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Narada Sting Case: Calcutta HC allows CM, Law Minister to file affidavits but fines both Rs 5,000

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday allowed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Law Minister Malay Ghatak to file an application to submit their affidavits in the Narada sting tapes case along with a fine of Rs 5,000 each. A five-judge Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, and Justices IP Mukherjee, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Arijit Banerjee, said the CM and the law minister would have to pay the fine for delay in filing the application. It also granted 10 days’ time to the CBI to file a counter affidavit. The Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal ordered that the money be deposited with the State Legal Services Authority within a week. Annulling the high court’s June 9 order refusing totake reply-affidavits of the state, its chief minister a...
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Narada Sting Case: Calcutta HC allows CM, Law Minister to file affidavits but fines both Rs 5,000

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday allowed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Law Minister Malay Ghatak to file an application to submit their affidavits in the Narada sting tapes case along with a fine of Rs 5,000 each. A five-judge Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, and Justices IP Mukherjee, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Arijit Banerjee, said the CM and the law minister would have to pay the fine for delay in filing the application. It also granted 10 days’ time to the CBI to file a counter affidavit. The Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal ordered that the money be deposited with the State Legal Services Authority within a week. Annulling the high court’s June 9 order refusing totake reply-affidavits of the state, its chief minister a...
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Narada Sting Case: Calcutta HC allows CM, Law Minister to file affidavits but fines both Rs 5,000

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday allowed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Law Minister Malay Ghatak to file an application to submit their affidavits in the Narada sting tapes case along with a fine of Rs 5,000 each. A five-judge Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, and Justices IP Mukherjee, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Arijit Banerjee, said the CM and the law minister would have to pay the fine for delay in filing the application. It also granted 10 days’ time to the CBI to file a counter affidavit. The Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal ordered that the money be deposited with the State Legal Services Authority within a week. Annulling the high court’s June 9 order refusing totake reply-affidavits of the state, its chief minister a...
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Narada Sting Case: Calcutta HC allows CM, Law Minister to file affidavits but fines both Rs 5,000

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday allowed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Law Minister Malay Ghatak to file an application to submit their affidavits in the Narada sting tapes case along with a fine of Rs 5,000 each. A five-judge Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, and Justices IP Mukherjee, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Arijit Banerjee, said the CM and the law minister would have to pay the fine for delay in filing the application. It also granted 10 days’ time to the CBI to file a counter affidavit. The Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal ordered that the money be deposited with the State Legal Services Authority within a week. Annulling the high court’s June 9 order refusing totake reply-affidavits of the state, its chief minister a...
Mere right to change ruler is no guard against tyranny: CJI NV Ramana
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Mere right to change ruler is no guard against tyranny: CJI NV Ramana

Noting that “the mere right to change the ruler, once every few years, by itself need not be a guarantee against tyranny”, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, quoting legal scholar Julius Stone, said Wednesday that “elections, day-to-day political discourses, criticisms and voicing of protests” are “integral to the democratic process”. While underlining that judges cannot stay “in ivory castles”, he said they “have to be mindful of the fact that the noise” amplified on social media “is not necessarily reflective of what is right and what the majority believes in”. Delivering via virtual mode the 17th Justice P D Desai Memorial Trust lecture, organised by the Praleen Trust, on the ‘Rule of Law’, CJI Ramana said that in the 17 general elections since Independence, “the masses h...
Small savings interest rates kept unchanged
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Small savings interest rates kept unchanged

Having withdrawn a cut in rates soon after announcing the same in April, the government has decided to keep the interest rates for small savings schemes unchanged for the July-September quarter, the fifth in a row. The government’s move, coming amid rising inflation and falling incomes, is likely to provide some relief to lower income earners and senior citizens who will continue to earn higher interest income than fixed deposits in banks. The last revision in small savings rates was for April-June 2020. Given Wednesday’s decision, the senior citizens’ scheme will fetch an interest rate of 7.4% per annum, while the PPF scheme will provide an interest rate of 7.1%. The National Savings Certificate will fetch 6.8%, Kisan Vikas Patra 6.9% and 5-year time deposits 6.7%. These r...
Not just PSUs, even India Inc likes IAS on board as director
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Not just PSUs, even India Inc likes IAS on board as director

If Public Sector Undertakings provide an assured perch in their boards to politicians and bureaucrats, as The Indian Express investigation revealed, for many in the private sector, too, government officers are prime pickings. More so, when they bring to the table experience of the sector in which the company operates. The Indian Express analysed data from primeinfobase.com, a private corporate database, to find that since 2009, at least 225 retired Central Government officials became directors and joined the boards of private listed companies. These include 155 IAS officers, 30 from the IRS, 18 IPS officers, 18 from the Indian Foreign Service, and four others. In many cases, they were made directors in companies before the mandatory cooling-off period of one year after reti...
BJP West Bengal executive committee meet: Resolution calls for introspecting poll loss
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BJP West Bengal executive committee meet: Resolution calls for introspecting poll loss

In its political resolution adopted at the state executive meeting here, the BJP has called for an “introspection” into what led to the party’s defeat in the West Bengal Assembly elections. The political resolution said the shortcomings of the party in winning the Assembly polls should be found to overcome them in future. It said that despite being ahead in 121 Assembly constituencies in West Bengal during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the party could win only 77 seats in the 2021 state polls. “Although we increased our tally from three seats in 2016 Assembly polls to 77 this time, there was an impression that the BJP was coming to power by winning over 200 seats. That, however, did not happen. Therefore, there is a need for introspection as to why we could not achieve the ...
Allegations unfortunate, West Bengal Governor tells Speaker
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Allegations unfortunate, West Bengal Governor tells Speaker

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday expressed displeasure over Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee complaining to his Lok Sabha counterpart against him (Dhankar) for allegedly “interfering” in the state’s affairs. Describing Biman Banerjee’s allegations as “unfortunate”, Dhankhar, in a letter to him, said, “I am more saddened than anguished at your (widely reported in public domain) stance in the recent conference of Speakers with the Lok Sabha Speaker, reflecting that as Governor I am trying to interfere in the functioning of WB Assembly….. Such stand, more so in the forum concerned, is not in consonance with the office you hold. Just ponder that not even once you have thought of deliberating the issue, if at all any, with me. Such optics damages the institution we need to ...
Supreme Court: Kin of Covid victims entitled to compensation, frame guidelines
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Supreme Court: Kin of Covid victims entitled to compensation, frame guidelines

Observing that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had “failed to perform its duty”, the Supreme Court Wednesday directed it to recommend guidelines within six weeks for ex gratia to family members of those who lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. “It is the statutory duty cast upon the National Authority to recommend guidelines for the minimum standards of relief to be provided to persons affected by disaster, which shall include the reliefs,” the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah said in its ruling, relying on Section 12 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The order came on a batch of writ petitions seeking directions to the Central and state governments to provide ex gratia compensation of Rs 4 lakh under the Disaster Management Act (D...
Over 200 rare marine animals died due to chemical leak from sunk ship, hears Lankan court – Times of India
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Over 200 rare marine animals died due to chemical leak from sunk ship, hears Lankan court – Times of India

COLOMBO: Over 200 rare marine animals have died due to the fire aboard a Singapore-flagged container ship that was carrying tonnes of hazardous chemicals and sank off Sri Lanka's coast earlier this month, a court has heard, days after the carcasses of the sea creatures started to wash ashore. Briefing on the damage to aquatic life in the aftermath of 'X-Press Pearl' container ship sinking, the attorney general's office told the magistrate's court, that at least 176 turtles, 20 dolphins and four whales have perished due to a resultant chemical leak. In the last few days, the carcasses of scores of sea animals have washed ashore. The department of wildlife has reported the beaching of animals to 26 different courts, the attorney general's office said. The court has directed the government...
Days after PM meet, delimitation panel plans visit to J&K
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Days after PM meet, delimitation panel plans visit to J&K

DAYS after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought cooperation of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir in a delimitation exercise, as a step towards holding of elections in the Union territory, the Delimitation Commission Wednesday announced a four-day visit to the UT. The Commission will be visiting J&K from July 6 to July 9, and interact with political parties, public representatives and state government officials for redrawing of boundaries of existing Assembly seats. The decision was taken after a meeting of the Commission chaired by Justice (retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai, and attended by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra. At the meeting with J&K leaders last week, his first since the scrapping of special status, the PM had assured that the Union gove...
‘Never Felt More Insulted As Pakistani..’: Imran Khan On Pak Joining US War On Terror
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‘Never Felt More Insulted As Pakistani..’: Imran Khan On Pak Joining US War On Terror

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday addressed the National Assembly of the country where he spoke on wide-range of issues including relationship with United States and India. While addressing the assembly, Khan asserted that Pakistan could be partners with the United States in peace, but not in conflict. He even criticised policies made by previous governments which he said has led to Pakistan joining the US war on terror in Afghanistan.ALSO READ | Sidhu Vs Captain Spat Mounts Trouble For Congress In Punjab; Rahul, Priyanka In ActionKhan even said that as a Pakistani, he had never felt more 'insulted' than when Pakistan decided to join America's war on terror in Afghanistan. The Pakistan premier further drew a clear line for future cooperation ...
Clear Covaxin, Covishield Or We Won’t Accept Your Vaccine Certificates: India To EU
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Clear Covaxin, Covishield Or We Won’t Accept Your Vaccine Certificates: India To EU

India has told the European Union that New Delhi will not recognise its digital Covid certificate until Indian vaccines Covishield and Covaxin are included in the EU Digital Covid Certificate. This comes amid the European Union’s hesitancy in accepting Indian-made vaccines for its 'vaccination passport'."We have requested European Union Member States to individually consider extending the similar exemption to those persons who have taken Covid-19 vaccines in India i.e. Covishield and Covaxin, and accept the vaccination certificate issued through the CoWIN portal," sources informed news agency ANI. "We have also conveyed to the EU Member States that India will institute a reciprocal policy for recognition of the EU Digital Covid Certificate," the ANI source added."Upo...
West Bengal’s student credit card scheme: Everything you need to know
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West Bengal’s student credit card scheme: Everything you need to know

Fulfilling a promise made in TMC’s election manifesto ahead of the Assembly polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced the launch of a credit card scheme for students with a limit of Rs 10 lakh. Taking to Twitter, Banerjee said that under the scheme, students will be provided a loan of up to Rs 10 lakh with an annual simple interest. The credit card for students will make the “youth of Bengal self-reliant”, she said. I am delighted to announce that GoWB has launched the #StudentCreditCard today. To make the youth of Bengal self-reliant, the Scheme shall provide a loan of up to ₹10 Lakh with an annual simple interest. (1/2) — Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 30, 2021 “Moreover, the scheme will benefit all students residing in West Bengal ...
Off California, sea otters feast and play a part in climate change battle – Times of India
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Off California, sea otters feast and play a part in climate change battle – Times of India

MOSS LANDING: Sea otters are helping to keep marine forests healthy by feasting on the seaweed-loving urchins whose numbers have exploded off California's coast, researchers have found. Urchins have bred profusely after a disease wiped out their main predator, the sunflower sea star, and are overgrazing on nutrient-rich kelp forests that grow along California's cold shallow coastal waters and provide shelter and food for marine life. Those kelp forests are already threatened by rising temperatures and ocean acidification. Sea otters are restoring balance with their appetite, keeping the urchin population in check, a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows. "Having a healthy ecosystem is really important for our future as we deal with the curre...
Expert tips to prevent back pain while working from home
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Expert tips to prevent back pain while working from home

Written by Dr Pallav Bhatia Owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, a lot of people had to make an abrupt shift from the corporate setting to working from their bedrooms. While some are lucky enough to have an ergonomic work from home space, others try and make use of the less than ideal set up consisting of beds, coffee tables, couches, and dining tables. If you do this for only short periods of time, you might not need to worry, but our weeks at home are turning into months and years. If you’re one of these people, you may be noticing new aches and pains that you did not experience at the office. Working longer hours, not having a supportive chair and poor posture can all lead to back pain. Back pain is caused by work-related stress as well as work-related physical factors. Prolo...
We can’t get enough of Gauri Khan’s latest look
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We can’t get enough of Gauri Khan’s latest look

Gauri Khan always keeps it stylish. Whether it is at a red carpet event or the airport, the interior and furniture designer’s style is always on point. So it was not surprising that she made a fashion statement yet again as she looked lovely in a verdant green creation by designer duo Falguni Shane Peacock Adorning a pair of hoop earrings, Gauri let the ornate floral print on her one-shoulder dress do the talking. But this is definitely not the first time. The celebrity designer has often proved that whatever occasion it may be, nothing really dims her sparkle! Steeped in style, Gauri rocked this avant-garde look — another Falguni Shane Peacock ensemble. Yet again in Falguni Shane Peacock, Gauri makes two very different styles work. Clearly, Gauri K...
Princess Diana’s Ford Escort, Gifted By Prince Charles, Sold For Rs 51 Lakh At Auction
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Princess Diana’s Ford Escort, Gifted By Prince Charles, Sold For Rs 51 Lakh At Auction

A Ford Escort car once owned by Diana, Princess of Wales, has been sold for £50,000. Comparing the price in US dollars, the car was sold for $69,200 while in Indian rupees the car was sold for Rs 51.4 lakh. A South American museum bought this car through auction.Lewis Rabett of Reeman Dansie Auctions, where the car was sold, told that after being bought by a South American Museum the interest in this car will increase globally. The silver 1.6L Ghia saloon car was gifted to the Princess of Wales by Prince Charles during two months before their wedding. The grand wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles took place in 1981 at St. Cathedral in London. WATCH | The Royal Ride - Princess Diana's Ford Escort  This car was first auctioned in 1982. An antique dealer bought...
Sussanne Khan looks beautiful in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla’s Pride outfit; see pic
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Sussanne Khan looks beautiful in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla’s Pride outfit; see pic

Like many other fashion brands, celebrated designer duo Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla also launched a Pride collection called ‘Gulabo by Abu Sandeep’ to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community on the occasion of Pride Month. And Sussanne Khan recently wore one of these creations. The 42-year-old looked stunning in a white tunic with the word ‘LOVE’ embroidered in Pride colours on the right side. The ‘Pride Love tunic’ costs Rs 7,950 on the label’s website. What made the look more vibrant was a rainbow collar with pseudo balloon sleeves extended till the cuff. The tunic was teamed with loose-fitting pants. The look was completed with kohl-lined eyes and bright pink lip colour. “Love is the elixir to Life… nothing is more powerful and beautiful than that… I am a die-hard believer,” the ...