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Fire destroys natural history museum, minister orders audit

According the officials, almost everything including the collection and documents on display in the museum, was destroyed

 

A massive fire destroyed the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) here early on Tuesday, reducing its priceless collection including fossils to ashes, officials said.
 
The shocking devastation forced Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to order an urgent fire audit of all museums across the country as it emerged that the fire fighting system failed to work at the museum.
 
The blaze erupted around 1.50 a.m. and quickly spread in the multi-storey building which housed the museum, just across the Nepalese embassy and around three kilometres from the Parliament House.
 
"The museum was on FICCI property. We will assess the damage as soon as we (can) and see how we can restore it," said a stunned Javadekar.
 
Museum officials were more forthright.
 
"Everything has been damaged, some by fire, some by gases and some by the water used to douse the flames," an official said on the condition of anonymity.
 
Added Vikas Rana, a museum official: "The museum had many fossils and species. Everything is lost... Around 3,000 children from Delhi and nearby regions used to visit it daily."
 
Some 35 fire tenders battled the leaping flames, bringing the fire officially under control by about 6 a.m. By then, virtually nothing in the museum of importance could be saved.
 
Delhi Fire Service chief G.C. Mishra blamed "an electrical gadget" for the inferno.
 
"No human intervention was involved in causing the fire that started from the seventh floor. However, we have completely doused the fire but cooling operation is still on," Mishra told IANS.
 
Five fire fighters were rushed to hospital after being injured while trying to contain the blaze.
 
Then prime minister Indira Gandhi initiated the idea of the museum in 1972 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of India's independence.
 
She desired a museum to depict India's flora, fauna and mineral wealth to provide an out of school facility for education of children and to promote environmental awareness among the masses, according to the museum's website.
 
The museum opened in June 1978, coinciding with the World Environment Day.
 
It had both permanent and temporary galleries, and provided guided tours by trained educational assistants.
 
Gallery 1 portrayed the origin and evolution of life and the variety and diversity of the flora and fauna in India.
 
Gallery 2 gave an overview of major eco-systems of the world, role of plants as primary producers, food chains, and interrelationship among plants, animals and human beings.
 
Gallery 3 dealt with many aspects of conservation of nature.
 
The museum provided opportunities to children to handle and examine specimens, participate in creative activities such as modelling and painting and exploration of discovery boxes.
 
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Rajya Sabha ethics panel recommends Mallya's expulsion

Rajya Sabha Ethics Committee chairman Karan Singh said that they will send Mallya a mail, and he will be given a week's time to respond

 

The Ethics Committee of the Rajya Sabha on Monday unanimously agreed that liquor baron Vijay Mallya, wanted for defaulting bank loans to the tune of Rs9,000 crore, should be expelled from the upper house of parliament.
 
Mallya, an independent member of the house from Karnataka, has, however, been given a week's time, and a final decision will be taken when the committee meets on May 3.
 
Rajya Sabha Ethics Committee chairman Karan Singh said that they will send Mallya a mail, and he will be given a week's time to respond.
 
"It has been decided that he should be expelled. All members agreed to it," Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav told reporters after a meeting of the committee, where Mallya's case was discussed. 
 
Karan Singh said: "We reviewed the whole situation. We will give him a week's time so that he can say what he has to say. The committee will meet again on May 3."
 
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury spoke on similar lines.
 
"The opinion of members is very clear, he should be expelled," he said.
 
According to sources, in the discussions the committee was made aware that for around 10 years as a member of the Rajya Sabha, Mallya had been declaring his assets and liabilities as "nil".
 
"This is a blatant lie. He lied to the house and action will be taken," a committee member said.
 
In the meeting, the issue of revocation of Mallya's passport was also taken up.
 
"It was raised in the meeting, and some members felt it only meant giving him a free run. The UK government may not agree on deporting him, and he can even get a British citizenship," sources said.
 
The government revoked Mallya's passport on Sunday after he failed to turn up for a probe into a Rs9,431 crore default of loans from Indian banks. This has set in the motion the process for the billionaire's possible deportation from Britain, where he is staying at present.
 
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COMMENTS

manoharlalsharma

1 year ago

expulsion is not the solution but to tightening of recovering process be in place as exercised against FARMERS and absconding is the FEAR behind SUBRTOS" jail of SAHARA what u gain from but it damages GOOD WILL of INDIA and I would like to know where r so many listed firms?who took money from STOCK MARKET in crores of rupees tolerated without action.

Nifty, Sensex uptrend broken – Monday closing report
Nifty has to stay above 7,862 for the market to head higher again
 
We had mentioned in Friday’s closing report that Sensex, Nifty were still on an uptrend but that bulls were tiring. Also, Nifty would have to stay above 7,870 for the market to head higher. The major indices of the Indian stock markets closed with small losses on Monday. The trends of the major indices are given in the table below:
 
 
Depressed by negative Asian markets, along with unwinding of long positions, key indices of the Indian equity markets traded in the red during the late-afternoon trade session on Monday. The BSE market breadth was heavily tilted in favour of the bears -- with 1,580 declines and 952 advances. The key Indian indices had ended on a flat-to-negative note during the previous trade session on April 22. Initially on Monday, the indices had opened on a flat note as they were dragged lower by negative Asian markets and a weak close of the US exchanges on Friday. Besides, investors were seen cautious ahead of the US FOMC (US federal open market committee) meet slated for April 27-28. The US FOMC meet assumes significance as it will decide the future course of the US interest rates. A hike in interest rates is expected to lead away Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) from emerging markets such as India. In addition, weak crude oil prices and upcoming monetary policy review by the Bank of Japan (BoJ) dented sentiments. Investors were seen reluctant to chase prices ahead of the futures and options (F&O) expiry and release of key quarterly results.
 
Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow to India touched a record level of $51 billion during the April-February period of the last financial year, the government said on Monday. "We have had a record inflow of FDI in this country, more than $51 billion from April to February, and that is the highest ever," the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Secretary Ramesh Abhishek said here at an event hosted by industry chamber Ficci on intellectual property rights (IPR). Credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service said earlier this month that India's rising FDI inflows help reduce the current account deficit and also the external financing needs.
 
China's central bank on Monday pumped more money into the market to ease a liquidity strain. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) conducted 180 billion yuan ($27.6 billion) of seven-day reverse re-purchase agreements (repo), a process in which central banks purchase securities from banks with an agreement to resell them in the future, Xinhua news agency reported. The reverse repo was priced to yield 2.25%, unchanged from Friday's injection of 240 billion yuan, according to a PBOC statement.
 
Shares of Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services rose sharply today after the company reported a 12% rise in consolidated net profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. Its shares closed at Rs297.50, up 7.97% on the BSE.
 
Shares of software services firm Zensar Technologies today plunged nearly 8% after the company reported decline in consolidated net profit for the March quarter. Its shares closed at Rs946.00, down 5.06% on the BSE.
 
Shares of Motherson Sumi plummeted as much as 4.43% on the BSE on Monday after its customer Volkswagen (VW) posted a 4.1-billion-euros operating loss for 2015. Europe’s largest automaker VW took a 16.2 billion euros hit to pay for its diesel emissions test-rigging scandal. According to Credit Suisse, Volkswagen’s struggles are likely to impact earnings at Motherson Sumi. Its shares closed at Rs261.85, down 4.43% on the BSE.
 
The top gainers and top losers of the major indices are given in the table below:
 
 
The closing values of the major Asian indices are given in the table below:
 
 

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