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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP got Rs 185 crore in donations since 2012 — 75% from outside Delhi

AAP fortunes have fluctuated in past 7 years, with the party receiving a high of Rs 54.14 cr as donations in 2014-15 and a low of Rs 2.02 cr in 2012-13.
A garden feature shaped like a lotus, the emblem of the the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is seen in the courtyard of the party's headquarters in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. While the BJP has already moved into its newly-built, swanky, high-walled headquarters in New Delhi, the new office of the Congress party is still under construction due to a lack of funds, said the party leader. Congress earned one-fourth of the funds than BJP in the financial year ended March 2017. Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Now we know who is behind the massive funding gap between BJP and Congress: the corporates

BJP’s rise in capturing more than 80 per cent of total donations and Congress’s decline are linked to how they tapped corporate money.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Silvasa, Dadra & Nagar Haveli | PTI

Modi says Opposition has money power, but BJP earned double that of Congress since 2013

Between 2013 and 2018, BJP’s total declared income was Rs 4,276 crore. Comparatively, the Congress reported an income of Rs 1,877 crore.
BJP president Amit Shah

BJP received 13 times more political donations than other 6 national parties combined

Of Rs 469.89 crore in donations above Rs 20,000 in 2017-18, BJP got Rs 437.04 crore and the remaining six managed a mere Rs 32.83 crore.
Manual Scavenging

Twitter users raise Rs 24 lakh for family of deceased Delhi sewage worker

Donation began after a photo of the 37-year-old worker’s son next to his corpse was widely shared on Twitter.
Supreme Court judge Justice Kurian Joseph and singer Mohit Chauhan perform during at the event | Ravi Choudhary/Twitter

2 Supreme Court judges perform on stage to raise funds for Kerala flood victims

Singer Mohit Chauhan croons a number songs as Justices Kurian Joseph and K.M. Joseph sing solos in Hindi, English and Malayalam.
Kerala floods

Kerala may have to wait until June 2019 for full flood financial package

According to existing guidelines on disaster relief funds, the centre releases the amount in each financial year in two instalments in June and December.
Thomas Issac

Centre’s decision to refuse flood aid from other countries unfortunate: Kerala minister

Finance Minister Dr. Thomas Isaac says move is based on 'false prestige' and the govt has 'no right to curb Kerala's appeal for more financial assistance'.

Behind official Kerala rescue website are 1,500 techies working for free

keralarescue.in, which has received over 1 crore requests for aid and rescue, is available in multiple languages, provides details of relief centres and maps of flooded areas.
Yusuff Ali M.A.

The billionaire NRI from UAE who gave Rs 10 crore to help Kerala flood victims

Yusuff Ali M.A., the owner of India's largest mall, also helped after the Latur and Bhuj earthquakes, the 2004 tsunami and 2013 Uttarakhand floods.

On Camera

File photo | Dr Li Wenliang, who died of the novel coronavirus | Wikimedia Commons

China’s blunders in Wuhan should settle the debate about democracy and economic progress

The virus exploded from Wuhan to the world because the Chinese form of government abhors transparency. What they need is democracy — and India should learn this lesson.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.

Defence

USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo | Bloomberg

Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.