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Brazen act of corruption; FM blasts Congress-led UPA for Antrix-Devas deal

A private company in 2005 came up with an offer to start a bouquet of multimedia and telecom services and got into an agreement with Antrix Corporation, the commercial wing of state space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and made a deal of leasing out two of ISRO's satellites, GSLV-6 & GSLA-6A, for private services at a throw-away price. It took six years for the then Congress-led UPA government to sense this fraud and later the agreement was cancelled, but then the arbitration started as the private company claimed millions of dollars from the government of India, which was a brazen act of corruption, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman claimed on the apex court verdict on the Antrix-Devas deal.

ED is BJP’s election dept, says Congress after raid on Punjab CM’s kin

The Congress has expressed its unhappiness over ED raids on a close relative of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. The party slammed the BJP for misusing the government agency while the party says it is ready to take the battle in Punjab and will tell the people how the BJP is trying to harass the country's only Dalit Chief Minister.

SC questions Centre’s claim of no starvation deaths in India; even during pandemic

The Supreme Court has taken strong note of the Union government's statement that no states have reported deaths due to starvation, quipping whether it be taken as a correct statement. The observations came while hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in which the bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana asked the Union government to prepare a model to implement the Community Kitchen scheme across the country and for providing additional food grains to states to run it. While hearing a plea seeking a pan-India policy for community kitchens, the Supreme Court asked the Attorney General of India why the Central Government was relying on a 2015-2016 report with regard to starvation deaths in the country. The bench observed that the Government cannot look at the issue of starvation deaths from the prism of what happened five years ago.