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CAT asks Centre, UP to explain IPS Amitabh Thakur's suspension
Thakur said his suspension was extended for 180 days through an order dated 10 December 2015 -- passed 150 days after his suspension, and this delay has been condoned by the state government
 
The Lucknow bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Tuesday sought response from the central and the Uttar Pradesh (UP) governments on a police officer's 91-day suspension from service.
 
On the petition by Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Amitabh Thakur, who challenged his suspension order dated 13 July 2015, the Bench of Navneet Kumar and Jayati Chandra sought a response from both governments within three weeks, and fixed 18th April as the next date of hearing.
 
The senior IPS officer in his petition had cited Rule 3(8) of the All India Services Discipline and Appeal Rules which clearly states that every suspension order must be reviewed and suspension extended within 90 days, and if such review is not done, the suspension order stands automatically revoked.
 
Thakur said his suspension was extended for 180 days through an order dated 10 December 2015 -- passed 150 days after his suspension, and this delay has been condoned by the state government.
 
Calling all these orders illegal, Thakur prayed for getting reinstated on the 91st day since his suspension.

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Bangladesh central bank governor resigns over cyber heist
Governor Atiur Rahman resigned over a cyber heist involving over $80 million 
 
Atiur Rahman, the chief of Bangladesh's central bank resigned on Tuesday over a cyber heist involving over $80 million from its account with New York's Federal Reserve Bank.
 
Governor Atiur Rahman tendered his resignation during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a senior official told BDNews24. 

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Lok Sabha takes up real estate bill, Congress assures support
The real estate bill, which seeks to protect interests of property buyers against unscrupulous promoters and set up a sectoral watchdog is taken up for discussion in the Lok Sabha
 
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday discussed the Real Estate Regulator (Regulation and Development) Bill that seeks to protect the interests of property buyers against unscrupulous promoters and set up a sectoral watchdog, with the opposition Congress party saying it too favours the legislation.
 
"We want to pass the bill," Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge said in a brief intervention when Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was explaining to the members various facets of the bill.
 
Naidu said the Bill is a pro-reform step undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in order to bring about ease of doing business in the country. "We can no longer perform without reforms," he said.
 
The Real Estate Bill, pending before parliament since 2013, got approval of the Rajya Sabha on 10th March.
 
A major benefit for consumers proposed in the bill is that builders will have to quote prices based on carpet area and not super built-up area, while carpet area has been clearly defined in the bill to include usable spaces like kitchen and toilets.
 
The bill makes it mandatory for all commercial and residential real estate projects where the land is over 500 square metres, or eight apartments, to register with the regulator for launching a project, in order to provide greater transparency in project-marketing and execution. 
 
For failure to register, it proposes a penalty of up to 10% of the project cost or three years' imprisonment.
 
Naidu said the main purpose of the bill is to protect consumer interest.
 
"Sometimes we are called pro-business, I do not mind being called that. After all business and industry (people) are also Indians," he said, adding the interests of farmers and consumers will also be protected.
 
In order to ensure protection of all stakeholders and concerned sectors, Naidu said before bringing the Bill in parliament, he and his department had held elaborate consultations with various ministries.
 
"We held detailed meetings with colleagues like Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and others from the ministries of environment, defence, civil aviation and culture," he said. 

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