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  Police arrest Christian priest after complaint by Hindu group
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Police arrest Christian priest after complaint by Hindu group

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Police arrested a Christian priest and were questioning members of a seminary after a hardline Hindu group accused them of trying to convert villagers to Christianity by distributing Bibles and singing carols, police said on Saturday. The priest was arrested on Friday after a member of the Bajrang Dal, a powerful Hindu group associated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party, accused 50 members of a seminary of distributing the Bible, photos of Jesus Christ and singing carols in a village in Madhya Pradesh. “Our members have registered a criminal case because we have proof to show how Christian priests were forcibly converting poor Hindus,” said Abhay Kumar Dhar, a senior member of the Bajrang Dal in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. The Bajrang Dal has direct links with Modi’s ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Madhya Pradesh, governed by the BJP, has strict religious conversion laws. People must give formal notice to local administrators in order to change religion. “We have arrested the priest but have not booked him under the anti-conversion law because the probe into the allegations is still on,” said Rajesh Hingankar, the investigating official in Satna district, where the incident occurred. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India said they were “shocked, and pained at the unprovoked violence against Catholic priests and seminarians”. “We were only singing carols, but the hardline Hindus attacked us and said we were on a mission to make India a Christian nation ... that’s not true,” said Anish Emmanuel, a member of the St. Ephrem’s Theological College in Satna. Two senior police officials in Bhopal said they had detained six members of the Bajrang Dal who had allegedly torched a car owned by a Christian priest in Satna, 480 km (300 miles) northeast of Bhopal. Religious conversion is a sensitive issue in India, with Hindu groups often accusing Christian missionaries of using cash, kind and marriage to lure poor villagers to convert to their faith. Modi’s government has been criticised for failing to do enough to stop attacks on minority Christians and Muslims by hardline Hindu groups. The government rejects the allegation and denies any bias against Christians or Muslims. Reporting by Rupam Jain; Editing by Paul TaitOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


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  Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters
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Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair. Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski The Protection Committee for Myanmar Journalists, a group of local reporters who have demonstrated against past prosecutions of journalists, decried the “unfair arrests that affect media freedom”. In a statement on Facebook, the committee said its members would don black T-shirts “to signify the dark age of media freedom” in Myanmar. They demanded the unconditional and immediate release of the two reporters, Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27. “Journalists all over the country are urged to take part in the Black Campaign,” the group said. It said it also planned to stage official protests and prayers. It is unclear how much support the group has among Myanmar’s journalists. The Protection Committee for Myanmar Journalists was formed in response to the arrest in June of a newspaper editor over the publication of a cartoon that made fun of the military, said video journalist A Hla Lay Thu Zar - one of the group’s 21-member executive committee. “A reporter must have the right to get information and write news ethically,” said A Hla Lay Thu Zar in reference to the case of the two Reuters’ journalists. Myo Nyunt, deputy director for Myanmar’s Ministry of Information, told Reuters the case had nothing to do with press freedom. “It’s related to the Official Secrets Act,” he said. “Journalists should be able to tell what is secret and what is not... We already have press freedom. There’s freedom to write and speak... There’s press freedom if you follow the rules.” Asked about the local reporters’ “black campaign”, he said: “Everyone can express his feelings.” PRESSURE FROM ACROSS THE WORLD The journalists disappeared on Tuesday evening after they were invited to dine with police officers on the outskirts of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, and government officials from Canada, Britain, Sweden, and Bangladesh, have all called for their release. The two reporters had been working on Reuters coverage of a crisis that has seen an estimated 655,000 Rohingya Muslims flee from a fierce military crackdown on militants in western Rakhine state. The Ministry of Information said the journalists had “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media”, and released a photo of the pair in handcuffs. Human rights advocates say press freedom is under attack in Myanmar, where the young civilian-led government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi shares power with the military that ran the country for decades. At least 11 journalists have been detained in 2017, although some have since been released. Officials have declined to tell Reuters or the two journalists’ families where they are being held, saying only that they are being investigated under the 1923 Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. Reporting by Simon Lewis, Yimou Lee, Shoon Naing and Thu Thu Aung; Editing by Alex Richardson and Martin HowellOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


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  We have to create our own Google, Facebook and Alibaba: Jayant Sinha
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We have to create our own Google, Facebook and Alibaba: Jayant Sinha


Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha today urged Indian entrepreneurs to develop products and services that will solve "the problems of our very own".India must create its own success stories on the lines of global giants such as Google, Alibaba or Tencent, he said."When we solve India's problems, we will solve world's problems as well. We should solve the problems of our very own," Sinha said, speaking at 'India Ideas Conclave 2017', organised by the India Foundation.Indian entrepreneurs should develop products and services for domestic needs, he said."If we develop it for our people, same products and services will be used in all other places," Sinha said, adding that "if we want to be the leader of 21st century, India has to become an entrepreneurial engine."India has already proved itself in various sectors, the Union minister said."India has the cheapest and best telecom services, motorcycles....There is a revolution happening in front of us. India today consumes more mobile data than any other country, including China," Sinha said."We have to create our own Googles, Facebooks, Alibabas and Tencents," he said."We talk about 'unicorn'. It is a company with market capitalisation of one billion dollars. We should not be satisfied talking about unicorns, we should talk about super unicorns with the market of ten billion dollars. We should not be satisfied with the idea of super unicorns, we should think how to build mega unicorns with the market capitalisation of hundred billion dollars," the minister said."If we build companies of that scale, we will have economic leadership, that's how we will give economic opportunities to all our people," Sinha said.





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  Vijay Diwas: Startup lessons in resource management from the Indo-Pak 1971 War
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Vijay Diwas: Startup lessons in resource management from the Indo-Pak 1971 War


By Maj. Sunil Shetty, SM (retd), Founder and CEO, AskMentorWomen and men wearing passion on their sleeve jump into entrepreneurial voyage giving everything they have.  Knowing well this one-way ticket means either you succeed or fail. The mantra is simple-If you believe in your passion, make it happen or go down with it.This week, India marks the 46th anniversary of its military victory over Pakistan that led to the creation of a new nation- Bangladesh.The 1971 war ended with "the unilateral and unconditional surrender of the Pakistan Army". Thus, "Vijay Diwas", meaning Victory day, is observed on 16 December across India by "paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation."I grew up hearing Indo-Pak war stories from my father who himself, during the 1971 war, was in the Indian Air Force posted at the Ambala Airbase, in Northern India. As a personal memoir, he collected newspaper clips of war stories that were reported by the press during and after the conflict.  I had the privilege of presenting his collection, as part of my study paper on war correspondence, while studying for my journalism degree.A few decades later, I also had the privilege of wearing the Olive-Green uniform, popularly known as the "OGs", in the Indian Army.  And a decade later, after hanging my dress, I was drawn to the world of entrepreneurship- with little knowledge and experience to support my journey. I was not even sure if I would fit in the world of business. But to my surprise; I found there were numerous parallels between the two worlds. Let me share the same with you.Most entrepreneurs will agree with me that uncertainty is an important factor in any entrepreneurial journey. Thus, as a leader your crisis management skills are tested time and again.During my stint in the Army and now as an entrepreneur; there have been instances that tested my core.  Each time after emerging out successfully, I realised that three essential characteristics mattered the most during a crisis; both in the military and the world of entrepreneurship. They are self-belief, leadership and resource management.There were numerous acts of bravery and courage, by the Indian tri-services, which made the 1971 military victory possible. I have picked three stories that provide valuable insight to entrepreneurs. Self-belief is vital during crisis:I firmly believe that during crisis, one who has an unlimited supply of self-belief, attains greater heights. The story of Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Sekhon, a fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force, is one such chapter in the Indian military history.During the 1971 war, Sekhon was based at the Srinagar airfield to defend the valley against Pakistani attacks.On 14 December 1971, six Pakistani fighter jets attacked the airfield. Despite “the mortal danger of attempting to take off during the attack, Sekhon took off and immediately engaged the attacking enemy jets."  Even though alone, the Flying Officer "engaged the enemy in an unequal combat." In the fight that followed, he destroyed two enemy aircrafts before, "his aircraft was shot down" by an enemy jet gunfire.Armed forces across the world are known for such acts of heroism. When in crisis, brave men and women wearing patriotism on their sleeves, plunge into deadly situations. Such self-belief is contagious. Leadership & Ingenuity during crisis:In a crisis, a good leader thinks, plan and executes with nerves of steel. And it is his/her calmness in an emergency situation that installs confidence among his/her troops and that leads to victory.During the 1971 conflict, one such leadership story was played out in the eastern shores of India by Vice-Admiral Nilakanta Krishnan, commander in chief of the Eastern Naval Command.Pakistan had deployed PNS Ghazi, a fast-attack submarine in the Bay of Bengal with a two-fold mission. The primary goal was to locate and sink INS Vikrant, an aircraft carrier, and the second was to mine India's eastern seaboard. To accomplish its mission, Ghazi quietly "sailed 3,000 miles around the Indian peninsula from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal."Vice Admiral (VA) Krishnan was clear that Pakistan would "deploy Ghazi in the Bay of Bengal and a part of its plan was to sink the Indian aircraft carrier." However, he was a facing one more challenge; "INS Vikrant had suffered a crack in the carrier’s boiler," thereby reducing its speed and "making it highly vulnerable to attack."Taking stock of the situation, VA Krishnan came up with a strategy that not only saved the prestigious warship but also led to the elimination of the Pakistani submarine.The Eastern Naval Commander executed his plan in two parts; first he ensured that INS Vikrant was docked in safe water of Andaman away from the prying eyes of the enemy even before Ghazi entered the Bay of Bengal.  At the same time, concerted action was taken to disseminate misinformation to mislead the enemy into believing that INS Rajput, an ageing warship, was the carrier ship Ghazi was hunting for and that it was stationed at Visakhapatnam.As expected, Ghazi took the bait and met its end near the Visakhapatnam shores. Though there is a dispute on what lead to the sinking of Ghazi, it was the leadership of VA Krishnan that tricked the enemy submarine. "The ingenuity and deceptive planning that caused the submarine to a follow a pre-set path which ended in a watery grave" still "ranks as one of the great sea-faring victories in Indian naval history.” Marshalling resources in crisis:Entrepreneurs and soldiers have one thing in common - both have limited resources and are expected to deliver desired results. Thus, during crisis, marshalling of resources becomes the deciding factor between victory or defeat and success or failure.The Battle of Longewala was one of the "first major engagements "in India's "western sector during the Indo-Pak War of 1971."  The battle fought between "assaulting Pakistani Army and Indian forces at the Indian border post of Longewala in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan state in India" is an example of efficient marshalling resources in a time of crisis.An Infantry company, roughly comprising a little of hundred men and reinforced by a detachment of BSF held out a massive attack by mechanised Pakistani troops.The company, of the 23rd Battalion, Punjab Regiment, was commanded by Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri. The advancing enemy had superiority because of its numbers and military resources.Major Chandpuri left with the choice of either holding out or make a tactical withdrawal. Choosing to fight, the Major ensured that "all his assets were correctly deployed and made the most use of his strong defensive position, and weaknesses created by errors in enemy tactics." Battle of Longewal "stands out as one of the biggest losses in a battle for Pakistan despite overwhelming superiority." Indian casualties in the battle were "two soldiers along with one of their jeep mounted recoil-less rifles knocked out." Pakistani losses were "200 soldiers killed, 34 tanks destroyed or abandoned,” and lost "500 additional vehicles."As a child, many such war stories were narrated to me by my father or I read them. At that tender age, the war stories were about bravery and courage but as I grew up and especially after my stint in the Indian Army- I saw these stories in a different light. There was more to it than just bravery and courage.My favourite war story of all time is of Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid, a hero of 1965 war who single-handedly destroyed Pakistani tanks with his recoil-less guns.  This story had left a deep impression in my mind and heart and eventually led me to join the Indian Army.Today, after spending 15 years in the world of entrepreneurship; I find it no different. Women and men wearing passion on their sleeve jump into entrepreneurial voyage giving everything they have.  Knowing well this one-way ticket means either you succeed or fail and nothing in between. The mantra is simple-If you believe in your passion, make it happen or go down with it.





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  PM announces Rs 90000 Cr for improving roads, highways in Northeast India
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PM announces Rs 90000 Cr for improving roads, highways in Northeast India


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced Rs 90,000 crore for improving roads and national highways in the Northeast in the next two to three years to facilitate better connectivity.The prime minister dedicated to the nation a 271-km two-lane national highway connecting Tura in western Meghalaya and Shillong.Meghalaya was the second stop of the prime minister after Mizoram during his day-long visit to the Northeastern region today."Over the next 2-3 years, an investment of about Rs 60,000 crore is proposed under the Special Accelerated Road Development Project (SARDP) in the Northeast and an investment of Rs 30,000 crore under Bharatmala is proposed for development of national highways in northeastern states," Modi said while addressing a BJP rally here.He said the central government has sanctioned around 4,000-km of national highway (NH) across the Northeast at a cost of Rs 32,000 crore.The prime minister said that over 1,200 km of NH was constructed at an expenditure of nearly Rs 14,000 crore during the last three years alone.Union Minister K J Alphons was present on the occasion.





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  Mizoram to soon become gateway to South East Asian countries: PM Modi
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Mizoram to soon become gateway to South East Asian countries: PM Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Act East Policy of his government would soon make Mizoram the gateway to the South East Asian countries.The Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project, linking Aizawl with the Sittwe port in Myanmar, would provide wide-ranging benefits for the state, he said.The development of the Rih-Tiddim road and establishment of numerous rural "haat" (flee markets) along the Mizoram- Myanmar border would also increase the trade volume, Modi said while addressing a public meeting at the Assam Rifles ground here after inaugurating the 60-MW Tuirial hydro-electric power project.The high literacy rate, presence of a large number of English-speaking people and good hospitality could transform Mizoram into a model tourist destination, he said, adding that the Centre was committed to linking all the state capitals in the north-east by rail.

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Talking of infrastructure schemes in the region, the prime minister said the Centre had launched the North East Special Infrastructure Scheme (NESIS) to fill in the gaps in the basic facilities."The new scheme has been designed after due consultations with the state governments. However, to ensure continuity, all the ongoing projects under the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) will be given funds for completion by March, 2022," he said, adding that the Centre would provide Rs 5,300 crore to the north-eastern states under the scheme over the next three years.Stating that poor connectivity was one of the biggest hurdles in the path of development of the north-eastern region, Modi said his government had sanctioned over 3,800 kms of national highway, with an investment of Rs 32,000 crore, over the last three years.Nearly 1,200 kms of roads had already been constructed, he added.The Centre would be investing another Rs 60,000 crore under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme in the north-east and Rs 30,000 crore under the Bharatmala project over the next two to three years, Modi said.He also said the farmers in the north-east could now produce, transport and sell bamboo without any restrictions as the Centre had relaxed the bamboo restriction regime.Modi added that bamboo, which was earlier classified as tree, was now classified as grass to enable its cultivation for commercial purposes.





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  Cong#39;s working style, corrupt ways remain same: BJP on Rahul#39;s elevation
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Cong#39;s working style, corrupt ways remain same: BJP on Rahul#39;s elevation


The BJP today dubbed the Congress as a "corrupt thought process" as it shrugged off Rahul Gandhi's elevation as its president, saying its working style and "corrupt ways" remained the same.BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra launched a sharp attack on the Congress after Gandhi attacked the ruling party soon after replacing her mother Sonia Gandhi as its president.Patra cited the sentencing of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who was supported by the Congress, in a corruption case to hit out at the party, claiming it would remain corrupt despite the change in leadership.He said it was an irony that despite the Congress not being in power for four years, corruption cases were still tumbling out and people jailed for corruption they did when it was in power.

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"This speaks volumes about the thought process, the working nature of Congress party. So a new president or an old president, the working style of Congress party, the corrupt ways of Congress party still remain the same," he told reporters.He said when the Congress talks about a change in leadership, the country is seeing how during its 10-year rule, corruption of ten to fourteen lakh crore rupees took place under their very nose."Congress is not an ancient thought process as claimed by a few, rather Congress is a corrupt thought process and that has been proved by the judicial process today," Patra added.After assuming the leadership of the party, Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP of spreading hatred and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking India back to medieval times."The BJP is spreading hatred and communalism... they break, while we unite. They ignite fire, we douse it," Gandhi said.Asked about the 'Aag laga ke' (ignite fire) comment, Patra said this is "not a decent way" to react."Elections are won not because of riots on streets, not because 'sadak pe aag laga ke'. Elections are won because the mantra of reform, transform and perform works in the country under the able leadership of Narendra Modi," he said.He went on to add that elections are won as people compare how during the UPA days, the direct benefit transfer (DBT) was not there and the money could not reach the pockets of poor man."Today because of DBT, what the poor man deserves, reaches his pocket. Elections are won by giving LPG cylinders to the last man standing in the queue, when electricity reaches every village."So my simple request is we should not demean the basic nature of democracy in the country. Democracy is vibrant in the country because development is taking place as never before," he added.Patra said that today is an important day as Madhu Koda, who was the chief minister of Jharkhand with the support of Congress party, has been sentenced to three years in jail because of his involvement in the coal scam."We all know that Madhu Koda was an Independent MLA, but because of the fact that the government was formed with the outside support of the Congress party, the government then was almost a Congress government run by 10 Janpath, 24 Akbar Road by the help of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Ahmed Patel," he said.





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  Mizoram becomes third power-surplus state in North East: PM Narendra Modi
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Mizoram becomes third power-surplus state in North East: PM Narendra Modi


izoram had become the third power- surplus state in the north-east after Sikkim and Tripura, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.He also said the central schemes for the benefit of the north-east had gained momentum and that his government was committed to developing the region."Today, we celebrate a significant milestone in the history of Mizoram with the completion and dedication of the 60-MW Tuirial hydropower project," the prime minister said, while addressing a public meeting here after inaugurating it.With the commissioning of the project, Mizoram became the third power-surplus state in the north-east, he added.The hydropower project would produce "251 million units" of electrical energy every year and boost the economic development of the state, Modi said."The completion of this project is a reflection of our commitment to completing the ongoing projects and ushering in a new era of development in the north-east," he added.The Tuirial project, which was announced and cleared in 1998 by the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, was the first major central project to be successfully commissioned in Mizoram, the prime minister said.





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  Will Star Wars conquer the Indian market with its latest offering?
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Will Star Wars conquer the Indian market with its latest offering?


The eighth part of the Star Wars series is now playing in Indian cinemas, giving moviegoers an alternative to Fukrey Returns. Will The Last Jedi be able to fight off competition from Hindi films given that the only notable Bollywood release this week is Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Monsoon Shootout?History tells us India has not been a dominant market for the Star Wars franchise. According to a Forbes report, the Indian market may be a concern for distributor Walt Disney Studios as the country's global share for Rogue One dropped by nearly 45 percent relative to Star Wars seventh episode The Force Awakens.Star Wars: The Last Jedi, made at a budget of USD 150-160 million, will be playing on 80-plus screens. The recent Star Wars films have all released in December with an aim to cash in on the Christmas holiday. Coming to the theatres during the vacation period has generated good business for the franchise on its home turf, but things have not been the same in India.Rogue One and The Force Awakens, both budgeted at USD 200 million, were released in 2016 and 2015, respectively. The former made Rs 7.44 crore (studio figures) within three days of its release while the latter did a lifetime business of Rs 30 crore.

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The international markets as a whole have not been a strong point for Star Wars films as it is a phenomenon of the English-speaking world. And the proof of this is global theatre revenues — 56 percent for The Force Awakens and 62 percent for Rogue One, respectively. On average, the US, UK, Canada, Australia only make up for 36 percent of overall revenues.One of the reasons for this imbalance is cultural and historical, says the report. The Star Wars franchise is four decades old and not all international markets were as developed back then.Despite minting millions over time, not all Star Wars films have shown growth in all international markets as not all countries have caught up with the trend.A Box Office India report says not much is expected from Star Wars: The Last Jedi as this franchise has little value in India. Occupancy of the film will be no match to that of Fukrey Returns but its collections could be a little higher because of more metro shows and 3D pricing.It is not just recent Star Wars films which have not done well but even the original films like Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980) were huge flops in India, the report added.So, will this latest Star Wars film gain a strong foothold in India with only one other English film to compete with — Ferdinand The Bull? Or will Fukrey Returns continue to dominate the Indian box office?





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  Coalscam: Ex-Jharkhand CM Koda, former coal secretary get 3 year jail
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Coalscam: Ex-Jharkhand CM Koda, former coal secretary get 3 year jail


Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and ex-coal secretary H C Gupta were today sentenced to three years imprisonment by a special court here in a case of coal block allocation scam.Besides the jail term, the special court also imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on Koda and Rs one lakh on Gupta.Former Jharkhand chief secretary A K Basu and Vijay Joshi, a close aide of the then chief minister, were also awarded jail term of three years for indulging in corrupt practices and hatching criminal conspiracy in allocation of Rajhara North coal block in Jharkhand to a Kolkata-based private company, Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL).Special judge Bharat Parashar convicted the private firm and imposed a fine of Rs 50 lakh on it.The convicts including Koda, however, were granted statutory bail for a period of two months to enable them to file appeals in the Delhi High Court challenging the conviction and the jail term.The convicts were tried for offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servants) of the IPC and under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.The CBI had said that the firm had applied for allocation of Rajhara North coal block on January 8, 2007.It had said although the Jharkhand government and steel ministry did not recommend VISUL's case for coal block allocation, the 36th Screening Committee recommended the block to the accused firm.The CBI had said that Gupta, who was chairman of the screening committee, had concealed facts from the then prime minister Manmohan Singh, who at that time headed the Coal Ministry too, that Jharkhand had not recommended VISUL for allocation of a coal block.





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