QWrap: Iranian President Arrives in Hyderabad; Who is Nirav Modi?

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1. Nirav Modi: Meet the Man at the Centre of Rs 11,000 Cr PNB Fraud

Jewellery designer Nirav Modi, who boasts celebrity clientele across the globe, has been accused of being at the centre of a fraud at Punjab National Bank that is estimated to be worth $1.77 billion (Rs 11,000 crore approx).

The fraud is believed to be the largest of its kind to be detected across the Indian banking sector, and according to reports as of 15 February, Nirav Modi has left the country even before an FIR could be registered.

The ‘Nirav Modi’ brand boasts of 10 namesake boutiques across the world. Out of these, two are in the US, two in India, two in Hong Kong and one is in Beijing. From Priyanka Chopra, who was the brand ambassador of his brand, to Kate Winslet, who he dressed up in the 2016 Oscars, Modi’s jewellery has amassed a large fan base since he first launched his brand in 1990.

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2. So, Can You Really Prevent Google From Spying on You?

About a week ago, Fox News put out an investigative report that showed how Google is tracking your every move. They used two identical cell phones, with no SIM cards in them, and with no Wi-Fi access either. One of the phones was put on airplane mode, while the other was just left as is.

When they connected the phones back to a Wi-Fi network, they discovered that the phones had logged plenty of data and transmitted it straight to Google’s servers. This included accurate location access, and even activities such as walking or driving. Is that an invasion of privacy? Well, not quite. Because when you sign up for a Google account and don’t read through the fine print of Google’s privacy policy, you are signing up for such rights.

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3. Rouhani India Visit: Iran President Arrives in Hyd for 3-Day Visit

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is on a three-day visit to India starting Thursday, 15 February, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rouhani first arrived in Hyderabad, where he met the city's Muslim Ulemas. He also met Iranian nationals, including students, residing in India.

Modi and Rouhani will hold a bilateral meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, 17 February, during the course of which both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, according to an External Affairs Ministry statement.

Catch the live updates here.

4. Florida School Shooting: Ex-Student Opens Fire, Killing 17

A 19-year-old gunman returned to a Florida high school where he had once been expelled for disciplinary reasons, and opened fire with an assault-style rifle on Wednesday. He murdered 17 people and injured more than a dozen others before he was arrested, authorities said.

The attack began shortly before dismissal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a placid, middle-class community about 45 miles (72 km) north of Miami. Television footage showed students streaming out of the building, many with hands raised in the air, as dozens of police and emergency services personnel swarmed the area.

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5. Can We Please Give Shikhar Dhawan His Due?

After playing 100 ODIs, which Indian cricketer had scored the most runs? Was it Virat Kohli? Sachin Tendulkar? Sourav Ganguly? Or well… Sunil Gavaskar? None of the above really – it’s Shikhar Dhawan.

Yeps, Shikhar Gabbar Dhawan. In fact, Dhawan celebrated his 100th ODI outing by also smashing a brilliant century, becoming the first-ever Indian to score a century in his 100th ODI.

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