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NL Correspondent
New Delhi, July 21

The National Investigation Agency, which is probing the terror funding case in Jammu and Kashmir has zeroed in on various properties possessed by Yasin Malik. The NIA listed 12 properties belonging to Malik, which are located in Srinagar. The properties, which are also in the name of his relatives is valued at around 15 crore. Among these properties is a mall at Srinagar, NIA officials say.
The National Investigation Agency had recently filed a chargesheet in the terror funding case. In the chargesheet, the agency named Zahoor Watali, a Kashmiri businessman and accused him of channelising the funds through hawala networks.

Why the pleas for justice made by Yasin Malik’s wife deserve no sympathy? Watali had transacted with Malik as well, the chargesheet says. He had got funds from the Pakistan High Commission and Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief, Hafiz Saeed as well, the NIA said. Malik has without a doubt been one of the notorious players in Kashmir. His cases date back to several decades back and over the years, he has successfully dodged the law, while continuing to propagate in favour of Pakistan. The cases against him are not ordinary. They range from acts of terror, causing unrest. In fact a 30 year old case, in which he was accused of killing Indian Air Force Officials was also re-opened. His name has cropped up in terror funding cases since 1995. Moreover he is also an accused in the abduction of Mehbooba Mufti’s sister. Malik and the other separatists in the Valley have been accused of diverting funds for their personal gains as well.
An NIA official tells a new portal – OneIndia that while a small part of the funds were set aside to foment terror and unrest in the Valley, a large part of it was diverted into buying properties. Malik, whose organisation JKLF was banned last month by the Centre, is also facing two CBI cases. These relate to the kidnapping of Rubaiya Saeed, daughter of then Union home minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, in 1989, and the killing of four IAF personnel in 1990. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a case on May 30, 2017 against separatist and secessionist leaders, including unknown members of the Hurriyat Conference, who have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organisations Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other outfits and gangs. The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala transactions, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in J&K and for causing disruption in the Valley by way of pelting stones on the security forces, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India, the probe agency said in the FIR. Yasin Malik and ten others were chargesheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under the Terrorist and Disruptive Act. The CBI named Yasin Malik as the main accused in both these cases.

The CBI moved the J&K high court seeking vacation of the stay and also shifting of the proceedings to Jammu. In 2009, the Srinagar bench had granted an interim stay of the trial before the special anti-terror court. The HC held that the Srinagar bench had no jurisdiction to decide a case that is being tried in a Jammu special court. Justice Gita Mittal further held that the petitions filed by Malik and others at the Srinagar wing could not have been taken up for consideration.

Yasin Malik admits to collecting funds and causing economic shutdown in Kashmir. The JKLF is also responsible for illegal funnelling of funds for fomenting terrorism. The JKLF is actively involved in raising of funds and its distribution to Hurriyat cadres and stone-pelters to fuel unrest in Kashmir Valley as well as for subversive activities. A total of 37 FIRs have been registered by the J&K Police against JKLF and two cases, including that of murder of IAF personnel, were registered by the CBI. The organisation was also involved in the kidnapping and killing of Ravindra Mhatre, an Indian diplomat posted the UK, in 1984. A week later, India executed Maqbool Bhat, a JKLF activist, who had been sentenced to death.

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HYDERABAD: Last Season’s runners-up Gujarat Fortunegiants made top performance by defeating defending champion Bengaluru Bulls by 42-24 in the first math of the second-day of the Pro Kabaddi league (PKL) season 7 at the Gachibowli Indoor stadium here on Sunday evening.

Revenge was best served cold for Gujarat Fortunegiants as they out-class Bengaluru Bulls in their first match of the season.

Gujarat Fortunegiants are the first team to break the 40-point mark this season in the first match against Bengaluru, who defeated Patna Pirates 34-32 in their campaign opener in Hyderabad on Saturday.

The season 7 of Pro Kabaddi League is surely one of the toughest seasons so far.

Gujarat Fortunegiants earlier had won the toss and have opted to choose the side of the court. (AGENCIES)

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Hours after former PDP legislator from Pulwama Khalil Band joined National Conference, G N Ratanpuri, former Rajya Sabha member, has resigned from the party.
Ratanpuri has submitted a letter to NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah.

“This is to tender my resignation from Central Working Committee, primary membership and any other position that I may be holding in the J&K National Conference.

Please ask the Vice President, General Secretary and the two Provincial Presidents of Kashmir and Jammu to let my exit be as quiet and dignified as my entry was.

“I hope they will forget all the heated arguments and altercations I had with them all through the past ten years regularly. I realised that the only way to stop this bitterness was to quit. I expect them too to realise that nothing was and nothing is personal.”

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SRINAGAR: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday asked militants to stop killing innocent people, including security personnel, and instead rise against “those who have looted the wealth of Kashmir for years”.

“These boys who have picked up guns are killing their own people, they are killing PSOs (personal security officer) and SPOs (special police officers). Why are you killing them? Kill those who have looted the wealth of Kashmir. Have you killed any of them?” Malik said, speaking at a tourism function in Kargil of Ladakh region.

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s obsession with Jammu and Kashmir has confined it to a single-issue foreign policy, often at considerable cost to itself and to other countries of the region, by stultifying the potential of SAARC, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said.
The former External Affairs Minister says similarly, India’s preoccupation with the threat perception and the possibility of a prolonged and decisive war keeps it self-conscious and distracted from a larger role in the changing world.
In his new book ‘Visible Muslim Invisible Citizen – Understanding Islam in Indian Democracy’ published by Rupa Publications, the 66-year old author writes that the legacy of the Partition or the “unfinished agenda” (of Pakistan) is most visible in the simmering conflict in Kashmir.
“Despite strenuous and perverse efforts of the enemy, the protracted conflict remains about Kashmiriyat rather than about Islam,” Khurshid notes.


“In many ways, accommodation between the Indian state and the aspirations of the people of the Kashmir Valley might have been possible with some give and take, but for Pakistan believing that they have a role and indeed an expectation of a favourable outcome,” he writes.
Elaborating on Kashmir issue and Pakistan’s role, Khurshid said Islamabad cannot be given a veto on New Delhi’s historical aspirations and stretegic concerns.
“It is incumbent that we find peace with our fellow compatriots, no matter how disenchanted they feel. But it is our problem and Pakistan should accept not to interfere openly or in a clandestine manner,” Khurshid told PTI.
The Congress leader writes that it is “puzzling” that Pakistan is still unable to accept that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.
He says it is “surprising” that Pakistan refuses to accept the logic dictated not only by India’s Muslims, but also by the Bengali Muslims of erstwhile East Pakistan.
“Despite Bangladesh, it is puzzling that Pakistan is still unable to accept that J&K is an integral part of India,” Khurshid writes.
“For Muslims in the rest of India, J&K means no less than to other Indians, i.e. a critical part of the definition of India. The thought of anything happening to it can only be at the cost of diminishing the idea of India,” he asserts.
The book which touches upon a plethora of topics including Sufism, triple talaq and the history of communal violence is essentially about Islam and Muslims, particularly Indian Muslims.
Khurshid attempts to place Islam in the context of modernism, and the Indian Muslim in the perspective of contemporary Indian politics.
Lucidly written and sharply argued, the book drives home the important message that there is no inherent civilisational clash between Islam and Hinduism as we know them in our national lives. (AGENCIES)

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MUMBAI: Retirement is solely Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s prerogative but chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on Sunday clearly stated that young Rishabh Pant will be “groomed” as India’s first choice keeper across formats in the coming days.

Dhoni has not announced his retirement from international cricket amid widespread speculations but has made himself unavailable for the next two months as he will be serving his regiment in paramilitary forces.

Without divulging much on two-time World Cup winning captain’s future plans, Prasad said that a legend like Dhoni knows when to retire but the future course of Indian cricket will be charted by the selectors.

“Retirement is purely individual (decision). A legendary cricketer like Dhoni, he knows when to retire. What is the future course of action, that is in the hands of the selection committee. I don’t think we need to discuss anything more on it. First of all he is not available. Second, we have already started grooming youngsters,” Prasad said at the media conference.

The former India Test keeper wants Pant to get as many opportunities as he gets ready to fill in the big shoes of Dhoni in the coming days.

“He (Dhoni) is unavailable for the series. He has expressed his unavailability. Having said that we had a certain roadmap and plans till the World Cup. Post World Cup, we have laid down a few more plans and we thought of giving as many opportunities as possible to Rishabh Pant and and to see, he is groomed. That is our plan right now and we did discuss this with him (Dhoni),” said Prasad.

Pant was already the number one choice in Tests and now with uncertainty over Dhoni’s future, he has become the preferred choice in all three formats.

The 21-year-old is a powerhouse of talent but at times, his shot selection in crucial moments have been questioned including in India’s World Cup semfinal loss to New Zealand.

However, Prasad praised Pant for his innings of 32 against the Black Caps after India lost three wickets for five runs chasing 240.

“He played well. Especially in those conditions, he batted really well,” he added. (AGENCIES)

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NEW DELHI: The mortal remains of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit were consigned to flames on Sunday, with colleagues, Congress workers and admirers braving heavy rains and gusty winds to bid her final farewell.

The 81-year-old Congress veteran, who died on Saturday due to cardiac arrest, was cremated with full state honours at the Nigambodh Ghat.

Top Congress leaders, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, were present at the funeral.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Home Minister Satyendar Jain were among those who attended the last rites.

A large number of party workers were gathered at the site despite torrential rains.

Earlier, paying homage to Dikshit, Sonia Gandhi said the three-time chief minister of Delhi was a friend and like an elder sister to her. Her demise was a big loss to the Congress party, she said.

BJP patriarch L K Advani and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj also visited Dikshit’s residence and paid tributes to her.

Dikshit’s body was taken to the Congress headquarters where top party leaders, including Manmohan Singh, chief ministers Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath, paid their respects. Later, the body was taken to the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office, the city unit which she was heading at the time of her death.

Friends and admirers fondly recalled their interactions with Dikshit during her 15 years stint as the chief minister of the national capital.

Dikshit’s friend Anastasia Gill, former Delhi Minority Commission member, said, she will remember the Congress leader for her strong character and determination.

“Sheila treated everyone equally and it was her determination that she could fight back the allegations of corruption during her third term as chief minister,” Gill said.

Congress worker Virender Kumar Chaudhary, who is physically challenged, recollected his visit to Dikshit four days ago.

He reminisced how Dikshit ensured cycles for the physically challenged and her assistance in securing admission for his daughter at a college in 2008.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited her residence and was accompanied by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari.

As the longest serving woman chief minister who steered her party to victory for three consecutive terms in 1998, 2003 and 2008, Dikshit ushered in an era of all-round development that transformed Delhi into a world class capital.

She also initiated green reforms in public transport sector successfully accomplishing the shift from polluting vehicles to a CNG based fleet. (agencies)

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced squads for India’s upcoming tour to West Indies.

The squad for three T20 matches will include skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, and Navdeep Saini.

Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, and Jaspreet Bumbrah has been roped in for two Test matches against the West Indies.

MS Dhoni will not be part of this tour.

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Over seven crore 32 lakh farmer families across the country have received the first and second instalments of 2 thousand rupees each under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana amounting to 14 thousand 646 crore rupees.

An official source said Uttar Pradesh with over two crores twenty lakh farmer families topped the list followed by Andhra Pradesh with 72 lakh and Maharastra 50 lakh farmers.

PM-KISAN envisages covering approximately 14 crore 50 lakh beneficiaries across the country subject to exclusion criteria.

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