69% Indians know that economy rigged to favour powerful: Survey 

Agencies
September 5,2019

New Delhi, Sept 5: While 40 percent Indians believe that our society is broken, a massive 69 percent feel that the economy is rigged to favour the rich and powerful, a new survey said on Thursday.

Nearly 68 percent Indians also feel that the traditional parties and politicians do not care about them, revealed the global survey by market research firm Ipsos.

"The system is broken, is the overriding view. It favours the rich and powerful and that politicians disregard interests of the common man," said Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India and Operations Director, Asia Pacific, Ipsos.

"We see affinity for a strong leader, who is unafraid in taking bold decisions (Populism) and there is also a strong desire for Nativism - empowering of locals and natives via jobs and social schemes," he added.

The sentiment is more profound at the global level, with over half of those polled (54 percent), across the 27 markets, believing that the society is broken; with some markets displaying alarming levels of disruption in society.

There is a strong belief in populism and its effects - at least 80 percent of urban Indians polled believe a strong leader can wrest the country back from the rich and powerful.

Further, at least 72 percent Indians believe that India can be fixed by a strong leader, who is willing to break the rules.

"However, skepticism is also seen to be rife, with at least 61 percent Indians complaining that the experts do not understand their lives," the findings showed.

For this survey, Ipsos interviewed a total of 18,528 adults in 27 countries.

Nearly 63 percent Indians exhort employers to hire locals over immigrants, said the survey.

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IndiGo to raise funds worth Rs 4000 crore by issuing equity shares

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August 11,2020

InterGlobe Aviation, which operates airline major IndiGo, has decided to raise funds worth Rs 4,000 crore. Accordingly, the company will issue equity shares by way of a qualified institutions placement to raise the funds.

The decision was taken by the company's board in its meeting held on Monday.

"We hereby inform you that the Board of Directors of lnterGlobe Aviation limited, at its meeting held today, i.e., August 10, 2020, has considered and approved the raising of funds for an aggregate amount not exceeding INR 4,000 crore through an issue of equity shares by way of a qualified institutions placement, in accordance with the relevant provisions of applicable law and subject to approval of the Company's shareholders and receipt of applicable regulatory approvals," the company said in a regulatory filing.

The decision comes days after the company posted its highest ever quarterly net loss at Rs 2,844.3 crore for the first quarter of 2020-21.

It had posted a profit of Rs 1,203.1 crore in the like period of the previous fiscal.

"IndiGo had a total cash balance of Rs 184,498 million comprising Rs 75,276 million of free cash and Rs 109,222 million of restricted cash. The capitalised operating lease liability was Rs 211,779 million. The total debt (including the capitalised operating lease liability) was Rs 235,516 million," the company had said in a statement last month.

In its outlook, the company said it expects the Q2 fiscal 2021 to be around 40% of Q2 FY20.

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NCW issues notice to celebrities on complaint against company promoter for 'sexually assaulting' girls

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August 2,2020

New Delhi, Aug 2: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has issued notice to some Bollywood celebrities named in a complaint against the promoter of a company for allegedly blackmailing and sexually assaulting a number of girls on the pretext of giving them a career in modelling.

Taking cognizance of the complaint filed by social activist Yogita Bhayana of People Against Rape in India (PARI), the NCW scheduled a virtual hearing presided by its chairperson on August 6.

The complaint against Sunny Verma, promoter of a company named IMG Ventures with its headquarter in Chandigarh, alleged that he has been blackmailing and sexually assaulting a number of girls on the pretext of giving them career in modelling.

PARI's Yogita Bhayana wrote a complaint letter to NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma.

"Through his company, he (Sunny Verma) invites the girls on the pretext of organising a Miss Asia contest with a claim that the contest will launch them as models. To make it look genuine, his company has also been taking an entry fee of Rs 2,950. Once the girls apply, they are alluded by the female accomplices of Sunny Verma to submit their nude pictures in order to get the better ranking in the contest," the complaint letter said on July 31.

It alleged that Verma, after receiving the pictures and sometimes even before, used to get in touch with the girls and ask for completely nude pictures and videos.

The complaint letter said that Verma also used to allude as well as threaten the girls to submit to his sexual desires if they were interested in modelling as a career or wish to win the contest.

"Once he established a physical relationship with the girls, he used to blackmail them for regular sexual favours. Many girls from across the country have suffered a sexual and mental assault from Sunny and his accomplices," said the complaint citing several letters, texts and audio clips from several girls as proof of this modus operandi of Sunny Verma and his company.

The complaint also said that Sunny Verma has been previously also arrested on charges of sexual assault.

"We would demand that NCW should investigate the case to its depth and get the guilty punished so that any other person should not dare to exploit these kinds of innocent girls on any pretext. It will be a message to people like Sunny Verma and all associated Bollywood stars. Looking forward to strict action from NCW against sexual offenders like Sunny Verma & others," the complaint said.

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Siddaramaiah says BJP trying to destabilise Congress government in Rajasthan

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July 28,2020

Bengaluru, Jul 28: Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Monday alleged that BJP is trying to destabilise the Congress government in Rajasthan.

"It is the duty of the Governor to act according to the decision of the state cabinet. But he is acting like a central government puppet," he said at a protest organised here by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC).

He said the Congress is protesting across the country to save democracy and save the constitution.

"We are not fighting through violence. We are protesting peacefully. The Constitution has given the right to protest in a democratic system," he said.

He accused the BJP of "being disrespectful" to the Constitution.

"Governments must walk within the framework of the Constitution. The Constitution gives everyone rights and duties. BJP destabilises elected governments and buys our legislators by horse-trading by spending crores of money. The same thing happened in Karnataka as well," he alleged.

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