Manmohan rejects Team Anna's charges
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday rejected the charges of Team Anna that the government had “swindled unbelievable amounts” of money and criticised yoga guru Baba Ramdev for claiming that “astronomical” sums of black money can be brought back from other countries in one stroke.
Gen VK Singh supports Anna
Vrindavan: Former army chief General VK Singh has thrown his lot behind the anti-graft agitations led by social activist Anna Hazare and yoga guru Baba Ramdev, terming them "timely and valid".
In town to offer prayers at the famous Banke Bihari temple, General Singh, who retired on May 31, pointed out on Sunday that corruption was a major issue in the country and it was upto the government to devise ways to tackle it.
Talking to mediapersons after paying obeisance, Gen Singh said that while there were many issues facing the nation, he did not have any "immediate plan" to join politics.
Gen Singh refused to talk about his 42-year tenure with the Indian Army - beyond saying that he had come to thank God that it had passed off peacefully - citing confidentiality on many issues. He also hoped that the government would do all it can to maintain the honour of the force.
"At the end all was good and I wanted to thank God for his blessings" he added.
Delhi: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar begins a new innings today
as he has been sworn in as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha by
Chairman Dr Hamid Ansari.
a white shirt, Tendulkar took the oath in the office of Dr Ansari.
Pratibha Patil had approved the cricket legend's name along with
Bollywood actor Rekha and businesswoman Anu Aga in April for the Upper
House of the Parliament. The approval had come after Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh wrote to the President with the government's
Rekha and Aga were sworn in in May, Tendulkar could not take oath
earlier due to his IPL commitments. The IPL ended only on May 27.
skipper MS Dhoni said that his senior team-mate will make a
contribution as a Rajya Sabha member. "This (Rajya Sabha) is a
new avenue for him and I am sure he will do well and contribute there
also," Dhoni said.
chess champion Viswanathan Anand also said that Tendulkar serving as a
Rajya Sabha member would be a big step in his life and wished the
cricket legend enjoys his new role. "I hope he enjoys his role
and he is able to do it very well. It's a big step for him and I think
he will enjoy it," Anand said.
Aarushi case: Hearing adjourned till June 8
Ghaziabad: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad on Monday adjourned the hearing in the Aarushi-Hemaraj double murder case till June 8. The hearing was adjourned after the Bar Association of Ghaziabad decided to strike work following the death of a lawyer.