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Karnataka Banking Ombudsman resolve 3,563 complaints in a year

According to the Banking Ombudsman from Karnataka, number of complaints regarding net banking has considerably come down now as all the banks have tighter fire walls and three levels of safety protocols

Bangalore: Karnataka's banking ombudsman received 3,647 complaints and resolved 3,563 of them between July 2011 and June 2012, reports PTI.


"The complaints pertained to net banking frauds, delay in payment of pension, clearance of cheques and issue of credit and debit cards," Karnataka's Banking Ombudsman M Palaniswamy told reporters.


Palanisamy said two banks were made to pay up for the net banking frauds commited against their account-holders.


"These banks allowed fraudsters, who hacked into bank accounts online, to open bank accounts without verifying their antecedants," Palaniswamy said.


He said the number of complaints regarding net banking has considerably come down now as all the banks have tighter fire walls and three levels of safety protocols.


He said introduction of Electronic Fund transfer and Real Time Gross settlement software by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has helped transfer of funds within the country easier, cheaper and faster.


Palaniswamy urged bank customers to send their complaints through email- [email protected], if any bank does not redress their grievance within 30 days.


There were 732 complaints received against banks for delaying issuance of credit and debit cards to account holders, Palaniswamy said.


Lance Armstrong says won't fight doping charges of USADA

The International Cycling Union is expected to make an announcement of its stance on Friday. So far it had backed Armstrong's legal challenge to USADA's authority to strip his unparalleled seven Tour de France titles

Austin (Texas): The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) says it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unparalleled seven Tour de France titles after he declared that he would stop fighting the drug charges the organization had laid, reports PTI.


Yesterday's announcement by Armstrong that he would no longer contest the charges put at risk his legacy as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.


He insisted the decision was not an admission of doping but prompted by weariness with the prolonged legal dispute.


Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive, said Armstrong would have a lifetime ban imposed today as well as having the Tour titles stripped. Armstrong asserted that USADA had no authority to take away his Tour titles.


The sport's governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), was expected to make an announcement of its stance on Friday. So far it had backed Armstrong's legal challenge to USADA's authority.


Tygart said UCI was "bound to recognize our decision and impose it" as a signer of the World Anti-Doping Code. "They have no choice but to strip the titles under the code," he said.


World Anti-Doping Authority president John Fahey told The Associated Press today that he was confident USADA acted properly and "they now have the right to apply a penalty that will be recognized by all WADA code countries around the world."


Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter USADA's arbitration process -- his last option -- because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years.


He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests that he has passed as proof of his innocence during his extraordinary run of Tour titles stretching from1999-2005.


"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now," Armstrong said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. He called the USADA investigation an "unconstitutional witch hunt."


Landis' emails to a USA Cycling official detailed allegations of a complex doping program on the team.


USADA also said it had 10 former Armstrong teammates ready to testify against him. Other than suggesting they include Landis and Tyler Hamilton, both of whom have admitted to doping offenses, the agency has refused to say who they are or specifically what they would say.


"There is zero physical evidence to support (the) outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of (doping) controls I have passed with flying colors," Armstrong said.


Armstrong sued USADA in Austin, where he lives, in an attempt to block the case and was supported by the UCI. A judge threw out the case on Monday, siding with USADA despite questioning the agency's pursuit of Armstrong in his retirement.


"USADA's conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives," such as politics or publicity, US District Judge Sam Sparks wrote.


Now the ultra-competitive Armstrong has done something virtually unthinkable for him: He has quit before a fight is over.


"Today I turn the page. I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances. I will commit myself to the work I began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities," Armstrong said.


Armstrong could have pressed his innocence in USADA's arbitration process, but the cyclist has said he believes most people have already made up their minds about whether he's a fraud or a persecuted hero.


It was a stunning move for an athlete who built his reputation on not only beating cancer, but forcing himself through grueling offseason workouts no one else could match, then crushing his rivals in the Alps and the Pyrenees.


Although he had already been crowned a world champion and won individual stages at the Tour de France, Armstrong was still relatively unknown in the U.S. until he won the epic race for the first time in 1999.


It was the ultimate comeback tale: When diagnosed with cancer, doctors had given him less than a 50 percent chance of survival before surgery and brutal cycles of chemotherapy saved his life.


Armstrong's riveting victories, his work for cancer awareness and his gossip-page romances with rocker Sheryl Crow, fashion designer Tory Burch and actress Kate Hudson made him a figure who transcended sports.


His dominance of the Tour de France elevated the sport's popularity in America to unprecedented levels.


His story and success helped sell millions of the "Livestrong" plastic yellow wrist bracelets, and enabled him to enlist lawmakers and global policymakers to promote cancer awareness and research.


His Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised nearly $500 million since its founding in 1997.


Created in 2000, USADA is recognized by Congress as the official anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States.


Its investigators joined US agents during the federal probe, and Tygart had dismissed Armstrong's lawsuit as an attempt at "concealing the truth."


He said the agency is motivated by one goal -- exposing cheaters in sport.


Others close to Armstrong were caught up in the charges: Johan Bruyneel, the coach of Armstrong's teams, and three members of the medical staff and a consultant were also charged.


Bruyneel is taking his case to arbitration, while two medical team staffers and consulting doctor Michele Ferrari didn't formally contest the charges and were issued lifetime ban by USADA. Ferrari later said he was innocent.


In a sport rife with cheaters, Armstrong has been under constant suspicion since the 1990s from those who refused to believe he was a clean rider winning cycling's premier event against a field of doped-up competition.


He had tense public disputes with USADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, some former teammates and assistants and even Greg LeMond, the first American to win the Tour de France.


Through it all, Armstrong vigorously denied any and all hints, rumors and direct accusations he was cheating. He had the blazing personality, celebrity and personal wealth needed to fight back with legal and public relations battles to clear his name -- and he did, time after time.


Armstrong won his first Tour at a time when doping scandals had rocked the race.


He was leading the race when a trace amount of a banned anti-inflammatory corticosteroid was found in his urine; cycling officials said he was authorized to use a small amount of a cream to treat saddle sores.


After Armstrong's second victory in 2000, French judicial officials investigated his Postal Service team for drug use.


That investigation ended with no charges, but the allegations kept coming.


Armstrong was criticized for his relationship with Ferrari, who was banned by Italian authorities over doping charges in 2002.


Former personal and team assistants accused Armstrong of having steroids in an apartment in Spain and disposing of syringes that were used for injections.


In 2004, a Dallas-based promotions company initially refused to pay him a USD 5 million bonus for winning his sixth Tour de France because it wanted to investigate allegations raised by media in Europe.


Testimony in that case included former teammate Frankie Andreu and his wife, Betsy, saying Armstrong told doctors during his 1996 cancer treatments that he had taken a cornucopia of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.


Two books published in Europe, "LA Confidential" and "LA Official," also raised doping allegations and, in 2005, French magazine L'Equipe reported that retested urine samples from the 1999 Tour showed EPO use.


Armstrong fought every accusation with denials and, in some cases, lawsuits against the European media outlets that reported them.


But he showed signs that he was tiring of the never-ending questions. Armstrong retired (for the first time) in 2005 and almost immediately considered a comeback before deciding to stay on the sidelines, in part, because he didn't want to keep answering doping questions.


"I'm sick of this," Armstrong said in 2005. "Sitting here today, dealing with all this stuff again, knowing if I were to go back, there's no way I could get a fair shake -- on the roadside, in doping control, or the labs."


Three years later, Armstrong was 36 and itching to ride again. He came back to finish third in the 2009 Tour de France.


Armstrong raced in the Tour again in 2010, under the cloud of the federal criminal investigation. Early last year, he quit the sport for good, but made a brief return as a triathlete until the USADA investigation shut him down.


During his sworn testimony in the dispute over the $5 million bonus, Armstrong said he wouldn't take performance enhancing drugs because he had too much to lose.


"(The) faith of all the cancer survivors around the world. Everything I do off the bike would go away, too," Armstrong said then.


"And don't think for a second I don't understand that.


It's not about money for me. Everything. It's also about the faith that people have put in me over the years. So all of that would be erased."


SC dismisses plea against Chidambaram in 2G case

Dismissing a plea filed by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy , apex court said, criminal conspiracy cannot be inferred merely on the suspicion that there was a meeting for taking decision between the officials of DoT and two ministers--Raja and Chidambaram

New Delhi: In a huge relief to Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea for making him a co-accused in the 2G spectrum case, saying there was no prima facie material against him of any criminal conspiracy or procuring of any pecuniary gain, reports PTI.
"No case is made out against P Chidambaram and the special leave petition (SLP) filed against the judgment of the special CBI court is not liable to be entertained.
Accordingly, the SLP is rejected," a bench comprising justices GS Singhvi and KS Radhakrishnan said.
The petition was filed by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy seeking a direction for a probe against Chidambaram and for making him a co-accused along with former Telecom Minister A Raja.
Dismissing his plea, the bench said, criminal conspiracy cannot be inferred merely on the suspicion that there was a meeting for taking decision between the officials of department of telecom and two ministers--Raja and Chidambaram, who was then also Finance Minister.
The bench said there was "no prima facie material" that Chidambaram got any pecuniary benefit nor was there any material on record to prove that he, as the then Finance Minister, abused his official position.
The judges said that the poor management in allocation of spectrum cannot be said to be a product of criminal conspiracy.
This is the second time a judicial relief has come for Chidambaram after a Delhi court on 4th February this year had dismissed a plea of a co-accused in the 2G case.
Special CBI Judge OP Saini had held that Chidambaram had not indulged in any criminal conspiracy or derived any pecuniary advantage in the decisions taken with Raja.
Giving a clean chit to the finance minister in the allocation of 2G spectrum in 2008, Saini had said Chidambaram was party to only two decisions--keeping spectrum prices at 2001 level and dilution of equity by two companies--which "are not per se criminal".


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