New Delhi: An exchange of fire took place between police and criminals near the Akshardham metro station here on Sunday. The gang, however, managed to escape. Police said that they are conducting raids to nab the accused.Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh said that the incident took place at around 10:45 am when the police were trying to nab the criminals involved in duping several people near the metro station. According to police, a team from Mandawali Police Station laid a trap and when the white-coloured car carrying the criminals approached, it was signalled to stop, a police officer said. The occupants were asked to come out of the car, however, they fired at the police team. The police retaliated and both sides fired one round at each other, however, no one was injured, the police said. The gang drove towards Geeta Colony flyover and the police team gave chase but could not catch them, they added. Police claimed that they have formed several teams and raids are going on at various places to nab the accused. At the time of the incident, people were nearby the spot. Boy stabbed to death in Central Delhi, 2 held A 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death allegedly by two juveniles following a quarrel in Central Delhi’s Nabi Karim area on Sunday, police said. The two boys have been apprehended, they said. It is suspected that the boys were arguing over a monetary matter, police said, adding that they received a call about the quarrel around 3.30 pm The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital by his friend, who was present at the time of incident, but was declared brought dead, a senior police official said.
The Hague: The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander has heaped praise on Indian Ambassador Venu Rajamony for his book highlighting the cross-cultural legacy between the two countries ahead of his visit to India this month. The King, who received the first copy of the book titled ‘India and the Netherlands: Past, Present and Future’ authored by Rajamony, attended a seminar along with Queen Maxima on the Indo-Dutch bilateral relations here. The book – an encyclopaedia of the cross-cultural legacy between India and the Netherlands – was released at the event jointly organised by the Royal Asian Art Society in the Netherlands and the Embassy of India. The Dutch royals interacted with representatives who embody the Indo-Dutch connection in the fields of business, science, culture, sports, food and health at the seminar held at the prestigious Rijksmuseum (National Museum) Amsterdam on Monday. Interacting with the media, King Willem-Alexander said that he was looking forward to his trip to India next month.
Kolkata: Allaying all fears on National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday assured that there is no reason to panic as not a single individual will have to leave the state.Her statement comes on a day when Union Home minister Amit Shah addressed a convention on NRC at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in the city and said that the people are being “misled” on the issue. Banerjee said that the state government had not received any letter from the Centre on NRC so far. She once again clarified that the Centre will not be able to implement NRC in Bengal without the state government’s permission. Urging the people to maintain religious harmony and not to create any division, she appealed to the BJP, without taking any name, not to try to break the social fabric of the state. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaEchoing similar thoughts, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra added that Shah had triggered a sense of fear and confusion in the name of NRC among the people of Bengal when they are in a mood to celebrate Durga Puja. “The Union minister, during his speech, triggered fear and confusion among the people in the name of NRC. When he should have become a part of the celebrations, he chose to spread tension among the people instead. Bengal has a long heritage, and people rejoice during the festive season together. He could have visited the Puja pandals in the city and soaked in the festive fervour,” Mitra said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe further stated: “We are disheartened to see the Union Home minister dividing people along religious lines. Taking the names of various communities, Shah assured that Hindus, Christians, Sikhs will not be driven out of the country. In a country like India, can a person who holds such a high office single out one particular community? Does the Constitution of India validate what the Union minister has said? His statements are uncalled for and unconstitutional. What he said is in conflict with our Constitution.” Earlier in the day Union Home minister Amit Shah declared the NRC is “a must” for national security and will be implemented, but made it clear that Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees will be accorded Indian citizenship beforehand with the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Shah was addressing a BJP seminar on the National Register of Citizens, which has hitherto remained confined to Assam. “No country in the world can run smoothly while carrying the burden of so many intruders. This has to stop. We are working towards changing Bengal. NRC is a must. We will have to implement NRC to ensure the country’s safety and security,” Shah had said. In a related development, Uttar Pradesh police chief O P Singh has asked all district units to run a campaign to detect illegal Bangladeshi migrants, in instructions issued amid the political row over the National Register of Citizens update in Assam.
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested two more armed killers as Delhi witnessed its second encounter in the last 24 hours.As per police sources, the shooting incident took place in the Shahdara area of East Delhi on Tuesday morning. The arrested accused were identified as Taj Mohammed alias Taju (21), a resident of Muzzafar Nagar in UP and Liyakat Ali (48), a resident of Sonepat in Haryana. “We were working on the input. We received a tip about these 2 contract killers who were on their way to kill somebody. We were able to trace the location of the incident and a team was immediately formed to lay the trap for the criminals,” DCP of Special Cell, Sanjiv Yadav said. Earlier on Monday morning, there was an encounter in a special cell and miscreants in Delhi’s Dwarka area. In this encounter, the police have succeeded in arresting Kuldeep Rathi. Rathi is extremely close to the infamous crook Kapil Sangwan.
New York: General Motors has laid off 6,000 workers in Mexico temporarily due to a US labor strike that has disrupted production at two plants south of the border that make pickup trucks, the company said Tuesday. The layoffs affect the Silao assembly and transmission plants in central Mexico, where work has been “disrupted as a result of a parts shortage related to the UAW strike,” a GM spokesman said. The Silao workers are expected to return to their jobs after the strike, the spokesman said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra The plants in Guanajuato, produce GMC and Chevrolet pickup trucks. The moves come on top of the furlough of more than 3,000 workers in Canada and at an Ohio plant where GM operates a joint venture with Isuzu to make diesel engines. Nearly 50,000 US workers are on strike at GM due to a United Auto Workers conflict over the labor contract now in its third week. Workers launched the strike on September 16 after contract talks failed to yield an agreement on wages, health benefits, temporary workers and job security. The strike also comes against the backdrop of GM’s decision last November to effectively shutter five plants in North America. A report Tuesday from JPMorgan Chase estimated that the strike has so far cost GM USD 1 billion, adding that the company has the potential to recover some of the lost profits in the fourth quarter if the strike ends soon.
San Francisco: Electric car manufacturer Tesla has delivered approximately 97,000 cars around the world in the third quarter of 2019, falling short of the 100,000 milestone the company had hoped for. “We achieved record net orders in Q3 and are entering Q4 with an increase in our order backlog. As was also the case in Q2, nearly all of our Model 3 orders were received from customers who did not previously hold a reservation, solidifying the transition to generating strong organic demand,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year During the last quarter the company managed to deliver 95,200 vehicles to customers across the globe, which broke a record the company set in the fourth quarter of last year. Earlier, in an e-mail sent to employees Musk said that the company has a chance to deliver at least 100,000 vehicles this quarter. “We have a shot at achieving our first 100,000 vehicle delivery quarter, which is an incredibly exciting milestone for our company!” Musk said. In addition, Tesla is buying DeepScale, a California-based small artificial intelligence (AI) start-up, to improve its autopilot driver assistance system. The acquisition could help Tesla fill the talent gap in the autopilot group.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the CBI, asking it to respond to former finance minister P Chidambaram’s plea seeking bail in the INX Media corruption case. A bench of justices R Banumathi and Hrishikesh Roy asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, to file its response and posted the matter for hearing on October 15. Chidambaram, who is lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial custody, has moved the top court challenging the September 30 verdict of the Delhi High Court which had dismissed his plea seeking bail in the case. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Chidambaram, 74, is in custody since his arrest by the CBI on August 21. A Delhi court on Thursday extended Chidambaram’s judicial custody till October 17. Since his arrest on August 21, he has spent 43 days in custody, both the CBI and judicial, in eight spells. He was sent to Tihar jail for the first time on September 5, till September 19, when his custody was extended till October 3. The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports Thereafter, the ED lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2017. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Chidmabaram, said the high court had applied three tests — flight risk, tampering of evidence and influencing of witnesses — while deciding the bail petition. Sibal said that on two counts, flight risk and tampering of evidence, the high court has ruled in favour of Chidambaram, while on the third count of influencing witnesses, the verdict has gone against the senior Congress leader. “This is concerning the CBI case. What has happened to the ED’s case,” the bench asked Sibal and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who was also representing Chidambaram. Responding to the query, Sibal said that the Enforcement Directorate has not yet arrested Chidambaram in the money laundering case related to the INX Media. Sibal and Sighvi told the bench that they would take 30 minutes to argue the matter. The bench told Mehta to file the response on behalf of the CBI and posted the mater for hearing on October 15. Mehta told the court that he would file response on behalf of the CBI by October 14. Sibal told the court that they would also find a rejoinder, if necessary, on the CBI’s response. The bench directed that the response and counters to be filed by October 14. Chidambaram had on Thursday moved the top court challenging the Delhi High Court’s September 30 verdict saying his continuing incarceration is in the “form of punishment” and liberty of an individual cannot be denied on the basis of “anonymous and unverified allegations”. The high court had dismissed his bail plea saying the investigation was at an advanced stage and the possibility of his influencing the witnesses cannot be ruled out. Chidambaram has said in his plea that “conclusive findings” have been rendered by the high court on the basis of documents placed before it in a “sealed envelope” by the CBI, which were neither part of the record nor shown to him, and he was not given an opportunity to rebut the same. He said that high court has “erred” in dismissing his bail plea on a mere apprehension that he might influence the witnesses, without any supporting material, and on the basis of unverified allegations that do not allege or point anything against him. He also denied the high court’s finding that INX Media’s former promoters Indrani and Peter Mukherjea had met him and “illegal gratification” was paid. Chidambaram has further said that case does not relate to “economic offence” and there is no loss to public exchequer. He also denied the high court’s finding that large amount of money had come into the companies owned or controlled by alleged co-conspirator and his son Karti Chidambaram. He said that other accused in the case, including Karti, have already been granted bail or interim protection by the courts and it would be “manifestly unjust and illegal” to deny him the relief. He has urged the apex court to grant him interim bail till his appeal is decided. In its verdict, the high court had said it cannot be disputed that if the case is proved against Chidambaram, the offence is on society, economy, financial stability and integrity of the country. Chidambaram is not a “flight risk” and there is no chance of tampering with evidence but he can influence the witnesses if granted bail, it had said. The high court had said it was on record that illegal gratification has been paid by and through other companies by Indrani and Peter to the firms controlled and owned by the “co-conspirator and co-accused Karti”.
Los Angeles: Nick Taylor fired a sparkling eight-under par 63 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Brian Harman in the US PGA Tour event in Las Vegas, where five-time major winner Phil Mickelson was in the mix. Canada’s Taylor found 14 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation. He didn’t miss a putt from within 10 feet, rolling in six birdies and an eagle at the par-five 15th on the par-71 TPC Summerlin course. “It’s going to be hard to top today’s round tomorrow,” admitted Taylor, who drove the green on the 325-yard 15th and rolled in a five-foot eagle putt. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Taylor came into the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open off a tie for 10th in Napa, California, last week. He said the results have been building over the past year. “Not much I’m not comfortable with right now, which is always a good thing,” said Taylor, who was once the top-ranked amateur in the world. “If I hit it on the greens, I’ve been able to manage pars, capitalize on birdies, so overall (it’s) been relatively easy.” Harman also made things look simple, nabbing seven birdies in a seven-under par 64 to stand alone in second. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters American Maverick McNealy had joined Taylor at eight-under through 16 holes, but he closed with back-to-back bogeys. McNealy found the water at the par-three 17th and three-putted 18 from 42 feet — missing a six-footer for par — to fall into a group of five players sharing third on 65. – Mickelson ‘excited’ – ======================= That bunch also included Mickelson, who shook off an opening bogey at the 10th hole to post seven birdies in his six-under effort. “After the bogey on the first hole, I played some really good golf,” Mickelson said. “I kept the ball in play and hit a lot of fairways. Right now, my iron play is really good, and so if I continue to give myself chances from the fairways I’m going to hit it close enough to make birdies.” Mickelson, 49, said he was finally feeling the benefits of a renewed focus on a healthy lifestyle. He said he’d shed some weight thanks to improved diet and a workout regimen. The results hadn’t shown much when he missed the cut last week in Napa. But his 65 on Thursday matched the best round he’d posted since his win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last February — a victory that was followed by months of disappointing results. “Excited to play some good golf again,” Mickelson added. A dozen players were tied on five-under 66, a group that featured Australian Adam Scott and American Chase Koepka, younger brother of world number one Brooks Koepka. Brooks Koepka, making his first start of the 2019-2020 season, looked a little rusty in carding a one-under par 70 that included five birdies and four bogeys. Koepka revealed this week that he had stem cell injection therapy on his left knee in September to treat a partially torn patella tendon. The American, who won a second straight PGA Championship in 2019, also shared second at the Masters behind Woods and was second at the US Open behind Gary Woodland. He was equal fourth at the British Open — and said with knee pain behind him he is primed for even better things this season. “I can finally practice again, which is nice, without pain,” he said.
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday urged the industry to come forward and meet him, saying he is not afraid of potential corruption charges and “not worried” that fingers will be pointed at him. Speaking at the India International Security Expo here, Singh said India cannot remain dependent on imported weapons for long and that it did not align with the country’s plans to become a superpower. He said that when he became the defence minister people told him he should be careful on who to meet and who to allow entry, as there may be corruption charges. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “They said that there are many business-related proposals, and there are matters related to imports and exports, and the minister should be careful of all this otherwise someone will raise a finger (Nahi to ungli uth jayegi). “A minister who is afraid of corruption charges, should refrain (from taking decisions), Rajnath Singh is not worried about all this. People and big industry organisations in this country know who is what (kaun kya hai). I am not worried at all. Come. My doors are open. Whatever help I can give, the defence ministry will give. This is an assurance I would like to give you,” he said. He also said his ministry had taken many steps to boost MSMEs in the defence sector and liberalised industrial licensing.
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank on Friday sharply cut its economic growth projection for this fiscal to 6.1 per cent from 6.9 per cent earlier, but expressed hope that the growth will recover in the second half of 2019-20. The central bank’s estimates come in the wake of GDP growth sliding to a six-year low of 5 per cent in the June quarter, on a massive slowdown in consumption and private sector investments. The government has taken a slew of measures, including a massive 10 percentage point cut in corporate taxes and promises of front loading bank recapitalisation to support the number. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra In the monetary policy report released on Friday, the central bank said the growth momentum will pick up with every quarter on factors like government measures, its policy rate cuts and also favourable base effects. The GDP growth will recover to 7 per cent in 2020-21, it said, adding, the near-term outlook of the economy is “fraught with several risks”. Enumerating the reasons for its sharp cut in growth estimate, the RBI said, the expected pick-up in both private consumption and investment failed to materialise, and exports lost momentum under the weight of the slump in world trade. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days “Taking into account the baseline assumptions, survey indicators, reductions in the policy repo rate since February 2019, the base effects and model forecasts, real GDP growth is projected at 6.1 per cent in 2019-20 — 5.3 per cent in Q2, 6.6 per cent in Q3, 7.2 per cent in Q4 — with risks evenly balanced, the monetary policy statement said. An escalation of trade tensions, a hard or no-deal Brexit and increased volatility in global financial markets pose downside risks to the baseline growth path, it said. On the upside, the GDP growth momentum can be helped by the the government’s measures in August-September to boost growth and investment policy reforms on FDI, upfront release of funds for recapitalisation of public sector banks (PSBs), merger of PSBs, it said. Other steps that will help pick up growth include incentives for exports and real estate, reduction in corporate income tax rate along with a faster resolution of stressed assets, and a faster pace of transmission of past repo rate cuts, it added. A half-yearly survey of professional forecasters conducted by the RBI pegged the GDP growth to come at 6.1 per cent and move up to 7 per cent in 2010-21, the same as the central bank’s own estimates. On the auto sector, the statement attributed the slowdown in sales to “shocks” like slump in demand, liquidity crisis in the shadow banks and regulatory measures to enhance the safety and security of cars. The central bank also rued that the corporate sector is not ramping up investments despite capacity utilisation of the existing assets rising close to long-term average levels for several quarters and hoped that the recent measures will help kick-start the capex cycle. The RBI has also revised slightly upwards the retail inflation projection to 3.4 per cent for second quarter of 2019-20, while retained projections at 3.5-3.7 per cent for second half of the fiscal and 3.6 per cent for first quarter of 2020-21, with risks evenly balanced. Governor Shaktikanta Das has repeatedly said that when there is space available, the central bank has to address the concerns on the growth and help revive the economy.