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A Muslim businessman’s son from Mumbai migrates to IS territory with his family and cousins

The cops are now questioning Islamic preacher Mohammed Haneef, who has been acused of "brainwashing" Ashfaque

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Mumbai, August 23, 2016: In a shocking discovery, it was revealed that out of ten people who were suspected of joining one of the largest terror group ISIS; five of them belonged to a single family.

According to the Times of India report, Ashfaque Ahmed, the eldest son of a Mumbai-based businessman Abdul Majeed  took his family members- his wife, child and two cousins in June 2016 to join the Islamic State.

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The text message received by Ashfaque’s youngest brother in the last week of June, said that Ashfaque had migrated to the IS territory and doesn’t wish to come back.’Take care of mother and father,” read the last line of the message.

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Iraqi counter-terrorism forces advance their positions in Fallujah, June 22, 2016. Pockets of Islamic State fighters continue to hold neighborhoods along the north and west of the city. (Pic: VOA)

Though it is still not clear whether Ashfaque took his wife out of India forcibly or if she went with him on her own, they had gone together to Sri Lanka to attend for religious education. Ashfaque’s cousins, Mohammed Siraj (22) is a businessman and Ejaz Rehman(30) is a medical practitioner by profession.

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On August 6, Ashfaque’s father, Majeed  filed an FIR, naming  Abdur Rasheed, Haneef, a Kerala school teacher who has traveled with his son to Syria, a Navi Mumbai resident Arshi Qureshi and Kalyan resident Rizwan Khan as the ones who allegedly instigated his son to join IS, reports the Times Of India.

 Young men chant pro-Islamic State slogans as they wave the group's flags in Mosul, Iraq. (Pic credit: VOA)
Young men chant pro-Islamic State slogans as they wave the group’s flags in Mosul, Iraq. (Pic credit: VOA)

Though Majeed blames Haneef for “brainwashing” his son, there is not enough evidence to prove that Haneef sent Ashfaque to join IS. The cops are now questioning Islamic preacher Mohammed Haneef, who is under the custody of the crime branch.

 – prepared by NewsGram Team
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Cepheid to Establish Manufacturing Unit for TB Diagnostics in India

Rifampicin is a drug commonly used in treating TB bacteria in first line of treatment

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The GeneXpert Edge is developed specifically for near-patient testing, to help support a one visit test-and-treat approach.
The GeneXpert Edge is developed specifically for near-patient testing, to help support a one visit test-and-treat approach. (IANS)

Expanding its footprint in India, US-based molecular diagnostics company Cepheid Inc on Thursday announced its plans to establish a manufacturing unit in the country to improve Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics.

Cepheid’s GeneXpert MTB/RIF test is a closed-cartridge-based system that is easy to operate by minimally trained staff and gives results in approximately two hours, speeding the conventional backlog that used to exist in traditional diagnostic methods.

The new manufacturing unit would produce MTB/RIF test cartridges, contribute to the government’s “Make in India” initiative and thus bringing the company’s global expertise in TB diagnostics to India, the company said in a statement.

As part of the plan, Cepheid also unveiled its latest portable, easy-to-use TB-testing system — the GeneXpert Edge — which is expected to be available in India later this year, the company said.

The GeneXpert Edge is developed specifically for near-patient testing, to help support a one visit test-and-treat approach.

“Cepheid recognises the need for technological advancement and is committed to contributing significantly to India’s goal of TB eradication,” said Peter Farrell, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Operations, Cepheid.

Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF test has the potential to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB)
Cepheid’s Xpert MTB/RIF test has the potential to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB).

“We are hopeful that GeneXpert Edge will help eliminate delays in TB diagnostics by providing definitive results within hours and facilitating fast and easy last-mile delivery even in the remote villages of India,” he added.

India has nearly one-fourth of the global TB patients and an estimated 4.8 lakh lives are lost every year due to delayed diagnosis and inadequate treatment and there are above 2.5 million new cases of TB every year. The country aims to eradicate TB by 2025.

Approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2010, more than 1,200 Cepheid’s GeneXpert Systems have been installed in the last two years at various Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) sites in the country and more than 2.5 million cartridges were supplied last year at various centres of Central TB Division (CTD).

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Cepheid’s Xpert MTB/RIF test has the potential to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB) and rifampicin-resistance mutations, which are markers for MDR-TB strains in under two hours.

Rifampicin is a drug commonly used in treating TB bacteria in first line of treatment.

Xpert MTB/RIF tests also have excellent negative predictive value, which allows clinicians to manage TB-negative patients more effectively to prevent unnecessary and costly respiratory isolations. (IANS)