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AAP LEADER COMES OUT WITH MORE PAPERS, ACCUSES AYODHYA TRUST OF LAND SCAM

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A view of Ayodhya from Sarayu river.

There’s a growing uproar over allegations of scam in the purchase of land by Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra in Ayodhya. On Thursday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh once again made serious allegations against the trust and demanded a thorough inquiry. Singh, armed with a few new documents, reiterated that the trust—by paying Rs 18.5 crore—bought the land a higher price.

Singh alleged that at the price the trust bought 12,080 square metres of land, 26,000 square metres of land could actually have been purchased.

“The rate of the adjacent land is Rs 8 crore. This land is next to the one bought by the trust for Rs 18.5 crore,” said the AAP leader.

“The land which was bought for Rs 8 crore is 10,370 square metres and the one bought for Rs 18.5 crore is 12,080 square metres. Is this corruption or not? At least 26,000 square metres of land could be bought at this rate, but only 12,080 square metres were purchased.”

The AAP Rajya Sabha MP made another big allegation when he said that with the money received in the deal, another land was bought.

“On 7 June, BJP Mayor Hrishikesh Upadhyay’s nephew, Deep Narayan Upadhyay, bought a land worth Rs 1 crore 90 lakh. His income should be probed. How did he buy land for Rs 1.90 crore when he has no source of income?”

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Despite Wang’s advice, India to continue to raise China’s belligerence

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China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi may have lauded India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for objecting to external forces meddling in China-India bilateral ties, but New Delhi will continue to raise Beijing’s assertive and aggressive activities at the various international forums and in the groups like Quad. Wang’s statement that India-China border issues should be put in appropriate place is being viewed as Beijing’s bid to ensure that New Delhi does not discuss LAC problems at the global forums. Top diplomatic sources told The Daily Guardian Review that despite Wang Yi’s messaging on the bilateral disputes, India will continue to raise the border row and other issues reflecting Beijing’s belligerence in legitimate and logical manner on various platforms.   

At a meeting with India’s new envoy to Beijing Pradeep Kumar Rawat, Wang made these comments. He also said that common interests between China and India far outweigh their differences. The Chinese minister had said that the way Jaishankar “expressed his disapproval of European centralism” and “objected to external forces meddling” in China-India bilateral ties, is a reflection of “India’s tradition of independence”. 

The Indian diplomats say, “All this sounds good, but the Chinese foreign minister should also ensure that the LAC stand-off is resolved.

But on the contrary, the PLA continues to create one problem or other along the Line of Actual Control in the eastern Ladakh region”.

Sources said that during his meeting with the Chinese foreign minister, the Indian ambassador was right to stress the criticality of maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas to realise the full potential of consensus on bilateral relations between the two countries. “This was a meaningful and an apt message to the Chinese side by the ambassador,” sources add. EAM Jaishankar has already explained why it was mandatory for the Quad and other forums to discuss China’s assertive activities along the LAC. Jaishankar had said that China disregarding the written agreements with India on not massing troops at the border was an issue of legitimate concern for the entire international community. “It is an issue in which a lot of countries legitimately take interest, particularly if they are from the Indo-Pacific region. When a large country disregards written commitments, I think it’s an issue of legitimate concern for the entire international community,” Jaishankar had said after the Quad Foreign Ministers’ meet in Australia few weeks ago.     

Now the diplomats recall it as a message to China whose foreign minister is saying that the India-China border issues should be put in appropriate place. “All that Wang Yi said amounted to suggesting that India should not raise the border row at any international platform,” a source said. “Raising Chinese aggressive agenda at the global forums or during bilateral talks with other international leaders does not amount to allowing them to meddle in the bilateral issues between India and China,” he adds. “The countries which stake holders in the Indo-Pacific need to be updated on Beijing’s belligerence,” he further notes.   

Wang Yi has had praised India for calling out the West, lauding Jaishankar for a speech he made in Europe earlier this month. 

On Wednesday, Rawat paid a courtesy visit to Wang Yi at Beijing’s Diaoyutai State Guest House. This was his first in-person meeting with the Chinese minister since taking over as India’s new ambassador.

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VACCINATION PREVENTED OVER 42 LAKH DEATHS IN INDIA: LANCET

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In what can be seen as a massive achievement for India, a study conducted by Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal has revealed that the country’s mega vaccine drive prevented over 42 lakh deaths in 2021. The projections mentioned in the Lancet study reveal that India’s vaccination drive may have helped reduce the mortality rate by bringing down the number of deaths to almost a third.

«For India, we estimate that 4,210,000 deaths were prevented by vaccination. This is our central estimate, with the uncertainty in this estimate ranging between 3,665,000-4,370,000. (This is our 95 per cent credible in

terval,» the study said. 

Oliver Watson, the lead author of the study, said that the study refers to estimates of excess mortality in India during the Covid-19 pandemic by a British weekly newspaper and the WHO, adding, «Independently, our group has also investigated the Covid-19 death toll based on reports of excess mortality and seroprevalence surveys and arrived at similar estimates of almost 10 times the official count.»

Globally, about 20 million deaths were averted due to the Covid-19 vaccination. The study said, «Across 185 countries and territories, 31.4 million Covid-19-related deaths would have occurred during this timeframe in the absence of Covid-19 vaccination. About 19.8 million deaths were averted by Covid-19 vaccination.»

As a result, the number of lives saved due to Covid-19 vaccination exceeded the potential death toll. However, the study added, «Even more lives could have been saved by improving the equitability of vaccination coverage worldwide. Specifically, an estimated 156,900 additional deaths would have been averted if the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility›s vaccination target of 20 per cent (for each advance market commitment country) had been attained, and an estimated 599,300 additional deaths would have been averted if WHO›s 2021 Covid-19 vaccination target of 40 per cent had been attained.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday that India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed the 196 crore mark. As per the official data, over 3.6 crore adolescents have been administered the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and about 2 crore Covid-19 precaution doses have been given to people, who are above the age of 18. 

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Officers making false claims on Gujarat riot must be put in dock: SC

The apex court says some officers made allegations ‘replete with falsehood’ against the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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The Supreme Court on Friday remarked that disgruntled officials of the Gujarat government who made sensational revelations in relation to the 2002 riots only “to keep the pot boiling” must be put in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with the law.

A Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar remarked that the testimonies of former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, late Haren Pandya (former Gujarat home minister), and R.B. Sreekumar (the then Additional Director General of Police – Intelligence) were only to “sensationalize and politicize” the issue, although, replete with falsehood. Pandya, the then Gujarat›s Home Minister, was shot dead on March 26, 2003, during a morning walk near Ahmedabad›s law garden area.

The top court relied on the final report of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which concluded that Bhatt, Pandya had set up a false plea of being present in the meeting held on February 27, 2002 where the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi allegedly made the utterance.

“We hasten to add that it is only because of the ultra-sensational revelation projected by Sanjiv Bhatt and Haren Pandya, who unabashedly claimed to be privy to the utterances made by the then Chief Minister in an official meeting, the constitutional functionaries and this Court was required to move into action taking serious note of the same,” the Bench said.

“But, after thorough investigation by the SIT, the falsity of such claim has been fully exposed on the basis of credible indisputable materials collated by the SIT during the investigation in that regard,» the bench also comprising Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice CT Ravikumar said.

“At the end of the day, it appears to us that a coalesced effort of the disgruntled officials of the State of Gujarat along with others was to create sensation by making revelations which were false to their own knowledge,” the Supreme Court added.

“The falsity of their claims had been fully exposed by the SIT after a thorough investigation. Intriguingly, the present proceedings have been pursued for the last 16 years including with the audacity to question the integrity of every functionary involved in the process of exposing the devious stratagem adopted, to keep the pot boiling, obviously, for ulterior design,” the top court said.

“As a matter of fact, all those involved in such abuse of process, need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with the law,» it remarked.

The Bench’s observation came while upholding the clean chit given by the SIT to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and 63 others in the 2002 riots. The top Court also dismissed the plea filed by Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who had alleged a larger conspiracy in the case. The plea was dismissed on the grounds of ‘lack of merit.’

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ED attaches Rs 78 cr of assets of mill linked to Ajit Pawar

A sugar mill was sold for an amount of Rs 42.31 crore whereas its value stood at Rs 78 crore

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday provisionally attached Rs. 78.38 crore worth assets of a sugar mill in Jalna, Maharashtra, under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in a case pertaining to the illegal sale of the cooperative sugar mill Jalna Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana in Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) scam case. According to an ED press release, the attached assets include residual plant and machinery, building structures and more than 200 acres of land of the sugar mill at village Sawargaon Hadap in Jalna district.

ED has initiated investigation under the PMLA based upon an FIR registered by Economic Offence Wing, Mumbai Police, on August 26, 2019, following an order of the Bombay High Court, read the press release. It has been alleged in the said FIR that the cooperative SSK was fraudulently sold by the then officials and directors of MSCB at throw-away prices to their relatives or private persons without following the due procedure prescribed under the SARFAESI Act.

Investigations conducted by ED officials revealed that Jalna SSK failed to repay a loan of Rs. 33.49 crore availed from MSCB and was declared an NPA in 2002. To recover its dues, MSCB took possession of the cooperative sugar mill under SARFAESI Act. Thereafter, MSCB put the mill on sale in 2012, with a reserve price of Rs. 42.18 crore. The mill was sold to Tapadia Constructions, which did not operate the SSK. After lapse of 15 months, the mill along with 235 acres of land was sold to Arjun Sugar Industries.

However, Arjun Sugar Industries was floated by former Shiv Sena MLA Arjunrao Panditrao Khotkar and others to purchase the mill only. Khotkar had been on the Board of Director of MSCB and also a director in Jalna SSK. ED investigation further revealed that around Rs.10.56 crore paid by Tapadia Construction to MSCB as initial deposit in lieu of Jalna SSK was adjustment entity introduced by conversion of cash through shell companies. Further, Rs. 31.73 crore was sourced from Arjun Sugar Industries in December 2012. Tapadia Constructions was only a proxy entity according to the ED press release.

According to the ED, NCP leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar was also in the affairs of the sugar mill.

According ED, Jalna SSK was sold for an amount of Rs. 42.31 crore by undervaluing the assets, whereas the valuation of the assets conducted by independent valuer revealed that the value of Jalna sugar mill was around Rs. 78 crore at the time of the sale.

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SHINDE WIPES OUT UDDHAV’S SHIV SENA, 50 JOIN HIS FACTION

Seeking disqualification of 12 MLAs, Bal Thackeray’s party braces for a showdown on the floor of the House.

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With another Shiv Sena MLA Dilip Lande on Friday joining the rebel group, led by Eknath Shinde, the anti-MVA group got further boost. With 41 Shiv Sena and 9 independent MLAs on his side, Shinde has practically put Uddhav Thackrey-led Shiv Sena into an existential crisis.

In another day full of political drama, Lande, Shiv Sena MLA from Chadivali left Mumbai to join the rebel faction led by Eknath Shinde in Guwahati. A day before, three legislators had arrived in Guwahati, including Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse, MLA Sanjay Rathore and MLC Ravindra Phatak. Ironically, Phatak is said to be a confidant of the Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray and had been sent to Guwahati, along with Milind Narvekar, as emissary to negotiate with Shinde to resolve the crisis.

With Lande turning a turncoat, the ranks of rebel Shiv Sena legislators have swelled to 50, Shinde has usurped the legacy that Bal Thackeray had left in the hands of his son Udhav. The decimation of Maharashtra’s once most powerful first political family is almost complete.

The day saw a flurry of activity, with the Shiv Sena faction led by Uddhav seeking disqualification of 12 rebel MLAs from the House. The Chief Minister on Friday moved a petition with the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra state Assembly Narhari Zirwal and sought to cancel the membership of 12 rebel MLAs including Eknath Shinde for “not attending” the legislative party meeting held on Wednesday. Shiv Sena Chief Whip Sunil Prabhu had issued a letter to all party MLAs directing them to attend the meeting that evening.

Hitting back at the Shiv Sena after the party on Thursday sought the disqualification of 12 rebel MLAs including Shinde, the rebel leader turned to Twitter. “You cannot scare us by giving the names of 12 MLAs for disqualification because we are followers of the Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. We know the law, so we do not pay heed to threats,” said Shinde in his tweet. “We know your ways and the law too! According to Schedule 10 of the Constitution, the whip is

used for assembly work, not for meetings,” he added.

Apart from Shinde, Shiv Sena has sought disqualification of Prakash Surve, Tanaji Sawant, Mahesh Shinde, Abdul Sattar, Sandeep Bhumare, Bharat Gogawale, Sanjay Shirsat, Yamini Yadhav, Anil Babar, Balaji Devdas and Lata Chaudhari. Speaking to The Daily Guardian Review, rebel MLA Gogawale said that their disqualification would be illegal. “We have numbers they don’t have. Currently, we have 41 Shiv Sainik and 9 Independent MLAs, among which 9 are ministers,” said unruffled Gogawale.

Responding to the call for their disqualification Shinde had on Wednesday written to the Deputy Speaker Zirwal regarding the reaffirmation of his appointment as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party. The letter had the signatures of 37 Shiv Sena MLAs and a copy of the letter was been sent to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Secretary to the Legislative Council Rajendra Bhagwat.

Earlier in the day, Deputy Speaker Zirwal approved the appointment of Ajay Choudhary as Shiv Sena Legislative Party Leader, replacing Shinde, and Sunil Prabhu as Chief Whip, even as the senior Shiv Sena leader was busy meeting NCP leader Sharad Pawar.

Speaking to the media after the meeting was over, Rajya Sabha MP Raut said that they were confident of sailing through the floor test. “We are not going to accept defeat. We are ready for the floor test and will win. They have taken a wrong step. The time is over now. We had asked them to come back to Mumbai but they didn’t listen. Now, we challenge them to come back,” said Raut.

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Complete Guide to Personal Browsing Data Protections and Why it Matters

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Personal bowing data is important to protect because it can reveal personal information about an individual, such as their name, address, and phone number. Personal browing data also can be used to track an individual’s movements and activities. Protecting your bowing data with ExpressVPN Promo Code is important because it can help you keep your personal information safe and protect your privacy.

Why do we need to protect our personal browsing data anyways?

Websites and advertisers are increasingly collecting data about our browsing habits. This data can include what websites we visit, what products we look at online, and even our location. While this data is often used to target us with relevant ads, it can also be used to track our movements and behavior over time.

This tracking can have serious implications for our privacy. For example, if someone knows which websites we visit, they could use that information to figure out our political or religious beliefs. Or if someone knows which products we’ve been looking at online, they could use that information to scam us or steal our identity.

Thankfully, there are ways to protect our personal browsing data from being collected. One of the most effective methods is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Why is it Important to Keep Your Browsing Data Safe?

It’s important to keep your browsing data safe for a few reasons. First, if someone gets their hands on your browsing data, they can see everything you’ve been up to online. This could include personal information like your address or credit card number, or even your passwords and login credentials. Second, if someone is monitoring your internet activity, they can see what you’re looking at and track your movements online. This could be dangerous if you’re visiting websites with sensitive information. Lastly, using a VPN (virtual private network) is the best way to keep your browsing data safe. A VPN encrypts all of your data and keeps it hidden from prying eyes.

Considerations When Choosing a VPN Service Provider

When you are looking for a VPN service provider, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Price is always a consideration, but it is not the only one. You should also look at the features of the service, the number of servers available, and how secure the connection is.

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Reasons Why You Should Be Concerned about Your Privacy Online

1. With the advent of the internet, our lives have become increasingly digitized. This means that more and more of our personal information is being stored online, where it can be accessed by anyone who has the right tools.

2. While this may not seem like a big deal at first, it can actually have a lot of negative consequences for your privacy. For example, if someone gets their hands on your personal information, they could use it to steal your identity or access your accounts.

3. Additionally, if your personal information is compromised, you could end up facing a lot of legal and financial problems. In fact, you could even end up in jail.

4.Fortunately, there are ways to protect your privacy online. One of the best ways to do this is by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

How to Protect Yourself on the Internet in the Age of Mass Surveillance and Social Media

As the Edward Snowden revelations have shown, the US government and its allies are engaged in mass surveillance of internet communications. This means that your personal data is not safe when you’re online unless you take steps to protect yourself.

One way to protect yourself is to use a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN encrypts your data so that it cannot be read by anyone else, including your internet service provider. It also masks your location and IP address, making it difficult for anyone to track you online.

Another way to protect yourself is to be careful about what information you share on social media. Don’t post anything that you wouldn’t want the government or other organisations to see. Remember that even if you delete something from Facebook or Twitter, it may still be stored on their servers.

Conclusion: The Importance of Safeguarding Your Personalized Data Online Today 

In conclusion, it is evident that safeguarding your personal data online is critical in this day and age. By taking proactive steps to protect yourself, you can minimize the risk of your information being stolen or compromised. Remember to use strong passwords, install security software, and be vigilant about the websites you visit and the information you share. With these simple precautions, you can rest assured that your data is safe and secure.

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