CBI yet to take a call on appeal against Talwars

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was yet to decide whether it should file an appeal against the Allahabad High Court’s judgment acquitting Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case last year.The Talwars were released from jail on October 2017 after the High Court had acquitted them. In murder cases, probe agencies were required to appeal against acquittals within three months of such an order. The CBI had failed to do so in the Aarushi-Hemraj case.“The appeal has not been filed yet. However, the investigating team may approach the court seeking that the delay be condoned, as and when it decides to file the appeal,” said a CBI official.Aarushi was found murdered at her Noida house on May 16, 2008. A day later, the body of domestic help Hemraj was found on the terrace. The case was initially investigated by the Noida Police, which arrested Dr. Talwar for his involvement. It was transferred to the CBI that initially zeroed in on three helps. The agency then investigated the alleged involvement of Dr. Talwar and his wife. However, it filed a closure report on the grounds of insufficient prosecutable evidence. The Special Court refused to accept the closure report and converted it into a charge sheet against the Talwars.last_img read more

CBI raids to stop SP-BSP alliance, says Akhilesh

first_imgA day after the Central Bureau of Investigation said the role of mining ministers in Uttar Pradesh under the tenure of Akhilesh Yadav would be probed in connection with alleged illegal mining, the Samajwadi Party chief on Sunday the “BJP has shown its true colours.”Mr. Yadav suggested the raids by the CBI by opening up old cases were an attempt by the BJP-led Centre to stop the SP-BSP alliance. The two parties along with the RLD are close to formally announcing an alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.”The Samajwadi Party is trying to win as many Lok Sabha seats as it can. Possibly the CBI or the government that runs the CBI is trying to…What do we have? We can form an alliance and go to the people. And those who want to stop [us], what do they have? They have the CBI,” Mr. Yadav told reporters here.Mr. Yadav, who served as Chief Minister of UP from 2012 to 2017 and held additional portfolios of mining in 2012 and 2013, also said he was ready to be questioned by the probe agency.”If they question us, we will have to answer. We will give them an answer. But the people of the country are ready to give an answer to the BJP,” said Mr. Yadav.The SP national president also used sarcasm to allege political motive of the CBI raid.”I’m happy the BJP has once against shown its true colours. First the Congress gave us an opportunity to meet the CBI, now the BJP is giving us an opportunity,” said Mr. Yadav.He also warned the BJP that it would also have to face the brunt of the “culture” it was leaving behind.The CBI on Saturday said the role of the mining Ministers in UP between 2012 and 2016, which includes Mr. Yadav, may be probed in connection with a fresh case of alleged illegal mining of minor minerals registered on the direction of the Allahabad High Court.The CBI registered an FIR against 2008-batch IAS official and then Hamirpur District Magistrate B. Chandralekha and 10 other individuals, besides unknown officials and persons. Among those named in the FIR are SP MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra and Sanjay Dixit, who fought the 2017 election on Bahujan Samaj Party ticketSearches were carried out on Saturday on 14 premises of the accused persons in Delhi, Hamirpur, Lucknow, Kanpur and Jalaun. The FIR alleges that public servants allowed illegal mining of minor minerals between 2012 and 2016 by the fraudulent granting of fresh or renewed leases. Officials also allegedly permitted mining by the existing lease-owners during the “obstructed period” when the National Green Tribunal had barred the activity. The leases were also issued in violation of a May 2012 order of the State government for e-tendering.last_img read more

Economy and markets All you need to know to start your day

first_imgThe Federal Reserve Building stands in Washington.ReutersAsian shares fell for a second day on Thursday, tracking weakness on Wall Street after the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting revealed a more hawkish view among policy makers.Fed officials agreed that “the strengthening in the near-term economic outlook increased the likelihood that a gradual upward trajectory of the federal funds rate would be appropriate.”Stocks reversed gains and bond yields rose as investors narrowed odds on faster hikes. Three rate rises are now almost fully priced in for this year, compared to two as recently as December, Reuters reported.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.35 percent in early trade, while E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 lost 0.2 percent.Overnight, the Dow ended down 0.67 percent, while the S&P 500 fell 0.55 percent.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex rose 141 points or 0.42 percent to close at 33,844 on Wednesday.The partially convertible rupee ended unchanged at 64.78 per dollar on Wednesday from its previous close of 64.79 per dollar.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 1.4 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1.2 billion in local equity and $1.9 billion in debt markets.F&O Expiry: Trading is likely to be volatile on Thursday as traders will roll over positions in the futures and options segment from the February 2018 series to March 2018 series.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.73 percent at $64.94 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.91 percent to $61.12 a barrel.Fed meeting: Data released after the meeting showed the unemployment rate holding at 4.1 percent in January, while the consumer price index, excluding food and energy, was 1.8 percent for the 12 month period.Fed speeches: A slew of Fed policy makers are due to speak this week including New York Fed President William Dudley and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic.last_img read more

Sensex down 143 points Nifty below 10200 points amid negative global cues

first_imgA view of National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).IANS [Representational Image]Negative global cues, along with a depreciating domestic currency, pulled the Sensex down 140 points during the afternoon session of the trade on Friday.While auto and the telecom counters were the bright spot, heavy selling pressure was witnessed in IT, banking and TECK (technology, entertainment and media) stocks on the BSE.”The weakness in the domestic markets can be attributed to the Asian markets, as all the major economies have huge debts and are facing heavy inflation along with currency depreciation,” Anuj Gupta, Deputy Vice President – Research – Commodities and Forex, Angel Brooking, told IANS.”Currency depretation and high crude oil prices have impacted corporate earnings, which is evident in their balance sheet.”The domestic currency was trading at around Rs 73.36 a US dollar (12.58 p.m.), after closing at 73.28 on Friday while the benchmark brent crude was at $76.40 a barrel.The S&P BSE Sensex which had opened at 33,776.80 points from its previous close of 33,690.09 points traded at 33,545.60 points (1.09 p.m.), down 144.49 points or 0.43 per cent.It touched an intra-day high of 33,776.80 points and a low of 33,332.10 points.The NSE Nifty50 traded at 10,081.80 points during the afternoon trade session, down 43.10 points or 0.43 per cent.Among the major losers was Yes Bank, which on Thursday reported a decline of 3.7 per cent in its net profit for the quarter ended September. Its stocks traded over 6 per cent lower at Rs 185.75 apiece. ITC was trading over 2 per cent lower, at Rs 279.95 apeice ahead of its Q2 results due later in the daylast_img read more

10 Interesting Facts About Twitter on its 10th Birthday

first_img Ten years ago today Jack Dorsey fired off the world’s first tweet. Scooping co-founder Biz Stone by a full minute, little did he know the automated five-word message would later set fire to a communication revolution, 140 characters at a time.Today, around 500 million tweets are dispatched into the Twitterverse every 24 hours from all over the globe. To mark its 10-year anniversary, the social media giant tweeted out a stirring highlight reel. The #lovetwitter-hashtagged trip down memory lane features some of the most memorable Twitter posts yet, sweet cosmic tweets from space and Mike Tyson’s epic hoverboard fail included.Starting in ?? on 3/21 and moving across the ?, we thank you for 10 incredible years.Love, Twitter#LoveTwitterhttps://t.co/pH4WWdgK6q— Twitter (@twitter) March 20, 2016To mark the popular microblogging platform’s 10th birthday, here are 10 interesting facts about Twitter that you might not know:1. Twitter was almost called “Friendstalker.”No joke, had Evan Williams had his way, we might all be “Friendstalker”-ing instead of tweeting. Thankfully the Twitter co-founder’s tongue-in-cheek name suggestion was cast off as “too creepy,” reports the New York Times.  The platform could have also been dubbed “Twitch,” “Twitcher” and “Jitter.” Twitter was eventually settled on after one of the co-founders read the word’s definition aloud from a dictionary: “The light chirping sound made by certain birds; agitation or excitement; flutter.” And — chirp, chirp — history was made.Related: Biz Stone to Aspiring Entrepreneurs: If You’re Not Emotionally Invested, Don’t Do It2. Twitter’s iconic bird logo is named after a sports legend.Nope, that cute little birdie blue is not named after Larry Page or Larry King. Turns out it’s named after basketball legend Larry Bird, a famous former Boston Celtics forward. Biz Stone confirmed this fact after Celtics vice president of digital media Peter Stringer asked him about the rumored tidbit, fittingly on Twitter. His guess was a slam dunk.@peterstringer @twitter @celtics @eeegeee yes it is!— Biz Stone (@biz) August 11, 20113. Twitter did not invent the hashtag.#NoSeriously, it didn’t. Hashtags date back to 1988, when people communicated via chat rooms called Internet Relay Chats (IRCs). The first hashtags made their way to Twitter in 2007, when Chris Messina, formerly of Google and now a lead developer at Uber, proposed using them as a way to lump together related tweets. The simple searchable tags instantly caught on. how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?— Chris Messina ? (@chrismessina) August 23, 20074. Katy Perry boasts the most Twitter followers.The chart-topping pop songstress has almost 85 million followers. That’s more followers than people who live in Egypt. Fellow pop sensation Justin Bieber comes in second (77 million followers) and Taylor Swift third (73 million). The most followed brand on Twitter is not Twitter. It’s YouTube (61 million followers).A valid reason they call it the club sandwich could be if you can fit your mouth round it you must be in some kinda club ?— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 13, 20165. The idea for Twitter was hatched on a slide at a playground.Not all Silicon Valley tech startups are born in hipster bars and coffee shops. Case in point: Twitter. Dorsey says he first shared his idea for the social network on a playground slide “like a geeked-out Moses on Mount Sinai.”Related: Ellen’s Oscar Selfie Rapidly Becomes the Most Retweeted Image of All Time6. Ellen Degeneres sent the most retweeted tweet.If you guessed it was the comedian’s star-studded Oscar-selfie tweet, you’d be right. Actor Bradley Cooper actually snapped the viral pic at the 2014 awards show. It’s been retweeted nearly 3.4 million times since The Ellen Show first fired it off. Call us weird, but we like the Simpsons’ cool cartoon version of the pic better.If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 20147. The 140-character limit is because of mobile phones.True story: those little glowing bricks we can’t put down are to blame. Indeed they’re the reason tweets are short, 140-character blips. At first, Dorsey limited them to 160 characters because that used to be the max length for text messages on mobile phones. The restriction was later trimmed back to 140 characters, which he calls a “beautiful constraint,” one that’s apparently here to stay. Maybe.Related: Looking Back at Twitter As It Celebrates Its 10th Birthday Today8. Twitter co-founder Noah Glass got booted from the company.Twitter co-founder Noah Glass, who originally came up with the company’s name, was famously fired from the startup. The San Francisco-based developer’s heart-breaking story of being “forgotten” and betrayed by his fellow founding team made headlines in 2011. Today, his Twitter bio simply reads: “I started this.”I wish the twitter team the best of luck and trust that they will be successful in continuing to develop this important communication tool.— noah glass (@noah) September 14, 20139. Twitter has yet to turn a profit.Despite the social network’s massive global user base — notably down for the first time last quarter amidst an internal shakeup — the company is not profitable. With its accumulated revenue losses approaching $2.1 billion, Twitter stocks are now trading at about a third less than the $26-per-share price put forth with the company’s November 2013 IPO. So much for being the next Facebook.Related: Here’s What the First Hires at Apple, Google and Other Top Tech Companies Are Doing Now10. Being “Twitterpated” is a thing.The word “twitterpated” doesn’t just mean to be infatuated. The Twitter-related version sounds like constipation for a reason. As Dorsey explains, it’s “when you’re overwhelmed with information or you’re just so excited that you forget to tweet or forget to share.” We know the feeling. 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