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Rajiv Ratna Gandhi hold the position of Prime Minister of India at the age of 40 after the assassination of his mother Indira Gandhi.

Nehru-wefronewsHe was Born on August 20, 1944 in a family that had a great Political command in India. His grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru played a terrific role in freedom fight and became Independent India’s first prime minister While his mother Indira Gandhi was the first and only woman Prime Minister of India.Indira-wefornewsRajiv completed his schooling from elite Doon School and then studied at University of London at Trinity College, Cambridge in Britain. There Rajiv Gandhi met with an italian student Sonia Maino and fell in love with her. They tied a knot in 1969. rajiv marriage-wefornewsRajiv’s younger brother Sanjay Gandhi stepped in politics and became a trusted lieutenant of her mother Indira Gandhi. In 1980, Sanjay Gandhi died in a plane crash following which Rajiv had to enter politics at the instance of his mother. In 1981, he won the first Lok Sabha election from Amethi. Later he became the General Secretary of the congress Party.gandhi-wefornewsRajiv eldest son Indira and Feroze Gandhi, made a major contribution in modernising India. He had a foresight vision to anaylse that information technology will play a key role in the 21st century and worked actively in his tenure as Prime Minister. He made many efforts to improve relations with other countries like United States relations with India and expanded higher education programs in all over the India.sonia-rajiv-wefornewsRajiv Gandhi authorised an extensive police and army campaign against the militants in Punjab. Rajiv’s government suffered a major setback when its efforts to broke peace between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE rebels backfired. According to the peace accords signed in 1987, the LTTE would disarm to the Indian Peace Keeping Force which was sent to Sri Lanka.rajiv-wefornewsBut distrust and a few incidents of conflict turned out into open fighting between the LTTE militants and Indian soldiers. More than thousand Indian soldiers lost lives and at last Rajiv Gandhi had to pull out Indian forces from Sri Lanka. It was a biggest failure of Rajiv’s diplomacy.rajiv-wefornewsThough Rajeev Gandhi promised to curb corruption, he and his party were themselves implicated in corruption scandals. The major scandal being Bofors Gun scandal involving alleged payoffs by the Swedish Bofors arms company.rajeev-wefornewsThe scandal rapidly tarnished his popularity and he lost the next general elections held in 1989. A coalition comprising government came to the power but it could not last its full term and general elections were called in 1991.freedom-wefornewsOn May 21, 1991 while campaigning for elections in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, Rajiv Gandhi was surrounded by many Congress supporters and well wishers. At around 10 pm, the assassin greeted him and bent down to touch his feet. She then exploded an RDX explosive laden belt attached to her waist-belt. The act of violence was reportedly carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, expressing their resentment over the formation Indian Peace-keeping Force.

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Rs 80,000 cr has come to BJP coffers in last five months, says Hazare

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Guwahati, Dec 15: Noble social activist Anna Hazare on Friday hit out at the Narendra Modi-led central government saying, the country has topped the list of corrupt countries in Asia in the last three years of the NDA rule and Rs 80,000 crore has come to the coffers of the BJP in the past five months as donation.

Hazare, citing a Forbes Magazine article that quoted a Transparency International survey, said India tops the list of corrupt countries in Asia. “I am not claiming this but it being reported by Forbes Magazine after conducting a survey among the Asian countries,” he said, news agency IANS reported.

“I have been silent for the last three years. When a new government comes we must give them some time. So I remained silent, but now the time has come to speak against them. I am going to start another movement for a strong Jan Lokpal as well as for the farmers of the country from March 23 next year,” Hazare asserted.

Slamming the Centre, he revealed Rs 80,000 crore had come to the coffers of the NDA-led ruling party in the past five months as donation.

“The common people are still reeling under problems. The farmers of the country are suffering. Banks give loans to the farmers but slap interest as per their whims and fancies. The Reserve Bank of India must fix a rate of interest for all the farmers and banks should not be allowed to fix the interest for the benefit of the farmers.”

Flagging his concerns, he stated  “The farmers commit suicide as they fail to get good price for their crops to repay the loan. There is no MSP for their paddy”.

Hazare said he had written 32 letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the ltas three years but haven’t received  response to any of them from the PMO.

“I am going to involve everyone in the movement for a strong Jan Lokpal and farmers’ issues. I am going everywhere to speak to the people. We are ready to go to jail. But if they put us in jails we must ensure that every jail in the country should be filled by people,” he added.

“Earlier there was a provision which made it mandatory for the officers to declare their assets but the present government abolished it. While the companies were allowed to donate 7.5 per cent of their profit to political parties, now any amount can be donated to the political parties,” said Hazare while urging people to support the movement staring from March 23.

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Anil Ambani Group sues Congress’ Singhvi for Rs 5,000 crore

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Ahmedabad, Dec 15 : The Reliance Anil Ambani group has filed a Rs 5,000-crore ($ 780 million) defamation suit here against Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, accusing him of making “false, defamatory and libellous statements”.

The suit has been filed in the Gujarat High Court.

According to company sources, the Congress leader “made false, defamatory and libellous statements against the group. We have filed a Rs 5,000-crore suit for damages against him for making these false and defamatory statements”.

Singhvi had, on November 30, attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, contending that he was “fooling” people by saying the government had not waived loans of big defaulters.

Alleging that the government 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 charged that the Finance Minister, 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 earlier clarified 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.

The statement had added: “Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd will be only one of the key players in the discharge of offset obligations. Over 500 large, medium and small Indian companies will benefit from the offsets which are nothing but an export obligation for goods and services from India. Offsets referred to are spread over a period of nearly 10 years.”

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Union cabinet clears Triple Talaq Bill

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New Delhi, 15th December: Union government on Thursday(15th December) cleared the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, to make the practice of “instant” triple talaq an offence.

The draft bill was sent out to states earlier this month proposed that triple talaq be made a cognisable and non-bailable offence that would attract a jail term of three years.he practice of Triple Talaq as illegal

On August 22 the Supreme Court announced the practice of Triple Talaq as illegal.Now the bill will be introduced in both Upper and lower houses for approval in the winter session of Parliament.

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