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2 Romanians held in Delhifor ATM fraud in Mumbai

A Romanian couple has been nabbed from Delhi in connection with the debit card skimming case in which almost 100 people who used an ATM in Mumbai’s central suburb of Mulund lost money from their accounts which collectively amounted to Rs 38 lakh.According to the Navghar police, they had earlier nabbed two local men who were instrumental in providing logistical support to the foreigners who skimmed cards at the ATM and withdrew money in Delhi.ATM skimming involves thieves using hidden electronics to steal personal information stored on cards. Think of it as identity theft of debit cards.The police said the accused foreign nationals came to the country on a tourist visa from Romania and had installed a skimmer — a thrice in the ATM in Mulund. After copying card data, they started withdrawing money from ATMs in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.”We got our first lead when we got CCTV footage of the foreigners along with the two locals. We apprehended the latter. During their interrogation, they pointed us to the foreigners. We tracked the foreigners using their phones, and our team in Delhi nabbed them. We have also got CCTV footage of the time when they are withdrawing money,” said a police officer”The two locals were also involved in a similar case in Kurla two years ago in which three Romanian nationals were arrested,” he added.The police got in touch with the Romanian embassy in New Delhi, seeking details of the recently nabbed couple’s passports.As many as 100people who used an ATM in Mulund were in for a shock when they got text messages saying money had been withdrawn using their cards, even when the cards were in their possession. The victims had approached Navghar police station and lodged a case.The accused couple will be brought to the city on Friday. This is the second instance in two weeks where Romanian nationals were found to have been instrumental in committing cyber fraud.Last Friday, the Pune police nabbed three Romanian nationals for allegedly cloning ATM cards and withdrawing money to the tune of Rs 28 lakh from over 100 bank accounts after stealing details of more than 1,000 cards. They had also used skimmers.Earlier, the Mumbai police had arrested a Bulgarian national involved in skimming and cloning the cards.

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Lucknow Metro falters on Day One

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh flagged off Lucknow Metro on Tuesday, the world-class transportation failed in its commercial run on Wednesday when it developed a technical snag between two stations.Hundreds of passengers were stranded inside the Metro for about two hours without water, and air-conditioning inside the train also stopped after the halt. Later, the Lucknow Metro Railway Corporation (LMRC) engineers rescued the passengers by breaking open the emergency gate of the last bogie.The LMRC Managing Director, a close aide of Metro Man E Sreedharan, has ordered an inquiry into the snag which jammed the entire system, including the server.All passengers, including elders and school children, had to walk for more than 400 metres on the narrow and difficult Metro track to reach the station.Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav tweeted, “Despite inordinate delay in issuing NOC, Metro came to a halt on the first day itself.” Later, SP workers held a massive dharna at the Trasportnagar Metro Station forcing the LMRC to close down the station.Police cane-charged agitating SP workers to break their protest. Half a dozen workers sustained injuries in the lathicharge.Passengers shared their terrible experience. One commuter, Gaurav Tripathi, who was on his way to catch a flight for Delhi, boarded the train at 6:10 am, but the train came to a halt at 6:38 am between Mawaiyya and Durgapuri Metro Stations.”All system like emergency calling system, ACs etc had failed once it came to a sudden stop. For almost two hours we were trapped in bogies with no window for emergency ventilation,” Tripathi said.The passengers, however, got only a ‘sorry’ in reply from LMRC. “I will file a case against LMRC if they did not pay up my Lucknow-Delhi and back airfare,” warned Tripathi.Tripti, another passenger, had got up early to board metro for going to her school not knowing what was awaiting for her. “I sustained bruises on my knees when fell on the narrow track we were forced to walk on to reach the station,” complained she after missing her school.The Lucknow Metro PRO Amit Srivastava said it was due to a technical problem which was removed now. The technical snag led to problem in the LMRC server too invalidating Go Smart Cards of many passengers.”It was due to problem in the server. The problem has been rectified and passengers would be issued new Go Smart Cards by replacing the invalid ones,” said Kumar Keshav, the Managing Director, LMRC.The MD who was suppose to hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to announce successful operation of Lucknow Metro’s commercial run had to show a hasty retreat following major goof-up on the opening day itself.About Rs 2680 crore have been spent on the first phase of Lucknow Metro covering eight stations between Transportnagar and Charbagh.It was flagged off with much fanfare on Tuesday by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. He also had a joy-ride on the Metro along with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Ram Naik, Modi Cabinet minister of state Hardeep Singh Puri and other dignitaries.

City of Nawabs, book this date! From September 5, Lucknow Metro to be run by all-women fleet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lucknow, the City of Nawabs, where air is always full of itra and flavours of Awadhi cuisines is finally getting a metropolis wonder.With Lucknow Metro’s inaugural, the capital of India’s most populous state, will finally join other major cities in the way it travels.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is also an MP from the UP capital, will flag off the Lucknow Metro on September 5.With its launch, Lucknow Metro will become India’s first metro services to be operated by an all-women fleet.As many as 21 women drivers have been selected to manage the Metro network. In fact, the trial run was also operated by two female operators in December last year.The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) began selling Go Smart Cards from Friday.Metro Tourism Cards will be available for Rs 200 from September 6. For the first time, the LMRC will be charging the fare not on distance travelled but number of stations covered and has fixed minimum fare to Rs 10 and maximum to Rs 60. Children below height of 90 cms will be allowed to enjoy free travel.In its inaugural run, two Metro trains will be run by female operators on a very short route having four stations from Transportnagar to Charbagh.The four-coach trains will have a capacity to accommodate about 1,100 passengers at a time with a seating capacity of 200 people.Equipped with LED lights and CCTV cameras to check eve-teasing and crime, the LMRC has made provisions for separate sections for women and physically-challenged persons.The project of Lucknow Metro was envisaged launched by the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government in 2014.The LMRC Managing Director Kumar Keshav claimed that the first phase of the project was completed in record less than three years.The final phase will be by 2019 when Lucknow Metro will be running on main thoroughfares of the City of Nawabs.

Soil health cards distributed to 8 cr farmers so far: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soil health cards have been distributed to 8 crore farmers out of 14 crore so far, and the rest will be issued in the next three months, the Agriculture Ministry said today. A scheme to issue soil health cards was launched in February 2015 in a bid to promote balanced use of soil nutrients and boost the crop productivity. The target is to issue soil health cards to as many as 14 crore farmers. As per the latest data, about 25.3 crore samples were collected across the country and so far 93 per cent samples have been tested. “About 14 crore Soil Health Cards are being created by the state governments and till May 31, it has been distributed among 8 crore farmers,” an official statement said. In the next three months, the rest of the farmers will covered, the ministry said, and added so far, the country has yielded positive results from Soil Health Card. According to the response of farmers of 136 districts from 16 states, not only consumption of certain fertilisers but the cost of cultivation of some crops have come down. Production of some crops has also gone up. Making use of the details provided on soil health cards, farmers have reduced nitrogen fertilisers and increased phosphorus potash and micro-nutrients. The production cost of paddy has come down by up to 25 per cent, while that of pulses and oilseeds 10-15 per cent. That apart, production of paddy, coarse cereals and oilseeds has increased substantially. Soil Health Card provides information to farmers on nutrient status of their soil along with recommendations on appropriate dosage of nutrients for improving soil health and its fertility. It also gives farmers information about the nature of the soil. And post recommendations, the farmers use fertilisers and other chemicals accordingly.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Convert PIO cards to OCI cards: PM Modi tells overseas Indian on Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Bengaluru: Government is working to put in place procedures for making descendants of the indentured labour living in Fiji and other countries eligible for OCI cards, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

“Starting with Mauritius, we are working to put in place procedures so that descendants of Girmitiyas could become eligible for OCI Cards. We remain committed to addressing similar difficulties of PIOs in Fiji, Reunion Islands, Suriname, Guyana and other Caribbean States,” he said in his address at the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here. Girmityas are descendents of indentured Indian labourers who were brought to Fiji to work on sugarcane plantations in mid-1800s.

File image of Narendra Modi. Reuters

File image of Narendra Modi. Reuters

The Prime Minister also urged the People of Indian Origin (PIO) to convert their cards into Overseas Citizen of India cards, reiterating the government’s decision to extend the deadline for these card conversions from December 31 last year to June 30, without any penalty.

“From 1 January this year, beginning with Delhi and Bengaluru, we have set up special counters at immigration points for OCI cardholders. We want it to become a symbol of global migration, achievements and aspirations of the diaspora,” he said. Observing that there are over 30 million overseas Indians living abroad, he said they were not just respected for their numbers, but for the contributions they have made to the societies they live in.

“The NRIs and PIOs have made outstanding contributions to their chosen fields. They are role models for immigrants from other backgrounds and countries … They take our values and culture wherever they go. The Indian diaspora have contributed their best towards progress in that country,” Modi said.

He said the remittance of close to 69 billion dollars annually by overseas Indians made an invaluable contribution to the Indian economy. Talking about brain drain, Modi government said his government was taking steps to convert brain drain into brain gain.

“When people spoke of brain drain, it was believed that the brighter people went abroad seeking employment opportunities … but I was asking people that whoever are left behind in India, are they dumb? It is our endeavour to convert that brain drain into brain gain,” he said. Modi also said the govermment will launch skill development programme, Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojna, for Indian youth who seek employment overseas.

First Published On : Jan 8, 2017 14:59 IST

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