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Aircel-Maxis Case: P Chidambaram, son Karti’s interim protection from arrest extended till November 1

P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram

A Delhi Court Monday extended till November 1 the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case filed by the CBI and the ED.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini put up the matter for November 1 after the counsel appearing for agencies sought an adjournment in the matter.

Advocates appearing for the CBI and the ED, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Nitesh Rana, told the court that the agencies required time to file a detailed reply and argue on the application filed through Chidambaram’s lawyers P K Dubey and Arshdeep Singh.

Chidambaram and his son were named in the chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the case on July 19.

The agency filed a supplementary charge sheet before the special judge, who will consider it on next date.

The CBI is probing how Chidambaram, who was the Union finance minister in 2006, granted a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to a foreign firm, when only the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was empowered to do it.

The senior Congress leader’s role has come under the scanner of investigating agencies in the Rs 3,500-crore Aircel-Maxis deal and the INX …read more

As migrants from UP, Bihar flee Gujarat, Sanjay Nirupam reminds PM Modi about Varanasi

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Amid reports of mass exodus of migrant workers from Gujarat, senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The migrants are largely from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. The backlash started after a gruesome rape of a 14-month-old baby in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district. The initial police probe revealed that the toddler was allegedly raped by a 20-year-old youth from Bihar at a ceramic factory near Himmatnagar. Following the rape incident, many incidents of attacks on migrants were reported.

So far 342 people have been detained in 42 cases of attacks across the state.

The exodus took a political turn when Nirupam connected it with the Prime Minister. ‘If people from the North are going to be harassed in Prime Minister’s home state, then remember that one day the Prime Minister himself has to go to Varanasi,’ Nirupam said during a rally in Nagpur.

The migrants, who are mainly street food sellers or labourers or factory workers, are under major threat and are forced to leave the state, a passer-by who saw buses being loaded told DNA.

Most of the migrants who are fleeing are either engaged in the street food business or work in factories. The panipuri, …read more

BSE Sensex, Nifty open in red amid weak Asian cues

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The Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex fell over 150 points and the NSE Nifty dropped below the 10,300-level in early trade Monday on unabated foreign fund outflow amid weak Asian cues and the weakness in rupee.

Falling for the fourth straight session, the BSE 30-share barometer fell 169.20 points, or 0.53 per cent, to 34,207.79 after hitting a low of 34,106.24.

The gauge had plunged by 2,149.15 points in the previous three sessions.

Sectoral indices, led by metal, realty, consumer durables, capital goods, healthcare, auto, FMCG, power and teck, were trading in the negative terrain, falling up to 3.38 per cent.

The NSE Nifty fell 88.85 points, or 0.86 per cent, to 10,227.60.

Top laggards include Vedanta, Tata Steel, Adani Ports, HDFC, Wipro, L&T, RIL, Bajaj Auto, ITC, Maruti Suzuki, HUL, Sun Pharma, ICICI Bank, TCS, Bharti Airtel, IndusInd Bank, M&M and Axis Bank, dropping by up to 6.58 per cent.

However, Yes Bank, Coal India, SBI, ONGC, PowerGrid and Kotak Bank were trading in the green on value buying.

Foreign funds sold shares worth a net of Rs 3,370.14 crore, while domestic institutional investors bought equities worth Rs 1,902.07 crore Friday, provisional data showed.

Foreign investors have pulled out over Rs 9,300 crore (USD 1.3 billion) from the …read more

Jammu and Kashmir’s first civic polls underway amid tight security, mobile internet services suspended in some areas

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Polling was underway Monday for the first phase of four-phased municipal elections in Jammu and Kashmir amidst stringent security arrangements put in place for smooth conduct of the elections.

For the first phase, 78 candidates have already been elected unopposed out of which 69 are from the Valley.

Polling began at 7 am this morning and would end at 4 pm, officials said. Mobile Internet services have been suspended in South Kashmir in the view of the first phase of urban local bodies elections. Mobile Internet speed has been reduced to 2G in other parts of the Kashmir valley.

They said voting will take place at 820 polling stations across the state.

150 polling stations have been designated for voting in Kashmir Division and 670 in Jammu Division. In Kashmir Division, 138 polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive while in Jammu Division, 52 polling stations have been categorised hypersensitive, the officials said.

They said 1,204 candidates are in the fray for 321 municipal wards, including 83 in Kashmir division and 238 in Jammu division.

The total electorate for the first phase is 586064, the official said.

They said massive security arrangements have been put in place for the smooth conduct of the polls.

Municipal elections, covering …read more

WB Police SI/LSI Prelims Results for 2018 Declared: Check details @policewb.gov.in

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West Bengal Police declared the result for the SI/LSI preliminary exams on 7th October. The preliminary exams were conducted for the recruitment of the post of sub-inspector and lady sub-inspector. The results have been declared on the official website. The candidates who have appeared for the exam can check their results on policewb.gov.in.

The West Bengal Police had released an official notification for the schedule of the exam events. The official notification stated that the Physical Measurement Test (PMT) and Physical Efficiency Test (PET) for the recruitment will tentatively begin from November 15th. The admit card for the PMT/PET will be released on November 5th.

Here is how to check the WB Police SI 2018 Recruitment prelim result:

1. Log in to the WB Police’s official website.

2. Click on the ‘Recruitment’ button on the home page.

3. Click on the SI/LSI preliminary result link.

4. Enter the application number and the date of birth to access the result.

5. The result will be displayed and can be printed out.

Click to check your results now.

The preliminary exams for the position of SI/LSI were conducted on July 29 and the admit cards …read more

Optical tweezers: Golly lasers & lateness

Donna Strickland, Gerard Mourou and Arthur Ashkin

On October 2, as we celebrated Gandhi Jayanti, there was another good news. The Nobel prize for Physics was awarded to Donna Strickland, Gerard Mourou and Arthur Ashkin. They represented three outstanding Physicists from different geographies, gender and age. Donna Strickland from Canada was the first woman winner of the Physics Nobel Prize in 55 years, after Marie Curie, who won in 1903, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who was awarded the prize in 1963, making this a small threesome.

Similarly, Art Ashkin is, perhaps, the oldest person at 96 to win a Nobel Prize ever. The prize of nine million Swedish Kronor, which is almost a million USD, acknowledges their contributions to the field of lasers. Art Ashkin developed a technique called ‘optical tweezers’, which are used for studying biological systems. This was the ‘science-fiction dream’ realisation of using the radiation pressure of light to move really small objects. He invented the optical tweezer, which can clutch and grip particles, atoms, even viruses, bacteria and living cells. While this became possible, as explained by scientists, ‘the peak power of laser pulses was limited because, when cranked up to high intensities, they would destroy the material used for amplifying its energy.’

Carrying this forward, …read more