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“We Want All Our Directions On Police Reforms Implemented” – SC

The Supreme Court on Monday said that its directives and orders on police reforms have to be implemented earnestly and cannot be held in "limbo".

"We want all our directions to be implemented," a special bench of Chief Justice S H Kapadia told the chief secretaries of West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh who were asked by its 8th November order to appear in person for non-compliance of its directions.

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The Supreme Court on Monday said that its directives and orders on police reforms have to be implemented earnestly and cannot be held in "limbo".

"We want all our directions to be implemented," a special bench of Chief Justice S H Kapadia told the chief secretaries of West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh who were asked by its 8th November order to appear in person for non-compliance of its directions.

The bench, which also included justices Aftab Alam and K S Radhakrishnan, asked them to keep their houses in order while making it clear that it may summon them again if there was any laxity on their part in implementing the September 2006 verdict and subsequent directions.

The bench made it clear that the states were free to seek its help and guidance in implementing the ruling but neither any laxity will be tolerated nor leniency shown for it.

"The chief secretaries (of four states) are present. We are making it clear that if they have any difficulty you can come forward and tell us. We only want our orders to be implemented. If there will be any problem for implementation, we will give reconsideration but we will not allow it to be held in limbo," the bench said.

It was pointed out to the bench that there was some confusion in implementing the direction on the appointment of the DGP as some states think it was the sole prerogative of the state and Union Public Service Commission need not be consulted for it.

At this, the bench asked the asked Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to examine the issue and take instruction if UPSC rules or regulations need to be amended for implementation of the court order in right perspective.

The bench began its hearing, perusing the affidavit by West Bengal government, which disclosed that instead of making Chief Minister or the Home Minister as the Chairman of the State Security Commission as per the police reform verdict, the state had constituted the crucial panel under the chairpersonship of its Health Minister.

The seven-point directives of the police reform verdict had included formation of a multi-member State Security Commission, chaired either by the Chief Minister or the Home Minister, to insulate the police from undue political pressure or interference into its functioning.

"We don't say appoint only the Chief Minister as the head of the State Security Commission. But, instead of Home Minister you are appointing the Health Minister," remarked the bench, disapproving of the act.

Chastened by the bench, state counsel Tara Chand Sharma promised that "the error will be corrected" and the state would issue the notification/government order in four weeks.

Disapproving of the failure of West Bengal government as well as that of the three other states in implementing the 7-point directives on police reform, the bench wanted to know from them the timeline by which they propose to "separate investigation from the law and order" in police functioning.



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Consultations Begin on the New Industrial Policy

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Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu set off a series of nation-wide consultations with the industry on the proposed new Industrial Policy. The first consultation was held at Guwahati on February 02. The event, organized by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in partnership with Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), was attended by more than 120 industrialists from the North East in addition to government officials from the North Eastern States.

In his speech, the Minister emphasised that this exercise is done after 25 years truly listens to and objectively equips Indian industry for the future. The prior attempts in 1956 and 1991 were formulated at a time of financial crisis.

The minister underscored how the government was coming to the industry to understand their concerns rather than the other way around. The Minister stressed the focus of the government to make business easier for the industry.

Mr Prabhu highlighted multiple initiatives of the government to reduce the burden of regulations for the industry. He also talked about the importance of centre-state cooperation and the need for change even at the district-level.

The event was also attended by Mr Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Industries & Commerce, Government of Assam. In his remarks, Mr Patowary emphasized the North East region’s potential as a gateway to South East Asia.  He  highlighted the need for an  Industrial Policy for the North East

Ms Vandana Kumar, Joint Secretary DIPP, made a detailed presentation on the key highlights of the future policy. She mentioned the dual challenge of dealing with existing issues and in preparing the industry in the wake of global mega-trends such as servification, industry 4.0, responsible industrialization and rising protectionism.

The New industrial policy envisions to create a competitive Indian industry that is equipped with skill scale and technology.

Ms Kumar also highlighted some of the key ideas such as a single ID and digital platform for all G2B services across the business lifecycle, paradigm shift toward self-certification and third-party certification, plug and play infrastructure for SMEs, privatizing maintenance of industrial estates and creating a national R&D vision.

Puneet Dalmia, Chairman FICCI Manufacturing Committee stressed the need to bridge the trust deficit and further the ease of doing business. Mr Atul Chaturvedi, Additional Secretary DIPP, Dr Sanjay Baru Secretary General FICCI, Dilip Chenoy Director General of FICCI were also present.

The session concluded with a vibrant Q&A session moderated by Dr Sanjay Baru SG FICCI with the industries, who highlighted their wishes and concerns.

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NCERT Proposes Uniform Syllabi for Sr Secondary Maths, Science

The National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) has developed core syllabi in Science and Mathematics at the higher secondary level and a core syllabus in Commerce would be completed by next month.

The idea is to provide a level-playing field to all students to join professional courses, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said in Rajya Sabha today. 

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The National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) has developed core syllabi in Science and Mathematics at the higher secondary level and a core syllabus in Commerce would be completed by next month.

The idea is to provide a level-playing field to all students to join professional courses, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said in Rajya Sabha today. 

He said 21 educational boards had earlier agreed to adopt a core curriculum in science and mathematics at secondary level following a consensus arrived on this issue at the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meet in August 2009 to bring uniformity in these streams.

"Accordingly, NCERT has developed core syllabi in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at higher secondary stage in collaboration with Council of Boards of Secondary Education and CBSE," he said.

Sibal said the core syllabus for Commerce stream is likely to be completed by next month. 

In August 2009, CABE had emphasised the need for all states to modify their curriculum, syllabi and textbooks on the basis of NCF-2005. 

"It also endorsed the need for a core curriculum in science and mathematics at secondary and higher secondary levels across all Education Boards in the country, so as to provide a level playing field to all students to join professional courses," Sibal said during the Question Hour. 

However, he once again made it clear the government has no proposal to enforce a uniform school curriculum. 

Sibal had earlier said all the 30 boards in the country have their own points of view and in such circumstances it was difficult to implement a uniform school curriculum at secondary and higher secondary level.

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Renowned Sportspersons to Suggest Ideas On Sporting Infrastructure

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The Sports Ministry has constituted a committee of renowned Indian sportspersons to suggest the ways for best utilization of sporting infrastructure created by the Sports Authority of India( SAI) for the Commonwealth Games. This was disclosed by Shri Ajay Maken , Sports Minister , while briefing the media persons after taking round of five Stadia of SAI , here today morning.

Disclosing the composition of the Committee, Shri Maken said “ the Committee consisting of renowned sports persons and veteran sports journalist has been asked to suggest , how best we can utilize the existing sporting infrastructure .” He further informed that the Committee will be chaired by Sports Secretary and comprise of Ms P.T.Usha , Mr Bhaichung Bhutia, Ms. MC Marykom, Mr Dilip Tirkey and veteran Sports Journalist Mr K. Dutta. It has been asked to give its recommendations within four weeks. The Committee would be holding its first meeting on Monday, Shri Maken added.

Today morning , Shri Maken accompanied with Sports Secretary, DG ,CPWD and senior officers of SAI & CPWD has visited Dr SPM Swimming Complex , National Stadium, IGI Complex, JNL Stadium and Dr Karni Singh Shooting range to see himself the status of maintenance of above sporting infrastructure .

Responding the question of media persons about the utilization of Sports infrastructure , Shri Maken categorically stated that SAI stadiums would used for following three purpose only,

          (a) For running Sports Academies for imparting training to children.

          (b) hosting National & International competitions , for which annual calendar will be prepared .

          (c) National teams training for London Olympics.

Commenting on the state of maintenance level in the Stadiums, Shri Maken said the Sports Ministry has decided to hand over three stadiums to NDMC for cleaning and scavenging and other two stadiums would be maintained by the SAI. In response to a question regarding training of National Teams for London Olympics , Shri Maken said ‘ What we can’t do at the time of CWG , we should do for London Olympics and for this SAI is in active discussions with Sports Federations and with DDA also for teams stay arrangements. Very soon, we will come out with blue print.”

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