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Court convicts RSPL, three officials in coal block scam caseLabourers unload coal with the help of a crane at a coal field. AFP file photo

Court convicts RSPL, three officials in coal block scam case

26 Jul 2016 | 12:05 PM

NEW DELHI: A special court on Tuesday convicted Rathi Steel and Power Ltd (RSPL) and its three officials in a case pertaining to irregularities in allocation of Kesla North coal block in Chhattisgarh to the firm.

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New Delhi, July 26

A special court on Tuesday convicted Rathi Steel and Power Ltd (RSPL) and its three officials in a case pertaining to irregularities in allocation of Kesla North coal block in Chhattisgarh to the firm.

Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar held the firm and its officials—Managing Director Pradeep Rathi, Chief Executive Officer Udit Rathi and AGM Kushal Aggarwal—guilty of offences, including cheating (Section 420) and criminal conspiracy (Section 120-B) of the IPC.

“I am holding you all guilty,” the judge said and ordered that the convicts be taken into custody. The court has put up the matter for hearing on arguments on sentence for later in the day.

The court had earlier framed charges against RSPL and its three officials for the alleged offence of criminal conspiracy read with cheating under the IPC, observing that they had conspired and furnished wrong information to get coal block and misappropriated nationalised natural resources.

The three accused were earlier granted bail after they had appeared in court pursuant to summons.

CBI had charge sheeted RSPL and Udit Rathi as accused for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy and cheating.

All the accused had denied the charges against them. — PTI

Anti-terror squad identifies 270 URLs showing IS activities

Anti-terror squad identifies 270 URLs showing IS activities

26 Jul 2016 | 1:49 PM

MUMBAI: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra Police has stumbled upon 270 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), commonly known as web addresses, that deal with terror group Islamic State’s doctrine.

Animal behaviour guides Assam villagers out of flood danger

Animal behaviour guides Assam villagers out of flood danger

26 Jul 2016 | 11:13 AM

KOLKATA: In the absence of any early flood warning system, villagers in Assam are banking on abnormal animal behaviour to predict and survive sudden inundation of their houses, say researchers.

No U’khand NEET ‘leak’, assures CBSE

No U’khand NEET ‘leak’, assures CBSE

26 Jul 2016 | 11:45 AM

NEW DELHI:The Central Board of Secondary Education today allayed fears of a paper leak involving the all-India pre-medical test, saying the second edition of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for undergraduate medical and dental admissions (NEET-UG-II) conducted yesterday was free from malpractices.

SC allows rape victim to abort abnormal foetus

SC allows rape victim to abort abnormal foetus

26 Jul 2016 | 1:35 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday let a pregnant rape victim go for abortion as the 24-week-old foetus had severe congenital defects in the brain, heart and stomach.

5 youths killed as car overturns on Pune-Mumbai Expressway

26 Jul 2016 | 12:41 PM

PUNE: Five youths were killed and one was grievously injured when their car overturned on Pune-Mumbai Expressway here in the wee hours of Tuesday, police said.

Youth thrown off Delhi-bound train, loses both legs

26 Jul 2016 | 12:38 PM

BAGHPAT: In a shocking incident, a youth lost both his legs after being allegedly pushed off a moving train by unidentified men near Bawali halt here, police said on Tuesday.

Women can serve in TA: Centre to HC

Women can serve in TA: Centre to HC

26 Jul 2016 | 10:40 AM

New Delhi: Women can join and serve in Territorial Army (TA), in its railway engineer regiments, and will also be considered for honorary commissions, the Centre has told the Delhi High Court.

6 pilgrims killed in Bihar road accident

26 Jul 2016 | 10:45 AM

Six Hindu pilgrims were killed and five others seriously injured on Tuesday in a road accident in Bihar's Jamui district, police said.

‘Designated driver’ to check drunk driving

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

HYDERABAD: Concerned over increasing number of accidents involving drunken drivers, the police in Hyderabad and Cyberabad commissionerates are mulling to introduce “designated driver” concept.

Scribes expelled as revenge for NSG fiasco: Beijing state media

Scribes expelled as revenge for NSG fiasco: Beijing state media

26 Jul 2016 | 9:26 AM

NEW DELHI:The relations between India and China seem to have deteriorated to a daily exchange of sharp words after the recent Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) fiasco wherein Beijing opposed Delhi’s entry into the elite club.

No trace of missing AN-32 on Day 4

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

New Delhi: There was no trace of IAF’s missing AN-32 plane as country’s largest-ever search operation over the sea entered its fourth day on Monday.

No school kids in Pak, India tells staff

26 Jul 2016 | 10:07 AM

NEW DELHI:In yet another downturn in ties with Pakistan, India today asked its embassy staff in Islamabad to send their school-going children back to the country. Security concerns for officials have increased since the tension over Kashmir, sources say.

Poaching in Rajasthan: HC acquits Salman

Poaching in Rajasthan: HC acquits Salman

26 Jul 2016 | 9:32 AM

JODHPUR:The Rajasthan High Court today acquitted Bollywood star Salman Khan in two cases of chinkara poaching, saying there was not sufficient evidence against him.

Banking by govt staff under CVC lens now

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

NEW DELHI: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has started examining “suspicious” banking transactions of government employees to check corruption.

8 children killed as train hits van

8 children killed as train hits van

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

BHADOHI (UP): Eight children were killed and 14 injured when a school mini-bus was today hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing due to alleged negligence of the bus driver who ignored warning.

Five get life term in 2002 riot case

Five get life term in 2002 riot case

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

AHMEDABAD: A Division Bench of the Gujarat High Court today sentenced five more persons to life imprisonment, while upholding the life term against two ordered by the lower court in the Viramgam communal carnage case during the 2002 riots in the state.

Afforestation Bill hits Cong hurdle

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

NEW DELHI: The government won’t have an easy run with the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill with the opposition Congress set to move amendments despite lack of numbers to carry them through.

SAD moves privilege motion against two Congress leaders

SAD moves privilege motion against two Congress leaders

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

NEW DELHI: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today moved a privilege motion in the Rajya Sabha against two Congress leaders — Jairam Ramesh and Renuka Chowdhury—for their alleged misbehaviour with Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

RS stalled over package to Andhra

RS stalled over package to Andhra

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

NEW DELHI: The Congress today disrupted proceedings of the Rajya Sabha as it demanded that the House should discuss a private member’s Bill granting special status to Andhra Pradesh.

9,000 fake faculty in tech institutes: Govt

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

NEW DELHI: Admitting that cases of fictitious appointments and duplication of names of faculty at some private technical institutes have come to light, the government today said the AICTE has initiated action to update faculty details of all technical institutions.

Hate speech

SC rejects PIL plea to delist parties

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL plea for de-recognition of political parties whose leaders made hate speeches.

Net service providers ‘under attack’ in Maha

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

MUMBAI: Internet users across Maharashtra are reporting slow speeds after several major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) came under a sustained Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack over the past few days, the police said.

Alumnus gives Rs 60 lakh for centre at IIT

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

NEW DELHI: An IIT-Kharagpur alumnus has contributed Rs60 lakh for a centre of happiness to be set up at the oldest IIT in the country.

4 kids among 14 dead in Bihar mishap

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

PATNA: At least 14 persons, including four children, were killed and two others injured when a Muzaffarpur-bound bus collided with an auto-rickshaw in Muzaffapur district of Bihar on Monday.

Army arrests UPLA chief

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

GUWAHATI: The Army today arrested commander-in-chief of United People’s Liberation Army (UPLA) Nikunja Kathar along with two cadres.

Naik aide linked to IS, say police

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

KOCHI: The Kerala Police today claimed Arshi Qureshi, guest relations officer of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation run by controversial preacher Zakir Naik, who was arrested from Mumbai last week in connection with a missing Kerala woman has links with terror outfit IS.

Nigerian, two Punjabis held with drugs

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

NEW DELHI: A Nigerian and two persons from Punjab have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a narcotics racket being run from here.

Govt proposes assured health services

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

NEW DELHI: Pitching for “assured health services to all”, the Health Ministry has prepared a note on the draft National Health Policy which is expected to be taken up by the Cabinet next month.

Assam grapples with deluge

Assam grapples with deluge

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

Flood situation in Assam remains critical with the Brahmaputra overflowing and affecting nearly 12.5 lakh people and inundating Kaziranga National Park

VVIP security cover for Nita Ambani

VVIP security cover for Nita Ambani

26 Jul 2016 | 1:32 AM

New Delhi: After Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani was accorded a 'Z' category security a few years ago, the government has now granted 'Y' category security cover of armed CRPF commandos to his wife Nita Ambani.

Pranab da guided me like a guardian: Modi

Pranab da guided me like a guardian: Modi

25 Jul 2016 | 10:32 PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped praises on President Pranab Mukherjee, who completed four years in office on Monday, calling him a “guardian and mentor” who held his finger and guided him on various subjects when he took over as prime minister two years ago.

Missing AN 32 aircraft: Hopes of survivors recede

Missing AN 32 aircraft: Hopes of survivors recede

25 Jul 2016 | 9:45 PM

CHENNAI/NEW DELHI: Hopes of finding alive the 29 personnel on board the missing AN 32 aircraft in the Bay of Bengal receded on Monday as no survivor or debris have been located despite a massive search and rescue operation launched four days ago.

Salman Khan's acquittal sets Twitter abuzz

Salman Khan's acquittal sets Twitter abuzz

25 Jul 2016 | 9:32 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Rajasthan High Court’s acquittal of Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Monday, in two separate poaching cases in 1998, sent Twitterati into a tizzy.

Maya remark: Non-bailable warrant against Dayashankar

Maya remark: Non-bailable warrant against Dayashankar

25 Jul 2016 | 9:27 PM

LUCKNOW: A local court today issued a non-bailable warrant against suspended BJP leader Dayashankar Singh on the application of the district police over his derogatory remarks against BSP supremo Mayawati.

Flood situation in Assam remains critical, 12.5 lakh affected

Flood situation in Assam remains critical, 12.5 lakh affected

25 Jul 2016 | 8:42 PM

GUWAHATI: Flood situation in Assam remains critical with the Brahmaputra river overflowing in several districts, submerging houses and agricultural fields of around 12.5 lakh people and inundating Kaziranga National Park, authorities said on Monday.

Assam finance minister proposes censure motion against Manmohan Singh

Assam finance minister proposes censure motion against Manmohan Singh

25 Jul 2016 | 8:25 PM

GUWAHATI: Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday proposed to move a censure motion against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for "knowingly or unknowingly" causing "temporary damage" to the state by adopting some policies.

Who killed the black buck: Co-star on Salman’s acquittal

Who killed the black buck: Co-star on Salman’s acquittal

25 Jul 2016 | 8:07 PM

MUMBAI: Salman Khan's “Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!” co-star Renuka Shahane on Monday questioned the superstar's acquittal in two cases related to poaching of chinkaras in Jodhpur in 1998.

Don’t send kids to Pak schools, India tells diplomats

Don’t send kids to Pak schools, India tells diplomats

25 Jul 2016 | 6:47 PM

NEW DELHI: Amidst growing strain in Indo-Pak ties, India on Monday advised its diplomats and officials posted in its High Commission in Islamabad to make arrangements for education of their wards outside Pakistan from this academic session, virtually downgrading it as a “non-school-going station”.

AAP to move Delhi HC against arrests of MLAs

AAP to move Delhi HC against arrests of MLAs

25 Jul 2016 | 6:19 PM

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday said it would move the Delhi High Court against the arrest of its legislators by Delhi Police in false cases.

SC lets rape victim abort abnormal foetus

SC lets rape victim abort abnormal foetus

25 Jul 2016 | 5:51 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday let a pregnant rape victim go for abortion as the 24-week-old foetus had severe congenital defects in the brain, heart and stomach.

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