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Organiser of 2010 World Cup admits paying $10 million to FIFA
The former president of the local organising committee for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Danny Jordaan, admitted that the organisation he headed paid $10 million in 2008 to FIFA, although he denied that it was a bribe.
 
Jordaan's remarks, published on Sunday in the Sunday Independent, comes days after an FBI investigation accused top FIFA officials of receiving $10 million from South Africa in exchange for their support in the final vote to choose the host country for the 2010 world soccer championship.
 
Both the South African government and the South African Football Association, of which Jordaan -- who was recently named mayor of the city of Port Elizabeth -- is president, have denied that any payment was made in exchange for votes to organise the Cup.
 
According to Jordaan, the $10 million was paid to the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football -- CONCACAF -- to promote the development of soccer in the region.
 
The president of CONCACAF at that time was Jack Warner, who was also the president of FIFA and who, according to the FBI investigation, took the alleged $10 million bribe in exchange for voting for South Africa and securing the support for that country's candidacy from two other voting members.
 
With the votes of Warner and two other directors, who are said to have received part of the money, South Africa beat Morocco by 14-10 in the final balloting held in 2004.
 
"How could we have paid a bribe for votes four years after we had won the bid?" Jordaan rhetorically asked the Sunday Independent, denying that the money was paid to buy the votes of Warner and his two alleged accomplices.
 
According to the paper, CONCACAF was the only regional soccer federation in the world to receive funds from South Africa's 2010 World Cup organising committee.
 
Warner was arrested last week along with other FIFA officials implicated in the corruption scandal.

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Land ordinance re-promulgated
President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday gave his assent to re-promulgation of the land ordinance, which was to expire next month.
 
Rashtrapati Bhavan officials told IANS that the president signed the ordinance before leaving on an official visit to Sweden and Belarus. 
 
The recommendation for re-promulgation of the ordinance was sent to the president after the union cabinet cleared it on Saturday.
 
The move was strongly criticised by opposition parties, mainly the Congress.
 
The land bill is currently with a Joint Committee of parliament for detailed discussion on the provisions of the controversial legislation.
 
The ordinance was first promulgated in December last year to amend the act passed by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in 2013.
 
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the decision.
 
"Modi-ji in an amazing hurry to grab land from poor farmers at any cost. A 3rd attempt at pushing the anti farmer Land Ordinance!"
 
"Congress Party will continue to fight for the rights of the kisan and mazdoor against this #suitbootkisarkar," he said in a series of tweets.

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MOHAN SIROYA

2 years ago

This Government is running on "Ordinance Raj". Why it should go on proclaiming and publicising that it has achieved so many things in a year ? By having a brute majority in the Loksabha (Lower House), Govt. thinks it has a birth right to ignore the overwhelming public opinion on "Land Bill" and opposition of members of the Rajyasabha( Upper House)?
When all Core Industries of India are incurring losses, why the Govt. is claiming that the Development is only possible by starting more industries How and why the Govt. is trumpeting by dishing out untrue statistics that it has achieved 7.5 % growth in GDP ? Mr.P M you can not go on fooling all the people ,all the time .
Be a friend of common man and not Industrialists or fatly paid employees. Giving two Saturdays off in a month , may not cause much harm to the services common man takes from the bank , because otherwise too, when they are working on saturday for mere 2.5 hours, it was of no use in practical sense. Stop being anti-consumers MR. P. M.

Telangana TDP MLA sent to jail in cash-for-vote scam
A city court here on Monday sent Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA A. Revanth Reddy to a 14-day judicial custody on the charge of trying to bribe a nominated MLA to vote for a TDP-BJP candidate in the election to Telangana Legislative Council.
 
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which arrested Revanth on Sunday night after laying a trap, produced him before a magistrate at his residence.
 
The magistrate sent him and his two aides to judicial custody but directed the police to allow him to cast vote in the election before shifting him to jail.
 
The elections to six seats of the council are being held on Monday.
 
Revanth, a member of Telangana legislative assembly, was arrested on Sunday amid high drama from a flat in Vijayapuri colony in Secunderabad when he was offering Rs.50 lakh to Elvis Stephenson, a nominated member of the assembly representing the Anglo-Indian community.
 
The ACB officials said the amount was an advance as part of a Rs.5 crore deal to make Stephenson vote for the TDP-BJP candidate. The entire proceeding was recorded on a spy camera.
 
The ACB sleuths, who had laid the trap, arrested Revanth and two others and seized the cash.
 
ACB Director General A.K. Khan said they had registered a case two days ago after receiving a written complaint.
 
The MLA has been booked under Prevention of Corruption Act and under Indian Penal Code.
 
Revanth Reddy claimed that he is innocent and alleged that he was implicated in a false case by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government as a part of a political conspiracy.
 
Immediately after his arrest, TDP leaders met Director General of Police Anurag Sharma and lodged their strong protest. They also staged a sit-in till late in the night at the office of ACB, where Revanth was being interrogated.

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