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Nirav Modi extradition trial to resume in UK court

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Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who has been lodged at a prison in London since his arrest in March last year, is set to appear via videolink for the second leg of his extradition trial at a UK court on Monday.

The 49-year-old jeweler is fighting extradition charges related to the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case brought by the Indian government, being represented at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

In line with the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, District Judge Samuel Goozee has directed Modi’s appearance from a room in Wandsworth Prison in south-west London with social distancing norms in place for the part-remote setting for the five-day hearing scheduled to conclude on Friday.

Justice Goozee had presided over the first leg of the extradition in May, during which the CPS sought to establish a prima facie case of fraud and money laundering against Modi. The upcoming hearings are ear-marked to complete those arguments after the Indian government had submitted additional ‘corroboratory evidence’.

It will then go on to deal with the additional extradition request, made by the Indian authorities and certified by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel earlier this year, which add on the charges of “causing the disappearance of evidence” and intimidating witnesses or ‘criminal intimidation to cause death’ against Modi.

Goozee has already said that the different extradition requests are inextricably linked, and he would therefore be handing down his judgment at the end of hearing all the arguments.

Additional hearings scheduled for November 3, for the judge to rule on the admissibility of the evidence that will be presented before him, and December 1, when both sides will make their final submissions, mean his ruling on whether Modi has a case to answer before the Indian courts are expected only after the final hearing in December.

The charges against the diamond merchant center around his firm Diamonds R Us, Solar Exports, and Stellar Diamonds making fraudulent use of a credit facility offered by PNB, known as ‘letters of undertaking’ (LoUs).

The CPS, appearing on behalf of India, had told the court that a number of PNB staff conspired with Modi to ensure LoUs were issued to his companies without ensuring they were subject to the required credit check, without recording the issuance of the LoUs, and without charging the required commission upon the transactions.

Modi’s team has sought to counter allegations of fraud by deposing witnesses to establish the volatility of the gems trade and that the LoUs were standard practice.

Modi has made repeated attempts at bail over the past year, each of which was turned down as he is deemed a flight risk. The jeweler was arrested on March 19, 2019, on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard.

At a case management hearing ahead of the trial last week, Modi’s barrister Clare Montgomery had told the judge that she may be seeking a partial reporting ban on the proceedings following allegations of ‘party political bias’ against one of their ‘expert witnesses from India’ retired Indian High Court judge Abhay Thipsay.

“We may have to put in an application for reporting restrictions around the reporting of his [Thipsay] evidence to avoid further public comment on it,” she said.

From the legal documents submitted, prison conditions in India will once again play a major part in this extradition case, as in the past with other Indian extradition cases, with Modi’s severe mental health condition being a factor to be raised behind closed doors.

Aman currently works as a blogger and also as a travel and lifestyle Vlogger. He is always interested in new challenges.

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Rajesh Bethireddy is the latest popular name in the fashion circle from telugu states

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Fashion and trends have always been common points of discussion, however last decade can can be dedicated to men’s fashion as they have been able to shift the focus majorly which was only their on women’s fashion and trends. And this shift can be attributed to men’s fashion models and influencers. Although there are many young men out there who are either professional model or influencer but rarely are both. Meet Rajesh Bethireddy, 26, who is a model and fashion influencer. Rajesh Bethireddy is extremely occupied carrying both the professions with equal dedication.

Hyderabad based Rajesh Bethireddy is a software engineer by profession but he is also a successful model and fashion influencer. So far, Rajesh Bethireddy has worked with some brands and looking to act in TVCs for men’s lifestyle and fitness brands.

Rajesh Bethireddy turned fashion influencer in no time; right after he began his Instagram journey. Today, he enjoys more than 14,000 followers on his Instagram page, who hang on to his posts that dole out fashion advice. Besides, he also uses his Instagram account for popular brand collaborations like kolon natural,blendjet etc

Within 6 months of diversifying thus, Rajesh Bethireddy is already a darling in the Telugu states fashion circle. He believes that a ‘well-planned entry and a smart work’ are the two stepping stones to establish yourself into a cut-throat competitive business like this.
As for remuneration, apart from the monetary and exciting returns, Rajesh Bethireddy understands that “every moment is exciting when you turn your passion into profession.”

Well we wish him all the best for his future endorsements.

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Famous Football Player Cristiano Ronaldo Tested Positive for COVID-19

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Famous football player Cristiano Ronaldo has been tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. He will miss Portugal’s Nations League sport against Sweden on Wednesday.

Due to Cristiano been found positive, the remaining players of the Portugal squad also underwent tests this Tuesday morning. But all of the negative and would be available for the upcoming match against Sweden.

We pray for his speedy recovery.

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Thousands of people protesting over Kyrgyzstan election result

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Thousands of people are protesting in Kyrgyzstan over allegations of vote-buying and intimidation in Sunday’s parliamentary election. The capital Bishkek saw the largest protest while rallies were also held elsewhere in the ex-Soviet republic.

Only four parties out of 16 passed the 7% threshold for entry into parliament, three of which have close ties to President Sooronbai Jeenbekov. International monitors have said the claims of vote-buying are “credible”.

None of the established opposition parties got a seat in parliament. Now all of these parties have declared that they will not recognize the results of the election. Opposition candidates are calling on the Central Electoral Commission in Kyrgyzstan to cancel the results of the vote. One candidate, Ryskeldi Mombekov, told a crowd of more than 5,000 protesters: “The president promised to oversee honest elections. He didn’t keep his word.”

Mr. Mombekov’s party, Ata Meken, had been confident of entering parliament, but in the end, it was one of the eight parties that missed the threshold. Protesters are also calling on President Jeenbekov to resign. Thomas Boserup, head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s election observation mission, said in a briefing that although the vote had been “generally well organized”, allegations of vote-buying were a “serious concern”.

The two leading parties, which got a quarter of the vote each, were Birimdik and Mekenim Kyrgyzstan. President Jeenbekov’s younger brother, Asylbek Jeenbekov, is in Birimdik.

Mekenim Kyrgyzstan, meanwhile, is seen as being closely connected to the powerful Matraimov family. The family’s figurehead, Rayimbek Matraimov, is believed to have helped finance Mr. Jeenbekov’s successful presidential campaign in 2017.

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