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Motorsport: Top Indian, foreign talent for Round 2 as XI Racing League comes to Chennai

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Chennai: The cream of Indian racing talent, along with their foreign counterparts, including three former Formula One drivers, will re-assemble at the MMRT, here on Sunday for the second round of the path-breaking, franchise-based X1Racing League, being conducted by the Madras Motor Sports Club.

The three races, scheduled for Sunday, promise high-quality racing with the three ex-F1 drivers, India’s Narain Karthikeyan, Malaysian Alex Yoong and Italian Vitantonio Luizzi, competing against hand-picked racers, both foreign and Indian, with rich international experience, besides domestic talent. Also in the fray is Gaurav Gill, the three-times FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship winner, WRC2 participant and reigning National rally champion who has also competed in single-seater races in India.

The brain-child of two of India’s finest racers, Aditya Patel and Armaan Ebrahim, and promoted by Racing Promotions Private Limited, the X1Racing League, comprises six city-based teams – Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Delhi. The first round was held at the Buddh International Circuit, Delhi, last weekend.

The uniqueness of the X1Racing League lies in its structure that calls for mixed teams of male and female drivers. It also brings together under one umbrella a clutch of Indian racers like the Maini brothers, Arjun and Kush, Akhil Rabindra and Krishnaraaj Mahadik who have been active in various international series with some success.

Also on the grid are drivers with proven track record in Indian championships, such as young guns Yash Aradhya, Sohil Shah, Arjun Datta, Nayan Chatterjee, Anindith Reddy, besides experienced Ameya Walavalkar, Vishnu Prasad, Raghul Rangasamy, Chittesh Mandody, Karthik Tharani, Arjun Narendran and Arjun Balu.

The foreign talent includes England’s Oliver Webb, Mikkel Jensen from Denmark and Australian Mitch Gilbert, all with exposure to Touring car championships and Formula racing.

Headlining the female talent is England’s 36-year old Pippa Mann who has been racing internationally for over a decade, including the iconic Indy series in the United States. She will be up against compatriot Alice Powell who finished third Overall in the inaugural W Series for women earlier this year, Poland’s Gosia Rdest, Denmark’s Michelle Gatting and Rahel Frey from Switzerland.

The Delhi round of the X1Racing League saw Bengaluru Racing Stars, comprising Arjun Maini, Webb, Gatting, Chatterjee and Vishnu Prasad, winning two of the four races, while Mumbai Falcons (Kush Maini, Jensen, Mann, Shah and Tharani) topping the other two.

The teams:

Hyderabad Black Birds: Vitantonio Luizzi (Italy), Gosia Rdest (Poland), Akhil Rabindra ,Arjun Narendran  and Anindith Reddy .

Bengaluru Racing Stars: Oliver Webb (England), Michelle Gatting (England), Arjun Maini , Nayan Chatterjee  and Vishnu Prasad .

Mumbai Falcons: Mikkel Jensen (Denmark), Pippa Mann (England), Kush Maini , Sohil Shah , Karthik Tharani .

DG Racing Ahmedabad: Alex Yoong (Malaysia), Rahel Frey (Switzerland), Krishna Mahadik , Chittesh Mandody  and Ameya Walavalkar .

AD Racing, Delhi: Gaurav Gill , Raghul Rangaswamy , Ashwin Datta , Mira Erda  and Sandeep Kumar .

Superspeed Racing, Chennai: Narain Karthikeyan , Mitch Gilbert (Australia), Alice Powell (England), Arjun Balu ), Yash Aradhya  and Parthiva Sureshwaren 


Xi Jinping arrives in Chennai

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Chennai: President of People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping on Friday, 11 October 2019 landed in Chennai for the 2nd informal Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

President Xi Jinping arrived in Chennai to a warm and colourful welcome for the 2nd Informal Summit with PM Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier tweeted on arrival in Chennai: “I am very happy to be in this great land of Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu is known for its great culture and hospitality. It is very gratifying that Tamil Nadu will host President Xi Jinping. I hope this informal meeting will further strengthen India-China relations.”

Income Tax raids in Chennai: Those linked to ruling party top brass hoarding black money in new ₹ 2000 notes

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2000-notesChennai: Income Tax search and seizure operation was continuing this evening in the offices and residence of some persons, few of whom are said to be friends of Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam and another State minister.

According to available information 127 kg gold in 1 kg bars, ₹ 96 crore in old currency and  ₹ 10 crore in new 2000 notes has  been seized in the Income Tax raid.  It reveals that the black money is now being accumulated in the new high value currency of ₹ 2000 .

It has been reported  by a section of media that the officials of the Income Tax department raided a number of places in the State capital bringing under the scanner the establishments and homes of jewellers and sand miners. .

Two year Rigorous Imprisonment to retired IAS officer K Suresh

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corruptionChennai: The Special Judge for CBI Cases, here has convicted K.Suresh, IAS., former Chairman of Chennai Port Trust and ex- Principal Secretary General Administration Department, Government if Madhya Pradesh, and sentenced him to undergo two years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs.10000.

CBI had registered a case on the allegations that Suresh while working as Chairman, Chennai Port Trust in the year 2009 had obtained sponsorship for his son for admission to BE(Civil Engineering) to the value of Rs.12 lakh in Anna University from Vijayashanti Builders with whom he had official dealings, without any consideration.

Vijayashanti Builders were running two Weigh bridges in the premises of Chennai Port Trust during that period.

A charge sheet was filed against Suresh before the Principal Special Judge for CBI cases, Chennai under Section 11 of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. The Trial Court found Suresh guilty and convicted him.

Suresh, a 1982 batch IAS officer borne on the Madhya Pradesh cadre, was holding the post of Principal Secretary GAD in Madhya Pradesh prior to his retirement last year. In this capacity he was the supervising authority for the State Economic Offences Wing, the state government’s principal investigating agency against corruption. This despite the fact that he was himself accused of corruption and the CBI was prosecuting him under the anti-corruotion law. It speaks volumes of State government’s much proclaimed commitment against corruption.

The Government of India had accorded sanction on March 26, 2012 to prosecute the accused officer, who went ahead and filed a discharge petition taking the plea that Madhya Pradesh governmenr’s sanction was necessary to prosecute him. When the CBI court dismissed his plea, Suresh went to the Madras High Court which upheld the CBI court order ruling that no prior sanction from the cadre State was required to prosecute an IAS officer under the Prevention of Corruption case .