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# We’ll help in locating Nirav Modi, says U.K.
CBI seeks Interpol notice against diamond merchant
British authorities have confirmed to Indian officials that fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, accused of bank fraud worth Rs. 13,000 crore, is in the U.K. and assured them of cooperation in locating him. The assertion comes in the wake of a Financial Times report that Mr. Modi has sought asylum in the U.K.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Monday that it had sent a request to the Interpol for issuance of a Red Notice against Mr. Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi.
Whereabouts not known
The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said the whereabouts of Mr. Modi were not confirmed.
“The Interpol is also yet to determine his present location. The moment his location is established, we will take further action,” said a CBI official.
India has sent three letter rogatories to the U.K. Central Authority seeking assistance in investigations against Mr. Modi. The LRs (judicial requests for evidence) were sent on March 19, April 14 and April 15.
# In Chennai, the hearts beat for foreigners
International patients get priority in cadaver transplants, bypassing long list of Indians
An organ transplant racket has surfaced in Tamil Nadu. Officials of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare have found that hearts harvested from brain-dead patients were given to foreign nationals, bypassing Indian patients on the waiting list.
In 2017, foreigners got about 25% of all heart transplants in the State and 33% of lung transplants.
Based on a specific input that at least three hearts retrieved from brain-dead patients were given to international patients in recent months in Chennai, the Directorate General of Health Services convened an urgent meeting in New Delhi recently and framed strict guidelines for allocation of organs to foreigners.
“It is difficult to digest that Indian hearts are not matching with our own Indian patients but matching with foreigners. How’s it possible… It seems that Indian money is not matching with foreigners’ money. Really sorry to write that we are so greedy (that) we don’t bother to help poor Indian patients and (are) trying to manipulate (the waiting list) for foreigners,” Prof. Vimal Bhandari, Director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), said in a message on a WhatsApp group set up for the purpose of organ allocation.
The group comprises officials of the Tamil Nadu Transplant Authority and representatives of all government hospitals and major private hospitals (licensed for organ transplantation).
NOTTO, which functions under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, is an all-India apex body for coordination and networking for procurement and distribution of organs/tissues and transplantation. Prof. Bhandari made the comment after learning that hearts and lungs harvested from brain-dead patients were given to foreign nationals admitted to corporate hospitals. Speaking to The Hindu , he said he came to know of something “fishy” in the way hearts were allocated to foreigners in Chennai. The protocol is that an organ should first be offered to an Indian. If no Indian is available, an NRI should be considered. The question of an international patient arises only when both Indian and NRI patients decline an organ offer.
# Begging racket busted, four arrested
The Kalaburagi police have arrested four members, including two women from Uttar Pradesh, who were using malnourished children for begging.
On June 8, members of the Child Welfare Committee and volunteers of Childline rescued two malnourished children, aged less than four, from begging in Kalaburagi and two women, Ruby and Rahiza, were taken into custody in this connection. Basher Alam, an employee of a local Urdu daily, is the kingpin of the begging racket.
Interrogation revealed that both the women were from Uttar Pradesh and that they were residing in a rented house at Zam- Zam Colony, a-long with Faizan and Farzan who were hired for begging on a daily basis. The two women carry- ing mal- nourished children were seeking alms at Hussain Garden locality in M.S.K. Mill on Friday evening when volunteers of Childline, Don Bosco and Samskara Prathisthan reached the spot and took them into custody. According to the Unique Iden- tity Card, recovered from one of the women, Ruby hails from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh. As many as six children, two aged around 15 and four children in the four to six age group, were rescued from the women. Two children aged less than seven were malnourished, said Director of Samskara Prathisthan Vittal Chikkani.
“The two women have arrived in the city ahead of Ramzan festival, as most of the people believe in giving money to the poor during this festival as a pious act,” Mr. Chikkani added.
The New Raghavendra Colony police have registered a case against Basheer Alam, while a case against Ruby and Rahiza was registered at the Women Police Station.
Faizan and Farzan have been admitted to the Balamandir and the malnourished children rescued from them are in the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre at the District General Hospital.
# Hassan, Chikkamagaluru districts battered by rain
Heavy rains have thrown life out of gear in Hassan and Chikkamagaluru districts. Many roads were flooded obstructing vehicular movement. There was tree fall and electricity supply has been hit.
The connectivity between Horanadu and Kalasa in Mudigere taluk has been affected as the bridge across the Bhadra is submerged in water. The water level in the Hemavati reservoir at Goruru has been rising with the increase in inflow. On Monday, the water level in the reservoir stood at 2,874 ft against the full reservoir level of 2,922 ft. Last year on this day, the water level was 2,852 ft.
Several houses were damaged. A wall of a confectionery store collapsed near the Mini Vidhana Soudha in Arkalgud town. The house owner had to move out along with his family. No one was injured in the incident. Many roads in Arkalgud taluk were inundated. Vehicular movement was badly hit. A tree fall near Bage in Sakleshpur taluk blocked traffic between Belur and Sowarpet in Kodagu district. The rain has hampered vehicular movement in many places in Chikkamagaluru district.
As the water level in Bhadra river increased, the bridge constructed across the river near Horanadu was submerged in water. This stopped movement of vehicles between Kalasa and Horanadu. Chikkamagaluru district administration has declared a holiday for schools and colleges in Sringeri, Koppa, N.R. Pura and Mudigere taluks on Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner M.K. Shreerangaiah has said schools would remain open in Chikkamagaluru, Tarikere, and Kadur taluks.
# Sand extraction banned in CRZ areas
The Dakshina Kannada District Sand Monitoring Committee has banned sand extraction from rivers in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas with immediate effect to facilitate breeding of fish and other aqua fauna during the monsoon.
The ban order would be in place till further order, the committee said in a press release, thus getting itself enough time to decide suitable period to open sand dunes, if any present, for extraction.
Boats used for sand extraction should be off the river course, and also river banks, during the ban period. They should be kept at other locations away from rivers, the committee noted. If anyone found violating the directive will render themselves liable to suitable legal action, it warned.
The release noted that deep sea fishing has been banned for 61 days from June 1 to facilitate fish breeding during the monsoon when the rivers would bring in fertile manure for aqua fauna.
If sand dunes in rivers in the CRZ areas are allowed to be extracted, the same would affect fish breeding, the committee said, justifying the ban on extraction.
After excessive sand extraction nearly for four years since 2012-13, the district administration became vary of the impending danger to the coastal ecosystem and decided to clamp down on uncontrolled extraction. The number of permits had shot up to over 400 from just about a hundred in a span of four years with sand extraction taking the form of a mafia activity.
During the just-ended sand extraction season, the administration restricted the number of permits to just less than a hundred and imposed several conditions, including installation of GPS on boats engaged in extraction to verify their authenticity.
Yet the administration was unable to restrict the size of boats as large steel boats fitted with outboard engines continued to be deployed to extract sand, particularly in the Netravathi. Earthmovers were being blatantly used to load sand onto trucks on river banks.
Before issuing permits for the ensuing sand extraction season post-monsoon, the district administration has decided to deploy bathymetry survey to exactly assess the availability of sand dunes.
Only if excess sand is found, as prescribed by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), then permits would be issued to extract sand to the required level, Deputy Commissioner S. Sasikanth Senthil has said.
# Battery-operated vehicles at Charminar planned
A series of initiatives lined up to improve tourism in State
The Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) will soon be introducing battery-operated vehicles to ferry visitors from Charminar, Salar Jung Museum, Chowmahalla Palace and other places of tourist attraction in the Old City once the permission comes from the Transport Department.
With the Charminar Pedestrianisation Project work going on and other vehicles likely to be disallowed from operating in these precincts, the department has written to the Transport Department to allow it to operate the “Hop in, Hop out” vehicles touching these tourist places, said TSTDC Managing Director B. Manohar on Monday.
Addressing a press conference on the occasion of newly appointed TSTDC Chairman P. Bhoopathi Reddy taking charge, the MD said the department had lined up a series of initiatives to improve tourism infrastructure in the 31 districts of Telangana and, with the appointment of Mr. Reddy, he expected the initiatives to be cleared, and expedited through Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
The new chairman said the department was keen on having Haritha budget hotels in all the districts and improving facilities for visitors like recreational facilities.
To begin with, boating in 50 water bodies would taken up for improvement under the Mission Kakatiya programme.
# Trainee scientist falls to his death
He was working in a data analytics firm at ITPB, Whitefield
A trainee scientist allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the 12th floor of his office on the ITPB premises in Whitefield on Monday.
The deceased, Bhavesh Jaiswal, 23, was from Madhya Pradesh. He worked at Mu Sigma, a data analytics and decision sciences company.
The police said the incident occurred around 5 p.m. when security on the ground floor heard a loud sound. They found Jaiswal in a pool of blood, and informed the police, who shifted him to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Jaiswal had left his phone on his desk, the police said. “His phone has been sent to FSL to retrieve details of last calls made, messages and mails,” said Abdul Ahad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Whitefield division.
Jaiswal had come to Bengaluru in early 2017. Initially, he was staying with his mother before she returned to her home town. “His mother has been informed and she is on her way to the city,” added Mr. Ahad.
His colleagues told the police that they did not find anything unusual in his behaviour. “We are inquiring with his colleagues to rule out workplace harassment,” said a senior police officer.
A statement from Mu Sigma read: “We are deeply saddened and shocked by the passing away of one of our employees. He was a Trainee Decision Scientist, who had joined Mu Sigma in the latter part of 2017. We have informed his family. They are, understandably, in a state of shock. Our thoughts are with them in this terrible time. We do not have any further information at this point, and will be working with the authorities to assist them.”
# ACB Special Court confiscates properties of accused in DA case
This is a clear message to erring officers, says R.P. Thakur
In a first-of-its-kind case in the State, the Special Court of Anti-Corruption Bureau, under the provisions of the Special Court Act, has confiscated the properties of the Surveyor in Survey and Land Records Department, Vizianagaram district, Gedela Lakshmi Ganeswara Rao, who was arrested by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in 2017, for possessing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Speaking to the media, Director-General of ACB R.P. Thakur said, “Earlier as per the AP Prevention of Corruption Act, the properties of the accused would be attached, but in this case the properties will be confiscated by the government.”
According to him, only two other states Odisha and Bihar follow this system. This is a clear message to the erring officers that they can no longer enjoy the properties if convicted. “Once convicted, the properties will be taken over by the government and sold,” he said.
Under confiscation, the government will enjoy the property and if the accused is convicted, the government will own the property and if the accused is acquitted, they will be returned, said Mr. Thakur. The Special Court is a fast track court and unlike the normal ACB Court the trial will be completed in one year.
Source:- The Hindu