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PNB Scam: Mehul Choksi’s application for relinquishing Indian citizenship rejected, still an Indian citizen



PNB Scam: Mehul Choksi's application for relinquishing Indian citizenship rejected, still an Indian citizen

Mehul Choksi (Photo Credits-ANI Twiiter)

New Delhi, 15 June: Indian authorities have said in their affidavit filed in the Dominica High Court that Mehul Choksi’s application to renounce Indian citizenship has been rejected. He is still an Indian citizen. Mehul is accused of defrauding Punjab National Bank to the tune of Rs 13,500 crore. This affidavit, filed by the Indian Embassy officials, states that the claim that he had renounced his citizenship of the country under the Indian Citizenship Act 1955 is flawed. His application has been rejected.

The 14-page affidavit, filed on June 8, said that Mehul Choksi’s Indian citizenship has still not expired and therefore his claim of relinquishing Indian citizenship is contrary to Indian law and is completely false. Referring to the fact that Mehul is completely bogus in this case, it was further said that this honorable court can completely refute this false claim.

It further said, Mehul submitted his Indian passport to the High Commission of India in Georgetown, Guyana on December 14, 2018 to renounce his Indian citizenship. However, the declaration of renunciation must be registered under Section 8 of the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955. Only after this one’s Indian citizenship can be terminated. As per Rule 38 mentioned in the Act, the declaration of registration has to be made to the Ministry of Home Affairs of India through the Indian Mission.

The affidavit further stated that Choksi had submitted his passport, but on January 29, 2019, several deficiencies were found in his declaration to the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs and since Mehul is wanted in India in a fraud case, he is an Indian in Guyana. The mission is being advised to consider the rejection of its declaration of abdication.

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Uttar Pradesh: Electricity prices will not increase in UP this year, regulatory commission’s tariff released



Uttar Pradesh: Electricity prices will not increase in UP this year, regulatory commission's tariff released

CM Yogi (Photo Credits PTI)

Lucknow: Electricity prices will not increase this time in Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had already announced that the electricity rate will not be increased any more. On the same lines, the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued the Tariff Order on Thursday. The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has rejected the proposal of regulatory surcharge along with slab change of all power companies. Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022: BJP President JP Nadda gave important responsibility to 7 new Union Ministers of the state!

A full bench of Electricity Regulatory Commission Chairman RP Singh, members KK Sharma and VK Srivastava, filed Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) for 2021-22 on behalf of the power distribution companies of the state, Annual Performance Review of 2020-21, 2019-20. On Thursday, while giving its verdict on the truth-up (difference between approved and actual expenditure) and slab change petition, issued a tariff order.

The special thing is that this year also, the liability of consumers of about Rs 1059 crore has come out on the power companies claiming regulatory assets of more than Rs 49 thousand crore. In the current government so far, electricity rates have been increased only once in the year 2019-20.

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission rejected all the arguments of the power companies and ruled on Thursday to keep them unchanged while not increasing the current rates of electricity. The commission has also not considered the proposals for imposition of 10-12 percent regulatory surcharge of companies and change of slabs. In such a situation, there is not going to be any additional burden on the pockets of electricity consumers, at least till the next year’s assembly elections.

In fact, the five power companies had filed ARR (Annual Revenue Requirement) of Rs 81,901 crore with the regulatory commission for the current financial year 2021-22. These companies had not made any proposal to increase the electricity rate on their behalf, but had shown a revenue gap of Rs 9663 crore, for which they were seeking an increase in electricity rates. Since only a few months are left for the assembly elections, it was already believed that the electricity rates will not increase now.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had also announced not to increase electricity rates. In such a situation, the power companies tried to collect more from the consumers through other avenues, but the commission scuttled their plans. The companies, showing regulatory assets of Rs 49,827 crore, not only submitted a proposal to the Commission to levy regulatory surcharge up to 10-12 percent, but also proposed to reduce the existing 80 slab to 53, so that earnings can be increased.

The Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Consumer Council, accepting the objection with legal facts on the proposals of the power companies, has given a big relief to the consumers by reducing the ARR by Rs 9938 crore as well as rejecting the proposals for surcharge and slab change. Not only this, giving a big blow to the power companies, the commission has removed the surplus of Rs 1059 crore of consumers on them, due to which there is little scope for increase in electricity rates in the next financial year as well.

In the tariff order announced by the commission’s chairman RP Singh, farmers have also been given a big relief in the tubewell bill. Now even if the meter is going to be installed in the tubewell connection, but the farmers will not have to pay the electricity bill according to the consumption readings recorded in the meter. Considering such connections of farmers as unmetered, electricity bill will be charged from them at the fixed rate of Rs 170 per horsepower.

Awadhesh Verma, president of Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Consumer Council, says that his fight has resulted in a big victory for the electricity consumers. However, to give further relief to the consumers during the Corona period, the government and the Power Corporation have not accepted the tariff proposal to reduce their electricity rates.

Verma says that Rs 19,537 crore of consumers was already coming out on power companies. In the order on Thursday, the commission has removed another Rs 1059 crore of consumers on the companies. In such a situation, now there is a surplus of Rs 20,596 crore of consumers on the companies. In order to reduce the electricity rates in lieu of surplus, the council will soon file a review petition in the commission.

Verma clearly says that the rate of electricity should not remain the same, but should be reduced. Electricity is still expensive in Uttar Pradesh compared to many other states. UP ranks second among the five states with costly electricity.

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Bihar: Mayor of Katihar Shivraj Paswan shot dead by unknown miscreants, died on the way to hospital



Katihar Mayor Shivraj Paswan was shot by unknown people, died

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Talking about Mekedatu dam, the new Chief Minister of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu BJP President has taken a stand against his own party’s CM Basavaraj Bommai, know the root of the controversy



Talking about Mekedatu dam, the new Chief Minister of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu BJP President has taken a stand against his own party's CM Basavaraj Bommai, know the root of the controversy

Tamil Nadu BJP President, K Annamalai (Photo Credits: ANI, Twitter)

Basavaraj Bommai, who became the new Chief Minister in Karnataka just two days ago, seems to be embroiled in a new controversy. In fact, Basavaraj Bommai has talked about the construction of Mekadatu Dam in the state as soon as he became the Chief Minister. Due to this, politics in Tamil Nadu got heated to such an extent that Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai has threatened to fast the Basavaraj government despite being from the same party. Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai said that we will fast on 5th August against the Basavaraj government of Karnataka.

Actually Mekedatu Dam is to be constructed in the Cauvery Delta region. This currently remains the biggest dispute for Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In the Cauvery delta region of Tamil Nadu, farmers and agricultural laborers had protested fiercely against the initiative to build a reservoir on the river Kaveri in Mekedatu, Karnataka in the past.

During this, the protesters also demanded the Modi government to stop the proposed project and appoint a permanent chairman of the Cauvery Water Management Authority. In this movement, the farmers’ organization Tamil Nadu Vivasaigal Sangam of the Communist Party of Marxist and the All India Vivasay Tozhilar Sangam, the agricultural workers’ organization, jointly demonstrated.

In this case, the Tamil Nadu government says that Karnataka should follow the Supreme Court’s order that no obstruction can be allowed in the free flow of the Cauvery river, which is a part of the people living in the delta region. It is the main source of water for the farmers.

Let us inform that the total cost of Mekedatu Dam project is Rs 9,000 crores. This dam project is to store and supply drinking water to other areas of Karnataka including Bangalore. At the same time, a target of about 400 MW of electricity has also been set through this project. It was first approved by the Karnataka State Government in the year 2017. At the same time, the detailed report of the project has already been approved by the Ministry of Water Resources.

Let us tell you that Tamil Nadu is the biggest obstacle in the way of Karnataka’s Mekedatu project. In fact, the Tamil Nadu government filed a petition against this project in the year 2018 against the Supreme Court in New Delhi and challenged the project. Tamil Nadu argues that the Central Water Commission has ignored the court’s order. In an all-party meeting held earlier in this matter, the opposition AIADMK wanted the state government to settle all matters related to Mekedatu dam with contempt of court proceedings.

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