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Congress gears up to corner BJP over PNB, Rotomac scam in the Budget Session

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Congress leader Manish Tewari said the party will not only raise the 11,400 crore PNB scam and Rotomac fraud, but also the issue of credibility of our banking sector.

The Punjab National Bank scam and the subsequent similar banking frauds are set to raise the pitch in the parliament’s budget session. After the multi-crores PNB Scam by diamantaire, Nirav Modi came to the fore, more such cases of businessmen defaulting the loan repayment have come to the light. After Nirav Modi and Mehul Chowksi, another banking scam by Rotomac pen’s Vikram Kothari created uproar in the country.

While the Modi government is blaming previous UPA government for this, the Congress, on the other hand, has pulled its socks to corner the government over banking scams in the budget session of the parliament. Congress said that it will also speak to other like-minded parties to build a front against the government.

“We will not let the issue go until we get a satisfactory answer from the government,” said the Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari. Asserting that the party will focus on the issue of declining credibility of the banking sector, Tewari said, “We will not only question the government on the 11,400 crore PNB scam by Nirav Modi and Rotomac fraud, we will also raise the issue of credibility of our banking sector.”

Tewari said the Congress, which is the largest opposition party will seek the support of other opposition parties and parties that are hurt by the “Mal-governance” of the Modi government. “We will not keep quiet until the government addresses the issue and breaks its silence,” asserted Tewari.

He further added that the PNB scam is just a tip of the iceberg and demanded a government directive to all PSU banks asking for a declaration of all the non performing assets and the detailed list of loan defaulters. Tewari said the Congress will take up the issue further to masses and spread awareness about the banking fraud from the ground level.

Slamming Nirav Modi, he said that the letter written by him to PNB displays his “arrogance” and hints at Modi’s intentions of not returning the dues.

Accusing government of unleashing “political vendetta” over the notice served by IT department to the wife of Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi, Tewari asked whether the government has initiated any probe into who sanctioned the loans.

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Media survey on women in India based on perception, flawed methodology: Hansraj Ahir

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New Delhi | The recent international survey, which described India as the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the alleged high risk of sexual violence, was based on “perception” and “flawed methodology”, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Union minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the report was not based on any scientific survey but a poll of a statistically insignificant sample of persons and presents a distorted picture of the comparative state of women safety in different countries.

“The said polling survey has been rejected by the National Commission for Women as it is based on perception and flawed methodology. However, steps have been taken for increasing safety of women,” he said replying to a written question.

The survey by a British media organisation of about 550 experts on issues faced by women claimed last month that India was the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour.

War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third, respectively, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia.

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MiG 21 fighter jet crashes in Himachal’s Kangra; no news on pilot

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A MiG 21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, the police said.

The accident took place after 1 pm. A video shows the wreckage of the jet which took off from Punjab’s Pathankot, a frontline Indian Air Force base. Visuals from the site of the accident showed a part of the aircraft engulfed in flames, lying in what appears to be a field.

Superintendent of police of Kangra, Santosh Patial said the pilot was missing. The rescue team is on the way, reported a news agency.

In another aviation accident this year, a small aircraft crashed in a crowded Mumbai neighbourhood on June 28, killing five people, including four crew members and a pedestrian.

The Indian Air Force has been the world’s largest operator of the jet, the first variants of which entered service with the air force in the sixties. This is the second Indian Air Force fighter jet crash in two months.

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Functioning of the state government is ‘completely paralysed’ despite SC verdict: Delhi government

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New Delhi | The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the functioning of the state government is “completely paralysed” and it can’t order transfer or posting of officers despite the recent Constitution bench verdict on the administration of Delhi.

The bench of Justices AK Sikri and Navin Sinha said it knows everything and the matter will be taken on July 26 since it is not a regular bench.

Senior advocate P Chidambaram who was representing the Delhi government said, “Functioning of the government is completely paralysed. We cannot post officers, we cannot transfer officers despite the recent constitution bench verdict which has explained every aspect. These issues needs to be adjudicated at the earliest.”

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who also appeared for the Delhi government, said officers are not willing to file an affidavit on this matter and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had therefore filed the affidavit. “I just wanted to clarify the situation.”

Earlier a five-judge Constitution bench including Chief Justice Dipak Misra recently stated broad parameters for the governance of the Delhi which had a constant power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government since the election of Aam Aadmi Party in 2014.

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