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Reliance Infra sells cement business to Birla Corp for undisclosed sum
RInfra sold its cement unit with a cement capacity of 5.08 Mtpa to Birla Corp for an undisclosed sum
 
Anil Ambani group company Reliance Infrastructure Ltd (RInfra) said it has signed a share purchase agreement with MP Birla group company Birla Corp Ltd to sell its cement unit. No financial details were provided.
 
In a statement, RInfra said, "Under this transaction Birla Corp will acquire the 100% shareholding of RInfra in Reliance Cement Company Pvt Ltd (RCCPL). The transaction is subject to approval of the Competition Commission of India and other applicable regulatory approvals."
 
RCCPL has an integrated cement capacity of 5.08 Mtpa at Maihar in Madhya Pradesh and Kundanganj in Uttar Pradesh and a grinding unit of 0.5 Mtpa at Butibori in Maharashtra.
 
RInfra closed Thursday 5.9% down at Rs409 while Birla Corp ended the day 3.6% up at Rs394 on the BSE. The 30-share Sensex closed Thursday marginally higher at 24,338.

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CBI prosecution of Maharashtra ex-CM Ashok Chavan gets governor's nod
Mumbai : In a major embarrassment to the opposition Congress, Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao here on Thursday accorded sanction to the CBI to prosecute former chief minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh Society scam.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), through its letter dated October 8, 2015, sought the governor's sanction to prosecute Chavan under Section 197 of the Criminal Procedure Code after "fresh incriminating material" was allegedly found against Chavan.
 
Reacting to the development, Chavan said: "The CBI's re-application to the governor to prosecute me is illegal. I will react in detail after consulting my legal advisors."
 
Chavan is currently a Lok Sabha member from Nanded in Maharashtra and the state Congress president. 
 
Condemning the governor's sanction for Chavan's prosecution, senior party leader and MLC Sanjay Dutt termed it "BJP's vendetta politics to throttle the opposition expose on their misdoings".
 
The CBI included in its request for prosection sanction a report by a two-member Commission of Inquiry, comprising Justice J.A. Patil (retd) and former chief secretary P. Subramanian, besides Bombay High Court observations in a criminal revision application filed in 2014.
 
Accordingly, Rao granted the sanction to prosecute the Congress leader under Section 197 of CrPC and Sections 120-B and 420 of the Indian Penal Code in the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society case.
 
The Maharashtra cabinet, at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last week, recommended to the governor to accord the sanction.
 
In its report, the commission of inquiry had indicted four former chief ministers - Chavan, late Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar-Patil, also revenue minister at the relevant time - besides several top bureaucrats and other officials for their role in the high-profile scam.
 
The commission was set up in January 2011. However, its report and recommendations were rejected by the then Congress-Nationalist Congress Party government in December 2013.
 
Chavan, 57, served as the chief minister between December 2008 and November 2010 before he was replaced by Prithviraj Chavan following the scam. he is a son of former Congress strongman S.B. Chavan, a union minister and two-time chief minister of Maharashtra.
 
The scam revolved around the allotment of flats in a 31-storey building constructed on a plot of land in the upmarket Colaba area of south Mumbai.
 
On September 21, 1999, the Adarsh Society applied for land for constructing a building for war heroes and retired defence personnel. It was allotted the land reserved for a road on July 9, 2004.
 
After the posh building was constructed, only 37 of the total 102 society members were defence personnel, including three related to the Kargil war. The remaining included several top politicians and serving or retired bureaucrats or their kin.
 
Ever since the scam broke out, the controversial towering building is lying vacant with no power or water supply. Chavan resigned as chief minister after the Congress Party asked him to do so over corruption allegations.
 
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Bureaucracy treated me like an untouchable: Ex-IAS officer Sivakami
New Delhi : As the suicide of Rohith Vemula puts the focus back on the contentious issue of Dalit rights, former IAS officer and author P. Sivakami says that the community is denied even the minimum human rights. The critically acclaimed author and former bureaucrat said she quit in 2008 after being treated like an untouchable.
 
Sivakami, who was in the Indian Administrative Service for 28 years, told IANS that her decision was fuelled by the realisation that Dalits have no place in nation-building. With more than eight books to her credit, Sivakami is among India's most prominent Dalit writers. Her first book, "In The Grip of Change", had created a stir as it questions patriarchy in the Dalit movement.
 
"Both the political class and bureaucracy work together against the Dalits. During my service, though my position was next to the minister in the state I was serving in, I had to struggle for basic rights for tribals. I was dubbed as a person who belongs to the community when I was working for their welfare. It amounted to untouchability. I realised that there was an unwritten law against people from the lower community," said Sivakami, whose last posting was secretary of the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department in Tamil Nadu.
 
Many times, funds allocated for the tribal community were siphoned off for other projects and filling even a post of a teacher in a school for tribal children needed permission from the cabinet, which never listed it as a priority.
 
"To fill vacancies, I had to get approval from the cabinet and it was never a priority for them. When I demanded to fill the posts of teachers in tribal schools, I was accused of running a parallel government. The funds meant for tribals were used for other projects," she said, adding that no Dalit has held secretary-level positions in the home or finance departments in the last six decades, which she deemed significant.
 
"The post of secretary in the industries, finance or home ministry is considered a key position. No Dalit has been given these posts for the last 60 years. The discrimination is felt in all levels," Sivakami said, adding it was her father who inspired her to become a civil servant.
 
Disillusioned with the system, she quit the service and joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in 2009. A year later, she floated a political party, the Samuga Samathuva Padai to become the voice of the voiceless and the oppressed.
 
Discrimination, according to Sivakami, is pervasive - whether in educational institutions or the bureaucracy.
 
Referring to Rohith's suicide, Sivakami said educational institutions harass Dalits in the name of reservations. "There is a feeling that Dalits are not intelligent just because they have reservations. Dalits have a poor image," she lamented.
 
Flaying theories that Rohith committed suicide under academic pressure, she said that it is shameful to attribute backwardness of intelligence to a certain community.
 
"The set tone by BJP is that the scholar committed suicide owing to academic pressure and a research scholar needs extra brilliance. What do they mean by extra intelligence? How can you attribute it to backwardness," she asked.
 
The former civil servant also felt that the brouhaha over Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's visit to the Hyderabad Central University was unwarranted as any support is vital for the Dalit community.
 
"Why call Rahul's visit as political? Any support is important for the victims. Why didn't (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi go there ? " she asked.
 
As Rohith's suicide has brought out the wide gap in India's social system, Sivakami felt that the dominant culture has to introspect on its failures.
 
"Nation building is not possible without brotherhood. Denying basic rights for the community based on caste is violence," she contended.
 
A staunch Dalit feminist, Sivakami believed that women have to be brought into the mainstream and she doesn't regret leaving the civil service for activism.
 
"I was voiceless there. Now I am doing meaningful jobs. My party has a presence in 10 districts in Tamil Nadu," she said.
 
What is her solution for an equal society?
 
"Sixty percent of the landless poor are Dalits. They should be given land and treated equally. The government has to strengthen the education system and create jobs in the private sector as well. Old habits never die. To change mindsets, one has to constantly talk about the discrimination the community faces," she opined.
 
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COMMENTS

Saravanan K

10 months ago

The reality which is in most peoples interest to deny so as to avoid feeling guilty,, rememebering the way they treat their brethren(explicit and implcit) based on caste,class and colour in their daily life right from Maids onwards, acceptance will deal a deathblow to their moral superiority that they credit themselves with.....

PPM

10 months ago

This lady does not understand the basic principle of life, even after 28 years of being IAS officer.

Life is exactly "as a man thinketh" - Life is entirely depends on the size and power of thinking. Expecting everything from others will make the brain to go in to inactive mode as there is no need to search or work for anything. That is what happening with Dalits of India.

In life, you can not make anyone rich or powerful by giving everything - they need to have the urge within themselves to come up in life.

Dalits can be given all the opportunities in the school/college and till they get in to a job. But, in the job they need to learn and work same as the level of others. Promotions and responsibilities are based on the performance only.

There are communities in Tamilnadu, who have come up - economically & politically - without the hand holding of the governments. Real tough and hard work for 2 generations make them tick in life.

What is the status of dalits even after 60 years of reservations in studies and jobs - they will remain the same even after another 200 years of reservations.

Simple Indian

10 months ago

Though civil society is to blame for not having changed its mindset against Dalits over the past 60+ years, despite reservations having given many Dalits / backward caste people good education and high govt position. Yet, it's also the "Creamy Layer" among them who do more damage to their cause, as generations of Dalits / backward caste people who get the benefits of reservation & quota systems, continue to avail it despite not needing it anymore. For instance there are many cases of even Dalit / ST/SC IAS officers' kids availing the reservations meant for truly backward caste/class people. Unless the "reserved category" class of people oppose such blatant misuse of the reservation system by their own ilk, they will never improve their lot. Moreover, legal provisions won't change social mindsets. Dalits / SC/ST/OBCs should only seek govt welfare / subsidies for education and not for seeking jobs. They must compete for jobs with non-reserved category people, to 'earn' the respect of civil society - in the long run.

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