New Delhi: India will set up an “innovation university” on law through private-public partnership that will focus on post graduation and research studies in legal education. The institute will offer a two-year vocational course for producing para-legal human resource to one-year LLM degree.
In a roundtable on legal education headed by HRD minister Kapil Sibal Thursday, it was decided that the ministry would go ahead with the plan. The university will be one of the 14 innovation universities that the central government had announced last year to set up, the ministry announced Thursday.
The ministry has entrusted the job of preparing the syllabus to UGC with assistance from legal experts and retired judges of eminence. A ministry spokesperson said that since the university will not provide the LLB degree, it does not expect any objection from the Bar Council or the Law ministry.
Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2010 likely to be announced by late August or early September
New Delhi: The ministry of defence is expected to announce the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2010 by late August or early September, according to sources in the ministry. However, if industry sources are to be believed, DPP 2010 is likely to be lackluster with no major changes expected in the policy announcement. ”The ministry is terading cautiously, so we expect no major changes in the policy document, only some minor tweaking here and there in some of the clauses,” said an industry source on the condition of anonymity.
The Procedure for Defence Procurement existing since 1992 was revised in 2001 when new Defence Procurement Management Structures and Systems were set up in the Ministry of Defence , as part of the implementation of the report of the Group of Ministers on reforming the National Security System after the Kargil operations of 1999. The first Defence Procurement Procedure-2002 (DPP-2002) was enforced on December 30, 2002. Since then, the procedure has been ammended and reviewed variously in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Difficult to include caste in current census, GoM told
New Delhi: The Registrar General of India has told a group of ministers (GoM) there are practical difficulties in including caste in the ongoing census exercise.
Registrar general and census commissioner C. Chandramouli and deputy director general and national population registrar S.K. Chakraborty said enumerators will not be able to register caste along with house listing and filling of the National Population Register, as the process is already underway, an official familiar with the development said, requesting anonymity.
The GoM, constituted to deliberate on including caste in the census, met for the first time on Thursday. Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, home minister P. Chidambaram and human resource development minister Kapil Sibal attended.
“No minister present in the meeting objected to inclusion of caste in the current census,” the official said. “But the meeting remained inconclusive due to the absence of ministers.”
Railway minister Mamata Banerjee, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah, social justice and empowerment minister Mukul Wasnik and law minister Veerapa Moily did not attend the meeting.
—Liz Mathew & Sahil Makkar
CPI(M) launches tirade against ban on roadside meetings
Kochi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Kerala on Thursday launched a tirade against the judiciary with party’s state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan saying the recent Kerala high court order prohibiting roadside meetings is not practical and will have to be defied.
The announcement comes at a time when the court is already considering contempt proceedings against another senior party leader, MV Jayarajan, for his derogatory remarks against judges who passed the order last week, directing the police and government departments not to grant permission for such roadside meetings.
Vijayan said at a public meeting the court should have sought the views of the government before passing such a fiat. This order would have to be defied and the government will have to file a review petition, he said.
In strong reaction to contempt proceedings against Jayarajan who had late last week said that those judges were idiots who passed ‘anti-people’ verdicts and should relinquish their posts, another senior leader E.P. Jayarajan said at a meeting at Kannur in the northern part of the state that it is such judges who should be prosecuted and not his colleague.
Sebi issues order to DPs over AMC
Mumbai: The Securities and Exchange Board of India or Sebi on Thursday ordered depository participants (DPs) to refund the account maintenance charge (AMC) to the beneficial owner when he closes his demat account or shifts his account from one DP to another.
DPs collect upfront charge from their demat account holders on annual or half yearly basis. Sebi has noticed that in cases where AMC is collected on an annual upfront basis, on closure or shifting of demat account, the AMC for the balance period for which no service has been provided by the DP, is not refunded to the beneficial owner.
”In the event of closing of the demat account or shifting of the demat account from one DP to another, the AMC collected upfront on annual/half yearly basis by the DP, shall be refunded by the DP to the beneficial owner for the balance of the quarter,” said Sebi.