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FIRST FAMILY IN SERIOUS TROUBLE AFTER LONG TIMEOne can march on camera for 10 minutes in the noon-day sun, without breaking a sweat, and even court arrest along with an 82 year old former Prime Minister, ostensibly for ‘democracy’ But bored TV anchors and guests are shaking their heads at the charade, with one keeping an empty chair for missing Congress spokespersons. And out in cyberspace, there is much jeering, and lampooning social media commentary on the Congress.
CSIR launches India’s first ayurvedic anti-diabetic drug
BGR-34 has been developed jointly by the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and the Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), which are the research units of CSIR and located in Lucknow.
BGR-34 costs Rs 5 per tablet and is available at all major chemist counters in Kerala.
Speaking at the launch, A K S Rawat, senior principal scientist, CSIR-NBRI, said six crore of the adult Indian population has been diagnosed with diabetes.
"We are sure that eminent medical professionals will now recommend it to their patients suffering from Type-2 diabetes mellitus for quicker and consistent response. CSIR's premier research institutions have developed and established the efficacy of BGR-34," said Rawat.
Scientists of NBRI and CIMAP made an in-depth study of over 500 renowned ancient herbs and finally identified the six best herbs listed in ayurvedic ancient texts to be combined in different fractions and quantities and processed meticulously to develop this new drug.
V Rao, principal scientist CSIR-NBRI, said BGR-34 is a unique product that manages the lives of human beings suffering from diabetes.
"This product passed several battery of tests and showed hypoglycaemic activity in experimental subjects," said Rao.
For the purpose of quality commercial production and extended distribution, Aimil Pharmaceuticals (I) Ltd, known for its innovative, quality herbal and ayurvedic products, has been transferred the rights and technical knowhow to produce and market it for medical use.
K K Sharma, managing director of Aimil Pharmaceuticals, said they were happy to partner institutes of such repute for passing on its benefits to the people.
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Christian Michel-owned Panama company Keyser Incorporated in AgustaWestland probe
According to ED investigators, there is evidence that Beetle Nut Home opened at least two ultra-luxury shops in Delhi and Mumbai in recent years.NEW DELHI: Christian Michel with a Panama hat. Or a Panama Papers-like twist to the Agusta-Westland story.
The AgustaWestland investigation by the Enforcement Directorate is expanding in scope and the agency is closely looking at a Christian Michel-owned company incorporated in Panama. The company, Keyser Incorporated, is registered in Panama and was founded by Christian's father Wolfgang Michel, who died in 2012.
Wolfgang Michel, ED officials said, had been close to many political leaders in India. Keyser had an earlier agreement with French company Dassault when the latter was selling Mirage fighter aircraft to India.
ET has reviewed company papers of Keyser Inc. ED officials, who spoke for this report, did so on the condition they not be identified.
ED is already looking at Christian Michel's companies in India and Dubai. The Panama angle is the latest addition to the agency's probe into money laundering in the Agusta deal.
Michel has been identified as the key middleman in the deal which saw, according to an Italian court, money being paid to Indian officials. ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had asked Interpol to issue a red corner notice against Michel in December 2015.
ED officials said they are confident of apprehending the middleman within 2-3 months and they believe that key information on the money trail of alleged payoffs from AgustaWestland will come to light.
Keyser Inc was set up in 1995 in Panama. Christian's father Wolfgang was the original owner of the company along with a mysterious Vikram Singh (with no known address, said ED officials). The company was transferred to Christian in 1997.
The company was used, ED investigators said, by Christian Michel to deal with Indian projects on at least one known occasion. It had a consultancy agreement with French company Dassault — just a year after Keyser was registered in Panama — for assistance in the sale of 10 Mirage fighters to the Indian Air Force.
The Mirage deal with India was signed in November 2000 for 346 million euros. The Keyser agreement, which was signed in 1996 and was renewed twice, came to light in 2002 when Michel sued Dassault for failing to pay it a 'success' commission of 2.5% of the deal value.
Michel, however, lost the case as the court ruled that the agreement with Dassault expired on December 31, 1998, two years before the Indian contract was inked, thus making him ineligible for any commission. A copy of the judgement is available with ET.
Dassault, which is currently in negotiations for the Rafale fighter deal in India, had then said the agreement with Michel was only for advisory help. Besides Keyser, Indian investigators are also looking at Michel's other business interests involving India. One company that has been raided is Media Exim that ED alleges was being operated by Michel.
Investigators are also looking at another UK company linked with Michel, named Beetle Nut Home Ltd, which was originally set up by Danish citizen Christine Bredo Spliid. ET reported Spliid's possible connection to the Agusta deal in its Friday edition.
Was 31-year-old Christine Bredo the X-factor in Agusta deal?
NEW DELHI: A 31-year-old blonde woman has added a fresh dash of mystery to theAgustaWestland helicopter scam probe. Christine Bredo Spliid is believed to have walked the corridors of power in Delhi and probably helped her employer, middleman Christian Michel, swing the deal in favour of the Anglo-Italian company.
Spliid's involvement came to light following the ongoing interrogation of the accused persons, including lawyer Gautam Khaitan, officials familiar with the details emerging from the investigation told ET on condition of anonymity.
The sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate are now busy piecing together details of Spliid's visits to India between 2010 and 2013, the officials said.
"Christine, then in her 20s, was Michel's front as she met government officials and even political leaders. She appears to have travelled to Dubai and Zurich in connection with the Agusta deal. We are checking all her records with immigration," a CBI official said.
Spliid, a Danish national living in London, was appointed as director in one of Michel's companies, Beetel Nut Home Ltd, which he is believed to have used for laundering the money he received as kickbacks.
The CBI has managed to establish her presence in India and Dubai, coinciding with the time frame of negotiations in the Rs 3,600-crore VVIP chopper deal, which was scrapped by the then UPA government in February 2013 after revelations of kickbacks emerged. Officials said the details of her movements will help the probing agencies dig deeper into Michel's activities.
Investigations so far show that her visits to Dubai coincided with the times Michel was known to be there. "We are in the process of tying up some loose ends before we officially approach UK authorities regarding Christine. We may ask for her custody," an official said. The CBI is, however, already in touch with the authorities in London at an informal level, he said.
Spliid joined Beetel Nut Home Ltd when the company was incorporated in 2009 and stayed on till 2012, when it was dissolved. The company was registered at 37, Warren Street, London. She continues to hold sole directorship of two companies, French Crystal Decor Limited and Croprotein Ltd, both registered at the same central London address as that used for Beetel Nut.
Investigators believe these three companies, along with probably some more, form a labyrinth of entities related to Michel in London. Spliid met Michel through the owner of a health and fitness chain of clubs, an official said, citing information that has emerged from the probe. She was into the health sector before she was made director in Beetel Nut Home, whose business was not described in the incorporation papers.
Now, as per information available with the CBI, Spliid is working on producing a protein bar made with natural ingredients including cricket flour. Last heard, she was trying to get crowdfunding for her project, an official said.
AgustaWestland probe: CBI to question wife of accused
Sources said, “Probe has revealed that 24.37 million euros were allegedly transferred from AgustaWestland to IDS (Tunisia), the firm which is an accused in the case”. However, of this, only 1.88 million euros were transferred to IDS Infotech Chandigarh and 3.88 million euros to Aeromatrix, they added. “Both firms, IDS Infotech (Chandigarh) and Aeromatrix are also accused in the case. CBI sleuths have found that apart from transfers made to IDS infotech Chandigarh and Aeromatrix, funds received by IDS Tunisa from AgustaWestland were routed to the actual beneficiaries through a Mauritius-based company, linked to an accused and his wife. Funds ($50,000) transferred from IDS Tunisia were allegedly received by the wife of an accused”, sources said adding that the agency will soon call her for questioning.
The CBI on March 13, 2013 had booked former IAF Chief S.P. Tyagi and 12 others under charges of bribery, cheating and corruption in the VVIP copter deal.
The former Air Chief, his cousins Sanjeev, alias Julie, Rajeev, alias Docsa, and Sandeep, European middlemen Carlo Gerosa, Christian Michel and Guido Haschke were among 13 individuals named in the FIR as accused. Besides, the CBI also booked brother of former Union Minister Santosh Bagrodia, Satish Bagrodia, and Pratap Aggarwal, Chairman and Managing Director of IDS Infotech. Six companies including Italy-based Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland, Mohali-based IDS Infotech, Chandigarh based Aeromatrix, IDS Tunisia and IDS Mauritius had also been booked by the CBI in its FIR.
The agency had frozen bank accounts of eight Indians, including former IAF chief and three of his cousins, named as accused in the FIR. The CBI alleged that AgustaWestland managed to introduce a comparative flight trial with non-functional engine and eventually succeeded in getting the contract for supply of 12 AW-101 VVIP helicopters from the Defence Ministry mainly due to softening of the IAF on service ceiling after Tyagi took over as its Chief. The agency also alleged that Italian middleman Guido Haschke, through his Tunisia-based company Gordian Services Sarl, entered into several consultancy contracts with AgustaWestland from 2004-05 and “almost on back-to-back basis he also made consultancy contracts with the Tyagi brothers (Tyagi’s cousins), sources said.
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Clues to undiscovered Ashoka inscriptions
New Delhi, May 15: An unusual partnership that combined archaeology, mathematics and wildlife science has predicted the possible locations of undiscovered inscriptions of Ashoka, the celebrated Mauryan emperor who left behind his proclamations on boulders and pillars.|
Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have generated a list of 121 sites represented on maps as 1km by 1km grids across the Indian subcontinent where they say there is a high likelihood of finding undiscovered edicts of Ashoka.
Archaeologists have over the past century found 31 Ashokan edicts inscribed on rocks across the subcontinent, from Kandahar in Afghanistan to Sahasram in Bihar and Jatinga-Ramesvara in Karnataka, and seven edicts on pillars concentrated in the eastern Ganga valley along the present-day India-Nepal border.
The inscriptions, mainly in the Brahmi script, are the first decipherable written records from the Indian subcontinent and provide insights into Ashoka's activities and thoughts, including his remorse after a great war in Kalinga and his support of Buddhism.
Now, archaeologist Monika Smith, biogeographer Thomas Gillespie and their colleagues at the UCLA have used a mathematical model to predict the locations of edicts yet to be discovered.
"The model predicts a high probability of finding edicts in these locations, but this is only a hypothesis," Gillespie told The Telegraph in a telephone interview. The locations are intended to guide archaeologists and other scholars when they select areas to search for more Ashokan edicts, he said.
The researchers borrowed a tool used in wildlife science called the species-distribution model that uses multiple ecology-related parameters such as the type and abundance of vegetation, terrain features, and climate to predict the presence and abundance of species.
They assumed that because the edicts were intended to spread the emperor's messages, those who etched the inscriptions were likely to pick sites that were near well-populated areas with appropriate boulders or rocks available to serve as the geological substrate. "We first trained and tested the model through the locations of the 31 known edicts," Gillespie said. "It is clear the sites of the known edicts are located in a non-random pattern."
All the edicts documented thus far had been chance finds during exploration or excavations, with the first recognised inscription linked to Ashoka documented in 1915. Archaeological papers suggest that inscriptions have been discovered about once every decade with the last finding from Ratanpurwa, Bihar, reported in 2009 by University of Lucknow archaeologist K.K. Thapliyal.
The UCLA team used a database of global population density through ancient times, geological features and climate parameters to generate the list of 121 sites where, the model predicts, the probability of finding undiscovered edicts is 70 per cent or higher.
The locations are clustered in pockets of central India and Afghanistan. The researchers have described the results of their study in Antiquity, a global journal of archaeology, and Current Science, a journal published by the Indian Academy of Sciences.
Sections of Indian archaeologists say the list of 121 locations may help narrow down areas for future search and excavations. But other scholars of ancient India caution that the usefulness, if any, of the methodology would depend on whether it yields discoveries.
"In archaeology, as in many other disciplines, the proof of the pudding is in the eating," Nayanjot Lahiri, professor of history at India's Ashoka University, Sonepat (Haryana), and author of the book Ashoka in Ancient India, published last August, told this newspaper.
"The predictive model outlined will carry credibility if discoveries are made there. That is what will make or unmake the model. We should wait for discoveries to be made before pronouncing on the importance or otherwise of this approach. For scholars and enthusiasts of ancient India, the discovery of an Ashokan edict is worth much more than a model which predicts such discoveries will take place," Lahiri said.
But Sheila Mishra, an archaeologist at the Deccan College, Pune, said: "The period of Ashoka's reign was a very important period of Indian history - even if we were to find just a few more edicts, it would be worth the effort."
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