PM Modi ‘most expensive chowkidar’ in the world, states Congress on the recent scams

On Saturday, the senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal criticized the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on key banking scams exposed in the country over the last few days and termed Narendra Modi the “most expensive chowkidar” in the world.

“Modiji used to give a statement every day against the Congress when a (2G) scam worth Rs 1.76 lakh crore was alleged during the UPA regime. That was a presumptive loss. Later, the court said there was no scam at all,” said Kapil Sibal at the time of briefing media here. Indicating to the banking frauds by diamond jeweler Nirav Modi (worth Rs 11,300 crore) and others (Rotomac loan default worth over Rs 3,000 crore) as “actual” losses, Kapil said that “Why is he (Prime Minister) silent now?” However, PM Modi spoke about the bank fraud first time on Friday at the ET Global Business Summit after the fraud took place that the government would take “stern action” against irregularities.

“He (Narendra Modi) gets a house, a plane; he is the most expensive watchman in the world,” the Congress leader said. The former Union Minister added that Prime Minister Modi must enlighten why these scamsters “gained” while the nation faced losses below his watch. “Several leaders in the BJP have connections with these scamsters, who have left the country,” Sibal said.

Unethical behavior in lender-borrower relation has to end, says FM Jaitley on PNB fraud

Responding to the PNB fraud, the finance minister Arun Jaitley today called for an end to “unethical behavior” between lender-borrower relations. While addressing the Economic Times Global Summit 2018, Jaitley said, “Unethical behavior in lender-borrower relation has to end, the industry needs to get into the habit of doing ethical business.”

The finance minister also highlighted the importance of regulators in stopping scams and said that they need to be more cautious. “Regulators have a very important function, regulators ultimately decide the rules of the game and they have to have a third eye which perpetually be open. Unfortunately, in the Indian system, we politicians are accountable but regulators are not,” Jaitley said. Jaitley argued that cases like PNB fraud, in which jeweler Nirav Modi, along with his uncle Mehul Choksi, fooled the bank of Rs 11,300 crore, impacts the ease of doing business in the country. “Cases of willful default is something which is much more than a business failure and also bank frauds. If you periodically have incidents like these, the entire effort of ease of doing business goes to background and these scars on the economy take the front sea,” the finance minister said.

Jaitley said that it is a reason for worry that a scam of such an enormous magnitude was arranged in spite of multiple layers of auditing it. The finance minister said, “If a fraud is taking place in multiple branches of the banking system and no one raised the red flag, doesn’t that become worrisome for a country. Similarly, top management who were indifferent, multiple layers of auditing system which chose to look other way, it creates a worrisome situation.” Prior to this week, the finance minister had slammed the public sector banks for not protecting taxpayers’ money spent to keep them afloat and cautioned that the government would explore every option to punish the “cheats” accountable for bank frauds.

“The first important question is with regard to the lack of ethics that a section of Indian business follows. Therefore, it is incumbent on us, as the state, till the last legitimate capacity to chase these people to the last possible conclusion. To make sure that the country is not cheated,” the finance minister said in his first comments following the PNB fraud came in public.

Trump once again named India, China to defend his policy on Paris Climate deal

Once more, the US President Donald Trump named India and China to defend his policy on climate change and repeated that these countries and some others aided the most from the Paris agreement whereas America didn’t get any benefit. In his address to the Conservation Political Action Committee, Trump said, “We knocked out the Paris Climate Accord. It would have been a disaster. Would have been disaster for our country.”

Trump was citing to his last year decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Donald Trump had announced in June last year to take out the US from the Paris Agreement on climate changes and renegotiate the deal that was agreed upon by more than 190 countries during the past Obama administration. Disagreeing that countries like India and China are advancing the most from the Paris agreement, Trump said that the pact on climate change was partial to the US, as it severely hit its jobs and businesses. “You know, basically, it said, “You have a lot of oil and gas that we found” — you know, technology has been amazing. And we found things that we never knew. But we have massive — just about the top in the world — we have massive energy reserves. We have coal. We have so much,” Trump said while defending his decision.

“And basically, they were saying, “Don’t use it. You can’t use it. So what it does is it makes us uncompetitive with other countries. It’s not going to happen, I told them. It’s not going to happen. And China — their agreement didn’t kick in until 2030. Right? Our agreement kicks in immediately. Russia — they’re allowed to go back into the 1990s, which was not a clean environmental time,” Trump added. While mentioning on India and other countries, Trump said, “Other countries, big countries — India and others — we had to pay, because they considered them a growing country.” “They were a growing country. I said, What are we? Are we allowed to grow, too? Ok? No, Are we allowed to grow? They called India a developing nation. They call China a developing nation. But the United States? We’re developed. We can pay,” Trump said.

President Trump asked if people understood about the Paris Agreement and said that his nation is in favor of his decision. “Because it sounds so good. It’s like some of the environmental regulations that I cut. They have the most beautiful titles. And sometimes, I’d say, “Look, I’m just going to close my eyes and sign this, because you know what? I’m going to get killed on this one. And I get so much thanks. The country knows what I’m doing,” the US President added. Trump said that “We couldn’t build. We couldn’t farm. If you had a puddle on your land, they called it a lake for the purposes of environmental. I mean, it’s crazy. It’s crazy”.

I can’t afford that luxury of being depressed or sad or emotional, says superstar Salman Khan

Salman Khan, without any doubt, is one of the biggest stars in India, but he reveals that it was not an easy journey to stardom for him, addressing his professional highs and lows and legal woes. Khan believes that there have been breaking points in his life, but the nature of his job does not permit him to share his vulnerable side with the world.

“My profession is such that I have to look good, dress up, do stylised action sequences and romance. Articles come on my affairs, me working with beautiful heroines and then suddenly a court date comes up… People see me on Bigg Boss in which I am laughing and joking. So, people think I don’t give a damn about things. That is the most difficult part about our journey as actors. No matter what you are going through at your home or in your personal life, you can’t have subtitles there. You have to be that character, no matter what you are going through,” the 52-year-old actor said at the Global TiE Summit. Salman revealed that being a star has a lot of consequences as he does not have the “luxury of being depressed or sad”.

Talking about his early days in the film industry, Salman revealed his focus as a new actor was to give an equally bigger hit as Aamir Khan’s Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. “The journey I began with ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, not knowing if I would make it, and that time it was difficult because there was another actor, who had started his career and he had given a big hit. That kid’s name was Aamir Khan. He was from the same locality. I thought that he made it and if I didn’t make it, the whole Bandra will start laughing at me. So, my concern was only Bandra- Pali Hill and the friends’ circle, which just had four-five people,” Khan said.

Speaking on how his career shaped up, Salman said at the TiE Global Summit (TGS) 2018 here on Thursday that “When I was 15-16 (years old), I started partying and stuff like that because that’s the age when everyone parties. When I was in college, I used to assist in films and then I started working as a model too”.

Modi-Trudeau meet: Issued joint statement, focus on terrorism, trade ties

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau held extensive talks on important issues of counter-terrorism and extremism as well as ways to enhance trade ties on Friday, following which both sides inked six pacts, including on energy cooperation.

While addressing a joint media event after almost two-hour long meeting, PM Modi with the Canadian Prime Minister said that they discussed the whole range of the bilateral partnership. Stressing that it is vital that both countries work together to fight terrorism, Modi said that there must be no place for those who misuse religion for political goals. Prime Minister Modi has also cleared it that those who challenge India’s sovereignty and unity will not be endured. PM Modi’s comments come in the middle of criticism of the Trudeau government’s soft approach in the direction of the Khalistan issue and the controversy over a convicted Khalistani terrorist accompanying the Canadian PM on his week-long trip to India.

Examining that Canadian PM Trudeau has visited various parts of India in last few days, PM Modi has said that the Canadian counterpart should have experienced the diversity of the nation. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, on his side, called India as a natural partner for commercial cooperation. Prior to this, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Canadian Prime Minister and talked over a various matter of concerns of mutual interest. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted that the minister had a cordial meeting the Canadian PM and discussed ways to brace and develop the partnership between the two countries.

60 Delhi police cops arrive at Kejriwal’s home to review CCTV footage

A Delhi Police team, including cybercrime and forensics experts, arrived at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Friday morning to gather evidence linked to the alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash by AAP MLAs on Monday night. “Around 60 police personnel reached CM’s residence at Flag Staff Road in New Delhi to search the place without any intimation,” a Delhi government official said.

The Delhi CM Kejriwal was also present at his residence when the police led the search. On Tuesday, the Delhi police had registered an FIR against AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan and others on the complaint of chief secretary Anshu Prakash. The chief secretary had alleged that AAP MLAs assaulted him during a meeting at Kejriwal’s official residence on Monday night. The Delhi Police visited at the CM’s residence two days following the arrest of AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal in the case. The deputy commissioner of police (DCP) (North) Harender Singh confirmed the presence of police team, forensic experts and cyber crime cell at the Kejriwal’s residence. Singh, who was present at the CM’s residence, said that “We are at the scene of the crime”.

“CM house taken over by police. Huge number of police force enters CM house without any intimation. Police Raj kills democracy in Delhi. Police spread all over inside house. If this what they can to do an elected CM, think what they can with poor people!!!,” Delhi government spokesperson Arunoday Prakash tweeted. Arunoday, in his another tweet, described the search an effort to humiliate the Delhi CM Kejriwal. “There is minimum courtesy in democracy. Every citizen has rights under constitution. Is it an attempt to humiliate a CM who is working tirelessly for the poor and the last man of the society,” he said in his another tweet.

Man tries to forcibly kiss girl at railway station in Navi Mumbai, arrested

On Thursday, a 43-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly tried to forcibly kiss a woman commuter in Navi Mumbai by the Railway Protection Force (RPF), said media reports. According to CNN-News18, the identified accused Naresh Joshi molested the woman while she was waiting to board a local train to Ghansoli for work.

“We have registered a case under IPC section 354 (A) (sexual harassment) and are investigating the matter,” inspector Krishna Kadam at Vashi was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror. The whole incident had been captured on CCTV camera footage, which was being monitored by an RPF team. After the team witness the accused suspiciously hanging around the station premises after molesting the woman, constables were rushed to the spot. The police next approached the victim and based on her directions traced the suspect to a subway, the Firstpost reported the Mumbai Mirror report.

A 23-year-old man, in a similar incident in January, was arrested for abusing and forcibly kissing his ex-girlfriend in public on Carter road in Mumbai, Hindustan Times had reported. The woman had alleged that when she was with her friends on Carter road, the accused blocked her path and forcibly kissed her. An 18-year-old girl was allegedly molested in another incident in the same month on a Mumbai-bound express train. The victim had tweeted to police while she was traveling in the Konark Express about her “harassment by an unidentified molester”.