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Shocking! UP Police’s ‘bribe rate card’ out

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Lucknow, May 18: In a shocking revelation, a WhatsApp message has exposed the Uttar Pradesh police’s ‘bribe rate card’.

The Noida senior superintendent of police has reportedly ordered an inquiry into the incident. Around 18 officers of the Special Operation Group of the Noida Branch were transferred to line which is akin to a demotion.

As per the sources, some policemen fought with each other over ‘distribution’ of the bribe amount. The fight became ugly and later a constable forwarded the ‘Rate Card’ to DGP.

Following this, DGP then directed Noida SSP to order a probe in the matter.

Interestingly for festivals such as Holi, the rate is Rs 50,000 , special allowances were made, from the bribe collected.

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Rajya Sabha adjourns Sine Die, eight days ahead of schedule

A week ahead of schedule, the Rajya Sabha is set to adjourn after the government business is complete, considering the safety of parliamentarians in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases

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  • Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die. Monsoon Session, that was scheduled to go on till October 1st, cut short in the wake of COVID19 pandemic.
  • The Lok Sabha will be adjourned sine die today, eight days ahead of the scheduled end of the monsoon session.

A week ahead of schedule, the Rajya Sabha is set to adjourn on Wednesday after the government business is complete, considering the safety of parliamentarians in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan informed the Upper House.

He said, “I have to inform the members that the government has decided to recommend the adjournment of the House sine die today. But some important legislative business passed by the Lok Sabha has to be disposed off before adjournment of the House sine die.”

The House was witnessing a boycott from the opposition, and the benches were empty even as the government passed Bills in the House on Tuesday.

As all the major Bills, including those replacing ordinances, were passed by both the Houses on Tuesday, political party sources and secretariat officials indicated that both the Houses will curtail their proceedings on Wednesday — a week before the scheduled conclusion of the session.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s special announcement to hold the lower House proceedings at 6 p.m. on Wednesday — three hours later than the scheduled time — also signalled the plan to cut short the session which was set to conclude on October 1.

“I want to inform the members that the proceedings of the House will begin from 6 p.m. on Wednesday,” Birla announced after the House unanimously passed the Jammu and Kashmir Official Language Bill, 2020.

Sources said the Lower House is likely to adjourn its proceedings after taking up a few matters, including Zero hour.

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Airlines on verge of collapse, may shut if situation doesn’t improve: GoAir to SC

SC deferred the hearing of the case for refund of air tickets booked during lockdown period till September 25

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New Delhi: A day after aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) informed the Supreme Court (SC) that passengers who booked tickets during lockdown are eligible for refunds, the government recommended that airlines pay 0.5% interest for delayed refunds.

While both Vistara and AirAsia opposed the levy of interest stating that many of their customers prefer credit shell, country’s largest airline IndiGo said it refunded the tickets for the lockdown period in full.

The government also said it is open to considering the interest of any particular segment of passengers if adversely affected.

New Delhi: A day after aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) informed the Supreme Court (SC) that passengers who booked tickets during lockdown are eligible for refunds, the government recommended that airlines pay 0.5% interest for delayed refunds.

While both Vistara and AirAsia opposed the levy of interest stating that many of their customers prefer credit shell, country’s largest airline IndiGo said it refunded the tickets for the lockdown period in full.

The government also said it is open to considering the interest of any particular segment of passengers if adversely affected.

Meanwhile, GoAir pleaded with the apex court that many airlines were on the brink of collapse and might shut down if If the situation doesn’t improve.

SC has deferred the hearing on airlines’ fare refund case for September 25.

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Time magazine lists PM Modi in ‘100 Most Influential People 2020’ but adds a stinging note

While featuring PM Modi in the influential people’s list, Time did not shy away from suggesting that Modi, as India’s PM, had “brought into doubt” India’s secular nature.

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it to Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People 2020’ list. PM Modi is the only politician from India to have been featured in the ‘Leaders’ category.

Other world leaders who feature in the Time list include US President Donald Trump; Chinese President Xi Jinping; Joe Biden, presidential challenger to Trump in 2020 US elections; Kamala Harris, US Democratic vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election; Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; and Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

While featuring PM Modi in the influential people’s list, Time did not shy away from suggesting that Modi, as India’s PM, had “brought into doubt” India’s secular nature where “Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and other religious sects – all have abided in India”.

Time noted that “the Dalai Lama (who has spent most of his life in refuge there) has lauded the country as ‘an example of harmony and stability’.”

However, PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, labelled as Hindu-nationalist, has “rejected not only elitism but also pluralism, specifically targeting India’s Muslims,” claims the short write-up on PM Modi in Time, written by editor at large, Karl Vick.

“The crucible of the pandemic became a pretense for stifling dissent. And the world’s most vibrant democracy fell deeper into shadow,” it concludes, seeking to build a narrative on PM Modi’s rule.

Questioning the populist vote which PM Modi and his BJP got in two successive General Elections in 2014 and 2019 – the second one being a bigger mandate – Time argues “free elections only tell who got the most votes” and does not necessarily represent “those who did not vote for the winner”.

It may be recalled here that during his more than six years’ rule so far, PM Modi has stressed on taking all along the path of development with the motto: “Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas,” meaning “together, for everyone’s growth, with everyone’s trust”.

In May last year as well, Time had in an article called PM Modi “India’s Divider in Chief”. However, just weeks later, the magazine published an article titled ‘Modi Has United India Like No Prime Minister in Decades’.

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