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Wednesday, 12 June 2019: While the World Day Against Child Labour is being observed today (Wednesday, 12 June) throughout the world in an appropriate manner to raise awareness about the plight of child laborers global.

Almost every year 100 of children drop out from school to help their parents for livelihood, and many are forced into child labour by crime rackets, while many never get to see school because of poverty.

In India, eradicating child labour, creating awareness and discouraging the issues and demands for child labour comes a long way.

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In line with this goal, In 2002, the International Labor Organization (ILO) introduced June 12 as the World Day Against Child Labor every year, to give visibility that affects children around the world.

This year’s theme is ‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams’.

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ILO defines this goal to generate awareness and encourage the basic changes so that no child is deprived of the opportunity of accessing education, health, recreation, and basic freedoms.

According to a report by the National Child Labour Survey, some 1.2 million children are still trapped with the trouble of child labor. And the number is astonishing- around 218 million children between the age 5 to 17 years are in employment, of which 152 are the victims of child labor.

We will be able to stop child labour together if we no longer accept it. Not in mines, not in agriculture, not in factories, not in the household and not in the products we buy.

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Manasi Joshi celebrated for winning gold at Para-Badminton World Championships

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The para-badminton World Gold medalist Manasi Narayan Joshi brought laurels for the nation by winning the Para World Badminton Championship. Two days ago, para-badminton gold medalist in international event Manasi Nayana Joshi tweeted under the title of Tournament update: Wonderful few days at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships. Stoked to have won Gold with exactly # one year to go for # Tokyo 2020 Para Olympics.

Manasi Joshi really happy to share that she won a Gold in The BWF Para-Badminton World Championships 2019

Ushy Mohan Das, one of the motivational speakers had yesterday tweeted: ‘In the high of PV Sandhu getting Gold in world championships, we forgot to wish Manasi Joshi, who won Gold in World Para-Badminton championship creating a sort of furore in the Badminton fraternity and the sports’ media circles who had literally forgotten to give her due coverage under the powerful influence of PV Sindhu’s popularity and media blitz’.

Manasi Joshi happy after the win

It may be recalled that an exceptionally outstanding para-badminton Indian player  Manasi Joshi had lost her left leg in an accident with a truck in a busy junction. In the deadly accident, Manasi also broke her arms and suffered from multiple injuries. She was ferried to a hospital and an operation was conducted which later on led to the amputation of her left leg since it had developed gangrene. She was in the operating room for 22 protracted hours suffering from acute pain and unbearable trauma.

Manasi Joshi right after the win with the medal

In 2012, a highly determined and ebullient sportsperson Manasi Joshi learnt hard to walk with a prosthetic limb for four months and also participated in inter-company badminton championships where she won the gold medals. She won this time as well inculcating in her a tremendous sense of confidence to play badminton incessantly. In the meanwhile, she also learnt Scuba diving as well. Such was her determined spirit to move forward with immense confidence and dedication.

When she had initially decided to participate in Para Asian games, she wasn’t successful initially. However, thereafter, she did win several medals in various international competitions.  Highly determined and full of sporting spirit Manasi made it this time when along with World champion PV Sindhu she also roped in a Gold medal in the para-badminton World championships bringing laurels for the country.
The thirty-year-old Manasi defeated three times SL 3 World Champion Parul Parmar and won Gold, raising the country’s name high in the World Para-Badminton championships.  “I worked really hard for this one and I am super happy that all the sweat and hard work has paid off. This is my first gold at the World Championships,” wrote Manasi on her Facebook page.
PM Modi had lauded Indian Para-Badminton players for their performance in the recently concluded BWF World Championships. Taking pride in Manasi’s achievement PM Modi also tweeted, “130 crore Indians are extremely proud of the Indian Para-Badminton contingent, which has brought home 12 medals at BWF World Championships 2019. Congratulations to the entire team, whose success is extremely gladdening and motivating. Each of these players is remarkable.”

Yesterday, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju had handed over cheques worth Rs 1.82 crore to para-badminton world championship winners. The gold medal winners were awarded Rs 20 lakh each while silver and bronze medallists were awarded Rs 14 lakh and Rs 8 lakh respectively. Winners in doubles events were given Rs 15 lakh each for gold, Rs 10.5 lakh each for silver and Rs 6 lakh each for bronze.
Sports minister Rijiu had said that the para-badminton team brought glory to the nation and tweeted “We want to ensure that all athletes are meted out the same facilities by the government. The para-badminton team has performed very well and brought glory to the country. They deserve to be rewarded for their hard work.”
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PM Modi congratulates PV Sindhu on becoming World Badminton Champion

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The prime minister Narendra Modi personally and heartily congratulated the world-class international badminton player PV Sindhu in New Delhi after returning from G 7 summit by blessing her for bringing laurels for the country, winning the BWF World Championships, the first-ever Indian shuttler to do so. After wishing her good luck and blessing Sindhu on her outstanding feat Prime minister Modi tweeted: India’s pride, a champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory! Happy to have met @Pvsindhu1. Congratulated her and wished her the very best for her future endeavors.

PM Modi congratulating PV Sindhu

Earlier yesterday night while PV Sindhu landed at the Palam International Airport she was accorded a tumultuous welcome by her supporters, fans, badminton fraternity and family members with media gathered in large numbers. According to her tweet, Sindhu wrote: I could not hold back my tears when I saw the Indian flag and heard the National Anthem playing. Words can’t express my feelings about yesterday’s win at the World championship. Had been preparing for it for so… added Sindhu in her tweet. Earlier the sports ministry had announced a cash reward of ten lakhs for PV Sindhu on her outstanding international achievement at the world badminton championship.

PM Modi heartily congratulating PV Sindhu

While meeting the prime minister Narendra Modi, Sindhu was joined by the legendary badminton star of India and the present chief coach Pullela Gopichand and a new foreign coach Kim Ji Hyun, a former South Korean international. Both Pullela Gopichand and Kim Ji Hyun had immensely contributed by training and acutely sharpening the attacking prowess of PV Sindhu turning her into an ebullient and aggressive player.

PM Modi congratulating PV Sindhu in the presence of sports minister Kiren Rijiju, coaches Pullela Gopichand and Kim Ji Hyun and her father PV Ramana

Her father PV Ramana, a recipient of coveted Arjuna Award and former volleyball player also accompanied her. The Sports and Youth Affair minister hailing from the North East Kiran Rijiju was the happiest person who accorded Sindhu full respects and encouragement. He had immediately announced a cash gift INR 10 lakhs cash gift to the Badminton World Champion.

Union sports and youth affairs minister Kiran Rijiju who had personally congratulated Sindhu on her exemplary achievement tweeted: honored @Pvsindhu1 created history and made India proud by winning the World Badminton Championship for the first time. My best wishes to her in her pursuit to bring more glory to India. The entire country is indeed proud of her. Good luck Sindhu.

PM Modi has called her as India’s pride.

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Late leader Arun Jaitley’s ashes immersed in pious Ganges at Haridwar

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The ashes of the mortal remains of the former Union finance minister and a towering leader of BJP Arun Jaitley were today immersed in the pious Ganges after the performance of rituals.

The ashes of the late leader were immersed by his son Rohan with tears in his eyes in the presence of the chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat and the union minister for Human Resource Development and MP from Haridwar Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

The close relatives of the grief-stricken family of the deceased leader and a large number of followers, BJP workers and state leaders were also present on this occasion. Before immersing his ashes a brief condolence meeting was held at the bank of Ganges at Haridwar.

Late leader Arun Jaitley’s ashes immersed in the pious Ganges at Haridwar

Earlier in a day, late leader’s son Rohan and wife went to Nigam Bodh Ghat to collect his ashes for immersion in the pious Ganges. Several senior leaders and ministers like Rajnath Singh, Union home minister Amit Shah, etc were present at the time of bidding a final adieu to late Arun Jaitley at Nigam Bodh Ghat.

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley had passed away in AIIMS on Saturday at the age of 66. He was suffering from Cancer. Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS cardiology department on 9th August when he complained of breathlessness and chest pain.

He was put on a ventilator and was being closely monitored by the multi-disciplinary doctors and surgeons of neurology, nephrology and cardiology departments. He had a kidney transplant in May this year and was highly diabetic as well.

The President, Vice President, Prime Minister and top leaders across the political spectrum and hundreds of thousands of party workers had expressed their grief and condolences on Jaitley’s sad demise. He was indeed a great leader and a capable organizer known as the troubleshooter of the saffron party and prime minister Narendra Modi.

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Several journalists of digital media from all over the country were felicitated on the 25th August at the NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi for their distinguished and outstanding contribution in investigative crime, political, economic and social journalism fighting odds and challenging situations and circumstances and disseminating vital news to the countrymen from ground zero in record time.

In all about 97 journalists were felicitated with outstanding digital journalism trophies hailing from different states of the country. A digital workshop was also organised on this occasion addressed by the digital expert from Bengal, Avnish Sarkar who gave various important tips to the journalists engaged in digital journalism including tips for marketing the products and their respective news websites for a wider global reach.

The workshop cum convention of digital media journalists, as well as journalists of vernacular print media and the award function, was organised by IPPCI in which about 500 digital and print media journalists, especially of vernacular media, were present.

Vernacular digital and print media journalists felicitated

About 97 journalists were felicitated by none other than the defence expert and former Lt general Mr. Sehgal, Major General Soi, and Brigadier Malhotra amid applause and cheers from the audience. Out of the 97 journalists honoured on this occasion six journalists from Uttarakhand viz Ashutosh Negi from PAURI Garhwal, Sunil Gupta from Dehradun, Shiv Prasad Semwal from Dehradun and Tehri Garhwal, Rajnish Dhyani, Shiv Narayan Singh, Devendra Kumar from Rishikesh and Rakesh Chandra from Almora, Uttarakhand. A Youtube news channel and newspaper Motherland was also released on this occasion. The organisations IPPCI, Media Hub and News Chakra also felicitated three outstanding persons Dinesh Kumar, Rameshwar Singh etc for saving 17 lives, giving employment to 150 persons earlier involved in drug addiction and beggary.

Addressing the audience of journalists on this occasion chief guest and defence expert Mr Sehgal thanked the organisers for such a wonderful convention and lauded the role of journalists in saving the democracy and acquainting people of first-hand news speedily from ground zero even before it reaches the television channels and print media.

He lauded their contribution saying that while our jawans are guarding our borders with dedication under extremely challenging situations, it’s the media which guards our constitution and democracy.

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CEO of Patanjali Acharya Balkrishna admitted in AIIMS

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The close associate of Ramdev and the Chief Executive Officer of Patanjali, Acharya Balkrisha was in the media, the reason being he was hospitalised a day ago in a precarious condition for an extremely abnormal health condition as it was reported that he was poisoned by one of the visiting devotees of Patanjali with a sweet laced with poison.

After adequate treatment he was released from the hospital, however, after certain physical complications, Acharya Balkrishna was again admitted in AIIMS, Rishikesh.

The chief minister of Uttarakhand had visited the hospital to know about the well being of the Acharya. However, after proper examinations, he was released yesterday.

As per the medical bulletin issued from AIIMS, Rishikesh Medical Superintendent Dr. Brahm Prakash, patient Acharya Balkrishna was brought to AIIMS, Rishikesh, Emergency ward in altered conscious level on the 23rd August. Altered consciousness means that a patient can’t recognize or remember his surroundings and the people he or she knows.

However, after proper medication, he seems to be fit now. On examination, his BP, Pulse Rate, SPO, RBS were within normal limit. the bulletin adds that the patient was evaluated by Cardiologists, Neurologists, and General Physicians at the time of arrival. His ECG, Screening Echo and RBS were within normal limits. After the Neurological screening and MRI of the brain, the results were found to be normal.

However he was later on shifted to the Department of critical care, Medicine for further treatment. Finally, though he appeared exhausted but was stable from the point of view of all the normal parameters of BP, Pulse, Respiratory Rate, Blood Sugar Electrolytes, MRI and ECG.

The point is why was the attempt made to poison him, especially when he is not holding any political position. An investigation in this regard needs to be carried out.

Wishing all the very best for Acharya Balkrishna’s speedy recovery and good and sound health.

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DDA: Authority Plans To Introduce Digitized Layout Plans

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DDA, the Delhi Development Authority is likely to offer digital layout plans soon in the national capital and this will be a relief to the residents as they no longer require standing in queues to get their building plan sanctioned.

The authority has a proposal in the pipeline that includes digitization of building layouts along with those lying with all civic bodies in Delhi.

Prior to this, scanned copies of the records were provided to the citizens on request but this didn’t ease the burden of the civic bodies entirely. But, now the idea is to make the layout sanction plan online and this will be connected with GIS [Geographic Information System] platform. GIS will work similarly to Google Maps while allowing the users to view the details along with the facility to add information.

A senior DDA official said that the authority’s portal will display the land use plan of every particular area that is integrated with land and property information system. The official also informed that all plots will have a unique ID and the digitization process is expected to be completed in 18 months.

A week ago, DDA also gave a nod to build an ecological park and a sports facility.

DDA: Authority plans to introduce Digitized Layout plans at its centers in Badarpur and Shastri Park areas. The go-ahead on these proposals was given in a meeting headed by Lt Governor Anil Baijal and DDA chairman recently.

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R.I.P. Arun Jaitley

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The former finance minister of India and senior advocate Arun Jaitley is no more.

He breathed his last today at 12.07 PM as per the bulletin of All India Medical Sciences’ cardiology department. Former finance minister Jaitley was suffering from cancer.

He was critically ill since August 9, and the ailing minister was admitted in the cardiology department’s ICU and was put on a ventilator. A towering leader of BJP and also a leading lawyer and former president of Delhi University Student’s Union.  Former finance minister Arun Jaitley was 66 years old.

Jaitley was under the minute and constant monitoring of the multidisciplinary team of doctors viz cardiology, nephrology, and neurology. Jaitley had also undergone kidney transplant about a year ago and since then he was not keeping good health. He was heavily diabetic as well. While he was critically ill since 9th of August, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind had visited AIIMS to know about his health condition. The union home minister Amit Shah and Union health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan had also visited the hospital a number of times. The President, prime minister and several union ministers had prayed for his speedy recovery through a tweet, a number of times.

Arun Jaitley was a strong pillar of the BJP who was relentlessly active during the emergency period, 1975 to 1977 and he was also jailed for nineteen months by the then Congress government led by PM Indira Gandhi for opposing emergency tooth and nail. He was a dashing student leader of DUSU and was it’s president as well. A leading advocate Jaitley’s actual career started during the emergency when he established himself as a powerful youth leader. He started his career as a leader of Akhilesh Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad. Arun Jaitley was also the defense minister in between, in NDA’s first term in addition to his finance portfolio.

He was a highly qualified and we’ll read politician considered to be the troubleshooter of the BJP led NDA government and for prime minister Narendra Modi. An outstanding spokesperson as well, the former finance minister Arun Jaitley was not in good health and had written a personal letter to PM Modi requesting him to not include him in the new cabinet due to health reasons and thanked him for always reposing faith in him as union finance minister.

Meanwhile, after hearing the sad news of Jaitley’s demise union Health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has arrived at AIIMS. Union Home minister Amit Shah on hearing the sad news has canceled his Hyderabad visit and is returning back to the capital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has personally spoken on the telephone to late Jaitley’s family members and conveyed his condolences. His family has requested prime minister Modi not to cut short his foreign tour. Amit  Shah has tweeted he is grief-stricken by losing a family member and a stalwart of BJP. Union defense minister Raj Nath Singh has also expressed his grief and condolences on the sad demise of Arun Jaitley. The BJP and the country have lost two towering personalities in the recent past, late Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.

Jaitley wanted to be a chartered accountant but later on, followed his father’s footsteps. He joined as a lawyer in 1977 in the Delhi high court and later on in Supreme Court. He also served as Additional Solicitor General in Delhi High Court. Late Arun Jaitley had been the I&B, Corporate Affairs and Law minister in the previous BJP governments and later went on to become the finance and defense minister in Narendra Modi government.

The president of India Ram Nath Kovind while expressing his sorrow and grief over Jaitley’s demise tweeted that he was a great leader who fought his ailment with immense determination and fighting spirit. He was an eminent parliamentarian, a great leader and a most capable minister. The nation has lost a stalwart. Prime minister Narendra Modi has tweeted that he has lost a valued friend whom he had known for decades. PM has tweeted four times highly appreciating and lauding his immeasurable contribution to the nation. Scores of political leaders within BJP and across the political spectrum have expressed their sorrow and grief and have lauded his unparalleled contribution in nation-building and fighting corruption.

Jaitley is survived by his wife and two children. He was a prolific writer as well having authored several books on legal matters and contributed myriad articles in national dailies. He also wrote the last blog before his demise lauding the scrapping of article 370 and 35 A in Kashmir.

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Harish Rawat to appear in Nainital High Court on 20th September in a sting case

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There are news reports pouring in that the case pertaining to the alleged bribing of Uttarakhand lawmakers by the former chief minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat in 2016, is to be heard by the Uttarakhand high court on 20th of September.

The Uttarakhand High Court in Nainital has fixed 20th September to decide the case finally for which the necessary evidence is reported to have been submitted in the Court. Former Uttarakhand CM Rawat had already appeared before the  CBI investigating officers twice and has pleaded not guilty. It may be recalled that in 2016 there had been an unprecedented drama over the continuance of Harish Rawat’s government when 11 Congress lawmakers had left the parent party to join the BJP. While Rawat’s government was in jeopardy in 2016, one of the journalists’ of Uttarakhand from Samachar Plus conducted a sting operation in which both of them were caught in camera talking about alleged bribing of MLAs.
However, now Rawat claims that it was just a conversation, and not a single MLA was paid any money. Rawat refuted the allegations and accused the Samachar Plus news channel’s proprietor who conducted the sting, of conspiratorially trying to trap him at the behest of the BJP. All the defected Congress MLAs had, later on, lost their Congressi memberships and had joined the BJP, many of whom are today minister in the BJP government of Uttarakhand.

However, unexpectedly Harish Rawat had won the trust vote and had continued his government for a few months till the state elections were finally held in 2017.

Due to the increasing media hype and public outrage, the then governor of Uttarakhand Dr K. K. Paul had ordered the CBI enquiry into the sting operation which was widely circulated by the electronic and print media. The sting video was widely circulated over WhatsApp and YouTube.
After this episode, the Congress-led by Harish Rawat badly lost at the hustings in 2017 conceding defeat to BJP which staged a historic win by securing 57 seats out of 70. A record of sorts in the last 19 years of the state gaining a separate identity.
Even the former CM Rawat had lost from both the assembly constituencies, he contested from.
While Harish Rawat was the CM he demanded SIT enquiry instead of CBI alleging that the premier investigating agency wanted to trap him at the direction of the centre but Rawat’s Bete Noire now minister in BJP government and also in the Congress cabinet earlier filed a petition in High Court of Uttarakhand to continue the CBI investigation as the charges against Harish Rawat were of grave and serious nature.
Political analysts in Uttarakhand predict that after the arrest of former finance minister P. Chidambaram who is currently in CBI’s custody till 26th August, maybe that another corrupt wicket of Congress falls. However, it all depends on the honourable court’s verdict on 20th September when the case comes for hearing in Nainital High Court.

Harish Rawat trying for an image makeover

However, despite the sword of the court looming over Rawat’s future, he is extremely active in Uttarakhand’s politics participating in protests marches in order to save him, active on twitter criticizing the ruling party every now and then for whatever possible in the state as well as at the centre and leading anti-drug campaigns in Uttarakhand hills these days to better his sulking image.
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Chidambram finally arrested by CBI after two days of unprecedented drama

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The former finance minister P. Chidambaram was finally arrested last evening from his Jor Bagh House in New Delhi. All attempts to block the CBI had failed and after a 55 minutes drama, Chidambaram was finally arrested. He is to be grilled by the Economic Offences Wing. He has been taken to the CBI headquarter in New Delhi for interrogation.
Former finance minister P. Chidambaram has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the INX media case which happened during his tenure as the union finance minister. The former minister’s son was consulting for INX media and had used his father’s influence, who was the finance minister of the country at that point of time to favor the company. It is alleged that about 7 lakh dollars were illegally transferred into his son’s account.
This is an economic office of grave nature. The proprietor of the INX media Peter Mukerjee is already in jail on murder charges. Mr. Chidambaram had filed two anticipatory bail applications in Delhi high court which was turned down yesterday. Yesterday evening, the CBI and ED officers went to the former’s residence to arrest him, who had evaded them for some time. It was learned that he had been busy with a senior advocate and Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
Mr. Singhvi had filed a petition on behalf of  Chidambaran in Supreme Court. After not getting any relief from Justice Ramanna’s bench in Supreme Court, the CBI arrested him from his Jor Bagh residence on Wednesday evening. Mr. Chidambaran dramatically appeared at AICC headquarter prior to his arrest and addressed media at 8.19 PM. Later on, he came to his Jor Bagh residence from where he was arrested. The CBI officer’s had to climb the gates of his Jor Bagh house to arrest the former minister. The former finance minister was taken for a medical check-up as per protocol from the CBI headquarters where he had been taken after his arrest.
Earlier while rejecting the anticipatory bail of P. Chidambaram yesterday the Delhi high court said that it seems that the former finance minister was the kingpin in the entire episode and the economic offense is of grave nature. The supreme court in its order said that keeping in view the grave nature of the case the nonarrest bail can not be given. It may be recalled that a case of money laundering was registered against the former finance minister in 2018 and his arrest has finally materialized on Wednesday evening.
During his press conference at the AICC headquarter prior to his arrest the coterie of senior Congress leaders and senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Abhishekh Manu Singhvi, Salman Khurshid, Ghulam Nabi Azad, etc were present to provide Chidambaram moral support.
Karti had misused his father’s power when he was a minister. After his father’s arrest, Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram addressed the media outside his Jor Bagh house and accused the ruling party of misusing powers and arresting his father for political vendetta. Karti went on repeating his lines and latched on to the vendetta cry. On the one hand, the Chidambaram was evading CBI from questioning him, and now they are stating it is a vendetta.
The hearing in Supreme Court will resume tomorrow and Chidambaram’s army of senior advocates including Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi will appear on his behalf. They will do everything possible to get their tainted colleague out on bail.
Congress staged protests outside the AICC’s 24 Akbar Road headquarter against Chidambaram’s arrest. Corruption is corruption, Congress should not turn it into a revolution and should stop pro-corruption protests.
However, hopefully, justice will prevail and the guilty he will be put behind bars.
In the meanwhile, Congress goes after the judiciary and has slammed the supreme court apart from off course attacking the government. Congress has a history of attacking the judiciary as well as the governmental agencies.
Chidambaram had said that law shall take its own course. Now the law is taking its own course. They went to the court and their plea was rejected. CBI just wanted to talk to Chidambaram and had given due notice, but Chidambaram had been running to pillar to post, even his own party did not know where he was. If he has done no harm, then he has nothing to fear. Nobody is above law. As such, Chidambaram has an army of lawyers to save him.
So far, Congress has only one line of defense, that it is just political vendetta. Meanwhile, it is has learned that Congress and the opposition support and give a platform to the fake news icon, Shehla Rashid, of the Tukde Tukde Gang, who was earlier exposed by the army. She had admitted that she has no evidence. No facts, high drama.
Congress and Corruption have become synonymous. As per sources, CBI has stated that Chidambaram answers are evasive and he not cooperating with CBI. The CBI might seek remand as there was an enormity of evidence and paucity of time in interrogating him.
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The former external affairs minister not keeping well for quite some time and a few months back recovered from kidney transplant today suffered a massive cardiac arrest at AIIMS and is no more. Swaraj 67 was admitted at the Cardiac Ward of AIIMS a few hours ago in the evening after suffering a heart attack. She passed away on the night of Tuesday at AIIMS.

Three hours ago before her death, Swaraj had tweeted praising and congratulating prime minister Narendra Modi for repealing article 370 in Kashmir and giving Ladakh and J& K the union territory status.

She tweeted in Hindi as well as in English: Pradhan mantri ji – Aapka hardik abhinandan hai. Mai apne jeewan mein is dun ko dekhne ki pratiksha kar rahi thee.

@narendramodi ji: Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime.

At the time of her demise Swaraj’s husband, former Governor of a state of North East, her family members and two of ministers in Modi cabinet Nitin Gadkari and Harsh Vardhan were also present at AIIMS.

Sushma Swaraj started her political career from Haryana decades ago. She had been the MLA and minister in Haryana government during the eighties but later on joined the Bhartiya Janata Party. Earlier she had been in the Socialist party with George Fernandez prior to joining the BJP.

A dashing leader and an outspoken orator Sushma Swaraj was an eminent parliamentarian and a dashing voice of the women and BJP.

She was considered to be the troubleshooter leader of BJP who as Indian external affairs minister during Modi’s regime had played a vital role in evacuating safely the trouble Indians living overseas and bringing them back to India during the gulf war, the crisis in Iraq and in the middle east. Sushma Swaraj served as a successful External Affairs minister during the UPA 1 rule under prime minister Narendra Modi but was in abnormal health condition after her kidney transplant abroad.

She was not keeping good health and had, therefore, requested the prime minister Modi not to give her any ministerial berth in his new cabinet in UPA 2. She has conveyed her message in this regard through a tweet by thanking PM. Narendra Modi for giving her the opportunity for five years to serve in his cabinet.

In her tweet, Sushma Swaraj said: Prime minister you gave me an opportunity to serve our countrymen and overseas Indians as a foreign minister for five years.

I am grateful to you. I pray to God that our government becomes very successful. Sushma Swaraj as an MEA had been quite supportive in resolving VISA and Paas Port issues and had always promptly acted on complaints lodged on her twitter handle of the nonresident Indians, Indians working abroad and domestically as well.

Prime minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief and shock over her sad demise and lauded her immense contribution to the country and the society by tweeting four times.

Tweet Number 1:

Sushmaji’s demise is a personal loss. She will be remembered fondly for everything she’s done for India. My thoughts are with her family, supporters, and admirers in this very unfortunate hour. Om Shanti.

Tweet 2: Sushmaji was a prolific orator and an outstanding parliamentarian. She was admired and revered across the party line. She was uncompromising when it came to ideology and party interests of BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to.

Tweet 3: I cannot forget the manner in which Sushmaji worked so tirelessly as EAM in the last five years. Even when her health was not good she would do everything possible to do justice to her work and remain up to date with matters of her ministry. The spirit and commitment were unparalleled.

Tweet number 4: An excellent administrator. Sushmaji set high standards in every ministry she handled. She played a key role in bettering India’s ties with various nations. As a minister we also saw her compassionate side, helping fellow Indians who were in distress in any part of the world.

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