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Najeeb Disappearance case: Patiala Court reserves order on conducting lie-detector test

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New Delhi, Nov 15: The Patiala House Court on Wednesday has reserved order on CBI plea seeking to conduct a lie-detector test of 9 suspected JNU students in the Najeeb Ahmed Disappearance case.

Last month, the court heard the agency’s plea seeking the students’ consent for undergoing the polygraph test and asked the nine to file their replies by November 10.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court fixed December 21 as the next date in the case, after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sought more time to complete its investigation.

In a status report submitted before the High court, CBI cited that the probe was underway and asked for more time to complete it. It has reportedly told the court that the autorickshaw driver, who the Delhi Police claimed to have dropped Ahmed at Jamia Millia Islamia University, has retracted his statement.

The case pertains to the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who had gone missing from his hostel on October 16, 2016.

On October 15, 2016, Najeeb Ahmed was spotted getting into an autorickshaw on the campus after an alleged brawl between him and members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at Delhi’s Mahi-Mandavi Hostel on the night of October 14.

In May, the Delhi High Court transferred the investigation into the case from the police to the CBI, after Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, approached it following the police’s failure to trace him.

The CBI registered a First Information Report (FIR) in June and started the investigation.

On June 29, it also declared a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information about the whereabouts of Najeeb. Ahmed has not been seen since, and more than a year later, the authorities are yet to find him.

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Karnataka CM briefs President on Rescue operations in Kodagu, Modi assures help

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Kodagu (Karnataka), Aug 19 :Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Sunday briefed President Ram Nath Kovind on the rescue operations in flood-hit Kodagu district where more than 3,500 people have been rescued and e six people were killed even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday gave assurance of providing help to tackle the flood situation in various parts of the state.

 

“The Chief Minister spoke to the President and informed him that the Indian Army, Navy and other state and central agencies have rescued more than 3,500 people so far,” an official statement said as hundreds are marooned in villages and towns due to heavy rains.

The Chief Minister, for a second consecutive day, held an aerial survey and visited the towns and villages of the coffee-growing district, which has been the worst-hit in the state due to south-west monsoon rains.

Operations are on to rescue those stranded at various places, it added.

As many as 317 people were rescued and shifted to safer places in the district on Saturday and rescue operations were on around Makkandor and other areas of the district on Sunday, said officials, adding that the rescued included a two-month-old infant.

Modi, in a tweet, said he spoke to Kumaraswamy regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. “Extended all possible support in the rescue and relief operations. I pray for the safety and well-being of those in the flood affected areas,” he tweeted.

 

 

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Al Ansari Exchange Donates half a million dirhams to Kerala Flood Victims

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Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has announced a donation of half a million dirhams to aid in the relief efforts in the South Indian state of Kerala that has been ravaged by unprecedented floods.

Incessant rains and floods in Kerala have led to the death of hundreds of Indian citizens and have left thousands of people homeless. To offer further support to the victims of this calamity, the company has launched a service through which, donations can be made to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) with no service charges, through its branches across the UAE.

Mohamed Ali Al Ansari, Chairman and Managing Director, Al Ansari Exchange, said: “We are keen to support Kerala flood victims in view of the massive devastation and damage caused by unprecedented floods that has struck the region. Considered to be the region’s worst flood in last 100 years, the crisis has caused several deaths and displacement of thousands of people in Kerala.

Through this contribution and by waiving off the service charges on all donations made to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund through our branches, we aim to make a positive impact in mitigating the crisis Kerala is going through and offer support to the victims of this calamity.”

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Rescued Kerala flood victim lauds NCC cadets

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Kottayam, Aug 19 : A rescued Kerala flood victim on Sunday lauded the efforts of the NCC Kottayam unit tweeting: “All the temples, mosques and churches here are drowned in water, but God came wearing uniforms to save us”.

The Kottayam unit of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and the Lakshadweep Directorate have been actively involved in the rescue and relief efforts for the past few days after rains and floods battered Kerala.

By now, the NCC Kottayam unit has rescued more than 100 people besides providing relief to around 3,000 people in the flood-hit regions of Pathanamthitta, Thiruvalla, Muvattupuzha, Idukki and Kottayam, in conjunction with the concerned civil authorities.

Led by Brigadier N.V. Sunil Kumar, the rescue group comprises around 60 military personnel including officers, 40 civilian staff and 600 cadets, both boys and girls.

“They are enduring the adverse weather and putting their own lives at risk without any equipment, improvising from available local resources and materials to save lives. This tweet has given all of us a huge morale booster,” Sunil Kumar said.

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