‘Enemies of Progress’

first_imgAmidst numerous criticisms about the Central Bank of Liberia’s economic inclusion program which extends rural banking services to all parts of the country, Executive Governor, Dr. J. Mills Jones, has described those in opposition of the program as “enemies of progress.”Speaking at a well-attended ceremony marking the opening of rural financial institutions in Zorlayea, Zorzor and Kolahun, all in Lofa County, Governor Jones said there are many Liberians in authority that could help government improve the lives of others, “but they are not doing it and just criticize people who have tried to do so.”“Liberia is a land of possibility — not negatively, but positively. We don’t have to wait for people to do things for us, it is now time for us to stand up to do something on our own,” he added.“Business as usual has gotten us nowhere, and it is now time for us to do things differently to improve the lives of our people. We need to work above the poverty standard.”Dr. Jones said Liberians need to stand up and do away with the dependency syndrome, because Liberia can’t continue asking for assistance.The CBL Executive then expressed gratitude to the people of Lofa County for acknowledging the intervention of the government of Liberia, adding that, “No one, irrespective of geographic location, should perceive poverty as a way of life.”He also assured rural dwellers that the CBL will remain committed to working with the Board of Governors, management and staff of the bank for the sustainable transformation of the country’s economy. “We are trying to make a difference and that’s what public service is all about, to improve the lives of the people that we serve,’’ he added. Also speaking, Mr. Francis Morgan, who spoke for Mr. Hamadu Bayo, Chief Executive Officer of Afriland First Bank, encouraged the citizens of Lofa to see the bank as their own. “It is your children that will be working here. We are not going to take anyone outside of this county to work in the bank. You need to go to the bank for loans. You have to be a shareholder in it,” he said.He said the bank will be providing other services in the county, including money transfers, which will require the presence of MoneyGram and Western Union.He assured the people that government employees will no longer have to come to Gbarnga (Bong County) to receive their pay, but will receive it “right here in this bank.”For her part, the County Development Superintendent, Madam Yougar Mulbah lauded Governor Jones for his immense contribution to the economic transformation of Liberia, evidenced by the fact that he is encouraging the economic inclusion of all by extending rural banking services to all parts of the country.Lofa County newly elected Senator, Steven Zagor, urged his kinsmen to see the bank as an opportunity for investment, “through the ownership of shares.”Senator Zagor challenged citizens of the county to take advantage of the opportunity provided them by the Government of Liberia, by purchasing shares in their new financial institution, and make it their own.He told the gathering that the people of Lofa perceive the bank as a “dream” becoming a reality and the end of many inconveniences endured, especially the time when a teacher went for his pay in Voinjama and was told that the system was down.“We are happy today for the bank because development is key for every county, and Lofa is no exception. We are happy today because the bank will serve as a new turning point for the people of Lofa County,” he added.Currently, Zorzor, Voinjama, Kolahun, Foya, River Gee, Rivercess, Sinoe, Bomi, and Barclayville are among many cities now benefiting from this initiative.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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European anarchists join Danish protests

first_imgCOPENHAGEN, Denmark – Anarchists from across northern Europe flocked to join protesters in the Danish capital on Saturday after two nights of riots sparked by the eviction of squatters from an abandoned building that had been a center for young leftists and punk rockers. More than 500 people, including scores of foreigners, have been arrested since the riots started Thursday. Authorities said more than 200 were arrested early Saturday after overnight clashes in which demonstrators pelted police with cobblestones and set fire to cars. A school was also vandalized and several buildings damaged by fire overnight Saturday. One protester was reportedly wounded in the violence, while 25 were injured the night before in what police have called Denmark’s worst riots in a decade. Police said activists from Sweden, Norway and Germany had joined hundreds of Danish youths in the protests. Sympathy protests were held in Germany, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Critics said the demonstrations were misguided because they target a Scandinavian welfare state that ranks among the world’s most egalitarian countries. “The spoiled kids in the Youth House woke up to reality in Danish society where you have a job and pay rent,” Anders Fredrik Mihle of the governing Liberal Party’s youth wing said, referring to the building where the squatters had been evicted. Like its neighbors, Denmark has a generous welfare system supported by high taxes. Education is free and health services are heavily subsidized. However, leftists have criticized the center-right government for eroding the system with proposed reforms including raising the retirement age and trimming student grants. The protesters see their fight to keep the “Youth House,” a four-story building used by young squatters since the 1980s, as symbolic of a wider struggle against a capitalist establishment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, February 24

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United are close to signing former Manchester City defender Stefan Savic in a shock £14.6million deal. (Metro)Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan is on the verge of signing a new deal with Borussia Dortmund. The German midfielder has frequently been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but he is set for an extended stay under Jurgen Klopp. (Daily Star)Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to step up his interest in Juventus’ Paul Pogba as Barcelona line up a move for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin. The Gunners will have to pay up to £80million to lure Pogba to the Emirates, however. (Daily Express)Manchester City are considering launching a stunning £44m offer for Atletico Madrid star Koke in the summer. (Daily Star)Liverpool want to make Juventus forward Alvaro Morata their marquee summer signing. (Metro)Raheem Sterling has revealed he is close to signing a new Liverpool contract, with the winger set to snub interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid. (Daily Star)Chelsea are tracking Valencia teenager Carlos Badal after receiving glowing scouting reports on the Spanish under-16s centre half. (Daily Mirror)Southampton are back on the trail of Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk. Club scouts watched the Dutch centre-back during Celtic’s 3-3 draw with Inter Milan in the Europa League last Thursday. (Daily Mail)Lionel Messi is interested in a shock move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to former Barcelona teammate Eric Abidal. (Daily Star)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Martin Atkinson’s performance at Chelsea one of worst of all-time, former refs’ chief tells talkSPORTExclusive – Everton heading for relegation fight, warns Toffees greatBlow for Man United! Strootman’s surgery ‘did not go perfectly’, claims former Roma doctorDeila urges Man City striker Guidetti to remain at Celtic amid Inter Milan interestBlow for Arsenal and Tottenham? Southampton star desperate to play more football at the SaintsReports – Fiorentina place Manchester United target top of their summer wishlistReports – Dutch World Cup star rejects Ajax talks amid Man United interestlast_img read more

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Tottenham vs PSV: Champions League preview and confirmed line-ups

first_img 2 Tottenham’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread as they head into their fourth group stage match against PSV Eindhoven.The Dutch side scored a late equaliser against Spurs two weeks ago to snatch a 2-2 draw which left Mauricio Pochettino’s side starring European elimination in the face. Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be eliminated if they lose to PSV and Inter Milan beat Barcelona Latest Champions League News 2 ready? Aiming high 📋 | PSV XILet’s make this night one to remember! #TOTPSV pic.twitter.com/L3JKsm2g1n— PSV International (@psveindhoven) November 6, 2018 #THFC: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Eriksen, Dele, Lucas, Son, Kane (C). Match odds from @WilliamHill – https://t.co/1et4xkHHGi #COYS pic.twitter.com/RoiMnBjew5— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 6, 2018 Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available Tottenham and PSV sit on one point apiece as they both lost their opening matches against Barcelona and Inter, meanwhile the Spanish giants have nine points and the Italians have six.Spurs now need other results to go their way, as well as a remarkable turnaround in their own European form, in order to qualify for the knockout stages.However, PSV are in exactly the same situation and will be no soft touch on Tuesday night. on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Mauricio Pochettino remained upbeat in his press conference Confirmed line-ups What the managers are sayingMauricio Pochettino: “We all feel disappointed because we cannot deliver the possibility of playing the Champions League in our new stadium, but it wasn’t in our hands, there were many things that complicated it. It is impossible to blame the club.“If we are able to win tomorrow and have the possibility to go to the next stage maybe we can play in the Champions League in March in the new stadium.” BOOST last_img read more

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BALLYBOFEY CHINESE TAKEAWAY STAFF WERE LIVING ILLEGALLY IN DONEGAL, COURT TOLD

first_imgMr Low: Jailed for 7 daysFOUR Malaysian nationals arrested at a Ballybofey Chinese takeaway were living in Donegal illegally.One of them later gave a false name to Gardaí who managed to discover she left Malaysia 14 years ago after a conviction for breaking into a house. The details of the case emerged during a court case where all four pleaded guilty to failing to register with the authorities in the State.Mei Ling Chen, 56, from the Lee Ho Chinese in Navenny Street, Ballybofey, was in fact Toh Kim Lia, 54, Detective Sergeant Stephen McGonagle told Letterkenny District Court.“We still don’t know how she entered the country. She says she arrived here in a container 20 years ago but we’ve spoken to Malaysian police and she has a conviction there 14 years ago for what was described as ‘housebreaking’,” said DS McGonagle.The charges arose after a search under the Drugs Act on January 21 this year. All four are facing other charges.DS McGonagle said offices had established that couple Ching Am Low and Li Jiuan Choog flew into Heathrow with a child on October 29, 2012 as visitors to the UK which allowed them to stay for six months. They had flown on to Belfast City Airport after their arrival in London.They were joined my Ms Choog’s mother Sam Pohs Ooi who is 61.All were working here illegally.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said the couple had flown to Britain from Kuala Lumpar; they paid 2,500 sterling for the flights and through circumstances had ended up in Co Donegal.“They were economic refugees from their own country; they found their situation in Europe worsened due to unreliable parties in the UK and quickly discovered – like a lot of Irish people who have gone overseas – that the streets weren’t paved with gold,” he said.“They found themselves beholding to others under circumstances where they are not entitled to any kind of social welfare and they lived an unhappy existence under a cloud of fear, fear of detection. They were unable to save any money.“Effectively they were here at a substance level. This was a crime driven by much more laudable ambitions,” said Mr Dorrian.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher, representing Sam Pohs Ooi, told Judge Paul Kelly: “This lady found herself in an alien country and in alien culture. She is a very pleasant woman who was here to help her child, her son in law and their grandchild. She is a little lost in the whole case.”He said Toh had found herself working underground in takeaways in Donegal.He said she also denied having any convictions on Malaysia.All four, who are in custody, were given seven days in prison for entering Ireland illegally.BALLYBOFEY CHINESE TAKEAWAY STAFF WERE LIVING ILLEGALLY IN DONEGAL, COURT TOLD was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyChinesedonegalimmigration chargestakeawaylast_img read more

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LADIES FOOTBALL: NEW COUNTY MANAGERS APPOINTED

first_imgTHE Donegal Ladies Board has announced new managers for its teams for 2014. Glenties man Sean Connaghan will take charge of the county U-14 team while Kenny Griffin from Mac Cumhaills will manage the U-16s.Another Glenties man, Christopher Molloy, will be in charge of the county minors this year. Letterkenny Gaels coach Maggie Foy will be in charge of the senior ladies team. They begin their campaign on the first weekend in February away to Laois.All the underage competitions will begin in March.The U-16 training has started; whilst the trials for Minors begin in Convoy this Saturday at 10am. Coaches should contact Sheila Campbell 087 2490154 for more details.The U-14 trials date will be announced shortly.  LADIES FOOTBALL: NEW COUNTY MANAGERS APPOINTED was last modified: January 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LADIES FOOTBALL: NEW COUNTY MANAGERS APPOINTEDlast_img read more

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FORMER CRUIT ISLAND GOLF STAR DANIEL FINALLY GETS A ‘BIRDIE’

first_imgKaty and Daniel will tie the knot today!Former teenage golf star Daniel Sweeney has secured his best ever ‘birdie’ by walking up the aisle with the stunning Katy Boyle.Daniel, a native of Keadue, whose promising golf career was cut short due to a chronic shoulder injury, marries Katy in the beautiful setting of Melrose in the Scottish Borders.Friends of the couple think it was a ‘stroke’ of luck he managed to convince Katy to marry him, ‘putt’ she’s ready to walk up the aisle with the former Cruit Island golf prodigy. The sleepy village has been taken over by an invasion of Donegal people who have all traveled to wish the happy couple well!FORMER CRUIT ISLAND GOLF STAR DANIEL FINALLY GETS A ‘BIRDIE’ was last modified: September 13th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Daniel SweeneydonegalKeaduemarryScotlandlast_img read more

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Godot a hit with South African audiences

first_img(L to r) Matthew Kelly (Pozzo), Sir Ian McKellen (Estragon), Brendan O’Hea (Lucky), and Roger Rees (Vladimir) in Waiting for Godot. The play performed to a packed house inthe Cape Town township of Khayelitsha. Theappreciative audience was admitted on a pay-what-you-can basis. (Images: The Famous Idea Trading Co.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gilly HemphillPublicist, The Famous Idea Trading Co.+27 21 886 4900 or +27 82 820 8584 RELATED ARTICLES • New Fugard play takes to stage • Opera for and from Africa • Showy and subversive: Holy Afro!• Farce for farce’s sakeChris ThurmanWhen Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot – a play in which the second act is a distorted mirror of the first – was first performed in the 1950s, a bemused critic wrote: “Nothing happens, twice”. Yet that same reviewer (Vivian Mercier) also acknowledged that the playwright “keeps audiences glued to their seats”.Indeed, Waiting for Godot subsequently became one of the most celebrated and widely performed plays of the 20th century. So “nothing” has been happening an awful lot on stages across the globe over the last five decades.Vladimir and Estragon, two down-and-out tramps, wait under a dead tree on a nameless road for the appearance of a mysterious Mr Godot.With only one another’s company to relieve the monotony of their (ultimately unfulfilled) expectation, they pass the time bickering and singing, remembering and complaining, laughing and crying, until they encounter another duo desperately searching for meaning: the master-and-slave Pozzo and Lucky.“Didi” and “Gogo” – nicknames demonstrating the intimacy of their relationship, despite their constant disagreements – are by turns clowns and poets. They are preoccupied by physical discomfort, but every so often they voice profound metaphysical questions. Godot is an enigma because these questions are never quite answered … unless, of course, the answer is “nothing”.“Nothing” happened in South Africa for two weeks between 31 July and 14 August – twice, every night, at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town.Directed by Sean Matthias, the production’s major selling point was the appearance of Sir Ian McKellen: “Gandalf waits for Godot”, as one newspaper headline recently put it (alluding to his wizardly role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films). Matthias and McKellen have worked together on various projects over the last thirty years, and their creative partnership is justifiably acclaimed.But Waiting for Godot is not a one-man play, and it is somewhat short-sighted to give McKellen the sole billing; after all, he shared the stage with the equally distinguished Roger Rees (who, like McKellen, is an established Shakespearean actor), Matthew Kelly and Brendan O’Hea. The production has toured internationally, and the Cape Town performances marked the end of a two-year run.South African tradition of BeckettUnsurprisingly, this particular Godot has been hailed as the best yet seen in South Africa, evincing both the light comedy and the heavy pathos to be found in Beckett’s script. This description is only possible, however, precisely because there is such a long local tradition of performing the play.Just a few months ago, award-winning author and occasional theatre practitioner Damon Galgut directed a production at Cape Town’s Little Theatre starring the formidable quartet of David Isaacs, Oscar Peterson, Martin Le Maitre and Graham Weir.Galgut has suggested that “this is not a society, for obvious historical reasons, that has been given to existential musing about the larger meaning of life … we have been very caught up in urgent and immediate questions, so Godot is a step into territory that SA theatre has tended not to look at”.This assertion is not self-evident. Instead, one may argue, the political oppression and material privation either directly observed or personally experienced by South African theatre-makers ought inevitably to lead to wider “existential” questions. Why do human beings treat each other the way they do? How can life be made meaningful in what seems to be an absurd, cruel, unjust universe?Many of the plays of Athol Fugard, for instance, depict characters facing dilemmas that are the result of both specific socio-political conditions under apartheid and the universal “human condition”.Fugard has acknowledged his debt to Beckett; one could even go so far as to say that we wouldn’t have had Boesman and Lena (1969), or Johnny and Hester from Hello and Goodbye (1965), or even the prisoners in The Island (which Fugard co-wrote with John Kani and Winston Ntshona in 1973), were it not for the disenfranchised pair of Vladimir and Estragon.The casting of two “coloured” actors in these roles in Galgut’s production earlier this year was significant to many audience members, who identified the characters with the thousands of homeless and ostracised “coloured” people living in the Western Cape.A more deliberate attempt at making South Africa’s fraught history of race relations part of the subtext of the play was seen in 2002, when Lara Foot Newton directed Waiting for Godot – in Africa. Here, Lionel Newton and Seputla Sebogodi teamed up as Didi and Gogo, with Robert Whitehead and Bheki Vilakazi as Pozzo and Lucky.Generations of South African thespians have grappled with the text. As early as 1962, Fugard himself directed a production of Godot starring Cornie Mabusa, David Phetoe and Gilbert Xaba. Some twenty years later it was the turn of young actors who would later become household names, such as Bill Flynn and Pieter-Dirk Uys. Another two decades after that, a group of inmates at Pollsmoor Prison put on their own version of Godot.Local inflectionsIt’s clear that South African performances of Waiting for Godot have manifold local inflections. In fact, this is true of various other works by Beckett.The Mechanicals, a group of Cape-based theatre practitioners whose repertory seasons of iconic texts have started to develop a popular following, are currently performing Endgame at the Intimate Theatre in Cape Town until the end of August.This play, which Beckett once described as a kind of companion piece to Godot, centres on a master-slave relationship of mutual dependence and resentment – the unfortunate Clov scuttles around a room doing the bidding of the tyrannical but helpless Hamm. Endgame also examines the problems of memory (the recreation and disavowal of the past) and confronts the bleak prospect of apocalypse.At the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2009 and 2010, Irish husband-and-wife team Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett introduced South African audiences to their theatrical adaptations of some of Beckett’s prose writing.Like the plays, these works contain that inimitable Beckettian blend of black humour and grave pessimism. But always, in the background of his characters’ personal troubles and psychoses, are national questions. Beckett’s troubled relationship with his Irish homeland is too complex to discuss here; but it is worth bearing in mind that the story of Ireland is, in many ways, the story of a liberation struggle against a colonial oppressor.Perhaps, then, it’s not too surprising that Beckett’s work – even though it can be obscure and opaque – strikes South African audiences with a particular resonance. No doubt this latest Godot will soon be followed by another production of the famous play; so, even if you missed McKellen and company, you won’t have to wait too long.last_img read more

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Activism against violence gets a year-long extension

first_img“When there’s a threat, that’s when we must act. That’s how we can stop violence,” Minister Susan Shabangu reminded guests. (Image: Crimeline). Shamin ChibbaThis year’s 16 Days of Activism might have ended on 10 December as usual, but South Africa started its own campaign the day after that will keep the activism going for the next year.Crime Line South Africa and the Department of Women have launched 365 Days of Activism, a year-long programme designed to curb violence against women and children. The campaign comes after President Jacob Zuma said 16 Days of Activism should be extended.Speaking at the launch at the Maslow Hotel, Sandton, on 11 December, Minister in the Presidency for Women Susan Shabangu said violence against women and children was a problem that was eating into society. Fighting against it for just 16 days was not enough. Activism needed to continue until women and children were no longer threatened, she said.“We are here to take forward the ‘Count me in’ initiative and to appeal to society not to look away. We need to rid our communities, neighbourhoods and backyards of abuse and violence. Activism can never be over until women feel safe in South Africa and children are free to play.”Referring to the strangling of a 27-year-old woman in her Midrand, Gauteng home on Wednesday, 10 December, Shabangu said this was more of a reason to continue activism throughout the year. “I call upon all of us to break the silence so that it doesn’t come to you to feel the pain.”Shabangu also spoke about the stigma of abuse, saying that when society was judgemental, victims of violence were unable to speak up. “We must be proactive in dealing with violence and not wait until an incident occurs before we react to violence… When there’s a threat, that’s when we must act. That’s how we can stop violence.” Justice system must “wake up”Yusuf Abramjee, the head of Crime Line, said more pressure needed to be applied on the Department of Justice or South Africa would lose its battle against crime. “This Department of Justice must wake up. As long as the justice system doesn’t get its act together, we won’t win this war against crime.”The campaign would also start national and provincial dialogues in communities to help influence policies and laws aimed at ending violence against women and children, he added. “We will be going to both urban and rural communities to have community dialogues as we want to listen to the people and the challenges that they face in the fight against this scourge.”Radio presenter Xolani Gwala said there had to come a point at which people stopped fighting with each and instead started to co-operate. “We have a robust democracy, we wanted this. We fight about a lot of things. But where is the point where we say, ‘We should stop fighting and start co-operating?’ When do we work together for the good of this country?” Digital clockCrime Line launched a digital clock at midnight, 12 December. It will count down every second of the 365 Days campaign. Abramjee said the Crime Line Department of Women clock was meant to remind people that each day was for activism against violence against women. It featured the contact details of NGOs and other organisations that could help victims of abuse and violence.The campaign would use the social media primary hashtags #365Days and #CountMeIn with a message every day on Twitter and Facebook for the next year.Spread to Southern AfricaAbramjee said it would be taken to Lesotho, Namibia and even Zambia. He hoped that in time the message would spread outside Southern Africa throughout the continent.Lesotho’s minister for gender and youth, sports and recreation, Thesele Maseribane, was also at the event, and said Lesotho would participate in the campaign. Southern African countries needed to employ aggressive strategies to beat crime. “We will do everything in our power to address gender-based violence. We believe that gender-based violence is an international problem,” he said.last_img read more

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Patidar leader heats up poll scene with tape on bribery

first_imgThough the BJP in Gujarat has vehemently denied allegations of bribery made by Patidar agitation leader Narendra Patel, who claimed that he was offered ₹1 crore to join the ruling party, Mr. Patel on Thursday brought out an audio clip in which he and Varun Patel are heard discussing the deal struck with the BJP.In the taped mobile conversation, Mr Narendra Patel and Varun Patel, who had broken away from the agitation and joined the saffron party on October 21, are heard discussing about the deal and how the money would be paid to him.In the audio tape, Varun Patel apparently tells Narendra that “he would get 60% now and 40% later.” However, when Narendra Patel insists on the entire amount in one go, Varun tells him to accept 60% “now” and remaining 40% “later”. “You take 60% after the press conference and 40% after the public meeting,” Varun Patel is heard telling Narendra.last_img read more

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