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Bimal Roy removed as ISI director

Conferred with the Padma Shri award this year, Roy's term as the head of the ISI was set to expire in July

 

Accusing him of "indiscipline" and expressing apprehension that he may indulge in acts of "administrative and financial impropriety", the ministry of statistics and programme implementation has removed Bimal Roy as director of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).
 
Conferred with the Padma Shri award this year, Roy's term as the head of the ISI was set to expire in July. He has been replaced by director-designate Sanghmitra Bandyopadhyay who was scheduled to take charge on August 1.
 
"There is justified and a reasonable apprehension that the present director Dr B. Roy may indulge in propagation of indiscipline and mischief, including acts of administrative and financial impropriety in the interregnum up to July 31, 2015 (before the new director Prof S. Bandyopadhayay takes charge on August 1, 2015)," read the order by the ministry dated June 10.
 
Signed by Deputy Director General S. Hazra, the order also said Roy will "stand divested of all administrative, financial and other powers and duties of Director, ISI with effect from afternoon on June 10, 2015".
 
"A number of general and specific matters of financial and administrative irregularities which show the direct or supervisory responsibilities for acts of omission or commission on the part of Roy are available in the ministry in various files on different subjects," said the order.
 
With a Ph.D. in combinatorics and optimization from the University of Waterloo, Roy was appointed as the ISI director in August 2010.
 
Despite repeated attempts, IANS could not contact Roy for his version on the devleopments as the calls went unanswered.

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AAP government allows microbreweries in Delhi

Set up in pubs and hotels, microbreweries produce a small amount of fresh beer, which is served to customers

 

The AAP government on Thursday allowed the setting up of microbreweries in the capital.
 
The decision was taken at a meeting of the cabinet here, Deputy Chief Minster Manish Sisodia said.
 
Set up in pubs and hotels, microbreweries produce a small amount of fresh beer, which is served to customers. 
 
Until now, beer drinkers would go to neighboring Gurgaon in Haryana to have freshly brewed beer.

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Delhi sets up panel to junk outdated business licenses

The committee, headed by principal secretary, finance, has to do its work by July 31

 

To facilitate ease of doing business in the capital, the AAP government Thursday set up a committee to junk outdated licences.
 
"A committee has been set up to review each and every license to do business. It will also see even if there are some important licences and the clause of their annual renewal can be removed," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said here.
 
"There is still a license raj and the Delhi government wants to end it. To do business, small and big traders have to get about 50 licences. And the process of getting these licenses is very difficult" he said.
 
"Even if somebody gets it, it has be renewed annual from various agencies ranging from police to Delhi government's various departments. It's a source of corruption, " he added.
 
The committee, headed by principal secretary, finance, has to do its work by July 31.

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