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PM Narendra Modi didn’t order probe against Raman Singh’s son in Panama Papers, says Rahul Gandhi

The Congress President stated “BJP’s remote control is in the hands of the RSS. In fact, Chhattisgarh is being run from Nagpur.”



Rahul Gandhi

Raipur, Aug 10 : Slamming BJP led NDA government at the centre for turning a blind eye to all the corruption cases, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said what type of chowkidari’ is being provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he didn’t even order an investigation into the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s son- Abhishak Singh, whose name has been mentioned in Panama papers.

The Congress President stated “BJP’s remote control is in the hands of the RSS. In fact, Chhattisgarh is being run from Nagpur.”

Citing  the example of Nawaz Sharif’s prosecution in Panama papers case,”When the name of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif appeared in Panama papers, he was convicted in it. In Chhattisgarh when the name of your CM’s son comes in Panama papers, investigation doesn’t even begin. This is BJP-NDA’s ‘chowkidari,” Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he inaugurated the new Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee office building, ‘Rajiv Bhawan’in Raipur.

“I asked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman , Why did she tell lies ? I didn’t get the response .I asked to look into my eyes, he was looking away from me. I can understand that. He cannot look into my eyes, I can see that because the Prime Minister has not been truthful.Why? Because Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not a chawkidaar (watchman) but a bhagidaar (confidant) with corrupt businessman,” Rahul said.

“Maine Parliament mein Raksha Mantri se kaha ki apne Hindustan ko jhooth kyun bola? Jawab nahi mila.Jab maine Modi Ji ko kaha, wo apni aankh meri aaknh se nahi mila paye. Aapne TV mein dekha wo idhar udhar dekh rahe the.Kyun? Kyunki chowkidar bhaagidar ban gaya,” Gandhi said.


Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence on girls raped in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh shelter homes, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that crime against women has increased in the last 4 years and something like this has never happened even in 3000 years. The Congress president asked why women are being raped in BJP ruled states and said, “In BJP-ruled states, women are not safe. Atrocities against women have risen alarmingly. It’s a question which arises not only in yours but also in the hearts of all women in India. Why are women being raped in BJP ruled states?” said Gandhi.

If a Chief Minister does not work for the youth, women, aadivasis of Chhattisgarh, then that CM does not deserve to survive a single day. Congress party, unlike BJP, does not belong to capitalists, it belongs to everyone: Congress President

Rahul again reiterated that PM has failed to provide jobs, “When asked about jobs, PM Modi says make pakodas. Things are so bad, that even Union Minister Nitin Gadkari asked: “Where are the jobs?”

Lambasting on PM Modi for not providing security to women, he said, “In BJP-ruled states, women are not safe. Atrocities against women have risen alarmingly.”

He said “PM Modi made a woman in Chhattisgarh lie about doubling her income. This is BJP’s model. Lie and encourage others to lie.”

The  Congress has claimed to possess evidence that the name “Abhishak Singh”,which found mention in the Panama Papers for having an offshore account in British Virgin islands, is the son of three-time Chief Minister Raman Singh.

The Congress has demanded the resignation of the Chattisgarh chief minister as well as his MP son and said that the Enforcement Directorate should investigate the matter.

In April 2013, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)  revealed the name “Abhishak Singh” in Panama Papers as having an offshore account in the British Virgin Islands, referred to Chief Minister Raman Singh’s son Abhishek.

Abhishek Singh is a BJP Lok Sabha MP from Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh.


Metoo reaches Congress doors, scribe alleges molestation by UPA Minister



MJ Akbar

New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The #MeToo movement that has singed the entrainment and media industry alike besides engulfing Union Minister M.J. Akbar, on Tuesday reached Congress door with journalist Sonal Kellogg alleging that she was molested by a “powerful politician” and a minister in the Congress-led UPA-I government.

Giving an account of her ordeal on website, Kellog without naming the minister, said he would “greet me with a kiss” every time they met and once “pressed one of my breasts”.

“During my time, a Cabinet minister, in-charge of one of the ministries which I was covering, would always greet me with a kiss when I went to meet him,” wrote Kellog who in February 2006 had shifted to Delhi from Ahmedabad joining the Asian Age’s main edition.

“This minister, quite an advocate of women’s rights and empowerment, is highly educated. He studied from St Stephen’s College and did his masters from one of the top universities in England. He is very articulate – but he is also very touchy-feely.

“In Gujarat, where I come from, politicians don’t greet women journalists with hugs and kisses. But he would hold my face and try to kiss me on the mouth,” said Kellogg who is now the chief content writer at Vama Communications, Ahmedabad.

She said that she didn’t report the matter then as “I was new in Delhi and thought if I said anything, it would be viewed as having a small town mentality”.

“I am not able to speak up against authority and mostly just try to manage to stay clear instead of shouting or slapping or something like that,” said Kellogg, a survivor of “long-term child sexual abuse.”

She said the last time she met the MP in his bungalow in early 2014 when he went “too far.”

“At that time, I was in-between jobs. I was sitting across the table and talking to him. After some time, the minister got up to go to the washroom which was on my left, so he walked right across the table and while passing me by, he stretched his hand and suddenly pressed one of my breasts.

“I was taken aback, not quite expecting this, but I did manage to say, eDon’t touch me.’ Before entering the washroom, he asked, eWhy? What is the problem?’ I told him, ‘Don’t touch me because I don’t like it’. He went to the washroom and then came back, sat down and resumed the conversation as if nothing had happened,” wrote Kellogg, adding she moved back to Ahmadabad and never met the politician.

“I would like to say that even if a man is testing whether his advances are welcome or not, he can’t start with squeezing the breasts of a woman. The least he can do is see whether she is interested – you cannot just grab a woman and think it is okay. Also, in this case, the minister is married and is a father of grown-up daughters, so it is definitely not okay.

So, why didn’t I report the matter? Who was I going to report it to? I was in-between jobs and as I said earlier, I didn’t report my sexual abuse as a child either for more than a decade and a half, in fact I never reported it. I started to speak about it publicly only a couple of years ago,” she added.

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JGU youngest Indian university to feature in ‘QS BRICS Rankings 2019’

The university has been ranked 23 out of 403 institutions among BRICS countries in the category of international faculty.



Jindal Global University

New Delhi, Oct 16 : O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) in Sonepat, Haryana, is the youngest Indian university to be ranked in the QS BRICS University Rankings 2019 out of the top 75 Indian universities. It was ranked in the 301 to 350 bracket.

The ranking placed JGU among the top three per cent of the universities in the BRICS region that covers five countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

“This global recognition of JGU in our short but inspirational journey of nine years is truly remarkable and something that we can be genuinely proud of in every sense of the word,” said Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, JGU.

Professor Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of JGU, received the award from Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, on behalf of the university in the presence of Jason Newman, Vice President, QS, and Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director, QS, and other dignitaries.

The university has been ranked 23 out of 403 institutions among BRICS countries in the category of international faculty.

“JGU continues to be ranked amongst the top 350 universities in the BRICS region by QS. We had broken into these rankings for the first time in 2018,” said Professor C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor.

“As a result of our hard work, commitment, and dedication to the cause of JGU’s vision and mission, JGU continues to be the youngest Indian university to feature in these rankings,” he added.

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Congress demands probe into ONGC turning debt-ridden

Supreme Court-appointed panel of experts was a must to probe the allegations and look into the company’s affairs from the time the BJP came to power at the Centre.




New Delhi, Oct 16 : Congress on Tuesday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into allegations of the state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) turning debt-ridden due to government decisions. The party accused the Modi government of “systematically attempting to destroy the public sector”.

Citing a letter written by the ONGC trade union body to Prime Minister Narendra Modi detailing how government interference has broken the “economic backbone of the company”, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said a Supreme Court-appointed panel of experts was a must to probe the allegations and look into the company’s affairs from the time the BJP came to power at the Centre.

“From forcing the ONGC to acquire a gas block from Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC) for Rs 8,000 crore to funding its fiscal deficit by compelling the ONGC to buy a stake in HPCL, the Modi government has systematically hit the ONGC.

“Because of all these, ONGC group’s debt doubled to Rs 1,11,533 crore in 2017-18 from Rs 55,619 crore in 2016-17. Such is the condition that the ONGC has to now avail of overdraft facility to discharge the salary obligation of the employees,” Tewari told the media citing the letter written by the ONGC’s Employees Mazdoor Sabha.

The letter by the employees union written to Modi last month has alleged that “decisions taken over the past four-and-a-half years have broken the economic backbone of the company”.

“Over the past 52 months, a profitable public sector undertaking has been systematically crippled and debt ridden. There seems to be a systematic and calibrated attempt to completely destroy the public sector in India,” said Tewari

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