Live: Saradha Group's Sudipto Sen gets 3 years in prison

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014 10:34 hrs

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Saradha Group's Sudipto Sen gets 3 years in prison

Saradha Group head Sudipto Sen was Friday sentenced to three years in prison for defaulting on depositing the provident fund dues of his employees.

The magistrate of Bidhannagar court Swati Mukhopadhyay also fined Sen Rs.10,000 in the case related to default of provident fund amount of Rs.3.68 lakh filed last year.

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US lawmakers want Diwali holiday in New York schools

Noting that Diwali has been gaining increasing recognition in the US, six US lawmakers have urged New York City's education department to include the Indian festival of lights among new public school holidays.

The plea was made in a letter Thursday by Joe Crowley, Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, along with House members Charles B. Rangel, Grace Meng, Gregory W. Meeks, Yvette D. Clarke, and Carolyn B. Maloney

"We appreciate your consideration of school holidays that reflect our diverse city and ensure that students aren't forced to choose between attending school and observing important holidays with their families," wrote the lawmakers in the letter to schools to schools chancellor Carmen Farina.

Diwali is a festival of great significance to millions of Indians and Indian Americans and is widely celebrated amongst the three million-plus Indian-American community, as well as others, noted a media release from Crowley's office.

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Rajya Sabha okays President's rule in Delhi

The Rajya Sabha Friday passed a resolution to impose President's rule in Delhi. The resolution was presented in the upper house by Minister of State for Home Affairs R.P.N. Singh.

The house passed the resolution with a voice vote.

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AP Governor accepts Kiran Reddy's resignation

Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan has accepted the resignation of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and asked him to continue in office till alternative arrangements are made.

"Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh submitted his resignation to the Governor. The Governor, while accepting the resignation with effect from 19-2-2014, requested Reddy and his colleagues in the Council of Ministers to continue in office till alternative arrangements are made," a Raj Bhavan communique said.

The official communication puts to an end the confusion for the past two days over the status of the resignation and the status of the council of ministers.

Reddy had submitted his resignation to the Governor on February 19 in protest against the Congress' and Centre's decision to divide AP and the way the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill was dealt with in Parliament.

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Setback for Kejriwal in power bill waiver

The Delhi High Court on Friday stayed the February 12 order passed by the now-fallen Arvind Kejriwal government that would have given a 50 per cent waiver to power bill defaulters.

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Hyderabad airport put on red alert after threat letter

The Hyderabad international airport was today put on high alert after an anonymous letter threatening that explosives will be used and transported through a flight was received at the facility.

Sources said the Chief Airport Security Officer (CASO) of the sprawling complex received the letter which threatened that "explosives" will be used and transported through a flight which may take-off or land at the airport.

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Houses to be adjourned sine die on last day of Parliament

The 15th Lok Sabha which witnessed unprecedented violence will not be extended as requested by the government which was planning to pass some key bills on the last day.

Both the houses of the Parliament will remain adjourned sine die on Friday after the BJP refused to extend the session.

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Tough to provide security to IPL during elections, admits Home Minister

As it happened in 2009, the Central Government on Friday made clear that it will not be able to provide security to the Indian Premier League matches which clash with the Lok Sabha elections.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has told a national daily that it will be 'tough' to manage the security hassles surrounding two big events.

The IPL may not be partly held in South Africa now.

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AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal writes to Narendra Modi over gas pricing

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TRS, Congress may strike alliance in Telangana

After the Telangana Bill was passed in both the houses of the Parliament, the Congress has reportedly started calculating its Lok Sabha election chances in the newly formed state this year.

TV reports said that the TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao and Sonia Gandhi would meet and discuss a pre-poll alliance. There were also talks of a merger which the TRS played down but admitted of a pre-poll alliance with Sonia and her party.

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Obama to meet Dalai Lama

US President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet the Dalai Lama Friday morning at the White House.

The White House made the announcement while releasing Obama's daily schedule, adding the meeting would be closed to press, reported Xinhua.

It will be the third time that Obama meets the Dalai Lama. Their previous meetings in February 2010 and July 2011, respectively, drew strong protests from China.

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F1 boss Ecclestone wins 85 mn-pound damages claim

Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly won an 85 million-pound damages claim against him by a German media group, although he admitted that he did pay a bribe over a sale of F1 shares.

Lawyers for Constantin Medien, which had an interest in the 2006 sale of a German bank-owned F1 stake to private equity group CVC Capital Partners, claimed that the sale was agreed 'without the normal and proper process' and for an undervalued price, and was seeking 85 million pounds in compensation.

However, the BBC reports a High Court judge ruled that the damages claim failed because it had been 'no part' of 'Ecclestone's purpose for shares to be sold at an undervalue', adding that there had been no financial loss to Constantin Medien.

But the judge found that Ecclestone had made a 'corrupt' deal and he had been not 'reliable or truthful' during the case in London.

The report mentioned that the decision was seen as one that could have effectively brought about the end of one of the most powerful tenures in the history of motorsport - or sport generally.

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US Army chief of staff meets top Chinese generals

The U.S. Army chief met with top Chinese generals in Beijing Friday amid regional tensions and efforts to build trust between the two nation's militaries.

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno was greeted with full military honors Friday morning at China's Defense Ministry and had a full day of meetings scheduled in addition to an event at prestigious Peking University.

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67 confirmed dead in Ukraine violence

At least 67 people have been killed in three days of violence in Ukranian capital city, the Kiev City Administration confirmed Thursday, adding 551 people suffered injuries of which 332 have been hospitalised since Tuesday.

There were 22 bodies of other demonstrators in a camp where medics treat wounded activists, Xinhua quoted witnessing telling a TV channel.

Moreover, the country's Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko said that at least 13 police officers have been killed and 67 captured by radical demonstrators since Tuesday.

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'Gabbar Singh 2' to be launched Friday

The highly anticipated sequel to Pawan Kalyan-starrer Telugu blockbuster "Gabbar Singh", will be launched here Friday while the regular shooting will commence from April. The film will be produced by Pawan and his friend Sharath Marar.

"Gabbar Singh" was the Telugu remake of "Dabangg".

"Pawan Kalyan's much awaited film with Sampath Nandi formal puja with unit members tomorrow. Regular shooting will start around April," posted Pawan Kalyan's manager on his Twitter page.

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