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ED files prosecution complaint against Bhupinder Singh Hooda under PMLA

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New Delhi [India], February 16 (ANI): Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a prosecution complaint in the Panchkula Industrial Plot Allotment scam against 22 accused including the then Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
ED has filed a prosecution complaint under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) in the Panchkula Industrial Plot Allotment Scam against 22 accused.
According to ED, the case involves the allocation of 14 industrial plots worth Rs 30.34 crore allegedly to the acquaintances of the then Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the year 2013.
“ED initiated an investigation on the basis of FIR No. 09 dated December 19, 2015, of State Vigilance Bureau, Haryana. The said FIR was transferred to CBI and subsequently FIR No. RC AC1 2016 A 0002 Dated 19/05/2016 under section 120-B, 201, 204, 409, 420, 467, 468, 471 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 and section 13 of the PC Act, 1988 for alleged illegal allotment of 14 industrial plots in Phase – 1 and 2 of Panchkula, Haryana was registered by CBI/AC-1, New Delhi,” the official release reads.
“Apart from Bhupinder Singh Hooda, 4 retired IAS officers namely, Dharam Pal Singh Nagal (the then Chief Administrator, HUDA), Surjit Singh (the then Administrator, HUDA), Sh. Subhash Chandra Kansal (the then Chief Controller of Finance, HUDA), Narinder Kumar Solanki (the then Zonal Administrator, Faridabad Zone, HUDA) and other HUDA official Bharat Bhushan Taneja (the then Superintendent, HUDA) and all the 14 allottees and beneficiaries of the Industrial Plots Allocation case have been involved in the commission of the offence of Money Laundering. The prosecution complaint against above mentioned accused has been filed under the provisions of PMLA, 2002 before the Hon’ble Special Court, PMLA, 2002 at Panchkula,” it said.
According to the ED, the price fixed for the subject allotment was kept 4-5 times below circle rate and 7-8 times market rate, it said.
All 14 industrial plots stand attached as per the provisions of PMLA, 2002 by Enforcement Directorate in August 2019 and the attachment was confirmed by the PMLA Adjudicating Authority in February 2020.
Further investigation is in progress. (ANI)

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All political parties including Congress are restricted to just dynasty politics: Nadda

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Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 28 (ANI): Bharatiya Janta Party national president Jagat Prakash Nadda on Sunday said all political parties, including Congress, are restricted to just dynasty politics and it is only the BJP wherein party has become a family.
Nadda, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the newly-built party regional office in Varanasi.
“Whoever has got the opportunity to be part of the BJP, they are fortunate. All national parties have become regional parties. All political parties, including Congress, are restricted to just dynasty politics. It’s only BJP wherein party has become a family,” Nadda said.
“I have been fortunate to come to the land of Kashi and inaugurate the new regional office of the party. The office has been equipped with all the facilities of a digitalised world. But this is just hardware, our party workers are the software. Our workers will use this to provide vision and values to our society,” he added.
The BJP national president also virtually inaugurated the new regional party office at Prayagraj.
“We must have party offices in every district of the country if we want our organisation to expand. There was a time when the party was functioning from a two-room office, and today we have come to power with such a mandate,” he added.
“In 2014, we had a target to build 700 party offices across the country. And today, I am happy that we have 400 offices across the country. Including Kashi and Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh has 53 offices in total. I have been told that till October we will manage to fulfill our target of 80 party offices in the UP,” he further added.
Adityanath, who also addressed the gathering. at the event said: “The BJP, under the presidentship of JP Nadda ji, has presented an ideal to all the political parties of the world. Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji once said that politics without principles is a death trap. We have never compromised with our values and principles,” Adityanath said. (ANI)

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Kerala logs 3,254 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths in last 24 hours

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Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], February 28 (ANI): Kerala recorded 3,254 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative count of cases in the state to 10,59,403, informed the health department on Sunday.
With 15 deaths registered on Saturday, the death toll in the state reached 4,197.
At present, the state has a total of 49,420 active cases.
As many as 4,333 recoveries were recorded, taking the total count of recoveries in the state to 10,05,497.
According to the health department, 62,769 samples were tested during the last 24-hours. Currently, there are 367 hotspots in Kerala. (ANI)

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Congress-DMK corrupt, follow politics of divide and rule: Shah

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Vizhuppuram (Tamil Nadu) [India], February 28 (ANI): Stating that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) think about the welfare of the poor, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday attacked the Congress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) saying these parties are “corrupt” and follow politics of “divide and rule”.
“On one side, there’s AIADMK and NDA thinking about the welfare of the poor while DMK and Congress on the other end are corrupt and follow politics of divide and rule. Sonia ji is worried about making Rahul baba PM and Stalin is concerned about making Udhayanidhi the CM,” said Shah while addressing a Vijay Sankalp rally in Villupuram of the poll-bound Tamil Nadu.
Further attacking Congress and the DMK, the Home Minister said that scams to the tune of Rs 12 lakh crores took place during the regime of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
“Congress was involved in a scam of Rs 12 lakh cr and DMK was in alliance with it at the time. All three — 2G, 3G, and 4G are present in Tamil Nadu. 2G means 2 generations of Maran family, 3G means 3 generations of Karunanidhi’s family and 4G means 4 generations of Gandhi family,” added Shah.
Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on May 2.
The term of the fifteenth legislative assembly in Tamil Nadu is ending on May 2, 2021.
As many as 6,28,23,749 electors will choose candidates for the sixteenth legislative assembly in Tamil Nadu. (ANI)

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Third phase of COVID-19 vaccination in Delhi to begin tomorrow

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New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): The third phase of COVID-19 vaccination will begin in Delhi on March 1 for those who are above 60 years of age, and those with co-morbidities who are in the age group of 45-59 years, informed the Delhi Health Department.
According to the Delhi Health Department, the vaccination will be done in 192 hospitals in the national capital, including 136 private hospitals and 56 government hospitals. Vaccination will be done six days a week in these centers.
Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 for a dose.
“Appointment for vaccination can be booked online prior registration and appointment based on available slots on COWIN portal,” the health department said.
The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive began on January 16.
1,43,01,266 healthcare and front line workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 till now, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.
Delhi reported 197 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative count of cases in Delhi to 6,39,289.
According to the Delhi government, the total number of recoveries in the national capital rose to 6,27,044 with 168 new recoveries in the last 24 hours.
Witnessing one new fatality in the last 24 hours, Delhi’s COVID-19 death toll reached 10,910.
At present, Delhi has a total of 1,335 active cases. (ANI)

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No new deaths in Andhra Pradesh in last 24 hrs

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Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], February 28 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh reported 117 fresh COVID-19 cases, and 66 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.
The state has not reported any death due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The death toll stands at 7,169. At present, a total of 718 cases are active in the state.
Andhra Pradesh has a cumulative count of 8,89,916 positive cases, including 8,82,029 recoveries and 7,169 deaths.
As many as 16,752 new COVID-19 cases and 113 deaths were reported in India during the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Sunday.
With this, the total coronavirus caseload in the country has gone up to 1,10,96,731, including 1,64,511 active cases, 1,07,75,169 discharges, along with 1,57,051 deaths. (ANI)

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Huge crowd at first joint rally of Left-Cong-ISF in Kolkata, no consensus yet over seat-sharing

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], February 28 (ANI): The first joint rally of the Left-Congress-Indian Secular Front (ISF) at Brigade parade ground here on Sunday witnessed the attendance of lakhs of people. However, the stalemate between Congress and Furfura Sharif’s ISF continued at the rally.
ISF chief Abbas Siddiqui applauded the Left Front for accepting his party’s demand for crucial 30 seats including Nandigram. He also made it clear that the ISF will support the Left front.
Addressing the public at the rally, Siddiqui said, “The Left accepted our demand regarding seat-sharing and thus we should be together. Everybody is in trouble under Mamata Raj. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its proxy team Trinamool Congress (TMC) should understand the importance of common people. Bengal’s people should remember that there is nothing to fear as administrative power is with Election Commission.”
Indirectly referring to Congress, Siddiqui said, “Our door is open, if anybody wants to come, they can.”
Siddiqui’s remark comes in the backdrop of the disagreement over seat-sharing between Congress and ISF ahead of the West Bengal Assembly polls.
Asked about the issue of ISF in the alliance, Congress West Bengal in-charge Jitin Prasada told ANI, “We are working on it.”
“As you can see the response is tremendous and very soon our candidates will be on the ground. It is a twin challenge of BJP and TMC which will be crushed by the momentum,” he said.
Top leaders from Congress and Left Parties have been present at the rally.
Left Front Chairman Biman Bose welcomed all leaders saying ISF, Congress, and the Left parties are together. “From today onwards, three parties will be together and would fight against BJP and TMC,” he said.
Addressing the public, senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “The election will not be a fight between TMC and BJP but between them and us (the joint alliance). We have to fight for secularism.”
Hitting out at the Centre for the fuel price hike and unemployment, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury said, “A stadium has been built in his name and here the youth is suffering.”
He further called for togetherness saying, “Together Bengal have to saved and India in later days.”
D Raja, general secretary of the Communist Party of India said, “This rally is huge. This is a demonstration by the people of Bengal. This rally is to save the country and defeat BJP and TMC. People of Bengal always play a historic role in shaping the political scenario of India.”
The elections for the 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal will begin on March 27. The state is going to witness eight-phase Assembly polls this year.
West Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance, and BJP in the fray. (ANI)

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