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Billionaire printed new Rs 2,000, Rs 500 notes in godown to fund drug habit

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The Mumbai police have arrested a billionaire's son for allegedly printing Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes, which, they say, he did to fund his drug habit.

Salman Sopariwala (28) was held from Duncan Road in South Mumbai on Thursday after his associate, Waqar Ansari, who was arrested on March 4 during a nakabandi, told the police about him. Two more people are wanted in the case.

The Dongri police were doing nakabandi on Wadi Bunder Bridge on the night of March 4, when they saw a two-wheeler rider taking a U-turn to avoid going past them.

The police stopped him and frisked him, leading to the recovery of fake Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 denomination notes from his pockets. He was identified as Waqar Ansari (21).

"There were 21 notes of Rs 2,000 and 11 of Rs 500, totalling Rs 47,500. He was detained and interrogated by officers about the source of the currency; that's when he gave Sopariwala's name," said an officer.

Another officer said, "Ansari, a graduate from a South Mumbai College, lives in Nagpada. He had worked in call centres, and later, failed to find any work. He had got addicted to mephedrone, heroin and cocaine."

"We suspect that he befriended Sopariwala, alias Sammy, during a visit to their drug peddler, after which they would get together to get high," he added.
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The many colours of death

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The fear of ghosts, thieves and serpents dominated the formative years of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. His autobiography speaks of his fear of sleeping without a light, and how he came to terms with irrational associations. The Mahatma's experiments with truth, still recalled as an epoch-making acceptance of the fear of the unknown, is at the core of his great grandson Tushar Gandhi's exploratory presentation, Gandhi: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, at the 21st Lokjagar Smashan Holikotsav. The one-of-its-kind, full moon night event is held every year at a crematorium in Wardha city, 81 km from from Nagpur.

Aimed at humanising the mystical and feared cemetery or cremation ground, it was initiated in 1997 by a handful of anti-superstition volunteers who felt that a fun get-together at Wardha's Hindu crematorium (lining the Muslim and Christian burial grounds) would help bust the popular myth about ghosts seizing unsuspecting frequenters on new moon or full moon nights.

Last year witnessed the first ever ghazal concert rendered here by Mumbai-based Bhimrao Panchale, who called it "a spiritual high to sing for three hours in a smashan under a fully-lit March sky." Two children's birthday celebrations followed the performance, which made way for an intermission of collective pastry eating. Book and CD releases, felicitation of state-level awardees and honouring meritorious Class X students are miscellaneous features added each

As the festival progresses late into the night, the stage is lit with halogen lamps while the foreground beams with pyres of departed souls. The pyres did shock the audience in the initial years, but slowly, the festival and the coinciding cremations became an accepted reality. As co-founder Sanjay Ingle Tigaonkar, recalls, the grieving families that come for the last rites often join the fest. None have ever complained about disturbance or disrespect. The purpose behind the festival is fully served as "we play our parts well, leaving no role for the ghosts." One year, the activists showed the 'science' behind the barefoot walk on fire, which many sadhus credit to supernatural powers. The lesson in physics was educational and also surreally entertaining in a place where bodies are set afire every day.
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Karnataka doctor's card swiped for Rs 4 lakh instead of Rs 40 at toll booth

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A groggy toll attendant swiped Rs 4 lakh instead of Rs 40 from a doctor's debit card at Gundmi toll gate on the Kochi-Mumbai National Highway near Udupi around 10.30pm Saturday. The toll gate is 18kms from Udupi.

The Mysuru-based doctor, who cops could identify only as Dr Rao, was travelling in his chauffeur-driven car to Mumbai via the coast. Around 10.30pm, he gave his debit card to pay the Rs 40 toll. The attendant, after swiping the card, gave the POS receipt and and toll receipt to the doctor.

When he received a text message that Rs 4 lakh had been debited from his account, he brought it to the notice of the toll gate staff. They refused to acknowledge their mistake, even after about two hours of the doctor's efforts to retrieve his money.

The doctor proceeded to Kota, which is about 5kms from the toll gate, and went to the police station there around 1am to file a complaint. He returned to the toll gate with the head constable.

Finally, the toll booth personnel admitted the attendant had entered the wrong amount and offered to reimburse the excess amount by cheque. But the doctor insisted he wanted the entire amount in cash.

The toll gate personnel contacted senior officials of the collection company and made arrangements to pay the Rs 3,99,960 in cash around 4am. Police said the company usually has a daily collection of around Rs 8 lakh at Gundmi gate.
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Pay and pee at any South Delhi restaurant from next month

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Washrooms of south Delhi hotels, restaurants and eateries will turn into public toilets from next month, with anyone willing to pay up to Rs 5 getting access to these facilities.

Taking this decision, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said the move would make more than 4,000 toilets accessible to the public. The civic body said it would enforce the rule by adding a provision to this effect in the health trade licences issued to these establishments. "The licence has a condition that the corporation can modify it any time. The move will be particularly beneficial for women who face problems due to lack of toilets in marketplaces," SDMC commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel told TOI.

Restaurant managements, however, reacted with scepticism, with the trade association saying it was wrong to force the move on them. "This will violate our basic right to keep the rights of admission reserved. Besides, it will also raise issues regarding security," said Riyaaz Amlani, president of the Restaurants Association of India.

Civic officials said lieutenant governor Anil Baijal had advised the SDMC to explore the possibility of opening up toilets in restaurants and hotels to the general public. Thereafter, the decision was taken after consultations.

The restaurant association said it would study the details of the move before planning its course of action.

"I appreciate the intent behind the move. Even now, people don't have to buy food to use our toilets. But forcing it on private enterprises is wrong. We will look at the details to see whether our fundamental rights of admission and security are being violated," Amlani said. The south corporation has issued 4,586 health trade licenses to establishments which include hotels and restaurants. "Many of these places are small and do not have toilets. But more than 4,000 of them have toilets which will be opened for public use without any burden on tax-payers," Goel said. Under the new rules, establishments may provide the facility for free. But they wouldn't be allowed to charge more than Rs 5 from each user.
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I have had card transactions in shops go wrong both ways, being charged thousands instead of hundreds, and paying a few rupees instead of hundreds.

In the first case, the shop reviewed the paperwork and the mistake was obvious. They requested we take a refund in cash as being easier than working through the bank.
In the second, I just happened to go back to that shop, and was happy to compensate the guy for his mistake.

Some of us have the bad habit of not checking receipts, change, etc. It can be expensive.

(wish I ever had 4 lakh in my card account!)
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There is an old line from a Janis Joplin song, something like freedom is having nothing left to lose. Ultimately she did..
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Freedom's just another word for nothing let to lose.

I know the Dead version; don't know who wrote it, Google will...

Me and Bobby McGee --- Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster


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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Freedom's just another word for nothing let to loose.

I know the Dead version; don't know who wrote it, Google will...

Me and Bobby McGee --- Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster


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Left, i'n'it?
Walt Whitman - Song of Myself

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
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And your job, hfots, is to watch carefully every time I type L--O--...

Edited. Hang lose
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post And your job, hfots, is to watch carefully every time I type L--O--...

Edited. Hang lose
It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.
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I know the Dead version; don't know who wrote it, Google will...

Me and Bobby McGee -
No one sang it like Janis Joplin. You could tell it was her story. Maybe you had to be there to feel the tears through the laughter. A Beaumont Tejas gal..
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Never enjoyed her singing. Even in my rock days, I didn't think that screaming was music.

Probably sacrilege, and maybe I should take another look.
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Lack of Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute

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A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded — or totally necessary — Oxford comma, perhaps the most polarizing of punctuation marks.

What ensued in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and in a 29-page court decision handed down on Monday, was an exercise in high-stakes grammar pedantry that could cost a dairy company in Portland, Me., an estimated $10 million.

In 2014, three truck drivers sued Oakhurst Dairy, seeking more than four years’ worth of overtime pay that they had been denied. Maine law requires workers to be paid 1.5 times their normal rate for each hour worked after 40 hours, but it carves out some exemptions.

A quick punctuation lesson before we proceed: In a list of three or more items — like “beans, potatoes and rice” — some people would put a comma after potatoes, and some would leave it out. A lot of people feel very, very strongly about it.

The debate over commas is often a pretty inconsequential one, but it was anything but for the truck drivers. Note the lack of Oxford comma — also known as the serial comma — in the following state law, which says overtime rules do not apply to:

The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:

(1) Agricultural produce;

(2) Meat and fish products; and

(3) Perishable foods.

Does the law intend to exempt the distribution of the three categories that follow, or does it mean to exempt packing for the shipping or distribution of them?

Delivery drivers distribute perishable foods, but they don’t pack the boxes themselves. Whether the drivers were subject to a law that had denied them thousands of dollars a year depended entirely on how the sentence was read.

If there were a comma after “shipment,” it might have been clear that the law exempted the distribution of perishable foods. But the appeals court on Monday sided with the drivers, saying the absence of a comma produced enough uncertainty to rule in their favor. It reversed a lower court decision.

In other words: Oxford comma defenders won this round.

“That comma would have sunk our ship,” David G. Webbert, a lawyer who represented the drivers, said in an interview on Wednesday.
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Crime stats Germany

It is interesting what the German govt has collected... Statistics on crime types, by nationality, and further normalized for their population size.

It is interesting how nationals from the world's most populous country, China, are at the bottom of most lists..

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[QUOTE=Boston123;2027181]
It is interesting how nationals from the world's most populous country, China, are at the bottom of most lists..

India and China have the same crime rate score - Zero.
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