12 Sep 2017

IAS Officer Apologises To High Court Judge For WhatsApp Message

AHMEDABAD: Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) Commissioner Vinod Rao today tendered an "unconditional apology" before the Gujarat High Court for sending a WhatsApp message to a judge hearing a petition against the civic body.

During the last hearing, Justice R H Shukla had pulled up Vinod Rao for sending a WhatsApp message to him, and said why a case of the contempt of court not initiated against him.
10 Sep 2017

500 IAS, IPS officers shifted in 6 months in UP, What has changed in UP?

NEW DELHI: According to Times of India news paper ,  In August 2015, when the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Partygovernment opposed a rule on transfers of IAS and IPS officers before completion of a two-year minimum tenure in a particular posting and sought changes in it from the Centre, it came under severe criticism from the opposition, including the BJP. The issue resonated all through the high-decibel poll campaign in UP where several BJP leaders said the previous regime was running a "transfer-posting raj" by frequently transferring bureaucrats at its whims and fancies.

After the party's spectacular win in the UP assembly polls, when BJP MPs met Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a cup of tea in Delhi, the PM famously asked them to refrain from lobbying for transfers and postings of civil servants.

Yogi government transferred 36 IAS officers in Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred 36 IAS officers, appointing Anup Chandra Pandey as the new Industrial and Infrastructure Development Commissioner.

Prominent among those transferred included Member Judicial (Revenue Board) Lalit Verma, who has been made Additional Chief Secretary General Administration, while Alok Tandon who was on wait list has been made CEO Noida and MD Noida Metro Corporation.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim is a sex addict, says doctor who examined him in jail

Self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim is not feeling well. Besides diabetes, the incarcerated Dera Sacha Sauda chief has also reported feeling uneasy and restless to a team of doctors who examined him at a Rohtak jail on Saturday.

It has been almost a fortnight since Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was lodged in the jail after being convicted of raping two female followers in a 15-year-old case. Jail authorities on Saturday called a team of doctors, including a psychiatrist, in order to conduct a health check up.

Sources say that the rapist baba is not well since he left Dera. He is believed to have told the doctors that his problems are a type of withdrawal symptoms. "The baba is in fact a sex addict. He has no access to the physical pleasures in the jail which is the basis of his restlessness. He can be treated, but if delayed, it can lead to a bigger problem," says a doctor, who was part of the team, requesting anonymity. 

CAG report flagging ammunition shortage factually wrong: Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday dismissed as "factually wrong" a CAG report which had stated that the defence forces had ammunition that could last for 20 days in the event of a war, and asserted there was no dearth of weapons with the defence forces.
5 Sep 2017

Maruti eyes opportunities in electric vehicles

Indicating a shift in stance, the country's biggest car maker, Maruti Suzuki, says it will not hold back investments in electric vehicles (EVs).

It says it will start work on these as soon as consumer preference for EVs is visible.

EVs, it has been decided, are to attract a low Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 12 per cent, compared to a minimum of 29 per cent on small petrol cars and a GST (and cess) of 43 per cent for hybrid cars

Journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in her house by unidentified assailants on Tuesday evening. The editor of Lankesh Patrike was found dead in her residence at Rajarajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru. Speaking to reporters, Bengaluru Commissioner of Police, T. Suneel Kumar said the victim was found “in a blood of pool”. He further added that four empty cartridges were found at the crime scene. Kumar said the number of assailants who committed the crime is yet to be ascertained.

Lankesh, who had been a harsh critic of Hindutva politics, was convicted in a defamation case filed by MP Prahlad Joshi over an article published on January 23, 2008, alleging that some BJP leaders in the region were involved in a cheating case.

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