HC refuses to direct PM to decide on a complaint against Raja

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court (HC) today refused to direct the prime minister (PM) to take a decision on a complaint seeking his sanction to prosecute telecom minister A Raja for his alleged involvement in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation scam, reports PTI.

The court dismissed the plea of Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy seeking its direction to the PM to decide on granting sanction against his Cabinet colleague Mr Raja on a complaint pending before the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) for the last two years.

The court passed the order after the Centre contended that it was premature to take a decision on granting sanction against Mr Raja in view of the ongoing investigation by CBI in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

"In our considered opinion when the matter is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and it is in progress, it is not in fitness of things to pass any order," a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, adding "We are not inclined to interfere in the matter".

Mr Swamy pleaded before the court that an explanation from the PM be sought for not acting against Mr Raja in the matter.

He submitted that the prime minister should have decided on his application which was pending before him for the last two years.

"If he thinks that the material placed by me is worthless, then he should have rejected my application. But he cannot sit on my plea," he said.

Referring to a communication by PMO, Mr Swamy had submitted that the prime minister refused to decide on his complaint on the ground that the CBI has registered a case against some unknown persons in alleged 2G spectrum allocation irregularities and investigations were still going on.

"The government should explain why there is delay. The government should be compelled to say how long it will take to decide on the issue as Rs60,000 crore is involved in it," he had pleaded.

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Traffic to business and finance sites in India surges 45%

Banking sites see strong growth as more Indians turn to the web for their personal financial needs, the comScore Media Metrix data said.

Internet data tracking company comScore Inc said during June, about 19.7 million Internet users in India visited business or finance sites, representing a 45% increase from the previous year. This surge was attributed to a growing number of Indians, who turned to the web for business and finance-related content including online banking, trading and the latest news on financial markets, comScore said in a release.

"With half of India's online population visiting a business or finance-related site during the month, there is an opportunity to reach and engage financial consumers in a way that was not possible before. Financial companies must focus now on devising effective digital strategies to help attract and retain these important customers or risk losing them to their competitors," said Will Hodgman, executive vice president for the Asia-Pacific region, comScore. 

In June, 19.7 million people aged 15 and older visited a business or finance site from a home or work location in India. Nearly all of the top 10 most visited business or finance sites witnessed double-digit traffic growth in the past year as more Indians turned to the web for financial information.

ICICI Bank led as the top business or finance site in India with 4.7 million visitors, an increase of 40% from the previous year. HDFC Group followed as the second most visited site an increase of 58% to 3.5 million visitors while the State Bank of India grabbed the third spot with 84% increase in number of visitors to nearly 3 million, comScore said.

Further analysis of the most-visited online banks revealed that the top three received a significant portion of site traffic from markets outside of India. ICICI Bank saw 12.3% of its traffic originate from other markets, with the US accounting for 5.4% of overall visitation to the site, the UK at 2.5% and Canada with 1.0%, leading as the three largest markets for visitation outside of India. HDFC Group received nearly 6% of its traffic from other markets with top three being the US at 1.5%, UK at 0.7% and Singapore at 0.3%. While State Bank of India received 6% of its traffic from other markets with the US at 2.3%, UK at 0.5% and Singapore at 0.3%.

Mr Hodgman said, "With the top banks attracting a significant number of visitors from countries outside of India, these visitors, most likely non-resident Indians, represent an important segment for banks to address when developing and executing their digital strategies."  

On average, Internet users in India spent 53 minutes on business or finance sites in June 2010, consuming 92 pages of content and frequenting the category 6 times during the month. Of the top 10 most visited business or finance sites, visitors to MoneyControl.com displayed the strongest engagement, averaging more than one hour on the site during the month, visiting the site 5 times and consuming 57 pages of content. Visitors to Bombay Stock Exchange also exhibited strong engagement, averaging 42 minutes on the site during the month and consuming 97 pages of content. Among the major banks, ICICI Bank led with the largest amount of time spent per visitor at 26 minutes.

Males accounted for 72% of visitors to the Business/Finance category, driving 78% of total page views and 78% of total minutes spent at the category, with the highest skews among males age 25-34, comScore report said.
 

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Panel report on Nuclear Liability Bill tabled in Parliament

New Delhi: A Parliamentary committee looking into the controversial Nuclear Liability Bill today tabled its report in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha amid protests from the Left parties in the Upper House, reports PTI.

The report on the Bill, crucial for operationalisation of India's civil nuclear deals with various countries, was tabled amid din in the Rajya Sabha by committee chairman T Subbirami Reddy and in the Lok Sabha by a member Pradeep Tamta.

The Rajya Sabha witnessed protests from the left parties, whose members were on their feet when Mr Reddy rose to present the report.

Following uproar, Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day and the Lok Sabha till 1400 hours.

The report was finalised after the government agreed to accommodate most of the concerns of opposition BJP including raising the compensation cap to Rs1500 crore from Rs500 crore.

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Satish Chandra

6 years ago

I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missiles Development Program. I have shown in my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.', which can be found by a Google search with the title, that all terrorism and insurgencies in the Indian subcontinent and in much of the rest of the world is sponsored by the C.I.A. Both Pakistan's ISI and India's RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) function as branches of the C.I.A. and participate in terrorism and insurgencies throughout the Subcontinent, under direction of the C.I.A. Yes, the ISI secretly supports the Taliban but it does so under direction from the C.I.A. whose modus operandi is support for ALL sides of a conflict to control the course of the conflict in service of its own goals. The goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and partial occupation of Pakistan is eventual occupation and overt colonial rule over the Subcontinent as a whole. This will not be permitted and all those participating in this enterprise, including the U.K., will be duly punished; see my blog. The document leak currently in the news has been made in preparation for abandonment of this goal and withdrawal from Afghanistan because of steps I have already taken for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States by India with 5,000 thermonuclear warheads and extermination of its population; see my blog. It also shows how India has been kept economically and technologically down by military means and how exterminating the United States' population will solve that problem. Indians need to realize the determining role of force even in economic relations. When insects such as Pranab Mukherjee talk of closer economic relations between India and the United States, they mean making Indians into slave labor for the American consumer as the Chinese have become so that the Americans no longer produce things, the Chinese toil to produce things for them to consume and all the Americans have to do is keep the whip over the Chinese and get the cooperation of China's ruling class by giving employment to their family members in the United States as they do to Indians. This master-slave relationship can be reversed or ended by bringing superior force to bear against the United States. Only I can provide such superior force to India and make India master, rather than slave, of the United States, exercising the power of life and death over the Americans and exterminate them to put an end to this scourge. See my article 'How India's Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year Or More' in my blog. India must get rid of 90% of its conventional forces and replace them with nuclear forces. Conventional forces are worthless for destroying the United States. Taking care of the enemy United States will take care of all other enemies. It is not just the production of consumer goods that the United States has transferred to slaves abroad. It is doing so for its fighting and invading as it has transferred its fighting and invading to Pakistan and is on the way to doing so with India. It is not just that all insurgencies and terrorism in India is C.I.A.-sponsored; so is the sea piracy around Somalia etc. which has been used to draw the Indian Navy into serving under the United States and these buggers are only too happy to resume the role they used to play for the British in Mesopotamia and elsewhere in World War I and II, etc.
RAW was split off from the Intelligence Bureau which had continued after 1947 to be loyal to the British. Later the Americans supplanted the British and RAW functions as a branch of the CIA against India. RAW's grip over India is comparable to the old KGB's grip over the Soviet Union, with the difference that whereas the KGB worked for the good of the Soviet Union, except toward the end, RAW has always worked for its imperialist paymasters. The role of politicians in governing India is insignificant compared to that of CIA-RAW but RAW has no place in the public's consciousness or in discussions of public affairs in India. It is India’s real ‘government’ -- just its joint secretaries number in the hundreds -- and politicians and civil servants largely obey its dictates. Any one, even a prime minister, whom CIA-RAW considers inconvenient is eliminated, if necessary by death, as I have shown regarding the deaths of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and, later, Rajiv Gandhi in my blog. Examples of RAW’s multifarious activities are sabotaging of indigenous research and development to keep India dependent on other countries for defence and other equipment, its spreading heroin addiction and AIDS first in India’s Northeast then elsewhere to provide the United States with a population to use as guinea pigs for AIDS vaccine development after the CIA was assigned the task of roping in a population for this purpose and the nuclear deal in its various aspects -- replacing indigenous production of uranium and reactors with imports, the capping, rollback and elimination of India’s nuclear weapons program, media control and buying up politicians, scientists, etc. for this purpose. The nuclear destruction of New Delhi will end C.I.A. rule over India; see my blog. In a maneuver to save New Delhi from nuclear destruction, RAW arranged for the Lalu-Mulayam charge of the Congress-BJP deal of saving BJP's Modi from criminal charges in exchange for BJP's support on the nuclear deal. But this will not save New Delhi.

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