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PWD scam : ACB raids Kejriwal kins

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New Delhi, May 23 : Delhi’s Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) on Tuesday raided Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s deceased brother-in-law Surender Kumar Bansal’s residence in connection with Rs 10 crore PWD scam.

Earlier , on Monday evening  also ACB conducted raids  at the Bansal residence and in two other offices of senior officers , a senior ACB official said.

During the raids, the ACB officials recovered several documents related to scam.

The ACB probe follows three cases registered on May 9 against Bansal and other senior PWD officers over Public Works Department scam.

The investigating agency had questioned six engineers of the PWD on May 13.

The three FIRs were registered against Bansal and PWD officers after it was discovered that several bills were cleared by different companies for different works.

The case involving Bansal, who died on May 7, relates to a drain project and improvement of kerbs (raised paths) from Shani Mandir to Bakoli village up to Drain No.6 on National Highway 44.

Earlier on May 18, the ACB had said that it has ordered inspection of a PWD project involving Bansal.

The FIRs do not mention Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Kejriwal’s name.

However, complainant Rahul Sharma, Convener of NGO Road Anti-Corruption Organisation, has accused the Chief Minister of helping Bansal to get fake bills of around Rs 10 crore cleared.

The ACB recorded the statement of Sharma on May 11.

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Gaja Cyclone to make landfall near Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu around midnight

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Chennai, Nov 15 : Around 12,000 people have been evacuated across coastal Tamil Nadu as cyclone Gaja  make landfall near Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu around midnight.Heavy Rains have started in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Thiruvarur districts.

The outer band of the cyclone has entered the land area near Nagapattinam, nearly 300 km from state capital Chennai. More than 6000 relief camps have been opened in the districts of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur and eight rescue teams have been put in place.

The IMD predicted rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy at a few places over Tamilnadu and Puducherry.

Extremely heavy rain measuring about 20 cm at isolated places is also likely over Cuddalore, Nagappattinam, Karaikal, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram districts, IMD said.

The severe cyclonic storm Gaja, which lay centred about 126 km east of Karaikal in Puducherry, is expected to cross the Tamil Nadu coast near Nagapattinam on Thursday night, Indian Meteoroligcal Department (IMD) said.

According to IMD, Gaja is expected to cross the coast south of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu by 11 p.m. Thursday with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph.

The IMD officials said the outer rim of the Gaja cyclone is touching Karaikal and strong winds have already started blowing in the coastal districts.

People in living in low-lying areas have been shifted to relief centres.

Universities and colleges have postponed their exams slated for Friday.

Similarly, schools and colleges in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Thiruvarur will be closed on Friday.

According to the AIADMK government, telecommunication companies have said they would have oil stocked for a minimum of five days in the cyclone-expected zone and for 15 days at their headquarters.

The mobile telephone companies also assured the government of moving their mobile telecom towers or cell on wheels to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore.

According to a statement from the state government, arrangements have been made to send bulk SMS to mobile subscribers warning about the weather issued by the emergency control centres.

The Indian Navy is also on high alert and is ready to render any assistance, a statement said.

Two Navy ships – Ranvir and Khanjar – are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid, distress relief, evacuation, and logistic support, including proviging medical aid, the Navy said.

Additionally, aircraft from Naval Air Stations Dega, Rajali and Parundu and patrolling boats from naval detachments in Ramnathapuram, Nagapattinam have been warning the fishing vessels about the approaching storm, the Navy said.

Naval aircraft are also standing by to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty, evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded.

The Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority has issued helpline numbers and have been issuing alerts through social media, radio, television and TN SMART mobile app. While the state helpline is 1070, district helpline number is 1077. A list of Do’s and Don’ts has also been issued by the government.

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BJP plays Hindutva card, Not a single Muslim was given a ticket in Rajasthan

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Jaipur, Nov 15: BJP has confirmed that the Saffron party will not shun the Hindutva card as it has not given a single ticket to a Muslim candidate.BJP has announced 162 candidates for the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly polling for which is due on December 7.

One of the sitting MLAs, Habibur Rehman from Nagaur, on Wednesday joined the Congress when he failed to find his name in the list released on Sunday.

Rahman said the BJP is playing the Hindutva card in Rajasthan.

Another state minister Yunus Khan too failed to find his name. But, unlike Rehman, Khan has expressed his loyalty to the party.

Morcha vice-president Sadiq Khan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, national party president Amit Shah and chief minister Vasundhara Raje expressing his concern as to how party members would reach out to the community if Muslims don’t get the party nomination.

Khan said no Muslim had found place in the BJP’s first list of 131 candidates, which was released on Sunday. “There should have been 5-6 names of Muslims in the list. When Rajputs, Jats, Brahmins, Banias, SC, ST have got tickets, then why has the minority been ignored?” he asked.

In the letter, Khan wrote that polarization by the BJP won’t work in Rajasthan. “Unlike UP, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, the Hindu-Muslim factor won’t work here as all communities live in peace and harmony.”

In 2013 polls, the BJP had swept 163 of 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan.In the 2008 assembly elections, the polling by Muslims was over 70% and Congress had won by a large margin.

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Postponing Concert Is Attack On democracy : TM Krishna

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New Delhi, Nov 15: On the cancellation of his music concert by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Carnatic singer TM Krishna said: “People are using Words like urban Naxal, presstitute, anti-Indian are to stop a festival who don’t know what democracy is”.Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia is also the culture minister, said: “will be happy to help out.”

The singer was targeted by right-wing trolls on social media

“Words like urban Naxal, presstitute, anti-Indian are created by people who don’t know what democracy is. They want to scare you and make other people angry at you. They are using these reasons today to stop a festival,” Carnatic singer TM Krishna said.

Krishna alleged that “troll armies have links with people in power” and described the postponement as an attack on freedom of expression.

But the Delhi government on Thursday reached out to Krishna after his weekend concert in the city was called off by the sponsors.

The Magsaysay Award winner said that he has earlier been accused of being pro-Christian, pro- conversion and an urban Naxal.

“The troll army has the underlying patronage of people in power,” alleged the singer.

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