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Customers going to the beer bar need to be careful. The cashiers and the waiters there are cloning the credit or debit cards of the customers and clearing the money from their bank accounts. One such case has been exposed by the Malad Police. Two waiters, including one cashier, from three beer bars of Borivali including Malad in Mumbai suburb have been arrested. From these, three cloning machine laptops and five buckled ATM cards, along with the PIN numbers of the customers’ ATM cards were recovered. Malad Police has registered a 66 (a) (e) case against the accused in addition to Section 419,420.

A person named Rakesh Vishwakarma, who lives in Malad Chincholi Bandar, lodged a complaint with the Malad Police Station that despite having an ATM card, someone had withdrawn Rs 1 lakh from his account. After inquiring from the complainant, the officer of the cyber cell of Malad Police Station, the matter was investigated, besides the petrol pump of Boribali, the beer bar where he used his ATM card. At the same time, 24-year-old Dharmendra Kumar Singh, who worked as a cashier in the Jashn bar of Borivali East, found a cloning machine installed in an ATM swap machine from him, said Dhananjay Legade Senior Police Inspector of Malad Police Station.

Further, he said that after strict questioning and more investigation, another similar cloning machine was found with him. Accused Dharmendra Singh said to Police that in this work, a waiter working in the early Sur Sangeet bar of Borivali also uses this machine. After the arrest, both of them also revealed the name of one of their partners living in Malad, from whom five blank debit cards, along with a laptop, paper slips of the PIN numbers of the customers’ ATM cards have been recovered. During the investigation, the police got information that the complainant’s Rs 1 lakh was withdrawn from Bihar’s ATM five times. Cops are collecting more information from these people.

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Adhir Ranjan’s statement unfortunate, believe in civilised political dialogue, says Congress veteran Anand Sharma

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): Calling West Bengal Pradesh Congress Commitee President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s criticism of his ‘concerns’ as ‘unfortunate’, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Tuesday said he believes in a civilised political dialogue even if there are differences or ideological issues.
Sharma had earlier tweeted his concerns about Congress’ alliance with Indian Secular Front (ISF), a Muslim outfit headed by the cleric of a local shrine, in West Bengal and said “alliance with ISF and other such parties is against the ideology of Congress and should have been discussed at Congress Working Ccommitee (CWC)”, to which Chowdhury said, “We are in charge of a state and don’t take any decision on our own without any permission.”
“What I said is expression of my concerns. Not only am I firmly committed to the Congress’ ideology, which is inclusive, democratic and secular, but I’m also one of the historian and ideologue of the Congress party. It has to be taken in that context. There is no politics in this. I have said something and it is for others to take the note,” Sharma told ANI.
“It’s unfortunate statement, I believe in civilised political dialogue and discourse. Even if there are differences and ideological issues, those differences can not be personal. I have noted what Adhir babu said but I can’t become personal,” he added.
When asked about his ‘rebellion’ with other G-23 members (or the group of 23 dissenting leaders, who had questioned the party’s functioning in a letter to interim president Sonia Gandhi), Sharma said there is no rebellion.
“Who are we rebelling against? We believe in leadership of Sonia Gandhi. We have never said a word against the party leadership…Yes, we have our concerns from last the two general elections and it’s a fact. What we are saying have to be understood in the right context. We said openly that we want to strengthen the party and we are united Congress. We don’t want anything that can weaken the party,” Sharma said.
He added that Congress always had a positive democratic exercise of internal discussion and debates.
“Hopefully party will come out of this phase and we will see strong revival. That is what we will work for. We wish the Congress candidate the best in the forthcoming Assembly elections and wherever we are asked to go and campaign, we will do so as Congressmen, as we have done in the past,” he said.
Commenting on BJP’s allegation of Congress losing its secular status and depending on communal alliances for survival, Sharma said, “BJP also have alliances. It is infamous for its polarising agenda and divisive politics. BJP does not have the right credentials and qualifications to make such charges.” (ANI)

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Auto drivers bear brunt of hike in CNG prices in Delhi-NCR

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): The Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), the firm that retails CNG to automobiles and piped natural gas to household kitchens, on Tuesday, increased prices of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) in Delhi and the NCR, leaving auto drivers in the lurch.
The price of CNG has been increased by 70 paise per kilogram and PNG by 91 paise. The new rates have come into effect from Tuesday morning. In Delhi, the price of CNG has now gone up to Rs 43.40 per kg. At the same time, CNG will be available at the rate of 49.08 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida, and Ghaziabad.
The increase in the CNG and PNG prices in Delhi-NCR has put the auto and taxi drivers in trouble due to a continuous hike in the prices. They say their survival is getting tougher amidst such inflation.
Noida-based auto driver Manoj Ojha, speaking to ANI, said, “Prices of everything are going up. Whether it is petrol, diesel, LPG, or PNG. The price of CNG has been increasing continuously since the COVID-19 lockdown. It is getting very difficult for us to survive.”
Atul Kumar, another auto driver from Noida, said there is no work, people are paying less fare too. The problem of unemployment is worsening. The way prices are increasing, it is becoming very difficult for us to bear the cost of a CNG auto.
“Increasing the rate of CNG will cause several difficulties for us. It is getting tougher for us to bear the auto’s expenses. Where the CNG tank used to get filled in Rs 100 is now taking Rs 120. Also, because of the farmers who are sitting on the border right now, we have to cover several kilometres for a Rs 10 ride,” said Sameer, a Ghazipur auto driver.
A Delhi-based cab driver Atul Kumar, who drives his cab in Delhi-NCR, said, “The expenses have exceeded the earnings. Only we know how we are managing. The inflation is increasing. What can we do?”
Meanwhile, Youth Congress workers staged a protest outside the petroleum ministry over rising prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas.

Hundreds of Indian Youth Congress activists assembled outside the petroleum ministry office with placards in their hands and raised slogans against the central government. The police, meanwhile, arrested a few of the protesters to control the situation.

The prices of petrol and diesel have increased sharply over the past few days, with that of petrol touching the 100-rupee mark in some of the cities. Opposition parties have held protests in different parts of the country over the rising prices of fuel.

On February 25, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that she will not be able to answer when the prices of petrol and diesel will be reduced.

However, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan has said that price of fuel will decrease once the winter season ends. (ANI)

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Assam polls: Priyanka Gandhi ‘guarantees’ financial sops for women, free electricity, 5 lakh jobs

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Sonitpur (Assam) [India], March 2 (ANI): Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday announced five poll guarantees for the people of Assam if her party is voted to power in the state.
A law that nullifies the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), creation of five lakh government jobs, a hike in the daily wage of tea workers to Rs 365, free electricity up to 200 units per household and Rs 2,000 monthly income support to all housewives are among the guarantees that Priyanka Gandhi announced
The Congress general secretary said that “these are not promises but guarantees.”
Addressing a rally in Tezpur in the state she said: “We will provide Rs 2,000 per month to all the housewives as ‘grihini samman’. The woman working in tea gardens will be provided Rs 365 per day. We’ll create 5 lakhs new govt jobs. These are not promises but guarantees.”
The Congress leader further announced that when her party is voted to power in the state, a law shall be enacted that will ensure that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is not implemented in Assam.
“When our party comes into power, a law will be enacted to ensure that CAA is not implemented here. 200 units of electricity will be given free of cost every month,” said Priyanka Gandhi.
Earlier today, the Congress general secretary, who is on a two-day visit to the poll-bound state spent some time with tea estate workers at Sadhuru tea garden in Biswanath district.
Dressed in a saree and balancing a basket on her back, the 49-year-old was seen plucking tea leaves.
“The life of tea garden workers is full of truth and simplicity and their labour is valuable for the country. After sitting with them today, I understood their work, felt well being of their families and the difficulties of their life,” Gandhi tweeted along with pictures of herself interacting with the tea workers.
Assam assembly elections will be held in three phases. In the first phase, 47 seats in 12 districts will go to the polls on March 27. In the second phase, 39 constituencies in 13 districts will go to the polls on April 1 while 40 assembly constituencies in 12 districts to go on polls on April 6.
The counting of votes will take place on May 2. (ANI)

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Goa Governor administer oath to State Chief Information Commissioner

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Panaji (Goa) [India], March 2 (ANI): Goa governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath of office to Vishwas Ramnath Satarkar as State Chief Information Commissioner (SCIC) and Sanjay Narayan Dhavalik as State Information Commissioner (SIC) on Tuesday.
According to the state government, Koshyari administered the oath of office to SCIC and SIC in the presence of Chief Minster Pramod Sawant.
According to a statement issued by the state government, Director of Information and Publicity Sudhir Kerkar read out the order of appointment of SCIC and SIC.
State Chief Secretary Parimal Rai, Secretary of Information and Publicity Mihir Vardhan and other officials were also present at the oath-taking ceremony.
The SCIC and SIC will hold office for a period of three years. (ANI)

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J-K Crime Branch arrests 3 in Delhi for online lottery scam

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Srinagar (Kashmir) [India], March 2 (ANI): The Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday arrested three people in New Delhi in connection with an online lottery scam.
The three people, who have been arrested, include Santosh Kumar Bhagat of Gaushala, Kishangarh Vasant Kunj, Lakhan Lal Ahirvar of Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj and Benedict Silvester alias Manav Tyagi of Chattarpur Extension in the national capital.
The trio have been arrested in connection with the case registered in 2019 under section 420 RPC and 66-D IT and got their transit remand, according to the Crime Branch, Jammu and Kashmir Police.
The case was registered at Crime Branch Kashmir upon the reception of a written complaint from a complainant named Alia. The complainant received a phone call from an unknown number, informing him about a prize of Rs seven lakh rupees that he had won in a contest.
In order to claim the prize money, he was asked to deposit some money after which the complainant deposited an amount of Rs 1,38,000 in the bank account maintained by the name of Non-Stop Deal, operated by one Santosh Kumar Bhagat.
Further investigation in the case is on confirmed Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police. (ANI)

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IFFCO to not increase rates of DAP, NPK, NPS fertilisers

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New Delhi [India], March 2 (ANI): Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO), world’s biggest processed fertiliser cooperative, on Tuesday said it will not increase the maximum retail price of its DAP, NPK and NPS fertilisers.
“We, at IFFCO, reiterate that the per bag prices of DAP, NPK (10:26:26) , NPK (12:32:16), and NPS fertilisers are Rs 1200, Rs 1175, Rs 1185, and Rs 925 respectively. We are always committed to serve the farmers and aim to reduce agricultural input cost to farmers,” an official statement by IFFCO said.
“In the last Rabi season also, IFFCO did not increased the prices for the complex fertilisers. This is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan of doubling the farmers income by 2022,” it added.
IFFCO also added that although there is a huge spike in the cost of raw materials in the international market, IFFCO’s commitment for farmers’ service will remain intact.
IFFCO has five manufacturing plants in India and is the largest and leading fertiliser player of country. It contributes to around 32.1 per cent of Phosphatic and 21.3 per cent of Nitrogenous fertilisers produced in India. (ANI)

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