Nirav’s bro in million-dollar fraud Nehal Modi, the younger brother of Nirav Modi, was on Saturday indicted in New York for fraudulently obtaining diamonds worth over $1.4 million Nehal told New York-based LLD Diamonds USA that he was pursuing a business relationship with Seatlle-based Costco Wholesale Corporation P9 bhubaneswar l monday l december 21, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late CITY EDITION He sought and obtained diamonds worth $2.6 million from LLD, saying he wanted to show them to Costco for a potential sale Nehal then pawned most of the diamonds to secure loans for personal use. The rest were sold to various retailers without LLD’s authorisation Though he paid back $1.2 million to LLD, a majority of the proceeds were spent for personal purposes CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI New cm to be from Bengal: Shah E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kolkata Seeking to take the sting out of the ‘outsider’ barb frequently directed at the BJP by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday asserted that the new chief minister after polls will certainly be someone from the state’s soil. “The change in people’s mind is clearly visible. Mamata Banerjee’s misrule will end in the upcoming elections and Bengal will get a new chief minister who is from West Bengal, not an outsider,’’ said Shah. “When you (Mamata) were in Congress and Indira and Rajiv Gandhi visited Bengal, did you call them outsiders?’’ he quipped. Without specifying any deadline for implementing the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Shah flagged the infiltration issue and said people will usher in change in the Assembly elections to stop it. “The people of Bengal are unhappy with the infiltrators. They will bring in change to stop infiltration from the neighbouring country Shah said at ,’’ the end of a huge roadshow in Bolpur town of Birbhum. He said after the Covid-19 pandemic subsides and the vaccination process is over, the Centre will begin discussions to implement the CAA. Impressed by the large turnThe Trinamool Congress can never stop infiltration as it believes in appeasement politics. Only BJP can stop it Amit Shah, Union home minister Centre sends talks invite, lets agitators decide date Unions to approach NDA partners to pressure BJP to repeal new farm laws; chalk out fresh plans for public participation in protests H a r p r ee t B a j w a @ Chandigarh Hours after Union home minister Amit Shah indicated on Sunday that his colleague and Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar will meet representatives of protesting farmer unions in a day or two, the Centre sent a written invite for the next round of talks while asking them to choose a convenient date. In his letter, agriculture ministry joint secretary Vivek Aggarwal said, “I request those previously invited protesting union leaders to provide details of their remaining concerns and doubts and suggest a date as per convenience for next round of talks.” Earlier in the day, farmer unions decided to approach allies of the ruling NDA asking them to pressure the BJP to repeal the three contentious farm laws to end the deadlock. Addressing the media in Bolpur town of West Bengal, Amit Shah said: “I am not exactly aware of the timing but Tomar is likely to meet the representatives of farmers tomorrow or the day after to discuss their demands.” Also, in a gesture loaded with symbolism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unscheduled visit to the historic Gurdwara Rakabganj in Delhi to pay tribute to Guru Tegh Bahadur, a day after his death anniversary . Articulating the position of farmers after a meeting of all unions at Delhi’s border, Darshan Pal, president of the Krantikari Kisan Union, said, “We will approach NDA allies on De- Foreign donation glare on Punjab union BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) leader Sukhdev Singh said, “We received an email from a Central agency through our bank seeking our registration details that allow us to receive donations from abroad.’’ He said it is part of the Centre’s pressure tactics to defeat the agitation Himalayan rumble Parliament dissolved, Nepal sets poll dates Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said will weaken the country’s Pushed to the wall by rebel- checks and balances. The lion within his party, Nepal council, headed by the prime Prime Minister K P minister has the Oli Sharma on Sunleader of opposition day recommended as one of the memthe dissolution of bers. It recommends Parliament and snap appointments to polls. Soon, Presivarious constitudent Bidya Devi Oli had no tional bodies. Bhandari complied Among Oli’s choice and announced that strengths was solid Oli has gradually support from the the first phase of general elections lost his majority in Chinese envoy. He will be held on April Parliament, and in seems to have lost it the party. So he 30, followed by the now, said sources in did not have second phase on Nepal. many options, May 10. “There are multisaid Dr Nihar R According to ple reasons behind sources, the imme- Nayak, a fellow at Oli recommending MP-IDSA diate reason for the the dissolution of dissolution was an Parliament, but the ordinance introduced by Oli main problem was his autothis month on the Constitu- cratic style as he took all decitional Council, which his ri- sions on his own,” said a val within the party, Pushpa Kathmandu-based journalist. M aya n k s i n g h @ New Delhi express read Covid emergency meet today on new strain New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry’s Joint Monitoring Group will sit for an urgent meeting on Monday to discuss the emergence of a mutated variant of the coronavirus in the UK. A number of European countries have banned flights from the UK as the British government warned that the potent new strain was “out of control” | P7 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST cember 26 and urge them to put pressure on the BJP to repeal the farm laws.’’ The farmer unions also decided to observe Kisan Diwas on December 23 as a day of fast, coopting the public by urging them not to cook lunch that day so as to skip a meal in solidarity . And on December 27, when Modi’s Mann Ki Baat programme will be on, they intend to copy his Covid time strategy of urging people to beat thalis at home till his speech is over, this time to show anti-BJP unity Also, Har. yana will be forced to be toll free from December 25 to 27, Pal said. Besides, farmers will begin a relay hunger strike from Monday . YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) out, Shah said it was a reflection of the people’s love for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding he had never seen such a massive roadshow. “2021 will usher in change for the development of Bengal. All BJP-ruled states have already started their journey on the path of development. You gave Congress three decades; communists over three decades; and Trinamool 10 years. Give the BJP a chance and within five years, we will make it Sonar Bangla,’’ he continued on: p7 said. Prime accused in Nayagarh case arrested E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar In a major breakthrough, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Sunday arrested the prime accused in the sensational Nayagarh minor rape and murder case. A 17-year-old, the accused belongs to Jadupur, the same village as that of the victim. He would be produced before the Special Court-cum-ADJ POCSO Court in Nayagarh on Monday . Police sources said the accused lives about 100 metre from the victim’s house and committed the heinous crime in his home when his mother and sister were away. Later, he disposed off the girl’s body . The development comes about five months after skeletal remains of the victim packed in a bag were found near her house on July 23. continued on: p5 Union home minister Amit Shah during a roadshow ahead of West Bengal polls, at Bolpur in Birbhum district on Sunday | PTI BJD demands classical tag for Odissi dance, spl category status E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Making a serious appeal to the Odia identity and pride, that it seeks to co-opt as its political focus, the BJD on Sunday resolved to once again take up the demand for according classical status to Odissi dance along with the special category status for the State. The State Executive meeting of the BJD adopted nine political resolutions with protection of Odisha’s culture, heritage and traditions assuming prominence. Addressing the party leaders through video conference, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that BJD is the party of the people of Odisha and dedicated to their service only He called . upon the leaders to work for people earnestly every day of their life. The highest policy making body of the party resolved that the demand for according classical status to Odissi dance will be taken up with the Centre under the leadership of the Chief Minister. The Heritage Cabinet The demand for according classical status to Odissi dance will be taken up with the Centre under the leadership of Chief Minister BJD State Executive had recently given the green signal to such a proposal. The party will also honour the contribution of great personalities of Odisha in the formation of the separate state on linguistic basis. The State Executive resolved to develop their birth places as ideal villages, observe their death and birth anniversaries and include their biographies in school curriculum. Besides, Central neglect and the demand for special category state status to Odisha are back in the agenda of the BJD. Targeting both the BJP and Congress, a separate resolution announced that BJD will continue to fight for it and keep reminding national parties about their step motherly treatment to Odisha. Another resolution championed women’s empowerment and demanded reservation of 33 per cent seats in Parliament and state legislatures in line with the unanimous resolution a d o p t e d by t h e O d i s h a Assembly . The State Executive praised the Chief Minister and the State government for efficient management of Covid-19 pandemic for which the transmission rate in Odisha has remained under control, while reporting highest recovery and lowest mortality rates. Claiming that farmers are the top priority of the BJD and the state government, the party reiterated its demand for implementation of MS Swaminathan Committee report for increasing their income. The Odisha Assembly had passed unanimous resolutions in this regard in 2017 and 2018. Resolutions on efficient management of natural calamities and construction of pucca houses under Jaga mission were also adopted. The party thanked the people for electing its candidates in the recent bypolls .
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