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Terror Funding Case: Delhi court extends ED custody of Shabir Shah



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New Delhi, Aug 3:  A Delhi court on Thursday extended till August 9 the Enforcement Directorate’s custody of Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in a money laundering case.

Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma allowed the ED to quiz Shah for six more days after he was presented in the court on the expiry of his one-day custody.

He was arrested from Srinagar on July 25 on charges of money laundering in a case dating back to 2005.

At one point during the hearing, Public Prosecutor Rajeev Awasthi said if Shah believed in the Indian Constitution, can he (Shah) say ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’.

The remark came after a defence counsel said Shah had been behind bars for many years and deprived of his constitution rights.

Shah’s counsel claimed the case was politically motivated. The ED opposed this on the ground that the Kashmiri leader’s action was ruining the country.

The court asked the rival counsels to maintain decorum and not to turn it into a TV studio.

Seeking extension of Shah’s custody, Public Prosecutors Awasthi and Navin Kumar Matta told the court that the international ramifications of the case were to be unearthed.

Shah’s custody is required to examine and analyse the bank details, the money trail and 10,000 emails.

The ED said it also had to ascertain the source of hawala transfers and further distribution of funds.

The agency said a huge amount of money has been depoisted in cash and by cheque in the account of Hotel Baisaran, Pahalgam, in Jammu and Kashmir and Shah has 25 per cent partnership in the hotel with his elder brother.

The money has been used for illegal activities, the ED told the court.

Defence counsel M.S. Khan opposed the for Shah’s custody and denied the charges.

Shah’s arrest relates to an August 2005 case when the Delhi Police Special Cell arrested a hawala dealer, Muhammad Aslam Wani.

Wani had allegedly confessed that he gave hawala money of Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.

In the 2005 case, the court had acquitted Wani of charges of criminal conspiracy and other offences but convicted him under the Arms Act, defence counsel Khan told the court.

Khan said there was no material left to connect Shah to the case as it was not proved that the seized money was meant for him.

The ED, however, said the accused had to be confronted with his international contacts, including from Pakistan.



IAF fake recruitment website found, FIR filed



New Delhi, March 22: The Indian Air Force on Thursday filed an FIR against unidentified persons for creating a fake website to provide employment opportunities in the IAF.

The fake IAF website was identified by one of the officers of IAF and hence a complaint was registered on March 16, under the Information Technology Act, ANI reported.

According to FIR, the reprobates, who created the fake website called applications for various posts.

Wing Commander Manjit Singh, said “The application form said it was for a vacancy in the ‘civilian group C posts in the Air Force record offices.”

Singh posted at the Army headquarters in New Delhi immediately noted down the website’s name “”.


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PM Awas Yojana: Only 8 percent houses built in 3 years



New Delhi, March 22: The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for urban areas which promised “housing for all” by 2022, has barely completed target of  8%, or 3 lakh of the 40.6 lakh houses in last three years.

However, the condition of the rural version of PMAY is better, as under this scheme 30%, or 28.8 lakh houses, have been completed against the 95.4 lakh targeted by the rural development ministry in 15 months since the plan was inaugurated, the Times of India reported.

According to data on the websites of the urban affairs and rural development ministries, on March 5 this year, the ministry had considered 8,341 projects under PMAY involving 40.6 lakh houses.

But only 3.4 lakh houses have been constructed so far. while work is underway on 18 lakh or about 44% of the target.

However, the data doesn’t show the stage of development for these houses.

Among those completed, about 3 lakh houses are occupied.

On June 25, 2015, the PMAY (Urban) was launched by Prime Minister Modi aiming to build two crore houses for the poor in urban areas by 2022.

Responding to TOI’s questions, the joint secretary and mission director, housing for all, in the urban housing ministry stated, “Keeping in view that housing projects take 18-24 months to complete (in case of projects under two categories), we can expect that in the financial year 2018-19, the pace of PMAY (U) will pick up quite significantly”.

While, PMAY (Rural) was inaugurated on November 20, 2016, and projected to build 1 crore new houses by March 31, 2019. Ou of which, 51 lakh houses were to be completed by end-March 2018. Thus, the 27.7 lakh actually completed are only about 54% of the target at present.


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Delhi Budget 2018-19: 26 % allocation for Education, Health gets 12.7 %



New Delhi, March 22: Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday presented Budget for 2018-19 before the assembly with emphasis on environment and health. 

While announcing the Budget, Sisodia said it estimates are pegged at Rs 53,000 crore which is 19.45 percent more than the revised budget estimates of Rs 44,370 crore for the last fiscal.

Sisodia also described the budget a “Green Budget” and vowed of round-the-year, real-time pollution study.

The study will be a part of a 26-point programme to control pollution in Delhi.

“We are going to thread 26 programmes and schemes of transport, power, environment and PWD for devising a unified system of pollution control, bringing down levels of different pollutants,” he added.

Below we have enlisted top announcements of the Budget 2019-19:

Rs 6,729 crore has been allocated for the health sector, which is 12.7 percent of the total

Project to install 200-250 CCTVs will be completed by June 2019

Rs 100 crore sanctioned for free WiFi scheme

Rs 1500 crore allocated for infrastructure development of unauthorised colonies.

1000 electric buses to be on roads by March 2019

Rs 403 crore had been allocated for Mohalla Clinics and Polyclinics. Also, mobile van clinics were to be established with Rs 15 crore

For Infrastructure development Rs. 1,500 crore allocated

1,000MW of solar and wind power will be bought

Tablets will be provided to all teachers in government schools in a bid to help them keep an online record of students

Twenty-six percent of the Rs 53,000 crore has been allocated for education


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