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SC frowns upon Centre's inaction on firecrackers
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to order blanket ban on firecrackers on Diwali, and expressed its displeasure over the central government's failure to carry out its earlier directive to give wide publicity to the ill effects the bursting of crackers has and the sound and air pollution it causes.
 
The apex court bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra asked the Centre and other authorities to start publicity campaign both in print and electronic media on the harmful impact of firecrackers during the festival season from October 31 to November 12.
 
Having directed the central government to undertake the publicity campaign to educate people, the court reiterated its earlier order prohibiting the bursting of firecrackers during the night hours from 10.00 p.m. to 6 a.m.
 
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Mumbai-born British 'Curry King' Noon dead
Mumbai-born British businessman Lord Ghulam Kaderbhoy Noon, who earneed the moniker 'Curry King' for popularising Indian chicken tikka and curry in Britain and survived the 26/11 terror attacks in Taj Mahal and Palace Hotel in Mumbai, has died in London.
 
Born in Mumbai on January 24, 1936, the 79-year-old Noon breathed his last -- in a country he adopted in 1964 -- on Tuesday after a prolonged battle with cancer.
 
While on a visit to India and his birthplace in Mumbai, Noon was among the thousands of guests trapped inside the iconic Taj Mahal and Palace Hotel during the November 26-29, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks, and was later rescued by security forces who stormed and neutralised the Pakistani terrorists.
 
Shiv Sena's youth leader Aaditya Thackeray expressed grief over the demise of Lord Noon, a prominent member of the Dawoodi Bohra community who started with a sweetmeat shop in Mumbai nearly six decades ago.
 
"One of the most prominent Indians in Britain, and beyond that all, a very close friend of our family... Noon uncle was the epitome of the 'never give up' spirit of entrepreneurship and humanity," said Aaditya Thackeray.
 
Migrating to Britain in his teens, Noon founded and ran a number of food product companies in Southall, specialising in Indian cuisine.
 
His main business 'Noon Products' was established in 1987, manufacturing chilled and frozen ready-to-eat Indian and Thai meals, mostly for British supermarkets.
 
In 1994, the factory was reduced to ashes in a blaze, but he got it working within 10 weeks and in 2005 it was acquired by Irish food giant Kerry Group.
 
In 1996, he was made Member of Order of British Empire (MBE), Knight Bachelor in 2002, as Baron Noon in 2011, and finally entered the British House of Lords in January 2011 as a Labour Party leader.
 
Later, Noon became the chancellor of University of East London, a Fellow of Birkbeck and a trustee of Maimonides Foundation, which promotes dialogue between the Jews and Muslims.
 
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Shah Rukh gets second ED summons in six months
For the second time in six months, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has slapped a notice summoning Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in connection with the valuation of shares of his co-owned IPL cricket team, Kolkata Knight Riders, sources said here on Tuesday.
 
The ED is investigating whether the shares of the team were allegedly undervalued as it could be violative of the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
 
Earlier, the ED had served a notice to the team in May this year but Shah Rukh had not appeared before the agency.
 
Prior to that, Shah Rukh was quizzed in 2011 for allegations that KKR had received illegal money transferred from certain foreign tax havens.
 
The company Knight Riders Sports Pvt Ltd, which runs the KKR team, is jointly owned by Shah Rukh, actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta.
 
It is alleged that five million shares of KRSPL were sold to Mehta's company, Sea Islands Investments Ltd, based in Mauritius in 2008 and were reportedly undervalued.
 
Shah Rukh is away on a film shooting assignment and sought time to appear before the investigating agency which has not set any time-frame on the issue.
 
In 2011, Shah Rukh was directed to provide relevant documents including the purchase of players, revenues, advertising details and the team's shareholding pattern.
 
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