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Fake degree row: High Court asks Smriti Irani for records

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Smriti Irani (Photo credit: Smriti Irani’s Twitter account)

Textiles Minister Smriti Irani once again has landed in trouble over the alleged misrepresentation of her educational qualifications. The Delhi High Court today (May 24) asked her to hand over all the records on the case.

 A lower court in Delhi has dismissed the case, that was filed by Ahmed Khan, by claiming that the case was filed to needlessly harass Irani. Khan then challenged the verdict in the High Court. He accused Irani of claiming to be a graduate in her election affidavit despite not completing her Bachelor of Commerce.

Irani, at the time when the case was filed, was Education Minister and a Rajya Sabha MP. Khan has also accused the minister of giving contradictory statements about her educational qualifications while contesting for different elections in the year 2004 and 2014.

Reportedly, the assigned lawyers said that the Delhi High Court would examine all the case records before they summon Irani or others in the case.

Dismissing the case in October last year (2016), the trial court judge mentioned that there was a great delay of 11 years in filing the complaint. He even said that the case might not have been filed had Irani not been a minister. Speaking about evidences, he said that the original evidence has already been lost as it’s been many years and moreover, the secondly evidence won’t be enough for court. The Election Commission and Delhi University have claimed that Irani’s graduation degree cannot be traced.

Khan had accused Irani by saying that the latter in 2004 had said that she was a Bachelor of Arts or BA degree from Delhi University (in 1996). And, in later elections, she said her highest educational qualification was B.com, Part 1 (correspondence course) from Delhi University.

Khan is of the view that the minister deliberately furnished incorrect details, which is punishable by law.

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Nitin Gadkari graces screening of ‘Me Vasantrao’ at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari graced the special screening of Marathi movie ‘Me Vasantrao’ – a movie based on the life of Hindustani classical singer and violinist Vasantrao Deshpande.

The screening was held at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur on Sunday evening in the presence family members, friends and the cast of the movie.

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Mayor Dayashankari Tiwari kicks off polio drive in Nagpur

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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Sunday, launched Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) door-to-door polio campaign drive. He, along with Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade visited Rognidan Centre in Mahal, Nagpur and inaugurated the campaign by giving polio drops to a toddler.
As per NMC officials, ten Zonal Medical Officers and Ten Health inspectors would visit every house in their respective zones, in order to vaccinate children between the ages of zero-five to immune them against polio.
NMC had recognised Sunday as the official day for polio vaccination. Under Polio Ravivar, they plan to vaccinate more than three lakh kids in Nagpur. They also urged Nagpurkars to vaccinate their children at pulse Polio Booths near their homes from 8 am- 5 pm, on Sunday.
NMC Standing Committee Chief, Corporator Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next regarding this campaign and said, This year’s polio drive is going to be bigger than last year. We are planning to vaccinate around 3- 3.15 lakh kids. NMC is bearing the cost of infrastructure and execution. The state government provided us with the doses.
He further stated that there were special teams to vaccinate the homeless during night. ?When it comes to the health of Nagpurkars, money is not a factor we should think about, said Zalke when asked about NMC’s current financial crunch.
As per Zalke, vaccination facility would also be available in slums,, factory areas and other outskirts of Nagpur.

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Congress legislator caught watching porn in Karnataka Assembly

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Congress leader Prakash Rathod, on Friday, was caught on camera while allegedly scrolling through few adult content clips in the State Assembly. This turned out to be a huge embarrassment for both, Congress and Rathod as regional channels aired the video, in which he was ?caught in the act.
The MLC member was present in the house during the proceedings of the legislative council. While the house was in session, Rathod was watching adult content on his smartphone.
However, he threw these charges under the bus and said, I was looking for materials for a question I wanted to ask the government in question hour.
?When I was looking for question material, I deleted too many messages as my phone storage was full. What the media has shown or seen, I don’t know. I would never do such things or see such things, he added.
This was not the first time in Karnataka that such an incident had happened. Back in 2012, three Bharatiya Janata Party ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching adult content in the State Assembly. Following the scandal, they resigned from the state government due to public embarrassment.

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