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Kenyan man comes back to India after 30 years to repay Rs 200 debt

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NEW DELHI: In a very heart-warming development, a Kenyan national, who is now an active politician in the African nation, came back to India after 30 years just to repay a debt of Rs 200.

According to reports, Richard Tong’i, now an MP from the Nyaribari Chache constituency in Kenya, recently came to the historic city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra to repay a loan of Rs 200 taken from Kashinath Gawli nearly 30 years back.

For 70-year-old Kashinath Gawli, it was probably the biggest shock of his life, when he found Tong’i knocking at his doorsteps along with his wife Michelle.

 

Septuagenarian Gawli, who had completely forgotten Tong’i, was initially unable to recall his face, but when he was reminded of the old times and how he helped the African national – then a young management student – the old man’s joy knew no bounds.

“I could not believe my eyes,” Gawli said.

The visitor – Richard Tong’i – was then a student of management studies at a local college in Aurangabad during 1985-89. During his studies, Richard came in contact with the Gawli family.

Richard’s bonding with the Gawli family became very stronger soon. Since he came from a poor family, he used to get help from the Gawli family, which ran a grocery shop back then.

The Gawlis and Richard used to live in the Wankhedenagar locality then.

“As a student in Aurangabad, I was at my lowest point, when these people (Gawlis) helped me. Then I thought that someday, I will come back and (re)pay. I want to say thank you. This is so emotional for me,” Richard said while speaking to the media.

After returning to his homeland, Richard became very active in politics and subsequently became a Member of Kenyan Parliament from the Nyaribari Chache constituency.

He used to travel to India in past but could not fulfil his desire of meeting the Gawlis to repay the old debt due to his hectic schedule and other official engagements.

But this time when he travelled to India, Richard decided to meet the Gawli family to express his gratitude to them.

“God bless the old man (Gawli) and his children. They were wonderful to me. They wanted to take me to a hotel for a meal but I insisted that we should eat in their house,” he said.

Before leaving Aurangabad, the Kenyan MP also invited the Gawli family to visit his country.


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Centre, Assam move SC seeking extension of deadline for final NRC

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New Delhi: The Centre and the Assam government on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking extension of the July 31 deadline for finalisation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The Centre told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that India could not be the refugee capital of the world.

The Union and state governments also sought sample verification of the citizens included in the NRC, saying lakhs of people had been wrongly included in areas bordering Bangladesh due to involvement of local officers.

 

The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on the intervening night of December 31, 2017 and January 1, 2018 in accordance with the top court’s direction. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated then.

Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC which was first prepared in 1951.

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Maya targets BJP, asks it to make public its source of funds during polls

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New Delh: BSP chief Mayawati on Friday targeted the BJP asking it to make public the source of funds received by it during elections and alleged that it could not tolerate when people of deprived sections progressed in business.

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s remarks came a day after the Income Tax Department attached a ‘benami’ commercial plot worth Rs 400 crore in Noida belonging to her brother and his wife.

She asked the BJP to make public the source of Rs 2,000 crore it allegedly collected during elections.

 

“Everybody knows that during elections the BJP got Rs 2,000 crore in its accounts. It is not clear who gave it the money and everyone wants to know its source. Is it benami?” she asked.

She alleged that votes of the poor and deprived were bought in the polls through these funds.

The BJP could not tolerate when people of the deprived sections progressed, especially in business, and used power and government machinery against them, she claimed.Their attempt to crush the voice of the deprived people would not succeed, Mayawati said, adding that her supporters should not think that when she was not spared, what would happen to them.

She said that before pointing a finger at others, the party should introspect.

“If they think they are Harishchander (honest) they should hold a probe about the wealth of their people before and after coming into politics,” she said.

The provisional order for the attachment of the seven-acre plot, beneficially owned by Anand Kumar and his wife Vichiter Lata, was issued on July 16 by the department’s Delhi-based Benami Prohibition Unit (BPU).

Mayawati recently appointed her brother Kumar as national vice president of the BSP.

Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.

The plot, where a five-star hotel and other luxury facilities were planned to be created, is registered at no 2A, Sector 94, Noida, in UP’s Gautam Budh Nagar district, part of the National Capital Region.

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3 men beaten to death over suspicion of cattle theft in Bihar

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Saran: Two men were beaten to death by locals after suspecting the duo to be cattle thieves in Baniyapur in Saran district on Friday morning, police said.

Villagers claimed that three persons came to steal cows. However, when they tried to catch them, one of the men managed to flee.

“The duo was beaten up by the villagers in a fit of rage. Investigation in the case is underway,” the police said.

 

The bodies of the deceased have been sent for postmortem.

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