CBI vs CBI Extraordinary situations need extraordinary remedies CVC tells SCCBI vs

first_imgFILE PHOTO – Supreme Court of India Centre does not know how to manage institutions like RBI, CBI: WB Finance Minister COMMENT CBI impasse: Centre to go by Supreme Court verdict CBI vs CBI: Alok Verma gets nod to access case file SHARE RELATED Published on COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL Extraordinary situations need extraordinary remedies, the Central Vigilance Commission told the Supreme Court on Thursday during the hearing of CBI Director Alok Verma’s plea against the Centre’s decision to divest him of powers and send him on leave.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CVC, referred to apex court judgements and laws governing the CBI and said the Commission’s superintendence (over the CBI) encompasses “surprise, extraordinary situations”.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said Attorney General K K Venugopal told the court that circumstances culminating in the situation had started in July. “Essence of the government action must be in the interest of the institution,” the bench said.The top court said it was not that the fight between the CBI Director and Special Director Rakesh Asthana emerged overnight, forcing the government to divest the director of powers without consulting the Selection Committee.It further said the government has to be “fair” and asked what the difficulty was in consulting the Selection Committee before divesting the CBI director of his power. “The essence of every government action should be to adopt the best course,” the top court said.The Chief Justice also asked the CVC what prompted it to take such an action since it was not something that happened overnight.Mehta told the court that the top officers of the CBI, “instead of investigating cases, were investigating cases against each other”. He said the jurisdiction is vested in the CVC to inquire or else it would have been guilty of dereliction of duty. If it did not act, it would be answerable to the President of India and the Supreme Court, he added. He said the reference for inquiry against the CBI director had been sent by the government.“CVC started probe but Verma did not give documents for months,” Mehta said.Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Asthana, told the apex court that he was a whistle-blower in the case, but was painted by the government with the same brush. The government must take CVC inquiry against Verma to a logical end, he said.Senior advocate Fali S Nariman, appearing for the CBI Director, said that the Centre’s order took away all his powers. He said that Section 16 of the General Clauses Act deals with as to who can remove officer like the CBI Director and doesn’t deal with divesting of powers of the officer.“The officer should have powers of Director. Tenure of two years does not mean that Director can have a visiting card with title, but without powers,” submitted Nariman, in reference to AG’s argument that Verma continues to be the agency Director.The court then asked Nariman whether it can appoint someone, to which Nariman said, “yes”.The court was hearing the pleas of Verma, who is challenging the Centre’s decision against him, and the NGO Common Cause, seeking a court-monitored SIT probe into allegations of corruption against various CBI officials, including Asthana. December 06, 2018 Fixed tenure of 2 years as CBI chief cannot be altered, Verma tells Supreme Court last_img read more

Farm support measures to push states fiscal deficit to 32 India RatingsFarm

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL January 21, 2019 loan waivers COMMENTS COMMENT fiscal deficit SHARE Published on Loan waiver and other support measures for farmers are expected to raise the aggregate fiscal deficit of states to 3.2 per cent in the current fiscal i.e. 2018-19, a research agency said here on Monday.India Ratings, a Fitch Group company, in its latest report on States’ Finances said the aggregate fiscal deficit is expected to increase by 40 basis points (100 basis points or bps equal to 1 per cent) in FY 20 (2019-20) from 2.8 per cent in 2018-19 (FY19). “The competitive populism in the nature of farm loan waivers and other financial support schemes would take centre stage in the run-up to the next general elections in May 2019. A larger impact is expected on fiscal and revenue deficit to gross state domestic product ratios for Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Rajasthan, among non-special category states, in FY20,” it said.The agency expects states’ revenue account on aggregate to clock a deficit of 0.5 per cent of GDP in FY20 due to higher growth in revenue expenditure than in revenue receipts. On the expenditure side, it estimated states’ aggregate revenue expenditure to grow 18.9 per cent to Rs 33,280.90 billion in the current fiscal from 11.2 per cent during the last fiscal. The announcement of farm loan waivers by the governments of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Rajasthan in December 2018 extends the list of states that have resorted to this mechanism to address farmers’ distress. Additionally, Odisha and Jharkhand announced schemes to provide financial assistance to small and marginal farmers along the lines of the Rythu Bandhu Scheme implemented in Telangana.As more funds will be required to support measures for the farm sector, the agency expects capital expenditure (capex) or expenditure on growth to be affected as states would like to go for ‘deficit control.’ It estimates that aggregate capex, as a percentage of GDP, would come in marginally lower at 3.0 per cent during the current fiscal, from the Budget estimate of 3.07 per cent in FY19. The agency believes capex could come in below 3 per cent for Tamil Nadu, Haryana, West Bengal and Kerala in FY20.Higher expenditure is likely to push the aggregate debt to GDP ratio, which is estimated at 25.1 per cent during the current fiscal, as against a Budget estimate of 24.3 per cent during the last fiscal. The agency does not view the increase to be detrimental to the states’ debt sustainability position, although states would channelise some part of the borrowings towards meeting revenue expenditure. In its opinion, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are most susceptible to clock an increase in the debt burden in FY20. The agency estimates the gross market borrowings of states to be Rs 5.7 trillion in FY20. last_img read more

Kerala unit of BJP guarded as Vadakkan switches loyalties

first_imgFormer Congress spokesperson quit party and joined BJP on Thursday national elections SHARE March 14, 2019 Kerala The Kerala BJP on Thursday responded cautiously to the induction of former spokesperson and all-India general secretary of the Congress, Tom Vadakkan, into the party.Vadakkan, a close aide of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, quit Congress and joined the BJP on Thursday. State unit president PS Sreedharan Pillai evaded a question on whether Vadakkan would be fielded from either the Thrissur, Chalakudy or Ernakulam Lok Sabha seat in the ensuing polls. “We are a democratic party with a collective responsibility and all decisions are taken after due consultations within internal forums,” Pillai said.The party has not yet finalised its candidate list with even Kummanam Rajasekharan, former president who quit recently as the Governor of Mizoram, saying his own candidature is yet to be declared. Vadakkan had on more than one occasion made public his desire to contest as a Congress candidate from the Thrissur seat but faced stiff resistance from aspirants in the party’s local unit. His name had made the rounds during the 2014 elections but failed to find mention this time around. This may have unsettled him, sources said.A senior leader here said that blaming Pulwama and its aftermath for the decision to quit is all hogwash. “As a seasoned spin doctor, it is inexplicable that Vadakkan has failed to articulate his views convincingly.”The induction should help the BJP’s cause to ‘enough good people’ to stand from all 20 constituencies in the State, he said, shrugging off barbs on how the Congress has turned inro a fertile poaching ground for its sworn rival. Meanwhile, Kummanam Rajasekharan has soft-launched his poll campaign by meeting prominent personalities in Thiruvananthapuram, from where he is most likely to be fielded. Hectic parleys are on among the Congress to douse the fire, after Jose K Mani, son of Mani and a Rajya Sabha MP, masterminded a coup to announce ‘unilaterally’ his own camp follower as a candidate. List of candidatesThe Congress’ plan to announce candidates by Friday, after consulting visiting party President Rahul Gandhi, may get further delayed. In contrast, the ruling Left Democratic Front has launched itself on the campaign trail with all 20 candidates busy taking the initial rounds of their constituencies. COMMENTcenter_img Indian National Congress Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL BJP COMMENTSlast_img read more

Explainer Von der Leyens rocky path to confirmation as EU Commission chief

first_img Related News World 10 Jul 2019 Poland sees positives in von der Leyen remarks on rule of law World 11 Jul 2019 Green EU lawmakers oppose von der Leyen’s bid for Commission chief World 11 Jul 2019 EU Parliament to vote on von der Leyen on July 16 – spokesman Von der Leyen would be the first woman to lead the powerful European Commission, which oversees trade negotiations, antitrust rulings and broad policy for 500 million Europeans.If lawmakers reject von der Leyen, who was nominated by EU leaders on July 2 in what some branded a backroom deal, it would be another reputational blow for the bloc, rocked in the last decade by the euro zone debt crisis, Britain’s decision to leave and the rise of far-right and far-left eurosceptic parties.NUMBERS GAME Von der Leyen will address the 751-member European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, and then lawmakers will hold a debate and proceed to vote for or against her in a secret ballot at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT). She needs the backing of an absolute majority, which would normally be 376. The assembly is currently four members short, however, which means she may need 374 votes from a total of 747.Cobbling together that number has been complicated by May’s elections to the parliament, which delivered a more fragmented assembly with a bigger far-right contingent.The vote could be postponed if lawmakers needed more time to make up their mind about von der Leyen, a diplomat said. A second diplomat said it was very hard to see someone taking the responsibility for striking her down, but that the secret ballot made things more complicated. “Things for now are not looking great, there will be many last-minute calls to be made,” the diplomat added.Von der Leyen, who hails from the centre-right wing of European politics led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, can count on the votes of lawmakers from the conservative European People’s Party (EPP), which has 182 seats. The Greens, who have 74 seats, and the European United Left–Nordic Green Left (GUE-NGL), with 41, decided this week not to back von der Leyen, making support from the centre-left crucial.It is unclear how much backing she has from the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), who have 153 seats, and the Renew Europe liberals, who have 108. Diplomats said lawmakers from these groups have come under pressure from their countries’ governments to vote for von der Leyen.Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), junior partners in the ruling coalition in which von der Leyen has served, oppose her nomination, describing her to their S&D allies as “inadequate and inappropriate” for the role. [nL8N24D1Y7]Merkel said on Thursday their stance was “not an easy situation” for her coalition. She was the only EU leader to abstain in a vote last week on the top jobs package after she consulted the SPD, which rejected the deal. [nS8N23Y02R]The right-wing European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), will decide just ahead of the vote whether to support von der Leyen, but officials say the group is divided over the issue.”The most awkward thing would be a slight majority based on support from the extremes,” said Maria Demertzis, deputy director of Brussels-based think tank Bruegel. “But at the same time, a slim majority in the parliament is less of a problem when she already has the support of the … EU member states that have chosen her.”If von der Leyen is rejected by the European Parliament, the ball would be back in the court of the Council of EU leaders, who would have one month to come up with another candidate. (Additional reporting by Daphne Psaledakis, Robin Emmott and Peter Maushagen; Writing by John Chalmers; Editing by Catherine Evans)center_img BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union lawmakers are likely to confirm Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen as president of the bloc’s executive Commission in a secret ballot next Tuesday, but there is a risk she could fall short of the absolute majority she needs.Many members of the European Parliament are angry that EU leaders, horse-trading over top posts at a bruising summit last week, brushed aside the so-called “Spitzenkandidaten”, the main parliamentary groups’ candidates for the job.If the 60-year-old conservative German defence minister scrapes through with a slim majority she could face a shaky start to her five-year term, especially if she has to rely on the far right and nationalists from eastern Europe to get her across the line.Worse, if it emerges that British members of the European Parliament swung the vote for von der Leyen, there may be questions about her legitimacy after the United Kingdom leaves the EU on Oct. 31, the current deadline for Brexit. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

New migrants brought to Libya centre hit by deadly air strike

first_img World 10 Jul 2019 At least 100 migrants walk free from shelled detention centre in Tripoli The centre was hit as forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar intensified their efforts to wrest control of Tripoli from forces aligned with the internationally recognised government, which is based in the capital. The fighting is the latest escalation in a conflict that developed after former leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011. People smugglers exploited the turmoil to send hundreds of thousands of migrants on dangerous journeys across the central Mediterranean, though the number of crossings dropped sharply from 2017 amid an EU-backed push to block departures. Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive on Tripoli in early April, which soon stalled. The fighting has left more than 1,000 dead, including more than 100 civilians, according to the World Health Organization. Migrant detention centres are nominally under the government but often controlled by armed groups. Aid workers and rights groups say abuse including beating and forced labour is rife, and have long appealed for their closure. But the centres have continued to operate, repeatedly caught in the crossfire of fighting whilst receiving new arrivals from boats intercepted by Libya’s EU-backed coastguard. The Tajoura centre, which is next to a miliary camp, was also hit by a projectile in May. The United Nations said last week it had information that guards had shot at migrants at Tajoura as they tried to flee the air strike. The interior ministry in Tripoli denied the report. This week, 419 migrants, including around 90 who had just been intercepted at sea, left the Tajoura centre for a facility run by the U.N. refugee agency. It tries to evacuate refugees and asylum seekers from Libya, though the process is slow.Sam Turner, MSF’s Libya head of mission, said it was an “outstanding contradiction” for migrants to be released from the centre in recognition that it was not safe, only for more to be brought in days later. “The Tajoura detention centre does pose a very high risk of being targeted as part of the wider conflict, in addition to the risks that refugees and migrants are exposed to by the conflict in general and by the conditions of detention,” he said. (Additional reporting by Ahmed Elumami in Tripoli; Writing by Aidan Lewis) Related News World 10 Jul 2019 Bombed Tripoli migrant detention centre being emptied – U.N. Related Newscenter_img CAIRO (Reuters) – More migrants have been moved to a detention centre in Libya’s capital where an air strike killed more than 50 last week, despite a risk it could be hit again which led to survivors being evacuated, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Friday.Around 95 migrants were moved to the Tajoura centre in Tripoli on Thursday, some rounded up in the local community and others transferred from another detention centre in the city, the aid group said.Earlier in the week migrants left at the centre after the July 3 bombing — some of whom were sleeping in the open for fear of another strike — were either released or evacuated, following appeals from the United Nations.An official at the Tajoura centre who asked not to be named said that following the evacuations, “we have resumed work and started receiving more (migrants)”. He declined to give more details. World 03 Jul 2019 At least 44 die as air strike hits Libya migrant detention centre – U.N. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Gazetting of shark and ray species not enough says expert

first_img Nation 1d ago Shark conservationists doubt the effectiveness of protective species listing Related News Related News Nation 07 May 2019 Sabah government probes case of butchered sharks KOTA KINABALU: The Federal Government has gazetted four shark and two ray species as protected, but a conservationist says the move may not be enough. Sabah Shark Protection Association president Aderick Chong said that while the move was good and timely, there were a lot of uncertainties on its effectiveness.“I am wondering how the authorities will control what fishermen catch and what traders sell,” he said when contacted.“How can they enforce this law when many a times, we cannot even identify the species of the shark after its head has been chopped off?” he said. AdChoices广告Chong said it would take more than just routine checks on markets and fishing boats to ensure this gazetting of shark and ray species truly protect the marine creatures.“Education and awareness programmes are needed not only for the public but fishermen, fishing vessel operators and traders,” he said. He said the list of sharks –Carcharhinus longimanus (oceanic whitetip shark), Sphyrna zygaena (smooth hammerhead), Sphyrna mokarran (Great Hammerhead), Eusphyra blochii (winghead shark) and rays – Mobula birostris (giant manta rays) and Mobula alfredi (reef manta ray) – were found in Sabah.The gazette will come into effect on July 17.According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), quoting a 2015 research, Malaysia ranked as the world’s ninth largest producer of shark products and third largest importer in volume. World 10 Jul 2019 Massive shark fin haul into Hong Kong dodges global shipping bans {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Jhilmil fire Arvind Kejriwal announces Rs 5 lakh compensation to families of

first_img Next Jhilmil fire: Arvind Kejriwal announces Rs 5 lakh compensation to families of deceasedThe incident took place in the early morning after a massive fire broke out in a rubber factory in Jhilmil industrial area in Delhi.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 20:12 IST Arvind Kejriwal said he will visit the incident spot with Industries Minister Satyendra Kumar Jain. (Photo: ANI)Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced Rs 5 lakh compensation each to the families of those who died in the fire at a rubber factory in the city’s Jhilmil Industrial area.Earlier in the day, the fire broke out in the rubber factory, in which three people, including two women, lost their lives, while two others were injured.”Fire Department was able to rescue two people but failed to save three others. We will give Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased,” Kejriwal told media, after visiting the incident site.Earlier in the day, Kejriwal tweeted, “Shocked to know about three deaths in a factory fire in Jhilmil Industrial area. Fire Services personnel tried their best to bring the fire under control in hostile conditions. Am visiting the site wid Industries Minister.”BJP leader Vijay Goyal also visited the spot and enquired about the situation. He also attacked Kejriwal, saying the Chief Minister does nothing to safeguard the capital and just announces compensation after every fire.”I have seen the condition of the building. It is very bad. Kejriwal every time reaches fire spot, expresses shock and announced Rs 5 lakh compensation,” he said. Meanwhile, the rescue operation has been concluded. The Fire Department is engaged in cooling down the building.Also Read | Delhi: 3 dead in massive fire at rubber factory in Shahdara’s Jhilmil Industrial AreaAlso Read | Fire breaks out at Nandaram market in KolkataAlso Watch | Major fire breaks out at DGHS office in Delhi’s KarkardoomaFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow FireFollow Jhilmillast_img read more