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Burhan Wani sought LeT chief Hafiz Saeed's help to fight 'common enemy' in Kashmir

Before Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed in an operation in Kashmir, he spoke to Lashker-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed seeking his "blessing" and suggesting to create a joint terror front in Kashmir to fight the "common enemy", the intercepted conversation by the spy agencies suggest.

According to the intercepted conversation between Wani and Pakistani-based Saeed, which Catch News cannot independently verify, Saeed praises Wani, who was also the poster boy for Kashmir militancy, for his "great work" and offers all help to Hizbul militants.

Saeed, who also reportedly masterminded the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, said,"You are very dear to us and you are doing great work. We are very happy with you."

Gujarat High Court grants bail to 4 in Una Dalit thrashing case

The Gujarat High Court today granted bail to four accused, including two policemen, who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the Dalit flogging incident at Una town of Gir-Somnath district.

Those granted bail by Justice A J Desai are Shantibhai Monpara, Nitin Kothari, suspended police inspector of Una Nirmalsinh Zala and sub-inspector Narendradev Pandey. Shantibhai Monpara is the trustee of Sanatan Gau-Seva Trust, while Nitin Kothari is associated with the trust and allegedly thrashed the Dalits.

During the arguments today, Shantibhai Monpara and Nitin Kothari's lawyer Virat Popat pleaded that both of them should be released on bail as the investigations into the case is complete and the charge sheet is also filed in September.

The counsel urged the court that both his clients are having a clean track-record and no other offence was lodged against them in the past except this one. He urged the court that there is no meaning of keeping the duo in jail at this juncture.

American tourist alleges gangrape by 5 men in Delhi hotel

A woman based in the United States has alleged that she was gangraped by five men at a hotel near Delhi's Connaught Place area in March this year.

The woman has sent a detailed email describing her ordeal to the Delhi police, the Times of India reported. According to the report, she told the police that she would return to Delhi to record her statement once an FIR was registered.

During her visit to India in March, the woman had booked a tourist guide on the recommendation of the hotel management. In the email, the woman alleged that the guide came to her hotel room - accompanied by four of his friends - on the pretext of discussing a tourist route. She alleged that they had a few drinks, following which all five took turns to rape her.

The woman, who was traumatised by the incident, went back to the US immediately. In the complaint, the woman revealed that she did not tell her family about the incident and that she has been under depression since she left India.

1 civilian killed, terrorist flee as Kulgam encounter ends

The encounter between security forces and militants that broke out in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district on 3 December has ended.

While the terrorists fled the spot, a local resident was killed in the cross-fire. According to a report in JKNewstoday, the civilian, Assadullah, a guard with the Fisheries Department, was shot during the cross fire and succumbed to his injuries.

The security forces launched a combing operation in the area, following an intelligence input about the presence of militants.

Ahmedabad business who disclosed Rs 13,860 crore black money goes missing

The IT department is on the lookout for Mahesh Shah, an Ahmedabad-based businessman, who had declared black money worth Rs 13,860 crore in October this year.

Shah went missing a few days before the 30 November deadline for depositing 25% of the undisclosed amount.

According to an NDTV report, IT officials have searched Shah's residence, his office premises as well as the residence of his chartered accountant Tehmul Sethna who had helped him with the disclosures.

A leading daily quoted Sethna as saying, "He (Shah) studied up to 12th grade and is very intelligent. I can tell you that he is very well connected and has been into big dealings. I had no reason to doubt his credentials."

Pathankot: Infiltration bid foiled as BSF gun down intruder at Dhinda post

The Border Security Force (BSF) foiled an infiltration bid on 3 December after they shot dead an intruder at the Dhinda post in Pathankot.

Times Now reported that three to four intruders from Pakistan attempted to cross the border last night. The intruders were shot dead when the BSF opened fired after spotting them.

The police said that 250 security personnel including the SWAT were deployed in search of the intruders after a local resident claimed to have seen armed men in the border district of Punjab.

Friday, 20 January @ 13:00

After winning Formula One title, Nico Rosberg announces shock retirement

Just barely a few weeks after winning his first ever Formula One World Championship, German driver Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement in a Facebook post, shocking the world of race car driving.

After battling it out with teammate Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg finished second in the last and final race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to claim the prize. Rosberg reached the 'pinnacle' of the career and felt it was better to quit while ahead of the game.

Friday, 20 January @ 13:00

Death toll after demonetisation has reached 82

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook up the economy by banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, the economy has been in turmoil. The stock market has plunged 7% and the value of the rupee at its lowest against the dollar.

Many people have had to wait in never-ending queues and because of this action by the government, 82 people have now died in just under a month.

 
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