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By Rupsa Chakraborty
When thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the country overcome great odds to reach Tirumala Hills in Tirupatifor a darshan of Lord Venkateshwara, it goes without saying that they will not hesitate to spend extra money for a comfortable stay there.
It is this aspect that a contract worker-cum agent, Mr Srinivasulu cleverly exploited to rake in money. He was arrested a day ago (June 27) for blocking rooms illegally and demanding exhorbitant sums from those in need of them.
The racket, which went on for nearly five months, was exposed by police recently.
With politicians and scams becoming almost synonymous of late, the decision by Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister to resign from the Cabinet in the wake of mere allegations over filing a false affidavit has raised the bar for politicians in the State.
Mr Suresh Kumar resigned on moral grounds on June 23 following a media report that charged him of obtaining a Bangalore Development site under the Chief Minister’s discretionary quota by withholding information that his mother and daughter owned two sites and a house in the City.
Within four days of his decision, the
By Manisha Yadav
After a period of lull following the resignation of two former Union Ministers, Mr A Raja and Mr Dayanidhi Maran, on corruption charges, a third Minister from the Cabinet put in his papers on Monday.
It was the turn of Union Minister for Small, Micro and Medium Industries, Mr Virbhadra Singh, to throw in the towel after being charged of conspiracy and corruption by a Special Vigilance Court.
Mr Singh and his wife Mrs Pratibha Singh, have been charged by Special Judge, Justice B L Soni, in connection with a 23-year-old case booked against them under the
By Rupsa Chakraborty
An army-related scam is back in the news yet again. A major recruitment scam has been unearthed in the prestigious National Defence Academy which involves the payment of bribes to top-ranking personnel by army aspirants.
Six army men, including a serving Colonel, have been arrested. They werecharged with the CBI of taking bribe from 40 prospective candidates with the promise of roping them into the force as Lower Division Clerks (LDC) and other subordinate posts at the Pune-based Academy.
After raiding 14 places in Pune, Mumbai, Gurgaon and Sonepat, CBI officers had
By Rupsa Chakraborty
When satire and wit blend with comic strokes, what emerges is a potent combination, a deadly potion, a cartoon that can hit governments harder than a thousand-word editorial can – thus observes the Indian Institute of Cartoonists on its website.
From being relegated to a corner in the newspapers in days gone by, the humble cartoon now makes its presence strongly felt in prominent spots on Page One or the Op-Ed page (page opposite the editorial).
Due to a cartoon’s catchy and humorous style of making a strong statement, it is now being used by
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) received accolades from the World Bank on Thursday for its unique attempt to combat corruption. Project VIGEYE or the ‘Vigilance Eye’ is a web-based system that enables citizens to upload complaints onto its website using video and audio clips.
A demonstration about the portal, http://www.vigeye.comwas presented at the World Bank headquarters at Washington at a recent meet organised by the International Corruption Hunters Alliance (ICHA).
Aimed at empowering citizens, Project VIGEYE was launched in December 2010 by the former Chief
`The party of crooks and thieves’ – this is the term coined by the Opposition party to describe `United Russia’, the ruling party in the country, United Russia.
The Russian word for corruption, `korruptsiya,’ is commonly used by all to describe the new wealth seen around the country. The hi-end cars and expensive mansions acquired by politicians and bureaucrats are the envy of most Russians.
The erosion suffered by economies across the globe due to corruption was a major point of discussion during the G20 summit at Mexico early this week. Indian Prime
By Manisha Yadav
Eleven major cement companies were ordered to pay a total penalty of Rs Three crores for jacking up the cement price for consumers by engaging in cartelisation.
The ruling by the Indian Competition Commission (ICC) is a body blow to the reputation of the concerns. The ICC has revealed that they dominate competition in the market after forgoing all rules laid down by the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC) in the Act it laid down in 1969.
UltraTech, Ambuja Cements, ACC, India Cements, Madras Cement, Jaypee Cemen were among those who faced
By Manishka Soorya
With the world looking forward to the commencement of the ultimate sporting event, the Summer Olympics in London late next month, the recently unearthed scam in sale of tickets threatens to sully the image of this momentous event.
The `Sunday Times’ in UK has exposed a major scam pertaining to ticket sales across the globe. This has brought 27 agents representing 54 countries under the scanner.
An estimated eight million tickets for the Olympics and 1.6 million tickets for the Paralympics were expected to be sold before the Games kick-off.
Though the official
Decentralisation of authority in the State-run bus service, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), has merely resulted in decentralisation of corruption.
A stark indicator of this is the recent arrest of the BMTC Divisional Controller (DC) of East Bangalore, Mr K Mallikarjuniah. He was caught redhanded when accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 last week.
Based on a complaint registered by a driver against the DC, the Lokayukta arrested him. The bribe had been sought to procure a transfer for the driver. Ironically, Mr Mallikarjuniah himself was supposed to be transferred within