Rs 40,000 cr received by NGOs as foreign aid

August 28, 2011 at 3:11 am | Posted in BULLY | Leave a comment

The Government declared that a sum of Rs 40,000 crore has been received by 77,000 NGOs across the country in form of foreign donations since 2005-06. MoS Home M Ramachandran said in Rajya Sabha that during 2005-06, altogether 18,650 NGOs received Rs 7,889.12 crore while 19,462 NGOs received Rs 11,111.12 crore in 2006-07. Rs 9,723.96 crore was received by 19,247 NGOs in 2007-08 and Rs 10,837.49 crore was received by 20,499 NGOs in 2008-09. The Government has just a week ago banned 42 errant NGOs from receiving foreign aid on grounds of financial irregularities and corruption.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/363218/In-short.html
Sunday Pioneer Thursday, August 25, 2011

American Avaaz gives Net voice to Anna group – Website that focused on Libya and Syria mobilises support for Hazare campaign

August 22, 2011 at 4:24 am | Posted in BULLY | Leave a comment

The Telegraph : Aug 21, 2011
New Delhi, Aug. 20: An international website that helped sustain recent mass movements in countries such as Syria, Libya, Canada and Brazil has involved itself in the Anna Hazare campaign.

Avaaz.org is co-founded by Res Publica, an American “community of public sector professionals dedicated to promoting good governance, civic virtue and deliberative democracy”, and MoveOn.org, an American “non-profit progressive public policy advocacy group”.

Avaaz has the expertise to manage funds, strategies and propaganda for public campaigns and even mobilises protesters. It is managed by a team of campaigners working from Switzerland, Brazil, the US, Argentina and the UK.

Its website is now giving prominent display to the Hazare campaign and has posted his photograph along with that of Mahatma Gandhi.

The website says: “Anna Hazare, a 73-year-old Gandhian activist, declared a fast unto death until the government agreed to let civil society draft a powerful new anti-corruption law. In just 36 hours, an unprecedented five lakh Indians joined Avaaz’s campaign to support Hazare’s call for sweeping reform.”

It further says: “In 4 days, the public outcry forced India’s government to sign a written submission to all of Hazare’s demands! We won!! Today, a new India is being born — and just as last year in Brazil with landmark anti-corruption legislation, Avaaz is helping to breathe life into it.”

Many Internet-savvy young men and women who attended the protests at India Gate and Ramlila Maidan admitted having received mail from Avaaz.org.

The Centre, which is aware of Avaaz’s involvement, believes that many external agencies are helping the Hazare campaign. But government sources expressed helplessness in dealing with the matter.

Sources pointed to the involvement of several local professional agencies, NGOs and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated outfits.

One Congress leader said: “The Prime Minister’s Office and the official residence of (minister) Kapil Sibal are receiving hundreds of calls daily in support of Hazare. Many of the callers are even hurling abuse at the government.”

Sibal’s office confirmed it had received abusive calls over the past five days but declined to elaborate.

A Congress leader said: “When Arvind Kejriwal has himself been calling senior ministers cheats and frauds, such harassment calls are only to be expected. But we don’t know if this is part of a Gandhian discourse.”

Such responses from Hazare supporters are prominently displayed on the website of India Against Corruption, the campaign’s spearhead.

One post says: “plz Annaji take care of urself, you are just in front of these demons, giant politicians. You may call them silent terrorists.” ( )

Maid ‘drives’ employers to death

August 22, 2011 at 4:21 am | Posted in BULLY | Leave a comment

The Telegraph: Aug 21, 2011
Calcutta, Aug. 20: A retired widower and his unemployed son hanged themselves at their Bansdroni home, accusing their domestic help in the suicide note of “mentally torturing” them.

Police said Lina Ghosh, 55, had got a portion of their home written in her name and was demanding more. Lina, however, claimed she had received the ground floor of the two-storey house as a “gift” from Abhijit Mitra, a retired government employee in his mid-sixties.

Abhijit’s 32-year-old son Abhrajit, 32 was under psychiatric treatment.

Lina, who informed the tenants on the ground floor about the deaths around 7am, had been employed by Abhijit in 2008 to look after his ailing mother, Indrani. But Lina stayed on as a domestic help after Indrani’s death in 2009.

“We have arrested Lina. Initial investigation suggests that the woman had got the ground floor of the house registered in her name. The Mitras’ neighbours have told us that Lina was pressuring the father and son to give her more,” said an officer of Regent Park police station, under which Bansdroni falls.

Cops said they were initially puzzled about how a domestic help could drive her employers to suicide and why the Mitras had not sought police help. “But after speaking to the neighbours, we came to know that Abhrajit was undergoing psychiatric treatment. So we think Abhijit had no immediate family member to turn to for help,” an officer said.

Abhrajit, a Don Bosco student, was unemployed.

The police said Lina’s son-in-law often visited the house with his friends and threatened Abhijit to write off a larger part of the house in her name. Lina lived in one of the two bedrooms while the other was shared by the Mitras.

The police said Abhijit, whose wife died in 2001, and Abhrajit “depended” on Lina for the household chores.

“Soon after the death of Abhijit’s mother, Lina started grabbing his property. Abhijit was a soft-natured man,” said Shankar Biswas, a neighbour.

After Lina informed the tenants on the ground floor, they called the police. “There are two single beds in the room with a ceiling fan on top of each. When we entered the room, we found Abhrajit hanging from one of the fans by a towel. Abhijit’s body was lying limp on the ground,” an officer said.

“It appears that Abhijit and Abhrajit committed suicide,” said L.N. Meena, the South 24-Parganas police chief.

Abhijit’s brother-in-law Shiv Shankar Dutta, who lives in the house adjoining the Mitras, said he had “no relation” with the duo.

A charges of abetting suicide will be filed against Lina.

ACHUTHANANDAN AGAINST TRAVANCORE ROYALTY

August 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Posted in BULLY | Leave a comment

2011 Aug 21: Published on Deccan Chronicle (http://www.deccanchronicle.com)

    Head of former Travancore royalty accused of smuggling

Kerala opposition leader V. S. Achuthanandan has charged Marthanda Varma, head of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore, with smuggling precious jewels from the Padmanabha Swamy temple. “Don’t you know that Marthanda Varma goes to the temple everyday,” Achuthanandan told reporters here. “When he returns he carries a tiffin box. The general perception is that he brings the ‘payasam’. But it is not that. Instead, it is jewels.” Marthanda Varma oversees the functioning of the famous temple through an executive committee. “I was told these things by one of the former temple priests, who lost his job after he found out these things,” said Achuthanandan, the former chief minister. “At one point this priest’s life was also in danger. All these things he has told me.” Achuthanandan also lashed out at the royal family and said that they were trying to spread canards that evil would fall if the unopened kallara (vault) B was opened. His revelation comes at a time when the former royal family moved the Supreme Court Friday, seeking direction not to open vault B, as such a step would hurt the sentiments of many devotees. “Now they are trying to say baseless things that vault B should not be opened. When Varma opened the vault did anything happen?” Achuthanandan said. There have been reports that in the past this vault was opened. “It is your role to expose the ‘double role’ of Varma, who is trying to use the findings of the recently held devaprasnam to override the apex court ruling,” he said. “There have been two court rulings that after India achieved independence, there are no kingdoms,” Achuthanandan said. “Instead, democratically elected governments that run the affairs of the state.” Rama Varma has said in his application that most of the devotees were against the opening of the vault B as this would hurt their sentiments and beliefs. The application further says that by opening five other kallaras, particularly the kallara A, the threat to the security of Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple has increased. By opening the kallara B, the threat would increase. On July 21, an apex court bench comprising Justice R.V.Raveendran and Justice A.K.Patnaik had set up a committee to do an inventory of the treasure in the temple vaults. Achuthanandan’s revelation and the petition filed Friday coincides with an examination of the ‘devaprasnam’ by a team of experts, who have warned that either those opening the vault or their family members would die. It can be opened only by God, they have said.
Source URL: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/nation/south/head-former-travancore-royalty-accused-smuggling-104

    ‘Jewellery taken out of Cellar B’

Mr Padmanabha Dasa, once a senior clerk at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple, reiterated that he was witness to Uthradom Tirunal Marthanda Varma, the head of the Travancore Royal family, opening the B Cellar as recently as 2007. Mr Padmanabha Dasa has come to the limelight with the opposition leader, Mr V.S. Achuthanandan, espousing his cause on Saturday. “It was a Sunday, 10 a.m,” he told Deccan Chronicle. “The silver bars required to plate the flagmast of the Krishna Temple here were taken from the B Cellar.” Later, he said Cellar A was frequently opened to take bars to gold-coat the three doors offering a glimpse of the deity. ‘’Under the pretext of gold-coating doors, 500 kg of gold was spirited out of Cellar A,’’ he alleged. According to Mr Padmanabha Dasa, the modus operandi was to prepare a set of paintings and demand that a mould be made on the basis of these paintings. Then the temple goldsmith is asked to limn the mould with gold from the temple. “And then when he walks out of the temple towards his car after a visit, a servant will walk behind him carrying the gold-plated mould, now carefully covered in silk,” said the former employee. “At times the flask of payasam that he carries outside will contain precious stones.” Mr Padmanabha Dasa was just reiterating the things he had stated in an affidavit filed in the Thiruvananthauram District court in 2007. He had also briefed Mr Achuthanandan on the issue. Just after he filed the affidavit, acid was thrown at him by unidentified assailants, he said.
Source URL: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/kochi/%E2%80%98jewellery-taken-out-cellar-b%E2%80%99-269

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