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India outrage at minister’s $7.3m house with bullet-proof bathroom

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The chief minister of the south Indian state of Telangana has caused outrage after moving into a palatial new home that cost taxpayers $7.3m (£5.8m).

The building is spread over 9,000 square metres (100,000 sq ft) of prime real estate in Hyderabad city.

It has bulletproof bathrooms, an auditorium which seats 250 people and a meeting hall that accommodates 500.

The house was blessed by the minister’s special guru while the bulletproof bathroom has been roundly mocked.

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao moved into the house on Thursday after a series of religious rituals led by his spiritual guru, Chinna Jeeyar Swamy.

Mr Swamy also sat in Mr Rao’s official chair to “bless” it.

The house, named Pragathi Bhavan, was built in close consultation with vaastu (similar to Feng shui) experts.

Mr Rao is a great believer in vaastu, which is an ancient Hindu custom used in construction.

 

He has also been in the news for trying to demolish the state’s secretariat complex because he believes its vaastu is bad for the state.

Senior political commentator and author, Kingsuk Nag, told BBC Hindi’s Imran Qureshi that the house exposed Mr Rao’s “feudal” mentality.

“It’s like the good old days when the feudal lord would have a castle that would have a house as well as his office. And, then the subjects would say, oh, what a big palace,” he said.

Using security concerns as justification for the scale of the residence, made no sense, he added.

Mr Rao’s move came only weeks after the lavish wedding of the daughter of another Indian politician also fuelled anger among cash strapped Indians.

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Inflation rate falls to 1.7%

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 The office for National statistics says the consumer price index is 1.7%-down from 2.1% – in August

Head of inflation at ONS Mike Hardie said: “The inflation rate has fallen noticeably into August, to its lowest since late 2016. This was mainly driven by a decrease in computer game prices, plus clothing prices rising by less than year after the end of the summer sales.

“Annual growth in house prices slowed to its lowest rate since September 2012, with four of the nine English regions now seeing prices falling over the year”.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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