Today in Pics: October 21,2013

Today in Pics: October 21,2013


The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu,arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a minor,for restraining the media from covering the sexual assault case against him. (IE photo: Javed Raja)


"At present,we cannot entertain your petition," a bench comprising Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said. The bench,however,gave the liberty to 72-year-old jailed godman to approach again if he feels aggrieved of subsequent media coverage in the case. (IE photo: Javed Raja)


Shivsena Chief Uddhav Thackeray along with Gopinath Munde,Mayor Shri Sunil Prabhu ,RPI (A) Chief Ramdas Athavle inaugurated Hinduhrudya Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care Municipal Hospital at Jogeshwari today. (IE photo: Amit Chakravarty)


Chief minister Narendra Modi distributed land to tribals in Dangs district under Forest Rights Act at a "tribal rights and empowerment programme" at Vansda. (IE photo: Javed Raja)


Legal hitches appear to have cropped up in the plans to set up two new reactors in the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) and a commercial agreement on it is unlikely to be signed at the Annual Summit between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on October 21. (PTI)


Government sources said all issues except one on the liability clause is yet to be resolved and lawyers on both sides are working on it. (PTI)


"In any case it (agreement) won't be signed during the visit because it is a commercial agreement between NPCIL and Rosatom. They would like to do it separately," they said. (PTI)


Russia,with whose collaboration the KNPP has been set up,is opposed to the project coming under the ambit of the Nuclear Civil Liability Law of India and wants it to be covered under the Inter-governmental agreement on the issue. (PTI)


India has tried to assuage Russian concerns by making proposals on the liability limiting it to suppliers default in cases of equipment failure in the event of an accident. (PTI)


Public sector General Insurance Corporation has been asked to work on details of the quantum of insurance and the premium including for the suppliers. The sources said the deal on setting up Units 3 and 4 to be supplied by Russia is "close" to signing but for one aspect. (PTI)


"It (deal) is very close. We have settled most of the issues except one. It is now with the lawyers. The lawyers of both sides have to clear it. So we are waiting for them to actually tell us," the sources said. (PTI)


With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaving on a visit to Russia and China,monks of ISKCON staged a demonstration outside the Russian consulate here to protest the threat of demolition of the only ISKCON temple in that country. (IE photo: Partha Paul)


"Today we have gathered here to protest against the threat of demolition of the only ISKCON temple in Russia. We will submit a deputation to Russian officials here registering our protest," ISKCON's Kolkata unit's General Manager Radharaman Das said. (IE photo: Partha Paul)


The monks also demanded that ISKCON be allowed to build a new temple in Russia. (IE photo: Partha Paul)