Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rahul Gandhi visits Mawal

Rahul Gandhi visits Mawal-Rahul Gandhi on Thursday visited the kin of farmers killed in the police firing at Mawal in Pune district recently and also met the injured at a hospital.

The AICC General Secretary straightaway drove to Mawal early Thursday morning from the airport in an unscheduled visit to a cluster of villages.

Three farmers were killed and many others injured when Pune Rural Police allegedly opened fire on a protest against a closed pipeline project that facilitates supply of water from Pavna dam to the industrial township of Pimpri Chinchwad in Mawal taluk on 9th August.

Gandhi, after calling on relatives of the deceased, visited a hospital where the injured in the firing incident were undergoing treatment, they said.

India's proposed anti-corruption ombudsman-in-peril

Anna and the government are locked horn in issue about venue, of crowd and time of the fast on number supporters for the social activist at the Tihar Jail,civil society activist Kiran Bedi said.Government has agreed to release Anna Hazare after a day's detainment Tuesday evening, but the social activist refused to leave the Tihar Jail until the government allows him unconditional fast for stronger Lokpal Bill.As more more people taking to the streets across the country in support of Anna Hazare, Delhi Police presently discussing with Anna's team on relaxing restrictions on the number of dates and participants of the fast.

When government's version of the draft bill are now under discussion in parliament's standing committee are considered too weak,thus Anna Hazare declared to start hunger strike again from August 16.

Chief Minister of UP,Mayawati said in statement supporting Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption.

Amendments in Consumer Protection Act Under Consideration

Amendments in Consumer Protection Act Under Consideration
The Government is considering further amendments in Consumer Protection Act to make it more vibrant and effective. This was stated by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution while inaugurating newly constructed building of Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission here today. He said that a dynamic society requires constant updating of existing laws to meet the welfare and development needs of the people.

Stressing on speedy disposal of cases at Consumer Dispute Redressal Fora, Prof. Thomas said Government is implementing e-Governance project called “CONFONET” to built three tier information system at Consumer Fora which will help to dispose cases quickly. All the 35 State Commissions and 593 District Fora have been covered under this IT project.

Highlighting the need of aggressive Consumer Awareness Programme, the Minister said it is very important to built consumer confidence at the time when markets are growing very fast and variety of new services are being introduced. Consumer has to be educated to protect his or her interest. Prof. Thomas said media can play a significant role in this endeavour especially to educate consumers against misleading advertisements. Such advertisements violate the consumer rights to information and inform choice, thereby causing him financial loss and even mental agony. The Minister expressed the hope that recent initiative taken by the Department of Consumer Affairs in this regard would get wholehearted cooperation by the media industry.

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