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500 crores, seven states, two lakh investors: one couple's scam
A couple has been arrested for allegedly duping around two lakh investors from seven states of nearly Rs. 500 crore by promising them high returns on their investment through their firm dealing in stock market, police said on Monday.
"After a hunt of one year, Ulhas Prabhakar Khaire, 33, a resident of Nagpur, and his 30-year-old wife Raksha J Urs were arrested from Maharashtra's Ratnagiri town on Saturday by the Delhi Police's Economic Offences Wing for duping over two lakh people from Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra," Joint Commissioner of Police, Economic Offences Wing, Sandeep Goel said.
"Till date we have received 14,303 complaints in Delhi but during investigations we found that there were about 2,05,062 investors who had invested Rs. 10,000 or more totalling an investment of about Rs. 493 crore in M/s Stock Guru India," he said, adding that the duo was managing to evade arrest by hiding in Moradabad, Dehradun, Alwar, Nagpur and Goa.
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Rakhi says Digvijay attacked her 'noble character', seeks action
Irked over Digvijay Singh's remark comparing her to Arvind Kejriwal, Bollywood item girl Rakhi Sawant has issued letters to Mumbai police Commissioner and Maharashtra Home Secretary asking them to book the Congress general secretary for "outraging" her modesty.
Claiming to be "deeply aggrieved" by Singh's comments, Sawant has said she has also asked her lawyer to issue a defamation notice to the Congress leader and seek Rs 50 crore in damages for attacking her "noble character".
In her letter to the police Commissioner Satyapal Singh, state Home Secretary and senior police inspector of suburban Goregaon police station, Sawant has said, "I do not know Digvijay personally. By passing such comment he (Digvijay) has lowered my image and reputation."
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Diwali dampener: Industrial production, exports shrink, inflation rises
Hopes of early economic revival were belied with key data released on the eve of Diwali showing contraction in industrial production, continued decline in exports and rise in retail inflation.
Besides, the much-talked spectrum auction received a lukewarm response from telecom operators, casting doubts whether the government will be able to realise Rs 40,000 crore as targeted from sale of radio waves.
After raising hopes of revival in August, the industrial production contracted again, shrinking by 0.4 per cent in September due to dismal show by the manufacturing sector.
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Chandigarh teen's doodle on Google Nov 14
More than 100 million people across India will take a dekko at an Indian emblem, a winning Google doodle, on the search engine's homepage Children's Day Nov 14, the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.
The doodle, "A Prism of Multiplicity" showing a soccer player, a kathakali dancer, gold jewellery, a peacock, a farmer and flowers, was created by Arun Kumar Yadav, a teenager and a student from Chandigarh.
Yadav was declared winner of the Doodle4Google contest, which received 200,000 submissions from 60 Indian cities.
Spectrum auction gets lukewarm response in initial rounds
Telecom spectrum auction opened to a lukewarm response on Monday with key circles such as Delhi and Mumbai finding no takers in the initial rounds.
There were no applications for pan-India spectrum, the base price for which was set at Rs 14,000 crore that the industry said was too high.
The government was looking to raise Rs 40,000 crore from the auction.
President urges nation to celebrate pollution-free Diwali
Conveying his greetings on the occasion of Diwali, President Pranab Mukherjee Monday urged the countrymen "to try and celebrate a pollution-free Diwali".
In his message, President Mukherjee said: "On the joyous occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to my countrymen in India and around the world... I urge all Indians to try and celebrate a pollution-free Diwali."
"Diwali is a time for festivity and happiness cutting across all faiths and cultures. It is an occasion to share our joy with those who are needy and deprived. The diyas (earthen lamps) lit on the moonless night of Diwali signify the end of the darkness of ignorance and the beginning of light that enlightens all," he added.
The president urged people to channelise their energies towards vanquishing want and suffering and strive hard for the collective growth of the country on the auspicious occasion.
"May this festival of lights dispel darkness and bring joy and prosperity to all," he said.
Pinki Pramanik charged with rape, after test confirms athlete is male
Athlete Pinki Pramanik was charged with rape and cheating after medical test done on her confirmed the athlete to be male.
The police filed chargesheet in Barasat Court based on the test report, which was conducted by a board of doctors at SSKM hospital, Kolkata.
Karzai in India to woo investment in Afghanistan
Visiting President Hamid Karzai on Monday urged Indian companies to invest in Afghanistan, with India's leader saying economic development in the war-torn country would contribute to stability in the region.
"Investment opportunities are better today in Afghanistan, a country that is more confident of its future," Karzai said at a news conference with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Karzai's five-day visit was also being viewed as a bid to shore up security in the faction-ridden region before the planned departure of most NATO troops in 2014.
'Undermining CAG would boomerang on Congress'
Attempts to undermine the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) would boomerang on the Congress and scams would not vanish if constitutional bodies like the CAG were painted black, a senior BJP leader said Monday.
"Scams would not go away by painting CAG black. Such attempts would boomerang on the Congress," former party president M. Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here.
Naidu said the government's attempts to make the CAG a multi-member body was aimed at undermining the authority of the CAG's office.
Naidu said the government and the Congress party were unable to digest the independence of the CAG, and thus sought to make it a multi-member body.
"Earlier, in the appointment of the CVC (Chief Vigilance Commissioner) the government tried to appoint a person (P.J. Thomas) who was facing an inquiry," Naidu said.
According to Naidu, the Congress always tried to weaken institutions whenever the government found itself in trouble.
He added that right from top to bottom, from the prime minister to party functionary, the Congress was trying to run down the CAG after its findings on the allocation of 2G telecom spectrum, coal blocks and Commonwealth Games.
Naidu declined to comment on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader M.G. Vaidya's observations that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was behind the campaign against BJP president Nitin Gadkari.
Bieber not giving up on Gomez
Teen sensation Justin Bieber has reportedly vowed to "not give up" on his relationship with Selena Gomez.
The couple reportedly split up last week after going public with their relationship in February 2011.
According to tmz.com, Bieber, 18, is determined to make the relationship work despite the couple's busy schedules.
A source close to Bieber said the rumours that the singer is involved with 19-year-old Victoria's Secret model Barbara Palvin are untrue.
He is also allegedly keen to to get back with Gomez, as they have apparently broken up several times before only to reunite.
Neither Bieber nor Gomez have come out to publicly confirm or deny the split reports.
Last month, though, Bieber seemed to hint at a split when he posted a black-and-white photo of himself with the caption 'Lingse' - an anagram of 'Single' - on Instagram.
Identity of second woman emerges in David Petraeus' downfall
The FBI investigation into CIA Director David Petraeus's extramarital affair was reportedly triggered by a string of harassing emails sent by his mistress and biographer to a perceived love rival, warning her to 'stay away from my guy'.
Paula Broadwell allegedly sent a number of threatening emails to Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old civilian who organized parties for the US military, who became frightened and turned to the FBI for help.
As federal agents began reviewing the emails they quickly realised that Petraeus was involved in a sexual affair with a married woman and began an investigation to see if there had been any breach of national security.
Although the emails, believed to have been sent anonymously by Broadwell, 40, were said to have contained hints at classified information, the FBI concluded that there was no security threat and that they were instead looking at a case of lover's jealousy, the Telegraph reports.
According to the report, Broadwell, a mother of two, wrote an email to Kelley and warned her to back off from the 60-year-old former general.
Kelley occasionally volunteered to organise social events for the US military in Florida at the time General Petraeus was running US Central Command and based in the same state.
"We and our family have been friends with Gen Petraeus and his family for over five years. We respect his and his family's privacy and want the same for us and our three children," Kelley said in a statement.
Chennai students spread message of a pollution-free Diwali
Diwali's here and celebration spells fireworks for most of us. But, not without the thought of pollution nagging most of us, mind you.
While a lot of us simply talk about environmental pollution during Diwali, a group of youngsters actually conceived a way of
sensitizing the masses about the use of fireworks through D-Day, an event which brought together students from across city schools together to spread the message.
The event, organised by The Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI), a wildlife conservation and habitat restoration group, was held on 5 November and saw students competing on various themes which included a quiz, junk art, public service videos, photography, JAM to Environment Lawyer and eco drama.
EFI staged a 40-minute musical drama emphasizing on the need to abandon fireworks, its harmful effects on nature and the trauma it causes to animals.
First 2G auction round ends with poor response from telcos
The first round of spectrum auctions is over, but according to TV reports, the response from players has been poor.
This poor participation was expected because of the high reserve price of Rs 14,000 crore for 5 MHz of 2G spectrum. Sources told CNNIBN that the government has received no bids for 2G spectrum in five to six of the top circles.
In order to nudge telcos bidding for spectrum to opt for upfront payment instead of staggered payments, successful bidders will now be able to raise debt overseas to help the government maximise its proceeds.
No bidders for Delhi, Mumbai in 2G auction
There were no bidders for Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Karnataka circles during the auction of 2G spectrum for the 1800 MHz band which is currently underway. The bidding process began at 9 am and will continue till 7.30 pm.
Bidders will have a total of 240 minutes of extension time to be used in the entire auction process.
Only five operators—Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Telenor and Videocon—will bid for GSM (Global System for Mobiles) airwaves. No player has applied for a pan-India licence.
Suspended TMC leader arrested for threatening hospital staff
Suspended Trinamool Congress leader Ashish Dey, who was caught on camera threatening the staff of a private hospital at gun point was arrested on Monday after he surrendered. The incident took place in Birbhum on Friday. Ashish Dey is the TMC's district secretary. Eyewitnesses claim Dey was allegedly angry at the recent induction of a doctor in the hospital.
Holmes to spend Thanksgiving with Cruise?
Actress Katie Holmes will reportedly spend Thanksgiving with ex-husband Tom Cruise for the sake of their daughter.
Holmes and Cruise parted ways in August this year but want to make the festival day special for their six-year-old daughter Suri. They got married in Italy in 2006 after meeting in April 2005.
"Tom and Katie are determined to show Suri that they're still friends and devoted parents," okmagazine quoted a source as saying.
"They know it will mean so much for her, and both are happy to swallow their pride to make sure she has a fun holiday. Thanksgiving has always been a really big deal for them," the source added.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to meet PM Manmohan Singh today
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai arrived in the Indian capital on Sunday evening on the second leg of his state visit during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and explore the prospect of enhancing India's role in training Afghan security forces. Karzai arrived in New Delhi from Mumbai, where he had begun the first leg of his tour November 9.
The Afghan president will hold delegation-level talks with Manmohan Singh on Monday after which the two sides will sign four agreements in diverse areas, including mines and fertilizers, youth affairs, small development projects and fertilizers.
In Mumbai, Karzai promised business leaders a "red carpet" welcome for more Indian investment in Afghanistan as US-led NATO forces prepare to withdraw
Singles Day considered as China's online shopping holiday
Lei Shujie, a designer in Shanghai, piled up a wish list for the quirky holiday dubbed "Singles Day" that has grown into China's — and possibly the world's — busiest online shopping day.
Clothes, a pillow, a cabinet to give a friend — Lei put off buying until Sunday, when retailers promised discounts of up to 70 percent. "The prices are irresistible," she said.
Singles Day was begun by Chinese college students in the 1990s as a version of Valentine's Day for people without romantic partners. The timing was based on the date: Nov. 11, or "11.11" — four singles. Unattached young people would treat each other to dinner or give gifts to woo that special someone and end their single status.
Congress wants answers on Petraeus affair
Members of Congress said Sunday they want to know more details about the FBI investigation that revealed an extramarital affair between ex-CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer, questioning when the retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren't told sooner.
"We received no advanced notice. It was like a lightning bolt," said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The FBI was investigating harassing emails sent by Petraeus biographer and girlfriend Paula Broadwell to a second woman. That probe of Broadwell's emails revealed the affair between Broadwell and Petraeus. The FBI contacted Petraeus and other intelligence officials, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asked Petraeus to resign.
A senior U.S. military official identified the second woman as Jill Kelley, 37, who lives in Tampa, Fla., and serves as an unpaid social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where the military's Central Command and Special Operations Command are located.
8.00 amThe auction for 2G spectrum starts today with five companies in the fray. Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone India, Telenor and Videocon have expressed interest for various circles.The Government is expecting at least Rs 14,000 crore from these auctions, but given the low level of interest it is unlikely to achieve the target. Bharti Airtel’s Chairman and Managing Director Sunil Bharti Mittal said last week that the auction could get over in a day or two unlike the auction for 3G and broadband spectrum held in 2010 that lasted for nearly a month.The auction is being held after the Supreme Court cancelled all licences issued on or after January 10, 2008. But barring Telenor and Videocon, none of the other players whose licences were cancelled is participating in this auction.