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50-yr-old held for not returning friend’s diamonds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The VP Road police have arrested a 50-year-old a man for allegedly duping his friend of diamonds worth Rs 39 lakh.The arrested person has been identified as Vijay Navinchand Patni.According to the police, the 42-year-old complainant Sameer Bharat Shah, a resident of Khetwadi in Girgaum, alleged that between June and August this year, he had given loose diamonds worth Rs 39 lakh to his friend Patni to sell it to customers.”Shah had alleged that, though a long time had passed, Patni neither returned his diamond nor gave money in return for the diamonds. After waiting tirelessly, Shah finally decided to confront Patni and when he realised that Patni would not return the diamonds, Shah approached the police,” said an officer from VP Road police station.Police said that since Shah and Patni worked together in a diamond shop in south Mumbai, they became good friends. It is because of this trust that Shah had given the diamonds to Patni, police said.”Both Shah and Patni were working in a diamond shop and had also started their own business of diamond trading. After Shah approached the police, his claims were probed. A case of criminal breach of trust and cheating has been registered against Patni and he was subsequently arrested. We have not recovered the diamonds yet and are probing further,” said Sanjay Kamble, Senior police inspector, VP Road police station.

Navratri Special: Navratri, a season of blessings for this Mumbai family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Come September and for Mumbai-based Kamath family, it is that time of the year that they look forward to the most. The Navdurga (nine forms of Goddess Durga), which the family members fervently worship, has not just been a saviour for the family but has also blessed their friends and relatives abundantly.The Kamaths, who now live in Dahisar, arrived in the city in 1953. Unlike other members of the Gaud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) community, the family never observed Navratri but it was the year 1953 that changed a number of things for them.”It was during Navratri that my grandmother’s family moved to the city. Back then, it was a huge family of at least 14-16 people. Since they all managed to reach safely from Mangalore, she decided to start celebrating the festival and thank Navdurga for her guidance and blessing,” said Suparna Kamath, daughter-in-law of the household. “I, too, come from a GSB family. However, in my house, we never performed such Pujas during Navratri. I only witnessed this when I came here,” added Suparna, who is a homemaker in the family of six.Since then, the Kamaths also revel in the joy that a few wishes of their friends have also been fulfilled.”A friend of mine could not conceive for a long time. It was on a visit to our place when they prayed to Navdurga for her blessing. The couple were soon blessed with a child,” claimed Sameer Kamath, Suparna’s husband, who runs a printing business.The Kamaths switched from a photograph to an idol in the year 1973 when they decided to celebrate the festival elaborately. “My father got an idol of the goddess. Since then we have been using the same one,” said Kamath. As part of their sacrifice, the family abstains from rice during the nine days and also perform their prayers without a priest.

DRI arrest gold smuggling racket kingpin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Directorate of Revenue intelligence(DRI), Indore unit recently arrested a Mumbai-based man who allegedly ran a gold smuggling racket from Mumbai. The accused, identified as Sameer Harun Merchant(49), resident of Andheri would send carriers abroad to smuggle gold on monetary consideration.According to DRI officials, the racket came to light in May when they arrested a carrier, Mubarik Hussain Raks, who arrived in Mumbai from Abu Dhabi in a jet airways flight with 3.99 kg of smuggled gold biscuits worth Rs 1.2 crore.The smuggled gold was brought by Raks from Abu Dhabi after concealing it in seat on the flight. He had taken a domestic flight from Indore to escape customs. Following the tip off, Raks was intercepted by Indore DRI officials at Mumbai International Airport, where, upon searching his baggage, he was found possessing the gold.During interrogation, it was revealed that Raks had smuggled the gold consignment on the instructions of Merchant for monetary consideration and he was told to deliver the gold to a receiver in Mumbai. The DRI officials then identified receiver, Merchant using Call Detail Records and Merchant was then traced to Mumbai. After collecting sufficient evidence, a team of Indore DRI was dispatched to Mumbai, who arrested Merchant from his Andheri flat.”Merchant is a habitual offender and was earlier arrested by the agency in an NDPS case while smuggling a huge consignment of drugs worth crores by flight. After being lodged in a jail for almost nine years, he was released in 2014. Since then, he is suspected to have been carrying out a gold smuggling racket from Mumbai. It’s just the tip of the iceberg and we suspect that in the past two-three years, Merchant may have smuggled huge amounts of gold.We suspect involvement of flight attendants. Our probe is on,” said a DRI officer from Indore unit.

Fragile self-esteem leads teens to such acts: Docs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Youngsters seem to be going to great lengths to get noticed on social media, often with tragic results. While the Blue Whale challenge continues to see teenagers attempting to commit suicide, other incidents are also coming to the fore. In a new case, at a private school in Noida, teenaged boys shot a video while they slapped one another, mainly to put it up on social media. However, the game got so bad that one of them ended up losing his hearing.Commenting on these cases, Dr Samir Parikh, psychiatrist and director of the Department Of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare, said, “These kids carry out such acts mainly to get noticed and in some cases outsmart their peers. The time required to create these videos and put them out is negligible thus giving them no time to realise the futility of such an act.”Doctors say that reports surrounding these dangerous acts, shows that most of this social media frenzy has some underlying cause that leads to an addiction. The youngsters carrying out these acts are often vulnerable and have fragile self-esteem. They thus need to rely on external factors to heighten their self belief .“During adolescence, behavior is more emotional than logical and is governed more by high arousal situations like the presence of friends or where they get instant gratification. Social media is an easy way of being an instant sensation among peers and sharing such videos,” says Dr. Jateen Ukrani, Senior Psychiatrist, Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital.“Parents need to monitor their child’s’ online activity as much as they monitor other activities,” he adds.Doctors say that often, the hormones of teenagers lead them towards aggression and thus experimentation. Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences specialist, Dr Sameer Malhotra, said, “Aimlessness and having ample time ensure teenagers spend a lot of their energy in trying to get noticed.”EASY GRATIFICATIONDuring adolescence, behavior is more emotional than logical and is governed more by high arousal situations like the presence of friends or where they get instant gratification, says a psychiatrist

India and Pakistan economies: 70 years on

What has become of India’s and Pakistan’s economies, 70 years after independence from Britain and partition?

ACB books Bhujbal son for land fraud

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) here on Thursday filed an FIR against 17 persons, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal’s son Pankaj Bhujbal, nephew Sameer Bhujbal and retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Uttam Khobragade in an alleged land misuse case. The accused allegedly bought a plot of government land in Oshiwara in the northwestern suburb of Andheri, and constructed a commercial complex instead of the residential project it had been earmarked for. According to ACB officers, between 2002 and 2004, Sameer and Pankaj, both Directors of Bhavesh Builders Private Ltd, bought the plot and formed Oshiwara Tulsi Co-operative Housing Society for residential purpose. The society’s members, including chief promoter Prashant Sawant, have also been booked. Co-accused Shirish Shrugarpure, Land Surveyor, Suryakant Deshmukh, Assistant Land Record Surveyor, and MHADA official Suresh Karande, allegedly did not verify the documents.Five other government officials, including Uttam Khobragade, then Vice President and CEO of MHADA, sanctioned the project. “The said fraud caused losses worth crores of rupees to the state exchequer…. The government officials have been given kickbacks and we will be scrutinising their bank account details”, said an ACB official. Khobragade, Sameer and Pankaj Bhujbal, could not be reached for comments.

Tanker driver held for collision with bus; 7 techies killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have arrested the driver of the water tanker which collided with a mini-bus on Pune-Ahmednagar road yesterday, killing seven persons. All the deceased, including two women, were software professionals working with different IT firms in the city, senior police inspector Sarjerao Patil said today. Last evening, six persons died on the spot and seven others were injured when the private mini-bus in which they were travelling collided with the water tanker near Lonikand village, about 40 kms from here. One of the injured persons succumbed later at a hospital last night, Patil said. The victims were returning from a friend’s wedding in Ahmednagar district. Patil said when the mini-bus reached near Lonikand, the water tanker coming from the opposite direction veered off the road. It then rammed into the road divider, jumped on the other side of the road and collided with the mini-bus. “It seems that the water tanker was being driven in a rash and negligent manner. The tanker driver apparently lost control over the wheels following which the vehicle collided with the bus,” he said. The tanker also hit a car which was behind the bus, he said. The tanker driver, Krushna Kitarwad (22), was arrested in the early hours today, Patil said. Kitarwad has been booked under IPC sections pertaining to rash and negligent driving and also under section 304 part II, for offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, under which the imprisonment may extend up to 10 years. He has also been booked under relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act, the police officer said. Sameer Gaikwad, one of the bus passengers who sustained minor injuries in the accident, said, “We all are shocked. We are yet to come to terms with the tragedy.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

KPs demand CBI probe into murder of constable Sameer Ji Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Displaced Kashmiri Pandits today demanded a CBI probe into the alleged murder of constable Sameer Ji Kumar by his fellow policeman last month in north Kashmir. President All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) Ravinder Raina said the case should be immediately handed over to the CBI for an “impartial investigation”. Sameer, who was posted in Srinagar, had gone missing on May 14. His body was recovered in the first week of June. Police said that he was xallegedly murdered by his colleague as a revenge for sodomising him. “Constable Sameer Ji Kumar, who went missing on May 14, was killed by SPO Aijaz Ahmad after Kumar resorted to sexual act with Ahmad,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, central Kashmir range, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, had told reporters in Srinagar on June 1. A case of murder was later registered against Ahmad, a special police officer (SPO) posted in Srinagar. While denouncing the “tardy” approach of the state government, The ASKPC leader said, “We demand probe by the CBI because we have no faith on the police investigation which has changed statements twice”. “The first statement of the police said he committed suicide under the influence of liqour and in the second said he was murdered,” Raina told reporters here today. Almost all organisation of the displaced Kashmiri pandits, amassing over 1500 people, participated in the 10th- day death rituals of Sameer. They expressed their resentment on the “indifferent and callous manner” of the state administration with which the disappearance and subsequent murder of the cop was handled. “ASKPC has apprehensions that such acts in the valley are solely directed at discouraging the community youth in joining their postings in the valley and is a part of the grand plan of the anti-national elements in subverting the return of the community to their roots,” it alleged. Terming the murder as a “conspiracy” to stall the return of pandits to the valley, Panun Kashmir leader Agnishekhar said, “It was a plan to Islamise Kashmir valley and establish the caliphate, which is evident from the current situation in the valley as government of India is in deep slumber, with no concrete policy towards the Kashmiri Pandits who are the worst sufferers of the turmoil in Kashmir”. The KPs also demanded adequate compensation to be paid to the family of the deceased cop. Later, a large gathering of KPs also blocked Akhnoor road for impressing upon the state government to act swiftly on the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

US: Indian youth shot at in Atlanta, condition critical

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian youth Sameer Patel, who hails from Patan, Gujarat, was shot at in a departmental store in Atlanta, USA on Monday night.The youth, who was rushed to the hospital after suffering bullet injuries, is now in a critical condition.According to reports, Patel, who was an employee at the store, was closing down when two unknown persons barged in and shot at him and then stole the money from the cash register.

J-K Constable missing case: Kashmiri Pandits demand CBI probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits today held demonstrations in Jammu city to protest against the police failure to trace a constable who went missing from Kupwara district 11 days ago and demanded a CBI probe into it. Over 500 Kashmiri Pandits assembled at Press club premises here and held protest demonstration against the failure of the police to trace Constable Sameer Kumar who not reported for duty since May 14. They took out protest rally in the area and demanded CBI probe into it. “We have no faith in the police. Police has given a twist to the case by making a false statement. Police should withdraw the statement that cop has committed suicide. We want probe into it by CBI,” All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) President, Ravinder Raina told reporters during the protest. Raina said, “Police and security forces should trace the cop as we feel that he has been kidnapped by the militants and the version given by the SPO, who was accompanying him, is totally false as he is involved into his disappearance”. The National Conference Minority Cell President, M K Yogi said that Kashmiri Pandit community suspects a foul play into the disappearance of the cop as militants have been repeatedly targeting policemen in Kashmir Valley. The Kashmiri migrants also held protests at Nagrota and Jagti camps and blocked the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for some time. Posted in Srinagar, the constable had gone to Kupwara along with his uncle Head Constable Dileep Kumar. According to reports, after dropping his uncle at district police lines Kupwara, the constable reached Yonsoo bridge at Chogal, Handwara, and “jumped into the Puhroo river reportedly under the influence of liquor,” a police official had said. Yesterday, Jammu and Kashmir police constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to trace a constable who went missing from Kupwara district. Constable Sameer Kumar has not reported for duty since May 14 and a missing report stands lodged in Sherghari police station in this regard, a police spokesman had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Inquiry ordered into complaint of special treatment to Bhujbal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra prisons department has ordered an inquiry into a complaint that the jailed NCP leader and former state minister Chhagan Bhujbal and his nephew Sameer Bhujbal are getting several concessions. Activist Anjali Damania has filed the complaint. Bhujbal duo were arrested in March 2016 by the Enforcement Directorate under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Both are lodged in the Arthur Road jail here. “I have forwarded Damania’s complaint to DIG (deputy inspector general) prisons for inquiry,” Bhushan Kumar Upadhyaya, additional director general, prisons, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rail scam: HC upholds trial court order allowing CBI plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has upheld a trial court order allowing the CBI to place on record two CDs containing purported telephonic conversations intercepted during its probe in the cash-for-post bribery case in the railways. The case allegedly involves former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla and others. Besides Singla, the other accused facing trial in the Rs 10 crore cash-for-post railway bribery case are Mahesh Kumar, then Member (Staff) of Railway Board, Managing Director of Bangalore-based G G Tronics India N R Manjunath, alleged middlemen Ajay Garg and Sandeep Goyal, besides co-accused Rahul Yadav, Sameer Sandhir, Sushil Daga, C V Venugopal and M V Murali Krishan. Justice S P Garg dismissed the petition moved by one of the 10 accused, Sameer Sandhir, who had challenged the trial court’s special judge February 2016 order, by which it had allowed the CBI’s plea to place on record the CDs. “Prima facie, there is sufficient material on record to infer that both these CDs are relevant and can be produced as evidence during trial as per law. “I find no illegality or material irregularity in the order (of a trial court). The petition lacks in merits and is dismissed,” the court said. It also noted in its order that the prosecution is not expected to prove their authenticity and genuineness beyond reasonable doubt at this stage, merely because the CDs were filed at belated a stage, that is after the filing of the charge-sheet and the supplementary charge-sheet. The CBI had moved the application before a trial court to place on record the CDs containing the purported telephonic conversation in pursuance to May 2015 order by the high court. The high court had directed the trial court to permit the agency to file appropriate application to bring on record the sealed CDs and decide whether these can be brought on record during recording of evidence and under which provision of law. During the arguments on the CBI’s plea, all the 10 accused facing trial, opposed it contending there was no provision in the CrPC permitting the agency to bring on record the CDs which it did not deposit while filing charge sheets. The CBI, however, had said they had no intention to conceal the CDs and it was an inadvertent mistake that these were not placed in the court earlier. The trial court had framed charges against the accused for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy under the IPC and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. While ordering framing of charges, the court had observed that the accused had prima facie entered into a conspiracy to get Kumar appointed as Member (Electrical) in Railway Board and Singla was to be paid Rs 10 crore as illegal gratification for it. According to the CBI, Singla had allegedly demanded Rs 10 crore from Kumar for his appointment to the post of Member (Electrical) and it was decided between the accused that Rs 5 crore will be paid before the appointment and the rest after the job was done.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

A bite to eat with one of India’s richest men

What does one of India’s richest men eat for breakfast? Sameer Hashmi sits down with Niranjan Hiranandani to find out.

Firms hit by India meat crackdown

India is the world’s biggest exporter of buffalo meat but firms are hit by a crackdown on abattoirs.

J&K rolls back blanket ban on plastic bags, activists unhappy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A controversy has erupted in Jammu and Kashmir after the Mehbooba Mufti led-government modified the 2008 order banning polythene carry bags, and now allowing above 50 microns polythene for use.Environmentalists say the order is a step backward from the blanket ban on all polythene carry bags enacted in June 2008. J&K Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh said, “We will ensure that there is no choking of the drains causing insanitary conditions in the state.”“It (ban) has been modified in tune with whole of country,” said Sameer Bharti, member-secretary J&K, SPCB.On March 2016, the Union Ministry notified the new rules called the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, allowing the manufacture and use of polythene carry bags, plastic sheets or like, cover made of plastic sheets, plastic packaging and multi-layered packaging having thickness more than 50 microns.The government’s decision to allow polythene bags above 50- microns has stirred a hornet’s nest with environmentalists deciding to file contempt petition in the J&K High Court.

Five banks are merging to create an Indian super-bank

Five Indian banks are merging with the State Bank of India to create a $550bn super-bank.

Live grenade found outside militant’s house, defused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A live grenade was today found outside the house of a suspected local militant in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. The grenade was found in front of the house of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Sameer alias Tiger at Drabgam in Pulwama, a police official claimed. A bomb disposal squad was rushed to the spot and the grenade was defused, he said, adding there was no damage caused by the controlled explosion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bombay HC tells Railways to use technology to prevent incidents of sabotage on tracks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“This is a matter of lives of thousands of Mumbaikars who travel daily by suburban trains, prevention should be better than cure,” the Bombay High Court observed on Friday while directing the Central and Western Railways to look up and install technology that would detect foreign objects kept on railway tracks.A division bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice PR Bora, have asked the railways to consult senior official in the railways and consider use of technology to prevent any incidents of sabotage being planned, either by miscreants, terrorist or anti-social elements, by placing boulders, slabs etc on tracks. The railways have been told to place on record its decision by before the court on March 17.The bench pressed for installing of technology because it felt that it was humanly impossible for gang of men to monitor the tracks. However, it asked the railways to increase the manpower and also take the help of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Home Guards for the same. The question of sabotage came up after the court referred to several cases reported in the media about foreign objects being kept on tracks at different places in the country.The court made this observation while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by activist Sameer Zaveri, highlighting the problem of accidental deaths and non-availability of emergency medical centers at railway stations. The court has also suggested the railways to put up boundary walls along the tracks wherever possible so that there is no trespassing.

Will India’s budget be a gamble to boost flagging growth?

BBC reporter Sameer Hashmi asks whether India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will have to take some big bets when he presents his budget on Wednesday.

Illegal casino busted in trans-Yamuna

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cracking down against illegal gambling dens and casinos operating in trans-Yamuna area, local police with the help of two undercover constables arrested a caretaker of a casino running at Old Seelampur and recovered cash and illicit liquor from there. A casino stock being used for gambling was also recovered from the illegal gambling den located in a street of Old Seelampur in Gandhi Nagar, said Nupur Prasad, DCP(Shahdara). Police had inputs about a casino being run from the house located in Old Seelampur. Two constables, Kuldeep and Amit, working undercover approached the casino as decoy customers where they were asked to gamble with Rs 400 for winning 10 times money and also offered illicit liquor at inflated price. Later, constable tipped the raiding police party who barged into the premises and caught alleged caretaker of the casino, Sameer, 21, yesterday evening, she said. A search was undertaken and casino stock used for gambling, 34 quarter bottles of liquor, and a cash amount of Rs 2,421 was recovered, she said. The casino had facility for playing different kinds of games with minimum amount to be put on bet being Rs 10. The winners carried 10 times the amount gambled by them. 10 boards were fixed there for gambling. During interrogation, accused Sameer revealed that the casino was owned by one Akash who is absconding. It was also revealed during interrogation that duo Lalu and Kalu, now aged around 60, were active in Gandhi Nagar area running illegal gambling dens. Kalu who was father of absconding Akash was caught by police and externed after which his son started running the casino with the help of Sameer, police said. This is second casino police has claimed to have busted this month. Earlier, an online casino was busted with the arrest of five persons and Rs 24,700 in cash seized at Krishna Nagar on January 11.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttar Pradesh: 14-year-old girl kills father as he attempts to rape her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 14-year-old girl allegedly beat her father to death after he tried to rape her in city area in Bariilly, police said on Tuesday.The incident is alleged to have taken place on Monday when the girl was at with her father Sompal (45), a teacher, at their residence, they said.As Sompal attempted to rape her, she started beating him with sticks, killing him on the spot.The girl later informed her mother, who had gone out of station, about the incident following which police was called and the girl detained, police said.The body has been sent for postmortem and investigation in this connection is underway, SP Sameer Saurabh said.

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