The Hindu Important Articles 11 April 2018
‘Time to adopt a new culture of cleanliness’
CM lays foundation forwaste-to-energy plant
The processing of waste at source had turned out to be a tough task in cities like Kochi, and the government was forced to go in for centralised processing plants, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the waste-to-energy plant to be set up at Brahmapuram, Mr. Vijayan said the State needed to adopt a new culture of cleanliness.
The government has plans to set up waste management plants in all corporations and three municipalities. The piling up of waste has resulted in health hazards.
The government is committed to protecting the environment, and the new plant will be an eco-friendly one.
The piled-up waste at the Brahmpauram plant site will also be used to generate power from the new plant, the Chief Minister added.
Minister for Local Self Government K.T. Jaleel presided over the function. Mayor Soumini Jain, K.V. Thomas, MP; P.T. Thomas, Hibi Eden, M. Swaraj, John Fernandez, K.J. Maxi, MLAs; Deputy Mayor T.J. Vinod, Additional Chief Secretary Tom Jose, District Collector K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla, and Jibi George, chief executive officer of GJ Eco Power, which is setting up the plant, and former Mayor Tony Chammany were present.
Rs. 2,654-cr. fraud: ED searches Vadodara company
Seven locations under scanner; company and its directors accused of cheating banks after taking loans; look-out circulars issued against accused
The Enforcement Directorate on Monday searched the premises of Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd. (DPIL) in Vadodara and its directors, who allegedly cheated 11 banks by not repaying loans of Rs. 2,654 crore. The loans were declared non-performing assets in 2016-17.
“Searches are being carried out in seven locations in Vadodara, Gujarat, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act,” an official said.
Two residences of the accused were found locked. “The owners are not available since the CBI search on April 5. The team will break in and search the premises after informing the police. Their employees have been involved as witnesses,” the official said.
The CBI, which has issued look-out circulars against the accused, said they were in India and filed an anticipatory bail petition in a special court in Ahmedabad, which reserved its order for Tuesday.
The Enforcement Directorate searched the official premises of the DPIL, Diamond Power Transformers Ltd. and Northway Spaces Ltd. The directorate’s investigation is based on an FIR filed by the CBI against the company and its promoter, S.N. Bhatnagar, and his sons Amit and Sumit, who are the managing director and the joint managing director, respectively. The company makes cables and other electrical equipment.
The CBI has alleged that the DPIL had fraudulently availed itself of credit from a consortium of 11 public and private banks since 2008, though the company and its directors were on the RBI’s defaulters list and the ECGC Caution List at the time of initial sanction of credit. Axis Bank was the lead bank for the term loan when the consortium was formed in 2008. The Bank of India was the lead bank for cash credit limits.
In its report to the banks, the DPIL allegedly projected inflated turnovers. But Bank of India officials did not decrease the cash credit limits, the agency alleged.
The CBI said the company had been submitting false stock records to the lead bank so as to draw more into the cash credit accounts.
IPL 2018 | CSK vs KKR: Happy homecoming for Chennai Super Kings
Russell rains sixes in his astonishing innings, but Billings trumps the effort with a 23-ball 56
Sam Billings, light of feet and quick in mind, innovated and created. Then that man Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja delivered the final blows.
And a throbbing sea of yellow in the stands celebrated as Chennai Super Kings chased down a daunting 203 to overcome Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets in the IPL duel at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.
The seasoned Vinay Kumar’s first delivery off the final over — CSK needed 17 from the last six balls — a no-ball for height was swung by Bravo for a six.
The home side was home with a delivery remaining after Jadeja blasted Vinay over wide long-on.
The adventurous Billings, with a blazing 56 off just 23 deliveries, emerged the hero in his first game for the host. He picked gaps on the on-side and powered the ball over covers.
Knight Riders would rue the lapse when Robin Uthappa put Billings down at wide mid-off; the batsman was on nine then.
Billings then raised hopes in the CSK camp with several shots, including a scooped six off Andre Russell followed by a straight hit. The shouts of “CSK, CSK” were back.
M.S. Dhoni wristed Kuldeep Yadav for a rousing six over mid-wicket, rotated the strike and ran hard between the wickets.
CSK had raced away at the start, with the big Shane Watson biffing the ball over the ropes and the little Ambati Rayudu punching above his weight.
The PowerPlay fetched the host a whopping 75 runs. Dinesh Karthik held back Sunil Narine and Kuldeep, and runs dried up once the two came on. However, CSK had the final say.
In the first half of the game, after Dhoni opted to chase, Russell’s blitzkrieg held the audience spellbound. His 36-ball unbeaten 88 contained an astonishing 11 sixes. He was much like a heavyweight puncher prowling around in the ring.
Russell’s onslaught was brutal. He picked the length quickly and used his long reach to bludgeon the ball. He was devoid of any trigger movement, and clinical with his execution.
The powerfully-built Jamaican struck the ball with enormous force, often plonking his front foot forward, picking the ball from off, and swinging it over mid-wicket.
He was expansive on the off-side as well, a cover-driven six off Watson landing in the crowd.
In an engaging face-off between two West Indians, Russell blasted Bravo for three successive sixes — a whip beyond mid-wicket, a ‘falling’ swipe over long-on and a contemptuous pull.
Shardul Thakur was ruthlessly dismissed for the maximum over extra-cover and wide long-off in the final over.
Karthik wisely played second fiddle. But then, this turned out to be CSK’s night. And what a night!