Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel's close aides, accused the 'quota spearhead' of "spending the community's money on furthering his personal interests" and that "he has been favouring and listening to his distant relative, rather than to his PAAS colleagues." The allegations were levelled by Hardik's close aides Chirag Patel and Ketan Patel who were co-accused in the sedition case and had spent time in jail. The two leaders wrote in a letter to Hardik, "The Patidar community had dreamt of OBC status a year ago. But, you have dashed those hopes completely. The community had come out in open to support PAAS's call, but now it feels that it had to face adversities because of your personal interests, selfishness and your desire to be rich by misusing the community." The letter goes on to say, "The way you (Hardik) have been trying to gain the community's sympathy by boasting about your nine-month jail term should be questioned. You should not forget, it was not you alone, but we too have spent jail terms as co-accused in the sedition case," claims the letter. They further alleged, "You and your Vipul Kaka (distant relative) have been enjoying a lavish lifestyle in a bungalow and spending your community's donations on being ferried in a luxurious car. This money was meant for the martyrs of our community, who had laid down their lives during the OBC quota agitation in August last year." By Premji
The NaMo tea stall, which was so named after the Chai pe Charcha session, was dismantled by the civic body officials during the sealing drive. Citing “traffic and congestion issues”, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has sealed around eight shops, including popular eatery Iskcon Ganthia, the place where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held his “Chai Pe Charcha” session during the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls in 2014. Earlier, AMC tax inspectors had visited the shop requesting the owners to produce approved building plans and ownership details. "The owners could not produce any of the documents and we had to seal the premises," said a senior AMC official. As BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Modi sat outside the shop on the busy S G Highway stretch in the west Ahmedabad and in between the sips of tea from the now famous NaMo tea stall, for two hours he interacted with people who had gathered at around 1,000 tea stalls across the 300 urban centres through video conferencing on February 13, 2014. "The traffic issue was getting problematic, even though a parking zone was earmarked nearby," a senior AMC estate officer said. "The shop is located just opposite the Karnavati Club on the access lane to the service road." “The AMC officials came and dismantled NaMo tea stall, which had played host to Modi’s Chai Pe Charcha session. Our security guards help manage traffic here, but wealthy and influential guests of Karnavati Club do not pay heed to them and park vehicles near our shops. We have submitted all the land records since 1988 to the AMC, but our shops are still sealed,” said Chetanbhai J Patel, who runs Arbuda Motors in the complex and co-owns the 5,700 sq meter land on which the complex stands. Giri Goswami, the husband of Amiben who runs Iskcon Ganthia for six years, said, “We have already incurred losses up to Rs 4 to 5 lakh. As our shop is running out of a rented premises, we have to pay a steep rent and staff salaries.” AMC’s deputy estate officer of New West Zone Chaitanya Shah said, “This area is accident prone and 70 per cent of the 40-foot road is usually blocked by parked vehicles. We had warned the shop owners several times to manage their parking. The shops are also illegal as their plans have not been approved and they don’t even have the basic BU (Building Use) permission. Their impact fee has also not been regularised. The shops have been sealed indefinitely for now.” By Premji
The Olympic flame was extinguished in an colorful opening ceremony of Rio Olympics 2016 and the baton was passed to Tokyo who has promised the best best Olympics games ever in 2020. American basketball team defeated Serbia 96-66, just before the closing ceremony, to win the final gold medal in the game and finishing the camping at the first place with winning 46 golds to Great Britain and China who finished second and third with winning 27 and 26 golds respectively. Finishing its Olympic campaign at 67th spot with winning one silver and one bronze medal by PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik respectively India completed the Rio Olympics. Sakshi Malik was also the flag bearer of India at the closing ceremony as PV Sindhu returned to India on Saturday. Olympics chief Thomas Bach said, “These were marvelous Olympic games in the marvelous city. These Olympic Games are leaving a unique legacy for generations to come. History will talk about Rio de Janeiro before and much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.” Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said, “The Japan’s government will work hard so it will be the best Olympics ever.” Michael Phelps, a swimming legend, by winning five gold at Rio Olympics and a silver and took his medal tally to 23 in his Olympic career. The host country Brazil celebrated the the famous football win when the Brazilian team defeated Germany, under Neymar, in the penalty shootout revenging their infamous 7-1 loss in World Semi finals in 2014. The fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt who has announced his retirement after the 2017 world championship, won three gold medals in Rio at 100m, 200m and 4x100m event taking his Olympic medal tally to nine after winning the same in London and Beijing Olympics. The security as well as logistical problems were at its peak during the South America’s first Olympics. But it was kept under control by the authorities as the audience saw an outstanding performance by many Olympic athletes of the different countries. Among the controversies happened in the Games, Mongolia’s Chagnaadroj Usukhbayar became the sixth weightlifter in Rio to fail a drugs test. In an another event, police raided the Irish Olympics office after the Irish International Olympic Committee chief Patrick Hickey over an alleged black market tickets scam and seized passports, phones and computers. Mongolian coach protested in a furious way when he stripped down to his underwear after an alleged wrong decision against wrestler Gazorigiin Mandakhnaran. By Prajakt K.
A PhD student and AISA activist of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi has been booked for allegedly raping a fellow scholar after drugging her at his hostel room on campus, police said, adding that the accused is absconding. An FIR filed by the 28-year-old student, who is also pursuing her PhD, said that accused Anmol Ratan offered her a spiked drink and raped her when she went to his room. “The woman said Ratan messaged her that he had the copy of a film she had wanted to see and offered to transfer it onto a pen drive. He came to her hostel and asked her to accompany him to his room at Brahmaputra hostel,” said a senior police officer. “She said Ratan raped her when she was unconscious. She tried to raise an alarm after regaining consciousness but Ratan did not allow her to leave,” the officer said. Ratan is a PhD student at the Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion. Prior to joining JNU in July 2014, Anmol was a leading AISA activist in Delhi University. He graduated from Satyawati College and did both his post-graduation and MPhil in Political Science. Ratan was elected as the state president during AISA’s state conference which was held at the beginning of 2015. The joint secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) Saurabh Sharma dubbed Anmol Ratan as "Rapist Left Brigade". Sharma said that JNUSU will protest at the administrative block of the university at 3 pm and will ask JNU vice-chancellor to rusticate the "rapist" and justice for the survivor. JNUSU members will hold their evening 'mess campaign' from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm in all hostels for "the justice to the survivor and to uphold our legacy of gender justice and to save JNU's name, pride and culture." "Please join us at Sabarmati Dhaba at 10 pm for effigy burning of the Rapist Left Brigade," Sharma said. Sharma also took to Facebook. Dubbing AISA as "hypocrite", and he said: "Not mere an activist, but STATE SECRETARY of AISA : Mr. Anmol Ratan ( meaning a Precious jewel) is booked under 376/506 IPC for RAPE of a poor 1st year JNU PHd girl. Initial reports are coming that he even threatened The poor girl of CONSEQUENCES if she reports to Police." By Premji
India’s one of the top wrestlers, Yogeshwar Dutt, faced a shocking defeat in a qualification round as he was beaten by Mongolia’s Gonzorigiin Mandakhnaran and ended India’s Olympic campaign with two medals in total won by Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu in 58 kg women’s freestyle and women’s singles badminton event respectively at Rio Olympics 2016 Dutt showed extremely poor show at the match and the 33-year old wrestler from Haryana lost to the Mongolian grappler 0-3. Mandakhnaran showed some outstanding skills and played at a good pace and Dutt had no answer for his skills. Yogeshwar Dutt, who had won a bronze medal at London Olympics, had to depend on his Mongolian opponent to stay his hopes alive to go forward in the tournament. However, as Mandakhnaran lost in the quarter finals, it was all over for Dutt as well as for India. With Yogeshwar Dut’s shocking ousting from the Rio Olympics, India have finished it’s Olympic campaign with winning one silver and one bronze respectively by PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik. Among the 119 player contingent, which was largest in any Olympics game from India, Indian athletes could not win enough medals and disappointed the nation. Dutt, who qualified for Rio Olympics in March after a knee injury, could not score the required points in the second half as well after being trailing 0-3 till the break which resulted into his shocking defeat in the 65 Kg freestyle event. Although in last minute he tried to pin down his opponent but all his efforts went in vain as he could not capitalize on it. By Prajakt K.
The suit that had ‘Narendra Damodardas Modi’ monogrammed as pinstripes on it was sold in an auction in February 2015, that has now entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘most expensive suit sold ever’. The suit was sold to the highest bidder, Laljibhai Patel, a diamond baron and private airline owner based in Surat, Gujarat for an astounding Rs 4.31 crore. Laljibhai had then told that he was determined to buy the suit even if it exceeded Rs 5 crore. ‘The money does not matter,’ he had said. The base price of the suit at the auction was Rs 11 lakh. The money received in the auction was used in the campaign to clean River Ganga. 800 other items received by PM Modi were also sold off in the auction. The term ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’, often used by the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to attack the Modi government, was derived from the very same suit. By Premji
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will approach banks and financial institution based in Jammu and Kashmir in order to prepare a list of local residents and entities whose bank accounts have shown "suspicious transactions.” A senior official confirmed the development and said, "The banks are obliged to share information as per the section 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) and 43 F of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). "We have investigated a number of terror cases and there are many key areas, especially the financial ones, which are to be explored," said Sanjeev Singh, inspector general, NIA. "There has been a steady inflow of money into accounts of many individuals on Kashmir. We are sure that some of the names that have cropped up during our findings might be involved with unlawful activities," NIA IG said. "The funding can take place in many ways. One is routine bank transaction where in an individual is chosen and money transferred into his bank. Second is the Hawala routes and third is the funding that is done using trade," said a senior official. "We will question them all. It is routine matter and if the individuals are able to justify where money came from and where was it used, the matter will end there," said the NIA official. By Premji
With the help of the fastest man on the earth, Usain Bolt, Jamaican team won the finals of 4x100m baton relay event at Rio Olympics and secured the gold medal. Usain Bolt won his third gold medal at Rio and ninth in his overall Olympic career. Bolt, who accepted the baton in the final leg, had not comfortable advantage, although he won the race by two or three meters. Jamaican team finished their race in 37.27 seconds ahead of Japan (37.60s) and Canada (37.64s). The USA team which actually finished before the Canadians, when they were disqualified due to baton change outside the box. Bolt, who has announced his retirement after the world champion in 2017, has won the ninth gold medal in Olympics and third in Rio Olympics. Earlier, he had won 100m, 200m and 4x100m events with gold medals at Beijing in 2008 and at London in 2012. Usain Bolt now has finished his journey in Olympics with equaling the record of winning nine golds in athletics of US sprinter and jumper Carl Lewis and Finnish long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi. By Prajakt K.
India’s badminton player PV Sindhu has been settled for silver after she got beaten by the Spaniard Carolina Marin in women’s singles final even of badminton in Rio Olympics on Friday at Riocentro Pavilion. Sindhu now has joined shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Vijay Kumar as well as the wrestler Sushil Kumar, as India’s only silver medalists in Olympics. PV Sindhu, who managed to fight back at the first after staying behind and won the first game, were quite defenseless in second as well as the third game. Marin defeated Sindhu 19-21, 21-12 and 21-15 and won the Gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Sindhu, in the first game, was way behind than world no. 1 Marin first at 3-7 and then 6-8 and 10-13. At 19-16, it was Marin’s game but Sindhu fought back and managed to win the first game from 17-19 to 21-19. Marin, however, immediately came back in the second game and scored a comfortable lead of 8-2. At the last she had 8 game points with her and capitalizing on it she comfortably won the second game 21-12. World no. 1 Marin took a lead at initial stage in the third and final game of the match but Sindhu was fighting back with her amazing skills and it was 18-14 when Marin needed only three points to secure gold in Rio Olympics. Despite Sindhu’s incredible effort, Marin won the match eventually, denting the hopes of billions of Indian fans that Sindhu would grab the first gold medal for the country in Olympics. By Prajakt K.
Even after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) appreciated India’s presentation of wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s case and showed signs that the wrestler would get to play on Friday morning, earlier, CAS has slapped four years ban on Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav and he now won’t be performing in the ongoing Rio Olympics. Yadav will now have to vacate the room allotted to him at the Games Village on Friday morning, after the ban. An official release from the CAS said, “The CAS panel did not accept the argument of the athlete that he was a victim of sabotage and noted that there was no evidence that he bore no fault, nor that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional. Therefore, the standard four year period of ineligibility was imposed on the athlete by the panel.” Earlier, Yadav’s urine sample was found positive for steroid methandienone on June 25 and July 5. However, he had alleged that his food/ supplement or urine had been tampered and he was a victim of sabotage. Indian anti-doping body, NADA had found him not guilty and cleared him for Rio after an inquiry. Rakesh Gupta, Indian contingent’s chef-de-mission, told a leading daily, “It is so unfortunate. After getting clearance from NADA, we had written to the wrestling body, the International Olympic Committee and also the organizing committee of the Rio Games. They had accepted Narsingh’s entry and that is the reason he traveled with us.” “When we assured that everything is fine, then we suddenly got a letter from World Anti-doping body, WADA three days back that it had appealed against Narsingh’s entry into the Rio Games. We asked for time but they gave us 48 hours. We tried to present the case and were confident but have got this shocking news now. Narsingh will be shattered man today. His career has been ruined. It is so unfortunate,” he added. Indian Olympic Association general secretary Rajeev Mehta, after the CAS imposed ban on Yadav said, “It's not a just loss for Narsingh at the Court of Arbitration for Sports but he was beaten by his compatriots who did not want to let him compete at the Olympics and not by his opponents.” “The picture is clear and neither I nor anyone has to say who's done the foul play. If you go back, you can easily connect the dots and would clearly know who could be the suspect. As of now, the culprits have been successful in stopping him from the Olympics, though we may challenge the order and minimize the ban. It's a loss for the country,” he said. Further focusing on a conspiracy theory he said, “We must go deep into the matter and the government should initiate a CBI inquiry into the matter. It's not a small thing, it's plaguing our country's sport and we must nip this in the bud. Days after he won the battle at the Delhi High Court, a phone call came from his SAI center in Sonipat about some doping activities, the raid happened and his sample was found positive. It cannot be sheer coincidence.” By Prajakt K.