Daily Briefing: Gautam Singhania acquired an entity to hold a Swiss bank account; Government could open up mining for beach sand minerals

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Security forces grapple with two major situations in J&K: the killings of civilians in Kashmir and a militants hunt who killed nine soldiers last week in the Jammu’s Poonch area. The long-term operation in Poonch Heights in Bhatta Durian ended its twelfth day without success. All that can be said of the firefights in which the soldiers lost their lives is that they appear to be well armed and well trained, a clue that they are unlikely to be from Poonch. or Kashmir, through the Pir Panjal range.

Pandora Papers – Part 14

Gautam Hari Singhania, chairman and managing director of Raymond Limited, acquired two companies in the British Virgin Islands in 2008, records in the Pandora papers studied by The Indian Express have revealed. While Singhania is named as the beneficial owner in one of the companies, he is listed as a shareholder in another.

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For 13 horrific seconds, Arun Tiwari hung on the 19th floor balcony of a Mumbai skyscraper, before plunging to death. Arun, 30, who worked as a security guard, was the only victim of a fire that broke out in Avighna park, a residential building in Mumbai’s Lower Parel. In videos of the incident, Arun can be seen hanging from the balcony and trying to reach a windowsill on the lower level, but loses his grip and falls to the ground.

The Prime Minister’s proposed action plan aimed at open two restricted areas – beach sand minerals and offshore mining – for exploration by the private sector aims to reverse a series of measures taken by the Center over the past five years to restrict the involvement of private actors in the sector with the stated purpose of combating illegal mining. The proposal to set up a panel to reopen the sector could have strategic implications, as monazite and other minerals are refined and used in stages of the country’s nuclear power program.

Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said police would investigate the Pakistani journalist friend of former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. “Aroosa Alam and his ISI links”. A bitter brawl ensued on Twitter between the two top leaders – Amarinder Singh’s media adviser posted a photo that appeared to show Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Aroosa Alam shaking hands, with the comment “Just in passing “.

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In 2012, Vittala Malekudiya, then 23, and his father Lingappa Malekudiya were arrested by an anti-Naxal unit in Karnataka. Almost a decade later, the two, who belong to a tribal community in Dakshina Kannada district, were acquitted by a court after finding that most of the documents seized to prove their ties to Naxal were the items “necessary for daily subsistence”?. The documents in question include a book on Bhagat Singh, a letter calling for a boycott of parliamentary elections until his village obtains basic amenities, and some newspaper clippings.

Four men, arrested by the NIA for allegedly receiving money from the Pakistani terrorist company Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), for “sowing unrest in India, were released Thursday by a Delhi court. The NIA case was based on two messages retrieved from the phone of one of the defendants, in which the words “ghee” and “khidmat” were used. The investigative agency alleged that the accused were use code words to communicate with the terrorist group, under the guise of building a mosque – a request that was rejected by the court.

Who will lead the Gujarat Congress? Several senior leaders told Rahul Gandhi that they wanted an “experienced leader” appointed as the next president of the state party – signaling that there is resistance to Hardik patelto become president of the GPCC. When Rahul met with 23 congressional leaders from Gujarat this week, some of the names suggested for the post were former State Congress Presidents Shaktisinh Gohil, Bharatsinh Solanki and former Lok Sabha MP Jagdish Thakor.

National President of the BJP JP Nadda writes on India reaching the major milestone to administer more than 100 crore of vaccinations against the Covid-19: “Unfortunately, there is no vaccine against the pandemic of political cynicism, hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty which tries to undermine the historical milestones of India by peddling half-truths and biased accounts. These milestones do not belong to one party or government, but to the entire nation.

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In a freak accident, Golden Globe-winning actor Alec Baldwin missed the firing of a propeller pistol while filming the western Rust, fatally injuring a cinematographer and injuring the director. But this is not the first accident that occurs on the sets of a film. From Amitabh Bachchan seriously injured on the set of ‘Coolie’ in 1983, to the death of Bruce Lee’s son Brandon Lee on the set of ‘The Crow’ in 1993 – we take a look at some major misadventures on film sets over the years.

In this week’s episode of “Love matters”, Evelyn Sharma and her guest, comedian Kaneez Surka, discuss the struggle against the stigma and shame associated with divorce in India, the strength it takes to leave a marriage and the joy and freedom that can be found by learning to be alone again. .

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Rahel Philipose and Rounak Bagchi

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Daily briefing: Sidhu and Channi meet, break deadlock to resolve Punjab crisis; India accuses Beijing’s troop formation of tensions

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The dividing lines appeared to be tightening in Congress between the Gandhi family’s high command and an increasingly isolated rebel group. Among those who spoke was a senior party leader and member of the CWC P Chidambaram, who in a carefully calibrated tweet said: “I feel helpless when we cannot engage in meaningful conversations in party forums. I also feel hurt and helpless when I see pictures of members of Congress waving slogans outside the residence of a colleague and an MP. The refuge to which one can retreat seems to be silence.

Two days after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from his post as leader of the Punjab Congress, plunging the ruling party in the state into further turmoil, a key issue that led to the crisis appears to have been resolved with Sidhu and Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi reach agreement on “contentious” appointments. The two sides also agreed to a three-member panel, including CM Channi, the head of the PPCC and the general secretary in charge of the AICC, Harish Rawat, to make collective decisions so that there is no conflict thereafter.

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Main provisions of the central government project e-commerce rules have been fiercely opposed by the Department of Industry and the Ministry of Commercial Affairs – and the vice president of Niti Aayog who warned that they “will seriously hamper the ease of doing business and have an impact on small businesses”, according to the documents obtained by The Indian Express under the RTI Act. Records show that the Ministry of Industry Promotion and Internal Trade reported several anomalies, questioned certain provisions and suggested adjustments in a memo sent to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, which released the draft rules. in June.

Defend the former Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh, Senior Congress official Manish Tewari said the people in the AICC who were given responsibility for the Punjab could not appreciate how the state had progressed over the past four and a half years – and this is the reason for the current political crisis. The Punjab led by Captain Amarinder Singh was “politically stable (and) moving in the right direction,” the former Union minister told The Indian Express in an interview.

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Delhi-based journalist Siddique Kappan, who was arrested a year ago for sedition on his way to Hathras following the murder of a Dalit woman, did not write as a “responsible” journalist, “Only and only reports to incite Muslims”, and also wrote to “sympathize with the Maoists and the Communists,” the UP special task force reportedly said in the 5,000-page indictment filed against it.

Cases of Covid-19 among the younger population, including children saw a slight increase over the past month, according to data from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on age-positive patients. Data shows that in the past month, of the total new cases, 11.52% were in the 0-19 age group. This figure is slightly higher than the previous month, when the infection in children and young population up to 19 years was 9.38%.

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As human-elephant conflicts increase, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has embarked on a major project to identify and secure elephant corridors in the country. A mapping exercise is currently underway to track land use and land cover of elephant reserves using GIS technology, which will also contribute to conservation, Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said. .

“We are forced to sit separately during lunchtime… If we do anything, even slightly wrong, we get beaten,” said Jyoti, a 10-year-old Dalit student at Banpurwa Public Primary School in Amethi. . School principal Kusum Soni was suspended and an FIR was registered against her. The incident is eerily reminiscent of another case in UP, where similar action was taken at a school in Mainpuri district, for forcing Dalit students to keep their utensils separate.

Antique dealer, cosmetologist, patron of an association for expatriates, president of an upcoming television channel, host and philanthropist. Monson Mavunkal, who was arrested this week in Kerala for cheating and fraud, wore different hats to enhance his profile, perhaps making his job as a crook easier, investigators said. According to police investigations, the 52-year-old man is a dropout.

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In each of RCB’s four IPL games, soon after returning from a pandemic-induced hiatus, Yuzvendra Chahal has been an irresistible force, and both plucked wickets and blocked the flow of groceries, to such an extent. that his country could end up regretting his absence from the World Cup which begins next month. This raises the big question: Was India too hasty to get rid of Chahal? We take a look at his IPL stats, before and after the break.

Delhi Confidential: Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh, who is also Minister of Personnel, has successfully implemented a minor but effective personnel reform within his ministry. It has nearly 40 people on its personal staff, spread over four offices. Recently, he reduced the number to about half a dozen. Now, instead of each department having dedicated staff to look after them, some of their staff accompany them when they visit each building.

Until tomorrow,
Rahel Philipose and Rounak Bagchi

Express cartoon by EP Unny.