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Income Tax Department conducts searches in Kolkata


The Income Tax Department carried out a search and seizure operation on 9th March 2021 on various persons based in Kolkata, engaged in the business of Electrical equipment and trading of decorative lighting.

The cases were developed through market intelligence and field enquiries. Search and seizure action was carried out at more than 3 premises in Kolkata on the evening of 9th March 2021, a release issued yesterday by the Ministry of Finance informed.

The search action has resulted in the unearthing of incriminating pieces of evidence (both physical and electronic), where prima facie it has been observed that various bank accounts are being used by these persons for squaring off trade account with Chinese exporters. These products were allegedly not imported at arm's length price so as to have less impact of customs duty on imported products, thereby reducing the purchase price. Several unaccounted transactions have also been found related to the sale of electrical equipment in the domestic market. 

A preliminary enquiry has also indicated that the persons on whom search and seizure operations have been conducted are engaged in a clandestine operation, wherein they receive cash, convert them into the foreign exchange through individuals engaged in such conversion work (also covered) and through some bank accounts, the amount is transferred to foreign accounts of Chinese exporters who export different kinds of goods to Indian importers. Hence, part of the purchase cost is transferred to the accounts of Chinese exporters through this mode. Various mobile and electronic devices having such communication/evidences have been seized.

Unaccounted cash in excess of Rs 3 crore has been found, which has been seized. In one more separate action conducted by the Department, Rs 76 lakh has been seized.

Further investigations are in progress.

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Income Tax Department conducts searches on two Kolkata based groups


The Income Tax Department has conducted search and seizure operations on two Kolkata-based Groups engaged in manufacturing and trading of Steel, trading of marbles and stones, food grains etc.

The search operation has resulted in the unearthing of incriminating pieces of evidence revealing various shell entities being used for raising bogus share capital/unsecured loans, discrepancies in stock and out of the books cash transactions. The Groups have accepted that they used paper/shell companies to route back their own unaccounted money. Total concealment of income amounting to Rs 178 crore has been detected so far including excess stock of Rs 38 crore, a release issued by the Ministry of Finance said.

Unaccounted cash of Rs 1 crore and jewellery worth Rs 1.42 crore have been seized.

Further investigations are in progress.

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Kolkata Metro extends operation timing

Kolkata Metro has decided to run additional services and with extends operation timings of its services from Monday (i.e.07th December 2020).

Metro Railway, Kolkata will run 204 daily services instead of 190 services.

The first service will start from both ends i.e. from Dum Dum and Kavi Subhash at 07.00 hrs instead of 08.00hrs and from Noapara at 07.09 hrs instead of 08.09 hrs.

From Monday onwards, the last service will leave Kavi Subhash and Dum Dum at  21.30 hrs instead of  21.00 hrs and from Noapara at 21.25 hrs instead of 20.55 hrs. Services will be available in every 7 minutes during morning and evening peak hours.

For senior citizens, ladies and children (below 15 years), e-pass will not be required throughout the day. For all other passengers, e-pass will not be required in between 07.00 hrs to 08.30 hrs in the morning and 20.00 hrs onwards in the evening.

No token will be issued, only Smart Card shall be used.

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696 suburban trains to run in Kolkata

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has announced that Kolkata suburban railway will run 696 suburban services in the city from 11th November.

With adequate safety measures in place, this will greatly enhance passenger convenience, ease of movement & facilitate smooth travel for the people.

To provide safety for travellers, Eastern Railway has started sanitising its EMU coaches and (×) marking of seats for maintaining the physical distance in trains before the resumption.

#Kolkata #IndianRailway #KolkataSuburabanRailway

Rajnath Singh gives away Raksha Mantri Trophy for Command Hospitals

The Raksha Mantri Trophy for the Best and the Second Best Command Hospitals of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2019 were presented by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today.

Command Hospital (Air Force) Bengaluru was adjudged the best and Command Hospital (Eastern Command) Kolkata as the second best Command Hospital for 2019, a government press release said.

While complementing the two hospitals on their outstanding performance, Mr Singh acknowledged the commendable services being rendered by the AFMS, ranging from combat medical support to troops deployed in operational roles to state-of-the-art healthcare services at its mid-zonal, zonal and tertiary care hospitals.         

The Raksha Mantri Trophy was instituted in 1989 to recognize excellence in healthcare services provided by Command Hospitals of the AFMS and to foster a spirit of healthy competition among them.  

#Kolkata #RajnathSingh #AFMS #Bengaluru

Piyush Goyal inaugurates Phoolbagan Metro Station in Kolkata

Union Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal inaugurated Phoolbagan Metro station of East-West Metro in Kolkata today.   

Mr Goyal also flagged off the first train from the newly inaugurated Phoolbagan station through video link.  

In his address, congratulating all for taking extra initiative to complete the work of Phoolbagan station in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Goyal said that this extension of services from Salt Lake Stadium to Phoolbagan (a stretch of 1.665 kms) will be a great help for the commuters more so because of its proximity to Sealdah station.  

Terming this as a gift for Durga Puja, he also said that Metro provides the safest, cleanest and fastest transportation system in Kolkata. 

He has further reassured that if the land is made available and encroachments are removed then funds won't be a constraint for implementing any Railway project. 

Mr Manoj Joshi, General Manager, Metro Railway, in his inaugural address spoke about how the opening of this station will facilitate Metro commuters to go to the IT Hub in Salt Lake Sector-V, International Bus Terminal and Mela Ground in Karunamoyee, important Government offices at Central Park and the famous Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium). 

The total length of this project is 16.5 kms and the total estimated project cost is Rs 8574.98 crore. This will connect Howrah on the West bank of the river Hooghly with Salt Lake City on its East bank. 

Commercial services to and from Phoolbagan station will start from 5th October 2020 (Monday). Daily 48 services will run from 8 am to 7.50 pm from Salt Lake Sector-V to Phoolbagan at 30 minutes interval. The last service will start from Salt Lake Sector-V and Phoolbagan stations at 7.30 pm. There will be no service on Sunday. 

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NIA Special Court in Kolkata convicts two accused in Ansarullah Bangla Team case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court in Kolkata on Tuesday (September 29, 2020) convicted two accused in the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) case of 2018 and sentenced them to seven years of rigorous imprisonment. 

The two accused were ABT terrorists, identified as Sahadat Hussain and Umar Farooque. They have also been slapped with a fine of Rs 26,000 and Rs 33,000 respectively. 

According to a release from NIA, Sahadat Hussain convicted u/s 120B, 121A, 125 of IPC, Sections 18 & 38 of UA(P) Act and Section 14 of Foreigners Act and Umar Farooque convicted u/s 120B, 121A, 125, 468, 471 & 474 of IPC, Sections 18 & 38 of UA(P) Act and Section 14 of Foreigners Act.

The case was initially registered by Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force (STF) and pertains to arrest of five members of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) in Kolkata. Four of them were Bangladeshi nationals and one is an Indian national. 

The NIA took over the case on March 1st in 2018 and the investigation revealed that Bangladeshi members of ABT entered India in 2016 in pursuance of the conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in India. 

The accused persons travelled and stayed at Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai in the guise of labourers. 

The investigation also revealed that the accused tried to procure chemicals from a shop in Patna and tried to establish hide-outs in Ranchi. 

The accused also tried to procure arms and ammunition in Kolkata and several incriminating materials like map of Sealdah Railway Station, Howrah Bridge, literature on explosives and bomb-making, fake Aadhaar Card, fake PAN Card were reportedly seized from their possession. 

The trial against remaining three charge-sheeted accused is continued. 

#AnsarullahBanglaTeamCase #Kolkata #NIA #Terrorism

NIA convicts, sentences two people in Burdwan Blast Case

National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court in Kolkata on Tuesday (September 15th) convicted two more accused in Burdwan Blast Case of 2014.

The two convicts are Mustafizzur Rehman and Kadar Kazi. They have been sentenced to imprisonment of seven years and Rs 5000 fine.

#Kolkata #NIA #BurdwanBlastCase

NIA court sentences 4 Burdwan Blast Case accused to 7 years in prison

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Kolkata on Tuesday (September 8th) sentenced four accused persons to seven years of imprisonment in connection with the 2014 Burdwan blast case, NIA informed through a release issued today. 

According to the NIA, the four terrorists identified as Ziaul Hoque, Motiur Rahaman Bhasa, Md Yusuf and Jahirul Sheikh were convicted and sentenced under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act by the special court. All the accused have also been fined Rs 5,000 each. 

On 2nd October 2014, at about 12.15 pm a powerful bomb (IED) blast had taken place at the first floor of a rented house in the busy Khagragarh locality of Burdwan district of West Bengal. The bomb had accidentally gone off at the time of its fabrication by members of the banned terrorist organisation Jamat-ul-Mujahideen, killing two terrorists and grievously injuring another.  

A total of 33 accused were charge sheeted for commission of various offences in this case, out of which 31 could be arrested. Earlier, on August 30th, 2019, 19 accused persons, and on November 15th, 2019, five accused persons were convicted and sentenced for various terms by the NIA Special Court. The trial against the three arrested and two absconding accused will continue. 

NIA said that investigation into the case revealed a conspiracy by the JMB (Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh) to radicalise, recruit and provide training in arms and explosives to its members in India as well as to commit terrorist acts and wage war against the democratically established Governments of India and Bangladesh. 

The Agency said that a large number of IEDs, explosives, hand grenades, training videos were recovered during the investigation of the case. 

#Kolkata #NIA #BurdwanBlastCase

West Bengal govt announces financial aid for Amphan-hit single-screen cinema halls

The West Bengal government has announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to single-screen cinema halls which suffered severe damage to property due to the cyclone, Amphan.  

The one-time financial package is being provided in response to an appeal for assistance by the Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (EIMPA). 

The state government has decided to provide Rs 2 lakh each to single-screen cinema halls that suffered major structural damage and Rs 1 lakh each to single-screen cinema halls that suffered partial structural damage caused by the cyclone Amphan.

#Kolkata #WestBengalGovernment #WestBengal #EIMPA #Amphan