CBI arrests Shahid Balwa's brother Asif in 2G spectrum case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested two people including Asif Balwa, brother of DB Realty promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, in connection with its probe into the 2G spectrum allocation case.

Asif and Rajiv Agarwal are the directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, which reportedly loaned Cineyug a sum of Rs 212 crore. But it was not a straightforward loan and had passed through a maze of transactions.

Asif was arrested from his residence in south Mumbai, while Agarwal was apprehended from a hotel in the suburbs, sources said.

Shahid Balwa was arrested in February 8 for his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum scam. He is currently lodged in Tihar jail.

Swan Telecom is believed to be one of the beneficiaries in the spectrum allotted during tenure of former Communications Minister A Raja, who was arrested prior to Balwa and is lodged in the same jail.

The others arrested in connection with the case are Raja's private secretary R K Chandolia and former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behuria.

Asif and Agarwal were later produced in the designated CBI court, which granted transit remand to take them to Delhi, where the investigation is going on.


Tripura Governor Patil suffers cardiac arrest, shifted to Mumbai

Tripura Governor D Y Patil was shifted to a hospital in Mumbai early this morning in a chartered flight following a severe cardiac arrest last evening.

Dr Amlan Datta, Medical Officer of the Governor, told UNI that initial investigations at Mumbai revealed some problem in his heart but the intensity would be ascertained only after a thorough investigation.

Dr Patil was first shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Agartala Government College after he complained of chest pain.

Later, physicians said it was a massive heart attack. By that time, his family, which runs several medical colleges in Maharashtra, had flown down to Agartala.

He was flown out of Agartala in the wee hours of today and a group of specialists had examined him in Mumbai.


Advani in Face-the-Press programme at Mumbai Press Club

In a new public initiative, the Press Club, Mumbai, along with the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Government Watch (GW), will hold periodical sessions called "Face-The-Press" to debate issues of national interest with leading politicians, journalists, economists and activists.

The first Face-The-Press session will be held at the Press Club Central Hall, on March 28, a press release by the Club said here today.

At the inaugural session, senior BJP leader L K Advani will answer questions from a panel of leading journalists, including The Hindu's editor-in-chief N Ram, Star India chief executive officer Uday Shankar and Kumar Ketkar of the Dainik Bhaskar Group, the release said.

Under the initiative, a distinguished national political or policy leader will be invited at regular intervals to interact with a panel of senior editors and thought leaders from across India in front of a select media audience, as well as distinguished personalities from diverse fields, the release added.


Hassan Ali Khan in judicial custody till April 8

Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan, accused of stashing away $ 8 billion abroad, was today sent to judicial custody by a Mumbai court.

Khan, who has been in custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), will now be lodged in the Arthur Road jail.

Principal Sessions Judge Swapna Joshi remanded him to judicial custody till April 8.

Meanwhile, the ED has summoned Kashinath Tapuria’s wife Chandrika for questioning. Tapuria, the Kolkata-based businessman was arrested by ED yesterday.

A sessions court here had on March 11 rejected the ED’s plea for custodial interrogation of Khan on the ground that the agency had not gathered sufficient evidence or made any case to justify its plea for Khan’s custodial interrogation.

However, the Supreme Court on March 17, while directing Khan’s custodial interrogation, had criticised the then Mumbai Principal Sessions Judge M L Tahaliyani’s order of granting bail to Khan, saying it was "deeply disturbed" over the manner in which the trial court judge had rejected the ED’s contention and given a lengthy order.

The ED had told the apex court that it was in possession of incriminating evidence against Khan, showing that he has stashed away huge amount of black money in various banks abroad.


Hasan Ali aide Tapuriah remanded to ED custody till March 31

A Sessions court today remanded to the custody of Enforcement Directorate (ED) till March 31 the Kolkata-based businessman Kashinath Tapuriah for his alleged association with Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan, who has been accused of evasion of taxes running into crores of rupees.

While moving the remand application on behalf of ED, noted public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam contended in the court that Tapuriah had played a major role in the transfer of money to a Swiss bank in 14 companies.

He further said that during the Income Tax department raid in 2007 at the residence of Ali, the Department came to know that the accused

was instrumental in transferring $ 80,00,45,300 to foreign banks and ED had seized certain documents in this regard which require a detailed custodial probe.

The court was also told that accused was arrested after being questioned, and department required his custody and wanted to confront him with Khan based upon the available evidence.

The application was strongly opposed by defence lawyer Abad Ponda who said the ED had wrongly booked his client under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act as the alleged offence had occurred two years back when the PMLA was not in existence.

While granting custody, the court directed ED to keep him along with Ali and allowed him home food and medicines.


ED raids residence of Hassan Ali's CA in Pune

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today raided the residence of Sunil Shinde, chartered accountant of Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan, who has been accused of evading taxes worth crores of rupees.

The eight-member ED team arrived here and proceeded to the house of Shinde, which is located in Heramb Society at Sahkarnagar Area.

According to ED sources, the investigating agency searched the house of Shinde after the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly alleged yesterday that Ali used the money of three former chief ministers and bureaucrats in the stock market.

ED sources told UNI, "We entered the two-storeyed house of Shinde at O945 hrs and the raids will continue till late this evening."

They said they had recovered some clinching evidence but expressed their inability to disclose details.

The sources said Shinde was in Mumbai when the officials arrived at his house and it was intimated to him immediately. He came by road to Pune in a car, owned by Khan, and was now co-operating with agency officials in their investigation.

The ED also called up Shinde's mother, who is staying some distance from the raided premises. It is learnt that he had kept keys of some rooms in her possession. The rooms were later opened by ED officials.


Unidentified woman's body found on railway track in Mumbai

The highly decomposed body of an unidentified woman, aged about 35, was found on the tracks between Dadar and Elphinstone Road stations of the Western Railway, police said today.

According to Railway police, the body was found yesterday. Police believe that the woman could have been strangulated to death after which her body was dumped on the tracks.

A case of murder has been registered and efforts are on to trace the relatives of the woman.

Earlier this month, bodies of two women, stuffed in suitcases, were found on Juhu beach and Sandhurst Road railway station on the Central Railway.

Police have arrested three people in connection with the body found on Sandhurst Road railway station. However, no headway has been made in the Juhu beach case.


Hassan Ali Khan being grilled by ED officials

Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan, accused of evading taxes worth crores of rupees, is being grilled by Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on his bank transactions abroad.

In order to unravel his financial dealings, the ED officials have sent fresh requests to UBS AG and UK-headquarted Barclays Bank.

"We will wait for the response and then decide the future course of action," an official said.

The Supreme Court vacation bench extended Khan's custody by three more days yesterday, on the expiry of the four-day remand.

"We have somehow been able to extract some information from Khan that will help us in further probe of the black money trail and foreign exchange violations," sources said.

Earlier, Khan was arrested by the ED under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and was interrogated at their Nariman point office for two days before being released on bail by a sessions court.

Last week on the basis of Supreme Court orders, the ED was allowed to interrogate Khan for four days and subsequently yesterday for another three days.


Actor Naveen Nischol passes away in Mumbai

Veteran Bollywood actor Naveen Nischol died after a heart attack at Sion in central Mumbai early today, while he was on his way to Pune.

He was 65 years old and is survived by his daughter Natasha and brother Praveen.

According to sources, Nischol was on his way to Pune, when he suffered a massive heart attack at Sion. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he breathed his last.

Nischol had carved a niche for himself in the industry in the 1970s and had a successful run in films and on television in his later career, spanning four decades till 2010.

The first gold medalist from the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Nischol made his debut in Saawan Bhadon with Rekha, which went on to become a box office hit. It was followed by several successful films like Buddha Mil Gaya (1971), Victoria No 203 (1972) and Dhund (1973) in the 1970s.

Being a trained actor, he had no trouble in taking up varied roles and acted in around 100 films, many of them successful like The Burning Train and television series like Rishte Nate.

The handsome and sauve actor is fondly remembered for songs like Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho from Hanste Jakham and Bhali Bhali Se Eak Surat, Bhala Sa Ek Naam from Buddha Mil Gaya.

He later switched from the big screen to television, and had a successful run with Dekh Bhai Dekh. He was last seen on the silver screen in Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006) and Break Ke Baad (2010).


Murali spins Lanka to huge 112 run victory over New Zealand

Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan spun a web of deception, taking four for 25, to pave the way for a huge Sri Lankan victory by 112 runs with 15 overs left after their captain K Sangakkara had earlier cracked a superb century to ensure a competitive total in their last league match of the ICC cricket World Cup Group A, played at the Wankhede stadium here today.

Needing 266 for victory, New Zealand folded up for 153 runs in 35 overs to give the Lankans a thumping victory.

With the qualifiers already settled in Group A, this match made the Lankans sure of a top two finish in the group, while the Kiwis will have to wait a day longer to know where they stand, though they are already in the quarters.

New Zealand began their chase under lights for the first time at the refurbished Wankhede stadium. Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill got them off to a brisk start as they put on 29 runs for the first wicket in 6.2 overs before McCullum was out for a 16-ball 14, inclusive of two boundaries, to all rounder Angelo Mathews.

McCullum was advancing into the steer, then saw it go away and tried to pull away, but the momentum was too far into the shot. It took the edge even as he opened the face and died away to the right of a diving Mahela who took it cleanly, which the replays confirmed after McCullum sought a referral.

The next to go was Guptill, who has been in consistent form this World Cup, caught plumb in front with a Kulasekara in-ducker. Guptill made 13 with the score on 33 for two.

Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor then tried to repair the damage by putting on 49 runs for the third wicket, before the spinners created havoc among the New Zealand batsmen as Ajanta Mendis with one wicket, T Dilshan with one and M Muralitharan with four reduced New Zealand to 129 for eight without much of a fight from the Kiwi batsmen.

Earlier, batting first on winning the toss, captain Kumar Sangakkara along with senior pro Mahela Jayawardene were left to rebuild the innings and the two did it admirably, putting on 145 runs for the third wicket to see their side to a competitive total of 265 for eight.

New Zealand, as is their rule for World Cups, have exceeded expectations so far in this tournament and, with an injury-depleted attack, kept Sri Lanka pinned down.

Tim Southee has had a good World Cup so far and was finding zip and movement off the track early on to trouble Tillakaratne Dilshan.

If Southee was unlucky not to find the edge early on, he was more than compensated when Dilshan scorched back a drive in his direction only for Southee to deflect it onto the stumps at the non-striker's end.

Coming off the back of a century against Zimbabwe, Upal Tharanga was the highest scorer in Group A but was cruelly short of his ground. Southee soon struck again, more conventionally this time to remove Dilshan. Belying his reputation as a top-order dasher, Dilshan was restricted by Southee's nip and Jacob Oram's accuracy.

Eventually, the pressure got the better of Dilshan as he top-edged a pull shot down to Oram at third man. He scored just three runs off 15 balls.

At 19 for 2 it was left to the serene third-wicket pair to ensure Sri Lanka's soft middle order was not exposed too early. With temperatures searing in the afternoon heat, Ross Taylor, captaining the side in place of the injured Vettori, had to rotate his bowlers regularly and both Sangakkara and Jayawardene were content to sit in.

The flowing elegance that both possess, was unfurled only sparingly, with Sangakkara driving the energetic Hamish Bennett through the off side for the best of his six fours. Sangakkara eased towards another fifty and passed 9000 ODI runs, and again looked set to end his wait for an ODI century that stretches back to June 2008.

However, the Lankans had a lucky escape when Nathan McCullum was denied a stunning return catch off Mahela Jayawardene with the score on 100 for two.

In the 24th over, Jayawardene chipped a return catch to McCullum's right and the bowler dived full-length to scoop the ball centimetres from the turf. The batsman, however stood his ground and the on-field umpires, Asad Rauf and Richard Kettleborough, opted to go upstairs. The side-on replay seemed to clearly show McCullum's fingers under the ball but a front-on shot, as it so often does, created doubt. Amiesh Saheba decided in favour of Jayawardene and New Zealand were denied a key wicket.

The Lankans took the batting power play after 36 overs to try and accelerate the scoring, but Southee had his man this time, after bowling the first two deliveries wide down the leg side got one to nip back in from around the off stump which struck Jayawardene on the pads. The umpire raised his finger with the Lankans referring the decision which also saw it going in New Zealand's favour as Jayawardene was dismissed for a 90-ball 66 leaving Lanka on 164 for three. The two put on 145 runs for the third wicket.

Sangakkara then, after completing a well made century, fell for 111 in 128 balls with 12 fours and a six with Lanka on 210 for four after 42 overs.

In a bid to increase the run rate Sangakkara went for a slog sweep of Nathan McCullum, but missed it completely to see his stumps uprooted behind him. The New Zealand bowlers then ran through the Lankan middle and lower-middle order to restrict them to 265 for nine as Angelo Mathews was left stranded on 41 not out.

For the Kiwis Tim Southee with three for 63 and off-spinner Nathan McCullum with two for 48 in his 10 overs were the stand out bowlers.


Hasan Ali Khan surrenders to ED after Supreme Court cancels bail

Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan, accused of evading crores in income tax, surrendered late last night to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here after the Supreme court cancelled his bail yesterday and remanded him to the ED's custody for four days.

Khan was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and earlier lodged in the ED office before the sessions court on March 11 granted him bail.

Khan will be interrogated by ED officials to ascertain, through the allegedly incriminating documents recovered by them, his role in stashing black money in various banks abroad.


2 workers die, 3 injured in fire in Thane chemical factory

Two industrial workers died and three others were seriously hurt in a major fire that broke out in the Gharda Chemicals Company at Manpada in the limits of Dombivli in Thane district of Maharashtra today.

Initial reports reaching the district headquarters said a fire broke out in the Plant No 4, possibly due to an electrical short circuit, which spread to its agro chemical plant. The local safety team tried to extinguish the fire but to no avail.

Six fire tenders rushed to the spot and the fire fighters fought the raging flames for more than three hours, before the fire was doused, police said.

G R Rathod and R V Pardesi, who were working in the plant, died on the spot due to the fire, the reports.

Three others who were also present in the plant at the time - Nilesh Madhvi, Datta Korde and Mahesh Terde - received burn injuries and were being treated in a local hospital, they said.

The fire was now totally under control, the fire brigade said, adding the cause of fire was being probed.


CBI investigation in Adarsh is satisfactory; HC

The Bombay High Court today expressed satisfaction over the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into the Adarsh scam after perusing the progress report submitted by the agency.

A division bench consisting of Justices Ranjana Desai and Rajesh Ketkar after its perusal said that the court is positive that the CBI is investigating on the right track and sufficient time should be given to the agency to conduct further probe, including the missing files case, which is also a serious offence.

The bench was hearing petitions filed in connection with the scam, which included the society's petition seeking for CBI to de-freeze their bank accounts and social activist Simpreet Singh's plea wanting the High Court to supervise the investigation.

While hearing the society's petition, the court asked CBI to consider if some concession can be given regarding the Rs 32 lakh dues of the society in upmarket Colaba area.

The society has been directed to file an affidavit giving a list of their dues by March 25. According to the petition, the society has incurred several expenses up to Rs 32 lakh which has not been payable as the accounts have been seized.

"Investigations have revealed that prime accused K L Gidwani has three flats in the society under 'benami' names. All transactions made by the accused are from the society's accounts. More instances of 'benami' transactions are evident and needs to be proved further," Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambatta, appearing for CBI said.


Chavan to make statement on Thomas issue within two days

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, under fire for his role in the controversial appointment of former Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) P J Thomas, will make a statement in both Houses of the State Legislature on the issue within two days.

An announcement to this effect was made by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshavardhan Patil in both the Houses.

Yesterday, on the second day of the session, the Opposition disrupted proceedings on the issue in both the Houses, demanding Mr Chavan's resignation. The same situation continued after Question Hour.

Speaker Dilip Valse Patil adjourned the House twice and finally he made the announcement, which satisfied the Opposition. Subsequently, the business of the Assembly started.


Central Railway suburban services in Mumbai hit by technical snag

Suburban train services on the main line of the Central Railway (CR) here were disrupted for few hours today following a technical snag developed between Kurla and Vidhyavihar stations.

The CR spokesperson said the train sevices on slow line were affected this afternoon from 1225 hrs to 1410 hrs.

During that time, 16 services were cancelled and six services were short terminated. The services were restored at 1500 hrs, he said, adding, the trains were, however, running 15 to 20 minutes behind schedule.


Additional judges appointed to Bombay High Court

The President has appointed Mr Tanaji Vishwas Nalawade, Mr Madatali Noormohammed Gilani, Mr Madan Trymbak Joshi, Mr Madanlal Laxmandas Tahaliyani, Mr Abhay Mahadeo Thipsay, and Mr Utkarsh Vishvanath Bakre as Additional Judges of the Bombay High Court.

An official press release said here today that the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be for a period of two years with effect from the dates they assume charge of their offices, except Mr Gilani, whose tenure shall be upto January 25,2013 the date of superannuation.


Bagai, Hansra fifties go in vain; NZ thrash Canada by 97 runs

A captain's innings of 84 by Ashish Bagai and another fighting half-century by Jimmy Hansra could not alter the fate of Canada as they went down chasing a huge 359-run target against New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup Group A match at the Wankhede stadium here today.

Though the Canadians gave a good account of themselves, batting out the 50 overs scoring 261 for nine, they could not reach the target given to them and eventually lost the match by 97 runs.

Canada lost early wickets once again, but stubborn knocks from Hiral Patel, Bagai and Hansra at least gave them a good chance of batting out their full quota of overs and reaching a decent total.

Any chance of an assault on New Zealand's 358 quickly dissipated, however, as Canada trundled gently to 106 for 3 halfway through their innings.

Beginning their chase of 359 for victory, early signs were ominous for Canada when Ruvindu Gunasekara slashed at the first ball of Kyle Mills' second over and Ross Taylor timed his leap to perfection at first slip to pluck the ball out of the air one-handed.

Canada had still not reached the boundary when, two overs later, Zubin Surkari hung his bat out limply at another Mills outswinger to offer Taylor his second catch behind the wicket.

Canada were 4 for 2 and sinking fast, but Bagai and Patel wasted no time in launching a spirited fight-back. Their effort was no doubt helped by a premature end to Mills' spell when, one ball after he had dismissed Surkari, he suffered an injury to his left knee and left the field straight away.

Jesse Ryder completed the over and dished up two gifts, short and wide outside off and sliding down leg, that Bagai duly cracked to the boundary.

Patel had looked nervous and strokeless at the start of his innings, but in Bagai's company he was transformed and swiped his first boundary, over midwicket, off Tim Southee. He eased noticeably thereafter, and started playing a few of the shots that, at the age of just 19, he has already become known for at Associate level.

Patel reached the boundary three times in Southee's next over, looking increasingly confident and targeting the off side, and when James Franklin over-stepped, he hooked the resultant free hit over long leg for the first six of the innings.

He added one more imperious thump over the covers in Franklin's next over but was then undone by a well-directed bouncer from Jacob Oram that cramped him for room, a thin edge nestling safely in Brendon McCullum's gloves.

Hansra then joined his captain Bagai and the two continued the good work. Though the asking rate was climbing steadily, putting the match slowly but surely out of the reach of the Canadians, the two at least gave a good account of themselves fighting hard till the last.

Bagai, after adding 125 runs for the fourth wicket with Hansra, was caught behind by Brendon McCullum off Nathan McCullum for 84 in just 87 balls with 10 boundaries inclusive in the knock.

This proved to be the end of the resistance for the spirited Canadians as Oram with three wickets ran through the rest of the Canadian innings leaving Hansra stranded on 70 not out as the North American side ended up on 261 for nine to give the Kiwis a huge victory.

Earlier, having been put into bat by Canada, New Zealanders rode on a century by opener Brendon McCullum (101) and a whirlwind 74 by Ross Taylor as the Kiwis took full toll of a hapless Canadian attack.

Taking full advantage of the foundation laid by McCullum and Taylor, Kane Williamson and Scot Styris plundered 59 runs for the sixth wicket in just 5.5 overs to take New Zealand to a mammoth score of 358 for six in their fifty overs.

Put into bat by Canadian captain Ashish Bagai, it was New Zealand all the way as the batsmen made merry on a pitch that did have some movement early on.

McCullum put on 53 with Martin Guptill and a further 82 for the second wicket with Jesse Ryder, who reached a patient, unbeaten 33. Harvir Baidwan's dismissal of Guptill had given Canada a much-needed lift.

Canada won the toss and chose to bowl first, hoping to take advantage of any early-morning moisture in the pitch. The ball did indeed deviate significantly both through the air and off the grassy surface, and Khurram Chohan appeared slightly surprised by the hoping in-swing he found first up. His first over included three leg-side wides and a huge appeal for lbw that would have missed the leg stump.

Henry Osinde curved the ball in the opposite direction, away from the bat, at slightly increased pace but after a disciplined start he repeatedly offered too much width and McCullum, in particular took a heavy toll. He repeatedly aimed rifling cuts and drives through or over the off side, and had entered the 30s at better than a-run-a-ball when New Zealand's fifty came up in the ninth over.

Canada struck back through some dogged medium pace from Harvir Baidwan and a stellar piece of wicketkeeping from Ashish Bagai, who has greatly enhanced his reputation behind the stumps in the course of this tournament. Baidwan stuck to an off-stump line despite the punishment he received from McCullum, nibbling the ball both ways off the pitch, and had his reward when Guptill prodded forward to a legcutter and Bagai, standing up, whipped his hands across to hold onto a thin edge.

Jesse Ryder (38) gave good company to Brendon McCullum in a second-wicket partnership of 96 runs but was unlucky to hold out against the run of play to give Canada their second wicket.

But McCullum continued to press on and brought up his century to put his team on course for a 300-plus score.

However, the batting powerplay proved to be fatal for a set McCullum, who tried to be innovative in quest of quick runs, which led to his downfall and gave Canada hope of restricting the Kiwis.

In-form Ross Taylor did not let Brendon McCullum's wicket affect New Zealand's chances of a big score as the right-hander took the Canadians to the cleaners in the batting powerplay.

The dangerous Kiwi batsman announced his arrival by taking 28 runs off the 39th over, including four sixes and one four. His breezy knock ended at 74, which he got in just 44 balls, but not before giving momentum for the batsmen to come.

After that, it was the turn of the lower middle order to drive home the advantage which they did by piling on the runs and eventually ending up with 358 for the loss of six wickets.


New Zealand innings:

Marting Guptill c Bagai b Baidwan 17

Brendon McCullum c Gunasekera b Baidwan 101

Jesse Ryder c Osinde b Davison 38

Ross Taylor c Hansra b Rao 74

Nathan McCullum c&b Rao 10

Kane Williamson not out 34

Scott Styris c Davison b Baidwan 36

James Franklin not out 31

Extras: (b 2, lb 3, w 11, nb 2) 18

Total: (in 50 overs) 358 for six

Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-149, 3-185, 4-254, 5-259, 6-318

Bowling: Khurram Chohan 7-0-40-0, Henry Osinde 7-0-52-0, Harvir Baidwan 9.1-0-84-3, Rizwan Cheema 4.5-0-64-0, Balaji Rao 10-0-62-2, John Davison 10-1-30-1.


Ruvindu Gunasekera c Talor b Mills 2

Hiral Patel c McCullum b Oram 31

Zubin Surkari c Taylor b Mills 1

Ashish Bagai c McCullum b McCullum 84

Jimmy Hansra not out 70

Rizwan Cheema c McCullum b Oram 2

John Davison run out 15

Balaji Rao c McCullum b Oram 9

Harvir Baidwan c Franklin b Southee 8

Khurram Chohan c Talor b Ryder 22

Henry Osinde not out 0

Extras: (b 5, lb 2, w 9, nb 1) 17

Total: (in 50 overs) 261 for nine

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-4, 3-50 4-175, 5-179, 6-205, 7-213, 8-222, 9-261

Bowling: Kyle Mills 2.4-1-2-2, Tim Southee 10-1-36-1, Jesse Ryder 1.2-0-15-1, Jacob Oram 10-1-47-3, James Franklin 4-0-31-0, Nathan McCullum 8-0-56-1, Scott Styris 10-0-41-0, Kane Williamson 4-0-26-0


Rotary Club, IndusInd Bank donate solar heating arrangements to Nana Palkar Smruti Samiti

The Rotary Club of Bombay SeaCoast an the private sector IndusInd Bank have jointly donated solar heating arrangements to Rugna Seva Sadan of Nana Palkar Smruti Samiti, a trust located in Parel, Mumbai.

The inauguration of the solar panels was done by Dr. Jayant Kulkarni, Rotary District Governor, a press release issued by the two organisations said.

Nana Palkar Smruti Samiti has been providing support and relief to poor patients in the city for the last 40 years.

The Samithi’s Rugna Seva Sadan provides free residential accomodation for 76 patients, with up to two escorts for each patient, thus having a capacity to house more than 200 inmates.

Patients visting Mumbai for medical treatment are accomodated at the Rugna Seva Sadan for one month free of cost and are extended help to sort out their problems, thus creating a "home away from home" for these patients.

The heating arrangement will help the patient care facility to warm 2000 litres of water per day and save energy of 76000 kcal per day, the release added.


Radhika Tanwar murder case: Suspect arrested from Mumbai

The Delhi Police today said they had arrested the main suspect in the Radhika Tanwar murder case from Mumbai, four days after the crime had rocked the capital.

A special team of Delhi police officials arrested Vijay alias Ram Singh (25) from Mumbai, official sources said.

The team went to Mumbai after getting a tip-off from Vijay’s two aides Ashraf and Tabrez, who were arrested from Sitapur district in Uttar Pradesh yesterday. The two detainess had allegedly aided Singh in escaping after he allegedly gunned down the second-year-student of Ramlal Anand college on March 8.

They told the police that after Singh was bashed up by her family and friends for misbehaving with her, "he had nurtured a deep grudge against the 22-year-old Radhika and used to tell his friends that whenever he gets an opportunity, he will take revenge."

It was also found that Singh has a "psychopathic streak" and is learnt to have been involved in stalking women in his village Sitapur which is around 450 km from the national capital.

"He returned to the capital at least 45 days ago and had followed Radhika at least twice allegedly with an intention to kill her," officials said.

According to sources, Singh had gone to his friend's place in Rohini and told them he was involved in a scuffle. He stayed at their place on March 8 and next day left for another friend's place in Gurgaon.

"He and his two friends planned to go to Gurgaon after seeing the extensive media coverage. The friends also got a whiff of what was happening. However, the friend in Gurgaon refused to help as he was scared. The two friends then took him to Gurgaon railway station where they got separated from Vijay," the sources said.


Pune businessman Hassan Ali Khan gets bail in tax evasion case

In a setback for the Enforcement Directorate, Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, granted bail on a surety of Rs 75,000 by a Sessions Court here today.

Principal Sessions Judge M L Tahaliyani, who had extended Khan's remand for two days, finally ordered his release on bail this afternoon.

The Judge said the ED had not presented enough evidence to back claims that Khan, who is charged with stashing $ 8 billion abroad, was linked to money laundering.

Khan was arrested late Monday night and lodged in the ED's Nariman point office since then.

Yesterday, ED replaced its public prosecutor Niti Pande with Rajiv Awasti, who was rushed here from New Delhi. Judge Tahaliyani had pulled up Pande for her inability to prove that the Pune-based businessman had earned black money using the fake passport.

The court ordered that Khan could not leave India and gave the ED one week's time to challenge its order.

Judge Tahaliyani also ordered that Khan cannot leave Mumbai for next five days. Moreover, Khan can be called by the ED officials for further interrogation in the next five days anytime between 1100 and 1700 hrs, the Judge said.


Cricket: New Zealand's Vettori to miss Canada match due to injury

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori will miss his side's World Cup Group A tie against minnows Canada at the Wankhede Stadium here on March 13 because of a knee injury.

He, however, is hoping to be fit for the last league game against Sri Lanka at the same venue on March 18.\

The bespectacled Kiwi skipper and team's key left-arm spin bowler hurt his right knee during the team's previous game against Pakistan on March 8 at Pallekele, Sri Lanka.

"At the moment Dan's staying with us. I think he is probably going to miss the next game. But he is staying with us for the rest of the tournament which is good for us," Kiwi opener Marin Guptill said.

Guptill said the team would take a call on Vettori's replacement tomorrow. "Not too sure what they are going to do. We haven't had a selection meeting yet. The decision will be taken tomorrow," he said.

New Zealand team media manager Ellery Tappin said Vettori had got a strain in a ligament in his right knee.

"It's not a tear or something significant. He is targetting the Sri Lankan game."


Scotland Yard team in Mumbai for talks to strengthen ties

A five-member team from Scotland Yard arrived in the city on a two-day visit to interact with high-ranking government officials and top police personnel in Mumbai and New Delhi.

The visit is part of efforts to improve bilateral ties between India and the United Kingdom.

The Scotland Yard (West Midlands Police) team would also endeavour to strengthen ties between police forces of the two countries, their Adviser Vishesh Agarwal told UNI here.

The team, would proceed to New Delhi tomorrow, he said.

In the metropolis, the team is scheduled to meet the state additional chief home secretary, city police commissioner and the state director-general of police.

The team comprises Mr R Kumar, Mr K Paul, Mr Mick Gillick, Mr H Singh and Mr Agarwal.


Kolkata-based associate of Hasan Ali Khan grilled in Mumbai

Kolkata-based businessman Kashinath Tapuria, said to be a close associate of Pune-based Hasan Ali Khan, who has been accused of evading taxes worth crores of rupees, was questioned by officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here today.

Tapuria, chairman of RM Investment and Trading Company, arrived from Kolkata yesterday and was subsequently questioned by a team of ED officials away from the glare of mediapersons, ED sources said today.

Tapuria's office and residence were raided by ED earlier this week in connection with his financial association with Khan.

The questioning was done at the Ballard Estate office of the agency for about two hours. He was quizzed on his links with Khan and his role in the alleged transfer of money to a Swiss Bank, the sources said.

He was questioned on documents recovered from Khan's residence in Pune on his company's investment in hospitality property, they added.


Hasan Ali Khan further remanded to one day ED custody

File photo of Pune businessman Hasan Ali Khan, who has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in Mumbai under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act on March 7, 2011. UNI PHOTO
File photo of Pune businessman Hasan Ali Khan, who has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in Mumbai under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act on March 7, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan was today further remanded by a sessions court to one day custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which had booked him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

Principal Sessions Judge M L Tahaliyani said the court would tomorrow decide on the ED's plea for Khan's custodial interrogation.

Khan will continue to be lodged in the ED's office at Nariman Point and will be produced in court at 1100 hrs tomorrow.

The ED had told the court yesterday that Khan had admitted to a fund transfer of $ 700,000 from his Swiss bank account to the United Kingdom.

The court had also pulled up Niti Ponde, counsel for the prosecution, saying that the ED had not done its homework and it could not be convinced that a case could be made out under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Khan is charged with violating foreign exchange laws and tax evasion. He was arrested by ED officials late on Monday night.


60 new Volvo buses to be introduced on Mumbai-Pune route

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will add 60 new Volvo air-conditioned buses to its fleet by June 15 to cope with the heavy summer rush.

The buses will ply on the Dadar-Pune, Borivali-Pune and Thane-Pune routes as more than 8,000 people travel daily on these routes. The tickets will be priced at Rs 280 per person.

MSRTC sources said 250 other services were operational daily on the Mumbai-Pune route.

Demand for AC Buses has also increased between Pune and Nashik and Aurangabad-Pune routes, the sources said.

The MSRTC is also planning to introduce services on 15 new routes this April.


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