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    Tamil Nadu Rs 570 crore confusion: Behind row, cops in lungis, trucks on move

    tamil nadu election, tail nadu, tamil nadu polls, tamil nadu poll cash seizure, tamil nadu cash sezied, tamil nadu 570 cr cash seized, sbi tamil nadu polls cash, tamil nadu sbi cash seized, tamil nadu news, india news, latest newsThe trucks will remain impounded till the day of the results . (Source: Express photo)
    A FEW lungis and some plain clothes may have flagged off the highway chase late on Friday night in Tamil Nadu for three trucks carrying Rs 570 crore, before they were seized. While the money eventually was claimed by the SBI as its, there are several willing to bet differently in a state where polls to two constituencies stand cancelled over “bribery” and that has seen the highest seizure of currency ever in an election. Others are asking how the SBI management could handle such a huge amount so shabbily, including allowing an escort with lungi-wearing policemen.
    The Tirupur district administration has now told SBI officers that the trucks would be released only after the elections.
    It all began with the RBI directing the SBI to transport RS 570 crore from its Coimbatore main branch in Tamil Nadu to the Visakhapatnam one in Andhra Pradesh about 15 days ago as currency was short in the latter.
    Around 11.15 pm on May 13, the convoy left the SBI branch at Coimbatore with around 200 bundles of Rs 1,000 notes, 10,100 bundles of Rs 500 notes and 4,500 bundles of Rs 100 notes. Senior officials say they usually avoid travel at night, but that there is no written rule in this regard. Along with the three trucks carrying currency were three cars carrying 15 police officers from Andhra Pradesh, an SBI cashier from Vizag as per the norms and few workers for packaging and loading.
    A senior RBI official says the trucks did follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) as per its guidelines. But the problem began as the officials didn’t stop the trucks when asked to do so by an EC highway patrol team at the Chengappalli toll gate, less than an hour later.
    The EC squad was in plain clothes. An SBI official says that was the first point of confusion. “Unless a police team stops us or there is an emergency situation concerning security and safety, such convoys carrying currency bundles don’t stop,” an SBI official says.
    A suspicious EC squad decided to follow the convoy and detained it when it stopped for fuel a few kilometres away.
    Their suspicions were strengthened when men with the truck who claimed to be police were found to be wearing lungis.
    Now, more confusion set in. “The men had no answer as to why they were in lungis on duty. As we went through the documents, the name of the destination branch in Vizag named by the SBI cashier and what was in the original document had a minor difference. This led to further suspicion and all the three vehicles were detained at around 2 am on May 14,” said an EC official.
    As per an RBI official, the discrepancy was due to the fact that the Vizag branch was earlier a normal branch and was recently upgraded to a Specialised Currency Administration Branch (SCAB). When the cashier claimed it was an SCAB and the document showed it as a mere branch, the EC squad alerted their higher officials about a major seizure.
    SBI Chief General Manager Ramesh Babu told The Indian Express the money transportation was part of a routine transaction and had all the necessary papers, including RBI approval copies, besides a police escort.
    The two joint custodians of the SBI Coimbatore main branch came to know about what had happened apparently only the next morning, around 8 am, and then rushed to submit the relevant documents to the EC squad in Tirupur, about 40 km away.
    “A micro observer from the EC and income tax officials landed up at the branch to verify the documents, delaying their trip further,” an SBI official says.
    With politicians asking whether a bank is allowed to transport such a large amount of money, a senior SBI official says such transportations are routine, and that the SBI chest at the Coimbatore main branch alone has a capacity to hold Rs 1,500 crore, with Rs 900 crore the average limit at any point of time.

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    http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.in/2016/05/bronze-age-indus-script-symbols-for.html  Bronze Age Indus Script symbols for seafaring merchants on Tin Route

    Many hieroglyphs of Indus Script Corpora continue to be used in historical periods. This note demonstrates that symbols of ancient Indian mints which adorn many early coins are Indus Script hieroglyphs, metalwork catalogues.




    [Pl. 39, Tree symbol (often on a platform) on punch-marked coins; a symbol recurring on many Indus script tablets and seals.] Source for the tables of symbols on punchmarked coins: Savita Sharma, 1990, Early Indian Symbols, Numismatic Evidence, Delhi, Agam Kala Prakashan. 

    Hieroglyph: Kur. mūxā frog. Malt. múqe id. / Cf. Skt. mūkaka- id. (DEDR 5023) Rebus: mū̃h 'ingot'.

    dhāī˜ (Lahnda) signifies a single strand of rope or thread.

    I have suggested that a dotted circle hieroglyph is a cross-section of a strand of rope: S. dhāī f. ʻ wisp of fibres added from time to time to a rope that is being twisted ʼ, L. dhāī˜ f. Rebus: dhāˊtu n. ʻsubstance ʼ RV., m. ʻ element ʼ MBh., ʻ metal, mineral, ore (esp. of a red colour)ʼ; dhāūdhāv m.f. ʻ a partic. soft red stone ʼ(Marathi) धवड (p. 436) [ dhavaḍa ] m (Or धावड) A class or an individual of it. They are smelters of iron (Marathi).  Hence, the depiction of a single dotted circle, two dotted circles and three dotted circles (called trefoil) on the robe of the Purifier priest of Mohenjo-daro.


    Two examples of Indus Script seals with a three-stranded rope:
    m1406 



    Hieroglyphs: thread of three stands + drummer + tumblers


    dhollu ‘drummer’ (Western Pahari) dolutsu 'tumble' Rebus: dul ‘cast metal’

    karaḍa 'double-drum' Rebus: karaḍa 'hard alloy'.

    dhAtu 'strands of rope' Rebus: dhAtu 'mineral, metal, ore'


    Kalibangan seal. k020 Hieroglyphs: thread of three strands + water-carrier + one-horned young bull. kuTi 'water-carrier' rebus: kuThi 'smelter'

    Harappa tablet.
    After Pl. 30 C in: Savita Sharma, 1990, Early Indian symbols, numismatic evidence, Delhi, Agama Kala Prakashan; cf. Shah, UP., 1975, Aspects of Jain Art and Architecture, p.77)

    Hieroglyph: kui ‘tree' Rebus: kuhi ‘smelter, furnace’.
    kuire bica duljad.ko talkena, ‘they were feeding the furnace with ore’. (Santali) This use of bica in the context of feeding a smelter clearly defines bica as ‘stone ore, mineral’, in general.

    Symbols on Mauryan Punch Marked Coins
    Punch Mark Coin Marks 8
    Symbols on Parallel-Mauryan Period Punch Marked Coins
    Punch Mark Coin Marks 6
    Bindusara, Asoka, Dasratha and Samprati Punch Marks
    Punch Mark Coin Marks 3
    Salisuka, Devadharman and Satadharman
    Punch Mark Coin Marks 4
    Ajatsatru, Susunaga, Saisunaga, Kalasoka
    Punch Mark Coin Marks 5
    Nandivardhana, Nandin, Mahapadma, and Candragupta Maurya
    Punch Mark Coin Marks 2
    Sisunaga II, Saisunaga, Nandin and Mahapadma Punch Marks
    Punch Mark Coin Marks 1
    Punch Marks from Chandragupta Maurya and other Mauryan era.
    Note: Images from “Indian Numismatics” By D. D. Kosambi
    Punch Mark Coin Symbols 1

    https://indiacoinsmarks.wordpress.com/tag/punch-marks/

    Khandagiri caves (2nd cent. BCE) Cave 3 (Jaina Ananta gumpha). Fire-altar?, śrivatsa, svastika(hieroglyphs) (King Kharavela, a Jaina who ruled Kalinga has an inscription dated 161 BCE) contemporaneous with Bharhut and Sanchi and early Bodhgaya.
     Srivatsa with kanka, 'eyes' (Kui). Rebus: kang 'brazier' khambhaṛā 'fin' (Lahnda) rebus: kammaTa 'mint' 
    Begram ivories. Plate 389 Reference: Hackin, 1954, fig.195, no catalog N°. According to an inscription on the southern gate of Sanchi stupa.

    śrivatsa symbol [with its hundreds of stylized variants, depicted on Pl. 29 to 32] occurs in Bogazkoi (Central Anatolia) dated ca. 6th to 14th cent. BCE on inscriptions Pl. 33, Nandipāda-Triratna at: Bhimbetka, Sanchi, Sarnath and Mathura] Pl. 27, Svastika symbol: distribution in cultural periods] The association of śrivatsa with ‘fish’ is reinforced by the symbols binding fish in Jaina āyāgapaṭas (snake-hood?) of Mathura (late 1st cent. BCE).  śrivatsa  symbol seems to have evolved from a stylied glyph showing ‘two fishes’. In the Sanchi stupa, the fish-tails of two fishes are combined to flank the ‘śrivatsa’ glyph. In a Jaina āyāgapaṭa, a fish is ligatured within the śrivatsa  glyph,  emphasizing the association of the ‘fish’ glyph with śrivatsa glyph.
    (After Plates in: Savita Sharma, 1990, Early Indian symbols, numismatic evidence, Delhi, Agama Kala Prakashan; cf. Shah, UP., 1975, Aspects of Jain Art and Architecture, p.77)
    See: http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.in/2015/08/svastika-indus-script-hieroglyph.html?view=magazine

    Srivatsa composition of fish tail tied with a rope and a pair of molluscs signifies rebua: dhAvaD 'smelter' of dhAv 'mineral' PLUS aya 'iron' ayas 'metal' PLUS hambhaṛā 'fin' (Lahnda) rebus: kammaTa 'mint' (reinforced by the semantics of tying 'dhAv rebus: dhAv 'mineral' PLUS sippi 'mollusc' rebus: sippi 'artificer, sculptor'. thus, a metal smelter-sculptor-mint-worker.

    ayo, aya 'fish' rebus: aya 'iron' ayas 'metal'
    dāˊman -- 1. 1. Brj. dã̄u m. ʻ tying ʼ.Rebus: dhAv 'element, mineral' *dāmara -- : Brj. dã̄wrī f. ʻ rope ʼ.dāˊman1 ʻ rope ʼ RV. 2. *dāmana -- , dāmanī -- f. ʻ long rope to which calves are tethered ʼ Hariv. 3. *dāmara -- . [*dāmara -- is der. fr.n/r n. stem. -- √2]1. Pa. dāma -- , inst. °mēna n. ʻ rope, fetter, garland ʼ, Pk. dāma -- n.; Wg. dām ʻ rope, thread, bandage ʼ; Tir. dām ʻ rope ʼ; Paš.lauṛ. dām ʻ thick thread ʼ, gul.dūm ʻ net snare ʼ (IIFL iii 3, 54 ← Ind. or Pers.); Shum. dām ʻ rope ʼ; Sh.gil. (Lor.) dōmo ʻ twine, short bit of goat's hair cord ʼ, gur. dōm m. ʻ thread ʼ (→ Ḍ.dōṅ ʻ thread ʼ); K. gu -- dômu m. ʻ cow's tethering rope ʼ; P. dã̄udāvã̄ m. ʻ hobble for a horse ʼ; WPah.bhad. daũ n. ʻ rope to tie cattle ʼ, bhal. daõ m., jaun.dã̄w; A. dāmā ʻ peg to tie a buffalo -- calf to ʼ; B. dāmdāmā ʻ cord ʼ; Or. duã̄ ʻ tether ʼ, dāĩ ʻ long tether to which many beasts are tied ʼ; H. dām m.f. ʻ rope, string, fetter ʼ, dāmā m. ʻ id., garland ʼ; G. dām n. ʻ tether ʼ, M. dāvẽ n.; Si. dama ʻ chain, rope ʼ, (SigGr) dam ʻ garland ʼ. -- Ext. in Paš.dar. damaṭāˊ°ṭīˊ, nir. weg. damaṭék ʻ rope ʼ, Shum. ḍamaṭik, Woṭ. damṓṛ m., Sv. dåmoṛīˊ; -- with -- ll -- : N. dāmlo ʻ tether for cow ʼ, dã̄walidāũlidāmli ʻ bird -- trap of string ʼ,dã̄waldāmal ʻ coeval ʼ (< ʻ tied together ʼ?); M. dã̄vlī f. ʻ small tie -- rope ʼ.
    2. Pk. dāvaṇa -- n., dāmaṇī -- f. ʻ tethering rope ʼ; S. ḍ̠āvaṇuḍ̠āṇu m. ʻ forefeet shackles ʼ, ḍ̠āviṇīḍ̠āṇī f. ʻ guard to support nose -- ring ʼ; L. ḍã̄vaṇ m.,ḍã̄vaṇīḍāuṇī (Ju. ḍ̠ -- ) f. ʻ hobble ʼ, dāuṇī f. ʻ strip at foot of bed, triple cord of silk worn by women on head ʼ, awāṇ. dāvuṇ ʻ picket rope ʼ; P. dāuṇdauṇ, ludh. daun f. m. ʻ string for bedstead, hobble for horse ʼ, dāuṇī f. ʻ gold ornament worn on woman's forehead ʼ; Ku. dauṇo m., °ṇī f. ʻ peg for tying cattle to ʼ, gng. dɔ̃ṛ ʻ place for keeping cattle, bedding for cattle ʼ; A. dan ʻ long cord on which a net or screen is stretched, thong ʼ, danā ʻ bridle ʼ; B. dāmni ʻ rope ʼ; Or. daaṇa ʻ string at the fringe of a casting net on which pebbles are strung ʼ, dāuṇi ʻ rope for tying bullocks together when threshing ʼ; H. dāwan m. ʻ girdle ʼ, dāwanī f. ʻ rope ʼ, dã̄wanī f. ʻ a woman's orna<->ment ʼ; G. dāmaṇḍā° n. ʻ tether, hobble ʼ, dāmṇũ n. ʻ thin rope, string ʼ, dāmṇī f. ʻ rope, woman's head -- ornament ʼ; M. dāvaṇ f. ʻ picket -- rope ʼ. -- Words denoting the act of driving animals to tread out corn are poss. nomina actionis from *dāmayati2.
    3. L. ḍãvarāvaṇ, (Ju.) ḍ̠ã̄v° ʻ to hobble ʼ; A. dāmri ʻ long rope for tying several buffalo -- calves together ʼ, Or. daũ̈rādaürā ʻ rope ʼ; Bi. daũrī ʻ rope to which threshing bullocks are tied, the act of treading out the grain ʼ, Mth. dã̄mardaũraṛ ʻ rope to which the bullocks are tied ʼ; H. dã̄wrī f. ʻ id., rope, string ʼ, dãwrī f. ʻ the act of driving bullocks round to tread out the corn ʼ (CDIAL 6283)

    Ta. ippi pearl-oyster, shell; cippi shell, shellfish, coconut shell for measuring out curds. Ma. ippi, cippi oyster shell. Ka. cippu, sippu, cimpi, cimpe, simpi, simpu, simpe oyster shell, mussel, cockle, a portion of the shell of a coconut, skull, a pearl oyster; (Gowda) cippi coconut shell. Tu. cippi coconut shell, oyster shell, pearl; tippi, sippi coconut shell. Te. cippa a shell; (kobbari co) coconut shell; (mōkāli co) knee-pan, patella; (tala co) skull; (muttepu co) mother-of-pearl. Go. (Ma.) ipi shell, conch (Voc. 174). / Cf. Turner, CDIAL, no. 13417, *sippī-; Pali sippī- pearl oyster, Pkt. sippī- id., etc. (DEDR 2835) *sippī ʻ shell ʼ. [← Drav. Tam. cippi DED 2089] Pa. sippī -- , sippikā -- f. ʻ pearl oyster ʼ, Pk. sippī -- f., S. sipa f.; L. sipp ʻ shell ʼ, sippī f. ʻ shell, spathe of date palm ʼ, (Ju.) sip m., sippī f. ʻ bivalve shell ʼ; P. sipp m., sippīf. ʻ shell, conch ʼ; Ku. sīpsīpi ʻ shell ʼ; N. sipi ʻ shell, snail shell ʼ; B. sip ʻ libation pot ʼ, chip ʻ a kind of swift canoe ʼ S. K. Chatterji CR 1936, 290 (or < kṣiprá -- ?); Or.sipa ʻ oyster shell, mother -- of -- pearl, shells burnt for lime ʼ; Bi. sīpī ʻ mussel shells for lime ʼ; OAw. sīpa f. ʻ bivalve shell ʼ, H. sīp f.; G. sīp f. ʻ half an oyster shell ʼ, chīpf. ʻ shell ʼ; M. śīpśĩp f. ʻ a half shell ʼ, śĩpā m. ʻ oyster shell ʼ; -- Si. sippiya ʻ oyster shell ʼ ← Tam.(CIAL 13417) śilpin ʻ skilled in art ʼ, m. ʻ artificer ʼ Gaut., śilpika<-> ʻ skilled ʼ MBh. [śílpa -- Pa. sippika -- m. ʻ craftsman ʼ, NiDoc. śilpiǵa, Pk. sippi -- , °ia -- m.; A. xipini ʻ woman clever at spinning and weaving ʼ; OAw. sīpī m. ʻ artizan ʼ; M. śĩpī m. ʻ a caste of tailors ʼ; Si. sipi -- yā ʻ craftsman ʼ.(CDIAL 13471)

    Hieroglyph: svasti f. ʻ good fortune ʼ RV. [su -- 2, √as1]Pa. suvatthi -- , sotthi -- f. ʻ well -- being ʼ, NiDoc. śvasti; Pk. satthi -- , sotthi -- f. ʻ blessing, welfare ʼ; Si. seta ʻ good fortune ʼ < *soti (H. Smith EGS 185 < sustha -- ). svastika ʻ *auspicious ʼ, m. ʻ auspicious mark ʼ R. [svastí -- ]Pa. sotthika -- , °iya -- ʻ auspicious ʼ; Pk. satthia -- , sot° m. ʻ auspicious mark ʼ; H. sathiyāsati° m. ʻ mystical mark of good luck ʼ; G. sāthiyɔ m. ʻ auspicious mark painted on the front of a house ʼ.(CDIAL 13915, 13916)

    Rebus: sattu (Tamil), satta, sattva (Kannada) jasth जस्थ । त्रपु m. (sg. dat. jastas जस्तस्), zinc, spelter; pewter; zasath ज़स््थ् or zasuth ज़सुथ् । त्रपु m. (sg. dat. zastas ज़स्तस्), zinc, spelter, pewter (cf. Hindī jast). 
    jastuvu; । त्रपूद्भवः adj. (f. jastüvü), made of zinc or pewter.(Kashmiri).



    https://sirimunasiha.wordpress.com/about/list-of-marks-of-railed-swastika-series-of-coins/

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    meD 'body' rebus: med 'iron' med 'copper' (Slavic)

    From a review of Indus Script Corpora of nearly 7000 inscriptions, the nature of Indus writing system is defined, while validating decipherment as catalogus catalogorum of metalwork by Bronze Age artisans of Indian sprachbund


    See: Fabri, CL, The punch-marked coins: a survival of the Indus Civilization, 1935, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Cambridge University Press. pp.307-318. A comparison of Punch-marked hieroglyphs with Indus Script inscriptions:

    http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.in/2015/08/itihasa-of-bharatam-janam-traced-from.html?view=mosaic

    Hieroglyph: मेढा [mēḍhā] A twist or tangle arising in thread or cord, a curl or snarl (Marathi). Rebus: meḍ 'iron, copper' (Munda. Slavic) mẽhẽt, meD 'iron' (Mu.Ho.Santali)
    meď 'copper' (Slovak)

    h131 4271Text 

    Decipherment from l. to r.:
    'ant' hieroglyph

    Hieroglyph: చీమ [ cīma ] chīma. [Tel.] n. An ant. కొండచీమ. the forest ant. రెక్కలచీమ a winged ant. పారేచీమను వింటాడు he can hear an ant crawl, i.e., he is all alive.చీమదూరని అడవి a forest impervious even to an ant. చలిచీమ a black antపై పారేపక్షి కిందపారే చీమ (proverb) The bird above, the ant below, i.e., I had no chance with him. చీమంత of the size of an ant. చీమపులి chīma-puli. n. The ant lion, an ant-eater.

    Rebus: cīmara -- ʻ copper ʼ in mara -- kāra -- ʻ coppersmith ʼ in Saṁghāṭa -- sūtra Gilgit MS. 37 folio 85 verso, 3 (= zaṅs -- mkhan in Tibetan Pekin text Vol. 28 Japanese facsimile 285 a 3 which in Mahāvyutpatti 3790 renders śaulbika -- BHS ii 533. But the Chinese version (Taishō issaikyō ed. text no. 423 p. 971 col. 3, line 2) has t'ie ʻ iron ʼ: H. W. Bailey 21.2.65). [The Kaf. and Dard. word for ʻ iron ʼ appears also in Bur. čhomārčhumər. Turk. timur (NTS ii 250) may come from the same unknown source. Semant. cf. lōhá -- ]Ash. ċímäċimə ʻ iron ʼ (ċiməkára ʻ blacksmith ʼ), Kt. čimé;, Wg. čümāˊr, Pr. zíme, Dm. čimár(r), Paš.lauṛ. čimāˊr, Shum. čímar, Woṭ. Gaw. ċimár,Kalčīmbar, Kho. čúmur, Bshk. čimerTorčimu, Mai. sē̃war, Phal. čímar, Sh.gil. čimĕr (adj. čĭmārí), gur. čimăr m., jij. čimer, K. ċamuru m. (adj.ċamaruwu).(CDIAL 14496) చీముంత [ cīmunta ] chīmunta.. [Tel.] n. A metal vesselచెంబు.

    'twist' hieroglyph PLUS (ligature) 'linear stroke' hieroglyph. meD 'twist, curl' rebus: meD 'iron, copper,metal' PLUS koD 'one' rebus: koD 'workshop' dhAv 'strand' rebus: dhAv 'ore, element, dhAtu'

    Hieroglyph: karibha 'elephant trunk' ibha 'elephant' rebus: karba 'iron' ib 'iron'
    Hieroglyph multiplex: ayo, aya 'fish' rebus: ayas 'metal' aya 'iron' karA 'crocodile' khAr 'blacksmith' Thus, ayakara 'smith' (Pali)
    Hieroglyph: poLa 'zebu' rebus: poLa 'magnetite ferrite ore'

    Hieroglyph: *kharabhaka ʻ hare ʼ. [ʻ longeared like a donkey ʼ: khara -- 1?]N. kharāyo ʻ hare ʼ, Or. kharā°riākherihā, Mth. kharehā, H. kharahā m(CDIAL 3823) Rebus: khār 'blacksmith' (Kashmiri) khār 1 खार् । लोहकारः m. (sg. abl. khāra 1 खार; the pl. dat. of this word is khāran 1 खारन्, which is to be distinguished from khāran 2, q.v., s.v.), ablacksmith, an iron worker (cf. bandūka-khār, p. 111b, l. 46; K.Pr. 46; H. xi, 17); a farrier (El.). This word is often a part of a name, and in such case comes at the end (W. 118) as in Wahab khār, Wahab the smith (H. ii, 12; vi, 17). khāra-basta
    khāra-basta खार-बस््त । चर्मप्रसेविका f. the skin bellows of a blacksmith. -büṭhü -ब&above;ठू&below; । लोहकारभित्तिः f. the wall of a blacksmith's furna । लोहकारायोघनः m. a blacksmith's hammer, a sledge-hammer. -gȧji- or -güjü - लोहकारचुल्लिः f. a blacksmith's furnace or hearth. -hāl -हाल् । लोहकारकन्दुः f. (sg. dat. -höjü - a blacksmith's smelting furnace; cf. hāl 5. -kūrü -कूरू‍ लोहकारकन्या f. a blacksmith's daughter. -koṭu -। लोहकारपुत्रः m. the son of a -blacksmith; । लोहकारकन्या f. a blacksmith's daughter, esp. one who has the virtues and qualities properly belonging to her father's profession or caste. -më˘ʦü 1। लोहकारमृत्तिका f. (for 2, see [khāra 3] ), 'blacksmith's earth,' i.e. iron-ore. -। लोहकारात्मजः m. a blacksmith's son. -nay -नय् । लोहकारनालिका f. (for khāranay 2, see [khārun] ), the trough into which the blacksmith allows melted iron to flow after smelting.  लोहकारशान्ताङ्गाराः f.pl. charcoal used by blacksmiths in their furnaces. -wān वान् । लोहकारापणः m. a blacksmith's shop, a forge, smithy (K.Pr. 3). -waṭh -वठ् । आघाताधारशिला m. (sg. dat. -waṭas -वटि), the large stone used by a blacksmith as an anvil. (Kashmiri)


    Seal. Harappa.
    Text: aya bhaTa 'iron/metal furnace' kaNDa 'arrow' Rebus: khaNDa 'metal implements' kuTi 'curve' Rebus: kuTila 'bronze' kanac 'corner' Rebus: kancu 'bronze' 
    Pictorial motif or hieroglyph-multiplex: sangaDa 'lathe, portable furnace' Rebus: sangar 'fortification' sanghAta 'adamantine glue' (Varahamihira) samghAta 'collection of articles (i.e. cargo)'; sangraha 'catalogue'.

    S. Kalyanaraman
    Sarasvati Research Center
    May 17, 2016


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  • 05/17/16--17:37: Those who count every vote
  • Remember, P Chidambaram's election vote counting ghotala has still NOT been decided by Madras HC.

    Kalyanaraman

    Wednesday , May 18 , 2016 |

    Those who make every vote count

    Josef Stalin may or may not have said “the people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do”.

    But political fortunes will be made and wrecked in 394 halls spread over 90 centres in Bengal from 8am on Thursday when the votes polled in the Assembly elections will be counted. By noon or soon after, the picture should be clear.

    In the intervening hours, the 90 counting centres will be the cynosure of countless eyes in Bengal and beyond. The following are the nuts and bolts of the counting process:

    RESTRICTIONS 
    • No vehicle movement allowed within the 100-metre periphery
    • Section 144, which prevents the assembly of five or more persons, to be in force within the 100-metre periphery. Shops, offices, businesses or any other establishment where five or more persons can gather have to remain shut
    • No cellphones — except those of observers — inside the counting hall
    • No exit or re-entry of counting personnel from or to the counting centre during the process

    COUNTING PROCESS
    • At 7.45am, the counting personnel will be given the postal ballots
    • At 8am, the counting will begin
    • At 8.30am, if the counting of the postal ballots is not over, it will be suspended and attention will turn to the electronic voting machines
    • At the end of the 11th round, the remaining postal ballots, if any, will be counted
    • When the postal ballots are done with, the counting of the votes in the machines will resume

    COUNTING TABLE
    • Each counting table will have a counting supervisor, an assistant and a micro observer
    • Counting personnel — chosen from the state government, the central government and public sector units — are allotted following a three-step randomisation 
    Step 1: The personnel are earmarked for the counting centres a week before and sent for training 
    Step 2: They are allotted to Assembly constituencies 24 hours before the counting 
    Step 3: On the morning of the counting day, their counting tables are allotted at 5am 

    OBSERVERS
    • A counting observer will monitor each of the 294 Assembly constituencies and report to the commission
    • After every round of counting, the observer picks two EVMs at random and revalidates the results
     The observers will run several checks at the end of each round, before reporting it to the commission through a software and over phone, after which they will make a public announcement at the media centre inside the counting centre
    • At the end of counting, the observers will tally the numbers thrice and check with the personnel at each table before instructing the returning officer to announce the results 
    The whole process inside the halls will be videographed.
    Compiled by Meghdeep Bhattacharyya

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1160518/jsp/frontpage/story_86260.jsp#.Vzu4lZF97IU

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    Decoding the Tunisia connection in #AgustaWestland scam

    How an intermediary company IDS Tunisia was formed to facilitate payments into tax havens

     


    Analysis of why a company was setup in Tunisia in the #AgustaWestland scam

    Background

    The Indian government, in 1999 decided to upgrade the helicopters that were used to fly the Very Very Important Person (VVIP)s. Tenders were called for the purchase of 6 helicopters and amongst the entries, it emerged that the French helicopter Eurocopter 225 (EC-225) was the only one that satisfied all the requirements. The then government did not want to end up in a single vendor option and therefore the specifications were changed. In the revised Request for Proposal (RFP) issued in 2006, the altitude requirement was reduced to 4,500 meters with a view to widening the vendor base and the cabin height of 1.8 meters was added to the specifications. Riding on the revised specifications, AgustaWestland not only made the cut but eventually went on to win the contract.

    Bribery charge

    On April 9th, 2016, the Italian Appellate Court in Milan ruled thus:
    • Giuseppe Orsi, CEO and president of Finmeccanica since 04.05.2011
    • Guido Ralph Haschke, director and partner GADIT S.A. Lugano and GORDIAN SERVICES S.ar.l based in Tunis;
    • Carlo Gerosa, the Haschke partner in the aforementioned members and
    • Christian Michel, owner of GLOBAL SERVICE TRADE COMMERCE based in London and GLOBAL SERVICE FZE based in Dubai, the consultant AGUSTAWESTLAND S.p.A.
    promised and actually corresponded, through the Tyagi brothers Juli, Docsa Tyagi and Sandeep Tyagi, to get the Air Chief Marshal Sashindra Pal Tyagi, Chief of the Indian Air Force from 2004 to 2007, to modify the tender in a manner favorable to AgustaWestland. The price to supply 12 helicopters was set at €556 million.

    For several months AW paid IDS Tunisia…

    Amonthly payment schedule of €510,000 was paid into a Tunisian companyIDS Tunisia from where the money was split as in the following picture below:

    Flow of Payments from AW
    In a normal business, the services rendered by an entity (in this case, Aeromatrix) should be invoiced to the helicopter supplier AgustaWestland (AW) who in turn would pay itBut what really happened was the reverse!

    The Court observed that “The operating procedures of the contract are peculiar: AW should send, as per contract, a ‘call off’ order to IDS, in fact, through GARAVAGLIA, which is the IDS interface; AW would send a ‘delivery report’ that is, a delivery report that Kamoun of IDS Tunisia, printed on IDS letterhead and resubmitted to AW, the same document is sent to Aeromatrix. Praveen of Aeromatrix drew up on the basis of that “delivery report” a “work order” and sent to IDS where Kamoun, in turn, copied it on the letterhead of IDS TUNISIA and sent it to AW. There was a “purchase order” of Agusta, a “delivery report” by IDS / Agusta, and finally a “work order” by IDS to AEROMATRIX that inevitably was backdated. It seems evident that the system functions in reverse, starting from the delivery of services to get the order of the same.

    The money Aeromatrix got was used to pay engineers who were in Italy for the project to cover their boarding and lodging expenses. The judgment covers in detail how much the hourly rate of every active and passive personnel was and what was the real expense and a DELTA which got deposited intoInterstellar, a Mauritius company operated by Haschke and Gerosa. For the details, see the picture below, taken from Page 13 of the judgment.
    Monthly Payments

    Conclusions

    Why was the IDS Tunisia company being used in the middle? So a large part of the “services” rendered could be siphoned into a Mauritius company whose accounts were being operated by Gautam Khaitan (Page 31). This typically means only Khaitan could control the outflows. IDS Tunisia, in turn, was being managed by IDS Infotech India. IDS Tunisia had no other customers other than AW. It was established in Tunisia as a shell to route payments to various destinations. The Criminal Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed an FIR against Finmeccanica, AW, IDS Infotech, Aeromatrix and IDS Mauritius. Note that both Haschke and Gerosa are on the board of Aeromatrix! In fact Gautam Khaitan too was on its board till the time articles about the scam started appearing in newspapers.
    IDS stands for Infotech Design System. There were regular transfers of money from Interstellar Mauritius to IDS Mauritius, with amounts ranging from €50,000 to €250,000 (Page 132). The court further observes that IDS Mauritius owns Aeromatrix! Is your head spinning yet?

    More revelations…

    On Page 152, the court observes that €5 million was transferred in cash by Julie Tyagi into a Swiss company called Calumet, based in Lugano, Switzerland (finally the Swiss connection!) from Mauritius. Tyagi, in turn, transferred this money to Haschke. There is a long conversation between Gerosa and Haschke on why the amount was not €15 million…
    Another interesting tidbit… AW CEO Orsi met with Haschke, Gerosa and Michel in Dubai on the 7th and 8th of May, 2011 to discuss a settlement of €28 million (equal to 5% of the contract value, a “success fee”) to the “family”, and €30 million to the “team”. Those of you who are sharp in math would have figured out that 5% amount multiplied by 20 matches the purchase price mentioned in the beginning of this post.
    We know how the 30 million was to be distributed (Page 9). What about the €28 million to the “family”?

    Note: Page numbers mentioned in brackets refer to the page numbers in the Italian Appellate Court judgment.

    https://www.pgurus.com/decoding-tunisia-connection-agustawestland-scam/

    Mohali firm's subsidiary with 1 staff routed Agusta kickbacks

    | TNN | 
    CHANDIGARH: A Mohali-based firm's subsidiary in faraway Tunisia with just one employee was used to route kickbacks worth around Rs 160 crore (28 million euros) to Indian government officials, politicians and middlemen in the Rs 3,560 crore AgustaWestland chopper scam. This has been disclosed in the charge sheet that was submitted in a Milan court on April 4.


    AgustaWestland had allegedly signed a contract with IDS Tunisia, which is a subsidiary of IDS Infotech, for delivering software. The orders were shown as designs of the fuselage of AW129 and AW139 chopper models. One of the contract's conditions was a monthly payment of 510,000 euros or Rs 3.14 crore in 2008 irrespective of software orders being billed.


    According to the contract, one Kamoun Hedi was made director of IDS Tunisia. The Italian investigators point out that the "Tunisia firm had no other employee" apart from one Garavagalia Attilio, who worked as Hedi's secretary. Hedi later told the investigators that he had nothing to do with IDS Infotech director-cum-owner Pratap Aggarwal and Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan "except rubber-stamping and sending delivery reports on IDS letterhead to AgustaWestland".


    The investigators further point out that when searches were being conducted on April 23, 2012, documents from Hedi showed "he had made payments to the various parties involved".
    At the time of the contract between AgustaWestland and IDS, former coal minister Santosh Bagrodia's Chandigarh-based brother Satish was director in IDS. He left the firm in 2013. Satish's son Ashish and Aggarwal too were directors at the time and have continued in that position.




    The charge sheet has called the contract mode "peculiar" and disclosed how two subsidiaries were created out of the Mohali firm, first in Tunisia - IDS Tunisia - and then in Chandigarh - Aeromatrix - in 2009 "to remunerate Indian government officials, politicians and middlemen Guido Haschke and Carlos Gerosa".




    "In practice, there was a purchase order created for Agusta, then a delivery report was created in favour of IDS Tunisia and then finally a work order was shown from IDS to Aeromatrix. All these orders were inevitably backdated," say the investigation documents.

    Top Comment

    brought shame to the nationSaranathan Lakshminarasimhan


    The charge sheet also says that though the contract between IDS Tunisia and Agusta was signed on August 3, 2008, the first payment received by IDS Infotech is on August 14, 2007.




    "It seems evident that that is the system functions in reverse, starting from the delivery of services to get the order of the same. In fact, the first act of this step should be the order by the purchase of services. But here the bills were generated and then orders were given."

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    Saranathan Lakshminarasimhan
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    brought shame to the nation

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    Ramu Bose
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    Scam after scam, UPA rocks! ha! Must have learned from their partner - Karunanidhi from South - the founder of scams. Yet he is running for another CM post.
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    speakindia
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    SECULARism written all over since 1947 (Anti-Nationalism) - One GOD that is my GOD philosophy of NEHRU (Influenced by Christianeity & ISLAM to abuse and rebuke Hinduism) instead of Pluralism of HINDUism.
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    Disgusted
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    No! No! Sonia is perfectly happy with all this!! She considers this as "revenge" against India!!
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    Bharat ki ladki
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    Arrest the barmaid and subject her to some karcha pani.

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    Raghu Kashyap
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    People of India should request Augusta corporate to lay all documents to identify the corrupt officials / politicians of India as great service to tax payers. May be we could address this to a NGO in Italy who take such issues An Indian delegation duly authorized / permitted by GOI can present it. Chances are it will be successful. Left these official channels one may not get all the documents because the criminals involved are hardened & experts at fudging all evidence.
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    Shekar Natesh
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    Mrs.Sonia and her worthless son''s presence in India shows that the investigating authorities have not still reached the correct destination.
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    didu
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    Shame on states who are still voting for SCAMgress the mother of all scams

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    Vinay Swarup
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    Very clever Bofors like deal,Arrest 3degree apply,automatically link will expose,Now whether money is still in In India or at Panama.
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    didu
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    Robber Vadra created six shell companies so that all loot money cannot be legally proven. CONgress has mastered how not to leave any trail behind their scams and how to come clean if legally challenged.

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    didu
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    SCAMgress the mother of all scams never left any money trail to accuse fake GANDHIS.
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    Bharat ki ladki
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    What happens if ordinary citizens were involved. Police would lock them up and beat u up in specific places and hardcore criminals confess. We have the names. So why not. Infact show the confession live on national TV.
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    Rspv Murthy
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    The scheme for the Chopper Scam was developed first and later the requirement of the Helicopters was thought and worked out to suit the level of Kick Back. Efforts for the scam was more than the efforts to design the Choppers.
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    candu with time
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    There is an old doctrine -- to keep things under wrap less number of people is always better.
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    Shekar Natesh
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    Even a common man knows that the main beneficiary is the mother and son duo. We the people are more interested as to when the law will catch up on them.

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    Booby
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    As much as I respect Modi and Company, I will be hugely disappointed if Sonia and rest of the Nehru garbage slips unpunished especially that monkey son in law if they indeed have done something wrong. It is not up to Modi''s discretion but his duty toward the nation to make an example out of them that no one is above law.
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    Pradeep Rai
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    The sinister design to dupe GoI was carefully designed. I am glad it was foiled!

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    Parbat Singh Panwar
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    Any minister in MMS cabinet w/o approval of BM Sonia till such time she had full trust. Min was in Coalgate too.
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    Kiepurath Haridas
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    I did not know there were such genus people working for congress party. If congress party have used these brains to develope the country, we never been such a third world country after all.
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    Suryakantha Reddy
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    This the age old modus operandi of all the culprits all over the world. They create bogus companies in far off nations and immediately after money is transferred they wind up . Rogues didn''t even spare Defence deals, it''s really shameful .

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    Fighter
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    All the scam money should be recovered from Italian bar maid and her Khangress party and all guilty should be put behind the bar, should be trialed publicly, these ba$tards are responsible for poverty, corruption and crime in India, hard working common India has been deprived of his basic needs
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    Sudarshan Nindrajog
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    Tayagirothers and whole family loos to be involved in the Augusta deal and.have received bribe. The government should arrest them, they will spill the beans.
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    Shashi Prakash
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    Let us all prepare the list of all those who are and with the khangress till date.
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    M.s. Venkatraghavan
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    The fact of the matter is that Indians were involved receiving kickbacks and was paid by Augusta westland helicopters. Now in India CBI and ED did not do anything when UPA was in power is unacceptable. Now congress must turn approver and give the details.
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    Samat Reddy
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    SECULARism written all over since 1947 (Anti-Nationalism) - One GOD that is my GOD philosophy of NEHRU (Influenced by Christianeity & ISLAM to abuse and rebuke Hinduism) instead of Pluralism of HINDUism...............................
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    mahesh
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    All those involved be given severe punishments, even the armed forces people, including the airforce chief if found guilty should have their medals and decorations removed
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    Ramyavaran Vasu
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    Was there a functional government before 2014? how can someone loot us like this? The perpetrators need to be identified and jailed to set a good precedence for such future Politicains & other learned people who were supporting them
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    Fighter
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    Recover all the scam money from Italian bar maid and her Khangress party, all guilty should be trialed publicly and punished, Khangress party is responsible for pushing the most of India''s population in poverty, fueling corruption and crime. Khangress has deprived common Indian of his basic needs and robbed him .. time to demolish this congress for ever and out-throw this corrupt system. though we have good government in Center we need sensible opposition too .. congress is not even worth sitting ... Read More
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    Observer
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    The whole drama is unfolding on very familiar pattern. Lots of mudslinging, barking at each other etc. But no biting please. There appears to be an understanding amongst all political parties that they shall only bark and never bite each other. To further achieve their looting the judicial processes have been kept dysfunctional as though by design.
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    Gopalarathnam Krishna Prasad
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    In a deal of 3560 C to a kickback of 160 C is minuscule. All political parties in helm of affairs will do. So BJP and other party do not make a fuss out of thi. Gt to business in parliament and get important bills like GST/ Land bill paaed, discuss how we can plan for economic development, get all infrastructure projects passes, ways to tackle terrorism looming in all crowded places especially in major metros, reducing overall population, employment for unskilled/semi skilled men/womwn, power availability, ... Read More
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    Observer
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    The whole drama is unfolding on very familiar pattern. Lots of mudslinging, barking at each other etc. But no biting please. There appears to be an understanding amongst all political parties that they shall only bark and never bite each other. To further achieve their looting the judicial processes have been kept dysfunctional as though by design.
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    Gopalarathnam Krishna Prasad
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    In a deal of 3560 C to a kickback of 160 C is minuscule. All political parties in helm of affairs will do. So BJP and other party do not make a fuss out of thi. Gt to business in parliament and get important bills like GST/ Land bill paaed, discuss how we can plan for economic development, get all infrastructure projects passes, ways to tackle terrorism looming in all crowded places especially in major metros, reducing overall population, employment for unskilled/semi skilled men/womwn, power availability, ... Read More
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    Anon Anon
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    Seems that there will be plenty of politicians and other big wigs running to the UK and Italy just like SHAMELESS Lalit Modi AND BAS$ard Vijay Mallya... Hopefully the Govt will be prepared they fly or run away
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    Nath Di
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    Great exposure of high profile involvement and supreme remote command is ckearly the main beneficiary. Very crude accounting jugglery of bills raised and orders given. Who will pay VAT, service tax , penalty, etc which would have heaped on ordinary citizens . Catch them on bribe takers and execute them
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    Shashi Prakash
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    The Indian Borders have now been sealed. No one from Khan-Gress can escape the wrath of 1.28 billion Indians now! It will be interesting to see the flock of Italian and birds migration plan back home-:)
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    Varun Hegde
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    Rs 160 crores is tip of iceberg! The price of choppers was escalated to feed the corrupt con pigs! Name Signora Gandhi had been mentioned four times was referred to as the ''main driving force''! This deal is epic proof of corruption by Congress and Sonia Gandhi.
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    Pawan Jain
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    Fools are voting for Congress and we are suffering because of these fools. Investing agencies also afraid of politicians and officials, therefore not disclosing their names.
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    Babu Pal
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    Eventually the supreme court will protect
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    Shekar Natesh
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    The investigating authorities are still behind the bribe givers. We want to know the people who received bribes.
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    Jitendra Gupta
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    But Feku will only raid AAP, not these criminals cause he is not interested in killing corruption, but ti kill opposition.. shame on BJP anf Feky Modi
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    Vijay
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    We are all waiting to see the corrupt people behind the bars.
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    Jugal Kataria
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    Indian politicians have so much time to waste material. Time in which can be used for public development for which they are given votes but they waste public money for interior tussle.
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    Jugal Kataria
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    Indian politicians have so much time to waste material. Time in which can be used for public development for which they are given votes but they waste public money for interior tussle.
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    Raghu Kashyap
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    Hardened criminals at work is seen from the way Indian Tax payers money has been looted. Indian people could appeal to Augusta to lay all the documents/ transactions open to India through an NGO in Italy/India. The services of NGO/Augusta will be gratefully appreciated by all honest citizens of India, if not these corrupts will fudge all the evidence using Italian Mafia...
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    Brown American
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    I really believe Gandhi''s took and kickback money. Modi and Parrikar are lying.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Mohali-firms-subsidiary-with-1-staff-routed-Agusta-kickbacks/articleshow/52317009.cms

    AgustaWestland probe: CBI to question wife of accused

    http://www.asianage.com/print/495741

    AgustaWestland: Money trail to Finland, Denmark, Norway under ED lens By: Vicky Nanjappa Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 13:31 [IST]

    New Delhi, May 17: The Enforcement Directorate is speeding up the AgustaWestland probe. Over the past week the ED which is probing the money trail in this case along with the CBI has been engaged in a lot of paper work which included preparing an extradition request in the case of middleman, James Christian Michel and also information regarding the money trail from three countries. Both these files are being prepared on a priority basis, an officer with the Enforcement Directorate informed OneIndia. Michel who is in the UAE is required to be brought to India and questioned. In addition to this there is a money trail that has been detected to Norway, Finland and Denmark and details regarding the same has been sought, the ED also says. Speeding up the probe: The ED says that it does not want the probe to be stuck in a loop. Normally while dealing with foreign countries, the probe does tend to slow down due to technicalities. However we have a water tight case on hand and are hopeful that our requests would be heeded to, the officer also noted. The extradition of Michel alleged to have been appointed by AgustaWestland to bribe influential persons is a priority for the ED. Although he had offered through a television channel to cooperate in the probe, the ED feels he needs to be extradited. Michel had said that he would cooperate with the probe provided he is not arrested. The ED says, " we are going ahead with the extradition request. The television is not a medium for him to make such a request." The money trail: The ED is also hot on a money trail to three countries. Finland, Denmark and Norway are the three countries from which the ED has sought details. Out of the Rs 360 crore routed into India, there is a trail that connects the same to various countries. The ED has already sought information from the UK, Switzerland, Tunisia, UAE, Mauritius and Italy. So far Italy is the only country that has cooperated while the rest are yet to respond. The ED says that a fresh request is also being sent to Finland, Norway and Denmark where they have also found a money trail relating to this deal.

    http://www.oneindia.com/india/agustawestland-money-trail-finland-denmark-norway-under-ed-lens-2101080.html

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    Agusta Deal: Money Was Received, Admits Aeromatrix's Gautam Khaitan, Says CBI Sources

    All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 06, 2016 02:00 IST
    Agusta Deal: Money Was Received, Admits Aeromatrix's Gautam Khaitan, Says CBI Sources
    There has been widespread debate inside and outside Parliament over Rs. 3,600 chopper deal. (File photo)

    NEW DELHI: 

    HIGHLIGHTS

    1. VVIP chopper scam: CBI questions Aeromatrix's Gautam Khaitan for 10 hours
    2. He accepted taking payments from Italian middlemen, say CBI sources
    3. But rejected allegations payments were part of any kickbacks: CBI sources
     CBI on Thursday claimed that former board member of Aeromatrix Gautam Khaitan has accepted taking payments from Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, middlemen in the AgustaWestland Chopper deal, but rejected allegations that it was part of any kickbacks.

    "He has agreed taking payment from European middlemen Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. However, we do not agree with the purpose behind the payment which has been cited by him," the CBI sources said.

    Mr Khaitan and former Deputy Air Chief NV Tyagi were examined by the CBI in connection with AgustaWestland chopper deal on Thursday, the sources said.

    While the questioning of Mr Khaitan continued for about 10 hours, Deputy Air Chief Tyagi left within four hours after recording his statement before the investigators.

    The sources said while Mr Khaitan accepted money was received from Gerosa and Haschke he denied that it was part of kickbacks to clinch the deal.

    The agency sources said Tyagi cousins--Sandeep, Sanjeev, Rajeev--will be called tomorrow for questioning. The three brothers are named in the CBI FIR.

    Mr Khaitan, who is an advocate and a former Board member of company Aeromatrix which was allegedly used to route bribe amount, is named in the CBI FIR as one of the accused.

    The focus of the questioning was his alleged links with Italian middlemen-- Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschkhe, the sources said.

    The CBI had registered a case against former Air Chief SP Tyagi along with 13 others including his cousins and European middlemen.

    The allegation against the former Air Chief was that he reduced flying ceiling of the helicopter from 6,000m to 4,500m (15,000ft) which put AgustaWestland helicopters in the race for the deal without which its choppers were not even qualified for submission of bids.

    Air Chief Marshal Tyagi has denied allegations against him and said the change of specifications, which brought AgustaWestland into contention, was a collective decision in which senior officers of Indian Air Force, SPG and other departments were involved.
    http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/agusta-deal-money-was-received-admits-aeromatrixs-gautam-khaitan-says-cbi-sources-1403292

    AgustaWestland scam: Gautam Khaitan accepts receiving payment from European middlemen

    CBI today claimed that former board member of Aeromatrix Gautam Khaitan has accepted taking payments from Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, middlemen in the Agusta Westland Chopper deal, but rejected allegations that it was part of any kickbacks.

    PTI  | Posted by Shraddha Jandial
    New Delhi, May 6, 2016 | UPDATED 00:14 IST
    Gautam Khaitan
    CBI today claimed that former board member of Aeromatrix Gautam Khaitan has accepted taking payments from Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, middlemen in the Agusta Westland Chopper deal, but rejected allegations that it was part of any kickbacks.
    "He has agreed taking payment from European middlemen Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. However, we do not agree with the purpose behind the payment which has been cited by him," CBI sources said.
    Khaitan and former Deputy Air Chief NV Tyagi were examined by CBI in connection with AgustaWestland chopper deal here today, the sources said.
    While the questioning of Khaitan continued for about 10 hours, Tyagi left within four hours after recording his statement before the investigators.
    The sources said while Khaitan accepted money was received from Gerosa and Haschke he denied that it was part of kick backs to clinch the deal.
    The agency sources said Tyagi cousins--Sandeep, Sanjeev, Rajeev--will be called tomorrow for questioning. The three brothers are named in the CBI FIR.
    Khaitan, who is an advocate and a former Board member of company Aeromatrix which was allegedly used to route bribe amount, is named in the CBI FIR as one of the accused.
    The focus of the questioning was his alleged links with Italian middlemen-- Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschkhe, the sources said.
    CBI had registered a case against former Air Chief S P Tyagi along with 13 others including his cousins and European middlemen.
    The allegation against the former Air Chief was that he reduced flying ceiling of the helicopter from 6,000m to 4,500m (15,000 ft) which put AgustaWestland helicopters in the race for the deal without which its choppers were not even qualified for submission of bids.
    Tyagi has denied allegations against him and said the change of specifications, which brought AgustaWestland into contention, was a collective decision in which senior officers of Indian Air Force, SPG and other departments were involved.
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    Published: November 28, 2014 17:05 IST | Updated: November 28, 2014 21:09 IST  

    Chopper scam: Part of bribe went to Khaitan's wife, says ED

    A file photo of AgustaWestland VVIP Air Force helicopter.
    PTI
    A file photo of AgustaWestland VVIP Air Force helicopter.

    "Ritu Khaitan was also beneficiary to the proceeds of crime which came into O.P. Khaitan & Co...," the Enforcement Directorate charge sheet said.

    The Enforcement Directorate probe into money laundering charges in the VVIP chopper deal has revealed that a significant part of the funds transferred by AgustaWestland to bribe Indian officials went to the wife of accused Gautam Khaitan through a Mauritius-based company.
    Following the money trail, the agency discovered that Mr. Khaitan and two alleged middlemen Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke received € 24.06 million in IDS Tunisia from AgustaWestland Spa, of which € 3.88 million was transferred to Aeromatrix and €1.88 million to IDS Infotech in the garb of engineering contracts.
    The amount that remained with IDS Tunisia, which had practically only a couple of employees but received funds without adding any value to the works generated by IDS Infotech and Aeromatrix for AgustaWestland, is believed to be the laundered money. This was done through fictitious invoices raised to companies based in Mauritius, including Interstellar Technologies, and other countries.
    The ED found that IDS Tunisia had transferred a sizable chunk of the laundered money to Interstellar which was “controlled by Mr. Gautam Khaitan” through M.L. Administrators, Mauritius.
    From Intersteller, two transactions worth 50,000 dollars and 1,00,060 dollars were made to the accounts of Mr. Khaitan and the third transaction of 50,000 dollars to his wife Ritu Khaitan, alleges the ED charge sheet.
    The agency found that although Ms. Khaitan was not employed with her husband's firm O.P. Khaitan & Co., she had been receiving salary. “Ms. Ritu Khaitan had received Rs.78.07 lakh from April 2005 to September 2014 [the period under scrutiny]. As disclosed by a firm employee, she had taken a loan of Rs.75 lakh and another loan of Rs.3 crore from the same firm during 2005-06 without any agreement.
    “Ritu Khaitan was also beneficiary to the proceeds of crime which came into O.P. Khaitan & Co...,” alleges the charge sheet.
    The ED has alleged that IDS Tunisia had transferred about Rs.9.2 crore in Euros to Gautam Khaitan through O.P. Khaitan & Co. And Euromed USA. “Investigations indicated that Euromed USA is related to Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke...Gautam Khaitan has received €80,000 in November 2011 and €3,000 in December 2011 from IDS Tunisia,” the charge sheet alleges.
    Besides, Aeromatrix CEO Praveen Bakshi told the ED that O.P. Khaitan & Co. Had received Rs.81 lakh and 24 lakh from the company, which was incorporated by Gautam Khaitan himself.
    Printable version | May 18, 2016 9:08:35 AM | http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/vvip-chopper-deal-part-of-bribe-went-to-khaitans-wife-says-ed/article6643509.ece

    Chopper scam: CBI continues quizzing of Gautam Khaitan

    Our Bureau
    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday continued the interrogation process of the Delhi lawyer Gautam Khaitan and others, in an effort to chalk out the entire money trail in the ₹3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.
    It also continued the questioning of Praveen Bakshi of IDS Infotech and Pratap Aggarwal, CEO, Aeromatrix, both of whom are being accused of routing the kickbacks from the chopper deal through their firms into India from abroad, according to CBI sources.
    A senior CBI official also confirmed that the agency has not yet heard from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on its request for expediting the Letters of Rogatory (LRs) to five countries – UAE, Singapore, Switzerland, Mauritius and British Virgin Islands.
    Former Air Force chief SP Tyagi might be also summoned next week, once the agency gets information on the financial links, CBI sources said. Khaitan, Bakshi and Aggarwal have been summoned on Thursday again.
    The government through its order dated July 3, 2014 had put on hold all procurement cases in the pipeline of six companies figuring in the FIR registered by the CBI, namely: Agusta Westland International Ltd, UK; Finmeccanica, Italy, and its group companies, including subsidiaries and affiliates; IDS, Tunisia; Infotech Design System (IDS), Mauritius; IDS Infotech Ltd, Mohali; and Aeromatrix Info Solution Pvt Ltd, Chandigarh.
    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/chopper-scam-cbi-continues-quizzing-of-gautam-khaitan/article8586332.ece?css=print


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    UPA’s Rs 1,600 crore plan to resettle Pandits in valley gives rise to ghost towns




    (TOI file photo by Bilal Bahadur)



    HAAL PULWAMA: Behind the high wall, rows of insipid quarters with closed doors and windows face each other uninvitingly. Except for the neatly arranged shoes that Kashmiri Pandits usually take off outside their doors, there is no sign of a bustling habitation in the transit camp of 100 odd Kashmiri Pandits, who were brought to the valley six years ago to slowly undo the community's ethnic cleansing.

    Around 300,000 Kashmiri Pandits, a minority in the Muslim majority Valley, were driven out in 1990 after Islamist insurgents killed several community members and threatened them to leave. In 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a Rs. 1,600 crore package under which around 1500 youth have been employed with the state government and lodged in five transit camps across the valley.

    In Kashmir's April bloom when everyone is out, the Haal camp residents suffer self-confinement, depression and fear psychosis. "We don't go out. Every time something happens in any part of the valley, whether it is the Handwara girl controversy or some shutdown call in Srinagar if a militant is killed, the camp gets attacked by stone-pelters. We are constantly made feel that we are not welcome here. So where shall we go? There is no one out there," said a woman who opened the door hesitatingly. The woman lives with her husband and two children in the transit camp, 40 kms from Srinagar.

    Living a double whammy—refugees in Jammu camps or one room tenements for two decades and now refugees in a transit camp in their own native land— most of the camp inmates like the young woman who originally belong to other parts of the valley, have not felt courageous enough to visit their home towns in the last six years. "Our life here is like a double penalty. We are house arrest. We don't even let our children step out of the compound once they return from their schools," the young woman said.

    "How secure and happy can one feel when one often hears young boys shouting 'Bharat ka jo saath dega, woh gaddar hai, woh gaddar hai' (supporter of India--a traitor, a traitor) on the streets here?" she asked. "For us, there is no freedom of expression. No freedom to wear clothes that we would wear outside Kashmir. No freedom for us to express our political opinions or patriotism. One of us was threatened to shut up in a discussion among colleagues recently. The majority in Kashmir however can abuse India and Indians or express their love for Pakistan and 'azadi'," the mother of two said in English. She however added that the senior citizen generation in Kashmir was friendly and supportive.
    (TOI file photo by Bilal Bahadur)

    A couple of rows away, (first name withheld) Koul sipping Kashmiri tea in his quarters, described the camp life vis-a-vis Kashmir's as a situation similar to 1989. "It is the same tension and hostility day in day out. Last year, they pelted stones on us even on Diwali. Two years ago, we noticed a dozen armed militants inspecting the camp from outside." The larger issue, he pointed out, is the same old contestation between religious and national identities. "For them we are Hindu Indians. SAS Geelani (separatist leader) keeps dubbing transit camps as Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) clusters. It is stressful because such campaigns against us generate hostility," he said.


    Most mothers in the camp complained about the Islamized education in private schools and frequent shut downs. "There are Islamic prayers in the morning assembly and a class on Islamiyat. Although, our children are exempted from both, but they sit outside the classroom during the period and hear everything out of curiosity. Religious education is not part of school curriculum outside Kashmir. But in Kashmir only government schools are secular. I did send my son to a public school for three years but there was no competition there. He fell behind. So I had to admit him in a private school. Our children ask us uncomfortable questions about religions and we don't know how to respond," said a mother who teaches at a public school.

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    The only answer is abrogation of Article 370. Scrap the Article and allow people from allover India to go and settle in Kashmir. That is the only way to corner the dirty black pigs there.Siv Sarkar


    Employment in Kashmir has disrupted family lives of most camp inhabitants. Many married couples are separated by the arrangement. "This is a divorce imposed by the state. We couldn't make our ends meet with just one salary. Private jobs in Jammu didn't pay enough. So I took up the job. Now, my one child is with his father in Jammu and one is here with me," a woman in her 30s grumbled.


    Koul said the camp had reached a "threshold" and on the verge of making petitions to the government of India for their transfer out of the valley. "We can't live here in this dungeon perpetually," he said while watching the April drizzle that added to the camp's sombreness. The Indian state's corrective experiment which has no parallel in the subcontinent's post-independence history, seems to be falling apart.

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    Siv Sarkar
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    The only answer is abrogation of Article 370. Scrap the Article and allow people from allover India to go and settle in Kashmir. That is the only way to corner the dirty black pigs there.

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    Omkar Singh
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    This happens to minority when Muslim become majority.
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    Javid Amin
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    We are here to PULL the PIGS out...
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    Loknathan Rajan
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    It was Nehru and his ministers who made such a law even though the Maharaja hari Singh and His PM Sheik Abdulla came and requested Indian help to throw out the Occupiers from Pakistan. many stupid rules were made at that time. For long the kashmir had a PM and not CM. later it was changed. If Kashmiris can come and settle in other places of India and buy assets why not Indians do it in Kashmir. STUPID RULES.
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    Speak sense
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    Do not give your concocted history....
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    Javid Amin
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    You occupied our land (atleast you say so) and think you can settle yourself fully. But, one day your army might has to move out. Whatever you do.......... one day...........
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    Sri1
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    Israeli Jewish kind of settlements for Kashmiris and forced herding into camps and Pak-occupied areas - complete removal of the welfare system that the Indian state has provided those ungrateful dunces. This is the only way faith-crazed and anti-India brainwashed mobs can be controlled. Israel has shown the way - India needs to follow the road-map as there is no way that it is going to "win the hearts and minds' of those ingrates on whom Indian taxpayers have spent billions.
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    Neeru Sharma
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    Very good suggestions
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    parth Choudhury
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    well said
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    fazal
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    himmat hai tou ker ke dikhao
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    Venkatesh Venkatappa
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    you f***rs taking things for granted you will be shown the way.
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    Omkar Singh
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    wait some more years, our patience is running out.
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    RCH Ram
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    Aayega ek din maaaderjaad aayega ek din zaroor. Tayyaar rehna maaderchod... Hamaare logon ko maar rahe ho aur humse hi seena jhori kar rehe ho... Aayenge hum zaroor .. yaad rakhna..
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    Siv Sarkar
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    Jarur! Hum karenge, ya morenge. We will abrogate Article 370, we will introduce Uniform Civil Code. We will do or die. Also, pura Kashmir Pigistan se chinke lega hi lega. We will destroy Pigistan. No Pigistan, no terrorism.
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    parth Choudhury
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    Kar ke dikhaige aur tere maar ke be dekhaige still time run away to porkistan
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    Suyash Sharma
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    Fazal bhaijaan Kashmir ko basaya hinduon ne... Kash me "mir" joda musalmaan ne... Ab maana ki 700 pehle aaye hue musalmano ko mehman na samjha jaye, par malik bhi to nahi maan lenge na Kashmir ka.
    Par ham Hindu tumko marna ya nuksan pohonchana nahi chaahtey. Log dono taraf ke martey hain. Mukabla wo hona chaahiye jisme sirf fakar ho, beizzati nahi. Aur ek dusre ko maar kar sirf fakar kabhi nahi aa sakta. Beizzati Allah ke saamne hogi agar logo ke saamne nahi bhi mehsus hui.
    Kashmir ... Read More
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    RCH Ram
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    Stop being nice to these maaderchods. Their hearts are filled with hatred for Hindus.... Just go and take our land.
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    spRing i
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    arey Lnd* girgirana band kar
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    boronv V
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    Correct Headline - UPA gave Rs 1,600-crore to terrorists.
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    fazal
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    try it .you kill muslims for tending cows ban beef officially ban loud speakers in mosques .you are shameless people .these kasjhmiri hindus have got thousands of muslims killed through agencies right from 1947 and even even during dogra rule .
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    Adil Madan
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