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I want my husband to spend maximum time with our children: Lt Col Purohit’s wife

Purohit's bungalow

Within ​m​oments of the news of Supreme court granting bail to Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit spread, media representatives ​thronged ​Purohit’s bungalow on Law college road in Pune but the bungalow remained as quiet as it was in last nine years. “My children have sacrificed father’s love for nine years and therefore, once he comes home, I want him to spend maximum time with our children,” Aparna Purohit, wife of Lt Col Purohit told DNA from Delhi.

Aparna travel ​l​ed to Delhi for the hearing on Purohit’s bail plea in the Supreme Court and after court’s order, she will be traveling​ to Mumbai to go to Taloja jail to receive her husband once he comes out of jail after nine years.

“The order was uploaded in the afternoon. After complying with​ the terms and conditions mentioned in the order, he will be coming out of jail. I will be personally going to Mumbai to receive him as I can not wait to see him out of jail,” Aparna said.

According to Aparna, even after nine years, Purohit remained confident of coming of jail one day. “He is as confident as he was before going into the jail. Being an army officer, …read more

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In Pics: High tide in Mumbai

Crashing into walls

Mumbai was hit by a high tide on Monday afternoon, with waves coming up to to 4.63 metres or 15 feet from the shore. Several areas such as Bandra, Juhu, Worli and Versova witnessed waves crashing into walls. In Versova, some homes were destroyed because of the intensity of the waves. DNA lensman Aadesh Choudhari managed to brave the weather and capture some monsoon moments

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A man walks past a lane watching the waves crash into the walls at Bandra Bandstand – Aadesh Choudhary/DNA

Angry sea

A boy stands and watches the waves crash into homes near Worli Koliwada – Aadesh Choudhary/DNA

Damaged property

Waves damage homes during Monday’s high tide in Worli Koliwada – Aadesh Choudhary – DNA

The remains

The remains of the damaged homes after Monday’s high tide in Mumbai at Versova village – Aadesh Choudhary/DNA

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Mamata Banerjee visits flood-affected districts, says Bengal yet to receive relief package from Centre

Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited flood affected areas of three districts in north Bengal – Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur and alleged that while the Centre had extended relief packages to neighbouring flood-affected states such as Assam and Bihar, Bengal was yet to receive any.

“So far 152 persons have died, damage to property has been estimated at Rs 14,000 crore which is likely to rise as water recedes and more damaged roads and bridges are discovered. About 1.5 crore people in the 11 flood-affected districts have been affected in the flood,” Mamata said on Monday. During her visit she stopped at a relief camp and talked to people who had been displaced.

Later interacting with mediapersons she said that the flood situation in Bengal was more because of the overflowing rivers than the rain. “I have been told that dykes at Purnia in Bihar have been broken on purpose to divert water into Bengal. We have complained to the Centre about it. Bengal is like a boat-shape state which is always flooded, be it rain in Bihar or Bengal. I have also heard that the Centre has extended a package of Rs 2,000 crore to flood-affected Assam …read more

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Markets react to Infosys crisis; Sensex drops 266 points, Nifty drops 83

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The benchmark Sensex gave up early gains to end 266 points lower today while the Nifty cracked below the 9,800 mark, pulled down by heavyweight Infosys and other blue-chips amid a lower opening in Europe.

The IT sector faced the backlash following Vishal Sikka’s surprise resignation as Infosys CEO. The software giant extended losses by falling 5.37 per cent despite Rs 13,000 crore share buyback announcement.

The stock remained the biggest loser among blue-chips on both the key indices for yet another session.

The 30-share Sensex ended 265.83 points lower, or 0.84 per cent, at 31,258.85. The gauge had lost 270.78 points in the previous session on Friday.

The broader NSE Nifty moved between 9,884.35 and 9,740.10, before ending down 83.05 points, or 0.84 per cent,

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Govt plans to abolish physical police verification for passports

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The physical police verification for getting a passport will soon be a thing of the past as the government plans to connect the service with a robust national database of crimes and criminals that will check the antecedents of applicants at the click of a mouse.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS) is expected to link with the passport service of the Ministry of External Affairs and it will replace physical police verification for passport applicants with online verification in a year.

“Police in some states are already using CCTNS for passport credentials. Police will be given hand held devices to go to an applicant’s address and his or her details will be uploaded with the network. It will minimise contact with police and reduce time,” he told reporters here.

Mehrishi was speaking after Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched a digital police portal under the CCTNS project, which aims to create a national database of crimes and criminals and connect country’s all 15,398 police stations with it. He said with the port, mandate of the CCTNS has been expanded by incorporating citizen centric services tenant verification, which could be done with the consent …read more

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When Barun Sobti got surprise visitors just before his birthday!

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The makers of Tu Hai Mera Sunday surprised Barun Sobti by visiting his Television daily soap sets Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3 just a day prior to his birthday. Varun Shah, Milind Dhaimade and Barun Sobti’s wife were present to give Barun a surprise.

Speaking about the sweet gesture, Barun said, “It was a pleasant surprise to see my director Milind and producer Varun putting in so much efforts to celebrate my birthday all the way here on the sets of my show in such a heavy rain on Sunday. I never expected this could happen a day prior to my birthday. This celebration truly marks the essence of our film Tu Hai Mera Sunday.”

Recently the movie poster was out and was loved and appreciated by all.

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Bihar NGO scam: Key accused dies of illness; RJD demands SC-monitored CBI probe into scam

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A key arrested accused in the alleged multi-crore NGO fraud in Bihar’s Bhagalpur died of illness, police said today, while the opposition RJD questioned the circumstances surrounding his death and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe into the “scam”.

As the opposition stepped up attack on him, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has already recommended a probe by the CBI in the scam, asserted that the “culprits will be traced even from ‘patal’ (beneath the earth)” and nobody will be spared.

Mahesh Mandal (57), nazir (an employee dealing with treasury) of Welfare Department, who was under arrest in the scam, died in course of treatment in a hospital late last night in Bhagalpur, Senior Superintendent of Police, Bhagalpur, Manoj Kumar said.

His both kidneys were damaged and he was surviving on dialysis, he said.

Mandal was arrested on Sunday in connection with the NGO scam in which over Rs 950 crore of government money was allegedly fraudulently transferred to a NGO “Srijan” working for women’s cause in Bhagalpur for years in alleged connivance with government employees and banks.

After his condition deteriorated in Camp jail of Bhagalpur, Mandal was taken to a hospital where he died late last night, the SSP said.

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Contradictions in chargesheet helped Colonel Purohit get bail: Harish Salve

Colonel Purohit

The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit, who has been languishing in jail for almost nine years for his alleged role in 2008 Malegaon blast case, observing there were contradictions in the charge sheets filed by different investigating agencies. The top court also said it cannot deny the relief to him merely because “sentiments of community was against him”. Six people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, in Maharashtra.

Senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appeared for Purohit in this case.

Q. Now that Colonel Purohit has been granted bail, many are speculating if the case against him was weak?

A. After the NIA chargesheet, the court has taken cognizance of three or four things. The NIA itself is criticising the chargesheet and it is riddled with contradictions. The withdrawal of all the witnesses who now claim that they had been pressurised and finally the testimony of two army officers, from which a conclusion was drawn, that the RDX itself was planted is a serious matter. The NIA has filed a supplementary chargesheet, That’s where I read from.

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Contradictions in chargesheet helped Colonel Purohit get bail: Harish Salve 0

Contradictions in chargesheet helped Colonel Purohit get bail: Harish Salve

Colonel Purohit

The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to Lt Col Shrikant Prasad Purohit, who has been languishing in jail for almost nine years for his alleged role in 2008 Malegaon blast case, observing there were contradictions in the charge sheets filed by different investigating agencies. The top court also said it cannot deny the relief to him merely because “sentiments of community was against him”. Six people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, in Maharashtra.

Senior lawyer, Harish Salve, appeared for Purohit in this case.

Q. Now that Colonel Purohit has been granted bail, many are speculating if the case against him was weak?

A. After the NIA chargesheet, the court has taken cognizance of three or four things. The NIA itself is criticising the chargesheet and it is riddled with contradictions. The withdrawal of all the witnesses who now claim that they had been pressurised and finally the testimony of two army officers, from which a conclusion was drawn, that the RDX itself was planted is a serious matter. The NIA has filed a supplementary chargesheet, That’s where I read from.

Q: Do you think there will be any political ramifications, because a lot …read more

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GST effect: India Inc profits dip by nearly 16%; net sales slow down to 8.7%

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India Inc profits dipped by 15.7 per cent to Rs 87,475 crore in the first quarter of the current fiscal, largely owing to destocking of goods by companies before execution of GST regime from July 1, said a report today.

According to an analysis of 2,108 companies by credit rating agency Care Ratings, the corporate net profits stood at about Rs 1.04 lakh crore in April-June period of 2016-17.

Besides, net sales of companies slowed down to 8.7 per cent in the three months ended June 2017, after registering a growth of 9.5 per cent in the same period year-ago.

“During the first quarter of 2017-18, all companies faced the heat of the uncertainties revolving around the implementation of goods and services tax (GST) by the government as most companies were destocking goods before July 1 and operations were impacted quite markedly,” Care Ratings said.

As many as seven industries reported net loss, while 33 segments reported lower growth in net profit on year-on- year basis during the quarter ended June 2017.

The maximum drop was seen in consumer goods, automobiles and related segments, construction & real estate, finance, refineries, paper & paper products, pesticides & agrochemicals sectors.

Profitability of services sector like hospitality and retailing …read more