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India raises concerns with Pakistan over missing clerics

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New Delhi, Mar 17 : India has taken up with Pakistan the matter of head priest of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah and his nephew going missing in that country, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.

Pakistan has also informed India that they are pursuing the matter related to missing of two Sufi clerics seriously: Sources

Swaraj said both Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami went missing after they landed at Karachi airport and Pakistan government has been requested for an update on both the Indian nationals.

“We have taken up this matter with Government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals in Pakistan. Both are missing after they landed in Karachi airport,” tweeted Swaraj.

80-year-old Syed Asif Nizami is the head priest (Sajjadanashin) of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah.

“Indian nationals Syed Asif Nizami aged 80 years and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami had gone to Pakistan on 8 March 2017,” Swaraj said.

The two had gone to visit the famous Daata Darbar shrine in Lahore and were to catch a flight from there to Karachi on Wednesday.

The clerics had gone to Karachi to meet their relatives on March 8 before travelling to Lahore to visit the shrine.

Exchanges between clerics of the Nizamuddin Dargah and the Daata Darbar are part of a regular tradition.

Meanwhile, the authorities have taken cognizance on the matter and ensured for immediate action after their relatives approached the government to find them.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj ensured that India has taken up the matter strongly with Pakistan foreign ministry.

“We have taken up this matter with the government of Pakistan and requested them for an update.”, she said

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Jammu and Kashmir: Minor injured in clashes in Baramulla district

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Srinagar, May 20 : A nine-year-old boy was seriously injured during clashes between a group of youth and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said on Sunday.

According to the police, Rizwan Ahmad was injured in Arampora in Sopore late on Saturday when a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle was attacked with stones by a group of youth.

Doctors treating the injured minor said he had been hit by a rubber bullet in his head.

“He was referred to SKIMS in Srinagar for specialised treatment”, doctors said.

The police said they have registered a case in this incident.

The Centre had on Wednesday announced a ceasefire in the troubled state, asking security forces to halt their operations during the Ramzan to help “peace-loving Muslims” observe the holy month in a peaceful environment.

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Kathua rape -murder: BJP MLA Lal Singh leads march demanding CBI probe

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Jammu, May 20 : Former state minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Choudhary lal Singh on Sunday led a march in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, seeking CBI probe into Kathua rape and murder case.

Lal Singh walked barefoot for nearly five hours after which his supporters urged him to get into a vehicle as he developed blisters in his feet.

The march was organised to mount pressure on the state government to have the Kathua rape and murder case investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

lal Singh and another senior BJP leader Chander Prakash Ganga resigned from the state cabinet following their participation in a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch in Hiranagar area in January this year.

The State Crime Branch has already filed a charge sheet against eight accused in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old in Rasana village of Kathua district.

On the plea of the victim’s father, the Supreme Court has ordered that the trial of this case be held on a daily basis without any adjournment in Pathankot town of neighbouring Punjab.

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Petrol, diesel in Delhi hit record highs

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New Delhi, May 20: Petrol, diesel in State-run Indian Oil Corp on Sunday raised transport fuel to record highs in Delhi on the seventh day of resuming the daily price change system, following a temporary suspension that lasted 20 days.

The price of petrol in Delhi touched a record high of Rs 76.24 per litre under the dynamic pricing regime beating the previous high of Rs 76.06 in the city on September 14, 2013.

Sunday’s hike of 33 paise over the previous day was the highest since dynamic pricing resumed after the suspension, coinciding with the Karnataka elections.

Diesel in the national capital on Sunday went to its highest level of Rs 67.57 per litre.

Petrol prices climbed to new multi-year highs in other major metro cities too — Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai — at Rs 78.91, Rs 84.07 and Rs 79.13 per litre respectively.

Diesel prices also touched record high levels on Sunday in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. They rose to Rs 70.12, Rs 71.94 and Rs 71.32 per litre respectively.

The price of the Indian basket of crude oils, composed of 70 per cent sour grade Oman and Dubai crudes and the rest by sweet grade Brent, has gone upwards of $70 a barrel this month, after rising to an average of $69.30 in April 2018.

It averaged $47.56 and $56.43 per barrel respectively during the last two financial years.

During a telephonic interaction earlier this week with Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan raised concern over the surge in crude oil prices.

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