Akshaye, Richa to star in film on misuse of rape laws

Mumbai: Actors Akshaye Khanna and Richa Chadha will feature in "Section 375", a Bollywood suspense drama highlighting misuse of rape laws in the country.

Backed by Panorama Studios, the movie will be produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak and directed by Manish Gupta.

"Rape laws are being misused by men and women alike leaving the judiciary and police confused as to which rape case is genuine and which is fake," Gupta said in a statement.

The story of the film revolves around a rape case that is so ambiguous in nature that the judges are unable to decide whether the incident was a rape or was it merely consensual sex.

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In the film, the accused's defence lawyer, played by Akshaye, and the public prosecutor, played by Richa, lock horns in a court, each producing irrefutable evidence about their own client's innocence and the guilt of the other party, thereby leaving the judges puzzled about the truth.

As part of the research for the movie, Gupta attended several hearings in court for two years.

"There are special courts with female judges who only hear rape cases. I have also met survivors, their families, alleged rapists and lawyers representing both sides. It's very disturbing not only for the accused and the survivors but also their families," Gupta said.

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PNB fraud: Ex-Deputy Bank Manager Gokulnath Shetty arrested

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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Punjab National Bank's retired Deputy Manager, Gokulnath Shetty and two others in a multi-crore bank fraud case, officials said on Saturday.

"CBI has Shetty, Single Window Operator Manoj Kharat and authorised signatory of the Nirav Modi Group of Firms, Hemant Bhat," a CBI official said.

The official said that they will be presented before the CBI special court in Mumbai later in the day.

PNB's retired Deputy Manager and Operator are named in the CBI FIR along with 10 directors of the three private firms namely Krishnan Sangameshwaran, Nazura Yashjaney, Gopal Das Bhatia, Aniyath Shivraman, Dhanesh Vrajlal Sheth, Jyoti Bharat Vora, Anil Umesh Haldipur, Chandrakant Kanu Karkare, Pankhuri Abhijeet Varange and Mihir Bhaskar Joshi.

According to the FIR, it was alleged in the PNB complaint that Gitanjali Gems, Gili India Ltd and Nakshatra Brand Ltd and their directors in connivance with Sethi and other officials had caused an alleged loss of Rs 4,886.72 crore to the bank.

The CBI on Friday registered fresh FIRs against 10 directors of the Gitanjali Group of companies under charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating of Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act against Mehul Choksi, the Managing Director of Gitanjali Gems Ltd based at Mumbai's Walkeshwar.

The FIR has also named two former bank employees who were said to be directly involved in the fraudulent transactions.

Additionally, three companies of Gitanjali Group were also named in the CBI FIR registered on Thursday for causing alleged loss of Rs 4,886.72 crore.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday launched a nation-wide raid on the offices, showrooms and workshops of billionaire diamond trader Nirav Modi.

The multi-pronged action came a day after the Punjab National Bank admitted to unearthing a fraud of Rs 11,515 crore involving Nirav Modi's companies and certain other accounts with the bank's flagship branch (Brady House Branch) in Mumbai and its second largest lending window in India.

The fraud, which includes money-laundering among others, concerns the Firestar Diamonds group in which the CBI last week booked Modi, his wife Ami, brother Nishal Modi and their uncle Mehul Choksi.

 

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Ex-Playboy model claims having affair with Trump

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New York: A former Playboy model claimed that she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 and has also described the US President's alleged system for concealing affairs, a media report said.

The New Yorker in the report on Friday said that Trump met Karen McDougal in June 2006 after he taped an episode of his reality-television show, "The Apprentice", at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.

Late Playboy owner Hugh Hefner threw a pool party for the show's contestants with dozens of current and former Playmates in attendance including McDougal.

At the time of the party, Trump had been married to Slovenian model Melania Knauss, the future first lady, for less than two years and their son, Barron, was a few months old.

In an eight-page, handwritten document obtained by The New Yorker, McDougal wrote that Trump "immediately took a liking to me, kept talking to me... telling me how beautiful I was, etc. It was so obvious that a Playmate Promotions exec said, ‘Wow, he was all over you... I think you could be his next wife.'"

The interactions that McDougal outlines in the document share striking similarities with the stories of other women who claim to have had sexual relationships with Trump, or who have accused him of propositioning them for sex or sexually harassing them.

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But her account provides a detailed look at how Trump and his allies used clandestine hotel-room meetings, payoffs, and complex legal agreements to keep affairs, sometimes multiple affairs he carried out simultaneously, out of the press, reports The New Yorker.

"No paper trails for him," McDougal wrote.

Meanwhile, a White House spokesperson on Friday night denied the affair in a statement to the magazine, reports CNN.

"This is an old story that is just more fake news. The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal," the spokesperson said.

After ending the affair in April 2007, McDougal signed a limited life-story rights agreement in August 2016, granting American Media, Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, exclusive ownership of her story for $150,000.

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However, the company, run by David Pecker, a friend of Trump's, never ran her story and, according to The New Yorker, instead used the purchase to kill the piece.

The company told the magazine it did not print it because it did not find McDougal's story to be credible.

 

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Siddaramaiah presents popular budget for poll-bound Karnataka

Bengaluru: With an eye on Assembly election, due in late April or early May, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday presented a popular state budget for fiscal 2018-19 to please all sections of society.

Barring 8 per cent increase in additional excise duty on Indian-made liquor, the budget spared the people from fresh taxes despite Rs 151.30 crore deficit on capital account (revised estimates) on steep hike in borrowings.

Delivering his 13th budget, sixth in a row as Chief Minister, by virtue of holding the finance portfolio, 70-year-old Siddaramaiah told the lawmakers in the Assembly that his government posted Rs 383.84 revenue surplus (revised estimates) as against Rs 136.54 crore budget estimates for fiscal 2017-18.

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"For new fiscal (2018-19), revenue surplus is estimated to be Rs127.28 crore, while deficit on capital account is expected to be Rs 383.25 crore due to higher institutional borrowings and repayment of loans," he pointed out.

Projecting Rs 1,03,444 crore tax revenue, including GST (Goods and Services Tax) compensation from the Central government for FY 2019, an increase of 12.78 per cent over the revised estimates of FY 2018, the Chief Minister said the non-tax revenue would be Rs 8,163 crore.

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"We expect to receive Rs 36,215 crore from central taxes and Rs 14,942 crore as central grants. The revenue receipts will be supplemented by Rs 39,3128 crore as borrowings, Rs 75 crore non-debt capital receipts and Rs 129 crore from recovery of loans," noted Siddaramaiah.

The budget expects state-run boards, civic corporations and local bodies to mobilise Rs 16,760 crore through internal resource generation and borrowings during the upcoming fiscal.

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Among the new schemes, the budget has envisaged to strengthen the software of the IT network to make the police system citizen friendly across the state.

"The number of women in the state police department will be enhanced 25 per cent over the next years and all the women police stations in the district will be upgraded as one-stop service centres," added the Chief Minister.

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7.2-magnitude quake jolts Mexico, no casualties reported

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Mexico City: An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck southeastern Mexico, with the epicentre recorded in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

Emergency authorities in the Oaxaca reported "only material damage and no loss of human life" during the earthquake on Friday night, reports CNN.

The USGS initially reported a magnitude of 7.5 but revised it downward. Later Friday, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock hit Oaxaca.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre reported that "based on all available data... there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake."

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted that "earthquake protocols have been activated".

Two deadly earthquakes had struck Mexico in September 2017, reports CNN.

A magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck off the southern coast on September 8, killing at least 90.

On September 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City, killing at least 216 people.

 

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Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent separatist-called protest

Srinagar, Feb 17: Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city on Saturday to prevent a separatist-called protest, police said.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has called for the protest against shifting of local detainees to jails outside, murder of a separatist activist by unidentified gunmen and deteriorating rights situation in Kashmir.

Shops, other businesses and public transport remained shut in the city and other district headquarters of the Kashmir Valley, the police said.

Train services between Jammu region's Bannihal town and Baramulla in the Valley were also suspended for the day.

Police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers in full riot gear have been deployed in areas placed under restrictions.

 

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Madras High Court allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad

Madras High Court allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad

Chennai: The Madras high court on Friday green signalled the overseas travel plans of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union finance minister P Chidambaram, despite strong objections from the CBI in view of pending lookout circulars. However, the relief is not without conditions. Karti has been directed to inform his entire travel plans, including the places of visit, to the CBI in advance. He must also return to India by February 28.

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The first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose passed the interim order on a plea moved by Karti assailing the validity of lookout circulars issued against him and seeking permission to travel abroad.

Karti was restrained to leave India by the CBI, which issued a lookout circulars against him in connection with an FIR registered by the agency, in the alleged irregular approval of Rs 305 crore foreign investment in INX Media in 2007, allegedly at the behest of Karti when his father was the Union finance minister.

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BJP rejects charges as “propaganda”, says centre looks at AP sympathetically

New Delhi, Feb 16: The BJP on Friday rejected what it said was "propaganda" that the Centre has not given Andhra Pradesh the requisite assistance and said it has gone "way beyond" to fulfil all the obligations under Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and will look at the state "sympathetically".

"The centre has gone way beyond to help the state and to ensure that Andhra Pradesh can be put on the path of rapid economic progress and development. They also invested heavily in education sector to ensure that Andhra Pradesh can also develop its educational resources, the human resources, which will ultimately pave the way for the economic development of the state in the long run," BJP Spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao told a press conference with state BJP chief K. Hari Babu.

He said that the central government has a sympathetic, supportive and caring attitude towards the state.

"It's not just a question of just sympathy because Andhra Pradesh requires the kind of nurturing and support to stand on its feet and start running. The centre has fulfilled all its obligations and will look at the state sympathetically because the new state must get all the assistance and must get all the support," he said.

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On the demand of the special status category to the state, the BJP leader said that although this was not formally a part of the Act, the amount of such assistance will be given in due course of time.

"Though this (Special Category Status) is not a formal part of the Act and because the special category seize to be exist after 14th Finance Commission report, the state has a greed to make good whatever assistance the state was going to get as a result of the special category status. That financial assistance is being given as a special assistance for. The amount of such assistance also has been estimated and the state is certainly in due course of time will be receiving it," he said.

Giving a detailed report card that what the central government has done as per the AP Reorganisation Act, Rao also urged the political parties of the state not to continue with "propaganda".

"For God's sake don't continue with this kind of propaganda that the centre has not given the state the requisite assistance," he said.

The BJP leader claimed that the state has got additional educational institutions as mentioned in the Act.

"If the Centre only wanted to fulfil obligations, we would not have gone so far to really strengthen Andhra Pradesh by giving many institutions. There is a long list of educational institutions provided to the state. Although there was no claim for Andhra Pradesh to get these. But the centre certainly thinks state needs centre's assistance," he said.

Claiming that the Centre has taken multi prolonged initiatives for the state because development will come only from investment in human resource, infrastructure and industry.

"Any of these institutions were not mentioned in Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation act but the centre is committed that Andhra Pradesh gets special assistance. Andhra Pradesh becomes front ranking state," he said giving a list of Education Institutions.

Targeting its ally TDP, which said the Centre has done "nothing substantial" for Andhra Pradesh in the past four years except "routine" central grants that any other state would get, Rao claimed the Centre has gone beyond to provide support to the state.

"The Centre has invested Rs 1 lakh crore out of total 7 lakh crore to Andhta Pradesh for highways which is 1/7th of the total investment. In the power sector the Centre has invested Rs 28000 crore while in petroleum sector Rs 1.3 lakh crore has been invested. Under Prime Minister Awas Yojana, the state has been provided 6.8 lakhs of houses which is 1/3rd of the total allocation," he said.

He also said that the Centre is committed to fulfilling all the obligation as per the Act for the Amaravathi project.

"I think some estimates have been given that some Rs.48,000 crores will be required for capital Amaravathi project. I don't know from where this estimate come from. So its high time that we don't scare people by giving fictitious numbers. I think the government's commitment is to provide financial assistance for the construction of the buildings like assembly, secretariat, the high court and others. The centre is committed to fulfil all the obligations," he said.

Babu, on his part, claimed that the Modi government is not waiting for the 10 years period as mentioned in AP reorganisation act and has fulfilled to the extent of 100 percent promises in education sector.

 

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CBI registers FIR against Gitanjali group in $1.8 bn fraud case

New Delhi, Feb 16: The CBI on Friday registered an FIR against the Gitanjali Group of companies based on a complaint registered by the Punjab National Bank in a multi-crore fraud case, sources said.

The PNB had filed the complaint on February 13 in the Rs 11,515 crore ($1.8 billion) fraudulent transactions.

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Searches were underway on Friday at 20 locations related to the Gitanjali Group of companies in six cities and five states, the source added. Mehul Choksi, uncle of Nirav Modi, is the chairman of the Geetanjali Group

Billionaire diamond trader, Nirav Modi has been accused by the PNB of fraud along with his wife, Ami and brother Nishal Modi and partner Choksi.

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On Thursday, several outlets belonging to the Modis and Choksi wre searched by the Enforcement Directorate. Assets, including gold, jewellery and diamonds had been seized.

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Live Cricket Score, India vs South Africa 2018, 6th ODI in Centurion: Bumrah gets rid of Heinrich Klaasen

OVERS 30.3: OUT! Jasprit Bumrah got rid of Heinrich Klaasen (22). South Africa 135/4

OVERS 20.5: OUT! AB de Villiers misses a cut shot and is bowled by Chahal. SA 106/3 after 21 overs

OVERS 18: 16 RUNS! AB de Villiers hit three consecutive fours as Kuldeep Yadav conceded 16 in the over. South Africa 88/2

OUT! Superb catch by Iyer at extra-cover, almost to make up for all the dropped chances earlier in the series, and Thakur is ecstatic! Gets his second wicket, this time that of the skipper! Markram failed to read the slower ball on this occasion and ended up miscuing the drive. SA 43/2

Markram c Iyer b Thakur 24(30)

OVERS 6.3: OUT! Shardul Thakur provided India with an early breakthrough, dismissed Hashim Amla for 10. South Africa 23/1

Centurion: India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and put South Africa in to bat in the sixth and final One-day International at the Supersport Park here on Friday.

Already 4-1 up in the series, the visitors decided to rest paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar and included youngster Shardul Thakur in the playing XI while the hosts made four changes after the 73-run loss in the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth.

Bowling all-rounder Chris Morris was recalled to the team along with Farhaan Behardein, Imran Tahir and Khaya Zondo, replacing Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Tabraiz Shamsi and Jean Paul Duminy.

Teams:
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni(WK), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram (Captain), AB de Villiers, Khaya Zondo, Farhaan Behardien, Heinrich Klaasen(WK), Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Lungisani Ngidi.

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