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Chit fund scam chief Sudipta Sen arrested in Kashmir
Report dated 24/04/2013 @ 2:17 PM
West Bengal businessman Sudipta Sen whose chit fund business went bust and was on the run, has been arrested from a hotel in Sonmarg Kashmir. Also in police custody with him are his associates Debjani Mukhopadhyay and Arvind Singh Chauhan.
Sen took to the road after the Mamata Banerjee government ordered his arrest and his Saradha group offices across West Bengal began to shut down as many of its cheques bounced, and the company collapsed leaving lakhs of fund collection and depositors helpless.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) also barred Saradha Realty from the securities market ordering it to wind up all its existing investment schemes and refund investors within three months.
In the usual political bantering Banerjee said she knew nothing about Saradha's shady deals, while the opposition alleged that her Trinamool Congress had close links with Sudipta Sen. Mamata also blamed the Centre and the Left government that preceded her for the scam.
Ms Mukhopadhyay worked in Saradha's travel company as a secretary and her rise in the company was meteoric. Little is known about her relationship with Sen though suggestions that there was more to it than was evident, abound.
Delhi film festival to show censored kisses for first time
Report dated 24/04/2013 @ 2:11 PM
A new film festival, the"Cut-Uncut" festival in Delhi will for the first time feature unedited versions of films that were removed by the powerful Indian censor board, including never before seen on-screen kisses.
An official said "Cut-Uncut" is being organised by the ministry of information and broadcasting to air its more open-minded approach. They want to be more liberal and stop enforcing old rules, and instead recognise artistic endeavour. They also want to have a fresh approach and change the old set of censor laws soon.
The festival opened with the 1933 classic 'Karma' starring Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani, whose onscreen kiss was considered the first in a Bollywood film and was deleted at the time.
India's censorship laws were first drafted in 1952 and later amended in 1983. The Indian censor board continues to vet movies before their release.
Anti-rape law Judge JS Verma has died
Report dated 24/04/2013 @ 2:10 PM
Former chief justice JS Verma has died of liver failure and abdominal problems in Gurgaon, Delhi. He was 80.
He was known as India's anti rape law judge and recently headed a government appointed panel to recommend legal reform and other ways to reduce sexual violence after the Delhi fatal gang rape in December. His 3-member panel to ramp up anti-rape laws received 80,000 recommendations, held wide consultations and referred to laws and research from around the world. Its report paved the way for India's new anti rape laws containing harsher punishment for rapists.
Former judge Mukul Mudgal called him a colossus among judges who set very high standards of integrity.
Mr Verma was India's 27th chief justice and served from 1997 to 1998. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Home Minister says rapes happen across India, not just Delhi !
Report dated 23/04/2013 @ 4:51 PM
Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde made what was seen as a rather insensitive when he said incidents of rape happen not only in Delhi but all across the country. The reference was to the rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi and the rape of a four-year-old girl in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh.
The comment was seen as an obvious attempt to counter the oppositions using the rape incident for political mileage ahead of assembly polls due later this year when both Delhi and Madhya Pradesh go to the polls in November.
More trouble for Sanjay Dutt
Report dated 23/04/2013 @ 4:51 PM
A Mumbai court has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against actor Sanjay Dutt.
The warrant was issued after Sanjay Dutt failed to appear in an Andheri court in connection with the criminal case filed by producer Shakeel Noorani, who also alleged that Sanjay had threatened him. The two have been in a long-standing dispute over the alleged losses Shakeel Noorani suffered after Dutt decided to leave Noorani's film before it was completed.
The arrest warrant adds to the trouble of the actor who was recently sentenced to five years in jail by the Supreme Court for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, and is out on bail.