LeT commander who masterminded Amarnath attack killed in Jammu and Kashmir
LeT commander who masterminded Amarnath attack killed in JK Abu Ismail, the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander who masterminded the deadly attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims in July, was killed by security forces yesterday along with another Pakistani terrorist, police said. The two were gunned down after a brief encounter that saw the duo running for their lives. “On specific information, a joint operation was launched in Aribagh in Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar city. It was around 4:15 pm that a contact was established with the two hiding terrorists in a house there.
Karti refuses to appear before CBI in Aircel Maxis case
Karti Chidambaram has refused to appear before the CBI in the Aircel Maxis case saying a special court had discharged all the accused and terminated proceedings in the matter, a claim strongly contradicted by the CBI which said that the investigation was still on. The agency had called Karti for questioning in connection with the foreign investment clearance given in 2006 in the Aircel Maxis deal when his father P Chidambaram was the Finance Minister. Karti, through his lawyer, has refused to appear before the agency saying a special court had discharged “all the accused” in the matter. “All proceedings connected with the said (case)… were also terminated,” the response said.
End of road for 10-yr-old diesel cars; NGT refuses to lift ban
A decade old diesel vehicles will now have to go off the roads with the National Green Tribunal yesterday declining to lift its ban on them in Delhi-NCR, noting that emissions from diesel vehicles were carcinogenic. The green panel said the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has failed to prove that the use of 10 year old vehicles will not be harmful to the health of people. It also said that a report of the pollution monitoring body has declared that one new diesel car is equivalent to 24 petrol and 84 new CNG cars on road. Refusing to recall its order directing deregistration of old diesel vehicles, the green tribunal said the Ministry’s plea seeking modification of the NGT direction was not maintainable and liable to be rejected at the threshold.
Modi, Abe launch India’s first bullet train project
The countdown to India’s first bullet train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launching the Rs 1.10 lakh crore project. Modi described the ambitious project, which is expected to be completed by 2022 and will cut travel time between the two cities from seven hours to less than three, as a “big gift from Japan to India”. Addressing crowds gathered at the Athletics Stadium in Sabarmati for the event, Abe said the Indo-Japan partnership was special, strategic and global. “A strong India is in Japan’s interest and a strong Japan is in India’s interest,” Abe said after the two leaders pressed a button, unveiling a plaque.
FPI inflows: India’s forex reserves all set to hit whopping $400 bn mark; here is how long it took and why
India’s foreign exchange reserves have climbed tantalisingly close to the $400-billion mark — to be precise, the reserves stood at $398.123 billion on September 1 — on the back of strong foreign portfolio investments into the Indian market, especially the debt segment. The reserves are hitting the psychological threshold also because benign current account deficits over the last few quarters had allowed RBI to use less of the reserves to finance it.
To be sure, the latest $100 billion addition to the reserves has taken close to 10s years. The $300 billion mark was reached in February 2008, while the previous $100 billion was accumulated in a span of just eleven months.
Amrapali homebuyers send big message to Yogi Adityanath government, here is what they are pleading for
Home buyers of Amrapali have urged the Uttar Pradesh government to not involve the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) in the development of incomplete projects. The home buyers have also sought written assurances from developers for the roadmap to complete the projects. “Even after so many cases of defaulter builders, CREDAI has not taken any action in favour of home buyers,” Rahul Kumar, who has bought a flat in the Amrapali Dream Valley project, said.