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DDCA official sought sex for selection: Kejriwal

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New Delhi, Dec 29 : Escalating his attack on the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused one of its officials of seeking sex for selecting cricketers and said he had no qualms about calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “coward” and a “psychopath”.

Kejriwal said Modi, at whose order the CBI raided his office on December 15, was ready to befriend hostile Pakistan, but won’t let the Delhi chief minister work.

In an interview to NDTV, Kejriwal, whose government has set up a Commission of Inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the DDCA, said sexual favours were being sought for selecting players.

“You will be surprised to know that a senior journalist phoned me and said that his son, who plays cricket, was selected,” Kejriwal told NDTV.

“But his son’s name was not there in the list. And can you believe it… the next day his wife gets an SMS that said ‘come to my house and your son’s name will be there (in the list),” he said.

Kejriwal said the journalist was willing to depose once the Commission of Inquiry starts working.

Kejriwal, who said there were more sordid tales in the DDCA which was headed by now union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for many years.

On December 15, the Central Bureau of Investigation raided the third floor of the Delhi Secretariat — also housing the chief minister’s office — in connection with corruption charges against Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar.

However, Kejriwal alleged that the investigation agency, which reports to the central government, raided his office too and read the files related to DDCA to save Jaitley.

An incensed Kejriwal had called Modi a psychopath and coward after failing to handle the chief minister politically.

“I don’t regret anything. I accept I use bad language, I speak from the heart,” he said.

Referring to the impromptu stopover of Modi in Pakistan on his counterpart Nawaz Sharif’s birthday, Kejriwal said: “I appeal to you (Modi)… we don’t want any fight. You can befriend Pakistan, yet you won’t let Arvind Kejriwal work.”

He said Modi should decide “whether to make the DDCA inquiry null and void to protect Jaitley”.

The AAP leader has said massive bungling happened under Jaitley’s nose and he should resign and face the probe.

Refuting the allegations, Jaitley filed a defamation suit against Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party leaders.

“Mr. Jaitley was repeatedly told many times about the corruption. He was president for 14 years and a scam took place on such a large scale. The moment we said there is corruption in the DDCA, Mr. Jaitley filed a defamation suit against us.”

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After 12 days of closure, Cochin airport set to open on August 26

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Kochi, Aug 21: After 12 days of closure due to the flood waters, the Cochin International Airport, one of the three in Kerala and the busiest, all set to open on August 26. 

Airport authorities have been engaged in a massive cleaning operation of the operational area that was submerged by flood waters.

One side the compound wall of the airport came down after water from the swollen Periyar river and its tributaries, which received an unprecedented amount of water released by major dams, entered the complex, turning it into a virtual sea.

The airport was first closed on August 9, for a few hours, and then on August 15.

Consequent to the flooding, a Rs 60 crore solar power plant, billed as one of the biggest in an airport, was submerged.

The Cochin airport handled 10 million passengers in fiscal 2017-18.

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Woman set ablaze for resisting rape in Bihar

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Patna, Aug 21: A woman was allegedly set ablaze for resisting rape attempt by three men in Nalanda district of Bihar.

The incident took place on Monday. The victim was admitted to the nearby hospital.

The crime against women and children has witnessed a surge across the country.

In another spine-chilling instance, a woman was brutally beaten by a mob in Bhojpur yesterday. Not only this, later she was stripped off and paraded naked over her involvement in the killing of a youth.

Earlier on August 16, eleven men allegedly gang-raped two minor girls in Lohardaga district of Jharkhand.

Prior to this, an 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Madarsa in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau on August 4.

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Traffic stalled on Thane-Pune road after landslide at Malshej Ghat

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Thane, Aug 21: Traffic movement on Thane-Pune road was stalled on Tuesday morning following a landslide near Malshej Ghat.

Consequentially, the route from Malshej Ghat, which is a significant link to Mumbai and other areas via Murbad taluka in Thane district of Maharashtra, has been shut for traffic.

The landslide occurred at around 2:15 am due to rains. However, no casualty has been reported in the incident, but as a precautionary measure and to remove the debris, the ghat route has been closed.

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