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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Army man joins Hizbul Mujahideen: JK police officials
An army man who had gone missing from south Kashmir earlier this month has joined the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group, police officials said today. Idrees Mir, who was posted in the Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) unit, joined the group yesterday, a police official said.   The official said Mir had gone missing from Shopian. He joined the group along with two locals who had also been missing.  The Army maintains that he is "missing" and has no confirmation about his joining the terror outfit.

Veteran journalist S Nihal Singh no more
Veteran journalist S Nihal Singh passed away here today following illness, his family members said. Singh, 88, breathed his last at the National Heart Institute. He was suffering from kidney-related ailments. “He was ill for quite some time. But he turned critically ill for the past one week,” Indu Nihal Singh, his sister-in-law said. The veteran journalist will be cremated  tomorrow, she added.

Lalu's RJD faces EC ire over audit report
The Election Commission has warned RJD of suspending its recognition if it fails to submit its annual audit report for 2014-15 by early next month. In its order issued on April 13, the Commission said while parties have to submit their annual audit reports each year by October 31, Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal has not submitted its records for the year 2014-15. The last date for submitting the report was October 31, 2015.

CBI chargesheets Lalu, others in IRCTC case
The CBI today filed a charge sheet against former railway minister Lalu Prasad and others in connection with alleged corruption in handing out a management contract for two IRCTC hotels to a private company, officials said. Former Bihar chief minister and Lalu Prasad's wife Rabri Devi, and their son Tejashwi were also among the 14 people named by the CBI in the chargesheet file in a court here. The agency had recently questioned former Rabri Devi in connection with the case, they said. The case pertains to allegations that Lalu Prasad, as railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two hotels run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, in Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotels, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, in return for a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami firm. company. The FIR alleged that the RJD leader abused his official position for extending undue favours to the Kochhars and acquired a piece of "high value premium land" through the benami firm.

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