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Gadkari’s hydrogen car wows, but also shocks
It was indeed a shock and apprehensive moment when Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari drove to the parliament last week in a hydrogen-powered car. Much of India was stunned by the clean fuel Toyota Mirai in which the minister traveled, as it held a promise to rid India of expensive and dirty fuel and usher in a new era of cheaper, cleaner technology. But there were some who were shocked by his hydrogen-powered outing. They questioned whether the technology was tested for its suitability for Indian conditions and whether the car had clearance to run on streets. The pressure in hydrogen cylinders used in cars is many times higher than in ordinary cylinders. Therefore, these Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) require rigorous testing and multiple approval for public use. No information is available on which authority Gadkari’s FCEV approved to ride in the parliament building. Mirai, which means future in Japanese language, can be secured by carefully calibrated and consistent march on the growth path; not by pulling off a stunt, experts said.
Investigation into NSE scam is getting broader
The one-man SEBI investigation conducted by full board member Ananta Barua found only one company – OPG Securities – guilty of taking unintended advantage by placing its server near the NSE server. The CBI is now looking at about 30 brokers who could have dishonest access to the NSE server. The research agency is investigating them based on a report from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, which said that these 30 brokers made profits of ‘2,582 crore during 2010-14. Insiders, however, say the number of brokers who have benefited from the benefit of relocation could be more than five tens. They say the Central Bureau will certainly discover more names as the probe progresses, and the dishonest gains made by these brokers would appear to be in multiples of the figures revealed so far.
Carrot and stick
Storm in Congress blows over, for now
Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi seems to have the main dissenters Ghulam Nabi Azad, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Anand Sharma and Manish Tewari. According to sources, Gandhi has offered to rename Ghulam Nabi and Anand Sharma in the Rajya Sabha, and make Hooda the president of Haryana Congress Committee. Manish would get a party post he had long coveted. They met these leaders separately and handed over their decision to them. However, the biggest problem has yet to be solved. And that is conducting free and fair organizational elections, including elections for the post of President of Congress and membership of Congressional Work Committee. This problem is the central point made by leaders like Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, Vivek Tankha, Prithviraj Chavan, etc. They demand transparency in decision-making and internal party democracy. Insiders say the President of Congress may take decisions to address some of these concerns. But holding free and fair elections would remain the bottleneck between the leadership and dissenters. However, a temporary ceasefire prevails for now.