Media Eye News Bureau: Legendary Bollywood actress and Padma Shri awardee Sridevi passed away due to cardiac arrest in Dubai. She was 54. Sridevi had gone along with her family to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding. Her husband Boney Kapoor and her younger daughter Khushi stayed back with her. Before she began her career in Bollywood she was a known face in South Indian films. She debuted as a child artiste in the Tamil film Thunaivan in 1969. Besides Tamil films, she later worked in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films as well. With a debut in the film Solva Sawan in 1978, she went on to star in stellar blockbuster films such as Himmatwala, Mawaali, Tohfa, Mr India, Lamhe, Chaalbaaz, Sadma and Chandni she ruled the box office and proved that she was a versatile actor. She went on a hiatus for 15 years after starring Judaai and made a comeback in director Gauri Shinde's English Vinglish in 2012. She also acted in the 2017 film Mom opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna and shot for a special appearance in Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming film Zero which is set to release in December.
Media Eye News Bureau: Congress President Rahul Gandhi recently attacked PM Modi during a speech and said, “A scam of Rs. 22,000 crore happens, Nirav Modi runs away with Rs. 22,000 crore from Indian Banks and Modiji (Prime Minister) says action will be taken.” He added, “Action will be taken? You first make us understand how did Nirav Modi take Rs. 22,000 crore from Indian banks under the watch of Narendra Modi's government. Modi ji should also make us understand why Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi are sitting in London. Someone takes Rs. 10,000 crore, someone takes Rs. 15,000 crore and someone takes Rs. 22,000 crore, and the Prime Minister of the country does not do anything when farmers of India asks for loan waiver of Rs. 50,000 or Rs. one lakh, Narendra Modi ji does not answer.”
Media Eye News Bureau: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, addressed the Economic Times Global Business Summit in New Delhi, on the theme: New Economy – New Rules. Noting that the Union Government is going to complete four years of assuming office in a few months, he said that a definite change is now visible. He said this change in the economic and social content, represents the essence of the New Rules for the New India and the New Economy. The Prime Minister said that within the last four years, the discourse has changed from India being a “Fragile Five” economy, to the target of India becoming a “Five Trillion Dollar” economy. The Prime Minister presented facts and figures to indicate how India is playing a key role in the entire world’s growth. He said that in nominal terms, India’s share of the world GDP has risen from 2.4% in 2013, to 3.1% in 2017. He said India is performing better on various macro-economic parameters. The Prime Minister said that this change has come about due to a new approach and a new work culture. He said India’s competitiveness is being validated by the entire world today. Modi recalled that when he had last attended this Global Business Summit, GST was still, just a possibility. Today, he added, it is a reality, which has delivered a better tax compliance system and a better revenue system. The Prime Minister mentioned other reforms such as the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. The Prime Minister said that speed, scale and sensitivity are important to ensure the success of the Government’s initiatives. He gave some examples of the increase in pace in the infrastructure sector. The Prime Minister said that there is unprecedented investment being made today in infrastructure, agriculture, technology, health sector, and education sector. The Prime Minister mentioned the initiatives taken in the health sector, such as Mission Indradhanush, Jan Aushadhi Stores, and the Ayushman Bharat scheme. Talking about the Digital India Mission, the Prime Minister said that the trinity of 100 crore bank accounts, 100 crore Aadhaar cards and 100 crore mobile phones, would create a unique ecosystem, not seen anywhere else in the world. He also spoke of initiatives taken for the MSME sector. The Prime Minister recalled that in his last address at the Economic Times Global Business Summit, he had spoken of Housing for All, Power for All, Clean Cooking for All, Health for All, and Insurance for All. He outlined the steps that have been taken in this regard in house construction, Saubhagya Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana, and insurance. Saying that the Government’s initiatives are aimed at empowering the poor, the Prime Minister also mentioned the construction of toilets, distribution of loans through the Mudra Yojana, and distribution of soil health cards. The Prime Minister mentioned the announcement in the recent Union Budget, on MSP. The Prime Minister appealed that those entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring rules and ethics in various financial institutions, should work with full dedication – especially those who are responsible for supervising and monitoring. He made it clear that the Government would take strict action against irregularities in financial matters. He said that the illegal accumulation of people’s money is unacceptable, and this is the basic mantra of “New Economy – New Rules.”
Media Eye News Bureau: Canadian premier Justin Trudeau met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today five days after landing in India, at his ceremonial welcome in Delhi's Rashtrapati Bhavan. After Trudeau, his wife Sophie, and children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien, alighted from a car on the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi shook hands with Trudeau and then hugged him. This meeting comes amid controversy over a Khalistan seperatist being invited for a dinner party in Mumbai. PM Modi greeted Mr Trudeau with his signature bear-hug and posed for photographs with his family, including his daughter Ella Grace, seen in a 2015 photo tweeted by Mr Modi last evening. Earlier on Thursday, Mr. Modi tweeted, "I look forward to meeting PM @JustinTrudeau and holding talks on further strengthening India-Canada relations in all spheres. I appreciate his deep commitment to ties between our two countries." Prime Minister Modi spoke about Mr. Trudeau for the first time after almost five days since the Canadian PM arrived in India.
Media Eye News Bureau: Rotomac Global Pvt Ltd owner Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul Kothari were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in relation to the alleged loan default to the tune of Rs 3,695 crore. The CBI had registered a complaint against Kothari on the basis of a complaint filed by the Bank of Baroda that extended loans to the Vikram Kothari’s Rotomac group. They reportedly owe an amount of Rs 3,695 crore to a consortium of banks.
Media Eye News Bureau: A day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would not support Khalistani separatists, reports have emerged that Jaspal Atwal, a Khalistan separatist convicted in the shooting of Punjab Minister Malkiat Sondhi in 1986 was present at an event of the PM in Mumbai and had been invited to another in Delhi. Atwal attended the Mumbai event on Tuesday and in a huge embarrassment for Canada, was photographed with the prime minister's wife Sophie Trudeau and Canadian minister Amarjeet Sohi. Atwal was a Sikh separatist active in the banned International Sikh Youth Federation when he was convicted of the attempted murder of Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in Vancouver in 1986. Mr Sidhu was shot at twice on a road and survived, but was later assassinated in India.
Media Eye News Bureau: Actor Kamal Haasan launched his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam (people justice centre) at Delhi and asserted that he would devote the rest of his life to the people. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was present there as well. The party flag was unveiled at the event as well. The flag has a white background with six hands joined together with a star in the centre surrounded by a star-like background in black. Haasan recently expressed, “I was in your heart all this while. Now I want to be in all your homes. You had looked at me as a star all along. Now I request you to look at me as a lamp. Light me in all your homes.” He added, “I am not a leader to give advice. I am a worker to listen to your advice.” Speaking about his party, he said, “People ask if I'm left or right. That is why I have named my party ‘centre’ (people justice centre).” Kejriwal also spoke at the event, he stated, “Till date, people of Tamil Nadu were stuck between two parties, DMK and AIADMK. Kamal offers an honest political alternative. Next time don't vote for a corrupt party. Now you can vote for an honest party. Vote for Kamal Haasan. If you want corruption, vote for the DMK and the AIADMK. But if you want schools, road, water, electricity, vote for Kamal.”
Media Eye News Bureau: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan formally began his political journey by first visiting former President late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's residence in Rameswaram. In a few hours, the 62-year-old will unveil the name and flag of his new party at a public meeting in Madurai, around 170 km away. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to attend the launch event. Kamal met the former President's elder brother and other family members at the residence in Rameswaram, around 600 km from here. "Greatness can come from simple beginnings," he said. "Actually it will come only from simplicity. Glad to start my journey from a great man's simple abode," the actor added in a tweet. As part of his roadshow, Mr. Haasan addressed fisherfolk at Gandhi Mahal in Rameswaram. He assured that he would meet them often to get to know their problems and find solutions. "There are many issues including the need to respect international maritime boundary line," he said. He would visit them again for an elaborate interaction.
Media Eye News Bureau: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently said the state will chase down cheaters to the end. Jaitley further questioned as to why the bank's internal and external auditors could not detect the fraud which had been going on for an apparent 7 years. Jaitley asserted, “It is incumbent on us as a state, till the last legitimate capacity of the state, to chase these people (fraudsters) to the last possible conclusion to make sure the country is not cheated.” He added, “When authority is given to the managements you are expected to utilise that authority effectively and in a right manner. Therefore the question for the management itself is were they found lacking? And on the face of it the answer seems yes they were.” He elaborated that the lenders were ‘unable to check who amongst them were delinquent.’ He said, “And also there is an important challenge where the supervisory agencies are now to introspect as what are the additional mechanisms they have to put in place to ensure that stray cases don't become a pattern again. And stray cases are nipped in the bud and an example be made out of people that these bad examples itself are never to be repeated. It's a direct cost and it has an indirect cost that it impinges on development, which impinges on the lending capacity of banks as an institution and therefore impinges upon developmental finance.”
The BJP recently demanded Kejriwal to step down as Delhi’s CM while the Congress sought his apology regarding the alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. Delhi CMO however denied the accusation while asserting that it is “bizarre and baseless.” AAP further accused Prakash of acting at “BJP’s behest.” Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari took to Twitter and asserted, “Arvind Kejriwal and his Goon MLAs misbehaved and threatened the Chief secretary of NCT Delhi Government last night… another shameful act of @AamAadmiParty Goons… an act of Urban Naxalism… #UrbanNaxaliteKejriwal must Resign.” Home Minister Rajnath Singh further said, “The MHA has sought a report on the incident from the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. Justice will be done. A delegation of IAS DANICS and Subordinate Services of Delhi Government met me today and apprised me of the prevailing situation. I am deeply pained by the happenings involving the Chief Secretary of the Delhi Government. The civil servants should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear.” Reacting to this, Ashish Khetan stated, “Sir, you have already pronounced the verdict by holding AAP guilty. Then whats the point of ordering inquiry? You should have first ascertained full facts through an independent & credible process. Sad to see that you couldn’t rise above party politics.” BJP leader Sambit Patra also tweeted, “We condemn the way how Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, his party members behaved in the CM’s residence with the Chief Secretary of Delhi.” Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken also expressed his sentiments as he tweeted, “Kejriwal should apologise for this hooliganism which took place before him-AAP Govt is unable to deliver-Beating of Chief Secretary by MLAs in front of CM is another low and is aimed to divert attention from Govt failures! AAP does not know Governance and has failed miserably (sic).”