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Refusing to discuss issues, BJP diminishing democracy: Chidambaram


Refusing to discuss issues, BJP diminishing democracy: Chidambaram

Amid the continued deadlock in Parliament, former Finance Minister and Rajya Sabha MP P. Chidambaram on Thursday attacked the government for running away from discussion in the House on issues raised by the opposition.

He said in a statement, “Owing to the stubborn refusal of the government to discuss matters raised by the Opposition (Pegasus, Farm Laws), Parliament is deadlocked – and diminished.”

“Owing to the refusal of the BJP members to sign the attendance sheet, a Parliamentary Committee has been stymied – and diminished, and perhaps on the way to be disbanded. What will be celebrated on August 15? A diminished democracy?”

A united opposition is attacking the government in Parliament on the issue of the Pegasus snooping row.

The opposition MPs have moved notices for adjournment motions in both the Houses.

In the Lok Sabha, Congress MP’s Manickam Tagore and Manish Tewari have already moved notice for adjournment motion.

On Wednesday, only the Juvenile Justice Bill could be passed amid the din. The opposition forced repeated adjournments and in the Lok Sabha many opposition members tore papers.

In the government Business in the Upper House, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is to move the Bill to amend the Factoring Regulation Act, 2011, as passed by the Lok Sabha for consideration.”




Govt not allowing MPs to discuss issues of national importance: Rahul


Govt not allowing MPs to discuss issues of national importance: Rahul

“Modi government is not allowing the opposition to do its work. Don’t waste more time of Parliament…,” Rahul tweeted

Amid the logjam over the Pegasus snooping in Parliament, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday once again attacked the government, accusing it of not allowing the opposition to work and discuss issues of national importance like Pegasus, Farmers agitation and inflation.

In a tweet in Hindi, Rahul Gandhi said, “The foundation of our democracy is that the parliamentarians should be the voice of the people and discuss the issues of national importance.

“Modi government is not allowing the opposition to do its work. Don’t waste more time of Parliament, let there be discussion on inflation, farmers issue and Pegasus.”

Parliament has witnessed repeated adjournments over the Pegasus issue.

Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused the government of “curtailing” the voice of opposition in Parliament and said that it has used Pegasus weapon against the people of the country.

He also alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inserted Pegasus weapon in phones which is being used to hit the soul of India’s democracy.




Cong MPs give adjournment notices in LS to discuss Pegasus


Cong MPs give adjournment notices in LS to discuss Pegasus

The Pegasus issue has forced repeated adjournments during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

Amid the logjam over the Pegasus scandal, several Congress MPs on Thursday gave adjourned notices in the Lok Sabha to discuss the issue.

Congress Lok Sabha MP from Punjab, Manish Tewari gave adjournment motion notice demanding discussion on ‘Pegasus project’ issue.

Congress MP from Tamil Nadu B. Manickam Tagore also gave adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha demanding discussion on the Pegasus issue in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The Pegasus issue has forced repeated adjournments during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

The issue triggered a stormy start to the Monsoon Session after a global collaborative investigative project revealed that Israeli company NSO Groups’ Pegasus spyware was targeted over 300 mobile phone numbers in India including that of two ministers in the Narendra Modi government, three Opposition leaders, constitutional authority, several journalist and business persons.

It snowballed on last Tuesday after it came to fore that in July 2019, phone numbers of Karnataka’s then deputy chief minister G Parameshwara and the personal secretaries of then chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and former chief minister Siddaramaiah, were selected as possible targets for surveillance.




AIMIM leaders in Bihar extend support to Mukesh Sahani


AIMIM leaders in Bihar extend support to Mukesh Sahani

Akhtarul Iman, an AIMIM leader of Bihar, backed Mukesh Sahani and criticised the Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh for not allowing him to go out of the Varanasi airport.

Mukesh Sahani, the animal husbandry and fisheries minister of Bihar, who is facing the heat of the NDA, has now received the support of AIMIM leaders in Bihar.

Akhtarul Iman, an AIMIM leader of Bihar, backed Sahani and criticised the Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh for not allowing him to go out of the Varanasi airport.

“Sahani is a minister of Bihar government and the way Yogi Adityanath government had treated him is not acceptable. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and speaker Vijay Sinha should take cognisance of that incident,” Imam said on Wednesday.

Imam along with his party’s other four MLAs demanded a discussion on the floor of the house post-lunch session and also requested the speaker to pass a censure motion in the Bihar Vidhan Sabha.

“The way Yogi Adityanath government had treated a minister of the Bihar government is extremely unfortunate,” Imam said in Vidhan Sabha.

The censure motion demand of AIMIM was ruled out by speaker Vijay Sinha. Due to this, the AIMIM leaders raised slogans inside the house for a while that led to disruption of proceedings for a few minutes.

Sahani went to Varanasi on Sunday to establish statues of bandit queen Phulan Devi in 18 divisions of Uttar Pradesh. Sahani, through Phulan Devi statues, was trying to get political ground in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming election. The district administration of Varanasi, however, stopped him inside the airport.

AIMIM, after an impressive show in the Bihar assembly election 2020, is also seeking a political ground in Uttar Pradesh.




Sasikala continues to interact with AIADMK cadres, functionaries


Sasikala continues to interact with AIADMK cadres, functionaries

Sasikala is trying to capitalise on this rift, and on Wednesday, spoke to a district-level leader of AIADMK at Salem and told him that Paneerselvam was supportive towards her on the inside and was waiting for the ripe time to throw his hat in the ring.

AIADMK’s expelled interim General Secretary, V.K. Sasikala on Wednesday continued her telephonic interactions with the party cadres and lower-level functionaries across the state in a bid to regain prominence in the party.

Sasikala’s nephew and AMMK General Secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran had on Tuesday told reporters in Trichy that both he and his aunt were bent on retrieving the party from “detractors”.

With a well-established office at her T Nagar residence, Sasikala is continuing to make calls to party functionaries across the state but focussing on those in Salem and Theni, the home districts of party leaders K. Palaniswami and O. Panneerselvam, respectively.

Sasikala, according to sources, had made calls to the party lower-level leaders on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and has spoken about the “golden” era of the AIADMK during the periods of MGR and J. Jayalalithaa and how she was playing a silent background role during these periods for the welfare of the party and cadres.

Both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at New Delhi to discuss mainly the “vendetta politics” practiced by the ruling DMK as well as Sasikala’s attempts for a backdoor entry to the party. Unfazed by the party leadership’s opposition, Sasikala is continuing to speak with several cadres and leaders.

While Palaniswami and Panneerselvam are openly showing a close association between them, sources in the AIADMK told IANS that all is not well within the party after the defeat in the 2021 Assembly elections.

Sasikala is trying to capitalise on this rift and on Wednesday, spoke to a district-level leader of AIADMK at Salem and told him that Paneerselvam was supportive towards her on the inside and was waiting for the ripe time to throw his hat in the ring.

She, according to AIADMK sources, told the district functionary that being from the same Thevar community, she would get support from Panneerselvam in the days to come.

However, political observers did not buy the argument of Sasikala getting tactical support from Panneerselvam as the central leadership of the BJP is keenly involved in the day-to-day functioning of AIADMK and Panneerselvam is very much in the loop.

“Sasikala is trying her best but the AIADMK is having the support of the Central leadership of the BJP and this will work in favour of both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam. Sasikala is not in the good books of New Delhi and hence it would be an uphill task for her to regain control of AIADMK despite all the tall claims that she is making, “Madurai-based journalist and political analyst S. Sivasankar told IANS.




CBI raids Crompton Greaves, Gautam Thapar in 2435 Cr. bank fraud


CBI raids Crompton Greaves, Gautam Thapar in 2435 Cr. bank fraud

CBI registered a case against Crompton Greaves Power and Industrial Solution Ltd for causing loss to the SBI led consortium banks worth Rs 2,435 crore

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out searches at several locations in Delhi, Haryana’s Gurugram, and Maharashtra’s Mumbai on the premises linked to Crompton Greaves, industrialist Gautam Thapar, the then CMD of the company, and several others for fraud worth Rs 2,435 crore to State Bank of India and other consortium member banks.

A CBI official spokesperson here said that the agency has registered a case against Crompton Greaves Power and Industrial Solution Ltd, Thapar, who was then CMD, K N Neelkanth, the then CEO and MD, Madhav Acharya, the then ED and CFO, B Hariharan, the then Director, Omkar Goswami, the then non-executive director, Venkatesh Rammoorthy, the then CFO and unknown public servants and unknown others for causing loss to the SBI led consortium banks worth Rs 2,435 crore. The case was registered on the basis of the complaint filed by the SBI.

In the complaint, it was alleged that people named in the complaint had cheated the SBI and other consortium member banks including Bank of Maharashtra, Axis bank, Yes Bank, Corporation Bank, Barclays Bank, IndusInd Bank, etc by way of diversion of bank funds, sham transactions with related parties, borrowing funds from the Bank by misrepresentation, falsifying or fabricating books of accounts, entries, vouchers and financial statements, furnishing false, incorrect or misleading information, siphoning off funds including various loan proceeds.

It said that the allegations were based on a forensic audit report. A CBI official said that the agency carried out searches at the office premises of Crompton Greaves in Mumbai, premises of Thapar, and others in Delhi and Gurugram.

This is the third case against Thapar by the CBI in the last 15 months. On June 9, the CBI had earlier filed a case against Thapar of Avantha Realty and Oyster Buildwell Pvt Ltd among several others for allegedly cheating Yes Bank to the tune of Rs 466 crore.

The CBI also carried out searches at 14 locations including Delhi NCR, Lucknow, Secunderabad, and Kolkata which has led to the recovery of incriminating documents and digital evidence. Thapar is also being probed in another case related to the diversion of public money in Yes Bank, allegedly involving the bank’s former chief Rana Kapoor.




Covid vaccine supply to states depend on population, caseload: Centre


Covid vaccine supply to states depend on population, caseload: Centre

“The distribution of Covid-19 vaccine is done on the parameters- population of a state, caseload or disease burden, and state’s utilization efficiency”

Amid many states raising the issue of Covid vaccine shortages, the Centre on Thursday refuted the claims, saying the national Covid vaccination programme is built on scientific and epidemiological evidence, WHO guidelines, and global best practices.

Anchored in systematic end-to-end planning, it is implemented through effective and efficient participation of states and Union Territories and the people at large, a Health and Family Welfare Ministry statement said.

Brushing aside some media reports on non-transparent allocation of Covid-19 vaccines to states, it said that the allegations were without any basis, and not fully informed.

“It is clarified that the government of India continues to allocate Covid-19 vaccines to states and the UTs in a transparent manner. Information about the vaccine supply by the government of India, consumption by the states and UTs, balance and unutilised vaccine doses available with them, along with vaccine supply in the pipeline is regularly shared through press releases made by the Press Information Bureau, and also through other forums.”

The distribution of Covid-19 vaccine is done on the parameters population of a state, caseload or disease burden, and state’s utilisation efficiency, it said, adding that the allocation is negatively affected by vaccine wastage.

The clarification came at a time when India’s cumulative vaccination coverage has exceeded 30 crores on Wednesday.

A total of 30,16,26,028 vaccine doses have been administered through 40,45,516 sessions, as per the provisional report on Thursday, with 64,89,599 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hours.

The new phase of universalization of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from June 21 pushing free vaccination to people aged above 18 years — a move to accelerate the pace and expanding the scope of Covid-19 vaccination throughout the country, the state said.

India’s vaccination drive, termed the world’s largest inoculation exercise, began on January 16 this year.




Ram temple trust slams allegations of fraud


Ram temple trust slams allegations of fraud

Ram temple trust slams allegations of fraud

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has strongly denied allegations of corruption levelled by opposition parties, in land purchase.

In a statement issued around midnight on Sunday, the Trust said, the current sellers had a registered agreement years ago at a price, and after the ‘bainama’ (sale deed) on March 18, they sold it to the Trust.

The statement, signed by Trust secretary Champat Rai, said, “After the Supreme Court order, a lot of people started coming to Ayodhya to purchase land, and as the UP government is also purchasing a lot of land for development works, the land price increased suddenly. The land on which discussion has started is very close to the railway station and therefore, is at a very important location. All the land purchased by the Trust is purchased at a price much lower than the market price.”

AAP MP Sanjay Singh had claimed earlier on Sunday that the stamp papers for the first purchase were bought at 5.11 p.m., and for the second at 5.22 p.m. and, in between, the price of the land had increased manifold.
He demanded a probe by the CBI or ED as it concerns religious beliefs of crores of people.

At another press conference in Ayodhya, Samajwadi Party leader and former MLA, Pawan Pandey, also raised similar questions, “A piece of land was bought for Rs 2 crore in which trustees were witnesses. Did the land start giving out gold that it was bought for Rs 18.5 crore, barely a few minutes later.”
Trustee Anil Mishra is the witness along with Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay, in the deal.

The Trust statement, however, said the propaganda by political people on the issue was misleading.

“The concerned person is political and the matter is politically motivated,” it said.

The statement also claimed that all the sale and purchase is done by proper communication and agreement, and signatures are taken on agreement papers.

“All the court fees and stamp paper purchase are done online and the amount is transferred into the bank account of the seller through online transaction,” it said.

While Sultan Ansari – one of the two property dealers who sold the piece of land to the Trust – did not respond to calls, Ravi Mohan Tiwari said the agreement for the said land was made with the Pathaks several years ago for Rs 2 crore, but its value increased significantly after the Supreme Court decision.

“While I purchased it for Rs 2 crore as per my agreement, the actual price must be more than Rs 20 crore now. But I sold it for just Rs 18.5 crore because it is for a project concerned with our faith,” said Tiwari.

According to the documents provided by AAP and Samajwadi Party leaders, the land over which the alleged fraudulent deal happened is a residential plot of 12,080 square metres. The papers state the property is located in Bagbijaisi village, Haveli Awadh, under Sadar tehsil in Ayodhya.

Meanwhile, elaborating on the meeting of the Trust on Sunday, Champat Rai said, “Till March 31, we have deposited over Rs 3,200 crore in the banks. Over 4 crore people contributed Rs 10 each, and a little less than 4 crore people contributed Rs 100 each. Others contributed Rs 1,000 or more. Rs 80 crore was collected by direct bank transfer. Another Rs 60 lakh was collected by those coming to the Ram Janmabhoomi when there was no lockdown.”

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra is a Trust that was set up by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in February 2020 to oversee and manage the construction of the temple based on a Supreme Court verdict.

It was awarded around 70 acres of land in the ruling and 12 of its 15 members are nominated by the Centre.




J&K govt suspends 13 officers for unauthorised withdrawal of funds


J&K govt suspends 13 officers for unauthorised withdrawal of funds

The order said till an enquiry is held into the misdoings, the suspended officers will remain attached with the office of the director rural development department.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended 13 officers for unauthorised withdrawal of developmental funds.

An order issued on Friday evening by the principal secretary rural development department said that these officers had withdrawn funds from e-FMS (Electronic Financial Management System) accounts without any authorisation.

The suspended officers include two Assistant Commissioners Development (ACDs) and eight Block Development Officers (BDOs) belonging to the Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS).

The order said till an enquiry is held into the misdoings, the suspended officers will remain attached with the office of the director rural development department.

Unauthorised withdrawal of funds by these officers has been reported from various block development offices in Baramulla and Anantnag districts of the Kashmir division.




Private hospitals in Gurugram to administer 24×7 Covid vax to 18+


Private hospitals in Gurugram to administer 24×7 Covid vax to 18+

Dr. Yadav has said in a letter to all the hospitals that they can start the Covid-19 vaccination for the age group of 18 to 44 years in the hospital for 24×7 a day.

All private hospitals in Gurugram district can now start Covid-19 vaccination drive for 18+ age group of people. For this, Civil Surgeon Gurugram, Dr. Virendra Yadav has given permission to all the hospitals.

Dr. Yadav has said in a letter to all the hospitals that they can start the Covid-19 vaccination for the age group of 18 to 44 years in the hospital for 24×7 a day.

“An individual wishing to take the vaccine will have to make an online appointment for the first and second doses. Instructing the hospitals to do the vaccination work in accordance with the instructions of the government. Also, an emergency medical services should be available at the vaccination sites so that any adverse situation can be handled,” Yadav said.

Yadav said that this decision has been taken with a view to providing vaccination facilities to the people to protect them from the deadly virus.

Apart from this, the number of total active cases in Gurugram district is 452 out of which 414 patients are in home isolation.

The officials said so far, 15,69,758 Covid tests have been conducted in Gurugram, of which 13,85,057 have come negative. In the last 24 hours, around 4,243 tests were conducted in the district.

Also, a total of 8,33,129 people have been administered with Covid jabs in Gurugram.

According to the daily health bulletin, 1,79,140 people have recovered so far in Gurugram.

Apart from this, the Gurugram district on Friday recorded 33 fresh coronavirus cases. Three more deaths were also reported from the city, taking the district’s Covid toll to 866, officials said.




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