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Continuous rain affects normal life in Chennai
The continuing low pressure over the Bay of Bengal led to steady rain throughout Sunday night here, affecting normal life without offering any respite to the general public.
 
In many areas, people remained awake past midnight to keep a check in case the rain water entered their houses. 
 
"My neighbours had to keep a night vigil to see whether the rain water enters their home," R. Vasantha, a resident of Mylapore, told IANS.
 
Most of the city roads were under knee deep water, forcing people to stay confined to their homes. Schools and colleges were closed in as many as 15 districts of Tamil Nadu. 
 
Weather department officials said whether the depression would intensify into a cyclone could be ascertained only later.
 
The weathermen have forecast widespread rain over Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry.
 
Weather officials said the depression is moving towards Andhra Pradesh and the rain in Tamil Nadu will ease slowly. However, heavy rain is expected in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Arakkonam and Chennai and rescue teams have been deployed there.
 
With the filling up of the Chembarambakkam lake that quenches the thirst of Chennai, surplus water is being released as a precautionary measure.
 
The Chennai administration has warned people living along the Adaya river to move to safer places.
 
As the city suburbs remained submerged under water fire service personnel were using boats to take the stranded people to safer places. Fallen trees disrupted traffic in several places in Chennai.
 
Medical teams were visiting the water-logged areas to monitor the medical situation there.
 
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Rahul Gandhi is a British national, alleges Dr Subramanian Swamy
BJP leader Dr Subramaniam Swamy, in a press conference, produced documents to back his charge that Rahul Gandhi had claimed he was a British citizen in company filings submitted in the UK during 2003 to 2009. Since, India does not allow dual citizenship, Rahul Gandhi should be stripped of his citizenship and membership of the Lok Sabha, the BJP leader demanded
 
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dr Subramanian Swamy has alleged that Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi is a British national and is liable to be stripped of his citizenship of India and membership of the Lok Sabha. 
 
Rahul Gandhi, in corporate filings of a company called Backops Ltd, registered in the UK had represented himself as British national in 2003. The company was dissolved in 2009, Dr Swamy said.
 
 
Dr Swamy, in a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said, ".. (in) the company annual returns, Mr Rahul Gandhi has given his date of birth correctly but has declared himself to be of British nationality with an UK address. Mr Rahul Gandhi also held 65% of the shares of the total shares issued by this company (Backops Ltd) as on 10 October 2010. Finally, in the dissolution application as well, Mr Rahul Gandhi states that his nationality is British as on the date he was appointed as Director of the said company."
 
"While UK permits dual citizenship, India emphatically does not. Article 18 prohibits an Indian citizen from accepting even foreign titles. Hence, Mr Rahul Gandhi has, prima facie, committed an unconstitutional act and therefore liable to be stripped of his citizenship and membership of the Lok Sabha," Dr Swamy said.
 
According to the former Cabinet Minister for Commerce, Law & Justice, no member of Indian Parliament can incorporate a company abroad without prior permission under the existing laws and without declaring the same in his nomination form as a candidate for election to the Parliament.
 
Dr Swamy also alleged that the Congress leader has an illegal undeclared account in Pictet Bank, headquartered in Zurich and the Enforcement Directorate is aware about it. He said, "I believe that Mr P Chidambaram had cleared before demitting office for the opening of an Indian branch of Pictet Bank, which may be verified whether it so happened. I am told on good authority that when Mr Rahul Gandhi was taken into custody on 24 September 2001 or thereabouts, at Logan airport in Boston with undeclared $160,000 in cash, he had told the US authorities that this was his money withdrawn from Pictet Bank and submitted proof of the same to the US authorities. Unfortunately, the then Prime Minister Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a fit of sympathy for the family, intervened and settled the case to enable Mr Rahul Gandhi to return to India. I am sure that the records of these happening are available in the PMO.”
 
Twitter has been abuzz since Dr Swamy’s conference and the revelations have been trending on social media. 
 
According to journalist J Gopikrishnan of the Pioneer, “Rahul Gandhi's Co-Director in London company is US Citizen Ulrik McKnight, son-in-law of former Union Minister Eduardo Felario. Rahul have 65%”. 
 
 
He further tweeted that Dr Swamy had “exposed this Indian Co Backops Services Ltd in October 2012 at Ahmedabad PC. A week before National Herald”.
 
According to Swapan Dasgupta, the address of Backops Ltd was same as Ramola Bachchan, sister-in-law of Amitabh Bachchan.
 

 

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COMMENTS

Gopalakrishnan T V

1 year ago

From these different declarations in important documents , what one can infer is that the documents are not subjected to any serious scrutiny and anybody can get away with anything till some people like Dr Swamy for some very obvious reasons make it sensational at the opportune moment. The fact of the matter is that the Registrar of Companies has not bothered to make an intelligent scrutiny of the documents and sought the vital clarifications then and there to avoid controversies.

MG Warrier

1 year ago

Dr Swami may be right, or probably wrong! But the kind of presence in limelight he is trying to capture by making news does not add to his credibility. Remember his accusations about Dr Raghuram Rajan?

Nilesh KAMERKAR

1 year ago

जिन्होने चीक्की पर अपनी आवाज़ बुलंद की . . . क्या वह तीस मार ख़ाँ अब क़लम चलाएँगे?

Nilesh KAMERKAR

1 year ago

जिन्होने चीक्की पर अपनी आवाज़ बुलंद की . . . क्या वह तीस मार ख़ाँ अब क़लम चलाएँगे?

Sunil Rebello

1 year ago

The maverick Dr. Subramanian Swamy is again in the news.
all Politicians and Political Parties are required to be brought under the RTI.
Only then will the Lay Man get to know the Truth.
The Politicians only gets exposed when he stands for elections and here also what is given by them is to be taken at face value,
till ALL INDIANS who are holding public office (elected or babus) are under RTI, only then we can know the truth.

TIHARwale

1 year ago

Dr. Subramanian Swamy is a maverick and had been a two term Janata Party LS M.P. during 1977-84. In 1990-91 he became Finance Minister in defector ChandraShekar Govt propped up by Rajiv Gandhi. He had success in exposing Jayalalitha in 1996, Karuna family, Rama Krishna Hegde etc. However it is equally true that he supped with Jaya and got elected to LS with her blessings in 1998 only to pull plug of Vajpayee in 1999 with Sonia Gandhi. In 2014 Dr. Swamy was embraced by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. So only thing for sure is Dr. Swamy is in look out for a suitable suitor to dress him up as a Minister of Union cabinet that too as Home or Finance Minister. Recently he has fallen out of favour with Home Ministry

India's annual wholesale inflation moves up to (-)3.81 percent
India's annual rate of inflation, based on wholesale prices, inched up to (-)3.81 percent for October from (-)4.54 percent for the month before, mainly on account of a whopping 86-percent spike in the prices of onions and 53 percent in pulses over the past year.
 
According to the data on official wholesale prices index released by the commerce and industry ministry, the indices for both the major groups of primary articles and manufactured products registered a decline of 0.36 percent and 1.67 percent, respectively, during the month under review.
 
The index for the sub-category of food articles, though, was up 2.44 percent during the year. In the past month alone, prices for urad dal rose 17 percent, arhar 12 percent, gram 7 percent and moong 6 percent.
 
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