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Search on for Sri Lankan drug trafficker’s associate

Enforcement agencies are searching for Athurugiriye Ladiya, a close accomplice of the drug trafficker Angoda Lokka from Sri Lanka. Tamil Nadu police are investigating the mysterious circumstances under which Lokka has died in July, while the Central agencies like the Narcotics Control Bureau are on their search to find his associates involved in drug trafficking.

Officials believe that Lokka belongs to the same network which had a consignment of 195 kg of heroin, seized in February 2019 in Bandaragama Koluthara, and another of 224 kg of heroin by the Sri Lankan Navy in March 2020.

 

Interpol issues Red Notice against Nirav Modi’s wife in relation to PNB fraud

The Interpol has issued a Red Notice against the prime accused of Punjab National Bank fraud Nirav Modi, Ami Modi. The Enforcement Directorate probe accuses her, a U.S. citizen, to be in connection with the money-laundering of funds.

Nirav Modi, along with his family had escaped the country shortly before the CBI investigations began and is now currently in a United Kingdom jail facing extradition proceedings.

 

Iran refuses to accept any demands beyond 2015 nuclear deal

As Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency visits Iran to press for the access to the stored or used undeclared nuclear material, Iran announces its decision of not accepting any demands beyond its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal.

The IAEA visit is a result of U.S. pushing to snapback UN sanctions on Iran for violating the deal with world powers. The body has received compliance from Iran to its agreements, until last year.


 


 

Central trade unions voice against airport privatization and IRCTC disinvestment

Ten Central trade unions turned against the government’s decision to privatize three airports Jaipur, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram to the Adani group, having the high risk of turning into a monopoly. The sale of a portion of the government’s stake in the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), according to the trade unions, will be against the interests of ordinary commuters.

Airports Authority of India has suffered leakages and loss of revenue through previous experience that had happened at Mumbai and Delhi airports, and the privatization of these three airports would lead to an escalation in the cost of airlines and the airline travellers as well.

 

Africa eradicates wild poliovirus

The African Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication announces Africa to be free of wild poliovirus after no new cases have been recorded in the past four years, resulting decades of continuous effort into a success. The World Health Organization declares Africa to eradicate a second virus, after the elimination of small pox four decades ago.

This leaves Pakistan and Afghanistan to still have the wild poliovirus.

 

Deadly Philippine attacks caused by suicide bombers

The Philippine Army chief holds two Islamic militants responsible for the country’s most extreme attack leaving at least 14 people and wounded 75 more. The two powerful explosions that took place in the Jolo town, are due to a bomb rigged in a motorcycle, while the second blast was a woman suicide bomber.


 


 

JeM chief Masood Azhar among 19 in NIA charge sheet regarding Pulwama attack

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet of more than 13,000 pages in a court in Jammu, revealing the making of the plan by the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and “Pakistani establishment” has been going on since 2016.

It has been more than a year since 40 CRPF soldiers were killed by a car-borne suicide bomber in Pulwama. The car was packed with two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) weighing around 200 kg.

 

Government undertaking the development of norms for post-COVID

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan announces that a team of health experts are engaged into looking at the post-COVID complications. While maintaining no records of the post-COVID data, the ministry has been looking at Hong Kong’s report. It reveals that chances of re-infection is based on a number of factors- patient’s immunity strength, mutation of the virus, etc. ICMR is reportedly monitoring the immunity span that the virus offers.

 

Home Ministry hints at reconsideration regarding NEET JEE

With the rising number of cases, the risk of students being exposed to the deadly virus has reached a great height. Several ministers, including West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Minister Aditya Thackeray, have expressed their concern for the student’s safety and requested the Center to look into the postponing of NEET JEE. Greeted with such requests, the Home Ministry has hinted into reconsidering the decision, while the Education Ministry denies any rethinking.

The global youth icon and climate activist, Greta Thunberg has also voiced her opinion on Twitter, against the conduction of NEET JEE in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

ED files charge sheet against 12

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge sheet against 12 involved in terror funding case involving banned outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. The probe is based on an FIR by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in October 2011.

The 12 are accused to be behind various execution of blasts in Jammu and Kashmir, funded by the Jammu & Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust. Large quantities of explosives and ammunition were seized.