QBullet: ‘SushmaGate’, UP Scribe Death, Yoga Day Diktat and More

Here’s a wrap of all the news and views from across the papers this morning. #QBullet

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Lalit Modi’s exclusive interview with Rajdeep Sardesai aired on India Today TV. 

1. Sushma, Raje Helped me, Admits Lalit, Blames UPA and Murdoch

The Indian Express has reported that, Lalit Modi in an interview admitted his links with Vasundhara Raje and Sushma Swaraj, and went on to name a few more political friends, blaming the controversy on media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Earlier in the day at a press conference, his lawyer had revealed about help from Raje, Modi went step further and put on record that the Rajasthan Chief Minister had accompanied his wife for cancer treatment to Portugal in 2012 and 2013.

My wife was being taken to Portugal by whom, by Mrs Vasundhara Raje. Nobody knows that, I am putting that on record now… My relationship with Vasundhara Raje goes back 30 years. That relationship is known to everybody. She is a close friend of the family and my wife… She openly agreed to be (a witness), but unfortunately by the time the case went to trial, she was already Chief Minister, so she did not come to become a witnes. The statements she gave (are) all on records in the courts.
– Lalit Modi told Rajdeep Sardesai of India Today TV

Read the full report here.

2. Journalist Death: High Court Seeks Status Report, Gives Govt a Week’s Time

The Allahabad High Court has directed the UP Government to file a status report in the ongoing probe in the alleged murder case of freelance journalist Jagendra Singh, reports The Indian Express.

Minister of State Ram Murti Singh Verma, along with his aides and five policemen have been booked in connection to the death.

Read the full report here.

3. Two Months After Lalit Modi’s Wife Surgery, Rajasthan Signed MoU with Lisbon Hospital

The Rajasthan government signed a memorandum of understanding with a private Portuguese biomedical research organisation, the Champalimaud Foundation, to set up a state-of-the-art cancer institute in Jaipur, on October 2, 2014 — about two months after Lalit Modi’s wife Minal was treated at the Lisbon-based Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, reports Sweta Dutta of The Indian Express.

We were not aware that Lalit Modi’s wife was treated at the same Portuguese hospital with which Rajasthan government signed an agreement.
– Rajendra Singh Rathore, Health Minister , Rajasthan

Here’s today’s full Indian Express report and The Quint’s report from two days ago stating the same.

4. Detergent in Milk? No, Says Mother Dairy

Arvind Chauhan of The Times of India reported that The Food Safety and Drugs Administration found detergent in Mother Dairy milk samples in Agra.

The find comes days after the storm over Maggi noodles. Mother Dairy however, insisted its milk was safe .

We have started the process of cancelling the licence of Mother Dairy’s Shahpur plant.
– Ramnaresh Yadav, FSDA Officer

Here’s the full report.

5. Pappu Yadav Misbehaves With Airhostess

Pappu Yadav, a Member of Parliament from Bihar, has allegedly misbehaved with an air-hostess onboard a Delhi bound Jet Airways flight, and was allegedly taken away by the CISF after landing.

Yadav was extremely unruly with the cabin crew when she asked him not to throw the leftover food in the aisle and also misbehaved with her. – Airline Source to PTI

Read The Quint’s full report here.

6. Centre Leans on Media to Ensure Yoga Day Success

June 21 has been declared International Yoga Day, and it will also be the media’s turn to partly subsidise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to mark the day with extensive coverage of the spectacular show where people will try out different postures in return for good health, writes Anuradha Raman in The Hindu.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the Health Ministry have sought the help of broadcasters, FM radio stations and community radio stations to make the day a spectacular success.

All TV channels, FM stations & community radio stations may like to promote International Yoga Day by carrying special features or in any other befitting manner during the period leading to the occasion.
– I&B Ministry letter to broadcaster

Read more here.

7. Bihar Polls: BJP in a Fix Over CM Candidate

Who will be the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in the Bihar Assembly polls?

The Hindu reports that the suspense deepened, after the front-runner, Sushil Kumar Modi, contested the statement of election in-charge Ananth Kumar that the party would fight the elections under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.

Both Lalu Prasad and [Chief Minister] Nitish Kumar are the face of Jungle Raj in Bihar and people would give them a fitting reply by voting for development and good governance under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
– Union Minister Ananth Kumar

Read more here.

8. Press NSCN(K) to Resume Talks, NSA to ask Myanmar

Sources have told The Indian Express, that India is likely to push Myanmar to press the NSCN(Khaplang) to retract its decision to abrogate ceasefire with India and return to the negotiating table when National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visits the neighbouring country for a two-day trip later this week.

The group’s chief S S Khaplang is under medical treatment in a Myanmarese Army facility and could be subjected to pressure from the armed forces.

Read the full report here.

9. Foul Air Killing up to 80 Delhiites a day, Claims Study

Air pollution from respirable particulate matter (PM2.5) could be responsible for 10,000 to 30,000 premature deaths annually in Delhi – up to 80 deaths daily – authors of an international study has indicated reports The Times of India.

Published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal, the scientists who conducted the study said most deaths were due to heart attacks and strokes, and not very many because of respiratory diseases.

If you do a little bit to reduce pollution you don’t get anywhere near what you get if you reduce the levels in a major way.
– Julian D Marshall, University of Minnesota

Here’s the full report here.

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