Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, made a serious accusation on Monday that a CBI agent committed suicide after being pressed to fabricate a case against an AAP politician. Sisodia also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on why officers are under such intense pressure.
“A CBI officer was pressured to frame me in a false case. He could not take the mental pressure and died by suicide. I want to ask the PM why officers are being pressured so much that they take such extreme steps,” Sisodia said at a press conference.
Jitendra Kumar, a deputy legal adviser for the CBI, is suspected of committing suicide last week at his south Delhi residence, according to authorities.
A crime team and a forensic mobile team responded to a call regarding a man who had been discovered hanging at the Defence Colony police station at around 6.45 am on Thursday, according to a senior police official.
Following the filing of a FIR to look into suspected anomalies in the creation and implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy, which was released in November of last year, the CBI conducted a raid on Sisodia’s Delhi residence last month.
Sisodia addressed the news conference immediately after the BJP released a “sting video” to criticise the AAP administration over the liquor case. Sambit Patra, a BJP politician, also encouraged Delhi’s liquor vendors to avoid running away and record videos detailing the commissions they had to provide Sisodia and chief executive Arvind Kejriwal.
“Now, there is no escape route for you, Manish Sisodia ji,” Sambit Patra said. “When Kejriwal ji came to power, he asked people to do sting operation against any corruption, this is exactly what happened. There has been a sting operation against Sting master Kejriwal ji,” Patra said.
“The modus operandi as revealed in the video is that 80 per cent of profit will go to Kejriwal and Sisodia and their friends. First, you give us our 80 percent commission and then sell the 20 per cent however you can, we don’t care. This has been the policy of Kejriwal,” Patra said, after playing the alleged sting video.
“Even if they were giving one bottle free with a liquor bottle, they were making profits. Consider how they were looting,” Patra said.
The “sting video” featured Sunny Marwah’s father, Kulvinder Marwah, who was the scam’s accusation number 12. Because Marwah Ji is confessing all of the things in this video, the matter is “open and shut,” the BJP leader said, adding that Sisodia no longer has any options for escape.
The accusations have been refuted by Sisodia.
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After Queen’s demise, here’s what royal family’s new portrait looks like
The new family portrait of Britain’s Royal Family has been unveiled. Buckingham Palace has shared the new photo of King Charles III with Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
According to Page Six, the photo was clicked the night before the Queen’s funeral. The photo was posted on social media through the royal family’s official account and was clicked by photographer Chris Jackson.
In the photo, Kate Middleton is seen wearing a long-sleeved black dress along with black tights and pumps. Prince William, on the other hand, opted for a classic suit.
Camilla Parker Bowles wore a black embroidered dress, while King Charles III also wore a classic suit like his son.
According to Page Six, the photo was taken at the pre-funeral reception that Buckingham Palace hosted a day prior to the funeral of the Queen, where many world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, were also present.
Many people noticed the absence of Harry and Meghan from the family portrait on social media.
Britain’s longest-serving monarch died hours after the palace said that the Queen was under medical supervision at Balmoral after the doctors expressed their concern over her health.
Her death was followed by 10 days of official mourning and a grand procession of events that were followed around the world, culminating in her state funeral in London and burial at Windsor.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was lowered into the Royal Vault at Windsor Castle in London after the committal service.
Imran challenges Pak govt to arrest him over leaked audio
As the controversy regarding the leaked audio continues in Pakistan, former Prime Minister Imran Khan has challenged the coalition government led by the Pakistan Muslim League (N) to arrest him.
At a public gathering in Taxila, Punjab on Sunday, the deposed leader said PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz wanted the cypher to disappear in a bid to hide the conspiracy hatched by PM Shehbaz Sharif’s party. “This is the movement of real independence and we are ready to face jails. I am ready to go to jail and for my nation as well. “We are not afraid of jail,” he was quoted as saying by The Nation.
The cypher is an alleged secret diplomatic cable which fueled conspiracy theories that the US administration wanted to topple Imran Khan’s government and facilitate regime change in the country.
The cypher is based on then-envoy Asad Majeed’s meeting with US State Department official Donald Lu, who has been at the centre of PTI’s claim that the US conspired to dislodge Imran from office in April.
During his address, Khan said, “They have started a new drama regarding the disappearance of the cypher while its master copy is in the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Maryam Nawaz can ask her ambassador about it, “he added.
While referring to the Pakistan army, he said, “Those who could prevent the conspiracy from succeeding, if they call themselves neutral at this time, the nation will never forgive them.” Pakistan’s Federal Cabinet has formally given the go-ahead to start legal action against former PM Imran Khan over the recent audio leaks that purportedly featured him and his aides discussing a US cypher.
On Friday, the Pakistan federal cabinet met with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair.
‘With Grateful Recognition’: How an Indian American bagged Lifetime Achievement award in U.S.
Vivek Lall, an Indian-origin General Atomics Global Corporation chief executive, is honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by US President Joe Biden with a citation of ‘With Grateful Recognition’.
The citation was given to Lall, who has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas, by AmeriCorps and the Office of the President. It was also personally signed by the President of the United States, as per the official statement.
AmeriCorps is a part of the US government. The organisation aims to foster activities that bring Americans closer together to “serve communities.”
Lall, an industry leader and scientific community titan, works as Chief Executive at General Atomics. The company is a global leader in the specialised fields of nuclear technology and has developed state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) like the Predator, Reaper and Guardian drones.
Lall, the son of an Indian diplomat, was one of the handful of individuals with Indian origins to have been invited to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this past year during his Washington visit.
Notably, prior to his leadership position at General Atomics, Lall worked for organisations such as NASA, Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin; his experience and accolades have been regarded as unparalleled by many in the scientific community and long-term industry observers alike.
He is serving as a US Technical Team Member for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Science and Technology (STO) with the Pentagon.
He was appointed in a critical advisory role to the US Cabinet Secretary, heading the Department of Transportation, encompassing entities like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in 2018.
No digital twin for Bruce Willis
Hollywood star Bruce Willis has denied selling the rights of his face to an AI company to create his ‘digital twin’.
According to Deadline, it was widely reported last week that the actor sold the rights to his face to a Russian deepfake company called Deepcake.
This would have allowed them to create a ‘digital twin’ for the actor, who retired in March following his diagnosis of aphasia, a condition affecting a person’s speech.
According to Deadline, Willis’ spokesperson denied any kind of partnership or agreement with the company this weekend. Deepcake confirmed this to a British news outlet.
Deepfake companies use artificial intelligence to create realistic simulations of famous figures.
A deepfake of Willis appeared in an advert for a Russian telecoms company last year.
Deepcake claims to have worked with the actor on the AI for the ad and used a glowing recommendation from him on their website, but Willis’s people did not confirm this, as per Deadline.
This comes after ‘Star Wars’ veteran James Earl Jones handed over the rights of his unique Darth Vader tones to another AI company, Respeecher, indicating that he was retiring from the role, and passing the baton through use of technology.
Taiwan disapproves of China’s false claims about its sovereignty
Taiwan on Sunday rebutted Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s remarks about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) resolve to achieve unification and said that it sought to undermine the legitimacy of Taiwan.
Taiwan will never accept Beijing’s attempts to undermine its sovereignty, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday, after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at its National Day celebrations in Beijing vowed to achieve unification with Taiwan, reported Taipei Times. The council said the statement was an attempt to undermine the legitimacy and sovereignty of Taiwan. “We will never accept such ideas,” it said.
The CCP’s statement was not conducive to peaceful cross-strait relations, the council said, reported Taipei Times.
The event, hosted by the Chinese State Council, featured Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the other five CCP Politburo Standing Committee members and Vice President Wang Qishan, among others.
Meet 10-year-old influencer from Kashmir who is taking internet by storm
A ten-year-old girl from Kashmir’s Sopore has taken the internet by storm with her social media videos.
Known as the youngest social media influencer from the Kashmir Valley, Aqsa Masrat has enthralled hundreds of thousands of people who watch her videos regularly.
The young girl posts videos not just about the scenic beauty of her home state but also about a handful of societal concerns.
A student of Shah Rasool Memorial Welkin Sopore, Aqsa was just six years old when she made her first video. Her first video was about ‘Chillai Kallan”-the harshest forty-day-long spell of winter in Kashmir.
Speaking about the video, Aqsa said, “I wanted kids my age to enjoy it and be able to connect it to a real-life event, so I decided to produce a video about Chillai Kallan. It was my first random video that saw an unexpected response from the public. I was encouraged to make more such videos.”
The young talent has made 50 videos so far and has received immense support and love from the viewers along her journey.
As mentioned above, Aqsa not only records videos about everyday problems but also uses her social media to draw attention to problems in her community. She has also created videos that demonstrate how crops are grown and harvested.
“I got views in lakhs on my videos like Sopore Fruit Mandi, Paddy harvesting, Kangri. In fact, I got one million plus views on one of my videos ‘Mere Mamu ki Shaadi’. People are showering praises for my videos,” Aqsa said.
The budding influencer is currently studying for her 5th standard and while many love her work, she did face some problems from the people around her. Recalling how her family helped her on her journey, Aqsa said, “There are many people around me who have inspired me for my amelioration but when it comes to making videos, I got inspiration from my uncle (maamu), who is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist.”
She has over 58 thousand followers on her Facebook page, ‘What Aqsa Says’ and in the future, she aspires to be an IAS officer.
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