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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.



Mann ki Baat: PM Modi to address the nation at 11 am




New Delhi, March 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people of the country in his monthly Mann Ki Baat programme on Sunday at 11 am. All India Radio will relay the 42nd edition of the programme.

In his last address, Modi spoke on women empowerment and said it was every Indian’s “fundamental duty” to ensure participation of women in all fields of life. The Prime Minister also focused on the youth in his address, asking them “to be motivated to serve society through science”. He also talked about job generation in rural areas through the Gobar Dhan Yojana.





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J&K: Militant killed, one civilian injured in gunfight in Budgam district



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Srinagar, March 25: A militant was killed and a woman injured on Sunday during a gunfight between security forces and the militants in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, officials said.

“On specific inputs regarding the presence of terrorists, Jammu and Kashmir Police, 53 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a cordon and search operation in Aarizal village of Beerwah tehsil in Badgam,” an official of Defence Ministry said.

The official said that during the search operation, one militant while trying to flee came out of the house he was hiding in and fired indiscriminately at the security forces. As a result, a woman was injured.

“In retaliation, a terrorist has been neutralized, whose identity and affiliation is being ascertained. Arms and ammunition have been recovered,” the official said.

The injured woman was taken to a hospital and her condition is now reported to be stable.

According to the official, the area is under cordon and searches are being conducted.

Police has also confirmed that one militant was killed in the area during a brief encounter with the security forces.


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Rahul targets Prasad over pendency of cases in courts

Justice K M Joseph, overturned President’s rule in Uttarakhand in 2016. When his name was proposed for the Supreme Court, Modi ji s ego was hurt. Approval of over 100 judges, cleared for the Supreme Court and various High Courts are now on hold. #JudiciaryDemonetised(sic).



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Congress President Rahul Gandhi today hit out at Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad over huge pendency of cases in courts and shortage of judges, and charged him with “peddling fake news” instead.

His attack came after Prasad accused the Congress of hiring the services of controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica, accused of harvesting data stolen from Facebook, in previous elections.

The charge has been denied by the Congress, which instead accused the BJP of using the services of the firm.

Legal system collapsing under Pending Cases: Supreme Court 55,000+, High Court 37 Lakh+, Lower Courts 2.6 Crore+. Yet, a staggering 400 High Court and 6,000 Lower Court judges not appointed, while Law Minister preoccupied peddling fake news, Gandhi said on Twitter, using the hashtag JudiciaryDemonetised .

He also took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over delay in appointment of judges to the Supreme Court.

“Justice K M Joseph, overturned President’s rule in Uttarakhand in 2016. When his name was proposed for the Supreme Court, Modi ji s ego was hurt. Approval of over 100 judges, cleared for the Supreme Court and various High Courts are now on hold. #JudiciaryDemonetised(sic),” he said in another tweet.

The Congress and the BJP have been engaged in a slinging match between each other accusing the other of using the services of the controversial data firm.

The Facebook data scandal erupted after a whistleblower revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to Trump’s 2016 campaign, accessed personal data from 50 million users of the website without their knowledge, and might have kept that data even after the social media giant told the company to delete it.

Prasad recently insisted that the Congress has used the services of Cambridge Analytica and said several media reports about the opposition party using the services of the firm had appeared in October and November last year and it never denied those stories till the BJP raised the issue.

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