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MCA ban on Shah Rukh Khan’s entry into Wankhede for IPL stays, say officials

MCA ban on Shah Rukh Khan’s entry into Wankhede for IPL stays, say officials

Posted on 31 March 2013 by GGS News

Mumbai,(GGS NEWS) 01 April : Mumbai Cricket Association’s five-year ban imposed on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) owner Shah Rukh Khan last year stands and he will not be able to attend his team’s IPL match against hosts Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on May 7.

“There is a clause in the agreement we are to sign with Mumbai Indians on Monday that any person who has been debarred by the association cannot enter our premises. It’s not specific to any single person,” MCA Joint Secretary Nitin Dalal said.

“We had informed everyone concerned, including IPL authorities and team owners, about the ban after the decision had been taken,” Dalal added.

The other Joint Secretary, PV Shetty refused to discuss the matter any further and merely said that “the ban stands.” The Bollywood super star was banned for five years from entering MCA premises, including the Wankhede Stadium, by the Association’s Managing Committee, headed by the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, on May 18 last year after he was involved in a skirmish with security staff and officials of the cricket body following KKR’s victory over MI two nights earlier.

Khan, however, denied he had misbehaved and maintained he reacted only after children, including his kids, were “manhandled” by the security staff at the stadium.

However, IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla, had said soon after the MCA decision was announced that a final call on Khan’s ban will be taken by the BCCI.

“State bodies can only recommend but a final decision has to be taken by the BCCI. When the matter comes to BCCI, the Board will decide (on the ban),” Shukla had told reporters last year.

Meanwhile, it has been learnt that security personnel at MCA have been told by the authorities not to allow Khan into the premises during this season’s IPL, commencing on April 3.

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Letter seeking pardon for Sanjay Dutt sent to Maha Home Dept

Letter seeking pardon for Sanjay Dutt sent to Maha Home Dept

Posted on 31 March 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 01 April : Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan forwarded expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh’s letter, seeking pardon for Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, to the state Home Department on March 28, a Raj Bhawan spokesperson said today.

On March 26, Singh and Jayaprada had met the Governor to seek pardon for Dutt, who already served 18 months, after being sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, he said.

Actress-turned politician Jayaprada had said, “He (Dutt) is an innocent person. It is very unfortunate. Knowingly or unknowingly, it has been written in his fate that he has to struggle like this. If you see the background of his family, his father Sunil Dutt was in politics and had a very good name. Perhaps, innocently he has done something”.

Significantly, Amar Singh and Jayaprada had met Dutt at his Bandra residence before they met the Governor at Raj Bhawan.

Earlier, several celebrities, including Press Council of India chairman, retired Justice Markandey Katju, as well as actor-turned-politicians Jaya Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha had sought pardon for Dutt.

Katju had sought pardon for Dutt under Article 161 of the Constitution, saying that he had not been found guilty of having played a role in the 1993 blasts and had suffered a lot.

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Flying squad teams to check copying in exams

Flying squad teams to check copying in exams

Posted on 31 March 2013 by GGS News

CHANDIGARH,(GGS NEWS) 01 April : In a bid to stop cheating in the state’s technical education exams, the Punjab government has instructed authorities to set up flying squad teams.
Annual exams are about to start in all Industrial Training Institutes  (ITIs) and Polytechnics of the state and he department has resolved  to check coying in these exams, said Anil Joshi, the state Technical Education and Industrial Training minister, in a press communique issued here on Sunday.
Authorities have been instructed to set up flying squad teams, which will conduct surprise raids in examination centres, he said.

“If any case of copying comes up, the principal of the institution will also be held responsible and departmental action will be taken against him,” Joshi said.

He appealed to students to shun the practice of copying in examinations.

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Outcast black holes live on the edge of our galaxy

Outcast black holes live on the edge of our galaxy

Posted on 31 March 2013 by GGS News

NASA,(GGS NEWS) 01 April : As many as 2,000 black holes kicked away from their homes are now living on the outskirts of our Milky Way galaxy, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, used new computer simulations to look at how our galaxy grew through mergers with smaller galaxies.

Scientists believe that every galaxy may have a black hole at its centre. As galaxies merge, their central black holes merge too, building a supermassive black hole millions of times the mass of our Sun.

However, collisions between black holes create gravitational waves, which can kick a newly merged black hole out of its host galaxy, New Scientist reported.

Valery Rashkov and Piero Madau of the University of California, ran simulations that show 70 to 2,000 of these outcasts may now linger in the halo of the Milky Way, depending on the properties of the objects that collided.

Some might have been stripped bare, while others may carry a few clusters of stars and dark matter, said Avi Loeb of Harvard University, who has proposed a similar idea.

Though faint, these star clusters should be observable with current or future telescopes.

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5 myths about stress busted

5 myths about stress busted

Posted on 31 March 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : Stress is apparently everywhere and we dealt with it at almost area of life, but too much of it can be hazardous to our health, according to experts.

Life coaches talk about working toward emotional fitness, as if we can perform Pilates on our psyches. But some ideas about stress and its risks are not correct, the Washington Post reported.

Dana Becker, a professor of social work at Bryn Mawr College and the author of “One Nation Under Stress: The Trouble With Stress as an Idea”, has busted some of the myths about stress.

First myth is that getting enough sleep, exercising and eating right can reduce stress. But the fact is that though taking care of ourselves can help us feel good, but it won’t come close to mitigating stress.

It is important not to neglect the cause of stress.

Second myth is that stress makes people more vulnerable to illness. But according to psychology professors Suzanne Segerstrom and Gregory Milleranalysed, who studied more than 300 studies on stress and immune system functioning, the immune system is extremely flexible and can handle even fairly large amounts of stress without going out of whack.

They said that stress can produce fairly dramatic changes in the immune system without necessarily causing people to get sick.

Third myth states that most people exposed to traumatic events develop post-traumatic stress disorder. But most people who have been through traumatic events don’t develop Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although about 60 percent of U.S. adults say that they have had at least one traumatic experience, the average prevalence of PTSD is between 6.8 percent and 7.8 percent.

Forth myth is that men and women respond to stress differently because of genetic and hormonal differences, in fact it can be said about gender differences in stress response that women and men act differently when they are under stress.

But, West Virginia University epidemiologist Sarah Knox has found that this isn’t the same as saying that men and women have different hormonal responses.

Fifth myth states that if women learn to cope better with stress, they’ll be able to resolve work-family conflict, but work and family aren’t having a conflict; it’s work and workplace policies, work and limited child-care options that are at odds.

Becker said that if we stop treating stress as the problem to be solved and instead work for the kinds of social and political changes that will benefit women, men and children, maybe then we can find a real solution for women’s “stress.”

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Andy Murray eyeing No.2 spot in world rankings

Andy Murray eyeing No.2 spot in world rankings

Posted on 31 March 2013 by GGS News

London, (GGS NEWS)  01 April  :: Brit tennis ace Andy Murray is eyeing number two spot in the world rankings ahead of his Sony Open final clash with David Ferrer on Sunday.
In Friday’s semi-final it was not Murray’s glittering tennis but his bottomless reserves of stamina that helped him edge past 34-year-old Tommy Haas in three sets, the Telegraph reports.
To claim the Miami event for the second time would be particularly sweet, not only because this is effectively his home court but also because victory today would propel him above Federer into the No 2 spot on the rankings ladder.
Murray said he would like to get to No 2 this week, adding would be nice, because it would show he is moving in the right direction.
Murray added you do normally benefit from better draws the higher your ranking is but worrying about the quarter finals or semi-finals of the French Open is pointless for him at this stage, adding it’s such a long way away and he would rather focus on trying to win his matches. (ANI)

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Narendra Modi inducted into BJP’s Team 2014, Amit Shah appointed general secy

Narendra Modi inducted into BJP’s Team 2014, Amit Shah appointed general secy

Posted on 31 March 2013 by GGS News

NEW DELHI,(GGS NEWS) 01 April  : Reflecting his new-found clout, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was inducted into BJP’s parliamentary board on Sunday, apparently setting the stage for a bigger national role for him.

Announcing Modi’s inclusion in the party’s highest decision-making body, BJP president Rajnath Singh released the list of his 74-member new team with controversial leader and former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah, facing murder charges in two fake encounter cases, along with Pilibhit MP Varun Gandhi as general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Smriti Irani as vice-president.

62-year-old Modi was the sole BJP leader to be inducted into the 12-member Board, filling a lone vacancy, pipping Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan in a race in which Modi appeared to have had the advantage after his hat trick in Gujarat.

Modi’s induction was on expected lines as there was a growing clamour within the party for giving him a prominent role outside Gujarat after his third consecutive victory in the assembly polls recently.

The only chief minister to be included in the parliamentary board, Modi is being projected by many in BJP as the party’s prime ministerial candidate and the new hope for bringing the party to power in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Incidentally, it was Singh who had removed Modi from the parliamentary board around six years back. Modi has also been made a member of the central election committee, a body whose role will be crucial in ticket distribution in the 2014 polls.

Modi’s stamp was also visible in other appointments announced on Sunday with Amit Shah becoming a general secretary in Singh’s team. Smriti Irani, considered close to Modi, has been elevated to the post of vice-president.

The team announced by Singh, who became president of the BJP for a second time in January when Nitin Gadkari was denied another term due to allegations of financial irregularities by his Purti Group, has Varun Gandhi, Murlidhar Rao and Rajiv Pratap Rudy as general secretaries.

While many in BJP feel Varun Gandhi can be used as counter to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi especially in Uttar Pradesh, Rao has made the cut due to his proximity to Sangh fountainhead RSS. Rudy, a Rajya Sabha MP, is close to Singh and was a spokesperson in the earlier team.

Hindutva face Uma Bharti, who was brought back to the BJP fold by Gadkari, has been appointed vice-president, along with former Karnataka chief minister Sadanand Gowda and former deputy leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia.

Ravi Shankar Prasad will no longer be a general secretary and chief spokesperson. He will continue as BJP’s deputy leader in Rajya Sabha. Another general secretary Kiran Maheshwari has been made vice-president.

Ananth Kumar, Thawar Chand Gehlot, JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan and Tapir Gao have been retained as general secretaries.

RSS has not changed its pointsmen in BJP with Ram Lal continuing as general secretary (organization), along with joint general secretaries V Satish and Saudan Singh, who were part of Gadkari’s team as well.

The other new vice-presidents are former Bihar BJP chief CP Thakur, Balbir Punj, Jual Oraon, Satpal Malik, former Madhya Pradesh head Prabhat Jha, and Laxmikant Chawla.

Only Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Bijoya Chakravarty have been retained as vice-president.

Kalraj Mishra, Shanta Kumar, Vinay Katiyar, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Najma Heptullah, Hema Malini, Purushottam Rupala, and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank were some of the vice-presidents in the previous team.

Another notable appointment is that of Poonam Mahajan, daughter of late party leader Pramod Mahajan, who has been made a secretary.

Singh has tried to keep a fair representation of castes, regions and factions within the BJP while giving prominence to people close to him, BJP sources said. Around 80 per cent of the team is below 60 years in age, they said.

While Shyam Jaju, Bhupendra Yadav, Vani Tripathi, Arti Mehra will continue as secretaries, Krishan Das, Anil Jain, Vinod Pandey, Trivendra Rawat, Renu Kushwaha, Sudha Yadav, Sudha Malaiya and Tamil Isai will be new appointments to that post.

Besides Jual Oraon, the other tribal leader in Singh’s team is Luise Marandi from Jharkhand who will be party secretary.

Saroj Pande succeeds Smriti Irani as the Mahila Morcha chief while Anurag Thakur has been given another term as Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha head.

Rajnath Singh’s political advisor Sudanshu Trivedi has been made a Spokesperson, along with Meenakshi Lekhi, Abhimanyu and Vijay Sonkar Shastri. Prakash Javadekar, Shahnawaz Hussain and Nirmala Sitharaman will continue as spokespersons.

Sanjay Paswan has been made President of the BJP SC Morcha and Faggan Singh Kulaste president of the ST morcha, while Abdul Rashid will head the minority morcha and Om Prakash Dhankar will lead the party’s kisan morcha.

Rajya Sabha MP Piyush Goyal has been retained as treasurer and OP Kohli as headquarter in charge, while former MP Ramkripal Sinha will be office secretary of parliamentary party and Shanmuknathan its joint office secretary.

The party’s central disciplinary committee has Radha Mohan Singh as president, Jagdish Mukhi as secretary and L Ganesahn, Hari Babu and Shyam Nandan Singh as its members.

The 12-member central parliamentary board headed by Singh has top party leaders Atal Behari Vajpayee, LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, M Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar, Thawar Chand Gehlot and Ram Lal in it, besides Modi who was inducted on Sunday.

All these top leaders alongwith Gopinath Munde, Jual Oraon, Shahnawaz Hussain, Vinay Katiyar, JP Nadda and Dr Harshwardhan will be part of the party’s central election committee. As mahila morcha chief, Saroj Pandey will be the ex-officio member of this committee.

Singh’s new team has 12 vice-presidents, 10 general secretaries, 15 secretaries and seven spokespersons, besides a 19-member central election committee and a five-member central disciplinary committee.

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South African ODI captain AB de Villiers  to miss RCB’s IPL opener

South African ODI captain AB de Villiers to miss RCB’s IPL opener

Posted on 31 March 2013 by GGS News

BANGALORE,(GGS NEWS) : 01 April : AB de Villiers, who tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend Danielle Swart in Johannesburg on Saturday, will not turn out for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL opener against Mumbai Indians on April 4 owing to his domestic commitments.

The Proteas ODI captain will be busy with Titans’ semifinal against Warriors in the South African domestic tournament Ram Slam T20 series on April 3. Should Titans progress to the final slated for April 7, De Villiers is certain to skip RCB’s first away game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on the same day.

De Villiers’ wedding, which took place in Johannesburg, was attended by his family, friends and teammates. According to reports, the 29-year-old proposed to Swart at Taj Mahal during the 2012 IPL season.

In his absence, KB Arun Karthik will don the gloves. The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman has played just four matches in the last two seasons for the Bangalore team. The youngster, who shifted to RCB from Chennai Super Kings in 2011, is best remembered for his last-ball six against South Australia in the Champions League the same year which took Challengers to semis.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan joined the RCB training session, bowling a few overs alongside Murali Kartik. After his brief stint at the nets, he sought the physio’s attention. Saurabh Tiwary too was at the nets, starting off with catching drills before wielding his willow in a short routine.

The camp will gather momentum when West Indians Christopher Barnwell and Ravi Rampaul and Australian Andrew McDonald join on Monday after Sunday’s rest.

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Pallekele T20I: Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 17 runs

Pallekele T20I: Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 17 runs

Posted on 31 March 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : Bangladesh innings:
End of over 20, Bangladesh 181 for 7: Sri Lanka win by 17 runs. Sri Lanka put up a great show after Kusal Perera’s cameo as hosts defeated Bangladesh by 17 runs. Putting into bat, Sri Lanka set a stiff target of 199 runs. Bangladesh, who gave a solid fightback managed to score 181 runs in reply. This was also highest total by Bangladesh batting second in the T20 internationals.
End of over 15, Bangladesh 137 for 6: What an over for Sri Lanka. Senanayake proved to be a wrecker-in-chief for Sri Lanka, as he removed the well-settled Mahmudullah (31) and then run-out Mushfiqur Rahim (39) in his back to back deliveries. The duo stitched 50-run together for the fifth wicket.
Mahmudullah run out 31 (18b)
Mushfiqur Rahim c Eranga b Senanayake 39 (29b)

End of over 12, Bangladesh 105 for 4: 100 up for Bangladesh. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim struck Shaminda Eranga for a huge six over the deep midwicket to bring 100-run for Bangladesh. Sri Lanka reached the 100-run mark in 11.1 overs.
End of over 8: 68 for 3: Out! Big wicket for Sri Lanka. Ashraful, who was turning on the heat on Thisara Perera with back-to-back sixes and a four departs off the last ball of the over. He was trapped in front of the wickets. Ashraful went for a huge swipe across the line and missed it. He scored 43 off just 27 balls.
Ashraful lbw b Thisara Perera 43(27)
End of over 5: 41 for 2: Although the visitors have lost two quick wickets but Mohammad Ashraful is looking good in the middle and scoring at a good rate. He holds the key for visitors in this big chase. Mushfiqur Rahim has joined him at the other end.
End of over 3: 27 for 2: Another one bites the dust. Although twelve runs were scored from the over but once again Mathews strikes and this time he clean bowled Jahurul Islam, who earlier smashed him from two boundaries.
Jahurul Islam b Mathews 11(9)
End of over 1: 9 for 1: Out! Great start for Sri Lanka as Angelo Mathews sends back Shamsur Rahman for 0. After being thrashed for two boundaries earlier in the over, Mathews comebacks well and traps Rahman in front of wickets.
Shamsur Rahman lbw b Mathews 0
Sri Lanka innings:
End of over 20, Sri Lanka 198 for 5: Riding on a superb fifty by Kusal Perera, Sri Lanka set a stiff target of 199 runs against Bangladesh in their one-off Twenty20 international match. Jeevan Mendis scored 37 off 17 and stitched a record 66-run stand for the fifth wicket for Sri Lanka with Ajantha Mendis. Thisara Perera’s blitz (22 off just seven) in the death overs put Sri Lanka in the driving seat at Pallekele. Bangladesh need 199-run to win against Sri Lanka now.
End of over 17, Sri Lanka 154 for 4: Mahmudullah and Abdur Razzak bowled some good overs to halt Sri Lankan run-rate. Razzak didn’t allow Angelo Mendis, who came at number six, to hit a single boundary in his over. On the other hand, Jeevan Mendis hit two consecutive sixes in the 17th over off Abdur Razzaq. Bangladesh have given 24 runs as extras in the match so far.
End of over 13, Sri Lanka 107 for 4: Kusal Perera departed after scoring a quickfire 64 runs. He smashed five boundaries and four huge sixes in his knock. While trying to cut the widish delivery off Mahmudullah, Perera got a thick edge which straight went into the keeper Mushfiqur Rahim’s gloves. Sri Lanka’s 100 runs came in 11.3 overs.
End of over 10, Sri Lanka 86 for 3: Sri Lanka lose two wickets in quick succession. Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal scored just nine runs before getting out to Abdur Razzak, whereas Lahiru Thirimanne fell short off the crease and was marvelously run-out by Jahurul Islam. Thirimanne departed for five runs.
End of over 8, Sri Lanka 77 for 1: Opener Kusal Perera struck his maiden Twenty20 international fifty. Perera took 30 balls to complete his fifty. He smashed five boundaries and three sixes in his knock. Perera survived a close leg before call on the first ball of the innings.
End of over 7, Sri Lanka 70 for 1: 50 up for Sri Lanka. It came-off in 4.5 overs. Opener Kusal Perera slammed Sohag Gazi for a wonderful boundary towards mid-on to bring up fifty for Sri Lanka. After some slow batting, Perera smashed Abdur Razzak for a huge six over deep midwicket in the sixth over.
End of over 3, Sri Lanka 35 for 1: Bangladesh spinner Sohag Gazi scalped Dilshan Munaweera (5) to get first breakthrough for Bangladesh. Opener Kusal Parera gave a solid start to Sri Lanka as he smashed two boundaries a huge six off pacer Shahadat Hossain. Parera survived a close leg before call on the first delivery of the innings.

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to field against Sri Lanka in their one-off Twenty20 international.
Middle-order batsman Angelo Perera has made his debut for Sri Lanka, whereas Shamsur Rahman has donned national colours for Bangladesh for the first time.
Playing XI:
Bangladesh: Shamsur Rahman, Mohammad Ashraful, Jahurul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim(w/c), Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Shahadat Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain
Sri Lanka: Kushal Janith Perera, Dilshan Munaweera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal(w/c), Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Perera, Thisara Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Lasith Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake

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Taliban spread terror in Karachi: Report

Taliban spread terror in Karachi: Report

Posted on 31 March 2013 by GGS News

Taliban,(GGS NEWS) 01 April : The Taliban wield control over large stretches of Pashtun neighbourhoods in five districts of Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi after chasing out workers of political parties and creating fear among law enforcement personnel, according to a media report today.

The latest players in land grabbing in Karachi are elements of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan “who have been putting down their roots in various parts of the city over the past couple of years”, the influential Dawn newspaper reported.

“Large swathes of Pashtun neighbourhoods in districts west and east, as well as pockets in districts Malir, central and south are reported to be under the influence of” the Taliban, the report.

About 30-odd Taliban factions have a presence in Karachi but the greatest influence is wielded by the factions led by Hakimullah Mehsud and Mullah Fazlullah.

The report quoted police officials and local residents as saying that the Taliban elements had entrenched themselves in the city after terrorising the Pashtun population into submission and driving out the Awami National Party, which draws its strength from Pashtuns.

On August 13 last year, an attack in Frontier Colony killed ANP leader Amir Sardar, and two party workers.

Since then, numerous ANP offices have been shut, scores of its workers killed and many driven out of Pashtun-dominated areas.

Qadir Khan, an ANP spokesperson who has joined the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, said that “no political party or group can stand up to these militants”.

The TTP confirmed its presence in Karachi for the first time when it claimed responsibility for an attack on the offices of The Business Recorder newspaper and Aaj TV channel on June 25, describing it as a warning to other media groups.

The report said Taliban fighters entered Karachi along with thousands of Pashtun migrants who were fleeing military operations in Swat and South Waziristan in 2009.

The migrants and the militants largely settled in ‘katchi abadis’ or slums with large Pashtun populations, including Pathan Colony, Future Colony, Sohrab Goth, Manghopir and areas along the Northern Bypass and RCD Highway.

“In 2010 and 2011, Tehrik-e-Taliban Paksitan elements were still gaining a foothold in the city, but last year saw them flexing their muscles to establish control over areas where they had a presence,” the report said.

The militants are so well-entrenched in areas like Manghopir that confronting them is “becoming exceedingly difficult even for law enforcement agencies”.

When a police team arrested an imam and nine militants last year after receiving a tip-off that several militants were at Masjid-e-Tayyaba on Qasba Road, they were soon surrounded by armed men.

Other law enforcement agencies refused to provide back-up and the outnumbered police officials were roughed up by the militants and “finally had to negotiate their release and that of their men, as well as set free the nine heavily armed militants”, the report said.

A short distance from Masjid-e-Tayyaba is a building that houses the Taliban office which operates by the name of “Anti-Crime Control Committee”.

On Manghopir Road, there is Masjid-e-Aqsa and another office of the Taliban named Ittehad-e-Qabail (Tribal Alliance).

Last year, when the Pakistan government released several Afghan Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture, there were celebrations in parts of Karachi.

The Taliban have also set up courts for “residents looking for a quick resolution to their problems” in places like Quarry Colony, Gulshan-e-Buner (Landhi) and Sohrab Goth.

A qazi presides over a jirga-like gathering and pronounces judgment in the light of tribal traditions and the Shariah or Islamic law.

In Khyber Mohalla, the Allahu Akbar Masjid and Maulana Zarghai’s madrassa serve as a rest house for Afghan Taliban visiting Karachi.

Members of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen are reportedly holed up in Sultanabad while the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and several “good” and “bad” Pakistani Taliban have established a presence in mosques and madrassas all over Karachi, the report said.

Criminal activities like bank heists, kidnappings and extortion are among the means used by the Taliban for raising funds for their activities in the tribal areas in the northwest.

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