Kuwait: According to an Arab Times report, the Kuwaiti Cabinet has resolved to send oxygen supplies and relief items to India during its weekly meeting held on Monday, in line with the framework of the distinguished friendship ties between Kuwait and India. The resolution comes in the background of India’s current fight with COVID-19, which has led to a growing number of deaths and infections in the country.

The Cabinet expressed profound concern and lamented about the worsening health situation in India due to the spread of the mutated strain of the coronavirus that has resulted in rising deaths and infections due to scarcity of oxygen in medical settings.

Discussing the political affairs in light of the report involving the latest developments on the political arena on both Arab and international levels, the concerned Cabinet followed up on the acts of violence against the Palestinian people in Al-Aqsa Mosque committed by radical Jewish groups since the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan. The Ministers condemned these provocative attacks, hatred, and racism which have reportedly resulted in the injury of many Palestinian civilians.

In this regard, the Cabinet called on the international community to take genuine measures to safeguard the Palestinian civilians, prevent violation of their rights and put an end to Israeli transgression committed by the racist colonizers who target the Arab, Islamic and Christian identity of the city of Jerusalem. Additionally, the Cabinet also pressed for measures that would create the right atmospheres to achieve peace and tolerance in this holy month.

Expressing heartfelt condolences to Iraqi President Barham Salih and the Iraqi government and families of victims of the fire incident, the Cabinet voiced its confidence in the Iraqi government to overcome the tragedy that occurred in the hospital in Baghdad.

The Cabinet also congratulated President Patrice Talon of Benin on being re-elected as leader of the country for a new presidential term and wished him success. It praised the amicable relations between the State of Kuwait and the Republic of Benin and affirmed their common goal to strengthen each other in various fields

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Bengaluru, Jun 12: Karnataka police on Saturday said they have busted a Rs 290 crore plus scam that involved duping people through a mobile app after promising attractive interest on investment and two Chinese nationals were among the nine arrested.

The scam, aided by shell companies, is linked to money laundering and the suspected kingpin is a Kerala based business man with proximity to Chinese 'hawala' operators, they said.

Cyber Crime Division of CID said it has arrested accused persons, including two Chinese nationals, two Tibetans and five others acting as directors of the companies involved, and a search is on for the rest.

A complaint from Razor pay Software Private Limited said accused persons availed 'payment solutions' from them, claiming that they are in gaming, social and e-commerce businesses.

They, however, defrauded the company by using computer resources and by deviating from their original, registered line of business, the plaint said.

They started routing their transactions to collect payments from a different business named "Powerbank", an app listed in Google Playstore, cyber police said in a release.

Through customer complaints, the complainant company got to know that public invested money in the "Powerbank" app to earn interest on the invested amount.

The accused persons, after accepting the investments, neither gave the agreed interest nor the principal amount and cheated customers.

A case was registered under the Information Technology Act and 420 IPC (Cheating), the CCD said and added that the investigating team were successful in arresting nine men.

During investigation, it was found that Anas Ahmed, a Kerala based businessman, is the main person involved.

"We have also identified that he has very proximate connections with the Chinese hawala operators, which has come to light during the course of the investigation.

He had opened shell companies in the name of Bull Finch Technologies, H & S ventures and Clifford ventures to route the fraud money. Anas Ahamed is married to Chinese national and incidentally he did his studies in China," police said in the release.

Online applications hosted by him were later camouflaged and converted into different apps including Power Bank application, seeking investment from the public and promising good returns, the CCD said.

An unusual spike was seen in investments on the day Anees Ahmed announced much higher returns.

Subsequently, such apps were removed from Google Playstore and other websites and he absconded with the money.

Investigation showed Rs 290 crore inflow into his bank accounts and the CCD was successful in freezing a significant portion of it. There was a huge spike in opening of shell companies since November 2020.

"We have also observed that the Chinese handlers are in possession of a huge number of shell companies and bank accounts. Lured by the offer of the Chinese nationals, many innocent Indians and Tibetans have fallen in their trap to open shell companies and open bank accounts for them."