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Report Dated December 19, 2016 12:41 PM
India’s Political Parties can deposit unlimited amounts of the old Rs.500 and Rs.1000 demonetised notes into the banking system without facing any investigations. The bad part of this is that it creates a loophole in the campaign, as on the face of it, anyone with a stock of black money can donate it into politics and expect to gain some political favour down the road.
Reports say there even rumours that politicians actively offer cash money to purchase votes at times. Insisting that political parties can deposit notes no question asked, shines an interesting light upon the idea. It also gives black money holders a chance to wash their ill gotten gains into some future political favour or other.
Election Commission Officials and others have repeatedly highlighted that black money plays a huge role in elections and that parties attribute disproportionate parts of their funds to donations from volunteers.
Report Dated November 5, 2016 7:45 PM
A well-known dubbing artiste Bhagyalakshmi told a press conference where a gang rape victim was telling of her ordeal, that among the insensitive questions asked by the police to the victim was’ Who among the rapists gave you the maximum pleasure?
Bhagyalakshmi had posted on Facebook a shocking account of how the woman from Thrissur was gang-raped.
Later the rape survivor age 32, told the media how an invalid husband and poverty made her vulnerable to predatory neighbours two years ago. She said the victims were made to wait like dogs in the police station for days and she was tortured mentally, so she decided to drop the case.
As part of evidence collection they would take her to public places and ask intimate details, said the survivor who was accompanied by her husband, Bhaagyalakshmi and activist and actor Parvathy.
The survivor named the four rapists – P N Jayanathan, Bineesh, Shibu and Janeesh. Two of the accused denied the allegations and one said the woman was making the allegations since he had asked that money he lent her husband be returned.
The four rapists, who were friends of the husband, allegedly went to her house one day in 2014 and told her that her husband met with an accident, so she went with them and was gang-raped.
Report Dated November 3, 2016 12:50 PM
Reports say men in India are buying over-the-counter gang rape videos cheap. What’s worse the clips include sexual abuse of children, and traders even send clients the videos directly to their phones.
The inconceivable trade is rife in Uttar Pradesh where rapists film themselves attacking women so as to use the video to blackmail victims who want to take them to court.
The horrendous videos get into the hands of shopkeepers who build a stash of such tapes and sell them on for Rs.10 to 200, ($0.15 to $3) to customers who save them on their phones, computers or tablets.
In Saharanapur village a man told the media he regularly watches the rape videos that he buys from nearby villages. He said he has a library of rape footage on his laptop, aptly referring to it as ‘pornography’. When asked why he watches the videos he said it ‘gives him peace of mind’.
Report Dated August 24, 2016 6:31 PM
There is no denying Rio was an absolute failure for India, with a sad tally of one silver medal and one bronze medal. India ended up finishing 67th on the final medal tally.
What’s worse is when the medal table is adjusted for population and GDP. India’s population of over 1,326,801,000 and a haul of two medals places India in the last position of the 87 countries to win a medal at the 2016 Games per Capita. Australia dropped to 10th position when the table is adjusted for population.
Small comfort indeed, but at least India won something. Pakistan was the biggest under performing country not to win a medal at the 2016 Games.
Months before the Rio Games, Indian sports officials vowed that the massive nation with its largest contingent would bring in a healthy haul of at least 10 to 14 medals. But reports during the competition of Indian officials living it up while athletes struggled to make it through qualifying, sparked anger back home and raised questions about the commitment of those in charge.
In the words of Aslam Sher Khan, India’s former hockey Olympian, India has become the laughing stock of the world. After the event is over, participants and onlookers are now spilling the beans abut the apathetic officials who were unqualified and not being held accountable for the lack of success.
India’s anti-doping officials were also embarrassed after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was banned for 4 years for failing drug tests. Doubtless, more outrageous stories about the Indian’s performance and gormless behaviour will surface. For now, these facts are enough to make a nation hang its head in shock and shame.
Report Dated February 19, 2016 7:52 PM
The Delhi lawyers who beat up reporters and students including Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhiya Kumar at the court, defiantly posed for pictures and congratulated one another on a ‘job well done’! What’s worse, Delhi police did not intervene to control the violence that had ensued.
The leader of the group of lawyers, Vikram Chauhan was photographed with senior BJP leaders including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, as he waved the national flag and his colleagues shouted slogans, all in sheer defiance of the Supreme Court orders.
The Bar Council of India apologised for the lawyers behaviour even as ring leader Chauhan was garlanded like a hero at another Delhi court.
When the the lawyers went berserk the previous day, the Supreme Court sent over five top lawyers including Rajeev Dhawan to investigate. Dhawan made the statement that the hooligan lawyers were anti-national as was Police Chief BS Bassi for allowing immunity to the attackers.