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UAE ban list led to confession of Brotherhood support – Politicians, former MPs included

KUWAIT: Kuwait conceded that some of its nationals were financing a Muslim Brotherhood network caught by authorities in the United Arab Emirates after the UAE authorities provided their Kuwaiti counterparts with a list of people banned from entering the Kingdom. The list included the names of Kuwaiti citizens, according to sources familiar with the case. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the sources indicated that the list “which was forwarded in early 2013” included names of “Kuwaiti politicians and former parliament members.” The UAE authorities gave details to their Kuwaiti counterparts about interrogations of Egyptian Islamists “who admitted receiving funds from Muslim Brotherhood members in Kuwait,” said the sources.

They added to the ongoing speculation about a potential relationship between the pan-Arab group’s active office in Kuwait and its mother group by hinting that the UAE’s travel ban list included “members of the Islamic Constitutional Movement,” widely considered the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait.

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Special group to track down traffic violators

KUWAIT: Security sources said that the ministry of Interior continued with its security campaigns and has formed a special group to track down those roaming around wedding halls in the Ahmadi governorate area.

The step came in addition to various campaigns that peaked on Thursday evening. Sources said that as a result of the campaign, 400 traffic citations were handed out while another campaign at Wafra road resulted in 60 direct traffic citations.

A campaign to track over speeding vehicles with the help of radars at the Wafra Road resulted in 140 direct traffic citations, apart from 10 vehicles being detained.

One Kuwaiti man was arrested at the Al- Wafra stables when he collided with a police patrol vehicle during a bid to run away. Two Kuwaitis, along with their vehicles, were detained as well.

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Bid to steal ATM machine in Riqee

KUWAIT: Criminal security personnel reviewed the tapes from a famous commercial bank that was opened recently in Riqee area to identify a thief who attempted to steal an ATM machine. A security source informed that a bank official said that an unknown person entered from the main door, tied up the ATM machine, then hooked it to a car, but the rope snapped due to the machine’s weight. The official said the Egyptian guard saw what was going on and noted down the license plate number. The case was registered as an attempted theft.

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BCCI dilemma: Not whether but how to sack Srinivasan

NEW DELHI: With BCCI president N Srinivasan rejecting efforts of fellow board members to persuade him to resign for the alleged involvement of his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings principal Gurunath Meiyappan in betting and fixing, top BCCI functionaries are faced with a big dilemma. The dilemma is not whether or not Srinivasan should resign, but how to get him out. Few want to see the cornered BCCI president give away the IPLtrophy at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

But to throw out a BCCI president is easier said than done. At least 3/4th or 24 of the 31-member body must be willing vote him out at a special general meeting (SGM) -- a tough task in an organisation that has traditionally functioned through patronage.

There are already reports of hectic lobbying on both sides. Srinivasan has claimed he has received messages from "several members" expressing their support for him. The group that wants him out is learnt to have enlisted the support of 15-20 members - way more than the 10 needed to requisition an SGM, but short of the 24 to get him out. The battle for Srinivasan's ouster, in other words, is expected to be bitter and messy.

What is intriguing is the complete silence of board members at a time when Indian cricket faces arguably its worst crisis yet. No one in BCCI, it seems, wants to publicly call for his resignation - which, in turn, may have given Srinivasan the confidence to believe he can ride it out.

After talking to a number of BCCI bigwigs, and piecing together the flurry of conversations and meetings among them, this is the story that is emerging. It began soon after Meiyappan was arrested by the Mumbai police crime branch around Friday midnight. Within minutes, top BCCI members - among them Sharad Pawar, Rajiv Shukla, Arun Jaitley, Ratnakar Shetty, Niranjan Shah and Shashank Manohar - were on the phone with each other. The unanimous opinion of the group was that Srinivasan had to go - to assuage the near-universal public sense of outrage and disgust. The other consensus was that Shashank Manohar was possibly the best person to take interim charge of the board and initiate the process of cleansing Indian cricket. Manohar was told this and he is learnt to have agreed to take up the interim arrangement, provided Srinivasan's resignation was arranged.

So what's the way forward? When the BCCI bosses met in Kolkata on Saturday evening at a dinner hosted by former BCCI boss Jagmohan Dalmia, this was the question on everyone's mind: How to remove a stubborn Srinivasan? If he refused to quit on his own, the only option would be force him out.

The dilemma of top board members is that there's no guarantee that seven (plus Srinivasan) or more members won't vote against the motion, thus defeating it. And then BCCI would be stuck with Srinivasan, at least till September when his two-year term ends. There's an apprehension that Srinivasan might be able to drum up at least seven votes from smaller states that don't really have a big stake in cricket - say, states like Tripura and Assam - but get Rs 18-20 crore per year from the board. The payout was raised by Srinivasan and some of these board members, therefore, owe him.

The dominant group is, therefore, hoping that once 20 signatures are obtained for the letter seeking an SGM, Srinivasan will see the writing on the wall and step down.

Not seeking Srinivasan's removal isn't an option for board heavyweights like Arun Jaitley. For, questions of double standards would be raised: How come when it came to Pawan Bansal or Ashwini Kumar, Jaitley demanded their resignation, but chose not to do so with Srinivasan?

In the coming days, therefore, there will be a lot of persuasion, cajoling and prayers to get Srinivasan to agree to step down. If these efforts don't succeed, there will be no option but to give him a shove by calling for an emergency meeting seeking his removal. If that effort fails for some reason, the board faces a serious loss of face both with the Indian public and internationally.
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286 more arrested in Mubarakiya raid – Crackdown in Wafra chalets

KUWAIT: The Capital governorate security carried out a campaign on Friday afternoon covering Al-Mubarakiya area, Fahad Al-Salem Street, Mirqab and Souq Sharq. Supervised by capital security director Lt General Tareq Hamada, the campaign saw participation by police stations and patrols of capital governorate, and resulted in the arrest of 286 persons.

Five of them were arrested on account of expired of residency permits, three had earlier been reported absent, one was found wanted in a civil case while 277 persons were found without proper identification papers or with their residency permits expired. Security officers emphasized that the campaigns will remain on round the clock in all the areas and called upon everyone to cooperate and report any violation noticed in their areas.

At the same time, another campaign was carried out in Al-Wafra area, chalet areas and along the southern coast, in coordination with the Coast Guards and Kuwait municipality. The campaign began from the paved roads leading to Wafra under the supervision of Ahmadi governorate security director Lt. General Ayadh Al-Otaibi and Wafra area director Colonel Salem Al-Azemi.

The second route that the campaign followed was the Coastal Road. This was under the supervision of Assistant Undersecretary Lt. General Mohammad Al-Yousuf. The municipality transport department under the supervision of Nawaf Nahar Al-Mutairi and Mohammad Amash Al-Mutairi also joined in. The campaign in Wafra resulted in the detention of 29 buggies while 54 persons were found without identification papers. Officers also caught 11 jargon of gasoline, while coastal area campaign resulted in the detention of 12 Jet Skis. The Ahmadi police emphasized that the campaigns will continue to check all violations.

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Chhattisgarh: Maoists kill Salwa Judum founder, 17 others

At least 17 people, including senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma, were killed and former union minister V C Shukla and 19 others injured when heavily-armed Maoists ambushed a convoy of party leaders inside a dense forest in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district.

The Maoists also kidnapped PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel and his son Dinesh after attacking the convoy of Congress leaders in Darba Gati Valley near Jagdalpur, headquarters town of Bastar district, police said.

Joint Secretary (Naxal management) in Union Home Ministry M A Ganpathy told PTI in New Delhi that 17 people were killed and around 20 injured in the attack.

Most of the dead and injured were Congress leaders and workers, he said adding four to five of those killed in the attack were Personal Security Officers of the Congress leaders.

At a late night press conference, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh put the number of dead in the Naxal attack at 16 and did not give any figure of the injured.

Eighty-four-year-old Shukla underwent an operation in Jagdalpur hospital for the three bullets he had received in the attack to be taken out of his body.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi said in New Delhi that Shukla was hit in his stomach. Raman Singh said the condition of Shukla was stated to be stable.

Besides Karma, former Congress Member of Parliament Gopal Madhavan and ex-MLA from Rajnandgaon Udya Mudaliyar were also shot dead and prominent woman tribal leader Phulo Devi Netam, Bastar, wounded by the Maoists who attacked the convoy at around 5:30 pm when they were returning from the party's "Parivartan" rally.

Karma, a former Home Minister and founder of "Salwa Judum" (anti-Naxal operation by vigilante groups), was surrounded by about 100 to 150 Maoists who peppered his body with bullets. The Maoists had put up road blocks by felling trees before triggering a landmine blast that hit one of the vehicles in the convoy and opening fire, police sources said.

After carrying out the attack, the ultras set nearby trees on fire. Top officials of the force, deployed for anti-Naxal operations in the state, will visit the encounter site on Sunday, official sources said.

The Central Reserve Police Force has also asked all its formations in the state to remain on high alert in the wake of Saturday’s deadly attack in south Bastar.

Union Minister of State for Home R P N Singh, who is visiting Chhhattisgarh on Sunday to take stock of the situation in the wake of the Maoist attack, said in New Delhi that "our top priority is to find the missing Pradesh Congress Committee chief and his son".

The Union Home Ministry has sent additional forces to Chhattisgarh to assist the local administration in launching combing operations for rescue of kidnapped persons," home ministry sources said.

An air ambulance will be sent to Chhattisgarh on Sunday morning to bring back the injured for treatment after Raman Singh spoke to Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman and Managing Director of Medicity Medanta in Gurgaon.

Raman Singh a three-day state mourning has been declared from Sunday, and all those who died in the attack will be given a state funeral.

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Veteran playback singer TM Soundararajan died

Veteran playback singer TM Soundararajan died

Legendary playback singer TM Soundararajan, popularly known as TMS, died in Chennai on Saturday due to prolonged illness. He was 91. Soundararajan gave his voice to southern actors like NTr, ANR, Gemini Ganesan, Jagayya, Kantha Rao, MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Kantha Rao, etc.

The Veteran singer recorded for over 10,000 Tamil film songs and 2500 devotional and other language film songs in a career spanning over 6 decades. Soundararajan was awarded Padmari in 2003, aaprt from winning several state awards.

UAE Exchange Transact & Win Contest 2013 “3rd Monthly & Mega Draw Winners”

UAE Exchange Transact & Win Contest 2013 “3rd Monthly & Mega Draw Winners”
UAE Exchange, a leading global remittance and foreign exchange brand conducted the 3rd monthly & Mega electronic draw for  Transact & Win contest 2013 at UAE Exchange Head Office, in presence of Ministry Officials. Customers who had send money online through www.uaeexchangekuwait.com will automatically qualify for the monthly & Mega draw. Mr. MITHUN ASHOK SONI had won the Trip to Thailand for two in the Mega draw. Mr. RENY VARGHESE had won Samsun S3 Mobile & Mr. NAWAZISH KHAN AHMED KHAN had won Gulf Air Ticket. Prizes for the Winners were distributed by Mr. Mohammad Humoud Al Muhareb (  Director - UAE Exchange Centre WLL), Mr. Pancily Varkey (Country Head - UAE Exchange Centre WLL) and Mr. Dhari Al Muhareb ( Administration Manager - UAE Exchange Centre WLL).
We believe in adding value to our customers. Most of the promotions we conduct have been the reasons for customers’ dreams to turn real. Customers are the sole reason for the existence and success of our business, and their happiness will be our pursuit. We thank them for their support. Our Online product (Money2Anywhere) will help the customers to transfer their money to their loved once from their Home or Office through their PC/Laptop/Tablets & Smart Phones, where the customer can avoid standing in long queues in Exchange House & the traffic blocks.” said Mr. Pancily Varkey, on the occasion of the Prize distribution.
UAE Exchange is well-known for its excellent customer service and widest network among remittance brands with close to 700 branches in 30 countries across five continents serving over 4 million customers. Strong correspondent relationship with over 150 global banks further adds to the might. With 23 branches in Kuwait, customers can walk in to the nearest one to address their multiple financial requirements viz. money transfers, currency exchange under one roof.
More than 8000 professionals from over 40 nationalities, form a part of team UAE Exchange, and strive to achieve excellence and bring delight to customers, worldwide. Its penchant for quality has won UAE Exchange many awards and earned the trust of customers, partners and regulators alike, thus helping it to get the acclaim of the World’s Trusted Money Transferrer.
MITHUN ASHOK SONI had won the Trip to Thailand
Mr. NAWAZISH KHAN AHMED KHAN - Gulf Air Ticket
Mr.Reny Varghese - Samsung S3 Winner

Celebrate Summer with Lu&Lu Hypermarket’s Mango Mania 2013

Celebrate summer with Lu&Lu Hypermarket’s Mango Mania 2013

Lu&Lu Hypermarket, the region’s largest retail group, is marking the onset of summer with their annual Mango Mania festival at both their outlets — Al Rai and Al Qurain.

Mango Mania 2013 which showcases more than 100 varieties of delicious mango from around the world is one of the most anticipated festivals in Kuwait and was inaugurated on Thursday, 23 May, by His Excellency Satish C. Mehta, the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, in the presence of Mr. Hohamed Haris, Regional Director, Mr. Sreejith K.S, Regional Manager, Mr. Antony, General Manager of Al Qurain Branch, Mr. Abdul Khadar, General Manager of Al Rai Branchand a large gathering of shoppers and well-wishers, all of whom were treated to succulent samples of different mango varieties.

The ten-day festival will run until Saturday, 1st June 2013 and is a wonderful opportunity for mango lovers in Kuwait to taste delicious and exotic mangoes from places across the globe, including India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya, Yemen, Brazil, and Mexico to name a few.

Lu&Lu Hypermarket is running their highly successful annual Mango Mania festival for the sixth consecutive year, by ringing in the hot summer with cold, mouth-watering mangoes and mango delicacies. Innovative forms of mango derived and mango flavored dishes are also available at special prices as part of the promotion, which include desserts such as mango cream muffins, mango glass cake, mango custard doughnuts and mango cheese cake. With a widest range of mango products including jams, pickles, hot foods and juices, Lu&Lu Hypermarket delivers on its commitment to bring the best variety to its customers.

Mango Mania 2013 also touts the health benefits of mangoes. Mango’s rich content, full of essential vitamins, dietary minerals and antioxidants, qualify it as a model ‘super-fruit’. Mango Mania is expected to draw a huge and enthusiastic response from shoppers who eagerly look forward to this exceptional annual food event at Lu&Lu Hypermarket.

"This is yet another initiative where we bring the best of the world for the benefit of our loyal shoppers,” said a representative of Lu&Lu Hypermarket management. “It truly is a festival you would love to experience with your families and friends.”

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India needs young dynamic leadership says Varma

India needs young dynamic leadership says Varma

By William fernandes

India is pulsating, nexus between Black money and corruption is corroding the country and is the root cause of scams said Pavan kumar Varma,  keynote speaker at the recent Indian Business Council talk  held at Crowne Plaza Kuwait. Renowned and  intellectual, an author of several best sellers ex-diplomat, Shri . Varma was invited by IBC in cooperation with the Indian embassy to deliver the keynote on Indian scenario and world affairs.

 

Varma stressed the need for young blood to join active politics to bring a drastic  change in the society, which in turn will change the whole Indian politics at large. The society has to be first transformed by eradicating poverty and providing education to the poor. Ministers with Criminal records should be voted out of office and replaced with person with Gandhian. The nexus between black money and corruption takes places in murkier waters is the root cause of political failure in good governance. The political outfits at the center are busy managing numbers rather then delivering good governance. India does not have a total majority and hence the management for numbers is taking rather too much of time for Political parties in maintaining their number game. India has faced massive scams such as the OIC, Adarsh society scam, Colgate, spectrum, Defence scam  and many others. The electronic media has exposed many  scams, but our judiciary does not punish any politician. This is visible and the society has to wake up. The culprits are not punished  unless proved guilty. The cases go on and on for many years and the culprits are still in power and accumulating wealth, while the poor are suffering.

 

Regarding the rape cases and protection of women, Varma said that the government has to take stringent steps to punish the culprits  by referring the cases to fast track court. Stern punishment should be in place for rape and molestation of women. Today, the society has modernized but still somewhere the respect for women and our cultural values are buried under powerful people. The ombudsman bill ( lokpal) should be passed, this is very important for the society and will help in scrutinizing the good  from bad and punishing the guilty of wrongdoings, he added.

 

Varma is the former Indian ambassador in Bhutan, an IFS of 1976 batch, he served in Moscow and New York, where he was associated with India's permanent mission at UNO, and also in Cyprus and Thimpu besides serving as Director of The Nehru Centre, London, press secretary to the Hon'ble President, spokesman in the Ministry of External Affairs and Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Research. He has authored and published several books like , Chanakya's New Manifesto, Becoming Indian, Being Indian, The great Indian, Middle Class,  The truth about why the 21st Century will be Indian, The unfinished Revolution of Culture & Identity,  Ghalib ,  Maximise your Life,  Love & Lust, Kama Sutra Magnet and many more. His books are thoroughly  researched and filtered before publishing and the content are thought provoking. 

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Traffic dept ready to check cars on roads

Traffic dept ready to check cars on roads
KUWAIT: Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Lt General Abdulfattah Al-Ali announced about forming seven technical committees to check cars on the roads.

The sources added that Al-Ali ordered all committees’ members to be professional and to withdraw and confiscate invalid vehicles even if they were of recent models. “This measure will help ease traffic flows along various streets as bad vehicle condition is behind much of the delay on the roads”, stressed the sources urging all vehicles owners to take very good care of their vehicles’ conditions including the paint.

Al-Ali warned citizens and expats not to drive vehicles without getting official driving licenses issued by traffic department. Pointing that the campaigns carried lately resulted in the arrest of a large number of people who were caught driving without licenses. 17 under-age were sent to traffic court including a policeman for driving without license.

In the meantime, Lt. General Abdulfattah Al-Ali released a surgeon doctor after has was detained for 24 hours in traffic detention room. Security source revealed that a check point during the campaigns held on the different roads arrested an Egyptian doctor for driving without license, Al-Ali was informed about that and ordered to detain him for 24 hours.

Thereafter he was called to the Assistant Undersecretary office and when asked for reasons to drive without license. He replied that work conditions has prevented him from having the license, after checking the doctor’s papers and found that he had a valid driving license from his country and that he was qualified to get a Kuwaiti driving license.

After reviewing all necessary documents Al-Ali signed the necessary papers for the doctor which allowed him to get a Kuwaiti driving license.

Further, the sources justified Al-Ali’s decision to condition a minimum wage of KD 400 for those applying for driver’s licenses by those applicants’ need to be capable to purchase good or modern vehicles. — Al Qabas
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Kuwaiti researcher Laila Bastaki wins WHO prize

Kuwaiti researcher Laila Bastaki wins WHO prize
GENEVA: Kuwaiti researcher Dr Laila Bastaki won the World Health Organization (WHO) prize, granted by the United Arab Emirates Health Foundation 2013, which constitutes a significant source of pride to Kuwait, stressed Kuwait’s Minister of Health, Dr Mohammad Al-Haifi here yesterday. In a statement to KUNA, the minister praised Dr Bastaki’s efforts and her leading role in scientific researching in genetic diseases that have a great impact on several aspects, especially the social sphere.

Bastaki’s achievement reflects the State of Kuwait’s interest in scientific researching that is fostered by the constitution as it is significant in all natural and human sciences, said Dr. Al-Haifi. “Dr. Bastaki’s choice stems from her belief in contributing to the genetic research and disorders as well as expanding the provision of such services in Kuwait,” said Mahmoud Fekri, Assistant Undersecretary for Health Policies at the Health Ministry, in a speech during the award ceremony Thursday evening.

He pointed out the multi-achievements of Dr. Bastaki, which include reestablishing newborn screening program to detect genetic disorders, establishing registration units for metabolic, genetic and neurological muscle disorders in Kuwait, in addition to the discovery of three new genes. He explained, before the Director-General of WHO, Margaret Chan, that Bastaki’s choices were not only limited to that achievement, but her cooperation with genetic research centers in the US and Europe has a major role in the development of these programs in Kuwait.

“Receiving this prize has been one of the most important moments in my life as the applause I received from the Kuwaiti attendees is a great honor to me, especially at this WHO ceremony at the largest hall of the UN headquarters in Geneva,” Bastaki told KUNA. She stressed that this prize motivates her to further pursue her career in order to become a role model for her children and the youngsters of Kuwait as the proverb goes “As you sow, so shall you reap.”

The researcher emphasized that her achievement was accomplished due to the continuous support of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for researchers as “he always encourages us with local or international awards, such as those supported by Kuwait in WHO.” Bastaki expressed profound gratitude to her colleagues at the center of genetic disorders for their cooperation with her in her research down to the good results, which benefited society and science as well as receiving that important international prize. – KUNA
 
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She has marks but no money to realise her dream

 

S. Gayathri (17) of Chinnamaruthur in Pilikalpalayam panchayat, Paramathi Velur taluk, about 35 km from Namakkal town, has scored 1,129 (94 per cent) in the recent Plus Two exams. She aspires to become a doctor and she has 197/200 cut off for medicine. As she belongs to Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyar) community, she has brighter chance to realise her dream.

But poverty has forced her to work in agricultural fields as a daily wager so that she can earn Rs. 100 a day to support her family.

When she came to know that she scored 199 in biology, 198 in chemistry, 197 in maths, 192 in physics, 179 in Tamil and 164 in English she hardly had time to celebrate as her father asked her to discontinue her studies as it would not be possible for him to support her higher education. Her mother, however, wanted the girl to pursue some degree course in a nearby government aided arts and science college.

Her parents K. Selvaraj (42) and S. Sumathi (35) have never been to school and are daily wage farm labourers. Gayathri is the eldest child and has two sisters and a brother.

The family always had trouble meeting their day to day needs as her father often fell sick and on many occasions Sumathi was the sole breadwinner of the family.

Becoming a doctor was Gayathri’s childhood dream. “I suffered from breathing difficulty and chest pain from the age of one and was badly affected till I was 13. I know the pain of living as a patient from a poor family and so I want to treat poor patients if I become a doctor. I want to specialise in gynaecology,” she adds.

She studied in the Aanangur Government High School and scored 470/500 in the Class X examination.

Her teacher Ranganathan took her to Malar Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Paramathi where she was enrolled for higher secondary. Her tuition fee was fully waived.

Teachers, who saw the girl’s interest in studies, pooled in money to pay the transportation fees.

“In 2012, the lowest cut off score for a candidate from the SC (A) community to get a medical seat in a government medical college was 188.25. With a much better cut off, Gayathri has a better chance. The school will extend support to her, but she would need more financial assistance to pursue her higher education,” M. Palaniappan , president of Malar school, said.

Persons interested in helping Gayathri can contact her father at 98436 87990.

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Doctor found running his own operation theatre in govt hospital

BANGALORE: In a statewide raid on 10 corrupt officials , Lokayukta police on Friday discovered this shocker : a government doctor was running his own operation theatre in a government hospital . 

The case of the doctor , N Ramachandra from Koppa taluk in Chikmagalur district , was described by Lokayukta cops as one of "akshaya patra" , a vessel that yields never-ending wealth . "We are yet to open his bank lockers . Raids at various premises arestill on . He has been found with over Rs 4.74 crore of unaccounted money and property so far ," said Lokayukta additional director general of police (ADGP) HNS Rao . 

Dr Ramachandra was also found to have maintained an ultrasound machine . Among several properties were four bequeathed to him by his wife and sister ,severalothersin hiswife's name , including two sites measuring 14.05 acres in Kulur villageof Koppa taluk andtwohuge residential buildings in Balehonnur . "There were huge sites in Koppa town , another in his son's name in Mysore , a site in the doctor's name in Kumbalgodu in the city , one more in Suryanagar II Phase near Electronics City , besides a 15-acre coffee estate , a privatehospital andhouse in Koppa ," said Lokayukta cops . 

Other officials who were raided include BBMP executive engineer K Govindaiah , CID police inspector NK Rangaswamy , a motor vehicle inspector from Chitradurga MB Nasir Ahmed , a first division assistant in Directorate of Municipal Administration in the city SK Venkatesh , a village panchayat secretary from Nerligi village , Davanagere NC Ajjaiah and four more from Kolar district , including Dr KV Sridhar , taluk medical officer and V Munivenkatappa , auditor of Mulbagal taluk panchayat . 

The BBMP engineer Govindaiah had assets worth over Rs 2.11 crore , including a duplex house and a two-storeyed house, both in Nagarabhavi . More than half a dozen properties in his wife Asha's name , including a four-storeyed building with nine houses in Kempegowda Layout near Laggere ,over onekg of gold jewellery , 916 gm of silver articles ,cashof over Rs2.81lakh and deposits in eight different bank accounts to the tune of Rs 12.21 lakh were unearthed . 

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Step To Reduce Expatriates In The Country

 

KUWAIT CITY, May 23: The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor intends to implement new regulations for the transfer of expatriate workers from one sponsor to another, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources. Sources revealed the new regulations include a stipulation prohibiting expatriate workers from transferring to another sponsor more than two times.

The period for the processing of transfer will be based on the agreement between the old and new sponsors but the expatriate workers will not be allowed to transfer for the third time.

The ministry believes this step will reduce the number of expatriates in the country, especially the marginalized workers. Sources added the ministry is looking at the possibility of limiting the issuance of Article 18 visas only to university graduates whose fields of specialization must be related to their jobs.

Sources also unveiled a plan to specify the period before these workers are allowed to transfer to another sponsor. Sources confirmed the ministry has taken all the necessary measures to facilitate the deportation of expatriates in line with its plan to balance the population structure and to limit, if not eliminate, the number of unskilled foreign workers.

Director of Public Relations and Moral Guidance Department at the Ministry of Interior Colonel Adel Al- Hashash said around 2,000 expatriates found to have committed more than three traffic violations have been deported, reports Al-Shahed daily. Al-Hashash asserted the Interior Ministry remains committed to its promise to track down criminals, especially those who caused the death of other people. He also advised the public to strictly comply with the laws of Kuwait and follow the instructions of police officers, who work day and night to protect the people and address the traffic problem.

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Man critical as mobile bursts in his mouth

BHOPAL: A 22-year-old man was injured critically and a portion of the thatched roof of his shanty in Ghurwada village of Seoni district was damaged after a mobile phone he was holding in his mouth burst. The youth was holding the mobile in his mouth and using it as a torch to search some object stacked underneath the thatched roof. 

The blast injured him seriously and has damaged his jaws and nasal pipe; the injured man has been taken to Nagpur for treatment by his relatives. 

"Mithlesh switched on the torch facility on his mobile and while holding it in his mouth was searching for a packet containing sugar which was stored in the thatched roof of his shanty," Narendra Thakur, husband of the village sarpanch told TOI. 

"It was some Chinese-make handset which was being used by him," Thakur added. 

The incident took place between 9 and 10pm and the relatives immediately took him to Seoni but seeing his condition he was referred to Nagpur, said sources. Doctors at Seoni informed the parents that the chances of his survival are very low, added sources. 


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Separating citizens, expats clinic timing – Organization or discrimination!

 

KUWAIT: The health minister’s decision to limit providing morning medical services to citizens only at various outpatients clinics and allocating the evening period for expats starting June 1, has had its impact on the public opinion as people were divided between supporters and objectors. Commenting on the decision, the manager of Kuwait Society for Human Rights, lawyer, Mohammed Al-Humaidi told the BBC that it was against all human rights, the Kuwaiti constitution and the entire international anti discrimination treaties. Some people condemned the decision noting that it was a clear manifestation of discrimination between citizens and expatriates.

On the other hand, others believed it would be a step forward towards improving the health services provided in public hospitals through reducing pressure on medical and technical staffs which had been undergoing due to overcrowding, especially at Jahra Hospital.

Some citizens argued that the best solution would be by building another hospital in Jahra or by imposing health insurance on citizens, as well. Interviewing some patients at the Jahra Hospital, Fahad Al-Muttairi said that the separation would help reduce waiting times before patients could be seen by doctors or undergo certain tests or even operations. “However, this solution is only temporary. What we really need is to build an alternative hospital in Jahra or impose health insurance on citizens”, he stressed.

Um Abdullah, a citizen, hailed the decision noting that it would help organize work in the hospital and that she was sure doctors would do their best on both shifts. “I’m sure Jahra hospital management will provide the best services around the clock”, she said. Citizen Mariam, said that the experiment would succeed in reducing crowds by half on both shifts. She also believed that afternoon clinics were best for expatriates because they all have to go to work in the morning. “As for us citizens, and even though we have morning jobs, but we can take leaves to go to hospitals and rest in the afternoon”, she said.

Bo Nasser described the decision as a ‘right one’ and hoped it could be extended to include all public hospitals in Kuwait. “It will help organize things until special hospitals were built for various communities……..the afternoon period used to be allocated for citizens in the past…….nothing is changed except the timing”, he underlined. On the other hand, citizen Musaed Al-Thafeiri condemned the decision noting that it would be a clear embodiment of racial discrimination. “People are all equal before Allah….the decision will serve neither citizens nor expatriates”, he stressed urging MOH officials to remember that diseases cannot tell the deference between citizens and expatriates.

More moderately, and though he applauds the decision, citizen Faisal Ibrahim stressed that need to exempt human and urgent cases from the timing separation. Conservatively speaking, expatriate Sayyed Rezq stressed that he was for providing good health care regardless of the timing or nationality.

However, expatriate Shah Islam was more decisive and stressed that the decision has to be reconsidered. “We all live in the same place. Categorizing patients is forbidden in any religion..

We all work in and serve Kuwait, we spend our lives here….is this what we get for it? This discrimination is Haram?”, he cried out.

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INS Vikramaditya to undergo sea trials in North Sea from June

 

The sea-trials of INS Vikramaditya would be held from the next month in the North Sea before its final hand-over in December, Russian Ambassador to India Alexander M Kadakin said in Panaji. INS Vikramaditya, which was undergoing repairs at Russia's Servmash shipyard, would be having sea trials in the North Sea soon, he told reporters.Originally named Admiral Gorshkov, the aircraft carrier was purchased by India from Russia in 2004. It would be delivered in December as per the schedule, Kadakin said.

On the delay in the delivery of the warship, Kadakin said, "If you want a healthy baby, don't try to organise birth. The baby is ready now and would be exercising in North Sea from next month onwards."

He said Russia would ensure that the ship undergoes sophisticated exercises. He also remarked that it was strange that much had been written about delay in handing over Vikramaditya but no one was questioning the delay in delivery of Scorpene submarines (Indo-French technology transfer initiative) which has been delayed by five years.

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CSK owner Meiyappan arrested in IPL betting case

Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan and owner of Chennai Super Kings was arrested on Friday night for his alleged involvement in IPL betting scandal, raising serious doubts about continuance of the franchise in the hugely popular T20 league.

Meiyappan was arrested after nearly two-and-a-half hours of questioning that began at 9.30 pm.

"We have interrogated Gurunath based on information we have. We found his involvement in the offence related to IPL betting case we have registered. We have placed him under arrest," Joint Commissioner (crime) Himanshu Roy told reporters.

Roy said Meiyappan will be produced before a metropolitan court tomorrow. The 35-year-old top honcho of CSK, twice IPL champions, was in the eye of a huge storm after actor and TV reality show winner Vindoo Dara Singh arrested for his alleged links to bookies, admitted to having placed bets on his behalf.

Vindoo, winner of reality show Bigg Boss  season 3 and son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh, was allegedly in "frequent touch" with Meiyappan during the IPL matches and was claimed to have told Mumbai crime branch that the CSK owner had lost Rs 1 crore through betting.

The crime branch, according to sources, had call data records of conversations between Vindoo and Meiyappan and they are learnt to have confronted the two with the transcripts.

The 35-year-old Gurunath was summoned by Mumbai Police for questioning after actor Vindoo Dara Singh implicated him in betting. Gurunath flew here by a chartered aircraft from Madurai a little after missing the 5 pm deadline set by police for questioning.

Gurunath reached Mumbai late in the evening accompanied by noted Chennai lawyer P S Raman. He was taken from the Mumbai airport to the Crime Branch headquarters and subjected to interrogation before being arrested.

Gurunath was arrested after nearly three hours of questioning that began at 9.30 pm, Roy said adding he will be produced before a metropolitan court on Saturday.

The honcho of CSK, twice IPL champions, Gurunath, was in the eye of a huge storm after actor and TV reality show winner Vindoo admitted to having placed bets on his behalf.

Vindoo, winner of reality show Bigg Boss season 3 and son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh, was allegedly in "frequent touch" with Gurunath during the IPL matches and was claimed to have told Mumbai crime branch that the CSK owner had lost Rs 1 crore through betting.

The crime branch, according to sources, had call data records of conversations between Vindoo and Meiyappan and they were learnt to have confronted the two with the transcripts. 

Over 1 lakh Indians face arrest in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: As Saudi Arabia implements its controversial naturalisation law or Nitaqat, which seeks to replace foreigners in companies with its own people, India is in the midst of a gigantic effort to bring back over 75,000 people in the next few months. After having failed to regularise their work status, these people have applied for emergency exit certificates to leave the country by July 3, the deadline set by Saudi Arabia for deportation of illegal workers. 

If these people, whose number is growing, can't leave the country by July 3, they are likely to be arrested. On his way to Saudi Arabia, in what is first bilateral visit by an Indian foreign minister to the country in 5 years, foreign ministerSalman Khurshid said he will take up the issue with his counterpart, Prince Saud Al Faisal, Saturday even as he added that Saudi authorities were well within their rights to implement their laws. 

"In terms of logistics involved, it obviously is a challenge but we have a grace period and we need to do whatever we can during that period,'' said Khurshid. 

Nitaqat makes it mandatory for companies to hire a minimum number of local people before employing foreigners and while the law is not new, Saudi authorities have now started to identify `illegal' workers and send them back. Out of those who have applied for emergency certificates, applications of close to 57,000 have been processed by Indian authorities. However, the Saudi authorities are processing these applications only at the rate of 500 per day making it impossible for India to meet the July 3 deadline. According to the government,Nitaqat mostly impacts blue collar-workers who have stayed back illegally in the country after the expiry of their work visa. 

"For all we know, after all this many more Indians would be able to come to Saudi Arabia legitimately,'' said Khurshid in Jeddah. Out of the over 8 million expatriates in Saudi Arabia, Indians account for 2.45 million, the largest. 

Unlike what was being thought earlier, these numbers are not limited mostly to Kerala but span the length and breadth of the country. What is actually surprising is that over 21,000 of these are from UP. There are 8695 from Andhra Pradesh, 7913 from West Bengal, Maharashtra over 7,000 and 5430 from Tamil Nadu. Kerala comes only sixth with 3610. It is followed by Bihar with 3035 and Rajasthan 2504. There are significant numbers from J&K, Punjab and Assam too. 

Khurshid said massive rehabilitation work will be required also for the rehabilitation of those coming back. "We have already warned the state governments that a little bit of hand holding will be required,'' said the minister. 

Khurshid's is the latest in a slew of visits to the country by Indian ministers and bureaucrats since Saudi authorities announced their decision to identify illegal workers. Those who have visited the country for a dialogue over the issue include minister for overseas Indian affairs Vyalar Ravi, junior foreign minister E Ahmed and adviser to PM TKA Nair.

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