FIR filed against Srinagar Deputy Mayor

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s administration, on Saturday registered an FIR against Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran, officers of the J&K Bank and State government officials for “misappropriating subsidies worth crores of rupees to benefit Imran’s firm, the Kehwa Group”.A spokesman for the ACB said the FIR was lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act for “illegal appropriation of subsidy with inflated project cost for establishment of a cold storage at Lassipora, Pulwama.”“An enquiry revealed that to usurp the subsidy component under the garb of promoting horticulture, with the connivance of the Horticulture Department officers and bank officials, the proprietor and his partners declared the facility as a non-performing asset without paying even a single instalment towards the bank. The cost of the project assessed was found much lower than the projected cost,” said the ACB. The project was submitted by Mr. Imran, also the director of Kehwa Square Private. The FIR said the company “inflated the project cost in connivance with the officers to misappropriate government subsidy of ₹16.50 crore”.The ACB said the group got its loan of ₹138 crore from the J&K Bank restructured to ₹78 crore. After a one-time settlement, surreptitiously approved by bank officials, the group’s second instalment of ₹55 crore was further reduced to ₹27 crore, the Bureau added. “The involved bank officers and a joint inspection team of government officials misused their position to confer undue monetary advantage to Kehwa group and help it illegally appropriate crores from the State exchequer,” ACB officials said.last_img read more

BUSH Headlines VH1 Save The Music Foundation 2014 Noteworthy Concert

first_imgOn September 18th multi-platinum rock band BUSH will give a special acoustic performance at VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s Noteworthy benefit concert at William Hill Estate Winery.The evening will feature an intimate performance in the vineyard to raise money and awareness for music education programs.“The work of VH1 Save The Music Foundation is invaluable,” says BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale. “Music has always been an important part of my life, and now that I have children of my own I’m even more aware of the significance of music education in schools. I’m honored to be supporting VH1 Save The Music’s Noteworthy event.”VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with America’s public schools to bring the power of music back into the classroom, giving every child the same opportunity to be successful in school and in life. The Noteworthy event takes place at William Hill Estate Winery, a proud supporter of music and the arts and the official wine sponsor of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Additional sponsors for the evening include Avnet, RAYMOND WEIL and Alex and Ani, who together have raised nearly 1.2 million dollars in support of the Foundation’s work to ensure that music is a core and critical component to a complete education. Gift bags will once again be generously provided by Copper River Bag Company.“We are thrilled to have BUSH perform as part of the Noteworthy series,” said Paul Cothran, Vice President and Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “They are incredibly talented musicians with a long-standing and revered history in the industry and we could not be more grateful for their support in furthering the important mission of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. I look forward to enjoying the performance while taking in the breathtaking views at the vineyard.”Throughout their career BUSH has sold close to 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone. The band has produced 17 consecutive Top 40 hit singles on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, six of which shot to number one. On October 21st BUSH will release their highly anticipated 6th studio album, Man On The Run, via lead single “The Only Way Out,” which hits radio, iTunes, Amazon and all major retailers on September 9th.For more information, visit www.vh1savethemusic.org.last_img read more

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is dead after mass protests

first_imgHong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the extradition bill that sparked the territory’s biggest political crisis in decades was dead, admitting that the government’s work on the bill had been a “total failure”.The bill, which would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to face trial, sparked huge and at times violent street protests and plunged the former British colony into turmoil.In mid-June, Lam responded to huge protests by suspending the bill, but on Tuesday she said “there are still lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity or worries whether the government will restart the process in the legislative council”.“So, I reiterate here, there is no such plan, the bill is dead,” she told a news conference.Lam’s declaration appeared to be a win for opponents of the bill, but it was not immediately clear if it would be enough to satisfy them.Demonstrators have also called for Lam to resign, for an independent investigation into police actions against protesters, and for the government to abandon the description of a violent protest on June 12 as a riot.Hong Kong was returned to China from Britain in 1997 with the promise of a high degree of autonomy, but in recent years there has been growing concern about the erosion of those freedoms at the hands of Beijing.The crisis over the extradition bill has been the biggest challenge Beijing has faced to its rule in the territory in the 22 years since it re-gained control over Hong Kong.The planned bill triggered outrage across broad sections of Hong Kong society amid concerns it would threaten the much-cherished rule of law that underpins the city’s international financial status.Lam’s appearance on Tuesday was her first since a rare pre-dawn news conference a week ago after protesters besieged and ransacked the legislative building in the heart of the city.Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that allows freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including the right to protest and an independent judiciary.Lawyers and rights groups say China’s justice system is marked by torture, forced confessions and arbitrary detention, claims that Beijing denies.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more