Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said Congress' decision to bring an impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dipak Misra was incorrect and clarified that her party did not support the move.
"The Congress' decision to submit an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice was not correct. They wanted us to support it. But Trinamool Congress did not support it," Banerjee said during an interview to News18 Bangla.
"I told Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi not to go for impeachment," Banerjee added.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rejected the impeachment motion filed by 64 MPs belonging to seven parties led by the Congress against the CJI on the ground that there was lack of "credible and verifiable" information on charges of "misbehaviour", which, he said, undermined judiciary's independence.
However, Congress leader and former Law Minister Kapil Sibal, termed Naidu's decision as illegal and unconstitutional and said the order will be challenged in the Supreme Court.
Bhubaneswar, April 24 (IANS) Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday requested Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu to set up an airport in Odisha's industrial town Paradip.
In a letter, Pradhan sought the personal attention of Prabhu to examine the techno-economic feasibility for setting an airport at Paradip as soon as possible.
"The grand vision of development of Paradip would remain incomplete without an airport providing air connectivity, as the nearest Biju Patnaik International Airport at Bhubaneswar is 135 kms away and takes more than three hours by road," he said , adding that the Paradip Port Trust has already requested the Airport Authority of India to set up an airport there.
Paradip is one of the major ports in eastern India and last year became one of the three ports in India to have handled a total cargo of over 100 million tons.
The port is being further expanded and modernized and it is expected that by 2020 it would be able to handle 332 million tons of cargo per annum thereby making it the largest port in India, said Pradhan.
He said the Union government has declared Paradip Port as a Smart Port Industrial City, which is fast emerging as a major industrial hub in Odisha and Eastern India.
Besides having the port, Paradip already has an oil refinery of 15 MMTPA capacity, a 12 MMTPA pellet plant, two fertilizer plants together of 4 MMTPA capacity and a edible oil refinery, he said.
In addition, Pradhan said that his Ministry is implementing several big ticket industrial projects, including expansion of refinery to 21 MMTPA from 15 MMTPA, a 700 TMT Poly Propylene plant by 2018 and a 355 TMT Mono Ethyl Glycol unit by 2023-24 which will feed various downstream industries including plastics, paints, rubber and synthetic yarn industries, and all these initiatives "require seamless connectivity".