Sambit Patra taunts P Chidambaram with INX Media case after former FM asks centre what it will do if Rajiv Gandhi Foundation returns Rs 20 lakh
BJP leader Sambit Patra on Saturday slammed senior Congress leader P Chidambaram for questioning whether PM Narendra Modi would assure that China will "vacate its transgression and restore status quo ante?" if the RGF returns Rs 20 lakh.
Taking to Twitter, Sambit Patra wrote: "Suppose you return all the corrupt Money that you had usurped in INX media & other cases will the Supreme Court not send you to jail? PS: “No Intrusion” is what the PM said. Get you facts right!!"
Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday launched an attack on BJP chief JP Nadda, accusing him of being an expert in "speaking half-truths" and said that Rs 20 lakhs deposited in the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation "from PM National Relief Fund in 2005 was for tsunami relief work in Andaman and Nicobar."
This comes in response to the allegations by the BJP chief made on Friday in the wake of the Opposition raising questions on the government's position over the standoff with China at the LAC. Taking to Twitter, Nadda shared details of 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2005-2006' and 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2007-2008', which shows that PMNRF donated funds to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF).
In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Chidambaram accused the BJP of unnecessarily attempting to draw parallels between China's intrusion which took place recently and the events which had taken place 15 years ago.
"BJP President Mr Nadda specialises in speaking half-truths. My colleague Mr Randeep Surjewala exposed his half-truths yesterday," Chidambaram's tweet read.
Chidambaram further questioned whether PM Narendra Modi would assure that China will "vacate its transgression and restore status quo ante?" if the RGF returns Rs 20 lakh today. He also implored Nadda to "come to terms with reality" and answer the questions on Chinese intrusions in Indian territory, sharing a satellite image which according to him clearly shows the change in India and China's position at the border areas.
JP Nadda targets Congress, points out Sonia Gandhi-chaired PMNRF was donating to Sonia Gandhi-chaired Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Jagat Prakash Nadda on Friday hits out at Congress and alleged that Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation during the UPA years.
The BJP chief also said that to divert this public money into a family-run foundation is not only a "brazen fraud" but also a "big betrayal" of the people of India.
Taking to Twitter, JP Nadda wrote: "PMNRF, meant to help people in distress, was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in UPA years. Who sat on the PMNRF board? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Who chairs RGF? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Totally reprehensible, disregarding ethics, processes and not bothering about transparency."
The BJP chief shared details of 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2005-2006' and 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2007-2008', which shows that PMNRF donated funds to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF).
In a series of tweets, JP Nadda said, "PMNRF, meant to help people in distress, was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in UPA years. Who sat on the PMNRF board? Smt. Sonia Gandhi Who chairs RGF? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Totally reprehensible, disregarding ethics, processes and not bothering about transparency."
"People of India donated their hard-earned money to PMNRF to help their fellow citizens in need. To divert this public money into a family run foundation is not only a brazen fraud but also a big betrayal of the people of India," Nadda added.
Cornering Congress, he further said that one family's hunger for wealth has cost the nation immensely and asked the opposition party to apologise to the unchecked loot for self-gain. "If only they have devoted their energies towards more constructive agenda. The Congress' Imperial Dynasty needs to apologise to the unchecked loot for self-gains!" he said.
Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu: With over 3,500 cases, state's daily tally at all-time high
Amid heavy rains in Bihar, at least 93 killed in lightning strikes
Patna: In a major natural disaster, 93 people lost their lives when lightning struck in parts of Bihar on Thursday.
PM Modi in a late night tweet expressed grief, sympathising with the families of the victims and appealed to the people to remain safe.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked the citizens to stay indoors. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased.
According to an official figure, 23 of the 38 districts badly hit by the lightning.
The districts are in north, central and the western state. Gopalganj, Siwan, Saran, Sheohara, Supaul, Bhagalpur, Banka, Rohtas, Buxar, Aurangabad, Jehan- abad, Madhubani are the worst hit. Gopalganj reported 19 deaths, Madhubani 8, Siwan 7, Purnia and Au- rangabad 7 each.
At a village, Asangao in Gopalganj district, children playing football match were killed by lightning.
The disaster management department in an advisory, appealed to the people to stay indoors till June 29 as thunderstorm and rainfall would be widespread. Monsoon is active all over the state since Wednesday.
When 39.8 was greater than 60.2: Netizens troll Times Now for pie chart gaffe
During our early years in school, we had a poem in English titled 'A Mortifying Mistake' by Anna Pratt. It's about a girl trying to memorise her six-times table for a test the next day. She could not remember six times nine, and to remember she finally takes her favourite doll Mary-Ann and renamed her 54 for a day.
The poem goes like this:
I studied my tables over and over, and backward and forward, too;
But I could n’t remember six times nine, and I did n’t know what to do,
Till sister told me to play with my doll, and not to bother my head.
“If you call her ‘Fifty-four’ for a while, you ’ll learn it by heart,” she said.
So I took my favourite, Mary Ann (though I thought ’t was a dreadful shame
To give such a perfectly lovely child such a perfectly horrid name),
And I called her my dear little “Fifty-four” a hundred times, till I knew
The answer of six times nine as well as the answer of two times two.
Next day Elizabeth Wigglesworth, who always acts so proud,
Said, “Six times nine is fifty-two,” and I nearly laughed aloud!
But I wished I had n’t when teacher said, “Now, Dorothy, tell if you can.”
For I thought of my doll and—sakes alive!—I answered, “Mary Ann!”
It looks like Times Now belongs to the same school of mathematics as Dorothy, the girl in the poem. The channel was called out on social media for putting a weird graph that shows 39.8 per cent is more than 60.2 per cent.
In one of its shows aired at 10 pm, the question asked as part of a survey was, “Do you think India has taken suitable steps to give China a befitting reply?” The poll showed 60.2 per cent of the replies in the negative, while 39.8 per cent in the positive. However, while creating the pie chart, someone replaced the numbers to show that 60.2 per cent was less than 39.8 per cent.
Times Now has since deleted the tweet and apologised for the gaffe, with a new graphic.
Soon after Times Now pie chart began trending on Twitter. This is how Twitter reacted to this gaffe
It’s not been the best week for the Times Group. Earlier in the week, the company put out a story of a man who killed his wife in Bengaluru and went to Kolkata to kill her mother and finally take his own life. The team then put a picture of what they thought was the couple. However, to the team’s horror, a day later, the couple in the picture shared a video stating that they were fine and that the news team had taken their picture from Facebook because they had the same name.
Chinese make right noises, and then some jarring ones
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China on Wednesday said maintaining peace along the Sino-India border is in the common interest of both the countries and requires joint effort, even as it accused the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Indian media of making ‘‘some false’’ claims during the border tension.
In separate statements, the Chinese foreign and the defence ministries also repeated Beijing's stand that India was responsible for the June 15 violent face-off in eastern Ladakh.
While Defence Ministry Spokesman Col Wu Qian asserted that China and India are "important neighbours to each other" and the two sides should make great efforts to jointly ease the current border situation, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian again accused India of "provoking" a border clash, saying "the onus is not on China's part."
Zhao also alleged that the MEA and the Indian media have made "some false reports."
Asked why after a positive meeting between the army commanders of India and China, he is making these allegations, Zhao said, "What I have just said is meant to clarify the whole situation, tell the truth to everyone. We made this statement because the MEA in India and also Indian media have made some false reports."
In New Delhi, the MEA issued a release after the countries held diplomatic talks which said India and China have agreed that expeditious implementation of the previously agreed understanding on disengagement of troops from standoff points in eastern Ladakh would help ensure peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
During the talks, which were held between Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the MEA, and Wu Jianghao, Director General in the Chinese foreign ministry, through video conferencing, the situation in the region was discussed in detail and the Indian side conveyed its concerns over the violent face-off in Galwan.
"In this regard, it was emphasised that both sides should strictly respect and observe the Line of Actual Control," the MEA added.
In the Chinese text circulated in his online press conference, the Chinese defence ministry spokesman said the two defence ministers are negotiating on phone but the English text circulated later made no reference to the defence ministers' talks.
Hinduja brothers in UK High Court over letter dispute
The UK-based Hinduja brothers are locked in a legal dispute in the High Court in England over their family assets.
The case has been brought by Srichand Parmanand Hinduja, 84, described as the "patriarch" of the family, against brothers G P Hinduja, 80, P P Hinduja, 75, and A P Hinduja, 69, and revolves around the "validity and effect" of a letter dated July 2, 2014.
The letter includes statements to the effect that the brothers appoint each other as their executors, and that assets held in any single brother's name belong to all four. A related second letter, dated July 1, 2014, is also linked to the dispute.
"In summary, SP seeks a declaration that neither document has legal effect, whether as a will, power of attorney, declaration of trust or other binding documents, or alternatively that the documents are revocable and have been revoked," Justice Sarah Falk notes in her judgment on Tuesday.
"Additional relief is also sought, in particular an injunction restraining use of the documents and an account of the persons to whom the documents have been submitted and steps taken in reliance on them," she notes.
Presiding over a private hearing in the Chancery Division of the High Court, Justice Falk also partially ruled against a privacy order in the case and agreed for S P Hinduja's daughter, Vinoo, to act on her father's behalf as his "litigation friend" and safeguard her father's interests due to his ill health as a result of a form of dementia.
"I have concluded that the court should exercise its power under CPR 21.6 to appoint Vinoo as SP's litigation friend...There is no evidence to indicate that Vinoo's statement that her father has asked her to act for him in the proceedings because he is unable to do so is anything other than accurate," the ruling notes.
The High Court judgment makes references to the family's other legal proceedings, including over Hinduja Bank in Switzerland and confidential proceedings in Jersey.
It also notes that the three defending brothers contend that they have been prevented from seeing their eldest brother, Srichand P Hinduja, for some time.
"It will be apparent from the judgment of the High Court in England, that Mr. S P Hinduja's health has been deteriorating for a number of years suffering from Lewy Body Disease, which is a form of dementia. Vinoo, his younger daughter, acting as his Litigation Friend is bringing these proceedings on his behalf," said a joint statement by G P, P P, and A P Hinduja.
"It is very unfortunate that these proceedings are taking place as they go against our Founder's and family's values and principles that have stood for many decades, especially, 'everything belongs to everyone and nothing belongs to anyone'. We intend to defend the claim to uphold these dearly held family values," they note.
Referring to the issue as "private family matters" now subject to litigation, they add: "We would also stress that this litigation will not have any impact on our global businesses, which will continue to function as they have been."
The Hinduja brothers, who run the Hinduja Group of companies, have an estimated fortune of 16 billion pounds, according to the 2020 'Sunday Times Rich List'. Their business conglomerate, based in Mumbai and headquartered in London, covers a wide range of sectors including automotive, hospitality, banking, and healthcare.
Delhi HC grants bail to Safoora Zargar in Delhi riots case
The Central Government stated that it had no objection to her release on humanitarian grounds.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday allowed bail to Safoora Zargar, 27 year old student of Jamia Milia Islamia University under custody for alleged conspiracy behind Delhi riots, after the Central Government stated that it had no objection to her release on humanitarian grounds.
There were widespread concerns raised about the incarceration of Zargar, who is in the 23rd week of her pregnancy, in the overcrowded Tihar prison amid COVID-19.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that without going into the merits of the plea, and without considering this as a precedent, the State has no problem with Safoora being released on bail provided she doesn’t indulge in activities she’s being investigated for.
Safoora should also remain in Delhi, insisted the SG.
Advocate Nithya Ramakrishnan, appearing for Zargar, submitted that she might have to go to Faridabad to consult her doctor.
A bench of Justice Rajiv Shakhdher granted regular bail to Safoora on furnishing a personal bond of ₹10k and on the following conditions:
a. She should not indulge in activities she is being investigated for
b. She should refrain from hampering investigation
Zargar has challenged before Delhi HC the June 4 order of Additional Sessions Judge, Patial House Courts, rejecting her bail application.
She has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act on the allegation that she hatched the criminal conspiracy behind the riots which happened in North East Delhi during February 23-25.
The Delhi Police has filed a report in the Court stating that Zargar is ‘disposed towards creating turmoil’, and that she was part of conspiracy to “destroy, destabilize and disintegrate the Government of India in order to compel to withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the alleged National Register of Citizens”.
Muslim carpenter lynched in UP
Israr is survived by pregnant wife and three small kids, eldest one being 6 years old. His body was not in condition to show them.
Saharanpur: A 35-year-old Muslim carpenter in Saharanpur district was beaten to death for allegedly hitting a minor last Thursday. In a video going viral, he is seen lying in fatal position surrounded by attackers wielding sticks.
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Mob Lynching in village Dehra, Saharanpur, UP. ( 18 June 2020).
A guy named Israr was killed by a mob in a village, according to victim's brother, when he reached at spot, mob was calling Israr a terrorist and beating him with stick.
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According to an FIR filed at Deoband police station, the mob cornered the victim, Israr, at Dehra village and beat him with sticks and rods. Israr was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died during treatment.
Police gives another angle
The police giving a different angle to the case said that it was not a case of “lynching”, pointing out that another FIR was filed in the same station against Israr under charges of attempt to murder. Moreover, police are yet to make any arrest.
“The police were informed of the incident on Thursday evening that a man, Israr, has been attacked by a crowd. Upon investigation, it was found that on the same day, this man had robbed a person of a motorcycle and had attacked a minor with a sharp object. The villagers in retaliation for the injured child attacked the accused. During the assault, the accused sustained fatal injuries. The family of Israr has named 11 persons and arrests will be made soon,” said Saharanpur City SP Vineet Bhatnagar.
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According to the police, Israr was hot headed, which allegedly led him to steal the motorcycle and attack the child.
Israr’s brother gives statement
Describing the attack, Israr’s brother Gulfam said in the FIR, “At around 6.30 pm I was told by locals that they are beating up my brother in village Dehra. As I reached the place, I saw the accused were assaulting him with sticks and rods. They were also using a sharp weapon and Israr had been tied up. When I told them to stop, they beat him up even more. I called 112 after which he was rushed to a hospital. He was attacked for no fault of his.”
“They are saying that he injured a child (while riding his motorcycle) . I met that child and he is fine but they have destroyed our peace,” Gulfam, younger brother of Israr, told local newspaper.
“As Israr was riding his bike, the child had accidentally got injured. I wish if they had lodged a complaint or kept him captive but they turned into demons and killed him,” he adds.
Israr is survived by his 3 small children and a pregnant wife. His eldest daughter is 6 years old. “We haven’t told anything to the children. His body was not in such condition that we could show it to them,” said Gulfam.
Gulfam added the untimely death of Israr has come as trauma for their family and Israr’s eldest brother is in depression after the incident.
The relatives are worried about the survival of the family as Israr was the only earning member.
According to victim’s family, Israr had left the house in Imaliya village for work an hour before Gulfam received the phone call.
The FIR filed on the basis of the complaint of the victim’s family has been registered under sections 302 (murder), 147 (rioting), 342 (wrongful confinement). The accused named in the FIR are Sunda, Dharmveer, Rohit, Nitin, Johru, Satu, Dharmendra, Ravi, and Vijay. Two others have not been identified yet. All the accused are from Dehra, said the police.
Disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership: Manmohan Singh to govt on Ladakh face-off
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, in a statement on Ladakh clash, on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must always be mindful of implications of his words, declarations on nation's security.
Manmohan Singh in a statement also sought to remind the government that "disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership".
We call upon the PM&Govt to rise to the occasion, to ensure justice for Col. B. Santosh Babu&our jawans who have made ultimate sacrifice&resolutely defended our territorial integrity. To do any less would be a historic betrayal of the people’s faith.: Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh
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“At this moment, we stand at historic cross-roads. Our Government’s decisions and actions will have serious bearings on how the future generations perceive us. Those who lead us bear the weight of a solemn duty. And in our democracy that responsibility rests with the office of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister must always be mindful of the implications of his words and declarations on our Nation’s security as also strategic and territorial interests,” Singh said.
Noting that disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy or decisive leadership, Singh called upon the prime minister to ensure justice for soldiers who died defending India's territorial integrity.
"To do any less would be a historic betrayal of people's faith," he said in a statement.
Noting that the country is standing at the historic cross-roads, he said the government's decisions and actions will have serious bearings on how the future generations perceive us. "Those who lead us bear the weight of a solemn duty," he said.
"And in our democracy that responsibility rests with the office of the prime minister. The prime minister must always be mindful of the implications of his words and declarations on our nation's security as also strategic and territorial interests," he said in a statement on the standoff with China in Ladakh.
Twenty Indian Army personnel were killed in a brutal attack by the Chinese military in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on June 15.