Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Justice Shivaraj V Patil Becomes Karnataka New Lokayukta

Bangalore (ABC Live): Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Shivaraj V Patil is all set to become the new Lokayukta of Karnataka to succeed Santosh Hegde.

As per information, Governor H R Bhardwaj has cleared the name of Patil, who had earlier served as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court as well as Acting Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Raj Bhavan sources said.

71-year-old Patil, replaces Hegde, a former Supreme Court judge who completes his term on August two.

Patil also served as the one-man committee that went into the processes and procedures followed by the Department of Telecommunications in the allocation of licences and spectrum between 2001 and 2009.

A Raj Bhavan communique later said the Governor made the appointment on the advice tendered by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

The Governor has also appointed former Karnataka High Court judge, Justice (retd) R Gururajan as a Upalokayukta, Karnataka, it said.

Dinesh Singh Rawat says, Now Justice Santosh Hedge will be free to join Anna Hazare team,

A Raja Takes U Turn over Manmohan Singh, Chidambaram in 2G

New Delhi (ABC Live):In Indian [political drama 2g scam main accused and former Telecom Minister A Raja on Tuesday took U turn by saying that he did not seek to implicate Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G case.

"I did not seek to implicate the Prime Minister and the then Finance Minister in 2G case," senior advocate Sushil Kumar, counsel for Raja, told Special CBI Judge O P Saini on Tuesday.

The DMK leader squarely blamed the media for his alleged accusations against the Prime Minister and the then Finance Minister, saying "they (media) cannot put words in my mouth. Ask them to report truthfully or go out of the court room."

The counsel for Raja on Tuesday started his arguments seeking to record his reservation on the media reports.

"I am defending myself and not accusing anything against anybody. I am not after anybody," he said.

Dinesh Singh Rawat says, Raja's U Turm will have someone W turn to make it happen

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ban Ki-moon Argues to Link Climate Change with International Peace, Security

New York (ABC Live): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed importance of climate change and its effects on international peace and security.

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Security Council on the impact of climate change on international peace and security, today, 20 July, in New York:

I thank the German Presidency of this Council [for having] organized this very important meeting at this juncture.

When the Security Council first took up the issue of climate change in 2007, the debate was preceded by a vigorous exchange about whether such consideration was appropriate. I argued then, and do so again today, that it is not only appropriate — it is essential.

I welcome the fact that we have moved forward and are having the right debate today — about what this Council and all United Nations Member States can do to confront the double-barrelled challenge of climate change and international security.

We must make no mistake. The facts are clear: climate change is real; it is accelerating in a dangerous manner; and it not only exacerbates threats to international peace and security, it is a threat to international peace and security. Extreme weather events continue to grow more frequent and intense in rich and poor countries alike, not only devastating lives, but also infrastructure, institutions, and budgets — an unholy brew which can create dangerous security vacuums.

Pakistan, the Pacific Islands, Russia, Western Europe, the Philippines, Colombia, Australia, Brazil, the United States, China, the Horn of Africa — these examples should remind us of the urgency of what we face. Just today, the United Nations declared a state of famine in two regions of southern Somalia. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people are in danger of going short of food and water, undermining the most essential foundations of local, national, and global stability.

Competition between communities and countries for scarce resources —especially water — is increasing, exacerbating old security dilemmas and creating new ones. Environmental refugees are reshaping the human geography of the planet, a trend that will only increase as deserts advance, forests are felled, and sea-levels rise. Mega crises may well become the new normal. These are all threats to human security, as well as to international peace and security.

Since I delivered my report to the General Assembly in 2009, the international community has reached certain agreements in Copenhagen and CancĂșn in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These agreements provide an important, but incomplete, foundation for action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enabling all countries to adapt. Now we need accelerated operationalization of all the agreements made at CancĂșn, including on protecting forests, adaptation and technology.

Climate finance, the sine qua non for progress, must move from a conceptual discussion to concrete delivery of “fast start” financing and agreement on sources of long-term financing. The next UNFCCC Conference of Parties meeting in Durban this December must be decisive in this regard. Minimalist steps will not do.

Negotiations cannot stop there. We need ambitious targets that ensure that any increase in global average temperature remains below 2 degrees Centigrade. Durban must provide a clear step forward on mitigation commitments and actions by all parties, according to their responsibilities and capabilities. Developed countries must lead, while at the same time emerging economies must shoulder their fair share.

We cannot ignore history. But we must clearly recognise that there can be no spectators when it comes to securing the future of our planet. Given that the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires next year, a political formula must be found without delay to ensure that existing commitments and needed future commitments and actions are not delayed by negotiating gamesmanship.

The Security Council can play a vital role in making clear the link between climate change, peace and security. The members of this Council bear a unique responsibility to mobilize national and international action to confront the very real threat of climate change and the specific threats to international peace and security which derive from it.

Of course, nothing would build a lasting foundation for a more peaceful world than securing sustainable development for all of our citizens. In this regard, I urge all United Nations Member States to fully utilize the opportunity provided by next year’s Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. In Rio we need to join the dots between energy security, food and nutrition security, water security, climate security and development, so that all our peoples can enjoy prosperity, peace, and international security.

I thank you again for organizing this debate and lending the political weight of the Security Council to raising awareness of this important issue. I have called climate change the defining issue of our time. Indeed we must go even further. We must make sustainable development for all the defining issue of our time because it is only in that broader framework that we can address climate change and the needs of our citizens. Re-writing this history falls to us all.

DRDO All Set to Test Prahaar Missile

New Delhi (ABC Live):Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is all set to conduct trial of new indigenously developed quick reaction, short-range Prahaar missile on Thursday from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is all set to conduct trial of new indigenously developed quick reaction, short-range Prahaar missile tomorrow from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea.

"Ground preparation for the test-flight of a short range ballistic missile is complete and it would be taken up tomorrow any time between 9 am to 5 pm depending on weather condition," a DRDO official said in Balasore.

"This is a single stage missile fuelled by solid propellants, and being tested for the first time. It is surface-to-surface missile with a range of 150 km and can carry conventional warheads," a DRDO scientist said.

"The missile would be tested from the launch pad 3 in the ITR and as a safety measure, arrangement have been made to temporarily evacuate people residing within two km radius of the launch pad on the scheduled day of the launch," the official said.

Scientific Adviser to India's Defence Minister and Director General of DRDO V K Saraswat had recently said that the new 150 km range Prahaar missile "is going to be an excellent weapon" and would fill the gap between existing unguided rocket systems like Pinaka, Smerch and 350 km-range Prithvi-2 ballistic missile.

Karnataka Gets $315 Million ADB Loan for Highways Upgradation

New Delhi (ABC Live): India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday signed a $315 million loan agreement for the Karnataka State Highway Improvement Project.

It is to mention that this is the first loan assistance from ADB in the state of Karnataka designed to upgrade roads.

The project will help rehabilitate and upgrade about 615 km of state highways identified from the core road network of the state.

It will also strengthen the capacity of the Public Works Department (PWD) of the Government of Karnataka (GOK) to develop, operate, and maintain the state road network. Road improvement works will include the upgrading of existing roads to two lanes; construction of bypasses; strengthening of culverts and bridges; and construction of new bridges and drainage structures.

The loan will help the PWD supervise the implementation of civil works and support the establishment and operation of the Planning and Road Asset Management Centre (PRAMC).

A Capacity Development Technical Assistance (CDTA) of $1.5 million is also attached to this loan. This is designed to strengthen PWD’s capacity in asset management and road safety to ensure safe and sustainable road development.

India is one of the founding members of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) established in 1966. ADB is engaged in promoting economic and social progress of its developing member countries (DMCs) in the Asia Pacific Region. India started accessing loan assistance from ADB in 1986.

A total of 144 loans amounting to $ 23.25 billion and 313 technical assistance (TA) projects amounting to $232.5 million have been accessed on cumulative basis. The ongoing projects are 67 ($ 10.34 billion) and TA projects are 79 ($ 79.62 million).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Delhi High Court Forces Petitioner to Withdraw Case Naming Anil Ambani, Ratan Tata in 2G Case

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Delhi high court on Wednesday forced New Delhi Based PIL petitioner, M Furquan,a journalist to withdraw his petition to name Reliance ADAG chairman Anil Ambani, Tata Group chief Ratan Tata, corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal in 2G case accused List.

While hearing the Petition, Justice Ajit Bharihoke said that, "It is a rubbish petition. If I find that we you (petitioner) have tried to interfere with the investigation then you may be in bigger trouble." "Either you withdraw your petition or argue at your own peril," he said, forcing the petitioner M Furquan, a Delhi-based scribe, to withdraw his plea.

"The petition is dismissed as withdrawn," Justice Bharihoke said in his order.

In brief hearing, the HC refused to grant adjournment and asked the petitioner’s counsel to argue the case straight away.

Further, HC also not granted the petitioner the liberty to approach the Supreme Court or other judicial forum on this cause to ask CBI to name Anil Ambani, Ratan Tata, Niira Radia and Dayalu Ammal in 2G case accused List

It is to mention that Earlier, a special CBI court had refused to entertain the petitioner’s plea and also imposed a cost of Rs10,000 each on Furquan and Ghaziabad's scrap dealer Dharmender Pandey for filing complaints in this regard.

"The applications are not only devoid of any substance but are also contrary to the law and deserve to be dismissed with heavy cost as application after application of this nature are being filed by third parties resulting into loss of precious time of the court.

"Both applications are dismissed, subject to nominal cost of Rs10,000 each," special CBI Judge OP Saini had said.

Dinesh Singh Rawat says,
The Money always uses power brakes to save themselves in any situations or accidents like 2G scam, this Democracy of India , where all depends on yours management, As researcher , I learn from biggies like Anil Ambani, Ratan Tata
the art to turn the table at right time and way to do this in India.

My Good wishes to all of them.

PPPAC Approves Rs. 9773.85 Crores National Highway PPP Projects

PPPAC Approves Rs. 9773.85 Crores National Highway PPP Projects

Dinesh Singh Rawat Says,
This the easy way invented by Indian politico- Business-Bureaucratic circle to loot India.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

IRDA Issues Exposure Draft Third Party Administrator

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Insurance Regulation Authority of India on Monday has issued the Exposure Draft on the Third Party Administrator (TPA).

Accordingly, the Authority has prepared the Exposure Draft. In this regard, comments/suggestions of all stake holders on the Exposure Draft are invited.


Re: Servicing of Health Insurance Schemes offered by Bodies other than Insurance Companies.

With a view to enhancing policyholders’ services for health insurance, the IRDA had conceptualized the Third Party Administrator (TPA), as an intermediary. The IRDA thought it appropriate to define such an intermediary and permit them to operate as an insurance intermediary on a strength of a license to operate issued by the IRDA. The TPAs play an important role in delivering health insurance in a seamless manner to a policyholder.

In order to effectively regulate the functioning of a TPA, the IRDA has brought out the Third Party Administrator Health Services Regulations, 2001.

3.Under Regulation 2(d) "Health Services" means all the services to be rendered by a TPA under an agreement with an insurance company in connection with "health insurance business" or ‘health cover’ as defined in regulation 2(f) of the IRDA (Registration of Indian Insurance Companies) Regulations, 2000, but does not include the business of an insurance company or the soliciting, directly or through an insurance intermediary including an insurance agent, of insurance business.
4.Under Regulation 2"TPA" means a Third Party Administrator who, for the time being, is licensed by the Authority, and is engaged, for a fee or remuneration, by whatever name called as may be specified in the agreement with an insurance company, for the provision of health services;

Under Regulation 3 (2) the main or primary object of the company shall be to carry on business in India as a TPA in the health services, and on being licensed by the Authority, the company shall not engage itself in any other business.

Under Regulation 4 (1) The TPA shall obtain from the Authority a licence to function as a TPA for rendering health services.

From the above, it is clear that a TPA can offer its services only to an insurance company and to no other body.

In 2005, some of the TPAs represented to IRDA to permit them to offer these services to bodies other than insurance companies such as Central and State Governments. Even though, such permission was not entirely on all force with the provisions of the Regulations, the IRDA considered that the number of such schemes being extended by Central and State Governments was very small and consequently the IRDA in December 2005, had issued a circular conveying that it has no objection to TPAs undertaking the servicing of non insurance healthcare schemes promoted, sponsored and approved by Central or State Governments.

Since the issuance of the circular dated 16 December 2005, the gross written premium of health insurance in India has increased from Rs.1535 crores to Rs.11145 crores (provisional) as at the end of 31 March 2011. The Central Government and several State Governments have also introduced large insurance based health schemes such as the RSBY of Central Government, the Arogyashri scheme of the Government of Andhra Pradesh etc. In all these schemes the risk bearer is the insurance company which has been awarded the contract after following appropriate and transparent system as decided by the respective governments. Given the growth of the health insurance sector it is important that the systems in place for servicing the health insurance should be dynamic and effective in order to ensure the orderly growth of the health insurance business in

Lately, some Governments have issued tenders calling for the direct servicing by TPAs of health schemes promoted by them. Such schemes would not fall within the regulatory regime of the IRDA, as the risk carrier namely the Government is not subject to regulatory oversight of the IRDA

Given the growth and likely future growth of the health insurance industry, there would be a regulatory burden with considerable reputation risk to the institutions and the industry, in the event of any act of omission and commission by any intermediary if acting directly as agent of the Government

In the above circumstances, the circular dated 16 December, 2005 is withdrawn with immediate effect. It is hereby notified that the Licensed TPAs cannot enter into arrangements for servicing health schemes promoted, sponsored or approved by any non-insurance body including Central, State, Local Governments, Firms, Corporates etc. during the subsistence of the TPA license granted by the

If anybody currently licensed to operate as a TPA in India is desirous of offering such services to schemes promoted, sponsored or approved by any body other than insurance companies, then such a TPA shall first surrender its TPA license and remove itself from the regulatory purview of the IRDA and thereafter may pursue such course of action as it deem appropriate. It may be noted that on surrender of license, the body shall not carry the word TPA in its name.

With respect to existing contracts, if any, that a TPA may have entered into on the basis of no objection issued in 16 December 2005, it is clarified that such contracts may continue to be serviced till the expiry of the contract period only without any further

The TPAs shall report to the IRDA the details of such contracts as might exist, within 15 days from the date of issuance of this circular. Further, if the TPA does not report existing contracts, if any, within the time prescribed, then it will be deemed that it has no such contracts. If at a later date, such contract is found to be in operation then the license of the TPA will be cancelled forthwith.

The Insurance Companies shall not renew contracts with TPAs who are in breach of the above directions. All Insurance Companies are directed to ensure that the TPA with whom they seek to enter or have entered into an agreement to render “Health Service” do not have any similar arrangement after the issuance of this Circular for servicing parties other than insurance companies and shall obtain a specific undertaking to this extent from them, prior to engaging or continuing to engage their services.

Dinesh Singh Rawat says,
It is a complex issue should be well informed and discuss with people before implementation

Rahul Gandhi Thrashes Indian Railways Over Kalka Mail Accident

Kanpur (ABC Live): After minister of state for railways Mukul Roy refused to obey the order directly given by Prime Minister to visit the site of derailment of the Guwahati-Puri Express in Assam on Sunday, on Tuesday Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also shown his anger with railway officials at a hospital in Kanpur when the victims complained that they had not got the promised compensation.

It is to mention Indian prime minister is in charge of the railway ministry since the former minister Mamata Banerjee became the chief minister of West Bengal and now given this charge to Mr. Dinesh Trivedi in today reshuffle.

As per information during Rahul Gandhi visit to Hallett hospital promised the victims and their families all possible help.

The railway officials explained to Rahul Gandhi that they were facing some problems but Rahul dismissed their argument and said,” I don't know all this. You will have to immediately settle this.

Gandhi was originally scheduled to reach in Kanpur at 8 AM but due to a last minute change in plans, he reached Hallett hospital at 10:55 AM from Chakeri airport.

Dinesh Singh Rawat Says,
Now Rahul Gandhi is growing as leader to dictate his terms , the today his body language says something in this direction.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Suresh Kalmadi Enjoying Tihar Jail VIP Treatment

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Inspecting trial court judge Brijesh Kumar Garg on on June 30 found the CWG organizing committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi enjoying special treatment inside the Tihar prison.

As per Information, The Inspecting trial court judge Brijesh Kumar Garg during his all of sudden inspection visit found Suresh Kalmadi, who is in Tihar prison since May sitting in Jail superintendent S C Bharadwaj official room.

Further, sources confirmed that after inspecting trial court Judge Brijesh Kumar Garg reported the matter to high authorities, the Jail superintendent S C Bharadwaj was reported to transfer to Port Blair Jail and inquiry has been order to the issue.

Kalmadi, an accused in Commonwealth Games scams, is lodged in Jail No. 4 of Tihar Prisons since May.

The confirmation to this effect was made by The DIG that,” The inspecting trial court judge had visited us on Thursday and was present in the jail superintendent's room. Kalmadi too was waiting there for the van to take him to the hospital. Then tea arrived and Kalmadi too was offered. Other than this, we have no knowledge of any special treatment being given to him."

Dinesh Singh Says,
If Suresh Kalamadi can enjoy VIP treatment even after high hue and cry of Indian Media about the corruption or open loot he had made in the name of Common Wealth Games 2010 than think about all political persons those have political strings in their hands and lodging in Indian Jails.

This incident clearly shows that corruption has reached deep roots of Indian society and corrupts even public mood against corruption are not in mood to surrender and It can not be subdue only by Jan Lokpal bill postulated by Anna Hazre nor by way of Ramdev, who wants to change the system without proposing and alternate model.