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Two Goa ministers may have taken bribe, says Manohar Parrikar

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Panaji: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said two ministers from Goa, including the then public works department minister, may have accepted bribes from a global consultancy firm for a water developmental project in Goa in 2010.

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The firm has since admitted to a US government agency to paying a bribe of nearly one million dollars or about Rs.6.3 crore.

“The project was related to Japan International Cooperation Agency. Therefore, the then PWD minister may be involved; and since the project also deals with financial approval, there is likelihood of another minister’s involvement,” Parrikar said while addressing a meeting of party workers in Margao, 35 km from Panaji.

The then PWD minister Churchill Alemao has refused to comment on the allegations, saying he has “no idea what statement the media is quoting”.

Portions of the US government’s Justice Department documents, quoted in the national media, said two top officials of international consultancy firm Louis Berger allegedly offered a bribe of $976,630 to an Indian minister and government officials in 2010 to secure the five-year Goa Water Supply and Sewerage Project.

The documents, according to the same media reports, claim the two company officials pleaded guilty to paying the bribe.

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the bribery allegations and said he would write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this.

(IANS)

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Singer Udit Narayan Sings a New Song Entitled “Chanda Song” on Political Funding for Munish Raizada Films

The song aims to reflect the disappointment and anguish of the common man against the system

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The song goes "Kitna chanda jeb mein aaya", and is about political funding, which is a means for political parties to raise money for election campaign as well as routine activities. IANS

Playback star Udit Narayan is ready with a new song titled the “Chanda Song”, which is also a part of the upcoming web series, “Transparency: Pardarshita”.

The song goes “Kitna chanda jeb mein aaya”, and is about political funding, which is a means for political parties to raise money for election campaign as well as routine activities.

Every political party is public funded, and dependedant on public donations.

The “Chanda Song” is produced by Dr. Munish Raizada. It follows the recent successful release of Kailash Kher’s “Bol re Dilli bol”, also by Munish Raizada Films.

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Playback star Udit Narayan is ready with a new song titled the “Chanda Song”, which is also a part of the upcoming web series, “Transparency: Pardarshita”. Twitter

The song aims to reflect the disappointment and anguish of the common man against the system. It seeks to act as a clarion call, and is an appeal to politicians in Delhi to get their political act right.

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Munish Raizada is a Chicago-based medical specialist and a co-convener of the NRI cell of Aam Aadmi Party. He has run a campaign titled “Chanda Bandh Satyagraha” against his own party. (IANS)