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Mehul Choksi

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Diamantaire Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the multi-crore PNB scam, has told a special court here that he hasn't been able to return to India “due to reasons beyond his control” and hence cannot be declared a “fugitive economic offender”. The accused has claimed that he didn't leave India to avoid criminal prosecution nor is he refusing to return to the country. He said his passport has been suspended by Indian authorities.

Several people were admitted to hospital after a gas cylinder exploded in a scrap shop near the Malan Darwaja of Palanpur in Gujarat. "The gas also spread in the area and people faced difficulty in breathing. Around 60-70 people were brought to Palanpur Civil Hospital. One patient is critical and he is on a ventilator. Currently, around 30 patients are still under treatment," says an official of the hospital.

Actor Shah Rukh Khan has been discharged from Ahmedabad's KD Hospital after suffering from heat stroke and dehydration

Former Prime Minister Deve Gowda on Thursday asked grandson and Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna to return to India and face probe over sexual abuse allegations.

At least four workers were killed and over 25 injured after a fire broke out following a boiler blast at a chemicals factory at Dombivli in Thane district of Maharashtra today.

One of Bangladesh MP Anwarul Azim Anar's friends had paid around Rs 5 crore to kill the neighbouring country's parliamentarian, a senior police officer said here on Thursday. Anar, who went missing in Kolkata since May 13, was found murdered and three people have been arrested.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has received a letter from the Karnataka government seeking revocation of Janata Dal (Secular) MP Prajwal Revanna's diplomatic passport and is currently processing the request. Revanna is accused of sexually harassing several women.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the Calcutta High Court's verdict that quashed the OBC certificates granted to "77 classes" in West Bengal  a “tight slap” to the Opposition's INDIA bloc and and claimed that the INDIA bloc's "obsession with appeasement" has crossed every limit. The court remarked that: "This is clear from the chain of events that led to the classification of the 77 classes as OBCs and their inclusion to be treated as a vote bank."  At a poll meet in Dwarka, PM Modi said every time he utters the word 'Muslim', he is accused of making communal statements and asserted that he is only "exposing" the opposition "by stating facts."

Days after Lai Ching-te took over as the island's new president, China conducted its most expansive military drills in a year around Taiwan. According to the official Xinhua News Agency, the drills on Thursday were intended to "serve as a strong punishment for the separatist acts of 'Taiwan independence' forces and a stern warning against the interference and provocation by external forces." The "external forces" line is  a reference to the US, which is Taiwan's main military backer. 

Replying to a plea for uploading voter turnout data, polling station-wise, on its website at the close of polling day,  the Election Commission told the Supreme Court Wednesday that it cannot upload Form 17C since there is no legal mandate to give it to anyone other than candidates and their agents.  Form 17C is the record of votes polled at a polling station.The Supreme Court had directed the poll body to submit a response to a plea by Association for Democratic Reforms, which asked for scanned copies of Form 17C to be uploaded on the EC website as soon as voting ends.

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Mehul Choksi says ‘reasons beyond his control' have prevented his return to India

Diamantaire Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the multi-crore PNB scam, has told a special court here that he hasn't been able to return to India “due to reasons beyond his control” and hence cannot be declared a “fugitive economic offender”. The accused has claimed that he didn't leave India to avoid criminal prosecution nor is he refusing to return to the country. He said his passport has been suspended by Indian authorities.
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I'm against tax incentives for EVs: Elon Musk

Tesla founder Elon Musk on Thursday told tech investors gathered in Paris that he was against any tax incentives or tariffs that favour electric cars, just as he was against benefits for oil and gas.
 
"Neither Tesla nor I asked for these tariffs, in fact I was surprised when they were announced", Musk said, referring to such policies recently announced by the United States.
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70 people hospitalised after gas cylinder explodes in Palanpur scrap shop

Several people were admitted to hospital after a gas cylinder exploded in a scrap shop near the Malan Darwaja of Palanpur in Gujarat. "The gas also spread in the area and people faced difficulty in breathing. Around 60-70 people were brought to Palanpur Civil Hospital. One patient is critical and he is on a ventilator. Currently, around 30 patients are still under treatment," says an official of the hospital.
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Reliance, Disney seek India antitrust nod with cricket rights assurance

Reliance Industries and Walt Disney have sought antitrust clearance for their $8.5 billion India media merger by arguing their combined power, especially on cricket broadcasting, will not hit advertisers, two people with direct knowledge told Reuters. 
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Pakistan central bank's forex reserves at $9.15 billion

The Pakistan central bank's foreign exchange reserves rose by $22 million to stand at $9.15 billion in the week ending May 17, up from $9.13 billion in the preceding week, the State Bank of Pakistan said on Thursday.
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Actor Shah Rukh Khan discharged from Ahmedabad hospital

Actor Shah Rukh Khan has been discharged from Ahmedabad's KD Hospital after suffering from heat stroke and dehydration
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Morgan Stanley executive chairman will step down at year end

Morgan Stanley's executive chairman James Gorman will step down on Dec. 31, he told the bank's annual shareholder meeting. The former CEO cited the "successful transition" of his successor Ted Pick into the top job.
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Now, bomb threat at Lady Sri Ram College

Delhi University's prestigious Lady Sri Ram College received a bomb threat on Thursday, officials said, a day after a similar e-mail was received by the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
 
A Delhi Fire Service (DFS) officials said a call was received at 4.38 pm and two fire tenders have been pressed into service.
 
The local police, a bomb disposal squad, a bomb detection team have arrived at the spot along with a dog squad and are conducting searches.
 
The officials said they have found nothing suspicious yet.
 
The Lady Sri Ram College becomes the latest prominent establishment to have received a bomb threat.
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Swati Maliwal speaks on victim blaming in an interview with ANI

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IndiGo to launch 'tailor-made' product for busiest routes

Private carrier IndiGo will launch a new tailor-made business product to cater to India's busiest and business routes, Interglobe Aviation said on Thursday. The product will be operational by the end of this year.
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Prajwal should be given harshest punishment under law if found guilty, says Ex-PM Deve Gowda

Ex-PM Deve Gowda asked grandson and Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna to return to India and face investigation over sexual abuse allegations, PTI reported today.
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Instructions have been given to party members to assassinate my character: AAP MP Swati Maliwal

 "It is also a fact that despite all this happening till date, I have not received any call from Arvind ji nor has he met me till now. Arvind Ji is protecting the accused. Instructions have been given to every person in the entire party to assassinate my character," AAP MP Swati Maliwal told Smita Prakash today. 
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Iran begins burying late president, foreign minister and others killed in helicopter crash

Iran today prepared to inter its late president at the holiest site for Shiite Muslims in the Islamic Republic, a final sign of respect for a protégé of Iran's supreme leader killed in a helicopter crash earlier this week.
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Feeling very betrayed right now; God forbid anyone ever feels like this: Swati Maliwal

"Cheer Haran mera uss ghar mein hua aur Charitra Haran mera roz chalaya ja raha hai," AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal told Smita Prakash. She added "I am feeling very betrayed right now, by everyone, whatever I am feeling right now, I just wish that God forbid anyone ever feels like this. I have lost everything"
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News update: I was screaming for help but no one came to help me, says Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal

Former DCW chief Swati Maliwal told Smita Prakash in her podcast that allegedly no one came to help her at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence.

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First Published: May 23 2024 | 8:29 AM IST

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