Monday, October 19, 2009

Q can draw millions more

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    • S Gurumurthy
    • The truth about bribery in the Bofors case which haunted the ruling family for over 20 years is now awaiting the signal from the Supreme Court for its final burial. The Central government told the Supreme Court on September 29 it had decided to withdraw the case against Quattrocchi — more famously known as ‘Q’. If that happens, it would be the end of the pursuit of the buccaneers who had looted the Indian public in the Bofors deal. This is what happens when the accused captures power over the prosecutor. No court, including the Supreme Court, can dispense justice if the prosecutor joins hand with the accused and refuses to prove the case.
    • The first thing the UPA-I did was to defreeze the account to enable Q and Maria to withdraw and run away with the money. The next thing it did was to allow Q to escape from Argentina where he was detained.



      And now the UPA-II has decided to bury the case altogether, of course with the stamp of the Supreme Court of India. It is not that the UPA is keen to protect Q; it has to protect Q to ensure that its chairperson Sonia Gandhi is not embarrassed. That Sonia, Maria and Q were close family friends was established by the CBI search of Q’s residence in 1993. It found that they shared annual holidays, dined together at weekends, had joint family photographs and left each other’s children in one another’s custody.
    • Now that the prosecution is being withdrawn, the buccaneers are free to draw the balance bribe money from Bofors. Q will get his balance $29 million and others would get their balance of $227 million. In today’s rupee terms, Q’s further $29 million means Rs 140 crore plus. The entire bribe money at current rupee value of the dollar will exceed Rs 600 crore! It’s worth waiting for 20 years, isn’t it?.

Keeping a flower beautiful for years - Indian researchers tell how - Yahoo! India News

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    • Imagine preserving the colour and shape of a flower for nearly 15 years! A team of researchers at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) museology department claims to have developed a technique that can do just that.
    • 'Our technique involves procedural treatment of flowers and leaves with certain chemicals, including copper sulphate, priopionic acid at a specific temperature that checks de-oxidation in flower cells and also drastically retards activities responsible for their degradation,' associate professor Abdul Raheem K. told reporters.

Arundhati Roy urges Centre to drop armed action against Maoist - Yahoo! India News

China projects Kashmir as a separate country - Yahoo! India News

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    • Visitors to Tibet, especially journalists invited by the Chinese government, are given handouts where Kashmir is indicated as a country separate from India.

      Media kits providing 'basic information' about Tibet - which China attacked and annexed in the 1950s - says Tibet 'borders with India, Nepal, Myanmar and Kashmir area'.

      Except the 'Kashmir area', the other three are sovereign countries.

      Maps too, available in China, Myanmar and Nepal, show an India denuded of Kashmir.

PMK fires salvo against Bt Brinjal - Yahoo! India News

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    • 'Only three months ago, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had said that there is no need for GM vegetables. But now an organisation under his ministry has accorded sanction for commercial cultivation of Bt Brinjal in a hurry,' Ramadoss said here in a statement.
    • Questioning the need for GM vegetables when the European Union has banned these, he alleged that such vegetables are being thrust upon the country under the US aid. This in the long run would make Indian farming a monopoly market for private seed companies, he added.

Sanatan Sanstha denies role in blast, govt nulls ban - Goa - City - The Times of India

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    • As the Sanstha's role in the blast came under the police scanner, its spokesman Abhay Vartak said an attempt was being made to falsely implicate the organisation.

      "Home Minister Ravi Naik is trying to frame our organisation because it had taken a firm stand on the state government's failure in preventing desecration of temples and idols in the state," Vartak told reporters at Panvel near Mumbai.

Organiser - Togadia Speak - What really is ‘vulgar’ Mr. Khurshid?

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    • Togadia Speak

      What really is ‘vulgar’ Mr. Khurshid?
    • Dr Pravin Togadia
    • The salaries paid to anyone in the public limited companies are already approved by shareholders and they are a part of annual report of the company which is sent to all shareholders. Issue is that CEOs’ salaries are a public knowledge; is the same case with Salman Khurshid? Why is Khurshid jealous of hardworking CEOs?
    • it is not CEOs salaries that are vulgar, Mr. Khurshid, your conspiracy to unsettle Bharat’s economy is vulgar.
    • “Tell me Doctor, what is vulgar? Is working hard vulgar? Is honestly contributing 40 per cent of the income to the nation’s Income Tax vulgar? Is doing MBA, engineering in IIT vulgar? After many years of struggle honestly building up a profit making company that can give stake holders excellent returns vulgar? Or, without contributing much to the nation’s income, keeping on self-pitying as ‘me victim of majority’ demanding money to jobs and educational seats to bank loans almost free vulgar? Isn’t producing unlimited number of children in the name of religion and expecting nation’s honest tax payers to sponsor their lives vulgar?”
    • “CEOs of the companies get vulgar salaries. Vulgarity is nobody’s fundamental right in this country.” This was the comment made by Union Minister of Bharat (He will not like to hear it as Bharat, he may even say it is vulgar!) for Corporate Affairs Salman Khurshid.
    • Perhaps Khurshid took his lessons on vulgarity from Hussein. But I am wrong. Khurshids, Hussains, Barak Hussein Obamas do not need lessons on vulgarity from anyone! 1400 years they have been inheriting it.
    • Union Government collects approx 4,00,000 Crore tax every year and 75 per cent of it is contributed by corporates and professionals, Khurshid calls this money vulgar!
    • Why is Khurshid jealous of hardworking CEOs? Is he really concerned of the poor in this country who do not get even a meal a day? Does he know that Rs 60 per kg onion hurts the poor and not taking note of it is Vulgar, Mr. Khurshid!
    • Be it charity hospitals, tribal schools, orphanages, helping physically and mentally challenged, creating self help groups for village women…The list of corporate contribution projects is unending. Unless CEOs wish to do them, these projects do not happen. Yet Mr. Khurshid has an audacity to term their money vulgar!
    • It is time for Bharat to wake up and ask questions through RTI and through votes about how much income tax was paid by such unlimited children producing machines and how much of honest tax paying majority’s money they gobbled up for their reservations and other benefits? How much was given to Aligarh Muslim University and from where the money came? Where did the 15 per cent Jaqat go which is compulsorily paid by each Khurshid, Ahmed and Shakil to their mosques? Why wasn’t that money used for their development? Why CEO tax money? Why professional’s tax money for them? This discrimination is vulgar.
    • (The writer is a renowned cancer surgeon and secretary general of VHP. He can be contacted on