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SC quashes Singur land deal, 'landmark decision' says WB CM

Updated: Aug 31, 2016 16:00 IST

New Delhi [India], Aug 31 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday cancelled the deal through which the former Left government in West Bengal acquired land in Singur in 2006, thereby handing Tata Motors a big setback.

The apex court told the West Bengal Government to hand the land back to the farmers in the next 12 weeks.

The ruling added that the farmers do not have to return the compensation they received from the government because they were deprived of their livelihood for a decade.

Describing the top court's ruling as a 'landmark decision', West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "I am remembering those people who made sacrifices fighting for this. This is a landmark victory after we thought of the new name for state of West Bengal. I am very happy with the decision."

"I will call for a strategy meeting tomorrow at 4 p.m. I had dreamt of this verdict for so long, for the people of Singur. Now, I can die in peace. West Bengal is the final industrial destination, keep that in mind," she added.

Banerjee, after coming to power, passed the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, to take over the land given to the Tata's by the previous government.

The Tata Group was given around a thousand acres of land by the state government in 2006 to build a car manufacturing factory, but in the wake of violent protests from the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the project was shelved.

Tata Motors moved the Calcutta High Court challenging the law. The acquisition of the land was upheld by a trial court and the law passed by the TMC-led state government was declared unconstitutional on appeal.

After that, the dispute moved to the Supreme Court. (ANI)

NASA, ISRO jointly working on project NISAR

Updated: Mar 29, 2017 18:27 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are jointly working on the development of Dual Frequency (L and S band) Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging Satellite named as NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR).

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Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday announced his decision to launch an agitation demanding implementation of the Lokpal.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.29 (ANI): Members of Parliament (MPs), cutting across party lines, participated with enthusiasm in a mass awareness programme for promoting sports culture in the country, particularly the game of football.

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Arakkonam (Tamil Nadu) [India], Mar 29 (ANI): The Indian Navy on Wednesday gave a befitting farewell to TU142M aircraft in a special ceremony that was organised at INS Rajali, Naval Air Station.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): The Centre has informed that India has taken up the U.S. visa fee hike matter in the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Expressing satisfaction with the Delhi High Court re-opening five cases regarding the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday hoped that the cases gets fast tracked and justice is delivered swiftly.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Assuring punishment against the culprits who slapped an African national in Noida, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday showed concern adding that strict action will be taken against the guilty.

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New Delhi [India] Mar. 29 (ANI): Two out of the three accused involved in the Abu Dhabi ISIS case have moved an application of guilty in a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court.

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New Delhi [India], Mar 29 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday imposed a ban on sale of BS-III vehicles from April 1 when the Bharat Stage (BS)-IV emission norms for vehicles will come into force.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reopened five cases in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that were closed in 1986.

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