India changes high value bank notes to get at the tax evaders and the black money. This is going to cause a political problem:
The prime minister last week outlawed 500- and 1,000-rupee notes in a drive to rein in corruption and a shadow economy that accounts for a fifth of India’s $2.1tn gross domestic product.
With no state election funding, illicit cash is the lifeblood for political parties that collect money from candidates and businessmen, and then spend it on staging rallies, hiring helicopters and on “gifts” to win votes.
Spending on the Uttar Pradesh election is forecast to hit a record 40bn rupees ($590m), despite the cancellation of big denominations.
Modi’s banknote change has so far proven popular among increasingly aspirational voters who are tired of corruption, although views among the broader population and economists are divided over the efficacy and fairness of the move.
Opposition politicians have united to decry it.
“We will have to plan the entire election strategy all over again,” said Pradeep Mathur, a senior Uttar Pradesh leader of the Congress opposition party that was trounced by the BJP in national elections in 2014.
Russia’s economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev has been detained over a $2-million bribe allegedly received for a “positive” assessment, which led to oil producer Rosneft acquiring a 50 percent stake in Bashneft , the country’s Investigative Committee said on Tuesday.
Ulyukayev, who was appointed economy minister in 2013, is the highest-ranked Russian statesman arrested since the failed coup in 1991.
“This is about extortion of a bribe from Rosneft representatives accompanied by threats,” Svetlana Petrenko, a spokesperson for the Investigative Committee, told Ria Novosti news agency.
The correct question to ask here is not what is going on here, but who did he piss off?
For in that milieu that’s about the price of two of the watches they favour. Trivia.
Shah is one of hundreds of thousands of Indians who have taken classes with a new cadre of professional image consultants who teach the social graces and etiquettes associated with old, upper-class Europe. While the finishing schools of the 19th and 20th centuries are now outdated in the west, an industry of manners worth more than 6bn rupees (£70m) has mushroomed in the east in the last five years, as young, urban Indians prepare to embark on global careers.
Which fork to use, etc. Don’t use the knife to eat your peas……
Not that they actually use the work Gyppoes of course, they’re ruder than that. The contempt which can be packed into the word Cikán is wondrous to behold and there are worse synonyms.
Czech ‘godmother’, 36, and her family trafficked eight men into the UK and treated them as slaves, taking their wages, forcing them to sleep in a garage and forage in bins for food
Five members of a Czech family trafficked Eastern Europeans into Britain
Gang pocketed their wages and benefits while they treated men as ‘slaves’
Forced them to sleep in cupboards and forage for leftover food in bins
‘Godmother’ Ruzena Tancosova and ‘enforcer’ Petr Tancos got six years
Martin Tancos got three years and his partner Katerina Kuriova got two
Petr’s partner Nela Dzurkova got 30 months at Plymouth Crown Court
A former coastguard station (left, inset) in Dover that once housed a radar system key to the 1940 Battle of Britain has been put on the market as a family home for £3.5million. Current owners Sandy and Mary Wallace say new buyer will be ‘inheriting the best view in Britain’, with France visible from the bedroom
Wouldn’t the best view in Britain not include a view of France?
A Frenchman has gone on a frustrated rampage in a tiny New Zealand fishing village after he spent four days waiting for a hitchhiking ride.
The 27-year-old Frenchman arrived in the west coast settlement of Punakaiki, home to just 70-full-time residents, late last week.
According to New Zealand police the man spent four days attempting to hitchhike south.
On the fourth day after no one had picked him up he went “berserk”, allegedly attacking the Welcome to Punakaiki sign with a rock, abusing motorists and throwing other road signs into the local river.
“Oh he threw an absolute hissy fit; he was lying prone on the road screaming that New Zealanders were assholes and he couldn’t wait to get back to Europe,” says local Neil Mouat, who eventually called police after an elderly fisherman “had words” with him, and Mouat feared the altercation could turn violent.
“He was a spoilt millennial, and he created a hell of a din. But all that time he was standing in the wrong place to hitchhike – a corner with poor visibility and nowhere for cars to easily pull over.”
West coast senior sergeant Paul Watson said the man had been hitchhiking around New Zealand for some time and become “enraged” when his travels abruptly halted in the minute settlement of Punakaiki, which has no grocer or corner shop and only basic public facilities.
“That road sees a bit of traffic but this man had no joy, I suspect because of his aggressive behaviour. He also told us he hadn’t eaten for two days so that could have contributed to him losing the plot.”
That’s one way to stop traffic! Road safety campaign sees topless women carrying speed limit signs at accident hotspots in Russia
Scheme involves near naked women parading at accident blackspots
Experiment in Severny village showed the idea significantly slowed traffic
Idea has been revived as part of debate on how to reduce road deaths
The thing is, we know it works. Because, you know, men like titties:
Two senior North Korean officials were executed with an anti-aircraft gun in early August on the orders of Kim Jong-un, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported, citing people it did not identify.
Ri Yong Jin, a senior official in the education ministry — possibly minister — was arrested for dozing off during a meeting with Kim and charged with corruption before being killed, the paper said. Former Agriculture Minister Hwang Min was purged over a proposed project seen as a direct challenge to Kim’s leadership, it said.
The scale of the flooding was beyond the reach of any government agency, though. So from the bayous and swamps emerged something locals are calling the “Cajun navy”. Thousands of hunters and fishermen from throughout the region arrived in boats and organized themselves into search-and-rescue parties.
Just looked it up. That area is as flat as a pancake. It’s just the old river delta really. And add 30 inches of rain over a few days……
The Czech capital Prague will ban Segway vehicles in its historic centre from early August, Mayor Adriana Krnacova said, after residents complained the two-wheeled electric vehicles were clogging streets and unsafe.
Segway rentals and tour groups are all over the place.
Marine Le Pen’s Brexit glee goes against France’s belief in humanity
In France, the goal of ever closer European union has been seen as ‘patriotism for humanity’ since the days of Victor Hugo. The leader of the National Front has other ideas
No Parisian believes that any non-Parisian is fully human.
Yes, this is supposed to be a reflection of how awful we are when we leave our sceptered isle. Yet it’s very difficult indeed not to agree with the basic truth of this:
9. Foreign countries in ‘full of foreign people’ shocker!
“There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners.”
— Holiday Complaints (@HolidayComplain) 5 June 2016
Those of us camping out in Portugal are doing so for a very good reason – Spain is indeed full of Spanish people. As the Portuguese themselves are entirely happy to point out. Plenty of Spanish come here for their holidays, very few to no Portuguese go there. Too many Spics, you see?