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A Dossier Says, Azhar Travelled To Africa And Gulf And UK To Collect Funds For Jihad in Kashmir, Afghanistan And Somalia

New Delhi: A dossier on the terror mastermind that has been handed over to Pakistan by India says, Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar travelled to the African and Gulf countries as well as the UK between 1990 and 1993 to collect donations for jihad in Kashmir, Afghanistan and Somalia. The dossier lists countries such as Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Zambia, the UAE, Bangladesh and the UK among the places that he visited during his trips.

Masood Azhar’s foreign sojourns took place due to his proximity to Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil and Osama Bin Laden, the dossier says. Maulana Fazlur headed the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and was close to Osama bin Laden, whose Al Qaeda funded the Jamia Binoria, where Azhar completed his education and later joined as a teacher and managed to impress Maulana Fazlur.

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Patnaik Considering Contesting Polls From A Seat In Western Part Of State To Counter BJP And Congress

New Delhi: Odisha chief minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik is “seriously considering” a proposal to contest the assembly polls from a seat in the western part of the state amid reports of mounting anti-incumbency and opposition BJP and Congress planning a tough fight there.

“The leaders of western Odisha, the farmers, the women and the students have requested me to stand from western Odisha. I am considering it very seriously,” Patnaik told reporters here on Sunday. The chief minister did not specify any particular assembly seat, but party sources indicated that he may contest from Bijepur in Bargarh district in western Odisha where his party candidate had defeated BJP in a high-voltage contest in assembly bypoll last year.

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Former Supreme Court Judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose May Be Appointed As The First Lokpal Of The Country

New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose is likely to be the first Lokpal of the country. Justice PC Ghose’s name was cleared by the selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi.

Justice Ghose’s name was among the top 10 names that was shortlisted by the Lokpal Search Committee. After retiring in May 2017 from the Supreme Court, Justice Ghose joined the National Human Rights Commission.

Justice Ghose is a former judge of Calcutta high court and has also served as the former chief justice of Andhra Pradesh high court. Jutice Ghose’s appointment has come nearly five years after the Lokpal Act was notified on January 16, 2014. The law provides for a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to probe cases of corruption against public servants.

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Priyanka Vadra Accuses BJP Government For Neglecting Youth, Women, Farmers And Working Class

New Delhi: A day before she begins her river journey from Prayagraj to Varanasi to launch poll campaign, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra targeted BJP government for ‘neglecting’ youth, women, farmers and working class and said she was reaching out to people with the help of Ganga that was a support to people of Uttar Pradesh.

“As a soldier of Congress my responsibility is to join hands with you to change the politics of Uttar Pradesh. The youth, farmers and working class are facing problems and they want to share their pain. In the din of political calculations the voice of youth, women, farmers and workers has disappeared from state’s policies,” said Priyanka, the AICC general secretary for east UP in an open letter to people before the scheduled launch of her poll campaign.

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UP Government Files Affidavit About Revised Proposal Of Setting Up GST Appellate Tribunal In Prayagraj

New Delhi:  The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government filed an affidavit before the Allahabad High Court stating that a revised proposal had been sent to the Centre to set up a Goods and Service Tax (GST) Appellate Tribunal in Prayagraj and its regional benches in 19 other districts of the state.

Earlier, the state government had proposed that the tribunal be set up at Lucknow. Taking the affidavit on record, a division bench of justice Bharati Sapru and justice Piyush Agrawal directed that the matter be list for hearing after two weeks.

The counsel for the petitioner contended that despite a clear-cut provision to set up an appellate tribunal, no GST Tribunal had been set up in the state so far. As a result, the GST assessees in the state were facing problems, the counsel stated.