Bill on corruption likely in Budget session: Moily
Battling a string of scams, the UPA government is likely to introduce a bill in the Budget session of Parliament to rein in corruption.
"We are bringing a separate bill on corruption in accordance with the UN convention," Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told reporters in Mumbai
He said the government intended to bring the legislation in the next session itself. "In that direction, we are proceeding," he said.
"We have agreed to the convention but it was not ratified. The NDA government did not take any stand. Now, a couple of days back, a Group of Ministers (GoM) considered the UN convention and mooted the ratification. Thereafter, we will be bound by it," he said.
Maintaining that the government would like to fast-track corruption cases, Moily said the GoM is expected to submit its report to the prime minister within 60 days.
On black money stashed abroad, Moily said, "You know there are treaties between countries. They are done mutually by each country. We have to abide by the treaty. The Finance Minister has made it clear that this is meant for evasion of tax...only to the extent of taxation. Disclosure of names, unfortunately, the treaty doesn't permit.
"We don't want to hide anything. But the question is, there are certain binding principles of the treaty which inhibit us from disclosing it (the names)," he said.
As part of the ongoing “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations to commemorate 75 years of India's independence, Prayagraj division of North Central Railway is going to put up murals at Prayagraj Junction station depicting photographs and brief details of martyrs of Sangam city who laid down their lives during the freedom struggle, said railway officials.
Mumbai A 69-year-old woman has filed a case against unknown persons for allegedly killing five of Janka's puppies in MHADA Colony at Lokhandwala in Kandivali East. Janka Udmale, who resides in MHADA colony with her mother Hausabai, 100, husband Sopan, 70, son Ajay, 40, runs a store. The police said that she has two female dogs, who gave birth to a total of 13 puppies.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday flagged off 501 basic as well as advance life support ambulances, adding them to the existing fleet of 1107 ambulances under “102” emergency services. Kumar said he had decided last year to replace 652 old ambulances with 1,000 new ambulances in the state. The ambulance response time was expected to be 35 minutes in rural areas and 20 minutes in urban areas.
An assistant professor at a college in Muzaffarpur, which is affiliated to Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University, has created a flutter by offering to return Rs 23.8 lakh that he has earned towards salary and other emoluments in the last two years and nine months, but the university authorities say it's more of a publicity stunt by the teacher who has been seeking a transfer elsewhere within the town.
The Centre on Thursday removed Parimal Sinha as the deputy director (administration) of Patna's All India Institute of Medical Sciences, said an order of the ministry of health and family welfare (MoH&FW), which has been seen by Hindustan Times. A 2001-batch officer of the Indian Postal Service, Sinha was repatriated prematurely to his parent department with immediate effect. His five-year deputation term was to end in October 2023. HT has a copy of the order.