India news on March 31, 2016

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

  • BENGALURU: Karnataka Chemistry paper leaked:: In a second shock for students in ten days, the Chemistry paper of Class XII leaded in Karnataka again on Thursday prompting the authorities to cancel the examination and suspended 40 officials. The paper was leaked once again on WhatsApp forcing the board to put it off for the second time in a matter of days to April 12. The suspended officials included Joint Director K.N.Ranganath, Deputy Director Ravindra R Konnur and four assistant directors.
  • CHENNAI:Ban on exit polls from April 4 to May 16:: The Election Commission f India has imposed a ban on conducting exit polls between April 4 to May 16 in the four States and one Union Territory going to the polls during the period. According to the provisions of Section 126A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, exist polls cannot be conducted and published by means of print or electronic media or dissemination in any other manner starting from 7am on April 4 to6.30pm on May 16 according to a press release.
  • MUMBAI: RBI eases norms for diamond imports:: The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday allowed banks to approve clean credit facility given by foreign supplier to Indian importers of rough, cut and polished diamonds, even beyond 180 days. To ease the operational difficulties faced by importers, it has been decided in consultation with the Government of India to delegate the powers for permitting such clean credit for a period exceeding 180 days from the date of shipment to the AD banks’, said RBI in a notification.
  • NEW DELHI: Assets of NCP MLA attached:: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday provisionally attached assets worth about Rs.120 crore in connection with allegations of funds misappropriation against an NCP MLA in Maharashtra and others. The attachment proceedings have been initiated on a case pursued by the Navi Mumbai CID. Among those under scrutiny were Ramesh Nagnath Kadam, a sitting MLA from Kohal in Solapur and the then Chairman of the Annabhau Sathe Development Corporation. Kadam was arrested by the CID last August.
  • Pakistani team wraps up its probe in India:: Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team that were here to probe the Pathankot terror strike wrapped up its investigations on Thursday. The team will leave for Pakistan on Friday. JIT recorded statements of 13 witnesses including former Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh whose vehicle was snatched by the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists to reach the Pathankot Airbase. The JIT r corded the statements of witness through the National Investigation Agency. They were not allowed to directly question the witness as per protocol said an NIA official.
  • KOLKATA: ED files first charge sheet in Saradha scam:: The Enforcement Directors filed its first charge sheet four days before West Bengal goes to the polls. The ED filed a criminal complaint under provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 against the former Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose, a former Minister Matang Sinh and his estranged wife and Sardha chief Sudipet Sen besides six others. All those accused in the complaint have either been arrested by the ED or the CBI according to a press release.
  • THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Jackpot for migrant beggar:: Five years ago, he came to Kerala from Andhra Pradesh following an accident to survive as a beggar. On Thursday, he returned to his hometown Anantapur a rich man. Ponnaiyya (32) won the first prize of Rs.65 lakh when lots were drawn on Wednesday in the State run Akshya lottery. Ponnaiyya, who used to masonry work lost a leg in work related accident. Unable to do anything, he came to Kerala and took to begging. He used to sleep at Mathandam bus stand and regularly send home the money he collected. According to Vellarada police, Ponnaiyya used to buy more than one ticket in as series to improve his chances of winning the lottery. This time, he had bought 10 tickets and hence he also won one of the small consolation prizes. The lottery agent on seeing the winning numbers realized that the tickets belonged to Ponnaiyya. The agent tracked him down and took him to Vellarada police station considering his security.

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