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A division bench of Chief Justice G.Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought response from the central government by October 6.

The company in the plea has said the relevant gazette notification of May 7 by which the letter allotting the coal black was cancelled has been challenged. It has contended that prior to bid submission for the projects, three coal blocks – Moher, Moher-Amlohri Extension and Chhatrasal – having a reserve of around 800 million tonnes were set aside for Sasan Power, a wholly-owned subsidiary then of the state-run Power Finance Corp.

Reliance Power has argued that the allocation of the three blocks and the availability of coal in the lifetime of the reserve availability was an integral part of bidding terms and conditions. It was the main reason why a competitive tariff of Rs.1.196 per unit was bid by Reliance Power, it added.

The company has also held that the cancellation of the notification, based on a judgment of the Supreme Court, was not not legally tenable.

It has contended that the Sep 14 order did not make the coal blocks allotted to Sasan project its subject matter.

The company further contended that the court had specifically exempted the blocks in the order.

The Supreme Court had cancelled all but four of the 218 coal blocks that were allocated by the government over the past two decades. But the bench of then Chief Justice R.M. Lodha had exempted four blocks allotted to Reliance Power, NTPC and SAIL.

In April this year, the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Power had said that it has fully attained commercial operations of the Rs.27,000 crore Sasan ultra mega power project, 12 months ahead of schedule, with all the six units generating a total of 3,960 MW of electricity.

The group had also said this was not only the largest integrated coal-mining-cum-power project at a single location in the world, but that the 20-million Moher and Moher-Amlohri mines, which were also fully operational, were the largest in the country.

(IANS)

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Publishers Body Welcomes HC Order Lifting Non-NCERT Book Ban

"The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,"

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The Association of Publishers in India (API) on Tuesday welcomed the Delhi High Court order which stipulated that sale of non-NCERT books must not be disallowed in CBSE-affiliated schools, calling the practice “discriminatory”.

“The court decision exemplifies the point that an ideal education system is the one that recognizes the role of multiple stakeholders and is learner-centric. The decision has been welcomed by not just students and parents but also by schools, private publishers, authors and others as it symbolizes ‘freedom of choice’ in education,” the representative body of publishers of academic texts said in a statement.

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“The ruling, in addition to providing convenience to children and parents, will also enable them to choose books depending on their preference,” it said.

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In doing so, the court overturned the April 2017 injunction issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which asked affiliating schools not to indulge in “commercial” activities.

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The court said the availability of uniforms, non-NCERT reference books or even food items for sale only to the students of the school does not fall in the category of and cannot at all be considered as commercialization.

Earlier in its circular, the board had asked the schools to “desist from the unhealthy practice of coercing parents to buy textbooks, notebooks, stationery, uniforms, shoes, school bags etc from within the premise or from selected vendors only” and directed them to operate as doing “community service” as per the board by-laws.

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha, in December last year, told Parliament that CBSE has not directed students or schools to buy or prescribe NCERT books only. (IANS)

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