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Nirav Modi has new diamond business in London: Report

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New Delhi, March 9: Nirav Modi, the Indian diamantaire wanted in a multi-crore bank fraud, is living in a swanky Rs 75-crore flat in a posh London locality and has a flourishing new diamond business, a UK daily reported on Saturday.

Accused in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, Nirav Modi is living openly at a three-bedroom flat, occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, British daily The Telegraph reported.

The rent of the flat is understood to be around 17,000 British Pound a month, which is approximately over Rs 15 lakh, the daily stated.

The Interpol had issued a red corner notice against Nirav Modi last July on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The report also claimed the fugitive diamantaire is involved in a new diamond business, run from an office in Soho, just a few hundred yards from his new apartment, which was incorporated last May.

However, Nirav Modi is not listed as a director at Companies House.

The news report claimed Nirav Modi has acquired a National Insurance number, issued by the Department for Work and Pensions, and has been able to operate online bank accounts in the UK while wanted by Indian authorities.

Earlier, a video released by The Telegraph showed Modi walking the London streets. He sported a new look — handle bar moustache and long hair — and is seen avoiding questions posed to him, replying “no comments”.

Indian intelligence agencies had provided inputs about the fugitive billionaire’s new disguise.

Earlier in the day, the Enforcement Directorate officials said the UK Home Secretary has referred India’s request to extradite Nirav Modi to a court for initiating legal proceedings.

“The UK Central Authority of Home Office has confirmed the extradition request has been sent to the Westminster Magistrate Court for further proceedings,” said an official. The request to the court was forwarded by the UK Home Office a few days ago, the ED official added.

The request for the extradition was sent to the UK authorities in July 2018.

On Friday, authorities in Maharashtra destroyed Nirav Modi’s 33,000 square feet Alibaug beach bungalow with controlled blast.

On February 26, the ED attached Rs 147 crore properties of Modi and his associate companies in connection with the PNB probe.

Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are under the CBI and the ED probe. The ED filed money laundering cases against them and others on February 15 on the basis of an FIR registered by the CBI.

The ED had on May 24 and May 26, 2018 filed charge sheets against the two and a court had issued non-bailable warrants against them.

Both left India in the first week of January 2018, weeks before the scam was reported to the CBI. The ED has till date attached Rs 4,765 crore properties of Choksi and Modi.

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Bengal transport staff demand safety after corona positive case

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Kolkata, Jul 14 (IANS): A group of employees of state-run West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation on Tuesday staged protest at the Sector-V depot after a colleague tested coronavirus positive to demand health safety measures.

Sources said a Transport Department employee was also detected with Covid-like symptoms.

They demanded immediate sanitisation of the Sector-V depot and the barrack where they live.

“We are protesting to demand immediate sanitisation of the bus depot and the barrack where we stay. The Transport Department has to assure us that they will take care of our health during the pandemic,” said Abhijit Hore, a corporation staff.

Hore said that the government must take necessary measures to protect the health of transport employees who are running bus services.

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Number of recoveries five times higher than active cases in Delhi

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With 1,606 new coronavirus cases and 35 deaths in the last 24 hours, the national capitals Covid-19 tally touched 1,15,346 on Tuesday, while 3,446 people have succumbed to the deadly virus so far.

According to Delhi government’s daily health bulletin, as many as 93,236 people have recovered, almost five times the number of active cases which stands at 18,664. A total of 1,924 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.

On June 23, the city had witnessed the highest single-day peak of 3,947 cases, but the figures have come down steadily since then despite the number of tests increasing.

Testing numbers in the city have also gone up since the commencement of rapid antigen tests last month. Over 5,650 RT-PCR and 15,413 rapid antigen tests were conducted on Tuesday.

Currently, 4,194 beds are occupied in the hospitals out of a total capacity of 15,300 — 2,041 in the dedicated Covid Care Centres out of 9,294 and 128 in the dedicated Covid Health Centres against the availability of 544 beds. Over 10,695 people are under home isolation.

The number of containment zones in the national capital stood at 657, one less than the previous day.

Last week, the number of containment zones increased by more than 150 after the city government decided to break the existing hotspots into smaller clusters for better surveillance.

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4,526 new corona cases in TN, 4,743 discharged

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Chennai, Jul 14 (IANS): Tamil Nadu on Tuesday registered 4,526 new coronavirus cases while the number of such patients cured and discharged from various hospitals totalled 4,743, the Health Department said.

With new cases, the southern state’s total tally is 147,324, including 97,310 cured persons. There are now 47,912 active cases in Tamil Nadu.

A total of 67 more COVID-19 deaths in the last 24-hour cycle took the state’s death toll to 2,099.

The number of infected children in the state in the age group 0-12 went up to 7,304.

The state capital Chennai continued to head the Covid-19 infection table with 1,078 new cases and a total tally of 79,662. Active cases in the city total 15,814, with 1,858 patients discharged in Chennai on Tuesday.

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