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On Maharashtra, BJP only concerned with three Gs. Gujarat, Guwahati and Goa—connect the dots

What’s cooking in Maharashtra? Even the chefs can’t tell. Even if they know something, they refuse to comment. And when they reveal, it’s hard to connect dots. For example, the bigwigs of BJP will tell you that it is an internal matter of Shiv Sena. Neither the spokespersons comment, nor other leaders. If it is an internal matter, then what is going on from Gujarat to Guwahati and Goa? A General Secretary of the party said that the BJP is concerned with only three ‘Gs’ i.e. Gujarat, Guwahati and Goa. It means that a prominent Gujarati of BJP snatched a leader of the opposition party in Guwahati and converted him into their own big shot, and the same thing was repeated in Goa too. Maharashtra’s connection to Goa and Gujarat is ‘G’ to ‘Ganesh’ only. Nobody knows when the ‘Sri Ganesh’ is going to happen.

What to do? What not to do?

Extending support is OK, but the real trouble is in opposition. And this ‘trouble’ has become a big ‘headache’ for Lalu Prasad Yadav. Lalu and Yashwant Sinha never gelled well together. There has been a rift between them from the time when Sinha was a top bureaucrat and Lalu was not yet well settled in politics. Everyone still remembers Yashwant Sinha’s personally offensive speech against Lalu Yadav in the Parliament. Now the point of trouble for Lalu is whether he should support Sinha in the name of opposition unity, or oppose him in the name of Draupadi Murmu? At least Yashwant Sinha would know the real answer…

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Uttar Pradesh govt says will examine CBI request to question 2 former IAS | Lucknow News

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LUCKNOW: The state government on Tuesday said it will examine the CBI request to question two former IAS officers in the Rs 1,500 crore Gomti Riverfront scam.
The CBI had earlier approached the state government seeking permission to examine former chief secretary Alok Ranjan and former principal secretary, irrigation, Deepak Singhal for their alleged roles in the scam.
Sources said that as per the latest norms, prior permission must be obtained from the government for investigating even former public servants under 17(A) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Sources said CBI in its probe found that tenders for the project were floated in violation of norms and trips of various engineers who went abroad to study construction of a rubber dam could not be justified.
The names of the two former IAS officers surfaced during questioning of the arrested superintendent engineer of the project, sources in CBI said.
In November 2017, the CBI took over the case and filed an FIR against eight engineers of the irrigation department in connection with Gomti River Channelization Project and Gomti Riverfront Development Project. The project, initiated by the Akhilesh Yadav government, involved construction of a rubber dam to maintain the water level of the Gomti, a stadium, an amphitheater for 2,000 people, cycle and jogging tracks, a play area for children and a musical fountain.
The Enforcement Directorate had also filed a criminal case under…

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Columbus Community Counseling share warning of recent scam calls

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Scams are everywhere whether it be calls, texts, emails, or social media.

Members at Columbus Community Counseling are seeing more romance scams as of late.

Romance scams come from people who portray themselves as someone else online and lure people into giving them money or monetary items.

Scammers have been hitting folks that are more vulnerable than others, especially the elderly. So they want to make the community aware.

“They identify as American, but don’t live in America, so they may say something like they are a traveling physician or in the military, construction worker, oil rig worker, or something like that. Things are very vague with them but they ask a lot of questions about you when they do talk about themselves they may have some really sad tragic story with lots of death and lots of reasons to explain why they don’t have a lot of close family,” said Melissa Cooper, Community Counseling Therapist.

Cooper encourages people to block the accounts if and when someone begins asking for money

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Phishing Scams Are on The Rise, Here’s How to Protect Your Business

Across every single area of data breaches, one single tactic is responsible for a huge proportion of damages. Phishing, which accounts for 36% of all data breaches, is one of the easiest tactics that hackers use to steal data from companies, obtain private credentials, and infect systems.

Considering that 75% of businesses from all over the globe have experienced some form of phishing attack, this is a cyber tactic that you should be aware of.

What exactly is phishing?

Phishing is a specific form of cybercrime that takes place through communication lines; whether these be emails, text messages, telephone calls, or something else, they all involve an attempt to steal information. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, phishing scams have been rapidly on the rise.

At their core, a phishing attack will try and find out personal or private information for the person they are aimed at, often targeting passwords, usernames, or banking information. With this information, a hacker could then directly steal from the person or company they’ve taken information from. Equally, phishing is one of the leading causes of identity theft, with a hacker using private information about someone to then steal their identity for financial or other nefarious purposes.

When it comes to businesses, if a hacker is able to access a company account with stolen information, they can then potentially leak all the confidential data that a certain company has. This can lead to massive data breaches,…

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ED issues fresh summons to Sanjay Raut for July 1 in land scam case | Latest News India

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday issued fresh summons to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, asking him to appear on July 1 for questioning in a money laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the redevelopment of a chawl in Mumbai’s Goregaon area, and financial transactions purportedly involving his wife, officials familiar with the matter said.

The Rajya Sabha member was issued the first summons for Tuesday. Terming the ED notice as a “conspiracy” to stop him from fighting his political opponents, Raut on Monday sought more time from the agency that investigate financial crimes, citing a meeting he was supposed to attend at Alibaug in Maharashtra’s Raigad district.

Raut’s lawyer on Tuesday met ED officials at Ballard Estate and requested 14 days’ time.

“We received the first summons on Monday evening. The agency officials had asked us to bring certain documents,” Raut’s lawyer told reporters after the meeting. “As Raut will require some time to collect the documents, we requested the agency officials to grant us 14 days to do the needful.”

But the central agency rejected the request and gave Raut relief only till the end of June and summoned him for questioning on July 1.

The ED summons to question the 60-year-old Raut and record his statement under the…

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Garrard County woman arrested for alleged contractor scam

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a case involving a residential contractor scamming individuals out of thousands of dollars. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, detectives were able to secure an arrest warrant on Maritza Caban, 41 years of age, from Lancaster, Ky. Caban was indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jury for the offense of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 but less than $1,000,000. Caban is accused of scheduling home repairs/remodeling for potential clients and never performing the job or starting the jobs and not completing them.

In one instance, Caban is accused of taking $120,000.00 from a citizen in Franklin County for a home renovation, never completing the repairs/renovations. Caban was operating in the area under the name of CTC Construction or under her name as a contractor. If you are a victim of Caban or CTC Construction, please contact Detective Wyatt at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (502) 875-8740.

The Sheriff’s office recommends that if you are hiring someone to perform a home renovation or otherwise, you should only ever pay a deposit up front. Never accept less than a contract on paper with handwritten signatures and witnessed by a third party.

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Inside the QAnon Crypto Scam That Cost People Millions and One Man His Life

Q-Anon conspiracy theorists hold signs during the protest at the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon, United States on May 2, 2020. (John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Q-Anon conspiracy theorists hold signs during the protest at the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon, United States on May 2, 2020. (ohn Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Tom’s construction company, which built cell phone towers, was doing well before the pandemic hit. He was on course to break $1 million in revenue in 2021, but then the COVID-19 lockdown brought everything to a halt. Isolated at home in Washington State, Tom, 34, got interested in cryptocurrency.

He began talking to his brother James about the huge potential returns from crypto investments, and the pair began researching. Tom and James are not the brothers’ real names. VICE News granted them anonymity to protect their privacy. 

Back in 2014, James had nearly invested $100,000 in Bitcoin (an investment that would be worth over $6 million today) but he put the money towards a house for his family instead, he told VICE News. He was determined not to miss out on another golden opportunity.

So, after a few months of research, James invested some money in XRP, a cryptocurrency linked to the Ripple network, and a couple of other cryptocurrency tokens.  “I have always played it pretty safe, I never really overspent on crypto in any way that would compromise my family’s financial stability,” he said.

But Tom’s research led him in a different direction, and like many stuck at home and isolated due to the pandemic, he was sucked into the QAnon conspiracy theory community. Soon, that same community was…

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Sanchaya scam: protest rocks Kozhikode Corporation Council meeting

The Kozhikode Corporation Council meeting on Tuesday turned into a series of dramatic events as the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) started a protest in the council hall, demanding the suspension of Corporation Secretary K.U. Bini to aid a fair investigation into the Sanchaya scam.

Mayor Beena Philip denied permission for an adjournment motion proposed by UDF parliamentary party leader K.C. Shobhita on the issue. The Mayor said there was no evidence against the Secretary, and the UDF’s allegations and demands were purely based on suspicion and hence could not be heeded. She also offered support to the Secretary, who, she claimed, had done everything in her power at the right time.

Amid the Mayor’s clarification, the UDF and BJP councillors assembled before the Mayor’s dais holding placards and banners and raising slogans. The BJP demanded an end to the “parallel Corporation administration”, in which, allegedly, middlemen and a few employees played a key role.

However, the Mayor wound up the council meeting quickly, passing all items on the agenda in a minute, which irked the protesting councillors further. They tried to snatch the agenda from the Mayor’s hands, and she was protected by Left Democratic Front (LDF) councillors. As matters started taking a violent turn, LDF councillors started raising counter-slogans, which led to a minor scuffle between LDF and UDF councillors. The LDF alleged that a UDF-BJP nexus was trying to…

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Bengaluru: Hand over flats, pay compensation, NCDRC directs Dreamz Infra builders

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has ordered Bengaluru-based Dreamz Infra India Pvt Ltd to complete construction of its long-pending building project within a year, hand over possession of flats to 18 aggrieved apartment buyers, and pay them compensation.

The NCDRC on Monday heard a petition filed by 18 flat buyers saying that they were cheated by Dreamz Infra India Pvt Ltd. In the order, NCDRC president Justice R K Agarwal and NCDRC member S M Kantikar said, “The opposite party developer is directed to complete the construction of the project within a period of one year and obtain occupancy certificate and provide possession to respective flats to the complainants.”

It further says that the developer is “liable to pay delayed compensation of 9 per cent per annum from the promised date of delivery till actual possession to the complainants”. The commission also said that the developer is liable to pay Rs 50,000 as costs to each complainant.

The NCDRC order said that in case the complainants are not interested in waiting for one more year for possession of the booked flat or the developer is not able to complete the project within the said period and hand over possession of the flats, the developer will be liable to refund the entire deposited amount to the complainants with simple interest of 9 percent per annum from the respective date of the deposit till actual payment within a period of six weeks, failing which, the amount shall carry…

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What is the Patra chawl land scam case about? Here’s all you need to know

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut was on Monday summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a prevention of money laundering case pertaining to the Rs 1,034 crore Patra Chawl land scam amid the political crisis in Maharashtra.

Refusing to join the probe, he dared the anti-money laundering agency to arrest him.

The ED, which took Pune-based businessman Avinash Bhosale into custody this morning in connection with DHFL-Yes Bank case, wants to grill Raut in this matter too, as per sources. They claimed that Patra Chawl case of ED is also linked to DHFL case.

What is the Patra Chawl scam case?

In April, the ED provisionally attached assets worth over Rs 11.15 crore of Raut’s wife Varsha Raut and two of his associates as part of this investigation.

The attached properties are in the form of land held by Pravin M Raut, Sanjay Raut’s aide and a former director of Guru Ashish Construction Pvt Ltd, at Palghar, Saphale (town in Palghar) and Padgha (in Thane district).

The attached properties also include a flat in Mumbai’s suburb Dadar held by Varsha Raut and eight plots at Kihim beach in Alibaug jointly held by Varsha Raut and Swapna Patkar, wife of Sujit Patkar, the ED said in a statement.

According to the ED, Sujit Patkar is a close associate of Sanjay Raut. It is understood that the agency wants to question Sanjay Raut to know about his “business and other links” with Pravin Raut and Patkar and also about the property deals involving his wife.

After arresting Pravin…

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