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Hooda government favoured Vadra in land deals: CAG
The CAG has blamed Haryana's previous Congress government led by then Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for showing undue favours to Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in his multi-million rupee controversial land deal with realty giant DLF.
 
Vadra's company, Skylight Hospitality, sold a prime 3.5 acre piece of land in Manesar in Gurgaon district to DLF in 2008 for Rs.58 crore. The land had, however, only cost his company around Rs.15 crore and was sold to DLF after obtaining change of land use (CLU) and other permissions from the Hooda government.
 
The Comptroller and Auditor General report, tabled in the Haryana assembly on Tuesday, said that the "possibility of extending undue benefit to particular applicant (Vadra's company) cannot be ruled out". It has also questioned the "distinction" made by the Hooda government for Vadra's company in giving permissions.
 
The Hooda government, on its part, had obliged Vadra with quick sanction of the permissions required.
 
Senior bureaucrat Ashok Khemka had ordered the scrapping of the land deal, saying that it was illegal.
 
The controversy became a national issue with opposition parties alleging that the then Congress government was doing everything to help Vadra in his controversial land deals in the National Capital Region (NCR)and areas around Delhi.
 
Vadra had bought land in four districts of Gurgaon, Palwal, Faridabad and Mewat in Haryana adjoining Delhi. 
 
Alleging that Vadra's land deals caused loss of crores of rupees to the state exchequer, Khemka marked a probe into all land deals of Vadra and his companies since 2005. But the Hooda government gave Vadra a clean chit and instead charge sheeted Khemka for his actions.

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Veeresh Malik

2 years ago

Once again it seems the present government is attacking the poor farmer in this Bob-the-Builder G-Jha-G dus number waale?

Auction of telecom spectrum concludes after 19 days
After 19 days of rigorous bidding, the auction of airwaves for telecom operators concluded Wednesday, with officials initially placing the figure of cumulative bids at over Rs.100,000 crore.
 
The auction was conducted for 800 MHz, 900 Mhz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz covering both mobile telephony and broadband, including 4G.
 
Till Tuesday, the government had received cumulative commitments of Rs.109,000 crore from the eight telecom operators in the fray -- Reliance Communications, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Idea Cellular and Aircel.
 
A reserve price of Rs.3,423 crore per MHz was fixed for 800 MHz frequency, Rs.3,399 crore for 900 MHz band and Rs.1,425 crore for the 1,800 MHz band. The government also fixed a reserve price of Rs.3,511 crore per megahertz for the frequency for 3G spectrum.

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India, Australia renew rivalry in World Cup semis
An undefeated India will face their biggest challenge of the cricket World Cup when they take on co-hosts and four-time champions Australia in the latter's backyard at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Thursday.
 
There has been a lot of talk about the match ever since the two teams made the last four during the previous week. Australian players have been playing mind games that their much touted pacers will deliver "short stuff" to Indian batsman, who are traditionally more comfortable playing off their pads.
 
Looking at the mind games being played by Australia and the calm displayed by the Indians, it gives one an idea how the two teams are preparing for the clash.
 
The Aussies also have not stopped short of reminding the defending champions of their dismal tour Down Under this Australian summer. 
 
India lost the Test series 0-2 and did not even win a single match in the One-Day International (ODI) tri-series, also involving England.
 
However, come Thursday, the co-hosts will be facing the same men but with a different mentality and attitude. This Indian team is on a seven-match winning-streak, shoving aside everything that has come their way. It won't be the same easy run that Australia had this summer.
 
The World No.1 side, on the other hand, have lost a match in this tournament, against New Zealand. The quarterfinal against Pakistan also showed that their batting order is brittle, something that Indian pacers would like to exploit.
 
India's bowling has been the main reason for their success in the tournament. Pacers Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma have been brilliant. 
 
They have done nothing extraordinary, just stuck to the basics by bowling on good line-and-length with accuracy and consistency.
 
The SCG wicket traditionally is slower in comparison to other pitches in Australia. The track could also prove to be friendly for Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been one of the best spinners of the tournament. The offie could prove to be the difference in the semifinal clash.
 
When it comes to the batting, the top order has struck for India. When they failed, the lower order came good, especially while chasing. 
 
So the bottom line is that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's top-six batsmen have shown their class and ability to get runs and they should be able to cope with the much touted Australian pace attack.
 
Don't forget Rohit Sharma scored his double century against Australia and also a hundred in the tri-series before the World Cup.
 
The only thing that makes the match 50-50 is that Australia are playing at home. But they are not exactly happy that they are playing at the SCG and the stadium would be a blue of humanity.
 
For people who believe in statistics, they will easily bet their money on Australia. The co-hosts have won 12 of their 13 ODIs against India at the historic ground. 
 
Also, Australia have never lost in the semifinals of the World Cup, having won five and tied one.
 
But come Thursday, it will be the on-field performances and not stats that will matter.

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