The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police on Monday registered a first information report (FIR) against directors of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank for allegedly disbursing fraudulent loans leading to losses to the tune of crores of rupees. While no one has been named in the FIR yet, the bank’s directors, at the time of the alleged offence, include senior Nationalist Congress Party leaders like Ajit Pawar, Vijaysinh Mohite Patil and Anand Adsul.Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) Rajvardhan Sinha confirmed that the FIR was registered on Monday. The Bombay High Court (HC), which is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) regarding the case, had last week directed the EOW to register an FIR in the matter within five days. “We have only mentioned directors of the bank as the accused in the FIR for now, and further action will be based on investigations,” Mr. Sinha said. The FIR has been registered under the relevant sections for cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code.The HC issued the directive on a PIL filed by activist Surinder Mohan Arora, who alleged lack of police action on his complaint regarding the fraud.The PIL was filed on the basis of a National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development inspection report in 2011, which indicated widespread malpractices while granting loans amounting to crores of rupees by the bank to various cooperative sugar factories. The report indicates that the losses caused to the MSC Bank were to the tune of ₹2,061 crore.The HC Bench had last week observed that the report indicates bank records were forged and profits were fraudulently declared, and that non performing asset accounts were kept hidden while sanctioning illegal loans.
Celebrity ladies including Gemma Cairney, Caroline Flack, Laura Whitmore, Gizzi Erskine, Cherry Healey, Grace Woodward, Jessie Cave and Georgie Okell joined crowds of bargain hunting shoppers at Rumble in the Jumble 2 for Oxfam in London’s Bethnal Green.The celebrity jumble sale, organised by The Music Circle and Gemma Cairney was part of Oxfam’s Get Together for International Women’s Day (8th March) and raised money for the charity’s work with women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Celebrity donations up for grabs included items from Bat for Lashes, Daisy Lowe, Edith Bowman, Annie Mac, Tinie Tempah, Fearne Cotton, Gemma Cairney, Jessie Ware, Lauren Laverne, Charlotte Church, Alison Mosshart, Jack Whitehall, Lucy Rose, Dermot O’Leary, Toddla T, Stooshe, The Vaccines, Zane Lowe, Paloma Faith and many more.The Music Circle and pals blagged choice jumble from the music world, which was on offer alongside choice accessories and bric-a-brac. An impressive record stall boasted stock from from DJs and bands’ personal collections, including The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Erol Alkan, Friendly Fires, Andrew Weatherall and Mary Anne Hobbs.Gemma Cairney said: “I’m simply illuminated by the spirit, the generosity and most of all the damn hard graft of so many brilliant friends – and friends of their friends. That’s what an Oxfam Get Together is about – coming together, having a blast and making a difference. On a serious note, the complexities of the problems faced by women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo runs deeper than imaginable. Every single joyful bargain bought will contribute towards support for them. This was more than jumble sale, we felt the rumble.”Rumble in the Jumble 2 also featured a pop-up retro hair salon from Lipstick & Curls, food from Gizzi Erskine, tea and cakes from Drink, Shop & Do, Joe’s Tea Company and ping-pong action from Pongathon. The event follows the success of last year’s Rumble in the Jumble Get Together for Oxfam, organised by Gemma Cairney and Dawn Porter.To get involved in The Oxfam Get Together for International Women’s Day visit www.oxfam.org.uk/gettogether. For more information on The Music Circle visit www.justgiving.com/themusiccircle.Source:Oxfam.org.uk
The International Athletic Association (IAA) has announced that iconic tennis star Serena Williams and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali are the recipients of the esteemed 2017 Jesse Owens Awards.The prestigious awards recognize sports legends who exemplify the ideals embodied by Olympian and humanitarian Jesse Owens: integrity, perseverance and service.This year’s historic ceremony falls on the 81st anniversary of Jesse Owens’ incomparable triumph at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he won four gold medals and defeated Hitler’s superiority ambitions. Herb Douglas Jr., bronze medalist in the 1948 London Olympics and protégé of Jesse Owens, co-founded the Award program with Owens’ widow Ruth and their three daughters in 1981. They saw a need to honor Owens and created this annual, charitable celebration where the biggest sports icons of yesterday and today gather to continue his legacy.“Jesse Owens used the global stage of the Olympics and his status as a world-class athlete to make a considerable difference in the world,” said Herbert P. Douglas, Jr., Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Athletic Association Board of Directors and oldest living African American Olympian. “We are thrilled to be recognizing Serena Williams who is one of the greatest athletes of our time and the quintessence of uncompromising sportsmanship.”Jesse Owens Athlete Trophy:Williams, regarded by many as the best player to grace the tennis court, will be honored with the Jesse Owens International Athlete Trophy. The award is presented annually to the world’s best athlete as voted by a group of electors consisting of sports writers and experts across the world. Serena joins the ranks of past Owens trophy winners Carl Lewis, Greg Louganis, Sebastian Coe, Haile Gebrselassie, Edwin Moses, Vitali Scherbo, and Eric Heiden, among others.Jesse Owens Global Peace Award:Muhammad Ali, considered one of the most significant global sports figures of the 20th century, will posthumously receive the Jesse Owens Global Award for Peace. The three-time heavyweight boxing champion’s achievements in the ring were arguably exceeded by the symbol of peace and justice he came to represent outside of it. Over time, he became a revered international hero. In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and he passed away in June of 2016. His family will accept the Award in his honor.The gala, a touchstone annual event celebrating the intersection of athletic achievement and ethical sportsmanship, will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2016 at Jazz at Lincoln Center. All proceeds go to the Jesse Owens Scholarship Fund at Ohio State and the Herb Douglas Jr. Scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh.For more information, please visit JesseOwensGala.com.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday said the denial of facts by law enforcement after picking up many opposition leaders and activists is a serious inhuman act, reports news agency UNB.In a statement, party senior joint secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also alleged that law enforcers have become desperate to eliminate opposition parties with state patronage.The statement was issued as Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal’s Sirajganj district town unit convener Sanwar Hossain Sanu remained missing since he was “picked up” by law enforcers.Rizvi expressed deep concern as he said law enforcers are not admitting the arrest of Sanu.“The Awami League government has made the denial a culture.”He said the government has started indulging in enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, arresting opposition leaders and activists in false cases and other cruel acts out of its unknown fear of losing power.“Family members and the BNP leaders and activists are deeply worried over the incident of Sanu’s missing,” Rizvi said.The BNP leader demanded the law enforcers ensure the safe and immediate return of the Swechchasebak Dal leader to his family.
Up above the hills, where a forest of nodding flowers and an endless valley of Himalayan mountains paint the sky, lives one of India’s most-loved writers – Ruskin Bond. He’s lived in this humble Ivy Cottage since 1981 and has penned numerous tales to traverse a 68-year-long journey exclusively spent in writing. And even as he turns 84, he shows no signs of slowing down. “In fact, I think I am writing more now,” he revealed in an interview at his residence ahead of his 84th birthday. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBond’s vivid tales from the Ivy Cottage, and his descriptions of the view from the window at the foot of his bed, can often be deceiving for what one imagines to be some sort of a mansion of a celebrated writer is actually a humble first-floor flat of “an ordinary man”.”I’ve never cared for riches; what will I do with them?” he asks. And yet, when Rusty, as his readers lovingly call him, looks back at his writerly life, memories of several consecutive years when his love for writing plunged him into financial depths come flashing by. There were very few resources and opportunities for writers when he set out with his literary career. Multinational publishers were yet to find a footing in India and so, as his longtime friend and publisher David Davidar puts it, “our would be man of letters set sail for England”. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn England, he found a home for “The Room on the Roof,” his very first novel that won him the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1957 at the mere age of 23. But contrary to the prevailing notion, Bond contended, that his time in England was not very fruitful.” ‘The Room on the Roof’ was what I carried with myself from India. I wrote very less there; or even in Delhi, there was no writing at all,” he said. And thus from the royalty advance that he was paid for his first novel, he sailed back to India. Stopping by in Karachi, he went looking for the names and contacts of editors whom he could “bombard” with his stories and articles. The then young man wanted to make a living by freelancing his writings. The Illustrated Weekly of India and The Statesman were the main sources of income for Bond during the 1950s to the 1970s and even the 1980s, paying about Rs 35-Rs 50 per write-up. He constantly churned out stories and articles because they were his “bread and butter”. And when things went really bad, he even did some odd jobs. Things changed for the struggling writer when publishing houses began to find a footing in India.While the search for authentic stories from India was just beginning, here was Bond, with his tonnes and tonnes of stories and articles, ready to be compiled in anthologies and collections. The freelancer soon became an adored figure – loved and revered by generations of readers.”Of course I want the royalty checks, but my desires are very simple. I did not have a very happy childhood so I want to ensure that my grandchildren have a secured life, so should Rakesh and Bina (his adopted family),” he noted.A child at heart, Bond leads the visiting correspondent to the legendary window and says that “nobody, nobody has this view”. At night, “the sky is tremendous with stars”, the sparrows come at noon “to squabble on the windowsill” and clouds are “passers-by” during the day. “Here I sit,” he says, pointing to a small bed, tucked in the far end corner of the room, “and write”.There are occasional visitors, trekking all the way from Mussoorie to see his house. “Yesterday, someone was clicking pictures of my staircase and I thought this is the worst staircase in all of Mussoorie, why would someone want its pictures? Then he saw me looking out of the window and the camera immediately turned towards me, I quietly disappeared,” he laughed. A chronicler of his life, almost everything that Bond has written comes from his own experiences. He maintained that he is writing more than ever before because, apart from his memory growing stronger with age, he has a much broader and larger range of people and experiences to write about. In his latest book “Stumbling Through Life” (Rupa), releasing on his birthday, he weaves together a selection of his essays and writings to bring to the reader the rich tapestry of his life. “If some day I am to be remembered at all, it should be for the stories and tales I have written. I am a very simple man, always believed in the beauty of small things, I am grateful to the readers for loving me so much. My stories belong to them as much as they belong to me,” he says, his voice soft and emotional.
Kolkata: The intervention and assurance of state Education minister Partha Chatterjee resulted in the withdrawal of resignation by heads of four departments at Rabindra Bharati University (RBU), who had resigned on Monday alleging lackadaisical attitude on the part of the varsity in probing the allegations of gender and caste discrimination by a geography teacher.”I have spoken to the Vice-Chancellor, who has already constituted a committee to probe the allegations. I have asked him to speed up the probe and bring the results of the same in public,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to sources, Chatterjee went to the varsity campus at BT Road on Tuesday afternoon, after being instructed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the wake of resignation of four departmental heads, namely those of Sanskrit, Political Science, Economics and Education. Chatterjee also spoke to the resigning teachers and urged them to return to work so that academic activities in the varsity are not jeopardised. It may be mentioned that the problem had originated with professor of Geography Saraswati Kerketa resigning, alleging objectionable remarks on part of some members of the student’s union in the varsity regarding her caste. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe teacher, who suffers from a bone degenerative disease, had fallen ill after the alleged harassment. A committee was constituted for probing the allegations that were made at the end of last month. But the report regarding the same has not been made public yet. Chatterjee has appealed to the students to seek apology from the teachers who had been ashamed due to their conduct. “It is your duty to respect teachers and maintain a good relation with them,” he added. The Education minister also tried to contact the geography professor but found her phone switched off. Chatterjee also made it clear that if somebody from the Trinamool Congress student’s union is found involved in the incident, strong action will be taken against him/her.