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Fodder scam case: Lalu appears in CBI court

The fodder scam relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 900 crore by the Animal Husbandry Department from various district when Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister.

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Patna, June 6: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday appeared in a special CBI court here over his alleged involvement in a multi-crore fodder scam case, a government lawyer said.

Another former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra would also appear in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday. Mishra is another accused in the same scam.

Both Lalu Prasad and Mishra were on bail after serving jail term in Ranchi in another fodder scam case.

The case relates to withdrawing Rs 47 lakh fraudulently from the Bhagalpur treasury. The CBI had registered a case in this regard in 1996. Later, it filed a chargesheet naming 44 accused including Lalu Prasad and Mishra.

Last month, the Supreme Court had ruled that Lalu Prasad will have to stand trial in all the four fodder scam cases setting aside a Jharkhand High Court order that had dropped conspiracy charges against the former Bihar Chief Minister.

The fodder scam relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 900 crore by the Animal Husbandry Department from various district when Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister.

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Congress demands Goyal apologise for ‘tarnishing Vemula’s memory’

“Culture and mindset of hounding and insulting SC’s everyday has become the DNA of Modi government. Let government and minister apologise!”

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New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Congress on Wednesday demanded apology from Union Minister Piyush Goyal for accusing Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) of using Hyderabad University student Rohith Vemula’s family for political motives.

Terming it “utterly shameful”, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, in a tweet, said Goyal was “peddling fake news” about Vemula and his mother in order to tarnish the memory of the Dalit student who committed suicide.

“Culture and mindset of hounding and insulting SC’s everyday has become the DNA of Modi government. Let government and minister apologise!” he added.

The BJP on Wednesday accused the IUML of using Vemula’s family for political motives, with Goyal said he was “anxious” after the statement of the student’s mother, claiming that the “IUML made false promises of providing a sum of Rs 20 lakh and asked her to address their rallies and misrepresent the unfortunate incident”.

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Government is committed to Air India’s strategic disinvestment: Union minister

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New Delhi, June 20: Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said that the central government is committed to he strategic disinvestment of national carrier Air India. 

Speaking to media, he also informed that a team headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was reviewing the airline’s financial and liquidity requirements.

“We are committed to supporting and strengthening Air India whatever its financial and liquidity requirements we’ll continue to support it like in the past.

The minister said a team headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was reviewing the airline’s financial and liquidity requirements.

Alternate mechanism headed by Arun Jaitley is reviewing the situation&as required will take the appropriate decision ” News agency ANI quoted Sinha as saying.

The development comes after no bids were received for the Expression of Interest (EOI).

The BJP-led government, which had approved strategic disinvestment for the state-run carrier in last June, had on May 31 this year said no initial bids were received for the proposed stake sale.

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A.R. Rahman appointed Sikkim government’s brand ambassador

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Gangtok, June 20: Famed Indian composer and singer-songwriter A.R. Rahman has been appointed the brand ambassador of the Sikkim government, news agency IANS quoted a senior minister as saying on Wednesday.

“We have appointed Rahman as the state government’s brand ambassador for a year,” Sikkim Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Commerce and Industries Ugen T Gyatso, told IANS over phone.

As the government’s brand ambassador, Rahman would keep coming to the Himalayan state from time to time and promote it, said the Minister.

The 51-year-old music producer, who has in his kitty two Academy and two Grammy Awards, is now in Sikkim. “He will leave on Thursday,” the Minister said.

In an official notification, Chief Secretary A.K. Srivastava said Rahman will promote and project the state’s achievements nationally and globally.

Sikkim, with its natural and pristine beauty, has over the last two decades emerged as a world famous eco-tourism destination, besides attaining a distinct identity as the first fully organic farming state of the country, it said on Monday.

The state government had earlier this year made Mr. Rahman its Brand Ambassador of tourism and business.

Rahman is a widely awarded music personality and has worked in an array of international projects.

In 2010, Rahman was conferred the country’s third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan.

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