Daily News Summary – August 31, 2017


Ex-Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Declared Absconder in Benazir Bhutto’s Murder Case

In a landmark judgement, the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan declared former president Pervez Musharraf an absconder in the murder case of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The bench also proclaimed former DIG Saud Aziz and SP Khurram Shehzad convicts in the case for abetting the crime. The judgement of ATC comes nearly 10 years after the assassination of Bhutto, the two-time former PM, in a suicide attack in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007. Five prime accused – Rafaqat Hussain, Hasnain Gul, Sher Zaman, Aitzaz Shah and Abdul Rashid- were acquitted in the case on grounds of insufficient evidence. They were suspected to be part of the extremist outfit – Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).


Frustrated Musharraf admits Dawood is in Pakistan and adds communal color to gain sympathy from Pak public

After years of denial, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has hinted that fugitive underworld don and 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Dawood Ibrahim is in Karachi. “India has been accusing Pakistan for long. Why should we now become good and assist them? I don’t know where Dawood is. He must be here, somewhere. India has been killing Muslims and Dawood Ibrahim has been reacting,” Musharraf told a Pakistani news channel. For years, Pakistan has denied about Dawood residing there whereas India has been maintaining that he indeed lives in a palatial house in Karachi. For the last 10 years, New Delhi has sent several dossiers to Islamabad in this regard, naming Dawood as the accused in the Mumbai blasts case.


Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s son Jasmeet could head Dera Sacha Sauda

With Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in a rape case, speculations are rife over his successor. Reports say that Ram Rahim’s son Jasmeet, who was on Tuesday anointed the administrator of the Dera sect, will succeed him. Reports further said that Jasmeet has the backing of Ram Rahim’s mother Nasib Kaur and wife Harjit Kaur. Nasib and Harjit are expected to meet the Dera chief in Rohtak to convince him to appoint Jasmmet as his successor. The names of Dera chief’s adopted daughter Honeypreet and Dera chairperson Vipassana Insan are also doing the rounds. However, Dera sources said dismissed all the reports and said no such move yet has been initiated by the Dera management.


CPM secretary accused in murdering RSS activist

CPM strongman and Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan has been named as an accused in a supplementary charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the sensational murder of RSS Kannur activist Kathiroor Manoj in 2014. The supplementary charge sheet was filed by investigating officer Hari Omprakash in CBI court III in Kochi. Jayarajan is listed as accused number 25 in the case. Five others are named as accused: Rajesh, Sunil Kumar, Mahesh, Sajilesh and Rakesh, all of whom were allegedly involved in the conspiracy and abatement of the crime. The CBI had earlier filed the first charge sheet in the case, listing 19 people as accused and 200 as witnesses.


Driving licence to be made mandatory for buying two-wheelers in Chennai

The State Transport Department has directed all Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) not to register two-wheeler vehicles in the name of unauthorised persons, who don’t have valid driving licence. The move has apparently been taken to reduce road accidents. Instructions have been issued to all RTOs, through a circular dated August 24. The RTOs will now meet vehicle dealers district-wise and instruct them to seek licence at the time of selling and also attach a copy of it while sending vehicles for registration. A transport official said this rule will be enforced on two-wheelers to start with.


Shahrukh Khan highest paid actor in 2017 Forbes List

Actor Shah Rukh Khan has made the most money in Bollywood in 2017- a whopping USD 38 million. While ‘The King Khan’s ‘Raees’ didn’t exactly make the cash counters ring (like it used to), he still made money with endorsements and home productions. The second in the list is Salman Khan, who missed the top spot by one million USD. His ‘Sultan’ was the second highest grosser of 2016. Akshay Kumar, who delivered hits like ‘Airlift’ and ‘Rustom’, has pulled in USD 35.5 million as yearly earnings. The only two women in the list are Deepika Padukone (#6) and Priyanka Chopra (#7) with USD 11 million and USD 10 million respectively.


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