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Corruption charges have landed Imran Khan in hot water



Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan appears to be in hot water following his ouster due to massive corruption. On Thursday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) gave the go light to a thorough probe into Farah Khan, a close friend of Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi’s unlawful riches. Farah has amassed unlawful assets outside of his recognized source of income since 2018, according to the NAB.

In an official statement, the NAB stated that Farah Khan’s accounts had shown a high turnover of over Rs 847 million during the previous three years. It went on to say that Khan amassed her money from an undisclosed source of income since the figures in her declared accounts did not match those in accounts from years before Imran Khan’s administration took power.

“Such credits were generated in her account and withdrew within a short period following credit,” it said. Khan had also traveled to other countries regularly, according to the anti-graft authority, nine times to the United States and six times to the United Arab Emirates. Khan, however, left for Dubai on April 5 this year despite the suspicions of corruption. Her spouse had already left the country.

The NAB believes Farah Khan has amassed more financial fortune since the Imran Khan administration took office, according to sources. Farah Khan was previously caught flaunting a $9000 purse on one of her international trips.

Farah Khan’s story isn’t the only one involving corruption. The NAB is also looking into the income of her family members, including her husband, sister, and father-in-law.

It’s worth noting that Imran Khan, the former Pakistan Prime Minister, is also suspected of huge corruption. Khan is said to have robbed the Pakistani government of more than Rs 40 crores, according to reports (Pakistani currency). At the request of then-National Assembly Speaker Asad Kaisar Imran, he hired 72-year-old lawyer Abdul Latif Yousufzai. Yousufzai was cleared for a salary of Rs 19 lakh per month (Pakistani currency). According to sources, Yousufzai received Rs 30 lakh from the Pakistani government last year for various costs, including wages.

It’s also worth mentioning that Imran Khan hired more than 200 individuals to the Parliament secretariat, all of whom were either his family or close allies, at wages that were higher than typical. In addition, in 2019, Khan created a dream institution, Al Qadir University, for Rs 56 crores (Pakistani currency), and named his wife Bushra Bibi as a Trustee member. Today, the institution, which gets millions of rupees in contributions, has just 37 students.

According to reports, the Al Qadir administration claims to be a university, but the Punjab Higher Education Department has yet to acknowledge it. From January to December 2021, the trust collected donations totaling Rs 180 million (Pakistani currency). The trust’s overall income from July 2020 to June 2021 was Rs 101 million (Pakistani currency), whereas its total expenditure, including pay for employees and laborers, was roughly Rs 8.58 million (Pakistani currency).

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, his son Abdullah Khaqan Abbasi, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, and others have been charged with awarding the LNG Terminal-1 contract through ‘non-transparent means,’ according to the anti-graft authority.

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After the release of Runway 34 Ajay Devgn receives a handwritten message from Amitabh Bachchan



Amitabh Bachchan, who also featured opposite Ajay Devgn in the aviation drama, has praised Ajay Devgn’s latest directorial Runway 34. Ajay, who earlier stated that he would not have done the film if Amitabh Bachchan had not agreed to feature in it, shared a handwritten message from the legendary actor on his social media pages on Saturday. After reading the handwritten message in which Amitabh termed it an “amazing honour” to be directed by Ajay in the film, Ajay said that he feels emotional.

Ajay posted a photo of Amitabh’s message with the caption, “It’s difficult to put into words the honour of having the legendary Amitabh Bachchan feature in your directorial debut. And when he writes a handwritten message with his passionate comments, it elicits a dizzying mix of appreciation and fulfilment. Thank you very much, Amit Ji! #Runway34.”

The letter was written on a notepad with the names of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, as well as a logo in the shape of a B for Bachchan. It was dated April 29. In the letter, Amitabh wrote, “Hello, Ajay! Ajay! Ajay! It was an unbelievable honour to be a part of ’34’ and to get such a wonderful director’s gift. Your work is excellent. It’s amazing how well you’ve put everything together. They claim it’s your finest, but I’m confident there will be many more. Congratulations.”

“And, Amitji closed his message with these lines,” Ajay wrote in another letter from Amitabh. “PS: Your expressions and performance in the cockpit were pure brilliance,” the note stated.” “Well deserved words on both sides,” his wife Kajol said on his Instagram account after seeing the messages.

Runway 34 is based on a true story from 2015, in which a Doha to Kochi flight narrowly avoided disaster after having trouble landing at the airport owing to poor weather and limited visibility. Captain Vikrant Khanna, played by Ajay Devgn, is a flying prodigy, and Tanya Albuquerque, played by Rakul Preet Singh, is his co-pilot. In the case, Amitabh Bachchan portrays Narayan Vedant, the investigating officer. Ajay has directed and produced the film in addition to acting in it.

According to the film’s review, “Ajay, once again donning the director’s hat, does an outstanding job. I must say, he’s a fantastic storyteller. He creates an immersive experience with Runway 34, rather than just acting.”

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CDS tension continues as General Pande gains command of the troops



Pande served as vice commander of the army for three months before taking over as army chief. He formerly served as the commander of the Eastern Command, situated in Kolkata, which is in charge of securing India’s eastern borders with China.

During his tenure, the Indian Army deployed new weapon systems in the eastern sector to reinforce its stance against the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the wake of the Ladakh border standoff.

Pande has commanded an engineer brigade in the western theatre, an infantry brigade along the Line of Control (LoC), a mountain division in the Ladakh region, and a corps in the northeast throughout his 39-year military career. He has also acted as the commanding officer of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, stationed in Port Blair.

As previously reported, Pande’s immediate priorities are expected to include building capacity to meet China’s military challenges, giving a boost to the military’s threaterisation drive, improving the army’s tooth-to-tail ratio, and maximizing the defence budget with a focus on indigenization.

He took over as chief at a time whenever the boundary standoff in eastern Ladakh is set to enter its third year, with no end in sight, despite India and China’s partial success in disengaging rival soldiers from some friction areas on the LAC and ongoing talks to end the deadlock that has cast a pall over the bilateral relationship.

His appointment also comes at a time when India is developing a plan for military catheterization to better use the three services’ capabilities for future conflicts and operations. Rawat was in charge of the catheterization effort. The fall of the CDS was viewed as a blow to continuing military reforms, such as catheterization.

Officials said Naravane was given a ceremonial guard of honour at South Block and lay a wreath at the National War Memorial to honour India’s dead troops. At Rashtrapati Bhavan, the departing chief and his wife Veena Naravane paid a visit to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Naravane also met with Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, who complimented the general’s efforts to the country.”Had a lovely meeting with Army Chief of Staff General MM Naravane, who is retiring today after 42 years of service to the country.” As military chief, his achievements have bolstered India’s defence capabilities and preparedness. Singh replied on Twitter, “I wish him well in his future endeavours.”

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Morbe Dam has enough water to last till September



NMMC’s Morbe Dam, on the borders of Panvel, has adequate supplies to meet Navi Mumbai’s demand till early September, according to the company. Even though the dam flooded during the previous monsoon, the water levels at the dam are presently marginally lower than they were at the same time the previous year. The municipal government has implemented a policy to better manage drinking water by limiting supplies in areas where theft and illegal connections have been recorded. Residents, on the other hand, have been complaining about water shortages for the last several weeks, with some neighbourhoods receiving just one to two hours of water each day instead of the customary six.

“For almost a month, we’ve been getting water for two hours during the day. “Our objections have not been heard so far,” said Chandrakant Jee, a resident of Ghansoli. While certain portions of the city are experiencing water shortages, the NMMC claims that water use has increased owing to the hot summer, and that supply is being streamlined in the issue areas where complaints have been received. “When several users are identified on a single connection, action is taken.” After several years, we have finally started a survey of water connections. This is done to keep track of unauthorised users and assure appropriate supply to legitimate customers.

The present water supply is higher than the national average. “We continue to provide over 221 litres of water per person every day, which is more than the national average of 150 litres for metro areas.” Residents have been urged to utilise water wisely, according to the NMMC city engineer. Morbe Dam has a total storage capacity of 190.89 million cubic metres (MCM). The storage capacity was recently 85.749 MCM, which is 44.92 per cent of the overall storage capacity.

The dam’s highest water level is 88 metres. The current water level is 75.49 metres. The dam’s catchment region got almost 4,200 mm of rainfall last year, and it overflowed towards the end of September. “The Morbe dam provides 470 MLD, and there is enough storage to last 125 days,” Desai added.

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