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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mukul Roy quits Trinamool, Rajya Sabha
Rebel Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mukul Roy today quit the party as well as his Rajya Sabha seat, saying all members in a party "should be comrades and not servants". Roy, who met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to submit his resignation, said he was quitting with a "heavy heart". All should be "comrades in a party and not servants. But the one-man parties do not work like that," the leader, who was once the second-in-command in the TMC after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said.

Zonal railways asked to withdraw catering staff engaged in non-core activities
All zonal railways have been asked to withdraw their catering staff engaged in non-core activities such as those related to cultural and sporting functions, according to a directive of the Railway Board issued today. "All zonal railways should withdraw catering staff engaged in non-core activities like VIP catering, special catering, catering at the railway club or other semi-official catering activities like those related to Women's Welfare Organisation, cultural and sporting functions and other such activities," the directive, a copy of which is with PTI, read. The Board has asked zonal railways to engage private caterers for such purposes.

CBI books ex-CVO of NTPC for acquiring disproportionate wealth
The CBI has booked a senior Indian Forest Service officer and his wife for allegedly amassing assets worth over Rs 10 crore, which were 240 per cent above his known sources of income. The investigation agency has registered an FIR under charges of corruption against M Ram Prasad Rao, a 1986-batch IFoS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, his wife M Kanaka Durga and the companies owned by her - Bala Kanaka Durga Properties, Satya Avenues Pvt. Ltd. And Krishna Enterprises, Dwarka.

Rabri Devi skips ED summons, asked to appear on Oct 16 now
Former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi today skipped her scheduled appearance before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with its money laundering probe in the railway hotels allotment corruption case, officials said. The central probe agency, they said, has now asked her to appear on October 16. Rabri Devi, the wife of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, has earlier twice skipped the ED summonses in this case. It was not immediately clear if she furnished any reason for her absence today.

The ED had yesterday questioned her son and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav for about nine hours in connection with this case. The CBI has also recently recorded the statement of Tejashwi Yadav and Lalu Prasad in this case.

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