The general council meeting of two factions of AIADMK on Tuesday removed party’s interim general secretary V K Sasikala from the top post, taking the political crisis into the next level at a time when the government doesn’t have the majority. While the general council announced late J Jayalalithaa as the permanent general secretary, paving way to cancel the appointment of Sasikala as the party chief, the powers of general secretary has been handed over to a steering committee consisting a convenor and a joint convenor. A senior leader said O Panneerselvam will be the Chief Coordinator and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will be the joint coordinator.
The General Council meeting has also cancelled the appointment of TTV Dinakaran and all the appointments made by him. The meeting ratified a number of changes in bylaws and sub-clauses, handing over all the powers of General Secretary to the coordination and joint coordinator, who are Panneerselvam and CM Palaniswami. Reacting to the decisions taken at the general council meeting, Dinakaran said the time has come to topple this government. “Its time, this government has to go,” he said, speaking to media at Madurai immediately after the ruling faction removed Sasikala and Dinakaran from party posts.
“I am repeating, only the General Secretary can call a GC meeting. Whatever happened at a marriage hall at Vanagaram today was not a General Council meeting but a mere meeting. This government has to fall,” said Dinakaran, adding that if the government falls, all of them supporting CM Palaniswami will join him.
“The prima facie verification with known sources of income has indicated discrepancy and therefore is taken up for further ‘investigation’ which may include reference to the assessing officer for making assessment,” the CBDT said.
A “Prima facie verification” of election affidavits “by the Directors General of Income Tax” has “indicated discrepancies” in the income disclosures made by seven Lok Sabha members and 98 MLAs, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) told the Supreme Court on Monday.
“The prima facie verification with known sources of income has indicated discrepancy and therefore is taken up for further ‘investigation’ which may include reference to the assessing officer for making assessment,” the CBDT said in its affidavit filed before a Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer, which is hearing a PIL on electoral reforms.
The PIL, filed by an NGO, wants candidates to disclose their sources of income in their election affidavits. Listing 26 Lok Sabha members, 11 Rajya Sabha members and 257 MLAs, the NGO had demanded that their income growth should be scrutinised. The CBDT said the poll affidavits of these lawmakers were referred to the DGIT and replies were received in the case of 26 LS members, 2 RS members and 215 MLAs. The verification reports of nine RS members and 42 MLAs are pending.
The CBDT affidavit, however, does not mention the names of the legislators in whose cases the discrepancies were noted. The names will be placed before the court in a sealed cover, it said.
The court, while hearing the case on September 6, had termed an earlier affidavit filed by the CBDT as incomplete and asked the department to file a fresh one. The court had, however, allowed it to submit the names in a sealed cover if they could not be made public. The court had observed that although the government’s stand was that it was not averse to electoral reforms, it had not submitted the necessary details to support this.
The CBDT said the information could not be disclosed or shared in public as it enjoyed immunity under the Right To Information Act. “It is humbly submitted that Directors General of Income Tax (Investigation) are exempt under Section 24 read with Schedule 11 of the Right to Information Act,2005 (RTI),” it said. “Therefore, the reports of verification of affidavits of the candidates by the Directors General of Income Tax (Investigation) cannot be provided under the RTI Act. It is also pertinent to note here the statutory restrictions under Section 138 of the Income Tax Act,” it added.
The NGO had claimed that the candidates, while filing their nomination papers, disclose their assets and assets of their spouse, children and other dependents, but do not reveal the sources of income.
The double-track project will connect Ahmedabad with Mumbai, passing through 12 stations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart from Japan Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation for the country’s first high-speed train project — Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train — on September 14th in Ahmedabad.
The 508-km-long project to be built with estimated investment of ₹1,08,000 crore will be funded up to 81% by Japan with soft loan of ₹88,000 crore at interest rate of 0.1% with repayment period 50 years.
“It is for the first time in history in India that an infrastructure project is being funded on such favourable terms,” a release issued by the Gujarat government stated, claiming that the entire project would be funded without putting any strain on existing financial resources of the country.
The release stated that the project testing and commissioning date has been advanced from December 2023 to August 2022.
According to the details of the project, the Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Rail will be passing through two States, Maharashtra 155.642 km and Gujarat 350.530 km and one Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli 2 km. The double-track project involves 21 km of tunnel with seven km under sea at Thane Creek in Mumbai.
There will be 12 stations catered to, starting from an underground station in Mumbai, while remaining stations at Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, and Sabarmati will be elevated.
As part of the project, a dedicated High Speed Rail Training Institute is being developed in Vadodara and will become functional by end of 2020. Around 4,000 staff members will be trained in this institute and they will be responsible for operation and maintenance of the ambitious project, which will usher in the new era of high-speed railways in the country.
The Central government’s flagship Make In India will also get a major boost as the high-speed train project’s implementation begins as most of the components, track systems and even rolling stocks will be manufactured in India with the help of the Japanese government and private-sector companies involved in manufacturing railway components.
“The construction sector in India will also get a big boost not only in terms of investment but also with respect to new technology and work culture. This project is likely to generate employment for about 20,000 workers during the construction phase, who will be trained specialist to take up construction of such projects in India,” the release stated.
Key features of bullet train
Length: 508-km double line. Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail will be passing through two States, Maharashtra 155.642 km and Gujarat 350.530 km and one Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli 2 km.
Longest 21 km tunnel with 7 km under sea at Thane Creek.
12 stations: Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, Sabarmati. Except Mumbai, all other stations will be elevated.
Maximum Design Speed: 350 kmph
Maximum Operating speed: 320 kmph.
Journey time: - 2.07 hrs (limited stops), 2.58 hrs (stopping at all stations).
Maintenance of Trains: Sabarmati (Depot & Workshop) and Thane Depot.
Operations Control Centre (OCC) at Sabarmati. High Speed Railway training Centre which was earlier planned at Gandhinagar will now be located at Vadodara.
Gauri Lankesh, one of India's most fearless and outspoken journalists, was killed outside her Bengaluru home last Tuesday, shot dead at close range by unknown bikers.
BENGALURU: The BJP has sent a legal notice to historian Ramachandra Guha, who had alleged that journalist Gauri Lankesh's killers could be from the Sangh Parivar - a group of organisations led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the BJP's ideological mentor. Mr Guha has been warned of civil and criminal action if he doesn't offer an unconditional apology within three days for his comments, the BJP has said.
The legal notice quotes the eminent historian as telling Scroll.in last week: "It is very likely that her murderers came from the same Sangh Parivar from which the murderers of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi came."
In tweets today after news of the BJP's legal notice broke, Mr Guha shared an essay he wrote on threats of freedom of expression in India. "In India today, independent writers and journalists are harassed, persecuted, and even killed. But we shall not be silenced," he tweeted.
Gauri Lankesh, one of India's most fearless and outspoken journalists, was killed outside her Bengaluru home last Tuesday, shot dead at close range by unknown bikers. The police have not yet made any significant progress in its investigation. The killing has sharply divided commentators, politicians and the media and fuelled a storm on social media.
Mr Guha is among those who have flagged a pattern between this murder and three others over the past four years, those of renowned scholar MM Kalburgi in Karnataka and Leftist thinker Govind Pansare and rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Maharashtra. All were shot dead right outside their homes by unknown bikers believed to be hired killers.
In the legal notice, the BJP pointed out that none of these murders have been solved so far. A BJP leader in Karnataka said the RSS is the "world's largest voluntary socio-cultural organization" and the BJP is the "world's largest democratic political party".
The notice says: "Your deliberate, false and calculated statement against our client's organization has caused great anguish in the minds of thousands of its members and sympathisers."
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