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Hurriyat Terror Financing Case: NIA special Court announces life imprisonment to JKLF chief Yasin Malik

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‘Shutdown in Lal Chowk, mobile internet snapped in parts of valley’

Srinagar, May 25 (ANH): National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court on Thursday announced its verdict and sentenced life imprisonment to JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik in “Hurriyat-Terror Financing Case.”

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A statement issued to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the NIA said that today, NIA Special Court, Patiala House, New Delhi pronounced sentence convicting accused under various sections of UA(P) Act and IPC as follows: “Yasin Malik alias Aslam s/o Md. Ghulam Qadir Malik r/o Yasin Gali, Mayasuma, Srinagar, UT of J&K was sentenced to: 10 yrs rigorous imprisonment ( RI) and fine under section 120B of IPC , Life imprisonment and fine under section 121 of IPC, 10 yrs RI and fine under section 121A of IPC, 05 yrs RI and fine under section 13 of UA(P) Act r/w 120B of IPC, 10 years RI and fine under section 15 of UA(P)Act r/w 120B of IPC, Life imprisonment and fine under section 17 of UA(P) Act, 10 years RI and fine under section 18 of UA( P) Act, 10 years RI and fine under section 20 of UA( P) Act, 5 years RI and fine under section 38 of UA(P) Act, 5 years RI and fine under section 39 of UA( P) Act.”

The NIA statement said the case pertains to the conspiracy of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Amir of Jamaat-ud-Dawah and the secessionist and separatist leaders, including the members/cadres of the Hurriyat Conference, who acted in connivance with active militants of militant organisations viz Hizb-ul-Mijahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Laskhar-e-Taiba and others to raise, receive and collects funds domestically and from abroad through various illegal channels, including hawala, for funding separatist and activities in J&K to cause disruption in the Kashmir valley by way of pelting stones on security forces, systematically burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.

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“The case was registered suo moto by NIA on 30.05.2017. Chargesheet was filed against 12 accused persons including two absconding accused persons namely Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, head of LeT and Yusuf Shah alias Salahuddin, head of HM, both based in Pakistan on 18.01.2018. Subsequently, first supplementary chargesheet was filed against one accused person on 22.01.2019 and second supplementary chargesheet was filed against 05 persons including convicted accused Yasin Malik on 04.10.2019,” the statement said. “Trial against remaining 14 accused persons in the case continues”, Meanwhile, a shutdown was observed in the area besides other areas including Lal Chowk etc. The authorities snapped the mobile internet at some parts of the valley as a precautionary measure.

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IAS Shah Faesal withdraws petition challenging Article 370 abrogation from Supreme Court

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New Delhi, Sept 20: IAS officer Shah Faesal has withdrawn his petition from the Supreme Court challenging the Presidential order to scrap Article 370, that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Bar & Bench reported.

Faesal was among 23 petitioners who had challenged the Centre’s decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370.

Shah Faesal’s decision to withdraw the petition comes months after he was taken back into the Indian Administrative Service in April this year and appointed Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Culture.

Faesal resigned from service in protest in 2019 to float his own political party in Jammu and Kashmir. However, his resignation had never been accepted by the government and he withdrew it later. Agencies

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TRAI orders telecos to provide 30 days’ validity plans to subscribers

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Srinagar, Sept 13: India’s telecom regulator, TRAI, has mandated that all Telecom Service Providers (TSP) must provide at least one plan voucher, special tariff voucher, and combination voucher which can be renewed after the completion of a month’s duration, 30 days.

In a new release dated September 12, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India added that if the date of such renewal is not available in a month, the date of renewal shall be the last date of that month.

“Every Telecom Service Provider shall offer at least one Plan Voucher, one Special Tariff Voucher and one Combo Voucher having a validity of thirty days,” it said in a release.

“Every Telecom Service Provider shall offer at least one Plan Voucher, one Special Tariff Voucher and one Combo Voucher which shall be renewable on the same date of every month and if the date of such renewal is not available in a month, the date of renewal shall be the last date of that month,” it added.

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If stray dogs attack people, those who feed them could be held liable: SC

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New Delhi, Sept 10: The Supreme Court on Friday suggested people who routinely feed stray dogs could be made responsible for their vaccination and also liable to bear the costs if those animals attack people while emphasising on the need to find a solution to the stray dogs’ menace, IANS reported.

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As a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and J.K. Maheshwari was hearing petitions in connection with the stray dogs’ menace in Kerala, Justice Khanna orally observed that he is a dog lover and there are many dog lovers and suggested that people who feed stray dogs could possibly keep a number or marking on the dog they feed.

“They will be responsible for vaccinating them and bearing the cost if a person is attacked,” he said.

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The bench emphasised that it is essential to find the solution of stray dogs’ menace and need to create a balance between people who feed stray dogs and also protect innocent people from being attacked by stray dogs.

It observed that it is important to accept there is a problem – dogs may become ferocious due to lack of food or they may get an infection. It further added that rabies-infected dogs could be put in a care centre by authorities concerned.

Advocate V.K. Biju submitted that since August 8 persons have died and schoolchildren and women are being attacked by ferocious dogs in public places. Biju had recently raised the issue of stray dogs’ attacks before the top court and highlighted the recent death of a 12-year-old victim in Kerala.

Counsel, representing the Kerala government, cited the Kerala High Court judgment passed in 2015, to cull the stray dog population as per local body laws.

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The court also asked the Sri Jagan Commission, formed by the Supreme Court in 2016 to inquire into complaints about dog attacks and the distribution of compensation to victims in Kerala, to submit a report.

After hearing arguments, the top court scheduled the matter for further hearing on September 28 and permitted animal rights groups to intervene. IANS

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