Chandrakant Kavlekar booked by ACB in DA case

After filing a case against Chandrakant Kavlekar, leader of opposition in Goa Assembly, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has booked his wife, Savitri for abetting the crime in the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case.

The ACB conducted raids at three of Kavlekar’s residences and offices at various places including in Betul.

The ACB released a statement that said that Kavlekar has combined wealth in the form of movable and immovable properties within and outside the state of Goa.

“It was also revealed that Kavlekar has purchased around 14 different landed properties worth Crores of rupees in the State of Kerala. He has not even disclosed the details of properties purchased by him in the state of Kerala in his Asset 84 Liability Statement submitted before the Institution of Goa Lokayukta during the period from the year 2013 to 2015,” read the statement.

According to the statement, Kavlekar amassed disproportionate assets of Rs 4,78,58.471, which was 59.21 percent above their known source of income. This was during the check period from January 2007 to April 2013, when Chandrakant was serving as the chairman of the Goa industrial development corporation (GIDC).

He has been booked under Prevention of Corruption act of 1988- section 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (e) and under the Section 109 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Kavlekar is a three-term member of the Goa Legislative Assembly and represents the Quepem constituency and earlier in the day ACB filed a FIR against him in the said case.

Sources: ANI, Business Standard

IEDs recovered in GNLA hideout by police

Meghalaya police recovered two powerful IEDs on Wednesday evening at around 8.30 pm. They suspect that these IEDs were left behind by fleeting units of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) after their last encounter with security forces on Sunday.
Abraham Sangma, SP of South Garo Hills, told ANI, “The IEDs were diffused by the bomb squad today.”
“The presence of the claymore type IEDs points to the fact that the outfit was looking to use them against police personnel who came for operations,” the SP added.
On Sunday last, Meghalaya police had raided a GNLA hideaway at Kenibadima village that comes under Chokpot Police Station limits. The police had received a tip-off that the commander of the outfit Sohan D Shira and Dristi Rajkhowa of ULFA were residing in the camp.
The central intelligence agency, two months ago, had recovered a picture of Rajkhowa in South Garo hills. Since Sunday, the special force-10 and CRPF’s commandos are on a search to nab the leader and the troops of GNLA, who are on a run in the jungle of Garo Hills.

Kanpur woman seeks President’s permission to euthanise son

Being unable to collect a sum of Rs 10,000 for the treatment of her son suffering from skin cancer, Kanpur woman, Janaki, wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, seeking permission to euthanize her son. The woman informed ANI that she doesn’t have money for treatment of her son.

The doctor diagnosed her son with skin cancer and demanded a sum of Rs 10,000 for his treatment. When Janaki told him she doesn’t have that kind of money, the doctor refused to treat her son.

In order to receive some help, she contacted the District Magistrate, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, district officer, collector and MLA of UP, Nilima Katiyar. Out of all the people, she met, most ignored her situation but MLA Katiyar. She wrote a letter to Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath requesting him to help her from the state’s relief fund. However, the letter dated May 14, 2017, did not receive any response from the CM.

Janaki, has no source of income or even a house to live. She was given shelter by Mahant Amarnathpuri and has been supporting her for four years now.

“We have received no help from any government in the past five to six months. We are buying medicines by collecting money through charity,” Amarnathpuri told ANI.

President Kovind will soon visit his hometown Kanpur. Thus, Janaki wrote the letter requesting to euthanise her son. Janaki and Amarnathpuri wish to meet the President and convey their problem to him in person.


The Indian Express, ANI

Lalbaugcha Raja fined Rs 4.86 lakh

It’s not new for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to fine Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanil Ganeshotsav Mandal post Ganesh Chaturthi. Thus, keeping up with this tradition, it has fined an amount of Rs 4.86 lakh for damaging the roads and leaving behind over 200 potholes during the 12-day Ganeshotsav celebrations. The Mandal last year too paid an amount of Rs 4.5 Lakh.

Vishwas Mote, assistant commissioner, F-south ward, told that the fine was implemented for damaging the road while erecting pandal and creating dividers in order to maintain the queues of devotees.

An official from F-south ward told Hindustan Times, “We have started fixing the potholes instead of waiting for the mandals to pay the fine. Even as we assess the damage done to the roads by pandals, all the roads will be repaired within a week.”

Balasaheb Kamble, president Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, said, “We are yet to receive a BMC notice regarding the fine. We will pay if the roads were damaged because of our pandal. But this year, we took additional precaution and filled all the holes created by us. It’s impossible that there are more than 200 potholes because of us. Moreover, our pandal was built on a ground. The queue for Lalbaugcha Raja is the longest, so the BMC assumes that all the potholes in the area were left by us.”

Sources: Hindustan Times and Asian Age


DRI seizes gold worth Rs 2 crore, smuggled in India

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized more than seven kilograms of gold bar smuggled into India from Bangladesh, reported Financial Express and Business standards. The value of these gold bar is estimated to be over Rs two crores.

Nearly 50 gold bars having foreign markings, weighing 7412.43 grams, and valued at over Rs 2.04 crore were found and seized from the three accused. The agency was working on a tip-off. They got hold of a black Alto car from the eastern part of Kolkata and arrested the three accused Indrajit Biswas, Selim Molla and Rabiul Islam, who hail from India-Bangladesh border areas.

The accused admitted of smuggling the gold bars from Bangladesh into

India. The accused were supposed to further deliver them at Kolkata. All the three accused had been produced before the court and have been remanded judicial custody till September 21.

This year, the agency has seized over 150 kg of gold from West Bengal and north-eastern states. The value of this is valued close to Rs 44 crore in the market, which was smuggled from Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Bhutan.

News Source: Financial Express, Business Standard

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m-Aadhar a prescribed ID proof- Rail Ministry

A sigh of relief came for people travelling through trains when the railway ministry on Wednesday declared to permit m-Aadhaar that is, Aadhaar card on mobile applications, as one of the proposed proofs of identity for travellers in any reserved class.

An official release quoted, “m-Aadhaar when shown by the passenger on his/her mobile after entering the password should be accepted as proof of identity for undertaking a journey in any reserved class over Indian Railways.

m-Aadhaar is an application launched by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Using this application on their mobile phone, a person can download his/her Aadhaar card. This process can be done on the mobile number linked to a person’s Aadhar card. After which, the traveller can open the application and enter his/her password to show this identity proof, reported ANI.

This application and its process will help a person secure their private information and travel with ease without the fear of losing their Aadhaar card which has become an important identity proof currently.

News Source: Business Standard, ANI

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Pak violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch 

Pakistan early today violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LOC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. It resorted to firing on forward posts, reported PTI.

The firing from across the border in Debraj, Krishna Ghati and Ishapur in Mendhar sector started at around 10.30 am, resulting in retaliation by Indian troops guarding the border, a police official informed PTI. The fire continued for a significant time until the last report was received by the police official. However, no immediate casualty was reported.

On September 7, two Army porters were injured in Pakistani firing, which lasted for 10 minutes. In similar event on September 1, assistant sub inspector (ASI) Kamaljit Singh of Border Security Force (BSF) succumbed to death after suffering from bullet injuries. He was provided medical aid but could not make it.

Similar events of Pakistan violating the ceasefire have occurred earlier this month on September 4 and September 3. The timeline of Pakistan violating ceasefire continues late in August, on August 30 and August 26. On August 26, BSF troops had retaliated against violations and killed three Pakistani Rangers. On 25 August, a BSF Jawan was injured in sniper fire by Pak Rangers along the IB in Jammu.

Source: PTI