total of 2 crore
22 lakh people are eligible to vote. Of them, one crore seven lakh are women.
Our correspondent reports that all arrangements are being made for the smooth
conduct of polls.
"Both VVPAT machines and Electronic Voting
Machines will be used in this phase as well
in over 25000 polling stations. A mock poll will be conducted at every
polling booth by the Presiding Officer one hour before actual start of poll.
Tight security arrangements have been made and over 1 lakh police personnel
have been deployed to maintain law and order. The first phase was held on 9th
December and covered 89 seats. The results will be declared on December 18th.
With Yogesh Pandya, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Ahmedabad."
In Telangana, another senior TDP leader and former
Minister Uma Madhav Reddy resigned from the party primary membership today. She
has also resigned as Polit Bureau member. She sent her resignation papers to
TDP President Chandrababu Naidu.
Following a meeting with Telangana Chief Minister
Chandrasekhar Rao, the stage is reportedly set for Ms Reddy to join the TRS
tomorrow. Her son Sandeep Reddy, who is Bhongir TDP President, also resigned
from the party.
A few days ago, a senior leader from Telangana State
TDP, Revenath Reddy had left the party and joined the Congress party.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address leaders of
the Indian Industry at the annual general meeting of the Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi today. It will be Mr
Modi's first major interaction with India Inc since the launch of GST. It will
also be his first address to an AGM of a national business association after
becoming the Prime Minister.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister
Nirmala Sitharaman will also address different sessions of the meeting.
In Jammu and
Kashmir, the five soldiers who went missing yesterday in the mountainous areas
along the Line of Control in Bandipora and Kupwara districts, have not been
traced till now.
spokesman told AIR that the missing soldiers are yet to be traced and the
rescue teams are working in difficult mountainous terrain facing hostile
went missing after a snow avalanche hit the army post in Kanzalwan Gurez area
of north Kashmir's Bandipora district.
In another incident, two more soldiers slipped down the slope in Nowgam
Handwara sector in Kupwara district.
The US says, it
is ready for talks with North Korea over its nuclear disarmament without
preconditions. Speaking in Washington, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson
said, America is ready to talk anytime Pyongyang would like to talk. He also
said US is ready to have the first meeting without precondition. However, he
said full North Korean nuclear disarmament would be the ultimate goal of
substantive negotiations. The offer
marks a shift from Tillerson's own previous comments that the US would
not negotiate with North Korea till the regime was ready to address its
The US Secretary
of State has warned that Pakistan's political leadership would lose control
over the country if it does not begin the process of changing its relationship
with the Haqqani Network and other terror groups. Rex Tillerson said Pakistan
has allowed so many terrorist organisations to find safe haven within its
territories, and these organisations are growing in size and influence. He said
Pakistan's relationship with the Haqqani Network needs to be altered.
Last week, White
House had issued a stern warning to Pakistan and asked Islamabad to re-arrest
Hafiz Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind.
today submit its reply to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case
of former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. Pakistan's media, quoting
official sources, said the reply has been prepared by the attorney general,
Pakistan's legal team in the case and officials of the Ministry of Foreign
New Delhi had
submitted its arguments on the 13th September. Jadhav was sentenced to death by
a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage. India had moved
the ICJ which ordered an interim stay on the death sentence.
counting of votes for 110 seats of the House of Representatives and 220 of the
state assemblies under proportional representation is underway. Around 60
percent votes have been counted, so far. Our Kathmandu correspondent reports
that the left alliance of CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Center) is leading.
worst-ever debacle in direct election, Nepali Congress is giving though fight
to the left alliance in proportional representation. The party remains on
second place after CPN (UML). The other partner of left alliance CPN (Maoist
Centre) is on the third place. The two major parties of Madhes Sanghiya
samjawadi Forum Nepal and Rashtriya Janata Party Nepal are also performing
well. Meanwhile all results of 165 seats of parliament and 330 of provincial
assemblies under direct election have been declared. Left alliance has won 116
and 241. Nepali Congress got 23 and 41 seats. Others have won in 26 and 48
places. Raj Kumar, AIR News, Kathmandu."
At the stock
markets, after a weak opening, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange
recovered lost ground, and had climbed 132 points, or 0.4 percent, to 33,360 a
short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange had gained 45 points,
to 10,285. But at the forex market, the rupee had depreciated 3 paise, to 64.43
against the dollar in afternoon deals.
heading for a big total against Sri Lanka in the second one day international
cricket at Mohali. They were 255 for 1 in 41 overs a shortwhile ago. Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma hit a century.
He and Shresh Aiyer who scored a half century were at the crease. Shikhar
Dhawan was out for 68. Earlier Sri Lanka won the toss and invited India to bat