Wednesday, May 1, 2019

EC gives clean chit to PM Modi

EC gives clean chit to PM Modi over alleged MCC violation

Election Commission has giave clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct in a speech by him in Wardha, Maharashtra. 

In a statement, the commission said, it is of the considered view that in this matter no such violation has been noticed.

The Commission has, however, imposed a ban on BJP's Gujarat President Jitubhai Vagani for campaigning in the Lok Sabha polls for 72 hours.

Mr. Vagani has been barred for violating the model code of conduct for using intemperate and abusive language, while addressing party workers at Amroli in Surat on 7th of April. The ban will come into force at 4 PM tomorrow.   

Election Commission has also barred Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan from poll campaigning for 48 hours for his provocative remarks against poll authorities in Uttar Pradesh and making communal statements. The ban will be effective from 6 AM today. 

The commission strongly condemned the impugned statement made by him during election campaign held at Rampur and warned Azam Khan not to repeat such misconduct in future. 

This is for the second time that the commission has imposed a ban on him during the ongoing parliamentary elections. Earlier, he was barred from campaigning for 72 hours for his objectionable remarks against BJP candidate Jaya Prada. 

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Ukraine official, Volodymyr Zelensky as the new president.

Election authorities in Ukraine have officially named TV star and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky as the new president.
The Central Election Commission on Tuesday presented the official results of the April 21 vote, showing Zelensky beat incumbent President Petro Poroshenko by winning 73 percent of the vote.
Zelensky has criticized election authorities for dragging their feet on naming him the official winner, which reduces his chances of disbanding the parliament, AP said.
Zelensky will only be able to call an early election in parliament, which is currently dominated by the allies of the outgoing president, if he is sworn in before May 27. The parliament now has a month to set the date for the inauguration ceremony.

Israel members sworn in Knesset

Members of Israel’s Knesset were being sworn in the country’s legislature, on Tuesday, three weeks after a tumultuous national election.
New Israeli MPs sworn in, President Rivlin calls for unity
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin delivered a message of national unity to the 120 members of parliament ahead of the swearing in ceremony in Jerusalem. Rivlin called on them “to fight for our common home where secular, religious, ultra-Orthodox, Jews and Arabs…  right and left can find themselves equal,” AP reports.
The president urged MPs of the 21st Knesset to “put down the cudgels of elections and to clean up the mess” after the “difficult election campaign.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been tasked with building a governing coalition after his Likud party and its ultra-Orthodox and nationalist allies won a 65-seat majority.

“Whither India in 2022?”


NMML Invitation_ Book Launch and Discussion_“Whither India in 2022?” Edited by Amb. Surendra Kumar_Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 5 PM

A new era,Emperor Naruhito took the throne

A new era has begun in Japan as Naruhito officially becomes a new emperor after his father abdicated the Chrysanthemum throne Iranian Prez signs bill into law declaring all US forces in Middle East as terrorists & calling US govt a sponsor of terrorism.
Japanese history full of celebrations and rituals. Emperor Naruhito took the throne at the start of Wednesday and that ushered in a new era called Reiwa.
The Emperor has just taken part in two key ceremonies to mark the occasion.
The first one was a ceremony to show he’s inherited the Imperial Regalia from his father who abdicated on Tuesday. The sacred sword and jewel have been passed down for centuries as proof of an Emperor’s status.
About 30 minutes later Emperor Naruhito met with representatives of the people. They included the prime minister, the heads of both chambers of the Diet, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, and local government leaders.
The Emperor then gave his first speech since taking the throne.
The Emperor said, “I have hereby succeeded to the Throne pursuant to the Constitution of Japan and the Special Measures Law on the Imperial House Law.
When I think about the important responsibility I have assumed, I am filled with a sense of solemnity.
Looking back, His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus, since acceding to the Throne, performed each of his duties in earnest for more than 30 years, while praying for world peace and the happiness of the people, and at all times sharing in the joys and sorrows of the people. He showed profound compassion through his own bearing. I would like to express my heartfelt respect and appreciation of the comportment shown by His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people of Japan.
In acceding to the Throne, I swear that I will reflect deeply on the course followed by His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus and bear in mind the path trodden by past emperors, and will devote myself to self-improvement. I also swear that I will act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always turning my thoughts to the people and standing with them. I sincerely pray for the happiness of the people and the further development of the nation as well as the peace of the world.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered greetings on behalf of the people.
Abe said, “We respect Your Majesty as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the People. In a drastically-changing global situation, we are determined to ensure a glorious future for Japan…a country that is peaceful, full of hope, and a place that we can be proud of. We are also resolved to create an era in which people unite their hearts and develop their culture. We sincerely hope that the Reiwa era will be a peaceful one and the Imperial Family will further prosper.”
Emperor Naruhito is 59 years old. He is the first Emperor born after World War Two.
This is the first Imperial succession from a living Emperor in more than 200 years.
And for the first time in Japan’s modern history, the country has a reigning and abdicated Emperor at the same time.

SAIL introduces Pension Scheme for SAIL ex-employees and employees

New Delhi, 30th April, 2019: In line with the guidelines issued by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), Government of India and with the approval of the Ministry of Steel, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has introduced its Pension Scheme for the benefit of its eligible ex-employees and employees.
As per the approved SAIL Pension Scheme, all executive employees who were on rolls of the Company on or after 1st January, 2007 as well as non-executive employees on rolls of the Company on or after 1st January, 2012, shall be covered in this scheme.
In a meeting held on 30th April, 2019 at the SAIL Corporate Office, New Delhi, the Trust Deed was signed by the Trustees nominated by Workers’ Unions, Officers’ Associations and SAIL Management, thereby formalizing the creation of SAIL Pension Trust.
The Scheme will extend coverage to more than 55,000 ex-employees for availing of this pension benefits. In the initial phase, the eligible employees who have superannuated up to 31.3.2016, will be extended the pensionary benefit in the form of annuities.

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