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BRIBERY CASE
CBI arrests Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax dept.
22.09.17 - TEAM PT
CBI arrests Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax dept.



In a development that shows the rot in the system, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested a Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax on charges of demanding bribe. It has been alleged that the Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax had demanded a bribe of Rs 3 crore.
 
Sources in the CBI identified the arrested officer as Jaipal Swamy. Swamy has been arrested from Mumbai.
 
Two other persons have also been arrested, a CBI spokesperson said in New Delhi on Friday. He said searches were going on.




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DAMNED BY THE DAM
Hours Before Inauguration by CM, Dam Crashes
20.09.17 - Team PT
Hours Before Inauguration by CM, Dam Crashes



A PORTION OF a dam in Bhagalpur came crashing down on 19 September night, inundating areas of the township, only a few hours ahead of its inauguration by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
 
According to a thequint.com report, Kumar was scheduled to inaugurate the Ganga pump canal scheme, aimed at providing irrigation facilities in the state and neighbouring Jharkhand.
 
The wall of the canal collapsed when water from the Ganga forcefully hit it after the pump was switched on for trial run at Bateshwarsthan in Bhagalpur district.
 
The water gushed into Kahalgaon and inundated areas in the NTPC township, as well as some civil areas, including the residence of Kahalgaon Civil Judge and Sub-Judge.
 
Principal Secretary of the Water Resources Department, Arun Kumar Singh, along with Bhagalpur District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police were on the spot to supervise measures for draining out water from the NTPC township and some civil areas of Kahalgaon, around three kilometres from the project site.

The project is a joint venture between Bihar and Jharkhand. Under it, 18,620 hectares of land in Bhagalpur would get irrigation facility, while 4,038 hectares in Godda district of Jharkhand would be irrigated, a government brochure of the project said.
 
The Rs 389.31-crore project has a total irrigation capacity of 27,603 hectares out of which 22,816 is in Bihar and 4,887 hectares in Jharkhand.
 
Courtesy : thequint.com




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Officer who probed Gujarat riot cases named NIA chief
18.09.17 - TEAM PT
Officer who probed Gujarat riot cases named NIA chief



YC Modi, an IPS officer who was part of a Special Investigation Team that inquired into the 2002 Gujarat riots, will head the country's top anti-terror body, the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The Indian Police Service (IPS) officer had been named Director General of the agency by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the government.
 
Modi will hold the post till his superannuation on May 31, 2021, the order said. 

The ACC also approved the appointment of Modi as officer on special duty (OSD) in NIA with immediate effect to ensure a smooth takeover. 

Modi, a 1984 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, is at present special director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 

Modi will take over from Sharad Kumar after he completes his tenure on 30 October. NIA, a federal probe agency, is responsible for probing terrorism and terror-financing related cases.

Sharad Kumar had been the chief of NIA since 30 July , 2013; he was given two extensions — the latest on 23 October last year.
 
He was part of the SC-appointed SIT that probed the post-Godhra riot cases. He investigated the three most important cases involving the post-Godhra riots: Gulberg Society, Naroda Patiya and Naroda Gam.

The trial in Naroda Patiya case resulted in the most high-profile conviction ever - of former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani who is also facing a trail in Naroda Gam case. While 97 Muslims were killed in Naroda Patiya, riots in Naroda Gam resulted in the death of 11 people. 

In the Gulberg Society massacre case, a total of 69 Muslims were killed, including former Congress member of parliament Ehsan Jafri. The SIT had also summoned the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi to depose before it and found no evidence against him. The court acquitted 36 of the 66 accused and convicted 24.

YC Modi was part of the SC-appointed SIT which probed these high profile cases which resulted in several convictions. 
 
Another senior IPS officer, Rajni Kant Misra, has been appointed director general of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which guards the Indo-Nepal and the Indo-Bhutan borders. 

He will hold the post till the date of his superannuation, i.e. August 31, 2019, the DoPT order said. 

Misra, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is at present additional director general in the Border Security Force (BSF).




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THE BUREAUCRAT-TURNED-POLITICIAN'S COMMENT
Car, bike owners not starving, can pay more for petrol: BJP minister
16.09.17 - TEAM PT
Car, bike owners not starving, can pay more for petrol: BJP minister



Bureacrat-turned-Union Minister KJ Alphons on Saturday yet again stoked a controversy when he said that people who own bikes and cars are not starving and can afford to pay higher prices for fuel.
 
Speaking to media at the Kerala state capital, Alphons said the Union government was imposing tax to help the poor lead a dignified life.
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"This is how bureaucrats, who come to politics, have no understanding of people's problems. Many of the ministers in Modi's government are like this."
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"Who buys petrol? Somebody who has a car or bike. Certainly he’s not starving. People who can afford to pay should pay,” he said, adding that people who always criticise fuel price hike should remember it is for the benefit of the country.
 
The bureaucrat-turned-politician’s comment come at a time when fuel prices are at a three-year high though international crude prices have crashed, attracting criticism from opposition parties which described them as insensitive to the common man’s problems.
 
Congress leader and former petroleum minister Veerappa Moily attacked Alphons saying it was an atrocious statement. "This is how bureaucrats, who come to politics, have no understanding of people's problems. Many of the ministers in Modi's government are like this."

He said during the UPA government any of the petroleum minister they had decided to pass on the benefit of low crude prices to consumers. "Anti-incumbency has set in against the government," he said.
 
Telangana Rashtra Samithi spokesman Bhanuprasad described Alphons’ statement as shocking. The government is still fleecing people when crude prices have come down, he said.
 
Another Congress spokesperson, Brajesh Kalappa said the minister's comments have added pain to people at a time when they have lost jobs and business is falling. "Just because somebody has a bike or a car can you say they have a life of luxury? This kind of statement is shocking and insensitive and the Prime Minister has to ask for his resignation."
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When asked if restrictions on beef consumption would impact tourism, he advised tourists to eat beef in their countries and then come to India. He said, "They (tourists) can eat beef in their own country and come here yaar." 
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Yesterday, the Delhi Congress hit out at the BJP-ruled Centre for the "historic” rise in prices of petrol and diesel. The party will launch a campaign to collect one million signatures against hike in the fuel prices and hold a mega demonstration at Jantar Mantar on September 20, said Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken. "The prices of petrol and diesel have touched the highest levels in the history of the country despite a fall in the prices of crude oil in the international market,” he said in a press conference, as per PTI.
 
This is not the first time Alphons made a controversial statement since he was made minister after Narendra Modi's latest cabinet reshuffle.

On 8 September, when asked if restrictions on beef consumption would impact tourism, he advised tourists to eat beef in their countries and then come to India. He said, "They (tourists) can eat beef in their own country and come here yaar." Incidentally, Alphons contradicted himself while making this statement as only days earlier, he had said, "The BJP does not mandate that beef cannot be eaten. We don't dictate food habits in any place. It is for the people to decide."
 
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THE MONK WHO SHOCKED HIS WORLD
Jain couple give up 3-year-old daughter, property worth Rs 100 crore to become monks
16.09.17 - TEAM PT
Jain couple give up 3-year-old daughter, property worth Rs 100 crore to become monks



A Jain couple from Madhya Pradesh has decided to leave behind their three-year-old daughter and property worth around Rs 100 crore to become munis (monks), stunning the community that is no stranger to acts of renunciation.
 
Sumit Rathore, 35, and his wife Anamika, 34, will reportedly take deeksha under Sudhamargi Jain Acharya Ramlal Maharaj at Surat on September 23. Deeksha is the first step that the couple will take to become monks. The duo made the announcement on August 22 in Surat.
 
Their decision has sent shockwaves across hometown Neemuch, about 400km northwest of state capital Bhopal, where their families are established in politics and business.

The first question on the lips of incredulous Neemuch residents is: what about their daughter, Ibhya?

"I will take care of my granddaughter,” said Anamika’s father, Ashok Chandaliya, a former Neemuch district president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
 
While many wonder why the couple would give up so much for monkhood, especially their daughter, Chandaliya said that the family did try to convince them to drop the idea but to no avail. "We had no counter to their religious arguments and relented. One cannot stop anyone when religion calls," Chandaliya added. In fact, the families had rushed to Surat after the announcement to convince the couple not to take the step.
 
The couple got married four years ago and had reportedly already hinted at going on a spiritual quest when their daughter was just eight months old. In preparation, they had started living separately and finally announced their decision to the family on August 22.
 
Not just the parents, the relatives of the duo are also shocked at the couple's decision and still wish that they would change their minds. Sumit's cousin, Sandeep said: "He had everything that a man wanted. Property worth around Rs 100 crore, a loving wife and a daughter. But he chose to renounce everything. We are stunned."

In preparation, the couple has taken a vow of silence until the deeksha.
 
Prakash Bhandari, a leading Jain community member in Neemuch, said as far as he knew, this decision was unprecedented. "This is the first time that such a young couple is taking deeksha and that too by leaving behind a daughter,” added Bhandari, secretary of Sadhumargi Jain Shravak Sangh.
 
Another young devotee who decided to embrace monkhood was 17-year-old Varshil Shah, who now goes by the name of Suvirya Ratna Vijayji Maharaj. The Ahmedabad resident hit headlines in June when he decided to be a monk after scoring 99.9 percentile in his class 12 exams.
 
India has quite a large Jain population who are known to follow various customs and traditions. Some of these traditions have often made news and even slammed for being extremely stringent. In October last year, a 13-year-old girl Aradhana Samdariya from Secunderabad died after ending her 68-day fast, which is a part of the tapasya ritual. While the ritual taken up by the teen was on her own will, her death put her parents in negative light and it was even said that the parents might have forced her to fast. Later, Jain leaders spoke in support of the parents and said that their religion was being defamed.
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Mr Home Minister, will you be visiting Farooq Ahmad Dar's house? How else will PM Modi's narrative of embracing Kashmiris & Rajnath SIngh's words mean anything substantive?

The Ryan Debate: How India missed the great cctv angle? Media only wants to debate the need for separate toilets for bus drivers and conductors. The most vulnerable are not covered by cctv, so they are not covered by tv either.

Political economy of extension in age of retirement: Dr Piare Lal Garg dwells upon what is wrong with policy formulation on retirement age.

The Gorakhpur Dead Speak to Punjab: From the infants burnt alive in Patiala to those who died in Gorakhpur, India's health parametres are escaping the media's radar.

WE WILL KILL 40-50: Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet. Haryana BJP's party affairs incharge makes explosive revelations.

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS: The utter absence of any questions about the death of 30 people on the roads of a city reeking of wealth says something stinking about its conscience.

LET'S KILL PAASH: Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu unravels the layers of the latest row about the revolutionary poet’s work and asks why is Paash being summoned from the ashes to answer our allegations?

THE BLOODY VILLAIN OF PARTITION: As Radcliffe drew a line between India and Pakistan, resulting in 600,000 lives lost and 14 million displaced, we revisit the key question: Were the massacres avoidable, preventable?

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TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL, SINCE NO ONE ELSE WILL SAY IT: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions to a party that refuses to behave like one. Does it even register the sense of a loss?

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