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Odisha aims to sell surplus power by 2016-17
Odisha plans to be self-reliant in the power sector and has set a target to sell surplus power generated in the state to other states by 2016-17, an official said on Thursday.
 
The state expects to avail 32,059 million units of power after the commissioning of many new power plants and as part of the state share from the Centre by 2016-17.
 
This was revealed at a review meeting called by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the performance of the Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) and Grid Corporation of Odisha (Gridco).
 
The chief minister directed enhancing the capacity of power distribution utilities in the state for uninterrupted power supply to consumers.
 
He asked officials to connect all human settlements with electricity in a time-bound manner and reduce transmission and distribution loss.
 
The chief minister also directed the installation of 500 33/11 KV substations by 2017.

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States to be penalised for delay in transfer of AMRUT funds
The central government on Thursday said states and union territories will be penalised for any delay in transfer of funds to the local bodies under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
 
"States and UTs shall release the central assistance along with the state and UT share to the urban local bodies within seven working days of the release of central share failing which penal interest will be levied," Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo said.
 
AMRUT aims to provide basic services like water supply and sewerage to households and build amenities in cities.
 
The minister said this provision was made in the mission guidelines to avoid delays in the execution of projects under the mission.
 
He said AMRUT was a time bound programme to be implemented over a period of five years from 2015 with stipulated reforms to be completed in four years.
 
"To avoid delays in implementation, the ministry has also left the task of preparation, appraisal and execution of projects to the states and UT unlike in the past under JNNURM," the minister told the Rajya Sabha.

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First post-midnight hearing in Supreme Court's annals
The unprecedented hearing held at the Supreme Court past 3 a.m. on Thursday, in which 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon's last ditch attempt to avert his execution was rejected, was the first of its kind in the apex court's history and has been generally appreciated by the legal fraternity -- though there were some discordant notes also.
 
It was the darkness of the night that made it clear that the country's top court was meeting at an extremely odd hour, while otherwise everything appeared like any other normal working day.
 
The judges' library was opened for making available Supreme Court Reporters having compilation of judgments and other statutes for reference by the judges in the course of the hearing. 
 
The court staff, including court masters, stenographers, court assistants, and other subordinate staff, too, were present.
 
Memon's lawyers including Anand Grover, Prashant Bhushan, Yug Mohit Chaudhry, and their juniors to assist, along with social activists were present in the court,
 
So was Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi along with his team of lawyers to assist him in articulating the government position on the last minute plea by Memon seeking postponement of his execution by 14 days.
 
There was general appreciation of the judges' decision to hold a hearing in the court premises in the late night hours but there were some who dissented.
 
The Supreme Court Bar Association's former president M.N. Krishnamani, senior counsel and former high court judges Fakhruddin and P.K. Dash welcomed holding of the court proceedings at the late hour but another senior counsel Shekhar Naphade found it "unwarranted and abuse of the process of law".
 
"If the matter is important they can sit even at midnight," said Krishnamani, noting that in the case of industrialist Lalit Mohan Thapper, the then chief justice of India E.S. Venkataramiah granted him bail at mid-night after holding a hearing at his residence.
 
"Giving justice is more important than the timing when the court is assembling," he said, quoting Chief Justice Venkataramiah, in office from June 19, 1989 to December 17, 1989, who had said: "If I feel that injustice has been done, there is nothing in the world that can come between me and him (one who is wronged) to grant appropriate relief."
 
Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh High Court's former judge Fakhruddin, who is now practising as senior counsel in the apex court, said whenever there was such a case, the Supreme Court and high courts "had risen to the occasion".
 
He cited an instance when the execution of a death row convict was stayed by the then chief justice Y.V. Chandrachud after a plea was moved through a telegram and subsequently followed up telephonically. 
 
Chief justice Chandrachud, in office from February 22, 1978 to July 11, 1985, upon receiving the "lightning" phone call from Fakhruddin held the hearing at his residence and stayed the execution. In this case, the Supreme Court had earlier confirmed the death sentence of the death row convict.
 
Fakhruddin at that time was a lawyer and was heading the Madhya Pradesh High Court Legal Aid and Advice Sub Committee.
 
Subsequently, when this convict wanted to donate his eyes after execution, Justice J.S. Verma issued directions to that affect and directed that his funeral would be done at state expense. 
 
Dash, a former judge of Orissa High Court and subsequently that of Allahabad High Court, said the hearing at such late hours sent a "good message to the entire world" about the Indian judiciary and that "our judges know their duties well".
 
However, Naphade said the holding of the hearing was "uncalled for". "The whole petition was an abuse of law and did not warrant assembling (the court) at such an unearthly hour," he said.

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COMMENTS

A S Bhat

1 year ago

the advocates lead by anand grover wanted to protect the terrorist yakub. All hell broke loose when the death-pardon was rejected by the president. Then some 200 petitioned to Supreme Court / Government for saving yakub as if 22 year long period was insufficient. it was definitely an abuse of law. Judges did well however.

J Pinto

1 year ago

Please google the words SAFFRON TERRORISM and check how many saffron terrorists have faced the death penalty.

REPLY

Nilesh KAMERKAR

In Reply to J Pinto 1 year ago

This is how lies are spread about Hindu Terrorism . . . http://ioretradingindia.blogspot.in/2010...

MOHAN

In Reply to J Pinto 1 year ago

Yes, There Are Christian Terrorists

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/20...

MOHAN

In Reply to J Pinto 1 year ago

Yes, There Are Christian Terrorists

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/20...

Vaibhav Dhoka

1 year ago

All news papers and news channels were reporting and beaming about midnight drama.Now our constitution has fundamental right Equality.Now if one goes through Supreme court and high courts doubt is bound to arise Does our courts adhere to Equality principal in word and spirit?The answer is NO.Some lawyers is using legal forum to make them celebrity by taking such cases.Now let us take Salman Khan case he prolonged and stretched his case over 12 to 13 years at initial trial case.When no further stretching was possible trial proceeded and verdict pronounced.Next day special bench sits and stays his conviction.No question asked about prolonging trial at lower court.
Now time has come we should have different courts established for different class of people like celebrity court,high earning courts,lower income and middle class courts.When ordinary citizen will get justice?When his turn come to get Justice?There is lot of frustration in common masses and they avoid going to courts because he will be his own casualty at hands of court.When judiciary will rise only God Knows.

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