A London court has issued an arrest warrant against jewellery designer Nirav Modi, the main accused in the USD 2 billion PNB scam case, in response to an ED request for his extradition in a money laundering case, officials said Monday. They said the investigative agency has been informed about the issuance of the warrant by the Westminster Magistrate Court against Modi and he is expected to be put under formal arrest by the local police soon. Modi will be subsequently brought before the court to secure bail and the legal proceedings for his extradition will begin thereafter, they said. The Enforcement Directorate (ED), early this month, had said that United Kingdom's home secretary Sajid Javid had referred India's request for extraditing Modi to a court for initiating legal proceedings against the diamantaire. A British daily had recently published a report and video showing Modi walking in the streets of London and said the fugitive diamantaire was living in a swanky 8 million pounds … [Read more...] about Arrest warrant issued against Nirav Modi in UK: Sources
In a fresh blow to embattled Prime Minister Theresa May on Brexit, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, in a surprise move, disallowed any attempt to hold a third vote on her withdrawal deal with the EU which has already been rejected by MPs twice. Prime Minister May will meet her Cabinet later as she considers her next steps on quitting the European Union, after her plans were thrown into doubt by Speaker Bercow. May had been considering a third vote on her Brexit deal, which has already been rejected twice in the House. Bercow, in a surprise move, ruled on Monday that he would not allow another vote on the government motion if it remained "substantially the same" after it was defeated by a huge 230-vote margin in January and a smaller 149-vote margin last week. He said parliamentary conventions dating back to 1604 meant MPs could not be asked to vote on precisely the same subject twice, indicating that he had allowed the second vote as the government had claimed some changes to the … [Read more...] about UK Speaker rules out 3rd vote on Brexit deal
For almost 20 years after the Second World War a few London property developers, often acting in collusion with London County Council (LCC), drastically changed the capital’s skyline forever. Traffic was a huge concern for the city’s post-war planners and this coincided with a voracious and almost insatiable demand for office space. So while buildings got higher, which meant more rent and profit per acre, and more prestige for the architects, the roads got wider. In 1952 the developer Joseph Levy, a 46-year-old bookmaker’s son from Acton, acquired planning permission for a site on the north side of the Euston Road and west of Hampstead Road. Four years later the LCC wanted to widen the Euston Road at about the same point and Levy had them over a barrel. Secretly he had been buying parcels of property along the north side of the road and a relatively impoverished LCC was forced into a secret deal. Levy would give the council the land needed to widen their road … [Read more...] about Used cars, dodgy deals and dead spivs – the scandalous history of Warren Street
Hattie Garlick Follow 18 March 2019 • 9:23am A reader named Penny contacted me via Twitter to ask if I could “Please review some hotels for families with three children, which won’t break the bank! Thanks.” To which my first reaction was: Penny, honey, everything breaks the bank when you have three children, unless you are the Duchess of Cambridge. I only have two and if it weren’t for this job, we would never travel further than the post box. Then I remembered my professional obligations to you, the reader, and set to work. The YHA’s Bath hostel has just opened a new annex. I know what you’re thinking, but bear with me. They have poured £2.5 million into these 14 bedrooms and aimed them squarely at families. So all are en suite. Three have a double bed plus bunks (starting at £69). Six have a double with two sets of bunks (from £89) and five more have three sets of bunk beds, meaning a family of six … [Read more...] about Hotel Hit Squad: Inside YHA Bath Hostel, where families and rugby fans make the unlikeliest of bedfellows
In the wake of a disastrous week in politics, we here at Telegraph Travel have decided that it’s time to answer the really important questions people have about Britain: where you should holiday if planning a break on home soil. Over the coming months, we’ll be asking our experts to defend their territory as we pit two popular places that our readers often struggle to choose between against one another – starting with the Lake District and the Peak District. For the Lakes – Helen Pickles An upbringing of wet caravanning holidays in the Lake District ensures there’s little the area can throw at me that I haven’t experienced, both good and bad: soggy sandwiches on a mist-shrouded fell-top; traffic-jams... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article … [Read more...] about Battle of Britain: Which is better – the Lakes or the Peaks?