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Income Tax, ASI officials given rigorous imprisonment in disproportionate assets cases

The Special Judge for CBI cases, Jabalpur has convicted Yuvraj B. Bramhane, a former Income Tax Inspector at Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh and sentenced him to undergo three years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs.8,50,000 for possessing assets worth Rs 9.69 lakh disproportionate to his known sources of income.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said here yesterday that the judge also ordered that if the accused fails to deposit the fine amount of Rs.8,50,000, an amount of Rs.8,09,360 would be recovered by confiscation of his bank balance. Further, the remaining fine amount, Rs.40,640, would be recovered after the attachment and sale of the property of he accused situated in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
 
According to the release, after conducting an investigation, CBI filed a charge sheet before the Court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Jabalpur on August 31, 2009 under various aspects of the Prevention of Corruption Act alleging that during the period 01.01.2001 to 12.11.2008, Bramhane, working as Senior Tax Assistant & Income Tax Inspector at Raipur and Balaghat was found in the possession of assets to the tune of Rs.9.69 lakh, which was disproportionate to his known sources of Income.
 
In a separate case, the Special Judge for CBI Cases, Chennai convicted Dilip Singh Bhonsle, an official of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in a disproportionate assets case and sentenced him to undergo two years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 30,000.
 
The release said that a case was registered on May 30, 2007 against Bhonsle, Conversion Assistant Grade-II, ASI, Mamalapuram Sub Circle, Kancheepuram District on the allegation that during the period 2000 2007, he had acquired assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. It was established in the investigation that during the check period, during 2000- 2007, Bhonsle had acquired disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs.24.87 lakhs. After the investigation of the case, CBI filed charge sheet against the accused.
 
The trial courts found the accused persons guilty and convicted them, the release added.
 
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Ansari inaugurates 60th Annual Arts Festival at Kalakshetra in Chennai

Artistes performing dance drama based on Jayadev's 'Geetgovindam' at the inauguration of the 60th Annual Arts Festival, at Kalakshetra, Chennai on December 21, 2012.
Artistes performing dance drama based on Jayadev's 'Geetgovindam' at the inauguration of the 60th Annual Arts Festival, at Kalakshetra, Chennai on December 21, 2012.

Vice-President M Hamid Ansari has said that great institutions use their past - with lessons learnt and traditions imbibed - as the bedrock for embracing the future.

"This makes it possible for them to see the great possibilities that lie ahead while keeping in mind their roots and values which nourish and provide constant inspiration and guidance to those that work within the institution," he said while inaugurating the 60th Annual Arts Festival at Kalakshetra here yesterday.
 
He noted that Kalashetra, founded by the late Rukmini Devi Arundale, was an important centre of training and performance, which has produced and molded generations of acclaimed artists in a distinctive style. 
 
"Since its establishment, Kalakshetra has been providing a holistic education in arts. It focuses on Bharatanatyam, Carnatic vocal and instrumental music, the visual arts, traditional crafts and textile design, textual heritage, aesthetics, history and philosophy. Some of India`s most revered artistes have either served on its faculty or are among its alumni. It is known for its commitment to artistic excellence whether in classrooms, in auditoria or during tours around the world," he said.
 
Mr Ansari said that, as a performance company, Kalakshetra productions are widely recognized for their in-depth research, impeccable technique and refined aesthetics. 
 
He said this year's festival attained greater importance because, over the next 10 days, audiences are going to witness two of the classical choreographies of Rukmini Devi, revived and performed by the Kalakshetra Repertory. 
 
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"Dance dramas, particularly those that draw on our own rich cultural traditions, are unique, as they not only provide ample scope for exploration in the chosen art form but they also help us in getting a glimpse of the creativity of the choreographer in interpreting much-loved stories from the past. 
 
"Jayadeva’s Gita Govindam and Kalidasa’s Abijnana Shakuntalam are classic examples of tales from India’s rich literary and performing tradition," he said.
 
He noted that these were among the works that Rukmini Devi had choreographed in 1959 and 1967 even as she worked on her magnum opus, the six-part Ramayana series between 1954 and 1969. 
 
"Jayadeva’s Gita Govindam is a glittering gem from our traditions. It dates back to the twelfth century and has remained a living, throbbing tradition in various cultural contexts and geographic locations," he said.
 
"Edwin Arnold, who first translated it into English in 1875, compared it to Solomon’s Song of Songs in the Old Testament and called it the Indian Song of Songs. Over the centuries this exquisite literary work with its philosophical undercurrent and its beautiful verses has permeated Indian painting, singing traditions, classical and folk dancing traditions, sculpture as well as chanting and devotional music traditions in our temples. In fact, its mystical beauty and content were so compelling that in 1615, Emperor Akbar had a manuscript of Gita Govindam produced and illustrated in Mughal style. Its overarching philosophical interpretation of the individual soul merging with the Divine has connotations for our own troubled times. 
 
"Rejoicing as we do in our plurality: celebrating our myriad art forms; our numerous languages; our vibrant religions; our varied cuisines; and our immeasurable potential, how enhanced that celebration is when we realise we are able to do all that under our unified identity as Indians! 
 
"And this is the important role played by Kalakshetra – to provide for us the platform to view; be inspired; and celebrate the past’s aesthetic – and relevant – mingling with the present as we move towards a luminous future," he added.
 
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Jayalalithaa urges PM to expedite notification of final order of Cauvery tribunal

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today, urging him to expedite the notification of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and also to constitute the Cauvery Management Board forthwith so as to safeguard the livelihood of the farmers of her state.

In her letter, Ms Jayalalithaa recalled the memorandum she had presented to him in New Delhi on June 14 and her letter to him of October 17, in which she had requested him to order the notification of the final order and the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board immediately.
 
"As you are aware, during the course of the proceedings in the Supreme Court on 5.12.2012, the Counsels for all the States, including Karnataka, brought to the notice of the Court the fact that the Final Order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal is yet to be notified by the Government of India, despite a statutory mandate stipulated in the Inter State Water Disputes Act, 1956. 
 
"The Supreme Court ordered the Counsel for the Government of India to seek instructions as to when the Final Order of the Tribunal would be notified and report to the Court. The Cauvery Monitoring Committee in its 31st meeting on 7.12.2012 had categorically stated that the Final Order of the Tribunal will be notified 'at the earliest but not later than the end of this month(December 2012). Once the Award is notified, the institutions like Cauvery Monitoring
Committee and Cauvery River Authority shall cease to exist. New Organisations like the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Regulation Committee will be constituted'," she said.
 
Ms Jayalalithaa said that the Supreme Court in its Order dated 10.12.2012, had taken on record the proceedings of the 31st Meeting of the Cauvery Monitoring Committee, wherein it has been stated by the Chairman/Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Water Resources, that the Final Order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal will be notified before the end of December, 2012, and that the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee would be constituted.
 
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Former IOB official sentenced to three years in prison in bank fraud case

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The Special Judge for CBI Cases, Chennai has convicted E. Kalyanasundaram, the then  Senior Manager of Indian Overseas Bank's (IOB) Neyveli TS branch in Tamil Nadu and  three  private persons -- A.M. Manickam,  Ramasamy and V. Suganya Devi  in a bank fraud case. 

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said here today that Kalyanasundaram and Suganya Devi were sentenced to undergo three years rigorous imprisonment.
 
Manickam and Ramasamy were sentenced to undergo two years rigorous imprisonment, the release said.
 
A total fine of Rs. 27 lakh was also imposed on them, out of which Rs. 26 lakh has to be remitted by Suganya Devi to IOB, Neyveli TS Branch,Tamil Nadu.
 
According to the release, a case was registered on July 31, 2002 against Kalyanasundaram, then Senior Manager of the IOB's Neyveli TS Branch, and four other private persons: R. Vadivel, Proprietor of RSV Constructions, Neyveli; Manickam, M. Ramasamy and Suganya Devi, wife of Vadivel on the allegations that, during the period 1996 to 2002, the  accused persons entered into criminal conspiracy to cheat IOB.
 
In pursuance of the conspiracy, Kalyanasundaram had abused his official position and allowed excess withdrawals from the cash credit account of RSV Constructions maintained in that branch without proper approval, the release said.
 
It said Vadivel had issued cheques  from the amounts credited in excess in the account of  RSV Constructions  in favour of his wife, who in turn withdrew the same for their own use.
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With the excess withdrawals, the outstanding amount in the cash credit account of RSV Constructions went upto Rs.29 lakhs as against the sanctioned limit of Rs.4 lakhs and the account had become a non-performing asset (NPA) for the bank.
 
Similarly, Kalyanasundaram had allowed excess withdrawals from the cash credit account of Ramasamy maintained in the branch, and the outstanding amount in the account went upto Rs.4.4 lakhs as against the sanctioned limit of Rs.1.8 lakhs, the release said.
 
In order to reduce the outstanding amounts in the two accounts, Kalyanasundaram again used  the deposits in the name of Manickam which were under lien to IOB for the letter of guarantee facility enjoyed by Manickam and further recouped the deposits of Manickam by falsification of bank accounts, it said.
 
A loss of approximately Rs. 30.8 lakhs was caused to the IOB branch, the release said.
 
After investigation of the case, CBI filed charge sheet against the accused persons under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code. During the trial, Vadivel expired in 2007 and the charges against him were abated, the release added.
 
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President’s Standards awarded to IAF’s 25 Squadron and 33 Squadron

President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Presidential Standard-2012 to 33 Squadron, at Air Force Station, Sulur in Tamil Nadu on December 18, 2012.
President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Presidential Standard-2012 to 33 Squadron, at Air Force Station, Sulur in Tamil Nadu on December 18, 2012.

President Pranab Mukherjee today presented the prestigious Presidential Standards to two squadrons of the Indian Air Force (IAF) -- the 25 Squadron and the 33 Squadron -- at a ceremonial parade at the Air Force Station at Sulur in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah, Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal A K Gogoi, Air Office Commanding-in-Chief South Western Air Command (SWAC), Air Marshal R K Jolly, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Air Command (SAC), Air Commodore B S Yadav, Commodore Commandant, 25 Squadron and Air Commodore J V Paul, Commodore Commandant, 33 Squadron and Mrs Rama Pilot, wife of late Squadron Leader (Retd) Rajesh Pilot were present on the occasion besides a host of other serving and retired officers of the two Squadrons and civil dignitaries. 
 
Located in the South Western Sector, 25 Squadron, called The Himalayan Eagles, was formed on March 1, 1963 at Chandigarh. With the motto, Satvadhina Hi Siddhaya (Excellence through Diligence), it has been the lifeline of troops stationed in the Northern region for over five decades, in peace as well as in war. During the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pakistan conflicts and Kargil Operations, the squadron played a vital role, an official press release said.
 
The 33 Squadron was formed on January 9, 1963 with two Caribou aircraft. With the motto Shramo Dadati Siddim (Through hard work comes glory), the squadron participated in operations in both 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pakistan conflicts. It also has the distinction of spearheading the largest ever formation in the history of the IAF during the Tangail operations in 1971. 
 
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In 1986, the squadron was reequipped with AN-32, which has over the years proven to be the workhorse of the IAF. The squadron flew extensively during the IAF’s tsunami rescue and relief operations. Based at Sulur, the squadron maintains an effective air bridge to the far flung island territories of Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep. 
 
The standards are awarded to operational units while colours are awarded to non flying formations. 
 
IAF Operational Squadrons become eligible for award of Presidential Standards after completion of 18 years, the release added.
 
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Water Resources Ministry to notify award of Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal this month

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The Ministry of Water Resources will notify the final Award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) this month, an official press release said here today.

This was decided during the 31st meeting of the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) held under the chairmanship of Water Resources Secretary Dhruv Vijay Singh here today, it said.
 
After it, institutions like Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) and Cauvery River Authority (CRA) will not be required, the release said.
 
The meeting was convened after a Supreme Court direction to call a meeting of the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) in a hearing on December 5 to determine the requirement of water for the standing crops in the States of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, and take a decision on that very day. 
 
According to the release, Mr Singh patiently listened to the arguments of representatives from the State Governments of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Pondicherry and hailed the positive assistance and cooperation of co-basin states in finding an equitable solution. He expressed the hope that Karnataka would find a way to ensure receipt of 12 TMC by Tamil Nadu at Mettur Dam in the month of December. 
 
During the meeting it was also decided that new organizations like the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee will be constituted which will have representatives from all the co-basin States, experts in hydrology and agriculture, and be headed by an officer of the Central Government and be under the control of the Central Government. 
 
"It is hoped that with this organization in place, the difficulties in sharing of water in the Cauvery basin would be sorted out without any outside influence. Similar Boards like the Bhakra Beas Management Board and the Tungabhadra Board are working quite well in sharing of water between co-basin States," the release added.
 
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President to visit Tamil Nadu, West Bengal from Nov 30 to Dec 2

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a three-day visit to Tamil Nadu and West Bengal from tomorrow, an official press release said here today.

Mr Mukherjee will participate in the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly tomorrow.
 
On December 1, he will be in Kolkata, where he will attend the concluding ceremony of the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of the Calcutta High Court.
 
He will also participate in the Centenary Celebrations of the National Test House (NTH) in Kolkata before returning to Delhi on December 2, the release added.
 
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Minor quake recorded in border region of Dharampuri, Salem districts in Tamil Nadu

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the border region between the districts of Dharampuri and Salem in Tamil Nadu early today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 11.9 degrees North and longitude 77.9 degrees East, occurred at 0349 hours today at a focal depth of 15 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Jayalalithaa writes to PM on environmental clearance for North Chennai power project

File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to direct the Ministry of Environment and Forests to issue the environmental clearance for the enhanced capacity of North Chennai Thermal Power Project-Stage II without insisting on a fresh application.

Ms Jayalalithaa said this was necessary so that the project could be commissioned and help contain the severe power deficit faced by her state.
 
She said the inordinate delay and the non-issue of environmental clearance had resulted in the cancellation of the letter of assurance given by Mahanadhi Coal Fields for supply of coal for the project.
 
Ms Jayalalithaa said Tamil Nadu had been facing a severe power deficit and her government had been making earnest efforts to augment the capacity addition to meet the shortage, which is of the order of 4000 MW, by early commissioning of ongoing power generation projects in the state. 
 
"One such ongoing project which is in an advanced stage of commissioning is  the  2x600 megawatt North Chennai Thermal Power Project Stage-II at an estimated cost of Rs.5813 crores. The two units of this project have been programmed to be synchronized in December, 2012, and February, 2013, and are likely to be put in continuous operation in April – May, 2013," she said.
 
"I am constrained to bring to your notice that, after delaying the issue of environmental clearance for the above project for the past six years, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has now advised the State Government to ask Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited, a fully owned power utility of the Government of Tamil Nadu to apply afresh for environmental clearance for the above project in accordance with the provisions under the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2006," the letter dated November 23 said.
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Ms Jayalalithaa said that, originally, this project was proposed by Videocon Power Limited which had obtained Environmental Clearance for the establishment of 2x525 Megawatt North Chennai Thermal Power Project Stage-II with validity up to 10.5.2006. However, due to various circumstances, the project could not be developed by Videocon,
 
The Government of Tamil Nadu decided to take up this project under the State sector through the erstwhile Tamil Nadu Electricity Board presently known as Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) within the validity period. Accordingly, on 9.10.2006, based on the site inspection report, the Ministry of Environment and Forests conveyed its decision to transfer the environmental clearance earlier granted to Videocon to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. In the meanwhile, the proposed capacity of the project was enhanced to 2x600 Megawatts based on the guidelines of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, she said.
 
She said the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests also recommended the proposal to the Ministry in the meeting held on 3.5.2011 for issue of environmental clearance for the enhanced capacity. 
 
"An important aspect in this issue is that this project is already cleared under the environmental angle for M/s. Videocon Power Limited as well as while enhancing the capacity to 2x600 MW in the meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee held on 3.5.2011. If the Ministry of Environment and Forests was not satisfied then with the validity of the Environmental Clearance, the proposal would not have been referred to the Expert Appraisal Committee by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the recommendations of the Expert Appraisal Committee would not have been posted in the website of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
 
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"Now, after six years of follow up, the Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, in his letter dated 16.11.2012 addressed to the Chief Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu, has asked TANGEDCO to apply afresh for Environmental Clearance for the North Chennai Thermal Power Project Stage-II," she said.
 
According to her, the main contention of the Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, is that as per the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2006, the Environmental Clearance issued to Videocon Power Limited cannot be extended beyond ten years. He has further informed that the transfer of Environmental Clearance can be considered only when there is a written no objection certificate by the transferor and for the same validity period. He has also added that in this case there is no valid Environmental Clearance which could be considered for transfer.
 
"In this context, I would like to inform you that the Environmental Clearance granted to M/s. Videocon was based on the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 1994. As per clause 2 (iii) (c) of the above notification, the clearance granted shall be valid for a period of 5 years for commencement of construction or operation of the project. As per this Notification, the commencement of construction has to be within the validity period and once the work has commenced, the question of further validity does not arise. In this case, in order to verify the commencement of project activities, the Ministry of Environment and Forests sent the Chief Conservator of Forests, Regional Office, Southern Zone, Bangalore, to inspect the site and based on his report and only after satisfying themselves that the project works have commenced, the Ministry of Environment and Forests transferred the Environment Clearance to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board for 2x525 MW on 9.10.2006," she said.
 
The Chief Minister said that, regarding the issue of obtaining a written No Objection Certificate from the transferor, there is no provision in the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 1994 on this issue. Since the Ministry of Environment and Forests has already transferred the Environmental Clearance on 9.10.2006, the issue of obtaining No Objection Certificate from the transferor does not arise now, she said.
 
"As such, applying the stipulations of the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2006, for the project governed by the earlier Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 1994, at this point of time when the project is ready for commissioning is not acceptable," she added.
 
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Depression over westcentral Bay of Bengal weakens

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The depression over westcentral Bay of Bengal had weakened and moved southwestwards and lay centred at 0830 hours today at about 700 km east-northeast of Chennai and 450 km southeast of Visakhapatnam.

A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the depression was centred near latitude 15.0 degrees North and longitude 86.5 degrees East.
 
"The system would move west-southwestwards towards south Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu coasts and weaken further during next 24 hours," it said.
 
Under the influence of this system, moderate rainfall would occur at many places over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, north coastal Tamilnadu and Puducherry tomorrow and on Wednesay, it said.
 
The bulletin said sea conditions along and off Andhra Pradesh  coast  will be rough during the  next  24 hours. Fishermen along Andhra  Pradesh, north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts are advised to be cautious while venturing into sea during the next 24 hours, the bulletin added.
 
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Deep depression forms over east central Bay of Bengal: IMD

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A deep depression over east central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify and move slowly towards the south Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu coasts, but no adverse weather is likely along and off the east coast of India during the next 48 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.

An IMD bulletin issued at 0830 hours today said the depression had moved westward and lay centred at 0530 hours today over eastcentral Bay of Bengal near latitude 16.0 degrees North and longitude 88.5 degrees East, about 950 km east-northeast of Chennai, 600 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam and 520 km southeast of Paradip.
 
"The system would intensify further into a cyclonic storm and move slowly west-northwestwards during next 6 hours and west/westsouthwestwards towards south Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu coasts during subsequent 72 hours," it said.
 
"Under the influence of this system, no adverse weather is likely along and off east coast of India during next 48 hours. 
 
"However, fishermen along north Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts are advised to be cautious while venturing into sea during this period," the bulletin added.
 
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Judges appointed to Madras, Punjab & Haryana High Courts

The President has appointed Ms Justice R. Mala, Ms Justice Aruna Jagadeesan and Mr  Justice G.M. Akbar Ali, Additional Judges of Madras High Court, as Judges of that High Court.

An official press release said that the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be with effect from the date they assume charge of their office. 
 
The President has also appointed Mr Justice Vijender Singh Malik, Additional Judge of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, as Judge of that High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office, the release added.
 
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Cyclone Nilam to cross north TN, south AP coast Wednesday evening

The cyclonic storm Nilam over the southwest Bay of Bengal is expected to move north-northwestards and cross the north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Cuddalore and Nellore, near Chennai, by this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The cyclone had moved northwestwards and lay centred at 0530 hours ISTtoday near latitude 10.5 degrees North and longitude 81.5 degrees East, about 320 km south-southeast of Chennai and 220 km north of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka). 
 
Under the influence of this system, rainfall would occur at most places in the region, with scattered heavy to very heavy falls and isolated extremely heavy falls (25 cm or more), during the next 24 hours, an IMD bulletin issued at 0730 hours today said.
 
Rainfall at most places, with isolated heavy to very heavy falls, would also occur over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and north Interior Tamil Nadu during the next 48 hours, it said.
 
Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph, gusting to 75 kmph, would prevail along and off north
Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next six hours. The wind speed
would gradually increase thereafter as the system comes closer to coast, becoming 80-90 kmph at the time of landfall, it said.
 
The bulletin said sea conditions would be high along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 36 hours. 
 
A storm surge of about 1 -1.5 metre over the astronomical tide is likely to inundate the low lying
areas of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur of Tamil Nadu and Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, it said.
 
As the cyclone approaches the coast, it is expected to cause damage to thatched huts, uproot small trees and break tree branches and cause minor damage to power and communication lines.
 
The storm is also expected to damage crops like standing rice, groundnut and maize in coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and rice and groundnut in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
 
Fishermen along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts have been advised not to venture into the sea during the next 48 hours.
 
"The system is under constant surveillance and the concerned state Governments are being warned," it added.
 
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Cyclone Nilam likely to cross north TN, south AP coast by Wednesday evening

Satellite image of cyclone Nilam taken at 1130 hours on October 30, 2012
Satellite image of cyclone Nilam taken at 1130 hours on October 30, 2012

The cyclonic storm Nilam is expcted to cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Cuddalore and Nellore near Chennai by tomorrow evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The storm remained practically stationary and lay centred at 1430 hours today near latitude 9.5 degrees North and longitude 82 degrees East and would move north-northwestwards, a bulletin from the IMD, issued at 1730 hours, said.
 
Under the influence of this system, rainfall at most places, with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall, would occur over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 12 hours, it said.
 
The intensity of rainfall would increase thereafter, with scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (25 cm or more) for the subsequent 24 hours, the bulletin said.
 
According to it, squally winds, with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph, would prevail along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 12 hours. 
 
The wind speed would gradually increase thereafter as the system comes closer to the coast, it said.
 
The bulletin said the sea conditions would be very rough to high along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 48 hours. 
 
Fishermen along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts have advised not to venture into the sea.
 
A storm surge of about 1 to 1.5 metres over the astronomical tide is likely to inundate the low-lying areas of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur of Tamil Nadu and Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.
 
As the cyclone approaches the coast, it is expected to cause damage thatched huts and uproot small trees and break tree branches, causing minor damage to power and communication lines at the time of landfall.
 
"The system is under constant surveillance and the concerned state Governments are being warned," the bulletin added.
 
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Cyclone Nilam likely to cross north TN, south AP coast on Wednesday evening

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A deep depression over southwest Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm Nilam and is expected to cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Nagapattinam and Nellore by tomorrow afternoon or evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.

The storm lay centred at 0830 hours today near latitude 9 degrees North and longitude 82 degrees East, about 500 km south-southeast of Chennai and 100 km east-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka). The system would move northwestwards, an IMD bulletin said.
 
Under the influence of this system, rainfall at most places, with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall, would occur over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 12 hours, it said.
 
The intensity of rainfall would increase thereafter, with scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall and isolated extremely heavy rainfall (25 cm or more) for the subsequent 36 hours, the bulletin said.
 
Isolated heavy rains would also occur over south Andhra Pradesh during the next 48 hours, it said.
 
According to it, squally winds, with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph, would prevail along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 12 hours. 
 
The wind speed would gradually increase thereafter as the system comes closer to the coast, it said.
 
The IMD said sea conditions would be very rough to high along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 48 hours. 
 
Fishermen along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts are
advised not to venture into the sea.
 
The cyclone is expected to cause damage to thatched huts as it approaches the coast. Breaking of tree branches, causing minor damage to power and communication lines, was also likely, it said.
 
"The system is under constant surveillance and the concerned state Governments have been warned," the bulletin added.
 
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Jayalalithaa writes to PM, seeking additional 1000 MW of power for TN

File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking his intervention to ensure that her state got an additional 1000 MW of power to tide over an acute power crisis.

In her letter, dated October 23, Ms Jayalalithaa drew Dr Singh's attention to her earlier letters in which she had sought an additional 1000 MW to partly mitigate this crisis.
 
"However, a meagre quantum of 100 MW alone was allocated to Tamil Nadu. Even out of this quantum, only about 78 MW is being made available to the state," she said.
 
The Chief Minister said there was a severe shortage of power in Tamil Nadu due to the failure of the south-west monsoon and the constraints we face in buying power from sources outside the southern region due to corridor congestion. 
 
"Due to the demand - supply gap of about 4000 MW which is the highest in the southern
region, widespread load shedding is being resorted to, causing severe hardship to the consumers. The agriculture sector has also been amongst the worst hit due to the failure of the monsoon and inadequate power supply, thereby affecting food production," she said.
 
"I have already pointed out that the deficit situation in Tamil Nadu has been aggravated due to corridor congestion and have repeatedly requested your urgent intervention to ensure that the required quantum of 1000 MW of power transmission capacity is made available to enable Tamil Nadu to receive the power contracted by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO)," she said.
 
Ms Jayalalithaa said the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi has proposed to
surrender power from various Central Generating Stations for the period from 1.11.2012 to 31.3.2013 for a quantum of 230 MW round the clock (00.00 to 24.00 hrs) and 1491 MW during 00.00 to 6.00 hrs. 
 
"The Chairman-cum-Managing Director, TANGEDCO, has requested the Ministry of Power, Government of India, New Delhi, to reallocate the entire quantum of surrendered power to Tamil Nadu and to arrange to provide the necessary corridor on priority basis for availing of the above power. I request your kind intervention to tide over this acute power crisis in Tamil Nadu," she added.
 
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379 officers, including 71 women, pass out of OTA Chennai

As many as 379 officers, including 288 gentlemen and 71 ladies, passed out of the Army's Officers' Training Academy (OTA) in a glittering ceremony marked by military splendour at Chennai today.

This was one of the largest batches ever to pass out of OTA, which is celebrating its golden jubilee this year.
 
The batch also included 20 cadets from Afghanistan who are slated to join the Afghan National Army, an official press release said.
 
The parade was reviewed by Lt Gen A K Singh, General-Officer-Commanding- in – Chief Southern Command . 
 
Speaking on the occasion, the General complimented the young officers for choosing the profession of arms and spoke of the uniqueness of military leadership.
 
"On joining the Army, you virtually sign an unlimited liability contract to serve the nation, through thick and thin, and do as the organization ordains. But, in return the nation and the organization also assures you of a lifelong bond of looking after you and yours," he said.
 
He called it a unique relationship based on trust and commitment. The Army Commander further said, “As military leaders, you will deal with not issues of profit and loss but issues of life and death."
 
The growing popularity of the profession of arms among the youth was shown by the sizable strength of erstwhile corporate professionals who changed their tracks to be part of the Indian Army’s officer cadre.
 
"There is a long  and grueling  training which precedes this festivity, encompassing  physical training, educational competencies, weapon training, drill and social etiquette in addition to experiential conditioning in the skills and the attitudes needed for military success - in a short span of  49 weeks,” said Lt Gen SS Jog,  the Commandant.
 
“When we celebrate our  golden jubilee, next year, the OTA shall have moved way closer to a truly world class academy in terms of latest training facilities and infrastructure," he added.
 
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President to visit Tamil Nadu, AP on September 8-9

President Pranab Mukherjee will leave here tomorrow on a two-day tour to Chennai in Tamil Nadu and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh in what will be his first visit to a State outside Delhi since assuming office on July 25.

In Chennai, Mr Mukherjee will attend the valedictory function of the sesquicentennial celebrations of Madras High Court tomorrow. He will also deliver an address at a felicitation function organized by the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 
In Tirupati, the President will inaugurate the Nandakam Complex of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams on September 9. He will also visit the S V Vedapatasala, Dharmagiri.
 
The President will return to New Delhi on the same day, an official press release added.
 
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Sharma orders inquiry into Sivakasi fire mishap

 
36 killed, 50 injured in explosion at firecrackers unit near Sivakasi

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma today ordered an inquiry into the explosion and fire at a fireworks factory, Om Sakthi Fireworks, near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu yesterday, which left at least 38 people dead and 50 injured.

An official press release said the inquiry had been ordered under section 9 (a) of the Explosives Act 1884, in view of the seriousness of the incident, and would be conducted by Mr Chaitanya Prasad, an IAS officer.
 
About 15 of those who suffered injuries in the incident are in a serious condition.
 
The release said three officers of the Deputy Chief Controller of Explosives, Sivakasi field office have been at the accident spot from yesterday.
 
The Chief Controller of Explosives and the Joint Controller of Explosives have reached the accident site today and will prepare a detailed report of the accident, it added.
 
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Jayalalithaa urges PM to get new user charges by JIPMER withdrawn

File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting him to instruct the Jawaharlal Insitute of Post-Graduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Puducherry to revisit its decision to introduce new user charges for various medical investigations and procedures.

In her letter, Ms Jayalalithaa said the decision would badly affect poor patients not only from Puducherry but also from the neighbouring districts in Tamil Nadu such as Cuddalore, Villupuram and Tiruvannamalai.
 
She recalled that her party, the AIADMK, had vehemently opposed the Bill to convert JIPMER into an autonomous institution in Parliament, even at the introduction stage in 2008. 
 
"Overruling our strident objections, the Bill had been passed with an assurance that the existing free services to the public would be continued without any change. Introduction of user charges for routine investigations and medical procedure amounts to reneging on the solemn assurance given in Parliament," she said.
 
"So as to ensure that the people of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are not adversely affected, I request you to instruct JIPMER to revisit the decision to introduce the new user charges and revert to the earlier practice of offering free services to the public as assured in 2008," the letter added.
 
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Jayalalithaa urges PM to convene meeting of Cauvery River Authority

File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has once again written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to urgently convene a meeting of the Cauvery River Authority and to advise the Karnataka governmet to release water for raising the Samba crop in the basin of the river in her state.

In her letter of today, Ms Jayalalithaa recalled that she had written to him on May 18 saying that there was an urgent need for convening a meeting of the Cauvery River Authority to decide certain specific issues.
 
"My request is yet to be acceded to," she said.
 
She said the Interlocutory Application (IA) filed by the Government of Tamil Nadu before the
Supreme Court in July 2012, came up for hearing on August 13. The Government of
Tamil Nadu had sought a direction to the Union of India to convene a meeting of the Cauvery River Authority. The Supreme Court had sought the views of the Government of India on this, she said.
 
"You are aware that, according to the Rules and Regulations for the conduct of the business of the Cauvery River Authority, the quorum for the meeting shall be 3 members in addition to the Chairperson and further, the decision shall ordinarily be by consensus and that, in case no consensus is reached, the decision may be left to the Chairperson.
 
"You may recall that the Hon’ble Supreme Court in its order dated 6.2.2003 in an I.A. filed by the State of Tamil Nadu (I.A. No. 3/2003 in O.S. No.3/2002), inter-alia, had directed that in the absence of unanimity or consensus, the decision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister who is the Chairperson of the Cauvery River Authority shall be decisive. Therefore, without prejudice to the pending proceedings in the Supreme Court, the Hon’ble Prime Minister as the Chairperson may convene a meeting of the Cauvery River Authority and the Distress Sharing Formula can be adopted as a situation of distress has arisen now," she said.
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Ms Jayalalithaa said the Karnataka government had not released any water from its reservoirs during the irrigation year of 2012-2013, while it has opened the reservoir for its irrigation. 
 
"However, the Mettur Dam could not be opened till date due to the reluctance of the Government of Karnataka even to share minimum flows. 
 
"According to the Interim Order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal which is in
force, as on 23.8.2012 Mettur Dam should have realised 95.480 TMC ft. against which
only a meagre quantity of 9.187 TMC ft. has been realised. Further, according to the
Distress Sharing Formula evolved by the Central Water Commission, Mettur Dam should
have realised about 43.837 TMC ft. as on 23.8.2012. The farmers in the Cauvery Delta,
having lost the Kuruvai crop, are hoping at least to raise one single Samba crop for their
livelihood. It is, therefore, imperative that the Government of Karnataka is advised to
release water to make good the shortfall quantity as per the Distress Sharing Formula
and also to share the flows in this distress situation," she added.
 
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Tamil Nadu batsman Badrinath to replace Laxman for NZ Test series

Subramaniam Badrinath
Subramaniam Badrinath

Veteran Tamil Nadu batsman Subramaniam Badrinath, one of the most prolific scorers in domestic cricket, has been recalled into the Indian squad for the Test series against New Zealand in place of V V S Laxman, who announced yesterday that he had decided to hang up his boots after a 16-year illustrious career.

A statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the All-India Senior Selection Committee had made the decision. The series against New Zealand will commence at Hyderabad on August 23.
 
Badrinath, a right hand middle-order batsman and an off break bowler, who will turn 32 on August 30, will join the squad at the earliest, the BCCI statement added.
 
He has played two Tests for India and scored 63 runs at an average of 21, with a hghest score of 56. He has also layed seven one-day internationals and scored 79 runs a an average of 15.80, wth a highest score of 27 not out.
 
While he has been the mainstay of the Tamil Nadu batting for more than a decade and has also captained the side, Badrinath has not been lucky in the matter of playing for India. He caught the selectors' eye when he scored 636 runs from seven matches in the 2005-06 domestic season and followed it up ith 436 in the next year. He played for India A on the tours to Zimbabwe and Kenya and in the home series against South Africa A.
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He was included in the Indian ODI team for the last three matches against Australia, but did not get a look-in. He was not chosen for the Pakistan series that followed.
 
He continued to perform well in domestic cricket and finally got his break in the ODIs against Sri Lanka. He was chosen for the Test squad for Australia's tour of India in 2008-09 but again did not get to play. His Test debut finaly came in Nagpur, a year later against South Africa, when he was 29.
 
Badrinath found himself ignored after a couple of tests, but his performances in the Ranji Trophy and for the Chennai Super Kings in the India Premier League got him a place in the Indian ODI squad in the series against the West Indies in 2011.
 
He has scored 7836 runs at an average of 60.74 in domestic cricket, with 28 centuries.
 
(Photo: Courtesy Chennai Super Kings website)
 
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Jayalalithaa urges PM to allocate entire power from Kudankulam-I to TN

File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today, once again requesting him to allocate the entire power to be generated from the first 1000 MW unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant to her state.

Ms Jayalalithaa mentioned that she had written to him on this subject earlier, too, on March 31 and April 25 this year.
 
"To my dismay, no response has so far been received from you. I am given to understand that nuclear fuel loading in the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is to happen within the next few days.
 
"May I take this opportunity to remind you of my earlier request and expect a quick response? I am sure you will appreciate my State’s justified demand in this matter and convey a positive response soon," she added.
 
In her letter of March 31, Ms Jayalalithaa had said that Tamil Nadu was facing a severe power shortage and it would therefore be proper and justifiable that the entire power to be generated from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is made available to Tamil Nadu.
 
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Vasan dedicates Automatic Identification System for vessels to nation

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Union Minister of Shipping G.K. Vasan today dedicated to the nation the Automatic Identification System (AIS) Network in Chennai that will help to track vessels upto a distance of 50 km from the coast.

The system, set up at an estimated cost of Rs 132 crore, connects 74 AIS sensors installed on lighthouses along the entire coastline.
 
According to an official press release, the system is intended to help different users like Directorate General Shipping, Ports, Navy, and Coast Guard in tracking, surveillance, search and rescue, and management of aids to navigation. 
 
The network also has a provision to track small fishing vessels with customised transponders which will be helpful in search and rescue and also in extending help in case of any eventuality. 

Hand in Hand India wins UNEP prize

The "rangoli" carpet created by Hand in Hand India volunteers in Chennai, which is among the five winners of the World Environment Day Challenge 2012. Photo: Courtesy UNEP Read story.

The 'rangoli' carpet created by Hand in Hand India volunteers in Chennai, which is among the five winners of the World Environment Day Challenge 2012. Photo: Courtesy UNEP
Read story.The 'rangoli' carpet created by Hand in Hand India volunteers in Chennai, which is among the five winners of the World Environment Day Challenge 2012. Photo: Courtesy UNEP
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