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Odisha MLA suspended for watching porn in house
Odisha assembly Speaker Niranjan Pujari on Tuesday suspended Congress legislator Nabakishore Das for seven days for allegedly watching obscene video clips inside the house.
 
Das was accused of watching porn on his mobile phone while sitting in the assembly in session on Monday.
 
The speaker took the decision following a motion moved by ruling Biju Janata Dal's chief whip Ananta Das, which was passed by voice vote. The speaker then sent the matter to the ethics committee for further probe.
 
However, the opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party, walked out of the assembly, protesting the speaker's decision. They contended that Speaker Pujari did not take into account Das's response to the allegation before deciding to suspend him. 
 
Leader of OLpposition Narasingha Mishra and BJP legislator K.V. Singhdeo demanded that the decision be reconsidered and the ethics committee be asked to investigate the matter.
 
Das said the decision to suspend him was undemocratic because his response was not heard. 
 
"The allegations against me are not true. I have not been given a chance to make my stand," said Das.
 
Demanding a thorough probe into the matter, he said, "While trying to open my own social media page, I accidentally touched YouTube. I scrolled down unwittingly when the TV camera shot me."
 
Das said he did nothing to violate the sanctity and decorum of the legislature.
 
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Bapoo Malcolm

12 months ago

Now, will he have all the time to watch porn at home? 'Hitting the wrong button'? Does the Hon. member know which button to hit when voting on crucial bills?

On a saner note: The Hon. member should be pulled up, not for porn-sightings, but for using the time of the legislature for fiddling with his phone. We do NOT pay them that. And to think that if a person's phone rings in court, he gets fined and the phone is confiscated, at least till the rising of the court.

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Indian nuclear insurance pool still in unclear waters
The much-awaited nuclear insurance pool to provide insurance cover to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) against public liability is yet to take off with the atomic power plant operator wanting the insurers to change the terms, a top industry official said.
 
"The insurers have designed the policy and the IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) has also approved this. However, NPCIL wants some conditions to be changed and the matter is under discussion," G.Srinivasan, chairman-cum-managing director, New India Insurance Company Ltd, told IANS.
 
According to him, the insurance policy is yet to come into effect. In June, industry officials told IANS that it would come into effect from July.
 
Sources in the know told IANS that for a premium of around Rs.70 crore ($10.5 million), a consortium of insurers would provide cover up to Rs.1,500 crore per incident and per year.
 
The proposed policy would cover the liability towards the public as a consequence of any nuclear accident in the plants covered under the policy and also the right of recourse of NPCIL against equipment suppliers.
 
"It's like a floater cover (insurance cover will be for all of NPCIL's plants). When a nuclear accident happens and the Rs.1,500 crore cover is exhausted, then there will not be any insurance cover for subsequent accidents that might occur during that policy year," an industry source told IANS.
 
While NPCIL wants the risk cover to be reinstated at the same cost, the insurers are reluctant as this would wipe out their balance sheet.
 
"Insurers do not want to take another risk cover of Rs.1,500 crore for a paltry sum of around Rs.70 crore," the official said.
 
According to him, NPCIL is not willing to pay a higher premium as it thinks even Rs.70 crore is on the higher side.
 
He said reinsurers want higher deductibles (NPCIL to bear claims up to Rs.600 crore).
 
Industry experts say the principle of insurance is spreading the risks of a few over many.
 
"In the case of other insurance covers, thr sum insured is reinstated on payment of premium as the risk could be spread over thousands of insured. In the case of nuclear insurance there is only NPCIL now," he said.
 
He said the BHAVINI fast breeder reactor company is also toeing the NPCIL line.
 
The government-owned Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI) is setting up the country's first indigenously-designed 500 MW prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) at Kalpakkam.
 
A breeder reactor is one that breeds more material for a nuclear fission reaction than it consumes.
 
India's research reactors will not be covered under the nuclear insurance policy as they are owned by the union government. And governments do not generally take out an insurance policy on their properties.
 
The Mumbai-based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research located at Kalpakkam, around 80 km from here, operate the research reactors.
 
The central government announced in June the setting up of the Rs.1,500-crore India Nuclear Insurance Pool to be managed by national reinsurer GIC Re.
 
The GIC Re, four government-owned general insurers and also some private general insurers, have provided the capacity to insure the risks up to around Rs.1,000 crore, with the balance Rs.500 crore being obtained from the British Nuclear Insurance Pool.
 
The losses or profits in the pool would be shared by the insurers in the ratio of their agreed risk capacity.
 
Foreign nuclear plant suppliers were reluctant to sell to India, citing the provisions of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act (CLND) 2010 that provides the right of recourse to NPCIL against the vendors under certain circumstances for compensation in case of an accident.
 
The insurance pool was formed as a risk transfer mode for the suppliers and also NPCIL.
 
All the 21 operating nuclear power plants in India owned and operated by NPCIL are expected to come under public liability insurance cover, which will also extend to the 1,000 MW plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu built with Russian equipment.
 
Insurers would like to issue a single policy covering all the 21 units, including the one in Kudankulam. The premium will be paid by NPCIL and the policy will be issued in its name.
 
Officials of NPCIL were not available for comment despite attempts by IANS.
 
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Death from the eyes of an 89 year old best friend

 

Many had gathered in the morning for the funeral of an elderly lady in our society. Death happened suddenly last night, while she was recuperating in the hospital for the past week. So, many did not know of it as yet. As a 35-year-old something lady was passing, she wondered as to for whom was the crowd assembled. This was the conversation between her and the one waiting for the body to be brought down from the second floor apartment.

 
“She passed away.”
 
“Who?”
 
“Mr Murthy’s mother. That good natured Aunty, so well dressed always, ever-smiling. The one who used to walk around the society, morning and evening.”
 
“Oh, Oh my God, how?”
 
“She was detected with Brain Cancer, a fortnight ago and it all got over in 15 days.”
 
“Oh, so one good thing is she did not have to suffer undergoing radiation, chemotherapy…by the way, how old was she?”
 
“82 years.” 
 
“Oh, she had a fulfilling life plus no suffering at the end of her life. Better to go this way. You know how that other Aunty, bed-ridden for so many months…”
 
And then a heart-tugging wail could be heard amidst the crowd. It was Phadnis Aunty, all of 89 years, with a crutch in one hand and her other arm resting on her ‘bai’. Slightly bent and unstable in her gait, she kept moving forward. Someone offered her a chair. She sat down, looking around in a daze.
 
I walked towards her. She held my hand and cried, “Oh, how can I live without Malati, my best friend. She had promised me that she would be the first one to come to me if I die, even before my son reaches me. She had assured me, no she had assured me. No, she can’t go like this.’ Malu, you had promised naa…then how could you go?”
 
Tears welled in my eyes.
 
I sat beside her. Phadnis Aunty continued, “I am 89 years and she, 82 years – much younger than me. Every evening we chatted for hours. I could call her even at midnight if I felt any discomfort. She used to tell me what to eat and what not to; give me tips for recovering, if I fell sick. And how can this then happen to her…Cancer and all that. And they hid this all from me. They just told me few days back. No, no, it is not possible to live without her. You may give me many reasons to live without her, but no, I cannot.’’
 
Phadnis Aunty had called up her son, who lived about 5kms from where she stayed. She told me, “I have told Rajesh…I have informed him. I don’t know whether I spoke properly to him and whether he understood what I was telling him. And now I have left the mobile at home.” 
 
We got the mobile for her. She called up again. “I am waiting below. They have not yet got the body down. I want to just tell you.” He seemed to have said, okay, fine. 
 
She turned to me, “When my daughter-in-law (my son’s wife) died and I informed Malu, she did not know my son’s house, but she insisted that she must attend the funeral and she was amongst the first one to land there. I am not going to insist, but thought he should have been here.” I could see a deep pain in her eyes.
 
Then the body came down, bedecked with a rich grey and golden chanderi saree. Phadnis Aunty stood up…I led her to facilitate her to pay the last respects. She put her hand into the plastic bag of flowers… she showered a couple of them and broke down once again. The flowers though slipped to the ground. She asked me to get a few more flowers. She bent down deeper and properly placed them at her neck.
 
As the body was lifted into the ambulance, Phadnis Aunty sobbed. Then she asked, “She’s gone?” I nodded.
 
Eighty-five-year-old Mishra Aunty, not really very close to Malu Aunty, came towards Phadnis Aunty, seeing that she was still distressed and said, “Usme rona kya, we are all in the queue. Malu has jumped the queue – hum toh sab age piche hai.”
 
Phadnis Aunty nodded her head. She took the support of her `bai’ and started walking towards her ground floor flat.
 
I too came away, realising even more the worth of a true friendship, where it is always too young to die. 
 
(All names mentioned above are changed)

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MG Warrier

12 months ago

Whatever be the 'moral of the story' Ms Deshmukh intended to convey, there is always a heaviness in the heart of elders when 'younger' ones leave. I am 71. I remember, in 1959/60 when my mother's youger sister passed away in a village 200 km away and a person travelled all the way to convey the sad news, my mother an I were sitting in the verandah. When the person conveyed the news, my mother broke down and when she got over the shock, the question she asked was "How can I tell this to mother?" Whatever be the age, the elder person will find it tough to reconcile with loss of younger ones.

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