Top StoriesBreaking: [Tool Kit Case] Nikita Jacob, Shantanu Muluk, Shubham Kar Chaudhuri Withdraw Plea For Anticipatory Bail As Prosecution Agrees To Give 7 Days Advance Notice In Case Arrest Is Necessary Nupur Thapliyal15 March 2021 5:21 AMShare This – xA Delhi Court on Monday disposed of the anticipatory bail applications filed by Shantanu Muluk, Nikita Jacob and Subham Kar Chaudhuri in relation to the Greta Thunberg Toolkit case. ASJ Dharmender Rana disposed of the applications after the Applicants sought to withdraw the same on a condition that if the investigating agency finds their arrest is imminent and unavoidable, then…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Delhi Court on Monday disposed of the anticipatory bail applications filed by Shantanu Muluk, Nikita Jacob and Subham Kar Chaudhuri in relation to the Greta Thunberg Toolkit case. ASJ Dharmender Rana disposed of the applications after the Applicants sought to withdraw the same on a condition that if the investigating agency finds their arrest is imminent and unavoidable, then 7 days advance notice be given; Whereby they can exercise their legal remedies. As the APP conceded to this request, the applications were disposed as withdrawn. During the hearing, the APP had expressed that the case is on an initial stage and there will be a need for custodial interrogation. The Deputy Commissioner of Police also expressed the need for custodial interrogation on the ground that the accused made false statement during investigation and also deleted certain incriminating materials before their phones and other devices were seized. “We are dependant on foreign companies for giving us information. Even though they deny they were not on zoom call, we will have to see. We will not like to have a situation where we are denied custodial interrogation at any stage,” the DCP told the Court. The Judge however insisted that the matter has to be disposed of today. ASJ Rana said, “You have to tell us right now, what are the incriminating material to tell us why the custody is sought. Give them the notice in case arrest becomes imminent, satisfy the court.”On being asked to take the call on the defence counsel’s proposal for withdrawal, the APP said, “if the investigating agency finds arrest of accused is imminent and unavoidable then 7 days advance notice be given.”Courtroom Exchange Arguments on behalf of Shantanu Muluk “Expressing solidarity is not only a right but also a duty for expressing your feelings,” Advocate Vrinda Grover appearing for Shantanu Muluk (a volunteer in the youth environmental collective— Extinction Rebellion organization). She emphasized that the so-called toolkit that is the subject matter of the case was merely a google document, containing information as to what protests are taking place across the country. She insisted that this information is readily available all over the internet and does not make out a case against Muluk. “I collate information available in public domain and made a map. Then I add a link for sample photos and videos of solidarity. I did not create any content,” she argued on behalf of Muluk. She insisted that if someone wishes to write to a Government representative, the alleged toolkit is a sample. “I cannot think of a more democratic form through which a citizen can express its disagreement. Pick up the phone and tell the representative,” she remarked. She pointed out that the impugned Tweets on farmers protest were merely driving attention towards a public issue. In fact, the Twitter handles that were tagged in the said tweets belong to the Prime Minister of India, the UN Human Rights, United Nations, UNCW. “Who am I tagging and what am I saying in these tweets? I am saying that there are internet shutdowns in the country and this might hamper the protection of women. They are saying we should have a speedy and peaceful resolution. Will it not be an appropriate thing to say? Even the CJI said it, newspapers are saying it, government is saying it. Tweeting on a public issue is not wrong. These are the tweets they are saying are incriminating. I am saying, what is objectionable about these!” she vehemently argued. Grover emphasized that in the impugned tweets, there is no question of inciting violence. “I am not even asking anybody to step out in the street, or to cause mobs, or to cause riots. I am only saying add your voice, let’s get this issue resolved. Where is the objectionable comment here!” she said. Grover relied on the Supreme Court’s decision in Amish Devgan v. Union of India, to argued that it unequivocally held that making comments or raising slogans is not sedition. She added that Muluk did not have any role in sharing the toolkit. “Sharing the toolkit per se, as held by your lordship, is not an offence. The entire toolkit does not have a call for any violence, whatsoever,” she added. Grover further informed the Bench that Muluk has been cooperating with the investigation agency in every manner and hence, he is not required to be kept in custody. She submitted on behalf of Muluk, “Except for 4 days being Saturday Sundays and a Tuesday, I was summoned every day mostly around 10 30 and 11 and left around midnight. For 18 days I have joined investigation. If there is any material they had to unearth, I am available for interrogation. They have interrogated me rigorously.” She added, “I handed over my iphone with sim card, an iPad and a Dell laptop. During investigation they said they have interest in my mother’s phone. I handed over it to the police for the purpose of investigation. They asked me for passwords of my social media accounts. I gave them on the first date itself without any hesitation. They asked me 115 questions, I gave them comprehensive answers in writing. My bank details were asked including my parents. I have disclosed all of them. My passport and other details are also been given to them.” Grover further informed the bench that Muluk was even confronted with the other co-accused Disha Ravi and Nikita Jacob. However, there is no contradiction that has emerged. As a mark of Muluk’s cooperation with the investigating authorities, she also referred to a case registered against Muluk in 2019 in connection to participation in the Extinction Rebellion. She submitted that Non-bailable warrants were issued against Muluk in that case. However, the Bombay High Court granted him transit anticipatory bail and since then, Muluk continues to join the investigation. With respect to editing of the Toolkit, Grover submitted that Muluk did not touch the toolkit after January 18. She submitted, “It will be misleading and factually incorrect to say that I am the owner (of the toolkit). The access is to others to. They can change without my knowledge. That is the nature of the document It’s a verifiable fact that I have not written, edited or done anything to toolkit since 18th January. This is shown by the IP address. After this date I did not even touch the toolkit.” She added, “I added the texts to the cheat sheet but did not add any links to the document. Where they talk about genocide watch, this link is not added by me. This vague averment made here that the cheatsheet had a link is baseless. As a matter of verifiable fact by electronic evidence, the link was not added by me. In any case, genocide watch is an international organisation. I have not created it. All this has been confirmed in confrontation. My role ends here of the toolkit. I didn’t touch the document after 18th January ever again. I have no connection with PJF. How do we access the role today? I have not added anything about them. My focus was on farmers issue and farmer’s protest. After 18 January, no edits were attributed to the present applicant. This can be seen by the IP address. When edit is taking place, each person is free to edit in Extinction Rebellion.” So far as Muluk’s connection with the organisations like Sikhs For Justice, Poetic Justice Foundation, etc. is concerned, Grover submitted, “What is really my role in this case? There is an organisation called Sikhs For Justice which is a banned organization. I have no knowledge or communication with the said organization. Another organization named by them is Poetic Justice Foundation. It’s not a banned organization. I don’t have any connection with it. The only time I had an interaction with it was over a zoom call. Ask India Why campaign has been initiated by Poetic Justice Foundation, I am not denying it. But till then, nobody heard about the organisation in India. It’s not a banned organization till date. It was mentioned that farmers protest issue will be discussed.” Grover claimed that Muluk, along with a colleague, joined the Zoom call with the PJF on behalf of XR foundation (where Muluk claims to be a volunteer) on receiving a communication through Instagram. She added “I joined the zoom call in which around 70 to 80 people were present. I know nobody except my colleague. I am just a listener in the call. In that call, there are no remarks made about Khalistan or any secessionist. I don’t know who MO Dhaliwal is.” During the hearing, the Bench enquired as to the purpose of the Zoom call. Grover sought time to respond to this. Further, with respect to connections with Climate 2025 organixation, Grover said, “Climate 2025 is a registered private limited company in UK. If anybody does even a cursory Google search, the company has its own website which mentions the directors. This company does a 5-year change making mission. Extinction Rebellion is not an NGO but in order to pass the money, there has to be a proper channel. Extinction Rebellion is one of the clients of Climate 2025. I am a private limited company providing a corporate support to Extinction Rebellion. There is no anti national activity taking place. I am showing this because one of the ways of flagging a red rag in this country is to show some kind of foreign funding. I am a volunteer in the organization. I have repeatedly answered this during interrogation. We talk about role of people’s assemblies and citizens groups on varied issues, farmers issue being one of them.” Arguments on behalf of Nikita Jacob Senior Advocate Rebecca John argued on behalf of Advocate Nikita Jacob, also a co-accused in the matter. She submitted that Extinction Rebellion is a peaceful organization and has a global standing. She then submitted that Jacob participated in the above referred Zoom call with PFJ and also worked on the toolkit. “I am not saying I edited one or two lines, but I say I worked on it. My argument is, so what?” John remarked. She asked the Court, “What have I done? If we look at this, my role is I attended a zoom call where I didn’t know who was who. Assuming I did, because as a criminal lawyer, I assume the worst against myself. Your honor may take it that I participated in the preparation of toolkit. Your honor may take it that I edited the toolkit. Other than that, I did not take place in the protest. I do not know the other co accused (Shantanu Muluk). We never had a face to face interaction. We only met at the time of interrogation for the first time.” With respect to reference to Genocide Watch in the toolkit, John argued, “Anybody, our children, my learned friend can see what genocide watch does. It collates information. These kind of critiques about different countries, we don’t have to believe this. It’s an open website which can be accessed by anyone. Putting a hyperlink there, does not make it an issue.” She added that the toolkit cannot be viewed as a tool to incite violence. “What does this twitter template do? Some standard people are retweeting and liking it. Is this going to affect the sole and functioning of the republic of India?” John asked rhetorically. In conclusion, she submitted, “My participation in zoom meeting is not an act of criminal conspiracy. My participation in preparation of toolkit, your honor might go to the extent of saying that even my hyperlinking, is not an act of sedition.”She quoted from the judgment of Shreya Singhal v. Union of India, “There are three concepts which are fundamental in understanding the reach of this most basic of human rights. The first is discussion, the second is advocacy, and the third is incitement. Mere discussion or even advocacy of a particular cause howsoever unpopular is at the heart of Article 19(1)(a). It is only when such discussion or advocacy reaches the level of incitement that Article 19(2) kicks in. ” She argued, “There are 2 stages, discussion and advocacy, both of which are not criminalized by the court. It’s only incitement which is criminalized. I am drawing an argument from this which is that we were on the stage of discussion and advocacy. There is not even an iota of evidence to show that there was incitement. The mere causing of annoyance, inconvenience, danger etc., or being grossly offensive or having a menacing character are not offences under the Penal Code at all.”On being enquired about the difference between discussion, advocacy and incitement by the bench, John replied, “Let us take it that these allegations exist. The act of making toolkit, the act of linking international websites, I ask myself, did it incite any violence? Did anyone who was arrested on 26th January say that they got incited by reading the toolkit? I am saying, between the time, anyone of us working on the toolkit, what action of mine caused the violence on 26th? Even post that? There was a sea of women who sat on the farmers protests.” Arguments on behalf of Subham Kar ChaudhuriAdvocate Soutik Banerjee appearing for Subham Kar Chaudhuri argued that the Government’s reply opposing the anticipatory bail plea is a cut paste of the allegations made against the other two accused persons. He submitted, “The State cannot cut paste the allegations. They have callously labelled the same allegations against me. I was not the part of the zoom call. I was not ever in communication with MO Dhaliwal. There is no record of me even passively being part of the group with these people. I am not the the active member of Ex R. I am just the south Asia liason for it. My work is just to coordinate because Ex R has a lot of chapters. I am not even required to be informed as to what one chapter does. That is my role in the entire Ex R network.” Banerjee further contended that Subham Jar did not even open or seen the toolkit. Further, the only role attributable to him of forwarding the link to certain people in Pakistan. However, there is no record of such communication. Defending Subham’s actions, Banerjee submitted, “As a liason person who forwards messages to a lot of people regarding chapters, I have a broadcast list on my Whatsapp. There is also a loudspeaker on the bottom of the message showing that it is a broadcasted message. So I am forwarding this link to every person, not just Pakistan. Merely forwarding a message to a person in Lahore, Pakistan and Islamabad does not make me accused of anything. The people who have received it are young people and women in Pakistan. Mere communication from people of Pakistan is not a crime. Even our PM talks to their PM on his birthday.”Government’s response Opposing the anticipatory bail plea for Shantanu Muluk, APP Irfan Ahmed argued that as per the applicants, they are very noble persons. However, that does not permit them to do illegal things. “It is your case that you went to express solidarity but your hidden agenda is to provoke people against India,” Ahmed remarked. He pressed that that “attempts to bring dissatisfaction towards the government of India” will amount to Sedition under Section 124A of IPC. He submitted, “I have the intention to kill someone, then it also has a lot of stages including preparation. Once I put the finger on trigger for killing a person, even if the person is not hit, then also it’s an attempt. State is a sovereign. You cannot criticise it. Sikhs of Justice is a Sikh dissent organization. You are saying something against the government.” Referring to the hashtags used in the impugned tweets, the APP argued, “This evergreen message is not stopped here. They say even if the laws are repealed, the message should be there. This creates doubts.” Unconvinced, the Court asked, “What if they are moved by Gandhian approach and want to keep the movement alive? What is wrong in it?” At this juncture, APP submitted that the applicants were attracting people by making false claims that the Indian Government is killing and suppressing people. “What is the intention of you to write this? When they have come to know that person’s are not dead, they start making amendments. they have edited. What is the need of correcting? Why you created such thing that people were dead. you wanted to create a facade. we all have seen how tractor was being dragged. You are a person who has done all this. Even if you have corrected, you have created data that 100s were injured. This gives your intention, to give something to the people they may believe. We are giving special emphasis to social media. You should be 100 times careful,” he argued. APP informed the Bench that when Muluk was asked as to whether any monetary support was received by him, he specifically denied saying “no, never”. However, when he was confronted, it was discovered that he received 600 UK pounds. “This money is coming from Jeddah. It is not directly coming from England but the headquarters of foreign exchange is from Jeddah,” the APP said. At this juncture, the Court expressed dissatisfaction at the State counsel’s arguments. It said, “you leave so many gaps for me. You mentioned Jeddah, I was expecting you will be coming on further points. We need to be fair to both sides. Is there anything wrong for adopting same course of action against them also?” ASJ Rana added, “you said the investigation is on a very initial stage. There is a situation that arrest might become imminent. At this stage, there are 2 options available with you. First is that you put sufficient material on record. On that basis either bail will be given or rejected. If it is rejected, then the evidences you are looking for will not come because you say it is very initial stage. So why not you put material on record and show the arrest is imminent.” The APP responded “If a person goes to police station with Anticipatory Bail then the outcome will be different. Court: if you have already taken a court, then the issue is over. Why we want the custody is that he had provided his mobile but he kept deleting his iCloud. He changed it and therefore we could not take the documents.” The Court then said, “So how can you now take them? You will have to satisfy us. You cannot be granted custody to instil fear.”To this, the Deputy Commissioner of Police responded that Muluk has been deleting the data from his devices which one, shows the antecedents and two, is consuming time for the authorities to investigate the matter. He submitted, “This investigation is being done by the Cyber crime unit of Delhi Police. Almost the entire activity of creating the document was done online. We have around 6-7 applications used, including Zoom, Google, Signal, Telegram etc. It is important to highlight that the owner decides who can edit the document. It’s the owner’s responsibility to regulate the conduct of editors. we have already asked twitter about the instances where false contents were posted. We could get a few of them and they are annexed. We also have Instagram and Facebook including mail services. All are based abroad and it takes time to obtain information. In fact, the USP of Telegram etc is very restricted as far as sharing contents is concerned. We rely on the device to get the information. In this case unfortunately the period provided was used by accused persons in deleting data. He has accepted that also. Entire logs from July onwards from his devise were deleted. He deleted specific photos on the day he was in Delhi when violence happened. The location data is also deleted. These were the data present in an encrypted form protected by passwords. We have asked the applications to get us the data but it takes time. This is the antecedent we are talking about. Not only that, he was using apple device. That Ipad he was continuously using was clean without any data. Even the iCloud account was changed. There will be some remnant of data after being delete also. But even that was changed. There is no account in the device. He has deleted data, taken all measures to remove the incriminating details of his conduct during his stay in Delhi.”Edited by Akshita Saxena Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
duha127/iStock(NEW YORK) — The acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is expected to speak out against New York City’s controversial sanctuary policy amid an ongoing dispute between city and federal officials over the sexual assault and murder of an elderly Queens woman allegedly by an undocumented immigrant.Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence is expected to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. to “address how sanctuary policies in both New York City and the state of New York impact public safety,” the agency said in a statement Thursday.Sanctuary cities, such as San Francisco and New York City, do not cooperate with the federal government in complying with ICE requests. President Donald Trump and his administration have repeatedly derided the policy.The visit comes amid a well-publicized battle between city and federal officials over the death of 92-year-old Maria Fuertes, who was fatally attacked outside of her home earlier this month by a man who was in the country illegally, authorities said. Police charged Reeaz Khan, a 21-year-old Guyanese national, in connection with her death on Jan. 10.Federal immigration officials said they lodged a detainer against Khan in November when he was arrested for allegedly stabbing his father with a broken coffee cup, but the city did not surrender him to federal agents, consistent with its sanctuary policies, according to ICE.“It is made clear that New York City’s stance against honoring detainers is dangerously flawed,” Thomas Decker, ICE’s field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in New York, said in a statement Monday. “It was a deadly choice to release a man on an active ICE detainer back onto the streets after his first arrest included assault and weapon charges, and he now faces new charges, including murder.”“New York City’s sanctuary policies continue to threaten the safety of all residents of the five boroughs, as they repeatedly protect criminal aliens who show little regard for the laws of this nation,” he added.He said the city releases “hundreds of arrestees” each month with pending charges and/or convictions “to return back into the communities where they committed their crimes, instead of being transferred into the custody of ICE.”“Clearly the politicians care more about criminal illegal aliens than the citizens they are elected to serve and protect,” Decker said.New York City officials disputed claims that the police department ignored a detainer request to turn over Khan for possible deportation. They also accused the Trump administration of politicizing the elderly woman’s death.“We mourn with the family of Ms. Fuertes. If Mr. Khan is convicted, the city will cooperate with federal officials in accordance with local law,” Olivia Lapeyrolerie, a spokesperson for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, said in a statement. “It is shameful that the Trump Administration is politicizing this tragedy.”Mayor de Blaiso defended the city’s sanctuary laws Wednesday on Twitter when acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf suggested that the policy had caused “a complete breakdown of law and order in New York City.”“There has been a complete breakdown of law & order in New York City,” Wolf tweeted. “NYC proudly passed sanctuary city laws & bragged about it for months. But now they, & more importantly, the citizens of NYC are facing the deadly consequences of the sanctuary policies.”In response, de Blaiso touted the city’s low crime rate and quipped that President Donald Trump should “quit spreading lies about the good work of the NYPD.” The last time crime was as low in New York City as it is right now, the Dodgers were in Brooklyn and your boss was in Queens — and in diapers. If you’re serious about keeping our country safe, quit spreading lies about the good work of the NYPD. https://t.co/cfua03lGWn— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 16, 2020“New York City has passed its own common-sense laws about immigration enforcement that have driven crime to record lows,” he tweeted.“The Trump administration’s scare tactics destroy trust in law enforcement. The day our police ask for immigration status is the day people stop reporting crimes & sharing information,” he added in another tweet.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Panchkula: UP Yoddha on Saturday defeated hosts Haryana Steelers 37-30 in a Pro Kabaddi League match to inch closer towards the play-off rounds here.UP Yoddha is now just one win away from qualifying for the playoffs. In a dramatic encounter, Shrikant Jadhav ended with another super 10 of the season, scoring 11 points in the win.The other top performers included Nitesh Kumar and Surender Gill, who scored seven apiece in defence and attack respectively.The Yoddha’s no have 58 points from 18 matches and are placed fifth in the points table.It was good news for UP Yoddha On Saturday as their star raider Monu Goyat returned to the side from an injury.Backed by the extra fire power, it was the Haryana boy, Surender Gill who got things going for UP Yoddha with a super raid.UP Yoddha led 4-0 with just a minute into the half. With the super raid, Surender Gill also completed his 50 raid points in his first season.Haryana Steelers bounced back with a super raid by Vinay.In another few minutes, it was Shrikant Jadhav who achieved another milestone of his PKL career by passing 350 raid points.UP Yoddha, with seven minutes left in the half, led 13-7.Haryana had a little burst of points in the end moments of the first half and reduced the gap to 11-15 going into the break.The second half started with a super tackle from the young pillars of UP Yoddha.Sumit and Nitesh combined to ensure Vinay was not allowed to escape.UP Yoddha had a seven point lead at the beginning of the second half.Shrikant Jadhav then scored a double pointer in dramatic fashion with his foot just crossing the line and ensuring Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Ravi Kumar were out.With 15 minutes left in the half, UP Yoddha led by 24-16.With 14 minutes left in the half, it seemed Haryana might just make an epic comeback as with the first all-out of the match they reduced the gap to 21-25.But unfortunately for Haryana, all of a sudden they made two errors back-to-back with first Vinay stepping out of bounds and then Vikas Kandola doing the same on his raid.UP Yoddha now had a seven point lead at 29-22.UP Yoddha then inflicted an all-out on Haryana and extended their lead to eight points at 36-28 before finally sealing the contest.UP Yoddha will next play Dabang Delhi in the first match of their home leg at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida on October 5. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Haryana SteelerspklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019 First Published: September 28, 2019, 11:33 PM IST
The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) has concluded its schedule of schools outreach programmes and activities for the 2012/13 financial year, which ends on March 31.Over 4000 primary and high school students islandwide participated in a series of digital presentations, delivered over the past year by the Commission, which plans to embark on another phase shortly.The sessions were geared towards empowering students to maximize the use of technology, among other benefits.Speaking with JIS News following the programme’s conclusion at Trench Town High School in St. Andrew, last Friday (March 22), BCJ Executive Director, Cordel Green, informed that the agency will embark on another phase, beginning in April.He advised that the Commission will be scheduling visits to new schools as well as returning to some of those which have requested follow-up visits.“We talk to them, not as future leaders and creators, but as ‘now’ innovators, creators and leaders,” Mr. Green said.He noted some of the youngsters’ affinity with technology and their adeptness at mastering various inputs in undertaking activities such as composing music.“They have made their music. They take it like a hobby, they put their things on Facebook, and you have to explain to them how transformational those activities are and can be,” he pointed out.The initiative has been deemed a success, based on the “phenomenal” feedback which, Mr. Green noted, has been received from the various participating schools.“Each time we come to a school, we realize that we are (merely) touching the tip of an iceberg. We have to find a way, technologically, to be at Trench Town (High School) and to be at 20 other schools at the same time, using whatever technology that is available,” he said.CONTACT: ELAINE HARTMAN RECKORD
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It is the tech industry’s latest major expansion beyond the Seattle-San Francisco Bay corridor. It follows recent steps by Amazon and Apple to set up large operations well outside their home turf.___Deported immigrants get their last flight on ‘ICE Air’HOUSTON (AP) — An obscure division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates hundreds of flights each year to remove immigrants. Deportation flights are big business: The U.S. government has spent $1 billion on these flights in the last decade, and the Trump administration is seeking to raise ICE’s budget for charter flights by 30 per cent.___Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to spaceDENVER (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is sending the next generation of GPS satellites into space. The new satellites are designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later. The first of 32 planned GPS III satellites, all being built by Lockheed Martin, is scheduled for lift off Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.___Malaysia files criminal charges against Goldman SachsKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former executives on Monday for their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar looting of state investment fund 1MDB. Attorney General Tommy Thomas said the government is seeking several billion dollars in fines from Goldman Sachs for breaches of securities laws that involved it making false and misleading statements to investors.___The S&P 500 skidded 54.01 points, or 2.1 per cent, at 2,545.94. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 507.53 points, or 2.1 per cent, to 23,592.98. The Nasdaq composite fell 156.93 points, or 2.3 per cent, to 6,753.73. The Russell 2000 index dipped 32.97 points, or 2.3 per cent, to 1,378.14.Benchmark U.S. crude fell 2.6 per cent to $49.88 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dipped 1.1 per cent to $59.61 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline shed 1.7 per cent to $1.41 a gallon and heating oil slid 1 per cent to $1.83 a gallon. Natural gas dropped 7.8 per cent to $3.53 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press
Chennai: The DMK on Tuesday promised to do away with the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions and ushering in quota in the private sector in its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election. “The NEET for medical admissions will be scrapped,” DMK chief M K Stalin said while unveiling the salient features of his party’s manifesto. Opposition to NEET in Tamil Nadu from major political parties and students had taken emotive overtones in the past. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Stalin said steps would be taken for implementing reservation in the private sector. The party also assured steps for waiver of all educational loans taken by students. Against the background of agitations by state government employees seeking reversion to the old pension scheme in place of the newly-introduced contributory scheme, the DMK chief said: “We will bring back the old pension scheme for both the central and state government employees.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The DMK president said the party would revert to the administered-price mechanism to regulate the prices of petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Another key feature of the manifesto is doing away with the direct cash transfer of subsidy for the LPG and bringing down the prices of cylinders. The DMK is contesting 20 seats in the state, allotting the remaining 19 to its allies. The state goes to polls in a single phase on April 18.
A Tanzanian citizen recently fell victim to the ever-increasing plight of snatching in Delhi on Monday, with her purse being robbed by bike-riding snatchers, right outside her place of residence in the city. The incident took place in Jasola, where the woman has been living during her stay in the Capital city. In her complaint to the police, the woman said that she was in Delhi to get treatment for her son at Apollo Hospital and was travelling with both her son and daughter-in-law. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder In an earnest appeal to the police, the victim implored authorities to track down the snatcher because she had USD 2,000 and Rs 32,000 in cash in her purse, which was to be used for her son’s treatment among other expenses. She said, “I am a foreigner in this country and I don’t have money to stay here and feed my family and provide treatment for my son, for which I came to India.” Taking cognizance of the victim’s complaint, officers at Sarita Vihar police station registered an FIR in the matter. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings Keeping with the never-ending tide of snatchings, a 27-year-old architect was returning home from shopping when she was targeted by snatchers in South Delhi’s Ring road area on April 7, in a separate case. “I was returning home with my mother after shopping in Sarojini Nagar market in an auto around 7.50 PM,” the victim told police. She further said that after reaching Ring Road, two youths came in a motorcycle and took away her bag, which had Rs 9,000 in cash and other
New Delhi/Lucknow: In a surprise move, the BJP on Monday announced Bhojpuri film star Ravi Kishan as its Lok Sabha candidate from Gorakhpur, the bastion of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, instead of the widely-speculated candidature of sitting MP Praveen Nishad who recently joined the party.Nishad has been fielded from Sant Kabir Nagar, with the BJP dropping sitting MP Sharad Tripathi who had created a political storm by beating a local BJP MLA with shoes. However, Sharad Tripathi’s father, Ramapati Ram Tripathi, has been given BJP ticket from neighbouring Deoria, as per the latest party list of seven candidates in Uttar Pradesh. Ramapati Ram Tripathi was the UP BJP chief during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Deoria was represented by former Union minister Kalraj Mishra. Last year, Nishad, a joint candidate of SP-BSP, had defeated BJP’s Upendra Shukla in Gorakhpur in a surprise bypoll win, after Adityanath, who had represented the Lok Sabha seat five times since 1998, became the chief minister. However, Nishad joined the BJP earlier this month and there was speculation that he might be party’s candidate from Gorakhpur. Nishad is son of the Sanjay Nishad, the head of the Nishad Party, which ended its alliance with the SP-BSP last week and joined hands with the BJP. With the list of candidates releases by the party Monday, the BJP has so far announced candidates for 420 Lok Sabha seats for the seven-phase elections which will start on April 11 and continue till May 19. The saffron party has decided to field UP cooperative minister Mukut Bihari from Ambedkarnagar. It has also given ticket to Sangam Lal Gupta from Pratapgarh, the parliamentary constituency that was won by BJP ally Apna Dal in 2014. The party has fielded KP Singh from Jaunpur and Ramesh Bind from Bhadohi, it said.