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Sena terms PM’s I-Day speech mere ‘fireworks of numbers’

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Mumbai  |   The Shiv Sena termed today Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech “fireworks of numbers, announcements and schemes” and slammed him for the depreciating rupee.

It claimed that while Modi emphasised on his government’s development credentials, he overlooked the slide in the Indian rupee, which has hit an all-time low against the US dollar.

On August 14, the rupee breached the historic low of 70-mark against the US dollar before recovering at close on possible RBI intervention.

In this context, the Sena questioned the BJP’s claims of development during the last four years of its rule.

“The prime minister’s speech consists of fireworks of numbers, announcements and schemes and the Red Fort is used for the purpose,” it said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

“The prime minister says development had ceased during the Congress rule. However, the rupee has touched a historic low today. When a dollar equals to Rs 70, it is not a sign of a good economy and development,” the Sena said.

The editorial noted that while in opposition, the BJP used to attack the UPA government for the depreciating rupee and pin the blame on corrupt politics and financial scams, and asked whether the reasons for the currency’s slide in the last four years were any different from those during the previous rule.

It also questioned Modi’s assertion that India will be a “superpower”, at a time when its currency is falling.

“The prime minister cites an international agency as stating that five crore Indians have been lifted from below the poverty line. The PM should name this organisation and reveal from where those five crore Indians were found,” Saamana said.

Noting that Modi wore a “saffron” turban while delivering his Independence Day speech yesterday, the Sena claimed this was a bid to reach out to voters ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as a Hindu.

“However, will wearing the saffron turban solve questions of Hindutva?” asked the Sena, which is an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra.

It sought to know the fate of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uniform Civil Code, Article 370 and Kashmiri Pandits.

Farmers are committing suicide and almost all castes have come out on streets, demanding reservation for being backward, the Sena said and taunted that instead of abolishing caste system, the prime minister reiterated that caste-based reservations will stay.

The Sena claimed that Modi, in his previous speeches from the Red Fort, had said the Indian Army may intervene in the trouble-hit in Gilgit-Baltistan areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

But, a number of jawans on the Indian side have died due to cross-border firing, it said.

In remarks laced with sarcasm, the Sena said while the prime minister praised citizens for paying their taxes on time, fugitives like diamantaire Nirav Modi looted taxpayers’ money and fled the country.

“It is from the taxpayers’ money that the prime minister goes on foreign tours and the BJP spent Rs 4,000 crore on advertisements,” the editorial stated.

“The PM gave a good 2019 election speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort. Two years back when Modi had spoken about demonetisation, terrorism had increased and a bigger number of jawans were martyred,” the Sena claimed.

“Initially (before note ban) fake notes were being printed in Nepal and Pakistan, but (fake) Rs 2,000 notes printed in China have (now) reached here,” it said.

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Goa women Congress chief questioned in POCSO case

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Panaji | Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (GPMCC) president Pratima Coutinho was on Wednesday questioned in connection with a POCSO case lodged against her for allegedly revealing identity of a molestation victim, a police official said. Investigation officer police sub-inspector Sandhya Gupta questioned the Congress leader for over an hour at the Women’s Police Station here this afternoon.

Coutinho was booked under section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act,section 4 ofthe Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and section 8 (2) of Goa Children’s Act on complaints lodged by the Shiv Sena and some NGOs earlier this year. She was questionned in this connection on July 14.

The Congress leader had courted a controversy after she allegedly posted a picture of her with the mother of the minor girl who was allegedly molested by a man from Jharkhand earlier this year. The victim is a resident of Netravali village in Sanguem assembly constituency in South Goa. A delegation of the Mahila Congress led by Coutinho had visited the victim, after she filed a formal complaint with local police station.

Meanwhile, Coutinho Wednesday alleged that she was being “harassed” by the police, “as the accused in the molestation case works with an influential minister in the Goa government”. “All attempts are being made to harass me so that my voice is suppressed. I am being targetted by using police machinery because the Mahila Congress has taken up several causes, which has caused discomfort to the Goa government,” she alleged.

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Bengaluru court grants bail to G Janardhan Reddy in alleged bribery case

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Bengaluru | The  Bengaluru court on Wednesday granted Mining baron and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader G Janardhan Reddy on a bond of Rs 1 lakh. The Karnataka minister was arrested in connection with a multi-crore Ponzi scheme case.

The Court had earlier reserved orders on the bail petition filed by BJP leader G Janardhan Reddy. Reddy was arrested on Sunday in connection with a money transaction worth crores of rupees allegedly linked to a Ponzi scheme. He was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Money Laundering Ac, and remanded to judicial custody till November 24.

 Reddy’s lawyer on Tuesday had submitted that his client had no connection with the ponzi case and he had not cheated any investor. The lawyers said, “The irony of this case is that the accused number one — Ahmed Fareed of Ambidant Marketing pvt Ltd — is roaming free on bail and my client (Reddy) has been sent to judicial custody”. Reddy has claimed the allegations against him were part of a “political conspiracy”.

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Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on guidelines regarding explicit content on Netflix and Amazon prime

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New Delhi | The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought Central governments response on the seeking regulations and guidelines on online platforms like Netflix and Amazon.

The bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao responding to the petition was filed by NGO, Justice for Rights has given the Union government a 4 week period and scheduled the further hearing on February 8. The Court had also asked the government whether there are any specific guidelines or license for the content.

The petitioners in its plea claimed that the content of the online platform violate the  Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act alleging that the online platforms offered vulgar, sexually explicit, pornographic, profane, virulent, religiously forbidden and morally unethical contents in order to attract more subscribers and generate profit.
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