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first_imgSituation at Panjab University turned tense on Tuesday after a protest by students against fee hike turned violent even as police and students clashed on the campus. Hundreds of students gathered outside the Vice-Chancellor office and started protesting against the fee hike for the 2017-18 session announced by the administration. Shout slogansMembers of Students for Society, Panjab University Students’ Union, Students’ Organisation of India and National Students’ Union of India shouted slogans against Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover and the Ministry of Human Resource Development. They were demanding roll back of the hike.The confrontation started after students attempted to push their way to enter the VC office and the police tried to stop them. “We issued them [students] warnings but even after repeated requests they tried to barge into VC’s office. Later they [students] resorted to stone-pelting and hence we had to use water cannon, tear gas and mild cane charge to control the situation,” Senior Superintendent of Police Eish Singhal told The Hindu. 52 held“Twenty-two policemen have been injured while 52 students have been arrested on charges of rioting and damage to public property,” he said. The Aam Aadmi Party criticised the HRD Ministry and the Panjab University authorities for hiking the fees. AAP State youth wing president Harjot Singh Bains said the government was forcefully trying to silence the voice of students. “The fee hike decision is unprecedented and contradicts the duty of the government to provide education. The government must immediately roll back fee hike.” said Mr. Bains.He urged Chief Minister Capt. Amrinder Singh to release the State’s share of funds to Panjab University so that the students and facility members would not suffer due to fund crunch.last_img read more

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first_imgA month before the distraught farmers of Mandsaur launched an agitation demanding higher prices for their produce, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had made a detailed presentation at a Niti Aayog meeting on doubling of farmers’ income while showcasing his State’s success in achieving double digit growth in the farm sector.Five-point agendaIn his presentation in April of this year, Mr Chouhan had mentioned five areas where the governments need to focus: decreasing the cost of cultivation; increasing productivity; shift in farm activities towards high value crops; better prices for farm produce; and risk mitigation through a comprehensive system of insurance and timely compensation.However, the agitation by farmers from the Malwa region in western Madhya Pradesh, considered the hub of soybean, pulses and spices cultivation, has shown that Mr Chauhan’s government did not apply his own prescription for the farmers of the State.In districts like Mandsaur, Neemuch and Ratlam, farmers, many of them small and marginal agriculturists with average land holding less than one hectare per family, have been complaining about the State administration’s apathy towards them.Plummeting prices“For last three years, we have been complaining about low prices of our produce. Since 2014, prices of soybean, methi, onion and pulses have plummeted by hardly any intervention by the government,” said 55-year-old Kachrulal Chadavat, a farmer from Barkheda Panth village, 20 km north of Mandsaur.Having voted overwhelmingly for the BJP in the parliamentary elections in 2014, the farmers of these districts have become bitter and vocal critics of the Centre, accusing it of adopting anti-farmers policies.According to Mr Chadavat, farming alone can no longer sustain a family. He and other farmers contend that instead of paying better prices to farmers, the Centre has allowed import of commodities to flood the market, leading to a crash in prices in the domestic market. The farmers blames a thriving nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and traders for the situation.Mr Chadavat cites the example of the fluctuating prices of soybean. “In 2005-06, we used to sell soybean at ₹5000 per quintal while the retail price of soybean oil was ₹55-60 per litre. Today, the soybean procurement price is only ₹2500-2700 while retail price of oil is ₹80 per litre,” he says pointing to the mismatch between the prices of raw commodities and the processed goods. “Lower procurement prices have led to this crisis in last three years,” said Ashok Rawat, who runs a seed shop in Naya Gaun near Neemuch.last_img read more

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first_img Militants will not target the highly guarded highways but will focus on interiors. The officer said that with the additional troops in place they would have room to dominate the areas to prevent major attacks.“Informants and security forces will be targeted, mostly single vehicles and small convoys. They will focus on the arterial roads and interiors,” the officer stated.Along with attacks within the Valley, infiltration attempts and to support them Cease-Fire Violations (CFVs) by Pakistan, are also expected to go up.One more battalionAn additional Army battalion was deployed along the Line of Control for counter-infiltration duties two months back, sources said.They said violence levels have been much higher this year even during the holy month of Ramzan. Attacks on security forces and infiltration attempts are being reported on a daily basis. Security forces estimate there are at least 200 militants in the Valley.This year till June 12, 77 militants have been killed — 32 on the LoC and 45 in the Valley. Last year for the same period 54 militants were killed.The CFVs by Pakistan during the same time have also gone up sharply. This year till June 12, 193 CFVs were reported while it was just five for the corresponding period last year. The CFVs for the whole of last year were 228. With Facebook banned, Kashmir’s youth reach out via Kashbook Mirwaiz’s team visits Ayub’s house Gruelling monthsOne senior officer said the Army believed violence and attacks in Kashmir could go up significantly after Eid, and go on till mid-September. There were two key events that the Army would be watching warily now: the annual Amarnath Yatra between June 29 and August 7 and the anniversary of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burwan Wani on July 8. (He was killed in 2016).“Between June 30 and July 8 they will try to build up the crowd for protests and may also resort to some violence. It will then continue till September,” a senior Army officer said.The bigger threat is from foreign terrorists in the Valley, estimated at 70 to 80. The officer said they were well trained and motivated to make their presence felt.To deal with the possible worsening of the situation, the Army has deployed five additional battalions, or 5,000 troops, in vulnerable areas beyond Banihal. Of these, three battalions will be on the National Highway ahead of Jawahar tunnel that links Jammu to Kashmir.Army sources said that with additional troops on the highway, existing troops got freed up and they were being moved into interior areas to “increase the number of company operating bases (COB).”According to Army estimates, the cycle of violence is expected to go on at least until September — till the United Nations General Assembly in New York attended by all Heads of States and where Pakistan traditionally raises the Kashmir issue. Another reason violence is expected to taper off after that is because the apple season begins by September-end. Once this ends winter will set in making infiltration and movement difficult. “So they would want to make maximum impact before that,” another officer said.Also Readcenter_img  Some seasoned hands estimate that most parameters for measuring Kashmir insurgency could go up about one-and-a-half times in the remaining part of 2017, compared with what has happened in the first six months of this year.“Violence will climb post-Ramzan and will go on till October. That is the peak season,” one official said. “In fact, in the remaining months of this year’s violence could breach all our expectations,” he cautioned.The death toll, including of security force personnel, militants and civilians, has crossed 150 this year, and it could well end up breaching the 2009 mark — of 375 casualties.The declining trend in militancy began in 2002-03, after a decade of extreme violence, and was maintained until 2013, when it began to pick up. “Since then, we have seen a year-on-year increase in militancy, and 2017 will end up being the worst year,” he said.Also Read Kashmir will witness a further flare-up of violence in the coming days, and 2017 could end up being the bloodiest year in over a decade, show latest indications. The beating to death of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith is the latest sign of flared tempers and a further worsening of the situation there, several sources in the security establishment say.last_img read more

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first_imgTwo persons died and six others went missing after a boat capsized on the Vena river in Nagpur district of Maharashtra on Sunday evening.According to some officials from Kalmeshwar Tahsil office, eight young boys from Nagpur had gone to Vena river near Chichbhavan village of Kalmeshwar Taluka for a picnic on Sunday.Three local villagers, who provided the boat to these boys, were also on the boat when the accident took place. When the boat capsized, all three villagers managed to swim to safety, but the boys could not swim.”Two dead bodies have been recovered and six others are still missing. We fear that these boys also drowned but we will have to wait for the recovery of their bodies,” informed a police sub inspector posted at Kalmeshwar police station.One of the deceased  boys was identified as Rahul Jadhav, a resident of Wadi area of Nagpur.Search and rescue operations are on to find the missing boys.last_img read more

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first_imgThe BJP today announced the names of Jaswant Singh Yadav, a minister in the Rajasthan government, and Ramswarup Lamba as its candidates for bypolls to the Lok Sabha seats of Alwar and Ajmer in the state. Yadav will contest from Alwar and Lamba, son of former Union minister Sanwar Lal Jat, from Ajmer, the party said in a statement. The bypoll to be held on January 29 was necessitated by the death of two BJP parliamentarians – Sanwar Lal Jat from Ajmer and Mahant Chandnath from Alwar. Meanwhile, Shakti Singh Hada and Manju Basu will be the party’s candidates for the assembly bypolls in Mandalgarh and Noapara constituencies in Rajasthan and West Bengal respectively, the statement added.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a writ petition seeking a probe by an independent agency into Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s alleged role in the 2007 Gorakhpur communal violence. He was the Gorakhpur MP then.A Division Bench of Justices Krishna Murari and Akhilesh Chandra Sharma said it did not find any discrepancies in the investigation or in the State government’s decision to refuse sanction to prosecute Mr. Adityanath. The petitioners, Gorakhpur-based activist Parvez Parwaz and lawyer Asad Hayat, alleged that the State machinery failed to carry out a fair probe. The case dates back to January 2007 when communal clashes broke out in Gorakhpur and adjoining areas after a Hindu youth was killed in a clash during a Moharram procession. Mr. Adityanath allegedly delivered a hate speech then, calling for revenge against the minority community.last_img read more

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first_imgReacting to reports of political turbulence in the NDA in Bihar, Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday that the alliance is intact in the State. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s phone call to his erstwhile ally Rashtriya Janata Dal patriarch Lalu Prasad started the speculation that the Janata Dal (United) may jump the ship. Several JD(U) leaders were also taking swipes at the BJP and projecting their own party as the senior partner in the alliance.“NDA was and is intact in Bihar,” Mr. Paswan told The Hindu. He had refused to comment on the events on Wednesday. He said that following the reports he spoke to Mr. Kumar and BJP leaders on Wednesday night to clear the air. “The CM clarified that the phone call to Lalu ji was nothing but a courtesy call to enquire about the health of a senior leader,” he said. The LJP leader also played down reported differences among the Bihar allies over sharing of seats in the Lok Sabha polls and said it would be sorted out when senior leaders meet.He described the RJD as “full of dirt” where nobody would like to go, adding that the Bihar Chief Minister had made four calls to Mr. Prasad or his associates in the last few weeks to enquire about his health.‘Avoid political prism’Mr. Paswan said that the phone call should not be seen through a political prism. “On July 12 we will have further discussions when BJP president Amit Shah will come to the State,” he added. Though Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, also a member of the BJP national executive, said the full itinerary of the party chief was not yet known, party sources said Mr. Shah is likely to meet the leaders of other NDA constituents as well, including Mr. Kumar. The BJP president had met Mr. Paswan recently.The seat-sharing issue in NDA has become ticklish due to the coalition’s changed equation after the JD(U)’s return to its fold.In the 2014 general election, when Mr. Kumar had broken away from the NDA, the BJP-led alliance had won 31 out of 40 seats, with the BJP bagging 22 seats, the LJP six and the Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party winning three.If none of them yields any of their respective seats, only nine will be open to negotiations as against 25 that the JD(U) had contested in 2009 as an NDA constituent.Although the JD(U) won only two seats fighting separately in tie-up with the Left parties in 2014, it put up a much improved show in the subsequent Assembly elections when it won 71 seats out of a total of 243.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgPunjab’s main Opposition, the Aam Aadmi Party, on Wednesday postponed a legislators’ meeting to August 24 to frame a strategy for the upcoming Assembly session to allow the party’s rebel faction to participate. The meeting was scheduled to be held on Wednesday. It was deferred after a group of the AAP’s dissident MLAs, led by ousted Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira, alleged that the meeting was deliberately called on Wednesday to coincide with their volunteers’ convention at Kotkapura. “We have postponed the meeting of our party legislators to August 24 (and it will be held) at 11 a.m. at the Vidhan Sabha,” Dirba MLA and LoP in the Punjab Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema said. “Kanwar Sandhu on Tuesday said that they (the rebel faction) wanted to attend the meeting but it was deliberately scheduled for Wednesday so that they could not attend it. Therefore, we postponed it and they are now welcome to (join) the meeting,” he said. Invitations for the meeting will be sent again to all the MLAs, he added. When asked how the party will put up a united face in the Assembly in the wake of the ongoing infighting, Mr. Cheema ruled out the possibility of any embarrassing situation. “They (rebel group) may do whatever they want to do outside. But in the Vidhan Sabha they will have to go by the party line,” he asserted. The three-day Assembly session will be held from August 24 to 28. The AAP plunged into crisis after Mr. Khaira was sacked as the Leader of the Opposition in July. Since then, the crisis has only deepened with the dissidents forming an ad hoc Political Affairs Committee (PAC) and naming Mr. Khaira as the interim chief of the party’s State unit.last_img read more

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first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday welcomed the Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to withdraw ‘general consent’ to the CBI for carrying out raids and investigations in the State. “[Chief Minister] Chandrababu Naidu has rightly barred the entry of CBI in his State… Previously there was no such need but times have changed because instructions are being sent to the CBI from the BJP party office. There are such provisions, we have read the Constitution as well,” Ms. Banerjee said at a core committee meeting of her party in Kolkata.last_img read more

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first_imgWidespread rain that lashed large parts of southern and western Odisha districts due to cyclone Phethai has spelt doom for the farmers.Rainwater entered fields where standing crops were yet to be harvested while harvested crops have also been damaged. During November and December, farmers harvest Kharif paddy crop. But the unseasonal rain has hit the prospects of a good harvest.Rain was reported from Gajapati, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kalahandi and Balangir districts.“We will not be able to cut paddy for next 15 days and it will be damaged in the field. Last year also, unseasonal rain had caused extensive damage,” said Darpan Pradhan, a farmer in Balangir district.In many market yards, crop in gunny bags was soaked due to incessant rain. Farmers apprehend that they would not get appropriate MSP for the paddy due to loss of quality in the rain.“We had issued instructions to all Mandis to protect crops by polythene cover. The government is keeping a close watch on the situation through emergency control rooms,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner.The State has received an average 8 mm rainfall while average 30 mm rainfall was recorded in 10 districts.In view of forecast for heavy rain, the government had made arrangements of temporary shelters in 174 places in Gajapati district.Meanwhile, a high level committee chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the additional assistance from National Disaster Response Fund of ₹1023.59 crore to Odisha for damages to life and property caused by cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ in recent months.last_img read more

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first_imgManipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday said all preparations have been made to give a rousing reception to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will arrive here on Friday. “Mr. Modi will stay for about one hour before going to Tripura,” he said. The Chief Minister is personally supervising the preparations at Hafta Kangjeibung ground in the heart of Imphal where Mr. Modi is scheduled to address a public meeting.Mr. Singh said that the Prime Minister would inaugurate eight projects and lay foundation stones for four others. “Since some armed groups have called a boycott of the visit of the Prime Minister, we are leaving nothing to chance,” he added.He also appealed to the people to occupy their seats by 11 a.m. to witness the launching of several developmental projects.Among the important projects to be inaugurated by Mr. Modi are Integrated Check Post at Moreh and the Dolaithabi barrage.last_img read more

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first_imgThe BJP on Wednesday swept a tribal council poll in Assam despite Statewide protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The party won 19 of the 28 seats in the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, where elections were held on January 19. The victory came less than two months after the BJP won 41% of the seats in the panchayat elections that were held after its alliance with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) hit turbulence over the Bill.“Assam reposes its faith in leadership of Sri @narendramodi and Sri @AmitShah. The results of North Cachar Autonomous Hills Council amply prove this… Congratulations to all my dear colleagues who won,” Assam Finance and Health Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted.The Congress bagged two seats while the AGP managed a solitary seat. The remaining six seats went to Independent candidates.The BJP had drawn a blank in the 2013 NCHAC elections while the Congress and Independent candidates won 10 seats each. But 17 elected members, including some from the Congress, defected to the BJP.The Congress received a major setback with district party president Nirmal Langthasa and former chief executive member Depolal Hojai biting the dust.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Rajasthan High Court on Thursday rejected the interim bail plea of self-styled godman Asaram. In his bail application, Asaram had stated that his wife Laxmi Devi was seriously ill and was admitted in the hospital. Since he has been in the jail for the past five years continuously, he pleaded for bail to attend to his wife. Justice Sandeep Mehta, while rejecting his bail plea said, “The court has no sympathy with such criminals.” He was hearing the plea after Justice Sangeet Lodha had refused to hear the plea on Monday.Objecting to his plea, government counsel argued that Asaram’s wife was fine and not serious.last_img read more

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first_imgThe engine of a Guna-bound passenger train caught fire on Tuesday between Taravat and Bilonia railway stations in Madhya Pradesh, but nobody was injured in the incident, a railway official said. After spotting the fire, the loco pilot of the Gwalior-Bina-Damoh passenger train applied the brakes, following which the passengers got off. “Nobody was injured in the incident which occurred around 12.40 p.m.,” said Guna-Gwalior section engineer Chandra Prakash Gupta. A relief train from Guna reached the spot, and flames were doused by separating the bogies from the engine. The train remained stranded on the tracks for nearly two hours before another locomotive was brought in.last_img read more

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first_imgThe newlywed bride who was abducted by a group of armed men at gunpoint in Rajasthan’s Sikar district has been rescued from Dehradun, police said on Sunday. Two more arrests have been made in the case, they said. Four persons had been arrested earlier. A police team along with the bride and prime accused Ankit Sevda and accomplice Vikas Bhambu have reached Sikar, officials said. The accused men were arrested from a court premises in Dehradun on Saturday, Sikar SP Amandeep Singh Kapoor said. He said preliminary investigation has revealed that the bride and accused Ankit Sevda knew each other. The bride will be handed over to family members after her statement is recorded.last_img read more

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first_imgEurasian jays are tricky thieves. They eavesdrop on the noises that other birds make while hiding food in order to steal the stash later, new research shows. Scientists trying to figure out if the jays (Garrulus glandarius) could remember sounds and make use of the information placed trays of two materials—either sand or gravel—in a spot hidden from a listening jay’s view. Other avian participants of the same species, which were given a nut, cached the treat in one of the two trays. Fifteen minutes later, the listening bird was permitted to hunt up the stash (video). When food lay buried in a less noisy material such as sand, jays searched randomly. But if they heard gravel being tossed around as treats were hidden, they headed to the pebbles to pilfer the goods. Previous studies have shown that jays—like crows, ravens, and other bird burglars that belong to the corvid family—can remember where they saw food being hidden and return to the spot to look for the cache. But these new results, published in Animal Cognition this month, provide the first evidence that these corvids can also recollect sounds to locate and steal stashes of food. In their forest homes, where birds are heard more often than they are seen, this sneaky strategy might give eavesdropping jays a better chance at finding hidden feasts.last_img read more

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first_imgThe United States on Wednesday (May 9) lodged a complaint against India over indications the country has underreported its price support for grains.Both the underreporting and the excess price support would violate the rules of the World Trade Organization, the US Trade Representative and Agriculture Department in a joint statement.Read it at Straits Times Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgA resident of the Fishers community in Indiana for over a decade, Gurinder Singh Khalsa is a prominent business leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has worked with public service leaders and organisations across the state and nation.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgMore than 450 Indians have confirmed their British citizenship under the government’s ‘Windrush Scheme’, set up in the wake of an immigration scandal last year.The ‘Windrush Generation’ refers to citizens of former British colonies who arrived in the UK before 1973, when the rights of such Commonwealth citizens to live and work in Britain were substantially curtailed. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgThe Supreme Court of India on April 20 has ruled that the properties of wanted terrorist and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Mumbai, valued at crores, will be taken over by the government. The properties in Mumbai’s Nagpada, originally Dawood’s, had been taken over by his sister Haseena Parkar and mother Amina Bi Kaskar—they are both dead, reported NDTV.The Indian government had sealed the properties under a law that allows the takeover of properties of smugglers, foreign exchange manipulators and their relatives in 1998. Parkar and Kaskar challenged this takeover that was initiated after the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai which killed 257 people.As Dawood fled the country, the departments concerned sought to seize properties belonging to him. The Supreme Court was moved after the tribunal and the Delhi High Court dismissed Parkar and Kaskar’s challenge to the takeover order in July 1998. The Supreme Court ordered status quo in the case in November 2012, as per the report.According to the government, several opportunities were given to them to show legal sources of income to acquire the properties. No valid document was filed was by them.As per reports, the two women had seven residential properties worth crores in their names–two in the name of Kasker and five in Parkar’s name. These properties were acquired with the illegal wealth of Ibrahim. A bench of Justice RK Agrawal and Justice AM Sapre in Supreme Court, therefore, dismissed the plea filed by his sister and motherIbrahim was considered to be the one behind the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and he is listed as a global terrorist by UN Security Council’s IS and al-Qaida Sanctions Committee. India was vindicated in its assertions that Ibrahim was living in Pakistan whenUN Security Council released a latest list of terror organizations and terrorists listing Dawood Ibrahim and his Karachi address.Three south Mumbai properties belonging to Ibrahim were auctioned for Rs 11.58 crore in November 2017 by the Ministry of Finance, under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act, Scroll reported.The three properties, which were won by Saifi Burhani Upliftment Trust. were Hotel Raunaq Afroz, also known as Delhi Zaika, Shabnam Guest House and six rooms in Damarwala building, the report said.The UK government froze Ibrahim’s hotel in Warwickshire and residential properties across the Midlands in September last year.Ibrahim’s crime syndicate, popularly called the D-company, has diversified in many other unlawful fields, lawmakers in the United States were told on March 20. “Pakistan-based crime-terror group, D-company, whose origins lie in India, expanded Karachi’s historic role as a drug transhipment point, and built a powerful transnational crime-terror organisation, in part from drug proceeds,” Dr Louise Shelley, professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, at the George Mason University had told lawmakers.  Related ItemsDawood Ibrahim. Indialast_img read more