1. 2014 Polls: Jaya Prada, Amar Singh join RLD
Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada along with former Samajwadi Party leader, Amar Singh joined Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal.
2. Indian Author Pankaj Misra has been honoured with $1,50,000 Yale University prize for his literary contribution under nonfiction category.
7 more writers receives the award across 3 categories of fiction, non- fiction and drama. The award namely Windham Campbell Literature prize gives $1,50,000 to each winner.
3. Nazara Technologies launches 2D mobile game -‘Gulaab Gang’
Nazara Technologies has launched a new mobile game known as ‘Gulaab Gang – The Game’, based on the popular movie Gulaab Gang. It is an action packed gang-war, comprising of 25 levels and can be downloaded for free on Google Playstore.
4. Coal scam: CBI files chargesheet against Navabharat Power, 2 directors
The Central Bureau of Investigation filed its first chargesheet against Navabharat Power Private Limited and its two directors here on Monday.
Navbharat directors Harish Prasad and T. Prasad have been named in the chargesheet. The chargesheet accuses directors of cheating and conspiracy.
5. Jagat Singh Mehta, India’s former foreign secretary (1976-79) breathes his last at 90.
He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2002.
6. Vigilance Report: State favoured illegal estates
The vigilance and enforcement department has exposed various loopholes in the revenue, panchayat raj, municipal and registration departments, which have resulted in loss of crore of rupees as the officials favoured real estate companies who developed illegal layouts.
These departments have not been updating the prohibited list of government lands, which has resulted in real estate companies laying hands on assigned lands, and there was no monitoring of unauthorised layouts in panchayats.
The vigilance department has come out with several recommendations to the government departments, to correct the system, after finding that the city-based Janaharsha realtors had committed irregularities in violation of all existing rules and evaded requisite fees, such as nala conversion fee, amounting to Rs 6.73 crore, layout processing fees and development fees, causing huge loss to the government.
The vigilance department alleged that Janaharsha had purchased vast extents of agricultural land in Ibrahimpatnam and Manchal mandals, in RR district and failed to secure mutation in the revenue records. The company did not file declaration before the revenue divisional office for acquiring land exceeding the ceiling limit.
When contacted, director-general of vigilance and enforcement R.P. Thakur said he had received the report from the Hyderabad rural regional unit regarding Janaharsha irregularities.
The report alleged, “An extent of two acres of reserve forest land at Naganpally block was encroached by Janaharsha, exploiting the existing difference between the boundary lines fixed by the forest officials initially, by way of trenching and later erecting pillars. Forest officials failed to protect the lands. A loss of Rs 3.9 crore was detected on unauthorised consumption of minor minerals found, apart from 6.73 crore loss. It has acquired 535 acres of Bhoodan land and 266 acres assigned to bonded labourers.”
The department has asked the government to devise penal procedures to initiate actions against illegal layouts. It also suggested integrated software for all the departments to avoid violations. The department asked the government to issue instructions, to collectors, to update the prohibition of transfer of state lands’ lists, including assigned lands, Bhoodan lands and lands acquired by the government.
7. Vizag mishap: DRDO probes into nuclear submarine, Defence says Navy not affected by mishap
The defence ministry on Sunday rejected speculation that the work on the under-construction nuclear submarine at Visakhapatnam would be affected by the mishap that occurred on Saturday in which a civilian worker was killed.
8. New rules to prevent misuse of stem cells
The use of stem cells in patients will now be considered research and not a therapy, according to the recently released guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research. The need to release the guidelines was that stem cells were being heavily circulated by the medical fraternity for use in cases of curing diabetes, cancer and also hair loss.
Dr Kanaka Bhushanam, in-charge of KIMS research centre says, “The need to bring out the guidelines was that stem cells must be used only for those who have failed to respond to standardised treatment modalities. The need for ethical use will ensure selective use and also effective results.”
9. Sri Lanka wins its 5th Asia Cup trophy with a comprehensive 5-wicket victory over defending champions Pakistan at Mirpur, Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka is now tied with India as the most successful team in Asia Cup with 5 titles each. Sri Lanka had also won the Asia Cup in 1986, 1997, 2004 and 2008.
10. BCCI likely to announce IPL 7 venue today
Board of Control for Cricket in India will announce the venue for IPL 7 on Monday.
11. Sania Mirza-Cara Black reached the quarterfinals of the WTA
Fifth seeds Sania Mirza and Cara Black reached the quarterfinals of the WTA Paribas Open following a straight sets victory over Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears