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Major News and Events of 07 December 2013

What Happened on 07 December 2013

Recommendations to revive sugar industry

Sugarcane industry needs to be revived as presently the input cost is high and market price is low. Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar pronounced few recommendations to revive the cane sector. He along with his informal panel of ministers said that loan must be restructured and made according to the guidelines of the RBI. Along with this other recommendations include increased import duty on sugar, a 12% interest subsidy on Rs7,200-crore loans and doubling the ethanol and petrol blending. In another recommendation, the panel suggested incentives as per WTO guidelines for the production of up to 40 lakh tones produce. Loan on 12% interest will be provided to the mill owners only if it will be used for the payment to cane growers. In this Sugar development fund will pay 7% and the remaining 5% from the government of India. Payback period for this interest free loan will be five years. Earlier in November, a group of ministers have also been appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to look into the problems affecting sugarcane farmers and the industry. Every recommendation has been welcomed by the industry but for petrol and ethanol blending approval from the oil firms is required. To make this process smooth, an inter-departmental committee would be formed which will co-ordinate with oil marketing companies and sugar mills. Pawar also said that these recommendations will be taken to the cabinet within the period of two weeks in order to help cane farmers and the industry.

30-day parole granted for Sanjay Dutt to take care wife Manyata

Parole for 30 days has been granted to Sanjay Dutt who at present is serving his sentence at Yerawada Central Jail. The parole has been granted to take care of his wife Manyata who is not well. The Bollywood actor has been sentenced jail for five years in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. It is not the first time that the actor has been granted a leave. Earlier in the month of October, Dutt had been granted 14-day furlough which was extended by 14 more days on medical grounds. Dutt is serving 42 months of his remaining five-year sentence. The Parole application has been signed by Pune Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh after receiving the reports from the police and the Yerawada jail authorities. Before approval the reports were confirmed. A surety and personal bond of Rs 5,000 each is required for a release. During this parole period Dutt has to report to the Khargar police station two times in a week. But Yerawada Prison superintendent Yogesh Desai said that they haven’t received information regarding his parole yet. Once they receive it, they will complete the formalities before releasing him. He may be released Saturday morning. As per the prison manual, parole is granted to the prisoner in case of family function or illness. It needs approval from the divisional commissioner under whose jurisdiction the jail falls.

All donations to political parties are legal – the Aditya Birla Group

Aditya Birla Group said that all the donations made by them to political parties and MP are legal and as per the law. The donations are made through a trust and done within the prescribed limit defined by the laws of India. The 'General Electoral Trust' in 1998 was created with a purpose of making such kinds of donations. In a release, the group said that some of their group companies have formed a trust to make donations to political parties. Amendment in the Companies Act led to the formation and such changes in the donation.   Also the group is denying any involvement in a coal block allocation issue for which it is being investigated. The group has made the statement after getting reports from the media that the CBI has found some diaries during search operations in the offices that contain the records of 1000 payments made the trust to the politicians and MPs. The group further said that donations to only those political parties and independent candidates have been made who are registered with the Election Commission. Also the payment made are properly accounted for and audited.

Bangalore will soon have Nano Park

Rs 100 crore project named Nano Park is a very ambitious project of the Karnataka government. This project will be based on nano science research. Chief minister Siddaramaiah at the Bangalore India Nano conclave has announced this park on Thursday. For creating the Nano Park a 14-acre plot near Nelamangala, off Tumkur Road, has been selected. Earlier the place selected was at the Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR), near Bengaluru International Airport, Devanahalli. The IT, BT and S&T department website contains the information on a proposal regarding setting up a Nano Incubation Centre. Role of this incubation centre will be to support newly established small companies and venture companies to achieve their business objectives. In addition to this it will help topnotch research and developmental activities. It will also help young entrepreneurs to establish well-structured enterprises. Low-cost business establishment space will be provided for research and development rooms and workshops. Along with this help will also be provided in the form of business supporting services such as broadband connectivity and communication facilities. Prospective technicians will be given training through vocational training programme. Awareness programme for bureaucrats, lecturers and teachers will also be provided.

Justice AK Ganguly should resign for sexually harassing a law intern

Supreme Court judge Justice AK Ganguly has gone on two days leave for personal reasons. Ganguly is presently facing charges of sexually harassing a law intern and because of this he is asked to quit his present job. He did not want to comment on the issue of his resignation but he pleaded not to disturb him as he has gone through lot many things in the recent time. Congress leader Jagdambika Pal said that Justice Ganguly should resign on moral grounds. Also Tariq Anwar leader of National Congress Party (NCP) said that court should think again about the decision on this case.  Sushma Swaraj also tweeted on the issue "Some one who has violated human rights cannot continue as Chairman of Human Rights Commission."

Two-tier security arrangements for EVMs in Delhi

Delhi assembly elections have taken place on December 4 this year with its highest voter turnout of 65.86%. But in spite of strong security, the security has been breached at 14 centers in the city. The breach has taken place at the locations where electronic voting machines (EVMs) were kept.  Immediately after the incident the EVMs were shifted to strong rooms. Delhi police personnel and Central Paramilitary Force are guarding the electronic voting machines. There is a two layers of security for protecting the EVMs. Inner circle is formed by the 20 companies of paramilitary force whereas outer security is provided by the Delhi police. All the centers are provided with CCTV cameras. Only authorized election officials are allowed to enter the area where counting is to take place. To keep an eye on officials and counting procedure, live watch will also be carried out through web casting. Critical and hyper critical polling stations were also monitored through web casting. A total of 810 candidates fought elections this year. Counting will start from 8 am on December 8.

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