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Jay Mazoomdaar

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Behind $500-billion offer ad: Promoter of obscure US firm, dissolved company
Sat, May 29, 2021

S Pradeep Kumar, chairman and CEO of Landomus Group, has approached the government through newspaper advertisements for an investment worth $500 billion in infrastructure projects under the NIP, an initiative to provide world-class infrastructure across the country.

How good intentions but bad timing, not securing stocks, paved road to the shortage
Tue, May 11, 2021

India’s growing struggle to vaccinate people at home prompted a pause on exports. This has hit hard the Covax program aimed to benefit over 90 poorer countries. As things stand, the African Union could miss the target to vaccinate 30-35% of its population by the end of 2021.

Vaccine Maitri: As cases rose and stocks shrank, most vaccine exports went where Covid much less severe than India
Sun, May 09, 2021

On April 6, as the Covid curve began rising like a sheer wall, asked about vaccines and the need to open them up, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan was dismissive.

Explained: Why are several people with Covid symptoms testing negative?
Tue, May 11, 2021

Many people with Covid-19 symptoms have been testing negative. There are several likely reasons, such as mutations of the virus escaping detection, quality of sampling and testing, and efficacy of RT-PCR kits.

Arrested in Agusta case, middleman named in deal to make Rafale models
Tue, Apr 06, 2021

US national Gupta was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP choppers deal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in March 2019.

Against environmental clearances: Green tribunal cited delay in filing as reason to dismiss every second plea
Mon, Mar 01, 2021

As many as 11, half of these dismissals, an analysis by The Indian Express of the orders shows, were on the technical ground that appellants did not approach the Tribunal in time.

For a fee, House Finance panel head Jayant Sinha offers to advise, secure funds for firm
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

On February 12, records show, after a meeting with NRI investor Arminder Singh Sawhney in which they reportedly discussed the project, Sinha wrote to B4U Network CEO Ishan Saksena in connection with Tiger Media, a company linked to B4U.

Char Dham: Supreme Court panel head protests MoD remarks
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

On Wednesday, Attorney General KK Venugopal, representing the government in the case, denied any link between the Char Dham project and the recent flash floods in Rishi Ganga.

Ban on new hydel projects in Uttarakhand: 2 years ago, PMO set tough green rules but Rawat saw red
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

Uttarakhand CM sent letter to PM on jobs, energy security; SC awaits Govt unified stand.

Behind hydel project washed away, a troubled trail to accident in 2011
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

“Imagine the odds of a single, dislodged boulder killing him while nobody standing around received a scratch. In hindsight, was it just a freak incident or an early warning? Today, so many are feared dead and everything has been washed away,” says Kolkata-based realtor Kamal Surana.

Ram temple: Rajasthan frees land for sandstone mining
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Although on paper no mining was allowed after 2016, illegal operations continued and the Bansi Paharpur sandstone remained available in the grey market.

Law catches up 14 years on, SC orders demolition of illegal Mcleodganj hotel
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

A three-judge bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud ordered immediate demolition of the illegal hotel, holding that the “circumstances highlight not only conduct oblivious of the environmental consequences of their actions but an active disdain for them in favour of commercial benefits”.

Mittal’s wish list for Hazira project: cheap land, fast allotment, waivers, subsidies
Sat, Jan 09, 2021

In a hand-written note, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel referred the list to MK Das, Additional Chief Secretary (Industry and Mines) in the CMO, for “discussion”.

Despite red flag, J&K eyes 100 acres in Jammu forest for HC
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

The NBWL clearance, which clears the decks for the project, came last month.

Ram temple needs special stone, so Rajasthan to free wildlife sanctuary land
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Over 1 lakh cubic feet of Bansi Paharpur sandstone, coveted for its unique pink shade, has already been sourced as the exclusive material for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya where stockpiling began soon after the shilanyas in 1989.

FinCEN Files: Arms agent kin’s firms routed funds via Russia, Seychelles and Israel
Sat, Sep 26, 2020

The firms were part of a financial structure set up by the family and associates of London-based international arms agent Sudhir Choudhrie.

FinCEN Files: Wanted at home, Mumbai luxury car king flagged to US watchdog too
Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Due to “concerns of the heightened money laundering risk” associated with Vertu’s wire activities, Barclays Knightsbridge also filed its own SAR with its local regulator.

FinCEN Files — Bank reported fraud, UK link of an IPL team sponsor
Wed, Sep 23, 2020

In 2013, KPH Dream Cricket, which runs Kings XI Punjab, went to court against team sponsor NVD Solar International Ltd for “cheating and duping” them of $3 million in sponsorship fee. The SAR, filed by San Francisco-based Wells Fargo Bank, offers a clue to what went wrong.

FinCEN Files — One more veil lifts: Suspicious bank transactions of Indians red-flagged to top US regulator
Wed, Sep 23, 2020

From steel major to IPL sponsor, diamond merchants to those under ED, CBI scanner, several Indian individuals and entities have been referred in secret reports by banks to US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

Express Investigation Part-4: Foreign secy, Niti CEO on list; Facebook bans Zhenhua Data
Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Responding to The Indian Express reports, Zhenhua Data late Tuesday night said it was privately owned, its partners did not have any background in the Chinese military or the Chinese government, and its operation was “not illegal or unreasonable”.

Explained: Why China harvests India data, why track public figures
Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Zhenhua Data scrapes information that’s in public domain. So what’s the big deal? The big deal is in how big data works, the sweep of the targets — and the uses it can be put to.

Tracked by Chinese firm: Over 6,000 accused of financial crime, terrorism, IPL betting, narcotics, smuggling, big to small
Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Among the high-profile entries being tracked are income-tax evasion cases against 19 companies founded by friends or relatives of former Satyam Group chairman Ramalinga Raju; the Vyapam scam involving Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board.

Express Investigation Part-2: New economy under Chinese watch — Tech start-ups, range of apps from payment to healthcare
Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Unsurprisingly, the top payment apps are part of the database. So are the supply chain portfolio and delivery apps. Also under watch are the tech startups in the urban transportation segment.

China is watching — Hybrid warfare: What data they collect, why it’s cause for concern
Wed, Sep 16, 2020

What kind of data has it collected on the targets, what does it mean when it says it’s engaged in hybrid warfare, what’s the cause for concern?

China is watching — On list: Chief of Defence Staff; military, science top brass
Tue, Sep 15, 2020

China is watching: Among the top sleuths on the list are former RAW chief VikramSood; former IB additional director Gurbachan Singh and former deputy director general of Central Economic Intelligence Bureau Kailash Sethi.

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