We recommend that you start your day by reading these five special Express stories.
1. Hawala transactions
A top financial executive of the Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt Ltd (ABMCPL), a company of the Aditya Birla Group which is under the scanner in connection with the Hindalco coal blocks case, has told Income Tax (IT) investigators that company officials regularly routed large amounts of cash through “angadias” or “local hawala operators” and made payments to “unidentified persons”.
2. LifeOk Screen awards
All eyes were on the neon-green motorcycle suspended from a crane 30 feet above the ground. As it landed on the stage, Shah Rukh Khan got off and greeted the audience. The thunderous applause echoed across the venue, setting the mood for the 21st Annual Life OK Screen Awards here on Wednesday.
3. China’s clout in Chad
It’s Saturday night, and the Piccolo, the most notorious nightclub in Chad’s capital, is packed with the flotsam dragged in by the tide of war: French military crew trying to get drunk enough to imagine they’re in the suburbs of Paris, Ukrainian mercenaries flying aircraft for the government, battle-fatigued diplomats, arms dealers, and upmarket sex workers who’ve made their way across the border from even poorer Cameroon.
Indian Muslims are the most urbanised community in India (35.7 per cent of them resided in towns and cities in 2001 when, according to the Census, the urbanisation rate was 27.8 per cent). It is also the poorest with monthly per capita expenditures (MPCE) of Rs 980, against Rs 1,125 for the Hindus, according to the 2009-10 National Sample Survey Office report.
The connoisseurs may not agree, they might even scoff at the suggestion. But over the last week or so the cricketing world has experienced the arrival of its spring. Despite all the action being concentrated in the southern hemisphere, which should ideally be preparing for autumn. The Test whites have given way to a burst of colours on cricket fields across the globe. It’s slam-bang season.