Live: New provisions to remove CBI chief being planned

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 03, 2014 11:00 hrs

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New provisions to remove CBI chief being planned

The Government is planning to introduce provisions for the removal of CBI Director who gets a fixed tenure of two years after a 1997 Supreme Court order in the Vineet Narain judgement.

A report card released on Friday by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before his press conference says the Government is considering several measures for greater autonomy of CBI in which one of the issues is providing provisions for removal of the Director.

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Boy granted bail in Indian student attack case

A 16-year-old boy, who was charged with attacking an Indian student in Australia, was granted bail after he briefly appeared in a court Friday.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was granted bail a day after a 17-year-old was remanded in custody in connection with the attack on Manriajwinder Singh in Melbourne December 29, The Age reported.

Singh, 20, who is studying for a bachelor of commerce degree at a Melbourne university is in an induced coma in The Alfred Hospital after he was viciously attacked by a group of eight boys and a woman.

His friend was also punched as he lay on the ground and suffered a scratched face.

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Odisha to enact Lokayukt Act in a month's time

The Odisha cabinet Friday decided to enact a new Lokayukt Act in the state within the next one month tackle corruption.

The chief minister and the council of ministers will also be under the purview of this proposed act, Naveen Patnaik Patnaik told reporters after chairing the cabinet meeting.

Patnaik said his government was committed to fighting corruption and ensuring transparency in public life. The state government had earlier announced that it would enact the ombudsman act three months after it was passed by the central government.

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Manmohan's comment on Modi laughable: Rajnath

BJP Friday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's attack on their party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was "laughable".

He also said that Manmohan Singh ruling out a third term showed he has conceded defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.

Manmohan Singh said at a press conference here that it will be "disastrous for the country to have Narendra Modi as prime minister" and that "India does not want such a prime minister".

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'Public' urges Delhi CM Kejriwal to take security cover

A section of Delhi's populace today gathered outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Kaushambi residence and asked him to take the security cover offered by Delhi Police.

Raising slogans like "Jan jan se awaaz hai aayi, surksha le lo Arvind Bhai" (The public are asking you to take security), the protestors said the CM needed to take his security seriously as he was against graft, which will attract the ire of corrupt persons.

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Writer, Doyle estate dispute copyright on Sherlock Holmes

It's the kind of puzzle that might have amused Sherlock Holmes himself. Now that copyright protections have expired on nearly all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's tales about the pipe-puffing detective in the deerstalker hat, are writers free to depict the character in new mysteries without seeking permission or paying license fees?

A federal judge in Chicago says yes, so long as they don't stray into territory covered in the 10 stories still protected by copyright. Not so fast, says the Doyle estate, which is considering an appeal this month.

Descendants of the Scottish physician and author argue he continued to develop the characters of Holmes and Dr. Watson in the later works so they should remain off-limits until the remaining copyrights run out at the end of 2022.

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Contract termination notice without firm basis for action, says AgustaWestland

After India scrapped its Rs 3,600 crore deal for supplying VVIP choppers, Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland today said the contract termination notice sent to it does not offer any firm basis for taking any action against it.

In a statement, the firm also said the Defence Ministry in a press release issued in February last year had stated that the tender process had been duly followed.

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Andhra assembly adjourned over Telangana bill

Andhra assembly Friday resumed its winter session to debate the bill for the formation of a Telangana state, but the house adjourned immediately after it met for half-an-hour amid pandemonium.

Speaker N. Manohar adjourned the house as legislators from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) surrounded the podium to oppose the bill.

Raising slogans in support of united Andhra Pradesh, Seemandhra legislators of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), and YSR Congress party demanded that their adjournment motions be taken up.

The speaker rejected the adjournment motions and tried to go ahead with the question hour. As the slogan-shouting continued, he adjourned the house but it did not re-assemble even after half-an-hour.

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Kerala hotels shut today against steep hike in LPG

The Kerala Hotels and Restaurants Association (KHRA) announced hotels and restaurants in the state would remain closed on Friday against a steep hike in the price of commercial LPG cylinders, which came into effect on 1 January.

Post the hike, the new price stands at Rs 2,207 per cylinder, a one stroke increase of Rs 386. This is for the first time that the commercial LPG is priced beyond Rs 2,000.

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24-year-old youth held for molesting 2 minor sisters

Three minor girls were allegedly molested by youths in two separate incidents in New Delhi in the past 48 hours, police said today.

Two sisters, six and eight years of age, were allegedly kidnapped and molested yesterday by one Vanshilal (24) near Navjeevan Camp in the Govindpuri area of southeast Delhi.

Police has arrested the accused, who lives in the area with his family.

According to the police, Vanshilal lured the two girls to an isolated spot yesterday where he then molested them. It was the girls' father who caught the accused while looking for his daughters. He then handed Vanshilal over to the police.

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Help pouring in for the homeless: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said help is pouring in large number to assist the government in converting night shelters operating from plastic tents into porta cabins.

"After the government's announcement to replace all the night shelters being run from plastic tents with porta cabins within three days, many people messaged us and pledged their help.

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Group claims to have performed puja inside Babri masjid

Representatives of the Shri Ram Sewa Samiti claimed that the local administration have granted them permission following which they have installed a Kalash (Urn) after the religious rituals at the shrine of Ram Lalla in the disputed place.

The Supreme Court has restrained any type of religious activities in the acquired land of Babri Masjid and Ram Janma Bhumi.

Only Chief Priest Acharya Satyender Das, appointed by the SC is authorised to complete the formalities of daily prayers at disputed shrine according to Hindu rituals.

However, CO of local intelligence unit, K N Tiwari, denied any such activities inside the disputed premises and said the Samiti has carried on some programme and reached the barrier of Babri Masjid where they were stopped from entering the premises.

Following which they installed the Kalash in a nearby temple away from disputed site, Tiwari said.

Chief priest Acharya Satyendra Das also denied of receiving any Kalash to be installed in 'Garbh Grih' where idols of lord Rama is been placed in the disputed site.

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