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Shashi Tharoor moves Delhi HC seeking order refraining Arnab Goswami

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New Delhi, Aug 3 : Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday filed an application before the Delhi High Court seeking to restrain Republic TV from making defamatory publications against him with regard to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Tharoor has already filed a defamation suit against journalist Arnab Goswami and his news channel Republic TV and claimed Rs 2 crore damages from them for defamatory remarks against him.

On May 29, the High Court had said the TV news channel can air stories by stating the facts related to the investigation into the death of Pushkar, but cannot call the Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram a “criminal”.

The court said that they (Goswami and his channel) cannot use such language and had sought response from the journalist and channel on the defamation suit by August 16.

In a fresh application through advocate Gaurav Gupta, Tharoor said: “Despite the assurance given by the counsel of the defendants (Republic TV) on the last date of hearing, the defendants are still engaging in defaming the plaintiff (Tharoor) and maligning his image.”

The application stated: “Numerous shows, debates, interviews etc. are being broadcast repeatedly on the New Channel of the defendants, wherein innuendos are being used to portray that the plaintiff was complicit in the unfortunate death of the deceased.”

“There have also been instances when the plaintiff has been categorically called to be the killer of the deceased,” it added.

The Congress leader pleaded that the expression “murder of Sunanda Pushkar” should not be used as it is yet to be established by a competent court of law that the death of his wife was a ‘murder’.

The High Court will hear Tharoor’s application on Friday.

Republic TV had recently aired what it called an expose in the death of Pushkar, playing tapes of a purported conversation between a reporter and Tharoor’s assistant Narayan on the night of Pushkar’s death. Pushkar was found dead in a five-star hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014.

Tharoor, in his defamation suit, said he has suffered humiliation and severe loss of reputation in the eyes of the public.

He has baselessly been declared by them as the alleged murderer of his wife, said the defamation suit, seeking a permanent injunction against the channel from reporting or broadcasting any news regarding Pushkar’s death until investigations are complete.

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Please tell Davos about wealth disparity in India: Rahul to Modi

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New Delhi, Jan 23: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday in a jibe asked him to inform the top global forum “why one per cent of India’s population gets 73 per cent of its wealth?”.

“Dear PM, welcome to Switzerland! Please tell DAVOS why 1% of India’s population gets 73% of its wealth? I’m attaching a report for your ready reference,” Gandhi tweeted.

Gandhi attached a new survey by international rights group Oxfam in which it is mentioned that India’s richest one per cent garnered as much as 73 per cent of the total wealth generated in the country in 2017.

The report’s findings are in line with those of similar studies including the one published by renowned economists Lucas Chancel and Thomas Piketty last July, and give credence to the theory that the rich have disproportionately benefited from liberalisation while others have been left struggling.

Modi on Tuesday attended the WEF in Davos, Switzerland and gave the opening plenary speech. He is the first Prime Minister from India to participate in a forum meeting in two decades after the then Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in 1997.

He interacted with 120 members of the International Business Council, which is a part of the WEF.

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Mamata Banerjee slams Centre for not declaring Netaji birthday national holiday

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Kolkata, Jan 23: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday lashed out at the Centre for not declaring Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary as a national holiday and lamented that the iconic freedom fighter is yet to get his due.

“The birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has not yet been declared a national holiday. Cannot we show this much respect to him?

“The state had announced public holiday on January 23 years ago,” Mamata said after offering floral tributes to Bose at Indira Gandhi Sarani here on his 121st birth anniversary.

“The people of this country want to know what happened to Netaji. There is a version which only a section believes.”

The West Bengal Chief Minister also cornered Modi-led Central government for abolishing the Planning Commission. “The Planning Commission was Netaji’s dream. But the BJP has abolished it after it came to power (in 2014)”.

She further said in a tweet “Netaji is a national hero, an epitome of patriotism, selfless service, courage, dignity and dedication. Today is the day for all of us, including our young generation, to take a pledge again to work tirelessly for the good of our country and the people. Jai Hind.”

Last week, the Chief Minister had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the birthdays of Netaji and Swami Vivekananda as national holidays.

At a separate programme celebrating Bose’s birthday, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi said it would be in the fitness of things if the Centre okays the state’s demand for a national holiday.

“The state has approached the Centre on the issue. It would be a good decision if the Centre gives the green signal,” Tripathi told reporters on the sidelines of the programme at Netaji Bhavan.

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Congress slams Kerala Governor, Vijayan government for skipping anti-Centre remarks

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 23: The Congress-led UDF on Tuesday slammed Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam for skipping references critical of the Modi government from his prepared speech in the state assembly and hit out at the Pinarayi Vijayan government’s silence over it.

The opposition was critical of the Monday incident when Sathasivam skipped three sentences critical of the Narendra Modi government from his 89-minute prepared speech when he addressed the Legislative Assembly on the opening day of the Budget session.

Addressing the media, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said it was improper on the part of the Governor to skip certain sentences, and the general norm when such an incident happens was also not followed.

“On the part of the CPI-M-led government, it’s even more strange that all along the CPI-M has always been contemptuous of the post of Governor, but still not a word has been spoken by them nor has the party organisation said anything.

“I have now given a letter to Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan to let them know that when the Governor’s speech is taken up for discussion — which is the one that should be discussed. Would it be the one that was given to us after the speech, which included the sentences that the Governor skipped, or would it be the one which he read out,” said Chennithala.

Deputy Leader of Opposition M.K. Muneer of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) said they wished to know if the Governor had written to the government, informing that he would not be reading out a few sentences. The party also wished to know if the Left Front government has written to the Governor asking to know what happened.

“As per the rules of procedure, now that the Governor himself has not made any statement on it, the government should find out and come out with a new resolution if they are planning to include the sentences that the Governor has skipped.

“We will wait to hear and then we will make our next move.

“As things stand there is a crisis and it’s for the state government to resolve it,” said Muneer.

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