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 Prime Minister Modi said that the management and auditors of the banks should perform their duty with due diligence. He appealed to policymakers to perform their duties with dedication.

 

After coming under fire for not talking about the alleged 11,400 crores Punjab National Bank scam by the absconding diamantaire Nirav Modi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally broke his silence on Friday. PM Modi was addressing a gathering of businessmen and industry professionals at the Global Business Summit. Referring to the PNB scam and the multi-crore loan default by Mehul Chowksi of Gitanjali Gems, he said that his government will not tolerate such a loot and he will ensure that strict action is taken against the culprits.

PM Modi said, “Our government has time and again taken stringent action against the financial irregularities.” “We will continue to do so in future as well,” Modi assured.

Recently, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reacting to PNB scam had come down heavily on the management and auditor of Punjab National Bank for not being able to identify the fraud at the earliest. He also highlighted that the supervisory agencies should put in place a new mechanism to detect such irregularities and frauds.

Reiterating the Finance Minister’s statement, Prime Minister Modi too said that the management and auditors of the banks should perform their duty with due diligence.  He further appealed to policymakers to maintain the ethics of their profession and perform their duties with utmost dedication.

A few days ago, the opposition Congress had hit out at PM Modi for maintaining silence on the scams in the country. In a video titled “Maun Modi”, the party took a jibe at PM Modi’s alleged silence on crucial issues that are a matter of national concern. The Congress is also planning to corner the government in the budget session over the PNB and Rotomac scam.

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Jagdish Thakkar, PRO in Prime Minister’s Office dies, PM condoles death

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“Extremely saddened by the demise of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

New Delhi| Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the prime minister’s office and senior journalist Jagdish Thakkar passed away here Monday.

Thakkar, 72, who was unwell for some time, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his demise, saying he was a wonderful person who loved his work.

“Extremely saddened by the demise of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO. Jagdishbhai was a veteran journalist and I had the pleasure of working with him for years, both in Gujarat and in Delhi. He was known for his simplicity and warm-hearted nature,” the PM tweeted.

He said several journalists would have regularly interacted with Jagdishbhai over the years. He had previously served with many chief ministers of Gujarat.

“We have lost a wonderful person, who loved his work and did it with utmost diligence. Condolences to his family and well-wishers,” Modi said.

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Bulandshahr violence: Court sent acccused armymen on 14 day judicial custody

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Lucknow | A local court on Sunday sent the accused army men in Bulandshar violence Jitendra Malik alias Jitu Fauji to a 14-day judicial custody.

Jitendra Malik allegedly involved in the killing of a police inspector during mob violence in Bulandshahr was arrested on Saturday night. “The Army handed over Jitendra Malik to UP STF team in Meerut yesterday late night,” IG STF Amitabh Yash told PTI here today.

On Monday, a mob of some 400 people rampaged through a village in Bulandshahr district apparently after cow carcasses were found in a jungle nearby. During the violence, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a 20-year-old man died of gunshot wounds. Nine people have been arrested in connection with the violence. Earlier Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said Saturday that full cooperation will be extended in the investigation of the incident

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New Delhi | The Pakistan High Commission on Sunday said it has issued visas to 139 Indian pilgrims to visit Katas Raj Dham, the famous Shiva temple, in the country’s Punjab province.

Under the framework of a bilateral protocol on visits to religious shrines, Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan every year. Pakistani pilgrims also visit India every year under the protocol. “Another group of Indian pilgrims, comprising 139 people, have been issued visas by the Pakistan High Commission to visit Shree Katas Raj Dham in Chakwal district from December 9-15,” the Pakistan High Commission said.

Last month, Pakistan had granted visas to more than 3,800 Sikh pilgrims to visit the country. Some of the pilgrims had attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor on November 28 in Narowal. The corridor will link the Darbar Sahib shrine in Kartarpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district in India.

Earlier this month, over 220 Indian pilgrims were granted visas to visit the famous Hindu temple, Shadani Darbar, in Sukkur.  Katas Raj is one of the holiest places for the Hindu community in Pakistan. The temples form a complex surrounding a pond named Katas — which is regarded as sacred by the devotees.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood stated that the issuance of visas for yet another group of pilgrims from India was consistent with Government’s of Pakistan’s policy of promoting visits to religious shrines and was a reflection of its commitment to faithfully implement the 1974 Protocol, the High Commission said in a release. He said that Pakistan remained committed to providing all possible facilitation for the visiting pilgrims and strengthening people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

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