Showing posts from February 3, 2019
Macedonia signs key NATO membership text The 29 members of #NATO have signed a historic accession agreement with #Macedonia, a key move that will enable the country to become the military alliance’s 30th member. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov signed accession papers in Brussels on Wednesday. The move is seen as a big step for the small Balkan country toward becoming the 30th member of NATO and it also marks the end of a long dispute with Greece over Macedonia’s name. The country is expected to join the alliance under the name of North Macedonia, possibly later this year or in early 2020, AP said. US President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts are due to hold a summit in London in December. The meeting, to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary, could formally welcome North Macedonia should the ratification process be completed.
Karti, Vadra reach ED office Karti Chidambaram arrives at the Enforcement Directorate office to appear in connection with INX Media case. And right at this very moment, Robert Vadra has also arrived at the ED office for the second day of questioning. Karti Chidambaram, who is the son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, has been questioned on several occasions in the case being probed by the ED as well as the Central Bureau of Investigation. Both the agencies are probing how Karti Chidambaram managed to get clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in 2007 when his father was the Finance Minister. On February 28, 2018, Karti was arrested by the CBI for allegedly accepting money to facilitate the FIPB clearance to INX Media. He was later granted bail. Vadra, who was questioned on Wednesday for more than five hours by the Enforcement Directorate, has denied owning properties in London or knowing any of the people the agency says were involved in the deals, sourc…
Analysis of Funds Collected and Expenditure Incurred by Political Parties: Karnataka Assembly Election, 2018
·Political parties are required to submit a statement of election expenditure to the Election Commission within 75 days of completion of Assembly Elections. ·The expenditure statement contains details of the total amount received as funds in the form of cash, cheques and demand drafts and the total amount spent under various heads. ·The expenditure statement contains information on the amount spent on the following heads at the central, state, district andconstituency levels by the party: oPublicity oTravel expenses oOther expenses oExpenditure towards candidates ·Political parties submit these statements providing information of fundscollected and spent between announcement and completion of elections. This period could be between 3 weeks to 3 months based on the notification issued by the Election Commission. ·This report analyses the funds received and expenditure incurred by recogni…
Merkel visiting Japan Merkel is due to visit Japan today along with a group of German business leaders  and signing of FTA for EU
Merkel’s two-day visit starting on Monday will be her first since she attended a G7 summit in central Japan in 2016, and her fifth since she assumed office in 2005. During her stay in the country, Merkel is scheduled to visit the Emperor at the Imperial Palace. She also plans to hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The leaders are expected to confirm their cooperation in promoting shared values, including free trade, amid growing trends of protectionism. The German chancellor is also expected to use the visit to further strengthen economic relations with Japan, and confirm bilateral cooperation in sectors such as artificial intelligence, where there has been heated international competition. She plans to visit a major Japanese electronics firm to learn about its cutting-edge technology. Germany has tended to place priority on China regarding its econo…

Constitutional breakdown in Bengal: Rajnath:

Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh has spoken  to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to take stock of the situation in the wake of a CBI team being allegedly obstructed by the state police to grill the Kolkata Police commissioner in the Saradha ponzi scam case, officials said Monday.  

The ministry has decided to deploy central forces at the official and residential premises of the Central Bureau of Investigation in West Bengal and the MHA is now "closely monitoring the situation", they said.

The Home Ministry on Sunday evening received information that officers of the CBI in Kolkata had experienced "intimidation and threat to personal safety in course of investigation into the Saradha scam being conducted under the directions of the Supreme Court", they said. Singh called up the governor to be apprised of the facts of the "unfortunate and unprecedented situation of CBI officers being manhandled, detained, intimidated and obstructed", the officia…