After skipping a luncheon meet of opposition parties on Friday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, is all set be present at the lunch Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hosting on Saturday for visiting Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth. Sharad Yadav and K C Tyagi represented JD(U) at the lunch hosted by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi where Kumar, who is the party president, was conspicuous by his absence. There has been speculation about a tie-up between JD(U) and the BJP, something Kumar has repeatedly refuted. JD(U) had broken its 17-year alliance with BJP in 2013 after Narendra Modi was declared the saffron party's prime ministerial candidate. Such conjecture has grown following the Supreme Court's decision to try RJD chief Lalu Prasad in four fodder scam cases and fresh allegations of corruption against him and his family members. Kumar heads the JD(U)-RJD-Congress coalition government in Bihar. The chief minister has maintained a silence on the allegations against the RJD supremo and his kin, merely saying it was for the central government to look into them. During a recent visit to Delhi he had reportedly stressed on a larger opposition unity against the BJP-led NDA. He had also met Gandhi. Sources close to Kumar have often rubbished reports about any bonhomie between him and the BJP. ...
Despite the district authorities barring him from visit Saharanpur, the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday left for strife-torn town. Rahul left for Shabbirpur village, the centre of the caste-based violence in the district, by road on Saturday morning after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Rahul is accompanied by AICC general secretary in charge of UP affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad, and UP Congress chief Raj Babbar.
Gandhi is all set to court arrest, if not permitted to visit the victims in the affected area.
“They cannot suppress the voice of the poor, Dalits and Adivasis of this country. Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party will continue to speak,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
“Nobody will be able to stop Rahul from reaching out to the victims of the violence which have been perpetrated at the instance of BJP gundas,” he added.
There have been widespread caste-based clashes his month in Saharanpur.
Violence hit Saharanpur around 40 days back following a procession to mark Ambedkar Jayanti. On May 5, a person was killed and 15 people were injured in clashes in which houses of Dalits in Shabbirpur were torched by Thakurs.
About a dozen police vehicles were set ablaze and 12 policemen were injured on May 9.
On May 23, another person was shot dead and two others were wounded, following which the government suspended the SSP and district magistrate and transferred the divisional commissioner and the deputy inspector general of police.
The Centre has sent 400 anti-riot police personnel to Saharanpur to help the state restore peace in the region....
Noida: The Noida Authority has uploaded names of 72 realty firms which owe it Rs 9,993 crore to it.
The names of the defaulters have been uploaded on it’s the Noida authority website www.noidaauthorityonline.com.
According to a report published in Times of India these companies “together owe the a whopping Rs 9,993 crore as on March 31, 2017 against land allotted to them in various housing projects in the city.”
“Among the top three defaulters are Unitech (Rs 4,800 crore), Amrapali (Rs 1076.81 crore) and Aims Max Gardenia Developers Pvt Ltd (Rs 1055.63 crore),” the report on TOI added.
But, Amrapali group has not applied for any land surrender to ease out of lease debts held against it, TOI said.
The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) on Saturday morning declared the results for the class 10 board exams on their official website.
Around 85.65% students have passed the examination.While the pass percentage ranged between 81% (2013) and 82.74% (2016), the jump of 2.91 percentage point this year was attributed to the new syllabus introduced this year.
Girls have outshined the boys by 10.76%. Out of a total of 10.61 lakh students who appeared for the test, 4.73 lakh were male and 5.87 lakh were female.
Anwesha Pyne from Bankura Vivekananda Sikshayatan school stood first, scoring 690 of a total of 700. Two students were tied in the second place with 689 marks. About 68 students featured in the first 10 rank.East Midnapore has topped the districts in the pass percentage, with 96.06% students passing the test. Other districts above 90% success rate were South 24 Parganas (90.54%) and West Midnapore (90.18%). In Kolkata, the success rate was 88.93%.
The examination started on February 22.
To check your results:Candidates can get their scores by sending a message on the following phone numbers: 54242, 58888 or type ‘WB10’, give space and then type you roll number...
Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a global appeal as the death toll from flash floods and landslides rose to 91."The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has activated the Emergency Response Unit of the Ministry, to coordinate rescue and relief measures related to the flood situation in several parts of Sri Lanka," Xinhua news cited a statement from the ministry as saying on Friday."In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management, has made an appeal to UN, International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and neighbouring countries to provide assistance to affected people, especially in the areas of search and rescue operations."The Disaster Management Center said that the death toll from flash floods and landslides had risen to 91 by Friday evening while 110 people were reported missing and over 52,000 displaced after hours of severe rain and strong winds.Evacuations have also begun in the outskirts of the capital as a flood warning has been issued due to the rising waters in three major rivers.Hours of rains and winds had inundates towns, railways and highways hampering transport services while the Education Ministry ordered schools to be shut due to the inclement weather.As search for those missing continued by the tri forces, police said the death toll could rise.The Meteorology Department has warned of more rains in the next 24 hours. ...
Burhan Wani’s successor and Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat has been gunned down along with another terrorists during an hour-long encounter in Tral area of south Kashmir, according to Army sources.
Bhat was among the militants trapped by security forces in Tral area of Pulwama district.
Security forces had launched a search operation in Soimoh village of Tral, 36 km from Srinagar, after receiving information about presence of top Hizbul Mujhaideen militants, including Bhat, in the area....
Bikaner Land Deal Case: ED Issues Notice To Robert Vadra's Firm
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June 22 , 2016 , 09:09 IST
The Enforcement Directorate has issued a notice to a firm linked to Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in connection with its probe into alleged money laundering in a land deal in Rajasthan's Bikaner district.
Official sources said the notice has been issued to the firm Ms Skylight Hospitality under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The company has been asked to submit certain financial statements and other documents to the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case, the sources said.
The Enforcement Directorate had conducted extensive searches in this case in Rajasthan and other places last month and had claimed to have seized a number of documents.
The probe is related to the purchase of 275 bigha land allegedly by the company in the Kolayat area of the border town of Bikaner.
The central probe agency had registered a criminal case of money laundering in this case last year on the basis of FIRs filed by the state police after the local tehsildar had made a complaint.
The Enforcement Directorate has not mentioned the name of Mr Vadra or any company linked to him in the FIR but it named some state government officials and some of the "land mafia".
While filing the case, it had also taken cognizance of reports that had referred to a firm allegedly linked to Mr Vadra which had purchased some of these Bikaner located lands. Mr Vadra has denied any wrongdoing even as Congress party called the action "sheer political vendetta".
The agency had conducted similar searches in the case in Delhi last year.
Rajasthan government had in January last year cancelled the mutation (transfer of land) of 374.44 hectares of land, after the land department claimed to have found that the allotments were made in the names of "illegal private persons".
The tehsildar had said in the complaint that the government land in 34 villages of Bikaner, to be used for expanding the army's firing range in the area, was "grabbed" by the land mafia by preparing "forged and fabricated documents" in connivance with government officials.
The Enforcement Directorate suspects that huge amounts of money was laundered in this case by people buying land at cheap rates through forged documents.
The state government had, while cancelling the mutations, said these were not issued by the Commissioner, Colonisation, Bikaner. The state police had also filed chargesheets in the 18 cases in a court in Kolayat last year.
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