On Wednesday, a huge Arab marriage racket including minor girls has been busted by the police in Hyderabad and 17 people were arrested including eight Omani and Qatari nationals and three qazis.
Amongst the arrested quazis was also the head qazi of Mumbai, Farid Ahmed Khan and along with him four hotel proprietors and five dealers of Hyderabad have been held.
City Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy said that the Arab sheikhs were marrying minor young ladies with the assistance of brokers, qazis and lodge proprietors. Of the sheikhs captured, five are Omani nationals and three Qatari.
The racket which was reported to be spreading from Hyderabad to Oman and to other Arab nations, was busted during the investigation concerning a case enlisted a month ago in Falaknuma area of the old city of Hyderabad.
A lady had filed a complaint to the police that her husband with the assistance of a few dealers ‘sold’ their minor little girl to a 70-year-old Omani national Ahmed Abdullah. Their daughter is now stuck in Oman.
The police said that efforts were on to safeguard the girl and arrest the accused and bring them to Hyderabad.
PTI, Business Standard
After Hyderabad’s Inorbit Mall that faced the flak for high parking fees, it’s time for the malls in Pune to brace themselves since something similar might happen with them.
President of All India Grahak Panchayat, Vijay Sagar said,“We are also writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Fadnavis, demanding the removal of parking fees in malls. We have asked that the government should take back all the money paid till date. If the police do not initiate action, we will help the consumers approach the court.”
This week, the police booked a case against Inorbit Mall in Cyberabad, Hyderabad for charging Rs 30 for the vehicle parked only for 10 minutes. The case was registered with police by a resident named Vijay Gopal after he was charged such hefty fee.
Puneites have demanded similar action against the mall and advocate Asim Sarode wrote a letter to Devendra Fadnavis. He has also planned to meet Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla to demand legal action.
Mr. Sarode explained that parking space in malls is not included in Floor Space Index (FSI) and does not come in the ambit of property tax. Thus one cannot use it for commercial gains. He notified about necessary actions taken and also the request to amend the law and issue a Government Resolution (GR).
However, some citizen argued that malls providing an underground parking space need to build a slab and supporting columns. Some places even provide mechanized parking and thus such constructions require money to build. It also requires operational cost like the cleaning and security staff.
Nonetheless, parking charges at many malls in Pune are high.
Source: Pune Mirror
The Special Operation Team of Cyberabad busted a prostitution racket in 12 massage parlours and spas in Hyderabad on August 19. Approximately 65 women have been rescued in this operation, out of which 34 are from Thailand and 21 from North-eastern states.
The 12 places raided were all in the prime IT area-Gachibowli and Madhapur, and some of them were in posh commercial areas. According to the Indian Express, a police official said, “We found that these centers have been indulging in women trafficking by procuring girls from Thailand, Northeastern states and some local girls. They were virtually running brothel houses under the guise of massage or spa parlours.”
The Cyberabad police arrested the owner of Tripad Venus and Healing Services Pvt Ltd, Dasari Sidhartha, who operated these parlours. His business partners Venkatareddy and Balasubramanyam have been absconding. Sidhartha, along with agents in Bangkok and Mumbai duped several women under the false pretence of offering jobs in massage centres on monthly payment; and would confiscate their passport once the women reached Hyderabad. The accused earned 90 lakhs per month from these massage parlours.
Police also stated that the parlours allowed cross gender massage which is illegal. As per the law, only male masseurs can attend male customers and vice-a-versa. In addition to this, it was found out that the spas broke the norms including transparent glass doors, CCTV cameras and maintaining registers for recording customer preferences.
Meanwhile, the rescued women will be shifted to protection home.
Sources: Indian Express, Hindu
A three-year-old girl from Hyderabad is suffering from a strange medical condition which causes her to bleed not only from the nose but also from ears, eyes and other parts of the body.
It was 16 months ago when Ahana Afsal started bleeding from her nose but doctors at that time said she only had a high fever.
“When she was one year old she started bleeding from her nose. But doctors told me at that point in time that she was suffering from Pneumonia. The doctors did not answer when I asked if she will ever be completely fine” Afzal said to ANI.
Dr. Sirisha who is treating Ahana said to ANI that she is suffering from a rare condition called Hematidrosis. She added that she had to be admitted to the hospital many times and undergo multiple transfusions. “The disease affects one’s physical health badly. Ahana is not permanently cured yet but the process is going on”, she said.
Ahana’s father also said he will approach the government so that they support his daughter’s treatment.
Hematidrosis is a condition in which the patients bleed from various parts of their body. This causes due to the rupturing of the capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands. Even though the condition is not fatal but it needs serious medical treatment.
Sources: Times of India, Indian Express
Yasin Bhatkal and four other Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives were sentenced to death on December 19, 2016 in relation to the twin blasts in Hyderabad in 2013. The blasts which occurred at Dilshuk Nagar killed 130 people. Yasin Bhatkal is the founder of the terror outfit and this is the first time the National Investigative Agency (NIA) has convicted a top leader of the organisation.
Yasin Bhatkal, Haddi, Zia Ur Rehman, Mohammed Akhtar and Ajaz Shaikh were held guilty by an NIA court on December 13. However, the prime suspect and the mastermind behind the attack, Riyaz Bhatkal (Yasin Bhatkal’s brother) is on the run and is believed to be in Pakistan.
As reported by the Firstpost, “It was a wonderful investigation carried out by the team in which every evidence was examined minutely. This is the first ever conviction of Indian Mujahideen cadres,” said Sharad Kumar, Director General of NIA.
According to the Hindustan Times, “The NIA court felt that the twin blasts case falls in the category of rarest of rarest crimes and hence, all the five accused are liable for death sentence,” the National Investigation Agency (NIA) advocate told reporters.
Besides the death sentence, the court also imposed penalties ranging from Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000 on the five convicts.
Sources: Indian Express, Hindustan Times, NDTV, FirstPost
As a seven storey building collapsed at late night yesterday in Nakaramguda, Hyderabad; five people have already been declared dead and many more remain stranded inside the debris of the massive under- construction building.
According to Business Standard, three bodies have recovered and two have been sent to hospitals. Cyberabad Police Commissioner told to the press earlier in the day that Rekha (35) and her four year old son have been pulled out from the site alive. Except from one family all the victims of the tragic incident are workers who lived in the cellar of that building.
Rescue operations are underway since morning with National Disaster Response Force ( NDRF)along with workers from local administration working hand in hand and it could move well into the night; Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan, Mayor of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation told the PTI.
14 people were reported to be trapped inside the building and any more survivors are very unlikely said the rescue officials to NDTV.
“The building was poorly constructed and flouted norms in the materials used, hence the collapse,” said the Mayor.
Telengana state authority is promised to take strong actions against the building owner over alleged violation of construction rules and the officials who were involved in the sanction of the plans.
SOURCES: Indian Express, Business Standard, NDTV
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The Election Commission of India has been granted Rs 1009 crore to purchase new Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). This step has been taken to update the old machines before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The purchase will take place through Bharat Electronic Ltd (BEL), Bengaluru and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), Hyderabad.
According to the Saturday’s approval,the election body has been assigned to buy 4,10,000 Ballot Units (BUs) and 3,14,000 Control Units (CUs) during 2017-18 and 4,35,306 Ballot Units and 71,716 control units during 2018-19. It will be a conjectural unit cost of Rs 7,700,and Rs 9,300 respectively. The approximate cost will be will be Rs 1,009.6 crore.
On Wednesday, The Union Cabinet has also given the poll body the authority to choose and to decide the amount to be ordered on BEL and ECIL as well. The decision should be based on their production capacity,and past performance in supply of machines. This will help Commission to manage everything. The Law Ministry stated to The Indian Express, “This would facilitate phasing out of obsolete electronic voting machines procured during 2000-2005. It will enable the Commission to replenish the stock with a view to meet the requirement of conducting General Elections to Lok Sabha and some of the state assemblies due in 2019”.
On July 20, the Union Cabinet had approved a similar proposal out by Election Commission to buy nearly 14 lakh new EVMs, the first tranche at a cost of Rs 9,200 crore during 2016-17 as well.
SOURCES: The Indian Express, TOI
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