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10 formally charged with murder of Mumbai journalist
A special court on Monday formally charged 10 people, including woman scribe Jigna Vora, for the murder of senior Mumbai journalist J. Dey four years ago.
 
The charges were framed under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), Indian Penal Code and other statutory provisions by Special MCOCA Judge A.L. Pansare.
 
After the charges - including the conspiracy to kill senior journalist Dey and having links with absconding mafia don Chhota Rajan - were read out to them by the court, all the accused pleaded not guilty.
 
Dey, investigations editor of Mumbai eveninger Mid-Day, was shot five times by two motorcycle-borne assailants near his home in suburban Powai on the morning of June 11, 2011. He was pronounced dead when rushed to a nearby hospital.
 
Vora, arrested in November 2011, was accused of allegedly passing on vital information on Dey's whereabouts, the registration number of his motorcycle and other details to the mafia don's henchmen.
 
Those charge-sheeted include bookie Vinod Asrani, Paulson Joseph, Deepak Sisodia, Satish Kalia, Abhijeet Shinde, Arun Dake, Sachin Gaekwad, Anil Waghmore, Nilesh Shendge and Mangesh Agawane. A separate charge-sheet was filed against Vora.
 
Bookie Asrani died recently due to illness, while Chhota Rajan and co-conspirator Narayan Bish are absconding.
 
According to investigators, Dey was killed as certain articles he wrote in the eveninger enraged Chhota Rajan, who ordered his elimination allegedly at the instigation of Vora.

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CBI arrests Shibu Soren's kin in horse-trading case
The CBI on Monday arrested JMM chief Shibu Soren's relative here for his alleged involvement in horse-trading in 2012 Rajya Sabha election from Jharkhand.
 
The CBI arrested Bad Narayan Majhi from his residence in Kedargouri area of Bhubaneswar, CBI sources said. 
 
The central investigating agency said Majhi was later presented before a Special CBI court here, which allowed the CBI to take him on a three-day transit remand. 
 
Majhi is the father of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) president Shibu Soren's daughter-in-law, Sita. 
 
In 2012, the CBI raided Majhi's house in connection with the case. 
 
In February 2014, a CBI court granted the probe agency permission to attach the properties of both Sita Soren as well as her father.
 
The Jharkhand High Court had granted conditional bail to Sita Soren in the case. 
 
According to sources, the CBI gathered evidence that Sita Soren allegedly received Rs 1.5 crore from R.K. Agarwal, the Independent candidate backed by the JMM. 
 
The Election Commission subsequently countermanded the election. 

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'Other noodle brands, pasta will also be tested'
After ordering the recall of Maggi noodles, the food safety watchdog on Monday said it will not only test the samples of other instant noodle brands, including the imported ones, but also extend such checks to pastas like macaroni.
 
The watchdog also said it was not considering action against Maggi brand ambassadors for now.
 
"Overseas and local manufacturers would be treated equally. More noodle brands including pasta and macaroni products will also start getting tested this week," Yudhvir Singh Malik, the chief executive of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), told IANS. 
 
"As of now, we are not considering any action against the brand ambassadors associated with the Nestle's Maggi noodles," Malik added.
 
Following tests on some samples of Maggi, the watchdog on Friday had ordered the recall of all the nine variants of Maggi pan-India and had asked Nestle to halt its production and exports. It had also issued a similar order on Nestle's oats noodles and tastemaker.
 
While Nestle continued to contend that its noodles were safe for human and that the levels of lead were within permissible limits - as opposed to the findings of some tests that purportedly indicated otherwise - several states also became pro-active by issuing their own ban orders.
 
Malik also detailed the process involved in the recall of food products.
 
"Ideally, consumers should be able to return the product at the retail outlet and get their money back if they have the bill with them. It is also Nestle's responsibility to let the consumers return their products, if they have kept the bill with them," he said.
 
The regulator also plans to post a list of all approved noodle products on its website and advise the state authorities to test them. "We understand Delhi, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have already started testing other brands. We will list all the approved noodle products soon." 
 
He further said that Nestle had been asked to give the regulator an update on compliance first after three days and then regularly until the end. "Because we understand that it could take 10 days or more, we will be taking regular progress reports from the company."

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