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No ED summons, never met Rahul: Lalit Modi
Former IPL chief Lalit Modi said he has not got any Enforcement Directorate summons, and also denied meeting Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi or his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
 
Modi also said he was helped by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on "humanitarian grounds" to secure British travel documents and there was no conflict of interest in the whole affair.
 
In an interview to India Today TV, Modi did a U-turn from his tweets in July when he alleged that Rahul Gandhi and his brother-in-law Robert Vadra were beneficiaries of his hospitality during his tenure as Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner.
 
He told the channel that the controversy about him in India was "only a bigger circus around me now.
 
"There are no charges against me as I have received no summons till date. I was told the summons were sent through email, but I have not received them till today," he said.
 
He was referring to reports that the Enforcement Directorate is seeking an Interpol Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Modi, who is facing charges of money laundering and other irregularities.
 
"The charges that I have taken money from World Sport Group (WSG) is hogwash. It was a deal between Sony and WSG. I had nothing to do with it. They find a non-issue to target me.
 
"I've also got a letter from Interpol that no red corner notice will be issued against me and I'll be allowed to present my case," he added.
 
Lalit Modi also termed the charges against him "politically motivated". 
 
"The fact that parliament has been stalled for the past 20 days shows that this issue is politically motivated."
 
Asked if he met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka, as he alleged in his tweets, Modi said: "I have never said I met Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka."
 
Asked why he can't go to India and represent himself in the courts, Modi said: "My life has been under threat from the underworld. I don't want to take a chance with my security."
 
Modi targeted Rahul Gandhi too.
 
"Rahul Gandhi should worry about Robert Vadra and Sonia Gandhi and then worry about me, about how much money they have fleeced, about the 2G scam and the coal scam. 
 
"They should worry about those things and not worry about me, because I haven't done anything," he said.
 
"I've never met Rahul Gandhi. I never made any deals with the Gandhi family.
 
"Six years have gone by, and they are still not able to bring any charges and send the summons," he added.
 
Modi said his lawyers have appeared before Indian courts and asked why the Enforcement Directorate could not come to London where he was staying since 2010.
 
The former IPL chief said he was targeted because of "zero tolerance to corruption". 
 
"Whether it is Chota Shakeel or anyone else, they are all hand-in-glove with the present cricket administration. If all of this is politically and mafia motivated, why should I take chances?"
 
He said his relationship with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh was a family relationship that went back a long time. There were no business deals linked to it.
 
Regarding Sushma Swaraj, Modi said there was "no conflict of interest, unlike the Congress party.
 
"She helped me on humanitarian grounds. Sushma's family has been close to me.
 
"This is all a political agenda. I am challenging the Central Bureau of Investigation to issue a red corner notice against me in the next 48 hours. I know they can't because they have no locus standi. I have done nothing wrong," he said.
 
The monsoon session of parliament has been stalled over Modi's alleged links with Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje. 
 
Sushma Swaraj helped Lalit Modi procure travel documents in July last year to facilitate his travel from London to Portugal for the treatment of his wife.

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Odisha puts Posco ball in centre's court
Odisha Industry Minister Devi Prasad Mishra on Wednesday said that the central government will take a call over the $12 billion Posco steel project in the state.
 
He said that the state government is in discussion with the central government to resolve the impediments arising out of the proposed steel project in Odisha.
 
"The central government has to take a call over the issue. Now, the ball is in centre's court," Mishra told mediapersons here. 
 
He also said that the Odisha government has no information about Posco backing out from the steel project proposed to be set up in Jagatsinghpur district.
 
With the company struggling to get raw material to feed the plant, Mishra said the state government is in discussion with the central government over the issue to resolve the bottlenecks.
 
Affirming the state's commitment to set up the steel project, he said the government is ready to provide raw materials to Posco through state PSU Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC).
 
Meanwhile, several Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MPs met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Wednesday. 
 
BJD MP Kalikesh Singhdeo said Jaitley was apprised about the Posco issue and he assured to look into the matter positively.
 
Senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra said the state government should discuss the issue with the central government instead of blaming Modi government for the raw material linkage problem.
 
It is to be noted that steel giant Posco has signed an agreement with Uttam Steel and Power to do a feasibility study to set up a 3 million tonne per annum (MTPA) integrated steel plant in Maharashtra.
 
The Odisha project of Posco has stuck in a decade-long regulatory quagmire starting from land acquisition to getting raw material linkage to the proposed plant.
 
The South Korean company had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government in 2005.

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The Disturbing Ways America Keeps Up With Its Demand for Meat
Ever wondered how America keeps up with its insatiable demand for meat, dairy and other products, often with little regulation or concern for the external costs
 
When we go to the supermarket, we rarely think about how that piece of chicken or piece of pork ended up on the shelves. There’s a high level of disconnect when it comes to our food, author Sonia Faruqi says. We don’t know how the animals were treated, or the conditions on these industrial farms.
 
She joins ProPublica reporter Cezary Podkul on the podcast to discuss her book, “Project Animal Farm” – pulling back the curtain on how America keeps up with its insatiable demand for meat, dairy and other products, often with little regulation or concern for the external costs.
 
 
Highlights from their conversation:
The ‘Frankensteinian genetics’ sown into our livestock: Chickens today grow at an extremely unnatural rate. Their legs often cannot keep up with the weight of their bodies and actually collapse underneath them, Faruqi says. “It would be similar to a human being gaining hundreds of pounds in the first couple of months of life.” (1:28
 
The environmental cost of factory farms: “They contribute more to global warming and to climate change than all the transportation in the world combined,” Faruqi says. The industry is really becoming a “global goliath.” (5:34
 
How America’s factory farm model has been exported elsewhere, much like Hollywood and our fast food obsession. (10:26
 
What can consumers do? For starters, we can reduce our meat consumption. Per capita, Americans consume 300 pounds of meat, dairy, eggs and other animal products per year. “It’s unsustainable, it’s inhumane and it’s also very unnecessary,” Faruqi says. (20:02)
 
You can listen to this podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher, and check out Faruqi's book, "Project Animal Farm," for more on America's food industry.
 
Courtesy: ProPublica
 

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COMMENTS

S K Gupta

2 years ago

You mean the image credit is more important than the content of the article? That a very chickened mind-set, spare a positive though for the animals/chickens too.

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bruce king

In Reply to S K Gupta 2 years ago

The author of this book claims to have visited 60 farms on 3 continents in 2 years. her average farm visit was measured in hours or days, which is hardly an in-depth study. Spending even a single season, or all four seasons, would provide a depth of knowledge that I would consider more credible.

She has by her own admission obscured identifying information on the farms that she visited that she didn't agree with, leaving only those farms that she did like. What that means is that no outside, independent observer can verify anything that she wrote, or even that she did visit any farms.

The author claims to have done her own fact checking, but then goes on to misstate or just get wrong basic facts -- like stating that most agricultural production in belize is produced by mennonites, or that how you milk a cow determines in some way how the cow is fed, or housed -- she claims that there is some link between robotic milkers and lack of pasture access, for instance.

Farm visits measured in days. Unverified reports and unchecked facts. And yet she proposes to change the entire agricultural production of the world.

I don't find the author credible, or believeable. Sorry.

bruce king

2 years ago

The image used to illustrate this blog post is copyrighted by bloomberg, and the following restrictions are clearly listed for its use:

" (c) 2014, Bloomberg News. Moved: Saturday, April 19, 2014 (MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg News photo by David Paul Morris). "


You do not credit the original source and appear to be using this photo without permission or credit.

Original image appears here:
http://www.vnews.com/news/business/11652...

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