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The Indian Express disclosed that a top financial executive of a subsidiary company of the Aditya Birla Group, has told Income Tax (IT) investigators that company officials regularly routed large amounts of cash through "angadias" or "local hawala operators" and made payments to "unidentified persons." Rahul Gandhi could take over the mantle of Congress president from his mother this year, possibly even as early as March or April; two senior party functionaries considered close to the Gandhi family have told the Economic Times. A month ahead of the Delhi elections, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has donned his whistle-blowing cap again and alleged a nexus between Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay and certain power distribution companies in the state. Upadhyay’s firms, according to Kejriwal, were installing and replacing meters for electricity distribution companies in the city. Infosys, India's second largest information technology (IT) services company is in talks with the Nasdaq-listed DreamWorks Animation to invest in one of that company’s startup ventures. This will be Infosys' first investment from its innovation fund, dedicated to start-ups and emerging technologies, and a strong signal of the kind of services it intends to offer in the future to move up the value-chain. Trinamul Congress leader Mukul Roy has sought more time to appear before the CBI on the eve of his scheduled appointment with the agency probing the Saradha case. Though he asked for a fortnight, the investigating agency has only agreed to a week-long reprieve. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the country would build two more nuclear plants in the southern city of Bushehr in line with the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The president's remarks gain significance given traditional US and European suspicions of Iran’s nuclear programme. A U.S. federal district judge has dismissed the case brought by the American Justice Center, a human rights group, against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for his alleged role in the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat, at a time when he was the was the Chief Minister of the state.
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They protest that decks have been cleared for mining in already-notified forest areas of the state. This, even as Chhattisgarh is ruled by a BJP government.
Sujata Anandan in the Hindustan Times says that Raj Thackeray's MNS is crumblingbecause it is largely made up of venal opportunists rather than those with a genuine political agenda.