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We have been spreading awareness on the need to protect the fast depleting mangroves, says Panchayat head Subash Purkayat Mangroves protect coastal areas from erosion by stabilising the shorelines with their specialised root system which grow upwards of soil They also protect the coasts from stormshurricanes and tsunamis The big roots help in cutting down the energy contained in large waves and thus slow down the flow of current In addition to being soldiers of our coastsmangroves also improve the livelihoods of fishing communitiesprovide salt-tolerant genotypes and help in carbon sequestrationpoints out marine scientist Abhijit Mitra Due to rising sea levels as a result of global warminga report prepared by Jadavpur University and WWF estimates that out of five million people living in the deltaone million will become climate change refugees by 2050 Another recent study by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) points out that rapid deterioration in mangrove health is causing as much as 200 metres of the vegetation-rich coast to disappear annually in the Sundarbans Human population pressurerising global temperaturesdegradation of natural protection from tidal waves and cyclones is inevitably leading to species loss in this richly bio diverse part of the world A few hours drive from KolkataSundarbans forms the largest belt of mangroves in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage sitefamed for its Royal Bengal Tigers and biodiversity For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIn early December 2016 the Income Tax Department and the Central Bureau of Investigation in Bengaluru swooped down upon a host of government contractors engineers businessmen and bank managers On 3 December seven people were arrested among them was a government official in Karnataka’s Public Works Department SC Jayachandra On 6 December more arrests were made – that of a businessman called Chandrakant Ramalingam along with bank officials of Karnataka Bank Dhanalaxmi Bank and a private cash logistics firm called SecureValue India The Jayachandra arrest went on to make headlines – this was the country’s first case of “pink notes” as Rs 5 crores in the rare new Rs 2000 currency notes had somehow illegally made its way into the hands of this group Jayachandra’s case was the first major catch of money laundering in the wake of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes announced by Prime Minister Modi in November 2016 Who Is Chandrakant Ramalingam Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami News18 Ramalingam an Erode-based businessman is one of the directors of Ramalingam Construction Company as per the records available with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs He was arrested in December 2016 and is currently lodged in the Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru Ramalingam is now under the lens once again thanks to the recent political developments in Tamil Nadu – specifically the ascent to the Chief Minister’s post of Edappadi K Palaniswami loyalist of VK Sasikala aide and confidante of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa Edappadi Palaniswami who was sworn in on 16 February as Chief Minister has one son by the name of Mithun Kumar Mithun Kumar is married to Divya Divya has a younger sister by the name of Saranya and Saranya’s husband’s elder brother is the aforementioned Chandrakant Ramalingam Edappadi Palaniswami himself was not reachable for comment – his phone and those of other MLAs and party leaders in the Sasikala camp are switched off as they continue to camp in the Golden Bay Resort ahead of a crucial floor test on Saturday Sources close to Palaniswami’s family in Edappadi confirmed to Firstpost that Ramalingam was indeed related to the Chief Minister “But why are you bringing all this up They have no connection with the Chief Minister’s family and their business interests are of no concern to the Chief Minister or his family” said one source who did not wish to be identified This comes in the wake of widespread allegations on Palaniswami’s alleged links to river sand mining baron Shekhar Reddy who was arrested by the CBI in Chennai on 22 December His arrest followed a raid by IT Department officials in his properties in Chennai which yielded cash to the tune of Rs 136 crores including Rs 20 crores in new currency Reddy too is currently lodged in a Chennai jail Palaniswami has not been available for comments on the alleged links with Reddy either The Infamous Jayachandra Case The country’s first case of “pink notes” in black money could well make Prime Minister Narendra Modi thump his chest and narrate the story of how an engineer in Karnataka lived in luxury and yet nothing belonged to him Every property moveable or immoveable listed out was held in somebody else’s name SC Jayachandra was chief planning officer of the state Highway Development Project Public Works Department Karnataka when the Income Tax authorities raided his premises and hit the “pink jackpot’’ in the form of the new and crisp Rs 2000 notes a currency of wonder at that point of time soon after the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were demonetised Neatly laid out on a bed along with other notes by the Income Tax authorities the photograph made many either gape in wonder or get their blood boiling since those were the days of waiting in long queues simply to collect the daily ‘ration’ of their own hard earned money The Income tax Department’s press note had pointedly mentioned that the new currency notes of Rs 2000 totalled Rs 47 crores The IT raid was a trendsetter in many ways because it was the first in the country to take place soon after demonetisation For Jayachandra it was the beginning of another bad month of December In the same month exactly eight years ago Jayachandra had been raided by the Karnataka Lokayukta and found to be allegedly in possession of disproportionate assets to the extent of Rs 8453 lakhs He was then chief engineer of the Hemavathi project That case is still pending but the IT raid showed that the amounts as far as he was concerned had moved up the value chain IT authorities found that he owned or was in possession of four flats in the upscale Rajmahal Vilas Extension’s Pebble Bay apartments valued at Rs 5 crores Cash seized was Rs 5 crores in brand new Rs 2000 currency notes with 7 kgs of gold and silver items Moveable and immoveable properties accounted for Rs 14 crores The most interesting aspect has been the various explanations for Jayachandra being in possession of large sums of cash Take for instance the case of the Enforcement Directorate The explanation for possession of Rs 27 lakhs which is inclusive of the Rs 5 lakhs in the new Rs 2000 currency appears rather simple Jayachandra’s lawyers have argued that the amount was an advance amount that had been paid for the purchase of three flats being constructed by a company called Messrs Shakya Constructions and Developers The partnership firm belongs to Ms Bharathi wife of Jayachandra and Thrijesh son of Jayachandra The total amount has been accounted for in the name of Purushottam and Devanand (Rs 10 lakhs each) and a Mrs Rathod (Rs 7 lakhs) (All single names as per the order of the Special court for PMLA cases) At a point of time when demonetization had zapped all energy out of the real estate industry because of Modi’s dampener on cash transactions the question that arises is why would anyone pay advance amount for booking a flat in hard currency Jayachandra’s defence has made a simple point That the amount was “not proceeds of crime’’ and that the allegations were “false frivolous and concocted” The special court however felt that it was “inconceivable as to how the accused managed to collect” new currency to the tune of Rs 5 lakhs when an individual could collect not more than Rs 2000 on a single day One of the reasons for Jayachandra to come under the spotlight of the Income Tax authorities was reportedly the lavish lifestyle that his son led Thrijesh is alleged to have been driving around in fancy high-end vehicles like Lamborghini Porsche Ducati and MV Agusta For his 26th birthday the young man described himself as the King and the invitation card embossed with a silver coin requested his “royal friends and my countrymen” to a “royal feast of wine and dine on the occasion of your beloved King completing 25 glorious years” The party was at an upscale pub in the city Bangalore Mirrorreported But the legal argument has been that “he was like many others in his age group just showing off his pictures with the fancy cars” But that had been used by the Enforcement Directorate to state that he owned all those cars This has been substantiated by the contention that the cars were all in the name of a contractor who apparently owns 35 similar fancy vehicles all of which it is said were purchased in the proper legal manner The Special court however in its order rejecting bail to Jayachandra had this to say on the possession of Rs 27 lakhs for the purchase of the three flats “It could be at the most a defence that could be taken by the accused and the same cannot be a ground for considering bail” The court went on to say that the “accused has not provided any proof in support of his defence” It has also pointed out that as per Section 24 of the PMLA “the burden to prove that the proceeds of crime are not involved lies with the accused” The Court also did not fail to note that the “accused is a wealthy person having political as well as official influence” The political and official influence of officials like Jayachandra is fairly well known in the corridors of power in Karnataka To the point that even Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had to officially deny even knowing Jayachandra SR Hiremath Convenor of the Samaj Parivartana Samudaya said – “It is clear that such officials are protected by the government of the day Whether it is the Congress or the BJP government in power such officials get protection Jayachandra was one of the officials who was raided by the Lokayukta in 2008 The case is pending because the government has not yet granted sanction for his prosecution” And protection “comes because the political class has a lot to hide itself” said Hiremath who first came into the limelight when his organisation took the illegal iron ore mining case involving former BJP minister Gali Janardhan Reddy to the Supreme Court The Enforcement Directorate case is just one of the cases filed against Jayachandra The investigation by the IT Department the CBI as well as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) into the other assets of the official is still on with some officials complaining of non-cooperation 17 of Jayachandra’s properties worth Rs 25 crores have been attached by the Enforcement Directorate early this month But the single biggest factor that stands out in this trend-setter of the case post-demonetisation has been put across succinctly by a lawyer – “Everything is benami There is nothing the poor man owns Everything has been at his disposal and in his possession but he owns very little” Another lawyer who spoke on condition of anonymity also noted “The question that needs to be answered is also why would any contractor give away such fancy cars to be used by an official’s son And why would the other properties belong to someone else Or why would some other properties be held in his mother-in-law’s name and why not his own” The above questions are not uncommon But the fact remains that the journey of cases registered takes a long time to provide justice just like the Lokayukta case against Jayachandra has not shown any signs of conclusion even after eight years The legal route of the latest set of cases are also bound to take a longer time as the courts await appointment of new judges By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: December 11 2015 6:18 am Top News The Gujarat High Court ordered the state government Thursday to maintain status quo at Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR) as it took up a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by affected farmers against land acquisition for the purpose A division bench led by Acting Chief Justice Jayant Patel ordered the government to maintain status quo till further orders and scheduled the next hearing on December 15 The PIL was filed by Gujarat Khedut Samaj a farmers’ body comprising the residents of 22 villages of Dholera in Ahmedabad district The petitioners challenged the notification issued in 2009 enacting the Special Investment Region Act They sought the court’s direction to declare the SIR Act 2009 unconstitutional They also prayed for directions to restrain the government from taking farmers’ land As per Section 17 of the Act the government can implement ‘Gujarat Town Planning and Urban Development Act’ through which it can take away 50 per cent of farmers’ land without any compensation Besides the petitioners claimed that through this act the powers of village panchayats have been restricted to their village boundaries On the other hand the state government argued that this project is in interest of the nation for which the central government has already earmarked Rs 2784 crore This SIR will be part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Though Dholera SIR is spread over 920 sq km the Phase-I of the project will cover only 153 sq km and the actual work will begin from a smaller area of 225 sq km described as “Activation Area” which is meant to act as a catalyst for attracting further investments from local and global investors The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved the construction of trunk infrastructure worth Rs 278483 crore for the SIR in May 2015 This truck infrastructure will be created within the “Activation Area” The trunk infrastructure development is proposed to commence in 2015-16 and is likely to be completed by 2018-19 In November this year the Union Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change also gave an environment clearance to the proposed Rs 1378 crore Dholera Greenfield International Airport likely to be built at Navagam village of Ahmedabad district This proposed airport will provide international connectivity to the SIR For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Dublin | Published: June 3 2017 12:52 pm Dustin Johnson started with a bogey Friday and had two birdies before making the turn (Source: File) Top News The No 1 player in the world will have a rare weekend off Dustin Johnson was unable to overcome a bad opening round at the Memorial and missed a cut for the second time this year If there’s a bright side for Johnson _ who followed a birdie-free 6-over 78 with a 74 on Friday _ it is that he’ll have more time to prepare to defend his US Open title in two weeks First though he’ll go home to Florida for the birth of his second child Johnson was tied for 97th at 8 over And he didn’t want to talk about it declining interview requests Phil Mickelson who played with Johnson said no one should doubt that Johnson will be back competing on the weekend as a string of majors begins with the Open on June 15 “He had one or two bad holes He had a bunch of things just not go his way” said Mickelson who was 4 under “When you watch him play it’s noticeable how much better he’s gotten over the years and how good he is” Things definitely didn’t go Johnson’s way at Muirfield Village His forgettable first round included a triple bogey on the par-3 16th after he hit his first shot in the water and a double bogey on the sixth hole when he three-putted from 4 feet It was the first time in four years he failed to make a birdie in a round Johnson started with a bogey Friday and had two birdies before making the turn On the seventh hole he hit his second shot 227 yards to 6 feet but lipped out the eagle putt and settled for a birdie He had three bogeys on the back nine That was out of character The 32-year-old Johnson has won three times _ Genesis Open WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Match Play and has four other top-10 finishes this season including a runner-up finish in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour He missed the cut in January at Torrey Pines His previous worst score this year was a second-round 75 at the Wells Fargo Championship last month his first tournament after missing the Masters because of a back injury suffered when he fell on stairs In his last two outings he tied for 12th and 13th Next he’ll get ready to head to Wisconsin to see if he can be the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win back-to-back US Opens For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: August 11 2015 4:29 pm Actor Abhishek Bchchan says he does not have any differences of opinion with his father Amitabh Bachchan as they share a great understanding Related News Actor Abhishek Bchchan says he does not have any differences of opinion with his father Amitabh Bachchan as they share a great understanding Abhishek who will be next seen in the upcoming comedy-drama ‘All is Well’ which stars Rishi Kapoor and Supriya Pathak as his parents said his father gives him enough space to voice his opinions “There is not much I disagree with my dad on If there is a difference of opinion we reason it out so at the end we are all fine We thankfully never had any issue where we had a disagreement about something “If there’s something which he says which I don’t agree with he give me the opportunity to explain my point of view and if it makes sense to him then he’s okay with it” Abhishek said in an interview ‘All Is Well’ directed by Umesh Shukla of ‘OMG- Oh My God’ fame chronicles the clash between two generations and how they understand each other when they undertake a road trip Even though the actor will be seen playing a son who has issues with his father in the comedy-drama he credited his parents for encouraging him to have a say in family matters “The most important thing is to have a dialogue When I was growing up my parents always encouraged us to sit down and chat things out If there was any big family decision to be taken even though we were children we were consulted” Share This Article Related Article Abhishek 39 said he shares a “unique bond” with mother Jaya Bachchan “The mother-son relationship in this film is very real I am very close to my mother My dad is like my buddy we have always had a friendly relationship But mother-son don’t have the buddy relationship My mother for me is like Maa and that is sacred A mother and a son have a unique bond Where they can say a lot without communicating anything That’s my relationship with Supriya Pathak in the film where there’s so much that is communicated just by gesture or understanding that goes to show the bond between the two” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AFP | Madrid | Updated: May 9 2017 12:42 pm Tennis – WTA – Madrid Open – Angelique Kerber of Germany v Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic – Madrid Spain – 8/5/17 – Kerber celebrates REUTERS/Juan Medina Top News Top seed Angelique Kerber fought back from 5-3 down in the deciding set as she overcame Katerina Siniakova 6-2 1-6 7-5 to set up a third round showdown with Eugenie Bouchard who downed Maria Sharapova later However world number three Karolina Pliskova was dumped out of the second round of the Madrid Open today 6 -3 6-3 by Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova Pliskova seeded second in the absence of world number one Serena Williams as she is expecting her first child has struggled on the clay after a great start to the season on the hard courts of Australia and the USA Following early exits in Stuttgart and on home soil in Prague last week world number 22 Sevastova’s run of seven straight games from 3-2 down in the first set to lead by a set and 3-0 was decisive Sevastova was solid on serve throughout and needed just one break in the second and she served out to set up a meeting with Barbora Strycova or Lara Arruabarrena in the third round Kerber has also had an inconsistent season and her fragile form was on show in the course of the first two sets The German romped through the opening set in 27 minutes but then had to save six break points for her only game in the second Siniakova served for the match at 5-4 in the deciding set but Kerber should impressive fight to win the last four games Next up Kerber will face Bouchard who beat Sharapova in the headline act of Monday’s night session as the Russian continues her comeback from a doping ban Bouchard called Sharapova “a cheater” last week and suggested she should have been banned for life – rather than 15 months – after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News These are evident in the areas of subsidy reforms (through JAM trinity), Theodore Roosevelt, Mozart and Julian Assange. 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