Delhi government has introduced Green diktat for government owned vehicle

In a recent development for controlling pollution, the Delhi government has made the PUC certificates compulsory for all the central government ministers to run their vehicles on road.
On Monday, government declared that under the scheme all the central government ministers have to undergo a compulsory pollution check for their vehicles in order to receive a PUC certificates.

According to the sources, this new scheme was introduced by the AAP government after it received several complaints alleging that none of the government vehicles are complying with the odd-even vehicle rules that has been introduced in Delhi from Jan 1, 2016.

The letter has already been sent by the pollution control division of transport department to all the central government offices and other government departments. Sources say that this step by the AAP government has come up at a very crucial time when the city is dealing with a high level of air pollution. Recently to control this distressingly growing air pollution government has also introduced the Motor Vehicle Act which came into force in the early Jan, 2016.

The Delhi government has also made a strong comment that all the government officials are charged to ensure that all the vehicles are undergoing the mandatory pollution check. Added to this the central has also asked all the vehicles to go under emission checks on a regular basis and get their certificates renewed.
Sources have also confirmed that, there will be 388 centres for the CNG vehicles and 273 centres for the diesel-driven vehicles to issue PUC certificates across the capital.

 

Source: India today: http://m.indiatoday.in/story/green-diktat-for-government-vehicles-in-city/1/566535.html

Flipkart Co-Founders change their profiles in the company

In an important reshuffle of top positions in the e-commerce company Flipkart, Binny Bansal was announced as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company on Monday, taking over from Sachin Bansal, who now assumes the position of Executive Chairman. The change was announced in an email Sachin sent to the company’s employees along with a blog post on Monday.

Binny Bansal – who till now was the COO, and the co-founder with Sachin – will be in charge of all three business areas, including commerce, ekart and Myntra, as also the corporate field comprising of human resources (HR), finance, legal, corporate development and corporate communication, under his new profile.

Regarding Sachin’s new position, the blog stated the areas of providing strategic direction, mentoring senior leadership and exploring new investment opportunities as those where the new Executive Chairman will play an important role, along with providing a necessary impetus to the Indian e-commerce sector and internet ecosystem, and representing the company in external forums, as he will also carry on with his position as Chairman of the Board.

Meanwhile, Mukesh Bansal sees no change in his profile as the Head of the company’s Commerce Platform, and Chairman of Myntra, but will be taking charge of the ads business.

In the context of this move, Binny Bansal was quoted by Live Mint as saying, “At Flipkart, we have come a long way in our eight-year journey. Today, we are in a very strong leadership position, with over 60% market share of the m-commerce market, 50 million customers and clear leadership in smartphones and fashion. The journey ahead is equally exciting and challenging. Flipkart has all the necessary ingredients of brilliant talent and great technology to win this next phase as well.”

 

Sources: Live MintThe Indian Express

 

Rahul Dravid, gritty and classy, turns 43

Known as Mr dependable or more popularly called as ‘The Wall’, Yes you are right, we are talking about the great Rahul Dravid. Born on January 11, 1973, Indian batting legend Dravid celebrates his 43rd birthday.

Dravid retired from International cricket in the year 2012, But as it is said it is difficult to take away the cricket from the life of a cricketer, we saw him play the role of a mentor in IPL 6 in 2013 to Rajasthan Royals, also leading the side previously. Currently, he is donning the coach’s hat and is the face of junior cricket in India. With the Under-19 Cricket World Cup just a month away, we hope that the success that he’s had with the the senior team, and the IPL as a mentor will be emulated in the U-19s teams. He is just the sort of tutor that any budding cricketer would love to have.

Rahul Dravid made his debut in 1996’s India’s tour of England and scored 95 runs in his first test match at Lords. A lot has been spoken about his flawless technique and impeccable defence but the most startling thing about Rahul Dravid was his unquenchable thirst for improvement. A living example of the phrase “practice makes a man perfect”, Rahul Dravid’s best trait was that he knew how to improve.

At Adelaide in 2003, when India won a Test in Australia for the first time, he put up a double hundred. A few months later, came another 270 that bagged India’s first series win in Pakistan. That was Dravid’s best batting period (2002-2006). Rahul Dravid left his signature everywhere by getting a century at every test playing on nations soil. A glance at his overall performance in this period and one would realize why Dravid’s coming to the Indian cricket scenario was a necessity. He is the wolf who lived for the pack.

His contribution echoes in the words of his teammate Virender Sehwag, “I don’t think a player like Rahul Dravid can come into the Indian cricket team (again). Especially his performance in overseas matchescan be hardly matched by any player.”

Though the days when we cheered for Dravid on the field,  wore the India’s jersey with pride, clapped at every boundary he scored have gone by, but even today we hear the echo of ‘Dravid, Dravid’ on the crease and in the stands. The Wall of Indian cricket was more than a batsman; he was a perfect role model, a gentleman, a team man and an inspiration to an entire generation of cricket lovers.

So here is us wishing him a very Happy Birthday!

 

Source: ITI Times

 

SC suggests harsher punishment for child rape

Earlier today, the Supreme court acknowledging a PIL suggested to the Parliament to allow for more stringent punishments when a child is the rape victim. The PIL questioned as to whether castration can induce fear into offenders who commit rapes/gang rapes on children.

The PIL was filed by the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association. They conveyed that arguments regarding the same will continue as the SC considered chemical castration too harsh.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi explained, “The court cannot enter into it which is the realm of the parliament. We leave these matters to the wisdom of the parliament Even otherwise the court cannot prescribe a particular punishment for an offence”, to senior lawyer Mahalakshmi Pavani who appeared for Prerna Kumari, the General Secretary of petitioners Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association.

Special care has been taken with respect to sexual intercourse by husband with wife during separation (376 B), sexual intercourse by a person in authority (376C ), gang rape (376D) and punishment for repeat offenders (376E). The Apex court will reconsider the definition of ‘child’ in context to rape. Presently, any individual below the age of 18 is considered a ‘child’.

Source: The Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/supreme-court-suggests-harsher-punishment-for-child-rape-convicts/

Sonia Gandhi and Nitin Gadkari pay visit to Mufti ; state no ulterior motive

Srinagar: On Sunday, Congress Party Chief  Sonia Gandhi , along with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari visited PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti for mourning. Though the scenario was veiled under mourning  it is widely speculated that the party leaders had a political agenda set for the meet.

Even as the meeting took place BJP and the former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh were seen being confident about the alliance with PDP. While talking to the First Post, he said “We have written to the Governor N N Vohra and we will have a discussion on whatever decision is taken by the allies.”

Sonia Gandhi in a statement to the Indian Express said that “ Mufti Saheb belonged to everybody.” He always kept the party boundaries away.” Most importantly he was a fine administrator who was committed to the development of his people.” she said. Further she went on to commend him as the one with best of Indians with values rooted in respect for diversity and anchored in tolerance.

Later, the leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, who accompanied Gandhi told the reporters that there was no political motive involved behind the meet between the leaders except condoling. He further added that  Gandhi was present for Mufti as they shared a long association  for years.

Source: The Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/amid-suspense-over-chief-ministership-sonia-gandhi-meets-mehbooba-to-mourn-muftis-demise/

India will respond to attacks at a place and time of its choice: Parrikar

In the aftermath of the Pathankot terror attack, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday told the media that India would respond to attacks on the country at a place and time and place as per its convenience.

Adding further belligerence to the Government’s stand, he further said that if someone harms the country, then they should receive a similar kind of treatment. Manohar Parrikar made these statements at a seminar addressing the audience on indigenisation organised by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies.

The statement has come after the attack by six terrorists on Pathankot Air Force station on January 2, that has put a question of uncertainty on the peace talk initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also on the Foreign Secretary level talks scheduled for Friday. India has already provided all the evidences to Pakistan and asked them to take necessary action against the terrorists.

 

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/nation-respects-sacrifice-but-it-wants-you-to-stay-alive-and-kill-enemies-manohar-parrikar-to-soldiers_1843747.html

 

Spain’s Princess to stand a trial in landmark corruption case

 

On Monday, Spain’s Princess Cristina and her husband went on trial in a landmark corruption case that got intense global media scrutiny. Damaging the monarchy’s reputation this incident has outraged the country.

After country’s enraged reaction over repeated corruption scandals the trial was announced. The trial underwent at a court in Palma on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, including the princess and 17 other accused among which also is her husband and former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin.The Spain has been witnessing these scandals that have exposed politicians, trade unions, bankers and footballers, questioning the faith of Spaniards in their institutions and elites after a major economic crisis and a government austerity drive.

The case is based on the suspected business deals of a charitable organization, Noos Institute based in Palma which Inaki Urdangarin, Cristina’s husband chaired from 2004 to 2006. He and his former business partner Diego Torres are susupected to be responsible for misappropriation of 6.2 million euros ($6.7 million) in public funds, which was paid by two regional governments to the organization to host sporting and other types of events.

He is also alleged of using royal connections to settle excessive contracts without competing bids and withdrawing money from Aizoon, a firm he jointly ran with his wife Cristina to fund a lavish lifestyle.

Cristina, a 50-year-old mother-of-four with a master’s degree from New York University, will be the first Spanish royal to face criminal charges in court since the monarchy was restored following the 1975 death of dictator General Francisco Franco.

Source:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world/spain-s-princess-to-stand-trial-in-landmark-corruption-case/story-he4tbyTdj5NoRUEBvmr00K.html