Beyonce perform at Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s wedding in India


The wedding is a star-studded affair, and stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, and Abhishek Bachchan performed at the sangeet.

Celebrations have begun for the wedding of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal, and Grammy Award-winning singer Beyonce arrived in Udaipur, the city of lakes, on Sunday to perform at a pre-wedding celebration for the couple.


Beyonce sported a white printed ensemble and a pair of shades as she stepped out of the Maharana Pratap Airport. A red lip colour brightened up her look as she let her curly tresses loose.

Isha Ambani, the daughter of India’s richest man, is tying the knot with Anand Piramal, son of another Indian billionaire, this week.

Beyoncé was one of many celebrities flown in, along with Bollywood stars and figures like Hillary Clinton.

It comes on the heels of several recent Indian weddings competing for glamour, excess and attention.

The Ambanis themselves recently attended the wedding of Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.

And last weekend, Isha Ambani was a bridesmaid at the wedding of actress Priyanka Chopra to US singer Nick Jonas.

Beyonce’s arrival for a private concert has been much talked about since September when American singer John Legend performed at Isha and Anand’s engagement in Italy’s Lake Como.

The wedding celebrations are as grand as expected, with song, dance and feasts. On Saturday night, a glitzy sangeet ceremony saw the bride and groom’s family in a celebratory mood.

The actual wedding of the daughter of business tycoon Mukesh Ambani is on Wednesday but the festivities leading up to it kicked off over the weekend.

It is likely to be one of India’s richest and most glamorous weddings, and the many guests include former US First Lady and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, media giant Arianna Huffington, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal.

Celebrity bloggers, entertainment writers and lifestyle magazines have been scouring Instagram to keep up with festivities.

Beyoncé took to the stage on Sunday night for the sangeet, an evening of music and dance that typically precedes the wedding.

She shared photos on her Instagram account of her jewel-studded outfit and elaborate gold jewellery.

Her fee hasn’t been made public, but would likely not have been a problem for the Ambanis. Mukesh Ambani, managing director of Reliance Industries, has a personal fortune of around $47bn (£37bn).


Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent protests


Srinagar, May 7 (IANS) Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar and some other places in the valley on Monday to prevent separatist-called protests and a sit-in outside the Civil Secretariat here. The protest shutdown and sit-in was called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer […]

Indian police started the investigation into Wowcoin fraud


Indian police are investigating a potential major cryptocurrency fraud that includes criminals duping a Chennai woman out of nearly $26 000 by convincing her to invest in abandoned cryptocurrency Wowcoin. The victim is identified as pharmacist Indrani Maruthamuthu from West Mambalam. She met the suspects through Facebook and identified them as Padmaj Bommi Shetty Srinivasalu, […]

373 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: How the filthy wealthy in India become rich – by defrauding banks —

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Syndicate Bank MD in Rs 600-crore loan case NEW DELHI, DHNS: A high-profile loan fraud case amounting to Rs 600 crore came to light on Thursday with the CBI booking Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran, his son S Saravanan, and two top public sector bank officials, including Syndicate Bank chief Melwyn Rego. The agency, which named […]

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Syndicate Bank MD in
Rs 600-crore loan case

NEW DELHI, DHNS: A high-profile loan fraud case amounting to Rs 600 crore came to light on Thursday with the CBI booking Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran, his son S Saravanan, and two top public sector bank officials, including Syndicate Bank chief Melwyn Rego.

The agency, which named 38 people including 15 bank officials who worked at senior levels at IDBI Bank during 2010-14, conducted searches at 50 locations across 10 cities, including in Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Faridabad, Gandhinagar, Chennai, Belagavi, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Pune, including Rego’s residence.

The case was registered against British Virgin Islands-based Axcel Sunshine Ltd and others on the allegations of perpetrating fraud through the loan accounts of Win Wind Oy, Finland and Axcel Sunshine Ltd after receiving the money from IDBI.

Besides Sivasankaran and Rego, who was deputy managing director in IDBI Bank when the loan was sanctioned, others named in the FIR include managing director and CEO of Indian Bank Kishor Kharat (who was managing director and CEO of IDBI Bank) and then chairman-cum-managing director of IDBI Bank M S Raghavan.

“It is a case of alleged fraud on the bank by then executives of the bank, then promoters of the group and the companies. It was alleged that the Finland-based company was sanctioned loan by IDBI in October 2010 to the extent of Euro 52 million (Rs 322.40 crore). The performance of the said company showed stress and it was eventually granted voluntary bankruptcy by a Court in Finland in October 2013,” a CBI spokesperson said.

Another loan of $83 million (Rs 523 crore) was sanctioned by IDBI to the British Virgin Island-based company in February-March 2014. This was used for repaying loans of other companies belonging to Sivasankaran in “flagrant violation of the guidelines of RBI on foreign investments”.

The loans were granted to these companies by IDBI Bank at its highest decision making level comprising the senior-most management and even independent directors, “disregarding the existing guidelines, instructions and procedures”. Subsequently, various conditions were relaxed or all together ignored leading to a loss of around Rs 600 crore to the bank.

Deputy managing director IDBI G M Yadwadkar, former independent directors of IDBI P S Shenoy, S Ravi, Ninad Karpe, executive director Subroto Gupta, former executive directors Viney Kumar and B Ravindra Nath, general managers K Biju George, Venkata Krishnan, G Suneel Babu and then regional manager Manoj Alex were also booked.

Man hangs self,
relative alleges police harassment

Bengaluru: A 21-year-old man reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Bagalgunte on Wednesday.

The police suspect that the victim, Ramachandra, a Tempo Traveller driver attached to a private travel agency, may have taken the extreme step due to depression.

According to the police, Ramachandra and his mother, Jayamma, were living in Bagalgunte near the Maramma temple. He was not going to work for the past 15 days for reasons unknown, the police said.

On Wednesday, around lunch time, he asked his mother to buy curd. Even as she left for the shop, he hanged himself from a ceiling hook. When Jayamma returned, the door was locked and she peeped through the window and found Ramachandra hanging. She informed the neighbours, who alerted the police. They rushed him to hospital, but the doctors declared him brought dead, the police said. However, one of the victim’s relatives claimed that Ramachandra killed himself due to harassment by the police.

‘Victim was threatened’

He said another relative of Ramachandra, who resides in Rajagopalanagar and was accused in a case, had gone absconding. The police, in spite of tracing him, picked up Ramachandra and asked him to give his whereabouts, and said they would file false cases against him if he didn’t oblige.

However, the relative has not lodged any complaint with the police.

The Bagalgunte police have registered a case of unnatural death based on Ramachandra mother’s complaint and are investigating further.

Woman dies at hospital

In a separate incident, a 36-year-old woman died at a hospital, where she had been admitted five days ago after she hanged herself at her house at Defence Colony in Bagalgunte.

The victim, Latha, a homemaker, was the wife of Thamme Gowda, a supervisor at a garments factory.

According to the police, she hanged herself at her
house from a ceiling fan on April 20. But she was rescued and was
admitted to the Sapthagiri Hospital, where she was
undergoing treatment, the added.

On Wednesday, she stopped responding to the treatment and died, the police said.

They are yet to ascertain the reason behind her taking the extreme step, but suspect that she was depressed and so decided to end her life.

The Bagalgunte police have registered a case of unnatural death and are investigating further.

Man convicted of sexually assaulting minor girl

Bengaluru: The 55th City Civil Court on Thursday convicted a 32-year-old man under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) and sentenced him to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 6,500.

The suspect, Parthiban, was arrested by the Srirampura police in May 2017 for sexually assaulting a minor girl at his house.

According to the police, Parthiban, owner of a scrap shop, was living-in with the victim’s mother. The victim and her younger sister moved into Parthiban house after the death of their father. While the victim’s mother would work in the scrap shop, Parthiban would drop and pick up the children from school.

Soon, Parthiban began to sexually assault the victim and warned her not reveal it to anyone. Unable to bear the torture, the victim informed her mother, who filed a complaint with the Srirampura police.

Based on her complaint, the police arrested Parthiban.

Kannada serial director
cheated of Rs 33 lakh by media employee

Bengaluru, DHNS: A Kannada serial director has been cheated of Rs 33 lakh by a senior
employee of a television channel, situated on Rhenius Street in Richmond Town.

The JP Nagar police have taken up a cheating case and identified the suspect as Chandan Yadav (45), the marketing head of the channel, who according to the police remains elusive.

The victim, Naveen Roy, had approached several big names in the television industry to get a prime-time slot for his comedy serial ‘Athe Hange, Sose Hinge’.

When Naveen approached Udaya TV office in Chennai for the same in August 2016, it gave a contact of Yadav, who worked for a renowned television news channel in Bengaluru.

Naveen later got in touch with Yadav for his inquiries on the slot.

Yadav claiming to be an influential person in the media industry, promised Naveen the prime-time slots on the channel.

Yadav then started collecting lakhs of rupees from Naveen and asked him to start shooting for his serial.

Naveen began producing and directing the serial and roped in several artists.

As the serial was ready for the telecast, Naveen contacted Yadav, who asked him to be patient and wait. By the time, Yadav had already made Naveen cough up around Rs 32 lakh and an iPhone.

When Naveen could not get the slot, he demanded his money back to which Yadav gave lame excuses and sometimes did not even respond to his calls.

On April 21, Naveen approached the police and registered a case.
Further investigations are underway.

12 in dock over jobs for preachers in army

NEW DELHI: Recruiting religious teaches in the army had turned into a way for some army officials to mint money, but they have landed in trouble after an inquiry was conducted into anonymous complaints about the issue.

However, it was an easy task for the internal investigators in the army to pinpoint the suspects as most of the monetary transactions involved took place through bank accounts.

A bribe of at least Rs 15.55 lakh was paid by nine people who managed to get the job in 2013.

A CBI investigation is on after the agency registered a case on the basis of a complaint from General Office Commanding (Hyderabad) N Srinivas Rao.

12 armyment, including nine who were recruited as religious teachers, as well as five private persons are in the dock.

Religious teachers are inducted into the army for spiritual activities in the unit and to deliver spiritual motivation to the troops.

The CBI said that the army approached them with a complaint only last Thursday “due to conduct of in-house inquiry which involved summoning civilian witnesses and getting details of bank accounts of all the accused from various parts of the country”.

Recruitment trouble

The recruitment process was dogged with trouble from the beginning, after Subedar M N Tripathi, a religious teacher in the army, was removed from the interview panel after his name cropped up in an input on him indulging in “unfair practices by approaching candidates”.

In his place, another religious teacher, Satya Prakash, was appointed. However, the complaint, which makes part of the FIR said Tripathi did not let the opportunity go and managed to rope in Prakash and another religious teacher, M K Pandey, to influence the process.

Tripathi is said to have given Prakash a list of 20 candidates to be favoured during the recruitment process “by asking simple questions and giving maximum marks”.

Bribe collection

According to the CBI, Tripathi used the bank accounts of his five neighbours in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur to collect bribe amount.

Pandey used Tripathi’s help to reach out to prospective candidates while the internal army inquiry is said to have found that Prakash collected Rs 14 lakh in his bank account.

FD worth Rs 143 cr of Kanishk Gold attached

CHENNAI, DHNS: Continuing with its action, the ED on Thursday attached fixed deposits worth Rs 143 crore of Kanishk Gold, which is accused of defrauding several banks to the tune of Rs 824 crores.

The ED action came two days after it froze land, buildings, along with a plant, and machinery worth Rs 48 crore in Kancheepuram district. The ED office here issued a provisional order for attachment of the FDs under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The agency said it found that an amount of Rs 300 crore was sent by the firm to a jewellers account and there was allegedly “no evidence” of receipt of gold sale in lieu of the said payment.


High-profile Indian guru, Asaram Bapu sentenced to life for raping 16-year-old girl- Abati

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High-profile Indian guru, Asaram Bapu sentenced to life for raping 16-year-old girl

A high-profile spiritual guru in India with a huge following has been handed a life sentence for raping a teenage girl in 2013.

The verdict against 77-year-old Asaram Bapu was read out on Wednesday inside the prison where he is being held in Jodhpur in Rajasthan state because of fears that his followers might resort to violence.

Security was tight around the prison complex and in states where the guru has a large following.

The trial was the latest in a series of high-profile rape cases in India that have fuelled public protests and raised questions about how police handle the attacks and treat the victims.

Last August, another popular and flamboyant Indian spiritual guru, Dr. Saint Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim Insan, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of raping two female followers.

Responding to widespread outrage over the recent rape and killings of young girls and other attacks on children, India’s government last week approved the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under age 12.

Judge Madhusudhan Sharma announced the prison term for Bapu and sentenced two of his associates to 20 years in prison each for helping him in the crime.

The judge convicted Bapu on charges of criminal conspiracy, wrongful confinement and rape.

Bapu has denied the charges, and a spokesman, Neelam Dubey, said he would appeal the verdict in a higher court.

The girl in her complaint to police in 2013 accused Bapu of raping her when she visited his retreat in Jodhpur with her mother. She was 16 at the time. The girl’s family said they had been followers of Bapu for more than a decade.

Bapu has been in prison since his arrest in 2013. He ran more than 230 ashrams with residential schools with millions of followers across India and abroad, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Uganda and Kenya.

Religious sects wield considerable political clout in India. Bapu is also on trial along with his son Narayan Sai in a separate case in which two sisters have accused the two men of sexual assault.

Dalit Woman Commits Suicide After Being Sexually Harassed By Two Men In Uttar Pradesh

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dalit-woman-commits-suicide-after-being-sexually-harassed-by-two-men-in-uttar-pradeshINDIA- Dalit Woman Commits Suicide After Being Sexually Harassed By Two Men In Uttar Pradesh

A suicide note was recovered from the spot in which she has alleged sexual harassment (Representational)
Muzaffarnagar:  A Dalit woman committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her house after allegedly being sexually harassed by two men at Raipur village in the district, police said today.The woman, who worked as a labourer in a brick klin, was allegedly sexually harassed and her complaint was not filed by the police when she had gone with her husband to Phugana police station, they said.Police sub inspector Subhash Chand has been suspended in connection with the incident, police said.A suicide note was recovered from the spot in which she has alleged sexual harassment by two men, police said.

Two cases, one abatement of suicide and one sexual harassment were registered against two persons, who were arrested in this connection, they said.

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Jammu policemen face charges over Asifa’s rape, killing

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Court filing by police lays bare circumstances of eight-year-old Muslim girl’s death in mainly Hindu district of Kathua. A retired government official and four policemen have been charged over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir.

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Activists took to New Delhi’s streets to protest Asifa’s rape and murder [Cathal McNaughton/Reuters]

A retired government official and four policemen have been charged over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The retired official, Sanji Ram, ordered his nephew and a policeman to kidnap the girl, Asifa, in January to terrorise members of her nomadic Bakerwal community into leaving Kathua district in the mainly Hindu Jammu division, according to a court filing.

The girl was heavily sedated, kept in a Hindu temple, and gang-raped by at least three men over the course of four days in mid-January, the police said in the charge sheet made public on Tuesday.

She was later strangled and her body was found in the forest near the temple.

One of the three suspected rapists was a policeman.

Another officer, Anand Dutta, who was initially in charge of the investigation, took more than $6,000 in bribes to cover up the crime, according to the police.

Dutta even washed the clothes Asifa was wearing at the time of her death to remove any blood or semen stains, they said.

He is among a total of eight suspects who have been detained over Asifa’s rape and murder. All eight are Hindu.

Residents of Kathua’s mainly Hindu community, however, claim the men are innocent and have protested against their arrest for months.

Several BJP officials have also rushed to the suspects’ defence, organising marches against their detention, while lawyers of Jammu’s Bar Association  blocked  the entrance to a local court to prevent the police from filing charges against the suspects.

Land disputes

There have always been divisions between the Muslim and Hindu communities in Jammu and Kashmir, Talib Hussain, a member of the Bakerwal community,  told Al Jazeera, but the “situation has worsened” since the BJP, led by Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, won the national elections in 2014.

Asifa’s murder was a “well-planned crime to create fear among the Muslims in Kathua and drive them away from their homes in the Hindu majority area”, he said, noting an increase in conflict between local Hindus and the Bakerwals over land disputes in recent years.

The police, in the court filing, also said rivalry between the two groups had grown, with members filing various complaints against each other.

Ram, who planned Asifa’s abduction, was “against the settlement” of Bakerwals in Kathua, the police said.

The nomadic community, who herd goats and sheeps, usually spend the winter months in the plains of Jammu and migrate to highland pastures to graze their animals in the summer.

But in recent years, some of them have started to settle in permanent homes.

And Ram “always kept on motivating members of his community of the area not to provide land for grazing or any other kind of assistance”, the charge sheet said.

Prior to the attack, he imposed fines at least two members of the Bakerwal community for using a pond and a forest near his land for watering and grazing their cattle, the police said.

Ram had even campaigned against one of his neighbours for selling land to a Bakerwal, the police said, adding that ultimately, Asifa, being a child, “became a soft target” of the growing rivalry.

‘Rein in the mob’

Himanshu Sharma, a Jammu lawyer who has rallied in defence of the accused, called the state police’s investigation “flawed” because Muslim policemen were involved in the probe.

He said the federal Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) must look in to the case instead, a demand BJP officials in the state have also backed.

The lawyers also organised a general strike, which began in Kathua on Wednesday, prompting a police investigation over disruption against them.

Hindu nationalists have protested against the arrest of the suspects in Kathua [File: Reuters]

“There is only one reason men accused of such a heinous crime have widespread public support: like the majority of people in Kathua, the suspects are Hindu; the girl was a Muslim,” wrote Samar Halarnkar in the Scroll on Thursday.

He said Asifa’s rape and murder marked a “defining moment” for India.

The ruling BJP must “rein in the mob”, he said, adding that it “must stand for what is just and lawful, qualities they have frequently abandoned when minorities are involved”.

Sunil Sethi, a BJP official in Jammu and Kashmir, denied the charge, saying they too “demand justice for the victim”.

Silence at the centre

While the BJP’s defence of the accused has been “loud” at the state level, at the centre, its silence has been deafening, wrote Monobina Gupta, managing editor of The Wire news website, referring to Modi’s lack of comment on the case.

The noise at the state level accompanied by the silence at the centre feed into each other, she said, “promoting [a] culture of impunity for law-breakers who target Muslims and other marginalised sections”.

Responding to the anger over Asifa’s murder, Mehbooba Mufti, the chief minister for Jammu and Kashmir, whose PDP party rules the state in an alliance with the BJP, pledged on Thursday to introduce the death penalty for child rapists.


‘Anti-Muslim bigotry has been normalised under Modi’

“We will never let another child suffer in this way,” she wrote on Twitter.

Many others also took to Twitter to question why opposition leader Rahul Gandhi’s had failed to comment, after which the president of the Indian National Congress party called for a “silent, peaceful, candlelit vigil” in New Delhi.

Thousands joined the vigil at India Gate monument on Thursday night to demand justice for women.

Dozens of women’s rights activists and students, already angered by what they called police reluctance to investigate a BJP politician over the rape of a 15-year-old in Uttar Pradesh, also took to the streets of New Delhi on Thursday in protest against the two cases.

But other Twitter users lamented what they called a muted response.

They noted how another attack in 2012, the fatal gang rape of a young woman dubbed Nirbhaya, had moved hundreds of thousands of Indians to take to the streets in protest.

Asifa is “another Nirbhaya,” wrote Shaili Chopra, a rights activist. “We need collective disobedience against rape in India – if these cases don’t shake the conscience of this nation, what will?”

Shaili Chopra@shailichopra

another Nirbhaya: We need collective disobedience against rape in India – If these cases don’t shake the conscience of this nation what will? Is beti bachao just a slogan? When will we become intolerant to crimes against women? India has failed me. 

Rakesh Sharma


Is Asifa not India’s daughter?

A child brutally raped inside a temple.
To terrorise nomadic Muslims into leaving.
Crime driven by religious hatred.

Yet, MLAs, local lawyers & Hindutva brigade try to prevent even filing of complaint & publicly support rapists!


Ashok Swain


Asifa, an 8 year old Muslim girl who was tortured, raped and killed inside a temple by Hindu men – Hindutva groups protect theses barbaric criminals because they are Hindus. There is no national outrage. India has become a land of bigots and hypocrites. 

Rifat Fareed contributed reporting from Srinagar