Wednesday, July 2, 2014


National Herald newspaper case: Summons to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi

Summon has been issued to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on charges of misappropriating funds of a company that used to publish the now-defunct National Herald newspaper. The court also summoned Congress leaders Motilal Vora and Oscar Fernandes, Sam Pitroda, who was an advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and former journalist Suman Dubey, who is close to the Gandhi family.

The complaint by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy alleged that the Gandhis formed a company, Young India, in 2010 with 38 percent share each to take control of Rs.2,000 crore worth of assets of Associated Journals Ltd, which published the National Herald.


ISIL declares captured territory in Iraq, Syria as the new Islamic state, seeks allegiance from Muslims worldwide

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) which has captured huge tracts of Iraq and Syria including major cities and are slowly advancing towards Baghdad has formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state on Sunday. The group declared its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the leader of the new caliphate, or Islamic state, and called on Muslims worldwide, to swear loyalty to al-Baghdadi and support him. The group has loosely defined the Islamic state's territory as running from northern Syria to the Iraqi province of Diyala, a vast stretch of land straddling the border that is already largely under the Islamic State's control. It also declared that with the establishment of the caliphate, the group was changing its name to just the Islamic State, dropping the mention of Iraq and the Levant. Muslim extremists have often mentioned recreating the Islamic state, or caliphate, that ruled over the Middle East, much of North Africa and beyond in various forms over the course of Islam's 1,400-year history.

India, China sign three important pacts

India and China have signed three MoUs, including one on industrial parks and flood data of Brahmaputra river. The agreements were signed in the presence of Hamid Ansari and his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao.

The MoU on industrial parks is aimed at attracting Chinese investments in India and provides an enabling framework for Chinese companies to invest in industrial parks and zones.

The MoU on flood data sharing will provide India with 15 days more of hydrological data of river Brahmaputra. The data helps India in flood forecasting. India provides money for maintenance of three hydrological centres on the Chinese side.

The third MoU will help the two countries establish a framework for regular interactions between administrative officials to share experiences and learn from each other’s best practices.


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