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Thursday, August 06, 2020

Ritu Sarin


Ritu Sarin is Executive Editor (News and Investigation)

Imaging boom: Portable X-rays to scanners, AI solutions to track Covid
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Indian manufacturers are pointing towards a slow but sure surge in orders from state governments and hospitals. They also highlight the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to make sense of images and scans of Covid patients for better diagnostics.

As Covid curve rises, surge in ventilators causes glut
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

In March, ventilators were considered vital to treat serious Covid cases, and with the countrywide inventory at an estimated 47,000, manufacturers raced to ramp up production. But now, with health experts pointing to a shift in treatment to non-invasive oxygenation, these manufacturers are staring at excess stocks and hoping for export channels to be opened.

Army’s protective gear has Made in China link, Niti member says relook
Sun, Jun 21, 2020

After Galwan clash, MoD contacted firms for 2 lakh bullet-proof jackets.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri: ‘We intend a phased escalation… Indian aviation will come out stronger from this crisis’
Fri, May 22, 2020

Talking to The Indian Express, Hardeep Singh Puri said, "The aviation industry, the world over, is one of the worst-hit sectors. Experience may vary, but most countries are characterised by a significant reduction in demand. Some of the countries have opened up the aviation sectors but there have been reports of less occupancy and even of empty flights."

Priyanka’s sale of Husain painting to Rana Kapoor could be proceeds of crime: ED
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

The painting was gifted by Husain to Rajiv Gandhi when he was Prime Minister and on the eve of the Congress party’s centenary celebrations.

Madhya Pradesh govt crisis: Will prove majority, had talked about BJP plot with Scindia, says Kamal Nath
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

"I am confident that the Congress will win the floor test in the Assembly after it convenes as scheduled on March 15," said Kamal Nath.

Madhya Pradesh: This is a coming together for the Scindia family, says Yashodhara
Wed, Mar 11, 2020

“The ideology of the BJP is in the blood of our family and I had seen this (Jyotiraditya’s possible entry in the BJP) for a while now," Yashodhara Raje Scindia, who is the Shivpuri MLA and former MP minister.

Digvijaya Singh on MP crisis: ‘There’ll be surprises when floor test happens… admire Kamal Nath’s grit’
Wed, Mar 11, 2020

I did not expect him to eventually resign. And I feel sad that he has done it on the day of his father’s birth anniversary, says Digvijaya Singh.

I-T summons Ahmed Patel for Rs 550-crore Cong party collections
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

The summons come after searches by the IT Department on April 2, 2019 in 52 places including several locations in Madhya Pradesh as well as on October 2019 and February 2020 in Hyderabad, Vijayawada and other locations.

In charred Delhi locality, mangled clocks tell a tale, BSF DIG visits a constable’s home
Sun, Mar 01, 2020

Among the homes that are almost completely gutted in Khajuri Khas is that of BSF Constable Mohammad Anees. He is due to be married in two months, but his bedroom and personal belongings are charred, and the sides of his television set have curled up in the heat from the raging flames.

Panama Papers details led to I-T crackdown on Bharat Hotels Group
Sat, Feb 22, 2020

CBDT said “undisclosed foreign assets” of over Rs 1,000 crore had been detected during the searches. But officials said the amount would be several times that figure, and that the Bharat Hotels case was likely to become one of the biggest detection of the Panama Papers cases in India.

Hardeep Puri defends air travel ban on Kunal Kamra: ‘In US, he would have been locked up’
Fri, Jan 31, 2020

The minister justified his own intervention into the incident — through a late-night tweet on Tuesday, hours after Kamra heckled journalist Arnab Goswami in a flight.

Before London, ED found a Thampi link to Vadra — in Faridabad village
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Thampi, according to ED, is an associate of Vadra and helped him invest in real estate assets in London — he runs Skylight FZE in Dubai which shares its name with a company owned by Vadra in India.

ED arrests Robert Vadra aide, says bank records link to laundering, property
Tue, Jan 21, 2020

C C Thampi is said to be a close aide of Vadra and is alleged to have helped him invest in real estate assets in London.

COAI: Surgical tools should be used instead of the blunt instrument of internet shutdowns
Fri, Dec 27, 2019

Besides the huge economic fallout, COAI has calculated the loss of internet shutdowns has gone up in 2019 to an estimated Rs 24.5 million per hour due to the high dependence on the internet of several services.

Audit flags big differences in expenditure, inventory of Nirav firms with those of ‘peers’
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

While Nirav Modi and his Group are recognised as diamond traders, a large volume (61.44%) of their imported goods — for which the Letters of Undertaking were issued — comprised pearls

Belgian auditor traces fake transactions and imports by Nirav firms
Thu, Dec 05, 2019

The auditor noted that “the anomaly indicates potentially fictitious import transactions where the actual movement of goods have not taken place”.

Nirav-PNB rot deeper: LoUs worth Rs 25,000 crore were issued fraudulently
Thu, Dec 05, 2019

The 329-page forensic report of BDO was handed by a whistleblower to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) which has partnered with The Indian Express for a series of reports on the findings of the forensic team.

The Shell Game
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

The unravelling of the India leg of the global off-shore investigation that took the world by storm.

3 years after demonetisation: Security features delayed as Govt and RBI juggle currency printing, demand
Fri, Nov 08, 2019

Minutes of the last meeting of the Strategic Planning Group of the Currency and Coins Division of the Ministry of Finance, held on June 3, show that printing and bank note paper stock situation continue to be in flux after demonetisation.

Check if EC Ashok Lavasa used influence during Power stint: Govt to PSUs
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

The confidential communication dated August 29 was issued “with the approval” of the Power Secretary to the chief vigilance officers (CVOs) of the PSUs.

‘Tax chief told me to drop sensitive case, said he was secure after acting against Oppn leader’
Sat, Oct 05, 2019

This is the key allegation in an unprecedented complaint against the nation’s top tax administrator by Alka Tyagi, who was Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (Unit 2) in Mumbai when she sent her complaint to Finance Minister Sitharaman on June 21.

Break-in reported in sensitive Income-Tax unit in Mumbai
Fri, Sep 27, 2019

Officials said the break-in was discovered by Income Tax security staff in the morning when they found locked cupboards broken in and ransacked — several files and papers were “lying in disarray” a member of the administration team employed in the building said.

Not just Lavasa’s wife, his sister and son too are under tax dept scanner
Wed, Sep 25, 2019

The tax department also surveyed the books of accounts of Nourish Organic Foods Ltd, a company in which his son Abir Lavasa is a director and holds 10,000 shares as part of an employee stock option plan last financial year.

Income Tax serves notices to Reliance First Family under Black Money Act
Sun, Sep 15, 2019

Responding to questions sent by The Indian Express on the notices and the key allegations, a Reliance spokesperson replied: “We deny all the contents of your email including receipt of any such notice.”