27022018-TT-01.qxd 2/26/2018 10:15 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, february 27, 2018 haryana chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 57 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd ‘Drowned after she lost consciousness’ Sword of Honour /thetribunechd TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Dubai clearances delay return of body Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri said: “We are New Delhi, February 26 trying our best to see if the The Dubai medical authori- mortal remains of the actor ties today mentioned “acci- can be flown back as soon dental drawning (drown- as possible. But not all ing)” as the cause of things are under our conBollywood actor Sridevi’s trol. Medical and police death on Saturday night procedures are underway.” although reports of a cardiac After the completion of proarrest had been doing the cedures, the body will be rounds so far. handed over to the Indian In a subsequent tweet by the authorities and then sent for Dubai government’s official embalming before being sent handle, the word “accidental” to the airport for the journey was removed and back home. only “drowning” “Officials of the was mentioned as consulate have the cause of death. been on this Sridevi was since yesterday found dead by her and have been in husband and film constant touch producer Boney with the seniorKapoor in the most officials of bathtub of her the Dubai police hotel room where so as to expedite Sridevi they had been the process. An staying for a family wedding. official of the Indian con“Following the completion sulate has been at the police of post-mortem analysis at station with the family. the Dubai police headquar- There is also an Arabicters, it was stated that the speaking official so that death occurred due to there are no interpretation drowning in her hotel apart- issues. We are doing whatevment’s bathtub following er we can to ensure this haploss of consciousness. Dubai pens as smoothly as possipolice have transferred the ble,” Ambassador Suri said. case to the Dubai public He added they had been prosecution, which will carry informed that the Dubai out regular legal procedures police could release the body followed in such cases,” said only after receiving another the Dubai government “clearance”. However, he did media channel. not say what type of “clearSpeaking to The Tribune, ance” was still required. Smita Sharma Tribune News Service Delhi HC sets up 2 special courts to try lawmakers Satya Prakash DESIGNATED JUDGES Tribune News Service Firdous Ahmad Khan holds the Sword of Honour presented by the 15 Corps Commander, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, at passing-out parade at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre in Srinagar on Monday. As many as 219 recruits from J&K donned the Army uniform. Govt considers R’sthan to seize raising duty on illegal bovine wheat import trade vehicles Free viral load testing a year for HIV+ve New Delhi, February 26 The government is considering raising import duty on wheat from the current 20 per cent to discourage cheap shipments and give positive price signals to farmers. Harvesting of the wheat crop has begun in some states like Gujarat and will pick up pace after Holi. “There is no concern aboutproduction. We have enough buffer stock. But the issue is how we protect farmers and ensure they get at least the MSP an official said. — PTI ,” New Delhi, February 26 Health Minister JP Nadda today launched free viral load testing services for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV). The initiative will provide free-of-cost viral load testing to 12 lakh PLHIVs on treatment in the country at least once a year. Viral load test is used to monitor the effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment (ART). It measures the amount of HIV genetic material in the blood. India has 21.17 lakh PLHIVs. — TNS Jaipur, February 26 Vehicles used in illegal bovine transport will be seized and the accused arrested under the new amendments to the state law proposed by the BJP government in Rajasthan. It has approved an amendment to the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995, under which vehicles used in illegal transport of bovine animals would be seized. — PTI New Delhi, February 26 The Delhi High Court has set up two special courts to try lawmakers facing criminal cases from March 1, 2018. In an administrative order dated February 23, the High Court has designated Delhi High Judicial Service Officer Arvind Kumar and Delhi Judicial Service Officer Samar Vishal as Special Judges to preside over the two special courts. The order comes two-and-ahalf months after the Supreme Court asked the government to set up 12 special courts to try lawmakers facing criminal cases and ensure that these courts became functional from March 1. According to an estimate, one special court can dispose of 165 cases in a year. Kumar is already a Special CBI Judge handling cases relating to the Prevention of Corruption Act, while Vishal is the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate. Both will function from the Patiala House Court Complex in New Delhi and would deal with cases against MPs and MLAs. The High Court ordered that the cases pending against MPs/MLAs in different courts be transferred to the two spe- Delhi High Judicial Service Officer Arvind Kumar Delhi Judicial Service Officer Samar Vishal cial courts before March 1. These cases needed to be put on fast track “and endeavour be made to dispose of the same within a year”, it said. A Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on December 14, 2017, asked the government to ensure that 12 special courts proposed to be set up to try lawmakers facing criminal cases start functioning by March 1 next year. The top court is likely to take up the main issue of lifetime ban on convicted politicians on March 7. The order had come on a PIL filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking a lifetime ban on contesting of polls by convicted politicians. The top court had in December given two months to the Centre to collect information about the cases pending against elected representatives across India. There were 1,581 lawmakers with criminal cases pending against them at the time continued on page 7 9,500 NBFCs on high-risk list in public domain now Tribune news service New Delhi, February 26 As part of the anti-tax evasion measures of the government, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has made public a massive list of around 9,500 non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) which have been categorised as high-risk financial institutions. The FIU, under the Finance Ministry, released the list of NBFCs which it categorised as ‘high risk financial institutions’ on account of noncompliance with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and PML Rules, which is non-registration of a principal officer as on January 31. Under the Act, all NBFCs are required to appoint a principal officer and report suspicious and cash transactions of over Rs 10 lakh to the Financial Intelligence Unit. While the move will buttress the anti-evasion steps against black money, it may have its own disruptive impact on spooking the economic activity and the lending ecosystem of NBFCs. The activities of NBFCs post the demonetisation of large currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 in November, 2016, have been under the scanner of the government and the recent exercise is similar to the weeding out carried out for shell companies.
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