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Jung calls Kejriwal a ‘young man in hurry’



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New Delhi, Jan 11 

Former Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of “nepotism and gross favouritism” in making appointments but gave “benefit of doubt” to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal whom he called a “young man in hurry”.

Jung, in a wide-ranging interview with India Today news channel, said the Kejriwal-led government had taken decisions in “excitement of power” after an “overwhelming majority” in the state assembly.

“Perhaps they did not know the system. I would like to give them benefit of doubt,” Jung said.

Kejriwal, he said, “didn’t know the government has its own pace and momentum” but kept moving at his own pace.

“He is young man in a hurry to perform, and with time he will learn.”

Jung, who during his three-and-half years’ tenure as the LG had a bitter turf war with Kejriwal over the city administration, said his differences with the Chief Minister were professional.

“I had an extremely cordial relationship with Kejriwal. I have visited his house, he visited mine. He has a lovely family.”

He said he had never spoken against Kejriwal publicly and “never had even an iota of an argument when we met in private”.

He, however, said several of the 400 files related to Delhi government decisions being examined by the Shunglu Committee were sent to the CBI for probe.

The files, submitted to the panel of experts, were divided in three categories, he said.

First lot of these were where the Chief Minister took decisions on his own but did not have the authority and needed the LG’s consent.

Second, where the Chief Minister and his cabinet took decisions without the LG’s consent, and the third where the decisions were taken when neither the Chief Minister nor the LG had powers to do so.

He said he had given post-facto approval to some 170-180 files.

“About 80 files were declined and 7-8 files were referred to the CBI for probe,” Jung said.

He said FIRs had already been registered in some 2-3 cases and about a dozen were sent for vigilance inquiry.

Jung formed the Shunglu Committee after the Delhi High Court on August 4 recognised the Lt. Governor as the administrative head of the Delhi government.

Jung said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had appointed Nikunj Agarwal, a relative of Kejriwal’s wife, first as a resident doctor and then an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in his office, bypassing rules.

“Agarwal had approached the Health Minister and on a plain piece of paper wrote application that he wanted to be appointed as a resident doctor…”

Jung alleged that Jain called Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya Director and told him that Agarwal be appointed.

“Government appointments can’t be done by any individual. They have to follow a process,” Jung said.

“Soon, he was taken as an OSD in Jain’s office. Within 2-3 weeks sent on a tour to China.”

He said it was a case of “nepotism and gross favouritism” as there “was no post to appoint him”.

Jung said Jain in another case of “nepotism” had appointed his daughter, Soumya, an architect, as an adviser for the construction of mohalla clinics.

“All hell broke loose when a TV channel broke the story that she was the Health Minister’s daughter.” The case is also being probed by the CBI.



Aadhaar, PAN to be linked to insurance policies by Mar 31, 2018



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Chennai, Dec 18 : India’s insurance regulator on Monday extended the time to link Aadhaar number to insurance policies till March 31, 2018.

In a circular issued on Monday to all the life, non-life (including standalone health insurers) the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) said the date of submission of the Aadhaar Number and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by clients to reporting entity is March 31, 2018.

The Irdai cited the central government’s gazette notification on December 13, relating to Prevention of Money-Laundering (Maintenance of Records) (Seventh Amendment) Rules, 2017.

On November 8, the Irdai had directed the insurers to link Aadhaar and Pan Card numbers with insurance policies.

“These rules have statutory force and, as such, life and general insurers (including standalone health insurers) have to implement them without awaiting further instructions,” the Irdai had said in a statement.


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Good governance led to impressive victories, says PM Modi



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New Delhi, Dec 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the “impressive victories” in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh showed there was strong support for the “politics of good governance and development”.

“Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development. I salute the hardworking BJP karyakartas (workers) in these states for their hard work which has led to these impressive victories,” Modi tweeted.

“I bow to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh for their affection and trust in BJP. I assure them that we will leave no stone unturned in furthering the development journey of these states and serve the people tirelessly,” he added.

According to counting trends, the Bharatiya Janata Party is headed for victory in both states.


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Gujarat HC issues notice to Singhvi in Reliance Anil Ambani Group defamation suit



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Ahmedabad, Dec 18: The Gujarat High Court today issued a notice to Congress party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi in the Rs 5,000 crore defamation suit filed against him by the Reliance Anil Ambani group.

The notice was issued by Justice Paresh Upadhyay after hearing the petitioners and the next hearing has been scheduled for December 26.

The defamation suit, filed on December 15, had accused Singhvi of making “false, defamatory and libelous statements”.

Singhvi had, on November 30, attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, for “fooling” people by claiming the government had not waived loans of big defaulters.

Alleging that the Centre had written off Rs 1.88 lakh crore debt of wilful defaulters, he had said: “We all know that top 50 corporates owe Rs 8.35 lakh crore to banks and out of those, three top Gujarat-based companies — Reliance (Anil Ambani Group), Adani and Essar — owe Rs 3 lakh crore.”

He had contended that Jaitley, instead of declaring these liabilities as NPAs, was “trying to help the defaulter with further defence contracts like the Rafale deal”.

A Reliance Defence statement had clarified earlier that the joint venture between Reliance Aerostructure Ltd and Dassault Aviation was a bilateral agreement between two private companies — and had nothing to do with the government.

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