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Doctors perform heart surgery on 29-week foetus
For the first time in Kerala, a team of doctors here performed surgery on a 29-week foetus to relieve narrowing of the exit of the unborn baby's heart chamber.
The heart of the unborn baby was accessed through the mother's abdomen under ultrasound guidance and a widening of its heart valve was performed. 
The procedure called 'aortic valvuloplasty' was performed by the doctors of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre. The 29-week foetus suffered from aortic stenosis -- which causes restricted blood flow through the heart valve -- and ran the risk of heart failure. 
After the surgery, the baby is expected to be born with normal circulation of blood.
The mother and the foetus remain stable after the procedure performed by the team of doctors led by Balu Vaidyanathan.
"It is expected that over the ensuing weeks till the pregnancy reaches term, the ventricular function will recover and baby will be born with a stable circulation at birth," Vaidyanathan told reporters on Friday. 
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Park street gangrape: Three get ten years rigorous imprisonment
All the three men convicted in the gangrape of an Anglo-Indian woman on Park Street here were sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment on Friday by a court here.
Pronouncing the quantum of punishment during in-camera proceedings, Additional Sessions Judge Chiranjib Bhattacharya also slapped fines of Rs.1 lakh each on the three accused - Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj.
"The judge after considering all aspects and hearing the accused persons on the quantum of sentence, sent them to 10 years of rigrorous imrpisonment, with fine of Rs.1 lakh each under section 376 (2)(g) (of the Indian Penal Code) dealing with gangrape. In default, they would have to serve another six months of rigorous imprisonment," said a lawyer associated with the case.
If the fine amount is realised, that would go to the legal heir of the woman, who died on March 13 this year.
On Thursday, the judge had pronounced all three guilty of gangrape.
While all three were found guilty of gangapre, Naser and Ruman were also convicted under various sections dealing with criminal conspiracy, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation and common intention.
The woman -- then 40 years old, a divorcee and mother of two -- was beaten up and gang-raped by five men at gun-point inside a moving car and then thrown off the vehicle near a city intersection on the night of February 5, 2012, after she had come out of a night club on fashionable Park Street.
Prime accused Kader Khan and co-accused Mohammed Ali were still absconding.
Both Naser and Ruan were also sentenced to three simultaneous sentences of six months, six months and four months under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and section 506 (criminal intimidation) respectively. The duo was also fined Rs.10,000, Rs.10,000 and Rs.5,000 respectively under the three IPC sections.
"The fines, if realised, would have to be paid to the victim's legal heirs," a lawyer said.
All the sentences would run concurrently. 
Relatives of each of the accused said they would move an appeal in a higher court.
Ten years rigorous imprisonment is the minimum punishment givne to a person convicted under section 376 (2)(g).
The judge earlier in the day asked each of the accused youth what they had to say about their possible quantum of punishment. All three pleaded their innocence and prayed for minimum punishment considering their age and family situation.
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Public Interest Exclusive
What is the National Herald case?

Dr Subramanian Swamy alleges that Young Indian, a company owned by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, paid Rs50 lakh and took over Rs90 crore debt of Associated Journal (the publisher of National Herald newspaper) and thereby gained control over properties worth over thousands of crores. The Rs90 crore debt was funded by Congress party, which is illegal, alleges Dr Swamy


Even since, the Delhi High Court has asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul, and others including Motilal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda to appear in person before the Court on 19 December 2015, there is a logjam going on in the Parliament. The Congress is accusing the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of 'political vendetta' against its leaders, while the government is saying that it was decision of a Court. The HC matter is related with the alleged sale of publishing company of National Herald newspaper, as stated by petitioner Dr Subramanian Swamy in his petition. So what is the National Herald case?

The petition filed by Dr Swamy in November 2012, alleges that the Congress president and her son, committed fraud and land grabbing of about Rs1,600 crore by acquiring 99% of a public limited company The Associated Journals Ltd (TAJL), through their owned private company Young Indian Pvt Ltd.  TAJL holds publication rights for National Herald (English) and Quami Awaz (Urdu) and Navjeevan (Hindi) newspapers, as well as owns several properties in Delhi, Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh. Young Indian is a Section 25 company, 76% of which is controlled by the Gandhis.
As per the petition, the Indian National Congress granted an interest free loan of Rs90.25 crore to Associated Journals. It was alleged that loan was either not repaid or repaid in cash, which is in violation of Section 269 T of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Further, a closely-held company, Young Indian, was incorporated with a capital of Rs5 lakh, which acquired 99% of holdings of the TAJL and along with that all its properties that are alleged to be worth Rs5,000 crore. 
Section 25 companies are non-profit entities, typically formed to promote commerce, art, science, religion, or for charity. However, according to the petition, TAJL has lent out several of its properties, including for running a passport seva kendra.
In April 2008, Associated Journal stopped publishing its newspapers. At that time, Congress, led by Sonia Gandhi, decided to give the company an unsecured and interest free loan for few years. As on March 2009, the unsecured loan of Associated Journal was Rs78.2 crore, which rose to Rs89.67 crore by the end of March 2010. Congress party leader and Treasurer Motilal Vora has been Chairman and Managing Director of Associated Journal since 22 March 2002. However, the company has not made any effort for repayment of loan obtained from Congress party.
Dr Swamy, in his petition, argued that as per "Section 29A to C of the RPA (1951) and Section 13A of IT Act (1961), it is illegal for any political party to lend money for commercial purposes”. On 2 November 2011, Congress clarified that the loan was given only for reviving the newspaper and there was no commercial interest involved.
On 23 November 2010, Young Indian was formed as a Section 25 company with Suman Dubey and Satyan Gangaram or Sam Pitroda as its directors. In December that year, Rahul Gandhi was appointed as director of Young Indian. After a month, on 22 January 2011, Congress president Sonia Gandhi joined her son as director of the company. On the same day Vora, and Congress party's Rajya Sabha member Oscar Fernandes were also appointed as director of Young Indian.
Both the Gandhis hold 38% stake each in Young Indian with, Vora and Fernandes holding 12% each. In 2010, the Congress party decided to transfer its Rs90 crore debt to Young Indian, thus making the new company owner of the newspaper publisher. In December 2010, Young Indian came to acquire 99% of Associated Journal’s shares, paying Rs50 lakhs.
Dr Swamy then filed a case about this matter. After hearing at different levels, the Court recorded prima facie evidence against all the accused. On 1 August 2014, the Enforcement Directorate initiated a probe to find any money laundering in the case. But there was not much progress in lower courts. Dr Swamy then approached the Supreme Court, which on 27 January 2015 asking for a speedy trial in the Delhi High Court since the petition cannot be heard directly by the apex court.
In September 2015, the ED, reopened the probe in the matter. According to a report in Business Standard, after Young Indian took over, the Associated Journal, which was a loss making entity turned into a profit making one, as per filings with the Registrar of Companies. In FY2008-09, Associated Journal reported a loss of Rs33.78 crore attributed to the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for staff. Next year it cut losses to Rs1.9 crore and in FY2010-11, Associated Journal’s losses were merely Rs39 lakh, the report says.
It said, “Much of that has changed now. Barring 2012-13, when it reported a net loss of Rs 4.65 crore after writing off exceptional items of over Rs 10.59 crore, the company booked net profits in two of the last three financial years for which records are available. In 2011-12, a year after the ownership changes, it booked a profit of Rs 2.22 crore. In 2013-14, the last year it has reported its numbers for, The Associated Journals clocked a net profit of Rs 7.95 crore.”
On 8th December, the Delhi High Court asked Sonia, Rahul Gandhi and five others, including Vora, Fernandes, Dubey and Pitroda, to appear in person before the Court on 19 December 2015.


Associated Journal and its shareholders

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, along with 5000 shareholders, incorporated The Associated Journal Ltd on 20 November 1937. The company has its registered office at Herald House, a six-storey building, at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in New Delhi. According to the Sunday Guardian report , the 5,000 shareholders of Associated Journal included many former Congressmen, freedom fighters and corporate entities. 
"With the exception of Mrs Sonia Gandhi's relatives and a couple of loyalists, none of them have any legal heir participating in the company as a shareholder or are on the Board of Directors of a company which their ancestors built and funded. The heirs of the original shareholders (with the exception of the Nehru-Gandhi family) have all but vanished from Associated Journals Limited, the company, which brought out the National Herald. None of them have been given a stake in Young Indian, a private company owned and managed by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul and a few family loyalists," the report says. 
According to the report, Associated Journal's shareholders included, Feroze Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, GD Birla, Kailash Nath Katju, Rajni Patel, Vijayalaxmi Pandit, Sucheta Kripalani, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai, Purushottam Das Tandon, Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia and her son Madhavrao Scindia. Lady Newah Bai Ratan Tata, senior trustee of Sir Ratan Tata Trust of Mumbai held 3,000 shares, while Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, sister of Rahul Gandhi, held over 2 lakh shares in Associated Journal, the report says.
A report in Business Standard says, some of the largest non- Gandhi family shareholders, who the Gandhis are alleged to have defrauded, included Abhimat Investments (P) Ltd, which owned 100,000 shares. “Its address is simply listed as Bombay. But, this company could not be traced on the MCA21 website. In the next year’s annual return, filed after Associated Journals' take over by Young Indian, there is no Abhimat Investments. However, There is Abhim Investments (p) holding the same 100,000. Though even this company was untraceable, its given address was “Pratiksha, Plot No. 14, 10th Road, Juhu Scheme, Bombay-400049.” Pratiksha, movie buffs would know, is famously the Bungalow of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan,” the report says.The report says, “Late Lalit Suri (50,000 shares), his widow Jyotsna Suri (50,000) and another Suri family entity Deeksha Holding owned 1 lakh shares. Thus, the Suris own 21 per cent of the company.”
A number of shareholders of Associated Journals have claimed that the company’s chairman, Motilal Vora, and its directors did not inform them or obtain their approval while deciding to transfer its entire equity to Young Indian Pvt Ltd (YIL) in December 2010, says a report from the Indian Express.

At least 10 shareholders that The Indian Express spoke to said their approval had not been sought by the management. Vora is also the treasurer of the Congress party. “This is the first time I am hearing about such a company in which my grandfather had shares. I have no idea what kind of deal was struck. Had a letter or a notice for approval been sent to any of my siblings or at our Allahabad address, I would have been informed,” former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju, whose grandfather Kailash Nath Katju held 131 shares in Associated Journal told the newspaper.

Former union law minister, Shanti Bhushan, whose father Vishwamitra owned shares in TAJL, said that the deal was questionable. “I will be talking to my siblings to check if anyone was contacted for seeking approval for the acquisition. We will also apply to get the shares transferred in our name and then become a party to the ongoing case against the Congress leaders,”  Bhushan was quoted as saying in the report.






2 years ago

“In its judgment… the High Court has held that no question of criminality, even on a prima facie basis arises at this stage. Paragraph 36 of the judgment says ‘It needs no reiteration that this is not the stage to even prima facie opine that the ingredients of any of the alleged offences exist to justify putting petitioners on trial or not. Any observation made in this regard by the trial court or this court shall have no bearing when the case of the petitioners is considered at the charge state’ this is indeed the position.

Mahesh S Bhatt

2 years ago

Sir which the Criminal code under which they are being called for.

Its another Political/Media tamasha.

Corporate/Legally well crafted by those legal eagles.

See how it will die its death in few weeks.

Hail Young India Non Profit Org.


Suketu Shah

2 years ago

Happy days have started for Dr Swamy and his well wishers thru out the world.


2 years ago

If intents of Congress were clear, what was the need to introduce a separate Company and deal with it, while it was formed of same frauds sitting on both the boards?

Why not the Loan of 90Cr directly received by TAJL and was written off on same grounds?

Why COMMON MAN's Common sense is being hurt and confused by Frauds in Congress?


2 years ago

COMMON-MAN with “Common-sense” ASK:

What was the need to introduce a Company to deal with, while the was of same persons on both the boards?

What will happen when 125 Cr People copy this practice for good or bad?


2 years ago

'Zero Loss' & 'All Assets still in the womb' are dead giveaways of most likely thieves & their scale of burgle.


2 years ago

It is time responsible & politically neutarl citizens with high visibility like Suchita Dalal;Chetan Bhagat; Cricketers like Rahul Dravid; VVS Laxman;Taveleen Singh;Vijay Amritaraj;Gurcharan Das & likes expose the loot of the Gandhis without mincing words to the youngsters of this country before we go down the drain. I have lost hopes on BJP.


2 years ago

Forget about the legalities.Swamy may win or lose the case. No TV interviewer asked Congis spokesperson like Sibal,Sanghvi,PC,Tulsi& several others the unpricipled action of Congress giving loan of Rs 90 Crores to AJL. Political parties collecting funds enjoy several concessions at the cost of Tax Payer.Why Arun Jaitley is defensive in saying IT has not served any notice. Infact he should have pulled up IT dept for not issuing notice to Congress for missue of party funds & asked them to pay Income Tax

R Balakrishnan

2 years ago

The family tradition of looting continues. The erstwhile first family needs to be put behind bars, en masse. I do not think there is a single character in that family who is good for the country. On the contrary, each one is a drain on the nation.
Hope what Swamy has started will end in prosecution of the mother son due and indict the other players also.

Anand Vaidya

2 years ago

This case is a good test for the Gov and Courts of India. Whether we are a banana republic sold into slavery to Gandhi family or not will depend on Sonia and Rahul being punished for their misdeeds


2 years ago

NH case … a nut shelled.

National herald (NH) was started during 1930s by Nehru and was publishing news paper.

During the course of time it accumulated land and ensuing value wealth worth of 5000Crs.

In 2000s it went into loss and started accumulating debt.

NH's directors Sonia, Rahul, and Motilal Vohra decided to sell it to Young India Ltd.

Now the funny part...
Young India's directors were Sonia, Rahul, Oscar Fernandez and motilal vohra.

Deal was that young India would clear NH's abt 90cr loan and in return get assets worth 5000 cr.
To strike this deal motilal vohra spoke to motilal vohra bcoz he was director of both companies.

Note the twist...
To clear the 90 cr debt, young Indian, asks Congress party to give loan of 90 cr.

So congress calls a meeting, party president, VP, gen sec, treasurer attends it. Who are these ppl?
Sonia, Rahul, Oscar and motilal vohra respectively. Congress gives loan. Who approves it, treasurer, motilal vohra.

So congress treasurer Vohra, gives loan to young India, its director Vohra takes it and gives it to NH director Vohra.

Hold on the fun doesn't stop here...
Next day congress party calls meeting, who attends it?
Sonia, Rahul, Oscar, Vohra . They decided that NH has done lot of service to the country during freedom fight, let's write off the loan.
So 90cr loan is written off.

Young India with 36% share held be Sonia and Rahul each , rest owned by Oscar and Vohra gets property worth 5000cr, including 11 storey flat at Bahadur shah zafar marg in Delhi, which is rented out to passport office and other offices.
Wow this is what is called creation. Creating everything out of nothing. 5000crs out of thin air!!!!

Financial Archimedes…invented "Eureka..Eureka" formulae for poor India;
5 Lac boosted to 500000 Lac! 10000000% BOOST..
...... but you (the poor) must be Congress President!


Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

In Reply to MAHENDRA 2 years ago

Nice & lucid explanation of National Herald.
Thank you.


In Reply to MAHENDRA 2 years ago

People are pained to note persons like, Led by Sonia abuse PM of India who is staunch Patriot dedicates his life 24X7 to the Nation without holidays and without any personal interests.. But these Congress People even do not hesitate to block development of our India by even stalling the Parliament proceedings. Thereby not bothering to stall imp. developments ..

When UPA ruled NDA was doing opposition for Congressi's rampart Corruption. Now, NDA rules and Congress does opposition for NH Scam - Corruption. Looks Funny?

Laws written during Congress regime are blatantly violated by President&other Tops of Congress themselves? What a FUN!

People find its heinous crime against Nation than even the worst terrorist!

India is Sure; Judiciary will serve Justice to the Nation..!

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