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India’s Bin Laden: Abdul Qureshi’s journey from a software engineer to a terrorist

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Delhi police Special cell today successfully nabbed Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Taukeer who was declared “Most Wanted” by NIA in 2008 Gujarat Bomb blasts.

In a major breakthrough, Delhi police special cell today succeeded in apprehending the hiding terrorist Abdul Subhan Qureshi. Qureshi, who is also known as Taukeer is one of the prime accused in many terrorist attacks across the country. Qureshi declared “Wanted” by NIA as well, was nabbed after a decade-long manhunt.

Qureshi’s name cropped up after the 2008 Gujarat Bomb blast in which 21 explosions took place within 70 minutes across Gujarat’s bustling urbane area of Ahmedabad killing around 56 people. He is also named as a mastermind of 2006 Mumbai Local Train blasts, Delhi and Bengaluru terror attack.

However, Abdul Qureshi was just another common man in India before he went on to become “The Bin Laden of India”. Living in South Mumbai’s neighbourhood Pydhonie, Qureshi completed his Secondary schooling from an institution run by an Islamic trust in Byculla. He graduated in 1988 from Antonio D’Souza High School and completed his post-graduation from one of the top colleges in Navi Mumbai. He also held a diploma in Industrial Electronics.

Qureshi also worked at a computer shop in Mazgaon on a part-time basis. However, later he also worked in top IT companies in India including Datamatics. He soon got married to a woman named Arifa and shifted to Mumbai’s Suburb Mira Road. However, he resigned in 2001 stating that he wanted to devote a year to religious and spiritual matters.

It is believed that while he worked as an engineer in elite IT companies located in Hyderabad and Bengaluru, he was spotted and recruited by SIMI in 1998. It is also believed that the techie-bomber was expert in making lethal bombs.

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Many times he also fooled NIA and police officers as he was expert in changing appearance.  He also helped organize SIMI’s conferences across various states of India. According to police officials, he participated in the October 1999 SIMI conference where Sheikh Yasin, the head of the Hamas and the Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad, were among those who delivered speeches through a telephone network. He edited SIMI’s magazine, the Islamic Voice, from New Delhi.

After SIMI’s top leadership was arrested by NIA, Qureshi co-founded Indian Mujahideen along with other members of SIMI.

His family, however, denied the charges on him in a press conference in 2008. His mother Zubeida claimed that the family believes Abdul Qureshi is innocent, but if he is guilty; he must be hanged.

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Javed Akhtar could have called us: ‘PM Narendra Modi’ producer Sandip Ssingh on credit row

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Apart from Javed Akhtar, another veteran lyricist, Sameer, had said that he was surprised to find his name in the credits. 

 

Mumbai| Producer Sandip Singh, whose latest film “PM Narendra Modi” is embroiled in a controversy after Javed Akhtar expressed shock over getting credit for a song in the biopic, says the noted lyricist could have shared his grievance personally.

The 74-year-old writer’s name was mentioned in the credits of the film’s trailer alongside lyricists Prasoon Joshi, Sameer, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Sardar, Parry G and Lavraj.

“Javed sahab is a senior writer in our country. We have grown up listening to his songs. We have used one of his old songs ‘Ishwar Allah’ from ‘1947: Earth’ and gave him credit. T-series is our music partner.

“I did not get any call from him and so I also did not call him. He spoke about it on Twitter, so even I replied there. But he could have called us,” Singh told PTI.

Apart from Akhtar, another veteran lyricist, Sameer, had said that he was surprised to find his name in the credits.

In his response, Singh said on Saturday that they gave credit to Sameer because they had incorporated his song “Suno gaur se Duniya walon” from the film “Dus”.

The trailer of the Omung Kumar-directed film, featuring Vivek Oberoi in the lead, released on Wednesday.

When asked about the response to the trailer, Singh said, “We can’t always have everyone like our work. We welcome all the criticism and we will learn from it.”

The film, which also features Boman Irani, Manoj Joshi, Zarina Wahab and Prashant Narayanan, releases on April 5.

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Vice Admiral Karanbir Singh becomes the new Navy Chief

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 New Delhi| The Modi government on Saturday appointed Vice-Admiral Karanbir Singh as the next Naval Chief of Staff. He will take over the charge from former Navy Chief Sunil Lamba. Vice Admiral Singh has been serving as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam. According to a news agency, Lamba will retire as the Navy Chief on May 31, 2019.

The Vice-Admiral in his career spanning over 36 years has served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. He has also been Joint Director Naval Air Staff at the Naval Headquarters, Captain Air and Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Air Station at Mumbai and as a member of the Aircrew Instrument Rating and Categorisation Team (AIRCATS).

 

 

 

 

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In the election month, 4.74 Cr farmers to get second installment of PM Kisan Scheme

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Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Centre announced the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan) scheme.

 

New Delhi| About 4.74 crore small and marginal farmers registered under the PM-Kisan scheme before the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for general election came into effect on March 10 will get the second instalment of Rs 2,000 each in their bank accounts, a senior government official said Saturday.

Of these 4.74 crore beneficiaries, 2.74 crore farmers have so far received the first instalment and the rest will be covered by month-end, he said.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has allowed the Union Agriculture Ministry to transfer the first and second tranche of the payment to all those beneficiaries registered under the scheme before March 10, the official added.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Centre announced the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan) scheme under which Rs 6,000 per year would be disbursed in three instalments to around 12 crore farmers who hold cultivable land up to 2 hectares.

In the budget, the NDA government allocated a sum of Rs 20,000 crore, to transfer Rs 2,000 each to farmers in the first instalment by March-end, for the ongoing fiscal under the scheme.

The PM Kisan scheme was formally launched at the national level by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 24 at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh by transferring the first instalment to 1.01 crore farmers, amounting Rs 2,021 crore.

“We were hoping to have the data of 12 crore farmers from across the country. But the data of 4.74 crore farmers have come before the MCC was enforced,” the official told PTI.

The government has already released the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to 2.74 crore beneficiaries and the remaining will be covered before this month-end, he said.

With regard to the payment of the second tranche to begin from April 1, the official said the ECI has allowed making the payment to all those beneficiaries registered before the MCC kicked in.

“We can go ahead and make the payment of the first instalment to the rest of the people whose names are on the portal. We can go ahead and make the payment for the second instalment as well,” the official said.

In Uttar Pradesh, the first instalment has been released to around one crore farmers so far and the Centre has received data of additional 66 lakh farmers.

The official further said that Punjab and Haryana are amongst the top beneficiary states as more than 80 per cent of the farmers registered under the PM Kisan scheme have received the first instalment.

While, some states including West Bengal, Delhi and Sikkim have yet not submitted the farmers’ data and therefore no money has been transferred.

The official also mentioned that no fresh data has come from states after the MCC came into effect.

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