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China''s economy slumps to 28 year low to 6.6 per cent in 2018        Venezuela military group calls in video for not recognizing Maduro        First Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris announces her 2020 US presidential bid        Ross Taylor praises Kohli''s batting prowess ahead of limited-overs series        Halep sent home but Djokovic, Williams headed to the Australian Open quarter-finals        Boo - The World's Cutest dog dies        PM condoles demise of Lingayat seer        CJI recuses from hearing plea challenging Rao's appointment as interim CBI chief        Ankita wins first singles title of 2019 season in Singapore        Kohli is greatest ODI batsman to have played the game: Clarke        Minister says UK faces 'political tsunami' if Brexit halted        Mumbai TDS office issued prosecution notices in 50 ''big'' cases in past one month: CBDT        UK police speak to 97-year-old Prince Philip for not wearing seat belt        Trump offers protection to undocumented immigrants in exchange of border wall funding        Cong must be large-hearted for allies, best equipped to lead alliance against BJP: Tejashwi        BJP MLA apologises for objectionable remarks on Mayawati        Mahagathbandhan an alliance of corruption, negativity: PM        Can''t become pawns in the hands of corporate giants: Sitharaman on Rafale        Mexican pipeline explosion kills 71, leaves nightmare of ash        Djokovic takes out teen sensation Shapovalov in Australia Open 3rd round        
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National News
CBI Alok Verma''s transfer: Congress says PM too afraid of probe into Rafale deal
 
New Delhi, The Congress Thursday launched a sharp attack on the government over removal of CBI Director Alok Verma, with party chief Rahul Gandhi saying the second-time sacking of the probe agency chief showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a "prisoner of his own lies" and there was fear in his mind over alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal. The opposition party termed the government''s action as a "gross miscarriage of justice" and alleged that the prime minister was trying to protect his and his government''s "wrong-doings" by appointing a "pliable officer".

Barely two days after the Supreme Court reinstated him, Verma was removed as CBI Director by a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Modi on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty, in an unprecedented action in the central probe agency''s 55-year history. Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma alleged that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) "had lost credibility and was compromised". He said the present CVC had no authority to form a panel of officers as mandated under the law. Sharma also alleged that the CVC was acting at the behest of the Prime Minister''s office. He demanded an independent probe monitored by the Supreme Court into the events of October 23/24 night when Verma was removed as CBI Director in a ''midnight operation''.

“Fear is now rampaging through Mr Modi''s mind. He can''t sleep. He stole 30,000Cr from the IAF and gave it to Anil Ambani. Sacking the CBI Chief #AlokVerma twice in a row, clearly shows that he is now a prisoner of his own lies. Satyamev Jayate,” Gandhi tweeted. "By removing #AlokVerma from his position without giving him the chance to present his case, PM Modi has shown once again that he''s too afraid of an investigation, either by an independent CBI director or by Parliament via JPC,” the Congress said on its Twitter handle. Addressing a press conference, Sharma said, “It is not only a gross miscarriage of justice, it''s a travesty... that we have a situation where even the basic tenets of natural justice have been thrown to the winds by none other than the committee chaired by the PM."

He alleged that the prime minister was stopping the CBI from investigating himself and his ministers, an obvious reference to the alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal. Sharma also supported Mallikarjun Kharge''s views that Verma has the right to present his case and alleged that the government did not want the CBI to investigate certain cases. Sharma alleged that the prime minister was preparing a ''Suraksha Kavach'' for himself and his friends so that the acts of “omissions and commissions” under him are not looked into for the next two years. He alleged that the decision has further dented the reputation of the CBI.

While there was no immediate comment available from the PMO, the BJP termed the Congress a "sore loser", saying the party has been left to lick its wounds "after failing to subvert the central probe agency by joining internal personal battles". To the BJP''s charges, Sharma said the prime minister wants to “compromise” the investigating agency to target opposition through political vendetta. Sharma said today''s developments are “very disturbing” and the CBI has been "deliberately wrecked by the prime minister, the prime minister''s office and the BJP government”.

“They are uncomfortable with an independent CBI with the authority under law to investigate or probe any matter, any person in high authority and to act according to the law for any act of omission, commission or irregularioty. “The Supreme Court restores the CBI director and the prime minister who apparently is in panic and has disposes the director again. If there was nothing to hide, if the prime minister was not worried over any matter, then the CBI director should have been allowed to complete his tenure,” he said.


PM condoles demise of Lingayat seer
CJI recuses from hearing plea challenging Rao's appointment as interim CBI chief
Cong must be large-hearted for allies, best equipped to lead alliance against BJP: Tejashwi
BJP MLA apologises for objectionable remarks on Mayawati
Can''t become pawns in the hands of corporate giants: Sitharaman on Rafale
Citizenship Bill: Protests rage on in Assam
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Mehbooba seeks separatist leader's release on humanitarian grounds
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Govt ''wronged'' country on Rafale, only JPC can probe deal: Chidambaram
Citizenship bill: Rajnath rings up AASU, seeks to resolve issue via talks
Will make nephew join BSP movement, give him chance to learn: Mayawati
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Shah doing well, will be discharged in a day or two: BJP
SC sets aside certain provisions of 2016 Maha law imposing restrictions on dance bars
Goa Cong dubs state's tourism policy as 'disastrous'
Former Union minister CP Joshi elected speaker of Rajasthan Assembly
Over 2,300 women to go on Haj this year without 'Mehram': Naqvi
SC to hear next week plea challenging appointment of Nageswara Rao as interim CBI chief
Appointment of CBI interim chief 'illegal', says Kharge; demands immediate selection panel meet
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Vaikom Vijayalekshmi ties knot with Anoop
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Mohanlal's Odiyan: Official trailer launched
Mammootty narrates Odiyan's intro?
Sradha Kapoor as Saina Nehwal: First look poster is out.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Venezuela military group calls in video for not recognizing Maduro
 (Caracas, Jan 21,2019):A group of soldiers rose up against Venezuela''s President Nicolas Mad
First Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris announces her 2020 US presidential bid
Boo - The World's Cutest dog dies
UK police speak to 97-year-old Prince Philip for not wearing seat belt
KERALA NEWS
Mineral sand mining: Talks fail, agitaion to continue
 (Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 17,2019):Conciliatory talks to end the agitation by locals against m
Kerala HC disqualifies Koduvally MLA
Kanakadurga attacked by mother-in-law
Five killes as car and bus collide at Kottarakkara
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