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HC asks media houses to file affidavits on Mamata's comment

Bhattacharya, former mayor of Kolkata, made the oral plea before the bench praying for suo motu contempt proceedings against Banerjee, stating that the chief minister had during a seminar in the Assembly on Tuesday allegedly made derogatory remarks about judiciary

 
Kolkata: Taking up a plea for contempt proceedings against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly making derogatory remarks about judiciary, the Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed two newspapers and two channels to file affidavits on the authenticity of their reports on her speech, reports PTI.
 
On the plea by senior counsel Bikash Bhattacharya, who was the Mayor of Kolkata and a CPI(M) leader, a division bench comprising justices KJ Sengupta and AK Mondal directed two national English dailies and two vernacular news channels to file affidavits within three weeks on the authenticity of their reports on a speech made by Banerjee on 14th August.
 
The issue of whether any contempt proceeding would be initiated against the chief minister would come up after examination of the affidavits by the court, lawyers said.
 
The matter would come up for hearing again after four weeks.
 
Bhattacharya, former mayor of Kolkata, made the oral plea before the bench praying for suo motu contempt proceedings against Banerjee, stating that the chief minister had during a seminar in the Assembly on Tuesday allegedly made derogatory remarks about judiciary.
 
He also submitted two CDs containing the recordings of television reports and also copies of the two newspapers before the court and sought suo motu action against Banerjee.
 
In the morning, a section of lawyers led by counsel Subrata Mukhopadhyay had moved the court of Chief Justice JN Patel and Justice Joymalyo Bagchi seeking suo motu contempt proceedings against the Chief Minister.
 
The bench refused to take up the matter suo motu and said that he could file a contempt petition before the court and the matter would be heard accordingly.
 
The Chief Justice's bench had observed that the chief minister had expressed her personal opinion and the judiciary was not disturbed at any such alleged comments.
 
Bhattacharya had moved the court earlier in the day seeking an urgent hearing on the matter, when the bench directed him to come at 2pm.
 
Banerjee had stated, "What I am seeing, many court judgements are today delivered in return for money."
 

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Maruti to lift lockout at Manesar, resume work on 21st August

Maruti Suzuki has also issued termination notices to 500 of its regular workers, who were allegedly involved in the 18th July violence

 
New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India said it will lift the month-long lockout at its violence-hit Manesar plant and resume operations on 21st August 21, reports PTI.
 
The country's largest car-maker has also issued termination notices to 500 regular workers, who were allegedly involved in the 18th July violence in which one senior executive was killed and nearly 100 others were injured.
 
"We plan to lift the lockout from 21st August and resume production at Manesar," Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman RC Bhargava told reporters.
 
Maruti Suzuki India had declared a lockout at the Manesar plant on 21st July, stating the safety and well-being of its employees were paramount to the company.
 
The Manesar unit is at present guarded by the Haryana Police. The Police had last week said it would continue to provide security and station a full battalion, comprising 500-600 policemen, inside the facility where some of the popular car models were made.
 
On the fate of workers involved in the violence, Bhargava said: "We have issued termination notices to 500 regular workers."
 
The plant, while on full operations before the violence, employed around 3,000 workers, of which around 1,600 were permanent employees. Besides, about 700 managerial people were also working at the plant.
 
The Manesar plant, which has an annual capacity of 5.5 lakh units, rolls out the company's popular models Swift, entry level sedan DZiRE and SX4 along with compact car A-Star.
 

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NALCO to invest Rs40,000 crore in energy sector

NALCO has formed a joint venture with Nuclear Power Corp for setting up nuclear power plants in India

 
Bhubaneswar: Poised for a big leap in its diversification plan, aluminium giant NALCO is all set to invest around Rs40,000 crore to make a foray into energy sector besides implementing a host of new projects and expansion works, reports PTI.
 
"The company has taken up several greenfield projects. As part of this drive, plans are afoot to set up a new smelter in Western Odisha with an investment of about Rs16,000 crore," NALCO CMD BL Bagra said.
 
The project is now being pursued with the Odisha government by the Navaratna PSU, he said 
 
The company is also planning to set up a Rs4,500 crore alumina refinery in Gujarat with one million tonnes per annum capacity. Preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) has been taken up, Bagra said.
 
In addition, the company also has plans to set up a 1.4 million tonnes per annum alumina refinery in Andhra Pradesh, based on bauxite reserves in that state. "To start with, some CSR works have been undertaken in the vicinity," the NALCO CMD told reporters.
 
Turning to the aluminium major's diversification plans, Bagra said in energy sector, the company has formed a Joint Venture with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to set up nuclear power plants in India.
 
Both the partners have selected Kakrapar Units 3 and 4 of 700 MW each in Gujarat as their first JV project with an estimated project cost of Rs11,500 crore, he said.
 

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