12 January 2014

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  • Another law intern files an affidavit alleging sexual harassment by a former supreme court judge .
  • Delhi High Court declines interim relief to private schools against nursery admissions norms.
  • Government to push anti graft laws in the upcoming parliament session.
  • Iran says an agreement have been reached with World powers on ways and means to implement interim nuclear deal .
  • India lose to England 2-0 in the Pool A match of World League Hockey final.
Another former judge of the Supreme Court has been accused of sexual harassment by a law intern who has sought action against him by the apex court. Late last night, the name of a retired judge of the Supreme Court came to fore, who is currently heading a tribunal. As per the complaint he sexually harassed her in May, 2011 in his office when he was a sitting judge of the apex court. He was not available for any reaction.
Additional Solicitor General Indira Jai Singh confirmed the name of the judge and said, the intern has reposed confidence in her.
The Delhi High Court has declined any interim relief to unaided recognised private schools which have sought quashing of the notification on nursery admission guidelines. Justice Manmohan, while issuing notices to Delhi Government and Directorate of Education (DoE), said the petitions required detailed hearing and it cannot be stayed on the first day. Terming the Delhi government's notification as arbitrary, senior advocate N K Kaul, appearing for Action Committee for Unaided Recognised Private Schools, said that at least for the time being the operation of the notification be stayed. The court, however, refused to stay the notification and fixed the matter for final hearing on March 11. Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said the  High Court decision will provide a great relief to the parents of the children. He said his government would now launch a helpline for registering nursery admission complaints.
The government will push six anti-graft framework bills during the Parliament session starting next month to pass vote on account.  Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde yesterday said that the decision in this regard  was taken at the Core Group meeting of the Congress party held in New Delhi. The bills likely to be pushed during the session include Public Procurement Bill, the Prevention of Corruption Act (Amendment) Bill, the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill and the Whistleblowers Protection Bill.
The Centre has asked all state Chief Ministers to be careful while arresting youth from minority communities. Replying to a question during his monthly press conference yesterday , Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that he has  written to all the  Chief Ministers to release the innocent people immediately who are languishing in jail without trial.
Minority does not mean one particular community but all those who are concerned they are minority. But action will have to be taken if they are not involved. They should be released . We are again writing to all Chief Ministers that those who are not involved, they should be freed immediately.
 Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has said that the party's tickets for the Lok Sabha poll  will be finalized early and  new procedures will  be used for it. He said ordinary workers and those having a clean image  will be preferred. He was talking to reporters before chairing a meeting of the heads of  Congress Screening Committee for the forthcoming general elections at party headquarters in the national capital.
Our correspondent reports that the Congress yesterday constituted ten screening committees for selecting candidates for the forthcoming general elections.
Congress vice president yesterday made a strong pitch for the raising of the quota of subsidised LPG cylinders for households during a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The Delhi  Government has decided to put the information of the scheduled  power cuts of the week in the city on the website. The information will be available  on website-  delhisldc.org.  Briefing reporters , Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that his government has also started a SMS line 9223166166 on which people can lodge the complaints pertaining to unscheduled power cuts in  their concerned areas.
Delhi Chief Minister along with his entire cabinet will sit tomorrow in front of Delhi Secretariat to hear the complaints of the people and try to redress them immediately.
The Janta Darbar is scheduled to start at 9.30 AM and will continue till 11.30 AM but it can be extended depending on the number of complaints.
In Uttar Pradesh, reacting to the media criticism for the Saifai Mahotsav extravagance in the backdrop of Muzaffarnagar riots, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has criticised media. He accused a section of media for disparaging his government and maligning his image, as the part of a political conspiracy. Addressing a press conference in Lucknow yesterday, Mr. Yadav said that, contrary to the reported expenditure of 300 crores rupees in the press, only seven to eight crore were spent on Safai Mahotsav.
The US has said that Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who returned to New Delhi last night after indictment in the visa fraud case in Washington, no longer enjoys immunity and an arrest warrant may be issued against her. While talking to reporters at Indira Gandhi International Airport  she thanked the nation for its support.
I just want to thank my nation for the support that they have given me.
The State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, told reporters in Washington that prior to her departure, it was conveyed to Devyani and to the government of India that she is not permitted to return to New Delhi and the US expect to submit to the jurisdiction of the court. Psaki said Devyani name will be placed in visa and immigration lookout systems to prevent the routine issuance of any future visa and upon her departure a warrant may be issued for her arrest.
I can confirm that the US officials  accredited to the mission India will be leaving post at the request of the government of India. We deeply regret that the Indian Government felt it was necessary to expel one of our diplomatic personnel. We expect and hope this one now come to closer and Indians will now take significant steps with us to improve our relationship and return it to more constructive place.
Earlier yesterday, India asked the US Embassy in New Delhi to withdraw an officer of a rank similar to that of Devyani. Government sources said India has reason to believe that this officer was involved in processes relating to the Khobragade case and subsequent unilateral action by US.
Iran has said that an agreement has been arrived at with the world powers on ways and means to implement the interim nuclear deal. Iran’s deputy chief nuclear negotiator said in Geneva that the talks with world powers have ended with solutions on all points of disagreement over Teheran’s nuclear program. More from our west Asia correspondent.
The negotiators from Iran, European Union and USA met in Geneva over the past two days to figure out how to implement the interim nuclear deal. After the meeting, Iran’s deputy chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi  said differences on all outstanding issues have been resolved and an announcement regarding the agreement will be made in the next few days after being ratified by Iran and the six world powers. Negotiators had earlier stated that they want to implement the deal by January 20. Under the deal, Iran would scale down parts of its nuclear program in exchange for a partial relief from sanctions and no new sanctions over a six month period. Atul Tiwary, AIR News.
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) and RBI have concluded an agreement that expands the maximum amount of the bilateral swap arrangement (BSA) between the two countries to 50 billion dollars. The agreement was signed by BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and came into force from yesterday. The Reserve Bank of India said in a statement said that with this agreement, the current BSA, effective for 3 years from 2012 to 2015, is expanded from the original size of 15 billion dollars.
In Himachal Pradesh, the severe cold wave has further tightened its grip as higher reaches continues to experience snowfall. The icy winds lashing the low areas brought the mercury down several degrees. At many places in the state, temperatures recorded around sub-zero. More from our correspondent.
Hills queen Shimla, Kufri and other surrounding areas experienced snowfall and lashed with light rain last night. It is second spell of snowfall around city after 21st December. The higher reaches and tribal areas shivered as mercury  recorded between minus 14 to minus 24 degree Celsius in high altitude tribal areas of the state. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla.
Chilly cold conditions continued in Uttar Pradesh as many areas have received sporadic rainfall since last three days. More from our correspondent:
"The chilly winds have aggravated the cold conditions in the entire state, making it more difficult, especially for the street dwellers in the cities. The bonfires provided by the municipalities could not be lit up as the woods are dampened due to rain. The school colleges which were closed till 12th of this month have been further closed till 15th in Lucknow and many other districts of the state. Merajuddin,  AIR NEWS, Lucknow."
England beat India 2-0 in the Pool-A match of the World League Hockey final at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi last night.  In the opening match, the Indians looked horribly out of sorts as England rode on two goals from Adam Dixon 28th and 45th minute to pocket full three points from their opening Pool A encounter. Earlier, Germany defeated New Zealand 6-1 in the Pool-A.
  • The expulsion of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade from the US dominates the front pages of most news dailies today. "As Kbobragade returns, India asks US to recall diplomat of same rank" headlines The Times of India  while the Mail Today adds "India  hits back with diplomat expulsion".
  • Allegations of misconduct against yet another Supreme Court judge has also been reported prominently by many newspapers "Another SC judge another, another  intern, same charge" reports The Pioneer.
  • In a front page story The Times of India reports that the Central Bureau of Investigation CBI has booked 3 serving Lieutenant Colonels, including 2 from IMA, for issuing fake experience certificates to candidates and replacing their original answer sheets during Group-C and Group-D recruitment held by the IMA in 2011-12.
  • The Pioneer reports that the according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal the anti corruption help line introduced by the Delhi Govt. received over 23 thousand calls within two days of its launch and has resulted in a Head Constable being booked, and a Cooperative society staffer arrested for accepting bribes.
  • In significant news, the Hindu reports that the Union Environment Ministry has taken a decision in two high profile cases, rejecting the forest clearance for Vedanta's Bauxite mining project in Niyamgiri hills of Odisha,  and renewing the stand alone environmental clearance for Posco's 8 million tones per annum steel plant.
  • In a related story the Times of India reports that the Punjab and the Haryana High Court quashed a 2009 Haryana Govt. notification acquiring 1400 acres of land in 8 villages around Gurgaon for development in a judgement that deals a big blow to the Hooda Govt. as well as the Millennium city's realty sector.
  • And finally, according to Economics Times The T2 Airport Terminal in Mumbai inaugurated by the Prime Minister yesterday houses thousands of art facts and paintings, boasting of arguably one of the largest art collections in the world at an Airport.

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