The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which started probing drug angle in Sushant Singh Rajput case, has started questioning several others dealers after getting crucial information from ‘Riya’ and ‘Guppy’. Many links related to the case are now seen connecting.
A hectic last week:
The Narcotics Control Bureau on Thursday arrested another drug peddler in the raid. NCB has got about 1 kg of drugs from the house of this paddler named Rahil Vishram, which is worth 3 to 4 crores in the market. Apart from this, NCB has received Rs 4.5 lakh cash from Rahil’s house. According to the information, direct links have been found with Rahil’s Bollywood celebrities.
Does Congress Party has a succession plan after Sonia Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi (@ Antonio Maino), the President of Congress Party, along with her son has left for USA, bypassing the Parliamentary Session beginning Monday. It is said that it is a “routine” check up. But this disinformation is in tune with the policy of party where need of privacy of the Queen Mother overshadows everything else.
Frail health of Madam President
On Aug 15 this year on the occasion of Independence Day, Former Defence Minister A.K. Antony hoisted the national flag at the party headquarters here on Independence Day on Saturday in the absence of Sonia Gandhi as the interim party President was too unwell to attend. Her son Rahul Gandhi was, however, present during the ceremony. She has not stepped out in the public and in a few videos, she managed to appear, she is frail and has apparently lost a lot of weight which is a clear sign of serious ailment especially at her age of 74 (born in 1946). She is President of the Congress Party since 1998 except for few years when her son was President.
23 leaders of the Party had written to Sonia Gandhi seeking her to create a clear-cut mechanism to govern the party with effective central leadership. The letter also demanded re-election of the CWC and the establishment of an effective collective system of responsibility. The result was that all these 23 leaders have been effectively sidelines by taking away what ever role they had in the party. Though they have not been sacked from the party. It was formally announced that presently Sonia Gandhi will retain the office of President until further arrangement. Rahul Gandhi is stated to have been furious about the timing of the letter due to ill health of his mother.
Surgical procedure in 2011:
In 2011 Sonia Gandhi underwent a pancreatic surgery in USA and India Today reported about it later as under:
“Some word has begun to trickle down since Sonia has returned. She has confided to a select few Congress leaders that she had first stage cancer, for which she went through a seven-hour-long surgical procedure. “In June, when Congressmen claimed that she had gone abroad to tend to her ailing mother, she had gone for her own treatment,” a Congress leader told India Today. “The good news is that the illness is not life-threatening. However, it will be at least six months before she will be able to handle the normal workload,” the source said…..India has substituted news with plenty of conjecture. Since August 4, when bbc and Agence France-Presse broke the news of Sonia Gandhi’s surgery”
As regard the nature of illness it reported:
” the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, US, where Sonia reportedly had her surgery……………………………..the 64-year-old Congress president was initially diagnosed with an “unspecified mass” in her pancreas. The tests indicated the probability of the rare neuroendocrine tumour of the pancreas (pNET). The more common pancreatic cancers, adenocarcinoma, are virulent and have a survival rate of about two per cent. But pNET is more slow-spreading and treatable. “The long OT time could be because pNET is so rare. It affects less than one person in 100,000 in the US,” the doctors told India Today………….The operation could have taken long, says a doctor who refuses to be identified, because, post-operation, the biopsy revealed that it wasn’t probably a cancer at all. “It was most likely an unusual disorder, pancreatic tuberculosis, which very often mimics pNET,” he said. The symptoms for pancreatic tb and cancer can be surprisingly similar, making diagnosis virtually impossible: from fever and fatigue to weight loss to upper abdominal pain radiating to the back.
The Crown Prince in Waiting:
There was no official communication about the illness or prognosis. At that time she was acting as “Super Prime Minister” of India remote controlling Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister. But the aforesaid news published in India Today can be taken as near as official version as it is like family gazette as may be seen from following collage:
Coming back to the ailment it may be noted that in aforesaid news the attempt was to dispel the presence of ‘Cancer’ and substitute it with Tb but now we know that whatever it was, it has resurfaced again and visible from the frail frame of Sonia Gandhi.
What is however is surprising that inspite of such bleak chances of health and admitted unfitness to hold an active office, she has chosen to stick to the office without making any arrangement for succession.
Cancer is not a kind illness especially when it manages to survive a surgery and reappear. The reappearance is generally virulent without leaving much scope for another surgery. I leave it for members of Congress Party to ponder on
In any case it can not be believed that the mother son has gone out of country to make consultation with China. There is no proof for that speculation.
However their nice chamcha journalist Mr. Ganju (hypothetical name) has started batting for resolution of dispute which preposition implies that India has started/created mess on border with China.
On 29 August, in the evening, around 500 Chinese troops tried to cross into Indian territory near the village of Chushul but were repelled by Indian Army which was in the waiting. It may be noted that both armies are forbidden to use firearm and explosives. Hence conflicts are primitive in nature. Want to know how? See this picture of Army men of India:
As per reports, Indian troops have captured an important Chinese military post after allegedly fighting off an attempt by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to occupy further Indian territory in the disputed border region of Ladakh.
However the official version of Indian Army is as under:
“On the night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA (Chinese People’s Liberation Army) troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo. ……… Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground. The Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquillity through dialogue, but is also equally determined to protect its territorial integrity.”
Here is the full text of English translation of address of Prime Minister of India delivered on the Independence Day:
My dear countrymen,
Congratulations and many best wishes to all the countrymen on this auspicious occasion of independence.
Today, we are able to live in an independent India because of the sacrifices of millions of sons and daughters of Mother India. This is an occasion to pay tribute to the freedom fighters, martyrs and brave souls and their spirit and dedication to free Mother India.
The valiant soldiers of our armed forces, our paramilitary forces, our police personnel and our security forces- everyone is engaged in protecting Mother India. They are engaged in safeguarding the common man. Today is the day to remember their sacrifices and penance sincerely and wholeheartedly.
There is another name: Aurobindo Ghose. Today is the birth anniversary of Aurobindo Ghose, who tread the path from being a revolutionary to spirituality. Let us seek his blessings so that we can fulfil his as well as our vision.
We are passing through an extraordinary situation. Today, children- the bright future of India- are not in front of me. Why? It is because Corona has stopped everyone. In this period of corona, I salute millions of corona warriors- doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, ambulance drivers and so on-who all should I count.
I salute all the corona warriors, who for a long time have adhered to the mantra of ‘सेवा परमो धर्म’ i.e. service is the best religion and have served the children of Mother India with complete dedication.
In the period of corona, many of our brothers and sisters have been affected by this pandemic; many families have been affected; many have also lost their lives. I express my condolences to all such families, and I believe the indomitable will power and determination of 130 crore countrymen will make us win over Corona and we shall definitely win.
I know that recently we have been passing through a number of crises. Floods, especially in the north-east, eastern India, south India and some parts of western India; landslides in many areas; people have had to face many problems. Many people have lost their lives. I also express my condolences to those families.
And the nation stands in solidarity with the state governments in these days of crisis. No stone is being left unturned by either the state or central government to provide relief measures to the needy.
My dear Countrymen, Independence Day is a festival to celebrate freedom. It is an occasion to enthuse new energy by remembering our freedom fighters. This day is a harbinger of new inspirations. It reignites new fervour, exuberance and enthusiasm. And in times like now, it becomes even more imperative for us to be determined. It is an auspicious day because when we meet again next year to celebrate, we shall be entering into the 75 years of our free existence. This is a momentous occasion. Today, all of us 130 crores Indians have to make significant pledges for the coming two years. And when we complete the 75 years of our freedom, we will be able celebrate the redemption of those pledges .
My dear countrymen, our forefathers fought for this freedom with extreme commitment, utmost integrity, sincere penance, renunciation and sacrifice; we should never forget the way they laid their lives for Mother India. We should never forget that during this long and dark ages of slavery, not even a moment was lost when they were not moved by the desire for freedom. There insn’t a countryman who did not put his best foot forward aspiring to break free the nation from the shackles of slavery, by waging a war and making any sacrifice possible to bring this day. Many sacrificed their youth in jails. Many left behind their life’s dreams and embraced the gallows. I salute these revered martyrs who offered themselves as an oblation. Indeed amazing! On the one side, the country witnessed a phase of mass movements and on the other side the resounding voice of armed revolt.
Under the leadership of Pujya Bapu, the great national awakening accompanied by mass movements, gave new impetus to the struggle for freedom. And so today we are blessed to be able to celebrate our Independence Day with such fervour.
During this freedom struggle, several efforts were made to douse the fire of revolt and throttle the soul and spirit of our motherland. Many attempts were made to ruin the Indian culture, tradition, customs and heritage. Running across centuries, that was the period of SAAM DAAM DAND BHED (either by hook or crook) – and all this was at its peak. Many came here with the innate belief that they have come to reign the world for eternity (yaavat chandra diwakaro-till sun and moon exist). But the strong determination to be freed beat such ambitions to dust. They believed that India was a divided lot due to the existence of multiple identities, nobilities, languages and dialects, cuisines, costumes and culture. They labored under the misunderstanding that a country of so many diversities can never stand up as one against any force. But they could not recognize the soul and pulse of the country, that life force, that chord which binds us together. And when this force came out with full vigour in the fight for freedom, India succeeded in throwing away the shackles of slavery .
We are aware of the fact that that was the regime when propagators of expansionism spread across geographies and attained supremacy and power, but the freedom movement of India inspired many across the globe to stand against these forces. India became a pillar and ignited the fire of freedom struggle all over the world.
And those, who were involved in the blind race of expansionism, threw the World into two World wars, destroyed humanity, ruined lives and wrecked the globe to achieve their designs.
But even during such a period, even in the midst of the destructive war, India did not abandon its urge for freedom; neither was it found lacking, nor did it lower its guard.
Open Skies agreements eliminate government interference in the commercial decisions of air carriers about routes, capacity, and pricing, freeing carriers to provide more affordable, convenient, and efficient air service for consumers.
Open Sky Agreements are bilateral agreements that the two countries negotiate to provide rights for airlines to offer international passenger and cargo services. It expands international passenger and cargo flights. USA and European Union has such agreement which permits unlimited flights subject to operational feasibility between 2 countries.
Policy of India:
India has Air Service Agreements (ASA) with 109 countries including UAE covering aspects relating to the number of flights, seats, landing points and code-share. But does not allow unlimited number of flights between two countries.
TheNational Civil Aviation Policy (2016)of India:
The policy of 2016 allows the government of India to enter into an ‘open sky’ air services agreement on a reciprocal basis withSouth Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)nations as well as countriesbeyond a 5,000 kilometre radius from New Delhi.
In plain English this means that countries within 5,000 kilometer of distanceneed to enter into a bilateral agreement and mutually determine the number of flights that their airlines can operate between the two countries.
India has many such open sky agreements with countries like Greece, Jamaica, Guyana, Finland, USA, Japan, etc.
That was pre Pandemic world of globalization. With air traffic coming to a hault on 24 March 2020 we are in a new world. India has started entering into agreements with many countries like Germany and UK which have been called air bubbles but these are simply bilateral agreements fixing the number of flights which each country will operate into territory of each other.
This means all previous agreements are as good as dead letter or will those agreements revive automatically in future?
Something tells me that this pandemic gives another opportunity to clean up the mess created by previous Government in it ten years corrupt regime when everything was for sale including lives of people and territories. Yes Manmohan Singh, We know it now.
Therefore the Government may use the clean slate to work and create an actual bilateral agreements not dictated by ‘donations.’