Pink Diamond

India Event Diary – 3rd September 2012, Monday

India’s ‘Sea of Light’ at world’s biggest jewellery museum

India is shown in pale rubies, at the world’s biggest jewellery museum in Tehran. Indian diamonds have made the best place for themselves, as the Treasury of National Jewels which is managed by the Central Bank of Iran, has a large number of diamonds that can be traced to the Golconda mines of Andhra Pradesh.

The Indian diamonds include the world’s largest pink diamond — the famous Darya-i-Nur or ‘Sea of Light.’  It takes the first place among the diamonds in the Treasury. This pink diamond is a sister diamond to the world’s largest cut diamond, the “Koh-i-Noor,” which means “Mountain of Light” in its Persian name. Both of these diamonds were taken by Nader Shah who invaded India in 1739.

HRD Ministry to redefine income criteria

As the majority of states were unable to implement the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Programme, and the results were also far from satifactory. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has started a process with a view of enhancing the criteria of annual parental income for scholarship.

Emu farming fraud now

With more than 1,264 compaints for fraud by now, which amounts to the tune of Rs. 27.46 crore, complaints conttinue to come in large numbers. The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has been receiving these complaints ever since the returns / income from their investments stopped. Currently EOW is probing into 747 complaints relating to cheating againset Susi Emu Farms and 452 complaints relating to cheating against the Queen Emu Farms.

Its for Prime Minister to decide now!

The CAG report on coal blocks allocation was tabled in the parliament last week. The parliament remained disrupted for the whole week as the report said that the delay in implementation of the policy on allotments by bidding had cost the exchequer a loss of around Rs.1.86 lakh-crore.

And now, the entire opposition stands united in demanding the cancellation of all the 142 licenses of coal blocks, which were alloted in 2006. With UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi being abroad for routine medical check-up, the ball lies in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s court now.

The opposition parties have given an ultimatum that the Parliament will not be allowed to function if the licenses are not cancelled immediately.

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