Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in her five-star hotel room in the capital last January, two days after she alleged on Twitter that her husband Shashi Tharoor had been having an affair with a Pakistani journalist.
Pushkar, married to Tharoor since 2010, had been taking medication for various illnesses and early autopsy results suggested she may have overdosed on anti-depressants and sleeping pills.
But speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi said new medical reports had led investigators to register a case of murder "against unknown persons". "We have registered a case of murder," Bassi said in the capital.
"The report given to the Delhi Police by the medical board says that her death was unnatural and it was because of poisoning.
"The poison could have been administered orally or could also have injected, so keeping all these factors in mind, the case has been registered."
The discovery of Pushkar s body triggered intense speculation that she had committed suicide after being humiliated by her husband.
Her death dealt a severe blow to the image of Tharoor who was a cabinet minister at the time and remains a member of parliament for the Congress party which lost elections last May last.
In remarks carried by several media outlets, Tharoor was quoted Thursday as saying he was "stunned" to hear his wife s death was being treated as murder.
"All I want is that a comprehensive investigation be conducted and that the unvarnished truth should come out," said the 58-year-old.
Also an acclaimed author, Tharoor served as under-secretary general during Kofi Annan s leadership of the United Nations and was a candidate to replace him as secretary-general in 2008.
After being beaten to the post by Ban Ki-moon, he then entered Indian politics as a member of parliament for the southern state of Kerala. Tharoor had to resign from his first ministerial post in 2010 after revelations that his then-girlfriend Pushkar had been given a free stake in a new Indian Premier League cricket team.
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KARACHI – The Pakistani rupee experienced a significant surge in its value in the open market against the dollar.
This surge came after a recent directive from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), allowing banks to purchase dollars at the interbank market rate for international card payments. The objective of this move was to narrow the exchange rate gap between the official and informal markets.
According to the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan, the currency market witnessed the dollar being traded at Rs298, compared to its previous day’s closing rate of 311.
The SBP’s decision was influenced by the International Monetary Fund’s demand for Pakistan to stabilize its currency market before resuming a $6.5 billion bailout program.
In a circular, the central bank stated, “In response to the feedback received from various stakeholders, Authorized Dealers are now permitted to buy USD from the Interbank market to settle card-based cross border transactions with international payment schemes (IPS).”
Market analysts had predicted a decline in the value of the rupee following the implementation of these new guidelines.
Zafar Paracha, the General Secretary of the ECAP, expressed that the SBP’s decision was timely and appropriate. He anticipated that it would lead to a decrease of 20 to 25 rupees in the open market currency rate. Paracha also noted that aligning the rates in the official and informal markets would bolster remittance inflows.
Pracha further emphasized that significant disparities in rates between the official and informal markets encourage transactions outside of the official banking system.
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 229,000 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,620.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs181,150 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 211,290.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Karachi||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Islamabad||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Peshawar||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Quetta||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Sialkot||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Attock||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Gujranwala||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Jehlum||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Multan||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Gujrat||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Nawabshah||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Chakwal||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Hyderabad||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Nowshehra||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Sargodha||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Faisalabad||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
|Mirpur||PKR 229,000||PKR 2125|
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