No, thanks: Chidambaram to offer of seat in court

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 20:48 IST P Chidambaram leaving the CBI special court. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal/India Today)The spanking new Rouse Avenue court complex was unusually busy on Thursday as it awaited a most high-profile visitor, former Union Minister P. Chidambaram, who was produced in the court of Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar after spending a night in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters.As he entered the jam-packed corridors, Chidambaram, dressed in a white shirt and dhoti, paused briefly to have a word with his lawyer wife, Nalini, who sat at the last desk in the courtroom. While Chidambaram was brought in around 3.15 p.m., Nalini had arrived hours ago along with MP son Karti Chidambaram, who is also an accused in INX Media case and is out on bail.CBI personnel were all over the place and occupied every inch of space in the courtroom along with lawyers, journalists and visitors.Sporting a smile, Chidambaram greeted people with folded hands as he appeared before the judge. His lawyers – senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi – argued his case for more than an hour and a half and were locked in a tense verbal duel with Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the CBI.All through the arguments, Chidamabaram stood silently in the accused box, hearing attentively. He was offered a chair to which he replied: “No, Thanks.”A large number of policemen had been deployed outside the court located in one of the busiest driveways in the national capital.Also Read | INX Media case: Court sends P Chidambaram to five-day CBI custodyAlso Read | I don’t have an overseas bank account, my son has one: Chidambaram in CBI courtadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan No, thanks: Chidambaram to offer of seat in courtAll through the arguments, Chidamabaram stood silently in the accused box, hearing attentively. He was offered a chair to which he replied: “No, Thanks.”advertisementlast_img read more

Sri Lanka says its focus is on diversification of labour markets

They discussed new avenues for enhanced cooperation between Sri Lanka and ITU in the development of telecommunication outreach and digitalization, specially geared to empowering youth and rural communities in Sri Lanka, while making internet access less costly.Matters relating to Sri Lanka’s participation and contribution in ITU forums including the ITU Telecom World 2018 and the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference as well as improving connectivity and cooperation through regional mechanisms were also discussed.Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya, Deputy Permanent Representative and Ms. Shashika Somaratne, Minister Counsellor were associated with the Minister at these meetings. (Colombo Gazette) Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment, Harin Fernando, emphasised that the Government of Sri Lanka accorded priority to increasing foreign employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in semi-skilled and skilled categories, with a clear focus on diversification of labour markets.The Minister particularly highlighted the long-term productive contributions made by Sri Lankan labour migrants to the growth of Sri Lanka’s economy. The IOM Director General thanked the Minister for the excellent bilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka and the IOM and conveyed his appreciation for Sri Lanka’s leadership of Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) and its contribution and stewardship in the recent past, of the Colombo Process (CP). Director General Swing stressed that these regional processes as well as other initiatives such as migrant health, migration governance, once they were combined and harnessed into practical and cooperative programmes, could help many countries to leverage migration for development gains.  He encouraged Sri Lanka to continue to be active in these areas.Minister Harin Fernando also met Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Minister Harin Fernando made these remarks during a meeting with Ambassador William Lacy Swing, the Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and senior officials of the IOM in Geneva. read more