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HC asks Maharashtra government to pay pension to retired professor

The state government had denied pension to the professor as during his service tenure, CPF was deducted from his salary instead of GPF


Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has asked Maharashtra government to pay pension forthwith to Dr Dilip Sadashiv Joag, retired professor of Pune University, under the pension scheme, reports PTI.
 
The direction was given by a division bench on 16th July on a petition filed by the professor urging for pension.
 
Joag was appointed on 14 August 1980 as a lecturer on temporary basis and thereafter on 16 March 1985 he was appointed as a lecturer on permanent basis. He was given promotion as a reader on 29 May 1989. After retirement, he was denied pension payable under Pension & Gratuity Scheme.
 
He was informed that during the service tenure, contributory provident fund (CPF) was deducted from his salary instead of gratuity pension fund (GPF), as per the GR dated 21 July 1983 and 26 April 1993.
 
Petitioner's counsel Chandana Salgaokar submitted that Joag had never given the option for Gratuity Pension Fund as at the time of his appointment he was communicated that he would be governed by Pension-cum-Gratuity Scheme.
 
She drew the attention of the court to the letter of appointment of the petitioner dated 16 March 1985, and also to another letter dated 29 May 1989 further appointing him to the post of Reader in Physics, wherein it was mentioned that he would be governed by Maharashtra Civil Service (Pension) Rules 1982, including the Family Pension Scheme of 1964.

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Hitachi's second unit in Gujarat in-operable after fire

 

The major problem in controlling the fire at Kadi was vehicles had to be sent for refilling to other locations, and by the time they arrived back the cooling done had again turned into blaze

Ahmedabad: Consumer durable company Hitachi Home & Life Solutions on Thursday said its second unit at Kadi plant in Gujarat, which manufacturers air conditioners, has become inoperational after a major fire broke out there last night, reports PTI.
 
"The unit 2 has been gutted in fire and is in-operable now," Hitachi's Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, Amit Doshi said. No human casualty has been reported, he said.
 
"Last night there was a major fire at unit no. 2 at Kadi plant, Gujarat due to which it has become non-operational," the company said.
 
Adequate insurance of the plant has been made, the company added.
 
Meanwhile, the unit no. 1 at Kadi plant and the company's Jammu plant are 'operational'.
 
According to state fire officials, 22 fire fighting vehicles were rushed to the spot including 11 from Ahmedabad, which battled for around 10 hours to douse the fire.
 
Gujarat State Disaster Management's (GSDMA's) help was sought to mobilise fire fighting vehicles from nearby areas like Kalol, Gandhinagar, Mehsana.
 
Two fire fighters and a water tanker of ONGC were also called for help, a fire official said.
 
"The time has come to think about review of industrial sites in rural areas of Gujarat," Ahmedabad's Deputy Fire Officer Rajesh Bhatt said.
 
"The fire at industrial site in Kadi has brought to fore the requirement for having on the spot water refilling resources as per the requirements of fire fighting vehicles," he said.
 
The major problem in controlling the fire at Kadi was vehicles had to be sent for refilling to other locations, and by the time they arrived back the cooling done had again turned into blaze, he said.

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COMMENTS

Veeresh Malik

4 years ago

May be linked, but the electrical integrity of hitachi's products themselves are in doubt, and we have had to literally throw away a brand new Hitachi air-conditoner because the surge current draw is terribly high when switching it on.

HSBC probe: RBI looking into issues raised by US Senate

 

RBI is looking into the issue of non-compliance of anti-money laundering norms by the Indian staff of HSBC raised by a US Senate Committee

New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is looking into the issue of non-compliance of anti-money laundering norms by the Indian staff of HSBC raised by a US Senate Committee, a senior Finance Ministry official said on Thursday, reports PTI.
 
"I am confident that RBI is looking at it (HSBC issue). I am aware of it. They are very conscious of the issue," Department of Financial Services Secretary DK Mittal told reporters.
 
He said the finance ministry would assist the RBI with the required inputs. "HSBC is a regulatory issue. It is for RBI to comment. If they need any input from us they will have to tell us," Mittal said.
 
HSBC's India staff have come under the scanner for deficiencies in their role as 'offshore reviewers' of the global banking giant's compliance to safety mechanism against money laundering and terrorist financing.
 
A probe by the US Senate's Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations found that HSBC's Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance Department, which included employees in India, was highly inadequately staffed.
 
Besides, deficiencies were found in the quality of the work done by HSBC's "offshore reviewers in India", who were used for clearing a major backlog of suspected transaction alerts at the bank.

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