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‘Cyanide’ Mallika, Sasikala’s dangerous neighbour in Bengaluru prison, shifted

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‘Cyanide’ Mallika, Sasikala’s dangerous neighbour in Bengaluru prison, shifted

Posted on 22 February 2017 by GGS News

BENGALURU : A convicted serial killer housed next to the cell of AIADMK leader VK Sasikala in Parappana Agrahara central prison+ was shifted to Hindalga prison in Belagavi, north Karnataka, early this week.
The news that Sasikala was put up in a cell next to that of ‘cyanide killer’ Mallika+ , aka KD Kempamma, 52, in the women’s barracks had made headlines late last week in the backdrop of allegations that the AIADMK leader’s life was under threat. ‘Cyanide’ Mallika, possibly the country’s first woman serial killer, has been accused of killing six women. She allegedly identified rich women frequenting temples in and around Bengaluru, befriended them and killed them using cyanide before making off with their jewellery.’Cyanide’ Mallika was arrested in 2008 and convicted in many cases. Officials said Mallika was shifted due to security reasons. However, jail sources said Mallika was friendly and cordial with Sasikala. “In fact, she would not allow Sasikala to stand in queue during meal time. She used to bring the food for her,” a source said, adding authorities might have been uneasy about it. The shifting was a hush hush affair and officials did not inform Mallika on the move, the sources said. “They just asked Mallika to pack up her belongings and get ready to shift to another cell,” a source said, adding the murder convict was then bundled off to Hindalga jail.
One of the oldest prisons in the country, Hindalga jail houses scores of convicts on death row, besides several accused in terror cases.
The shifting of Mallika comes amid efforts by Saskala’s lawyers to get the AIADMK leader shifted to a jail in Tamil Nadu+ . Incidentally, Sasikala is housed in the cell where another high-profile murderer, advocate Shubha Shankarnarayan, had been lodged for years.
Daughter of an advocate, Shubha was convicted of murdering her techie-fiance in collusion with her boyfriend and his aides in 2003. At least 500 women prisoners, both convicts and undertrials, are in Bengaluru jail.IT

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SBI ATM dispenses fake Rs 2,000 note with Children Bank of India instead of RBI

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SBI ATM dispenses fake Rs 2,000 note with Children Bank of India instead of RBI

Posted on 22 February 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : At a time when many people are struggling to withdraw cash, a State Bank of India ATM in South Delhi’s Sangam Vihar dispensed fake Rs 2,000 notes. The notes, which could be passed off as genuine at first glance, are replete with errors and seem to be a prank at people’s expense.

The notes, dispensed on February 6, read ‘Children Bank of India’ in place of Reserve Bank of India and ‘Guaranteed by the Children’s Government’ in place of Guaranteed by the Central Government. ‘Churan lable’ in place of the latent image and a fake ‘PK’ logo instead of the bank’s seal, are among some of the other obvious deviations on the note.

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
1. Bharatiya Manoranjan Bank instead of Bharatiya Reserve Bank
2. Serial number 000000
3. Rupee sign missing
4. Churan Lable instead of strip with leaf markings
5. P.K. logo instead of RBI seal
6. I promise to pay the barer two thousand coupens (sic) instead of I promise to pay the bearer the sum of two thousand rupees
7. Governor’s signature missing
8. Churan Lable instead of the Ashok emblem
9. Children Bank of India instead of Reserve Bank of India
10. Guaranteed by the Children Government instead of Gauranteed by the Central Government

Confirming the development, a senior police officer said that the ATM first dispensed four such Rs 2,000 notes to a customer. “We sent a sub-inspector to verify the allegations. He withdrew one Rs 2,000 note and that also turned out to be fake,” the officer said, adding that the other notes in the bundle were genuine.

The man left with the fake notes has been identified as Rohit, a customer care executive at a call centre located in South Delhi’s Chhattarpur. He had visited the SBI ATM at around 7.45pm on February 6 to withdraw Rs 8,000. “But all the four notes I withdrew were fake,” he alleged. Rohit noticed the deliberate mistakes on the notes like ‘promise to pay the bearer two thousand coupons’ and ’Serial number 000000’ and immediately brought it to police’s notice after which a sub-inspector was sent to the ATM located at the T-Point of Tigri in Sangam Vihar.
The policeman was unable to find any other customer with a similar complaint, so he withdrew a note from the ATM. The note that was dispensed confirmed Rohit’s allegations.

Police said they are yet to identify the people behind this. A case of manufacturing documents resembling currency notes, using forged or counterfeit notes and of cheating has been registered at Sangam Vihar police station under IPC sections 489-b, 489-e and 420. An SBI spokesman has said they will be sending a team to investigate the matter.HT

 

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Scam in Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘Mohalla Clinic’? Vigilance Department initiates probe over doctors earning Rs 4 lakh/month

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Scam in Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘Mohalla Clinic’? Vigilance Department initiates probe over doctors earning Rs 4 lakh/month

Posted on 22 February 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Treating one patient in a minute is impressive, but to treat two is truly record breaking, some would even say impossible. But that allegedly is what a group of specialised doctors are doing. According to the Vigilance Department, it has received complaints that doctors working for the Delhi government’s pilot project — Mohalla Clinic, are treating 533 patients per day in just four hours.

If one does the maths, this means that every patient is given just 36 seconds to state his/her medical ailment and be treated.

Not surprisingly, the Vigilance Department initiated an internal probe two weeks ago on the overall functioning of the mohalla clinics. But is that not just the questionable speed at which the patients are allegedly being treated that is the issue. Documents accessed by DNA show the department had received many other complaints against the pilot project which had driven them to initiate the probe.

Asked to comment, Ashwani Kumar, Director of Vigilance Department, Delhi government said, “We have received complaints on the matter and all these issues are being investigated.”

In a letter, the department has raised 11 points of concern to which it sought replies from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the Chief Medical District Officer (CDMO). The former DGHS has submitted his reply to the department and the CDMOs are now preparing their replies to send to the Vigilance Department.

Senior officials in the department confirm that the letter sent to the DGHS and CDMO used the word ‘scam’ while addressing the clinics. They said the word had been used because of what the probe has revealed so far.

“Doctors in the mohalla clinics are making false entries of patients, hence making up to Rs 4 lakh per month, income touching more than that of the Prime Minister and the President. Everyone in the health department knows this, but are doing nothing,” said the Vigilance Department in its letter.

Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendra Jain as well as the Delhi government’s spokesperson did not respond to queries sent by DNA.

Currently, there are 110 mohalla clinics operating from various parts of the Capital with 106 doctors working in these clinics. Every doctor gets Rs 30 per patient per day in these clinics which are operational from 9 am to 1 pm.

Vigilance officers probing the clinics says that since doctors are being paid to treat a patient, a day; they are duping patients by giving them ‘useless’ medication to make them come back.

“Doctors are prescribing useless medications to make patient come back, as they make money from these visits. We have also found that false patients’ entries have been carried out by doctors in these clinics to earn more,” said a senior official of the Vigilance Department.

Sources in the Health Department confirmed the allegations. The source spoke about a doctor, living in the north-west district of the Capital who has earned Rs 1.8 lakh per month.

“This means, on an average the doctor who is earning Rs 1.8 lakh per month is treating one patient per minute,” said a senior official from the Health Department.

Senior officials also said that by allegedly ‘treating’ such patients in such record time, the doctors are violating norms. During the inaugration of the clinics in 2015, doctors were told to spend at least 7-10 minutes on a single patient.(DNA)

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Trump’s immigration plans to impact 3 lakh Indian-Americans, EU ready to welcome more Indian skilled workers

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Trump’s immigration plans to impact 3 lakh Indian-Americans, EU ready to welcome more Indian skilled workers

Posted on 22 February 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Nearly 300,000 Indian-Americans are likely to be impacted by the Trump administration’s sweeping plans that put the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.

President Donald Trump has laid the groundwork for potentially deporting millions of undocumented immigrants by issuing new guidance that drastically broadens the ways in which federal immigration laws should be enforced.
“The Department no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in an enforcement memo.

“Department personnel have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws,” it said.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued two enforcement memos, which among other things, tightens deportation of illegal immigrants.

The emphasis is on criminal aliens, though, but opens up the door for others too.

Indian-Americans as per unofficial figures account for nearly 300,000 illegal aliens.

According to the memo, the DHS Secretary has the authority to apply expedited removal provisions to aliens who have not been admitted or paroled into the US, who are inadmissible, and who have not been continuously physically present in the US for the two-year period immediately prior to the determination of their inadmissibility, so that such aliens are immediately removed unless the alien is an unaccompanied minor, intends to apply for asylum or has a fear of persecution or torture in their home country, or claims to have lawful immigration status.

The memorandum said when illegal aliens apprehended do not pose a risk of a subsequent illegal entry, returning them to the foreign contiguous territory from which they arrived, pending the outcome of removal proceedings, saves the government detention and adjudication resources for other priority aliens.PTI

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SYL face-off: Section 144 invoked in Patiala, Ambala districts

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SYL face-off: Section 144 invoked in Patiala, Ambala districts

Posted on 22 February 2017 by GGS News

 SYL face-off: Section 144 invoked in Patiala, Ambala districts

Patiala : Sensing that the political considerations may not allow the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Haryana government to use much force against opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) that has given a call to dig Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal, the Punjab government has fortified Shambhu Barrier, the entry point of Punjab from the neighbouring state, to ensure status quo on the issue.

The government has barricaded roads, brick-walled bridges and deployed around 2,000 security personnel in the area. Drone cameras will be used to keep an eye on the movement of INLD workers on the Haryana side on Thursday, the day they are assembling at the Ambala Vegetable Market, 2km from the Shambu Barrier.As Punjab and Haryana police are gearing up to avoid a face-off between the two states, the ministry of home affairs, too, is keeping tabs on the situation. Both state governments have demanded central reserved forces, 20 battalions by Punjab and five by Haryana.

Authorities in Punjab apprehend that Haryana government may not use force against the INLD as the action may have negative political repercussions, considering the sensitivity of the issue. Punjab DGP Suresh Arora is personally monitoring the security arrangements at Shambu Barrier, the entry point of Punjab from Haryana , including aerial surveillance. “The status quo order of the Supreme Court on SYL will be maintained at all costs,” said Arora.
“I don’t want to comment on hypothetical questions, but let me make it clear that all possible measures has been taken, forces are ready to tackle any situation,” he said, when asked the number of people he was expecting at the site.

The DGP reviewed the arrangements and issued instructions to strengthen the barricading.

More than 5,000 policemen have been asked to reach Patiala and central reserve force will arrive on Thursday. He also held a series of meetings with police officers from Haryana and both sides agreed to work in tandem. Flanked by DGP (law and order) Hardeep Dhillon, Arora briefed the cops at Shambu Sarai, where a temporary control room has been set up.

Dhillon will keep tabs on situation and Patiala IG B Chander Shekhar will lead the force on Thursday.

A mock drill will be conducted on Wednesday. SSPs of Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar; DIG (Patiala), DIG (Ropar) and several commandants of various police battalions have been called to Patiala. The central security forces will be deputed as the first line of defence, along with the Punjab Police. Sangrur SSP has been ordered to stop the All India Sikh Students Federation march at Sanaur, where they are going to assemble.

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IAF man kills colleague over affair with wife, cuts body into 16 pieces; stores them in polythene bags

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IAF man kills colleague over affair with wife, cuts body into 16 pieces; stores them in polythene bags

Posted on 22 February 2017 by GGS News

Bathinda : An Air Force Sergeant from Bhisiana air force station in Punjab, and his wife have been arrested for allegedly murdering a colleague, chopping his body into pieces and stuffing it into polythene bags.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, police found pieces of the body of Vipin Shukla, a corporal in the Air Force Wives Welfare Association Canteen, stuffed in 16 polythene bags and hidden in different parts of the accused’s quarters.
Shukla had been missing before his body was recovered in pieces. The accused, Sulesh Kumar, and his wife Anuradha have been arrested and booked under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which relates to murder. However, Sulesh’s brother-in-law Shashi Bhushan, who worked in the Merchant Navy, is absconding, said the report.

Shukla (27), a resident of Gonda in Uttar Pradesh, joined the airforce in 2009 and was posted at the Bhisiana airforce station in May 2014. He went missing on February 8, said the report.

After his wife Kumkum complained to the police, a case of kidnapping was registered against unknown persons at Bathinda’s Nathana police station on February 15.

During a search in the area, the police detected a foul smell emanating from Sulesh Kumar’s residential quarters on Tuesday. Soon, they discovered Shukla’s cut-up body.

Kumar has confessed to his crime and claimed his motivation was Sulesh’s illict sexual relationship with his wife Anuradha.

“After discovering she was pregnant, Anuradha asked Vipin to marry her but he refused. He had also been spreading details of their relationship among other employees. Thus, Anuradha, with her husband and brother hatched a conspiracy to murder Vipin for revenge,” the Superintendent of Police at Bathinda was quoted as saying.

On the evening of February 8, Sulesh called Vipin to help him pack as he was to change his quarters, then attacked him with an axe, killing him. After packing Vipin Shukla’s body in a box, Sulesh took it to his new quarters.

On February 19, Sulesh cut the body into pieces with a meat knife and packed it in 16 polythene bags. He put some bags in the refrigerator and others in the wardrobe, the SP was quoted as saying.

The police are yet to ascertain how Sulesh planned to dispose of the body, said the report.

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N Chandrasekaran takes over as new Chairman today, says Tatas will lead, not follow

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N Chandrasekaran takes over as new Chairman today, says Tatas will lead, not follow

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

Mumbai : Tata veteran N Chandrasekaran on Tuesday took over as the chairman of Tata Sons, promising to deliver “industry leading” performance in all its businesses.
We will work together to deliver business performance which is industry leading in all our businesses, and lead …and not follow,” the 53-year-old Chandrasekaran told reporters outside the iconic headquarters of the $103-billion salt-to-software conglomerate- Bombay House.

“It is an honour and a privilege for me to assume this responsibility…I look forward to the opportunity to serve the group in this new role for the years to come and seek support from everyone so that we can collectively make it happen,” he said.The new Tata chief began his job chairing the Tata Sons Board meeting at Bombay House, sources said.

Chandrasekaran served TCS for three decades as it rose to become the largest IT company in the country and also the crown jewel for Tata Sons, the group holding company which is majority-owned by philanthropic trusts set up by the Tata family.

Chandra reached the group headquarters around 9:15 am and within a few minutes, Ratan Tata and other board members also arrived.

Yesterday, Chandra chaired the TCS Board meeting which declared the country’s largest share buyback worth Rs 16,000 crore.

Chandra succeeds 79-year-old Ratan Tata, who had come back as the interim chairman of the group after a surprise ouster of Cyrus Mistry as the chairman on October 24 last year.His removal led to a bitter corporate battle with Mistry coming out with not-so-palatable allegations about the functioning of the diversified group, including personal allegations against Ratan Tata himself.

The Tatas had rubbished all allegations and wrested control after removing Mistry from directorships at group companies and finally the holding company.

The group relies heavily on TCS and the acquired British automaker JLR, whereas other traditional businesses that made it a force to reckon with like steel, auto and hospitality, are not at the top of their mark, according to industry watchers.Marathon runner Chandrasekaran is the first non-family and non-Tata to lead the conglomerate.

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CCTV captures man jumping on tracks to save 8-year-old Russian kid, video goes viral

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CCTV captures man jumping on tracks to save 8-year-old Russian kid, video goes viral

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

Moscow : This is the moment a brave commuter selflessly jumped onto live train tracks to save the life of a young boy – while others stood by watching.
The shocking incident happened in the central Russian city of Yekaterinburg and was captured on CCTV cameras.
Footage shows the moment the unidentified eight-year-old fell onto the tracks on his way back from football practice.
He can be seen wandering around the platform while playing a video game on his mobile phone. At one point he wanders too close to the side and distracted, he falls onto the tracks.
He tries to get up but falls.
The rushing commuters take a few moments to check whether a train is oncoming before one selflessly jumps down and scoops the boy up.
He picks him up and passes him up to other passengers on the platform.
Just minutes later a train pulls in the station.
Police say the boy was hospitalised with a thigh joint fracture. It is not known who the rescuer was.
The boy’s father, identified only as Sergey, said: ‘He does not understand how he fell. He was walking, wanted to call his mother, got distracted by the phone and fell.
‘Some young men saved him and ran away. The kid is in state of shock. I would like to find the man to say thanks to him.’. (DailyMail)

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Reliance Jio’s tariff plan starts April 1; all domestic voice calls to be free: Mukesh Ambani

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Reliance Jio’s tariff plan starts April 1; all domestic voice calls to be free: Mukesh Ambani

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani made key announcements on his telecom venture Reliance Jio on Tuesday.
Reliance Jio, meanwhile, has crossed 100-million subscribers, in less than six months of its launch. Jio had crossed 50 million subscribers in just 83 days, adding at an average rate of 6 lakh subscribers per day and surpassing the subscriber addition rates of global giants like Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype.
Here are the live updates:
14:10 pm: Jio prime members can continue to enjoy unlimited benefits of New Year offer for another 12 months.
14:10 pm : Only Rs 303 per month or Rs 10 per day for another full year
14:09 pm : Enrollment will start from March 1 till 31 March 2017.
14:08 pm: Jio Prime membership for Rs 99 for 1 year from April 2017.
14:03 pm: In coming months, we will double data capacity. By 2017, Jio will be present in all villages of India covering 99% of population, says Ambani.
14:02 pm Lakhs of customers have done mobile no. portability in moving to Jio. I hope more customers will choose MNP and and make Jio their permanent home, says Ambani.
14:01 pm: From April 1, Reliance Jio will start its tariff plans. All domestic voice calls to remain free, no roaming charges, no hidden charges, says Ambani.
14:00 pm: 100 cr gigabytes of data was consumed on the Jio network.
13:56 pm: We have continued to build on our strengths for the last six months.
13:55 pm: India no. 1 country in world for mobile data usage. Before Jio India ranked 150 in mobile data usage
13:54 pm: 7 customers added per second to the network per day since Reliance Jio’s launch, says Ambani.
13:52 pm: Mukesh Ambani says Reliance Jio has crossed 100 mn customer mark in 170 days.


On December 2, 2016, RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani announced the extension of free services offer for customers till March 31, 2017.
The company is in the process of doubling the network, to four lakh digitally enabled outlets by March 2017. Jio has also introduced home delivery of Jio SIMs, Mukesh Ambani had said.
More recently, announcing its third quarter results, Reliance Industries had said that its telecom subsidiary Jio has garnered 72.4 million subscribers as of 31 December, 2016.
Aadhaar enabled us to acquire a million customer a day which is unheard of in the industry as a whole,” Mukesh Ambani said on February 16, 2017. Jio subscriber base is growing at a pace which it had itself had not expected at the time of launch.BT

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Robert Mugabe turns 93, vowing to rule on in Zimbabwe

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Robert Mugabe turns 93, vowing to rule on in Zimbabwe

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

Harare Province : Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the world`s oldest national ruler, turns 93 on Tuesday, defiantly vowing to remain in power despite growing signs of frailty and failing health.
He will celebrate with his staff in a private ceremony in Harare while supporters use state media to send their annual gushing messages of goodwill and congratulations.

The main celebrations will be held Saturday at Matobo National Park outside Bulawayo, Zimbabwe`s second-largest city, and are expected to attract thousands of officials and ZANU-PF party faithful.

Large game animals are often slaughtered for the occasion. In previous years, Mugabe has reportedly been offered elephants, buffalo, and impala for the feast.

Mugabe has ruled out any prospect of retiring soon, saying that ZANU-PF officials believe there is no “acceptable” alternative.

“The call to step down must come from my party… In such circumstances I will step down,” the state-owned Sunday Mail newspaper quoted Mugabe as saying in an interview aired late Monday.

“They want me to stand for elections… If I feel that I can`t do it any more, I will say so to my party so that they relieve me. But for now, I think I can`t say so,” he said.

“The majority of the people feel that there is no replacement, a successor who to them is acceptable,” Mugabe added.

The veteran leader came to power when Zimbabwe won independence in 1980 and his rule has been criticised for ruthless repression of dissent, election rigging, and for causing the country`s economic collapse.
Several incidents in recent years have highlighted his advanced age — including a fall in February 2015 at Harare airport.

In September of the same year he read a speech to parliament apparently unaware that he had delivered exactly the same address a month earlier.

Despite growing calls to step aside, his party has endorsed him as its candidate for general elections next year, and he remains widely respected as a liberation hero by other African leaders.

On Friday, his wife, Grace, claimed that Mugabe would be the voters` choice even after he dies.

She has also vowed to use a wheelchair to transport him to election rallies if needed.

Mugabe has avoided naming a successor, and his party is divided between factions hoping to succeed him.

Grace, 51, was appointed head of the ruling party`s women`s wing in a surprise move that could make her a possible successor to Mugabe.

Another leading candidate is Mugabe`s vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Last year, security forces brutally quelled a series of street protests in Harare, a rare public expression of opposition to Mugabe`s regime.

According to Bloomberg News, Zimbabwe`s economic output has halved since 2000 when many white-owned farms were seized by ZANU-PF supporters, leaving the key agricultural sector in ruins.AFP

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