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Landslide buries over 20 shops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda

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The landslide hit Bhalessa area around 4 am and buried the Bathri Market shops. (Photo Credit- ANI)

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Educational institutions in Assam to reopen on Nov 2

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GUWAHATI: The Elementary, Secondary and Higher Education Department of the Assam Government has issued new standard operating procedure (SOP) for re-opening of Schools/Colleges/Engineering Colleges/Polytechnics/Private educational institutions as well as Govt. and private training and coaching institutes/universities in the State. The SOP will come into effect from 2nd November.

Attendance of students must not be enforced and shall be purely based on parental consent, states the Assam government in its latest guidelines.

As per the guidelines, in Upper Primary, Secondary and Senior Secondary schools, for students of class VI, VIII, X and XII, classes will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Classes VII, IX and XI, classes will be conducted on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Fixation of first batch and second batch of students will be done by the Head of the Institution, and institutions will prepare a daily routine chart for imparting, giving equal importance to all subjects.

The first batch of students will come at 08.00 AM and stay up to 12.00 Noon and the second batch of students will come at 12.30 PM and stay up to 03.30 PM.

As for midday meals, the first batch will have their midday meal from 11.30 AM to 12.00 noon, and the next batch from 12.30 PM to 01.00 PM. SMC/SMDC shall distribute food security allowance to the eligible absentee children as per entitlements/ norms following the guidelines of distribution of food security allowance.

Sanitization has to be done on every weekend (preferably on every Sunday).

Before the schools reopen, Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) of all Teachers/Cooks/ Staff members have to be done and thereafter periodic testing at an interval of 30 days from time to time.

Temperatures check of all students/teachers etc. shall be done every day through thermo scanner.

Whenever any single COVID-19 positive case is detected in the school premises and thereafter, the school should be opened the next day only for COVID 19 testing of all, and in case of multiple positive cases detected in the school premises, the institution will be closed for a period of 7 days.

School buses will carry 1/3 intake of the students in the bus.

In respect of those educational institutions which do not have potable water/drinking water facilities/stations, the school shall not be re-opened on 2nd November 2020 and the decision in this connection will be taken by the Deputy Commissioner of the District.

However, all hostel facilities in schools and colleges will remain suspended until further orders.

Online mode of education will continue for students who prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend schools/colleges.

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ED arrests key accused in Rs 750 cr Bush Foods bank fraud cas

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 The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested a key accused in the Bush Foods bank fraud case involving the laundering of Rs 750 crore. The agency has secured his seven-day custody from a special court.

The Central agency produced the accused Sai Chandrasekhar before the Saket district and sessions court here and got the remand for his custodial interrogation, the agency said on Saturday.

Sai Chandrasekhar is accused of representing the level of stocks and inventory. The agency on October 23 had carried out searches at the residential and office premises of Chandrasekhar.

The ED initiated investigation under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Virkaran Awasty, Vinod Sirohi, KPMG India Pvt. Ltd. and others based on the First Information Report (FIR) registered by the Economic Offence Wing of the Delhi Police on the basis of a complaint received from Hassad Netherlands B.V. and consequently filed a charge sheet.

Hassad Netherlands B.V., a subsidiary of Hassad Food Company, was induced by Virkaran Awasty and Ritika Awasty, Directors of Bush Foods Overseas Pvt. Ltd., to part with funds amounting to $ 120 million (approximately Rs 750 crore) by misrepresenting the level of stocks and inventory.

On the basis of such misrepresentations the accused persons induced Hassad Netherlands B.V. to provide corporate guarantee for the outstanding amount of Rs 714 crores of credit facilities availed from the consortium of banks.

Credit facilities were availed by Bush Foods Overseas Pvt. Ltd. on the basis of non-existent stocks or inventory.

Investigation under PMLA revealed that Virkaran Awasty along with other directors created bogus stocks by inflating the inventory and fabricating financial statements of the company.

“Bulk transactions of sales and purchases were generated in order that Bush Foods could record increased turnover, profit margins and additional stock by generating approximately equal value of sales and purchases in a year,” the ED said in a statement.

“Artificial profit and artificial stock in the book value of inventory was recorded in the books by showing these bulk sales as domestic sales.”

Chandrasekhar was an employee of Hassad Foods Company and was part of the team which evaluated the transactions, said the ED, adding he colluded and conspired with Virkaran Awasty to cheat Hassad Netherlands.

Chandrasekhar had a pivotal role and responsibility in the business transactions between Bush Foods Overseas Pvt. Ltd. and Hassad Netherlands B.V. He also had a key role in negotiations, discussion and due diligence carried out by Hassad on Bush Foods.

“In lieu of manipulating the due diligence exercise in favour of Bush Foods and knowing that the credentials of the company were not genuine and facilitating the transactions, Chandrasekhar was paid illegal gratification by Virkaran Awasty to the tune of Rs 20.79 crore,” the ED said.

The ED investigation also revealed that Chandrasekhar acquired property located at Indiranagar in Bengaluru worth Rs 5.8 crore for which amount was transferred by Virkaran Awasty from his concern V&R Overseas.

Chandrasekhar also received ‘Proceeds of crime’ to the tune of Rs one crore in the account of his father and mother from Virkaran Awasty which was spent for medical treatment of his father. He further received Rs 13.79 crore from Virkaran Awasty in his company Harin Ventures Limited, Dubai.

Assets identified so far of Chandrashekhar located in Bengaluru and Mumbai and movable assets in the form of balances in bank accounts totaling to Rs seven crore were attached by the ED in July last year.

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Pak Minister’s Admission Revealed Truth Of Pulwama Attack, Silenced Govt Critics: Rajnath Singh

Pakistani minister Fawad Chaudhry admitted that his country was responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack in J&K that killed 40 CRPF personnel

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said that a Pakistani minister’s admission of his country’s involvement in the 2019 Pulwama attack has revealed the truth on the matter and silenced those who had questioned the NDA government’s intent on the issue.

His statement came at an election rally a day after senior Pakistani minister Fawad Chaudhry sensationally admitted that his country was responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF personnel and brought the two countries to the brink of a war.

“A Pakistani minister has revealed the truth in the Pulwama attack by giving a statement in the National Assembly. Pakistan has accepted that they were behind the Pulwama attack. Until now, they had been saying they were not involved in it,” he said.

Forty Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed on February 14, 2019, when a jeep laden with explosives had hit a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar highway at Lethpora in Pulwama.

Singh said, “Congress leaders had questioned our intent then. But now that a Pakistani minister has given a statement in the National Assembly that Pakistan was involved in the Pulwama attack, they are silent,” he said.

He said Opposition leaders were indirectly empowering Pakistan.

“Whenever we work for the country’s security with all our strength, the Congress and other opposition leaders raise questions,” he said.

The senior BJP leader said when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had divided Pakistan into two, BJP stalwart late

Atal Bihari Vajpayee had praised her in Parliament.

“But, the Congress today has only one work left: doubting and raising questions over the government’s achievements. On the issue of the country’s territorial integrity, we should rise above political lines and work together, he added.

Singh said the opposition keeps saying that China has “grabbed” India’s land, but if “we reveal the achievements of our Army, you all will jump out of joy”.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had said in a recent political rally that China had captured “1200 km” of Indian land.

Singh said 20 Indian soldiers made the supreme sacrifice in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in clashes with Chinese troops to protect the country.

Moving on to other issues, he said the country would have been in a much better position if the promises made by leaders in Independent India would have been fulfilled even partially.

“But we walk the talk,” he said, and listed the abrogation of Article 370, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, providing gas connection to households as major government achievements.

He said it’s Prime Minister Narendra Modis resolve to provide tap water in every house and it is being done expeditiously.

Praising Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s works and achievements, Singh said there is absolutely no stain on the JD (U) chief over his works during the 15 years of his rule.

He said, “we don’t hold ‘Tel Piyawan, Danda Bhanjan’ rallies, we hold rallies for development”.

Singhs reference to ‘Tel Piyawan, Danda Bhanjan’ (dipping lathis in oil and wielding them to assert power) was a -throwback to an RJD rally in 2003, two years before the party was ousted from power in Bihar.

“We don’t open charwaha schools (schools for those grazing their cattle) now, we want to make their children IAS officers, IPS officers, doctors and engineers,” he said, ridiculing RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s pet project of Charwaha Vidyalaya.

“The lantern (RJDs polls symbol) era has ended, and the LED era has ushered in,” he wryly said.

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