26 bureaucrats issued notices on Mumbai attacks
Mumbai : About twenty six bureaucrats were on Thursday issued notices by the Pradhan Committee probing the Mumbai terror assault. The 26 IPS and IAS officers have been asked to answer a few questions about what measures they took immediately post-attacks. The names of some top shots of the bureaucracy have also been short-listed by the independent panel investigating the assault on the country’s financial capital. All have been asked via the written notice as to what they did on the fateful night of November 26. A timeframe of 15 days has been given by the committee to the officers and the state police force is also being held accountable of what steps are being taken to prevent the recurrence of such violent incidents in future. The committee headed by former Nagaland Governor and ex-Union Home Secretary R D Pradhan was formed by the Maharashtra government last month after around 200 people lost their lives in its soil falling victims to the worst ever terror attack in India’s history on November 26, 2008.
57% of Internet users between 18-35 years of age
New Delhi : According to the I-Cube 2008, a joint annual survey of Internet users conducted by IMRB International and Internet and Mobile Association of India [IAMAI], more than 50 per cent of Internet users in urban India belong to the age group 18-25 years. This group comprised of two categories – college going students and young men. While these two categories together have registered a growth of 3 per cent over last year, all other categories seem to have declined marginally. School going kids declined by 2 per cent, older men by 1, while working women remained the same, as did non-working women. Accordingly to the survey, the primary reasons for the increase in the youth category are two-fold:
Commenting on the study Mohan Krishnan, Senior Vice President, BIRD, a specialized unit of IMRB International said pattern of Internet usage is in transition among the younger generation (between 18 to 35 years). Youths are increasingly adopting the Internet not as a technology but as another medium to indulge in their important wide-ranging daily activities like listening to music, making friends, promoting themselves and conducting business or exercising their occupation. Specifically, online gaming is emerging as a major growth area attracting investments by content developers and distributors.
Court okays MCOCA in Malegaon case
Mumbai : A special court today said the application of provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the Malegaon blast case by the Maharashtra police was valid. After perusing the chargesheet, special MCOCA judge Y D Shinde said prima facie there was evidence to invoke MCOCA in the case. The court had not taken cognisance of the chargesheet filed by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday since lawyers of the accused argued that the application of sections of MCOCA on the accused was invalid since the proper procedure had not been followed. The over 4,000-page chargesheet had been filed by the ATS against 14 accused in the case charging them under MCOCA, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), Indian Penal Code (IPC), Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act. The September 29 blast in Malegaon claimed six lives and injured over 70. The next hearing of the case will be on February 12 when the judicial custody of the 11 arrested accused ends.
PM discharged from AIIMS, back at work
New Delhi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was discharged early this morning from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where he underwent coronary angiography yesterday, “is back at work”. “He has been discharged. He is hale and hearty and has gone back home,” Dr K S Reddy, his personal physician, who is heading a multi-disciplinary medical team, said. “He is normal. He is back at work and is functioning from the Race Course Road residence which has an office,” PM’s Media Adviser Deepak Sandhu said. The 76-year-old Prime Minister had undergone coronary angiography along with a series of other tests at the hospital. Singh, who had undergone a coronary artery by-pass surgery in the UK several years back, had complained of some chest pain after which a decision to carry out the tests was taken, according to hospital sources. “Periodic evaluation of his medical status is done as a matter of routine and diagnostic tests are performed,” Reddy, who refused to share the results of the tests, including ECG and blood, citing medical confidentiality, had said.
Rahul slams Govt for not doing enough for 26/11 martyrs
Jaipur : Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi’s strong words on the Mumbai attack is a clear sign that his party is aware that the memory of Mumbai attacks cannot be erased in a hurry. Rahul specially mentioned assistant sub-inspector Tukaram Ombale who is expected to be honoured at this year’s Republic Day. “He gave so much for the country but what have we given him in return is something we need to look into. Heroes emerge only when systems collapse,” Rahul said. In criticising the UPA government on terror, Rahul has virtually emerged as a voice of opposition within the Congress. But how much of this rhetoric is pure political prudence? Rahul realises the public’s patience with the UPA may soon run out. So he seems to have touched a chord by demanding more for the martyrs. “We have done practically nothing for the national heroes of the Mumbai terror strike,” Rahul said. After Home Minister P Chidambaram’s apology in Mumbai, it is Rahul’s turn to express his regret. With elections just a few months away Rahul’s biggest challenge would be to help his party overcome the public perception that the UPA failed in tackling terror in the country.
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