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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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On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

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Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)