MORNING NEWS AUDITORIAL | 19th Feb, 2019 ➢ IT'S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE…. NO, IT’S INDIAN FINANCE MINISTER POSTING EDITED VIDEO OF A FAST TRAIN ➢ FROM MINISTER OF BLOG: 'INSTITUTIONS UNDER ATTACK - THE LATEST FABRICATION' ➢ THE HINDU EXCLUSIVE: GOVERNMENT WAIVED ANTI-CORRUPTION CLAUSES IN RAFALE DEAL ➢ BUDGET 2019: NAVY AND AIR FORCE MAY RUN OUT OF FUNDS ➢ PM ATTACKS NAIDU FOR BETRAYING FATHER IN LAW, NAIDU SPEAKS ABOUT MODI BETRAYING YASHODA BEN ➢ OVER FOUR DAYS ILLICIT LIQUOR HAS KILLED MORE THAN HUNDRED IN UP AND UTTARAKHAND ➢ DELHI COURT DIRECTS DELHI POLICE TO FILE FIR AGAINST ARNAB GOSWAMI ➢ MASS PROTESTS IN MADRID OVER CATALAN TALKS ➢ RARE APOLOGY BY INDONESIAN POLICE FOR TERRORISING SUSPECTED THIEF WITH SNAKE ➢ INSECTS ARE HURTLING DOWN PATH TO EXTINCTION, THREATENING COLLAPSE OF NATURE


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IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE…. NO, IT’S INDIAN FINANCE MINISTER POSTING EDITED VIDEO OF A FAST TRAIN

 

“It’s a bird…It’s a plane…Watch India’s first semi-high speed train built under ‘Make in India’ initiative, Vande Bharat Express zooming past at lightening speed,” India’s Interim Budget Presenter, Mr Goyal wrote on his Twitter account. All was okay, except the video like the facts that come out of the government was tweaked to show a speed two times faster than its original speed.

 

 

 

 

FROM MINISTER OF BLOG: ‘INSTITUTIONS UNDER ATTACK – THE LATEST FABRICATION’

 

 

It is 11th February 2019, it is a Monday, we are back and marking return is the blogging minister Arun Jaitley. For a man who hasn’t won elections, he surely has a lot of temerities to go around making comments.

 

Keeping alive the gimmickry, Arun Jaitley took to Facebook with a post titled, ‘Institutions Under Attack – The Latest Fabrication’, the minister without portfolio, said, A failed student always hates the class topper. Jaitley ji, how many elections have you won and who defeated you from Amritsar? He also went on to accuse Rahul Gandhi of “damaging the parliament”. “History will record that Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s great grandson has singularly damaged India’s Parliament as an institution more than anyone else.

He did try to justify the Rafale Deal and blamed half reports being used to malign image. He was referring to the report in the Hindu.

 

 

THE HINDU EXCLUSIVE: GOVERNMENT WAIVED ANTI-CORRUPTION CLAUSES IN RAFALE DEAL

 

Quoting verbatim from the Hindu here, which writes, The €7.87-billion Rafale deal between India and France involved major and unprecedented concessions from the Indian government, with critical provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments through an escrow account dropped days before the signing of the inter-governmental agreement (IGA). This has significant political implications for the Narendra Modi government which has claimed that eliminating corruption is a major plank of its agenda for governance and promised action against alleged corruption in defence deals struck during the United Progressive Alliance Government.

 

It is significant that neither this nor other important information published by The Hindu on the “parallel negotiations” conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office and the National Security Adviser seems to have found a place in the material submitted by the government to the Supreme Court of India.

 

 

BUDGET 2019: NAVY AND AIR FORCE MAY RUN OUT OF FUNDS

 

And while we are on the patriotism of this government, especially when it comes to raking up Army for its patriotic games, today’s Hindustan Times carries this news.

 

 

The Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force will not have funds to pay for platforms and equipment they have agreed to buy (or have actually bought) in the past years in the coming financial year 2019-2020 unless the government allocates more money to them.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has already been briefed about this and has taken it up with the finance ministry. For the Indian Air Force, among the big-ticket items, IAF is paying for are the Rafale fighters from France.

The army is relatively better off. The Indian Army is racing against time to stock up arms and ammunition to be prepared to fight an intense 10-day war.

 

 

 

PM ATTACKS NAIDU FOR BETRAYING FATHER IN LAW, NAIDU SPEAKS ABOUT MODI BETRAYING YASHODA BEN

 

And talking about intense days of the war, the war of words are getting intense.

On his first visit to Andhra Pradesh after the BJP’s break-up with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), PM Modi accused Mr Naidu of betraying everybody from political allies to members of his own family. “Why does he (Chandrababu Naidu) often claim that he is senior to me? Yes, he is senior to me in things like switching sides, forming new alliances and “backstabbing” his seniors — just like he deceived his father-in-law (NT Rama Rao),” he said at a rally in Guntur earlier today.

Understandably, the jibe did not go down well with the chief minister. “I don’t usually make personal attacks, but Modi is now forcing me to do so with his comments. He speaks about bringing about a triple talaq law to help Muslim women abandoned by their husbands, but he has no answer if anybody asks him about his own wife, Yashoda Ben,” Mr Naidu said.

 

 

 

OVER FOUR DAYS ILLICIT LIQUOR HAS KILLED MORE THAN HUNDRED IN UP AND UTTARAKHAND

 

 

Meanwhile, in Uttam Pradesh, Over the last four days, officials say, the illicit liquor has killed at least 99 people — 59 in Saharanpur, 10 in Kushinagar and 30 in Haridwar, the source of the poisonous liquor. In a two-day drive against spurious liquor trade, a UP government spokesperson said in a statement, 3,049 people have been arrested and over 79,000 litres of country-made liquor seized across the state. Ajay Kumar Bisht, aka CM Yogi, smells a political conspiracy behind the deaths. This comes on the background of Priyanka Gandhi opening her Uttar Pradesh innings today.

 

 

 

DELHI COURT DIRECTS DELHI POLICE TO FILE FIR AGAINST ARNAB GOSWAMI

 

 

And while we are on political conspiracies, there are several names come to head, but one amongst them probably screeched the ears more than anyone else. A Delhi court has ordered the police to register a First Information Report against Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami after Congress leader Shashi Tharoor filed a complaint against him. Tharoor’s complaint adds that Goswami’s news channel deliberately made defamatory remarks against him “in an attempt to increase the viewership”.

According to Tharoor’s complaint, Goswami allegedly accessed confidential documents that were part of the investigation report and the internal notings of police records in connection with the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. Tharoor claimed that it is impermissible to share probe details with the public or the media during an ongoing investigation.

 

 

MASS PROTESTS IN MADRID OVER CATALAN TALKS

 

Supporters of Spanish conservative and centrist parties have held a protest in Madrid against government plans to hold talks with Catalan separatists. The separatists have rejected the offer – they want a new independence vote. Like the right, the ruling Socialists also oppose Catalan independence.

 

 

RARE APOLOGY BY INDONESIAN POLICE FOR TERRORISING SUSPECTED THIEF WITH SNAKE

 

Indonesian police have acknowledged officers terrorised a Papuan man with a snake after a video of the incident circulated online showing the man screaming in fear while his interrogator laughed. Police justify actions by saying they did not beat the man and the snake was not venomous and gave a rare apology.

 

 

 

INSECTS ARE HURTLING DOWN PATH TO EXTINCTION, THREATENING COLLAPSE OF NATURE

 

Before you take the week by its horns, a little thought stirrer on the environment. The planet is at the start of sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

 

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles.

 

 

 

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