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Fraud of the year: 19-year-old teen arrested for trying to open fake bank branch



Millennials are getting desperate for employment. This 19-year-old from India decided to take a rather creative but criminal approach to entrepreneurship – he opened a fake branch of the government-run public sector State Bank of India (SBI). And it was up-and-running for three months before getting busted.

The good news – nobody was duped. In fact, it got exposed because of an SBI account holder who got suspicious and alerted the actual local branch.

As per Indian news channels, the teenaged Kamal Babu from Tamil Nadu, who was arrested along with two other accomplices, is the son of former bank employees.

@MirrowNow tweeted: “In #TamilNadu, a fake SBI (@TheOfficialSBI) branch has been busted, which was reportedly running since the past 3 months. The fake bank branch was spotted by an SBI employee passing through the area.”

His father, a bank employee, died 10 years ago, and his mother also retired from a bank two years ago. Facing unemployment, Babu came up with the idea of opening a fake branch in Panruti. Apparently the interiors replicated the actual branch to the last detail.

News reports added that two accomplices including “Manickam (52) who owns a rubber stamp making company, Kumar (42) who is the owner of a printing press, were the others who were taken into custody”.

Ricky @apurva0512 tweeted: “After #FakeEncounter presenting you #fakebank #SBI seems like bollywood getting new scripts on a row.”

Shashidhar Rajan @srajan79 posted: “Extreme level of fraudulent! Complete set of Duplicate #SBI Branch!”

News site India Today clarified that “the police have said that no transactions had taken place in the branch and no one has been duped so far by the bank”.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her



Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania



The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022



President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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