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The Trumps are likely to receive a traditional Indian welcome on their arrival(Bloomberg via Getty Images)

‘Trump platter, baked delicacies’: Traditional welcome in store for US president, first lady

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2020 05:55 AM IST
Although the hotel staff was tight-lipped about the visit, Hindustan Times learns that the Trumps will stay at the Chanakya Suite on the Grand Presidential Floor of the hotel.
PM Narendra Modi with musician and philanthropist Ananya Birla(PHOTO: ANANYA BIRLA/INSTAGRAM)
PM Narendra Modi with musician and philanthropist Ananya Birla(PHOTO: ANANYA BIRLA/INSTAGRAM)

Malavika’s Mumbaistan: High-Powered Attendance

Hindustan Times | By Malavika Sangghvi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 12:55 AM IST
As alluded to last week, the imminent, high-powered dinner for the VVIP political dignitary in Bangkok to be held over the weekend, had been none other than the one hosted by Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, for PM Narendra Modi, following the ceremony held earlier that day, to mark the golden jubilee of the group’s presence in Thailand.
In the show cause notice, the case officer was asked to explain how the lapse happened. Puri was later arrested in August.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
In the show cause notice, the case officer was asked to explain how the lapse happened. Puri was later arrested in August.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

ED removes officer who let Ratul Puri slip away during toilet break

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2019 10:21 PM IST
Puri was recently arrested in a money laundering probe case linked to an alleged bank fraud case and placed under arrest in the VVIP choppers deal case too by the ED.
Some former officers of the horticulture wing of the CPWD, the agency which is responsible for maintaining the greenery at Rajghat, said most of the trees died after having lived their full life.(HT Photo)
Some former officers of the horticulture wing of the CPWD, the agency which is responsible for maintaining the greenery at Rajghat, said most of the trees died after having lived their full life.(HT Photo)

Rajghat: A story of wilted saplings

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Joydeep Thakur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2019 06:59 AM IST
Trees planted by VVIPs between Aug 1950 and Feb 2016, dignitaries have planted at least 188 saplings at the memorial. But a document accessed by HT shows more than half the saplings are dead
Special Protection Group (SPG), an about 3000-strong “zero error” security force for the prime minister, former prime ministers and their immediate family members, guards just four people now, officials said on Monday.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Special Protection Group (SPG), an about 3000-strong “zero error” security force for the prime minister, former prime ministers and their immediate family members, guards just four people now, officials said on Monday.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

3,000 plus force provides security to just 4 VVIPs

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2019 09:23 PM IST
Personnel for the SPG are drawn from various Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) on deputation and it is a highly trained unit equipped with some of the most modern weapons, gadgets and vehicles.
The surprise visitor Mahipal Singh also sought retraction of his “forced” statement and requested a court monitored investigation to “save innocent people from ED’s atrocities.”(HT Photo)
The surprise visitor Mahipal Singh also sought retraction of his “forced” statement and requested a court monitored investigation to “save innocent people from ED’s atrocities.”(HT Photo)

VVIP chopper case: ED denies allegation of torture after Friday court drama

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Namita Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2019 05:35 PM IST
The agency added that it had a “reasonable apprehension” that the witness aimed to malign the ED on Ratul Puri’s behalf.
VVIP chopper scam accused Rajiv Saxena.(PTI Photo)
VVIP chopper scam accused Rajiv Saxena.(PTI Photo)

VVIP chopper case: In fresh raid, I-T finds bloated invoices for $6mn

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2019 01:40 AM IST
This is the second major search and seizure operations conducted recently against people having links with Dubai-based operator Saxena, who was extradited in India in January this year, the officials said.
Ratul Puri is the chairman of Hindustan Power Projects and he has been grilled by the agency in this case in the past too.(ANI PHOTO.)
Ratul Puri is the chairman of Hindustan Power Projects and he has been grilled by the agency in this case in the past too.(ANI PHOTO.)

Called by investigators, Kamal Nath’s nephew escapes during toilet break

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 10:41 PM IST
They said Puri was to be confronted with some evidence during questioning at an Enforcement Directorate office on Friday. He was asked to wait but he reportedly left after some time on the pretext of going to the washroom, officials alleged.
The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the Centre’s plea against Delhi high court’s recent order that put on hold a government notification to make the 2016 black money law operational with retrospective effect from July 2015 to book and probe offenders.(HT File)
The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the Centre’s plea against Delhi high court’s recent order that put on hold a government notification to make the 2016 black money law operational with retrospective effect from July 2015 to book and probe offenders.(HT File)

Supreme Court to hear government’s petition on black money law today

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 07:59 AM IST
Taking note of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s submission, a bench of justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna agreed to take up the matter on urgent basis. Mehta said the HC erred in staying the notification.
Michel Christian, the alleged middleman arrested in AgustaWestland case, has denied telling names of any person to the Enforcement Directorate during his questioning by the agency.(AP)
Michel Christian, the alleged middleman arrested in AgustaWestland case, has denied telling names of any person to the Enforcement Directorate during his questioning by the agency.(AP)

Govt misusing ED, never named any person: Christian Michel

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2019 01:16 AM IST
Alleged middleman Christian Michel, arrested in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, has told a Delhi court that he did not name anyone during his questioning by the Enforcement Directorate.
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Christian Michel’s statement records were also submitted and mentioned in the supplementary chargesheet.(PTI)
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Christian Michel’s statement records were also submitted and mentioned in the supplementary chargesheet.(PTI)

In ED’s supplementary chargesheet in Agusta Westland case, Christian Michel’s partner named as accused

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 03:00 PM IST
David Syms, the partner of alleged AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel, has also been named as an accused.
Businessman Ratul Puri was on Thursday questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the AgustaWestland chopper case.(Photo: Twitter/@RatulPuri72)
Businessman Ratul Puri was on Thursday questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the AgustaWestland chopper case.(Photo: Twitter/@RatulPuri72)

Quizzed by ED in VVIP chopper case, Kamal Nath kin Ratul Puri says no role

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 01:59 PM IST
Businessman Ratul Puri, who was summoned by by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the AgustaWestland case, said he has had no role in Rs 36,000 crore chopper deal.
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)

Mumbai businessman tries to buy VVIP mobile number, gets conned of 41K

Hindustan Times | By Jayprakash S Naidu, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2019 01:00 AM IST
On March 8, he received an SMS featuring the logo of a popular mobile network brand. It claimed that the company was offering VIP and VVIP numbers like 8800000000 and 9100000000 at a discounted price
Rajiv Saxena’s (centre, in blue) statement was recorded for around three hours in the chamber of additional chief metropolitan magistrate, Samar Vishal.(Sanchit Khanna/HT File Photo)
Rajiv Saxena’s (centre, in blue) statement was recorded for around three hours in the chamber of additional chief metropolitan magistrate, Samar Vishal.(Sanchit Khanna/HT File Photo)

AgustaWestland case: Rajiv Saxena records his statement

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Namita Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2019 11:17 PM IST
A Delhi court on Wednesday recorded the statement of Rajiv Saxena, a key suspect in the case related to alleged corruption in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal, after he offered to turn approver in the case.
Rajiv Saxena, co-accused in AgustaWestland case.(ANI/Twitter)
Rajiv Saxena, co-accused in AgustaWestland case.(ANI/Twitter)

AgustaWestland case accused, corporate lobbyist being brought to India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2019 11:36 PM IST
A co-accused in the AgustaWestland case Rajiv Saxena has been “extradited illegally” to India from UAE, his lawyers were quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Mumbai man pays Rs 72,000 to get VVIP mobile numbers for his boss, duped

Hindustan Times | By Jayprakash S Naidu, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2019 09:04 AM IST
After he made the payment in December last year, he received an invoice which he believed was genuine since it had the telecom firm’s logo on it
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said her government has given the go ahead for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah’s helicopter to land and take off from Malda. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said her government has given the go ahead for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah’s helicopter to land and take off from Malda. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Mamata rubbishes BJP claims, says Shah’s copter was cleared for landing

Midnapore (West Bengal) | By Koushik Dutta
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2019 11:17 PM IST
BJP Bengal unit general secretary Sayantan Basu said they have now been informed that the helicopter will land at a Border Security Force owned ground.
India has granted UK consular access to Christian Michel, a British national arrested for his alleged role as a middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter case.(REUTERS)
India has granted UK consular access to Christian Michel, a British national arrested for his alleged role as a middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter case.(REUTERS)

British high commission official meets Christian Michel to check his welfare

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2019 06:44 PM IST
The British mission had sought consular access to Michel after he was arrested following his extradition by the United Arab Emirates in connection with the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland deal.
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Michel Christian at CBI headquarters in New Delhi.(PTI)
Agusta Westland scam accused middleman Michel Christian at CBI headquarters in New Delhi.(PTI)

India grants UK mission consular access to AgustaWestland accused Christian Michel

UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2019 06:23 PM IST
He is one of the three middlemen, being probed by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate in the case, besides Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa. Michel has denied the charges.
Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the multi-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal(PTI)
Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the multi-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal(PTI)

VVIP Chopper case: Christian Michel moves Delhi court seeking separate cell in Tihar

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2018 01:32 PM IST
Michel, who was arrested in the UAE and extradited to India on December 4, was remanded to judicial custody till December 28 on Wednesday.
A file photo of AgustaWestland (AW101) VVIP Airforce Helicopter.(PTI)
A file photo of AgustaWestland (AW101) VVIP Airforce Helicopter.(PTI)

Who is Christian Michel, the middleman in AgustaWestland VVIP choppers deal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2018 12:13 AM IST
Michel, who was detained in UAE at India’s behest, is wanted for allegedly organising bribes in exchange for a 2007 contract for the purchase of 12 luxury VVIP helicopters for use by top leaders.
India had cancelled the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal after the bribery allegations surfaced in 2014.(HT File Photo)
India had cancelled the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal after the bribery allegations surfaced in 2014.(HT File Photo)

VVIP chopper deal accused Christian Michel being extradited to India, departs from Dubai

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 10:32 PM IST
Christian Michel’s lawyer, Abdul Moneim Bin Suwaidan had argued in court that Indian authorities did not follow “proper procedures” when requesting the extradition.
An AgustaWestland helicopter.(PTI/Representative Image)
An AgustaWestland helicopter.(PTI/Representative Image)

AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel’s extradition: CBI’s full statement

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 10:10 PM IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday said Christian Michel, accused of bribery in VVIP chopper AgustaWestland deal, is being extradited to India
A photo of AgustaWestland AW101 chopper, configured to meet diverse roles for pre-dominantly Maritime and Utility tasks.
A photo of AgustaWestland AW101 chopper, configured to meet diverse roles for pre-dominantly Maritime and Utility tasks.

Christian Michel, VVIP chopper deal accused, to be produced before CBI court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajesh Ahuja
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2018 08:27 AM IST
A British national, Christian Michel is wanted in India for allegedly organising bribes in exchange for a 2007 contract for the purchase of 12 VVIP luxury helicopters.
A 35-year-old head constable of Delhi Police shot himself dead in the VVIP parking lot of the Delhi Secretariat on Friday morning, police said.(Reuters File Photo)
A 35-year-old head constable of Delhi Police shot himself dead in the VVIP parking lot of the Delhi Secretariat on Friday morning, police said.(Reuters File Photo)

Delhi Police head constable shoots himself dead in Secretariat’s VVIP parking

Hindustan Times, New delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2018 11:13 AM IST
A statement released by the police said a suicide note recovered from Sohanveer indicated that domestic discord was the reason behind his suicide, adding that a probe into his death is on.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah (R) pay tribute during the funeral of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi on August 17, 2018.(AFP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah (R) pay tribute during the funeral of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi on August 17, 2018.(AFP)

PM Modi’s decision to walk at Vajpayee’s funeral surprised all

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anvit Srivastava and Karn Pratap Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2018 05:15 PM IST
Modi quietly followed the hearse that was on its way to Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, the funeral venue
An advanced life support ambulance at the Panchkula civil hospital. A mini intensive care unit, it has almost every facility — ventilator, defibrillator, BP monitor and suction machine — to stabilise a critically ill patient or accident victim while on the way to hospital. Unlike in Chandigarh, it caters to the whole district, not just VVIPs.(HT Photo)
An advanced life support ambulance at the Panchkula civil hospital. A mini intensive care unit, it has almost every facility — ventilator, defibrillator, BP monitor and suction machine — to stabilise a critically ill patient or accident victim while on the way to hospital. Unlike in Chandigarh, it caters to the whole district, not just VVIPs.(HT Photo)

Hi-tech ambulances only for VVIPs in Chandigarh

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Tanbir Dhaliwal
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2018 07:38 PM IST
Three advanced life support ambulances belong to GMCH-32, used for non-VIP patients only twice in 9 years.
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav (Kannauj MP) leave the government bungalow on 4 Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow on Saturday.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav (Kannauj MP) leave the government bungalow on 4 Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow on Saturday.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

No govt facility is permanent, says Akhilesh after vacating bungalow

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JUN 03, 2018 10:07 AM IST
Akhilesh will now reside in a township situated in Sultanpur Road along the Shaheed Path. Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav has also vacated his bungalow on Friday.
Singh, who enjoys a Z plus security cover, held a ‘jan samvad’ at the Lucknow’s VVIP guest house before addressing a press conference on completion of Modi government’s four years in office at Lok Bhawan.(HT File)
Singh, who enjoys a Z plus security cover, held a ‘jan samvad’ at the Lucknow’s VVIP guest house before addressing a press conference on completion of Modi government’s four years in office at Lok Bhawan.(HT File)

Rajnath operates from government guesthouse during Lucknow visit

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Manish Chandra Pandey, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2018 04:11 PM IST
Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday operated from a government guesthouse, staying clear of his 4 Kalidas bungalow during his day’s visit to the state capital despite being well within the government set deadline for former chief ministers to vacate bungalows they hold as ex CMs.
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