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Railways to transport water to drought hit areas
New Delhi : Indian Railways will transport water to drought affected areas in the country, an official statement said here on Friday.
 
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed the railway administration to make necessary arrangements in this regard, the statement said.
 
"On a request from Maharashtra Government and Central Railway Zone, Railway Ministry has arranged two goods trains consisting of 50 tanker like wagons each for the purpose of loading and transporting water in the drought-affected areas of Latur district in Maharashtra," the statement said.
 
Kota workshop of Indian Railways has been directed to undertake steam cleaning of wagons for the purpose of loading drinking water. The two goods trains will be deployed in Pandharpur-Latur section of Solapur division.
 
The first goods train consisting of 50 wagons will be ready for water loading after steam cleaning from Kota workshop on April 8, and the second train is expected to be ready around April 15.
 
These will be deployed in Latur during the summer season of the financial year 2016-17. The trips of the goods trains will be arranged as per requirement.
 
Earlier in January this year many goods trains were deployed to transport water from Nasirabad to Bhilwada in Ajmer Division, after demands by the Rajasthan Government and North Western Railway Zone.
 
The water carrying capacity is around 55,000 litres per wagon which means around 275,0000 litres per train.
 
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SC declines plea for verification of poll candidates' assets
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday declined a PIL by the former top cop Julio Riberio and other eminent people seeking setting up of a machinery to verify the assets declared by the winning candidates and three top losing candidates in a constituency in parliamentary and state assembly polls.
 
"If we ask the Election Commission to verify the assets of the contesting candidates running into crores of rupees, it will submerge the Election Commission into doing these verifications only and (it) will not be able to do any other thing," said the bench of Chief Justice T.S.Thakur, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit declining the PIL.
 
Asking Riberio and other eminent people to continue with their "crusade outside the court", Chief Justice Thakur said: "Verification is a cumbersome process, say of a candidate disclosing possessing assets worth Rs.300 crores. What purpose it will serve? How it will restore parity between rich and the common man?"
 
Asking the petitioner's counsel if they wanted the Election Commission to run after the candidates to verify the assets they have declared in the affidavits along with their nominations papers, the bench said that the apex court has acealready gone to the extent of saying that if there is a wrongful or false declaration (of assets), then that will be ground for setting aside their election.
 
Besides Ribeiro, other PIL petitioners are former CAG Vijay K. Shunglu, former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal S. Krishnaswamy (retd.), former director generals of police I.C.Dwivedi and Prakash Singh, former union secretaries S.A.T.Rizvi and Arvind Verma, former Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission chairman S.R. Lakha, IIT-Kharagpur's former director Prof. S.K.Dubey, Prof. H.C.Pandey, former IPS officer S.N.Singh, senior journalists Syeed Masoof Ul Zaidi and Arunesh Kumar Mishra.
 
The petitioners had sought the setting up of a machinery that would have the officials from the Central Bureau of Investigation, and Customs and Central Excise and the officers from other departments to man it.
 
They had contended that if upon verification it was found that candidates winning or three others losing candidates immediately after him - are possessing assets beyond what they have declared then they should be prosecuteA and proceedings should be initiated for the removal of the winning candidate from the membership of the legislature to which he has been elected.
 
The petition had further sought the prosecution of the lawmakers under the Prevention of Corruption Act if it was found that that they possessed assets disproportionate to their known sources of income on the presumption that they had acquired them through alleged corrupt mean during their stint as public servants.
 
Addressing another plea by the petitioners, the court asked: "You want rich men be excluded from contesting election so that common man gets a chance."
 
"How a common man gets disabled from contesting election (if rich is in the fray). How a common man can is enabled if rich man is ousted from contesting election," it asked.
 
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Ralph Rau

8 months ago

The honourable court wants to know how the poor man is excluded from contesting when his monied opponent throws money around during an election ?

Is the honourable Justice serious ?

There seems to be an error in the reporting of the courts comments.

Mallya's son Sidhartha resigns as director from UB Holdings
Bengaluru : Beleaguered liquor baron Vijay Mallya's son Sidhartha V. Mallya resigned as non-executive and non-independent director of United Breweries Holdings Ltd, the listed firm said on Friday.
 
In a regulatory filing to the BSE, the city-based holding firm said 28-year-old Sidhartha vacated the office of director with effect from March 31, under the relevant section of the Companies Act.
 
Sidhartha, who was first appointed as director in May 2005, was reappointed to the executive on rotation with the shareholders' consent at the company's 99th annual general meeting here on September 28, 2015.
 
The company, however, did not give reason for Sidhartha's sudden resignation.
 
As chairman, Mallya holds majority equity stake (52.34 percent) in the holding firm, whose flagship company is the country's largest beer maker United Breweries Ltd.
 
As a holding firm, UBHL has strategic investments in group companies, securities, overseas trade, real estate development, commercial and residential properties and licensing of trade marks.
 
Though Sidhartha also has US citizenship, he graduated in science from Queen Mary University in London.
 
The only son of Mallya, he is also a director on the board of other group firms such as Kamsco Industries, Mallya Ltd, Royal Challengers Sports Ltd, Gem Investment & Trading Company Ltd and United Mohun Bagan Football Team Ltd.
 
According to company sources, Sidhartha is currently abroad, pursing a film career in Hollywood and doing a drama course in London.
 
An ardent cricket buff like his father, Sidhartha is in India during summer when his team (RCB) plays in the IPL T20 tournament every year.
 
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