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ED arrests West Bengal Cabinet Minister Jyoti Priya Mallick in ration embezzlement case.

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Jyotipriya Mallick’s arrest comes a day after the Central probe agency conducted searches at the minister's residence in Salt Lake, on the outskirts of Kolkata.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) apprehended West Bengal Cabinet Minister Jyotipriya Mallick on Friday, relating to an alleged misappropriation scandal involving ration distribution within the state. Mr. Mallick, who holds the portfolio for Consumer Affairs, Food, and Supplies, faces charges of criminal conspiracy and money laundering in connection with the scandal, suspected to entail the fraudulent diversion of crores of rupees worth of essential food supplies meant for the underprivileged.

According to the ED’s findings, Mallick and his associates allegedly employed counterfeit documents and fictitious companies to divert provisions designated for West Bengal’s impoverished population. The ED has further accused the minister of laundering the ill-gotten gains through diverse channels, including real estate investments and involvement in shell corporations.

Mallick’s arrest unfolds within the context of an ongoing ED crackdown on politicians and high-ranking bureaucrats in West Bengal. In recent months, several senior officials of the West Bengal government have been detained in connection with various corruption investigations.

This apprehension of Mallick represents a significant setback for the West Bengal government, already grappling with multiple challenges. The state is grappling with a severe financial crisis, straining its capacity to offer essential services to its residents. Moreover, the minister’s arrest is likely to exacerbate the government’s tarnished image, which has been plagued by allegations of widespread corruption.

The ED’s inquiry into the ration embezzlement scandal remains ongoing, with the full scope of involvement and the extent of misappropriated funds yet to be determined. Further arrests in the case are anticipated in the days ahead.

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Poco starts sale of 12GB RAM and 256GB variant of Poco X6, prices it Rs 20,999

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Poco X6

Poco initiates sale of its new Poco X6 variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, priced at Rs 20,999. The phone offers impressive features and additional discounts through card transactions, EMI payments, or product exchange.

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  • Poco starts selling 12GB RAM and 256GB variant of Poco X6 at Rs 20,999
  • The new variant is exclusively available on Flipkart in two colours: Mirror Black and Snowstorm White.
  • Additional discounts available with ICICI Credit/Debit cards, EMI payments, or product exchange offer

Poco’s newly launched Poco X6 is all set to go on its first sale today. Touted as one of the most powerful phones in the mid-range categories, the Poco X6 is available for as low as Rs 20,999. However, you are required to have the eligible cards in order to get the device at a discounted rate. The Poco X6 comes with the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor coupled with up to 12GB of RAM.

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‘Fighter’ box office Day 12: Hrithik-Deepika’s film eyes Rs 350 crore globally

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Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone's 'Fighter' is inching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide.

Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s ‘Fighter’ is marching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide. On Monday, February 5, the film saw a huge drop in collection.

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  • ‘Fighter’ is marching towards Rs 350 crore worldwide.Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapoor play lead roles in the film.The film is directed by Siddharth Anand.
  • Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s recently released film, ‘Fighter’, is in its second week of theatrical run. In 12 days, the aerial actioner has surpassed Rs 300 crore globally and is now marching towards Rs 350-crore mark. On February 5, the movie saw a huge drop in collection at the box office. It is to be seen if the film would pick up momentum during the weekend again.

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    What James Prinsep and his 200-year-old map reveal about Gyanvapi

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    James Prinsep's lithograph of the Gyanvapi site in his 1831 book (left) and the disputed complex in 1991.

    James Prinsep, because of whom the world knows of emperor Ashoka, lived in Varanasi for 10 years. In 1831, the British scholar drew a lithographic map of the old Kashi Vishwanath temple, and showed how Aurangzeb’s Gyanvapi mosque stood on it. That will now be a crucial piece of evidence.

    At a walking distance from Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is the Prinsep Ghat on the banks of the Hooghly. One gets a close view of the Vidyasagar Setu and can take a boat ride on the River Hooghly from Prinsep Ghat.

    The ghat is named after James Prinsep, a British numismatist and archaeologist, who made significant contributions to India’s historiography. He came to India when he was 28 and was the youngest fellow of the British Asiatic Society.

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