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'No holy cows to protect': Jaitley on Chidambaram's son

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in Parliament on Wednesday that action will be taken against the guilty in the Aircel-Maxis deal that AIADMK and BJD party members alleged were linked to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's son Karti.

"No one will be spared. We have no holy cows to protect. The government is going to the root of each one of these cases," said Jaitley.

Jaitley said that the Enforcement Directorate had recovered several "incriminating" documents which are being scrutinised, after which chargesheets will be filed.

New Bill to make Aadhaar mandatory

Contrary to Supreme Court rulings that made the use of the Aadhaar number voluntary, the finance ministry will shortly introduce in Parliament the Aadhaar (Delivery of Benefits, Subsidies and Services) Bill, 2016, which will make the Aadhaar number mandatory for anyone availing subsidies from any government scheme, reports The Economic Times.

The Attorney General has already seen the proposed Bill, and told the government that it can be introduced as a Money Bill in Parliament.

Ishrat case: 2013 statement by RVS Mani shows he was aware of 2nd affidavit

Former home ministry under-secretary RVS Mani, who had said on Tuesday that neither he nor his two seniors had had any knowledge of the second affidavit in the Ishrat case, had in 2013 recorded a statement for a Gujarat court about the second affidavit, reports the Hindustan Times.

The statement was part of a chargesheet filed by the CBI in the June 2004 encounter.

"The second affidavit was drafted in the chamber of D Diptivilasa, then joint secretary (home ministry), with inputs from representatives of the law ministry as well as the IB," Mani had said his 2013 statement recorded by a CBI deputy superintendent of police.

Ishrat case: Her killing was 'premeditated murder', says former SIT officer

Satish Verma, the IPS officer who had assisted the CBI probe into the alleged 2004 fake encounter in Gujarat involving Ishrat Jahan and three others, said on Wednesday that her killing was a "premeditated murder", reports The Indian Express.

"Our investigation found that Ishrat along with three others had been picked by IB (Intelligence Bureau) days before the encounter. In fact, there was no intelligence input with the IB that a woman would be accompanying the alleged terrorists. There was no input on Ishrat. These people were kept in illegal custody and then shot dead," said Verma.

Ishrat case: Former home sec GK Pillai is director at Adani co.

GK Pillai, the former home secretary who last week revealed that the decision to change an affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case was taken at the political level, had not filed any note of dissent in the second affidavit in the case, reports The Telegraph.

Pillai has been an independent director at Adani Ports for more than two years. The company is chaired by Gautam Adani who once was seen as very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

PM Modi irked by Rahul Gandhi's Make in India jibe

In a point by point rebuttal to the allegations levelled by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi against the policies formulated by the NDA regime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised him for mocking the Make in India initiative. "We are mocking things like Make in India? This is for the nation. If there are shortcomings it may be discussed," he said.

Kebab lands man in trouble. Vienna police slaps 70 euro fine

Edin Mehic has been fined for offending public decency. He burped loudly in public after eating a kebab. Mehic was fined for belching while standing close to a policeman in the city's famous Prater Park.

Writing on Facebook, Mehic said he burped after eating a kebab with too much onion. Moments later, he wrote, "I felt a hand on my shoulder". "But what had I done?... I was being reported for a 'decency violation', the policeman shouted. "I had a long discussion with him about why he wasn't picking up real criminals who were obviously consuming and selling completely legal drugs. That didn't get us very far."

Mehic posted a photograph of the fine on his Facebook page, which says that he violated "public decency with a loud belch next to a police officer." Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger on Monday confirmed that Mehic had been fined for the offending burp, a report in the Guardian said.

Unicef warns of severe child malnourishment in North Korea

About 25,000 children in North Korea require immediate treatment for malnutrition after a drought cut food production by a fifth and the government reduced rations, Unicef has warned. The UN's children's fund is asking for $18m in donations for its North Korea work as part of a global 1.9 bn pounds humanitarian appeal for children.

It said the money needed for its work had doubled in three years, driven by global conflicts and extreme weather that were forcing growing numbers of children from their homes and exposing millions more to food shortages, violence, disease and abuse. For the first time, it said a quarter of the worldwide appeal would go towards educating children in emergencies, focusing on 5 million children affected by the Syrian civil war, which is now in its fifth year.

In North Korea, Unicef said severe drought during 2015 in four agricultural provinces led to a 20% reduction in crop production compared with 2014.