IFFCO MD’s sons Anupam, Amol, others under ED scanner


By Anand Singh
New Delhi, Aug 2 |
THe Enforcement Directorate (ED) is probing the roles of Amol Awasthi and Anupam Awasthi, both NRI sons of US Awasthi, MD and CEO IFFCO, and Vivek Gahlaut — also an NRI, and son of Parvinder Singh Gahlaut, MD of the Indian Potash Limited (IPL), in connection with its money laundering probe into the fertilizer scam.

According to ED officials related to the probe, Anupam is the beneficiary in the Africa Strategic Advisory Services, while his brother Amol beneficially owns Catalyst Business Solution Pvt Ltd US and Terra Firma Commodities DMCC, Dubai along with Vivek.

The ED officials also claimed that Vivek also beneficially owns Thorn Lock Associates. An ED source related to probe told IANS: “Several companies owned by Anupam, Amol and Vivek are under the scanner of the agency. Besides there companies, the other accused in the CBI FIR, who acted as the middlemen in channelising the funds are also under investigation.”

The source said that the role of the Rajeev Saxena, whose name has appeared in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case is also on the radar of the financial probe agency. The source said that group companies of Saxena — Midas Metal International and others received had received huge amounts as commission from Uralkali Trading Ltd, Guf Marine and rare Earth Group of Pankaj Jain (a middleman) which are reportedly suppliers of fertilizers and related products to IFFCO and IPL.

The ED source said that for justifying the receipt of commission, consultancy agreements were made between Saxena and Uralkali Trading Ltd while invoices for consultancy were raised by Saxena without providing any consultancy.

“The amounts were transferred to Anupam, Amol, Vivek and others by Saxena as per the instructions of middleman Jain,” he said, adding that for justifying the amount transfers or payments, Saxena made agreement with Anupam’s Africa Strategic Advisory Services and then he raised invoices on the companies of Saxena for the so called services, the official pointed out.

He further said that Catalyst Business Solution Pvt Ltd, is beneficially owned by Amol, Thorn Rock Associates, beneficially owned by Vivek and Terra Firma Commodities DMCC, Dubai beneficially owned by Amol and Vivek received commission from group companies of Saxena without any genuine transactions and such transfers were actually receipt of illegal commission generated out on import of fertilizers and raw materials by the IFFCO and the IPC on inflated prices.

The ED source said that the financial probe agency is “studying” and “scrutnising” the banking transaction details of these companies and till date, it has got the lead of involvement of over 20 more NRIs’ role in the case.

The ED source further said that in the CBI FIR it has also been alleged that Saxena, Jain, Sanjay Jain, RJD RS member and Senior Vice President of Jyoti Trading AD Singh, who has been arrested by the ED and Sushil Kumar Pachisia are the intermediaries who channelised the funds through various firms and companies registered in their names or in the names of Amol, Anupam and Vivek.

In the CBI FIR, it has been alleged that Saxena is director in various companies in middle east — Midas Metal International LLC, Pacific International FZC, Matrix Group Limited, Matrix Grroup DMCC, Rockford DMCC.The official said that Saxena and his associates received a total of Rs 685 crore of illegal commission in the bank accounts of his group companies and individual account of Jain, Vivek, Amol and Singh.

He said that a total of Rs 481 crore has been channelised through Rare Earth Group of Pankaj Jain and remaining Rs 204 crore has been received by Amol, Anupam and Vivek either in the accounts of the firms or companies owned by them or in the form of cash.

The ED official said that “we are preparing the list of transactions in the accounts of the companies beneficially owned by Amol, Anupam and Vivek”.

He also said that the agency is also identifying the properties which has been from the amount which thery received in cash or through alleged hawala transactions.

The CBI has registered a case in May this year against Awasthi, Gahlaut, Amol, Anupam, Vivek, Pankaj Jain of Jyoti Group of Companies and Rare Earth Group, Dubai; Sanjay Jain, brother of Pankaj Jain and also President of Jyoti Trading Corporation and beneficial owner of other entities of Jyoti Group; and AD Singh, senior Vice President of Jyoti Trading Corporation, Dubai.

Besides them, the CBI has also named Rajiv Saxena, a chartered accountant, who is the promoter of Midas Metal International LLC and other companies, Sushil Kumar Pachisia, an employee of Pankaj Jain, and unknown directors of IFFCO and unknown others.

(Anand Singh can be contacted at anand.s@ians.in)

Source: IANS

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7 Reasons Why You Should Purchase Italian Furniture

7 Reasons Why You Should Purchase Italian Furniture

Very often we see people speaking ever so highly of the Italian furniture they own, while we see others gushing over Italian furniture and expressing their deep desire to own at least one such piece of furniture. Italian design and decor are widely hailed across the world for their strong emphasis on quality and simple shapes that combine both tradition and modernity through the finest craftsmanship.

The way a person decorates their home is a reflection of their personal style and identity. Needless to say, tastes and preferences vary wildly, especially when it comes to items of furniture with regard to their size, shape, texture, and color.  However, regardless of the specific kind of design a person likes, Italian furniture is a dominant player in the furniture and home design industry.

For several centuries, Italy has been considered to be a hub for culture, literature, and the arts as well as architecture and design. Italian style interior design has been the preferred choice for an ever-increasing number of people, and this is not just a recent trend. Italy is a country that is synonymous with class, sophistication, and exceptionally high quality, and this shows in the sheer popularity of Italian furniture today. Italian sofa manufacturers take great pride in the quality and design of their sofa sets, and one need not look far to see that even the most discerning customers are duly pleased with Italian furniture.

So what is it that makes Italian furniture so popular? Let’s take a closer look!

Timeless charm and appeal

Italian sofas, chairs, tables, and other pieces of furniture have a charm that is impossible to compete with, leave alone outdo. Not only are Italian furniture pieces renowned across the world for their quality and appeal, but they are also items whose aesthetic value appreciates over time. Italian furniture has an inimitably characteristic beauty and these furniture pieces only tend to look even better as the years’ pass. The fact that only the best quality materials are used for their manufacture is what makes Italian furniture so sought after.

Strong and durable

While many prospective customers will tend to get deterred or even discouraged by the fact that Italian furniture costs a fair amount of money, these furniture pieces are made with the best quality materials and are guaranteed to last for decades if not centuries. That being said, purchasing Italian furniture should be best viewed as an investment and not just an expenditure, as the elegance, durability, and comfort that these furniture pieces will offer you are their own reward.

Unbeatable quality and elegance

Italian artisans and craftsmen are famous across the world for their dedication, patience, and attention to detail. It goes without saying that Italian products, in general, are synonymous with high quality, and one only needs to look at history to see how true this is. Since time immemorial, Italian manufactures have strived for excellence and have always made sure that the products they make are nothing short of the best. Therefore, Italian furniture is a symbol of Italian perfection, sophistication, and class.

Exquisitely comfortable

The very purpose of furniture pieces such as sofas, chairs, and couches is to provide comfort to people. Italian furniture will not just provide unmatched comfort but will also give any person the feeling of being in exquisite and opulent surroundings. There is no doubt that a handcrafted piece of Italian furniture will convey a feeling of elegance and sophistication.

Wide variety of furniture designs

Many people are under the wrong impression that Italian furniture is available only in very specific parts of the world and that they are few in number. The good news is that this is not true. Artyz offers you a wide assortment of Italian furniture, and you are sure to find something that perfectly suits the design and aesthetics of your home. Not only will you be able to choose from sofas, ottomans, tables, beds, tables, and much more, you will also have the choice of selecting from a wide variety of designs. Given the fact that a lot of hard work and craftsmanship goes into making Italian furniture, you can make your living space truly unique by purchasing one or more exquisite furniture pieces.

High caliber craftsmanship

Italy is a world leader in manufacturing for a number of reasons. To begin with, only the highest quality of materials are used, and this, coupled with the unique and unparalleled skill sets that Italian artisans have, you can be assured of nothing less than the best. Italy has long been hailed for its contributions to several fields of the arts, such as painting, sculpture, music as well as design. That being said, painstaking hard work, unbridled dedication, and sharp attention to detail have made Italian craftsmanship an ideal in and of itself.

Novelty and inimitability

Unlike cheaper, mass-produced furniture that is readily available and most often delivered in a cardboard box, Italian furniture pieces are meticulously handcrafted and made with immense dedication and focus on the details. Italian furniture is very eye-catching and will without a doubt convey a sense of luxury and opulence to both residents and guests alike. Such furniture pieces will have a direct effect on the mindset and mood of residents as they will notice how the furniture pieces enhance and enrich the home.

Before you rush off to purchase Italian furniture pieces for your home, do check out Artyz. Artyz is a renowned furniture showroom in Kolkata that offers you a vast range of furniture choices that can suit the requirements of any living space and can accommodate any budget. As a leading furniture showroom, the focus remains entirely on providing top-quality furniture at affordable and reasonable prices. Simply take your pick from the diverse furniture selection and let Artyz handle the rest. By having Italian furniture in your home, you will be able to liven up your living space in unimaginable ways. The sheer elegance of Italian furniture is what creates a statement like no other style.

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Inspiring Journey of Rajasthan’s Deependra Singh Shekhawat From Monthly Salaries to Founder of Fifteen Crore Turnovers Company

Guy Kawasaki has rightly said that pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting. Passion is an underrated term as people believe more in hard work and dedication. We often forget that passion is what guides us to success. Deependra Singh Shekhawat is one of the few who proved that hurdles are hidden opportunities, and when utilized appropriately, they will lead you to victory.

Deependra Singh Shekhawat, being the son of a farmer, has the background of a middle-class family. He belongs to a small village of Udaipurwati, district Jhunjhunu of Rajasthan. However, his status never deterred him from dreaming. Dreams full of his passion gave him the strength to fight the battles in his life. After graduation, he initially started from a regular job. However, he was not content with his occupation. He sensed stagnancy in his career. Soon, he started thinking and strategizing about business. This thought process led him to join a renewable energy company, Adani Renewable Energy, to learn about business as the next step in his professional journey. From then on, there was no stopping him; he was on a roll. In 2015, he established Vertex Solution Company and became one of the top vendors of Adani Solar Energy. He went the extra mile by working with India’s well-known renewable energy organizations as Avada Sola, Tata Solar, O2 Power, and many more.

Deependra says that his passion for renewable energy spawns from the fact that renewable energy is one of the significant contributors to boosting the country’s economy and generating jobs. He further adds that adopting renewable sources of energy is a healthier option. He claims it is high time we start living peacefully with nature for the sanity of itself and humankind. Additionally, he has provided with job opportunities for the youth of his village Sarai and has become the Youth icon of Rajasthan. Despite belonging to a middle-class family, he left no stones unturned to achieve success and rose from the bottom of the pit to flying like an eagle. From having big dreams to making others’ dreams come true, he has come a long way.

His journey is inspiring hundreds and thousands of youngsters of middle-class families throughout the country. People are burning with passion after witnessing the change in his life. His life journey is constantly changing the lives of many for the best. He is igniting the fire of eagerness for victory in them.


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