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Gupta's petition to overturn conviction must be rejected: Bharara
NEW DELHI, Aug 21: India-born former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta's latest bid to have his insider-trading conviction overturned should be rejected, prosecutors have told an appeals court here, asserting that he got a fair trial and the jury convicted him for his "criminal" conduct. In a lengthy brief filed before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit this month, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said Gupta's conduct of repeatedly tipping his business partner Raj Rajaratnam with material non-public information in "ways that furthered Gupta and Rajaratnam's shared financial interests" remains "cri... More
His continuance a ‘Tolerance’: Swamy takes on Arvind Subramanian again
new delhi, aug 21: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy today launched a fresh attack on Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, terming his continuance in job as "tolerance". "Arvind S called Namo a mediocre leader, efficient in riots & asked US to grill India in WTO for drug cos mkt access, is CEA! Tolerance!!," Swamy tweeted. However, the appointment of Kenya-born Urjit Patel's appointment as new RBI Governor getting support of Swamy surprised many as the vocal BJP MP had targetted outgoing RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan saying the former IMF economist was "mentally not fully Indian" and was holding US Green Card. After Rajan announced that he wil... More
PM Modi has time for Balochistan, not for Gujarat dalits: Congress
new delhi, aug 21: Attacking the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress today said he has time to think about people of Balochistan but cannot meet the dalit victims of "atrocities" in his home state Gujarat even as it demanded time-bound and concrete action against perpetrators. A delegation of Gujarat Congress comprising PCC Chief Bharatsinh Solanki, Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress President, Congress Legislative Party leader Shankar Sinh Vaghela, AICC General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry met President Pranab Mukherjee, requesting his intervention in the matter through Governor of the state. Claiming that the law and ... More
Goa fight is between AAP & BJP, Cong has no chance: Kejriwal
new delhi, aug 21: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal today asserted that the real fight in the upcoming Goa Assembly polls would be between AAP and the ruling BJP, claiming Congress would not be able to win even a single seat in the 40-member House. He alleged that BJP wants to win Goa just "to make money," and in the upcoming polls, people of Goa will vote in favour of the "honest" party. Kejriwal, while talking to reporters after addressing the gathering of SC/ST community members at Quepem village in south Goa, also took a potshot at BJP saying that since the saffron party is afraid of losing Goa, its chief Amit Shah... More
Not a Govt's Messenger: RSS Chief
new delhi, aug 21: Faced with a volley of complaints and demands from teachers at an event here, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat told them he was not a "messenger" of the BJP-led central government and they should approach HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. Addressing about 2000 young couples today at another function, Bhagwat urged them to work for family values and help inculcate patriotic sentiments in children. On the first day of his visit on Saturday, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief took part in Vishwavidhyalayi Avam Mahavidhyalayi Shaikshik Sammelan where teachers from 11 west Uttar Pradesh districts participated. Bhagwat asked the teac... More
No Leniency for the unprofessional conduct of lawyers: Chief Justice of India
new delhi, july 17: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice T S Thakur today said that there should be no room for leniency for unprofessional conduct in legal profession. Delivering the key note address at a national seminar on continuing legal education and its benefits at the Jharkhand Judicial Academy, here, he called upon the lawyers’ fraternity to take stern action against those involved in unprofessional conduct in the profession. Justice Thakur said "what do we do in such cases? Suspend them for six months or one year. But we have to be ruthless, throw them out, don’t allow them to practice. One such black sheep brings disrepute to th... More
Oppn parties race to woo Hardik ahead of Guj assembly polls
gujarat, july 17: Hardik Patel has hinted he may join politics if his community wants, following which all opposition parties in Gujarat are trying to woo the Patel quota agitation spearhead to join them, apparently with an eye on the state Assembly polls next year. The 22-year-old firebrand leader, who is demanding inclusion of the Patel community under the OBC quota, had walked out of jail on Friday after being granted bail by the Gujarat High Court. To a question that day on his chances of joining active politics, he had not ruled out the possibility. "People of my community will decide if I have to join politics or not. I will take th... More
Modi govt has turned it into 'India-Pak' situation: Kejriwal on ties with centre
new delhi, july 17: In the midst of his bitter fight with the Centre on a range of issues, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today accused the Modi dispensation of turning its ties with Delhi government into an "India-Pakistan" type situation and said absence of obstacles would have helped him achieve four times of what has been done so far in the city. In the first edition of his 'Talk to AK' show, seen as an attempt to increase Aam Aadmi Party's national connect, Kejriwal touched upon a number of contentious issue including appointment of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries, arrest of a top bureaucrat by CBI and transfer of officers even as he taun... More
Modi govt has turned it into 'India-Pak' situation: Kejriwal on ties with centre
new delhi, july 17: In the midst of his bitter fight with the Centre on a range of issues, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today accused the Modi dispensation of turning its ties with Delhi government into an "India-Pakistan" type situation and said absence of obstacles would have helped him achieve four times of what has been done so far in the city. In the first edition of his 'Talk to AK' show, seen as an attempt to increase Aam Aadmi Party's national connect, Kejriwal touched upon a number of contentious issue including appointment of 21 Parliamentary Secretaries, arrest of a top bureaucrat by CBI and transfer of officers even as he taun... More
FIR against Akhlaq, six family members
new delhi, july 17: Acting on court orders, police today lodged an FIR against deceased Mohammad Akhlaq and six family members for alleged cow slaughter. Jarcha Police station SHO Pradeep Kumar said, "As per court order, FIR for cow slaughtering was lodged against deceased Akhlaq and six family members." He said charge sheet will be filed within stipulated period, without elaborating further. Sanjay Rana, the father of one of the accused, said, "We are happy that at least FIR was registered. Investigation will nail the accused." Meanwhile Akhlaq's family has decided to challenge the FIR in the high court seeking directions for its quashi... More
Show me how inflation is Low: Rajan on ‘dialogues’ by critics
new delhi, july 17: Taking his critics head-on, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has challenged them to show how inflation is "very low" before accusing him of "being behind the curve" in his focus on containing price rise than on growth and debunked such criticism as mere 'dialogues'. Rajan, who has often been seen as being critical of the government and its policies, also said there is "lot of frustration" about the pace of economic recovery, but attributed it to the two successive droughts, weak global economy and external shocks like Brexit. Given these constraints, performance of Indian economy has been "quite creditable" and prospects of ... More
Money-minting comment shows casteist, jealous mentality; says Mayawati
new delhi, july 10: A day after BJP president Amit Shah attacked Mayawati saying she has turned her party into a money-minting machine, the BSP chief hit back saying his remarks indicated "gross casteist and jealous mentality". At a meeting of her party office-bearers and leaders, she claimed the BJP-led NDA government is "losing" its credibility as it is working for capitalists and not for the poor, the Dalits, religious minorities and other deprived sections. This is the reason the party is losing by-elections in several states, she said. At a rally in Mau yesterday, BJP president Amit Shah had praised BSP founder Kanshi Ram as "a man w... More
BJP calls for restricting peace TV broadcast
BJP today called for restricting broadcast of 'Peace TV', which telecasts sermons of controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, in the city and urged for legal proceedings and prompt measures to limit "potentially communal and terror-evoking channels". A state BJP delegation today wrote to Kolkata Police Commissioner requesting him to take actions against such cable channels. "This is to bring to your notice that much talked about TV channel 'Peace' is being broadcast illegally by several cable operators in Kolkata. Religious hate speeches and highly- objectionable sermons prompting Jihadi overtones are the main content of the said c... More
Improving night schools, ZP schools top priority; says Javadekar
new delhi, july 10: The priority of the government will be improving the condition of Zilla Prishad schools and nights schools, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar has said. Javadekar, who recently assumed charge as the HRD Minister, visited Gopal Krishna Gokhale Night School at Dadar in Mumbai last evening and interacted with the students. "Education is essential for upliftment, I sincerely salute the spirit of these poor students, who are pursuing education in night schools after putting in 8-10 hours of hard work during the day," the minister said. He said education should be inclusive and no one should be le... More
Maharashtra: Chandrakant Patil gets Revenue, MoS Home for Shiv Sena
mumbai, july 10: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today allocated portfolios to newly sworn-in ministers and reshuffled certain portfolios. Chandrakant Patil (BJP), who earlier held cooperation portfolio, has now been given the revenue and rehabilitation departments, held earlier by Eknath Khadse (who resigned over corruption charges). Girish Mahajan (BJP), in addition to his water resources portfolio, also got the charge of medical education, which was earlier with the education and cultural affairs minister Vinod Tawde. Pandurang Fundkar, newly sworn-in cabinet minister and a veteran BJP leader, got agriculture and horticult... More
Punjab police questions AAP's Naresh Yadav over scripture 'desecration'
CHANDIGARH, JULY 10: AAP MLA from delhi Naresh Yadav was today questioned by Sangrur Police in connection with the Malerkotla sacrilege incident during which he accused the policemen of misbehaving with him. Police, however, charged the MLA with not cooperating with them and said it may approach a court to seek his arrest warrant. Yadav, accompanied by AAP's Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and AAP leader Himmat Singh Shergill, appeared before the Sangrur police for the second time to join the investigation. He was questioned for more than eight hours, officials said. Yadav was earlier questioned for five hours on July 5. After comin... More
MHA declines to share details on officer who probed Ishrat files
new delhi, july 10: The Home Ministry has declined to share details of file notings related to extension of service granted to senior IAS officer B K Prasad, who went into the missing files related to the alleged fake encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan, saying being an adjunct to proposal of a Cabinet panel it cannot be disclosed. The Ministry was asked to provide copies of file notings on two-month extension given to Prasad who was to superannuate on May 31, 2016. As the file notings in this regard are an adjunct to an Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) proposal, the same is exempted under Section 8 (1) (I) of the transparency law, it ... More
Last phase of Bengal assembly elections kicks
KOLKATA, MAY 5: Polling began this morning in the sixth and last phase of Assembly election in the two districts of East Midnapore and Coochbehar amidst strict security. An electorate of over 58 lakh is eligible to cast their ballots at 6,774 polling stations between 7 AM to 6 PM in 25 constituencies. In all, 170 candidates, including 18 women, are in the fray for the last phase of elections. Maintaining a tight security cover, the poll panel has deployed 361 companies of central forces assisted by a contingent of 12,000 state police personnel. Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC have been promulgated on the polling day and ... More
Ex IAF Chief Tyagi questioned by ED
Former IAF chief S P Tyagi was today questioned by the ED in connection with the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal after being quizzed for days by the CBI in the case. Tyagi arrived at the zonal office of the agency here just before 11 AM and agency sources said he will be questioned and his statement recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ex-IAF chief was questioned in the same case by CBI for the last three days.This is the first time that the ex-Chief of Staff of the Indian Air Force has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate. Agency sources had earlier indicated that Tyagi's questioning was necessary ... More
Sting CD probe: CBI summons Harish Rawat
NEW DELHI, MAY 5: The CBI today summoned former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat for questioning in connection with a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the controversial sting CD in which he was purportedly seen talking to middlemen in a bid to strike a deal with dissident Congress MLAs. Rawat has been called by the CBI to join the probe on Monday, sources said. The inquiry was registered on the recommendation of the state government and the notification was issued by the Centre. The state is under President's rule. Two days before Rawat was to face vote of confidence on March 28, nine rebel Congress MLAs, led by former chief minister ... More
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