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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hizbul commander arrested from Delhi

New Delhi: A Pakistani described as a commander of the terrorist group Hizbul Mujahideen group was arrested after a gunfight in the Indian capital, on Monday.

Abdullah Inqulabi, 35, was caught after a brief firefight around 9.30 pm in the Hauz Khas area of south Delhi, a police officer told IANS. "He fired at us and tried to escape, but was caught after half hour." Inqulabi was earlier active in Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said the man was being interrogated by the Special Cell. A revolver and cartridges were recovered from the arrested man.

Former BJP MP shot dead

Meerut: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Amarpal Singh, who had recently joined the Congress, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut district on Monday. Singh, a three-time BJP MP, was killed in Mawana town, the police said, adding that his driver was also injured by the assailants who managed to escape.

"The car-borne criminals first hit the MP's Scorpio car from behind. As the MP came out of his vehicle, the criminals shot him dead and escaped after assaulting the MP's driver," Deputy Superintendent of Police Akhlakh Ahmad told reporters. "According to the driver, who is being treated at a hospital, there were around five-six criminals in the car," he added. Police are yet to trace the criminals or establish any motive behind the crime.

"Preliminary investigations indicate that it was a well-planned murder. We cannot rule out political rivalry behind the incident," said Ahmad. At the time of the incident, Singh was going to his brick kiln on the outskirts of Mawana.

Govt seeks Parl approval for Rs 20,000 cr additional spend

New Delhi: The Government on Monday sought Parliament nod for net additional expenditure of close to Rs 20,000 crore to spend on items like fertiliser subsidy, but asserted that this will not significantly impact its target to rein in fiscal deficit to 5.5 per cent of GDP this fiscal. The gross additional outlay, sought in the second supplementary demands for grants for this fiscal presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha, was close to Rs 45,000 crore but would result in net cash outgo of Rs 19,812 crore only.The rest will be met by additional receipts or savings by Ministries.

The additional expenditure, if approved, may help ease liquidity crunch faced due to around Rs 23,000 crore spent on Coal India and PowerGrid public offers as well as festive season buying. According to the supplementary, that was presented amid din over demand of a joint parliamentary committee probe by opposition in the spectrum allocation issue, "Approval of Parliament is sought to authorise gross additional expenditure of Rs 44,945.52 crore." The Finance Minister said the actual cash outgo will be Rs 19,812 crore. "I don't think it will have much impact on the fiscal deficit. All (additional expenditure relates to) developmental expenditure," he added. The Government has pegged fiscal deficit to 5.5 per cent of GDP this financial year against over 6.5 per cent during 2009-10.

HSBC ordered to pay Rs 30,000 as damages

New Delhi: Delhi's apex consumer forum has ordered multinational banking giant HSBC to pay Rs.30,000 as damages to a north Delhi resident for ‘harassing’ him for clearance of a loan, which had already been settled. Banks demanding money despite having received full and final amount of the loan from the borrowers is an ‘unfair trade practice’ and are liable to be prosecuted for rendering deficient service, the Delhi State Consumer Commission ruled while ordering HSBC to pay damages to Arvind Jain.

"Whether despite having received full and final settled amount towards loan account from the appellant, sending ECS to his bankers and demanding money against the cleared loan through its executives and 'goonda' elements, amount to deficiency of services and unfair trade practice," the commission posed the query to itself. "Our answer to this question is in the affirmative," the bench of Justice B A Zaidi and member M L Sahni said, answering its poser. The commission passed the order on an appeal by Jain, who had challenged dismissal of his complaint by Tis Hazari-based north district consumer forum against the bank. Jain had alleged that despite clearing all his dues, the bank kept on harassing him over the loan by sending electronic clearing system (ECS) to his bank, making phone calls and sending 'goondas' and recovery agents to his residence.


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