Dec 182012

A day after three eve-teasers harassed a Headlines Today correspondent who was reporting from south Delhi on the recent incident of gang rape in the city, the men were tracked down to their houses on Tuesday.

The three depraved men- Sandeep, Nitin and Sunny- had mocked and harassed the reporter, Anjana Kashyap, as she stood roadside near AIIMS flyover while she was filing a ground report on how unsafe the city is for women.

Headlines Today tracked the three men to their houses in Gautam Nagar and even spoke to two of them.

Nitin admitted that he was driving the car that stopped next to Kashyap while she was facing the camera when some lewd comments were made at the correspondent. He told Headlines Today that he was surprised how he had been tracked down.

Though Nitin was hardly repentant, he apologised for the incident. He said that his friend’s comments were misinterpreted. He said Sandeep was speaking to him and not to the correspondent, as reported by the news channel.

Headlines Today even tracked down Sandeep’s house. He is known as Chao in the area. Sandeep was the man sitting in the back seat and passed the lewd comment at the reporter.

However, Sandeep was not at his home when Headlines Today visited there. His mother was initially in denial over the incident but then pleaded for mercy.

However, Sunny’s family remained in denial. They refused to give his whereabouts. Sunny sat next to the driver’s seat when the incident took place.

Dec 142012

Indian-origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who was found hanging at her official accommodation at a London hospital recently, had apparently left three suicide notes.

One of these notes criticised the hospital staff, details accessed by Headlines Today revealed.

The 46-year-old senior nurse was on December 7 found hanging from a wardrobe in her apartment on the premises of King Edward VII Hospital, where she worked.

She had allegedly committed suicide after a prank call from two Australian radio presenters, who pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles enquiring about the condition of Kate, who is pregnant and was undergoing treatment in the hospital for morning sickness.

One of the suicide notes has been addressed to the hospital management that also criticises some staffers. Another note talks about the prank call made by the Australian presenters.

In the other suicide note Saldanha has requested for her funeral.

While two notes lied at the spot, another one was later found from Saldanha’s belongings. Her family has been given typed copies of the three handwritten notes by the police.

On Thursday, findings of the autopsy on her body were revealed to the Westminster coroner at the formal opening of the inquest. It said that the woman was found hanging in her apartment and there were injuries on her wrists.

Dec 112012

On the back of Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal’s repeated attacks, the government has assured Parliament that it has been doing all it can to retrieve black money stashed away in foreign bank accounts abroad. However, a study by Headlines Today of figures released by the Ministry of Finance shows a shocking drop in raids and seizures, one of the primary tools in the government’s armoury to unearth black money.
Though Union Finance Minister P.Chidambaram’s department has given a clear warning to tax evaders asking assesses to declare their true income or face the wrath, the actions of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Income Tax Department seem to be just a formality. It again proves Kejriwal’s allegations true.
Headlines Today’s analysis of figures revealed a steep drop in search and seizure operations. While the raids showed a continuous increase from 2009 to March 2012, the numbers suddenly tapered off in the following months till September.
In Mumbai, which accounts for as much 42 per cent of tax collections, the statistics has gone down from 736 in 2010-11 to 28 cases till September 2012.
Sources told Headlines Today that one of the reasons could be that with Gujarat polls round the corner, I-T raids have become selective and fewer allowing rapid movement of cash by political parties.
Meanwhile, the taxmen have rebooted their database for better targeting of the salaried tax dodger. Even the revenue secretary has said that figures for the assessment year 2012-13 suggested far too many people were slipping through the tax net.
The government has been keeping a hawk’s eye on the suspected tax evaders’ credit card transactions and real estate purchases.
There were only 15 lakh tax assesses, including professionals like doctors, lawyers and chartered accountants, and companies who have declared a taxable income of over Rs 10 lakh in the current financial year.