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It is quite some time that I wrote on 2G, as there was a lull.
But I was sure the news will pick up as the Elections draw near.
One is necessity of Funds for The election and the other for Poll Alliances.
The first is to fill up the party’s Coffers and the second to cajole or blackmail the allies or would be allies.
It is learnt that the CBI has dropped the Name of Mittal from the charge sheet on the 2 G case.
There is another news that the CBI officials met with the powers Be and the PMO and the law Ministry whetted the Chargesheet on Coalgate.
Isn’t the Supreme Court of India monitoring the 2G case?
Long live Democracy!
The CBI has come under fire following allegations that its former director A P Singh ordered the name of billionaire telecom tycoon Sunil Bharti Mittal to be dropped from the investigation into the 2G spectrum allocation scandal.
The Telecom Watchdog moving the Supreme Court (SC) against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for not including the billionaire’s name in the charge sheet.
Telecom Watchdog in its affidavit has alleged that former CBI director AP Singh overruled the CBI’s investigating team to drop Mittal’s name from the case merely a week before his retirement.
Teelcom Watchdog secretary Anil Kumar told Mail Today that the case would come up for hearing in the apex court on Monday and heard along with the bail plea filed by Mittal in the SC.
The NGO has submitted photocopies of what it claims to be CBI’s documents to back its charge. It has alleged that the CBI team had gathered evidence to show that Mittal had played crucial role in getting the excess spectrum for Bharti Cellular, which is now known as Bharti Airtel, in 2002, when late Pramod Mahajan was the telecom minister and Shyamal Ghosh the telecom secretary.
Telecom Watchdog has also alleged that CBI special director V K Gupta, who was in charge of the investigation, has in a letter to the new director Ranjit Sinha stated that he was kept out of the loop as the file was not put up to him at the crucial last stage.
The CBI is in the process of filing an affidavit before the apex court accepting that the status report it filed last month had been vetted by both the law ministry as well as the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
This is in response to the Supreme Court asking the CBI director to state in an affidavit that the report had not been “shared with the political executive”.
The CBI deserves praise for its move to come clean before the judiciary.
Officials of the agency had resisted the law ministry’s efforts to change its contents but were prevailed upon to tone down the status report.
While this may be explainable given the present system under which the agency functions, the CBI will be doing the cause of probity great service by accepting as much under oath.
Such an admission is sure to bring the spotlight back on the United Progressive Alliance government which has consistently denied any wrongdoing even as it has been embroiled in a series of corruption scandals in recent years.
- 2G spectrum: Mittal, Ruia appear in Delhi court (rediff.com)
We know there are lawyers who chase Ambulances and are in pursuit of Bills in general.
A Minnesota lawyer has been suspended indefinitely for billing a divorce client for time they spent having sex.
The state Supreme Court invoked the suspension against Thomas P. Lowe, 58, of Eagan, in a ruling last Thursday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Tuesday. Lowe will have to wait at least 15 months before getting an opportunity to seek reinstatement.
The newspaper said Lowe had known the woman for many years. He became her attorney in her divorce case after she came to him in August 2011.
They soon began an affair that lasted for several months, during which Lowe, who was married, periodically billed her for legal services provided at the times they were having sex, the newspaper. Their liaisons were coded as meetings or drafting memos.
After their relationship became acrimonious, Lowe told her he was ended it and soon thereafter said he would no longer be her attorney.
At that point, the woman tried to kill herself and while in the hospital revealed the affair, the newspaper said.
The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility subsequently filed a case against Lowe and court documents show he eventually admitted the allegations.
The newspaper said it was unable to reach Lowe for comment
Israel went to a near war for six captured Israeli Soldiers in the Gaza.
‘We spent over Rs.30 Crore to keep the killer Kasab alive.As India observes the first anniversary of the terror attack on Mumbai, the cash-strapped Democratic Front government in Maharashtra has so far spent a staggering Rs 31 crore, or nearly Rs 8.5 lakh per day, to keep the 21-year-old terrorist from the Pakistani town of Faridkot safe and secure enough to stand trial.’(Times of India)
Yet when it comes to the case of Indian soldiers…?
After 22 days in captivity their bodies were returned badly mutilated and with visible signs of torture. They had punctured eyes, pierced ear-drums, broken skulls and their genitals had been cut off. In addition, they had been shot through the head. Government ministers unhesitatingly called it “barbaric”. There was no doubt this was a blatant war crime and an undeniable breach of the Geneva Convention.
But what did the government do? As little as it possibly could. And that’s true not just of the NDA, in power at the time, but also of its successor, the UPA.
In June 1999 India summoned the Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner and served him with a notice of breach of the Geneva Convention. Shortly afterwards Jaswant Singh, then foreign minister, raised the matter with his Pakistani counterpart, Sartaj Aziz. And, yes, during a visit to Paris, Singh expressed his incredulity and horror to Chirac. But that’s about it.
What’s worse is that successive governments simply stonewalled attempts by Captain Kalia’s father, Dr NK Kalia, to pursue justice. He wrote to three Presidents, who, after all, are Supreme Commanders of the Armed Forces, but only got a standard acknowledgement: “Your letter has been received and would be forwarded for necessary action.” But if it was no action followed.
Frustrated and increasingly desperate, Dr. Kalia approached a variety of embassies and foreign organisations for help. In reply, the British High Commission said: “We are seeking from the Indian Army a full report of the post-mortem, unfortunately without any success so far.” The Germans said they’d written to the ministry of external affairs but got no response.
The independent Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar took up the matter with SM Krishna but was told there was no response from Pakistan. What was left unsaid but, nonetheless, crystal clear is that India, both under the BJP and Congress, was not going to put pressure on Pakistan, directly or through third parties, to do something. It was just talk, nothing more.
So Dr Kalia has now moved the Supreme Court to direct the government to take the case to the International Court of Justice. As a result, this 13-year-old matter has found a fresh lease of journalistic life. I don’t know how it will end but an opinion government sources – those ubiquitous but convenient secret voices that always provide clever excuses – are offering is that India is worried if it rakes up this issue Pakistan could retaliate by raising our own alleged human rights abuses in Kashmir.”
Read this while remembering that Kasab was hanged, yet the NSG Commandos are yet to be compensated!
The recent talks between the Chief Ministers Jayalalithaa of Tamil Nadu and Jagdish Shettar of Karnataka on the sharing of Cauvery Water have ended in a dead lock with Karnataka refusing to release even a drop of water to Tamil Nadu despite the Statistics presented by The Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu’s statement on the position in Mettur dam.
“ Jayalalithaa told reporters: “At Mettur, there is only 16.32 tmcft of water. Of this, 5 tmcft is dead storage and another 5 tmcft is for drinking water. So, only 6.32 tmcft is active storage, which is sufficient only for six days. The samba crops on 14.93 lakh acres of land require another 65 days of water supply, else they will wither. We asked Karnataka to release 30 tmcft of water immediately, which is the bare minimum. Despite our pleadings, Karnataka says it cannot release a single of drop of water. We are approaching the Supreme Court on Friday.’
Karnataka’s position as stated by Jagdish Shettar.
“Shettar said: “All that we have in our reservoirs is 37 tmcft. Of this, 20 tmcft is for the drinking water needs of Bangalore, Mysore and other towns and rural areas in the Cauvery basin, while another 10 tmcft should be let out for the purpose of ecological balance. So only 7 tmcft is available for our standing crops. How can we release 30 tmcft? We will also go to court and explain our situation.”
Karnataka CM said Tamil Nadu’s forthcoming season, present storage and groundwater was enough to save the samba crops. “She said Mettur has only 6.32 tmcft of water, but the facts are otherwise. Mettur has 16.32 tmcft of water and the entire water can be utilized for irrigation. Her claim that 5 tmcft is dead storage and can’t be utilized is unfounded, as it can be utilized. As the rainy season is not yet over for Tamil Nadu, even the water she’s claiming for drinking purpose can be used,” said Bommai.
Strange to hear the Chief Minister state that the Dead Storage Water can be used!
This is what Dead Storage is about.
The terminology for reservoirs varies from country to country. In most of the world reservoir areas are expressed in km2 whilst in the USA acres are commonly used. For volume either m3 or km3 are widely used with acre feet used in the USA.
The capacity, volume or storage of a reservoir is usually divided into distinguishable areas. Dead or inactive storage refers to water in a reservoir that cannot be drained by gravity through a dam’s outlet works, spillway or power plant intake and can only be pumped out. Dead storage allows sediments to settle which improves water quality and also creates hydraulic head along with an area for fish during low levels. Active or live storage is the portion of the reservoir that can be utilized for flood control, power production, navigation and downstream releases. In addition, a reservoir’s flood control capacity is the amount of water it can regulate during flooding. The surcharge capacity is the capacity of the reservoir above the spillway crest that cannot be regulated.
In the UK top water level describes the reservoir full state whist fully drawn down describes the minimum retained volume.”
It is obvious that the Dead Storage can not be used.
Look at this;
“another 10 tmcft should be let out for the purpose of ecological balance”
What is this ‘ecological balance’, another name for dead storage, which Karnataka does not want to use?
If Shettar’s statement on Dead Storage on Tamil Nadu is correct, Karnataka can use this as well!
He also added that TheMonsoon is expected in Tamil Nadu and they can make use of it.
The blunt message is ” I do not want to give water to you”
This, despite the position of Tamil Nadu that the crops will wither away.
Well,Tamil Nadu, leave it at that.
There is no point in talking to people who can not understand the Life nad Death problem of Millions.
Supreme Court can also do nothing.
But remember the Tamil adage,
The Cart will Travel in the Boat one day, so will the Boat in the Cart at some other Day’
Mathematical calculations are fine, but Nature does not rain in TMCs per month.
The Supreme Court/Tribunal passes these orders along with the admission that they are aware that there is shortage of water in Karnataka.
Then why pass the Order?
You also have Tamil Nadu politicians screaming against Karnataka for water though they are aware that there is shortage of Water
If Tamil Nadu fair-minded, is it releasing water in a fair manner to Kerala?
Water is a sensitive issue and this can be solved only by the officials of these two States sitting together, evaluating the availability of Water and share pro rata when water is available.
It sounds idiotic, to demand the release of Water at fixed rate per month for it does not rain taking into account your averages.
Orders by The Supreme Court or The Tribunal will be useful only to incite passions.
If Karnataka refuses to comply with the Orders,you will send the Army?
BANGALORE: The Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) on Thursday directed Karnataka to release a total of 25.82 tmcft ofwater to Tamil Nadu from October 15 to January 31, 2013. The state had stopped releasing water on October 8.
Karnataka rejected the order, which says it must release 8.75 tmcft from October 15 to October 31. Chief secretary S V Ranganath, representing Karnataka at the CMC meeting in New Delhi, said water cannot be released from the Cauvery basin dams, and that Tamil Nadu has to depend on rain in the catchment area and the northeast monsoon.”