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‘Sudden rise in prices has led to corruption’ – myRepublica

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KATHMANDU, August 3: In Tuesday’s meeting of the House of Representatives, the MPs of the ruling parties criticized the government for not adjusting the prices of petroleum products even though they have been reduced twice. Aman Lal Modi, the MP of the ruling party CPN (Maoist Center) expressed his displeasure saying that even though the Indian Oil Corporation had reduced the price of petroleum products twice, Nepal Oil Corporation has not adjusted the price accordingly. He drew the attention of the government saying that due to the increase in the price of petroleum products, corruption has become rampant.

Prem Suwal, member of parliament from Nepal Workers and Peasants Party, accused the government of not providing relief to the people by adjusting the prices even though the price of petroleum products has decreased in the international market. 

Janata Samajwadi Party MP Renuka Gurung said that a rocket bomb was hit inside the gate of her house. She said that when she heard the sound of the bomb, she looked out the window and saw two men running away on a motorcycle, but could not recognize them because it was dark.

She said that after everyone in the house panicked, she called the Maharajganj police station, when the police came and looked, they found a shell of a rocket bomb and the police took it away. According to her, a bomb was detonated inside the gate of the house on Monday at 8:25 PM. She demanded that she be provided with PSOs for life as she is a former minister of state.

MP Dila Sangraula of the ruling Nepali Congress said farmers are not getting chemical fertilizers. If there is a legal problem in bringing fertilizer, what is stopping the amendment of the Public Procurement Act, she asked and drew the attention of the government to provide fertilizers to the farmers as soon as possible. She said that even though MPs have drawn the government’s attention from the House since May about farmers not getting fertilizer, it has not been available yet.

Congress Chief Whip Meen Bahadur Bishwakarma protested against police beating of protesting students when Nepal Chakraborty College raised the law faculty study fee. He brought to the attention of the House that the college has suddenly increased the BALLB course fee from Rs 712,000 to Rs 10,70,000 and the LLM fee from Rs 323,000 to 568,000.

Objection to arrest warrant

During the meeting of the House of Representatives, the MPs expressed objection to the Lalitpur District Court’s order on Monday to issue a 35-day arrest warrant against CPN General Secretary Netra Bikram Chand. 

UML’s Chief Whip Vishal Bhattarai said that although the Chand-led Maoists once chose the path of violence, the then Prime Minister KP Oli-led government brought them to a peaceful path by agreeing on three points.

The Oli government claimed that the politics of violence had ended because CK Raut, who was leading a separatist movement in the Terai, had also been brought into the political mainstream. He accused the present government of trying to condone violence by issuing arrest warrants against party leaders and activists who had come to peaceful politics. “The Chand group is moving forward by accepting the current system and registering as a political party, so I urge you to encourage it,” he said.

Maoist Center MP Yashoda Gurung Subedi said it was wrong to issue arrest warrants against the leaders and activists of the Chand-led party because they joined mainstream politics one and a half years ago by signing a three-point agreement with the government. 

Another MP from the Maoist Center, Aman Lal Modi, also said that the government should take steps to withdraw the arrest warrant issued against the leaders and activists of the Chand-led CPN-Maoist. He argued that the government should not issue arrest warrants instead of releasing the leaders and activists of the party currently in jail on the basis of the three-point agreement. The Chand-led group had announced on 4 March , 2021 that they had given up the politics of violence by agreeing to the three-point agreement with the government.




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BREAKING: Delhi’s daily Covid cases dip to 1,227; positivity rate rises to 14.57%

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  • Aug 15, 2022 10:30 PM IST

    At 1,227, Delhi’s daily Covid tally sees dip; positivity rate rises to 14.57%

    Delhi on Monday saw a massive drop in its single-day Covid caseload after 1,227 people tested positive for the virus from Sunday’s 2,162 infections. However, the case positivity rate of the national capital witnessed a further rise to 14,57 per cent from yesterday’s 12.64 per cent. Fresh fatalities also increased with eight patients succumbing to Covid-19 as opposed to five on Sunday.

  • Aug 15, 2022 09:33 PM IST

    Bihar cabinet expansion to be held tomorrow at 11.30am

    The Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance government in Bihar will see its first cabinet expansion tomorrow at 11.30am.

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    All 11 life convicts of Bilkis Bano gang-rape case walks out of jail

    All 11 convicts in 2002 Bilkis Bano gang rape case who were given life imprisonment walked out of Godhra sub-jail under the remission policy of the Gujarat government,  PTI reported.

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    Section 144 imposed in Shivamogga after group tries to remove VD Savarkar’s banners

    Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was imposed in Karnataka’s Shivamogga city on Monday after a group of Tipu Sultan followers tried to remove VD Savarkar’s banners at the Ameer Ahmad circle. The group was trying to remove Savarkar’s banners to install Tipu Sultan’s banners.

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    Myanmar leader Suu Kyi sentenced to 6 more years in prison

    Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to six more years in prison. A special court inside a prison compound in the capital Naypyidaw found her guilty of four corruption charges related to a charity named after her late mother, news agency Bloomberg reported. Read more.

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    BJP, TRS workers clash in Telangana’s Jangaon

    Workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) clashed in Jangaon during Telangana  BJP President Sanjay Kumar’s Praja Sangrama Yatra, news agency ANI reported. 

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    Assam to withdraw 1 lakh minor cases, announces CM on Independence Day

    The Assam government will withdraw one lakh “minor cases”, including many of the pending cases on charges of objectionable social media posts, announced Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while addressing the people on the occasion of Independence Day in Guwahati.

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    President Murmu pays tribute at National War Memorial

    President Droupadi Murmu pays tribute at National War Memorial in Delhi.

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    August 5 to be celebrated as Freedom from Corruption day in J&K

    The administration has decided that 5th August will be celebrated as Freedom from Corruption day every year in J&K and continuous drives against corruption will be done throughout the year: J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha.

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    INS Tarkash hoists the national flag in Brazil, South America on the 76th Independence Day.

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    Marginal rise in India’s daily Covid tally with 14,917 fresh infections

    Marginal rise in India’s daily Covid tally with 14,917 fresh infections; 32 deaths in 24 hours.

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    Independence Day celebrations at Red fort 

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UK clears 1st Covid vaccine tweaked for Omicron variant

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 10:17 PM IST

The UK became the first country on Monday to approve a variant-adapted coronavirus vaccine as it cleared Moderna’s so-called bivalent dose that targets the original as well as the Omicron version of the virus.



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Civilian, cop injured in two terror attacks in J&K on Independence Day

Published on Aug 15, 2022 10:04 PM IST

The attacks came a day after an encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in Srinagar’s Nowhatta in which a police constable, Sarfaraz Ahmad, succumbed to his injuries on Monday



One civilian was injured in the grenade attack in Budgam. (ANI Photo)
One civilian was injured in the grenade attack in Budgam. (ANI Photo)


‘Force multiplier’: India gifts maritime reconnaissance aircraft to Sri Lanka

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 09:35 PM IST

India’s public show of support for strengthening Sri Lanka’s maritime security came a day ahead of the scheduled arrival of the Yuan Wang 5, used by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to track satellites and ballistic missiles



Indian envoy in Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay with Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Navy personnel during a ceremony for the handover of a Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Sri Lanka to enhance their maritime surveillance capabilities and bolster the bilateral defence ties, in Colombo (Twitter/IndiainSL)
Indian envoy in Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay with Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Navy personnel during a ceremony for the handover of a Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Sri Lanka to enhance their maritime surveillance capabilities and bolster the bilateral defence ties, in Colombo (Twitter/IndiainSL)


‘India by right enjoys…’: Vladimir Putin’s message on Independence Day

Published on Aug 15, 2022 08:29 PM IST

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed India’s ties with his country, saying it is developing in the “spirit of a privileged strategic partnership”.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP) (File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP) (File Photo)

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar, New Delhi


‘No justice for Dalits. I quit’: Congress MLA tells Gehlot after boy’s death

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 08:38 PM IST

Congress legislator Pana Chand Meghwal on Sunday asked chief minister Ashok Gehlot to announce 50 lakh compensation for the Dalit boy’s family but did not get a response from the chief minister.



The BJP capitalised on Congress MLA Panna Chand Meghwal’s resignation letter, saying it was time that chief minister Ashok Gehlot takes up the issue on priority. (Facebook/PanachandINC)
The BJP capitalised on Congress MLA Panna Chand Meghwal’s resignation letter, saying it was time that chief minister Ashok Gehlot takes up the issue on priority. (Facebook/PanachandINC)


Opposition targets PM Modi over ‘nepotism’, ‘misogyny’ remarks in I-Day speech

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 07:45 PM IST

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi refused to comment on the PM’s ‘nepotism’ remarks, while TMC MP Derek O’Brien took a swipe at Modi over his pledge against ‘misogyny’



Prime minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of India’s 76th Independence Day on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Prime minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of India’s 76th Independence Day on Monday. (ANI Photo)


Watch: Drone-based healthcare network launched in Arunachal Pradesh

Published on Aug 15, 2022 07:32 PM IST

“Guided by the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India the world’s drone hub, the government of Arunachal Pradesh has decided to conduct a pilot project of using drones in healthcare, agriculture and disaster management in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF),” chief minister Pema Khandu tweeted.



The pilot project has been funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and executed by Bengaluru-based startup Redwing Labs.(Twitter/ @PemaKhanduBJP)
The pilot project has been funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and executed by Bengaluru-based startup Redwing Labs.(Twitter/ @PemaKhanduBJP)


75th or 76th Independence Day? Read on to get it cleared

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 07:12 PM IST

India is celebrating its 76th Independence Day today, but arguments that August 15, 1948, was the first anniversary of the country’s freedom have created much confusion. Going by the logic, today’s event is indeed the 75th anniversary of independence.



A girl walks carrying Indian flag along with army soldiers during a ceremony to celebrate 75 years of India's Independence in Mumbai, August 14, 2022 (AP)
A girl walks carrying Indian flag along with army soldiers during a ceremony to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence in Mumbai, August 14, 2022 (AP)

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Watch: Beating Retreat at Attari-Wagah border on Independence Day

Updated on Aug 15, 2022 06:21 PM IST

Several hours before the ceremony, enthusiastic spectators began trickling into sitting areas on either side of chunky iron gates separating the two nations at the Attari-Wagah frontier.



Pakistani Rangers (wearing black uniforms) and BSF personnel lower their national flags during a parade at the Attari-Wagah border in Punjab.(Reuters file )
Pakistani Rangers (wearing black uniforms) and BSF personnel lower their national flags during a parade at the Attari-Wagah border in Punjab.(Reuters file )

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How Karnataka’s corruption watchdog got its teeth back

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At its peak in 2011, the Karnataka Lokayukta was the institution that had blown the lid off a massive iron-ore mining scam in the state and unseated a chief minister. But four years later, the anti-corruption ombudsman was at its lowest ebb, battling allegations of extortion by the then Lokayukta’s son, till its powers were eventually taken away by the newly set up Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Now, with the Karnataka High Court, on August 11, striking down that controversial attempt to render the Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayukta ”paper tigers without any teeth and claws“, there’s an opportunity to revive the institution. The HC ruling came on a bunch of public interest litigations (PILs) challenging the creation of the ACB in 2016. The court has abolished the ACB and restored the Karnataka Lokayukta’s original powers to investigate corruption cases.

There’s a long history of how things came to this point. The Lokayukta Act was enacted in Karnataka in 1984 by a Janata Party government, which had promised to create the ombudsman in its election manifesto. Subsequently, the Lokayukta institution was set up in January 1986.

It was only 2001 onwards, when Justice N. Venkatachala became the Lokayukta, that the ombudsman transformed itself into an anti-corruption crusader. He was succeeded by Justice N. Santosh Hegde in 2006—Hegde’s five-year tenure saw the institution turn into a model for the entire country, culminating in the mining report in 2011 that rocked Karnataka.

The low point came in 2015 with an extortion allegation against the son of the then sitting Lokayukta, who had to step down. The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government of the time then created the ACB, inviting PILs against the move.

The HC has ruled that the government was not justified in constituting the ACB via an executive government order when the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984, was in existence for tackling corruption. The court has restored the earlier government orders designating the offices of the Lokayukta police wing as police stations while ordering that all inquiries, investigations and other disciplinary proceedings pending before the ACB be transferred to the Lokayukta. “It is most unfortunate that even 75 years after Independence, no political party is willing or daring enough to allow an independent authority like the Lokayukta to discharge its duties in a transparent manner in the interest of the general public at large,” the high court observed.

Over the years, the Karnataka Lokayukta had conducted criminal cases against 67 MLAs, MPs, ministers and other elected representatives besides 36 IAS and IPS officers. As the court observed, the ACB, in contrast, had ”not registered any criminal cases against ministers, MPs, MLAs or MLCs, but only registered a few cases against some authorities and conducted raids”.

“I’ve seen what the Lokayukta can do,” says former Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, welcoming the HC order. Creating the ACB, which was like any other police organisation answerable to the home minister and chief minister, only shifted the situation to how it was prior to 1986 (when the Lokayukta was formed), he says. “There was an effort to denude the powers of the Lokayukta because they (government) didn’t have the courage to abolish it. So, they wanted people to get fed up with a non-functioning Lokayukta and not react even if it was stripped of its powers. Even at that stage, the people of Karnataka had opposed this,” said Hegde.

The mining report, says Hegde, had named three CMs of three different political parties. Successive governments, however, didn’t implement the report, he points out.

Apart from restoring its power of investigation, Hegde suggests a few steps to strengthen the Lokayukta. Firstly, he points to the requirement for sanction to prosecute public servants, under the Criminal Procedure Code, which has been a stumbling block on most occasions. “The sanction power, at least with regard to anti-corruption investigations, should be taken away and left to the court to decide.” Secondly, the Lokayukta should have a say on officers sent on deputation to the ombudsman. “Lastly, it should be provided all necessary infrastructure being extended to other investigating agencies,” says Hegde. These measures, he says, will help put the institution back on a strong footing.

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CHISINAU, Moldova — Police in Moldova’s capital Chisinau were investigating a string of bomb threats Monday at locations including at the country’s supreme court and its international airport, authorities said.

Police said that the nine bomb threats also targeted shopping centers, hospitals and medical facilities.

Monday’s threats follow more than 40 similar incidents that plagued the small non-European Union nation in July, more than half of them targeting Chisinau airport and causing severe service disruptions.

None of the scores of recent threats in Moldova, which shares a border with war-torn Ukraine, have turned out to be true. No explosives have been discovered and no one has yet been charged. Airport security, however, has been bolstered.

Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita said in a recent interview with Radio Moldova that some of the threats had been traced to I.P. addresses in Russia and Belarus but that they could have been manipulated. She added that requests were made to those countries to investigate.

“It is very clear that these alerts are meant to slow our vigilance, keep us busy, (and) test our reaction,” she added.

In April, tensions in Moldova soared after a series of explosions in Transnistria — a Russia-backed separatist region of Moldova where Russia bases about 1,500 troops — raised fears that it could get dragged into Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Transnistria has a population of about 470,000 and has been under the control of separatist authorities since a civil war in 1992.

Moldova, although constitutionally neutral and thus not a potential NATO member, was granted European Union candidate status in late June. But full membership to the 27-nation bloc will be a long road contingent on a series of reforms such as tackling corruption, organized crime, strengthening human rights and the rule of law.

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