The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday moved the Delhi high court against the acquittal of ex-telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum case. Last December, a special CBI court had let off all key accused in the money laundering case filed by the ED, which comes under the gamut of the Rs 30,000 crore 2G spectrum allocation case. Special CBI judge O P Saini had cleared the 19 accused, including Raja and Kanimozhi, of all charges, stating that the prosecution had "miserably failed" to prove its charges. Others who were acquitted in the case are former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja's erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) -- Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair.
[Source: The Times of India dated 19.03.2018]
The MoU with Union Bank of India has already expired. BSNLEU has already taken up this item with the Corporate Office, demanding early renewal of the MoU. However, the same is not done, as a result of which our employees are not able to get loan from Union Bank of India. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, telephonically discussed this item with Shri Yashwanth Nath Singh, GM (BFCI), today, and insisted for early renewal of the MoU. The GM (BFCI) assured to do the needful.
In it’s latest India Development update, the World Bank has stated that GST in India is the highest in the world. The World Bank has described the GST as a key reform of the government. It has also appreciated the GST Council, for it’s smooth functioning. At the same time, the World Bank has compared the GST implemented in India, with the GST implemented in 115 other countries, and has said that the tax rates in the Indian GST system is one of the highest in the world. It has also stated that the 28% slab was the second highest in the world.
[source: Times of India dt. 19-03-2018]
Only recently the bank scam involving Nirav Modi, shook the country. Now, another bank scam, running into Rs.4,000 crores, has been unearthed by the Mumbai police. This scam came to the fore when the private sector Axis bank approached the police, complaining that one ‘Parekh Alluminex Ltd. had cheated it to the tune of Rs.125 crores. Soon the police found out that the Axis bank is only part of a group of 20 banks, which are cheated to the tune of Rs.4,000 crores, using letters of credit. The police have arrested three directors of Parekh Alluminex Ltd.
[courtesy : Times of India dt. 19-03-2018]
BSNLEU conveys best wishes and warm greetings to all the comrades on the occasion of Chitra Sukladi, Gudi Padava, Ugadi and Cheti Chand. Let the New Year bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all the people.
India is one of the greatest civilisations of the world. The country has given birth to many great geniuses, who have made great achievements in the fields of astronomy, medicine, literature,etc. However, it is regrettable that the BJP ministers are continuously engaged in distorting our ancient history and achievements, to fulfil their political agenda. We have seen how one Central Minister said that, Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution’ was wrong. He had said that our ancestors did not say anywhere that, man had come from apes. Again, Harsh Wardhan, the Union Minister of Science, has done a similar gimmick now. According to him, Stephen Hawking, the world renowned scientist who passed away recently, has stated that what was written in our Vedhas, are even superior to the theory of Albert Einstein. That particular equation of Einstein, which the Minister referred to, denotes the equivalence of mass and energy. Interestingly, when the media persons present in the event, asked the Minister to mention the source for Stephen Hawking’s claim, he was not able to give any reply. If the Minister wants to glorify the Vedhas, certainly he has the liberty to do that. But, he should not make statements, which are not true. This will make the world laugh at us.
A study conducted by scientists worldwide, shows that 90% of bottled water contains tiny pieces of plastics. The study was conducted by the State University of New York. Leading Indian brands, including Aquafina and Bisleri, are found to be containing plastic pieces. The study found that one litre of Bisleri water at Chennai contained 5,000 microplastic pieces. The study has also stated that these plastic pieces are carcinogenic (which causes cancer).
[ source : Times of India dated 16-03-2018 ]
Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother Kalanidhi Maran were discharged by a CBI Special Court yesterday, from the “illegal telephone exchange” case. Together with them, former chief general managers of Chennai Telephones, K. Brahmmanathan and M.P.Velusamy, were also discharged from the case. The accusation against Dayanidhi Maran is that, he got an unauthorised telephone exchange installed at his residence at Chennai, and misused the BSNL lines for the Sun TV, owned by the Maran brothers, in collusion with the top BSNL officers of Chennai Telephones. The CBI Special Court judge Natarajan stated that, the CBI did not produce sufficient evidence, to prove the charges. Further, the judge also pointed out that the CBI did not even hand over to the Court, the CD containing the call records of the telephone lines that worked at Dayanidhi Maran’s residence. The CBI has to be given award for handling high profile cases so “seriously” !!!
In the meeting held on 24.02.2018, between Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and the All Unions and Associations of BSNL, it was agreed that the wage revision issue of BSNL employees would be taken to the approval of the Cabinet. It is nearly three weeks, since the meeting has taken place. Hence, with a view to ascertain the progress on the issue, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), met Shri Pawan Gupta, Director (PSU), DoT, today, and discussed the issue. It is learnt that the matter is being processed for the approval of the DPE. Many more procedures are involved, before the file is sent for the final approval of the Cabinet. Hence, the Union representatives urged upon the Director (PSU) to get the processings done expeditiously.
In a brief discussion held with Shri A.M. Gupta, GM (SR), today, Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS and Com. Ramesh Chand, Org. Secretary (CHQ), drew his attention to the following issues:-
The BSNL Casual Contract Workers Union of Andhra Pradesh conducted a successful March to CGM Office programme on 14.03.2018. On reaching the CGM Office, the participants of the March, conducted a dharna outside the CGM Office. They highlighted demands to put an end to the benami worker system, retrenchment of contract workers in STP and STR, etc. Com. K. Prabhakar Rao, CP, BSNLCCWF, presided. It was addressed by Com. P. Asokababu, CS, BSNLEU & Honorary President, BSNLCCWF, Com. M.V. Sudhakar, Secretary, CITU, Com. Umamaheswara Rao, CS, SNEA and Com.R.Maheswara Rao, CS, SEWA BSNL.
A circle level convention of West Bengal was organised on 14.03.2018, at CTO hall, Kolkata. A large number of BSNL employees, casual & contract workers and pensioners participated in this convention. It was addressed by Com. Animesh Mitra, CS, BSNLEU & Vice President (CHQ), Com. Tapas Ghosh, CS, SNEA, Com. Prakash Chandra Kar, VP, AIBSNLEA, Com. Partha Das, CS, SEWA BSNL and Com. Sameer Nandi, AIBDPA. Issues related to deterioration of BSNL services, drastic fall in revenue and retrenchment of contract workers in West Bengal circle were discussed. The convention decided to conduct a March to CGMT Office on 28.03.2018, on these issues.
The Central Public Sector Trade Unions (CPSTU), which is the umbrella organisation of the major public sector trade unions, is holding it’s National Convention at Ernakulam on 08.04.2018. The major issues to be discussed in this convention is the mad drive of the government, to disinvest and to privatise the public sector undertakings. Together with this, the wage revision issue of the public sector employees will also figure prominently in the discussions. Com. P. Abhimanyu, GS, will be representing BSNLEU in this Convention.
The Supreme Court has ordered yesterday that, the deadline for linking mobile phones with Aadhar is extended indefinitely. This applies to the linking bank accounts also, to Aadhar. Earlier the government has set 31st March, 2018 as the deadline for linking bank accounts, mobile phones, etc., to Aadhar. This judgement is delivered by a five judge Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. However, this order of the Supreme Court does not apply to the disbursing of subsidies by the Central and State governments.
Stephan Hawking, one of the brightest stars in the field of science, as well as a progressive intellectual, has passed away. He was 76. Stephen Hawking has immensely contributed to the science of cosmology. Even though he was crippled with a neuro disease at the age of 21, he continued to do researches in cosmology, sitting in a wheel chair. His fighting spirit is to be emulated by all those who wish to make achievements. The world has lost a great scientist. BSNLEU dips it’s banner and pay homage to Stephen Hawking.
BSNLEU, the vanguard of the united struggles in BSNL, will observe it’s Foundation Day on 22nd March,2018. This year’s Foundation Day should be celebrated with extra enthusiasm, in view of the fact that the united struggles of the employees have made a major achievement, by breaking the deadlock that prevailed not only on wage revision and pension revision issues, but also on important issues related to the revival of BSNL. Hence, CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to celebrate this year’s Foundation Day in a befitting manner, with the hoisting of the Union Red Flag in all the places, combined with other special programme like blood-donation camp,etc.
The greatest hero of the Indian Freedom Movement, Bhagat Singh, together with Sukhdev and Rajguru, was sent to the gallows by the British imperialists on 23-03-1931. It is already 87 years since these great heroes attained martyrdom. However, still they continue to inspire all those who fight against exploitation and injustices. Despite the “Goebal’s lies” unleashed by the corporate media, the working class continues to launch heroic struggles against capitalist exploitations. It is also relevant to mention here that, Bhagat Singh was inspired by the Great October Revolution and the teachings of Lenin. BSNLEU has inherited the revolutionary spirit of these great heroes. As per the decisions of it’s CEC meetings, BSNLEU is observing the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru every year. Accordingly, CHQ calls upon the circle and district unions to observe this day, by conducting special meetings and other programme.
The kisan rally that ended in Mumbai yesterday, is unique in many ways. It was a grand success. The Maharashtra government agreed in writing, to settle their important demands, like giving lands pattas to the adivasis. But, the most important feature is that the kisans won over the hearts of Mumbaikars. On Sunday evening, the kisans reached the outskirts of Mumbai, after walking 180 Kms for 6 days in scorching Sun. They were completely exhausted. Still, they walked 20 Kms in the same night, and reached the Azad Maidan. This was to avoid any problem to the students on Monday, the day on which school public exam started. The kisans behaved in a very disciplined manner, which surprised the Mumbaikars. As a result, the people of Mumbai came out in support of the kisans. They offered food, water, medical treatment, and even chappals to those who were wearing torn chappals. This is a new experience. We, the working class, have to learn how the kisans won over the hearts of Mumbaikars and to follow it.
A rally of 50,000 farmers of Maharashtra, has reached Mumbai. NDTV described that it looked as if a red sea has entered Mumbai. Their rally started from Nashik, and the farmers walked all the way for six days in blazing sun and reached the outskirts of Mumbai yesterday. They were to March to the state assembly today. But, considering the school public exam that is going on now, and not to cause any inconvenience to the students, the farmers continued their March last night itself and reached Azad Maidan. The rally was absolutely peaceful, without causing any disturbance to the general public. It is appreciated by all. They demand farm loan waiver, remunerative price to their products, land to the Adivasis, etc. Many political parties have expressed their support to these farmers. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the farmers and urges upon the Maharashtra government to settle their reasonable demands.
At Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, the conductor of a school bus lost his leg in an accident. His leg got cut-off in the accident. He was taken to the Jhansi Medical College Hospital. There, he was made to lie down on a stretcher. His severed leg was used as pillow for him. Subsequently, the doctors found that the severed leg could not be stitched back, since the tissue was already dead. The patient’s family got him discharged and took him to a private hospital. Who is the culprit? It is the government and it’s neo-liberal policies. Year after year, the Central Government, as well as the State Governments, have cut down the fund allotments for health care, as per the dictates of the World Bank. As a result, government hospitals are being run with acute shortage of doctors, medicines, equipments, materials, etc. Whether Congress Party rules or the BJP rules, situation is the same.
[Source Times of India dated 11.03.2018]