Tuesday, January 31, 2023

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Mumbai customs officials seize 9.5 kg gold in 2 days

Customs officials at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here have lodged eight cases of gold smuggling on January 27 and 28 and seized 9.5 kg gold worth Rs 4.75 crore. A senior Customs official said that among this, two Azerbaijani nationals were arrested following a tip off, during the intervening night of January 27 and 28."The two Azerbaijani nationals arrived from Dubai carrying 6 kg of gold valued at Rs 2.99 crore concealed in their bag," the official said.

Veteran actor Annu Kapoor discharged from hospital, condition stable

After he underwent treatment by the cardiology team, the 66-year-old actor was discharged on Sunday morning."Mr Annu Madan Lal Kapoor who was admitted to Sir Ganga ram hospital on 26th January early morning with complaints of chest discomfort has been discharged today. He underwent treatment by cardiology team comprising Dr J.P.S. Sawhney, Dr Rajneesh Jain, Dr Rajiv Passey, Dr B.S. Vivek and Dr Sushant Wattal," said Dr Ajay Swaroop, Chairman (Board of Management), Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Dad killed by Maoists, lady doc beats bone tumour, returns home to serve tribals

Way back in 2002, a 17-year-old Bharti M. Bogami felt her world crumbling when her father, a Congress leader and Sarpanch, Malu Kopa Bogami was sprayed with bullets by Maoists - a day before her crucial HSC Science exams, at her village in Laheri.

Bike racing in Kerala's Kovalam kills woman

A 55-year-old woman in Kerala's famed tourist destination Kovalam was hit by a speeding bike on Sunday while trying to cross the road.The woman, identified as Sandhya, was thrown away from the road and died on the spot.The biker was also admitted to the hospital with multiple injuries. The body of Sandhya would be handed over to her relatives after a post-mortem, said police. The accident happened when some youths were engaged in bike racing.Groups of youngsters can often be seen driving bikes at breakneck speed in this tourist destination.

Green India Challenge flag hoisted on Antarctica's highest mountain

The flag of Green India Challenge, launched to nurture the nature and environment better and provide clean air to mankind, is reaching new heights.The Green Challenge launched by Rajya Sabha member Santosh Kumar is spreading the campaign to fight the climate change and the importance of plantation.

Raghav Chadha To Be Conferred With  “India UK Outstanding Achievers Honour”

The India UK Achievers Honours celebrate the educational and professional achievements of young Indians who have studied in the UK, marking India’s 75th independence anniversary. Chadha studied at the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE), after which he set up a boutique wealth management firm in London. He then returned to India and joined India Against Corruption Movement demanding an anti-corruption legislation as a young activist. The movement later culminated in the formation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), spearheaded by one of the leading faces of the movement, Mr Arvind Kejriwal. As a young leader, Chadha became a founding member of the AAP and worked under the guidance and mentorship of Mr Kejriwal. Fueled by hardwork and dedication, Chadha made a mark for himself in Indian politics at a very young age. In 2022, aged just 33, he became the youngest Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian parliament, where he represents the state of Punjab. 

500 Aam Aadmi Clinics will start functioning in Punjab on January 27

Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann will inaugurate clinics in Amritsar, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal will be present as the Chief Guest. Over one million people have availed the benefits from Aam Aadmi Clinic so far and free check-up of more than three lakh people done: Health Minister Dr. Balbir Singh

Bodies burnt in children's park in Lucknow; Officials look away

A children's park in Jankipuram residential area here is being used as a cremation ground.Residents said that people from the nearby Paharpur area frequently burn bodies here.They have warned civic authorities of a protest, if a solution to the issue was not found within a week.The residents said that they were allotted houses under a scheme 20 years back and 10 per cent extra money was taken to allot a park land.However, the Lucknow Development Authorities said the map of the area already had a demarcation of both the park and a crematorium. Those who use this site as a cremation ground claimed that they have been using the area since long.

Clash between police and Maoists in Jharkhand's Palamu

A clash between the security forces and Maoist organisation TSPC, took place in Palamu district of Jharkhand on Thursday.

Delhi govt schoolteacher stabbed by student

A Delhi government school teacher, posted as an invigilator, was stabbed by a student during a practical exam on Thursday, police said.

Fitbit to end Deezer, Pandora support from older devices

Google-owned wearable brand Fitbit will reportedly remove music streaming services Pandora and Deezer from the Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 and other older devices in March this year.In an email, Fitbit informed users that Pandora and Deezer applications "will be removed as of March 31, 2023", because of which, "you will no longer be able to download Pandora stations or add Deezer playlists to your device, nor will you be able to play anything that you have previously downloaded," reports 9To5Google.

J&K govt orders magisterial probe into Sidhra encounter

 Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday ordered a magisterial probe into the Sidhra encounter in Jammu district on December 28 last year in which four terrorists were killed.

Officials said assistant commissioner Jammu, Piyush Dhotra has been appointed as the magistrate to conduct the probe.

According to police, a large cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the slain terrorists while the truck in which they were travelling on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was completely destroyed in a fire during the encounter.

CBI CONDUCTS SEARCHES MORE THAN 50 LOCATIONS INCLUDING IN PUNJAB ETC.

CBI CONDUCTS SEARCHES MORE THAN 50 LOCATIONS INCLUDING IN PUNJAB ETC. IN A MASSIVE OPERATION AGAINST UNHOLY NEXUS OF CHANNELIZED CORRUPTION IN FCI & OTHERS AND ALSO ARRESTS A DGM OF FCI & PROPRIETOR OF A PRIVATE COMPANY. The Central Bureau of Investigation has conducted searches at more than 50 locations including at Chandigarh, Delhi, Patiala, Ropar, Sunam, Mohali, Ambala etc

CBI today launched a crackdown on alleged corruption in the Food Corporation of India

CBI today launched a crackdown on alleged corruption in the Food Corporation of India, conducting searches at 50 locations in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi after arresting a DGM-ranked officer who was found accepting a bribe of 50k

'Great role model': Tovino Thomas has his fanboy moment with M.S. Dhoni

The 'Minnal Murali' star, Tovino Thomas, caught up with Team India's former captain and Chennai Super Kings skipper M.S. Dhoni during a book release at Kasargod in Kerala and turned emotional.In his Instagram post, Tovino said: "Had a great experience spending time with Captain Cool. That very same persona we have seen on screen - cool, composed, and spontaneous brilliance is the man himself in person.

Aluminium industry wants reduction in customs duty on raw material imports

A reduction in customs duty on import of critical raw materials while a hike on the import of primary aluminium, aluminium scrap and other items and elimination of cess on coal are the budget wishlist of the Aluminium Association of India (AAI).In a letter to the Union Ministry of Finance, the AAI has requested the Indian government to reduce the basic custom duty and correction of inverted duty structure on critical raw materials like the calcined and raw petroleum coke, caustic soda lye, aluminium fluoride, green anode/ pre-baked carbon anode and calcined alumina.

ASB Classic: Ruud, Norrie top seeds in Auckland draw

After three years, the ATP Tour returns to Auckland this week, where World No. 3 Casper Ruud leads the field at the ASB Classic.The Norwegian, who is making his third appearance at the ATP 250 event, attended the draw ceremony on Saturday as he learned his possible path to the title.The top seed will face Spaniard Jaume Munar or Serbian Laslo Djere in his opening match and could play two-time Auckland titlist John Isner in the quarter-finals. The sixth-seeded American begins his campaign against Argentine Pedro Cachin or Frenchman Constant Lestienne.

Complaint on illegal appointments in Bengaluru Metro

Vice President of the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) Employees Union, Surya Narayanamurthy has complained to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the Union Railway Minister in connection with alleged illegal appointments.The complaint was also given to the Union Urban Development Minister against the BMRCL MD Anjum Parvez.The complainant alleged that, "Anjum Parvez had recruited 500 employees illegally".

From werewolves to a ghost mother-in-law: All this and much more on TV

Nikhita Gandhi all set for live shows in different cities across the country

Bollywood singer Nikhita Gandhi, who is known for tracks such as 'Kya Baat Hai' from the Vicky Kaushal-Kiara Advani-starrer 'Govinda Naam Mera' and 'Jugnu' with Badshah, is all set to sing in live concerts across in Kolkata, Aurangabad, Mumbai and Goa.Talking about her musical tour, Nikhita said: "Performing live gives me an adrenaline rush and I am really looking forward to being on the road this January."

4 arrested in Guj for illegal adoption

Police in Gujarat's Dahod have arrested four people for the illegal adoption of an infant.Dahod Child Protection Officer S.K. Taviyad told IANS: "We had received specific information about an illegal adoption. On January 5, along with local police and Child Welfare Committee members, we carried out search at Ritadevi and Vijay Chauhan's residence and found a month-old infant. Upon inquiry, it was found that they were not the biological parents of the child, but had adopted him from Ramilaben and her husband Raisingh Bhabhor."

Delhi: Man arrested for killing lover's hubby

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on the charges of murdering his lover's husband and then burning his body in Delhi's Wazirabad area, an official said on Saturday. The accused identified as Munishddin, a resident of Ram Ghat in the Wazirabad area, has an extra-marital affair with the wife of deceased Rashid.Rashid was murdered by the accused by stabbing him in the abdomen and slitting his throat. Thereafter, Munishddin burnt the body of Rashid.

Air India issues show cause notices, de-rosters 4 cabin crew, 1 pilot

Acting on the urination incident onboard an Air India New York-Delhi flight last November, the flag carrier on Saturday issued show cause notices and de-rostered four cabin crew and a pilot pending investigation.Air India has also initiated internal investigations into whether there were lapses by other staff on other aspects, including the service of alcohol on flight, incident handling, complaint registration and grievance handling.

K'taka lawyers refuse to represent acid attacker

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Pratap Reddy said on Thursday that as no lawyer was coming forward to represent the accused in the sensational acid attack case reported from Bengaluru, it was proving to be a technical roadblock for the prosecution.Speaking to the media, Reddy added that as per the law, if the accused is not represented and vakalat is not filed for him, the case would not proceed further and therefore he/she will not get bail.

Gujarat: 27 countries participate in vintage car rally

Some 75 cars from India and 26 other countries participated in a vintage car rally, flagged off by former MP Ranjitsinh Gaekwad's son, Samarjitsinh Gaikwad, from Vadodara's Laxmi Vilas Palace to the Statue of Unity (SOU).The rally and vintage car exhibition is organised by 21 Gun Salute Heritage and Cultural trust. The car rally will take a halt at the SOU for three hours and will return to Vadodara. From Friday, vintage cars and motorcycles will participate in the exhibition for three days.

Cattle scam: Anubrata Mondal's judicial custody extended by 14 days

A special court of Central Bureau of Investigation at Asansol in West Burdwan district on Thursday extended the judicial custody of Trinamool Congress strongman and the party's Birbhum district president, Anubrata Mondal in connection with the multi-crore cattle smuggling case in West Bengal.At the same time the judge of the said court Rajesh Chakraborty allowed the CBI sleuths to interrogate Mondal within the correction home premises anytime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. In fact, the CBI made an appeal to the special court for permission to question Mondal within the correctional home premises.

Indian operations to play key role in Skoda Auto's entry into Vietnam

India is emerging as a key manufacturing hub for the Skoda Group that will venture into the Vietnamese market, the Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Ltd said on Wednesday."India will play a key role in Skoda Auto's entry into the Vietnamese market. Assembly of the Made-in-India Skoda Kushaq and Slavia model will begin in Vietnam in 2024," the company said on Wednesday.

Man arrested in Ambala after stabbing girl in Delhi (Ld)

A man has been arrested in Ambala, Haryana, after he stabbed a 21-year-old girl in Delhi's Adarsh Nagar area after she had recently broken up with him, officials said on Wednesday.The accused, identified as Sukhvinder Singh alias Sukha, attacked the woman at Majlis Park in Adarsh Nagar on Monday at around 12 p.m.After stabbing the girl, Sukhvinder fled from the spot.

Sequoia had 'biggest axe to grind' against me: Ashneer in his book

Former BharatPe co-founder and managing director Ashneer Grover has openly spoken against the investors in fintech firm BharatPe that he Co-founded, in his memoir 'Doglapan', saying Sequoia, "or rather one individual that this political organisation is, had the biggest axe to grind against me".Grover, charged along with his family members of swindling at least Rs 88.6 crore under their tenure at BharatPe, wrote that a reluctant investor at first, they (Sequoia) are the largest shareholder, owning 19 per cent equity worth more than $500 million in BharatPe.

CCI ruling on Google & digital bills key for a transparent ecosystem in India

The year 2022 was a landmark year with regard to litigations and legislations in India in promoting a fair and transparent ecosystem in the country and laying the right platform for startups and smaller players to flourish.In late August, the government released a draft of the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022, which is likely to be passed during the Monsoon session of Parliament in 2023.

6 in 10 holders of bank lockers likely to downgrade size or switch bank: Survey

Six out of 10 respondents in a survey on rising bank locker compliances and costs feel the need to either change their bank or downsize the lockers they have rented given the rising locker charges.On the issue of bank locker charges, which vary according to the size, the district or city people live in, and also the bank of their choice, online community platform LocalCircles in a survey asked consumers as to "how do you or your family plan to cope up with the increased charges?".

UP to develop network of dry ports

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to develop a network of dry ports across the state and several domestic, international companies have forwarded their proposals for investment in this sector.According to the government spokesman, Uttar Pradesh is a landlocked state with various export clusters. Dry ports facilitate transportation of export cargo to sea ports.

British-Indian jailed for attacking son-in-law with meat cleaver

An Indian-origin man has been jailed in the UK for more than eight years for attacking his son-in-law with a meat cleaver due to a 'festering feud' over a trip to India. Bhajan Singh, who lived with his daughter, her two children and son-in-law at his Cornwall Road home in Handsworth, swung the weapon towards the victim, aiming at his neck.The Birmingham Crown Court heard that Singh was under the influence of alcohol when he attacked his son-in-law, 30, in April last year.

Child welfare body asks UP DGP to get 'Pathaan' song removed from social media

The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Uttar Pradesh's Bahraich district has advised the Director General of Police (DGP) to get the clippings of 'Pathaan' movie song 'Besharam Rang', and other obscene contents, removed from the social media as it was having a 'detrimental impact on the psyche of adolescents'.Using the powers given under the relevant section of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015, the Child Welfare Committee, Bahraich (bench of magistrate), has written to the DGP that it has taken a suo moto cognizance of obscene contents, including the 'Besharam Rang' song, being circulated.

Wild boars die in large numbers in TN, swine flu suspected

The Tamil Nadu forest department has deployed anti-poaching watchers (APW) to look for wild boar carcasses in interior forest areas after a large number of wild boars died in the forest area.The MTR officials told on Tuesday that at least five wild boars died and that African Swine Flu (ASF) may be the cause of the death.

Cold dry weather with clear sky likely in J&K in next 24 hrs

Weather was cold and dry in J&K during the last 24 hours as the MeT office said on Wednesday that same weather conditions will continue in the next 24 hours."Weather is likely to remain cold and dry with clear sky in J&K during the next 24 hours," said an official of the MeT department.

Teen raped, forced to drink poison in UP district

Six persons of a family have been booked for allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl and forcing her to drink poison in Uttar Pradesh's Pilibhit district.The victim has been admitted at a private hospital where she is struggling for her life.As per the allegations levelled in the FIR, the victim's mother stated that on January 1, her daughter had stepped out for some work when 22-year-old main accused, identified as Kamal Kumar, dragged her to his house where she was badly beaten and raped.

'Look forward to having you back soon buddy': Team India wishes Rishabh Pant a speedy recovery

Team India chief coach Rahul Dravid and T20I captain Hardik Pandya wished Rishabh Pant a speedy recovery after the star cricketer was involved in a near-fatal car crash on December 29.On Friday morning, Pant, 25, suffered multiple injuries when his car collided with a road divider and caught fire on the Delhi-Dehradun highway. The horrific car accident happened between Manglaur and Narsan in the Haridwar district in the state of Uttarakhand.

Delhi New Year's Eve Horror: Family members reach MAMC hospital to receive body

The family members of the 20 year-old girl, who died after being dragged by a car on Delhi's outskirts, on Tuesday reached Maulana Azad Medical College to receive the body.A family member said that the woman, Anjali, will be cremated this evening.

Over 13 companies decided to set their shop in SriCity in 2022

It was a busy and eventful year 2022 for the Sri City -- an integrated business city near here -- with signing agreements with over 13 companies that have decided to set up their new plants; 12 companies starting construction work and 13 new units going on stream and several companies expanding their facilities, said a top company official.The year that went by also saw Japanese automobile company Isuzu Motors India celebrating a decade of its presence in India.

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