Kalimullah, a Padma Shri awardee, famous for growing scores of mango varieties has come out with a new variety of mango and named it "Modi mango". Kalimullah, a Class VII drop-out, has earned recognition far and wide for his innovations. Kalimullah said unlike others who develop it through grafting process, he crosses flowers and sows their seeds as every seed is different from the other. Nevertheless this is a very arduous process and the success rate is low but the ones that succeed are worth spending time and energy as they grow into rare samples, he said. "I had kept the first fruits of the Modi mango variety solely for the Prime Minister but I do not have a medium to send them to him," Kalimullah said. "It is my wish that I can offer him the king of fruits myself and I am confident that he will love it," he said. "All those who have tasted it, be it officials or the connoisseur of the fruit, have found it very delicious and delectable," he added. Kalimullah, who has earned recognition far and wide for his innovations, said he finds it surprising that dignitaries coming to Lucknow find time to visit his orchards. "Foreign delegates coming to the SGPGI here for some conference came over to me recently and were delighted to see the different varieties," he said. Kalimullah, had earlier named his mango varieties after Aishwaryia Rai and Sachin Tendulkar. Shri Kalimullah is known as a university for invention of new variety of mangoes. By Premji
Rose Valley Group of Companies Chairman Gautam Kundu was arrested on Wednesday by Enforcement Directorate (ED), the federal agency that probes foreign exchange violations. ED interrogated Gautam for several hours in Ponzi scheme. The group-said to be the biggest deposit-taking enterprise in eastern India managed to stay afloat even as others ran aground. A key ED official said the agency decided to take Kundu into custody because he wasn’t cooperating with the investigation. The group has been resisting attachment of its properties by filing cases in several high courts. Though its legal challenge has been dismissed by at least nine high courts, one remains pending at the Calcutta high court, according to the official cited above. Last November, the ED had seized around Rs.300 crore from the Rose Valley group’s bank accounts, the agency’s biggest ever cash haul. It is, however, small change when compared with the amount that the Rose Valley group is estimated to have collected—at least Rs.10,281 crore, according to a statement made in the Rajya Sabha by junior finance minister Jayant Sinha. After the ED froze its bank accounts, the group was operating entirely on cash. The Rose Valley group said it collected money under a so-called time-share scheme. The group claims it owns and operates properties across India, and that it is committed to redeeming deposits in the form of accommodation at its hotels. Earlier this month, The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids at 27 locations in West Bengal, seven in Tripura and one each in Odisha, Assam, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu. Rose Valley collected most of its deposits, though, in the eastern states. Less than a year ago, Kundu had claimed it wasn’t easy to kill the Rose Valley group, which hadn’t collapsed even as other deposit-taking firms shut shop after the Saradha Group went bust in March-April 2013. Last April, Kundu had organized a convention of some 150,000 agents in Kolkata, in a show of strength. Kundu, who famously drove a Rolls Royce Phantom, had diversified into several unrelated businesses. Apart from running hotels, the Rose Valley group produced films, published newspapers, ran TV channels, and had lately entered the jewellery business. For over a decade, the Securities and Exchange Board of India has been trying to nail the group, which first tried to raise money through collective investment schemes.
Partymen' attempts in vain to reuinte two teams of AAP The attempts by Partymen to reunite two divided groups of Aam Aadmi Party have shown no signs of rapprochement, as the two inner parties don’t want to lose their stands. Earlier on Wednesday, a National Council member from Punjab demanded that Kejriwal launch an inquiry into a parallel meeting called by a section a day prior to the body's crucial meet on 28 March. In a letter to Kejriwal, Ashok Talwar, an NC member from Amritsar, said the meeting has been called on the "pretext" of having discussion on Swaraj and internal democracy and alleged that some "deep conspiracy for vested interests" was on to destabilise the party. The two sides are stuck over "theory" and "practicality" of the probable solutions to the contentious issues. However, the sources also indicated that both groups were making last-ditch efforts to salvage the talks. Even efforts of Party leaders like Ramdas to bring the both teams together were in vain. (With inputs from PTI)
On 25 March 2015, six agreements were signed to increase commercial and economic exchanges between India and Qatar. Agreements were inked in New Delhi in presence of Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Expressing interest in Modi's 'Made in India' initiative, the 34-year-old Sandhurst-trained Emir, said, "I know that the new government is taking a number of initiatives, especially in business and investment, which is very interesting and encouraging from our point of view. We trust the Indian economy. So we will invest in India." Qatar is the largest source of India’s LNG imports at 86%. Bilateral trade stands at $16 billion. The six agreements signed by both countries are: Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons Cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technology MoU between Ministry of Earth sciences and Qatar Meteorological Department for Scientific and Technical cooperation MoU between Diplomatic Institute of MOFA, Qatar and Foreign Service Institute, MEA Co-operation in the field of Radio and Television Agreement for Mutual Cooperation and Exchange of News By Premji
Sticking to its oath made in the last Parliament elections to the people of Varanasi, Prime Minister led BJP government is chairing its fifth meet on the ambitious Namame Ganga Project The Chief Ministers of Ganga Basin which includes Akhilesh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), Nitish Kumar (Bihar), Raghubar Das (Jharkhand), and Harish Rawat (Uttarkhand) will also take part in the meeting. The last meeting on Clean Ganga was held on October 27 last year, which was chaired by Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti. The ministry of water resources recently submitted the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) consortium report on Ganga River Basin Management Plant in Supreme Court. "The IIT report and the ministry's reports that have identified sources of pollution and the lacunae will be crucial points of discussion. The IIT report has laid down a comprehensive action plan and cleaning of the river will hinge on it," an official said. Ministry sources also informed that the Clean Ganga Fund, established for rejuvenation activities such as setting up waste treatment facilities, cleaning of pollution from agricultural run-off, has collected Rs18 crores by way of donations from citizens, public-sector units and through corporate social responsibility contributions.
German jetliner en route from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, plunged from the sky on Tuesday and slammed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Helicopters and rescue personnel swarmed for rescue operations. The authorities and executives of the airline have no immediate explanation for the cause of the crash. Officials said that they have recovered one of the jet’s black boxes, the cockpit voice recorder, which captures up to two hours of the pilots’ conversations as well as other cockpit noises, including any alarms that would have sounded as the plane descended. The audio of the cockpit voice recorder showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down. "The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer," an unnamed investigator told. "And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer." "You can hear he is trying to smash the door down," the investigator added. The audio indicates, one of the pilots left the cockpit. "We don't know yet the reason why one of the guys went out," the official added. "But what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door." "We have just been able to extract a useable audio data file," BEA director Remi Jouty told a news conference. "We have not yet been able to study and to establish an exact timing for all the sounds and words heard on this file," he said. By Premji
CAG report for the year 2013-14, tabled in the Haryana Assembly today, has come down heavily on the Town and Country Planning Department. "The department neither at the time of granting in-principle approval nor at the time of formal approval for transfer of licenses ensured that net profit beyond 15% of the total cost accrues to public exchequer. This enabled the developers to earn huge profits merely by selling the land while the government had to forego sizeable amount," the CAG report said Surjewala said the deposit of profit beyond 15% applies only to completed projects and not to ongoing projects, which are permitted to be "sold/transferred in accordance with the Haryana Act of 1975". "As Skylight Hospitality Private Limited had sold/ transferred its licence for 2.7 acres of land without completing the project, this condition did not apply at all. Hence, no law, rule or policy was violated by Government of Haryana," he said. This statement by the CAG showcases how Hooda government helped, supported and colluded with Vadra to loot the state’s asset. The congress spinners have started their dirty tricks to defend the son-in-law of the first family of the Congress. Congress dismissed the reports that CAG has found the erstwhile Congress government of Haryana granting "undue favours" to Robert Vadra's company and said "there is no such finding of wrongdoing". "Instead of proceeding to hold the previous Congress Government in Haryana guilty based on half truth, innuendos and insinuations, we must examine the facts," party spokesman Randeep Surjewala said. The facts points fingers towards congress and its first family. Surjewala's reactions came on the day when the Haryana Government during the Congress regime came under attack from the Comptroller and Auditor General for granting "undue favours" to builders, including Robert Vadra's Skylight Hospitality. By Premji
The president Pranab Mukherjee is going to confer the award to the Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 27th of this month. It was announced that the president is going to visit the Vajpayee’s residence to present the prestigious Bhart Ratna award. According to the source reports, Prime Minister Modi is also expected to be present in Vajpayee’s residence at 5 pm on March 27 to witness the event. The awards were announced last year on December 24. Vajpayee is one of the great BJP leaders and known to be longest Prime minister outside Congress party. Along with him the award is also presented to Pandit Malviya who is remembered for stellar role during independent movement. On his behalf, his family will receive the award on his behalf at Rashtrapati Bhavan. AW: Lizitha
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has appealed before the Supreme Court to exempt him from appearing in a Delhi court next month in connection with the infamous coal scam. Dr. Manmohan Singh, 82, was ordered to appear in a CBI court over accusations of criminal conspiracy and corruption in the allegedly illegal awarding of a coal field in Odisha to Hindalco. Billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla is the co-accused and is asked to appear on April 8. Dr Singh has not been charged with any crime, but is being investigated for criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy, cheating and corruption Congress party had talked against the summons as a backlash against its opposition to economic reforms that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to push through Parliament. The Congress high command has failed to acknowledge that the summons was issued by the CBI court and not by the Modi government. In 2012, the national auditor said 1.86 lakh crores had been lost because coal mining licenses had been issued without transparency Judge Bharat Parashar said in the summons "a well planned conspiracy was hatched" to award Hindalco the field after Mr Birla actively lobbied Dr Singh, who was at the time acting as Coal Minister. The document does not establish which politicians or officials may have benefited but said Dr Singh's office showed "undue interest" in the matter. By Premji
FIR filed against separatist leader Aasiya Andrabi for unfurling the Pakistani flag, calling her actions a case of sedition. She is known for her support to Pakistan and as a hardline separatist. Jammu and Kashmir Police filed an FIR against Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Andrabi after she allegedly unfurled a Pakistan flag in Kashmir on March 23, the Islamic Republic's national day. "The case has rightly been registered against her. It is a straight case of sedition. Those raising the Pakistani flag and singing its national anthem have no right to be in India and therefore the Jammu and Kashmir Police have taken the right decision," BJP national secretary Sidharth Nath Singh told. "Pakistan has always supported these separatist elements and we welcome the filing of an FIR against Andrabi. I am glad that after the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government has come to power, they have finally begun prosecuting some separatists, otherwise they seemed to be only releasing everyone," Congress leader PL Punia said. In the name of secularism, only in India, anti Indian groups can do anything against the country they live. This is because of the pseudo secularism practiced by the so called secular political Parties By Premji
After receiving scores of complaints from the tax payers, including those who have submitted IT returns online, the income tax (I-T) department has decided to ease the process of e-filing. The proposed changes may give off the requirement of submitting the hard copies of returns for verification, which will be a great breather for the taxpayers. Presently taxpayers have to submit the signed hard copies and copies of documents after filing the IT returns online, which take longer time for verification by the centralised processing centre (CPC) in Bangalore. The latest proposal may come into effect in the second half of this financial year and will be a big relief to the taxpayers.. The steps taken to improvise the e-file returns will make many taxpayers happy as it will reduce their time taken for filling and even the IT department can process the data within a short span of time. IT department is also considering of including electronic signatures and mentioning of Aadhar number for better accountability. The new method of finalizing the e-returns will not only save time, but also make it easier. But the government has to ensure that all the data are stored properly after the complete verification from different sources like banks and insurance firms. By Premji
Prime Minister Narendra Modi uses social media to reach out to the people by sharing his views and government programs through Facebook, Twitter, etc. for disseminating the information to the public and to showcase the transparency of the government. In his discussion with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, he protracted the potential in Indian youth and India’s diversities. Modi asked Costolo to consider popularizing and taking the message of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' and 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' through Twitter to the entire India and the world over. He asked the CEO of Twitter to portrait India's tourism potential, which is in high demand. During the conversation Costolo told Shri Modi, that Twitter is growing rapidly in India and is seen as a potential media to convey the messages and the government of India has taken the opportunity to its fullest. The discussion was cordial and Modi asked him to consider India's linguistic diversity while designing new developments. Modi told him to spread the spirit of celebrating International Yoga Day across the world. After the discussions with PM Modi, Costolo shared his views on potentiality of Indian youth and the immense talent which can be exploited for the development of the country, "how people are innovating" and saw India's young population "as a wonderful opportunity for Twitter to grow" Costolo said. By Premji