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Kejriwal targets BJP president, says Gadkari received undue favours from NCP

Kejriwal said, while DLF-Robert Vadra are looting farmers in Haryana, Gadkari and NCP combine are looting farmers in Maharashtra

Social activist Arving Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that Nitin Gadkari, the president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received undue favours from the Maharashtra government in allocation of farm land. Gadkari was allotted about 100 acres of farm land by the then minister Ajit Pawar, alleged Kejriwal.

 

Accusing Gadkari of being in league with Congress-NCP government in Maharahstra, to get undue favours and keeping quiet as quid pro quo on issues affecting people, Kejriwal said the BJP president has used politics to build his business empire. According to him, Gadkari owns a big business empire in Maharashtra that consist five power plants and two sugar companies.

 

Meanwhile, Gadkari today called on President Pranab Mukherjee and congratulated him on assuming the top post. "After Pranab Mukherjee became President, I had to congratulate him. I congratulated him and held some discussions. I have old personal relations with him. It was a courtesy visit. It had nothing to do with politics," Gadkari told reporters after coming out of Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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MK Gupta

5 years ago

In India, corruption is and has all along been based on corrupt money and dishonest intent. In a country where, right from the nascent days of Indian political theory, the ruling elite remained a class apart as is still obtaining now, there can be no difference among any political outfit whatever as the basic principles of governance are the same over the ages and through the various permutations and combinations of ruling conglomerates--the Congres for whatever it's worth being the only exception until its corporate owner-majority shareholder hit upon the grand idea of UPAs of "strange bed fellows". And the result is naked loot of the country of the people, with the ruling elite (read:the bureaucracy) remaining essentially the same being run by the servile IAS whose only allegiance lies with the bread giver--that is, the "person"who makes the appointments. Sometimes it is an offspring of the head of the govt. opr a son-in-law or a son-cum-crown prince or whatever---and this is replicated in the states where also the government is controlled by a family coterie and a team of cohorts bending backwards to keep the (only) leader happy, with the IAS in attendance of course. Otherwise, the Janata rule and the NDA rule in the split periods have been no exception with all political leaders unexceptionally preferring the IAS alone to be their bandwagon being the most pliable--and the most suitablr inheritors of the colonial masters and their "steel frame" officers who were far more learned, cultured and, of course, honest with honourable breeding and backgrounds. The same IAS-CSS coterie ran the admn in the Janata and the NDA regimes, in the same pattern as ever. Hence, Kejriwal has not really "expopsed" the former Maharashtra Minister for Roads. It id wellknown that opposition parties have to be kept happy during the period of their hibernation in the opposing camps and the booty of the loot must be shared. I think, I did omce mention about the posting of a particular officer of the IRS specially selected to handle the Fodder-Bitumen svcams of Bihar ( and Jharkhand) in 2002 qnd was transferred in less than a year as the then Minister was rather disturbed due this non-conformist officer's known stubbornness. He remains safely lost in the wilderness for the ruling class. Hence, it is rather mundane for you to waste so much space on such regular happenings matters of a budding and careerist rooky politician's selective politics/strategy (w.r.t the allegation of an IAS officer against him (being deliberately sitting on corruption charges against Pawar)is not at all very relevant for the common people.

MOHAN

5 years ago

Who is Anjali Damania? Can anyone provide information regarding her activities ? does she have any connection with Kodnani as alleged? who is her husband?

Dr Anantha K Ramdas

5 years ago

Sir: I am not interested in politics; but I do remember reading that at recent wedding of his son (Can't recall if it was his daughter) 1000s of people came for lunch/dinner.

I wonder who and how they put the bill?

Somewhere in the system we should have a provision that calls for politicians to give an undertaking that they have no commercial interest in anything and that they will not "promote" biz of their family, friends and relatives.

Can we get this organized in our DemoCRAZY?

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MOHAN

In Reply to Dr Anantha K Ramdas 5 years ago

It is a pity that the BJP chose him as its President. He is an unknown person outside Maharashtra. Though Kejri bomb is a failure, BJP image suffered.

Vinay Isloorkar

5 years ago

17.10.12

Happened to hear Gadkari's rejoinder.Some interesting jargon was spewed: Wasteland,social enterprise,how sugarcane is magic wand for eradicating farmer poverty and hence suicides.

Inko abhi bhi lagta hai ki ham sab Alibag se aayele hain.

MOHAN

5 years ago


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Kingfisher to extend lockout as meeting with workers fail

The meeting between Kingfisher management and striking pilots and engineers failed to resolve the issues, including non payment of salaries since past six months

Mumbai: Embattled Kingfisher Airlines, which has been grounded since 29th September, on Wednesday said it will have to extend its 20th October deadline to resume operations, as a meeting with the striking employees today failed to resolve the deadlock, reports PTI.

 

On 10th October, the airline had said it would resume operations from 20th October.

 

"We will have to look at extending the lockout for a few more days... The meeting with the representatives of pilots and engineers was very good. The discussions are moving in the right direction," airline chief executive Sanjay Agarwal told reporters after emerging from a meeting with the employee representatives this evening.

 

When asked about the next meeting, he said, "We will be meeting again shortly," without offering a direct answer.

 

The meeting held at the Shaw Wallace House, a UB property in the southern tip of the city, was also attended by airlines' HR head and four pilots and engineers each.

 

On the outcome on the issue of salary, which has not been paid for the past seven months and on which employees have been striking since the past three weeks, he did not offer a direct answer, but just said that discussions are going on in the right direction and they will be meeting soon again.

 

Two engineers, who attended the meeting but did not want to be named, also said that the meeting was very positive and they will be meeting shortly.

 

However, two senior pilots, who did not attend the meeting, said the meeting failed, indicating that there are fissures among the pilots and the engineers, who are the prime-movers behind the strike. In fact, the strike was started by the engineers on 29th September.

 

When specifically asked whether they are ready to climb down from their demand for complete payment of their salary dues, the engineers said their basic agenda is to get their salaries, but indicated that it is negotiable.

 

Kingfisher Airlines, launched in May 2005, has never made profit, and is sitting on a debt pile of over Rs8,000 crore including over Rs420 crore of tax arrears, apart from the accumulated loss of over Rs8,000 crore.

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Hyderabad's last Nizam named all-time richest Indian, sixth in the world

With an inflation adjusted fortune of $400 billion, Mansa Musa I, the obscure 14th century African king would have been considerably richer than the world's current richest man, Carlos Slim, who ranks in 22nd place with a relatively paltry $68 billion. The poorest man on the list is 82-year-old Warren Buffett, who at his peak had net worth of $64 billion

 
London: When you think of India's all-time richest people, what are the names that cross your mind? No, it's not the Tatas, Birlas or Ambanis, it's Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam (or ruler) of Hyderabad, reports PTI.
 
According to a new inflation-adjusted list of the world's richest people of all time, the Nizam, who ruled Hyderabad between 1886-1967, was ranked sixth with $236 billion.
 
Osman Ali Khan died in 1967 at age of 80.
 
Mansa Musa I of Mali, the obscure 14th century African king - was named the richest person in all history, British newspaper 'The Independent' reported.
 
With an inflation adjusted fortune of $400 billion, Mansa Musa I would have been considerably richer than the world's current richest man, Carlos Slim, who ranks in 22nd place with a relatively paltry $68 billion.
 
The list, compiled by the Celebrity Net Worth website, ranks the world's 24 richest people of all time. The list advertises itself as the top 25, but only 24 names appear in the list.
 
Although the list spans 1,000 years, some aspects of wealth appear consistent throughout history; there are no women on the list, only three members are alive today, and 14 of the top 25 are American.
 
The list uses the annual 2199.6% rate of inflation to adjust historic fortunes a formula that means $100 million in 1913 would be equal to $2.299.63 billion today.
 
Mansa Musa I ruled West Africa's Malian Empire in the early 1300s, making his fortune by exploiting his country's salt and gold production.
 
Second on the list are the Rothschild family, whose descendants are still among the richest people on the planet.
 
Starting out in banking in the late 18th Century, Mayer Amschel Rothschild's finance house accumulated a total wealth of $350 billion.
 
Meanwhile, John D Rockefeller, third on the list, is the richest American to have ever lived, worth $340 billion in today's US dollar at the time of his death in 1937.
 
In comparison, the poorest man on the list is 82-year-old Warren Buffett, who at his peak net worth, before he started giving his fortune to charity, was $64 billion.
 

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MOHAN

5 years ago

What about King of Travancore?

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