Indian billionaire arrested in London over alleged $2B fraud

K police have arrested India’s billionaire diamond dealer Nirav Modi

in London over his alleged involvement in a bank fraud that could be worth $2 billion.

Modi was arrested Tuesday on “behalf of the Indian authorities,” acco

rding to a statement from London’s Metropolitan Poli

ce, and is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court Wednesday.

Punjab National Bank, one of India’s largest, reported fraudulent activity at one of its branches more than a year ago.

India then issued an Interpol Red Notice for Modi’s arrest and London authorities were asked to pr

oceed with it, said a spokesperson for India’s Enforcement Directorate. The Indian foreign ministry sai

d in a statement it welcomed the arrest, and would seek to extradite Modi as soon as possible.

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His arrest may have an impact on upcoming Indian election

due to take place in May.

The discovery of the alleged fraud and Modi’s refusal to return to India to face criminal charges has in

creased pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi — no relation to Nirav Modi — who promised to fight corruption in India.

Tuesday’s arrest and the possibility of extradition could help to improve the Prime Minister’s tarnished image.

Rahul Gandhi, leader of the principle opposition party Congress, has repeatedly attacked PM Modi on his failure to bring fugitives back to India.

In 2016, liquor baron Vijay Mallya left the country owning an estimated $1.6 billion to 17 Indian banks.

The process for Mallya’s extradition to India is ongoing. He has denied fleeing the country ov

er his debts and described charges of fraud and money laundering as “false, fabricated and baseless.”

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New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Wedn

esday that 21 victims had been identified, but warned it would take longer than expected to formally identify all of the deceased.

A mass funeral is expected Thursday when an unknown number of victims will be interred.

Salwa had wanted a separate, faster funeral for her husband and son, Akil said.Flowers and signs have been laid at mem

orial sites around the city for victims who were killed in last Friday’s attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wednesday’s ceremony started after midday. A procession of cars slowly turned throug

h the gates into Memorial Park Cemetery, past armed police officers and towards a tent screened off by a white fence.

Through the windows of a minivan, one guest could be seen with bandages around his head.

Volunteers in yellow hi-vis vests corralled the guests — some had come fro

m other cities, others from overseas, to lend their support to their wider Muslim family.

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We were crying when we heard the news. That’s why we

got on the first flight,” said Gulshad Ali from Auckland, New Zeal

and. “We just came here to support the family and friends and people who’ve been affected.”

Ali said she didn’t know the Mustafas but extended her sympathies to them.

Calls of Allahu Akbar could be heard in surrounding streets as guests were led through Islamic prayers.Mourners attend a fu

neral for victims of the twin mosque attacks at the Memorial Park cemetery in Christchurch on March 20, 2019.

Mourners then emerged from the tent, carrying open wooden bo

xes on their shoulders to the burial site where 50 graves have been dug.

Guests consider it a mark of respect to throw dirt on the graves of the dead to help send them to the next life.

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Less likelybut not impossible — is that the EU refuses a delay

European diplomatic sources have been clear over the past few months that any kind of extension would be far easier to swallow if the UK made clear its long-term

intentions, rather than putting things off for no reason. To put it mildly, clarity has hitherto not been Britain’s strong point.

Any Brexit delay requires the unanimous approval of the European Council, the EU’s supreme decision-making body that includes the leaders of each member sta

te, meeting in Brussels this week. This is where difficulties begin. Since the start of the whole process, Brexiteers have bold

ly asserted that the unity of the EU27 would eventually crack and the UK could finally get its way.

It didn’t. To date, the EU has stood firmly by the dea

l it reached with the UK — the so-called Withdrawal Agreement — insisting it was locked down and ready for Britain to approve.

But given the UK Parliament’s reluctance to do so, and the consequent prospect of a dela

y to Brexit, something interesting has happened. For the first time in the Brexit process, we are

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She became the first world leader in nearly 30 years to give

  birth in office, and then by taking her three-month old daughter Neve to the United Nations, where Ardern was pho

tographed playing with the baby alongside partner Clarke Gayford. Neve looked on as her mother addressed the assem

bly while Gayford, whom the couple say is the main caregiver for their daughter, held the baby.

  Speaking to CNN after her address, Ardern said she wanted to “normalize” the ide

a of being a working mother, and described New Zealand as “incredibly progressive.”

  Since coming to power, Ardern has presented an image in stark contrast to leaders of many large Western nations. As co

untries, including the United States, have attempted to keep migrants out, Ardern has actively sought to bring them in.

  She’s made multiple offers to take in refugees languishing on Manus Island and Nauru,

the products of a Australia’s strict immigration policy. The offer has been repeatedly refused.、

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Her calls for unity and vigilance came amid a rare state

  ment from ISIS spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, accusing Ardern and other Western leaders of shedding “crocodile tears.”

  Al-Muhajir called upon ISIS supporters to “take vengeance” in the aftermath of the attack in an almost 45-min

ute audio recording. It’s believed to be the first recording released by al-Muhajir in months.

  New Zealand Members of Parliament gathered in the House on Tuesday to share condolenc

es for the victims. They will meet again on Wednesday, the same day Ardern intends to return to Christchurch.

  On Saturday, she visited members of Christchurch’s Muslim community wearin

g a hijab in what observers lauded as a meaningful gesture of compassion and respect.

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Xi’an to impose traffic restriction on vehicle useighway during

XI’AN – Xi’an, a historical city in Shaanxi Province, will place traffic restrictions on the use of vehicle on weekdays.

The popular tourist city said the restriction would be imposed on weekdays from

7 am to 8 pm starting March 18. Vehicles are restricted in one out of five weekdays based upon the last nu

mbers of their license plates in certain areas in the city, where the number of motor vehicles hit 3 million as of May 2018.

Three bureaux of municipal ecology and environment, public security and transport

said in a circular that the move was taken to ease traffic congestion and reduce air pollution.

Mass transit buses, new energy vehicles, vehicles for people with disabilities, and vehicles for special purp

oses such as fire engines and ambulances, however, will be exempted from the restriction, according to the circular.

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We are the first Chinese dairy maker to sell products abroa

and we will introduce more products tailored to the preferences of local consumers. In Indonesia, the penetration rate of yogurt is low and there are not many brands available, so there is a huge market potential,” Yu said.

Li Shengli, a professor at China Agricultural University, said leading Chinese dairy firms Yili

Group and Mengniu Dairy, which are both among the top 10 global dairy producers, are expec

ted to increase their sales by 30 billion yuan ($4.46 billion) to 50 billion yuan in the next five years or so, and could

join the top five global dairy producers, bolstered by strong demand in China.Strengthening the safeguarding and utilization of cultural relics and inh

eritance of intangible cultural heritages were mentioned in this year’s Government Work Report.

This year’s two sessions witnessed a heated discussion among many NPC deputies

and CPPCC members about the issue of protecting, utilizing and developing cultural heritage.

In terms of how to realize the target and boost cultural self-confiden

ce based on China’s national condition, many NPC deputies and CPPCC members shared their opinions.

Gao Yun, an NPC deputy and secretary of the Huangpu district committee of the CPC, said that

we should establish the system of classified protection and proper use of historical buildings, formulate

the law of protection of historical buildings, and establish the system of property redemption of buildings.

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There haven’t been too many that are bigger emergenc

  than what we have” at our border, he said.Trump was surrounded at Friday’s event by officials fr

om Customs and Border Protection as well as surviving family members of those who have loved ones

killed by undocumented immigrants. Attorney General William Barr was also at the President’s veto event.

  While some lawmakers — including some Republicans — have argued against the President’s use of national emergency power

s in this instance, the Justice Department set forth a robust defense of the President’s authority to do so in a letter

to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this month, according to a copy obtained by CNN on Friday.

  ”The President acted well within his discretion in declaring a national emergency concern

ing the southern border,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, setting out the legal

basis for the proclamation under the National Emergencies Act and additional statutory authorities, which larg

ely tracks an internal memo issued by the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.

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