The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has swept across Karnataka and Maharashtra, conducting raids at 41 locations in connection to an ISIS terror conspiracy case. Thirteen individuals, suspected of being drawn into the extremist ideology of Al-Qaeda and ISIS, were detained in Pune, Maharashtra. The case revolves around a criminal conspiracy allegedly hatched by these accused, along with their associates.
NIA's Nationwide Sweep
The NIA's operation is a significant one, aimed at dismantling the network of these proscribed terrorist organizations within the country. These organizations are believed to have been recruiting susceptible youth and conducting religious classes to instigate them towards violent jihad, with an ultimate goal of establishing Islamic rule in India.
Other News Highlights
In other news, the NIA has also initiated an investigation into a petrol bomb attack on Chennai Raj Bhavan. Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Baghdad has reported a rocket attack, with no casualties. On the crime front, Mumbai Police have successfully disrupted a fake call centre racket, arresting three individuals in Thane. Controversy surrounds the Gehlot government as questions arise about their negligence in providing security to Karni Sena Chief Gogamedi.
Cultural Recognition and Entertainment Updates
On a cultural note, UNESCO has officially recognized the Ramadan meal tradition of Iftar as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. In entertainment news, a new song from Mahesh Babu's 'Guntur Kaaram' is set to release, and unseen wedding photos of actors Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif have been shared by Anaita Shroff Adjania. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faced an awkward moment when he was locked out of 10 Downing Street during a meeting with the Dutch PM.
Sports and Tech Updates
In sports, concerns have been raised about the potential impact of rain on the India vs South Africa 1st T20I in Durban. Meanwhile, Tesla has defended its 'Autopilot' feature, asserting that it has received approval from a California agency. Notable Bollywood celebrities Aamir Khan, Ira Khan, and Bhumi Pednekar have been honoured with the CSR Journal Excellence Awards in Mumbai. Lastly, former Telangana CM KCR is reported to be in stable condition following surgery.