Congress seeks Sushma Swaraj’s resignation for helping Lalit Modi

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: The main opposition Congress has trained guns on Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and has sought her resignation on moral grounds after she accepted extending help to Lalit Modi by asking the British Government to examine the request of Lalit Modi, who is wanted in the IPL scam case, as per British rules and regulations for giving him travel documents.
Ms. Swaraj has tweeted:

“Sometime in July 2014 Lalit Modi spoke to me that his wife was suffering from Cancer and her surgery was fixed for 4th Aug in Portugal.
He told me that he had to be present in the Hospital to sign the consent papers.

He informed me that he had applied for travel documents in London and UK Government was prepared to give him the travel documents.

However, they were restrained by a UPA Government communication that this will spoil Indo-UK relations.

Taking a humanitarian view, I conveyed to the British High Commissioner that “British Government should examine the request of Lalit Modi as per British rules and regulations. If the British Government chooses to give travel documents to Lalit Modi, – that will not spoil our bilateral relations.

Keith Vaz also spoke to me and I told him precisely what I told the British High Commissioner.

I genuinely believe that in a situation such as this, giving emergency travel documents to an Indian citizen cannot and should not spoil relations between the two countries.

I may also state that only a few days later, Delhi High Court quashed UPA Government’s order impounding Lalit Modi’s Passport on the ground that the said order was unconstitutional being violative of fundamental rights and he got his Passport back.

Fate of tigers and insatiable human greed

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magnificiet tiger
Tiger Photo by Bobbie Jamwal

Bobbie Jamwal,  Managing Director Quest, New Delhi, India, is a front ranking consultant in areas like InfoTech, Infrastructure, Eco-Technologies, Health Care, Aviation and Wildlife Conservation. He is an avid wildlife photographer and is deeply concerned about the fate of tigers.

On a social networking site, Bobbie Jamwal writes: “The Politician-Mafia combine has finished this country and it’s rich resources. Our forests, lands and rivers have been completely destroyed by their insatiable greed.This is Bobbie’s response to a facebook remark on a photo of a tiger shot by him. The FB comment on his photo reads: “Homo sapiens have played havoc with the tiger territory. But for a handful of concerned human beings this magnificent specie would have got wiped out completely.”


Australia Today: Warrant leads to seizure of weapons, drugs and cash in Reservoir, Victoria

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The Week that was:

drugs illagal weaponsAn Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) warrant has led to the discovery of various weapons, illegal drugs, clandestine laboratory equipment, ammunition and cash.

ACBPS officers, with assistance from Victoria Police, executed the Customs warrant at a 37-year-old man’s address in Reservoir yesterday morning (10 June 2015) following an investigation.

Since March 2015, ACBPS officers at the Melbourne Gateway Facility intercepted 10 cargo consignments from the United States, Italy, Hong Kong and China containing prohibited weapons, including BB Rifles, Airguns and firearms related items. All items seized were identified as Tier 2 Goods controlled under the Customs Regulations 1926.

The June 10 warrant yielded extensive results, including the seizure of:

  • 24 prohibited bladed weapons
  • 13 BB guns
  • 2 Knuckledusters
  • Firearm parts
  • Fireworks
  • Approximately 7 grams Marijuana
  • Approximately 377 grams Heroin
  • 2 prohibited lasers
  • 9 handcuffs
  • 1 taser
  • machinery used to manufacture firearms, and
  • approximately $100,000 cash.

Victoria Police subsequently arrested the man and he was charged with a number of offences, including possessing proceeds of crime, trafficking a commercial quantity of heroin, possessing and using heroin, possessing and using cannabis, possessing a prohibited and controlled weapon, possessing an explosive substance and possessing fireworks while unlicensed.

The man will also face charges from ACBPS under section 233BAB of the Customs Act 1901.


One-year sporting ban for AFL player Ryan Crowley 

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the Australian Football League Anti-Doping Tribunal’s decision to impose a one-year ban on Fremantle Dockers player Ryan Crowley, for the presence of a prohibited substance. Mr Crowley returned a positive test from a sample collected in-competition on 13 July 2014 at the club’s round 17 match against Greater Western Sydney Giants.

Sporting Schools Programme for a healthy lifestyle

Netball Australia has joined the Australian Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme to help schools increase the number of children playing sport. PDF printable version of Australian children shooting towards a healthy lifestyle (PDF 258 KB). In the lead up to the Diamonds representing Australia in the Netball World Cup in Sydney, primary schools across the country are being offered a new Sporting Schools pilot programme as part of the Abbott Government’s plan to get more children active and healthy through sport.