High profile Thug, duped an old lady with 10 lacs

News4u-Bureau - New Delhi: A 40-year-old man Prashenjit Banerjee, posing himself to be the Jt CEO, E-Governance, Govt of Chhattisgarh, has duped a senior citizen of Lacs of Rs. promising her to help in settlement of her old loan account with CSIDC.

Banerjee posed himself as Raw or IB official earlier to this family and told them that after being shot during one of the operations, he has been assigned a different job, but still working with intelligence department. He is on a post from where he can manipulate things on his will.

(Proof of Fake I D , with mobile no)

Since Oct 2013, Banerjee has taken lacs of Rs and provided fabricated NOC & loan ac statement of CSIDC.
After being cheated and duped of so much of money when this lady confronted Banerjee, he confessed and promised to return the money. Later he has stopped taking calls. Many such call recordings, msgs and e mails sent by Banerjee, indicates that he is a dangerous offender.

As per our sources Prashenjit Banerjee ,alias Babu ,  moved around in a red beacon-fitted luxury car with two bodyguards frequently in Delhi, had duped a number of people of crores of rupees on the pretext of getting their work done with Chattisgarh Govt at will.Some photos of him rubbing shoulders with high-ranking police officers and even CM Raman Singh were seen by  the earlier victims.

A complaint to the police has been lodged by the victim.

The officials of CSIDC were unaware of his acts and promised to take adequate action if found guilty.

By- Kabir Malik Editor Investigation (With inputs from Parvez , Raipur)


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Pitt, DiCapro, De Niro to star in Martin Scorsese’s short film

News4u-Entertainment Desk- London: Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese has recruited Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro to star in a short film for a new resort campaign.

The 71-year-old filmmaker gathered the actors in New York City to shoot the film, which will be used for a campaign to promote Melco-Crown Entertainment’s movie-themed resort, Studio City, in Macau, reportedly.

The Casino-themed short film was written by ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ screenwriter Terence Winter and will debut at the resort next year.

While both DiCaprio and De Niro are no strangers to acting in Scorsese’s films, this will mark Pitt’s first project with the filmmaker, as well as the first time the trio has worked together with Scorsese.
Pitt recently got married to longtime partner Angelina Jolie. PTI


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33 killed, 147 injured in Afghanistan militant attack

News4u-News Desk-At least 33 people have been killed and 147 others injured on Thursday when Taliban militants attacked a government compound in Afghanistan, officials said.

Fighting erupted when the Islamic attackers detonated two vehicles loaded with explosives in Ghazni province in eastern Afghanistan, the Afghan interior ministry said.

Deputy governor Mohammad Ahmadi told Efe that the assailants targeted Afghan intelligence headquarters in the three-hour clash with security forces.

The dead included ten police officers and all 21 members of the Taliban unit that took part in the assault, while 130 of those wounded in the firefight were civilians and 17 were police officers.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a Twitter post.

Afghanistan has been going through one of its bloodiest periods since Afghan forces began taking over responsibility for security last year to gradually replace the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which will end its mission by the end of 2014.

Despite the withdrawal of the NATO contingent, the United States has announced that it plans to keep 9,800 soldiers in the country until the end of 2016.


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Centre sounds alert as al-Qaeda video targets India

News4u-News Desk-The Centre on Thursday sounded a country-wide alert after an al-Qaeda video appeared in which the terror outfit threatened to carry out campaign in India.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh went into a huddle with top security officials as an initial assessment of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) found the video to be genuine. An alert has been issued by the Home Ministry to all states and security agencies to take possible precautionary steps, Home Ministry officials said.

Security agencies feel the video could be an attempt by al-Qaeda to carry out fresh recruitments in the sub-continent as it stares at diminishing influence vis a vis the ISIS.

Singh, who discussed the issue with top security officials, later told reporters that the Prime Minister’s Office has been informed about the video.

Ministry officials said an assessment is being made about the presence of al-Qaeda in the country.

The IB, which constantly monitors the activities of terror outfits operating in the country and its neighbourhood, is expected to send the report in this regard within a day or two, officials said.

US media and intelligence agencies said today that al-Qaeda has established a new branch to wage “jihad” in India, “return the Islamic rule” and impose sharia in the Indian sub-continent.

The creation of the group called “Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent” was announced by As Sahab, al-Qaeda’s official media outlet, in a lengthy video posted on social media outlets including You Tube.

Al-Qaeda is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the group’s leader Ayman al Zawahiri said “Qaedat al-Jihad” would take the fight to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Zawahiri said the group will defend the “vulnerable in the Indian subcontinent, in Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Gujarat, Ahmedabad, and Kashmir…” and “your brothers in Qaedat al-Jihad did not forget you and that they are doing what they can to rescue you from injustice, oppression, persecution, and suffering”.


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Teachers’ Day: PM interacts live with millions of students across India

News4u-News Desk- In the first mass contact programme of its kind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact live with millions of young students and teachers across the nation on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.

Modi will address the students from 3 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. through satellite link and live telecast on Doordarshan and the human resource development ministry website.

He will address about 1,000 students from various Delhi schools at the Manekshaw Auditorium, which will be broadcast live by all Doordarshan channels to over 18 lakh government and private schools in the country, as well on radio. Live streaming on the web would also be available.

Modi will also interact - through satellite link - with students at National Information Centres in Leh, Port Blair, Silchar (Assam), Imphal, Bhuj (Gujarat), Dantewada (Chhattisgarh) and Thiruvannamalai (Tamil Nadu).

He will also take questions from some students across the country through video-conferencing.

The practice has been in vogue in Gujarat where Modi was chief minister for over a decade till he became prime minister after this year’s general elections.

Though Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has assured attendance of students in their schools would be “completely voluntary”, the exercise has kicked up controversy with many political parties and others questioned the timing of the address to students, which comes as Modi completes 100 days in office.

The Congress, Left parties and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have criticised the government for “creating controversy around Teachers’ Day”.

After the HRD ministry made the announcement last week, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and state education departments sent notices to schools asking them to make necessary arrangements for children to view the prime minister’s address.

The CBSE, which has 12 million students across 12,504 schools, including 1,002 Kendriya Vidyalayas, 1,944 government schools and 8,966 independent schools, had in its notice said that suitable arrangements will need to be made to enable children to stay from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the school Sep 5.

Many morning schools have changed their schedule om Friday to later in the day to accommodate this change and also asked the transport vehicles to adhere to the changed timing.

Asked why Modi was holding such an event, a senior official told IANS: “He is a man who likes to be in touch with all kinds of people. He sees children as the real future talent.”

Schools have been asked to report back (through a Google form) on the arrangements made, and also on how it went off, after the show is over.

Similarly, a circular from Delhi’s education directorate has also said that any “laxity in the arrangements shall be viewed seriously”.

The event has led to logistical concerns for some teachers and students, with many private transporters not agreeing to ply in the evening hours.

Several school principals and teachers said that they had not received any formal communication about the participation being voluntary.

A school principal, who did not want to be named, said they have decided to run the school from 12 noon till 5 p.m. in view of the prime minister’s address and reschedule their own Teachers’ Day programme.

Another principal of a private school in Delhi said around 100 students will stay back to attend the prime minister’s address and would be provided snacks.

“For the other students, we will send out a bulk SMS asking them to watch the address wherever they can,” she added.

Though most states are adhering to the programme, the West Bengal government has clearly said that it will not make any arrangement for students to watch Modi’s address and would “go forward with its own pre-declared programme”.

Besides the address, an essay competition “Guru Utsav 2014″ has also triggered controversy. The Congress and other parties, especially in Tamil Nadu, have accused the government of trying to rename Teachers’ Day as ‘Guru Utsav’ though Irani has clarified that Guru Utsav was an essay competition and the winning students would get prizes on Friday.

Teachers’ Day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of educationist and scholar Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the first vice president and the second president of India.


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Nepal parties agree to discuss drafting of constitution

News4u-News Desk- In a major breakthrough, Nepal’s major political parties on Thursday agreed to convene a national conference to end the deadlock regarding drafting of the country’s new Constitution by forging a consensus.

The Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist also formed a six-member task force to convene the national political conference before September 11, former prime minister and senior leader of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal, who also took part in the meeting, said.

The parties include the breakaway faction of UCPN-Maoist party, the CPN-Maoist, which had boycotted last year’s Constituent Assembly polls. The national political conference was the major demand put forward by the CPN-Maoist for joining the Constitution- drafting process.

“This is a positive development towards forging consensus among the political parties for drafting the constitution within the stipulated time frame of mid-January next year by sorting out all the differences,” Nepal said.

The three major parties today held meeting with the CPN-Maoist, which boycotted the November 19, 2013 Constituent Assembly elections, at the prime minister’s residence in an attempt to encourage the party led by hardliner Mohan Vaidya to join the Constitution-drafting process.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Nepali Congress Vice President Ramchandra Poudyal, CPN-UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal, senior leader of CPN-UML and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Maoist chairman Prachanda, and Vaidya.

Earlier in the morning, the three major parties held hectic consultations on contentious issues in an attempt to reach a consensus for drafting the Constitution.

However, the meeting ofthe ‘Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee’consisting of senior leaders of the three major parties held today morning at the Prime Minister’s Office ended inconclusively as the leaders could not find common ground on the key issues including state restructuring and model of federal structure, said CPN-UML Vice-president Bhim Rawal, who was also present during the meeting.

The parties have been sticking to their respective stances on issues including forms of governance, federal structure and state restructuring.

Nepal had plunged into a constitutional crisis after the Constituent Assembly was dissolved without promulgating the Constitution in 2012.

Political infighting, including a split in the Maoist party last year, confounded efforts to implement a peace plan meant to rebuild Nepal after a 10-year civil war.


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PM pays tributes to Radhakrishnan on Teachers’ Day

News4u-News Desk- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid tributes to Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, saying the late President still remains an inspiration for the entire country.

“The Prime Minister paid tributes to Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on the occasion. Teacher, scholar and statesman, he remains an inspiration for the entire nation,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Modi also extended his greetings to teachers on the occasion. “Teachers’ Day greetings! We salute all teachers, who tirelessly light the lamp of knowledge,” the statement said.

Teachers’ Day is celebrated every year on September 5 to mark the birthday of Radhakrishnan. Teachers ‘tirelessly light the lamp of knowledge’

ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO THINK CRITICALLY: PM TO TEACHERS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India should regain the status of ‘vishwaguru’ (leader in education) by according high respect to teachers whom he asked to encourage students to think critically about issues concerning nation.

In an email message to teachers, he told them that their determination and sincerity will shape the destiny of the nation as they are laying the foundation and the building blocks of the society.

“Teaching is not just another profession. It is a divine responsibility to guide and enlighten,” Modi said in his message of greetings. He said that by according high status to the teaching community, India had once attained the status of ‘vishwaguru’. “We must once again accord such respect to the teachers and thereby regain that status where India becomes the beacon of knowledge for the entire world,” he added.

He said that in the present day, often learning is equated with either collection of information or mastery of skills for occupations and jobs.

“Yes, that is important but I call upon you to widen the horizon of thinking of your students. Encourage them to think critically about broader issues concerning our nation, society and the environment. Our goal must be to create good citizens who are capable of preserving the past and creating the future,” the Prime Minister said.

“The wheels of change have put India on the march towards ‘surajya’ (good governance},” he said, adding “Your determination and sincerity will shape the destiny of the nation! “I want to see the day when every student is proud of his or her teachers and every teacher is proud of his or her students.”

Noting that the influences and experiences that teachers share with students will remain with them for a lifetime, Modi told them, “You are also laying the foundation and the building blocks of the society. This is a responsibility of great significance because on this depends how our present and future generations will thrive.” He said lessons in good citizenship inculcated at a young age will go a long way in creating a better society. “This could be as simple as traffic rules, cleanliness, gender sensitisation, concern for the weak and reverence for the elders,” the Prime Minister said.


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Al Pacino-starrer ‘The Humbling’ trailer unveiled

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Los Angeles: A new trailer for ‘The Humbling’ has been revealed.

The drama sees Al Pacino star as an ageing theatre actor who has an affair with a younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig, suggest reports.

‘Rain Man’ helmer Barry Levinson has directed the film adaptation of Phillip Roth’s 2009 novel.

Pacino spoke about the movie recently at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, saying he was attracted to the role because of the contrast between his character’s “tragic fall” and “a lot of comedy”.

“The character is getting older and the feelings he has for his work are becoming less available to him, so he tries to compensate and becomes a little off and confused and slips into a kind of depression that expresses itself in his work,” Pacino said. PTI


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Another controversy on Teacher’s Day

News4u-Features Desk- Insecurity is the worst of human emotions. It not only sometimes leads to the extreme step of ending one’s own life, it also provokes senseless crimes. Tamilians are a very insecure lot.

A buzz here and a word there in Hindi, seems to shake the very foundation of the language they claim is as old, if not older than Sanskrit. Its the only language which does not have its roots in the Devbhasha i.e. Sanskrit.

There have been endless researches and discussions about the aryan language Sanskrit and the Dravidian Tamil . In todays world Sanskrit has no where replaced or pushed out Tamil. Actually Tamil is spoken by all the Tamilians and many more while Sanskrit has been proclaimed a dead language.

In this scenario, why even a mention of Guru Utsav which is a word used daily in Hindi and accepted every where, should upset the Tamilians. Guru Utsav or teacher’s day have the same connotation. If they are fine with the english version, why this rage against the term Guru Utsav.

The circular only said that 5th September be celebrated as Guru Utsav and some plans were mentioned to organise a nation wide Essay competition. We have adopted hundreds of English words and vice versa. Why should Tamilians be so insecure about using a term accepted by ninety nine percent of Indians.

Co-existence and assimilation of each other’s traditions and language would make a nation strong. Why should the Tamilians all the time try to alianate themselves from the rest of India.

As for the atheist Stalin’s act of wishing every one a happy Ganesh Chaturthi on the social site, then hastily withdrawing it, is nothing but irrational behaviour. We wish the Chistians Happy Christmas, even if do not believe in Christianity. This act is only a show of respect to others faith and belief.

This is what underlines our culture. To deviate from it is a mark of disrespect to our grand traditions.

-Veera Chaturvedi

veera@news4u.co.in


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Argentina’s Train to the Clouds

News4u-Travel Desk- Located 4,000 m above the sea level in the Andes, Tren a las Nubes or ‘Train to the Clouds’ is one of the highest railways in the world. It begins its journey from the city of Salta in Argentina at an altitude of 1,187 m, passes through the Valle de Lerma, enters the Quebrada del Toro and finally ends its journey at the La Polvorilla viaduct (4,200 m). During the 16-hour trip, the train travels 217 km and climbs a staggering 3,000 m. It crosses 29 bridges, 12 viaducts, 21 tunnels, swoops round two gigantic loops and two switchbacks.

Train to the Clouds got its name from the numerous clouds that are often seen under bridges and around slopes. American engineer Richard Fontaine Maury, who was in charge of the project, laid down the route in the 1920s. He designed a singular system supported by bridges, tunnels, viaducts, spirals and zigzags. The zigzags allow the train to climb the mountain by driving back and forth parallel to the slope of the mountain. Maury did not use funiculars or cogwheels normally used on steep slopes, instead relied on switchbacks to gain height.

The train was originally constructed to serve the borax mines of the area, transporting goods from the coast of Chile through the Andes Mountains to north-western Argentina. The route started taking tourists from 1970s. The train leaves early in the morning from Salta city, crosses Lerma Valley, then Toro Ravine and finally, the large territory of the Puna. The train makes only two stops—almost at the end of the trip. The first one is at San Antonio de los Cobres, an old town with low-built houses and a tiny market. Here tourists will find picturesque stalls offering handicrafts, items of clothing and souvenirs to take home from the train trip.

The second stop and the end of the route is the spectacular La Polvorilla viaduct. The curved viaduct is 224 m long and 70 m high from the valley. Train to the Clouds glides across the viaduct and stops before reversing back, poised for the return journey. At the final destination, passengers can get off the train, feel the pure and cold air on their face, walk slowly in order to get their bodies used to the altitude, and take photos. The trip back to Salta is completed in the dark and reaches Salta just before midnight.Agencies


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