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Vyapam Scam: PM need not answer silly issues, says Sadananda Gowda

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New Delhi: Union Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi “need not answer on silly issues” like the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

While responding to a query about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence over Vyapam scam, he said, “Concerned ministers and party president have made statements (on Vyapam issue). For each silly issue asking the prime minister to answer is not fair”.

“See, the PM need not answer on silly issues,” he added.

(IANS)

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North Korea Economy: Private Markets Target of Corruption, Human Rights Abuses

North Korea’s state-run rationing system collapsed in the mid-1990s amid a devastating famine and economic crisis

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UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, Tomas Ojea Quintana gestures as he attends a press conference, June 7, 2018 in Geneva. VOA

North Koreans eking out a living in the country’s thriving, informal private markets are regularly subjected to corruption and various forms of human rights abuses, according to a new United Nations report.

North Korea’s state-run rationing system collapsed in the mid-1990s amid a devastating famine and economic crisis, leading to the creation of unofficial commercial markets in the socialist regime.

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Informal private markets are regularly subjected to corruption and various forms of human rights abuses, according to a new United Nations report. Pixabay

The report by the U.N.’s Office of Human Rights says the failure to legitimize these markets has exposed ordinary North Koreans to potential arrest, prosecution and detention. Corrupt, low-paid officials use the threat of arrest to extort bribes from people with the ability and willingness to pay.

The U.N. report was based on interviews from 214 North Koreans who have defected from the regime and resettled in South Korea.

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The report blames the situation on the priority the regime places on supporting its military and developing its nuclear weapons program over adequately providing for its people. (VOA)