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Will those behind Goa's mining scam walk free?

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

Panaji : Mining may soon resume in Goa with the Supreme Court's lifting of the 18-month ban but the big names indicted in the state's mammoth Rs.35,000 crore (nearly $6 billion) illegal mining scandal continue to evade arrest.

Six people, including small-time traders, junior bureaucrats and a mines' director have been arrested after much delay by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government, which has conspicuously failed to nail the real architects of the scam exposed by the Justice M.B. Shah Commission.


Poll code relaxed in Karnataka

Bangalore : The Election Commission Wednesday relaxed the Model Code of Conduct in Karnataka, five days after polling was held in all the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state, an official said.

"The EC has agreed to the request of the state government to relax the model code, which was enforced March 5 for the Lok Sabha election in the state April 17," state chief electoral officer Anil Kumar Jha told IANS here.

The conditional relaxation will enable the state government to resume administrative activities that were suspended during the election period.


Himachal cricket body needs to be revamped: Chief Minister

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Wednesday said the state cricket body headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur "needs to be revamped and constitutionally elected body".

Addressing election rallies for Congress candidate Rajinder Rana for Hamirpur parliamentary seat, Singh said that Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur and his father and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal illegally occupied land worth crores of rupees under the garb of the cricket body.


India may witness poor monsoon this year

Pune : India may witness poor rainfall this monsoon season, scientists said Wednesday.

This has been linked to the El Nino, a weather phenomenon characterized by unusually warm ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific.

It has a significant impact on climate in many parts of the world and has a warming influence on global temperatures.


Need to specify junk food items regulated in schools: HC

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday stressed the need to specify the junk food items that should be regulated in schools.

Hearing a plea seeking a ban on junk food in and around schools, the court asked advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul, the amicus curiae in the case, to segregate the portion enforceable in the draft guidelines submitted by an expert panel.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog asked the amicus curie to submit a report within three weeks and posted the matter for further hearing Aug 6.


LG puts Delhi civic officials on toes

New Delhi : Continuing with his proactive approach to governance, Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung Wednesday directed the city's civic bodies to "gear up" for the summer season and ensure "proper delivery of services" and cleanliness of neighbourhoods, slums and schools.

In a review meeting held at the Delhi Secretariat, Jung met the heads of the government departments, municipal corporations and other local authorities and asked them to "visit the field" and send an "action taken report" to him every week.


SC to hear Mittal, Ruia plea against summons May 1

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Wednesday said it would hear May 1 a plea by Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel and Ravikant Ruia of Essar challenging their being summoned to appear before a 2G special court in connection with the excess spectrum allocation scam during the BJP-led NDA regime in 2002.

The bench of Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan said that along with the plea by Mittal and Ruia, it will also take up the Aircell Maxi case wherein there are allegations of quid pro quo on the role of former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran in the controversial deal.


Indian motorsports body's chief executive quits

Chennai : The so-called 'winds of change’ that swept through the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) last winter seemed to have come a full circle with the resignation of its chief executive Rajan Syal.

In a sudden development that, however, did not raise too many eyebrows, 60-year-old Syal, who was appointed in 2009, put in his papers Tuesday. But he has agreed to serve a notice period during which the FMSCI will look for a suitable replacement or decide whether or not to retain the post that was specially created five years ago.


Entrust keys of Padmanabhaswamy temple with district judge, SC urged

New Delhi : Amidst reports that a box in one of the vaults of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple containing treasure was found open, the Supreme Court was told Wednesday that to avert repetition of such a situation, the keys of the vaults should be entrusted to the district judge.

Pointing to certain "disturbing" developments, amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam told the bench of Justice R.M. Lodha and Justice A.K. Patnaik that the vaults should be sealed and locked in the presence of the district judge, who should also retain the keys in his custody.


Delhi HC refers police brutality on homeless to NHRC

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the NHRC to deal with the issue of alleged harassment of homeless drug addicts by police officials.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog told the NGO that brought the issue to the court's notice that the National Human Rights Commission was the apt forum to deal with such issues.

NGO Shahri Adhikar Manch Begharon Ke Liye told the court that police, instead of taking homeless drug addicts to de-addiction centres, had beaten them brutally.