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Sanjay Dutt released from Yerwada jail

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MUMBAI — Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt has been released from Yerwada jail in Pune on Thursday in the wake of being allowed abatement in his five-year sentence.

After the release, the actor will fly back Mumbai and will directly visit Siddhivinayak Temple for blessings.

After Siddhivinayak, the actor has wanted to go to Marine Lines to look for blessings at his mom’s grave. Then finally, Dutt will make a beeline for his flat in Imperial Heights and after freshen up, he is expected to come back down and speak to the media about his return.

Sanjay Dutt was arrested on April 19, 1993, for possessing and destroying an AK- 56 rifle which was a part of the cache of arms and explosives that landed in India prior to the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

The actor was convicted by the Supreme Court of India under the Arms Act for possessing the prohibited weapon. He had already served 18-months in prison as an undertrial in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail. To serve the remaining 42-months of imprisonment, Dutt was lodged in Pune’s Yerawada jail in May 2013.

 

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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