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NDTV raids based on search warrants : CBI

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June 6, Tuesday: Reacting to the NDTV’s allegations of a political attack on the freedom of the press, without even conducting a preliminary enquiry the Central Bureau of Investigation said the raid was conducted on basis of search warrants issued by a competent court.

The probe agency claimed that it has respected the freedom of the press and said we have filed the case based on complaint of a shareholder of ICICI Bank and NDTV.

Read here the full text of CBI statement.

Reports in sections of the media have raised certain issues and the statement issued by NDTV has levelled certain allegations against the CBI investigation in the case relating to the promoters of NDTV and others.

It is clarified that searches have been carried out at the premises of the promoters and their offices based on search warrants issued by the Competent Court. CBI has not conducted any search of registered office of NDTV, media studio, news room or premises connected with media operations. CBI fully respects the freedom of press and is committed to the free functioning of news operations.

CBI has registered the case based on the complaint of a shareholder of ICICI bank and NDTV after carrying out due diligence. Denigrating the allegations at this stage of investigation and wrongly accusing the agency of acting under pressure is uncalled for and an attempt to malign the image of the CBI. The investigation is being conducted as per the due process of law and under the jurisdiction of the Court of law. The result of investigation will be filed before the competent Court of law based on the evidence adduced during investigation.

It has been mentioned in the statement of NDTV that NDTV and its promoters have never defaulted on any loan. The allegations under investigation are not regarding the default in loan repayment; but relate to the wrongful gain of Rs 48 crore to the promoters — Dr. Prannoy Roy, Smt Radhika Roy, M/s RRPR Holdings Pvt Ltd and a corresponding wrongful loss to the ICICI bank arising from their collusion and criminal conspiracy.

It is alleged in the complaint that the promoters of NDTV —Dr. Prannoy Roy, Smt Radhika Roy and M/s RRPR Holdings Pvt Ltd, acting in criminal conspiracy with unknown officials of ICICI bank, violated section 19(2) of the Banking Regulation Act, the Master Circular DBOD No. Dir B90/13.07.05/98-99 dated 28.08.1998 of the Reserve Bank of India and in furtherance of the conspiracy, ICICI bank took the entire shareholding of the promoters in NDTV (nearly 61 %) as collateral and then accepted prepayment of the loan by reducing the interest rate from 19 % p.a to nearly 9.5 % p.a and as a consequence thereof, causing a wrongful loss of ₹48 crore to ICICI bank and a corresponding wrongful gain to the promoters of NDTV — Dr. Prannoy Roy, Smt Radhika Roy and M/s RRPR Holdings Pvt Ltd.

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Everything you need to know about ‘Plastic Ban’ in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, June 23: From June 23 onwards, Maharashtra will start imposing fines on all those caught using plastic products. 

The development followed the state government’s March 23 dated notification prohibiting the manufacturing, use, sale, distribution and storage of all plastic and thermocol materials.

According to the notification, products manufactured from plastic and thermocol have been banned. Usage of disposable dishes, cups, plates, glasses, forks, bowls, containers, plastic packaging to wrap or store products, and packaging of food items food grain material, containers is prohibited.

However, the plastic packaging for medical purpose is permitted in the state.

Other materials that are excluded from the ban include food grade virgin plastic used for packaging milk, compostable packaging bags used for horticulture and agriculture purposes, plastic bags used for exporting goods, the plastic used at the manufacturing stage, the plastic used for handling of solid waste.

As per the rule, violators will be fined Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 for the first and second-time offense. A third-time offender will have to shell out Rs 25,000 and may also get a jail term of three months.

To check the violations, Maharashtra government has constituted several teams. As Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and district and local administration officials have been authorised to implement it.

While at tourist locations, tourism police, or Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation will regulate this law.

Besides, it has also formed an association comprising of plastic manufacturers, ministry officials and environmental experts to chalk out the implementation of the ban.

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Seychelles President in India after cancelling Assumption island deal with New Delhi

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Ahmedabad, June 23 :Seychelles President Danny Faure landed in Gujarat for a six-day visit to India, a day after the country’s Parliament has cancelled New Delhi’s planned project to build a naval base in the western Indian Ocean region. India’s strategic interests in the Indian Ocean Region got a big jolt amidst Beijing’s growing economic and strategic footprints in the region.

While debating on the issue in the Parliament, the Opposition lawmakers argued that permitting India to build a naval base on the strategically located island of Assumption would infringe on the country’s sovereignty.

Faure will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He will then meet President Ram Nath Kovind and hold delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also address the India-Seychelles Business Forum.

 

 

On June 4, Faure had stated that there will be no discussion on the military base project with Modi on his state visit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced India’s plan to set up and develop its first overseas military base at Assumption Island in the Seychelles in March 2015 to boost India’s regional diplomacy and capabilities.

The island nation of the Seychelles, strategically located in the context of sea lanes of communication (SLOCs), has long been an Indian ally.

Since 2003, India has maintained a military cooperation agreement with the Seychelles.

Modi government  has set up a Coastal Radar Surveillance (CRS) system in 2016, and donated three fast-track patrol vessels and one Dornier aircraft to the Seychelles Defense Forces.

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Army releases hit list of Kashmir’s 21 top most wanted terrorists

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Srinagar, June 23 :The Army has finalised a new hit- list of 21 most wanted terrorists as a part of offensive strategy against the terrorists operating in the valley after Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) chief Dawood Ahmed Salafi and three of his aides were gunned down in a shootout at Nowshera village in south Kashmir on Friday.

Security establishment sources said major operations were now underway to eliminate 21 “most wanted terrorists” from various terror outfits :11 from Hizbul Mujahideen, seven from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), two from Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) and one from Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind (AGH).

Dawood Sofi, the alleged head of the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) was among the four terrorists killed in a joint operation in Anantnag by the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police.Dawood Ahmad Sofi was involved in several terror attacks on policemen, snatching of weapons, stone-pelting cases.

Governor’s rule has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Army has further fine-tuned its offensive strategy against the terrorists operating in the valley.

The Army is determined to eliminate all the terrorists who are part of the list to ensure peace in Kashmir.

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