5 firms booked, raids on
CBI today registered cases against five companies and unknown
government officials as part of its probe into alleged irregularities
in allocation of coal blocks and carried out searches across 10
According to CBI
spokesperson, five FIRs have been filed against five companies and
unknown government officials for alleged cheating.
The agency sleuths
were also conducting searches at 30 places in ten cities including
Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Patna, Hyderabad, Dhanbad and Nagpur, the
The filing of FIRs
comes three months after registration of a Preliminary Enquiry into
the coal scam by the agency on the directions of the Central Vigilance
Preliminary Enquiry, the CBI was informed by the Coal ministry
officials that it had issued show cause notices to some of the firms
which were allocated the mines for explaining the delay in conducting
the mining work.
Some of the firms,
which were allocated coal blocks in 2005, were yet to start mining,
official sources said.
Defence Minister in India
Defence Ministers of India and China today began their
delegation-level talks during which the two sides are expected to take
a decision on resuming military exercises stalled since 2010.
During the talks
with Defence Minister A K Antony, Gen Liang Guanglie, who is the first
Chinese Defence Minister to visit India in eight years, is expected to
address New Delhi's concerns over Chinese military infrastructure
build-up along the border and discuss more Confidence Building
Gen Liang is in
India at a time when the two Asian giants are competing vigourously to
gain a foothold across the continent for resources.
He had arrived in
Mumbai on Sunday on a five-day visit to the country.
Before the official
meeting started, the Chinese Defence Minister thanked his Indian
counterpart for the "good arrangements" made during his
visit to Mumbai and Agra.
standoff on Lankan pilgrims
150 Sri Lankan nationals, including Sinhalese, on a pilgrimage to a
famous Christian shrine near were forced to cut short their trip and
head back home after some pro-Tamil outfits staged protest against
The Sri Lankans
comprising both Sinhalese and Tamils had arrived at the Poondi Madha
shrine, on Sunday for the two-day annual festival.
Activists of Naam
Tamizhar Iyakkam headed by film director Seeman, Viduthalai
Chiruthaigal Katchi and P Nedumaran-led Tamizhar Desiya Poduvudamai
Katchi, who came to know about the presence of Sinhalese people,
staged a demonstration asking them to go back, police said.
The pilgrims said
they attend the festival every year and offered to return to Sri Lanka
to avoid further trouble, they said.
The small group of protesters, known for their pro-LTTE leanings, dispersed after the brief stir and no case was registered, police said.