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Allahabad HC acquits Talwars in Aarushi murder case, gives benefit of doubt

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Uttar Pradesh, Oct 12: Setting aside the CBI court’s order, the Allahabad High Court acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in Aarushi Talwar murder case on Thursday.

A bench of Justice B.K. Narayana and Justice A.K. Mishra acquitted the couple for the murder of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar at her Jalvayu Vihar home in Noida on May 16, 2008.

Their lawyer Rebecca John said the evidence presented by the CBI “did not stand judicial scrutiny and that is the end of it”.

Pinaki Misra, another defence counsel, said the CBI court judgment was “absolutely perverse and the High Court has set it aside correctly”.

The court observed that as per circumstances and evidence on record they cannot be held guilty.

After a Special CBI Court in Ghaziabad convicted them for the murders in 2013 and handed them life terms, the Talwars appealed in the Allahabad High Court against the verdict.

The Talwars were lodged in Dasna jail in Ghaziabad district ever since their 2013 conviction.

While CBI is waiting for the copy of the judgement and will decide their next course of action after studying it.

Five years after 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj were found murdered, Special CBI Judge S Lal convicted Aarushi’s parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar of murder and conspiracy.

Aarushi was found murdered in her bedroom, following which Hemraj was initially a suspect. However, his body too was found in a pool of blood a day later on the terrace of the house.

The UP Police accused Rajesh Talwar of killing his daughter in a fit of rage after he allegedly found Aarushi in a compromising situation with Hemraj. Rajesh Talwar was arrested on May 23, 2008.

On May 31, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the case. It initially absolved the parents of conspiracy and murder but later held them responsible.

On June 13, Rajesh Talwar’s compounder Krishna was arrested by the CBI. Ten days later, Raj Kumar, a servant of a doctor friend of the Talwars, and Vijay Mandal, the domestic help of the Talwars’ neighbour, were also nabbed.

The three were later freed after no evidence was found against them.

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Your money is safe in banks, says Modi on FRDI

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New Delhi, Dec 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday sought to allay the fears of bank account holders, saying their deposits in banks will be safe and their interests would not be harmed in any way.

Addressing the Ficci annual general meeting, he said rumours were being spread by some sections about provisions of the proposed Financial Regulation and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill under which the depositors would suffer.

“The government is trying to strengthen the banking system by policy initiatives on a daily basis. But on social media rumours are being spread about the FRDI Bill, which is completely opposite to the reality. We are trying to protect the depositors interest and the banks as well,” Modi said.

He was apparently referring to the raging controversy over a bail-in provision in the FRDI Bill under which banks will be allowed to forfeit major portion of deposits of account holders in case of crisis in the financial institution.

The Prime Minister said the UPA government had completely spoilt the banking system of the country. He said the biggest liability passed on by the previous government was the non-performing assets (NPA).

Modi said the last government had put pressure on banks and forced them to lend to influential people, which further led to NPAs. “Commonwealth scam, 2G scam and Coal scam, and the biggest scam – the banking scam – all happened during UPA regime.”

He said the government is working to create a system that is transparent and sensitive.

Talking about the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Modi said the government’s effort is to ensure that maximum businesses register for GST. “The more formal the system becomes, the more it will benefit the poor. It will enable easier availability of credit from the banks, and reduce cost of logistics, thereby enhancing competitiveness of businesses.”

Modi recalled that around the time of Ficci’s founding in 1927, Indian industry had united against the Simon Commission that was constituted by the then British government. He said that Indian industry had joined all other sections of Indian society, in national interest, at that time.

He said a “similar atmosphere” exists today when people of the country are coming forward to fulfil their responsibilities towards the nation. Modi said the hopes and aspirations of people are to rid the country of internal problems like corruption, and black money.

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10% hike in placements at IIT Delhi

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New Delhi, Dec 13: In comparison to last year, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi witnessed an increase of 10 per cent in the number of placements offered to students this season so far, the institute said on Wednesday.

Till the 10th day of the ongoing placement exercise which began on December 2,  the institute registered a 10 per cent rise in the overall jobs offered to students across streams, while for the Post Graduate (PG) students this increase was 17 per cent against last year.

“While the overall placements have been better than last year, recruitment trends of PG students is very encouraging for the future of engineering research in the country,” news agency IANS quoted, I.N. Kar, Professor-in-charge of Training and Placement at IIT Delhi, wrote in a statement.

“I am hopeful that the overall percentage increase in the recruitment of both UG (Under Graduate) and PG students will improve further”, Kar added.

The score is likely to climb up by the end of this phase of the placement season on December 15. The next phase will commence in January next year.

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Deadline to link Aadhaar with bank accounts extended till March 31

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New Delhi, Dec 13: The deadline to link the Aadhaar number with bank accounts has been extended by three months till March 31, the government announced on Wednesday, as the Supreme Court is set to commence hearing from Thursday on its mandatory linking to various schemes.

The deadline was earlier December 31 for linking the 12-digit unique identification number with both Permanent Account Number (PAN) and bank accounts. However, the government extended the deadline last week for linking it with PAN till March 31.

A notification to link it with bank accounts was later issued on Tuesday by the Department of Revenue under the Finance Ministry. The notification, however, did not mention the new deadline, leaving it open-ended.

The government later issued a press release which contained the deadline of March 31.

According to the December 12 notification, the words “submit the Aadhaar number and PAN by December 31, 2017” have been substituted by “submit the Aadhaar number, PAN or Form No 60 by such date as may be notified by the Central government”.

The release said under the provisions of Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017, it was provided that if a client already having a bank account or any other account-based relationship with reporting entities prior to date of this notification fails to submit the Aadhaar number and PAN by December 31, “the said account shall cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar number and PAN is submitted by the client”.

In case of a person opening a new account, the deadline for submitting Aadhaar number and PAN was “six months from the date of the commencement of the account based relationship”.

“After considering various representations received in this regard and inputs received from banks, it has been decided to notify March 31, 2018 or six months from the date of commencement of account based relationship by the client, whichever is later, as the date of submission of the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by the clients to the reporting entity,” the statement said.

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