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Coal scam: Ex-Union Minister Dilip Ray sentenced to 3 years jail

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Former Union minister Dilip Ray was on Monday sentenced to three-year imprisonment in a coal scam case. Ray was convicted in the case which pertains to irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand coal block in 1999.

A Delhi court had earlier this month reserved the order for October 26 after hearing arguments from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as well the convicts. The court directed the convicts to be present before it physically on that date.

Besides Ray, former minister of state (coal) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, the CBI had sought life imprisonment for other convicts – two senior officials of the Ministry of Coal at that time, Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, and Castron Technologies Ltd’s (CTL) director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla.

Ray was convicted under various sections including 409 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which pertains to criminal breach of trust of trust by a public servant.

“I am very surprised at conviction under section 409 of the IPC as the same court in the past has acquitted people in 409 IPC in view of three-judge bench judgement of Supreme Court. However, I welcome sentence not being harsh of three years having been imposed by the court,” said Vijay Aggarwal, advocate who represented various accused in 2G scam and is also representing various accused in coal scam cases.

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Farmers refuse to leave Sindhu border as agitation ‘could weaken’

The meeting of the farmers at the Sindhu border was still going on on Friday evening.

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New Delhi, Nov 27 : Even as the Delhi Police on Friday allowed farmers from Punjab, Haryana and elsewhere to hold a peaceful protest against the controversial Agriculture Bills at the Sant Nirankari ground in the capital’s Burari area, the farmers refused to leave Delhi-Haryana Sindhu border fearing that their protest would be “weakened”.

Delhi Police made the announcement after using tear gas shells and water cannons on the protesting farmers, and undertaking a baton charge to disperse them as they tried to enter Delhi.

Gurpreet Singh, a farmer associated with Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta in Punjab, told IANS, “We are holding talks with our representatives as of now to decide whether we will got to Burari ground or not.”

Singh said that most of the farmers don’t want to go at Burari ground and that is the reason why they are all are sitting here.

“Till the time the government does not accept our three demands, we will sit here,” he asserted.

Singh said that the farmers have been demanding the revocation of the three Agriculture Bills that were passed in Parliament in September this year, guarantee the minimum support price to farmers and roll back the fine on stubble burning.

Another farmer said that All India Kisan Khet Mazdur Sangthan’s leadership are also sitting on the Sindhu border here and they too don’t want to go to Burari for protests.

The meeting of the farmers at the Sindhu border was still going on on Friday evening.

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JEECUP Counselling additional round registration process starts; Details here

The deadline for online registration for the additional round of UPJEE counselling is November 30 for non-UPJEE 2020 candidates.

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New Delhi: The Joint Entrance Examination Council Uttar Pradesh will be conducting an additional (10th) round of JEECUP 2020 counselling and the registration process for it has been started on the official website, jeecup.nic.in.

In this round, direct admission process would be given to candidates who were not allotted up to round 9 and also to those candidates who did not appear in JEECUP 2020.

The additional round has been introduced following direction by the All India Council For Technical Education (AICTE) to set December 5 as the last date for admission to diploma programmes, JEECUP said in a statement.

The deadline for online registration for the additional round of UPJEE counselling is November 30 for non-UPJEE 2020 candidates.

For candidates who have taken the state entrance exam, the last date for registration is December 3.

Seat allotment result of the additional round will be announced on December 4.

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Bharatiya Kisan Union farmers from west UP headed to Delhi

Farmers have been protesting against the Centre’s farm laws fearing that they would lead to the dismantling of the minimum support price mechanism, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporates.

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BKU (Ugrahan) activists break police barricades as they arrive at the Dabwali border of Punjab and Haryana border during their Delhi Chalo protest against Centres new farm laws, in Sirsa district, on Friday. PTI

Noida (UP), November: Hundreds of western Uttar Pradesh farmers on Friday headed to the national capital in response to a “Delhi Chalo” call to protest against the three central farm laws.

On a Bharatiya Kisan Union call to join the protest in Delhi, the farmers belonging to Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Gautam Buddh Nagar and other western UP districts reached the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Greater Noida on Friday afternoon, when they were stopped by the police.

Shortly later, they left the Peripheral Expressway as the announcement came that the protestors have been allowed to march to Delhi.

“We have started our onward march. But our route to Delhi is yet to be decided by our union leaders. We may take the UP Gate route (via Ghaziabad) or the Kalindi Kunj route (via Noida),” BKU’s UP unit spokesperson Pawan Khatana told PTI.

The BKU has lent its support to the “Dilli Chalo” call of Punjab and Haryana farmers protesting against the new farm laws, he said.

“These laws are anti-farmer and should be taken back or changed. There should be a new law on minimum support price of crops to benefit farmers,” Khatana told PTI.

Gautam Buddh Nagar’s Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Love Kumar said the protest was peaceful and the security was stepped up to ensure that the situation does not aggravate.

“The situation at the expressway is peaceful and under control. There has been no violence or untoward situation. The police are making efforts to ensure there is no law and order situation,” Kumar said.

Farmers have been protesting against the Centre’s farm laws fearing that they would lead to the dismantling of the minimum support price mechanism, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporates.

They have been demanding the repeal of the new laws.

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