Daily News Summary – July 24, 2017


NIA arrests 7 separatist leaders

The National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested seven separatist leaders in terror funding case. According to initial reports, those arrested include Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Naeem Khan and son-in-law of Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The separatist leaders were arrested by NIA on charges on money laundering. The arrest of separatist leaders comes days after ED registered a money laundering caseagainst terror groups and separatist organisations operating in Kashmir, including Pakistan-based LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and the Hurriyat Conference, to probe alleged funding received by separatists for carrying out subversive activities in the valley.


Six Congress MPs suspended from Lok Sabha for 5 days

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday suspended Six Congress MPs from Lok Sabha for five days due to their unruly behaviour. The six MP who have been suspended are Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan. “Suspended MPs had stormed the Well, torn papers and thrown it towards the Chair,” said Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. As the Speaker pronounced their suspension, many Congress members again trooped into the Well, with K C Venugopal being heard telling her that she should suspend all Congress members.


Swine Flu: Tamil Nadu records highest number of Swine flu cases in India

Latest data showed that as many as 632 people have died of swine flu so far in 2017, a viral illness that created a pandemic in 2009.Till July 16, 2017, H1N1 virus affected 13,188 people and caused 632 deaths across the country as against 1,786 infections and 265 deaths in the whole of last year. The southern state of Tamil Nadu recorded close to 3,000 cases of H1N1 influenza virus since January 2017 – the highest in the country. Maharashtra, with 300 deaths out of the  2,738 cases reported, is the worst hit in terms of mortality. The state of Gujarat, which recorded 75 deaths out of 289 infections, is the second-worst affected, followed by Kerala (63 deaths out of 1,127 reported cases) and Rajasthan (59 out of 407 succumbed to H1N1 complications. Telangana and Tamil Nadu registered 17 and 15 deaths respectively.


Sasikala and Abdul Karim had special treatment in jail, confirm officials

The Bengaluru prison senior officials, who appeared before the members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Karnataka Legislative Assembly, admitted that both Sasikala and multi-crore stamp paper scam kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi were given special treatment inside the jail. The committee headed by Bharatiya Janata Party MLA and former home minister R Ashok has asked the officials to submit a report within 15 days. Earlier on July 10,  Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of prisons, D Roopa Moudgil, in her four-page report, had said a special kitchen was functioning in the jail for Sasikala, where she has been lodged since February 15 to serve her sentence. She had also claimed that the AIADMK chief gets special food daily, cooked by special chefs in a special kitchen near the women’s cell.  Roopa had also revealed that special treatment also being extended to Abdul Karim Telgi, convicted in fake stamp paper scam. “3-4 convicted prisoners has been allotted to Abdul Telgi for body massage,” D Roopa had claimed.


Russia keen on selling MiG-35 jet to India

Russia is keen on selling its new fighter jet MiG-35 to India with the MiG corporation’s chief saying the country has evinced interest in the aircraft and talks were on to understand its requirements. Director General of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Ilya Tarasenko claimed that MiG-35 was “the best” and definitely better than Lockheed Martin’s fifth-generation combat aircraft F-35. MiG aircraft have been used by India for almost 50 years. Around 30 countries are using various modifications of MiG-35’s predecessor, the MiG-29, and that “talks are already ongoing with potential buyers.”



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