66 feared dead in Iran plane crash to search of 45 properties linked to Nirav Modi: Top stories of the day

All 66 people flying in an Iranian commercial plane were feared dead after it crashed into mountains. Investigators searched 45 properties liked to billionaire Nirav Modi, the central figure in the alleged Rs 11,400-crore fraud at Punjab National Bank. These stories made news on Sunday.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2018 10:33 IST
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A man talks on a phone as he walks past a Nirav Modi showroom during a raid by the Enforcement Directorate in New Delhi.(Reuters)

All 66 people flying in an Iranian commercial plane were feared dead after it crashed into mountains. Investigators searched 45 properties liked to billionaire Nirav Modi, the central figure in the alleged Rs 11,400-crore fraud at Punjab National Bank. These stories made news on Sunday. Here is more about them.

Commercial plane crashes in southern Iran, killing 66 people

An Iranian commercial plane crashed in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board, state media reported. The plane used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 km south of Tehran.

200 dummy companies detected in Nirav Modi probe: ED

Federal investigators searched 45 properties in India liked to billionaire jewellery designer Nirav Modi and his family, looking for evidence of money laundering in the alleged Rs 11,400-crore fraud at Punjab National Bank. The Enforcement Directorate, which fights financial crime, said as many as 200 shell companies linked to Modi that were used for the fraud have been detected.

PM Modi must ‘speak up’ on PNB fraud, says Rahul Gandhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi must “stop behaving as if he is guilty” in the alleged fraud at Punjab National Bank, said Congress president Rahul Gandhi, blaming the government for the financial scandal that hit headlines last week. “Speak up. #ModiRobsIndia,” said Gandhi in a tweet.

78.56% polling in Tripura; Left and BJP say confident of victory

As many as 78.56% of the 2,536,589 voters in Tripura exercised their franchise peacefully in elections that pit the state’s long-ruling Left Front government against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “It is certain that the 8th Left Front government will be formed in Tripura after these elections. We are strongly hopeful,” said Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. “People want change. People strongly wish for a BJP government in Tripura,” said party leader Biplab Kumar Deb.

Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar help India tame South Africa in first T20

In front of a packed stadium, with massive Indian support, and on a wicket that was as flat as a highway, India out-batted South Africa, beating them by 28 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-T20 series at the Wanderers on Sunday.

Death toll rises to 18 in Rajasthan gas cylinder blast

The death toll in the gas cylinder blast in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district increased to 18 after rescue workers found 10 more bodies in the rubble. A double-storey building collapsed in Beawar town on Friday night when two gas cylinders exploded during a a pre-wedding function.

Two policemen killed in Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh

Two policemen were killed and six others injured in a gunfight with Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Sunday, said a police officer. Maoists attacked an “area-domination” party in a forest in Sukma district.

Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth have a ‘friendly meeting’

Actor Kamal Haasan drove down to meet fellow Tamil movie superstar Rajinikanth at his residence in Chennai, three days before he launches his political party. “It is a courtesy call. Not a political meeting. Rajini wished me good luck,” said Haasan said after the meeting. Rajinikanth too has announced his own political organisation, but the two actors are unlikely to ally because of the difference in their ideologies.

Centre to reintroduce transgender bill before Parliament

The Union government is planning to reintroduce the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, in the forthcoming session of Parliament after including certain suggestions made by a parliamentary panel, including dropping ‘neither wholly male or female’ from the definition of transgender.

Meghalaya NCP candidate Jonathone Sangma killed in ‘militant attack’

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate from Williamnagar seat in East Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, Jonathone Nengminza Sangma, and two of his security guards were reportedly killed in a militant attack on Sunday evening.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 07:07 IST