Trinamool Congress cadres are engaged in extortion and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee knows about it, a disgruntled minister has said.
"Mamata Banerjee is claiming her party won't be involved in extortion. But party cadres are extorting money from people before my very eyes," said Rabindranath Bhattacharya told a Bengali news channel.
Tibetan nun, three men commit suicide in anti-China protests
Situation in Tibet has turned grim with four more Tibetans, including a nun committed self- immolation in the last two days, taking the toll in the restive Himalayan region to 23 this month, increasing pressure on China's new leadership to resolve the vexed Tibet issue.
At least 20 students were hospitalised yesterday after a protest turned violent in Qinghai province's Hainan prefecture, Voice of America's Tibetan Service reported.
71 spies arrested in last four years
As many as 71 spies were arrested by security forces from different parts of the country in the last four years, Lok Sabha was informed today.
Twenty six espionage agents were arrested in 2009, 18 in 2010, 14 in 2011 and 13 till November 21 this year, Minister of State for Home R P N Singh said in a written reply.
Of them, five were neutralised in Bihar and three were found to have been involved in criminal activities in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi.Read more
Sex tape used to bribe Chinese official goes viral
A 5-year-old sex tape of an 18-year-old woman allegedly hired by developers to sleep with a city official is causing yet another scandal for China's ruling Communists in the city formerly led by fallen politician Bo Xilai.
The 50-something official, Lei Zhengfu, was fired from his position as district party secretary after the video, an apparent extortion attempt, went viral earlier this month and his jowly, pop-eyed mug became the butt of numerous Internet caricatures. But the scandal may still be growing, as a whistleblowing former journalist says he may release similar tapes of more city officials soon.
The party is already reeling from the scandal that triggered Bo's purge and further battered the party's reputation in the public mind. Chongqing, the city that he ran, has been depicted by prosecutors and state media as rife with cover-ups, abuse of power and corruption. Bo's wife was convicted of murdering a British businessman, and Bo himself faces allegations of corruption and obstruction of justice in the murder case.
RR Patil, the Home Minister of Maharashtra, has said that the cops involved in the arrest of the girls who posted comments about Bal Thackeray on Facebook have been suspended. The minister said that the cops were suspended for disobeying the orders of the IG of Konkan.
The SP of Thane and a Sub Inspector from Palghar have been suspended.
Union Minister Kamal Nath has said that the UPA is firmly behind the government on FDI in retail. This statement comes after the UPA coordination committee's meeting on FDI comes to an end.
The minister also said that the UPA is united on not wanting a vote on the issue in parliament.
NCP leader Praful Patel say there is a consensus on not voting and that the UPA was united. "The government will decide on the next course of action," said Patel.