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INX case: ED attaches Rs 54 cr of Karti Chidambaram’s properties in India and abroad

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New Delhi, Oct 11: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday said that it has attached properties worth Rs 54 crore of former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram and Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd (ASCPL) in connection with its ongoing probe into the INX media money laundering case.

A senior official of the financial probe agency told IANS: “We have attached six properties of Karti worth Rs 54 crore.”

The properties attached include a cottage worth Rs 8.67 crore in the UK’s Somerset, a tennis club and land located in Spain’s Gava worth Rs 14 crore.

The ED also attached land and properties worth Rs 16 crore in New Delhi’s Jor Bagh area (Karti’s mother Nalini Chidambaram is also a stake holder of 50 per cent in the land), a bungalow in Tamil Nadu’s Ooty worth Rs 50 lakh and another one worth Rs 3.75 crore in Ooty and an agricultural land worth Rs 25 lakh in Kodaikanal.

The ED has also attached properties belonging to Peter and Indrani Mukerjea in connection with the same case.

The properties were attached under the section of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Karti is facing probes by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in several cases, including alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to then INX Media for FDI in 2007 and the Aircel-Maxis case in 2006 and a money laundering case.

The ED and the CBI are probing how Karti managed to get clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) when his father was in office.

Karti was arrested on February 28 by the CBI for allegedly taking money to facilitate the FIPB clearance to INX Media in 2007. He was later granted bail.

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Jammu and Kashmir: 7 soldiers injured in Pulwama IED explosion

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Srinagar, Oct 19: Seven soldiers were injured when militants triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said on Friday.

The explosion took place when an armoured Army vehicle was passing through the Tahab area at around 9.30 p.m., on Thursday.

“The IED explosion was followed by firing by the militants. Troops inside the Casper vehicle retaliated and a brief firing exchange took place,” police sources said.

Of the seven soldiers, three with serious injuries were airlifted to an Army hospital in Srinagar.

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Amid tight security 2 women en-route to Sabarimala Temple

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Sabarimala (Kerala), Oct 19: Amidst protests, accompanying with  At least 100 policemen, two women, a journalist and a devotee, are en-route to the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on Friday. 

Kavita, the Hyderabad-based journalist and her four member crew along with the other woman devotee from Kochi were surrounded by 80 policemen while the rest 20 were walking ahead of them, clearing the way.

The trek from Pamba to the temple located at a hillock generally takes around two hours. Led by Inspector General of Police S.Sreejith, they started their climb around 6.45 a.m.

According to the police, the two ladies have another 1.5 km to reach the hallowed sanctum santorum of the Lord Ayyappa shrine.

Along the route, a protesting devotee jumped in front of the police cordon but he was removed.

An angry group of devotees are however, grouped at the entrance of the pathway that leads to the temple.

Meanwhile, the temple Tantri family and members of the Pandalam royal family are considering closing down of the temple in order to stop the women from entering, according to informed sources.

The temple opened its doors on Wednesday for the first time since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women from the 10-50 age group to enter the famed shrine.

On Thursday, there was a dawn-to-dusk shutdown across Kerala called by outfits owing loyalty to Hindu groups and the BJP.

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Dussehra 2018: Date, Time, Significance, and History of Vijayadashmi

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New Delhi, Oct 19: Dussehra also known as Vijayadashami is celebrated on the 10th day of Navratri. The festival is celebrated to commemorate Lord Rama’s victory over demon Ravana.

Effigies of the latter are burnt as a symbol of the victory of good over evil across the country.

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Dussehra 2018:Date, Puja Timings and Tithi

This year Dussehra is being celebrated today(19th of October).

Vijay Muhurat = 1:58 pm to 14:43 pm
Aparahna Puja Time = 1:13 pm to 15:28 pm
Dashami Tithi Begins = 15:28 on 18/Oct/2018
Dashami Tithi Ends = 17:57 on 19/Oct/2018 (Source Drikpanchang.com)

Dussehra Significance, or How Vijayadashmi is Celebrated:

Dussehra is one of the most widely celebrated festivals across the nation.

As part of Dussehra celebrations, huge and colourful effigies of Ravana, most times along with that of his brothers Meghanada and Kumbakaran, are burnt in large huge open grounds.

Dussehra in a way also marks the onset of preparations for the festival of lights – Diwali, which falls twenty days after the festival.

Celebrations also include organising the famed and popular Ramlila performances which involve people enacting the life and glory of the righteous Lord Ram through short plays, songs, and dance drama.

History Of Vijayadashmi: 

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While Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman were living their exile for 14 years in jungles, one day Ravana disguised himself and came to ask for Bhiksha from Sita who was home alone at that time. His intention was to take Sita along as he wanted to marry her. Before leaving, Lakshman had drawn a line which he advised Sita to not cross in even an adverse situation. But Ravana, using his clever tricks managed to pull Sita out of that line and kidnapped her to his kingdom. Hanuman helped Lord Ram to reach Sita and after an elaborate war, they rescued Sita and Ram killed Ravana.

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