Naval Officer Dies In Fire Onboard INS Vikramaditya In Karnataka

A Board of Inquiry to investigate the fire incident onboard INS Vikramaditya has been ordered.

Karwar, Karnataka: A naval officer died today after a fire broke out onboard INS Vikramaditya, India's only aircraft carrier, while entering the harbor in Karnataka's Karwar.
“Lieutenant Commander DS Chauhan bravely led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment,” the Navy said in a statement.
While the fire was brought under control, the officer lost consciousness due to the smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts. He was immediately evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar but could not be revived, the Navy said.
The Navy added that the fire was brought under control by the ship's crew “in a swift action preventing any serious damage affecting the ship's combat capability.”
INS Vikramaditya weighs 40,000 tonnes and is the biggest and heaviest ship in the Indian Navy.
A Board of Inquiry to investigate the fire incident has been ordered.
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Congress Not Keen To Stop BJP From Coming To Power: Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav lashed out at the Congress for its “too big ego”.

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said the Congress game plan was not to stop the BJP from forming the government at the Centre, but to come to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2022.
He also that the SP and BSP have sacrificed seats in national interest.
“Our intention is clear right from the word go. We formed alliance (with BSP and RLD) to stop the communal party and in the process, we in the SP and also the BSP had to sacrifice seats in national interest,” he said.
“But, the Congress'' agenda in the ongoing parliamentary polls is not to stop the BJP from forming the next government at the Centre.
They are working for making the next UP chief minister in 2022 (when the next assembly polls are due)” Akhilesh Yadav said.
His no holds barred attack came days after he lashed out at the Congress for its “too big ego”.
The SP chief''s remarks assume significance against the backdrop of Cong..


13 Luxury Cars Of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi Auctioned For Rs 3.29 Crore

13 vehicles (11 belonging to Nirav Modi and 2 belonging to Mehul Choksi) have been auctioned.

NEW DELHI: A dozen luxury cars of PNB scam accused businessmen Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi have been auctioned, fetching the government exchequer Rs 3.29 crore, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said today.
The vehicles were attached by the agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the past.
ED had in March obtained the permission of a special PMLA court in Mumbai for auctioning 13 cars of the Modi-Choksi duo as part of its money laundering probe in the USD 2 billion alleged bank loan fraud.
The e-auction was carried out by Metal Scrap Trade Corporation (MSTC) Ltd, it said in a statement.
“There are 13 vehicles (11 belonging to Nirav Modi group and 2 belonging to Mehul Choksi group) put on e-auction through MSTC platform on April 25.
It said, “Out of these 13 vehicles, twelve (10 of Nirav Modi group and 2 of Mehul Choksi group) were successfully bided for a total amoun..


Fugitive Businessman Nirav Modi’s Bail Rejected By London Court

Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi denied bail by UK court

Fugitive businessman Nirav Modi has been denied bail by a UK court for a third time in a brief hearing was presided over by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot. He has been further remanded till May 24.
The 48-year-old diamond merchant was earlier refused bail on March 29 on grounds there was “substantial risk he would fail to surrender”.
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of Indian authorities, pointed to Nirav Modi's attempt to purchase citizenship in Vanuatu as grounds he could not be relied on to appear in court when called upon.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs website, India has no extradition treaty in force with the Pacific island nation. However, “in the absence of a treaty, it is a matter for the foreign country to consider, in accordance with its domestic laws and procedures, whether the country can agree to India's extradition request on the basis of an assurance o..


PM Touches Feet of Ally Parkash Singh Badal, 93. Wins Praise On Twitter

PM Modi at Collectorate office before filing his poll papers from Varanasi.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal's feet as he greeted allies who travelled to Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi for the filing of his election papers on Friday. The gesture left 93-year-old Parkash Singh Badal trending on social media, as BJP leaders and Modi supporters raved at the Prime Minister's gesture.
In a video put out by news agency ANI from an office where leaders of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance had gathered, PM Modi was seen dipping to touch Mr Badal's feet before moving on to other allies like Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, AIADMK's O Panneerselvam and Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray.
“Picture of the year. Before filing nomination at Varanasi, PM @narendramodi touching feet of Prakash Singh Badal for blessings,” gushed Amit Rakshit, a BJP leader.
PM Modi touching Sardar Prakash Singh Badal ji's feet. Embodime..


“Raid Modi’s Home Too If He Does Wrong”: PM On Opposition Criticism

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: PM Modi was speaking at a rally in Madhya Pradesh.

Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there should be income tax raids at his home too if he does anything wrong. PM Modi's statements come amid the opposition's criticism over raids on various leaders of the opposition just ahead of the ongoing national election.
PM Modi was speaking at a rally in Madhya Pradesh after he filed his nomination papers for the national election from Varanasi.
“After income tax raids, Congress leaders say, 'we are politicians, why are you raiding our place?' The country's law is equal to all. If Modi does anything wrong, the Modi's home also must be raided by the Income Tax. The law must be equal to all,” PM Modi said.
Stepping up his offensive against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, PM Modi said “Tughlaq Road election scam money has been used for naamdar's (dynast's) campaign”.
“From Delhi to Bhopal, in the Congress, corrup..


To Check “Deadwood”, Centre Reviews Service Records Of 1,100 IAS Officers

Review Of Service Records Of IAS Officers Was Carried Out Under Rule 16 (3). (Representational Image)

NEW DELHI: The service records of over 1,100 officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been reviewed by the Centre in about past four years to check deadwood from the government, officials said today.
The review was done by the central government following a strict criteria with respect to officers who had completed 25 years of service or attained 50 years of age, they said.
The review of service records of a total of 1,143 IAS officers was carried out under Rule 16 (3) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958 during 2015 and 2018 to check non-performers, the officials said.
The rules says that the central government in consultation with the state government concerned may ask an IAS officer to retire in public interest by giving at least three months previous notice in writing or “three months” pay and allowances in lieu of such notice.
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Mumbai And Maharashtra Will Stay With NDA, Says Aaditya Thackeray

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Aditya Thackeray campaigned for his party's Arvind Sawant on Thursday.

Mumbai: In South Mumbai, home to some of India's richest, Congress's Milind Deora and Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant are making every effort to reach out to voters. While both candidates say they are confident of winning, both have turned to the traditional style of campaigning.
Mumbai's six constituencies will vote in one go in last and final phase of elections in Maharashtra on Monday. Apart from Mumbai North, where actor Urmila Matondkar is the Congress candidate, South Mumbai is one of the most closely-watched constituencies.
Shiv Sena leader and the party's youth wing chief Aditya Thackeray campaigned for his party's Arvind Sawant on Thursday. With a bike rally crisscrossing the lanes of Worli, the young politician made sure to convey the message that the Sena leadership isn't taking the area lightly.
Aditya Thackeray has held five youth connect prog..