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Dalai Lama's heir has to be approved by Beijing: China

Dalai Lama's heir has to be approved by Beijing: China

Rediff.com21 May 2021

China on Friday said that any successor to the present Dalai Lama should be approved by it, ruling out recognition to any heir nominated by him or by his followers.

Vijay Mallya loses bankruptcy case in UK high court

Vijay Mallya loses bankruptcy case in UK high court

Rediff.com18 May 2021

A consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday moved a step closer in their attempt to recover debt from loans paid out to Vijay Mallya's now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines after the high court in London upheld an application to amend their bankruptcy petition, in favour of waiving their security over the embattled businessman's assets in India. Chief Insolvencies and Companies Court (ICC) Judge Michael Briggs handed down his judgment in favour of the banks to declare there is no public policy that prevents a waiver of security rights, as argued by Mallya's lawyers. At a virtual hearing, July 26 was set as the date for final arguments for and against granting a bankruptcy order against the 65-year-old Mallya after the banks accused him of trying to "kick matters into the long grass" and called on the "bankruptcy petition to be brought to its inevitable end".

Mallya, Nirav Modi extradition figure in India-UK summit

Mallya, Nirav Modi extradition figure in India-UK summit

Rediff.com5 May 2021

The issue of extradition of Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi figured in a virtual summit between India and the UK on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that economic offenders should be sent back to the country at the earliest for trial. India has been pressing the United Kingdom to extradite Mallya and Modi to face trial in India for their alleged involvement in cases relating to financial fraud. At a media briefing, joint secretary in the Europe West division in the ministry of external affairs (MEA) Sandeep Chakravorty said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mentioned that the authorities in the UK will do whatever possible to make sure that the economic offenders are extradited.

Extradition of Mallya, Nirav figures in Modi-Boris talks

Extradition of Mallya, Nirav figures in Modi-Boris talks

Rediff.com5 May 2021

The issue of extradition of Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi figured in a virtual summit between India and the United Kingdom on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that economic offenders should be sent back to the country at the earliest for trial.

UK okays Nirav Modi's extradition, he has 14 days to appeal

UK okays Nirav Modi's extradition, he has 14 days to appeal

Rediff.com16 Apr 2021

The United Kingdom's home department has cleared the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is wanted in an over Rs 13,000-crore bank fraud case, officials said on Friday.

Manipur withdraws 'no refuge for Myanmarese' order

Manipur withdraws 'no refuge for Myanmarese' order

Rediff.com30 Mar 2021

The officer issued an advisory, saying the contents of the previous letter had been "misconstrued".

India on asylum to Myanmar refugees: 'Not signatory to 1951 UN convention'

India on asylum to Myanmar refugees: 'Not signatory to 1951 UN convention'

Rediff.com16 Mar 2021

The ministry of home affairs on Tuesday clarified India's stand of giving Asylum to Myanmar refugees, saying that the country is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol thereon.

Legal process has to be followed, can't shortcut that: UK on Mallya extradition

Legal process has to be followed, can't shortcut that: UK on Mallya extradition

Rediff.com5 Mar 2021

Noting the urgency and desire on the part of India to extradite people accused of corruption, the UK on Friday said a "legal process" is on in Vijay Mallya's matter and it has to be followed through as there cannot be any shortcut. In May last year, the fugitive businessman lost his appeals in the British Supreme Court against his extradition to India to face money laundering and fraud charges. Asked when can Mallya be extradited to India and if some kind of legal issue is still pending in the matter, new British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, without pointing to any particular case, said he recognises the urgency, importance and the desire to get back people who are accused of corruption to India.

Nirav Modi: Indian mission to liaise with UK authorities for early extradition

Nirav Modi: Indian mission to liaise with UK authorities for early extradition

Rediff.com25 Feb 2021

The Indian High Commission in London on Thursday welcomed the Westminster Magistrates' Court ruling in the extradition case of diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India to stand trial on charges of fraud and money laundering related to the Punjab National Bank (PNB) letters of undertaking (LoUs) scam case. A senior diplomat at India House said the judgment, which found a prima facie case against the accused, paves the way for the government of India and the high commission officials to liaise with the UK authorities on the next stages of the procedural matters for his early extradition to India. "The judgment paves the way for the government of India, including the High Commission of India in London, to liaise with the UK authorities on the procedural matters," said the diplomat at the High Commission. "As with previous extradition cases, we will press on with the next steps," he said.

5 roles that define Waheeda Rehman

5 roles that define Waheeda Rehman

Rediff.com3 Feb 2021

Subhash K Jha gives us the very best of Waheeda Rehman.

Has Mallya sought asylum in UK?

Has Mallya sought asylum in UK?

Rediff.com22 Jan 2021

Vijay Mallya has applied to Home Secretary Priti Patel for "another route" to be able to stay in the UK, the liquor tycoon's barrister representing him in bankruptcy proceedings in the High Court of London confirmed during a remote hearing on Friday. The 65-year-old businessman, whose legal challenge to the Indian government's extradition request was turned down at the Supreme Court level in the UK last year, remains in Britain on bail until Patel signs off on the order for him to be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering related to the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. The UK Home Office has so far only confirmed on background that a confidential legal process remains ongoing before the extradition order can be executed.

Chinese village in Arunachal: India must speak up!

Chinese village in Arunachal: India must speak up!

Rediff.com21 Jan 2021

'China wants to change the status quo of India's Northern Border and proves that it can do whatever it wants in what it perceives as its own territory,' states Claude Arpi.

The mystery death of Pakistan's 'holy warrior'

The mystery death of Pakistan's 'holy warrior'

Rediff.com5 Dec 2020

Khadim Hussain Rizvi is now gone. But the mass appeal of fundamentalism among Pakistan's burgeoning, young, illiterate, unemployed and angry population isn't, observes Shekhar Gupta.

Baba Amte's granddaughter dies allegedly by suicide

Baba Amte's granddaughter dies allegedly by suicide

Rediff.com30 Nov 2020

Sheetal, 39, took the extreme step following a recent public spat with other members of the Amte family over the management of Maharogi Seva Samiti, a social service organisation founded by Baba Amte, a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award and Padma Vibhushan, who died in 2008.

Biden plans to host a global Summit for Democracy in 1st yr of Presidency

Biden plans to host a global Summit for Democracy in 1st yr of Presidency

Rediff.com8 Nov 2020

India, being the world's largest democracy, is likely to play an important role in such a summit. Biden defeated incumbent President Donald Trump in the bitterly-fought presidential election that attracted a record number of Americans to cast their votes.

On Biden's roadmap: Citizenship to 5 lakh Indians, 'Muslim ban' to go

On Biden's roadmap: Citizenship to 5 lakh Indians, 'Muslim ban' to go

Rediff.com8 Nov 2020

US President-elect Joe Biden will work towards providing a roadmap to American citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants, including over 500,000 from India, and will also establish a minimum admission number of 95,000 refugees annually.

Europe and the problem of Islamic radicals

Europe and the problem of Islamic radicals

Rediff.com3 Nov 2020

Europeans believe that what is under attack is their way of life, their secular faith, the long-fought right to keep religion out of the public sphere, observes Virendra Kapoor.

US electoral system is rigged to favour Republicans

US electoral system is rigged to favour Republicans

Rediff.com3 Nov 2020

The US is a wonderful example of how a political party with minority support can cling to power for decade, notes Devangshu Datta.

China versus the people of Hong Kong

China versus the people of Hong Kong

Rediff.com24 Aug 2020

India needs to take note of China's assertiveness in implementing its national security law as also its recently exhibited sensitivity to criticism of Xi Jinping by the Indian media, says former senior R&AW officer and China expert Jayadeva Ranade.

B'desh court indicts country's 1st Hindu Chief Justice in graft case

B'desh court indicts country's 1st Hindu Chief Justice in graft case

Rediff.com13 Aug 2020

The indictment comes seven months after another Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant against the 69-year-old ex-chief justice who lives in the United States

Sushant death: CBI registers case against Rhea, 5 others

Sushant death: CBI registers case against Rhea, 5 others

Rediff.com6 Aug 2020

The agency acted swiftly on a reference from the government in Bihar, the home state of 34-year-old Rajput, where his family had lodged an FIR against Chakraborty.

Cannot set timeline for Mallya's extradition: UK envoy

Cannot set timeline for Mallya's extradition: UK envoy

Rediff.com23 Jul 2020

The high court verdict in April upheld the 2018 ruling by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot at the end of a year-long extradition trial that the former Kingfisher Airlines boss had a "case to answer" in the Indian courts.

Have the Chinese got what they wanted?

Have the Chinese got what they wanted?

Rediff.com7 Jul 2020

'Could the Chinese have taken a leaf out of our book?' 'That their unprecedented build-up is their attempt at coercive diplomacy with India?' 'And if so, what is it that they could be expecting as a quid pro quo?' asks Shekhar Gupta.

6 injured in mass stabbing in Glasgow, suspect shot dead

6 injured in mass stabbing in Glasgow, suspect shot dead

Rediff.com26 Jun 2020

Police Scotland said that the incident is not being treated as terrorism but that their investigation into the motive behind the attack remains ongoing.

COVID-19 and Masked Mankind

COVID-19 and Masked Mankind

Rediff.com14 Jun 2020

COVID-19 has accomplished what the UN failed to do in the last 75 years by making mankind rally around a mask of unity, observes Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Why this Pakistani cricketer had to flee

Why this Pakistani cricketer had to flee

Rediff.com3 May 2020

Zulqarnain claimed that he was forced to leave his team hotel in Dubai and fly out to London under mysterious circumstances after receiving threatening messages from his then teammate Umar Akmal

Tour the world's finest museums from the safety of your home

Tour the world's finest museums from the safety of your home

Rediff.com7 Apr 2020

It beats Netflix any day, exclaims Prithvi Singh.

EU Parliament postpones voting on motion against CAA

EU Parliament postpones voting on motion against CAA

Rediff.com30 Jan 2020

The sources said friends of India prevailed over those of Pakistan in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Joint anti-CAA motion set for debate in European Parliament

Joint anti-CAA motion set for debate in European Parliament

Rediff.com29 Jan 2020

The motion takes note of the UNHCR statement last month, which described the CAA as 'fundamentally discriminatory in nature', and also of other United Nations as well as the EU guidelines on human rights as it calls on the Indian government to 'repeal the discriminatory amendments'.

Protests over CAA mark R-Day in New York

Protests over CAA mark R-Day in New York

Rediff.com27 Jan 2020

The Republic Day celebration was about India's Constitution, but the protests also argued for protecting the values of equality and secularism enshrined in it.

Don't underestimate the average Indian

Don't underestimate the average Indian

Rediff.com8 Jan 2020

'And don't underestimate the enabling power of bribery.' 'Hark back to demonetisation.' 'All of the cash did come back.' 'The same thing will happen with the alphabet soup of the NRC, NPR and CAA except that this exercise will deal in documents, not cash.' 'Bribes will be paid.' 'Documents will be magically generated,' points out Devangshu Datta.

2019: The year in photos

2019: The year in photos

Rediff.com2 Jan 2020

We sorted through countless photographs taken around the world to come up with the top photos of 2019. Together these images tell the story of the year -- capturing moments of hope and heartbreak, triumph and tragedy.

Will fight China's gun power with truth: Dalai Lama

Will fight China's gun power with truth: Dalai Lama

Rediff.com25 Dec 2019

'The world is reeling under violence, often in the name of religion. This must not happen and humanistic values must be promoted'

Why Indians are immigrating illegally

Why Indians are immigrating illegally

Rediff.com21 Dec 2019

Driven by hardship, adventurous souls mortgage their homesteads in Punjab or Haryana, pawn the family jewellery and borrow heavily to satisfy the greed of the criminal traffickers who organise their trips, points out Sunanda K Datta-Ray.

CAA is a self-inflicted problem

CAA is a self-inflicted problem

Rediff.com20 Dec 2019

'The north east does not want the solution that the BJP has given and it has become clear that it has not been fully thought through,' says Aakar Patel.

Want to migrate to Nithyananda's 'Kailaasa'?

Want to migrate to Nithyananda's 'Kailaasa'?

Rediff.com16 Dec 2019

'It's a moot point if Kailaasa will ever evolve beyond being a haven for a fugitive from justice,' notes Devangshu Datta.

Citizenship bill is a triumph of the idea of India

Citizenship bill is a triumph of the idea of India

Rediff.com12 Dec 2019

'This bill is for the children of Partition who are still subject to inhuman barbarism because they profess a faith rooted in India.' 'If India fails them, we shall be no better than a Pakistan which brutalises its minorities and has turned into a factory of intolerant bigots,' says former BJP MP Tarun Vijay.

JD-U divided over backing CAB, Nitish draws flak

JD-U divided over backing CAB, Nitish draws flak

Rediff.com11 Dec 2019

Party vice-president Prashant Kishor and general secy Pavan Varma voice disappointment over the JD-U backing the Bill in LS. Urge Nitish to 'reconsider' stand.

Over 600 authors, scientists seek withdrawal of citizenship bill

Over 600 authors, scientists seek withdrawal of citizenship bill

Rediff.com11 Dec 2019

Scholars and students have cautioned that the proposed divisive and discriminatory changes would harm the country.

Why all Indians must oppose the CAB

Why all Indians must oppose the CAB

Rediff.com10 Dec 2019

The Citizenship Amendment Bill would possibly be the first piece of legislation that is perniciously discriminatory on the basis of religion/faith, says Mohammad Sajjad.

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