Live: Will produce fresh evidence against Khurshid: Kejriwal

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 14:33 hrs

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Will produce fresh evidence against Khurshid: Kejriwal

India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal today said his organisation will produce fresh evidence against Law Minister Salman Khurshid, whom he has accused of forgery and embezzlement of funds through an NGO with which he and his wife are associated.

"We will produce fresh evidence against Salman Khurshid at 11 a.m. Monday," Kejriwal said hours after Khurshid produced pictures and documents to prove camps were held for the disabled in Uttar Pradesh, for which the funds were utilised.

The minister also rebutted allegations of forgery and embezzlement of funds against an NGO with which he and his wife are associated.

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Malala's injured friends vow to continue studies

Kainat and Shazia, friends and fellow students of Pakistani teenaged rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who were also injured in the recent Taliban attack on her, have vowed to defy the militants and continue their studies.

Undeterred by the attack earlier in the week, Kainat told Geo News she wants to become a doctor to serve the country.

The 14-year-old Malala and her two friends were shot at in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province while they were returning home from school. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting that sparked outrage across the world.

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Kingfisher management calls striking employees for meeting tomorrow

Beleaguered Kingfisher airlines, which has declared a lockout till October 20, will hold a meeting with the employees' representatives on Monday in Mumbai to resolve the deadlock over non-payment of salary dues.

Airline CEO Sanjay Aggarwal has written a letter calling employees for the meeting, airline sources said.

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Now shop on Shatabdi trains

Long journeys on premier Shatabdi trains are set to get interesting with the Railways deciding to introduce onboard shopping facility for a range of luxury products.

Perfumes, skincare products, handbags, watches and exquisite jewellery among other gift items will be available on sale in Shatabdi trains in Executive Class and Chair Cars, a senior Railway Ministry official said.

For chocolate lovers, trolleys showcasing luxury items will have a range of chocolates, the official said. Besides, there will also be souvenirs associated with railways on offer for Shatabdi passengers.

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Khurshid shows pictures, documents to prove camps were held

Law Minister Salman Khurshid Sunday produced pictures and documents to prove camps for the disabled were held and rebutted allegations of forgery and embezzlement of funds against an NGO with which he and his wife are associated.

He also announced that he will file a defamation suit against the Aaj Tak TV news channel which organised a sting operation and levelled charges against Khurshid and his wife.

At a press conference he held with his wife Louise, Khurshid asserted that the camps for the disabled, organised by his Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, were held at different places in Uttar Pradesh.

He produced pictures and also presented some eminent people who were present at these camps. The camps were held and there is enough evidence to prove that, he told reporters.

According to the Aaj Tak report, the union social welfare and empowerment ministry had granted Rs.71.50 lakh to the Khurshids' NGO for distributing tricycles and hearing aids to the disabled in 17 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

The television channel has alleged financial misappropriation by the Khurshids in running the trust.

While Khurshid is the president of the trust, his wife is the project director.

India Against Corruption activists have accused Khurshid and his wife of not organising health camps in 10 of the 17 districts they had demanded funds from the central government for.

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Sexism widespread in Australian workplaces

Australia's blokey culture is responsible for sexism in most of the country's workplaces, according to the Federal Government's gender equality watchdog.

Despite high profile women in parliament, progress towards gender equity more broadly had stalled, said director of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency Helen Conway, in an exclusive interview with News Limited.

Conway, a former company secretary of oil giant Caltex, said that the fact that you could count on one hand the female chief executives of Australia's top 200 companies listed on the stock exchange is a shame.

"Frankly, we are still in a pretty disgraceful state there," the Daily Telegraph quoted Conway as saying.

The number of female chief executives has increased from just two a decade ago, but went backwards recently due to the departure of Pacific Brands' chief executive Sue Morphett and Macarthur Coals's Nicole Hollows.

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I will quit politics if charges are true: Khurshid

Seeking an independent probe into allegations of forgery and embezzlement of funds against an NGO run by his wife, Law Minister Salman Khurshid Sunday rebutted the allegations, saying if the charges were found to be true, he would leave politics and resign.

"Nobody has said that we have embezzled Rs.71 lakh. If somebody has said there has been an embezzlement, the answer is no. It is so stupid that I will allow a trust associated with me to embezzle Rs.71 lakh," Khurshid told Karan Thapar in an interview broadcast on CNN-IBN Sunday.

The law minister struck a combative tone and dared his critics to prove charges against him.

Replying to India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal's allegations that the NGO, Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, did not hold camps and did not distribute aid equipment to the differently-abled, Khurshid said: "If the camps did not take place, they must get the money back. If the camps didn't take place, I have lot to answer. But the camps took place."

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Titans of Himachal politics leave each other alone

They are both 78 years old and titans of Himachal Pradesh politics with diverse agendas and varied interests. Both of them are into their own power games but they will never cross swords with each other, even in an electoral battle.

They are Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Virbhadra Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice president Shanta Kumar.

Singh is a five-time chief minister and struggling to get to the helm for the sixth time. Kumar is a two-time chief minister and has already announced his retirement from state politics.

Political observers say both Singh and Kumar still call the shots in politics. Efforts have been made to sideline them, but their stature is in their favour.

"Raja saheb (as Singh is popularly known) this time bargained hard with the party leadership to make his presence actively felt in state politics. For this, he fought on two fronts: elections should again be conducted under his leadership and, secondly, he should have a say in ticket allocation. He got his way," said a Congress leader, not wanting to be named.


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Salman Khurshid should resign: Kejriwal

Launching another attack on Law Minister Salman Khurshid Sunday, India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal again demanded the union minister's resignation.

Kejriwal has charged the minister with corruption, saying that the NGO, Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, run by his wife Louise Khurshid, siphoned off funds meant for the physically disabled.

Saying that the allegations were made on the basis of a probe done by the Uttar Pradesh government, Kejriwal asked whether Khurshid would resign from politics if the charges are proved to be true.

"If disabled people did not benefit from the trust, then will he resign and give up politics," Kejriwal asked.

"He must announce his resignation today (Sunday)," Kejriwal said.


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Afghan govt. condemns Imran Khan for 'jihad' statement

The Afghan government has strongly condemned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan for his statement where he termed the ongoing war in Afghanistan against foreign troops 'jihad'.

"This is clear interference in Afghanistan's internal affairs. We urge the Pakistani government to arrest people who support the Taliban," The Express Tribune quoted Farhad Azimi, deputy secretary of the Afghan parliament, as saying.

Veteran journalist and political analyst Fahim Dashti said this is not the first time Imran has given such a 'negative' statement about Afghanistan.

"It is a political slogan through which Imran wants to gain more support. Clearly this is neither fair nor logical," Dashti said.

Those who consider terrorism a threat would never support Imran in this stance, Dashti said, adding that the Afghan people had high expectations from Imran when the PTI emerged as a strong political entity, but he proved to be a conventional politician.

"The war in Afghanistan is not jihad. This is a war by terrorists against Afghanistan, its people and the entire international community," said Hamid Zazai, managing director of Mediothek, an Afghan-German NGO.

He alleged that Imran is receiving support from the Taliban, and that by making such statements, he is just "paving the way for stronger Taliban support than what he is enjoying now". 

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