3 Days Before PM Narendra Modi-Led Selection Committee’s Meet On New CBI Chief, More Transfers By M Nageswara Rao

Interim CBI boss Nageswara Rao’s last set of transfers, in October, had raised questions.

New Delhi: 

Interim CBI chief M Nageswara Rao, whose appointment has been challenged in the Supreme Court, transferred 20 officials on Monday. Among those shifted out is the investigating officer of the case probing allegations of loan fraud against fugitive jewelers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

The transfers were ordered just before a high-powered selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to pick a new CBI director after the controversial sacking of Alok Verma. The panel meets on Thursday.

According to an official order, SK Nair, who was investigating Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, was transferred to the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Mumbai.

Mr Nair has been replaced by A Saravanan, a superintendent of police from Chennai, who was probing the Sterlite protest case.

Vivek Priyadarshi, who was handling the anti-corruption unit investigating the 2G spectrum scam, has also been shifted.

The order said officers specially named to supervise, investigate or inquire into any case by any constitutional court, shall continue to do so.

Nageswara Rao‘s last set of transfers, in October, had raised questions. He had signed off on the transfers after taking over as interim CBI chief at 2 am on October 23, following a government order sending Alok Verma on forced leave.

Alok Verma challenged the move and was partially reinstated by the Supreme Court earlier this month. In the two days that he went to work before he was transferred again by the PM-led committee, he reversed the transfers ordered by Mr Rao, mainly of officers on his team.

Mr Verma also ordered more transfers. All his decisions were scrapped again when Mr Rao returned as interim chief.

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Airtel Rs. 1,699 Recharge With 1GB Data per Day, Unlimited Voice Calls for 365 Days Launched to Rival Jio

Bharti Airtel has reportedly launched a new long-term prepaid recharge priced at Rs. 1,699. The pack is said to offersunlimited calling, data, and SMS benefits like the rest of the combo packages from Airtel. The validity of this new Airtel Rs. 1,699 pack is reportedly 365 days i.e., a full year, and it looks to give competition to Reliance Jio that also offers a year-long package at the same price. Just like Reliance Jio, Airtel does not put any FUP on its unlimited voice calling benefits, and the Rs. 1,699 recharge is also available in an open market manner.

The new Airtel Rs. 1,699 prepaid recharge is said to offer unlimited STD, roaming, and local calls, 100 SMS messages per day, and 1GB data benefit per day. It is also reported to come with a year-long validity, and offers free premium content subscription on the Airtel TV app. Telecom Talk reports that this new pack is available in an open market manner, but we weren’t able to spot it on the website or the app.

The new Airtel recharge will compete directly with the Reliance Jio’s Rs. 1,699 prepaid recharge that offers unlimited voice calling benefits, 100 SMS messages per day, and 1.5GB data per day for a validity of 365 days. It will also go head to head with Vodafone’s Rs. 1,499 prepaid recharge that offers similar benefits as the Airtel Rs. 1,699 pack – 1GB data per day, 100 SMS messages per day, unlimited voice calling, and one-year validity. The Rs. 1,499 Vodafone recharge also includes access to the Vodafone Play app to offer prepaid subscribers with free Live TV and movies while on-the-go.

Earlier this month, BSNL also launched the Rs. 1,312 recharge as its new year-long recharge option with 5GB data and unlimited voice calls for 365 days.

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BSNL Launches New Rs. 899 Prepaid Recharge, Offers 1.5GB Data Per Day for 180 Days

Expanding its prepaid portfolio, BSNL has reportedly now launched a new Rs. 899 prepaid recharge with a validity of 180 days. The new recharge is said to have been launched in select circles, and offer 1.5GB data per day. This amounts to 270GB of total data during the validity period. The Rs. 899 pack joins the already existing Rs. 999 recharge that offers similar 181 days of validity, and 1.5GB data per day validity. This plan is more widely available across India, while the Rs. 899 pack is reportedly only available in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh circle.

The new BSNL Rs. 899 pack is said to offer 1.5GB data per day, unlimited voice calls (except Mumbai and Delhi circles), and 50 SMS per day for a validity of 180 days. Telecom Talk reports that this half yearly plan has been launched only in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circle as of now. It doesn’t offer unlimited voice calling in Mumbai and Delhi circles, and will charge users standard tariff rates.

As mentioned, this new plan joins the Rs. 999 prepaid recharge that offers 1.5GB data per day, 100 SMS per day, and unlimited voice calling benefit including Mumbai and Delhi circles. The validity of this plan is also half-yearly i.e. 181 days. As part of the recently announced Additional Talk Time offer, the Rs 999 plan is reportedly currently providing 3.21GB data per day for 181 days.

Reliance Jio also offers a half yearly validity pack at Rs. 1,999, but it only offer 125GB of total data to its subscriber. However, it offers true unlimited voice calling benefits, complimentary Jio apps subscription, and 100 SMS per day for 180 days of validity.

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Delhi: Mild Relief from cold for next Two days

दिल्ली: पंजाब, हरियाणा और दिल्ली एनसीआर सहित अन्य मैदानी इलाकों में अगले दो दिन तक न्यूनतम तापमान में इजाफे के कारण सर्दी से हल्की राहत रहेगी. इन इलाकों में हालांकि 21 और 25 जनवरी की शाम से बारिश की संभावना के मद्देनजर गणतंत्र दिवस के लिए थोड़ी चिंता बढ़ गई है. 

मौसम विभाग के अगले सात दिनों के पूर्वानुमान के अनुसार उत्तरी क्षेत्र के मैदानी इलाकों, दिल्ली पंजाब, हरियााण और पश्चिमी उत्तर प्रदेश में पिछले 24 घंटों से न्यूनतम तापमान में बढ़ोतरी का दौर जारी है. शुक्रवार को न्यूनतम तापमान 4.5 डिग्री सेल्सियस रहने के बाद शनिवार देर शाम तक छह डिग्री, रविवार को आठ डिग्री और सोमवार को 11 डिग्री सेल्सियस तक रहने का अनुमान है. 

मौसम विभाग की पूर्वानुमान इकाई के वैज्ञानिक कुलदीप श्रीवास्तव ने बताया कि पश्चिमी विक्षोभ की सक्रियता के कारण एक तरफ 21 जनवरी की शाम को जम्मू कश्मीर और हिमाचल प्रदेश में तथा 22 जनवरी को उत्तराखंड में मध्यम से भारी बारिश और हिमपात की चेतावनी जारी की गयी है. 

इसका असर दिल्ली, राष्ट्रीय राजधानी क्षेत्र, पंजाब हरियाणा और पश्चिमी उत्तर प्रदेश में 21 जनवरी की शाम से बादल छाये रहने और हल्की बारिश के रूप में देखने को मिलेगा. इन इलाकों में मौसम का यह मिजाज 22 जनवरी को भी बरकरार रहने का अनुमान है. 

मौसम के साप्ताहिक पूर्वानुमान के मुताबिक मैदानी इलाकों में 21 और 22 जनवरी को बारिश के कारण न्यूनतम तापमान में गिरावट और हवा की गति में इजाफा दर्ज किये जाने के साथ सर्दी एक बार फिर बढ़ने का अनुमान है. इस अवधि में न्यूनतम तापमान नौ से आठ डिग्री सेल्सियस तक रहने और हवा की गति बढ़कर 25 से 30 किमी प्रतिघंटा तक हो सकती है. इससे दिल्ली एनसीआर क्षेत्र में वायु प्रदूषण से मामूली राहत मिल सकती है. 

विभाग ने हालांकि 23 और 24 जनवरी को दिल्ली एनसीआर क्षेत्र में कोहरा बढ़ने की संभावना को देखते हुये हवा की गुणवत्ता में गिरावट आने की आशंका है. वहीं 25 जनवरी को देर शाम दिल्ली एनसीआर क्षेत्र में हल्की बारिश का दौर शुरु होने और 26 जनवरी को सुबह बादल छाये रहने के साथ हल्की बारिश की संभावना व्यक्त की है. 

गणतंत्र दिवस आयोजन के मद्देनजर मध्य दिल्ली क्षेत्र के मौसम के पूर्वानुमान के बारे में श्रीवास्तव ने बताया कि फिलहाल 25 जनवरी की शाम से 26 जनवरी तक समूचे दिल्ली एनसीआर में हल्की बारिश की संभावना है. परेड स्थल सहित क्षेत्र विशेष के बारे में मौसम का पूर्वानुमान कम से कम चार दिन पहले ही व्यक्त किया जा सकता है. इसलिये 26 जनवरी को मध्य दिल्ली क्षेत्र में बारिश होगी या नहीं यह अभी बता पाना मुमकिन नहीं है. 

उल्लेखनीय है कि हर साल 26 जनवरी को गणतंत्र दिवस के अवसर पर मध्य दिल्ली स्थित राजपथ पर रक्षा मंत्रालय द्वारा परेड का भव्य आयोजन होता है. इस आयोजन में शिरकत करने वालों में राष्ट्रपति और प्रधानमंत्री सहित तमाम गणमान्य व्यक्ति शामिल होते हैं. 

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Amazon Great Indian Days Sale Previewed, Discounts on Smartphones, TVs, and Others

Amazon India on Friday previewed all the major deals and offers that will be available during its Great Indian Sale. While the forthcoming sale will be kicked off for regular customers from January 20, Amazon Prime members will get early access starting 12pm IST on Saturday, January 19. The e-commerce giant claims that there will be up to 40 percent discounts on mobile phones, no-cost EMI options, and exchange offers to give an additional discount of up to Rs. 10,000. Amazon India has also tied up with HDFC Bank to offer a 10 percent instant discount for customers purchasing products using HDFC Bank cards or EMI options. Further, there will be no-cost EMI options on various debit and credit cards and Bajaj Finserv EMI card.

Among various other offers and deals, Amazon Prime members during the Great Indian Sale are claimed to receive early access to the LG V40 ThinQ that is yet to debut in India. The online marketplace is also set to bring the TCL 65-inch 4K Android TV at Rs. 74,990 along with an additional Rs. 10,000 cashback in the form of Amazon Pay balance, exclusively for Prime members.

Regular Amazon customers alongside Prime members will be able to get a list of deals as well. There will be up to 40 percent discount on mobile phones, no-cost EMI options starting at Rs. 834 a month, and exchange offers to give an additional discount of up to Rs. 10,000. Amazon India will also bring Total Damage Protection for smartphones starting at Rs. 599.

During the Amazon sale, the OnePlus 6T will be available with up to 70 percent Guaranteed Exchange Price (as part of its new Assured Upgrade offer), additional Rs. 2,000 exchange discount, and no-cost EMI options starting at Rs. 6,334 a month. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will also receive an attractive discount and will go on sale at Rs. 39,990 along with no-cost EMI options. There will also be the Galaxy S9 along with an additional Rs. 9,000 exchange discount. Further, the flagship will come along with no-cost EMI options starting at Rs. 5,443 a month.

The Redmi Y2 will be available with a starting price of Rs. 7,999. Similarly, Amazon India will bring the Redmi 6 Pro and Mi A2 with an additional Rs. 2,000 on an exchange.

The Realme U1 will also be available with no-cost EMI options starting at Rs. 1,650 a month. The dual camera smartphones from Honor will be available with a starting price of Rs. 8,499 during the Amazon sale. Additionally, the Honor View 20 will be available for pre-bookings along with Bluetooth sports headphones worth Rs. 2,999.

The Amazon sale will bring the Huawei Y9 2019, bundled with Boat Rockerz Sports Bluetooth headphones. Amazon India also claims that it will offer Huawei smartphones with up to 43 percent discount.

In addition to smartphones, the Amazon sale will bring up to 60 percent discount on electronics along with no-cost EMI options and exchange offers. There will also be up to Rs. 40,000 discount on laptops. Also, the sale will bring up to 60 percent discount on hard drives and headphones, up to 50 percent discount on speakers, and a flat Rs. 10,500 discount on the Samsung Gear S3.

The Amazon Great Indian Sale will also bring up to 55 percent discount on large appliances, up to 55 percent discount on TVs – along with no-cost EMI offers. Washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, and chimneys are also set to receive discounts during the Amazon sale.

There will also be Bluetooth headphones from WeCool starting at Rs. 799 and up to 50 percent discount on TAGG headphones and speakers. The forthcoming sale will also bring a flat 25 percent discount on Fire TV Stick. Furthermore, there will be up to Rs. 3,500 discount on Kindle e-readers and up to Rs. 3,000 discount on Echo devices.

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Rakesh Asthana Moved Out Days After Alok Verma Removed From CBI: Sources

Rakesh Asthana had been sent on a leave after his spat with CBI chief Alok Verma (File)

New Delhi: 

Rakesh Asthana, number 2 to former CBI chief Alok Verma, has been moved out of the premier investigating agency just a week after his boss. The unprecedented public rivalry between the two men, involving tit-for-tat corruption allegations, has pushed the country’s premier investigating agency into a huge controversy over the last months.

Several other members of Mr Verma’s team have also been moved out. Sources said the churn is meant to clear the decks for the appointment of a new chief. A special panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on January 24 to pick Mr Verma’s successor.  

Mr Asthana, who is facing a bribery case, and Alok Verma were sent on forced leave in October as the infighting within the agency escalated. The tension between the two officers had flared up after Mr Verma’s team filed a police case against Mr Asthana, accusing him of taking bribe from a businessman on the agency’s radar.
In letters to the government, Mr Asthana alleged that it was his boss who took bribes.
Retaliating against the police case, Mr Asthana took the CBI to court and requested that the case against him be cancelled. The Delhi High Court has rejected his appeal.

Mr Verma’s controversial removal from the top post last week has created a political storm.  The decision of the special panel led by PM Modi was based on a report by the anti-corruption watchdog Central Vigilance Commission on the allegations against the officer.

Mr Verma claimed he was transferred on basis of “false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person, who was inimical to him”. The officer, who was retiring by the end of this month, quit a day later, refusing to take charge as the Chief of Fire Services.


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Mumbai : Nine days later, Best strike ends, people get relief


बेस्ट के लगभग 32 हजार कर्मचारियों ने नौ दिन पुरानी हड़ताल बुधवार को वापस ले ली जिससे मुम्बई के लाखों यात्रियों को राहत मिली है.

बेस्ट कर्मचारी संघ के नेता शशांक राव ने बताया कि बेस्ट की बसें सड़कों पर तत्काल प्रभाव से फिर चलना शुरू हो जाएंगी. बेस्ट कर्मचारी संघ के बुधवार को हड़ताल वापस लेने पर सहमत होने के बाद राव ने यह घोषणा की. परिवहन उपक्रम के प्रबंधन द्वारा अंतरिम राहत के तौर पर उनकी वेतन में ‘10 चरण’ की वृद्धि की मांग को स्वीकार कर लिया गया.

बृहन्मुंबई इलेक्ट्रिक सप्लाई एंड ट्रांसपोर्ट अंडरटेकिंग (बेस्ट) के कर्मचारी, उसका प्रबंधन और अन्य संबंधित पक्ष अपने विवाद को सुलझाने के लिए अब मध्यस्थता का रास्ता अपनाएंगे. विभिन्न मांगों को लेकर आठ जनवरी से बेस्ट के कर्मचारी हड़ताल पर थे. उनकी मांगों में वेतन वृद्धि, कनिष्ठ स्तर के कर्मचारियों के लिए वेतन मान में सुधार और नुकसान में चल रही बेस्ट के बजट का बृहन्मुंबई महानगरपालिका (बीएमसी) के बजट के साथ विलय शामिल हैं.

दिल्ली में प्रदूषण से लोग हैं परेशान, बेस्ट ने मुंबई में निकाला समाधान, उठाया यह कदम

राज्य द्वारा गठित उच्चाधिकार प्राप्त समिति ने इस सप्ताह की शुरूआत में सिफारिश की थी कि अंतरिम राहत के तौर पर समयबद्ध तरीके से बेस्ट कर्मचारियों के लिए वेतन में ‘10 चरण की वृद्धि’ दी जाए. राज्य सरकार ने पिछले सप्ताह हड़ताली कर्मचारियों के खिलाफ महाराष्ट्र आवश्यक सेवा रखरखाव अधिनियम (एमईएसएमए) लगा दिया था लेकिन कोई कड़ी कार्रवाई नहीं की थी.

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बेस्ट के बेड़े में 3,200 से अधिक बसें हैं जो महानगर और पड़ोसी ठाणे जिले तथा नवी मुंबई में चलती हैं. मुंबई में लोकल ट्रेनों के बाद यह यातायात का दूसरा सबसे बड़ा साधन है. बेस्ट की बसों में हर दिन 80 लाख से अधिक यात्री सफर करते हैं.

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Maharashtra BJP Minister Says HD Kumaraswamy’s Government Will Come Down In 2 Days

HD Kumaraswamy has said his ministry was stable and he is “totally relaxed”.


After two Independent MLAs in Karnataka withdrew support to the Congress-JD(S) alliance, a Maharashtra BJP minister on Tuesday said the HD Kumaraswamy-government will “come down” within two days.

Comments of Water Conservation, Protocol and OBC Minister Ram Shinde came amid a fresh political turmoil in Karnataka.

“People of Karnataka had given the mandate in favour of the BJP (in 2018 polls), but we fell short by some numbers (to form government). As the Congress-JD(S) alliance has been on a sticky wicket, there are indications that the (Kumaraswamy) government would come down in two days,” he told reporters.

The two MLAs, H Nagesh (Independent) and R Shankar (Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party), staying at a hotel in Mumbai, wrote to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, conveying their decision to withdraw their support with immediate effect, which set off a political storm.

Karnataka Water Resource Minister DK Shivakumar had said that three Congress MLAs were camping at a hotel in Mumbai in the “company of some BJP leaders”.

In the 224-member Karnataka Assembly, BJP has 104 members, Congress-79, JD(S) 37, Bahujan Samaj Party (BJP), KPJP and Independent one each, besides the Speaker. 

The BSP, KPJP and an Independent are supporting the coalition.

Referring to the outcome of last year’s elections in Karnataka wherein the BJP had emerged as the single largest party, Mr Shinde, a close associate of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, said, “You cannot ignore the mandate of the people. BJP got the maximum votes but Congress’ politics kept us away from power. Such arrangements don’t work”.

Amid reports of uncertainty over the survival of his seven-month old government, HD Kumaraswamy has said his ministry was stable and he is “totally relaxed”.

The BJP has shifted its flock of 104 MLAs to a resort in Haryana’s Nuh district, fearing their poaching by the ruling coalition.

Mr Shinde pointed out that the Congress had backed JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda in becoming prime minister in 1996, but later withdrew support.

“It is the same Congress that had played politics with the then prime ministers Chandra Shekhar, Deve Gowda and IK Gujaral. How can you ignore such history and expect the current alliance of the Congress and JD(S) in Karnataka to be successful,” the minister asked.

Taking a swipe at Congress, Mr Shinde said the Karnataka CM wept in public because of troubles he was facing in running the alliance government along with Congress.

The Congress on Monday accused the BJP of using money earned through corruption in Maharashtra for destabilising the HD Kumaraswamy-led government in Karnataka, and asserted it would complete the five-year term along with the JD(S).

Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan said the developments in Karnataka have exposed the “power hungry” face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

Mr Chavan also hit back at Ram Shinde over his “Karnataka government will come down in two days” remark and asked him to focus on his ministerial responsibilities.

“Money earned through corruption in Maharashtra is being used to destabilise the Karnataka government. We are aware at which minister’s bungalow meetings were held and what transpires at meetings held in five-star hotels,” a statement quoting Mr Chavan said.

“The Congress-JD(S) government will complete its five-year term opposing this autocratic and Fascist ideology. In the coming polls, people will defeat the BJP which has trampled upon democracy,” he said.

Mr Chavan accused the BJP of trying to form governments unscrupulously earlier in Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Goa, Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir and Tamil Nadu.

“Mr Shinde’s department pushed farmers (in Maharashtra) towards drought. Instead of worrying about the Karnataka government, the minister should focus on burning issues such as farmers’ suicides and drought,” Mr Chavan said.

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For Sonchiriya, Bhumi Pednekar Isolated Herself For 30 Days To ‘Learn About Her Character’

New Delhi: 

For her role in dacoit drama Sonchiriya, actress Bhumi Pednekar says she isolated herself from everyone for 30 days, reports news agency IANS. The actress says she wanted to get into the skin of her character for which she had to “unlearn” a lot about herself. “Acting for me is a process of metamorphosis. It’s about forgetting who I’m and becoming someone entirely new. Until and unless I find the person I’m looking to become, I don’t find my peace. I de-cluttered myself and lived with my character for about 30 days. I had to unlearn so much to learn the most about her,” Bhumi Pednekar was quoted as saying.

“I stayed at home, researched as much as I could and had basic human interaction with my family before I boarded my flight to Chambal,” Bhumi explained. “It’s tough disconnecting from the people you love, the Internet and life. But it was the only way to do it,” she added.



Bhumi, who debuted in Yash Raj Films’ Dum Laga Ke Haisha, said that isolation was the only way she could have achieved what she wanted for her role in Sonchiriya. “Every artiste has his or her method and every character requires a different approach and for Sonchiriya, I required isolation. I took to a single-minded approach that saw me cut-off from the world at large and be with my character to understand the mind, psyche and behaviour of who I’m becoming,” she said.

The IANS report also stated that Bhumi Pednekar lived in Chambal for a week prior to filming to get familiar with the terrain. In Sonchiriya, Bhumi Pednekar plays the role a local from Chambal whose path crosses the infamous dacoits in the area, who are being targetted by the police. Her life takes a dangerous turn after her interaction with the group of dacoits.

Sonchiriya also features Sushant Singh Rajput, Ranvir Shorey, Manoj Bajpayee and Ashutosh Rana. Sonchiriya, directed by Abhishek Chaubey, hits the screens on February 8.

(With inputs from IANS)

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