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She was eyeing contracts from the Madhya Pradesh government relating to the supply of thermal insulation tape and other kinds of electric products.

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Bhopal, Sep 28 : Strong evidence in the Madhya Pradesh honeytrap scandal suggests that huge amounts, running into several crores, were pocketed by the two women, who blackmailed a bunch of powerful bureaucrats and politicians in the state.

Shweta Jain, the lynchpin of the honeytrap racket, floated two private limited companies in a short span of six months, this year, to run a corporate-style business out of the money extorted from bureaucrats, ministers and MLAs. In one of the companies, accused Aarti Dayal, who coerced college-going girls to bed with VIPs, is a director, while Shweta holds the post of managing director.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the MP Police, investigating one of the biggest sex scandals in the country, revealed that on January 19 this year, Shweta floated a real estate and construction company, Deepthimantham Enterprise Pvt Limited to enter into big construction projects, patronised by a few IAS officers.

Six months later, on July 26, she launched another company to corner contracts relating to software and computer hardware. This was Mingo Technology Private Limited and it was registered at J-394 New Minal Residency, JK Road, Bhopal. This was the place where Shweta had shot videos of several IAS officers and ministers of MP government in a compromising position. While Aarti was appointed director, Shweta became the managing director of this tech company.

Besides, she also owned an electric and thermal insulation product manufacturing unit in Bhopal. The electric and thermal product unit was launched in April 2015.

She was eyeing contracts from the Madhya Pradesh government relating to the supply of thermal insulation tape and other kinds of electric products.

Shweta’s friend and accomplice in the sex scandal, Barkha Soni ran an NGO, Samarth Samajik Seva Sanstha Samiti, to secure funds generated from the honey-trap racket. While Shweta hobnobbed with the state BJP leaders, Barkha was a frequent visitor at the Congress Headquarters in New Delhi and her Facebook wall is full of her pictures with prominent faces of the party.

Sources said Shweta recorded all her phone calls to blackmail IAS, IPS officers and over a dozen leading state politicians with the recordings later. Most of the call recordings in her mobile phones were not deleted by the time police swooped down on her house in Minal Residency, in Bhopal. The late night calls, either relate to vulgar sex chats or about seeking favours from the VIPs holding important government positions.

A senior SIT official told IANS that the investigation team is in the process of identifying people seen in the video recordings or heard in the phone conversations. “At the moment we are busy identifying the officials, who took sexual favours from Shweta in lieu of granting funds to her NGO or contracts to her companies. The process will take some more days. Once an officer or a politician is identified through forensic examination, we will get his voice sample matched with the sex chats and talks about granting favours,” said the official.

SIT sources said Shweta also hired some top call girls from New Delhi to oblige IPS officers at a guest house of the MP Police in Ghaziabad. “It seems the Ghaziabad police guest house was a more secluded place for officers in MP. But we still require solid evidence to prove that the guest house was misused,” a source added.

Two days ago, SIT chief Sanjeev Shami had a long closed-door meeting with MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath on the progress made by the SIT in the ongoing probe. Shami later told mediapersons that his team was probing the corruption angle. “If people misused their official positions to grant favours to the sex scandal operators, the SIT will certainly take action,” he said.

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Punjabi diaspora worried, shocked over ‘brutality’ against farmers

“Farmers are peacefully protesting over controversial bills that will impact their livelihoods. Water cannons and tear gas, are being used to silence them.”

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Chandigarh, Nov 29: The planned protest against new farm laws and the ‘brutality’ of the security forces by lobbing teargas shells and using water cannons to stop the peaceful march of the farmers towards the national capital has left the diaspora largely from Canada worried and shocked.

They asked the Indian government to engage in an open dialogue with the farmers as their livelihoods are going to be impacted.

Expressing solidarity with the farmers, Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the reports of peaceful protesters being brutalized were very troubling.

“Many of my constituents have family there and are worried about the safety of their loved ones. Healthy democracies allow peaceful protest. I urge those involved to uphold this fundamental right,” he tweeted on Sunday.

Joining the issue, Sonia Sidhu, MP for Brampton South, Canada, tweeted, “I received many messages from constituents concerned in Brampton South about the situation in India.

“My residents told me how worried they are about the protests of the Punjab farmers. I share their concerns and hope that the situation will be resolved peacefully.”

Joining her counterpart, Ruby Sahota, MP for Brampton (North), said the determination and resilience of the farmers is admirable.

“In a free and just society one should be able to advocate for their cause without the threat of force being used against them. The brutality being faced by the Indian farmers in these images is deplorable,” she said in a tweet.

Joining the cause, Chandigarh-born Rachna Singh, Parliament Secretary of British Columbia, said she was really saddened by the way Punjab farmers are being treated. “This is unacceptable.”

Describing the violence perpetrated by the Indian government against farmers peacefully protesting is appalling, Canada’s New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh tweeted: “I stand in solidarity with the farmers from Punjab and across India — and, I call on the Indian government to engage in peaceful dialogue rather than violence”

He thanked Jack Harris, MP for St. John’s East, for his advocacy.

“We are shocked to see the Indian government’s suppression of farmers protesting new laws which will endanger their livelihood. Instead of using water cannons and tear gas, the Indian government needs to engage in open dialogue with farmers,” said Harris.

“Peaceful protests are fundamental in any democracy, and I urge for the rights of the protestors to be respected,” said Navdeep Bains, MP for Mississauga-Malton.

“Shocking scenes from Delhi,” remarked MP from Britain, Preet Kaur Gill.

“Farmers are peacefully protesting over controversial bills that will impact their livelihoods. Water cannons and tear gas, are being used to silence them.”

Tracing his roots to a farmer family, Indo-Canadian politician Gurratan Singh said the images of police brutality were horrific.

“I come from a family of farmers. I feel the pain and struggle of farmers protesting laws that threaten their livelihoods. The state continues to meet peaceful protestors with violence and brutality,” he tweeted along with the video of his speech made by him in the Ontario Assembly.

“Farmers are the backbone of our society. They feed cities, and right now they are under attack in India. Folks in my riding are concerned about new laws that are passed by the Indian government that are going to hurt the farmers in Punjab, Haryana and others across India.

“That’s why I am asking all the members of this House to come together to stand with farmers against these unjust laws passed by the Indian government, so farmers in India can live with respect and dignity that they deserve,” Gurratan Singh said in his speech.

Standing with farmers in India, Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, Andrea Horwath, said: “Everyone deserves to be able to exercise their democratic rights without fear of state-sanctioned violence”.

Canadian MP Tim Uppal posted, “India’s farmers deserve to be heard and respected. This is horrific.”

The farmers are protesting against the farm laws as they feel that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporate entities.

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Coronavirurs: India’s Covid-19 tally nears 94 lakh

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 62 million mark, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.45 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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New Delhi, Nov 29: With 41,810 new coronavirus infections and 496 deaths in the past 24 hours, India’s overall tally stood at 93,92,920 on Sunday, as the fatality toll touched 1,36,696, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

Currently, there are 4,53,956 active cases, whereas 88,02,267 patients have been cured and discharged so far.

The recovery rate stands at 93.71 per cent, and the fatality rate is 1.46 as per cent, the Ministry said.

Maharashtra continued to be the worst-hit state with 18,14,515 cases till date. There are 90,965 active cases and 46,986 Covid-19 deaths.

According to the ministry, almost 70 per cent of the daily new cases are contributed by eight States and UT, i.e., Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Chhattisgarh.

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 62 million mark, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.45 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Sunday, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 6,21,47,874 and 14,50,326, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 1,32,33,884 and 2,66,009, respectively, according to the CSSE. India comes in second place in terms of cases.

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Farmers plan to stage protest near Parliament, Jantar Mantar

Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said, “Protests happen at Ramlila ground, then why should we go to Nirankari Bhawan, a private facility? We will stay put here today”.

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Farmers Delegation

New Delhi: Farmers continued with their demonstration in Delhi and refused to move to the government suggested venue against the farm reforms.

“Today, we will go to Delhi and stage our protest either near Parliament or at Jantar Mantar. We do not accept govt’s proposal and will not go to the allotted ground in Burari,” news agency quoted a farmer as saying.

Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said, “Protests happen at Ramlila ground, then why should we go to Nirankari Bhawan, a private facility? We will stay put here today”.

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