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Army, Navy rescue marooned people in Karnataka’s flood-hit district

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Bengaluru, Aug 17 (IANS) Indian Army troops and Navy divers joined the national and state disaster relief forces to rescue hundreds of people marooned in Karnataka’s flood-hit Kodagu district, said an official statement on Friday.

“About 60 Dogra Regiment soldiers and 12 expert naval divers rescued 873 marooned people in the flood-hit district, where overnight heavy rains caused landslides and inundated low-lying areas at Makkanduru,” said the statement from the Chief Minister’s office here.

Kodagu, about 250 km from Bengaluru, is one of the districts in the southern state worst hit by the south-west monsoon rains since June first week.

The Army’s engineering task force deployed 73 boats, equipment and rafts in rescuing the people and escorting them to safer places in the district.

About 60 members of the national and state disaster relief forces and 45 members of the civil defence joined the rescue and relief operations with boats and equipment in Madikeri in the hilly district.

“Though the Indian Air Force (IAF) aborted rescue mission due to inclement weather, it will fly M17 chopper from Mysuru on Saturday to rescue the remaining stranded and transport relief supplies,” noted the statement.

About 200 personnel of the state fire service had rescued people in flood-hit towns and villages across the district with their boats and equipment.

“Telecom services, disrupted due to rains and strong winds uprooting poles and snapping phone lines, are being restored on priority. HAM operators have been deployed as back-up. Power lines are also being restored,” said the statement.

The district administration has housed 573 persons in 17 relief camps.

Intra and inter-state bus and train services between Karnataka and flood-hit Kerala were suspended due to landslides and rain water submerging the highways and roads in the ghat section.

State-run and private bus services from Mysuru and Chamarajanagar to Ooty and Coonoor hill stations in Tamil Nadu were suspended due to flooding and fallen trees blocking the routes in the ghat section.

According to the weather office, rain fury continued in the state’s coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada, disrupting normal life, including vehicular movement of goods and people.

Incessant rains lashed the Malnad region, flooding several areas in Shivamogga, Hassan and Chikkamagaluru districts.

Schools and colleges will remain shut even on Saturday in the affected districts due to flooding and disruption of bus services.

The state’s metrological department has warned of moderate to heavy rain in coastal, south interior and north interior areas of the state till Sunday.

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IL&FS probe: ED files case, raids 6 places, seizes foreign cash worth Rs 6 lakh

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday seized foreign currency worth Rs 6 lakh after it carried out searches at six places in different cities in connection with a case of money laundering it registered against the former Chairman and directors of the IL&FS, which is facing debt obligations to the tune of about Rs 91,000 crore, officials said.

A senior ED official said multiple teams of the agency carried out searches in Mumbai, Delhi and Gurugram at the residential premises of Ravi Parthasarathy, former Chairman of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Ltd, Hari Sankaran, VC and MD of subsidiaries of IL&FS group, Ramesh Bawa and some of the other former directors of the company.

“The ED recovered foreign currency to the tune of Rs 6 lakh and also seized some documents related to property,” the official said.

However, the ED official refused to share details on whose residence the foreign currency was seized.

Searches were also conducted at the company’s Mumbai office.

The agency official said the ED has registered a money laundering case over the charges of alleged cheating and forgery on part of IL&FS group and its managing committee during 2010-2018.

The ED’s action is on the basis of a case filed with the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing under several sections of the Indian Penal Code for criminal conspiracy and forgery on the complaint of Ashish Begwani, director of New Delhi-based Enso Infrastructure.

Earlier this year, an interim report by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) also highlighted that the top executives of the IL&FS used the Employee Welfare Trust for personal gains at the cost of the company by carrying forward amendments in trust contracts without the approval of the Board of Directors.

The infrastructure lender’s crisis came to light last year following a series of defaults by its group companies on their debt obligations which accumulated to the tune of about Rs 91,000 crore.

The company has defaulted on repayment of loans to SIDBI and along with its subsidiaries.

The debt crisis at the infrastructure lender came to light following a series of defaults by its group companies beginning September last year.

Last year in October, the Central government superseded the management of the beleaguered company via an NCLT order and appointed a six-member board led by Uday Kotak, MD and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank, to restore its financial solvency.

Key public sector lenders and undertakings such as the LIC and the SBI have a 25.34 per cent and 6.42 per cent stake, respectively, in the firm. The credit crunch has led to a few of the company’s subsidiaries to default in servicing some inter-corporate deposits.

Consequent to defaults, significant impact was felt in the capital market on account of the contagion effect of the IL&FS problem, prompting the government to replace the Board.

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Sensex ends losing streak, ends 403 points higher

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Mumbai, Feb 20: A slight ease in crude oil prices along with value buying and a strong rupee aided the benchmark Sensex to snap its longest consecutive sessions fall in the last eight years on Wednesday.

Accordingly, the benchmark index closed with handsome gains of over 400 points while the Nifty50 jumped past the 10,700 mark after struggling in the past sessions.

Adding to the positive momentum were the gains made by the rupee and healthy domestic investment which were supported by expectations that the US and China may resolve their trade tensions.

“Positive global markets lifted the domestic market sentiments after 2 weeks of under performance. Dovish minutes from US Fed and resumption of dialogue between US and China added positive vibes to the global market,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.

“Strong inflows from DIIs, appreciation of rupee and value buying in mid and small caps helped the domestic market.”

The S&P BSE Sensex closed 403.65 points or 1.14 per cent higher at 35,756.26 from its previous close of 35,352.61, while the NSE Nifty50 ended 131.10 points or 1.24 per cent higher at 10,735.45.

Among the top gainer were Vedanta, which inched up 4.67 per cent, followed by Tata Steel, up 4.13 per cent. ONGC, NTPC and Yes Bank came next.

Sensex saw only four stocks ending in the red led by Hero Moto Corp, Hindustan Uniliver, Bajaj Auto and IndusInd Bank.

“During the penultimate hour, we saw emergence of strong buying interest, reclaiming 10,700 convincingly by adding more than 130 points to the bulls’ kitty,” said Sameet Chavan, Chief Analyst, Technical and Derivatives, Angel Broking.

Historically, Chavan said it had been observed that whenever index corrects for eight straight sessions without surpassing the previous day’s high, the ninth day becomes a reversal day or a bounce back day.

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Ericsson Case: Supreme Court holds Anil Ambani guilty of contempt

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New Delhi, Feb 20: The Supreme Court on Wednesday held Reliance Communication chairman Anil Ambani guilty of contempt in a case filed by telecom equipment maker Ericsson India.

The complainant accused Anil Ambani and others of not clearing its dues of 550 crore.

The apex court directed Anil Ambani to pay Rs 453 crore to Ericsson India in four weeks failing which he will be sentenced to three-month jail term. An amount of 118 crore is already deposited with the registry. The court directed this amount to be released immediately.

The court observed that Reliance Communication had no intention to pay and had “willfully” not paid Ericsson the due amount. An apology by RCom was also rejected by the top court.

A bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Vineet Saran directed also imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore each on RCOM, Reliance Telecommunication and Reliance Infratel that would be deposited with the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee (SCLSC).

In case of default the Chairman of all three companies would have to undergo sentence of one month each.

The bench ordered this as it did not accept the “unconditional apology” tendered to the court by the RCOM Chairman.

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