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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

04- OCTOBER - 2016

 

:: NATIONAL ::

SUPREME COURT CANCELS SHAHABUDDIN’S BAIL

  • Finely balancing societal interest with concerns about individual liberty, the Supreme Court ordered former RJD MP Mohd Shahabud-din to be sent back to prison 20 days after he came out on bail.
  • The Supreme Court however ordered the Bihar government and the trial court to complete the trial as early as possible. In a “judicious” decision taken after pouring through evidence, a Bench of Justice P.C. Ghose and Amitava Roy said Shahabuddin should be “forthwith” taken back into custody.
  • The Supreme Court observed that the High Court erred in granting Shahabuddin bail as a “matter of course” without taking into consideration “the overall facts”.
  • It noted that several cases against him are pending in various stages of trial and appeal in various courts of Bihar and in the Patna High Court.
  • The Bench made it clear that it has taken serious notice of Shahabuddin's repeated contention that there was a “conscious delay” in the conduct of his trial by directing that “all steps as contemplated in law to dispose of the case, as early as possible”.
  • The order quashing the High Court decision to free Shahabuddin came despite the Bench flaying the lacklustre performance of the Bihar government on the prosecution side.
  • The Bench had castigated the State for its 17-month delay in conducting the trial and the almost zero interest it showed to pre-vent Shahabuddin's bail.

BIHAR’S LIQUOR LAW AMENDMENT’S ARE ULTRA VIRUS SAYS HC

  • The Patna High Court set aside the amended Bihar Prohibition and Excise Bill, 2016, which had banned the sale and consumption of liquor in the State.
  • A division bench of the court, comprising Chief Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari and Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh, quashed the April 5 notification of the government.
  • It said, “Section 19(4) of the Bihar Excise Act 1915 as amended with effect from 01.04.2016, (passed by the legislature on 31.03.2016) is ultra vires the Constitution and unenforceable.”
  • The Bench, in its 142-page order, went on to say, “The impugned notification, issued by the State under Section 19(4) of the said amended Act is also ultravires the Constitution, and, consequently unenforceable.”

HIGH ALERT SOUNDED AT MANY PLACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

  • Security has been strengthened at vital installations across Punjab and a high alert has been sounded at all airbases across the State, even as evacuation of people residing in villages along the Inter-national Border continued.
  • High alert has been sounded on all airbases of the region, including at Chandigarh, Ambala, Bathinda, Adampur and Halwara near Ludhiana.
  • Border Security Force (BSF) has put the Inter-national Border on further alert after the surgical strikes.
  • Security has also been strengthened in and around other vital installations, including oil refinery and important power plants in Punjab.Punjab shares 553-km border with Pakistan.
  • It has six districts which lie close to the International Border. Meanwhile, evacuation of people residing in about 1,000 villages within 10 km of the International Border continued following orders of the authorities.
  • Heads of local gurdwaras and temples, sarpanches and the police reached out to people using loudspeakers, asking them to start evacuation at the earliest in the light of escalating situation between the two countries.
  • The SGPC, the apex religious body of the Sikhs, has announced every possible help to the evacuees.

PM MODI SAID RE-USE AND RECYCLING OF WASTE SHOULD BE TECHNOLOGY DRIVEN

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said re-use and recycling of waste should be technology driven and insisted that there should a focus on the concept of “waste to wealth” so that revenue models could be developed around cleanliness.
  • “Re-use and recycling have been our habits for a long time...these need to be made more technology-driven so that we can create wealth from waste,” Mr. Modi said during his in-augural address at the India Sanitation Conference here.
  • Mr. Modi said garbage can be used as a means to create employment and wealth by recycling and then, cleanliness will be-come a by-product.
  • “While no one likes dirtor dirty surroundings, the habit of cleanliness takes some effort to develop.
  • Let's join hands and start a ‘Swachhagraha' — an initiative for cleanliness to get the country dirt-free on the lines of Mahatma Gandhi's ‘Satyagraha' that freed us from British rule,” said Mr. Modi.

:: INTERNATIONAL ::

US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CLINTON CONCERNED OVER NUCLEAR WEAPON IN PAK

  • U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has expressed concern over the possibility of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into the hands of jihadists, which she said was “a threatening scenario,” according to a media report.
  • “Pakistan is running full speed to develop tactical nukes in their continuing hostility with India,” the former Secretary of State told a close door fundraiser in Virginia in February, The New York Times reported.
  • Such remarks from the former secretary of state gains significance in view of an interview of Pakistani Defence Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif to the local TV channel in which he threatened to unleash nukes against India.

EUROPEAN UNION RATIFIES CLIMATE DEAL

  • European Union ministers approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement at a historic meeting of the Environment Council in Brussels. This decision brings the Paris Agreement closer to entering into force.
  • The 28 EU member nations together account for close to 12 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Their addition will take the cumulative emissions of ratifying parties well beyond the 55 per cent minimum required for the treaty to enter into force.
  • The Paris treaty had already crossed the first condition of 55 countries ratifying the treaty to enable its entry into force on September 21 at the UN Secretary-General’s special ratification ceremony organised at the UN headquarters.
  • Thirty one countries submitted their ratification instruments during that ceremony.
  • As of now, 61 countries, accounting for almost 48 per cent of global emissions have ratified the deal. India, which accounts for 4.1 per cent of global emissions, has agreed to ratify the deal on October 2.
  • Together with the EU, the total global emissions covered by ratifying parties will make the treaty ready to enter into force, 30 days after all the agreed parties submit their ratification instruments.

:: INDIA AND WORLD ::

SAARC SUMMIT IN PAKISTAN POSTPONED AFTER WITHDRAWAL FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES

  • Blaming India for derailing the SAARC Summit, Pakistan announced that the summit in Islamabad will now be held on an alternative date, even as Sri Lanka joined others in opposing the summit under the “prevailing environment”.
  • Nepal subsequently issued an official statement seeking an indefinite postponement of the summit.
  • Sri Lanka joined India, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh in demanding the summit should not be held.
  • Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding, “Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stresses in this regard the need to deal with the issue of terrorism in a decisive manner”.
  • Addressing the media in Delhi, Afghan envoy Shaida M. Abdali demanded that SAARC should focus on counter-terror initiatives.
  • Meanwhile, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted, ‘We note Pakistan’s decision 2 postpone SAARC Summit. They’ve been compelled 2 recognise the regional sentiment against terrorism.’

:: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY ::

INDIA CONSIDERING ABOUT DEVELOPING AIRPORT AT CHABAHAR

  • India may examine a proposal from Iran to develop the airport at its strategic Chabahar port as part of comprehensive infrastructure development that includes rail-road connectivity to the port.
  • The Chabahar port in the Sistan-Balochistan province on the energy-rich nation’s southern coast lies outside the Persian Gulf and is easily accessed from India’s western coast bypassing Pakistan.
  • Apart from discussions on expanding scope of cooperation to cover development of the entire Chabahar port, it was discussed that air transport could be of much significance.
  • Chabahar has an operational airport and the Iranian minister enquired whether India would be willing to modernise it.
  • Chabahar project will open a new gateway for development of India, Iran and Afghanistan by boosting connectivity and trade.
  • A “milestone” pact on the strategic Chabahar port in southern Iran that will provide India access to Afghanistan and Europe by passing Pakistan was signed by India and Iran in May this year.

INDIA’S BIGGEST EVER SALE OF SPECTRUM

  • India’s biggest-ever sale of spectrum will begin amid an on-going battle between existing telecom firms and the new entrant Reliance Jio.
  • Seven operators are in fray for a total of over 2,300 MHz of airwaves across seven bands, worth Rs 5.66 lakh crore as per the reserve price fixed by the government.
  • Even as the government is optimistic about the auction, analysts have cautioned that it may not see a very strong demand.
  • The telecom firms are expected to fork out only about Rs.1 trillion (Rs.1 lakh crore) to buy spectrum at the auctions, according to research agency CRISIL. The last auction in 2015 had fetched the government Rs. 1.1 lakh crore.
  • For the first time, the 700 MHz spectrum — considered the most suitable for offering high speed broadband services — is also being put on of sale at a pan-India reserve price of about Rs.11,500 crore per MHz.

:: IMPORTANT DETAILED NEWS ::

BPCL LIFTS TITLE OF OBAIDULLAH KHAN HERITAGE CUP HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

The Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) lifted the title of the Obaidullah Khan Heritage Cup Hockey Tournament. In the final clash at Aishbagh Stadium in Bhopal, BPCL defeated Railways by 3-0.

The match was decided by penalty shoot-outs as both the teams scored one goal each till the end of prescribed time.

Air India got the third place in the Tournament. It defeated ONGC in a match played to decide third place. Winning team received 51 lakh rupees.

Individual awards

• Man of the Match - Amit Rohidas

• Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament Award - Gurpreet Singh of Air India

• Best Defender of the Tournament - Manpreet Singh from BPCL

• Best Midfielder of the Tournament - Chinglensana Singh from Railways

• Best Forward of the Tournament - Affan Yousuf from Railways

• Player of the Tournament - Tushar Khandker from BPCL

GIRISH CHANDRA GUPTA SWORN IN AS CHIEF JUSTICE OF CALCUTTA HIGH COURT

Justice Girish Chandra Gupta was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.

West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi administered the oath of office to Justice Gupta at the Raj Bhavan.

Justice Gupta replaced Manjula Chellur, who has taken over as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.

Justice Gupta was functioning as the acting Chief Justice of the high court since 22 August 2016 after Chellur's transfer.

It is after 30 years that a sitting judge of the Calcutta High Court has been made its Chief Justice. On 1 November 1986, Justice Chittatosh Mookerje was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court.

About Justice Girish Chandra Gupta

Justice Girish Chandra Gupta was born on 1 December 1954.

He enrolled as an advocate on 20 September 1982.

He practised in the Calcutta High Court for 17 years in civil, constitutional, company, arbitration and commercial matters.

He was made a permanent Judge of the Calcutta High Court on 15 September 2000.

He is slated to retire in December 2016.

ADB APPROVES 631 MILLION US DOLLARS LOAN FOR VISAKHAPATNAM-CHENNAI INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved 631 million US dollars loan for construction of industrial corridor between Visakhapatnam and Chennai, part of India's first coastal industrial corridor running from West Bengal to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.

The fund will help develop the first key 800-km section of the planned 2500-km East Coast Economic Corridor which is expected to spur development on India's eastern coast and enable seamless trade links with other parts of South and Southeast Asia.

Highlights of the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor Project

• The total cost of the project is 846 million US dollars and work on it is expected to be over by 2031.

• The remaining 215 million US dollars will be funded by the Andhra Pradesh government.

• Loans and grants from ADB comprise a 500 million US dollars two-tranche facility to build key infrastructure and a 125 million US dollars two-tranche loan to help in business promotion.

• The loan is for a period of 25 years at interest rate of 0.5 percent plus libor.

• The loan will help the government build state-of-the-art industrial clusters, roads, efficient transport, and reliable water and power supplies with a skilled workforce and good business policies.

• The new infrastructure will be built in the four main centres- Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Amaravati and Yerpedu-Srikalahasti along the corridor.

• It will include 138 km of state highways and roads, water treatment plants, 488 km of drinking water pipeline, 47 km of storm drains, 10 power substations and 281 km of power transmission lines.

ADI GODREJ CONFERRED CLINTON GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD

Adi Godrej, the Chairman of Mumbai-based Godrej Group, was conferred the 10th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Award for leadership in business and philanthropy.

The award recognises Godrej's leadership in transforming the intersection of business and philanthropy and making the Godrej Group a global example of what can be achieved through inclusive, sustainable business strategies.

The award was presented by Hikmet Ersek, CEO and President of Western Union, in the presence of former US President Bill Clinton.

Some of the other awardees for the year 2016 include Jon Bon Jovi for the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in the US, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and Hawa Abdi of Somalia.

About Adi Godrej

Adi Burjorji Godrej is an Indian industrialist and businessman.

He is the Chairman of the Godrej Group.

As of 2015, he is the 405th richest person in the world with a net worth of 4.0 billion US dollars.

He received his undergraduate degree from HL college and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and a member of Tau Beta Pi.

About Clinton Global Citizen Awards

The Clinton Global Citizen Awards was established in 2007.

It embodies the former US President's call to action by honouring outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership.

Past recipients of the award include Mexican businessman and philanthropist Carlos Slim, Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien, Moroccan entrepreneur Mohammad Abbad Andaloussi, Afghan women's rights activist Suraya Pakzad, Pakistani labour rights activist Syeda Ghulam Fatima among others.

 

 

 

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