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Football officials arrested ahead of FIFA Congress

The 1994 World Cup was held in the US

 

Six football officials were arrested and detained by the Swiss police on Wednesday before FIFA holds its congress.
 
The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said that the case involves bribes totalling more than $100 million linked to commercial deals dating back to the 1990s for football tournaments. It also confirmed that FIFA president Sepp Blatter was not among those arrested, reports Xinhua.
 
"The US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating these individuals on suspicion of the acceptance of bribes and kickbacks between the early 1990s and the present day," a FOJ statement said.
 
The 1994 World Cup was held in the US.
 
The police raided a hotel and took away the officials from their rooms, who are in Switzerland for the FIFA Congress and presidential elections.
 

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Greenpeace can operate two domestic accounts: Court

The high court bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher also allowed Greenpeace to encash its fixed deposits and utilise the funds for running the organisation

 

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed NGO Greenpeace India to operate two of its domestic accounts to accept fresh domestic contribution which it can use for its day-to-day functioning.
 
The high court bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher also allowed Greenpeace to encash its fixed deposits and utilise the funds for running the organisation.
 
The court said it was giving the interim relief to the NGO so that it can continue to work at the moment. The court clarified that the NGO cannot utilise the amount frozen by the government.
 
The court was hearing a plea of Greenpeace India to de-freeze its international and national bank accounts, which were blocked following a home ministry directive last month.

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Never misused public office: Manmohan Singh

When our government left, India was the second fastest growing economy, he said.

 

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday hit out at allegations of corruption and policy paralysis against his government, saying he never used public office to "enrich" himself or his family and friends.
 
"I say in all humility that I have not used public office to enrich myself, family or friends," Manmohan Singh said at the national convention of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) here.
 
He also said that allegations of "policy paralysis" being made against the UPA government were "untrue".
 
"When our government left, India was the second fastest growing economy," he said.
 
The former prime minister said that "BJP harps on corruption to divert people's attention to non-issues".

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