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Kohinoor issue: Sukhbir Badal asks SGPC to file caveat in SC

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Chandigarh, April 20 : Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal asked the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to file a caveat in the Supreme Court so that the committee could be heard before the court gives a judgment on the return of the Kohinoor diamond to India.

“The SGPC would represent the Sikh community in the PIL and demand that the diamond, which is presently a part of the crown jewels of the Queen of England, be returned to the religious body,” Jangveer Singh, media adviser to Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Badal, said here.

“This assertion was being made on the basis that Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the head of a Khalsa Raj. In the absence of any such system now, the SGPC is the representative of the Sikh community to which the diamond rightfully belongs,” he said.

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar had on Tuesday demanded that the Kohinoor be returned to the Sikh community as it was part of the Sikh kingdom in the 19th century.

In another decision on this issue, the ruling Akali Dal decided that a deputation of party leaders will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to make a representation on behalf of the Sikh community to highlight the wrong version given to the court by the union culture ministry earlier this week on the Kohinoor.

“The Akali Dal delegation will impress upon Sushma Swaraj that Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Sikh sovereign ruler of Punjab, was robbed of the Kohinoor,” a party statement said.

“The Akali Dal feels this aspect has not been appropriately put before the apex court. The party will present the facts of the case to the external affairs ministry detailing how the Maharaja was forced to present the Kohinoor to Queen Victoria after being christened and that he had no option in the matter.

“It cannot be regarded has being given as compensation or as a gift in any manner,” the party said.

“The party is confident that the Centre will rethink its stand on the issue as there was no doubt that Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the absolute owner of the Kohinoor and that after its death it was taken away by the British in a deceitful manner.

“It feels this wrong can only be righted by the return of the diamond to the Sikh community,” the statement said.

“To say that the Kohinoor was neither stolen nor forcibly taken away by the British but was given as a present by Maharaja Duleep Singh to the East India Company is a gross misrepresentation of historical facts. This stand seems to support the deceitful ways and means of the British,” Makkar said in a statement.

The 108-carat diamond was presented to the then British monarch, Queen Victoria, after the Anglo-Sikh wars, in which Britain gained control over the Sikh empire in the then undivided Punjab.

The Kohinoor diamond, kept under tight security at the Tower of London, is claimed by India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

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Government has no choice, must listen to wise counsel: Chidambaram

The Congress has been demanding cash transfer directly to the people’s account to the tune of Rs 65,000 crore.

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New Delhi, May 27 : The Congress, after rejecting the government’s economic package announced to revive the economy, has said that sooner than later the government will accept the suggestions made by the Congress.

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said on Twitter: “I had tweeted a few days ago that the day is not far off when the Congress’ suggestions will be accepted by the government. A stubborn government has no choice and must listen to experience and wise counsel.”

“The government has hinted at taking up cash transfers to the poor,” Chidambaram added citing media reports.

“The government has also practically admitted through unnamed sources that it has asked the RBI to be prepared for monetising part of the fiscal deficit,” he further said.

The Congress has been demanding cash transfer directly to the people’s account to the tune of Rs 65,000 crore.

Rahul Gandhi in his press conference on Tuesday said it is important the Government share concrete plans for how it intends to deal with our migrants crisis? How does it plan to scale up testing which is urgently needed? How does it plan to support our MSMEs? How will our State Governments be funded? There are many critical questions that the Government is not providing us answers to, which need to be addressed urgently, he said.

“Earlier this month, the Prime Minister announced an economic stimulus which according to him was equivalent to 10 per cent of the GDP. However, economists in India and around the world have done the maths and come to the sad conclusion that the economic stimulus announced by the Prime Minister is actually less than 1 per cent of our GDP and that too most of it is in terms of loans that could drag our MSMEs into a debt trap from which they will struggle to recover,” Rahul Gandhi had said.

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1988 batch IRS officer commits suicide in Delhi

A suicide note has been recovered from the room where he was found hanging and the same is being examined. Further investigation in the matter is underway.

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New Delhi, May 27 : A 1988 batch Indian Revenue Services (IRS) officer committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan at his residence in Delhi’s Chanakyapuri, the police here said on Wednesday.

The deceased identified as 57-year-old Keshav Saxena was posted as the Principal Commissioner in the Income Tax Department. He was a resident of Bapu Dham in New Delhi’s posh Chanakyapuri.

“Saxena allegedly committed suicide by hanging through the bed sheet with ceiling fan of the study room at his residence. Ligature mark is present on the body of the deceased,” a senior police official said.

Saxena was found hanging in his room by his wife around 7 a.m. He was rushed to Primus Hospital in Chanakyapuri where he was declared dead on arrival. The police were informed by the hospital authorities regarding the incident.

A suicide note has been recovered from the room where he was found hanging and the same is being examined. Further investigation in the matter is underway.

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Russians fix vibration, N-power unit restarts at Kudankulam

According to the official, the first unit is at the end of its fourth fuel campaign which is due at the end of this month. The unit is planned to be stopped for the next scheduled preventive maintenance.

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Chennai, May 27 : The second 1,000 MW atomic power plant of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) at Kudankulam that was shutdown due to high vibrations in its generator has restarted power generation.

According to Power System Operation Corporation Limited, the atomic power plant that was shutdown on May 21, restarted power generation on Tuesday.

A team of six Russian specialists from turbine manufacturer Power Machines had come to Kudankulam to complete the vibration adjustment of the new generator stator in the second unit.

India’s atomic power plant operator — Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has two 1,000 MW power units supplied by Russia’s Rosatom.

On Tuesday, the two units together touched a peak generation of 1,304 MW and the average generation 659 MW.

“In March 2020, preventive maintenance was completed at Block 2 (Unit 2), in the framework of which the generator stator was successfully replaced,” a Rosatom official had told IANS.

The unit was operated at a lower capacity due to the need to complete the vibration adjustment of the new stator.

“This is a common world practice for this type of electrical machines,” he added.

According to the official, the first unit is at the end of its fourth fuel campaign which is due at the end of this month. The unit is planned to be stopped for the next scheduled preventive maintenance.

In order to avoid simultaneous shutdown of both the power generating units, the managements of Indian and Russian companies decided for a short-term shutdown of Unit 2 during May.

In pursuant of that decision and in connection with the partial relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictive measures, a chartered flight with specialists of turbine manufacturer Power Machines was dispatched from Russia in a timely manner, the official had said.

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