New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other condoled the death of veteran criminal lawyer and former Union Minister Ram Jethmalani, who passed away early this morning at his residence here. He was 96.
Taking to his twitter handle, President Kovind said, “Saddened by the passing of Shri Ram Jethmalani, former Union Minister and a veteran lawyer. He was known to express his views on public issues with his characteristic eloquence. The nation has lost a distinguished jurist, a person of great erudition and intellect.
In a series of tweets, Modi said: “In the passing away of Ram Jethmalani, India has lost an exceptional lawyer and iconic public figure who made rich contributions both in the court and Parliament. He was witty, courageous and never shied away from boldly expressing himself on any subject.
“I consider myself fortunate to have got numerous opportunities to interact with Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji. In these sad moments, my condolences to his family, friends and many admirers. He may not be here but his pioneering work will live on.
“One of the best aspects of Ram Jethmalani was the ability to speak his mind. And, he did so without any fear. During the dark days of the Emergency, his fortitude and fight for public liberties will be remembered. Helping the needy was an integral part of his persona.”
Shah also took to the micro-blogging site where he said that Jethmalani’s death was an “irreparable loss to the entire legal community”.
“He will always be remembered for his vast knowledge of legal affairs. My condolences to the bereaved family,” he added.
Similarly, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Congress president Sonia Gandhi among others who condoled the passing away of Jethmalani.
New Delhi,08/09/19:Eminent Supreme Court lawyer and former union minister Ram Jethmalani passed away on September 8. He was 95.
Jethmalani had also served as a union minister for law and urban development in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cabinet. He was also the chairman of the Bar Council of India.
He had announced his retirement in September 2017. Jethmalani had fought several high-profile cases and had represented controversial clients.
Jethmalani appeared in the famous KM Nanavati versus State of Maharashtra case in 1959 and the 2G spectrum case in 2011, among others. He represented former union minister LK Advani in the Hawala scam and fought for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation case filed by former union minister Arun Jaitley.
Mahesh Jethmalani said his father's last rites will be performed in the evening of September 8 at the Lodhi road crematorium in New Delhi.
Besides Mahesh Jethmalani, the former union minister is survived by his daughter based in the US. His other daughter, Rani Jethmalani, died in 2011.
He was born in Shikarpur in Sindh province (now in Pakistan) on September 14, 1923 and obtained a law degree at the age of 17. He had started his career as a lawyer in Sindh (Pakistan) before the partition.
In tweet, PM Modi said: "One of the best aspects of Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji was the ability to speak his mind. And, he did so without any fear. During the dark days of the Emergency, his fortitude and fight for public liberties will be remembered. Helping the needy was an integral part of his persona."
"I consider myself fortunate to have got numerous opportunities to interact with Shri Ram Jethmalani Ji. In these sad moments, my condolences to his family, friends and many admirers. He may not be here but his pioneering work will live on! Om Shanti," PM Modi said in another tweet.
Speaking about Jethmalani's demise, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has tweeted: "Deeply pained to know about the passing away of India’s veteran lawyer and former union minister Shri Ram Jethmalani ji. In him, we have not only lost a distinguished lawyer but also a great human who was full of life."
In another tweet, Shah said that Jethmalani's demise "is a irreparable loss to the entire legal community. He will always be remembered for his vast knowledge on legal affairs. My condolences to the bereaved family.
Bengaluru:Years of hard work literally came to naught for ISRO on Saturday after it lost communication with Moon lander Vikram, and no amount of words could put it right for the scientists at ISTRAC here.
Despite a motivational speech by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had rushed in to watch the mission’s success late last night and then again was with the Team Chandrayaan-2 to speak to them, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan could not hold his tears and broke down as the PM was about to leave.
In a very visible emotional outburst, Sivan was seen in tears. Modi who was being accompanied by the scientist on his way out, immediately hugged him and held him. Words were exchanged as a disturbed and disappointed Sivan took time to gain his composure.
New Delhi,It is quite usual that private builder-groups are charging GST on previously booked units (flats, apartments, villas etc) at the old increased GST rate of 12-percent as was before 31.03.2019, even if these units are completed and allotted after 01.04.2019 when GST-rate was reduced to 5-percent. This is despite the fact that agreements signed clearly mention that the total price would be inclusive of taxes and cesses applicable on date of agreement with a condition that any decrease in taxes and cess, the booking company shall refund the excess amount charged at old increased GST-rate. There are instances where GST was reduced from 12-percent to 5-percent w.e.f. 01.04.2019 and the project was not completed till 31.03.2019. GST on such booked unit must have been revised to 5-percent from earlier 12-percent calculated a time of booking. These builder-groups are also not giving benefit of Input-Tax-Credit (ITC) enjoyed by the builder.
GST-authorities should look into the matter, and publicise that reduced GST-slab at 5-percent may be charged for units completed and handed over after 31.03.2019 instead of 12-percent GST-rate prevailing at time of booking before 31.03.2019, and also provide benefit enjoyed by the builders under Input-Tax-Credit (ITC) provisions.
Bengaluru,07/09/19:In a last stage snag, the communication link between India’s moon lander Vikram and the moon orbiter got snapped as the former was descending towards the moon’s South Pole early on Saturday, throwing suspense over the fate of Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 mission.
Announcing the snapping of communication link, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan said, the performance of the lander was as per the plan till it was 2.1 km from the moon surface. The communication link got snapped after that, he added.
On the screen it was seen that Vikram slightly changed from its planned path and then the communication link got snapped.
According to ISRO officials, the data is being analysed. It is learnt the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at the space agency’s telemetry, tracking and command network (Istrac) are analyzing the issue to check the problem.
All was going well with the 1,471 kg Vikram that began its descent at about 1.38 a.m. from an altitude of 30 km at a velocity of 1,680 metres per second.
The lander was smoothly coming down with ISRO officials applauding at regular intervals and their faces beaming with pride.
The lander successfully completed its rough braking phase with its descent speed going down well.
While the rough braking phase of the lander was done well, the communication link between Vikram and the Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter got snapped when the former was at an altitude of 2.1 km above the moon surface.
Meanwhile, the 2,379 kg Chandrayaan-2 orbiter continues to fly around the moon. Its mission life is one year.
On July 22, Chandrayaan-2 was launched into the space by India’s heavy lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III) in a text book style.
The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft comprised three segments – the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads), ‘Vikram’ (1,471 kg, four payloads) and rover ‘Pragyan’ (27 kg, two payloads).
After five earth bound orbit raising activities, Chandrayaan-2 was inserted into lunar orbit. The lander Vikram carrying the rover Pragyan separated from Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft on September 2.
ABOLITION OF FORECLOSURE-CHARGES ON PRE-PAYMENT OF LOANS STILL INCOMPLETE EVEN AFTER TEN YEARS OF RBI ADMITTING ITS NOT APPROVING POLICY OF FORECLOSURE CHARGESSaturday, 07 September 2019 04:31 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,07/09/19:Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has once again issued circular dated 02.08.2019 clarifying that banks shall not charge foreclosure charges or pre-payment penalties on any floating-rate term-loan sanctioned for purposes other than business to individual borrowers with or without co-obligant(s). Earlier about a decade back, RBI in an RTI response dated 03.09.2009 had clearly stated that RBI does not approve policy of charging penalty or foreclosure charges.
In this period of ten years, RBI had waived concept of foreclosure-charges in a phased manner rather than totally like starting from such waiver only for home-loans. But even the latest circular dated 02.08.2019 has not completely met with RBI policy of not approving foreclosure-charges as revealed in ten-years old RTI response dated 03.09.2009. Latest circular dated 02.08.2019 is applicable only in respect of banks that too not in respect of business-loans. In continuation of RBI policy of giving undue favours to Non-Banking-Financial-Companies NBFC, latest circular dated 02.08.2019 is not applicable on NBFCs.
RBI must stick to its ten-year old stand of not approving basic concept of foreclosure charges since such an anti-public concept deprives people of getting rid of being loan-burdened. RBI should issue a fresh unconditional circular abolishing basic concept of foreclosure-charges even for business-loans and NBFCs for all types of loans.
New Delhi,05/09/19:Presently system at Department of Posts is to issue computer-printed cash-receipts where the portion used by Department of Posts has sticker while the portion given to consumer is without sticker. Department of posts for convenience of users of postal-services should have sticker also in the portion given to the consumers so that they may not require gum at their end to affix it on their despatch-registers or documents etc. It will be benefit to public-exchequer also presently appreciable man-hours and gum are utilised by various public-authorities to paste postal cash-receipts on their despatch-registers.
Department of Posts will not be burdened extra because even presently one of the dual-portion of same cash-receipt still has sticker on back for the portion kept by Department of Posts itself. Rather ultimately it may be economical and convenient to print computer-stationery for issuing postal cash-receipts if sticker is there on complete dual-portion of cash-receipts rather than on single portion only.
IF HIGH TRAFFIC-FINES CAN CURB TRAFFIC-VIOLATIONS, THEN SUPER-FAST HANGINGS CAN SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE CRIMES ATTRACTING DEATH-PENALTYFriday, 06 September 2019 03:59 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,05/09/19:Union Minister for Road Transport has stated that recently exorbitantly hiked traffic-fines are not aimed to increase revenue-earnings, but to effectively curb traffic-violations.
Same principle of ensuring super-fast hanging say maximum within maximum three years (though ideal will be one year) of committing crime crossing all stages of courts from Trial Court to Supreme Court and then final execution after decision on mercy-petition should be adopted. Such time-bound hanging will definitely develop much-required fear-psychology against committing crimes attracting death-sentence even though special courts may be set up for trial of accused of such cases in a time-bound period. Murders on petty quarrels have become quite common only because there is no fear of death-penalty amongst people.
Similar deterrent time-bound trials in economic crimes involving ultra-rich persons including most-privileged can tend to curb economic crimes. Dates after dates and granting easy bails by courts rather encourage influential people to commit such crimes for minting money. Trials in economic offences should also be in special courts set up for to be completed in time-bound period with High Courts and Supreme Court also ensuring fast disposal of appeals filed in such cases. System will develop much-needed fear-psychology amongst ultra-rich persons deliberately involved in such crimes to add much-more to their existing mountains of money harming national economy. Cost involved on extra courts for economic offenses will be more than compensated by tremendous revenue-increase by curbing effectively economic offences through much-needed fear-psychology developed because of ensured speedy court-trials.
# Input, Ms.Madhu