Ranchi: Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, under the scanner for allegedly amassing wealth illegally, is reportedly ill and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Apollo Hospital.
Income tax officials were questioning Koda at his Ranchi residence when he said that he was feeling uneasy. Koda has a history of medical problems.
"We cannot say what exactly is the problem. We are conducting tests and we will be able to say anything after the test reports," a doctor at the hospital told news agency IANS.
Koda was operated upon a fortnight ago after he complained of stomach pain. The Lok Sabha MP returned home from the hospital last week when the Income Tax Department started raiding his houses and other properties.
Koda was reported as not being cooperative with the Income Tax department in the investigation against him, a senior official said on Monday.
Koda was interrogated on camera so that his statements are recorded on video for proof while the I-T department and Enforcement Directorate officials continued searches in cities across the country for the third day.
IT sources said Koda had provided information about investments made at different places, the network used to invest money and people involved in the illegal transactions.
An official press release on Monday said the I-T department is continuing its search and seizure operations under provisions of the Income Tax Act and has summoned six people for questioning.
The six who have been asked to appear before the department on November 6 are Vinod Kumar Sinha, Sanjay Chaudhary, Devendra Mukhiya, Basant Bhattacharya, Manoj Punamiya and Anil Bastawde. Sinha and Chaudhary are close associates of Koda.
"If they fail to appear on the said date, the department will be constrained to take strict legal actions as permissible under various laws," the statement added.
Both Sinha and Chaudhary have not yet appeared before I-T officials. On Saturday, I-T officials said legal action will be initiated if they did not report by Sunday evening. Airport authorities have now been alerted so that they do not flee the country.
The I-T department, which is probing a disproportionate assets allegation against Koda and his associates, on Saturday conducted raids at 70 places in eight cities and discovered documents relating to illegal transactions worth Rs 2,000 crore.
The I-T officials have seized a laptop, hard disk and documents from Koda's houses and are investigating his links with a resort in the Andamans.
Over 70 bank accounts and lockers have been frozen so far and the process has been initiated to freeze the bank accounts of Sinha and Chaudhary.
I-T officials have also seized documents worth Rs 550 crore sent through hawala to Dubai, Thailand, Malyasia and African countries and Interpol help might be sought to probe the case, sources said.
New Delhi: Today Sikhs around the world are celebrating the 540th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in 1469 A.D, in Talwandi (Present Pakistan).He was not only the founder of Sikhism but also a great philosopher, poet and a very powerful Social Reformer. He condemned "Sati System" and atrocities against women from then existing Indian Society and preached "Sau kion manda aakhiye jitt jamhey raajaan" Meaning Woman have given birth to emperors of the world, therefore should not be condemned. Teachings Of Guru Nanak Dev Ji At the age of five Guru Nanak started talking about the divine subjects and great trust was reposed in him by both Hindus and Muslims He had great reverence for women. He allowed them to join all religious gatherings and conferences. He strongly protested against formalism and ritualism and carried the message of peace and of love to everybody. Being very liberal and practical in his views he did not believe in Caste System, he preached that everyone is equal in the eyes of God, there is no rich, poor, male, female, black nor white. The only difference between people is in their actions. Celebrations of the Gurpurab The Celebration of the Gurupurab begins with Prabhabat Feris or early morning processions that start from Gurudawara and then move to different areas singing Hymns of the Holy Book (Guru Granth). The actual celebration starts 3 days before Guru Nanak Jayanti with the beginning of Akhand Path (continuous reading of the sacred scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib). The Akhand Path culminates on the day of the Guru Purab and the holy book is followed by night long Keertan Darbar and Langar. Gurudwaras are decorated with beautiful lights and devotees attend Langar (the common meal where everyone eats the same food irrespective of caste, class, or creed). People also illuminate (Deep Maala) Gurudwaras and their homes with candles and earthen lamps. As a part of Guru Nanak's Birthday celebrations in New Delhi, the capital of India, the Sikhs visit the most revered Gurudwara of Delhi, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. All the Gurudwaras are done with beautiful floral decorations and the Gurupuarb is celebrated with high spirits. Celebrations in the National Capital, Delhi In Delhi, Hundreds and thousands of Sikhs on Saturday (31st October) participated in the annual religious procession "Nagar Kirtan", taken out as a part of the festivities related to the birth anniversary celebrations. This annual Procession is taken out every year, it begins from Rakaab Ganj Sahib and ends at Gurudwara Nanak Peao, hundreds of Delhi school Children participated in the "Nagar Keertan" where in the holy book (Guru Granth Sahib Ji) is decorated with flowers and is taken on a float. Devotees from all over the Capital participate and sing the praises of the almighty. All the localities which the Procession covers are beautifully decorated and special Langar Stalls are organized en route. Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurupurab is celebrated with great spirits and people across India are extremely excited about the grand Celebrations.
|The conditions in the north eastern states of India are far from ideal. Even the policymakers have not been able to bring about too many changes to the present condition. As per newest economic data the levels of income in 7 of the 8 states in the northeastern region in India are lower than the average levels of earning in rest of the country. Only a decade and a half ago there was a different situation whereby the levels of income in 4 of these 8 states was higher than the average income in India. Only Mizoram has been able to sustain its levels of income in the past 15 years. In 1993-94 fiscal the average income levels in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland were higher than rest of India by at least 10 to 20 percent. At present Arunachal Pradesh is under the radar by more than 15 percent and in case of Nagaland this rate is 25 percent. For Sikkim the rate is 2 percent. States like Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur were never really economically affluent. In 1993-94 Assam and Meghalaya were behind by 25 percent but at present they are deficient by 35 percent. Meghalaya, who were 10 percent behind in 1993-94, are now facing a deficiency of 17 percent. Tripura is the only state where the situation has improved. From 30 percent behind they have progressed up to 5 percent behind the average levels of income in India. Every central ministry, since 1998, has allocated 10 percent of its yearly budget for development in the northeast. The Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region has said that in excess of INR 42,600 crores have been set aside in the period of 1998 to 2006 for developmental purposes. A number of questions have been raised by activist groups in the regions about the credibility of the higher levels of governance regarding usage of funds for developmental purposes.|