Tamil actor 'Powerstar' Srinivasan arrested in cheating case
Tamil actor Srinivasan, popularly known as 'Powerstar' among his fans, was arrested Friday in a cheating case, police said.
Srinivasan was arrested after a police complaint was filed by Andhra Pradesh resident P.S. Ranganathan alleging that the actor cheated him of Rs.50 lakh on the pretext of helping him secure a loan of Rs.20 crore.
"He (Srinivasan) promised Ranganathan that he would secure him a loan of Rs.20 crore if he paid him a commission of Rs.50 lakh. Neither did he help him with the loan nor did he return the money he had charged as commission. He kept on dodging whenever he was asked to repay the money," an official of the Central Crime Branch of police here said.
Several such allegations have been made against Srinivasan, who is known for his work in Tamil films like "Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaya" and "Onbadhula Guru".
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Kamal Nath, is set to meet the leader of opposition, Sushma Swaraj on Monday over the parliamentary logjam.
Three get death penalty for rape, murder of minor girl in Indore
A local court today awarded death sentence to three youths for raping and murdering a four-year- old girl in Indore last year.
Additional District Court Judge Indira Singh handed down the capital punishment to Babu alias Chetan (22), Jitu alias Jetendra (20) and Sunny alias Devendra (22).
The trio was found guilty under various sections of the IPC related to rape, murder and abduction, among others, Public Prosecutor Hemant Mungee told PTI.
Pakistan to seal Afghan border May 11 for election
Pakistani officials say they'll seal their border with Afghanistan and restrict the movement of Afghan refugees on May 11 during parliamentary elections.
Officials at the Interior Ministry and the election commission said Friday the measure is aimed at preventing terrorist attacks during the vote.
Officials did not say how they would restrict the movement of hundreds of thousands of people spread out across the country or close the porous border.
Pakistan announced similar measures in the past but failed to take action.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.
About 1.6 million registered Afghan refugees and 1 million other Afghans live in Pakistan.
They are a legacy of their home country's repeated conflicts. Pakistanis often accuse them of importing terrorism and crime.
Law Minister Ashwani Kumar has met with the PM. He has not offered to resign, says NDTV.
According to the channel's sources, the minister has asked the PM to wait for the Supreme Court's decision on the matter of the draft report on the coalgate scam.
Bengal, north east hot-bed of investment frauds; NRIs major target: Probe
mid a raging controversy over alleged cheating of gullible investors by Saradha group, the regulators have found that West Bengal and North-Eastern states have become a hot-bed of such frauds and NRIs from these regions account for a large chunk of defrauded people.
While the Centre has announced an SFIO (Serious Fraud Investigation Office) probe into the affairs of Kolkata-based Saradha group and other such entities across the country, market regulator Sebi is also investigating illegal money-pooling activities of many such groups.
Law Minister Ashwani Kumar will not resign over the coalgate scam. The Congress has said that there is no question of the Law Minister's resignation and that the court will decide over the affidavit.
Chinese troops too far to bother Leh tourists, tweets Omar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the Chinese incursion in Ladakh region should not be linked with tourism in Leh as the Chinese troops were very far from the town.
"Can we please not link the Chinese incursion to Tourism in the region. The Chinese troops are too far to bother any tourists coming to Leh," Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.com.
Omar said referring to the Chinese incursion and tourists together created doubts in the minds of potential tourists intending to visit Ladakh.
"When we use the words 'Chinese troops' and 'tourists' in the same sentence, we create doubts where none existed," he added.
Leh and Kargil districts of the state have been favourite visiting places for foreign tourists as Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Disturbed Areas Act are not in force in these areas.
The BJP has demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister over the coalgate scam. The party has termed him as the "most dishonest Prime Minister" and called for his resignation. The party has also demanded the resignation of the Law Minister, Ashwani Kumar.
The Congress on its part has been dismissive of these demands.
Coal-Gate: CBI files affidavit that could be undoing of Law Minister
NDTV: The CBI has filed a written response to a crucial question put to it by the Supreme Court - did the government see the agency's report on its coal investigation before the document was submitted in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court last month?
Sources have confirmed that Law Minister Ashwani Kumar had previewed the report and made some changes to it. In the affidavit filed in court today, the CBI will likely say that it rejected many of the minister's suggested changes, and did not compromise its independent findings.
"Coal-Gate" is the moniker used for the scandal that erupted after the government's auditor said last year that 1.86 lakh crores had been lost because valuable coal fields were given to private players without a transparent bidding process.
The controversy is sensitive for the government because for some of the years under review, the Prime Minister held direct charge of the Coal Ministry.
"Why was this done?" Putin said. "To show 'we are the toughest here'. This is imperial behaviour."
Russia responded to the law with tit-for-tat sanctions against US officials, as well as a controversial ban on American families adopting Russian children.
"We warned them we would respond," Putin said. "We observe chaos everywhere and do not believe that the US position is undoubtedly correct," Putin added. "But this does not mean we do not need to straighten out relations with them."