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Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahuddin’s Son Shakeel Yusuf  arrested by NIA



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Srinagar, Aug 30 : The National Investigative Agency (NIA) has arrested Pakistan’s Muzaffarabad-based Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Shakeel Yusuf, from his residence early in the morning of Thursday from the Rambagh area of Srinagar, during a raid.

The CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir police were also present when he was taken into custody , the arrest was in relation to a terror funding case.

Shakeel, who works as a laboratory technician at Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura in Srinagar, has been under the NIA scanner for his alleged involvement in a 2011 terror funding case. His arrest was in relation to a terror funding case.

The NIA carried out the raid in the Rambagh area of the city. Earlier this year, he was questioned by the NIA related to the 2011 attacks. There were allegations against him of receiving funds sent by his father through wire transfer, and used them to spread terror in the Kashmir valley.

“In 2017, the NIA arrested Syed Shahid Yousuf, another son of Syed Salahuddin. He was working with the Jammu and Kashmir agricultural department,” a police officer added.

Yousuf was placed under suspension by the department following the arrest.

NIA sources said both arrests have been made in connection with the terror funding scam being investigated by the agency.

Salahuddin’s son’s arrest comes a day after four police officials were  brutally killed near Arhama at Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian.  The Hizbul Mujahideen, as well as Jaish-e-Mohammad, claimed responsibility for the attack.


Delhi University expels Ankiv Baisoya



New Delhi, Nov 17: Delhi University top officials are tight-lipped, but Delhi Police have confirmed receiving communication from the university saying that it has expelled Ankiv Baisoya after he was found guilty of faking his educational certificates.

“We got the information from Delhi University that his (Baisoya) admission has been cancelled. We wrote to the university asking them to send us a verification report that they got from the Thiruvalluvar University and told them to lodge a proper complaint so that we can proceed further,” a senior police officer said.

“We sent the letter to the Registrar the same day. We got the letter in the evening on November 15, the day Baisoya’s admission was cancelled,” the officer told IANS.

He said he was forwarded the letter sent to the Registrar by the head of the Buddist Department where Baisoya was admitted.

Sources said the police was informed of the cancellation after the university got a letter from the Thiruvalluvar University Registrar confirming that Baisoya was never a student of that university.

Delhi University Registrar Tarun Das and Proctor Neeta Sehgal could not be contacted for confirmation.

Baisoya, who was elected as the DU students union President two months back, said on Facebook on November 15, the day he was expelled, that he was resigning his post.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student group to which he belonged, too, suspended Baisoya on November 15, asking him to step down from the DUSU post.

Baisoya has been expelled for submitting fake documents from Thiruvalluvar University at Vellore in Tamil Nadu to secure admission in Delhi University where he was a student of Buddhist Studies.


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Cyclone Gaja: Death toll in Tamil Nadu reaches to 33



Chennai, Nov 17: The death toll due to cyclonic storm Gaja, which hit coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, has reached to 33, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said on Saturday.

Addressing media at Salem, Palaniswami stated that 20 men, 11 women, and 2 children died due to the cyclone that crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam districts between 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. on Friday.

The cyclone left a trail of destruction in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Cuddalore, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts.

Due to the cyclone, 70 livestock and several goats, poultry and deer have also died.

Some 127,000 trees were uprooted by the strong cyclonic winds that touched a maximum speed of about 120 kmph, the Chief Minister added.

The state government is distributing water, milk and food to the people affected by the calamity.

About 177,500 people are staying in 351 relief camps in the cyclone-affected areas.

According to the Chief Minister, about 30,000 electricity poles were broken, and 105 power sub-stations affected.

About 10,000 personnel have deployed in the cyclone-affected coastal districts to repair the installations.


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PM Modi in Maldives to attend President-elect Solih oath ceremony



New Delhi, Nov 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Maldives to attend President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih swearing-in ceremony. 

This is Modi’s first official visit to the Maldives.

The president-elect had extended the ceremony invitation during a phone call by the Indian Prime Minister.

Solih, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s candidate, defeated incumbent Abdulla Yameen. His term is expected to continue until 2023.

The island nation’s relations with India became strained during Yameen’s rule, with tensions peaking after New Delhi slammed Male’s refusal to enforce a Supreme Court ruling quashing the convictions of nine opposition leaders, among them former President Mohamed Nasheed.



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