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Drug cartel in US net; Bollywood, Dawood and Indian pharma Co links emerge

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New Delhi, Sep 11 In one of the biggest drug rackets unearthed by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of US, the Indian connection has led to a former aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and a pharmaceutical company allegedly operating from India, where drugs like mandrax and ephedrine were being manufactured. The overarching investigation also involves husbands of two former Bollywood actresses, charged with international drug trafficking originating from Kenya.

The investigation report filed by DEA in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York on July 25, 2019, mentions the name of D-company aide Vicky Goswami, husband of Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni and Ali Punjani, ex-husband of another Bollywood star Kim Sharma.

Incidentally, Ali Punjani, escaped from Kenya to Mumbai where he was last spotted in Bandra’s Asian Heart Institute in the last week of August. The Mombasa (Kenya) police confirmed to IANS on phone that Punjani was wanted in a drug case. The Mombasa police is now approaching Interpol to detain Punjani in India.

The report of the DEA reveals that Vicky Goswami, a druglord working for the D-company in South Africa, later shifted his base to Kenya from where he smuggled huge quantities of mandrax, cocaine, hashish, heroine and ephedrine. He initially worked for the Ibrahim Akasha syndicate in Mombasa and later partnered with Ali Punjani, alleged drug kingpin and husband of Kim Sharma.

The report also mentions that Dawood aide Goswami, husband of Mamta Kulkarni, was sentenced by a Dubai court on charges of drug peddling. In 2013, after being released from jail, Goswami shifted base to Kenya where he came in contact with Ali Punjani. The report says Goswami also approached one Indian, Dr Bipin Panchal. In Mombasa a meeting was held between Dr Panchal and Goswami wherein Dr Panchal assured that he will arrange supply of ephedrine from a pharmaceutical company in India. The consignment would then be taken to Uganda where it would be turned into methamphetamine.

DEA sleuths revealed that when the Indian company, reportedly manufacturing ephedrine, was checked, it was shut down. The name of the company is not being mentioned in this report as IANS could not verify the names of its proprietors.

The report says that undercover agents of DEA launched a sting operation and recorded a drug deal with Goswami and Ibrahim Akasha. With evidence in hand, DEA got Goswami and members of the Akasha syndicate arrested in Mombasa who were later extradited to the US. Later Goswami turned an approver and spilled the beans on the kingpin of Akasha syndicate.

Goswami also revealed names of South African peddlers, many of them having close ties with Dawood Ibrahim gang. Meanwhile, Kenyan police is making efforts to approach Mumbai police through Interpol, to arrest Ali Punjani who was last reportedly undergoing surgery in a Mumbai hospital. A source in the Mumbai police said that as of now, Ali Punjani is not wanted in any case in Mumbai, therefore no legal action can be taken against him.

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UP Minister slams Sonakshi Sinha for KBC gaffe

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Meerut, Sep 24 Uttar Pradesh Minister Sunil Bharala has slammed Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha, who was unable to answer a question on ‘Ramayana’ during a popular television quiz show last week.

Bharala, who holds a ministerial rank position as Chairman of the Labour Welfare Council, called Sonakshi a ‘Dhan Pashu’ (money animal) and said such people have no time for learning and only care about earning money.

“In modern times, these people are only after money. All they care about is earning money and spending that money on themselves. They have no knowledge of history and gods. They have no time for learning. Nothing can be sadder than this,” he said.

The Minister was referring to Sonakshi’s failure to answer a question related to Ramayana in an episode of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ on September 20.

On the show to support a contestant from Rajasthan, Sonakshi was asked: “According to Ramayana, Hanuman fetched the ‘Sanjeevani Booti’ (herb) for whom?”

She apparently did not know the answer from the four options given — Sugriva, Lakshmana, Sita and Rama, and finally used a lifeline to answer the question.

Expressing his surprise at Sonakshi’s lack of knowledge about the Indian epic, the show’s host actor Amitabh Bachchan later pointed out how strange it was as she lives in a house called ‘Ramayana’, her father’s name is Shatrughan Sinha, whose three other brothers are called Ram, Lakshman and Bharat, and her own brothers are named Luv and Kush.

The actor was also trolled on the social media for not knowing the story of Ramayana. She however, hit back at netizens saying she does not remember many other things and if trollers have no work, they can make memes on them too.

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Bill Hader wins Best Comedy Actor trophy at Emmys 2019

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Los Angeles, Sep 23 : Actor Bill Hader won an Emmy in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category for “Barry”, and he gave a shout-out to the show’s co-creator Alec Berg while accepting the award.

Co-created by Hader and Berg, “Barry” is about a hitman who is trying to change his life after finding passion for acting. Hader took home the statuette for his portrayal of a hitman and aspiring actor in the series.

He paid tribute to Berg in his acceptance speech.

Hader, who also directs on the show, said he is often asked by the press “how do you direct yourself?'”

“There are a lot of great directors on this show. The person I actually go to is my friend and co-creator, Alec Berg. And usually after a take, I go over to Alec and I’ll go, ‘What do you think?'” said Hader.

“And I get one of two responses. It’s either, ‘We should move on’, or, ‘We should go again’,” he said while revealing that he often looks to Berg for feedback during filming.

“So I want to thank you for molding my performance. And I don’t know where I’d be without you. Alright, love you man,” he added.

Hader beat out Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”), Ted Danson (“The Good Placea), Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”) and Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) to get the trophy.

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Britney Spears: My sister inspired me to go dark

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Los Angeles, Sep 22 Singer Britney Spears says her younger sister Jamie Lynn inspired her to ditch her famous blonde hair and dye it brown.

Spears is known for her famous blonde hair since she got into the music scene as a teenager. The singer recently dyed her hair brown.

The “Oops!… I did it again” hitmaker took to Instagram to reveal that the move was inspired by her younger sister, reports dailymail.co.uk.

“Same faces, same dress, new hair!!!!! Yes, my sister inspired me to go dark,” she posted.

Her boyfriend Sam Asghari responded to the post, saying: “Beautiful blonde or black.”

The popstar was spotted with her 25-year-old boyfriend on Friday at The 2nd Annual Daytime Beauty Awards here. However, she abruptly exited the red carpet ahead of her court battle with her father Jamie over her conservator ship.

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