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Priyanka Chopra ends her agreement with Nirav Modi: PNB fraud scam

Mumbai, Feb 23 In the wake of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam surrounding luxury jeweller Nirav Modi, Priyanka Chopra on Friday ended her agreement with his brand.

“In light of recent allegations, Priyanka Chopra has ended her agreement with the Nirav Modi brand,” the 35-year-old actress’spokesperson Natasha Pal said.

Refuting the reports of her suing Nirav Modi, the’Quantico’ star’s representative had prior illuminated that she was looking for a legitimate feeling regarding ending her agreement with the brand.

Earlier, the PNB had held up two financial fraud complaints of Rs 11400 crore and Rs 280 crore against Nirav Modi, his significant other Ami, sibling Nishal and relative Mehul Choksi, proprietor of Gitanjali Gems. Following which, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed a money laundering case against them.

After the case was registered, the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) swung into action.

Continuing the raids, the ED on Friday solidified


Chief of Defence Forces of New Zealand meets top Navy official

Mumbai, Feb 23 Chief of Defence Forces of New Zealand Lt Gen Timothy Keating today met Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command, and senior Navy officers here.

Lt Gen Keating, joined by a nine-member delegation, is on a visit to Mumbai from February 22 to 24, a Defence representative said here.

The designation also went by the Naval Dockyard, the Dockyard Heritage Hall and stealth frigate INS Tarkash, the representative said.

Prior, Lt Gen Keating held converses with head of the Indian Armed Forces and talked about territories of collaboration between the two nations.

He had met Army chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra in Delhi.

“India and New Zealand have come a long way in strengthening their defence relationship. Throughout the years, the two navies have developed high levels of interoperability through different types of interacti


Sources: Pakistan to be put on terrorist financing watchlist

Islamabad, Feb 23 The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has taken a choice to put Pakistan on a watchlist for terror financing, as indicated by the sources.

The motion brought forth by the United States (US) was backed by the nations like the United Kingdom (UK), France, and India.

The insiders uncovered that Pakistan’s customary companion China pulled back its protests in putting Islamabad on the grey list.

The move will make it difficult for international financial institutions and banks to do business in Pakistan and it will also make it difficult for Pakistani businesses to raise money overseas.

Pakistan, recently, claimed that it has been allowed a three-month respite to be placed on a terror-financing watch-list.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted on Tuesday, “Our endeavors paid, FATF Paris 20 Feb meeting conclusion on the US-drove movement to put Pakistan on the watch list. No accord for designating Pakistan, proposing three months pause and asking A


Jharkhand High Court rejects Lalu’s bail request: Fodder scam

Ranchi, Feb 23 The Jharkhand High Court on Friday rejected the bail plea of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad in the Deoghar Treasury matter.

He was earlier sentenced to three and a half years in the issue by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court.

The 69-year-old leader had earlier challenged his conviction in the case and had sought bail from the court.

The RJD supremo is as of now held up in Birsa Munda imprison in Ranchi since December 23, 2017, regarding the second instance of feed trick identified with unlawful withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deogarh treasury.

The veteran politician had just been convicted in three fodder scam cases in 2013, 2017 and 2018 and got five, three-and-a-half and five years of imprisonment respectively.

After his first conviction, on September 30, 2013, he confronted disqualification from Lok Sabha and a ban on contesting decisions.

He still faces trial in two other scam cases.


CBI registers corruption case against district magistrate of Bihar’s Aurangabad

New Delhi, Feb 23 The CBI has registered a corruption case against the district magistrate of Bihar’s Aurangabad, Kanwal Tanuj, and others, officials said today.

The case relates to claimed abnormalities in procurement of land in the Nabinagar territory in the locale for a power plant by Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company Ltd (BRBCL), an auxiliary of NTPC Ltd, they said.

The organization today completed inquiries at the home of the districtmagistrate in connection with the case.

As indicated by a CBI FIR, enlisted yesterday, around seven acres of land was illegally gained by the accused.

A different person, who has since died, was showed as the owner of the land.

It was uncovered that C Shiv Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, BRBCL, Nabinagar, had entered a criminal intrigue with Tanuj, unidentified officers of the organization, region organization and Gopal Prasad Singh, who has passed on, the CBI claimed.

As per the FIR, Tanuj, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer


Rajinikanth acclaims Kamal Haasan, calls him ‘efficient’

Chennai, Feb 23 Tamil superstar Rajinikanth today applauded his contemporary and Makkal Neethi Mayyam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan, saying the “efficient” star would earn people’s confidence.

Reacting to Haasan launching his political party MNM at Madurai on Wednesday, Rajinikanth, who is also set to take the political dive, said however he and Haasan would take diverse ways, their goal would be just open welfare.

“However, all (of us) tread different ways, what matters is public welfare,” he told journalists here.

Gotten some information about his opinion on the MNM, Rajinikanth said Haasan was a “efficient” person.

“Kamal is efficient. He will earn people’s confidence,” he said.

The February 21 launch of Haasan’s party was “very nice,” and was efficient, he stated, including that he had just wished the ‘Vishwaroopam’ star on his political adventure however has by and by expanded his welcome after the launch of the MNM.

While Haasan launched his party Makkal Neethi May