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Tata car plant in WB possible depending on political climate

Speaking about the abandoned Nano car factory at Singur, the Tata group chief said it is something that does not bring anger to him but there is a sense of sadness

Kolkata: Ratan Tata, the outgoing Chairman of Tata Sons on Friday said there is still a possibility of locating a Tata Motors factory somewhere in West Bengal, but can be done only when "there is friendliness at the political level", reports PTI.


He was responding to the shareholders' questions relating to the abandoned Nano car factory at Singur at the AGM of Tata Global Beverages.


Tata said: "It is something that does not bring anger to me. But there is a sense of sadness because we could not bring it here."


"The case is now sub-judice and we will honour the outcome and respect the wishes of the Bengal government. Who knows, there could be a Tata Motors factory somewhere in Bengal and hopefully we welcome that," he said.


On his involvement with Bengal, he said, "I enjoyed, in fact, a great sense of satisfaction during interaction with the shareholders. The people of Bengal are friendly and warm. I had lived for six years in Jamshedpur and often used to visit Kolkata during which time an affinity had developed. That is why we wanted to bring a car factory here."


"Only when there is friendliness at the political level, we will think of it. We are an Indian group. We have no bias and prejudice. The group will not walk away from Bengal," Tata said.


It was the last appearance of Ratan Tata as the chairman of the company at the AGM.


Describing himself as a "very emotional person", Tata said, "This is an emotional meeting for me. I will be back sitting with you in future. I will carry back the warmth and affection showed towards me and I will remember it till the end of my life."


Parliament paralysed for 8th day on coal block issue

Uproarious scenes were witnessed in both Houses of Parliament like in the last seven days on the coal block allocation issue creating turmoil with BJP paralysing the proceedings by pressing for resignation of the PM 

New Delhi: The eighth consecutive day of the Indian Parliament was lost on Friday to the uproar created by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over coal block allocations, raising the prospect of washout of the remaining part of the Monsoon Session which ends on 7th September, reports PTI.


Uproarious scenes were witnessed in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha like in the last seven days with the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) report on the coal block allocation issue creating turmoil with BJP paralysing the proceedings by pressing for resignation of prime minister Manmohan Singh.


In the Rajya Sabha, BJP members refused to take part in the House proceedings shouting slogans and vehemently refusing to read out their Special Mentions. However, NK Singh, a member of NDA ally JD-U, laid it seeking urgent measures to address the problem of declining growth rate of export.


As soon as the two Houses reassembled after the first adjournment till noon, opposition members were on their feet shouting slogans like “Koyla Dalalon Ki Sarkar Nahin Chalegi” (we will not allow government run by coal brokers). They were countered by Congress members.


In the Rajya Sabha, Renuka Chowdhary led the Congress charge and shouted back at the BJP saying “sit down or go out” while her other colleagues chanted “BJP ki gundagardi nahin chalegi” (BJP’s hooliganism won’t be allowed).


A short notice question, which was listed, could not be taken up as the BJP member who was supposed to ask it declined to do so and no supplementary was asked by any other member.


Soon BJP members trooped into the well in both Houses while those from AIADMK as well as the CPI-M were standing.


As the slogan shouting continued, both Houses were adjourned for the day.


In the Rajya Sabha, KN Balagopal and P Rajeeve (both CPI-M) demanded cancellation of the coal blocks.


When the Lok Sabha met for the day, BJP members trooped into the well raising slogans against the Prime Minister for allegedly extending “undue benefits” to private parties to the tune of Rs1.86 lakh crore while allocating coal blocks.


UPA members launched a counter-offensive raising slogans in favour of Mr Singh and waved the “List of Business” at the agitating BJP-led opposition members.


P Lingam (CPI) was seen holding a placard “We want Parliament to Function”.


As members continued their protests, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House till noon.


In the Rajya Sabha, the moment chairman Hamid Ansari took up the Question Hour, BJP members rushed to the well demanding the prime minister’s resignation.


Minister of state for railways Bharatsinh Solanki’s reply to a supplementary raised by Saifuddin Soz (Cong) could not be heard in din.


As BJP members did not relent, Mr Ansari adjourned the House till noon.


Mumbai gangster Arun Gawli gets life term for murdering Shiv Sena corporator

During arguments on sentencing in the MCOCA Court, Gawli, the once feared underworld don said that there was no reason for him to kill the Sena corporator for a 'paltry' amount of Rs30 lakh

Mumbai: Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli was on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar murder case, reports PTI.


Special MCOCA court judge Prithviraj Chavan, while pronouncing the judgement here, also imposed a fine of Rs17 lakhs on Gawli, failing which he will have to undergo an additional three-year imprisonment.


Ten others were also awarded life imprisonment in the case while accused Sunil Ghate was convicted only under Arms Act and has been sent to three years' rigorous imprisonment.


The court also sent Gawli to ten-year imprisonment each for being a member of the organised crime syndicate and extortion.


While pronouncing the sentence, judge Chavan said "Instead of death I am giving you life imprisonment."


During arguments on sentencing in the MCOCA Court, the once feared underworld don had told judge Chavan that there was no reason for him to kill the Sena corporator for a 'paltry' amount of Rs30 lakh.


"After 2007 BMC elections, when Shiv Sena was not in majority it was our Akhil Bharatiya Sena who gave them support of four corporators (to attain majority). At that time each of our corporator commanded very high monetary value (for providing support) and there was no reason for me to kill Jamsandekar for Rs30 lakh," Gawli argued.


On 24th August, the former MLA and 11 others were found guilty of murdering Jamsandekar in 2008. According to the charge sheet, a sum of Rs30 lakh was paid to the Gawli gang for eliminating the Sena corporator over a land deal.


Earlier, Gawli's lawyer Sudeep Passbola had argued in the court that his client should not be given capital punishment, as demanded by the prosecution. "Give a dog a bad name and shoot it - that should not be the principle," Passbola had said.


According to police, the contract for killing Jamsandekar was given by Sahebrao Bhintade and Bala Surve, who were reportedly the Sena corporator's rivals in construction business and local politics.


Crime Branch had said the other reason why Jamsandekar was killed was that Bintade and Surve were eyeing a plot at Saki Naka in suburban Mumbai and the corporator reportedly "refused to cooperate".


Jamsandekar was murdered at the behest of Gawli, who had, along with the co-accused, conspired to eliminate him. He was shot dead in March 2008 at his residence in suburban Ghatkopar.


Gawli was arrested on 21 May 2008 and is in custody since then. On 7 October 2010, the court framed charges against Gawli and other accused under MCOCA, sections 302 (murder), 34 (common intention) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC. All accused had pleaded not guilty to the charges.


Demanding death penalty for Gawli and co-accused Vijay Giri and Pratap Borse, Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakare had said this was the first case in which the kingpin of an organised crime syndicate had been convicted.


Thakare had said Gawli was heading an organised crime syndicate and used Akhil Bhartiya Sena (ABS) as a political front for his "criminal activities".


"The gang slowly expanded its horizons, where they misguided youth and got them to do illegal work," Thakare had said, adding the gang members continued to operate from jail.


Gawli's lawyer Sudeep Passbola said Jamsandekar was not targeted for extortion but for political vendetta and rivalry.


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