Arvind Kejriwal To PM Over Raids Targeting Minister Kailash Gahlot

New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi should apologise to the people of Delhi for “constantly troubling” the government they voted for, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said following raids at multiple premises linked to his minister Kailash Gahlot.

At least 16 locations in Delhi and Gurgaon were raided by a team of over 60 income tax department officials and the police in connection with an alleged tax evasion case.

“Friendship with Nirav Modi and (Vijay) Mallya and raid on us? Modiji you conducted raids on me, Satyendar (Jain) and Manish (Sisodia). What happened to those (raids)? Nothing was found. So before you go with another raid at least apologise to the people of Delhi for troubling their elected government,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted.

The search teams raided properties in Vasant Kunj, Defence Colony, Paschim Vihar, Najafgarh, Laxmi Nagar and Palam Vihar area in Gurgaon as part of the I-T department’s probe into alleged tax evasion against two firms — Brisk Infrastructure and Developers Pvt Ltd and Corporate International Financial Services Limited — that are operated and owned by the Gahlot family, the officials said.

While the former company is engaged in real estate, the latter is said to be a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC). The officials said multiple transactions and alleged under-reporting of profits led to the probe against the promoters of the two firms and their operations.

AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj demanded that central agencies, including the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to disclose if it found anything related to “corruption” during their numerous raids on AAP leaders and ministers.

“Many such raids were conducted in the past, but nothing substantial came out and no charge-sheet was filed. The court reprimanded the Delhi Police for non-existent cases,” said AAP leader Atishi.

Ms Atishi also accused the centre of trying to “intimidate” the Delhi government and alleged that Kailash Gahlot was targeted for leading the party’s legal battle against disqualification of its 20 lawmakers and for successfully implementing a scheme for doorstep delivery of essential public services.

Mr Gahlot is the minister for transport, law and revenue and is an Aam Aadmi Party legislator from the Najafgarh Assembly Constituency.

“Both PM Modi and Amit Shah want illegal and unconstitutional disqualification of the 20 MLAs whose legal battle was being led by Gahlot,” she said.

The AAP supports investigation of allegations, but why single out only one party’s leaders and ministers, she asked.

“On an average, the AAP gets at least one notice every day from the I-T department. The AAP is the only party that accepts all donations through banking channels, cheques or online. It’s clear that the centre is using all its agencies to intimidate the AAP,” said Atishi, one of the nine advisers to the Arvind Kejriwal’s government, who were sacked by the centre, saying the posts didn’t have its approval.

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AppleJeus Malware by Lazarus Targeting macOS, Windows Users Both: Kaspersky

Kaspersky researchers have uncovered a malware attack on Windows and macOS devices by the infamous Lazarus group. The group is apparently using Trojanised cryptocurrency exchanges to spread malware on laptops, including macOS devices. This new operation has been given the term AppleJeus, as it’s the first time Lazarus has been reported to distributing malware on macOS machines. An attack was recognised in Asia, where the attackers penetrated the network of a cryptocurrency exchange using Trojanised cryptocurrency trading software.

The Lazarus group is thought to have links to North Korea, and a government funded threat group. This recent attack was done with the aim to steal cryptocurrency. Kaspersky notes that this is the first time it has seen a Lazarus distributed malware targeting macOS users as well, and said “it represents a wakeup call for everyone who uses this OS for cryptocurrency-related activity.”

It is learnt that the malware arrives on a computer through an update to a third-party software app appearing to be for cryptocurrency trading. Kaspersky notes that it began when a company employee downloaded an app from a legitimate looking company website. This application sent information to back to the command and control server, and once the attackers ascertained that the computer is worth infecting, it sent malicious code in the form of a software update. The Trojan Fallchill is then installed on to the computer, and it gives attackers unlimited access to steal valuable financial information or to deploy additional tools for that purpose.

The AppleJeus operation was possible because of the seemingly legit looking cryptocurrency trading software that was installed. Kaspersky notes that the software vendor even has a valid digital certificate for signing its software and legitimate looking registration records for the domain.

Kaspersky recommends users tread with caution while installing any software related to cryptocurrency. “Do not automatically trust the code running on your systems. Neither an authentic looking website, nor a solid company profile, nor digital certificates guarantee the absence of backdoors,” it added. The security firm also advised to use a robust security solution, equipped with malicious-behaviour detection technologies that enable even previously unknown threats to be caught. Also, it would be beneficial to use multi-factor authentication and hardware wallets if you are dealing with significant financial transactions. For this purpose, preferably use a standalone, isolated computer that you do not use to browse the Internet or read email.

Cybercriminal gang Lazarus is believed to be behind large scale cyber-attacks across the world including recent WannaCry ransomware, and it was also reported to have access to few servers in India as well.

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Chinese Still In Doklam, Rahul Gandhi Says, Targeting PM Modi In London

Rahul Gandhi In London: Earlier this month, Rahul Gandhi had attacked Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

New Delhi: 

Rahul Gandhi, targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an interaction today in London on a range of subjects including India’s border standoff with Chinese troops last year, said the “Chinese are still in Doklam”. PM Modi could have stopped it had he kept a careful watch, the Congress president added.

“Doklam is not an isolated issue. It was a part of a sequence of events, it was a process. Prime Minister is episodic. He views Doklam as an event. If he was carefully watching the process, he could’ve stopped it,” Rahul Gandhi said at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.

Implying that the government was obfuscating facts on Doklam, Rahul Gandhi said: “The words used are very interesting – the Chinese have withdrawn from the point of contact, they have withdrawn from where the altercation happened. The truth is that the Chinese are still in Doklam today.”

He added that “if India was punching above its weight, Doklam wouldn’t have happened.”

Doklam is a strategically important area which is claimed by Bhutan.

A standoff over Doklam saw Indian and Chinese soldiers standing eyeball to eyeball for 73 days over Beijing’s attempt to build a road in the area, which New Delhi viewed as a serious security concern because of the access it provides to Beijing. Chinese military positions in Doklam would have been in a position to strike targets in the “Chicken’s Neck” — a strip of land in West Bengal’s Siliguri, which connects India with the states in the north-east.

The two sides “disengaged” on August 28.

Earlier this month, Rahul Gandhi had attacked Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj for stating in parliament that the Doklam face-off was resolved through “diplomatic maturity” and there was “not an iota of change” in status quo on the ground.

In a caustic tweet, the Congress chief attached a news report that quoted a top US official as saying China has quietly resumed its activities in the Doklam area and neither Bhutan nor India has sought to dissuade it.

“Amazing how a lady like Sushma ji has buckled and prostrated herself in front of Chinese power. Absolute subservience to the leader means our brave jawan has been betrayed on the border,” the Congress president tweeted.

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India did better under UPA, says Chidambaram targeting Modi govt on economy; BJP hits back

नई दिल्ली: पूर्व वित्त मंत्री पी. चिदंबरम ने दावा किया कि कांग्रेस की अगुवाई वाली यूपीए-1 और यूपीए-2 सरकारों के समय देश ने किसी एक दशक में सबसे ऊंची आर्थिक वृद्धि दर्ज की. साथ ही उन्होंने मौजूदा राष्ट्रीय जनतांत्रिक गठबंधन (राजग) सरकार पर तंज कसते हुए कहा कि एक नहीं तीन-तीन वित्त मंत्री अर्थव्यवस्था संभाल रहे हैं. चिदंबरम ने सांख्यिकी मंत्रालय द्वारा हाल में जारी सकल घरेलू उत्पाद (जीडीपी) के वृद्धि दर के आंकड़ों का हवाला देते हुए कहा कि यूपीए-1 सरकार के दौरान औसत वृद्धि दर 8.87 प्रतिशत थी. इस दौरान 2006-07 में वृद्धि 10.08 प्रतिशत तक गई. यूपीए- 2 के दौरान औसत वृद्धि दर 7.39 प्रतिशत रही. इसके जवाब में भाजपा ने कहा कि संप्रग सरकार के समय महंगाई और चालू खाते का घाटा बहुत ऊंचा हो गया था. मोदी सरकार ने आकर स्थिति को सुधारा.

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भाजपा प्रवक्ता संबित पात्रा ने कहा कि ये आंकड़े आधिकारिक नहीं हैं और सरकार ने अभी तक इन्हें स्वीकार नहीं किया है. चिदंबरम ने कांग्रेस मुख्यालय पर कहा कि यूपीए-1 और 2 के समय औसत वार्षिक वृद्धि 8.13 प्रतिशत रही जो किसी एक दशक में सबसे ऊंची वृद्धि दर है. इस दौरान 14 करोड़ लोगों को गरीबी की रेखा से ऊपर निकाला गया जो एक रिकॉर्ड है. मोदी सरकार पर तंज करते हुए उन्होंने कहा, ‘इस समय तीन वित्त मंत्री अर्थव्यवस्था संभाल रहे हैं. इनमें एक वास्तविक, एक औपचारिक और एक अदृश्य वित्त मंत्री हैं.’ 

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संबित पात्रा ने कहा, ‘कांग्रेस पार्टी जब कोई सफलता हासिल नहीं कर पाती है तो वह अपनी विफलता का ही जश्न मनाना शुरू कर देती है. यूपीए के कार्यकाल में मुद्रास्फीति बढ़ रही थी और वे चालू खाते के घाटे पर अंकुश नहीं लगा पाए थे. वहीं नरेंद्र मोदी सरकार के कार्यकाल में भारत दुनिया की छह सबसे बड़ी अर्थव्यवस्थाओं में शामिल हो चुका है.’  संबित पात्रा ने कहा कि मोदी सरकार के कार्यकाल में भारत ‘पांच कमजोर’ अर्थव्यवस्थाओं की श्रेणी से निकल कर निवेश के सबसे शानदार गंतव्यों में शामिल हो गया है. यूपीए-2 के समय एक निवेश बैंक ने तुर्की, ब्राजील, भारत, दक्षिण अफ्रीका और इंडोनेशिया को बड़ी उभरती अर्थव्यवस्थाओं में पांच ‘सबसे कमजोर अर्थव्यवस्थाओं’ का नाम दे रखा था.


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बीजेपी प्रवक्ता संबित पात्रा ने किया पलटवार.

राष्ट्रीय सांख्यिकी आयोग द्वारा गठित वास्तविक क्षेत्र के आंकड़ों पर समिति गठित की गई है. इसके द्वारा तैयार जीडीपी की नई श्रृंखला की पिछली कड़ियों के अनुमानों को सांख्यिकी एवं कार्यक्रम क्रियान्वयन मंत्रालय की वेबसाइट पर शुक्रवार को डाला गया.


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मंत्रालय ने भी आज एक बयान में कहा कि समिति की रिपोर्ट कोई ‘आधिकारिक आंकड़े नहीं हैं.’ औपचारिक अनुमान बाद में जारी किए जाएंगे. मौजूदा सरकार पर हमला बोलते हुए चिदंबरम ने कहा कि इस सरकार को विरासत में ऐसी अर्थव्यवस्था मिली थी जो तेजी से आगे बढ़ रही थी. दुर्भाग्य से पहले दो साल बाद ही सरकार लड़खड़ाने लगी और रफ्तार थमने लगी. इसकी मुख्य वजह नोटबंदी, गलत तरीके से जीएसटी का क्रियान्वयन और कर-आतंकवाद है. उन्होंने कहा कि कांग्रेस बराबरी और सामाजिक न्याय के साथ उच्च वृद्धि दर की हिमायती है. मोदी सरकार के दौर में ये तीनों बातें प्रभावित हुई हैं.

(इनपुट: भाषा)

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India Targeting Hockey Gold At Asiad, Says Captain Manpreet Singh

Riding high on the runners-up performance at last month’s Champions Trophy, India hockey captain Manpreet Singh is targeting the gold medal at the upcoming Asian Games. The Indians, who had reached the Champions Trophy final at the earlier edition in 2016 as well, held formidable Australia to a 1-1 draw in the title clash of this year’s tournament before going down in the penalty shoot-out. Manpreet asserted that the confidence of his team mates are now at a high and they are looking forward to defending their title at the Asian Games which is due to be held in Indonesia from August 18. A successful title defence will also ensure an automatic spot at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“We have only one aim. We have to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. We will only be happy with the gold, nothing less than that,” Manpreet told IANS on Friday.

The Champions Trophy was the first tournament for India coach Harendra Singh after taking over the reigns from previous incumbent Sjoerd Marijne.

While he admitted that Marijne’s ideas left a strong imprint on the team, Manpreet was confident that Harendra’s approach of letting the Indians play their natural aggressive style will produce results over the long term.

“He is a good coach with a positive attitude. Every coach has his own approach and tactics. We have to play according to his ideas,” the midfielder said.

“Every coach wants to utilise the natural ability of Indians which is attacking hockey. Every coach wants to keep this as a strong point and works on this aspect,” he added.

“Counter attack is a strong point of the Indian team due to our speed. So all the coaches who have come have always worked on this feature of our game.”

The 26-year-old also said that the Indians are focussing on improving their fitness and penalty corner conversion.

“Preparations are going on well. We are focussing more on our fitness and our finishing. We are also paying a lot of attention to penalty corner conversion,” Manpreet said.

“We analyse every team. We try to ensure that whatever mistakes we commit is not repeated,” he added.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Look Who’s Talking, Says Congress Leader, On AAP Targeting Rahul Gandhi

AAP had conditioned its support in the Rajya Sabha election on a personal request from Rahul Gandhi.

New Delhi: 

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has so far been silent on the combative words from  Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party. But today his party colleague Sharmistha Mukherjee  picked up cudgels on his behalf and took out AAP, saying its “boycott” of the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman elections has only helped the BJP. Mr Kejriwal has been at loggerheads with the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi since his party swept to power in 2015. But the abstention of his three lawmakers from today’s voting not only pulled down the opposition score but helped the government by lowering the majority mark.

“AAP says ‘politics does not run on ego’. Indeed! That’s why @ArvindKejriwal is sulking & decided to abstain from voting in RS, helping BJP,” tweeted Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of former president Pranab Mukherjee.

AAP had made its support to opposition candidate BK Hariprasad conditional – they wanted Mr Gandhi to dial Mr Kejriwal and seek his help. When that call did not come, the deeply upset party declared that it will stay out of the election. Accusing the Congress of discourtesy, party leader Sanjay Singh said, “If Rahul Gandhi can hug Narendra Modi, why cannot he ask Arvind Kejriwal for support to his party’s candidate”.

Ms Mukherjee, a spokesperson of the party’s Delhi unit, tweeted:

The reference was to the Mr Kejriwal’s unthinkable declaration in Delhi assembly in June that he was ready to campaign for the BJP in 2019 if Delhi was given full statehood.

The strained relation between the Congress and AAP has its roots in the 2011 anti-corruption movement, when AAP was not formed and Mr Kejriwal and his close colleagues were aides of Anna Hazare, who led the movement. It was one of the factors that had hugely discredited the UPA government and helped the BJP win in 2014 general elections.

In 2013, AAP formed the government in Delhi with Congress support, but after 49 days, Mr Kejriwal stepped down, accusing the Congress of allying with the BJP and blocking the Jan Lokpal bill.

During Mr Kejriwal’s face off with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, he received messages of support and encouragement from most opposition parties. But there was none from the Congress. Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken dismissed Mr Kejriwal’s sit-in protest at the LG’s house as “drama”.

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President Donald Trump Accuses Twitter Of Targeting Republicans, Offers No Evidence

Twitter’s policy change led to Donald Trump’s losing more than 200,000 of its 53 million followers.


U.S. President Donald Trump accused Twitter Inc on Thursday of restricting the visibility of prominent Republicans on its platform, without providing evidence, and he promised to investigate.

“Twitter ‘SHADOW BANNING’ prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once!” the Republican president wrote in a Twitter post.

The practice involves limiting the visibility of a user in search results, specifically in the auto-populated dropdown search box on Twitter.

Trump’s comments followed a Vice news report on Wednesday that Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and other Republicans including Donald Trump Jr’s spokesman were being “shadow banned.”

“The notion that social media companies would suppress certain political points of view should concern every American. Twitter owes the public answers to what’s really going on,” McDaniel wrote on Twitter.

Twitter did not have a comment on Trump’s tweet but a spokesperson said the company does not “shadow ban.”

“We are aware that some accounts are not automatically populating in our search box, and we’re shipping a change to address this,” the spokesperson said in a statement.” Twitter said the technology used is based on user behavior not political views.

Twitter instituted a policy change on July 12 to increase the service’s credibility and reduce suspected fraud. That change cost its 100 most popular users about 2 percent of their followers, on average, according to social media data firm Keyhole.

The change cost former President Barack Obama 2 million followers by the morning after the change and singers Katy Perry and Justin Bieber each lost 3 million, The Washington Post reported, citing analytics company Twitter Counter.

The report said Trump’s account lost more than 200,000 of its 53 million followers.

Twitter shares, already lower in premarket trading after Facebook Inc’s disappointing earnings late Wednesday damped enthusiasm for technology and social media stocks, dipped a bit further and volume rose slightly after Trump’s tweet at 7:46 a.m. The stock was last down 3.2 percent.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Prince Harry Joins Elton John To Launch HIV Campaign Targeting Men

It is time there was a global coalition to teach men to protect themselves, Elton John said.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: 

Britain’s Prince Harry joined pop star Elton John on Tuesday to launch a campaign to raise HIV awareness among men, warning that “dangerous complacency” about the virus threatened the quest to wipe it out.

The billion-dollar project “MenStar” will target men living with or at risk of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, which has been ravaged by AIDS since the 1980s.

“The MenStar coalition is bravely tackling the root cause of this problem – the lack of awareness of HIV prevention amongst hard-to-reach young men,” Harry said at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.

Speaking at the launch, which also featured South African actress Charlize Theron and Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of late President Nelson Mandela, Elton John said: “If we want to end AIDS once and for all, we must make men part of the solution.”

Around 36.7 million people around the world have HIV, according to 2016 figures cited by the United Nations’ HIV/AIDS body UNAIDS. Fewer than half of men living with HIV receive treatment compared with 60 percent of women, it said.

“It is time there was a global coalition to teach men to protect themselves. And in doing so, it will teach them to better protect not only their wives and girlfriends, their sisters and daughters, but also, critically, their brothers and their sons,” the British singer said.

UNAIDS said this month that the fight against HIV/AIDS was “slipping off track” and while deaths were falling and treatment rates rising, rates of new HIV infections threatened to derail efforts to defeat the disease.

Prince Harry said the campaign launch came at “a time when new energetic and innovative solutions are needed more than ever before”.

“MenStar” is supported by the U.S. government’s PEPFAR programme for tackling HIV/AIDS and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Experts at the conference hope for the elimination of AIDS worldwide by 2030, but the United Nations warned last Wednesday of a funding gap of £4.6 billion that threatens efforts.

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Mamata Banerjee Accuses BJP Of Targeting Mother Teresa’s Missionaries Of Charity

“The Sisters are being targeted,” Mamata Banerjee said. (File)


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused the BJP of targeting the Mother Teresa-founded Missionaries of Charity (MoC) and maligning it.

Her accusation followed the arrests of a sister of the order and a woman staffer of ‘Nirmal Hriday’, a shelter home run by it, in Ranchi last week for allegedly selling a child born to a minor inmate to a couple from Uttar Pradesh.

“Mother Teresa herself set up Missionaries of Charity. And now they are also not being spared. Malicious attempts to malign their name. The Sisters are being targeted. #BJP want to spare no one. Highly condemnable. Let MOC continue to do their work for the poorest of the poor (sic),” she tweeted.

Later when reporters asked her to comment about the allegations against Missionaries of Charity, Banerjee said, “If any individual committed some mistake you can take action, but you (BJP) cannot say Missionaries of Charity is bad.”

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has ordered a probe by the Jharkhand State Child Protection Commission into the incident.

Police had yesterday rescued one more child, also allegedly sold by the Ranchi shelter home, from Jharkhand’s Simdega district taking the total number of rescued children to three.

“Of the four children allegedly sold (by the shelter home), the third child was rescued today from Simdega. A few people have been detained for questioning in this regard,” Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Anis Gupta had said adding the search for the fourth child was on.

Chairperson of Ranchi unit of Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Rupa Verma, had filed a complaint against ‘Nirmal Hriday’ staffer Anima Indwar for allegedly selling an infant boy to the couple from Uttar Pradesh.

‘Nirmal Hriday’ provides shelter to girls rescued through the CWC.

Following this, the CWC shifted 22 children from ‘Nirmal Hriday’ and ‘Shishu Niketan’, also run by the order. The shelter home was also sealed.

The Missionaries of Charity headquarters in Kolkata had issued a statement last week saying it would take necessary action to find out the truth.

“We are shocked at such news, which totally goes against the value and ethics espoused by the Missionaries of Charity, the nuns and its founder. The MoC is looking into the allegations against the accused employees in Jharkhand with all seriousness,” Sunita Kumar, a spokesperson of the foundation, had said.

Ms Kumar had also said that the Missionaries of Charity had stopped putting up children for adoption three years ago. 

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