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By EMN Updated: Nov 09, 2017 11:15 pm


IT raids relatives of Sasikala, Dinakaran

Chennai, Nov. 9 (IANS): Income Tax (IT) officials on Thursday raided 187 locations belonging to relatives of jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala, her nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran and organisations connected to them in several cities, said a senior IT official. He said the search is in connection with unexplained routing of cash post-demonetisation through shell companies connected with them. Ten groups of IT officials were involved in “the search exercise taking place across Tamil Nadu, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and other places”, an IT official told IANS preferring anonymity. The tax officials also searched the residence of M. Natarajan, husband of Sasikala in Thanjavur, according to reports.

Militants shoot, injure SPO in Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov. 9 (IANS): Militants on Thursday shot and injured a Special Police Officer (SPO) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag, police said. The incident occurred outside the District Magistrate’s office in the south Kashmir town. The area was cordoned off for a search operation after the shooting, police said. SPO are youths engaged on a fixed monthly remuneration to fight militancy. In most cases, they are inadequately trained and with no official weapons.

Aadhaar linking compulsory for life, non-life insurance policies: IRDAI

Chennai, Nov. 9 (IANS): India’s insurance regulator IRDAI has mandated all insurers – life and non-life – to link the Aadhaar number of the policy holders to their policies The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), in a circular on Wednesday, told life, non-life and stand-alone health insurers that linking of Aadhaar number to insurance policies is mandatory under the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules 2017. It said the amended rules makes it mandatory to link Aadhaar number, PAN/Form 60 for availing financial services including insurance and also linking existing insurance policies. However the IRDAI has not specified any deadline for linking of Aadhaar number with the existing policies.

Sure to get ‘Arrow’ symbol, says JD-U Sharad faction

New Delhi, Nov. 9 (IANS): The JD-U’s Sharad Yadav faction on Thursday said it was sure of getting the party’s “Arrow” symbol from the Election Commission, which is hearing a dispute between the faction and the one led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The Commission had held a hearing in the case on Tuesday where senior lawyer Kapil Sibal argued on behalf of the Sharad Yadav faction while senior advocate Gopal Singh represented the Nitish Kumar faction. Janata Dal-United (JD-U) General Secretary Arun Kumar Shrivastav said although the JD-U was active in 22 states, Nitish Kumar showed the National Council consisting of only 195 members from only five states including Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir and Daman and Diu. The EC is next scheduled to hear the case on November 13.

No sexual harassment of Al Qaeda man: Tihar Jail to court

New Delhi, Nov. 9 (IANS): A Tihar Jail official has told a court here that sexual harassment allegations raised by suspected Al Qaeda operative and British national Samiun Rahman are not true. Rahman, 27, arrested on charges of radicalizing Rohingyas to fight the Myanmar Army, last week told a court that he had been sexually harassed in Tihar Jail. Rahman, lodged in Jail No. 1, said that on November 2, five security personnel came to see him in the jail and touched his body parts inappropriately and told him to strip. Rahman was arrested in Delhi on September 17. Police have said his mission was to set up base in Manipur or Mizoram and radicalize Rohingya Muslims to fight the Myanmar military. The accused was in India for the past two months under fake identity. An operative of Al Qaeda for the last four years, he had received a three-month arms training in Syria and fought in Alleppo, officials said.

13 injured in monkey attack

Balasore (Odisha), Nov. 9 (PTI): At least 13 people were injured when they were attacked by monkeys in Nilagiri notified area council (NAC) jurisdiction in Balasore district, hospital sources said. They said while seven people were treated yesterday, six others were admitted to the hospital today. All of them were attacked by wild monkeys, a doctor treating them said. The injured persons included two children. Of the 13 persons, two people have received deep injuries in neck and face area. Seeking protection from the rogue monkeys, locals resorted to road blockade on Seragarh-Udala main road. The blockade was, however, lifted after intervention of forest and revenue officials.

By EMN Updated: Nov 09, 2017 11:15:52 pm