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Tibetans hold cleanliness drive to mark Gandhi Jayanti



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President Dr Lobsang Sangay (Photo Credit- CTA)

Dharamsala, Oct 2: The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on Tuesday organised a cleanliness drive in and around McLeodganj, the abode of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and in observance of the Indian government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

The day-long event was flagged off by CTA Health Minister Choekyong Wangchuk.

“With the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and under the leadership of the CTA, Tibetan people across India are observing this year with a series of pan-India events to express gratitude to the government and people of India for hosting His Holiness and the Tibetan people for over six decades,” an official statement said.

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President Dr Lobsang Sangay along with the Kalons, Secretaries and officlas singing national anthem during the flag hoisting ceremony on Gandhi Jayanti. Photo: Tenzin Jigme/DIIR. Dated: 2 October, 2018. (Photo Credit- CTA)

President Dr Lobsang Sangay along with the Kalons, Secretaries and officlas singing national anthem during the flag hoisting ceremony on Gandhi Jayanti. Photo: Tenzin Jigme/DIIR. Dated: 2 October, 2018.

Executive members of the Indo-Tibet Friendship Association, besides CTA’s officials and staff and local Tibetan community participated in the cleanliness drive.

Tibetans, who have been forced to flee their homeland in China more than half a century ago and have settled across India since then, have been following in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of peace and non-violence.

Every year, the CTA, the democratically elected government in exile, holds functions at its headquarters here to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi that falls on October 2.

“Mahatma Gandhiji’s commitment to peace and non-violence is well respected all over the world,” Tibetan political leader Lobsang Sangay said at a function here.

Describing the Mahatma as the most important guru, he said: “As His Holiness always mentions, India is our guru (teacher) and we Tibetans are their chela (disciple) and as far as non-violence is concerned, Gandhiji is one of our most important guru.”

As a mark of respect to the Mahatma, the CTA has been holding functions every Gandhi Jayanti since 2007 and is observing a public holiday in all CTA offices on this day.

The Dalai Lama, ultimate spiritual and political leader for millions of Tibetans, is an admirer of Mahatma Gandhi.

“I never met Mahatma Gandhi in person, although I dreamt of doing so. I admire him because he was a great thinker who put what he thought into practice,” a post on the website of the CTA quoted the spiritual leader as saying.

The Tibetans have lived in India since 1959 when the Dalai Lama fled his homeland after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule.



Sterling Biotech: Court declares Sandesara bros fugitive economic offenders




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Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Monday declared four directors of Sterling Biotech Limited as fugitive economic offenders in a bank fraud case, thereby paving the way for confiscation of their properties.

The company owners Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara, Dipti Sandesara and Hitesh Patel were declared fugitives under the Fugitive Economic Offenders (FEO) Act in relation to Rs 8,100 crore bank fraud case.

The local Court permitted the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to “reapproach the court for initiation of confiscation proceedings” under the FEO Act. In its orders, the Judge held “the conduct of the Respondents, unambiguously, establishes on record that they have left India to avoid criminal prosecution.”

A Fugitive Economic Offender is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in respect of a scheduled offence and who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution, or being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution.

Earlier the ED had filed a charge sheet in this case, under the PMLA, charging the Sandesaras and others with money laundering and siphoning bank loans.

The ED alleged that the pharmaceutical group and its promoters laundered funds obtained through bank loans by “incorporating” shell or dummy companies, conducting circular transactions to artificially inflate turnover of flagship companies, claiming higher depreciations on non-existing machinery, artificial share trading with the use of shell companies and layering and laundering of proceeds of crime within India and abroad through the web of shell companies.

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Espionage case: Court reserves order on journalist’s bail plea




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New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) A Delhi court on Monday reserved its order after hearing the arguments on the bail application filed by freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma in the Chinese espionage case.

On September 14, the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested the 61-year-old journalist for allegedly working for Chinese intelligence. During search of a house, a laptop, some confidential documents related to Indian defence and incriminating papers were seized.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Singh Rajawat heard the contentions put forth by the Delhi Police and Sharma’s counsel for one and a half hours and reserved the matter for order, said senior advocate Adish C. Aggarwala, representing the accused.

In the bail application moved by advocate Amish Aggarwala and Adish Aggarwala, Sharma claimed innocence, asserting that he did not commit any crime and has been framed in a false case. “The applicant has not committed any offence,” his plea added.

In the written submission before the court on Monday, Sharma’s counsel said that he has been illegally detained, and the police have deliberately made vague accusations about his confessional statements.

“It is undisputed by the prosecution that the applicant has clear antecedents, and there is no possibility of him fleeing justice, influencing witnesses or tampering with evidence,” the written submission further stated.

Pursuant to Sharma’s arrest, Chinese woman Qing Shi and her Nepalese partner Sher Singh alias Raj Bohra were also arrested as they were found supplying Sharma with huge amounts of money, routed through hawala channels, for conveying sensitive information to Chinese intelligence.

According to the police, an input was received from an intelligence agency that Sharma had links with a foreign intelligence officer and has been receiving funds from his handler, through illegal means and Western Union money transfer, for conveying sensitive information about national security and foreign relations.

A case under Section 3 (possession of any sketch, plan, model, article, note, document or information, which relates to munitions of war), 4 (Communications with foreign agents) and 5 (Wrongful communication of information) of the Official Secrets Act was registered on September 13 and Sharma arrested the next day.

On interrogation, Rajeev Sharma allegedly disclosed his involvement in the procurement of secret and sensitive information and conveying the same to his Chinese handlers Michael and George, based in Kunming, China, through different digital channels. He further is said to have disclosed that he was about to send these recovered secret documents to his handlers.


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Jharkhand Education Minister tests Covid positive





Jharkhand Education Minister Jaggarnath Mahto has tested coronavirus positive on Monday.

He has been admitted at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi for treatment. Initially he was suffering from breathing problem. He was admitted in Intensive care Unit (ICU) for treatment and later shifted to the COVID ward.

“The minister’s condition is stable. He has been put on high flow of oxygen support system. We are watching his condition. After improvement in health condition his CT scan will be done,” said Dr Nisith Ekka, posted in Covid task department of RIMS.

Two years ago the Education Minister had suffered a heart attack. His angioplasty was done in 2018.

In the last 24 hours, 974 fresh cases of coronavirus have emerged across the state taking the overall tally of Covid-19 patients in Jharkhand to 79,909 while 9 deaths have pushed the overall death count to 679 in the state. The mortality rate among the patients currently stands at 0.84 per cent.

As per the information provided by the health department the number of active cases in the state was 12,433 while number of cured and discharged cases stood at 66,797.

Despite the rampant rise in coronavirus cases across the state the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has improved significantly and has once again gone above 80 per cent to currently stand at 83.40 per cent in Jharkhand.

So far in the state, 20,71,991 samples have been collected out of which 20,59,696 have been tested and 19,79,787 have turned out to be negative.

Source: IANS

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