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You have taken Arnab Goswami's pants off: Digvijaya Singh can't keep calm after watching John Oliver

Amid Jyotiraditya Scindia quitting the Congress to join the BJP, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh took to Twitter to praise British comedian John Oliver for his take down of Arnab Goswamy.

"Must watch this. Hats off to you Mr Oliver. You have taken Arnab's "Pants off". Brilliant!!" he tweeted on Wednesday.

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Must watch this. Hats off to you Mr Oliver. You have taken Arnab's "Pants off". Brilliant!! …

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Finding out that he had become the subject of Arnab Goswami’s diatribe, Oliver called Arnab Goswami the 'Tucker Carlson of India' and went on to mock his style.

Earlier, comedian Kunal Kamra had tweeted a Free Press journal article where a Twitter user had termed Oliver the 'Kamra of the West'.

Earlier, noting that his show had upset ‘some diehard Modi supporters’, John Oliver went on to observe that Arnab Goswami had called him ‘a third-rate TV host’, ‘not even smart enough to be a satirist’ and a man who 'embarrassed 'himself.

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Reacting Oliver said: "I’ll give you ignoramus. I’ll even give you third-rate TV host, my researchers assure me that’s an actual compliment. But I embarrassed myself? Who the fuck do you think you’re talking to? I wear HBO’s money to purchase and wear jeans designed to give me a sweet peach on television… I am beyond shame.” He also goes on to joke about his adolescent dorky pictures.

Madhya Pradesh govt crisis: Jyotiraditya Scindia joins BJP, may get Cabinet berth

New Delhi: In a royal snub for the Congress, former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia (49) resigned from the primary membership of the party to join the BJP. More important, 22 MLAs who support Scindia, too, have walked out, reducing the government in Madhya Pradesh to a minority.

The Congress leadership, which did not read the writing on the wall, expelled Scindia as soon as he went over to meet PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. The expulsion came even before Scindia’s resignation, sent through an aide, reached 10 Janpath.

Instead of his induction in the BJP at the party headquarters on Sunday, the BJP decided that he should join the party formally in Bhopal on Thursday, along with the MLAs who resigned with him.

But why on Thursday? Possibly because it is the last day for filing nominations for the Rajya Sabha polls later this month and Scindia is expected to do this from Madhya Pradesh.


He chose to walk into the BJP after 18 years in the Congress on the 75th birth anniversary of his father and ex-Union minister Madhavrao Scindia, who spent his first 10 years of politics in the erstwhile Jana Sangh, the forerunner of the BJP. The BJP described it as "ghar wapsi.

"Scindia is tipped to be inducted as a minister in the Modi government after the end of the ongoing Parliament session. He is the last person in the royal family of the Scindias to desert the Congress, sensing his humiliation at being ignored continuously, despite once being very close to Rahul Gandhi.

Scindia drove down to the BJP HQ in the evening, shortly after an hour-long meeting on finalisation of Rajya Sabha candidates ended, and he was told that he is welcome to come on board.

The party has given a green signal to BJP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to stake claim as the CM for the fourth term. A meeting of the BJP MLAs was convened in Bhopal on Sunday evening to formally elect him leader of the BJP legislature party.

The Congress ignored the development and did not speak to Scindia even after the alarm bell rang this week when 10 party MLAs were ferried to Bengaluru and Gurugram.

The leadership perhaps miscalculated the extent of dissent since the MLAs returned to the party fold after former CM Digvijaya Singh played the troubleshooter.

There may be ripples in Rajasthan, too, where Rahul Gandhi's another confidant, Sachin Pilot(42), has been making frequent trips to Delhi to complain about Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Scindia had dropped hints of his plans a month ago when he removed the political positions he held from his Twitter profile to describe himself just as a "public servant" and a "cricket enthusiast."

Scindia was frustrated and his self-respect was hurt at being slighted with no position being offered to him in the state despite leading the party to victory in the Assembly elections. Moreover, he had to reckon with the Kamal Nath and the Digvijaya Singh coteries, not to forget the caucus in Delhi that was working against him.

Scindia was hoping to be the chief minister but he was not even made the State Congress chief, the post Kamal Nath continues to hold. Incidentally, it was a small coterie around Sonia that was opposed to him being made the chief minister, lest the Congress is dubbed a party of rajas and maharajas.

He sent in his resignation to Sonia Gandhi on Sunday through an assistant, saying that it is "time for me to move on and look ahead to a fresh start" as he was "unable to serve the state or country" in the Congress.

Sources close to him say the last nail that made him quit the Congress came on Saturday night when he was told that Digvijaya Singh is being given the Rajya Sabha seat for another term and he can be adjusted from the nearby Chhattisgarh, if he agrees.Speaker.

Those close to Scindia claimed 10 to 12 more MLAs may resign. However, this shows Scindia did not have the support of a large number of MLAs to stake claim to be the CM.

The Congress leadership is reconciled that its government cannot survive as its strength in the House of 228 (2 vacancies due to death) has been reduced to 97, including support of 4 independents, as against the BJP's strength of 107.


Madhya Pradesh: Missing Congress MLA returns, two others on way back

BHOPAL: I was not kidnapped, I was on pilgrimage with my family, said the ‘missing’ Congress MLA Bisahulal Singh after meeting with the chief minister Kamal Nath at the CM House, on Sunday evening.

The two more MLAs Raghuraj Singh Kansana and Hardeep Singh are still ‘missing’.

The ongoing high political drama screening since Monday, March 2nd saw a new development, when the missing MLA returned to Bhopal accompanied by the tourism minister Surendra Singh Baghel on Sunday.

The four MLAs were missing including the independent MLA Surendra Singh ‘Shera’, three Congress MLAs Bisahulal, Raghuraj Singh and Hardeep Singh.

It was reported that the MLAs are in state Karnataka. And the former chief minister Digvijay Singh alleged that the MLAs are poached by the BJP in Rs 35 crore each.

On Saturday, Shera returned to Bhopal, he was accompanied by the minister Baghel.

The minister took the second tour to Bangalore in search of the MLAs to bring back them to Bhopal on Sunday.

The minister successfully brought Bisahulal back to Bhopal via Indore.

The MLA was welcomed at the CM house by the CM Nath, former Union Minister Suresh Pachauri, finance minister Tarun Bhanot and others.

After coming from the CM house Bisahulal refused that he was abducted by some of the political party.

Bhanot informed that the MLA was in regular touch with the CM and he was out of station with his family.

On the other hand, at Indore airport the home minister Bala Bachchan meet the MLA and the minister. While talking to media Bachchan he stated that the BJP is trying to topple the government.

They wanted to conduct the mid-term election or wanted to topple the government.

In last three days the BJP MLA Narayan Tripathi paid his 4th visit to the CM house on Sunday. The MLA is a regular visitor of the CM House to meet the CM Kamal Nath since the political drams, turned into high political drama.

“When question of proving majority arises, things will be taken care of”, said MLA, Tripathi, while talking to media.

The MLA stated that “I will let you know when the times comes that in which political party I am”, he replied on when it is asked about the Rajya Sabha elections.

He raised the demand of creating the Maihar block as a new district of MP, the CM assured that along with the other districts the Maihar will be created as a new district of the state.

He also stated that he have raised the demand to create the new state Vindhya Pradesh. The CM asked him to bring the bill into the assembly session.

E-tendering scam in MP: EOW searching for computer lab to certify tampering

BHOPAL: Economic Offences Wing is now searching a government or a private computer lab to certify its allegations that e-tenders have been tampered.

The ongoing high political drama in the state, has put the department on toes, the state government wanted to complete the investigation as early as possible and also to nab some of the politician involved in the scam.

A year had passed but the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team has not given the report of five e-tenders in which the EOW has registered the FIR.

Sources informed that in November-December 2018, the team of CERT-In had taken the forensic images of the server. The images were stored in 9-10 hard disks which were purchased from the market and where handed over to the team.

When the EOW seized the hard disk, servers and other digital equipments and conducted the primary investigation, they found that from October 2017 to March 2018 in 42 tenders were tampered with.

The first report was given to EOW in February 2019 and on the basis of the report the EOW registered a case.

EOW is conducting the investigations related to the e-tender scam, till date the EOW had registered nine cases and in four cases the charge sheet is submitted in the respected Court.

EOW is waiting the remaining report of the six cases and also of the other cases of the scam from the CERT-In for around a year.

When the team had arrived in the year 2018, they had collected the whole forensic images of servers, hard disk and others were taken.

CERT-In has also given the report of three e-tenders in which were tampered. EOW have registered a case and also submitted the chargesheet into the Court.

Recently EOW director general Sushoban Banerjee reached the CERT-In office asking for the pending reports. The agency refused that they are having reports to investigate.

Reminders served by EOW to the CERT-In to submit the reports have gone unheeded. The team had taken the data twice for the investigation.

Now the EOW is planning to reach the other labs to speed up the investigation so they contacting the other government and private labs situated in Bangalore, Hyderabad and other places.


In the primary investigation it is found the tenders of the water resources department, Jal Nigam, Smart City project of BMC Bhopal, Metro Rail, urban development department, MP road development corporation and of Narmada Valley Development Authority were tampered. The government wanted to register the case against the ministers of the departments in which the tampering is reported.


A year had passed but the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team has not given the report of five e-tenders in which the EOW has registered the FIR.


YES Bank crisis: Rana Kapoor tells court that he was under psychiatric treatment since he lost the bank

The arrest followed marathon grilling by the Enforcement Directorate for over 30 hours in a money laundering case involving the tainted Dewan Housing and Finance Corporation and Kapoor’s family-owned entities.

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Mumbai: The high-flying Yes Bank’s former CEO and founder Rana Kapoor was arrested in the wee hours on Sunday at around 3 a.m.

The arrest followed marathon grilling by the Enforcement Directorate for over 30 hours in a money laundering case involving the tainted Dewan Housing and Finance Corporation and Kapoor’s family-owned entities.

A reportedly ‘teary-eyed’ Kapoor was later produced before a holiday court, where he denied any wrong doing.

The ED told the court that Kapoor was not co-operating with the agency and had sought this custody till Friday, March 13. The court was told that his family companies were involved in the scam and there were several instances of quid pro quo. The court, however, placed him in ED’s custody till March 11.
Kapoor’s lawyer told the court that his client had been targeted as there is public outrage over the Yes Bank developments. He was ready to co-operate and submit all documents the agency wants. Therefore, the lawyer argued, his custody was not required; moreover, Kapoor was unwell and under treatment.

When asked if he has any complaints of ill-treatment by ED officials, Kapoor said he has been under psychiatric treatment after he lost his baby – the ‘Yes Bank’ -- and the agency even took him to two hospitals because he was having hallucinations. He assured the court that he is not running away and that the ED can even impound his passport.

About the Rs. 600 crores that the agency claims he received as kickbacks from DHFL for loans his bank sanctioned to the company, he told court that DHFL was an ‘AAA’ rated company and that the money was a loan taken from DHFL.

“It was about women’s entrepreneurship. Every iota of interest has been paid to DHFL,” he told the court. “We took a loan of Rs 600 crores, but it is performing.

It is a perfectly performing asset,” he claimed and said his three daughters are paying back interest on the dot.

The ED has registered a case against Kapoor under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and he has been accused of financial crimes amounting to Rs. 4,300 crores.

The agency acted after the Reserve Bank of India imposed a moratorium on the bank, capped withdrawals at Rs. 50,000 and appointed its administrator.

The agency's case is that Kapoor sanctioned loans to DHFL in exchange for kickbacks. These loans turned into Non-Performing Assets. In exchange, DHFL also gave a ‘loan’ of Rs. 600 crore to an entity connected with Kapoor’s children.



FIR filed against UP’s ‘Singham’ IPS officer for misusing his official position

Lucknow: Senior IPS officer Ajay Pal Sharma who is called as “Singham” within the department for his skills and record in encounters, was booked by Lucknow police after his “wife” pressed serious charges against him.

An FIR was filed against Mr Ajal Pal Sharma Sunday night under various sections of Indian Penal Code including misuse of his official position, destruction of evidence, criminal breach of trust among others. A few junior cops are also named in the FIR.

Sharma won fame and notoriety from encounter killings, has 9 such deaths to his credit, and claims to have injured around 190 ‘criminals’. Sharma reportedly married Deepti in 2016 while he was SSP Ghaziabad. They reportedly didn’t get along. Deepti was later implicated in a fraud case leading to her imprisonment July 2019.
“Sharma first implicated me in a fraud case and sent me to jail. Then he destroyed evidence of our marriage with the help of his aides who took away my laptop and other gadgets. The cops who dealt the fraud case snatched away my mobile phones at the behest of Sharma and thus I lost all proofs against Sharma,” Deepti alleges in her complaint.

Deepti then approached the Sate administration and Home ministry directed the police station to register a case against the celebrated officer. Sharma, who as Rampur SP got more than 50 cases lodged against SP MP Azam Khan, is currently head of the Police Training Centre in Unnao. He is also one of the accused in the cash for posting case “exposed” by another IPS officer Vaibhav Krishna early this year.

Coronavirus: People advised against playing Holi

New Delhi: In the backdrop of novel coronavirus outbreak, health experts have advised people against mass gathering for celebrating Holi so as to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said that it is advisable not to play Holi to avoid the spread of the viral respiratory infection.

“Practicing all possible hand hygiene habits is the best way to keep ourselves safe. People should use N-95 masks to safeguard themselves from COVID19,” said Dr Guleria.

39 confirmed cases of coronavirus
So far, the Union Health Ministry has declared 39 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the nation.

Senior Respiratory Physician and Chest Specialist, Dr Ashish Jaiswal said, “Most respiratory viruses spread through droplet infection and COVID 19 is no exception. In droplet infection, a healthy person gets infected when he comes in contact with the droplets of moisture expelled through cough and sneeze of an affected person.”
Dr Jaiswal said that it is important to stay at least six feet away from a person who is coughing or sneezing to keep oneself safe from the droplet infections and also advised not to play Holi this year.

Dr Raman Kumar, President of the Academy of Family Physicians of India said, “There is no need to panic about COVID 19. Most patients recover with timely intervention. If you have any symptoms you should seek medical advice immediately.”

Rapid spread
He said that the fear around the virus is because of its rapid spread and added that Holi celebrations could spread the infection if any person with viral respiratory illness joins the celebrations.

Apart from the respiratory infection, doctors also said that Holi colours, which contain chemicals can also cause allergies and irritation to the skin.
Dr Vidushi Jain, Consultant dermatologist said, “In Holi, we put colours on each other to spread the message of universal brotherhood. This year, COVID 19 scare is so much that as a precautionary measure one should refrain from any unnecessary touch.”


*How Islamic are Islamic Countries*

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A study by Scheherazade S. Rehman and Hossein Askari of George Washington University, published in the Global Economic Journal (vol. 10, Issue 3) in their researches titled *An Economic Islamicity Index* finds that Western nations apply Islamic principles in economics and business more than the countries known as ‘Islamic’ or ‘Muslim’ by demography or Constitutional declaration. The two researchers picked up 208 nations to rank them on an Islamic Economic Index. They placed Ireland on the first place, followed by Denmark, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore, Finland, Norway and Belgium. Almost the entire European Union (EU) countries, Japan, Korean Republic and even Israel are shown to be more committed to Islamic principles in dealing with economy and business than any Muslim country. Malaysia is the first Muslim country in the list, at the 33rd place in the ranking of 208 nations.Interestingly, India is placed at 97th rank, while Pakistan and Bangladesh, two neighbouring Muslim-majority countries, are placed at the 141 and the 145th rank. The U S occupies 15th place, the Russian Federation and China are placed 45th and 62nd. Some Muslim countries that are better placed in the ranking are Kuwait (42), Kazakhstan (54), Brunei (55), Bahrain (61), UAE (64), Turkey (71), Tunisia (72), Jordan (74), Azerbaijan (80), Oman (82), and Lebanon (87). Saudi Arabia occupies the 91st place. Indonesia, with the world’s largest Muslim population, is ranked 104th.
One should not mistake Economic Islamicity with interest-free banking alone.
The study applies a broad spectrum of Quranic and Islamic principles on ways economy and business is conducted in the countries concerned. It delineates three principal goals of an Islamic economic system:
(a) Achievement of economic justice and achievement of sustained economic growth
(b) Broad-based prosperity and job creation
(c) Adoption of Islamic economic and financial practices.
These three central teachings of Islamic economics have been disaggregated into eleven areas of fundamental economic principles, which are:
1- Economic opportunity and economic freedom
2- Justice in all aspects of economic management i.e., property rights and the sanctity of contracts (Quran 2: 188 and 4: 29)
3- Better treatment of workers, including job creation and equal access to employment
4- Higher education expenditures relative to GDP, including equal access to education.
5- Poverty eradication, aid, and providing basic human needs, no hoarding of wealthy i.e., economic equity and less opulence in consumption.
6- A more even distribution of wealth and income.
7- Better social infrastructure and provision of social services through teaxation and social welfare,
8- Higher savings and investment rates i.e., management of natural and depletable resources
9- Higher moral standard, honesty and trust exhibited in the marketplace and in all economic interactions, i.e. less corruption (with reference to Quran 13: 11, 17: 16)
10- Islamic Financial System i.e, risk-sharing, as opposed to debt contracts, i.e., a supportive financial system and elimination of speculation (with reference to Quran 2: 275, 276)
11- Higher trade/GDP, higher foreign aid/GDP and higher degree of environmental preservation and vigilantly -supervised markets.

*What is an ‘Islamic Country’* ?

The study notes that identifying a country as ‘Islamic’ is a complex exercise as some countries have declared themselves as ‘Islamic Republics’, some have merely declared Islam to be the ‘State Religion’, while others have stated Islam to be the primary religion.

A few others do not take any stand on this issue but are members of the 56-member Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) merely because more than 50% of their population is Muslim.

The study attributes the low level of economic development to age-old problems of the developing countries such as failure of governance, inefficient institutions, high level of corruption, etc, which have nothing to do with Islam. The authors conclude that “it is our belief that most self-declared Islamic countries have not adopted economic and financial policies that are in conformity with Islamic teachings”. 

Yes Bank crisis: Despite RBI's assurances, account holders panic as netbanking crashes

The Reserve Bank of India late Thursday evening restricted withdrawal from Yes Bank at Rs 50,000 for the next one month. The restriction will remain in place until April 3, 2020.

In a press release, RBI said that the financial position of Yes Bank has undergone a steady decline due to the bank's inability to raise capital to address potential loan losses and resultant downgrades.

Former SBI CFO Prashant Kumar will be the administrator during this period. An RBI statement said the regulator was doing so in 'public interest.'

"This has been done to quickly restore depositors' confidence in the bank, including by putting in place a scheme for reconstruction or amalgamation," the RBI release stated.

While the RBI has told Yes Bank customers not to worry, the ground reality is quite different

Yogesh Pawar, a freelance journalist, told Free Press Journal that his primary account is with Yes Bank. Pawar's mother is terminally ill, and his father is 87 years old. "I have to worry about medical bills. I have Rs 76,000 in the bank, and I'm trying to figure out a way to withdraw Rs 50,000," he told Free Press Journal, adding that it's difficult to physically visit a bank as he has to take care of his mother.

A Yes Bank user, who didn't want to be named, said she has a salaried account with the bank. She lamented that despite having less than Rs 20,000 in the bank, she is unable to withdraw it online. "I have friends who also have accounts with Yes Bank and we're worried about the money. I will have to physically visit the bank to see what can be done now," she said.

She added that she like many of her friends pay rent in a city like Mumbai, and while she has transferred her money into another bank account, others are not quite lucky.

Currently, the RBI has said that while the withdrawal cap is Rs 50,000, there are a few exceptions to the rule. You can withdraw up to Rs 5 lakh in case of a medical emergency, higher education, for marriage, and other unforeseen emergencies. However, given the situation of existing customers, it's doubtful how much they will be able to take out of the bank.

'Modi government, stop hurting Muslims': Maha CID website hacked by Legion on behalf of 'Imam Mahdi'

On Friday, the website of the Maharashtra CID was hacked by a group calling themselves Legion who claimed to be doing it as retribution for the Delhi riots which left 53 dead.

The website said it was ‘hacked by Legion’, and the hackers wrote: “In India, families of Muslims killed by Hindu mobs. Hundreds of Muslims lost their relatives and the Modi government is to blame for a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in India. The riots which erupted on the day US President Trump arrived in India for a visit, lasted three days, killing more than 45 people, mostly Muslim, and injuring at least 150 others.”

There was a picture of a lone horseman with a flag with the message: "The government of Imam Mahdi."

It further 'warned' the police and government of India to 'stop hurting Muslims'.


Who is Imam Tahidi?

Al Mahdi, known as Imam Mahdi, according to many Islamic traditions, is the one who will appear before the Day of Judgement to rule the already chaotic world and rid it of evil.

He is mentioned in various teachings and hadith's of Propet Muhammad and according to Shia's, some verses from the Quran interpret to Mahdi's appearance. He will appear with Prophet Isa (Jesus) to defeat Dajjal (the false messiah).

Al-Mahdi is a figure of great importance for Twelver Shias who believe he is the descendant of Prophet Muhammad himself.

Though that is not popular among Sunni Muslims, both believe it is Al-Mahdi who appear to rule the world before Day of Judgement.

Twelver Shias believe Al-Mahdi was born on the 15th Sha'ban 879 CE/ 255 AH.After his father 11th Imam Hasan-al-Askari's death, to prevent Imamat's extinction, Al-Mahdi was believed to be in 'Occultation' - hiding.

His first 'Occultation' lasted from 873–941 CE. And his second 'Occultation' will last till he appears before the Day of Judgement as a leader of Muslims around the world.


Delhi Death Toll Update

Officials on Thursday put the death toll in northeast Delhi's communal violence at 44.

However, an official with Delhi Health Minister's office said 53 people were killed in the riots but did not give any break-up.

The figure of 53 was given when clarity was yet to emerge on whether three bodies at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital and five at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital were related to the communal violence or not.

"The death toll stands at 44. We are still waiting for figures from the police," North East Delhi District Magistrate Shashi Kaushal said.

The police also confirmed that the death toll stood at 44.

"The death toll in the northeast Delhi violence stands at 44," Additional PRO, Delhi Police, Anil Mittal said.

More than 200 people were injured in northeast Delhi's communal violence last month.

With inputs from agencies