76% Ministers in Bihar tainted: ADR

first_imgA report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an NGO, says 22 of the 29 Ministers (76%) in the newly formed Nitish Kumar Cabinet face criminal charges. This is higher than the corresponding figure for his Cabinet during the previous “grand alliance” government with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), in which 19 of the 29 Ministers (69%) were tainted. The ADR report was based on the affidavits filed by the candidates to the Election Commission.Serious chargesOf the 22 Ministers, nine face serious criminal charges of murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, theft, fraud and atrocities against women. The report further says that 72% of the Ministers are millionaires, while nine had stated their educational qualifications to be between Class 8 and Class 12 pass.Citing this report, the RJD leader and erstwhile Bihar Deputy Chief Minister, Tejashwi Yadav, while addressing presspersons at his residence in Patna, hit out at Mr. Kumar. He wondered if Mr. Kumar’s conscience would now wake up and prod him to act against the tainted Ministers.Mr Kumar had on July 26 broken away from the “grand alliance”, citing corruption allegations against Mr. Yadav. Subsequently, a new alliance of the JD(U) and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance was sworn in.“Where is Mr. Kumar’s conscience? What kind of a conscience is it? Is it a conscience for the [CM’s] chair? Is it a conscience for Modi? What kind of conscience is this that falls asleep or wakes up as per its own convenience?” Mr Yadav said.“Would Mr. Kumar do development with this 76% tainted Cabinet?”Mr. Yadav also hoped that Mr. Kumar would ask the Prime Minister to disclose the names of political leaders that featured in the Panama papers. “PMs of two countries have already resigned due to the Panama leaks. Names of BJP leaders and their sons have come up in the Panama papers. I hope Nitish Kumar would demand of the Prime Minister that he make all these names public,” he said, adding that he would soon start a “Vishwasghat Yatra (‘Betrayal Rally’) from Champaran and covering all the districts of Bihar.last_img read more

Key game up for national squad

first_imgThe Philippines will test its sharpness against a lowly Hong Kong side on Wednesday in the hope of scoring an important victory in the Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championships in Biñan City, Laguna.A victory by the all-star national team, led by fan favorites Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Mika Reyes, would already ensure the country a spot in the quarterfinals of the 14-nation meet.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It will also automatically qualify the Philippines for the first time in the Asian Volleyball Cup for women in Thailand next year.“This is a very important tournament for us and the Hong Kong game is the most important match,” said national head coach Francis Vicente, who led the national team in a 17-day training camp in Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe country, carried by Foton Pilipinas of the Philippine Superliga, demolished Hong Kong (25-20, 25-14, 25-14) during the Asian Club Championships last year—a game where the Philippines sparingly used imports. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ceres XI ready to wage battle vs Singaporean side for crown Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View commentslast_img read more