New Delhi [India], February 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Congress MP Karti Chidambaram, who is being investigated in the INX Media case, to travel aboard on the condition that he will have to deposit an amount of Rs 2 crores and submit his detailed itinerary before travelling.
Earlier this month, a Delhi court had permitted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate documents it has recently received from Swiss authorities in the INX Media case involving former finance minister P Chidambaram and others.
Special CBI Judge MK Nagpal while permitting CBI to retain the said evidence or documents for the purposes of further investigation, also permitted the investigating agency to prepare a working copy of the data stored in the data carrier in encrypted form, as contained in the said packet, so that it can be used for day-to-day further investigation of the case.
Prior to that, the CBI had approached the court and sought permission for retention of certain documents received from the Swiss authorities in the execution of Letter Rogatory (LR) issued by the court, which is pending on record.
Counsel for CBI submitted in the application that during the course of the investigation of the case, one LR to the competent authorities of Switzerland was issued by this court on July 13, 2018, on the request of CBI seeking mutual legal assistance in the matter of investigation in Switzerland.
In August 2019, the CBI had arrested former finance minister P Chidambaram. Subsequently it had filed a chargesheet against Chidambaram and 13 others.
P Chidambaram was granted bail in December that year.
The INX Media case is related to alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to media group INX Media receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 307 crore, during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. (ANI)
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Governments must also take concrete actions to level playing field for women: Gita Gopinath
New York [US], March 9 (ANI): Noting that governments must take concrete actions to level the playing field for women, Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund Gita Gopinath has said that in many regions of the world, a key obstacle to women’s empowerment are outdated legal, regulatory and institutional impediments.
Delivering the inaugural Dr Hansa Mehta Lecture at United Nations marking the International Women’s Day, Gopinath said that research has shown that if women were to participate in the labour force to the same extent as men, national income could increase significantly.
“We are meeting amidst a global health and economic crisis which threatens to roll back years of hard-won economic and social gains for women. Women have been affected disproportionately by the pandemic because they work predominantly in sectors such as restaurants and hospitality that have been hit hardest by the lockdowns, and as the main caregivers at home, they have had to drop out of the labour market as schools remained closed,” she said.
“Our research has shown that if women were to participate in the labour force to the same extent as men, national income could increase significantly,” she added.
Noting that women globally account for less than 20 per cent of board seats in banks and banking supervision agencies, and account for fewer than two per cent of bank CEOs, she said this suggests tremendous room to achieve greater financial sector resilience while also increasing banking sector profitability.
“Governments must also take concrete actions to level the playing field for women. In many regions of the world, a key obstacle to women’s empowerment are outdated legal, regulatory and institutional impediments–all of which are in the hands of governments to reform,” Gopinath said.
The IMF Chief Economist said it is estimated that in developing countries, 70 per cent of women-owned businesses are under-served by financial institutions, as a result of which women entrepreneurs run smaller enterprises, earn less than male peers and are more likely to fail.
“This is a financing gap as well as a lost business opportunity, in which the financial industry can step up to aid women’s financial inclusion.”
She said the COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated excellent contributions of women as leaders, as health professionals, as first-responders, as caregivers.
“Yet women have been hit disproportionately hard by this crisis, and we still have a distance to go to get to gender equality. While much remains to be done, I am confident we will continue to make important progress towards the empowerment of women everywhere in the world.”
Dr Hansa Mehta was an Indian freedom fighter, an educator, a policymaker, and a champion of women’s rights. (ANI)
AP govt to bring Gender and Child Budget from financial year 2021-22
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 9 (ANI): The Government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to introduce Gender Budget and Child Budget from 2021-22. Accordingly, a Government Order has been issued. The department for women, children, disabled and senior citizen will act as nodal department for preparing the above-mentioned budgets.
The Government Order reads, “The Government of Andhra Pradesh has launched new programmes and schemes targeted at women and children, especially in areas such as health, education, nutrition, livelihood and protection from abuse. Gender and Child responsive budgeting helps to know how many resources are allocated towards needs and welfare of women and children.
The statement furher said that accordingly, the state government of Andhra Pradesh has started the practice of preparing special statements on Gender Budget and Child Budget from the financial year 2021-22 in order to depict the magnitude of budgetary allocations.
“The Gender Budget Statement is proposed to be prepared in two parts. Part A- reflecting schemes that are 100% targeted towards women and girl beneficiaries; and Part B- reflecting Pro-women and girl schemes in which 30 to 99% allocations are towards women and girls”, the statement further said.
The statement also said that the Child Budget aims at consolidation and analysis of overall budgetary resources that the Government of Andhra Pradesh allocates and pends on programmes and schemes that benefit children (0-18 years).
The Child Budget Statement is proposed to be prepared in two parts, namely 100 per cent child-centric and less than 100 per cent child-centric programmes/schemes, it further added. (ANI)
True freedom for women is achieved when they are respected everyday and not just on Women’s Day, says TRS MLC K Kavitha
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], March 9 (ANI): Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) MLC K. Kavitha on Monday said that true freedom for women is achieved when they are respected not just on Women’s Day but on each day.
“Real freedom to women is achieved when women are not just respected on Women’s Day but on each and everyday, when the women are given a chance to prove themselves on the field and not just in stages. True freedom to women is when women are included on the mainstream of any field of work, instead of establishing separate ‘women fronts’ or so called ‘Mahila Morcha'”, said the TRS leader.
Kavitha was addressing during the International Women’s Day celebrations organised by Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) that also witnessed the participation of many prominent women entrepreneurs and speakers.
Speaking to reporters here on the sidelines of the celebrations, Kavitha said, “On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it feels great to felicitate and award women who have achieved and excelled in their fields.
She further appealed that more organisations like DICCI should come forward for the empowerment of women, to provide them with a platform so that they can sustain themselves.
International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide every year on March 8 to recognise the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose to Challenge’. (ANI)
Youth Congress passes resolution to appoint Rahul Gandhi as party chief
By Siddharth Sharma
New Delhi [India] March 9 (ANI): The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) on Monday has passed a resolution to appoint Rahul Gandhi as the president of the Congress once again.
The resolution was passed by the National Executive of the IYC, which stated that the move would strengthen the party and energise the cadres across the country.
A few weeks ago, the Delhi Pradesh Congress and the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress also passed similar proposals.
“Today in the National Executive, IYC Jointly passes a resolution that Rahul Gandhi should be appointed as All India Congress Committee (AICC) President as per the constitution of Indian National Congress. This is not just the resolution but the voice of every Congress worker,” Youth Congress tweeted.
Noting that the Youth Congress stands firmly with its leader Rahul Gandhi, the resolution said: “We strongly believe that the organization will be strengthened under the leadership and guidance of Rahul ji and the appointment will energise party workers across the nation,” it said.
In the presence of Rahul Gandhi, National President of Youth Congress, BV Srinivas had requested him to return as Congress President.
The meeting of the National Executive of the Youth Congress was inaugurated by Rahul Gandhi on Monday morning.
Gandhi advised the Youth Congress national office bearers and state presidents to work for the organisation with patience and fight the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology without fear.
Congress has announced that the process of election of full-time president of the party will be completed by June, to in place of Sonia Gandhi, who is currently the executive president of Congress.
So far, it is not clear whether Rahul is ready to sit on the chair of the party president again.
He had resigned from the post of Congress president in May 2019, taking responsibility for the Lok Sabha election results. While resigning, Rahul had advocated making a leader outside the Gandhi family as president. However, after a few months in August, the CWC once again gave the command of the party to Sonia Gandhi as the Executive President.
Last year, senior Congress leaders (G23) wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi demanding full and active leadership in the party.
Following this, in a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) Sonia offered her resignation after which CWC passed a proposal to continue with her. However, in the same meeting, there was agreement on the election of the party president. (ANI)
JEE Mains results announced, six candidates score 100 pc marks
New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): Six students got 100 per cent marks in the JEE (Main) examination in the results declared on Monday.
Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said in a tweet that exams were done in three languages till last year but this time exams were conducted in 13 languages.
“Dear students, JEE (Main) February session 2021 results are out. Congratulations to the students. Till last year, exams were done in three languages only but this time exams were conducted in 13 languages and results have been declared in 10 days,” Pokhriyal said.
Prasar Bharati News Services said in a tweet that six students, including two from Delhi, got 100 per cent in the examination.
“JEE (Main) February session 2021 results are out. Six students get perfect 100 per cent in JEE-Mains, including two from Delhi. Union Cabinet Minister for Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank congratulates the students,” the Prasar Bharati News Services twitted.
A National Testing Agency (NTA) release said it has updated the JEE Main result for paper 1 at jeemain.nta.nic.in, ntaresults.nic.in. Candidates need to enter JEE Main 2021 login credentials to check the online JEE Main result 2021.
JEE (Main) examination for B.E./B.Tech. was conducted by NTA from February 24 to 26 this year.
A total number of 6.52 lack candidates were registered for Paper 1 (B.E. /B. Tech.) in JEE (Main) Examination.
The examination was conducted in 331 cities in 828 Centres.
The examination was conducted for the first time in 13 languages –English, Hindi, Gujarati along with Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. (ANI)
Former union minister manhandles woman in AP’s Vizianagaram, video goes viral
Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 8 (ANI): A video of former union minister and senior Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader Ashok Gajapathi Raju allegedly manhandling a woman at an election campaign in Vizianagaram went viral on Monday.
“I have tried to douse the flames of “Aarti thali” which was in the hands of a woman and did not manhandle any women,” Raju told ANI over the phone.
Meanwhile, Hemalata, the TDP woman cadre who was allegedly beaten by the former union minister denied any such incident. She said that the ‘Arti thali’ had caught fire and he was dousing off the flame. She alleged that YSR Congress workers are twisting the matter and spreading wrong information.
However, the local police have not confirmed the incident. “No such incident has come to our notice. However, we are probing into the matter,” an inspector from Two Town Circle told ANI over the phone.
Monday is the last day for the campaign for municipal elections in Andhra Pradesh. Raju was taking part in the campaign in Vizianagaram. According to people present at the spot, a woman who is a cadre of TDP threw flowers on Raju. Following this Raju allegedly beaten the woman. (ANI)
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