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mumbai police looks at cheating cases against choksi

written by rashmi rajput | mumbai | updated: february 25, 2018 4:42 am a sealed showroom of mehul choksi’s nakshatra in kolkata. (partha paul)besides cases lodged by central agencies, the mumbai police are also probing diamantaire mehul choksi in a case of alleged cheating after a madhya pradesh-based franchisee of gitanjali jewellers lodged a complaint with the economic offences wing (eow).the franchisee, ritu shrivastav, has claimed that conditions of the franchise agreement were violated and she was duped of rs 10.47 crore.eow officials said investigation showed that several other franchisees had filed similar complaints against choksi.“during the probe, we found that this was not the only case wherein the firm had duped the franchisees by violating the franchise agreement,...





rs 390 cr fraud: bank went to cbi after delhi jeweller fled

written by deeptiman tiwary | new delhi | published: february 25, 2018 4:42 am the central bureau of investigation.(representational image)oriental bank of commerce’s (obc) loans to delhi jeweller dwarka das seth international and its owner sabhya seth turned non-performing asset (npa) in 2014 but the bank approached the cbi only on august 16, 2017 — after the company had folded up and seth fled the country, according to the bank’s complaint to the agency.the bank has accused the the company and its owner of defaulting on loans amounting to rs 389.85 crore. the cbi registered an fir on thursday, six months after the complaint. the obc alleges that dwarka das seth international took loans by way of letters of credit and other such credit facilities for gold and diamond jewell...





in breaking of ice, foreign secy vijay gokhale visits china; pakistan on table

written by shubhajit roy | new delhi | published: february 25, 2018 4:48 am vijay gokhale held talks with chinese vice foreign minister kong xuanyou, and called on foreign minister wang and state councillor yang jiechi. (source: @meaindia on twitter)in the first stand-alone visit by the indian foreign secretary to china after the doklam crisis was resolved, vijay gokhale quietly paid a visit to beijing on friday, with the two sides agreeing on a roadmap for the coming year, including discussions on visits by respective foreign ministers and other officials.sources said that the brief for gokhale, a fluent mandarin speaker who had played a key role in the disengagement at doklam, was to lay the ground for normalising india-china ties, which have been strained recently, ahead of pri...





no pandiyan role in abduction of sohrabuddin, prajapati: defence

by: express news service | mumbai | updated: february 25, 2018 4:51 am gujarat ips officer, r k pandian (file)gujarat ips officer rajkumar pandiyan’s lawyer on saturday told the bombay high court that pandiyan was not involved in the abduction of sohrabuddin shaikh, his wife and aide tulsiram prajapati in november 2005, and that the cbi had “fabricated” the case against him.“according to the prosecution case, the abduction (of sohrabuddin, his wife and prajapati) took place between november 22-23. they have tried to prove that he (pandiyan) never left on the flight to fit him in the time slot when the abduction took place and made a fabricated case against him,” said senior counsel mahesh jethmalani, who is representing pandiyan. jethmalani said pandiyan took a flight from h...





traders body in mussoorie asks garment sellers from kashmir to leave town

written by kavita upadhyay | dehradun | published: february 25, 2018 4:55 am the kashmiri traders recently met bjp mla from mussoorie ganesh joshi requesting for help. (express file photo)a local traders’ body in mussoorie has asked kashmiris who sell garments from rented shops in the city to leave. most of the shops have been rented out to them on an 11-month contract that ends on february 28, after which the mussoorie traders & welfare association wants the kashmiris out.so far the association has not given the kashmiris any written notice, only telling them verbally about the deadline. however, rajat aggarwal, the association president, said there were no two ways about it, hinting at “communal disharmony”. “the local traders in mussoorie want the kashmiri traders to le...





rstv gets separate editorial, business heads

by: express news service | new delhi | published: february 25, 2018 4:58 am rajya sabha tv will have separate editorial and business heads for the first time since it was founded in 2011.television journalist rahul mahajan has been appointed as its editor-in-chief, while the prasar bharati ceo, shashi shekhar vempati, who was given additional charge to run rstv in august 2017, will continue as its ceo.rajya sabha tv is owned and operated by the upper house of parliament and controlled by the office of its chairman — the vice-president of india. after m venkaiah naidu took over as vice-president last august, rstv’s leadership had been given to vempati.in a statement issued on saturday, rstv announced that “till august, 2017, ceo of rstv was doubling up as the editor-in-chief of r...





justice loya may have been poisoned, says prashant bhushan

written by vivek deshpande | nagpur | published: february 25, 2018 5:10 am the apex court is hearing petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of the judge. (file)lawyer-activist prashant bhushan on saturday repeated his allegation of foul play in the death of justice b h loya, the special cbi judge hearing the sohrabuddin sheikh encounter case. speaking at an event here, bhushan said he had shown loya’s medical reports to several doctors. “i have no doubt left in my mind that it was not a case of heart attack,” he said, adding that the reports showed the judge had some injury to his head and also indicated he could have been poisoned.bhushan added that the two judges staying with loya at nagpur may not have known this, and loya could have been administered pois...





pnb fraud: ed writes to 16 more banks on loans taken by nirav modi, mehul choksi

written by deeptiman tiwary | new delhi | published: february 25, 2018 5:15 am sources said that till march 31, 2017, mehul choksi and his companies geetanjali gems, gili india and nakshatra brand owed close to rs 3,000 crore in the form of 37 bank loans.the enforcement directorate has expanded its probe against diamantaires nirav modi and mehul choksi to include loans taken by them from 16 other banks over the past few years, apart from the punjab national bank. this may take the quantum of alleged losses caused by them to banks to nearly rs 20,000 crore, said sources.ed director karnal singh has written to the banks for details of the loans given to the two, the present status of the loans, the collaterals offered, and the form and nature of the loans.“we are at present seekin...





kerala: expat kills self as cpi youth wing puts flag near workshop

written by shaju philip | thiruvananthapuram | updated: february 25, 2018 5:19 am related newsan expatriate, who returned to kerala to start an automobile workshop in kollam, allegedly killed himself after the cpi youth wing planted a flag on the land to apparently mark its protest against the venture. alinkeezhil sugathan, 64, from vilakkodu in kollam district, was found hanging from the beam of the shed erected for the workshop on friday. he had kept three other ropes in the shed, apparently meant for his wife and two sons.after working in the gulf for 35 years in the automobile sector, sugathan had returned home three months ago to start the workshop. the ldf-ruled vilakkode panchayat issued a memo to sugathan last week asking him to dismantle the shed, saying it was erected o...





pnb fraud case: cbi looks at other bank officials, grills top executives

by: express news service | new delhi | published: february 25, 2018 5:22 am pnb officials leaving the cbi office in mumbai on saturday after questioning. (source: express photo by karma sonam bhutia)related newsthe cbi on saturday questioned the punjab national bank’s chairman and managing director sunil mehta and executive director k v brahmaji rao in connection with the alleged rs 11,400 crore fraud being investigated against nirav modi and his uncle mehul choksi.the two top executives of the bank, sources said, were quizzed on the regulatory processes, checks and balances and auditing schedules in place at pnb to monitor its finances and loans, as the cbi looks into involvement of other officials in one of india’s largest bank fraud cases.the cbi fir so far names two pnb employ...





rahul gandhi invokes lingayat ideas to take on modi

written by johnson ta | vijayapura | updated: february 25, 2018 5:25 am “modi-ji speaks a lot but does not practice what he preaches,’’ rahul told a rally at athani in chikkodi district.congress president rahul gandhi on saturday cited the philosophy of the lingayat community to criticise the bjp and prime minister narendra modi during the start of the second leg of his pre-election tour of karnataka. rahul, who is travelling through the six districts of bombay-karnataka region, which has a large population of the lingayat community, a strong support base of bjp over three days, extensively quoted the philosophy of basavanna, the founder of the community, to question policies of the bjp.rahul, who visited places of religious importance to the lingayat community during the first...





modi unveils amma 2-wheeler scheme in tamil nadu

by: express news service | chennai | published: february 25, 2018 5:31 am “when we empower women, the entire household is empowered…,” said pm modi.on the 70th birth anniversary of former tamil nadu chief minister late j jayalalithaa, prime minister narendra modi on saturday launched amma two-wheeler scheme, a state-funded project that was first announced by jayalalithaa in her party’s manifesto for the 2016 elections.addressing a gathering at kalaivanar arangam in chennai city, at which he handed over the keys and registration books of scooters to five beneficiary women from chennai, pm modi said that wherever jayalalithaa is, she would be very happy to see the happiness on the faces of women here. the scheme gives 50 per cent subsidy to women to buy a scooter.“i am happy t...





pm launches rs 1,000 cr schemes for daman and diu

written by kamaal saiyed | daman | updated: february 25, 2018 5:36 am prime minister narendra nodi launched several development programmes worth rs 1,000 crore in daman and diu saturday. he said these projects will boost tourism and help the common man in the union territory. the pm inaugurated air odisha’s flight connecting ahmedabad with diu under the centre’s regional connectivity scheme udan.modi also launched helicopter services between daman and diu — to be operated by pawan hans ltd — at an event here. “the air connectivity will boost tourism as tourists who want to visit the somnath temple, gir forest (in gujarat) can now go (there) from diu,” modi said. the chopper service is expected to reduce the 16-hour distance between the two union territories by road to an h...





aligarh muslim university students: no rss man with kovind

written by avaneesh mishra | lucknow | updated: february 25, 2018 5:44 am the students’ union of aligarh muslim university (amu) has threatened the university authorities of serious consequences if anyone with “rss ideology” attend its march 7 convocation ceremony, where president ram nath kovind is the chief guest.in a letter to amu vice-chancellor tariq mansoor, union secretary mohammad fahad has referred to a statement by kovind in 2010, when he was a bjp leader. addressing media, kovind had sought that the justice ranganath misra commission, which had recommended inclusion of muslim and christian converts among scheduled castes, be “scrapped”. asked how sikh dalits could enjoy the quota privilege in the same category, kovind had said: “islam and christianity are alien ...





‘babri masjid built not for worship but to demean hindus’

by: express news service | new delhi | published: february 25, 2018 5:50 am uma bharti (express photo by renuka puri)union minister uma bharti on saturday said the ram janmabhoomi movement was necessary because the demolition of the temple, and construction of the mosque, at the site in ayodhya was not due to reasons of worship but to “demean” hindus who prayed at the ram temple.bharti was speaking at the opening session of a two-day conference on vasudhaiva kutambakam (the world is one family) at ndmc convention centre in delhi. the event was organised jointly by ramanujan college, delhi university, and shaikshik foundation, a right-wing organisation.explaining the need for ram movement, bharti said, “jab hum vasudhaiva kutambakam ki baat karte hain to dimag mein ye sawaal bhi ...





look beyond state to look at cong hand, sitaram yechury to kerala comrades

written by shaju philip | thiruvananthapuram | updated: february 25, 2018 5:56 am cpim general secretary sitaram yechury. (express photo by tashi tobgyal)the cpi(m)’s political stance at the national level programme is not decided by considering only the prevailing political situation in kerala, cpi(m) general secretary sitaram yechury said at a party programme on saturday.replying to a debate on the third day of the ongoing party state conference, yechury said cpi(m) stands not for communist party of kerala (marxist) but for communist party of india (marxist). and the congress, he reminded party colleagues, becomes cpi(m)’s main opponent only in kerala, but that is not the case at the national scenario, where the hindutva agenda of the rss should be opposed.sources said yechu...





rahul gandhi in karnataka live updates: on day-2, congress chief to hold public meetings in baglakot, bilajpur

congress president rahul gandhi is on a three-day visit to karnataka (express photo javed raja/file)congress president rahul gandhi, who is on a three-day visit to karnataka, will on sunday visit baglakot and bilajpur districts in the state. gandhi will also flag off “vrukshathnon 2018″” half marathon in bilajpur’s gol gumbaz area.during this stay in karnataka, gandhi will be travelling across seven districts in bombay-karnataka region, which played a key role in congress’s win in the 2013 state polls. on the first day of his visit, gandhi visited places of religious importance to the lingayat community, a strong support base of bjp.“basavanna said that god is one and in all; this is the thinking of the congress, and when we think of programmes for the people, this is the think...





sohrabuddin shaikh case: pandiyan was not involved in abduction of shaikh, his wife, prajapati, says defence lawyer

by: express news service | mumbai | published: february 25, 2018 7:21 am bombay high court (express photo by pradeep kocharekar/files)related newsgujarat ips officer rajkumar pandiyan’s lawyer on saturday told the bombay high court that pandiyan was not involved in the abduction of sohrabuddin shaikh, his wife and aide tulsiram prajapati in november 2005, and that the central bureau of investigation (cbi) had “fabricated” the case against him.“according to the prosecution case, the abduction (of sohrabuddin, his wife and prajapati) took place between november 22-23. they have tried to prove that he (pandiyan) never left on the flight to fit him in the time slot when the abduction took place and made a fabricated case against him,” said senior counsel mahesh jethmalani, who i...





aap vs chief secretary: will raise delhi police issue in rs, says party member sushil gupta

written by aniruddha ghosal | new delhi | updated: february 25, 2018 7:51 am what about allegations raised by aap mla: sushil guptarelated newssushil gupta, one of three rajya sabha mps for the aam aadmi party, saturday told the sunday express that they will raise in the upper house the issue of “the delhi police not being answerable to the people of delhi”.“the law should be equal for all. the chief secretary says he has been manhandled. our mlas say they did not do so. it is a matter of investigation. but there are no doubts that our minister was manhandled at the secretariat. this is clearly visible in the video and the party has even handed out the list of those seen in the video. yet no arrest has been made,” gupta said, referring to party mla imran hussain’s allega...





aap vs chief secretary: let go of ego, resume work, says party to officers

by: express news service | new delhi | published: february 25, 2018 7:57 am sanjay singh, ashutosh at the press conference. gajendra yadavrelated newsofficers should let go of their “ego” and work for delhi, said aap mp sanjay singh on saturday, even as delhi l-g anil baijal met union home minister rajnath singh over the alleged assault of delhi chief secretary anshu prakash.employees and officers of the delhi government, meanwhile, met cabinet secretary p k sinha and reiterated that while communication would take place through ‘formal written channels’, meetings with aap ministers would still be boycotted.aap’s appeal to bureaucrats to resume work comes a day after chief minister arvind kejriwal said governance was suffering because of officers skipping meetings. kejriwal a...