The Bombay High Court on Friday ordered the Union Environment Ministry to demolish 31-storey Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society. The counsel for Adarsh Housing Society pleaded for a 12-week stay on the demolition order to enable its appeal in the Supreme Court and the high court bench granted a stay. We direct the Union of India to forthwith demolish Adarsh building," began Justice R G Ketkar, wasting not a second after he took a seat next to Justice R V More in the Bombay high court on Friday . His words came as a wrecking ball exactly at 3pm for the team of Adarsh cooperative housing society, leaving even their senior counsel Navroz Seervai stunned for a moment. The court has directed the state to initiate criminal prosecution against the officers involved in the scam and to restore the plot. The order to raze the building comes after the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) passed an order to demolish the scam-hit society in 2011, following which its members approached the Bombay High Court challenging it. The ministry had on January 16, 2011 directed the Society to demolish within three months the "unauthorised" building for violating coastal regulations. The bench of Justices RV More and RG Ketkar has directed the Ministry of Defence to conduct a departmental inquiry into its officers for not taking action early enough, when the building scam came to light. By Premji
The Gujarat government has announced a ten per cent quota for economically backward classes in the state. A welcome move for the deserved. The new category would include members of all general categories (the ones not included in SC/ST and OBC) with family income less than Rs 6 lakh. Chief minister Anandiben Patel has promised to issue an ordinance on 1 May for the new quota. "Families with income below Rs 6 lakh per annum will be eligible for this reservation," Gujarat minister Vijay Rupani said. Chief minister Anandiben Patel and the state BJP president Vijay Rupani said that, "after meeting with party national President Amit Shah, today the party and the government has decided to announce 10% EBC reservation Ordinance on May 1st on the Gujarat foundation day. Benefit of this reservation will be in addition to SC/ST and OBC reservation so there will be no effect on the present reservation system. This will be in force from the upcoming academic season itself. Children of the parents who have income upto six lakh annually will get benefit." By Premji
A study authored by an Indian scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests prion-like proteins could hold the key to understanding what gives plants memory and aids in their decision-making. Prions are proteins that are usually referred to in relation to the spread of neuro diseases. Sohini Chakrabortee, a researcher at MIT's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (WIBR), has spent three years scanning over 20,000 proteins in plants from the mustard family and has found at least one protein that behaves like a prion and is capable of building molecular memories, such as those of exposure to a prolonged period of cold that precedes flowering. "This is the first evidence that a plant protein may self-replicate as a prion - this opens up the possibility of protein-based memories in plants," said Chakrabortee. "When we talk about plant memories, we mean the plant that has a memory responds differently to a stimulus compared to a plant that has never experienced this before," said Can Kayatekin, a post-doctoral associate and a member of the Whitehead-MIT team. "This is really, really significant, I have never, never heard of prions in plants - and I've been studying prions for about twenty years," Karim Adjou, professor at the Veterinary School of Alfort in France said. By Premji
Baaghi is an action entertainer loaded with action episodes. The first half of the movie has been completely interesting with fresh narration. Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor tops the show and the songs are the major assets of the film. The action episodes have been power packed and the interval episodes have been completely dominating. On the whole the complete first half of Baaghi has been decent.However the second half which is quite crucial fails to impress the audience. The director concentrated completely in elevating Tiger Shroff in the movie and the major plot of the movie has been side tracked. The climax has been packed with huge dose of action as expected and the movie ends up on a below average note.
Mr Perfect Aamir Khan has done limited movies in his career of over three decades and he has no habit of shooting for multiple movies. The actor dedicates over a year if he loves the script of the movie. After a blockbuster like PK, the actor took his time to prepare for his next movie titled Dangal.Nitesh Tiwari is directing the film and Aamir Khan will be showcased as a wrestler in the movie. He has taken enough care and he gained huge weight for the film and he even beefed up too much as per the character’s requirement. He then lost enough weight in quick succession for the other character in Dangal which has been slated for December 23rd release all over. Aamir Khan Productions is producing the movie and Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh will be seen in other crucial roles. As per the latest news we hear, Aamir Khan’s manager Adwait Chandan is making his directorial debut soon and Aamir has been thrilled with the script of the film. The movie revolves around an adolescent girl who dreams of becoming a singer in her life. Aamir will play a crucial role in the movie and the lead actress is currently being finalized. The makers are in plans to finalize a fresh girl for the movie. The regular shoot of the movie will start during the second half of this year and Aamir Khan Productions will produce the movie.
Bollywood’s Bhai Salman Khan is busy framing his career with back to back films right now. He scored his career’s biggest hit with Bajrangi Bhaijaan which is said to be an emotional entertainer. The movie emerged as the second highest Indian grosser after PK. Salman has been quite careful about his upcoming films and he is currently shooting for his next movie titled Sultan. A high voltage action entertainer directed by Abbas Ali Zaffar, Sultan showcases Salman as a wrestler in the movie. He took his time to shape up his body to fit in the shoes of a wrestler for Sultan. Salman hired a special trainer and worked out intensively for over 6 hours regularly to look perfect as a wrestler in Sultan. The movie has been shooting in various parts of Uttar Pradesh after a crucial schedule in New Delhi. The makers shot for some important episodes in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh and after a week the shoot has been completed, the government of Uttar Pradesh announced that Sultan will have a tax free status in their state. Madan Chauhan, the minister of Entertainment department confirmed the news and he revealed that Sultan will be tax free in multiplexes along with single screens. Anushka Sharma is the female lead in the movie and Aditya Chopra is producing Sultan on Yash Raj Films banner. Sultan will complete shoot and will hit the screens during Eid on July 6th across the world.
King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan has been struggling for the right success. After a blockbuster like Chennai Express, his recent outings Happy New Year and Dilwale failed to make much impact at the box-office. His recent outing Fan has been doing average business at the box-office which has been directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Aditya Chopra on Yash Raj Films.He is currently shooting for his next movie in the direction of Gauri Shindey and the movie is said to be a romantic entertainer. Shah Rukh will be seen romancing Alia Bhatt in the movie which will release next year. The shoot of the movie will be wrapped up by July revealed the makers.Shah Rukh Khan signed a movie in the direction of Anand L Rai who scored massive hits like Raanjhana and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. The movie is said to be a romantic drama and Kareena Kapoor Khan has been locked to play the female lead in the movie. Kareena has been quite impressed with the movie’s script and she signed the movie on spot. The regular shoot of the film will start from June this year and the pre-production work is currently under process. Shah Rukh Khan along with Anand L Rai will produce the movie. More details soon.
The ministry of external affairs has written to the UK high commission requesting on the deportation of liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya for “investigations under the prevention of money laundering act”, the government said on today. "Our High Commission in UK will also be issuing a similar note verbale to UK foreign and commonwealth office", said Vikas Swarup, MEA. He further added that the ministry will continue to pursue this matter with the United Kingdom authorities. Mallya's passport was revoked by MEA on Sunday and on its suspension he said, "Unseemly haste in suspending passport even before issuing a show cause notice and issuing a NBW are a part of unfair media trial." On Tuesday, the Supreme Court has refused Mallya’s contention that Indian banks had no jurisdiction to access details of overseas assets in his name and that of his family members. The court has asked the banks, who have been provided the details, to file an action taken report in two months’ time. By Premji
Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has hinted at seeking help from India and other nations to address the “problem” of what he described as a “semi-unstable” nuclear-armed Pakistan. "At the same time, if you look at India and some of the others, maybe they’ll be helping us out, because we’re going to look at it. We have many, many countries that we give a lot of money to and we get absolutely nothing in return and that’s going to stop fast," Mr. Trump. “We’ve given them [Pakistan] money and they’ve double dealt us,” the interviewer asked. “Yes, but the problem with Pakistan, where they have nuclear weapons, which is a real problem,” Mr. Trump said. “The single biggest problem we have is nuclear weapons, you know, countries with them. And it’s not only a country, you have nine countries right now with nuclear weapons. But Pakistan is semi-unstable. We don’t want to see total instability. It’s not that much, relatively speaking. We have a little bit of a good relationship. I think I’d try and keep it,” said Mr. Trump. By Premji
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has on today accomplished the task of developing the country's own navigation system with the successful launch of IRNSS-1G, the last in the series of seven navigation satellites. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C33 carrying IRNSS-1G (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) lifted off from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 12.50. Around 20 minutes after liftoff, PSLV-C33 successfully placed IRNSS-1G in orbit. The satellite has a 12-year mission life. By this successful launch, India has joined the league of countries that has indigenous navigation system. The system will reduce the country's dependency on US Global Positioning System. The IRNSS system is designed to provide accurate position information to users within the country and in the region extending up to 1500km from the boundary. IRNSS will provide standard positioning service (SPS) for all users with a position accuracy of better than 20 metres and a restricted service (RS) for authorised users with an accuracy of 10 metres. The indigenous navigation system will aid terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, vehicle tracking and fleet management, disaster management, mapping and geodetic data capture, visual and voice navigation for drivers. The service can be integrated with mobile phones and can be a reliable navigation tool for hikers and travellers. PM Modi said, “I would like to heartily congratulate and appreciate the scientists and teams of ISRO. Everyone is experiencing that how science can help in making life easier for the common man.” “All seven satellites were launched successfully and because of this India is now amongst those five nations that boast of own GPS or navigation satellite system. We are now self-reliant,” he said. By Premji