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Kerala Assembly special session underway to discuss cattle slaughter ban

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Thiruvananthapuram, June 8, 2017: The Special session of Kerala Assembly is underway on Thursday to discuss Center’s notification on sale and purchase of all kinds of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.

During the one-day session, the discussion will be held on finalising the steps to be taken by the state government on the issue, which the state had termed as an infringement into the state’s rights and against federal principle.

The government is considering approaching the Supreme Court and bringing in a law within its ambit to prevent the implementation of the notification which it rejected saying this as an infringement into the state’s rights and against federal principles.

The CPI-M government and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan have criticised the ruling BJP dispensation at the Centre over issue.

On Wednesday, the Kerala High Court has refused to stay the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 (Rules) that prohibit the sale of cattle for slaughter in the markets.

Read More: Kerala High Court refuses to block new law on cattle sale

The Union Environment Ministry on May 27 modified the animal cruelty rules, making it mandatory to ensure all kinds of cattle are not bought or sold with a purpose of slaughtering.

As the ministry notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules-2017, it asserted that the aim is to regulate the animal market and prevent cruelty.

Read More: Centre modifies rules to end cattle slaughter

Soon after the Centre’s regulation on cattle slaughter came, in Protest against the new law beef festival was observed in several parts of Kerala and IIT Madras students were also seen celebrating a beef festival inside the campus.

Read More: Kerala observes ‘Beef Festival’ in protest against Centre’s slaughter ban

After that, the Madras High Court on Tuesday granted a four-week stay on central government’s notification on new cattle slaughter ban.

Read More: Madras HC stays Centre’s order on cattle slaughter ban

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Former UP CM ND Tiwari shifted to ICU, next 72 hours ‘extremely crucial’

Tiwari was admitted to the Max Super Speciality Hospital after he suffered a massive brain-stroke in September last year.

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NEW DELHI: Former Uttar Pradesh CM and senior Congress leader ND Tiwari was on Monday moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital here after his condition became “critical” due to fever and blood pressure dropping to a “dangerously low level”, his aide said.

The doctors attending to him at Max Super Speciality Hospital have said that the next 48 to 72 hours would be “extremely crucial” for the 92-year-old politician, he added.

Around 12 noon, Tiwari contracted fever due to an infection and his heart rate became irregular with blood-pressure dropping to “dangerously low levels”, the aide said.

“He was immediately rushed to the ICU in a critical condition,” he added.

The team of doctors led by Dr J D Mukherjee (Neurologist) and Dr Sumit Sethi (Cardiologist) are looking after Tiwari.

“The doctors told his son Rohit Shekhar Tiwari that the next 48 to 72 hours will be extremely crucial for Tiwari,” the aide said.

Tiwari was admitted to the Max Super Speciality Hospital after he suffered a massive brain-stroke in September last year.

In November, he was shifted out of the ICU as his condition showed improvement.

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ED searches 39 locations, seizes Rs 5716 crore assets

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Mumbai, Feb 19: Expanding its money laundering probe into the 11,400-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday carried out searches at 39 places across the country and said assets worth Rs 5716 Crore have been seized in the raids till now. 

We will find out how the money laundering took place. As it is in the foreign jurisdiction it will take time to investigate, news agency ANI quoted citing ED Source was saying.

“There has been no response on the summons sent to Nirav Modi or the other accused so far. It is also being investigated as to why Gokulnath Shetty wasn’t promoted in all these years. First LoU was issued in March 2011 & was rolled over”, it added.

Earlier in a day, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sealed Punjab National Bank’s Brady Road branch after conducting search operations in connection with Rs 11,400 crore fraud case involving diamantaire Nirav Modi.

The probe agency posted an official notice outside the branch in Fort — the bank’s flagship lending window in Mumbai and its second largest national outlet.

All have been restricted from opening or entering inside this branch without prior permission of the CBI or the CBI Special Court or the CBI Competent Authority.

In the meantime, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday conducted searches at over 40 more locations in several cities across India in connection with the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.

The agency raided 10 places in Mumbai, six each in Ahmedabad and Bengaluru, four in Chennai, three in Surat, two each in Bihar, Lucknow, Jalandhar and Hyderabad and one in Delhi.

The raids are also being carried out at diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s house in Mumbai’s Worli.

Meanwhile, the Central Vigilance Commission issued an advisory to all public sector banks to transfer all officers who have completed 3 years as on 31st Dec 2017. It also stated that transfer of all clerical staff who have completed 5 years as on 31st Dec 2017 should be done immediately.

On Sunday, the probe agency had questioned 11 bank officials as well as Vipul Ambani, the Chief Financing Officer of Modi’s Firestar International company.

So far, the CBI arrested three PNB officials – Gokulnath Shetty, Manoj Kharat and Hemant Bhat. They are under police custody till March 3.

Apart from this, the CBI earlier named 10 other directors and officials as accused in the scam which has created a countrywide furore.

They are: Krishnan Sangameshwaran, Nazura Yashjaney, Gopal Das Bhatia, Aniyath Shivraman, Dhanesh Vrajlal Sheth, Jyoti Bharat Vora, Anil Umesh Haldipur, Chandrakant Kanu Karkare, Pankhuri Abhijeet Varange and Mihir Bhaskar Joshi.

More than Rs 11,400 crore was siphoned by using the LoU method. Bank officials and celebrity jeweller Nirav Modi and his accomplices are allegedly involved in the fraud.

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Explain how scam took place despite regulations; CVC asks PNB, Finance Ministry to submit report in 10 days

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New Delhi, Feb 19: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on Monday asked the Punjab National Bank and Finance Ministry to submit a report on how the scam took place despite monetary regulations being in place within 10 days. 

Officials of PNB, RBI and Dept of Financial Services gave a presentation of 2 hours to Central Vigilance Commission about the case.

Apart from this, the CVC has asked for names of officials who were involved & sought identification of officials who could have taken action and prevented it.

After meeting with PNB and Finance Ministry officials Central Vigilance Commission also had a meeting with CBI officials. The probe agency officials told CVC that it was a system failure at multiple levels.

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