Day After Retirement, Justice Kurian Joseph Says Centre Intervening in Appointment of High Court Judges

Ex-CJI Dipak Misra Was 'Remote-controlled' by External Source, Alleges Kurian Joseph

New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph has criticised the Centre for intervening in the appointment of judges in the High Court, particularly the delayed selection of Justice KM Joseph. Joseph, who was speaking to the media on Friday, a day after he retired, denied that he had ever felt any government or political pressure, but said “in the matter of appointment, the manner in which appointments are being delayed and the appointments have been selectively delayed, the appointments have been withheld. All this are in a way interference”.…

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Odisha CM welcomes SC’s directive on Polavaram project

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday welcomed the direction of Supreme Court on Polavaram project. The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to hold the public hearing in connection with the Polavaram Irrigation Project on Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh. Patnaik appreciated the Supreme Court’s direction to Centre for submission of revised parameters for public hearing in tribal areas likely to be inundated in the event of Polavaram project being constructed and assured conducting free & fair hearing on time, tweeted the Chief Minister’s Office. The Chief Minister…

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Subsidised gas price cut by Rs 6.5, non-subsidised by Rs 133

Domestic cooking gas (LPG) price Friday was cut by Rs 6.52 per cylinder on account of tax impact on the reduced market rate for the fuel. A 14.2-kg subsidised LPG cylinder will cost Rs 500.90 in the national capital from midnight tonight as against Rs 507.42 currently, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the country’s largest fuel retailer, said in a statement. The price reduction comes soon after six consecutive monthly hikes in rates since June. Prior to this price cut, rates had gone up by Rs 14.13 per cylinder since then.…

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New-found Debris Believed to be From Flight MH370 Handed to Malaysia Govt

New-found Debris Believed to be From Flight MH370 Handed to Malaysia Govt

Putrajaya: Relatives of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on Friday handed over new-found debris believed to be from the ill-fated plane, hoping it could help shed light on the jet’s mysterious disappearance four years ago. The Boeing 777 jet with 239 people on board vanished on March 8, 2014 during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur in the world’s greatest aviation mystery. An official report released in July following a lengthy investigation and years of fruitless searching gave no new clues about why the plane disappeared, sparking anger…

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Indian Woman Working as Maid in Singapore Held for Grooming Employer’s 11-Yr-Old Son for Sexual Acts

Indian Woman Working as Maid in Singapore Held for Grooming Employer's 11-Yr-Old Son for Sexual Acts

Singapore: An Indian woman working as a maid in Singapore has been sentenced to 18 months jail for grooming her employer’s 11-year-old son into performing sexual acts on her, according to a media report. The 33-year-old woman was sentenced on November 22 after the court heard that the offences took place over a period of four months from January 2016, when she was alone at home with the 11-year-old boy, Channel News Asia reported. Her action caused much psychological harm to the victim as the boy felt guilty and was…

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GDP growth rate slows to 7.1% from 8.2% in last quarter

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at constant prices (2011-12) had grown at 6.3 per cent in July-September quarter of the last fiscal, according to government data released Friday.

India’s economy grew at 7.1 per cent in July-September, lowest in three quarters, but still remained ahead of China to retain the tag of the world’s fastest growing major economy. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at constant prices (2011-12) had grown at 6.3 per cent in July-September quarter of the last fiscal, according to government data released Friday. The size of the GDP in the second quarter of 2018-19 is estimated at Rs 33.98 lakh crore, as against Rs 31.72 lakh crore a year ago, showing a growth rate of…

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Dilip Ray, Bijoy Mohapatra quit BJP; Dilip also quit MLA post

Dilip Ray, Bijoy Mohapatra quit BJP; Dilip also quit MLA post

Bhubaneswar: Two national executive members of BJP Dilip Ray and Bijoy Mohapatra resigned from the party on Friday saying that they can no longer continue as showpieces in the party. Ray, MLA from Rourkela assembly constituency, also resigned from the membership of Odisha Legislative Assembly. He met Speaker Pradip Amat and submitted his resignation letter. “It is with deep anguish that I have decided to quit as the Member of State Legislative Assembly as well as from the Membership of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),” tweeted Ray. Both Ray and Mohapatra…

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Indian Professionals Dominate Brexit-hit UK’s Visa Hike

Indian Professionals Dominate Brexit-hit UK's Visa Hike

London: Skilled professionals from India dominated the landscape of work visas issued by the UK government over the past few months, according to official statistics released on Thursday. The UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) found in its analysis of UK Home Office data for the previous year that while the pressures of Brexit meant a decline in migrants coming to the UK from within the European Union (EU), non-EU migrants from countries like India registered an increase across different segments. There were 2,266 more Tier 2 visas granted to…

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Hockey WC 2018: Argentina Clinch Thriller Against Spain

Hockey WC 2018

Bhubaneswar: Braces from Gonzalo Peillat and Agustin Mazzilli guided Argentina to a narrow 4-3 win against Spain in their campaign opener of the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneshwar on Tuesday. In a see-saw Pool A contest, Enrique Gonzalez handed Spain an early 1-0 lead in the 3rd minute of the game before Mazzilli deflected a right wing cross perfectly to the net in the next minute to level the score. Spain took a 2-1 lead after Josep Romeu found the back of the net in…

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Dharmendra seeks Odisha CM’s intervention for plastic park JV formation

Dharmendra seeks Odisha CM’s intervention for plastic park JV formation

Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday requested Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to ensure completion of formalities for the formation of a joint venture (JV) for the proposed plastic park at Paradip. “The joint venture needs to be ready as soon as possible, which would take care of requirements of investors and work on further infrastructure developments. I therefore request you to personally intervene in the matter and instruct the concerned authorities to complete all the formalities for joint venture formation at the earliest,” said Pradhan in a…

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