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Sunanda Pushkar

Screenshot_2Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, passed away

Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a seven- star hotel in New Delhi. She was suffering from lupus and was diagnosed with stomach Tuberculosis.

 About Sunanda Pushkar

Born:  January 1, 1962 in a Kashmiri family of landlords and army officers native to Bomai.
Spouses: Sanjay Raina (1988), Sujith Menon (1991-1997), Shashi Tharoor (2010-2014) (her death).
Sales director in the Dubai-based TECOM Investments and a co-owner of Rendezvous Sports World (RSW).
RSW bid for IPL team Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
In April 2010, she had to give up a stake in the Kochi IPL team estimated at Rs 70 crore, when allegations of corruption were made against her.
It was alleged that Tharoor used her as a front to collect Rs 70 crores for helping the Kochi owners get their IPL team.
Married to Shashi Tharoor in August 2010.
On Jan 17, 2014 , a day after the Twitter controversy, Sunanda was found dead The Leela Palace hotel in New Delhi.

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Delhi becomes first state to withdraw FDI in Multibrand Retail

The Aam Aadmi Party-led government has withdrawn the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail in Delhi.  The government formally wrote to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to disapprove the setting up of FDI-funded multi-brand retail stores in the State. With this withdrawal, the national capital territory has become the first State Government to withdraw permission for FDI-funded retail stores.

The decision is bound to impact the overall FDI scenario not just in Delhi but also in associated states viz. Haryana, Rajasthan , Punjab, etc, because Delhi is the hub for northern states.

Why such a decision by Delhi Govt.?

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is of the view that though the FDI provides a wide range of choice to consumers but it also creates unemployment as was seen in many countries.  That’s why, the foreign participation into the supermarkets sector would worsen the city’s unemployment problem and therefore the government is opposed to it. The manifesto of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) party too opposed the policy of FDI in multi-brand retail.

Note: The previous Delhi Government led by the Congress had approved FDI in multi-brand retail. The states that allow FDI funded stores (mostly Congress-led) viz. Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan, Manipur, Karnataka, etc.

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