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Indian returns home after serving 28 years in Pakistan jail

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Ahmedabad: An Indian man arrested by Pakistani agencies in 1994 and sentenced to life in prison by a court for espionage has returned and reunited with his family after 30 years.

Kuldeep Yadav (59), was released last week by the Pakistan Supreme Court, after serving his jail term in 2021.

He has sought financial help from the Government of India and other citizens.

After completing his graduation from Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Arts and Commerce College and pursuing an LLB course, Kuldeep was looking for job opportunities in 1991, when some people approached him with an offer to “work for the country”.

“In 1992, I was sent to Pakistan, after serving for two years on foreign soil, I planned to return in June 1994, but before I reached my homeland, Pakistani agencies picked me up and brought me to court. For two long years I was questioned by various agencies,” he told IANS.

Recounting his plight, Kuldeep said that in 1996 the Pakistani court handed him a life sentence on espionage charges and sent him to the Kot-Lakhpat Civilian Central Prison in Lahore. “There I had the opportunity to meet the late Sarbjeet, the prison authorities used to organize meetings between us every fortnight. Until Sarabjeet’s death, Pakistani and Indian prisoners shared the same barracks.”

He was received by Indian officials and his brother on the Indian side last week. “After serving the country for 30 years, today I am ‘Zero Batta Zero’, reporting to my younger brother Dilip and sister Rekha. The government should pay compensation like retired soldiers. I too should be given agricultural land, pension and land for a house, so that I can rebuild my life. At 59, no one is going to hire me. I call on citizens to step forward and provide social and economic support.”

(IANS)


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Popular Indo-Canadian TikToker dies ‘unexpectedly’ at 21

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toronto: Indo-Canadian TikToker Megha Thakur, known for spreading messages of body positivity and self-confidence, passed away “suddenly” and “unexpectedly” last week, according to an Instagram post from her parents.

The Brampton influencer with 93,000 TikTok followers died last week at the age of 21.

He came from Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the light of our lives, our kind, loving and beautiful daughter, Megha Thakur, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on November 24, 2022 in the early hours of the morning,” Megha’s parents wrote, sharing the tragic news on Instagram.

“Megha was a confident and independent young woman. We will miss her very much. She loved her fans and she would have wanted you to know of her passing. At this time, we ask for her blessings on Megha. Her thoughts and her prayers will be with her on her journey forward.”

The cause of his death was not disclosed.

A funeral was held in his memory on Tuesday.

“Megha knew how much strength she had in the influencer space and how many women looked up to her, I told her all the time. We lost an angel too soon,” wrote an Instagram fan in response to the post.

“Your posts brought so much confidence and light when I was struggling. She was always an angel, and beautiful inside and out. I am sorry for the loss of her and may she rest in peace,” another Instagram user wrote.

Megha was also active on Instagram with close to 101,000 followers.

Her latest TikTok video, posted on November 18, was captioned: “YOU ARE in charge of your destiny. Remember it.”

In the video, Megha was wearing a gray and beige mini dress, white sandals and dark sunglasses, walking through the streets of New York.

She finished her graduation from Mayfield High School and started making TikTok videos in 2019.

His first video got around 3,000 likes and 60,000 views.

(IANOS)


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Around 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed since war began

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kyiv: A senior government official in kyiv has revealed that up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia launched its ongoing war on February 24.

Speaking to Ukrainian media on Thursday, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said: “We have official assessments from the General Staff, official assessments from the commander-in-chief (Zelensky), and they range from 10,000 to 12,500-13,000 dead.” reported the BBC

He said the number of civilians killed could also be “significant”

Podolyak further suggested that as many as 100,000 Russian soldiers had been killed since the invasion began, and that between 100,000 and 150,000 more had been wounded, missing, or unable to return to combat.

However, the Ukrainian military has not confirmed the count given by Podolyak.

The latest figures come after Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last month that around 100,000 Russian and 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or wounded to date.

But the last update from Moscow in September said that only 5,937 soldiers had been killed since the start of the war.

The US general had also pointed out that between 15 and 30 million refugees have been created since Russia launched its invasion.

The UN has registered 7.8 million people as refugees from Ukraine across Europe, including Russia.

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Jubin Nautiyal falls from building staircase; Elbow broken, ribs cracked

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Mumbai: Singing sensation Jubin Nautiyal suffered injuries after he fell from the stairs of a building and is being treated at a hospital in Mumbai.

The incident occurred early Thursday morning.

A statement read: “The singer broke his elbow, fractured ribs and injured his head after falling down a building staircase.”

“Jubin will undergo surgery on his right arm after his accident. He has been advised not to use his right arm.”

Singer Jubin has firmly established himself as one of the leaders of the Indian music industry with global hits like ‘Raataan Lambiyaan’, ‘Lut Gaye’, ‘Humnava Mere’ and ‘Tujhe Kitne Chahne Lage Hum’, ‘Tum Hi Aana’ and ‘Bewafa Tera Masoon Chehra’.

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