Neerav Modi Seeking Political Asylum in UK

Nirav Modi, the billionaire jeweller at the heart of a more than $2 billion fraud case in India, has fled to the UK, where he is claiming political asylum, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing Indian and British officials. Britain’s Home Office said it does not provide information on individual cases.

Nirav Modi could not be contacted by Reuters for comment on the FT report. Punjab National Bank, India’s second-largest state-run bank, said earlier in 2018 that two jewellery groups headed by Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi had defrauded it of about $2.2 billion by raising credit from overseas branches of other Indian banks using illegal guarantees issued by rogue PNB staff at a Mumbai branch over several years.

Nirav Modi is in London trying to claim asylum from what he calls “political persecution”, the FT reported.

India’s ministry of external affairs told the FT the Indian government was waiting for the country’s law enforcement agencies to approach them before pushing for an extradition, which had thus far not happened. The ministry did not respond to a Reuters request for comment outside regular working hours.

India is already seeking the extradition of Vijay Mallya, a liquor and aviation tycoon, over unpaid loans to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines after the businessman and co-owner of the Formula One Force India team moved to Britain in March last year.

Indian federal police filed charges against more than 25 people in May including Modi, Choksi, former PNB chief Usha Ananthasubramanian, two of the bank’s executive directors and three companies belonging to Nirav Modi. Modi and Choksi have denied any wrongdoing.

Last month, senior executives at the bank were accused by the Indian police, in a charge sheet filed in court, of misleading the central bank in late 2016 over the lender’s handling of the financial messaging system and credit guarantees that were at the centre of the fraud.

CBI is Probing the Role of Top Bankers in Vijay Mallaya Case

CBI is probing the role of top bankers in connection with the loans given by banks to Kingfisher Airlines Ltd (KFAL), promoted by Vijay Mallya.

The agency has written to the consortium that lent to Kingfisher Airlines and a few bankers, including the former chairman of a public sector bank, seeking information and documents. It has also summoned a few bankers for recording their statements, sources said.

The latest investigation was launched after a London court, which is hearing the Mallya extradition matter, asked Indian authorities to explain their case against some of the bankers as it observed that rules were being violated by Indian banks which sanctioned the loans to Kingfisher Airlines.

Apart from this, a report by the government’s fraud office has pointed to the role of bankers in allegedly helping Mallya secure loans despite the weak financials of Kingfisher Airlines. The report suggested that the Central Vigilance Commission, CBI and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), should “look into the aspect of violations of lending norms, if any, by the banks”.

The investigations by the fraud office has alleged several lapses by the public sector lenders of Kingfisher Airlines and the investment banking arm of a state-owned bank

or instance, the report said the Rs 8,000-crore Debt Recast Package (DRP) for Kingfisher Airlines prepared by the investment banking arm of a public sector bank in 2010 had a “number of shortcomings and flaws in respect of entire preparation of DRP financial projections” and “processing of the proposals by the lending banks.”

It said the DRP “did not carry out any independent viability study of the (financial) projections to ensure that the projections were realistic, just and achievable” and that “the banks also did not critically analyze and consider the various remarks made by the auditors in the audited financials of KFAL as at 31.03.2009” that could affect the financials of the airlines.

It said the investment banking arm of the public sector bank “did not do any due diligence on the valuation of the brand Kingfisher Airlines which was valued at Rs 4111.00 crore at the time of DRP and which formed part of more than 60 per cent of security value offered”.

“Political pressure was brought in to get the postponement of liquidation as well for DRP to be sanctioned. (The) DRP was pushed for consideration by banks at the insistence of top officials from GOI (Government of India) because of influence used by VJM (Vijay Mallya),” said the report.

The report also said that one of the state-owned bank sanctioned a loan of Rs 500 crore to Kingfisher Airlines even as the bank’s credit committee had “pruned down” the proposal for sanctioning the loan to Rs 300 crore. A higher loan was sanctioned to Kingfisher without “any reasonings/ rationale” as the then chairman of the bank “was committed to release Rs 500 crore on account of pressure of the officials of the Ministry of Finance,” the report alleged.

The serious fraud office report has cited another instance where bank documents were changed when a public sector bank lent money. According to the report, the copy of loan documents which were submitted to the probe agency did not have a repayment clause in it for a loan of hundreds of crores. However, it says, when the agency questioned the chairman of the credit committee of the bank, the person produced another copy of the document which had a repayment clause in it.

Kingfisher owes over Rs 9,000 crore to at least 17 lenders, including SBI, IDBI Bank, Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and United Bank of India. Mallya has already been declared as a proclaimed offender by a Prevention of Money Laundering Act, (PMLA) Court. Mallya is currently in the UK battling his extradition.

India Refuses to Endorse BRI

More than a year after boycotting the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, India Sunday again refused to endorse the ambitious Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). New Delhi was the lone dissenting voice against the project in the joint declaration that was signed Sunday following the conclusion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China.

This was a reiteration of the stated Indian position, which was articulated at the SCO Foreign Ministers meet in April. At the time, the SCO declaration had not named India as one of the supporters of the BRI.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the ground for India’s opposition to the project during his plenary speech when he said that India welcomed connectivity projects that respected the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations.

After the two-day SCO summit, the eight full members signed the Qingdao joint declaration but India was missing from the section that referred to the BRI. “The Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan reaffirm their support for the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ proposed by China and affirm that all parties should implement the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ to promote the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative,” stated the declaration.

The BRI, proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, is aimed at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes. India has staunchly opposed the project citing the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – an important part of the BRI – that goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Citing its opposition to the CPEC, India had skipped the Belt and Road Forum in May last year, which 29 state heads had attended.

“Connectivity in SCO region and in our neighbouring countries is a priority for India. We welcome such new connectivity projects that are inclusive, sustainable and transparent and which respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations,” Modi said in his address during the plenary session of the SCO summit Sunday.

In the 17-page Qingdao declaration, the BRI was the only point in which the names of approving countries were individually mentioned rather than the term “member states”.

The Qingdao declaration that was signed by the member countries also seemed to address the concerns of both India and Pakistan in thefight against terrorism. The declaration was unequivocal in condemning all forms of terrorism but also added that interference in the domestic affairs of other states on the pretence of fighting terrorism and extremism was unacceptable.

 

“The Member States note that the interference in the domestic affairs of other states under the pretence of combating terrorism and extremism is unacceptable, as well as the use of terrorist, extremist and radical groups for one’s own purposes,” stated the declaration.

In his speech, Modi also mentioned Afghanistan and spoke of a common front against forces destabilising the nation. Indian efforts to help and start capacity building projects in Afghanistan has been taken kindly by Pakistan and the Taliban.

“The situation in Afghanistan is an unfortunate example of terrorism and extremism in our region. I hope that all parties will respect the sentiments with which President Ghani has taken courageous steps for peace. It is our responsibility that causes which threaten Afghan unity, sovereignty, integrity, diversity and democracy in the past will not be repeated,” he said, without mentioning Pakistan.

Modi did, however, exchange pleasantries with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain twice, during the plenary session and later at the concluding session when the two leaders shook hands.

Modi also coined another acronym SECURE, which he said would facilitate comprehensive security in the SCO region. “I believe there are six dimensions summed up in the English word secure. S stands for the security of citizens, E for economic development for all, C is for connecting the region, U is for uniting our people, R is for respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and E is for environmental protection,” he said.

Referring to mutual cooperation and improving people to people contact, Modi said that the number of foreign visitors from SCO countries constituted only six per cent of India’s total tourists, which he believed could easily be doubled to 12 per cent. He said India soon planned to organise a food festival of cuisines of SCO countries as well as a shared Buddhist heritage exhibition in India.

Meanwhile, the other joint documents that were adopted by all the member countries included the joint prevention of radicalisation of youth, the programme for combating terrorism, separatism and extremism 2019 to 2021, MoUs within the SCO for MSMEs, trade facilitation, tourism, environment protection, prevention of abuse of narcotic and psychotropic drugs and an anti-drug strategy.

The PM also held bilateral meetings with the leaders of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping who chaired the SCO meet said that while hegemony and power politics still persist in this world, there was a growing call for a more just and equitable international order which must be heeded.

“We should promote open and inclusive cooperation for win-win outcomes. We should reject self-centered, short-sighted and closed-door policies. We should uphold WTO rules and support the multilateral trading system so as to build an open world economy,” Xi said during the Plenary session.

He also said that China would provide RMB 30 billion ($4.7 billion) in loans under a framework formed by SCO countries.

This is India’s first participation in the summit as a full-time member of the organisation. India, along with Pakistan, became full-time members during the Astana summit in Kazakhstan in June 2017. The PM flew out of Beijing on Sunday afternoon concluding his two-day visit.

The declaration also showed its support for the Iranian nuclear deal. Iran is presently an observer member of the SCO. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani who attended the meet had slammed US attempts to impose its own policies on others during his speech.

“The member states deem it important to consistently implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear programme, and call for participants to strictly observe their obligations with a view to ensuring its full and efficient implementation and promoting peace and stability in the region and globally,” the declaration said.

‘इंडियन फिल्‍म्‍स इज ऑल अबाउट हिप्‍स एंड बूब्‍स’ : प्रियंका चोपड़ा

हाल ही में प्रियंका ने मीडिया से बातचीत में बॉलीवुड पर टिप्पणी की, जिसे लोगों ने बेहद शर्मनाक बताया.

नई दिल्ली: 

अभी बॉलीवुड एक्ट्रेस प्रियंका चोपड़ा ‘क्वांटिको’ विवाद से पूरी तरह बाहर भी नहीं आई है और वह फिर से एक और विवाद में घिर चुकी हैं. हाल ही में प्रियंका ने मीडिया  से बातचीत में बॉलीवुड पर टिप्पणी की, जिसे लोगों ने बेहद शर्मनाक बताया. जिसका एक वीडियो सोशल मीडिया पर काफी वायरल हो रहा है. वीडियो में एक जर्नलिस्ट को प्रियंका बताती हैं, ‘इंडियन फिल्‍म्‍स इज ऑल अबाउट हिप्‍स एंड बूब्‍स’. प्रियंका के इस बयान के बाद लोगों ने उन्होंने ट्रोल करना शुरू कर दिया है.

एक तरफ जहां लोग इस बयान को शर्मनाक करार दिया. वहीं दूसरी ओर लोगों ने कहा कि लगता है प्रियंका यह भूल चुकी हैं कि वह बॉलीवुड से फेमस हुई है न कि हॉलीवुड से. जाहिर सी बात है प्रियंका के इस विवादित बयान से बॉलीवुड अभिनेत्रियों को काफी दुख हो सकता है. साथ ही साथ उन्हें गुस्सा भी आ सकता है. बता दें, इससे पहले प्रियंका चोपड़ा अपने हॉलीवुड टीवी शो ‘क्वांटिको’ के सीजन 3 के एक एपिसोड को लेकर सोशल मीडिया पर काफी ट्रोल की जा रही थीं. दरअसल, शो के एक एपिसोड में भारतीय राष्ट्रवादियों को आतंकी बताया गया था जिसके बाद से ही प्रियंका को सोशल मीडिया पर आलोचनाओं का सामना करना पड़ रहा था

जिसके बाद प्रियंका ने इस मुद्दे पर ट्वीट किया और कहा कि, “मैं बहुत दुखी और शर्मिंदा हूं कि क्वांटिको के एक विवादित एपिसोड से कई लोगों की भावनाओं को ठेस पहुंची है. मेरा मकसद कभी भी किसी की भी भावनाओं को ठेस पहुंचाना नहीं था. मैं माफी मांगती हूं. मुझे भारतीय होने पर गर्व है.”

बता दें, इससे पहले क्वांटिको के निर्माताओं ने माफी मांग थी. एबीसी नेटवर्क ने यह माफी क्वांटिको के उस एपिसोड के लिए मांगी थी, जिसमें आतंकी हमले के पीछे भारतीय राष्ट्रवादियों के होने की बात कही गई थी. गुरुवार को एक ट्वीट के जरिए एएनआई ने इसकी जानकारी दी थी. अपने ट्वीट में एएनआई ने लिखा था, ‘क्वांटिको’ के एपिसोड को बहुत ज्यादा इमोशनल रिएक्शन मिले हैं और उनमें से ज्यादातर प्रियंका चोपड़ा पर किए गए हैं लेकिन प्रियंका का इसमें कोई हाथ नहीं है क्योंकि न ही उन्होंने शो बनाया है और न ही शो लिखा या डायरेक्ट किया है. इस वजह से ऐबीसी नेटवर्क हिंदुओं से क्वांटिको में हिंदुओं को आतंकी कहे जाने के लिए माफी मांगता है. आपको बता दें कि शो में प्रियंका एफबीआई एजेंट की भूमिका निभा रही हैं.’

P M L-Nawaz has turned Balochistan into ‘Pathanistan’: Zafarullah Khan Jamali

 

QUETTA: 

Former prime minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali has lamented deposed PM Nawaz Sharif’s policies towards Balochistan, saying the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government has turned Balochistan into ‘Pathanistan’.

“I had told Sharif that we can’t walk with people whose forefathers opposed creation of Pakistan, but my words and concerns were ignored by him,” said senior politician Jamali while filing his nomination papers in the returning officer’s office in Dera Murad Jamali on Saturday.

Fareedullah Khan Jamali, Khan Muhammad Jamali, Aurangzeb Jamali and other family members and supporters accompanied Jamali.

Jamali said, “Back in 2015, I had suggested Sharif to change his team otherwise his party would vanish from Balochistan in 2018. He didn’t take my words seriously at that time and tried to impose Pashtun decisions on the Baloch, which has turned Balochistan into Pathanistan.”

On upcoming elections, the former prime minister said, “In Pakistan, we have rare examples of free and fair elections. During Yahya Khan’s tenure in Marri and Bugti areas, turnout of voters had reached more than 100,000 while at that time the population was nearly 66,000.

On the recent announcement of joining Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamali said, “Imran Khan and I have been good friends for years. Imran is a junior politician in front of me. I haven’t joined PTI but have allowed my sons to shake hands with Imran.”

38 लाख के सोने के साथ 2 गिरफ्तार

चित्र केवल सन्दर्भ के लिए

 

अमृतसर। पंजाब में अमृतसर के श्री गुरू राम दास अंतरराष्ट्रीय हवाई अड्डे से हवाई खुफिया इकाई ने दो यात्रियों को गिरफ्तार कर उनके कब्जे से 38 लाख 15 हजार रुपये का एक किलो 214 ग्राम सोना बरामद किया है।

सीमा शुल्क (निवारक) आयुक्त दीपक कुमार शर्मा ने रविवार को बताया कि हवाई अड्डे पर दुबई से आये एक यात्री से 299 ग्राम सोना बरामद किया। इसी प्रकार दिल्ली से आये एक अन्य यात्री से इकाई ने सोने के 12 बिस्कुट बरामद किए हैं जिनकी कुल कीमत 28 लाख 73 हजार 959 रुपये आंकी गयी है। उन्होंने बताया कि दोनों यात्रियों को सीमा शुल्क कानून 1962 के तहत गिरफ्तार कर लिया है और जांच की जा रही है।

Modi Mamnoon Shook Hands

 

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday shook hands with Pakistan’s president Mamnoon Hussain at China’s Qingdao on Sunday after leaders of a China and Russia led Eurasian bloc signed a series of agreements aimed at boosting cooperation within the grouping.

Modi and Hussain, who were seen standing on opposite ends during a family photograph of the leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) grouping, were also seen exchanging words in a cordial manner. The exchange took place as Modi walked towards Chinese president and SCO host Xi Jinping. After shaking hands with Xi, Modi also extended his hand to Hussain who was standing beside Xi. The two were then seen walking off the stage together.

The picture presented by the two contrasted markedly with the current state of ties between India and Pakistan—with almost daily violations of a 2003 ceasefire pact between the two neighbours that was regarded as a major confidence building measure when it was put in place more than a decade ago. According to news reports on Sunday, Indian security forces in Kashmir killed six terrorists, foiling a bid to infiltrate into India.

Pakistan’s support to terrorism in Kashmir and other parts of India is seen as the major stumbling block in normalising ties between the two countries, who have fought four wars since 1947. Pakistan denies India’s charges that supports any anti-India terrorist group, citing itself too as a victim of terrorism. Official talks between the two countries have been suspended since 2013 and many attempts to restart the dialogue since Modi took office in May 2014 have come to naught.

In recent days, the two countries have been looking at putting in place some humanitarian steps that could possibly lead to an eventual thaw in ties perhaps after the 25 July polls in Pakistan, according to people familiar with the developments.

भारत में मोदी को हटाकर कांग्रेस को लाना होगा :लुकमान (पाकिस्तानी पत्रकार)

 

मुबशेर लुकमान

मुबाशेर लुकमान (पाकिस्तानी पत्रकार)

पाकिस्तान के एक बड़े पत्रकार है जिसका नाम है मुबाशेर लुकमान। नरेंद्र मोदी के बारे में इनका कहना है कि मोदी को हम जितना खतरनाक समझते है वो उससे कहीं ज्यादा खतरनाक है और मोदी ने अपना असली रूप अबतक दिखाया नहीं है। पाकिस्तान का पूरी दुनियां में सबसे बड़ा दुश्मन अगर कोई है तो वह केवल नरेंद्र मोदी है। अगर मोदी 2019 में फिर जीत गया तो फिर हम पाकिस्तानियों के पास कोई काम नहीं बचेगा और पाकिस्तान कहीं का भी नहीं रहेगा। मुबाशेर लुकमान ने आगे कहा कि 2019 में मोदी भारत में हार जाए यही हम पाकिस्तानियों के लिए दुनिया की सबसे बड़ी जीत होगी। मोदी के हारने के बाद ही पाकिस्तान फिर से खड़ा हो पायेगा और अगर मोदी जीत गया तो दुनिया के देश पाकिस्तान को देश ही नहीं समझेंगे। इस पत्रकार ने कहा कि 2019 में मोदी को हराने के लिए हम जो भी कुछ कर सकते हैं हमें करना चाहिए। जो लोग भारत में मोदी के खिलाफ है वे सभी लोग हमारे सबसे बड़े दोस्त है। हमें वैसे हर एक लोगों की मदद हर प्रकार से करनी चाहिए। ताकि हम सब मिलकर मोदी को 2019 में हरा सकें।

मुबाशेर लुकमान ने एक नया ट्वीट भी किया है और इस ट्वीट में भी इसने पाकिस्तानियों को समझाने के लिए यही बात कही है । देखिये मुबाशेर लुकमान का ये ट्वीट

सिर्फ मुबाशेर लुकमान ही नहीं पाकिस्तान के पूर्व सैन्य अधिकारी तारिक पीरज़ादा ने तो टीवी पर कहा था कि मोदी को रोकने के लिए भारत में हमें राहुल गाँधी और अरविन्द केजरीवाल जैसे लोगों की मदद करनी होगी और हिन्दुओ को जातियों में तोड़ देना होगा। इसके अलावा पूर्व राष्ट्रपति परवेज़ मुशर्रफ भी कई बार कह चुका है कि अगर पाकिस्तान को अपनी खोयी हुई इज़्ज़त वापस पानी है तो मोदी को भारत में हराना होगा। इसके लिए हमें कॉग्रेस को मदद करनी पड़ेगी। भारत में केवल कॉग्रेस पार्टी ही है जो हम पाकिस्तानियों के अनुसार काम करती रही है।

साफ़ है कि पूरा पाकिस्तान, वहां की सरकार, वहां की सेना, वहां के बुद्धिजीवी नरेंद्र मोदी को भारत में हराकर कांग्रेस की सरकार बनाना चाहती है। क्यूंकि पाकिस्तान यह जानता है की मोदी उसकी मौत है और कांग्रेस पार्टी उनकी लाइफ लाइन है।

Priyanka (ABC) Apologize, Still to Continue Telecast

Hindu nationalists in India have attacked movies and popular culture in the recent years. Earlier this year, a section of extremists made violent protests and threatened actors over the release of Bollywood film “Padmaavat”, which showed a Muslim ruler pursuing a Hindu queen. In 2016, an Indian super star Aamir Khan, after backlash over his comments on intolerance in India, was dropped as the ambassador of an online retail company: claims ABC

 

Chandigarh : DFD

 

After muslim extremists now former Miss India World is pronouncing Hindu sentiments as Hindu Terror; although the US television studio ABC has apologies to Indian fans of its crime drama “Quantico” after an episode featuring Indian nationalists trying to frame Pakistan in a terrorist plot sparked online outrage against Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, who plays a lead role in the show.

“The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it,” said Walt Disney-owned ABC in its statement.

The 35-year-old Bollywood star, has earlier been admired for her ability to cross over and achieve success in Hollywood, which has been rare for Indian actors.

But after the recent Quantico episode, she has faced online attacks at home, and even some calls to boycott her work and the brands that she endorses.

Others called on the government to black out the scene where Priyanka, who stars as an FBI agent in the series, holds up sacred Hindu prayer beads as evidence that the plotter in the episode, planning to detonate a nuclear bomb in New York, was an Indian nationalist.

“The myth of Hindu terror, by a fake story, enters American television with the help of Priyanka Chopra. Would any Pakistani actress betray Pakistan or Islam the way she betrays India and Hinduism?”, David Frawley, a Hindu scholar based in the United States, tweeted.

ABC, in its statement, said: “The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone,”

The statement further said that Priyanka Chopra had no involvement in the storylines depicted in the series.

Hindu nationalists in India have attacked movies and popular culture in the recent years. Earlier this year, a section of activists made violent protests and threatened actors over the release of Bollywood film “Padmaavat”, which showed a Muslim ruler pursuing a Hindu queen. In 2016, an Indian super star Aamir Khan, after backlash over his comments on intolerance in India, was dropped as the ambassador of an online retail company.

Mamnoon Hussain meets Tajik counterpart at SCO18

 

QINGDAO: Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, met Saturday on the sidelines of the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit taking place here in the city.

On the second day of the multi-nation event that was broadcasted live on the Chinese and international media, the two leaders had a detailed discussion wherein the two exchanged thoughts on the Sino-Pak bilateral linkages.

Further, Mamnoon congratulated Xi on being elected the general-secretary of the Communist Party of China for the second time. The latter, on his part, applauded the former over Pakistan’s joining the SCO summit for the first time as an official full-time member.

Xi noted that Pak-China relations have enjoyed a favourable momentum over recent years. The strategic cooperation between the two ally nations is not only an asset for them but also provides a model for building a new type of international, all-weather friendship.

As the SCO summit came to its conclusion, the leaders of the nations — both member and observer states — also gathered for a family photo.

Later in the day, Mamnoon met his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon, where the two discussed efforts to increase bilateral trade between the two countries.

The two heads of state further discussed the prospects of cooperation in the areas of trade and economy, investment, culture, education, science and technology, defence, and people-to-people contacts, Radio Pakistan.

Moreover, Mamnoon pleaded Pakistan’s energy requirements, where he stressed upon the early completion of the $1.16-billion Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) power project